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Jef Bek - Composer
Jef Bek is a native of Chicago where he was a founding member of John Cusack's New Crime Productions for 7 seasons. All of their shows were hits, enjoying rave reviews and numerous awards including; ALAGAZAM...AFTER THE DOG WARS written by Tim Robbins and Adam Simon, Ivan Goll's METHUSALEM (Jefferson Award Winner - Best Musical Direction), world premiere adaptations of Mikhail Bulgakov's HEART OF A DOG, and Hunter S. Thompson's FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS.
Jef composed and performed original music for the American Premier of 's A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. Other hit shows in Chicago include; Bertolt Brecht's THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI (which Jef also directed) at Mary-Arrchie Theatre and Anais Nin's EROTICA/LITTLE BIRDS at the Organic Theatre.
Jef was also Music Director for an organization called KIDZ WRITES which went into the inner city of Chicago and created original theatrical productions based entirely on the writings of physically or mentally impaired children.
Jef moved to Los Angeles in 1995 and was a founding member of Zoo District Theatre Company. His Credits with Zoo District include; Brecht's DRUMS IN THE NIGHT, company created originals THE DECENT, FACE OF EVIL, PATHE-X (Ovation Award Winner - Sound Design), and NOSFERATU (Ovation Award Winner - Sound Design and Winner of 2 Garland Awards - Best Original Musical Score and Sound Design), Tennessee Williams' THE TWO CHARACTER PLAY, Howard Barker's SCENES FROM AN EXECUTION (LA Weekly Award Winner - Best Original Music), Jeffery Dorchen's THE SLOW AND PAINFUL DEATH OF SAM SHEPARD (Ovation Award Nominee - Sound Design), and an original adaptation of Bulgakov's THE MASTER AND MARGARITA (LA Weekly Award Winner and Garland Award Winner- Best Original Music) Jef also worked with Sacred Fools Theatre on THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH (Ovation Award Nominee - Sound Design)
Jef played drums for the Broadway touring production of The Who's TOMMY. Jef also created and performed original music in Prague and Berlin for a production of QUILLS ("Theatre Event of the Year" -Prague Post). In 2002, Jef served as Sound Designer for UNDER THE BLUE SKY at The Geffen Playhouse, Directed by Gilbert Cates (14-time Academy Award Producer). Most recently, Jef taught interactive sound design at the University of Southern California.
Jay Dover is an award-winning playwright, musician, songwriter and writer from Cleveland, Ohio. His plays have enjoyed successful productions including: THE PHILOSOPHY OF FISH, selected among 500 plays for production, by the World Premiere Theatre in Arcata, California; EVERYTHING ALL AT ONCE and ALL IS BRIGHT produced by the McCadden Place Theatre, LA; REASON TO JUMP chosen by the Company of Angels Theatre in Los Angeles for the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights 2001 New Play Festival. His play, CODY AND THE JACK RIPPER was a finalist for the 2002 Christopher Brian Wolk Award from the Abingdon Theater in New York. Finally, his play LIVING IN A GREAT BIG WAY was a top 5 finalist in the 2007 Playwriting Festival of the Trustus Theatre in Columbia, South Carolina
In addition to playwriting, Jay is an accomplished guitarist, songwriter and composer. Along with his sister and vocalist, Michelle Dover, he formed the contemporary group, Dover Beach and released their debut album FAMILY on the Access Records label in the early 90's. Jay's song from that album, "A Boy in Love", charted and received airplay on adult contemporary radio stations in the U.S., Germany, England and Brazil. In 2006, Jay released his own album WHAT ABOUT NOW featuring Mark Hart of Crowded House on keyboards.
As a composer, Jay has penned music for national commercials for Bally's, Jack in the Box and Mervyns. In 2000, Jay brought his musical expertise to the theatre, peforming in the award-winning play productions of THE SLOW AND PAINFUL DEATH OF SAM SHEPHERD by Zoo District Theatre Company and GRIMM II an adaption of Grimm's Tales by The Sacred Fools Theatre.
Prior to arriving in Los Angeles in 1990, Jay worked professionally as a club and session guitarist in Chicago, Cleveland, and Jacksonville. In 1988, he toured Germany with the Western Illinois University Jazz Ensemble (his alma mater) as featured guitarist and soloist.