|The Beauty Queen of Leenane|
|CAST & CREW (click photos for larger images)|
Mark Kemble is an award-winning writer/director from Providence, Rhode Island. He has written and directed over twenty stage productions in Providence, Los Angeles and New York.
Mark co-wrote (with Jamieson Stern) and directed the feature film, BAD HURT, which garnered top reviews from national publications when it world premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015. BAD HURT received distribution and opened in major cities, including New York and Los Angeles on February 12, 2016. BAD HURT ran on Netflix for two years.
Mark and Tom Musca (STAND AND DELIVER, TORTILLA SOUP) cowrote and produced the HBO film, RACE, with Cliff Robertson, C.C.H. Pounder and Paul Rodriguez, which was nominated for the Imagen Award. Another collaboration, FLIGHT OF FANCY, starred Dean Cain and Miguel Sandoval and won Best Family Feature at the 2000 Hollywood Film Festival.
In 1995, Mark’s world premiere play about the Hollywood blacklist, the multi-award winning show NAMES played to sold-out audiences in Los Angeles. Mark also directed the production. NAMES was critic's choice in every major newspaper, and was named one of the Top Plays of 1995 by NPR. In the spring of 1997, Kemble directed his play NAMES Off-Broadway, starring Tovuh Feldshuh, prompting notable New York critic, Clive Barnes to call NAMES “a better play than Odets' The Big Knife”.
Other favorite produced plays include BAD HURT ON CEDAR STREET (Four Ovation Award nominations), HUMANS FROM EARTH, SPECIAL DELIVERY, A COMFORTABLE TRUTH, and IN A FAMILY WAY, written while Mark was a member of the Mark Taper Forum Playwrights Lab.
Mark is Artist-in-Residence at the Actors Studio West.
Angela Nicholas’ theatre credits extend back to her days in New York, where she trained at NYU, Alvin Ailey’s (on scholarship) and studied with such notables as Gene Frankel, Raphael Kelly and Mark Lenard. She earned her Equity card at the legendary Goodspeed Opera House, and continued in musical and straight theatre, print work and film until she left for LA. Here on the West Coast, her training with Mark Monroe and as a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio earned her such roles as Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest, Eva Peron in Eva Peron, Mystery of an Enigma, Sadie Burke in All the King’s Men, and Greta Garbo in Garbo’s Cuban Lover (LA Weekly Pick of the Week). Favorite comedies she’s done include Lend Me a Tenor, John Patrick Shanley’s Four Dogs and a Bone, Boy’s Life, and The Musical Twist (also co-produced). She’s well versed in classics, having performed in Tartuffe (Elmire), Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania), and won rave reviews as Gertrude in Hamlet. She’s originated two Off-Broadway roles in New York, and in LA, created the role of Dona Elvira in the modern gender-bending classic Don Juan.
A published writer, Angela edited the book 99 Film Scenes for Actors, which has sold over 50,000 copies and remains on the reading lists for several acting and film schools. She co-adapted (with Anibal Silveyra) the English translation of the play Eva Peron at the Knightsbridge. She also won a much-coveted internship with the acclaimed television writer/ creator David Milch on his HBO show John From Cincinnati, after working on his show Deadwood as a cast and crew member for three years.
On the small and large screen she’s appeared in television shows Deadwood (opposite Brian Cox), The Wayans Brothers (with Shawn Wayans and Paula Abdul), The Huntress, The Young & the Restless, Blood Relatives, among many others. On film she’s played opposite Michael Madsen in Outlaw, Treat Williams in Handgun, and Soon-Tek Oh in Last Mountain. Cult classics Space Avenger and Psychos in Love continue to be played at festivals. Recent feature film releases include No Sunlight, Washed, The Domicile, Lifetime’s Double Mommy and God Complex: Artemis. You’ll see her in several currently running commercials, and she’s performed in music videos for The Plain White T’s, Coldplay, Five Seconds of Summer, and Nostalghia.
Years of costuming herself in theatre led to her talents being “discovered” by director Alison Kalmus at Sierra Madre Playhouse, and for them she has costumed Christmas Carol, The Gondoliers, The Odd Couple and Pump Boys and Dinettes, as well as Theatre 40’s Vino Veritas (specialty gowns) and The Musical Twist at the Avery Schreiber.
