Sound/Stage is a live recording of an original one-act radio play by some of L.A’s most
exciting and captivating writers paired with brilliant voice artists, actors and musicians to
create a truly special, collaborative experience. Mixing old Hollywood glamour with new
technology, we strive to stretch our audiences’ imagination and allow them to revel in
repurposing the past.
Please join us in person at a one-of-a-kind event, where men get dapper in bowties and
women shine in cocktail dresses to celebrate fantastic LA talents. In addition to their
signature cocktails, El Cid will feature a special Sound/Stage tapas menu. A limited
number of $10 seats will be made available to the public on Friday, May 18th at
LAist on Sound/Stage Session 1,
“This homage to L.A.'s art ancestors blends modern aesthetic sensibilities with classic charm for a night of (in the words of the director Negin Singh) "sustainable story-telling with a little bit of glamour." Sound/Stagepresents a narrative-driven, lightly staged radio play delivered by charismatic performers, engrossing live music, a special cocktail and tapas menu, and a red-carpet style garden party with tuxedoed musicians and a photographer on hand to capture attendees in their vintage best.”
SESSION 2: SPACE ROVER
Presented by cARTel: Collaborative Arts LA
4212 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90029
May 23, 2012
8 PM Check in & Cocktails
9:30 PM Show
10:30 PM Dessert Reception
Matt Chester is a playwright, screenwriter and overall good guy. He has written three previous cARTel productions:
Jack De Sena
Jack De Sena, founding member of cARTel, and all around awesome-face, is best known for his work as Sokka on the beloved Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender. He also starred on the sketch comedy series All That for four years and during his run, tied with Logan Lerman for the 2005 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series.. In 2008, De Sena was named a Webby Honoree for Best Writing Comedy: Individual Short or Episode for the popular webseries Dorm Life, and currently stars in Hulu’s first original series, Battleground, co-produced by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer, The Amazing Spiderman). Studied Drama at UCLA.
Ali Ghandour is a founding member of the improv/film team "The Wait List" [waitlistcomedy.com]
Anne studied theater at UCLA, where she appeared as a lead in the Hulu original series, Dorm Life, was a top three finalist in the iO West improv competition, The X-ecution, and began writing and improvising with the sketch and video team The Wait List. She also performs at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater as an improviser on the Harold team, Scandal!, and is a big Richard Feynman fan.
Ashley Opstad is an actor, teacher, director and arts administrator. She directed Jack De Sena's original stageplay, Day One and So On, as part of cARTel's annual Living Room Tour project. She began her career at The Orange County High School of the Arts where she taught Voice for Actors, Beginning and Advanced Improvisation, Stage Dialects and Acting. In addition to teaching, Ashley created the Ultimate Improv High School League (a high school improv team that performs once a month in Los Angeles), sponsored Thespian Troupe 6826 and sat on the California State Thespian Board from 2006-2008. She has also taught for both the California Arts Center and Performing Arts Workshop, specializing in children's theatre. Currently, Ashley is the Educational Programs Associate at Center Theatre Group and Artistic Director at The Improv Space in Westwood, CA. Ashley spends most of her time teaching and performing improv/sketch comedy with various organizations and festivals including Story Pirates, The Improv Space, the Los Angeles Improv Comedy Festival (2007- 2009) and the Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival (2009 - 2011).
Chris Smith graduated UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television in 2007 with a B.A. in Theater-Acting. He has gone on to co-write, direct and star in the hit web series Dorm Life as well as write, direct, and produce his own feature film entitled Shadow in the Trees on Netflix. Chris has been a professional juggler since the age of twelve and has performed with Cirque du Soleil as a physical actor, and most recently toured with Blue Man Group as a Blue Man. Chris believes this radio play is the culmination of a lifetime of vocal preparation;
Jessica was born in Richard Nixon's hometown of Yorba Linda, CA. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre from Northwestern, where she first studied improv as a member of The Titanic Players and Mee Ow. She has studied at UCBTNY, UCBTLA, the Magnet Theatre and The Groundlings. In addition to performing sketch and improv for adults, Jessica is proud to be an actor, director and teaching artist with the Story Pirates, an award-winning children's theatre company that takes stories written by kids and turns them into an awesome show. Jessica can be seen performing around LA with her team MurderCliff and is a proud member of the UCB Maude team New Money. She also loves to freestyle rap and play very mediocre mandolin.
Sebastian is originally from the Bay Area and came to Los Angeles after receiving his BA in Theatre from Santa Clara University, and his MFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University. He is currently a member of the cARTel Artistic Ensemble, and has contributed as an actor, producer, curator and illustrator on various projects. He is also a writer for the sketch comedy group Die Gruppe. Sebastian created Penguins Vs. Possums, which has recently manifested into a web comic and comic book. You can find out more about that endeavor (and become a fan) at www.facebook.com/
Zach Reino grew up in Santa Barbara, California, which probably explains why he thinks most people just need to chill out a little. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Drama from UC Irvine, and is a house improviser at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles. He is also a teacher/performer for the Story Pirates. He's way into this radio play.
Danny Tieger grew up in Hartford, CT. He graduated from Skidmore College with a BS in theater, which he continues to use on a daily basis. He performs regularly with The Younger Statesmen, his improv and sketch collective of the last 8 years. Danny spends his days writing songs for the licensing company Extreme Music, which have found their way into TV and Film all over the world- under the alias Peter Panic. Danny is a member of The Story Pirates a theater company that inspires children to write stories and then performers them across the country.