Cast & Crew
The producers of “Sarah’s War” would like to thank the cast and crew for their incredible hard work and devotion to telling this story, and the long list of cofounders, supporters and friends of Freedom Theatre West, listed on the Friends page, for making this play possible in the first place.
Sincerely, Jordan Elgrably, Amani Jabsheh, Sheana Ochoa
ABICA DUBAY (Sarah—first run)
Abica Dubay recently graduated with a BFA in Acting from CalArts. Her most recent credits include: Agnes in “Bug”; Nina in “The Seagull”; Cass in “Wonder Of The World”; Jessica in “This Is Our Youth”; Tricia in “Dog Sees God”; Referee in “Never Swim Alone”; Ella in “John Gabriel Borkman” and Meg in “The Birthday Party.” Abica would like to thank Matt and Val for letting her be apart of telling this story!
TERRY DAVIS (Ann/Zakayah)
A proud member of the Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, Terry Davis has been involved inproductions including “Pygmallion,” “Camino Real,” “Under the Gaslight,” “Southern Girls,” “American Comedy,” “Los Angeles,” and “Happy End.” Other L.A. productions include “Questa,” Tennessee William’s “Kingdom of Earth,” “Favors,” (Drama-Logue Award) and “Facing East” at ITC. A most gratifying experience was performing with the L.A. Philharmonic at Disney Hall in a dramatic presentation of Shostakovitch’s Symphony No.13 “Babi Yar.” She has appeared in feature films, television pilots, movies of the week, episodics and situational comedies. An active community organizer, she currently serves on the Boards of the Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce as well as the Homeowners Association, and Communities United For Smart Growth (a 501C3 and a Founding Member). She has served as a Foundation Trustee at UC Santa Cruz and as past President of the Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council. She dedicates this role to her two beautiful daughters. May they always live their dreams.
LINDSEY GINTER (Neil)
Lindsey Ginter created the roles of Emmett Young in Lanford Wilson’s “A Tale Told” and was in Circle Rep’s “Hamlet and Mary Stuart.” He performed “Wilson’s 5th of July” on Broadway. At Pacific Resident Theatre he’s recently been in “Skylight,” “Sarah’s War” and “Rachel Ray.” With the Circle West Company he did John Bishop’s “Confluence” and “Legacies” as well as Arthur Miller’s “The Man Who Had All The Luck” with the Antaeus Company. On film he co-starred with Bruce Willis in “Mercury Rising” and with Eddie Murphy in “Beverly Hills Cop III.” He also appeared in “S.W.A.T.,” “Pearl Harbor” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” and the upcoming “Argo.” He’s also appeared on television in “Rizzoli and Isles,” “Criminal Minds,” “Shameless,” “The Practice,” “JAG,” “X-Files,” “Without a Trace” and “Lost.”
ANN BRONSTON (Linda)
Ann Bronston is a member of the acclaimed Rogue Machine Theatre and the Pacific Resident Theatre. At Rogue Machine she performed in the west coast premiere of” Bingo with the Indians,” (Glaad Award), the world premiere of “Yard Sale Signs”and in their Rant and Rave series. At PRT she performed in “Rocket to the Moon”, “Alice Sit by the Fire”, and both “Barrie Back to Back” plays. At the Odyssey Theatre she performed in the west coast premiere as Marie in “Marie and Bruce,” in “Madwoman of Chaillot” with Sheree North, the L.A. premiere of Steve Dietz’s “God’s Country” and the world premiere of “Kokoro” and “Eating Raoul,” Recently she appeared at Crown City Theatre in the world premiere of “Best Wishes”. She has done numerous guest star appearances on TV and co-starred in the movie “Going Beserk” with John Candy and in the movie “Scream.” She has won Dramalogue awards for “Uncommon Women and Others” and “Time of Your Life.” Her award-winning short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines. Thank you to the Levantine Center for creating dialogue through art. And Val for writing this important play. And Mr. Flynn always.
