ATLAS PIT CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED

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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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CAST
(In order of appearance)

Josey Montana McCoyJosey 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.

Deverau Chumrau**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* **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 BraunsteinDaniel 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* **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

MichaelChandler**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


CREATIVE TEAM

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.

Casting Notice for Celine Song’s “The Feast”

The Los Angeles New Court Theatre is casting the opener of their 4th Season, The LA Premiere of Celine Song’s “The Feast”

Auditions are by appointment only, 10-2 pm on September 8th and 9th at CAZT. Email Headshot/Resume to josielanct@gmail.com for an appointment.

Rehearsals begin September 20th, the show plays November 7-21st.

Shows will be at Astroetic Studios. Astroetic Studios is located at: 224 E 11th St. Los Angeles, CA 90015

 

SEEKING:

WENDY – Female. Married to Francis, a doctor. Late 20’s to early 30’s. The perfect host and perfect wife. Wendy would like you to believe she has it all together, but underneath her outward appearance, there is an uneasy sense that she is unraveling. We should feel that she may unhinge at any moment. She has a very large, beautiful smile, with an unsettling display of teeth.

SAM – Female. Friend of Francis, married to Rhett. Mid to Late 30’s. Sam doesn’t suffer fools. She’s a touch vain, but there is a vulnerability to her vanity. She is very open about her selfishness. Her marriage to Rhett is a bit ala Martha and George. Sam is not afraid to tell it like it is.

RHETT – Male. Married to Sam. Mid to Late 30’s. A bit uncouth and gruff. Rhett is always a few drinks ahead of everyone else. He may have been good-looking in his youth, but has let himself go lately. There is a deep sadness underneath his outward hardness.

XANDER – Male. Mid 20’s. A neurologist who works in a lab. Friend of Wendy and Francis. Xander is slightly odd looking, skinny and wears glasses.

FRANCIS – Male. Wendy’s husband. Early 30’s. A neurosurgeon. Francis should be very handsome and fit.

Jess Shoemaker Spills Her Guts Over Her New Play “Jason & (Medea)”

Playwright Jess Shoemaker Spills Her Guts Over Her New Play

Jason & (Medea)

Amy Hayes and Wisdom Tooth (www.wisdomtooththeatreproject.org) sit down with Jason & (Medea) playwright Jess Shoemaker to discuss her new play.

Jason & (Medea) will be making its west coast premiere this June apart of the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Tickets can be purchased at the Hollywood Fringe website by clicking here


How is this play both “classic” and new?

Jess Shoemaker: Willa Cather has a beautiful quote about there being only two to three human stories that go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never been told. I think every story, if told from a true and human perspective, is both new and ancient.

What I would say helps the play to feel new is that the plot and themes of the myth speak directly to a culture that is grappling with the concept of both outsiders and female equity. That made “updating” the play very easy.

How did the idea for a Medea update come to you?

JS: Ah! The original idea belongs to my brilliant colleague, Janet Howe. She wanted to tell the part of Medea’s story that rarely gets told, the love story, but she wasn’t a writer. I was and I said yes. Having a team of people around you that challenges and supports you in collaboration is invaluable.

With what do you hope audiences will leave this play?

JS: Probably all playwrights hope people leave their plays having seen themselves in some moment of the play, having recognized something in an ancient story… that feels true to them today.

Specific to this piece? There are a couple of moments in the play that were written to spark debate about what really happened in the space between two people. Human relationships are so nuanced and difficult to interpret and digest. I think that’s true in life and I certainly hope it’s true in this play! If audiences leave with a recognition that what happened between Jason and Medea was not one person’s fault, that their world was exploded by two different people, I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish.

You’ve woven story elements from mythology and from your own imagination into these characters and their story. How did you balance and marry the two? For instance, Medea is quite funny in your play; how do you justify that quality with what she ends up doing?

