A fourth generation San Franciscan, J.D. Eames is a descendant of James P. Casey who was hung by the Vigilantes of 1856. She writes plays about choice and transformation.
Using the Door was a semi-finalist for the 2003 New Century Writing Award. J.D.’s short play, Intimate ASCII was published in The Book of Estrogenius 2002, and in Healthy Primates and Other Plays (A Collection of Plays from the New Playwrights Development Workshop). Excess Baggage will be published in the upcoming NPDW anthology, The Hollow.
Her latest play, Living in the Twilight With Our Three Selves, is a story about love and hope at the end of the world.
J.D. has written three screenplays. The Zeus Club, was a semi-finalist for the 2004 Page Awards.
A member of the Dramatist Guild, and since 2003 a member of The Monday Night Group.
She had to travel all the way to Alaska to meet Lee Brady.
J.D. has her own Website, too.
Jude Haukom has been with The Monday Night Group for over five years. She has contributed a tremendous amount as an actress, interpreting new plays, creating characters, and frequently appearing in short play readings at The Marsh, The Phoenix Theater, and other venues. Before her work with the group, she was a voice styling coach for instructors and executives. She also performed in over fifty theatre productions in the Bay Area and elsewhere. She was a classical music radio announcer, and starred in and produced an award winning short film entitled Shoebiz, which won awards at six different international film festivals, Jude has done numerous voice overs for films and TV . Ms. Haukom credits her expanded sense of the world to her experience swimming with the dolphins in New Zealand and to her dedication to practicing the power of “NOW”. She loves the sound of new work and enjoys bringing the words of unheard of new plays to life.
Although born in Boston, Dennis grew up just north of Manhattan. He had the vast good fortune to see first run My Fair Lady, Camelot, Oliver, A Man for All Seasons, and other classics, courtesy of his mother, an Honors English teacher whose idea of a field trip was to bus her class into Broadway for a matinee. Dennis and his brothers would be “excused” from Parochial School to join her and her teenaged charges for an afternoon on the town.
Aside from the recitals which invariably accompanied his best-forgotten violin lessons, his earliest public performances were those of an altar boy, back when Latin was still the order of the day and most of the “performance” was done with one’s back to the audience. High School brought him the opportunity to play the the smallest speaking role (two words) in Pajama Game and appear as the “Attendant to Senor Chapuys, the Spanish Ambassador” in the above-mentioned A Man For All Seasons. He recalls getting laughs in that role but has no idea why. 1965 was a long time ago.
In the early Eighties he resumed his acting career in San Francisco, with a brief run during what turned out to be the final season of the late, lamented One Act Theatre Co. The following decades have seen him appear in shows ranging from the cult-classic, Coed Prison Sluts to Fugard’s Road to Mecca. He is a proud member of AFTRA and the Screen Actors Guild, and has many people to thank for their inexplicable and long-suffering support. They know who they are. And they have his everlasting gratitude.
Fred discovered theatre in Buffalo. He later moved to Boston, where he hosted a classical radio show, appeared in TV commercials and attended Tufts University (BFA) and the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Fred worked the “Straw Hat” circuit in New England. In 1976 he moved to San Francisco, where he worked in commercial and Equity waiver theatres.
A member of Actors Equity, Fred has also worked as an associate director, resident designer, acting coach. He co-wrote, co-directed and performed in a nightclub review.
In 1978 Fred became affiliated with the San Francisco Repertory, where his work brought critical praise for design, acting and direction. He was a recipient of the SF Theatre Critics Circle Award for the Entire Production, and for Direction, with Michelle Truffaut, of The Blood Knot. His designs for Ballad of the Sad Café and Machinal were also nominated. His directing and design were also recognized by Dramalogue and other west coast reviewers.
Fred collaborated with Michelle Truffaut on the writing and direction of Animal Farm: A Fable with Music, an adaptation of Orwells novel, and LULU, based on Wedekind’s Lulu plays. Both plays featured music by Frank Schrader with Lyrics by Lorraine Durocher. A critically acclaimed production of Lulu was presented at the Moguls Theatre in Hollywood, which received awards from Dramalogue, The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and The Hollywood Reporter.
After a 20 year absence from theatre, Fred became a member of The Monday Night Group, where he has found a collaborative environment that has reignited his interest in writing, revived his love of directing and given substance to The Monday Night Group’s Tuesday Nights.
Fred’s short play, Leave a Message was recently produced by The Bus Barn Stage Company in Los Altos, CA.