Playwrights and Directors – Wicked Lit 2016

Bruce Gray :: Director ~ The Shadowy Third
For Theatre 40: Breath of Spring (Top 10), Perfect Timing (Critic’s Choice), Double Door (Pick of the Week), Night Watch, The Little Foxes (Critic’s Choice), The Constant Wife, Chekov in Yalta (Critic’s Choice), Unexpected Guest (Transfer to The Tiffany), seven stories (transfer to The Odyssey), A Shayna Maidel (One review: “It doesn’t get better than this”), See How They Run (extended). For The Zephyr: Weekends (with Howie Morse). For The Dynarski: Lester’s Wife (With Roy Campanella). For the Tiffany: My Life in Art (With Ron Perlman). For Ensemble Studio: Aloof. For The Richmond Shepard: Entertaining Mr. Sloane (Drama-logue). For Theatre Exchange: Loot (Drama-logue) Bruce Gray is also an actor: www.bruce-gray.com

Jonathan Josephson :: Executive Director/Playwright ~ Anansi and the Demons and Camp Mountain View
For Unbound Productions, Jonathan has adapted The Grove of Rashomon (WL15), Las Lloronas (WL14), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (WL09, WL13), The New Catacomb (WL13), The Lurking Fear with Jeff G. Rack (WL13), The Chimes (WL10, WL11), A Ghost Story (WL11, Millennium-Biltmore Hotel), Count Magnus (WL12), The Garden Party (HL12, HL16) and The Girl Who Owned a Bear (HL16). Jonathan also directed The Cask of Amontillado (WL10-11), A Ghost Story (WL11), and Two Pictures in One (HL12). Jonathan received an Individual Artist Grant from the City of Pasadena to write Holmes, Sherlock, and The Consulting Detective for the debut of Unbound’s Mystery Lit series (staged reading, Huntington Library, June 2015). Jonathan’s original plays have been produced at The Actor’s Theatre of Louisville (Humana Festival of New American Plays), Milwaukee Repertory Theater (Rep Lab), San Jose Repertory Theatre (SJREAL), Chance Theater, The Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Theatre Festival (Festival Winner – 2016) and many others. Five of his plays have been named as Finalists for ATL’s Heideman Award and his play The Giant and the Pixie was named a Finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Twelve of Jonathan’s plays are published by Stage Rights, Samuel French, Playscripts, Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, YouthPLAYS and Original Works Publishing and have been produced throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada, England, Scotland, and Cameroon. Jonathan received his BA in Theatre: Playwriting from UCSD and is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild of America and a Lifetime Member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.

Paul Millet :: Artistic Director/Playwright ~ The Shadowy Third/Director ~ Camp Mountain View
For Unbound’s Wicked Lit, Paul has directed Camp Mountain View (WL16), The Monkey’s Paw (WL 2015 Summer Installation), Las Lloronas (WL14), The Lurking Fear (WL13), The Masque of the Red Death Experience (WL13, also conceived), Count Magnus (WL12), The Body Snatcher (WL11, also playwright), and The Chimes (WL10, WL11) at Mountain View Mausoleum & Cemetery; The Initiation (WL16 Installation at ScareLA); The Doll (WL14 Summer Installation at Mayfield Senior School); A Ghost Story for the 2011 TCG National Conference at the Los Angeles Millennium Biltmore Hotel; and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (WL09) and The Fall of the House of Usher (WL09, also playwright) at Greystone Mansion. As playwright for Wicked Lit, Paul adapted The Tell-Tale Heart, The Shadowy Third and Wake Not the Dead.  For Unbound’s History Lit, Paul has directed The Girl Who Owned a Bear (HL16) & The Yellow Wallpaper (HL12) at the Pasadena Museum of History and co-directed (with Jeff G. Rack) Charles Bukowski: Back at Barney’s (2012), a spontaneous flash performance of poetry.  Other credits include the world premiere of Albie Selznick’s show with magic,Smoke & Mirrors (16-month run at The Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica and The Road in North Hollywood);Jump/Cut (West Coast Premiere) at the Arena Stage for the Arts in Hollywood; Incorruptible and Southern Comforts (Los Angeles premiere) at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills; Driving Miss Daisy, The Curious Savage, and The Prisoner of Second Avenue at the High Street Arts Center in Moorpark; Václav Havel’s The Memorandum for Vox Humana; Southern Comfortsat the Indian Wells Theatre; and the two original one-acts, Alpha Best and Best Chance, Chance Best for Variations on a Theme: The Best at The Chance Theater. As a former member of the Eclectic Company Theatre (ECT), Paul directed the critically acclaimed productions of Don’t Dress for Dinner, Spike Heels, A Weekend Near Madison, the world premieres ofExmagare and The Unsinkable Bismarck, as well as the late night serial Ambition. Paul is a proud member of SDC, TCG, and LA Stage Alliance.

