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The Circus Theatricals Festival
of One Act Plays 2007/2008

Circus Theatricals presents an evening of one act plays, all Los Angeles premieres! Written by seasoned and emerging playwrights, starring The Circus Theatrical Studio Ensemble.




Phyllis and Eliot, Parts I, II and III
written by: Stephen McFeely
directed by: Elise Robertson
Starring: Steven O'Mahoney and Susan Ziegler

The Birds Sing Too Loud
written by: Jack Kenny
directed by: Elise Robertson
Starring: Jerry Goble, Emma Messenger, Bryna Weiss

written by: Jerry Lambert
directed by: Jordan Lund
Starring: Byron Field, Dedalus Hyde, Floyd Lewis, Cameron Meyer, Kathryn Playa

Moon Man
written by: Jami Brandli
directed by: Jack Stehlin
Starring: Daniel Hart Donoghue, Jill Gascoine, Tom Groenwald

Regular Thursday Night
written & directed by: Joe Bays
Starring: Joe Bays and Stacy Cole

written by: James McLindon
directed by: Steven Friedland
Starring: Josh Allen, Jenni Fontana

written by: Mark Harvey Levine
directed by: Alli Steinberg
Starring: Joe Bays, John T. Cogan, Donna Luisa Guinan, Ron Hunter, Jessica Noboa

Star Song
written by: Joseph Gallo
directed by: Robert Cicchini
Starring: Julia Devine, Chelsea Povall, Elizabeth Southard, Vanessa Waters

lights Derrick McDaniel
costumes Kitty Rose

Reservations: 323.960.1054






















Josh Allen

JOSH ALLEN (Luke in Safe)

With Circus Theatricals: Harm's Way, Sebastian in Twelfth Night.

Oorginally hails from Providence, RI ome previous theatre credits before coming to Los Angeles include: Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing, Ferdinand in The Tempest, Hamlet in Hamlet, Noah in The Grapes of Wrath, The Young Man in The American Dream and Goose in Goose and Tomtom. This is Josh's first production both with Circus Theatricals and Los Angeles. Member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

Member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble

Joe Bays

JOE BAYS (writer/director/actor in Regular Thursday Night, David in Saver )

With Circus Theatricals: Twelfth Night, The Adding Machine, Love & Sex over Dinner & Drinks (writer/director), The Circle.

LA theatrical credits include Elegies for Angels, Punks & Raging Queens at the Attic. New York credits include Dispatches From Hell, Streamers and W.C. Fields - 100 Proof. He was also in As You Like It at the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Death of a Salesman and O. Henry’s Christmas at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre. Film and TV credits include “That Championship Season”, “Mike Hammer”, “3rd Rock From the Sun”, “Even Stevens” “Office Space”, “Space Jam”, “Office Space”, “Indecent Proposal”, and the upcoming film “Shopgirl” with Steve Martin. Joe is Literary Coordinator for Circus Theatricals.

Member:Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

Stacy Cole

STACY COLE - (Nola in Regular Thursday Night)

With Circus Theatricals:   The Adding Machine, The Heiress,and Love&Sex Over Dinner& Drinks.

Other select Stage includes: Cherechez Dave Robiceaux, The Secret Garden, A Chorus Line, Twelfth Night,Gianni Schicci, and Cindy Cinderella: An American Fairy Tale which gained Stacy a PAGE Award Nomination for ‘Best Actress’ from The Dearborn Press & Guide. TV credits:guest star as Diane in “The Bold and the Beautiful”(CBS), Desdemona in “Othello” for BackStage Pass (PBS), as herself singing at the opening ceremonies for the PGARyder Cup 2004 presented by Dan Hicks and Samuel L. Jackson. Most recently, produced/co-starred in film short “Regular Thursday Night” www.freewebs .com/rtnight; (creator/co- writer/ producer/actor) for short “Getting to Know V”; (actor) the Literary Agent in “Nice Guys” ( Recently, Stacy co-produced and, played Marietta opposite Ray Abruzzo in a staged reading of MACHIAVELLI by Richard Vetere, directed by Dan Lauria and Jack Stehlin which also starred Gary Blumsack, Paul Ben Victor, & Robert Cicchini as part of the Bruno Kirby Celebrity Reading Series at the Hayworth Theatre. www.

Member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble

John T. Cogan

JOHN T. COGAN (Arthur in Saver)

With Circus Theatricals: Twelfth Night, Week 50 365 Days/Plays.

John is thrilled to be a member of a company filled with so many passionate, talented actors.  John believes everything worth doing is worth doing poorly several times until you get it right, and then it's worth doing brilliantly for as long as it can be done.

