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Boys' Life by Hoard Korder BOYS' LIFE: JANUARY 30 - MARCH 7, 2015

BOYS' LIFE is Howard Korder’s Pulitzer Prize nominated 1980s comedy about the misadventures of three New York City post-college buddies as they haplessly navigate friendship, life, and the women in their lives.

Written by Howard Korder
Directed by Jack Stehlin

with New American Theatre members Brendan Brandt, Maggie Contreras, Romy Cutler-Lengyel, Kasey Dailey, Laura Garland, Brendan Gill, Ally Gordon, Noah James, Jeff Kongs, Kate Parkin, Chelsea Povall, Ioanna Meli, Carly Waldman. 

Dates: Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, January 30 - March 7, 2015

Venue: The New American Theatre at the Theatre Asylum:
1078 N. Lillian Way, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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Boys' Life is double cast. Here's the cast and dates:

January 30, 31, February 13, 21, 27, March 7
February 6, 7, 14, 20, 28, March 6
Brendan Brandt
Romy Cutler-Lengyl
Kasey Dailey
Laura Garland
Brendan Gill
Ally Gordan
Noah James
Jeff Kongs
Chelsea Povall
Brendan Brandt
Maggie Contreras
Brendan Gill
Noah James
Jeff Kongs
Ioanna Meli
Kate Parkin
Chelsea Povall
Carly Waldman

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Brendan Brandt BRENDAN BRANDT Phil
A NAT/Circus member for 7 years, previous work with NAT includes A Midsummer Night's Dream, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Getting Out, Tennessee Williams’ 5 Beauties, and seven original one-acts for four of NAT’s festivals (Including one he wrote-Exigence). Other LA Theater: the premiere of Wild Geese at the Skylight, Godspell in Glendale, Miss Margarida’s Way at the Odyssey, and Twist at the Avery Shreiber. TV-Last Man Standing, Criminal Minds:Suspect Behavior, Working Class, Close To Home. Film-Starla, Life Tracker, Mob Rules. Brendan also directed/produced a documentary, “Victor’s Last Class” which is in the final stages of post production. 
Maggie Contreras MAGGIE CONTRERAS Carla (Eastsiders cast)
This is Maggie’s third show with NAT.  Theatre credits include Love Lessons-Jermyn St. & The Finborough (London), Marina in Pericles Prince of Tyre, Caliban in The Tempestat London Marymount Theatre. DC Theatre: Claire in Proof, Aphrodite in Metamorphosis, Film/TV credits include Criminal Minds, Greek, Law and Order: LA. Training: The George Washington University, London Dramatic Academy, Boston University Other: Maggie is also a writer.  Her mini-series Love Lessons was sold and is in development in the UK. She's a founding member of Drama Works: LASP which brings Shakespeare into underprivileged LA high schools.
Romy Cutler-Lengyel ROMY CUTLER-LENGYL Karen (Westsiders cast)
Romy has been a part of NAT since 2013. She is a native to Los Angeles and studied drama at LAMDA and BADA in England and has a BA in Sociology from UCSB. She has been a voice actor on films such as The Hunger Games, Gone Girl and Grey's anatomy and is a co-creator of the web series Blissville. She is grateful to be a part of this community of artists and thankful to her supportive family and friends. Thanks to Jack and Jeannine and for this wonderful ensemble of story tellers. 
Kasey Dailey KAISEY DAILEY Maggie (Westsiders cast)
Kasey Dailey studied BFA Acting and Musical Theater at Marymount Manhattan College before moving to Los Angeles. She most recently has co-starred on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but has also worked with the IFC Channel, MTV, Joel Schumacher, and The Kennedy Center. She is thrilled to be continuing her journey with The New American Theater Company and is so thankful to be apart of this amazing show. 
Laura Garland LAURA GARLAND Carla (Westsiders cast)
Laura joined NAT in  2014. She is from a tiny town in Sonoma County and attended theater conservatories at PCPA on Caifornia's gorgeous Central Coast as well as SUNY Purchase in Westchester New York. She also has a BA in Anthropology and works as a birth and postpartum doula. She is deeply grateful to have discovered this haven of artistry and honesty, and delighted to have joined a community of such dedicated, hard working artists. Thanks to Jack and Jeannine for creating this sacred space.
Brendan was last seen as James Hosty in the Little Fish Theatre's production of the critically acclaimed Oswald: The Actual Interrogation. Boy's Life marks his first production with the New American Theatre. He is excited to play the part of MAN, a role for which he has been preparing all his life. 
ALLY GORDON ALLY GORDON Lisa (Westsiders cast)
Ally is originally from Los Angeles. She received her MFA in Acting from the New School for Drama (NSD) in New York as well as her BFA in Acting from UC Santa Barbara. TV: Louie (FX, Dir. Louie CK) Theater: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hermia, NSD)Pygmalion (Clara, Shakespeare Santa Cruz)Angels in America (Hannah Pitt, UCSB) and Three Sisters (Natasha, UCSB). Ally is thrilled to be a member of The New American Theater Ensemble and for the opportunity to work with this talented group of artists. For more info on Ally, visit


