Back Room Shakespeare Project L.A.

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

Dramatis Personae

Dramatis Personae

The Stakeholders

The motley crew that keeps this gorgeous madness running all year long. We captain the projects, we champion our community, we dive head first into the chaos.

PATRICK ARTER (he/him)

BRSP Projects: (LA) 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!

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DELIA BASEMAN (she/her)

BRSP Projects: (LA) 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.”

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DANNY BERNARDO (he/him)

BRSP Projects: (LA) Twelfth Night, Macbeth, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespearean character I’m most like: Equal parts Olivia (Twelfth Night), Hal (Henry IV, parts 1 & 2), and Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); best served shaken, not stirred.

The three roles/projects that epitomize me: “Harry Bright” in Mamma Mia (2019 East West Players, 2021 La Mirada/McCoy Rigby); Jerky (screenings: Cannes Court Metrage, OutFest Fusion, Reeling); My play Mahal

Favorite Shakespeare quote: “The course of true love never did run smooth” (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

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ZACH BROWN

Bio forthcoming!

SOL LANDERMAN (he/him)

BRSP Projects: (LA) Macbeth, As You Like It, Twelfth Night {Or What You Will}

Shakespearean character I’m most like: Benedict

Favorite Shakespeare quote: Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we might win, fearing the attempt {something like that} ~Lucio, Measure for Measure.

Favorite BRSPLA Moment: Every moment in our production of As You Like It. It was in the round outside and folks were being creative with seating because it was packed and no one worried about what might be in the air. The Sandwich Guy was calling out orders and the Players echoed the orders and the crowd cheered the person who stood up to retrieve said order. It was February of 2020. Before the world changed forever. It was an amazing moment to be a part of. One that can never be again (like all theatre, of course} but this one especially so.

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KELLY LOZO (she/her)

BRSP Projects: (LA) 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: In the midst of a Basement Shakes production of As You Like It, I had the joy of experiencing a basement full of drunk Rutgers college students being truly moved by Shakespeare’s poetry. 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. A basement full of young strangers – the majority of whom not traditional Shakespeare fans – connecting with the magic of these plays’ timeless humanly.

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MICHAEL PEREZ (he/him)

BRSP Projects: (LA) As You Like It, Macbeth; (Chicago) Measure for Measure, Hamloween!, Midsummer, As You Like It, Henry IV: Parts 1 & 2, Merchant of Venice, Othello, Cymbeline, Julius Caesar, Taming of the Shrew

Shakespearean character I’m most like: Bernardo. Or Horatio. Second fiddle. My love language is service and the characters that I thrive in the most are ones that have somebody else to care for.

Favorite BRSPLA Moment: …the first read through for Macbeth in 2019. After a move from Chicago to the west coast, I spent more time than I would like to admit trying to find my footing. In tandem, I didn’t know how BRSP would fit in to this new community. As you may have guessed, BRSP was already there; it was only me that needed to find a footstep into the community and the first read through helped me do that.

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KATHERINE BOURNE TAYLER (she/her)

BRSP Projects: (LA) Macbeth, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; (Chicago) Macbeth, King Lear, A Comedy of Errors, Julius Caesar; (Virtual) A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The three roles/projects that epitomize me: Rosalind in As You Like; It Grown Up Orphan Annie; Cool for Five Seconds

Shakespearean character I’m most like: Rosalind, As You Like It

Favorite BRSP Moment: In Chicago, we ended King Lear with Nick Harazin singing Johnny Cash’s cover of “Hurt”. When he started singing, the audience laughed, but as the song kept on, it turned into a moving reflection on Lear’s life, and the whole audience and cast ended up joining in.

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BRIAN GENE WHITE (he/him)

BRSP Projects: (LA) Two Gentlemen of Verona, Macbeth, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespearean character I’m most like: Some days Horatio, some days Benedick

The three roles/projects that epitomize me: Hamlet (Ensemble Shakespeare Theatre; My play Future Tripping; Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Great River Shakespeare Festival)

Favorite BRSPLA Moment: Doing Malvolio’s letter scene in Twlefth Night, connecting with the audience during that show which was BRSPLA’s first show since Covid

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Past Players

Ann Sonneville, Jamie B. Cline, Hadiyyah Noelle, Arvin Lee, Kevin Matsumoto, Emme Perkins, Josh Pinkowski, Noelle Fabian Dragon, Becky Poole, Margaret Katch, Mariah Goolsby, Sam Guinan-Nyhart, Taylor Bibat, David Mitchell, Braden Coucher, Clare Cooney, Erin O’Shea, Molly Lyons, Robert Paterno, Crash Buist, Kevin Barry Crowley, Leslie Frame-Crowley, Amber Friendly, Dieterich Gray, Remy Ortiz, Caroline Rau, Matthew Sherback, Laura Wilkinson-Hite, Audrey Flegel, Robert Hope, Nicholas Harazin, Kelley Ristow, Joey Bland, Danny Junod, Nikki Pierce, Mike Ryan, Toby Onwumere, Emily Shain, Jake Cohen, Jessica Greenstreet, Alexandra Ho, Alexandra Matthew, Chris Cherin, Ariane Helou, Bob Nelson, Andrew P. Quick, Nick Ortega, Katie Burris, Olivia Schlueter-Corey

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