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THE PAIN AND THE ITCH
CAST & CREW (click photos for larger images)
JOEL DAAVID (Set Designer) Texan /LA resident since 1993. Joel has become an award-winning set designer since attending AFI where he was nominated for the Kodak Scholarship in Cinematography & received the Blum-Kovler Scholarship. His career accomplishments include cinematography for film work as well as stage directing and design. Joel's most notable awards include Ovation, LA Weekly, NAACP and LADCC Theater Awards. He directed/designed the award winning production of THE MIRACLE WORKER at the Matrix and Edgemar Theatres and the new production of Tennessee Williams’ BABY DOLL at the Lillian Theatre. Joel directed/designed FRANKENSTEIN for Tallahassee Theatre and will begin negotiations to bring it to LA.
SHANNON KENNEDY (Costume Designer) Shannon is a graduate of UCLA and a prolific designer and builder of costumes, scenery and puppets throughout Los Angeles for both theater and film. While working with The Actor’s Gang, she won a Back Stage West Award in costume design for their original production, Gulliver’s Travels. She has written and directed several original puppet plays including Butterflies, Sick Dream and Spark. She also composes experimental music for cello, metal, electronics and string instruments she designs and builds.
PENELOPE LOWDER (Stage Manager) Ms. Lowder is a 2012 Cosby Screenwriting Fellow and her first short script, 4Closure, produced by Hilldog Productions and Keep It Short Productions has just screened at the Women of African Descent Film Festival in New York. Recently, Black Women State of The Union premiered her two short plays, The Follicle Prison War and 15 Minutes. The Short Playwriting Festival in New York selected Honest Sam about an African war criminal that finally receives his comeuppance as a semi finalist in 2009. Her other works that have been performed in Los Angeles and New York are Reaching Autonomy, Pushing Yellow, And So We Supped. Ms. Lowder served as the stage manager on Love Me Richie at the Hollywood Fringe Festival which was performed at the Open Fist and Stephanie Feury theaters, Tonia Bells' What is This World Coming To? At the Nate Holden Theater, Bobby Lee Blood at the Attic Theater. In addition she has also performed as an actress on the stages of London, New York and Los Angeles. Ms. Lowder is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Theater and is a past member of the Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller Screenwriting Program, Audrey Skirball Kenis Playwrights Lab, Los Angeles Playwrights Center, Che'Rae Adams Playwright Workshop, Robey Theater Playwrights Lab.
JOSEPH "SLOE" SLAWINSKI (Sound Designer) Sloe has designed over 200 plays. His designs include Tree Fall for Rogue Machine Theater (LA Weekly Award – Best Sound Design 2009), Eternal Thou at Atwater Village for Matthew McCray, Flowers For Algernon for Deaf West, A Bright New Boise for Rogue Machine Theater, and upcoming Gidion’s Knot for the Furious Theater Company. He is the sound designer for The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He would like to thank the incredible and amazing Gabrieal Griego for her continuous support during all of his creative endeavors. He proud to be part of this great production
RIC ZIMMERMAN (LIghting Designer) Select credits: Down in the Face of God, White Hot, and Bottom of the World with The Vagrancy. Telltale Heart and Wicked Lit 2013 (Unbound Productions);The Bat, The Circle, Mrs Mannerly, 7 Stories, Rememberance and Tanglin' Hearts (Theatre Forty); Art, The Taming of the Shrew and Wait Until Dark (Hermosa Beach Playhouse); Working, The Diviners and Equus (The Production Company); Out of My Head and Twelfth Night (The Mechanicals); After the Autumn, and Juliet & Her Romeo for Vanguard Repertory. Other collaborations: Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival, The Madrid Theatre, AMDA, The Illyrian Players, and corporate design for the NHRA, Panasonic, Hard Rock Café and Center Theatre Group. Dance Design: Viver Brasil, Lula Washington Dance Theatre (China, Russia, Brazil), Theatre Bethune, Keshet Chaim, Synapse, Rhapsody in Taps and Lineage Dance. Ric also enjoys nuanced Paleo cooking
CAST (click photos for larger images)
APRIL ADAMS (Carol) Favorite NY theatre roles include ‘Nelly Windrod’ in The Rimers of Eldritch by Lanford Wilson, ‘Agnes’ in The Shadowbox, ‘Miss Hannigan’ in Annie and ‘Sarah’ in the original Curley McDimple. She’s played Carnegie Hall (portraying Mozart) and Madison Square Garden (skater with Holiday On Ice). TV: comedy in The Rutles opposite Eric Idle (he said, “You’re very funny.) and The Roseanne Show opposite Roseanne Barr. April appeared opposite Robert Urich on Lazarus Man, had a recurring role on As the World Turns and was recently recognized (in an elevator) at Comic-Con for her role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Film roles have ranged from ‘Mrs. Santa Claus’ to a skater in Splash to the mother of an incest victim in an Oscar-nominated student film. And if you think you heard her voice on an airplane, you probably did, in her voice-overs for in-flight promos for resorts. Latest passion: voice-over for animation!

