A Single Rose
Principal Cast
Sonya Y. Maddox Rose)
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Sonya Y. Maddox is one of America’s most recognized commercial actresses. Having appeared in over 100 commercials for companies like Subway, Purina Dog Chow, Kodak, American Express, AT&T and Coca-Cola, Sonya was also chosen as the face for Dove’s January 2003 campaign.

It was Alan Rudolph who gave Sonya her first break in 1987’s Made in Heaven starring Timothy Hutton and Kelly McGillis. A Single Rose marks Sonya’s first starring role, with co-starring appearances in several indies, including I Do the White Thing and Sleep Away Camp III. Sonya’s extensive resume also includes guest starring and recurring roles in television, including Malcolm in the Middle, The Wayans Bros., Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Murder She Wrote, Kids Like These opposite Tyne Daly, The Bold & The Beautiful, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless, to name a few.

Sonya has also appeared in dozens of critically acclaimed theatrical productions. She is currently working on an autobiographical one-woman show, Wonder. Wonder is an emotional two hours that bursts into song, another of Sonya's passions. A classically trained singer, Sonya has been performing since childhood and is actively pursuing a career as a singer-songwriter. She can be heard on three of the tracks for A Single Rose. Her eponymous CD will be released Fall of 2004 through her publishing company Wondervision Music & Entertainment.

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Russell Andrews (Owens)
A native of Houston, Texas, Russell Andrews began his acting career at The Ensemble Theater in Houston. He later moved on to the Alley Theater to perform in productions of Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Ma' Rainey's Black Bottom and Miss Evers' Boys. In the following years he appeared in numerous national commercials and regional theater productions. He has also played memorable and well-received guest starring roles on Cosby, Homicide: Life on the Street and The Bernie Mac Show.

Recently, Russell added the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award to his list of honors as he played the role of Youngblood in August Wilson's Jitney. Russell can also be seen co-starring opposite Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks in Warner Bros. release of The In-Laws, directed by Andy Fleming.


Bianca Lopez (Younger Rose)
Born and raised in Hollywood, California, Bianca Lopez was a veteran actor in theatre by the time she entered adolescence. At five years old she began acting classes at the Lee Strasberg Institute, where she starred in Beauty and The Beast, West Side Story, Alienation, Growing Up, College I and College II, along with several others. After graduating from The Los Angeles High School of Performing Arts in 2001, she enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, which she attends currently.

Outside of the theatre, Bianca co-starred in the Disney film, The Princess Diaries. She also appeared on television as a guest lead in Odd Man Out and as a co-star on ER and Even Stevens. Bianca received her training from Tepper Gallegos Commercial Workshop, The SAG Conservatory/ Young Performers Workshop and the Lee Strasberg Institute.


Marci T. House (Ella)
MARCI T. HOUSE is a newcomer to the West Coast. Hailing from the city of Chicago, she is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and the University of Illinois. Marci has appeared on Early Edition, Party of Five, The District, Arrest & Trial, and in the feature film The Court. Also a talented voice-over artist, she can be heard on many of Urban Entertainment’s web-based animated shows, including Pookie Poo, Sistas ‘N the City, and Those Who Walk in Darkness.



sonya eddy (singer)
Sonya Eddy, a California native, is a well-respected commercial, television, film and stage actor. While studying at UC Davis, Sonya’s acting career began with the production of Ruby Dee’s Zora, Is My Name! Sonya went on to perform in many plays, including the role of Bloody Mary in South Pacific, for which she won an Arty Award.

With her range and versatility, Sonya is requested regularly for sitcoms, with recurring roles on Seinfeld, The Drew Carey Show, and Arliss. Sonya is also a regular on Martin Short’s Primetime Glick. Her guest starring roles are numerous, including ER, Touched by an Angel, Judging Amy, Home Improvement, Murphy Brown, 3rd Rock From the Sun, Tracey Takes On…, Mad T.V. and many more. She has also had her share of roles in many films, including Patch Adams, The Nutty Professor II, The Limey, Minority Report, Inspector Gadget, and Ice Cube’s Barbershop. Sonya recently wrapped production on Ridley Scott’s Matchstick Men and Eddie Murphy’s Daddy Daycare.


KENO K. Deary (Lee)
Born and raised in Compton California, Keno K. Deary first set foot on stage at the age of three performing with various theatrical ensembles. He has had two films enter into the Sundance Film Festival. In 1998 he starred in A Hollow Place, a sleek adaptation of Edger Allan Poe’s short story “The Tell-Tale Heart”. Also in 2001 he co-starred in Macarthur Park, a film that was in competition and garnered high praise.

He is currently starring, directing, and producing a documentary film entitled Keno’s Kidney based on his life. It’s a true story about his kidney failure and transplant, which was donated by a half-brother he had no contact with for 11 years. It also looks at the effect a major surgery can have on a family.


rico E. anderson (god’s gift)
Hailing from the South Side of Chicago, Rico E. Anderson's professional acting career began in the San Francisco Bay Area, performing in over 30 plays and many independent films. Most recently, Rico starred as the Reverend Marcus in the feature film String Theory, which won the Audience Award at the 2002 Dances with Films Festival and played at the 2002 Indivision Film Festival in New York and the 2002 Tahoe International Film Festival. Professional theatre credits include Danny Glover's For The Love of Freedom Trilogy, which won the NAACP Image Award for Best Theatre Ensemble, The Last Season, which is currently nominated for the 2002 Los Angeles Ovation Award, the African-American Shakespeare Company’s Oedipus the King and the Towne Street Theatre’s Joleta and The Phonograph. Currently, Rico is starring in Towne Street’s An American Tract.


jackie millines (bartender)
Jackie Millines studied and performed with the Black Image Theater Group in Atlanta, which boasts such luminaries as Samuel L. Jackson. Jackie also studied on scholarship at the legendary Lee Strasberg Institute. Most recent past credits includes multiple episodes on ER portraying social worker Thomas Anders. Jackie has had guest appearances on shows such as The Court, Bold and the Beautiful, and most recently on General Hospital.



jennifer lauren (sadie)
JENNIFER LAUREN grew up studying and performing theater in Washington, DC, most prominently The Waiting at the John F. Kennedy Center. She performed in numerous plays with the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Theatre before moving to Los Angeles, where she has appeared in many commercials, films and plays. Recently, Jennifer starred in Nothing So Strange, which screened at Slamdance in 2002 and generated such a buzz that it was written up in People magazine and Variety. Currently, Jennifer is studying with Cinda Jackson at the Lost Studio. Jennifer is also a documentary filmmaker.