The curse of the family, though not new to American drama, is well represented in True West. Each person is born into a family and as such takes on the burdens of the generations preceding him or her. Although Austin has tried very hard to escape the influence of his family, all of his attempts have failed. He has tried to get a sense of identity from his work and his accomplishments, but in the end they are all meaningless in relation to the identity formed for him in the family. Austin tries to deny that he is part of the family, but in the end cannot. In the end he is exactly like his brother and both of them are like his father—incapable of dealing with life in the regular world.
Andre Verderame- AUSTIN
Andre Verderame has been a company member of Whitmore Eclectic's since its infancy. He has acted in several plays including "True West", "Below the Belt", and "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot", all directed by Aliah Whitmore. He has also worked for the company as a Stage manager for several shows. In 2011, he directed “Betrayed” by George Packer. Andre is very grateful for the Whitmore Eclectic for giving him a place to grow, learn, and indulge in his passion for acting, writing, and above all else, storytelling.
Andrew Patton- LEE
TRUE WEST was Andrew Patton's 4th show with the Whitmore Eclectic. Other credits include: "Moby Dick Rehearsed", "Below the Belt", "Last Days of Judas Iscariot", "Picasso at the Lapin Agile", "The Crucible", "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", "The Philadelphia Story", among several others. He wishes to extend his gratitude to the cast and crew of Betrayed and to the Whitmore family for their generosity and tireless efforts. He also wants to thank his mother (Rosemary) for her undying support, Melissa for always being a light at the end of the tunnel, and Greg Frizzell for having been a great friend that continually reminded me to think outside of the box.
Mike Genovese- SAUL KIMMER
Mike Genovese has had an extensive career spanning film, television and theater. He has worked with the Whitmore Eclectic in their production of "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot" and "True West". Mr. Genovese has also acted in numerous plays with such companies as: Blank Theatre, James Doolittle Theatre, San Diego Reparatory, LaJolla Playhouse, and The Old Globe Theatre to name a few. Mike's film credits include Sam Shepard's "Redbelt", "Dark Angel", "Code of Silence", and "Harlem Nights" among others. Mike Genovese has also had an extensive television career, most notably a series regular role on "The Flash", recurring roles on "ER" and "Arliss", and guest star appearances on "Raines", "The Unit", "Cold Case", "The Division, "Judging Amy", "Jag", "NYPD Blue", and several others.
Michael Welch-SAUL KIMMER/ Understudy
Michael Welch hails from Australia and came to Los Angeles four years ago via Michigan. Michael studied drama and dance at Deakin University Rusden in Melbourne Austalia. His other work with Whitmore Eclectic was in season 1's production of "True West" as SAUL KIMMER. Michael was seen on NCIS LA as BERNIE FISCHER. Michael is also a Director of Photography and a camera operator. He has worked for major Australian television networks. Michael also studies acting with his friend and mentor Vincent Gustaferro at The Sport of Acting.
Joan McCrea- MOM
Joan's bio will be available soon!