More about the cast of Les Blancs:

Amir Abdullah (Peter) is ecstatic to make his Rogue Machine debut, in LA, he has appeared at, The Skylight Theatre, Theatre Banshee, New American Theatre, VS Theatre, A Noise Within, and at The Geffen Playhouse. TV: The Odd Couple, Tosh.0, Hollywood911 and Tabloid.  

Regional Theatre: Life is A Dream at California Shakespeare Theatre, Othello in Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s Othello the Remix in Edinburgh, and Ctrl+Alt+Delete at Pennsylvania Centre Stage. Film: The Untimely Concurrence; Boys, Booze and Brownies,  Goliath, and Love: As you Like It. Amir would like to thank Allah, family and friends, Shaina, and the cast and crew for their support.
Bill Brochtrup (Major George Rice) Rogue Machine: Debut. Los Angeles Theatre: Antaeus (Cloud 9, Co-Artistic Director), Fountain Theatre (The Normal Heart), South Coast Repertory (The Real Thing), Odyssey (Go Back To Where You Are), Black Dahlia (Secrets of the Trade), LA Theatre Works (The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial), Pasadena Playhouse (If Memory Serves).

New York: Secrets of the Trade, Lost and Found, Snakebit.  Film: Life As We Know It, He’s Just Not That Into You, Ravenous. Television (series regular and recurring): NYPD Blue, Shameless, Public Morals, Total Security, Kendra, and currently police psychologist “Dr. Joe” on TNT’s Major Crimes.


Anne Gee Byrd (Madame Neilsen) Rogue Machine: Pocatello, A Permanent Image, Three Views of the Same Object, and Four Places (LADCC Award). As a member of The Antaeus Company: Uncle Vanya, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Autumn Garden and Mother Courage (LA Weekly Award). Other work: The Savannah Disputation at the Colony, All My Sons at the Matrix Theatre (LADCC Award), Breadcrumbs at Theater 150 in Ojai, and I Never Sang For My Father at The New American Theatre. Other appearances include the Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, LA Theatre Works, Odyssey, Andak Stage Co., South Coast Repertory, The Old Globe, Seattle Rep, La Jolla, ACT San Francisco, and the McCarter, among others.
Aric Floyd (Eric) Aric gives thanks to Gregg and the endlessly talented cast and crew for the honor of making his RMT debut with this production. He was last seen starring in Ammunition Theatre Company's L.A. workshop of How to Raise a Freeman, but his theatrical roots are in his native Cleveland, where his regional theater credits include A Christmas Carol (Great Lakes Theater), Galileo (Cleveland Play House) and — his first play — Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun (CPH/ATC).

Film appearances include Criminal Activities and Underdogs, to which he also contributed original music. Aric is an undergraduate at Stanford University.

Fiona Hardingham (Dr. Marta Gotterling) is thrilled to be back at Rogue Machine for her second show with the company. Recent screen credits include the Duplass Brothers, Rainbow Time, The DUFF (CBS Films), a recurring role in The CW's Dynasty reboot, Nashville (ABC) among others. Originally from the UK her theatre credits include Jekyll & Hyde (The Pleasance Theatre, London), A Flea in Her Ear (Devonshire Park Theatre) and her critically praised one-woman show, The Dark Show (Edinburgh Festival). Fiona trained in London, completing her degree at the acclaimed Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and is an award-winning voice over artist.
Jason McBeth (Charlie Morris) is thrilled to be making his RMT debut in Les Blancs. L.A area audiences last saw him as King Richard in Kingsmen Theater Company's production of Richard III.

Other performances include roles in King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, King Henry VI Part 1, and Richard III at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and on television on NBC's Grimm.

Matt Orduña (Abioseh Matoseh) is very excited to be working with Rogue Machine.  He is very excited to be working with this wonderful cast and crew and is grateful to Gregg Daniel for this amazing opportunity. Special thanks to the two women in my life: my wife Tinia and my daughter Autumn. Shout out to the MW family for all their love, belief and support. Education: MFA 2001 – University of Washington Professional Actor Training Program
Jonathan P. Sims (Ngago) is an LA native who received an MA in Acting: The British Tradition from the Birmingham School of Acting in Birmingham, UK. Most recently, he appeared as Gerry Evans in Actors Co-op’s production of Dancing at Lughnasa and in Ebony Repertory Theatre's Ovation Award-winning production of The Gospel at Colonus. In addition to pursuing his acting career, he teaches acting at Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, acts as the Vocal Coach for CTG’s August Wilson Monologue Competition, and teaches and directs high school theatre. Jonathan loves the story Lorraine Hansberry has crafted and hopes you all enjoy it too!

Joel Swetow (Dr. Willy DeKoven) has appeared in countless productions in N.Y.C., Los Angeles, and regional theatre. Favorite roles include Ned Weeks (The Normal Heart), Estragon (Waiting for Godot), the title role in Tartuffe, and Shylock (The Merchant of Venice). He has recurred and guest starred on a ton of TV shows, including Seth MacFarlane’s upcoming, live-action Orville, had leading roles in many films, and been heard in lots of animation, and commercials. He is a member of Antaeus Theatre Company, a proud, new member of Rogue Machine, and a former long-time Resident Artist at A Noise Within.
Desean Kevin Terry (Tshembe Matoseh) is a graduate of the The Juilliard School. In Los Angeles, he was last seen in Suzan Lori Parks' Father Comes Home from the Wars where he took over the role of Hero, originated by Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown.  Center Theatre Group: The Royale (NAACP nomination) and Trip to Bountiful with Cecily Tyson. Television: Southland, Shameless, ER, Monk, Harry's Law, The Night Shift, Sleeper Cell, House, Grey's Anatomy, Scorpion, Ncis Los Angeles. Film: Post Grad, God's Army, Somebody's Mother, States of Grace,Bolden.  Regional Theatre: The Antigone Project (Off-Broadway), Slippery When Wet.

