Directed by Jeremy Lelliott*+


Charles Britton, Tony Brown, Melinda deKay*, Dieterich Gray*, Leontine Guilliard, Candace Hammer*, Zach Kanner, John Klopping+, Graham Kurtz*+, Jay Lee, Carryl Lynn, Sandy Mansson*, Noel Olken, Jonathan Kells Phillips*, ROSES PRICHARD*, Sammi Smith*+, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Toni Trenton*

Cast and Creative

Stage ManagerMegan Laughlin
Assistant Director/DramaturgMalika Williams*+
Scenic DesignJR Bruce
Lighting DesignBrandon Baruch
Costume DesignMagdalena Guillen
Costume AssistantEstrella Fernandez
Prop DesignCharles Britton
Foley DesignJeff Gardner*
Recorded Sound DesignJames Ferrero
Fight ChoreographyTJ Marchbank+
Movement Coach / ChoreographyDonna Eshelman
Production Photographer(s)Nardeep Khurmi+, John Klopping+
Casting ConsultantMelissa Pryor
Press RepresentativeKen Werther

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
+ Member of Coeurage Theatre Company


The WriterJay Lee
Mrs. WireMelinda deKay
NursieLeontine Guilliard
JaneSammi Smith
NightingaleDieterich Gray
PickupGraham Kurtz
Mary MaudeCarryl Lynn
Miss CarrieSandy Mansson
TyeShaun Taylor-Corbett
Photographer/JudgeTony Brown
SkyJonathan Kells Phillips


The Writer John Klopping
Jane Candace Hammer
Nightingale / Photographer/Judge Noel Olken
Pickup / Sky Zach Kanner
Mrs. WireRoses Prichard
Mary Maude / Miss Carrie Toni Trenton
Tye Charles Britton

Time: The period between winter 1938 and spring 1939.
Place: A rooming house, No. 722 Toulouse Street, in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
Alternates never substitute for players unless a specific announcement is made at the time of the performance.
Please turn off your cell phone.
Photography and audio/video recording are prohibited.
The total running time is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.
Vieux Carré is presented by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service on behalf of the University of South, Sewanee, Tennessee.

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Cast Bios

CHARLES BRITTON (Tye Alternate) Charles joins Coeurage for a second time and couldn’t be more excited. Originally from Portales, New Mexico, Charles studied acting at Eastern New Mexico University, receiving a BFA and MA in Performance Studies. After college, he spent time in Durango, Colorado teaching theatre for the Heather McGaughey Children’s Theatre program and Mountain Middle School. When not on stage, Charles dances hip hop in Hollywood, surfs in Santa Monica, and is preparing for a 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles for AIDS/LifeCycle. Much love and gratitude to the Coeurage family.

TONY BROWN (Photographer/Judge) Downtown Tony Brown is Another Lefthanded Southside Chicagoan whose childhood mentors: his Great-Grandfather & Godmother (+ Head Librarian of Tony’s magnet school) developed Tony’s love for reading and the arts (& baseball). A SAG-AFTRA member since 1980, Tony has participated in dozens of projects for local, regional, national & worldwide audiences. This includes fulfilling a childhood dream of 2 years as a Chicago Radio personality. Industry influences include: John Ritter, Robin Williams, John Cassavetes, Richard Pryor & The New Hollywood Film Era. Tony has resided in LA since 2004 & is an experienced Children & Event Specialist, including cooking instructor, over 20 years. Currently serving an Improviser Residency at LA Connection Comedy, Sundays 8pm. Cubs lifer. Word to the dedicated Coeurage Team!


MELINDA deKAY (Mrs. Wire) Some of her roles are Williams’ Big Mama and Bodey in A Lovely Sunday At Creve Coeur; Catherine in Zindel’s And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little and Suits in Ladies at the Alamo; Julia in Maria Irene Fornes’ Fefu & Her Friends; and Lady Macbeth. Some of her feature film credits are Reset directed by Paul Bojack; the 2011 SXSW Award winner, Natural Selection directed by Robbie Pickering; Angel Dog directed by Robin Nations. Her leading role of Clarelle in Ryan LeMasters’ feature film, Dysfunktion, is being released in 2016. She is thrilled to once again tackle Mr. Williams’ work with Vieux Carré and grateful for the opportunity to work with the cast and crew at Coeurage Theatre Company. Actors Equity Proud!

