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One Act Festival 2015FESTIVAL OF NEW ONE ACT PLAYS
SUNDAYS @3
FEBRUARY 8 - MARCH 8, 2015

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

 


 

 
The FQ by Andrew Heinze The FQ
written by Andrew Heinze
with Robert Cicchini and Francesca Ferrara. 

In “
The FQ”, a premium cable network executive schools a TV writer on the mandated number of FBombs required to get her show on the air.
The Perfect Wedding by Joe Bays The Perfect Wedding
written by Joe Bays. 
With Joe Bays, Rebecca Hayes and Carly Waldman.

In “The Perfect Wedding,” a daughter plans a very special wedding day under very special circumstances.
The Loose Ends The Loose Ends
written by Mark Harvey Levine. 
with Brendan Gill, Joseph Gilbert, Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin

In "The Loose Ends," a mother and her deceased son’s lover are forced to come to terms with their relationship.
Loss: or the Art of Stuffed Animal Husbandry Loss, or The Art of Stuffed Animal Husbandry
written by Tyler Richards Hewes. 
wth Vanessa Waters, Patrick Vest. 

In “Stuffed Animal Husbandry,” A married couple raise a teddy bear as their own son.
Exigence by Brendan Brandt Exigence, 
written by Brendan Brandt. 
with Brendan Brandt and Jordan Lund.

“Exigence” tells the story of a teacher suffering from chronic pain who 
announces his life-altering decision, and  his young student who tries to change his mind.
Fighting Mr. Right

Fighting Mr. Right
written by Barbara Lindsay
with Jeff Kongs and Kate Parkin.

In “Fighting Mr. Right,” a young woman decides that she will sleep with her dream guy only after they agree on an unusual request.

WHO'S WHO in the PRODUCTION

CAST:
Joe Bays JOE BAYS Playwright and Walt in "The Perfect Wedding"
With The New American Theatre: Shadows, Getting Out, Gibberish, The Noble Sons of Popeye, Twelfth Night, The Adding Machine, The Circle. Other theatrical credits include work at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, and numerous plays Off-Off Broadway. Film and TV credits include “That Championship Season”, “3 rd Rock From the Sun”, “Even Stevens”, “Without a Trace”, “CSI”, “Office Space”, “Space Jam”, “Indecent Proposal”, “Shopgirl”, “Spiderman – 3”, recurring roles on “Mike Hammer” and “The Middle”. As a playwright: Last Fling,The Artist and the Widow, The Market, A Haunting Confession. Love & Sex Over Dinner and Drinks (writer/director), Lunch-o-lution (director).
Brendan Brandt BRENDAN BRANDT Playwright and Simon in "Exigence"
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. Brendan is currently playing
Robert Cicchini ROBERT CICCHINI Burt in "The FQ"
Bob is an associate artist with NAT and has a proud 24 year association with the company. Tartuffe, The Misanthrope, Twelfth Night, The Job (Garland Award Winner, performance), Three Sisters, No Exit, Man.Gov, and Bedfellows, are just a few of the plays he has acted in for NAT. He has directed numerous productions here as well, including: The Heiress, Antigone (Anouilh), Getting Out, The Lower Depths, and The Maids, among others. Bob has a very active film and television career and has acted in over 30 feature films and about 65 TV episodes. Film includes The Godfather III, War of the Worlds, Primary Colors, Light Sleeper, Path to War, Dreamgirls, and most recently California Solo (with Robert Carlysle) and the provocatively titled CHINK. TV includes Bones, The Mentalist, NCIS, CSI, CSI/NY, Law and Order, The Closer, Without a Trace, Desperate Housewives, The Soprano’s, NYPD Blue, Cold Case, Frasier, ER, The Practice, 24, and many more. He recently directed and starred in the feature film Waterwalk, which won a 2013 Eclipse award from The Michigan Film Society. Bob especially enjoys teaching acting with New American Theatre. He has taught improvisational acting techniques, on-camera acting techniques, and is now teaching an acting/scene study class based on the collected works of Constantin Stanislavsky, whose profound and useful principles are the guiding philosophy of acting study and performance at NAT.
Francesca Ferrara FRANCESCA FERRARA Sami in "The FQ"
Francesca Ferrara was born and raised in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She started acting at the HB Studio at a very young age, eventually studying with Herbert Berghof and Uta Hagen. Los Angeles theatre credits: Seduced, The Adding Machine, Twelfth Night, AS IS, Anxiety, Compleat Female Stage Beauty and Elvis’ Toenail. Film and television credits: Chicken Livers, Flushed, How to Cheat,The Unit, TheWest Wing, Commander in Chief, Close to Home, Ugly Betty, Stevie TV, Grey’s Anatomy and Masters of Sex. Francesca has been a member of The New American Theatre Company for over ten years.
Joseph Gilbert JOSEPH GILBERT Richard in "The Loose Ends"
With The New American Theatre: Robin Starveling in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other roles include: Edgar Allan Poe in the world premier of Nevermore, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tommy in Normal Heart and the musical comedy The World’s Worst Play. Joseph received his professional acting training at The Second City Chicago, Atlantic Theatre Company and SITI Company in New York, and with professionals from the Goodman, Steppenwolf, and Chicago Shakespeare Repertory. Joseph has appeared in features, television, festival shorts, and national commercials. www.josephgilbert.net 
Brendan Gill BRENDAN GILL Adam in "The Loose Ends"
Brendan was last seen as James Hosty in the Little Fish Theatre's production of the critically acclaimed Oswald: The Actual Interrogation. He is also in the current NAT production of Boy's Life
Rebecca Hayes REBECCA HAYES  Arlene in "The Perfect Wedding"
Rebecca is so excited to return to the NAT one-act stage and to reprise her role in this great piece.  A professional actor since the age of 11, Rebecca has worked and studied in LA, Chicago and NYC, performing in well over 200 play productions as well as numerous films and television shows.  She has also produced and directed many plays around town, another of her passions in the industry.  Many thanks to Jack and Jeannine for the return invite and to Joe and Carly, her fab fellow actors.
JEFF KONGS JEFF KONGS Joel in "Fighting Mr. Right"
Jeff Kongs is a proud member of the New American Theatre Company. He is also currently playing Jack in the NAT production of Boys' Life.   Jeff is the Artistic Director of 30films.com, 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. 

