“50 Shades of Shakespeare” Cast and Creative Team Exposed

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is proud to announce the cast and creative team

for our Hollywood Fringe production of

50Shades

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jess-shoemaker-headshot-blueJess Shoemaker- Director

Jess Shoemaker is a freelance director, text coach and playwright. Recently she has served the Great River Shakespeare Festival as a director and educator during their educational residency, as well as season text coach and assistant director on Troilus and Cressida, Much Ado About Nothing and King John. She works regularly with Grandstreet Theatre, where she last directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her play Jason & (Medea) has been produced in Chicago, Indianapolis and Los Angeles – where it won the Stage Scene LA award for Best Drama. After she leaves Los Angeles and The New Court, she’ll be returning to the Great River Shakespeare Festival to text coach/assistant direct As You Like It.

Josie AdamsJosie Adams- Associate Director

Josie Adams was recently seen in LA New Court Theatre’s The Feast, Jason & (Medea) and Bekah Brunstetter’s Little Man, the World Premiere. National Tours: A Christmas CarolMagic Tree House. Regional: Paul Gordon’s Emma (Rep. Theatre St. Louis), 25th Annual….Spelling Bee (Grandstreet Theatre). Film & TV: Big Eden and 90210. She is so proud to be involved with the LA New Court Theatre!

White_Brian_HS-2Brian White- Text Coach

Brian is excited to be working on this project with these wonderful people as a text coach. He is a company member at the Great River Shakespeare Festival, fairly recent transplant to L.A. from NYC, and a proud BFA graduate of Webster. Directing: Julius Caesar and Twelfth Night: or What You Will with the Shakespeare in the Schools program. Actor: (Off-off Broadway) The Twelfth Labor, Flanagan’s Wake, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew; (Regional) Claudio, Much Ado About Nothing; Benvolio, Romeo and Juliet; Horatio, Hamlet; Brian, Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged); Great River Shakespeare Festival; Rudge, The History Boys; Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Thanks to the LANCT and Jess for the opportunity to work with this wonderful creative team.


CAST

Noah JamesNoah James

Noah James is an LA based actor from Tempe, Arizona. He Graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, as a member of the Meisner Studio, The Experimental Theatre Wing, Stonestreet Studios, and abroad at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His LA theater credits include: The Odyssey Theatre’s Broadway Bound directed by Jason Alexander, The New American Theatre’s 63 Trillion, Boys’ Life, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Blank Theatre’s Knockout Mouse. TV/FILM credits include: La La Land, Gilmore Girls: Seasons, 90210, Soul Song, My Best Friend Ben, and Dog it Down. Represented by Media Artists Group and Bensky Entertainment.

Jordan MannJordan Mann

Jordan Mann, LANCT member and graduate of NYU Tisch, is beyond excited to be in this production of 50 Shades of Shakespeare! This show has improved her flexibility, aroused her artistry, and opened her right up. No stranger to role play, she has so enjoyed getting deep inside every character. She hopes this will be as good for you as it was for her, and that you will come over and over and over again

Kelly NienaltowskiKelly Nienaltowski

Kelly is a Michigan native who graduated with a BFA in Acting from Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts. With nearly 20 years of performing experience, she continues to work in Los Angeles both on stage and in film. Recent credits include the world premiere of Drempels at the Santa Monica Playhouse, Parallel Worlds: A New Rock Music Experience which blends film, live theatre and music, and a supporting role in the feature film Inheritance. This summer she will costar in another feature film, and record season 2 of the comedic scripted sci-fi podcast The Theatre of Tomorrow. She’s a proud member of The Los Angeles New Court Theatre, appearing in their past productions of Neil Simon’s Fools and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Kelly is thrilled to be reunited with the Bard while making her Hollywood Fringe Festival debut in LANCT’s production of 50 Shades of Shakespeare.

EVCommWebEddie Vona

Eddie Vona is super excited to be playing all his dream roles in this play! He is a proud LANCT company member and was recently featured in the 2016 Cricket Feet Showcase. LA credits: Madhuri Shekar’s In Love and Warcraft (Artists At Play, West Coast Premiere), Bekah Brunstetter’s Little Man (LANCT, World Premiere), Stephen Karam’s Speech and Debate (LANCT). NY credits: Lend Me A Tenor and This Is Our Youth (Hangar Theater). He would like to thank Jess for the challenge and his cast mates for their generosity. Eddie attended The Stella Adler Studio at NYU: Tisch. EddieVona.com.

Play Reading of ATLAS PIT at Samuel French Bookshop

This January, the Los Angeles New Court Theatre presented a reading of Alex Burkart’s new play Atlas Pit or The Garbage Man’s Son at Samuel French Bookshop.

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Pictures from “Atlas Pit” reading at Samuel French Bookshop

 

ATLAS PIT centers around 18-year-old Felinus Oswald Black (Ozzy). A year prior to the play’s main action, Ozzy’s girlfriend (Gray) drowned in an old gravel quarry turned pond located in Milton, WI. The sudden death sentences Ozzy to an erupting depression, resulting in him running away from home and shutting himself up within a seedy apartment flat. In a continued effort to find escape, Ozzy stumbles upon a brand of heroin that brings the user so close to death “that they see those waiting for them on the other side.” Atlas Pit is inspired by the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and explores the ideas of addiction, love, life, and death.

The play also features original music by Kyle Acheson with additional lyrics and assistance by Corley Pillsbury.

If you are interested in reading Atlas Pit please feel free to e-mail to Alex at alexburkart@gmail.com.

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