The Beauty Queen of Leenane is her first foray into producing alone, but of course it hasn’t been alone. Co-star Casey Kramer has been of invaluable support, and the show couldn’t have come to fruition without her talent and contribution, as well as the support of The Actors Studio, and the work of so many others. And many thanks to her parents, who taught her that she could build anything she dreamed of (including sets and costumes!)
Casey Kramer has been a prolific figure in the Los Angeles arts scene, working as actor, writer, director, and fine artist. With apologies to Warren Zevon, her career is marked by women in need of lawyers, guns and money. She is pleased to be here today and thanks her cast, producer, and director for taking their chances with her in this wonderful work by Martin McDonagh.
Often, Ireland or Northern Ireland has been the setting. She was awarded the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and L.A. Weekly Awards for her work in The New Electric Ballroom by Enda Walsh in its L.A. premier at Rogue Machine as the lovelorn “Clara.” She won the LADCC as “Rima” who typified the war-torn Irish heart in Dolly West’s Kitchen at The Banshee. She was fortunate to be part of the ensemble that won the L.A. Weekly Award for Loyal Women, as UDA leader “Maureen,” and, as “Josie,” in A Moon for the Misbegotten for which she received Outlook and Geoffrey Awards. She received rave reviews as “Catwoman,” in By the Bog of Cats, also at The Banshee. She originally played “Mag” when the Celtic Arts hosted The Beauty Queen of Leenane a decade ago.
She has been on many of L.A.’s robust stages, including Deaf West, the Theatre at Boston Court, the Odyssey, The Actors Studio, Zeitgeist Theatre Company, Las Palmas Theatre, and the Rogue Machine. Kramer was guest artist for the City of Torrance in their Centennial Visionary Series in a solo performance as American poet, Amy Lowell. A Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio, L.A. audiences saw her in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with special blessing from Edward Albee, directed by Barbara Bain.
At Ensemble Studio Theatre, she directed several plays, including the popular How to Raise a Gifted Child starring now screenwriter/director Jane Anderson and Seduced by Sam Shepard. Kramer is also proud to have been one of the first moderators of Lyle Kessler’s (Orphans) Imagination Workshop at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute where actors and patients created living fairy tales together. In 2007, she was a guest lecturer at The Beijing Film Academy in China, introducing their Producing/Directing unit to Stanislavsky’s acting techniques.
Television and film credits include Baskets, Transparent, Dexter, McBride, Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, Young and the Restless, Southland, The Event, Awake, The Runner Stumbles, The Lone Star Letters, Such Great Joy, The Substance of Things Hoped For, The Counter, Watercolors, and the award-winning Behind the Candelabra. Coming in 2018: Darkness in Tenement 45, and James Franco’s Mississippi Requiem.
As a writer, Kramer was part of the team that created the biographical software “My Life,” then known as Life.com. In the sciences arena, she was Editorial Manager of the APA Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes at USC.
An advocate for members of the transitioning homeless community in L.A. (the largest in the country), Casey contributed to a series of articles for publication in the Los Angeles Times, featuring the Big Sunday Project. She has played homeless women five times in her career, most recently in the film, Owen, about a transient woman’s struggle to give up her dog to obtain housing. She has also worked with The Homeless Writers coalition as writer, actor and artist.
Kramer ran a successful design business, Syzygy. Her trompe l’oeil, designs, and murals have graced The Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, as well as the homes, businesses and theatres of Los Angeles, San Marino, Beverly Hills, and Malibu. She was the cover illustrator for Southern California Cigar Monthly.
Casey is a proud graduate of all levels of the Accelerated Freefall School at Perris Valley Skydiving Center, California. She happily survived a few close calls and now confines her risk-taking to appearing in the premieres of new plays.
