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Loves Me, Loves Me Not 2021

Hosted by
Brian O’Sullivan

Just Like Magic
by Sonya Hayden
Featuring: Branda Lock, Doug Mattingly

A Book by Any Other Cover
by David MacGregor
Featuring: Rachel Levy, Don Schlossman

The Possibility of Lightning
by Scott Mullen
Featuring: Kathryn FarrenDaniel Gallai

Careful
by Scott Mullen
Featuring: Amanda Karr, James Rice

To Tracy in Accounting
by Steven Korbar
Featuring: Margaret Schugt

PRODUCTION TEAM:

Patrick Vest – Director
Annie Vest – Producer
Lisa Coffi – Producing Artistic Director
Tara Donovan – Managing Producer
Sara Haddadin – Technical Director

THE PLAYWRIGHTS:

Sonya Hayden

Sonya Hayden (Just Like Magic

Sonya is a playwright, lyricist, and composer originally from Virginia, now based in New York. Her musicals and plays have appeared at local and international venues, including the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Edinburgh International Festival, Traverse Theatre, The Duplex, Village Pub Theatre Leith, Merlin Theatre Frome, Art House Productions, and Princeton University. She is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop, the Dramatists Guild, and ASCAP and is being mentored by Broadway Music Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell in Maestra’s mentorship program. She was previously a member of The Workshop Theatre’s selective writers’ intensive, where she developed her play Herr Dentist; the Princeton University Triangle Club Writers Workshop (Milton Lyon Award for Outstanding Writing) for which she contributed music and lyrics for three full-length musicals; and Traverse Theatre Young Writers in Scotland. MSc Playwriting with Distinction, University of Edinburgh; A.B. Music, Princeton University. sonyahayden.com (Back to Top)

Steven Korbar

Steven Korbar (To Tracy in Accounting)

Steven’s full-length and one-act plays have been produced throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. His short plays, Table for Four, Mrs. Jansen Isn’t Here Now and What are You Going to Be? have all been published in Smith and Kraus’ “Best Short Plays” series. Other productions include Hard at Elephant Stageworks in LA, Mrs. Jansen… at The Barrow Group Theatre in NYC, Yellow at Pop Culture Theatre in Melbourne, Mother and Child at the Fury Theatre, Chicago and The Disappearance of Small Objectsat the Odyssey Theatre in LA.  (Back to Top)

David MacGregor

David MacGregor – (A Book by Any Other Cover)

David is a playwright and screenwriter.  He is a resident artist at The Purple Rose Theatre in Michigan, where seven of his plays have been produced.  His newest play, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Fallen Soufflé, opened the Purple Rose’s 2019-2020 season.  His plays have been performed from New York to Tasmania, and his work has been published by Dramatic Publishing, Playscripts, Smith & Kraus, Applause, and Heuer Publishing.  He adapted his dark comedy, Vino Veritas, for the silver screen, and it stars Carrie Preston (Emmy-winner for The Good Wife).  Several of his short plays have also been adapted into films, and his screenplay In the Land of Fire and Ice was a 2016 Athena List Winner (best screenplays featuring female protagonists).  He teaches writing at Wayne State University in Detroit and is inordinately fond of cheese and terriers.  david-macgregor.com   (Back to Top)

Scott Mullen

Scott Mullen (Careful and The Possibility of Lightning) Scott is a longtime Hollywood screenplay analyst and screenwriter, a two-time winner of Amazon Studios’ screenwriting contest, whose thrillers THE SUMMONING and IN BROAD DAYLIGHT aired on TV One. His short plays have been performed hundreds of times around the world.  (Back to Top)

THE CAST MEMBERS

Kathryn Farren Gallai

Kathryn Farren

Kathryn has appeared in many Little Fish productions, most recently as Mabel in the world premiere of her own play Embridge. Kathryn won multiple Scenie Awards for both her acting and writing in Embridge. She’s written and starred in a myriad of short films that have been accepted into numerous film festivals. Kathryn is also an accomplished songwriter and has performed at clubs all over L.A. including The Troubadour and Catalina Jazz Club. Most recently, her essay Life After Death won a 2020 Honorable Mention for The Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. For more information on Kathryn, please check out kathrynfarren.com.  (Back to Top)

Daniel Gallai

Daniel is so happy to be bringing you some holiday cheer with Pick of the Pine! He is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts and comes to Los Angeles by way of Phoenix, Arizona and Ottawa, Ontario Canada. He is a company member at LFT so you may have seen him on stage in Embridge, The Nerd, The Good Doctor, POV 2018, Chills and Thrills 2018 and The LFT Cabaret. He has performed with numerous theater companies throughout Los Angeles and Phoenix. Daniel has also had his films in festivals all across the country and around the world. Most notably, his documentary Put Up Your Dux premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. He is so grateful to his wife and two pups for getting him through the year.  (Back to Top)

