RESSURECTION OF THE ANTS June 21st – July 28th, 2013

Press Contact: Anita Lee or Leigh Fortier at 323.960.7779 or email: ants@plays411.com

 

Award Winning Director Gary Wolf Helms

The World Premiere

Of

RESSURECTION OF THE ANTS

Written By Paul Fontana

Produced by Michael Abramson

June 21st – July 28th, 2013

The Hayworth: Upper Level

 

 

Los Angeles, (June 6, 2013) – The World Premiere of playwright Paul Fontana’s Resurrection of the Ants, directed by Gary Wolf  and produced by Michael Abramson (Jekyll and Hyde), opens Friday June 21st at The Hayworth: Upper Level in Los Angeles (2511 Wilshire Blvd. 90057). Resurrection of the Ants plays Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. through July 28th.  The price is $25 on Friday and Saturday, $20 on Sunday. Tickets may be purchased atplays411.com/ants or by calling (323) 960-4443.

 

Like most struggling authors, George Sackett believed that once he published his masterpiece, all his troubles would fade into the mist of history. However, six months after its completion, no one wants his novel. Now in debt to a dangerous drug dealer and on the verge of losing his fiancé, his only way out is a dubious offer from his estranged brother. Sibling rivalry, artistic virtue and pop culture collide in this provocatively twisted comedy.

 

Resurrection of the Ants: Calendar Listings

 

What:  A Play.   

Like most struggling authors, George Sackett believed that once he published his masterpiece, all his troubles would fade into the mist of history. However, six months after its completion, no one wants his novel. Now in debt to a dangerous drug dealer and on the verge of losing his fiancé, his only way out is a dubious offer from his estranged brother. Sibling rivalry, artistic virtue and pop culture collide in this provocatively twisted comedy.

 

Who:  Written by Paul Fontana; Directed by Gary Wolf

Actors:  Paul Fontana as George; Amy Main as Billie; Ken Arquelio as Dean; Claudio Pinto as Miguel; Peter Trencher as Bob Green; Meeghan Holaway as Shane Francis

Production Team: Set Design by Allison Schenker; Lighting Design by Steve Pope; Musical Score by Sean McCahill; Fight Choreography by Thorne Humphrey; Produced by Michael Abramson; Production Consultant, Leigh Fortier; Production Manager, Gabrieal Griego

When:  Friday, June 21st through  July 28th  –  Friday’s and Saturday’s at 8 p.m. Sunday’s at 3 p.m.

Where: The Hayworth: Upper Level – 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, 90057

How: For Reservations: (323) 960-4443 or go to plays411.com/Ants

Tickets: Friday and Saturday:  $25; Sunday:  $20

 

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Press Reps: Anita J. Lee & Leigh Fortier 323.960.7779 or email: ants@plays411.com

 

 Resurrection of the Ants: Bios (Pages 3-5)

 

Gary Wolf (Director) is an award–winning theatre director making his debut in Los Angeles. He directed A Peace Replaced, winning first place in New York City’s Strawberry Festival. He is published in Samuel French’s ‘Off-Off Broadway Festival Plays’ 26th series. Prior to directing, Gary appeared in numerous television, film and stage productions.  Television credits include: CSI:NY, Desperate Housewives, The Shield, Criminal Minds, NYPD Blue, and Kitchen Confidential. Film credits include: Lucky Days, Telling You, Overnight Delivery, The Girls Room, Whatever, How to be a Serial Killer, and Men. Theatre credits include: Brighton Beach Memoirs, Macs: A Macaroni Requiem, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Tony ‘n’ Tina’s

Wedding, Willy and Billy and War.

Paul Fontana  (Playwright) (George) was born and raised in Washington DC.  He was trained by H. Richard Greene and Richard Zavaglia. He received his BA in Theatre from Ithaca College and studied screenwriting at UCLA with Billy Mernit. Produced plays in Los Angeles include, Morphine, Music, Love; Willy and Billy, and The Honest Lunch. He has appeared in the films Visual ResistancePhone Booth and The Pacific and Eddy.  His regional theatre credits include  Moo (Charlie), Life during Wartime (Richie), The Frute Brute Serial (Paul), Orpheus Descending (Val), The House of Blue Leaves (Ronnie), Gemini (Francis), Pounding Nails into the Floor with My Forehead (Adam), Morphine Music Love (Hord), Summer of Love (Danny), Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), The Shadow Box (Mark), Loose Ends (Paul), Revel and Geez (Geez) and Someone Who’ll Watch over Me (Edward).

