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CAST


Mylika Davis (Ermina Crump)

Ms. Davis has been acting from as early as she could remember. She started acting in musical theater, performing original musicals throughout the New York City Board of Education . She has performed Off-Broadway at The Manhattan Theater Club, in Holiday Heart. Her Television credits include Law and Order S.V.U., All My Chiildren, One Life To Live, As The World Turns and Third Watch. Movies - Oscar nominated Film Far From Heaven, A Good Day To Be Black and Sexy, Accepted and Just Another Story. She added director and producer to her credits on the psychological thriller Sentimental Spider written by Sergia Perez. She is also co-owner of the online entertainment magazine BoricuaMorenaMag.Com and the host and producer of the video magazine, The HotSpot. She is honored to work with such a talented cast and thankful to Lyn Ross for her recommendation, her family and friends for their continued support and to Ben, Richard, and The West Coast Ensemble Theater for this opportunity. 


Lara Hughes (Gerte Schulte)

Ms. Hughes is delighted to make her West Coast Ensemble debut.  She originated the Off-Broadway role of Stacy in Graveyard Shift: The American Tragedy Musical at the Minetta Lane Theatre and appeared as Dona Ana in Williamstown Theatre Festival’s production of Don Juan in Hell under the direction of Roger Rees.  Favorite regional roles include Betty in Betty's Summer Vacation, Renee in M. Butterfly, Fairy May in The Curious Savage, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Birdie in The Little Foxes.  Other credits include Days Of Our Lives, Law & Order: Trial By Jury, and various commercials.  She has a BFA from Emerson College and has performed at the American Dance Festival.  She can be seen this summer in the upcoming Bayside High School Musical at the Victory Theatre Center.


Kenyetta Lethridge (Ernestine Crump)

Born in Los Angeles,  Miss Lethridge has produced and directed several stage productions in Los Angeles, including For Colored Girls… She has graced the stage in The Kirk Douglas Theatre's Permanent Collection, Edinburgh Fringe Festival's I Lost My Laugh in the Revolution, the National Tour of Portraits of Courage produced by Will and Company, The Greenway Court Theatre's Butterflies of Uganda, and much more.  2011 has been Miss Lethridge’s big breakout year. Making a smooth transition from Actress to Playwright. The Making of An American Girl tackles the issue of Teen Prostitution in America, and has received rave reviews throughout Los Angeles.  She will be gracing the stage in The Robey Theatre Company’s second run of Transitions. Hosted by the National Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina in August.  Miss Lethridge thanks The West Coast Ensemble for giving her an opportunity to experience this wonderful production.


Rickie Peete (Godfrey Crump)

Mr. Peete was born in Florida and came to the Los Angeles area after spending most of his life in Washington, DC. He is an Actors Equity Association's member and has a stellar theatre background acting in such plays as Fences, Radio Golf, The Old Settler, Porgy & Bess, The Meeting, Six Degrees of Separation, Member of the Wedding, and The Exonerated.  Also, he is a writer and recently produced and directed his play, Obamanologues, Journey to the White House, at the Actors Workout Studio in North Hollywood.  Mr. Peete is honored to take part in this West Coast Ensemble production. He looks forward to acting in many more great theatre roles and creating his own works for stage and screen.


Marie Francoise Theodore (Lily Ann “Sister” Green)

Ms. Theodore is pleased to make her debut production with West Coast Ensemble Theatre. She was most recently seen in Iris in the role of Kenya at the Complex Theatre.  Other roles in Los Angeles include playing Clytemnestra in City Garage’s acclaimed and L.A. Weekly nominated productions of the Greek cycle Agamemnon and Iphegenia 2.0.  A Chicago native, Marie-Francoise has graced several regional stages in lead roles at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Court Theatre, Penumbra Theatre and the Guthrie.  In March 2010, Marie-Francoise presented her work-in-progress solo show Not A Proper Haitian Girl at the TeAda Works New Performance Festival. Feature film roles include Love Jones, Strange As Angels, the upcoming The Last Laugh directed by Kenny Young and a lead role in DWB: Dating While Black which screened as the closing night film at the 2011 Pan African Film Festival.  She is in development with the feature film The Street and in post-production with going forwards in reverse, a short she wrote and directed.  Marie-Francoise would like to deeply thank her family, friends and the West Coast Ensemble cast & crew for all their love and support. Namaste.


