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EISENHOWER: This Piece Of Ground
CAST (click photos for larger images)
JOHN RUBINSTEIN (Dwight D. Eisenhower) JOHN RUBINSTEIN* (Dwight D. Eisenhower) John Rubinstein originated the title role in the Broadway musical Pippin, directed by Bob Fosse, and won the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his performance in Children of a Lesser God. Other Broadway appearances include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Ragtime, Hurlyburly, M. Butterfly, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (Drama Desk nomination), Getting Away with Murder, Fools, Love Letters, and the 2013 Pippin revival. He appeared off-Broadway in Counsellor-at-Law (2005 Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics' Circle and Drama League nominations), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Urban Blight, Cabaret Verboten, and Morning's at Seven. Regionally: Wicked in LA, and the international tour of the Pippin revival. He starred in the TV series, “Family” (Emmy nomination), and “Crazy Like A Fox”, and over 300 episodes. Films include “Being the Ricardo’s”, “Hello, I Must Be Going”, “21 Grams”, “Red Dragon”, “The Boys from Brazil”, “Someone to Watch Over Me”, “Daniel, Zachariah,” and “Getting Straight”. He directed the world premiere of A. R. Gurney's The Old Boy, and Counsellor-at-Law, Company, Brigadoon, Macbeth, The Three Sisters, Phantasie, Nightingale, The Rivals, A Little Night Music, Guys and Dolls, Into The Woods, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and The Rover. He composes film and TV music (“Jeremiah Johnson”, “The Candidate”, “The Dollmaker”, "China Beach", among others), hosted two classical music radio programs, played keyboards in a rock band, and has recorded over 200 audiobooks, most numerously Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware series of Los Angeles crime novels. He is married to Bonnie Burgess, and their son Max is the youngest of his five children, joining Jessica, Michael, Peter, and Jacob.
PRODUCTION STAFF (click photos for larger images)
RICHARD HELLESEN (Playwright) RICHARD HELLESEN (Playwright) is the author of numerous plays and musicals for adult and young audiences. His work has been seen at the Denver Center, South Coast Repertory, Geva, Florida Stage, Gretna Theatre, Sacramento Theatre Company, Los Angeles Repertory Company, Sundance Children’s Theatre, Imagination Stage, People’s Light & Theatre, City Theatre in Miami, and Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC, where he is an Associate Artist. A member of the Dramatists Guild, he has received playwriting awards from the National Theatre Conference, the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild, and the Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays. Additionally, he has worked on the literary staffs of Berkeley Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory, and the B Street Theatre in Sacramento, and twice served as Playwright-in-Residence at the William Inge Center for the Arts in Kansas.
PETER ELLENSTEIN (Director / Producer) PETER ELLENSTEIN (Director) is Producing Artistic Director of the New Los Angeles Repertory Company. He is a multi-award-winning director, producer, new play midwife, and educator, whose work has been seen all over the country. For thirteen years he was Artistic Director of the William Inge Center for the Arts in Kansas, and seven years as Producing Director of the original Los Angeles Repertory Company, for whom he directed the LA Premiere of Assassins and Rocket to the Moon, among many others. Peter served as Interim Artistic Director of both the Gretna Theatre in Pennsylvania, and the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre at the University of Miami in Florida. Peter has been a consultant, board member, panelist and site visitor for many institutions including the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and KCACTF. Peter recently directed a nationally recognized streaming version of Richard Hellesen’s Necessary Sacrifices for North Coast Rep. Peter has happily directed many of Richard Hellesen’s plays. He is thrilled to be working with Theatre West’s excellent team. Peter’s late father Robert, was a founding member of Theatre West.
ESQUIRE JAUCHEM (Lighting Design) ESQUIRE JAUCHEM (Lighting Design) For the past forty years, Esquire Jauchem has had an extremely varied career in the performing arts. He was the founder of the Boston Repertory Theater, Associate Director (with Sarah Caldwell) of the Opera Company of Boston, and co-founder of Broadway’s Jauchem & Meeh Special effects company.

