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Creditors - October 11- December 15, 2013

In this toxic triangle, Adolph anxiously awaits the return of his wife Tekla to their seaside resort, comforted by his world-wise advisor Gustav. But Adolf soon finds himself in the center of a scintillating exchange of suspicion and revenge, as old wounds are opened, insecurities are laid bare and former debts are paid.

 

Written by AUGUST STRINDBERG
in a new version by DAVID GREIG
Directed by DAVID TRAINER

starring
BURT GRINSTEAD
HEATHER ANNE PRETE
JACK STEHLIN


A co-production of The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and The New American Theatre
Produced by RON SOSSI & JEANNINE WISNOSKY STEHLIN
Set Designer THOMAS A. WALSH
Costume Designer MERRILY MURRAY-WALSH
Lighting Designer NICHOLAS DAVIDSON
Sound Designer RON KLIER
Assistant Director NOAH JAMES
Stage Manager JOSIE GRIFFIN-ROOSTH
Graphic Designer PETER SIMPSON COOK
Casting Director JULIE ALTER

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream - June 1 - 30, 2013

Written by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Directed by Jack Stehlin
Dramaturg Alfred Molina
Produced by Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin

Four young lovers, a traveling troupe of actors, and the mystical fairies who manipulate them all - in one wild night of mischief.

with
Nadia Benavides, Brendan Brandt, Robert Cicchini,
Paulina Gamiz, Adam Gentzler, Joseph Gilbert, Steve Gustavson,
Josh Heine, Noah James, John Kassir, Ruman Kazi, Floyd Lewis, Jordan Lund, Lily Marks, Bart Myer, Kate Parkin, Chelsea Povall, Anastasia Roussel, Jack Stehlin, Carly Waldman, Vanessa Waters

original music by Roger Bellon
lighting design Derrick McDaniel
scenic design Kitty Rose
costume design Barbara Little
dance choreography John Farmanesh Bocca

Festival of New One Act Plays 2013 - June 16 and 23, 2013
 


Directed by Jack Stehlin

An Actual Baby Person
by Barbara Lindsay
with Christopher Poehls and Carly Waldman

The Bell
by Brent Askari
with Joe Bays and Rory Schulte

The Christmas Unicorn
by Amanda Petefish-Schrag
with Maggie Contreras and Rebecca Hayes

The Disappearance of Small Objects
by Steven Korbar
with Francesca Ferrara and Sylvia Walker

Fighting Mr. Right
by Barbara Lindsay
with Jeff Kongs and Lucy Sheftall

Picturing Mare
by Chris Swanson
with Steve Gustafson and Allison Youngberg

Saving Starla
by Raymond Fast
with Lucas Dixon and Katy Yoder


Sundays at 7pm
Sunday June 16
Sunday June 23

Venue: The Odyssey Theatre: 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd. LA, CA 90025


An evening on one act plays, songs, poems and more... about your favorite winter holiday! Featuring:
  • Santa-tude by Ron Burch
  • Hannukah Presents from My Hockey Player Boyfriend
    by Michael Weems
  • Frosty: a chilly tragedy with sexy bits
    by Krita Knight
  • Tigers on 34th Street by Joe Bays
JACK STEHLIN, Artistic Director

with JOE BAYS, NADIA BENAVIDES, MAGGIE CONTRERAS,
PHOEBE CRADDOCK, ANTHONY CRAN, KELLY DESARLA,
FRANCESCA FERRARA, BROOKE FLINT, ISA GILETTE,
CAT HAMMONS, JOHN KASSIR, FLOYD LEWIS, CHASE MASER,
MARIA MASTROYANNIS, IOANNA MELI, CAMERON MEYER, MINDY MONTAVON,
KATE OCIEPKA, CHELSEA POVALL, KRISTEN RILEY, ANASTASIA ROUSSEL,
JANELLE VELASQUEZ, VANESSA WATERS, JEANNINE WISNOSKY STEHLIN

JULIUS CAESAR - JULIUS CAESAR September 21 - November 17, 2012

Shakespeare's Political Thriller

by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
directed by JACK STEHLIN

About Julius Caesar
Shakespeare's Julius Caesar tells the tale of the murder plot against the Roman Empire's most popular ruler, his cold-blooded assassination by his trusted friends and known enemies, and the chaos that follows.  

Starring (in alphabetical order)
Joe Bays, Brendan Brandt, Alex Monti Fox,  Tom Groenwald, Tim Halligan, Kimberly Jurgen, Jordan Lund,
Chelsea Povall, Jobeth Prince,  Jade Sealey, Scott Sheldon, Jack Stehlin,  Patrick Vest
, and Vanessa Waters
.

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Image: Los Angeles Times Review Bedfellows by Chuck Rose directed by Jack Stehlin

Chuck Rose and Jack Stehlin in LA Stage Times

BEDFELLOWS April 21-June 16, 2012

How Far Would YOU Go to Win?

A world premiere play by
CHUCK ROSE

directed by
JACK STEHLIN

ABOUT BEDFELLOWS
Future California governor Sanford Mitchell is the golden boy, a former star quarterback, a rising political star. But on the eve of his sure-fire election, an old, damaging secret is uncovered which could destroy his career and dash the hopes of millions of people who believed in him.

Bedfellows was written by Chuck Rose, who also wrote the hit play SAFE, which The New American Theatre (as Circus Theatricals) produced!

Starring:
Robert Cicchini, Marc Jablon, Thomas Vincent Kelly
Jordan Lund, Cameron Meyer, Jade Sealey, Marie-Francoise Theodore

DATES:
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
EXTENDED TO JUNE 16!

