Jennifer Brooks took an extended leave of absence from acting, but happily returns to join “Surprisingly Complicated.” She has appeared in random productions Off-Off Broadway, including many holes-in-the walls, to great critical acclaim that very few saw with former improv group.
Was seen on stage at the Upright Citizens Brigade and Magnet Theatre. (Do classes also count?) Co-wrote and starred in short film, “Inspiration.”(Fabulous hair throughout) Has also appeared in other short films, stage productions, and commercials. (Most of which she can’t remember, but she's pretty sure they did happen!) Studied acting with Sande Shurin, improv with UCB Theatre & Magnet Theater. Please note: can do an authentic Boston accent on demand if needed. Pet Peeve: Bad Boston accents: Please. Just. Stop.
Bej is my name. I play the role of "Eye Patch Dog". This is my first production. When I'm not barking at small children and strangers, I'm appreciating my new adopted home. I was in a kill shelter last year and the year to date of my adoption, I was in a designer doggie carrier enroute to Europe with my Mommy. Life is beautiful.
Oliver C. Lester (Dad/Al Curran) After a long hiatus from acting, Oliver is thrilled to be a part of the amazing cast of "Surprisingly Complicated"! Theater credits include: "Mary Gets Her Brain Re-Strung", "The Laramie Project" and "Our Country's Good" (Director: Shauna Kanter) Film/TV: "All My Children", "Girl Clown" (short film, soon to be a feature-length film).
Tony Wolf is an actor, singer, writer, and illustrator. Co-star role on The Blacklist: Redemption (NBC). Recent film: A Series of Decisions, Vantage, Maslow's, Girl Clown. His voice-over for Outcast ad campaign (Cinemax TV series from Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead) won the Clio Grand Award. Voice-overs & live introductions for Robert DeNiro's lifetime achievement award at the Friars Club / Waldorf-Astoria with Larry King. Wolf is also a writer and illustrator of comic book short stories, with two comics about unusual foods published in The New York Times. Sketch comedy videos with College Humor, The Action Room, and Funny Or Die. Host / MC at Lincoln Center for Luzerne Music Center gala. Staged readings and concert readings / workshops with Tony Award winning actor Alice Ripley and Tony nominees Beth Leavel and Stephanie D'Abruzzo. Find him on Twitter and Instagram at @tonywolfness and at www.tonywolfactor.com
Sebastian (Adam) is an 8 year old boy and in the 3rd grade in NYC public school. This will be his 2nd production. He performed a Zumba dance with his class last November. Sebastian loves the New York Transit system. He enjoys bouncy houses and hanging out at the beach and pool.
Guzin Kurun Writer, Creator, Executive Producer, Director and just another Autism Mom.
Lon (Sooty) always has a hand in some form of theater, retired from teaching & dedicated to his "other career”, Lon has to date gotten himself into all the acting unions, appeared in several films, two commercials, some highly forgettable extra work, & numerous plays. He has appeared as Henry in "Henry V", Principal Vernon in "Reflections from the Breakfast Club", John Proctor in "The Crucible", Geoffrey in "The Sisters Rosensweig", Michael in "Dancing at Lughnasa". Lon has directed numerous regional & academIc productions. His credits include "Jesus Christ Superstar", "A Flea in Her Ear", "The Sisters Rosensweig", "Little Foxes", "Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean”. Of late, Lon has been dedicated to touring the country with his one-man show “The Boy on the Bureau” which he also wrote.
Michael Ezrahi Experienced film director, cinematographer and editor based in NYC. Writing, producing, and directing in a wide range of genres and styles, including drama, action, comedy, experimental, corporate videos, cityscape and more. Highly proficient in the filmmaking process, with a strong emphasis on technical and creative excellence. Always in search of an artistic challenge and fruitful collaboration.
JOANNA BLAIS (Sharon) studies acting with Margaret Burns, Bob Krakower, & Sande Shurin, which is where she met Jen Brooks (Gail) & Oliver Lester (Al). JOANNA has appeared in over 20 plays. Favorite roles include: Blanche in "Streetcar Named Desire", Gorgeous in "Sisters Rosensweig", Agnes in "Dancing at Lughnasa", Mrs. Frank in "The Diary of Anne Frank", Melissa in "Love Letters", Regina in "Little Foxes", among many others. In recent years she has done numerous indies, web series & TV episodes of "I Am Homicide", "I'd Kill For You", "Mysteries at the Museum", among others. She co-hosted a podcast w/ her husband Lon (Uncle Sooty) called "I'm Just Sayin'", & together they ran a small theater company until they sadly lost their performance space. JOANNA has a Masters in Counseling. She is honored to be a part of this production & thanks Guzin for the opportunity.
Sandy Ehlers was born and raised in Hoboken New Jersey. A 15 year acting, improv, and stand-up comedy veteran. She has performed comedy at many New York City venues such as: Broadway Comedy Club, Greenwich Village Comedy Club and Comic Strip Live.
Her acting credits include working with the late Albert Maysles (Director of Grey Gardens and Gimme Shelter) in his production company on various projects and commercials.
Sandy was a finalist in NYC for the Ladies of Laughter Competition in 2016. Her one woman show "Brassy, Sassy & Gassy" will premiere in New York this fall.
Sean Barr (Music) is an amateur musician for 43 years – mostly guitar but has picked up the mandolin in the past 15 years or so. His band, Seven Ball Split, wrote and recorded a few songs. He is most proud of the band’s name as it has to do with an uneven amount of testicles among the members. Sean also has not one but two screen credits on the critically acclaimed but commercially not so acclaimed film, Chocolate Babies; he is Unit Manager and Red Headed Politician (his only walk on role).
Adrianne Hampton is a writer, independent filmmaker, and producer of several documentaries. She’s a member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and New York Women in Film/TV and has worked for NBC News. She’s a graduate of the UCLA Professional Summer Program in Screenwriting. Her theatrical play, Christmas at the Bridge, premiered at a community social venue in Brooklyn, NY amid critical acclaim. In addition, she has several projects in development premiering next year in NYC.
Episode 3 shoots on June 23rd!
We will be going live on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!
Kerim (Aaron) is an 11 year old boy and is currently attending 5th grade in NYC public school. This will be his first production. Kerim loves to travel. He enjoys reading maps and drawing.
SUSAN McBRIEN (Doctor). Being an aunt to a beloved autistic teen-aged boy, the subject of Autism is close to Susan’s heart and she is delighted to be part of this special Webseries. She has appeared Off-Broadway (Flamingo Court) and in many NYC productions and theatre festivals, most recently in Carli Ann Songbyrd Baker at the Midtown International Theatre Festival. Film credits include Keanu, Michael Clayton and numerous independent films, including the award-winning horror film Old 37. TV credits include: The Daily Show, Redrum, Review With Myles Barlow (Australian TV) and several other Webseries. She also works with medical students as a Standardized Patient. Studied acting with Sande Shurin, voice with Norma Garbo.