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The Violet Hour by Richard Greenberg

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CAST (click photos for larger images)
TRAVIS SCHULDT (John Pace Seavering) Travis has been a familiar face over the past decade in television, film and theatre. Best known for his three year stint on the television series Scrubs as Keith Dudemeister, he's also fondly remembered as the original Ethan Crane on the cult favorite daytime drama Passions. In addition to recurring roles on the FX series It's always sunny in philadelphia and the TBS comedy my boys, Travis has also found success behind the scenes. In 2005, he produced, co-wrote, and stared in the independent film Automatic which went on to win the audience award at the Peniscola Comedy film festival in Spain. Travis also serves as President and Co-Founder of the prestigious Lone Star Ensemble Theatre Company, here in Los Angeles. Film credits include:An American Carol, The Giant Mechanical Man and The Hitcher, to name a few. Additional television credits include In Plain Sight, Rules of Engagement,Fringe, The Big Bang Theory and Veronica Mars.
JOHN BILLINGSLEY (Gidger) John Billingsley lived in Seattle, WA for fifteen years, where he co-founded BOOK-IT, a theatre company dedicated to adapting fiction for the stage. (BOOK-IT just celebrated it's 30th birthday, and John sent it a very nice sweater, but he has yet to receive a thank you note.) John was also a teacher and a director at FREEHOLD, a Seattle based conservatory program cum performing arts company - which he also helped to found - and in addition he worked at a number of notable theatres in the Seattle area including The Seattle Rep, ACT, Intiman, The Group, The Pioneer Square Theatre, New City Theatre, The Seattle Children's Theatre and The Empty Space. He also appeared at some not so notable theatres that he is enjoined from trashing in his bio. John moved to LA in l996 to pursue a film and television career: he has since been seen as a series regular (on STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE, THE NINE, and THE OTHERS), he has recurred (on TRUE BLOOD, PRISON BREAK and NYPD BLUE, among others), and he has guest starred in a multiplicity of other shows (child molesters are a specialty, don't ask him why). He's also been in 20-30 films (most recently 2012, where he was one of only a small handful of lucky souls to survive the end of the world) and he plays piccolo in a garage band. (Only kidding). John's LA based theatre credits include MAURITIUS (Pasadena Playhouse), a raft of shows at A Noise Within, UGLY'S FIRST WORLD at the Actor's Gang, and BITTER BIERCE, about the life and times of the (in)famous churl, Ambrose Bierce, which he self-produced some years back. He is married to the extravagantly talented actress and deeply superb human being, Bonita Friedericy, has a propensity for spilling things and has been trying to lose the same damnable twenty pounds for over l8 years. He would like to thank his gay father for having had sex with his mother at least once.
KAROLE FOREMAN (Jessie) Recent roles include Geneva Lee Browne in 1940’s RADIO HOUR and a 1960’s version of herself in BEEHIVE at South Bay Cities Civic Light Opera. Karole also appeared as Mary Magdalene in that company’s production of JC SUPESTAR . Earlier last year she performed in Sacramento at the Cosmopolitan Cabaret in MY WAY: A TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA. Other shows include PARADE at the Mark Taper Forum, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE at Sacramento Music Circus and Lawrence Welk, THE GOOD BODY, CROWNS, RESTLESS SPIRITS, KING LEAR, MERCHANT OF VENICE and CABARET at The San Diego Rep, JELLY’S LAST JAM at the Mark Taper and Alliance Theatres and as Tanya in the Las Vegas premiere of MAMA MIA! With the LA Women’s Shakespeare Company she appeared as Isabella in MEASURE FOR MEASURE, Cassio in OTHELLO and Benvolio in ROMEO & JULIET. For two seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare, shows included COMEDY OF ERRORS, BLOOD WEDDING, FROM THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA, EMMA’S CHILD and STRINDBERG IN HOLLYWOOD.
