Bryce Dallas Howard ("Fisher Willow")
Bryce Dallas Howard recently starred in Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of the Shakespeare classic, “As You Like It,” for which her performance as Rosalind opposite Kevin Kline and Alfred Molina earned her a Golden Globe nomination. Howard most recently starred opposite Christian Bale in “Terminator Salvation,” directed by McG. Howard’s additional film credits include Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 3,” in which she played Gwen Stacy; M. Night Shyamalan’s “Lady in the Water,” co-starring Paul Giamatti, and the Lars von Trier film, “Manderlay,” the filmmaker’s follow-up to “Dogville.”
She made her feature film debut starring in the M. Night Shyamalan film, “The Village,” opposite Adrien Brody, Joaquin Phoenix and Sigourney Weaver. Howard made her directorial debut with the short film “Orchids,” a project she took on as part of Glamour Magazine’s “Reel Moments” program.
After leaving the Tisch School of the Arts program at New York University, Howard immediately began working on the New York stage, including playing the role of Marianne in the Roundabout’s Broadway production of “Tartuffe,” Rosalind in the Public Theatre’s “As You Like It,” Sally Platt in the Manhattan Theater Club’s production of Alan Ayckbourn’s “House/Garden” and as Emily in the Bay Street Theater Festival production of “Our Town.”
CHRIS EVANS ("Jimmy Dobyne")
Chris Evans has emerged in recent years as one of Hollywood's most in-demand young actors for both big budget and independent features. Raised in Massachusetts, Evans began acting in regional theatre before moving to New York, where he studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute.
Evans will soon be seen starring in Sylvain White's "The Losers" opposite Zoe Saldana, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Idris Elba. The film is based on the graphic novels of the same name about members of a CIA black ops team that root out those who targeted them for assassination after being betrayed and left for dead. Warner Bros. Pictures will release the film on April 9, 2010.
Evans will also soon be seen starring in Edgar Wright's "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" opposite Michael Cera, Anna Kendrick, Jason Schwartzman, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Evans plays Lucas Lee, an ex-skateboarder / actor and one of of the seven evil ex-boyfriends that Scott Pilgrim (Cera) must defeat in order to win the heart of the his dream girl (Winstead).
Evans recently starred in Paul McGuigan's "Push" opposite Dakota Fanning. The action packed sci-fi thriller involves a group of young American ex-pats with telekinetic and clairvoyant abilities, hiding from a clandestine U.S. government agency. Evans plays Nick, one of the young American expats with the ability to move things with his mind
Evans starred in David Ayer's "Street Kings" opposite Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker. Evans stars as Paul Diskant, a Homicide detective who is the younger, timid officer of the force. He is a by the books type guy but adapts to Ludlow’s (Reeves) street tactics.
In 2007, Evans reprised the role of Johnny Storm, a.k.a. The Human Torch in the summer action hit "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer." He reteamed with Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis and Ioan Gruffudd as a group of astronauts, who gain individual super powers after being exposed to cosmic radiation, that square off against the powerful Silver Surfer and the planet eating Galactus to save the earth.
Evans other film credits include Danny Boyle's critically acclaimed "Sunshine" with Cillian Murphy and Michelle Yeoh; David Ellis' "Cellular" opposite Kim Basinger and Jessica Biel; Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's "The Nanny Diaries" opposite Scarlett Johansson; Brian Robbins "The Perfect Score" also starring Scarlett Johansson; Griffin Dunne's “Fierce People" with Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland, and Hunter Richards' romantic drama “London" opposite Jessical Biel.
ELLEN BURSTYN ("Miss Addie")
Ellen Burstyn’s illustrious career encompasses film, stage, and television. In 1975, she became only the third woman in history to win both the Tony Award and the Academy Award® in the same year, for her work in Bernard Slade’s “Same Time Next Year” on Broadway and in Martin Scorsese’s “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” for which she also received a Golden Globe nomination and a British Academy Award for Best Actress. She has been nominated for an Academy Award® five other times, for the films: “The Last Picture Show” (1972), “The Exorcist” (1974), “Same Time, Next Year” (1979), “Resurrection” (1981), and “Requiem for a Dream” (2001).
Burstyn recently starred in "The Stone Angel," directed by Kari Skogland and based on the Canadian best-seller by Margaret Laurence, and appeared this summer in the critically acclaimed HBO series "Big Love," where she played Jeanne Tripplehorn's mother. In June she was featured in a new film from director Tim Chambers titled "Our Lady of Victory." Upcoming films include “Greta" alongside Hillary Duff, “Lovely, Still” with Martin Landau, and Oliver Stone’s “W.” Later this year, Burstyn will reprise her role in the eagerly awaited third season of “Big Love.”
