JOHN CICCOLINI – Writer/Performer
“Frank Sinatra Screwed Up My Life!” is John Ciccolini’s first play, and he was nominated for the LA Weekly Award for Outstanding Solo Performance and the play won the 2012 LA Comedy Award for Best Comedy Writing.
Past theatre credits include The Catskill Sonata directed by Paul Mazursky, the premiere production of Rockne: The Musical, Fluffy Bunnies In A Field of Daisies, the Los Angeles premiere of Avenue X (for which he received a Dramalogue Award), And The Beat Goes On: The Sonny & Cher Story, and Death of a Salesman.
John’s television guest appearances include Raising Hope, Castle, No Ordinary Family, Dexter, Justified, ER, The Sitter, Dirty Sexy Money, Las Vegas, Everybody Hates Chris, Veronica Mars, Joey, Becker, Boston Public, Live From Baghdad, The Division, N.Y.P.D. Blue and Push, Nevada.
MICHAEL CICCOLINI – Co-Writer
A graduate of USC School Of Cinema-Television’s Writing Program, Michael Ciccolini’s two short films, “Slappy: The 13th Apostle” and “Grandma’s Tale” were prize-winners at the Aspen Comedy Festival. He served as Head Writer and performer for Fred Willard’s sketch-comedy troupe, “The MoHos”, and appears in a starring role in Universal’s “Beethoven’s 3rd”. He is the narrator of novelist Scott Heim’s classic “Mysterious Skin” audio recording and the co-author and illustrator of the Childrens Book Series “The Pasta Family”. He is the co-winner of the 2012 LA Comedy Festival Award for Best Comedy Writing for “Frank Sinatra Screwed Up My Life.”
ISA TOTAH – Director
Isa Totah is a multiple award winning writer and director. His plays have been performed all over the world before tens of thousands. His first play, Seeing Double, a collaboration of Israeli and Palestinian artists produced by the San Francisco Mime Troupe – was a ground-breaking farce that drew rave reviews throughout the United States and won the prestigious OBIE Award in New York. Isa is attached to direct his screenplay, America, being produced by Oscar Award winning producer, Mark Johnson (Rainman, The Notebook, The Narnia series).
DEAN CHRISTOPHER – Los Angeles Musical Director/Pianist
Mr. Christopher has had overlapping careers in journalism, advertising and playing jazz piano into the wee hours for sallow-complexioned people with no place to go in the morning.
His writing has appeared in magazines such as National Lampoon, OMNI, SPIN (contributing editor) and Discover (ditto), for whom he wrote book reviews, articles and a volume called Twenty Things You Didn’t Know About Everything (HarperCollins, 2008). In 2009 his ruthless parody of motivational books, The Loser’s Guide To Personal Failure, succeeded at failing. Educated at Georgetown University, the University of Madrid and the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Dean is fluent in Spanish and French; comfortable in Brazilian Portuguese and Italian. His German is disgraceful but it amuses Germans, who buy him beer. While serving with Army Intelligence, Dean helped humiliate the International Communist Conspiracy, which has never recovered its self-esteem. He does not wear a beard, lives frugally in Beverly Hills, California, and is clean in thought and deed.
STEVE LUCAS – New York Musical Director/Guitar
The guitar, and music in general have been a passion of Steve’s since
1968, when he was given his Grandfather’s Gibson L-1
Archtop Acoustic Guitar, which he still cherishes. Teaching, consulting, recording, producing, audio / visual system design. along with leading various bands are all
skill sets that keep him busy. Steve loves variety. These skills allow him to perform with, or consult for, a wide array of artists which include: George Benson, Jimmy Vivino – The Tonight Show / Conan O’Brien, Pastor Andre Crouch, Al DiMeola, Stevie Wonder, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, The B-52’s, Joe Satriani, Don Randi – The Wrecking Crew, Johnny A, The Vanilla Fudge, Robert Randolph – Family Band, Gene Cornish & Eddie Brigati – The Rascals, Brad Whitford -Aerosmith, Ace Frehley – Kiss, Nashville’s Brent Mason, Chris Parker, Blues Legend
Hubert Sumlin, Lou Pallo – Les Paul Trio, Richie Cannata – Billy Joel, Chuck Mangione,Bruce Springsteen, Steve Howe – Yes, and Les Paul.