 

Jordan Lund JORDAN LUND Edward in "Exigence"
Appearances for NAT/CT include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, More Lies About Jerzy, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Man.Gov, and As You Like It. Broadway: Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, and Macbeth (Belasco Theatre, NY Shakespeare Festival). NY: All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure For Measure, The Golem, Twelfth Night, King John (NY Shakespeare Festival in Central Park), Tis Pity She’s A Whore (LaMama) Regional: Ahmanson, Portland Stage, TheatreWorks, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cleveland PlayHouse. Over 80 film and TV appearances include: The Bucket List, Doc Hollywood, Speed, The American President, Species, Lonesome Dove, The Stand, Without A Trace, Cheers, Frasier, Firefly, Law & Order, Star Trek DS9, TNG & Enterprise. Jordan received his training at Carnegie-Mellon University. Jordan is an N.A.T. Associate Artist/ Teacher.
KATE PARKIN KATE PARKIN Marla in "Fighting Mr. Right"
With New American Theatre: Boys' Life, 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. (www.Kate-Parkin.com)
PATRICK VEST PATRICK VEST Walter in “Loss, or the Art of Stuffed Animal Husbandry”
Patrick Vest is thrilled to be back with Jack, Vanessa, and Nigel in this great play. He has been a member of New American since 2002 and has performed in Macbeth, The Misanthrope, The Circle, Seduced, and Julius Caesar, as well as various scene nights and one acts. Patrick has an MFA in acting from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.  He performs and directs for Shakespeare by the Sea, and he is currently in rehearsal for Taking Sides at Little Fish Theatre.
   
carly waldman CARLY WALDMAN Tanith in “The Perfect Wedding”
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 can also be seen in Boys' LIfe.

VANESSA WATERS VANESSA WATERS Janice in “Loss, or the Art of Stuffed Animal Husbandry”
As a long time company member, plays with The New American Theatre include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, As Is, The Women, Three Sisters, Macbeth, and five different productions of One Acts. With Shakespeare Santa Monica, The Merchant of Venice and Vanessa recently starred in the premiere of Blind Spots by Colette Freedman. She has appeared on the television show House, numerous independent films, and is also a voice over actress. Look for her this fall in the pilot, Battle Creek, written by Vince Gilligan and David Shore and in the feature film, Sins of Our Youth. She is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts (PCPA Theaterfest) and holds a B.F.A. in theater from Ithaca College.
Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin JEANNINE WISNOSKY STEHLIN Emily in "The Loose Ends" / Managing Director, The New American Theatre
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 Man.gov, 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.
PRODUCTION  
  JOE BAYS Playwright and the role of Walt in "The Perfect Wedding"
See actor bios

BRENDAN BRANDT
Playwright and the role of Simon in “Exigence”
see actor bios

ANDREW RICHARD HEINZE
playwright, "The FQ"
Formerly a Professor of American History, Andrew R. Heinze became a playwright in 2007. His award-winning plays include The FQ and The Bar Mitzvah of Jesus Goldfarb (both of which won top honors at the 2010 and 2011 New York City Fifteen-Minute Play Festival) as well as the full-length works: The Invention of the LIving Room (Finalist, 2012 Blue Ink Playwriting Award) and Hamilton (Semi-Finalist, 2012 O’Neill Playwrights Conference). Andrew belongs to the Dramatists Guild of America and holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Visit: www.andrewheinze.com

TYLER RICHARD HEWES
playwright, “Loss, or The Art of Stuffed Animal Husbandry”
Associate Director of Mainly Mozart in San Diego, Tyler Richards Hewes has worked professionally as an artist and arts administrator since receiving his BA in Theatre from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2002. Mr. Hewes is a graduate of the School of Philanthropy, as well as a Fellow of the New Leaders Council and a founding board member of Rising Arts Leaders. Mr. Hewes resides in San Diego.

MARK HARVEY LEVINE Playwright, “The Loose Ends”
has had over 1000 productions of his short works all over the world from New Delhi to London to Sydney to Bucharest. Evenings of his short plays have been produced in Amsterdam, Sao Paulo, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Indianapolis, Columbus and other cities. Previously seen here with “Saver” and “LA 8 AM”. More info at www.MarkHarveyLevine.com.

BARBARA LINDSAY Playwright, “Fighting Mr. Right”
Barbara Lindsays’ first play FREE won the NY Drama League’s Playwrighting Award and went on to have its premiere production in London. Since then there have been more than 300 performances of her plays and monologues, in 33 states and 11 countries.
   
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. 


 

 



 


 

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