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LOVE ME Bios (2010)


Daryl Boling (Director) - Directing credits include All The Rage, A Lie of the Mind, Saint Frances of Hollywood, The Mandrake, Dark Rapture, Miss Julie, Criminals in Love and Black Comedy/The White Liars.  Performing credits include: Because He Can, Good, Woyzeck, Three Sisters, Isadora No Apologies, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, All in the Timing and Jeffrey.  Film credits include: Solar Vengeance, Millenium Crisis and Pandora Machine (Pandora Machine productions).

Phillip Chavira (Assistant Director) - Phillip recently assistant directed and stage managed W;tT at Nicu's Spoon Theatre.  He was also AD, SM and costume designer for Erosion: Life on Life's Terms (Nicu's).  And he was AD for As You Like It with Frog & Peach Theatre Co in NYC. He has also regionally directed, costume and makeup designed at Theatre-by-the-Grove, PA, and many children shows with LimeLight Productions, AZ.  He was production stage manager for A Perfect Ganesh (Synaptic Productions, NY), stage managed Holding Out (Manhattan Rep) and was production manager / founding member of the sketch comedy troupe Company (Pittsburgh, PA).  BA from Indiana University of PA.  Thank you Jason and Daryl for this experience.  MD

James Cichewicz (John/Winesap) - James was born and raised in Florida; a fourth generation entertainer, he owes much of his love of performing to his great-grandfather Ralph Sinclair.  James has appeared in The Good Wife, Rescue Me, White Collar, Damages and 30 Rock.  He was seen most recently on stage in Makeover at the Cuillo Theatre in West Palm Beach.  Additionally, he has appeared in The Kid from Brooklyn; The Musical, the title character in Jake's Women, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, John & Jen and Same Time Next Year, Cabaret, No Way to Treat a Lady, A Stoop on Orchard Street, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Billy in Carousel, Tateh in Ragtime, Sweeney in Sweeney Todd, Percy in The Scarlet Pimpernel and title role in Jekyll & Hyde.  James is a proud member of Actor's Equity and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Funny… Sheesh Productions (Producer) - Since the mid nineties Funny… Sheesh has produced theatrical events all over New York City.  Many of its members have gone on to successful careers in the film and television industry.

Izzy Fields (Costume Designer) - Izzy is pleased to be a part of the 2010 Planet Connections Festivities. Awards include The Best Costume Design Award for the New York Midtown International Theatre Festival  (MITF) for 2007 season and 2009.  New York City credits include Evolutionism, Manhattan Rep.; Alchemist of Light, Connelly Theatre; That’s Showbiz, June Havock Theatre; The Lodger, Workshop Theatre Co.; My Life as a Bald Soprano, June Havoc Theatre; Hiroshima: Crucible of Light, Walker Street Theatre; The Sons of Molly Maguire, Workshop Theatre Company.  Izzy is also in her third year as a draping assistant at the Renowned Broadway costume shop Barbara Matera Lt.

Jason S. Grossman (Writer) - Jason co-wrote/performed the shameless multimedia-cautionary-extravaganza You Happy Now?  Somebody Just Lost An Eye (with Julie Perkins).  NYC acting credits include: The Apotheosis of Vaclav Drda (by Christopher Cartmill), Of Mice and Men (dir. Pat Diamond), Good (dir. Jennifer Gordon Thomas) and The Overdevelopment of Scott (Making Light).  Every Christmas he plays 30+ characters in It's a Wonderful One-Man-Show Life! (dir. Sharon Fogarty).  He founded the comedy group and performance series Funny… Sheesh and has performed with National Comedy Theatre, Loos Scrooz and the Why Work Task Force (with Brian Longwell).  He has written for Mind the Gap Theatre Company, the Shortened Attention Span One Act Festival and TV Land's Ultimate Fan Search.

Lauren Parrish (Lighting Designer) - Lauren holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration in the Fine and Performing Arts.  She has been stage-managing and designing shows in and around New York City since 2006.  Her lighting design has been seen at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, Ailey Citigroup Theater, The Chocolate Factory, 59E59 Theaters, 3 Legged Dog, Manhattan Theater Source, The Kraine Theater, Symphony Space, HERE Arts Center, University Settlement and Sarah Lawrence College.  She is also the production manager and lighting designer for DanceNOW NYC and the production manager for Youth American Grand Prix.  Lauren has worked most recently as a stage manager with The Stephen Petronio Company, TAKE Dance, Battleworks Dance Company, Sidra Bell Dance and Keigwin + Company.

Kaira Klueber (Susan/Kate) - Kaira is so delighted to be a part of the Love Me family and Planet Connections 2010! She has been fortunate to pursue her professional career in areas of voiceovers and on-camera commercials with CESD and ongoing projects with Model Management Group.  Some of her stage credits include:  A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and a Prayer (Looking Glass Theatre), Layla and Harley Best Friends Forever (Robert Moss Theatre), Parachute Jump (Blackbird Studios), Feast of the Flying Cow (State Theatre.)  Ms. Klueber graduated with her B.A and B.S in Theatre and Marketing respectively, and a minor in International Business from The Pennsylvania State University.  She received her training from Penn State University's School of Theatre B.A program, Actor’s Theatre of Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.  Special thanks to Tom for all his love, support and laughter everyday.

