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Table of Contents The Adventures of Heartman.............................................................4 The Backseat of My Car (and other safe places)................................5 The Bitter Game..................................................................................6 The Car Plays: Interchange.................................................................8 A Completely Factual Tour...............................................................17 Dances with Walls.............................................................................18 Every Path.........................................................................................19 A Flock of Flyers................................................................................21 Gnomesense! A Puppet Happening in the Garden.........................22 Grounded..........................................................................................24 Healing Wars.....................................................................................27 Heaven on Earth...............................................................................28 Hurtling.............................................................................................31 In Case of Emergency.......................................................................32 OjO: The Next Generation of Travel................................................34 Queen of Carthage...........................................................................38 Refuse, or The Golden Door.............................................................40 Rhodopsin.........................................................................................42 Romulus Kilgoreâ€™s Mobile Happiness Bazaar....................................43 Seven Butterflies...............................................................................45 The Spheres......................................................................................46 Three Sisters......................................................................................47
The Adventures of Heartman Fern Street Circus The Adventures of Heartman explores myths, inspirations and aspirations around superheroes and superheroines, starting with a seven-year-old child’s imaginary superhero and broadly using a circus sensibility of playfulness and levity. This interactive show features a core troupe of San Diego’s finest circus and variety arts professionals, a bi-lingual ringmaster, After-School Circus Program students from City Heights, and a 5-piece band – all in a newly created Fern Street set. Prior to each performance, visual artists will conduct pre-show workshops to help audience members create their own superheroes for the show’s opening parade.
Fern Street Circus Founded in 1990, Fern Street Circus has built a rich legacy of circus in San Diego through a series of annual shows in Balboa Park and in neighborhoods across the County. Known for creating productions with a whimsical sense of place, the Circus mixes adult professionals with after-school students. Anchor elements include original, live music; sets by locally known visual artists; a bi-lingual presentation, and a simple, non-linear narrative. The mix of professionals and amateurs brings the best of both worlds – an accessible, energetic, and polished performance for an all-ages audience.
The Backseat of My Car (and other safe places) ArtPower at UC San Diego West Coast Premiere Created and Performed by Greg Wohead
The Backseat of My Car (and other safe places) is a one-to-one performance that takes place in a parked car. It’s a gently interactive storytelling piece about closeness, danger and intimacy through the lens of our teenage selves. This performance explores intimacy through close physical proximity, investigating the possibilities for a close moment between strangers given the ‘masks’ of a wig for the the participant and a big pair of glasses for the artist. How can a reenactment of a past event enable an extraordinary shared moment in the present?
ArtPower at UC San Diego builds creative experiences in music, dance, film, exhibition and food for our collective pleasure and inspiration. We engage diverse audiences through vibrant, challenging, multi-disciplinary performances by emerging and renowned international artists. Through extensive partnerships, ArtPower provides exciting opportunities for research, participation, and creation of new work, igniting powerful dialogue between artists, students, scholars and the community. More at artpower.ucsd.edu.
Greg Wohead is a London-based writer and performer originally from Texas. He makes theatre performances, one-to-one pieces and audio work. Thematically, his work explores distance through time and place, narrative construction in autobiography and questions of masculinity. His most recent piece, The Ted Bundy Project, is a solo show exploring morbid curiosity using a serial killer’s confession tapes, and he is currently working on Comeback Special, a re-enactment of Elvis Presley’s iconic 1968 TV Special. He has shown and developed new work in the UK and internationally with Battersea Arts Centre, Bristol Old Vic Ferment, MC (Amsterdam), Orchard Project (New York), MAKE (Ireland), Wales Millennium Centre, BIOS (Athens), Ovalhouse, Forest Fringe and The Yard, where he is an Artistic Associate. In 2014, he was shortlisted for a Total Theatre Award for Hurtling, an outdoor performance for one.
Performance sponsor: Epstein Family Foundation
The Bitter Game La Jolla Playhouse World Premiere Written and Performed by Keith Wallace Directed by Deborah Stein Scenic Designer: Charlie Jicha Costume Designer: Melissa Ng Sound Designer: Emily Jankowski Stage Manager (rehearsals): Kamra A. Jacobs Stage Manager: Mandissa Reed
The Bitter Game blends verse, prose and ‘shit-talkin,’ into a stirring commentary that begs the question, what does it mean to survive while Black in America? This solo work, ripe with pain, poetry and laughter, examines the relationship between a young man and his mother as each struggles to protect one another from that which seems inevitable. The Bitter Game explores the subtle and often unrecognized effects of racism, the question of police agency, and the value of Black lives in this country.
Keith Wallace (Playwright/Actor) is a filmmaker and third year MFA actor at UC San Diego. University credits: Death of a Driver, Venus, Golden Boy, In the Crowding Darkness, A Lie of the Mind, The Grapes of Wrath. Other credits include: Dance of the Holy Ghost, Hoodoo Love, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, A Comedy of Errors, Hairspray, Passing Strange and The Tempest. Directing credits: The Brother’s Size, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Keith holds a BA in Drama from Morehouse College. Other training credits: The British American Drama Academy (London, UK), Classical Acting Academy (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater). Deborah Stein (Director) is Assistant Professor of Playwriting at UC San Diego and Co-Artistic Director of Stein | Holum Projects (SHP), a collaborative laboratory for creating new performances. With SHP she has written and co-directed Chimera (HERE Artist Residency Program, Under the Radar 2012; Drama Desk nominee) and The Wholehearted (ArtsEmerson commission, 2015 NEFA National Theatre Project award). From 2000-2009, she was a frequent collaborator with Pig Iron Theatre Company. She has been published in Theatre Forum, Play: A Journal of Plays and The Best American Poetry of 1996, and has taught at Yale School of Drama, NYU/Tisch, Princeton, Northeastern, St. Olaf, Parsons and Brown University, where she received her M.F.A. Grants include NYSCA, Bush Artist Fellowship, two Jerome Fellowships and a McKnight Advancement Grant at the Playwrights’ Center. She is a proud alumna of New Dramatists. Next up: MOVERS + SHAKERS with the MFA students at UCSD, February 2016.
Charlie Jicha (Scenic Design) is a second-year M.F.A. Scenic Designer. He attended Rollins College for his degree in Theatre Arts and Mandarin Chinese. Disney Scenic Arts Credits: Refurbishment of Test Track (WDW Epcot), Captain Jack Sparrow Experience Mural (WDW Hollywood Studios), Captain Hook Topiary Costume For Flower and Garden Festival (WDW Epcot). Scenic Design Work: Widower (Forum Theatre), Snakeskin (Forum Theatre), Thesis Works Dance: Dominus Novum (Forum Theare), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Annie Russell Theater), She Stoops to Conquer (Annie Russell Theater), Wicked City (Depot Theater). Chautuauqua Theatre Company Scenic Fellow 2015: Engine of Our Ruin (Bratton Theatre), AfterLove (Bratton Theatre).
Melissa Ng (Costume Design) is a costume and media designer from Singapore. She is a third-year M.F.A. Costume Design candidate at UC San Diego. You can find her work at melissang.carbonmade.com.
Emily Jankowski (Sound Design) is sound designer and composer based in Southern California. UC San Diego credits: Titus Andronicus,The Storm, June Moon, Ex Machina, Hammelin (WNPF ‘13); The Santa Barbarians (BNPF ‘12); Small Prophecies (BNPF ‘11). Moxie Theater: Orange Julius, Lesson 443, A Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World, Jade Heart. THE TRIP: 3 Plays in a Tattoo Shop, All the Rooms of the House. Additional credits: Ex Machina (NYC Fringe ‘13), The Rest of Your Life (Axial NYC). Interactive sound installations: It Should Be Breathing, an installation involving sound generating pressure sensors – a collaboration with M.F.A. print-maker Gretchen Jankowski, Cal State Long Beach alumnus. Emily She holds an M.F.A. in Sound Design for Theatre from UC San Diego and a BFA from UC San Diego in Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts, Music. Emily is also the Technical Director for KPBS Morning Edition and KPBS Midday Edition. www.emilyjankowski.com. Twitter: @Emily_KPBS.
Mandisa Reed (Tech and Performance PSM) is going into her second year as an M.F.A. Stage Manager at UC San Diego. UC San Diego credits: New Directions 2015 (ASM), Widower (PSM), Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (ASM), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ASM). Other credits include: Dreamgirls (PSM; Dillard University), Fences (SM; Dillard University), Hair (PSM; Dillard University), Riding Halley’s Comet (PSM; MidCity Theatre) and The Comedy of Errors (SM Intern; The Old Globe). Kamra A. Jacobs (Rehearsal Stage Manager) is a second-year M.F.A. Stage Manager at UC San Diego. She is excited to have the opportunity to work on such a meaningful project with such amazing collaborators. UC San Diego credits include Golden Boy, Venus and Three Women in Four Chairs. Most recent credits include Summer Shakespeare Intensive (The Old Globe), The Open Hand and Relative Madness (id Theater). Regional Credits include Grease, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, Crazy for you, The King and I and Show Boat (Sacramento Music Circus.)
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Bekah Brunstetter JJ Strong
Hell Hath No Fury
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Aaron Henne Paul Stein
What the Heart Wants
Jessica Bird Jaime Gutfeldt (asst)
That Time She Proposed
The Night Gwen Stacy Died
Snow…………..Wendy Waddell Cabbie………Richard Jessie Johnson Monica………….Kathi Copeland Martin…………..Steve Schlam Olivia……..……..Erin McIntosh Mary……………..Beth Gallagher Ronnie…………..Michael Nieto Monica………….Katie Harroff Welles……………Joe Paulson Driver…………….Steven Lone Nancy…………….Savvy Scopelleti Kristy……………..Veronica St. Clair The Man………..Jeff Howard Karen…………….Caroline Floto Dan……………….Connor Sullivan August…………..Melissa Fernandes Bryan…………….John Tessmer Charles………….Salvador Velasco Eddy……………..Braulio Ramirez Angela…………..Sarah Errington Dan……………….Joshua Jones Marissa………….Jacque Wilke Kyle……………….Braulio Ramirez Laura……………..Kym Pappas Mandy……………Jyl Kaneshiro PeterParker76…Dave Rivas Ben………………….Mark C. Petrich Gwen Stacy……..Callie Prendiville Chris…………………Tom Kilroy Pat……………………Loie Gail
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Paul Stein (Artistic Producer and Conceiver of The Car Plays) has directed theatre productions and solo shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, New York and Toronto at various venues and festivals including P.S. 122, Beverly Hills Playhouse, Symphony Space and HBO Workspace. Recent directing highlights: Leonard Nimoy’s Vincent starring Jean-Michel Richaud at Cine’ XIII in Paris, France and UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance; Antonio Sacre’s Let Them Eat Meat! at United Solo (Winner, Best Storyteller); The Car Plays at RADAR LA, Off Center Festivals and La Jolla Playhouse’s WoW Series; and W. Kamau Bell’s Ending Racism in an Hour. Currently, Paul is the Executive Producer of the Comedy Central Stage, development venue for the television network. He is Founder/Artistic Director of The Solo Collective and is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild and SDC. For Lynn and Kiera.
Terence Anthony (Playwright – Start) has been awarded writing fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale Foundation and the Santa Fe Art Institute. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Moving Arts, the Antaeus Playwrights’ Lab and the Chicago Dramatists. Terence’s play Euphrates was awarded the Max K. Lerner Playwriting Fellowship in 2013. His play Tombolo was a 2012 Finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Blood and Thunder (2011 LA Weekly Award Winner for “Best Performance” – Candice Afia) was a world premiere production at Moving Arts, where it enjoyed a successful six-month run in 2009-2010. Terence’s plays have been produced and workshopped across the country; they include Citizen Bernie, Tangled Up and Choke. terenceanthony.com
Susan Benninghoff (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be back working on The Car Plays at La Jolla Playhouse’s WoW Festival, having served as Car Hop at the 2013 Festival. Ms. Benninghoff has worked as a commercial and stage actress and voiceover artist, with a few odd film and television appearances, and has performed in countless staged readings on a variety of San Diego stages. Education: B.A. Middlebury College; RADA. Lisa Berger (Director) is a director and acting teacher. Her directing credits include The Car Plays: We Wait, The Whale (reading; La Jolla Playhouse); A Behanding in Spokane (Cygnet); Killer Joe (Compass Theatre); Buried Child (New Village Arts); The Long Christmas Ride Home (Diversionary Theatre). Additional directing credits include Our Town, Simpatico, Miss Julie, Anatomy of Gray and several children’s musicals for the Metropolitan Opera Guild in NYC. She currently teaches at University of San Diego, MiraCosta College and is Co-Artistic Director of MeisnerChekhov Integrated Training Studio. Jessica Bird (Director) is a freelance producer and director. She recently directed Uncanny Valley at San Diego REP and has directed or assistant directed at the following theatres: Playwrights Project, New Village Arts, Diversionary, Cygnet Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe and MPAC. Recent positions include: Associate Producer at La Jolla Playhouse and NNPN Producer in Residence at San Diego REP. Ms. Bird holds a B.A. in Theatre from PLNU and M.A. in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from USD.