A graduate of the UCLA, School of Theater, Film & Television, he has also been seen as a detective in Murder by Misadventure, a thug in Riff Raff, and young love in Spaghetti & Apple Pie at the the Group Repertory Theater. John looks forward to making your head explode in this, and hopefully, many more Circus Theatricals productions to come.

Member: Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

Julia Devine

JULIA DEVINE (Friend #3 in Star Song )

With Circus Theatricals:Composer/Musician/Actor in Twelfth Night

Julia Devine, a new member of Circus Theatricals, is thrilled to be making her Circus debut. She has worked with the American Repertory Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Arden Theatre Company and Arena Stage, among others. Favorite roles include: “Pipe” in The Provoked Wife directed by Mark Wing-Davey at the American Repertory Theatre, “Rosaline” in Love’s Labour’s Lost at the ART Institute, “Girl” in The Transfiguration of Benno Blimpie directed by Marcus Stern, and “Ilse” in Spring Awakening directed by Janůs Szasz at the Moscow Art Theatre and American Repertory Theatre. An accordionist and pianist, she composes music and performs throughout Los Angeles. She recently received her MFA in Acting from the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University.

Member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble

Daniel Hart Donoghue

Daniel Hart Donoghue


With Circus Theatricals: Twelfth Night, The Adding Machine, The Heiress.

Newly arrived to the Los Angeles area, Daniel was most recently seen as Phil in David Darmstaedter's Beach Play. Other stage credits include: Marius, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Orpheus Descending, and A View From the Bridge."

Member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble


Byron Field

Byron Field

BYRON FIELD (Kevin in Joey)

With Circus Theatricals: Love & Sex over Dinner & Drinks, Antigone, As You LIke It, Loose Ends, The Three Sisters, The SeaGull, Straight Talk, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Another Part of the Forest Careless Love (Theatre Group), Men Without Dates (Artists Play Circle) and Long Days Journey in to Night (Artists Play Circle). Film/TV credits include: "Carpoolers," (ABC), series regular on “Spyder Games” (MTV), “Chain of Command” (HBO Movie), “City Guys” (NBC) and “The Real McCoy” (Propaganda Films).



Member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble

Jenni Fontana

Jenni Fontana

JENNI FONTANA (Joyce in Safe)

Jenni is thrilled to be making her debut with Circus, having recently moved from Chicago where she worked in theatre for over 10 years. LA credits: Still Photos at Celebration Theatre. Recent Chicago roles: Mary Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at ATC; Lady Oona O’Neill Chaplin in Piven Theatre’s world premiere Lady Chaplin & Her Tramp; Francesca in Live Bait’s critically acclaimed Blind Tasting (Jeff Citation nomination, Best Supporting Actress). Additional Chicago credits: Buffalo Theatre (The Weir), Circle Theatre (On the Verge, Salome), Theo Ubique (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), Prop Theatre (1001 Afternoons in Chicago), as well as productions with Steppenwolf, Northlight, Profiles, Pegasus, Griffin, TinFish, and Camenae Theatres. Member: Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

Jill Gascoine

Jill Gascoine

JILL GASCOINE (Lilith in Moon Man)

With Circus Theatricals, Sister Cities, Madame Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard. Other roles with Circus Theatricals include Queen Elizabeth in Richard III, for which she received an LA Weekly Award Nomination for "Supporting Female Performance," and Queen Gertrude in "Hamlet."

Born in London, Jill's vast theatre credits include "St. Joan," "Antigone," "Twelfth Night," "Uncle Vanya," "Arms & the Man," "Candida," "Anthony and Cleopatra," "A Streetcar Named Desire," "Joan of Lorraine," "Night of the Iguana," "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," "Night Street", "42nd Street," "Destry Rides Again," and "Pal Joey." She starred in the long-running UK television series "The Gentle Touch" and then starred as the same character in its spin-off series "Cat's Eyes."

L.A. television/film credits include "Baseketball," Northern Exposure," and "Touched by an Angel." A published novelist,Jill is working on her foruth book. She is married to actor Alfred Molina, and recently became a United States citizen. Jill is a Circus Theatricals Associate Artist.

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Circus Theatricals Associate Artist

Jerry Goble

Jerry Goble

JERRY GOBLE (Mitch in The Birds Sing Too Loud)

Circus Theatricals credits include:Twelfth Night, Week 50 in 365 Days/365 Plays, Iphigenia in Aulis, The Circle, Macbeth, As You Like It, Tartuffe, Antigone, Loose Ends, Three Sisters, and Hamlet.

