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Kantata Koffee Kompany

Book & Lyrics by John Piraino, Music & Lyrics by Jerry Ranger


There's more to their coffee than you think...

The FBI discovers the owner of Kantata Koffee uses his global chain of coffee shops to launder money. The FBI plans a sting led by Robert Rightwood, who recruits Kate Kalispell (owner of a coffee house across the street from Kantata) to help stage the sting operation. When the sting goes wrong, Kate is threatened. In the shoot-out that ensues a shocking discovery protects the heroes, Guido is taken into custody, and love unexpectedly blossoms.

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Jerry A Blackburn

Allen Corben

Tomas Dakan

Warren Davis

Alexandra Nicole G-Smith

Kevin Mathie

Ken Patton

John Piraino

Jerry Alan Ranger

Caity Ware

Richard Lewis Warren

at the HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL
1001 Minutes of New Musicals

SACRED FOOLS THEATER BLACK BOX
6322 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, CA 90038

FIVE PERFORMANCES ONLY!


" PRODUCTION A "
Fri, Jun 9 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Jun 10 at 5:00 pm
Sun, Jun 11 at 4:30 pm
Thu, Jun 15 at 9:00 pm
Thu, Jun 22 at 11:00 pm

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Creative Team

Director
Warren Davis

Music Director
Kevin Mathie

Stage Manager
Jerry A Blackburn

Cast
Allen Corben
Tomas Dakan
Alexandra Nicole G-Smith
Ken Patton
Caity Ware
Richard Lewis Warren


CREATIVE TEAM - BIOGRAPHIES


Jerry A Blackburn (Stage Manager) is a production stage manager at his second fringe show and his second show at NMI.   Previously Jerry has worked with Carol Channing, Kathy Najimi, Mo Gaffney, Eden Espinosa, Toni Morrell, Alejandro Patino, Mia Xitlali , Andrew Allen, Will Shupe, Conchita Belisle Newman, Philip McBride, Kay Sedia Amir Levi and Andrew Joseph Perez.  Jerry received his Master’s of orchestral conducting from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1987 and has been working in film and theater since 1975.  Jerry would like to thank his stage manger mentor Vernon Willet for his friendship and guidance over the years.

Allen Corben (Joe Black) is a founding member of The Fuller Company, where he’s appeared in Anonimous, Twelve Angry Jurors (Juror 3, the angry one), The Value Of Names (alternating as Leo and Benny), and in Rabbit Hole. At LCP, Allen has appeared in Man Of La Mancha, Return To Forbidden Planet, The Importance Of Being Earnest and, most recently, the world premier of Esther. At GP, he has appeared in Jesus Christ Superstar, and Godspell. He was part of the quartet in The Music Man for Stepping Stone Players, and joined the board of that Community Theatre in 2012, helping to put up Oliver!, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!, and A Child’s Christmas in Wales. From 1992 to 2001, Allen sang with The MATZ, a Pasadena-based a cappella ensemble. Most recently, he’s been playing wolves and bears at Burbank Children’s Theatre in Nick Tickle: Fairytale Detective and the sequel Once Upon a Wolf. He has a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Seminary, where he pays the bills being the Assistant Registrar.

Tomas Dakan (Robert Burns) Is an actor living in Los Angeles. He first caught the acting bug his junior year in high school and he hasn’t stopped since. He recently graduated from Occidental College where he performed in Skin of our Teeth, Hairspray, Slanguage, Othello, Far Away, Three Sisters, & Measure for Measure. Since then he has been in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Twelfth Night, and worked as a Scareactor at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights.

Warren Davis (Director) began his career in Chicago where he appeared on many stages including The Goodman, Lifeline Theatre, National Jewish Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Drury Lane South and The Griffin Theatre where he was a company member. He has directed stage plays, short films, staged readings, radio dramas, and a rock theatrical experience with the 60s tribute band AQUARIUS. Warren has been a guest director for the Blank Theatre’s annual Young Playwright’s Festival for the past 15 years. TV appearances include The Middle, Criminal Minds, House MD, ER, Strong Medicine, LAX and The Practice. He can be seen in the sci-fi cult favorite, Yesterday Was A Lie. And he’s thrilled to be directing these two very fun and silly plays for NMI.

