Cast & Crew
CAST (in alphabetical order):
Bill Lee Brown (Old Dog)
Bill hails from B-more and he loves to move the pieces on the chessboard. His character moves on the theatre boards include: Shealy, in August Wilson’s  “Jitney,” Slow Drag in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Floyd in Judi Ann Mason’s “Eddie Lee Baker Is Dead” (National Black Theatre Festival 2005); Dr. Cleophus E. Greenfield in David E. Talbert’s “He Say, She Say…But What does God Say,” John in Kevin Arkadie’s “Up The Mountain”; Otis, in Christina Harley’s “The Dreamers”; George “Kingfish” Stevens, in Victor Smith’s “Pitch Black”; Tucker, in Javon Johnson’s “Cryin’ Shame” (National Black Theatre Festival 2001);  Al Fletcher, in Michael Ajakwe’s “Happy Anniversary, Punk!”;  the good Pastor Roy Reynolds,  in Michael Ajakwe’s “If You Don’t Believe: A Love Story”; The M.C. and The Wino in Michael Ajakwe’s “Body Language”; and Minister Barksdale in Kosmond Russell’s “The Marriage”. Bill was the Pastor in Connie Robinson’s award winning short film “The Message.” He portrayed Lt. Washington, in BET’s original film, “Hidden Blessings.” He can be seen in the soon-to-be released feature films “Remarkable Power,” “Statistics,” and “The Rev. DoWrong Ain’t Right.”  His t.v. credits include:  “Without A Trace,” “The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman,” “The Shield,” “The Handler,” “Judging Amy,” and “General Hospital.”  He gives thanks to his mom, Catherine, daughter Dawnita, this extraordinary cast and crew, and a special thanks to T. Faye Griffin for this opportunity to work with her. PEACE. Contact: Victoria Fisher - Selective Artists Management - www.selectiveartists.com
Karine Chakarian (Nadine/Understudy)
Karine was last seen on stage in Luna Playhouse’s production of The Ping-Pong Players and Hello Out There. Other theatre credits include: The L.A premiere of Little Armenia at The Fountain Theatre, the L.A premiere of Starcrossed at the Attic, Knamakhos and The Emptiness at Ardavatz Theatre. Film credits include: Breather (Victoria Independent Film Festival, The Ivy Independent Film Festival, Zoiefest—Best Comedy Finalist), and Insomnia (New York International Film Festival). Karine was a recipient of the Mark Taper Forum Scholarship from Loyola Marymount University where she earned her B.A. in Theatre Arts.
Yakira Chambers
Antonio D. Charity (Benjamin)
Antonio is from Surry County, VA.  This graduate of Howard University’s Department of Theatre Arts began working in Los Angeles in 2005 after nine years of living and working in New York.  There he performed in several Off- Broadway, regional and community theatre productions.  His television and film credits include “Charmed”, “House”, “The Shield”, “The Prosecutors”, “The Salon”,  “Homicide”, “As The World Turns”, “Law & Order”, “Law & Order: SVU”, “The Corner”, “The Wire”, “All My Children”, “Nip/Tuck”, “Something The Lord Made”, “Cry Wolf” and many others.  He can be seen in the soon-to-be-released film “Over My Dead Body”, starring Eva Longoria, and in the pilot episode of the new NBC series “Life”.  In just a few months he will appear in the movie “Hydra” on the Sci-Fi Channel.  > View IMDB
Alan Charof (Fletch)
Alan is a native New Yorker who began his career in 1988 with NY stage, film and t.v. credits.  He came to Los Angeles when he booked the role of the Rabbi in Universal’s “Mobsters.”  He furthered his career to include, a series lead in PBS/TV's “Crossroads Café,” and one of the starring roles (along with Martin Landau, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston), as Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren in the soon to be released film "The Commission."  Alan also landed a role in the Nancy Meyers film “Something’s Gotta Give”, and has appeared on numerous TV shows including “King of Queens”, “Mad About You”, “The Practice” and “Lois and Clark.”  In 1994 he was nominated for a Geoffrey Award for his Stage performance as Boris Kolenkov in "You Can't Take It With You.”  And more recently, received critical acclaim for the duel roles of Rabbi Shlomo and Grandpa Irving Lipshitz in LA's hit play "Jewtopia.”  Last year he also received accolades for his role as Charlie, in Arthur Millers’ classic, “Death Of A Salesman” at the Odyssey Theatre.  He has always enjoyed the theater and the many friends he has made thus far. “I’m an Actor who started late in life and is having a helluva good time playing catch up and enjoying one superfantabulous funsation after another.  My thanks to all the wonderful audiences I’ve been blessed with.  I wouldn’t trade my career for anyone else’s, anywhere.  I whole-heartedly recommend acting for anyone who wants to resolutely stand on the tracks as the train bears down on them at top speed with the full knowledge that 1) it’s Blue Screen or, 2) the Director likes you or, 3) your Ex is driving the train and you’re screwed!” > Alan's Website

