Room 105 - The Highs and Lows of Janis Joplin
CAST (click photos for larger images)
SOPHIE B. HAWKINS (Janis Joplin).
Singer songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins's debut album, Tongues and Tails, was released in 1992. It achieved both worldwide commercial success and critical acclaim, earning her a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 1993. The single 'Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover' went to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles' chart in the USA, and was also a top 20 hit in the UK. As a result of this success, Hawkins was asked to perform "I Want You" during 'Bobfest,' a concert held on October 16, 1992 in Madison Square Garden honoring Bob Dylan's 30th Anniversary as a musician.

Whaler, her second album, was released in 1994. Produced by Stephen Lipson, it also contained a US Top 10 hit, 'As I Lay Me Down,' the longest running hit single in AC music for 67 weeks and made world-wide platinum status. Three singles from the album made the UK top 40, including 'Right Beside You,' which peaked at #13. It reached #2 in the Dutch Top 40.

In 1998 Hawkins officially went indie after a highly publicized feud with her record company Sony to regain control of both her music and the direction of her album Timbre, as the record company felt its production was not mainstream and marketable enough. Looking back at this time, Hawkins describes the period as "a meaningful struggle to regain and fortify the integrity and life of my work as an artist. The album Timbre represents for myself and many others the struggle of an artist to stay true in this age of fakeness." 'Lose Your Way,' the lead single from the independently released album, was featured on popular show Dawson's Creek, and charted well in various formats. The song has since been described as 'the banjo song' as the inclusion of the prominently featured instrument in the song was the subject of much debate between Sony and Hawkins. Other songs from Timbre that gained recognition were 'Bare the Wright of Me' and 'The One You Have Not Seen,' both of which found their way into feature films, including 40 Days and 40 Nights.

A critically acclaimed 1998 documentary by Gigi Gaston, titled The Cream Will Rise, followed Hawkins during one of her tours and captured her struggle in dealing with past demons within her family, including her mother and brother. Original songs by Hawkins were also included in the film.

Subsequent independent album, Wilderness, was released in 2004, followed by Bad Kitty Board Mix. Hawkins continues to compose music for feature films, and is currently on tour to support her latest effort The Crossing, which was released in June of this year.
LOU MULFORD (Janis's Mother)
Lou moved to LA from VA years ago to pursue her dreams. She has worked professionally in the business from age eighteen playing principal roles in over 100 commercials and infomercials and has appeared in numerous television and film roles. She has appeared onstage many times on both coasts; notably as Cheryl in Hooters, Rosalind in As You Like It, and as Sally Melford, a part written for her, in playwright Bobbie Hite's In the Second Place. Among her favorite television roles was the part of a young Betty Draper's mother on Mad Men. Lou has guest starred and co-starred on Cougar Town, Leverage, Life, ER, Shark, The Young and the Restless, General Hospital and many other hit television shows. She recently completed production on her short film Invasion of the Money Snatchers which she wrote, starred in, and produced. Lou has two beautiful grown daughters and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, plus their loony rescue mutts Frankie and Jonnie. (
JOSH SKLAIR (Band - Guitar)
won his first Grammy Award as Producer on the Etta James' album Let's Roll for Best Contemporary Blues Album 2003. The following year when Etta's Blues to the Bone won Best Traditional Blues Album, he received a second Producer's Grammy, celebrating over 2 decades as Musical Director, Guitar Player, Co-writer, and Arranger for American icon Etta James. Between touring and recording over a dozen albums with Etta, Josh has maintained a career in Los Angeles recording and/or performing with Jeffrey Osborne, Jim Belushi (The Blues Brothers), Sophie B. Hawkins, Jon Lucien, the H.B. Barnum Orchestra, Side Effect and Paul Anka. Studio clients have included Diana Ross, Roy Orbison, Diane Warren, Lamont Dozier, Albert Hammond, Willie De Ville, Desmond Child, Cher, Celine Dion, Natalie Cole, Carnie and Wendy Wilson, Atlantic Star, and Shanice. Josh's guitar tracks, production and/or compositions can also be heard on numerous commercials, movie soundtracks and television shows.
