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Coney Island Christmas 2012 Cast

  • Isabella Acres

    Isabella Acres as Young Shirley

    When she was a toddler, Isabella repeatedly attempted to climb onto the stage at a concert, proclaiming that she wanted to be a part of the show.  Her journey as an actor began soon after that.  At age seven, Isabella landed a series regular role on ABC's office comedy Better Off Ted.  She later recurred on Desperate Housewives.  Isabella's big screen premiere was in Miranda July's The Future.  Her other television credits include roles on The Middle, The Event, The Mentalist, Monk and Hallmark's Beyond the Blackboard.  She is currently playing Soleil Friedman on season two of the Fox series Touch, and she continues to voice characters in several animated shows including Adventure Time, Scooby Doo Mystery Inc., Phineas and Ferb, and Sofia the First.  Isabella is excited to be making her stage debut at the Geffen Playhouse as Young Shirley Abramowitz.    


  • Elitia Daniels

    Elitia Daniels as Ensemble

    Elitia is thrilled to be performing on the Geffen Stage.  A recent graduate of the Theatre, Film and Television School at UCLA, Elitia is grateful to be consistently performing and studying in Los Angeles.   Proud to be part of the Illyrian Players Theatre Co. ensemble, she was most recently seen as Maud/Victoria in their production of Cloud 9.  Elitia is looking forward to building a lasting career and thanks her mom and dad for their love and support. 


  • Maya Erskine

    Maya Erskine as Anna Ling

    Maya is thrilled to be making her Geffen Playhouse debut.  Other theater credits include: Hamlet (Ophelia at ZJU), Snow Falling on Cedars (Hatsue at Theatre Works), Crimes of the Heart (Babe at East West Players), and A Winter's Tale (Autolycus at Theatre 80 St. Marks).  She trained with the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the International Theatre Workshop in Amsterdam. She feels deep gratitude for all the support and love from family and friends. 


  • Julian Evens

    Julian Evens as Henry Brown

    Julian Evens was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.   Since first studying acting at LaGuardia High School and then graduating from California Institute of the Arts in 2010, he has been living and working in Los Angeles and enjoying every moment of it.  He has worked in film (Project X, Things Never Said) and commercials while still keeping his love for theater alive.  Theater credits include: Shoe Story at Theater of NOTE and The Exile of Petie DeLarge at Son of Semele.  Coney Island Christmas is his first Equity production and he is immensely excited to work with this talented cast and crew. 


  • Ty Freedman

    Ty Freedman as Ensemble

    Ty Freedman, a proud Bostonian, is thrilled to be a part of this fantastic production.  Ty spent the last seven years in Chicago where he had the very lucky opportunity to work with some amazing theaters including Steppenwolf Theatre, Looking Glass Theatre and Emerald City Theatre. Ty began his theatrical career very early by playing the coveted and challenging role of Moses when he was three at his grandmothers Passover Sader.  He later went on to train at Walnut Hill Arts High School, DePaul University and even ran away to clown school in London when he was 18.  Most recently Ty performed in the world premiere musical Bend in the Road at Pasadena Playhouse.  Merry Chanakkah everyone!


  • Joe Gillette

    Joe Gillette as Ira Pushkov

    Joe Gillette couldn't be more thrilled to be making his Geffen Playhouse debut.  Hailing from Northern California, he headed south and studied theater at Cal State Fullerton, where he received his B.A. Favorite roles there include: Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Swiss Cheese in Mother Courage. He was last seen on stage in Courage Theatre Company's production of Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. Television: Desperate Housewives. Also an accomplished singer/songwriter, Joe's music will be featured in the upcoming indie film The Fortune Theory (Blackboard Pictures) and his self-titled EP can be found on iTunes.   


  • Stephanie Grant

    Stephanie Grant as Ensemble

    Stephanie Grant, 12, is thrilled to join the cast of Coney Island Christmas at the Geffen Playhouse. She plays Tiny Tim, a Mouse and understudies for Clara and Young Shirley in the production directed by Bart DeLorenzo.  A Tennessee native, Grant has performed on stage at the Carter Fold and with country music artist Lorrie Morgan.  In 2009, she moved with her family to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television, quickly landing a guest star on ABC's drama Criminal Minds.  She has an upcoming co-star in Save Me, a new comedy from NBC.  Grant continues to study acting, singing and dance.  She is represented by Sweeney Entertainment.
     


  • Arye Gross

    Arye Gross as Mr. Abramowitz

    Theater credits - Broadway: Brooklyn Boy by Donald Margulies (MTC). Regional: Circle Mirror Transformation, Our Mother's Brief Affair, Brooklyn Boy, Let's Play Two (South Coast Repertory), The Square (MTF Asian Theatre Workshop), M. Butterfly (East/West Players), Room Service (Pasadena Playhouse), Three Sisters (LATC), Rose of the Rancho and Bandito! (El Teatro Campesino), La Bete (Stages Theatre at The Ford).  Arye frequently works with The Antaeus Company, where he is a member of the Ensemble.  Film and TV include: Grey Gardens, Minority Report, Big Eden, Harvest, The Riches, the soon to be released Commencement (playing opposite his frequent collaborator Marin Hinkle) and the recurring role of Sidney Perlmutter, M.E., on ABC's Castle.  Arye is very proud to have appeared with James Earl Jones in the TV Movie Confessions: Two Faces of Evil, directed by the late Gil Cates.    


