Jan 9 – Feb 14
Runs Fri & Sat @ 8pm; Sun 1/18*, 1/25 & 2/1 @ 2pm; Thu 2/5 & 2/12 @ 8pm
DYLAN BRODY (Pre-Occupy Hollywood)
Dylan Brody is an award-winning playwright, humorist, story-teller and commentator for NPR’s Off Ramp. He has recently had the profound privilege to be invited to open for David Sedaris at a number of appearances, so he’s beginning to believe that he doesn’t entirely suck.
VINCENT TEREL DURHAM (Trash Day)
Vincent is a writer in Los Angeles, California. He was raised in Binghamton, New York. His writing skills were honed on the stand-up stage for over thirteen years. After stepping away from comedy, he was reminded by an old friend that he was supposed to have been a writer. Vincent opened up his laptop and remembered that calling. He is honored to have Trash Day premier at Pick of the Vine 2015.
HENRY FRANCO (There’s Something About Flashdance)
Henry is an actor, comic, and playwright now living in Los Angeles, but originally hailing from Central California. During his turn in the acting field, he has been featured in several stage productions including What the Butler Saw and Romeo and Juliet are Dead. As a playwright, he has had productions of his plays on both the east and west coasts. He is also a member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights and The Dramatists Guild.
GREG FREIER (Shadows)
Greg is the author of eight full length plays, numerous one acts and was a finalist in the 2009 Samuel French playwright contest. His plays have been produced from Sydney to off Broadway, and have numerous awards. His plays are available at Heartland Plays, One Act Play Depot, and Independentplaywrights.com. He currently resides in the Midwest with his wife, sons and a white thing named Phil the dog.
MARK HARVEY LEVINE (Salt in the Wound)
Mark has had over 1100 productions of his plays all over the world from New York to Bucharest to Jakarta to London. He has had 12 plays produced at Little Fish in previous editions of Pick of the Vine and Twisted, Spooky, Creepy, which must be some sort of record. It is fitting that #13 has to do with bad luck! But he feels incredibly lucky to be working with such talented folks.
BARBARA LINDSAY (Fighting Mr. Right)
There have been more than 300 performances of Barbara’s plays and monologues, in 33 states, 11 countries, and on every continent except Antarctica. She is a fifth generation Californian now living very happily in Seattle, WA.
JOHN MINIGAN (The Maltese Walter)
John’s Elliot Norton Award-nominated Breaking the Shakespeare Code premiered in Chicago and New York City in 2014. His plays have been selected for the Samuel French Festival, Boston Theater Marathon, Snowdance Comedy Festival, SoBe Arts, and Orange Tea Theatre (Amsterdam). He is a three-time winner of the Firehouse Theater New Play Contest and 2014 winner of the Nantucket Short Play Contest and Rover Dramawerks prize. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild. www.johnminigan.com
KAT RAMSBURG (Mamie & Martin Go To Bed)
Kat’s play, Stupid Hope, was the recipient of a Drama League New Directors/New Works grant. Full length plays: The Amelia Episodes, (ESPA at Primary Stages, The Road Theatre Company.) Short plays include The One Named Leo and Doug Learns a Lesson (Ugly Rhino Theatre Company), Mamie & Martin Go To Bed and The First Step (Jimmy’s No. 43.) She is currently at work on her third full length, How to Be a Woman.
ANNIE R. SUCH (Come & Take It)
Annie holds her BFA in Acting from UArts, is a graduate of the John DeSotelle Studio 2 year Meisner program, and is currently pursuing her MFA in Playwriting. A Texas Native, she is so excited and honored to be making her West Coast premiere with Little Fish Theatre. Her next project Roar will be premiering in 2015 in NYC! Much love to her family, mentors, and the Big Guy!
SAM WALLIN (Anniversary)
Sam lives in Washington State with his wife and kids. During the day, he is a librarian and project coordinator for a large public library system. When not librarianing, he writes, runs, collects things, watches TV and complains loudly about the shoddy writing, and makes weird art. In October of 2014, Sam’s Stanley Award winning full-length play Memory Fragments was premiered at MadLab Theatre in Columbus, OH.