has worked with AR Rahman, Iggy Pop, Jenifer Lopez, Ronny Wood, Taylor Dayne, Clay Aiken, Macy Gray, Coolio, Shelia E, The English Beat, Dennis DeYoung, Jessica Simpson, Ivan Neville, Pete Escovedo, Guitar Shorty, Blondie Chaplin, Peter Michael Escovedo, Bernard Fowler, The Bonnie Hunt Show House Band, Richie Kotzen, Nick Lachey, Kenny Latimore, Katharine McPhee, Rickey Minor, Mitchel Forman, Benny Mardones, and Danny Seraphine. Daniel has written and produced music for cable television's Style, E, and History Channels. NBC's Ed, ABC's Next Best Thing, the feature film Because of Winn Dixie, and Big Fish Audio's Sample CD LA Bass Sessions. Daniel is also one half of the Production Team 'Tao of Sound' which has produced two albums for DOMO Records Japan titled Metro and Ronin, remixes for Kanye West, Michael Jackson, Dilana (Rock Star Supernova), Sony Records Artist The Ahn Trio, New Age Artist Kitaro, and two Sample CDs for VIP/Big Fish Audio Rare Grooves and Beggin' to Be Sampled.
born and raised in Portland, Oregon, moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to pursue a career playing drums. Corey has studied with musicians such as Nate Morton (Cher, Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan) and has studied for two years at The Faunt School of Music with Jamie Faunt (Chick Corea, Don Ellis). Since his move to Los Angeles, he has played with such notable artists as: Sophie B. Hawkins, Lili Haydn (Hans Zimmer), and Rafael Moreira (Pink, Paul Stanley), and he has also performed on seasons one and two of NBC's The Voice. Now only 23 years old, Corey continues to play drums in Los Angeles and strives to push his career and musicianship forward. Corey already has a great list of achievements, and that list is certain to grow with his talent and dedication.
ED ROTH (Band - Keyboards).
Ed Roth's feel, spirit, and touch have made him the top choice of artists, producers, and musicians worldwide. He has played with acclaimed artists in musical styles all over the map. Roth has played, recorded, and been the musical director with R+B legends and Grammy winners the Brothers Johnson, rap pioneer and Grammy winner Coolio, and the Divas of Disco, featuring Grammy winners Thelma Houston and a Taste of Honey as well as Cece Penniston. Roth also toured with Grammy winner Mya. In the world of rock, Roth has recorded and played with Grammy winning vocalist Rob Halford, guitar legend Ronnie Montrose, and acclaimed rock/soul singer Glenn Hughes, as well as touring with Austrailian superstar Jimmy Barnes (11 #1 albums). Roth has recorded with singer/songwriter greats that include Sophie B Hawkins, Grammy winner Tom Morello, Flogging Molly, the Avett Brothers, and Maia Sharp. Roth toured extensively with Sophie B Hawkins. Another career highlight for Roth was being a long time member of the house band for LA's KLOS Mark and Brian. In the house band, Roth played with such rock legends as Paul Rodgers, Peter Frampton, Edgar Winter, John Waite, Joe Perry, Keith Emerson, and Eddie Money. As a solo artist, Roth currently has a single out, a flip of Gershwin's 'Summertime' that has been in the Billboard top 40 smooth jazz charts for 7 weeks. Roth is a member of Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats, a jammy instrumental rock fusion group, and CTA, led by Chicago founder and drummer Danny Seraphine.
DAVID VEACH (Dick Cavett).
David is extremely excited to be part of this production and have the opportunity to perform alongside Ms. Hawkins. David last appeared on the Los Angeles stage last year in the Eclectic Theatre Company's production of Askance. David holds his MFA in acting from the University of Washington's Professional Actors Training Program under the auspices of master teacher Jack Clay. Since moving to Los Angeles, David has appeared in such film and television shows as Reno 911 Miami, Passions, and Conan.
