Los Angeles Academy Company

Introducing the 2021-2022 Los Angeles Academy Company

It is with much honor that we introduce this year’s Los Angeles Academy Company and anticipate this full season of moving performances from the newest generation of dedicated and powerful actors.

Betty Karlen Company Director

Led by veteran acting instructor Betty Karlen, the Company performs a wide number of plays ranging from classical to contemporary, which are performed before an invited audience of Academy guests, agents, casting directors and other industry professionals.

2021-2022 Los Angeles Company Members

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream December 9-11
By: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Rayna Campbell

While preparations are underway for the marriage of Athenian duke Theseus and Amazon queen Hippolyta, fairy king Oberon and his tricky jester, Puck, make mischief with the indiscriminate use of a powerful love potion. Lysander and Demetrius both fall for Helena, raising the jealousy of Hermia, whose father is pressuring her to marry Demetrius despite Lysander's love for her. Four Athenians run away to the forest only to have Puck makes both boys fall in love with the same girl. The four run through the forest pursuing each other while Puck helps his master play a trick on the fairy queen. Meanwhile, a group of Athenian tradesmen (known as the Mechanicals), led by Peter Quince, are planning to perform a play in celebration of the duke’s wedding. They rehearse The Tragedy of Pyramus and Thisbe in the same forest. Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is timeless story of order and disorder, reality, appearance, love, and marriage.


Cast:
Alec Helton
Alec Helton
Vania Gisely Hernandez Ayub
Vania Gisely Hernandez Ayub
Autumn Ivy Hobson
Autumn Ivy Hobson
Mason Kennerly
Mason Kennerly
Susanne Kretschmer-Schmidt
Susanne Kretschmer-Schmidt
Dennis Mailu
Dennis Mailu
Alejandra Mercado Alcantara
Alejandra Mercado Alcantara
Talje Noble
Talje Noble
Duke Pierce
Duke Pierce
Christoph Stocker
Christoph Stocker
Trevor Walls
Trevor Walls

Reservations

  Performance Times
Performances are free. Click on time to RSVP.

December 9, 2021
7:00PM PT - SOLD OUT
December 10, 2021
7:00PM PT - SOLD OUT
December 11, 2021
7:00PM PT - SOLD OUT
  Location

Los Angeles Campus
1336 N. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028


A Piece of My Heart December 16-18
By: Shirley Lauro
Directed by: Betty Karlen

This is a powerful, true drama of six women who went to Vietnam: five nurses and a country western singer booked by an unscrupulous agent to entertain the troops. The play portrays each young woman before, during, and after her tour in the war-torn nation, their struggle to make sense of a war that irrevocably changed them, a nation that shunned them, and ends as each leaves a personal token at the memorial wall in Washington. A Piece of My Heart is a work with the music and soul of a tumultuous era in our history.


Cast:
Theoni Bekiari
Theoni Bekiari
Joaquina Gentil
Joaquina Gentil
Talje Noble
Talje Noble
Cameron Schnelz
Cameron Schnelz
Ye Zhong
Ye Zhong

Reservations

  Performance Times
Performances are free. Click on time to RSVP.

December 16, 2021
7:00PM PT
December 17, 2021
7:00PM PT
December 18, 2021
7:00PM PT
  Location

Los Angeles Campus
1336 N. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Jake's Women November 4-6
By: Neil Simon
Directed by: Betty Karlen

Jake, a novelist who is more successful with fiction that with his own life, struggles to save his second marriage that is on the verge of collapse. He talks to many of the women he knows, both in real life and in his imagination, as he works to save his marriage. The wildly comic and sometimes moving flashbacks played in his mind are interrupted by visitations from actual females. Jake, suffering from psychosis and seeing representations of a revered first wife who was killed in an accident, his daughter who is recalled as a child and young woman, his boisterous and bossy sister, his opinionated analyst, his current wife who is leaving him, and a prospective third wife, struggles to deal with his inability to write productively and must understand how he might be a better husband before he’s able to do so. 


Cast:
Theoni Bekiari
Theoni Bekiari
Brookelyn Brown
Brookelyn Brown
Reyna Stephanie Flores
Reyna Stephanie Flores
Joaquina Gentil
Joaquina Gentil
Duke Pierce
Duke Pierce
Cameron Schnelz
Cameron Schnelz
Julia Szucs
Julia Szucs
Ye Zhong
Ye Zhong

Reservations

  Performance Times
Performances are free. Click on time to RSVP.

November 4, 2021
8:00PM - SOLD OUT
November 5, 2021
8:00PM - SOLD OUT
November 6, 2021
8:00PM - SOLD OUT
  Location

Los Angeles Campus
1336 N. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028


Really Really October 28-30
By: Paul Downs Colaizzo
Directed by: Tim Landfield

When morning-after a wild party gossip about privileged Davis and ambitious Leigh turns ugly, self-interest collides with the truth and the resulting storm of ambiguity makes it hard to discern just who’s a victim, who’s a predator, and who’s a Future Leader of America. All that’s certain is when the veneer of loyalty and friendship is stripped away, what’s revealed is a vicious jungle of sexual politics, raw ambition, and class warfare where only the strong could possibly survive. In this quick-witted and gripping comic tragedy about “Generation Me,” it's every man for himself.