DIANA LE WOODY (There’s Something About Flashdance)
Diana Lee Woody is a playwright/physicist/actor. She has had productions of her plays and radio plays in New York, California, Canada, and Pennsylvania. Diana is a member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, The Dramatist Guild, and The American Physical Society. She is presently living in Los Angeles but is a native of the east coast, hailing from Silver Spring Maryland.
The Cast Members
*denotes Member of Actors’ Equity Association, The Union of
Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
(Anniversary, There’s Something About Flashdance, Pre-Occupy Hollywood; Sound Design)
Last seen in The Melville Boys and Mama Won’t Fly, Holly is thrilled to be acting in her 14th show and sound designing in her 21st show at Little Fish Theatre. Past LFT credits include Katherine in Panache (winner of three StageScene LA Awards, including Outstanding Ensemble Cast Performance), Director Tryst (winner of Best Duo Performance, StageScene LA Awards), Producer, Director, Actor Twisted, Spooky, Creepy 2009-12, Producer, Director, Actor Pick of the Vine 2009-14 and Director Wonder of the World. She recently directed Dracula at the La Habra Depot Playhouse to critical acclaim. Favorite roles include Claire in Proof and Lucienne in A Flea in Her Ear. Film/TV credits include Private Practice, Hunter, Some Kind of Wonderful, Chicago Hope, HBO’s Gia, Saved by the Bell, and Star Search. Holly is excited to share the stage once again with her favorite partner, both on stage and off, husband Bill Wolski.
(Anniversary, Salt in the Wound, The Maltese Walter, Fighting Mr. Right, Pre-Occupy Hollywood)
Bridget, originally from the East Coast, majored in theater performance at the University of Maryland. Some roles she has had the pleasure of performing on stage are Eleanor in King John, Calpurhina in Julius Caesar, the title role in Evita, Lampito in Lysistrata, the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and Gwendolyn in The Odd Couple. After moving to Los Angeles three years ago she began performing with her sketch group Curly Maple Surprise at venues such as the Improv, iO West, and UCB. She also enjoys performing on screen, and has appeared in movies such as House Hunting, Hushed, and Haze.
(There’s Something About Flashdance, Salt in the Wound, The Maltese Walter, Pre-Occupy Hollywood)
David is happy to be back at the LFT after having been seen this spring as Sam in Woody Allen’s Central Park West. He has performed throughout the Southland at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum and The Laguna Playhouse.
MARY MARGARET LEWIS*
(Mamie & Martin Go to Bed, Salt in the Wound, Shadows)
Mary-Margaret was last seen in Gin Game, and prior to that in Grace & Glorie, Steel Magnolias, ‘Night Mother, Pick of the Vine 2012 and Italian American Reconciliation. Other LFT performances: Hedda Gabler, Blithe Spirit, and School for Scandal. TV and Screen Credits: Last Man Standing, Prime Suspect, Mad Men, Scrubs, Friends, Desperate Housewives, The Riches, NYPD Blue, E.R., Columbo and King of Queens. And she was very happy to play Ethel in both the film, Sordid Lives, and Sordid Lives – The Series, showing on LOGO Channel. Recent films: Chicago 8 and After the Denim (shot in San Pedro!).
(Trash Day, Mamie & Martin Go to Bed, Shadows, Pre-Occupy Hollywood)
An enthusiastic company member, Rodney last appeared on the Little Fish stage in the critically acclaimed production of Bus Stop. Previous LFT performances include Oswald: The Actual Interrogation, POV 2008-2010, POV 2013, Joe Orton’s Loot and What the Butler Saw, and Shaw’s Arms and the Man. At other LA area theatres he has been seen in A Few Good Men at First Stage, Under the Western Sky at South Coast Rep, On Borrowed Time at Pasadena Playhouse, El Grande de Coca Cola regional tour, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, and The Comedy of Errors for Shakespeare Festival/ LA. N.Y. credits include Everybody is Edward and Looking for Tomorrow at N.Y. Shakespeare Festival Public Theatre. TV and film credits include American Me, The Birdcage, Walker: Texas Ranger, Becker and The Legend of Billie Jean. Rodney stars in the recent Ivan Ehlers film, Guns Don’t Kill People.