Jami Brandli (Playwright – Epic Love) Ms. Brandli’s plays include Technicolor Life, S.O.E., M-Theory, ¡SOLDADERA!, Sisters Three and BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!) which was named in The Kilroys Top 46 List in 2014. Her work has been produced/ developed at WordBRIDGE, The Lark, New York Theatre Workshop, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Launch Pad, The Antaeus Company, Chalk REP, among other venues. Winner of John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award, Holland New Voices Award and Aurora Theatre Company’s GAP Prize. This fall, Technicolor Life will premiere at REP Stage as part of the 2015 Women’s Voices Theatre Festival. She was a finalist for the Playwrights’ Center Core Writer Fellowship, Princess Grace Award, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and the Disney ABC TV Fellowship and was also nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. A proud member of the Playwrights Union, The Dramatist Guild and Moving Arts, Jami teaches dramatic writing at Lesley University’s low-residency MFA program. www.jamibrandli.com (The Car Plays: Interchange continued...) 9
Bekah Brunstetter (Playwright – Stay) Ms. Brunstetter’s plays include Going to a Place Where you Already Are (PPF); Be a Good Little Widow (Ars Nova, The Old Globe); Oohrah! (The Atlantic Theater, Steppenwolf Garage) and House of Home (Williamstown Theater Festival). She is an alumnus of The Ars Nova play group, The Women’s Project Playwright’s Lab and the Playwrights Realm. She was a recipient of a NYNV fellowship from the Lark. MFA, The New School for Drama. She is currently an Executive Story Editor for ABC Family’s Switched at Birth.
Kathi Copeland (Monica –Terra Firma) 24 Hour Thing (San Diego Fringe 2015), Kin (Ion Theatre), To Kill A Mockingbird (New Village Arts), San Diego I Love You 2.0 and Warrior’s Duet (Circle Circle dot dot), Community Voices (The Old Globe), American Idyll (Playwright’s Project), Swimming in the Shallows (Innermission). In LA: Bukowsical (Sacred Fools/New York Fringe Best Musical), Clockwork Orange (Ark). In Chicago: Night of the Iguana (The Goodman Theatre) and Balm in Gilead (Steppenwolf). Michael David (Playwright – Terra Firma) is a veteran of more than 250 stage productions as a playwright, director, designer and actor. He has directed numerous plays for Moving Arts, including 2007’s festival winner, Break of Day. Michael has performed onstage in more than 170 productions, and his plays have been produced throughout California. But his greatest accomplishment so far has been as the voice of Henrietta Hippo at Chuck E. Cheese’s.
Bryan Davidson (Playwright – Near Miss) is a Los Angeles-based playwright and dramaturg. His plays include War Music (Echo Theatre Company, Playwrights’ Arena, Geffen Playhouse) and Yellow Wallpaper (Inge Fellowship). He is currently at work on an adaptation of Hansel and Gretel for 24th Street Theatre and a play about Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He is also a Creative Executive for Disney Animation. Bryan is a proud member of Dog Ear Playwrights.
Sarah Errington (Angela – Start) San Diego credits include: Marcy in Dogfight (Cygnet); Olive in Spelling Bee (Intrepid); Ruby in Dames at Sea and Logainne in Spelling Bee (North Coast Rep); Amnesia in Nunsense and Beth in Little Women (Moonlight); Cindy in SUDS and Cinderella in Into the Woods (New Village Arts) and Missy in The Winter Wonderettes (Welk Resort). Sarah is a resident choreographer at Legoland California Resort. And always, love to my Rae.
Melissa Fernandes (August – What the Heart Wants) San Diego Theatre (select): Cygnet (Resident Artist): The Whale, Assassins, Little Shop of Horrors (nominee, San Diego Critics Circle), Cabaret (nominee, SDCC), A Little Night Music, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. New Village Arts: Same Time, Next Year, Into the Woods (nominee, SDCC). Moonlight Theatre: Sondheim on Sondheim. Moxie Theatre: Eternally Bad, Mud Blue Sky. Diversionary: Falsettos, The Rocky Horror Show. North Coast Rep: Dancing at Lughnasa. Regional: Little Shop of Horrors (Sierra Rep); Harmony (La Jolla Playhouse). Education: M.F.A. in Musical Theatre, SDSU. Caroline Floto (Karen – Daniella) Favorite credits include: House of Blue Leaves (Bunny Flingus), Barefoot in the Park (Corie Bratter), The Matchmaker (Dolly Levi), Blood Wedding (Beggar Woman), As You Like It (Celia) and Biloxi Blues (Rowena). Caroline is a graduate of MiraCosta College and California State University, San Marcos. She currently studies at the Meisner Chekhov Integrated Training Studio. Thank you to Lisa, Liz, Connor and Sam.
Loie Gail (Pat – Epic Love) is delighted to be making her debut at La Jolla Playhouse. Some of her recent roles include: Eunice in Dodging Eden (Broadway, Vista); Aunt Queenie in Bell, Book and Candle (OnStage Playhouse); Julia in Lend Me a Tenor (Mira Mesa Theatre Guild). Ms. Gail is a graduate of the Meisner/ Chekov Integrated Training program and is grateful to her teachers Liz Shipman and Lisa Berger for sharing their knowledge and unflagging support.
Beth Gallagher (Mary – The Fourth Time We Met) is thrilled to be back in The Car Plays this year. She appeared as Chick in the Car Play Hipsters in the 2013 Without Walls Festival. Selected theatre credits include: Kayleen in Gruesome Playground Injuries and Lucinde in Doctor Shmoctor (Max Fischer Players); Corie in Barefoot in the Park and Jeannie in Fat Pig (Patio Playhouse); Gloria in Boeing Boeing and Berdine in Psycho Beach Party (OB Playhouse) and Agnes in Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins (Diversionary). www.beth-gallagher.com
Jamie Gillcrist (Stage Manager) is the Managing Director for J*Company Youth Theatre. For the last 10 years, Jamie Gillcrist has worked in creative development and production management for many dynamic organizations, including La Jolla Playhouse, the Old Globe, San Diego Opera, Broadway San Diego and Smithsonian Institution & Research Centers. Her work on various theater and dance projects has been showcased on local, national, international and Broadway stages. She is honored to be part of the 2015 WoW Festival’s The Car Plays.
Kim Glann (Producer) Recent producing credits include The Ghost Road Company’s The Bargain and the Butterfly (South Coast Repertory Studio Series); The Car Plays: San Diego (La Jolla Playhouse); The Car Plays (Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Off Center Festival); Stranger Things (Atwater Village); The Car Plays: L.A. Stories (RADAR L.A.); The Mystery of Irma Vep (LA Weekly Award nominee for Best Revival 2009) and the world premiere of Song of Extinction (LA Weekly Award-winner for Best Production 2008). In 2013, Ms. Glann performed in the Englishlanguage translation of Pantofelnik’s Suitcase at the Korczak Festival in Warsaw, Poland. Ms. Glann is the Marketing Manager for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and Ford Theatres.
Jaime Gutfeldt (Assistant Director) is making her La Jolla Playhouse Debut. Mrs. Gutfeldt is a graduate of UC San Diego and Foothill Theatre Conservatory. Other San Diego Credits include: ASM Uncanny Valley (San Diego REP), AD Steal Heaven (San Diego REP), Missy/Casey in Longview, TX (InnerMission Productions), AD Three Sisters, Artistic Director Undergrad New Play Festival 2014 and Director of Chamber Music (UC San Diego). Mrs. Gutfeldt completed the Stage Management and Artistic Fellowships at San Diego Rep. Tori Harris (Stage Manager) is a fourth-year student studying Theatre and Business at UC San Diego. Academic credits: Gruesome Playground Injuries (PSM), Three Sisters (ASM), The Marriage of Bette and Boo (ASM). Other credits include Production Stage Manager for Kallisti Project’s The Threepenny Opera, the San Diego Ballet’s Nutcracker, Lighting Designer and Stage Manager for Royal Dance’s Winter and Summer Recitals, and Lighting Designer for Culture Shock San Diego. Katie Harroff (Monica – Hell Hath No Fury) is a playwright, director and the founding performance artist behind local community-inspired theatre company, Circle Circle dot dot. For more information about Katherine’s past or upcoming projects, please visit www.circle2dot2.com.
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Aaron Henne (Playwright – Until I Know) is the Artistic Director of theatre dybbuk, whose multidisciplinary works include Cave...A Dance for Lilith (co-production with L.A. Contemporary Dance Company) and Tefillah or Prayer: A Translation, which toured to sacred spaces throughout Southern California. He is also a multiple award-winning playwright, having been awarded the LA Weekly Award for Playwriting (Sliding Into Hades, The Odyssey Theatre) and the SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Original Script (Mesmeric Revelation, Central Works). He serves as a mentor at Otis College of Art and Design and has taught storytelling workshops at DreamWorks, Lucasfilm and Pixar. Aaron is a board member of The Association for Jewish Theatre and his writing process book, You Already Know, is published by Writ Large Press.
Jeff Howard (The Man – Until I Know) is currently in rehearsal for Old Globe’s workshop production of Until It Comes. Other roles include: Hortensio in Two Gents (Utah Shakes); Michael in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (MT. Rep) and Frank Butler in Annie Get Your Gun (Prickets Fort). He will play Raven in Con-tem-POE rar-y (Meat & Potato) in 2016. Mr. Howard holds an MFA in the Meisner Technique (Rutgers U) under the tutelage of William Esper and Maggie Flanigan.
Richard Jessie Johnson (Cabbie – A Theory of Transfer) is grateful to be making his Car Plays debut. Mr. Johnson is a recent graduate of Utah State University’s Caine College of the Arts Theatre Program. Most recent credits include Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire (USD), Keno Walsh in The Full Monty (New Village Arts) and Speed in The Odd Couple (Old Lyric Repertory Company). Mr. Johnson thanks his friends and family for their continued support of his endeavors.
Joshua Jones (Dan – Yoke) is trained in theatre and film performance, has played roles in Shakespeare, musicals and film/commercials, and worked with San Diego organizations such as New Village Arts, Playwrights Project, Ten Stories Media, Scripps Ranch Theatre and Sullivan Players. Credits include Postmortem, An Inspector Calls, a feminine ending, Almost Main, On Air, Green Flash at Sunset (Scripps Ranch Theatre); Calendar Girls, Tribute (Sullivan Players); Much Ado About Nothing (New Village Arts); Beginner’s Heaven (New Village Arts/Playwrights Project). B.F.A. in Acting – Abilene Christian University.
Jyl Kaneshiro (Mandy – That Time She Proposed) La Jolla Playhouse: Kim in Immaculate (The Car Plays WoW Festival); L’il Gus in El Henry in collaboration with (San Diego Repertory). Rivka in Red Planet Respite (Circle Circle dot dot); Suzy in Wait Until Dark (North Coast Repertory Theatre); May in Fool for Love (Fritz Theatre); Luan in Golden Child (Chinese Pirate Productions); Cheryl in Bronze (Sledgehammer); Himiko in Tea (AART). Co-Founder of AART. Thank you, Jessica and my heart, Kym.
Tom Kilroy (Chris – Epic Love) has appeared in over 50 productions in venues such as the Old Globe, North Coast Rep, Moxie and others which no longer exist. His favorite shows have been Trouble in Mind, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Dresser, Full Circle, Inspecting Carol, Juno and the Paycock, Translations, Incident at Vichy and The Face of Violence. For those who remember the Old Globe Atlas Awards, Tom has won three of them for his character portrayals.
Ron Klier (Playwright – A Theory of Transfer) recently wrote and directed Gus’s Fashions & Shoes for the Vs. Theatre Company. His play Cops and Friends of Cops (nominated for three LA Weekly Awards in 2013, including Best Playwriting) is currently running at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. Ron’s short plays have received productions in Chicago, San Diego, Kansas City, Norfolk, Virginia and various small theaters in and around the Los Angeles area.
Jeff Liu (Playwright – Hell Hath Fury) adapted and directed the Pulitzer nominated play Yellow Face by David Henry Hwang for the YOMYOMF Network on YouTube. A feature he co-wrote, Charlotte Sometimes, was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards. His theatrical productions include the world premieres of Texas by Judy Soo Hoo, Terminus Americana (Ovation Award nominee for Best World Premiere) by Matt Pelfrey, The Golden Hour by Philip W. Chung, The Chinese Massacre (Annotated) by Tom Jacobson and Wrinkles by Paul Kikuchi. Most recently, he directed a workshop of Fortune Wheel by Joey Damiano for the Inkwell Theater and will soon be premiering A Billion Tuesday Mornings for the LA Science Fiction One Act Play Festival in May 2015.
Steven Lone (Driver – One Star Driver) is ecstatic to be taking part in Car Plays at La Jolla Playhouse. Most Recent credits include: Juan Julian in Anna in the Tropics (Moonlight Stage Productions), Jackie in The Motherf**ker With The Hat (Cygnet Theatre), Mace in The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety (2014 Craig Noel Award Nominee, Ion Theatre Co.), and Manny in Becoming Cuba (North Coast Rep.). Steven would like to thank all his friends and family for their continuous support, patience and understanding while he runs off to play pretend every night on stage or in a car.
Jennifer Maisel (Playwright – What the Heart Wants) Ms. Maisel’s Pen West Literary Award finalist There or Here premiered at New York’s Hypothetical Theatre and is in talks for a London premiere. The Last Seder ran Off-Broadway after productions in Chicago, D.C. and Los Angeles. Plays: Goody Fucking Two Shoes (Humana Festival); Birds (Rorschach Theatre); Eden (Theatre of NOTE, Original Works Publishing); Match (Berkshire Playwrights Festival). Awards: Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays Award, Charlotte Woolard and Roger L. Stevens awards; SCR’s California Playwrights Competition. Her ChokeChain and #Sandy ran in The Car Plays (RadarLA and Segerstrom Center for the Arts). She received an Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan foundation commission and the Stanley Award for Out of Orbit, which ran on the Queen Mary in 2015. Her newest play, @thespeedofJake, received a Kilroy honorable mention and will premiere in Los Angeles in November with Playwrights Arena. She is a proud member of the WGA, EST - LA Project, The Dog Ear Playwrights Collective, Playwrights Union and the Antaeus Playwrights Lab. She also writes for film and television.
