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Mayakovsky and Stalin
CAST (click photos for larger images)
RHONDA ALDRICH (Yelena) Rhonda Aldrich has appeared in New York and LA with the late Vittorio Gassman in Viva Vittorio!, off-Broadway with Mabou Mines and at regional theatres around the country. She made her L.A. stage debut as Darlene in the West Coast premier of Lanford Wilson’s Balm in Gilead. Numerous L.A. theatre credits include the Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Rep, LATC, Odyssey Theatre, etc. As a member of Antaeus she has played everything from Pope Joan in Top Girls to Mistress Quickly and Vernon in Henry IV, Part I; as well as Jocasta in Oedipus and the mom in Picnic. Film: “Vanilla Sky,” “Crocodile Dundee in L.A.,” “Bob Roberts,” the cult classic “Jailbird Rock,” etc. TV: “The Middle,” “Criminal Minds,” “Without A Trace,” “ER,” “Family Law,” “Married With Children,” Madeline in “Star Trek TNG,” etc. She is a board member of Antaeus and associate produced the documentary “Special Thanks to Roy London.”
DANIEL DORR (Mayakovsky) Daniel Dorr was most recently seen as Romeo in Romeo + Juliet at the Hollywood Fringe Festival (dir. Tim Venable). Other theater credits include Meghan Brown’s The Kill-or-Dies directed by Darin Anthony; Viral by Mac Rogers at Bootleg Theater; with the Antaeus Theatre Company in As You Like It, The Crucible, and Macbeth. Film/ TV: Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women,” “Fury” with Brad Pitt, “StartUp” on Crackle TV and “Counterpart” for STARZ. Daniel is a proud member of the Antaeus Theater Company and Moving Arts. Thank you Murray for the beautiful words. For Anthony Bourdain and the many others who bear a little too much of the weight.
MAX FAUGNO (Chorus) Max Faugno is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch school. He is thrilled to be working with Murray Mednick again. Theatre (NY): Troilus and Cressida, The Beautiful People (Queens Theater in the Park), Tongues; (LA): Nightmare’s Audition and The Fool and the Red Queen (with Murray Mednick 2016), The 99c Only Show (Calendar Girl and SAME-O ), The Brothers Karamazov (LADCC award), Golden Prospects (LA Weekly nom.) Film/TV: "The Royal Tenenbaums," “Malcolm In The Middle," "Platinum Loop" (upcoming). Max would like to thank Miriam, Martin, Teddy and Olivia. And here’s looking at you, Erika and Hugh.
ANDY HIRSCH (Osip) Favorite stage: World Premiere of The Speed of Darkness with Stephen Lang (Goodman Theatre, Chicago); Bobby Kennedy in Apollo (Portland Center Stage); Abbie Hoffman in The Chicago Conspiracy Trial (Odyssey Theatre); Judgment at Nuremberg with Katharine Ross; Moonchildren (Edinburgh Festival); MilkMilkLemonade (Rogue Machine) and Lee Harvey Oswald in Sunny Afternoon (Gangbusters). Film includes starring with Gary Cole in “The Chicago 8” and with Eric Stoltz in the award-winning W.W.II film “Fort McCoy” and he's in the new film “Shot” with Noah Wyle. Favorite TV: Playing Eddie Fisher in the biopic “Liz & Dick;” series regular on “The Fanelli Boys” with Christopher Meloni; recurring on “90210” and “G-Spot;” the Emmy-nominated miniseries “In a Child's Name;” “Thanksgiving Day” as Mary Tyler Moore’s son; “Big Love” and most recently “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” V.O. includes currently narrating “Grave Mysteries,” Snap for Rice Krispies and Justin Timberlake in “Celebrity Deathmatch.” Thanks to Murray and Racquel!