Other theatre credits include: Burn This, The Marriage of Bette & Boo, New York Stories, The Shadowbox, Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, and Waiting For Lefty which he also produced and directed. Film credits include "Deep Blue Sea," "Diablo," "The Neighborhood". Television credits include appearances on "The Nick Cannon Show," and "The Amanda Bynes Show" for Nickelodeon.

Member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble

Tom Groenwald

TOM GROENWALD (Frankie in Moon Man)

Stage credits include: The Big Ever After, Cenci (ARK Theatre Co), Damage Control (Noble Fool), MacBett (Greasy Joan Theatre), Private Eyes, The Secret Rapture (Element Theatre), and more. TV/Film: "Early Edition," "Lady Blue," "Heavens Fall," "Night Night." MFA Northwestern, BFA Depaul/Goodman School of Drama. Member, Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

Donna Luisa Guinan


With Circus Theatricals:Iphigenia in Aulis, The Circle, Amanda in The Glass Menagerie ("Great Scenes from Classic American Plays").

Other theatre: Quilters, Love’s Labor’s Lost, As You Like It, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew, Third and Oak, A Couple of White Chicks Sitting Around Talking. Film: "Bulletproof," "David Proshker," "Between You and Me," "Notoriety."

Member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble

Ronald Hunter

RONALD HUNTER (Father in Saver)

Ronald Hunter has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway and spent many seasons with various regional theatres on all three coasts. He received an MFA degree from NYU's Tisch Scool of the Arts.


Member: Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

Dedalus Hyde

DEDALUS HYDE (Bob in Joey)

With Circus Theatricals: Twelfth Night

Dedalus has recently returned to the acting world after a decade living in San Francisco and working in the mental health care field. Prior to that, he studied at UCLA and appeared in a number of TV shows, including “Beverly Hills 90210”, “Melrose Place”, and “Murder She Wrote”, amongst others. Since returning to Los Angeles one year ago, he has worked in over 10 short films and landed several roles on TV. His recent theater credits include the leads in the original one-act play If Only at the Marin County Fringe Festival and in The Sure Thing at the Walch Acting Workshop Showcase.

Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.


Floyd Lewis

Floyd Lewis


With Circus Theatricals: Twelfth Night, Barnette Lloyd in Crimes of the Heart (Great Scenes from Pulitzer Prize Winning Plays), Oscar in Another Part of the Forest (" Great Scenes from Classic American Plays") Tuzenbach in Three Sisters (" Great Scenes by Anton Chekhov") Norman in Boys Next Door ("Ten Great Scenes"). Most recently in L.A. as Kurt in Drunk Talk. Originally from North Carolina, Floyd is a UCLA graduate,proud member of Circus Theatricals Studio for Actors and just living the dream!


Member: Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

Emma Messenger

Emma Messenger

EMMA MESSENGER (Delores in The Birds Sing Too Loud)

Originally from England, Emma spent her childhood in Texas. She graduated from TAMU with BA’s in both Theater and English. She interned at American Stage in St. Petersburg, Florida. Favorite roles include Julia in Lend Me a Tenor, Maria in Twelfth Night, Stella in Dear Liar, Eleanor in The Lion in Winter, and Amanda in The Glass Menagerie. Emma recently finished acting in the independent film Young Again. She can also be seen in the online pilot for Retail at

Member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble

Cameron Meyer

CAMERON MEYER (Janet in Joey)

Cameron Meyer is a new member of Circus Theatricals and is thrilled to be a part of this production. New York and L.A. theatre credits include: “Cold/Tender” (Theatre at Boston Court, directed by Jessica Kubzansky), “Six Characters In Search Of an Author” (Off-Broadway), “Sounds from a Converted Garage” (The Groundlings), “Italian-American Reconciliation” (Zephyr Theater), “Crime Scene” (Sacred Fools Co.). Television: “Monk,” “Veronica Mars,” “Day Break,” “As The World Turns,” “All My Children.” Sketch comedy: “Sands of Passion” ( – directed by Jerry Zucker), and weekly performances at The Laugh Factory, The Friars Club of Beverly Hills, and Improv Olympic West. Training: Yale, Wynn Handman Studio. Awards: Gold medal, International Radio Festival for voiceover work in “Flashback Pop Quiz.” Thanks to Jack and Jeannine Stehlin and to Jordan Lund. Special thanks to David Breckman.

Member: Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble

Jessica Noboa

Jessica Noboa

JESSICA NOBOA (Irene in Saver)

With Circus Theatricals: Maria in The Heiress, Irina in The Three Sisters (Great Scenes from Chekov and Ibsen). Jessica recently finished two productions, A Tribute to SNL and A Boys Life, at Hollywood Fight Club Theater. Before that she was living in the rainy city of Seattle, Washington, where she played Balthasar in an all-girls production of Romeo and Juliet. Some of her other works include Laura in the Glass Menagerie and Eng-Eling in Golden Child.