Amanda Karr

Amanda Karr

Amanda, last seen on the LFT stage in Dead Man’s Cell Phone, is thrilled to be back, at least virtually. Other LFT credits include The Clean House, Private Lives, The Ladies Foursome, Steel Magnolias, Present Laughter (StageScene LA award for Best Lead Actress), and Night Mother. Past theater credits and awards include Eleanor Islin in The Manchurian Candidate/Celebration Theater/Best Actress Drama – StageScene LA, Agatha Wyle in Smash/Long Beach Playhouse – Best Actress by OC Weekly, Zelda Fitzgerald in Tender/Knightsbridge Theatre – Best Actress nomination by LA Weekly and Hannah in Angels in America/NoHo Arts Center – Best Actress nomination by the Theater Guild ADA Awards. Television credits include The Guardian and Days of Our Lives. She has also been featured on many award winning Audiobooks. (Back to Top)

Rachel Levy

Rachel Levy

Rachel originally hails from Seattle and is excited return to Little Fish in any capacityShe has a BA in Drama from the University of Washington and has also studied Theatre in England as well as comedy improv with The Groundlings in LA.  Currently, Rachel is a company member with “The Gourmet Detective” (Orange County).  Rachel was most recently seen onstage as Jean in Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Little Fish Theatre). She’s been keeping herself busy during lockdown with work, getting certified as a Nutritional Counselor, and performing in several virtual theatrical projects.  Rachel is also a working voice actor and has done several commercials, children’s games, and audio books. Follow her at rachellevy.net. (Back to Top)

Branda Lock

Branda Lock

Branda’s Los Angeles directing credits include: Dead Man’s Cellphone, Dead Accounts, Pick of the Vine 2016 & 2018, Dear Master, What The Night Is For, (Little Fish Theatre); and She Loves Me and Boeing Boeing (Morgan-Wixson Theatre); Major Barbara and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (Infinite Jest Theatre Company); Blithe Spirit and The Musical of Musicals (The Musical) (West Valley Playhouse); Let There Be Thistles (Hollywood Fringe Festival); The Plan (Green Light One-Acts). Branda is a proud company member of Little Fish Theatre, Infinite Jest Theatre Company, Director’s Lab West alumni, and Helen Hayes award winner. Dead Accounts received several Steven Stanley Scenie Awards in 2019 including best comedy at an intimate theatre. Branda was also nominated in 2018 by Broadway World for best director of a musical in Los Angeles. She graduated from Susquehanna University with a B.F.A. in Theatre and B.S. in Economics. For more information on her directing and acting projects please visit www.brandalock.com @branda_lock  (Back to Top)

Doug Mattingly

Doug is thrilled to be back on the digital boards at Little Fish Theatre. He has appeared on stage, in feature films and shorts, on television, and in commercials and video. Some of his favorite recent stage roles are as Bernard in Boeing Boeing, Sir Robert Chiltern in Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, as Bill Walker and Charles Lomax in George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara and as Jack in Dead Accounts (LFT).  Doug received actor training at the University of Southern California and Groundlings in Los Angeles as well as at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC.  He holds Masters and Bachelor degrees in Music from USC. He also works as a freelance guitarist, composer, editor, and sound designer/editor, and teaches World Music, songwriting, sightsinging, and guitar at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in Hollywood. (Back to Top)

Brian O'Sullivan

Brian O’Sullivan 

Brian is very excited to continue performing with Little Fish Theatre, where he was seen in Plaza Suite and last year’s production of Embridge. Other regional credits include Boeing BoeingLittle Shop of HorrorsUrinetown: The Musical, and Company. Brian received his BFA in acting from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and when he is not performing in various plays and films around Los Angeles, he tours the country as a singing comedian. Brian is half of the comedy/music duo, “Necessary Distraction” with Jamie Pierce. @bocomedy (Back to Top)

James Rice

James Rice 

James is a 30 year veteran actor and director who has been involved with over 100 productions throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Jim recently appeared in Taking Sides, The Stones Will Cry Out and A Very Special Holiday Special at Little Fish Theatre. He also recently directed LFT’s productions of The Clean House, The Good Doctor and Best of Pick of the Vine(Back to Top)

