The Fest of the Best 2016

 Fest of the Best? 

We are celebrating The Monthly Question 1st birthday by showcasing a special collection of work compiled from the last 12 months of The Monthly Question.

We picked one piece from each Month to perform at The Kraine Theater - April 2016

Fest Artistic Director: Hila Ben Gera

Produced by Lama Theater Company & Kraine Theater

Read More @broadwayworld


The Festival chosen work:


"Instructions To The Audience" By Stephen Dierkes

"Asylum" By Daniel Curzon

"A Team Player" By Dale Andersen

"Epiphany" By David McGregor

"Cell" By Yavni Bar-Yam

"Little Swimmers" By Sharon Goldner

"Binding Isaac" By Reuel Shualy

"Yogafu" By Alex Rubin

"The Comedown" By Chloe Hooton

"The Ballad of the New York Cockroach" By Emelyn Kowaleski"

Till The End” By Gahbaie


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Dianne Diep actress

Dianne Diep - a Neighborhood Playhouse graduate, her credits include:

self written & performed Desirable (now published: In Full Color Anthology), Romeo and Juliet (Nurse), The Tragedy of Dandelion (various male and female roles), Durrenmatt's The Physicists, Principal on Oxygen Network's My Crazy Love, comedy sketches Smoke Circle and Dating Service (IndieFEST Awards).

Frankie Delessio actor

Frankie Delessio - Frankie Delessio studied at HB Studio. He played Dyson in

"I Could Say More" at The Hudson Guild. He appears in the upcoming film Uncanny Valley, and the web series Just My Luck.

Frankie is member of Lama collective 2015 - 2016 and production manager of Lama Theater Company, NYC.  

Donna Svennevik actress

Donna Svennevik - Donna is honored to be working with Lama Theater again! She recently played “Joanne” in BEACH TRIP and “Fanny” in THE BUTTER AND EGG MAN directed by Amy Wright. Recent film work: TIDES, shot entirely in Maine and CLASS ACTS official selection New Jersey film festival 2016. Additional Theater: The Office Plays: KISSED OFF, The Central Park Plays: BOATHOUSE AFFAIR and UNLEASHED at HB Playwrights theater. Studied with: Uta Hagen, Warren Robertson and Austin Pendleton.

Thomas F Walsh actor

Thomas F Walsh - Thomas has recently appeared on stage at the New York Fringe Festival in Somewhere Safer at the Connelly Theatre and East Side Stories at the Metropolitan Playhouse. He was featured in A Beautiful Mind. He has guest starred on TV’s The Practice and The District and had a recurring role on Days of Our Lives. He stars as Gatlin in the upcoming film They Watch directed by Andre Le Blanc and will next be seen in Claudine Marrotte’s web series Freelancers playing Gary the Security Guard still living at home. He has appeared in numerous National Commercials and Industrial films.

John Williams actor

John Williams - John most recently played Shepard Mallory in Butler at the Majestic Theatre in Springfield MA after originating the role at NJ Rep.   He has also appeared as Alceste in The Misanthrope, Officer in Arms and the Man, Prologue in Antigone, Sganarelle in Don Juan and Lucio in Measure for Measure with Quintessence Theatre Group in Philadelphia.  In New York He has played Romeo in Romeo and Juliet with the Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Freeman in Platanos and Collard Greens with Between the Lines Productions, Jojo in Blood Sky at the Looking Glass Theatre and has appeared in several commercials.  John studied theatre at Rutgers University, Stella Adler Studios and at the London Academy of Theatre.

Doug Rossi

Doug Rossi - has acted Macbeth, Orlando, Friar Lawrence, Caliban, Orsino, Brutus, Launce, Hamlet & Tartuffe. He also recently played Schultz in Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation. 90+ NYC productions: Fringe, Planet Connections (Best Featured Actor) & MITF (Nominated: Supporting Actor) & 50+ on-camera: including starring in award-winning indie feature Recruiter. MFA: Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

Hila Ben Gera actress

Hila Ben Gera - Hila Ben Gera is the founder and Artistic Director of Lama Theater Company. She’s a proud Mama Lama since 2014 but when her baby goes to sleep she’s also an actress, playwright and director. Her full length play “The Places you’ll Go” ran as a co-production at Dixon's main stage in July and returned in November 2014.  She’s currently finishing her next full length play “Lonely People are Always Up in the Middle of the Night,” to be performed at Under St, Marks in Spring 2017.

