After the Fall (Limited Engagement)

The Unknown Artists Present:
by Arthur Miller


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Often called the most autobiographical of Arthur Miller’s plays, “After the Fall” probes deeply into the psyche of Quentin, a man who ruthlessly revisits his past to explain the catastrophe that is his life. His journey backward takes him through a troubled upbringing, the bitter death of his mother, and a series of failed relationships. One of these, an ill-fated marriage to the charming and beautiful Maggie, who went from operating a switchboard to become a self-destructive star – a singer everyone wanted a piece of. With tremendous psychological acuity and depth, and a brilliant, dreamlike structure, “After the Fall” draws on Miller’s own life – the story of a man striving to comprehend his feelings for his friends, family and the women he has loved.

August 19th – September 3rd
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm

The Complex, Dorie Theater
6476 Santa Monica Blvd
Hollywood 90038

$20 online, $25 at the door

QUENTIN – Andy Hirsch^
MAGGIE – Meghan Allison*
MOTHER – Christy Bell*
FATHER – John Ross Clark*^
LOUISE – Julia Mack
HOLGA – Heather Lynn Smith
MICKEY – Jim McCaffree
LOU – Skip Pipo
FELICE – Kate Purnell*
ELSIE – Azo Safo*
DAN – Brett Chapin
CARRIE – Juliette Gao

DIRECTOR – John Ross Clark*^
PRODUCERS – Meghan Allison*, Emily Clark*
COSTUME DESIGN – Abbey K. Veffer
SET DESIGN – Cody Clark*, John Ross Clark*^
STAGE MANAGER – Adam Aguilar

*Company Member, The Unknown Artists
^Appearing courtesy of the Actor’s Equity Association


Andy HirschANDY HIRSCH^ (Quentin) is pleased to be working with the Unknown Artists. Favorite stage includes starring in the world premiere of The Speed of Darkness with Stephen Lang at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, playing Bobby Kennedy in Apollo at Portland Center Stage, Abbie Hoffman in The Chicago Conspiracy Trial at the Odyssey Theatre, Judgment at Nuremberg with Katharine Ross, Moonchildren at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland and MilkMilkLemonade at Rogue Machine where he’s an ensemble member.  Andy just wrapped the upcoming feature Shot with Noah Wyle.  He has starred in several films including opposite Gary Cole in The Chicago 8 and with Eric Stoltz in the award-winning W.W.II film Fort McCoy.  Some of his television credits include Big Love; Shark; Any Day Now; Beverly Hills 90210 (recurring); G-Spot (recurring); the NBC sitcom The Fanelli Boys (series regular); the Emmy nominated mini-series In a Child’s Name and the TV movie Thanksgiving Day with Mary Tyler Moore.


Meghan AllisonMEGHAN ALLISON* (Maggie) was last seen as Gloria in A BETTER YOU as part of The Hollywood Fringe Festival (Studio C). Her notable credits include, IN THE BEDROOM (Studio C), LYSISTRATA, A RE-IMAGINING (The Unknown Artists), DEVOUR (The Unknown Artists), BUS STOP (The Manhattan Playhouse), MY COUSIN RACHEL (Lamplighter’s Theater, Aubrey Award Nominee), AN ACTOR’S NIGHTMARE (Lamplighter’s Theater), and CINDERELLA (Shakespeare Santa Cruz). An  accomplished choreographer, Meghan also works with the talented children of Sierra Madre Middle School’s PAK program. Meghan is a graduate of U.C. Santa Cruz (B.A. Theatre Arts) and has studied with Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Meghan is also the Associate Artistic Director of THE UNKNOWN ARTISTS. You can also catch Meghan as Stace Jennings in the web series, Slightly


Christy BellCHRISTY BELL* (Mother) is honored to be working with The Unknown Artists. She lived and worked as an actor in Los Angeles in the 1990’s and then moved to Chicago in 2000 where she worked as the Director of Education for a performing arts school and found time to perform with Buffalo Theatre Ensemble in Country Club (Pooker) and Sylvia (Kate).  Her favorite stage roles have been Rose in Wool-gatherer, Simone in Black Angel, Jessie in ‘Night Mother, Rita in Prelude to a Kiss, and now Rose in After The Fall. She is currently building her own business called Spoil Me Fresh (.net) where she enjoys shopping and cooking for kitchen challenged Angelinos. Christy is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA and happy to be back on the west coast and enjoying all the opportunities LA has to offer.


