ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE, LOS ANGELES PRESENTS
THE WORLD PREMIERE OF
A Play by David McMillan
Directed by Keith Szarabajka
Thru November 15th
In an urban neighborhood of Los Angeles, on the morning of October 3, 1995, tension and anxiety ran high as people across a wide cross-section of L.A.'s diverse population awaited the verdicts in the O.J. Simpson murder case. No matter what you thought about the verdicts, or what your feelings were regarding O.J.'s guilt or innocence, they will be represented here, as people come in and out of the Perfect Fit Cleaners and its environs during the course of that fateful day. No, O.J. Simpson himself does not appear in the play, but the effects of his presence are felt far and wide among the people whom we do meet in the course of the play. Black , white and Asian, everybody had an opinion , and everybody let it be known, sometimes putting the course of their own lives in jeopardy.
Cast (in alphabetical order)
Angela Bullock is the recipient of a 2014 NAACP Best Female Lead Nomination for Boston Court's CASSIOPEIA. Her regional and New York City stage work includes The Public Theater, Signature Theater, NY Theater Workshop, Primary Stages, The Guthrie and Yale Repertory Theater. Recent films include the 2015 Cannes Selection CHRONIC and THE ESCORT. TV work includes guest star appearances on Shameless, Rizzoli & Isles, Murder In The First, Criminal Minds and NCIS LA. Special Guest appearances on web series for BLACK&SEXYTV and the soon to be released SEND ME (Back to Slavery).
Kareem is a member of Ensemble Studio Theater LA and this October the company with Kareem as one of the Associate Producers will bring to the stage, the new play "Watching O.J." which deals with a cross section of the Los Angeles population on the day of the verdict in the 1995 O.J. Simpson trial. He has directed a few short films, two of which have been recognized as official entrants and competitors in the Pan African, Trinidad and Belize International Film Festivals. Currently he is developing his first feature film "Roman". Kareem is also a working actor in Television, Film and the Stage. When not being grounded in some artistic endeavor, Kareem can be found literally in the air, as he is a self declared aviation geek and licensed pilot since age seventeen. KareemFerguson.com
Robert Gossett, who played the manipulating, power hungry "Commander Taylor" on TNT's top rated television series "The Closer", has an extensive stage, film and television resume that stands as a testament for this award winning actor's practiced and versatile talent. In addition to captivating television audiences, Gossett's poise and steering emotion has graced films such as Irwin Winkler's "The Net" alongside Sandra Bullock as Ben Phillips, Tim Hunter's "The Maker" with Matthew Modine, "Arlington Road" with Jeff Bridges and Tim Robbins. Gossett tackled the role of a homeless craftsman with Tourette syndrome in "Jimmy Zip" winner of the Hollywood Film Festival for Best Feature under one million dollars. He also appeared with John Travolta in "Whiteman's Burden". In connection with the NEC Gossett had critically noted performances in shows such as "Manhattan Made Me", Sons and Fathers of Sons", "A Soldier's Play" and Colored Peoples Time". His impressive theatre credits also include roles in the Broadway production of "Fences", directed by Lloyd Richards, Hal Scotts' "A Raisin in the Sun" in the role of Walter Lee with Esther Rolle as Mama and Donald McKayle's "The Last Minstrel Show" in which he played his clarinet. On the West Coast Gossett received the NAACP Theatre Award for Best performance by a male and the Dramalogue Best Actor Award for his performance in Mojo Ensemble's Theatre Company's "Indigo Blues" directed by his wife Michele.
Tony, has performed in over a hundred plays on many stages around the country, including: The Arena Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Vinyard Theatre and Playwrights Horizons. In Los Angeles, he's performed at The South Coast Repertory Theatre, playing Jim Bayless in All My Sons and Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing; Donald Rumsfeld & George Bush in What I Heard About Iraq at The Fountain Theatre; Van Swieten in Amadeus at The Hollywood Bowl; Tobias in A Delicate Balance, and Andrew in Loyalties, a play he also wrote, at the Pacific Resident Theatre; Father in House Of Gold, and Scheffler in The Ugly One at the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Tony has guest starred on dozens of televisions programs, including Mad Men, Modern Family, Bones, and The Mentalist.
LISA RENEE PITTS
Lisa Renee Pitts is a veteran and award winning actress. She was most recently seen in 2015's Summer Blockbuster "STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON", as Dr. Dre's mom "Verna", directed by F Gary Gray! Prior to that performance, she was cast in the film HER directed by Academy Award Winner Spike Jonze! A native New Yorker Lisa has worked consistently Off-Broadway and in regional theaters around the country and Europe including The Manhattan Theater Club, San Diego Repertory Theater, Portland Center Stage, Virginia Center Stage and the Seven Oaks Theater Festival in London, England to name a few. Upon her arrival in Los Angeles, she guest starred on prominent shows such as "The Shield" and "Numbers"; landed several national commercials as well as recurring roles on shows including "General Hospital", and "Lincoln Heights"(the hit family drama for the ABC Family Channel)! Behind the microphone, Lisa is an award winning audiobook narrator and producer, having narrated some 60+ titles spanning all genres from children's novels to romance, and so much more. Lisa holds her BFA degree in Theater Arts from Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University. www.LisaReneePitts.com
Tarah Pollock (Allison) LA Theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hermia) with Downtown Rep in Sierra Madre Memorial Park, In Search of doG: Episode 3 (Amanuensis) at Ensemble Studio Theater,Tartuffe (Marianne), Our Town (Mrs. Gibbs), and Trojan Women (Andromache) at the Scene Dock Theater. Education/Training: M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Southern California & B.F.A. in Acting from UC Santa Barbara.
Roy's credits include "The Bucket List" starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, "CSI", "Private Practice", and the soon-to-be-released feature, "After the Rain" produced by his company Resonant Entertainment, LLC. In addition to his creative pursuits, Roy is cancer doctor trained at the UCLA, and currently writing a holistic cancer book entitled "Healing Before You're Cured." For more please see www.RoyV.com and www.resonantentertainment.com
Kelly Wolf is thrilled to be in the cast of Watching O.J. Other Theater credits include: N.Y.: Ah, Wilderness! at the Roundabout,Elm Circle at Playwrights Horizon, Fun at Manhattan Class Company, Summer Winds at Naked Angels, L.A. Theater: ,Cat's Paw at LATC, The Substance of Fire at The Mark Taper Forum, Naked At the Coast at, The Coast Theater. Film includes, Less Than Zero, Triumph Of The Spirit, Graveyard Shift, A Day in October, and Infinity,T.V. includes Law and Order Criminal Intent, E.R., Southland, Awake, and Parenthood. She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theater and Naked Angels.
Kate Prendergast is a long time EST member. During her career she has acted, directed and produced more than 100 plays. She was last seen here at EST/LA in the inimitable In Search of doG. She has numerous TV and commercial credits to her name and is known for her one woman show, The Unruly Booby, which she is now writing as a memoir. She is the grateful mother of three children and has spent the last 20 years juggling her family and career. She can also be seen at EST/LA's "True Story..." events. The next one is November 21st - come and enjoy!
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