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ANNE, A New Play
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TIMOTHY P. BROWN (Publish) Theatres: Broadwater Theater:Mackers; Ensemble Theatre Company: The City of Conversation; PCPA Theatre: Twelfth Night; Undermain Theatre: 10 out of 12;Dallas Theater Center: All the Way, A Christmas Carol, Sherlock Holmes: Final Adventure; Trinity Shakespeare Festival: Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Tempest, King Lear, Comedy of Errors. Television:I’m Dying Up Here. Film: Dolomite Is My Name. Commercials: Ruffles, Danone, Texas Lottery. Training: BFA, UT Arlington; MFA, Southern Methodist University. Special thanks to my best friend/wife, Melanie Brown.
ROB BROWNSTEIN (Otto) ) L.A. Theatre: Beautified and La Ronde Du Lunch at Skylight Theater Co., True West and Speed the Plow at The Odyssey, An Enemy of the People, Splitsville and The Normal Heart at Interact Theater Company. He recently directed Mark Rylance’s Nice Fish at Interact. In New York and regionally he has worked at the Roundabout, Riverside Shakespeare Co., Florida Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Yale, North Carolina Theater, Triangle Opera and others. He was a long-time member of the Circle Repertory Co. Lab in N.Y. and a founding member of Interact here in L.A. Film and TV: Star Trek Discovery, Velvet Buzzsaw w/Jake Gyllenhaal, Toni Collette, St. Judy w/Michelle Monaghan. Here and Now, Straight Outta Compton, Argo, People Like Us, Bosch, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and many others. Rob teaches at his studio An Actor’s Space and at The Commercial Class and coaches privately. He has two remarkable children, Will and Finney. Rob is a proud Jew.
TONY DECARLO (Pfeffer/Jan/Dustman) Anne, a new play, is an honor and privilege to be a part of. Selected L.A. Theater:Roots, Cleo, Theo & Wu, Alternative Acts, Phrazzled (Stage Raw nomination: Comedy Performance), Young Writers Project, Blanks, Disassembly (Stage Raw nomination: Comedy Ensemble), Sheet Cake Sliding, Eat the Runt (Theatre of NOTE); ICU (Circle X);Akuma-shin (Sacred Fools); The Car Plays (Segerstrom Center for the Arts, La Jolla Playhouse). Other works include writing, spoken word, standup, improv, TV/film.
ANDREA GWYNNEL (Edith Frank) is honored to be a part of Anne Frank’s legacy of bringing positive change through passionate story-telling. Last year Andrea was in 2 Across, a two actor play at Coachella Valley Rep; it won the 2018 Desert Star Award for ‘Best Comedy’. She played Karen in God And Sex at Santa Monica Playhouse; was a leading player for 6 years at Independent Shakespeare Co. in the Park; was co-founder/artistic director of Chrysalis Stage for 5 years and produced, directed and dove into title roles like Hedda Gabler and Anna Karenina. Other notable roles: Nora in A Dolls House at Madison Rep; Queen Elizabeth in Richard III in Antibes France with Independent Shakespeare Co.; and Yvette in Mother Courage on a disarmed American missile base in Germany for the 50th anniversary ending WWII.
AVA LALEZARZADEH (Anne) feels very honored and grateful to be able to share the life of Anne and her family’s story. Through theatre, their memory is kept alive. Ava is a third year Theater Major at UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. She trained at the British American Drama Academy Midsummer in Oxford program (‘18). Favorite credits include Derya in Unseen, Witch in Into the Woods, and Alice in the short film Who Will Remember, a real-life account of a 16 year old girl who tries to escape the Armenian Genocide. Ava also sings, writes poetry, and directs, writes, and produces her own projects. She thanks Bill and Darci at Foundation Media Partners, her teachers, and her ever supportive and loving family.
