CAST & CREATIVE Unorganized Crime
CHAZZ PALMINTERI (SAL SICUSO) Bronx-born and raised Chazz Palminteri was a natural choice to continue the long line of prominent Italian actors in the film industry. In the tradition set forth in the 1970s by such icons as director Martin Scorsese and actors Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, Palminteri has brought grit, muscle and an evocative realism to the sidewalks of his New York neighborhood, violent as they are and were. READ MORE
Born in 1952, Palmintieri grew up in a tough area of the Bronx and it gave young Calogero (Palminteri's given first name) the life lessons that would later prove very useful to his career. He started out pursuing his craft in studying at the Actor's Studio with Lee Straussberg. He appeared off-Broadway in the early 1980s while paying his dues as a singer in his own band.
Well known for A BRONX TALE, Palminteri originally wrote the script for the stage and performed it as a one-man show in Los Angeles. It became the hottest property in Hollywood since Rocky. Mr. Palminteri was offered over a million dollars to walk away from the project and with $200.00 left in the bank he refused. He wanted to play Sonny and write the screenplay. One night Robert DeNiro walked in to see the show and as they say ”the rest is history.” He then moved the production to New York, where it played for four sold-out months and earned him nominations for the New York Outer Critics Circle for both acting and writing. While in New York he completed the screenplay of A Bronx Tale and soon found himself starring opposite Robert DeNiro, who chose the script for his directorial debut.
Chazz has more than 50 movies to his credit including The Usual Suspects, Bullets Over Broadway (Academy Award nomination), Analyze This, Hurlyburly, Mulholland Falls, Faithful (screenplay also written by Chazz Palminteri), Poolhall Junkies, The Perez Family, Jade, Diabolique, Down to Earth and A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. Recent films include Final Recourse, Mighty Fine starring Andie MacDowell, Yonkers Joe, Jolene and The Dukes. He has also directed the HBO series Oz (episode, “Unnatural Disasters”), Showtime’s Women vs. Men and the feature film Noel, starring Susan Sarandon, Penelope Cruz, Robin Williams and Paul Walker. He appeared on the New York stage in the play The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui starring with Al Pacino, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Billy Crudup. Chazz is a member of the Actors Studio in NYC.
Chazz received the 1996 Leadership in Entertainment Award from the Coalition of Italo-American Association, Inc. and was honored by President Clinton with a Special Achievement Award for the Performing Arts from the National Italian American Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Chazz currently resides in Weschester County, NY with his lovely wife, Gianna and their two children, Dante & Gabriella.
ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ (ROSIE) is a native New Yorker and member of Labyrinth Theater Company. Rodriguez received a 2011 Tony Award nomination, won the Outer Critics Circle Award, as well as a Theatre World Award for Best Ensemble, for her role as “Veronica” on Broadway in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ “The Motherfucker With The Hat”. Additional theater credits include world premieres at NYC’s acclaimed Public Theater in “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot" (directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman), “Unconditional” and “A View from 151st Street”. Other notable plays include “Beauty of the Father” (MTC), "Roger and Vanessa" (Actors' Gang), "Den of Thieves" (Black Dahlia), and "Robbers" (American Place Theater). READ MORE
Rodriguez currently recurs in the roles of Aleida Diaz on “Orange Is The New Black” for Netflix, and as Paz Valdez on “Power” for Starz. She recently filmed a series-regular role on “Blanco”, a new pilot for Cinemax. In addition, she has appeared as a series regular on both NBC’s “Prime Suspect”, opposite Maria Bello, and ABC’s “All My Children”. Other recurring roles include “The Shield”, “ER”, “OZ”. Additional TV: "Six Feet Under", “Flash Forward”, “Law & Order”, “Law & Order: SVU”, “Cold Case”, “Just Shoot Me", “NYPD Blue”. Made-for-TV movies include "The Eddie Matos Story", written by Oscar-nominated writer Jose Rivera, as well as “Inflammable”. Feature films include Michael Mann's "Miami Vice", “Tio Papi” (Imagen Award Nomination), "Return to Paradise", “All Things Fall Apart”, “Dead Presidents”, “Acts of Worship”, and “Jack Goes Boating”. Upcoming films: “Glass Chin”, “Take Care”, “The Drop”.
