Digital Program – “Mama Mama Can’t You See”

Coin & Ghost presents:
the World Premiere of

Mama Mama Can’t You See

By Stan Mayer and Cecilia Fairchild
Directed & Choreographed by Zach Davidson

May 13-29, 2022
The Other Space @ The Actors Company

Mama Mama runs approximately two hours, including one 10-minute intermission.


CONTENT WARNING

Mama Mama Can’t You See contains vivid descriptions of war and violence that that may be triggering to some audiences, particularly those with combat experience and/or post-traumatic stress disorder. This production also makes use of explicit/graphic language, simulated sex acts, herbal cigarettes, theatrical haze, strobe lighting effects, and sudden loud sounds.

 


 

Creative Team

Written by: Stan Mayer & Cecilia Fairchild
Directed by: Zach Davidson
Choreographed by: Zach Davidson, Elisa Rosin, and the Ensemble
Lighting Design: Joey Guthman
Sound Design & Original Score: Joseph “Sloe” Slawinski
Costume Design: Athena Lawton
Scenic Design & Music Direction: Elisa Rosin
Stage Manager: Mads Felder
Intimacy Director: Carly D. Weckstein
Asst. Lighting Designer: Miri Henerson
Master Electrician: Doug Gabrielle
Publicist: Lynn Tejada / Green Galactic
Producers: Joseph Baca, Zach Davidson, Marguerite French, Kendall Johnson, and Elisa Rosin

Cast

Stan: Stan Mayer
Lance: Ronin Lee
Jeff: Matt Morales
Doc: Matthew David King
Ellis: Sadie Kuwano
Anita: Jessica Rosilyn
Wanda: Hannah Trujillo
Clem: Kathleen Leary

The Cast

Matthew David King (he/him) – Doc

Matthew David King is honored to make his Coin & Ghost debut in MAMA MAMA. A proud graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York, he also holds a BA in Psychology and an MFA in Screenwriting. Outside the theatre and off-screen, this former Army Medic is a grateful father, an ardent adventurer, and an incorrigible rebel. Matt co-directed the suicide-prevention documentary PROJECT 22 (PBS) and continues to advocate for post-traumatic growth.

Sadie Kuwano (she/her) – Ellis

Sadie Kuwano is thrilled to be working with Coin & Ghost! Most recently, she played Sue Giki in PUNKPLAY with Circle X Theatre Co. Sadie has done workshops throughout Los Angeles including at REDCAT, Son of Semele, and Towne Street Theatre, and has performed in NYC with Stairwell Theater and Stages on the Sound. She was a series regular on seasons one and two of IN THE VAULT, produced by Complex Networks, coming to Crackle on June 1! TV credits include: CRIMINAL MINDS (CBS), FRESH OFF THE BOAT (ABC), and GOOD TROUBLE (Freeform). Sadie holds a BFA in acting from CalArts and is repped by Haven Entertainment and commercially by AKA. @sadieontheinternet. 

Kathleen Leary (she/her) – Clem

LA theatre credits include TWO GENTS* with Coin & Ghost, TITUS ANDRONICUS, GREEN GROW THE LILACS, DARK LADY OF THE SONNETS, and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM with Theatricum Botanicum, RICHARD II and CYMBELINE with Chase What Flies, and THENARDIER’S INN with CAC Studios. She is the lead concept artist for Puppet Time and co-created large scale mammoth and dinosaur puppets for SKIN OF OUR TEETH at Theatricum Botanicum, which were featured in the LA Times. She also illustrated paper puppets and scenic backgrounds for Puppet Time’s ONE HOUR SHAKESPEARE livestream performances in 2021. See more of her art @klearydraws on Instagram.

Ronin Lee (he/him) – Lance

Born into a military family, Ronin Lee spent time in several different places as a child including Alaska, Michigan, Ohio and Nevada. He is a Howard University graduate and he trained at Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. 

Ronin Lee recently appeared in SNOWFALL on FX and just wrapped a co-star role in THE UPSHAWS on Netflix. You can see more of his work in Netflix’s upcoming legal thriller, THE LINCOLN LAWYER, the reboot of BET’s REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOOD, Eddie Murphy’s film DOLEMITE IS MY NAME and NBC’s THE MINDY PROJECT. He has also appeared in ad campaigns for Pepsi and Toyota.

