2014 Plays and Players

“Three Views of the Same Object”  Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

ThreeViewsWeb215This unforgettable drama by Henry Murray (Winner of the 2011 Woodward Newman Drama Award and a 2012 Holland New Voices Award) centers on Jesse and Poppy, longtime loves, who had made a suicide pact to protect against the time when their bodies deteriorate and they lose control over their destinies. But life has thrown them a curve… so what does this mean for the pact? “Three Views of the Same Object” explores three different outcomes to this dilemma. It’s a story about enduring love and aging in America.

Join us on Friday, January 24 at 7:30 PM for the staged reading of the latest incarnation of what the LA Times picked as critics choice and describes as “Fascinating, haunting and certain to provoke post-show conversation.”

The reading will be followed by an audience discussion with acclaimed playwright, Henry Murray, Co-Artistic director, Jeffery Meek and cast on how the play has developed to this point and to hear your thoughts on how you experienced the play in its current form.

“Three Views of the Same Object is very much concerned with death, but it’s full of life and energy; muscular without being bulky; and it manages to be uplifting without a hint of treacle. And it’s a brilliant piece of theater.” Stage and Cinema

“The subject of aging in America… is handled with profound care, reverence and without a whiff of patronizing sentimentality… Raw, vicious and multidimensional… For anyone who appreciates seasoned acting, fine directing and a brilliant script.” EyeSpyLA

This staged reading of “Three Views of the Same Object” is free to the public. Arrive early for best seating!

Henry MurrayHenry Murray, Playwright “Three Views of the Same Object”

Henry is the author of four full-length plays and a number of short plays including Down For The Count and Dog Is Dead, both finalists for The Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Dog Is Dead is published by The Louisville Review, #72 Fall 2012. His full length play, Treefall, published by Dramatists Play Service was named one of the ten best plays of 2009 by LA Weekly. Monkey Adored, honored by a reading at the Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage Festival and work-shopped at DC’s The Inkwell, premiered at Rogue Machine Theatre in 2011. Early drafts of Three Views of the Same Object, won the Woodward/Newman Drama Award for 2011/12 as well as the Holland New Voices Award and is now booked at Next Act Theatre in Milwaukee in April 2014. He is currently polishing a full-length work titled Memory Rock. Henry is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America, The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights and is a Playwright-in-Residence at Rogue Machine Theatre, Los Angeles.

Robert PineRobert Pine* as Poppy I “Three Views of the Same Object”

Robert Pine is best known for his portrayal of Sergeant Joe Getraer, that wry, no nonsense, by-the-book cop on the long running NBC show, CHiPs.  Since the show’s inception in 1977 it was never off TV until 2003 thanks to syndication.  It has also been a favorite internationally where it has played in over 130 countries.

Most recently, he lent his voice to Disney’s Frozen. He has been seen in features that pre-date the computer like The Graduate, Munster Go Home and Day of the Locust In the modern age he has lent his image to Independence Day, But I Was a Cheerleader, Confidence, Red Eye and Jobs.

In the span of nearly 50 years Robert has appeared in bygone TV shows like Wagon Train, The Virginian, Bob Hope Chrysler Theatre and Kraft Suspense Theatre from his days as a contract player at Universal to most recently in The Mentalist, Parks & Recreation, The Office, Franklin & Bash, Private Practice and Castle. 

Robert has also appeared in more than 30 plays over his career having recently closed in The Liar, the David Ives adaptation of the 1648 Corneille play.  He also appeared this summer at the Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC in Ted Lange’s new play Lady Patriot.  He is also an active member of the The Antaeus Theatre Company in LA where he has appeared in the aforementioned The Liar as well as Gloucester in an award winning production of King Lear and in productions of Cousin Bette and Noel Cowards Tonight at 8:30.

Robert is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and serves on the Hollywood and National Board of Directors of the SAG-AFTRA performers union. 

Robert has been married for 49 years to the beautiful Gwynne Gilford.  They have two wonderful children, Katie and Chris of whom they are immensely proud.  Chris has established himself as a successful actor in his own right. And Katie is following in her mother’s footsteps as a well respected psychotherapist.  Katie also presented Robert & Gwynne with their first grandson, Luca, who could be the cutest & most fussed over 3 year old kid on the planet.

For those of you who just have to have more information on Mr. Pine please check his web site at robertpine.com

anneGeeAnne Gee Byrd* as Jesse “Three Views of the Same Object

Anne Gee was previously seen last season in PlayFest Santa Barbara’s production of It Has to Be You. Anne Gee just finished a run of Mrs. Warren’s Profession at Anteaus Company. Before that, The Savanna Disputation at the Colony Theatre and before that she played Kate in All My Sons at the Matrix Theater for which she won a Drama Critics Circle award.  Other recent stage work includes Breadcrumbs at Theater 150 in Ojai preceded by I Never Sang For My Father with The New American Theater Company and Autumn Garden with the Antaeus Company prior to that she was in the award winning production of Four Places at the Rogue Machine playing Peggy for which she received the Drama Critics award for best actress. She is known to LA theatre goers for appearances at the Mark Taper Forum, the Geffen Playhouse, the Pasadena Playhouse, L.A. Theater Works, the Odyssey, the Andak Stage Co. and her work with the Antaeus Theater Company.  She has worked in many of the major repertory theatres across the country including South Coast Repertory, The Old Globe, San Diego, Seattle Rep, La Jolla, ACT, San Francisco, The American Shakespeare Festival , Connecticut, the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, the McCarter, Princeton, etc.  She has also had a long television and film career most recently Law and Order L.A., The Mentalist, Medium, Southland and Monk.  She was named best leading actress by the LA Weekly for her work as Mother Courage with the Antaeus Company. Anne Gee is featured in Rake, a new series on Fox that is premiering January 29th, 2014.