KENNY D'AQUILA (Playwright/GINO) Originally from Old Saybrook, Connecticut, Kenny D'Aquila made his mark as Grantaire in the critically acclaimed production of Les Miserables directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird at the Shubert Theatre in Los Angeles. Later, D'Aquila was featured as Grantaire in the International Cast Album of Les Miserables with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. D'Aquila has appeared in over 30 plays both on the New York and Los Angeles stage, including Uptown, Broadway Scandals of 1928, The Fantastiks, Found A Peanut, Mozez, Birdbath, Serjeant Musgrave's Dance and When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? READ MORE
As a writer, D'Aquila's first play, Uptown, opened to rave reviews at the GNU Theatre under the direction of Jeff Seymour. Uptown won 8 Drama-Logue Awards, including Best New Play. As an actor, D'Aquila also drew raves and won a Drama-Logue Award for Best Actor. D'Aquila's screenplay, Not Before Me (based on his stage play, Uptown) was purchased by Concord/New Horizons with D'Aquila attached to star. On the production end, D'Aquila is co-executive producer of the documentary The Hill Chris Climbed: The Gridiron Heroes Story written and directed by Andrew Lauer.
CARMEN ARGENZIANO (CARMELO) Carmen graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City in 1964. He continued studying with Sandy Meisner and Lee Strasberg eventually becoming a member of the Actors Studio. In 1968 he appeared With Shelly Winters in Tennessee Williams "Sweet Bird of Youth" in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Since then L.A. Theatre goers have seen him in a variety of plays. READ MORE
In 1981 he was given the L.A. Drama critics award for his performance in Thomas Babe's "A prayer for my daughter." He also portrayed Joe Kellor the father in Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" at the Geffen Theatre. Most recently he was seen as the father in David Auburn's "Proof" at the Open Fist theatre. Leo Penn gave Carmen his first job in television. Since then he's amassed over 200 film and TV roles. Most notably " The Accused," "Stand and Deliver", "Don Jaun DeMarco", and Godfather II" His TV credits include "Criminal Minds", "House", "CSI N.Y." and "Stargate SG1. He will soon be seen in the feature films "Sharkskin", "The Intervention”, "Aurora" James Franco's "Labyrinth" and “Don Quixote”, playing the title role. Carmen continues training at the Actors Studio under the guidance of Martin Landau, Mark Rydell and Lou Antonio.
JACK TOPALIAN (HAAKIM) Born in Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia, Jack immigrated to the United States at the age of 10 and grew up in San Francisco where he was exposed to music and art at a very young age. He played music professionally from his teens to mid 20’s. He began his acting career at the age of 40, graduating from the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) of San Francisco and The Stanford School of Drama. READ MORE
Some of his recent credits include a role in the Oscar-winning Ben Affleck film Argo, TNT’s Southland, Rizzoli & Isles and HBO’s Luck, as well as Recurring Guest Star roles on Showtime’s Weeds, Ray Donovan, CBS's Intelligence and NCIS: Los Angeles.
Jack wrote and directed his first feature film Betrayal, playing a mob boss acting opposite Eric Roberts and Oleg Taktarov. The film was released in select theaters January 2014 and was picked up for foreign & domestic distribution. His production company, T5 Media Group, is currently developing scripts for three feature films, as well as a series for a network television.
Jack lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children and when not working, he continues to study with the best coaches in the industry. He thanks the production team of “Unorganized Crime” and is excited to be part of this Los Angeles production.