John Ross ClarkJOHN ROSS CLARK*^ (Father) has been acting and directing throughout the southland for over 33 years, appearing in countless commercials, TV, Film, and theatrical productions.  He has worked at such varied venues as the Laguna Playhouse, LATC, Theatre 40, The Odyssey, Company of Angels, Circus Theatricals, Long Beach Studio Theatre, Littlefish Theatre Company, The Colony, The Road Theatre Company, Santa Monica Rep, California Repertory Company, Theatre Neo, Theatre Geo, Son of Semele Ensemble, The Open Fist Theatre, The Elephant Theatre Lab, Theatre of NOTE, Theatre at Boston Court, The Bank Theatre, The Hollywood American Legion Theatre Center, and American Theatre Arts.  Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, John graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cal State Los Angeles, and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Long Beach State.  He has taught acting, directing, theatre history, critical analysis, and scene study as a Lecturer at Long Beach State, Cal State San Bernardino, and Fullerton College. Proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.



JULIA MACK (Louise) – Hailing from Northern California, Julia is a graduate of Chico State University with a BA in Theatre Arts and a minor in Psychology, the Second City Hollywood Conservatory for sketch comedy and iO West for long form improvisation. She is excited to take the stage with such a talented cast in an incredible production. She is constantly grateful of the unwavering support she receives from her family, and has a love for pizza that can never be matched. Stay in touch!


Heather Lynn SmithHEATHER LYNN SMITH (Holga) is happy to be joining The Unknown Artists for this production. Favorite past productions include: The Rainmaker (Lizzie Curry), On Golden Pond (Chelsea Thayer), The 39 Steps (Annabella/Margaret/Pamela) and most recently the world premiere of Happy Armenians (Siran-LA cast and Sacramento cast). Shout out to my family and friends for always supporting my crazy journey. And a super special shout out to my fiancé, Ryan for the never ending encouragement, love and pep talks.



Jim McCaffreeJIM MCCAFFREE (Mickey), a veteran of the Chicago and Los Angeles improv scenes, has also performed with Circus Theatricals (now New American Theater) in Los Angeles. If you have kids, you may have seen him as Principal Manbeck in The Thundermans.





Skip PipoSKIP PIPO (Lou)  – Theater credits include LA Theater Works national tour of “Dracula”,  “Copenhagen,”  “How I Learned to Drive, ” Mrs. Warren’s Profession” (LA Weekly nominee), LADCC award nominated  “Equus” and “Enron,” and the North American tour of “West Side Story.”





Kate PurnellKATE PURNELL* (Felice) is overjoyed to work with The Unknown Artists. Her previous work with the company includes performing in the Festival of Unknown Artists, Devour, and Lysistrata, A Re-Imagining.  A Bay Area native, Kate has performed in various productions at Black Repertory Theatre in Berkeley, Douglass Morrison Theatre in Hayward and the former Alice Arts Center in Oakland, Ca. She received her BA in Dramatic Arts and Global Studies from UC Santa Barbara. Past productions include: Little Shop of Horrors, A Christmas Carol, An Inspector Calls, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf and A Night A The Cotton Club. Kate is excited to be polishing her chops in film and tv in her new home of Los Angeles.


Azo SafoAZO SAFO* (Elsie) – Azo’s journey in theater started at a young age when she she studied voice and sang in choirs.  Initially thinking she was going to be an opera singer, Azo became passionate about theater when she acted in Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues. To this day, it’s one of her favorite shows to do on stage.  In recent years, Azo has been learning to play the acoustic guitar and dreams of recording a folk album one day.  Azo has studied at Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C., Actors’ Gang in Culver City and Actors Playpen in Hollywood. She is honored to call Play Club West her home and these fine thespians her peers!  Huzzah!


IMG_1177BRETT CHAPIN (Dan) is proud to be performing in his first production with The Unknown Artists. His favorite roles include Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Jack in Into the Woods and Tony in You Can’t Take It With You.




Juliette GaoJULIETTE GAO (Carrie) is delighted to be performing with the The Unknown Artists. She has been in a few musicals, her most prominent being Les Mis. She has spent three years in Idaho, acting in both cruises and tourist attractions. She hopes you enjoy the show!






*Company Member, The Unknown Artists
^Appearing courtesy of the Actor’s Equity Association


To donate, go to our INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN

Our production of “After The Fall” features an all star cast of many Unknown Artists Company members as well as local actors from the LA theatre community.

Often called the most autobiographical of Arthur Miller’s plays, “After the Fall” probes deeply into the psyche of Quentin, a man who ruthlessly revisits his past to explain the catastrophe that is his life. His journey backward takes him through a troubled upbringing, the bitter death of his mother, and a series of failed relationships.

By donating to our show you are helping us:

-Pay for the rights

-The cost of renting a space for the performances



-Technical Support and Much More!

The production will be Fridays and Saturdays August 19th-September 3rd, 2016.

35MM: Emily Clark Interview

February 25, 2016
by John Ross Clark

The Cast & Composer/Lyricist of the LA professional premiere of “35MM: A Musical Exhibition.” BACK ROW: Jeff Scot Carey, Emily Clark, Ryan Scott Oliver, Cody Clark. FRONT ROW: Dana Shaw, Vincent Perez, Katherine Washington.

Emily Clark is the Artistic Director of The Unknown Artists, which will be presenting the Los Angeles professional premiere of 35MM: A Musical Exhibition by composer Ryan Scott Oliver, based on the photographs of Matthew Murphy, from February 26th through March 19th at The Dorie Theatre at The Complex in Hollywood. Well, that’s a mouthful. Can you tell us what that all means and what we can expect when we go to see this show?
35MM is a song cycle written by composer/lyricist Ryan Scott Oliver – and a song cycle is a very specific type of musical theatre show.  Rather than having a distinct plot, song cycles focus on related themes or ideas, and the theme that ties together 35MM are the photographs, taken by Broadway photographer, Matthew Murphy.  All of the songs are accompanied by an image that inspired it (or vice versa!).  That’s why the show is called “a musical exhibition” – it’s like going to an art gallery and a high energy rock show at the same time.  Ryan’s music is very pop-rock, yet incredibly musical theatre, and the songs in this show run the gamut.  You’ll get something very traditionally musical theatre, followed by chanting in Latin, a full-on rock song, then a dark Southern gothic opera, an a cappella choral piece, and then a story about vampires. It’s nuts in the best possible way, and it all ties together, somehow.  I don’t know how Ryan and Matt do it, but it works!
I notice there’s several people involved in the production with the surname Clark. Is that just a coincidence?
I don’t know what you’re talking about John Ross Clark! Like many theater kids raised in LA, I like to keep it all in the family. One of the performers in 35MM is my brother, Cody Clark.  We’ve been acting together since we were kids, and it’s always so much fun.  I’m lucky he has almost perfect pitch, because this Ryan Scott Oliver music is hard!  We’re both lucky, though, because we were raised by my mother, Gayle Bluemel, who is a singer-songwriter-music director-retired principal with an auditorium named after her.  In fact, last year The Unknown Artists produced an original song cycle she wrote called The Girl is Still Here.  My stepdad, Dan Ames, is our company’s go-to Master Carpenter and sound guy, plus occasional cowboy guitarist.  And my dad has been an actor and director in LA for over 30 years, and he directed some of the pieces in 35MM.  But I dunno how much I reeeeally take after him…
So you could say this is a family affair?
Yes, definitely a family affair!  I’m really lucky to have a family around me that supports this totally crazy dream of being the artistic director of a theatre company, but then again, I was producing and starring in adaptations of “Beauty and the Beast” in my living room when I was a kid, so they couldn’t have been surprised!
I saw a tweet in which you claimed to have been involved/cast in every production of an RSO show in Los Angeles. How did that come about?
It’s true!  Ryan, Cody, and I have been friends since we were 6 or 7 years old!  My mother started the Pasadena Musical Theatre Program when we were kids to give us something to do during the summer (Ryan is the artistic director now, and I’ve worked for the company since 2008).  We all went to the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts together, and that’s where Ryan started writing musicals.  The first song he ever wrote was an ode to teenage angst called “Do You Know How to Love Me?” which we sang at our final choir concert of the year in 2000; we thought it was so deep! After that, Ryan went on to UCLA and then NYU, and now he’s New York based, so there haven’t been too many RSO projects in Los Angeles. When they do happen, though, I tend to be involved!  There were both of Ryan’s concerts at the Boston Court Performing Arts Center – “Rated RSO” back in 2009.  I got to sing back-up for Megan Hilty and Lesli Margherita and all these talented people from NYC and LA. It was such a great experience. That was when I first started hearing songs from 35MM, and I was absolutely blown away. I’ve also been on featured on some of Ryan’s albums. Ryan also helped write my one-woman cabaret, Slightly Dramatic which I’ve been performing for several years on both coasts.  But I guess the shows I’ve had the biggest hands in were the Mechanicals Theatre Group’s LA premiere of “Out of My Head,” and now the LA professional premiere of 35MM!  What can I say?  I’ve been his biggest fan since we were in high school. I always knew he was a genius.

