by Robert O'Hara.
A fun, satirical look at what it means to be both black and queer in today's society.
Previews Start October 23rd, Opens Oct 29th.
Location: Celebration Theatre at the Lex
Los Angeles, CA 90038
COOPER DANIELS* (Actor 5)
Cooper recently moved to LA from NYC. In NYC, he originated the role of Stash in Bingo with the Indians, Keith in Los Angeles, both directed by Adam Rapp. In LA, Cooper played Jesus in the LA Weekly award winning production, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Film: he played George Lucas in Arthur 3 (dir. Luc Besson), Dylan in Zerosome (dir. Christopher Kublan), Luc in Friends of the Bride. Lifetime member of the Actors Studio. AEA, SAG/AFTRA.
JULANNE HILL* (Actor 3)
Julanne Chidi Hill is thrilled to be returning to Celebration Theatre! She is a graduate of SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film. Theater: American Menu with CCAP at The Pico Playhouse, We are Proud to Present a Presentation about the Hero of Namibia at The Matrix Theater (LA Weekly Theater Award for Supporting Female Performance, Drama Critics Circle Award Best Ensemble), U.S. Premiere of Athol Fugard’s Blue Iris at The Fountain Theater (LA Weekly Theater Award nomination), The Award winning The Women of Brewster Place at Celebration Theatre under the amazing direction of Michael Matthews. Other theatre credits include The Kirk Douglas Theatre, The Son of Semele, The Mark Taper Forum, Ebony Rep, The McCarter Theater and The Seattle Repertory Theater. Some film and television credits include Barbershop 2, “Weeds”, and Lackawanna Blues.
ANTON PEEPLES (Actor 2)
Born in Mount Clemens, Michigan Anton knew as a child he wanted to entertain. After attending the Detroit High School for The Fine And Performing Arts (the same school as Aaliyah) he then went on to finish his studies at The Professional Performing Arts School in New York (the same school as Alicia Keys). Upon graduation, Anton decided to move to Los Angeles to further his career in both singing and acting. Anton has opened up for R&B Artist’s Tweet, Eric Benet and Mario. His debut music video for his single, “Red” (off of his self titled mix-tape) which was directed by Nelsan Ellis of “True Blood” and features Naturi Naughton of “Power” can be viewed on his Youtube channel as well as his website www.antonrechard.com. Training with Marjorie Ballentine and Troy Rowland.
MICHAEL A SHEPPERD* (Actor 4)
Michael is currently the Co-Artistic Director of Los Angeles’ multiple award-winning Celebration Theatre. CT producing, directing, and acting credits include: The Color Purple, Four, The Women of Brewster Place, Take Me Out, Coffee Will Make You Black, [title of show] and numerous others in his 10 year career at the theatre. Broadway/Off-Broadway/Regional credits include: Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan (Starkey); Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey Two); Caroline, or Change (Bus/Dryer); 5 Guys Named Moe (Big Moe), Fences (Troy) Choir Boy (Headmaster), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Fred) and The Whipping Man (Simon) TV credits include: “Hot In Cleveland”, “Wizards of Waverly Place”, “Monk”, “Criminal Minds”, “NCIS”. Thank you Hutch, Sebastian and Maxwell Pearl for letting Daddy do this.
