Loppholes The Musical "A flippant tour de force about taxation with musical representation... a charming affair." - Stage Raw

STANLEY H. RICH (WRITER FOR BOOK AND LYRICS) 

After successfully concluding what turned out to be an almost unlimited ordeal fighting the I.R.S., he conceived and wrote the IrReSistible musical comedy revue, "Taxpayer-Taxpayer" which went on to win three international GALA Awards. With taxes, scandals and loopholes in the news on a daily basis, he decided to rewrite the revue into the actual story of how he discovered loopholes to offset the loopholes the IRS used against him. He used his personal dealings with the Internal Revenue Service as a means of demonstrating through laughter, how to view an adverse situation as a challenge rather than a defeat. He demonstrates his ability to turn a negative into a positive and the absolute necessity of picturing and believing in yourself as a winner. He developed an unusual positive approach to dealing with the IRS as opposed to fighting with anger and frustration. He uses his experience to help others learn how to deal with IRS problems emotionally and practically and is often referred to as an IRS survival coach. His successful financial background includes senior positions in medical research, securities, commodities, oil and gas development and real estate ventures. Combining his business, educational and personal experiences with the IRS, both representing clients as well as his own, he possesses the necessary tools to create this unusual, humorous and informative production. With a flair for creative lyric writing, an active imagination, a positive attitude, and a desire to create laughter, he took this heretofore untouched subject matter and brought it into a new dimension.

KIFF SCHOLL (DIRECTOR)

Kiff Scholl has directed dozens of plays since arriving in Los Angeles, 20 years ago. His last production was Moon Over Buffalo, for which he was nominated for a 2014 Broadway World award. Other critically acclaimed productions include La Bête, A Mulholland Christmas Carol, Middle Savage, Act a Lady, and Don Giovanni Tonight, Don Carlo Tomorrow at Sacred Fools, for which the LA Times said “Director Kiff Scholl has few peers at keeping us intrigued”. His shows have also won 7 Back Stage Garland awards, 5 LA Weekly awards, a GLAAD nomination, and an Ovation award. Scholl was listed as “one of LA's emerging and accomplished stage directors” by the LA Weekly. Some other favorites include Inherit the Wind, Our House, Expecting to Fly, Hyper-Chondriac, All My Sons, Circle X 10 Minute Play Fest, Kill Me, Deadly, Shake, The Poseidon Adventure-The Musical!, The Something-Nothing, Sona Tera Roman Hess, and The Fan Maroo. An award-winning filmmaker, his feature Scream of the Bikini won numerous awards, including a Maverick Movie Award for Best Director, and is now for sale on Amazon, and in Japan, where it’s known as Spy Mission. Also, his low-budg horror film 11/11/11 is available on Netflix. As an actor, Kiff has been in lots and lots of commercials, as well as TV & Film, including Criminal Minds, Reno 911!, Untold Stories of the ER, Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss, 11/11/11 and Girls Will Be Girls 2012. Kiff recently performed in Our Class (Son of Semele) and Absolutely Filthy (Sacred Fools) and then shot his latest film, Surprise, which is currently in post-production. He will be directing the premiere of Fielding Edlow’s hilarious I.C.U. for Circle X in the fall.


BOBBE ROTHBART,Co-Executive Producer
After a long, rewarding career as a teacher, Bobbe retired and has been a very adventurous traveler visiting many exotic destinations around the world. Spending time with her family is an integral and most important part of her life; yet, she wanted to “give something special” to society for enjoying such a fulfilled life. When the opportunity arose for her to share in creating such a positive production containing messages that everyone could relate to, she wanted to be a part of it! With her teaching skills, she was able to help bring “Loopholes: A Pain in the I.R.S.” to reality. It has become a labor of love and compassion to her and she is thrilled. “I loved the feeling of witnessing an idea become a reality, of watching the cast grow into their roles, and feeling that I am a part of this birth. It has been an exciting and fun-filled journey!”

