Meet The Artists
Adrian Alejandro Cruz / Actor, Nothing Good Happens After Midnight was born to a Puerto Rican father and Scottish mother, lived all over the world before graduating USC with dual degrees in Film and Theater. Cutting his teeth in the LA Theater scene as a director, Adrian began working in the comic book industry first as an editor, going on to create his horror-action graphic novel series, Seed. He wrote and produced Splinter, starring Edward James Olmos, before he, and his then writing partner, sold 7 pilots in 6 years culminating with the stylish science-fiction thriller Ascension for the Syfy Network, Lionsgate and Blumhouse. He produced and directed the divisive indie film, Eat Me. And most recently, sold his psychedelic western, Outlaw — a visionary retelling of Zorro, centered around the real-life historical inspiration for the character — Joaquin Murrietta, to ViacomCBS International Studios with Juan Campenella attached to direct.
Akela Munsey, Actor / Unc Akela is a Gen z playwright in Los Angeles. Big fan of clowns, big fan of puppets, big fan of radio. She can be found on Instagram @akelamunsey
Andrew Pask, Musician & Soundscape / The Comet Gazers Andrew plays Clarinets, Saxophones and synthesizers. He improvises, writes music and is a music software developer. He has been doing these things for 30 odd years now. He has done gigs all over the world, in all sorts of different bands. He lives in LA and loves getting new projects to work on.
Anna Khaja is a Pakistani-American film and television actor, solo-artist and playwright. She currently recurs as an actor on several television shows, including The Good Place, Silicon Valley, Madam Secretary, The Boys and ABC's Quantico. For all credits: www.imdb.me/annakhaja
Khaja's solo play Shaheed, which she wrote and performed, enjoyed an extended and acclaimed Off-Broadway run at Culture Project in NYC. Time Out NY said Shaheed was 'meticulously crafted.' NY Times called Khaja a 'gifted actress,' Backstage NY called the play 'heart-stopping’ and ‘engrossing, funny, moving and profound theatre' and Edge Magazine said Shaheed was “a one-woman triumph, and a testament to Khaja's talent, capacity and gifts.” Anna has performed three solo shows and is the recipient of the Ovation Award for Lead Actress in a Play (nominated for a Lead Actress Ovation three times). She is the recipient of the LA Weekly Award for Solo Performance. She starred in the GLAAD award-winning solo play No Word In Guyanese For Me, and was in the US Premiere of David Hare's Stuff Happens at the Mark Taper Forum. She also stars in the John Legend music video "Surefire'' about borderless love, which won the 2017 MTV Music Award for 'Best Music Video with a Message.' She participated in the 2016 Sundance Directors Lab. She lives in Hollywood with husband screen-writer Chris Rossi (Meadowland, Driver).
Art Pepper, Alto Saxophonist & Composer / Unc Art Pepper was born in Gardena, California on September 1, 1925 and raised in nearby San Pedro, began playing clarinet at age 9 and, by 15, was performing in Lee Young’s band at the Club Alabam on Central Avenue, the home of jazz in prewar Los Angeles.
He joined Stan Kenton’s band, touring the U.S. and gaining fame, but was drafted in 1943 serving as an MP in London and performing with some British jazz bands. He returned to the States and to Kenton, touring and recording. In 1952 he placed second only to Charlie Parker in the Down Beat jazz poll. Probably his most famous recording from that period is his stunning performance of “Art Pepper,” written by Shorty Rogers (as part of a series of charts Kenton had commissioned to feature members of his band).
Art left Stan Kenton in 1951 to form his own group, occasionally recording for Rogers and others. He signed with Contemporary Records in 1957.
From the beginning Art’s playing combined a tender delicacy of tone with a purity of narrative line—a gift for storytelling that was made irresistible by an inherent dancing, shouting, moaning inability to never stop swinging.
He was one of the few alto players to resist the style and tone of Charlie Parker. What he failed to resist was the lure of drugs, ubiquitous, at that time, among jazz musicians. And although some users managed to get through and over their addictions, Art, survivor of a rocky childhood (alcoholic neglectful mother, alcoholic violent father), unbalanced from the get-go, never did quite triumph over his, though he may have fought them to a draw.
So, in 1952, he began a long series of hospitalizations and incarcerations for violations of the drug laws of his time—possession, internal possession (“marks”), and then for violations of his previous releases (more possessions and internal possessions). In time, he became a petty thief, a real thief, a robber (though not an armed robber; his fellow criminals thought he was too crazy to be trusted with a gun). He served time for the Feds (Terminal Island) and for the State of California (San Quentin). He prided himself on being “a stand-up guy,” a good criminal.
All this history makes a pretty gripping story as it’s told by Art with his wife Laurie Pepper in their book, Straight Life (DaCapo). What’s surprising is that the music he managed to make during irregular bursts of freedom was enthralling, too. The gift was starved for the spotlight, for opportunities for performing and recording, but it flowered in the dark, became deeper and more soulful. The performances—from The Art Pepper Quartet (1952) and Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section (with Miles Davis’s rhythm section) on Contemporary (1957) all the way through the recordings he made at the Village Vanguard (Contemporary, 1977) and his later recording with strings (Winter Moon, Galaxy, 1981)—are brilliant, poignant, and a joy to hear. The rigor and abandon with which he lived his life were present in every note he played.
Art Pepper died June 15, 1982 of a cerebral hemorrhage. But the 1979 publication of Straight Life and accompanying press had revived Art’s career. With Laurie’s help, he spent the last years of his life trying to make up for lost time, making each performance a life-or-death occasion, touring worldwide with his own bands, recording over a hundred albums, writing songs, winning polls, respect, and adulation.
Most of his albums are still available for sale. Laurie Pepper is releasing the best of what remains unreleased and is working on a movie based on the book, Straight Life. •
Art Pepper music credits:
song: Lost Life — album: Art Pepper: Unreleased Art Vol. IV: The Art History Project disc 3, Consummate Art
Widow’s Taste Records - APM09001
Art Pepper - composer
Published by APM Corp / BMI 2009
recorded live at Fat Tuesday’s NYC, April 1982, mastered by Wayne Peet 2009
Art Pepper - alto sax
Stanley Cowell - piano
George Mraz - bass
Ben Riley - drums
song: Ophelia — album: Blues for the Fisherman, Art Pepper: Unreleased Art Vol. VI (disc 3 track 3)
song: The Trip — album: Blues for the Fisherman, Art Pepper: Unreleased Art Vol. VI (disc 4 track 3)
song: Blues for the Fisherman — album: Blues for the Fisherman, Art Pepper: Unreleased Art Vol. VI (disc 4 track 10)
Widow’s Taste Records - APM11001
Art Pepper - composer
Published by APM Corp / BMI 2011
recorded live at Ronnie Scott’s, London June 28, 1980, mastered by Wayne Peet 2011
Art Pepper - alto sax
Milcho Leviev - piano
Tony Dumas - bass
Carl Burnett - drums
Atom Smith / Composer & Sound Design, Around and Around Standing well over 6 feet tall with an ironic bowler hat at a jaunty angle Atom Smith cuts quite a figure in his native Los Angeles, California. As a musician, producer, DJ, remixer, songwriter and audio engineer his first solo EP 'Flashin Like Gatsby' was released in 2018 by UK independent record label, Freshly Squeezed. He has since shown himself a master of the collaboration frequently bringing in friends from not only the local L.A. scene but as far afield as New York, Berlin and London. Guests include burlesque divas, fellow DJs, swing dancers, filmmakers, west-coast rappers and even a Hollywood Big Band arranger. Coupled with his sharp-suited beats and full bass sound this inclusive party-in-the-studio approach is what gives Atom his unique spin on vintage remix and electro swing. Be sure to catch his videos on YouTube! Before that, as the producer behind festival band The Mutator, or as one half of The Gentlemen Callers of Los Angeles, Atom developed and produced almost a dozen releases, including multiple projects for film, television, and performance. He also scored Sado Psychiatrist, which can be seen on Amazon.
