|AUGUST 3 - SEPTEMBER 29
FEFU AND HER FRIENDS
As audiences travel from room to room in Fefu's house, they witness the complicated relationships and clashing ideals that unearth when eight women consider what it means to be a feminist in the mid-1930's.
Grateful to Denise and the entire production team for the amazingly smart, vivacious and female-empowering experience, Tiffany is excited to perform with the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble for the first time. Memorable plays include the award-winning productions of Punch & Judy (LA Drama Critics Circle) and Very Still & Hard to See (LA Weekly Award) , as well as the "perfectly enraged" titular role in Electra. Notable film-work includes Sharknado (you read that correctly!), True Blue, The Fifth Dimension, The Eighty-Five Percent, the recent drama The Last Girl, currently in the festival circuit, and the comedy short The Reunion. A faculty member at the USC School of Dramatic Arts, Tiffany splits her time between Los Angeles and Albuquerque, is rediscovering how great her body felt practicing martial arts, and hopes to one day fuel her feminist drive with an official coffee sponsorship.
Dominique is an actress, writer, director, cat lover, and recent graduate of the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Her stage credits includeThe Kentucky Cycle, Henry IV Part I, and A Raisin in the Sun. She has also performed in and helped to produce the devised theatre projects A Seat at the Table and Upspoken Woman commissioned by the USC Institute for Theatre and Social Change and The California Wellness Foundation, respectively. She is incredibly honored to be able to watch and learn from this group of powerful women.
Sandy, a Dora Award-winner, is best known for her portrayal as Noelle in Tom Walmsley's iconic play Blood, a role the playwright specifically asked her to perform. Blood also garnered three nominations for Duarte, a production she not only starred in but also produced. She also received critical acclaim in Something Red and the debut of The Nun's Vacation also written by Tom Walmsley. She is now thrilled to be a part of Odyssey Theatre's Fefu And Her Friends. Sandy currently resides in Los Angeles.
A UC-Berkeley graduate, Tanya's favorite roles include Hamlet with Inner Circle Theatre, Angelica (Wounded), Beatrice ( Much Ado About Nothing), Olivia (12th Night), and now Cindy in Fefu And Her Friends! Thank you to Denise for having faith in me and letting me come on this adventure. Huge thanks to Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm, the Gorlows, Juliette, Ivana, Jeffery, ICT and the entire cast and crew of FEFU. You can follow her creative endeavors @tanyagorlow and @tigerhaus.
Jennifer Lee Laks
Jennifer is a graduate of the William Esper Studio in NY. LA Theatre: Nicole in Homeward LA 2019 (Moveable Theatre & Theatre 40), Jenn/Carla in 26 Pebbles (Theatre 40), Sara inThe Super Sabado Show (Hero Theatre), Gwen in The Liar's Punishment (2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival), April inApril, May & June (Theatre 40), Madeline inThe Armadillo Necktie (The Group Rep), Nancy in Another Washington Affair (The Avery Schreiber Playhouse), Suzette in Don't Dress for Dinner (The Group Rep), Justine in The Love List (Theatre 40), Elaine in Night Watch (Theatre 40), Jen/Rachel in 7 Stories (Theatre 40). TV / Film: Crown Lake, Shameless, Astrid Clover (Pilot '17), Cry Wolfe, American Playhouse, Young Love, ReWrite , Elvis Lives!, Beverly H., The Goat Shearing. Thank you to my husband, my mother, Denise, Sally, Ron, the incredible cast and crew, and María Irene Fornés for her immortal energy.
Sydney A. Mason
Pleased to be returning to The Odyssey Theatre is Sydney A. Mason. She was last seen as Sechita, The Courtesan in last season's production of Lysistrata Unbound with her physical theatre family, Not Man Apart ( The Superhero and His Charming Wife, Ajax In Iraq) . A UCLA Theatre Film and Television alumna, Sydney has done various theatre projects around Los Angeles, Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum, Playwright's Arena and Los Angeles Theatre Center, to name a few. She is currently producing and filming independent projects in hopes of staying true to herself and her stories. Sydney would like to thank her family, friends and the Odyssey for opening their theatre home!
Alexis is a Los Angeles based actress originally from Houston, Texas. Her previous credits include The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood, The 39 Steps, Anna in the Tropics, Hecuba, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Legally Blonde the Musical. She holds a BFA in theatre performance from Baylor University and has performed at several regional theatre companies including A.D. Players, Casa Manana Theatre and Dallas Theatre Company. She has been actively involved in the theatre and film industry in Los Angeles and is very excited to be making her debut with Odyssey Theatre Ensemble!
Cynthia is a French/Lebanese actor born in Beirut, Lebanon. She grew up in France and at sixteen joined Caracalla Dance Theatre Company in Lebanon. After high school, she went back to Paris to study dramatic arts. She's been in productions of Sartre's No Exit, Molière's Tartuffe, Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue film acting, where she also performed in productions of KISS directed by Bart DeLorenzo and Lysistrata Unbound directed by John Farmanesh-Bocca at the Odyssey Theatre. She recently did a dance video for Smashing Pumpkins’ new album, Shiny and Oh So Bright, which is now screening at their 2019 international concert tour. She is currently filming Band-Aid Throat, a feature about a Muslim boxer, and is writing/producing/acting in My Darling Juliet, a short about the psychological journey of a woman with an eating disord.
