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Block Nine
CAST (click photos for larger images)
DARRYL ARMBRUSTER (Nails). Theatre: Downtown Daylight Project; One Fell Swoop; Peek; 7 Redneck Cheerleaders; Little Kids Cussing; All Men Are Whores; Dearboy’s War; Halfway There; Warmth and Doubt; Criminal; all for Elephant Theatre. Other Los Angeles area theatre credits include Kennedy’s Children, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, and Barnaby Tucker in several productions of Hello, Dolly! Film: Boiler Maker, Old School, Pandemic, Women vs. Men, Gone But Not Forgotten. Darryl was an original member of The Dan Band as a backup singer/dancer for many years.
JOSH BREEDING (Johnny Bell) has been a proud member of the Elephant Theatre Co. for two years now. He’s appeared in the Elephant productions of Gena Acosta’s Tooth & Nail as the lovable idiot Ted Hamster, and in Tony Foster’s Asleep on a Bicycle as the incredibly intelligent but tortured brother, Grover. He appeared in a co-star on NBC’s Life in a scene with Adam Arkin. In addition, Josh has starred in commercials for State Farm, Swiffer, Dominos, and a TBS promo spouting Friends trivia and eating chicken. So, that’s pretty sweet. Josh has been known to play the guitar and sing in his Video Game rock band, The Megas (which, surprisingly enough, chicks do not find “cool” or “attractive”). Josh loves his friends, rabbit, family, and GF.
KERRY CARNEY (Margaux alternating) is grateful to finally be using her terrible French accent. You may have just seen her in the world premiere of Kevin King’s The Idea Man at The Elephant Theatre. She has also appeared here in several plays such as 7 Redneck Cheerleaders, Tooth and Nail, and Love Bites. Some of her television credits include Gray’s Anatomy, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Til Death... Kerry is so proud and happy to be working with her very talented friends on such a smart, fun, and innovative production. Originally from Boston, she has been a company member at The Elephant for six years. Thanks as always to Lindsay and Dave... Emilie for this opportunity... and of course, the brother and the boyfriend.
COLIN DAY (Johnny Bell understudy) is very excited to be performing in his first Elephant play. Colin moved to LA from Denver after graduating from the University of Denver. He just completed Meisner training, a feature film called Loneliest Road in America, the short film R112, and a play at the Long Beach Playhouse, George Washington Slept Here. Colin is so pleased that he gets to be a part of this great theater company.
AMY FRENCH (Jenny Bell) enjoys her life as an actress, writer, and director. She is deeply grateful to the Elephant Theater Company for encouraging her in all of these pursuits for the past 10 years. Acting highlights include Lyle Kessler’s Robbers in the Lillian Theater (directed by David Fofi), Miranda July’s film Me and You and Everyone We Know, and all those funny commercials. As an Elephant, Amy is probably most proud of her work as the director of Louis Doug Jacobs’ cult comedy, 7 Redneck Cheerleaders. Everyone look out for El Superstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Francés, Amy’s bi-lingual musical mockumentary, due out in LA movie theaters at the end of the summer. It’s, in case you have an iPhone on you, and are killing time reading this until the play starts.
JEREMY GLAZER (Hank a.k.a. Lockjaw alternating). The Little Dog Laughed (Broadway Cast, Center Theatre Group), He Asked For It, A Picture of Dorian Gray (L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards, Boston Court), Anything (L.A. Drama Critic Circle Awards, Ovation Nomination), 7 Redneck Cheerleaders, The Sand Storm, Me Too, Love Bites, Criminal Genius, Risk Everything and produced & starred in Scooter Thomas Makes It to the Top of the World. Elephant Company member. Film: Oscar & Golden Globe winning Letters From Iwo Jima (Clint Eastwood, director), Good Dick (Sundance 2008), Save Me (Sundance 2007), When Do We Eat, Moonlight Serenade (with Amy Adams), The Last Resort, The Cleansing, My Last Page, and Roadie. Television: In Plain Sight, Cold Case, Eli Stone, Numb3rs, ER, Veronica Mars, Angel, 7th Heaven, Providence.
LAURA HESS (Jenny Bell understudy). New York theatrical credits include The Fall, This Is My Heaven, and Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls. Los Angeles theatrical credits include David’s Redhaired Death, Disconnect, The Legend of Jane and Joe, and Fables for Friends. Film credits include Down Play, Ohiowa, and Tangled. Originally from St. Louis, she is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston.
