Written by JOE KEYES & ROB ELK Directed by CRAIG ANTON
Pico Playhouse Theater December 2-21, 2014 • For Tickets bobs19.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006
ABOUT THE SHOW

L.A.’s most “hilariously deranged” (Los Angeles Times) seasonal tradition is back for it’s 19th year! Every year, insurance agent Bob Finhead’s whacked out friends and clients stop by his small-town Iowa office for their annual holiday bash. The town mayor, the sheriff, the twin farmers, the stoner, the town floozy and the pastor’s wife have already RSVPed for this year’s event. But Bob has dreams of a bigger life and wants to escape their narrow-minded thinking. Will he be able to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional inventor and move to the big city, or will he come to realize how much he is the heart and soul of the town? Will any of this matter once the party stars, the bickering and fighting begins, and the drinks hit the floor?

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

For nearly two decades, Bob's Office Party has earned a solid cult following with audiences and critics alike!

SNAPSHOTS

The set is a small-town American insurance office that is overly decked out in cheap Christmas decorations and strings of holiday lights. Set designer Gary Guidinger goes all out to allow for the flightiness of the characters to be reflected in the tackiness of the décor. It’s as loud as most of their personalities, and just as fun (Patrick Hurley, Backstage West).

BOB AND ELWIN

Photo:  Ed Krieger

CAROL SINGS

Photo:  Michelle Pedersen

JOE AND BRANDY

Photo:  Roger Nygard

LAVORIS DRINKS

Photo:  Michelle Pedersen

JOE AND MARGIE

Photo:  Ed Krieger

MARTY DUNKS

Photo:  Ed Krieger

MARTY AND BOB

Photo:  Roger Nygard

BOB'S EPIPHANY

Photo:  Roger Nygard

THE
PRODUCTION

Written by Joe Keyes and Rob Elk
Directed by Craig Anton
Produced by Rob Elk and Joe Keyes
Starring  Nelson Ascencio, David Bauman,  Dawn Brodey, Cody Chappel, Rob Elk, Mark Fite, Maile Flanagan, Andrea Hutchman,  Sirena Irwin, Joe Keyes, Johanna McKay, Pat O'Brien, Ann Randolph and Pat Towne

DIRECTIONS TO PICO PLAYHOUSE

From the San Fernando Valley:

Take the 405 South, to the Pico/Olympic Blvd. exit

Make a left at the end of the off ramp onto Sawtelle.

Turn left onto Pico Blvd, at next light.

Stay on Pico, past Overland and the Westfield Mall, to the corner of Pico and Patricia.

 

From Long Beach:

Take the 405 North to the 10 East. Exit at National/Overland.

Make a right off the ramp and go to Overland.

Turn right on Overland and go north to Pico.

Turn right onto Pico going east for three lights to the corner of
Pico and Patricia.

 

From Downtown:

Take the 10 West. Exit at National/Overland.

Make a right off the ramp and go to Overland.

Turn right on Overland and go north to Pico.

Turn right onto Pico going east for three lights to the corner of
Pico and Patricia.

10508 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

(310) 204 4440

Insurance agent Bob Finhead (Rob Elk) plays the straight man against small-town cop Sheriff Joe, who gives enough small-town smarm to his alcoholic sheriff just to make him relatable, so we can laugh with him, and sometimes at him. As La Voris and La Donna, Linda Miller and Johanna McKay play off of each other in beautiful harmony.  Together the two women create a loud, drunken, and intolerant ballet of distaste—and it is awfully hysterical (Patrick Hurley, Backstage West).

