NEWS RELEASE: September 1, 2011
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“FIVE BEAUTIES,” AN EVENING RARELY PERFORMED
ONE ACT PLAYS BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
OPENS THE NEW AMERICAN THEATRE’S FALL 2011 SEASON
Newly discovered “GREEN EYES” and four other gems are directed by
award-winning directors Mark Bringelson, Elina de Santos, Bjørn Johnson,
Ron Klier, and Jack Stehlin
Los Angeles, CA (September 1, 2011) - Award-winning and critically-acclaimed theatre company The New American Theatre (formerly Circus Theatricals) announces FIVE BEAUTIES, an evening of rarely performed one act plays by TENNESSEE WILLIAMS. Five Beauties opens the New American Theatre’s FALL 2011 season, playing September 16 – October 8, 2011.
The five Williams plays span five decades, including the 1941 Moony’s Kid Don’t Cry which was the first Williams play ever published, and Green Eyes, a recently discovered and published play which takes place during the Vietnam War. The other plays include Auto-Da-Fé, The Lady of Larkspur Lotion (both penned in 1941), and The Traveling Companion (1980).
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
In this newly-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
The Lady of Larkspur Lotion
A roach-infested boarding house, a reality-obsessed landlady...and two dreamers
Directed by Bjørn Johnson , Starring John Copeland, 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
TICKETS / VENUE
Five Beauties will be presented by The New American Theatre at the McCadden Theatre, 1157 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood, CA 90038. The production will play Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Septemberl 16 – October 8, 2011. Tickets, at $20, can be purchased online: http://www.NewAmericanTheatre.com or by
THE NEW AMERICAN THEATRE
The New American Theatre (formerly Circus Theatricals) is a nonprofit theatre company founded in 1983. At the age of 28, Circus Theatricals announced that it was changing its name to The New American Theatre. The New American Theatre represents an evolution in the company’s vision for the future of the theatre company, and the American theatre-at-large.
Jack Stehlin founded Circus Theatricals in New York in 1983, just after graduating from the Juilliard School. Seeking a unique name, he decided to honor his family, who were famous circus performers
through much of the 20th century. The first production was Uncle Vanya, with Juilliard classmate Kevin Spacey. Other New York hits included Macbeth Off-Broadway at the Classic Stage Company, and Danton’s Death at the Rapp Arts Center.
In 1995, Circus Theatricals moved to Los Angeles, where Jack met and partnered with Jeannine Wisnosky. (Jack and Jeannine married two years later.) In LA, Circus Theatricals was at The Hudson Guild from 1995 - 1999, (with award-winning productions of The Job, Hedda Gabler) and the Odyssey Theatre from 1999 to December 2005 (with award-winning productions of Hamlet, Richard III, True West, Tartuffe and The Cherry Orchard). 2006 – 2008, Circus Theatricals presented a string of critically-acclaimed world-premiere and classic productions at the Circus Theatricals Studio Theatre including John Bunzel’s Complexity, Chuck Rose’s Safe, The Heiress, and The Women. The company produced Shem Bitterman’s Iraq War companion pieces Man.gov and 2008 Pen USA Award winning play Harm’s Way in LA and Off-Broadway.
In 2009, Circus Theatricals co-produced three plays with the Odyssey Theatre. Spring, 2010, the company presented the critically acclaimed hit More Lies About Jerzy at the Hayworth Theatre as well as the co-production of Titus Redux with Not Man Apart – Physical Theatre Ensemble at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, and again in 2011 as part of RADAR-LA International Theatre Festival at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Also in 2011, the company presented the sold-out hit I Never Sang for My Father, starring award-winning actor Philip Baker Hall.
BRENDAN BRANDT (Boy in Green Eyes)
Brendan is thrilled to be part of this newly discovered play by Tennessee Williams. Previous work with NAT include Getting Out (Carl), Macbeth (Malcolm), and One-Act Festivals from 2009 and 2010. TV-“Criminal Minds:Suspect Behavior”, “Working Class”, “Close to Home”, Film-“Starla” (coming out 2012), “Mob Rules” (LionsGate), “Carts”. Commercials for Progressive, EA Sports, Sprite, Domino's, Eggbeaters, and a big one for Cialis(*cough*).
