Funded! This project was successfully funded on April 10, 2012.


A ghost story about love. Award-winning playwright, John Patrick Shanley takes a sardonic look at marriage, relationships & infidelity

Our Story

We are a group of Canadian artists who joined up with a couple of American artists to self-produce the play WHERE'S MY MONEY by Pulitzer Prize & Tony award winning director/writer of Doubt and writer of Academy-Award Winning film Moonstruck, John Patrick Shanley. We have assembled a team of dedicated artists and rising stars to tell this incredibly dreamy yet honest and sardonic story about marriage, relationships and infidelity. Please become a backer of our artistic endeavor and help us make our dream of this play a reality.

AK-Productions presents in collaboration with Michèle Lonsdale Smith Project and ArtWorks Theatre and Studio will perform the play in a limited engagement March 30 to April 8, 2012 at the beautiful ArtWorks Theatre and Studio on Theatre Row in Los Angeles, California.  

The Play

WHERE'S MY MONEY? is a ghost story about love.  The play is a dark comedy about two small-time divorce lawyers and the women in their lives. In other words, what women will do for money and what men will do for sex. 

The Artists

Michèle Lonsdale Smith, director of Where's My Money is artistic director of Lyric Studios, co-founded 2001. Michèle trained at New York's Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and has worked in film, television and theatre including a noted performance in John Patrick Shanley's Doubt. She travels across the US, the UK and Canada to teach and mentor actors. She regularly assists in developing film projects, including casting, writing, and story editing, and has coached actors in a number of featured film and stage roles. As stage director, helmed over 20 productions including Tennessee Williams' Night of the Iguana, Sex Drugs Rock and Roll by Eric Bogosian, David Mamet's Oleanna, and in 2011, the Los Angeles world premiere of Antiman by Riel Paley.

Joanie Ellen New York stage work: Heartbeat to Baghdad, Ajax por Nobody (NY & Australia), Baal, Billy the Kid, all directed by Jim Simpson at The Flea Theater; Radioshow at BAM's Bric Theater and Tonic; Pitched at Actor's Playhouse; The Velvet Rut at The Flea; Frizzled Onions at The Milagro; Buried Child at The Producer's Club; LA theater credits: All My Sons at The Raven; Nibbler at Theatre of Note, where she is a company member. Joanie has developed new work with David Deblinger at The Public, Karen Finley at The Flea, Joseph Chaikin at La Mama, Tom Noonan at The Paradise, Kathleen Dimmick at New York Theater Workshop, and Joe Morton at The Actors Studio. TV credits include Late Night with Conan O' Brien, Sons of Anarchy, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Law and Order, and The Sopranos. She just shot the pilot, The Come Up, with Michael K.Williams, written and directed by Ben Snyder and Ari Issler.

Tattiawna Jones film and television credits include the role of Winnie (recurring lead) on Flashpoint, Breakout Kings, Against the Wall, Rookie Blue, Republic of Doyle. She was also featured in Keyhole staring Isabella Rossellini, Udo Kier, and Jason Patric, directed by Guy Maddin.

Alberta Mayne is co-founder and producer of AK-Productions. Her stage work includes Beyond Therapy, Picasso At The Lapin Agile, Pizza Man, Homecoming, Mamet Women, Morning Coffee, Dolores, Spike Heels, Uncle Vanya and most recently in a 2012 Toronto acclaimed production of Four Dogs and a Bone. Her guest star credits include Fringe, Psych, The L-Word and various MOW’s for VF1 and Hallmark. Her film credits include Battle in Seattle, Vice, Transparency, The Client List and Night at the Museum 2. She was also involved in the film development of such upcoming productions of Salesmen and The Apologist

Stephen Park is the Toronto instructor and studio manager of Lyric Studios. Stage Credits include What then must we do?, Ashes, The 21st Floor, Dark, Twelfth Night, Bent, Lion in the Streets, The Scaffolds, Body and Soul, and Julius Caesar. His film work includes Lead roles in Grace, official selection of The Sundance Film Festival and winner of the Jury prize at the Gerardmer Festival du Fantastique; The award winning Canadian feature film Everyone and the multi Gemini Award wining miniseries The Englishman’s Boy. Television credits include recurring roles on Murdoch Mysteries, Stargate- SG1 and Cold Squad. Stephen has also appeared on V, DaVinci’s Inquest, Godiva’s, Intelligence and The Listener, among others.

Russell Sams most notable film roles include Dick in Rules of Attraction and as Edmund opposite Richard Gere and Clare Daines in The Flock. Los Angeles theatre works include: East of Berlin, Toyer, Othello, and Shiny White Diamonds, which premiered at the 1st Hollywood Fringe Festival. He has had multiple guest star appearance in television including most recently, on Supernatural.

Stephen MacDonald actor and musician wrote and recorded the original soundtrack for Where's My Money. Most recently role in Total Recall with Colin Farrell and Bryan Cranston along with roles in Metal Tornado, The Boy She Met Online, Apocalypse Story and a recurring role on Family Biz.

Katie Messina is the co-founder and producer of AK-Productions also acting as stage manager for Where's My Money. Film and Television acting credits include You Kill Me, While She Was Out, The L Word, Being Erica, The Listener, InSecurity and stage credits include Braveheart Productions of Dolores and Savage in Limbo.

What We Need & What You Get

This play requires a big enough stage to accommodate the various locations outlined in the script. Rather than clumsy scene changes we will have all actors living in their space for the duration of the piece. ArtWorks Theatre and Studio is the perfect venue to realize our vision for this piece as well as big supporters in the work we do. Considering the theatre is located in Theater Row in Los Angeles the costs are higher than normal and producing a show in a foreign city is ambitious given our modest budget. That's where you come in! Any amount you can spare will help us offset the costs of the theatre rental and allow us to give you the best show possible.

In exchange for your generous donations, we are offering a variety of exciting "Perks"!

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