RATED RSO, Boston Court 2009. Emily Clark, Grace Wall, and Katie Gassert (Photo by Matthew Murphy)


OUT OF MY HEAD, Mechanicals Theatre Group, 2011. Jeni Incontro, Emily Clark, Saro Badalian (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

You’ve basically known Ryan your whole life then?
I have!  And we’re still in each other’s lives!  I was the maid of honor at his wedding.  He even wrote a song for my wedding a few years ago.  I’m divorced now, but the song is still good!
The Unknown Artists is a true labor of love for you. You’ve been in literally every production since its inception either as an actor, director, and/or producer.  Can you give us a brief rundown of the last four years?
The story really starts in 2007 when I was living in New York and I founded the company with my good friend, Pamela Eberhardt.  She had written a musical and wanted to produce it, and we were tired of waiting for other people to give us opportunities, so we figured we’d make them for ourselves!  We produced the show, and it was a nightmare!  Not the show, just trying to produce theater in New York when you’re 25…oh man.  I had way more connections in LA, so I relocated and by 2011 we moved the company out here.  We started Play Club West, our weekly free cold reading group, as a way to stay creative, but we also reach out to playwrights looking to have new works produced.  We love new works and helping actors, writers, and directors find a voice!  We’ve produced seven shows (two of them have been short play festivals), plus multiple concerts, fundraisers, and cabarets.  Most of these have been new works, but we also did Matt & Ben, a re-imagining of Lysistrata, and now 35MM, which is absolutely our most ambitious project to date!
And what prompted you to take on the daunting task of starting/running your own theatre company in what has been described by many as a declining market for theatre?
Oh boy, that’s a tough one.  I guess the only answer I have is that I cannot see myself being truly happy doing anything else.  I’m constantly stressed out and overworked, but if I’m not working on a show, I’m going absolutely crazy!  The end result is always worth it, in my opinion. I’m so fortunate to be surrounded with like-minded performers. We just want to do theatre, and do it our way. And the more I work in this town, the more I’m able to find people with the same mindset!  It’s incredibly encouraging.  I’m obviously not in it for the money.  Did I mention that I’m a performing arts teacher by day?
What’s next for the Unknown Artists?
Play Club West will continue to meet every Tuesday night at the Complex for free readings of new and established works, as well as our monthly Sunday Musical Symposiums.  Anyone can sign up by sending us an email!  March is Women Playwrights Month, so you know it’s gonna be good!
Thanks for sitting down with us and we look forward to your future success, and especially to seeing 35MM on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm at The Dorie Theatre at The Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood for the next four weekends.
For more info about The Unknown Artists visit
“35MM: A Musical Exhibition” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

