Written & Directed by Gordon Bressack
MURDER, ANYONE? A world premiere comedy written and directed by Emmy-winning writer Gordon Bressack is about two writers who argue relentlessly as they work on their god awful play that just keeps getting worse and worse, when several bloody murders occur to the delight of all. The play runs April 5 – June 7, Wednesdays at 8:00 pm at the Whitefire Theater in Sherman Oaks, CA.
The play stars Carla Collins and features Devin Caldarone, Bruce Clifford, Liesl Jackson, Abraham Smith and Jack Zullo.
MURDER, ANYONE? tells the tale of two playwrights George and Charlie, engaged in the task of writing an “avant-garde, surrealistic, mind-bending neo-noire thriller” play. As they write, we see the play as it goes through changes and takes form on stage. When they argue and change something, we see it change in real time. As they pursue this task the writers’ different personalities and opinions are reflected in the play, particularly their disagreement over whether they should be even writing a play at all as they lampoon art, language and theater vs the movie business. After all, this is lala-land and nobody goes to theater. Their disagreements cause the play-within-the-play to become more and more preposterous with the end result a chaotic mess.
About the Production Team
Gordon Bressack (Writer/Director/Producer) is a veteran of the NY Off-Off Broadway scene as a member of The Play-House of the Ridiculous. He toured Europe three times with that group and was with them in 1971 when they were all arrested for obscenity in Brussels. He came to Los Angeles in 1983 and was soon hired at Hanna-Barbera writing such shows as "Scooby-Doo" and "The Smurfs". He went on to Warner Bros Animation and won three Emmies for his work on "Animaniacs" and "Pinky & The Brain." His two previous plays in LA, "Fuggedaboudit" and "Missing Dick" were audience and critical favorites.
Venus Banuelos (Co-Producer) has worked in digital media and marketing through her IMO company. She has scores of clients in all industries. She met Gordon Bressack when she served as EP on his award-winning short film, "Keeper" in 2012. She is thrilled to be working with such a talented cast and crew for "Murder, Anyone?"
About the CAST
Carla Collins (Marie) named “Comedian of the Year” by the Southern California Motion Picture Council, Carla Collins is an award-winning actress, television and radio host and bestselling author. She has appeared in numerous movies and television shows in both the US and Canada and performs comedy in clubs, theatres and festivals all over North America. Carla currently stars in the web series Carla Collins Comes Clean Collins and is a regular celebrity panelist on Super Channel’s Too Much Information. Collins is currently shooting the pilot of the sitcom she developed and wrote about stand-up comedy at funerals called The Last Laugh. She is thrilled to be back at The Whitefire Theatre where she appears regularly.
Devin Caldarone (Charlie) is thrilled to return to the Whitefire to work with such an amazing collaborative ensemble. Some notable performances back home include Lord Capulet Romeo and Juliet, Eddie Carbone A View From the Bridge, Reed The Complete History of America, and Edward Spiked Heels. Notable Los Angeles work includes Fringe Festival performances of Bash by Neil Labute, Iphigenia in Orem, Gaggle of Saints, and Growing Up with Johnnie and Stosh.
Bruce Clifford (Blain) hails from Philadephia, PA, where he tooled his craft in local theater including Gillian's Island of Death for Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre. He starred on TV as Father Grasselin “Urban Philadelphia – History of Catholic Philadelphia.” Film credits include the 2015 notable short “A Perfect You” .Bruce has created his own web series "Dirty Laundry” due to air in 2017. He studies at Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop. MURDER, ANYONE? marks Bruce's LA stage debut.
Liesl Jackson (Bridgette) is originally from Jackson Hole Wyoming. She has studied at UCB, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and ACME Comedy School. Past credits include, A Very Die Hard Christmas, 25 Plays per Hour, It's a Wonderful Life the Radio Play, Cannibals Alone, Trust and All the Kings Men. She is an active member in the production company Hold for Plane Pictures. She is currently represented by Condra Artista Talent.
Abraham Smith (Cooper) received an MFA in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. While in school his favorite roles included Gerry Evans in Dancing at Lughnasa, Billy Einhorn in House of Blue Leaves and Richard in The Lover. He’s prominently featured in the web series “The Hub” and as Bryce in the indie hit “Love, Sex and Missed Connections” winner: American Independent Award: Cleveland International Film Festival; Best Narrative Feature: San Luis Obispo Film Festival; Audience Award: New Hampshire Film Festival; Best Comedy: Woods Hole Film Festival).
Jack Zullo (George) is an actor and writer known for his work in recent features including “Off the Grid” (2016), “Bell Canyon” (2017), and “Epic Rap Battles of History” (2010). He was nominated for Most Unleashed Performer for the stage role of John in "Live From the Grave...It's John Belushi" at 2016's Hollywood Fringe Festival. More about Jack at http://imdb.me/jackzullo or follow him on Twitter (@jackzullo).
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