Judy Norton, Lynn Lowery and Jessica Snow-Wilson Star in 'I HEAR VOICES' Benefit at Rockwell: Table & Stage Tonight
I HEAR VOICES: SONGS FOR PSYCHOSIS, a benefit concert with proceeds going to Medicinal Missions, produced by Kevin Field and Adam Kern with music direction by Kevin Field and Bryan Blaskie, is set for tonight, September 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM. Doors open at 6:30 PM at Rockwell Table and Stage. $15-20 Tickets available online at http://rockwell-la.inticketing.com/events/439413.
Starring Judy Norton of The Waltons, alongside Lynn Lowery from George A. Romero's The Crazies, and featuring a performance piece of a Ray Bradbury story, with Broadway's Jessica Snow-Wilson (Les Mis, Spelling Bee, Little Shop).
Also appearing: Kevin Field (I Hear a Cow), Caitlin Gallogly (South Park), David Haverty (Doomsday Cabaret), Adam Kern (The Reel Deal, The Water Dream), Kevin McIntyre, Matt Magnusson (Floyd Collins, La Mirada), Nikki Muller (The Ivy League Hustle), Minta Mullins, Tyler Olshansky and Rockwell Table and Stage's own Kate Ponzio.
Medicinal Missions, LLC, based in Venice, California, was formed by two Combat Wounded Veterans in 2013. Last year, the Veterans set off on a motorcycle journey across America. Their 6,500-mile mission was to raise awareness about the high rate of suicide amongst Veterans. During their journey, they interviewed researchers, healthcare providers, and Veterans, many of whom had either contemplated or attempted suicide and were able to identify the life-saving, sources of hope that these Veterans had found. Their trip was documented and will be released this October, called Project 22. http://vimeo.com/88726748
Mental health concerns seriously affect more and more Americans each day; I Hear Voices will offer moments of levity, times of melancholy introspection and about a dozen or so songs sung by some of the best LA has to offer in order to raise awareness and to support an organization that offers help to those in need. I Hear Voices is meant as a celebration of life, and being able to recognize the difference between "what drives us batty" and when something is truly the matter and we need to reach for support.
Seating is fixed. Patrons will be assigned a seat but can adjust it when purchasing tickets online. Doors open 90 minutes prior to the show. Rockwell: Table & Stage is an intimate venue with shared tables and close seating quarters, and tries to accommodate as many patrons as possible. Be prepared to make new friends. Valet parking is available behind the restaurant.
About Judy Norton - A diverse performer, Judy's talents have taken her from stage to screen, from drama to comedy to musical theatre to the recording studio. She has worked in front of the camera as well as behind the scenes as a writer and director. As a singer, she has delighted audiences from North America to Europe, Iceland to Malaysia.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Judy began acting on stage and television from the age of 6. After early work on such TV shows as OZZIE & HARRIET, THE TAMMY GRIMES SHOW and FELONY SQUAD, in 1971, she landed the role of Mary Ellen in the TV movie THE HOMECOMING. This highly successful Christmas special served as the pilot for THE WALTONS TV series and launched Judy to international fame for her role as Mary Ellen. The Waltons, ran for 9 years, garnering numerous Emmy, Golden Globe and People's Choice awards.
Her acting credits include the Walton TV movie reunions, A WALTON THANKSGIVING, A WALTON WEDDING and A WALTON EASTER, along with appearances on MILLENNIUM, STARGATE - SG1, MENTORS, COLD SQUAD, HIGHER GROUND, HOLLYWOOD OFFRAMP, ED, CHRISTY - RETURN TO CUTTER GAP the feature films TWIST OF FAITH and HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH SLAYERS, and the mini-series LOST DAUGHTER. She also appeared in a recurring role on the series, BEGGARS & CHOOSERS, and the TV movie OFF SEASON. Look for Judy as part of the new TV series BLUFF.
About the Producer - Kevin Field is a musical theatre performer, director, choreographer, vocal coach, pianist, saxophonist, high school music teacher, Saved by the Bell enthusiast and world-class Disney-a-holic. Kevin earned his BMA from the University of Michigan, and apprenticed at the renowned Barn Theatre, where he met producing partner Adam Kern almost [cough cough] years ago. Regionally, he has amassed a resume of over 40+ musicals and cabarets, favorites including Cats (Munkustrap), Nunsense: A-Men (Sr. Leo), Jesus Christ Superstar (Peter) and Rocky Horror (Rocky). As the Barn's resident choreographer in 2009, his work on Barn productions of Joseph..., The Who's Tommy, and The Full Monty earned unanimous rave reviews. On a grander scale, Kevin spent three years flap-ball changing across the globe with the Tony Award-Winning revival of 42nd Street. He has also had an extensive relationship with Walt Disney Entertainment, performing in the 15th Anniversary company of Beauty and the Beast at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and several shows and special events at the Disneyland resort. A recent graduate of the respected Masters of Arts in Teaching program from the University of Southern California, Kevin is now a full-time music teacher with California Virtual Academies, and will next be "heard" in the upcoming animated short Aria For A Cow composed by Alan Menken & Howard Ashman, directed by Dan Lund, and featuring Rockwell producer Kate Ponzio. "I Hear Voices" marks Kevin's Rockwell debut.
About the Producer - Adam Kern is producing actor living in Los Angeles. Currently Adam is the president of the American Repertory Theatre / Moscow Art Theatre Institute Alumni Association, a 501(c)3 that offers workshop funding and a bi-coastal reading series to alumni. Adam holds his MFA in Acting from the ART/MXAT Institute at Harvard, and a BFA Musical Theatre from Kent State University.
As a producer, Adam has executive produced The Pilot Season Survival Guide, and a dark comedy feature in development, The Victims. He also is an associate producer of The Water Dream, a Broadway bound musical starring Anthony Rapp and J. Robert Spencer. He has produced and staged over twenty readings, half a dozen workshops, three benefits and two fully staged plays. He is also an associate producer for the newly nominated (NAACP Theatre Awards), Take Me To The Poorhouse.
Having performed internationally at the Moscow Art Theatre, and at the Old Vic, under the direction of Kevin Spacey and the TS Eliot Fellowship, Adam moved to LA in 2012 where he worked with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and their Toyota Symphonies for Youth program. This fall he will appear on The Reel Deal, a multi-platform reality competition that places up and coming actors with celebrity mentors to create Academy eligible short films over a four day period. Adam is proud to partner with Kevin Field as both of them make their Rockwell debuts. Proud member of SAG-AFTRA and celebrating 10 years as a member of Actors' Equity Association this September. www.adam-kern.com @adamthekern
Watch a trailer for the show below!