THE STORY

The place is a remote cabin in the wilds of Alaska. As a blizzard rages outside, a lonely figure, Henry Harry, lies sleeping. Suddenly, he is awakened by the insistent knocking of an unexpected visitor—who turns out to be Rosannah DeLuce, a distraught young woman who has driven a long way to escape her impending marriage, and who bursts into the cabin dressed in full bridal regalia. Exhausted, she throws herself on Henry's mercy, but after sleeping for two days straight, her vigor—and combativeness—return. Both characters, it develops, have been wounded and embittered by life, and both are refugees from so-called civilization. Thrown together in the confines of the snowbound cabin, they alternately repel and attract each other as, in theatrically vivid exchanges, they explore the pain of the past and, in time, consider the possibilities of the present. In the end their very isolation proves to be the catalyst that allows them to break through the web of old griefs and bitter feelings that beset them both and to reach out for the solace and sanctuary that only hard-won understanding, self-awareness and compassion for the plight of others can bestow.


First presented by New York's prestigious Circle Repertory Company, this richly imaginative absurdist allegory used fantastic and often outlandish situations and characterizations to probe into the nature of modern relationships, both sexual and otherwise. "BRILLIANT TRACES is kooky, weird and definitely off-kilter, but if taken in the right spirit, illuminating about how we live today." —BackStage. "…deals with common issues of love and family, and does so with characters, story and dialogue so fantastic that they could exist only within the enchanted realm of the stage." —NY Times. "BRILLIANT TRACES is one of those plays in which a man and woman battle it out in a small enclosed space, alternately repulsing and seducing each other." —The New Yorker.

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Caroline Gottlieb 

as ROSANNAH DELUCE

Caroline is a New Yorker from the Jersey Shore living in Los Angeles. Her passion for storytelling and entertaining started at a very young age and was first expressed through dance, community theater, and the Atlantic City High School drama club. Caroline received her BFA in Theater from Pace University in Manhattan and is now a dedicated student of the Beverly Hills Playhouse, studying under Allen Barton and Howie Deutch. Caroline can be seen in the feature film, A Rising Tide, which is now airing on SHOWTIME. She also recently produced her first short film entitled Shark Week in which she stars alongside writer/director/actor Jeremy Radin. Other film credits include: Flat, I'm Not Here, Temp-To-Perm. Caroline is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA. She is thrilled to be making her LA professional theatre debut in Brilliant Traces.

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Tomas Pais

as HENRY HARRY

Tomas Pais is a native of Lisbon, Portugal, and has lived in the US since he was thirteen. After spending most of his young life doing school and community theater plays, in college, Tomas majored in Theater at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Los Angeles has been his home for the past fifteen years where he spent the majority of time studying at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and working in film/television. Notably, his most recent film, Hunky Dory, which he starred in and co-wrote, earned numerous festival awards as well as awards for Tomas' immersive lead performance. Brilliant Traces is Tomas' first full-length stage production in LA. When he's not working, Tomas enjoys camping and the company of well behaved dogs.

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Allen Barton

DIRECTOR

Allen Barton is a Los Angeles-based playwright/author, director, teacher and classical pianist. Plays include CIRCLING (premiering in the 2018-19 season), DISCONNECTION (2015), YEARS TO THE DAY (2013), and ENGAGEMENT (2010).  YEARS TO THE DAY was named one of Los Angeles’ 10 Best New Plays by LA Weekly, and has since been performed in ten cities across three continents. Directing credits include ABOUT FAITH, I MAKE YOU LAUGHING, BURN THIS, THE LAST FIVE YEARS, THE REAL THING, RABBIT HOLE, THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, OLEANNA, SPEED-THE-PLOW, and GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES. Allen earned many years’ worth of L.A. stage, television and film credits as an actor, and he is also active as a classical pianist - he was a prizewinner in the 2002 Los Angeles Liszt Society Competition, has recorded five compact discs (available on Apple Music and other streaming services) and performs solo recitals on both coasts. In 2010 he was made a Steinway Artist.  A native of Boston, a graduate of Harvard University and longtime student of the late Milton Katselas, Allen is currently owner and principal teacher at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. His 2017 book THE OASIS OF INSANITY (available at Amazon and iBooks) is a memoir of his apprenticeship with Katselas, as well as a guidebook to the study and pursuit of acting in the 21st century. Allen lives in Los Angeles with his wife, three children, and a black Labrador Retriever.  

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The Beverly Hills Playhouse

Our production is taking place at the legendary Beverly Hills Playhouse, one of the oldest and most renowned acting schools. Our beautiful 80 seat theater is equipped with top of the line lighting and sound and has a fantastic stage that can be both spacious and intimate. 254 S. Robertson Blvd 90211.