Craig AntonDirectorCraig Anton comes this way from Nebraska. In the past year he has directed "Dental Society Midwinter Meeting" for Buzzworks Theatre Company, "Changes In The Mating Strategies Of White People" at the Lounge Theatre, and "Egghead" for the Minneapolis Fringe Festival. As an actor, he recently appeared with The California Repertory Company in "The Goat or Who Is Sylvia". Previous to that he appeared as "Quinn in Penelope", as Rosencrantz in "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead", Dr. Royer-Collard in "Quills", J. Robert Oppenheimer in "The Love Song For J. Robert Oppenheimer", and Ray in "The Hyacinth Macaw". Roles in other original productions include, "Dead Bride Running", "The Idiots", "Girly Magazine Party" and as Whistles the Clown in "Clowntown City Limits". He will be appearing in "The Clean House" for Cal Rep in February of 2015.Craig’s television work includes recurring roles on "Mad Men", "Weeds", "Bob’s Burgers", "Maron", guest star roles on "The Middle", "The Office", "Entourage", "CSI Miami", "Curb Your Enthusiasm", "Everybody Loves Raymond", "MAD TV", "Workaholics", "King Of Queens", and a lead role on The Disney Channel’s "Phil of The Future". He most recently received his MFA in performance from California State University Long Beach and is now an adjunct professor there, and at AMDA in Hollywood.!

Nelson Ascencio*as "Elwin Bewee"Nelson Ascencio is an Actor/Writer Groundlings Alum. He is best known for his time on "MADtv", as well as appearances on "Curb Your Enthusiasm", "Paul" and most recently "The Hunger Games"  franchise as Flavius. He is very excited to be included in this years hilarious run of "Bob's Holiday Office Party"!

David Baumanas "Mayor Roy"David (SAG-AFTRA-AEA) is originally from Wisconsin, known for its cheese, alcoholism and serial killers. He returns for his 7th(?) year of "Bob's" here in Los Angeles. He  holds his MFA in Theater from U.C.L.A.  Most recently seen in Uranium Madhouse Theater's adaptation of The Duchess of Malfi, he has also worked with the Will Geer Theater, The Evidence Room Theater, Buzzworks Theater, Sacred Fools, and The Blank Theater Company.  Bauman is on the faculty at Idyllwild Arts Summer Theater program, where he recently wrote and directed "Starbucks The Musical".   "The only way to chase away the dark Christmas thoughts, is to be onstage with "Bob's Holiday Office Party", or better yet, in the audience witnessing the insanity!"

Dawn Brodey*as "Margie"Dawn is thrilled to be attending "Bob's Holiday Office Party" A recent transplant from Minnesota, Dawn spent the past ten years working on the stages, screens, and airwaves of Minneapolis-all in the effort to master the accent necessary to join the cast of this phenomenal show.  Dawn's film credits include "The Midnight Chronicles",  "Into Temptation", and "Ghost Light".  In addition to enjoying her first winter outside of the midwest she has also started improv training at UCB and Second City.  In the meantime Dawn lives in a 28' silver Avion Camper with a dog, two cats, and a Beta Fish.  Pretty Bitchin.