Alexandra Nicole G-Smith (Susan Whiteside) is an actress and singer,  born on Halloween of ’88 in San Diego, California. Her most recent stage credits include Fiddler on the Roof (Clyde Porter Theater, CPT), The Pajama Game (CPT), Remember My Name (Zombie Joes, ZT), Blood Alley (ZT), Fear and Loathing on the Nile (Hollywood Underground, HU), Russian Tea Room (HU), and Locked Away (San Diego Women’s Museum) to name a few. Her film and TV credits include I Hate Horses, Bingo, Hotel Secrets and Legends, Justice For All, and Space Turkey. She currently studies at Antaeus. Although her main love is film and theater, she has also written and performed music sets across Los Angeles including The Dresden, State Social House, Muse Cafe, Bar Lubitsch, and House of Blues (before it became a hotel.) She wrote and released three singles in 2016, which featured her on lead vocals and piano. Those included, “Hitch A Ride”, “Sleep Alone,” “Black Man Don’t Walk,” and other songs that can be found on I-Tunes. She is thrilled to be a part of this years Fringe Festival as well as working with NMI. She looks forward to a long relationship with them!

Kevin Mathie (Music Director) has more than 25 years’ experience working as a music director, composer, and pianist. During his career he has been the music director more than 150 musical productions for theaters. He has also written the music for five musicals which have been produced on stage, and created a dozen incidental scores for non-musicals. Moreover, Kevin is a music composer for film and television. His music has been featured on CBS, The Young and the Restless, Showtime, and others. He is a member of ASCAP, the Dramatists Guild of America, and the Society of Composers and Lyricists.

Ken Patton (Jonesy) is excited and honored to be part of this stunning production. Having attended various productions of the Hollywood Fringe Festival in the past, Ken loves what the Festival accomplishes, and he is thrilled to be participating in a Fringe production. He recently participated in two staged readings for NMI, Hans Brinker, and Big Noise, and is very thankful to both Warren and Elise for the opportunity to expand his horizons within the NMI, a group that he holds in high regard.  To my fellow castmates; you are all so supremely talented… I loved working with each and every one of you!  And to my Paul – seriously… we are way overdue; time to do a show together!  Love ya madly!!  Previous include: ‘Newt Lee’ in Parade; ‘Belize’ in Angels In America; ‘Man 1 & 2’ in But The World Goes ‘Round, ‘Schroeder’ in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and ‘Donald’ in You Can’t Take It With You.

John Piraino (Book & Lyrics) was active for many years in computers and real estate development in Los Angeles. He is now devoting more time to his love of musical theatre. He completed the NMI (ANMT) core curriculum eight years ago and completed several mini-musicals. He is working on his full-length show Threads.

Jerry Alan Ranger (Lyrics & Music) has spent the past 50 years involved in the music and entertainment arena, having written and produced numerous production shows for the Cruise Line Market, Casino show rooms and various other performing and recording venues. He has ventured into the world of Jazz, big bad, orchestrating, performing and the theatrical Broadway stage musicals. He has written 5 original musicals, was featured at Disney Hall performing Rhapsody in Blue which he arranged for 60 piece Symphony Orchestra plus big band. plus he does love a good latte, almost any time. Offers?

Caity Ware (Kate Kalispell) came to Los Angeles to attend UCLA, where she wrote sketch comedy at 2am as a member of the acclaimed Spring Sing Company, led packed Rose Bowls in the signature 8 Clap, and sang Handel’s Messiah with the Angeles Chorale in Royce Hall. She’s since delivered bad news on American Horror Story, left nagging voicemails in RENT, and produced numerous short films, music videos, web series, and plays. When not acting or producing, Caity bakes. Her peanut butter bars have made men propose. She finally said yes to one, resulting in a web series being filmed at her wedding, because why not? www.caityware.com

Richard Lewis Warren (Guido Gambino) is excited to be appearing as Milt in this production of Bagels!  Prior to this he appeared as Preacher in Violet. Past roles were Edna in HairsprayEddie in Conversations With My Father, and Doc in West Side Story.  Films include An Angel Named Billy – TV, the pilot, Dr. Con, music videos, The Nature of Things, Death, Walk and Terror and Praying Mantis. Prior to acting, he spent 17+ years composing, conducting, orchestrating and arranging music for TV series such as the original Dallas and Remington Steele.