Erin McIntosh (Olivia – Stay) is a Los Angeles-based actress whose theater credits include: The Whale (Cygnet Theatre); Luigi (Inkwell Theater); My Brother (The Lillian Theatre); The Last Act of Lilka Kadison (The Falcon Theatre); Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You (Underground Theatre Company); The Diary of Anne Frank (Spotlight Theater, AriZoni nomination for Best Actress); Fiddler on the Roof (Regional Theatre of the Palouse) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Trinity Festival). TV/Film credits include: Awkward. (MTV) and The Mooring (Lionsgate).
David Myers (Playwright – Yoke) Mr. Myers’ work has been developed at Berkeley Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Rep, The Public Theater, The Royal Court, The Old Vic, Pasadena Playhouse and more. His play How to Conquer America: A Mostly True History of Yogurt was recently developed at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, and his From Under the Tree in Pasadena Playhouse’s Hothouse Series. He’s written and sold two screenplays and is currently working on a television script for Warner Brothers. Originally from Houston, Texas, he has a B.A. from Brown and an M.F.A. from UC San Diego. Trey Nichols (Playwright – The Night Gwen Stacy Died) is an actor, playwright and solo performer. He has been a Moving Arts company member since 1995. Trey has worked with many theatres in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Chicago. His solo show A Lesson In Proper Bow-Fluffing Technique (Storey Productions/Moving Arts) was nominated for a 2005 Ovation Award for Best Solo Performance. He is a member of SAG/AFTRA, The Dramatists Guild and The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. Trey teaches a popular playwriting workshop in West LA. Visit Trey at treynichols.net. (The Car Plays: Interchange continued...) 13
Wendy Elizabeth Niederriter (Associate Producer) is very pleased to be returning to La Jolla Playhouse for the WoW Festival. She has had the pleasure of participating in The Car Plays as an actress, an audience member and associate producer. She’s a fierce, problem-solving, gate-keeping Mama Bear who’ll berate you the entire time she’s getting you out of a jam. You’ll call her anyway, though, because she gets it done! She thanks the Producing team and Moving Arts for another unique and fabulous theater going experience!
Michael Nieto (Ronnie – The Fourth Time We Met) Mr. Nieto’s previous theatrical credits include: Wrenegades (Circle Circle dot dot); Bearded (Circle Circle Dot Dot); Ubu Roi (Max Fischer Players); Seafoam Sleepwalk (La Jolla Playhouse WoW Festival); Accomplice (La Jolla Playhouse WoW); San Diego, I Love You (Circle Circle Dot Dot); Golden Child (Chinese Pirate Prod.) and Over the River and Through the Woods (Scripps Ranch Theatre). Television and commercial credits include: The Fugitive Chronicles (A&E), Team Kia and Dixieline Lumber (Fox5).
Kym Pappas (Laura – That Time She Proposed) is the Co-Artistic Director of InnerMission Productions. She is excited to be working once again with the La Jolla Playhouse and Moving Arts’ on The Car Plays. Kym developed the Charles K. Nichols Internship Program at OnStage Playhouse and has served as its director since 2006. She is a member of the Pasadena Playhouse Directors Lab West and she studied at the American Conservatory Theatre. Thank you, Jessica! Big Love to Jyl.
Joe Paulson (Welles – Hell Hath Fury) With Theatre degrees from Northwestern and Alabama Shakes in hand, Joe spent a few years in Chicago and New York, and then decided to take a 15-year hiatus from the stage, which officially ends with this Car Plays production (despite the fact that there are no stages involved). In addition to acting in front of no more than two people at a time, Joe is also a teacher, a practicing hypnotherapist, a husband and a father. Mark C. Petrich (Ben – The Night Gwen Stacy Died) has appeared in Counterweight (La Jolla Playhouse WoW Festival); Enron, Coming Attractions, A Man, his Wife, and his Hat, Ten Cent Night, Devil Dog Six, Bleeding Kansas, Drink Me, Expecting Isabel (Moxie Theatre); Macbeth (Intrepid Shakespeare); Charlie’s Aunt, The Fantastiks, A Thousand Clowns, Breaking Legs, The Dresser (North Coast Rep); Hamlet, Richard III (Sledgehammer). Mark is featured in the cult films Night Train to Terror, Marilyn Alive and Behind Bars and Hello Jack.
Callie Prendiville (Gwen Stacy – The Night Gwen Stacy Died) returns to La Jolla Playhouse after being in The Car Plays in 2012. Other theatres: Tartuffe, u/s Pride and Prejudice (South Coast Rep), The Odd Couple (North Coast Rep), Lucia di Lammermoor (LA Opera), To Kill a Mockingbird (Long Beach Playhouse), The Crucible (MOXIE), Pirates of Penzance (Lyric Opera San Diego). Ms. Prendiville’s play, Blamed: An Established Fiction, performed in San Diego and Tijuana as a part of the San Diego International Fringe Festival (winner: Best Drama).
Braulio Ramirez (Eddy – Start; Kyle – Yoke) is proud to be making his debut at La Jolla Playhouse as part of The Car Plays. He began acting in Berkeley, California. His first role was Van in Dog Sees God (Berkeley Barestage Productions). Other credits include: Jason in Rabbit Hole (C.A.T.), Matt in Disclosure (San Diego Fringe Festival) and Valere in Tartuffe (Coronado Playhouse).
Dave Rivas (PeterParker76 – The Night Gwen Stacy Died) returns to the WoW Festival for the second time. You may remember him strangling a guy in the car play Living la Vida Loca with Charles Maze. Mr. Rivas’ work includes Oedipus El Rey (San Diego REP), El Henry (La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego REP CoProduction), Detained in the Desert (La Jolla Playhouse), Celebrity Sonnets (The Old Globe) and as Cholo Satan in La Pastorela (Lyceum Theatre). Mr. Rivas is a core member, director and producer of Amigos del REP, a volunteer theatrical council that promotes Latino, Chicano and Hispanic arts through performance, education and special events. He is also a long time voiceover recording artist and runs his own sound design studio, voiceover & actor’s workshop, DaveyBoy Productions. 14
Aaron Rozenfeld (Stage Manager) Antonio Sacre (Playwright – One Star Driver) is an internationally touring writer, storyteller and solo performance artist based in Los Angeles. He has performed at the National Book Festival at the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, the National Storytelling Festival and museums, schools, libraries and festivals internationally. He is a frequent commentator on National Public Radio’s Latino USA. His storytelling recordings have won numerous awards, including the American Library Association’s Notable Recipient Award, the Parent’s Choice Gold and Silver Awards and the National Association of Parenting Publications Gold Award. He was awarded an Ethnic and Folk Arts Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council. As a solo performer, Sacre has performed in festivals and theaters in New York City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Francisco and Chicago.
Steve Schlam (Martin – Terra Firma) has been a working theater actor in NYC, Miami, Santa Fe and Mexico for more than 25 years. He also directs, and has appeared in several short films and commercials. Favorite roles include Greg in Sylvia (San Miguel, MX), John in Ferris Wheel (Santa Fe), Leonato in Much Ado, Glas in Slow Dance on the Killing Ground, Ben in Little Foxes, Kimbrough in Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil, Sorin in The Seagull (Miami) and Harold in In The Boom Boom Room (NYC). He loves The Car Plays format and can’t wait to take it for a spin.
Dana Schwartz (Playwright – That Time She Proposed) has been working in Los Angeles theatre for many years, appearing at the Cast Theater in Pot Mom, Teen Girl, Zombie Attack!, among others. As a playwright, her play PTA was performed as part of The Car Plays, Condolences at the She Writes festival at the Secret Rose, and Space had its debut during the inaugural MADLab at Moving Arts. Recently she directed the new short play Blue Light, also for Moving Arts. Look for her web series “What the...?”, which debuted in March. Michael Schwartz (Director) is excited to direct an entire row of world premieres for The Car Plays. Mr. Schwartz directed Hipsters in the previous WoW Festival where he also had the pleasure of drowning inside Basil Twist’s giant puppet. Favorite directing credits include Waiting for Godot (Portland Stage Company) and Ubu Roi (San Diego Fringe Festival.) He holds a certificate in commedia dell’arte from the Dell ‘Arte Players in Blue Lake and an M.F.A. in directing from UC San Diego where he remains a visiting instructor.
Savvy Scopelleti (Nancy – Near Miss) is an associate artist with Intrepid Theatre Company. Roles with Intrepid include: Kate in All My Sons, Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Old Witch in Macbeth, Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Grumio in Taming of the Shrew, Duchess of York in Richard II, Constance in King John. Other local credits include: Kate in Sylvia (New Village Arts), ensemble in Enron the Musical (Moxie Theatre and Beth in From Another House (Playwrights’ Project).
Veronica St. Clair (Kristy – Near Miss) JJ Strong (Playwright – The Fourth Time We Met) Mr. Strong’s play The Love of Make-Believe was produced as a part of The Car Plays at RADAR LA, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and La Jolla Playhouse. His plays have been named finalists in Fire Rose Production’s Ten-Minute Play Festival and USC’s One-Act Play Festival and received readings throughout Los Angeles. His writing has also been published in the Santa Monica Review (Fall 2010 and Spring 2011), Ramble Underground and Raleigh Quarterly, and he was named a finalist in FOX’s New York Television Festival Comedy Script Contest. He lives in Los Angeles, where he teaches writing at the University of Southern California.
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Connor Sullivan (Dan – Daniella) could not be more excited to be a part of the Car Plays team. Mr. Sullivan has worked on numerous projects in San Diego including the feature film Thane of East County, Unplugged at Scripps Ranch Theatre and readings at both Cygnet and Diversionary Theatres. He is also incredibly grateful to be a member of the Educational Outreach Program through Lamb’s Players Theatre. He would like to thank his family, friends and teachers for their continuous support.
John Tessmer (Bryan – What the Heart Wants) is the Producing Artistic Director of La Jolla Theatre Ensemble and an Artistic Associate with New Fortune Theatre Company, for which he played Pistol & Westmoreland in Henry V last fall. Locally (selected): 13 shows (North Coast Rep/NCR Theatre School); Richard II, Midsummer... and Much Ado... (Intrepid); Edward II (Diversionary); Busman’s Honeymoon (Lamb’s Players Theatre); Permanent Collection (Mo’olelo); Midsummer... (Orchestra Nova); The Nutcracker (San Diego Ballet); Playwrights Project; the Fringe (2 years). Regionally: Colorado Shakespeare Festival (six seasons); Idaho Rep; Laguna Playhouse; Monomoy Theatre; Western Stage. Education/Training: Yale (B.A.); University Wisconsin – Milwaukee (M.F.A.).
Lemuel H. Thornton III (Producer) received his M.F.A. in TV, Film and Theatre Production from CSULA where he has produced, directed and worked as Video Designer. He previously worked at the Pasadena Playhouse, at DOMA Theatre as Producer of THE V ROOM, a monthly variety show, and Assistant Producer for their main season productions such as tick, tick...BOOM! and Jacques Brel. He has also worked as Film Coordinator for the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival (www.mxroots.org). He is pleased to work with Moving Arts again.
Cece Tio (Producer) is the Producer for Moving Arts and The Playwrights Union, a network of Los Angeles theater artists writing for stage, television and film. Cece recently produced the world premiere of Jami Brandli’s S.O.E. (Episodic Entity). With Moving Arts: co-produced the world premiere Song of Extinction (Winner Best Production – LA Weekly Awards; [Inside] the Ford); produced the world premiere of Terence Anthony’s Blood and Thunder which ran for twenty weeks in Los Angeles and appeared at the 2010 Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska; The Car Plays at RADAR L.A. in 2011, at Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Off Center Festival in 2012 and 2013, and for La Jolla Playhouse’s WoW Series in 2012 and its inaugural WoW Festival in 2013; Fathers at a Game; The Gun Show starring Chuma Gault (Nominee Best Solo Performance – Stage Raw Los Angeles Theater Awards) and VIRAL, a co-production with Bootleg Theater.
Salvador Velasco (Charles - Start) Currently in the print, commercial, industrial, TV and film circuits, this local actor is again setting foot back on home base, the theatre. Last seen on stage as Tetsuzo Hirasaki in Dear Miss Breed (Lyceum); Geraldo Munoz in A Certain Unsoundness of Mind (Broadway Theater); Skank in In Arabia We’d All Be Kings (Lynx); Domingo Lopez in Places to Touch Him (Diversionary) and Vinni Bavasi in Proposals (Lamprighters), receiving the award Best Supporting Actor from KPBS.