Mikle Estimé (Smokey Mo)
Mike Estimé has been performing comedy for 11 years and continues to keep fans rolling in the aisles. From his self-proclaimed ignorance about wine and marriage to his unique outlook on sports and politics, to his revealing and hysterical portrayals of his Haitian family, he is definitely one to keep an eye out for in the near future. An almost-graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., Mike majored in acting and also performed in the Washington, D.C. region, where he was seen in plays of the absurd such as "Electronic Nigger" and "Rhinoceros" to original plays like "Voices in the Darkness." Mike was recently seen on film in the Queen Latifah and L.L. Cool J romantic comedy, The Last Holiday. He has also been on the ABC sitcom, Talk to Me, starring Kyra Sedgewick, and he is currently in a recurring role on the hit show, Everybody Hates Chris. Mike currently resides in Los Angels, CA with his wife of 5 years and their children. Full Circle Management: (310) 289-1234

Kerie Edmead (Goody)
A native New Yorker, Kerie graduated from Brooklyn College with a major in sociology and minor in theater. He appeared as a co-star in Law and Order, filmed several national commercials, and was a lead performer for Family Life Theater, a theater company that travels nationwide doing comic sketches. Kerie is most recognizable for the popular Bud Light campaign that began as a Superbowl commercial. Recently he’s spent time making film appearances (“You’re So Dead” directed by Norman T. Vane, “Speed Dating” directed by Crystal Liu) and getting to know California better. > View Reel. Contact: Studio Talent Group 310-393-8004.

Paul Hicks (Minstrel Man/Broadway)
Paul is an artist living in Los Angeles. He studied at Actor’s Circle Theatre. His training has allowed him to take on a diverse body of work including plays like A Few Good Men, Bent, San Antonio Sunset, Cops and Frankie & Johnny.  Paul also started a creative company that has produced a number of short films. His film credits include The Gymnast and Action Hero. > View Reel

Trent L. Horn (Minute Man/Goody-Understudy)
Trent was born and raised in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.  He began acting in independent films after graduating from Frostburg State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Horn’s passion for acting grew stronger as he appeared in various short films, student films and theatre productions where he received good notices, including landing the lead role in the films “Mr. Loverman”, “A Runners Dream” and "A Love Story." Clearly establishing a presence on the screen, Horn relocated to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career and hone his craft. Soon after, he started studying with acting coaches such as Bobbi Chance, Carolyn Barry, Chip Fields, Ben Guillory, and Phyllis Larrymoore-Kelly. It did not take long for Horn to catch the attention of Casting Directors who gave him his first guest star role on the highly successful hit television show on UPN “The Parkers”.  His other Television appearances include "The Big House",  “Moesha”, and “The Hughleys." Not limited to the screen, Horn illuminated the stage in his theatre performance leading the cast in “Treat Her Like a Lady” directed by Roy Fegan. He also captivated audiences with these stage credits:  “A Soldier’s Story” directed by Chip Fields,  “The Soul Train” directed by Tony Burton, “Two Men Talking” and “How Many to Tango” directed by Larry B. Scott. Most recently, Horn snagged the lead role in Diagnosis –X for GBC studios which is scheduled to air August 25, 2007 on the Learning Channel.
Prince Rijan (Minute Man Understudy)
Prince was born and raised in B-more. He is a graduate of Morgan State University with dual degrees in Theater and Telecommunication with an emphasis in TV Production. After a school, spring break trip to Hollywood and then returning to Morgan to open his play; that he also directed, produced and stared in entitled " Pink Heroin"; he knew that his destiny after graduation was to move to California. He has always been a funny guy but didn't realize how funny he was until moving to LA two years ago. Now he is a stand up comedian and as well as a serious, dedicated actor. He is also a gifted writer and director who in his short time in LA has managed to start his own production company "Royalty N Tertainment", (818) 859-4994. He can been seen around town doing stand up and in two Indie films coming out soon entitled "The Bud Spot" and "Illadephia."
> Prince's MySpace Page

