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WEEDWACKER- Sundays @ 7pm April 22 - May 27 2007
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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

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

Nickella Moschetti, Aurisha Smolarski-Heims, Susan Ziegler

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

April 22 - May 27, 2007

Reservations: 323.960.1054 or online TIX: $20


Sarah Adams

SARAH ADAMS (Ensemble)

With Circus Theatricals: Conchita in Anna in the Tropics (Great Scenes from Pulitzer Prize Winning Plays).

Sarah lived in New York City for four years, where she performed in numerous Off-Broadway productions, daytime series and independent film. Now a Los Angelles resident, Sarah has been blessed to be a part of several theatre and film productions and is looking forward to many more productions with Circus Theatricals. Please visit Sarah's webiste at

Gigi Bermingham


With Circus Theatricals: Dorine in Tartuffe, ( Garland Award - Performance, LA Weekly Award - Best Comedy Ensemble) and Charlotta in The Cherry Orchard.

Gigi received the Ovation Award and L. A. Drama Critics’ Circle Award for her solo play “Non-Vital Organs.” Other stage credits include “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Open Secrets” (Rubicon Theatre), “Pera Palas” (Antaeus / Theatre@Boston Court), “Mother Courage” and “Trial By Jury” (Antaeus), "Henry V" (Old Globe), “Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” (B Street), “Failure of Nerve” (Playwrights’ Arena), "Riga" (Inside the Ford), "Twelfth Night" (New York Shakespeare Festival).

Film: Rob Reiner’s “Alex and Emma.” TV: Dr. Lois Banks on “Days of Our Lives;” "CSI," "Judging Amy," "Third Rock From the Sun," "State of Grace," "Geena Davis Show," "Rude Awakening," "Any Day Now," "Beverly Hills, 90210.”

Circus Theatricals Associate Artist


Gillian Brashear


With Circus Theatricals: The Seagull (Nina) and Loose Ends (Susan).

Gillian Brashear recently starred in the feature film “Chekhov and Maria”, directed by Eric Till (2007), as well as, the stage productions of “Chekhov and Maria” in New York and Los Angeles. Gillian is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York where she also appeared in two-seasons of the NBC soap-opera Cable Crossings. Other favorite productions include: Tonight Only (Sally-Sarah), Hurlyburly (Bonnie), Extremeties (Marjorie), Serenading Louie (Gabrielle), Picnic (Madge), Summer (Jan Loftus), Idiot’s Delight (Beulah the Bubble Dancer), Trelawny of the Wells (Avonia Bunn).


Danny Dolan

DANNY DOLAN (Ensemble )

Danny is thrilled to be a part of this production, his first with Circus Theatricals. He would like to thank Jed and Nickella for their beautiful words and music. Thanks, also, to you, sitting there looking so pretty, for supporting the arts. It is your appreciation that keeps us growing and creating. Much love to all who have supported me! And much love to  my mom.




Jeff Lewis

JEFF LEWIS (Ensemble)

Actor/Stuntman/Producer. Born and raised in Seattle, WA, Jeff has been acting, performing and coordinating stunts, and producing theater, television, commercials, and film professionally for over 5 years.  Jeff also heads up DeepEnd Productions, a production company based out of Los Angeles, acting as their president and executive producer for individual projects.   Jeff is honored to be a part of this musical.  He writes, "I am truly humbled by the talent exuded by the cast and the brilliance of Jed and Nickella."  Jeff loves nothing more than an old-fashioned milkshake.


Jordan Lund


For Circus Theatricals:, As You Like It, First To The Egg, Bender, The Sanest Men in America, The Cherry Orchard, and Tartuffe.Broadway: Romeo & Juliet, As You Like It, Macbeth (dir. by Estelle Parsons, Belasco NYSF). Off-Broadway: The Golem, Twelfth Night, King John (Delacorte NYSF). Other NY: The Kitchen, LaMama, INTAR, Ohio Space. LA: Romeo & Juliet (dir. by Sir Peter Hall, Ahmanson). Regional: Scapin (dir. by Bartlett Sher, Portland Stage), Scaramouche (dir. by BH Barry), On The Waterfront (Cleveland PlayHouse) Over 75 Film/TV: “The American President,” “Doc Hollywood,” “Speed,” “Lockup,” “Lonesome Dove,” “The Stand,” “NYPD Blue,” “Law And Order,” “Star Trek.” tlbrsm

Member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.


Jaret Sacrey


With Circus Theatricals: Loose Ends

JARET SACREY won a 2005 Ovation Award for the Los Angeles premiere of Tracy Letts’ Killer Joe. He also starred in Canada’s first vampire film, “The Vampire Conspiracy”. He’s a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York where he also starred for two seasons in NBC’s soap-opera, Cable Crossings. As a commercial and film director, he’s just finished his second indie, Tonight Only. Other favorite theatre credits: A Prayer for My Daughter, A Lie of the Mind, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Loot.



Jade Sealey

JADE SEALEY (Genevive)

- Member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble

Circus Theatricals credits include: The Heiress, Iphigenia in Aulis, Coffee to Go (The Circus Theatricals 7th Annual Festival of New One Act Plays), The Circle, Deconstructing the Torah.

Recently relocated from New York, Jade Sealey’s latest stage credits include the roles of Cavale in Sam Sheperd’s Cowboy Mouth, Indra’s daughter in Strindberg’s A Dream Play, Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew, The Princess of France in Love’s Labour’s Lost, and Constanze in Amadeus.




