The ROCK of ABANDON – Runs thru Nov. 18th – The Lillian Theatre


Contact: Leigh McLeod Fortier or Sandra Kuker             (323) 960-7779      

Begins October 20th, 2012

·      World Premiere
·      Old-School Murder Mystery
·      Ancient Greek Noir

Opens October 20th through November 18th, 2012
Previews October 18th and 19th
(Media are Invited to attend Sat. Oct. 20th ­ 8PM)

(Los Angeles, CA) (September, 2012)... Fierce Backbone presents the world
premiere of The Rock of Abandon, written by Stephen Blackburn, directed by
Tiger Reel, coming to Elephant Stages - Lillian Theatre beginning October
20th, 2012.

About The Show

When blacklisted dramatist Euripedes (of Trojan Women fame) turns detective
to avenge the murder of a courtesan he once loved, his investigation hurls
him into a head on collision with blackmail, treason, and the charismatic
general who has just beguiled Athens into launching an unnecessary war.

About the Team

Written & Directed by ­ Stephen Blackburn
Directed by ­ Tiger Reel
Produced by ­ Fierce Backbone
Co-Producers ­ Victoria Watson and Sean Thomas
Lighting and Sound Design by Matthew Richter
Costumes by MUTOLITTLE

Stephen Blackburn¹s ancient Greek noir murder mystery, THE ROCK OF ABANDON,
started life as a screenplay during Blackburn¹s endowed James Michener
Fellowship.  A winner of Fade In magazine¹s 11th Annual Writers Network
Screenplay and Fiction Contest, the script was selected by the Writers Guild
of America, West, for a directed reading cast with AFTRA actors.  In
numerous development workshops and readings at Fierce Backbone, Blackburn
has translated and transformed the story from a screenplay to a stage drama.

The Cast

Abubakr Ali
Ann Ryerson
Corey Clifford
Gary Rubenstein
Jim Hanna
Monica Martin
Pancho Moler
Rachel Boller
Thomas Ashworth
Todd Babcock
Drew McAuliffe
Jon Gentry
Jeffrey Wylie
Carolina Espiro
Jonathan "Doc" Farrow
Mandy Dunlap 

the rock of abandon runs Oct. 20th through Nov. 18th, 2012.  Previews are
Thursday, Oct. 18th 8 PM, and Friday Oct. 19th 8 PM, with opening night Oct.
20th.  Performances are at Elephant Stages - Lillian Theatre at 6322 Santa
Monica Blvd. in Hollywood, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 5 PM.
Tickets are $20 (previews) and $30 for regular shows.  Running time is 120
minutes with intermission and concessions available.  Allow time for street

For reservations, call             (323) 960-7787       or RESERVE ONLINE: <>


NOTE TO MEDIA:  Press invited to attend Saturday, Oct. 20th ­ 8PM


Fierce Backbone presents
the rock of abandon
Written­ Stephen Blackburn
Directed by­ Tiger Reel
Produced by ­ Victoria Watson and Sean Thomas

Abubakr Ali - Ann Ryerson - Corey Clifford - Gary Rubenstein - Jim Hanna
Monica Martin - Pancho Moler - Rachel Boller - Thomas Ashworth
Todd Babcock - Drew McAuliffe - Jon Gentry - Jeffrey Wylie
Carolina Espiro - Jonathan "Doc" Farrow - Mandy Dunlap

The Lillian Theatre
6322 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Thu, Oct. 18, 8pm - Fri, Aug 19, 8pm

20th OCTOBER 2012 @ 8 pm

Fri, Sat 8 pm
Sun, 5 pm

$20 Previews
$30 Performances <>
Ticket Line:             323 960-7787      

Sandra Kuker

Artistic Bios

JIM HANNA (Euripides) 21 long years ago, Jim moved from Nebraska to L.A.
where he earned an MFA in acting at USC. He has since become a familiar face
in countless commercials, and many TV and film roles. He is a proud member
of The Production Company at the Lex Theatre where he has appeared recently
in The Return to Morality, Othello (Iago -- LA Weekly nomination) and Equus
(Dysart -- L.A. Drama Critics Circle award for Best Lead Performance and an
LA Weekly nomination)