Jeff G. Rack :: Producing Artistic Director/EFX/Director ~ From Beyond
For Unbound, Jeff directed Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher (WL15), adapted W.W. Jacobs’ The Monkey’s Paw (WL15 summer installation), directed Bram Stoker’s Dracula’s Guest (WL14), adapted Algernon Blackwood’s The Doll (Strub Mansion), directed Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (WL13), co-wrote an adaptation of HP Lovecraft’s The Lurking Fear (WL13) with Jonathan Josephson, directed Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart at LA Mart/ScareLA, adapted and directed F. Marion Crawford’s The Dead Smile (WL12), M.R. James’ Casting the Runes (WL11), H.P. Lovecraft’s The Unnamable (WL10-11), and Robert E. Howard’s Pigeons From Hell (WL09) at Greystone Mansion. Also for Unbound, Jeff directed a flash performance of a scene from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 inside the West Hollywood Library in celebration of Ray Bradbury month, and co-directed with Paul Millet a flash performance of Charles Bukowski’s poetry at Barney’s Beanery as part of Pacific Standard Times’ Art in LA (check them both out on YouTube). Jeff also wrote the adaptation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper and directed Katherine Mansfield’s The Garden Party for History Lit 2012. Other directing credits include Molly Sweeney in Ventura, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for Theatre 40, continuing his association with the Beverly Hills theater having directed the west coast premieres of Pen and The Mystery Plays. He is also their resident set designer. Probably best known to Los Angeles theater patrons for his award-winning set designs, Jeff has designed and built over 150 sets for productions from Santa Barbara to Edinburgh, Scotland. He enjoys designing and creating unique items for stage and screen, which has included miniatures for Armageddon and Con-Air, the Back to the Future DeLorean cars for the Universal Studios ride, a full-sized robot puppet for Frank Zappa’s Joe’s Garage (for which he received an LA Weekly Award), and props for Stuart Gordon’s Ovation Award-winning Re-Animator – The Musical.

Trey Nichols :: Playwright ~ From Beyond
Trey is a playwright, actor, and director. Plays include A Lesson in Proper Bow-Fluffing Technique, The Night Gwen Stacy Died, The Meadows, Murphy’s Xmas (adapted from the short story by Mark Costello), PCH, Todd’s Hollywood Tours, Move, One Slit Head, Pina Coladas, and Impact.  His play Deep Dish Apocalypse will be included in 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance, an anthology published by Smith & Kraus.  His absurdist war drama Fathers at a Game received a “Best of Fringe” honor in the Hollywood Fringe Festival.  Trey is a longtime member of Moving Arts, a Los Angeles theatre company dedicated to developing and producing new plays.  For the last few years, Trey has been active with the company’s acclaimed, immersive theatre phenomenon The Car Plays (conceived by Paul Stein), performing in The WoW Series at the La Jolla Playhouse, The Off Center Festival at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, and RADAR LA Festival at REDCAT.  Trey is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, the Dramatists Guild, and The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.  He received a B.S. in Theatre from Northwestern University. Trey also moderates a popular playwriting workshop held in a secret lair in west Los Angeles.

Jaime Robledo :: Director ~ Anansi and the Demons
Jaime recently wrote and directed for the grand opening of Shanghai Disneyland last spring. Member of Sacred Fools Theater Company. Credits there include: Astro Boy and the God of Comics (Ovation, LADCC, Stage Raw award winner), 2013 LA Weekly Production of the Year, Stoneface (starring French Stewart), which transferred to the Pasadena Playhouse, and Watson (LA Weekly Award Winner; Comedy Direction). Other Credits: World Premieres of The Ebony Frame (WL15), Adam Szymkowicz’s Hearts Like Fists and Bill Robens’ Rio Hondo (Theatre of NOTE), and Kong: A Goddamn Thirty-Foot Gorilla by Adam Hahn (SkyPilot Theatre). He is thrilled to be back working with Unbound and the Wicked Lit family. (www.jrobledo.com)