Member Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble

Stephen O'Mahoney

Stephen O'Mahoney


STEPHEN O'MAHONEY (Eliot in Phyllis and Eliot, Parts I, II and III )

Theatre: Harvey (Laguna Playhouse), Truckline Cafe (William Alderson Theater), Television: "Desperate Housewives", "The O.C"., "NYPD Blue", others.




Member: Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble

Kathryn Playa

Kathryn Playa

KATHRYN PLAYA (Lisa in Joey)

Kathryn Playa has had a fascinating journey through the world of theology and soup kitchens, including a few years as a high school religion teacher, before pursuing her career as an actress. Some of her favorite theatrical roles include Lorna Moon in Golden Boy, (MacGuffin Theater Co), Dorothy in “The Thin Man” (Urban Empire),“The Trip to Bountiful” (Provincetown Rep), Stone in Ray Bradbury’s “Kaleidescope” (at the Blue Heron Theater and the NYC Fringe Festival, directed by Hilary Adams), Christine in “Phantom of the Opera” and the Nurse in “Romeo and Juliet”. Kathryn has starred in several independant films, as well as appeared on “Saturday Night Live” and “ESPN”. She is a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City and The British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England.

Member, Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

Chelsea Povall

Chelsea Povall

CHELSEA POVALL (Friend #2 in Star Song)

With Circus Theatricals: Week 50 in 365 Days/Plays

Born and raised in the LA area, Chelsea’s theater credits include: The Night of the Black Cat at Edgemar Center for the Arts, Brigadoon GCT, at PCPA Theaterfest: Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Sound of Music, and Brighton Beach Memoirs. At Tuacahn Amphitheater: Annie Get your Gun, Seven Brides... Oklahoma!, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She also performed as a Lead Singer and Dancer for Holland America Cruise Lines, in Alaska and the Caribbean. She is a graduate of The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. (PCPA).

Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.


Elizabeth Southard

Elizabeth Southard

ELIZABETH SOUTHARD (Narrator in Star Song)

With Circus Theatricals: Week 50 365 Days/Play, Weedwacker, an original musical; Great Scenes from American Playwrights and Questionable Acts showcase. Other theatre, Doris in Kamasutra at The Eclectic Company Theatre’s One Act Festival and Dr. Bluf in Pomp & Circumstance at The Matrix Theatre, Past theatre credits include Mrs. Somers in Paddywack, Paulina in Death & The Maiden and Mary in Run For Your Wife.

Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

Vanessa Waters

VANESSA WATERS (Friend #1 in Star Song)

With Circus Theatricals: Directed Week 50 of 365 Days/Plays.

Vanessa has made many appearances on stage here in Los Angeles. Some favorite roles are: Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jessica in The Merchant of Venice, Jill in Johnson Over Jordan, Helen in Baby with the Bathwater, Petra in An Enemy of the People and Queen Elizabeth in Richard III. She has enoyed working as an assistant director and director for theater as well. Vanessa has also had much fun acting for the camera in film and television. She especially enjoys working as a loop group, voice over artist. Vanessa is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts and received her BFA in Theater from Ithaca College.

Member: Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

Bryna Weiss

BRYNA WEISS (Clarice in The Birds Sing Too Loud)

