Due to COVID-19, The Murder Play with Jack & Melissa is POSTPONED

The safety of our team, artists, and audiences is a top priority. Due to recent events, we feel it is in everyone’s best interest to hold off on staging this new play. 


Rest assured, The Murder Play with Jack & Melissa will be rescheduled for a later date and you will get to see this new comedy! We will all need a good laugh once this is over. 


Everyone who purchased a ticket will be contacted directly and refunded. Those who donated to our campaign- THANK YOU we raised $4,599!!- your personal discount code will be valid for the new dates once they are decided. 


Thank you all for your support. Keep safe and wash your hands!



The NOW Collective 

In a cabin, on a mountain, during a rain storm, Melissa wakes up to find herself zip-tied to a chair and in the company of a kind-hearted serial killer named Jack... and he just wants a friend. This comedy explores the outrageous things we do to not feel so lonely and the outrageous people we do it with.

The Murder Play with Jack & Melissa Cast


Brendan Dalton* as JACK

Ashleen Rowan as MELISSA


*Appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association

The Murder Play with Jack & Melissa Cast



Black Box THeater

@ Access Theater

380 Broadway, 4th Fl




Matthew McLachlan is an award-winning playwright based in New York City. His plays include: The Murder Play with Jack & Melissa, Orion, The Place We Are Meant to Be, CoyoteGuardianOnline Dates Are Hard to Handle, and Men’s Monthly, among others. His plays have been presented by Nylon Fusion, The NOW Collective, The Farm Theater, The PIT, Thespis Theater Festival, New Works Festival, The Midnight Factory and performed regionally in Kentucky, Massachusetts, Wyoming & Florida. He is the resident playwright for The Midnight Factory, a Pulse Ensemble Theatre member, and a Wynn Handman playwright in observance. Other credits include: Nominated for Best Writer of a Web-Series (ADULTish), The Roast of Michael Musto (Head-Writer), & his published works "A Collection of One-Acts & Other Things You May or May Not Enjoy" and full-length play Orion are available now on Amazon.


Brendan Dalton


Brendan is an actor/musician/composer from Upper Darby, PA. Theatre credits include: Plano (Clubbed Thumb), Blue Man Group (New York, Chicago, and Orlando casts), This Girl Laughs... (Atlantic Theater Company), Intuitive Men (The Brick/The Tank), Severance (The Tank), Asking For Trouble / Youngblood Brunch (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Once Upon a Time… (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Winter's Tale (Warren Miller PAC), The Place We Built (The Flea), and B.B.'s Inferno (The PIT). Upcoming TV: “Dickinson” (Apple TV+). He’s also the writer/creator/performer of Christmas in Middle-Earth (The PIT). www.brendan-dalton.com

Ashleen Rowan


Off-Broadway: The Year of the Solar Eclipse (Wild Project), Dark Planet - Not Your Mother's Valentine's Day (Planet Connections) Regional: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (PA Shakespeare Festival), A Comedy of Errors (PA Shakespeare Festival), Ghost Stories (Jenny Wiley Theatre), Web: "What Am I Doing Here?" (YouTube). Training: DeSales University (BA), Atlantic Theatre Company. Love to Mom and Dad in all things. 

ashleenrowan.com / @ashleenrowan


Ron Phippen (Director) 

This is Ron’s third time collaborating with The NOW Collective, previously having directed readings of The Murder Play with Jack & Melissa and The Wild Parrots of Campbell at The Barrow Group theatre. Ron is a Hell’s Kitchen born writer/director/filmmaker/baseball coach. Share cute animal videos with Ron any time on instagram @Ronphippen


Production Stage Manager ........... Leala Grindstaff

Props/SFX .................................... Rachel Thomson

Costume Design ........................ McKenna DuBose

Sound Design .............................. Sean T. McGrath

Lighting Design ........................... Allyson Musmeci

Photography .................................... Zach Simeone



Postponing the show was the right call for all involved. And it did not come without a financial hit. Via INDIEGOGO, we raised $4,599 of the $5,000 we needed for the Workshop Series, but we did not account for COVID-19. This a difficult time for artists and indie theater.

We are all in this together. 


If you feel able, we will be gratefully accepting additional donations via our Fractured Atlas account.  

Thank you <3