Brook Carlson (Stage Manager)

Ms. Carlson is thrilled to be working with West Coast Ensemble for her fourth consecutive production!  Ms. Carlson recently produced, Three Tall Women stage managed Anita Bryant Died For Your Sins and assistant stage managed Big! The Musical.  Other credits include Yours Isabel, Makin' Hay and Leading Ladies at Actor's Co-Op  Ms. Carlson thanks her friends and family for all their support, and especially her  theatre family for giving her amazing unforeseen opportunities. Enjoy the show!

Adeye Sahran (Undine Barnes Calles)

Ms. Sahran trained at The University of Southern California’s BFA program and Yale School of Drama. Previous Los Angeles credits include: Cousin Bette, Hay Fever, Stage Door, The Rover, Medea - Antaeus Theater Company; Pera Palas - The Boston Court; Regional tour of The Berlin Blues - Native Voives at the Autry; Coriolanus, Richard III Redux, A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Veterans Center for the Performing Arts; A Dangerous Descent, Macbeth - Will & Company; Peer Gynt - Sacred Fools Theater Company; Lysistrata - Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum; And Then There Was Nun - The Long Beach Playhouse. Film: Gulliver’s Travels, Dinner for Smucks. Television: Days of our Lives, Depth Charge.  Ms. Sahran is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to play this fabulous diva in such an amazing show. She would like to thank Mom, Dad and Swissy for their continued support!

Regina Randolph (Dr. Khdair/Grandma/Inmate #1/Case Worker)

Known as “The Lady From The Windy City,” Miss Randolph grew up wanting to perform.  Her father, Z.T. Randolph, a musical composer and arranger for Louis Armstrong and Woody Herman, fostered her desire.  She studied and performed with Chicago’s prestigious Second City.  She further studied classical comedy techniques with Ted Liss and voice interpretation/classical drama with the masterful Helen Reuter.  With this experience, she headed for Los Angeles.  Miss Randolph put her classical and dramatic training to work as lead in such notable productions as Romeo and Juliet, Medea, Raisin In The Sun, and as Jolene in the critically acclaimed NAACP winner Up The Mountain.  Her film and TV credits include Everybody Hates Chris, The Shield, ER, Born Free (recurring), Cousin Skeeter, Kenan & Kel, and LA Gang Godfather. She studied vocal intonation with her father and developed her unique style of phrasing. Miss Randolph brings more than just “wind” from Chicago, but a real brouhaha of creativity.   

DeJon Mayes (Yoruba Priest/Father/Gregory/Applicant)

This is Mr. Mayes's debut performance at West Coast Ensemble. He has graced the stages of NoHo Arts Center in Angels in America Parts One and Two as Belize and Actor's Circle Theater in Blues For An Alabama Sky as Guy as well as Asagai at The International City Theatre in Raisin. He dedicates this performance to all who continue to patronize live theatre whether through funding and/or attendance. 

Ed Baccari (Richard/Addict/Mover/Applicant/Doctor)

Mr. Baccari recently played the harrowing role of Adlof Eichmann"in the Met Theatre's production of Heydrich, Hitler, Holocaust (Flint Esquerra, Dir.).  Performed in several Greek tragedies by Charles Mee at City Garage, including Agamemnon (LA Weekly Nom. for Best Play).  Nominated for Best Actor as Fred C. Dobbs in The Sierra Madre Theatre's production of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Joe Culliton, Dir.).  New York stage credits include John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men; Athol Fugard's Hello And Goodbye; Edward Allbee's The Zoo Story and Shaw's Saint Joan.  Played 11 characters in A Tuna Christmas at the Greenbriar Valley Theatre in West Virginia.  Film credits include Chicane (Zanuck Company); Arresting Gena (Good Machine); Late Watch (Tribeca Film Festival); Island, Alicia (Cannes Film Festival).  Recently played "Vincent Van Gogh" in a 3-D episode of Medium.  Fabulation is Ed's first gig with the West Coast Ensemble Theatre Company.

Ben Campbell (Director)

Ben is juiced to be directing his first full production in the Los Angeles area.  Mr. Campbell also directed the acclaimed, sold-out Nevada premiere of Jason Robert Brown's masterpiece The Last 5 Years, the world-premiere staged reading of Don Cummings' Live Work Space and multiple short films as seen by over 30,000 youtube surfers.  Most of his professional career has been spent on the stage. 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, which was performed around the world including The Kennedy Center.  Television roles include House M.D, and Numb3rs.  He is probably best known for advancing the childhood-obesity epidemic by portraying “Whopper Jr.” in the long running national Burger King campaign.  He would like to thank Richard Israel, Les Hanson and Oprah Winfrey for this opportunity.