Cody Chappel*as "Marty"Cody is honored to join the BOB's tradition for his sixth year!  Cody has enjoyed roles in many of Justin Tanner's productions like "Pot Mom", "Teen Girl", "Wifeswappers", "Oklahomo", "Space Therapy", "Procreation" and "Day Drinkers", and "Ave 43". Company credits include: Third Stage, Moving Arts, and Troubador Theater Company. Film and TV credits include: "Jobs", "Simontology", "Anger Management", "90210", "Suburgatory", "2 Broke Girls", "Private Practice", and "Happy Endings". His favorite role is that of new dad to Knox Remington (thank you Veronica my love)! Infinite gratitude to Eileen O'Farrell & Hayley Littman.Rob Elk has played Bob in every production of "Bob's Holiday Office Party" in LA. He has been writing comedy and funny songs for over 30 years.  He is a registered BMI songwriter and his songs have been played on college radio, MTV, Dr. Demento, NPR, ("Garrison Keilor's American Radio Company of the Air") and "America's Funniest People",  He was 1/2 of the funny song duo, "Mr. Elk and Mr. Seal", with Dean J. Seal  and 1/3 of "Bongo's Bass and Bob", with Mr. Seal and Penn Jillette.   His one man show EGGFACE premiered at the 2013 Minnesota Fringe Theatre Festival.  As an actor he has done theater in Minneapolis, and NYC,  and has toured the country in the long running show "Triple Espresso",   TV?  "About A Boy", "My Name is Earl", "Malcolm in the Middle", "Cold Case", "Ghost Whisperer", and "Roseanne". Film includes "Contact", "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star", the independent films "Take", "The Lost", and "Let Go". He is grateful to have done this show for nineteen years with this hilarious cast. Rob has full coverage, 100 x 300 with a 500-dollar deductible.Mark Fiteas "Marty"
This is Mark's 19th year as 'Marty'. That's almost 200 shows...or 800 cans of PBR.Fite has created characters in many other original plays and hit comedy shows around L.A. including "Girly Magazine Party", "Wife Swappers", "Clowntown City Limits", "The Rudy Casoni Show", "Klub", (Actors Gang), and "Mathew Modine Saves the Alpacas", (Geffen Playhouse).  He is a founding member of the absurd and obscure comedy troupe, Two Headed Dog and has performed at multiple comedy festivals and venues around the country.  He also performs at local favorites such as Lucha Va Voom and Brookledge Follies.  Film and Television credits include "Independence Day", "Godzilla", "Rules of Engagement", "Parenthood", "Grey's Anatomy", "SpongeBob Squarepants", (25), "The Naked Trucker & T-Bones Show", "Friends", "Seinfeld", "NewsRadio", and many commercials.
Maile Flanaganas "LaDonna"Maile Flanagan has voiced the lead in the hit cartoon "Naruto" for over 500 episodes and plays Principal Perry on Disney XD's "Lab Rats". In in 2006 she won an Emmy (also nominated 2007) for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for "Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks". She had recurring roles on "Shameless", "Bad Teacher" and "The Class".  Recently she filmed the pilots "Waffle Hut" and "What Happened Was" and voiced characters in 5 animated pilots, including the Amazon Prime pilot "Hardboiled Eggheads". Additional animation work includes the Oscar winning film "Rango", recurring on Nick's "Pig Goat Banana Cricket", the lead in the upcoming feature "Lola and Ava", "Ice Age 3", "Fish Hooks", etc. Other  film/TV includes "500 Days of Summer", "Transformers 3", "Reno 911", "Weeds", "Evan Almighty", "Yes Man", "Phone Booth", "Last Man Standing", "The Office", "ER", "Grey's Anatomy", "Desperate Housewives", and more. She won the LA Weekly Award for Female Comedy Performance in 2012 for her role in Justin Tanner's play "Day Drinkers". Check out www.trudyoreilly.com for more of her hijinks.Andrea Hutchman*as "Margie"Andrea is pleased to reprise the role of Marjorie.  She founded Buzzworks Theatre Company and was last seen in their productions of  "Dental Society Midwinter Meeting", as well as "Munched", (L.A. Weekly and L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards), as well as "Bad Seed", (L.A. Weekly Best Comedy Ensemble).  She was the fake old lady co-host of Game Show Networks "Cram", and played a housewife with a wicked Milwaukee accent in a pilot for NBC called "Backyards and Bullets".  