Now, as an official remixer for the likes of Disney or platinum-selling Dutch artist Caro Emerald, or soundtracks for Party Like Gatsby his rise shows no signs of slowing. Atom has also made frequent international DJ appearances at Glastonbury, his home-turf Burning Man Festival and Coachella.
Carson Cohen, Bass, Harmony Vocals & Keyboards / Ice Machine Carson grew up in Los Angeles. He developed an interest in music at an early age partly due to the influences of his father (a musicologist), mother (a folklorist and amateur singer), and uncle (a session musician). He considers bass guitar his primary instrument, but also plays keyboards, guitar, mandolin and banjo, and sings and arranges background vocals. He has worked with artists such as Sarah Bareilles, Meiko, Jason Reeves, Spookey Ruben, Randy Coleman, and The Rescues. He continues to record and perform in Los Angeles.
Charmaine Cruz started her professional career both in Los Angeles and New York, studying with Cinda Jackson, Bill Traylor, Candace Silvers, and Howard Fine, Herbert Berghoff and Geraldine Baron. In New York she played Bala, the female lead Off-Broadway in The Inuit at the Annenberg Center, PA, and Off-Off Broadway in many theaters around the city including The Cubiculo and Nikolai’s Louis Choreospace. She began working in independent film landing the female lead as Rachel in the late Joseph B. Vasquez’s cult favorite The Bronx War, and later as Irene, the female lead in the critically acclaimed, award-winning The Rat Thing. In Los Angeles, Charmaine met many talents through her involvement with The Lost Studio, then under the direction of coach and director, Cinda Jackson. She worked alongside Ms. Jackson assistant directing Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde and playing The Whore and The Maid, and played many varied and interesting roles in plays at The Lost by many talents including John Steppling’s Cigarette Girl, in Wesley Walker’s Crazy Mary, Guy Zimmerman’s Splinter, and Susan Hayden’s We Just Want You To Be Happy. She worked with the late Michael Farkash playing Maria Lupe in Abduction at Glaxa Studios, and later Maria in Stolen Time at The Cast Theater. At the Burbage Theatre Charmaine played the daughter in Wesley Walker’s All Hallow’s Eve and embodied the zombie prom queen in Sharon Yablon’s I Like Meat, which Dramalogue awarded best event of the evening. Charmaine has worked with Sharon in other plays at Theatre of Note, Salvation Theatre, and Glaxa, in her Tropical Vacation, The River, and Reunion, well reviewed by LA Weekly. Charmaine’s TV credits include: Melrose Place, Charmed, Passions, Sunset Beach, 20th Century Fox MOW The Tower, Roger Corman’s Shakedown, and CBS MOW American Tragedy, as Connie Chung. Charmaine is also a screenwriter, director, and photographer and a graduate of the UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television. She has appeared in 28 plus commercials, industrials, and print campaigns.
Currently Charmaine involves herself in advocating for the special needs community, and is producing What’s Up With Down, a documentary on Down syndrome. She spent the last 12 years raising her son, and she is wildly overjoyed to be returning and also reviving her decades long professional relationship with Sharon Yablon in her wonderful Garden of Terrible Blooms series podcast in Toni as the late complicated and mysterious Toni Mannix.
Cody Nicholls, Musician & Sound Design / Dear Marie is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Los Angeles. He performs live with rock band Cody & The Civilians and has toured the country supporting other artists. Nicholls has recorded and performed many genres of music including rock, hip hop and country. He has released 5 solo albums since 2011, and continues to write and perform. His music can be found at Soundcloud.com/codynicholls and youtube.com/codynicholls. He can be found on Instagram: @CodyCivilians. He is currently working on a 6th solo album, due later this year.
Crystal Diaz, Actor, Renee / The Comet Gazers Crystal has performed in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, and Edinburgh. She is a long-time member of Theatre of NOTE and performed in For The Love of, or the Roller Derby Play which was revived at the Kirk Douglas Theatre as part of Center Theatre Group’s Block Party program, and in Hot Cat (co-production with Theatre Movement Bazaar) which traveled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Other Theatre of NOTE productions include Niagara Falls, Shoe Story, Figure 8, Skeleton Stories and many Late Nights. Crystal also co-produced Fruition at Theatre of NOTE, written by husband Alexis DeLaRosa while very pregnant with their child Isabella in 2019 (she gave birth two days before previews). Crystal is a native New Yorker, trained ballet/flamenco dancer and avid tea drinker.
Darrett Sanders / Ben, Around and Around is an actor, photographer and filmmaker. He most recently appeared in Echo Theatre’s online interactive play, UNDERNEATH THE FREEWAYS OF LOS ANGELES. Right before the world went into covid lockdown he appeared in Rogue Machine’s DISPOSABLE NECESSITIES. Darrett was an active member of the Los Angeles theater community for over 25 years before moving to Portland, Oregon in 2020. He directed the film KILL ME DEADLY as well as the original stage play when it was produced at Theatre of NOTE in 2009. He has worked with Sharon Yablon on many different productions over the years and is a huge fan of her work. You can see his photography work at https://www.oldpupy.com
David Bickford, Actor (The Singing Flower Man) & Composer / The Edge of Heaven is an actor, musician and vocal coach. He is a longtime member of Theatre of N.O.T.E. where he has appeared in over 25 shows, written music for five, and produced fifteen plays (including Sharon Yablon’s Hello, Stranger in 2017). His film and TV roles include the last three seasons of True Blood as Reverend Skinner, the morally bankrupt Senator Michaels on Scandal, and the upcoming feature Discussion Materials. For more information visit davidbickford.com.
