ALBIE SELZNICK – Writer and Performer
Albie was co-founder of The Mums, a popular circus/ theatre trio of the 80’s/90’s. The LA Times said, “The Mums do for the arts of Juggling and Magic what Elvis did for rock and roll,” Andy Warhol gave them a two-page pictorial in INTERVIEW magazine, and The LA Weekly put them on their cover calling them “The Best Performance Troupe in LA”. The Mums performed all over the world and opened for rock bands Devo, Berlin, and Duran Duran. Their plays, produced in L.A. and Toronto, received multiple theatre awards and were directed by Tim Robbins and Paul Sand, among others. The Mums counted among their fans David Bowie and Sting.
Today, Albie is known primarily as an actor. On television, Albie is probably best known for playing Rabbi Ben on “Suddenly Susan” and the evil D.A. Owen Pomerantz on “The Young and The Restless”. He has recently guest starred on such shows as “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, “Castle”, “Dexter”, “Episodes”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Southland”, “Desperate Housewives”, “NCIS”, and all three “CSI”’s. In theatre he has worked with visionary Robert Wilson in King Lear. He performed opposite Glenne Headly in Detachments, produced by Beth Henley, Ed Harris and Amy Madigan. He is a member of the Road Theatre Company where he recently starred in the west coast première of The Waters Edge by Theresa Rebeck (of Smash fame).
Albie is a lifetime member of the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.
KYLE BRYAN HALL – The Rabbit
Kyle Bryan Hall is an active member of The Road Theatre Company. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of the Pacific with a Bachelor’s degree and graduated Summa Cum Laude from California State University, Long Beach with a Master’s of Fine Arts degree. Kyle actively seeks newer and bolder work in the form of: film, voice-over, theatre and writing. In his spare time he remains an avid reader and an alert listener to the world around him. Some of Kyle credits include: (Jeff) in Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan with the Red Brick Road, (Clifford) in Sideman by Warren Leight with the Long Beach Playhouse,(Hamlet) in Hamlet, the Artist Formerly Known as the Prince of Denmark an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet with Matt Walker and The Troubadour Theatre Company. Kyle is a member of SAG-AFTRA.
MICHAEL HEIMAN- Oracle on the Hill/The Rabbit/ASM
Michael Heiman is a Los Angeles native who discovered his love for acting in high school by playing “Polonius” in Ophelia, an adaptation of Hamlet from Ophelia’s point of view. He is also a founding member and the Literary Manager of The Red Brick Road Theatre Company. Michael has a BA in Theatre Arts from University of The Pacific in beautiful Stockton CA, where he met fellow cast mate and partner in crime Kyle Hall. Michael is also an improviser and stand up comedian, you can see him perform on various teams at IO West and quietly sitting in the corner of open mics all over town. Michael is incredibly happy to be a part of Smoke & Mirrors once again and to contribute to the telling of Albie’s wonderful and magical story.
LAURA STAHL – Bess Houdini
Laura Stahl’s eyes have been opened to the world of magic with this production of Smoke and Mirrors. Recently Laura had the pleasure of performing at the Hollywood Bowl during this summer’s production of Hair, staring Kristen Bell. This is her return to the stage after a long stint living behind a microphone working primarily in voiceover, in video games (Maple Story and Dragon Nest), as well as audio books (Zomblog by T.W. Brown.) Laura studied Musical Theater at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Hollywood.
Alix Koromazay – Bess Houdini
Alix is thrilled to be returning to the Odyssey theater many years after performing here in Stumps and Mary Barnes. It feels magical to be back on stage after such a long hiatus. She has worked extensively in film and television, and keeps busy writing songs and practicing her unicycle. She has the utmost admiration for Albie and his passion for magic!
Brianna Hurley – Bess Houdini
Brianna Hurley is a New York City based actress and entertainer. Off-Broadway:Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic, Twelfth Night,The Taming of the Shrew,Two Gentlemen of Verona, Much Ado about Nothing,Play Dead,Marat/Sade,Are you there Ann-Margret? It’s Me!,Magnolia Day,A Christmas Carol,Alice in Wonderland,Treasure Island,Hollow,Phantom:the real story,Adapting,Shadow Life. Regional: Play Dead (Geffen Playhouse).