BONNIE MCMAHAN (Peggy) (Choreographer)
founded the Musical Theatre of Los Angeles in 2006, and has enjoyed a successful six-year run as Executive Producer in addition to her other work. Producing credits include: the Musical Theatre of Los Angeles' Broadway Revue 2007; Broadway Revue @ The Ford Theatres 2008; Chicago (2 time Ovation AwardTM nominated); Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party; Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years; Ragtime: The Musical (2 NAACP AwardTM recipient 7 nominations); West Side Story (LA Times Critics Pick); Cabaret (Backstage West Garland award winner); Oklahoma! ; and Chess in Concert (Backstage West Garland nominee and 2 Broadway World Awards). Favorite stage credits include: (Roxie Hart) Chicago the Musical; (Queenie) The Wild Party; (Sheila) Hair; (Sally Bowles) Cabaret; and (Reno Sweeney) Anything Goes. Ms. McMahan is also the founder of Los Angeles Youth Conservatory, an outreach program managed by Musical Theatre of Los Angeles, focusing on arts education for adults and children.
LA credits include: Hairspray (Sketch/Dance Captain-MTW, 2012 Ovation Nominee-Best Musical) Hello! My Baby (Fight/Dance Captain-Rubicon, 2012 Ovation Nominee-Best Choreography), Cabaret (Emcee), Little Black Veil (Philip), Three Sisters (Rohde), Balm in Gilead (Tig), West Side Story (Action), Hooray for Bollywood (The Alex), A Bug, Frog, Dog, Log, & Aesop (ADA Award Nominee: Best Actor), International: Chicago (Aaron/Amos u/s), Regional: West Side Story (50th Anniversary Cast-5th Avenue; Central City Opera; Drury Lane), Some Like it Hot, Damn Yankees, How to Succeed in Business... (Theatre @ the Center), Guys & Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar (Pheasant Run) Film/TV credits: visit, AEA & SAG/AFTRA member, Ovation Nominee, Cultural Envoy to the USA, Artistic Director @ Jaxx Theatricals, Inc. Special Thanks to Bonnie!
has appeared in several theatre productions, including Top Gun, Jurrasic Park (rapping raptor), Showgirls: The Musical (Annie), Sweet Charity (Carmen), West Side Story (Francesca), Nutcracker (chocolate from Spain and Snowflake), Ragtime, Man of La Mancha, A Christmas Carol, and Music Man. She is a member of Agape's dance and theatre ministry. She trained with Alonzo King's Lines Ballet Company in San Francisco, and California State University Los Angeles, where she majored in Theatre Arts and Dance. She has taught at numerous studios and schools, including East Los Angeles City College, and Le Studio in Pasadena. Leslie is a native of Pasadena, California, where she was a Princess for the 1998 Tournament of Roses parade. She would like to thank Darren, Mom, family, and friends for their continued support!
RAE TOLEDO (Dancer).
Rae received a BA in Theatre from the University of Maryland and studied with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England. She toured the US and Canada in the Broadway musical Miss Saigon in the role of Yvette (and Dance Captain). Favorite credits include Hair, Chicago (Annie), Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, and Lagniappe (Washington Kennedy Center). She has multiple film and television credits, which include Adobo, Nip/Tuck, Rita Rocks, Breathe, and the award-winning An Immigrant Girl's Journey. She can also be seen as the host of the children's television shows Kidz on Location and Make it Reel. Also an accomplished director and choreographer, Rae has worked with a wide array of artists including Matthew Broderick, Liza Minelli, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez, and Stevie Wonder. Her work has been featured in numerous NFL Halftime shows, as well as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Currently, Rae is the Lead Master Trainer for Billy Blank's Junior's 'Dance with Me, Dance' fitness format. She is a proud member of LA's MTLA, and SAG/AFTRA. This performance is dedicated to Harper, who has allowed me to play mommy- the most challenging and rewarding role I have played to date. I am grateful, grateful... grateful!