This is Bryna's first Circus Theatricals production. She appeared at D.C.'s Kennedy Center in "Transfiguration at Precint #__", at Studio Arena in--THE ROSE TATTOO (w/Olympia Dukakis), OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS (w/Swoosie Kurtz), THE MUSIC MAN,  and MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN, etc., most recently at The Laguna Playhouse as Zippa in  the award winning Israeli play, THE MASTER OF THE HOUSE.  At The Playhouse, which she and her husband, Joe built on Main Street in Buffalo's Theatre District,  Bryna served as Co-Executive Director and Artistic Director.  She produced some twenty productions; directed and acted in numerous Playhouse award-winners, most notably THE PRICE, MORNING'S AT SEVEN, and I  NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER.  In LA, Bryna appeared in  LOST UNCLES… (w/ Shelley Berman-The Court Theatre), CEMETERY CLUB (Theatre East) and ANASTASIA KRUPNIK (Gary Marshall's Falcon Theatre) and THE OLDEST PROFESSION at The Odyssey..   Bryna won LA Times raves for her roles in the Steven Schwartz/Studs Terkel  musical, WORKING (Ascending Artists Stage), THE LAST PITCH (American Renegade Theatre) and THE AMERICAN DREAM (w/Frances Bay). Bryna is also a member of The Road Theatre Company. She played in Jeff Passero's SALUTE TO BROADWAY and the Stephen Tobolowsky directed, World Premier of BLUE SILENCE and in the McCadden Theatre production of MY PRESIDENT.  She has appeared in her award winning one-woman play, LILY, by Hindi Brooks,  in New York State (Artpark,JCC, Anne Frank Exhibit);  in LA(Odyssey Theatre, Beverly Hills and Main Libraries, etc.), Switzerland, Italy, Israel, London, Australia, Hawaii, Mexico and Canada and all over the U.S.  Bryna's supporting roles in feature films include  SLUMS OF BEVERLY HILLS (w/Alan Arkin), DELICATESSEN STORY (w/ Jerry Adler and Brad Garrett of  Everybody Loves Raymond), GOSSIP-THE EVIL TONGUE (Jewish Film Festivals,etc.),  the award winning, ASHES,   SCREWY LOUIE (w/Jeff Fahey),  QUALITY OF LIFE,  MY DARK LADY, TAXI, (w/Queen Latifah), KEEPING UP WITH THE STEINS (w/Gary Marshall, Daryl Hanna, Richard Benjamin, Doris Roberts and Neal Diamond) and ALIBI (w/ Joe Estevez).  She has just been cast in the feature film, "Not Forgotten" (starring Simon Baker).  Bryna has appeared in numerous  national commercials; has co-starred and guest starred often in TV's NYPD Blue, The District, Two of a Kind, Life with Bonnie,  The O'Keefes, The Drew Carey Show, The Gilmore Girls, Reno 911, Rodney, the pilot, More, Patience, and most recently, House and Desperate Housewives.    On Public Television, she guest-hosted episodes of ARTSCENE interviewing O.J. Simpson, Tony Bennett, Kate Reid and others.   


Susan Ziegler

Susan Ziegler

SUSAN ZIEGLER (Phyllis in Phyllis and Eliot, Parts I, II and III )

With Circus Theatricals: Sister Cities, The Circle, Lady Macduff in Macbeth, Rosalind in As You Like It, and What Went Wrong with the King and Queen of America.

Off-Broadway includes: Oona and Lurleen (The Public Theatre), Angel City, Suicide in B Flat, Hamlet, The Duchess of Malfi and the title character in Co-Dependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (The Public Theate: W.O.W. Cafe.). LA theatre includes: the critically acclaimed Cheyenne (The Lillian), The American Way, Under My Thumb (as Marianne Faithfull), and Boiler Room (Actors Art Theatre). TV includes: “The West Wing,” “Silk Stalkings,” “Arrest & Trial,” and “Days of Our Lives.” Recent film: “Lying in Wait (w/Rutger Hauer), and “Big Brother Trouble.” A graduate of NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing; member of Circus Theatricas Studio Ensemble, The Sevedor Conderaccy, Actors ARt Theatre and FirstStage.

Member: Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble




Jami Brandli

JAMI BRANDLI (playwright, Moon Man)

An Elliot Award Winning playwright, Jami Brandli has had plays produced and/or staged in New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, New Mexico and Washington DC where she was accepted as a Visiting Artist at the Kennedy Center for their Playwriting Intensive (2006, 2007). Most recently, she received a literature fellowship from SAC/Massachusetts Cultural Council and was a semi-finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Center. She also has a ten-minute play forthcoming in the Smith & Kraus Anthology The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2007, 2 Actors. For screenwriting, she's had six short films produced and served as the Chair of the 2007 Women in Film and Video/NE's screenwriting competition.  Her short stories have been published in Salt Hill, Other Voices, and Memorious.  She's currently a finalist for Disney ABC's 2008 Writing Fellowship and a proud member of The Dramatists Guild.

Robert Cicchini

Robert Cicchini

ROBERT CICCHINI (Director, Star Song)

As an actor: Numerous Circus Theatricals productions include performances in Twelfth Night,, Three Sisters, Hedda Gabler, Tartuffe, Modigliani, the Circle, Twelfth Night, The Job (Garland Award for Acting). As Director: The Lower Depths, The Maids, Antigone (Anouilh’s). Circus Theatricals Associate Artist. Member since 1987. As a director for Circus Theatricals: The Heiress, Antigone, The Maids, The Lower Depths.

