Guilty Parties

May 5 – 22, 2018

A wild ride through the guilt of a new generation. From the things we should have done to actions we regret.

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THE PROGRAM

Produced by Ronda Spinak
NEXT Executive Director Abbe Meryl Feder
Directed by Lisa Cirincione
South Bay Producer Liz Altman
SF Bay Area Producer Carol Kirsh
NEXT Producers Julie Gumpert & Devan Liljedah
NEXT Literary Team Vicki Schairer, Daphna Shull & Monique Lopez
NEXT Marketing Andrew Fromer
JWT Producing Director Susan Morgenstern
Literary Manager Suzanna Kaplan
Dramaturge Lisa Rosenbaum
Assistant Producer/Stage Manager Barbara Koletsky
Associate Producers Susie Yuré and Rose Ziff
Artistic Director Ronda Spinak
Artistic Associate Daphna Shull

This show is made possible with generous support from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, The Erwin Rautenberg Foundation and The Dennis Schuman Charitable Foundation.

Confessions

Compiled by Vicki Schairer. Performed by the ensemble.

Making My First Deal
Written by David Masello. Performed by Rosie Moss and Judy Carter.

I Tried to Order Coffee During a Date,
But Had a Crisis About Systemic Bias Instead
Written by Elana Spivack. Performed by Chelsea London Lloyd, Nathan Bock, and Judy Carter.

Our Neighbor
Written by Dan Shotz and Emily Jaffe. Performed by Nathan Bock, Nadège August, and Rosie Moss.

M.O.B.
Written by Jessica Luck. Performed by Judy Carter and Rosie Moss.

Pact with Gad
Written by Andy Mizrahi. Adapted by Andrew Fromer and Vicki Shairer for JWT. Performed by Nathan Bock. Directed by Vicki Schairer.

Save The Last Dance For Me
Written by Courtenay Edelhart. Performed by Nadège August, Rosie Moss, and Judy Carter.

The Number
Written by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich. Performed by Nathan Block and Chelsea London Lloyd.

Beware
Music and lyrics by The Rosannah Sisters. Performed by Rosie Moss.

Finding Love Before You’re Dead
Written and performed by Judy Carter.

Q & A POST SHOW

ARTIST BIOS

LIZ ALTMAN (South Bay Producer) wrote “Almost a Sacrifice,” previously performed at the JWT salon Unknown Stories of Biblical Proportions. Other credits include song lyrics for activities at the University of Michigan and the Dallas Bar Follies; and co-directing, co-writing, and performing in the annual SMU law school follies. JWT: Advisory board member and South Bay producer. Professional: vice president of a real estate company. Hobbies: tennis, art, and travel. Special love to her muse, Louis.

NADÈGE AUGUST (Actor) is the creator and writer of the series Bougie Dilemma, on Amazon.
Partial theater credits: Antaeus Theatre, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Émilie) and Wedding Band (Mattie); Odyssey Theatre, Sunset Baby (Nina; NAACP Best Lead Actress Nomination); Odyssey Theatre, Desire Under the Elms (Abbie Putnam; Best Supporting Female nominations); Lower Depth
Theatre, Three Sisters After Chekhov (Jean); Gardner Stages, Silent Heroes (Felicia). Television: Alex, Inc (recurring role, ABC); guest star on Key & Peele, Castle, Criminal Minds, Dexter, 1600 Penn, Happy Endings, Mr. Sunshine, The Mentalist, Make It or Break It, The Unit. Series regular on SilverLake (pilot). Films & MOW: Out of Time, Undercover Bridesmaid, Raven’s Touch, The Last Letter, The Brothers, Runt, Princess Diaries 2. Lifetime member of the Actors Studio; member of the Television Academy.

BARBARA BLUMENTHAL-EHRLICH (Writer) Productions include NY International Fringe Festival, off-Broadway Theatre Row (Prod.Tony-winning Arielle Tepper Madover), Northern Light (Edmon- ton, Canada), Overtime (San Antonio), Forward Flux (Seattle), Trustus (Columbia, S.C.), Trinity
Rep (Providence), and more. Contributing writer to the 2017 national tour The Grief Dialogues. NYC: Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout, Second Stage, EST, ARACAworks, Stella Adler, Rattlestick. Regionally: Kennedy Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Geva, Victory Gardens, Elephant Theatre, The Blank, Rogue Machine, Hangar, among others. Won the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Julie Harris Playwriting Award, the Israel Baran Award, and was a runner-up for the Sundance Playwriting Lab, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the Heideman Award, and Princess Grace Fellowship. Sister Sister was nominated for Edmonton’s Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award, and Still Life was nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award and posted on the Kilroy List (honor- able mention). Published by Smith & Kraus and Applause Books.

NATHAN BOCK (Actor) grew up in Denver, Colorado, and attended Denver School of the Arts before continuing his training at NYU’s Tisch School and graduating with a BFA in theater. In 2010, as asso- ciate artistic director, he helped launch Visionbox Studio, now Denver Academy of Dramatic Art, and collaborated in the production of two original works, My Two Sisters and The Othello Project, along with classes and showcases. He moved to L.A. in 2015 and has been in a number of short films and TV proj- ects, including People Magazine Investigates on the Investigation Discovery Channel and Evil Things on TLC. He is excited to be back on stage and thanks Lisa, the producers, and the rest of the cast. @ nathanbockactor on social media. See clips of his work at vimeo.com/nathanbockactor.

