“Bakersfield Mist” is about a “hard-drinking broad” (Maude, portrayed by Lee Ann Manley) who buys a painting for $3 as a joke, because she thinks it’s so ugly. Someone suggests it could be a real Jackson Pollock. When a snooty art appraiser (Lionel, portrayed by Paul Sulzman) is dispatched to her trailer to authenticate the painting, the sparks and Jack Daniels start flying, as the two of them face off in a hilarious argument over what’s real and what’s not. The bottom line: is it a hundred million-dollar missing Pollock or a fake?
Both members of the cast were last seen on the Ojai Art Center Theater stage in On Golden Pond in January 2018
LEE ANN MANLEY (Maude) Lee Ann has been awarded nationally and internationally for her work onstage. She received the Princess Grace Award from Princess Caroline of Monaco and is the recipient of the Robin Williams, Dame Helen Hayes and Theater Bay Area Critics awards. She starred as Arkadina in the international production of The Moscow Art Theatre's The Seagull. Lee Ann received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (summa cum laude) and went on to study at the The Moscow Art Theatre and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Favorite roles include Ellen Terry (The Uncommon Players), Kate (The Taming of the Shrew), Julia (The Philanderer), Constance (King John), Nora (The Plough and the Stars) and Katherine (The Foreigner - directed by John Shuck). Lee Ann was last seen locally as Raffaela (Grand Hotel), Miss Skillon (See How They Run) and Queen Gertrude (Hamlet directed by Jessica Kubzansky). By day Lee is an acting coach, professional Environmental Acupuncturist and Xuan Kong Feng Shui specialist with a fascination and focus on Para-geology – the study and haunted houses and land.
PAUL SULZMAN (Lionel) Local stage credits include Brindsley in “Black Comedy”, The Doctor in “Grand Hotel”(OPAT), also Peter in “The Zoo Story” with Michael Nader; Claudius & the Ghost in "Hamlet" (Theater 150). Stage credits from around the country include: “Edward II” and Tom Stoppard’s “The Invention of Love” (U.S. Premiere) with the American Conservatory Theater; Edmund in “King Lear”, Proteus in “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” (California Shakespeare Festival); Hubert in “King John” (Actors Gang); Harker in “Dracula” (Sacramento Theater Company); Torvald in “Nora”, Jim in “The Glass Menagerie”, Camille in “A Flea In Her Ear” (Aurora Theater Company); Benedick in "Much Ado About Nothing", The King in “Love’s Labour’s Lost” (Lake Tahoe Shakespeare); Petruchio in “The Taming of the Shrew”, Iago in “Othello”, the Antipholus twins in “The Comedy of Errors”,(Marin Shakespeare Company). Paul has received the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award three times for Petruchio, Camille, & Jerry in “Betrayal”, and the Dramalogue Award three times for playing Hamlet (Stinson Beach), Iago in “Othello”, and Edmund in “King Lear”.