35MM: A Musical Exhibition

The Unknown Artists present the Los Angeles PROFESSIONAL PREMIERE of:

35MM: A Musical Exhibition

Music and Lyrics by RYAN SCOTT OLIVER

Based on the Photographs of MATTHEW MURPHY


$20 Pre-Sale, $25 at the door

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FEBRUARY 26th-MARCH 19th, 2016

Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT – Only Eight Performances!


6476 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Representing a collision of artistic disciplines as disparate as musical theatre, photography, and pop/rock music, 35mm, according to press notes, “pushes the limits of self-expression to create an art form utterly its own. A collection of ‘snapshot stories’ are woven together as each of the evening’s original songs is performed – with gusto and musical virtuosity — while the audience is immersed in stunning projections of the photography that inspired it. 35mm brings the connection between pleasures visual and aural into razor-sharp focus, creating a singular, multi-sensory emotional journey.”

Direction for this eighteen selection song cycle is shared by directors drawn from the Unknown Artists stable.  Each director will work with one or more stories from 35mm, as each selection stands alone in the song cycle varying structurally, tonally, and emotionally.


Jeff Scot Carey*^ (Feb 26-27)
Cody Clark*
Emily Clark*
Nate Parker (Mar 4-19)
Vincent Perez*
Dana Shaw
Katherine Washington

*Company Member, The Unknown Artists
^Appearing courtesy of the Actor’s Equity Association

MUSIC & LYRICS: Ryan Scott Oliver
PHOTOGRAPHS: Matthew Murphy
MUSIC DIRECTOR: Brigham Freeth

*DIRECTORS: Lucas Alifano, Meghan Allison, Amy Bartlett, Jeff Scot Carey, Emily Clark, John Ross Clark, Allie Costa, Kate Purnell

*All of our directors are company members of The Unknown Artists. Each director will work with one or more pieces of 35mm, as each piece stands alone in the song cycle and varies structurally, tonally, and emotionally.

Music and Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver
Based on Photographs by Matthew Murphy
Vocal Arrangements and Orchestrations by Ryan Scott Oliver
Additional Percussion arrangements by Jeremy Yaddaw
Additional Guitar arrangements by Matt Hinkley

35mm is produced by special arrangement with THE GERSH AGENCY,
41 Madison Avenue, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10010
35mm was originally produced by John Johnson and Very Intense Productions, Galapagos Art Space, 2012.
Original Cast Album now available on iTunes.


Donate to the 35MM Kickstarter!

The Unknown Artists are thrilled and excited to bring 35mm: A Musical Exhibition to the stage for the first time professionally in Los Angeles!


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As a non-profit company, we often rely on tax-deductible donations to fund our productions, and this is our most ambitious project yet! Your donations will help us with the following elements of production: a killer five-piece band, theater rental fees, production rights, sound and lighting equipment, set pieces and build, costumes, publicity, programs, and importantly: concessions (we always provide a hearty amount of beer, wine, and candy for your lobby time!).

No donation is too small and no donation will go unappreciated. Not able to donate at this time? You can also help by spreading the word about this project on social media and letting anyone who may be interested in this sort of thing know about us.

Our production is scheduled to run in February & March of 2016 at The Complex in Hollywood. We hope to see you there!

