The Cast

Amy Staats (Mary)

pinkAmy Staats is an actress, writer, and filmmaker.  Recent New York Theater credits include Trevor by Nick Jones, Coney by David Johnston,  and Tiny Bubbles by Rick Willett. She is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre, recent credits there include Waking Up by Cori Thomas, Airborne by Laura Jaqmin,  and Sluts of Sutton Drive by Josh Conkel.  Recent Film/TV:  Helen Pellet in  Here’s What I Like…And Now I’ll Tell You Why directed by Abigail Zealey Bess, written by Amy Staats (LA Comedy Shorts, 2010, 2011, TriMedia Film Festival, Chashama Film Festival, Winter Film Festival, Garden State Film Festival, Waterfront Film Festival)  Compulsive Love (webseries) dir. by Kevan Tucker,   Mothra is Waiting dir. by Kevin Newbury, Neighbor in Me + U dir. by Kantarama Gahigiri,  Amy was a Best Solo Performance nominee at MITF Festival Awards for her solo play, and won the Best Short Script for Mary and Louise @ LA Comedy Shorts 2012





Diana Ruppe (Louise)

photoFilm and TV: Penn Station, Law & Order”, “Law & Order: CI”, “The Education of Max Bickford”, Henry Fool, and Flashback (HBO). She studied with Wynn Handman. Diana also stars as Helen’s hapless maid, Nora Marbles, in the ongoing webseries, Here’s What I Like and Now I’ll Tell You Why (LA Comedy Shorts 2010, 2011, Trimedia Film Festival 2011, Garden State Film Festival, Winter Film Awards, Brooklyn Girl Film Festival, Chashama Film Festival)

Theatre credits include: The Adding Machine (La Jolla Playhouse; dir., Daniel Aukin), The Cherry Orchard (Atlantic), u/s Hurlyburly (The New Group & 37 Arts), The Scottish Play (La Jolla Playhouse), The Woman Before (German Theatre Abroad; dir. Daniel Fish), EST Marathon, Ontological Theater, NY Stage and Film, The O’Neill Playwrights Conference, McCarter Theatre and Youngblood.





Jason Liebman (Ned)

IMG_7474Theatre: Tapefaces (Ars Nova), Playing in Traffic (Women’s Project), Fight Girl Battle World, Men of Steel, Living Dead in Denmark (Vampire Cowboys), Can I Really Date a Guy Who Wears a Yarmulke? (Theatre Row), The Ninja Cherry Orchard, Hamlet (The Brick), and The First Quarto of Hamlet. films: Motion Sickness, Arranged and Win For Life. TV shows Law & Order, Conan, and (saved the best for last…) Big Wolf on Campus.




Denny Bess (Director)

Recent theatre credits include-“Year of the Rooster” by Eric Dufault. “The Sluts of Sutton Drive” by Joshua Conkel, both at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC.  Recent film/tv credits include-“Mary and Louise” directed by Abigail Zealey Bess, “Somebody’s Hero” directed by Darin Beckstead, “The Moozlims are Coming” directed by Abu Shawky Bakr and HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” directed by Tim Van Patten. Bess is a life time member of the progressive and award winning Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC.






Wrenn Schmidt (Marlene Dietrich)

wrenn_schmidt_headshot_croppedWRENN SCHMIDT  Film:  Our Idiot Brother, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (“The Projectionist’s Best Performances of 2010, NY Magazine), The Necklace, and Javelina.   TV: Julia Sagorsky on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”, “Blue Bloods”, “Body of Proof”, “Mercy”, “Law & Order”, and “3 LBS”.  Broadway:  Come Back, Little Sheba (MTC).  National tour:  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Bill Irwin and Kathleen Turner.  Off-Broadway:  Be a Good Little Widow (Ars Nova), Beyond the Horizon, Sive (Irish Repertory Theatre),  Jailbait (Cherry Lane Theater), Katie Roche, Temporal Powers (Mint Theater Co.), Phantom Killer (Abingdon Theatre Co.), Caesar & Cleopatra (Resonance Ensemble), Crazy for the Dog (Jean Cocteau Repertory).  Regional:  Proof (Cape May Stage) and Heaven (Kitchen Dog Theater).    Training:  SCGSAH and Meadows School of the Arts, SMU (BFA).  Upcoming:  How to Follow Strangers (indie feature) and The Master Builder at BAM with John Turturro.



