Alan and Katherine have always maintained a balance of working as actors, writers, directors and producers in theater, tv and film along with their work as trial consultants teaching and working with lawyers and their witnesses.
They are the only consultants with a regular, on-going blend of these two related and different worlds. It is this balance and this blend that is the basis of their work and their knowledge.
Alan is a Resident Artist at A Noise Within Theatre in Pasadena, where he is a regular in their production of CHRISTMAS CAROL, as well as many of their shows. He is also a company member at Theatricum Botanicum, in Topanga Canyon, in LA where for the past 32 years he has played most of the Shakespeare clowns and appeared in many contemporary plays.
Alan will be playing Uncle Sid in a production of
AH, WILDERNESS, the wonderful Eugene O’Neil play (his only comedy) at A Noise Within in Pasadena for the Spring season of 2017. And in the Sumer season at Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon, Alan will be playing Shylock in MERCHANT OF VENICE. A perfect time for a play about bullying, intolerance/tolerance, anti-semitism, bigotry and hatred. Hopefully, we will be offering the thousands of school kids and adults who come see the show some insight into human nature and help create a saner more tolerant world.
Alan has been casted as Egeus in a film version of MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. And this is truly a dream cast, starring Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater, Finn Whitrock and Rachel Leigh Cook. Look for a release of this remarkable film, coming soon.
Alan filmed a TV pilot called WARD OF THE STATE, as the family valet, Malcom. Released in 2016.
Also this past Spring, Alan shot the film, PINSKY, in Boston playing the family Rebbe. A wonderful, raw, layered film. Alan will also shoot a short with a former Pomona student who is now at the Stark MFA/MBA program. Alan is always delighted to become colleagues with his former students.
Katherine is currently working on many exciting things this year so be sure to stay tuned and check in periodically for updates.
In April of 2017, Katherine’s play Muse Me will be read as part of the Athena Cats New Works Festival. This one is a tribute to Katherine’s sister, Laura Ellen James, who lived and died February 5, 1955, and was written as a birthday present for Laura’s 60th Birthday/ Death Day. Click to RSVP.
In May of 2017, Katherine’s play Zero-Six-Two-Eight will be in the semi-finals of the Little Black Dress Ink National Female Playwrights Festival in Los Angeles. The theme of the festival this year is “Hot Mess”, and when it was announced, Katherine knew immediately she was going to write a monologue based on the work she did in 2016 with a man named Paul for ACT of Communication. To read more about this play, visit Little Black Dress Ink website.
Katherine has just come off of a spectacular production of GLASS MENAGERIE, playing Amanda Wingfield, at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. The show received stunning notices from critics and audiences alike.
As a result of her collaboration with the Playhouse’s Artistic Director, Christian Lebano, Katherine was asked for her “bucket list” of plays she wants to do. So, they began with ELEEMOSYNARY a wonderful Lee Blessing play which just completed a staged reading at the Playhouse.
Katherine’s play THE PLAN was a part of the HALL PASS festival in the spring of 2016. It was seen in Los Angeles at GLO festival November 5-15, 2016. This show has been and continues to be produced by and for high schools throughout the US. THE PLAN is about two high school girls who must decide about their futures – hopes and dreams they have made for themselves versus hopes and dreams others have made for them.
Katherine’s play, LOVE THROUGH THE CRACKS OF TIME is a two hander about Claude and Alice Monet’s relationship of 35 years. Alan directed a staged reading of this play at The Road Theater’s Playwright’s Festival on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 8pm. This is the largest Festival of Readings of new plays in the country. Love Through the Cracks of Time is currently waiting for production. For a recap of the reading, view the video here.
We are beginning the process of raising the funds to produce a full scale Equity production in Los Angeles. If you, or anyone you know, might be interested, please let us know.
Free Association Theatre (Katherine is artistic director) continues to produce the Festivals, which celebrates women playwrights, and is a co-production of LAFPI. Katherine’s monologue, CHRISTMAS MIDNIGHT MASS, was read at LAFPI’s Holiday Microfestival by Alan Blumenfeld.
Katherine read THE FEAST by Celine Song at the reading of Little Black Dress Ink’s short plays 2015. Katherine has had two plays produced over the past two years in this festival. This year she rocked it as an actor.
Katherine is hard at work on two new plays, LITTLE PINK LIES and COMMON GROUND. They have recently had readings at Theatricum Botanicum and Moving Arts Theatre respectively. Both of these plays are now waiting for production.
Katherine continues her work with Theatricum Botanicum where she is also a company member. Her mentorship in the Seedlings, new play development series, is both nourishing for her and inspiring for the other writers. Her website KatherineJamePlays.com is now live online. Come visit to learn more about the plays, projects and productions that Katherine is currently working on.
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