About Pre Mortem Show
Alina and Brad, friends since childhood, attended college together and now live together in Los Angeles. Alina, 24, is floating through life working for the Post Office and already cynical. Brad, 24, is the opposite. He wants to be a respected journalist. He even has a poster of Walter Cronkite in his room. When Alina’s casual boyfriend dies, she is forced to come to terms with mortality and her own flaws, with the help of her friends Brad, Sho, Julie and the spirit of her dead ex-boyfriend Jake, who only communicates with her via Facetime. Brad quits his job as a coffee shop manager and gets hired by an online marketing company call Hate Bait where he is forced to change the social landscape with inflammatory articles for the sole purpose of selling advertising. Alina’s self absorption and detachment ultimately pushes Brad over the edge as her behavior finally drives a wedge in their relationship.
(Writer, Producer, Director) – Danny Simonzad was born in Tehran, Iran in 1978. By the time he was 4 years old he had experienced a revolution and a vicious war with Iraq that led to his family escaping atrocities as refugees. After a brief stay in Germany, Danny and his family migrated to the United States in 1986. It wasn’t until 1989 where he saw his first two movies in the theaters, Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Weird Al Yankovic’s UHF. Both made a lasting impression. It was during that summer he decided he wanted to be a movie director.
Danny graduated California State University, Northridge in 2002 with a Film Degree and has been working in the industry ever since as a director, editor, writer and producer of various TV commercials, Short films, features and more.
(Writer, Actor) Ani Tatintsyan is a writer and actress living in Los Angeles, she was born in Goris, Armenia and emigrated to the United States with her family at the age of nine. She has a BA in Political Science and English Literature from USC, and an MA in Aesthetics and Politics from CalArts.
Ani loves playing Alina in Pre Mortem because of the character’s fearless and relentless pursuit of authenticity. “Alina does not consider the limits imposed upon her by the world as irrefutable, making her a rewarding character to create and embody.”
(Actor) Michael Yapujian, once heralded as “the guy from that play,” is an actor and writer based in Los Angeles. He graduated from USC’s School of Dramatic Arts with a BA in Theatre and a penchant for physical education buildings that double as rehearsal spaces. Michael’s hobbies include baking and writing in the third person. www.michaelyapujian.com