Wendy Waddell (Snow – A Theory of Transfer) received her B.F.A. in Theatre from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute. Select San Diego theatre credits: All My Sons, Hamlet, Richard II, King John (Intrepid Theatre Company); The Full Monty, Off the Ground, Three Sisters, Crimes of the Heart (New Village Arts); Brave Smiles..., Bunbury, Speech and Debate (Diversionary Theatre); Bluebonnet Court (Moxie Theatre/Diversionary Theatre); Lesson 443, A Discourse..., The Butcher of Baraboo (Moxie Theatre); The Miser, The Car Plays (La Jolla Playhouse) and Company (Cygnet Theatre). Jacque Wilke (Marissa – Yoke) Recent credits include: Paulina/Shepard in The Winter’s Tale, Ann Deever in All My Sons (Intrepid Theater); Billie in Unnecessary Farce (North Coast Repertory Theater); Andie in Honky (San Diego Repertory Theater); Dr. Castron in Red Planet Respite (Circle Circle Dot Dot); Elvira in Blithe Spirit (Moonlight Theater); Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest and Gwen in Travesties (Cygnet Theater); Hedda Gabler in The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler and Walburga/MacDuffie in The Divine Sister (Diversionary Theater). 16
A Completely Factual Tour UC San Diego Theatre & Dance World Premiere Conceived and Written by David Jacobi
Audio tours are becoming more common as tourist sites are moving away from the experience of actual human interactions. Audio tours can be cold, impersonal barriers that hinder meaningful engagement with the site. It seems counterproductive to travel to a play youâ€™ve never been before only to have exploration and play removed from the equation. A Completely Factual Tour is a world-premiere audio play that begins as a simple audio tour, but soon explodes into absurdist theatricality, unexpected matchmaking and guided choreography.
David Jacobi Mr. Jacobiâ€™s plays, including The Monster Below, Widower, Mai Dang Lao, Battlecruiser Aristotle and Ex Machina, have been produced throughout the U.S. and in Beijing, China. He received a B.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Purchase College and is currently a 2015 M.F.A. Playwriting candidate at UC San Diego. He is co-founder of Monster Down! Theatre Company, a collaborative theatre group in Beijing.
Dances with Walls Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater World Premiere Choreographed and Directed by Jean Isaacs
Dances with (or against) walls is a strategy that San Diego Dance Theater Artistic Director Jean Isaacs has employed to address the overwhelming number of choices presented by site-specific choreography. By dancing against walls, Isaacs creates a two dimensional form out of a three dimensional genre. The human body viewed moving against an unyielding concrete or stone wall challenges the viewerâ€™s emotional responses by eliciting both vulnerability and stoicism. Audiences will be encouraged to use their phones to capture photos and video of the live performance which San Diego Dance Theater will post on their website for a virtual experience of this stunning dance piece.
Jean Isaacs has become synonymous with site-specific dance in San Diego since the creation of her inventive Trolley Dances in 1999. Since that time, the annual event has grown to include versions in Riverside and San Francisco. Ms. Isaacs has choreographed four productions at La Jolla Playhouse and taught dance in UC San Diegoâ€™s Department of Theater and Dance for 25 years before retiring in 2008. Her choreography for Wintertime won the San Diego Craig Noel Award in 2000. More at sandiegodancetheater.org.
Every Path MOXIE Theatre in association with La Jolla Playhouse Hannah Ryan: Director Melissa Gordon: Sculpture Artist Mary Haidri: Original Material Emily Aust: Choreographer Jessica Davis: Sound Design
Every Path is a site-specific production about a woman’s journey through adulthood as she encounters multiple versions of herself, each version representing a different choice, a different reality. Set in the La Jolla Playhouse prop shop garden’s various paths, the audience is free to explore the gardens and journey in any direction.
Hannah Ryan (Director) New York Theatre Workshop’s 2014 Gala, The Big Announcement (Drama League’s Rough Draft Series); Let’s Misbehave: A Tribute to Cole Porter (Mr. Finn’s Cabaret); Cendrillon and Gianni Schicchi (Point Loma Opera Theatre); Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Forced Marriage, Only in New York, Greater Tuna, Polish Joke and Food for Thought (Point Loma Actors Theatre). Associate Director: a new musical, Circus in Winter (Goodspeed Musicals); world premiere The Golem of Havana (Barrington Stage Company); Assistant Director to Des McAnuff on Broadway’s Doctor Zhivago and Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays (HBO); Christopher Plummer’s A Word or Two (Center Theatre Group and Stratford Festival); Fetch Clay, Make Man (New York Theatre Workshop); Sideways and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Chasing the Song, A Dram of Drummhicit and A Midsummer Nights Dream with Christopher Ashley (La Jolla Playhouse); Sleeping Beauty Wakes with Rebecca Taichman, God of Carnage and Nobody Loves You (The Old Globe); Kiss Me Kate (Barrington Stage Company); Drama League Director’s Project Fellow. hannahmryan.com Kaja Amado Dunn (Performer) is an actor, director and teacher. She has performed in over 40 shows and taught internationally. Favorites include Around the World in 80 Days and Brownie Points (Lamb’s Players Theatre); A Raisin In The Sun and Gibson Girl ( Moxie); playing a blues singing chicken in Canada, and performing in a circus. Most recently she was the face of an international Western Union campaign. Kaja is a Lecturer at CSUSM and toured with Ya Tong Theatre in Taiwan. She has her M.F.A in acting and directing at Regent University and is an alumni of UNC School Of The Arts (HS) and Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts (B.FA.).
Jessica Jenkins Davis (Sound Designer) is the director of the Community School of Music at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina. She directs Meredith Suzuki Strings and performs locally throughout the triangle area. She has served as an institute instructor in the North Carolina Suzuki Association and for Charlotte School of the Arts. Jessica is a registered Suzuki teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has completed long-term training with Joanne Bath and short-term training with Michele Higa George. Jessica has a B.A. in Music Education from Point Loma Nazarene University and a M.M. in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from East Carolina University.
Jennifer Eve Thorn (Performer) is one of the founders and the Associate Artistic Director of MOXIE Theatre where she’s worked for the past decade. She’s an actress and a director. Most recent acting credits include Crumbs from the Table of Joy at MOXIE and Hamlet at Intrepid Shakespeare Company.
Mary Haidri (Original Material) is a writer living in Portland, Oregon. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Applied Linguistics. Mary spends her time researching indigenous arctic folklore, improving her proficiency in Spanish, and exploring the history between feminism and fiber arts. She is currently working on her first novel.
Emily Aust (Choreographer) is currently an M.F.A. candidate in Dance Theatre at the University of California San Diego. Her artistry is inspired by interdisciplinary collaboration, somatic ideologies, theories of embodiment, contact improvisation, teaching, theatricality and sensation based theories inside of physical technique. In her work, Emily seeks opportunities for artistic community development and collaboration. Born in Littleton, Colorado.
Melissa Gordon (Sculpture Artist) is an artist and mom living in a tiny house on a large hill in San Diego. She received her Masters of Fine Art in Sculpture from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Point Loma Nazarene University. Her artwork ranges from miniature landscape hand-painted necklaces to large permanent public artwork. She spends her time pondering puddles, bird watching with binoculars, photographing flora and fauna, and feverishly painting. You can learn more about her on her website www.melissajogordon.com or on her blog at www.myquiethousestudio.com.
Monica Flores (Performer) is grateful and thrilled to be a part of her first Moxie Theatre production in association with the La Jolla Playhouse WoW Festival. This year she has had the honor of playing Bev in the West Coast Premiere of Neil Labute’s comedy The Money Shot with Martis Theatre Company and had several roles both on and off stage for Chronos Theatre Group’s performance of The Balcony. When she isn’t performing theatre, she’s either playing guitar and singing country and soul music with her bandmates, or on the back of a horse. She’d like to thank her mother, father and sisters for their love and support, Carla Stirling for her encouragement, and Tony Silipigno for teaching her how to own vulnerability in front of an audience.
Julie Sachs (Performer) has been working on San Diego stages for close to 20 years. Select San Diego credits include: Jade Heart, Eleemosynary (MOXIE Theatre); Poster Boys (MOXIE/Diversionary CoProduction); Mud, Marat/Sade, Grapes of Wrath (ion Theatre); Tribute, A Feminine Ending, California Suite, I’m Not Rappaport (SRT); Tongue of a Bird, Two Rooms (Stone Soup Theatre); The Guys (Black Rabbit Theatre). Julie also understudied for the production of In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play (San Diego REPertory Theatre). Anna Rebek (Performer) is excited to be a part of the gorgeous and talented lady feast that is Every Path. Anna studied acting, directing and playwriting at Yale University. She is currently finishing postproduction on the feature film of her stage play Longview, TX. Anna was last seen in Moxie’s Skinless as Emmi and in References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot as Cat. Thanks to MCC, Dad & db.
Sammy Bauman-Martin (Stage Manager) recently graduated from University of San Diego’s Theatre Arts and Performance Studies program. Favorite San Diego stage management credits include Parlour Song (Backyard Renaissance); An American Christmas, 100 Hours of Stories: Breaking the Guinness World Record (Lamb’s Players Theatre); A Streetcar Named Desire (USD); The Two Gentlemen of Verona (The Old Globe) and Clybourne Park (USD/Old Globe MFA Program). Regional credits include Saloon, The Game’s Afoot, Once a Ponzi Time and Sunday in the Park with George (Peninsula Players Theatre). Sammy also enjoys working around San Diego as an electrician and scenic painter.
A Flock of Flyers CORPUS West Coast Premiere
Due to severe budget cutbacks the 217th Canadian Flying Squadron has been left without any planes. Determined to fly at any cost, the 5 flyers continue their regimented training in an imaginary terrestrial airfield. Choreographed down to the millimeter, the Flyers have paraded their hilarious maneuvers to audiences around the world. Conceived and choreographed by Sylvie Bouchard and David Danzon, A Flock of Flyers was the Gold Medal Winner at the IV Games of la Francophonie 2001 in Hull, Quebec (Street Theatre category) and was hailed as a “Canadian contemporary classic” by the Globe and Mail.
CORPUS Co-founded by Sylvie Bouchard and artistic director David Danzon, CORPUS is known for its precise and surrealist humour that combines movement with theatrical imagery. CORPUS’ unique and engaging performances are presented in both traditional and unusual locations, for large and diverse audiences. Created in 1997, CORPUS has now 11 pieces in its repertoire and has presented over 1500 performances at venues and events across Canada and around the world. All together, the company has visited more than 26 countries on four continents. CORPUS’ award-winning work can also be seen on television and on film.
David Danzon is the co-founder and artistic director of CORPUS. He creates and performs all of CORPUS’ repertoire, which is presented in many festivals across Canada and around the world, to public and critical acclaim. For the past 19 years, he works to grow the company in all its facets.
Matthew Finlan is a passionate multidiscipline performer with: theatre, dance and vocal training. Finlan is a graduate of the George Brown Theatre School, his favorite GBTS credits include: Peer in Peer Gynt, Mortimer in Mary Stuart, Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, and Leonardo in Munsched. Matthew has been accepted into The Factory Theatre’s 2015/16 emerging artist’s mentorship program.
Indrit Kasapi is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. Indrit has worked as an actor, director, producer, writer, choreographer and dancer. He has the pleasure to be performing and touring with CORPUS since 2008. Indrit is the Artistic Producer for lemonTree creations (Toronto).
Jolyane Langlois decided to pursue a dance career while watching Paul-André Fortier perform Solo 30x30 in 2006. She started her dance training in Montréal at L’UQAM and graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theater in May 2012. Jolyane is a curious, risk-taking and passionate dance artist interested in performance art and the use of non-conventionnal spaces and urban landscapes.
Takako Segawa trained in traditional arts and contemporary Japanese movement styles in Kochi (youth), Nippon Sports Science University (Tokyo) and London contemporary dance school. Her awards include the All Japan Kobe Dance Festival Award in 1994, 1998 and in 2005 recognized at the Stuttgart International Solo Dance Festival. From 1999 to 2006 Takako danced with leading companies in Europe. Takako joined CORPUS in 2011.
A Puppet Happening in the Garden Animal Cracker Conspiracy Conceived and Performed by Animal Cracker Conspiracy Iain Gunn: Co-Creator, Co-Director and Musician Bridget Rountree: Co-Creator, Co-Director and Stilt Walker Puppeteers: David Booker, Nancy Caciola, Ali Dressel, Lucy Forton, Max Galkin, Chris Harrison Aaron Irwin: Musician Katya Galkin: Stilt Walker Terry Hovey: Music Director, Musician Ravell Hovey: Actor
Gnomesense! mashes up the timeless arts of busking, street performance, and giant puppet pageantry, invoking the spirits of non-sense, serious play, and make believe to come out and bask in the sunshine. Imagine your garden come to life in a fantastic and absurd incarnation with stilt walking faeries, giant insect puppets and a garden gnome brass band. In, age-old fairy tale fashion, the show questions what is up, what is down, what is straight, what is round – and ask what is it that you invest in believing in on a day to day basis? This is an audience participatory happening-meta-theatrical impromptu dance party–sing/along led by a group of benevolent, albeit anarchic, mystical garden beings!
Animal Cracker Conspiracy San Diego based artists Iain Gunn and Bridget Rountree are Animal Cracker Conspiracy, a contemporary hybrid puppet company that pushes the boundaries of live kinetic performance. They joined forces in 2006 with a shared desire to explore puppetry as a radical art form that decenters expectations, dedicated to the suspension of disbelief by investing in the unknown and creation of nonsense. Their shared interest and investigation of where fine art, puppetry, performance art, physical theater and mixed media intersect is a continued source of inspiration for their work. They revel in diversity and artistic inquiry, providing fluctuating frameworks for the creation of community, by facilitating collaboration, investigation and questioning the status quo. A movement defined abstraction of the material to immaterial, folklore to contemporary, intellectual to intuitive. Animal Cracker Conspiracy has participated in both national and international artist residencies and workshops with Bread and Puppet, North American Creative Laboratories, La Pocha Nostra, RosenClaire and the Old Trouts Puppet Collective. They have performed and exhibited at La Jolla Playhouse, HERE NY, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and Santa Barbara, Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego and Art Power at UC San Diego. They have received support from the San Diego Foundation, Jim Henson Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Sator Arts Foundation, Synergy Arts Foundation and The Puppet Slam Network.
