The Cast

Our director had worked with our four lead actors prior to "Not Your Year." He keeps working with them because they're all so good! Our actors have been highly praised by critics throughout their careers.

Dana Brooke (Melissa) Dana is a New York City-based actress who has appeared in numerous network TV shows, movies, and theatrical productions, and has won awards for her performances from Backstage in New York and Backstage West in Los Angeles. Television credits include recurring roles in the network TV series “Ed” (NBC, starring Julie Bowen) and “Damages” (FX, starring Glenn Close), as well as “Canterbury’s Law” (Fox, starring Julianna Margulies). Dana is a founding Company Member at B Street Theatre in Sacramento, where she has appeared in more than 20 plays. Highlights include “Venus in Fur” and “Constellations.” She has been hailed by publications in New York and California, where critics have written that Dana “radiates charm,” is “irresistibly sexy and goofy,” and is “completely riveting.”

Dana Brooke (Melissa)

Dana is a New York City-based actress who has appeared in numerous network TV shows, movies, and theatrical productions, and has won awards for her performances from Backstage in New York and Backstage West in Los Angeles. Television credits include recurring roles in the network TV series “Ed” (NBC, starring Julie Bowen) and “Damages” (FX, starring Glenn Close), as well as “Canterbury’s Law” (Fox, starring Julianna Margulies). Dana is a founding Company Member at B Street Theatre in Sacramento, where she has appeared in more than 20 plays. Highlights include “Venus in Fur” and “Constellations.” She has been hailed by publications in New York and California, where critics have written that Dana “radiates charm,” is “irresistibly sexy and goofy,” and is “completely riveting.”

Jason Kuykendall (Ben) Jason has starred in numerous productions on stage and in front of the camera. He played the main character in “Dark Pool,” a web series that received two nominations for Indie Series Awards, which are based in Los Angeles and recognize quality web productions. Jason also appeared in the feature film “Stolen Moments.” Jason is a member of B Street Theatre’s Acting Company. He has appeared in nearly 50 productions at B Street, often receiving strong reviews from critics. Jason has also appeared onstage at Sacramento Theatre Company and Capitol Stage in Sacramento. His other theatre work includes performances at Arizona Theatre Company, St. Louis Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Center Repertory Company in Walnut Creek, and Theatre Works in San Francisco. Jason is also president of NK Media, a video production and motion graphics company that has done commercial work for HP, Intel, Microsoft and other nationally known firms. For NK Media, Jason wrote, shot, and edited a PSA that won a national American Advertising Award. Jason also was the lead editor on “Not Your Year.” He has also appeared in many TV and radio commercials in the Sacramento region.

Jason Kuykendall (Ben)

Jason has starred in numerous productions on stage and in front of the camera. He played the main character in “Dark Pool,” a web series that received two nominations for Indie Series Awards, which are based in Los Angeles and recognize quality web productions. Jason also appeared in the feature film “Stolen Moments.” Jason is a member of B Street Theatre’s Acting Company. He has appeared in nearly 50 productions at B Street, often receiving strong reviews from critics. Jason has also appeared onstage at Sacramento Theatre Company and Capitol Stage in Sacramento. His other theatre work includes performances at Arizona Theatre Company, St. Louis Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Center Repertory Company in Walnut Creek, and Theatre Works in San Francisco. Jason is also president of NK Media, a video production and motion graphics company that has done commercial work for HP, Intel, Microsoft and other nationally known firms. For NK Media, Jason wrote, shot, and edited a PSA that won a national American Advertising Award. Jason also was the lead editor on “Not Your Year.” He has also appeared in many TV and radio commercials in the Sacramento region.

Lyndsy Kail (Claire) Lyndsy splits her time acting between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Regional stage performances include B Street Theatre, Capital Stage, Sacramento Theater Company, San Jose Repertory Theater, San Jose Stage, Center Repertory Company, California Shakespeare Theater, and the New York Fringe Festival. Additional credits include motion capture for 2K games (BioShock Infinite, XCOM, Evolve, Mafia III, NBA2K) along with vocal projects such as Call of Duty, SimCity, Monster High, and various commercials. On-camera highlights include the NBC show “Trauma” and the feature film “All About Evil.” Lyndsy holds a B.A. in Latin from the University of California, Berkeley and continues her studies with The Groundlings Theatre.

Lyndsy Kail (Claire)

Lyndsy splits her time acting between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Regional stage performances include B Street Theatre, Capital Stage, Sacramento Theater Company, San Jose Repertory Theater, San Jose Stage, Center Repertory Company, California Shakespeare Theater, and the New York Fringe Festival. Additional credits include motion capture for 2K games (BioShock Infinite, XCOM, Evolve, Mafia III, NBA2K) along with vocal projects such as Call of Duty, SimCity, Monster High, and various commercials. On-camera highlights include the NBC show “Trauma” and the feature film “All About Evil.” Lyndsy holds a B.A. in Latin from the University of California, Berkeley and continues her studies with The Groundlings Theatre.