RACQUEL LEHRMAN, THEATRE PLANNERS (Producer)
Racquel is the founder and managing director of Theatre Planners, her own theatre production firm which has been serving the Los Angeles theatre scene for almost ten years. She graduated from NYU-Tisch School of the Arts and lived in NY for many years producing theatre. Theatre Planners has since developed into a very busy and successful outlet for actors, writers, producers and theatre companies. Doing everything from producing, consulting, marketing and more. Racquel loves to make productions a reality and help to keep the theatre scene in LA alive and strong. Racquel is also the owner of the LOUNGE THEATRES in Hollywood on Theatre Row. To learn more about Racquel and Theatre Planners, go to www.theatreplanners.com


VICTORIA WATSON, THEATRE PLANNERS (Associate Producer)
Victoria joined Theatre Planners after a successful career in large theater and tours. She was previously Operations Manager and Associate Producer at Pasadena Playhouse and has worked with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Pasadena Symphony & Pops. A performer from an early age, Victoria turned to production at Tulane University, and brings that merger of artist and business to all of her producing work. Victoria is also Managing Director of a Los Angeles based group called Fierce Backbone, which is devoted to developing new work by local playwrights. To learn more about Victoria and Theatre Planners, please go to www.theatreplanners.com.


RONNIE JAYNE (CO-LYRICIST and MUSICAL DIRECTOR)
Born in Brooklyn New York, Ronnie began her career performing as a singer and pianist in the Catskills, while still in high school.  Her Brooklyn College B.A. in Political Science prepared her for her next logical role – as a lounge singer in Las Vegas -- where for 8 years performing at the major “Strip” hotels, she grew her repertoire to over 3,500 memorized songs.  She started adding some of her own funny tunes and parodies to her act, which developed into “A Song For You Productions” – as she custom-created lyrics for social and corporate events.
Since then, Ronnie moved to Los Angeles – continuing to sing, play piano and perform her original  one-gal show, “NO, I Want RED” – one woman’s search for eternal youth (and barring that, … graceful maintenance).  If you had to describe Ronnie Jayne in one word, that word would be “FUN”! Ronnie shares her wacky life with her very patient husband, Tom Camarella.

LINDSAY MARTIN (CHOREOGRAPHER)
Lindsay is thrilled to be working on this very funny, new piece of theater. She earned her BFA from CSU Fullerton and now is the resident dance teacher at Performing Arts Studio West, a facility for adults with disabilities. Regional Credits; The Drowsy Chaperone (Scenie- Honorary Mention), Sona Tera Roman Hess (Backstage Critic's Pick), Urinetown (Garland Nomination), Legally Blonde, Nine, Company, Rent, Tarzan,  Hairspray and A Chorus Line. She has also choreographed music videos for "The Real Housewives of Theatre West and Poop a lot Productions. She would love to thank Kiff and Racquel for this wonderful opportunity. File your taxes!

CHARLES G. SLEICHTER (SET DESIGNER)
Charles is an award winning American designer, creative director, director, writer, producer and entrepreneur. His peer recognition creative career spans four decades working in architectural, environmental, industrial, product, video and TV set, and graphic design. He has patented and brought to market successful products in fitness, vehicular communications, computer animation/special effects and smoking cessation. Film, television and home video credits as producer, writer and director include children’s, documentary, fitness and the first cross cultural Bengali/American feature film Will To Live. He has produced programming in both the US and India. Additionally Sleichter taught design, screen writing and documentary film theory at Barrett College and Cal State Fullerton and  co-founded and co-managed two successful NASDAQ companies. Awards include: New York Film and Television Festival Gold and Bronze medals for Computer Animation and music video production/direction; Video Software Dealers Association Best New Children’s video, producer, writer and director; finalist Orange  County Entrepreneur of the Year; Mayor of Chicago Special Recognition for Early Childhood Environmental Learning Graphics; Presidential recognition for Mentally and Physically challenged adult workforce training. While on location in India Mr. Sleichter was bitten by a cobra and lived to design the sets for Loopholes.


