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Photos by Jessica Sherman

BILL & JOAN

written by Jon Bastian

directed by Diana Wyenn

Produced by Sacred Fools Theater Company

Los Angeles, CA 

January 24–March 1, 2014

PRESS

"Diana Wyenn directs with a sure hand (and contributes a handsomely effective production design) ... The resulting pastiche is certain to mystify those unfamiliar with the pioneering master of transgressive postmodernism" —LA Weekly
 
"This scorching drama is for the theatergoer who prefers his/her live stage productions to be edgy, imaginative and adventurous ... Director Diana Wyenn, who is also the production designer, does yeo(wo)man’s work in pulling everything together—including performances by nine actors, some of them in multiple roles" —Hollywood Progressive
 
"Excellent ... Director Diana Wyenn’s intense and unexpectedly touching production achieves what you’d expect would be impossible; you come away with absolute sympathy for this pair of dueling, drug-addled, married disasters." —Stage and Cinema
 
"A stellar production ... A really good depiction of the time period, great acting and expert directing by Diana Wyenn, and combined with the noir setting makes this hard-edge story a sheer joy to watch."
—Los Angeles Post
 
"The [20 year] delay [of Bill & Joan's premiere] ... meant that director Diana Wyenn, in grade school when Bastian began, was available to give the production the continual sense of restless invention that bubbles beneath the Spartan staging and makes it such a success." —theatretimes.org

CREDITS
Curt Bonnem (William "Bill" Burroughs)

Betsy Moore (Joan Vollmer)

Bart Tangredi (Clem Snide/Dr. Wiggers)

Matt Valle (The Kid/Marco/Young Bill/Lucien)

Will McMichael (Kim Carsons/Herbert/ David)

Donnelle Fuller (Willy Lee/Billy)

Lauren Campedelli (Lilly Lee)

Richard Azurdia (Enrique "Kiki" Armario)

Alexander Matute (Roberto "Tito" Gil)

Dana DeRuyck (Swing)

Scot Shamblin (Swing)

Rick Steadman (Swing)

 

Diana Wyenn, production design & dramaturg

Matt Richter & Christina Robinson, co-lighting design

Mark Corben & Chet Leonard, co-sound design

Lauren Oppelt, costume design

John Burton, special effects design

Will McMichael, fight choreographer

Aaron Saldaña, assistant director & properties design

J Warner, assistant director & dramaturg

David Mayes, producer

Abraham Benrubi, associate producer

 

ADDITIONAL LINKS
Bill & Joan Webpage

 

© 2019 by Diana Wyenn