AVNER GARBI (Colonel Ha’as)
Avner Garbi was last seen in Vox Humana “CAB” by Michelle Kholos Brooks at the Lounge Theatre, and as the father in Saleem’s “Salam Shalom” at the Greenway Court Theatre. He is cofounder of The Jewish Rep in NYC with Ran Avni, and a founding member of The West Coast Ensemble. Mr. Garbi has appeared in over 100 plays in Israel, NYC, London, and Los Angeles. As a director he worked with WCE, Vox Humana, the Grace Players, Friends and Artists , the Laurel Grove, and many more. Film and TV appearances include “The Divided,” the first “Saw” feature, “Southland,” “Two and a Half Men,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Mercenary” and many more. He is proud to be part of this important production.
WILL GREEN (Matthew/Avi)
A graduate of CalArts, Will Green has appeared in theater including “Romeo & Juliet” (Shakespeare Center of LA), “A Suicide Bombing by Invitation Only” (Early Morning Opera) and at CalArts “The Seagull,” “As Far As Thought Can Reach,” “Blue/Orange,” “Ghosts.” Television appearances include “Torchwood” (Starz/BBC). MFA, CalArts. BA, Binghamton University.
MICHAEL HANSON (Danny, weeks 4-5)
Michael Hanson is a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film, and Television and a current member of both Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice and the Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble. PRT: “Our Town” (George), “Becky’s New Car” (Chris), “Fata Morgana” (George), “Fuddy Meers” (Kenny), and “Past Curfew” (Michael). LA Theatre Ensemble: “Group” (Paul), “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Lysander), and “The War Cycle: Gospel According to First Squad” (PFC Gehrman). Film and TV: “Vampires Suck,” “Switched at Birth,” and “1000 Ways to Die.” Michael is also a co-founder of Burning Sensation.
Hallee Hirsh began working in national commercials and community theater at the age of three. A year later, she landed a recurring role on the ABC Soap “Loving.” TV and Feature films followed with several Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movies before she landed roles in “One True Thing” and “You’ve Got Mail.” At age 11 she was nominated for her first Young Artist’s Award for her role as a would-be child serial killer in the Law & Order episode, “Killerz.” By age 14, she had landed a major recurring role on “ER” portraying Mark Green’s daughter, Rachel. Since then she has had guest starring role in numerous shows such as “JAG,” “Boston Legal,” “Six Feet Under” and “Criminal Minds.” Her performance in the independent feature “16 to Life,” garnered her several awards in both national and international film festivals. In 2011 she graduated with honors from UCLA where she studied Cultural Anthropology and Chinese.
RYAN MARTIN (Danny, weeks 6/7/8)
Ryan Martin recently moved to L.A. from Dallas, Texas where he was a company member with Shakespeare Dallas. He studied Shakespeare at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA and he is a proud college graduate. Now in L.A. he flash mobs Shakespeare with the guerrilla theatre troupe, Salty Shakespeare. Ryan is tired of writing the name “Shakespeare” in his bio. He should broaden his horizons. Shakespeare.
MARLEY McCLEAN (Caitlin/Soldier 2—first run)
Marley is a graduate of UCLA’s Theater program and is so excited and grateful to be doing “Sarah’s War.” She has appeared in numerous television shows and feature films such as “Star Trek Voyager,” “Oh Baby!,” “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” “If These Walls Could Talk 2,” “Serenity,” and “Slums Of Beverly Hills.” Recent theater appearances include her Off-Broadway debut as Julia in “Julia at 59E59 Theaters,” Caitlin in the workshop version of “Sarah’s War” and Emily in “Our Town” at Pacific Resident Theater, as well as Little Bear in Tim Robbin’s “Break The Whip” at The Actors’ Gang. She wants to thank her family and John for their constant love and support.
