Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck's play "Of Mice and Men" will be performed at the Whitefire Theatre. The story about migrant farm workers is set in central California in 1937. Fred Mancuso is directing and playing Lennie and Ryan de Quintal is starring as George. This literary masterpiece will be shown on stage at the Whitefire theatre in Sherman Oaks California July 11, 18, 25 and Aug 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd. Show starts at 8 pm with an intermission.
GEORGE-Ryan de Quintals last performance at the Whitefire Theatre was as Austin in Sam Shepards True West, also directed by Fred Mancuso. His recent credits also include roles on The Good Place for NBC, LA to Vegas for FOX, and the upcoming Now Apocalypse for Starz! Ryan produced, co-wrote, and starred as Rufus in the film cockroaches, which is currently in post production nearing release. He studied the Meisner technique with veteran Actors Studio member Robert Miano for several years while finishing his education at California State University Fullerton. Ryan has a BA in Radio, Television, and Film from CSUF.
CANDY-(Uncle) Paul Sanderson has been integrally involved in theatre since Romanoff and Juliet, by Peter Ustinov in 1959 and by 1968 was one of the founding members of the acclaimed University of Montanas touring Repertory Theatre. Homesteading in Southern California in 1969, Paul worked as an actor and writer since then, being committed and involved in film, television, and theatre, and most active in the Writers (WGA) Guild these last 45 years. Having had the pleasure of personal relations with actors and film makers from the 1960s to present, he remains an ardent archivist and student in the confluence of contemporary film-making and the personal conquest of social change and justice from his traditional education and upbringing. Pauls life experience, which includes almost two decades teaching middle school, has spearheaded into the fore of film and theatre with unabashed vitality and grace, spurred from his inner wellspring of adoration in extending the muse.
CURLEYS WIFE-Alexandra Marlin was born in Los Angeles, but raised across the pond in Great Britain. Bit by the acting bug at age 9, she was lucky to be able to not only study over there, but also do as much theatre as she could get her hands on. A few years ago she took the leap to television and film, most recently snagging a guest star spot on Hawaii Five-0 (sadly with no chance of a recurring appearance as her character was blown up!) She is thrilled to be returning to the theatre in this exciting production thanks to Fred Mancuso!
CROOKS-Siaka Massaquoi was born in Rochester N.Y., and grew up in Evanston IL which is a suburb of Chicago and known for its art community, open thinking, and education. Siaka a history major found acting a pleasant surprise at University of Iowa. He took Black Action Theater taught by Levy Lee Simon. After graduation he took classes at Act One Studios, and the famed Steppenwolf Theater. Since moving to Los Angeles, Siaka has kept his love for the stage doing pieces such as Vacancy, Women of Manhattan, and Amiri Baraka's Dutchman in LA before taking it to the African-American Play Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Siaka recently returned from filming the movie Providence Island, in his ancestral home of Liberia, directed my Roger Bob and Starting Vivica A. Fox and Lisa Wu. Siaka has been seen on Fox's Lethal Weapon, Comedy Bang Bang, and the award winning When Kids Grow up. He is currently working on the adaptation of John Howard Griffin's Black Like Me into a feature film, motivational speaking to children about following their dreams and acing their fears, and much more to be seen from Siaka Massaquoi in 2018
CURLEY & THE BOSS-Robin Zamora approaches life as one big acting class, constantly examining as well as exploring people, experiences and himself. Growing up in a household ran by a generation gap wrapped around a third world upbringing and navigating through an exponentially evolving new world, has given Robin an international perspective to tap into, such as being inspired to learn how to sew his tattered clothes from watching his father. He brings a raw and hard-nosed honesty to the table and aims to be a part of a progression in storytelling by pushing the boundaries of convention. Robin isn't afraid to get his hands dirty either, as he has pushed himself to take initiative to write and produce his own content. Art in this medium is impossible to flourish in as an individual on their own, Robin understands the dire importance of a team coming together to execute a modern spin of an ancient art that is storytelling.
WHIT-Craig Hasenbank is a blues guitarist and songwriter born in Wichita, KS but raised in Los Angeles. He has worked as an actor and took scene study classes at Lifebook Acting Academy through 2007-2009 and, although a huge fan of theater and film, has been focusing on music for the last decade. This is his first play. Craig wishes to thank Fred Mancuso and the rest of the production crew for the opportunity to perform such great classic.