Other Theaters: The Goodspeed Opera House, Northshore Music Theatre, San Jose Rep, AMT of San Jose, Denver Center, Portland Center Stage, The Pasadena Playhouse, La Mirada Theatre and North Coast Rep,
Karole received a Suzi Bass Award for her performance as Anita in the Alliance’s production of JELLY’S LAST JAM, a Garland for Alexa Vere de Vere in AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN, Robby Nomination for CARLA, and Drama Logue Awards for MINAMATA, THE ILLUSION and THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING.
TV shows include MEDIUM, BECKER, THIRD WATCH, LAW & ORDER, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, STRONG MEDICINE and numerous commercials.

For more information see her website at www.karoleforeman.com

PETER LARNEY (Denis McCleary) grew up in Wilmington, Delaware. Theatre credits include Measure for Measure and Much Ado About Nothing at A Noise Within, King Lear, The Malcontent and Les Femmes Savante (Classics Fest 2010) at The Antaeus Company, The Tempest (Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum) and Twelfth Night (Classic Theatre Lab). He received his BFA in acting from the USC School of Theatre. Peter is also a skilled baker. He was discovered by renowned chef, Suzanne Goin and created breads for her restaurants AOC and Lucques. He is currently the baker at Salt's Cure in West Hollywood.
LISA VALERIE MORGAN (Rosamund Plinth) Theatre credits include: The Helen Fragments at the Antaeus Company (Classics Fest 2010) , Dog Sees God at the Lounge Theatre, Lysistrata at Long Beach Shakespeare, Nostalgia and Dreams (World Premiere) for the White Buffalo Theatre Company, My Fair Lady and Oklahoma! at Downey Civic Light Opera, The Crucible at the Matrix Theatre, I Capture the Castle (U.S. Premiere) at the El Portal Theatre and Alice in Patrick Marber’s Closer at The Working Stage. Training: Antaeus Academy, Lauridsen Ballet, Joann Zajac. Lisa is a member of A2, The Antaeus Academy Company.
CYLAN BROWN (John Pace Seavering Understudy) Cy was most recently seen playing Victor Flemming in Moonlight and Magnolias with the South Bay Cities Civic Light Opera. Cy has also appeared in The Pit and the Pendulum at the Huntington's Night with Poe and Gorey, Romeo and Juliet at the Met Theater, As you Like it,Othello, Henry IV, All's Well That Ends Well, and Macbeth with the Kingsmen Shakespeare Co., Antaeus' Cousin Bette and Classics Fest, as well as The Miser's Harpagon, Cripple of Inishmaan's Johnnypateenmike and The Grapes of Wrath's Jim Casey on the Clifford E. White stage. He has studied with the Antaeus academy and holds a B.S. in acting from Northern Arizona University.
AISHA KABIA (Jessie Understudy) Credits Include: Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Luciana in Comedy of Errors, Beneatha in A Raisin in the Sun, Sylvia in The Philanderer, Kitty Willis in The Belles Stratagem. Regional Credits Include: Phebe in As You like It, Helena in Midsummer Nights Dream, Debra in Voir Dire, Maria in Twelfth Night. TV Credits Include: How I Met Your Mother, House, Criminal Minds, Melissa and Joey, Chuck, Three Rivers, Knight Rider. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BFA in theater. She is also a graduate of Second Citys Conservatory program.
BUCK ZACHARY (Gidger Understudy) recently appeared in Antaeus' A-2 production of Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man. Chicago credits include Dr. Frankenstein in Playing With Fire (After Frankenstein), Boon Lackworth in Mud People by Keith Huff, Sam Byck in Assassins, Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward Angel and Wally Frankenstein in the world premiere of Randall Colburn's Pretty Penny.