DIETERICH GRAY (Nightingale) a long-time Chicagoan, now lives in sunny Hollywood. Regional: Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play (Yale Repertory); Naomi Iizuka’s Ghostwritten and Robert Falls’ productions of The Seagull and King Lear starring Stacy Keach (Goodman & Shakespeare Theatre Co.); Mother Courage starring Lois Smith, The Royal Family & I Just Stopped By To See The Man (Steppenwolf); Dracula (Indiana Rep & Geva Theatre); I Just Stopped By... (Alliance Theatre - Suzi Bass Award Nom.); Disney’s Aladdin (Marriott Lincolnshire); Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice (Piven Theatre); Film: Frida’s Smile; Welcome To Me; Television: American Horror Story: Hotel (FX); Cooper Barrett’s Guide...(FOX); Uncle Buck (ABC); Bella & The Bulldogs (Nickelodeon). Mr. Gray studied acting at Illinois State, The Second City and The School at Steppenwolf.

LEONTINE GUILLIARD (Nursie) returns to the stage in Vieux Carré and is pleased to be working with director Jeremy Lelliott and Coeurage Theatre Company. Leontine, a SAG-AFTRA member, made her film debut in Nuts, starring Barbra Streisand. Other film credits include Up Close and Personal, Primary Colors and (short film) Hotel Oasis, directed by Juan Calvo. Television credits include The Mentalist, Lincoln Heights and The Shield. Ms. Guilliard can be seen in the upcoming feature film, Praying The Hours: Terce, directed by Lauralee Farrer and in the new comedy series Uncle Buck starring Mike Epps in the Fall on ABC.


CANDACE HAMMER (Jane Alternate) has her BFA from NYU Tisch & her MA from NYU Gallatin. She has studied at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art as well. Theatrically she recently did a repertoire season at The Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Her television credits include: House of Cards, Criminal Minds, LOST, NCIS LA, Aquarius, etc. She is thrilled to be doing her first show with Coeurage and is so thankful for all their generosity and support.

ZACH KANNER (Pickup / Sky Alternate) first appeared onstage with Coeurage as Chiron in Andronicus. Recent stage credits: The Pirates of Penzance (Shakespeare Orange County), The Cherry Orchard and A View from the Bridge (Pacific Resident Theatre), King Lear and Romeo and Juliet (Colonials). Voiceover work includes Weezer’s album Everything Will Be Alright in the End. Original work: East Coast Orphans films, guitarist for the band Mom n’ Dad. While passing through New Orleans in 2010, Zach heard a jazz cover of “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” that made an entire bar hoot and stomp for joy, as the key modulated higher 8 times.

JOHN KLOPPING (The Writer Alternate) has a BFA in Acting from Cal State Fullerton. John loves working with this company that strives to push the creative envelope, provides opportunity to growing Artists and helps the community by being the only Pay What You Want company in LA. His Coeurage credits include The Woodsman, Measure for Measure, Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet, Hats Nudes and Immortality, and bash: latterday plays. Other theatre credits include A Noise Within’s Come Back Little Sheba (Ovation Award Nominated), All My Sons ; Eclectic Company Theatre’s Preposterous; Shakespeare Orange County’s Richard III; and Pulp Shakespeare. 

GRAHAM KURTZ (Pickup) Coeurage credits: The Rocky Horror Show; Balm in Gilead; Romeo & Juliet; Assassins; A Bright Room Called Day; The Yellow Boat. Favorite roles: “Simon Zealotes” in Jesus Christ Superstar (DOMA Theatre); “Scarecrow” in The Wizard of Oz (3D Theatricals); “Action” in West Side Story (Int’l B’way Tour). TV: Glee; 30 Rock; Louie. Film: Dark Horse; Coming up Roses. “John Darling” in the Geekie Award-winning (Best Scripted) Series, The New Adventures of Peter & Wendy. SAG-AFTRA/AEA. 