JOHN COPELAND (Writer in Lady of Larkspur Lotion)
With New American Theatre; Taming of the Shrew, Getting Out, and Struck. Additionally, Othello at Powerhouse Theatre, As You Like It and Twelfth Night at Classical Theatre Lab, Loves Labors Lost and Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare Santa Monica, Don Giovanni Tonight....at Sacred Fools, Hamlet and Grapes of Wrath at Knightsbridge Theatre, The Blunders at Upright Cabaret, Go Aks Alice with Big Queen Productions and the national tour of The Real Live Brady Bunch. He is a graduate of the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago.
ANTHONY CRAN (Eloi in Auto Da Fé, Associate Producer)
With The New American Theatre: Circus Theatrical’s 14 th & 15 th annual One Act Play Festivals. He has performed on stage in Los Angeles, New York, Canada, Britain, Germany and has appeared in numerous films. He played Beau and Luke respectively in the European premiere of Tennessee Williams' The Traveling Companion and The Chalky White Substance, in the UK (1996).
BYRON FIELD (Beau in The Traveling Companion)
With Circus Theatricals: Macbeth, Once Removed, Love & Sex over Dinner & Drinks, Antigone, As You LIke It, Loose Ends, The Three Sisters, The SeaGull, Straight Talk. Other Theatre: Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Another Part of the Forest, Careless Love (Theatre Group), Men Without Dates (Artists Play Circle) and Long Days Journey into Night (Artists Play Circle). 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). Films: "Balls to the Wall", upcoming Eric Bana film “By Virtue Fall.
TOM GROENWALD (Vieux in The Traveling Companion)
With Circus Theatricals: More Lies About Jerzy, Running in Circles Screaming, The Three Sisters (Circus Theatricals / Odyssey), Taming of the Shrew, Safe (LA Times Critics Choice), Moon Man (Circus Theatricals Festival of New One Act Plays). Other stage credits include: The Big Ever After, Cenci (ARK Theatre Co). In Chicago: Damage Control (Noble Fool), MacBett ( Greasy Joan Theatre), Private Eyes, The Secret Rapture (Element Theatre), and more. TV/Film: Tom recently completed filming "No God No Master" with David Strathairn." Other: Early Edition," "Lady Blue," "Heavens Fall," "Almost Salinas" and "Beyond the Pale." Member, The New American Studio Ensemble.
CAMERON MEYER (Mrs. Hardwicke-Moore in The Lady of Larkspur Lotion)
With New American Theatre: More Lies About Jerzy (Backstage Garland nomination), Three Sisters, The Women, Safe. Other theatre: Influence (Skylight Theatre, LA Weekly nomination),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: “Sands of Passion” (dir. Jerry Zucker), IO West. TV: “Criminal Minds,” “Hawthorne,” “Monk,” “Veronica Mars,” “Day Break,” “All My Children.” Film: “Pic Six,” “Mao.” More at www.cameronmeyer.com .
COURTNEY MUNCH (Girl in Green Eyes)
Courtney Munch made her escape from Texas and graduated magna cum laude from Amherst college. Courtney was recently cast in "The Dark Knight Rises," which she will shoot at the end of September and is currently working on two web projects: "Divergence" and "Gearbox". She has appeared in "Battle: LA", "Land of the Astronauts" with David Arquette, and did motion capture for "Killzone 3." She has been a stunt performer on "Undercovers", " Larry Crowne", "Star Trek" (SAG award) and "I am Legend" (SAG nomination). She played Arlie in Circus Theatrical's production of "Getting Out" by Marsha Norman. She has studied Shaolin kung fu with two 34th generation Shaolin Monks (Shi Yan Ming and Shi Yan Lei). She also studies trapeze and silks with Karyne Steban.
JADE SEALEY (Jane in Moony’s Kid Don’t Cry). Theatre credits include: Baltimore in Sister Cities (Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Circus Theatricals), Crystal Allen in The Women, Shannon Gosling in Safe, Viola in Twelfth Night, Marian in The Heiress, Genevieve in Weedwacker, Iphigenia in Iphigenia (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.”
