NEWS RELEASE: April 3, 2012
Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin 310.701-0788
THE NEW AMERICAN THEATRE ANNOUNCES
CAST of BEDFELLOWS by CHUCK ROSE
"How Far Would you Go To Win?"
World premiere political drama opens April 21, 2012
Los Angeles, CA (April 3, 2012) - Award-winning and critically-acclaimed theatre company The New American Theatre (formerly Circus Theatricals) announces the cast of the world premiere play BEDFELLOWS by Chuck Rose.
Bedfellows, directed by The New American Theatre Artistic Director Jack Stehlin, will be presented Fridays and Saturdays April 21 - June 2, 2012. Venue is the McCadden Place Theatre, 1157 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood, CA 90038. Tickets, at $34.50 can be purchased online at NewAmericanTheatre.com or by calling 310-701-0788.
"We are so pleased to present Chuck's world-premiere play Bedfellows," says Artistic Director Jack Stehlin. "We have been work-shopping Bedfellows with Chuck Rose for the past two years. Bedfellows, which centers around a fictional Los Angeles mayor who is running for California governor, explores the price of ambition, desire, and the elusive search for truth. But more importantly, Bedfellows is about humans trying to become what they admire amidst turbulent political waters."
In "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, a forgotten event in his past is uncovered, which could destroy his career and dash the hopes of millions of people who believed in him.
Faced with the prospect of ruin, he needs to decide if winning is worth it at all costs. More than a political drama, Bedfellows is a very human conflict, which asks questions like: Is it possible to succeed without compromise? When is compromise healthy and when is it destructive? How well do we really know ourselves and the people around us? If asked to make the ultimate choice, what would you do, and how would it change you?
Bedfellows marks The New American Theatre's (formerly Circus Theatricals) second main-stage collaboration with playwright Chuck Rose. The company presented the critically-acclaimed Safe in 2008.
CAST and CREW
Cast includes New American Theatre members Robert Cicchini, Jordan Lund, Cameron Meyer and Jade Sealey. Bedfellows also stars Thomas Vincent Kelly, Marc Jablon and Marie-Francoise Theodore. Set Designer is Dennis Jackson, Lighting Designer is Noah Silverstein. Sound Designers are Ron Klier and Nick Pavey. Costume Designer is Kitty Rose. Assistant to the Director is Jules Vincent. Director is Jack Stehlin. Producer is Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin.
ROBERT CICCHINI (Tony Perez) is an Associate Artist with The New American Theatre. His long list of credits as an actor, director, and instructor with the company date back to 1987, when it was based in New York City.Robert is veteran film, television, and stage actor. His first film was Francis Ford Coppola's GODFATHER III. Since then he has appeard in dozens of movies and worked with many fine directors including Mike Nichols, Spike Lee, Paul Mazursky, John Frankenheimer, and Steven Spielberg, among others. His extensive television credits include guest starring or recurring roles on "CSI," "NCIS", "Six Feet Under," "Providence", "NYPD Blue", "CSI NY," "Law and Order", "Desperate Housewives," "The Closer," and many more. His most recent credits include; "The Mentalist", "Bones", the soon to be released feature "California Solo", and his feature directorial debut, "Waterwalk", in which he also stars. His most memorable stage performance is probably when he sang a capella a shockingly crude, but liltingly and sweetly composed lullaby by Philip Glass, while suspended in a net just a few feet above the audience, to open the second act of Jean Genet's THE SCREENS, directed by Joanne Akalaitis.
MARIE-FRANCOISE THEODORE (Nadine De Leon)
Marie-Françoise is happy to be making her production debut with The New American Theatre. Originally from Chicago, she has played lead roles at Steppenwolf Theatre Co, The Court Theatre, Penumbra Theatre and the Guthrie. Recent roles in Los Angeles include Clytemnestra in Agamemnon and Iphigenia 2.0 at City Garage Theatre and Shirelle in No Chance in Hell at Theatre Theater. Film/TV: "Young & The Restless", "Dating While Black" and "The Last Laugh. Marie-Françoise holds an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia Colleg"e Chicago.
MARC JABLON (Joel Kaminsky) – Marc is making his first appearance with The New American Theatre and it so excited to be collaborating with this cast on bringing Bedfellows to life. Previous theatre credits include Richard III, 1776 and Born Yesterday @ The Utah Shakespearean Festival, Street Scene @ Williamstown Theatre Festival, Intimate Apparel @ The Intiman Theatre, The Glamour House and Jonathan Wild @ Victory Gardens Theater. TV credits include guest star spots on "ER", "Without a Trace", "NUMB3RS", "Bones", "NCIS" and "Medium". Special thanks to Chuck for his amazing text and throwing me a laugh line; and to Jack and the cast for their passion, their tenacity and for making his return to the stage a truly memorable one.
THOMAS VINCENT KELLY (Sanford Mitchell) has performed with theatres throughout the country including The Goodman, San Jose Rep., Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare, Ensemble Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, Seanachai Theatre, American Players, Connecticut Rep., and Shakespearean Festivals in Utah, Florida, Illinois and Idaho. Los Angeles stage credits include: King Lear at Antaeus; Death of a Salesman at Interact; The Wind Cries Mary at East/West Players; RFK: The Journey to Justice at LA Theatre Works; Mr. Kolpert at the Odyssey Theatre. Television credits include: Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,Law & Order-LA, Saving Grace, The Closer, 24, Without a Trace, and numerous other guest appearances.
