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We are excited to announce the Cast and Creative Team for our newest play

The World Premiere of


Performances run September 30th-October 23rd

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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.

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


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 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.

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.

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.

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

“50 Shades of Shakespeare” Cast and Creative Team Exposed


is proud to announce the cast and creative team

for our Hollywood Fringe production of


For Times and Tickets Please Visit Hollywood Fringe

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.


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.

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.

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


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 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



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 ( 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.