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NYC premiere of Marcus Lloyd's stage thriller

Dead Certain- An out- of-work actor is hired by a reclusive, theatre-obsessed ex-dancer to privately act out a play she has written. The suspense builds layer upon layer as this taut psychological thriller gathers speed at an alarming rate towards a gripping climax.

Marcus Lloyd's script Dead Certain has been called "a delicious four-dimensional pretzel." When asked in an interview about writing Dead Certain, Marcus Lloyd replies with a question. "How much control do we have over our lives?" he ponders. "Are we following some script out there, or do we have some control?

Not surprising that Lloyd questions our ability to control our known universe. In addition to writing for both the large and small screens as well as the stage Marcus Lloyd studied physics at Oxford University. Question about the reality of our perceived surroundings are second nature to him. This is clearly illustrated in Dead Certain where truth and illusion become almost inseparably entangled in a real life game of cat a mouse.

Dead Certain features Diana Brown playing Elizabeth and Andrey Esterlis as Michael. Brown is also a co-host on the podcast program The RU Sirius Show on Esterlis directs.

Open:   07/12/06
Close:   07/23/06

Opening: Wednesday July 12th And continuing Tuesday – Sundays through July 23rd.
Show times @ 8pm, Fridays & Saturdays 8pm & 10pm
Theater:   Gene Frankel Theatre
Address:   24 Bond St.
New York, NY 10012
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Closest subway: 6 to Bleecker, walk north to Bond, west to the theatre

Cost:$20 for 8pm & $15 for 10pm
Buy Tickets Online or Call: SmartTix at 212-868-4444
Company: Expression Theatre Of San Francisco         Official Web Site:
Diana Brown As Elizabeth Bartlett

At present Diana is performing the role of  Henri in the world premiere of Susan Jackson's IN SITU at the 2009 Fringe of Marin.  In Spring of 09 Diana appeared as Inez in Jean-Paul Sartre's NO EXIT with Expression Productions at the NOH Space. The production then moved to the Royce Gallery in San Francisco for a four month extension.  In November of 2008 Diana originated the role of Red in the world premiere of Susan Jackson's solo work, BLESSING HER HEART for which she won a special  to the festival Bay Area Theater Critics Jury award of Best Actress and a nomination for the 2008 Bay Area Theater Critics Award for Best Solo Work.  She reprised the role in the San Francisco premiere of BLESSING HER HEART at the 2009 San Francisco Fringe Festival.
In 2008 she appeared as Annie Wilkes in the San Francisco stage premiere of MISERY by Stephen King, adapted for the stage by Simon Moore, presented by Expression Productions.
In 2007, Expression's NYC opening of Marcus Lloyd's two-handed thriller DEAD CERTAIN marked Diana's NYC stage premiere.  After the NYC run of DEAD CERTAIN, Diana again performed the role of Elizabeth for it's San Francico return engagement, earning excellent reviews as the show enjoyed an extended 5 month run. Diana originally appeared as Elizabeth in the San Francisco premiere of DEAD CERTAIN in 2005.
Diana's stage credits include Dr. Martha Livingston in AGNES OF GOD, Beth in the world premiere of BOX CONSPIRACY with George Coates Performance works, being invited to perform with the company at the prestigious Spoleto USA Festival in Charleston, South Carolina.  She played the Fairy Godmother Magee in CINDERELLA WALTZ, originated the role of Lucifer in the world premiere of Barry J. Weir's THE DEMON POPE at the SF Fringe Festival, the production winning 3 Sold Out Awards.  She also played Heather in the West Coast premiere of Larry Myers' LIVING BY CANDLELIGHT and Berdine in PSYCHO BEACH PARTY.  Diana is a founding member of the Improv ensembles Justice 4  None, The Legal Briefs and Tilted Frame SF/LA, also performing with Submergency and the improvised theater company Radiostar. You can listen to Radiostar on  Diana is the host of The Studio Interviews, also on the Radiostar Network.  She also co-hosted the popular podcast program The RU Sirius Show, available on Diana can be seen as Amerika Gentry in the feature film VIRTUE and as Mrs. Wayne in the soon to be released feature, KNIGHT TO F4

Press follows:


   "Brilliant performance." - Tom W. Kelly, San Francisco Bay Times

   "the best performance at the Fringe of Marin."  - Jeffery R. Smith, Bary Area Critics Circle

 Press for NO EXIT

   “Lustily acerbic.” - San Francisco, Bay Guardian

Press for DEAD CERTAIN (NYC run)

   "...the sleeper of New York City's black box theater season to date." 

                                                                                                       -, NYC

Press for DEAD CERTAIN (SF run):

   “a congenial, creepily mercurial portrait”  - Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle

   "A standing ovation for this deadly jewel of a play."  -Clifon Lemon, SF Station

   “Finely tuned performances” - Robert Avilla, San Francisco Bay Guardian

   “Ms. Brown’s acting is that good.”  -Linda Ayers-Frederick, San Francisco Bay Times


   “Comic Gold”  - Hiya Swanhauser, San Francisco Weekly


   “Brown is winning as Chicklet’s best friend Berdine”  -Bay Area Reporter

Press for DEMON POPE:

   “Diana Brown is Marvelous as the double dealing Lucifer”

                                                                                 -Brad Rosenstien, San Francisco Bay Guardian 


   “Diana Brown is suavely unctuous as Beth” - San Francisco Chronicle


Andrey Esterlis As Michael Boyd
Andrey Esterlis is the founder of Expression Theatre Ensemble. He trained in theatre in both Russia and United States. In Russia he performed at the Government Children Theatre and with the traveling sketch comedy troupe. Hosted several TV specials promoting young Russian rock stars. American stage credits include Walking the Dead at Theater Rhinoceros, God at Shelton Theater, Better Living at Actors Theatre of San Francisco (ATSF), The Night of the Iguana, ATSF, Marriage by Gogol at Shelton Theater, Durang, Durang at ATSF, Just Wild About Harry at Grand Central Theater, Big Funk at Barefoot Theatre, Rain Check with Expression Theatre, Brute (also directed), The Marriage Proposal (also directed), No Exit (also directed), Round Trips (also directed), The Open Couple (also directed), The Problem (also directed) all with Expression Theatre.

Stacy Marshall, Photographer Company Photographer

About the series:

Bi-Costal Perspective Search is new digital photography exhibit By West Coast Photographer Stacy Marshall

The series features iconic landmarks but not in the ways we've grown accustomed to seeing them. Through Marshall's  aperture  we are reintroduced to the familiar in unfamiliar ways. Images from San Francisco/Bay Area represent the West Coast and photos taken in Manhattan and Brooklyn embody the East.

About the Artist:

Stacy Marshall

In addition to her landmark series, she has a considerable portfolio of journalistic images as well as live performance and artist portraits. Her work has been in the SF Weekly, Bay Guardian, Frontiers Newsmagazine, San Francisco Bay Times and Cream Puff Magazine.