VENUE: The New American Theatre at the McCadden Place Theatre:
1157 N. McCadden Place Los Angeles, CA 90038

The New American Theatre
17th Annual Festival of New One Act Plays

Sundays at 7pm May 16 - June 17

New short plays by emerging and established writers

starring members of The New American Studio Ensemble

directed by
JACK STEHLIN

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The Plays:

Sam I Am
by Joshua H. Cohen
with Floyd Lewis, Chelsea Povall

Melissa
by Jessica Abrams
with Jennifer Cannon, Yasmina Chirazi-Sommers,
Susan Ziegler

Shadows
by Joe Bays
with Joe Bays, Kimberly Jurgen, Chelsea Povall

The FQ
by Andrew Heinze
with Francesca Ferrara and Tom Groenwald

Between the Sheets
by Margaret McCloskey

Cast A: May 13, May 27, June 10:
Molly Logan,Julie Marcus, Erin Segal

Cast B: May 20, June 3, June 17:
Maria Mastroyannis, Erin Segal,
Ioanna Sourmeli-Terzopoulou

Loss, or The Art of Stuffed Animal Husbandry
byTyler Richards Hewes
with Vanessa Waters, Patrick Vest

Undone
by Diane Sampson
with Tom Groenwald, Lily Marks, Kristen Riley Bibi Tinsley

The F***ing Neighbors
by Jennie Contuzzi
with Brendan Brandt, Anthony Cran,
Jade Sealey, Susan Ziegler

DATES:
Sundays at 7pm
May 16 - June 17

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AS IS November 5 - December 18, 2011

by William M. Hoffman
directed by John Farmanesh-Bocca

produced by
Jack Stehlin and Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin

Winner 1985 Obie Award
Winner 1985 Drama Desk Award
1985 Time Magazine Play of the Year!

**** CRITIC'S PICK! **** Back Stage

**** A POTENT REVIVAL from The New American Theatre! ****
Los Angeles Times

**** StageSceneLA Wow!! ****
" Superb!...No one with a heart can fail to be moved by this exquisite production!"
StageSceneLA

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with Roy Abramsohn, Mark Cecil,
Francesca Ferrara, Daniel Montgomery,
Charles Pasternak, Mark Shunock,
Patrick Stafford, Vanessa Waters

scenic design Kitty Rose
lighting design Jessica Kohn
costume design Rachel Engstrom
sound design
John Farmanesh-Bocca
& Ron Klier
scenic artist Noah Silverstein
stage manager Guillermo Parga


ABOUT AS IS
William M. Hoffman’
s 1985 play is a Drama Desk Award Winner, Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize nominated play.

As Is tells the story of Rich, a promising New York writer, who discovers that he is HIV-positive, just as he is breaking up with his lover Saul, who is a successful photographer. The story of how the men, their circle of friends and family, and the community at large cope (or don’t cope) with AIDS is told with humor, sensitivity, and directness.

In 1985, AIDS was a newly-discovered disease. 2011 marks the 30th year of the AIDS pandemic.

FIVE BEAUTIES September 16 - November 20, 2011

a selection of rarely performed one act plays by
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

Sexual Obsession ....
Religious Zealotry...
Guilt ...
Moral Corruption ...
Unconditional Love...

produced by
Jack Stehlin and Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin
associate producer Anthony Cran


**** CRITIC'S CHOICE!
****
"airtight quintet of rarely performed one-acts... Compelling!"
Los Angeles Times

****
OUTSTANDING!

"It's always grande to see Tennessee Williams mounted, especially in this 100th anniversary year.
"
Broadway World

**** IMMENSE TALENT! ****
"Following on the heels of I Never Sang For My Father, 'Five Beauties' is another success for The New American Theatre.
"
SoCal.com

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The plays:

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In this recently-discovered Williams play,
a Vietnam soldier returns home on leave and spends a memorable morning-after
with his not-so-blushing bride

 

directed by Mark Bringelson 

starring Brendan Brandt and Courtney Munch

 

 

 

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A roach-infested boarding house, a reality-obsessed landlady...and two dreamers


Directed by Bjorn Johnson
Starring Jordan Lund, Cameron Meyer
and Mona Lee Wylde

 

 

The Traveling Companion 

A phobic, insecure writer, a young streetwise hustler... and one hotel bed


Directed by Ron Klier
Starring Byron Field and Tom Groenwald

 

Moony's Kid Don't Cry
It's four A.M. and a lumberjack-turned-factory-worker dreams
of rocking horses, big trees,
... and a life beyond his young wife and the baby

 

Directed by Elina de Santos

Starring Jade Sealey and Scott Sheldon   

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Set in the Vieux Carré in New Orleans, a fanatical mother
and her poetic son struggle to deal with their own moral decay and open sin   


directed by Jack Stehlin
starring Anthony Cran and Bibi Tinsley

I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER - April 16 - June 19, 2011

Robert Anderson's 1968 family drama I Never Sang for My Father tells the story of the tumultuous and sometimes humorous relationship between a college professor son, his loving mother, and his aging, domineering father.

written by Robert Anderson
directed by Cameron Watson

produced by Jack Stehlin
and Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin

Starring
Philip Baker Hall, Anne Gee Byrd, John Sloan,
Dee Ann Newkirk, Tim Halligan, Paul Messinger,
John Combs, Brittany Ebert,Chelsea Povall

