Lou Beatty Jr.

Guest starring as Anders

 

LOU BEATTY JR. is an actor of stage, television and film, as well as a writer and producer in theater. He is a recipient of the Golden Nugget Award for Actors, Detroit News, for the play Back In The World and the Theater Excellence Award, Detroit Free Press, for the play I Am A Man which also won Best Play. Lou was a series regular on the NBC show Off Their Rockers, hosted by the legendary Betty White.  Lou just finished shooting The Yard, a pilot for the BET and recently appeared on the CBS hit show 2 Broke Girls. Television credits include roles on Fameless, Angie Tribeca, Welcome to the Family TV 1, Modern Family ABC, The Messengers CW network and guest starring roles in Raising Hope, NCIS, CSI Miami, Las Vegas,  Boston Legal, Cold Case, Without A Trace, ER, Bones, West Wing, Judging Amy, Jag, X-Files, Charmed, Dynasty, Jake and the Fat Man, General Hospital, and Young and Restless to name a few. Theater credits include:  Paul Robson, Purlie Victorious, Nobody Walks Like My Daddy, Lady Patriot, Let Freedom Ring, Mama I Want To Sing, Raft of the Medusa, Howling Blues and Dirty Dogs, Joleta, Trees Don’t Bleed in Tuskegee, and Hold On To Your Dream which he also wrote and produced. With more commercials than he can count, Lou can currently be seen in several national Carl's Jr.'s spots. Look for him in the upcoming fall production of Tales from the Hood 2.

Cast

Eric Bailey Jr.

as Young Anders

Eric is a local from Pasadena, CA. He began acting around the age of 10 years old at his great grandmother's performing arts studio and studied theater at Azusa Pacific University. In addition to the stage, Eric is versed in voice acting, singing the jazz, gospel, and classical genres, directing both musical ensembles and children's theater. Fun fact: he spent a year in Atlanta working as a full-time background actor in film and television which he quite enjoys.

Jacob Betts

as Lyman Liri

Jacob has a double major in Cinema and Theatre from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. In 2012, he was selected as one of five people to attend Yale University’s Acting in Film Summer program. He has studied improv at Second City in Chicago, The Groundlings in Los Angeles, and Burpee’s Seedy Theatrical at Denison. Betts was nominated for Best Actor in the Riant Theatre’s 2015 Strawberry One Act Festival in Manhattan.  

Chantel Cagle-Cordova

as Marilyn Liri

Chantel Cagle-Cordova has performed in many productions throughout the Inland Empire, including Steel Magnolias, The Drowsy Chaperone, and The Pirates of Penzance to name a recent few. She is thrilled to be a part of such a heart-felt production. She hopes that everyone will enjoy the show and maybe even be inspired to create change in their communities.

Erik Dabrowski

as Bernie

Originally from Massachusetts, Erik is pursuing his career in acting for film & stage. After acquiring his MFA from Cal Arts, Erik appeared in immersive theater productions ranging from an adaptation of Dream Walker’s Ghosts to playing Trump in TSA’s  Car Plays. Erik is also a screen writer, film maker, impressionist and vocalist. He hopes to one day start an absurdist theater company.

John F. Henry II

Noah Naishtut

Natalie Eleftheriadis

as Eve St. Croix

Natalie received her BA in Theatre Performance from The Arts Academy, Federation University of Australia. After completing a national theatre tour with Brainstorm Productions, Natalie was cast in the leading role of M in both the stage production and feature film adaptation of J. Harkness’ Birthday, for which she was awarded Best Actress at the Cannes Independent Film Festival and nominated Best Actress at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival. 

Kevin Ezeh

as Barry

Kevin is a writer/actor who has done much work with the Circle Squared Collective Theater Ensemble. He has been a patron of Theatre Arts for more than a decade. Kevin is excited to remount LYMAN. He looks forward to bringing the character of Barry to life once again.

Andrew Flory

as Teen Lyman

Andrew is very excited to be working under the direction of Anne Johnstonbrown again and to be performing with the talented cast of LYMAN. His other favorite roles include Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island, Gavin in Caught in the Net, Kurt von Trapp in The Sound of Music, and John Darling in Peter Pan, among many others. Andrew also enjoys his work in LA, having filmed several national and international commercials including Hasbro Star Wars Command and NAPA.  

Eddie Griego

as Homeless Veteran

Eddie is a pianist, vocalist and songwriter from Apple Valley, CA. He is a Music Minister for various churches in the Inland Empire and the greater Los Angeles area. He has worked with Anne Johnstonbrown for many years in music, most recently as backup singers for J. Boykin.  

Michael Naishtut

as Older Lyman

Michael is a graduate from SUNY Oneonta with a BS in Theater. Michael moved to Los Angeles in 2009 with his wife Mari, their two children Noah and Sky, and their dog Max. Among many other roles, he has performed in Romeo and Juliet at the Met theatre and has appeared in the TV shows, Gene Simmons Family Jewels and 1000 Ways to die, as well as several short films. He performed the title role in The Big Bad Wolf, as well as various improv and sketch comedy shows at The Second City in Hollywood.

Betty Ann Ortega

as Frances Liri

Betty Ann Ortega has always had a passion for performing. She most recently had a supporting TV role in Oxygen’s Buried in the Backyard and played Phyllis in the stage production of Homeward LA at the Fanatic Salon Theatre. She is grateful to Anne Johnstonbrown for the opportunity to continue to do what she loves.

Nathan Smith-Finley

as Donnie Liri

Nathan is a full-time actor out of the Inland Empire. He returns to LYMAN The Musical in the role of Donnie Liri after a successful inaugural run at the Long Beach Playhouse in February. Nathan is a man of multiple talents, including writing and directing, and is a huge Indiana Jones fan!

Connie Ventress

as Colonel Maggie

Connie's theatre roles range from NY to CA, including several plays written and directed by Ted Lange.  Her latest TV appearance was as Janet Reno in the mini-series WACO, and her current film project, All the Creatures Were Stirring, is a holiday horror and already a Festival award winner. It will be released for the 2018 holiday season. Other credits include Grey’s Anatomy, Fresh Off the Boat, Glee and comedy sketches for Jay Leno. Thanks, Anne Johnstonbrown, for the opportunity.

William Warren

as Anders (understudy)

William, who is also a professional vocalist, toured Canada as a vocalist with the Platters and performed as a backup vocalist with recording artist Billy Davis and Marilyn McCoo of The Fifth Dimensions, Stephanie Mills, Deniece Williams and Phillip Bailey of Earth Wind and Fire. He has recently appeared as an actor and writer for the Towne Street Theatre production of In Response at the Stella Adler Theatre and created the role of Jesse Lee Johnson (Uncle Jesse) in the Los Angeles Premier of The Fertile River.

Howard Wilson

as Mick, Doctor, Jack, Gramps, etc.

With Howard’s forte as a character actor, he is ecstatic at playing nine separate roles of varying importance throughout LYMAN. An Ontario resident for now, he has previously directed, been directed by and performed with Ms. Johnstonbrown. In November, Howard will be retiring from his program manager job in Anaheim and maybe, just maybe, will make a second career by exploiting that forte of his.  

Veronica Crystal Young

as Older Marilyn

Veronica has performed such leading roles as Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Annie in Annie Get Your Gun, Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, both Tzietel and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Julie Jordan in Carousel, and Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, to name just a few. She also produced an original drama, The First Bedroom, which was nominated for five Artistic Director Awards. Currently, she performs as part of a country music duo, Crystal Whiskey.

Hailey Harris