David Haerle, Musician / Music Composer, Vocals & Guitar, Ice Machine David grew up surrounded by music and the music business. His father, Martin, emigrated from Germany to pursue a dream of working in the country music industry and co-founded the independent label CMH Records, setting up shop in the garage and side room of the family home in Los Angeles. David’s maternal grandparents owned the first full time country music radio station in Nashville, WENO with their partner Cal Young. The King of Country Music himself, Roy Acuff, took David onstage at the Grand Ole’ Opry before a full house when he was 9 years of age. As David’s own tastes developed, he and his dad would have “listening sessions” where they’d play each other their favorite records on the family’s Hi Fi. Martin’s were usually country. For David, it was rock, captivated by David Bowie and by guitar heroes he wanted to emulate. Players such as Toni Iommi, Eddie Van Halen, Ted Nugent, Frank Zappa and Jimi Hendrix. He got his first guitar, a Fender Stratocaster around age 13, along with a Fender Deluxe Reverb amp. David played lead guitar in the rock band Four Dudes Jammin’ followed by a stint in Paradise Drive, an all original alternative rock/new wave band which played some of the noted clubs of ‘80’s Los Angeles, such as Club Lingerie and Club 88. In the late 1980’s he became a music agent at International Creative Management. Then his father, Martin, passed away suddenly. David took over the family business and has served as president of CMH Records for the past 30 years. Making music took a back seat to running the label, but David never stopped playing guitar. In 2009, he began studying with a vocal coach. Singing revived the flame and inspired him to bring music making back into his life in a significant way. Over the next few years, David began to scale back his schedule at CMH Records, built a recording studio at his house, and devoted more time to writing, recording and producing original songs. He played in the cover band Fred Harvey, performing at venues/events around Los Angeles. To gain more performing experience, David played many open mics, and put together a special show for convalescent homes. He did many such performances, often with a fiddle player in tow. In 2011, he decided to record and release his first full length album. He began in earnest and the project would ultimately take him roughly 7 years to finish. Garden of Edendale was released in the summer of 2018. His second album, Death Valley, was released in spring of 2020. His singles No More We, Train Down Memory Lane and Eddie were released in February, April and June 2021 respectively. His newest single, California Here We Come, will be released in October. David has made recurring appearances as a musical guest at the L.A. storytelling event Strong Words. He has performed for Rockwood Music Hall, Jam In The Van, Gigmor Live, Bands In Town and others. David’s music and videos have been written about and featured in publications such as Goldmine, American Songwriter, Billboard Magazine, Americana Highways, Elmore Magazine, Glide Magazine and Lonesome Highway.
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David Rubin, Actor, Tommy / Caldera David Rubin was born in south Florida, trained at the Lost Studio and had a great time working on the live action and radio version of this play.
Destry Cloud, Actor / Sea Swallow Me is a storyteller living in Los Angeles, California. He grew up and studied in the shadow of the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, then wandered the country, gathering stories and friends along the way. He has performed with a multitude of troupes—from professional to local—and now practices the art of storytelling across multiple mediums. He lives with his two plants, Wallace and Mana, and is always excited to hear about interesting places to explore in town.
Dig Wayne / Heckler, A Night With Gig Young was a pop star in the UK for about 20 minutes in the early 1980s. Since then he’s been an actor and wannabe flaneur. He teaches Method acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in Los Angeles. He is also a published poet. You can visit his yet to be updated website at digwayne.com Thelonious Monk is God.
Don Preston / 1:58 AM moved to Los Angeles in 1957 and started working with Nat
King Cole. He soon got work with Shorty Rogers, Paul and Carla Bley. Preston found himself on the album Escalator Over The Hill with Linda Rondstadt and Jack Bruce. He also performed and recorded with John Lennon, Lou Rawls, Al Jarreau, Connie Francis and Nelson Riddle. Preston was music director for Meredith Monk and also became a member
of Frank Zappa’s Mothers Of Invention for 8 years. During that time he
performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and The London Symphony
all the while writing music for 23 feature films while doing the
orchestrations for Apocalypse Now. Preston was awarded “Musician Of
The Year” by Mayor Tom Bradley. Preston went on to record and perform
with The Grandmothers Of Invention for 20 years and is still working
Ellen Neary is a film/TV and stage actor residing in LA. She graduated from AMDA LA, where she received her BFA in Acting. She most recently appeared as a guest star in Season 17 of Grey’s Anatomy. Most notably Ellen has been in the Echo Theater Company’s production of the plays ‘The Wolves’ and ‘What Happened When,’ where she met Sharon Yablon and has had the pleasure of working on multiple projects together. Other credits include short films: Wolf, At the End of the Day, and Dear Silence. She has also starred in a YouTube Channel: Life Noggin “IRL”.
Elliott Goldkind, Composer / Music, Sound Design, & Mixing, A German Christmas has composed music for diverse media, ranging from orchestral and chamber music to film, television, and commercials. Elliott’s classical/concert music has been performed throughout the United States and Western Europe. His film scoring work has led to collaborations with Jeff Buckley, David Mamet, and many talented young directors. Elliott received his B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, studied at Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris and the Hochschule fur Musik in Berlin. He received his Masters and Doctorate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His teachers include Chester Biscardi, Meyer Kupferman, Stephen Dembksi and Joel Naumann. At the UW-Madison, he helped revive the UW-Madison Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, a group that is dedicated to performing the music of Wisconsin students/composers. Elliott is a MacDowell Colony fellow and the recipient of New York University’s Langley Fellowship.
Stylistically, Elliott’s music ranges from lyrical to nails-on-blackboard. Ideally, he writes with pen and paper, leaving it up to “real musicians” to perform. However, for film and commercial applications, various electronic/digital approaches rear their ugly heads as well.
Elliott is a founding member of the not-too-legendary New York rock bands “Bones Jones and the Jones Tones,” “Hodgepodge Lodge,” and “Freak of Nature.” Like too many others, Elliott is a native New Yorker living in Los Angeles.
Gene Butler, Actor, Lance / The Comet Gazers was born in Macon, Georgia, moved to Seattle Washington, then to Los Angeles, then to New York, and finally, back to Los Angeles. As a Cuatro-Coastal Actor and a member of the Actors Studio, Butler has worked in over 40 television shows, 20 movies and over 80 stage productions. He’s also a published Playwright and a Musician with six albums to his credit and is in the studio now working on his seventh album. Among his favorite Writer/Directors is Sharon Yablon, who he's worked with several times and looks forward to working with many more times.
Gage Hurley is a 29-year-old professional Audio Engineer based out of Kalamazoo, Michigan with over a decade of experience producing, music, podcasts, and short films. Gage has had an eclectic career working with many different artists in a plethora of styles and has a tremendous passion for helping artists realize their creative vision through exceptional and immersive audio.
Gbeke Fawehinmi is a young actress working in Los Angeles, CA and Dallas, TX. She graduated from Pomona College, where she received her BA in Theatre and Mathematics. With 6 years of performance under her belt, she loves using her voice to help bring stories to life, whether it be onstage, behind a camera, or through a mic.
Princess Cheyenne, The Grim Sleeper
Gregory Littman / Gig Young, A Night With Gig Young and Father, The Last Transmission is an actor, writer and director who is proud to have worked with some of the finest playwrights and theatres in LA. His proudest production to date is his son Jack, who wrote and directed a feature film called Rumble Strip that has been distributed by High Octane Pictures and is streaming everywhere right now. Greg co-stars in it, alongside a lot of other wonderful actors.
Hank Bunker, Actor / Dear Marie is a playwright and actor living in Los Angeles. His plays have been produced in L.A. and throughout the U.S. and include The Interview, Futon Dialogues, and All Saints’ Day, among many others. His writing appears in the anthologies Los Angeles Under the Influence (Doublewide Press) Fever Dreams (Padua Press), and I Might Be the Person You Are Talking To (Padua Press).