Peter Van NordenPeter Van Norden* as Poppy II Three Views of the Same Object”

Peter, a native New Yorker, appeared in five Broadway shows: Saint Joan (with Lynn Redgrave), The Inspector General, and Romeo and Juliet at Circle-in-the-Square; Macbeth at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre; and as the “evil” Anthony Anstey opposite Donny Osmond in George M. Cohan’s Little Johnny Jones at the Alvin Theatre (also at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in L.A., and on Showtime TV).

Peter’s feature film credits include The Accused (as defense attorney “Ted Paulsen” opposite Kelly McGillis and Academy Award winner Jodie Foster), Police Academy 2 (as Steve Guttenberg’s inept partner, “Vinnie Schtulman”), The Naked Gun 21/2 (as White House Chief-of-Staff, “John Sununu”), An Innocent Man (as Tom Selleck’s lawyer), as the lead in Don’t Call Me Frankie at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, Love Hurts (with Jeff Daniels), The Best of Times (with Robin Williams and Kurt Russell), Hard to Hold (with Rick Springfield), Roadhouse 66 (with Willem Dafoe and Judge Reinhold), The Rosary Murders (with Donald Sutherland), Hitting the Cycle, and the 1988 Academy Award winning short film Ray’s Male Heterosexual Dance Hall. On television, he was seen as “Ralph Brentner,” one of the leads in the Stephen King 8-hour mini-series, The Stand.

Among his MANY other TV credits are recurring roles on L.A. Law, Murder, She Wrote and Life Goes On, and appearances on Without a Trace, Caroline in the City, Nash Bridges, In the Heat of the Night, Matlock, The Client, Tales From the Crypt, Wings, Hill St. Blues, Cheers, St.Elsewhere, Newhart, Family Ties, Three’s a Crowd, Benson, Double Switch, and as Pierre Salinger in the mini-series Blood Feud.

Off-Broadway in N.Y., he played the First Gravedigger opposite Kevin Kline in Hamlet, at Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival/ Public Theatre. Other appearances include Jungle of Cities with Al Pacino, the N.Y. Shakespeare Festival productions of Henry V (with Meryl Streep), and Hamlet (with Sam Waterston) in Central Park, and Shakespeare’s Cabaret at The Colonnades Theatre Co. Most recently, he appeared as ‘Henry Kissinger’ in the L.A. Theatre Works production of Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers at the N.Y. Theatre Workshop, on NPR’s The Play’s The Thing, in Los Angeles, on tour across the U.S. and in three cities in China, including Shanghai and Bejing.

catherinecarlenCatherine Carlen* as Mrs. Widkin Three Views of the Same Object”

Catherine Carlen was born in Cookeville, Tennessee. From her beginnings she dreamed of acting. She moved to New York City in the late 1970’s and started her acting career. Catherine started in New York City studying with such legendary teachers as: Uta Hagen, Stella Adler and Susan Batson. She appeared Off-Broadway in many productions. She is a Lifetime Member of “ The Actors Studio”.

She appeared in films such as: Sidney Poitier’s “Hanky Panky”and Ivan Reitman’s “Gostbusters” and lots of Indie Films. She starred in the cult classic “Chopper Chicks In Zombie Town” directed by Dan Hoskins. She just finished a wonderful role in Justin Lerner’s Film “The Automatic Hate” with Richard Schiff coming out in 2015. Catherine is getting ready to shoot 2 films in 2014 with Martin Landau and Bo Sevnson .

She has guest starred on numerous T.V. shows such as: “The Mindy Project”, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, “90210”, “The Young and the Restless”, “Desperate Housewives”, “Night Court”, “Married With Children” and had recurring roles on “Days Of Our Lives” and “Passions”, as well as being a series regular on ABC’s “Our Group” and “The Starlet” on WB.

She wrote, directed and starred in the Award Winning Film:“Running out of Time In Hollywood.”

On The stage, she originated the role of “Tina” in “Sirens Of Seductions” directed by Danny Goldman at the Victory Theatre. She had the honor of acting with her mentors, Martin Landau and Mark Rydell in The Actors Studio Project of “The Sunshine Boys”, directed by Jeffrey Hayden. She also played the role of “Sissy” in,”Come Back To The Five And Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean” at the Court Theatre in Beverly Hills, directed by Richard Hochberg. She performed in two of Joe Pintauro’s one acts in the show,”Aim Fire”directed by Jack Heller. She originated the role of “Irene” in Norman Lock’s play “The Contract”, directed by Jack Heller. She had great reviews as the hilarious devilish Ma in Christopher Durang’s “A Stye of the Eye” in LA, CA. She had the honor of playing Mrs. Widkin in Henry Murray’s ,“ Three Views Of The Same Object” at The Rouge Machine Theater under the direction of John Flynn. Catherine is thrilled to reprise Mrs. Widkin here tonight!