SLIM- V. Markus Leithold is pleased to be playing the role of Slim in the current production of Of Mice and Men. He began his acting career at Penn State University in Shakespeares As You Like It and Mart Crowleys The Boys in the Band. Since graduation, he has appeared in Off-Broadway productions, TV shows, and feature films. Leithold credits the Creative Writing Program at UCLA for his success as an accomplished playwright, screenwriter, and trial attorney. His love of fine arts led him to the Art Students League of New York, where he studied oil and acrylic painting on canvas. His works have been sold in galleries from LA to St. Tropez. He wishes to thank his lovely wife and wonderful kids, who have supported him in each of his many passions.
CARLSON-Derek Long (July 11 - Aug 8th) has been involved in the SoCal theatre scene since 2000. Acting credits include Hamlet at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Equus, Morgan-Wixson Theatre, Santa Monica, Scaredycats, Fremont Theatre, Pasadena, and Sweet Texas Reckoning, The Garage Theatre, Long Beach. Directing credits include Robot Monster, The Musical for Hollywood Fringe 2017, and In Kings and Fools, Panndora Productions, Long Beach, where he is a resident artist. He also teaches a performance class for actors at Found Theatre, Long Beach. More info at dereklong.net
CARLSON-Christian Olivo (Aug 15th and 22nd) was born in El Paso, Texas, from an early age Christian loved to entertain family and friends. During high school he became very active in sports including varsity football, track, hockey, wrestling and was captain of the drumline in the marching band while still excelling academically; earning a perfect score on his SAT in Math, and eventually graduating summa cum laude. He then attended the US Air Force Academy in Colorado studying aerospace engineering and ranking first in his athletics class, competing in boxing and was a member of the cheerleading team. It was at the Academy where he rediscovered his love and passion for acting and entertainment, producing and choreographing highly viewed dance videos. In 2011, he attended Arizona State University where he continued to excel in athletics participating in pole vaulting, football and bodybuilding while studying business and film acting appearing in 15 student productions before graduating in 2015. Relocating to Los Angeles after graduation, Christian devoted himself to training with top coaches in theatrical/commercial acting, voice over and improvisation at The Groundlings School. He soon landed modeling work in fitness, fashion, and commercials as well as appearing on television in a number of films. Most recently he worked on FXs American Crime Story: Assassination of Gianni Versace, A Royal Christmas Ball on ION TV starring Tara Reid and a Dr Pepper National commercial to release this college football season. In 2018, Christian is preparing for the advanced level of The Groundlings School, studying with Meisner acting expert John Ruskin and A-List coach Nancy Banks school and booking new acting roles. In addition, Christian started his new entertainment production company, We Is Entertainment (WIE) that has several feature film and television projects in development as a producer and actor. Look out for more Christian on his social media and soon to be releasing an online series of comedy sketches.
LENNIE-Fred Mancuso's most notable stage roles are Lee from Sam Shepard's True West in which he also directed and produced at the Whitefire Theatre, Antony in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, and Richard from The Lion in Winter. Recent Film and TV includes cockroaches as Finbar filmed with 2019 release, the TV shows LUCIFER as Bounty Hunter, Grace and Frankie as the Angriest Man in the World, SWAT as Vincent, and roles on Colony, and Escape the Night. He played Randy Carter on the Soap Dangerous Women (91) and filmed Made in America as Bruce (93), and Pratt in Sudden Death (95). William Morgan Sheppard mentored him in the Craft. Fred is a veteran joining the Army on 9/11/2001 and serving until 2012. More from Fred's PREATOREAN production company at fredmancuso.org.
Kelly Gillespie-Associate director/ Stage Manager Kelly Gillespie discovered the magic of movies thanks to Wes Cravens horror film The Serpent and the Rainbow, which led her to the world of Anthropology and ethnographic film. From there, she made her way to Hollywood to join the publicity ranks working on campaigns for numerous studio films such as Remember the Titans, Black Hawk Down, The Departed and others. Currently, she uses her knack for making a sentence sing to bring life to other peoples ideas, messages and stories.
The Whitefire Theate (View)
13500 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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