Heidi Darchuk, Vocalist / Sea Swallow Me is a writer/performer living in the Pacific Northwest. Her short play Dream of the Trespassers was recently performed in Pasadena with Animal Show and other work has been produced/performed at the Echo, Sharon's Farm, ACT ( Seattle) and the Factory. Two plays have been published by Padua Press/CTG. She has a feature screenplay in development. Super stoked to help soundtrack Sharon's underwater fantasia!
Hisato Masuyama, Translation/ Toni - Kodokushi
Born and raised in Japan. Graduate of USC.
Japan Broadway tours: TOMMY, PHANTOM, CHICAGO. US tours: MADAMA BUTTERFLY (Bonzo), MAME w/ Juliet Prowse, 42nd STREET w/ Mariette Hartley, PACIFIC OVERTURES w/ MAKO, etc. Regional shows: PROMISES PROMISES, MOUSETRAP, THE METROMANIACS, RUMORS (Glenn, Cassie(!)), BYE BYE BIRDIE, THE WIZARD OF OZ, ANYTHING GOES w/Helen Reddy, MY FAIR LADY, THE KING & I, THE MUSIC MAN, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, SQUABBLES, 1776, DREAMGIRLS, THE PRODUCERS (Carmen Ghia), etc. TV: "COOP AND CAMI ASK THE WORLD", “CASTLE”, “CONAN”, "GENERAL HOSPITAL", "JON BENJAMIN HAS A VAN", etc. Films: “WOLVERINE", “MIDWAY", “SPIES IN DISGUISE”, etc. Translations & V/O: Tokyo Sesame Place, Tokyo Disney and ABC Mouse.
Irene Greene is a singer-songwriter hailing from Berwyn, PA. Vastly interested in dystopian novels and poetry by sad women, Irene uses her dark, metaphorically dense music to tell humanistic stories about love, agony, and female fueled courage. She has released two singles, “Platinum Baby” & “Depression Nap.” No animals were harmed in the making of this singer.
Isaac Cruz, Actor, Ramon Navarro / Caldera Isaac is an Actors Equity Association member having first earned his union status off-broadway in New York City. He is also a proud SAG-AFTRA member with several film and tv credits. His voice can be heard on many English dubs for several shows on streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon. His original music can be heard on streaming services such as Spotify as well. He’s proud to join the company of the Ruskin for this production. Please follow his journey online with Instagram @isaacjcruz
Jack Littman / Sound Design & Composition, A Night With Gig Young is a singer/songwriter and filmmaker from Los Angeles, CA. He recently wrote and directed his first feature film titled “Rumble Strip” which can be viewed on all streaming platforms and on https://www.facebook.com/RumbleStripFilm/ He is also currently working on new original music which will be available for download on iTunes very soon.
Jacqueline Wright / Actress, Nothing Good Happens After Midnight is a Cal Arts grad. She works as an actor and writer in LA and NY. She co-stars in the experimental horror film EXCURSIONS (a treasured experience) which can be viewed on Kinoscope: https://kinoscope.org/v/excursions/. She stars in and wrote EAT ME, adapted from her critically acclaimed play, now avail to stream on all platforms: https://geni.us/EatMeMovie. After a live theatrical event of The Dope Elf was canceled due to Covid 19, the creator was commissioned to create 6 short films inspired by The Dope Elf. Each film was created in isolation with the director and designers working with each individual actor via zoom. Jacqueline stars in IT HAD ALL HAPPENED THROUGH THIS, THIS? The collection of 6 short films are avail to screen: https://www.thelab.org/asher-hartman-the-dope-elf
James Mitchell Steele, Composer & Musician / Sea Swallow Me is a music producer/composer and visual artist whose work explores the realms of abstraction. Finding some comfort in the fever dreams of youth, his work attempts to reengage them in order to give them both form and meaning.
He has produced/collaborated with artists including tunnelmental, Kinder Crowd Control, and Lindsay Baffo. On vary rare occasions he performs solo under the name, In the Absence of Beauty, where he accompanies himself on live looping guitar, keyboards, and various handmade instruments.
His professional career has been in the entertainment business as a mid-level manager for companies like Universal Music, EMI-Capitol, and NBCUniversal. Roles included Sr. Director of Operations, Creative Director, and Reissue Producer.
Mitch is also an avid sailor. He is currently planning a future solo trip to Hawaii and beyond on La Mer, his 39’ Cavalier sailboat. His Youtube channel (Tales of Graybeard) chronicles the work he’s doing to prepare for the trip, as well as providing video tours of other cool boats.
Mitch would like to thank Sharon for this wonderful opportunity to marry his music to her beautiful and haunting love story. Thanks also to Heidi Darchuk for lending her voice to the Siren Song.
“I would like to dedicate this collaboration to Robert “Buddy” Stoccardo, my dear friend and creative brother. It’s through his work and friendship with Sharon that brought her and I together. I know he would be pleased.”
Jennifer Lee Weaver / Mrs. Huberty has kept busy in Los Angeles with film, TV, and the stage. Before the Great Shutdown, she shot a spot on Netflix's Alexa and Katie and in the digital series, The Salon. The web series she produced, Last Seen, is available now on the Ficto app and also Wilde.TV. During the weirdness of this past year she made the obligatory banana bread and kept doing readings, recordings and studied. More is on the horizon for projects she is elated to be a part of! Several of them are extra special as they honor her dear, late wife, Mariah Gretchen Robinson. www.jenniferleeweaver.com
Jesse Fair / The Boy, & Sound Design, Mixing & Production / Ice Machine Jesse Fair / The Boy is an actor and producer who went to Chapman University for Theater, and works in media production. He played Richard Gerstl in Echo Theater Company's world premiere of "Fugue" by Tommy Smith, and Hamlet at the California Shakespeare Company. He first worked with Sharon Yablon at Padua in her play "Red Milk Canyon" and played The Boy in her original stage production of "Ice Machine" at Zombie Joe's Underground. Jesse has also appeared in Sharon’s pieces “Lobelia” at Montserrat and “Rotating Head” which coincided with an art opening in a gallery.
John is a multi-skilled musician, vocalist, producer, composer and recording engineer. He migrated to LA 40 years ago from Binghamton, NY. Since then his career reads like a virtual "Who's He" of the music business. Accomplished on all manner of guitars and other fretted instruments, he's served as Musical Director, guitarist and background vocalist for Rita Coolidge (since 1998), leads The John McDuffie Trio and performs and records with Eileen Carey, Hot Club of LA, Lynda Kay and others. He previously performed with Chuck E. Weiss and the Goddamn Liars, Juice Newton, Englebert Humperdink and a bunch of artists you have never heard of, many with good reason.
McDuffie scored the independent film The Fan, written by Judy Tenuta and Emo Phillips, starring Ms. Tenuta and "Weird Al" Yankovic, directed by Brent Carpenter. Musical theater productions he's performed in include Always, Patsy Cline (El Portal Theater, Palm Springs Pavilion), Paradise (Ruskin Group Theater) and They're Playing Our Song (El Portal Theater).