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AVA BIANCHI (Kayla) Ava Bianchi is a 3rd grader from Burbank, CA where she lives with her parents and younger sister and brother. She has been acting for 5 years and also loves to sing. Some recent TV credits include co-star roles in Broomshakalaka for Cartoon Network and The Birthday Boys for the IFC Channel. Her voice can be heard in several animated projects, including The Imaginative Worlds of Ed Venture for Fisher Price and Space Dogs Family. Ava would like to thank Theatre Planners and Michael Donovan for giving her this opportunity as well as her agent, Ninna, at Daniel Hoff and manager, Julie, at Double 19 Productions.

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TRENT DAWSON (Cash) Broadway: The Herbal Bed. Off Broadway: Maple and Vine (Playwrights Horizons), The Memorandum (Beckett Theatre). Also in NYC: The Revival (Lion Theatre/IT Nomination), Macbeth (SOHO Rep.), Love's Labour's Lost, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing (American Globe), The Way of the World, Altitude Sickness (Blue Coat Rep.). Regional: The Homecoming, Lady Windermere's Fan, Misalliance (Baltimore CENTERSTAGE), The School for Scandal (McCarter Theatre), Beyond Therapy (Westport), The Miser (Geva), Dead Man's Cell Phone (ICT), Henry V,Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet (American Players Theater), Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Colorado Shakespeare Festival), The Winter's Tale (American Stage), and the title role in Pal Joey (Prince Music Theater). Film/Television: Men in Black III, Homeland, The Good Wife, NCIS: Los Angeles, Guiding Light, As the World Turns (3 Emmy Nominations).

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KIARA LISETTE GAMBOA (Kayla) Kiara is a busy working actress with many film, TV, commercial and theatre credits. Recently, she has worked on The film Camp Takota, Nick Jr's Yo Gabba Gabba, ABC Family's Bunheads, Biography Channel's Killer Kids, and TNT's Rizzoli and Isles as well as the It's Not Complicated commercial series for AT&T Wireless. She loves to travel and explore new places and cultures. When she is not working, she enjoys playing with her sister and swimming. What she loves the most about live theatre is getting to know a new acting “family” and the feedback from the audiences. She is excited to be joining the cast of The Pain and The Itch.

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CHRISTOPHER GUYTON (Mr. Hadid (Alt)) Christopher Guyton, a native of Alabama, has appeared in a number of film, television and theatre productions throughout his career. Notably the feature films White Wall, CH-27, Blocked, For Da Love of Money and Steppin Back. Christopher has appeared on the television shows Tyler Perry's House of Payne, Awake, Harry’s Law,The Whole Truth, Moonlight, Heroes, The Shield, and Martin. Christopher has graced the stage in performances such as Something Happened, The Boys Next Door, To Kill A Mockingbird, A Woman’s Worth, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Twelve Angry Men, The Odd Couple, and A Few Good Men. I strive to achieve, when others only dream. Ad Astra per Aspera. All accomplishments begin with FAITH. He thanks his family and friends for their love and unwavering support and above all his LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ for his many blessings.
JOE HOLT (Mr. Hadid) Joe Holt relocated to Los Angeles from New York and is a member of the Antaeus Theatre company. Recent work includes We Are Proud to Present…, Macbeth, 9 Circles, The Malcontent, Celebration by Harold Pinter, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, A Streetcar Named Desire, and The Wedding Band. He has enjoyed Guest-Star spots on such shows as Scandal, Franklin and Bash, Quick Draw, NCIS, Arrested Development, Supernatural, Brothers and Sisters, Grey’s Anatomy, Prison Break, Monk, and Close to Home, as well as a lead role in Lake Placid II as a Sudanese croc-killer (naturally…), and an attorney opposite Idris Elba in LEGACY. He recently wrote, directed, co-produced, and starred in the short film noël, and is grateful to have been cast in such a well-written piece of theatre alongside such talented professionals.

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JOE HOLT (Mr. Hadid) Joe Holt relocated to Los Angeles from New York and is a member of the Antaeus Theatre company. Recent work includes We Are Proud to Present…, Macbeth, 9 Circles, The Malcontent, Celebration by Harold Pinter, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, A Streetcar Named Desire, and The Wedding Band. He has enjoyed Guest-Star spots on such shows as Scandal, Franklin and Bash, Quick Draw, NCIS, Arrested Development, Supernatural, Brothers and Sisters, Grey’s Anatomy, Prison Break, Monk, and Close to Home, as well as a lead role in Lake Placid II as a Sudanese croc-killer (naturally…), and an attorney opposite Idris Elba in LEGACY. He recently wrote, directed, co-produced, and starred in the short film noël, and is grateful to have been cast in such a well-written piece of theatre alongside such talented professionals.

