Johnathan McClain as Owen [IMDb]
South Carolina native Johnathan McClain, already a well-known stage actor, is quickly becoming a familiar face in film and television as well. He spent years working in New York, including Off-Broadway in the original cast of Jonathan Tolins’ The Last Sunday In June at The Century Center. He has appeared at theaters all over the country, from the Lincoln Center Theatre to the American Conservatory Theatre. Since moving to Los Angeles he has continued to work onstage, including at The Colony Theatre in the LA Times’ Critic’s Choice production of The Glass Menagerie for which he received a Garland Award for his portrayal of Jim O’Connor. Film credits include the Academy Award-nominated Far From Heaven and the upcoming The Fifth Mafia alongside Joe Mantegna and Armand Assante. He will soon be appearing on television as the lead on TV Land’s second original sitcom, “Retired at 35,” starring opposite George Segal and Jessica Walter as their son. Other TV credits include a series regular role on UPN’s “The Bad Girl’s Guide,” a recurring role on “24,” and many guest appearances on shows such as “Scoundrels,” “Medium,” “Without A Trace,” “CSI,” “CSI: Miami” and “Law & Order: SVU.” He was also a regular contributor to the Public Radio International program, Fair Game from PRI.
Joanna Kerns as Joan [IMDb]
Joanna Kerns has worked continuously in theater, television and film as an actress, director and producer for the last thirty years. She began her career as a dancer on Broadway in Two Gentlemen of Verona and Ulysses in Night Town and went on to an acting career in television. Best known as Maggie Seaver in the long running comedy “Growing Pains,” Joanna has starred in many movies for television. She also co-starred in the Oscar nominated film Girl, Interrupted, the critically acclaimed independent film All Over the Guy and most recently in Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up. After many years as an actress, Joanna began her directing career with episodes of “Ally McBeal,” “Boston Public” and “Beggars and Choosers.” She has since become one of the few female directors working full-time in prime-time television. Her recent directing credits include “Scrubs,” “Psych,” “ER,” “Joan of Arcadia,” “Men in Trees,” “Army Wives,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice” and “Samantha Who?”
Sam McMurray as Frank [IMDb]
New York native Sam McMurray is one of the most recognizable character actors on both the big and small screens, with well over a hundred movie and television credits to his name. A New York native, he began appearing on television and in the movies in the late ’70s and early ’80s. In 1987, he became a regular cast member of “The Tracey Ullman Show” and created a classic character as Glen in Raising Arizona opposite Nicolas Cage. Since then his many credits include L.A. Story, Addams Family Values and “The Sopranos”, as well as recurring roles on “Friends”, “The King of Queens”, “Freaks and Geeks”, “Chicago Hope” and “Breaking Bad”. He continues to work constantly, already completing roles in two movies slated for release in 2010.
Amy Shelton-White as Karen [IMDb]
Amy Shelton-White made her film debut at the SXSW Film Festival starring in Freud’s Second Law. Since then she has starred in several features, including Roger Corman’s Slaughter Studios, Sasquatch Hunters and Magdalena’s Brain, as well as numerous short films. Television appearances include “House”, “Lie to Me”, “Chuck”, “The O.C.” and numerous commercials. She has trained in the Meisner Technique at Wayne Dvorak’s studio in improvisational comedy at The Groundlings. She co-wrote and performed in the weekly sketch comedy show 9 Layer Dipz at The Actors’ Lab in Hollywood and has appeared in several plays in the Los Angeles. Most recently, Amy is starring in a yet-to-be titled independent thriller set in the Philippines, which will hit the festival circuit in 2010.
Earnestine Phillips as the Park Ranger [IMDb]
A native of Dallas, Texas, Earnestine Phillips earned her BA in drama at the University of Houston where she was accepted into the Alpha Psi Omega Dramatic Fraternity, whose membership includes Elizabeth Taylor and Sidney Poitier. Since moving to California she has made numerous television appearances, including guest roles on “NYPD Blue,” “The Practice,” “The Shield,” “Bones,” “Monk,” “ER,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Glee.” An accomplished stage actor, she performs regularly at theaters across the state, including The Sacramento Theatre Company, The Actors’ Circle Theatre, Cast Theatre, Met Theatre, Hudson Street Theatre, 3KO Broadway Theatre and Theatre 40. But her home is the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, where she is a longtime member of the theater’s repertory company and has appeared in roles varied and colorful, male and female, young and old. Past productions include Cymbeline, As You Like It (for which she won the NAACP Theatre Award 2009), The Tempest (for which she won the NAACP Theatre Award 2008), Omnium Gatherum, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, The Winter’s Tale, King Lear, Lysistrata, The Skin Of Our Teeth, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Animal Farm, Medea, Harold and Maude, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Miracle Worker, Macbeth, Richard III, The Robber Bridegroom, The Crucible, Lettice and Lovage, Saint Joan and Educated Women. This season she is appearing as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and as Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth in Carry It On.