DONNY JACKSON (LIGHTING DESIGNER)
Design highlights include Fat Pig (Hudson Theatre), Ubu The Sh*t (Four Clowns), Closely Related Keys (Lounge Theatre), the West Coast premiere of In the Heights (Casa 0101 Theatre), Phenomenal, written and directed by Macy Gray (Ramon Cortines Performing Arts), Spring Awakening (Long Beach Playhouse), and the NY premiere of Four Clowns (La Mama Experimental Theatre). Current projects include Finding Nick (Zephyr Theatre) and the upcoming production of Death of a Salesman (Long Beach Playhouse).Other work includes, RENT (Hudson Theatre), the premiere of The Day They Hung the Elephant (Son of Semele Ensemble), Intimately Wilde (Olio Theatre Works), That Beautiful Laugh (Four Clowns), A Chorus Line (Freud Playhouse), Sublimity (Lyric-Hyperion Theatre), Boeing Boeing, The Glass Menagerie, Vigils and Fuddy Meers (Long Beach Playhouse). He is Resident Lighting Designer for Four Clowns Theatre Co, a design instructor at Cypress College and holds an MFA in Lighting from UCLA. www.DonnyJackson.com


DAVID B. MARLING (SOUND DESIGNER)
In my extensive body of Award Winning work, I have created audio environments such as the entire Australia Outback complete with flying incets, a busy city street, all the sounds of a rain forest, a large cave, the inside of a massive prison and as the
actors talked there voices would echo. I love creating soundscapes of all sizes and love to be challenged by a production to come up with sounds that fit the action. To achieve this, I use sound effects, tones/drones even music under the scene to set a tone to complete the experience and make you “FEEL”. This is only a part of what I do as a Sound Designer. For information on my other audio services check out the website www.wavmagicaudio.com or you may call (818) 370-8556 “Sound Changes the
Way We See”.

MURRAY BURN (COSTUME DESIGNER)
 Innovation, extra-ordinary and honesty are the fundamental principals that influence Murray Burn as a theatre and film designer. He has designed sundry productions with aplomb, each varying in style and genre, being recognized and praised for his detail, unique style and eye. He has worked on classical productions (Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost and Georges Feydeau's An Absolute Turkey), community theatre (Karina's Choice) as well as avant-garde dance theatre (Aeternum). Murray is passionate about up cycling, creating multidisciplinary art and using the craft to make a positive difference. Murray is also an avid knitter. Murray comes from South Africa after studying at the prestigious University of Cape Town. Following his dream and passion, he is thrilled (and slightly overwhelmed) to be working with a creative, adept team.


RITA COFIELD (STAGE MANAGER)
Rita Cofield is a native of Los Angeles. She has a bachelors in architecture (Howard University), a masters in heritage conservation (USC), and 15 plus years of experience stage managing. Her stage managing journey began when she sought more hands-on experiences and began volunteering with theatrical productions. Soon she went from painting sets, to assistant stage managing, to stage managing. She has stage managed with Actor's Co-op, the Inkwell Theater Company, A Noise Within, Theatre 40, and her favorite genre, musical theater, over at the Academy of New Musical Theater. She went from assistant directing "KING LEAR" at Actor's Co-op to directing her first play, the world premiere of "MADAME PRESIDENT" at the historic El Portal Theater. She frequently gives her time and energy to helping out with the Watts Village Theater Company in the roles of production manager, artistic curator, and just recently special projects manager for a beautification project in Watts, CA. She has as much love for curating plays as she does for curating buildings, and is glad to join Theater Planners once again for what will prove to be the best tax relief money can buy.


RAUL CLAYTON STAGGS (CASTING DIRECTOR)
Raul is a freelance casting director thrilled to be working with Racquel Lehrman and Theatre Planners again.  Recent credits include THE MISSING PAGES OF LEWIS CARROLL (The Theatre @ Boston Court), PALOMA (The Latino Theatre Company/ LATC) and O MY GOD (West Coast Jewish Theatre).  Raul has also helped cast projects for Playwrights’ Arena, The Getty Villa, The Fountain Theatre, The Greenway Court, Circle X Theatre, Bootleg Theatre, Theatre Movement Bazaar, The Gay & Lesbian Center, The Geffen Playhouse, and many others. 