Chris Ceraso (Man with Sign)

headshot2_small_fileChris Ceraso has acted in premieres of work by John Guare, David Mamet, Joyce Carol Oates, Lanford Wilson, Romulus Linney, Mac Wellman, Arthur Giron and Christopher Durang among many others.  Recent roles have included the Master Builder in Ibsen’s play of the same title, Caesar in Shaw’s Caesar and Cleopatra,  Sir John Hunksley and Sir John Hunksley/Falstaff in Steven Fechter’s Shakespeare’s Slave, all for the Resonance Ensemble at the Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row.  He has also made several appearances on the various “Law and Order” shows; “Deadline,” “City Kids,” and in independent films.  Regional work has included classic and modern classic plays from Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams.  He is a long-time member of New York’s renowned Ensemble Studio Theatre (E.S.T.).   Chris has written plays (“Heaven Knows,” “Sittin,” “Home Fires Burning,”), films, (“The Turning,” “The Red Forest” and the award-winning documentary “Passing Over”), daytime drama (“Another World”) and award-winning radio drama for children (“Ghostwriter! Radio).    He is also an acting and writing teacher, and is on faculty at Drew University.





Mike Smith Rivera (Charlie Chaplin)

Rivera_Mike_061-2_retMike Smith Rivera is an NEA performance grant recipient, NBC Diversity finalist, and CEO of (a production company devoted to developing and realizing exciting new works of film and theatre). A graduate of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater, Syracuse University, the school for Canadian Clowning, and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, he has clowned internationally and led performance initiatives aimed at disseminating the art of clown. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he enjoys acting, writing, directing, editing, and doing voice-overs in his spare time. Visit for more info.






Chris Wight (Nosferatu)

wight headshotMember, Ensemble Studio Theatre: David Ives’ Lives of the Saints; premier staging of Tennessee Williams’ Spring Storm with Peter Sarsgaard; The Soft Touch with Dominic Chianese; Ride to the Train directed by Lynn Cohen; District of Columbia; and premiers of Lucy Thurber, Joshua Conkel, Desi Moreno-Penson, Rachel Bonds, Jen Silverman and others. Friend of Flux Theatre: Dog in Liz Duffy Adams’ Dog Act. Also Ms. Adams’ Greeks and Centaurs at Women’s Project, Father’s Day at the 59E59 Theater, and performances at The Public, Soho Rep., Homegrown, Lark, New Directions, HERE, NYPW, McCarter, Bailiwick Rep. and elsewhere.







Katya Campbell (Bridgette Helm)

Katya Campbell 331811-8035 cdBroadway:  The Big Knife (upcoming, u/s) Mauritius (u/s).  NYC and Regional:  Recall  and Fisheye for Colt Coeur Theatre Company, Three Days of Rain, Icarus and Matt and Ben for Amphibian Theatre Company.  Twenty Seven Wagons Full of Cotton at EST and Vertebrae at NYTW.  Film and TV:  Archaeology of a Woman, Crazy Glue, Small Outdoors, Crimson Mask, Guiding Light, Law and Order.  MFA from Rutgers,







Megan Tusing (Clara Bow)

SONY DSCMegan Tusing is an actor based in New York City since 2007.  Some NY theater credits include As It Is In Heaven (3Graces), Gentrifusion (Red Fern), Wolves (Firework/59E59), Sine Wave Goodbye (The Paper Industry), When Is A Clock (Blue Coyote Theater Group), Stock Home (Fringe NYC). She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre where she has performed numerous shows including In Memory of Julie Simmons, Airborne (Marathon ’10), Princes of Waco.  Megan also appeared on national televisions show such as Law &Order: SVU, Law & Order: CI and CBS Blue Bloods.  She is a graduate of James Madison University. For more info please visit




Lou Libertore (Director of Photography)

