THE MAN IN THE RED SUIT / THE CAT & SQUIRREL DIALOGUES
The Secret Rose Theatre North Hollywood, CA
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Emrys Entertainment presents the World Premieres of two One Act Plays: "The Man In The Red Suit" and "The Cat & Squirrel Dialogues" by Jonathan Emrys at The Secret Rose Theatre, 11246 Magnolia Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601.
"THE MAN IN THE RED SUIT" A Devilishly Dark Comedy In One Act
Perry Roussel is having the worst Christmas of his life. Trapped in a snowstorm in an isolated mountain cabin he is visited by three strangers. As he argues the very existence of Santa Claus WITH Santa Claus, and struggles with Satan for the lives and souls of his family, Perry comes to terms with his life, his loves, his beliefs and his very existence. A modern day 'Christmas Carol" and a Devilishly Dark Comedy, this play will make you consider what is really important in your life.
"THE CAT & SQUIRREL DIALOGUES" A Wild Life Comedy In One Act
Tom Cat and Redd Squirrel are the odd couple of the animal world, along with their friends Goldie Finch and Maury Dove they have a good thing going. That is until a new Pussy comes to town in the form of Little Kitty. A Feline Femme Fatale, Little Kitty tries to win Tom away from his furry and feathered friends. Will Tom succumb to Little Kitty's wiles? Will Tom turn his back and claws on his friends? Will he give into his urges and own worst nature? A modern day Aesop's Fable, come see the play and find out which way this Tom will jump.
Please add to your holiday experience this season by coming to see an exceptionally talented ensemble of actors bring these characters to life in the World Premieres of two One-Act Plays.
WRITTEN & DIRECTED by Jonathan Emrys
KEITH WALKER BOOS as "Maury Dove" and "Satan" Keith grew up in Colorado where he discovered his love of theatre. In Los Angeles he's trained at USC, Joe Anthony Studios and Improv Olympic West. Thanks to Jonathan, Wendilyn and the rest of the Cast.
*MARTHA BRIGHAM as "Little Kitty" and "The Lady In The Green Dress" Martha Brigham is a Massachusetts native with a serious love for theatre and film! Most recently she was working at the La Jolla Playhouse on Meg Miroshnik's "The Tall Girls". Also Check her out soon in the After Dark/ Lionsgate horror film "Children Of Sorrow" and of course these wonderful short plays by Jonathan Emrys at the Secret Rose Theatre!
MATT DEHAVEN as "Male Caroler" Matt DeHaven holds a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University's renowned Department of Theatre and Drama. After graduation he relocated to Los Angeles where he studied with legendary acting teacher Tracy Roberts, and at the Groundlings. With numerous stage performances to his credit, some of his best-reviewed roles include those of Tranio in Shakespeare's comedy "The Taming of the Shrew", Monsieur Fleurant in Moliere's farce "The Imaginary Invalid", and Hercule Poirot in the Grand-Guignol Revival drama "The Coffin". Most recently he played the part of "The Sorcerer" in the Kabuki inspired dance drama "Sacred Sun" at the Electric Lodge in Venice, CA.
MICHAELA QVALE as "Goldie Finch" Michaela Qvale has performed Off-Broadway at the Little Times Square Arts Center, on community theater stages including the Bucks County Playhouse and Washington Crossing Open Air Theater, and in short films and music videos. She is currently taking a gap year in Los Angeles to study at the Ivana Chubbuck Studio and Groundlings School of Improv before returning to the east coast to attend Columbia University in the fall. She is thrilled to be making her Los Angeles stage debut in The Cat and Squirrel Diaries and would like to thank her family and everyone that is a part of the production.
MATHILDA RAMSBOTTOM as "Mrs. Switzer" Mathilda Ramsbottom is a graduate of the San Diego Academy of Theatrics and Modeling. Having appeared in many productions and venues, Mathilda became a Cat Rescuer, but has come out of semi-retirement to grace our stage in "The Cat & Squirrel Dialogues". Mathilda has graciously donated her salary for this play to Local CatHouse Rescue Groups.