Scenic Design John Iacovelli
Costume Design Terri Lewis
Lighting Design Jared Sayeg

VENUE
McCadden Theatre
1157 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood, CA

PERFORMANCE DATES:
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
APRIL 16 - JUNE 19
Sunday Matinees: at 3pm    

 

****Critic's Pick!
"A HISTORIC PERFORMANCE!"

"Robert Anderson's classic family drama
"I Never Sang for My Father," about a son's longing for a father's love, gets a heart-wrenching, luminous outing featuring the talents of an extraordinary cast under the direction of Cameron Watson and capped by an inspirational performance by Philip Baker Hall."
Back Stage

"[Anne Gee] Byrd is remarkable!"
Back Stage

"Sloan is wonderfully understated and focused in his performance, striking exactly the right tone and refusing any impulse toward sentimentality."
Back Stage

 

"Philip Baker Hall's unflinching performance is simply spectacular!"

"Anne Gee Byrd is also magnificent!"
LA Times

GO!
"Pitch Perfect!"

LA Weekly
"

A Mature Audience can appreciate the truly honest performances of every member of the cast, under Cameron Watson's
experienced direction."

Beverly Hills Press / Park LaBrea News

"A Must See Production!"
"Now is the time to witness one of the great performances being conducted on any stage across the spectrum of Southern California theater. Philip Baker Hall is playing Tom Garrison in Robert Anderson’s prescient 1968 play, I Never Sang for My Father. It is one of the most truthful and detailed portrayals you’re likely to see in this or any other year for that matter."
ShowMag.com

WOW!
"Must See!"
"As long as there are parents and children and their accompanying relationship ups-and-downs, Robert Anderson’s I Never Sang For My Father will remain every bit as relevant to our times as the latest World Premiere drama. For proof positive, do not fail to catch The New American Theatre’s superb revival at the McCadden Place Theatre."[Anne Gee]Byrd, L.A. theater’s answer to Vanessa Redgrave, creates a Margaret any one of us would be grateful to call Mother, warm, generous, unselfish, optimistic, witty, and impossible to forget.  Thanks to Byrd’s powerful work, Margaret’s presence remains vivid long after her passing.

StageSceneLA

"It is a magical performance
of the highest caliber"
"This is the first outing for The New American Theatre (formerly Circus Theatricals) and it’s obvious that producers Jack Stehlin and Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin are a nurturing presence. Support I Never Sang For My Father, for it is a reminder of the generous spirit of theatre folk who are not interested in self-aggrandizement, but in theatre as an art form that brings the community together."
StageandCinema.com

"A Heart-wrenching, Luminous Outing From
The New American Theatre!"

"A Memorable and Important Production."
Huffington Post

"Brilliantly written...powerfully engrossing!"

Titus Redux

TITUS REDUX JUNE 16 - 19 2011


RADARLA international theatre festival

**** GO! *****
"the talents of seven fine performers are glorious, particularly Stehlin's powerful portrayal of pride crumbling into madness. "
LA Weekly

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Best of the One acts

BEST OF THE ONE ACTS - October 30 - November 20, 2010

"MUST SEE!"
"an event clearly able to display the unique talents of a dynamic ensemble of highly committed artists."
                  read the review in Back Stage

Circus Theatricals presents the BEST of the Circus Theatricals Festival of New One Act Plays!

Five one act plays are "audience favorites" originally selected from over 800 worldwide submissions

Game 7
written by Matt Tucker
directed by Jack Stehlin
with John Ross Clark and Scott Sheldon

The War of Virginia and Alabama
written by Dawson Moore
directed by John Ross Clark
with Lisa Christensen, Tom Groenwald and Mona Lee Wylde

Struck
written by J. Stephen Brantley
directed by Jordan Lund
with Brendan Brandt, John Copeland, Bibi Tinsley

A Man Who Knows How to Hold a Baby
written by Hal Corley
directed by Jack Stehlin
with Brendan Brandt and Thomas Kopache

Gibberish
written by Greg Kalleres
directed by Jack Stehlin
with Joe Bays, Scott Sheldon, Vanessa Waters

Titus Redux

TITUS REDUX August 28th - September 12th, 2010

Award-winning companies
Circus Theatricals
& Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble present:

TITUS REDUX
An athletic, adrenaline-fueled re-telling of a Shakespearean tragedy of war, empire and madness

Written, conceived, and choreographed by Not Man Apart's
John Farmanesh-Bocca

Titus Redux tells the tale of a warrior who returns home after five tours of duty in Afghanistan to bury his eldest son. Resolving to retire from a lifetime of killing on behalf of his country, he quickly discovers that the horrors of war follow him home...

Cast includes a seven-member ensemble, with Circus Theatricals' Jack Stehlin as Titus; Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actress (Deperate Housewives) Brenda Strong as Tamora; three time Daytime Emmy Award winner Jennifer Landon (Margeaux J. London) as Lavinia; and John Farmanesh-Bocca as Aaron.

CLICK THIS LINK TO READ THE RAVE REVIEWS, ARTICLES, AND to WATCH THE TRAILER!

Venue: THE KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE
9820 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

MORE LIES ABOUT JERZY May 15- July 24, 2010

by Davey Holmes
directed by David Trainer
produced by Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin

It's the early 1970s. World-famous media darling and controversial author Jerzy Lesnewski causes a scandal that rocks New York and Hollywood - after a journalist accuses him of fabricating key points in his autobiography and plagiarizing parts of his best-selling novels.

Cast includes: Jack Stehlin, Chet Grissom, Jordan Lund, Kristin Malko, Cameron Meyer, Neil Vipond, and Adam Stein.

