Karen Ragan-George


SAG-AFTRA

Manager: 
KAT McENTEE / KATALYST (859) 581-4555
 
Contact me direct: (818) 653-2667

NEWS & UPDATES!


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END OF SUMMER ALREADY?

Posted on September 16, 2017 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (1)

It is now mid-September and SO much has happened since March! Once you read the bullet points below, you'll understand why I haven't posted since the Spring. Here are the highlights...

  • March 1st: our landlord tells us she will not be renewing our lease and we are free to leave before our lease expires in October. Immediately start looking for a new place.

  • March 3rd: auditioned for UNSEEN, an indie tv pilot. Cast as the suffering mother a few days later, and shoot scene two weeks later.

  • March 5th: performed with an ensemble of women in 'IN THE SHADOW OF NONE" at THEATRE WEST. It was an evening of monologues written by TW writers for each cast member. We followed up with three more performances, including an afternoon at THE MOTION PICTURE HOME in Calabasas. My monologue centered on womens' rights and independence and closed the show.

  • March: Cast in and shot CHRISTINE LOZANO's very funny comedy short, "THE BOOK CLUB," with super-talents JULIA SILVERMAN, IVY JONES, and JACQUE LYNN COLTON.

  • April 1st: After looking for comparable condo rentals in the area - and getting sticker shock - David and I decide to leave Los Angeles. Several places were considered before we chose ATLANTA - Hollywood of the South! There was more production there than LA in 2016 and (hopefully!) less competition for me.

  • April 8th: Helped produce a rock-n-roll fundraiser for (and at) THEATRE WEST. Big success!

  • May 3rd: Fly to Albany for STAR TREK Novel Writers event for David. Visit his alma mater SUNY Plattsburg, Fort Ticonderoga, and have a private tour of the Original Series Replica Sets housed in a museum in Ticonderoga.

  • May 8th: Fly to AUSTIN for a week-long reunion with my three sisters. Drive to SAN ANTONIO and tour THE ALAMO.

  • May 13th: Fly back to LA to pack, sell furniture, donate, and store what's left of our things.

  • June 15th: Fly to Tampa to help with and visit Dad. On April 26th, he fell in his home, broke his hip, and lay on the floor for 9 hours before he was found. He was admitted to the hospital for surgery and spent four months in rehab.

  • June 22nd: Fly from Tampa to Richmond for sisters-in-law JENNIFER GEORGE and ANITA SMITH's 25th Anniversary.


  • June 27th: Fly back to LA
  • June 28th: Final cleaning and completely empty townhouse rental
  • June 29th: Pack up the cars and David and I LEAVE L.A. The drive took five-days staying overnight in WINSLOW, AZ, SANTA ROSA, NM, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK and MEMPHIS (Did NOT get to Graceland....)
  • JULY 3rd: ARRIVE ATLANTA and move into our furnished condo rental at THE MAYFAIR TOWER in Midtown. 

  • July: Settle into our new life in Atlanta. See some plays, THE MOODY BLUES in concert, take a tour of the city, and even attend a protest against repealing ACA. Oh, and transition my hair from red to BLONDE.

  • August 9th: Fly to Tampa to visit Dad and help with his care. He's now in a nursing home with a very bad wound from the fall. We flew home almost a month later on September 2, 2017. Since we've been back, I'm nursing a broken pinky toe (happened in Florida) and dealing with being caught up in the EQUIFAX data breach. But on the brighter side, narrowing down headshot photographers and getting ready to start looking for acting work again!

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MARCH 2017 - SPRING & NEW THINGS!

Posted on March 23, 2017 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (2)

The first week of March was full - I auditioned for an Indie Television Pilot called UNSEEN and booked it. It is a juicy supporting role where I play a mother whose son has passed away - or has he? The production team are delightful and we shoot in the beginning of April. UNSEEN will screen at the WRITERS GUILD in May. Excited!

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I was also cast in THE BOOK CLUB, written, directed, and produced by CHRISTINE LOZANO. Christine is a very talented actress/writer that has created a wildly funny short film about a group of old girls who still have some fire in their furnace! The cast includes JULIA SILVERMAN (AMERICAN PASTORAL), JACKIE LYN COLTON (GREMLINS 2) and IVY JONES (BASKETS). We shoot the beginning of April.


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Producers LINDA RAND & JILL JONES presented several performances of IN THE SHADOW OF NONE, a collection of monologues performed by females actors from THEATRE WEST and written by writer members (including a couple of men). ITSON is a celebration of women that was originally created for INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY. We proudly performed at THEATRE WEST on Sunday, March 5th and the audience loved it.