Ali Dresel has a multifaceted background, with B.A. degrees in theatre arts and marine science from USD. She is avidly pursuing the world of circus arts, dance and interactive performance, and has performed with Fire N Ice Entertainment, Insomniac Events and Nomad Artz. Most recently, she clowned all summer with the Dragon Knights Stilt Theater. Ali is thrilled to be back at the Playhouse, where she started out with the WoW series as the co-production coordinator for Accomplice: San Diego and then later was a part of Basil Twist’s Seafoam Sleepwalk. She’s excited to continue by conspiring with Animal Cracker Conspiracy.
Aaron Irwin has been a music educator and performer for nearly two decades. Mr. Irwin is the Director of Music at the STEAM Academy at La Presa, and serves on the Visual and Performing Arts Committee for the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District. Mr. Irwin was selected to be the 2012 Teacher of the Year at La Presa Middle School. In August of 2006, he earned a Master’s of Arts Degree in Ethnomusicology from SDSU. In May of 2004, Mr. Irwin was awarded a Secondary Instrumental Music Teaching Credential from SDSU, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance in May of 2003. Throughout his academic life, Mr. Irwin has always embraced the opportunity to study, teach, and perform internationally: he studied traditional West African music and dance at the University of Ghana at Legon, West Africa, and he taught and performed traditional West African music and dance fro the Center for World Music in Bali.
Chris Harrison had the luck to move to San Diego sight unseen 15 years ago, and art was unexpectedly dropped in his lap by the wonderful artists he met there. He has been involved for over a decade in performance and art. He has grown to do everything including stilting, fire dancing and breathing, puppetry, clowning, choreography, stage building and show design. He has had the joy of performing up and down the west coast at circuses, fairs, concerts, museums, and festivals. He is grateful to able to return to La Jolla playhouse and share his talents for making people smile.
Jamie McGuffee is a creative spirit connected to many forms of art. Originally from Missouri, she has been in California for five years combining writing, dreaming, music, storytelling and puppetry into her performance work. She is currently involved in musical projects and is an instructor at the School for Creative Careers where she is able to apply and share her skills. She is excited to continue working with Animal Cracker Conspiracy. Katya Galkin has been involved in theater and production since age 11 when she directed her first show in her backyard in Kazakhstan. After spending five years exploring the world with the US Marine Corps, she fully embraced her path as an artist when she co-created a fire theater called Unifier. She brings over 10 years of professional experience in writing, show development, set and costume design, as well as acting and performance. Her superpowers include human puppeteering, fortune telling, and a mean cold beef carpaccio.
Lucy Forton was born with the fairies in 1991. You can find Lucy clowning around, playing music and doing various types of performance art. Lucy has completed a B.A. with a focus in Social Justice through Performance Art at the Evergreen State College. She performs with her original performance/music project called “Anahata Circus.” She is the co-creator of a venue/workshop space designed to promote community through knowledge sharing and art in Ocean Beach, San Diego called “The OB Template.” Lucy has worked with the artist collectives Bad Unkl Sista at Symbiosis Music Festival, the Olympia Family Theater and Bodies Collected. She has done political performance pieces for POWER and Socialist Alternative, and has taught circus arts for social justice at camps for inner city kids and in rural Costa Rica. Lucy is thrilled to be performing with the Animal Cracker Conspiracy and letting her inner gnome fly!
Nancy Caciola has been a performing artist for a decade. She began her performing career in 2005, joining the cast of Technomania Circus. In 2007, Nancy was one of the founding members of the circus arts collective Zirk Ubu, performing under the name Dame Bedlam. She is thrilled to be a partner-in-crime with Animal Cracker Conspiracy Puppetry company, in presenting Gnomesense.
Terry Hovey is a music creator, performer and dreamer who weaves sounds with collective multimedia minds. He performs on a myriad of different instruments depending on the project, working in theatre, puppetry, dance and performance arts. He developed his musical style from his passion for global jazz funk electronic music and thrives on interactive improv experiences.
Grounded Ubuntu Theatre Project in association with San Diego REPertory Theatre Written by George Brandt Directed by Emilie Whelan Performed by Heather Ramey (Pilot) Scenic Designer/Production Manager: John Anderson Lighting Designer: Anthony Jannuzzi Projection Designer: Adam Larsen Sound Designer: Andrew Vargas Costume Designer: Anastasia Pautova Prop Master: Angelica Ynfante Sound Supervisor: Kevin Anthenill Lighting Supervisor: Areta MacKelvie Production Manager: John Anderson Stage Manager: Jon Huckaby Technical Director: Mark Robertson San Diego REP Producer: Danielle Ward San Diego REP Artistic Director: Sam Woodhouse San Diego REP Managing Director: Larry Alldredge San Diego REP Director of Marketing and Communications: Matthew Graber San Diego REP Marketing Specialist: Kevin Lohmann San Diego REP Marketing Fellow: Marley Healy
Named one of the 10 best plays of the year by The Guardian in London, this award-winning play seamlessly blends the personal and the political. The story explores a hot-rod F16 fighter pilot whose unexpected pregnancy ends her career in the sky. Repurposed to flying remote-controlled drones in the Middle East from an air-conditioned trailer near Vegas, she struggles through surreal twelve-hour shifts far from the battlefield, hunting terrorists by day and being a wife and mother by night. Grounded flies from the heights of lyricism to the shallows of workaday existence, targeting our assumptions about war, family, and the power of storytelling. Grounded was first produced in a rolling World Premiere by SF Playhouse (California), Borderlands Theater (Arizona) and Unicorn Theatre (Missouri) As part of the National New Play Networkâ€™s Continued Life program. The New York premiere of Grounded was produced by Page 73 Productions (Liz Jones and Asher Richelli, Executive Directors; Michael Walkup, Associate Director). This production of Grounded was first developed with Ubuntu Theater Project in Oakland, California at the Oakland Aviation Museum before joining forces with San Diego Repertory Theatre to tour military-related centers in San Diego.
George Brant (Playwright) has written Grounded, Elephant’s Graveyard, The Mourners’ Bench, Any Other Name, Salvage, Grizzly Mama and Three Voyages of the Lobotomobile. A Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center, his scripts have been produced internationally by The Public Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, the Studio Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Gate Theatre, Page 73, and the Traverse Theatre, among others. His plays have received the Smith Prize, a Fringe First Award, a Creative Workforce Fellowship, an Off-West End Theatre Award, an NNPN Rolling World Premiere and the Keene Prize for Literature. He is published by Samuel French, Oberon Books and Smith & Kraus.
Heather Ramey (Pilot) is an Associate Artistic Director with Ubuntu Theater Project. Select acting credits include: Grounded (San Diego Repertory, Ubuntu Theatre Project), Dutchman (Ubuntu Theatre Project), Missionaries (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Doonesbury Flashbacks (La Mama Theatre Annex), The Emperor’s New Clothes (Playwrights Horizons), exonerated (Playhouse West) and Battlecruiser Aristotle, The Storm and The House of Bernarda Alba (UC San Diego). She holds a Ph.D. in Theatre & Drama from UC San Diego, an MA from Cal State, Northridge, a B.F.A. from NYU and trained in Meisner technique for four years at Playhouse West.
Emilie Whelan (Director) is a director, performer, and arts organizer based in New Orleans and currently an M.F.A. candidate at UC San Diego. She is a founding member of New Orleans’ Cripple Creek Theatre Co. Credits including The Cradle Will Rock, The Lily’s Revenge, We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!, The Madwoman of Chaillot and the Ubu Roi trilogy performed over three Mardi Gras seasons. In 2010, Emilie became the Performance Coordinator of the New Orleans Fringe Festival. In 2014, Emilie co-founded The DISTILLERY Artist Residency at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans and joined Ubuntu Theatre Project based in Oakland. This fall: The Cherry Orchard.
Danielle Ward (San Diego REP Producer) joined the San Diego REP as Literary Manager in 2011. In addition to helping select the plays for each season, serving as dramaturg to help develop new works, and editing the REP’s e-magazine, “The Curious REPort,” she produced a tour of Grounded to local military bases in May 2015. She previously worked as a Reading Coordinator at the Mark Taper Forum and Assistant to the Head of the Story Department at DreamWorks SKG. Danielle studied Theater at UC Irvine, with a playwriting emphasis, and received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University.
John Anderson (Scenic Designer/San Diego REP Production Manager) is proud to be in his thirteenth season as production manager for San Diego REPertory Theatre. In the last decade John has also worked with other San Diego companies including Moxie, Diversionary, Ion, La Jolla Playhouse, Chronos, Teatro Mascara, Magica, Vantage Theatre and others in a variety of capacities. Before coming to The REP John managed the productions for the California Shakespeare Theatre in Berkeley/Orinda. John studied Theatre at the University of Kansas. Since school John has worked as an actor, director, designer and collaborator with theaters in Chicago, Minneapolis, Norfolk, San Francisco, Dallas and San Diego. John spent five seasons as a core company member of the Minneapolis Shakespeare Company and was the founding artistic director of Summer Shakes in Virginia Beach Virginia. Anthony Jannuzzi (Lighting Designer) is currently an independent Lighting Designer in San Diego. He is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Lighting Design from UC San Diego. He holds a B.A. in Theater, concentrating in Design and Production from Arizona State University. He has most recently designed the lighting for Borealis during the Wagner new Play Festival and the Circle Circle dot dot production of Wrenegades.
Adam Larsen (Projection Designer) is a filmmaker and projection designer. Designs include: Hal Prince’s LoveMusik (Broadway); The Gospel at Colonus (Edinburgh Festival); The Wind Up Bird Chronicle (Singapore Festival); My Fair Lady (Shaw Festival); The Women of Brewster Place (Arena Stage); Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (Alliance Theatre); big (Atlanta Ballet); Balletlujah (Alberta Ballet); From the House of the Dead (Canadian Opera); Lily Plants a Garden (Mark Taper); Maa (Atlanta Symphony / GloAtl); A Flowering Tree (Opera Omaha); Semele (Pacific Musicworks); Quartet (Aspen Santa Fe Ballet); Seed (Cedar Lake Ballet); Phorion (New World Symphony); Peter Grimes (SF Symphony). Adam holds a B.F.A. in cinematography from N.C. School of the Arts. His documentary about autism, Neurotypical, aired on the PBS series POV. www.hum-bar.com
Andrew Vargas (Sound Designer) is a sound designer, audio engineer, composer, and musician. He studied music at UC San Diego and is currently working towards an M.F.A. in Theatre Sound Design. With both freelance guitar playing, live sound and studio audio engineering experience, his interests lie within the cross section of artistic expression and technology. UC San Diego Credits: Hamlet, Burial at Thebes, Borealis, Battlecruiser Aristotle, H(om)e, Reservations OK. Other credits include Grounded, Constellations and Marguerite to Maya Angelou.
Anastasia Pautova (Costume Designer) has worked as a set and costume designer for more than 15 years in Russia and Western Europe. Now she is delighted working with San Diego REP Theatre. Anastasia is the very happy mom of 9 year old Nikolas. Her recent credits include: Steal Heaven, In the time of the Butterflies, The Mountaintop, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, The Diary of Anne Frank, The House of Bernarda Alba, Princess Turandot, Cyrano de Bergerac, Three Sisters, The Government Inspector. Education: M.F.A. from St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy.
Jon Huckaby (Stage Manager) is honored to be a part of the WoW Festival. Jon has been with the San Diego REPertory theatre for 2 seasons now, first as the prop fellow, now as the assistant stage management fellow. He received his Bachelor’s in Theatre Arts at San Diego State University and since graduation has continued working in theatre as a stage manager, actor, carpenter, technician and composer. Jon has stage managed for several theatre companies in San Diego including New Village Arts, Asian American Rep, Playwrights Project, Diversionary, New Fortune Theatre Company and is a current company member with Circle Circle dot dot.
Healing Wars La Jolla Playhouse West Coast Premiere Concept and Direction by Liz Lerman Choreography created by Liz Lerman and Keith Thompson in collaboration with the performers Original text sources curated by Liz Lerman and Bill Pullman Devised text developed in collaboration with the performers Featuring: Jeffry Denman*, Miko Doi-Smith, Meghan Frederick, George Hirsch, Paul Hurley, Ted Johnson, Tamara Hurwitz Pullman, Keith A. Thompson Scenic and Costume Design: David Israel Reynoso Lighting Design: Jen Schriever Sound Design: Darron L West Media Design: Kate Freer Creative Consultant: Bill Pullman Stage Managers: Meg McDonald*, Olivia O’Brien* Production Manager: Meg Kelly Technical Director: Evan True Project Manager: Amelia Cox Producer: Nunally Kersh La Jolla Playhouse Dramaturg: Shirley Fishman La Jolla Playhouse Production Manager: Benjamin Seibert For full program including cast bios, please click here. * Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. The theatre operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres and Actors’ Equity Association. Healing Wars was commissioned by The George Washington University. The development of Healing Wars has been made possible by the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University. Additional support for Healing Wars is provided by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Healing Wars is a multisensory experience that blends dance, storytelling and multimedia in an exploration of how soldiers and healers cope with the physical and psychological wounds of war. Incorporating narratives from the American Civil War, as well a remarkable performance from a young Navy veteran, this powerful piece asks how we as a nation recover from what seems like endless battles.