Amy Main (Billie) trained with Lesly Kahn, Margie Haber, Warner Laughlin, Shawn Nelson, Andrew Magarian and Sandra Peabody. She has appeared in the films Walk Hard, Spring Breakdown, Cthulhu, Nearing Grace, Making Maya, Amy Alyson Fans, The Candy Shop and Gameface, with television roles on  Veronica Mars andSwitched!. Amy has worked in New Media on Matchmakers, and Unknown Sender. Her theatre work includes Idiot’s Delight, No Exit and Romeo and Juliet. 

Claudio Pinto (Miguel) received his BA degree in Theater Studies from the University of Central Florida in 2005. With over 10 years of stage experience, he has performed in See How They RunThe VisitThe Last Days of Judas IscariotOthelloRomeo and JulietThe Pillowman and True West to name a few. He decided to make the leap to film in 2011 and he could not be more grateful. His TV/Film credits include Step Up, Revolution, Burn Notice, America’s Most Wanted and Graceland which premieres June 6th on USA Networks.

Ken Arquelio (Dean) Ken’s recent theatre credits include:  lead role of Jeffrey in the LA premiere of The Dying Gaul by Craig Lucas at the Elephant Theater, lead role of Stan in World Premiere of Infinite Black Suitcase by E.M. Lewis at the Lillian Theatre, lead role of Benito in LA premiere of References To Salvador Dali Make Me Hotby Jose Rivera (nominated for Academy Award for his screenplay The Motorcycle Diaries) and directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera. Other credits include: Hellcab, La Ronde, Reeling In Reality and The Contract with TheSpyAnts Theatre Company. Ken was chosen as “One to Watch” by Steve Oldfield/FOX TV after his co-starring role as “Rudy” in Cause N’ Defect-an independent film distributed by Avrio Films. Other film credits include, 30 Miles produced by Your Half Pictures and starring Lawrence Hilton Jacobs, as well as starring roles in Cruising Purgatory and This Way Out Of Brooklyn produced by Sprocket Factory Films.

 

Meeghan Holaway (Shane Francis) has performed leading roles in over sixty plays in theatres across the country.   Favorite roles include: Beth in the Off-Broadway production of Pulitzer Prize winning Dinner With Friends, Sylvia in Sylvia, Brooke in Noises Off, Diana in Lend Me A Tenor, Myra in Hay Fever and Sarah in Company.  She originated the role of Florence Greenberg in the Broadway musical, BABY IT’S YOU!  She has done guest spots on a number of television shows includingEverybody Loves Raymond, Law & Order, Cold Case, Without A Trace, Desperate Housewives, Two and a Half Men, Private Practice, Monday Mornings, and NCIS, as well as recurring roles on Lifetime’s Inspector Mom, Showtime’s The Hoop Life, ABC Family’s Switched At Birth and most recently, Grey’s Anatomy.

Peter Trencher (Bob) has appeared onstage in Michael Weller’s What the Night Is For (CV Rep /Desert Star Nomination, Lead Actor/Drama). In LA he’s appeared inHeralds (Theatre Tribe), Medea (Boston Court), The Emperor’s Last Performance and Christophe (Robey Theatre Co.), Strictly Dishonorable (Matrix Theatre), Rum and Coke and Paradise Lost (West Coast Ensemble). In New York, Hero (Public Theatre), The Bald Soprano and The Bear (Nassau Stage Co.), The Lark (Theatre off Park), Isn’t it Romantic (Caldwell Theatre Co., FL). TV and Film credits include Southland, LA Dragnet (recurring), Strong Medicine, Babylon 5, Tour of Duty(recurring) and A Nightmare on Elm St. 5.

