Last Gas - Love/Sick Cast Biographies
(in alphabetical order)
John Cariani(playwright) is probably best known for his role as CSU Tech Julian Beck on television's Law & Order. John was born in Brockton, Massachusetts and grew up in Presque Isle, Maine. He made his debut in the Off-Broadway play It's My Party (And I'll Die If I Want To). Later, Cariani earned the part of Motel in the Fiddler on the Roof revival - his first Broadway role. For this performance, he won a 2004 Outer Critics Circle Award and was nominated for a 2004 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. John began a career as a playwright when he ran out of audition material and started writing his own. His first play, Almost, Maine, premiered at Portland Stage Company in 2004, opened Off-Broadway in 2006, was performed at the Aspen Fringe Festival in 2009 and is featured in Smith and Kraus' New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2006. His second play, cul-de-sac, a Transport Group production, premiered off-Broadway in the spring of 2006. In addition to his theatre work and Law & Order, John has appeared on the television shows L&O: Criminal Intent and Ed, as well as the films Kissing Jessica Stein, Scotland, PA, Showtime, and Robot Stories.
Lynn Aliya(Emily). After a five-year stage hiatus, Lynn is beyond grateful to David for the opportunity to learn lines (other than her own, Lynn's an award-winning playwright), get to play & to be part of The Aspen Fringe Festival. Lynn is the host/producer of Aspen GrassRoots TV hit show The Buzz on 82 . She has appeared in regional theatre across America & several featured films including the cult favorite B movie Kamillions.
Janice Estey(Woman) has been involved in theatre for most of her adult life.
Obadiah Jones(Singing Telegram Man) is glad to be a part of the third annual Aspen Fringe Festival. Obadiah finds his true calling in both writing and playing music, which he does solo and with local band Slightly White. In September, Obadiah will be leaving his hometown to study music at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.
Zoe Levine(Louise) is 16 years old and just finished her sophomore year at Aspen High School. She has been in many shows across the valley with Theater Aspen, Aspen Community Theater, and Jayne Gottlieb Productions. Some of her roles include, Footloose (Ariel), True Story of the 3 pigs (Julia), Les Miserables (Eponine), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), and 13 (Lucy). This is her first year participating in the Fringe Festival and she feels so fortunate and happy to be involved. Thank you to her family and friends for all of their support.
Mike Monroney(Man) is a Colorado native and long-time veteran of the Crystal Palace. He is the “History Coach” for the Aspen Historical Society and his play, A Briefly Complete History of Aspen has been performed locally and in Los Angeles. He has acted and/or directed for Theatre Aspen, the Hudson Reed Ensemble, Palace Productions, Snowmass Chapel, The Broadway Players, Aspen Community Theatre, and was in Pegasus's remount of John Cariani's "Almost Maine".
Graham Northrup(Guy) serves as Theatre Aspen’s Director of Education. He received his MFA in Directing from Baylor, and has directed such shows as All My Sons, The Woman in Black, Macbeth, The Curious Savage, The Trojan Women and Arsenic and Old Lace. As an actor, Graham has had roles such as Father in Stephen Schwartz' Children of Eden, King Hamlet in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and John Adams in ACT’s production of 1776.
Kent Hudson Reed(Dwight), founder of Theatre Aspen & The Hudson Reed Ensemble, has been involved in Aspen's theatre community as actor, director and producer since 1975. Further afield, television credits include Early Edition, The Untouchables and ER among others. Film credits include U.S. Marshals and Galileo’s Grave (winner of Chicago Short Film award). He is proud to be a part of this festival and among some of Aspen's finest performers. Thanks to Kathleen.
Eileen Seeley Seamans(Cherry) -- Aspen Fringe: Joan in Love Song. LA: South Coast Rep, Egyptian Theatre, Matrix Theatre, Santa Monica Playhouse and Richmond Shepard Theatre. Regional: Nashville Academy Theatre, Tennessee Performing Arts Center and Pittsburgh Playhouse. Film: Batman Forever, Ruby Jean and Joe, Going to Chicago (Santa Barbara Film Festival Award Winner). TV: Series Regular, Down and Out in Beverly Hills; Recurring: Almost Perfect, Mr. Belvedere; Guest Star: ER, Star Trek, Melrose Place, Murder She Wrote, Diagnosis Murder, Designing Women, Night Court, Family Ties. Eileen taught classes for kids at The LA Film Actors Lab. Love and thanks to her family!
Luke Seamans(Troy) was seen most recently in Footloose at AHS and last fall in 1776 with ACT. With Theatre Aspen he has performed in The Real Story of the Three Little Pigs, Thirteen, Sweeney Todd and Zombie Prom. He has also done numerous Jayne Gottlieb Productions including White Christmas, Chorus Line and Singing in the Rain. He is pleased to be adding the Fringe Festival to his resume.
Corey Simpson(Nat) has worked as a music director, actor, conductor, pianist, and acting coach for over 20 years. After 19 consecutive productions as music director and acting coach for local kids' theater JGP, he's excited to be music directing Theatre Aspen's summer production of Urinetown in their new facility! A graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BFA in acting, onstage credits include the Guthrie Theater, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the Playwrights' Center, Park Square, Fairbanks Shakespeare Theater, Small Change, and Illusion Theater, where he was also Assistant to the Producing Directors. On-camera credits include Applebee's, Best Buy, The Learning Company, GE, and many others. Thanks to Ranger Todd and Sophie Dog for their love and support.
Lee Sullivan(Mark)– 14 years now the local outlet for song, dance and stage has gathered me into its varied selves. Favorites are “John Proctor” in The Crucible, “Lawrence Ferlinghetti” in The Beat Poets, “Charlie” in Speed the Plow, “Puck” in A Midsummer Night's Dream, all the Theatre Masters Take 10 events, the recent Stage Struck multi genre show by HRE and 2009's Almost Maine produced by Pegasus.
Mark Thomas(Jake) has a varied background in performance, including TV news, commercial radio, stand-up comedy, short film and local theater. His theater performances include Adam & Eve (a Mark Twain short story adaptation), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare in the Park, 2009), and The Trial of Ebeneezer Scrooge.
Jeannie Walla(Kelly). Leading roles include Always Patsy Cline, Mame, A Little Night Music, Baby, Jake’s Women, Guys and Dolls and Camelot. The Crystal Palace alumna hosts Showcase Aspen on TV Aspen, performs jazz locally. Her CD, Legacy, is on Amazon.com. Jeannie writes and performs Melody Messages. She is Founder of The Broadway Players and sings with Symphony in the Valley.
Emily Zeck(Lurene) has been producing, directing, and acting for over a decade now, and has had a lot of fun brushing the dust off of the latter for the Fringe Festival. Besides working at Theatre Aspen, she's also volunteered for two Aspen Community Theatre productions, and is very happy to see such a diverse group of theaters thriving in Aspen and in the Valley.