The Story of My Life

Hobgoblin Playhouse
Jun. 3 - Jun. 23 2018
Music and Lyrics by
Neil Bartram
Book by
Brian Hill











Chromolume Theatre returns to the Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2018, with this intimate one-act musical that candidly explores the simplicity of human need and the complexity of emotions under which it lies buried.

The Story of My Life follows the friendship of Alvin and Thomas, two men from a small town. These lifelong friends are reunited after Alvin's mysterious death. In the abstract world of his mind, Thomas struggles to write Alvin's eulogy while recounting the many turns that their lives have taken since meeting as children. Alvin searches through the manuscripts and stories in Thomas' mind to lead him on a journey of remembrance. Through music and song, these two friends recount their adventures, explore their past dissonance and ultimately discover what is at the base of every strong friendship... love.

The Story of My Life was written by composer-lyricist Neil Bartram and librettist Brian Hill and was nominated for four Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical. The Story of My Life inspires us to reconnect with those who were part of the earliest chapters of our own life stories.





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Where are you located?
We currently are a company without a home. You can reach us at P.O. Box 61964, Los Angeles, CA 90064.

What time should I arrive at the theatre?
Generally speaking, it is best to arrive at the theatre roughly 15-30 minutes before your performance.

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Can my child/baby attend the theatre?/Is the show appropriate for children?
It is Chromolume Theatre's policy that no babies in arms may be allowed to attend. Further, we do not permit children under the age of four (4) to attend. This is to ensure that all customers enjoy the show. Young children are admitted but are not encouraged to attend unless the parent is confident the child will not distract other members of the audience. Everyone must have a valid ticket and occupy a seat. Accompanying adults will be asked to remove any noisy children. Generally, Chromolume Theatre produced productions are appropriate for school age children, while visiting productions can vary in appropriateness. Regardless, you should probably check with the Box Office when you order your tickets whether the production you are attending is appropriate for your child.

Are your actors professional?
In most cases, yes. Most, if not all, of the actors who perform in our shows are members of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and/or American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Do your musicals have live musicians or taped accompaniment?
All of Chromolume Theatre's produced musicals include a single piano, or a small orchestra, usually five pieces. We do not use taped accompaniment at any of our performances. Any visiting production may use taped accompaniment.

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If you wish to usher for one of our performances, contact our House Manager.

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You can pick them up at the Box Office on the date of your performance.

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The Box Office is located immediately as you enter the theatre, to your right. The Box Office is open one hour prior to performance.

When are auditions for your performances?
Audition dates and times vary depending on the production. You can browse our Audition Page to check out when an upcoming audition is occurring and what to prepare for said audition.

Do you do only do musicals?
Chromolume Theatre's production productions are not only musicals. Occasionally, we will produce a play or a play with music. Visiting productions can vary anywhere between performance art to fully staged musicals.

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Chromolume Theatre does not currently have any auditions scheduled.



Chromolume Theatre does not currently have any auditions scheduled.


Cast/Crew Bios

Dessa Rose


James Esposito, Director
Dessa Rose

Pacific Overtures was the second show James saw as a child in the late 70s and was his introduction to Stephen Sondheim's work. He has seen the show a few times and is honored to direct the first production in LA in 19 years. He also directed last season's production of Songs For A New World for Chromolume Theatre, and will direct next season's production of Dessa Rose. He is a founding member of Chromolume Theatre and is currently the V.P. of Operations. Sound design credits include Zanna, Don't!, Next Thing You Know, Bird, Prez, Do Lord Remember Me, Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know, Merrily We Roll Along, Capsized Floatsam, Greek Tragedy, Musical of Musicals, the Musical, Altar Boyz, and Strip, the latter of which he also directed. Scenic Design credits include the NAACP Award Winning production of Do Lord Remember Me and Love Songs - A Musical, both for Chromolume Theatre. 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.

Brenda Varda, Musical Director
Dessa Rose


Michael Marchak, Choreographer
Dessa Rose

From Philadephia by way of Rhode Island, Michael studied theatre and chemistry at USC. He was last seen on Chromolume's stage playing Mark in Altar Boyz. Having started his dance training at sixteen years old, Michael found a true passion for storytelling through the use of movement. Ballet quickly became a favorite as he trained in jazz, tap and dabbled in hip-hop. Michael works extensively on stage with Crown City Theatre in North Hollywood having recently appeared in Nosferatu during the 2017 Hollywood Fringe. Past productions: Crown City's The Fantasticks (Matt), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Miles Gloriosus), Cabaret (Ernst, Emcee); San Diego Musical Theatre's White Christmas (dance ensemble, quintet) and A Chorus Line (Mike), Sweeney Todd (Moonlight), Legally Blonde (Moonlight), A Chorus Line (Mark, Morgan Wixon Theatre), Sound of Music (3D Theatricals), The Real Love (Pasadena Civic Auditorium), Once Upon a Mattress (Cabrillo). On-Camera: Competent Charlatan Productions' Bizaria short as well as the part of Ronnie in the feature movie musical Waiting in the Wings: Still Waiting. When Michael isn't in the theatre, he spends his time recording and performing with his boy band, Echo V (@echovmusic). This is Michael's second time choreographing for Chromolume having choreographed Zanna Don't earlier this year and he couldn't be more thrilled and grateful to Chromolume for giving him this opportunity to dive into Sondheim and Kabuki Theatre! Enjoy! @michaeljmarchak "You've got talent. Don't give up."

Hector Figueroa, Scenic Design
Dessa Rose

Hector Figueroa is a Latin-American scenic designer. He is known for his work on Strength of this Nation, Polygon, and Attic, the latter of which resulted in winning the LAVC Award for Scenography. Figueroa's other work includes Bye Bye Birdie, and Shrek the Musical. Follow on IG: Creativityinabottle

Kara McLeod, Costume Design
Dessa Rose

Kara McLeod has been working in theater for a million years, or about 30, depending on how you count it. Currently, when not working on shows, she teaches at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Concordia University and Santa Ana College. Pacific Overtures is the second show she has done with Chromolume Theater, and she's excited to be back with such a great team!

Jesse Baldridge, Lighting Design
Dessa Rose

After working on board the Celebrity cruise ship 'Eclipse' for almost a year, Jesse is eager to be designing back on land again. Since graduating from CalArts in 2015 under the tutelage of professional lighting designer Anne Militello, he has worked with the Luminario Ballet, S.O.S. Entertainment, 4Wall Entertainment, Echo Theatre and also assisted with productions at the Los Angeles Opera, Yeager Designs, & Diavolo Dance Studios. He has designed for various theatre productions, music performances, art installations, and hopes to someday work on more immersive projects such as themed architecture, landscape, tradeshows, conventions, and theme parks.

Louis Lake III, Stage Manager
Dessa Rose

Louis is a hard-working individual, who loves working as a Stage Manger and Actor. He would like to thank Veronica Vasquez and James Esposito for bringing him on board this beautiful production. He would also like to say thank you to the wonderful cast for making the magic of Pacific Overtures come to life.

Ken Werther, Publicity
Dessa Rose

KEN WERTHER PUBLICITY has been a staple in the Los Angeles performing arts community since 1982. Public relations, producing, directing. As producer: All Your Hard Work; The Good Boy; the Queer Classics productions of The Importance of Being Earnest and The Taming of the Shrew. Assistant director: Stop the World, I Want to Get Off (Musical Theatre Guild); The Women of Brewster Place (Celebration Theatre); The Woodsman (Coeurage Theatre Company). For a complete listing of PR activities, visit




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