ZOE KAZAN (LAUREL/AUDREY)
An acclaimed theater actress and 2005 graduate of Yale University, Zoe Kazan made her New York stage debut in 2006 in the Off-Broadway revival of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie opposite Cynthia Nixon. She continued to shine on stage in 2007, starring in Jonathan Marc Sherman's Things We Want, directed by Ethan Hawke, and Playwrights Horizons’ production of 100 Saints You Should Know, for which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, as well as the Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress. In January 2008, Kazan made her Broadway debut opposite S. Epatha Merkerson in a revival of William Inge's Come Back, Little Sheba. Following this role, Kazan was named the recipient of the 2008 Clarence Derwent Award, honoring “the most promising female and male performers on the New York metropolitan scene.” She is the only actor to be awarded the Derwent Award for three roles in one year: Come Back, Little Sheba, 100 Saints You Should Know and Things We Want.
Since then, she has returned twice to Broadway: in 2009 as Masha in Ian Rickson's critically acclaimed production of The Seagull, opposite Kristin Scott Thomas, Peter Sarsgaard and Carey Mulligan; and in 2010 in Martin McDonagh's comedy A Behanding in Spokane opposite Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell. Kazan returned to Off-Broadway in the fall of 2010, starring as Harper in The Signature Theatre Company's revival of Tony Kushner's Angels In America.
Kazan is also a promising playwright, whose family drama Absalom was produced at the Humana Festival at the Actor’s Theater of Louisville in 2009. Her second play, We Live Here, was produced Off-Broadway by The Manhattan Theatre company in the fall of 2011, in a production directed by Sam Gold. Kazan’s third play Trudy & Max In Love, directed by Lila Neugebauer, played in January 2014 at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa.
As Kazan continues her success in the theatre, she also has been working consistently on the big screen. Kazan received high praise for her breakout role as Maureen Grube in Sam Mendes’ “Revolutionary Road” opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. She also appeared in Paul Haggis’ thriller “In the Valley of Elah” with Charlize Theron, Gregory Hoblit’s “Fracture” with Ryan Gosling, Rebecca Miller’s “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee,” Richard Linklater's “Me and Orson Wells,” Josh Radnor's “HappyThankYouMorePlease,” Kelly Reichardt's “Meek’s Cutoff” with Paul Dano and Michelle Williams, and Nancy Meyers' “It’s Complicated” with Meryl Streep. Kazan was awarded Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film by the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009 for her first starring role, in Bradley Rust Gray's “The Exploding Girl.” She also guest-starred in four episodes of HBO's “Bored to Death”, opposite Jason Schwartzman.
In 2012, Kazan wrote her first screenplay, “Ruby Sparks”, which she went on to star in opposite Paul Dano, Chris Messina, Annette Bening and Antonia Banederas. She also served as executive producer. The screenplay earned Kazan her first Independent Spirit Award nomination.
Since wrapping “Ruby Sparks,” Kazan has had starring roles in the upcoming “In Your Eyes,” written and produced by Joss Whedon and she recently completed filming “The F Word,” alongside Daniel Radcliffe.
JAKE JOHNSON (BASEL)
Born in Chicago and a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Jake Johnson has emerged as a captivating actor on the rise with hilarious and engaging performances on both the big and small screen. He currently stars opposite Zooey Deschanel on Fox’s hit comedy series “New Girl,”, and was recently seen on the big screen in Joe Swanberg’s independent film “Drinking Buddies” in which he stars opposite Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston.
Johnson just completed shooting Luke Greenfield’s “Let’s Be Cops” for Fox, in which he will star alongside Damon Wayans, Jr. His other credits include co-starring with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in “21 Jump Street,” opposite Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass in Colin Trevorrow‘s film “Safety Not Guaranteed,” alongside Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman in Paramount’s “No Strings Attached” directed by Ivan Reitman; the independent film “Ceremony” opposite Uma Thurman and Michael Angarano; and in Nick Jasenovic’s “Paper Heart” with Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera.