Heaven on Earth Sledgehammer_ By Charles Mee Directed by Scott Feldsher Featuring: Gianni Barrales, Trent Brown, Luana Farina, Kevin Gleason, Dana Hooley, Emily Lappi, Molly Maslak, Terril Miller, Walter Murray, Amanda Schaar Musician/Music Director: Mark Danisovszky Sound/Music Special Effects: Pea Hicks Scenic Designer: Robert Brill Lighting Designers: Joel Britt, Brandon Rosen Sound Designer: Andrew Vargas Costume Designer: Jaymee Ngernwichit Producer: Eric Bernhard Associate Director/Choreographer: Robert J. Wagner Production Coordinator: Amy Duffy Technical Coordinator: Michaela Stein Stage Manager: Georgi Hughes
Thirty years after their first production in a campus canyon, Sledgehammer Theatre returns to UC San Diego with Heaven on Earth, a site-specific play with music and movement around the Powell Structural Lab. In Heaven on Earth, the apocalypse is nigh, but there is a sense time has run its course and something new is about to emerge from the spent fuel of what’s gone before. Like his “Man with the Gas Can” who quietly smokes a cigarette while reminiscing about past love, what will be left if he drops the cigarette into the can? Mee seems to suggest he won’t do it because there is still hope, and there always has been. Hence, Heaven on Earth offers the promise of a future, perhaps even a Utopia, if we plant the right seeds; seeds based on human goodness, love, and community, not the seeds of mass production.
Sledgehammer Theatre Thirty years ago a group of ambitious UCSD undergraduates set about to make their mark on theater creating their first show in a canyon near Geisel Library, and a company designed to “sledgehammer” existing theatre. Moving to the warehouse district of pre-Redevelopment downtown, they were quickly dubbed the “Bad Boys of Sledgehammer Theatre” in a 1998 American Theatre magazine cover story, making a national reputation for bold settings of classic works, new plays and multi-media installations. Collaboration among multi-disciplinary artists is a core artistic value, with most productions featuring original musical scores and collaboration with visual and movement artists. The company has created over 70 productions, almost 30 world premieres, performed in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles and operated St. Cecilia’s Theatre (6th Avenue Playhouse) for over 10 years, providing a creative home for other local and emerging companies. Last year’s award winning production of Happy Days featured long-time collaborator and Critic’s Circle Actress of the Year, Dana Hooley and marked our return to our home at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center. More information can be found at sledgehammer.org.
Gianni Barrales (Performer) just graduated from California State University – Long Beach as a performance major with a B.A. in Theatre. This will be my second time performing in La Jolla (New Directions 2013) and I am excited to show the community all the fun and hard work we put into this show! I want to say thanks to my mom, my dad, Dylan, Scott, Eric, Robert, La Jolla Playhouse and the entire cast for making this possible.
Luana Farina (Performer) Handpicked in a nationwide search to study with 8 other girls, Luana Farina graduated at Australia’s Prestigious WAAPA academy (Hollywood Reporter’s TOP 25 Acting Colleges in the World) with several lead roles; most notably Sarah in Australia’s premier of the Tony Award winning Ragtime. Luana took on Sydney stages as the lead singer of the 30 piece Horns Plus Big (Swing) Band playing annually at Sydney’s famous Royal Easter Show stadium. Her other credits include Baz Lurhmann’s AD Blake Ternacz in Damaged Case, NIDA’s Short + Sweet Festival Sandstone, Guinevere; Tales of King Arthur (WAAPA), Sarah Company (WAAPA), Jenny Diver Threepenny Opera (ACTT). She has since relocated to San Diego, (March 2015) wasting no time getting to the stage playing Titania in Aimee Greenberg’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Fruitless Moon Festival Balboa), Woman in the red dress in Scott Feldsher’s Heaven On Earth (Sledgehammer Theatre; at La Jolla Playhouse) followed directly by New Village Arts Theatre musical Radio Hour. Visit Luana at https://www.youtube.com/user/lulullulu1
Dana Hooley (Performer) has performed in over 16 productions with Sledgehammer, beginning with St. Cecilia in The Saint Plays in 1991. Her most recent Sledge performance was as Winnie in Happy Days. She was honored to receive the San Diego Critic Circle 2014 Actor of the year award for her work in Beckett, Shakespeare and Moliere. At the La Jolla Playhouse she was the female understudy for Unusual Acts of Devotion. Emily Lappi (Performer) is ecstatic to be making her San Diego theatre debut! She has been seen all over Los Angeles and Orange County in various productions. Last year, she made her professional theatre debut in South Coast Repertory’s annual production of A Christmas Carol, where she had the honor of sharing the stage with Hal Landon Jr. (The Artist, Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure) and Gregg Daniel (True Blood, Jericho). Some of her favorite credits include: Big Love (Lydia), All My Sons (Ann), A View From the Bridge (Catherine) and Lend Me A Tenor (Maggie). Emily thanks her family and friends for all their support!
Terril Miller (Performer) happily returns to the Sledgehammer stage for this marvelous production of Heaven On Earth, having previously performed in various Sledge shows such as Ghost Sonata and Frankenstein. She has been seen around town performing for North Coast Rep, Diversionary, La Jolla Playhouse (Children’s Theatre Tour) as well as for theatres in New York City, Denver, Los Angeles and Halifax, England. She wants to thank all of you, the audience, for coming out to support live theatre! Without you, there is no performance! Enjoy the show everyone! Amanda Schaar (Performer) is making her Sledgehammer debut. San Diego credits include New Fortune: The Birthday Party (Lulu), Henry V (Katherine/Boy); Poor Players: Measure for Measure (Isabella); North Coast Rep: Odd Couple, Perfect Wedding; Intrepid: Much Ado About Nothing. Regional credits include Timeline Theatre: The Front Page (Jefferson Nom. Best Ensemble) and the U.S. Premiere of The Pitman Painters (Jefferson Award, Best Show); Childsplay: Tale of Two Cities (Lucy Mannette); Poor Players/ Shakespeare Sedona: Richard II (Isabelle); Southwest Shakespeare: As You Like It (Audrey), Tartuffe (Elmire), The Winter’s Tale (Perdita), Cyrano, Othello, Two Gentlemen of Verona; Phoenix Theatre; Stray Cat; TIMB; The Farce Side; Teatro Caliente; Teatro Bravo; Remmy Bumpo; Northwestern University and a National Tour with Child’s Play. Amanda holds a B.A. in Theatre from the Herberger College of Fine Arts.
Scott Feldsher (Director of Heaven on Earth, Founding Artistic Director of Sledgehammer) Founding Artistic Director of Sledgehammer/director of project. UC San Diego Theatre graduate, 1985. Currently serves on Playhouse Education Advisory Board.
Robert Brill (Scenic & Projection Designer for Heaven on Earth, Founding Artistic Director of Sledgehammer) UC San Diego Theatre graduate, numerous productions designed at La Jolla Playhouse and first Playhouse Artist-in-Residence. Design faculty, UC San Diego
Mark Danisovszky (Musician, Musical Director) After beginning a Doctoral program in Biochemistry at Northwestern University, Mark returned to his primary passion by studying piano with David Pope, a student of Ernst Von Dohnanyi and Arnold Schultz. At the San Diego Rep: Mark Blitzstein and pianist for A Cradle Will Rock, The Dybbuk, Red Noses, A Christmas Carol, 6 Women With Brain Death, Long Story Short and The Threepenny Opera for which Mark won the 2009 Craig Noel Award for Musical Direction. Mark was the musical director and accompanist for The Threepenny Opera with the M.F.A. students at UC San Diego. He also was the pianist and accordionist for Threepenny at the Western Stage in Salinas, CA. At La Jolla Playhouse: pianist, accordionist and actor for Mother Courage in co-production with the Berkeley Rep, solo pianist for James LaPine’s Luck , Pluck, and Virtue with Neal Patrick Harris, onstage accordionist and Oronte in School for Wives and accompanist for rehearsals for many productions. As accordionist, Mark has appeared with the Atlanta Symphony, the San Diego Symphony and the Hilton Head Orchestra where he was the soloist for Alan Hovhaness’ Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. With the San Diego Opera: onstage accordionist for Barber’s Vanessa and also Berg’s Wozzek directed by Des MacAnuff. Mark was musical director for Rip Van Winkle and Hansel and Gretel and accompanist for the Artist in Residence program for the Opera’s Education Department. Mark just was the musical director and pianist for Ion Theatre’s production of Sondheim’s Passion. He also was the accordionist, Klezmer arranger, and accordionist for Fiddler on the Roof with Lamb’s Players theater earlier this year.
Pea Hicks (Sound/Music Special Effects) Co-founder Opera Zero, musician, composer, Sledgehammer veteran.
Andrew Vargas (Sound Designer) is a sound designer, audio engineer, composer and musician. He studied music at UC San Diego and is currently working towards an M.F.A. in Theatre Sound Design. With both freelance guitar playing, live sound and studio audio engineering experience, his interests lie within the cross section of artistic expression and technology. UC San Diego credits: Hamlet, Burial at Thebes, Borealis, Battlecruiser Aristotle, H(om)e, Reservations OK. Other credits include Grounded, Constellations and Marguerite to Maya Angelou.
Robert J. Wagner (Associate Director/Choreographer) is excited to make his San Diego professional debut with Sledgehammer Theatre. Robert’s favorite choreographic credits include Annie Get Your Gun, Psycho Beach Party, Belle Reprieve and Little Shop. He graduated from Muhlenberg College with a degree in both theatre and dance. His dance piece Re*Flex*Shon was showcased at the American College Theatre Festival. Currently he teaches dance and theatre at La Jolla Country Day School. @Rojwagner
Hurtling ArtPower at UC San Diego West Coast Premiere Created and Performed by Greg Wohead Production Manager: Jason Smith Associate Director of Artistic Planning: Molly Clark
Hurtling is an invitation to remember a previous version of yourself, to imagine a future version, and to wonder who that makes you now. An outdoor performance for one with a cassette player and headphones that’s remade for each location in which it’s performed, Hurtling is a glimpse of a fleeting moment as it zooms past; an attempt to grasp at a slippery present.
ArtPower ArtPower at UC San Diego builds creative experiences in music, dance, film, exhibition and food for our collective pleasure and inspiration. We engage diverse audiences through vibrant, challenging, multidisciplinary performances by emerging and renowned international artists. Through extensive partnerships, ArtPower provides exciting opportunities for research, participation, and creation of new work, igniting powerful dialogue between artists, students, scholars and the community. More at artpower.ucsd.edu.
Greg Wohead is a London-based writer and performer originally from Texas. He makes theatre performances, one-to-one pieces and audio work. Thematically, his work explores distance through time and place, narrative construction in autobiography and questions of masculinity. His most recent piece, The Ted Bundy Project, is a solo show exploring morbid curiosity using a serial killer’s confession tapes, and he is currently working on Comeback Special, a re-enactment of Elvis Presley’s iconic 1968 TV Special. He has shown and developed new work in the UK and internationally with Battersea Arts Centre, Bristol Old Vic Ferment, MC (Amsterdam), Orchard Project (New York), MAKE (Ireland), Wales Millennium Centre, BIOS (Athens), Ovalhouse, Forest Fringe and The Yard, where he is an Artistic Associate. In 2014, he was shortlisted for a Total Theatre Award for Hurtling, an outdoor performance for one.
In Case of Emergency Chalk Repertory Theatre World Premiere Written by Ruth McKee Directed by Deena Selenow Produced by Ruth McKee, Larissa Kokernot and Amy Ellenberger Featuring: Amy Ellenberger, Emma Zakes Green, Daniel Rubiano Scenic Designer: Tim Nottage Sound Designer: Colin Wambsgans Stage Manager: Morgan Pavey Lighting Consultant: Rebecca Bonebake Costume Consultant: Halei Parker
The garage door of a private home becomes a curtain, rising on Meredith, a single woman who has filled her garage with supplies for any emergency. It’s gotten a little out of hand, which is why she’s hired Alex from “Ready, Set, Go” to help her get organized. But neither the supplies nor the prepping expert can prepare her for the personal disasters that her younger sister brings home, on a day when the city seems set to go up in flames. A brand new site-specific theatrical experience, written by Chalk Repertory founding member Ruth McKee, in the LA-based company’s signature style.
Amy Ellenberger (Meredith) is a founding member of Chalk Rep and has performed with various theatre companies on the east and west coast including South Coast Repertory Theatre; La Jolla Playhouse; Chautauqua Theatre Company; Contemporary American Theatre Co. in Columbus, OH and Six Figures Theatre Company in NYC. In Los Angeles she has performed with the improv comedy group the Mutiny, starred in the web series Lost Angeles, and served as a co-host for the internet radio show, The Worst Show on the Web. Amy appeared in various types of media from commercials, voice over projects, short films as wells the Sega video game Rise of Nightmares. She has a B.F.A. from Otterbein College and an M.F.A. from UC San Diego.
