Chromolume Theatre’s name comes from the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical, Sunday in the Park with George, about an artist struggling to make art meaningful in 19th Century France. Chromolume Theatre was founded by two struggling artists in 2003 with its primary mission to present the American musical on an intimate level in an entertaining, intellectually stimulating and emotionally satisfying way. With growth and change, Chromolume Theatre’s mission has evolved with a new dedication to presenting Broadway’s forgotten gems and off-Broadway’s undiscovered treasured, and shining a light on productions that deserve a second look. Chromolume Theatre also provides opportunity for artists to shine who have not had such an opportunity in the past, as well as a dedication to diverse and multi-cultural casts and crews.

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By Willard Manus

february 5 – february 28, 2016
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Dessa Rose premiered at Lincoln Center in 2005 and tells the story of a runaway slave and the deserted wife of a plantation owner who form a grudging alliance in their struggle to find their individual freedoms. The musical is based on the book by Sherley Anne Williams and will play during Black History Month, opening February 2, 2018 and playing through February 25, 2018.


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Leslie A. Jones, Lester Young


Leslie A. Jones hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is an actor and musician. Leslie started his acting studies here in Los Angeles at The Wilshire Theater of Arts, and continued studies at The Crossroad Academy, Expressions Unlimited and later at the Howard Fine Conservatory. Leslie has been a recipient of such awards as The Los Angeles Weekly Award and the Drama Logue Award for Best Original Music for composing and performing the music for the play Indigo Blues, penned by the late Judi Ann Mason. Also Jones was presented with the N.A.A.C.P. Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Randall, in Matthew Witten’s original play Washington Square Moves. Leslie has recurred on Spellings’ original, Beverly Hills, 90210 and has appeared as guest star on numerous sitcoms. Leslie made his film debut in 2002 starring as Kenny Curtis, a smooth jazz saxophonist, opposite Antonio Fargas and Nia Peeples in the movie The Riff that won the Black International Film Festival Award. He has also starred opposite of Clifford Powell and Tatyana Ali in a faith based film titled, The 23rd Psalm Redemption. Leslie has starred in numerous independent films. Also a musician, playing saxophone, flute, percussion, and vocals. His band, Right Hand Rule, has music on iTunes.com, Amazon.com, cdbaby.com and at other on line music stores. Leslie’s goal as an artist is to continue creating art, be it music or characters for all to enjoy.

Daniel Keough, Director, Scenic Design


Daniel began studying Theatre Arts at the Goodman Theatre School of Drama. Trained also in voice and dance, he acquired his first professional experience performing in musical theatre. After moving to Los Angeles and working in all aspects of the entertainment industry, he became a member of Theatre West. He directed two of its main stage productions, one of which he also wrote. In addition he directed numerous plays for its West-Works Festivals. Currently he is a member of the Playwrights/Directors Unit of the Actors Studio.

Lauren J. Peters, Lighting Design


Lauren J. Peters is enjoying the experience of working on such a special production. Originally a performer, Lauren started working in theater at the age of 3 and continues to work in various capacities both on stage and behind the scenes. Finding stage management her favorite place in the theater in high school, she has been working as a stage manager for 10 years around the Los Angeles area. She has worked on shows such as Forever Plaid and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in San Pedro at the Warner Grand Theatre for The RelevantStage Theater Company, at Stage52LA for Sustaining Sound Theatre Company’s production of Little Women, the Musical, The El Portal for the Kelrik Production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and here at Chromolume Theatre for the recent productions of The Musical of Musicals, the Musical and Altar Boyz. She is currently the Assistant Technical Director at Chromolume Theatre, and will be working on the upcoming production of Putting It Together in November and will be working on the upcoming production of 9 to 5 at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center this Fall. Lauren feels very blessed to have the opportunity to be working in the field she is passionate about and feels she was born for. Thanks Mom & Ksells for all the support.

James Esposito, Sound Design


James is currently the V.P. of Operations at Chromolume Theatre. Scenic design credits include all three incarnations of Do Lord Remember Me and Love Songs – A Musical for Chromolume Theatre. Sound design credits include Do Lord Remember MeSecrets Every Smart Traveler Should KnowMerrily We Roll AlongCapsized FloatsamGreek TragedyMusical of Musicals, the MusicalAltar Boyz, and Strip, the latter of which he also directed. On stage, his credits include Company (Bobby), City of Angels (Munoz), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Thurio), Forever Plaid (Sparky), Fiddler on the Roof (Twice!), Cinderella and Chess just to name a few.

Olivia Sedoryk, Stage Manager


A recent graduate of California State University Long Beach, Olivia is thrilled to join the production team of Prez. Raised in Monterey CA, home of one of the world’s greatest annual jazz festivals, she has a strong passion for jazz music and performance. Her most recent works include makeup design and assistance for the California Repertory Company’s productions of Caryl Churchill’s Far Away and Jennifer Maisel’s Out of Orbit, and the University Player’s productions of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice. Her most recent works as a stage manager include the University Player’s productions of George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum, and Adam Rapp’s Red Light Winter.

Willard Manus, Playwright


Willard Manus has had over 40 plays produced in L.A., regionally, and Europe. In 2014 his solo play about Charlie Parker, Bird Lives!, was produced by Chromolume Theatre. It was followed by Who Killed Comrade Rabbit (co-written with Ilia Volok) at the Blank Theatre. In March 2016 his latest play, Joe & Marily: A Love Story, will premiere at Write-Act Rep in Noho, followed a month later by Gold Rush Follies at the same venue (lyrics and music by Lou Briggs). Manus is also a novelist whose best known book, Mott the Hoople, became the name of the British rock band of the 70’s. He is a member of the Actors Studio, playwrights/directors unit.