A Death-Defying Escape !

Cast & Crew

JUDY CARTER

Star and Writer

At an early age, Judy Carter discovered that the messes in her life were great comedy material. Turning messes to success, by 8 years old, she overcame a speech impediment and became a young entrepreneur doing magic shows for birthday parties. By 11, she was her own marketing department, coming home from finger painting class to make sales calls.

After directing plays at Harvard-West Lake, and being a member of Odyssey Theater, Judy went pro becoming the first woman to perform at the Magic Castle Close-up Gallery in Hollywood and was literally picked up and thrown out because, “Cards are for men.” Undaunted, she continued developing her own style of magic with her death-defying escape from her grandmother’s girdle and sawing a man in half. On an engagement, when the airlines lost her luggage, she went on without her tricks instantly becoming a standup comic, and appeared on over 100 TV shows, 4 comedy cable specials as well as opening for Prince and playing Vegas.

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) which was rejected by 59 book agents and went on to becoming the definitive book on turning problems into punchlines and was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey. Her books also include, “The Message of You: Turn Your Life Story into a Money-Making Speaking Career” (St. Martin’s Press) The Homo Handbook (Fireside Books), Stand-up Comedy: The Book, (Random House) and most recently, “The New Comedy Bible.”

Currently, Judy is an international keynote speaker on the power of personal stories and humor to inspire others. Judy’s message of using humor as a transformational tool led to her being featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNN, as well as being a frequent contributor to NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

More info at http://judycarter.com

LEE COSTELLO

Director

Lee has directed numerous productions in New York, as well as regional theatre. She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and Ensemble Studio Theatre, LA. While living in NY she was a member of The Circle Rep Lab, The Women’s Project and Productions, and was a teaching artist for The Lincoln Center Institute. Her New York credits include Extensions by Murray Schisgal and The Portable Dorothy Parker at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Cowboy Girl at New York Theatre Workshop, Heads at La Mama, The Adventures of She-Man at The Westbank Theatre Bar, and Did I Vote For You? , an original play with music that received a special performance grant from the Franklin Furnace. Lee wrote and directed The NOW Show, (a multimedia send-up of late-night talk shows) which sold out for its entire run at Dixon Place. A short play of Lee’s, Hearts, Flowers, and Jell-O, was featured at the 10th anniversary of The 52nd Street Project at Lincoln Center. Lee now resides in Los Angeles where her productions of Waiting For Grace at The Odyssey Theatre and Transition at the Lounge Theatre were both chosen by The Huffington Post as one of the Top Ten.

productions in Los Angeles for 2016 and 2017. Recently, Lee directed If Truth Be Told for the Santa Monica Fringe Festival and Skin Jobs for The Hollywood Fringe Festival where the production received a Tvolution: Best of Los Angeles Theatre pick, Bitter Lemons Double Sweet Award, and a Best of Broadwater award. Other direction includes plays for Ensemble Studio Theatre LA, Theatre of Note, Highways, The Second City, The Blank Theatre, and REDCAT at the Disney Concert Hall. Currently, she is the Executive Director of Mob Rule, Incorporated, a non-profit community outreach project.

LYNDSI LAROSE

Mother, Young Judy, Hostess

Lyndsi is an actress, writer, and producer known for her appearances in Ant-Man, Insurgent, Sleight, AJ & The Queen, and Workaholics. Her favorite stage credits include playing Audrey in Leading Ladies at the International City Theater in Long Beach, CA, and Elektra in the Greek tragedy Elektra at the Freud Playhouse. She performs improv and sketch comedy at the Groundlings Theater, Comedy Central Stage, and Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles. Lyndsi is also a graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television.

KEVIN SCOTT ALLEN

Male Actor

Kevin’s acting career has embraced a wide variety of roles, from All-American redneck to otherworldly alien. As a child actor, he appeared on the television series ‘The Waltons’, playing the brat and bully, Lou Wilson, in addition to appearing on ‘What’s Happening’, ‘St. Elsewhere’, ‘General Hospital’, and ‘The Young and the Restless.’ Kevin then went into outer space in series such as ‘Otherworld’, and ‘Star Trek: Deep Space 9’, then settled in as the resident bigot on the television series Homefront. Kevin has guest starred in ‘The People vs. O.J. Simpson’, ‘CSI’, ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘Cold Case’ and ‘Station 19’. Films include: ‘Puppetmaster XI’, ‘Charlie Valentine’ and the recently completed Australian film ‘Anno 2020’. Kevin is also the author of the recently published book, Conquering the Film and Television Audition (2016 ReAnimus Press).

GABRIEAL GRIEGO

Producer

Gabrieal is a freelance theatre & film producer both on the east and west coasts.

In LA she has worked with a myriad of theatre companies as producer, director, sound designer, lighting designer, projection designer, and puppeteer. Gabrieal is pleased to have worked on multiple award winning and nominated productions with the following theatre luminaries and theatre companies: David Mamet, Gates McFadden, Llavar Burton, Padua Playwrights, Moving Arts,The MET Theatre, The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, Greenway Court Theater, Open Fist Theatre Company, The Fountain Theatre, DOMA Theatre Company, Fierce Backbone, Triumvirate Pi Theatre Company, Juber Productions, 2Cents Theatre Group, Imagine Theatre, The Broadwater, Athena Theatre Company, Arena Stage Theatre, Autumn Jump Productions, and last (but certainly not least) Senior Star Power Productions. Gabrieal’s productions have earned a multitude of awards and nominations from Ovations, Los Angeles

Drama Critics Circle, NAACP, Broadway World, Garland, Better Lemons, Hollywood Fringe Festival ENCORE awards, Robby, SAGE, Eddon, as well as Best Of/Production of the Year recognitions from KCRW, Better Lemons, TVloution, Ticket Holder, Don Grigware, Stage Raw, Stage & Cinema & Huffington Post, and StageSceneLA. She would like to thank her family, friends and Joseph ‘Sloe’ Slawinski for their invaluable support & love.