JS: Hmmm. Well the seed of each character is based in where they end up. I looked at where each character started, and where they ended up and how the character got themselves to that point. In terms of the contradictions, I suppose I wanted to interrupt our expectations, keep us honest about these being real people. We perceive Medea as a grandiose tragic figure and the humor makes her real. We think of Atalanta as a statuesque, virginal goddess and I tried to make her the opposite of that. Their stories are both the same – but they look different than we originally pictured them. And we like it that way. I just… I hate very few things more than I hate type-casting.

What’s your favorite moment in the play?

JS: The Princess scene! It was written near the end of my process. I’d been reading and scribbling and typing and tearing my hair out for a full year. And I woke up at 3:00am, grabbed my computer and the scene was… just there. It was like transcribing something from someone else’s brain and it tickles me as though I did not write it.

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Meet the Cast and Creative Team for “Orphans”

Meet the Cast and Creative Team for the Los Angeles New Court Theatre’s Season Finale:

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ORPHANS

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CREATIVE TEAM


Samson Kohanski (Director)

Samson Kohanski is a young director out of New York City. He graduated from Brandeis University with degrees in Theatre Arts and Music Composition. His passion for the theatre extends to his work as director, designer, writer and actor. He was the resident designer for The Freeplay Theatre Cooperative and an assistant to the Sound Designer at the Brandeis Theatre Company and the American Repertory Theatre where has also performed in a number of plays including The Lily’s Revenge (written by Taylor Mac). His work has been in festivals in New York and he has traveled to the Shanghai International Experimental Theatre Festival to perform with the Wandering Fools in Caucasian Chalk Circle. He is thrilled to be working with the LA New Court Theatre on this production of Orphans.

Grace Earley (Stage Manager)

Grace Earley is excited to have had the opportunity to join the Orphans cast & crew as stage manager.  Grace is a recent transplant to LA after recently graduating with a BFA in theatre performance from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she stage managed and assistant directed productions such as Mike Bartlett’s Bull and Contractions.  Some performance credits include, Regan in Bachelorette, Mona in Monroe, and a featured comedian in A Night of Stand Up Comedy, all at small Virginia theaters that you’ve probably never heard of.  She is greatly looking forward to all that’s to come from LA and LA New Court Theatre.

Sean A. Cote (Set Designer)

Sean A. Cote is originally from the New England area and he has worked in theater and film for much of the past decade as a designer, performer, playwright, puppeteer and technical director. Past designs include “Children of Eden” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (AMDA); “Election Day” and “The Country Club” (Happy Medium Theatre); “Mistakes Madeline Made” (Holland Productions); “After the Quake” and “The Overwhelming” (CompanyOne). He was nominated for an Independent Reviewers’ of New England ‘Best Solo Performance’ for his role in “Junkie” by John Shea (Argos Productions). He has an MFA in Scenic Design and Technology from UMASS-Amherst. Sean is delighted to be collaborating with Los Angeles New Court Theatre and with Samson on “Orphans.”

Brian Barraza (Lighting Designer)

Brian is born and raised in Los Angeles California and studied technical theatre at California State University Northridge. He’s had the opportunity to design all aspects of design, but lighting has really sparked his interest. Brian is currently working on Untethered at the Mountain View Mausoleum which opens in May. It is a goal of Brian’s to help bring theatre to inner cities and expose today’s youth to an art form that has been so influential in is own life.

Jillian Clark (Costume Designer)

Jillian Clark is a Boston native who escaped the snow to to sunny California, to work as a designer for television, film and theater. Other theater credits include ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Happy Medium Theatre Company, ‘The American Plan’ Happy Medium Theatre Company, ‘Chicago’ MetroStage Company, ‘The Blue Room’ Speakeasy Stage. She has also worked on films such as The Heat, The Judge, Welcome to Me, Soaked in Bleach and Broken Vows.