TRAVINA SPRINGER* (Actor 1)
Travina is excited to make her debut with Celebration Theater. Her credits include Shel Stories (Deaf West Theater, Regional Tour) and To Kill A Mockingbird (Orlando Repertory Theater, Regional). She’s also a stand-up comedienne, featured in the new season of BET’s “Comic View”. Travina is fluent in American Sign Language, loves “Frasier”, and is a proud graduate of The Florida State University (Go Noles!!) Follow her: @travinaspringer | http://www.travinaspringer.com
NIKETA CALAME* (Understudy Actor 1)
Niketa Calame hails from Los Angeles, CA. She is most noted as the voice of Young Nala in Disney’s feature film The Lion King. Niketa is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA and EQUITY. She received her MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School in New York and her BA in theater from UC Santa Cruz. Fav Theater Credits: Squeak in Celebration’s Ovation winning The Color Purple; Charlene in Ain’t Misbehavin’; Lady In Yellow in For Colored Girls. Tv/film Credits: “The Miller’s”, “Mad TV”, The Lion King, CB4, Megachurch Murder on Lifetime. Niketa is delighted to be back at Celebration Theatre
CHRIS FERRO (Understudy Actor 5)
Chris is thrilled to be back in the hands of Celebration Theatre after his first run as Dillon/T-Bag in the Ovation-nominated Bash’d: A Gay Rap Opera, and couldn’t be more ecstatic to understudy such a great show built piece by piece by an insanely talented team. You can find him elsewhere ranting on Twitter @chrisferro, trying to secure every 6’2 douche bag role in Hollywood, and planting seeds for the #Kanye2020 run for President.
CONSTANCE JEWELL LOPEZ* (Understudy Actor 3)
Theatre: The Who’s Tommy! (The Acid Queen) (East West Players), Dreamgirls (Effie) (DOMA), The Color Purple (Sofia) (Celebration Theatre), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (BJ) (Center Rep), Working (Maggie) (Actors Ensemble of Berkeley), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Snug the Joiner/Lion) (Theatricum Botanicum). Television: “The Office”, “Melissa & Joey”. Awards: 2014 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award (Effie-Dreamgirls), 2012 Ovation Award (The Color Purple). Constance thanks her supportive and loving husband, Jaime. www.constancejewelllopez.com, Twitter: @Divalopeezie AEA, SAG-AFTRA
PARNELL DAMONE MARCANO* (Understudy Actor 4)
Parnell made his first Celebration Theatre appearance in the final cast of CT’s long running hit, Naked Boys Singing. “I was scurred to be naked onstage to audition for the original cast!” Since then he’s dropped trou onstage: Fucking Men, Jerker, and on film: Adults Only, Confessions of a Self-Hating Jew, and Her. Clothed performances include: Dreamgirls, Hello Dolly, Ragtime, Children of the Night, Bed, Boys & Beyond. He thanks his husband, Michael, family and friends for their love and support
NICHOLAS ANTHONY REID (Understudy Actor 2)
Born in Redlands, California, Nick is a rare SoCal native. After a short stint in college attempting to pursue a more practical profession in engineering, Nick, moved to LA to pursue his true passion, acting. Recently, Nick stumbled upon the role of a lifetime in the art house film King of Pop by renowned artist, Adel Abidin, where he was honored to portray one of the most prolific artists of our time, Michael Jackson.
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
MICHAEL MATTHEWS** - DIRECTOR / CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Los Angeles: Homefree (World Premiere), Failure; a Love Story (Coeurage Theatre, LA Premiere, Ovation Nomination Best Director and Best Production), Sons of the Prophet (LA Premiere), Psyche; a Modern Rock Opera (World Premiere), Rabbit Hole (La Mirada), Funny Girl (3D Theatricals, Ovation Nomination Best Director), Peter Pan; The Boy Who Hated Mothers (LA Weekly Nominations Best Director and Best Production, Play; LA Premiere), Very Still and Hard To See (LA Weekly Nominations Best Director and Best Production, Play; World Premiere), The Color Purple, The Musical (Ovation and LA Weekly Awards Best Director and Best Production, Musical), What’s Wrong With Angry? (Ovation Nominations Best Director and Best Production, Play), Take Me Out! (Ovation Nomination Best Director, NAACP Award Best Director) The Women of Brewster Place, the Musical (Ovation Nomination Best Director, NAACP Award Best Director, Ovation Award Best Production, Musical; West Coast Premiere), Stupid Kids (LA Premiere), Beautiful Thing (Ovation Nominations, Best Director and Best Production,Play), The Bacchae (Ovation Nominations, Best Director and Best Production,Play), Broadway: Butley (Assistant Director). Chicago: What’s Wrong With Angry? (Jeff Nominations, Best Director and Best Production), In The Blood (Jeff Nominations, Best Director and Best Production), Porcelain (Jeff Nomination, Best Director), The Judas Kiss (Chicago Premiere), Being 11 (World Premiere), and...for colored girls who have considered suicide.... International: The Bacchae (Edinburgh Theatre Festival, 2010).