JUDY CARTER (Actor/Writer) At an early age, Judy discovered that the messes in her life made great comedy material, leading her to a career working as a headlining standup comic performing with Jerry Seinfeld, Prince, and others. As an author, Judy doesn’t like to brag, but she did write the Bible. No joke, she’s the author of The Comedy Bible (Simon & Schuster), touted by Oprah Winfrey as the book that can show you how to be funnier. Judy’s new book, The Message of You (St. Martin’s Press), shows how to find your signature life story and use it to inspire others. Judy’s message of using humor as a transformational tool has made her a sought-after international keynote speaker for Fortune 500 companies and the Jewish Federation, as well as a regular contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered, The Wall Street Journal and CNN. Watch videos at judycarter.com.

 

LISA CIRINCIONE (Director & NEXT Member) a proud JWT artist-in-residence, is thrilled to be working with this incredible team. Lisa produced and stars in the short film Porcupine, which made its World Premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival and has now played on screens around the globe. Lisa recently shot an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! with NBA Legend, Mr. Ron Artest, and can be seen in the comedy web-series, Mrs. Gary, for which she won Best Supporting Actress at The Los Angeles Web Festival. She received LA WEEKLY and LA Drama Critic’s Circle nominations for playing consultant, she engaged multidisciplinary stakeholders to design, pilot, scale and evaluate innovative programs improving contraceptive access at local, state and national levels that became replicable models. She launched Pharmacy Forward, the nation’s first leadership program for pharmacists in reproductive health. She previously worked in management consulting for Kaiser Permanente and as clinic manager for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. She holds a Masters in Public Health from UCLA and is an alumna of CA Women’s Policy Institute and Center for Collaborative Planning’s Leadership Institute.

DEVAN LILJEDAHL (NEXT Producer) is an actor, producer, and theater junkie. She attended the University of Redlands where she fell in love with the stage (and page) and received her degree in creative writing. Her native Southern California roots mean she’s perpetually cold and often in a sweater. Her previous work as IKAR’s membership and operations manager solidified her pas- sion for details and behind-the-scenes curation. Currently she co-produces a monthly storytelling show, Breaker/Broken, where heartbreak and hilarity are woven together in a perfect mix. Devan is thrilled to be a part of NEXT@TheBraid and looks forward to the incredible productions ahead.

MONIQUE G. LOPEZ (NEXT Literary Team) has, for the past 12 years, worked as a social-justice planner and policy advocate on a variety of issues, such as transportation justice, environmental justice, and public-space access throughout Southern California. A few of her most notable accom- plishments include leading the participatory design process of a 14-acre public space in the eastern Coachella Valley and working with a broad coalition of advocates and residents to help secure more than $120 million in transit and active transportation investments in San Diego. Early in her career, she co-authored an environmental-justice ballot initiative to prohibit the importation and disposal of sewage sludge into Imperial County (which was passed by 68% of voters) and played an integral role in coordinating a successful grassroots political campaign. Now based in L.A., Monique teaches college students about social-justice planning and policy advocacy and is developing a new partic- ipatory planning and public-policy firm called Pueblo. As an avid storyteller, Monique understands and values the power of the arts to propel advocacy and shift the narrative.

CHELSEA LONDON LLOYD (Actor) grew up extensively involved with musical theater and is thrilled to return to the stage this year. Most recently she played Maria in the West Coast premiere of My Big Gay Italian Funeral (Defiance Theatre Co.). Her Alaska Airlines commercial currently plays on Virgin flights throughout America and has 5M views. Recent screen credits include Barry (HBO) and the feature film Trial (Lifetime Movie Network). This year she’s hosted Macy’s Pre-Prom Party Live anda Star Wars/Hot Wheels campaign for Fullscreen. Lloyd holds a BA in theater from the University of Southern California. www.ChelsWhoElse.com.

JESSICA LUCK (Writer) has had work performed at Primary Stages, the Playground Experiment, ESPA, TinyRhino, Playwrights at the Grand, Red Caravan, and the Big Apple Theater Festival. Her short play, Lilies, was published by Smith & Kraus. Jessica is a graduate of Yale College and was a Louise Rockwell Scholar at ESPA/ Primary Stages. As an actor, she recently performed in the pre- mieres of Lisa Lampanelli’s Stuffed at the WP Theater and Gracie Gardner’s Hate Baby at EST. Jessica is a proud member of the Beehive Playwrights Collective and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice. For perpetually out of date info on what she’s up to, check out JessicaLuck.com.

DAVID MASELLO (Writer) is a widely-published essayist, feature writer, poet, and playwright (the National Arts Club recently hosted a staged reading of his full-length play, Poetic Justice; other works have been produced by Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Big Apple Theatre Festival, Fresh Fruit Festival, et al.). A longtime magazine editor and writer, having held senior editorial positions at Town & Country, Art & Antiques, Travel & Leisure, Departures, and other periodicals, he is currently executive editor of Milieu, a national print magazine about design and architecture. Prior to his magazine work, he was a hardcover nonfiction editor at Simon and Schuster and has authored two books about architecture and art. His essays and features have appeared in numerous publications and antholo- gies, including the New York Times, Salon, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, and Best American Essays. A frequent lecturer at universities, art foundations, and other venues, he is also an active participant of read650.com, a popular live-essay reading series where his works have been filmed. He will be teaching a course at Sarah Lawrence College this fall on the subject of writing about art (and, ideally, making a living doing so). Although Manhattan is where he lives and works, he comes from Evanston, Illinois, which will always feel