Pygmalion

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Pygmalion
by George Bernard Shaw
directed by Branda Lock

Cast of Characters:
Prof. Henrietta Higgins – Margaret Schugt
Eliza Doolittle – Sydnée Grant
Alfred Doolittle – Danny Smalls
Col. Pickering – Warren Davis
Mrs. Higgins – Michele Schultz
Eynsford-Hill/Pearce – Shirley Hatton
Freddy – Connor Sullivan

Production Team:
Branda Lock – Director/Props
Lisa Coffi – Producing Artistic Director
Tara Donovan – Producer/Props
Sara Haddadin – Technical Director
Debra Ann Byrd – Dramaturg
Tristan Griffin – Scenic Designer
Michael Mullen – Costume Designer
Doug Mattingly – Sound Designer/Film Editor
Cinthia Nava-Palmer – Audio Engineer

THE CAST MEMBERS

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Warren Davis (Col. Pickering)

Warren is happy to be making his Little Fish debut. He began his acting career in Chicago, appearing at The Goodman Theatre (The Visit), Drury Lane Oakbrook (The Nerd), Drury Lane South (Love, Sex and the IRS), National Jewish Theatre (Rocket to the Moon and The Wizards of Quiz), and Lifeline Theatre (The Little Sister) among others. LA credits include Engaging Shaw and The Surveillance Trilogy (Theatre 40), Fugu (West Coast Jewish Theatre), Orphans (LA New Court Theatre), Bulrusher (Skylight Theatre / LDTE), The Diary of Anne Frank (NoHo Arts Center), A Christmas Twist (SeaGlass Theatre), The Crucible (Lillian Theatre), The Car Plays (Moving Arts at Segerstrom Center for the Arts), The Chinese Massacre (Circle X), All Steps Necessary (Inkwell Theatre), R.U.R. and Slaughterhouse Five (Action! Theatre) and The Book of Liz (Blank Theatre). TV credits include The Middle, Criminal Minds, House, ER, LAX, and Strong Medicine. He can also be seen in the sci-fi cult feature Yesterday Was A Lie(Back to Top)

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Sydnée Grant (Eliza Doolittle)

Sydnée is thrilled to play Eliza in LFT’s production of Pygmalion and is honored to work with such a talented cast. She recently graduated USC with a B.F.A in Acting and is currently based in LA. Sydnée is best known for her leading role in the award-winning YouTube series, Micah Makes a Movie. Sydnee’s other notable credits include roles in the upcoming films Accidentally in Love (2021) and Manifest (2021). In addition to acting, Sydnee runs YouTube channel W.E. Sibz with her brother, @chrisgrantjr, where they review and discuss the latest in movies and TV. Shout out to her wonderful parents, brother, and entire fam for their love and support, especially to her beloved Uncle Paul <3. Follow Sydnée on Instagram @sydneegrant  (Back to Top)

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Shirley Hatton*+(Eynsford-Hill/Pearce)

Shirley is so happy to be back at LFT where she is a company member! Her last stage appearance was in LFT’s production of Dead Man’s Cell Phone, which had to be halted mid-production due to the pandemic. During this lock-down she has stayed busy with Zoom play readings, a production of Bauer for TTC and The Whole Ham—an on-line production of Hamlet with improvised elements for Infinite Jest Theatre. Other shows for LFT include Embridge, Mending Fences, Quartet, Wonder of the World, The Ithaca Ladies Read Medea, Domestic Tranquility, Present Laughter and Hallelujah Girls. Shirley has also appeared at TTC in Silent Sky, Brighton Beach Memoirs, All My Sons, The Cripple of Inishmaan and Lion in Winter.  Shirley has her BA in Theatre Arts from Brown University and spent a year studying theatre in London. Much love to Cam, Claire, Matt and Emma.  (Back to Top)

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Margaret Schugt+ (Prof. Henrietta Higgins)

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. 

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Michele Schultz (Mrs. Higgins)

Michele is delighted to be making her debut at Little Fish Theatre and reuniting with director Branda Lock, for whom she played Mrs. Baines in the Scenie Award winning production of Major Barbara. She is currently in rehearsal to play Diana Nichols and Mrs. Sitgood in Neil Simon’s London Suite at the Group Rep, where she recently participated in Unhidden Figures, a tribute to African-American women, and played Lottie Lomax in The Secret of Chimneys (Valley Theatre nomination) and Mrs. Mayhew in Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution (LA Broadway World nomination). She appeared at Theatre 40 in the world premiere of Sunday Dinner as Margaret Guardino, in Bus Stop as Grace Hoylard, and in 26 Pebbles, demonstrating her physical and vocal versatility in the multiple roles of Georgia, Kat, and Carrie, all of which garnered LA Broadway World nominations. She has received nominations as well for playing Marguerite Oswald in the world premiere of Alik by Julio Vera, Dr. Elizabeth Woolley in Write Me a Murder (Theatre Palisades), and Miss Meacham in Separate Tables (Theatre 40). Other recent roles include Madge in The Dresser and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In addition to acting, she has served as dialect coach on numerous productions. Michele is a member of the Group Rep Theatre, Theatre 40, and the Antaeus Academy. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and animal children. Michele earned her MFA in Acting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She has studied with Armin Shimerman, Geoffrey Wade, and Avery Brooks, among others. She still practices entertainment law, with a degree from Yale Law School. (Back to Top)

