The Company  

 

GARY YOUNG, Author (Company A: Bob)  Having started his theatrical career at the age of three, with the title role in Humpty Dumpty (they never completely put him back together again), Gary studied at Catholic U, Rollins College and the U. of Wisconsin.  He has studied with Peter Shaffer, Jessica Drake, Claire Peck, Rob Spera Alan Bergmann.  After working onstage at Arena Stage in Washington, Gary began his own company, touring throughout the US and Europe, with programs for all ages and hands-on job training/employing in several cities as well as a large program by, with and for disabled populations.  He and his company have performed at the White House for four administrations, throughout the Smithsonian (including the Zoo), Lincoln Center and the Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.  Wolf Trap Farm Park and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC have commissioned new works which his company performed with extended contracts.  In addition to twenty years of touring original works, he has appeared in such plays as Waiting for Godot, Private Ear, Public Eye, Diary of Anne Frank. His film and TV credits include All the President's Men, Heartburn, Being John Malkovich, and America's Funniest People.

 

MARCIA RODD (Director)  is a Tony-nominated actress, director, and graphic artist. She made her Broadway debut in Oh, What a Lovely War, created the role of Olivia in Your Own Thing, and originated the role of Bobbi in Neil Simon’s hit, Last of the Red Hot Lovers and was Tony nominated for her starring role in the Cryer/Ford musical, Shelter.  In LA she starred in Once in a Lifetime (Taper), The Supporting Cast (Doolittle), On Golden Pond (Julie Harris and Charles Durning)at the Ahmanson, and as Golde in Fiddler on the Roof (Dorothy Chandler). Guest starred in numerous TV shows.  Her film work includes starring roles in Little Murders, T.R. Baskin, and Jonathan Demme’s Handle with Care.  Last year, she starred as Diana Vreeland in the one-woman play, Full Gallop at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, then sang the lead role in Kander and Ebbs’ The World Goes Round at Actor’s Alley.  Most recently, she starred in Everyone’s Friend at the Whitefire and Remember Me, opposite Tom Poston at the New Theatre in Kansas City.  Her most recent directing credits include Murder at the Mystic Palace, at the Lionhead and David Rambo’s hit comedy, There’s no Place Like Home.

   

APRIL AUDIA (Company A: Julia, Waitress.  Company B: Bonnie) Originally from New York April now considers Los Angeles her home.  She studied theatre at the Los Angeles Theatre Academy and has been seen here as well as regionally.  Some of her favorite stage roles include Mary Jo in A Piece of My Heart, Meg in Our Country's Good, Laura in The Unexpected Guest and Diana in Lend me a Tenor.  April has also shown her musical talent playing the title role in Gypsy, Frenchy in Grease and her all time favorite, the crazy 60's musical, Beehive.  She has many more stage credits that have brought her to different places and made her many friends.  While in Los Angeles she has been seen on T.V. shows such as The Young and the Restless, Melrose Place and a recurring part on The Bold and the Beautiful.  April has worked on many Indie films and commercials but always finds herself coming back to theatre. She is proud to be working on Interruptions at the Steller Adler Theatre and looks forward to a successful run.  

 

AMY BENEDICT (Company B: Linda)) is happy to be joining Gary, Marcia and all the folks in Interruptions and to be performing for the first time at the Stella Adler Theatre. Los Angeles theatre credits include Metamorphoses at the Mark Taper Forum; Poseidon Adventure: The Musical with Theatre A-Go-Go and Harder Yet to Tell, an original piece in collaboration with Independent Women Artists.  TV credits include recurring roles on thirtysomething and Mama’s Family to more recent guest spots on ER, Star Trek and Profiler.  Ms. Benedict can also be seen in the feature films Sneakers and Early Bird Special.  She resides in Silverlake with her husband Mark and her cats, Asia and Spatz.    

 

GABE COHEN (Company A: Nathan/Mitch) Gabe's last appearance on the L.A. stage was a Drama-Logue award winning performance in Theatre 40's Inventions for Fathers and Sons in which he played the father and son.  Highlights of a career that started at Toronto's famed Second City include starring in the original production of Kvetch at the Odyssey Theatre in West L.A. and four years as Artistic Director of the Hollywood Actor's Theatre.  Gabe has appeared in countless commercials as well as many guest starring roles in television and movies and starred in the hit canadian series Snow Job.