Since 1990, John has owned and operated Grooveolator Music recording studio. Clients include Rita Coolidge, Lynda Kay and B.J. Thomas.
He is currently available for weddings and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs.
John was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, into a cop and fireman family. He began college studying aeronautical engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. After working at the Brooklyn Navy Yard as a shipfitter off and on over many years, he returned to school attending Herbert H. Lehman College (CUNY) in the Bronx, where he discovered acting. He then spent a few years doing regional theater in Seattle, before moving to Los Angeles in 1989. He did several commercials, plays with Ensemble Studio Theatre and other theater companies, TV guest spots, and movie roles before being cast as a series regular on Nickelodeon's The Secret World Of Alex Mack.
Josephine (Josie) Fite, Actor, Charlie / The Edge of Heaven is a writer, director, actress, painter, and Los Angeles native. She attended Ithaca college for a year, studying film. She completed a month-long screenwriting program at Barnard college and is currently studying playwriting with Wes Walker. She completed two short films during the pandemic. Both collaborations were with her dad, Mark Fite. Sharon Yablon’s A Garden of Terrible Blooms (The Edge of Heaven) radio play is yet another collaboration. One of the shorts is available on youtube, titled BABYMAN, linked below. She also directed a music video for the band Juicebumps, starring the Babyman marionette which is also linked. The other short film, Toughest Things in the Desert, is now playing in festivals but will be available soon.
Jose Salazar, Audio Engineer, Arranger, & Piano / Ice Machine I am an audio engineer and musician. I’m a fan of all types of music. I was first introduced to classical piano at age 11. Soon after, I joined the music team at the church I grew up in as one of the keyboard players. Over the years I became more and more interested in recording. I went to LA Recording School to become an audio engineer. The last 10 years or so have been mainly focused on recording and mixing but I’ve slowly started getting back to playing music again. I enjoy both very much and don’t plan to stop anytime soon.
Alabama-born Juli Crockett is a bona fide Renaissance woman: singer, songwriter, playwright, theater director, actor, improviser, retired (undefeated) professional boxer and amateur champion, ordained minister, Doctor of Philosophy, and leader of the good-time, genre-defying band The Evangenitals.
As a playwright/director, Crockett is best known for her adaptations of classic works of literature and philosophy. Published works include [or, the whale] (Delere Press) and Void Creation: Theater and the Faith of Signifying Nothing (Atropos Press). Her work has been presented at the REDCAT, Shakespeare Center, 24th Street Theatre, Bootleg Theater, and Hollywood Fringe (Los Angeles),
Edinburgh Fringe (Scotland), Red Room (New York) and produced by TENT group (Portland, Maine), Portland Experimental Theater Ensemble (PETE, Portland, OR), Imaginary Beasts (Boston, MA), and Padua Playwrights (Los Angeles, CA).
Keith Szarabajka works on stage, in audio books, video games, film, radio and tv. He directed EST-LA’s production of David McMillan’s much-acclaimed WATCHING O.J. in 2015-16, his own dark comedy NESSUN DORMA in 2016, and Tony Pasqualini’s LOST IN TIME in 2018. He conceived EST-LA’s space soap opera spoof, In Search of doG and its upcoming sequel In Search of A-PIG. FILM(Acting): THE DARK KNIGHT, ARGO (2012 SAG AFTRA Best Ensemble award), A PERFECT WORLD and MISSING among others. UPCOMING FILM: INVASION (with Riz Ahmed and Octavia Spencer. TV: Recurring or Regular roles: ANGEL, SUPERNATURAL, COLD CASE, PROFIT, and THE EQUALIZER. He won the Audie 2002 award for FICTION UNABRIDGED for FIERCE INVALIDS HOME FROM HOT CLIMATES by TOM ROBBINS. Keith was co-author and in the original cast of BLEACHER BUMS. He has been Ensemble Studio Theatre The Los Angeles Project’s co-artistic director since January 2015, overseeing the creation, development and production of new American plays there.
Harry, The Grim Sleeper
Ken Belcher, Musician & Guitar / Ice Machine Ken is a versatile composer and multi-instrumentalist. He has scored several short films including the Student Academy Award-winning ‘Nani’ (alongside Paul Dateh), the animated short ‘Pointy’ and the award-winning film ‘Dovetail’. He has composed custom cues for various cable series, including the History Channel show ‘The Food That Built America’. In 2020, Ken was part of the team commissioned to arrange the theme to Monday Night Football on ESPN. Ken’s many production music albums showcase a wide variety of genres and have been featured in HBO's ‘Veep’, Warner Animation Group's ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ and in series on BBC, BRAVO, ESPN, HGTV, NBC and more. Ken started his career as a touring and studio musician. He has had the honor of working alongside David Bendeth, Thes One, Takeshi Furukawa, Michael Abels and Krish Sharma among others.
You can learn more about Ken, and hear his music at www.kenbelcher.com.
Kiff Scholl, Actor / Angelo Vier Vier, A German Christmas is an actor/director/writer for stage and screen. As an actor, he was most recently seen on stage at the helm of Nancy F***king Reagan, as well as in countless national commercials over the years. As a theater director, recent works include The Direction Home, West Bollywood, Brilliant Traces, The Red Dress, Wicked Pagan Gays, Moon Over Buffalo (Broadway World nominee) and the multiple award-winning La Bête at Sacred Fools. The LA Times said: “Director Kiff Scholl has few peers at keeping us intrigued.” His shows have won 7 Backstage Garland awards, 5 LA Weekly awards, a GLAAD nomination, and an Ovation Award. Scholl was also listed as “one of LA’s emerging and accomplished stage directors” by the LA Weekly. His feature Scream of the Bikini (director/co-writer) won numerous awards, including a Maverick Movie Award for Best Director. Other films include 11/11/11 (Netflix), Surprise (Dekkoo), the political comedy web series Medicare Mermaids, and his TV drama pilot Everyman was a 2021 Stage32 Finalist. Kiff also directed the International Top 100 Apple Podcast The Harvey Weinstein Trial. As an actor, Kiff has been in lots of ads, films, and TV, like Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss, Girls Will Be Girls 2012, Criminal Minds, Reno 911!, Untold Stories of the ER & Be Cool, Scooby-Doo (Cartoon Network). He is a proud member of SDC, and SAG AFTRA. imdb.me/KiffScholl www.KiffScholl.com /Twitter: @afkiff
Kim Debus / Sandi, 1:58 AM / Singer, Kiss Me, Mrs. Huberty is an actress, singer, voice over artist, and fashion stylist in LA and NY. She very much enjoyed working on this version of Sharon Yablon’s 1:58 AM after performing in the original theater production. Thank you Sharon and also to Thomas Chan for inviting me to sing on Kiss Me.