Robert has over 100 credits in film, Television and the theatre. Recent films include: “War of the Worlds,” “Mrs. Harris,” and the upcoming “Dream Girls.” He has worked with many great film directors, including: Steven Spielberg, Francis Coppola, John Frankenheimer, Nike Nichols, and Spike Lee. His television credits include: future episodes of "CSI New York" and "Las Vegas," “CSI,” “Six Feet Under,” “Cold Case,” “24,” and most recently “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Desperate Housewives,” and the upcoming “State of Mind.”

Circus Theatricals Associate Artist

Steven Friedland

STEVEN FRIEDLAND (director, Safe)

Steven is the co-founder & co-artistic director of Crashbox Players, and has directed critically-acclaimed productions of “Ourselves Alone”, and “Oleanna”. He has also directed LA productions of “Betrayal” and “Scenes for American Life”. Steven also works as a television editor for such shows as “Disney’s Movie Surfers”, and the upcoming ABC series, “Here Come the Newlyweds”. Steven received his Master’s Degree in filmmaking from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and his Bachelor's Degree at Northwestern University where he majored in Theater. This is his first production with Circus Theatricals.

Joseph Gallo

Joseph Gallo

JOSEPH GALLO (Playwright, Star Song)

His play My Italy Story (Penguin Rep, TheatreWorks, Seton Hall University), which had its New York debut Off-Broadway at the 47th Street Theatre, and was nominated for the Gay Talese Literary Prize, was revived last season at 12 Miles West Theater in New Jersey. His work has also been seen in New York at the Obie award-winning Ice Factory Festival at the Ohio Theater, where he wrote and produced Tannhauser: The Play, and wrote the text for the dance/theater piece 80% of Love. His play Ya Gotta Believe _ was produced recently in Mile Square Theatre’s Seventh Inning Stretch Ten Minute Play Festival. His work has additionally been seen on the stages of HERE, Circle Rep Lab, Pearl Theater, Samuel Beckett Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, 78 th Street Theatre, Waterfront Ensemble, Atlantic Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse, Delaware Stage Company, Seven Angels Theatre, Orlando Fringe Festival, and at both the Hayworth Theatre and the Hudson Guild Theatre in Los Angeles.

Jack Kenny

Jack Kenny

JACK KENNY (playwright, The Birds Sing Too Loud)


Jack created the NBC series The Book of Daniel and FOX’s Titus, and has written for In Case of Emergency, Wanda At Large, Caroline in the City and Dave’s World, among others.  He has directed several episodes of Titus, the WB series Reba, the WB pilot Joint Custody, 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), off-Broadway, and in regional theatres.  He’s a graduate of the Juilliard School.


“Birds…” is the first play Jack has written since his high school musical version of Shakespeare’s Julius Ceasar, “Julie, We Hardly Knew Ye.”  Jack thanks his partner of 25 years, Michael, for putting up with his crazy aunts for 4 days!

Jerry Lambert

JERRY LAMBERT (playwright, Joey)

Jerry has made Circus Theatricals his theatrical home since 2001. He has acted in several of their productions, including Richard III, The Three Sisters, and two Festivals of New One Act Plays. Four of his short plays have been produced by Circus Theatricals, including “Straight Talk,” “Coffee To Go,” “Lipstick Sunset,” and now “Joey.” He recently won “Best Actor” at the Portland 48-Hour Film Festival for the film “Troisieme” that he co-wrote with Oregon filmmaker Brett Vai.l

Recent television and film work includes guest-starring roles on “Brothers and Sisters,” “King of the Hill,” “Cavemen,” and “Greek.” Jerry also starred on the ABC comedy series “Sons and Daughters” and has completed the film “Smother” with Diane Keaton.

Jerry would like to thank Jack and Jeannine Stehlin for their continued support of his work, and for helping to keep theatre relevant and very much alive in the 21 st century.

Mark Harvey Levine

MARK HARVEY LEVINE (playwright, Saver)

Mark Harvey Levine has had over 300 productions of his plays from New York to Prague to Sidney to Casablanca.  An evening of his plays, "Aperitivos", has been playing in Brazil (translated into Portuguese) since 2005 and is currently on a National Tour there.  Other evenings of his plays, "Cabfare For The Common Man" and "C'est Levine", have played in Los Angeles, Boston and Indianapolis.  His plays have been published in "Laugh Lines" (Vintage) and "Best Ten Minute Plays" 2004, 2005 and 2007 (Smith & Kraus).  He can't throw anything away, either.


Jordan Lund

JORDAN LUND (Director, Joey)

For Circus Theatricals: Twelfth Night, The Adding Machine, Weedwacker, Man.Gov, As You Like It, The Cherry Orchard, Tartuffe, First To The Egg, Bender, The Sanest Men in America.