Don Schlossman

Don Schlossman

Don Schlossman – At LFT, Froggy in The Foreigner, Everyone Else in On The Verge, Best of POV, Max in Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Herbert in Domestic Tranquility, Norman in Table Manners, TSC ’09, ’11, ’12, ’16, ’18 & ‘19,  Roderick in And The Stones Will Cry Out, Kaufmann in Bach at Leipzig, Finbar in The Weir, Pato in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, and Pick of the Vine ’12, ’13, ’17, ‘19. Other LA credits: The twins Gunner and Trigger in the world premier musical, Don’t Hug Me: We’re Married, at the Group Rep, Hartwell Clark in A.R. Gurney’s O Jerusalem (LA premier), Billy Pilgrim in Slaughterhouse Five (west coast premiere), Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons, Jerry in Road to Nirvana, Molokov in Chess and Charles Guiteau in Assassins. Regional: Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Huntington Theater and a season with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. (Back to Top)

Margaret Schugt

Margaret Schugt

A long-time Los Angeles based director and actor, Ms. Schugt is a company member of Little Fish. Previous Little Fish directing credits include 13 O’clock, Central Park West, Quartet, And to All a Goodnight, the world premiere of Embridge last season and dozens of one acts as part of both Pick of the Vine and Chills and Thrills (which she also coproduces). Little Fish acting credits include Gilda Stern in Hamlet 2, Janie in Wonder of the World, Adelaide in Tryst, a psychopath attempting to buy a card, a witch who may or may not curse her brother-in-law, and a shinning twin all grown up in various Chills Shows, and even the Virgin Mary in the World Premiere of A Very Special Holiday Special. When not in the theatre she can often be found with her nieces and nephews, her book club – The Jane Austen Fight Club, or, out on her bicycle exploring Long Beach. (Back to Top)

THE PRODUCTION TEAM

Lisa Coffi

Lisa Coffi (Producing Artistic Director)

As founder of Shakespeare by the Sea and Little Fish Theatre, Lisa is delighted to present this smorgasbord of plays virtually. She has an MFA in Theatre Management from CSU, Long Beach, and a BFA from CSU, Sacramento. Lauded as “Pedro’s Playmaker” by Random Lengths News, Lisa is living up to her moniker, producing more than 185 plays in San Pedro in the past twenty three years. Lisa judiciously divides her time between San Pedro and Newcastle (Auburn/Sacramento) where she resides with her husband, Curt, two dogs (Sally & Charlie), one cat (Cricket), and two cows (Raisin & Nutmeg). (Back to Top)

Tara Donovan

Tara Donovan (Managing Producer)

Tara has spent her time in L.A. as the owner/operator of an acting studio, an actress, a director and an award-winning producer. As an actress, she has graced the California stages from San Diego to Ventura and been seen in several tv shows including Days of Our Lives. Tara has produced over 70 plays, developed a handful of World Premiere’s and directed/produced short theatrical trailers for the theatre. As a film producer, her shorts have screened around the world. Tara received her B.A. in Theatre Performance and Political Science from San Diego State and an MFA in Producing from the American Film Institute Conservatory.  (Back to Top)

Sara Haddadin

Sara Haddadin (Technical Director) 

Sara is a graduate of the University of La Verne. When not working with SBTS she is a freelance theatre tech, working on shows like Macbeth with an independent theatre group, and Quartet and The Balcony Scene at Little Fish Theatre. She is also a Rogue Artist Ensemble member and worked on Project Kaidan: Walls Grow Thin. During the school year most of her time is spent as the technical director for the Archer School for Girls and Mission Viejo High School. (Back to Top)

Annie Vest

Annie Vest (Producer) 

Annie was most recently seen as Mrs. Martin in Little Fish Theatre’s production of Embridge. Additional LFTC credits include Karen and Norma in Plaza Suite, Ruth in Blithe Spirit, Cass in Wonder of the World, and various roles in Pick of the Vine. She also helps produce the annual Halloween fundraiser Chills and Thrills each year. Other favorite roles include Ophelia in Fortinbras, Audrey in The Curate Shakespeare As You Like It, and Kate in Taming of the Shrew. Annie graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in drama. (Back to Top)

Patrick Vest

Patrick Vest (Director)

Patrick has been performing with Shakespeare by the Sea since 2002 and is a founding member of LFT.  He’s played such roles as Macbeth, Iago, Malvolio, Mercutio, King John, Caliban, Leontes, Mark Antony, Bottom and many others.  He also directed three productions:  All’s Well that Ends Well, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and As You Like It.  Additionally, Patrick is the resident fight choreographer.  He’s excited to take part in this grand adventure, but sure does hope that there is an end to this pandemic soon.  Patrick received his MFA in Acting from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and he continues to study with Jack Stehlin at New American Theatre. (Back to Top)

PRESENTING NEW, CLASSIC & CONTEMPORARY WORKS