     

ADAM GREGOR (Zoltan) has been on stage in almost every state in the U.S., doing Caligula Irma La Duce, A Shot in the Dark, the Odd Couple, Waltz of the Torreadors, etc.   Here in L.A., Prelude to a Kiss, Name Day at the Odyssey and Chess for Blank Theatre Company.  Feature Films and TV movies include Subterfuge, Trust Me, Native Son, Combat High, Independence and City Killer.  While daytime viewers will remember him from Days of our Lives and General Hospital, his numerous prime-time shows include Jag, Wings, Cybill, Murder She Wrote, Hunter, Hardball and Hill Street Blues.  The 8-hour mini-series Empire of Eagles, in which he starred, should soon be released.  A native of New York, where he met his wife, actress Kerry Michaels at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Adam has been enjoying life in L.A. for over 20 years.

 

RANDY HERMAN (Company B: Mitch) Randy received a B.A. in Dramatic Arts from San Diego State College, where he also played varsity baseball.  He subsequently studied improvisation with Viola Spolin, the inventor of theatre games.  His stage credits include the role of Frankie, in a "downstairs" production of Birdbath, at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet at the commemoration of the Chamizal National Memorial Theatre in El Paso, Texas.  His film credits include Our Winning Season, in which he starred with Dennis Quaid and Scott Jacoby, and Close Encounters of the third Kind, his first film.  Trivia fans may remember him as the first airman to disembark the mother ship.  TV credits include the title role of Sparrow, as CBS television pilot, and , commercially, he was the Crispix guy, helping to pioneer some of television's first split commercials.  Randy just completed his MA in Marriage and Family Therapy and is working toward licensure.  Randy lives in Santa Monica with his two boys, is known in Little League and AYSO circles as Chapin and Tad's father, and has a sushi habit which he swears is not serious.  

 

DAVID LINDSTEDT (Company B: Bob) A native of Akron, Ohio,  David is a graduate of Tufts University and embarked on a career in chemical engineering before coming to his senses.  He has studied with John Strasberg and Sarah Eigerman at F.A.C.T. (Franco American Cinema & Theatre) in Paris and Terry Schrieber in New York.  Recent theatrical performances include Close to Glenn at The Long Beach Studio Theatre; was nominated for an Ethel Award in Laura as Mark Mcpherson at the Long Beach Playhouse;  and had a blast with the Playwrights 6 production of one-act comedies Do You Want to Know a Secret at Theatre East (Backstage West critics' pick).  Film credits include The Edge as James with Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin and will be seen this fall in Town & Country with Warren Beatty.  He has appeared in numerous commercials and hopes by the time you read this the strike is over so he won't have to lose his senses once again.  David wishes to thank his wife, Jina, and daughter, Sarah, for their love and support.    

 

JULIE ANN LOWERY (Company A: Erin) has appeared in theaters across the country including Manhattan Theatre Club, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Lincoln Center and most recently won a Dramalogue Award for her performance in Buddy’s Girl at Los Angeles' 2nd Stage.  She has appeared on numerous television shows including The Larry Sanders Show, Quantum Leap, and David Milch's Capital News but is still best known for her role of Monica Lawrence on As the World Turns.  Julie Ann would like to thank David and Eddie for their love and encouragement.    

 

KATHLEEN McMARTIN (Company A: Bonnie; Company B: Nancy) was last seen on stage at Theatre East in Suddenly...by Gene Butler.  Other theatre credits inlcude: Seascape with Sharks and Dancer, Veronica’s Room and Cheaters.  TV Credits: Guest sratting on  Ellen,  a recurring role on  General Hospital, Port Charles, Live Shot (pilot), The Lot, and Thirty something.  Film credits include: Sleepstalker, Angel’s Tide, and most recently Candyman III for HBO.  Membership companies include: Comedy Improv, Inc., Wiliamstown Theatre Festival, and Richard Basehart Playhouse.  Ms. McMartin is delighted to be performing at the Stella Adler theatre, having studied with Ms. Adler in her Master Class.  She is married to director Turi Meyer and the light in their life is their daughter, Adeline.