Craig Dickens

Magic Designer

Craig is a Chicago native who began his performing career when just a child, appearing in television and radio commercials. The magic bug hit early but he didn’t start performing till his teens where he was soon co-hosting a weekly local television show featuring Chicago magicians. He quickly rose the ranks performing in clubs and industrial shows. Always innovating new approaches to magic, he could adapt to different types of performing conditions and audiences. This adaptibility made him a popular choice to open for touring celebrities. From Alice Cooper to the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, his style and personality won them over He became the first illusionist to appear at an outside arena rock extravaganza with his performance before 30,000 at Comiskey Park..

Later, he created and toured with the “Magic with the Symphony” concept where he performed as a guest artist with symphony orchestras performing his effects to the classical fare played behind him. Along the way, he created and built many of his own illusions. Soon fellow magicians sought him out to create and build for them as well.

His creativity and ingenuity brought him to the attention of the top trade show producers who hired him to create magic built around a products assets or a companies pitch..

He re-located to southern California and there in the sunny climate of the entertainment capitol of the world his creativity and industry reputation really took off. He became the go-to guy for the magician looking for that signature, original illusion. Because of his clever engineering ability and workmanship, top illusion designers Jim Steinmeyer and Don Wayne often call on him to build the prototypes and production models of their latest creations..

Television and movie producers have called upon him to create and build effects and to date his props have appeared in five Broadway productions as well as stages in Reno, Las Vegas, on cruise lines, amusement parks and around the world.

LAUREN MCCUEN

Stage Manager

Lauren is a Stage Manager and Theater Technician based in Los Angeles. Originally from Philadelphia, she has worked across the country on productions big and small, including more than a year as a Production Assistant at the historic Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. Recent projects include Reaper’s Remorse with Delusion and 13th Floor Entertainment Group, and The Pittsburgh Ballet’s Open Air Series. Favorite works include Sally McCoy (Barter Theatre), Madame Buttermilk (Barter Theatre), Always…Patsy Cline, (Shawnee Summer Theatre), and The Double Threat Trio (Pittsburgh CLO: Spark Festival).

MATT RICHTER

Lighting Designer

Matt is an award-winning designer based in Los Angeles. He is the resident designer for the LA LGBT Center, where he also works full time. Designs for the Center include Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe; Revisited (Ovation nomination), and Hit The Wall (Ovation Nomination, LADCC Award). He has designed for numerous companies around the Los Angeles area, including Rogue Machine, The Echo, Open Fist, Theatre of NOTE, Sacred Fools and Son of Semele. Matt also scores music under the name autodealer (autodealermusic.net). For more information, please visit mattrichter.net.

NICK FORAN

Sound and Projections Designer

Originally from Australia, Nick has worked in LA as a stage manager and designer since 2014, working with directors such as Broadway legend Robert Allan Ackerman in Blood (2016) as well as touring with the Second City company. Other credits include technical director of The Magic Show at the Roosevelt (2018-2020) and for Justin Willman Magic For Humans In Person (2022). Nick is the current resident sound designer at Theater 40 Beverly Hills, and has been the resident lighting and sound designer at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting since 2018. He is thrilled to be working with such a talented group on this production’

MISHA RILEY

THEATRE PLANNERS (Marketing)

Originally from Northern California, Misha holds a B.A. in Theater from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. At UCLA Misha specialized in both Theater Studies and Acting. He was also chosen to participate in UCLA’s inaugural Professional Theater Practicum course, hosted in tandem with The Geffen Playhouse. Misha is thrilled to be a part of A Death-Defying Escape!. To learn more about Theatre Planners, go to www.theatreplanners.com.

JENNA MORRIS

Costume Designer

Worked as a costume assistant in her hometown of Anchorage, Alaska, before recently relocating to Los Angeles to fully pursue her career as a costume designer. After graduating from the Occidental college theater program, Jenna was hired as an assistant in the college’s costume shop, where she now works part time to create costumes for Occidental’s theater productions. Additionally, Jenna has started to develop her career in film, earning an assistant design credit in the feature length film “Where in the Hell”, written and directed by Laramie Dennis, which is set to release in late 2022. Jenna also served as wardrobe manager for costume designer Alison Choi-Braun in the short film “The Breakthrough”, which is set to release in late 2022 as well.

LUCY POLLAK

Lucy Pollak has been providing publicity services to the Los Angeles arts community for the past 30 years. Her clients include 24th Street Theatre, Antaeus Theatre Company, The Echo Theater Company, Fountain Theatre, Hero Theatre, IAMA Theatre Company, International City Theatre, L.A. Theatre Works, Latino Theater Company, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Open Fist Theatre Company, Theatre Planners and Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, as well as numerous independent theater and dance productions, and large events and festivals such as the annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration at The Music Center. From 1981 to 1990, she was production manager/staff producer at the Odyssey Theatre, where she co-produced over 100 productions with artistic director Ron Sossi. For the 1993 Los Angeles Festival, she line produced Reza Abdoh’s controversial Quotations From A Ruined City. She is the recipient of a Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Circle Award (Master Class), an LA Weekly Award (Mary Barnes), four Drama-Logue Awards (Mary Barnes, Idioglossia, Accidental Death of An Anarchist, It’s A Girl!), and a Women in Theatre Recognition Award. She has served on the boards of directors of the Los Angeles Theatre Alliance (now L.A. Stage Alliance), Women in Theatre and P.A.T.H. (Performing Arts Theatre for the Handicapped). www.lucypr.com.

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