PRODUCTION STAFF (click photos for larger images)
GIGI GASTON (Playwright, Director)
is a writer and director who makes her home in Los Angeles, California. Gigi sold her first screenplay Like a Lady to Drew Barrymore and Harvey Weinstein. Lady is the story of a tomboy who enlists the help of a female impersonator to teach her how to be 'like a lady.' She went on to sell several other scripts including the Sci-Fi script Mockingbird based on a Walter Tevis novel. Mockingbird is the story of forbidden love in a post-apocalyptic world. The screenplay was sold to producer Steve Tisch and New Line Cinema. Gigi also sold a pitch to director Ron Howard and Universal Pictures titled Madame Lepescue, which is the dramatic true-life story of King Carol I of Romania, a rabid anti-Semite who abdicated his throne to live out his life with the woman he loved, a Jewish commoner. Gigi went on to garner critical acclaim and numerous awards for her directorial debut for the documentary, The Cream Will Rise. This Sundance Channel documentary showcases the elusive multiple Grammy nominated singer, songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins. Gigi is currently working on the Broadway play Marie Antoinette in Pennsylvania with Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray). Sophie B. Hawkins is writing the score and the play is being developed for Kristin Chenoweth to star. Gigi recently completed work on the screenplay Alone Together: The Life of Teddy and J. Paul Getty and a screenplay on the life of supermodel and conservationist Margaux Hemingway. Gigi Gaston is currently writing a comedy based on the novel, The Pro by Mike Shropshire, which is in development with Bumbershoot Productions, Inc.
TOMMY THOMPSON (Executive Producer).
Mr Thompson is the creative producer of ROOM 105, which is a play he felt an instant connection to, and which he brought to Doug Denoff and Colleen Camp as he knew that together they could bring the Janis experience to life. Mr. Thompson is the owner and CEO of Red Lick Productions LLC, a holding company with ownership interest in operating companies, commercial real estate, and other capital ventures. He is also a principal in Cross Creek Pictures, an independent film production and finance company located in Hollywood, CA. Cross Creek Pictures has produced and financed award-winning films including Black Swan, The Woman in Black, Ides of March, and Rush, a film directed by Ron Howard to be released in 2013. In 2010, Mr. Thompson co-founded Nexersys Corporation, an interactive fitness equipment company based out of Austin, Texas. The Nexersys interactive machine was recently featured, with speaking lines, on the hit TV show NCIS LA. Disney has recently placed units as permanent fixtures on the set of its popular television programs A.N.T. Farm and Kickin It. The company currently sells its product in nine different countries and will be expanding its worldwide present early next year. In 2008 Mr. Thompson began investing in startup companies as an 'Angel Investor.' He has invested in a wide range of companies focusing on Tech, Social Media, Consumer Products, Manufacturing, and Intellectual Property. He serves on a Board of Directors on several of these companies including The Investment Group, Encore Food Services, Snoball Inc. and Nexersys Corporation. Mr. Thompson currently resides in South Louisiana.
COLLEEN CAMP (Executive Producer).
Actress, singer, producer, jewelry designer; is an owner in Campfire productions and an owner/consultant in Cross Creek Pictures. She's working closely with Relativity as well as other studios and independents. Camp debuted in Battle for the Planet of the Apes and has starred and appeared in over 180 motion pictures and television productions. She's gotten raves for her performances in Funny Lady, Smile, Death Game with Sondra Locke and Seymour Cassel, Valley Girl, Wayne's World, Police Academy 2 & 4, Clue, and her performances in Peter Bogdanovich's They All Laughed wowed audiences with her comic timing and country singing which hit Billboard. Other noted performances are in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now and Redux, Bruce Lee's Game of Death, Sliver, Track 29, Cirque du Freak, Alexander Payne's Election, and An American Rhapsody, which she also produced, starring Scarlett Johansson, Nastassja Kinski, and Tony Goldwyn. Camp produced The Cream Will Rise about singer Sophie B. Hawkins and is producing Sophie's turn as Janis Joplin in Fall 2012. For HBO, Camp produced five AIP 'Creature Features' with Stan Winston, the Arkoff's, and Chris Albrecht. Upcoming productions include Alibi, by Robin Swicord starring Jennifer Lopez, Phillip Noyce's Above Suspicion starring Olivia Wilde, Alone Together, The Getty Story with Evan Rachel Wood, Peter Bogdonavich's Squirrels to the Nuts with producers Noah Baumbach and Wes Anderson, starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston. With writer/director David O. Russell, she is producing The Bends and The Hive. Camp's 23-year-old daughter, Emily Goldwyn, with John Goldwyn, producer and former Vice Chairman of Paramount, is a recent graduate and writer's assistant on Up All Night for NBC.
