We are excited to announce the Cast and Creative Team for our newest play
The World Premiere of
ATLAS PIT or THE GARBAGE MAN’S SON
Performances run September 30th-October 23rd
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(In order of appearance)
Josey Montana McCoy (Felinus Oswald Black) Josey is an Ovation Award-nominated actor originally from Kentucky and is currently vice-president of The Los Angeles New Court Theatre. He’s stoked to be sharing this story with the world. LANCT credits include: Jason & (Medea), The Feast, I Love You, You’re Perfect…, and Fools. Other LA theatre credits include: Floyd Collins (Ovation and LADCC Nominee – Best Featured Actor), The Pokemusical, Empire Burlesque, Bronies, and Justin Love. You can hear Josey voice a few different characters in Ever After High and Monster High films; see him teach science on Youtube’s Hot Wheels Labs; and during the week he hangs out with Sven in Frozen Live at the Hyperion at Disney’s California Adventure! Thanks to his amazingly supportive Appalachian family and his lovely lady Josie.
**Devereau Chumrau (Gray Harlow) Devereau Chumrau is honored and thrilled to be making her LA New Court Theatre debut! A Los Angeles native, Devereau studied West African Theatre and Dance in Ghana before completing her BA in Theatre at CSUN. She earned her MFA in acting at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, and has worked on stage and screen nationally and internationally. Her favorite past television/film credits include Dexter, Key & Peele, Twilight Saga Stories: We’ve Met Before, Raising Whitley, and the recent award-winning Clone Counseling; her favorite stage credits include Miravel (Sacred Fools) Beauty Shop (Wilshire Ebell), The Mystery Plays (Visceral Company) (for which she won the StageScene LA ‘Scenie’ Best Dramatic Actress). She immensely thanks the entire team of Atlas Pit, the LA New Court Theatre, and her beautiful family and friends: I love you all!
* **Nancy Stone (Linda Black) Atlas Pit is Nancy’s second show with Los Angeles New Court Theatre; she also appeared in Speech & Debate in 2013. Other Los Angeles shows include Washer/Dryer with East West Players and Love’s Labor’s Lost, Tartuffe, Embedded, Ass, and Alagazam! at The Actors’ Gang. Her on-camera work includes: (TV) Bones, How I Met Your Mother, Big Love, and E.R. (Film) Dara Ju, Saint Janet, American Pie 2, and By Hook or By Crook (Sundance 2002). Nancy started her performing career as an improviser and loves to laugh. @nancykstone
Daniel Aaron Braunstein (Mark Geissman) Daniel is originally from the Northern Virginia area and went to Virginia Commonwealth University where he earned his BFA in Theatre Performance. This is his first production with the Los Angeles New Court Theatre Company and he couldn’t be more thrilled! Daniel was previously seen in the Actor’s Project production of The Hare Who Cried Ant. Most recently he assistant directed Porno Dido by Sean Graney at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Daniel would like to thank Alex, Beth, and the whole production team for this wonderful opportunity. As always much love to Mom, The Mustache Man, Ben, and Jahn. Love you guys and thank you for always supporting me.
* **Herman Johansen (Norman Black) Herman is an actor, director and writer based in Los Angeles. Theatre credits include The Odd Couple (with George Wendt), The Front Page, Omnium Gatherum, Fiddler on the Roof, The Master Builder, Copenhagen, American Buffalo, Free Man of Color, The Boys Next Door and Brighton Beach Memoirs, Dial M for Murder, Noises Off, Of Mice and Men, Moon Over Buffalo, Arsenic and Old Lace, Harvey and Leading Ladies. He worked as a guest artist at UWF in Pensacola on 5 productions of A Christmas Carol. Directing credits include Man of La Mancha, Our Town, Caldwell’s Bomb and Agnes of God. His full length drama, Fading Light, was selected to be part of 2015 The New York International Fringe Festival. www.hermanjohansen.com
**Michael Chandler (A Stranger) Michael’s thrilled to be part of this original play and to be working with a wonderful ensemble. His film and TV resume includes Real Rob, Anger Management, Criminal Minds, Monk, Love Bites, and The Young and the Restless, along with voicing characters in Disney’s animated series Penn Zero and playing Barbie’s dad in the animated feature Barbie: Starlight Adventure. Michael wrote, produced, and acted in the short film Unconditionally, which was nominated in several festivals and won Best Soundtrack at the Action On Film Festival.