KATE MINES (Caitlin/Soldier 2—extended run)
Kate Mines' TV and film credits include “The Hurt Locker,” "Grey’s Anatomy" (recurring as Nurse Gloria), "Actors Anonymous" with Sally Kirkland, "Prairie Sonata" currently on the film festival circuit. She also stars in a comedic series produced by Jane Lynch and Lisa Kudrow called “Dropping The Soap” www.DroppingTheSoap.com. Her LA theatre credits include “As White as O,” “Cuts,” “The Friendly Hour” (Best Ensemble, LA Weekly Awards) and “Palace of the End” (Best Solo Performance, LA Weekly Awards). Regional theatre credits include Lake Tahoe Shakespeare, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Napa Valley Repertory. Kate holds a B.A. from UC Santa Cruz and has trained at UCB, Groundlings, Solano College’s Actor Training Program, and Stagedoor Manor. For more info check out KateMines.com. She is repped by Sovereign Talent and Bedford Forest Management.
WILL ROTHHAAR (Danny, weeks 1-3)
Will is thrilled to be a part of the re-birth of “Sarah’s War.” He played Danny in the original workshop. He began his career in the theatre at age four, and continued on to television and film. Some of his work includes: “Mission Park,” “16 To Life,” “Hearts in Atlantis,” “Kingpin,” “CSI: Vegas” and “CSI Miami,” “Fringe,” “Memphis Beat,” and “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” He’s a local musician and the son of very talented actors Nancy Linehan Charles and Michael Rothhaar. In 2011, Rothhaar appeared with Aaron Eckhart as Cpl. Lee Imlay in the alien-invasion movie “Battle: Los Angeles.”
ADRIA TENNOR BLOTTA (Liz/Waitress)
Adria Tennor, an actress, writer and restaurateur, made her film debut playing a twelve-year old school boy in Hal Hartley’s “Amateur,” which premiered in the Directors Fortnight at Cannes. She works regularly on television, and is most known for her recurring roles on ABC Family’s late but great “Greek” as the kooky Professor Clarissa Hawn and Betty Draper’s friend Joyce Darling on AMC’s “Mad Men.” She appears in Michel Hazanavicius’s much celebrated film, “The Artist,” released by The Weinstein Company in which she plays John Goodman’s dutiful if not impish secretary. Her one-woman show, “StripSearch,” played to rave reviews in Los Angeles for over a year and a half and will soon be published as a memoir. She feels blessed and grateful to be onstage telling this very important, moving story. Visit her site.
AMRO SALAMA (Ryad [understudy])
Anger and hatred are cries for love. “Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.” Mahatma Gandhi. Amro Salama’s TV credits include “Beautiful People,” “Suite Life on Deck,” “Children’s Hospital,” “Sleeper Cell,” “NUMB3RS,” “My Name Is Earl,” “Law & Order,” “Third Watch,” “Moonlight,” “The Unit.” Film Credits include Ed Zwick’s “The Siege,” “Those Who Wait,” “The Waiting Room,” “Anthem” and “Back From Iraq.” Community, Regional and Off-Broadway theatre credits includ “Omnium Gatherum,” “Anything Goes,” “Out of Order” and “On Caring for the Beast” for Cornerstone Theatre Company. He has understudied for “The Pain and the Itch” at Boston Court as well as numerous musical theatre and Shakespeare productions. Member of The Actor’s Network, Finalist at The Actors Studio, Member of SAG/Aftra/Equity and Life!
AYMAN SAMMAN (Ryad)
After a successful career as an indie rock singer and a theatre actor in Egypt and Chicago, Ayman Samman is now working in TV and film in Hollywood. He graduated from Helwan University as an Egyptologist and guided tourists throughout Egypt, Jordan, and Israel. His natural storytelling skills and his ability to easily connect with people are ingredients to his recipe for success.
Since moving to Los Angeles, he played a lead role in the AFI film Thief which recently won the Narrative Gold Medal from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Student Oscars) and he appeared in the BackStage Critic’s Pick “Haram Iran” as well as few independent productions, co-produced and starred in the web series “Switch,” and founded "The ADD Channel" (an online sketch comedy video site). Ayman is determined to serve as a bridge between American and Middle Eastern cultures. He is very grateful to be part of this amazing ensemble and to tell this moving story. You can learn more about him at: www.aymanation.com.