Mr. Denoff is a Tony-nominated producer, writer, and entrepreneur. He has won the Drama Desk Award as a producer and television's Emmy Award. He is currently represented on Broadway as a Tony-nominated producer of the new musical hit Nice Work if You Can Get It, starring Matthew Broderick, Kelli O'Hara, Michael-McGraw, Judy Kaye, and Estelle Parsons. Nice Work is directed and choreographed by the Tony award-winning Kathleen Marshall and features an original book by Tony-winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis) and music by George and Ira Gershwin. It received 10 Tony nominations, 9 Drama Desk Award nominations and 9 Outer Critics Circle nominations. Denoff is also a co-producer of the original Broadway cast album. He was also nominated for the Tony Award as a producer of The 39 Steps, the hit comedy by Patrick Barlow based on the Hitchcock film, which ran over three years on Broadway; the longest-running play in over 7 years. The 39 Steps won 2 Tony Awards (2008), 2 Drama Desk Awards (2008), including Best Unique Theatrical Experience, and Britain's Olivier Award for Best Comedy (2007). It has been running at London's Criterion Theatre since August 2006 and has toured worldwide.

He is producing Handle With Care, a new romantic comedy by Jason Odell Williams off-Broadway in the 2012-2013 season as well as Jason's new play Significant Others on Broadway. Denoff was also a producer on Beebo Brinker Chronicles, the critically acclaimed off-Broadway play now currently being developed as a television series for HBO. Denoff is also producer of Latin Roots starring Lucie Arnaz and the New Desi Arnaz Orchestra. Latin Roots is a celebration of Lucie's Cuban heritage and her father Desi Arnaz's major role in bringing Latin music to America. He will produce The Vow on Broadway, based on the hit film that starred Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams. Denoff is developing several original new musicals for Broadway, including the family musical Just Believe - the really REALLY true story of the Sandman. From 1977 to 1979, he was Assistant to the Producers and then Associate Producer of Hawaii Five-0, the second-longest running series in TV history. From 1980-1981, he produced several movies for television and worked on independent features.

When the 1981 Writers' Guild strike lingered for many months, he left show business for the high-tech world. He founded two telecommunications companies; Dencom Systems, Inc., a national telecommunications service company since 1981, and Fibernet, Inc., a nationwide long distance carrier. In 1999, Mr. Denoff also co-founded, which patented a prepaid phone card whose account number is used instead of a credit card for secure, anonymous online shopping and money transfers. In 2001, Mr. Denoff was responsible for the 40th anniversary DVD release of The Dick Van Dyke Show, which was written and produced by his father, comedy writer Sam Denoff. In 2003, Mr. Denoff founded Spaports, creating a network of luxury spa-clubs in airports and shopping centers worldwide. In 2006, Mr. Denoff formed Sutton Square Entertainment as the vehicle for his return to the creative world of stage, film, television, and new media entertainment. Mr. Denoff resides in New York City. He is a Member of The Broadway League ( The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (
Plays produced by Leigh have garnered over 20 LA Weekly Awards (including LA Weekly best musical, Medea, the Musical), over 10 NAACP Awards (16 Nominations), three of the five GLAAD Media Awards nominations for Best Play in one season (including award recipient Medea, the Musical), and numerous Backstage West Awards. Highlights include the smash hit The Very Worst of Varla Jean Merman and Burn This (directed by Jessica Kubzansky at the Odyssey Theatre), along with multiple award winning plays The Talented Tenth directed by Oz Scott and starring Robert Guillaume at the Hudson Avenue Theatre, Up The Mountain by Kevin Arkadie (numerous producer awards and LA Times 10-Best), and Kathy and Mo: The Dark Side starring Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney at the Henry Fonda Theatre. Other productions include The New Bozena (directed by Rainn Wilson), Walking the Blonde (presented by Kathy Bates and Sharon Gless), Snakebit by David Marshall Grant (nominated for GLAAD Media Award), and Jimmy Tingle's Uncommon Sense, both at the Coast Playhouse. Leigh co-created and produced the hit musical A Gay Christmas Carol (GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Production), and produced Streamers, and Christmas with the Crawfords at the Hudson. Currently, Leigh is Founder and President of Plays411, a full-service theatrical production company and ticket agency.
