Reykjavík – Virtual Program
Steve Yockey (Playwright)
Ann Hearn Tobolowsky (Director): Directing credits include Bus Stop; Holy Days; Driving Miss Daisy; Another Part of the Forest; The Favorite; Forever Bound; The Road Theatre: Jami Brandli’s Through the Eye of a Needle; Off Road production of Anatomy of a Hug, multiple readings for The Word series and SPF productions of The Caregiver’s Guide, A Shonda, Unbound, The Specials, The Gift and The Night We Bombed Lincoln Towing. Ann was directing Scintilla for the Road Theatre and Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help for Theatre 40, when the pandemic descended. Member of the Artistic Board at The Road Theatre, as well as a member of Theatre 40. She is married to actor/writer/director Stephen Tobolowsky.
Danny Lee Gomez (Mike, Davey, Peter, Male Huldufolk) was recently nominated for best supporting actor in Hand to God with Dezart Performs. This summer he will be performing as Louis in Angels in America (Shakespeare on the Deck LA). Past theatre credits include The Wendy Chronicles (LA), At the Table (LA), This Day Forward (LA), Boys of Winter (LA), Stay Tuned (LA), Six Characters in Search of an Author (NYC), and Death of a…Salesman (NYC). Pre-Covid Danny could frequently be seen performing stand-up comedy around Los Angeles. Thanks to Andrew for being the best. For more credits and upcoming projects go to www.DannyLeeGomez.com.
Stephen Tyler Howell (James; Hank; Ebon) is an LA local, Texan, currently living in New Orleans. Other theatre credits include: Boxing Lessons (LA Times Critics’ Pick–New American Theatre), The Wrong Kind of People (WP–Robey Theatre), Nude/Naked (WP–McCadden Place Theatre), Red Speedo (alt. cast) and A Delicate Ship (alt. cast) w/Road Theatre. He has a BFA in Theatre from UT Arlington and studied in the MFA Acting program at Cal State Fullerton (‘11-‘13). Find out more at: www.stephentylerhowell.com
Brian Ibsen (Martin; Ross; Robert; Man in Down Coat) The Road: Debut. Broadway: The Lion In Winter (Stockard Channing, Laurence Fishburne), The Rainmaker (Woody Harrelson, Jayne Atkinson) He has worked with such directors as Tony Award winners Jack O’brien, Scott Ellis, John Rando, Michael Mayer and Tony Nominated Mark Lamps. Regional Theatre: Brian has been in over 25 plays and originated the role of Dan Jr. in Stephen Metcalfe’s Loves and Hours, directed by Jack O’brien. TV: NCIS, CSI Miami, Master’s of Sex, Shooter, Criminal Minds, 90210.
Alaska Jackson (She/They) (Debbie; Lydia; Ingrid; Ambiance Sister; Female Huldufolk) was born in Anchorage, AK. They graduated from AMDA College and Conservatory with a B.F.A in Theatre. Their recent work includes: The Terry Era (2021) a documentary style feature, addressing police brutality. Narrator of Scholastics “You should see me in a Crown” and “Rise to the Sun” Audiobooks, written by Leah Johnson. Their first single and music video was released in November 2020 – ANTHEM / LASKA. Alaska is a board member of The Blk Board Collective and Co-host/Co-founder of the Podcast: Justice n Juice. They are ecstatic about being one of the voices in this magical ride through Iceland. Lots of lovin’ and appreciation to their family and badass partner Tiffany! Many thanks to Ann, Meeghan, Taylor, Desean, Kacie, Paige and Zach for all their support! The Social Medias… IG: @Laska_Musik // YouTube Channel: LASKA
Carlos Lacámara (Grigor; Leo; Aaron) Actor/playwright Carlos Lacamara has worked in theater and television for thirty-five years. His plays have won numerous awards and have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Portland. His recent acting credits include an upcoming Netflix series, Easy Mark, as well as The Good Doctor, The Goldbergs, The Resident, Bosch, and Mighty Med. Carlos is a proud member of The Road Theatre Company.
Jacqueline Misaye (Naomi; Valeria; Lil; Ambiance Sister) is grateful to be a part of the Road’s commitment to keep telling stories, especially during a time when we need them the most. Recent credits include At the Table(The Road); Bliss, Or Emily Post is Dead (Moving Arts); Kentucky (East West Players); Little Women (Playwrights Arena); Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare by the Sea); Irving’s Tiara (Theatre 68). She trained at the British American Drama Academy and the USC School of Dramatic Arts and is a proud member of the Road Theatre Company. For more information, please visit www.jacquelinemisaye.com.
