Fading Light

the world premiere of a drama by

Herman Johansen

FringeNYC Venue #11 64E4 Mainstage

WED 8/19 @ 2:15; SAT 8/22 @ 9:15; SUN 8/23 @ 3:45;

TUE 8/25 @ 9:15; FRI 8/28 @ 4:30


Email: herman@martintanner.com or use the Contact Us page.

“…a heartbreaking family drama.”
—Audrey Frischman, Theater is Easy

“…a sophisticated script, with Lillian’s fading memory proving the perfect tool for drawing out suspense.”
—Kimberly Wadsworth, NY Theater Now

A native New Yorker, JD Lynch* (Samuel) has performed in many regional and stock theatres. Off-Broadway credits include featured soloist in Don’t Cry Out Loud, a musical revue celebrating the life of Peter Allen, Bob Cratchit in the NY premiere of A Queer Carol and Sam Holloway in the comedy Heaven Help Me at the Producer’s Club. A graduate of DeSales University with a BA in theater/communications, he is currently performing for Pushcart Players, an award-winning professional theatre company that tours across the country with a variety of shows.

Anne Howard* (Nora) grew up in Iowa. She is thrilled to be back in NYC after living in LA for years. Regional Theatre: An Ideal Husband (SPTC, Santa Paula), Quilters (Center Stage, Santa Barbara), Dialectics Of The Heart (Edgemar, Santa Monica). NY Theatre: Summertree (w/Alec Baldwin, Van Dam Theatre), Baseball Wives (Westside Arts Theatre). Television: Castle, Criminal Minds, Private Practice, Desperate Housewives, Monk, Nip/Tuck, Another World (Nicole Love), Days Of Our Lives (Kimberly Brady).  Film: The Weather Man, You Don’t Mess With The Zohan, Blue Streak, Prince Of Darkness.  Anne serves on the board of Abingdon Theatre Company.  Anne’s website

Joan Porter (Lillian)  began her career as a young teen with the Famed Kenley Players Broadway: Inspector General Off-Broadway:  Everyday a Visitor, Harold Clurman Theater Heaven Knows York Theater Company, Don’t Leave It All To Your Children, Actors Temple, The Glass Menagerie Abington Theater, Blues for Mr.Charlie  Regional Theatre: Other Desert Cities, Northport L.I.,  Murderers Seattle Rep, Checks and Balances, R.L.T. theater, AK, Glorious AK Rep. The Dybbuk Syracuse Stage, Noises Off The Human Race Theater. Television: Inside Amy Schumer, Louie, Third Watch, Law and Order. Ryan’s Hope. Film: Ricki and the Flash, with Meryl Streep, The Front, with Woody Allen.

Len Rella* (Albert) is a native New Yorker whose theatrics encompass an assortment of local, touring and regional productions ranging from classical to musical comedy and including several premieres.  Favorite roles include Dudard in Rhinoceros, Anthony Anderson in The Devil’s Disciple and Henry Bingham in The Fox on the Fairway.  For the camera, he has performed in a variety of feature, independent and television projects, including a lead role in the Academy Award-winning short, The Compositor.

Herman Johansen (Director), is an actor, director and writer based in Los Angeles. Theatre credits include The Odd Couple (with George Wendt), The Front Page, Omnium Gatherum, Fiddler on the Roof, The Master Builder, Copenhagen, American Buffalo, Free Man of Color, The Boys Next Door and Brighton Beach Memoirs, Dial M for Murder, Noises Off, Of Mice and Men, Moon Over Buffalo, Arsenic and Old Lace, Harvey and Leading Ladies. He worked as a guest artist at UWF in Pensacola on 5 productions of A Christmas Carol. Directing credits include Man of La Mancha, Our Town, Caldwell’s Bomb and Agnes of God.  His adaptation of Sweet Metigoshe, a coming of age story about a boy living on the Canadian/US border during Vietnam, was produced by the Black Hills Playhouse. Member: AEA, SAG-AFTRA.   Twitter: @MartinTannerPro  and @Herman_Johansen        Herman’s website

Jana Llynn* (Production Stage Manager and Light Design) Broadway: The Drowsy Chaperone (1st Nat’l Tour), Bridge & Tunnel, Company, The Moliere Comedies. Off-Broadway: Search: Paul Clayton, Red-Eye of Love, SILENCE! The Musical, Freckleface Strawberry, SHOUT! The Mod Musical, Dream A Little Dream, Matt & Ben (writer/performer Mindy Kaling), The Shawl (dir. Sidney Lumet, starring Dianne Wiest), Beau Jest (3 yrs Off-B’way & director for Boston production), The Public, MCC, Carnegie Hall. NYMF: Where All The Rivers Go To Sleep, Searching for Romeo, A Letter to Harvey Milk, The Screams of Kitty Genovese, The Big Voice: God or Merman? MITF: Caldwell’s Bomb. Regional: Arena Stage, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Arkansas Rep, Bay Street Theatre, Crossroads Theatre Company, Hartford Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre Company.  Favorite Industrial: PSM for Pfizer-Brazil’s Viagra Launch.

Sandra Bloom * (Stage Manager, performances Aug. 22, 23, 28) works both sides of the stage lights. In addition to her work as a theatrical Stage Manager, she is an Actress/Singer, a Writer and a Director. Her latest SM work has included several workshops, a one woman show, a poetry reading, an opera and a benefit. Her eclectic Stage Manager career includes many of the theatres in and around the NY area as well as many of the surrounding states. Recent companies worked include: Judith Shakespeare, Urban Stages, Opera Francais de NY, and the Staten Island Philharmonic.

Michael Misko* (Sound design) A Pittsburgh, PA native now living in NYC,  Michael is thrilled to be joining his friend, Herman, in the NYC Fringe Festival! Regional Credits: Shrek: The Musical (Shrek), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Big Bopper), Man of La Mancha (Barber), Guys & Dolls (Nicely Nicely Johnson), Dial ‘M’ for Murder (Tony), The Pillowman (Katurian), Romeo & Juliet (Mercutio).  “Love to my beautiful wife, Sarah.”

Alexa Teebo (Box Office Rep/Production Assistant): Originally from the Gulf Coast of Florida, Alexa is excited to be working her very first fringe! She holds a BFA in Musical theater from the University of West Florida and just recently relocated to the greater NYC area.  Some previous credits include Little Women the Musical (Jo March); Bat Boy the Musical (Meredith Parker); Seussical the Musical (Gertrude McFuzz); Brigadoon (Fiona U.S.) You can find more info about her performing experience on www.alexateebo.com or follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

*denotes member of Actor’s Equity Association, the union for professional actors and stage managers in the United States.