An Odyssey Theatre and Circus Theatricals co-production
by Anton Chekhov
directed by Jack Stehlin
produced by Ron Sossi (Odyssey Theatre)
and Jeannine W. Stehlin (Circus Theatricals)
First performed in 1901, Anton Chekhov’s classic tale
of life, love, and longing takes place at the turn of the last century
in a provincial Russian village. Three educated sisters; Olga, Masha and
Irina, along with their brother Andrey, dream of returning to their
childhood home in Moscow, where they remember life to be more exciting
and meaningful. As they begin to socialize with soldiers from the local
military post (where their father was commander), their lives take an
This production is adapted from a Russian
translation by the cast and company members of Circus Theatricals. Live
music throughout the performance, with original compositions and
arrangements by composer Roger Bellon.
DATES & TIMES:
- Previews: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8pm September 16, 17, 18
- Opens Saturday September 19 at 8pm - November 8, 2009
- Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
- Sunday at 7pm: November 8 (No 2pm shows on these performance days)
- Student & SAG/Equity/ AFTRA performance: Friday evenings $15
- Pay What You Can Performances: TBA
TICKETS: $25 - $45
RESERVATIONS: 310-477-2055 ext. 2 or OdysseyTheatre.com
photos by Enci
Odyssey Theatre Box Office:310-477-2055 or online:
Cast / Crew Bios
(Baron Tuzenbach ) Last seen on stage as Edward in
"Two Arms" with Circus Theatricals. After years in NYC doing
downtown theatre and some uptown too, including Broadway productions
of Uncle Vanya and Hurrah at Las t at the Roundabout;
he went West. TV and Film includes Grey's Anatomy , The 4400
, Sex and the City , Upstate . It is a great honor to
be working with such an extraordinarily talented cast and company; many
thanks to Jack & Jeannine Stehlin. Love to the divine Leila.
Member , Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.
||TOM GROENWALD (Vershinin)
Tom was last seen on stage as Hortensio in Taming of the Shrew
(Odyssey/Circus Theatricals). Circus Theatricals: 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, Circus Theatricals Studio
RONALD HUNTER (Ferapont)
With Circus Theatricals: Saver, Safe. Broadway: Hastings
in Richard III, Mickey Hummel in Basic Training of Pavlov Hummel (both
w/Al Pacino), Sam Waterston’s Hamlet, standby for Judd Hirsch in
Conversations with my Father; Citizen Tom Paine (w/ Richard Thomas).
Numerous Off-Broadway productions. Regional: Philadelphia Theater
Company, Theatre Virginia, Coconut Grove, many seasons w/Theatre Company
of Boston and Gloucester Stage Company. Film: Van Wilder, Parasomnia,
Along Came Polly… TV series star: Lazarus Syndrome (w/Lou
Gossett); original Harry Lacy in Cagney and Lacy; Three Sovereigns For
Sarah (w/Vanessa Redgrave); Rage of Angels I & II; over 80 episodic
appearances including: Monk, The Big Bang Theory. M.F.A NYU School
of the Arts.
||THOMAS KOPACHE (Chebutykin )
Circus/Odyssey: “Taming of the Shrew”. Circus Theatricals:
“Man.Gov”, “Antigone”, “As You Like It”, “Iphigenia in Aulis”, “Adding
Machine” ( Garland Award), “Twelfth Night” Broadway: “Orpheus
Descending”, “Our Town”. Off -Broadway: Manhattan Theatre Club, The
Public Theatre, La Mama, etc. Regional: Pasadena Playhouse, A.C.T.,
Baltimore Center Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Old Globe…. Film: “No
Country For Old Men”(SAG Award), “Zodiac”, “Catch Me If You Can”,
“Leaving Las Vegas”, “This Boy’s Life”, “Ghosts of Mississippi”,
“Stigmata”, “Star Trek: Generations”… TV: “Saving Grace,” “Big Love”,
Dirty Sexy Money”, “Brothers & Sisters”, Desperate Housewives”,
“West Wing”, “Boston Legal”, “Six Feet Under”, “Malcolm in the Middle”,
“Gilmore Girls, … Circus Theatricals Associate Artist.
JACE MCLEAN (Rode)
Member, Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble. With Circus
Theatrials, Jack in “Two Arms”. Member, Circus Theatricals Studio
New York theater credits include:Temporary Help, One Arm
(Revelation Theater); The Tempest, Twelfth Night (The Acting Company);
Baal (NYC Fringe). Regional credits include: Dracula (City Theater);
Betty’s Summer Vacation (PittsburghPublic Theater). Los Angeles: The
Defenders (Zoo District); Dinner with Friends (Theater 40). TV: Worst
Week, Chocolate News. Film:Unbeatable Harold; Through the Glass; Skate
Great!; The Grand; Pyrasphere; and The Fall of 1980. Garrett is a
graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Guest Artist.