Ridley Parson (Tom) - Ridley is glad to be acting again after taking more than a year hiatus from treading the boards.  Last seen in Mac Rogers' critically acclaimed Universal Robots, Ridley has been in a myriad of off-off-Broadway plays, including A Lie Of The Mind (also with Laura and Jeff).  A glutton for punishment, this marks the third time he's been directed by Daryl.  Dedicated to my parents, both of whom would have dug this show.

Sheila Phalon (Set Designer) - Sheila's theater and film credits include scenic design for Much Ado About Nothing (American Bard Theater Group), Hee-Haw, It’s a Wonderful Lie (Nuyorican Pote’s Café), Little Red Riding Hood (The Pheonix Theater) Silly on Sixth (Rapunzel, Snow White, Aesop’s Fables, Puss n’Boots and The Foreigner) The Missives (Stage Manager 59 East 59th Theaters) When the War  Was Over (Assistant), Lost in LA (Art Director), Waiting for the Parade (Assistant Director), The Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe (Trudy), and Riding the Rails.  She studied cinematography at NYU and script analysis with the L.A.-Based Film Makers Foundation.

Aaron Rossini (Charlie) - New York: Target Margin Theater - Now the Cats with Jewelled Claws (First Young Man); Guerrilla Shakespeare Project - Julius Caesar (Octavius)Regional:  The Gamm Theatre - Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), Much Ado About Nothing (Conrade); Trinity Rep - The Dreams of Antigone (Polyneices/Messenger); BoarsHead Theatre - King O' the Moon (Rudy); Michigan Shakespeare Festival - 12th Night (Curio), The Merchant of Venice (Salanio); Elemental Theatre Collective - King Stag (Truffaldino).  M.F.A. Brown  University /  Trinity Rep Consortium.

Laura Schlachtmeyer (Stage Manager) - Laura is pleased to be working with the team to bring this play to life.  As a stage manager, she's worked from coast to coast, everything from Tony N' Tina's Wedding (Chicago) to Killing My Lobster sketch comedy (San Francisco) to the New York Neo-Futurists.  Her short plays have been included in many of the Estrogenius festivals at Manhattan Theatre Source, and her translation/adaptation of Mass/Person (Masse Mensch by Ernst Toller) was recently produced as part of the InGenius festival there.  Laura's also produced several independent sci-fi feature films, including Pandora Machine, Millennium Crisis, and Solar Vengeance, all starring Daryl Boling.

Laura Schwenninger (Sara) - New York: All the Rage (Annabel Lee), A Lie of the Mind (Beth), the title role in Miss Julie with Dark Brew Productions, and Good (Anne) with Beulahland Productions, all at manhattan theatre source; Snowing at DelphiThrough War Torn Eyes, and Cyclone with (646) Theatre Company; selected readings: St. Lucia with Personal Space Theatrics, Gypsy King with First Look Theatre, The Collector with Small Pond Entertainment; The Reel Life with Actors Repertory Theatre, Thirds at the Atlantic Theatre Company Black Box.  Regional: The Dybbuk (Hunchback) at Syracuse Stage, Moon Over Buffalo (Eileen) at Northern Stage.  Tours: ENCORE! - a year-long TYA National Tour with Chamber Repertory Theatre, and Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), a NYC regional TYA production with The Touring Company.  Television/Film: Stella on Comedy Central, lead roles in the feature-length independent films One-Some and Kaleidoscope, and numerous other indie and student shorts.  She is also the voice of BloomingKids, an educational software series for autistic children.  B.F.A. in Acting, minor in French from Syracuse University; also studied at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. New York Training: T. Schreiber, Weist-Barron, and Edge Studios. 

Daina Schatz (Director/Wendy) - Daina is thrilled to be a part of the Planet Connections festival again and supporting such a great cause.  A proud member of AEA, Daina has appeared on the stages of Yale Rep, Seven Angels Theatre, Hartford Stage, the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, the River Rep at Ivoryton and won Outstanding Actress in a One-Act Production in last year's festival for her portrayal of Joey/Hildy in Instant Happy!  Daina received a BA in Psychology with a concentration in Law and Society from Cornell University, and currently teaches swing dancing throughout the northeast.  Thank you to Jason, Daryl and the cast and crew for making this so much fun and reminding us why we do what we do!  Love to Mom, Dad and Brian.

Jeff Wills (Charlie's Inner Monologue) - Jeff is originally from Fairfax, Virginia, earned his BFA in 1999 from VCU, and has since expanded his studies into physical theatre such as circus and the commedia dell’arte.  He is a founding member of the commedia dell'arte troupe Zuppa del Giorno, the circus-theatre troupe Kirkos and an actor's community called The Action Collective. Select New York credits: Frankie, A Lie of the Mind (Manhattan Theatre Source); Jake, As Far As We Know (2007 NYC Fringe); Walt Whitman, Madness & Joy! (Cirque Boom). Find out more at

Victoria Watson (Carol) - Victoria is stoked to be making her debut with Funny....Sheesh Productions, and to be a part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity! Most recently in  New York City, she performed this past March in the one-act collaboration,  Who is Jordan Bishop? with Dalliance Theater.  As an Artistic Associate of the Dalliance Theater Company, she is looking forward to producing Girl in the Park, which will show at this summer's New York Fringe Festival.  Victoria is a graduate of the Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts, and a proud member of AEA. Much Love and Peace.