ALEXANDRA “ALEX” HOOVER (Margaux alternating) is a founding member of the Elephant Theatre Company. Appearances include Asleep on a Bicycle as Penny Farthing, One Fell Swoop as Ann Carver, Peek (Sara), 7 Redneck Cheerleaders (originated the role of Victoria/Liz) (nominated Best Comedy Ensemble LAWeekly, Lunch (Maryanne), Ernestine in Muppet Maiden (also written by Hoover, Critics Pick Backstage), Serenading Louie (Mary),Sam Shepard’s Red Cross (Go LAWeekly recommended) (Carol), Underwear For Xmas (Tiffy), The Insanity of Mary Girard (Mary), The Actors Nightmare (Sarah). Alex is also a member of The Childrens, a musical experience, and is writing her next play The New Girl. Thank you for supporting the Elephant Theater Company!
CHERYL HUGGINS (Mary a.k.a. Lockjaw). Cheryl has been living and loving theatre for over 20 years and is so proud to be a part of the daring, funny, sexy romp that is Block 9. She has been an Elephant for almost 7 years now and has been seen as Zadie in Tony’ Foster’s Asleep on a Bicycle, Laurette in Tim McNeil’s Anything, Rose/Sheila in Louis Jacob’s 7 Redneck Cheerleaders (all 3 incarnations), Ellen in One World by Bob Litz, Grace in ZZYZX by Don Cesario and many delicious and varied roles in our annual playwrights’ festival Love Bites. Cheryl is an Elephant Cabinet member, sometimes producer, and head of the Literary Department. Other roles in addition to being a Pacaderm, Gail in AmerWrecka at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh Scotland, Lisa in Boy’s Life, Carol in North of Providence and that’s just the last 7 years. Cheryl studied at Circle In The Square in NY and was seen in several off and off off Broadway plays as well as an understudy in On Borrowed Time on Broadway (directed by George C. Scott). I’m going to stop now, I feel old. Many, many thanks to everyone involved with making this production happen, including but not limited to Tom, Emilie, Dave, and Lindsay. And as always, thanks to Lew. I am indeed a lucky girl. Oh, and ladies of Block 9… it’s been a pleasure!
LOUIS DOUGLAS JACOBS (Armand). Los Angeles theatre: For the Elephant Theatre Company: Dearboy’s War (with Chad Allen); Tony Foster’s Greystone (directed by Kristen Hanggi); 7 Redneck Cheerleaders (written by Jacobs & LA Weekly Nominated; Best Comedy Ensemble); David Mamet’s Bobby Gould in Hell; and Tim McNeil’s Anything (LADCC Award: Best Lead Performance.) For the Elephant’s Love Bites annual series: Wedding Lament, Snow, The Rental, Wicked City and most recently, Tony Foster’s Strings. Other LA Theatre credits include work with West Coast Ensemble, Theatre Neo, Page 93, and The Wildebeest Theatre Company. Recent Film work: Assisting Venus (with Julian Sands & Michael Steger) and El Superstar (directed by Amy French and produced by Norman Lear.) Thanks to Tom for writing a masterful piece, and to Pete and everyone else for making this a pleasure.
DYLAN JONES (Cody) is a native Angelina, recovering New Yorker, theatre junkie, and proud Elephant. She can be seen in various television shows and films, as well as singing with Gwendolyn & the Good Time Gang and Quazar & the Bamboozled. You can check out all of her upcoming extravaganzas at Special thanks to W. Morgan Sheppard for keeping the lights on.
NIKKI MCCAULEY (Nails). As a member of the Elephant Theater Company, Nikki has performed in 7 Redneck Cheerleaders and Love Bites. Look for Nikki in the upcoming films Kissing Cousins and Father vs. Son. Her recent TV credits include Til Death, The Office, Veronica Mars, and Ghost Whisperer.
MARISA O'BRIEN (Putty) is a proud member of The Elephant Theatre Company and is forever grateful to have found such an incredible artistic home. Marisa most recently appeared in 2009’s chapter of Love Bites doing unspeakable things to a red velvet cupcake. She has no words to describe the love she has for the people of this company. Many thanks to each of you who come out to support not only The Elephant, but live theatre. Cheers!
MAYA PARISH (Lips) is thrilled to be a part of such a sassy and strong group of women. Recent film credits include The Fallen Faithful, The People I’ve Slept With, and Midnight Son. TV appearances include CBS’s How I Met Your Mother, NBC’s American Dreams, and the HBO pilot The Near Future. Other productions for The Elephant Theatre Company include Asleep on a Bicycle, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings, three volumes of Love Bites, and Never Tell. Many thanks to Tom for his gorgeous insane world, to Emilie for guiding us through it, to Brewer and Ben for wrangling us, and to Dave and Lindsay for making it possible.
