"The Protagonist" is a comedy that audaciously attempts to inspire its audience. It wants to make people laugh, make people think, and balance profundity with levity in a unique poetic style.
The story focuses on two brothers living their own version of the American dream - one with a lucrative job in finance, the other striving to be creative, both unable to understand the rationale of the other. As they trek along their disparate paths, they realize how far they've drifted apart, how much they've changed as people, and finally, how much they need each other.
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - Saturday, July 26, 2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - Saturday, August 2, 2014
Thursday, August 7, 2014 - Saturday, August 9, 2014
Lillian Theatre (Elephant Stages)
1076 Lillian Way
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Director: Jeremy Guskin
JEREMY GUSKIN is an actor, director, and writer. Born and raised in New York City, Jeremy has two MFA degrees, one from Carnegie Mellon University and the other from The Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia. Film: Art School Confidential, Pulse, The Hero Of Color City, Get Dead, Simone. TV: Rizzoli & Isles (recurring), 'Til Death (recurring), General Hospital (recurring), Roswell (recurring), Raising Hope, The Mentalist, The Finder, Life, NCIS, Alias, NYPD Blue, Angel, Six Feet Under, E.R., King Of Queens. Theatre: Shakespearience (Alex Theatre), The Curse Of Ravensdurn (Barnsdall Gallery Theatre), Nothing Sacred (South Coast Rep), You Can't Take It With You (Antaeus), The Lower Depths (MXAT), Basketball Jones (New Victory Theatre, NY). Audio Books: C Street, The Family, etc. Jeremy currently teaches and directs at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). He is also the creator and star of “Uncle Jermy's Smyle Hour”, and is truly sorry for that.
Writer: Tim Livingston
TIM LIVINGSTON is a Los Angeles-based writer who also directed the original version of "The Protagonist". He’s garnered success in television, where he’s been commissioned to write several pilots, and in sports journalism, where his articles on Yahoo! have gained national attention and led to interviews with some of the biggest names in basketball, baseball, and football. He graduated from Washington and Lee University with a BA in Journalism and recently married the love of his life.
JOEY LIVINGSTON was born and raised in Los Angeles and came to New York to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Upon graduating from AADA in 2013, he began vigorously pursuing acting work and has taken classes to hone his improv and writing skills. He is a lover and a fighter and prides himself on his impressive farmers tan despite no farming experience. Joey could not be more excited to put "The Protagonist" on its feet and to be working with such awesome people. He wants to thank his family for their unwavering love and support because without it he might have chosen a different, less stable career path.
KEENAN JOLLIFF is a graduate of the Experimental Theatre Wing at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. He is an actor, a dancer, and a poet. He spends most of his time with his earbuds in, flitting around the city, searching for the sun. He once attempted to peddle-boat from Switzerland to France, but settled for some glorious skinny-dipping halfway across. He's avidly pursuing a career in film and television, and just wrapped his first independent feature as one of the leads in License Plates, by Marc Lucas. He can also be seen in numerous upcoming web series, as well as playing the role of Helmet in Jack, Jules, Esther & Me (iTunes and Amazon). When he's not acting he's writing poetry with his dear friend Nick Smerkanich (together they have a collective called Blood & Inc). Underneath all of it, Keenan has covert dreams of being a rapper, and is so honored to be living those out in full form with these amazing folks.
Role: Real Estate Agent, Doctor, Derek Zoolander, Segue Expert
CHRISTIAN ROBERTS graduated Suffolk University in 2012 with a degree in Middle Eastern Affairs, something he still studies and writes about. While in Boston he studied and performed improv at Boston's premier improv comedy club, Improv Asylum. Christian was also involved in the theater scene performing under theater director Liesl Tommy in “Raisin In The Sun” at the award-winning Huntington Theater Company. Additionally, Christian has studied improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade N.Y.C. Theater and was recently accepted into the Atlantic Theater Company Conservatory where he will begin studying this coming fall. He wants to thank the Brothers Livingston for deciding to bring him along this wild ride and looks forward to working with them again should they decide to include him on anything. Anything.
Role: Sam, Lisa
Libe Barer is a graduate from UCLA’s School of Theater Film in Television with a B.A. in Theater, specializing in acting. She has appeared in various television shows and films including NBC’s Parenthood, ABC’s The Whole Truth, Nickelodeon’s iCarly, etc. As well as acting she is also a writer and director. Most recently she wrote and acted in Identity Krisis, an absurd sketch comedy web series (coming soon) about a girl who is just trying to fit in. You’ll have to watch it to see just how weird it is. With her background and foundations in theater, she is thrilled to return to the stage, and excited and honored to be a part of this production.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“A standout group of exciting new talent is on display in The Protagonist. Go see it!”
- Shira-Lee Shalit, Theatre/Film Director, Faculty @ Columbia University (Graduate Film Divison), Faculty @ NYU (Undergrad Film/TV)
"What an extremely talented and funny cast. Fun show. Can't wait to see it in LA."
- Dan Schawbel, New York Times Best-Selling Author of "Me 2.0” and “Promote Yourself”
"As someone who's in the creative world every day, I was blown away by the originality behind The Protagonist. It's a must-see."
- David Herbruck, Principal/President @ loyalkaspar
“The Protagonist is a play that asks important questions and displays a surprising and deserved ambition that comes to the fore amid a modest and creative production. Dispensing regularly with the fourth wall, it asks us to consider our dreams, be they fresh or fading, and how we grow with them - and whether it's ever too late to chase them again. Also: can white boys rap? Written partly in tongue-twisting verse poetry, The Protagonist is a funny and moving vehicle for the Brothers Livingston to display their virtuosity.”
- Robb Soukup, Writer @ SNL
“The Protagonist is at times funny and entertaining, of course. But where it really shines is in the introspective moments, the uncomfortably true moments that make the audience question their own assumptions about what it means to be "successful" in the post-recession era. For millennials, this play speaks to our hopes, our fears, and our insecurities in a way that feels fresh and subtle and perfect for right now. It's a thoughtful piece that only reveals its true meaning at the end. “
- Alden Wicker, Editor @ LearnVest
“Creative, crazy, down to earth—a show that portrays people realistically, and uses rap and poetry to captivate you instead of distracting from the point.”
- Matt Bonnin, Experimental Theatre Wing
“I came because my friend was in it. I stayed because of the moments of raw emotionality and staccato hilarity.”
- Mac Wallach, Actor/Writer/Comedian
“A compelling coming of age love story between brothers who unknowingly share a passion for the same love: hip hop. The Protagonist is a hilarious glimpse into the seen and unseen reality of a dream deferred.
You'll laugh, cry (maybe) and see a bit of yourself and quite a few people that you know. If you are lucky you might just wonder, are you a Protagonist?"
- Zuyapa Jackson, Actress/Model
“On paper the concept sounds ambitious—because it is; however, the Brothers Livingston execute with plan and aplomb in equal parts.”
- @Sandy_Frazier, Twitter aesthete
“The show had already started before I realized I was in the wrong place, but they were selling beer in there so I said fuck it. Shit was pretty cool.”
- Gabe Fratelli, Ironworker: Local 40, NYC