Ace Gibson (Flow/Agent Duva/Rapper/Drug Dealer/Mover/Applicant)

Being a native New Yorker, born in Queens and raised on Long Island, Mr. Gibson found his passion for acting.  In 2000, Mr. Gibson received his Associates degree from Nassau Community College in Theatre and Dance.  He later spent a year honing his craft at U.C.L.A., which fueled him. In addition to his acting abilities, he has a background in hip hop dance. Mr. Gibson is currently a student at the Second City Training Center, expanding his acting through improvisation. Be sure to watch for this up and coming star. Mr. Gibson currently has a principal role in a McDonald's commercial.

Lyn Michele Ross (Allison/Mother/Rosa/Inmate/Addict/Applicant)

Ms. Ross was born and raised in Los Angeles and is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach Theatre Arts Department. She is excited about returning to the West Coast Ensemble Stage. Fabulation marks her second experience with the company Oh Freedom being the first. Some of her other many stage credits include, the NAACP theatre award nominated, The Bow Wow Club, which was also featured at the National Black Theatre Festival,  Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune, as Frankie, King Lear with Charles S. Dutton, Driving While Black in Beverly Hills, and the NAACP Award nominated, The Colored Museum at the Company of Angels. She has appeared in numerous television commercials and independent short and feature films.

Sachandra Grandoit (Stephie/Counselor/Devora, Pregnant Woman/Applicant)

Ms. Grandoit is a proud member of West Coast Ensemble and is very excited to make her WCE debut! Ms. Grandoit’s past productions include Esmeralda in Camino Real,  Medea in Medea, Berta in Hedda Gabbler, and acclaimed Broadway director Nicholas Martin in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream. Some of Ms. Grandoit’s past film credits include, Blood and Bone, and Joy Gohrings acclaimed 18. You can see Ms. Grandoit in her next feature Recollections of Human Trafficking. Ms. Grandoit would like to thank the cast and crew for their amazing talent and support! She would also like to thank Richard Israel and Les Hanson for keeping WCE alive and for creating such a great artistic home for actors! Ms. Grandoit would also like to thank Sammy for all his support & love I couldn’t be any luckier! I LOVE YOU FOR BELIEVING IN ME ALWAYS!

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Carlos Acuña (Herve/Guy/Lance)

Making his WCE debut, Mr. Acuña is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful production with such a gifted cast! Regional credits include: The Old Globe; Sea Of Tranquility, Shakespeare Santa Barbara; Much Ado About Nothing, The Guthrie Lab; Bye Bye Margarita, Borderlands Theatre Company; Caras y Mascaras, Thirteen Days, Tucson Pastorela. Los Angeles credits include: The Theatre @ Boston Court; Oedipus El Rey, Tres Stage Theatre; Rumours Of Our Death, Ethos Theatre Company; Merchant Of Venice, Seven Deadly Sins, Underground Theatre Company; Dangerous Corner. Film: The Metal Box, Spanish Fly (2010), Three Breaths, A Drink To Your Health (2010), Relax Inn Motel. TV: Days Of Our Lives, Guiding Light, One Life To Live. Training: M.F.A Rutgers University; Mason Gross School of the Arts Conservatory/The Guthrie Experience M.F.A. Summer Conservatory.

This production is sponsored in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs

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Rebecca Kessin (Sound Designer)

Ms. Kessin is a sound designer based in Los Angeles.  Recent designs include:  Chasing Monsters - Company of Angels, Urinetown - Saddleback College, Eve Ensler's I Am An Emotional Creature (World Premiere) - The Archer School, Three Tall Women - WCE, Stranger - Bootleg, The Miracle Worker (Four Star Award) - High Street Arts Center, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (asst. sound design) - Kirk Douglas, Man of La Mancha - Laguna Playhouse, Pope Joan - Stella Adler, The Graduate - WCE, Educating Rita - The Colony.  Lead Engineer:  Rocky Horror - A Tribute! - Universal Studios Hollywood

Lauren Wemischner (Lighting Designer)

Ms. Wemischner is a lighting designer based in the Los Angeles area.  Some of her recent work includes Waiting for Lefty directed by Gina Belefonte, and Trojan Women directed by Mary Lou Rosato. She has also been assistant lighting designer at the Geffen Playhouse on Nightmare Alley and at Pasadena Playhouse on Crowns.  In addition to theatre Lauren recently designed the lighting for ArtTribe Los Angeles; a charity art event benefiting the Spiral Foundation and is currently the food stylist and photographer for RobertWemischner.com.  Lauren just graduated from CalArts with a BFA in Lighting Design.