JORDAN LUND (George Snyder) New American Studio Ensemble Associate Artist
Jordan has appeared in 15 plays for New American/Circus Theatricals: including: More Lies About Jerzy, The Taming of the Shrew, Safe (by Chuck Rose), Twelfth Night, The Adding Machine, Man.Gov, 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 (Shakespeare in Central Park), I Saw the Seven Angels (The Kitchen), Tis Pity She’s A Whore (LaMama), Treasure Island (Ohio). 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", “Awake”, “Without A Trace”, "Cheers", "Frasier", "Firefly", "Law & Order", "Star Trek DS9, TNG & Enterprise", "ER,". Jordan received his training at Carnegie-Mellon University. tlbrsm
CAMERON MEYER (Madeleine Mayhew)
With New American Theatre: Five Beauties: Five Tennessee Williams One Acts, More Lies About Jerzy (Backstage Garland nomination), Three Sisters, The Women, Safe. Other theatre: Influence (Skylight Theatre), Cold/Tender (Boston Court), Sounds from a Converted Garage (Groundlings), Six Characters In Search Of an Author (dir. Timothy Childs), Valerie Shoots Andy (American Place), Hamlet (Yale University). Sketch comedy includes “Sands of Passion” (dir. Jerry Zucker), IO West. TV: “Criminal Minds,” “Hawthorne,” “Monk,” “Veronica Mars,” “Day Break.” Film: “Pic Six,” “Mao.” More at www.cameronmeyer.com. Special thanks to the New American Theatre and Chuck Rose.
JADE SEALEY (Christina Woodman)
Theatre credits include: Baltimore in Sister Cities (Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Circus Theatricals), Jane in Mooney’s Kid Don’t Cry, Crystal Allen in The Women, Shannon Gosling in Safe, Viola in Twelfth Night, Marian in The Heiress, Genevieve in Weedwacker, Iphigenia in Iphigenia (all with The New American Theatre / Circus Theatricals) Debby in Deconstructing the Torah (The Odyssey), Janna in Blind Spots, Ruthie in Tsuris (Sidewalk Studio Theatre), Portia in The Author's Voice and Constanze in Amadeus (Steve Dobuzyinski Theatre). Film/TV credits include: “Chasing Eagle Rock,” “How to Cheat,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Bridesmaid #3,” “The Hunger Artist,” “ Cul De Sac” and “Fool's Paradise.”
An award-winning writer/director/producer, Chuck's recent feature writing projects include "Freeze Frame" at Paul Schiff Productions, "Almost Dangerous", at Mandalay Pictures, "Steps and Crashers", both at Yari Film Group, and" Nervous Rex" for the Samuel Goldwyn Company.
Directing credits include the films "Side Effects", starring Arye Gross, "Come As You Are" starring James Russo, and
the upcoming feature, "Joe's Mountain", starring Kris Kristofferson.
As a playwright, his credits include the critically acclaimed plays, Safe (New American Theatre/formerly Circus Theatricals at the Hayworth) and Weekend In Goshen (Theatre Geo). His plays, Eye to Eye and The Letter both recently premiered off-Broadway.
JACK STEHLIN (Founding Artistic Director, The New American Theatre / Producer / Director)
Jack founded Circus Theatricals in 1983. The company changed its name to The New American Theatre in 2011. With his wife and partner Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin, 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 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" and will direct the short film "Gibberish" this Spring 2012.
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," and "NYPD Blue." Films include "Chicago 8" and "Wilde Salome" starring and directed by Al Pacino. Jack has extensive Los Angeles, New York, Regional and worldwide stage credits, including nine productions at New York's Public Theatre, Salome (Los Angeles w/Al Pacino), and Titus Redux at the Kirk Douglas Theatre (co-production with Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble.) Jack is an alumnus of John Houseman's The Acting Company and a graduate of The Juilliard School.
JEANNINE WISNOSKY STEHLIN (Managing Director, The New American Theatre / Circus Theatricals, Producer)
Jeannine has produced (along with Jack Stehln) over 50 plays for The New American Theatre (Circus Theatricals), including; the recent productions of As Is, Five Beauties by Tennessee Williams, I Never Sang for My Father, the co-production of Titus Redux wth Not Man Apart at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and RADAR-LA, Davey Holmes’ More Lies About Jerzy (dir. David Trainer), Man.gov (LA/Off-Broadway) Harm’s Way (LA/Off-Broadway/2008 Pen USA award), Sister Cities (world premiere), The Job (LA/Off-Broadway). LA Weekly Award nomination for “Best Sound Design” for The Circle. As a film producer: the short “Game 7,” and the upcoming “Gibberish.” Also an actor, stage credits include many plays in LA and Chicago. Film/TV: “Watch It,” “Rancho Cucamonga.” She made her TV deput as a pre-schooler in the popular children’s program “Romper Room.” Jeannine earned a B.S. in Advertising from the University of Illinois, and an M.B.A. in Marketing from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
QUICK BEDFELLOWS FACTS:
- Play name: Bedfellows
- Playwright: Chuck Rose
- Director: Jack Stehlin
- Presented by: The New American Theatre (formerly Circus Theatricals)
- Venue: McCadden Place Theatre, 1157 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood, CA 90038.
- Dates: Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, April 21 - June 2, 2012. Special 3pm Matinee on Sunday, April 22.
- Ticket price: $34.50 (student/senior/group prices available)
- Box Office: online:http://www.NewAmericanTheatre.comor 310-701-0788.