JOHN CARROLL LYNCH (FRANK)
A native of Colorado, John Carroll Lynch spent the first eight years of his professional career as a member of Minneapolis’s Guthrie Theater Company with roles in over 30 productions. He landed his first major film role as Norm, Francis McDormand’s duck-obsessed husband in the Coen brothers’ Academy Award-winning “Fargo.” Since then Lynch has worked steadily in film, television and theater, playing an impressive range of characters -- some lovable, some funny, some terrifying -- doctors, killers, perplexed fathers, aggravated brothers, frustrated husbands, rich business men, poor contractors, southerners, northerners, westerners and easterners. With over 40 film credits, Lynch has been directed by Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Greg Mottola, Mark Ruffalo, Miguel Arteta, Mick Jackson and Albert Brooks, among others.
On the small screen Lynch has appeared in many series regular, recurring and miniseries roles, including “Carnivale,” "Body Of Proof,” “K-Ville,” “Big Love,” “How to Make it in America,” “From the Earth to the Moon” and David E. Kelley's “Brotherhood of Poland, NH.” For six seasons he played Drew’s cross-dressing brother on ABC’s “The Drew Carey Show.”
Lynch continues to pursue work in the theater. Most recently he returned to the Guthrie Theater where he had the lead role of Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge. Other recent stage appearances include the original production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dinner with Friends at South Coast Repertory, Under the Blue Sky at the Geffen, and Beth Henley's world premiere, Ridiculous Fraud at New Jersey's McCarter Theater.
SHAE D’LYN (MAY)
After a brief career in investment banking, Shae D’Lyn attended a post-graduate two-year theater program in New York earning a professional degree in Theater Arts. She then began a career in theater, film, and television, starring in over thirty-five productions including eight feature films. Her credits include “The Motel Life” opposite Emile Hirsch; in “Secrets” with Julie Harris and Thomas Gibson; in “Arthur Miller’s The American Clock” opposite Mary McDonnell and Loren Dean; and “Vegas Vacation” with Chevy Chase and Randy Quaid. She has had the privilege of playing dramatic and comic roles on great television shows including “Ellen,” “Law and Order,” and four years starring as Jane on ABC’s “Dharma and Greg.” Her theatrical career includes Baby Doll in the Off Broadway premiere of Tennessee William’s Tiger Tail, Theresa in the US premiere of The Crackwalker, Adrianna in The Comedy of Errors at Boston’s Leland Center, and Maddy in the world premiere of Maddy Far Away. She has also played classic roles such as Iphigenia, Electra, and Desdemona, and had the honor of being cast by Al Pacino as the understudy for Salome on Broadway.
She also directs and produces theater, film, and television productions and has just completed her first feature screenplay. She founded a production company in Los Angeles and Puerto Rico (Shot in the Dark Films) and the Independent Artists’ Cooperative in Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, and Toronto with over 600 members. Her films have won several awards at film festivals including “HEARME – The Imagine Project” which connects orphans in Iraq, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Cambodia, Puerto Rico and Compton through music. HEARME (hearmehub.com) is now a nonprofit sponsored by rock stars and Fleet Jewelry carrying the vision forward. Her acting and directing work can be seen at vimeo.com/channels/shotinthedark.
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FRANKIE SHAW (CLAUDIA)
Frankie Shaw was recently seen in the Wrekin Hill Entertainment film, “The End of Love” directed by Mark Webber, opposite Mark Webber, Michael Cera, Amanda Seyfried, and Jason Ritter, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Her other credits include Bill Guttentag’s independent film, “Knife Fight” opposite Rob Lowe, Jamie Chung, Eric McCormack, David Harbour, and Carrie-Anne Moss; the independent film, “This is Where We Live,” written and directed by Josh Barrett and Marc Menchaca; “The Freebie” with Dax Shepard; and Marc Webber’s “Explicit Ills,”
Shaw’s upcoming films include “Lullaby” with Garett Hedlund, Richard Jenkins, Jessica Brow-Findlay, Amy Adams and Terence Howard; and “Someone Marry Barry” with Tyler Labine and Hayes MacArthur. On television, she starred in the series “Blue Mountain State,” voiced the role of Victoria Primm on the animated PBS show “Nate the Great,” and has appeared on “Law and Order” and “One Life to Live.”