Burstyn recently appeared in Darren Aronofsky's film, "The Fountain," with Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz, at the same time her memoir, "Lessons in Becoming Myself," was published by Riverhead Press. This national bestseller is now available in paperback in bookstores and online, along with a CD version of the same title. In addition to "Same Time, Next Year," Burstyn's many theater credits include the Broadway production of 84 Charing Cross Road (1982), the acclaimed one-woman play Shirley Valentine (1989), as well as Shimada (1992), and Sacrilege (1995). She starred off-Broadway with Burgess Meredith in Park Your Car in Harvard Yard (1985). In the mid-90s, she starred in regional productions of Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful and Death of Papa, and Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night at Houston’s Alley Theatre and at HartfordStage in Connecticut. Most recently, she received rave reviews in Stephen Adley Guirgis’ new play, The Little Flower of East Orange (2008), directed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman at The Public Theater in New York.
Burstyn has worked with some of film’s most visionary directors, from Martin Scorsese to Darren Aronofsky – and has appeared in such films as “Alex in Wonderland” (1970), “The King of Marvin Gardens” (1972), “Harry and Tonto” (1974), “Providence” (1976), “Dream of Passion” (1978), “Silence of the North” (1980), “Twice in a Lifetime” (1986), “Dying Young” (1990), “The Cemetery Club” (1993), “Roommates” (1995), “How To Make An American Quilt” (1995), “The Babysitter’s Club” (1995), “The Spitfire Grill” (1996), “Playing By Heart” (1998), “The Yards” (1998), “Walking Across Egypt” (1999), “The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” (2002), “The Elephant King” (2006) and “The Wicker Man” (2006).
On television, Burstyn received an Emmy nomination for her title role in “The People vs. Jean Harris” (1981). She received a second nomination for her starring role in “Pack of Lies,” a 1987 Hallmark Hall of Fame television production. In 2001, Burstyn co-starred on the CBS series “That’s Life,” followed by Mitch Albom’s television film version of “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” (2004) and in NBC’s series “The Book of Daniel” (2006).
In her early years, known as Ellen McRae, she was cast in numerous television episodes including “Surfside 6” (1961), “The Dick Powell Show” (1961), “Ben Casey” (1962), “Perry Mason” (1962), “Laramie” (1963), “Wagon Train” (1963), “Kraft Suspense Theater” (1964), “The Doctors” (1964-65), “The Iron Horse” (1967-68), “The Virginian” (1969), and “Gunsmoke” (1962-71), and was a regular as a “Glee Girl” on the Jackie Gleason Show.
Ellen Burstyn was the first woman to be elected President of Actors’ Equity Association (1982-85), and served as the Artistic Director of the Actors Studio for six years, where she studied with the late Lee Strasberg. She continues to be active there as co-president with Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel. In 2000, Burstyn received the Career Achievement Award from the Boston Film Festival. She was given the Career Achievement Award from the prestigious National Board of Review in early 2001, and was most recently honored with the Career Achievement in Acting Award from the 2006 Hamptons Film Festival.
Academically, Burstyn holds three honorary doctorates, one in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, a Doctor of Humane Letters from Dowling College, and a doctorate from The New School for Social Research. Burstyn also teaches in The Actors Studio M.F.A. program at its new home at Pace University in New York City and lectures throughout the country on a wide range of topics.
This Swedish-born actress and singer was one of the most famous sex symbols and actresses of the 1960s and beyond. She continued her career through the following decades, into the 21st Century. Born in Sweden in 1941, she came to America at age 6. She studied at Northwestern University and left for Las Vegas to pursue a career as a singer. She was discovered by George Burns and soon afterward got both a record deal at RCA and a film contract at 20th Century Fox.
In 1961, her single "I Just Don't Understand" charted in the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 Charts. Her acting debut followed the same year as Bette Davis' daughter in Frank Capra's “Pocketful of Miracles” (1961). She appeared in the musical “State Fair” in 1962 a year later before her breakthrough in 1963. With “Bye Bye Birdie” (1963) and “Viva Las Vegas” (1964) opposite Elvis Presley, she became a Top 10 Box Office star, teen idol and a Golden Globe nominated actress. Her other 1960’s movie credits include “Bus Riley's Back in Town” (1965), “The Swinger” (1966) and “The Cincinnati Kid” (1965). After a stint in Italy in the late 1960’s, Ann-Margret returned to Hollywood in the 1970’s, and was back in the public image with films like “”R.P.M.” (1970) opposite Anthony Quinn, Las Vegas sing-and-dance shows and her own television specials, and – most notably -- her Oscarnominated turn in Mike Nichols' “Carnal Knowledge” (1971). A near-fatal accident at a Lake Tahoe show in 1972 only momentarily stopped her career. She was again Oscarnominated in 1975 for “Tommy” (1975), the rock opera film of the British rock band The Who. Her career continued with successful films throughout the late 1970s and into the 1980s. She starred next to Anthony Hopkins in “Magic” (1978) and appeared in pictures co-starring Walter Matthau, Gene Hackman, Glenda Jackson and Roy Scheider. She even appeared in a television remake of Tennessee Williams's masterpiece play "A Streetcar Named Desire" in 1983. Another hit film for her was “Grumpy Old Men” (1993) as the object of desire for Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. She also appeared in the sequel, “Grumpier Old Men” (1995), which co-starred Sophia Loren. Ann-Margaret has also performed with such stars as Steve McQueen, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, Julie Andrews, Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz. She continues to act in movies today. Later career highlights include “Any Given Sunday” (1999), “Taxi” (2004/I), “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” (2006), “The Break-Up” (2006), and “Old Dogs” (2009/I). Ann- Margaret is considered iconic, remaining one of Hollywood's top sex symbols and one of the most famous women in America.