Our second performance was at THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER and yesterday, March 22nd, our third performance was for the residents of the MOTION PICTURE HOME in Woodland Hills. For that show, we were joined by the wonderful actress and timeless beauty LEE MERIWETHER, who had us all choking back tears with her powerful, heartfelt monologue. In attendance was BRIDGET HANLEY, star of HERE COMES THE BRIDES (and a list-as-long-as-your-arm of television shows from the 60's through the 90's), and the irrepressible CONNIE SAWYER, who at 104(!) is STILL acting. That's right, she's still acting! Such an inspiration!


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I continue to happily direct AMY JAN SIMON in scenes from her fantastic one-woman show, SHE'S HISTORY. Amy has been performing her play for seven years now, but wanted some fresh eyes on it. We work so well together and we're both finding it so gratifying discovering new things. We just need to find more time in our busy schedules to work on more scenes from the play!

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AAAND We're Off! 2017 So Far...

Posted on February 23, 2017 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)


Today is Thursday, February 23, 2017, two months into the new year and I've been busy.

In non-acting-career-related news --- I proudly participated in the historic WOMEN'S MARCH in Washington, DC on January 21st. It was a profound experience on many levels and ignited a fire in me that burns to this day. Who would have thought that, at this point in my life, I would become an Activist, but there you have it. I say it LOUD and I say it PROUD!

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I've participated in three readings of plays in development at THEATRE WEST, and was cast in one of them, IN A YELLOW WOOD. It's a lovely play about a young man who has lost his wife in a car accident and then struggles to get on with his life. I get to play his less-than-doting mother who has her own issues. It has heart and humor and so in keeping with the amazing talents of GARRY KLUGER.

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I decided to end my affiliation with my theatrical agent who wasn't able to open doors as we had hoped. I'm currently working with a new manager - my long-time friend KAT McENTEE who introduced me to a big casting director for TV movies that is now interested in me. 

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I FINISHED MY FIRST FULL LENGTH PLAY! It's called SECRETS THAT YOU KEEP and it is a one-woman show. I am in the middle of a re-write of Act One and then will do a reading for my husband, The Writer, and see what notes he has to improve it. It's very convenient having an in-house editor! The next steps will be to begin workshopping it at THEATRE WEST. 

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My friend and fellow THEATRE WESTER, AMY SIMON has asked me to direct her one-woman show, SHE'S HISTORY. I am honored to do this with her. It is a terrific piece that's entertaining and enlightening. I can't wait!

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Last week I had the privilege of being a camera model for cinematographer CREIG FRASER (Star Wars: Rogue One, Lion, Zero Dark Thirty etc.) at AFI. He was demonstrating brand new lenses and computer-controlled lights for the CAMERIMAGE Festival taking place all weekend. Demos were slated so who knows where I might turn up next! :-)

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And on MARCH 5th & 8th, in honor of INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY I will be participating in IN THE SHADOW OF NONE, a series of Staged Readings of Original Monologues written and performed by members of THEATRE WEST. We will also be taking the show on the road, up to the MOTION PICTURE HOME in Calabasas, CA.

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2016 ONE HEARTBREAK AFTER ANOTHER

Posted on December 27, 2016 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Today the world lost the incredibly talented CARRIE FISHER. She was a unique voice that will be missed by so many.


My CARRIE FISHER story:

A couple of years ago, David and I went to see WISHFUL DRINKING at the Geffen. A woman, reeking of cheap perfume, sat down in front of us and I started wheezing. We politely asked to move our seats and we assumed we'd be put in seats a few rows behind us. Instead, the staff put us in the front row.


When Carrie got to the part about her time on STAR WARS, she talked about how George Lucas told her that bras somehow no longer existed in the future.... she then asked the audience to guess what they used instead. People called out all kinds of things, but none of them were right. I turned to David and quietly said, "gaffer's tape," just as Carrie happened to look right at me. She immediately came to the edge of the stage, right in front of me, and demanded to know how I knew that, who I was, etc., etc. The more she riffed, the more the audience laughed.


As the show went on, whenever she mentioned anything racy, about drugs, or drinking, she'd point to me and say, "Right? I know YOU know what I'm talking about!"


David refers to that as the night I became part of Carrie Fisher's show. I loved it - and her.




2016 FAREWELL!

Posted on December 22, 2016 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

On the acting front, I've just been cast in a brand new play by GARRY KLUGER called IN THE YELLOW WOOD. It is in development at THEATRE WEST and I am delighted to be a part of such a poignant yet funny project. I have a supporting role and will be performing once again with the fantastic ADAM CONGER and ASHLEY TAYLOR. The three of us appeared this past Spring in CHARLIE MOUNT's THE LEATHER APRON CLUB, a brilliant political thriller that received rave reviews. IN THE YELLOW WOOD will go through the development process with the goal of having it chosen as a mainstage production in 2017 or 2018.