Lily Wilson / Singer, Kiss Me, Mrs. Huberty Lily Wilson’s music has a way of drawing the listener in and reminding us of the simple beauty of life. Her voice has been described as being “soothing in some other worldly way.” Growing up on her family’s farm in Napa, California gave Lily a hunger to collaborate and perform for larger audiences and she now lives in Los Angeles, where she writes and records with producer/bassist, Mark Browne (Melissa Etheridge, Simple Minds). She has released six albums as a solo artist, one with her band Paper Flowers. Winner of the L.A. Music Awards’ “Best Female Vocal Performance” in the AC category. Lily has performed and recorded with Melissa Etheridge, Beth Thornley, Kiki Ebsen, Philip Sayce, Kenny Loggins, Patty Griffin, John Batdorf, and many more.
Lisa Denke / Alice, A Night With Gig Young began her acting career at the age of 4 when she and her twin sister tap danced around Seattle as Micky and Mini Mouse. Since then, she has appeared in productions in various theaters including: The Seattle Rep, The Santa Monica Playhouse, Pacific Resident Theater and The Odyssey. Most recently, Lisa has been enjoying working on creative and original productions at The Lost Studio, The Shakespeare Center, Three Clubs Bar, and Padua Playwrights. Lisa is THRILLED to be working with Sharon again!
Marc Antonio Pritchett, Composer, Sound Design, Mixing & Recording Engineer / Ton, The Edge of Heaven, The Comet Gazers (Recording)
Marc Antonio Pritchett is a working Actor, Director, Fight Coordinator and Session Singer in the Los Angeles area. Recent sound/music credits include The Mousetrap at Theatre Palisades, The Latrell Show at IAMA Theatre, The Play You Want at the Road Theatre, Sweat, Cry It Out and The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at the Chance Theatre, An Octoroon, The Children, Detained and Lifespan of a Fact at the Fountain Theatre. For additional info visit: www.marcantoniopritchett.com
Mark Fite, Actor, Jimmy and Man / The Edge of Heaven is an American actor and comedian. Originally from the Midwest, Fite graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Communications and Theater Arts. In Los Angeles, he has worked with several prestigious theater companies such as The Actors' Gang, Theatre of NOTE, Empire Red Lip, and The Padua Hills Playwrights' Festival. In 2009, he appeared in the world premiere comedy Matthew Modine Saves The Alpacas alongside Matthew Modine, Peri Gilpin, and French Stewart at the Geffen Playhouse. In 2016, Fite appeared as a curious surfer dude onstage with the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall in a production of La Mer as part of L.A. Philharmonic's Symphonies For Youth series. Fite is a founding member of the Los Angeles based comedy group 2 Headed Dog and has performed at comedy clubs, theaters, and comedy festivals all over L.A. and around the U.S for over 25 years. He also appears at L.A. favorites Lucha VaVoom and Brookledge Follies. In 2018, Fite began a residency at the Three Clubs in Hollywood portraying Tony Martini, a struggling lounge comic that assembles an all-star cast of comedians and variety performers for one more shot at the big time. Television credits include SpongeBob SquarePants (26 episodes), MOM, Bob Hearts Abishola, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Criminal Minds, Parenthood, Grey's Anatomy, Rizzoli & Isles, The Naked Trucker and T- Bones Show, Arliss, Tenacious D, Mr. Show, NewsRadio, Friends, and Seinfeld. Film credits include Mank, Embattled, Fight Club, Independence Day, Godzilla, and L.A.dy Dior, a short film opposite Academy Award winning actress Marion Cotillard, directed by John Cameron Mitchell.
Marti Skoler, Actor / Sea Swallow Me has spent the past decade hopping from city to city and honing her skills along the way. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2016 with a BA in Acting, after which she moved to New York, where she continued her training. In 2019 she returned to her native Los Angeles. She is also a proud Echo Theater Company member. Marti is thrilled to be making her radio play debut!
Mason Summit is a Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, producer, & multi-instrumentalist who has been performing & writing music for the better part of his 25 years. At an early age, Mason’s father, the late actor/musician Christopher Allport, taught him guitar basics & accompanied him at local Santa Monica open mic nights. Mason began writing & recording his own music in the wake of Christopher’s sudden 2008 death in an avalanche. From 9th grade through college, he produced & hosted Mason’s Noise Parlour, a quarterly young adult variety show, at Beyond Baroque in Venice. Mason took a gap year after high school to record 2016’s Gunpowder Tracks, for which No Depression labeled him a “pop prodigy.” While studying at the USC Thornton School of Music, Summit produced releases by Irene Greene and Jensen McCrae, and joined the rock band Jaw Talk. In 2020, he graduated USC and released the album Negative Space.
Negative Space is now available on vinyl!
Matthew Tyler Vorce, Actor, Carl / The Comet Gazers is an actor/writer/director living in Los Angeles, CA. He has created, written, and starred in an original fictional podcast for iHeartradio titled, “Searching For Puttyman,” which had over 100,000 unique downloads within the first two weeks. Currently he has written and produced a segment in the feature film, “Give me an A” (at festivals now). He has acted in countless horror productions of live immersive theater and film. If you need to find him, he’s probably writing, or being scary in the dark somewhere…
Max Faugno / Andy, Mrs. Huberty is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School and has performed extensively in the New York and Los Angeles theater scenes. On screen, Max has worked with directors including Wes Anderson, Phil Morrison, Noam Murro and Tarsem Singh, to name a few. He is also a recipient of an LA Drama Critics Circle Award. Max grew up in New York City and now calls Los Angeles home. Visit him on IMDB.
Mia Ando / Vocalist / Toni Mia is an actor, writer, producer, poet, and lyricist. Born and raised in Japan, she came to LA to pursue her career in acting and art.
She studied with Broadway and film director Robert Allan Ackerman ("Life with Judy Garland," "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone," the Golden Globe & Emmy Award nominee). As an actor, she has portrayed numerous characters on film and stage, including the role of Koyo, a boy with HIV in the midst of Japan’s AIDS crisis in the play BLOOD, in which she was nominated Best Supporting Female Performer for the Los Angeles Stage Raw Theater Awards, and the role of Suzuki in the short film THE WIND PHONE which received over 40 awards at more than 75 film festivals worldwide. The film also qualified for the 2019 Academy Awards for Best Live-Action Short.
Mia starred as the protagonist Chase in a Sci-fi short SUBMITTAN, the film has been screened around the world and won the Best Storytelling Award, Best Performance Award, and People’s Choice Award. The film had a global release on Sci-Fi network DUST on 1/30, it has reached 101k views and counting.
She is also in The Unreachable Star, a film about Japanese American history set in the Manzanar internment camp with Tamlyn Tomita (Star Trek: Picard, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Day After Tomorrow).
As a lyricist, she has written more than 250 songs for various artists including, “Adabana – Sora ni Mau” ( Rekochoku MV Daily Rankings No. 1 ), "Tsumugi Bito" (No. 5 in the iTunes Store • J-Pop MV • Japan Division), and "We'll Find a Dawn", the opening theme for television anime series Ame no Yamanai Mura.
Right now, she is producing a short about mental health issues set in the U.S. and Japan with Tim Toyama(Visas and Virtue, an Academy Award-winning short) and Aaron Woolfolk (The Harimaya Bridge).