RYAN RADIS (Putty). Ryan recently starred in Fox Atomic’s Don’t Screw Gary, and had supporting roles in Hancock, Say Hello to Stan Talmadge and Days of Our Lives. In addition, he has been in numerous national commercials. Most recently he recorded multiple national voice-over spots for Chef Boyardee. He thanks the Elephant for his playground and loves his family.
DOMINIC RAINS (Hank a.k.a. Lockjaw alternating). This is Dominic’s first appearance with the Elephant Theatre Company but not his first appearance at the Lillian. He nestled into the Lillian last summer as Ismail in Mischa Shulman’s Desert Sunrise, a play inspired by the Arab/Israeli conflict. Prior to that, Dominic played Moss in David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross for Big Dog Little Dog Productions and his first stage appearance was as Benedick in Shakespeares Much Ado about Nothing. He is extremely grateful to everyone at Elephant for this opportunity, hats off to Dave Fofi, Tom Stancyzk, Pete Uribe, Lindsay Allbaugh, and an extremely talented cast of actors, it’s been a real honor. Dominic’s TV credits include over a dozen titles and more than 50 episodes. His most recent and highly anticipated film, The Taqwacores, an adaptation of the novel written by Michael Muhammad Knight and directed by Eyad Zahra, is due out to play early to mid next year. Once again, Dominic is grateful for this opportunity and looks forward to growing with and continuing his journey along side everyone here at the Elephant. Much Luv and Enjoy The Show.
MATT RIMMER (Lips). Matthew Rimmer has been a long time Elephant member (Night of Israel Horowitz/1999). Other Elephant credits include Insanity of Mary Girrard, Dearboy’s War, Search and Destroy. He thanks the Elephant Company and Pete for the chance to play such a memorable character. You may have seen him this past spring in Love Bites as the husband that gives his wife a sex toy as a birthday gift. Recent film/tv credits include Knuckledraggers as John the Producer and Comedy Central’s Secret Girlfriend due out mid-October as Pizza Guy/porn actor.
KENNY SUAREZ (Phil) made his Elephant debut in 2003 in Lyle Kessler’s Robber (which he also co-produced). Since then he has performed in Steven Adly Guirgis’ In Arabia We’d All Be Kings (LADCC award for Best Production; Garland Award for Best Ensemble) and was a proud cast member of the Elephant Theater Company’s annual one act festival, Love Bites Volume VI & VII (Critic’s Pick). Other favorite theater credits include: Exact Change, Darkside, The Root, End of the Shifty, Public Affairs. Recent TV Credits: Castle (ABC), The Unit (CBS), In Justice (ABC), The Handler (CBS). Film Credits: Catalina, The Prayer, Reflex Action, Bartender. Kenny would like to thank his beautiful wife Deanna for her love and support, and his fellow Elephant Theater Company members for continuing to create so much with so little.
JULIE WEIDMANN (Ruth) is proud to be a founding member of the Elephant Theatre Company and last appeared in the company’s production of One Fell Swoop (Backstage West Critic’s Pick). Most recently she stood in as Kitty Muggeridge in a production of Malcolm & Teresa at the Promenade Playhouse. She co-wrote, produced, and starred in the 2 woman show Co-dependent Cooking at the Elephant theatre. Other works include Hell Cab (SpyAnts) at the Elephant and The Bacchae at City Garage (LA Times recommended, Backstage West Critic’s Pick). Julie is happy to be included in the world premiere production of Block Nine.
MAX WILLIAMS (Cody). “I am unbelievably grateful to Pete, my fellow cast, Dave, Lindsay, Ben, and Yecenia for all of their help, hard work, trust, and consideration. And to Tom, a special thanks for writing the best character I have experienced onstage thus far. Here’s to the Spirit of David Lynch. I hear Tommy-Guns rattling all over the world!”
PRODUCTION STAFF (click photos for larger images)
TOM STANCZYK (Playwright). As a writer: Close for Love Bites, The Ceremony, Block Nine, and Fertile Ground (coming soon). As an Actor at the Elephant: 7 Redneck Cheerleaders, Tooth and Nail, Love Bites, Underwear for Christmas, and Zzyzx. As director: Night Train, Downtown Daylight Project, Scooter Thomas Makes it to the Top of the World and Sunshine on My Shoulders. BFA in Theatre from Wayne State University in Detroit, Northwestern University’s Summer Theatre Program, Boston University’s Stage Troupe. Tom is extremely thankful for the Elephant Theatre Company and its constant creative integrity. Thanks to Louis Jacobs, Richard Israel… and especially my brother Robert Stanczyk (without whom Block Nine never would have been written).