   

KAREN MICHAEL (Company A: Nancy) has always been a fan of theatre, from her formative years in New York, to her most recent productions in San Francisco and now in Los Angeles.  Karen's film and television credits include principal roles in Patch Adams, Nash Bridges, The Bold and The Beautiful, General Hospital, and over 2 dozen national commercials. One of Karen's favorite stage productions was Rumors, which earned her a Shellie Award nomination. She can also be seen at The Court Theatre on August 15th and 16th in a presentation titled Acting Seyd-ways. "Becoming a Raiderette cheerleader gave me my first opportunity to be in a film," says Michael, "Although my Dad was a 49er fan, he was always proud to see me perform and even though he's no longer with us, I know his spirit is still cheering me on.

 

KERRY MICHAELS (Freda) has enjoyed extensive stage productions throughout the country including Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?, The Odd Couple with Dan Dailey, Wake up Darling with Robert Reed, Last of the Red Hot Lovers opposite Sid Caesar & several tours of Move Over Mrs. Markham with Rue McClanahan, Gloria DeHaven & Theatre in LA includes Plaza Suite at the Harlequin Dinner Theatre, House of Blue Leaves with Marion Mercer, The Housekeeper at the Burbage, A Public Street Marriage at the Ensemble Studio, Name Day at the Odyssey and most recently was an ADA nominee for A Heart of Flesh at the Alliance Rep.  Films & TV movies include Nervous Ticks with Bill Pullman, The Rapture, Empire of Eagles, Daughter of the Streets, Under the Influence, Death in California & My Little Assassin.  On TV, Kerry bounces back and forth from comedy to drama on Seinfeld, Becker, The Larry Sanders Show, Men Behaving Badly & Grace Under Fire,  to the Pretender, High Incident, Murder, She Wrote & Felicity.  A transplanted New Yorker, Kerry is married to "Zoltan!"  

   

NANCY H. NEWMAN (Company B: Erin) Nancy is new to Los Angeles, having recently moved from New York City.  Last summer, she studied and performed at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, working with ensemble members such as: Amy Morton, Jeff Perry, Francis Guinan, Sally Murphy and Jim True.  Favorite roles include: Bernadette from Little Egypt, Faith from Kindertransport and Martirio from The House of Bernarda Alba.  Film and Television credits include: Sweet and Lowdown and Diagnosis Murder.  She looks forward to working with Marcia Rodd and Gary Young and thanks her family for all their support.  

   

JENNIFER PARSONS (Company A: Linda) has most recently appeared as Li’l Bit in How I Learned to Drive at San Diego Repertory, Sally Talley in Talley’s Folly at the Long Beach Convention Center, and Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town at South Coast Repertory.  Other productions at SCR include She Stoops to Folly, The Importance of Being Ernest , Buried Child, and A Christmas Carol.  Her Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include Quilters, Steel Magnolias, Smoke on the Mountain, Unchanging Love and Native Speech.  She has worked at the Mark Taper Forum as well as many other regional and 99-seat theaters.  Among her most current film and television credits are guest spots on NYPD Blue, Seven Days, Chicago Hope, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Murder One, A Walton’s Easter, Chicken Soup for the Soul and the film Never Been Kissed.

 

JEANNA PHILLIPS (Company B: Melissa) is originally from San Antonio, Texas.  She studied theatre and film at Southwest Texas State University with Larry Hovis from Hogan’s Hero’s,  G.W. Bailey from Police Academy and Mash, along with many other talented actors and directors.   She was blessed with the opportunity to travel from Maine to Canada while performing for The Prince of Fundy Cruise Line.  Returning to Texas, she performed at Astro World in Houston, as Hanna in Miss Lillie’s Red Garter Revue.  She also enjoyed a season at Marine World in Vallejo, California, playing the role of Vicki Vale in The Batman Water Stunt Spectacular.  A few of her past stage performances have included:  Carlo Gozzi’s,  Turandot as Princess Turandot,   Ken Ludwig’s,  Lend Me a Tenor,  as Maggie, and Alan Aychbourne’s,  Round and Round the Garden,  as Annie.  Jeanna is very happy to make California her new home, and she is enthusiastic and relentless in her pursuit of a career in the field of acting.