Emma Zakes Green (Emma) is a multi-disciplinary artist and performer currently based in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Port Chester, NY, she is committed to craft, exploration and building community through art on both the east and west coasts. Emma graduated from the CalArts M.F.A. Acting program in 2013. She is thrilled to be working with the amazing Chalk Rep team. Most recent projects include the direction of Romeo & Juliet for LawnChair Theatre, and performing in Ebenezer (The Speakeasy Society), Exquisite Mistake (New Orleans Fringe Festival), and The Fifth String (REDCAT).
Daniel Rubiano (Alex) is a Los Angeles based actor. He obtained his M.F.A. from UC San Diego and is thrilled to be working with Chalk Rep and returning to the La Jolla Playhouse for the WoW festival. Television Credits include: Masters of Sex (Showtime) and The Crazy Ones (CBS). He’d like to thank his wife, family and friends for always supporting him.
Ruth McKee (Playwright) is a founding member of Chalk Repertory Theatre, and is excited to be presenting her fourth full-length piece with the company. As a playwright, her work has also been produced and developed by Abingdon Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alliance Theatre, Black Dahlia Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, HB Playwrights Foundation, The Road Theatre, Six Figures Theatre Company, SPFNYC and Working Class Theatre, among others. She is a graduate of the M.F.A. Playwriting program at UC San Diego, where she studied under Allan Havis and Adele Shank.
Deena Selenow (Director) is a director for new performance. LA/NY: REDCAT, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Chalk Rep/8th&Hope, Highways Performance Space, Company of Angels, Machine Project, Dixon Place, NYTW’s 4th Street Theater, chashama, among others. Deena was a recipient of the 2006 Baryshnikov Art Center Multi-Disciplinary Artist Fellowship, the 2009/2010 NYTW Emerging Artist of Color Directing Fellowship, and was a participant in the 2013 Walt Disney Imagineering/CalArts Educational Initiative. Recognized nationally, Deena was a member of the inaugural Theatre Communications Group SPARK Leadership Cohort, funded by American Express, The Joyce Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. B.F.A.: NYU, M.F.A.: CalArts. www.deenaselenow.com
Tim Nottage (Scenic Designer) designs and creates environments through scenery, lighting, projections and props. Props Artisan for La Jolla Playhouse by day, his design work has been seen at Cygnet, Moxie, Mo’olelo, Playwrights Project, SDJCC (Garfield Theatre), UC San Diego Theatre and Dance Dept., UC San Diego Music Dept, SDGMC, in the SF Bay Area and internationally in Italy and Mexico. UC San Diego and Diablo Valley College alumnus with a fondness for puns and social change through art.
Colin Wambsgans (Sound Designer) composes music for electronics and assorted ensembles, often using field recordings as a basis. His pieces have been presented at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse, Getty Center, Hammer Museum, Boston Court, Austin New Music Society and the wulf. For the theater, he has created original sound design and compositions for productions at LaMama (New York), Rogue Machine (Los Angeles), Center Repertory Theatre (Walnut Creek, CA), Chalk Rep (Los Angeles), Red Fern (New York) and The Management (New York). He received an M.F.A. from CalArts in 2011 and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Dorothy Fortenberry, and their daughter.
Morgan Pavey (Stage Manager) has worked as an actor, box office manager and now stage manager on Chalk Rep’s last seven projects. Since graduating from USC with a B.A. in theatre, she has enjoyed working on the more administrative side of theatre, as well as the behind-the-camera side of film as a script supervisor. She thanks you for attending this festival, and for supporting live theatre!
The Next Generation of Travel Bricolage Production Company West Coast Premiere Featuring: N’Jameh Camara, Carissa Cash, Crystal Cole, Allain Francisco, Rachel Hoey, Taylor Henderson, Nikki Hsueh, Bob Kanish, Tara Kostmayer, Ann Lapidus, Erica Martin, Jennifer Paredes, Rachel Nicole Pierce, Markus Rodriguez, Flora Sofia, Lokre Suresh Lead Writer/Creative Team: Gab Cody Producer/Creative Team/Co-Director: Tami Dixon Creative Team/Co-Director: Sam Turich Bricolage Artistic Director: Jeffrey Carpenter Bricolage General Manager: Jackie Baker Sound Designer: Brendan Kepple Stage Manager: Hannah Nielsen-Jones Bricolage Marketing: Emily Wilson Production Manager: Alicia DiGiorgi
OjO takes you places you’ve never seen, providing unparalleled personal service and the finest travel packages available. OjO’s five-star staff of agents guarantee your experience will be transformative and unforgettable. Using various modes of transportation, OjO leads participants on a 75-minute perspective-altering adventure that explores the streets of the WoW Festival and the world of the senses.
N’Jameh Camara (Performer)
UC San Diego M.F.A. Acting Candidate 2016. Regional: Up Here (La Jolla Playhouse); The Wiz (Theater at the Center); The Last Story Teller (Light Opera Works); Between Legs and Open Ears (Black Ensemble Theater). TV: BOSS (STARZ). UC San Diego credits include: Second Skin, Mr. Burns, Burial at Thebes, A Doll House, The Grapes of Wrath and The Mango Farmer of Vermont. Last summer with The Ubuntu Theater Project, she wrote and performed a one-woman show, Marguerite to Maya Angelou, where it toured around the Bay Area from an art gallery, to the Eugene O’Neill Tao House, to the Alameda juvenile detention hall. Thanks M.D.H.R.I .
Carissa Cash (Performer) is returning to La Jolla Playhouse for another WoW Festival. Previously Ms. Cash
performed as Rebecca in The Trip’s production of Our Town. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from UC San Diego where she performed in many department productions including the roles of Rosaline in Sexual Selection, Carly in Reasons to be Pretty, Jackie in Hot L Baltimore and Sarah in Santa Barbarians. Since graduating, Ms. Cash has worked as costume coordinator for two non-profit theatre companies. Additional credits include Masha in Three Sisters (Hungry River Theatre Company) and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (The Trip).
Crystal Cole (Performer) is thrilled to be returning to La Jolla Playhouse after performing with the choir of
The Hunchback of Notre Dame last year! Miss Cole is well acquainted with this area as she is an alumna of UC San Diego (B.A. Psychology, B.A. Dance, Theatre minor). Favorite credits include: All Shook Up (Moonlight), Shrek (Moonlight), Louise in Gypsy (Muir Musical) and choreographing Legally Blonde (Muir Musical). Following OjO, Miss Cole looks forward to spending the holidays touring in McCoy Rigby’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Shout outs to Mom & Dad for their undying love and support. www.itscrystalcole.com
Allain Francisco (Performer) is excited to be returning to La Jolla Playhouse for the Without Walls
Festival. He is humbled to be working with such an incredible cast of artists! He recently graduated summa cum laude from UC San Diego with a B.S. in General Biology and minor in Psychology and Theatre. La Jolla Playhouse credits include: Three Sisters (Rode) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Choir). UC San Diego credits include: Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd, John Plantegenet in The Lion in Winter, and Steven Brisk in Sandwiches and Balloons. He dedicates this performance to God, his family and Tara.
Taylor Henderson (Performer) La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival: Debut! California: Vocal Ensemble in All Shook Up (Moonlight), Gary Coleman in Avenue Q (Coronado Playhouse) as well as Joanne Jefferson in RENT (SWC). Las Vegas: Ella/Passionella in The Apple Tree (SVC Theatre), Prospero in The Tempest (Legacy Theatre) and Lorraine in Hairspray (Huntsman Entertainment). New York: She-Rantulas from Outer Space in 3-D! (Fringe NYC). Taylor would like to send endless Thank Yous to her family and friends near and far for their continued and unwavering support. Inspire! Aspire! Nikki Hsueh (Performer)
La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival: Debut. Regional: Hope/Ginette/Waitress in Almost, Maine; Janice Vickery in The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds (Patio Playhouse, Escondido). UC San Diego: Nathan/Carrie/Michelle in Nathan Threw Time and Space (24-Hour Play Festival); Terri in Bondage (Asian American Theatre Festival). Other favorite credits include: Emily Webb in Our Town; Julia in The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Scene Showcase, UC San Diego); Jing-Mei (June) Woo in The Joy Luck Club (Dramatic Interpretation, Granada Hills Charter High School). Education: B.A. in Communication & Theatre, UC San Diego. Nikki is extremely excited and thankful for the incredible opportunity to perform at La Jolla Playhouse!
Bob Kanish (Performer) La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival: Debut. Mr. Kanish began studying jazz drumming at the age of five. He then taught himself how to play piano, harmonica, and to sing. Throughout the 80’s and 90’s, he was a fixture in the New Jersey/New York/Pennsylvania bar music scene where he played in several popular bands. After moving to San Diego in 1997, he has played and recorded with local musicians including Gary Seilor, Mark Mulligan, Jerry gontang, Tony Irvine and Gordon Price. He also broadcasts a live weekly music show on a successful Internet radio station. Tara Kostmayer (Performer) is ecstatic to be making her La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival debut and couldn’t be more thankful to be given the opportunity to work with such a talented cast and crew! She is a recent graduate of UC San Diego with a B.S. in Cognitive Science and a minor in Dance. UC San Diego credits include: Serena in Legally Blonde, Baby June in Gypsy, Mimi Marquez in RENT, and a Woman in a Safari Outfit in Chamber Music. Other San Diego credits include: Rosalia in West Side Story (Lamb’s Player’s Theatre) and Belle/Little Mermaid/Rapunzel in Disenchanted (Onstage Playhouse). She would like to thank God, her family, the girls and Allain for their constant love and support. Ann Lapidus (Performer) is debuting at La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls Festival by reprising her role in OjO, which she also performed for the Three Rivers Arts Festival in 2014. Ms. Lapidus has a degree in Media Arts from Antioch College. She has worked as a consultant and staff trainer for many arts institutions, such as the Andy Warhol Museum and the Carnegie Children’s Museum, to create Accessibility, Inclusion and Welcoming strategies. She is a proud member of the Board of Directors of Bricolage Production Company. She is an avid dog lover and amateur ceramicist.
Erica Martin (Performer) Erica is excited and thankful for the opportunity to work on her first Without Walls Festival! (continued...) 35
Jennifer Paredes (Performer) is thrilled to be making her debut at La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls
Festival. Recent stage credits: Blamed: An Established Fiction (Rue and Rose Theatre Company), September and Her Sisters (Scripps Ranch Theatre), Lydia (Staged Reading, Ion Theatre), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Staged Reading, New Fortune Theatre), The Nutcracker (New Village Arts). Recent film credits: Yesternow (Buen Paso Film Collective), Weigh Down, South of 8 (Rosewood Five Productions). Much love and light to her community of brave and vulnerable artists. jenniferparedes.net
Rachel Nicole Pierce (Performer)
La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival: Debut. Ms. Pierce has appeared as Philemon in Oak & Linden (LST), Kathryn in Here Lies Jeremy Troy (PowPac), Cecilia In.Love (SDSU), Alice in Vinegar Tom (SDSU) and various film projects. Ms. Pierce is a local theatre teaching artist, working with various theatres, including La Jolla Playhouse as the YP Acting teacher. Ms. Pierce holds an M.A. in Theatre from San Diego State University and co-created a small theatre company, Lemonade Stand Theatre, that has been featured in the 2nd and 3rd Annual San Diego International Fringe Festival.
Markus Rodriguez (Performer)
Originally from San Diego, this is Markuz’ La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival debut. Additional local credits include: Howie in Speech and Debate (Diversionary Theatre); Jesse in the world premiere of PUNKS (Ion Theatre); Ensemble member of Luis Valdez’ Corridos Remix (San Diego Rep). Mr. Rodriguez has spent 2014 and 2015 studying the Meisner technique with James Franco’s Studio 4 under the umbrella of Playhouse West, and was selected as a contestant in Rabbit Bandini’s reality series Studio 4.
Flora Sofia (Performer)
La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival: Debut. A native of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Flora has been involved in performing arts for 9 years as a model and actress in San Diego. Having grown up in Brazil, where she obtained a B.A. in Spanish from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Flora is fluent in Brazilian Portuguese and Castilian Spanish. While in Brazil, Flora studied pre-classic, pre-Vedic, pre-Arian Yoga at the University of Yoga of Brazil. She is a mezzo-soprano singer, a talent which she acquired as a member of a youth Gregorian Chant Choir in high-school. Flora has acted in the theatre, web series, short films, independent films, TV commercials and industrial films. She has been seen in local community productions where she performed roles, such as Goddess Aishat in Sacred Drama, by Carolyn Dawson; Cali in We’ll Always Have Paris, by J Lance Gilmer; Shana in Judgment Day, by Suzanne Morse; Doris in The Owl and The Pussycat, directed by Holly Ritter; Rosaline in Mercutio – King of Cats, directed by Christophver R.
Lokre Kumar Suresh (Performer) is from city of pearls (Hyderabad) of south India, currently an international student here in San Diego pursuing a Masters in Healthcare Administration, with the passion for acting and art. A self-thought artist, Lokre has done more than a dozen of art exhibitions in India on abstract art on expressionism. Has always been part of high school and college fests and actively played more than half a dozen stage plays.
Gab Cody (Lead Writer/Co-Creator) creates immersive, devised and site-specific work as well as theatre
meant to be performed in a theatre. Over the last three years, she has written the immersive urban adventures STRATA (featured on the cover of American Theater Magazine) and OjO, both with Bricolage Production Company, and the devised comedy The Alchemists’ Lab. Earlier this year, the Pittsburgh Playhouse produced her bodice-ripping farce PRUSSIA: 1866. Playscripts Inc. recently published her bilingual Franco-English play Fat Beckett which received its world premiere at Quantum Theatre in 2011. Ms. Cody is also a filmmaker.