SCOTT SHELDON (Moony in Moony’s Kid Don’t Cry)
Scott Sheldon is a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City and a member of The New American Theatre. With The New American Theatre: Macbeth in Macbeth, Andre in Three Sisters, Brett in More Lies About Jerzy, Tom in Game 7, Trey in Gibberish. Film: “Small Apartments” (Dir. Jonas Akerlund). T.V. “The Quickening”, C.S.I NY
BIBI TINSELY (Mme. Duvenet in Auto Da Fé)
Theatre-reared in Chicago, Bibi worked with Element Theatre, Steppenwolf, and Frump Tucker. With Circus Theatricals: The Women, The Taming Of The Shrew, The One Act Festivals: 2007, 2009, and 2010; and Best Of The Circus Theatricals One Act Festivals. She has also starred in productions with Alliance Rep, The Ark, The Met, and Theatre Expresso. Films include: “Baron Road”, “Almost Salinas”, “Number Two”, and “The Brooch”. She has been a proud member of The New American Studio Ensemble since 2007. She has received stellar reviews from VARIETY, THE LA TIMES, BACKSTAGE WEST and the LA WEEKLY.
MONA LEE WYLDE (Mrs. Wire in The Lady of Larkspur Lotion). Theatre: Mercy Warren’s Tea, Fools in Love, The Oldest Profession ( Odyssey Theatre), Getting Out, The War Between Virginia and Alabama, Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew (The New American Theatre), Biking with Andrew Scott, and Jewel Box with The Dillon Street Players. Films include: “Firsts”, “Victor’s Last Class,” “My Little Secret, “ “ Haunted Mansion”, and “500 Days of Summer”. Television: “Breaking In,” “24,” “The Guardian.” Pilots: “Upside Down,” “Can’t We Just Get Along”. Mona Lee is also an award-winning photographer, a rhythm tap dancer, and recently penned the screenplay “Honey Somonauk.” Member of The New American Studio Ensemble.
MARK BRINGELSON (Director, Green Eyes)
Mark Bringelson directed Mike Kindle's new play about Barack Obama's mother, Stanley Ann. Other world premiers he's directed include Susan Rubin's Above the Line and Bitch, Tom Jacobson's Friendly Hour, Bunbury, and Cyberqueer, Larry Fineberg's The Clairvoyant, Martin Casella's Beautiful Dreamer, , and others. He directed the West Coast premiere of two British plays, Meredith Oaks' The Neighbor and Jim Cartwright's Road, the 30th Anniversary Production of Lanford Wilson's Rimers of Eldritch, and others. He and his productions have earned multiple awards. He also directs films, music videos and TV, including two Pilots for HBO.
ELINA DE SANTOS (Director, Moony’s Kid Don’t Cry)
WCJT: Broken Glass (Arthur Miller) 2011, World premieres: Rogue Machine, Yard Sale Signs, (Jennie Webb), Razorback (John Pollono), West Coast Premieres: Rogue Machine, Vivien (Rick Foster) 2011, Stop Kiss (Diana Son) 2009, Pasadena Plyhse , Vincent inBrixton (Wright) 2004. LA Premiere of Speed the Plow (Mamet) Garland for Direction. PRT: Odets’ Rocket to the Moon (LADCC direction nominee), Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Williams’, Orpheus Descending, LADCC Award for direction and production, Odyssey: Odets’ Awake & Sing! (9 month run)11 awards. Ark Theatre, A Doll’s House (Ibsen) LA Weekly Direction nominee. Orphans (Kessler), ICT, Awake & Sing!, Berkshire Theatre Festival & Pittsburgh Public Theatre.
BJØRN JOHNSON (Director, The Lady of Larkspur Lotion)
Bjørn Johnson won the LA Weekly Best Direction Award for Dutchman, and was honored to direct the critically acclaimed world premiere of Neil LaBute’s The New Testament at Open Fist Theatre. Among his other successful shows, Bjørn was recently celebrated for his crackerjack direction of two riotous comedies: Light Up the Sky and Room Service. A performing artist himself, Bjørn continues to push himself and his actors to tackle projects that are challenging and scary – projects that force self-discovery and growth. Bjørn has been running his own acting studio in Hollywood 10 years and counting.