Stan Mayer (he/him) – Stan
and co-playwright

Stan Mayer is from Cleveland, Ohio, raised by a blue-collar engineer and a Catholic school teacher. A former U.S. Marine and Intelligence Officer, Mayer served five deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mayer has been putting up theater in Los Angeles since 2016, shortly after he got out of the military. His recent projects include Sam Shepard’s BACK BOG BEAST BAIT at The Yard Theater, Geraldine Inoa’s SCRAPS at The Matrix Theatre, and a reading of his play ODYSSEUS AT TEMECULA at The Met Theater in L.A.

Matt Morales (he/him) – Jeff

Matt is ecstatic to be breaking his years long hiatus from the stage with this groundbreaking production of MAMA MAMA. This production marks his first with Coin and Ghost and he hopes it’s certainly not his last. Matt also enjoys performing voiceovers, narrating  audiobooks and writing short bio’s in first person— as well as great food and a stiff drink now and then. Recent film/TV credits include: NEW NORMAL (2021) RASPBERRY (2020) and THIS IS US (2018).

Jessica Rosilyn (she/her) – Anita

Jessica is a film/tv and theatre actress based in Los Angeles, CA. Rosilyn is a graduate of the MFA Acting program at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Her recent projects include a production of IS GOD IS presented at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis and THE KANSAS COLLECTION with LA based immersive company, THE SPEAKEASY SOCIETY. She can also be seen on such tv series as SHAMELESS and START UP, as well as the movie JINN. She is honored to be a newcomer to the COIN & GHOST family. With an Iraq War Vet as an older brother and Airman for a father, Rosilyn grew up as a military brat and is thrilled to have the opportunity to create with other Vets and be a part of telling this story.

Hannah Trujillo (she/her) – Wanda

Ms. Trujillo is an LA based actor, writer, director and teaching artist. Previous credits include Herbert Siguenza’s A PEOPLE’S CUBAN CHRISTMAS TALE, HALL PASS with Blindspot Collective, and VOTE FOR MURDER with 2Cents Theatre Co. She is so outrageously happy to be working with the C&G team again after working on their visionary BAD HAMLET.

The Production Team

Cecilia Fairchild (she/her) – Co-Playwright

Cecilia Fairchild was conceived on a moving train in a thunderstorm outside Marfa, Texas. She is a Los Angeles native, a 7th generation Californian, and she holds her MFA in acting from USC. Her play FORTUNATE SON, an adaptation of Goethe’s FAUST set in post-Vietnam New Orleans, premiered with Coin & Ghost as its inaugural production. Her short plays, BEST OF MY LOVE and FAMILY TRADITION, premiered at the Los Angeles LGBT Center in 2017. Recent performances in LA include Sam Shepard and Patti Smith’s COWBOY MOUTH at Thymele Arts and Shepard’s BACK BOG BEAST BAIT at The YARD Theater. She co-directed the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 2016 production of FOOL FOR LOVE. In 2015, she worked closely with Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, writing with and performing alongside him in his short film Salt Wound for Slamdance Film Festival. Last fall, she choreographed for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s COPLAND’S AMERICA at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Her focus is on the collaborative possibilities of theater and film. She dances at Jumbo’s Clown Room.


Zach Davidson (he/him) – Director, Choreographer, & Artistic Director

Zachary Reeve Davidson is the Founding Artistic Director of Coin & Ghost, with whom he remixes mythology and pursues eccentricity. These remixes have included Shakespeare, Greek tragedy, Mexican folklore, German legend, French opera, and American history (to name a few), and LA Weekly recently called the company’s work “uniquely entertaining” and “innovative in a few different ways.” As an arts administrator and creative consultant, Davidson has worked with non-profits throughout Los Angeles and around the country, including A Noise Within, Not Man Apart, Heidi Duckler Dance, Conga Kids, The WeHo Dance Festival, Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre, Invertigo Dance Theatre, AdlerImprov and more. Davidson produced over 125 projects as a curator for the CalArts New Works Festival, was a Young Playwright’s National Finalist for his play Amsterdam; or Loving George, and served as Shakespeare Santa Monica’s youngest-ever Associate Artistic Director. He was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. BFA, CalArts. @reeve.ghost


Elisa Rosin (she/her) – Scenic Designer, Co-Choreographer, Music Director, and Associate Artistic Director

Born in Seattle into a family of theatremakers, Elisa Rosin is an actor, vocalist, composer, and teaching artist. She is a founding member of Coin & Ghost, where she co-created and performed in BAD HAMLET, TWO GENTS*, FORTUNATE SON, and the workshops of OLYMPIA, TOO FAUST TOO FURIOUS, and LEAVES. Elisa has also performed at RedCat, The Odyssey, Seattle Opera, and the Fifth Avenue Theatre, as well as with LA-favorite companies like Salty Shakespeare, Not Man Apart-Physical Theatre Ensemble, The Speakeasy Society, and Shakespeare Santa Monica. She composed part of the original score for NMA’s PARADISE LOST: RECLAIMING DESTINY, and produces/performs in burlesque shows under the stage name, “Cookie St. Cream.” Elisa studied vocal performance at California Institute of the Arts.