(Come & Take It, Salt in the Wound, Fighting Mr. Right, Pre-Occupy Hollywood)
Chad is a southeast Texas native who has been writing and acting professionally for over four years. He studied theater/acting at Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT where he took on a variety of roles—including that of George Gibbs in Thornton’s Wilder’s Our Town, which ran at Burlington’s Oldcastle Theatre. He has also taken up roles in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Twelfth Night, and Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps. Since moving to Los Angeles, he has appeared in numerous film and television roles, including the upcoming Josh Robert Thompson Show. He recently participated in Alan Marshall’s Freedom Summer, wherein he portrayed Civil Rights activist Sam Schochet. Chad’s original one-acts include Paradox, A Rather Queer Incident, and a new collection entitled Wing Men. He is excited to be making his Little Fish Theatre debut in this year’s Pick of the Vine.
(Trash Day, Salt in the Wound, Pre-Occupy Hollywood)
Annie graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in Drama. She is delighted to be involved in her first Pick of the Vine at Little Fish! She has previously performed at Little Fish Theatre as Ruth in Blithe Spirit and in various roles in the Twisted, Spooky, Creepy Halloween shows. She was also in the very first Shakespeare by the Sea production of Comedy of Errors. Other favorite roles include Ophelia in Fortinbras, Woman in Night Train, Audrey in The Curate Shakespeare As You Like It, and Kate in Taming of the Shrew, where she met her husband Patrick.
(Anniversary, Come & Take It, The Maltese Walter, Shadows, Pre-Occupy Hollywood)
Bill has performed in many a one-act play in this space, roughly forty, counting the ones you’re about to see. By now, he’s just about getting the hang of it. When he’s not performing here, Bill enjoys singing and playing harmonica for the local band 5MileRadius, hiking, rock hunting, knife collecting, star gazing, and reminding people that he’s from Ohio. He also enjoys tearing himself away from all of that to spend a few precious, quiet moments with his wife Holly, stepdaughter Hannah, and three dogs Cole, Teddy, and Addison.
The Production Team
(Director: Anniversary, Come & Take It)
Cylan is mighty pleased to be making his directing debut with POV after acting in multiple LFT productions. Theatergoers may remember his performances as the title role of Oswald: The Actual Interrogation, Lenk in Bach at Leipzig or as the title role in Shakespeare by the Sea’s Hamlet. He has also performed with The Kingsmen Shakespeare Co., Antaeus Classical Theater Co., L.A. Actors Ensemble and Player King Productions. Cylan holds a B.S. in Theater Arts from Northern Arizona University.
(Director: Trash Day, Salt in the Wound, Shadows)
James is a 30-year veteran actor and director who has been involved with over 100 productions throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties. He most recently directed LFT’s Educating Rita and Mama Won’t Fly and past season productions of Steel Magnolias and Present Laughter. He also appeared in Oswald, The Actual Interrogation at Little Fish Theatre. Other credits include Proof at Huntington Beach Playhouse and Sherlock Holmes and Boeing, Boeing! at Long Beach Playhouse.
(Director: There’s Something About Flashdance, The Maltese Walter, Fighting Mr. Right)
Danielle previously directed The Gin Game, Juliet: Act 6 and Two Minutes of Heroism in 2014′s Pick of the Vine. Other credits include Neil LaBute’s Some Girl(s), How Blue Is My Crocodile, and The Fine Print with Cruthaigh Productions; Past Curfew, Surprise!, and The Four Senses of Love at Pacific Resident Theatre; The Other F Word in the Hollywood Fringe; and Requiem for a Bud, Heated Roar, Her & Me, The Artifact, and That’s What She Said at Sacred Fools late night theatre: Serial Killers. Coming up this year, look for Ladies Foursome, here at Little Fish, Long Joan Silver at Pacific Resident Theatre, and Fifty Shades of Shrew at the Hollywood Fringe Festival; you can always find out what’s next at www.DanielleOzymandias.com
(Director: Maime & Martin Go To Bed, Pre-Occupy Hollywood)
After a short hiatus, Ms. Schugt happily returns to Pick of the Vine once again. Previous Little Fish directing credits include the US Premiere of 13 O’Clock, And to All a Good Night, Twisted Spooky Creepy and most recently Woody Allen’s Central Park West. Other favorites include …And Then There Was Nun and Sylvia. On occasion you can also catch Ms. Schugt on stage. Most recently she starred as Dora Strang in Equus at the Long Beach Playhouse, but her favorite role of all time is that of Adelaide Pinchon in Tryst, which she performed at Little Fish and for which she and her costar (Bill Wolski) were awarded Best Duo Performance by Stage Scene LA. Thanks to her family and friends who put up with rehearsal schedules, especially her awesome mama.