Wayne GraceWayne Grace* as Narrator Three Views of the Same Object”

Wayne has appeared in such films as: Dances with Wolves, Mulholland Drive, Far and Away, It Runs in the Family, Twins, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Mask, The Running Man,

Wayne has guest starred in such television series as: Medium, Funny Or Die Presents…, Drive, Star Trek: Enterprise, Frasier, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The X-Files, Seinfeld, Tales From the Crypt, Matlock, Dragnet, The Rockford Files, Wonder Woman, Fantasy Island, Hill Street Blues.

Wayne appeared on Broadway in On the Waterfront, Death of a Salesman (Saddleback), A Texas Trilogy: The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia (South Coast Repertory), Lulu (Pacific Resident Theatre)

Wayne has voiced numerous video games. He lives in Venice Beach, CA.

*Actors Equity Association

“The Oy of Sex” Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 7:30 PM

After leaving her cheating husband, Bea discovers, to her horror, that her nice Jewish son, Hal has secretly been running a sex shop in London’s Soho district. When Hal closes up shop for a two-week holiday, his prudish mum insists upon smartening-up the ramshackle store while he’s gone. Afraid to lose sales in the meantime, she finds she has a flare for counseling the lonely customers who wander in — and for selling them sex toys. Surrounded by edible knickers and blow-up dolls, Bea discovers more about sexuality than she ever wanted to know, which may be just what she needs to save her own troubled marriage.

Come laugh with us on Saturday, January 25 at 7:30 PM for this adult comedy by Len Richmond (First Place winner, Alliance Repertory Company New Works Contest). The reading will be followed by a conversation between the playwright, cast and audience.

This staged reading of “The Oy Of Sex” is free to the public. Arrive early for best seating!

Len RichmondLen Richmond, Playwright “The Oy of Sex”

An American from Santa Monica, California, Len Richmond created and co-wrote one of the most popular comedy series on British Television. Agony, about an advice columnist whose life is in disarray, has been broadcast in 26 countries (including twice on PBS). The series (starring Maureen Lipman) was nominated for numerous BAFTA and Writer’s Guild Awards, and won the Banff International Television Festival where it was named, “Best Situation Comedy in the World.” It was revived by the BBC as Agony Again, and has been turned into a best-selling book (Arrow) and home video (W.S. Smith). U.S. television adapted the format and it became The Lucie Arnaz Show on CBS. Working and living in Paris, Mr. Richmond wrote the popular French TV detective series Le Chinois starring the legendary Charles Aznavour. Back in Britain he created another highly-rated comedy series, Split Ends, starring Anita Dobson. In the United States, he wrote for the ABC sitcom, Three’s Company. His stage comedy, Risky Kisses, starring Gabrielle Drake, was a critical success in London, and was followed by a national British tour (Theatre Royal Bath, Opera House Manchester, etc.), as well as successful runs in Buenos Aires and Germany. It is currently being developed as a feature by Granada Film.

Mr. Richmond has written for British Cosmopolitan, worked as a sex-advice columnist for Forum Magazine, as well as being a satirist for Britain’s premiere humor publication Punch. His humorous writings are reprinted in The Pick of Punch (Hutchinson).

Mr. Richmond wrote and directed the award-winning independent feature film, A Dirty Little Business (Think Film). A romantic comedy starring Michael York, Brian Cox, and Beverly D’Angelo, with an original musical score by Erasure.

Most recently, he wrote the book and lyrics for the stage production of Marijuana: the Musical.

“Len Richmond is London’s answer to Neil Simon.” –London Theatre Review

Allison BibAllison Bibicoff*, Director “The Oy of Sex”

Allison studied dance and theatre at UCLA, and graduated magna cum laude. Her acting work included recurring roles on two TV series and a co-starring role in a film with James Franco. Dance performance highlights included swing dancing at The Hollywood Bowl alongside Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, a featured swing and latin dancer in the national tour of SWING!, and entertaining U.S. troops in Bosnia and Kosovo.

Allison moved into directing and choreography, and has received much recognition for her work: She has received an LA Drama Critic’s Circle Nomination for her choreography in THE WHO’S TOMMY, two LA Weekly Award Nominations for her work on GODSPELL and 1776, and two Garlands for SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD (nomination) and THE WHO’S TOMMY (award). Allison was the assistant choreographer for XANADU on Broadway, which received four Tony nominations, including Best New Musical and Best Choreography. Allison enjoyed choreographing SPELLING BEE in the Garvin theatre this past summer, and was honored to work with Tony winner Kathleen Marshall on APPLAUSE at City Center Encores! in NYC, starring Christine Ebersole. Last January, Allison received a slew of rave reviews for her direction of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS at ICT in Long Beach. The show was the LA Times Critics Choice, and reviewers called her work “a feat of notable capability, “innovative,” “cleverness personified” and “superb, right on target.”

