MERELY PLAYERS Extends Into July

Fresh off a successful run at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival, Merely Players extends into July, as part of the ENCORE! Producers' Award. The show, a meta-exploration of the theatre scene, watches as a struggling (and mostly terrible) theatre troupe attempts to put on a musical that maybe really should never have been written in the first place. The piece was also named "Best Full-Length World-Premiere Musical" by StageSceneLA, making the "Top Ten of the Fringe" list.

This new musical with book by James Penca and music and lyrics by Alex Syiek (Giraffenstein, and The Pokémusical - 2013 Best Musical [DOMA Sponsored] Fringe Winner) features direction and musical staging by Joanna Syiek (Broadway World Nomination - Best Direction, The Pokémusical) with musical direction by Jennifer Lin. The cast for Merely Players includes Courtney Reed (Parker), Nick Pavelich (Jamey), Kelsey Schulte (Addison), Adam Foster Ballard (Glen), Sara Guarnieri (Kiley), Ari Gwasdoff (Delaney), Seth Salsbury (Hunter), Josh Hillinger (Sonny), Caleb Mills Stewart (Cecil), Katie DeShan (Rene), Jennifer Lin (Jen), Emily Arkuss (Usher), Joseph McMahon (Usher, Sonny & Cecil Cover), Rose Leisner (Female Cover) and Ian Klingenberg (Usher Cover). For the extension, the role of Delaney will be played by Alex Syiek and the role of Rene will be played by Rose Leisner.

The encore performance is scheduled for July 12, 2015 at the Lounge Theatre located at 6201 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038. Tickets ($10) are available at or at For more information visit

Book by James Penca and Music/Lyrics by Alex Syiek
Direction and Musical Staging by Joanna Syiek
Musical Direction by Jennifer Lin

Produced by Color and Light Theatre Ensemble


Parker: Courtney Reed
Jamey: Nick Pavelich
Addison: Kelsey Schulte
Glen: Adam Foster Ballard
Kiley: Sara Guarnieri
Delaney: Ari Gwasdoff (Alex Syiek in extension)
Hunter: Seth Salsbury
Sonny: Josh Hillinger
Cecil: Caleb Mills Stewart
Rene: Katie DeShan (Rose Leisner in extension)
"BOYLE COMMUNITY PLAYERS" Ushers: Emily Arkuss and Joseph McMahon
Female Cover: Rose Leisner
Cover- Sonny & Cecil: Joseph McMahon
Usher Cover: Ian Klingenberg

Assistant Direction: Mitchell Webb
Stage Management: Chiffon Valentine
Sound Design: Corwin Evans
Lighting Design: Brandon Baruch

Sunday, July 12, 7PM
Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038


Free Street Parking available


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