PURE CONFIDENCE opens April 8!
Apr
2
8:30 AM08:30

PURE CONFIDENCE opens April 8!

I'm so excited about this production. If you're in LA, make plans to check it out! Tons of restaurants in the neighborhood for a pre-show meal.

"With a vivid backdrop of fast horses, gritty racetracks and high-stakes betting, PURE CONFIDENCE is an extraordinary tale of human triumphs and failings that explores the true meaning of freedom."

Buy tickets here http://lower-depth.com/production/confidence/

Sacred Fools Black Box Theatre
1076 Lillian Way, Los Angeles, 90038

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Shooting the pilot for "Lopez"
Jan
17
9:00 AM09:00

Shooting the pilot for "Lopez"

I'm so excited to start off the New Year shooting a role in the series premiere of this show. It's been a while since I've worked in single-cam comedy (ahem, Parks and Rec), and I can't wait to dive in again. Plus, George is hilarious. This should be fun.

Details about the straight-to-series order and creative team as reported by Deadline HERE.

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Joining the cast of "Cloud 9" at Antaeus
Dec
16
9:00 AM09:00

Joining the cast of "Cloud 9" at Antaeus

We begin rehearsals early January. This cast is just marvelous.

Written by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Casey Stangl 

Sex and Gender. Race and Power. Politics and Family. Plus Queen Victoria! Caryl Churchill’s biting satire boldly tackles them all. Set in both British Colonial Africa and 1970s London, Cloud 9 is an outrageously funny, thought-provoking look at the rigid boxes society puts us in — and what it takes to break free.

Ensemble

CLIVE/CATHY: Bo Foxworth*, Adam J. Smith*
BETTY/EDWARD: Bill Brochtrup*, JD Cullum*
EDWARD/BETTY: Gigi Bermingham*, Deborah Puette*
MAUD/VICTORIA: Liza de Weerd*, Joanna Strapp*
ELLEN/MRS. SAUNDERS/LIN: Laura Wernette*, Abigail Marks
HARRY/MARTIN: Graham Hamilton*, David DeSantos*
JOSHUA/GERRY: Chad Borden*, John Allee*
 
*member, Actor’s Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

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Enter "The Christians" at Mark Taper Forum
Nov
18
11:30 AM11:30

Enter "The Christians" at Mark Taper Forum

"A terrific play about the mystery of faith, and how it can tear people apart just as it can bring them together."

— Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

I started reading this play and couldn't stop. Lucas Hnath has written a compelling, thoughtful, SURPRISING story about a megachurch pastor's crisis of faith and how it affects him,  his congregants, his family. You think you know where Hnath is headed, and he turns you on your ear.

I'm so thrilled to be a part of this show. I hope you'll join us at the Mark Taper Forum December 2 - January 10. It's an especially great time to visit the Music Center--it's all decked out for the holidays!


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Ghost Light No Mas
Oct
12
5:30 PM17:30

Ghost Light No Mas

Because a lot of people have contacted me wondering why this lovely playlet is no more: Paul Birchall does a good job of distilling the brouhaha. I will  miss doing this show.

"In a dramatic about-face, playwright Tommy Smith on Wednesday abruptly retracted allegations that Echo Theater Company had “stolen” his short play Ghost Light, which had starred Deborah Puette and opened August 5 to rave notices. The production was the playwright’s third collaboration with Echo artistic director Chris Fields, whose stagings of Smith’s Firemen in 2014 and last spring’s Fugue were likewise met with critical acclaim."

 Read more: http://stageraw.com/2015/10/12/paul-birchalls-got-it-covered-echo-solomon/

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LA Weekly GO! American Falls
Sep
14
1:30 PM13:30

LA Weekly GO! American Falls

The most recent rave in a long string of nearly immediate reviews. I'm so proud of this play. Running through October 18, but message me for dates as I'm doubling the role to accommodate some out of town travel on my end.

"There are many ghosts haunting American Falls, Miki Johnson’s lyrical and intricately woven 2012 drama about trauma, memory and the fundamentally life-affirming nature of storytelling.

The play takes its name from a real place in southeastern Idaho, and the excess of drinking and drug abuse — along with the emotional betrayals and secret cruelties that its working-class characters inflict, endure and mostly shrug off — place American Falls among such fictional small towns as Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, the Grover’s Corners of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town and David Lynch’s Lumberton, North Carolina, the town in Blue Velvet.

Each of American Falls' eight characters has a shocking personal experience to relate — to each other and directly to the audience — in the kind of distanced, anecdotal style that suggests old scar tissue over deep wounds. But the presence of a literal ghost (standout Deborah Puette), who matter-of-factly announces her recent suicide, lights a narrative fuse. The ghost's increasingly harrowing revelations drive the play’s unrelenting momentum to an explosive, albeit hopeful, conclusion.

