Actors Day in LA – bobrauschenbergamerica: A fantastical small theatre journey through the heart of America

Your Host Kim Estes
Published: Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Episode: 2.1



bobrauschenbergamerica: A fantastical journey through the heart of America as seen through the eyes of artist Robert Rauschenberg




TheSpyAnts Theatre Company presents the Los Angeles premiere of Charles L. Mee’s kaleidoscopic play, bobrauschenbergamerica, a wild road trip through the American landscape, on stage at the Inside the Ford Theatre, in North Hollywood, California.


Actors Reporter interviews the Director Bart DeLorenzo, Producer Lori Evans Taylor, and Actors Breeze Braunschweig, Eric Bunton, Adam Dornbusch, Jennifer Etienne Eckert, Brett Hren, Mari Marks, John Charles Meyer, Danny Parker-Lopes, Mark Slater, and Maria Tomas on the set of bobrauschenbergamerica. [Inside] the Ford is a part of the Ford Winter Partnership Program by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.


Previews: January 21 and 22
Performances: January 23 through February 28:
– Thursdays at 8 pm: January 21 (preview), 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25
– Fridays at 8 pm: January 22 (preview), 29; February 5, 12, 19, 26
– Saturdays at 8 pm: January 23 (opening night), 30; February 6, 13, 20, 27
– Sundays at 3 pm: January 24, 31; February 7, 14, 21, 28
– Sundays at 7 pm: January 24, 31; February 7, 14, 21, 28


[Inside] the Ford (the 87-seat indoor theater in the Ford Theatres complex)
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Hollywood, CA  90068
(just off the 101, across the freeway from the Hollywood Bowl and south of Universal Studios)


TheSpyAnts Theatre Company:
TheSpyAnts is a 26-member company that started as play reading group and quickly evolved into a formidable theater company that has developed numerous critically acclaimed hit productions including The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, The Bird’s, Hellcab, Edmond, Infinite Black Suitcase, Rudolph The Red Hosed Reindeer, The Reunion and Kidnapped by Craigslist.


TheSpyAnts’ production of bobrauschenbergamerica is upbeat, colorful and edgy … definitely outside of the box.
– Pepper Jay / Actors Reporter



Cast Artwork by Mark Slater


The Cast:
Breeze Braunschweig – Roller Girl
Eric Bunton – Allen
Adam Dornbusch – Wilson
Jennifer Etienne Eckert* – Susan
Brett Hren – Becker
Mari Marks – bob’s Mom
John Charles Meyer – Bob, the Pizza Boy
Danny Parker-Lopes – Phil, the Trucker
Mark Slater – Carl
Maria Tomas – Phil’s Girl
Lee Kissman – voiceover


Understudies: Chris Payne and Sascha Roseman


*Appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association


The Crew:
Producer – Lori Evans Taylor
Lighting Design – Christopher Kuhl
Sound Design- Cricket Myers
Set Design – Marina Mouhibian
Costume Design – Leah Piehl
Assistant Chicken Design – Jesse Ayala
Prop Master – Hal Perry
Choreography – Ken Roht
Stage Manager – Hahnah Jackson
Publicity – Lucy Pollak
Photography – Debi Landrie ad Jeff E. Photo
Graphic Design – Josh Worth


For more information:


Adults: $20
Seniors / Students with ID: $12


For groups of 8 or more, please call; 323-769-2147


And a special thank you and shout to:
Bill Berry, Event Services Manager
L.A. County Arts Commission
John Anson Ford Theatres


**Artist Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) once said, “A painting is more like the real world if it is made out of the real world.”  This infatuation with art and everyday life led him to pioneer the idea of “Combines,” provocative collages created out of nontraditional materials.  Taking a single canvas, Rauschenberg would combine pictures, familiar prints, sculptures and everyday objects (like tennis balls and stuffed goats), blurring the line between art and sculpture, between art and life.  In bobrauschenbergamerica, the stage is the canvas, and TheSpyAnts create a living, breathing “Combine.”  The eclectic group of characters and collage of colorful vignettes and fantastical images may seem to unfold like juxtaposing elements, but when seen as a whole they produce a loving tribute to American life.



Breeze Braunschweig
Eric Bunton
Adam Dornbusch
Jennifer Etienne Eckert
Brett Hren
Mari Marks
John Charles Meyer
Danny Parker-Lopes
Mark Slater

Maria Tomas



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  2. floppyjohn says:

    Thanks for the great bobrauschenbergamerica write-up!

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