Under Construction: The Skeleton Flower

September 26 @ 7:30 PM
Written By Elizabeth Sampson
Directed By Christian Lebano

In The Skeleton Flower – middle aged and divorced sisters Denise and Darla find out what a Black Beetle, a piece of jewelry, and a special flower have to do with their mom, Jean, and how that knowledge will unlock the secrets of the family, rocking them all into finally growing up.

Elizabeth Sampson is an actor, director and playwright. She is a graduate of the M.F.A. program at The American Conservatory Theatre. She teaches Acting at UCLA in their Professional Program and is also an adjunct Professor of acting at Pepperdine University in addition to her private coaching.

Road Work:

Actor – The Lighthouse (actor/writer) Melissa ArcticThat Good Night, As White As O/ and many, many, many, readings.

Director:  Finish and Trim and many, many, many, readings

Playwright: her plays The Petoskey Stones has been performed at The Road Theatre Company and The Bay Theatre Company in Annapolis, MD (chosen for the New Women’s Voices in Theatre Festival Washington DC 2015). Her short play trilogy Irish Coffee was presented in succession at the Road Theatre Company’s Summer Playwrights Festival 2013 with Kathy Baker and Perry King. It Was The Lark 2014 with Michael O’Neill.  The Lighthouse in 2015. In 2016 her festival play Hell Is Empty was performed at the Road Theatre. and has worked with playwright Craig Wright on several of his plays including Lady, The Unseen, and Melissa Arctic.

Off Road: While at A.C.T. she was asked to join the prestigious resident acting company where she performed in the west coast premiere of 1918as well as Christmas Carol, and Twelfth Night.  Her NYC credits include Bringing’ Home the Girl (Here Space as co-writer and actor), King of the Moon (Present Company, director). As a Los Angeles based actor she has been seen in Detachments w/ Glenn Healdey at the Loretta Theatre Company. She is a founding company member of A Noise Within where she did The Way of the World. Other L.A. More LA theater credits include The Memorandum, The Dearest of Friends, Mr. Happiness, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Ashbury Actor’s Group) and Measure for Measure directed by Tina Packer for the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company. Elizabeth studied and performed at The Studio Theatre in Washington D.C., in 27 Wagons Full of Cotton. Other D.C. credits include, Ten Little Indians, Killing Real Estate Women.  She directed Spring Dance (Pepperdine University), King of the Moon (The Groundlings, Present Theatre Company)

Film: ‘Last Rampage – The Escape of Gary Tison’, ‘Leaving Barstow’, ‘As Easy as Pie’, ‘Battle of the Sexes’ (Sundance), ‘Disfigured’, ‘Modern Vampires’ (w/ Rod Steiger).

TV: ‘Law and Order True Crime The Menendez Murders’ ‘Aquarius’, ‘Rizzoli and Isles’, ‘Law and Order: Los Angeles’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Private Practice’, ‘Without a Trace’, ‘E.R.’, ‘Boston Legal’, ‘Strong Medicine’, ‘The Unit’, ‘Cold Case’, ‘The Pretender’, ‘Medical Mystery Investigation’ and a long recurring on ‘The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire’.

She has been performing her short stories in the heralded Spark Off Rose, Melt In Your Mouth and Tree People spoken word events in Los Angeles for the last 15 years. She is a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA.

Laura Stribling has directed more than one hundred productions, workshops, and readings.  Some selected titles include Henry IV, Part 1, Orpheus Descending, The Fattest Man in the World Lives Upstairs, Troy Woman, Oedipus, Hedda Gabler, Of Mice and Men, A Little Night Music, Footprints, and The Last Nights of Scheherazade.  Laura’s writing credits National ZooCelestialImitation of Falling, Primary Language, and If I Fell and Rivers. 
Laura has a Master’s of Fine Arts in Directing from the Yale School of Drama, where she was a Patricia Botkin Scholar, and a Fox Foundation Research Fellow

“The Skeleton Flower”

Patrice Herd
Michael Dempsey
Susan Diol*
Jennifer Finch*
Kevin McCorkle*
Blaire Chandler Wilcox*
Stephen Tyler Howell*

*Road Company Member