Jordan appeared on Broadway at the (Belasco Theatre, NY Shakespeare Festival) in Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, and Macbeth all directed by Estelle Parsons. Also in NY: The Golem, Twelfth Night, and King John (NYSF Delacorte Theatre in Central Park), Eric Bogosian’s I Saw the Seven Angels (The Kitchen), Sleep and Tis Pity She’s A Whore (LaMama), Israel Horovitz’s Henry Lumper (the Actor’s Outlet), and BH Barry’s production of Treasure Island (Ohio Space). Regional credits include: Sir Peter Hall’s Romeo and Juliet (Ahmanson Theatre), Scapin directed by Bartlett Sher (Portland Stage Company), On The Waterfront (Cleveland PlayHouse), What the Butler Saw (Great Lakes Theatre Festival) and Scaramouche directed by BH Barry (TheatreVirgina). In the Bay Area Jordan appeared in the World Premieres of My Antonia (TheatreWorks), and Marius (Aurora Theatre).

Other Los Angeles theatre includes: The Cradle Will Rock (LA Weekly Award, Best Musical), Starr Struck, Hello Again (The Blank Theatre Company), The Shadow of a Gunman, Boo:An Evening of Ghost Stories, Ardele (Pacific Resident Theatre).

Over 75 film and TV appearances include: "Doc Hollywood", "Speed," "Species," "Lockup", "The American President," "The Rookie," "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man,""Life," "Fletch Lives", "Lonesome Dove", "The Stand," “Without A Trace”, "NYPD Blue," "Cop Rock", "Cheers," "Frasier," "Firefly", "Walker Texas Ranger," "Murphy Brown," "Life Goes On," "Law and Order," "Star Trek DS9 & TNG," "Enterprise," "Providence," "ER," "Chicago Hope" and "The Practice."

Jordan received his training at Carnegie-Mellon University. tlbrsm

Circus Theatricals Associate Artist

Steven McFeely

STEPHEN MCFEELY (Playwright At the Gateway of the Garden Gnome, Dull-Witted and So You Snore )

Theatre: Between Two Friends, Actors Theatre of Louisville (2001), Collision Theory, Theatre of NOTE (2002).

With Circus Theatricals: What Went Wrong with the King and Queen of America (2002).

Film: (all co-written with Christopher Markus): The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004), Emmy and Writers Guild Awards. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005), Hugo, Saturn, and Humanitas nominations. You Kill Me (2007), directed by John Dahl, starring Sir Ben Kingsley. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian will be released in 2008.

James McLindon

JAMES MCLINDON (playwright, Safe)

James McLindon will have four full-length and five one-act plays produced in 2007-08 in theaters across the country, eight of them world premieres. His play, Distant Music , a finalist for the Kaufman and Hart Prize for New American Comedy, enjoyed three productions last spring, including a sold-out run by the Image Theater in Lowell, Mass. which was remounted in Boston this past October. His play, Dusk, premiered at the Grove Theater Center in Burbank last June (“Recommended,” L. A. Times). His play, A Brief History of Penguins and Promiscuity will open at the Grove in January, 2008.

Elise Robertson

Elise Robertson

ELISE ROBERTSON (director At the Gateway of the Garden Gnome, Dull-Witted and So You Snore and The Birds Sing Too Loud)

For Circus Theatricals: directing credits include Seduced, Sister Cities, Ellipses..., What Went Wrong wth the King and Queen of America; also writer/director Max (Circus Theatricals 7th Annual Festival of New One Act Plays); and actor in The Circle, Antigone, Deconstructing the Torah, Loose Ends, The Three Sisters,The Seagull

Other Theatre: Ourselves Alone, Oleanna, Betrayal, Amadeus. TV: "Six Feet Under," "Grey's Anatomy," "Gilmore Girls," "2 1/2 Men," "10-8," "Miss Match," "Passions."  Film: "Good Humor Man," "Eros." Elise is also an Emmy and Cine Golden Eagle award winning television director.  Credits include:  Ralph Ellison's "King of the Bingo Game", F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Sensible Thing," director of dramatic scenes for "Ralph Ellison: An American Journey."

Circus Theatricals Associate Artist. Teacher of Scene Study with Performance Workshop, Mondays at Circus Theatricals

Jack Stehlin

JACK STEHLIN (Director of Moon Man / Circus Theatricals Artistic Director)

Jack founded Circus Theatricals in New York in 1983, and has produced over 40 plays in NYC and Los Angeles. An award-winning actor, Jack has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, and stages around the world. Jack is an alumnus of John Houseman's The Acting Company and a graduate of the Juilliard School. Most recently, he as seen on stage in the Circus Theatricals production of Complexity, and the Los Angeles premiere of Salome with Al Pacino, directed by Estelle Parsons.