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ERIC HUNICUTT (Clay) L.A. Theater: Antigone (Lyric Theater), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet (Shakespeare in the Cemetery at Hollywood Forever). L.A. Improv & Comedy (currently running): the Reckoning, The Armando Show, Razowsky & Hunicutt. Regional Theatre: Don’t Drink the Water (The Noble Fool, Chicago); It’s A Wonderful Life (Gallo Center for the Arts); Romeo & Juliet (Ireland tour); Sitting at the Grown Up Table (Piccolo Spoleto Fringe, Charleston, SC). Film: From the Head, Walk the Light, Bicentennial Curious. TV: Manswers, Mr. Wrong. Eric is a proud member of the acclaimed improv ensemble the Reckoning, founded twelve years ago at the Improv Olympic Theater in Chicago and currently performing every Thursday night at the iO West Theater in Hollywood. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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ERIC HUNICUTT (Clay) L.A. Theater: Antigone (Lyric Theater), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet (Shakespeare in the Cemetery at Hollywood Forever). L.A. Improv & Comedy (currently running): the Reckoning, The Armando Show, Razowsky & Hunicutt. Regional Theatre: Don’t Drink the Water (The Noble Fool, Chicago); It’s A Wonderful Life (Gallo Center for the Arts); Romeo & Juliet (Ireland tour); Sitting at the Grown Up Table (Piccolo Spoleto Fringe, Charleston, SC). Film: From the Head, Walk the Light, Bicentennial Curious. TV: Manswers, Mr. Wrong. Eric is a proud member of the acclaimed improv ensemble the Reckoning, founded twelve years ago at the Improv Olympic Theater in Chicago and currently performing every Thursday night at the iO West Theater in Hollywood. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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KAITLIN HUWE (Kalina (Alt.)) Kaitlin is a Los Angeles-based Actor and Singer/Songwriter. Originally from Mountain View/the Bay Area, she has just recently graduated from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television with a BA in Acting. Most recently, Kaitlin shot an episode of WORKAHOLICS on Comedy Central--set to air in January. At university, Kaitlin worked on several MFA Thesis Projects under teachers/advisors Monica Payne, Carson Efird, and Robert Een. She also worked under director, Helena Kaut-Howson, and played Goneril next to Kathryn Hunter (Royal Shakespeare Company), in Exploding Lear: A UCLA Workshop. Last summer, she made her debut at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in an original piece, Here’s the Thing (Nominated for Best Comedy.) Over the last two years she has worked closely with the Illyrian Players (LA’s Sex Positive Theater Ensemble). Roles include: Angus inMacbeth, Ellen/Lin/Mrs. Saunders in Cloud 9, and Kate in Taming of the Shrew. She is very grateful to be a part of this production. Thank you, family and friends for inspiring me, and thank YOU for showing up and supporting live theater. Enjoy the Play!

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BEVERLY HYNDS (Kelly) Beverly Hynds is an award-winning actor and writer residing in Los Angeles where she has appeared in productions by celebrated companies such as Circle X, Sacred Fools, Ink Well and the elusive Ken Roht. Some of her L.A. theatre credits include: the West-Coast premiere of Tango ‘Till They’re Sore; Danny and the Deep Blue Sea; Sexual Perversity in Chicago; Splendor: A 99-Cent Wonderama; and the world premiere of The Mechanical Rabbit. Hynds has starred in various films, has performed animation voiceover and writes feature films. Hynds graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Acting Conservatory at UC Santa Barbara, has attended the Dell’Arte School for Physical Theatre. Hynds is honored to be part of the Steppenwolf West clan and advanced lab. She is overjoyed to be working with these magnificent artists. Thank you for supporting LA theatre. This is for the Lab Rats. More than every beat of my heart. www.beverlyhynds.com

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SALLY SCHAUB (Carol (Alt)) Pittsburgh, Pa. born and raised started in the business in San Francisco. Having achieved some success in movies, Slums of Beverly Hills, Crackers, Smooth Talk, No Small Affair, commercials, voiceover work and theatre, she ventured south to L.A.. Writing and performing live shows for corporate events and producing along the way made a name for herself with the very successful all female stand-up comedy show Sirens of Satire at the Improv in Hollywood, which ran for 10 years. Theatre is a love and her favorite role has been Mother Superior In Mamma Parmigiana which ran in San Francisco. A member of BookPals through The SAG Foundation, Schaub lives out her 1st dream of being a teacher by reading to children in financially challenged areas throughout Los Angeles.
Honored to be a involved in this production of The Pain and The Itch

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ALEC TOMKIW (Cash/Clay (Alt.)) Alec is a Los Angeles based, Canadian actor from Vancouver. After receiving a B.A. in Economics from Simon Fraser University (thanks in part to a grade inflating Statistics professor), he moved to New York City to study theater at AMDA. He has worked in regional theaters in New York and Los Angeles, as well as a bilingual national tour of Tartuffe. Recent L.A. theater credits: Ivanov (Evidence Room/Odyssey Theatre Ensemble), Blackbird (Rogue Machine Theatre), Hamlet, The Three Musketeers (Theatricum Botanicum), The Deep Throat Sex Scandal (Zephyr Theatre), and Dying City (Assistant Director, Rogue Machine).