EMILIE BECK (Director: Female Cast) In 2008 Emilie directed the Jeff award winning Because They Have No Words at the Piven Theatre in Chicago, after having directed the world premiere at the Lounge Theatre in Los Angeles. She wrote and directed And Let the Skies Fall at the El Portal Circle Theatre (nominated for six Garland Awards, including Best Playwriting and Best Director). More recently, she directed a workshop of Diane Rodriguez’ play Under Her Wings at CalArts, with Liz Torres in the leading role; a staged reading of Catch by E.M. Lewis at the Blank Theatre; and a workshop production of Samantha Bennett’s one-woman show, Kiss the Monster. As a playwright, Emilie had her play Number of People developed at Hartford Stage’s Brand:NEW Festival (2007) and Pasadena Playhouse’s Hothouse Series (2006), with Edward Asner in the lead role. She has been invited to direct Number of People at the Piven Theatre in March, 2010. Emilie wrote and performed Medusa and Tender Loins (with Ana Gasteyer) at The Marsh in San Francisco, and adapted and performed a one-woman show, The Fantastic Lodge, which ran in San Francisco and Los Angeles, culminating in a production at the HBO Workspace. She is currently at work on her new play: Sovereign Body.
PETE URIBE (Director: Male Cast) is the Artistic Director of Luna© productions. Currently working with Pete Townsend, Pete is part of the team guiding the UK tour of Pete Townsend’s rock opera Quadrophenia. Pete is the co-founder of the California Arts Center and the Southern California Shakespeare Festival. He would like to thank Dave, Lindsay, and everyone at the Elephant for their hard work and dedication.
LINDSAY ALLBAUGH (Producer) has been with the Elephant for more than five years now, filling the role of Producing Director. After working at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, Lindsay moved to Los Angeles and currently works for the Artistic Director of Center Theatre Group (Taper / Ahmanson / Douglas Theatres). She most recently directed the Elephant Theatre Company’s World Premiere of Tooth and Nail by Gena Acosta. Other recent productions include Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls by Naomi Iizuka, Gray City by Keith Huff, and Kate Crackernuts by Sheila Callaghan at the Harvard/ART Institute. For the Elephant, Lindsay has directed Billye and Sasha by Tim McNeil, Peek by Daniel McCoy, Never Tell by James Christy (LA Weekly Critic’s Pick, LA Times recommended), produced and directed 365 Days/Plays by Suzan Lori Parks, and produced the critically acclaimed Anything, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings, and Los Muertos, among others.
DAVID FOFI (Producer). After serving with the US Navy, David Fofi went on to study theatre at California State University Long Beach, where he met a core group of artists who would become the Elephant Theater Company, founded in 1995 in downtown Los Angeles. In 1998, along with Don Cesario, he created Elephant Stageworks and the Lillian Theater in Hollywood, where he serves as Producing Artistic Director. He and Don expanded and opened the adjacent Elephant Theater and Performance Lab, creating one of Hollywood’s finest 99-seat theater centers. Dave has enjoyed working in many aspects of the theater: as a director, actor, producer, and designer. His directing credits include: the world premiere of Asleep on a Bicycle by Tony Foster (Critic’s Pick, LA Times and Back Stage West); the world premiere of Anything by Tim McNeil (3 LADCC Awards, Best Direction included, Critic’s Pick LA Times, Backstage West); In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings (4 LADCC Awards including best production, Critic’s Pick, LA Times and Back Stage West); 365 Days/Plays by Suzan Lori Parks; the world-premiere Los Muertos by Tim McNeil (Critic’s Pick, LA Times and Back Stage West; Pick of the Week Review; The Sand Storm (Critic’s Pick, Back Stage West, featured in the LA Times Calendar and LA Weekly); the world-premiere Sensitive Skin by Shem Bitterman; Hellcab by Will Kern (Critic’s Pick, Back Stage West); the world premiere of Robert J. Litz’s One World (recommended, LA Times and LA Weekly; Critic’s Pick, Gerri Garner’s Entertainment File); a workshop production with the award-winning playwright Lyle Kessler on his play Robbers; the self-written King of Clubs (recommended, LA Weekly); 4-H Club by Sam Shepard; (Critic’s Pick, Back Stage West); and Search and Destroy by Howard Korder (recommended, LA Weekly).