DAVID FOFI (Director, Artistic Director – The Elephant Theatre Company) After serving with the US Navy, David Fofi went on to study theatre at California State University Long Beach, where he met a core group of artists who would become the Elephant Theatre Company, founded in 1995 in downtown Los Angeles. In 1998, along with Don Cesario, he created Elephant Stages and the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood, where The Elephant Theatre Company now makes it's home, where he serves as Artistic Director. READ MORE
Dave has enjoyed working in many aspects of the theatre as a Director, Producer, and Designer. His directing credits include: The World Premiere of The Twilight of Schlomo by Timothy McNeil (Los Angeles Times’ Critic’s Choice); The North Plan by Jason Wells (Huffington Post’s Top ten productions of 2013); The World Premiere of Collision by Lyle Kessler at the Rattlestick Theater in New York
(Critic’s Pick Time Out NY); the world premiere of Farm Boy by Michael Morpugo stage adaptation by Daniel Buckroyd (Los Angeles Times' Critics Choice, Backstage Critic’s Pick) at The Matrix Theatre, the west coast premiere of The Late Henry Moss by Sam Shepard (Backstage Critic's Pick ," GO" LA Weekly), the West Coast Premiere of The Little Flower of East Orange by Stephen Adly Guirgis (Ovation Recommended); and In Arabia We’d All Be Kings by Stephen Adly Guirgis (4 LADCC Awards including Best Production, Critic’s Pick, LA Times and Backstage); the World Premiere of Parasite Drag by Mark Roberts (Ovation Recommended, Critic’s Pick Backstage and LA Weekly); the World Premiere of The Idea Man by Kevin King (Ovation Award for Best New Play, Ovation nominee Best direction); the World Premiere of Asleep on a Bicycle by Tony Foster (Critic’s Pick, LA Times and Backstage); the World Premiere of Anything by Tim McNeil (3 LADCC Awards, Best Direction included, Critic’s Pick LA Times, Backstage; Carlos Lacamara’s play Exiles, produced by The Hayworth Theatre (Critic’s Pick, Backstage); the world-premiere Los Muertos by Timothy McNeil (Critic’s Pick, LA Times; Pick of the Week ReviewPlays.com); The Sand Storm (Critic’s Pick, Backstage, featured in the LA Times Calendar and LA Weekly); the World Premiere Sensitive Skin by Shem Bitterman; (Feature in LA Weekly); Hellcab by Will Kern (Critic’s Pick, Backstage); the World Premiere of Robert J. Litz’s One World (recommended, LA Times and LA Weekly; Critic’s Pick, two NAACP award nominations.
JOEL DAAVID (SET DESIGN) Joel has become an award-winning director and set designer since attending AFI where he was nominated for the Kodak Scholarship in Cinematography & received the Blum-Kovler Scholarship. His career accomplishments include cinematography for film work as well as stage directing and design. READ MORE
Joel's most notable awards include Ovation, LA Weekly, NAACP and LADCC Theater Awards. He directed and designed the critically acclaimed production of The Miracle Worker at the Matrix and Edgemar Theatres (LA Weekly GO) and the new award winning production of Tennessee Williams’ Baby Doll at the Lillian Theatre. (Backstage Critic’s Pick, LA Weekly’s Pick of the Week, Ticketholder Award for Best Productions of 2011). Joel also directed triple award winning Frankenstein for Theatre Tallahassee last October and is in negotiations to bring this production to LA.
NICHOLAS DAVIDSON (Lighting Designer) Nicholas Davidson is a lighting designer working in theatre, opera, dance, and architecture. Currently he is a themed entertainment lighting designer and consultant for Thinkwell Group, as well as working with Los Angeles based theatres and dance companies that include The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Diavolo Dance Theatre, and The Underground Street Dance Company. READ MORE
Recent design highlights: Rx (The Lost Studio), The Underground: Street Chronicles (USC), Fluid Infinities (The Hollywood Bowl), Let There Be Light (Temple Israel of Hollywood), The Creditors (The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble), and Bukowski.Sondheim (California Repertory Company). Previous assistant design highlights include two seasons at the Central City Opera Festival and A Midsummer Night's Dream at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma in Rome, Italy.
PETER BAYNE (COMPOSER/SOUND DESIGN) Credits include: The Fountain Theatre: Shining City, Coming Home, Opus, A House Not Meant to Stand, Bakersfield Mist, El Nogalar, Cyrano, The Blue Iris, On the Spectrum, In the Red and Brown Water and A Normal Heart, South Coast Repertory: James and the Giant Peach, Theatre Planners: Closely Related Keys, The Antaeus Company: The Malcontent, The Liar, The Colony Theatre: Year Zero,... READ MORE
Theatre of Note: Copy, The Elephant Theatre: Parasite Drag, 100 Saints You Should Know, Revelation, The Rogue Machine: Lost Girls, The Actor’s Gang: Taming of the Shrew, Break The Whip, Padua Playwrights: Onion Creek, Chance Theatre: The Seagull. Other regional credits include the American Repertory Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare and Company, Lyric Stage Company, Company One, and the Orfeo Group. Peter is active as a composer in film, TV, and commercials, and as well performing in bands and as an electronic music producer and composer. He has a BA in music from Vassar and an MFA in Composition and Theory from Brandeis.