Michael Bonnabel / Kerry, Around and Around is an actor/writer. Recent appearances include “THE DOPE ELF” by Asher Hartman (Yale Union, Portland Oregon). Short films based on the characters in “THE DOPE ELF” can be streamed on The Lab in San Francisco’s website as a part of their current season.“KATY CRUEL” Kathleen Cramer & O-Lan Jones, “ICELAND” Ford Amphitheatre and Boston Court. “SORRY, ATLANTIS” Machine Project, “BOB’S HOLIDAY OFFICE PARTY” Atwater Village Theatre, “MISS JULIEN” MorYork Gallery,“SYNESTHESIA” Bootleg Theater. The Bootleg world premiered his solo play “THE GOOD BOY” which ultimately moved Off-Broadway to The Abingdon Theatre in New York. Film appearances include “The Linguini Incident,” with Marlee Matlin and David Bowie.
Michael Shamus Wiles / Adrian, Ice Machine Mike recently performed in Hyrdogen Jukebox by Allen Ginsburg and Philip Glass. His theatre credits also include Neena Beber’s Failure to Thrive with the Padua Hills Playwrights, Cheryl Slean’s Skin & Bones and Tim Hanson’s Nobody Home at Theatre of N.O.T.E., pieces written by John Steppling and Wes Walker in The Conquest of the New World at Glaxa Studios, and the West Coast premiere of Paula Vogel’s Hot ‘N’ Throbbing at Wolfskill Theatre. Film credits include David Fincher’s Fight Club, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia, and David Lynch’s Lost Highway. TV credits include recurring roles on Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, The X-Files, Malcolm in the Middle, and Melrose Place.
Ramanshu Mishra / Sound Effects Design & Original Song, No Casanova Ramanshu is a 24 year old Composer, Music Producer, Sound Designer and Editor from India. Born and brought up in a country full of diverse cultures and art, his musical influence comes from various genres of music like Folk, Pop, Hip-hop, Rock, Indian Classical, Orchestral, Electric music and fusion. He has experience working in films, documentaries, podcasts and the advertising industry for various artists and renowned OTT platforms. For further work references, you can check out Ramanshu Mishra on YouTube and IMDB.
You can reach out to him on Instagram @ramanshumishra7 or
Randy Greif / Original Music, Soundscape & Mixing, No Casanova Los Angeles-based composer Randy Greif creates ambient soundscapes, abstract compositions and ethereal soundtracks. Several dozen of his albums have been released over the years in the formats of CDs, vinyl, cassettes and streaming. He is most widely recognized for his 6-hour, 5-part CD series of Lewis Carroll's “Alice In Wonderland” – presented at its most hallucinatory and glitchy. First released on the Netherlands label, Staalplaat, it is now in its third pressing on the American label, Soleilmoon. Several of Greif's albums were also released under the moniker, Shadowbug 4. In addition to album releases, Randy Greif's audio work has been created for radio plays, podcasts, and films – including his own feature film, “The Three Trials.” A number of his latest albums are readily available to hear on Spotify and other popular streaming platforms:
Reade Pryor, Drums & Percussion / Ice Machine Obsessed with hitting things from a very early age, Reade Pryor left his native Colorado for Los Angeles to attend the Jazz Studies program at the University of Southern California, where he studied under Peter Erskine and Terri Lyne Carrington. Since then, Reade has gained attention as a top professional drummer in Los Angeles. Reade has worked with Blondfire, Dan Wilson (Semisonic), Jaret Reddick (Bowling for Soup), Kina Grannis, Moving Units, Outasight, Avalanche City, Shawn Hook, Linus of Hollywood, Audra Mae, Josiah Leming, Josh Kelley, legendary producers Nick Launay and Krish Sharma, and many others. Over 30 albums featuring Reade’s drumming have been released. He has played on numerous film and TV soundtracks including “Modern Family,” “School of Rock,” “Marry Me,” “Ridiculousness,” “Hello My Name is Doris,” and “Donald Cried,” among many others. He has appeared on national television including Dancing With The Stars, CBS’s Early Show, and the CW’s “Oh Sit!” Reade proudly endorses Q Drum Co drums, Remo drumheads, Vic Firth sticks, Protection Racket Cases, and Mojave Audio microphones.
Richard Azurdia, Actor, Unc / Unc His theater credits include productions with: Fountain Theatre, Theatricum Botanicum, Denver Center Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Independent Shakespeare Co.'s Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival, Ghost Road Co., Company of Angels, Rogue Artist Ensemble, Circle X Theatre, Sacred Fools Theatre, Echo Theatre, Son of Semele Ensemble, 24th Street Theater, Odyssey Theater & Bootleg Theater. He's been nominated for the Ovation Awards, Stage Raw Awards, Colorado Theatre Guild's Henry Awards & Broadway World Awards. Film/TV: SOUTHLAND, GRACE & FRANKIE, Hulu's EAST LOS HIGH (recurring), WEEDS (recurring), LADRON QUE ROBA A LADRON, AMERICA 101. He's a recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship and was named one of L.A. Weekly's 54 Fascinating People in 2015. www.RichardAzurdia.com.
Ryan Cutrona, Actor / Casanova, No Casanova performed NO CASANOVA at Kevin OSullivan’s Pharmacy at the Mountain Bar, and at a ‘stately mansion’ in South Pasadena with Don Preston (which is how Ryan Cutrona got into the ‘stately mansion’.) He’s been on TV:
WEST WING, 24, MAD MEN. In films: THE LAST BOY SCOUT, THE CHANGELING, HOT SHOTS!; another play by Sharon and others by others. He was often heard on Joe Frank’s NPR series’ SOMEWHERE OUT THERE, WORK IN PROGRESS, IN THE DARK, and .
THE OTHER SIDE. Ryan completed his collaboration with Joe on the program A LIFE WELL LIVED, which aired on Bob Carlson’s UnFictional on KCRW. RIP Joe.
Sharon Yablon is an award-winning playwright who has been writing and directing her plays in Los Angeles for many years. Her work has appeared in a variety of sites, and on stage with The Echo Theater Company, Padua Playwrights, Zombie Joe's Underground Theater, The Lost Studio, Theater Unleashed, Bootleg, Theater of N.O.T.E., and others. Her short stories, "Perfidia" and "The Caller," can be found in journals, and her published plays are in Desert Road's One Acts of Note, Fever Dreams, Los Angeles Under the Influence, LA Writers and Their Works, and others. She was co-editor of an anthology of plays from the LA underground scene titled I Might Be The Person You Are Talking To, and most recently, her play Hello Stranger (Theater of N.O.T.E., 2017) was published by Original Works. She is a frequent writer and sometime co-curator with Susan Hayden's Library Girl, a "Best of the Westside" monthly literary series centered around a music theme. Her one-acts inspired by crimes in LA history have appeared in LA True Crime’s quarterly evenings since its inception in 2015.
Shaughn Buchholz, Actor, Cookie / Caldera Shaughn is elated to be collaborating with Sharon again having been a long-time fan of her thoughtfully haunting and irreverently funny work. Recently back in Los Angeles from south Texas where he was working with SpaceX building and developing Starbase and their new rocket Starship. Previous stage work with long-time collaborator Juli Crockett: “The George Play”, “Double Double”, “The Book of Job” and “Don Quixote”. A graduate of CalArts, he can also be seen on “Scrubs”, “Barry”, “Weird City”, “Enlightened”, “The Middle” and “Criminal Minds”.
