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Less than an hour long, Lewis John Carlino's drama about a worn-out hooker and a lonely john is a hugely histrionic enterprise that frequently slops over its tiny container. However, thanks to the alchemical interaction between director Ben Guillory and actors Dale Nieli and Alex Morris, the play's potentially melodramatic elements resonate with surprising emotional truth.
— F. Kathleen Foley
May 12, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, ALISON BAUMANN
AND PRODUCER RITA GRANT-MILLER
LEWIS JOHN CARLINO’s
TO OPEN APRIL 27TH AT
THE ELEPHANT THEATRE
DALE NIELI and ALEX MORRIS
AND FEATURING GUITARIST JULIO MARTINEZ
BEN GUILLORY IS SET TO DIRECT
LOS ANGELES, CA (April 7, 2006) – Zalcon Productions, Executive Producer, Alison Baumann and Producer Rita Grant-Miller present Lewis John Carlino’s SNOWANGEL at The Elephant Theatre (6320 Santa Monica Blvd) in Hollywood. Robey
Theatre Company’s Producing/Artistic Director Ben Guillory (Permanent Collection) directs this dramatic play about two lonely hearts tormented by the memories of their past loves. The production stars Dale Nieli and Alex Morris and
features guitarist Julio Martinez (Al Jarreau). The five-week limited engagement begins previews Tuesday, April 25 with an official press opening on Thursday, April 27.
In SNOWANGEL, "John" (Alex Morris), in an attempt to relive moments of lost love, discovers he must give to get, when he underestimates Connie (Dale Nieli), a prostitute, who fiercely challenges his illusions during a 4:00 a.m. encounter.
Director Ben Guillory’s creative team includes: award-winning set and lighting designer and key artist Joel Daavid (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom); costume designer Naila Aladdin Saunders and sound designer Chris Game (One World).
Presented by Zalcon Productions (Executive Producer, Alison Baumann), SNOWANGEL is the first of what they hope will be many productions in Los Angeles. The play marks the first theatre production for Zalcon Productions and they are excited about the emerging interest and energy in the Los Angeles theatre scene.
DALE NIELI (Connie) is thrilled to be making her Los Angeles stage debut. Her numerous New York stage credits include: Kiss The Blarney Stone (Irish Arts Center); Scotch & Milk (Village Playwrights); Dearly Beloved (Raft Theatre);
America (Tomi Theatre); Rage (Downtown Theatre Group); Skies in Heaven (Wings Theatre); Date with Depression (Wings Theatre); Ladies Behold (Soho Theatre); among others. Film credits include: Just Between Friends; Relation; Crisis
and Melamorphosis. Dale’s television credits include: "One Life To Live," "Special Singles," "The Great Perfromance," "Oh Drama," and others.
ALEX MORRIS (John). Snowangel marks Alex's debut at The Elephant Theater. His credits include Antony and Cleopatra with Vanessa Redgrave at The Public Theater. A longtime company member at the Tony Award-winning Alley Theater in Houston, Alex starred in Our Lady of 121st Street, The Exonerated, Miss Evers' Boys, and all of August Wilson's plays. He returns to The Alley next season to direct A Raisin in the Sun. His TV credits include a 5 year run as 'Trey' on "Malcolm in the Middle," many
recurring roles including "Alias," "City Guys," "Walker Texas Ranger," and "Kingpin." Guest-starring roles include "Frasier," "The Practice," "Everybody Hates Chris," to name a few. Films include Powder, Blank Check, I Come in Peace, and with Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher in the comedy Guess Who. He has appeared in
numerous national commercials.
JEMAL McNEIL (u/s John) is an actor and writer. Having his roots in the theater, he has worked with such notable artists as Charles Dutton, Avery Brooks, Andre Brauer, Richard Thomas, Kelli McGillis, and Paula Jai Parker. He is
currently in post production of Cutter's Club, a horror film starring Tony Todd.
JULIO MARTINEZ (Guitarist) has performed as a guitarist, accompanist, arranger and music director. He toured with singer Al Jarreau for seven years and has performed shorter accompanist stints with such artists as Sarah Vaughn, Helen Reddy, B.J. Ward, Michael Greer, Kay Dennis and others. In theatre, Martinez served as music director for the San Francisco Mime Troupe, The Experimental Wing, The Public Players Company and the improv ensemble, Spontaneous Combustion. Martinez now divides his time between music and arts journalism.