AMANDA KNEHANS (SCENIC PAINTER)
is a Los Angeles based scenic designer and painter who works in both theatre and film.  Her most recent theatre credits include designs for Fugue with the Echo Theatre Company, Kalamazoo at the Pacific Resident Theatre and Bob's Holiday Office Party at the Pico Playhouse.  She also works at Pepperdine University as the charge scenic painter.  Amanda earned her MFA in stage design from CSU- Long Beach and spent six months training with the Theatre of Generations in St. Petersburg, Russia.


SANDRA KUKER, KUKER & LEE PR:
Sandra Kuker is an entertainment industry expert. Her 3 decade background in Music, Film & Television and Theatre has created a client list of diversity and successful campaigns. Sandra’s experience also includes chartering ships for theme cruises, casting for Film and Television, as well as the Reality Television and Scripted Television & Documentary's.  She is unstoppable and her personal commitment to each client provides the energy to excel in media. Her highlights include Voice Lessons, Adam Baum & The Jew Movie starring Richard Kind, Drop Dead by Billy Van Zandt, Serial Killer Barbie The Musical, Almost, Maine directed by Marty Papazian, Happy Face Sad Face produced by Russell Boast, Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies, author Bill Ratner of Parenting For The Digital Age, and she is working with Retronuvo Media on Reality TV and scripted television. Sandra works along with Anita J. Lee PR in a publicity coalition of Kuker & Lee PR with theatrical clients and authors, and entertainment professionals. Utilizing the strength of personal relationships, alongside social media and traditional PR, this dynamic duo of KUKER & LEE PR promote events, news releases and individually tailored media positioning for clients centered in Entertainment and build a branding presence with innovation, integrity and style.


ANITA LEE, KUKER & LEE PR:
Anita works along with Sandra Kuker PR in a publicity coalition of Kuker&Lee PR with theatrical clients and authors.  Anita J. Lee has had the privilege of working within the Los Angeles 99 Seat Theatre community for over a decade as a producer, marketing coordinator, and publicist. Her highlights include The Sand Storm: Stories from the Front by Sean Huze, Anything by Timothy McNeil, Tennesee Williams, Baby Doll designed by Joel Daavid, Drop Dead directed by Billy Van Zandt, Almost, Maine directed by Martin Papazian, Mad Womenby John Fleck directed by Ric Montejano, Fences with Laurence Fishburn and Angela Bassett, Baby It’s You! by Floyd Mutrux, Shem Bitterman’s, A Death in Colombia, Rantoul and Die and Parasite Drag by Mark Roberts. She also produces the Solidarity Hootenanny a music, storytelling and comedy salon at Muse on 8th once a month. Anita works along with Sandra Kuker PR in a publicity coalition of Kuker&Lee PR with theatrical clients and authors. 

CAST

RYAN BRADY (SAM FLUSHING)
Ryan is thrilled to be part of Loopholes: A Pain in the IRS!. Ryan has a BA in Theatre Arts from Boise State University in Idaho (yes, potatoes). Ryan recently played Nutter in the L.A. premiere of Trey Parker’s Cannibal: The Musical (Coeurage Theatre Company) alongside his twin brother. Some of Ryan’s theatre credits include Mr. Bumble in Oliver! The Musical (Lewis Family Playhouse) and Sancho Panza in Man of La Mancha (Boise State). Ryan studies improv at UCB and can be seen in a dress for the web series Party Betchez on Youtube. Many thanks to my family and friends for their support. Want to know more about this award-winning hugger? Check this out:  www.helloryanbrady.com.