Shawna Casey, Actor / Dear Marie is an award-winning actress who’s played on stages in Los Angeles, New York and Europe. Cast in premiere productions by Irene Fornes, Murray Mednick, Jose Rivera, Sharon Yablon and Michael Sargent, she now writes plays of her own with an eye towards love in all its glory, pathos and humor.
In 2021, her short play STARS IN THEIR EYES, about a teenage brother and sister emerging from the pandemic in rural Ireland, was read at the Birr Theatre's Scripts Ireland Festival as part of an evening about teens and mental health.
Full-length plays include:
BLUE BLUE MOON – Last Frontier Playwright Conference, Alaska; Tangent Theatre’s NEWvember Festival, New York.
STRONG FORCE – Tangent Theatre's NEWvember Festival, New York; Aurora’s Global Age Project Competition (finalist); Playwrights Foundation BAPF Competition (semi-finalist).
NIGHT BECOMES DAY – 2nd place in The Ebell of Los Angeles Playwright Prize Competition.
Produced short plays include:
CATCH (What She Said Festival, Duluth, MN), THE AEGEAN (Lillian Theatre, Hollywood), ANIMAL STYLE, SAP and HIS NAME WAS LUKE (Lost Studio, Los Angeles) and OUT OF THE BLUE (There in Ten, Los Angeles).
She has received 6 DRAMALOGUE awards and 8 LA WEEKLY AWARD nominations for her work as an actress, and earned her MFA in Writing at Spalding MFA in Louisville, KY.
Silas Weir Mitchell, Actor / Matador has been working steadily since the mid-nineties, appearing in many films as well as hundreds of episodes of TV. He is best known for his 6 seasons on NBC’s GRIMM, and 2 seasons on FOX’s PRISON BREAK, among many others, including MY NAME IS EARL, DEXTER, SIX FEET UNDER, THE MENTALIST, COLD CASE, BURN NOTICE, THE CLOSER, THE SHIELD, 24, LAW & ORDER, CSI, NYPD BLUE, ER, etc…
On stage, Silas has appeared in New York Off-Broadway (Playwrights’ Horizons, The Harold Clurman Theatre, HERE Theatre, Ludlow St. Theatre); in Los Angeles (The Actors’ Gang, Circle X, Atwater Village Theatre, Stella Adler Theatre, The MET Theatre, Zoo District); and regionally in California (La Jolla Playhouse), Ohio (The Porthouse Theatre) and Oregon (Portland Center Stage).
He has produced and directed numerous revivals both in New York and Los Angeles, and has helped generate and shape countless new works.
Soren Narnia / Mick, 1:58 AM is the author of the ‘Knifepoint Horror’ podcast and the audio fiction archive ‘Those Snowy Nights You Read to Me, They’ll Never Be Forgotten.’
Irene Greene & Mason Summit join forces as The Prickly Pair, a newly-formed duo specializing in angsty Americana with a contemporary perspective. The two met at the USC Thornton School of Music, where they bonded over shared influences & unsolved mysteries. Both have pursued solo careers, but sought to combine their talents in a project that demonstrates a deep mutual love of country & western traditions while staying true to their own musical instincts. Together, they write evocative songs rich in imagery & emotion, harmonizing above soft acoustic fingerpicking or lively strumming. The Prickly Pair released their debut single, “Rosemary” on February 25. For updates, follow @ThePricklyPairMusic on all platforms.
Thomas Chan is a musician, composer, editor, and multimedia sound designer. Mr. Chan has frequently performed with comic Emo Philips and many others, at The Tomorrow! Show with Ron Lynch. In addition to his recent work with Sharon, Mr. Chan was nominated for a Stage Raw Award for music performed in producer/playwright Wes Walker’s Animal Show presentation of Our Many Ghosts, and assembled and performed with the musical ensemble for Guy Zimmerman's play, Clearwater, at the Bootleg Theater. Thomas also played, sang, and occasionally pitched jokes in the long-running live alternative comedy review The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show, including their own Comedy Central television series and guest appearances on Conan O’Brien, Kimmel, and Bill Maher’s television shows. The Naked Trucker Show was praised in the LA Times, Vanity Fair, and Entertainment Weekly, and was awarded the Best Sketch/Alternative Jury Award at the HBO Comedy Festival. Thomas’ 35-year career in post production and sound design includes multiple awards and nominations from Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE). He recently completed his work on season six of the rebooted classic Tom & Jerry, as well as sound effects and mixing work for Sesame Workshop.
The Last Transmission, The Grim Sleeper & Mrs. Huberty:
Music & Lyrics written by Thomas Chan, ASCAP
Music, Lyrics & Sound Recordings published by Magnetic Oblivion Music Company, ASCAP
Tina Preston / 1:58 AM was a member of Padua Playwrights Festival from the beginning. She appeared in plays by Maria Irene Fornes, Julie Hebert, Murray Mednick and John O’Keefe. She performed in John Steppling’s DREAM COAST (Taper) and O’Keefe’s REAPERS (Odyssey). She has appeared in many plays by Michael Sargent and SHAKESPEARE and URBAN DEATH at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater. Ms. Preston won LA Weekly Awards for GHOSTS (1980), Kelly Stuart’s TAXI DANCE and O’Keefe’s DON’T YOU EVER CALL ME ANYTHING BUT MOTHER. It was remounted at Open Fist and Zombie Joes and was nominated for best solo performance by Stage Raw and Valley Theater Alliance. She performed at The Red Cat in The Gob Squad’s PORTRAIT OF DORIAN GRAY. She was last seen in O’Keefe’s GHOSTS at The Open Fist Theater.
Wayne Peet, Sound Engineer / The Comet Gazers Wayne Peet has over 40 years of experience as an audio engineer. He has recorded, mixed, mastered, done sound editing and design for numerous projects for major studio files (including Bull Durham & White Men Can’t Jump), network TV commercials, PBS documentaries and concerts, as well as many independent documentaries. These credits include many music albums for labels such as Blue Note, SST, High Note, Enja, Nine Winds, and pfMentum. He has been the exclusive engineer for posthumous restoration and release of jazz artists Art Pepper [Widow’s Taste Records] and Horace Tapscott [Dark Tree Records and The Village Records], as well as all releases this century from legendary jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell. He has done sound for two Emmy Best Documentary winning public broadcasting films: “Be Good, Smile Pretty” and KCET’s Artbound episode “The New West Coast Sound: An L.A. Jazz Legacy”. He recorded and mixed concerts by Kenny Burrell (including Stevie Wonder, B.B. King and Dee Dee Bridgewater), and the Pan African Peoples Arkestra for KCET’s Southland Sessions series. He received the Best Sound Design Feature Award from the 2019 Culver City Film Festival for Frederick Keeve’s previous feature “The Accompanist .“ Wayne has been featured in an article in Tape Op Magazine. He is also a musician and composer, bringing this sense and knowledge to his work as an engineer.