Thu Feb 25, 2016 – 7:30 pm | Domenico’s
Wed Oct 14, 2015 | 6:30 PM | Hendricks Arts Center (BIFF Year’Round)
Kittens in a Cage!
Directed by Jillian Armenante
USA | 1 hour 55 minutes | 2014
Ukulele-playing bad girl Junie Butler gets muscled into prison by her rat fink friends. Abandoned by all, she turns to the warm embrace of her pyromaniac cellmate as they plot to escape from a power hungry prison matron and an axe-murdering beauty queen.
Director, Producer, Writer
Ms Armenante executive produced, wrote, directed and acted in the original series KITTENS IN A CAGE based on the play by Kelleen Conway Blanchard, with such actors as Michelle Monaghan, Felicia Day, Misha Collins, Joel McHale and dozens more. Kittens has been selected for 16 film festivals and counting including NewFilmmakers LA & NY and has won several awards (Best Comedy Feature, Best of Festival, Grand Prize) in Temecula & Los Angeles. Recently Jillian returned from Iraq where she participated, on a grant from the US State Department, as a director for the ART OF SOCIAL JUSTICE FESTIVAL and the Iraqi premiere of Heather Raffo’s NINE PARTS OF DESIRE. She directed the West Coast Premiere of We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915 by Jackie Sibblies Drury at the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles. The play was LA Times Critics Pick, Ovation Award recommended and winner of Best Production in Los Angeles at the LA Weekly Awards. She produced and directed the world premiere of LOVE LOVES A PORNOGRAPHER by Jeff Goode in Los Angeles. It won a Drama Critics Award and received several Garland Awards including “Best Director”. She also produced, directed and co-wrote LAURA COMSTOCK’S BAG-PUNCHING DOG. The show received both the Theatre LA’s Ovation Award and the L.A. Weekly Award for World Premiere of a Musical. She produced, directed and co-wrote IN FLAGRANTE GOTHICTO which received the LA Drama Critic Circle Awards for Writing, Directing and Production as well as the Ted Schmitt Award for “Most Outstanding Debut of a New Play”. It also won the LA Weekly Award for Playwriting and Comedy Ensemble and Garland Awards for Production, Direction, Writing, Ensemble. IN FLAGRANTE GOTHICTO was also produced by Seattle’s The Empty Space. Jillian directed and produced the world premiere GREAT MEN OF SCIENCE, NOS, 21 & 22 by Glen Berger. The show received a Theatre LA Ovation Award for Best Production, and The LA Weekly Award for Best Production.
As an actress, her film acting credits include HAIL,CEASAR!, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, BAD TEACHER, A MIGHTY HEART, North Country and Girl, Interrupted. Her TV acting credits include BETTER CALL SAUL, FRESH OFF THE BOAT (recurring), SCANDAL, THE FOSTERS (recurring), SHAMELESS, PARTY DOWN, CASTLE, THE CLOSER, PRIVATE PRACTICE, GREY’S ANATOMY, E.R., Six Feet Under, The West Wing, and Northern Exposure. She was a series regular as Donna on the CBS Drama JUDGING AMY for which she won a TV Guide Award. Jillian’s theatre acting credits include The Cider House Rules by John Irving, adapted by Peter Parnell and directed by Tom Hulce at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum and at The Atlantic Theatre in NYC. For this performance she received a Garland Award and a Theatre