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
MEGAN THERESE RIPPEY* was discovered by Paul Sand singing Pirate Jenny while pole-dancing during an elaborate solo performance art piece at Highways Performance Space, and they’ve been close friends ever since. Megan is a Baltimore-born actor with a multidisciplinary BA from St. Mary's College of MD in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, as well as an MFA in Acting from CalArts. Recent local theatre credits include The Dryway: A Merfolk Opera at Son of Semele, Prometheus Bound at the Getty Villa, and Rose Queen with the Ensemble Shakespeare Theater in Pasadena. Recent theatre credits include: the world premiere of Pussy Valley at Mixed Blood Theatre (Minneapolis), Reborning at Urbanite Theatre (Sarasota), and 4000 Miles at Coachella Valley Repertory (Rancho Mirage). She is thrilled to have the opportunity to perform this cabaret with the original cast more than two years after they first performed it on the Pier.
KALEAN UNG is an actress, singer, and interdisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. She has performed at The Kirk Douglas Theatre, Theatre @ Boston Court, REDCAT, Highways Performance Space, and The Getty Villa among others. Her recent LA credits include Pericles (Marina) with Independent Shakespeare Co. (ISC), The Temptation of St. Anthony (Queen Sheba) with Four Larks Theatre, Purple Electric Play (The Vital Organ) at Machine Project, Twelfth Night (Viola) with ISC, Prometheus Bound (Chorus) with CalArts CNP/Getty Villa, and the title role in Alcestis with CMPG/Theatre @ Boston Court. Other LA favorites include: Camino Real (Esmeralda) at the Theatre @ Boston Court and Jomama Jones: Radiate! (Sweet Peach) at The Kirk Douglas Theatre. She received her MFA in Acting from CalArts and her BM in Vocal Performance from UCSC.
MIKE ROSE just graduated from Loyola Marymount University in May. In 2014 he attended the American Theatre Wing's Springboard NYC Musical Theatre program. This past year he was a finalist in musical theatre at the American College Theatre Festival in Honolulu. College credits include: The Cripple of Inishmaan, Spring Awakening, Ridiculous Fraud (workshop with Beth Henley), The One Night Stanzas a cappella group, the LMU Choruses tour of France, and the Sinatra Opera Workshop where he assistant directed The Pirates of Penzance and Gianni Schicchi. His original play Falling From Floor 94 received the "Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting Award" presented by Beth Henley and Doris Baizley. Recent LA projects include the Foundation of New American Musical's FutureFest at the Rockwell Stage, Save The Pier on the Santa Monica Pier, and Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Hotel. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram!
SHAY ASTAR is a critically acclaimed actress and musician. She has appeared in more than 30 films and television shows, released two albums of original music, and has performed hundreds of concerts nationwide. More recently she wrote, produced and starred in the music film Land of Wandering (Youtube it), and wrote and directed the live vaudevillian production of the same name later that year. 2015 saw another visit to the Cuttlefish Hotel to rave reviews. In 2016 Shay began filming her directorial debut. This is her third stay at the Cuttlefish Hotel and she invites guests to visit her on Facebook and Instagram.
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.
MICHAEL ROTH is a composer whose work includes chamber music, film scores, new opera, and especially music and sound for theatre - over 250 productions including Broadway, off-Broadway, Canada’s Stratford Festival, and as a resident artist at both South Coast Repertory and La Jolla Playhouse. Recent projects include: two collaborations with Christopher Plummer (The Tempest, both onstage and filmed, and Plummer’s solo show A Word or Two); many collaborations with Randy Newman including music direction for Disney’s Princess & The Frog, orchestrations for Faust (Encores/New York), and editing five songbooks; the PBS documentary Jews & Baseball; piano sonatas Fats November and Tuesday for Toy Piano; his music/theatre treatment of Samuel Beckett’s Imagination Dead Machine for string quartet and laptop; Stacy Keach’s upcoming solo show about Hemingway; and an upcoming online video opera. He has collaborated with, among many others, Culture Clash, Des McAnuff, Sarah Ruhl, Tom Stoppard, and Dan Sullivan, and has accompanied singers from Alice Ripley to Alicia Keyes. His music, including his opera Their Thought & Back Again, is available via iTunes.
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SOL MASON is an Australian actor based in LA working in theatre and film. This is Sol’s Third time performing in Paul Sand's Kurt Weill At The Cuttlefish Hotel. His first LA stage appearance was in Clara Mamet’s play The Solvit Kids a farce again directed by Paul Sand, performed at the Ruskin Group Theatre in 2012. Working mostly in television, Sol worked on the 2016 Netflix Gilmore Girls, and has completed four independent features; with leading roles in The Black That Follows by Aria Bloom and Hidden Highway: WILL2LIV by Sam Zhang, both 2015 productions, also with the leading roles in Simple Being directed by Marco Ferrari in 2014. Simple Being earned Sol a best actor nomination in the Brasilia International Film Festival, and lastly This Tunnel South directed by Dorian Levi in 2011.
CAMERON TAGGE is an actor, musician, writer, and graduate from Loyola Marymount University. You can see him on Investigative Discovery's DEADLY SINS and UNUSUAL SUSPECTS. He would like to thank his lovely cast and crew for teaching him every day, and his family for their unwavering support. Pursuing a life in the arts is all the more enjoyable with a supportive circle. "Love art in yourself and not yourself in art" (Stanislavsky). Follow him on Instagram and at www.camerontagge.com
IRISH GIRON specialized in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for 8 years straight, earning a Gold Medal before his mother forced him to indulge his side that loved to entertain. After landing the lead role in his first play ever, he left MMA to explore as deeply as he could the fascinating world of acting. He attended Loyola Marymount University’s Theater Program. After graduating, he appeared in Il Dolce Theater Company’s production of THE COLONEL AND THE BIRDS, and a commercial for Clash Royale. On any given Friday night, Irish can be seen at a speakeasy in Downtown LA, dancing with his girlfriend at “any establishment that plays oldies.”
JIM HARRIS is the solid and cerebral anchor amidst the whirlwind of amazing creative flash that paints the composition of Paul Sand Projects. His theatrical roots originated in western Colorado, but it took a 1989 move to the then-struggling Santa Monica Pier to develop his strong, comprehensive background in imaginative event production. He has since produced hundreds of events including large-scale concerts, small-scale community happenings and, most recently, Paul Sand Projects' introductory show, Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Hotel. He and Paul have also collaborated on the production of two Jim Harris-penned stage plays Save the Pier! (performed annually at the Santa Monica Pier) and An Illegal Start (currently in development for production) as well as their co-founding and creation of Santa Monica Public Theatre.