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-Broadway; BURN THIS (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award nominee), AS IS. 
-Off-Broadway (selected); Ensemble Studio Theatre (TURNABOUT), NY Fringe (BEST NIGHT EVER), Vineyard Theatre (THE WAITING ROOM and ONE OF THE ALL-TIME GREATS), Manhattan Theatre Club (SIGHT UNSEEN), Naked Angels (LOVE), and the Orpheum (UNIDENTIFIED HUMAN REMAINS AND THE TRUE NATURE OF LOVE).
-Regional (selected); the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival (SOMETHING CLOUDY, SOMETHING CLEAR), Westport Country Playhouse (THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON and THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK), Two River Theatre (A THOUSAND CLOWNS), Pioneer Theatre Company (12 ANGRY MEN), Centerstage (ARSENIC & OLD LACE), Alley Theatre (DANTON’S DEATH), Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum and on London’s West End (BURN THIS). 
-TV/Film; “The Good Wife”, “Nurse Jackie”, “Sex and the City”, “Law & Order”, “Who’s The Boss?”, “Tales of the City”, “AmericanMD” (web series), Blood From A Stoner, Mary And Louise, Box, It’s My Party, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience (Epcot), Original Sin, Op-Center, Marked for Murder, If It’s Tuesday It Still Must Be Belgium.
-As Director; NAKED BRAZILIAN (Planet Connections), UN-SILENCED (Midtown International Theatre Festival), “Water with Lemon” (TV Pilot).
-Lou is a lifetime member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre where he also serves as Co-Chair of the Members Council and as a Board member. He has studied with the legendary acting teacher William Esper.


Jonathan Randall Silver (First AD)

Jonathan_Randell_SilverFilm credits include: Keeping the Faith; Jack; Dear John.  TV credits include: Bored To Death; Royal Pains. Theater credits include: Harpo Marx in The Most Ridiculous Thing You Ever Hoid! [NYMF award]; Shear Madness! (Charles Playhouse); The Fantasticks! (Long Wharf Theatre); Under Milk Wood, Threepenny Opera (Williamstown); Peter Pan & Wendy (A.R.T.) Charlotte’s Web (TheatreWorks USA); Asking for Trouble (Ensemble Studio Theatre); The Lower Depths [Connelly Theater]; a current cast member of Accomplice: NYC.




Ron Palais (Sound Guy)

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Adam Haar Horowitz (Clapper Boy)

073 Haar A 081711Adam Haar has been acting for the last 10 years in television, film and the theater. Son of a playwright, he began his career on stage at Ensemble Studio Theater. Adam was lucky enough to be directed by and act alongside legends like Lee Breuer, now a close friend. He has done commercials for the NFL, PBS, Disney Mobile and Nickelodeon but his favorite roles were starring as Chuck Paisley in Law and Order:SVU or as Stephen in the Hampton Film Festival winner “The Breakup Artist.” He would like to thank his mother for her support.




Robert Convertino (Boom Op)

head_shot (2)Robert Convertino’s numerous roles from Stage, film and TV include Jake in Three Penny Opera, Bruce in Beyond Therapy, Speed in The Odd Couple, And the “Bar Fly” from The Return of the Incredible Shrinking Man. All performed at the Philipstown Depot Theatre. 
He won “Best Actor” at the TANYS festival for his original one act “Twice Upon A Time.” He was also a TANYS award  recipient of “Best One Act” for  Twice Upon A Time, which he wrote.
Robert’s film and Television roles include Guiding Light and Mary And Louise.







Jack Davidson (WC Fields)

shapeimage_2Broadway:  Grace, Glengarry Glen Ross, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Judgement at Nuremberg, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Anna Christie, Captain Brassbound’s Conversion; Lincoln Center Theater:  Other Desert Cities, Seascape, Morning’s at Seven, Twelfth Night, Ah Wilderness!, The Little Foxes, A Fair Country; Off Broadway:  I Know, Wild Terrain, Close Ties (EST), Milne at the MINT, Circle Rep Co.-20 year member, over 20 productions.  Recent Regional and Tours:  The New Pink (VA. Stage Co.), Death of a Salesman (Chautauqua), A Delicate Balance (IRNE Award, Best Actor, Merrimack Rep. Co.), Take Me Out (West Coast Tour).  Film/TV:  Footloose 2, Morning Glory, Gardening Tips for Housewives (Best Actor, Columbia U. Film Festival), Autumn Heart (Sundance), “Law and Order” (6 Episodes). Radio:  Selected Shorts at Symphony Space.  Website:





Jay Patterson (Roguish Gentleman #4)

MV5BMjAxNzExNTQ0MV5BMl5BanBnXkFyZXN1bWU@._V1._SX133_SY200_EST member since 1995. Received an Outer Critic’s Circle nomination for K2 on Broadway, other Broadway credits include Inherit The Wind, Glengarry Glen Ross ( u/s) and August: Osage County ( u/s ). Off- Broadway :  Roundabout, Circle Rep. W.P.A. Theater, C.S.C.  N.Y.Theater Workshop, McGinn/ Cazale, 59 E 59 Theater. Other NY theater :Marathons at E.S.T. As well as the 52nd st. Project. Regional :  Guthrie, Arena Stage, Baltimore Center- Stage, McCarter, Yale Rep. Alliance Theater, Pittsburgh Public, Cincinnati Playhouse, A.C.T Seattle, Mark Taper Forum, New York Stage and Film co., Wilma Theater, Philadelphia Theater co.and Many others. Jay is also a founding member of the Penumbra Theater in St. Paul Minn. Jay has appeared in numerous episodic T.V shows including  all three incarnations of the Law & Order franchise, Bluebloods, and others now long gone. He has appeared in 37 films, including Places In The Heart, Heaven Help Us, Nobody’s Fool, Slums Of Beverly Hills, All the King’s Men, and more recently Love Ludlow, Nice Guy Johnny ( Tribeca Film Fest. selection 10′ ) and the recently completed, Isn’t It Delicious?


Jurgen Jones (Champagne Waiter)

MeGrateful graduate of Maggie Flanigan’s two-year Meisner program; further studies with the inimitable Deborah Hedwall.  Has performed at EST in the original incarnation of Sean Sutherland’s Mountains in the Bering and is pleased to soon appear in this up and coming Staatsfactory silent short; learned to dance The Madison for its Fashion and Flowers retro mockumentary webisode of Here’s What I Like and Now I’ll Tell You Why.  See me in FirstLook’s Subject Two, an updated rethinking of the Frankenstein tale—or in shows of the NYC Gay Men’s Chorus; we’re just back from Denver where we performed Accentuate the Positive, a theater piece with song about Living with HIV now.Work with those you love—and discover something to love in everyone.



Dawn Evans (Fan #2)

588c9856-97f8-413a-97bc-70a5b8534ae3Theatre:  Two Rooms, Men are Pigs (The Lion Theatre), The Ladies of the Corridor (Peccadillo @ Classic Stage Company), Sexmento, Glory Days at Jesus High, Sunday Brunch Series, Asking for Trouble, Thicker than Water (Youngblood @ Ensemble Studio Theatre), Lament and Fragmentation (The Flea Theater), Miss Morley’s Revenge (The Shalimar @ The InterArt Annex), The Family Dungeon (Shapiro Theatre), Waukegan Wedding (HB Playwrights Foundation), Verbatim (Perry Street Theatre), A Family Man (Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Workhouse Theatre), Getting Frankie Married…and Afterwards (Horton-by-the-Stream).  Film/TV:  Mary and Louise, Here’s What I Like: Fashion & Flowers…, Two Days Out (2009 Best Actress Award – 48 Hour Film Project), The Fun House, Purple Fish, Amoivada Eikonomahos, Bums.  Law & Order: SVU (2X – NBC), The Sopranos (HBO), Law & Order: CI (NBC), Third Watch (NBC), Hot for Teacher (pilot), The Wonder Pets (various recurring, animated – Nick Jr.).


Kelly Anne Burns (Fan at Cafe)

KellyAnneBurnsKelly Anne Burns is an actress, writer, producer, clown, & award-winning director.  She most recently was nominated for a 2011 New York Innovative Theatre Award for ‘Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role’ for her work in the The Navigator.  She is co-CEO of Burning Clown Productions (a production company dedicated to developing new works of film and theater), is a member of the WorkShop Theater Company, and performs sketch and improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade. For more information, check out