RYAN BERGMANN - ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Recent Directing Highlights: Niagara Falls (Theatre of NOTE), Bronies: The Musical (LA Fringe, Best Musical), revolver (Celebration Theatre), The Real Housekeepers of Studio City (LA Fringe); Recent AD Highlights: Psyche (The Greenway Theater), Wolves (Celebration Theatre), Justin Love (Celebration Theatre, LADCC Award, Best Production; World Premiere), A Little Midsummer Night’s Dream (Los Angeles Rock Opera Company), The Color Purple (Celebration Theatre; Ovation Award, Best Musical in an Intimate Theatre along with five other Ovation Awards). Recent Producing Highlights: Push Play 3 (LA Rock Opera), The Next Fairy Tale (Celebration Theatre), BASH’d: A Gay Rap Opera (Celebration Theatre), A Little Midsummer Night’s Dream (LA Rock Opera), Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera (LA Rock Opera); Ryan is always excited to work with Celebration Theatre and the superstar Michael Matthews! It’s such a honor to be working on this piece with such beautiful talent! As always, thanks mom!
MARCEDES L. CLANTON* - STAGE MANAGER
Credits include: Sons of the Prophet (West Coast Premiere); ModRock (Premiere), Wolves (LA Premiere), Justin Love (World Premiere; LADCC & LA Weekly Awards), The Color Purple, The Musical (six Ovation awards, LADCC, LA Weekly Awards), Leslie Jordan Fruit Fly (World Premiere), What’s Wrong with Angry?, Take Me Out! (NAACP & LA Weekly awards), The Temperamentals (West Coast Premiere) and [title of show]. In eighth season as Resdient Stage Manager at Celebration Theatre.
MATTHEW BRIAN DENMAN - LIGHTING DESIGNER / PHOTOGRAPHER
Matthew Brian Denman has designed lighting for productions across the country, most recently Failure: A Love Story for Coeurage Theatre and Niagara Falls at Theatre of NOTE as well as Corpus Christi, revolver, What’s Wrong With Angry?, The Next Fairy Tale, [title of show], Women Behind Bars, Children of Eden, Reckless, Much Ado About Nothing, Simpatico, and Songs for a New World. He has worked with 108 Productions, Theatre J’Nerique, Cambridge Summer Stages, and Hasty Pudding Theatricals. www.MatthewBrianDenman.com
REBECCA KESSIN - SOUND DESIGNER
Recent designs include The Whiskey Maiden (Theatre of NOTE), If You Can Get to Buffalo (Son of Semele), Niagara Falls (Theatre of NOTE), What the Butler Saw (Associate Design - Mark Taper Forum), The Why (The Blank), The Max Factor Factor (NoHo Arts Center), Object of Her Affection (Automata), Woman Parts (Son of Semele), The Homosexuals, revolver (Celebration), Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers (The Blank Theatre), The Black Suits (Assistant Design - Kirk Douglas), Tribes (Associate Design - La Jolla Playhouse), Wrap Your Heart Around It (Falcon Theatre), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dancing at Lughnasa, Children of Eden, Hot L Baltimore, Once On This Island, Cabaret, The Secret Garden, Twelve Angry Jurors, Legally Blonde, A Christmas Carol (AMDA), Vera Stark, Next Fall, In Motherwords (Associate Design - The Geffen Playhouse), Clybourne Park (Associate Design - Mark Taper Forum), The Savannah Disputation, On Golden Pond, The All Night Strut!, Educating Rita (The Colony), Gypsy, Three Tall Women, Crumbs..., Fabulation!, Miss Witherspoon (West Coast Ensemble), Stranger (Bootleg Theatre - Garland Nomination), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Havok - Garland Nomination), The Miracle Worker (High Street Arts Center - Four Star Award).