JULIE CARDIA (BRENDA)
Julie appeared alongside Kathy Lee Gifford in the 30TH ANNIVERSARY, BROADWAY NATIONAL TOUR OF ANNIE, directed by Martin Charnin and NETwork’s production of Annie @MADISON SQUARE GARDEN.  She’s received awards and nominations for her performances in Guys and Dolls and The Secret Garden (@STAGES ST. LOUIS – KEVIN KLINE AWARD NOM), Anything Goes (@MERRY-GO-ROUND PLAYHOUSE – SALT AWARD NOM), No No Nanette (@SALT AWARD NOM), Legally Blonde (@Moonlight Amphitheatre, STAGE SCENE LA AWARD WINNER), and The Diary of Anne Frank (IRENE RYAN AWARD NOM). Julie appeared alongside SHIRLEY JONES in the tour of THE MUSIC MAN: IN CONCERT. Other credits include the NATIONAL TOUR OF THE WIZARD OF OZ, Off-Broadway productions of Promenade (NEW WORLD STAGES) and Panama Hattie (Musicals Tonight!) numerous productions at SACRAMENTO MUSIC CIRCUS, OGUNQUIT PLAYHOUSE   & FLORIDA STUDIO THEATER, lots of commercials and the film “Autumn Mixtape.” A proud California State University, Fullerton, MFA grad, Julie is represented by OMNIUM ENTERTAINMENT AND MAVERICK ARTISTS AGENCY. 


TAJI COLEMAN (SHEILA PEEL/MRS. LAMAZ)
Taji, which is Persian and Indian for Crown, is obviously not from either one of those countries but is thrilled to be in the cast of Loopholes. She hails from Tyra Banks hometown of Inglewood, California. I know, boring right? Westsiiiide! But this multi-talented actress is the least bit boring. She has overpaid her dues with reputable credits in commercials, film and television. And has now added Voice actor to her resume. Her appearances include Showtimes' Ray Donovan, Baby Daddy on ABC Family, the CW's Hart of Dixie and the indie film Phantom Halo starring Rebecca Rhomeyn to name a few. You may recognize her from that AT&T "lets close" real estate spot....couldn't miss her even in that wig. So stay tuned Taji is a coming attraction to a screen and/or radio near you.


BRAD GRIFFITH (HOWIE CATCHEM)
Brad has appeared most recently in Bitches, Prairie-oke and Are you there, God, It’s Me, Karen Carpenter.  Favorite roles include Claude in Hair, Almaviva in Figaro Gets a Divorce, and Matt in The Marriage of Bette & Boo.  He holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Washington and has acted in plays in New York, Seattle, Albuquerque, Boulder, Colorado at Colorado Shakespeare festival, and spent an… er…unforgettable 6 months touring the East coast with Where’s Waldo, the Musical. “Under Construction,” a short film he wrote and directed, premiered at Outfest this year, and was has been selected for other festivals nationally. He is currently working on a few writing projects, and hopes to be finished with War & Peace: The One Man Show to premiere at the Hollywood Fringe in June. The theater is paid for, so fingers crossed.


NORA KING (ENSEMBLE/SWING)
Nora is a little red head who isn’t afraid to get ugly. As a recent graduate from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) with a BFA in Acting, she is living in Los Angeles as an actor, producer and philanthropist. Her recent acting credits include Scrooge, The Musical (The Big Oak Theatre), Ebenezer (Speakeasy Society), Pomegranate (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Cloud 9 (festivals in the Czech Republic and Belgium). She has also spent a semester at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is currently training at The Upright Citizens Brigade. Nora has founded Acting for Others, a non-profit theater company that raises awareness and funds for charity. She also teaches acting to kids with autism at The Miracle Project. www.noraking.net


