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Our Very Special Cast: Paris Benjamin

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Paris made her Theatre of NOTE debut performing in the explosive 2018 Late Night Show “OA: ALTERNATIVE ACTS: THE LEFTOVERS”. She was recently seen touring Rajiv Joseph’s Pulitzer Prize nominated drama “BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO” in the Southeast, as well as directing Luis Valdez’s satire “LOS VENDIDOS”.  Paris can be seen in television shows such as NCIS, Scandal, Criminal Minds Beyond Borders, to name a few.  Growing up watching Star Wars in her little French village, she never dreamed that one day she would be on a Hollywood stage playing her idol, the late and incomparably talented Carrie Fisher. Paris would like to thank director Kerr Lordygan, writer Andrew Osborne and this hilarious and exquisite cast and crew for making it happen.  For tickets and information, please visit: specialtheplay.com!

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Our Very Special Cast: Lance Guest

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Lance Guest created the role of Johnny Cash in the Broadway production of Million Dollar Quartet and his regional theatrical credits include Million Dollar Quartet (Chicago/Goodman), Look Homeward Angel (Playmakers, NC), Key Exchange (Chautaqua, NY), Baby with the Bathwater (West Coast Premiere – L.A. Public/Coronet), The Weather Outside (Barrow Group, NYC), and 35 years of original theatre works in L.A.  TV work includes House, Jericho, X-Files, The Wonder Years, NYPD Blue, JAG, Becker, Life Goes On, Knots Landing.  Film:  The Last Starfighter, Jaws: The Revenge, Halloween 2, Plan B, Late Phases and more on IMDB.com.  And for info and ticket information about Special at Theatre of NOTE, please visit: specialtheplay.com!

Our Very Special Cast: Victoria Martinez

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Victoria is pleased to be appearing in SPECIAL this holiday season. LA theatre credits include productions with Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, A Noise Within, Coin & Ghost, Chase What Flies, and Little Fish Theatre among others. She received her professional training from the Art of Acting Studio/Stella Adler Studios NY & holds a BA in Performing Arts & Social Justice from the University of San Francisco. She’d like to thank Kerr, Andrew and all of Team SPECIAL for this opportunity! Proud AEA member.  And for more information on the show, please visit:  specialtheplay.com!

Our Very Special Cast: Alex Elliott-Funk

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Alex Elliott-Funk studied at the University of Iowa before moving to Los Angeles. He is a proud member of Theatre of NOTE and recently appeared there in Marian or the True Tale of Robin Hood. He was nominated for a Best Male Comedic Performance Stage Raw Award for his performance in 2017’s world premiere of Supper, a Broadway World Best Featured Actor Award for his role in Just the Tip, and shared a Best Ensemble by the NAACP Theatre Awards as part of the cast of Shoe Story. The Empire Strikes Back is one of his all time favorite movies, and his performance is dedicated to Carrie Fisher.

Our Very Special Cast: Marty Yu

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Marty Yu, who plays every type of character in Special from a French Canadian auteur and a geeky teen to foul-mouthed TV executives and Harvey Korman, trained for several years at The Groundlings and the Upright Citizens Brigade. He has performed in various sketch comedy shows and plays around L.A.. You also might have seen him here and there on the TV, including recurring roles on Veronica Mars and Grey’s Anatomy – though he mostly wore a surgical mask in the latter. The last time he graced the Theatre of NOTE stage was over 14 years ago. He is thrilled to be back.

Special Update: The Countdown Begins

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by Andrew Osborne

After months of online casting and organizing, I went to Los Angeles last week to begin work on the production of my new play, Special (a comedy about the backstage drama surrounding The Star Wars Holiday Special) and took this as a good sign when I saw it on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard!

Screengrab Flashback: John Cusack, Political Poet

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by Andrew Osborne

The dearly departed Screengrab blog is even deader than Nerve.com, so I’m reposting some of my lost work from the site that would otherwise be lost to the ages, starting with a golden oldie from a happier time:  Election Day 2008.

John Cusack: Political Poet

As a senior in high school, I fancied myself a John Cusack-y sort and loved The Sure Thing (oh, Daphne Zuniga, we hardly knew ye), and since then, the guy with the boombox has generated a pretty impressive body of work: Stand By Me, Eight Men Out, Say Anything, The Grifters, Bullets Over Broadway, Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity

…but somewhere along the way, Cusack also contracted a bad case of Garafolo Political Syndrome, exacerbated by symptoms of the acute humorlessness and self-regard usually associated with stage one Sean Pennitis.

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