Designers include Allison Leach (costumes), Laura Fine Hawkes (set), Derrick McDaniel (lights), Roger Bellon (original music), Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin (sound). Stage Manager is Amanda Korkunis.

Ovation 

Recommended!

****Critic's Choice! ****

"Jack Stehlin's performance is, quite simply, Luminescent! ..." ****
Los Angeles Times
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**** GO! "Fascinating!..." ****
LA Weekly
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****Critic's Choice! "Jack Stehlin is Phenomenal!" ****
Back Stage

read the review

**** "Excellent Cast!" ****
San Diego Jewish World

**** "One of the Best Productions of the Year! " ****
The Tolucan

GETTING OUT May 30- July 25, 2010

by Marsha Norman

directed by

Robert Cicchini

Featuring members of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

After serving an eight year prison sentence, Arlene struggles to shed a life of violence and put her life back together. Getting Out is an inspirational story about second chances. Written by Pulitizer Prize winning playwright Marsha Norman.

Sundays at 7pm May 30 - June 26, 2010

With: Dana Lyn Baron, Joe Bays, Brendan Brandt, John Copeland, Nick Denning, Floyd Lewis, Jr., Jim McCaffree, Courtney Munch, Elise Robertson, Bibi Tinsley, Alan Wells, Mona Lee Wylde

THE CIRCUS THEATRICALS 15th ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF NEW ONE ACT PLAYS - May 26 - July 21, 2010

Los Angeles premiere plays. Written by seasoned and emerging playwrights. Starring the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

 

 

THE CIRCUS THEATRICALS 14th ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF NEW ONE ACT PLAYS - May 22 - June 28 2009

Los Angeles premiere plays. Written by seasoned and emerging playwrights. Starring the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

 

 

THREE SISTERS September 19- November 8 , 2009

Written by Anton Chekhov
directed by Jack Stehlin
produced by Ron Sossi (Odyssey) and Jeannine W. Stehlin (Circus Theatricals)
venue: The Odyssey Theatre

Starrring Circus Theatricals members: Jonah Bay, Tom Groenwald, Thomas Kopache, Jace McClean, Cameron Meyer, Scott Sheldon, Vanessa Waters. Alan Wells, Susan Ziegler, Murielle Zuker. Also cast: Garrett McKechnie, Ronald Hunter, Alexander Wells and Shannon Welles.

Lights: Derrick McDaniel, Original music: Roger Bellon. Costumes: Zale Morris. Sound: Jeannine Stehlin. Set: Kitty Rose. Stage Manager: Amanda Korkunis.

Taming of the Shrew
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW  Feb 21 - April 19 2009written by William Shakespeare
directed by Jack Stehlin
produced by Ron Sossi (Odyssey Theatre) and Jeannine W. Stehlin (Circus Theatricals)

Starring: Circus Theatricals Artistic Director Jack Stehlin (Petruchio), Bridget Flanery (Katherine), John Copeland (Tailor), John Ross Clark (Curtis), Katy Downing (Bianca), Jesse Gibbs (Biondello), Tom Groenwald (Horentio), Alexander Wells (Vincentio), Dana J. Kelly (Gremio), Thomas Kopache (Grumio), Jordan Lund (Baptista), Jim McCaffree  (Servants/Ensemble), Geoffrey Owens (Tranio), Charles Pasternak (Lucentio), and Bibi Tinsley (Widow).

Set by Victoria Profitt. Lights by Derrick McDaniel, Costumes by Nikki Delhomme. Original music by Roger Bellon.

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MACBETH March 17 - April 14, 2009

Shakespeare's supernatural tale of of ambition, fate, and treachery. written by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
directed by GEOFFREY OWENS
assistant director: JADE SEALEY
produced by JACK STEHLIN

costumes: KITTY ROSE sound: NICK PAVEY and JADE SEALEY

starring Joe Bays,  Dana Lyn Baron,  Brendan Brandt, Megan Brotherton,  Lisa Christensen,  
Jonathan Doone, Jose Element,  Byron Field,  Jesse Gibbs,  Paige Handler,  Dedalus Hyde, Amy Jennings,  Floyd Lewis, Jr., Tim Maloney,  Chelsea Povall, Scott Sheldon,  Vanessa Waters,  Mona Lee Wylde,  Murielle Zuker

Venue: Circus Theatricals at the Odyssey Theatre: 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd. LA, CA 90025

 

 

MAN.GOV and HARM'S WAY Off-Broadway - Oct. 10 - November 9, 2008
The Women

The Women - September 27 - December 20, 2008

**** Critic's Choice! Los Angeles Times

THE WOMEN by Clare Boothe Luce

Circus Theatricals presents THE WOMEN, Clare Boothe Luce's 1936 social satire about high society wives in New York City during the Depression. THE WOMEN features an all female cast, and it touches on themes still relevant today; such as marriage and divorce, class, friendship, and the role of the woman in the modern world.

written by Clare Boothe Luce
directed by Elise Robertson
produced by Jack Stehlin and Jeannine W. Stehlin


The Women Cast: Dana Lyn Baron, Aline Elasmar, Jenni Fontana, Paige Handler, Lindsey Jacobson, Rachel Kanouse, MJ Karmi, Emma Messenger, Cameron Meyer, Jessica Noboa, Stephanie O'Neil, Chelsea Povall, Ivory Tiffin, Bibi Tinsley, Vanessa Waters, Jade Sealey.