PERRY LAMBERT (HARRY GRIMM)
Perry Lambert has appeared in 50 productions; “City of Angels”, “Guys and Dolls”, “The Fantasticks”, “The Diary of Anne Frank”, “Sweet Charity”, “Kiss Me Kate”, and the original production of “Forbidden Hollywood.”  He has shared the stage with such notables as Debbie Reynolds, Bob Hope, Rosemary Clooney, Liza Minnelli, Natalie Cole, Chita Rivera, Tony Bennett and many other celebrities.
As an accomplished singer, actor, comedian, his one-man show blends comedy, music and celebrity impressions into a wholesome evening of entertainment. He has headlined for Crystal Cruises, Holland America, Princess Cruises, Oceana and numerous corporate engagements.  Perry recently toured in “The Music Man in Concert” starring Shirley Jones and Patrick Cassidy. Currently he is directing and producing “Come Fly with Me!” – The Sammy Cahn Songbook. Perry would like to thank everyone involved in “Loopholes – A Pain in The I.R.S.” for their hard work and creative efforts! Perry is a proud member of Actors’ Equity. www.perrylambert.com


CAMILLE LICATE (EILEEN HOLMES/NICOLE KIDME)
Camille Licate’s favorite things are airport reunions, dogs in coats, and spending time with her rescue horse, Valentine.  An Ohio Buckeye, Camille danced her way through childhood to the steps of Mercyhurst University, where she earned a degree in Dance and minor in Anthropology.  She twirled to NYC where she performed with The Martha Graham Dance Company and worked as a pottery analyst for The American Museum of Natural History.  She waltzed onto the acting scene (literally), being hired as a “dancer who could act” with The Shakespeare Theater, in Washington DC, before making the coastal leap to Los Angeles, CA, where she has booked acting roles in commercials, films and television, along with graduating from UCB.  Camille is the co-creator and screenwriter of the forthcoming animated children’s film, “Fish Into Water,” and she authored and self-published the book, Small Shoes, (www.theshoegal.com).  An animal advocate to the core, Camille is the Founder of Kids For Positive Change; Enrichment programs that inspire kids to take action on animal welfare issues.  Camille is so happy to be part of the awesome Loopholes cast!  So much love and gratitude to Mom, Dad, Gyspy, Jim, family & friends for believing in me. 



BRUCE NOZICK (IZZY)
Bruce is currently filming the second season of the hit TNT show “The Last Ship.”  He appeared on the last two seasons of the Showtime series “Weeds.”  Other TV credits include “Hawaii Five-0,” “Criminal Minds,” “N.C.I.S.” and “Entourage,” as well as recurring roles on “Shark,” “N.Y.P.D. Blue,” “Ally McBeal,” “Judging Amy,” “E.R.” and “24.”  He can be seen in the Bobcat Goldthwait film “God Bless America” and in Zach Braff’s recent film “Wish I Was Here.”  He was in the Off-Broadway hit A Shayna Maidel and toured the United States and Canada with the First National Company of Lost in Yonkers as Uncle Louis.  Bruce has appeared at dozens of Regional Theatres – in Louisville, Houston, Albany, Atlanta and San Diego, to name a few.  He is thrilled to have the opportunity to sing again . . . it’s been awhile.  Thanks Terry for your love and support.  brucenozick.com.


CARYN RICHMAN (DR. MARSHA MELLOW)
Caryn began her career playing Sandy in the Broadway musical Grease. After taking the show on National tour, MCA Records signed her to a recording contract with the group Tuxedo Junction, famous for their hit song “Chattanooga Choo-Choo.” As a series regular in daytime, Caryn starred in “Another World”, “Texas” and “The Young and The Restless”. In primetime, she landed the title role of Gidget in the TV movie “Gidget’s Summer Reunion” and went on to star in the series “The New Gidget”. Caryn also played Greg Brady’s wife in the TV movie “A Very Brady Christmas” and in the subsequent series “The Bradys”. She has guest starred on many popular shows and was most recently seen playing Ray Romano’s nagging wife on “Maron”. She also joined radio personality Larry Elder for a run in co-­‐hosting “The Morning Show” on MSNBC. Theatre has always been Caryn’s first love and she has appeared in dozens of productions throughout Los Angeles and across the country. She is delighted to be a part of “Loopholes” and is excited to share the journey with this creative and talented team!


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