CAMERON MEYER (Natasha)
Theatre includes The Women (Circus Theatricals), Safe (Circus Theatricals), Cold/Tender (Theatre at Boston Court), Sounds from a Converted Garage (Groundlings), Six Characters In Search Of an Author (dir. Broadway producer Timothy Childs), Valerie Shoots Andy (American Place Theatre), Hamlet
(Yale University). Sketch comedy: “Sands of Passion” dir. Jerry
Zucker (nationalbanana.com); also The Laugh Factory, IO West, Friars
Club Beverly Hills. TV: “Hawthorne,” “C & H Landscaping,”
“Monk,” “Veronica Mars,” “Day Break,” “As the World Turns,” “All My
Children.” Film: “Pic Six,” “Mao.” More: www.cameronmeyer.com. Thanks to Jack Stehlin, Jeannine Stehlin, and the Odyssey. Member, Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.
SCOTT SHELDON (Andrey)
With Circus Theatricals: Macbeth in “ Macbeth”, Tommy in “Game 7”. Scott
is a graduate of the neighborhood playhouse in NYC where he lived for
11 years and was a member of The Bridge theater company. He has appeared
in numerous plays, commercials and a Television. Member, Circus
Theatricals Studio Ensemble.
||VANESSA WATERS (Olga)
With Circus Theatricals: Actor - Circus Theatricals
Festival of New One Act Plays ’09 & ‘08, Macbeth, The Women.
Director– The Test (One Act Festival) and Week 50 of 365
Days/Plays. Other LA theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The
Merchant of Venice, Johnson Over Jordan, Baby with the Bathwater, Enemy
of the People. Vanessa has also been seen in numerous independent films
and heard on television as a voice over artist. Training:
Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts (PCPA), Ithaca College. Member,
Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.
SHANNON WELLES (Anfisa)
“I’m gonna be a star!” Shannon proclaimed at age 6.
That and degrees from U. of Texas and Yale catapulted her to Broadway
with Jose Ferrer in “Cyrano.” Then, after a 33 year detour teaching
kindergarten she retired and has appeared in numerous commercials, TV
series, theatres, movies and Tonight Shows. Recently she received an
outstanding service award from the Future Filmmakers. She can be seen in
a forthcoming Meryl Streep / Alec Baldwin film and new episodes of “Mad
Men.” Shannon is deeply grateful to everyone who made possible this
appearance in this production with the company at this venue.
ALAN WELLS (Fedotik)
Walt Disney once said that “It’s kind of fun to do
the impossible.” Three Sisters is my first official production
with Circus Theatricals and I thank Jeannine and Jack for giving me this
opportunity. Born and bred in Ohio, Californians have no idea
what’s about to hit them. A huge thanks to my family, Jacob Fenton,
Elise Robertson, Kevin Rahm, and Meryl Streep for providing me with the
inspiration to apply truth, integrity, and passion to all that I
do. Save the whales and the sharks and give our oceans the chance
to thrive again. alanwellsactor.com
ALEXANDER WELLS ( Kulygin)
Alexander Wells is happy to return to Circus Theatricals after appearing in The Taming of the Shrew directed by Jack Stehlin as well as its festival of New One-Acts at the Lex in Hollywood. Other credits: Menelaus inThe Trojan Women, Barebones Theatre in West Hollywood and Fatboy,
Need Theater (2008 LA Weekly Award for "Best Comedy Performance"),
Absense of Weather by Ken Urban at Moving Arts. At the Odyssey: Good Woman of Setzuan, Chicago Conspiracy Trial, A Thousand Souls, Nameday. When not onstage, Alex a.k.a “Sandy” can be heard reporting news for KABC-AM 790.
SUSAN ZIEGLER (Masha)
Susan is member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble. Her work with CT includes: The world premiere of Sister Cities, As You Like It (as Rosalind), The Women, Macbeth, The Circle, Always, and What Went Wrong With The King & Queen Of America (by Stephen McFeely). Off & Off-Off Broadway includes: Oona & Lurleen (The Public Theatre), Angel City,Suicide in B Flat, Hamlet, The Duchess of Malfi,and the title character inCo-Dependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (The Public Theatre; W.O.W Café). LA theatre includes: the critically acclaimed Cheyenne (by Liz Tuccillo), The American Way, Under My Thumb (as Marianne Faithfull), and Boiler Room. International Theatre includes: Sister Cities (The Edinburgh Fringe Festival ’08) and assorted Icelandic endeavors. TV includes:Dollhouse, Without A Trace, The Middleman, The West Wing, Silk Stalkings, Passions, Arrest & Trial, and Days Of Our Lives. Film includes: TiMERs, Lying In Wait, The Groom, Attitudes, Love Me Twice, The Window, Wild Bill and Big Brother Trouble. Her most recent film, Countertransference,
played The Sundance Film Festival (Women In Film Award), Outfest (Grand
Jury Prize), SXSW, and many others. Susan is a graduate of NYU’s
Experimental Theatre Wing.