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BETH TRIFFON (Kalina) Beth began her acting career as a child, acting and singing in regional and community theatre in Columbus, Ohio. She went on to receive a BFA in Acting from Otterbein University. Following graduation, she was a member of the Equity Company at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival. On an unplanned whim, Beth moved to Los Angeles where she has starred in Asylum for BET and traveled the country in the national tour of Peter Pan. She also stars in Hollywood's Official Webseries, The F-List. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly podcast; The Randumb Show. After a fun stint working for FremantleMedia, The Price Is Right and Let's Make A Deal, Beth started her own production company, Gardner Street Productions, where she produces, creates and writes a multitude of projects. Say hi to Beth at bethtriffon.com.

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PRODUCTION STAFF (click photos for larger images)
JENNIFER CHAMBERS (Director) Jennifer Chambers is the co-founder of Green Beetle Productions and the founder of Wilder Theatrics LLC. With Green Beetle she developed and produced the world premiere of The Muscles in Our Toes By Stephen Belber and Sam Wolfson’s Playdates. Her directing credits include the world premier of Stephen Belber’s The Muscles in Our Toes at the El Portal, Yog Sothoth, The Third Best Debater and Here to Serve You at San Pedro’s Little Fish Theatre, Suzan Lori Park’s 365 Play/365 Days at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Land of the Blacks by Michael Shaw Fischer, the world premiere of Sam Wolfson’s Playdates at the Elephant Theatre and Theatre Asylum, Twelve Angry Men at Theatre of Arts and the west coast premier of Andrea Kuchlewska’s Complete at the Matrix Theatre. She has assisted Jonathan Moscone on Cal Shakespeare’s production of Man and Superman and Liz Diamond on Catherine Treischman’s Crooked at the Women’s Project Theatre. She is a proud member of the Echo Theatre Company. She has a BA in theatre arts from Northwestern University and an MA in drama therapy from The California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a member of the Director’s Lab West 2010, Chicago Director’s Lab 2013 and an Associate Member of SDC.
RACQUEL LEHRMAN (Producer) Racquel is the founder and managing director of Theatre Planners, her own theatreproduction/PR firm which has been serving the Los Angeles theatre scene for almost ten years. She graduated from NYU-Tisch School of the Arts and lived in NY for many years producing theatre. Theatre Planners has since developed into a very busy and successful outlet for actors, writers, producers and theatre companies. Doing everything from producing, publicity, consulting, marketing and more. Racquel loves to make productions a reality and help to keep the theatre scene in LA alive and strong. Racquel is also the owner of the LOUNGE THEATRES in Hollywood on Theatre Row. To learn more about Racquel andTheatre Planners, go to www.theatreplanners.com
BRUCE NORRIS (Playwright) Bruce Norris is the author of Clybourne Park, which won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2012, the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards (London) for Best Play, 2011, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 2011. Other plays include The Infidel (2000), Purple Heart (2002), We All Went Down To Amsterdam (2003), The Pain and the Itch (2004) and The Unmentionables (2006), and A Parallelogram (2010), all of which had their premieres at Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago. Two plays, titled The Low Road and Domesticated, respectively, had 2013 premieres at the Royal Court Theatre, London and at Lincoln Center Theatre, New York. His work has also been seen at Playwrights Horizons (New York), Lookingglass Theatre (Chicago), Philadelphia Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre (Washington, D.C.) Staatstheater Mainz (Germany) and the Galway Festival (Ireland), among others. He is the recipient of the Steinberg Playwright Award (2009), and the Whiting Foundation Prize for Drama (2006) as well as two Joseph Jefferson Awards (Chicago) for Best New Work. As an actor he can be seen in the films “A Civil Action” and “The Sixth Sense,” and the recent “All Good Things.” He lives in New York.
VICTORIA WATSON (Associate Producer) Victoria began her work in the theater as a performer, then found her love of Production in school at Tulane University. She has produced, stage managed, and swept stages all over the country at this point, and is thrilled to now be a part of Theatre Planners. Victoria was previously Operations Manager and Associate Producer at Pasadena Playhouse, and is also currently Managing Director for Fierce Backbone, www. fiercebackbone.com. To learn more about Theatre Planners, please go to www.theatreplanners.com.
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