Iseult et Tristan is an adaptation of the 12th century tragic romance centered on the adulterous love affair between Cornish knight Tristan and Irish princess-healer Iseult, who is set to marry King Mark of Cornwall. In this 21st century retelling of the story, a young, African American boxer, Iseult, struggles with addiction and her love for her sister Margot's fiancé, Tristan — all while she pursues her dream of being a gold medalist at the Olympics.
About the Artists
Susan Dalian recently directed a virtual reading of Iseult et Tristan at IAMA Theatre Company (New Works Festival 2020, LA). Other recent directing projects in 2020: Token by Bernardo Cubria (AMMO Theatre Company), Henry VI Part 2 and Richard III (Santa Cruz Shakespeare). She has also directed staged readings of Waiting by Aja Houston & Broken by Aaron Braxton (Inkwell Theater’s Development Lab),The Honeycomb Theory by Garrett Mercer & A Bag Full of Stars by Dionna M. Daniels (AMMO Theatre Company). Other directing credits include: Catch a Fly by Amanda Black (MeetCute/LA), The Narcissist Next Door by Ellen Buckley (Hollywood Fringe Festival, LA), Lie After Lie After Lie by Stephen Dierkes (MACH 33: Cal Tech and Pasadena Playhouse), as Resident Director with Sierra Classic Theatre; Macbeth, As You Like It, The Merchant of Venice, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rapture, Blister, Burn and The Importance of Being Earnest and Art Dog (Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre). In early 2020 she was a co-producer of Nick Gillie’s solo performance Goddess Black (The Hudson Theatre, LA) and is a “Creator” in his non-profit organization Black University (www.black-university.com). Susan is an alumnus of Directors Lab West 2019 and teaches Storytelling with Improv at Burbank Unified School District. As an actor she has appeared in plays at South Coast Repertory (Man from Nebraska by Tracy Letts and Crumb from the Table of Joy by Lynn Nottage), American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, CA Shakespeare Theater, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, The Actors’ Gang, and Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company along with roles in several films and tv shows. Susan holds a BFA from Boston University and is a proud graduate of Baltimore School for the Arts. www.susandalian.com
Chris Gardner’s career has spanned theater, television, film, print, and radio. Hailing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Chris began his work in television on HBO’s, “Oz”. Throughout the years, he has appeared on shows such as, “Law & Order”, “The Practice”, The West Wing”, “Hart Of Dixie”, “Pretty Little Liars” and most recently, “NCIS”. Some of his theater credits include Unbound (IAMA/Hudson Theater), The America Play (Theater @ Boston Court), Welcome To The White Room (Theater Of Note), Sunset Baby (Odyssey Theater). He has appeared in over 100 television commercials. He is also an accomplished voice-over actor “Star Trek: Into Darkness”, the animated feature “Jungle Shuffle”, “Red Tails”. Many video games including “Batman: Arkham Asylum”, “Batman: Arkham City”, “World of Warcraft” and “Call Of Duty”.
Naïma Hebrail Kidjo, a recent transplant to LA, is Franco-Beninese actress and writer who grew up between Brooklyn and Paris. She is thrilled to play Iseult again and work with the folks at La Mama. Favorite credits include: Square Circle Plays (Murmurs LA & MOCA Geffen, Los Angeles), Rachels (Pussy Grabber Plays, Los Angeles), The Crucible (Steppenwolf, Chicago), First Deep Breath (Victory Gardens: Ignition, Chicago), Romeo and Juliet (Teatro Vista, Chicago), and Dracula (Williamstown Theatre Festival). TV, Film: Chicago Med, Chicago PD, Recombined (Short), Intuitions (Short). She is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf and received a BA from Yale University where her play, Pixel Souls, won the Berkeley College Arts Prize.
Sarah Hollis is so thrilled to get the chance to reread this fabulous play written by Pia Wilson! She just wrapped a short film Tyrone’s Infintilization starring opposite James Moses Black. While in COVID, she was able to perform virtually with Shakespeare Santa Cruz in the Wars of the Roses and Richard III, where, portraying many characters, she played Queen Margaret through the entirety of the tetralogy (and was directed by Susan Dalian). Previously, she appeared in Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2019 season, playing Viola in Twelfth Night, Witch #1 in Macbeth, and Elizabeth Condell/Emilia Bassano Lanier in The Book of Will. Other regional theater credits include: Jess in King Charles III, Letter Writer #2 (u/s performed) in Tiny Beautiful Things, Ensemble in Pygmalion (Pasadena Playhouse), Beneatha in A Raisin In The Sun (A Noise Within, LADCC and NAACP Nominated for Best Featured Performance), Viola in Twelfth Night (PCPA), Hafsat Abiola in Seven (LATW, National Tour), Zoe in An Octoroon (Kinetic Theater Company), and Betty 5 (u/s performed) in Collective Rage: A Play in Five Boops (Boston Court). TV credits include: “24” (Fox, recurring), “Lie to Me” (Fox), “The Unit” (CBS) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC). Film: “Kill Your Darlings”, “Falling” (Slamdance 2018), “The Russian Doll”, “From the Dead”, and “Madness” (directed and written by David Rabinowitz & Charlie Watchell).
Georgia born and raised, Alyse Marie is a southern belle, born into a family of love and faith. From theatre productions to film & television, she found her love of storytelling at the age of 11, and hasn't looked back since. Alyse started working professionally at 14, booking a commercial in her first year, and is now a graduate of the University of Southern California - School of Dramatic Arts with a minor in creative producing: The quarantinedClass of 2020. You can catch Alyse reading the stage directions in Iseult et Tristan and soon, on a screen near you. Please follow Alyse as she continues her artistic journey with Alyse Marie Productions. @msalysemarie @alysemariepresents
Pia Wilson is a 2020 Newark Creative Catalyst grant recipient, 2018 Traveling Master for Dramatist Guild Foundation, 2017 NJPAC Stage Exchange commissioned playwright, 2017 resident with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space program, 2015 Sundance fellow, and a recipient of the 2014 Sarah Verdone Writing Award. She is a 2012-2013 resident with LMCC’s Workspace program, a member of the 2008 Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater, and a 2009 playwriting fellow with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Her plays have been produced by Crossroads Theatre, Workspace Collective, Drew University, Adelphi University, Horse Trade Theater Group, and The Fire This Time play festival. Pia’s work as a playwright was part of the curriculum at Franklin & Marshall College in 2019, and in early 2020, she was a playwright in residence at Middlebury College. In television and film, Pia was a staff writer for the upcoming season of National Geographic’s Genius series, GENIUS — Aretha Franklin, and BET's Sacrifice. www.piawilson.com Twitter & Instagram: @pwilson720