STEPHEN JOSHUA THOMPSON - SET DESIGNER
Stephen Joshua Thompson is thrilled to be working with Celebration Theatre on this inaugural show in their new space having arrived from NYC only a few weeks ago. Past designs include Les Misérables, 9 to 5: The Musical, and The Great American Trailer Park. As an actor, Stephen has been seen in Mary Poppins (Bert), Les Misérables (Marius), The Producers (Leo Bloom), Forbidden Broadway (Man #2), Into The Woods (Jack), and Legally Blonde (Emmett) to name a few. Wright State University. Proud AEA member. MICHAEL C. KRICFALUSI (Executive Director/Executive Producer) Michael has
ALLISON DILLARD - COSTUME DESIGNER
Allison Dillard has an MFA in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and works as a freelance designer and technician locally and regionally. She is proud to to be back at Celebration Theatre, recent design work includes: Something Truly Monstrous (Blank Theatre), Failure: A Love Story (Coeurage Theatre), Into the Woods, Seussical (Milken Schools), The Discord Altar (OperaWorks), Sons of the Prophet (Blank Theatre), James and the Giant Peach (Mirman School), The Arsonists (Western Stage), The Homosexuals (Celebration Theatre). Her work can be seen at www.allisondillard.com.
MICHAEL O'HARA - PROPERTIES DESIGNER / MANAGING DIRECTOR / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Michael saw his first show at Celebration Theatre in 2001 and never left. He has been Resident Properties Designer since 2005. He has been Managing Director since January 2013. Recent design credits include: Homefree (The Road Theatre), Chinglish, (East West Players), Failure: A Love Story (Coeurage Theatre Company). Michael has also worked as a Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager, Sound Mixer, and Actor around Los Angeles. Many thanks to the cast, crew, and Celebration family. Thank you for supporting Celebration Theatre.
MICHAEL C. KRICFALUSI- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Michael has directed, acted, produced or distributed numerous projects for the stage as well as film and television. He has produced The Color Purple which took home six Ovation awards including Best Production of a Musical in an Intimate Theatre, Take Me Out, The Daddy Machine, WEHO, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and Twelve Angry Men. He has appeared onstage in The Mikvah Monologues at the Wadsworth Theatre, Los Angeles, as well as Twelve Angry Men, Three Sisters and Blood Wedding in Los Angeles and The Trial Off-Broadway. Besides the stage, he has acted in, produced and distributed the film Special Needs. Other film and television credits include Dear J, Deep In The Valley and “The Young and the Restless”. He is probably most recognized for having been a passenger seated behind Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves & Valerie Bertinelli in the pilot for “Hot In Cleveland”. Michael currently is the Executive Director of Celebration Theatre as well as the current Board President of the Theatrical Producers League-Los Angeles for intimate theatre. Special thanks to the management team at Celebration Theatre for getting our new space ready for curtain as well as to Todd Milliner for his continued support. A shout out to both his now adult children for making him realize he’s almost as old as his passport says he is.