For the past several years, Allison has focused her attention on directing new plays and musicals. She is currently directing the West Coast premiere of the hilarious new musical CHINA, THE WHOLE ENCHILADA (by Mark Brown – the same writer who adapted the 80 DAYS she recently worked on). CHINA opens February 4, 2014 at Sacred Fools in Hollywood.

Allison also wrote, directed and line produced two web series about swing dance, and executive produced two TV movies for The Hallmark Channel – both garnered outstanding ratings. Much more at www.AllisonBibicoff.com

Eileen T'Kaye HeadshotEILEEN T’KAYE as Bea “The Oy of Sex”

 Regional/L.A. theatre credits include Wing on Wing (L.A. Philharmonic at Disney Hall), A Parallelogram (Mark Taper Forum), Coney Island Christmas (Geffen Playhouse), Collected Stories (CV Rep), The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (La Mirada Theatre), The Fantasticks (Reprise!), Don’t Talk to the Actors (Laguna Playhouse), They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (Greenway Court), Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Threepenny Opera and Cabaret (all at International City Theatre).  Theatre Awards:  LADCC, 3 LA Weekly, OOBR & 3 Drama-Logue.  Producing credits include Broadway: The Elephant Man (Revival – Royale Theatre); Off-Broadway: Make Me a Song (New World Stages), Temporary Help (Women’s Project), Cologne (Rattlestick Theatre); Los Angeles: Shiva Arms (Coast Playhouse) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stella Adler Theatre – Ovation Award).  Also Project Manager and former Executive Director of Boston Court Performing Arts Center and Founding Producing Director of the Theatre @ Boston Court.

BarryBarry Pearl* as Sam “The Oy of Sex” 

BROADWAY: BYE BYE BIRDIE, OLIVER!, THE PRODUCERS, BABY IT’S YOU! (opposite Tony Award winner Beth Leavel); REGIONAL & TOUR : “The Genie” in California Adventure’s ALADDIN, “Juror #7” in TWELVE ANGRY MEN (Pasadena Playhouse) GREASE, HAPPY DAYS: A NEW MUSICAL; FORUM, ALL SHOOK UP, HAIRSPRAY, GUYS AND DOLLS, FIDDLER, KISS ME KATE¸ CRAZY FOR YOU, 42ND STREET, ANYTHING GOES, etc. TV:“Professor Tinkerputt” in BARNEY’S IMAGINATION ISLAND, HOUSE M.D., CRIMINAL MINDS, ER , GENERAL HOSPITAL, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, etc. FILM: Co-starred as “Doody” in Paramount’s hit classic, GREASE, MY FAVORITE MARTIAN, AVENGING ANGEL. Cindy & Poo, “IAY!” wwwbarrypearl.com

WillCollyerWill Collyer* as Hal “The Oy of Sex”

Will Collyer has performed on countless stages throughout Los Angeles as an actor and singer. His credits include The Full Monty (Jerry, Third Street Theatre), Parade (Mark Taper Forum), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (World Premiere, Kirk Douglas Theatre), Big: The Musical (Josh, West Coast Ensemble, Ovation nominee), Snow Falling on Cedars (TheatreWorks), High Fidelity, One Touch of Venus and Hello Again (all with Musical Theatre Guild) and Once Upon a Mattress (Dauntless, UCLA, directed by Carol Burnett). On TV he has appeared on The Mentalist, Melrose Place, Pushing Daisies, Numb3rs, Las Vegas, Charmed, Jack & Bobby, Judging Amy, CSI: Miami and Boston Public. Additionally, he is the composer of the original musicals The Gingerbread Pimp (2013 New York Musical Theatre Festival) and Right Together, Left Together. He is a graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and proud member of Actors Equity. www.willcollyer.com

sydney masonSydney A. Mason as Edwina “The Oy of Sex”

Born and raised in Fresno, California, Sydney caught the acting bug quite early. At the age of 12, she began her acting career with Good Company Players, where she started in their Junior Company and quickly made her way into their main productions of CATS (Cassandra), Chicago (June), and The Wiz (Dorothy) just to name a few. It wasn’t until after High School where Sydney narrowed down her love of the Arts and focused on Acting. While studying at Fresno City College, she debuted her first college production of Jack Goes Boating where she played the role of Connie. From there, she went on to graduate from UCLA’s Theater, Film and Television Program where she was given the opportunity to star in The Vagina Monologues and Turner Money (Gerldine). Immediately after, Sydney began interning for Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble (LDTE) and is now acting as Artistic Associate for LDTE. Outside of LDTE she is also a company member of Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum. Credits Include: A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream (Hippolyta), Merlin (Ensemble), Twelfth Night (Viola) and bonded (Lily U.S.). Follow her on Twitter: @Syd_le_kid

Brian Stanton

Brian Stanton “The Oy of Sex” 