PRODUCTION STAFF (click photos for larger images)
RICHARD GREENBERG (Playwright) Richard Greenberg is the author of Take Me Out (Drama Desk Award; NY Drama Critics Circle Award; Outer Critics Circle Award; Lucille Lortel Award; Tony Award for Best Play), recently on Broadway after successful runs at The Public Theater in New York City and The Donmar on London’s West End. Other works include The Violet Hour, The Dazzle (Outer Critics Circle Award; John Gassner, Lucille Lortel nominations), Everett Beekin, Three Days of Rain (L.A. Drama Critics Award; Pulitzer finalist; Olivier, Drama Desk, Hull-Warriner nominations), Hurrah at Last, Night and Her Stars, The American Plan, Life Under Water and The Authors Voice, among many other plays. His adaptation of Strindberg's Dance of Death was seen on Broadway starring Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren and David Straithairn. Mr. Greenberg received the Oppenheimer Award for a new playwright as well as the first PEN/Laura Pels Award for a playwright in mid-career. He is an associate artist at South Coast Repertory and a member of Ensemble Studio Theater.
DARIN ANTHONY (Director) made his feature film and his New York theatre directorial debuts this summer with the feature film, Hitting the Cycle, which is currently in post-production and The Incident Report by E.M. Lewis for The Samuel French One-Act play festival in New York. Darin is a resident director and literary manager of The Syzygy Theatre Group where he most recently directed the West Coast premiere of Rachel Axler’s Smudge. Previous work with Syzygy includes, My Thing of Love and Talley’s Folly. Last spring Darin directed the back-to-back world premieres of Sidhe by Ann Noble (Road Theatre) and London’s Scars by Richard Martin Hirsch (Odyssey Theatre). Other recent credits include the west coast premiere of US Drag (Furious Theatre -7 LA Weekly nominations), the world premiere translation of Carlo Goldoni’s The Antiquarian’s Family (Shakespeare Santa Cruz), the world premieres of Leonard’s Voice (Moving Arts Car Plays), Seven Santas (The Open Fist), HEADS (The Blank Theatre -LA Times “Best of 2007”), American Way (The Blank Theatre) and Street Angel Diaries (Boston Court). Other west coast premieres include A Hole in the Dark (The Blank Theatre), The Boarding House by Ann Noble (Interact), and the LA premiere of The Book of Liz by David and Amy Sedaris (The Blank Theatre-LA Times “Best of 2005”). For four years Darin was the Artistic Director of The Blank Theatre’s new play workshop: The Living Room Series. During his tenure, he was responsible for over 100 readings and workshops, several of which went on to full productions. He also directed four plays for The Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival. He has recently directed Becoming Memories, Blue Window and Scenes from American Life for The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He is a proud husband, father and member of the SDC.
JOSHUA ANSLEY (Assistant Director) Joshua Ansley is very proud to return to directing with this production on The Violet Hour. He last directed a play he wrote in iambic pentameter called Cirque de Lumiere. Joshua has a degree in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and he studied at the London Academy of Theatre in London, England. He has had several recording contracts, the last of which was with Capitol Records, and has toured arenas playing bass guitar with bands HURT, Catch 22 and Streetlight Manifesto. He is currently shooting a webseries as an actor, recording with his new band, SLUGGO, as a bass player and writing several screen and stage plays.
JOEL DAAVID (Scenic 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 & received the Blum-Kovler Scholarship. His career accomplishments include shooting commercials, feature & short films as well as stage directing and set design. Joel's most notable awards include Ovation, LA Weekly, NAACP and LADCC Theater Awards. He recently directed and designed the award winning production of The Miracle Worker at the Matrix and Edgemar Theatres and will direct and design the upcoming production of Tennessee Williams’ Baby Doll in November 2011 at the Lillian Theatre.
