GTC Burbank January – February 2016


Building Madness

Directed by Kevin Cochran

A Special Presentation of the
GTC New Play Initiative

January 21-February 14, 2016

Fri. & Sat. at 8:00 p.m.

Sun. at 3:00 p.m.

The Grove Theater Center
1111-b West Olive Ave
Burbank, CA 91506


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DSC_0769-webAlexandra Wright (Gwen Gladwell) – Alexandra is thrilled to make her debut at GTC. Favorite roles include: Bec in 4000 Miles (LA premiere at Sierra Madre Playhouse), Kali in The Avenue of Saints (Skylight), Helena and Hippolyta in A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Igraine/Edmund in Lear (Theatricum Botanicum), Rosalind in As You Like It (ART). Favorite TV credits:Gilded LilysTrendingGreek. Film credits: AbducteeCaptiveValentine’s Day. Acting has given her the opportunity to work with Neil Gaiman, Scott Zigler, and Neil Patrick Harris, as well as work in London, Paris, and Moscow. She holds a BA from the University of Southern California (Best Actress award), and an MFA from the Moscow Art Theater/Harvard University.

ColinColin Simon (Max Marshall) – Southern California native and a member of the Actors’ Equity Association, Colin is a founding member of Savage Players. His theatrical credits include Merlin (King Arthur), Measure for Measure (Claudio), and Richard III (Catesby) at Theatricum Botanicum (Topanga, CA); American Drag (James) and A Streetcar Named Desire (Pablo) at Ion Theatre (San Diego, CA). He also had the pleasure of understudying 33 Variations, directed by Moisès Kaufman, at the La Jolla Playhouse. Colin earned his MFA in Acting from UCLA and his BFA in Acting from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Sean Faye headshotSean Faye (Paul Fielding) – Sean is incredibly proud to make his debut at the Grove Center Theater!  Sean was most recently seen in the remounted and extended version of the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival hit, “Breaking Bard” with the Porters of Hellsgate.  Some favorite roles include Crumpet in “The Santaland Diaries,” The Vice President in “The Apollo of Bellac,” and Touchstone in “As You Like It.”  Sean is a Producer and Resident Artist with The Porters of Hellsgate and an Associate Member of Sacred Fools.   

Sarah Lilly bbSarah Lilly (Ruby Deleoni) – graduated from Northwestern, UCLA and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.  Most recently onstage she was the Spider Queen in SPIDERPOCALYPSE at the Fringe, Charlie Gordon’s Mother in FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON at Deaf West and at Theatre of NOTE, Tamora in TITUS ANDRONICUS.  Big screen stuff includes NEGATIVE PROOF, VALENTINE’S DAY, FAILURE TO LAUNCH as well as small screen GREY’S ANATOMY, RAY DONOVAN and THE RELUCTANT NANNY.  Check her out in the cult faves – AMAZON WOMEN ON THE MOON and THE MANGLER REBORN.  Represented by Angel City Talent and Melanie Sharp Mgt. She also shows up on IMDB and Facebook.

katedanleyKate Danley (Trixie Taylor) – GTC credits include A Christmas Carol, The Adding Machine, and the Ovation winning Blake… da Musical!  She portrayed Dr. Livingstone in the ACT Award winning production of Agnes of God at Dominion Stage.  She was named a Maryland Distinguished Scholar in the Arts.  TV credits:  Parks & Recreation, America’s Most Wanted, and Homicide: Life on the Street.  She performed improv for many years at the Acme Comedy Theatre as part of their main company. She performed her original stand-up at such clubs as The Comedy Store and The Icehouse and wrote sketch for a weekly show in Hollywood. She trained in puppetry with Mr. Snuffleupagus and played the head of a 20-foot dinosaur on an NBC pilot. She has over 300+ film, theatre, and television credits to her name. She lost on Hollywood Squares.

Matt Jayson _PS Headshot-2Matt Jayson (Vito Deleoni) – In New York, he received the Jean Dalrymple award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Edward De Vere in Shakespeare Undiscovered with the American Theater of Actors. In Los Angeles he played Garcin in No Exit at The Odyssey and Mordechai Anielewicz in a staged reading of For Honor, a new play at the Zephyr Theater about some of the heroes who helped save lives during the Holocaust. Films: Dysfunction and The Perfect 46. TV: The Fosters, CSI Miami, Chuck and Sex and the City. Soaps: The Young and The Restless, The Bold and The Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, All My Children, The Guiding Light, One Life to Live and As the World Turns. He has voiced multiple characters in the video game franchise: The Elder Scrolls Online. He can also be heard in the new documentary Remember The Sultana starring Sean Astin. Originally from New York, he now lives in Silverlake.

Kevin Cochran (Artistic Director/director) co-founded Grove Theater Center in 1994.  Plays he has directed at GTC include Blake… da Musical (Ovation Award for Best New Musical, Ovation and LA Weekly nominations for Best Director); Film Chinois (Ovation Award for Best New Play, selected for the TRU Voices series in NYC and published by Samuel French); R.R.R.E.D. (LA Weekly Nomination for Best Director); The Adding Machine (OC Weekly Award for Best Production); Straight Up with a Twist (Ovation nomination for Best Production) and The Beckett Project II (OC Weekly nomination for Best Director).  Kevin wrote and directed Bobby & Matt (Pick of the Week in Backstage NY) and A Christmas Carol (Ovation Recommended.  He directed the Off Broadway premiere of Eternal Equinox by Joyce Sachs at the 59E59 Theaters (the play was presented at GTC Burbank in 2010) and the Ovation Recommended Premiere of Henry Ong’s Sweet Karma.  Kevin graduated as a Scholar of the House in theater, design, and circus arts from Yale University.  He also serves as Producing Director for The Depot Theatre in Westport, NY and as the Producing Artistic Director for the Moss Hart & Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative.

David Darwin (lighting & sound design) has been active within the field of entertainment lighting for over 30 years.  He has designed for such organizations as Grove Theater Center, Grove Shakespeare, Shakespeare Orange County, A Noise Within, Western Maryland College, and Chapman University.  Event design work includes the Volvo World Cup Dressage and benefits for Santa Monica’s Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences.  David has received multiple Dramalogue awards for scenic and lighting design and recently an Ovation Award nomination lighting GTC’s A Christmas Carol.  In addition to theater, David has been involved in television and film productions such as HBO’s Six Feet Under, ABC’s Nashville, and Paramount’s Freedom Writers.  David is a proud member of IATSE Local 728, Studio Electrical Lighting Technicians, Los Angeles.

Charles L. Johanson (Executive Director) started his theatrical career working for Theatrical Consultants, ltd. in NYC as a casting director for regional theaters.  In 1984, he was hired by the Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) of New Haven, Connecticut (where he first met Kevin Cochran).  At ETC, Charles produced four seasons of theater (over 21 productions).  In 1991, Charles joined the staff of Grove Shakespeare where he served as General Manager under three different artistic directors.  He co-founded Grove Theater Center with Kevin Cochran in 1994.  As an independent producer/promoter, Charles has produced productions at the Los Angeles Theater Center (world premiere of Pigs on Passion and Charles Bukowski’s Short Hairs and Long Shots), Moon over Madness for the Los Angeles Physical Theater Company at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater, and concerts at UCLA’s Royce Hall, The Wiltern, Bridges Hall in Claremont, The Alex Theater, OC’s Irvine Barclay Theater, and NYC’s Carnegie Hall.