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Ball Yards
CAST (click photos for larger images)
MARISSA DRAMMISSI (Card Girl, Jan Berman, Cheerleader) Marissa Drammissi graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a B.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in performance and stage management. Some of her most recent roles have included Hermia/Thisbe/Flute in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Evilene in Wonder Women, Betsy in Radio Zed, Marsha in Trophy Wives, and various roles in Disneyland Resort’s Flashback. This is Marissa’s third show with director, Richard Kuhlman and she is thrilled to be part of such a creative collaborative team. She would like to thank her family and mentor, Steve Mull, for all of their support and guidance. Marissa is looking forward to all the future has in store and will keep moving forward with her personal mantra “live to inspire.”
BYRON HAYS (Art Phlegm, Football Coach) Byron Hays is pleased beyond measure to be working with this particular group of talented and creative people for the second time.

As an ensemble we get to work hard together and craft some theater. Then we get to work with the audience, to share the experience, and complete the circle.

May the circle be unbroken.

SCOTT KEIJI TAKEDA (Ginny/Jimmy Cummings)) Scott Keiji Takeda was most recently seen onstage as Henry in East West Players’ critically acclaimed production of Next to Normal. Scott also made his professional debut with East West Players as Brian Lackey in Mysterious Skin. Some of his other notable stage roles include Setsuzo Kotsuji in Fugu, Maki in Letters to Eve, Warren in Ordinary Days, Yamato in Zulu Time, and Upton in Ching Chong Chinaman. Scott recently began making waves in the film industry with a breakout role in the indie drama “Cardinal X” also starring Annie Q and Francesca Eastwood. You may have also seen Scott onscreen in “Carrie Pilby,” “S&M Sally,” “Eat with Me,” or Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” On TV, he has been featured in commercials for brands including McDonald’s and Chase. Scott is ecstatic to be collaborating with Chuck and Rick on another project and thanks his family, friends and Andrea for their love and support.
JOHN MARZILLI (Grand Kleagle, TV Producer) Ball Yards marks John’s third collaboration with Charles Faerber and Rick Kuhlman, the other two being last year’s Zulu Time and prior to that Greeks, 6 – Romans, 5. Other favorites in a 30-year affair with Los Angeles theatre include a Drama Critics Circle Award for Jim Casey in The Grapes of Wrath; the World Premiere of John Lahr's The Manchurian Candidate as Ben Marco, the role Frank Sinatra originated on film; and an award-winning performance as Napoleon in Ed Trotta's adaption of George Orwell's Animal Farm.

I would like to take this moment to thank Racquel and her crew at Theatre Planners; they are a terrific and caring group of producers. To Rick Kuhlman for the way he leads his performers into battle with themselves, inspiring them to go further and holding a light for them along the way. And to Chuck Faerber and his brilliant mind and generous, gentle spirit. I am grateful to be part of this dedicated and talented cast. Finally thank you, the audience, for coming and supporting Los Angeles theatre.
MIKE ROSS (Golf Pro, Irv Coolidge) Plays: No Exit (Garcin), The Lion In Winter (Philip), Prelude To A Kiss (Taylor); Musicals: West Side Story (Riff), Anything Goes (Billy), Guys & Dolls (Sky), A Chorus Line (Zach, Bobby); Film: “The End of Evangelion,” “Dead Leaves,” “Read or Die,” “Burn Up Excess.” For ten years, Mike taught acting, writing and improv for The Second City Training Center in LA, creating dozens of conservatory, sketch, longform, and solo shows. He hails from Chicago, where he performed in numerous comedy shows at The Second City, iO and Annoyance theaters, and co-created the cult hit Jedi! A Musical Tour de Force. Michael graduated from the University of Illinois/Urbana. He has written several screenplays, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife Amy, with whom he created the live show An Evening with Seeley & Ross, and the web series “Trixie SpaceCop & Her SpaceVillain Boyfriend.”
MATT SHEA (Poet Laureate, Jock Durkee) Matt Shea is grateful to be back on the team of a Chuck Faerber play, after being a latrine man in Greeks, 6 – Trojans, 5. Most recently, Matt appeared in the original musical Monkey Business at the Self-Realization Fellowship, Hollywood Temple. His other theatre credits include the Broadway production of Ragtime, Abingdon Theatre Company’s Zona, The Ghost Of Greenbriar, Theatre Movement Bazaar’s The Treatment at The Theatre @ Boston Court, The Fantasticks with the Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara, All My Sons at the Raven Playhouse, and Fairy Tales at Bailiwick Repertory in Chicago for which he received a Jeff Nomination. TV/Film: “Silicon Valley,” “Ray Donovan,” “Lopez,” “The Middle,” “Gamer’s Guide,” “Anger Management,” “Bold Native,” and the channel 101 series “Gun Shooters.”
CHRISTOPHER T. WOOD (Mayan Athlete, Conquistador O’Malley, Condoleeza R) Christopher T. Wood has been an actor in Los Angeles for the last fifteen years. His latest role was in the short film “Her First Black Guy.” He has appeared in over 35 film and television roles and is currently producing his first feature, “Catharsis.” His most recent television appearances were on “NCIS” and “Teenwolf.”

PRODUCTION STAFF (click photos for larger images)
CHUCK FAERBER (Playwright) Ball Yards is the sixth play by Chuck Faerber to be produced. He is a military veteran of two tours in Vietnam and most of his plays deal with martial topics, including Counter Men (2011), a dramedy about the Iraq War set in an L.A. restaurant, and Greeks, 6 – Trojans, 5 (2013), a farce set inside the Trojan Horse—both produced at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, California. His drama Zulu Time (2015), set on the deck of an American aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War, was staged to wide acclaim at the Hudson Backstage Theatre in Los Angeles. Faerber’s new play, Ball Yards, borrows the same “virility in adversity” theme of the military dramas, while examining how high-level college and professional sports in this country have become a new kind of religion.
RICHARD KUHLMAN (Director) Richard enjoys the hell out of directing. Credits include: Tartuffe, The Importance of Being Earnest: Seattle. Sylvia, The Foreigner: Maine. Catch 22, Servant of 2 Masters: Cincinnati. Waiting For Godot: Ventura. Rough Crossing, The Nerd, Tortilla Flat, Cannery Row: Salinas. Virginia Woolf, The Totalitarians: The Flying H Theatre. The Emperor's New Clothes, Of Mice and Men, Skin of Our Teeth, The Provoked Wife, Fuddy Meers, Inspecting Carol: 2008 /’09: Theatre 150, Ojai. L.A. credits include: Regretrosexual: LA Weekly Award, Best Two Person Play, Non Vital Organs: Ovation Award nom., Zulu Time, Greeks, 6 – Trojans, 5, Cheerios in My Underwear, Midsummer, Twelfth Night, Taught Improvisation at Second City in L.A. Fargo, N.D., Center Theatre, Maine. Teaches Improv, Directing, Acting, Comic Writing at Columbia College Hollywood.
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