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Boys’ Night by Michael Shaw Fisher

BOYS’ NIGHT by MICHAEL SHAW FISHER is one of seven plays in the Los Angeles Playwrights Lab’s second production of original shorts: 7 CORPSES. In Fisher’s BOYS’ NIGHT, Thursday night is boys’ night - the night when Scott and Derek can forget the rest of the world and just be themselves. Only, when Scott accidentally hits a dog on the way to work, it releases a flood of nightmarish childhood memories best forgotten and Scott learns that you can trust your best friend anything… Or can you? 


WHEN: Thurs, Fri, Sat, 8 pm, Sept 28-Nov 3, 2012.


WHERE: Ruby Theater at THE COMPLEX, 6476 Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90038. 


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BRYAN BELLOMO (Derek) performs, directs, writes, designs and teaches. Bryan does a lot of stuff. He loves it all, and almost all of the time. Recent acting credits include the indie feature A Big Love Story (Breakout Filmmaking, Newport Beach and Best Comedy, Manhattan Film Festival) and The Unknown with Frances Fisher on crackle.com. Many thanks to Robert and Yasmina for their trust, to Charls for his great playful spirit, and to you for taking a chance and supporting live theatre. More at bryanbellomo.com.


PAUL MAYLONE (Scott) Although Paul Maylone majored in theatre at the University of Maryland and the Interlochen Arts Academy, it’s been nearly fifteen years since he’s gone anywhere near the dramatic arts. He therefore has no film/stage credits worth mentioning. He lives in Ojai with his true love and adorable son and works in the solar industry.



BETHY POLUIKIS (Mindy) is thrilled to be a part of Boys Night. Originally from Dallas, TX, Bethy moved to Los Angeles by way of Chicago, where her theatre credits include Hedda Gabler, Twelfth Night, andDancing at Lughnasa, as well as a Jeff-nominated production of The Philadelphia Story. Bethy loves comedy and performs in various sketch and improv shows at Second City Hollywood. She has appeared in a series of sketches for Chelsea Lately, as well as the web series THE FAIRY TALES. Many thanks to David, Michael, and everyone involved with 7 Corpses.


DAVID HAVERTY (Director) is excited and honored to be directing Michael Shaw Fisher’s piece Boy’s Night, David’s Los Angeles Stage Directing Debut! Graduate of PCCA (FL), Musical Theatre Major, Artistic Director of Bravo Centre for the Arts (FL). Attended Marymount Manhattan College in NYC, Theatre Arts major, taught at the Children’s Acting Academy (NYC), SM/Entertainment Director at the Jekyll & Hyde Club (NYC), Tech Director for Ensemble Studio Theatre’s 25th Anniversary One Act Marathon (NYC). In LA David has worked in production in Film/TV from Producer to Prod Assistant. Assisted multiple shows at the Sacred Fools Theatre. Currently owner of ProduceYourReel (.com).


MICHAEL SHAW FISHER (Playwright) is a writer, actor and director who graduated with Thesis Distinction in 2008 from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.  Most recently Michael has performed in Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum 2011 season productions of Richard III and Rose Cottages. His original play the Barking Pig was workshopped at the LA Playwright’s Lab (of which he is a co-founder). The Barking Pig premiered at 2011’s Hollywood Fringe Festival and was selected to be part of the Best of the Fringe.  Most recently, his original rock musical  Doomsday Cabaret premiered in the 2012 Hollywood Fringe, which not only received Best of Fringe distinction, but also Best Musical. Michael is also a member of the Board of Directors for the upcoming Sonoma Theatre Company.

Manifestation by Meredith Simonds

MANIFESTATION by MEREDITH SIMONDS is one of seven plays in the Los Angeles Playwrights Lab’s second production of original shorts: 7 CORPSES. In Simonds’ MANIFESTATION, A woman’s desperate attempts to sell a haunted, dilapidated house bring her face-to-face with the demon she fears. 


WHEN: Thurs, Fri, Sat, 8 pm, Sept 28-Nov 3, 2012.


WHERE: Ruby Theater at THE COMPLEX, 6476 Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90038. 


