PAUL SAND was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Santa Monica. Sand has had a long and impressive career on stage as well as in film and television. Among his long list of credits, he has performed with the Marcel Marceau company in Paris, and with Judy Garland in her classic, We’re a Couple of Swells. He later joined Second City Co. in Chicago, which opened on Broadway, and ran for a year. In 1966 he co-starred with Linda Lavin and Jo Ann Worley in the off- Broadway hit production The Mad Show, inspired by Mad Magazine. In 1971 Paul won two Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Performances on Broadway in Story Theatre and Metamorphosis. Jerome Robbins directed his first play, Loves From Work: At the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. He received a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for his work in Paul Sill’s Story Theatre. This lead to a guest-starring role of the tax-man - the boyfriend role in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, then as the star of the CBS sitcom, Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers. He has appeared on television and movies since the 1980’s, including The Hot Rock, The Main Event, Taxi, The X Files, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Sand just founded his new independent theatre company: The Santa Monica Public Theatre.
KIERA JACOB met Paul and James when she became the Stage Manager for the world-premiere of An Illegal Start. Since then she has continued to work with the Santa Monica Public Theater as Diana in Save the Pier and as a producer for the upcoming season. Originally from Tuolumne County, Kiera grew up admiring the rich theater and arts community built from local artists. She moved to Los Angeles when she began her Theater Arts degree at Loyola Marymount University, and has found her childhood dreams both on and off the stage in the big city.
JAMES HARRIS has filled both producer’s and writer’s roles for SMPT since the organization’s inception, and has even been known to step onto the stage on occasion. His written works for SMPT include AN ILLEGAL START and “SAVE THE PIER!”, and his pen is also notable for the short film CROWS and many written works about his beloved Santa Monica Pier, including that destination’s official history book, SANTA MONICA PIER: A CENTURY ON THE LAST GREAT PLEASURE PIER.
MARIE LALANE was born in Paris and studied painting with her parents, celebrated artists Francois-Xavier and Claude Lalanne. She later assisted Niki de Saint Phalle, and also worked with Jacky Matisse. In 1974 Lalanne Elfman moved to California, where she worked in the Oingo Boingo theatre group. She was an Art Director, and also Production Designer for the film “Forbidden Zone" (1982). Marie has exhibited in the United States and Europe.