Meet the Cast

Doug Vincent, Playwright/Actor

 

Doug Vincent

Doug Vincent

Born into a humor soaked small town Virginia family, Doug Vincent quietly absorbed inspired tales from storytelling masters. An accomplished improv comedian, he has written and performed with comedy troupes such as ACME Comedy Players, The Traveling Susans, and On the Spot, working various comedy venues such as Bovine Metropolis, Madcap Theater and Comedy Works. 

For Doug it was not the laughter, but the darkness behind the humor that remained concealed. His determination to find the deeper story led to developing his own show, A Day for Grace. Originally a solo show, artistic synchronicity led to unique collaboration with roots rock legend Sam Llanas (formerly of BoDeans). Now entering its second year, the play is embarking on a multi-city national tour in 2013. Through Mr. Vincent’s non-profit Boulder StoryHealers, he helps groups facing trauma, illness and adversity to fully experience their true healing voice through the power, poignancy and humor of honest storytelling in a deeply supportive environment. Doug also offers services for all aspects of solo show writing, development and production. From workshops to coaching, directing, marketing and producing, Doug helps individuals with their solo show from concept thru performance and down to the bone with heart and soul.

 

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Sam Llanas

Sam Llanas Songwriter/Musician

Sam Llanas is a singer, acoustic guitarist, and songwriter in several rock and roots rock bands active from the 1980s to the 2000s, including the BoDeans and Absinthe. Sam is known for his unusual and distinctive voice. Llanas was one of the founding members of the roots rock band the BoDeans which he formed with high school friend Kurt Neumann in Waukesha, Wisconsin. 

In 1985 the quartet signed a contract with Slash/Warner Records. Under the guidance of producer T-Bone Burnett the critically acclaimed debut“Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams” was released in 1986. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the band had several singles in the top 40 mainstream rock charts. In the mid-1990s, the band had two top 10 songs in the adult contemporary charts. The song “Closer to Free” became the anthem of a generation with the TV series “Party of Five”.

In 1997 Llanas and producer Gary Tanin began work on Sam’s first solo album “A Good Day To Die”. Released in 1998, it was highly anticipated and critically acclaimed given an 8 out of 10 stars by Rock Critic Dave Marsh.  

In 2011 Sam Llanas released “4 A.M. (The Way Home)” on the Inner Knot Records label, left the BoDeans and has been pursuing a solo career. During 2012 Sam’s collaboration with playwright Doug Vincent in the production “A Day for Grace,” evolved to include a multi-week run in New York City. Recently Llanas has released the live CD ”Four / Five Alive – Volume I“ and has embarked on recording an all new studio album with expected 2014 availability.

 

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Gary Tanin

Gary Tanin, Music Director

 

Gary Tanin is a veteran Milwaukee musician/producer mastering engineer with a career that reflects two central themes: music and technology. As a musician and composer Tanin’s musical career spans decades. As an engineer and producer, he works with some of the world’s greatest. Long ago, he mastered the integration of technology and music. This synergetic marriage of art and science has resulted in a personal body of works that has garnered international critical acclaim and earned him a global reputation. As a producer/engineer, Tanin has won the 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010 WAMI Award for Producer of The Year and has received multiple nominations for both, Producer of The Year and Engineer of The Year categories. He is a long standing voting member of The Recording Academy (NARAS), a past member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), and a freelance writer & consultant. He is the owner of Daystorm Music a company providing classic record production, and mastering services for all audio formats. Additionally, Daystorm Music provides Music Publishing administration, Marketing and Artist Development. In 2012 Gary Tanin’s roles as Music Director and Director for the play A Day for Grace are among his most revered achievements.

 

Kevin Hart, Director

Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart

Kevin is a producer/director/actor working out of Denver.  Recent projects include directing CONVICTION, a one-man play at Theater Wit in Chicago, and THE DRUNKEN BACHELOR TALK SHOW, a popular multimedia talk show satire that plays in Denver. Favorite productions and projects include adapting and directing MCBETH, a comedic version of Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth, which garnered Kevin a nomination from the Denver Critics Circle for Best New Play. Acting credits include Lockhart in THE SEAFARER in Boulder, Colorado, and Padre Juan in the off-Broadway version of CONVICTION at 59e59 Theater in New York. Recent projects in the corporate world include developing a series of online training courses for AUTISMPRO, a company dedicated to helping folks who teach children with autism. Kevin also produced and directed over 25 video segments featured in an innovative eSimulation series for DELOITTE CORPORATE FINANCE. This program was awarded 2013’s Best ELearning program (Business Division) from the International Elearning Association (IELA). Kevin is thankful for the opportunity to help Doug and Sam bring this production to those who need to see it.

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John Edward Lee

 

John Edward Lee, Soi Dog Productions, ADFG Trailer – Director

 

John Edward Lee is a Los Angeles based Creative with a background in film, television, and digital media.  Director, Producer, Actor, Marketing Brain; John has worked alongside Academy Award-winners and nominees the likes of Bill Condon, Willem Dafoe, Bruce Dern, and Seymour Cassel, as well as Pulitzer winners Lanford Wilson and Edward Albee.  Sharing time in front of, and behind the camera, Lee founded Soi Dog Productions  in 2008 while working outside of Bangkok, Thailand.  Soi Dog Productions has since had the pleasure to produce over a dozen commercial adverts and multimedia assets for clients such as Crystal Geyser, Earth Friendly Products: ECOS, Aubrey Organics, Giantto Watches and Jewelry, Barlean’s Natural Oils, and many more.  Soi Dog got its start in film, television, and music videos and always jumps at the opportunity to engage compelling stories and to express them through the medium of digital cinema.  Lee was born in Oklahoma City and spent time growing up in Texas, where he studied Photography, Theater, and Psychology at the University of Houston.