JACQUES BREL is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
Fri, Sep 16 – Sun, Oct 02
Friday and Saturday 8 PM
Sunday 3 PM
$34.99 VIP Loveseats
$30 General Admission
Special Show Info
Running time: 120 minutes.
There will be an intermission.
MET Theatre- Mainstage (upstairs)
1089 N. Oxford Ave
Hollywood, CA 90029
Special Theatre Info:
Parking is readily available for $5.
The theatre has concessions.
A new twist on the classic musical review, this audience friendly production consists of six family members from three generations who gather to clean out their Grandmother’s attic. The relationships, mood and nostalgic memories are told through the narratives of each of Jacques Brel’s songs. By the end of the production, the attic is clean and the family members realize how this attic has helped shaped their lives.
Hallie Baran (Director) is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and Trinity College Dublin and holds degrees in Stage Management, Technical Theatre, Writing and Directing. As a director she has mounted such works as, Much Ado About Nothing, Measure For Measure, Laundry and Bourbon, Closer, Snowbound (World Premiere), Pippin, Love And Human Remains, The Actor’s Nightmare, and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You. Thank You to The DOMA Family, Kelly, Leigh Ann, Yuichiro, and Stacey, friends and parents for their support (Dad you started this). Cheers to the Wonderful Cast who brought this show to life and created a family that reinvented this spectacle. To Angela, “La Vie En Rose”. Mike and Marco without whom this dream would not have taken flight, I Thank You Sirs. And Jacques, Your Music is Truly Magic. “True To You. True To Me. True To Self. It Shall Be.”
Kelly L. Dodson (Musical Director) has been teaching people to sing since 2001 in professional productions, schools, and in her home studio (www.kdvocals.com). It is her belief that technique alone does not make the singer. “You can lead a man to the microphone, but you can’t make him sing. Building self-confidence is the first step towards achieving your dreams.” Kelly is also a critically acclaimed Music Director, lending her expertise to various productions including The Last 5 Years, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, and Ragtime, the Musical. One of her former performers has even landed a role in the National Tour of Shrek the Musical. Kelly has been performing for over 25 years. She’s grateful to have performed in leading roles in a number of great productions including Songs for a New World, the West Coast Premiere of The Many Women of Troy, and Pirates of Penzance. She can also be seen and heard lending her voice to various television and recording projects.
Stacey Cortez (Stage Manager) This is Stacey’s second production Stage Managing with DOMA. She is very excited and honored to be a part of Jacques Brel. Stacey would like to thank her parents and boyfriend for their loving and caring support. She would also like to thank her wonderful Director Hallie for giving her this opportunity and encouragement, her amazing cast, crew, and production team for all their hard work, dedication and making this a wonderful experience. Hope you all enjoy the show!
Cullen Pinney (Lighting Designer) has been a theatrical Lighting Designer for three years. He has worked on a variety of shows. Some credits include Dog Sees God, Pippin, Cabaret, Love In Human Remains, Spelling Bee, and A Midsummer’s Nights Dream. He would like to thank everyone at DOMA, his parents Pat and Cindy his brother William and Girl Friend Stacey. Thank you for coming out and enjoy the show.
Jospeh Montiel (Sound Designer) has spent the last decade working in theater and developing his skills as an audio engineer and musician. Recent credits include The Boys in the Band as Assistant Stage Manager and Audio Engineer, and Baby It’s You! as Audio Engineer, both at The Coast, as well as Back 2 Bacharach And David at The Music Box. Joseph worked at Univision 34 as an intern and Audio Engineer. He has studied recording at Long Beach City College and the Musicians Institute, as well as television and radio production at Los Angeles City College and is delighted to be a part of this production.
Jason Henderson (Technical Director) is a Los Angeles Valley College graduate with an Associates Degree in Technical Theater. He has experience in set building, lighting, and stage manager duties. He has worked at theaters throughout Los Angeles, and his various credits include A Christmas Carol, Urinetown, Dracula (Los Angeles Valley College), Rhinoceros, Songs for a New World (The Mechanicals Theater Group), The Wild Party (Independent Musical Theater Players), George Washington’s Boy (Ted and Mary Lang) Dog Sees God, Speech and Debate (Blazeco Productions), Wizard of Oz, The Importance of Being Ernest (New Jew Community High School), two different versions of Pippin, Cabaret, and most recently Passion (DOMA Theatre Company). Outside of theater lighting, Jason has also worked for Exhibit Lighting Group doing lighting work for BlizzCon at the Anaheim Convention Center. He enjoys gaining more experience outside of college with every new show, and hopes to take his accomplishments in technical theater further than he has already achieved.