WEEDWACKER - April 22 - May 27 2007

Circus Theatricals LAB presents
A World Premiere Musical!

Loss, love, the pursuit of happiness ... and lawn care equipment..

book by Jed Schlanger music by Nickella Moschetti

directed by Jed Schlanger and Nickella Moschetti

choreography Maggie Lee

produced by Jack Stehlin and Jeannine W. Stehlin

with
Sarah Adams, Gigi Bermingham, Gillian Brashear,
Danny Dolan, Jeff Lewis, Jordan Lund, Jaret Sacrey,
Jade Sealey, Elizabeth Southard, Alli Steinberg, Hope Wells

Musicians
Nickella Moschetti, Aurisha Smolarski-Heims, Susan Ziegler

sets/costumes/sound Kitty Rose lights Derrick McDaniel
stage manager Kara Ulseth

 

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SAFE- May 3 - July 26! 2008

World Premiere!

In "Safe," a possible terrorist attack traps wealthy Americans in an underground luxury bunker 300 feet below the earth's surface. As time goes on, survival depends on whether they are being saved, or being kept prisoners by the people hired to protect them. Safe is set in the immediate future.

written by Chuck Rose
directed by Kappy Kilburn
produced by Jack Stehlin and Jeannine W. Stehlin

The SAFE cast includes Circus Theatricals members Kent George, Tom Groenwald, Ronald Hunter, Jordan Lund, Cameron Meyer, and Jade Sealey, and guest artists Steve Coombs, and John Kassir..

set/costumes/props: Kitty Rose
lights: Derrick McDaniel
stage manager: Jamie Virotsko

CIRCUS THEATRICALS FESTIVAL OF NEW ONE ACT PLAYS - December 11 2007 - March 11, 2008
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HARM'S WAY- December 1, 2007 - March 15, 2008

Harm's Way tells the tale of a career Army prosecutor who investigates a possible war crime against Iraqi civilians by U.S troops - while at the same time fighting to save his troubled daughter here on American soil.

written by SHEM BITTERMAN

directed by STEVE ZUCKERMAN

with Josh Allen, Ben Bowen, Katie Lowes, Wendy Makkena, Eric Pierpoint and Jack Stehlin

lights Derrick McDaniel
set
Rachel Myers
costumes Kitty Rose

 

  MAN.GOV ENCORE - February 8 2007- - March 14, 2007
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TWELFTH NIGHT - September 22 - November 3, 2007

Twelfth Night, written by William Shakespeare, is the classic tale
of love, loss, mistaken identity… and yellow stockings.
Taking place in the land of Illyria, Twelfth Night has live music.

written by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

directed by JACK STEHLIN

dramaturg ALFRED MOLINA

with Josh Allen, Joe Bays, Robert Cicchini, John Cogan, Christopher Curry, Julia Devine, Daniel Hart Donoghue, Francesca Ferrara, Jerry Goble, Katherine Griffith, Dedalus Hyde, Thomas Kopache, Floyd Lewis, Jordan Lund, Mario Schugel, Jade Sealey, Josh Snyder

lights Derrick McDaniel
set
Victoria Proffit
costumes Laura Brody
sound Jeannine W. Stehlin

Seduced

SEDUCED - February 25 - June 15, 2007

written by SAM SHEPARD

directed by ELISE ROBERTSON

produced by JACK STEHLIN and JEANNINE W. STEHLN

Henry Hackamore, on his deathbed in a top-secret location somewhere south of the border, invites his former glamorous starlet mistresses to visit him, for mysterious reasons.

Inspired by the later years of Howard Hughes, Seduced is Sam Shepard’s seldom produced impressionistic study of memory, fear of dying, and the American Dream.

with
Francesca Ferrara
Emily James
Patrick Vest
Neil Vipond


lights Derrick McDaniel
set Elise Robertson
costumes Denia Skinner
choreography Gioia Marchese
musical accompaniment Steve Friedland stage manager Tempany Deckert

 

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THE ADDING MACHINE - May 5 - June 23, 2007

Elmer Rice’s groundbreaking 1923 expressionistic satire of
the dehumanizing effect of industrial capitalism.
Oh yeh, an' the meanin' o' life.

written by ELMER RICE

directed by SCOTT ALAN SMITH

produced by JACK STEHLIN and JEANNINE STEHLIN

with
Thomas Kopache, Katherine Griffith, Francesca Ferrara, Joe Bays, Jordan Lund, Brian Lohmann , Kathleen Lohmann, Stacy Cole and Daniel Donoghue

Desma Scott (Set), Derrick McDaniel (Lights),
Janna Cresswell (Costumes), John Zalewski (Sound),
Kevin Saunders Hayes (Original music), J.J. Hickey (Choreography)
Soren Hansen (Projections), Adam Moliski (graphics)
Angelo Domingo (Stage manager),Elizabeth Sampson (Assistant director)

 

The Heiress

THE HEIRESS -February 10 - March 17, 2007

New York, 1850. Catherine Sloper – a shy and wealthy young woman, falls desperately in love with a man who may or may not be a fortune hunter. Catherine struggles to break free of her father’s stern clutch, and marry the man she loves.

