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Jesse Burch as Ray

Raised in Los Angeles, Jesse Burch received his BA in theater at Occidental College. He went on to study acting at the Carter Thor Studio with both Cameron Thor and Alice Carter, and studied improvisation and comedy writing with The Groundlings and Acme Comedy Theatre, where he performed in the Sunday company. A veteran of numerous film and television roles, as well as seventeen national commercials, he has appeared most recently in Grounded for Life, Carnivàle, The Practice and The West Wing, and the upcoming films The Last Shot, starring Matthew Broderick, and Steve Martin’s Shopgirl. He also wrote and produced the short film Shelter and continues to act and direct for the theater. When not working, he plays soccer, practices Tuvan throat singing and spends time with his wife Amy and their one-year-old son Jem.

Mary Schmidtberger as Kelly

Mary Schmidtberger began her acting career after graduating with a BA in English Literature from Columbia University. After studying with Aaron Frankel in New York, Mary gained momentum with the success of the award-winning short, Emily’s Last Date, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She has since acted in numerous films including Woody Allen’s Celebrity and Hollywood Ending as well as See Jane Run, Living Out Loud and the upcoming Artisan release Eulogy. In 2000, Mary made her Broadway debut at the Eugene O’Neill Theater in New York City in the Tony-nominated play Wrong Mountain starring Ron Rifkin. Mary’s television credits include guest appearances on shows such as Becker, Dharma & Greg, and Malcolm & Eddie. She is managed by Paul Greenstone Entertainment.

Robert Pierce as Stan

After graduating from the University of Tennessee, Los Angeles native Robert Pierce attended the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York City where he studied under Sanford Meisner. He was a regular on the ABC series Joanie Loves Chachi and had a recurring role on the NBC series Madman Of The People. He has appeared in feature films such as The Aviator and No Man’s Land, and has performed in over ninety television commercials. He is also a writer whose most recent screenplay, The Climb, was produced by World Wide Pictures and aired nationally as a movie-of-the-week in 2002. It won first prize at the 2002 International Family Film Festival. Information on Robert and clips of his work can be seen at

Manuel Bermúdez as the Driver

Born and raised in Modesto, California, Manuel Bermúdez developed a love for movies early in life. After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in communication and in Spanish, he enrolled at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television. Recently he completed his graduate thesis film 5 Stages of Grief featuring Nicholas Gonzalez (Law & Order: SVU, The O.C.) and Brian Unger (The Daily Show).