Back Room Shakespeare Project L.A.

Serious Actors. No Director. One Rehearsal. In a Bar. In L.A.

“From ancient grudge break to new mutiny…”

Monday, September 18, 2023 | 6:30p Doors / 7:30 Show | FREE!
MacLeod on York | 5930 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Featuring BRSPLA Stakeholders: Delia Baseman (First Mate), Patrick Arter (Chief Engineer), Kelly Lozo; With: Chloe Baldwin (Captain), Casey Morris, Nowani Rattray, Christine Lin, Alessandra Manon, Katie Herling, Will Leet, Dane Oliver, Martha Thatcher, Simon Longnight, Melissa Ortiz, Cass Foust, Enny Owl

Espoused BRSP Values:
Actuality:  React to what is actually happening in the room. 
Authenticity:  Say it in your own voice. (No. Really.) 
Generosity:  Serve the whole play, not just your bit.

PATRICK ARTER (he/him) “Capulet”

BRSP Projects: (LA) Measure for Measure, Two Gentlemen of Verona (twice!), Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespearean character I’m most like: Malvolio: a guy who tries way too hard to look smart, who tries way too hard to impress women, and who tries way too hard to find just the right outfit.

Favorite BRSPLA Moment: Seeing everybody’s hilarious Halloween costumes for the banquet scene in Macbeth: detectives sitting next to newsies sitting next to a wizard from Hogwarts. Just as the bard intended!

Connect: Website | Twitter | Instagram

DELIA BASEMAN (she/her) “Nurse”

BRSP Projects: (LA) Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing, Two Gentleman of Verona, MacBeth, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; (Chicago) Taming of the Shrew, Two Gentleman of Verona, MacBeth, Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet, Julius Ceaser, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coriolanus, King John, Othello, Merchant of Venice; (Virtual) A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The three roles/projects that epitomize me: The Three Faces of Dr. Crippen (Steppenwolf Garage/Best in Fringe NYC); The Diary of Anne Frank (Writers Theater); ctrl alt delete (Emmy nominated series)

Favorite Shakespeare quote: Today it is: “Hold thy piece, I pray thee hold thy piece.”

Connect: Website | Instagram

KELLY LOZO (she/her) “Balthasar & Others (Montague)”

BRSP Projects: (LA) Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, As You Like It, Twelfth Night

Favorite Shakespeare quote: “And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.”

Favorite BRSP Moment: It was the end of the “All the world’s a stage” speech and I was playing Jacque. The audience was raucously enjoying the humor of the speech. However, as I neared the end, I was afraid the sad mortality of the speech was getting lost. I paused and they sensed it, grew silent and reflective for: “Last scene of all, that ends this strange eventful history, is second childishness and mere oblivious; sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.” It fills me with wonder every time I think about it.

Connect: Instagram

CHLOE BALDWIN (she/her) “Romeo”

BRSP Projects: (LA) Much Ado About Nothing (Chicago) Captain of Macbeth (Banquo), Lady Percy in Henry IV Part 1, Musician in Titus Andronicus, etc

The three roles/projects that epitomize me: -“Rosalind” in As You Like It. I’ve played her onstage twice and I adapted AYLI into a web series with my best friend. Just played the lead in a comedic heist film who is really bad a heisting, which feels apt. One time I played a very excited boxer in an Anheuser Busch commercial.

Shakespearean character I’m most like: Rosalind or Romeo

Favorite Shakespeare quote: “All days are nights till I see thee, and nights bright days when dreams do show thee me”

Connect: Instagram

ALESSANDRA MANON (she/her) “Juliet”

BRSP Projects: Debut!

Shakespearean character I’m most like: Portia

Favorite Shakespeare quote: “We are such stuff as dreams are made on.”

Connect: Instagram

NOWANI RATTRAY (she/her) “Lady Capulet”

BRSP projects: (LA) Measure for Measure (NYC) Macbeth, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Romeo and Juliet

Favorite Shakespearean quote: the sweetest honey is loathsome in his own deliciousness

The Shakespearean character I’m most like is: Beatrice

Connect: Instagram

CHRISTINE LIN (she/her) “Montague & Friar John”

BRSPLA projects: Measure for Measure

Three roles/projects that epitomize me: Dewdrop in SOUL SAMURAI (InFusion Theatre), Ginny Yang in SMART PEOPLE (Nashville Rep), Mei-Lin on SURFSIDE GIRLS (AppleTV+)

Favorite Shakespearean quote: Lady M: “But screw your courage to the sticking place, And we’ll not fail.” OR stage direction: “Exit, pursued by a bear”

The Shakespearean character I’m most like is: Titania

Connect: Instagram | Website

CASEY MORRIS (he/him) “Benvolio”

BRSP Projects: (LA) Measure for Measure (Chicago) King Lear

The three roles/projects that epitomize me:  Ray – The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Horatio – Hamlet, Officer Mike – Welcome to Jesus

Favorite Shakespeare quote: “For the eye sees not itself, but by reflection, by some other things.”

Shakespearean character I’m most like: Edgar

Connect: Instagram | Website

MELISSA ORTIZ (she/her) “Prince”

BRSP projects: Debut!

Favorite Shakespearean quote: “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.”

The Shakespearean character I’m most like is: Some combination of Beatrice, Imogen, Hermia and Horatio

Connect: Instagram

CASS FOUST (they/them) Sampson

BRSP Projects: Debut

The three roles/projects that epitomize me: -Writing for the Nordly (Midwestern satire site), Lady Bracknell (The Importance of Being Earnest), choreographing a contemporary piece about the myth of Icarus

Shakespearean character I’m most like: Puck

Favorite Shakespeare quote: “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

Connect: Instagram

DANE OLIVER (he/him) “Friar Laurence & Abram (Montague)”/Fight Captain

BRSP Projects: Debut!

Favorite Shakespeare quote: “Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.”

Connect: Instagram | IMDB

MARTHA THATCHER (she/her) “Mercutio”

BRSP projects: Debut!

The three roles/projects that epitomize me: -Creator/Show Runner and Series Regular Ainsley Wildes on “Burn The Witch: The Series” – An urban fantasy series about a modern day witch hunt – Currently streaming on Youtube with new episodes airing October 2023! Instagram | TikTok

Tilly Evans in She Kills Monsters (Fight Director Drama Desk Winner U Jonathan Toppo)

Sally Brown/CB’s Sister in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown/Dog Sees God U/S White Rabbit in Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s “Alice In Wonderland” (Dir. Sara Bruner)

Favorite Shakespearean quote: e not: It is an heretic that makes the fire, Not she which burns int.” – Paulina, The Winter’s Tale

The Shakespearean character I’m most like is: Paulina from The WInter’s Tale

Connect: Instagram | TikTok | Website

KATIE HERLING (she/her) “Tybalt”

BRSP Projects: Debut!

The three roles/projects that epitomize me: -Mary Read in The Legend of Bonny Anne (Chandler Patton), Vera in She Kills Monsters (Qui Nguyen), Bottom in Midsummer Nights Dream (Billy Shakes)

Shakespearean character I’m most like: Beatrice, Much Ado about Nothing

Favorite Shakespeare quote: “Villain, I have done thy mother,” Titus Andronicus

Connect: Website

WILL LEET – “Paris & Apothecary”

Bio forthcoming!

SIMON LONGNIGHT – “Gregory, Peter, & Others (Capulet)”

Bio forthcoming!

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