The Heiress is based on the Henry James novel Washington Square.

written by RUTH and AUGUSTUS GOETZ

directed by ROBERT CICCHINI

produced by JACK STEHLIN

with
Strawn Bovee, Stacy Cole, Jason Huber
Robert Lesko , Jessica Noboa
Judith Scarpone, Mario Schugel
Jade Sealey, Jeannine Stehlin
Alli Steinberg

lights Derrick McDaniel
set
Jack Stehlin
costumes Alina Ivette
sound Jeannine W. Stehlin

 

Man.gov by Shem Bitterman MAN.GOV - October 14, 2006 - January 27, 2007
Love & Sex Over Dinner & Drinks - closed January 28, 2007
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Sister Cities - April - September 2006

*** Recommended! LA Times***

WORLD PREMIERE! This was the first production of the popular play that's been seen world-wide!


SISTER CITIES

by COLETTE FREEDMAN
directed by ELISE ROBERTSON

produced by JEANNINE STEHLIN and JACK STEHLN

Four sisters reunite to unravel the mystery surrounding their mother's death.

CAST: Circus Theatricals members:
Strawn Bovee, Colette Freedman, Nickella Moschetti, Jade Sealey, Susan Ziegler.


Sets/Costumes/Sound: Kitty Rose
Lights: Derrick McDaniel

 

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Greensward - June 24 - July 13, 2006

a world premiere by R. Hamilton Wright
directed by Richard Ziman

produced by Jack Stehlin and Jeannine W. Stehlin

In this wild comedy, scientist Timothy Hay invents a grass that never needs watering... sending the political and corporate worlds into a frenzy

The cast includes Circus Theatricals associate artists
Eric Pierpoint, Dylan Kussman, John Ross Clark,
company member Francesca Ferrara, as well as Adam Paul, Barbara Bragg, Jennifer Lee Taylor and Jerry Lloyd .

 

Complexity by John Bunzel

Complexity - July 1 - August 10, 2006

written by JOHN BUNZEL

directed by JACK STEHLIN

produced by JEANNINE W. STEHLIN

Award-winning playwright John Bunzel takes us inside the marriage of Tom and Jill, who are determined to stay together despite the interference of a secretary, a house painter, a fashion designer...and a single butterfly.

with Jennifer deCastroverde, Shannon Holt, Cindy Marinanel, Nicolas Read, Neil Vipond and Jack Stehlin

Iphigenia in Aulis

Iphigenia in Aulis - April 15 to May 20, 2006

RECOMMENDED! LOS ANGELES TIMES!

by EURIPIDES
adapted by COLETTE FREEDMAN

directed by JACK STEHLIN

produced by JEANNINE STEHLIN

IPHIGENIA IN AULIS is Euripedes’ classic tale of love, honor, and sacrifice.

In Iphigenia, the Greek king prepares his soldiers for an attack on Troy. To assure a victory, he must sacrifice his beloved daughter to the gods.

IPHIGENIA IN AULIS will play Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, April 15th – May 20th.

CAST: Circus Theatricals members:
Lindsay Bellock, Rocky Bonifield, Strawn Bovee, John Ross Clark, James Karr,Thomas Kopache, Donna Luisa Guinan, Robert Lesko, Jade Sealey.

Choreography: Denise Renee
Sets/Costumes/Sound: Kitty Rose
Lights: Derrick McDaniel
Music Consultant: Daniel Nathan Spector

 

The Misanthrope

The Misanthrope - April 23rd - June 19th, 2005

A Circus Theatricals and Odyssey Theatre co-production

**** Critic's Pick! ****
BACK STAGE WEST!
**** Recommended! ****
LA WEEKLY

The Misanthrope
written by Moliere
translated into english by Richard Wilbur
directed by Jack Stehlin
produced by Ron Sossi and Jeannine Stehlin
Show dates: April 23rd - June 19th  (Wed - Sun)

Synopsis:
Alceste, although disgusted by the hypocrisy, injustice, and overall corruption of society, cant help himself but fall in love with Celimene, an intelligent and vivacious young woman with a reputation as a shameless flirt. His struggle to change her while coming to terms with his own hypocrisy leads to comic results.

Starring:

  • Jack Stehlin (Alceste)
  • Yael Berkovich (Celimene)
  • John Ross Clark (Philinte)
  • Adam Paul (Oronte)
  • Catherine O’Connor (Eliante)
  • Rebecca Dines (Arsinoe)
  • James Tupper (Acaste)
  • Patrick Vest (Clitandre)
  • Phil Pyle (Basque)
  • Joe Bays (Dubois)

 

Circus Theatricals 7th Annual Festival of
New One Act Plays
- April 23rd - June 19th, 2005

seven short comedic plays, by exciting Los Angeles writers!

produced by
JACK STEHLIN and JEANNINE WISNOSKY STEHLIN

Coffee to Go
by Jerry Lambert & Scott Kreamer
directed by Jack Stehlin
starring:
Thomas Kopache, Jade Sealey,
Robert Lesko, Ian Goldberg

The Last Fling
by Joe Bays
directed by Elina DeSantos
starring:
Alli Steinberg & Jerry Goble

Ellipses
by Colette Freedman and Nick Mize
directed by Elise Robertson
starring:
Daniel Gibbons, Nickella Dee, Judith Scarpone

The Plot
written and directed by Mark Troy
starring:
Jill Gascoine and Colette Freedman

Lipstick Sunset
written by Jerry Lambert
directed by John Ross Clark

starring:
Jerry Lambert, Denise Renee,
Dea Lawrence,
Thomas Kopache

Max
written and directed by Elise Robertson
starring:
Daniel Gibbons, Francesca Ferrara, Robert Lesko

Straight Talk
written and directed by Jerry Lambert
starring:
Jerry Lambert, Elizabeth Kouri, Michael Steger

 

 
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Modigliani- Thursdays, May 12th - June 16th 2005

by Dennis McIntyre

Directed by Elina de Santos

A Circus Theatricals "Side Show" production

Amedeo Modigliani's paintings sell for millions and hang in the world's most prestigious museums. Set in Paris in 1916, "Modigliani" reveals the passionate, agonizing and extraordinary life of the man behind the masterpieces.

