We've talked on the blog before about the epic nature of Love in the Time of Monsters. One of the great but challenging things about getting such a big script to screen is the sheer size of the cast. There are over 30+ speaking roles in this sucker; I needed someone who could pull in a lot of talented people in a short period of time. I knew there was only one man I could turn to with such a daunting task: Douglas Clayton. He had the right combination of skills we needed for LiToM: he's smart, efficient, and knows talent when he sees it.
Doug's primary background is in the Los Angeles theater scene. In fact, he has spent many years working with LA Stage Alliance, where they are "dedicated to building awareness, appreciation and support for the performing arts in Greater Los Angeles strengthening the sector through audience engagement, community building, collaborative marketing, professional development and advocacy." Needless to say, if you work in LA theater, Doug's probably heard of you. Another big thing that LA Stage Alliance does is put on the local theater awards every year, called the Ovations:
So Doug was not only able to sift through thousands of submissions and get us good people for the casting room, he was also able to pull in the straight up best, award-winning actors in LA (and beyond!) As I go around town seeing our actors' shows at major LA theaters, I keep commenting about how amazingly lucky we are to have such a great talent to bring our crazy characters to life. This is a testament to Doug's great work ethic and personality. I couldn't be prouder of the work he has done.
Stay tuned to the blog for a bunch of cast announcements in the upcoming weeks. We can't wait to share them all with you!