JAY LEE (The Writer) A recent undergraduate from USC, Jay is thrilled to return to play with Coeurage. It’s a humbling and joyful adventure being around these folks and this material. Fun fact: Tennessee Williams left the world the same day Jay came into it, albeit 10 years later. Coincidence? Absolutely. Thank you for supporting theatre in LA!

CARRYL LYNN (Mary Maude) is excited to be working for the first time with Coeurage Theatre. She is a native of Boston and Cape Cod, where her theatre credits include the original cast of Gip Hoppe’s Jackie: An American Life. Los Angeles theatre credits include Fancy Meeting You Here, Talking With, Chapter Two, and Cowboy Mouth. She studied at the Beverly Hills Playhouse with the legendary Milton Katselas. Her film and TV
credits include Kevin Smith’s Red State, Alice, Swerve and True Blood, Desperate Housewives, and NCIS. She thanks Jack, and the felines Brigitte and Boo Radley for their
challenging support.

SANDY MANSSON (Miss Carrie) was born in Los Angeles on the Westside. She started dancing at 5 and was hooked for life. After graduating from UCLA, she performed in musicals such as Little Mary Sunshine, A Family Affair, Gypsy, and The Music Man, earning her Equity Card. She was cast in Michael McClure’s The Beard, to replace an actress who kept getting arrested for doing the play. She played Vera in the Group Rep production of Stepping Out, sang and danced in Young Frankenstein with the Doma Theatre Company, and most recently appeared in Assassins at the Pico Playhouse.  For more info about Sandy please visit www.sandymansson.com.

NOEL OLKEN (Nightingale / Photographer/Judge Alternate) is delighted to be making his debut with Coeurage Theatre Company and working with such a talented cast and crew. He studied theatre in Paris with Etienne Decroux and Daniel Stein. Favorite theatre credits include Baal in BAAL - Sliced Bread Productions (Chicago), M, The Murderer - The Organic Theatre (Chicago), and his own one-person show, No Boundarys - Hollywood Fringe Festival. In the film world, he wrote and directed the feature films Meditations On Trafficking (2003), Explode (2008) and produced Cup Of My Blood (2005). He also plays a mean guitar. He would like to thank his wife, Kris Cahill, for her daily support and inspiration, and director Jeremy Lelliott for his sensitive handling of everything.

JONATHAN KELLS PHILLIPS (Sky) is thrilled to be working with Coeurage Theatre Co. for the first time, and to return to the indelible world of Tennessee Williams. Originally from New England, Jonathan spent two years studying and acting in Moscow, Russia at The Moscow Art Theater (MXAT), before moving to NYC and then L.A. Special thanks to LSB, for the introduction to the amazing Coeurage family, and for everything else as well. Theater: Victory Theatre (Burbank), Sacred Fools (L.A.), Edgemar Center (Santa Monica), Actors Theatre of Louisville, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Moscow Art Theater (MXAT), Mabou Mines, The Flea Theater. Film & TV: House of Lies, Masters of Sex, The Exes, True Blood, The Mentalist, Damages, One Life to Live, L&O:SVU. jonathankells.com

SAMMI SMITH (Jane) is a founding member of Coeurage Theatre Company, where she has appeared in many productions, including Romeo & Juliet, Translations, The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide, and Under Milk Wood. She has also worked with MainStreet Theatre Company, Pacific Resident Theatre, The Huntington Library, Spotlight the Arts Foundation, and South Coast Repertory. She is a regular on the webseries No Pillowfights, created by Julianne Donelle. Sammi graduated with a BA in acting from Cal State Fullerton and studied with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. www.sammismith.com

SHAUN TAYLOR-CORBETT (Tye) is honored to make his debut with Coeurage in this powerful play. Other LA theater credits: The Road Weeps, LATC; Off the Rails, Native Voices; Ubu Roi, Arcadia (reading, Septimus Hodge), A Noise Within. 2nd National Tour of Jersey Boys, Frankie Valli. Original Broadway cast of In the Heights. Off-Broadway/Tours: Altar Boyz, Juan; In the Heights, Sonny (Ovation Award). TV/Film: Hi-5, series regular; Supremacy. Shaun co-wrote a contemporary Native American musical, Distant Thunder, which will have a workshop performance in NY later this year. Thank you to my family for getting me through the tough moments in life, and thank you to the tough moments in life for giving me access to the source of my art. shauntaylor-corbett.com

