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ROBERT ALLEN (director) just moved to the West Coast from New York, where his recent projects include Dear Anton (Chekhov Now Festival, 1999), The Creditors (New York International Fringe Festival, 1999), "August in January," a festival celebrating August Strindberg's 150th birthday (Theater 22, 1999), Le Ménage (LaMama E.T.C. 1998), Still Lies Quiet Truth (New York International Fringe Festival, 1998), and The Good Night (Theatre for the New City, 1998).

ANTOINETTE LAFARGE (text adaptations and set design) is an artist and writer who often works with computers. In addition to being the director of the Plaintext Players, she is the founder-director of the Museum of Forgery, a nomadic institute dedicated to the aesthetics of forgery that has a presence on the web. She is an assistant professor of digital media at UC Irvine and formerly taught at the School of Visual Arts, New York. She is an associate of the Institute of Cultural Inquiry, Los Angeles. She is the author of "Cylex," a short fiction published in Wired 2.05, and a number of articles in Leonardo, Gnosis, and other magazines. She received her M.F.A. in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts. Her domain is www.forger.com.

NICOLE EVANGELISTA (costume designer) has designed costumes for such productions as The Embraceable Me (Rachel Reiner Productions, NY, 2000), Richard II (The Eleventh Hour, NY, 2000), Finding Louise (Oberon Theatre Ensemble, NY, 2000), Between Sets (Juilliard Dance Division, NY, 2000), and Cherie (The Live Bait, Chicago, 1999). She received the Joseph Jefferson Award for Most Outstanding Costume Design of 1999.

HILJA KEADING (videographer) has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe, with work included in "Made in California (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), "Sunshine and Noire in LA 1960„1997 (Armand Hammer Museum), "Avant Garde Video„The First 25 Years" (Museum of Modern Art, New York), and many other shows. She teaches video at UC Irvine.

LANGUIS (music) is a duo comprised of M. Chloca and A. Cohen. The two have been working together since 1991, and Languis has released four works so far. In 1998, Languis released an EP composed of four tracks (three lyrical, one instrumental). The first Languis LP, Simball Sounds (1998) is a 9-track instrumental CD; it was followed in 1999 by Last Frequency Presets. Soft Music (February 2000) includes perhaps their most experimental work so far, with tracks closely related to sound collage. Languis is being played frequently on college radio stations, and Last Frequency Presets was #1 on the KXLU CMJ playlist in April 1999. Languis is currently performing in the Los Angeles area and recording their next full-length CD to be released in September.

KEVIN KEAVENEY (Petronius Arbiter on stage) has been performing for several years in New York's off-Broadway and downtown scene. The Roman Forum marks the fifth time he has worked with Robert Allen, previously having appeared in Strindberg's Creditors (Gustav, 1999), The Secret History of the Lower East Side (1998), and Still Lies Quiet Truth (Baron Samedi, 1998). Kevin can also be seen as Orson Welles in Orson Welles Sells His Soul to the Devil, currently making the rounds of the film festival circuit. Kevin has a degree in theater from Yale University.

DANIEL LYNCH MILLNER (Quintus Roscius on stage) is happy to be working with Robert, Antoinette, and the wonderful cast and crew of The Roman Forum. Daniel works regularly on local stages, most recently with Beachworks Theatre in Home Project: An Eco-Cabaret at LATC. He does film, tv, commercial, and print work as often as he can. Daniel enjoys architecture. He is represented for commercials by Dorothy Day Otis Partners; for print by Meridian Models, and theatrically by the Morgan Agency.

DAVID MOO (Marcus Tullius Cicero on stage) is founding member of the Todd Theater Troupe and has performed a wide variety of roles, both large and small, in New York, around the country, and abroad. An aspiring director and playwright, he is currently collaborating with Robert Allen on several upcoming projects

ELIZABETH NAFPAKTITIS (Germania Servius on stage) is on her third theatrical journey with Robert Allen. She appeared in his New York productions of The Great Highway (Columbia University) and Corum Populo (Theater 22). She has also appeared in The Caucasian Chalk Circle (dir. Tony Taccone, Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Veronica's Room (Climate Theater, San Francisco), and at the Edinborough Fringe Festival. Favorite roles include Annie in The Real Thing, Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, and the Woman in Rockaby. She will be appearing as the Mistress in Edward Albee's All Over in October.

HELEN WILSON (Poppaea Sabina on stage) is a native Los Angelina who has an M.F.A. in acting from UCLA. She has appeared in Hot l Baltimore, Tango, The Enchanted, and To True to Be Good at the Old Globe Theatre (San Diego). Other stage credits include Summer Vacation Madness (Mark Taper Forum), Camino Real (dir. Marshall Mason), Voice of the Turtle (dir. George Schaefer), and The Subject Was Roses. Helen received L.A. Dramalogue Awards for Matka, How the Other Half Loves, and Brontë. Voiceover credits include My Fellow Americans, Escape from L.A., and Star Trek Voyager.

THE PLAINTEXT PLAYERS (character and script development) are a collective of artists and writers who worked in a test-based virtual world to develop the characters and script of the Roman Forum. Founded in 1994, the Plaintext Players have presented their provocative shows at venues in the United States and Europe, including Literaturhaus Munich (1999), Documenta X (Germany, 1997), and the Venice Biennale (Italy, 1997). Players taking part in the Roman Forum included Marlena Corcoran (Poppaea Sabina), Joe Ferrari (Quintus Roscius), Richard Foerstl (Marcus Tullius Cicero), Lise Patt (Germania Servius), and Richard Smoley (Petronius Arbiter).