Brenda Band – Actor
The overly enthusiastic Brenda aka Frenda or Brenda the boob plays the reoccurring Tamale/Hot Dog Lady, a deep and prophetic character whose knowledge is often lost in translation. Brenda describes her relationship with The Vault as at eight-person marriage, where no one is satisfied and no one can date anyone else. Her sultry moves allow her to tackle any role from hipsters to hood rats, from job seekers to your average OG from South Central. Don’t mess with her, she has a gun and she will shoot you.
Stephen Buchanan – Actor/Rapper/BeatMaker
Stephen aka CESL seems to find himself more often than not in the role of new neighbor, gay waiter, or sex-dungeon singer. Once in a while he gets to play a possessed head that gives advice, not head. His penchant for rapping and beat-creation bring a funky and dark musical vibe to an already disturbing show. Don’t be offended if he won’t share his drink, he hates germs and if you’re lucky he’ll even serenade you with his sexy sax…opohne.
Aaron Garcia – Director/ Co-Creator
One of the people responsible for the creation of The Vault, Aaron aka the Trine engages us with his drama-free attitude, his knowledge of stage and his desire for world-peace. The Vault casts him sparingly as his intense performances drive women in the audience to throw their dirty chonies (Spanish for panties) on stage, which is annoying to clean up. His sincerity can be seen in his roles as an unemployed American, a magician’s assistant, and a man jilted by love when his girlfriend leaves him because she’s on the rag.
Fidel Gomez – Director/ Co-Creator/ Actor/Choreographer
Fidel, who also goes by Brother is the other director and co-creator of The Vault. Originally he planned to assemble a cast of talented actors and actresses, but his dreams were dashed when only the current cast showed up to the auditions. He makes up for this loss by starring in a majority of the roles including: head developer Ron Dillinger, and the persuasive fake French salesman from Montebello. He also serves as our inspired choreographer.
Sam Golzari – Actor/ Singer/ Dancer
Sam Golzari, aka Sammy Smiles is The ONLY gentleman in the Vault, Sam’s beautiful singing voice is solely paralleled by his incredible dancing skills. His tender nature often has him playing characters such as: the singing meter maid, a diabolic boogieman with giant balls, and a hapless romantic who falls in love with everything. Be careful if he plays the piano then you may actually fall in love with him.
Esperanza Ibarra – Actor/Singer
Also goes by Espi and Sister, Espi is a horrible rapper with a lot of confidence, yet somehow manages to be an excellent singer, which is perfect for when she has to play mock Disney characters, murdered housewives, hookers, hipsters, bicyclists, and any other character that needs to scream incessantly through out the show. Espi is so dedicated that sometimes she continues to scream even after the show is over and no one is listening.
Ted Lange IV – Writer/Actor
Ted aka Teddy Touches Inappropriately stumbled onto the stage as a brilliant comedic writer, the Vault forced Ted into the spotlight, much to the satisfaction of every audience. He finds himself playing a host of characters, including ex-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, love-child maker Arnold, Max Moneybags, Obama, and a dicklexically challenged real-estate developer. Ted in addition to being well-endowed is extremely skilled with his hands, making puppets, monsters, and bears, oh my… GOD!
Jasmine Orpilla – Actor/Singer/Producer/Composer*
Jasmine Orpilla*: Award-winning performance artist, composer and music producer, most recently selected by LA Weekly as one of the top 10 Most Memorable in art performance, her controversial work spans from long-term creative residency in France (Théâtre du Soleil, Ariane Mnouchkine), Japan, Saudi Arabia, Germany, North and West Africa, the Philippines and throughout the USA. Ms. Orpilla has been funded to perform throughout Los Angeles’ major museums and theatres, and is currently composer/musical director of The Vault Ensemble at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. (*Ms. Orpilla is a member of SACEM composers’ union. Read recent press and more by visiting: www.NinjaMamaLickum.com)
*Member of SACEM composers’ union.
** Picture Courtesy of Gato
Vicki Syal – Writer/Actor/Hula-Hooper/Dinosaur
Vicki aka Vaporuby is a writer that came to the city hoping to make it big and when that didn’t happen she joined The Vault. She has a knack for capturing a role’s dirty essence allowing her to play both innocent children and street hardened floozies. Despite her desire for sophisticated roles she will straddle a monster any day, playing suffering starfish and gypsies alike. She’s best know for diffusing awkward stage moments by blowing bubbles and hula hooping, but will stammer in Portuguese if necessary.
Pictures Courtesy of Koury Angelo