He has worked as a Producer, Writer, Director, and Designer (lighting, sets, and costumes) in a variety of performance arts including and produced over 1,000 episodes of network and cable television. His film, “Bondage”, based on a play by David Henry Hwang can currently be seen on Amazon Prime.
JOE HUPPERT (Projection and Sound Design) JOE HUPPERT (Projection and Sound Design) is working with New LA Repertory Company for the first time. Previous designs include: This Wonderful Life at North Coast Rep, American Blues and other venues; The Dybbuk and The Oldest Boy (Craig Noel Award) for San Diego Repertory Theater, Lizard Boy for Diversionary Theater, Glengarry Glen Ross for La Jolla Playhouse. Sound designs include Blueprints to Freedom, Peter and the Starcatchers (La Jolla Playhouse), The Fantasticks and Stop Kiss for Pasadena Playhouse, Scott Joplin's Rag, Extraordinary Chambers (Craig Noel Nomination) (Mo'Olelo); Wisdom From Everything (Local Theater Company), Urinetown, Over the Tavern, King O’ The Moon (Mercury Theater).
PIERRE VUILLEUMIER (Set Design Concept) PIERRE VUILLEUMIER (Set Design Concept) has designed scenery for 50+ years. In the east coast for The Boston Repertory Theatre, Theatre by the Sea in New Hampshire, The Cambridge Opera, and various summer stock companies in New England. His local work has been seen at the Odyssey Theatre, The Melrose Theatre, The Museum of Tolerance, various festivals, national tours, temporary venues, small films, commercials and videos. He has won a number of Drama-Logue awards and earned some fine press for his work.
SANDRA KUKER PR (Publicist) SANDRA KUKER PR – Sandra Kuker-Franco - Publicist
Her 3-decade background in Music, Film, Television and Theatre has created a client list of diversity and successful campaigns. Sandra’s experience also includes chartering ships for theme cruises, casting for Film and Television, as well as Reality Television, Scripted Television & Documentary''s. Highlights include films A World Away – by Mark Blanchard and Getting Unstuck – by Conscious (Merle Soden). Stage projects include: I’m Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce – Starring Ronnie Marmo, Directed by Joe Mantegna, Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground - Starring Tony Winner John Rubinstein, The Elephant Man, My Child Mothers Of War, Voice Lessons – Starring Laurie Metcalf, French Stewart and Maile Flanagan, Panic! Productions include: Inspecting Carol, Next To Normal, Little Shop Of Horrors. A Time To Kill by John Grisham, Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies, Crimson Square Theatre Company’s: Dinner With Friends, Live At The Purple Lounge The How And The Why, Sex With Strangers and Lost Lake. Author Bill Ratner of Parenting For The Digital Age and consulting with Retronuvo Media on Reality TV and scripted television & Documentaries. Utilizing the strength of personal relationships, alongside social media and traditional PR. Website:

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ALICIA MACCARONE (Creative Consultant) ALICIA MACCARONE (Creative Consultant) has worked with New LA Rep as a designer on many productions, including: Rocket to the Moon, Face 2 Face, A Doll’s House. Alicia is a Production Designer and film maker known for working on some of the most innovative feature films and television series in the film Industry. Her latest work includes the avant guarde Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs “Blindspotting”, Shonda Rhimes “Station 19, and the action charged US Navy show, “The Last Ship by Michael Bay”. She was part of the creative team of the award-winning HBO miniseries “The Pacific” (Tom Hanks, Playtone Productions). She also designed the feature films “Tortilla Soup” and “Lies in Plain Sight”, she worked with the Academy Award winning production designer Rick Carter, in the ground-breaking feature film The Polar Express. Alicia began her career as a designer
DOUG SPESERT (Costume Designer) DOUG SPESERT (Costume Designer), a native of Northern California, has designed many shows for the Los Angeles theatre scene. For the original LA Rep, he costumed the Southern California premiere of Assassins as well as GB Shaw’s plays Back to Methuselah and Misalliance, for which he received an Ovation nomination. He was the designer of the original production of Orphans at the Matrix (for which he received a Drama-Logue award) His film credits include “Killer Looks”, “Missing Parents”, “The Elf Who Saved Christmas” and “The Elf and the Magic Key”.

Doug is also the founder and former owner (for 23 years) of Make Believe, Inc., a Santa Monica-based costume design and rental company with numerous film, theatrical and promotional credits. He currently teaches at the Beverly Hills Design Institute.

The New LA Rep is inspired by the vision of the original co-Founder and Artistic Director, Robert Ellenstein (also a co-founder of Theatre West). LA Rep''s aims are both educational and inspirational. Our main concern is vivid theatre, maintaining high standards for production of important plays reaching out to new audiences. In our productions, we seek to ensure that no single element dominates (be it the acting, setting, lighting, costumes, music), but rather, everything serves to clarify and enhance the experience of the total play.

The New LA Rep was reborn in 2021, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Peter Ellenstein and many of our past members and collaborators. We are carrying the original Rep''s stellar legacy of productions into an exciting future; reigniting the intense theatrical passion and attention to detail that the original LA Rep''s Founders envisioned back in 1966.

New LA Rep’s first initiative is Plays for Peace. A series of productions that focus on mankind''s fascination with war, highlighting leadership that prevents war and strives for the common humanity and prosperity that leads to peace.