TONI TRENTON (Mary Maude / Miss Carrie Alternate) acted in her first film when she was 13 years old, after winning a dance contest at The Hollywood Palladium. She went on to dance in the film My Fair Lady and played Rosemary LaBianca in the original Helter Skelter. Along with TV jobs such as Mod Squad, General Hospital, and most recently Funny or Die, Murder Book, and Unusual Suspects, she stays busy with independent films and theatre. She has appeared in over 12 plays since 2008, from The Comedy of Errors to All the King’s Men. Along with her acting career, she has also had a long career as a Special Education teacher. Most recently she produced, directed, cast, and wrote her first short film Bumped Off.

Creative Bios

JEREMY LELLIOTT (Director) is the founding artistic director of Coeurage Theatre Company where he has overseen more than 20 mainstage productions. Directing highlights for the company include Romeo & Juliet, Andronicus, and The Woodsman. He has acted in several Coeurage productions including Assassins and most recently The Pitchfork Disney. Lelliott has appeared in productions at The Pasadena Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Independent Shakespeare Company, The Chance Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, and Disney on Broadway, among many others, and he has acted in several productions with MainStreet Theatre Company in Rancho Cucamonga. Lelliott holds a BFA in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University and an MFA in acting from California State University Fullerton. He is a proud member of the LA Stage Alliance Ovation Rules Committee.

MEGAN LAUGHLIN (Stage Manager) couldn’t be more excited to return to the booth after a lengthy hiatus. Previous Coeurage credits: Cannibal! The Musical and A Bright Room Called Day. Other Los Angeles credits include One Man Show: A Duet (Hollywood Fringe), Dirty Filthy Love Story (Rogue Machine), Meet Me In St. Louis (Cabrillo), and The Little Dog Laughed (El Centro). Megan holds a BFA in Stage Management from USC and  works as a production coordinator for unscripted TV series. Megan would like to thank Coeurage for continuing to operate with grace and passion; this wonderful cast for letting her play; and Jeremy for giving her such a wonderful reason to come out of retirement.

MALIKA WILLIAMS (Assistant Director/Dramaturg) is an LA-based actor and teacher working in television, film and theatre. This is her first time assistant directing and her third time doing dramaturgy for Coeurage. Recently, Malika played the role of Joyce in The Sparrow. She is a proud member of Coeurage Theatre Company, SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity. Malika holds a BA from Stanford University and an MFA in Acting from the University of Southern California.

JR BRUCE (Scenic Design) is a Los Angeles-based scenic designer and scenic artist. He has collaborated with the Coeurage team on Failure: a Love Story and The Trouble With Words. Selected LA regional credits include: Trying, Flyin’ West, Master Class, RED (International City Theatre), Homefree, Lake Anne (Road Theatre), Intimate Apparel (Ensemble Theatre Co, Santa Barbara). Selected other credits: Lonely Boy’s Guide to Survival and Werewolves (La Jolla Playhouse), Chugginton Live! Great Rescue Adventure (N. Am. Tour), The Sound of Music (San Diego Musical Theater), The Subject Was Roses and Side by Side by Sondheim (New Harmony Theatre). JR is also the adjunct professor of scenic design at Vanguard University. Education: MFA- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BA -Graceland University. See his portfolio at www.JRBruceDesign.com

BRANDON BARUCH (Lighting Design) Brandon’s design credits include VATIC (LA, Long Beach, and NYC); Wood Boy Dog Fish (Bootleg Theater); American Idiot (Vortex LA); The Temptation of St. Antony (Four Larks - Ovation Award Nomination); Queenie Pie (Long Beach Opera and Chicago Opera Theater); The Second City’s A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens (Kirk Douglas Theater); bare - A Rock Musical (The Hayworth Theater); and Spring Awakening (The Arena Stage at Theatre of the Arts - Ovation Award Nomination). Brandon’s theatrical design will be featured on ABC Family’s The Fosters in March. He is Company Lighting Designer for Lost Moon Radio and Staff Lighting Designer for the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Brandon is also a playwright, and his latest play NO HOMO was seen most recently at Atwater Village Theatre.

