Thank you to all our donors!

We recently ran an Indiegogo campaign for A Very Modern Marriage and raised over $3800!  Thank you to all of our donors, we appreciate all of the love and support and your help in making this World Premiere the best it can possibly be!  With all of our hearts and deepest appreciation, THANK YOU!


The Full Sha-bang!

A number of Anonymous Donors who we LOVE!


Light Groping

Karen Tomajan and Mark Harper, in honor of George Tomajan


French Kiss

Margaretta Jolly

Jana Harrison

Brian Fukano


Kiss on the Cheek

Alex Calleros

Sheila Tucker

Brandon Vedder

Jessica and Steve Albonico

Danielle Ozymandias

Ryan Marteney


Bear Hug

Jacqueline Khachatrian

Sylvia Loehndorf

Esther Mira

Matthew Latham

Annie Bush

Michael Tucker

Janet Miller

Emily Donn

Tara Donovan

Marisa Persson

Deb Reiner

Jenny Hofmeister

Kathryn Lejeune

Maggie Blake

Blake Bogosian

Ryan McDuffie

Mike Snowden

Janel Lyman

Dylan Saunders and Shashona Brooks

Garrett Liggett

Kate Motzenbacker

Dane Story

Brian Wescott

Allison Page

Kate Lyman

Joanna Hernandez

Lusine Mosinyan

David Shorr


Hetero Back Pat

Jessica Salans

Whitney McLaughlin

Jourdan Strain

Mandy Muenzer

Janna Watkins

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Audition Notice for A Very Modern Marriage

VMMlogo_thumbThis world premiere play by Arthur M. Jolly examines the current state of marriage with a script that is simultaneously honest and absurd.

Matthew and Tina have a volatile marriage that isn’t helped when their anniversary is crashed by Tina’s friend Christopher who has just broken up with his boyfriend. Vowing to do everything he can to help, Christopher quickly noses his way into their home and their lives and we learn there may be some deeper motives at play.

Unexpected people leave and even more unexpected people grow closer than they ever anticipated. Suddenly the only way to make this marriage work is to come to an altogether unique and very modern conclusion. Like an Odd Couple for the modern age, this comedy is full of love and laughs and nothing you’d expect.

This play will premier at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2015.

Cast Breakdown:

Matthew- late 20s-early 40s, married to Tina, he is passionate and overly dramatic at times. He can also be defensive in the face of Tina’s and Christopher’s strong, in your face personalities. He is genuinely in love with Tina but has feelings for Christopher he doesn’t know how to deal with and is struggling to find the solution his problems with Tina. Physical role that requires pratfalls and the actor to be comfortable with male on male affection.

Tina: late 20s-early 40s, married to Matthew, she is also very passionate with a cutting sense of humor, she keeps a good heart well hidden. She can come off as rash and impulsive at times, but really she has a greater understanding of the situation than it may seem. She genuinely loves Matthew, but doesn’t see their relationship working as is and is struggling with the right solution. Physical role that requires some pratfalls.

Christopher: late 20s-early 40s wears his flamboyant personality like a cape – that sometimes slips to reveal his true self. He’s cutting and honest and quick-witted but also caring and loving and willing to fight for those he cares about. He is Tina’s GBF (gay best friend) and a sometimes secret friend of Matthew’s who he has a strong attraction to. Physical role that may require some prat falls and the actor would have to be comfortable with male on male affection.

To submit for any of these roles, please send a headshot and resume to  Auditions will be March 15th and we will email sides beforehand.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!

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Why I Chose ‘Riot Grrrl Saves the World’ by Scott Marden

“Sometimes the most radical thing we can do is talk because then we see how much we have in common. And then from there you can start to change things.”

– Joslyn, Riot Grrrl Saves the World by Louisa Hill

1383261_661441670202_888970850_nMy junior year of highschool saw the destruction of the twin towers at the hands of terrorists. Later that year, I watched in shock as the government shifted its focus from Afghanistan to Iraq, from presumably trying to find and “bring to justice” the people who had attacked us, to what could only be described as a play for one of the richest oil regions in the world. I started commuting from my suburb in the Bay Area to San Francisco to march in protest. I wore satirical T-shirts and chanted along side my friends and strangers. In short, I believed I could change the world, that we as a mass of people could stop what was happening and bring about a positive change.

    Then I went to college. I got a girlfriend, I immersed myself in a theatre program so intense that I forgot all about changing the world, focused solely on getting through the week, and sleeping on the weekend. More importantly, I saw that we didn’t do much to change the world. When George W. Bush was reelected for a second term, any illusions I had of having a voice seemed to vanish right in front of me. Over the last ten years, this feeling of helplessness has only grown, as I have seen time and again those people with money and influence gain even more of it, while the rest of the country seems to slip away. Amid all of this, I stopped trying to change things.