Elisabeth Nunziato (Helen) Elisabeth is one of the most talented and respected actresses in the Sacramento region. She shared the screen with John Travolta and Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker in the hit feature film “Phenomenon.” Elisabeth also appeared in the CBS drama “Nash Bridges,” which starred Don Johnson, and the feature film “The Californians,” which starred Noah Wyle. Elisabeth has appeared in numerous films, plays, TV shows, TV commercials, radio commercials, and corporate videos. A multi-talented artist, she also executive produced and directed the feature film “Stolen Moments.” Elisabeth is a founding B Street Theatre Company Member. She is also vice president of NK Media, a video production and motion graphics company that has done commercial work for clients such as HP, Intel, Microsoft and other nationally known firms. Elisabeth has been receiving glowing reviews from theatre critics — in both comedies and dramas — since she first stepped onstage as a teenager.

Elisabeth Nunziato (Helen)

Elisabeth is one of the most talented and respected actresses in the Sacramento region. She shared the screen with John Travolta and Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker in the hit feature film “Phenomenon.” Elisabeth also appeared in the CBS drama “Nash Bridges,” which starred Don Johnson, and the feature film “The Californians,” which starred Noah Wyle. Elisabeth has appeared in numerous films, plays, TV shows, TV commercials, radio commercials, and corporate videos. A multi-talented artist, she also executive produced and directed the feature film “Stolen Moments.” Elisabeth is a founding B Street Theatre Company Member. She is also vice president of NK Media, a video production and motion graphics company that has done commercial work for clients such as HP, Intel, Microsoft and other nationally known firms. Elisabeth has been receiving glowing reviews from theatre critics — in both comedies and dramas — since she first stepped onstage as a teenager.

Tate Hanyok (Jill) Tate has a wide-ranging career that spans television, film, theatre, acting, writing, and producing. She was a supporting actress in the feature film “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” which starred Steve Carrell and Jim Carrey. She has appeared in numerous hit TV shows, both comedies and dramas, including “NCIS,” “The Office,” “Community,” “The Mentalist” and “ER.” Tate has appeared in more than 50 TV commercials, including spots for Walmart, Hyundai, and Jack in the Box. As a writer and producer, Tate has several projects in development. She has performed on stages in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and other cities. She is a member of B Street Theatre’s Acting Company. Originally from Virginia, Tate resides in Los Angeles.

Tate Hanyok (Jill)

Tate has a wide-ranging career that spans television, film, theatre, acting, writing, and producing. She was a supporting actress in the feature film “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” which starred Steve Carrell and Jim Carrey. She has appeared in numerous hit TV shows, both comedies and dramas, including “NCIS,” “The Office,” “Community,” “The Mentalist” and “ER.” Tate has appeared in more than 50 TV commercials, including spots for Walmart, Hyundai, and Jack in the Box. As a writer and producer, Tate has several projects in development. She has performed on stages in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and other cities. She is a member of B Street Theatre’s Acting Company. Originally from Virginia, Tate resides in Los Angeles.

Chris Celestin (Dave) Chris has appeared in more than 40 plays at numerous theatres. He has won two Elly awards for his performances (four nominations). Chris does voice work on several Internet series, and has formed various improvisation groups with fellow actors. Chris’ favorite role thus far has been Ash in “Evil Dead The Musical.” He has written one play and is directing the production of it in the second half of 2016.            

Chris Celestin (Dave)

Chris has appeared in more than 40 plays at numerous theatres. He has won two Elly awards for his performances (four nominations). Chris does voice work on several Internet series, and has formed various improvisation groups with fellow actors. Chris’ favorite role thus far has been Ash in “Evil Dead The Musical.” He has written one play and is directing the production of it in the second half of 2016.            

Ben Ismail (Ryan) Ben is the artistic director at Big Idea Theatre in Sacramento. As an actor, he has performed at Capital Stage, Sacramento Theatre Company, Big Idea Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and Playhouse on the Square and Circuit Playhouse in Memphis, Tenn. Ben is also an experienced theatre director. He is directing three plays in the second half of 2016, in Sacramento and in the Bay Area. His many directing credits include “Driving Miss Daisy” and “As You Like It.”

Ben Ismail (Ryan)

Ben is the artistic director at Big Idea Theatre in Sacramento. As an actor, he has performed at Capital Stage, Sacramento Theatre Company, Big Idea Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and Playhouse on the Square and Circuit Playhouse in Memphis, Tenn. Ben is also an experienced theatre director. He is directing three plays in the second half of 2016, in Sacramento and in the Bay Area. His many directing credits include “Driving Miss Daisy” and “As You Like It.”

The cast also includes some of Sacramento’s most popular actors and actresses: Dave Pierini, Kurt Johnson, Peter Mohrmann, Stephanie Altholz, Amy Kelly, and Tara Sissom.