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The Meeting
CAST & CREW (click photos for larger images)
BILL COBBS (Director) Bill Cobbs was born and raised in Cleveland, where his mother was a cleaning lady and his father was a construction worker. As an amateur actor in the city's Karamu House Theater, he starred in the Ossie Davis play "Purlie Victorious". Cobbs was an Air Force radar technician for eight years; he also worked in office products at IBM and sold cars in Cleveland. In 1970, at the age of 36, he left for New York to seek work as an actor. There he turned down a job in the NBC sales department in order to have time for auditions. He supported himself by driving a cab, repairing office equipment, selling toys, and performing odd jobs. His first professional acting role was in "Ride a Black Horse" at the Negro Ensemble Company. From there he appeared in small theater productions, street theater, regional theater and at the Eugene O'Neill Theater. His first television credit was in "Vegetable Soup" (1976), a New York public television educational series, and he made his feature film debut in Taking of Pelham One Two Three, The (1974) in 1974. Since then Mr. Cobbs has appeared in over 120 films and TV productions, including; The Body Guard, Always Outnumbered, New Jack City, Night at the Museum, Air Bud, The Ultimate Life, Go On, and hit series, Greenleaf to name a few. In his free time Cobbs enjoys Jazz, reading, and playing his drums.
ANDREA MESHEL (Stage Manager) Michelle “Andrea Meshel” Smith has written, directed and produced several film and theatre projects. Smith produced Hoodoo Love a play by Katori Hall and shortly after she produced three short films “Descent,” “Alone,” and “Necrophilia.” Smith also co-produced the web series “Real Life.” In addition to producing Michelle “Andrea Meshel” Smith has produced and acted in numerous film and theatrical productions throughout the country. She is committed to portraying positive images of African people. Michelle “Andrea Meshel” Smith is currently curating the Pembroke Taparelli Arts and Film Festival. A Festival that couples her love for the arts and her passion for social justice. She wanted to take action and provide a platform for those “Artivists” (artist and activist) who seek to use their artistic voice for social change.
Smith is extremely appreciative of the opportunity to be a part of this production "The Meeting" it is a profound slice of the power we wield as artists.

Michelle “Andrea Meshel” Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Adelphi University, and a Juris Doctorate from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
CAST (click photos for larger images)
BECHIR SYLVAIN (Malcolm X) Bechir Sylvain is a Haitian-American actor who studied theatre first at Miami Dade college and received a full scholarship to the prestigious acting program at Southern Methodist University his sophomore year. You can see Bechir in national commercials or his many guest star roles on shows like: ABC’s Uncle Buck, Angels of Hell on CBS, Fuller House on Netflix, Thunderman’s on Nickelodeon and Family Time on Bounce TV to name a few. Full-length features include the Hallmark drama; The Ultimate Life, and the comedic horror; Life after Beth. Sylvain is the Co-Founder and Board member of Miami based theatre company, Ground Up and Rising and is a proud member of the heartfelt and award winning Theatre 68. Bechir would like to thank his friends and family for all their love and support and last but not least his wife Shannon who fuels his passion every day, which helps him to do what he loves most.
ETHAN HENRY (Martin Luther King Jr.) Ethan is proud to be making his West Coast theatrical debut, at Theater 68. The Chicago native moved to LA a year ago from South Florida, where his theatrical endeavors covered a wide spectrum of performances such as, Ralph D in The Motherfu!@er with The Hat, David Mammet's Race, Walter Lee in A Raisin In The Sun, King in Wilson's King Hedley II, Damon in Sunset Baby, Boy Willie in Piano Lesson, Clybourne Park, Redwood Curtain, Knock Me a Kiss & Ruhl's Clean House, to name a few. Television credits include: Graceland, Bloodline, Burn Notice, Sleepy Hollow, & The Bold and the Beautiful. Ethan has also been seen in several commercials as well. He thanks God for blessing him with this opportunity to do for others, and for this wonderful chance to work with such a stellar cast and awesome director.
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is...what are you doing for others?" MLK ​
JUSTIN CHU CARY (Rashad)
Justin Chu Cary has been playing make believe since his childhood days of obsessively watching Back to the Future.
With much gratitude for Marty McFly, Justin now gets to play make believe professionally. He studied theater at University of California, Davis and has trained in multiple disciplines since, including recently studying Meisner technique with Sandy Marshall, graduating UCB Improv Theater, and becoming an associate member at Tim Robin’s Actors Gang. He’s been in theater productions in San Francisco and Los Angeles, including the award winning show, In The Red and Brown Water, The Death of the Last Black Man in The Whole Entire World, and Sassy Mamas to name a few. His recent television works include: Days of Our Lives, NCIS, Supergirl, and Jane The Virgin.
Justin looks forward to the many artistic works that lay ahead, and still holds out hope for the day he finally gets a hoverboard.
PRODUCTION STAFF (click photos for larger images)
SHANNON SYLVAIN (Executive Producer) Shannon is a Minnesota native who moved to the city of angels ten years ago in her pursuit of becoming a television and film producer. Shannon has co-produced film festivals for NBC & HBO and has worked on HBO's hit show "The Newsroom" and most recently, HBO's new Bill Hader comedy "Barry." She also spends her time producing content for Brown Sugar Rehab to educate and inform people about Colon Cancer symptoms, prevention and resources. Her mission is one that hits home personally as she is still fighting Stage IV colon cancer herself. She humbly thanks everyone for coming out to support the show and fundraiser.
KATY JACOBY (Production Manager) Katy majored in Theatre Arts and also pursued a minor in Broadcast Journalism at Temple University. For the past 10 years she has been the managing director of the 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company (Theatre 68) in Los Angeles which holds chapters in LA and NY. Katy has directed, assistant directed and co-produced over 25 plays in LA and NY. As an actress, you can find her in multiple independent films running the film festival gamut. She produced and starred in the short film, “A Loan Officer and a Gentleman” which just had its East Coast Premiere at the Garden State Film Festival. Recently, she can be found in the film “After the Reality”, which just had its World premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival. She has performed in an extensive amount of professional stage productions around LA and NYC, performing in original and published work, musicals and festivals (including the 6 month run of the first ever “13 by Shanley” Festival in LA). Katy frequents the television side and soap opera world quite a bit having recurring roles on "General Hospital", "The Young and the Restless" and "Days Of Our Lives”. She is proud teacher at the Orange County School of the Arts. Thank you to Bechir and Shannon for allowing her to be a part of "The Meeting".
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