Director Chris Fields' beautifully composed staging (under Jesse Baldridge’s half-shadowed, expressionist lighting) and a well-honed ensemble (including magnetic performances by Leandro Cano and Karl Herlinger) ably realize Johnson’s calculated mix of offhand humor and hair-raising horror — while adroitly sidestepping the material’s potentially melodramatic traps."  --Bill Raden

GO! Echo Theater Company at Atwater Village Theatre; 3269 Casitas Ave., Atwater; through Oct. 18. (310) 307-3753, echotheatercompany.com.

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LA Weekly GO! for "Ghost Light"
Aug
11
9:30 AM09:30

LA Weekly GO! for "Ghost Light"

Full review from Tuesday, August 11, 2015

It’s easy to understand director Chris Fields’ impatience to get Ghost Light, the entrancing new evening of playlets by playwright Tommy Smith, before an audience. The lyrically allusive, 30-minute program, which stars Deborah Puette, is actually intended to be performed on the set of whatever play it follows. That will come later when Fields transfers it to the bill of Miki Johnson’s full-length American Falls, which opens in September.

Here the pieces play under their own mordantly engaging steam as a synonym for the interstitial poetics of the stage itself, where meaning is found in the music of the language, and words open up onto haunting — and darkly grotesque — psychic landscapes unreachable by more pedestrian dramatic entertainments.

The empty seductiveness of the latter is the implicit subject of “The Fog,” in which Puette describes a mysterious waterfront cloud that a group of friends seeks out in which to escape their quotidian existence only to find a more profoundly felt alienation.

“The Lotus Eaters” extends the metaphor as Puette plays a winsome consumer of the narcotic flowers from The Odyssey, luring Odysseus’ men into opiated ambivalence. In “Madelines,” which is the corrupted form of the Proustian “Madeleine,” Puette plays a memory-addled dilettante maker of corrupted and meaningless art films. “Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia” backs into an increasingly bleak portrait of a woman whose sterile existence — and reason for living — revolves around a despised cat.

Puette ably makes use of Fields’ intimate staging (accented by Matt Richter’s lights) to make vivid Smith’s subtle ironies in monologues that range in feeling from the experimental flash fictions of Donald Barthelme to the early schizophrenic-styled writing of Peter Handke.

GO! Echo Theater Company at Atwater Village Theatre; 3269 Casitas Ave., Atwater; through Aug. 27. (310) 307-3753, echotheatercompany.com.

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Deborah originates Tommy Smith's "Ghost Light" helmed by Chris Fields
Jul
28
11:00 AM11:00

Deborah originates Tommy Smith's "Ghost Light" helmed by Chris Fields

"In Tommy Smiths poignant and poetic rumination on love and loss, innocence and age,  a lone woman materializes on the set of an unrelated play, illuminated only by the ghost light."

Tommy Smith is the acclaimed young playwright from Julliard who recently had productions of his plays "Firemen" and "Fugue" at the Echo. Firemen recently won five Los Angeles Drama Critics Awards including for writing and for Chris Fields' direction. I'm thrilled to be working on this lyrical and raw play for one woman! I hope you'll join us. 

Four shows ONLY:

Wednesdays August 5 (opening) 12 and 26

Thursday August 27 (closing) 

Tickets and more info at https://echotheater.tixato.com/buy/

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Return to The Blank Theatre's acclaimed Young Playwrights Festival
Jun
6
5:30 PM17:30

Return to The Blank Theatre's acclaimed Young Playwrights Festival

My first time working with this exciting fest was in 2013, and I'm thrilled to be invited back as an alum. The Blank's 23 year old YPF is the nation's ONLY competition which rewards writers ages 9 to 19 with a full production using professional actors, and I can't think of a better place to volunteer my time. 

This year's YPF runs June 4 - 28. The piece I'm doing, "Bromeo and Julius," is very funny, smart play written by Los Angeles' own Sabrina Bachtler. We'll be going up the final weekend of the fest. Please join us! You can purchase tickets to any or all of the four weekends here: http://ypf.theblank.com/ 

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'A Delicate Balance' takes home LADCC award for Best Revival
Mar
17
7:00 AM07:00

'A Delicate Balance' takes home LADCC award for Best Revival

On March 16, director Robin Larsen and I joined most of our cast at the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards where our production of A Delicate Balance was honored with the McCulloh Award for Best Revival. You can see pics from the production on the Screen page and a list of winners here. Robin was also awarded the  Milton Katselis Award for Career Achievement in Direction--so very well deserved. You can see more about our work together on the Stage page under A Delicate Balance, The Fall to Earth, and Tryst.

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Nomination for Best Supporting Actress
Mar
16
6:00 PM18:00

Nomination for Best Supporting Actress

Stage Raw has picked up the baton from the now-defunct LA Weekly Awards celebrating intimate theater in Los Angeles, and I'm honored to have been nominated  for best supporting actress for my work as 'Julia' in Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance. The awards will be presented April 13 in a 1940s-themed bash at Los Angeles Theatre Center. A complete list of nominees here

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