"20th Century Art"Program
Meet the Artistic Team
Ian Dick (J.R.R. Tolkien // Arthur Conan Doyle)
Ian Dick is an award-winning actor known for his work on Recruiters: Mission First (VET TV), In Another Room (E3W Productions) and Happiness Adjacent (Guest House Films). He trained at the University of California- Santa Cruz and worked with the illustrious Shakespeare Santa Cruz theater company before moving to LA, where he now collaborates regularly with director Barnet Kellman (Murphy Brown, Mad About You, Felicity) while volunteering his time for the USC School of Cinematic Arts. In his off time he rides mountain bikes for Santa Cruz Factory Racing and enjoys painting, disc golf and backpacking. Further career information can be found at Ian-Dick.com
Ben Little (Ernest Hemingway)
Ben Little is a performer and voice actor based in Los Angeles, a graduate of UCSD’s Theatre and Dance Department. During his time in University he also had the opportunity to study abroad at the Gaiety School of Acting and University College Dublin in Ireland. He has always loved the ability that acting and performing has to create positive change in the minds of a community. He has performed in theaters across San Diego County and worked at Legoland California Resort and Seaworld San Diego as a mainstage actor until closures from COVID-19. Recently he has had the opportunity to teach improv as a guest artist with Moonlight Youth Theatre in Vista, CA, and has also lent his voice to audio dramas and voice over projects for multiple companies around Southern California. Ben is excited to be a part of Flat Tire Theatre Company’s staged reading of 20th CENTURY ART in this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival!
James Butler (David Bowie)
James started acting at 10 years old when he was first cast as Mr. Darling in a children’s production of Peter Pan at a small community theater in Twin Falls, Idaho. From there, he went on to star in multiple different productions including Beauty and the Beast and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) while winning several community awards. At 20 years old, he moved to Australia to study music, and then studied Acting for Film at the New York Film Academy in Sydney in 2016.
He has appeared in the virtual productions of Womxn’s Showcase (2021) and 2560×1600 (2020) from Flat Tire Theater Company, and has worked as the voice actor for Zhong Hui in the videogame Dynasty Warriors 9 (2018). He currently resides in Los Angeles, California, and has since 2017.
Sarah Ruttan (Margaret Hamilton)
Sarah Ruttan is happy to return to the stage again after so long away for “20th Century Art”. This is Sarah’s first time joining The Flat Tire Company, only having previously watched some of their wonderful plays from the audience seat. A native Californian, Sarah came to Los Angeles in 2013 to earn her BFA in Acting and hasn’t left since. Previously, Sarah worked several years with MBStage Productions “The Video Games” where she played as Zelda/Sheik, and in 2019 premiered her first script, “Monsters of Man: A Supernatural Anthology”. Now, she is excited for the opportunity to play as Margaret Hamilton and hopes to show how amazing a woman this actress truly was.
Carlos Chavez (John Lennon)
Born in Peru Carlos started acting at a young age. Time's Person of the Year in 2006. Being a big fan of comedy he believes in can be found even in the darkest of times.
Chelsea Figueroa (Agatha Christie // Judy Garland)
Chelsea Figueroa has been a member of Flat Tire Theatre Co. since 2019, and was previously seen in The Twins of Gillygate (Wench) and Olivia Wilde Does Not Survive the Apocalypse (Chandler), which won Best Comedy at Hollywood Fringe 2019. She is thankful and excited for the opportunity to perform onstage again!
Sarah Marcum Reyes (Agatha Mallowan // Billie Burke)
Sarah Marcum Reyes has a BFA from The University of Texas with LA-based training from The Groundlings, John Hindman Studio, Nancy Banks Studio, and Actors Comedy Studio AND does an alright job as the Artistic Director of Flat Tire Theatre Company. Did you know Agatha Christie wrote romance novels under the name Mary Westmacott?!!
Tom Vohasek (Writer)
Vohasek moved from Chicago to LA in 2015. As well as being the writer of "20th Century Art," he is currently in post production on a low budget indie feature, "Halloween Party," and is writing an epic gothic horror novel.
Natalie Pellegrini (Director)
Natalie has been with Flat Tire Theatre Co. for over four years and is very excited to be directing her first full length show. Working with the cast and crew has been such an amazing welcome back into live theatre and she is so excited to share this production with everyone.
Additional Production Team
Tech/Booth – Beth Wallan
Fringe Producers – Paige Brown and Ian Price
Artistic Director – Sarah Marcum Reyes
Development Director – Amanda Lloyd
Marketing Director – Lindsay Kelly
Membership Director – Natalie Pellegrini
Finance Director – Jon Lloyd
Networking Director – Michael Reyes
Meet our Non-Fictional Characters
Ernest Hemingway - Ernest will one day be the author of such masterpieces as The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. But before the fame and notoriety, Hemingway was working as an ambulance driver during WW1.
J. R. R. Tolkien – John will famously be known as the beloved author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. During WW1 Tolkien was peer pressured into enlisting and went reluctantly to war. In the Trenches of World War I, he writes what becomes The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales, the foundations of Middle Earth and The Lord of the Rings.
Agatha Christie – Agatha is the prolific mystery writer who created Hercule Poirot and Ms. Marple, author of Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile and And Then There Were None, Christie has just experienced her first major success with the publication of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. In 1926, she vanished for 11 days.
Arthur Conan Doyle – Arthur is the author of The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Doyle is near the end of his life and career when Agatha Christie goes missing. Asked to find her he uses all the skills of Sherlock Holmes to hunt down the missing writer.
Margaret Hamilton – Margaret is currently cast as the infamous Wicked Witch of the West in the new technicolor film, The Wizard of Oz. There are more films on her horizon, but the experience of filming this fantastic movie pushes her to her limits.
James Whale – James is the director of Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Old Dark House and Showboat. Before his illustrious career in film, Whale worked in theatre in England before moving to the United States to become a Hollywood director. His career carried him through the 1930’s. He was the first openly gay director in Hollywood.
Judy Garland – Judy is a rising bright but tragic star of Hollywood’s golden age, she is best known for playing Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. She is a teenager in this career making role but history will show that her star did not always shine brightly.
Billie Burke – Billie takes the technicolor screen as Glinda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz. Burke has worked on Broadway, radio, and in both the silent and talkie film era. She was married to Broadway producer, Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. and was up for an Academy Award in the same year as filming on The Wizard of Oz.
David Bowie – David needs no introduction. Actor, rock star, queer icon, Bowie was the prolific song writer of numerous albums including The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Low, Diamond Dogs, Scary Monsters, and Station to Station. Currently he is opening The Elephant Man on Broadway in the role of John Merrick.
John Lennon – John: one of The Beatles, the band that took the 60’s by storm. Lennon’s later life is defined by his relationship with Yoko Ono and his political activism. Lennon was assassinated by Mark David Chapman in December of 1980 in front of the Dakota in New York City, where he lived with Yoko.
Beth Wallan, Ian Price, Paige Brown, Lindsay Kelly, Amanda Lloyd and the entirety of Flat Tire Leadership, Nik Lucaj and Odin for sharing their living space, and The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
This production is made possible by a grant from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs