|FEB 11 - APRIL 22|
|APRIL 14, 21|
|THIRD FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH|
|SUNDAY MARCH 25 @ 2PM|
Postshow discussion with cast/director.
$25 (WED - FRI)
$30 (SAT - SUN)
|THE FALL TO EARTH|
Joel Drake Johnson|
Joel Drake Johnson is a Chicago playwright and teacher, who got his start as a writer at Chicago's
critically-acclaimed Econo-Art Theater, which produced five of his plays under the leadership of
Lynn Baber, Barb Reeder and Marc Silvia. Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater also presented five of
Johnson's plays, including Four Places and The Boys Room, all under the direction of Sandy Shinner.
Four Places, directed by Robin Larsen, was subsequently performed in LA at The Rogue Machine Theatre,
where it garnered more critical acclaim that included five Ovation Award nominations, four nominations
(including best play) from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and a Garland Award for Best New Play.
It has since been produced at numerous theaters throughout the United States.
Johnson has won three Illinois Arts Council grants, including one for A Blue Moon directed by
Russ Tutterow, which was first produced at Chicago Dramatists. Other works include As the Beaver,
first produced by Zebra Crossing, and The Fall to Earth directed by Rick Snyder which premiered at
Steppenwolf Theatre and featured Tony Award Winner, Rondi Reed. It was subsequently produced at
The Penguin Rep, directed by Joe Brancato and featuring Tony Award Winner, Michelle Pawk.
It was recently produced off-Broadway at 59E59 Theatre in NYC, again directed by Joe Brancato,
and featuring Deborah Hedwall and Amelia Campbell. The Aurora Theatre produced The First Grade,
directed by Tom Ross, which won the San Francisco/ Bay Area
Critics Circle Award for best new play of 2010-11. Johnson has been commissioned three times by
Steppenwolf Theatre, commissions which led to productions of A Blameless Life directed by Tony
Award winner Anna D. Shapiro and Tranquillity Woods directed by Sandy Shinner as part of
Steppenwolf's First Look series.
Johnson has taught playwriting at Northwestern University and Adlai Stevenson High School in
Lincolnshire. He lives in Chicago and New Buffalo, Michigan, where he is working on two new
plays called Rasheeda Speaking and 22 Mistakes. His work has been nominated four times for a
Jefferson Award/Best New Work.
Robin Larsen's recent Los Angeles theatre directing credits include the Los Angeles Premiere of David Harrower's
Olivier-winning, Blackbird for Rogue Machine Theatre and the World Premiere of Pursued By Happiness by Keith Huff
(Broadway's A Steady Rain) at the Road Theatre Company, both named LA Times Critic's Choice. Last season she directed
the West Coast Premiere of Four Places by Chicago Dramatists' Joel Drake Johnson for Rogue Machine. Her production was
one of the most lauded plays of the 2010 Los Angeles theatre season, winning the Ovation, the Los Angeles Drama Critic’s
Circle Award and the Backstage Garland Award for Best Production.
For the Black Dahlia Theatre, Robin directed the West Coast Premiere production of Tyrst which collected five Ovation
Award nominations, won three LA Weekly Theater Awards, including Best Play and two Best Actor Awards, and two Backstage
Garland Awards including Best Director. In the Dahlia’s 2004 LADCC Award winning season, Robin directed the Los Angeles
Premiere of David Schulner's, An Infinite Ache (LA Times Critic's Choice).
Her film, No. 6, written and directed by Robin, produced by Joe Russo, and starring Ron Perlman, Charlotte Ayanna
(Training Day, Dancing at the Blue Iguana), and Brian Baumgartner (The Office) screened internationally at the prestigious
Bilbao International Film Festival, Short Cuts Cologne, and Munich International. Domestically, No.6 screened at festivals
across the country, winning 'Best Short' at the Sonoma Film Festival and garnering ‘Best Short’ nominations at Method Fest
and USA Film Festival.
Her first short film, Sombra, won the Student Academy Award, and screened at the Cannes International Film Festival.
For her film, Out of Habit, Robin won the Director's Guild of America Student Film Award, the Princess Grace Award,
and numerous 'Best Short' awards and nominations on the festival circuit including awards from Cleveland International
and USA Film Festival. Out of Habit was 'Official Entry' to the Tribeca, Seattle, and Austin film festivals to name a few,
and was purchased by Brit Shorts to be distributed internationally.
Following her acting training at Southern Methodist University's top-ranked theater school, Robin earned her MFA in
Film Directing/Production from UCLA.