Brian Stanton has most recently been traveling the United States with his original solo play BLANK, performing from Los Angeles to Off-Broadway New York and several cities in between. He also just closed Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some) at Mammoth Lakes Rep., where he performed in Greater Tuna and The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) as well. Other notable credits: Around the World in 80 DaysCharley’s AuntIs He Dead?Bright Ideas, & Tom, Dick, and Harry at the International City Theatre in Long Beach; The Foreigner and No Sex Please, We’re British at the Norris in Palos Verdes; The IllusionVenus and Adonis, & Cardenio with the Lone Star Ensemble in LA; BAAL with Yale Cabaret; and the premiere of Dear Charlotte in both LA & NY. Brian’s most important role is as Daddy to 2 lovely girls: Malea & Ellowyn. Visit thebrianstanton.com for more info.

katzmanBruce Katzman* as Charlie “The Oy of Sex”

Film/ TV: MIDDLE OF NOWHERE (Sundance winner), SCANDAL, JUSTIFIED, CASTLE, CALIFORNICATION, GREY’S ANATOMY, CRIMINAL MINDS, LAW & ORDER and many others. New York and Broadway credits include the Tony Award-winning revival of CABARETand the premiere season of Tony Randall’s National Actors Theatre; NY Shakespeare Festival productions of RICHARD III (w/ Denzel Washington) and OTHELLO (w/ Raul Julia and Christopher Walken). Off-Broadway:  SYLVIA (Sarah Jessica Parker) for the Manhattan Theatre Club. Los Angeles credits include the Mark Taper Forum (THE TALKING CURE), Pasadena Playhouse (STORMY WEATHER), The Odyssey (WAY TO HEAVEN), The Zephyr Theatre (JACOB AND JACK), Deaf West Theatre (FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON), and others. Bruce directed the critically acclaimed productions of KING LEAR (2003) and UNCLE VANYA (2002) at the MET Theatre in Hollywood. Other directing credits include ON THE VERGE (NYC and Edinburgh), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, CLOUD NINE, THE WOOD DEMON and CHEKHOV IN YALTA, THE CHERRY ORCHARD and WILD HONEY. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Bruce is also an acting teacher and has served on the faculty of Circle Rep Theatre School (NYC), the Stella Adler Conservatory (NYU & LA) and New York’s famed Actors Center (Founding Faculty) He has taught workshops on the plays of Anton Chekhov in Oxford, England, in Denmark, and in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

GwenGwen Van Dam* as Mrs. Fishbine ‘The Oy of Sex”

Gwen Van Dam has appeared in many theatres in Los Angeles, and formerly, New York. Most recent appearances were in “Moon Over Buffalo”, (Group Repertory Theatre),”The Trip to Bountiful”.(GRT) She received the Eddon Award for Best Leading Actress, “End of the Tour”(Road Theatre),”Ballad Hunter”, (Road Theatre), ADA Award for Best Supporting Actress. Regional theatre includes roles at Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Rep, & Norris Theatre.
She has done many TV & film roles. Recent TV: “New Girl”, “Wilfred”, “Legit”, “The League”. Most recent film:”Any Day” with Eva Longeria & Sean Bean.

*Actors Equity Association

“EMOTIONAL CONNECTION through HOT OBJECTS:  A Playwright’s Workshop to Writing Emotionally Authentic Monologues and Plays.” Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:30 AM.

 Sometimes the way into a larger work is thorough the monologue and this workshop will explore connecting emotionally to an object (or photo) and writing the “story” behind it. What emerges into an idea for a longer piece may surprise you. Participants can bring the “hot object” or photo with them that has personal connection or significance. Other objects and photos will be provided for this practical writing workshop. 

Join playwright, Jeanette Farr on Saturday, January 25 at 10:30 AM with your paper and pen or laptop, and be ready to write! This workshop will be held on the lower level of the Garvin Theatre complex in classroom DM 134. “Emotional Connection through Hot Objects” is from 10:30 AM until 12:00 PM and is free to the public. Arrive early for guaranteed seating

farrJeanette Farr, Playwright teaching “EMOTIONAL CONNECTION through HOT OBJECTS:  A Playwright’s Workshop to Writing Emotionally Authentic Monologues and Plays.”

Jeanette Farr holds an MFA in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Playwriting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her plays have been produced regionally and abroad including, Off-off Broadway, Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, Peru, Singapore, Istanbul, and Japan.

Jeanette is currently the National Vice Chair of NPP (National Playwriting Program) Kennedy Center, American College Theatre Festival. She is an alumnus of the Kennedy Center Summer Playwriting Intensive in 2007, was appointed as the Tennessee Williams Scholar with the Sewanee Writers’ Conference in 2010, and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild. Her work is published through Originalworks Publishing, Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus, and can be found as a featured writer at www.10-minute-plays.com.

