Die, Mommie, Die !
Celebration Theatre and JohnMichael Beck present Charles Busch’s campy noir classic, DIE, MOMMIE, DIE!, starring the hilarious Drew Droege (Bright Colors and Bold Patterns, Chloe, Logo’s Cocktails & Classics) as aging Hollywood star Angela Arden. Trapped in a hateful marriage with sleazy film producer Sol and desperate to find happiness with her gorgeous young lover Tony, Angela murders her husband. But when her children, Edith and Lance, discover what she’s done, they decide to take revenge! Family secrets are revealed and you’ll never see the surprise twist coming. This Greek tragedy on acid is an over-the-top comedy of Gay Hollywood proportions. You won’t want to miss this rollicking good time!
Location: Celebration Theatre @ The Lex
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Most recently starred Off-Broadway in his critically acclaimed solo show, Bright Colors and Bold Patterns, a New York Times Critics’ Pick, which he previously performed at Celebration Theatre this past fall. He is best known for his online parody videos of downtown indie “It Girl” Chloe Sevigny, featured in The Advocate, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, TimeOut New York, and most recently featured in Marc Jacobs’ 2016 Spring campaign. He’s a regular on the Logo series Cocktails & Classics and has appeared on Transparent, Life In Pieces, IdiotSitter, Nobodies, Bob’s Burgers, Drunk History, Bajillion Dollar Properties, 2 Broke Girls, House Of Lies, Kroll Show, Key & Peele, MTV’s Acting Out, New Girl, Happy Endings, How I Met Your Mother, and Baby Daddy. He can be seen in films Ideal Home, The 4th, The Circle, Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse, You’re Killing Me, and Eating Out: Drama Camp. He is an alum of The Groundlings and Up- right Citizens Brigade theaters in Los Angeles, where he performs regularly. His recent theatre credits include parodies of Troop Beverly Hills, The Devil Wears Prada, and The Golden Girls. He’s an Outfest award winner, one of OUT magazine’s Out 100, and host of a new podcast, Drew Droege’s Minor Revelations on Feral Audio.
DREW DROEGE (Angela)
ANDREW CARTER (Tony)
Andrew makes his Celebration debut. Los Angeles: No Wake (Vs. Theatre/Route 66); Around the World in 80 Days (Actor’s Co-0p); The Missing Pages of Lewis Carroll (Theatre@Boston Court); Bunny Bunny, The Last Act of Lilka Kadison (Falcon Theatre). Chicago: The Pitmen Painters, Frost/Nixon, The History Boys, Pravda, This Happy Breed (TimeLine Theatre, Associate Artist); The Internationalist (Steppenwolf); It’s A Wonderful Life (American Blues); Hot L Baltimore (Mary-Arrchie); Rose Rage, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Little Mermaid, Romeo & Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare). Regional: Once in a Lifetime, Yentl, Fallen Angels (Asolo Repertory); Romeo & Juliet (Cardinal Stage Company). Television: New Girl (Fox); Real Husbands of Hollywood (BET); 2 Broke Girls (CBS); Pretty Little Liars (Freeform); Agent Carter (ABC); Fresh Off the Boat (ABC); Castle (ABC); Sam & Cat (Nick- elodeon); Young & The Restless (CBS); Boss (Starz); Chicago Fire (NBC). Film: Galileo (Jay Silverman Productions). Andrew is represented by BBA Talent. Please visit www.abcisme.com for more on Andrew.
GINA TORRECILLA* (Bootsie)
AEA, SAG-AFTRA. Film & Television credits include: Brooklyn 99, Citizen, Scandal, Mad Men, Bones, Incredible Crew, Raising the Bar, Twinkies and Donuts, Britney Baby. Stage credits include: Failure: A Love Story, Currency, The Exit Interview, The Magic Finger, The Real Housekeepers of Studio City, I Love Lucy Live On Stage, The Next Fairy Tale, Assassins, Reckless, Twelfth Night, The Constant Wife, A Little Night Music. Gina has an M.F.A in Drama and is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory in Chicago. This is the second time Mr. Bergmann has cast Gina as a housekeeper. So, in the interest of job security, she has decided to only play maids going forward. Follow Gina on twitter: @ginacilla and visit ginatorrecilla.com.
JULANNE CHIDI HILL* (Edith)
Julanne is excited to be returning to the Celebration stage under the direction of Ryan Bergmann! Last seen at Celebration Theatre in Robert O'Hara’s Booty Candy (2016 Stage Raw Award Female Comedy Performance) and the award winning The Women of Brewster Place. Julanne was most recently seen at the Los Angeles LGBT Center in The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe: Revisited. Some LA Theatre credits include: American Menu with CCAP, The Pico Playhouse, We are Proud to Present
a Presentation about the Herero of Namibia, The Matrix Theater (LA Weekly Theater Award Supporting Female Performance, LADCC Award best ensemble), U.S. Premiere of Athol Fugard’s Blue Iris, The Fountain Theater. Flight, The Kirk Douglas Theatre. Film/Television: Gilmore Girls: A year in the Life, Weeds and LAbyrinth.