   

FAITH SALIE (Company A: Melissa)Unlike her character Melissa, Faith does not "read Plato on the can,” but she surmises that she is the only Rhodes scholar doing sitcoms in Hollywood.  At Harvard University, she played the leads in Cabaret, Lysistrata, Grease, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The House of Blue Leaves, and  A. . . My Name is Alice.  At Oxford University, Faith performed in Assasins, Antigone, As You Like It, and No Exit; she played Chess in Edinburgh, Scotland and performed for the BBC at the National Theatre, London.  She is a member of Theatre West where she most recently performed in Steve Allen's musical, A Christmas Carol.  Television credits include recurring roles on Unhappily Ever After and Star Trek:  Deep Space Nine as well as guest spots on Charmed, Sabrina, Teenage Witch, The Mike O'Malley Show, and Married With Children.  She played the leads in the films 'Til Death Do Us Part, and in the upcoming The Good, The Bad, and the Vulnerable.  Faith dedicates this and every performance to the memory of her mother and to her father, the most handsome widower she knows.

 

DOROTHY SINCLAIR (Waitress, Julia: Company B) A Chicago native, majored in English Lit at the U of Wisconsin.  She fled to New York to study acting with Erwin Piscator, and others.  Not long after her LA arrival, she took her Masters in Theatre Arts from UCLA.  Theatre Forty audiences will remember her from Watch on the Rhine, A Month in the country, Uncle Vanya (DramaLogue Award), Twigs, Cemetery Club, and Social Security.  She is also a proud member of Theatre Neo, where she played the role of a supermarket checker in Eight Items or Less.  Film and TV credits include The Seventh Sign, Bonfire of the Vanities, LA Law, Hill Street Blues and several MOW’s.  Last spring she appeared with Mary Steenburgen in the acclaimed CBS movie, About Sarah., and can currently be heard as a voice-over pitching for Blue Cross.  Dorothy has been a huge fan of Marcia Rodd, traveling as far east as Broadway and south to San Diego just to see her act.  She is delighted to be working with her and hoping some of Marcia’s gift will rub off on her at last.

 

 

The Crew  

PARKER YOUNG (Stage Manager) Currently serving as Technical Director for the Stella Adler theatre, Mr. Young started his professional career as Lighting Designer for an Equity summer stock theatre in Cooperstown, New York, and  has designed numerous independent productions as well as several ballets for San Francisco Ballet.  He also spent two years as resident designer for Western Opera Theatre, the young touring branch of the San Francisco Opera.  More recently he has spent his time as a professional stage manager and among many other productions, is proud to be the only Equity stage manager in the United States to manage a live nationwide PPV cablecast of a currently running show on Broadway, Sophisticated Ladies.  He is also a qualified large exotic feline trainer and handler, a skill he finds quite valuable in working with actors.    

 

BURRIS JACKES (Scenic Design) Burris has been designing scenery and lighting in LA for four years, previously having worked in Boston and New York.  Favorite projects of the last year include: Dutchman at Theater at The Improv, Want's Unwished Work at Sacred Fools, and You Can't Take it With You at Actor's Co-op.  His work can currently be seen onstage in Sacred Fools' "Icarus and Aria."  Thanks and love to Kathryn.

 

NICHOLAS KESLAKE (Lighting Design) is a graduate of the School of Theatre at UCLA.  He is a lighting and scenic designer and has worked most recently with the dance troupe Body Works as their resident production designer.  He is currently spending his time between Los Angeles and New York working on various productions.In New York he has The Hologram Theory as the Associate Lighting Designer at the McGinn/Cazel Theatre Off-Broadway and as the scenic designer for Catholica which was produced by the Lincoln Center Theatre.  In L.A. he is assistant to Robert Israel and after the success of the Los Angles Operas production of The Capulets and the Montagues is now working with him on a production of Jenufa for the Vienna Opera and on a production of La Clemenza di Tito for the Strasbourg Opera.  He has also been the assistant to Neil Peter Jampolis for many productions of the widely acclaimed musical I love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change.  He has previously assisted Jane Reisman at the Stella Adler on the production, Rumi, created and directed by Paul Sills.

 

Karen Voyles (Co-Stage Manager) comes to us through Women in Theatre, where she is currently the treasurer and recently stage managed Women’s Celebration ‘99.  Karen is a technical member of the Company of Angels where she has worked for the last 4 1/2 years.  She stage managed Bucket of Blood, The Trip Back Down, Summer Shorts, and Night Mother.  She also co-stage managed the award winning David’s Mother at the Actors Co-op and ran lights as well.  In addition to her love for the theatre, Karen is also a professional photographer.  Karen enjoys working with such wonderful talent such as she has found in Interruptions.