DANNY CISTONE (Scenic Design) most recently designed for ABC’s Unbroke with Marissa Tomei and Antonio Banderas. He directed the feature film West of Brooklyn after directing and designing a successful world premiere run of the stage play. He directed and co-created the theatrical stage play, Groovaloo, based on the lives of the award winning dance group The Groovaloos. He also directed and designed the one-man performance art piece, Music, Cocaine & Philosophy at Greenway Court. For 68 Cent Crew theatre company, scenic designs include What the Rabbi Saw, The Knights of Mary Phagan (NAACP Award Nomination), Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Love, Sex and the I.R.S. , Boys Next Door, Lenny is Back (and boy is he pissed) , A New War, Night Stories, Eyes for Consuela, BENT, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (2008 Ovation Award Nomination), Lovers and Other Strangers, and the 13 by Shanley festival. He doubles as Art Director/Performance Artist for the band Carbon 9.
SARA RYUNG CLEMENT (Costume Design). Recent projects include sets and costumes for Sunsets and Margaritas at the Denver Center (world premiere) and for Hamlet at A Noise Within. Other regional design: CenterStage: Hearts; Cornerstone: attraction; A Holtville Night’s Dream; South Coast Rep: Po’ Boy Tango (also costumes), The Prince and the Pauper (TYA), Hard Times; Snow Angel (Teen Players); Yale Rep: Miss Julie; Marin Theatre Co: American Triage (also costumes); SPF: Indoor/Outdoor (also costumes). Deaf West: Aesop Who? (also costumes); CSULB Opera Institute: Cosi fan tutte (also costumes); NV Conservatory: Intimate Apparel; Princeton: Eurydice, Playboy of the Western World, Peter Pan and Wendy, Hippolytos. Education – MFA, Yale School of Drama; AB, Princeton.
JOEL DAAVID (Lighting Designer). Native Texan, LA resident since 1993. Joel has become an award winning set designer since attending AFI where he was nominated for the Kodak Scholarship in Cinematography and received the Blum-Kovler Scholarship. His career accomplishments include shooting commercials, features, and short films as well as stage directing and set design. Joel’s most notable awards include the Ovation, LA Weekly, NAACP, and LADCC Theater Awards. He recently helmed a new production of The Miracle Worker, presented this past winter at The Matrix Theater in LA, and in May at Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica.
JACK ARKY (Sound Designer). Jack Arky is a composer and sound designer for television, independent feature films, national advertising campaigns, and live stage performances. In 2008, he received a Chicago “Jeff” Award for best sound design for Because They Have No Words at the Piven Theatre. Composing credits include Sesame Street, Clean Sweep, 10 Years Younger, Access Hollywood, Trading Spaces, Blow Out, Joe Schmo Show, CBS Evening News, A&E Biography, E!Television and Swatch national ad campaigns among many others. Sound design credits include: Because They Have No Words (LA and Chicago), Caesar and Cleopatra (LA), And Let the Skies Fall (LA) and upcoming Number of People (Chicago).
SHANNON SIMMONDS (Stage Manager: Female Cast) is simply thrilled to be back in the booth creating magic. When not at the theatre she can be found roaming the streets of Downtown serving as a Walking Tour Docent with The Los Angeles Conservancy. Many thanks to Dave and Lindsay for all that you do and to my actors for listening to me sometimes.
ELSPETH WEINGARTEN (Stage Manager: Male Cast) comes from a background in public radio and has produced and stage-managed throughout Los Angeles with LA Theatre Works, Sacred Fools Theater Company, the Academy of New Musical Theatre, and many more. When not working in theater, Elspeth skates with the Los Angeles Derby Dolls.
ROBERT BREWER (Assistant Director: Female Cast). Proudly serving the Elephant Theatre Company since 2001. Dream until your dreams come true...
YECENIA TORRES (Assistant Director: Male Cast) hails from the awesome city Where The World Takes… Trenton, NJ. She is a transplant via New York City where she studied at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is extremely grateful to be a part of The Elephant Theatre and this production of Block Nine.
BENJAMIN CARON (Assistant Director: Both Casts) is finishing his last year at California State University, Los Angeles, majoring in Theater Arts and Dance. Benjamin is a published director/actor/playwright whose work has been seen recently at the American College Theater Festival in Fullerton, CA, and at 3 of a Kind Theater Company’s State of the Union at the Secret Rose in North Hollywood. He also recently assisted Richard Jay-Alexander for the Hollywood Bowl’s production of Guys and Dolls. He is honored to work with such incredibly talented professionals and has learned SO MUCH from this experience. He would like to thank Emilie, Pete, Lindsay, Yecenia, and Brewer, as well as the two casts and crew for being so kind, caring, and welcoming with him. It’s been a true privilege and he hopes to work with the Elephant family again.