The Company

larry coen

Larry Coen* is the author of Journey to the Center of the Stage. Larry first appeared with Beau Jest in 1994 as Officer Pupp in Krazy Kat. Since then he has appeared in Beau Jest productions of 8 1/2, War of the Worlds, Last Resort, Motion Sickness, Samurai 7.0, Outward Bound, and Remarkable Rooming House of Madame LeMonde. He is the recipient of three Elliot Norton Awards from the Boston Theater Critics’ Association: in 2007 “Outstanding Actor” for his performances as Laura in The Plexiglass Menagerie, Santa in Silent Night of the Lambs (Gold Dust Orphans); Gandalf in Miss Witherspoon (Lyric Stage Co.); Biondello in Taming of the Shrew (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Vin in Samurai 7.0 (Beau Jest Moving Theatre); in 2009 as a member of the “Outstanding Ensemble” for The Seafarer (SpeakEasy Stage Company); and in 2010 as “Outstanding Director” for Phantom of the Oprah (Gold Dust Orphans). With David Crane he wrote the play Epic Proportions, which had a Broadway production, directed by Jerry Zaks, starring Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Tudyk. His play 9 Circles of the Inferno was commissioned by Emerson College for the 2010 Opening of the Paramount Theater Center. Larry was Artistic Director of the Elliot Norton Award-winning City Stage Co. of Boston, which provides free arts education programs and performances for low-income urban youth and families. He passed away last winter.

donna asali

Donna Asali returns to the Boston stage after a long hiatus. She was a company member of the Alley Theatre in Cambridge for 4 years. Some favorite roles there were Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Shelly in Buried Child, Curly's Wife in Of Mice and Men, Claudia in Nuts, and Suzy in Wait Until Dark, for which she won Best Actress from the Boston Theatre Critics Circle. Other area credits include roles at The New Ehrlich, B.U. Playwrights Theatre, Nucleo Eccletico, New Repertory Theatre, Worcester Foothills, and Open Door Theatre, where she created the role of Finney Stickes in Larry Blamire's Jump Camp. She is honored to join Beau Jest in this production written by our dear and greatly-missed friend Larry Coen.

jeff blanchette

Jeff Blanchette earned a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Arts from Castleton University in 2015. The following year, he played Nicky/Trekkie Monster/Bad Idea Bear in the Ocean State Theatre Company's production of Avenue Q. The show was named Best Musical (2016) by, with Jeff being nominated as Best Actor. Last year, he co-created the Award-Nominated cabaret I Love...What's His Name?, and Down With Love: A Cabaret with Rachel Hanauer. Also in 2017, he was an ensemble and band member in The Buddy Holly Story at the Hackmatack Playhouse in Maine. Last holiday season, he performed in A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play, at The Arctic Playhouse and appeared there in An Evening With Christopher Durang. Currently, he's appearing with Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans in Brokelahomo Sundays at Fisherman Hall in Provincetown, MA. He's very excited to be joining Beau Jest, and would like to thank his family and friends for their unwavering love and support!

robert deveau

Robert Deveau has appeared with Beau Jest in War of the Worlds (as Orson Welles), The Last Resort, Samurai 7.0, Outward Bound, and Ten Blocks on the Camino Real, as well as two Boston Theatre Marathons. He was nominated as Best Director by the Boston Theatre Critics Circle for his production of Wait Until Dark. He can be seen in the cult film fave THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA (as The Farmer) and in its sequel THE LOST SKELETON RETURNS AGAIN, as well as the mystery/comedy DARK AND STORMY NIGHT, all three written and directed by Larry Blamire, the last two available now on DVD from Shout! Factory. Bob is very happy to be working once again with Beau Jest on Larry's play.

nick funnell

Nick Funnell is thrilled to be appearing in his first Beau Jest show, having performed in Bowdoin College's recent rendition of Krazy Kat directed by Davis Robinson. Other favorite credits include Eurydice (Father), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Vice Principal Panch), Macbeth (Macduff), and The Normal Heart (Bruce Niles). Nick has also worked as a voiceover artist, writer, director, and acting teacher.

lauren hallal

Lauren Hallal has been a member of Beau Jest since 1992, first appearing in The Cardiff Giant. Also with Beau Jest, she has appeared in Motion Sickness, The Last Resort, 8 1/2 and as Mrs. Kwakk Wakk in Krazy Kat. Lauren also appeared as the Gypsy in Beau Jest's version of Tennessee Williams' Ten Blocks On the Camino Real, which they performed at Charlestown Working Theatre and also in Provincetown's Tennessee Williams' Theater Festival. Lauren is certified in the Alexander Technique, which she teaches as part of the affiliated faculty at Emerson Theater Program, is an assistant teacher at the Alexander Technique Training Center and enjoys teaching in her private practice. Lauren is grateful to be performing in Larry Coen's play. We miss you so much, Larry.


