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HARM'S WAY

Harm's Way tells the tale of a career Army prosecutor who investigates a possible war crime against Iraqi civilians by U.S troops - while at the same time fighting to save his troubled daughter here on American soil.

written by SHEM BITTERMAN

directed by STEVE ZUCKERMAN

with Josh Allen, Ben Bowen, Katie Lowes, Wendy Makkena, Eric Pierpoint and Jack Stehlin

lights Derrick McDaniel
set
Rachel Myers
costumes Kitty Rose

Reservations: 323.960.1054


Katie Lowes and Jack Stehlin
in Harm's Way

Eric Pierpoint and Jack Stehlin
in Harm's Way

Josh Allen, Katie Lowes and Ben Bowen in Harm's Way

Jack Stehlin and Wendy Makkena in
Harm's Way

ACTOR AND PRODUCTION BIOS

 

 

Josh Allen

JOSH ALLEN (Sammy Havesford)

With Circus Theatricals: Sebastian in Twelfth Night.

He received his BFA in theatre performance from Rhode Island College in Providence, RI where he also grew up. Some regional theatre credits include Ferdinand in The Tempest, Hamlet in Hamlet, The Young Man in The American Dream, Noah in The Grapes of Wrath and Goose in Goose and TomTom.

Member: Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

Ben Bowen

BEN BOWEN (Private Nick Granville)

LA theatre debut with Circus Theatricals.  A recent graduate of USC, he received his B.F.A in Acting, where he also studied Shakespeare at the British American Drama Academy in London.  Stage credits include: Tilden in Buried Child, Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Aimwell in The Beaux Stratagem, and Whizzer in Falsetto's.

 

Katie Lowes

Katie Lowes

 

KATIE LOWES (Bianca Fredericks)

Off-Broadway: The The Truth About Blayds, Mr. Pim Passes By rotating rep (Mint Theater), Roberto Zucco (Ohio Theater). Regional: Electric Century (O'Neill Playwrights Conference), Shakespeare at Waveny Mansion (STONC), Finding the Sun (Steppenwolf Garage Theater), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Blue Heron Arts), Macbeth (RADA). TV: "As the World Turns", "Guiding Light," "Rescue Me", "Damage Control", "The Sopranos", "Without a Trace", "NCIS". BFA Tisch School of the Arts. Founding member of IAMA Theatre Company.

Eric Pierpoint

ERIC PIERPOINT (Colonel Hank Davis)

With Circus Theatricals, Greensward, The Circle, Richard III.

Other theatre credits include Missouri Waltz, Panache (NYC), A Streetcar Named Desire, Ourselves Alone, The Hasty Heart, A Midsummer Night's Dream and A Man For All Seasons. He starred in the TV series "Alien Nation." His most recent guest appearances include "Brothers and Sisters," "Crossing Jordan," "CSI Miami," "Medium," and "Strong Medicine." Most notable films are "Liar Liar," "Holes," "Forever Young," and "The World's Fastest Indian." He also has several films currently making the rounds at festivals: "the Diminished Fifth," "Messiah," "Four Weeks Four Hours" and "TV Virus."  He also writes and has two screenplays in developmen. He is currently recurring on "Big Love."

Wendy Makkena

WENDY MAKKENA (Connie Durrell)

Wendy's long list of theatre credits include leading roles in the Tony Award Winning Play, Side Man; The Shawl, opposite Diane Weist directed by Sidney Lumet; The Water Children for which she won the LA Drama Critic's Circle Award.  Television credits include: "Listen Up", starring opposite Jason Alexander; "Oliver Beene", starring as Charlotte Beene; Denis Leary's wife,"The Job"; Caruso's partner, "NYPD Blue", "House", "CSI",  "The Nine'. Film: leading roles - "Finding North", "Camp Nowhere", "Air Bud",  and noise. Perhaps her best known film role is Sister Mary Robert in "Sister Act" with Whoopi Goldberg.