PAT TOWNE* (Sol)
Pat is an award winning actor/director/producer of the Los Angeles Theatre scene for over 20 years, and is thrilled to make his first appearance with Celebration. Last seen in Skullduggery: The Musical Prequel to Hamlet at Sacred Fools. Also for the Fools he performed in Stoneface (LAWeekly Award Best Ensemble), and starred and directed Gorey Stories (Ovation Award Best Musical). He also directed Exorcistic: The Rock Musical Parody Experiment (HFF Best Musical & Best of Fringe). Other credits include: Frank Zappa’s Joe’s Garage, Pasadena Playhouse, The Second City Hollywood, The National Lampoon, Independent Shakespeare Company, SciFest LA, Hoboken to Hollywood (LAWeekly Best Musical). TV credits include: Transparent, I Love Dick, Mad Men, Boston Legal, Desperate Housewives, Las Vegas, Gilmore Girls, among others.
TOM DETRINIS (Lance)
Tom is thrilled to be making his Celebration Main Stage debut and thanks the whole team for the opportunity! Tom is the producing director of the critically acclaimed theater company, 30 Minute Musicals (in residence at Celebration), which has created over 16 musical parodies of cult classic films. He was also an associate producer on Bright Colors and Bold Patterns at Celebration and Off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theater this past December. What’s that? You need more? Then go to 30mm.co or detrinis.com.
CHLOE FINEMAN (Understudy for Edith)
Chloe hails from San Francisco, so obviously feels very at home at Celebration Theatre. Chloe is a Jewish American Princess, so, finally getting to play a J.A.P. is like, such a true calling. #Blessed. #Typecasting. Recently, Chloe co-wrote and acted in Moskowitz Technique based on her time being talent raped at NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts, directed by Drew Droege. You can catch her monthly at UCB’s Characters Welcome and performing standup around Los Angeles.
CHRISTOPHER MAIKISH* (Understudy for Tony)
Christopher is an actor, director, and producer, known to Celebration Theatre audiences most recently as the BroadwayWorld LA Award-nominated “Narrator” from last season’s Dream Boy, as well as for originating the role of the hero prince in the Ovation-nominated world premiere musical, The Next Fairy Tale. He has directed readings for this theatre’s “Celebrating New Works” series, and was AD for Celebration’s The Homosexuals and Charm. Chris also co-founded popular new musicals concert series, ALittleNewMusic.org, now in its fourth year. AEA, SDC, SAG-AFTRA, Pro99.
MARC FORGET* (Understudy for Sol)
Originally from Canada, Marc worked as an actor in New York for many years, guest starring on Law & Order (SVU and original flavor), Sex and the City, Unfaithful, and Conan O’Brien. He appeared Off-Broadway in The Woodsman, a bilingual production of The Bald Soprano, and Social Notes from Dorothy Parker. After a hiatus, he moved to LA in 2013 and rekindled his love of acting, appearing on Revenge and many independent projects. Thank you to Celebration for this fun ride.
MICHAEL TAYLOR GRAY* (Understudy for Angela)
Michael most recently appeared on the Celebration Theatre stage for 77 sold-out performances in the 10-time Ovation Award nominated The Boy from Oz, directed by CT Co-Artistic Director, Michael Shepperd. His CT journey started 10 years ago with Judy At The Stonewall Inn and continued with The Bacchae, Sissystrata, two productions of A Christmas Carol, as the very first late night winner of America’s Next Top Bottom and a cabaret performance with his best galpal, Amanda Gari in Two Too Much, directed by CT Co-Artistic Director, Michael Matthews. What a joy to be a company member of the most celebrated intimate theatre in Southern California!
NATHAN MOHEBBI* (Understudy for Lance)
Nathan is happy to return to Celebration Theatre, after appearing in the ensemble of the award winning The Boy from Oz. He also was seen in the Celebration production of Wolves. Other LA credits: LA’s Queerclassics as Lucentio in Taming of the Shrew and Gwendolyn in The Importance of being Earnest. Regional Credits: Funny Girl(Renaldi), Damn Yankees (Henry), Hairspray (Fender). Film/TV Credits: Ellen More of Less (NBC) Chasing Life (ABC Family) , Child of God (dir. James Franco), Neighbors (Universal Studios).
TAMIKA SIMPKINS (Understudy for Bootsie)
Tamika is excited to make her debut at Celebration Theatre. Regional: Doubt (International City Theatre), Death and the King’s Horseman (Lantern Theatre). Local: Black Women State of the Union (Company of Angels & Skylight Theatre Company), The Wiggle Room, Chasing Monsters (Company of Angels). Film/ TV: The Wire, Life In Pieces, The Shield, Southland, Shameless, Dirty 30 (Lionsgate), Saving Lincoln. Stand-up: The Comedy Store (Hollywood). Thank you to Celebration Theatre and DMD Family! More info at tamikars.com.
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.