Cast:
Alec Helton
Alec Helton
Autumn Ivy Hobson
Autumn Ivy Hobson
Mason Kennerly
Mason Kennerly
Talje Noble
Talje Noble
Cameron Schnelz
Cameron Schnelz
Christoph Stocker
Christoph Stocker
Trevor Walls
Trevor Walls

Reservations

  Performance Times
Performances are free. Click on time to RSVP.

October 28, 2021
8:00PM - SOLD OUT
October 29, 2021
8:00PM - SOLD OUT
October 30, 2021
8:00PM - SOLD OUT
  Location

Los Angeles Campus
1336 N. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028


Women of Manhattan October 21-23
By: John Patrick Shanley
Directed by: Debra DeLiso

Billie, Judy, and Rhonda are friends and successful women living in Manhattan. However, one night over dinner together, they realize they might not be as “successful” as they outwardly appear. Billie’s marriage, though fine on the surface, is stuck in a rut, Rhonda is hung up on an old boyfriend who left her, and Judy can’t get a date with a straight man. The women part ways, and in a series of sharply written, subtly revealing scenes, their situations change due to their friendships with one another. Described by the author, John Patrick Shanley, as an “Upper West Side Story,” this provocative, brilliantly stylized, and often very funny play delves into the lives of three upscale Manhattan female “yuppies’ whose financial success is juxtaposed by their unsatisfied emotional needs.


Cast:
Alec Helton
Alec Helton
Vania Gisely Hernandez Ayub
Vania Gisely Hernandez Ayub
Susanne Kretschmer-Schmidt
Susanne Kretschmer-Schmidt
Dennis Mailu
Dennis Mailu
Alejandra Mercado Alcantara
Alejandra Mercado Alcantara

Reservations

  Performance Times
Performances are free. Click on time to RSVP.

October 21, 2021
8:00PM - SOLD OUT
October 22, 2021
8:00PM - SOLD OUT
October 23, 2021
8:00PM - SOLD OUT
  Location

Los Angeles Campus
1336 N. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028


Some Girl(s) September 23-25
By: Neil LaBute
Directed by: Betty Karlen

A man only referred to as “Guy” is about to get married. But, before his wedding he decides to visit his ex-girlfriends, all of whom he mistreated: Sam, his former high school sweetheart; Lindsay, a college professor from Boston; Tyler, his Chicago fling; and Bobbi, a woman from Los Angeles whom he could have ended up with.


Cast:
Reyna Stephanie Flores
Reyna Stephanie Flores
Joaquina Gentil
Joaquina Gentil
Autumn Ivy Hobson
Autumn Ivy Hobson
Mason Kennerly
Mason Kennerly
Susanne Kretschmer-Schmidt
Susanne Kretschmer-Schmidt
Talje Noble
Talje Noble

Reservations

  Performance Times
Performances are free. Click on time to RSVP.

September 23, 2021
8:00PM PT - SOLD OUT
September 24, 2021
8:00PM PT - SOLD OUT
September 25, 2021
8:00PM PT - SOLD OUT
  Location

Los Angeles Campus
1336 N. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028


And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little September 16-18
By: Paul Zindel
Directed by: Brenda Beck

A Broadway success, this dark comedy probes deeply into the tortured relationship of three sisters whose lives have reached a crisis point. The three Reardon sisters: Catherine, Anna, and Ceil, have grown up in a house dominated by their mother, who has recently passed. A scandalous event brings the three sisters together since their mother’s passing. Deep resentments erupt and are exacerbated by the intrusion of a well-meaning but boorish couple, whose unexpected arrival thrusts the action towards its shattering conclusion.


Cast:
Theoni Bekiari
Theoni Bekiari
Charlotte Hendrickx
Charlotte Hendrickx
Alejandra Mercado Alcantara
Alejandra Mercado Alcantara
Julia Szucs
Julia Szucs
Trevor Walls
Trevor Walls

Reservations

  Performance Times
Performances are free. Click on time to RSVP.

September 16, 2021
8:00PM PT - SOLD OUT
September 17, 2021
8:00PM PT - SOLD OUT
September 18, 2021
8:00PM PT - SOLD OUT
  Location

Los Angeles Campus
1336 N. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028


The Exonerated September 9-11
By: Erik Jensen and Jessica Blank
Directed by: Joe Garcia

Culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files, and public records, The Exonerated tells the true stories of six wrongfully convicted survivors of death row (Delbert Tibbs, Kerry Max Cook, Gary Gauger, David Keaton, Robert Earl Hayes, and Sunny Jacobs), in their own words and via their individual paths to freedom. The accounts of the freed convicts emphasize their lives after being sentenced to death, including much of the legal proceedings that led to their exoneration. 


Cast:
Alec Helton
Alec Helton
Vania Gisely Hernandez Ayub
Vania Gisely Hernandez Ayub
Dennis Mailu
Dennis Mailu
Talje Noble
Talje Noble
Duke Pierce
Duke Pierce
Cameron Schnelz
Cameron Schnelz
Christoph Stocker
Christoph Stocker
Ye Zhong
Ye Zhong

Reservations

  Performance Times
Performances are free. Click on time to RSVP.

September 9, 2021
8:00PM PT - SOLD OUT
September 10, 2021
8:00PM PT - SOLD OUT
September 11, 2021
8:00PM PT - SOLD OUT
  Location

Los Angeles Campus
1336 N. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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