MURIELLE ZUKER (Irina)
With Circus Theatricals: Macbeth, The Women.
Murielle is a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film, and Television
with an emphasis in Acting. Since graduating she has trained in Meisner
Technique at The Actor’s Workout Studio and has been a member of the
Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble since 2008. Favorite theatre credits
include Anna in the Tropics, Mala, Starcrossed, Bunker Bingo Blitz, The Zoo Story, Brechtfast, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.
||DERRICK MCDANIEL (Lighting Designer)
few of Derrick’s lighting credits include, “The Godfather Workout” for the HBO comedy festival in Aspen, “Blood Brothers” at the Whitefire Theater, "Among The Thugs" at the Odyssey Theater, “Taming of the Shrew”
at the Odyssey for Circus Theatricals - and many others. Derrick was
recently nominated for a 2008 Ovation Award for lighting, for "The Shelter" at the Odyssey Theater and for “Lady” at the Road Theater. He has also was nominated for a 2008 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award “On An Average Day” at the Elephant Lab. Thank you for supporting live theater. Enjoy!
ROGER BELLON (Original Music/Sound)
Odyssey/ Circus Theatricals: Taming of the Shrew.
Circus Theatricals: Original music for the Off--Broadway productions of
Man.gov and Harm's Way. Roger Bellon was born in Neuilly sur Seine,
France. He attended The Berklee College of Music, Boston, where he
received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition, and post
graduate studies in composition and conducting at The École Normale de
Musique, Paris. Roger has scored over three hundred television
episodes including the cult series "Highlander-The Series," and numerous
award winning television movies such as the Emmy nominated six-hour CBS
mini-series Mario Puzo's "The Last Don". He received an Emmy nomination
for his score to "Frankenstein". His feature film credits include
an original score to the 1921 silent movie classic "The Sheik",
starring Rudolph Valentino.
ZALE MORRIS (Costumes)
This is Zale’s sixth production at the Odyssey. Zale has
worked as a costume designer for theatre, film and television for over
30 years. He is very pleased to be working with Jack Stehlin for the
first time and is enjoying it very much. Thanks to his sister Sherida
Belcher for all of her hard work.
AMANDA KORKUNIS Stage Manager
Amanda Korkunis is pleased to be working with Circus
Theatricals once again. As a child she spent most of her time
following her mother around Theatre Geo in Hollywood, and in High School
she took an immediate liking to stage management. While attending
UC Davis, she revived a non-profit theatre organization. She
produced two full productions, artistically directed a series of short
plays, and was instrumental in increasing the organization's financial
integrity and net worth. She is now back in LA and continuing to
enjoy her work behind the scenes. http://www.ackorkunis.com
JACK STEHLIN (Director /Circus Theatricals Artistic Director)
Award-winning actor/director Jack Stehlin has appeared in the Odyssey/Circus Theatricals productions of: Taming
of the Shrew, Misanthrope, Macbeth, Hamlet, Richard III, Tartuffe, True
West, The Cheats of Scapin. Circus Theatricals productions include Shem
Bitterman’s Harm’s Way (LA/Off-Broadway/2008 Pen USA Award) Other extensive national stage credits include Salome
with Al Pacino, and 9 productions at New York’s Public Theatre
including Richard II with Steven Berkoff, Henry V with Kevin Kline,
Casanova with Ethan Hawke, Henry IV, I w/Mandy Patinkin, Julius
Caesar (with Al Pacino and Martin Sheen . TV/Film roles include
guest-starring roles on “Monk,” ”Without a Trace,” “NCIS”, The Practice,
"JAG," "Buffy", "Judging Amy," "Crossing Jordan," "NYPD Blue," "ER." He
just completed season five as DEA captain Roy Till on the popular
Showtime series “WEEDS,” (2009 SAG awards nomination “Outstanding Comedy
JEANNINE STEHLIN Producer/Managing Director, Circus Theatricals
Produced over 45 plays for Circus Theatricals,
including 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). As an actor:
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."
"Romper Room." Jeannine earned B.S. in Advertising from the University
of Illinois, and an M.B.A. in Marketing from the Illinois Institute of