 

Steven Robert Olson (Andy Fields)
Steven grew up in Hudson, Ohio.  He is currently studying with The Groundlings and Acme Comedy Theatre in Los Angeles, writing sketch and performing improv.  Film credits include Lion’s Gate’s “Angel of Death” (2007), “Ninja Cheerleaders” (2007) and “Sugar” (2005).  TV appearances include “Passions,” “Untold Stories of the ER,” and various characters on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”  Stage appearances: Oren Foley in “Liberty, Oregon,” Biff in “Death of a Salesman.”  Plays the piano and guitar.  He can be pretty funny at parties sometimes if he prepares material ahead of time. 
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Lauren Schnipper (Nadine)
Lauren is a nice Jewish girl (read: she’s sarcastic and loves to nag, just a little) with a dad who’ll stop traffic to tell a good joke, so you could say she’s been preparing for this role her whole life. A recent transplant from New York, Lauren is delighted to make her LA Theatrical debut with “Spook Night”. Recent Credits include many a Youtube video, a starring role in “Schoolgirl Figure” by Wendy Macleod (Altered Stages, NY), co-founding “See Me Hear Me”, an original reading series at the Magnet Theatre (NY), and a supporting role in the feature film “Mind the Gap” opposite the legendary Alan King. She’s also the star of Svedka Vodka’s most recent “Blame Svedka” campaign. When she’s not in “Spook Night” she performs improv weekly in Vodka & Doughnuts at The Empty Stage under the direction of Stan Wells. She is currently studying with Lesly Kahn and Co., and The Groundlings. She also coaches improv ‘cause knows it would be selfish not to share. Additional training: American Conservatory Theatre, Circle in the Square Theatre, Upright Citizens Brigade, and Armando Diaz. She also has a degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University, but we won’t hold that against her. Thanks to her Mom and Dad and the rest of her family and friends and this amazing cast and crew most notably T. Faye.  www.myspace.com/schnipper
Westley Thornton (Andy Fields/Understudy)

Steve Turner (Smokey/Understudy)
Comedian Steve Turner has been dazzling the stages ever since 1991. A native of Cleveland, OH, Steve has appeared on hit TV shows such as "The Shield," BET's "Coming to the Stage" (created by T. Faye Griffin), Nickelodeon, and movies such as his very own creation "My Crackhead Uncle." Continue to watch him work and check him out on VH1's "Home Purchasing Club" as inventor Richard Murphy.

Nika Williams (Diva Thomas)
Nika Williams (actor, writer) is a Miami native and graduate from the University of Florida. Before moving to LA, she landed a role in the NBC pilot Miss Miami. She studied improvisation at the School of Groundlings. She also co-starred in the season finale of CSI Miami, UPN?s All of Us, Disney?s Hannah Montana, Nick Canon?s Wild ?N Out and Short Circuitz on MTV and the Big Black Comedy Show: Volume 4. Also, she just completed Comedy Colosseum, a NBC pilot, and Universal Remote, an independent feature written and directed by Gary Hardwick. She also performs sketch with OPM and Cleo?s Apartment.

PRODUCTION STAFF and CREW:

T. Faye Griffin (Executive Producer-Writer-Director)
An NAACP Award nominee and proud product of South Central Los Angeles, T. Faye Griffin’s writing and producing credits include the Emmy Award-winning series, “In Living Color,” BET staple “Comic View,” “Steve Harvey’s Big Time,” and the recent Steve Harvey concert film “Don’t Trip...He Ain’t Through With Me, Yet.” Other high profile credits include “The Trumpet Awards,” “The Domestic Goddess Hour Starring Roseanne Barr,” and NBC’s daily lifestyle magazine “YourLA.”  A well-respected member of the Black comedy community, she created and served as Executive Producer of the comedy competition “Coming to the Stage,” the series that launched the career of young comedy phenom and Nickelodeon star, Lil’ J.J.  Ms. Griffin is the founder of Page to Stage Entertainment and the boutique writing service, Words by Faye. This year Griffin was featured in the Cannes Edition of The Business of Film Magazine.
H.I.S. Life Productions (Executive Producers)
This faith-based production company is a division of the international H.I.S. Life Ministries, Inc. Founded by Melodie Cochran, daughter of the late Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., and partners Louis and Atoosa Abascal. The company’s mission is to restore one nation at a time for the Kingdom of God using the arts and media!
Atoosa Abascal (Executive Producer)
Louis Abascal (Executive Producer)
Melodie Cochran (Executive Producer)
Don Cesario (Producer)
A native of California and graduate from the theatre program at California State University at Long Beach, Don is a founding member of the ElephantTheatre Company.  He has enjoyed working the many aspects involved with theatre including Actor, Director, Writer, Producer and Designer, he is most proud of the work he has been part of as a member of The Elephant. In 1998, along with David Fofi he created the Lillian Theater. With the success of the Lillian, they went on to created the Elephant Space Theater, Elephant Asylum, Performance Lab and Studio. He is the Co-Producing Artistic Director for the Elephant Theater Company as well as the Elephant and Lillian Theaters. In spring 2005 he built a new addition to Hollywood’s Theater Row, the art\works theater and studios. Don has produced more then 20 world premiere productions over the past eight years including the critically acclaimed 7 Redneck Cheerleaders, Los Muertos and  Jesus’ KidBrother.   His interest lay mostly in the development of World Premiere Scripts and seeing them to the stage. 
Marie Turcotte Hills (Associate Producer)
Marie is very excited to be a part of the World Premiere of Spooknight! You may also see her name in the credits for the upcoming Los Angeles Production of girl,20, opening in September at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre starring Rob Belushi. She was most recently involved with the production of Internet Dating The Musical!  at the Art Works Theatre in Los Angeles.  Other credits include Chicken, produced by Bruce Dern at the Lillian Theatre, the Art Works Theatre Production of Jax of All Trades starring Jacquie Barnbrook; the National Tour and Los Angeles Production of Matt and Ben starring Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers, directed by David Warren; the Los Angeles World Premiere Production and New York Staged Reading of Jesus' Kid Brother  at the New 42nd Street Studios;  Losers in LA, The Buzz Showcase, and Squeeze It In  at the Hudson Theatre.  Marriage is Murder, My Own Private Odyssey, and The Apology at the Elephant Theatre, as well as Somewhere Someone Said for the Son of Semele Ensemble in Los Angeles and the Boston Productions of A Soldier's Tale,Tis Pity, She's a Whore  and Harvey.   A special thanks to Don Cesario.  A shout out to Moon Hills my LOVAH (xo).
Joel Daavid (Set Designer)

Kimberly Negrete (Lighting Designer)
Kimberly Negrete’s lighting has been seen in numerous award winning productions throughout California.  Some of these productions include the Elephant Theatre Company’s production of 7 REDNECK CHEERLEADERS at the Elephant Asylum Theatre in Hollywood, THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE at the Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro, and Runaway Stage Production’s PIRATES OF PENZANCE in Sacramento. Kimberly is currently the Assistant Lighting Designer for the long running production of THE AMERICAN GIRLS REVUE at The American Girl Place in Los Angeles.

Tige Charity (Casting Director)
Tige (pronounced TIE-jee) is the President of C&C Casting, a company she founded after working as a Casting Assistant. This Baton Rouge, Louisana native obtained a B.S. degree in Accounting and has toiled over 13 years in Corporate America while maintaining her passion for the arts. She recently has cast MARCO POLO: THE MOVIE as well as several television, short film and theater productions including WESTSIDE STORY and HEIDELBERG. For more information visit www.candccasting.com
Danielle Bray (Costume Design)
Xutuanu KiShar (Costume Design)
Dan Weinstein (Music Supervisor)
Doubling on violin, viola, trombone, trumpet, baritone horn, tuba/sousaphone and vocals, as well as composing, arranging and music copying, Dan has had an extensive career since 1973, performing ive and on recordings with thousands of artists in all styles. His credits include Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, The Jacksons, Poncho Sanchez, Teddy Edwards. A much sought after studio musician his work has appeared on the soundtracks of the feature films "Drumline," "The Whole Nine Yards," "Festival in Cannes," and "The Night Before Christmas."