Actors Day in LA with actor Dan Woren and Geeks! The Musical! At Write Act Theatre

Published: Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Episode: 4.5



Follow the adventures of a gaggle of geeks through a Comic Book/Sci-Fi Convention as they sing, dance and debate if Batman could beat Spider-Man in a fight! Be square, be there!

Geeks! The Musical!












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Actors Day in LA follows actor Dan Woren onto the set of Geeks The Musical!

Dan Woren







Geeks! The Musical! At the Write Act Rep with Producing Artistic Director John Lant and Producer Anne Mesa, in association with Musical Geek Productions presenting the The World Premiere of Thomas J. Misuraca’s original musical,Geeks! The Musical!







Meet the cast of Geeks! The Musical! Juliette Angeli, Brandon Murphy Barnes, *Wil Bowers, Redetha Deason, John King, Tyler Koster, *Stefan Rich and our Actors Day in LA Actor this episode, Dan Woren. (*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association)







Also, meet the writer, book and lyrics, Thomas J. Misuraca, director Bennett Cohon, musical director and arranger Rocco Vitacco and Choreographer Liz Heathcoat.








Just in time for Comic Con, this celebrated new musical premiere returns with a 5-week performance engagement at the Write Act Repertory Theatre, opening Saturday June 9th through Sunday July 8th, 2012 with shows on Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 7:30pm. Performances run Friday (8pm), Saturday (7:30pm) and Sunday (7:30pm) nights with shows on June 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, July 1, 6, 7 and 8. Note, only Friday shows start at 8pm.








Produced by Write Act Repertory/Anne Mesa and John Lant, in Association with Musical Geek Productions. Direction by Bennett Cohon, Music Composition by Ruth Judkowitz, Musical Direction/Arrangement by Rocco Vitacco and Choreography by Liz Heathcoat.


Tom Misuraca (Writer) has had one-act plays produced in New York City, Hollywood, Chicago, Boston, San Diego, Madison, Brooklyn, Long Island and England. He has won audience favorite awards at PianoFight’s ShortLived 2.0, Bellarmine University’s Anything Galileo Festival , YES Summer Short, The Writer Speaks, MonoSlam and won three years in a row at the Tehachapi Community Theatre’s Ten-Minute Play Competition. He is an avid comic book collector, “Doctor Who” fanatic and “Star Wars” geek.


Ruth Judkowitz (Composer) is a lyricist/composer/arranger. Her orchestral pieces have been played from Los Angeles to Guam. She is the Musical Director and founder of the Voices of Conscience Chorus and performs throughout the L.A. area in support of social justice causes. In a previous incarnation, she was a sound designer for numerous award-winning plays in the world of equity-waiver theater, garnering several Drama-Logue Awards and an Ovation nomination.


Bennett Cohon (Director) has directed many plays in the Los Angeles area including Shiva Warriors by William Derringer at the Bitter Truth Theatre, The Kiss by Mark Harvey Levine and Going Up by Alan Cook at the PV Players’ Theatre, Mary’s Boy and Human Resources by Jim McGinn at Theatre 40, And Action … by Dan Roth at the Eclectic Theatre Company, and Greetings! by Tom Dudzick at the Attic Theatre. Bennett also directed The Looney Bin for the first Freeway Series: An Evening of Short Plays, followed by the second Freeway Series in which he directed Cupidity by Thomas J. Misuraca.







Name Role
Juliette Angeli Audrina
Brandon Murphy Barnes Trey
*Wil Bowers Emerson
Redetha Deason Kerry
Tyler Koster Chip
Aaron Nicholson Jordan
Dan Woren Mel Tyler
Steven Alloway Chorus 1
*Jason Beaubien Chorus 2
Laura DeLano Chorus 3
Matthew Frow Chorus 4
Damaris Justamante Chorus 5
James Lui Chorus 6
Te Jay McGrath Chorus 7
Sebastian Munoz Chorus 8
Thomas J. Misuraca Writer
Ruth Judkowitz Composer
Bennett Cohon Director
Anne T. Mesa Producer/Assistant Director
*Rocco Vitacco Music Director/Arranger
Liz Heathcoat Choreographer
Jonathan Harrison Booth Operator

Write Act Theatre

Photos by: Lou Briggs 

Actors Day in L.A. is a show on Actors Reporter, a channel of the Actors Podcast Network, a Pepper Jay Production.


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One Response to “Actors Day in LA with actor Dan Woren and Geeks! The Musical! At Write Act Theatre”

  1. […] Geeks! takes the basic elements of common musicals–stories of people who meet and fall in love, stories of characters that grow and learn something about themselves, and tells it in a setting that is both observational and unusual. All of the action in Geeks! takes place at ComicCon (which, for those who are unaware, is a very large comic book and sci-fi/fantasy fandom convention that takes place every summer in San Diego — in fact, the next ComicCon starts July 11, the Thursday after the show closes). It tells the story of two best friends, Jordan (Aaron Nicholson) and Chip (Tyler Koster). Jordan is into numerous TV fandoms, but in particular the fandom that revolves around the Alien Avenger. He also collects comic books, and is specifically looking for Batman #92. Chip, on the other hand, is a Dr. Who fanatic, and is even dressed in costume. While looking for the comic book in the dealer room, Jordan bumps into (and falls in love with) Kerry (Redetha Deason). Kerry is one of those (stereotypical) oddities: a good-looking woman at Comic-Con. She’s also into the Alien Avenger fandom, and is looking for her specific list of comic books. She’s there with her best friend, Emerson (normally Wil Bowers*, but at our performance, Stefan Rich*), a young gay man once into D&D, but now hating everything about Comic-Con (and wanting to criticize it). Emerson serves to interrupt the budding meeting of Jordan and Kerry, so Jordan bribes Chip to distract him so he can ask Kerry out. They agree to meet for dinner after the sessions, but Kerry gets a better offer from Mel Tyler (Dan Woren), the actor who played the Alien Avenger, to meet the original cast. Intersecting this storyline is the story of Alidrina (Juliette Angeli), a goth-girl who writes comic books and loves Dr. Who, who is attending Comic-Con with her best friend, the bi artist Trey (Brandon Murphy). Alidrina and Trey are there to attempt to sell their comic book series, but are having no luck. Things get worse after Trey runs into Emerson, who tells Trey his art is pedestrian. Supporting the story is a “Geek Chorus” of unnamed characters who represent various fandoms, and primarily serve as a backup dancing ensemble. This is the basic story that gets set up in Act I. Needless to say, things resolve themselves predictably in Act II, with the appropriate couples forming, and other characters learning something about themselves. (you can find some good pictures of the cast here) […]

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