Venue:
Elephant Theatre Works:

Cast: Robert Cicchini (Modigliani), Thomas Kopache (Cheron), Dylan Kussman (Utrillo), Graham Miller (Sautine), Daniel Nathan Spector (Zbo), and Susan Ziegler (Beatrice).

 

Great Scenes from Pulitzer Prize Winning Plays Great Scenes
by Chekov, Ibsen and Strindberg
- June 20th and 27th, 2005
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The Circle - November 6 - December 18, 2004

a world premiere play
written and directed by SHEM BITTERMAN
presented by Circus Theatricals


Opens November 6, 2004

The Stella Adler Theatre
in the historic Hollywood Theatre district
6773 Hollywood Blvd., 2nd floor

God provided the choice. Who provided the weapon?

In The Circle, a High School boy opens fire on a prayer group, killing two girls. In the aftermath, a grieving father desperately seeks to understand why the boy did it, and who’s really to blame. As he searches for the answers, he finds himself in a struggle for his own survival.

An important new play from the author of The Job (Circus Theatricals 1998), which won the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Ted Schmitt Award for "World Premiere of an Outstanding New Play."

 

  Great Scenes from Pulitzer Prize Winning Plays - December 13th & 20th, 2004
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Macbeth February 28 - April 30, 2004

an Odyssey Theatre and Circus Theatricals co-production

directed by Casey Biggs
produced by Ron Sossi (Odyssey Theatre) and Jeannine Stehlin (Circus Theatricals)

Jack Stehlin (Circus Theatricals Artistic Director) played the title role in Shakespeare's masterpiece"Macbeth", a spell bounding, supernatural tale of the lust for power and its bloody repercussions. Circus Theatricals Associate Artist Casey Biggs (Hamlet, Richard III), directed.

MACBETH CAST (in alphabethical order)

Bernard K. Addison - Banquo
Strawn Bovee - Witch
Kent George - Lennox
Daniel Gibbons - Malcolm
Jerry Goble - Seyton
Thomas Kopache - Duncan
Elizabeth Kouri - Gentlewoman
Fintan McKeown - MacDuff
Tony Pasqualini - Rosse
Nickella Dee Schlanger
- Witch
Jack Stehlin - Macbeth
Patrick Vest - Bloody Captain
Libby West - Lady Macbeth
Susan Ziegler - Lady MacDuff/Witch

 

Deconstructing the Torah  March 9 - April 13, 2004
A humorous evening of five women's unconventional journeys through politics, murder, romance, birth, and death

by Colette Freedman.

Deconstructing the Torah, a humorous evening of five women’s unconventional journeys through politics, murder, romance, birth, and death, is loosely inspired by the books of Genesis, Exodus, Levitucus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

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Antigone  September 23 - October 21, 2003

A Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble Production

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translated by Lewis Galantiere
directed by Robert Cicchini
produced by Jack Stehlin and Jeannine Stehlin Associate Producer: Christina Burck
Stage Manager: Tracy Goldstein
assistant to the director: Zak Ruben
set/costumes: Kitty Rose sound: Nickella Dee

with Strawn Bovee, Trena Custer, Byron Field, Kent George, Jerry Goble, Tom Kopache, Elizabeth Kouri, Jamieson Price, Elise Robertson, Bill E. Rogers, Zak Ruben, Jack Sundmacher

Tartuffe  May 3 - August 3, 2003

by Moliere

translated into english verse by
Richard Wilbur

an Odyssey Theatre and Circus Theatricals co-production

directed by Jack Stehlin, Circus Theatricals Artistic Director
produced by Jeannine Stehlin (Circus Theatricals)
and Ron Sossi (Odyssey Theatre)

"Tartuffe" is Moliere’s classic play about religious hypocrisy, seduction and greed. Tartuffe, masquerading as a religious guru, schemes to seduce his benefactor’s wife, marry his daughter, and then swindle him of all he possesses.

DESIGN TEAM:
Lights
: Tim Kiley
Sets: Diane Taylor
Costumes: Melissa McVay
Sound: Tom McCleister and Daniel Nathan Spector.
Stage manager: Christina Burck
Artistic Associate: Casey Biggs

CAST:
Gigi Bermingham - Dorine
Strawn Bovee - Madame Pernelle Mark Bramhall - Orgon
Nickella Dee - Marianne
Kent George - King’s Officer
Daniel C. Gibbons - Valere
Asher Huey - Laurent
Elizabeth Kouri - Flipote
Dylan Kussman - Damis
Nick Mize - Monsieur Loyal
Daniel Nathan Spector - Cleante
Jack Stehlin - Tartuffe
Daphne Zuniga - Elmire

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As You Like It  February 7 - March 16, 2003

As You Like It
by William Shakespeare

directed by Jack Stehlin

Stage Manager: Christina Burck
Dramaturg Alfred Molina
Set/Costumes/Lights: Kitty Rose
Sound: Paul Taylor Robertson
Original Music: Daniel Nathan Spector

CAST:
James Karr, Nick Mize, Elizabeth Kouri, Elizabeth Karr, Trena Custer, Kent George, Danel Nathan Spector, Jordan Lund, Jamieson Price, Christina Burck, Jack Sundmacher, Tom Kopache, Susan Ziegler, Daniel Gibbons, Nickella Dee, Jerry Goble. Byron Field