BEN GUILLORY (Director) has worked extensively in theatre, film and television for the past 30 years. While studying at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Mr. Guillory appeared in numerous classics and contemporary plays including, Julius Caesar, The Taming of the Shrew, Peer Gynt, Desire Under the Elms, Misantroope, The Cherry Orchard, Othello, and many more. While at ACT, Mr. Guillory was the Director of Black Actor’s Workshop for three
seasons. He also directed and acted in Lorraine Hansberry’s Les Balncs at the Oakland Ensemble and was featured in the San Francisco Opera Company’s production of Lost in the Stars. Mr. Guillory won the San Francisco Critic’s Circle
Award for his portrayal of Paul Robeson in the Illustrated Stages’s production of Are You Now or Have You Ever Been. For his Los Angeles performances of Philip Hayes Dean’s Paul Robeson, Mr. Guillory won the DramaLogue Award and a Speical NAACP Image Award. He has been seen in the Los Angeles Theatre Center’s
production of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and the Mark Taper Forum’s Miss Ever’s Boys. In the summer of 1991, Mr. Guillory appeared with Athol Fugard in the La Jolla Playhouse Production of Mr. Fugard’s play A Lesson from Aloes. As an
actor, he has numerous television and film credits. Currently, Mr. Guillory is the Producing/Artistic Director of the award-winning Robey Theatre Company, coordinating Robey’s Playwright Labe, directing the Robey play reading series, co-producing with Elephant industries Bee-Luther-Hatchee, Yohen with East-West Players. For the Love of Freedom Part I: Toussaint, Part II:Dessalines and Permanent Collection with the Greenway Arts Alliance and The Last Season with Legacy Productions. In the interest of diversity in the Television and Motion Picture industry, 2001 brought an on going partnership with ABC resulting in
development of a nationwide Industry Diversity Showcase for actors. Mr. Guillory serves as Rsident Director for all ABC showcases and has mounted multi-cultural showcases for CBS.
LEWIS JOHN CARLINO (Playwright) was born in New York. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War, then began his studies at the School of Communications of the University of Southern California, taking his graduate degree in
Playwriting in their Department of Drama. His first plays were produced in the University’s Workshop Theater and later found their way onto the professional stage in Los Angeles. They were also performed by the American National Theatre and Academy, with Mr. Carlino directing these productions. Mr. Carlino then returned to New York and was admitted to the New Dramatists Committee and the Playwright’s Unit of the Actor’s Studio. For a short while, he taught
playwriting at Columbia University, then decided to devote all his time to the theatre with a series of three works, which were all produced Off-Broadway in the 1963-64 season. The first of these works was Cages, starring Shelley
Winters and Jack Warden. The second was Telemachus Clay, a "collage for sound and voices." The third was entitled Doubletalk, and starred Franchot Tone and Ruth White. These plays earned Mr. Carlino the Vernon Rice Award for contributions to the Off-Broadway theatre and the New York Critics’ Drama Desk Award. In
1967, his play The Exercise was produced on Broadway and starred Anne Jackson and Stephen Joyce. Mr. Carlino’s films include: Seconds, the official US entry at the Cannes Film Festival, directed by John Frankenheimer; the original screenplay The Brotherhood, starring Kirk Douglas and directed by Martin Ritt; an
adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s THE FOX, nominated for the Golden Globes Foreign Press Award; the original screenplay The Mechanic, starring Charles Bronson, which Mr. Carlino also co-produced. Following was the screenplay A
Reflection Of Fear, then Crazy Joe, produced by Dino de Laurentiis. In 1974 he wrote the screenplay for The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea, from the novel by the Japanese author Yukio Mishima. The film starried Kris Kristopherson and Sarah Miles. Mr. Carlino also directed and co-produced this film. His
adaptation of I Never Promised You A Rose Garden, from the novel by Hanna Green, was