Julio Rodriguez (Assistant Technical Director) A student in Roosevelt High School, Julio loves to discover all technical aspects of every project he works on. An AP student, Julio was pulled into theater by his friend Cesar and likes the technical aspects of theater. Julio looks forward to doing more productions with DOMA and would like to thank his friends for all the support. Howl!
Patricio Lopez (General Contractor) A master electrician and general contractor by trade, he has worked as DOMA’s general contractor in building anything and everything the theatre requires of him. To build sets that will impact the lives of many and enrich productions such as Passion is a reward of its own. All his work is dedicated to his wife and lovely children.
Anjilla Rene’ Piazza (Drums) is a recent graduate from the California Institute of the Arts. While there, she received her Bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a focus on percussion performance. She has traveled the country performing on main stages at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) and also at the International Society of Improvised Music (ISIM) festival. She currently resides, teaches and gigs in the South Bay.
Leigh Anne Gillespie (Pianist) is originally from the Washington DC area, and has been active in the fields of music, theatre, dance, and film as a Music Director, teacher, and accompanist since 1980, working with many organizations such as the Joffrey Ballet, the Washington Ballet, the National Academy of the Arts, Idyllwild Arts Academy, the University of Redlands, and Santa Monica College. Holding an MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College, her career has also included composition and sound design for Leap Frog Toys, electronic music performance, and video art. She is currently on the accompanist staff of Los Angeles City College and American Musical and Dramatic Academy.
Lemuel H. Thornton III (Associate Producer) began his career in theatre while growing up in Germany. Lemuel then attended school in Eckerd studying Theatre and Sociology where he got an opportunity to study and work in London at the Finborough Theatre. He’s currently a student at Cal State LA finishing up his MFA in TV, Film and Theatre. Some of his previous work includes Closer by Patrick Marber (Director), The Car Plays and Blood and Thunder (Moving Arts, Assistant Producer), Elevator (11:11 Experiment, Assistant Producer), Rent (LA Phil, Video Designer). He is also Film Coordinator for the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival. www.mxroots.org
Mike Abramson (Producer) is thrilled to be joining DOMA for their 2011 season. Most recently Michael proudly served as the Production Manager for Pippin and Cabaret with DOMA as well as the critically acclaimed long-running hit Elevator with An 11:11 Experiment, which played at both The Hudson and MACHA Theatres. Michael was one of the Executive Producers for Musical Theatre of Los Angeles’ critically acclaimed productions of Chess in Concert and Oklahoma, both performed at The MET Theatre. On stage, previous acting credits include Nicely Nicely in Guys and Dolls, Woof in Hair, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in Anything Goes, Action in West Side Story and Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie. Michael is the current House Manager for The Hudson Theatres located right on Theatre Row in Hollywood. Mike thanks Schoen, Marco, Michael, Michelle, Zeke and Liz for being so instrumental in his theatrical career.
Schoen Smith (Artistic Director/Producer) is proud to serve as Artistic Director for DOMA Theatre Company and is looking forward to re-imagining the 99-seat experience in LA at The Met Theatre, this amazing venue. Schoen is a co-producer on the London (West End) production of Driving Miss Daisy starring James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave (Opening October 5th), and also producing DOMA’s upcoming productions of tick, tick… BOOM! and The Playground, the original rock musical based on the lives of LA’s homeless kids. Previous productions include Cabaret and Pippin for DOMA Theatre Company and the smash hit Elevator, which earned LA Times Critics’ Pick and Best Bet, and just won Best Production, Best Ensemble Cast of the Year and Best Direction in StageSceneLA’s Best of 2010-2011 Awards. She also produces the ongoing variety show, The V Room, which opens its doors the last Thursday of every month here at The Met Theatre. Schoen graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Finance and Business Economics. She is thrilled to be producing Jacques Brel and would like to thank Mike and Hallie for infusing their enthusiasm and dedication into every stitch and inch of the production, and the entire cast and crew for their amazing talent and dedication! For more information on DOMA please visit www.domatheatre.com.