The Workroom Company
presents, by invitation only, a distillation of:
Brigid Abreu / Russell Alexander-Orozco / Raúl Bencomo / Madison Boyd Marie Broderick / Alvin Cowan Lila Gavares / Candace Hammer / Quinn Hawking Carolina Hoyos / Presciliana Esparolini / Kaitlin Kelly
Hunter Lowdon / Mark Moore JoJo Nwoko / Maggie Dewan-Smith / Kat Solko
& special guests
The New American Theatre
1312 N. Wilton Place
Hollywood, CA 90028
street parking easy!
A mental health center in a bucolic town.
Alcohol. Drug abuse. Being young. Getting old. & simply & always: the problem of being human.
An "Our Town" for our time.
Special workroom event, 2018
David Rabe's contemporary "Our Town" landscape. Its theme: "simply & always, the problems of being human." The plot = our life-long, inner journey to becoming whole. 2 therapists & 9 patients dealing with everything from autism to social anxiety to addiction to suicide -- & above all, healing the wounds of the past. (& yes, there's also a hamster named Otto.) 🐹🐹🐹Our workshop production = a fully staged, double-cast reading of this funny, timely, formidable play. It’s an in-process experience with minimal but evocative lights, sound, sets & costumes. 🐹🐹🐹 I deeply love this play. & I'd been wanting to do something performance oriented with my Workroom gang.
cast & creative team biographies
Brigid Abreu (Mom) is a recent UCLA graduate (School of Theater, Film & TV). Favorite roles include Betty/Edward in Cloud 9, Rosalind in As You Like It, Yelena in Uncle Vanya, and Leisel in Hitler's Tasters (Boston Court). Favorite shorts include Trash Talk (audience favorite, 48 Hour Film Festival Maine), Eros (Funny or Die), and Phoebe, Tom & Teddy (Best Film, 48 Hour Film Festival Maine). Sending love to my entire family (esp. Mom & Dad). And thanks to you - for coming to see Good For Otto. May this play's exploration of the human psyche shine a light on our world today.
Russell Alexander-Orozco (Barnard): Russell started his career cast as "Juan the gardener/pool side attraction" in Carl Reiner’s cult classic, The Man With Two Brains. Next: a rough-and-tumble hillbilly in Ricardo Montalban’s Nosotros Theater production of Dark of the Moon. He attended the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts & returned to join the West Coast Ensemble cast of Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9 (Drama Critics Circle Award) & remained with the company as a principal actor for several years. With his own theater company, Russell penned the long running comedy hit More Salsa Please. A three-year national tour of the award winning play The Last Angry Brown Hat earned him a special Smithsonian Award for his contribution to the Hispanic Culture in the U.S. He is the writer and producer of the documentary Women Like You, as well as several TV pilots. His screenplay, A Star is Dead is currently in development & was honored with a 2nd round placement at the 2017 Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition.
Raúl Bencomo (Timothy): Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. Recent credits: La Bayadere (American Ballet Theater), Julius Caesar (New York Shakespeare Festival), All The President’s Men: Scenes from the Senate Confirmation Hearings of President Trump’s Cabinet (Public Theater), Loves Labour’s Lost (Downtown Rep.), As You Like It (Culver City Public Theater), Romeo and Juliet (Lovers & Madmen), Titus Andronicus (Theatricum Botanicum), Orphans (Kentwood Players), To Kill a Mockingbird (Theatricum Botanicum), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatricum Botanicum). Special Thanks to Jeanie, Young, the production staff, my amazingly talented castmates, Mom, Pop, & my dog Romeo. Catch him in the upcoming web series Jesus Freaks: The Untold Story of Professional Jesus Impersonators in the City of Angels.
Madison Boyd (Denise/Marcy) Madison Boyd’s most recent Los Angeles theatre credits include Hamlet, where she played a female Hamlet directed by the brilliant Ty Mayberry, Phoenix (one-woman show) and Ava Maria, both premiering at INK Fest presented by 2cents Theatre Group. Madison’s independent film and series credits include P-51 Dragon Fighter, Android Cop, Battle Force, Peace by Piece, CRYPTO, & Elysian Gardens. “Thank you to Jeanie for always challenging me to dig a little deeper. And to my incredibly supportive family who never stop believing in me — thank you, I love you, I wouldn’t be here without you.”
Marie Broderick (Evangeline Ryder): is a life-time member of The Actors Studio where she has had the honor of studying under Martin Landau, Salome Jens, Lou Antonio & Alan Miller & others. Born in Vietnam, Marie earned a BA in Drama with a minor in Dance from the University Washington in Seattle. In Seattle Marie appeared on numerous stages in both theatrical & dance works. She was a member of The Three Yells modern dance company & returned to Seattle this past winter to perform in their highly praised latest work Giselle Deconstruct. In LA Marie was most recently seen as Kathryn in Michael Harney's, The Awful Grace of God. Some favorite roles include: Sally in Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind at ACT in Seattle, Irina in Three Sisters and Frankie in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.