Zaire Martínez Roldán
Zaire was was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She started taking acting classes when she was eight years old at The School of Fine Arts in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, where she performed in her first play. She continued taking acting and improvisation classes during her adolescence, and she has a B.A. with emphasis in acting from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus, her alma mater, where she developed her craft by forming part of the "Teatro Rodante." As part of a troupe of Commedia dell'arte, she also performed in the Scottish play, The Just Assasins, The Phoenician Women and others. She recently graduated from USC School of Dramatic Arts with an MFA in acting, and has performed in Eurydice, the Scottish play, Children of the Sun, Swimmers and others. She's grateful to be part of this amazing production and to perform for her first time at the Odyssey Theatre.
María Irene Fornés
MARÍA IRENE FORNÉS Playwright María Irene Fornés, born on May 14, 1930, in Havana, Cuba, initially studied to become a painter. However, after attending a production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot, Fornés decided to devote her creative energies toward playwriting. Her first professionally produced play, The Widow, was staged in 1961. Fornés acted as the director for many of her subsequent works, including There! You Died (1963; later retitled Tango Palace, 1964), The Successful Life Of 3: A Skit In Vaudeville (1965), and Molly’s Dream (1968), among others. In 1973 she founded the New York Theatre Strategy, which was devoted to the production of stylistically innovative theatrical works. Fornés received eight Obie awards in such categories as distinguished playwriting and direction and best new play for Promenade (1965), The Successful Life Of 3, Fefu and Her Friends, The Danube (1982), Mud, Sarita (1984), The Conduct Of Life and Abingdon Square (1987). Fornés' plays of Letters and Arts Award in Literature in 1986 and a Playwrights U.S.A. Award in 1986. She also produced several original translations and adaptations of such plays as Federico Garcia Lorca’s Blood Wedding (1980), Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s Life Is A Dream (1981), Virgilio Piñera’s Cold Air (1985), and Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya (1987).
Frederica works in theatre, opera, dance and film. Directors she has worded with include Pina Bausch, Robert Wilson, Wim Wenders, José Álvaro Morais, Manoel de Oliveira, Rogério de Carvalho, Ruben Polendo, Bart DeLorenzo, Ron Sossi, Simon Levy, Laurie Woolery, Johannes Wieland, Larry Biederman, Steven Robman and Shirley Jo Finney among others. Frederica ollaborates with several theatre companies and is a resident artist at A Noise Within (Argonautika, Othello, Henry V, The Maids, Arcadia, All My Sons, The Threepenny Opera and others). Next projects: The Caucasian Chalk Circle, directed by Stephanie Shroyer at Antaeus Theatre, The Winter’s Tale directed by Geoff Elliott and Sweeney Todd, directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott at A Noise Within. Frederica is an architect, faculty at Los Angeles Pierce College, guest designer (scenic and costume) at CSUN, Usual Suspect at NYTW and member of USA 829, IATSE. She earned her MFA at NYU with a Tisch Scholarship, and was awarded the Seidman Graduating Award for Excellence in Design. Nominated for NAACP and Ovation Awards.
Josh La Cour
Josh has been the Odyssey Theatre’s production manager and received his BFA in Theatre Arts and BBA in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University. Recent outside projects include scenic and costume design for As You Like It and scenography for Bright Half Life, as well as lighting design for the Cirque School LA Student Showcase. Recent Odyssey projects include property design for Loot, property design for Hir. He will be designing set and costume of the second Summer Shakespeare Festival show, Pericles, at Loyola Marymount University and Playa Vista Park this summer. He is very excited to be a part of the Fefu and Her Friends design team and hopes you enjoy the show!
Denise has designer costumes for the Odyssey productions of Faith Healer, Lysistrata Unbound, Taste of Honey, Tempest Redux, Jacques Brel, The Greeks, La Posada Magica, The Princess of Burgundia, Faust and The Good Woman Of Setzuan. Other design credits include MACBETHX5, Cristo Vive, Life Is A Dream, Pedro Infante y La Viuda Triunfante, Wild in Wichita, Cumbia De Mi Corazon, The Wide Wide Sea and No Exit.
