Theatre Planners and The Lounge Theatre in Hollywood hosted the Ashes to Ashes Workshop, July 24 – 29, 2017. The Workshop concept is not a new one to the theatre. Many new plays and musicals have one or more workshops as a part of the development process. Equity has contracts for just such endeavors. What is unusual is to have a workshop of a new play that is going to have a production in one of the many intimate stages in Los Angeles. The Athena Cats, ever with an eye to what is best for this play, playwright and director, invested the resources in developing Ashes to Ashes in a workshop format before hiring a design team and long before the first rehearsal for the Odyssey Theatre Production (a guest production. Playwright Debbie Bolsky and Director Katherine James worked hard with brilliant cast members who helped take this madcap romantic comedy one step closer to its production this holiday season. Please read more about the amazingly talented cast!
Brian Stanton, since 2010, has been traveling and performing his award-winning original solo play BLANK, telling the true story of his adoption and search for identity. Stanton's next performance of BLANK will be in Jefferson City, the Capital of his birth state Missouri, on January 1, celebrating new state legislation allowing adopted persons to finally receive a copy of their own original birth certificates. Theatre credits of the past year for Stanton include Baskervilles: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery for Mammoth Lakes Rep., Around the World in 80 Days at the Matrix, and an award-winning performance as Charlie Chaplin in The Consul, The Tramp & America's Sweetheart at Theatre40. Other notable LA credits: Charley's Aunt, Bright Ideas, and Mark Twain's Is He Dead? at the International City Theatre; The Foreigner and No Sex Please, We're British at the Norris Theatre; Greater Tuna, All the Great Books (Abridged), and Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some) at Mammoth Lakes Repertory; The Illusion, Cardenio, and Venus and Adonis with the Lone Star Ensemble. Stanton graduated with a BFA at TCU and an MFA at CalArts. Stanton's biggest and most important roles are as husband to his inspiring and loving best friend Brenda and as daddy to two young ladies who continuously fill him with pride and joy.
Lena Bouton is an actor, writer, producer who loves cats and tennis! She first fell in love with acting and comedy on the stage and the love affair continues. She is currently starring as the Mayor in ZJU's comedic western,West Destiny, and was awarded a SCENIE for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy for her role in 6 RMS RIV VU at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. She looks forward to the premiere of The Armchair, a suspenseful short film which she filmed in May. She is thrilled to be working with the Athena Cats on Ashes to Ashes! For more information visit www.lenabouton.com.
Michael Uribes is a Native Californian. He is a proud graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (West), and has been an actor for as long as he can remember not being good at math. It isn't hard to find him on any given stage in Southern California. Favorites include The International City Theater in Long Beach where he was seen in such productions as "Around The World in 80 Days" and The Robber Bridegroom". Also The Boston Court in Pasadena where he performed in Luis Alfaro's critically acclaimed "Oedipus El Rey". He is a resident member of Captured Aural Phantasy Theater who performs live readings of vintage comic books once a month. He is the youngest of 5 kids and knows way more about muppets than any grown man should.
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