Emily Jerez (Producer) has been a member of the Road Theatre since 2018 and appeared in the alternate cast of Friends with Guns, in Under Construction and as both an actor and playwright for the Summer Playwright’s Festival. Other recent theatre credits include The Mineola Twins (Moxie Theatre) and Showpony (Victory Theatre). She is thrilled and proud to take on the project and marketing management for the Road’s new and exciting virtual 2021 Season.
Meeghan Holaway (Assistant Director)
Paul J. Dufresne (Set Design) is a scene designer for theatre and opera based in Los Angeles. Originally from Ventura California, Paul is a Pepperdine University alumni from where he received his BA in scene design. Paul received his MFA in scene design from Boston University studying under designer James Noone and Director Jim Petosa. Paul has designed both nationally and internationally working with companies such as The English National Opera, The Minnesota Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, The Rubicon Theatre Company, The Gary Marshall Theatre, and LA Opera, among others. www.pjdufresne.com
Derrick McDaniel (Lighting Designer) has been working in the live theater arena for over 20 years, both in Los Angeles and New York. From Romeo and Juliet to Guys and Dolls, Derrick has designed lighting for many plays, musicals and events. A few of his lighting credits include “Mercy Seat” (2012 LA Weekly Awards Winner) at the Inside the Ford Theater, “Spring Awakening” at the Malibu Playhouse, “The Addams Family” at the Madrid Theater; and “A Streetcar Named Desire” at the Odyssey Theater – and many others. Derrick is currently nominated for a 2020 Ovation Theater Award for Lighting Design for “Nowhere On The Border” at the Road Theater on Magnolia. He would like to thank the staff and officers of the Road Theater for providing the opportunity to create. Luckily, the theater spirits have allowed us to create live streaming theater. Derrick would also like to express his hope that everyone is staying safe in our troubling times!
Nicholas Santiago (Projection Designer) has worked for numerous universities and theatre companies around Los Angeles including the Pasadena Playhouse (Ham), Skylight Theatre (Forever House, Church & State, Obama Ology), Rogue Machine (A Permanent Image, Oppenheimer, Honky), USC (Trojan Women, On the Town), Theatre Planners (PEMDAS, The Red Dress L.O.V.E.R.), the Chance Theatre (Tribes, Middletown, Big Fish), The Road Theatre (Nowhere on the Border, A Delicate Ship), LA LGBT Center (The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life Revisited), and the Fountain Theatre (Arrival & Departure, The Cost of Living). He recently designed Cesar Millan’s new one man show Unleashed that opened at the David Copperfield Theatre at the MGM in Las Vegas. He has received numerous award nominations including an Ovation nomination and a LA Drama Critic’s Circle award for his work on Rogue Machine’s A Permanent image and an ovation win for his work on The Fountain Theatre’s production of The Cost of Living. www.nsantiagodesign.com
Yasmine El-Tayeb (Sound Designer) is an LA-based sound designer and stage manager. This is her first production with The Road Theatre Company and she is very excited to be working on this show! Yasmine has worked in film, theater, and immersive storytelling, both in sound and management, and holds a BFA in Theater from UCLA. She is always looking for opportunities to collaborate and explore new and creative forms of storytelling. To view her work, you can visit her website at https://www.yasmineeltayeb.com/
Mary Jane Miller (Costume Designer) is excited to have had the opportunity to design This Bitter Earth her 31st Road Theatre Company show. Past favorites include; her Ovation nominated Home Fires, the company’s inaugural production of Balm In Gilead, The Woman in Black, White As O, Hitlers Head, The Chisolm Trail Went Through Here, White People (2000), That Good Night, Lady, Melissa Artic, The Lyons, Through the Eye of a Needle, Red Speedo, The Rescued, Death House, At The Table, and most recently the Ovation nominated Nowhere on the Border.
Stephanie Erb (Props Master)
Maurie Gonzalez (Stage Manager) For the past 13 seasons Maurie has been a proud member of the Road Theatre company as the resident Stage manager, light board, sound and projection computer operator. Starting at the Lankershim Arts center location, moving to our new location at the NoHo Senior Center on Magnolia, she is an award winning Stage Manager for The Road’s Production of “The Rescued” from Valley Theatre Awards. The Road is her home away from home. In a way, she was born to be in the theatre in some capacity, her mother was pregnant with Maurie while performing as Laurie in Oklahoma in New York City! Maurie’s children also grew up in theatre…it’s a family affair. She is glad to be part of this group of talented actors, designers, producers and directors.