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Danny Smalls* (Alfred Doolittle)

Dan is beyond grateful to be a part of this LFT production.  He’s always been a fan of the classics and this is his first tackling of a Shaw’s play.  His past roles in the New York theatre scene include Shakespeare’s Othello, Oberon, Caliban, Polixenes and the Duke of Cornwall.  And a  bunch of other TV and Film stuff!  Dan is thrilled to have lines to memorize finally, after the near shut down of our industry.  Mr. Smalls is honored to be working with such a fantastic cast and crew.  (Back to Top)

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Connor Sullivan* (Freddy)

Connor is overjoyed to be making his Little Fish debut with this incredible play! Most recently: And Then They Came For Me (MainStreet Theatre Company) How High The Moon (La Jolla Playhouse- WOW Festival), Angels in America (Cygnet Theatre), The Three Musketeers (PVPA), Othello, The Two Noble Kinsmen (Kingsmen Shakespeare), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (PVPA), The Man Who Came to Dinner (Actors Co-op). Regional: The Old Globe, San Diego Repertory Theatre, New Fortune Theatre Company, MOXIE Theatre. He holds a B.A. in both Theatre and Communication Studies from USD and trained at the MCIT Studio in San Diego as well as the Summer Training Congress at A.C.T. A huge thank you to Branda and Tara for the opportunity! All my love to Chels and the pups. And finally, thank YOU for streaming! @itsconnorsullivan for behind the scenes shenanigans. (Back to Top)

PRODUCTION TEAM:

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Branda Lock+ (Director/Props)

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)

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+ (Producer/Props)

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)

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Debra Ann Byrd (Dramaturg)

Debra Ann is the Founding Artistic Director of the Harlem Shakespeare Festival and an award winning classically trained actress, scholar and producer who was recently named Writer-in-Residence at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Artist-in-Residence Fellow at the Folger Institute and an A’Lelia Bundles Community Scholar Arts Fellow at Columbia University.  In addition, she is the 2021 recipient of the prestigious Sidney Berger Award presented to her by the Shakespeare Theatre Association for her work as a charismatic leader of Shakespearean theater throughout the world. Other theatrical and business leadership honors include the NAACP Shirley Farmer Woman of Excellence Award, the LPTW Lucille Lortel Award, and the Josephine Abady Award for Excellence in “Producing works that foster diversity.”  Debra Ann received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College and completed advanced studies at Shakespeare & Company, The Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab and The Broadway League’s Commercial Theatre Institute.  (Back to Top)

Tristan Griffin HeadshotTristan Griffin (Scenic Designer)

Tristan received his BA in Theatre from George Mason University. Talented both on and off the stage, he enjoys directing, set design, acting, and playwriting. His original scripts were chosen two years in a row for the ten-minute play festival in Fairfax, VA. He has designed sets for Morgan-Wixson, Infinite Jest, and Little Fish Theatre. Favorite acting roles include Drake/Healy in Annie at Jump Company, F.C. Carr Gomm in The Elephant Man and Narrator in Into the Woods at George Mason University, Mark Anthony in A Chorus Line at Western Wyoming College, Nigel Rancour in Something’s Afoot and Didi, Vera, Phinas in Greater Tuna at West-End Theatre Company. He attended the Second City Conservatory in Chicago as well as Improv Olympics. He was most recently seen in The 39 Steps At Morgan-Wixson. (Back to Top)

Doug Mattingly HeadshotDoug Mattingly+ (Sound Designer)

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.

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Michael Mullen HeadshotMichael Mullen+ (Costume Designer)

Michael is a costume designer, actor, and writer. Among his theatrical design credits are DreamgirlsThe Boy From Oz, Siamese Sex Show, Fugue, When Jazz Had The Blues, Burners, Cabaret, Year Of The Rooster, Fixed, Sweeney Todd, American Idiot, and The Legend Of Georgia McBride. He has received several awards and nominations for his work both onstage and off from such organizations as Ovation, L.A. Drama Critics Circle, L.A. Weekly, N.A.A.C.P., Scenie, Stage Raw, Robby, Broadway World, Ticket Holder, Eddon, and Desert Theatre League. He would like to thank his family, friends, and everyone involved with this show for being awesome. 🙂 (Back to Top)

Cinthia Nava-Palmer+ (Audio Engineer)
Cinthia Nava-PalmerCinthia earned her BA in Drama from the University of California, Irvine with honors in sound design. Most recently she composed music for and devised original works in Busan, South Korea, where she was teaching English for two years. She has taught theatre workshops and yoga classes throughout Asia, in New Jersey, and here in Southern California. You can find her licensed sound design and incidental music for Luke Yankee’s The Last Lifeboat at Dramatists Play Service. (Back to Top)

(+ denotes LFT Company Member, * denotes member of Actors Equity Association)

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