Jack Stehlin

JACK STEHLIN (Major Jonathon Fredericks)

Jack founded Circus Theatricals in New York in 1983, and has produced over 40 plays in NYC and Los Angeles. An award-winning actor, Jack has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, and stages around the world. Jack is an alumnus of John Houseman's The Acting Company and a graduate of the Juilliard School. Most recently, he as seen on stage in the Circus Theatricals production of Complexity, and the Los Angeles premiere of Salome with Al Pacino, directed by Estelle Parsons.

As an actor, his Circus Theatricals productions include The Misanthrope, The Circle , Macbeth, Hamlet, Richard III, Tartuffe, True West, The Cheats of Scapin, The Job. Other Los Angeles Theatre:Speed-the-Plow (Los Angeles premiere), and Habitation of Dragons (Zephyr). His extensive notable New York credits include Richard II (dir. Steven Berkoff), Henry V (w/Kevin Kline), Casanova (w/ Ethan Hawke, dir. by Michael Greif), Henry IV, I (w/Mandy Patinkin, dir by Des McAnuff), Julius Caesar (w/ Al Pacino and Martin Sheen),Timon of Athens (dir. by Brian Kulick), Richard Foreman’s Don Juan, and Romeo and Juliet (dir. by Les Waters).

TV and film credits include the film "Salomaybe?" (with Al Pacino) and guest star roles on "Weeds"(recurring as Roy Till, captain of the DEA), "Without a Trace," ""NCIS," "JAG," (recurring), "Buffy" (recurring ), "Judging Amy," "The Practice," "Crossing Jordan," "NYPD Blue," and "ER."

This season, he continues his role as Captain Roy Till on the Showtime series "Weeds."

Jack is an alumnus of The Acting Company and The Juilliard School.

 

Derrick McDaniel

DERRICK MCDANIEL (Lights)
With Circus Theatricals: Complexity, Greensward The Misanthrope and Iphigenia in Aulis. Derrick began his acting apprenticeship in 1990 at Theater East in Studio City, CA. This is where he honed the craft of stage lighting. A few of his lighting credits include “The Godfather Workout” for the HBO comedy festival in Aspen; “The Quiet Room” at the Whitefire Theater, “Worse Than Murder” at the Ventura Court Theater, and “Eubie Weller” at the Stella Adler Theater; “Among The Thugs” at the Odyssey Theater- and many others. Derrick was nominated for a 2004 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award for lighting, in “Among The Thugs”, as well as, a 2005 ADA lighting nomination. He has earned critical acclaim, many times over, for his designs. Derrick would like to thank you for your support of live theater. Enjoy.

Rachel Myers

RACHEL MYERS (Set)

Harm’s Way is Rachel’s first production with Circus Theatricals. A designer of both sets and costumes her recent California production’s include the West Coast premiere of Dark Play by Carlos Murillo at (The Theatre at Boston Court) and Melancholy Play by Sarah Ruhl at the (Allen Studio Theatre). Her work has been seen at the Yale Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Falcon Theatre, El Portal Theatre, The Renberg Village Theater, New Haven’s Festival of Arts and Ideas, Disjecta Theatre Space and The Yale School of Drama and The Yale Cabaret. In addition to theatre, Rachel works a production designer for film, music videos and commercials and has recently designed projects with Getty Images, L’oreal of Paris, LLF productions and Triskelion Entertainment, as well as working on Tim Burton’s "The Corpse Bride". Rachel received her MFA in Design from the Yale School of Drama and her BA from Scripps College and the Pomona College Department of Theatre and Dance. Additional samples of Rachel’s design work can be viewed at her website www.3pennydesign.com

 

Leah Roobini

LEAH ROOBINI (Stage Manager)
Stage manager for Circus Theatricals productions Man.Gov, Sister Cities, Iphigenia in Aulis, The Circle, 7th Annual Festival of One Act Plays. Other stage management: Lobby Hero, Things We Do for Love, Among the Thugs (winner of LA Weekly and Drama Critic’s Circle Awards) Because I Said So, Communicating Doors (Odyssey Theatre), Summon Me Awake/Yo Despierta, and Dark of the Moon. Other credits: Criminal Hearts, Oliver, and Into the Woods. She recently graduated from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.