MAYA M. ROGERS * (Production Stage Manager/General Manager).
Maya is excited about being a part of this production. She has been an AEA Stage Manager for 10 years and in that time she has lent her talents to such productions as 3 Year Swim Club (East West Players); Private Lives, When Garbo Talks! , Songs for a New World, A Shayna Maidel, Bright Ideas, Backwards in High Heels, Facing East, and The Old Settler (International City Theatre); All My Sons, The Philanderer, and The Beginning of August (South Coast Repertory); Bad Dates, Rounding Third, 36 Views, The Constant Wife, Mr. Shaw Goes to Hollywood, and The Underpants (Laguna Playhouse); A Comedy of Errors (A Noise Within); and operas including Cendrillon, Tales of Hoffmann, and Marriage of Figaro (Cole Conservatory). Maya is a pround member of the Actor's Equity Association and also would like to thank her husband Jason for everything he does and their four-legged children Leila, Mari, and Bilbo.
LESLIE SANK (Costume Designer).
An avid theater lover, Leslie Sank has been involved in fashion since the seventies. Throughout her career she has been a stylist for celebrities, as well as print work, commercials, theater, television, and movies.
DOUGLAS D SMITH (Set Design, Lighting Design)
has been a Professional Scenic, Lighting, and Projections designer for over 28 years, creating more than 250 theatrical designs in diverse genres of performance. Two Los Angeles Drama Critics circle Awards, 4 NAACP LA Theatre Awards, and the Arizona Theatre award of excellence, are a few of his more than 20 Theater Awards. He has designed the Scenery and Lighting for the hit musical Blues in the Night in 15 major venues across the country. Other theatrical designs have come to life on a rooftop, in an empty pool, and under a freeway overpass. For the last 15 years he has also worked as Production Designer in partnership with P. Fagen Productions, a company specializing in events, award shows, and celebrity tributes for organizations including the Santa Barbara Film Festival, Saint Johns Hospital, American Film Institute, and Palm Springs International Film Festival. Doug was a Resident Designer at the Los Angeles Theater Center from 1985 to 1991, and returned there as the Theatrical Consultant supervising the 2007 renovation of that four-theater complex for the Latino Theater Company. Currently he is also a Lighting Teacher for the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
BRIAN BRINKERHOFF (Projection/Video Design)
is an editor and video artist working out of Southern California. His experience ranges from producing videos for large scale media events to providing unique DIY live-projection with local music acts in the Los Angeles area. Last year his work on the Live Stereoscopic 3D Show with the band Kiev, was awarded the '3D FF Pioneer Award' at the 2011 3D Film Festival in Los Angeles. This is his first foray into theater.
is super grateful and excited to be a part of Room 105. As a sound designer who works primarily in digital media, he is thrilled to contribute his efforts in a live performance setting and always appreciates the opportunity to create sound for speakers larger than an iPad's. He is a graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and has since spent every day playing with sound waves, singing to his two dogs, and hanging out with his lovely girlfriend. Special thanks to Maya!
STEVE POPE (Lighting Execution)
Steven is currently the technical director for the Hudson and Steve Allen theaters. He's designed lighting for multiple plays and musicals here and elsewhere over the years. Some of these include: Pagent, The Beastlly Boming, What if? A Musical Review, and Hollywood Hellhouse, just to name a few.
BERNICE MENDEZ (Assistant Stage Manager)
was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She has a BA in Theatre Arts from California State University, Stanislaus. Encounter, Three Year Swim Club (East West Players); The Robber Bridegroom, Private Lives, The Old Settler (International City Theatre); The Comedy of Errors (A Noise Within); The Drowned World (AThroughZ Productions).
Member of Actors' Equity Association,
The Union of Professional Actors
and Stage Managers in the United States.