Mads Felder (they/them) – Stage Manager

Mads is a non-binary multimedia artist who works both sides of acting and production in Los Angeles’s theatre and film scenes. An Alumni of The Stella Adler Art of Acting studio’s professional conservatory (class of 2017) they have since served as an assistant director, stage manager, and long term assistant to faculty members of the studio as well as the American Academy of Dramatic art. Their original art and animations for Seonjae Kim’s RIOT ANTIGONE a new take on the Greek tragedy by Sophocles told through the perspective of a women & LGBT punk band, were released on YouTube and Spotify this year. Their work is incredibly diverse in the field of the arts with independent consultations and commissions as a Graphic designer, set decorator, costume tailor, animator and professional painter. Assistant Director credits include: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, ROMEO AND JULIET, EURYDICE  (Art of Acting studio),THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT (Leo Rising theatre co.). Recent Stage credits include; Costard/Katherine (LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST), Banquo (MACBETH), Andrew Hall (MEN ON BOATS). @Mads.Felder, @truly_._madly. 


Joseph “Sloe” Slawinski – Composer & Sound Designer

Sloe is a multi-award winning sound designer. He received the 2018 Ovation Award for his sound design of the play BURNERS. He has designed hundreds of plays. A few of his notable sound designs include GOD LOOKED AWAY starring Judith Light and Al Pacino and REDEMPTION OF A DOGG starring Snoop Dogg. Sloe is also a veteran, having served six years in the United States Navy in the Nuclear Power Division. He would like to thank the incredible and amazing Gabrieal Griego for her continuous support during all of his creative endeavors. He is proud to be part of this great production.


Athena Lawton (they/them) – Costume Designer

Athena Lawton is a Californian artist who explores identity and the body through costume.  In 2015 they graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Costume Design.  Since graduating, Athena has also forged a career in film, television, commercials, music videos, theater, dance and eSports.  Since 2018 Athena has been the Lead Stylist and Costume Designer for the League of Legends World Tournament. They most recently designed the Costumes for the Sebastian Yatra Dharma World Tour, as well as his 2021 tour with Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin.  Athena has designed costumes for many award winning films including IN FULL BLOOM directed by Reza Ghassemi and Adam Villasenor, ASCENSION directed by Ross Waschmann, SNAKE EYES directed by Costa Ciminello, THE TOLL ROAD directed by Tom Riley, A.I. MAMA  directed by Asuka Lin, FIRST DAY BACK directed by Deshawn Plair, and series FOR THE LOVE OF JASON on UMC. Their work with performance art collective B.Dunn Movement has toured nationally and has been exhibited at MOCA.  In their free time, they make music and grow vegetables.


Joey Guthman (he/him) – Lighting Designer

Joey is the grandson of Edwin Otto Guthman who earned a Purple Heart liberating Italy from totalitarian rule in WWII. On a much lighter (pun intended) note, Joey works as a lighting designer for theatre, dance, and intimate music whose work has been seen in Los Angeles and around the world. Coin and Ghost: QUEER DISNEY DRAG KARAOKE EXTRAVAGANZA SPECTACULARANZA, BAD HAMLET, FORTUNATE SON. LA: Pasadena Playhouse, Redcat, Getty Villa, Rogue Artist’s Ensemble, Gary Marshall Theatre, Circle X, Bootleg Theatre, California Rep, Greenway Court Theatre, Inkwell Theatre, Highways, LA Dance Project , MashUp Dance, Pasadena Dance Theatre, Occidental College, University of Laverne, Theatre 360. From 2017-2020 Joey was a resident designer at Rockwell Table and Stage where he designed over a dozen raucous productions including Rockwell Musical Parody’s IT (Ovation- Best Large Musical). Currently Joey tours nationally with Kronos Quartet and Collage Dance Collective. BFA from Emerson College. JGuthmanDesign.com  


