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MATTHEW DOWNS (Edward Gray) Matthew Downs who plays the role of Edward came to the theater a little later than most but fell in love with the stage instantly. His theater credits include Dave Bukatinsky in The Full Monty and Horton the Elephant in Seussical the Musical. His television credits include “Grey’s Anatomy”, “How To Get Away With Murder”, “Last Man Standing”, “Bones”, “Timeless” and “NCIS: LA”. Raised in Burleson, Texas, Matt graduated from TCU in 2004 with a degree in history and was a Ft. Worth Police officer for 6 years before moving to LA in 2012 with his wife and two daughters to pursue acting full time. Matt would like to thank his wife for supporting him every day and his kids for driving him crazy and keeping life fun.
ABBY EILAND* (Dr. Caroline Whitestone Perry) Abby is thrilled to be a part of this production! She grew up in a small town in California and has been acting professionally for a decade before that Abby sang opera. Her favorite projects include “Criminal Minds” (CBS), Rosemary in Welcome to Santa at PRT in Venice, Classy Parties which she co-wrote, and the Western Cassidy Red, winning her Best Actor at the Almeria Western Film Festival and fulfilled her lifelong dream of being in a training montage. She’d like to thank her friends and family for their love, support, and humor! “Good judgment comes from experience and experience…well, that comes from poor judgment.” – Oscar Wilde
TY MAYBERRY* (Thomas Whitestone) Ty was a member of the Tony Award-Winning Alley Theatre Resident Company of Actors where he played lead roles in Tom Stoppard’s The Invention of Love, the World Premiere of Ken Ludwig’s Be My Baby opposite Hal Holbrook and the 40th Anniversary Production of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opposite Judith Ivey and many more. Ty has played the title role in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet for both the Alley Theatre and for the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company as well as taking on the title role in Shakespeare’s Henry V. Other credits include, A Noise Within: Jason in Argonautika, The Mark Taper Forum: Bent directed by Moises Kaufman and the World Premiere of Pulitzer Prize Winner Robert Schenkkan’s Lewis and Clark Reach The Euphrates. At ICT: Tom in The Glass Menagerie. At The Garry Marshall Theatre: Ernest Hemingway in Scott and Hem and Milt Fields in Laughter On The 23rd Floor.
SHAW PURNELL* (Elizabeth Whitestone) Theater: Los Angeles: Villain, Hollywood Fringe; Deathtrap, Sierra Madre. Theater: New York: Death of a Miner, American Place; Never Say Die, Classic Theater. Regional: The Wake of Jamey Foster, The Sorrows of Stephen, Cap Rep; The Dining Room, Holiday, Portland Stage; Hot l Baltimore, The Country Wife, Lexington Conservatory Theater (LCT); Summerfolk, The Misanthrope, People’s Light and Theater Co.; Ah, Wilderness, The Royal Family, Barter Theater. Film: Rejoice, Loqueesha, The Somnium, I See You, Welcome to Willowsbrook, In the Privacy of Your Own Home. Shaw was born in Pittsburgh. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh she moved to New York City where she began working as an actor on stage and in commercials. In 1985, she was cast opposite Bill Smitrovich in an off-Broadway play, Never Say Die. They have been married for 34 years. Represented by: Liz Fuller, Citizen Skull Management.
LEILANI SMITH* (Moira Grady) Leilani was born in Osan, Korea, and a proud Air Force brat. After 8 years of training at RP Karate, Leilani became the first female to become a black belt and instructor. She recently appeared in her first 2 person play as the leading lady in Santa Barbara ETC’s production of Dancing Lessons as Senga Quinn. She and her castmates won the 2016 NAACP Best Ensemble Theatre Award for Flyin’ West playing Fannie Mae as well as being nominated again in 2019’s NAACP Theatre Awards for Best Ensemble, her first 3 person play Home as multiple characters. She’s the jogger flipping Sally Field and Tyne Daly off in Hello My Name is Doris and a social media reporter opening the faith-based film in Runnin’ From My Roots. I am humbled to be a part of this production and thankful to Michael Donovan, Richie Ferris, Kiff, Cailin and Racquel for bringing me on board. IMDB: Leilani Smith. Instagram: @leilanimariesmith
BOB TELFORD (Robert Whitestone) Bob Telford, an award-winning actor/director has spent the last 41 years working in theater, commercials, TV & Film. A veteran of the 70’s LA improv scene, early acting gigs included voice work for Disney Children’s records division. TV credits include “Parks and Recreation”, “Roseanne”, “Reasonable Doubts” and “Young & The Restless.” Film credits include Annabelle Comes Home, Butterfly Caught, Wild Horses, The Best of The Best, Riding with James Dean. Recent L.A. theater credits include the world premiere of Waiting for Grace, directed by Lee Costello, A Few Good Men at the NoHo Arts Center and Hollywood Fringe production of The Big Snake.
TINA VAN BERCKELAER* (Julia Whitestone Gray) Tina Van Berckelaer is a Belgian born in New York and raised in Paris, Singapore, and Pittsburgh. She speaks English like an American, French like a Parisian, and Dutch like a Fleming. Educated at Stanford University and based in Los Angeles, she has performed most recently with The Porters of Hellsgate, as well as at The Theatre @ Boston Court, Sacred Fools Theatre, Zoo District, Rubicon Theatre, Sierra Repertory Theatre, The New York International Fringe Festival, Folger Shakespeare Library, and the cult favorite Grand Guignolers de Paris as The Absinthe Fairy. You may have seen her on TV shushing “Chuck”, as a dying patient on “House”, or as a French fashion designer on “Days of Our Lives”. Bunker 731 is available on iTunes, and remains one of her most fulfilling film experiences. Follow her career on FB “Tina Van B” and IG “Tina_V_B_”
LEAH ZHANG (Simone Perry) Leah was most recently seen on the stages of The Colony Theatre with the long-running Chico's Angels show. She is also a company member at Company of Angels where she was in Sanctuary and Solidarity is a Four Letter Word. Also in LA, Leah is a cast member with the long-running sketch comedy show TMI Hollywood. Regionally Leah has performed at The Old Globe, American Players Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and Chicago Dramatists. TV/Film credits include "SouthLAnd", "America's Most Wanted", and "Ocean's 12". When not performing Leah can be found teaching young actors as the lead movement teacher at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.