Tony Award winner Paul Sand will participate in THE DRIVER WHO CRASHED THE PARTY workshop at the Odyssey Theater


Paul Sand Projects announced that it will present a studio production of THE PILOT WHO CRASHED THE PARTY: A Dangerous Satire in Two Acts, a new play written and directed by two-time Drama Desk Award winner Tony and Paul Sand. The Workshop, produced by Kiera Jacob, will premiere over one weekend on April 29, April 30 and May 1, 2022 as a guest production at the Odyssey Theater located at 2055 S Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025.

Sally celebrates her 50th birthday with an elaborate little dinner for three friends at her mansion nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains. Their evening is interrupted and entirely consumed by an unexpected visitor during a rare Southern California rainstorm. As the long night wears on, Sally and her guests learn more and understand each other less as the storm brews outside and inside the walls of the house. Who is this mystery guest really? Or better yet, who are these four seemingly close friends?

“It’s invigorating to rehearse with such remarkable actors, a brilliant young producer and a very talented creative team,” says writer and director Paul Sand. “The idea for the themes of this play has been percolating in my brain for years, then put on paper, and now finally on a stage ready for an audience.”

The workshop production cast includes Jacqueline Wright as Sally, Lee Boek as Daniel, Megan Rippey as Laura, Irish Giron as Ilo, Sol Mason as Pilot, Debra Lane as Valerie and Caroline Quigley as Bess.

THE PILOT WHO CRASHED THE PARTY was designed by Sol Mason, sound design by Shoshana Kuttner, lighting design by Azra King-Abadi and music performed by violinist Yennie Lam. The workshop is sponsored in part by Public Works Improvisational Theater Company.

Tickets for the workshop are $10 and will be on sale soon. To purchase tickets, call the Odyssey Theater box office at 310-477-2055 or visit

Creative Team Bios

Paul Sand (Writer, Director) is a Tony and two-time Drama Desk Award-winning actor, screenwriter and director who has worked in film, television and theater for over 60 years. “I have been so blessed to have experienced many amazing things in my life, in addition to meeting and learning from many creative people. I want to use this time to deliver unique, exciting and engaging entertainment to an audience of all ages,” Sand said. . Paul has appeared on dozens of TV shows, including his roles as the boyfriend of funny TV ladies like Mary Tyler Moore (who can forget the tax-loving listener?) and Carol Burnett. Paul’s own MTM sitcom, Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers, aired on CBS. A few of his co-starring roles in film and TV include HBO’s hit series Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Hot Rock with Robert Redford, The Main Event (with Barbra Streisand), Taxi, The X Files and Murder, SheWrote. In 1971, for playing 11 characters in Paul Sills’ Story Theater, Paul won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play. He also won two Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Performance on Broadway in Story Theater and Ovid’s Metamorphosis. Paul starred in his original play Louis, From Work, which opened at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, and was directed by world-renowned director/choreographer Jerome Robbins. As co-founder and artistic director of Paul Sand Projects, Paul has created an arena where he can utilize all of his many gifts and passions which include not only acting, but also writing, directing and acting. education.

Kiera Jacob (producer) is an actress and Twitch streamer based in Los Angeles. She recently played Alice in the indie film, The Birthmark Killer, and just wrapped playing Maria and Antonio in Twitch’s first-ever production of Tweflth Night, with an all-female cast. When not performing on stream, on screen or on stage, she works for Paul Sand Projects in all sorts of facets; she met Paul Sand when she directed An Illegal Start, and knew she had stumbled upon something incredible. Since then she has continued to act, direct, produce and help grow the business under Paul’s direction. Follow Kiera on Instagram and Twitter @kiera_lp and on twitch at

Azra King-Abadi (Lighting Design) recently designed Apartment Living at Skylight Theater and Poor Clare with Echo Theatre, following its failed March 2020 opening. She has had the opportunity to design several streaming concerts with LA Opera Connects. Her previous work includes Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and The Color Purple with Greenway Court Theatre, Women Beyond Borders with Rubicon Theatre, The Ridiculous Darkness with Son of Semele, Under Milk Wood and Vendetta Chrome with Coeurage Theatre, Lunatics and Actors with Four Clowns, Madama Butterfly with Opera Santa Barbara, Alexander’s Feast with LA Master Chorale, Wonderful Town with LA Opera, Angels in America with the LA Philharmonic.

Shoshana Kuttner (Sound Design) has over 25 years of experience in theater and performance in NYC, LA and SF. From Shakespeare to Nicky Silver and everywhere in between, she shares her passion for storytelling bringing new works to life with the feel of sound. Shoshana is the founder and director of Young Actors Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to growing self-expression through the performing arts.