CREATIVE TEAM


Ben Campbell (Director)

Previous directing credits include last years acclaimed production of Fabulation by Lynn Nottage at West Coast Ensemble.  Also, the Nevada premiere of Jason Robert Brown's masterpiece The Last 5 Years, the world-premiere staged reading of Don Cummings' Live Work Space, Two  Small Bodies at the Ruby Theatre in Los Angeles and multiple short films as seen by over 50,000 youtube surfers.  As an actor, Past roles include Benjamin Braddock in The Graduate (WCE), Edmund in Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Malcolm in Macbeth and a player in The Margolis-Brown Companies award winning The Human Show, performed around the world including The Kennedy Center.  Television roles include House M.D  and Numb3rs.  Thanks to Richard Israel, Les Hanson and Oprah Winfrey for this opportunity.


Lisa D. Katz (Lighting Design)

Ms. Katz is very happy to be continuing her more than 10 year association with West Coast Ensemble with Crumbs From the Table of Joy.  Previous designs with WCE include Gypsy, Anita Bryant Died For Your Sins, Big – The Musical, Assassins, Floyd Collins (2006 Garland Award for Lighting Design), and The Grapes of Wrath.  Recent local designs include Caught (at The Zephyr Theatre), Merrily We Roll Along and Big River (The Actor’s Co-op), Twelfth Night and Rabbit Hole (ULV), and Salam Shalom (at The Greenway Court Theatre). Ms. Katz received the 2008 Angstrom Award for Career Achievement in Lighting Design.  She has also worked as an Assistant Lighting Designer at the Los Angeles Opera and the Ahmanson Theatre.  Productions there include The Black Rider, Curtains, and The History Boys.


Rebecca Kessin (Sound Design)

Ms. Kessin is thrilled to be back with WCE!  Recent designs include: “The All Night Strut” (The Colony), “Aida” (Saddleback College), “Tenessee and Anna” (Co-Design with Cricket S. Myers - The Odyssey), “In Motherwords” (Associate Sound Design - The Geffen Playhouse), “Jingle Bell Rock!” (2010 National Tour), “Merrily We Roll Along” (Actors Co-op), “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” (Assistant Sound Design - Mark Taper Forum), “Fabulation!”, “Three Tall Women”, “The Graduate”, “Miss Witherspoon”, “Music From A Sparkling Planet” (West Coast Ensemble), “Chasing Monsters” (Company of Angels), “Urinetown” (Saddleback College), “I Am An Emotional Creature” (World Premiere - The Archer School), “The Miracle Worker” (Four Star Award - High Street Arts Center), “Stranger” (Garland Nomination - Bootleg Theatre), “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” (Assistant Sound Design - Kirk Douglas Theatre), “Kiss of the Spider Woman” (Garland Nomination - Havok Theatre Co), “Pope Joan” (Stella Adler Theatre), “Educating Rita” (The Colony), “She Loves Me” (Rubicon Theatre Co).  MFA - CalArts.

Faryl Saar (Stage Manager)

With a Bachelor's Degree from California State University Northridge in Theatre under her belt, Ms. Saar has spent the past six years working for the stage.  Her stage managing credits include Merry Wives of Windsor, Tales of Tinseltwon, Big River and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She also designed and ran lights for Snoopy! The Musical and constructed costumes for HairCrumbs from the Table of Joy will be her 16th show to date, and she is honored to be working with Richard Israel once again.