    When I first read Riot Grrrl Saves the World I immediately remembered what it was to believe you could change things. To recognize the injustice and think to yourself “If I can yell, sing, and chant loudly enough, someone has to hear me.” It is vital that young people in our country believe they can change things, and it is tragic that our current system has become so efficient at beating this belief out of them.

    My hope is that this play, written by an incredibly passionate woman, and starring four of the most vibrant and talented women I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with, will stir something inside of you. A memory of a time long past, a feeling that revolution and change are just around the corner, as long as we keep marching towards them.

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Audition Notice for Riot Grrrl Saves the World

Riot-Grrrl imageA World Premiere play by Award Winning Playwright Louisa Hill.

When a Jehovah’s Witness stumbles into a Riot Grrrl meeting, beliefs are challenged on all sides.  But since the Apocalypse is just around the corner, these teen punk prophets must band together to save the world by making zines, rocking out and navigating the beginning of love at the End of Days.

This play will premier as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2014.

Cast Breakdown:

JOSLYN: Compassionate, idealistic. A community organizer/ Riot Grrrl. Any race/ethnicity. Must be able to play 17.

STEPH: Strong, full of fire. A punk rock aficionado/ Riot Grrrl. Any race/ethnicity. Must be able to play 18.

HARRIET: Organized, nerdy, ambitious. An expert zine maker/ Riot Grrrl. Any race/ethnicity. Must be able to play 16.

DARLA: A Jehovah’s Witness. Wide-eyed and eager to participate in this new punk rock world (but still experiencing guilt and shame). Any race/ethnicity. Must be able to play 16.

All actors must be punky, energetic, playful, youthful, and optimistic, with a great sense of humor and comedic timing.

Musical skills preferred (electric guitar, bass, or drums), though not required.

To submit for any of these roles, send a headshot and resume to!  Auditions will be held March 22nd from 1-5pm and 23rd from 12-5pm.  Sides will be provided.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!

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‘It’s Important to Leave, as Well’ wins Unleashed Award

Will Play for Food Wins Unleashed Award

The Cast & Crew of It’s Important to Leave, as Well receive Unleashed Award at 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival. (From Left: Scott Marden, Garrett Liggett, Olivia Schlueter-Corey, Deborah Jensen)

At the closing ceremonies of the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival, the Cast and Crew of It’s Important to Leave, as Well by Joshua Morrison were announced as the winners of the coveted Unleashed Award for Best Ensemble. 

Returning for a second year to the Hollywood Fringe Festival, the members of the Will Play for Food Theater Group worked with Los Angeles Playwright Joshua Morrison to develop an original script. After three weeks of sold out performances and praise from audiences and critics alike, it’s time to say farewell to another year of Fringe, and look forward to what comes next.

See you in 2014!

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Will Blog for Food: Marisa Persson (6/24/13)

HeadshotI love the show How I Met Your Mother. Not just because I’m secretly obsessed with Neil Patrick Harris, but also because the show forces me into a state of reflection. That’s right, sitcoms can be deep too.  The main character, Ted, talks about his architecture company that he is attempting to get off the ground with his friend Robin, when he reveals his fear of really starting, “ The longer I put off starting this company, the longer it can stay a dream and not something I screwed up at.”  When I think about my own acting career, I think about fear too… But, not just the fear of failing or screwing up. I fear actually succeeding and getting everything I’ve ever wanted. I fear making art that some people may actively hate. But more than that, I fear making art people will relate to, enjoy, love and come back for more. Why? Because dealing with success means it’s no longer a dream. And dreaming is so much easier.

The prospect of success vs. failure is what I feared when we decided to create something brand new for the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2013.  Will Play for Food collectively wanted to tailor make something for the Fringe.  We wanted to feed our fear by feeding the Fringe with a theater piece that could potentially break every theater convention while tampering with the conventions of theater.

After months of discussion, we had nothing but discussion. We hadn’t really started. It was easier to just continue discussing in circles the potential ideas we could use to build a show instead of actually beginning the process. When we were two months out from the festival, we knew the time had come to get our butts in gear and handle our fears. Director, Scott Marden wrangled the company up and began holding improvisation sessions. Writer, Josh Morrison, agreed to come and watch and take notes. And after several meetings we realized we were running out of time only to find Morrison had conjured up a great initial script.

On opening day of the show, I was terrified. The dream of creating something for Hollywood Fringe had become a reality and there was no turning back. It was either going to become something we screwed up at or a success.