Yennie Lam (violinist) is a professional violinist with years of professional live performance under her belt. She plays electric and acoustic violin and performs various genres of music ranging from classical to r&b, jazz, pop, folk, rock, contemporary, country, hip-hop and electronic music. Yennie travels the world, pushing the boundaries of contemporary and classical music, from performing live sets of electronic dance music and electrifying the stage with uninterrupted energy to intimate moments where she performs America’s favorite songs, from old classics to popular music. of today. Wherever she is, Yennie will surely bring you a lasting memory that will delight the soul.

Cast Bios

Lee Boek has been an integral part of the Silverlake-based Public Works Improvisational Theater Company since the late 70s, where he has also served as artistic director of the company since 2001. Lee has produced, directed, helped create and starred in virtually every original plays and performance art pieces produced by the company since 1979. Boek’s TV credits include Mama’s Family, Webster, Home Improvement, MADtv and others.

Irish Giron is a multi-faceted actor on stage and screen. He brought to life characters like Teresa in Hristo Boychev’s The Colonel and the Birds, and Judge Littlefield and Caiphus the Elder in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot to name a few. He returns to Paul Sand Projects for his hat trick with his mentor and friend Paul Sand to bring Ilo to life in Paul’s original play, The Pilot Who Crashed the Party.

Debra Lane’s theatrical appearances in Los Angeles include Blue Corridor at the Odyssey, Pinafore! at the Celebration Theater (LA Weekly award), The School for Wives at the Stella Adler Theatre, Ondine at the Powerhouse Theatre, Florinda at the Freud Playhouse, Song of Songs at the Fountain Theatre, Serious Money for LA Theater Works and Rags at the Studio Colony Theatre. Lane can also be heard singing the theme song for The Comeback TV series with Lisa Kudrow.

Sol Mason is an Australian-American actor who works in film, theater and television. Hailing from Brisbane, Mason is happy to call LA home. He specializes in guerrilla warfare and high-concept independent films, appearing in eight feature films – including writer-director Ricardo Spinotti’s Now is Everything with Sir Anthony Hopkins. Mason co-founded Paul Sand Projects, which has worked with Tim Robbins’ The Actors’ Gang, The Ruskin Group Theatre, and now at the Odyssey. Mason holds a dual BA in Theater Studies and Science from the Australian National University.

Caroline Quigley’s theatrical credits include Stephen Fife’s Blue Kiss at the Ark Theatre, Molly Greville’s Unmentionables at Studio One and Sara Katzoff’s Particularly in the Heartland at the Foundry Theatre. On screen, Caroline has starred in numerous films, including Donia Rogia’s drama On God Vomit, Nathaniel Clute’s feature film The Violet Hour and Peter Lygosorsky’s short film iLabs Inc.. Acting with a concentration in musical theater.

Megan Rippey is a Baltimore-born actress who lives and works in Los Angeles. She earned a BA from St. Mary’s College in Maryland in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and a Masters in Performance from CalArts. Recent film credits include the independent fantasy thriller Mermaid Down (2019), the independent western film Badland (2019), the independent action thriller Final Kill (2019) and the lead role in the independent western She Was The Deputy’s Wife ( 2021).

Jacqueline Wright is a graduate of Cal Arts. She works as an actress, playwright and screenwriter in Los Angeles and New York. She is the recipient and nominee of LA Weekly, Stage Raw, Ovations and Drama Critics’ Circle awards. She originated the roles of Molly Carlson and Betty in The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters by Marlane Meyer, directed by Lisa Peterson, JonBenét Ramsey in House of Gold, directed by Gates McFadden, Barb in Blueberry Toast by Mary Laws, Carrie in Mickey Birnbaum’s Backyard. Recent roles include Juliana in the regional premiere of Sharr White’s The Other Place directed by Matthew McCray and The Dope Elf in The Dope Elf, written and directed by Asher Hartman.


Paul Sand Projects has brought creative and original theater to perfectly extravagant venues in Santa Monica and Los Angeles. Inspired by Kurt Weill’s overwhelming critical and public response to the Cuttlefish Hotel, first seen at the end of the Santa Monica Pier, Paul Sand Projects was born. Every year, audiences enjoy Save the Pier!, a play that chronicles the struggle to save the Santa Monica Pier from demolition. Other credits include An Illegal Start staged in the Santa Monica Pier carousel. Paul Sand Projects aims to leave its theatrical mark in the most interesting places.


With a 50-year history as one of Los Angeles’ most adventurous companies and a pioneer of the intimate theatrical movement, the Odyssey continues to deliver world-class live theater experiences at its three-theatre complex. Whether it’s an original new play, a bold revisited classic, or something new to the international theater circuit, Odyssey strives to be provocative, mind-blowing, and emotionally powerful. As an artist-led enterprise, this unique enterprise is always multicultural in intent and practice, serving the wonderfully diverse ethnic mix of the Los Angeles community…both artists and audiences. Paul Sand Projects is honored to be a guest production of the Odyssey Theatre. CLICK ON THE IMAGES TO DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTO.

Screenwriter and director Paul Sand | Photo courtesy of Paul Sand Projects


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