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CAST & CREW (click photos for larger images)
JOHN PLESHETTE (Murray Grazonsky) Although John is most familiar to audiences for his work on film and television, his first love was theatre. Before moving to Hollywood in 1975, he spent ten years in New York, appearing Off-Broadway with Marsha Mason in It’s Called the Sugar Plum by Israel Horovitz; with Stacey Keach and William Devane in MacBird!, in The Revue at the Manhattan Theatre Club; Love’s Labour’s Lost, Measure for Measure and Richard the Third with Shakespeare in the Park, and on Broadway in The Zulu and the Zayda with Menasha Skulnik; as Dustin Hoffman’s standby in Murray Schisgal’s Jimmy Shine and a starring role in the ill-fated Leda Had a Little Swan. In L.A., John is best-known as Richard Avery in “Knots Landing,” but he’s most proud of his Oswald in the 4-hour ABC mini-series “The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald;” for his Gary Blondo on two seasons of “Murder One,” and as Larry’s thong-wearing shrink on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” which, as you will see, led to his being cast as Murray Grazonsky in tonight’s entertainment.
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LAURA JULIAN (Lillie Feinstein) Laura Julian, a native New Yorker, debuted Off-Broadway as Catherine in the acclaimed production of A View from the Bridge, later coming full-circle with View, playing Beatrice at ICT in Long Beach. Other theatre includes: Off-Broadway – Slow Dance on the Killing Ground (Sheridan Square Playhouse); I Am a Camera (Jewish Repertory Theatre); God of Vengeance (New Federal Theatre); L.A. – Agnes of God (Coyote Stageworks / Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress, Desert Theatre League); The Mystery Plays (The Lex); Lovers and Other Strangers and Italian American Reconciliation (Theatre 68); Looking for Normal (Theatre Neo); The Children’s Hour (Celebration Theatre); The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Canon Theatre); Stepping Out (Pasadena Playhouse); The American Clock (Theatre Geo); What’s Wrong with This Picture? (Back Alley Theatre). TV credits include just about all the New York soaps; in L.A., “Rosewood,” “Henry Danger,” “Dear John,” “Major Dad.” Laura is a proud, long-time member of Actors’ Equity Association.
CATHY LADMAN (Minka Grazonsky) One of the country's top comedians, Cathy has appeared on “The Tonight Show” nine times and on a myriad of other late night shows. She’s had her own HBO and Showtime specials. She was awarded the American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand-Up Comic. Film credits include: “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “The Aristocrats,” and “White Oleander.” Many people remember her from her role in “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead.” TV credits include: “I’m Dying up Here,” “Modern Family,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Scandal,” “Mad Men,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Theatre credits: The JAP Show (Off-Broadway). Cathy is thrilled to be a part of Jews, Christians and Screwing Stalin.
SAMMI-JACK MARTINCAK (Caitlin McCarthy-Heitler) Sammi-Jack Martincak has been performing since age 6, when she debuted in the Off-Broadway production of The Sound of Music as Marta. She then embarked on a musical-theatre career, performing in Annie as Molly, followed by the acclaimed play The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh. Her big screen debut was playing Jim Carrey’s daughter in “I Love you Phillip Morris” and most recently finished shooting the film “Oh Boy” which will premiere in 2019. She is a recent graduate of Chapman University, with a BFA in Theatre Performance. SJ would like to thank her Mom for always schlepping her to the theater, her Dad, DJ, Justin, Caro, Angelique Dubois for making her a redhead, and mostly her agents at Green and Green Talent Group.
HUNTER MILANO (Joseph Grazonsky) Hunter Milano is thrilled to be a part of the world premiere of Jews, Christians and Killing Stalin. A recent graduate from UCLA’s Theater Film and Television department, Hunter has been in productions such as Eurydice, in which he portrayed Orpheus, and The Complete History of America - Abridged. His film work includes “Kings,” a short film that he wrote, starred in, and funded through Kickstarter, as well as the independent comedy, “Family Party,” in which he played Gary. Hunter would like to thank his incredibly supportive family for allowing him to pursue a career in the arts, as well as his dear friends for their continual inspiration.
MARTY ROSS (Mister Goldstein) Marty Ross was born and raised in New York City. In the late 60’s he worked in the clothing business by day and took the stage at night in blackout comedy sketches. He dabbled with open mics in the 80’s and 90’s and when he turned 65 he joined the stand up comedy circuit full-time. Thirteen years later, he has become a seasoned comedian with a full-blown stand up comedy career. Marty now delights audiences at The Comedy Store, Flappers Comedy Club and The Improv in Los Angeles, as well as headlining at Bonkerz Comedy Club in Las Vegas. Theatre credits include Yetta’s Dead and The Road to Baby Jane. Film/TV credits include “Monte’s Grandpa,” “Laughter and Health,” and “Backup Plan,” as well as a pilot for Vin Di Bona productions and commercials for Anthem Blue Cross and Sketchers. He just launched his first comedy CD, “Wrinkled Rebel: Going Down Fighting, But First, A Nap.”
SALLY SCHAUB (Miss Koppelson) Sally Schaub hails from Pittsburgh, PA. She began acting in San Francisco in movies, commercials and voice over work. She can be seen in "Slums of Beverly Hills," "Crackers," "Smooth Talk" and "No Small Affair." Theatre roles she has done recently...Carol in The Pain and The Itch at The Zephyr Theatre, Mrs. Higgins in Pygmalion, Volumnia in Coriolanus and Teetotal Tessie in Deadwood Dick, Martha Murray in Dracula, Theocrita in Oedipus/Antigone, Lady Britomart in Major Barbara, Aunt Lilly in Postmortem, Marjory and Martha in The Frog Prince and Mrs. Morehead in The Women with The Archway Theatre Company. Volunteer work reading to hundreds of children every week keeps her inspired. Thanks to Jo Anne and Mark for including me in this very special play.
TRAVIS YORK (David Grazonsky) Travis York is from Texas. He was last seen in The View Upstairs at the Celebration Theatre. He has worked with Soho Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, 13P, Salvage Vanguard, The Flea, NYTW, Sacred Fools, & The Echo, among others. TV/Film include "Law and Order," "Six Degrees," "The Naked Brothers Band," "All About Eve," "Miles Underwater" (upcoming). He was the Literary Manager at Theatre of NOTE, as well as a finalist for the O'Neill Conference and is a two-time Michener fellow in Playwriting at The University of Texas. He also rescues pit bulls.