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The Heiress opens Saturday, February 10th

Los Angeles , CA January 25- Award-winning and critically acclaimed theatre company Circus Theatricals will present a main stage production of The Heiress, an American classic about a wealthy young woman who falls in love with a man who may or may not be a fortune hunter. Written by Ruth and Augustus Goetz, and directed by longtime Circus Theatricals Associate Artist Robert Cicchini, The Heiress opens Saturday, February 10 th, and will play Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm through March 10.

The Heiress , first produced on Broadway in 1947, is based on the Henry James novel Washington Square. Taking place in New York in 1850, The Heiress tells the story of Catherine Sloper – a shy and wealthy young woman, who falls desperately in love with the charming Morris Townsend - a man who may or may not be a fortune hunter. Against her father’s heavy opposition, Catherine struggles to claim her independence and marry the man she loves.

The Heiress cast includes Circus Theatricals members: Strawn Bovee (Elizabeth Almond), Stacy Cole (Maria alternate), Jason Huber (Arthur Townsend), Robert Lesko (Dr. Austin Sloper), Jessica Noboa (Maria), Judith Scarpone (Lavinia Penniman), Jade Sealey (Marian Almond), Jeannine Stehlin (Mrs. Montgomery), and Alli Steinberg (Catherine Sloper). Mario Schugel plays Morris Townsend.

Production team includes Derrick McDaniel (lights), Alina Ivette (costumes), Jack Stehlin (set/props), and Jeannine Stehlin (sound). Producer is Artistic Director Jack Stehlin.

Robert Cicchini has directed Circus Theatricals productions of Antigone, The Lower Depths, and The Maids. As an actor, his numerous Circus Theatricals productions include performances in Man.Gov Three Sisters, Hedda Gabler, Tartuffe, Modigliani, the Circle, Twelfth Night, The Job (Garland Award for Acting). Robert has over 100 credits in film, Television and the theatre. Recent films include: “War of the Worlds,” “Mrs. Harris,” and the upcoming “Dream Girls.” He has worked with many great film directors, including: Steven Spielberg, Francis Coppola, John Frankenheimer, Nike Nichols, and Spike Lee. His television credits include: “CSI,” “Six Feet Under,” “cold Case,” “24,” and most recently “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Desperate Housewives,” and the upcoming “State of Mind.” He is an alumnus of the graduate acting program at N.Y.U.

Strawn Bovee (Elizabeth Almond)played Mary in Sister Cities, Clytaemnestra in Iphigenia in Aulis. Other Circus Theatricals credits include Tartuffe, (L.A. Weekly Award for Best Ensemble); Richard III, Antigone, Macbeth, Deconstructing the Torah, The Seagull, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard. TV credits include “Gilmore Girls,” “The Others,” Judging Amy.” Film: “ My Final Day of Intoxication,’ “Photosynthesis,” “Just My Luck,” and “All the Ships at Sea.”

Stacy Cole (Maria alternate) Past Circus Theatricals credits include Love & Sex over Dinner & Drinks, and Beth in Dinner with Friends. Her latest filmwork includes: Michihiko Shimazu's "I Remember Papa" and Anthony Caldarella's "What's Up Scarlett."  Most recently Stacy guest starred as Diane on CBS'  "The Bold and the Beautiful."  Currently Stacy can be seen on OCTV's "Events OC" and "4-1-1 OC,, interviewing celeb's on the red carpet for Hollywood Events/Premieres. 

Jason Huber (Arthur Townsend) is a recent arrival on the Los Angeles theatre scene from Washington, DC. There he studied and worked at The Studio Theatre where he played Buck in Betty’s Summer Vacation and The Mad Hatter in Wonderland Alice. Other roles include Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bodd in Romeo and Juliatric and Frank Sinatra in the short play The Damnation of John Smith.

Robert Lesko (Dr. Austin Sloper) With Circus Theatricals: Iphigenia in Aulis, Coffee to Go and Max ( The Circus Theatricals 7th Annual Festival of One Act Plays), The Circle. Regional theatre includes Undiscovered Country, Galileo, After The Fall, Richard III, The Miser, The Tenth Man, and Flesheaters (Premiere). Other productions include Macbeth, The Seagull, A Man For All Seasons, Stephan D., and Antony and Cleopatra. TV and film credits include “The Passion According to John,” “One Problem Leads To Another,” and HBO’s “Countdown To Looking Glass.” Robert received his MFA from The Catholic University.

Jessica Noboa (Maria) With Circus Theatricals: Catherine in Liars, Lovers, and Thieves and Irina in The Three Sisters (“Great Scenes from Chekov, Ibsen and Strindberg”). Other LA credits: A Tribute to SNL and A Boys Life (with Hollywood Fight Club Theater). In Seattle: Balthasar in an all-girls production of Romeo and Juliet, Laura in The Glass Menagerie and Eng-Eling in Golden Child. Jessica studied acting at the University of Washington for 3 years. Film: “The Runaway”, “The Still Life”, and “The Man who ate the Novel”.

