About the Author

Anne Johnstonbrown

Anne Johnstonbrown is an actor, songwriter, teacher and author. She has a Master's Degree in Theatre Arts and has worked as an Adjunct Professor at several Southern California universities, including The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles where she taught Acting, Auditioning and the Business of Acting. As an internationally-renown songwriter, many of Anne's compositions can be heard worldwide, from Canada to Africa, on radio and beyond. She is also the author of several books of varying genres, including children’s and mainstream fiction and non-fiction. Her most celebrated works are The 10 Commandments of Theater and True to archeType: A Guide to Characterization in Comedy, both published by Smith & Kraus, the world's largest publisher of theatre arts books. Of Commandments, Theatre Topics Magazine (Sept., 2008) and American Theatre Magazine (Jan., 2008) each gave the book glowing reviews and highly recommended it to readers learning the art of method acting. It is currently a required text in dozens of theatre arts departments nationwide. Over the past 30 years, Anne has enjoyed an illustrious career on the stage. As an Equity actor, Anne appeared on the famed Kodak Theatre stage (now The Dolby Theatre) as the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and has toured the U.S. with other national shows. She is also an award-winning audiobook producer and has released nearly 100 published projects over the past decade, many of which are the works of New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Just for fun, Anne enjoys teaching kickboxing and recently released a workout intensive DVD under her fitness company name, KBXcel Kickbox Cardio. She is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and the AEA and is the self-proclaimed “biggest Dodgers fan that EVER LIVED!”

Play Synopsis

 

When a woman meets a homeless man she thinks she recognizes, she wonders how his life would have changed had he made different choices. Was he really a hero like he claims to have been? If he wasn't on the streets, where would he be? From these questions, we take a journey through the various universes in which Lyman would have existed, and we learn the truth about how choices affect destiny and what it really means to be a hero.

Testimonials

LYMAN sets out to change society's perception of the homeless.

"If we could accept the truth that all homeless people are capable of being heroes and all people are capable of being homeless, then perhaps homelessness could once and for all be solved."

- Anne Johnstonbrown

                   

Robin S. - "Something so much bigger going on here."


Jeannette C. - "Moving and thought provoking."


Connie V. - "It's the sort of art that will inspire folks to take action. So glad to have been in the audience to witness your creativity and gift!"


Bill K. - "You will never know the full effect of what happened in your show last night but it did change some people!"


Michael A. - "My family from Concord N.H. thought it was fantastic. My sister told me that her eyes teared up."

  

Penny F. - "Fantastic! Compelling! Intriguing! Bravo!"

  

Nasser I. - "Me and my girlfriend loved this play. I am a homeless x-felon/motivational speaker, student at Chaffey. My friend who stays with me is a homeless vet. Me and her were in tears very emotional."


Dan B. - "Anne, wanted you to know my wife and I THOROUGHLY enjoyed seeing "Lyman" at the Grove Theater in Upland this past Sunday evening. The actors were both dynamic and mesmerizing....Performances to behold indeed. Great work and theme. Thank You for sharing."

The Hollywood Spotlight

It was our honor to be interviewed by famed marketing expert Joie Gharrity for her web show, The Hollywood Spotlight Series, on April 17, 2018. I was joined by LYMAN alum, Veronica Crystal Young, who brilliantly plays Older Marilyn in the show. We discussed our careers in Hollywood, as well as my creative process for bringing LYMAN The Musical to life. 


Check out the video! 

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Don't Forget to Pray

JUST RELEASED! A new cut from the LYMAN The Musical soundtrack, available for purchase on this website, and featuring the amazing vocals of Eddie Griego. CHECK IT OUT!

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