Katelan is a lighting designer and technical director for theatre, dance and opera. Recent designs include Hir, Underneath, Silent, Forgotten, Kiss, A Taste of Honey, The Hairy Ape (Odyssey Theatre), Blood Rock (Berns & Rich), You In Midair (Danna Schaeffer), MEAT (Emma Zakes Green), TIM (Brandon Baruch), Jocasta Project (Ghost Road), notes on change_ (Erica Sobol), Free Outgoing (East West Players), K-A-D-VER (LAPP), Rosewood (Michaela Taylor), Jack (Taylor, Berg, Whyte), Excerpts (Samantha Goodman), and Bi and Lydia (Milagro). Technical director on tour: Halfway to Dawn, Stardust (David Rousseve), Inflatable Trio, Ruth Doesn't Live Here Anymore (Lionel Popkin), PANG! (Dan Froot) and Object Lesson (Geoffe Sobelle). She has worked at BAM, Jacobs Pillow, Kirk Douglas Theatre, 59E59, MCA Chicago, On the Boards, SFMoMA and Bootleg Theater. Katelan is the director of production and lighting for the Los Angeles Exchange Festival (LAX), and has been a lighting assistant at the LA Opera since 2011. www.KatelanBraymer.com
Mateo is a theatrical designer and technician, who worked as the Odyssey Theatre’s production intern. He received his BFA in theatre arts from Loyola Marymount University and recent works include scenic design, property design, and set decoration for the musical Next To Normal at the Del Rey Players Theatre, as well as lighting and sound design for LMU’s New Works Festival. He has also worked as the technical director for the Del Rey Players Theatre, and for the play Andy Warhol’s Tomato at the Pacific Resident Theatre.
Juliette is an artist,therapeutic arts program workshop designer and thanatologist certified counselor in trauma, death and bereavement. She started composing music as a teenager, and her first professional job was composing the score for the play He Who Gets Slapped, starring Bud Cort for LADiversified Theatre Company. Other theatre productions include Three Sisters, Cooking, No Exit, Cristo Vive, Lost Child, Pedro Infante y la Viuda Triunfante, Angels and Wild in Wichita. https:// www.imdb.com/name/nm1454027/
Producer/Artistic Director/Founder of the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
Ron received the LA Weekly Career Achievement Award in 2013. He has also received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Margaret Harford Award for “demonstrating a continual willingness to experiment provocatively in the process of theatre” and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Ron Link Award for “consistent quality of direction.” Recent OTE directing projects include Steambath,The Dance of Death, Beckett 5 , My Sister, Oedipus Machina, Theatre in the Dark (LA Weekly nomination Best Production of the Year), Way to Heaven (LA Weekly and LADCC nomination for Best Production of the Year), Adding Machine: A Musical, The Arsonists (LA Weekly nomination for Best Direction) Sliding Into Hades (Best Production of the Year, LA Weekly), Kafka Thing! , Far Away and The Threepenny Opera. Ron has led the Odyssey throughout its 50-year history. Generate HTML color codes with the color picker that converts to hex and reg code and generates the most common code snippets to use in your document.
Collette is so pleased to be back at the Odyssey. She recently directed Joan for Catworks Productions and This is Not a Drill for SkyPilot Theatre's One-Act Festival. Other local projects include: Lysistrata Unbound (Not Man Apart/Odyssey Theatre Ensemble), Annual Young Playwrights' Festival (The Blank), Plaza Suite (Little Fish Theatre), Dear, Master (Little Fish Theatre), Festival of New One-Acts (New American Theatre) and Almost, Maine (Infinite Jest Theatre Company). Collette holds a BA in Theater from North Carolina State University and has trained with the American Conservatory Theater and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She is a member of New American Theatre Company and executive director of Infinite Jest Theatre Company. ColletteRutherford.com
Jacob is an Arkansas native and a recent graduate from the University of Arkansas-, Fort Smith, where he studied theatre with a concentration in stage management. Jacob received a stage management award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for his work on The Night of the Iguana in 2017. This is Jacob’s first show with the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, as well his first in Los Angeles! He wants to thank all of the special people in his life who have supported him.
Assistant Stage Manager
Casey is a recent graduate from Trinity University in San Antonio where she studied technical theatre with an emphasis on stage management. She recently had her Odyssey stage managing debut with Queenfest and is excited to be back for this wonderful play.
LOS ANGELES TIMES
"CRITIC'S CHOICE...AN EXCELLENT PRODUCTION...holds a unique place in modern American drama...exemplary"
"INNOVATIVE... ENTERTAINING... REFRESHING... The all-female cast are having a blast dealing with the male-dominated world they have inherited... an involving slice of eight women's lives"
"MARVELOUS... The terrific cast is passionate in their playing whether delightfully funny, terrifying, or affecting... See the play!"
THAT AWESOME THEATRE BLOG
"EFFECTIVE AND PROVOCATIVE... this production is definitely worth your while."
"EPIC... theater for thinkers, for more adventurous theatergoers with a taste for originality and the absurd... Bring your thinking caps – and New Balance walking shoes."
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Wed/Thurs - 1pm - 6pm or curtain
Fri/Sat - 1pm - 8pm
Sunday - 12pm - 4pm
Every Friday & Saturday at 8pm
Every Sunday at 2pm
Wednesdays at 8pm
Sept. 11 & 25
Thursday at 8pm
Tix for $10 Friday
Sept. 1 & 19
July 31 - Aug. 2 at 8pm
Post Show Discussions
Aug. 16 & Sept. 13 & 15
Wine Night Friday
Aug. 16 & Sept. 20
Enjoy complimentary wine and snacks and mingle with the cast after the show.
College Night Sept. 13
$10 with valid student ID (use promo code COLLEGE —includes a pre-performance student reception with themed catering as well as a post-performance discussion)