“It’s Important to Leave, As Well” is a show focused on the theater and its conventions. It deals with relationships and gender ironies. It explores the art of theater as a therapeutic medium for both audience and actor; joined together to reflect on their lives, which brings that inevitable vulnerability we all fear being seen by anyone else. Everyone is left to deal with his or her own exposed reflections and the responses it may evoke in the people surrounding them.

Now with only 2 more performances left, I think everyone involved in this production would back me up when I say: we are truly thankful to all that have come to support our art at the Fringe this year. Thank you to those who have watched and participated in feeding the Fringe with originality and comradery. WPFF is truly grateful for the support system the Fringe creates amongst theater professionals. It makes it a little easier to face our fears and grow!

This summer, I invite you to face your own fears. Create and be open to failure. And better yet, create and be open to success. Don’t be satisfied with just dreaming.

Oh! And if you haven’t seen “It’s Important to Leave, As Well,” now is your chance.

Marisa Persson

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Will Blog for Food: Deborah Jensen (6/4/13)

It’s been quite a while since our last post, and we’re sorry for that. It’s not that we don’t love you, we’ve just been spending most of our time developing a brand new play for the Hollywood Fringe Festival. As we’re heading into preview weekend  we wanted to bring you another special edition of the blog. Guest Artist Deborah Jensen is making her WPFF debut at the Fringe, and we could not be more excited to have her in the cast.  

Deborah HeadshotHello.  My name is Deborah.  I like sitting quietly and thinking for long periods of time, napping with my ancient dog, conspiracy theories, drum circles, and friendly conversation.  I dislike, the great pacific garbage patch, shopping centers, lawns, and liars.

Many people have asked me why I live in LA.  The short answer is: I’m an actor

But it’s difficult to label oneself.  Labeling is the step before puting something in a box, and then comes the shelf.  Things left on shelves rarely change.  Dust gatherers. These things may see the light now and again, to be laughed at, admired, cried over, thrown away–but rarely changed.  I think I have a fear that, if I label myself as an actor, I will somehow limit my potential as a human being.

The long answer is:  I was compelled to fly south.  My move to LA was based on feelings.  The plan was always to move to Portland until about 6 months before I found myself down here, and I cannot give a logical reason why I changed my mind, but I’m glad I did.  In my time at Southern Oregon University, it was my dream that I would get to work with classmates I admired so much after we were done with school, and this is exactly what I am doing now.  I did not think having long lasting professional, and, personal relationships with so many amazing talented people was possible.

In our first year studying theatre at SOU, We were told that only %5 of actors make a living wage doing what they love.  It was also somehow drilled into my dome that my goal as an actor is to get paid for acting.  Once I arrived in Los Angeles, this lead to personal crisis.  How does this work?  What am I doing wrong?  What’s the right move? I no longer knew what I liked about this artform.  All the love I cultivated for the theatre was washed away in tears of frustration.  I had taken those lessons from college, etched them in stone, and burried myself under them, and it wasn’t until recently that I dug myself out.

I’ve never been very good at capitalism (except for my cutthroat monopoly playing style).  When evaluating the direction my life is headed, and questioning my choices (as I often do) cash-flow is taken out of the equation.  Not that I don’t put it back in eventually, I simply want to know what I really wish to do with my life, regardless of what it would mean monetarily.

People spend their whole lives pursuing money, and more money, and more, andmoreandmore.  It’s never ending.  This can’t be IT.  There was life before money right?

Now I’m not saying I don’t think about it at all–obviously there are certain creature comforts that one must take into consideration, children, pets, spouses…My hippy dippy ideals don’t pay the bills, and if we don’t come from money we have to find it, this is the way America is right now.  There is more than enough to go around, but it’s hiding in the cracks and crevasses.

Art has nothing to do with money.  I know we all want to make a living at our craft, and I’m not saying that this isn’t something to strive for, but let’s get our priorities straight.  We are not artists to make money, and if your main goal as an actor/writer/director/painter/photographer/clown/etc is to be showered showered cash and cheap thrills, then please stop–PLEASE STOP.  You’re ruining it for everyone.  Pooping in the pool.

Practicing art is an end in itself, never a means to it;  this is very easy to forget.  It happens to everyone.  We get buried with all the bureaucracy and mumbo jumbo that comes along with everything, until there is no choice but to dig out and rediscover the truth of why we live.

I care about the messages we are sending the world through theatre and “film”, and if i don’t believe in the integrity of what’s being developed, then I ought not be a part of it.  I know I’m and idealist, but there has to be some of us, right?

I now remember what I loved about acting.  Telling stories.  Telling beautiful, meaningful, heartbreaking, hilarious, human stories.  I want to help people understand each other by showing how much alike we all are.  I truly believe we can live in a more peaceful world, and this is the best way I know how to help make that happen.  And I want to spend my life learning how I can perform to the best of my abilities.

-Deborah Jensen

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