DINA SIMON (Noura)
Dina Simonwas raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and has always been involved in the arts, performing in recreation centers and local theaters. She trained at Playhouse West where she appeared in Los Angeles’ longest running original play, "Welcome Home, Soldier" by Tony Savant and Robert Carnegie. TV/film credits include The History Channel's "Seven Deadly Sins" and "Ex-Free," slated to hit theaters early next year. She is fortunate to be a part of "Sarah's War"with others passionate about telling this important story.
SUSAN WILDER (understudy, Ann)
Susan Wilder was just in Philadelphia playing Gertrude Lawrence in “Noel & Gertie” at the Walnut Street Theatre. She has worked at Lincoln Center Theater in “King Lear” (with Christopher Plummer), “Ivanov” (with Kevin Kline), “The Grand Manner,” and “Far East.” Other stage credits include: “Heartbreak House” (Ariadne) at Berkeley Rep, “Orson’s Shadow” (Vivien Leigh) at Philadelphia Theatre Company, “The Magic Fire” (Amalia) at the Wilma Theater, “A Little Night Music” (Desiree) at the Arden Theatre, “Humble Boy” (Flora) at People’s Light & Theatre Company. Television and ﬁlm credits include: “Danni Lowinski” (CW pilot), “Hack,” “Perry Mason,” “Spencer: For Hire,” “Equal Justice,” “The Petriﬁed Forest” (CBS Live Broadcast with Jack Klugman), “The Best and the Brightest,” “Unbreakable,” “Universal Signs,” “The Silence at Bethany,” and “Big” (hey, Allan).
ALLAN WASSERMAN (Uncle Don)
Allan Wasserman has recently appeared as Adam Sandler’s doctor in “Funny People” directed by Judd Apatow, and as Matthew Broderick’s psychiatrist in “Finding Amanda” directed by Peter Tolan. He was recently seen in “Certifiably Jonathan” starring Jonathan Winters. Allan’s other film credits include “Big,” “Little Big League” and “Cocktail.” His numerous television appearances include guest starring roles on "Two Broke Girls," "Bones," “The Office,” “ER,” “The Sopranos,” “Boston Legal,” “Las Vegas,” “Sex and the City,” “Curb your Enthusiasm” and “Seinfeld.” On stage, he performed in the Broadway production of “The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel” with Al Pacino, directed by David Wheeler, and Off Broadway in “Coming Attractions” and numerous regional theatre productions dating back many years. As a writer, Allan has published several award-winning short stories including “Toughest Cat in the Bronx,” “Bozza” and “Finkelstein the Bear.” Allan can also be seen playing saxophone with the Pasadena City College Latin Jazz Ensemble led by Bobby Rodriguez, and is the bandleader of the Allan Wasserman Jazz Ensemble. Allan is a Vice President with American Portfolios as a financial advisor.
BEHIND THE SCENES
VALERIE DILLMAN (Playwright)
Valerie Dillman attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art before arriving in Los Angeles to start her career. She joined the award-winning Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice where she and fellow playwright Vince Melocchilaunched the highly successful PRT writers’ group. The group produced several of her one act plays including “Rachel’s War,” (the one-act version of “Sarah’s War”), “Hedda Lives!” and “First Lady” as well as a workshop production of “Sarah’s War.” Valerie also wrote and directed the short film “Fascinating,” which premiered at the Sedona International Film Festival. She is currently working on a new full-length play and a web series “Wake Up America!” that takes a satirical look at the morning news. She is grateful to be a part of starting Freedom Theatre West and would like to thank Marilyn Fox, Matt McKenzie, the members of Pacific Resident Theatre and the PRT writers’ group for their great love and support.
MATT MCKENZIE (Director)
Matt directed William Saroyan’s “The Time of your Life” at the Pacific Resident Theatre where he is a long-time member. It was nominated “Best Revival of the Year” 2008, by the Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Circle. He also directed the workshop version of “Sarah’s War” at PRT. He is a fight choreographer who has staged dozens of fights at theatres around the country. He has been a member of Actor’s Equity Association for over thirty years, and has performed major roles at theatres all across the United States. He was in the Academy-Award winning film “Gods and Monsters.” Television viewers may remember him from recurring roles on “Mad Men” and “24”.