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I finished a short play entitled, ONE NIGHT AT SEA and presented a staged reading of it, alongside the wonderful GEORGE TOVAR, for the Writers Workshop at Theatre West. It has also been submitted to two one-act play festivals on the east coast and I will know this coming Spring whether it has been accepted. 

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I'm still working on my one-woman show, SECRETS THAT YOU KEEP and I'm about halfway through Act 2. My goal is to finish it by the end of January and start working it up on Monday nights in TW's Actors Workshop.

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AND LASTLY....

I'm sure I won't be the only one to say Good Riddance to 2016. Although artistically, it was a very gratifying year for me, the activist in me had a rough time, particularly after November 8th. Those who know me won't be surprised to learn that I will be attending the WOMENS MARCH in Washington, DC on January 21st. I have many loved ones whose equality is being threatened and I will not sit quietly and do nothing. So, in addition to my letter writing, protesting, and petition signing, I have made a commitment to stand by anyone who is targeted by hate and offer them support. Having that message heard on the 21st is my mission. 

 


"FOREVER YOUNG"

Posted on September 27, 2016 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Shot a lovely short film yesterday written and directed by SHARON MOR called FOREVER YOUNG. I had the pleasure of playing AMANDA - she is the mother of two daughters, and her husband is suffering from Alzheimers Disease. It was a very nice supporting role and I'm very anxious to see the finished film! I think this is going to be a good one! 

END OF SUMMER UPDATE

Posted on August 29, 2016 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)


The encore run of THE LEATHER APRON CLUB was a big success!


We earned three more rave reviews, including one where I was described as "the ruthless Karen Ragan-George," when referring to my portrayal of Presidential Candidate Senator Emily Green! I'd say that was accurate!


We were all sad to have it end, but the cast holds out hope that we'll get the opportunity to present it again somewhere, somehow.


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And in Other News....


I had the privilege of participating in a Staged Reading of SHE IS HISTORY by the extremely talented writer/actress AMY JAN SIMON. Amy assembled a cast of some of the most incredibly talented working actresses in the biz today. Every line they delivered was knocked out of the park.


What a pleasure to sit alongside CATHY LADMAN, MELANIE CHARTOFF, MO GAFFNEY, CLARA RODRIGUEZ, JANE BRUCKER, Saturday Night Live legend LARAINE NEWMAN and fellow THEATRE WEST members ASHLEY TAYLOR and RILEY RAY BAKER. I primarily read Stage Directions, but got to have some fun reading the part of Henry Stanton (husband of famed feminist ELIZABETH CADY STANTON) as well as a couple of one-line characters. It was directed by the extraordinary LEE COSTELLO, who with only one rehearsal, managed to pull it all together beautifully. It was truly inspiring to see all of these women bring their A-Game! 




Next Up:

Developing, via the Workshops at Theatre West, my one-act play, ONE NIGHT AT SEA and my one-woman show, SECRETS THAT YOU KEEP.


And, of course, submitting, submitting, and submitting for acting work!

TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT!

Posted on July 15, 2016 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

RE-OPENING TONIGHT for a 3 Week Encore Run - The return of THE LEATHER APRON CLUB!

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Posted on June 3, 2016 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

THE LEATHER APRON CLUB returns!


Due to the overwhelming response - critically and in ticket sales - THEATRE WEST will be presenting three weekends of Encore Performances beginning July 15th. The play will run through the last weekend of July with performances Fridays & Saturdays at 8p, Sundays at 2p, and two additional Matinees on Saturday, July 23rd & July 30th at 2p.


Please come see if it you haven't yet - or see it again if you have!!


For tickets, click on this link:

http://theatrewest.org/onstage/the-leather-apron-club/





SPRING 2016!

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

This Spring has been invigorating! Being in THE LEATHER APRON CLUB has been one of the best and most exciting experiences of my life. I will forever be grateful to the inimitable CHARLIE MOUNT for writing such an amazing script, choosing me to play SENATOR EMILY GREEN, and guiding me and this brilliant cast into the fascinating world of the "American Illuminati."


We have gotten RAVE reviews, cheers, and Standing Ovations. It's almost surreal and I'm blown away by it all.


Oscar-winner RICHARD DREYFUSS led a Standing Ovation last Saturday night. LEE MERIWETHER hugged me, said lovely things about my work, and thinks the play deserves to be on Broadway! DAN LAURIA and LOUIS HERTHUM, two powerhouse actors that I greatly admire saw the play and loved it. Writer/director/acting coach/teacher KIMBERLY JENTZEN enthused over the cast, and especially our lead ADAM CONGER, who has most of the heavy lifting and does it so effortlessly. 


The play closes this coming weekend, but we are all hoping that somehow it will be done again.... I'll keep you posted!!


THANK YOU to everyone who has come out to see this very special play!!



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