KEVIN MATSUMOTO (Peter) is a Japanese-American performer from the Central Coast of California. Born with a cleft lip and palate, Kevin entered the world of musical theatre as a continuation of his speech therapy and fell in love with it. He is thrilled and humbled to be able to help tell such an important story in a world that desperately needs to be reminded of the dire consequences of hateful thinking. After the show, he would be happy to meet with anyone who would like to learn more about Peter van Pels. Kevin is working towards a BFA at Studio School Los Angeles, while also finding time to perform on the Central Coast and in the LA area. Recent LA credits include Musical Theatre Guild’s: Sunday in the Park with George, Minnie’s Boys, Zorba, and Honeymoon in Vegas, 3D Theatrical’s: 42nd St., Chromolume Theatre’s: Pacific Overtures and A Star is Born at the Rockwell. He can be seen later this year at Celebration Theatre’s The Producers. Kevin wants to express his gratitude to his incredibly supportive family, friends, and manager. He wishes to dedicate every show to his family members who experienced WWII behind the walls of the Japanese American internment camps. Gaman!
MARY GORDON MURRAY (Mrs. Van Pels/Miep) recently returned from New York, where she stood by for Laurie Metcalf in Three Tall Women on Broadway. She spent most of 2017 as Fraulein Schneider in the National Tour of Broadway’s Cabaret. Her other Broadway credits include Hands on a Hardbody, Little Me (Best Actress Tony Nomination), Coastal Disturbances, Footloose, Into the Woods, (replacing Joanna Gleason as The Baker’s Wife), The Robber Bridegroom, Grease, I Love My Wife, and Play Me a Country Song. She was also in the original Off- Broadway cast of The Spitfire Grill. Mary has worked extensively in television, guest starring on numerous episodics, and was Becky for six years on One Life to Live. She is married to attorney Rob Nichols, and they are proud parents of their wonderful son, Patrick.
AYLAM ORIAN (Mr. Van Pels) has been acting on the stage and screen for close to three decades. A graduate of The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York, Aylam is familiar to global audiences for his guest roles on such popular TV shows as 30 Rock, Code Black, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Shooter, and most recently his series regular role (of the Nazi villain, no less!) on MGM’s adventure show Stargate Origins. On the film front, later this year he will be seen in the Clive Owen - Rosamund Pike - Joel Kinnaman thriller The Informer, and the Matt Damon - Christian Bale racing film Ford Vs. Ferrari. After focusing on film and TV work for a while, and having just played a Nazi on television, Aylam is thrilled to get back to his theatre roots, and help bring a different story from that dark era, to life: the story of Anne Frank (and the many members of his own family who have perished in the Holocaust). Other theatre credits include: Dr. Astrov in Uncle Vanya (The Players Theatre, NYC), Antonio in The Duchess of Malfi (Marilyn Monroe Theatre, NYC), Paul inLoose Ends (The Workshop Theatre, NYC), Ben in Beautiful World... (14 Street Theatre, NYC) and Lieutenant Avi in Yom Kippur (West End Theatre, NYC). Other than acting and occasionally teaching, Aylam is also an avid advocate for animal rights: he is the Founder of The National Animal Rights Day in the US and around the world, with his non- profit “Our Planet. Theirs Too.”
MARNINA SCHON (Margot) is grateful to be part of this ever timely story. Favorite credits include Once (South Coast Repertory), The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Cabaret (Rockwell Table Stage), Frederick (MainStreet Thea-tre Company), Vendetta Chrome (Coeurage Theatre Company), Chutzpah & Salsa (Jewish Women’s Theatre), and Tony Kushner and Maurice Sendak’sBrundibar (Berkeley Rep). You might catch her voice and violin on original songs, children’s musicals, and film scores, or at Second City Hollywood, where she has performed (almost) every Saturday night since August in a musical comedy about the NRA, More Guns! (now extended through August 24). Marnina just completed shooting on Dollface, a new Hulu series. Many thanks to her Leigh Brillstein Management and Mavrick Artists teams, and special thanks to all in her life --teachers, friends, students, rabbis-- who have taught her radical love and empathy. Marnina dedicates her perfor-mance to brave resistors of the past and present, who renew our hope for the future.