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Sybil’s Closet

Book and Lyrics by Grace Jasmine, Music by Ross Plotkin

What’s hiding in your closet?

Sybil, a new age granny, and her uptight sister, Prudence are planning a bridge game—but they need replacements! Prudence wants to get that handsome new parson to come. Sybil wants to invite the interesting new woman next door—Betty. It turns out everyone has something to hide as Sybil bonds with Betty over tea and secrets are revealed. Will Prudence sit in judgment, will the parson be shocked? Anything can happen when you’re playing games.


Jerry A Blackburn

Warren Davis

Grace Jasmine

Sandy Kaufman

Kurt Koehler

Kevin Mathie

Ross Plotkin

Bette Smith

Terri Baker Weiss

1001 Minutes of New Musicals

6322 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, CA 90038


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

To buy tickets for this show, make a note of the DATE and TIME you want, and then click the link below to go to the Hollywood Fringe Festival site. NOTE that all performances at that site will be listed as 1001 MINUTES OF MUSICAL THEATRE so you need to know the date and time of the show you want to see.


Creative Team

Warren Davis

Music Director
Kevin Mathie

Stage Manager
Jerry A Blackburn

Sandy Kaufman
Kurt Koehler
Bette Smith
Terri Baker Weiss


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.

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.

Grace Jasmine (Book and lyrics) Grace Jasmine (Writer and Director) Grace Jasmine is a member of New Musicals Inc. and writes in a variety of genres. With 47 nonfiction books in print, she decided to return to her first love, writing for theater. Shows include: Rainbows, Tim Doran, composer (Jasmine wrote, directed, and starred in this show, which was produced first in Los Angeles and then off-off Broadway); The Lover-A Tale of Obsessive Love, Ron Barnett, composer (Lonny Chapman Theatre premier). Jasmine had two original musicals premiere Summer 2017, at the Hollywood Fringe Festival: Sybil’s Closet and F**ked Up Fairy Tales. WeHo times called the song, “Love is Love” Jasmine wrote (With David Anthony, composer) for F**ked Up Fairy Tales “…an incredible song that it merits a place among the classics of musical theatre.” (WeHo Times, July 2, 2017). Jasmine’s new straight play, The Masher premiered at the 2019 Hollywood Fringe to sold out houses and received the 2019 The Hollywood Encore! Producers’ Award based on “artistic merit, commercial potential, and developmental possibilities.” She is currently working on a screenplay, Get a Life and two musicals: Skin Deep and The Suicide of Sparkle Jones, and two straight plays: The Rage of Ordinary People and Rogue. Jasmine was recently selected by the Phoenix Art Museum in cooperation with Now and Then Creative Company to create a short original play based on a three-dimensional modern sculpture. At the same festival, Jasmine was tapped to direct “The Drawing Lesson, by Andrea Markowitz, which received an award of merit at the event. Jasmine holds an MFA in Screenwriting and Playwriting from the University of California at Riverside, is a native Californian living in Arizona with her family and is an avid dog lover. Grace Jasmine is a member of the Dramatists Guild. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @beautynblog. Twitter: @BeautyNBlog and ME:

Sandy Kaufman (Parson) has performed in numerous theatrical productions from Off-Broadway to the Hollywood Fringe Festival. He practices psychotherapy by day, and hopes one day to arrive on the set of a television sit-com as an actor, not a massage therapist.

Kurt Koehler (Betty/AKA Mr. Hackford) BFA Marymount Manhattan, co-creator of the cult hit Chico’s Angels since 2003. Favorite roles: “Leading Player” Pippin, “Danny” Grease, “Mark” A Chorus Line and more. On TV : PARKS & REC, BIG BANG THEORY, DICE, GIRLBOSS and more. You may have seen him at a Tupperware Party as “Aunt Cassie Rolle”, Currently teaches AUDITION TECHNIQUE for TV and FILM.

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.

Ross Plotkin (Music) is a New York based songwriter, composer, and pianist. He has performed his original material, once memorably described (by Ross) as “shaped by Tom Lehrer, Randy Newman, and Billy Joel, but more elitist” at venues including the New York Funny Songs Fest, the Laughingstock Comedy Music Festival, and South by Southwest. He has also written for string quartet, solo piano, choir, wind quintet and soprano, and other instrumental/vocal permutations. Ross loves long after-dinner walks, crossword puzzles, and all manner of subversive thoughts and behavior.

Bette Smith (Sybil) came to California from Western New York to perform her one-woman-show, Days of Vengeance, at the WIS Festival. She has studied with Richard Waterhouse and appeared in various theaters and films throughout the area. Some of her favorite plays include: Memory of Water at the Promenade Playhouse, Kimberly Akimbo at the Waterhouse Studio, and Suite V with Vintage City Entertainment. She also has a one-woman children’s show, Dragon, Dragon, which she performed at the NOHO Art’s Festival and in various schools. Most recently she has been seen in the Shorts programs at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, performing in scenes that she has written. Two of them were presented by the Whitefire at the Fringe Festival last year.

Terri Baker Weiss (Prudence) at ten was singing with Buck Owens & Merle Haggart on Bakersfield television but wanting to sing opera, at 18 she received a full scholarship to the famed Neighborhood Playhouse in New York.  She appeared on Broadway, in FADE OUT FADE IN with Carol Burnett and understudied Betsey Palmer in SOUTH PACIFIC at Carnegie Hall. She did leads Off Broadway and did numerous commercials, television and movie roles with such luminaries as Jack Benny, Toni Randall and Jane Fonda.  In 1971 she went “on the road” as a headliner in supper clubs around the USA, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. At times working as Lionel Hampton’s featured singer. In 1989 she became a singing teacher in Los Angeles. Obsessed with students who found it difficult to concentrate, in this complicated world, she wrote the book to MONKEY MIND THE MUSICAL with the guidance of the Academy For New Musical Theater.