As an actor, his Circus Theatricals productions include The Misanthrope, The Circle , Macbeth, Hamlet, Richard III, Tartuffe, True West, The Cheats of Scapin, The Job. Other Los Angeles Theatre:Speed-the-Plow (Los Angeles premiere), and Habitation of Dragons (Zephyr). His extensive notable New York credits include Richard II (dir. Steven Berkoff), Henry V (w/Kevin Kline), Casanova (w/ Ethan Hawke, dir. by Michael Greif), Henry IV, I (w/Mandy Patinkin, dir by Des McAnuff), Julius Caesar (w/ Al Pacino and Martin Sheen),Timon of Athens (dir. by Brian Kulick), Richard Foreman’s Don Juan, and Romeo and Juliet (dir. by Les Waters).

TV and film credits include the film "Salomaybe?" (with Al Pacino) and guest star roles on "Weeds"(recurring as Roy Till, captain of the DEA), "Without a Trace," ""NCIS," "JAG," (recurring), "Buffy" (recurring ), "Judging Amy," "The Practice," "Crossing Jordan," "NYPD Blue," and "ER."

This season, he continues his role as Captain Roy Till on the Showtime series "Weeds."

Jack is an alumnus of The Acting Company and The Juilliard School.

Alli Steinberg

ALLI STEINBERG (Director, Saver)

Acting Credits:

With Circus Theatricals: The Heiress, Weedwacker, The Circle, Macbeth and The Last Fling.

OFF – BROADWAY: Alli was in the original company of the Pulitzer Prize winning play WIT (MCC and Union Square Theater) and she played “Karen” in the critically acclaimed revival of BOYS’ LIFE (Broken Watch Theatre Company). Other New York credits include: “Masha” in THE THREE SISTERS (Looking Glass Theatre), “Lala” in THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO (Queens Theatre in the Park), CHILD OF GOD (The Ohio Theatre-Soho). REGIONAL credits include: Long Wharf Theatre, The Goodspeed Opera House, Center Stage, Weston Playhouse, The Helen Hayes Center, New York Stage and Film (at Vassar), Forum Theatre, Shakespeare on the Sound and Theatre West Virginia. Film and Television credits include Getting Ned, Fairytale of New York, Immaculate Concoction, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and As the World Turns. Alli received her BFA in Theatre from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.


Derrick McDaniels

With Circus Theatricals: Complexity, Greensward The Misanthrope and Iphigenia in Aulis. Derrick began his acting apprenticeship in 1990 at Theater East in Studio City, CA. This is where he honed the craft of stage lighting. A few of his lighting credits include “The Godfather Workout” for the HBO comedy festival in Aspen; “The Quiet Room” at the Whitefire Theater, “Worse Than Murder” at the Ventura Court Theater, and “Eubie Weller” at the Stella Adler Theater; “Among The Thugs” at the Odyssey Theater- and many others. Derrick was nominated for a 2004 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award for lighting, in “Among The Thugs”, as well as, a 2005 ADA lighting nomination. He has earned critical acclaim, many times over, for his designs. Derrick would like to thank you for your support of live theater. Enjoy.

Kitty Rose

KITTY ROSE (Costumes)

Kitty Rose is a longtime collaborator with Circus Theatricals. She has worked on just about every show in some capacity!

Jeannine Stehlin


JEANNINE W. STEHLIN (Producer / Managing Director)

Produced over 40 plays for Circus Theatricals, including The Heiress, The Adding Machine, Man.Gov, Iphigenia in Aulis, The Misanthrope, Macbeth, Tartuffe, The Cherry Orchard, Richard III, Hamlet and The Cheats of Scapin, The Circle and the award-winning The Job by Shem Bitterman (LA and Off-Broadway). Sound design credits include Circus Theatricals 7th Annual Festival of One Act Plays (now playing), and The Circle (LA Weekly "Best Sound Design" nomination).

Acting credits include: The Heiress, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, The Job, Peer Gynt, Tartuffe, The Misanthrope, Hippolytus, The Stronger, The Art of Success, Women and Wallace and the films, “Watch It,” and “Rancho Cucamonga." Jeannine made her TV debut as a childe on the popular children's program, "Romper Room." Sound design credits include:, Greensward, Complexity, and The Circle (LA Weekly "Best Sound Design" nomination).

Jeannine holds a B.S. in Advertising from the University of Illinois, and an M.B.A. in Marketing from the Illinois Institute of Technology.


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