To Donate:

Auditions for 35mm – Oct 19th

The Unknown Artists are having AUDITIONS for our upcoming production of 35mm, music and lyrics by RYAN SCOTT OLIVER, based on photographs by MATTHEW MURPHY.

Representing a collision of artistic disciplines as disparate as musical theatre, photography, and pop/rock music,” 35mm, according to press notes, “pushes the limits of self-expression to create an art form utterly its own. A collection of ‘snapshot stories’ are woven together as each of the evening’s original songs is performed – with gusto and musical virtuosity — while the audience is immersed in stunning projections of the photography that inspired it. 35mm brings the connection between pleasures visual and aural into razor-sharp focus, creating a singular, multi-sensory emotional journey.

Monday, October 19th

Madilyn Clark Studios
10852 Burbank Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601

February 26 – March 19, 2016 (Friday & Saturday nights, possible 2 Sunday matinees w/talkback)
The Complex, Hollywood CA

Woman 1 (Soprano) – On Monday, Twisted Teeth
Woman 2 (Mezzo-Soprano) – The Ballad of Sara Berry, Hemming and Hawing
Man 1 (Tenor) – Cut You a Piece, Crazytown
Man 4 (Bass) – Good Lady, Make Me Happy

*Woman 3 (Alto), Man 2 (Bari-Tenor), Man 3 (Baritone) are already cast.

For more info as well as audio & video clips, go to

Please email to schedule your audition appointment.
You will be given sides to prepare for the audition.

January 9 – February 25, 2016

Rehearsals Monday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings, Saturday early afternoon, Sunday late afternoons. All rehearsals will be in Pasadena, until tech week when we move to the Complex in Hollywood.

This show has a lot of difficult music, so ALL performers MUST be available for 3 rehearsals a week at the very least. This is non-negotiable.

The Girl is Still Here (Feb 20-Mar 7, 2015)

The Unknown Artists Present…
An original song cycle by Gayle Leslie Bluemel and DeVorah Ross Johnsen

$15 pre-sale at
$20 at the door



Fri 2/20 8pm, Sat 2/21 8pm 
Fri 2/27 8pm, Sat 2/28 8pm Sun 3/1 7pm
Fri 3/6 8pm, Sat 3/7 8pm

Dorie Theatre at the Complex
6476 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Meet Debe and Gayle, The Wild One and The Wise, on their road to self-discovery, drawn together in high school by their common interests in music and poetry. Through a complex song cycle, we see their lives unfold ….one the free-spirited word-smith and poet, the other the disciplined musician. Their close friendship as girls and their divergent experiences as women culminate in their glorious partnership as passionate and fearless songwriters. THE GIRL IS STILL HERE is an entertaining vision of womanhood, touched with comedy, tragedy, and emotional insight.

MUSIC & LYRICSGayle Leslie Bluemel & DeVorah Ross Johnsen
DIRECTOR – Emily Clark*
MUSIC DIRECTOR – Gayle Leslie Bluemel
COMPANY MANAGER – Tiffany Brain*
GRAPHIC DESIGN – Katrina Rennells*

GAYLE THE GIRL – Danielle Wallius
DEBE THE GIRL – Quinn Gearheart

GAYLE THE WOMANKatrina Rennells*

GAYLE THE SAGE – Gayle Leslie Bluemel
DEBE THE SAGE – DeVorah Ross Johnsen

MALE PLAYERLucas Alifano**
FEMALE PLAYER – Jenny Martin

*Company Member, The Unknown Artists
**Appearing courtesy of the Actor’s Equity Association

Michelle Beauchesne – CELLO
Gayle Leslie Bluemel – KEYBOARD
Brian Boyce – DRUMS
DeVorah Ross Johnsen – GUITAR

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Interested in what the music from THE GIRL IS STILL HERE sounds like?  Here are some clips of songs from the show, performed at our Gala Fundrasier in August 2014, as well as Debe and Gayle themselves performing with their band, Sister Moon.