MAMIE GUMMER (“Julie”)
Mamie Gummer made her New York stage debut in 2005, starring opposite Michael C. Hall in the Roundabout Theatre production of Noah Haidle's MR. MARMALADE, directed by Michael Greif, which earned her a Theater World Award. More recently, she starred with Kate Burton and Tony Goldwyn in Theresa Rebeck's THE WATER’S EDGE, directed by Will Frears at NYC's Second Stage Theatre, for which she received a Lucille Lortel nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress and in a revival of THE AUTUMN GARDEN by Lillian Hellman at the Williamstown Theater Festival. In spring 2008, Mamie made her Broadway debut in LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES opposite Laura Linney.
In 2009, Mamie starred opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard in the Broadway production of “Uncle Vanya.”
In Film, Mamie appeared on-screen in EVENING with an all star ensemble including Claire Danes, Patrick Wilson, Meryl Streep and Vanessa Redgrave. She was also featured in Lasse Hallström's THE HOAX with Richard Gere and Hope Davis, in Kimberly Peirce's STOP LOSS with Ryan Phillippe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt , and in LOSS OF A TEARDROP DIAMOND with Bryce Dallace Howard. Mamie will next be seen in Ang Lee’s TAKING WOODSTOCK. This summer she will begin production on THE LIGHTKEEPERS opposite Richard Dreyfus and Blythe Danner, Jeff Lipsky’s “12:30” and John Carpenter’s THE WARD opposite Amber Heard.
In TV, Mamie appeared in the Emmy nominated HBO miniseries, JOHN ADAMS, with Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney.
A Native New Yorker, Mamie graduated from Northwestern University, and also studied theater at the British Academy of Dramatic Arts.
JESSICA COLLINS (“Vinnie”)
Jessica Collins most recently made her Broadway debut as ‘Madame De Tourvel’ in Roundabout Theatre’s “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” where she co-starred alongside “The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond” cast mate Mamie Gummer.
A graduate of Julliard, Collins made her off-Broadway debut in the world premiere of “Manic Flight Reaction” at Playwrights Horizons. While attending Julliard, Collins performed in such classic productions as “Macbeth,” “Three Sisters” and “Faust.” During her training, she was hand selected to attend an elite acting program at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England.
One of four daughters, Collins was born in San Antonio, Texas and currently resides in Los Angeles.
JODIE MARKELL (Director)
Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Jodie Markell studied theater from an early age and eventually attended Northwestern University where she was mentored by renowned Tony Award winning writer/director Frank Galati (“Ragtime,” “The Grapes of Wrath”). After moving to New York, Markell studied at Circle-in-the-Square Theater. She helped rediscover the Tennessee Williams' play “Confessional,” and her company was granted the rights to produce it as a New York premiere.
Her success grew as an actress, as she worked with accomplished theater directors such as John Patrick Shanley, John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Simon Curtis, and Michael Greif, and eventually starred at Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theater Club, Circle Rep, The Public, Steppenwolf, Williamstown, and The Mark Taper Forum. Markell has been featured in films by directors including Woody Allen, Jim Jarmusch, Todd Haynes, and Barry Levinson. After receiving the OBIE award for her leading performance at The Public Theater in Sophie Treadwell's “Machinal” (a play she rediscovered and brought to Joseph Papp's attention), Markell was invited by Richard Eyre and the National Theater in London to be the creative consultant to Stephen Daldry on his subsequent award winning production of “Machinal” with Fiona Shaw.
Markell adapted and directed the award winning short film “Why I Live at the P.O.,” based on Pulitzer Prize writer Eudora Welty's classic story. The film premiered at Seattle International Film Festival/Women in Cinema, and has played at numerous festivals since including the Hamptons International Film Festival and the New Orleans Film Festival. At the New Orleans festival, the film was awarded the Lumiere Award and the Moviemaker Magazine Breakthrough Award -- the highest award given to any film in any category at the festival. The film continued to receive great reviews and was recently invited to screen at the National Museum of Women In The Arts in Washington D.C. “The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond” is Markell’s feature film directing debut.
BRAD MICHAEL GILBERT (Producer)
Brad Michael Gilbert founded Constellation Entertainment in 2006, where he has spearheaded the production of “The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond,” including playing an instrumental role in obtaining the film rights from the estate of Tennessee Williams.
Gilbert recently produced “Afterlife” starring Liam Neeson and Christina Ricci to be released in 2010. Previously, Gilbert was partnered in the production company Monument Pictures which produced “South Central,” distributed by Warner Bros. and executive produced by Oliver Stone; the acclaimed Sundance Film Festival selection “Little Noises” starring Crispin Glover and Tatum O’Neil; and “Benefit of the Doubt” starring Donald Sutherland and Amy Irving, released by Miramax and executive produced by Harvey and Bob Weinstein. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America.