Noah James attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied at The Meisner Studio, The Experimental Theatre Wing, Stonestreet Studios, and abroad at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He most recently appeared at The Odyssey Theater in Jason Alexander's production of Broadway Bound, and in The Blank Theater's Knockout Mouse. Television/Film credits include: '90210', 'Dog it Down', 'In Development', and 'Letters'. A proud member of The New American Theatre since 2013. Representation: Media Artists Group, managed by Lynda Bensky and Bruce Tufeld.
Jeff Kongs is a proud member of the New American Theatre Company and is ecstatic to be performing in his first main stage production with the company. Jeff is the Artistic Director of, a company that is dedicated to making engaging 30 second genre films. Jeff was just recently seen with fellow actor Noah James in the Blank Theatre’s production of Knockout Mouse. Thank you to NAT for the opportunity and wonderfully challenging role and to his fellow actors, family, friends and beautiful Diana, for their unending support. 
KATE PARKIN KATE PARKIN Maggie (Eastsiders cast)
With New American Theatre: Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena), Fighting Mr. Right (Marla), Hookman (Jess). She is a graduate of Ithaca College and an alumni of The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Theater Institute; she also studied at the St. Petersburg Arts Academy & at Shakespeare’s Globe. Previous roles: Christy (It’s Just Lunch, Fresh Produc’d LA), Dora (Adoration of Dora, Laguna Beach Art Walk), Rosalind (As You Like It, Damned Spot Productions), Catherine (Proof, Ithaca Underground Theatre), Eurydice (Eurydice, O’Neill Theater Center). TV/Film Credits: The Middle (ABC), Death Kind OfLove & Teleportation. Kate also leads a double life on Youtube writing/performing Harry Potter musical parodies - her videos have received about a million views by muggles & wizards alike. (
CHELSEA POVALL CHELSEA POVALL The Girl (Westsiders and Eastsiders cast)
With New American Theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Julius Caesar, I Never Sang for My Father, Macbeth, The Women, The Festival of New One Act Plays, and 365 Days/365 Plays. Other credits include: Romeo & Juliet (Juliet US) The Night of the Black Cat, Brigadoon, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Sound of Music, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Annie Get Your Gun, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and  Oklahoma!. She was also a Lead Singer/Dancer for Holland America Cruise Lines.  PCPA Graduate.  New American Theatre Company Member.
ioanna meli IOANNA MELI Karen (Eastsiders cast)
Born and raised in Greece, Ioanna's training includes a BA Drama & Theatre Arts (Goldsmiths College University of London), an MFA Acting for Film (New York Film Academy, LA) and a Musical Theatre certificate (Guildhall School of Music & Drama). Award winning film credits include A Little Part of You (winner Best Lead Actress Award, New York City International Film Festival 2014), Elvis' Last Song (dir. V. Raissis), Mickey (dir. J. Dukes) and Moose (dir. B. Dillon). Theatre credits include Ryanne in Red Like Snow, Karen in The Children's Hour, Prudence in Beyond Therapy. Ioanna is delighted to be working alongside such wonderful artists as a proud member of The New American Theatre!
carly waldman CARLY WALDMAN Lisa (Eastsiders cast)
Carly was born and raised in the beautiful Bay Area. She recently graduated from Boston University with a BFA in Acting. She also received a certificate of Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Some of her favorite Boston credits include Mary’s Wedding (Mary), The Imaginary Invalid (Angelique), Arcadia (Chloe). LAMDA credits: Julius Caesar (Cassius) and The Country Wife (Lady Fidget). Carly is a recent member of the New American Theatre Company. She is thrilled to be working with such a wonderfully dedicated team.
  HOWARD KORDER Playwright
Howard Korder was born in New York City. His plays include Boys’ Life, Search and Destroy, The Lights, Fun, Nobody, Night Maneuver, and The Hollow Lands.