JORDAN ELGRABLY (Producer)
Jordan is the founding director of the Levantine Cultural Center (LCC) (levantinecenter.org), which since 2001 has championed the Middle East and North Africa by presenting arts and educational programs that bridge political and religious divides. He has produced hundreds of public programs attended by over 50,000 people in Southern California. He is the creator of the longest-running Middle Eastern stand-up comedy show, the Sultans of Satire (sultansofsatire.com), as well as a film series, New Voices in Middle Eastern Cinema, funded in part by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (goldenglobes.org). “Sarah’s War” is the debut production of Freedom Theatre West—the first theatre company in Southern California to focus on the Middle East and North Africa.
Freedom Theatre West (named after and affiliated with the late Juliano Mer‐Khamis’ theatre in Jenin, Palestine) will be a company devoted to producing and promoting the work of Middle Eastern, American and international artists here in Los Angeles. Freedom Theatre West seeks to present plays and represent artists from Israel to Iran—something that is not only not done anywhere else, but is considered impossible by most people. Jordan believes good theatre—comedies and dramas—brings people together in the fearless exploration of real conflict.
AMANI JABSHEH (Executive Producer)
Born in Nablus, Palestine, Amani Jabsheh is a senior financial analyst with North American Medical Management. She holds a B.A. from Al-Najah University in Nablus and a Masters in Health Administration from the University of La Verne. Amani serves on the board of the Network of Arab American Professionals of Orange County and on the Board of Governors of the Levantine Cultural Center. She she helped bring the art exhibit “A Child’s View of Gaza” to Los Angeles.
SHEANA OCHOA (Coproducer)
Sheana Ochoa received her Masters in Professional Writing at USC majoring in theatre. For a number of years she ran the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre in Hollywood, where she inaugurated the One-Act Play festivaland directed her one-act play, “The Masterpiece.” Sheana has written articles and book reviews for CNN.com, the Levantine Review and many other publications. You can read her blog for the award-winning website TheNextFamily.com. She was Assistant Editor for LOUDmouth Magazine. Her forthcoming book is Stella! A Life in Art is a biography of Stella Adler, first lady of American Acting. See http://stellaadleralifeinart.wordpress.com and sheanaochoa.com.
Tamer Batayneh (Assistant Stage Manager) hails from Amman, Jordan, where he hosted a morning a radio talk show for five years. He has also hosted/produced for television where his work aired on regional satellite stations in the Arabian Gulf and Levant. Tamer is passionate about spreading multicultural dialogue and understanding. Most recently he was the Bana Hilal Bridgebuilder Scholar at the Levantine Cultural Center.
Cara Giannini (Costumes) has extensive wardrobe credits in film, television and theatre. She has worked on such sketch comedy shows as “Blue Collar TV,” “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment” and “Thank God You’re Here.”
Crystal Magallanes (Stage Manager) graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Theatre in 2009. She has stage managed such shows as “The Medieval Mystery Plays,” “Turpentine Jake,” “Rocky Horror Show” and “Love and Other Mishaps.” Crystal is very excited to be a part of “Sarah’s War.”
Alex Enberg (Sound) is an actor and film producer who has played young Vulcan engineers on two Star Trek series. He designed the special effects for a short film, “Fartman: Caught in a Tight Ass” and has designed special effects for film.
Philip Sokoloff (Publicity) has represented many individual shows as well as Theatre West, the MET Theatre, Sierra Madre Playhouse, Fremont Centre Theatre, Alliance Repertory Company, The Eclectic Company Theatre, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Ray Bradbury’s Pandemonium Theatre Company & Dreamhouse Ensemble.
Keith Stevenson (Projections) is a filmmaker, writer and actor. He has been a member of Pacific Resident Theatre since 1998. Check out weesmallfilms.com to see more of his work.
William Wilday (Lighting/Scenic Design) is a member of L.A. Stage Alliance and has worked on dozens of theatrical productions at the Morgan-Wixon Theatre, Classical Theatre Lab, the Pacific Resident Theatre and others.