Production Team:

Allison Schenker (Scene Designer) is very excited to have had the opportunity to design her first show in Los Angeles.  Originally from Virginia, she has been studying theatre and the arts since she was 12.  She studied Scene Design at Illinois State University before moving to California last year.  She considers herself fortunate to be able to work in both of the fields she loves: film and theatre.  Allison’s previous scenic designs include Top Girls with Twenty Percent; The Three Sisters, Our TownOthello’s Passion: A Kabuki Play, and Anna in the Tropics at Illinois State University.  Her properties credits include work on The Producers and La Cage Aux Folles at Theatre at the Center; Don Giovanni and Orlando at Chicago Opera Theatre; and Heat Wave and Jitney at Pegasus Players.  

Steven Pope (Lighting Designer). Steven is currently the technical director for the Hudson and Steve Allen theaters.  He’s designed lighting for multiple plays and musicals here and elsewhere over the years.  Some of these include: PageantThe Beastlly BomingWhat if? A Musical Review, and Hollywood Hellhouse.

 

Thorne Humphrey (Fight Choreographer) has been in the entertainment business for over a decade. He is an expert in the field of Martial Arts, specializing in Aikido and Kumite Ryu Ju Jitsu.

 

Sean McCahill (Musical Score) is a 1994 graduate of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Sean earned a degree with honors in music composition. At C.U.A., he studied with renowned orchestration specialist Dr. Robert Garofalo, and guitarist Ginger Hildebrand. Since then he has worked & performed extensively in many areas of music as a guitarist, percussionist, keyboard player, clarinetist, tenor, composer, arranger, transcriptionist, and high school music director.

 

Leigh Fortier (Production Consultant) Plays produced by Leigh have garnered over 20 LA Weekly Awards (including LA Weekly best musical, Medea, the Musical), over 10 NAACP Awards (16 Nominations), three of the five GLAAD Media Awards nominations for Best Play in one season (including award recipient Medea, the Musical), and numerous Backstage West Awards.

Mike Abramson (Producer) is currently the resident Producer and Director of Marketing for DOMA Theatre Company, where he has garnered critical acclaim for several musicals, including Jekyll And Hyde (LA Weekly Critics Pick of the Week), Xanadu (LA WEEKLY GO), Avenue Q (LA Times Critics Choice and Ovation Recommended) and DREAMGIRLS (LA Times Critics Choice and Ovation Recommended). Outside of DOMA, Mike recently produced the critically acclaimed production of RENT at The Hudson Mainstage Theatre and Listen…Can You Hear Me Now” for the 2013 Fringe Festival at the Complex Theatre.

Gabrieal Griego (Production Manager) is thrilled to be part of the ROTA team!  Other Production Manager/Producer credits include Multi Award Winning MusicalThe Beat Goes On!, Ovation Recommended Synesthesia, Multi Award Nominated Sweet Charity, LA Weekly Multi Award Nominated Head! The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, The Musical, and Multi Award Winning Chess in Concert.  Directing credits include 2013 Hollywood Fringe, Down in Front, 2012 Hollywood Fringe, Gaybys Playdate and A Few Good PB&Js, PL.A.Y Noirs Shoofly and The Woman in Black, nominated for best play revival by VADA.  Producer/Director/Writer for film, The Great FantasticEpisode 8This is How We Roll and Ain’t Whistling Dixie.

Anita J. Lee (Press Rep) has worked on numerous critically acclaimed  and award winning productions, they include Mad Women by John Fleck, Baby Doll at the Lillian Theatre, Desert SunriseThe Wolf , Jump/Cut at the Arena Stage, Divorce! The  Musical at the Hudson Theatre, Kill Your Television, Pink Champagne, Phil the Void: The Great Brain Robbery, at Hollywood Fringe, FDRUptown/DowntownCamelot, Baby It’s You!, Ray Charles Live!, Fences, and Sister Act, at Pasadena Playhouse. As a producer at the Elephant Theatre Company; The Sand Storm; Stories From the Front, Tooth and Nail, Mark Robert’s Parasite Drag, Rantoul and Die,Tracers by John DiFusco and Anything by Tim McNeil.

 

Resurrection of the Ants opens Friday June 21st at The Hayworth: Upper Level in Los Angeles (2511 Wilshire Blvd., 90057). Resurrection of the Ants plays Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. through July 28th.  The price is $25 on Friday and Saturday, $20 on Sunday. Tickets may be purchased atplays411.com/ants or by calling (323) 960-4443.

Press Contact: Anita Lee or Leigh Fortier at 323.960.7779 or email: ants@plays411.com

Anita J. Lee
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