Habib Azar (Director)After directing his first episode of As The World Turns at age 22, Habib Azar’s Emmy Award winning career has spanned many media, from soap to contemporary opera. Azar has directed numerous plays including Kyle Jarrow’s Gorilla Man at PS122 for which the Village Voice said his direction “snaps, crackles, and rocks.” His directing credits feature contemporary operas in the US and abroad, including Lewis Nielson’s USW which will premiere in February 2010. Azar has worked as a 3-camera rehearsal director for the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series and has directed webcasts for Live From Lincoln Center including performances by the New York Philharmonic and Wynton Marsalis. Also an accomplished composer and conductor, his most notable commission was for his second opera Heliopause, which premiered at the Wats:on? Festival in Pittsburgh. Armless is his first feature film.
Kyle Jarrow (Writer)
Kyle Jarrow is a Brooklyn-based writer and musician, creating work for film, television, and the stage, as well as playing with the rock bands The Fabulous Entourage and Super Mirage. He’s been called “the kind of writer who likes to provoke people” by The New Yorker and “an iconoclast” by The LA Times. He won the prestigious OBIE Award at age 24 for his Off-Broadway hit A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant, which has subsequently been produced around the country. Other plays include Love Kills, Trigger, President Harding is a Rock Star, Rip Me Open, Hostage Song, Gorilla Man, and the upcoming Whisper House (co-authored with Duncan Sheik). He’s guest lectured at Juilliard, Pratt, and the Actors Studio. More on Kyle at www.landoftrust.com.
Daniel London (John)
Daniel London played Wally the Caretaker in Minority Report, directed by Steven Spielberg, Mark in Kelly Reichardt's Old Joy, and Tom in Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York, among other movies. He has acted in two world-premiere Beth Henley productions, Impossible Marriage, opposite Holly Hunter, and Ridiculous Fraud, among other plays. He's been on television in The Sopranos, Nurse Jackie, and The Good Wife, among other shows. Some recent and upcoming projects include Ethan Coen's play, Offices, at the Atlantic Theater, a 30-minute film about robots directed by Spike Jonze, and Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden's feature, It's Kind of a Funny Story.
Janel Moloney (ANNA)
Janel Moloney is delighted to be at Sundance in Habib Azar's Armless. Moloney is best known for her work as 'Donna' in Aaron Sorkin's series The West Wing (two Emmy nominations.) More recently, Moloney recurred as 'Dana' in Showtime's Brotherhood, played the title role in the critically acclaimed Amber Fry for Lifetime, and has made appearances in 30 Rock, House, Criminal Intent and Life on Mars. Other film includes Desperate Measures, 'Til There Was You, Souler Opposite and Todd Haynes’ Safe. Off Broadway, Moloney appeared opposite Lois Smith and Zoe Kazan in 100 Saints You Should Know.
Matt Walton (Dr. Richard Phillips)
Matt Walton’s film credits include Coen Brothers’ Burn After Reading and recent indies Gigantic, Montclair, Favorite Son, and Sundance selected films Flannel Pajamas & Death in Love. Walton currently appears on Lifetime’s Sherri, ABC’s OLTL, and he is anchoring Comedy Central’s team-up with The Onion, Sports Dome. Other television credits include Rescue Me, Cashmere Mafia, The Bronx is Burning, Hallmark movies and soaps, and all of the Law and Order’s. Off-Broadway created the title character in Kyle Jarrow’s Gorilla Man, directed by Habib Azar. Back in good hands.
Zoe Lister-Jones (Jenny)
Zoe Lister-Jones is from Brooklyn, NY. Film credits include Salt, The Other Guys, State of Play, In Praise of Shadows, All Good Things, Stuck Between Stations, Arranged, Turn the River, Wedding Bros, and Breaking Upwards, which she co-wrote and produced. Television credits include Bored to Death, Kidnapped, The Class. She is the youngest female to ever guest star on all four Law and Order's. She can be seen in the upcoming Adult Swim live action series Delocated, currently in its second season. She made her Broadway debut in 2007 with The Little Dog Laughed, a role that she originated off Broadway at Second Stage. Other theater credits include The Accomplices (The New Group), The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Roundabout), and Codependence is a Four Letter Word: A One Woman Show (P.S. 122).
Laurie Kennedy (Marie)
Laurie Kennedy has appeared on Broadway in Copenhagen, Angels in America, Major Barbara, Spoils of War, Macbeth, and Man and Superman for which she earned Tony and Drama Desk nominations. Off-Broadway plays include Madras House, All’s Well That Ends Well, Andorra, Master Builder, Recruiting Officer, He and She, Ladyhouse Blues, Candida, Richard II, Richard III, Preservation Society, and Three Tall Women. Kennedy has performed at many regional theaters including the Mark Taper Forum (Three Sisters), Ahmanson Theatre (Hay Fever), among others. Kennedy has acted in 21 seasons of the Williamsontown Summer Festival and 12 seasons at the O’Neill Theatre Center. Television credits include Mony, Bedford Diaries, Oz, Third Watch, Criminal Intent, Law and Order, and Homicide. Film credits include Love Letter, Choices, Path to Paradise, Perfect Tribute, Kennedy, Twisted, Iris, and All Good Things. Kennedy’s work earned her the Theatre World and Clarence Derwent Awards.