After three years of producing the very successful writers series, Rant and Rave, at
Rogue Machine, Roxanne decided to try her hand at producing a play. The Fall To Earth
is a collaborative effort that came about after Roxanne played in Joel Drake Johnson’s
lauded and award-winning production of Four Places, (Ovation Nomination, Best Actress),
directed by Robin Larsen. A veteran of such series as Hung, Medium and Chicago Hope,
her film work includes Pacino's Wilde Salome, Letters From Iwo Jima, Highlander and
The Verdict, among others. She has been in many, many plays over the years, both here
in Los Angeles, and on and off Broadway, garnering a Tony nomination, a Drama-Logue
award and a Theater World award.
An award-winning, classically-trained theater actress, Deborah has worked on major stages in Los Angeles, Chicago and regionally in
starring roles opposite actors including Dustin Hoffman, James Cromwell, and Alfred Molina. Her lead performance in the acclaimed,
long-running two-hander Tryst at the Black Dahlia Theatre introduced her to the Los Angeles theater community at large, garnering best
lead actress nominations from every major outlet that season including the Ovation Awards, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards and
Garland Awards and winning her the LA Weekly award.
The most recent theater season was a busy one for the actress. In December of 2010, she opened the world premiere of David L. Ray's
Caught, playing the lead role in a critically-acclaimed turn for ten months due to popular demand; in March of 2011, she simultaneously
opened A Noise Within's revival of The Eccentricities of a Nightingale as Alma Winemiller, one of Tennessee Williams' great tragic heroines,
sometimes playing both roles in the same day. That performance received excellent reviews ("Puette gives a fearless performance in 'Eccentricities'"
Los Angeles Times) and the combination of the two earned recognition for Ms. Puette as "Actress of the Year" by StageScene LA.
Also notable: the 2009 Los Angeles premiere of Diana Son's Stop Kiss at Rogue Machine; the 2008 World Premiere of Brownstone at Laguna Playhouse
("It's Puette who steals the show." Los Angeles Times); the 2008 Garland Award-winning West Coast premiere of American Dead at Rogue Machine;
the 2007 West Coast premiere of Steven Adly Guirgis' The Last Days of Judas Iscariot with the Black Dahlia Theater; and Pera Palas in 2005 at
Theatre @ Boston Court/Antaeus Company (Ovation nomination, LADCC and Garland Awards). Deborah made her stage debut in the World Premiere of
Rebecca Gilman's Pulitzer-Prize nominated The Glory of Living at Circle Theatre in which she originated the lead role and for which she
received Chicago's most prestigious acting award, the Joseph Jefferson Citation.
Recent television credits include among others Grey's Anatomy, Parks and Recreation, Criminal Minds, and The Office opposite Steve Carrell,
Rainn Wilson and Ed Helms. Feature film work includes roles in Crossing Over with Harrison Ford and the highly-anticipated 3D feature
Oz: The Great and Powerful opposite James Franco, Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis. Directed by Sam Raimi, Oz is slated to hit theaters in
March of 2013.
LA/SoCal credits: Peace In Our Time & The Malcontent with Antaeus (ensemble member);
Craig Wright's Orange Flower Water with the Victory (Ovation Nom);
Bedroom Farce & London's Scars with the Odyssey;
American Dead with Rogue Machine; Sidhe, And Neither Have I Wings To Fly (Ovation/Garland Noms),
and Tom Jacobson's Bunbury (Ovation/Garland Noms) & The Friendly Hour (LA Weekly Award) all with The Road;
As You Like It with S@P; Betrayal with ETC of Santa Barbara. Chicago credits: The Cripple of Inishmaan with Northlight;
Habeas Corpus with Interplay; As You Like It with First Folio; Translations & Chekhov in Yalta with Seanachai;
The Duchess of Malfi & The White Devil with SMC. DC Credits: Stanley Ann: The Unlikely Story of Barack Obama's
Mother with Cap Fringe. NU Grad. wehavetostopnow.tv
Jo Beth Williams
Films: Starred in Poltergeist (1 & 2), The Big Chill,
American Dreamer, Switch, Fever Pitch, Teachers, Stir Crazy,
Kramer vs. Kramer, American Dreamer, The Big Year, and others.
Television: Emmy nominations for Adam, Baby M, Frasier.
Starred in series The Client, Payne (opposite John Larouqette.)
Recurring on Private Practice, Dexter, Hart of Dixie and others.
Theatre: New York: Body Awareness (Atlantic Theatre), Last Dance
(world premiere MTC), John Guare's Gardenia (world premiere MTC),
Moonchildren, A Coupla White Chicks, Ladyhouse Blues, The Vagina Monologues.
Los Angeles: The Quality of Life (Geffen) Backstage Garland Award and LACC nomination,
The Night is a Child (Pasadena Playhouse). Regional: Antony and Cleopatra (Old Globe),
Idiot’s Delight (Kennedy Center), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (McCarter),
Threepenny Opera (Williamstown), Arena Stage, Trinity Repertory Company,
and others.Two Golden Globe nominations and an Oscar nomination.