LAURA LIGUORI (Lilya) Laura Liguori is originally from Scottsdale, Arizona. Most recent TV/Film credits are: "Hollywood Girl: The Peg Entwistle Story” (Amazon 2018), "Suburgatory" (ABC), "The Bougie Dilemma” (Amazon), "Love, Lust, and a Room Key" (Amazon), "Growing Up Fisher" (NBC). In November 2017, Laura Liguori starred in the world premiere of Tania Wisbar's The Red Dress in Los Angeles, produced by Academy Award-winner Jonathan Sanger. She is also most recently known for her stage performance in all three parts of The Gary Play Series premiering in 2017 in Los Angeles. Previous stage production credits also include Between Pretty Places which premiered in Los Angeles and New York, as well as her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in the production Marilyn... Madness and Me which premiered at the El Portal Theatre in Los Angeles. She trained at the Oxford School of Drama in England, The Groundlings School, and LMU.
CASEY MCKINNON (Nadya) Casey McKinnon trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and recently won a BroadwayWorld Award for playing Jackie Kennedy in the world premiere of The Tragedy of JFK (The Blank). More stage credits include: Rosalind in As You Like It (RADA, London); Grete in Sight Unseen (Lounge Theatre); Lady Stutfield in A Woman of No Importance (Sacred Fools); and Guildenstern in Hamlet Max (Hollywood Fringe). She is known to a wider audience for her work in viral videos and has built an online fanbase of over 3.5 million followers. Her lifelong dream is to play a Shakespearean villainess in a sci-fi series and she believes very strongly in “no fate but what we make.” Casey wishes to thank her friends at Antaeus Theatre Company for being the community she always needed. For more information: www.caseymckinnon.com
ALEXIS STERLING (Elsa) Alexis Boozer Sterling attended Stanford University (B.A., Drama '04; Evelyn M. Draper Prize for Performance), where both her production work and research included interdepartmental studies (Political Science) to explore theatre as a tool for social change and international development. Her work as a performer and production manager spans almost 20 years of theatre, film and digital productions, company memberships with the Ruskin Group Theatre (All My Sons, Burn This), San Francisco’s acclaimed No Nude Men (No Exit, Hamlet), and tours to the SF Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Teatr.doc (Moscow, Russia). She can be seen next in the horror film, “Hide in the Light,” in theatres in October. As a creative producer with Door Flies Open, Alexis develops, directs and produces diversity-promoting content with unique and important viewpoints. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and the DGA. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, actor Maury Sterling.
MAURY STERLING (Stalin) Theater: A Gambler's Guide to Dying, All My Sons, The Unbeatable Harold (all at the Ruskin Group Theater); Fedunn (also by Murray Mednick); Measure for Measure at A Noise Within; J.B., Modigliani, Crazy Drunk, The Madman and the Nun, Out at Sea with Buffalo Nights Theater Co., of which he is a founding member. He received a B.A. in Theater from UCLA, and has studied at ACT and Circle in the Square. Film/TV credits include: "Homeland," "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce," "Extant," "Masters of Sex," "NCIS: New Orleans," "Coherence," "Veronica Mars," "Smokin Aces," and numerous others.
ANN COLBY STOCKING (Masha) Favorite roles include Gretty in John Belluso’s Gretty Good Time (Theatre Alliance/Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.), Mary in Daisy Foote’s Bhutan (Rogue Machine), Hans/Ling/The Girl in The Golden Dragon and Sasha in COLD/TENDER (Boston Court Pasadena), “Queen” Duncan in Macbeth (The Vagrancy), the Nurse in Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis, and Edgar the Ventriloquist in Charles Mee’s Paradise Park (City Garage), Madame Cloveece in The Unrequited (Cornerstone Theatre), Helen/Emmy in The Body of Bourne (Mark Taper Forum), Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Noho Arts Center), and The Player King in LA Women’s Shakespeare’s Hamlet. T.V./Film: The Farrelly Brothers’ “Stuck on You,” The WB’s “Twins.” MFA Acting, UCLA. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.