JACOB SEVERANCE (Stage Manager)
Jacob has volunteered for Shakespeare by the Sea with Lisa Coffi for 5 seasons. He is excited and grateful to be participating in his second Little Fish Theatre show. Jacob would like to thank all the folks at LFT for guiding him in this new experience, as well as Lisa and Suzanne for introducing him to the wonderful people in the company.
TARA DONOVAN (Producer & LFT’s Managing Director)
Tara was raised in Arizona, and came to reside in Los Angeles by way of San Diego. She received her B.A. in both Theatre Performance and Political Science with a summer at Oxford through BADA. Having performed since the age of 7, Tara has a built a solid resume of theatre and film work. Theatre includes everything from Shakespeare to original works. Her films have screened at film festivals across the world. In 2008, having already produced a few theater shows and films, Tara started Cruthaigh Productions, a production company for Film, Theatre, and Events. Before coming to Little Fish, Tara has produced with Pacific Resident Theatre, Promenade Playhouse, Pico Playhouse, TreStage, and various non-traditional venues. As of 2010, Tara is also the Owner/Operator of Actors Creative Workshop. To keep up with all of Tara’s endeavors, please visit: taradonovan.shoutabl.com
LAURA LEVIN (Scenic Designer)
Laura is excited to be back at Little Fish doing the scenic design and build for Pick of the Vine.
She previously collaborated with the scenic design and build for Hallelujah Girls in 2011. She
graduated from Smith College with a degree in Studio Art and World Religions, later pursuing
an education in Stagecraft from Santa Monica College. She designs and builds sets for theatre,
film, and television around the South Bay community by night and works at the Los Angeles
County Museum of Art by day. In between, she loves to sing, do graphic design, and decorate
Christmas Trees. Cheers! www.lauralevin.com
HECTOR QUINTERO (Lighting Designer)
Hector is happy to be designing lights for his second time at Little Fish Theatre. Other shows he has designed include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum for Huntington Beach Playhouse and Lemon Boots for the Hollywood Fringe Festival. When he is not designing he works at his old high school and theatre companies like Musical Theatre West. He also likes to volunteer when the opportunity presents itself. For example, he has volunteered at Abraham Lincoln High School on their last production of Little Shop of Horrors. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Technical Theatre degree with an emphasis in lighting design. He would like to attend graduate school in the near future.
DIANA MANN (Costume Designer)
Diana is happy to be returning to Little Fish as a costumer and wardrobe coordinator for POV, which is always a fun challenge. A familiar face to the southland theater scene, Diana has costumed over 60 shows over the past 12 years for numerous local theaters. Little Fish favorites include Hallelujah Girls, And To All A Goodnight, Old Love, Chapter Two, Melville Boys, and her all time favorite, The Misanthrope. Thank you for supporting live theater.
KRISTINA TEVES (Prop Master)
While primarily an actor, Kristina has a second passion for making props! She has built props for A Noise Within for many years earning Best Props Master Scenies for the past two years. Her work includes, Cymbeline, Pericles, The Beaux Strategem, A Christmas Carol, Tartuffe, Come Back Little Sheba, and Endgame. Her past acting work with Little Fish includes Valerie in The Weir and Shakespeare by the Sea roles include Gertrude in Hamlet, Lady Constance in King John, Diana in All’s Well That Ends Well, Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Lady Montague in Romeo & Juliet. A few of her other roles include Hamlet in Hamlet, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Betty in Funny Money Belle/Fan/ Laundress in A Christmas Carol, Annabella Gotchling in A Bright Room Called Day, Jackie in Runaways. When not performing or building, Kristina is most often found hanging out with her awesome dog (and former SBTS star) Victor.