Marilyn - My Secret
CAST & CREW (click photos for larger images)
KELLY MULLIS (Marilyn Monroe) Kelly Mullis is thrilled to reprise her starring role as Marilyn Monroe in “Marilyn - My Secret” and to be returning to live theatre. During Kelly’s theatrical stage debut in Spring of 2013 the play was was chosen as “LA Weekly’s Pick of the Week”. After 32 performances, Kelly was cast once more to star as Marilyn Monroe in a 25 minute short film entitled
“Bombshell”, directed by Jason Lehel, which is an Official Selection of the Burbank International Film Festival in September 2014. Kelly also performed as
Marlene Dietrich and Poppy Kirk in Odalys Nanin’s original play “Garbo’s Cuban Lover” last summer at the Macha Theatre. Kelly has guest starred on such TV shows as How I Met Your Mother. General Hospital, NYPD BLUE, and Diagnosis Murder. Kelly is very excited to be a part of this talented cast and to work again with her favorite director, Odalys Nanin.
Kelly Mullis gives special thanks to Odalys Nanin for making her dream of playing Marilyn Monroe on the stage come true.
CAST (click photos for larger images)
JENNIFER LANA HARPER (Marilyn) Jennifer is a graduate of New World School of the Arts and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from UCF. She made her Broadway debut when she was just twelve years-old. Since then she has played over 35 different various characters in American musical theatre and has done 5 shows at the Macha Theatre. Most recently she was seen in Taylor Swift's music video and in various commercials. Pursuing a career in stage and screen "Lana" scored roles in “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” and the upcoming “Saving Mr. Banks” opposite Emma Thompson. Lana is represented by Pinkerton Model and Talent and is a member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA.
HAYLEY FARRELL (Lilli St. Cyr) Hayley Hayley previously attended The Boston Conservatory as a BFA Musical Theatre Major. Some of her recent performances include the roles of Molly and Susan in The Full Monty at Barnstormers Theatre (New Hampshire), Rebecca in Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (Boston), a Floyd, Darling music video and Taller San Jose PSA. This is Hayley’s acting debut at MACHA Theatre.
ERIN GAVIN (Marilyn) Erin’s career has spanned over motion pictures, television series, theatrical productions, print and live-action commercials. She’s worked with a remarkable list of directors and actors, including David Schwimmer, Michelle Pfeiffer and Elijah Jordan Wood. Erin’s most recent film credits are as Valerie in the thriller, “Dread,” directed by Anthony DiBiasi, “Play On,” directed by David Story and Rola in the comedy, “Junk,” directed by Kevin Hamedani. In addition to her acting career and running her own talent and modeling agency EGA, Erin works at a successful high level in negotiating investment deals for motion pictures.
SERAH HENESEY (Lily St. Cyr) Serah was born in Sydney Australia where she first stepped on stage at the age of 16. Performing at her school & youth theaters she traveled various drama festivals and won awards. Later moving to London to study drama she also performed in many plays both period & contemporary. Since then she has gone on to enjoy a Film & TV career & worked with Oscar-winning actors and directors. She has had TV shows in 6 countries over 10 years & has quite a following in Europe.
MERRI JAMISON (Natasha Lytess/Paula Strasburg) Merri is a classically train actor hailing from the Midwest. This year she made her directorial debut in “Cabaret Nights!” A fun and sexy night of jazz and fishnets. She just finished her first international commercial for Lyco Red health products. This year she has appeared on shows such as “Alien Encounters”, “the Human Animal”, “We the People with Gloria Alred”. She will also be appearing on the new show “The Horror Show”. Her new feature film, “Welcome to Happy Valley” will be out in 2014.
SEAN MCCRACKEN (Bobby Kennedy/Verge/MC) Since the last curtain, Sean has been focused on production and acting for the camera. The film “From The Woods” is circulating, and winning awards on the festival circuit. Feature films “Wheels”, “Dark Flower” and “Magic Time” are all to be released next year. Most recently, Sean has been lost in research surrounding conspiracies, the Kennedys, and celebrity sex.
LORI ALLEN THOMAS (Natasha Lytess/Paula Strasberg) Lori studied at the AADA, LA Theatre College. Currently at Comedy Sportz. Theatre credits include Changing Channels by Justin Tanner at 2nd Stage, The World Goes Round, Musical Chairs at El Portal, by 2 time Oscar-winner Joel Hirschhorn, Cleo's Girl's playing Cleopatra at The Lex by Jan O'Connor, a stage reading of Saving Toad by Oscar winner David Seidler (“The King's Speech”). Founding member Fierce Backbone Theatre Co. TV: “The Guiding Light” and “Days of Our Lives.” Soon on “Streets of LA” starring Jaime Gomez (Nash Bridges, Training Day). www.loriallenthomas.com
PRODUCTION STAFF (click photos for larger images)
ODALYS NANIN (Producer, Writer & Director) Ms. Nanin is an award winning playwright, director and producer she is also the founder and artistic director of Macha Theatre/Films.
Her plays have garnered Critic's Pick in Backstage West, Critic's Choice in the LA Times and has been nominated for both Garland Awards as well as GLAAD awards. She is the recipient of the Maverick Award from Women Theatre Festival and the Pat Parker Award from Christopher Street West.
She is also an actress and recently co starred with AJ Cook and Shemar Moore in Criminal Minds. You can see her work and demo reel at www.machatheatre.org

Odalys Nanin

WILLARD MANUS (Co-writer) WILLARD MANUS (Co-writer) is an L.A.-based playwright, journalist and novelist. Among his many produced plays are: Blues for Central Avenue, Just A Song At Twilight, Junk Food, The Love Boutique, Bridge and Berlin Cowboys. In April his one-man play, Bird Lives! (about the life of Charlie Parker) will be seen at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, starring Leslie A. Jones. This summer he will have another new play produced at the 2013 Fringe Festival, Frank and Ava.
His latest (and tenth) novel, Love under Aegean Skies, was recently published by Amazon as an E-Book. He’s a member of the Actors Studio/Playwrights Directors Unit.
CARY DUNN (Light Designer / Stage Manager) Carey Dunn (Lighting Design and Stage Manager) has enjoyed working in Los Angeles theatre for over twelve years. Recent credits include: "Room 105 The Highs and Lows of Janis Joplin", "Sidetracked" and "Garbo's Cuban Lover".
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