Fierce Backbone Stages A GOOD GRIEF, Now thru 12/1

Fierce Backbone Stages A GOOD GRIEF, Now thru 12/1

Fierce Backbone presents a world premiere comedy A GOOD GRIEF written by Leslie Hardy, directed by Jeffrey Wylie, running now through December 1, 2013.

Cast features Rachel Boller, Mandy Dunlap, Paul Messinger*, and Gary Rubenstein.

It's another night in Grief Counseling, Room 103, and four strangers are struggling with their own steps in the grieving process. Stan (Denial), Ruth (Anger), Brenda (Depression), and Ray (Bargaining), are on a major collision course with each other's issues -- whether they like it or not - in this new dark comedy that may, eventually, lead to Acceptance.

Previews: Friday, October 25th at 8pm & Saturday, October 26th at 8pm. Opening: TODAY, October 27th at 3pm (reception to follow). Runs: October 27 - December 1, 2013 (Dark Nov. 29th). Plays: Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm at The Lounge Theatre at 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90036. Tickets: Previews 10/25 & 10/26 - $10; All other shows - $20. Buy Tickets/Info: or (323) 960-7784. Running Time: 70 minutes (no intermission). Parking: Free street parking in neighborhood (please allow 15 mins. to park; please read signage)..

LESLIE HARDY (Playwright) At seventeen, Leslie was signed by the Ford Modeling Agency in New York; launching a successful international modeling career which lead to travel around the world. After landing a role in a TV movie, Leslie moved to Los Angeles in the early 1990s. The years spent pouring over plays, scenes, and character development became the foundation for an acting career that spanned nearly twenty years. Leslie's plays often revolve around "family" and the inherently intricate relationships contained within that framework. Though she has traveled the world and lived in some of its most sophisticated cities, it is the pulse and spirit of her grandparents' home in central Alabama that most infuses her work. Leslie is a member of Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, the Female Playwrights Initiative, and the writers' unit of Fierce Backbone Theatre Company. This affiliation has been a pivotal chapter in her development as a playwright. Since February, 2012, she has written, work-shopped, and rehearsed three full length plays, including a company favorite, Roberta and The Pink Ice Cream Truck.

JEFFREY WYLIE (Director) A forty-two year veteran of the boards, and an accomplished short film director and DP, Jeffrey had written a few screenplays over the years with writing partners, but had never tackled a play. In the spring of 2012 he began writing a stage vehicle for his drag character Lyla KaRug, resulting in TEXAS LOVES LYLA, a "dramedy" about bullying and gay teen suicide. The result was a very compelling, emotional piece that went on to win Best One Person Show in the 2012 Hollywood Fringe Festival. He is now taking the show to other festivals, and, after encouragement from several teachers who have seen it, is submitting it to the LAUSD office that books speakers in area schools to talk about bullying. He was thrilled to work with Leslie on her new piece, and loves the challenge of the non-traditional venue.

VICTORIA WATSON (Producer) Victoria began her work in the theater as a performer, then found her love of Production in school at Tulane University. She has produced, stage managed, and swept stages all over the country at this point, and is proud to now be Managing Director of Fierce Backbone (www. Victoria was previously Operations Manager and Associate Producer at Pasadena Playhouse, and is also currently Associate Producer for Theatre Planners (


Rachel Boller (Ruth) Rachel is a Musical Theater major from Millikin University and a proud member of Fierce Backbone. She has recently performed as Diana in Kentwood Players' "Lend me a Tenor", Sweetie in Fierce's "Rock of Abandon", and Anna in "Gentle Passage" which was nominated for the "Best of Fringe" 2012. She's a Chicago native, moved here 3 years ago, and is currently studying acting with Susan Giosa in Santa Monica.

MANDY DUNLAP (Brenda) Mandy, primarily an actor, recently ventured into the role of a producer with Fierce Backbone's slate of 7 productions at the Hollywood Fringe Festival where she revived her much acclaimed role of Suri in Gayby's Playdate. A graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York she has appeared on film, television and stage. She is proud to be an original member of Fierce Backbone and to have worked on a variety of projects with members of the Fierce community.

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