Beloved – NoHo Arts District

[NoHo Arts District] The roadside theater company announces the third and final show of its 30and repertoire season anniversary, the world premiere of “Beloved,” written by Arthur Holden, directed by Cameron Watson and starring Sam Anderson, Taylor Gilbert and Cherish Duke, from May 13 to June 19.

In this world first, Dorothy and Stephen are married co-owners of a failing real estate company. They are shocked when they learn their teenage son has committed a disturbing crime – and they are devastated when they find out why. In three successive waiting rooms, accompanied by three young professionals, Dorothy and Stephen must overcome confusion, acrimony and bitter regret as they struggle to find a way forward.


ARTHUR HOLDEN (Playwright) is an actor and writer. His pieces have been presented in Montreal, New York, London and Vancouver. “Beloved” is his first work to be staged in Los Angeles. He is honored to join The Road’s list of world premiere playwrights.

CAMERON WATSON (Director) His vast and varied work earned him the Distinguished Achievement in Directing Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle.

Cameron created, wrote and directed the hit comedy series “Break A Hip”. Christina Pickles won a Primetime Emmy Award for her work on the show. Cameron wrote and directed the Miramax feature “Our Very Own”, starring Allison Janney, Jason Ritter, Cheryl Hines and Keith Carradine. Ms Janney received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her work in the film. A prolific and highly sought-after director, Cameron has received widespread critical acclaim, with the Wall Street Journal citing his work as “the best in the country”. He is known for his highly rated and box office hits at Antaeus Theater Company (“The Little Foxes,” “Cat on A Hot Tin Roof,” “Picnic” and “Top Girls”) as well as his work at the Rogue Machine Theater (“Cock”), The Fountain Theatre, The Pasadena Playhouse, Ensemble Theater Company, The Colony Theater (the now legendary production of “Trying” with Alan Mandell and Rebecca Mozo), The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, The Road Theater and The New American Theatre. Her current work includes “Love Letters” with Martin Sheen and Melissa Fitzgerald and a national/virtual production of Caryl Churchill’s “Love and Information” with the Theater Workshop of Nantucket. He recently conducted the US premiere of “Other Than That, We’re Happy” at the Rogue Machine Theater at The Matrix.

The casting

SAM ANDERSON (Stephen) His 40-year acting career includes hits such as ‘Lost’, ‘Forrest Gump’, ‘La Samba’, ‘ER’ and over 200 other film and TV appearances. Up next for him is Netflix’s ‘Painkiller’ limited series, in which he plays Purdue Pharma’s ruthless Raymond Sackler, and a special appearance in Sony’s film adaptation of the hit novel ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’, in cinemas in July.

On stage, he has won several acting awards for such projects as “John Is A Father” at The Road and “Blackbird” at Rogue Machine. In addition to being artistic director of the Road Theater Company with Taylor Gilbert, he is also a writer/director and a member of Mystery Writers of America.

TAYLOR GILBERT (Dorothy) is the founder and co-artistic director of The Road Theater Company. She also sits on the board of directors. Taylor has produced over 60 traveling shows. Road directing credits include: award-winning shows ‘In The Name of the People’, ‘Mooncalf’, ‘My Last Confession’, ‘The Chisholm Trail Went through Here’ and ‘Slumber Party’. She co-directed “Hitlers Head” and “Homefires”, with Ken Sawyer. Taylor has been seen on road scenes in: “Balm in Gilead”, “Why Things Burn”, “Vig”, “Pirates”, “Akela”, “Merlin”, “American Romance”, “White People”, “A Paradise Astray”, “The Seventh Monarch”, “The Pagans”, “Oroboros”, “Upside Down in High Heels”, “Neither Have I Wings to Fly”, “Madagascar” , “Sovereign Body”, “The Other Place”, “The Baby Play”, and “Stupid Kid”. His film appearances include: “Spiderman 1 and 2”, “Hancock”, “The Island”, “Twister “, “Tucker”, “The Dead Pool” and “The McMartin Trials”.

CHERISH DUKE (Sylvia/Miriam/Marika) Her most recent LA credits include “Seven Guitars” (A Noise Within), “At The Table” (The Road Theater Company – Stage Raw Nomination – Best Actress and Best Ensemble); “The Top of the Mountain” (Garry Marshall Theater). Selected NY Credits: “The Tragedy at Hood 1454: Hooksickle” (International Fringe Festival), “Ida B Wells: A Play in Four Parts” (Afrikan Woman’s Repertory), “The Taming of The Shrew” (Pulse Theater Ensemble), ” Timon in Athens” (George Bernard Shaw Theater – UK) Television/Film: “Black-ish”, “Jane the Virgin”, “Pearson”, “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

The production team

The design team of “Beloved” is: Scenic Design by Brian Graves; Lighting design by Derrick McDaniel; Sound design by Marc Antonio Pritchett; Costume design by Michele Young. Projection design is by Nicholas Santiago. The production manager is Maurie Gonzalez. “Beloved” is produced by Danna Hyams with consulting producer Darryl Johnson.

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