|APRIL 5 - JUNE 1
Chekhov meets Fellini in an enchanting tragicomedy brimming with wit, charm and a large dose of the magical by one of Poland's most distinguished modern playwrights.
Odyssey debut in 1980's Marathon Madness and recently in Juno And The Paycock. LA Theater: Largo Desolato, Temptation, The Wood Demon, and Sex Parasite (Taper), The History Boys (Ahmanson), Durango (EastWest Players). L.A. small stages: The Wasps, Little Egypt, The Big Knife, Rough Crossing, Strictly Dishonorable, dozens of others. Regional: First Picture Show, Glengarry Glen Ross and Imaginary Invalid (A.C.T.'s Geary Theater); 36 VIEWS (Laguna), Archy and Mehitabel (The Yard on Martha's Vineyard). Founding member and a past artistic director of Antaeus Company, appearing in You Can't Take It With You, Mother Courage, Chekhov x 4, Trial By Jury, The Man Who Had All The Luck, Patience, many others. Founding member of THE BUBALAIRES. Film and TV include High Crimes, Point Break, Just One Of The Guys, Brothers and Sisters, Bones, The West Wing, The X-Files, and Friends. John is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.
Mark began acting professionally in 1966, in the original company of William Ball's American Conservatory Theatre. He has performed off-Broadway, regionally, on dozens of L.A. stages-including 34 productions at A Noise Within--and starred last spring in 24th St. Theatre's celebrated Walking The Tightrope (2013 Ovation Award nominee, lead actor). He appeared most recently in the Actors Co-op production of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, sharing in that company's LADCC-nominated "Best Season of 2013." Other accolades include L.A. Drama Critics Circle, Ovation, Garland, LA Weekly and Dramalogue honors, as well as numerous awards for audiobook narrations, including a 2012 Audie Award nomination. Selected film and television appearances: Star Trek (2009), Vanilla Sky, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. X-Files, Nip/Tuck, Weeds, 24, ER, Alias. Education/Training: Harvard (AB, 1965), UC Berkeley, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (Fulbright Scholar); American Conservatory Theatre; Classical Theatre Lab; Steve Eastin Studio. He is a proud 47-year member of Actors Equity. www.markbramhall.com
Diana joined the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble KOAN in 2002 in multiple award winning productions such as Taking Sides, Buddha's Big Nite!, Kafka Thing, Sliding into Hades, A Man's A Man and The Arsonists. She currently completed One Weekend, her first feature film she wrote and directed, based on a true story, starring Gabriel Freilich, Ron Bottitta and Norbert Weisser. Diana is founder of www.groundherofilm.com and has begun pre-production of a documentary, A Dark Romance - Addiction & Creativity . https://vimeo.com/81691710. Diana loves Ron Sossi, Beth Hogan and the Odyssey Theatre. Marriage Blanc is dedicated to Charlie Laughton, her friend and coach.
Kate is thrilled to make her LA stage debut in White Marriage. Her professional stage debut was in Tobacco Road at La Jolla Playhouse directed by David Schweizer. Other theatre credits include Elaine Harper in Arsenic and Old Lace, Rosalind in As You Like It, Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, all at the Red Bank Regional in New Jersey. Film credits include The Key (2015), Delivery Man, Margot at the Wedding (as Nicole Kidman's stand-in), and The Devil Wears Prada. TV credits include HBO's new series Togetherness. She can currently be seen on the award-winning web series, Stop The Bleeding.
White Marriage is Emily's Los Angeles theatre debut, which she is thrilled to be making at the Odyssey. She graduated from the USC School of Dramatic Arts with a BA in Theatre, and then attended a graduate program in classical acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Since returning to LA, Emily has been working consistently in independent film, appearing in Rift (Best LGBT Short at Vegas Indie Festival), and Rolling Romance (Best in Show at The Indie Fest, Best Original Screenplay at Malibu Film Festival), among others. Look for her as the title character in the upcoming docu-narrative Painting Anna. She is so thankful for her incredible teachers and peers at USC and LAMDA, and her loving family and friends.
As an actor, Beth has performed in many OTE productions, including The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Edmond, Mary Barnes, Mother Courage, Far Away, and Ivana, Princess of Burgundia. She played Andromache in The Greeks, for which she won an LA Weekly award. Other KOAN projects include A Man's a Man, Sliding Into Hades, The Faust Projekt, Buddha's Big Nite!, Kafka Thing (LA Drama Critics Circle nomination for Best Actor), and The Arsonists (LA Weekly nomination Best Actor in a Comedy). Together with Ron Sossi, Beth has produced numerous shows at the Odyssey, most recently Ivanov, Annapurna and Passion Play with director Bart DeLorenzo and the Evidence Room.