  • Annabelle Gurwitch

    Annabelle Gurwitch as Mrs. Abramowitz

    Annabelle Gurwitch is an actress and a writer.  Stage credits include the title role in Murray Mednick's Joe and Betty, for which she was included in the New York Times Top Ten Performances of 2002 and the Los Angeles Times Top Ten of 2001, the 20th Anniversary production of Uncommon Women and Others at Second Stage and numerous L.A. Theatre Works productions.  Television credits include seven seasons of Dinner and Movie, Dexter, Boston Legal, Medium and Seinfeld.  Films: Melvin Goes to Dinner, Shaggy Dog and the documentary Fired!, which premiered as a Showtime Comedy Special.  A former NPR commentator, she's authored two books, Fired! (S&S) and You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up (Random House), co-written with her husband Jeff Kahn.  Tomato the play is currently receiving its second national tour.  On November 14th, Autumn Leaves, an e-book single from her forthcoming comedic memoir, will be available exclusively at the new literary site www.zolabooks.com.    


  • Rachel Hirshee

    Rachel Hirshee as Ensemble

    Having recently graduated from UCLA's Ray Bolger Musical Theater Program in the School of Theater, Film and Television, Rachel is thrilled to be making her Geffen Playhouse debut.  Favorite roles include: Helga in Cabaret (UCLA), Pirate in NeverWonderLand (BoomKat Dance Theatre) and singing as herself at the Catalina Jazz Club.  Besides performing, Rachel can also be found teaching musical theater to kids at 5th Row Center in Manhattan Beach.  A huge thank you to her parents, her teachers and her wonderful boyfriend, Drew, for their unending support and love.
     


  • Lily Holleman

    Lily Holleman as Miss Glace

    Los Angeles theater credits include: Where the Great Ones Run (Rogue Machine Theatre), Circle Mirror Transformation (South Coast Repertory), The Trip To Bountiful (SCR), Bleed Rail (The Theatre at Boston Court; Ovation and LA Weekly Award nominee), All About Walken (The Dragonfly), God Save Gertrude (Boston Court), Doomsday Kiss (Bootleg Theater), Crumble: Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake (Moving Arts), A New War (Theater 68). Film: @urFRENZ (Winner: Method Fest and Flagstaff Film Festival Best Actress Award, available now on itunes, VOD and Hulu), The Den, Tenure and How I Got Lost. Television: Captain Daddy (animated pilot), Key & Peele, Southland, Tracey Ullman's State of the Union, Queen Sized, Sonny with a Chance, Lewis Black's Root of All Evil, and Campus Ladies. Follow Lily on twitter @lilyholleman.   


  • Sequoia Houston

    Sequoia Houston as Ensemble

    Sequoia is truly excited to make her Geffen Playhouse debut in Coney Island Christmas.  A classically trained actress, she has graced the stage in an array of theatrical productions, from classic pieces such as The Colored Museum, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Black Nativity to independent productions like Traumnovela, Love Don't Live Here Anymore and Torn: The Willie Lynch Letter.  Her film credits include Fire From Below, Fat Planet and Legend of Love, among several other projects. She is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association's EMC program.  She dedicates this performance to her mother, Tonya Houston, who has always been a guiding light and encouraged her to follow her dreams.
     


  • Jim Kane

    Jim Kane as Ensemble

    Jim Kane, is thrilled to be working at the Geffen Playhouse.  He is an Antaeus A2 company member where he appeared in The Malcontent, Lysistrata and Richard III.  New York Theater: Dead Man's Cell Phone (Playwright's Horizons) 365 Days/365 Plays, (SITI Co. at The Public), Death and the Maiden, Pheadra's Love (One Year Lease), Waiting for Lefty (The Knitting Factory), The Good Thief (The Zipper).  Regional Theater: Candles to the Sun (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Under MilkWood, One for the Road (Williamstown Theatre Festival).  Jim is a proud graduate of the Atlantic Theater Company Acting Conservatory.


  • Grace Kaufman

    Grace Kaufman as Clara

    Grace Kaufman is 10 years old and enjoying life as a 5th grader and young actress.  Most recently seen as Betty Parris in The Crucible at the Lillian Theatre, her other theater credits include: Annie (as Molly, starring with Andrea McArdle) and Meet Me in St. Louis (Tootie) for Musical Theatre West at the Carpenter Center (Outstanding Featured Actress, Stage Scene LA & Most Promising Newcomer, SoCal Motion Picture Council). Film/TV credits include: Buttons in the Ground (Best Actress winner, 2012 Hollyshorts Film Festival); Kaylien (directed by Zoe Saldana), Deadtime Stories: Grave Secrets; guest starring roles on TNT's The Closer (with Kyra Sedgwick), NBC's Free Agents (as Hank Azaria's daughter) and Disney Channel's Jessie; and voicing lead roles in several major animated series for Disney and Nickelodeon.  Grace loves books, animals, her parents and her little brother, Henry. She's thrilled to be making her debut at the Geffen Playhouse, and thanks Mr. Margulies, Mr. DeLorenzo, Ms. Schuringa and the rest of the cast and crew for the opportunity to be a part of this great production.   


