Meet Deception Team

 

Brian Christopher Williams
Playwright

Brian's play, Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins, received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for “Best Writing” and a GLAAD Award nomination for “Outstanding Los Angeles Production.”  His first play, In Stitches, won the “Back Stage West” Garland Award.  His work has been performed throughout the U.S., including New York (Ensemble Studio Theatre, 78th Street Playhouse, Nat Horne Theatre), Los Angeles (West Coast Ensemble, Colony Theatre, Los Angeles Theatre Center, NoHo Theatre, Matrix Theatre, Sacred Fools Theatre, Hudson Theatre, Blank Theatre Company), and San Francisco (New Conservatory Theatre), as well as Actors Theatre of Louisville and Florida Studio Theatre.  Various titles have been published by Samuel French, Inc., and in many Best of… anthologies by Smith & Kraus.  His latest works include the play Deception (Julie Harris Playwriting Award finalist) and Animal Magnetism, a work-in-progress.

Sarah Norris
Director

Sarah is the Founding Artistic Director of New Light Theater Project. Her work has been seen both around the country (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fresno, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Maine & Alaska) and around the world (Australia, England, & Ireland). In New York, she has worked with: Playwrights Horizons, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), LAByrinth Theater Company, Disney Theatrical Productions, Access Theater, BAMA Theatre Company, The Flea Theater, Primitive Grace (with Paul Calderon and David Zayas), The Gallery Players, and The Glass Eye/Fresh Produce’d to name a few. She has an MFA in Directing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a BA in Theatre from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She is a proud member of AEA and SDC. For more information, please visit her website: www.SarahNorris.org.

Douglas Sills
Ellis

Broadway/New York: War Paint; The Scarlet Pimpernel (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations); Living on Love; Little Shop of Horrors (Drama League Award); Hey, Look Me Over, Lady Be Good, Music in the Air, Carnival (Encores); Moonlight & Magnolias (MTC). National Tour: The Addams Family; The Secret Garden; Into the Woods. His regional credits include productions at La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theater, Westport, The Kennedy Center, South Coast Rep, Reprise LA and numerous leading roles for the California Shakespeare Festival. Television: "Chicago Justice," "CSI," "The Closer," "Numb3rs," and "Will & Grace." Film: Erotic Fire of the Unattainable and Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo.

Morgan Keene
Norma Jeane

Morgan is very happy to be a part of Deception. She is currently the Soprano in D Cappella, Disney’s new acappella concert experience that will be touring this upcoming fall. Most recently she performed as the role of Stina in the world premiere of Midwestern Gothic at Signature Theatre in Arlington. You may also know her as Katherine from the 1st National tour of Newsies!  Thanks to TBD and Brian for the opportunity. To see what I’m up to follow me on all social media platforms: @keenemorgan

Jenna Gavigan
Beth

A New York native, Jenna holds a B.A. in creative writing from Columbia University, where she focused on fiction, television and screenwriting. Her debut middle grade novel “Lulu the Broadway Mouse” about a mouse who lives in the Shubert Theatre and dreams of being on Broadway, will be available from Running Press Kids/Hachette Book Company on October 9, 2018. Broadway: Gyspsy starring Bernadette Peters, directed by Sam Mendes. Off-Broadway: New York Times Critics’ Pick Straight (World Premiere, originated the role of Emily Green.) Los Angeles: Come Back, Little Sheba opposite S. Epatha Merkerson (Center Theatre Group, The Kirk Douglas Theatre). Other theatre credits include Fame, The Sound of Music, and an early Roundabout Theatre Company workshop of Spring Awakening, directed by Michael Mayer. Film: Deliver Us from Evil, Terri, A Single Man, Easier with Practice, Kinsey. TV: “The Knick,” “Gotham,” “Blue Bloods,” “House of Cards,” “Medium,” “CSI: Miami,” “NCIS,” “Numb3ers,” “Criminal Minds,” “Cold Case,” “Without a Trace,” “Rescue Me,” “Law & Order: SVU” and recurring roles on “The Good Wife,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “Commander-in-Chief.”

Jordan Bondurant
Cash

Jordan was most recently seen off-Broadway in “A Clockwork Orange” at New World Stages. Broadway credits include “Mamma Mia!” (Sky) and “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”. Other NYC includes “The Underclassman” with Prospect Theatre and “A Wall Apart” (NYMF ‘17)...BFA from Samford University and MFA from UNLV.

Adinah Alexander
Woman

PRE-BROADWAY: Half-Time; TV: “BULL”, “LIGHTS OUT”, “NURSE JACKIE", "L & O"; BROADWAY: Kinky Boots (original cast), Wicked, Wedding Singer, Parade, and Urban Cowboy; OFF BROADWAY (select): Adding Machine, Two Rooms, Love, Janis (Janis Joplin). REGIONAL (select): Into the Woods, Annie, Les Miserable, Gypsy (Mama Rose), Dirty Blonde, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, Eleemosynary, All in the Timing. 

Wyatt Fenner
Man

Wyatt played Horace in Brian Christopher Williams’ “Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins” directed by Richard Israel in Los Angeles, where he recently moved to New York from. Credits include Naomi Wallace’s “The War Boys”, “Bent” directed by Moisés Kaufman, “Cloud Nine” directed by Michael Kahn, “Romeo and Juliet” directed by Darko Tresnjak, several of Samuel D. Hunter’s plays including “The Whale” and “Rest”, the LA premieres of “Dog Sees God” and “Next Fall” as well as many others. For more fun facts: Instagram @WyattFenner

Development History

 

Deception has been developed with readings from Echo Theatre Company and El Portal Theatre.

Echo Theatre Company reading - Ellis played by Tim Dekay, Beth played by Beth Malone, Norma Jeane played by Bets Malone.

El Portal Theatre reading - Ellis played by Roger Bart, Beth played by Zoe Perry.

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