Jack Stehlin JACK STEHLIN Director/Artistic Director, The New American Theatre
Jack founded Circus Theatricals in 1983. The company changed its name to The New American Theatre in 2011. He has produced more that 50 plays in Los Angeles and New York. An award-winning actor/director, Jack is perhaps best known on television as DEA captain Roy Till on the popular Showtime series Weeds. As a director, Jack has directed over 20 stage productions in Los Angeles and New York, including A Midsummer Night's Dream, Julius Caesar, Bedfellows, The Cherry Orchard (starring Alfred Molina, Jill Gascoine and Stephanie Zimbalist), Auto De Fe, Gibberish, A Man Who Knows How to Hold a Baby, Three Sisters, Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Complexity, Iphigenia in Aulis, The Misanthrope, Tartuffe, As You Like It, True West, Scapin, Danton’s Death and Macbeth. Regionally, he directed Speed-the-Plow (Alley Theatre, Houston), Driving Miss Daisy (Stages Rep. in Houston), and My Sister in This House at The Juilliard School. This past year, he directed the short film Game 7. He has had many guest-starring roles on countless TV fan favorites, such as NCIS Los Angeles, NCIS, The Event Dark Blue, Without a Trace, Monk, JAG, The Practice, ER, NYPD Blue. Recent films include Chicago 8 and Wilde Salome starring and directed by Al Pacino. Jack has extensive Los Angeles, New York, Regional and worldwide stage credits, including nine productions at New York’s Public Theatre, Salome (Los Angeles w/Al Pacino), and Titus Redux at the Kirk Douglas Theatre (co-production with Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble.) Jack is an alumnus of John Houseman’s The Acting Company and a graduate of The Juilliard School. 
Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin JEANNINE WISNOSKY STEHLIN Producer
Producer: 80+ plays for New American Theatre/Circus Theatricals including; More Lies About Jerzy (dir. David Trainer), Midsummer Night's Dream, Julius Caesar, Bedfellows, 18 One Act Festivals, As Is, Five Beauties by Tennessee Williams, I Never Sang for My Father, Sister Cities (world premiere), Titus Redux (w/ Not Man Apart at Kirk Douglas Theatre and RADAR-LA), LA/Off-Broadway productions of, Harm's Way, The Job; Many New American Theatre/Odyssey Theatre co-productions. Short film Game 7, (2013 Naperville Independent Film Festival finalist). As an actor; Jeannine had done numerous plays in LA and Chicago. Film/TV: Watch It, Rancho Cucamonga, Chicago 8. She made her TV debut as a preschooler on the children's program, Romper Room. Jeannine has a B.S. in Advertising from University of Illinois and an M.B.A. in Marketing from Illinois Institute of Technology.





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