She's appeared on "Close to Home", TNT's "ER", "The Young and the Restless", and "Parks and Recreation".Joe Keyesas "Sheriff Joe"Joe Keyes can be seen as Hoover's brother in the movie "J. Edgar". He was recently nominated for an LA Ovation award for play writing for his play, "Big Baby". His other acting credits included the films "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang", "McHales Navy" and "Robbing Peter" (nominated for 4 Independent Spirit awards). His TV credits include "The Forgotten", "Roseanne", "Drew Carey", "Seinfeld", "Carnivale", "Sons of Anarchy", and many others. Another play, "Pete's Garage", enjoyed a successful run and was optioned for a feature film. As a standup comedian, Keyes performed on evening at the Improv and Caroline's Comedy Hour.Johanna McKay*as "LaVoris"A fan of Bob's for years, Johanna is thrilled to be using her love of beer towards something really positive. She got her start at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre and continued to work at The Goodman, Dallas Theatre Center, and San Jose Repertory, among others. Now L.A. is her home where she acts, writes, directs and teaches. She’s been lucky enough to work with Buzzworks Theatre Co. in "Bad Seed", and "Come Back Little Sheba", and in Justin Tanner’s "Teen Girl", (Ovation Award Nomination). She is a company member of Circle X and Syzygy Theatre and was nominated for an L.A. Weekly Award for her work in The Furious Theatre Co.’s "U.S. Drag". Film/TV credits include "The Naked Trucker", "Grey’s Anatomy", "Malcolm in the Middle", "Mr. 3000", and "The Bernie Mac Show". Johanna teaches and directs children for PS Arts and for the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program and writes adaptations of Shakespeare for young teens. Let’s hope none of them recognize her. Merry Christmas, everybody!Ann Randolph*as "Carol/Brandy"Ann is an award-winning playwright and performer. Her current solo show, "Loveland" played for two years straight in San Francisco where it won the SF Weekly Award for "Best Solo Show" and garnered the SF Bay Critic’s Award for "Best Original Script".  Loveland also played to sell out audiences in LA and won the LA Weekly award for "Best Solo Show."  Her previous solo show, "Squeeze Box", was produced by Mel Brooks and the late Anne Bancroft and enjoyed a successful Off-Broadway run before touring the United States and headlining at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  "Squeeze Box" garnered both the Los Angeles Ovation Award  and the LA Weekly Award for "Best Solo Show."  Her other solo works include "Down Home", "Shelter", and "Miss America" for which she won the LA Weekly Award for "Best Solo Performer."  A favorite spoken word artist, Ann has won the LA Moth and been a regular on LA’s long running "Spoken Word Series", "Tasty Words", "SPARK", and "Gorgeous Stories". Her personal essays and interviews have been featured on NPR, PBS and the BBC.She is also a nationally recognized educator and keynote speaker touring throughout the US and speaking and performing at universities, conferences, and mind/body/spirit centers.  Her  widely popular "Write Your Life" workshops are offered in cities across the US with annual stops at Kripalu, the Omega Institute and Esalen.Pat O'Brien*as "Elwin Bewee"Pat moved to Minneapolis a few years ago, but is back in L.A. for his 13th or 14th year (it's fuzzy) with "Bob's Holiday Office Party"! Things are slow in the Twin Cities, so any L.A. casting directors who might have a gig call him at (818) 468-3992. He's been in a shitload of stuff and is really good.Sirena Irwin*as "Carol/Brandy"Sirena Irwin originated the role of Lucy in "I Love Lucy® Live On Stage" for which she received numerous awards and recognitions. She was with the show for three years which included sold-out runs in Los Angeles and Chicago and then the 2013-2014 National Tour — cumulatively more than 550 performances. Other stage work includes "Love’s Labour’s Lost" at the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and John Patrick Shanley’s "Where’s My Money" (West Coast Premiere).  You may have heard her on various animated shows including "SpongeBob Squarepants" (in over 100 episodes since 1999), "Batman: The Brave and the Bold", Stan Lee’s "Stripperella" and more.  Or you may have seen her on "The Drew Carey Show," "Significant Others," "Entourage," or as the host of the History Chanel’s "Toolbox."  She has written and directed multiple short films that have been broadcast and distributed internationally. Sirena is deeply grateful to be alive. Aren’t you? Find out more at sirenairwin.com or #sirena_irwin.Pat Towne*as "Mayor Roy"For nearly 20 years, Pat has been an award-winning director, actor, and producer of Los Angeles theatrical works. He was recently seen in "Stoneface" at the Pasadena Playhouse.  Recently he directed Eugène Ionesco’s "Exit the King" and "Exorcistic: The Rock Musical Parody Experiment" (Hollywood Fringe Festival Best Musical). Pat directed and performed in Frank Zappa’s "Joe’s Garage," Sketches from The National Lampoon, and Gorey Stories (Ovation Award for Best Musical); starred in Hoboken to Hollywood (LA Weekly Theater Award for Musical of the Year); and was a member of the sketch comedy group Margot’s Bush (LA Weekly Theater Award for Best Sketch Comedy). Television credits include "Mad Men," "Boston Legal," "Desperate Housewives," "Las Vegas," "Gilmore Girls," and more.*Alternating Cast Member

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