  2002 Fall Festival of One Act Plays  November 5 - December 10, 2002

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The Cherry Orchard   - June 3, 2002 - July 28, 2002
Written by Anton Chekhov

Directed by Jack Stehlin

with Alfred Molina, Jill Gascoine, Gigi Bermingham, Greg Mullavey, , Paul Taylor Robertson. 
Middle row: Jack Kissell, Nickella Dee, Stephanie Zimbalist, Joel Polis. 
Front row: Julie Dretzin, Dean Nichols, Andy Comeau

CRITIC's PICK!
**** "Joyous!"****
Back Stage West

**** "Hilarious!" ****
Daily Variety

**** "A Cherry Orchard Worth Savoring!"****
Daily News

**** "Stellar!"****
American Radio Network
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Richard III with Alfred Molina, Jack Stehlin

Richard III   - February 2, 2002 - May 5, 2002by William Shakepeare an Odyssey Theatre and Circus Theatricals co-productiondirected by Casey Biggs, Circus Theatricals Associate Artist
produced by Jeannine Welles (Circus Theatricals)
and Beth Hogan (Odyssey Theatre)

The tale of Shakespeare’s most captivating villain who uses his devastating wit, courage and guile to seduce women and charm men in his lust for the throne of England.

CRITIC'S CHOICE! Los Angeles Times 
"Director Casey Biggs delivers a simple yet cogent staging of Shakespeare's most moustach-twirling history, starring shimmering, simmering Jack stehlin in the title turn and the ever-laudable Alfred Molina as a bang-up Buckingham."

  Great Scenes from Modern American Plays   - December, 2001
  The Three Sisters   - Fall, 2001
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Jack Stehlin and Casey Biggs in True West

TRUE WEST - Spring 2001

CAST

Casey Biggs Maureen Byrnes Michael Tomlinson Daniel Nathan Spector Jack Stehlin
Casey Biggs
(Austin)
Maureen Byrnes
(Mom)
Michael Tomlinson
(Saul Kimmer)
Daniel Nathan Spector
(Austin)
Jack Stehlin
(Lee)














PRODUCTION TEAM
Ron Sossi (Producer)
Jeannine Welles(Producer)
David Ledger (Set Design)
Younwha Kong (Lighting Design)
Anya Berger (Costume Design)
Adam Gascoine (Sound Design)
Christina Burck(Stage Manager)

"Raucous, menacing, and savagely funny!"
-Los Angeles Times


"Stehlin and Biggs navigate this territory well, and they navigate it with the kinetic assurance of performers at the top of their craft!"
-Los Angeles Times

“No holds barred!”
The Hollywood Reporter

“Biggs and Stehlin are outstanding as Austin and Lee, the battling and boozing brothers with a common identity!”
The Hollywood Reporter

“Sam Shepard's True West is as explosive as ever!”
New Times LA

“Stehin and Biggs, a pair of American virtuosos, are splendidly combustible together!”
New Times LA

 

  Great Scenes from Classic American Plays   - Spring, 2001
  The SeaGull   - Spring, 2001
  Great Scenes from Anton Chekov   - Fall, 2000
Hamlet postcard Hamlet   - Spring, 2000

Jack Stehlin as Scapin

The Cheats of Scapin  - August 14-October 16, 1999

THE CHEATS of SCAPIN is the first co-production between Circus Theatricals and The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble. Circus Theatricals Artistic Director JACK STEHLIN directs and plays the title role. The translated, by John Ozell (1714) is updated by JACK STEHLIN and JEANNINE WELLES.

 

The Job by Shem Bitterman The Job  - November, 1998 - May, 1999
Tryst and Shout by Chuck Rose Tryst and Shout   - May - June, 1999
  A Festival of One Act Plays, Part VI - Fall '98
  Peer Gynt - Fall '98
Twelfth Night Twelfth Night or What You Will - Summer '98
hippolytus poster Hippolytus - Fall 1998
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Tartuffe

TARTUFFE - by Moliere
Directed by Jack Stehlin
A Circus Theatricals production
Spring, 1998

hedda gabler poster Hedda Gabler - Fall 1997
  Festival of One Act Plays Parts I-V
  Rattlesnake in a Cooler
denied poster
Denied - Winter 1996
lysistrata poster Lysistrata - Fall 1996
the misanthrope
The Misanthrope - Spring 1997
the lower depths poster The Lower Depths - Spring 1996
Hedda Gabler Poster Hedda Gabler
  Festival of One Act Plays Parts I-V
  Rattlesnake in a Cooler
  The Maids/The Stronger
  Leftovers
  Antigone
  Macbeth
 
Danton's Death

Uncle Vanya - New York, New York, 1983

The first Circus Theatricals production was Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, in 1983.

 

Uncle Vanya cast photo

(left to right)Gerald Gilmore (Telyegin), Leah Joki (Elena), Martha Horstman (Marina), Christian Hanckel (Yefim), Lili Flanders (Sonia),Mary Stein (Voynitskaya), Jack Stehlin (Astrov), Tom Hewitt (Vanya) and Kevin Spacey (Serebryakov).

Directed by Deloss Brown 
Produced by Jack Stehlin
Scenic consultant: Bil Mikulewicz
Lighting consultant: Todd Lichtenstein
Stage manager: Edythe Frampton

(photo: courtesey Deloss Brown)

 
 
 
 
 

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