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SHAELA COOK (Viv) is honored to be a part of the Los Angeles Playwrights Lab. A graduate of the University of Utah Actor’s Training Program and the Washington D.C. Shakespeare Theatre Classical Workshop, Shaela has performed on numerous stages around the globe and in various film and television productions (look for her in the upcoming films Heterosexual Jill and Into the Equinox). Some of her favorite stage roles include Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth and Susan in Vinegar Tom. She is a company member of Sacred Fools. Endless thanks and love to Steve. www.shaelacook.com


SASCHA ROSEMANN (Joe) is grateful and excited to be performing in this delightfully haunting series of one act plays presented by the Los Angeles Playrights Lab, and hopes you are as thoroughly entertained by the works of the wonderful writers, directors and actors as he is watching and working with them.


JUNE CARRYL (Director) is originally from Denver and a member of the Actors Studio and the Directors Lab in Los Angeles. Her plays include SEDUCER (Summerfest 2009, Black Box Theater), THE RINGS OF SATURN (The Living Room Series, Blank Theatre), GOD’S WIFE (Zephyr Theatre). THE ART OF YES (reading, Playbrokers). June has received commissions from the Magic Theater and Visual Artists Theater in New York. Her screenplay HARARE, HARARE was a finalist in the 2008 Page Screenwriting Awards. A budding director and performer as well, June has worked with the Blank (Young Playwrights Festival, The Living Room Series), Absolute Theater (The INSIDIOUS IMPACT OF ANTON), City Garage (THE TROJAN WOMEN), Mark Taper’s Taper, Too (SLIDE/GLIDE THE SLIPPERY SLOPE), Odyssey (THREE-PENNY OPERA), Berkeley Repertory theatre (CIVIL SEX, MACBETH), A.C.T. (INSURRECTION: HOLDING HISTORY), and the Magic (PIECES OF THE QUILT).


MEREDITH SIMONDS (Playwright) wrote and produced her first play - “The Disconnect” - for the Los Angeles Playwrights Lab’s production of original shorts, “Beginnings,” in Spring 2012. Meredith is also a screenwriter who has received recognition from the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting.

Mourning Story by June Carryl

MOURNING STORY by JUNE CARRYL is one of seven plays in the Los Angeles Playwrights Lab’s second production of original shorts: 7 CORPSES. In Carryl’s MOURNING STORY, in the days following the Fukushima disaster, an old couple combs the beach and finds a young man mourning his lost daughter.


WHEN: Thurs, Fri, Sat, 8 pm, Sept 28-Nov 3, 2012.


WHERE: Ruby Theater at THE COMPLEX, 6476 Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90038. 


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ARTHUR KENG (Toichi) is excited to be a part of The Mourning Story team. Previous credits include King Lear at California Shakespeare Theatre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at CenterRep, Take Me Out at the New Conservatory Theatre, Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge! at SF Playhouse, Mr. Marmalade at Custom Made Theatre, and the world premiere of Ching Chong Chinaman at Impact Theatre. Arthur graduated this past summer with his MFA from the University of Southern California.


*EIJI INOUE (Yasuo) came from Gifu, Japan to pursue an international acting career in 1992. He has numerous credits in film, TV shows and plays. His credits include Click, The Last Samurai, Pearl Harbor, NCIS, and Gilmore Girls. He dedicates his performance to the tsunami victims and their families.



*MOMO YASHIMA (Setsuko) was born in New York City and moved to East Los Angeles when she was five. Her parents, artists Mitsu and Taro Yashima wrote award winning children’s books (3 time winner of Caldecott Honors) and her brother was the award winning actor, Mako. She studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse under Sanford Meisner. In Los Angeles, she worked with the Music Center’s Improvisational Theater Project with Gordon Davidson and East West Players. Her work with the Resisters of Conscience (Men who fought the government’s internment of the Japanese Americans on the West Coast during WWII and questioned the legality of drafting the internees), entitled A DIVIDED COMMUNITY: 3 STORIES OF RESISTENCE and won the 2012 BEST CONCEPT AWARD. Momo is married and has 2 daughters. She is most always unemployed, so it’s a good thing she’s a great cook! She religiously goes to her Jazz Dance classes, taught by the Luigi disciple, Hama.


+NIKKI HEVESY (Director) +Nikki Hevesy is an award-winning director who works in theatre, TV, and film. She has directed and/or produced over 50 plays, musicals, comedies and original works and was Founding/Artistic director for five years of City Light Performing Arts Co. in San Francisco. She has worked with South Coast Rep, Berkeley Rep, VITA Shakespeare, Theatre Geo, Moving Arts, The Eureka Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Taper (New Works Festival) and the Nat’l Theatre of Uganda, where she wrote and directed a one-man musical. Nikki holds a BA in Theology and an MFA in Directing from USC. She is currently developing projects for film/ TV under Through the Glass Productions and directing a gang intervention documentary: A Violence Disrupted.