REBECCA EISENBERG - PRODUCER / PRODUCING DIRECTOR / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Rebecca Eisenberg is a Los Angeles based producer and stage manager. With a passion for developing new works, she has been a part of many world premiere, west coast premiere, and Los Angeles premiere productions including, Failure: A Love Story (Ovation nominated for Best Production, Acting Ensemble and Best Direction of a Play), Psyche: A Modern Rock Opera, Justin Love (LADCC Award, Best Production), The Trouble With Words (Ovation Award, Original Lyrics and Music; Hollywood Fringe Award, Best Musical), The Real Housekeepers of Studio City (Best of Hollywood Fringe), Bronies: The Musical (Best Musical and the Golden Elephant Producer/Director award at The Hollywood Fringe Festival), Fireman (5 LADCC Awards including Best Production, Ovation Award, Featured Actress in a Play), and Backyard (Ovation Award, Featured Actor in a Play, Fight Choreography). Rebecca also specializes in events and benefits. Her most recent events include the 14th and 15th Annual Les Girls concert to benefit the National Breast Cancer Coalition, The 24th Annual Ovation Awards, and If All The Sky Were Paper, an event to benefit U.S. Veterans at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. www.rebeccaeisenberg.com
NATHAN FRIZZELL - LITERARY DIRECTOR / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
As an actor, Nathan’s theatre credits include: Celebration: Four (LA Premiere, LA Weekly nomination, Best Ensemble), Beautiful Thing (Ticketholder, Garland nominations Best Actor; Ovation nomination, Best Play), Stupid Kids (LA Weekly Award, Best Ensemble), plus numerous sketch comedy shows directed by Todd Milliner; Los Angeles: He Asked For It (ElevenEleven Productions/Macha Theatre), West Side Story (MTLA; The Hudson Theatre); Eisegesis, SpiderMan: Turn On The Lights, The Exceptional Childhood Center (The Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival); Regional: Shakespeare In Briefs! (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); International: The Bacchae (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Nathan currently serves as Producer of Celebration Theatre’s new play reading series “Celebrating New Works” and will be re-introducing the workshop series “CT Tuesdays” in 2016.
MICHAEL A. SHEPPERD - CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
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MARK GIBERSON - ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Mark Giberson is an award-winning journalist and public relations executive, now retired. He serves on the board of directors of The Barn Studio of Art, is past president of the Flying Samaritans and is the founder of No Boundaries Art Workshops®. He also is an active supporter of the Bald Head Island Conservancy, the Bayshore Discovery Project, and others. A recovering parent of two former teenagers, he is married and lives in Pasadena
GINO MARCONI - ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Gino is a proud company member of Celebration and is honored to be part of the talented production team for the first show of the season in our new home Bootycandy. Gino’s previous producing credit is Songs For A New World at The Hollywood Fringe. Thank you Celebration for all you do!
TRACEY MCAVOY- ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Tracey is so happy to be celebrating good times with her CT Family again. Previous Celebration credits include Assistant Director (revolver), Stage Manager (Coffee will Make you Black, Porcelain, Prodigal Father, Fucking Men, Christmas time is Queer and many late night and special event performances.) In her 8 years as a company member, you may have seen her in the front of house, serving drinks, running box office, cleaning bathrooms and floors, and always thrilled to welcome people new and old to our theatre home.
JAMI RUDOFSKY- CASTING DIRECTOR
Jami is proud to be the Resident Casting Director for Celebration Theatre. Celebration credits include The Color Purple, The Musical, The Women Of Brewster Place, Take Me Out, The Homosexuals, Haram Iran, Porcelain, and many more. Most recently she also co-cast, Hit The Wall for LGBT Cultural Arts Center. Film and Television credits include “Masters of Sex” for Showtime , “Sing It!”, Deserted and New Breed shooting this March. So honored to be back working with the Celebration Theatre Family!
DAVID ELZER PR- MARKETING / PUBLICITY
David Elzer/DEMAND PR represents Actors Co-op, Cabrillo Music Theatre, Celebration Theatre, Circle X Theatre Company, Colony Theatre Company, Independent Shakespeare Co., Laguna Playhouse, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, NoHo Arts Center Ensemble, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Open Fist Theatre Company, Road Theatre Company, Rubicon Theatre Company, Theatre of NOTE, Theatre Tribe and VS. Theatre Company. He loves working with the very talented Celebration team and is thrilled they have a new home - thank you for supporting Celebration and L.A. theater!