Through the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, she has served as a reader for playwriting awards, and has responded to over 200 new plays. She was past Chair of the National Playwriting Program for Region VIII, Received the Excellence in Theatre Education award in 2011, appointed as Regional Fellow for Region VIII, and served on the National Selection Team for 2010, touring and responding to all eight regions. Jeanette currently serves on the KCACTF National Board as National Vice Chair of Playwriting for KCACTF. In addition to being a features writer for the popular playwriting E-zine, The Loop, Jeanette has served as a reader for the Neil Simon Festival of New Plays, was a featured writer for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference new play development, been commissioned by Sierra Repertory Theatre, and WordBRIDGE Playwrights Lab, and had plays performed as a part of the Moving Arts Car Plays Series as well as The Secret Rose Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. She recently directed the world premiere plays of Samantha Macher’s To The New Girl, and The Island, a musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s, The Tempest. As Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at Glendale Community College she teaches acting, playwriting, script analysis and has directed a variety of plays including new works in Los Angeles, CA.

“City of Light” Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

CityofLight

Photo by Bill Johnson

“City of Light” is a new, original musical comedy. Just a few weeks before her wedding, Molly Haver — in a moment of panic — flees the comforts of Pasadena and runs off to Paris to clear her head.   But from the moment she lands in Paris everything goes wrong, and Molly is faced with a decision that could alter the course of her life.  

Join us Saturday, January 25 at 2:00 PM for a staged reading of this musical comedy about the journey of self-discovery, followed by a discussion with the Creative Team, cast and audience about what it takes to write a musical. Book by Gabrielle Wagner Mann, music by Jan Roper, lyrics by Julie Weiner

 

This stage reading of “City of Light” is free to the public. Arrive early for best seating!

Craig Aldrich* (BACC Guy/Guitar Guy/Ensemble) For over 30 years, Craig has performed extensively in the fields of sketch comedy, improvisation, theater, television, film, commercials and voice-over, in addition to being a ukulele enthusiast, singer and veteran children’s entertainer.  Theatre credits include: Oscar Wilde, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Phil Fillmore in My Father’s Vodka (produced by Lou Adler), Earle in Chute Roosters (West Coast Premiere), many roles in Father’s Nose Bleeds, and lead roles in Trial by Jury, King Lear, Taming of the Shrew, BornYesterday,Harvey, Anything Goes, and many others. Film and TV credits include: Hidden Agenda, Farewell, My Love, Californication, The Courtyard, Gone Hollywood, World’s Funniest, and The Proposal.

Jordan Kai Burnett* (Juliette) is a transplant from the big apple!  National Tour: Seussical (Cat in the Hat, Dir. Marcia Milgrom-Dodge) New York: Side Show (Violet Hilton, American Theater of Actors), King Island Christmas (workshop), and Granola! The Musical (NYFringe). Regional/CA: Hello! My Baby! (Frances, World Premiere – Rubicon Theater Co.), Falling for Make Believe (Colony Theater), A Ring in Brooklyn (NoHo ArtsCenter), JerseyShoresical (Hayworth Theater), and Lippa’s The Wild Party (Kate). This spring, she was lucky enough to perform at White House in the new musical, “The Gefilte Fish Chronicles.” She has also been seen in the “For the Record” series at Rockwell Table & Stage. Her comedy-music show, “Classy Trashy,” has been seen in both NYC and at Rockwell in LA. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre fromEmerson College and is a proud member of AEA. She is also a puppeteer and student of both The Groundlings and UCB. She has appeared in numerous readings and workshops at ANMT. She is currently looking for west coast representation! For more silliness check out www.JordanKaiBurnett.com and Twitter: JKaiB

Elise Dewsberry* (Mom/Madame Courcelles/Ensemble) is currently the Artistic Director of ANMT, and has been involved in the development of new works as an actor, director, and dramaturge for over 25 years. Most recent performances: Aline Barnsdall in Der FrankLloydWrightenLiederMary MarieThe Angel of Painted PostNow and Then a Hero at the 2011 Stages Festival; Red v. Blue (ANMT’s 2008 Fifteen Minute Musicals); Spellcastersat the Secret Rose; and Queen Mab’s Alarmingly Mandatory Bridal Shower at the Noho Arts Centre. Most recent directing: Bloodline and Mad Bomber (for the 2013 Stages Festival); Mary MarieLove Bytes; ANMT’s 2006, 2009, 2011, and 2012 Fifteen Minute Musicals; At Home In Mitford; andThe Water. Elise has been ecstatically married to cellist Stephen Green for 31 years, and they are the proud parents of Columbia Teacher’s College grad student Rebecca Rose.

David Holmes* (Boss/Monsieur Courcelles/Ensemble) is an accomplished actor, singer, writer and director who has appeared onstage across the nation in many featured and leading roles. Most recently, David has appeared in numerous original ANMT musical projects and, as a member, in Musical Theatre Guild’s award-winning productions of “TITANIC’ and ‘A CATERED AFFAIR’ in 2013. David is “très heureux” to be appearing in ‘CITY OF LIGHT’ and as always, dedicates his performance to his lovely wife Christine.

Amanda Kruger* (Molly) is thrilled to be a part of City of Light. She has recently returned from performing inChiang Mai, Thailand in the world premiere of the new musical Land of Smiles. She has also received critical acclaim for her work in Elysian Fields at the Kraine theater in NYC. Currently residing in Los Angeles she has made television appearances on the CW’s 90210 and The Fresh Beat Band on Nick jr. Her love of music has recently lead her to performing as the lead singer in a jug/bluegrass band. She would like to thank her family for their support as well as the creative team for this wonderful opportunity.