Carly D. Weckstein (she/they) – Intimacy Director

Carly D. Weckstein is a theatre director, intimacy choreographer, sex educator and community facilitator. She creates at the intersections of theatre, sexuality, gender, community, mental health, trauma-sensitive practices and social justice. Carly founded The Illyrian Players in 2011, a feminist ensemble for theatre artists, where she has directed many plays and taught a variety of theatrical workshops. She currently works as a freelance intimacy director and educator for Los Angeles theatre companies (A Noise Within, The Road, Coin and Ghost, EST LA), university theatre programs (UCLA, USC, Pomona College), as well as the occasional indie film (HYPOCHONDRIAC, SERPENTINE PINK). They also work for Art With Impact, facilitating college workshops that use film and theatre to de-stigmatize talking about mental health. Carly is a passionate advocate for artists and actors, championing communication and consent as an essential part of creative collaboration. She believes that in theatre we can use both the process and the product to create new paradigms through which artists and audiences alike can find belonging and be activated for change. www.carlydweckstein.com 


Miri Henerson (she/her) – Asst. Lighting Designer


Doug Gabrielle – Master Electrician


Joseph Baca (he/they/she) – Producer & Director of Community Engagement

Joseph Baca is a Los Angeles native who left the incessantly effervescent SoCal sun to pursue his undergraduate studies at Williams College in Western Massachusetts. Little did he know, he’d be trading ten months of summer for ten months of winter, so he studied abroad for two semesters in Italy at the Accademia dell’Arte studying mask and physical theatre, and one summer in Japan studying bunraku puppetry. Since acquiring his Bachelor’s in Theatre, he has studied and performed under companies such as Double Edge Theatre, the Suzuki company of Toga, Not Man Apart, and the Idiot Workshop. Now re-based in Los Angeles he uses his talents installing art exhibits in museums and galleries all across the city and teaching 5th graders the joy of ballroom dance under the non-profit organization Conga Kids. He’s ecstatic to be joining the C&G team to help bring fresh and accessible theatre to the LA community. 


Kendall Johnson (he/him) – Producer & Associate Artistic Director

Kendall grew up in Chicago, where he first fell in love with acting. He started out as a junior in college performing in small productions and that love grew as he attended USC Master’s of Fine Arts for Acting. Completing that program and doing a three play rotation repertory is one of his greatest accomplishments.

Since graduating from USC, he has worked with Black & Sexy TV on their webseries SEXLESS, performed in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of DUNSINANE, done two shows with the Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble, and performed THE TEMPEST at Off Square Theatre in Jackson, WY.


Marguerite French (she/they) – Producer & Managing Director

Marguerite French is a recent graduate of the Interdisciplinary MFA program at UCLA’s school of Theatre, Film, and Television, where she co-produced and starred in the Rabbit Bandini film, Death, and directed the short, Intimate Beauty. Her first role after graduation was “Alison” in Francis Ford Coppola’s DISTANT VISION. As the 2015 Cirque du Soleil Directing/Marketing Fellow, she directed a commercial for the Cirque production BAZ, helped conceive the social media campaign #cirqueway, and learned to hang by her ankles from the aerial tissu. As an actor in New York, she studied with JoAnne Akalaitis, Jim Calder, Wynn Handman, and William Esper. She is a proud alumnus of Bard College.


Lynn Tejada/Green Galactic – Publicity

Established in Hollywood, California in 1993 — by Lynn Tejada who still serves as its CEO — Green Galactic develops strategic marketing campaigns, publicizes new initiatives, and builds audiences. The PR firm boasts an eclectic roster of alternative art and culture producers. Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, Tejada — an avid music and film fan — created the firm on the foundation of her love for electronic music/DJ culture. Green Galactic provides publicity, promotion, and marketing consulting services to a diverse array of clients who frequently blur the line between popular culture and fine art.

Special Thanks

Alex Demers, Abe Martell, Julián Juaquín, Gray Schierholt, and Niki Armato
Tracey Davidson & Barry Greenberg
Bonnie MacLachlan
Babs Mendenhall & Richard Marks
Jessica Amen
Meredith Adelaide
John Farmanesh-Bocca and Not Man Apart – Physical Theatre Ensemble
BLKLST and the LA Anti-Racist Theatre Standards
Lawrin and The Actor’s Company
John Henningsen and Thymele Arts
Deborah Brockus and Brockus Project Dance
Jack, Jeannine, and the New American Theatre

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