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written by SAM SHEPARD



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.

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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Neil Vipond in Seduced

Neil Vipond, Emily James and Francesca Ferrara in Seduced



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Francesca Ferrara


Also for Circus Theatricals: Greensward, The Circle, Sister Cities, and Max (the latter two plays also directed by Elise Robertson). Other recent theater includes the title role in Mark Troy’s Sister Snell at the NoHo Arts Festival. Television: Ugly Betty, Close to Home, The West Wing, Commander in Chief, The Unit, and Snoops. Her recent film Sven Stromson Blue, based on the life and art of Yves Klein, was an official selection at the 2006 Los Angeles International Shorts Fest.

Member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble

Emily James


Emily James is a graduate of the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC. She is a founding member of the Bridge Theatre Company and has appeared in over a dozen productions in New York. Her theater credits include: Ratface (2005 Fringe Festival),The Lonely Way (Off-Broadway), Women of Manhattan, Rosemary with Ginger, and Blue Window. This is her Los Angeles stage debut.

In addition to her work in the theater, Emily had a recurring role in "STARVED" on FX and had a recent role in "STANDOFF" on FOX.

Patrick Vest


Circus Theatricals credits include: The Misanthrope, Macbeth, The Circle and All My Sons ("Great Scenes from Classic American Plays").

Patrick has performed in over 100 theatrical productions. Among his favorite roles are Macbeth, Mercutio, Prince Hal, and Petruchio. He also wrote and performed a one man show about Henry David Thoreau.

Member: Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble

Neil Vipond

NEIL VIPOND (Henry Hackamore)

With Circus Theatricals: Complexity, Richard III, Hamlet .

This is Neil's third foray into Sam Shepard Country. Having played Weston in Curse of the Starving Class and Dodge in Buried Child, and his Fourth production with Circus Theatricals. He began his career in Canada, performing in over 40 plays in two seasons of stock before joining the first company at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. He was with the festival Theatre for four seasons playing young leading roles under the direction of Tyrone Guthrie and performing with such actors as Alec Guiness, Irene Worth and James Mason. Coming to New York he appeared with Uta Hagen in The Good Woman of Setzuan and gave a performance as Hamlet, The New York Times called "electrifying." Since that time, he has worked on and off Broadway and with many regional theatres. In New York he played James Joyce in Mr Joyce is leaving Paris and Hamm in Endgame, both productions directed by Jim Sheridan. His last appearance in New York before moving to Los Angeles was a Danforth in the Roundabout Theatre production of The Crucible. Last season he returned to New York to appear in David Warren's productoin of Rope and the season before as Grover in Pam Berlin's production of End Papers.

In Los Angeles, he has received numerous awards for performances in a wide range of parts. His many television and film credits include Guest Star appearances on "Will and Grace," "Cold Case" and Meduum."

Neil wishes to thank Jack and Jeannine Stehlin for everything.

Circus Theatricals Associate Artist.

Production Bios  

Derrick McDaniel

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.

Denia Skinner

Denia Skinner graduated from Brooks College in 2002, 
winning the "Best
Women's Sportswear " award. Since then, she has done costumes for Los Angeles dance troup the Diavolo Company and participated in numerous fashion shows, including "Exposure 2004." She also has been active in fashion design, working with such companies as Junker Designs and Lipstick Prohets. She is happy to be collaborating with the actors and director of  "Seduced".

Tempany Deckert

Tempany Deckert hails from Australia and has been working in the theatre since ten years of age! An accomplished actress, author and playwright, she trained at the Herbert Berghoff Studio, The Stella Adler Academy and The Berg Studio.

Lead roles include: THEATRE: Medea, All This and Allen Too, The Odd Couple, The Crucible, Look Back in Anger, Blood Wedding, Away, Direct from Broadway. TV: All Saints, Home and Away, Neighbours, The Flying Doctors, The Secret Life of Us, The Fame Game.FILM: The Curse of the Talisman, First Daughter, The Incurable Romantic, The Wonder of Living, New Skin.

Tempany’s play, THE TANTY made the top ten of David Williamson’s Young Playwrights Festival at the Sydney Theatre Company, Australia.She is also the author of seventeen books for young adults published by Macmillan and Scholastic. Series include, The Shooting Stars, X-Zone and Kids Bizz.

Tempany is thrilled to be working with the Circus Theatricals team.

Jack Stehlin

JACK STEHLIN (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," "JAG," (recurring), "Buffy" (recurring ), "Judging Amy," "The Practice," "Crossing Jordan," "NYPD Blue," "ER."

Jeannine Stehlin

JEANNINE STEHLIN (Managing Director)

Acting credits include: 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 professional debut on the popular children's program, "Romper Room." Sound design credits include:, Greensward, Complexity, and The Circle (LA Weekly "Best Sound Design" nomination).

Produced over 40 plays for Circus Theatricals, including 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).

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.

Elise Robertson


Member: Circus Theaticals Studio Ensemble.

Recently directed Sister Cities for Circus Theatricals.

A Cine Golden Eagle and Emmy award-­winning TV and film director, Elise¹s writer/director credits include: Ralph Ellison's "King of the Bingo Game, " and F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Sensble Thing" for PBS.  Additional directing credits:  2 seasons on "Adventures with Kanga Roddy,"  and scenes from Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man"  for American Masters, both on PBS.  Stage directing:  What Went Wrong With the King and Queen of America, Ellipses and Max  for Circus Theatricals.  

Also an actress, she has appeared onstage in numerous Circus Productions, including Three Sisters, The Seagull, and The Circle, as well as starring in Ourselves Alone and Oleanna with the Crash Box Players.  Recent TV/Film includes: Grey's Anatomy, Six Feet Under, Gilmore Girls, The Good-Humor Man.


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