Steve is thrilled to make his Odyssey debut. LA Theatre credits include A Touch of the Poet (A Noise Within), Danny Glover's Robey Theatre productions of Toussaint (NAACP award winner) and Dessalines (Ovation award nominee), M. Butterfly, Carry the Tiger to the Mountain and Year of the Dragon for East West Players, African Gothic (Elephant Theatre), Hamlet...As Told On The Street (World Premiere), The Tempest (Knightsbridge), Bent (Deaf West), Othello (GTC) and Henry V (Stella Adler). Film: Bereave (with Malcolm McDowell & Keith Carradine), 1 %ERS (with Michelle Rodriguez), 300: Rise of an Empire, The Holiday, Invictus, Rendition, Hereafter. TV: New Girl, The Mentalist, Justified, Prime Suspect, Franklin & Bash & Las Vegas (with James Caan).
Sarah is honored and delighted to be joining the cast and crew of White Marriage for her first show with the Odyssey Theatre! Sarah currently attends UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television, where she will graduate in June, 2014. She has studied with the California Shakespeare Theater, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Ensemble Studio Theatre. At UCLA's School of Theater, Sarah was seen most recently as Abbie in Desire Under the Elms and Geesche in Bremen Freedom. Other recent credits include Tone Clusters (Theatricum Botanicum), The Show Must Go On (Freud Playhouse) and Annabel (UCLA New Play Workshops). Last summer Sarah was a member of Theatricum Botanicum, where she is currently a part of new play development with Seedlings Botanicum. She is so grateful for her family, friends and all the loving gypsies who make her dance and smile.
Born and raised in Ukraine, Yulia started her artistic journey at a very early age with dancing and playing the piano. At the age of fourteen, she made her theatre debut in the production of the 'STEL' Theatre through the Kharkiv State Academic Dramatic Theatre. At that time, the young actress started to compose music, which gave her an opportunity to work with leading producers and singing coaches in Ukraine and to take part in different musical events and festivals. In 2012 Yulia graduated from Kharkiv National University of Arts, where she got her bachelor's degree in acting. After the graduation she continued acting for the stage, while working at a famous Turkish hotel, Rixos Premium Belek, where she also participated in different shows and events. In 2013 Yulia moved to Los Angeles, where she keeps raising her professional skills at UCLA, NYFA and Michelle Danner Acting School.
Sharon, a native Californian, is thrilled to make her first appearance at the Odyssey Theatre. Previous roles on stage include Mrs. Boyle in The Mousetrap, Edith in Blithe Spirit, Queen Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Lampito in Lysistrata. Sharon has also appeared in many film and television productions, favorites being Peter Shushtari's independent feature, Shakespeare In and Out, and television series, Amazing Stories. In addition, Sharon has written and directed three short films and one feature film, Taxi Dancer, which premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival, screened in the American Independents section of the Troia International Film Festival in Portugal, won the Silver Award for Independent Theatrical Feature Film (Drama) at WorldFest Flagstaff and the CINE Golden Eagle Award. Sharon earned a BA in theater arts, BS in psychology and MFA in film and television production from UCLA.
Born in 1994 in New Port Richey, Florida, Austin showed an interest in the arts at an early age. When he was eight years old, his grandmother brought him to Los Angeles where he soon began working in commercials, film, and television. This is Austin's first theatre production since performing as Nick Burns in A Thousand Clowns at the Norris Center for the Performing Arts in 2005. He is currently taking classes at the Antaeus Company in North Hollywood. Austin would like to thank the wonderfully talented cast and crew, Mr. Rob Nagle, and his lovely grandmother Mimi for all of their support.
Tadeusz Różewic (b. 1921) is Poland's foremost living writer. Remarkable for his simultaneous mastery of poetry, prose and drama, he has been nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Tadeusz Różewic has been translated into over forty languages. Some of his best known plays are The Card Index, The Interrupted Act (Akt przerywany, 1970), Left Home (Wyszed z domu, 1965), and The White Wedding (1975). His most recent books, Recycling (2001), New Poems (2007) and Sobbing Superpower (2011), were finalists for the 2003 Popescu Prize (UK), the 2008 National Book Critics Award (USA) and the 2012 Griffin Prize (Canada) respectively. In 2007 he was awarded the European Prize for Literature.
Director, Founder and Artistic Director of the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
Ron recently received the LA Weekly Career Achievement Award, 2013. He has also received the Los Angeles Drama Critics 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 Theatre in the Dark, Way to Heaven, Kafka Thing!, Far Away, The Threepenny Opera, Sliding Into Hades (Best Production of the Year, LA Weekly), The Arsonists. Ron has led the Odyssey throughout its 45-year history.
A Canadian native, Whitney was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and recently moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of her ultimate dream of acting professionally. Whitney studied theatre at the University of Southern California and recently graduated with her BA in acting, and a wealth of experiences to prepare her for her next step in forwarding her career. This is Whitney's first experience as an assistant director, and she couldn't be happier that it is with The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble. She has learned so much from director Ron Sossi, and would like to thank everyone in the cast and crew for a wealth of experience that will aid her in the future.