Elizabeth Southard


For Circus Theatricals: Great Scenes from American Playwrights and Questionable Acts. Most recently, Dr. Bluf in Pomp & Circumstance at The Matrix Theatre. Prior to this, she worked in Chicago, Orlando and Sydney. Some of her past theatre credits include Mrs. Somers in Paddywack, Paulina in Death & The Maiden and Mary in Run For Your Wife. In addition, she performed in many indie and industrial films.

- Member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble


Alli Steinberg


Alli just finished playing “Catherine Sloper” in Circus Theatricals Critically Acclaimed production of The Heiress. Other Circus Theatrical productions include The Circle, Macbeth and The Last Fling.

OFF – BROADWAY: Alli was in the original company of the Pulitzer Prize winning play WIT (MCC and Union Square Theater) and she played “Karen” the revival of BOYS’ LIFE. Other New York credits include: “Masha” in THE THREE SISTERS (Looking Glass Theatre), “Lala” in THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO (Queens Theatre in the Park), CHILD OF GOD (The Ohio Theatre-Soho). REGIONAL credits include: Long Wharf Theatre, The Goodspeed Opera House, Center Stage, Weston Playhouse, The Helen Hayes Center, New York Stage and Film, The Forum Theatre, Shakespeare on the Sound and Theatre West Virginia. Film and Television credits include Getting Ned, Fairytale of New York, Immaculate Concoction, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and As the World Turns. Alli received her BFA in Theatre from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and studied in London at BADA.

- Member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble

Hope Wells

HOPE WELLS (Ensemble)

Hope Wells is from Van Wert, Ohio, where she was raised amongst the cornfields.  She attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and also Los Angeles, and has appeared in LA theatre at C.A.P., the Hub in North Hollywood, and the Banshee in Burbank. Her favorite role thus far has been Brooke in "Noises Off.""Weedwacker" is her Circus Theatricals debut.



Aurisha Smolarski (Violin) grew up in Burlington, Vermont, where she studied violin and piano. After high school, she moved to Paris, France for three years where she attended The Centre International de Musique and The Paris Conservatory and toured throughout Europe playing electric violin in a band. She returned to the States to attend Berklee College of Music, continuing her education in music. Upon graduating, she taught violin and piano and played in bands in Boston before relocating to Los Angeles. She is currently focusing her attention on teaching, performing with her own band, Telematique, as well as working with various other artists in the area.

Susan Ziegler



For Circus Theatricals: The Circle, Lady Macduff in Macbeth, Rosalind in As You Like It, and What Went Wrong with the King and Queen of America.

Off-Broadway includes: Oona and Lurleen (The Public Theatre), Angel City, Suicide in B Flat, Hamlet, The Duchess of Malfi and the title character in Co-Dependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (The Public Theate: W.O.W. Cafe.). LA theatre includes: the critically acclaimed Cheyenne (The Lillian), The American Way, Under My Thumb (as Marianne Faithfull), and Boiler Room (Actors Art Theatre). TV includes: “The West Wing,” “Silk Stalkings,” “Arrest & Trial,” and “Days of Our Lives.” Recent film: “Lying in Wait (w/Rutger Hauer), and “Big Brother Trouble.” A graduate of NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing; member of Circus Theatricas Studio Ensemble, The Sevedor Conderaccy, Actors ARt Theatre and FirstStage.

- Member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble

Production Bios  

Derrick McDaniel

With Circus Theatricals: The Adding Machine, The Heiress, Seduced, 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.

Kara Ulseth

KARA ULSETH (Stage Manager)

A Michigan native, Kara earned her degree in film and screenwriting at The Ohio State University. She currently works at DreamWorks Animation as a Visual Development Coordinator (and likes it a whole bunch). She also likes Coca-Cola and karaoke. She is grateful for the support of her family back in the Midwest, as well as her surrogate Californian family, the Schlangers.



Maggie Lee

MAGGIE LEE (Choreographer)

Maggie Lee received her MFA in 2002 from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in dance/choreography. Since then, she continues to create works that involve the transformation of space and bodies. Her choreography has been showcased at Anatomy Riot, The Next Wave Festival, and Newsteps (Mulberry Street Theater, New York). She is also a member of Burat Wangi, a Balinese music/dance company (artistic directors, I Nyoman and Nanik Wenten). Maggie is currently working on a new collaborative object-based piece entitled "the lawn show”, exploring America’s obsession with the perfect lawn.

Nickella Moschetti

NICKELLA MOSCHETTI (Music/Co-Director/Keyboard)

Past Circus productions: Tartuffe (Marianne), Three Sisters (Irina), As You Like It (Celia), The Cherry Orchard (Anya), Sister Cities (Dallas), Richard III (Prince), and several One-Act Festivals. 

This marks Nickella's debut as a composer with her first musical stage production. Thank you to all who have helped bring this story to life....our cast, choreographer, musicians, baby-sitters, Jack and Jeannine, studio, my supportive little trooper Emory Plum, family, and friends. 

Member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.



JED SCHLANGER (Book, Co-Director)

Jed Schlanger got his Bachelor of Science degree from Bradley University in Theater and attended the North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking for one year. After that he decided to move to Los Angeles to test his preparation in the cruel and humbling world. He didn’t do so bad… he is gainfully employed as a Production Supervisor at DreamWorks Animation, and has authored several screenplays and short stories. But he is most proud of his family; his amazing wife Nickella, their vivacious daughter Emory… and an additional little one arriving some time in September. A special thanks goes to our very loving and unflinchingly supportive family and friends, without all of your contributions this (ad)venture would never have happened.

Jeannine Stehlin


JEANNINE W. STEHLIN (Producer / Managing Director)

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).

Acting credits include: The Heiress, 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).

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.


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."


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