nominated for an Academy Award. Following this was the original screenplay of Resurrection, starring Ellen Burstyn and Eva LeGalliene, earning Academy Award nominations for the two stars in 1978. The same year he wrote and directed the screenplay for The Great Santini, from the novel by Pat Conroy. It starred
Blythe Danner, Robert Duval and Michael O’Keefe, earning the latter two Academy Award nominations in the same year. In 1984, Mr. Carlino directed
Jacqueline Bisset, Rob Low and Andy McCarthy in Class . The following year his screenplay Haunted Summer, dealing with the lives of Shelley, Mary Shelley and Lord Byron, was produced. His work in television includes the following: "Honor Thy Father," from the novel by Gay Talese; "In Search Of America," an original
teleplay; "Doc Elliot," an original pilot and TV series; "Where Have All The People Gone," an original teleplay; "The Brick And The Rose," an original teleplay, which premiered the CBS Repertory Workshop. His novels, THE BROTHERHOOD
and THE MECHANIC, were published by Random House, along with his early plays
JOEL DAAVID (Set Design, Lighting Design, Key Art). A native of Texas, Joel
moved to Los Angeles in 1993 to attend the prestigious American Film Institute
to study Cinematography. While there, he received the Blum-Kovler Scholarship
and was nominated for the Kodak Scholarship in Cinematography. Joel went on
to shoot feature films, short films, and commercials. He has completed the
feature film John John in the Sky, which was a winner at the Mississippi Film
Festival and Method- Fest and has recently been released on DVD. He is now an
award-winning theater designer and has designed numerous plays including The
Day Room, The Glass Menagerie, Blitzkrieg, Music Biz, 4 X Tenn, 7 Women,
Unequalibrium, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Goose
and Tom Tom, The Widow's Blind Date, Plunge, Private Wars, Hellcab,
Tennessee William's Two Character Play, Heart of a Dog, Fool for Love and more
recently Gorey Stories. He has also designed Robbers, One World and Never Tell for
Elephant Stageworks. He was awarded Best Set Design at the NAACP Theater
Awards for Blues for an Alabama Sky and also won an LA Ovation Award as well as an
LA Weekly Theater Award for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Joel has also directed
and designed numerous musical and operatic shows in Texas and California,
including the recent successful run of Urban Messiah as well as the upcoming
productions of Godspell and
ZALCON PRODUCTIONS (Executive Producer) Executive Director, and Novelist,
Alison Baumann, began her career as an actress with Michael Morriarty's
Shakspearean Theatre, Potter's Field and Frank Casuro's Corner Loft Theatre in New
York. She went on to form Zalcon Productions and produced and directed several
short films, including the Mobile Award-winning film, Lorean; as well as What's
Next, winner of The Finalist Award at the Houston International Film Festival.
RITA GRANT-MILLER (Producer) grew up in her England immersed in local
theatre. Moving to the United States, she earned a masters degree in film from AFI,
she left the theatre to work strictly in film and television for twenty years.
Rita’s credits include: Ghostbusters, Naked Gun 1 and 2, I Love Trouble,
CBS's "History of Rock & Roll." Her screenwriting credits include Lexie and
Brunswick. Impressed with the energy and talent in the growing small theatre world
of Los Angeles, when the opportunity to mount Lewis John Carlino's Snowangel
was presented, the decision was tenacious.
CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR APRIL 25 – MAY 27, 2006
Playwright: Lewis John Carlino
Director: Ben Guillory
Presented by Zalcon Productions
Executive Producer: Alison Baumann
Producer: Rita Grant-Miller
General Managers: Elephant Stageworks / David Fofi
6320 Santa Monica Blvd. (between Vine & Cahuenga)
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Tuesday, April 25 at 8PM (Preview)
Wednesday, April 26 at 8PM (Preview)
Thursday, April 27 at 8PM (Opening Night)
Friday, April 28 at 8PM
Saturday, April 29 at 8PM
Thursday, May 4 at 8PM
Friday, May 5 at 8PM
Saturday, May 6 at 8PM
Thursday, May 11 at 8PM
Friday, May 12 at 8PM
Saturday, May 13 at 8PM
Thursday, May 18 at 8PM
Friday, May 19 at 8PM
Saturday, May 20 at 8PM
Thursday, May 25at 8PM
Friday, May 26 at 8PM
Saturday, May 27 at 8PM
All tickets are $20.00.
Ample street parking.
Patty Onagan / (818) 464-3706 or firstname.lastname@example.org