Martin is a two-time Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award winner for Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings (Garland Award), and Romeo and Juliet: Antebellum New Orleans 1836 at Theatre @ Boston Court. He won the 2012 LA Weekly Award for his sound design and compositions for Have You Seen Alice? at Theatre of Note. Philadelphia credits: Mumm Puppettheatre's Mastergate as well as Tragedy of Joan of Arc (American Theatre 2000), and Cafeteria with Pig Iron Theater Company. Connecticut credits: Flipside. LA credits: Buddy Buddette, Eat Me, Bing!, Peru in Africa, Have You Seen Alice?, Gulls, Heavier Than, Baby, It's You and American Misfit. His music and sound designs have been heard on television, in theme parks and in performing venues across four continents.
Synnove is excited to be back at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, this time as associate producer of White Marriage. Norwegian born, internationally raised, and set to move to New York this summer, she is happy to find herself spending her last creative efforts in Los Angeles here at the Odyssey, where she first worked as a production intern in the summer of 2013. Although she considers herself an actor first and foremost (she is graduating from USC in May 2014 with a BFA in acting), she wants to continue to develop as a well-rounded theatre artist, and there is no better way to learn 'something of everything' than to produce. She is thankful for the four great years she has had in the City of Angels, to the Odyssey team for bringing her back, to USC, and to all friends and family who have always supported her.
Josie is a veteran at the Odyssey Theatre. Her recent shows include Creditors, Ionescopade, Theatre in the Dark, The Fall to Earth, Grace Notes & Anvils and Adding Machine: A Musical. She'd like to thank her family and friends for putting up with her vanishing into theatre for months at a time!
Favorite designs include Voice Lessons (LA, NY), Ethel Sings (Walkerspace, NY), Day Drinkers, Procreation, AfterMath (Odyssey). Space Therapy, Wifeswappers, Teen Girl (Zephyr), Bob's Holiday Office Party, Big Baby, Cannibals, Eros at Twilight (all in LA). Gary is a native of Los Angeles and earned an MFA from USC San Diego. Together with his partner, Linda Tolliver, he fabricates neon art.
Back Stage Manager
Jason has worked on many productions at the Odyssey over the years, including Passion Play, Ionescapade, Ivanov, What the Butler Saw, End Days, Juno and the Paycock, Sliding Into Hades, The Arsonists, A Man's a Man, Bedroom Farce, The Greeks, Threepenny Opera, Little Murders and Mr. Kolpert (in which he played Mr. Kolpert). The son of an acclaimed special effects artist and filmmaker, Jason has developed a lifelong interest in film, theatre, art and writings. His art has been featured in several showings to an enthusiastic reception.
Derrick began lighting in 1990 at Theater East in Studio City, 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, Blood Brothers at the Whitefire Theater, Among The Thugs at the Odyssey Theater, The Friendly Hour at the Road Theater - and many others. Derrick won the LA Weekly 2012 award for lighting Mercy Seat at the Inside the Ford Theater. He has also been nominated for several other awards, including a 2008 Ovation Award for lighting, The Shelter at the Odyssey Theatre and for Lady at the Road Theater. Derrick has also been nominated for a 2008 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award for On An Average Day at the Elephant Lab, and a few others. Thank you for supporting live theater. Enjoy!
Leah N. Olbrich
Leah is a multi-focus artist, who enjoys working in, but is not limited to, puppetry, props, illustration, painting, installation, screen-printing, stop motion animation and video. She received her MFA in puppet design and fabrication from California Institute of the Arts and her BFA in illustration from Pratt Institute. Leah has built various puppets and props for film and theater projects at CalArts. White Marriage is her first endeavor with the Odyssey Theatre. Other Los Angeles credits include Paul Robeson (scenic painting) at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, Play Dead (props), Wait Until Dark (carpentry), I'll Eat You Last (carpentry), The Birthday Party (carpentry/set-dressing) at the Geffen Playhouse, Toxikos (puppet fabrication) at REDCAT, and Clouded Sulphur (props/scenic) at Automata. Leah enjoys exploring the less-obvious qualities of materials and objects, as well as fabricating creatures that are whimsical without being scary. Please check out her work online at LeahNO.com
"White Marriage is a surreal and erotic coming-of-age fairytale that follows a young girl's poignant emergence into womanhood and frightened resistance to her impending marriage."
"There are wonderfully weird interactions and playful images, and the cast revels in the tone of comic erotic disgust that permeates the entire evening."
"There are genuine, even sublime, pleasures to be had... two excellent ingenues, pulsate with believably naive boldness and vulnerability."
LOS ANGELES POST
"MESMERIZING.. whimsical... a magical experience"
"Rozewicz play is remarkable for its examination of tender female sexuality, and how easily it can be corrupted. Performances are first rate."
ARTS IN LA
"A bizarre, colorful, uninhibited production...Sossi has cast the piece beautifully."
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