GREGORY A. THOMPSON as "Redd Squirrel" and "Santa Claus" Gregory A. Thompson is a rarity in this business; being born and raised in Los Angeles. He has been pursuing acting as a career since 2004. Film, Television and Theatre audiences have been pleasantly surprised by Gregory's naturalness and presence on screen and stage. A few of Gregory's more recent stage performances are Jitney by August Wilson where he recreated the role of Becker, The Girls of Summer by Layon Gray, 12 Angry Men, by Reginald Rose, and Split Second by Dennis McIntyre. Gregory has also performed in films, most recently "500 Days of Summer" as well as many short films that were entered into film festivals, and television, including a Guest Star role on "Monk", a Co-star role on the sitcom "Community", as well as various commercials and print work. He has studied under Jean Shelton, Judith Weston, Michael Beach and Stephen Snyder.
DAVID TUCKER as "Tom Cat" and "Perry Roussel" David Tucker was born and raised in Highland Park Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago. He attended Highland Park High school and was blessed to be taught by Scott Shallenbarger who is one of a kind. David performed in shows such as: "Full Circle" playing Heiner Muller and "The Diary of Anne Frank" playing Otto Frank. If not for Scott, David wouldn't be a third of the actor he is today. David attended the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. Continuing where he left off in high school He excelled at the college level staring in shows such as: "Someone Who'll Watch Over Me" playing the role of Adam; "Angels In America" playing the role of Roy Cohn; and was in many other productions. Since graduating from UCLA in 2012 David has performed at the Elephant Theater with "A Working Theater" in "Houdini" and starred as Kip Hollinger. David has been in many short films, a few that are about to travel the festival circuit. David's dream is to start working continuously in film and television with the occasional play. He is a young actor with the drive, heart and talent to achieve his dreams. He would of course like to thank Jonathan and Wendilyn Emrys for the opportunity to portray these amazing characters and also his parents and family.
*Member of Actor's Equity Association, The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
WRITER-DIRECTOR: Jonathan Emrys Jonathan Emrys was born in Sitka, Alaska and grew up in Quartz Hill, California. He was an actor for ten years in various productions in College and Repertory Theatres. He has worn various hats in the Entertainment Industry from playing 'John Murphy' in "The New Roswell: Kecksberg Exposed", to working at a negative cutting company, to being a Second Assistant Director on "The Big Gig". Jonathan has attended classes at UCLA Extension in Writing, and was a member of the Creative Writing Program at Antioch University, Los Angeles. Jonathan has published, over the last two years, his first novel SCARECROWS: A DANDY World, and the playbook for THE MAN IN THE RED SUIT. Both are available at www.Amazon.com.
PRODUCER: Wendilyn Emrys [Pictured here with Jonathan Emrys] Wendilyn Emrys holds a degree in History from UCLA, where she studied Archaeomythology under the Late Marija Gimbutas, PHD, along with History and Theatre Arts. Wendilyn is an Archaeomythologist, Artist, Freelance Writer, Publisher, Editor, and Theatre Producer in Los Angeles. She is a founding partner of Emrys Entertainment, Bloodthirsty Productions, HengeHouse Studios, and Wendilyn Emrys Eikoonographia.
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Holly Ratafia, LEED GA/Designer Holly Ratafia in an architectural lighting designer, theatrical designer, prop maker and puppeteer. She has worked in regional theatre for a great many years and especially likes working on community based art projects. She also particularly enjoys bringing individual artist's visions to light.
STAGE MANAGER: Draper Harris Draper Harris is proud to serve as Stage Manager. He currently leads, as acting coach, the Actors Endowment Group (A.E.G.) of L.A., www.actorsendowmentgroup.weebly.com, and currently serves as Creative Director for Artistic Drapes, www.artisticdrapes.weebly.com: a website that promotes sharing fine art, serving as an advocate for local charities and nonprofits affiliated with the arts. Draper holds a BA (cum laude) in Theater from UMASS-Amherst.
Open for a Limited Run December 20, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Runs Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm
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Due to the Adult Themes and Language involved in the Plays, we recommend that ONLY patrons over the age of sixteen (16) attend. However, if you feel that your younger child is mature enough to enjoy the plays please feel free to purchase them a 'Student' ticket, but please NO very young children or infants. NO ONE under the age of eight (8) will be admitted to the Performances under ANY circumstances. Please note that the Management reserves the right to remove any patron who disturbs the performances. Any person who is removed for a disturbance forfeits the right to a refund of their ticket price.
The Secret Rose Theatre (View)
11246 Magnolia Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601