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The Cast of


Françoise Tiadem

Françoise is a first-timer at OC-Centric and she is excited to perform in such a wonderfully radical play. A D.C. native, Franny moved to Los Angeles after high school and graduated from USC’s School of Theatre. Franny lives on the Westside of LA where she has appeared in various shorts and independent films. Her most recent stage credit was as a villager in Lorraine Hansberry’s Les Blancs (Rogue Machine Theatre).


When Jessica-Elisabeth was 12, she wanted a pony. Instead, her mother put her in choir. (Thanks mom!) She likes to sing opera with Timothy MacDougall. When not playing Earth Mothers, pirates, and witches on stage, her mild-mannered alter ego makes Excel do math with pretty colors, and will give a sticker to anyone who can use the word "salubrious" in a sentence with her.

Jon Lance Duran
(Detective Wright)

Jon Lance Duran, an L.A. native and member of Urban Theatre Movement, is happy to be part of the OC-Centric New Play Festival. Some of his previous stage work includes Butch Honeywell in Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis, Hector in Massacre: Sing to Your Children by Jose Rivera, Guy in Autobahn by Neil LaBute, and other various readings and one-acts. He hopes you all enjoy the shows.

Gerardo Villa-Lobos

Gerardo makes his 3rd appearance in the OC-Centric New Play Festival this year, after previous roles as Sheriff Frank in Bender and Nick Bast in Fabulous Monsters.  He most recently was seen at the Camino Real Playhouse as Robin Hood and previously as Luigi in The Explorers Club. Gerardo has received training at South Coast Repertory, and currently he studies at the Actors Studio of Orange County.

Irina Kompa

Irina is a Russian and American actress. She has performed on both stage and screen. Irina has acted in film, television, theatre, voiceover. She is known for: Who's Going to Fix the Pool (2015),  1321 (2015),  Lost in Translations (2015), Andy and Android (2015), Two Faces (2015), and The Crime Will Be Investigated (2013). She attended the small school theatre in Russia where she appeared in several theatrical performances at the age of 14. When she was 27, she moved to California. She attended classes at South Coast Repertory, also taking improv classes and classes at Margie Haber Studio in Los Angeles. Her upcoming projects: Seav Ivory: Crosses Insignias and Dollars Signs, and Life Is a Dream. She started studying acting at the age of 23 and dancing at the age of 7, including ballet, jazz, hip-hop and modern dance. Before acting became her profession, she was a professional dancer.

Preston Diaz

Preston is very excited to be participating in his first play with OC-Centric. Most recent credits include State Fair (Musical Theatre Guild, LA) and Young Frankenstein (Palos Verdes Performing Arts). Thanks to Katie and the rest of the team!

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