ANN RYERSON (Althea) began her professional theatrical career (we won¹t
count belly dancing for pennies from the relatives at age 5) in
improvisational theatre, first in her home town of Minneapolis at Dudley
Riggs Brave New Workshop, then at The Second City in Chicago. She has
performed extensively in television, in movies (including Minority Report
and 3 movies by Robert Altman), on stage, and in radio commercials. She was
a regular on the TV series Private Benjamin in the early 80¹s and has had
the world¹s smallest recurring part onCurb Your Enthusiasm as Nan
Funkhauser. A member of Fierce Backbone, a playwright¹s group, where she
reads new plays for the writers.  Ann is a singer, dancer and AVID tennis
STEPHEN BLACKBURN (Playwright).  A co-founder of Fierce Backbone Theatre
Company in Hollywood, Blackburn produced the stage reading of Saving Toad, a
compelling new play by Academy Award-winning writer David Seidler, in 2010,
and has recently completed writing Grant¹s Horses, the first novel in his
epic ³Blood Brothers² historical trilogy.  Set on the South Texas border in
1845-1846, the novel recounts a young Union soldier¹s boyhood memory of a
gentle, lovesick Ulysses Grant on the eve of war with Mexico.  Blackburn
wrote Each One Teach One: Up and Out of Poverty�Memoirs of a Street Activist
(Curbstone Press), the as-told-to memoir of anti-poverty and housing
activist Ron Casanova.  Booklist hailed the book as ³an eloquent voice for
Americans too often ignored or scapegoated.²  His original feature script
Fatty & Buster, and his short story Orion¹s Belt won him his Michener
Fellowship.  Fatty & Buster was also a Semifinalist in Francis Ford
Coppola¹s second annual American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest.  The story
chronicles the enduring friendship between silent film comic geniuses Fatty
Arbuckle and Buster Keaton after Arbuckle is unjustly banished from making
movies.  As the featured author of PEN International's winter 2002 lecture
series in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Blackburn read from his collection
of short stories, The Extinction of Rhinos in Mexico: 9 Tales of Life and
Death (Xlibris). A member of the WGA, Blackburn lives in Los Angeles with
his wife Consuelo Flores, Director of Agency, Member Education, EEO and the
Frank Nelson Fund for the L.A. local of the SAG-AFTRA.

TIGER REEL (Director).  National Credits: Speed Merchant of Venice (2012
Best of Hollywood Fringe), The Last Day (World Premiere), Othello (LA Weekly
Theatre Award Nominee), Slaughterhouse-Five (West Coast Premiere),
Donna/Madonna (World Premiere; Best of Fringe NYC), The Tempest, R.U.R.
(Garland Award - Best Adaptation), O Jerusalem, Inherit the Wind, Cartoon
(Los Angeles Premiere; Garland Award - Best Production), The Dog in the
Manger (West Coast Premiere), and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.
International Credits: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),
A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Complete History of America (abridged).
Education: Tisch School for the Arts, New York University; Warehouse Theatre
Journeyman Program; High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Houston,
TX.  Also known to act from time to time, Tiger is the founding Artistic
Director of Action! Theatre Company and is a member of the Reduced
Shakespeare Company.

MATTHEW RICHTER  (Lighting and Sound Design)
Matt is a Los Angeles based Lighting and Sound designer. For Theatre 68:
Last Night In The Garden I Saw You by John Patrick Shanley (World Premiere),
Lenny's Back & Boy is He Pissed. Sacred Fools: Neighborhood 3 (Garland Award
Nominee), Watson (Stage Scene LA Award), The Forbidden Zone (World Premiere)
and Endgame. For Theatre of NOTE: Shoe Story (Ovation Nomination), Skeleton
Stories (Ovation Nomination), Shake, Kill Me Deadly (Ticketholder Award
Nominee), Figure 8. For The Elephant Theatre Company: Asleep on a Bicycle
(Ticketholder Award Nominee, Sound Design), Idea Man, Love Sick and Little
Flower of East Orange (West Coast Premiere- Stage Scene LA Award Sound
Deaign). He was honored to design the world premiere of Theatre Revelation's
The Devil Has a Sister at the Melkweg Theatre in Amsterdam. For more
information, please visit

MUTOLITTLE  (Costumes),
Kim Little and Antoinette Muto first met while creating and building
costumes for  the Utah Shakespeare Festival in the summer of 1980. They
opened their first costume and tailoring shop on July, 1982 in Beverly
Hills, on Rodeo Drive between Charleville and Wilshire, where The
William-Morris Agency now resides.  While there, they built costumes for
those who could use their expert tailoring services and costuming talents.

After several rude awakenings to the auspicious nature of their new found
business, they moved their shop to Hollywood Center Studios in the Spring of
1986.  It was at Hollywood Center, that the company really began to grow and
gel.  They worked on national commercials with several prominent directors,
television shows and motion pictures features, including "Star Trek: The
Next Generation," "Babylon 5," "Terminator 2," "Total Recall," "The Last
Samurai" and numerous shows and parades for the Disney Theme Parks,
including "Animazement," "Light & Magic" and "The Fiftieth Anniversary
Parade, and the Michael Jackson World Tour."

With their successes stemming from the 1990s and the pressures of working
within an ever-changing studio space, Kim and Antoinette took a risk,
deciding to their own costume shop in 2000 in Larchmont Village, southwest
of Paramount Studios.  Since that time, the company has expanded and
expanded, taking their expertise not only to commercials, feature film,
televsion and theme park attractions, but many live venues as well.  Over
the last year alone, they have created costumes for Jadan Smith, WIllow
Smith, Carrie Underwood, Kanye West, Kelly Rowland, Rhianna and all of the
outrageous costumes of Lady Gaga during her first year on tour.


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