JUNE CARRYL (Playwright) is originally from Denver and a member of the Actors Studio and the Directors Lab in Los Angeles. Her plays include SEDUCER (Summerfest 2009, Black Box Theater), THE RINGS OF SATURN (The Living Room Series, Blank Theatre), GOD’S WIFE (Zephyr Theatre). THE ART OF YES (reading, Playbrokers). June has received commissions from the Magic Theater and Visual Artists Theater in New York. Her screenplay HARARE, HARARE was a finalist in the 2008 Page Screenwriting Awards. A budding director and performer as well, June has worked with the Blank (Young Playwrights Festival, The Living Room Series), Absolute Theater (The INSIDIOUS IMPACT OF ANTON), City Garage (THE TROJAN WOMEN), Mark Taper’s Taper, Too (SLIDE/GLIDE THE SLIPPERY SLOPE), Odyssey (THREE-PENNY OPERA), Berkeley Repertory theatre (CIVIL SEX, MACBETH), A.C.T. (INSURRECTION: HOLDING HISTORY), and the Magic (PIECES OF THE QUILT).


*DENOTES MEMBERS OF ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION


+ Assoc. Member of SDC - Stage Directors & Choreographers Society

Family Penalty by Katie Letien

FAMILY PENALTY by KATIE LETIEN is one of seven plays in the Los Angeles Playwrights Lab’s second production of original shorts: 7 CORPSES. In Letien’s FAMILY PENALTY, even distance can’t keep us away from who we are. Sissy makes the mistake of returning home for her uncle’s execution to face exactly what she feared and more.


WHEN: Thurs, Fri, Sat, 8 pm, Sept 28-Nov 3, 2012.


WHERE: Ruby Theater at THE COMPLEX, 6476 Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90038. 


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VICTORIA HOGAN (Sissy) has recently returned to Los Angeles after studying in both New York & England. She trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse and The London Academy of Dramatic Arts. (She can now do a mean British accent.) Victoria also spends lots of time scribbling on notepads, and her book, Babies… can be found on Amazon. www.Victoria-Hogan.com



CORY KEMPTON (Charlie) is a musician and actor as well as a California kid from back in the day. The majority of his life has been spent traveling the country and visiting as many foreign countries as possible. In addition to being a ‘gun-4-hire’ sound engineer, Cory is a decorated military veteran who served in Iraq as an infantry sniper. You can reach Cory via email: corykempton@gmail.com.



CARRIE REEVES (Betsy)Carrie Reeves (Betsey, Family Penalty) is a Los AnSgeles native who studied theatre & film at Emerson College in Boston. Her studies took her through Europe & landed her back in Los Angeles where she continued at Jeff Golblum’s Playhouse West Repertory Theatre. As a member for five years she practiced wearing all hats; performing, directing, writing and producing. Most recently her attention has been geared towards developing new media projects. She is thrilled to be back on stage and part of such a creative and fantastic group of artists.


ANDREA ANDRESAKIS (Director), recently directed Shrink, by Sydney Nikols for the OC-Centric New Play Festival at Chapman University. Selected New York directing and/or choreography credits: Macbeth (Wing’s); Little Shop of Horrors (BHT); The Little Prince (Merkin Concert Hall); Wait Until Dark (ACC Theatre); Lee Blessing’s Down the Road; Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451; Neil Simon’s Star Spangled Girl (Playwrights Horizons). She was the Associate Artistic Director of the American Playwrights’ Theatre where she also directed several plays. Tours: The Barber of Seville and Maiden’s Consent. Regional: The Marvelous Wonderettes (East Coast premiere); Crimes of the Heart (Chenengo River); Evita (JHU, Baltimore); Fame (Barrington Stage Company). www.Andresakis.com


KATIE LETIEN (Playwright) is a recent transplant from NYC, is very thankful for her partnership with L.A. Playwrights Lab. While in NYC Katie produced and director several of her own original plays as well movie shorts and webseries.

Death Unit by Robert Gardner

DEATH UNIT by ROBERT GARDNER is one of seven plays in the Los Angeles Playwrights Lab's second production of original shorts: 7 CORPSES. In Gardner’s DEATH UNIT, two men transporting a prisoner recently executed by the state find themselves trapped in the basement of the Texas Prisons Death Unit. 


WHEN: Thurs, Fri, Sat, 8 pm, Sept 28-Nov 3, 2012.


WHERE: Ruby Theater at THE COMPLEX, 6476 Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90038. 


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BRYAN BELLOMO
 (Redstone) performs, directs, writes, designs and teaches. Bryan does a lot of stuff. He loves it all, and almost all of the time. Recent acting credits include the indie feature A Big Love Story (Breakout Filmmaking, Newport Beach and Best Comedy, Manhattan Film Festival) and The Unknown with Frances Fisher on crackle.com. Many thanks to Robert and Yasmina for their trust, to Charls for his great playful spirit, and to you for taking a chance and supporting live theatre. More at bryanbellomo.com.


*CHARLS SEDGWICK HALL (Shoehorn) Los Angeles and Southern California theatre credits: The Color Purple and The Next Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night (SCSF @ CalPoly Pomona), Romeo and Juliet, The Firebugs (Downtown Repertory Theatre) Romeo and Juliet, (Will & Company), The Little Foxes, Cymbeline, A Christmas Carol, Cyrano (A Noise Within), Three Sisters (a HapaLis production), King Cat Calico Finally Flies Free (Son of Semele), Hitler’s Head, David and Goliath in America, Angeles of Lemnos (The Road Theatre Company), Our Country’s Good (Quantum Theatre), Measure for Measure (Waging Theatre),  The Merry Wives of Windsor (Los Angeles Shakespeare Company). TV: General Hospital. Charls is also a Movement Teacher for Actors. “Look inward, and ask, not if there is anything outside that you want, but whether there is anything inside that you have not yet unpacked.”  Many thanks to family, friends and the It’s A Mystery Foundation for their inexorable faith and support.



MAYA JEAN (Elsa) is excited to be making her stage debut with the LA Playwrights’ Lab. She is a Nashville, TN transplant where she was featured in Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University DVD and the RJ Young “Paper Free Office” ad campaign, which included commercials, magazine ads and billboards. She can be seen in the feature film, Magic Mike, as well as television shows House, Private Practice, and Melissa & Joey, to name a few. Maya is currently studying at the Actors Comedy Studio in Los Angeles.


YASMINA CHIRAZI-SOMMERS (Director), originally from London, graduated from LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts) and is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA, AEA and British Equity. She is thrilled to be collaborating again with the “LAPL” this time as a director of “Death Unit” - Thank you Robert. LA theatre credits include: Melissa, Baby Toes, Richard III, Darwins’ Nightmare, Iron Brew. London theatre credits include: Runners, Taming of the Shrew, Provoked Wife, Maids Tragedy, The Seagull, Black Pavilion, Black Sun cafe, A Man Astray, The Blue Room. Her full resume can be found on: http://www.sag.org/iactor/YasminaSommers. She now lives in Los Angeles with her wonderful husband & her two amazing sons Grover (woof:) & Oliver (meow:)


ROBERT GARDNER (Playwright) has written and directed a short, I COULD HEAR YOU ALL THE WAY DOWN THE HALL and two indie features, CLARENCE AND ANGEL and KING JAMES VERSION. He wrote the screenplay, CRIE DU COUER, which won Second Prize at the Venice and Berlin Film Festivals. He is the co-writer for the film, WEDDING PALACE opening theatrically, Spring 2012. Mr. Gardner also is the co-creator of the L.A. Playwrights Lab.


*DENOTES MEMBER OF ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION

7 Corpses is the Los Angeles Playwrights Lab’s next production of original shorts. WHEN: Thurs, Fri, Sat, 8 pm, Sept 28-Nov 3, 2012. WHERE: Ruby Theater at THE COMPLEX, 6476 Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90038. More details coming soon!

7 Corpses is the Los Angeles Playwrights Lab’s next production of original shorts. WHEN: Thurs, Fri, Sat, 8 pm, Sept 28-Nov 3, 2012. WHERE: Ruby Theater at THE COMPLEX, 6476 Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90038. More details coming soon!

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See “7 Corpses” Come To Life Fall 2012

Seven corpses are taking shape in seven new original shorts for our next run in the fall!

We’re in the thick of the writing process, and thrilled to welcome two new writers to the group - Julie Cain and Bob Colleary.

See “7 Corpses” come to life September 28-November 3, 2012.