After graduating from the British Commonwealth’s oldest university theatre department in 2002, Tim joined Equity in 2004 and quickly became a fixture on major regional theatre stages across the Western Canadian provinces, including Persephone, the Globe, the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival, Western Canadian Theatre, the Rosebud Dinner Theatre, Dancing Sky Theatre, Theatre Northwest and others. He amassed over 30 Equity stage credits including Ferris Layman in The Diviners, Matthew in The Canadian Passion Play, Nils Krogstad in A Doll’s House, and Henry in Jasper Station. Tim also dipped his toes into film and television, as Officer W. Horn in one of Ellen Page’s first movies (I Downloaded A Ghost) and as the irritatingly-literal customer in the Canadian TV show Corner Gas. From 2006 to 2012 Tim found tremendous satisfaction moonlighting as the coordinator of the Performing Arts Program for At-Risk Youth at the Family Service Bureau in his home city of Saskatoon; writing, rehearsing and performing theatre pieces with children and youth from the inner city.
During an audition trip to Florida in 2013 Tim entered a competition on a whim, winning the New York Film Academy’s largest academic scholarship of that year. After some thought, he decided to bite and moved to the school’s LA campus in the Fall of 2014. After completing his Masters degree in 2016 he signed with Midwest Talent Management and was soon to be found in commercials for everything from New York Life Insurance, to Bosch Power Tools, to the ACLU, to Mini Cooper, to Carl’s Jr. Tim understudied the lead in the LA Times Critics’ Pick, Ovation-Recommended, and LA Drama Critics Circle-winning play The Engine of Our Ruin at Burbank’s Victory Theatre, and landed the lead role of Mark Rothko in the play Red. He also scored the lead role of Bob Cerone in Escape TV’s Deep Undercover, and acted in three films which debuted at France’s prestigious Cannes festival: Departure, Adam and Miriam, and Embrace, the latter of which Tim also wrote and produced. He most recently won the best actor award in Brazil’s Curta Pinhais Festival of Cinema, for his lead role in Raphael’s Bittencourt’s film BID about mafia and political corruption in that country, and was the lead in the science fiction film Steamwrecked, which this summer was picked up for distribution by 7 Palms Entertainment. Both films are currently enjoying successful runs on the festival circuit.
Tim spent the summer of 2018 in the Canadian province of Alberta playing the lead role in The Canadian Passion Play, and could not be more thrilled and honored to be returning to LA and this beautiful McDonagh play, alongside such astonishingly talented castmates. He offers many thanks to Angela for the opportunity, and to Mark, Casey and Curtis for their giftedness and camaraderie along the way.
Son to a strong, beautiful single mother Cheryl Jones Boring, Curtis hails from Tampa Bay, Florida. He started his acting career touring with Eckerd Theater's National Touring Company, performing as Poe in Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe and creating the role of Jackson in the musical Battledrum. Curtis also spent a lot of time in Miami involved in the Film in the Theater scene there, where he had the thrill of playing Hubert Templeton in the Film Eating Lila about a romantic cannibal with a taste for food, film and fashion, who starts to have feelings for his girlfriend (or maybe he just wants to eat her). Some of his other theatre credits include Danny in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Katurian in Pillowman, Mark Antony in Julius Caesar, as well as starring in the one-man play Jails, Hospitals, and Hip Hop written by Danny Hoch.
Belz made his L.A. theatre debut last year creating the role of Stanley in the world premiere of Michael Harney's OFF directed by Mark Kemble, and is thrilled to be working again with Mark, and with such an inspired cast.
Curtis just finished two films starring as the lead in ValleyHeart, a story of a homeless painter who falls in love with a passionate volunteer, and as the title role in The Don.
Before acting, Curtis had the good fortune for four years to be a caretaker of his dear friend, David. "Thank you for teaching me how to listen buddy!"
Curtis would like to give much love and respect to the Actors Studio for giving him place to play and grow and create.
||MARTIN MCDONAGH (Playwright) Martin McDonagh, one of the most acclaimed living Irish playwrights, is known for his biting wit and dark humor. Born in London to Irish parents, he spent his holidays in County Galway, where all his early plays are set. The Beauty Queen of Leenane was his first produced play, and it rocketed him to fame, winning the Tony when it went to Broadway. After several more plays, he turned to film with his directorial debut, In Bruges. His latest film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri garnered four Golden Globe awards and two Oscars.|
||GREG CRAFTS (Light and Sound Design)|
||ERIN MOORE (Stage Manager)|