Alvin Cowan (Dr. Robert Michaels) Born in Austin, Alvin's passion for sports led him to become a record-setting quarterback at Yale, where he also discovered a passion for acting. After moving to LA he landed a breakout recurring role in ABC’s Back In The Game & has since worked with legends like Clint Eastwood, James Caan, Bradley Cooper, & Bruce Willis. Alvin recently appeared on Season 2 of the critically-acclaimed HBO series Westworld and will be seen in the highly-anticipated indie International Falls alongside Rachael Harris & Rob Huebel. Behind the scenes he has written a feature film for Thunder Road Pictures, & is executive producer/creator, writer & star of the up-coming web series Big and $ave & executive producing/starring in the new drama Elysian Gardens. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Laura, & their dog, Hank.
Maggie Dewan-Smith (Jane/Mrs. Garland/Teresa): Maggie began in theatre as an apprentice at Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park, followed by fashion modeling & commercial acting in Manhattan. After moving to Los Angeles, Maggie worked as an RN in UCLA’s CCU, advancing to Nurse Practitioner & Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA. Maggie served in the Air Force Reserve as a Flight Nurse, deploying during Desert Storm, & retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. At UCLA, MGM developed & performed in Group One Medical, a reality series. Since retiring from UCLA she has studied with Jeanie Hackett, Laura Gardner, Gordon Hunt’s Workshop & is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory. Theatre credits include Entropy in NoHo, Duality (Hollywood Fringe Fest), multiple sketch comedy appearances on Jimmy Kimmel & at Second City. Currently & recently: the web series Ava & Bennington Gothique & the world premiere of Resolving Hedda (Victory Theatre). She has co-hosted with Ben Mankiewicz on Turner Classic Movies & will soon be seen in an upcoming feature film Chasing the Sun. She is also active in Veterans in Media & Entertainment.
Presciliana Esparolini (Evangeline Ryder): Hails from San Francisco’s Mission District, Presciliana is a Film, TV & theatre actress having starred in several shows including Goliath, Thirteen Reasons Why, Game of Silence & NCIS to name a few. Presciliana has studied with master teachers Howard Fine, Larry Moss, Deb Aquila, & Jeanie Hackett. She received her MFA from the American Conservatory of Theatre (ACT). Her theatre credits include the Manhattan Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, The Odyssey, Boston Court & many more. Her most recent work can be seen in the upcoming Marvista film production, Old Flames directed by Stephan Brand, Miss Virginia with Uzo Aduba and YouTube Red’s The Thinning. Next up on TV In the Shadows. Presciliana is an avid snowboarder & athlete, & loves coaching her daughter on the slopes.
Lila Gavares (Frannie: is an artist, collaborator, truth-lover, & a mover. She’s into Shakespeare, comedy with heart, family stories, & the Divine. Good for Otto touches it all – Lila is touched & gratefully astounded to be a part of the process. Lila graduated from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, & Television two years ago & she’s still in the process of growing and learning. She can’t wait for the next loving truth to emerge from the abyss.
Candace Hammer (Denise/Marcy) Theater work includes Hermia in A Midsummer Nights' Dream at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Wendla in Spring Awakening at Playwrights Horizons, & Gower in Pericles at RADA. Her TV work includes This is Us, Criminal Minds, House of Cards, Masters of Sex, Girlboss, NCIS LA, Aquarius, LOST, Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life, & Scorpion. Her film Work includes: Rocket Science (Sundance), From Within (TriBeCa), & Eugene. She is a graduate of the Meisner Extension at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. While at Tisch she studied Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She also has her Masters from NYU Gallatin.
Quinn Hawking (Timothy: After being born in a basketball gymnasium, Quinn assumed he was destined for a playing career in the NBA. But after 4 years of riding the bench at UCLA, he soon found storytelling as his true calling. He went on to produce, edit, & film for FOX Sports, NFL Network, & ESPN. After garnering the attention of some TV comedy producers with several of his viral youtube videos, he went on to create, write, & star in Comedy Central’s Legends of Chamberlain Heights. He is currently working on various theater and film projects.
Carolina Hoyos (Mom) is an award winning actor-musician-dancer & member of Native Voices at The Autry’s Theater Artist Ensemble. She most recently plays Antonella in Nicolas Winding Refyn’s Amazon series Too Old To Die Young & in the film Under The Silver Lake, working with Andrew Garfield. Recent stage work includes originating roles in Soledad (La Jolla Playhouse), Match (VS. Theatre) Sincerely, Mom (Dorie Theatre) & Sitting Bull’s Last Waltz at Johnny Carson Theater in Nebraska. Her sketch troupe Nightpantz was named Best Original Sketch by Elizabeth Bank’s comedy showcasing platform, WhoHaHa, & former iO West house team Pussies Grab Back first performance upon iO West’s farewell was on the Comedy Central Stage. As a singer-songwriter, Carolina made cameos dancing in Pharrell’s “Happy” and has shared the stage with Eddie Van Halen, Ryan Adams & Guns N Roses. She released her latest EP, “The Lost Tapes” in 2016. She would like to thank Jeanie for the opportunity.