MAGADALENA GUILLEN (Costume Design) is a Los Angeles native and has served as Costume Designer on some of East LA’s most beloved productions including the underground sensation, El Verde; she has collaborated with Tongue in Chicana; The Roots And Wings Project with Jesse Bliss; Bedazzled Productions with Arthur Ross and recently, In Love and Warcraft, with Artist at Play. She holds a degree in Costume Design from Woodbury University and comes from the family of talented artists from CASA 0101 Theatre in Boyle Heights. Magdalena is a fashion photographer and arts professional focusing on projects at the intersection of fashion, art, empowerment, and Mexican American culture. Magdalena is a mother to the beautiful Paloma, Penélope and Tru and thanks her husband and family for their unconditional support.

ESTRELLA FERNANDEZ (Costume Assistant) of Hollywood, CA has since an early age had a paintbrush in hand and a foot on a sewing peddle. She earned a BS Degree in Graphic Design & Illustration at Woodbury University in Burbank, CA. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Museum of Tolerance and various L.A. events. Her garments are most notably seen in Italian Vouge and Bebe for Madonna’s clothing line, The English Roses. Estrella has taken these experiences to design classes she teaches to Los Angeles youth. Her line Fierce Jungle showcases her art where you become her canvas.

JEFF GARDNER (Foley Design) is an actor/sound designer born and raised in Los Angeles.  He has designed and performed throughout the country including The Shakespeare Theatre, DC, The Studio Theatre, DC, A Noise Within, Circle X Theatre, Echo Theater, IAMA Theatre, Odyssey Theatre, The Colony, The Kennedy Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival and is a member of The Antaeus Company in North Hollywood. Jeff can be seen at L.A. Theatre Works where he regularly performs live sound effects and is the resident sound designer for the Westridge School in Pasadena.

JAMES FERERRO (Sound Design) With Coeurage: A Bright Room Called Day (Husz u/s). Other theatres: Production Manager, Sound/Set Design, Technical Director for The Winter’s Tale at Mine is Yours Theatre Co, Stage Manager, Sound/ Set Design, Technical Director for R&J at Hollywood Fringe with MiY, Stage Manager, Sound Design for The Bachelorette at MiY, Sound Design for Hot N’ Throbbing at Illyrian Players, Sound Design for Almost Maine at UC Santa Cruz. James is an actor/designer in the LA area. Member of AEA, and the A2 ensemble at Antaeus Theatre Co. Education: BA Theater Arts UC Santa Cruz.

DONNA ESHELMAN (Movement Coach/Choreography), M.A., GCFP, is a Movement Specialist with a dedicated following in Los Angeles. With a graduate degree in dance from UCLA and post-graduate studies in movement analysis, the Feldenkrais Method, and neuroscience, she has been recognized nationally as a movement educator.  Los Angeles Magazine named her the “best Pilates teacher in L.A.” She was movement coach for The Woodsman and is thrilled to join Coeurage Theater again for Vieux Carré! 

KEN WERTHER (Press Representative) Ken Werther Publicity has been a staple in the Los Angeles performing arts community since 1982.  Public relations, producing, directing.  As producer: All Your Hard Work, The Good Boy, The Importance of Being Earnest and The Taming of the Shrew (Queer Classics). Assistant director: Stop the World, I Want To Get Off (Celebration Theatre), The Woodsman (Coeurage).  For a listing of PR activities, visit www.kenwerther.com



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Managing DirectorNicole Monet
Associate Artistic Director, Resident Sound DesignerJoseph V. Calarco
Production ManagerEmily Goodall
Director of DevelopmentMark Jacobson
Marketing DirectorRyan Wagner
Company ManagerSammi Smith
Director of Video MediaTJ Marchbank
Music Director, Resident ComposerGregory Nabours
Casting DirectorGraham Kurtz
Event CoordinatorJoey Nicole Thomas
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Brand ManagerJulianne Donelle
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