Christopher Maikish* (Olivier) Since studying music and theatre in Chicago, Chris has performed in TV, film, voiceover, and on stages up and down the West Coast. Critics have called his work “pitch perfect” (LA Times) and “excellent” (LA Weekly), noting his “easygoing wit” (Backstage). TV: Desperate Housewives (ABC). Theatre: California Shakespeare Theater, Celebration Theatre, Marin Shakespeare Company, TheatreWorks, SF Playhouse, and Theatre Unleashed, among others. Chris produces the new musicals concert series ALittleNewMusic.org (@Rockwell in LA, 3/4). Member: Actors Equity, SAG-AFTRA. ChristopherMaikish.com. 

Paul Marchegiani (Patrick) Paul is thrilled to be working with this amazing team on “City of Light”.  In addition to frequent appearances at ANMT, Paul has performed musical theatre, cabaret, jazz, and classical music throughout the country (including with L.A. Opera, the San Francisco Symphony, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cabrillo Music Theatre, Crown City Theatre, Glendale Center Theatre, Sterling’s, the NoHo Arts Center and the Monterey Jazz Festival).  A practicing entertainment lawyer by day, Paul holds degrees fromNorthwestern University (B.Mus./B.A.) and U.C. Berkeley (J.D.).

Suzanne Mayes (Laura/Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of this beautiful new show! Previous favorite musical roles include Gertrude McFuzz in SEUSSICAL, Dainty June in GYPSY and Sally Brown in SNOOPY!!! THE MUSICAL. Suzanne often performs with the Academy for New Musical Theatre in North Hollywood, helping to bring to life new and original musicals. She loves being a part of the development process! Suzanne is also an active member of The Whitefire Theatre Company in Sherman Oaks and performs regularly in their comedic plays. A tv actress as well, you may have seen some of her commercials! More on Suzanne atwww.suzannemayes.com.

Annie Miller (Annie/Ensemble) In Annie’s college years atPoint Loma Nazarene University, she was a writer, producer, and actress for the campus television station, Point TV, as well as the vocalist for the PLNU jazz band. Annie currently has the privilege of singing on studio recording sessions for many Hal Leonard productions and is also earnestly pursuing acting. During the day, however, she goes to work for Her Majesty the Queen at the British Consulate-General in Los Angeles, where she is a Business Development Associate for UK Trade & Investment.

Sari Rose Poll* (Keely/Ensemble)   NY Theatre: Fallen Angel, The Wild Party, Forty (OFF-BWAY). Other credits: Annie Get Your Gun (Annie) and The Pajama Game (Babe). TV/Film: ED (NBC), The Awkward Stage, a musical web series The Sunset Players, and a cabaret for BRAVO TV. Sari is dedicated to bringing expression through the arts to youth in at-risk communities. She has served as education director of Reprise Theatre Company’s  and Musical Theatre West, and continues to serve as as Program Director and Teaching Artist for The Johnny Mercer Foundation.  She co-created and Associate Directed Free Style for ASCAP and Reprise at the Ford Amphitheatre and is currently replicating the program for Skylight Theatre Company. BFA in Drama from NYU/Tisch, Groundlings, Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles, and MS in Counseling atCal State Fullerton.  A proud member of ARC at ANMT, AEA, & SAG.

A. J. Teshin (Desk Officer/Ensemble) is a session singer in Los Angeles.  Recent work includes a singing appearance on a recent episode of abc’s Castle.  Teshin also sang on the 2013 films Hangover 3, Despicable Me 2, Percy Jackson 2, and Disney’s Frozen.  He was a chorister in Verdi’s Requiem at the Hollywood Bowl, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and released on DVD. A few years ago, he sang on several infectious “$5 footlong” radio and tv spots for Subway. 

Justin Michael Wilcox* (Philippe) is Uber excited to be playing with all these wonderful people in this amazing show!  He was last seen on stage here in Santa Barbra at the Granada in My Fair Lady staring Jonathan Pryce and Cloris Leachman.  Recent LA credits as Joe in 9 to 5 and before that taking his clothes off and running into walls as Ethan in the Full Monty.  Other Credits include; National Tours of Cameron Mac’s Oliver!, Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line, and A Christmas Carol. Many thanks to friends, family, KMR, Osbrink,  Julie, Jan, and Gabby… for allowing me this gift. And to all of you for your love and support of live Theater!  Enjoy the show. 

Jan Roper (Composer/Musical Director) brings more than 25 years of experience in Los Angeles as a keyboard player, singer, songwriter, and arranger. She has also music directed numerous shows, including her own original rock opera, Jerusalem A.D. In 2010, the L.A. Weekly Theater Awards nominated Jan for Best Musical Director for her work in Godspell. She released her second CD in 2012 under her band name, The Horizons, titled The Sweetest Refrain, available on iTunes. Jan is co-owner of Breathing Room Music, a music production and licensing company for film and TV, and also teaches part-time on the keyboard faculty at Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Serving as staff music director at Church for the Nations in Glendale rounds out her busy life.