For his love and support, this one is for Cris.

Shari Gardner (Dancer) was immersed in performing arts at the tender age of four. She began her formal dance training with Lula Washington Dance Theatre in 2003. Upon receiving her BA in African Studies from Howard University, she trained and performed in Washington, D.C and completed dance summer intensives with the Debbie Allen Dance Academy and Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre. Currently, she is joyfully building her career in commercial/print modeling and dancing, while looking forward to using her passions and creativity as a catalyst to promote self-love and unity amongst youth.

Also staring: Jelani Blunt as Drummer

...and our ensemble cast!

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Trevor Bergmann (Soldier) is an actor currently attending the University of California Los Angeles. Born in Maine, he spent his entire childhood moving from place to place all across the country. Frequent exposure to unfamiliar environments helps account for Trevor’s adaptable and creative nature, and he developed a strong empathy towards others, given the constant flow of fresh people and perspectives in his life. Trevor is an actor fueled by his lifelong passion for film, as well as his desire to explore several different avenues of life through the various characters he has the opportunity to portray.

Roxann Blackman (Villager) is elated to make her Los Angeles stage debut with Rogue Machine Theatre and to have the opportunity to work with the phenomenal cast of Les Blancs. Past production credits (NYC) include: Africanus the King (Ewurabina), Ruthy (Ruthy), Daughters of Lee Roi Jones (Kalina), and A Mother’s Love (Jacqualine). She is currently working on The Girl with Three Legs, a real-life story of Somalian writer and activist Soraya Mire’. She hopes you enjoy the show.

Turner Frankosky (Soldier) is a model for art classes around Los Angeles.  He studies at The Idiot Workshop and is a USC alumnus.  This is his Rogue Machine debut!

John Knight (Villager) is an actor from Hollywood, Florida by way of Jamaica. After graduating from Howard University in D.C., he decided to take his talents to Los Angeles to chase his acting dream. After being blessed with a few acting classes and roles to beef up his chops, he is still very much grinding away at the dream and is more than excited to be a part of a Lorraine Hansberry original play.

Matthew Lindberg (Soldier) A recent graduate of Sonoma State University, Matthew traveled south to continue his career in acting. He is ecstatic to join the Les Blancs cast as it is his first production with Rogue. Having recently closed Winter is Coming: A Game of Thrones Parody as Joffrey, Matthew is thrilled to hone his skills in a more dramatic role. For more information please visit his website at

Trenton Lucas (Villager) is extremely proud to have joined the cast of Les Blancs. Trenton lives in Los Angeles with his family and belongs to LA Connection Improv and studies piano at Whitehall Arts Academy. He is in the sixth grade and his favorite subject is Science and favorite sport is swimming. Trenton first appeared on television at the age of five working as a background actor in shows like Haunted Hathaways, The Thundermans, Henry Danger and many more. His current projects in post-production are “A Day With Day” (short film), The Layover (feature movie) and Rebel (television series). Trenton would like to thank his mom, dad and his brother Thailer for their love and support.

Rosney Mauger (Villager) is honored to make his debut with Rogue Machine Theatre. He previously appeared in last season’s production at South Coast Repertory as Rev. Ralph Abernathy, and is a recent graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Nick Moss (Soldier) is an NYC transplant currently based in Los Angeles. Recent projects include: Lead in Google-Produced series, GodComplX, Lead in the TV series, The Cobblestone Corridor on PBS, recurring in award-winning comedic series, Gringolandia (now on Netflix), and a co-starring role alongside James Franco in Making A Scene with James Franco. Growing up abroad in Pakistan, Belarus, Poland & Turkey, Nick speaks both Russian and Polish. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from GWU.

Tarina Pouncy (Villager) is making her debut with RMT. Born in Detroit, she has appeared on stage in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, A Raisin in the Sun, Steel Magnolias, and The Old Settler for which she won an NAACP Theatre Award. TV credits include The Mindy Project, Jane the Virgin and Criminal Minds. You can catch her in an upcoming Denzel Washington film Inner City and recurring as Chandra on season 2 of Lopez on TVLand. She is thankful to God for all her blessings, past, present and future and to her Mom for her unending prayers and encouragement.

Paul Stanko (Soldier) hails from the mountains of Colorado. He is ecstatic to be making his debut with RMT as a soldier in Les Blancs. He is also Demetrius in Midsummer Night’s Dream at Theatricum Botanicum this season. Notable performances include Long in Steven Berkoff’s rendition of The Hairy Ape (Odyssey Theater) and as Remus Lupin in “Severus Snape and the Marauders” (Youtube). In LA, Paul is an improviser, and has performed mainstage at ComedySportz, Second City, iO West, and regularly at The Clubhouse. A thousand thanks to crew and company of Les Blancs and RMT. They are heroes.

Rayven Taylor (Villager) is excited to be in her first production with Rogue Machine Theatre. She was an early bird student at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy and performed in the 2015 spring recital at Grand Arts HS. Since then Rayven has enjoyed gymnastics at All Olympia. Most recently she was part of an African American history program, “Hidden Figures,” performed at her school. She hopes you enjoy the show.

Françoise Tiadem (Villager) Franny started acting at the age of nine at Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo, Maryland. After graduating from USC with a B.A. in Theatre, she has continued her work as an actor in Los Angeles and is excited to work with such a talented cast and crew in this relevant piece.

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