RON KLIER (Director, The Traveling Companion).
Ron Klier recently directed the Vs. Theatre Company’s production of Neil LaBute’s The Mercy Seat at the Ford Theatre. Additional directing credits include Adam Rapp’s Blackbird, which was nominated for three Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle and three LA Weekly Awards, and was named one of LA Weekly's Ten Best Productions of 2009, Bekah Brunstetter's Happy Birthday/I'm Dead, Brett Neveu’s Eagle Hills, Eagle Ridge, Eagle Landing, John Kolvenbach's On An Average Day (in Los Angeles and Chicago), Fielding Edlow’s Shampooed, and the director’s own plays Waste Of Shame, Battleship, Tranny, and Last Chance Gas.
JEANNINE WISNOSKY STEHLIN (Producer / Managing Director).Jeannine has produced over 50 plays for The New American Theatre (Circus Theatricals), including Titus Redux (with Not Man Apart – Physical Theatre Ensemble at the Kirk Douglas Theatre), More Lies About Jerzy, Taming of the Shrew, Man.gov (LA/Off-Broadway) Harm's Way (LA/Off-Broadway/2008 Pen USA award), Twelfth Night, Sister Cities (world premiere), Misanthrope, Macbeth, Tartuffe , Cherry Orchard, Richard III, Hamlet, Scapin, The Job (LA/Off-Broadway). Also an actor, her stage credits include: Macbeth, Twelfth Night, The Job, Peer Gynt, Tartuffe (LA Weekly “Best Comedy Ensemble”), Misanthrope, Hippolytus, The Stronger, The Art of Success, Women and Wallace. Film/TV: “Watch It,” “Rancho Cucamonga." At the age of 4, Jeannine made her TV debut on 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.
JACK STEHLIN (Director Auto-Da-Fé / Producer / Founding Artistic Director).
A descendent of circus trapeze artists, jugglers, and acrobats on one side of his family, and coal miners and minor league ball players on the other side, Jack Stehlin began his career at New York’s prestigious Juilliard School. After graduation, he joined the New York Shakespeare Festival, acting in dozens of plays including, Richard II with Steven Berkoff, Henry V with Kevin Kline, Casanova with Ethan Hawke, Henry IV, I with Mandy Patinkin, Julius Caesar (w/ Al Pacino and Martin Sheen), among others. His extensive New York, Regional and International stage credits include Salome with Al Pacino (New York and Los Angeles), Robert Wilson’s Alcestis, Andre Serban’sThe King Stag; JoAnne Akalitis’ The Balcony; Robert Brustein’s Six Characters; created the role of Bobby Nobis in William Hauptman’s Gillette, directed by David Wheeler. At Hartford Stage, the American premiere ofHidden Laughter by Simon Grey, directed by Mark Lamos.
Jack founded Circus Theatricals (now The New American Theatre ) in 1983. With his wife and partner Jeannine, he has produced more than 50 plays in NYC and Los Angeles. On the stages of Los Angeles, Jack’s roles include Circus Theatricals productions of the Spring 2010 critically acclaimed hits More Lies About Jerzy, written by Davey Holmes and directed by David Trainer; Titus Redux (co-production with Not Man Apart – Physical Theatre Ensemble at the Kirk Douglas Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew, The Misanthrope, Macbeth, Hamlet, Richard III, Tartuffe, True West, The Cheats of Scapin, and Shem Bitterman’s Harm’s Way (LA and Off-Broadway).
Jack is perhaps best known on television as DEA captain Roy Till on the popular Showtime series “Weeds.” He has had recurring and guest starring roles on countless hit TV fan favorites, such as “The Event,” “Dark Blue,” Without a Trace”, “Monk”, “NCIS”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “JAG”, “The Practice”, “ER”, and “NYPD Blue”, as well as the new CBS comedy “Love Bites,” Jack has two films coming out in 2011: “Wilde Salome” directed by and starring Al Pacino, and “The Chicago 8” with Danny Masterson, Gary Cole and Phillip Baker Hall.