RON LIVINGSTON (CHARLES)
2013 proved to be a busy year for Ron Livingston. In January, Lynn Shelton’s “Touchy Feely” in which he co-stars with Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janney and Ellen Page premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival. Additionally, “Drinking Buddies” premiered at SXSW in March before its national release, and Livingston also starred in “Parkland” alongside a stellar cast, which includes Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton and Marcia Gay Harden. He appeared in the James Wan-directed thriller “The Conjuring,” and also returned to HBO as a new series regular on “Boardwalk Empire”.
In 2012, Livingston co-starred in several high profile film and television projects. The Walt Disney pictures “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” which starred Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton, and “Ten Year” with Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson and Anthony Mackie. For HBO, Livingston also co-starred in the multiple award-winning “Game Change” along with Ed Harris, Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson and Sarah Paulson. Other recent feature credits include “Queens of Country,” “Dinner for Schmucks” with Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, “The Time Traveler’s Wife” with Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, and the ABC series “Defying Gravity.”
As Captain Lewis Nixon in the 2001 HBO film “Band of Brothers,” Livingston was nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Supporting Actor category. That fall, Livingston took a memorable turn as Jack Berger on the ever popular HBO series “Sex and the City” opposite Sarah Jessica Parker. Previous films include “The Cooler,” starring William H. Macy, Maria Bello, and Alec Baldwin; “Adaptation” for director Spike Jonze with Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, and Chris Cooper; “Swingers,” with Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn; “Pretty Persuasion” for Samuel Goldwyn with Evan Rachel Wood and James Woods; “Winter Solstice” with Anthony LaPaglia and Allison Janney; and “Little Black Book.” Livingston may be best known as the star of the cult hit “Office Space.” Directed by Mike Judge and starring opposite Jennifer Aniston, the film has gone on to become one of the industry’s best-selling film/DVD rentals of all time.
STERLING BEAUMON (HUNTER)
Rising star Sterling Beaumon is one of Hollywood’s most exciting and versatile young actors. Beaumon landed a leading role as Gabriel Walraven in the ABC series “Red Widow” which premiered on March 3, 2013. The show is based on the Dutch series “Penoza” and is executive produced and written by Melissa Rosenberg (“Twilight”) and executive produced by Howard Klein.
His television and film credits include his breakout role as Young Ben Linus on the smash hit ABC drama “Lost,” and for his lead role in the mystery television mini-series “Clue” based upon the Parker Brothers game franchise of the same name. He also co-stars alongside Emily Blunt and Colin Firth in the feature “Arthur Newman,” which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
Beaumon made his professional stage debut at the age of six in The Grapes of Wrath with West Coast Ensemble. Since then he has performed in numerous theatre production including All My Sons at the Geffen Playhouse opposite Broadway veterans Neil Patrick Harris, Laurie Metcalf, and Len Cariou. In 2010, Sterling won the Young Artists Award for Best Stage Actor for his starring role in the West Coast Ensemble production of Big! The Musical.
ROBIN REISER (HUNTER’S MOM)
Robin Reiser is an actor, writer, and comedian who began her career as a baby in diaper commercials. More recently she had the privilege of portraying a lactating mother in Jenée LaMarque’s short film “Spoonful.” Her list of credits includes TBS’s "Love Bites," NBC's "Last Comic Standing," and commentary on E! and Oxygen. Robin is currently developing a half hour comedy with NBC.
JENNIFER LAFLEUR (MARGUERITE)
Jennifer Lafleur stars in the Duplass Brothers film "Do-Deca-Pentathlon.” She recently wrapped the independent feature “Mutual Friends,” co-starring Cheyenne Jackson & Michael Stahl-David. Her other film/television credits include: "Baghead" (Sundance 2008/ Duplass Brothers and Sony Pictures Classics) and "Bunker Hill" directed by Jon Avnet. She recently recurred on the upcoming Comedy Central series “Review” starring Andy Daly.
LUKA JONES (PATRICK)
Luka Jones was most recently a series regular on NBC's “Up All Night,” playing Christina Applegate's brother. Previously, Jones starred on the NBC show “Best Friends Forever,” where he played 'Joe,' Lennon's (Lennon Parham) laid-back live-in boyfriend. In addition to television, last summer, Jones was cast in the upcoming Spike Jonze film “Her” opposite Joaquin Phoenix. Jones can still be seen at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater with his improv group.