  • Angela Paton

    Angela Paton as Shirley Abramowitz

    Angela Paton was recently seen on Broadway in Harvey. Her long theatrical career includes two other Broadway runs plus many roles at regional theaters; i.e., San Francisco's ACT, Washington's Arena Stage, Mark Taper Forum, LATC and South Coast Rep. In Berkeley, where she lived for 25 years, she worked as actress and director at The Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the Magic Theatre and founded the Berkeley Stage Company where she was the artistic director for 10 years.  Her favorite roles were Mary Tyrone, Mother Courage, Cleopatra, the Beauty Queen's mother and Peg O' My Heart. Her favorite film roles were in Groundhog Day, American Pie, The Con and Red Eye. She has appeared in more TV shows than she can remember.  She has translated and adapted plays by Marivaux, Sardou and Moliere. She is very proud of her three children, five grand children, and her husband, Robert W. Goldsby, and his newly published book Moliere on Stage: What's So Funny.      


  • Richard Realivasquez

    Richard Realivasquez as Ensemble

    Richard is thrilled to be making his Geffen Playhouse debut.  A native of Los Angeles, Richard recently graduated from The American Musical & Dramatic Academy with a B.F.A. in Musical Theater. While there, he performed in such shows as Rent, Into the Woods, Spring Awakening, The Rocky Horror Show and Side Show.  He can also be seen on TV in Entourage, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Mentalist.  Richard would like to thank his parents and a special thank you to Jill Gold.    


  • John Sloan

    John Sloan as Mr. Hilton

    John Sloan is thrilled to be making his Geffen Playhouse debut in Coney Island Christmas.  Elsewhere in Los Angeles he has performed at The Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, Theater at Boston Court and The Odyssey.  John is currently the co-artistic director of The Antaeus Company where he has been a member since 2005.  Other credits from New York and around the country include Soho Playhouse, La Mama Etc., American Jewish Theater, The Mint Theater Company, Denver Center Theater Company, The Intiman (Seattle) and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.  His television appearances include leading roles in the Sci-Fi mini-series The Triangle, Happy Hour on FOX and the Hallmark movie The Seven Year Hitch.  Other credits include Liz & Dick, Private Practice, Gray's Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, The Glades and CSI: NY.  John graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in English Literature.      


  • Kira Sternbach

    Kira Sternbach as Evie Slotnick

    Theater: The Seagull (LA Theatre Works), You and I (PPF South Coast Rep), Alligator (The O'Neill), In A Dark Dark House (Almeida Theatre, London), Enjoy (59E59, NY), End Days (Odyssey Theater), How I Learned to Drive (Terry Schreiber Studio, NY), American Girls (45th St. Theatre, NY), The Shape Of Things (Edinburgh Fringe), Gerald's Method (Center Stage, NY), Beef (Crowne Point Festival, NY), Raised By Lesbians (Barrow St. Theatre, NY), Surgery (MITF, NY),  One Night (East Coast Tour) and Pains Of Youth (Cal Rep Theatre). Film and television credits include The Closer, CSI Las Vegas, The Prisoner, My Normal, Three Windows, Anyone But Me, Lately, and Virgin.  Represented by Susie Schwarz and Kasra Ajir.  www.kirasternbach.com.    


  • Eileen T'Kaye

    Eileen T'Kaye as Ensemble

    Eileen T'Kaye just starred as Ruth in Collected Stories (CV Rep) and is thrilled to be working on another Donald Margulies play.  Other recent credits include Osif in The Government Inspector (Theatre @ Boston Court), Zinaida in Ivanov (Odyssey Theatre with Bart DeLorenzo), Frieda in The Tale of the Allergist's Wife (La Mirada Theatre) and Hucklebee in the Reprise! production of The Fantasticks (Freud Playhouse).  The recipient of an LADCC, three L.A. Weekly, one OOBR and three Drama-Logue Awards, other acting credits include Beatrice in Don't Talk to the Actors (Laguna Playhouse), Mrs. Peachum in Threepenny Opera (ICT), Mattie in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (Greenway Court) and Penny in You Can't Take It With You (Colony Theatre).  Ms. T'Kaye is also an award-winning producer and the Founding Producing Director of The Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena.  Thank you, Bart, the Geffen, David and her bubbies.
      


  • Andrew Walke

    Andrew Walke as Jackie Sauerfeld

    Andrew Walke is thrilled to be making his debut at the Geffen Playhouse in Coney Island Christmas. A native of Fresno, CA, Andrew holds a BFA in Acting from CalArts. Some past productions include Henry V, Piedra de Sol at The Getty Villa, Our Town, The Diviners and That Untraveled World.  Andrew thanks his family, Bart DeLorenzo, Donald Margulies and Mary Lou Rosato.