NICKI GENOVESE (GENERAL MANAGER) received her MFA in Theatre Management from Columbia University and has been a professional theatre manager for 25 years, working on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway and regionally.
She was the General Manager at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA and at the Public Theater in NYC, and is presently the Head of Theatre Management at Long Beach State. In 2013 Nicki was the General Manager for two new musicals that premiered in Los Angeles, Let There Be Light and The Freedom Machine. Nicki is married to playwright Mark Brown and they live in Studio City with their 9yr old daughter Michayla Brown.
JOSH SILVER (PRODUCER) Producer credits include Blues in the Night on Broadway (Tony award nomination for Best Musical) with Leslie Uggams, National tour with Della Reese, off-Broadway and London (Olivier nomination for Best Musical) with Carol Woods. Regional: Rachel & Julio with Lanie Kazan and Joe Bologna.
Television: Bobbie's Girl with Bernadette Peters for Showtime, Film: Hellbent released theatrically by Regent Entertainment. Josh is a personal manager for actors and writer/directors.
DAVE FINKELSTEIN (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER) Unorganized Crime is Dave’s first theatrical production. He previously worked as a radio broadcaster and producer in New York City. A native of Oradell, New Jersey, Dave presently resides in Manhattan.
AMY LIEBERMAN (CASTING DIRECTOR) Current: Ensemble Theatre Company, S.B., since 2006. Recipient of six CSA Artios Awards, with a total of twelve nominations. Broadway: The Dinner Party, Flower Drum Song, Big River. Reprise Theatre Company (3 seasons). Center Theatre Group (Mark Taper Forum/Ahmanson/Kirk Douglas) 1983-1989, 1999–2006. READ MORE
Regional theatres –Berkeley Rep, Chicago Shakespeare, Court Theatre, Chi., Seattle Rep, Yale Rep, MTC, NY. Local – Third Street Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, L.A. Theatre Works, Pasadena Playhouse (2 seasons), Ojai Playwrights Conference, Falcon Theatre, Rubicon Theatre, Sundance Theatre Lab, Deaf West, Theatre@Boston Court, Falcon Theatre, North Coast Rep, La Jolla Playhouse. Film and television (1/2 hr., hour, MOW’s) throughout the 90’s. Visiting Assoc. Prof. UCLA- MFA 3rd yr. graduate program 2007-2013.
DAVID ELZER/DEMAND PR (MARKETING/PUBLICITY) represents Cabrillo Music Theatre, Celebration Theatre, Circle X Theatre Company, Colony Theatre Company, Furious Theatre Company, Laguna Playhouse, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, NoHo Arts Center Ensemble, Open Fist Theatre Company, Road Theatre Company, Rubicon Theatre Company, Theatre of NOTE, Theatre Tribe and VS. Theatre Company and is thrilled to be working on this world premiere production of Unorganized Crime.
LAURA HARRISON (CHOREOGRAPHER) LA choreography credits include the west coast premiere of The 4th Graders Present An Unnamed Love-Suicide with Coeurage Theatre Company, Spring Awakening with Over The Moon Productions, the LA premiere of Nerve with Sixth Avenue, and the 2013 Temple Israel of Hollywood gala, Let There Be Light. READ MORE
A Chicago native, her choreo credits there include I Do! I Do! at American Theatre Company, It’s a Wonderful Life at Porchlight, and multiple shows at Northwestern University. Also an accomplished actress, Laura graduated from Northwestern University with a Theatre degree. She's performed roles at Goodman, Court Theatre, Victory Gardens, Long Wharf, Geffen, Center Theater Group, The Blank, and ANMT. She recently performed in the NYC workshops of Irvin Berlin's Holiday Inn, produced by Universal and Goodspeed, and the new punk rock musical Home Street Home by NOFX and Jeff Marx. TV/Film credits include Showtime’s Weeds, SyFy’s Jersey Shore Shark Attack, a major video game set for a June 2014 release, and several independent films including Harry Lennix’s Revival!. www.thisislaura.com