Ms. Hurley also holds international credits with Teatro Jaco and The Walt Disney Company. Training: AMDA, The Pearl Theatre Company.Resident company member TP&Co. Proud member Sag-Aftra. www.briannahurley.com
Laurie Huff – Bess Houdini
Laurie Huff has been fulfilling her passion for performing since a young age. She has had the opportunity to train at Governor’s School for the Arts, The Second City, with multiple master choreographers such as Nan Giordano, received her BFA Summa Cum Laude in Performing Arts from Western Kentucky University and has received awards and scholarships for her performance and choreographic ability.
In her professional career she has had the honor of dancing, acting, singing and choreographing with credits including Lyric Opera of Chicago, regional commercials for Farmers Insurance and Avera, America’s Got Talent, Sniper on the Hill documentary for The History Channel, several Summer Stock musical theatre seasons, Burlesque the Show (Las Vegas), MUP (Bollywood film musical), and Fercos Brothers: Untamed Illusions (Central & South American Tours) among others. She is excited to be performing with the wonderful cast & crew of Smoke and Mirrors!
Meagan Daine – Bess
Joey Dworsky – Oracle
Amanda hails from Virginia and graduated from West Virginia University with a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology, concentrating in scenic design and painting. After moving out to the fun coast, she has worked for a variety of theatre companies and schools in design, painting, props, and construction. After the spooky chaos of painting the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor she has been thrilled to come back to Smoke & Mirrors!
DAVID SCHWEIZER – Director
David Schweizer emerged from Yale Drama School to make his New York debut at the age of twenty-four at Lincoln Center, opening the brand new Mitzi Newhouse Theater with his radical version of Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida for producer, Joseph Papp. He returned to Lincoln Center with his acclaimed staging of Richard Rodney Bennett’s opera The Mines of Sulphur for the New York City Opera. Early career highlights include world premiere productions by such playwrights as Sam Shepard, Michael Weller, Albert Innaurato, Maria Irene Fornes, Len Jenkin, Ronald Tavel, Austin Pendleton and many others. Recent work Off-Broadway includes Charles Mee’s Wintertime at Second Stage, William Hamilton’s White Chocolate at Century Playhouse, Mark Campbell’s Song from an Unmade Bed at the New York Theater Workshop and his critically acclaimed collaborations with composer/performer Rinde Eckert, And God Created Great Whales (Obie Award) and Horizon (Lucille Lortel Award).
His extensive work in both new and “old” opera theater includes Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring (Gotham Opera) Stephen Hartke’s The Greater Good (Glimmerglass Festival) several notable Verdi productions- Macbetto at Boston Lyric Opera and Giovnna D’arco at Chicago Opera Theater. His production of Victory Ullmann’s The Emperor Of Atlantis in Boston was a ten best of the year NY Times pick. His many works for the innovative Long Beach Opera include Thomas Ades’s Powder Her Face, Michael Nymann’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, Antonio Vivaldi’s Motezuma and many others. He has directed at prominent regional and international theaters including Arena Stage, Trinity Rep, Yale Rep, The Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, Children’s Theater Company (Minneapolis), Magic Theater, and Center Stage (Baltimore) where his new production of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s Caroline Or Change and Melanie Marnich’s These Shining Lives (world premiere) are notable among his many shows there, including an upcoming revival of Next To Normal next season. Numerous international residences in Warsaw, Krakow, Lisbon, Hamburg, London, (his own adaptation of Plato’s Symposium at the ICA) Stockholm, (a tour of his collaboration with Theatre X, Foucalt’s A History Of Sexuality) and Toga Village, Japan. Schweizer’s work with performance and solo artists includes Ann Magnuson (You Could Be Home Now, Rave Mom in New York and LA) Sandra Tsing Loh (Aliens In America, Sugar Plum Fairy in LA and touring) John Fleck, Carmelita Tropicana, Mark Wolf and most recently Marga Gomez (Los Big Names in NYC and Love Birds in San Francisco) and Mike Albo whose off-Broadway hit The Junket is currently running at the Lynn Redgrave Theater off-Broadway. Upcoming: The world premiere of Beth Henley’s Laugh and Frank Martin’s rarely heard opera Le Vin Herbe.