SHON LE BLANC (Costume Designer) has designed over 600 productions in L.A. and around the US. He has been recognized for his work with 9 Drama-Logue awards, 6 garland awards, 2 Drama Critics Circle Awards, an L.A. Weekly award, the Ovation, for Theatre Neos’ The Women, and the LAVC, and Garland award for The Ghost and Mrs. Muir with James Barbour and Lynne Wintersteller at NOHO Arts, And a NAACP nomination for The Bluebonnet Court. Most recently Mr. LeBlanc won the LA Drama Critics Circle award for The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, at the Fountain Theatre. In 2006 Mr. LeBlanc had the privilege to design 6 world premier productions, including, Manor of Trust, Equinox, One Way Ticket to Hell, Lizard, Conjunto, Bluebonnet Court, and the west coast premiere of Friends like These with Donna Mills. Mr. LeBlanc was featured in Spotlight Magazine as one of the people “making theater happen in LA” and also just finished designing No God, No Master a feature film starring David Strathairn about the bombing of Wall Street in 1920. Mr. LeBlanc is the owner of Valentino’s Costumes Inc. in North Hollywood, and divides time between L.A. and San Francisco, where he teaches Costume Design at the Academy of Art University.
LUKE MOYER (Lighting Design) Luke is the resident lighting designer for the NoHo Arts Center and Open at the Top, and his recent credits include Dracula (Ovation Award), Yo Ho Ho! A Pirates Christmas, East of Berlin, Departures, Pirates of Penzance, Feed, Jerusalem, Barnum, Elizabeth Rex (Ovation Award), Lizard, Bush is Bad, Bush is Bad 2, and the full staging of Angels In America. He is also the resident lighting designer for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Theater Tribe. Luke began his career at the Main Street Stage in Massachusetts where
he designed PMS, Apartment 3A, Irma Vepp, and Collected Stories. He has designed many shows for The Company Rep including Six Degrees of Separation, Camino Real, Split, The Comedy of Errors, The Fantasticks, The Pension Grillparzer,
Season’s Greetings, Twelfth Night, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and Play Strindberg. More west coast credits include The Last Pitch, Generator Girl, and Why’s The Dog Howlin’ Mama?, and he has designed productions for The Company of Angels, Write Act, The Court Theater, The Howard Fine Acting Studio, and the West Los Angeles Theatre Center.
DOUG NEWELL (Original Music and Sound Design) Doug owns and operates Zipline Sound (www.ziplinesound.com), an independent audio production company providing a full compliment of services for both theatre and film. He is also a proud ensemble member of Furious Theatre Company. Theatre Credits include: Blithe Spirit at A Noise Within (original music & sound design), Boom at Furious Theatre Company (original music & sound design), Driving Miss Daisy at High Street Arts Center (sound design), Men of Tortuga at Furious Theatre Company (original music & sound design) The Pain & the Itch at The Theatre @ Boston Court (original music & sound design). Film credits include: Revenge of the Bimbot Zombie Killers Celtino Productions, (sound designer, sound editor, music editor and re-recording mixer) Takedowns & Falls Resilient Pictures (sound mixer), Pure Shock Value Furious Films (sound designer, sound editor, music editor, original score, re-recording mixer).
LAURA PEREZ (Production Stage Manager) has been a freelance stage manager in the Los Angeles area for the past 3 years. Past work includes: The Autumn Garden with Antaeus Theatre Company, The Winter’s Tale with Theatre 150 in Ojai, London’s Scars with Coffeehouse Productions, Men of Tortuga with Furious Theatre Company, Fatboy with Needtheater, Tree with Ensemble Studio Theatre and Leap of Faith, Oleanna, Taking Over, and The Little Dog Laughed with Center Theatre Group. She holds a BFA in Stage Management from the University of Southern California.
NATALYA ZERNITSKAYA (Assistant Stage Manager/Properties Designer) Natalya is originally from the Bay Area and recently relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career in Theatre. She recently received her B.A. in Economics from U.C. Santa Cruz where she spent most of her time in the Theatre Department. She worked on many shows including These People Can Fly, Haunted: A Love Story, Carry the Tiger to the Mountain, and Language of Angels. For two consecutive years, she also served as a production manager for the Chautauqua Theatre Festival, the annual student run festival.