Judith Scarpone (Lavinia Penniman) With Circus Theatricals: Elipses… and Sister Cities. Other LA theatre: All My Sons (Odyssey), A Mother, Daughter and a Gun (Court), Cassatt & Dega (Hudson)Broadway: The Twilight of the Golds, over 100 productions Off-Broadway. Regionally: Kennedy Center, Pasadena Playhouse, The Paramount, Marines Theatre, Walnut Street, Syracuse Stage, GeVa, The Hartman, Internationally Theatre of Florence, Italy. TV guest-starring roles: “Law & Order,” “Dragnet,” “ER,” “Drew Carey,” “Ellen”, “Bedtime” (series regular / Showtime). Recent films: “The Manual,” “everybody Wants to be Italian,” “Jesus, Mary & Joey,” and “Welcome Back Miss Mary.”

Mario Schugel (Morris Townsend) The Heiress marks Mario's debut in the Los Angeles theatre scene.  He most recently appeared as Bluntschli in Moonlight Stage Productions' Arms and the Man at the Avo Playhouse in San Diego.  Regional credits include Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, American Players Theatre and Pennsylvania Center Stage among others.  On television, he has appeared on “Nip/Tuck,” “CSI,” “ER,” “Charmed” and “Will and Grace”.

Jade Sealey (Marian Almond) Circus Theatricals credits include: Sister Cities, Iphigenia in Iphigenia in Aulis, Coffee to Go ( The Circus Theatricals 7th Annual Festival of New One Act Plays), The Circle, Deconstructing the Torah. Other stage credits include the roles of Cavale in Sam Sheperd’s Cowboy Mouth, Indra’s daughter in Strindberg’s A Dream Play, Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew, The Princess of France in Love’s Labour’s Lost, and Constanze in Amadeus.

Jeannine Stehlin (Mrs. Montgomery) With Circus Theatricals: Macbeth, Twelfth Night, The Job, Peer Gynt, Tartuffe, The Misanthrope, Hippolytus, The Stronger. Regional Stage: The Art of Success, Women and Wallace (Griffin), Interior Designs (Baliwick), Risk (Zebra Crossing), Cats Who Take Chances, Tom Sawyer (Second City Player's Workshop), The Book of Blanche (White Noise). Films include: “Watch It,” and “ Rancho Cucamonga." Jeannine made her television debut as a child on the popular children's program, "Romper Room" in Pittsburgh, and continued the trend by performing on “Bozo’s Circus” as an adult. Produced over 40 plays for Circus Theatricals. 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.

Alli Steinberg (Catherine Sloper) With Circus Theatricals: The Circle, Macbeth and The Last Fling. Off–Broadway: Original company of the Pulitzer Prize winning play Wit (MCC and Union Square Theater) “Karen” in Broken Watch Theater Company’s critically acclaimed Boy’s Life. Other New York credits include: “Masha” in The Three Sisters (Looking Glass Theatre), “Lala” in The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Queens Theatre in the Park), Child of God (The Ohio Theatre-Soho) and Don’t Cry Outloud (Musical Theatre Works). Regional credits include: Long Wharf Theatre, The Goodspeed Opera House, Center Stage, Weston Playhouse, The Helen Hayes Center, New York Stage and Film (at Vassar), Forum Theatre, Shakespeare on the Sound and Theatre West Virginia. Film/Television credits include “Getting Ned,” “Fairytale of New York”, “Immaculate Concoction”, “As the World Turns” and a sketch comedy spot on Jimmey Kimmel Live! BFA in Theatre from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and studied in London at BADA.

Circus Theatricals
Jack Stehlin founded Circus Theatricals in New York in 1983. The company’s notable NYC productions include Shakespeare’s Macbeth Off-Broadway at the Classic Stage Company and Danton’s Death at the Rapp Arts Center. In 1995, Circus Theatricals moved to Los Angeles, where Jack met and partnered with Jeannine Wisnosky (Jack and Jeannine married two years later). In LA, Circus Theatricals was in residence at The Hudson Guild (The Job, Hedda Gabler) from 1995 - 1999, and the Odyssey Theatre (Hamlet, Richard III, True West, Tartuffe, The Cherry Orchard) from 1999 to 2005.

Circus Theatricals began their 2006 season in the new Circus Theatricals Studio Theatre at the Hayworth. The company plans to continue to present a mix of classic and new plays, develop more new works with established and budding playwrights, expand community outreach programs, develop a subscription audience, continue to develop the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble, and enhance the quality of training in The Circus Theatricals Studio for Actors.

Circus Theatricals has garnered awards and nominations from the LA Drama Critics Circle, Back Stage West, the LA Weekly, LA Stage Alliance Ovations, and Dramalogue.

Tickets and Venue Information
The Heiress plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. Opening night is Saturday February 10, closing Saturday March 10. Low priced previews are February 2, 3, and 9. The Circus Theatricals Studio Theatre at The Hayworth is located at 2511 Wilshire Blvd, just East of Hoover . The theatre, located in the historic Wilshire District, is just off the 10 and 110 freeways, and is located near a subway stop. The theatre entrance is at 643 Carondelet. The Circus Theatricals Studio theatre is on the second floor. There is ample street parking, as well as a low-priced parking lot adjacent to the West side of the building on Wilshire.

Tickets for all Circus Theatricals productions can be purchased by phoning 323-960-1054 or online:

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Hayworth Theatre Center CARONDOLET entrance

Circus Theatricals
at The Hayworth
2511 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057

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