Kathleen Lewis has worked with Beau Jest in the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival premiere of Ten Blocks on the Camino Real and American Gothic and the Beau Jest original Apartment 4D. She received her BA at Bowdoin College and has most recently performed with Trinacria Theatre Company in their original production La Storia di Colapesce, Flat Earth Theatre in Tales of a 4th Grade Lesbo, and Radium Girls, and Boston Public Works Theater Company in Citizens of the Empire. She's thankful to be working with this zany group of creatives.

davis robinson

Davis Robinson (Director) is founder and artistic director of Beau Jest, a group he is proud to be associated with for the past 30+ years of collaboration as an actor/director. He frequently directs at the Theater at Monmouth in Maine and for Bowdoin College, where he is a professor of theater. He has directed Shakespeare, Chekov, three Tennessee Williams world premieres, opera, new works, and original projects, and has appeared in numerous films, television shows, and commercials. He also teaches physical theater and devising each summer at the Celebration Barn Theater in South Paris, Maine, where he studied with Tony Montanaro. Davis trained with Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France, and is author of "A Practical Guide to Ensemble Devising" and "The Physical Comedy Handbook".

robin smith

Robin JaVonne Smith Robin made her Beau Jest debut in Samurai 7.0. Other Beau Jest shows include American Gothic, Ten Blocks on the Camino Real, Apt. 4D, and Wild Williams. In addition, she has worked with Ryan Landry's Gold Dust Orphans (also a company member), Theatre on Fire, Actors' Shakespeare Project, Fort Point Theatre Channel, Bad Habit Productions, and SpeakEasy Stage Company. Robin is a graduate of Bowdoin College and studied at the British American Drama Academy in London. She is extremely honored to be part of the Beau Jest family.

lisa tucker

Lisa Tucker* is proud to be a founding member of Beau Jest, and has co-created and appeared in all their shows. She played the title roles in their award-winning productions of Krazy Kat and The Remarkable Rooming-house of Madame Lemonde. She was also a part of Beau Jest Junior with fellow Beau Jester Lauren Hallal. Other area credits include Next Door Theater, Aim Stage, Centastage, Fort Point Theatre Channel, New Century Theatre, Foothills Theatre, Stoneham Theater, Shear Madness, Lyric Stage, Tempest Productions, Wheelock Family Theatre, Durham Center Stage, Threshold Theatre, City Stage, and several appearances at the Boston Theater Marathon, as well as voice over, commercial and industrial work.

* Member, Actor's Equity

Designers, Musicians and Technicians

matthew leiwant

Matthew Harold Leiwant (Stage Manager) is excited to be joining Beau Jest for this amazing show, and would like to thank his family and friends for their steadfast love and support! His stage management credits include Cabaret at the Circus Center, Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike at the Arlington Friends of the Drama and Pajama Game at Bowdoin College, where he earned his Bachelor's Degree. His lighting design credits include Twelfth Night, And Then There Were None, and a myriad of dance shows up and down New England.

<libby marcus

Libby Marcus (Puppet Designer) has designed and built puppets and masks for theaters though out the northeast including productions with Beau Jest, The Theater at Monmouth, Maine; Second Stage, NYC; The George Street Playhouse, NJ; The Nora Theater, Emerson Stage, Chamber Theater Productions, and The Boston Museum of Science. Her work can be seen at She lives in Portland, Maine where she teaches and designs, most recently as an adjunct instructor at Central Maine Community College.


Here's to all the actors, designers, musicians and technicians who have made Beau Jest possible.


Donna Asali | Jay Bragan | Tara Callaghan | Anthony Dinicola | Chris Doubek | Mike Farrell | Elyse Garfinkel | Beth Goldman | Jeff Goldman | Jordan Harrison | Steve Herson | Mimi Jo Katano | Nora Laudani | Mark Ness | Heather O'Brien | Ellen Powers | Scott Raker* | Nick Ronan | David Russell | Andy Shulman | Philip Smith | Patrick Sweetman | Karen (Kreuger) Tarjan | Aleks Vranic | Willi Yusah | Bates (Chris) Wilder |


Julia Boynton | Santiago Cardenas | Don Dinicola | Tamora Gooding | Josh Hilberman | Jon Hindmarsh | Adam Schutzman | Alfonso Villalonga and the Cabaret Rose |

Designers/Associate Directors/Stage Managers

Fabian Aguilar | Berg, Jones and Sarvis | Dan Brady | Seth Bodie | Colin Dieck | Erin Victoria Egan | Judy Gailen | Doug Garland | Jared Hirsch | Rafael Jaen | Nicole Jesson | Amy Lee | Yael Lubitzky | Shona Mitchell | Jack O'Connor | Michael Patterson | Karen Perlow | Deb Puhl | Susan Zeeman Rogers | Shelly Sabel | Tony Siracusa | Judy Tucker |

physical comedy handbookensemble devising Books by Davis Robinson

The Physical Comedy Handbook

A Practical Guide to Ensemble Devising