Shem Bitterman

SHEM BITTERMAN (Playwright)

With Circus Theatricals: Man.Gov (2006/2007) The Job which won the LA Drama Critic's Circle Award for Best New Play, transferred to off-Broadway and was published by Samuel French and Smith & Kraus, The Circle, LA Weekly nominee for Best Leading Male Performance, Best Supporting Male Performance, a 2005 Pen/West Finalist.

Selected other plays include:Ten Below, at the WPA, winner of the National Play Award, starring Kevin Conway and Anthony Edwards; Peephole at Geva,  winner of the Davie Award, and subsequently made into a movie with Shem directing; Night-Side, a one-woman show at Actor's Theatre of Louisville, starring Pamela Gien (The Syringa Tree); The Ramp  at South Coast Rep, winner of the California Playwright's Competition; Beijing Legends  at The Mark Taper Forum and the Pacific Jewish Theatre, winner of the Fund For New American Plays; Self  Storage at the Odyssey, subsequently made into the film Tinsletown, directed by Tony Spiridakis and starring Joe Pantoliano and Ron Perlman; Iowa Boys at The Actor's Studio, winner of the CBS/FDG New Plays Award.   

A playwright, screenwriter, actor, director and producer, Shem graduated New York's High School of Performing Arts and is an alumnus of Julliard, where he studied acting.   He got his M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing at University of Iowa.

Steve Zuckerman

This is Steve's second play at Circus Theatricals. Last year he directed Shem Bitterman's Man.Gov. He has directed  Nuts by Tom Topor on Broadway which received two Tony nominations and a Drama Desk Award. As Associate Director of New York's WPA theater he directed many productions including the premieres of Nuts, Steve Metcalf's The Incredibly Famous Willy Rivers,  Shem Bitterman's Ten Below and Israel Horovitz's  Unexpected Tenderness and North Shore Fish.  His collaboration with Mr. Horovitz also resulted in the premieres of Today I am a Fountain Pen, A Rosen By Any Other Name and The Chopin Playoffs. He directed a filmed version of North Shore Fish for Showtime which starred Mercedes Ruehl, Peter Riegert and Tony Danza. Revivals of Tennessee Williams Vieux Carre and Ibsen's  When We Dead Awaken with Kim Hunter received Drama Desk Awards. He has been Director of Play Development at The Circle in the Square Theatre and Artistic Director of the Impossible Ragtime Theatre in New York and the Sharon Playhouse. He has directed at the Manhattan Theater Club, Circle Rep and many regional theatres including Baltimore's Center Stage, The La Jolla Playhouse and the Yale Rep. Mr. Zuckerman was trained at  the University of Michigan and the Yale School of Drama.
 
In addition to his long theatre career, Mr. Zuckerman has directed over 350 episodes of prime time television including such shows as "Everybody Loves Raymond," "The Drew Carey Show," "Friends," "Empty Nest," and "Murphy Brown," for which he received an Humanitas Award. He is currently directing "According to Jim."


Kitty Rose

KITTY ROSE (Costumes)

Kitty Rose is a longtime collaborator with Circus Theatricals. She has worked on just about every show in some capacity!

Jeannine Stehlin

 

JEANNINE W. STEHLIN (Producer / Managing Director)

Produced over 40 plays for Circus Theatricals, including The Heiress, The Adding Machine, Man.Gov, Iphigenia in Aulis, The Misanthrope, Macbeth, Tartuffe, The Cherry Orchard, Richard III, Hamlet and The Cheats of Scapin, The Circle and the award-winning The Job by Shem Bitterman (LA and Off-Broadway). Sound design credits include Circus Theatricals 7th Annual Festival of One Act Plays (now playing), and The Circle (LA Weekly "Best Sound Design" nomination).

Acting credits include: The Heiress, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, The Job, Peer Gynt, Tartuffe, The Misanthrope, Hippolytus, The Stronger, The Art of Success, Women and Wallace and the films, “Watch It,” and “Rancho Cucamonga." Jeannine made her professional debut as a child on the popular children's program, "Romper Room" in Pittsburgh. Sound design credits include: Man.gov, Greensward, Complexity, and The Circle (LA Weekly "Best Sound Design" nomination).

Jeannine holds a B.S. in Advertising from the University of Illinois, and an M.B.A. in Marketing from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

   

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