Matt Franta (Fight Choreographer)

Matt Franta has been designing and choreographing violence for over a decade. Companies he has worked with include The Long Beach Playhouse, Good People Theatre Company, Phantom Projects, Make Believe Stage Productions, and The Visceral Company. Matt holds a BA in Drama/Speech from Clarke University, and is a graduate of the International Stunt School in Seattle. He is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors, the International Order of the Sword & Pen, and he currently teaches stage combat at Swordplay LA in Burbank. www.MattFranta.com


CAST


Matthew Grondin (Phillip) 

Matthew Grondin HS

Matthew is excited to be working with LA New Court for the first time – thanks for having me on board! Past theatre credits include: Good People (Ensemble Theatre Company), Everything You Touch (Theatre @ Boston Court), A Moon for the Misbegotten (Rubicon Theatre), Ah Wilderness! (Antaeus ClassicsFest), the NY Premiere of Friends Like These (Cherry Pit Theatre), Rabbit Hole and Spinning Into Butter (Actor’s Co-op), This Is Our Youth (TAC Theatre), Proof (Noisy Nest), and Granite – a play he wrote and directed. Currently, he is working on his second play (with a writing partner this time) – and they hope to put that up this coming fall. He is a member of Antaeus Theatre Company’s A2 Ensemble. Big thanks to Samson, Ashley and this terrific cast and crew. And thank you, the audience, for supporting live theatre.

Nathan Lee Burkart (Treat)

10416648_10100939424872488_5706716263372856714_nNathan is a native from Janesville, WI and has been involved with theatre in some way his entire life.  He has worked professionally on-screen and on-stage including projects with the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Beloit New Court Theatre, Jack and Jill (produced by and starring Adam Sandler), Women Behind Bars (WE Entertainment), and has worked with the great Edward Albee personally with a reading of Me, Myself, and I at Playwrights Horizons (NYC). Other stage credits include: Warren in This is Our Youth (LANCT), Sebastian in Twelfth Night (LANCT), Antipholis in The Comedy of Errors, Ellard in The Foreigner, Stanley Jerome in Broadway Bound, Arnold Epstein in Biloxi Blues, Snoopy in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, and Tom Trainor in No, No, Nanette.  Commercially he has had multiple national spots for McDonald’s, along with ads for Chase and Hyundai. Directing credits include: Speech & Debate (LANCT), The Prettiest Girl in Lafayette County, and an original sketch piece titled The Final Cut. He received his BFA from Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts in St. Louis, MO.

 Warren Davis (Harold)

Warren Davis headshotWarren Davis began his acting career in Chicago, where he appeared at The Goodman Theatre (The Visit), Drury Lane Oakbrook (The Nerd), Drury Lane South (Love, Sex and the IRS), National Jewish Theatre (Rocket to the Moon and The Wizards of Quiz), and Lifeline Theatre (The Little Sister) among others. LA credits include Bulrusher (Skylight Theatre / LDTE), The Diary of Anne Frank (NoHo Arts Center), A Christmas Twist (SeaGlass Theatre), Dean Donofrio’s Everything is Different But Nothing Has Changed (Theater Asylum), The Crucible (Lillian Theatre), The Car Plays at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, The Chinese Massacre (Circle X), Slaughterhouse Five (Action! Theatre) and The Book of Liz (Blank Theatre).   TV credits include “The Middle”, “Criminal Minds”, “House”, “ER”, “LAX”, and “Strong Medicine”.   He can also be seen in the sci-fi cult feature, “Yesterday Was A Lie”, and online in the web series, “You Don’t Know Dick”. (www.youtube.com/ydkdseries)

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day from the LANCT.  We want to take this time to remember those who fell for us in active duty.

A part of the Los Angeles New Court Theatre’s mission, is to support other charities through our art.  Last year we produced Shirley Lauro’s beautiful play “A Piece of My Heart” depicting the stories of the women involved with the Vietnam War.  Twenty percent of all ticket proceeds from this show were given to the Resurrecting Lives Foundation.  This experience, and the awareness it created, will stay with our company’s minds and hearts forever.

Stay safe- remember- and be with the one’s you love.

-Los Angeles New Court Theatre

A Piece of My Heart
The cast of “A Piece of My Heart”