Gabrielle Wagner Mann* (Bookwriter, City of Light) – comes from a professional background of acting and singing.  Since making the transition to writer as well, she has had her one act musical “iWish” produced at the Colony Theatre in June 2012 (and was published), as well as at UC Irvine in March 2013.  She has been studying the writing end at ANMT and is extremely proud of “City ofLight.”  As an actress, she enjoyed a wonderful run of “Divorce! The musical” for which she was nominated for an Ovation Award 2010.  She was most recently seen on AMC’sMad Men, FX’s Wilfred, film Stonerville, and onstage last summer starring in the world premier of the musical A Ring in Brooklyn.  She also received a Garland nom for Best Lead in a Musical as Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera.  She also co-owns and sings with Christmas Matters Holiday Carolers, lives in Burbank, CA and is married with 2 wonderful sons.  More at www.gabriellewagner.com 

Julie Weiner (Lyricist/Stage Manager) has worked for many years in the television and software business prior to trying her hand at writing for the theatre, and is a graduate of The Academy of New Musical Theatre (ANMT) Core Curriculum program and its Full Length program.  The one act musical she co-wrote, “BankShot”, was produced at The Colony Theatre in Burbank in 2012 and again at the UCIrvine “Digital Natives” Festival in 2013.  It has also been published.  She would like to thank her mother, stepfather and grandparents for fostering this love of the theatre, and everyone at ANMT, Primary Stages, Adam Gwon, Kait Kerrigan and Anthony Asaro for the training and guidance they have provided along the way.

*Actors Equity Association

playfest logo“From Page to Stage or Screen and Vice Versa” Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM

In this panel, industry professionals discuss their experience in story development, the relationship of their theatre experiences (or love thereof) to the work they now create in screen mediums, the trend of plays and especially musicals, being created from sources originating in movies or television and the creative opportunities for theatre writers to support their theatre passion through careers in television, film and perhaps, new media.

Moderated by PlayFest Co-Artistic Director, R. Michael Gros. Panelists scheduled to appear are Cheri Steinkellner, Paul Clay, Jack Kenny, and Dava Saval.

Cheri Steinkellner, Panelist “From Page to Stage or Screen and Vice Versa”

CHERI STEINKELLNER has won four Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes, The People’s Choice, BAFTA, Writers Guild, Parents Choice and TV Land Legend Awards, for writing and producing Cheers, The Jeffersons, Who’s The Boss, Family Ties, Benson, Bob and the acclaimed Disney animated series and feature film Teacher’s Pet. A 2011 Tony-nominee for writing the Best Book of a Musical – Sister Act (written with Bill, Alan Menken and Glenn Slater); Cheri’s current Indy-winning, Ovation-nominated Broadway-bound musical, Hello! My Baby, goes into production as California’s first All-State High School Musical this Spring. A founding member of InstaPlay – L.A.’s original and longest-running all-improvised musical-comedy, Cheri teaches writing at Stanford and UCSB in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA where she and Bill live and raised their three favorite children/writers/artists: Kit, Teddy, and Emma.

Paul ClayPaul Clay, Panelist “From Page to Stage or Screen and Vice Versa”

Paul Clay is a comedian and comedy-writer. As a comedian, he has appeared at clubs, colleges and showrooms across the country, and made many television appearances, including on Showtime and Evening at the Improv. Paul is also an Emmy-nominated writer who has written, directed and produced for talk shows and sit-coms. He has Executive Produced pilots for all of the major networks. 

_MG_7981Jack Kenny, Panelist “From Page to Stage or Screen and Vice Versa”

Most recently, Jack was the showrunner of Warehouse 13 on the Syfy channel. He also created the controversial NBC seriesThe Book of Daniel and FOX’s Titus, and has written for In Case of EmergencyWanda At LargeCaroline in the City, Holding the Baby, Maggie and Dave’s World, among others.  He has directed episodes of TitusRebaRoommates, Warehouse 13 and Norman Rockwell is Bleeding, a comedy special for Showtime 

Jack was also an actor for 15 years, and has performed on Broadway (Fiddler on the Roof, Café Crown), off-Broadway (NYSF/Public Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Manhattan Punch Line, etc), and in regional theatres across the country. He’s a graduate of the Juilliard Theatre School and a member of The Acting Company. He shares his life with Michael Goodell, his partner of 31 years.

Dava Saval, Panelist “From Page to Stage or Screen and Vice Versa”

Dava Savel first started writing sketch material in New York as part of the comedy team of ‘Cillo & Savel.  After six years of performing in cabarets, commercials and radio, Savel moved to LA and got her break writing jokes for an NBC game show. Her credits have since gotten better. They include : “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show”, “Dream On”, “Grace Under Fire” (People’s Choice Award), “Dinosaurs”, “Will & Grace“, “Dharma & Greg”, “The Tony Danza Show”, “Book of Daniel” and Disney Channel’s “That’s So Raven” for which she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Children’s Television.

In 1997, she won an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award for co-writing and executive producing the infamous “coming out” episode of “Ellen” as well as a WGA Award nomination. She is currently writing a pilot for Nickelodeon and mentoring young new television writers who are insane to want to get in this business.

 

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