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EXIT Studio
San Francisco, CA
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In this award-winning, autobiographical one-act, writer/performer John Paul Karliak wants desperately to be the perfect son for his adopted mother: a doting Catholic housewife from Scranton, PA. But realizing he will never be the ideal local boy, he seeks answers from a very different source: his fashion-writing, married-to-a-British-pop-star birth mother. "Donna/Madonna" is a tale of motherly love and finding acceptance told through stories, songs and characters like Darth Vader, Carol Channing and John Paul's unforgettable mothers. Hilarious and poignant, this cross-country journey from Scranton to LA shows that sometimes you have to meet a "Material Girl" to appreciate "America's Sweetheart."

November, 2010 - WORLD PREMIERE - United Solo Theatre Festival, New York (Best One Man Show Award)
June, 2011 - WEST COAST PREMIERE - The Marsh, San Francisco
July - August, 2011 - The Lounge Theatre, Los Angeles
August, 2011 - FringeNYC, New York

JOHN PAUL KARLIAK (Writer/Performer) John Paul Karliak is an actor/writer from the "Electric City," Scranton, Pennsylvania. Recent film projects include: Dante's Inferno, "Little Black Dress" for AFI, "L.T.D." (web series) and "Delusions of Grandeur" (TV pilot). LA theatre credits include: The Mistakes Madeline Made, The Girl, the Grouch & the Goat, Into the Woods, Inherit the Wind, Women and Wallace, Whatever and Sexual Perversity in Chicago. A graduate of the USC School of Theatre, iO West and Second City Training Center, John Paul has written numerous short films and plays produced in locales around the country, including Donna/Madonna, winner of the "Best One Man Show" award at the 2011 United Solo Theatre Festival in New York. Donna/Madonna marks his first full-length solo production. It will not be his last.

MATT CRAIG (Co-Director) began his career at Washington University with the troupe Mama's Pot Roast. Previous theater credits include The Annoyance, ImprovOlympic, iOWest, Disney Cruise Lines, Brave New Workshop, The Second City Touring Company, ETC, and Mainstage. Recent television credits include According To Jim, Mobbed, and The Office. He is a member of the faculty at the Second City Hollywood in Los Angeles, works for Norwegian Cruise Lines writing and directing sketch comedy revues all over the world, and currently is a writer for Saturday Night Live. He resides in Los Angeles with his lovely wife Rebecca and his daughter Phoebe.

TIGER REEL (Co-Director) Action! Theatre Company: Slaughterhouse-Five (West Coast Premiere), The Tempest, R.U.R., Inherit the Wind, Cartoon (Los Angeles Premiere); Germany Theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Complete History of America (abridged), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged); Los Angeles Area Theatre: O Jerusalem, The Dog in the Manger, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Macbeth, Henry V [Masters of War], The Comedy of Errors, Hamlet: In the Flesh, Romeo and Juliet, The Picture of Dorian Gray (World Première Adaptation), Antony and Cleopatra: The Remix (Pasadena Weekly Director of the Year), She Stoops to Conquer, Titus Andronicus 2000, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, Measure for Measure, Lysistrata (PeaceACT), Cold Coffee, Soap and Self Help (Unknown Theatre Company, World Première), As You Like It (Shakespeare by the Sea), Julius Caesar (Quantum Theatre Company, Backstage West Honorable Mention Best Adaptation); Regional Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing (Upstate Shakespeare Festival), Vigil (Warehouse Theatre), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival); Education: New York University Tisch School for the Arts, Warehouse Theatre Journeyman Program, High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (Houston, Texas). Tiger is the founding Artistic Director of Action! Theatre Company.

DJ ChocliXxX (Musical Arrangement Mash-ups), an Angeleno DJ relocated from Atlanta, fuses hip-hop, dance music, mash-ups, retro and electro beats to create a perfect blend of old and new wall thumping hits presented to the public in highly popular mix tapes & live appearances at clubs, events and parties all over town. DJ ChocliXxX strives to have a strong presence and support for LGBT non-profit groups. He has spun at charity and fundraising events for The Trevor Project, Life Works and Gender Justice LA. He has also been an instrumental part of Outfest and Fusion party events since 2007.

BILLY THOMPSON (Musical Arrangement Orchestrations) has served as composer, arranger, musical director, orchestrator, accompanist, and performer for stage productions across the western states, including such respected theatres as The Old Globe in San Diego, CA and Alpine Theatre Project in Whitefish, MT. His first full length original collaboration, Invasion! the musical, earned him the 2007 LA Weekly Theatre Awards for Best Original Score and Best Musical Direction. He has provided source music and scoring for several films, sung backup for such greats as Debbie Reynolds and Barbra Streisand, soloed as a promotional pianist for Miramax Films, and performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Desert Symphony Orchestras. He has held faculty and faculty assistant positions in music and theatre at USC, AMDA, SDSU, Pasadena Junior Theatre, and St. Elizabeth Parish School. Billy holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Southern California and a Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre.


EXIT Studio
156 Eddy Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States


Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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