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Cast & Creative

NEW LOS ANGELES REPERTORY COMPANY
PETER ELLENSTEIN, PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

ADAM WEINSTOCK    VICTORIA MORRIS    DENNIS TRUNFIO    ROBINA RICCITIELLO

RED SPEAR PRODUCTIONS    PIERRE VUILLEUMIER    SUNYA 1984   TOM KIRDAHY

PRESENT

JOHN RUBINSTEIN

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BY

RICHARD HELLESEN

Scenic Design

MICHAEL DEEGAN

Lighting Design

ESQUIRE JAUCHEM

Projection & Sound Design

JOE HUPPERT

Creative Consultant

SARAH G. CONLY

Production Supervisor

KAREN L. CARPENTER

Assistant Stage Manager

DEANNA KAHN

Production Manager

INTUITIVE PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT

Marketing & Social Media

KATIE ROSIN/

KAMPFIRE FILMS PR

Press Representative

KEITH SHERMAN & ASSOCIATES

General Management

LDK PRODUCTIONS

LISA DOZIER SHACKET

DIRECTED BY

PETER ELLENSTEIN

John Rubinstein
Dwight D. Eisenhower

John Rubinstein originated the title role in the Broadway musical Pippin, directed by Bob Fosse, and won the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his performance in Children of a Lesser God. Other Broadway appearances include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Ragtime, Hurlyburly, M. Butterfly, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (Drama Desk nomination), Getting Away with Murder, Fools, Love Letters, and the 2013 Pippin revival. He appeared off-Broadway in Counsellor-at-Law (2005 Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics' Circle and Drama League nominations), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Urban Blight, Cabaret Verboten, and Morning's at Seven. Regionally: Wicked in LA, and the international tour of the Pippin revival. He starred in the TV series, “Family” (Emmy nomination), and “Crazy Like A Fox”, and over 300 episodes. Films include “Being the Ricardos”, “Hello, I Must Be Going”, “21 Grams”, “Red Dragon”, “The Boys from Brazil”, “Someone to Watch Over Me”, “Daniel, Zachariah,” and “Getting Straight”. He directed the world premiere of A. R. Gurney's The Old Boy, and Counsellor-at-Law, Company, Brigadoon, Macbeth, The Three Sisters, Phantasie, Nightingale, The Rivals, A Little Night Music, Guys and Dolls, Into The Woods, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and The Rover. He composes film and TV music (“Jeremiah Johnson”, “The Candidate”, “The Dollmaker”, "China Beach", among others), hosted two classical music radio programs, played keyboards in a rock band, and has recorded over 200 audiobooks, most numerously Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware series of Los Angeles crime novels. He is married to Bonnie Burgess, and their son Max is the youngest of his five children, joining Jessica, Michael, Peter, and Jacob.

Richard Hellesen
Playwright

Richard Hellesen is the author of numerous plays and musicals for adult and young audiences.  His work has been seen at the Denver Center, South Coast Repertory, Los Angeles Repertory Company, Sacramento Theatre Company, Geva, Florida Stage, Gretna Theatre, Sundance Children's Theatre, Imagination Stage, People's Light & Theatre, City Theatre in Miami, B Street Theatre, and Ford's Theatre in Washington DC, where he is an Associate Artist.  He has received playwriting awards from the National Theatre Conference, the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild, the Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays , and PEN USA-West; his two-dozen short plays include five finalists for the Actors Theatre of Louisville Heideman Award.  A member of the Dramatists Guild, he has twice been Playwright-in-Residence at the William Inge Center for the Arts in Kansas.

Peter Ellenstein
Director

Peter Ellenstein is Producing Artistic Director of the New Los Angeles Repertory Company. He is a multi-award-winning director, producer, new play midwife, and educator, whose work has been seen all over the country. For thirteen years, Peter was Artistic Director of the William Inge Center for the Arts in Kansas where he created many innovative playwright development programs such as the William Inge Home Playwright Residencies, partnerships with leading national arts organizations (Martha Graham Company, Cornerstone Theater) and rural arts and education partnerships.. He served seven years as Producing Director of the original Los Angeles Repertory Company, for whom he directed the LA Premiere of Assassins, Odets’  Rocket to the Moon, and many other acclaimed productions. Peter served as Interim Artistic Director of both the Gretna Theatre in Pennsylvania, and the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre at the University of Miami in Florida. Peter has been a consultant, board member, panelist and site visitor for many institutions including the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and KCACTF. Peter directed a nationally prominent streaming version of Richard Hellesen’s Necessary Sacrifices. He has a decades long artistic relationship with Richard Hellesen and has directed the premieres of many of Richard Hellesen’s plays.  Peter comes from a theatre family, his father was noted actor/director Robert Ellenstein and his brother David is longtime Artistic Director of North Coast Rep and current interim Artistic Director of Laguna Playhouse.

Michael Deegan & Sarah Conley
Set Design

Michael Deegan has designed scenery, lighting & projections since 1970. His focus has been on Opera starting in Boston where he worked with Esquire Jauchem. Was recruited by the Metropolitan Opera in 1977, moved to New York City, married & starting collaborating with Sarah G. Conly costume & set designer. Notable Off-Broadway productions were “Flight”, “Dante’s Inferno” & “Angel of the Amazon”. “Streetcar Named Desire” for Andre Previn in Pittsburgh. New York Times picked their production of “Pique Dame” a top 10 production of 1991. Won an Emmy for “Bernstein at Seventy”. On Broadway designed the lighting for “The Circle” & “Shadowlands”. International designs for Philip Glass’s “La Belle la Bete” & “Dracula”. They have designed scenery, lighting and costumes for Opera productions in Iceland, Italy, Japan and China.

Esquire Jauchem
Lighting Designer

For the past forty years, Esquire Jauchem has had an extremely varied career in the performing arts.  He was the founder of the Boston Repertory Theater, Associate Director (with Sarah Caldwell) of the Opera Company of Boston, and co-founder of Broadway’s Jauchem & Meeh Special effects company.  He has worked as a Producer, Writer, Director, and Designer (lighting, sets, and costumes) in a variety of performance arts and produced over 1,000 episodes of network and cable television.  His film, “Bondage,” based on a play by David Henry Hwang, can currently be seen on Amazon Prime.

Joe Huppert
Projection & Sound Design

Joe Huppert is working with New LA Repertory Company for the first time. Previous designs include: This Wonderful Life at North Coast Rep, American Blues and other venues ; The Dybbuk and The Oldest Boy (Craig Noel Award) for San Diego Repertory Theater, Lizard Boy for Diversionary Theater,Glengarry Glen Ross for La Jolla Playhouse.  Sound designs includeBlueprints to Freedom,Peter and the Starcatchers (La Jolla Playhouse),The Fantasticks andStop Kiss for Pasadena Playhouse,Scott Joplin's Rag, Extraordinary Chambers (Craig Noel Nomination (Mo'Olelo); Wisdom From Everything (Local Theater Company),Urinetown,Over the  Tavern,KingO’ The Moon (Mercury Theater)

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