Katilin Kelly (Nora/Co-Producer): Theatre: Love’s Labour’s Lost (Rosaline); Bell, Book, and Candle (Gillian); La Ronde (The Prostitute); Almost Maine (Ginnette/Sandrine/Marvalyn/Hope); Twelve Ophelias (Ophelia) Film: My Boyfriend is a Truck; Excerpts from Love Song; Advance, This is Happy’ Production: Second Acts starring Michael Learned; Unbridaled featuring Shea Coulee; Advance; with musical legend Hans Zimmer, in Hans Zimmer: Live on Tour. Most recently Kaitlin returned from Northern Ireland’s Arts Over Borders festival, featuring Tamsin Greig, Colin Salmon and more. Thrilled to be starting this journey with the Workroom, & honored to be a founding member!
Hunter Lowdon (Alex): Hunter is originally from the San Fransisco Bay Are and a graduate of UCLA's theater program. He has performed in many stage productions in Northern and Southern California working with such companies like American Conservatory Theater, Broadway by the Bay, Hillbarn Theatre, Actor's Co-Op and many more. He can also be seen singing and dancing next to the Pentatonix in the musical episode of Bones of FOX.
Mark Moore (Jerome/Jimmy) Mark has appeared at The Antaeus Company & A Noise Within, among other theatre companies, & has written and performed a one-person show, Crooked Roads. He holds an MFA from The Shakespeare Theatre Company Academy for Classical Acting, George Washington University. Mark is also a dedicated Argentine Tango dancer. He was a finalist in the salon and vals categories at the 2017 SoCal Tango Championship. He also performs and competes with Los Cortados, which won the group stage category at the 2018 ATUSA Championship.
JoJo Nwoko (Alex): JoJo Nwoko is a graduate from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where he received his B.F.A. in Drama. Los Angeles acting credits include; The Affair on Showtime, The Mick on NBC & NCIS Los Angeles on CBS.
Lawrence Pressman* (Barnard) Broadway credits: Woody Allen’s Play It Again, Sam and Man in the Glass Booth, both directed by Harold Pinter; Show People (Second Stage). Regional credits: No Man’s Land (Odyssey); Of Equal Measure (CTG’s Kirk Douglas Theatre); the world premiere of The Paris Letter; Wood Demon, Richard III, A Month in the Country, and a leading role in the final workshop of Perestroika (Mark Taper Forum); Chekhov X 4 & Tonight at 8:30 (Antaeus); & performances at La Jolla Playhouse & The Ahmanson Theatre. Other favorite credits include Betrayal, The Birthday Party, Long Day’s Journey into Night, A Walk in the Woods, & King Lear. Mr. Pressman’s nominations & awards include Ovation, Drama-Logue, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, Garland, Maddy, LA Weekly, GLAAD & Broadway’s Theatre World Award. He has more than 150 television and film credits, including Doogie Howser, M.D.; Transparent; Hart of Dixie; Criminal Minds; & Mad Men. *Workroom guest artist
Kat Solko (Nora/Co-Producer): is a recent graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated with a Bachelors in Musical Theatre and Acting. Since moving to LA she has been in several shorts & web-series, as well as her first supporting role in the feature Justice, directed by Richard Gabai. She is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. This is her first experience both acting & producing, and she would like to thank Jeanie for guiding her through the in’s & out’s of making everything in this show come together.
Kate Surinskaya (Frannie) Kate graduated high school at 15 & got a masters in Economics soon after. With a love for the arts, she took a risk & went into acting. Kate won a scholarship to study at the New York City’s Herbert Berghof Studio. In NYCm she performed in showcases of Proof, The Seagull, How I Learned to Drive, & starred in the award-winning short The Jim Crow Holocaust (Best Cast Angel Awards; Best Ensemble Cast Monaco International Film Festival). Using the skills she learned on set, she was able to produce, direct & star in her own music video and commercials. In her time off she teaches piano, models, sings, & always looks for the next best source of inspiration.
Mather Zickel* (Dr. Robert Michaels) Theater – Wait Until Dark, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, & Extraordinary Chambers (Geffen Playhouse), The Muscles In Our Toes (LAByrinth), Support Group for Men (Ojai Playwrights Conference), U.S. Drag (Clubbed Thumb), Late; A Cowboy Song (Clubbed Thumb), Medea Eats (Clubbed Thumb) Television - Younger (TVLand), Better Things (FX), Dice (Showtime), Masters of Sex (Showtime), House of Lies (Showtime), Bones (FOX), Elementary (CBS), Man Up (ABC), Delocated (Adult Swim), Children’s Hospital (Adult Swim), Newsreaders (Adult Swim), Party Down (Starz), Reno: 911 (Comedy Central) Film – How to Be a Latin Lover (Lionsgate), Hail, Caesar! (Working Title), Southbound (Willowbrook Regent), I Love You, Man (Dreamworks), Rachel Getting Married (Sony Classics), Balls of Fury (Rogue Pictures), The Ten (City Lights) *Workroom guest artist