*Member of Actors Equity Association, the professional union of actors and stage managers.
** Member of SAG
Beth Lopes (Director) Beth is delighted to be working with LA New Court Theatre again after directing last year’s award-winning Jason & (Medea). She received a BFA in Drama from New York University and an MFA in Directing from UC Irvine. Some of her recent projects include Hamlet with New Swan Shakespeare Festival, The Winter’s Tale with San Antonio Shakespeare in the Park, and the development of the new rock musical, The Merry Lives of Windsor High, with Los Angeles company mediaV. Visit www.bethlopes.com for more information.
Alex Burkart (Playwright) Alex a theatre artist and the founder of the Los Angeles New Court Theatre. He has an MFA in Performance Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA in Musical Theatre from Webster University. Atlas Pit is his first full-length play. www.alexburkart.com
Josh Gannon (Assistant Director) Josh is excited to be assistant directing for ATLAS PIT! He received his BA in Film from San Francisco State and is ready to jump into theater production. Thank you to Emily, Alex and Beth for the opportunity!
Becka York (Stage Manager) Becka is honored to join the premiere production of Atlas Pit. Previous stage management credits include The Hamlet Project and Los Angeles New Court Theatre’s production of Jason & (Medea). She has also assisted productions for the Hollywood Fringe Festival and Center Theatre Group.
Morgan Lindsey Price (Set Designer) Morgan is a scenic designer and mixed media artist based in Los Angeles. She received her MFA in Scenic Design for Theater from the University of California, Irvine. Favorite design collaborations include Hamlet with director Beth Lopes at The New Swan Shakespeare Festival and The Electra Project at UC Irvine with director Mihai Maniutiu, Artistic and Executive Director of the National Theatre in Cluj, Romania. Morgan was the recipient of the VectorWorks International Design Scholarship Award in 2015.
Toranj Noroozi (Lighting Designer) Toranj Noroozi works predominantly as a lighting designer. She is an enthusiastic artist, photographer and film maker. Toranj completed an MFA degree in Technical Theatre at California State University Long Beach in 2015. Her undergraduate background is in Architecture, and she has been working with The Ruzika Company as an architectural lighting designer since 2014. Toranj has collaborated with directors, choreographers, visual artists and companies, including California Repertory Company, Inked Dance Company and Long Beach Playhouse, Theater Planners. She has exhibited her photography in Manifest Gallery, 9th Annual Mater Pieces exhibition. Toranj is the recipient of an award for USITT’s Ideal Theatre Student Competition in 2012.She collaborated with her group of pears to participate in The Space Lab Street Performances for Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space in 2015.
Emily Fisher (Costume Designer) Emily is the secretary of the Los Angeles New Court Theatre. She is also a performer and is currently going to be presenting her original one-woman-show I Was Robbed! This coming November. www.emilyafisher.com.
Isaiah Howell (Sound Designer) Isaiah Is in his third year at Virginia Commonwealth University, pursuing a degree in Lighting Design with a concentration in Sound Design. Previous TheatreVCU positions include Urinetown (Assoc. Sound Designer), and It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Sound Designer, Foley Designer) He recently finished a contract at Kent State’s Porthouse Theatre working as an A2/Mic technician for their summer season. He is very excited to be working with Alex again, and is ecstatic to be working with LANCT.
Kyle Acheson (Composer) Kyle is a composer, music director, and actor in Brooklyn. Recent projects include The Waterman: a Forgotten Cascadian Myth (Ars Nova); This Ain’t No Disco! (Atlantic Theatre); What’s Your Wish? (Access Theatre, NYC Fringe); eversion (Ars Nova, Dixon Place). Kyle is a founding member of the musical theatre ensemble Thicket & Thistle. Proud graduate of the Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts. kyleacheson.com
Ken Werther (Press Agent) Ken Werther Publicity has been a staple in the Los Angeles performing arts community since 1982. Public relations, producing, directing. As producer: All Your Hard Work, The Good Boy, The Importance of Being Earnest and The Taming of the Shrew (Queer Classics). Assistant director: Stop the World, I Want To Get Off (Musical Theatre Guild), The Women of Brewster Place (Celebration Theatre), The Woodsman (Courage Theatre Company). For a complete listing of PR activities, visit www.kenwerther.com.