Mary Francina Golden actress

Mary Francina Golden - Mary Francina has done many Shakespeare plays both here and in the U.K.  She has also appeared at many regional theatres, and in several Soaps and webseries.  She has an MFA from Catholic U, and trains at HB and with several RSC teachers both here and in England.  AEA; SAG/AFTRA.


Alan Altchuler - Favorite NYC stage roles include Polonius (Hamlet): Baylor (A Lie of the Mind); Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); Pastor Manders (Ghosts); Rick (Bigfoot Stole My Wife); Helge (Festen); The President (Crazy Lady of Chaillot); Serebryakov  (Uncle Vanya); Dr. Dorn (The Seagull); Rev. Samuel Gardner (Mrs. Warren’s Profession); and Duncan (Macbeth). Film roles include Performance; Off Hour; and Worry Dolls. TV roles on Law and Order:SVU and The Onion News Network.  Alan is a founding member of the Bedlam Theatre Company.  He is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. Check out his website:

Emilyn Kowaleski

Emilyn Kowaleski -Emilyn is a Brooklyn based writer, director, and performer. Her work has been shown at venues such as Dixon Place, The Bowery Poetry Club, Cloud City and Ars Nova and Pete’s Candy Store. She recently had the pleasure of joining Lama Theater Company on residency at The Peace Project in Nicaragua. Check her stuff out at

Chloe Hooton

Chloe Hooton - Chloe trained as an actress in the UK where she grew up. She relocated to new York 3 years ago and has enjoyed expanding her creative endeavors to include, writing, directing and producing to her name. She is pleased to be included in Lama's Fest of the Best as both a writer and performer.

Colin Chapin

Colin Chapin - Colin originally hails from Victoria, British Columbia in Canada. On film he can be seen with Michael Keaton in "White Noise", and "When A Man Falls", opposite Timothy Hutton. Favorite stage roles include "In April" playing Kurt Cobain and "La Cage Aux Folles" as Monique.

Guy Whitlock

Guy Whitlock - Guy has publicly & professionally expressed himself in many ways over the years, including on NY stages, on camera, in courts as a criminal trial attorney, and as a teacher and public school administrator. Stage venues include HB Playwrights Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, and The Actors Studio. Film credits include Tallulah and Undermind. TV credits include Law & Order, SVU, Louie, and Wonderland. He is thrilled to be a part of Fest of the Best!

Dagmar Stansova

Dagmar Stansova - Dagmar has performed in leading roles off Broadway, at I.N.T.A.R., LaMama, the Public Theatre and on the west coast at the Odyssey Theatre and with the West Coast Ensemble. Her film credits include Waist Deep, Coppolla’s Dracula, HBO’s The Image and By Dawn’s Early Light. She starred in the independent films Dirty Money and Tick Tick Tick which premiered at Sundance. She has also performed Medea and Antigone in Prague. Her first screenplay Velvet Revolution was accepted at the Film Independent Screenwriters Lab and earned her a WGA membership.

JessAnn Smith actress

JessAnn Smith -  JessAnn is an NYC actor, singer, improviser & teaching artist.Her passions include coffee, traveling internationally & connecting with people to create meaningful work. She can be seen singing the Verdi Requiem next week at Lincoln Center with the National Chorale, and the week after that at the PIT performing with her improv team.More @therealjessann, @beaneverywhere & JessAnn is aproud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA.

Keithen Hergott actor

Keithen Hergott -  Owner of August Ace Productions.  Most recently co-produced and starred in Ascension at TADA! Theatre.  Theatre highlights: Medea and The Declaration.  Television highlight: the Independent pilot The Carrier - Featured in the NYTVF at Tribeca Cinemas.  Film highlights: The Love We Shared and Episode 50. Proverbs 3:5-6. - @augustaceproduction.