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.
AnnaLisa Erickson (Grandmother) has seen the country from summer stock in Wisconsin and Missouri to regional theatre in North Carolina and Minnesota, in roles ranging from Aldonza in Man of La Mancha to Sister Hubert in Nuncrackers alongside Sally Struthers and Adrian Zmed. BroadwayWorld and StageSceneLA cited her Fraulein Schneider as one of Southern California’s Best Supporting Performances of 2009 in MTLA’s critically-acclaimed Cabaret; that role also earned her double Garland Award nominations from Backstage. She earned a 2010 Best Performance Award from StageSceneLA as Ms. Pennywise in Urinetown. AnnaLisa hopes to escape the cutting room floor and soon be seen in the film Now Here.
Josie Yount (Sister to Daughter-in-law) was last seen here on the MET stage in the critically acclaimed productions of CHESS: In Concert and Cabaret with Musical Theatre of Los Angeles. Other favorite roles include Maureen in RENT, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime, Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show, Chava in Fiddler on the Roof, Mina in Dracula; A Musical Nightmare, Justine in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Titania and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Evita,and Martha Cratchit in the national tour of A Christmas Carol, as well as concert versions of Cossette (Les Miserables,) Maria (West Side Story,) and Sarah Brown (Guys and Dolls) with MTLA. Josie joined forces with Jon Paul Burkhart and Kelly Dodson to create an original cabaret act Bitter: Party of 3, which premiered at Sterling’s Upstairs at Vitello’s to resounding success, and is thrilled to be joining forces with them both again on this project. Special thanks to AnnaLisa, Michael, Calvin, and of course, Andrew. “This performance is dedicated, in loving memory, to Danielle.”
Kristin Towers-Rowles (Daughter-in-law) returns to DOMA Theatre Company after last being seen in Pippin (Fastrada) at The Hudson. Training: AMDA (NYC), Hollywood High Performing Arts (Winner: Best Actress/Best Singer). International and National Tours include Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables in Concert as Christine and Cosette respectively, The Mikado (Yum Yum) & originated the role of The Angel in the World Premiere of the US National Tour of The Christmas Box. Recent Regional: Once Upon A Mattress (Fred), Sunday in the Park with George (Dot/Marie), Kiss Me Kate (Kate/Lilli), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Milly) . Kristin will be reprising her Solo Show, A Lovely Lineage at Sterling’s at Vitellos (a tribute to her Grandmother, MGM Film Legend, Kathryn Grayson) in the Spring of 2012. She is also the Newly Appointed Co-Artistic Director of Still Hungry Theatre Company (with fellow JB cast member, Keith Barletta) Love & thanks Snack Pie & the whole & JB Team. www.kristintowers-rowles.com. Kristin wishes to dedicate this performance to her mentor and long time friend Michael Sartor.
Mary Mather (Granddaughter) is an Elizabethtown, Kentucky native who has spent the majority of her adult life singing, acting, and dancing. In her attempt to push her tax accountant over the edge, she has performed in California and abroad in England. Prior to her move to Los Angeles, Mary divided her time between teaching, studying, and performing within the fine arts. She has had the opportunity to study with and perform for real “working” actors such as Carolyn Barry, Amy Lyndon, Bill Chott, Dr. Frank Ragsdale, Dennis Schneider, Jonathan Beck Reed, and Ivan Pulinkala. She is the happy recipient of degrees in music and dance. Check out her blog at
www.littlekentuckianbigcity.wordpress.com to be regaled by weekly shenanigans encountered whilst pursuing a performing career in Los Angeles.
Jon Paul Burkhart (Son) Jon Paul hails from Dallas, TX and has his BFA in Drama from The University of Oklahoma. He is thrilled to be working with so many talented artists and friends. Theatre: Jamie Wellerstein, The Last Five Years; Amos Hart, Chicago, the Musical (L.A. and Dallas); Amadeus, Amadeus; Tommy McBride, Girl at the Dance (The Blank); Sparky, Forever Plaid; Benjamin Cohen, The Underpants; Pozzo, Waiting for Godot; Devlin, Ashes to Ashes; Wayne Wellacre, Inspecting Carol; Harpie, Dreamstuff (The Hayworth); Corwin, HMS Headwind; Hortensio, The Taming of the Shrew; Dogberry/Verges (hand puppet), Much Ado About Nothing; Puck/Romeo/Thisby, Shakespeare On the Go Tour!; Marvin Hamlisch, A Class Act. Film: Bulletproof Bride, Mr. Brooks, Spirit Camp, Fright Flick, The Bells of Innocence and The Last Tomorrow. TV: Parks and Recreation, Terriers, Bones, ER, How I Met Your Mother, Dirt, Bowlopolis (vo) and Barney & Friends. Jon Paul is represented by The Levin Agency.
Keith Barletta (Fiancé to Granddaughter) has been seen performing all over California both on film and on stage. He is currently the producer and creator of the Still Hungry Theater company, noted primarily for it’s highly acclaimed productions of Sunday in the Park with George, Assassins, and The Wild Party. Recent work includes the feature films Dust Up (Drexelbox Productions, Mel) and Mont Reve (Cose Nostre Productions, Emile De Luxembourg), the web series “Mario Brother’s P.I.” (Luigi). On stage he’s had the pleasure of being in Sunday in the Park with George (George), A Memory of Two Mondays (Jerry), and Alice in Wonderland (The White Rabbit). Keith will next be seen as Mortimer in Arsenic and Old Lace with the Art Attack Foundation, running Oct. 20 – Nov. 6. Keith would like to thank Dan Watt, Kristin Towers-Rowles and his friends and family for their constant support.
Timothy Miller (Brother to Daughter-in-law) has been studying the theatre arts with a focus on acting for over seven years. Recent works include playing CB in The Secret Rose’s production of Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, Lysander in Midsummer Night’s Dream, the drunken frat boy in Sam Borowski’s film Night Club, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare at the La Mirada Theatre, The Actor’s Nightmare/ Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All To You with DOMA and recurring technical work for the Reprise Theatre Company. Tim is a regular “Theatre Rat” and an alumni of the Valley Collegiate Players at Los Angeles Valley College. He is currently working as a counselor for the Theatre Arts Program at Monarch Summer/ Winter Camp. This is Timothy’s second musical production with the DOMA Theatre Company and he is very happy to be working with director Hallie Baran once again.
Angela Todaro (Girlfriend to Brother & Choreographer) is a native of western New York, where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics, contemporary, pointe, musical theater and hip-hop. After graduating from the University at Buffalo where she received her BA in Dance and BS in Business Administration/Marketing she moved to Los Angeles. Angela has performed professionally as a dancer in Le Grande Cirque, The Buffalo Infringement Festival, and is a current company member of Los Angeles Choreographers and Dancers. Angela’s choreography has been featured on the Zodiaque Studio Dance Ensemble and in the Emerging Choreographer’s Showcase and Dancer’s Workshop. Angela has been working with DOMA Theatre Co. this past year and her recent credits include choreography for Pippin, Cabaret, Passion and Jacques Brel. She also had her acting debut in DOMA’s Actor’s Nightmare and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You. Angela is very excited to be working on Jacques Brel with so much talent in both the cast and creative team.
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.