JULIANNE DODDS – Costume Designer
“If all the world’s a stage, then let every outfit be a costume.” In addition to theatrical work, Julianne has created colorful costumes for Mardi Gras, the Burning Man art festival, music videos, live performances, theme weddings, and imaginative lifestyles.
DAVID B. MARLING – Sound Designer
In my extensive body of Award Winning work, I have created audio environments such as the entire Australia Outback complete with flying bugs, a busy city street, all the sounds of a rain forest, a large cave, the inside of a massive prison and as the actors talked there voices would echo. I love creating soundscapes of all sizes and love to be challenged by a production to come up with sounds that fit the action. To achieve this, I use sound effects, tones/drones even music under the scene to set a tone to complete the experience and make you “FEEL”. This is only a part of what I do as a Sound Designer. For information on my other audio services check out the website www.wavmagicaudio.com or you may call (818) 370-8556 “Sound Changes the Way We See”.
DERRICK MCDANIELS – Lighting Designer
From Romeo and Juliet to Guys and Dolls, Derrick has designed lighting for many plays over his fifteen-plus years in the business. A few of Derrick’s lighting credits include Luigi at the VS Theatre, Blood Brothers at the Whitefire Theater, Among The Thugs at the Odyssey Theater, Cooperstown at the Road Theater on Magnolia.
Derrick won the LA Weekly 2012 award for lighting Mercy Seat at the Inside the Ford Theater. He has also been nominated for a 2008 Ovation Award for lighting, for The Shelter at the Odyssey Theater and for Lady at the Road Theater. He has also been nominated for a 2008 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award On An Average Day at the Elephant Lab. Thank you for supporting live theater. Enjoy!
JON BREMNER – Projections Designer
Jon Bremner is a theater design consultant and graduate from Fordham University, NYC. Recent credits include Nine and Smile for NYU’s New Studio on Broadway and Panoramania for the NYC Fringe Festival. A producer for both film and theater, he is also working on the Documentary, Standing in the Stars: The Peter Mayhew Story and the staged adaptation of Josh Fox’s Gasland documentaries: Solutions Grassroots. www.JonBremner.com
MAURIE GONZALEZ – Stage Manager/Assistant Director
MAURIE GONZALEZ is so happy to be working with Albie and the entire Smoke and Mirrors family.! Everyone is so dedicated to making this production a reality, it’s such a pleasure being part of it….again. Maurie has been working as the resident Stage Manager for The Road theatre for over 9 years, “For me, theatre is my passion, so anything I can do to be a part of any production just brings me great joy,”
I like to say “I was born to be in theatre, when my mother was doing theatre back in New York, playing the role of Lori in Oklahoma she was pregnant with me…” I’m so happy to have such a wonderful extended family in Smoke and Mirrors.
MICHELE HUNTER – Publicist
MICHELE HUNTER is a writer and critic at EyeSpyLA with theater articles and interviews appearing recently in Footlights and The Lesbian News. She is a graduate of California State University in Northridge and is thrilled to be part of the magical team of Smoke and Mirrors.
MICHELLE GRANT – Producer
Ms. Grant is the President of GRANT MGMT. Founded in 1997, Grant Mgmt represents actors, writers, directors and producers across all entertainment mediums. A 28 year veteran of the entertainment industry, Ms. Grant started her career as an agent’s assistant at Triad Artists. She became an agent at age twenty four with Harris & Goldberg Talent, which then became Innovative Artists. As a Los Angeles based agent, Ms. Grant specialized in theater, placing hundreds of clients in shows from Broadway to National Tours, from International to Equity Waiver. She is proud that her first endeavor on the other side of the curtain is Smoke and Mirrors a show that has received critical acclaim in Los Angeles (LA Times Critics Choice, GO! LA Weekly, etc) and played to sold out houses for its eighteen month run.
Tim Miller – Back Stage
Owen Pano – Stage Manager
Lindsey Martin – Stage Manager
Lindsey Martin started stage-managing just after graduating high school in 2006. She is a recent graduate of California State University, Northridge, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre. Recent credits include Godspell, The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee, Macbeth, Bat Boy: The Musical, and The Servant of Two Masters. Lindsey is excited to have been given the opportunity to work with the Smoke and Mirrors team!