Tami Dixon (Producing Artistic Director; Creative Team/Co-Director) is thrilled to make her La Jolla
Playhouse Without Walls Festival debut with OjO. Ms. Dixon is enjoying her 10th season with Bricolage where she’s co-created/directed other immersive experiences including STRATA, Saints Tour: Braddock and IE (Immersive Encounters – intimate, personal and sensory-based experiences in bite-sized portions). She’s the co-creator and lead writer for Bricolage’s series, Midnight Radio, now entering its 7th season, and as a TCG/Fox Foundation Fellow created her critically acclaimed, one-woman show, South Side Stories (City Theatre). Ms. Dixon is the recipient of The Frankel Award and The Carol R. Brown Award. 36
Sam Turich (Conceiver/Director) is a writer, director, actor and creates original plays and films. OjO is
his La Jolla Playhouse WoW Festival debut. He wrote and directed the short film Mombies and the feature Progression. His theatre directing credits include: the world premieres of Fat Beckett (Quantum Theatre – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2011 Top Ten Production), OjO (Bricolage – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2014 Top Ten Production) and STRATA (Bricolage – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2012 Best Production of the Year). At Gotham City Improv, Sam created Off the Top of Our Heads, winner of the 6th Big Apple Improv Festival and the title “Best Improv Group in New York.”
Jeffrey Carpenter (Artistic Director, Bricolage) founded Bricolage Production Company and is now in his 13th season as Artistic Director. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch program, Mr. Carpenter envisions theater not as a passive experience, but as a vehicle for heightened involvement for artist and audience alike. This season, Mr. Carpenter is spearheading the immersive project SAINTS TOUR (May 20-June13), conceived and written by Molly Rice, a walking and bus tour in the town of Braddock, PA – the location of the first and last operational Pittsburgh steel mill. Last year, he received a Visionary Artist award from The Pittsburgh Foundation to create OjO: The Next Generation in Travel, named top 4 productions of 2014 by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. In 2012 he led the creation of STRATA, named Top Pittsburgh Production of the Year, and featured on the cover of American Theatre Magazine. He conceived, produced and directed the Bricolage/Pittsburgh Filmmakers multi-media project In Service: Pittsburgh to Iraq about the lives of local veterans returning from the war. The full-length documentary was nominated for a Mid-Atlantic Emmy. He co-conceived and spearheaded Bricolage’s 7-season hit series Midnight Radio, for which he has directed, written and performed; the In The Raw: (R)evolution play festival, and the Midnight Radio Jr. educational curriculum in Washington County Schools, expanding to more school districts in 2015. Other site-specific directing credits for Bricolage include Holler, Biedermann and the Firebugs, Peace, Wild Signs and Woyzeck. Jackie Baker (General Manager, Bricolage) has worked as a development manager, box office manager, performer, director, assistant director, producer, production and costume crew and scene shop assistant at countless theatres in the Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh region such as Pittsburgh Public Theater, City Theatre, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh Playhouse and Millbrook Playhouse. Ms. Baker received her degree in Theater from Point Park’s Conservatory of Performing Arts and serves as a teacher and consultant for Pittsburgh artists and nonprofits. Brendan Kepple (Sound Designer) hails from Pittsburgh and is making his La Jolla Playhouse
debut. He was Sound Designer/Engineer for the OjO premiere run in Pittsburgh, during the Three Rivers Art Festival in 2014. Beginning as the Soundboard Operator in 2011 for Bricolage’s production of Hunter Gatherers, he became Bricolage’s resident Sound Engineer for their Midnight Radio series, amongst other productions. While he is currently acting full-time as Duquesne University’s video streaming technician, he continues to be an ongoing participant in Bricolage’s shenanigans in the old steel country.
Hannah Nielsen-Jones (Stage Manager)
La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival Debut. She is overjoyed to be reunited with her beloved Bricolage family. With Bricolage: OjO (original creative team), STRATA (creative team/production manager) and two seasons as General Manager. She has worked in a theater production capacity internationally, counting stints with The Bacchanals (Wellington, New Zealand), Teatro Catalinas Sur (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Punchdrunk (London, UK) as highlights. Now back home in Washington, DC (the artsy city, not the federal wasteland), Ms. Nielsen-Jones continues to create theatre with collaborators and colleagues including: Conjure! Freedom Collective, GALA Teatro Hispano, Happenstance Theatre, Spooky Action Theatre and Las Jamonas.
Alicia DiGiorgi (Production & Facilities Manager) began her career with Bricolage on their first production in 2002 as a stage manager. She has been a theater professional for over 10 years in the great city of Pittsburgh working for companies such as City Theatre Company, The Public Theatre, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, THE REP & Unique Staging Solutions, to name a few. Alicia has worked as an AEA stage manager, sound and light board operator, wardrobe, production assistant, run crew and production consultant. 37
Queen of Carthage City Opera World Premiere Adaptation Original libretto by Cory Hibbs based on Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas Directed by Cynthia Stokes Featuring: Alvin Almazan, Natalia Hill, Ron Hilley, Bonnie Lander, James LeMaster, Leslie Ann Leytham, Sara Perez, Timothy Simpson, Krista Wilford Music Director/Conductor: Cory Hibbs Choreographer: Peter G. Kalivas Scenic Designer: Sjustin Humphres Costume Designer: Danae McQueen Stage Manager: Kirti Nuthi Production Manager: Morgan Zupanski Asst. Production Manager: Michael Francis Production Assistant: Rachel Huang Production Assistant (Sub): Jen Keli Bautista
Queen of Carthage is a contemporary re-imagining of Henry Purcell’s Baroque opera Dido and Aeneas set in a grove of trees overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The new libretto delves into Dido’s self-sabotage in spite of Aeneas’ love for her. The words and music combine to tell a story of betrayal, obsession and jealousy.
Cory Hibbs (Librettist, Co-artistic Director CITY Opera) is an American composer, performer, and writer who has received numerous awards including awards from ASCAP and the American Composer’s Orchestra. An active actor and performer, Dr. Hibbs has appeared in numerous feature films and stage productions including such classic works as Henry V, Antigone (Anouilh); The Heiress and Saint Joan, as well as a slew of new theatre and film pieces by emerging artists. As a singer, conductor and pianist he has performed both classical and modern works through the United States, including New York, Boston, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. He is also the author of two screenplays, one stage play, and the libretto to the opera These Are The Times. He earned his B.Mus. from San Diego State University in Music Composition and Vocal Performance. He then studied acting at the British American Drama Academy, earned his M.Mus. in Composition from Boston University, and from the Peabody Conservatory, earned a second M.Mus. in Music Theory Pedagogy and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition.
Cynthia Stokes (Director, Co-artistic Director CITY Opera) American stage and opera director Cynthia Stokes has devoted her professional career to creating provocative and thrilling productions across America. Upcoming productions include Chagall for Malashock Dance. Directing highlights include: Robert Ward’s The Crucible for Piedmont Opera; Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus & Euridice, San Antonio’s Opera Piccola where she is Resident Director; The Italian Straw Hat for Amarillo Opera; Dooley for Diversionary Theatre; Le nozze di Figaro for San Antonio Opera; Pagliacci for Opera San Jose. Le nozze di Figaro (cover cast) for Glimmerglass Opera and Killer B’s, a cabaret-style celebration of American composers whose last names begin with the letter ‘B’; Roméo et Juliette for San Diego Opera; Madama Butterfly for Opera Company of Philadelphia; Homies and Popz (tour) for Los Angeles Opera; Margaret Garner for Cincinnati Opera and Opera Carolina. Deeply committed to encouraging the next generation of artists and audiences, Ms. Stokes started La Jolla Playhouse’s Summer Conservatory. She is currently on faculty at The Taos Opera Institute. Ms. Stokes holds an M.F.A. in Directing from the University of California at San Diego.
Danae Iris McQueen (Costume Designer) is an M.F.A. candidate at UC San Diego. Previous designs at UC San Diego: Hamlet, Widower (Wagner New Play Festival), Battlecruiser Aristotle (WNPF). Siavash: The Prince of Hope (Aga Khan Museum). Contemporary American Theater Festival: Gidion’s Knot (world premiere), From Prague. Chez Bushwick – ECLIPSE (w/ Anthony McCall at BAM), Study for Occupant (Fabric Workshop and Museum). Ephrata Performing Arts Center – Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika. Danae is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University’s department of Theatre and Dance (2010). danaeirismcqueen.com
Justin Humphres (Scenic Designer) is a scenic, lighting and media designer based in San Diego, California and a first-year M.F.A. Scenic Designer at UC San Diego. He received his B.F.A. in Design and Technical Production from Western Michigan Uniersity in Kalamazoo, MI. Design Credits Include: Borealis (UCSD WNPF), Death of a Driver (UCSD WNPF), Kiss Me Kate (Laura V. Shaw Theatre), Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (D. Terry Williams Theatre), Noises Off (Laura V. Shaw Theatre), The Tenderland (Laura V. Shaw Theatre), Richard O’Brian’s Rocky Horror Show (Assistant, WMU Miller Auditorium). Other 2015 WOW Festival Projects: Romulus Kilgore’s Mobile Happiness Bizarre.
Bonnie Lander (Performer) is a vocalist that specializes in the performance and presentation of contemporary music. She has performed all over the United States as an improviser, classical soprano and avant garde interpreter. Bonnie has collaborated with many composers, improvisers, computer musicians, jazz musicians, pop/rock musicians and classical musicians in order to expand her musical abilities through flexibility and diversity. A prolific presence on the East Coast, Bonnie is a founding member of New York based Rhymes With Opera, a chamber music company dedicated to new vocal repertoire with whom she regularly performs. Currently a D.M.A. candidate at UC San Diego working with renowned composer/ performer Anthony Davis, Bonnie has also received a M.M. at the Peabody Institute for Voice and Computer Music Performance studying under Phyllis Bryn-Julson and Dr. McGregor Boyle, as well as a B.M. in voice from the University of Miami Frost School of Music in the studio of Dr. Esther-Jane Hardenbergh.
Refuse, or The Golden Door ion theatre company World Premiere Conceived by Glenn Paris & Claudio Raygoza Forged by ion theatre company Members and Members of San Diego’s Refugee Community Featuring: Rhianna Basore, Robin Christ, DeAnna Driscoll, Karin Filijan, Yolanda Franklin, Dino Grulli, Jason Heil, Jeffrey Jones, Trina Kaplan, Evan Kendig, Linda Libby, Hannah Logan, Ron Logan, Catalina Maynard, Sara Beth Morgan, Grace S. Peñaranda Jorge Rodriguez, Matt Scott, Mary Summerday, Morgan Trant Producing Artistic Director, ion theatre company: Glenn Paris Founder, Executive Artistic Director, ion theatre company: Claudio Raygoza Associate Artistic Director, ion theatre company: Kim Strassburger
Do you know what it’s like to spend hours in a train car headed for an unknown border? Know what it’s like to jump onto a boat as your home burns to the ground and militant forces destroy your homeland? Do you know what it’s like to grab whatever you can carry as your country is torn apart by civil war? We hear the stories. We feel the frustration. We welcome the intrepid survivors. Now experience it first-hand. Ion theatre is partnering with members of San Diego’s refugee population to shape an interactive theatre experience showcasing the struggles and resiliency of our refugee population. By bringing together Ion artists, powerful stories inspired by real people and events, and you, we’re creating what may be the world’s first live-theatre, immersive art, documentary-style participatory experience. Because every time you attend, the play forms and reforms around you, attending multiple times will lead to discoveries of stories you hadn’t witnessed before.
Claudio Raygoza (Founder, Executive Artistic Director, ion theatre company) Mr. Raygoza has written, directed, produced, acted and/or designed nearly 70 productions for ion theatre, including 4 world premieres and has earned multiple nominations and awards for acting, writing, producing and directing. In 2010, the San Diego Critics Circle Awarded him the Producer of the Year Award. He has worked regionally and internationally on over 150 professional productions over the last two decades, and in 2011, co-led ion theatre to the inaugural Don Braunagel Award for Outstanding Work at a Small Theater for a 20th Anniversary production of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika. In 2013, he helped spearhead a second win of the Braunagel Award for Outstanding Work for the company’s theatrical Body of Work. He is currently the most consistently producing Latino Artistic Director (and only sole Latino founder of a professionally-operating, season-producing theater) in the San Diego region on the U.S. side of the U.S./Latin American border. Mr. Raygoza spent over a year touring Southern California with 13 high-school students writing and acting in plays surrounding hot-button teen issues; The Martin Luther King All-People’s Breakfast where his tribute piece The Web was performed by students in multiple years; and in 2001, the CCC commissioned him to write and act a piece about MLK, FDR and César Chávez that toured San Diego County schools. He has also worked with the La Jolla Playhouse’s Cops and Kids program and Playwright’s Project.
He has served on a variety of boards including Coronado School of the Arts, Hispanic Arts Theater and Common Ground Theater. Mr. Raygoza has also spent the last decade working as a conflict-resolution trainer, translator, and diversity-issues advisor around the country and internationally for a multitude of organizations. Mr. Raygoza champions the training of new writers, actors, directors and designers who work in tandem to foster an arena of mutual respect around the issue of groundbreaking and diverse new work for the American Theater. He is an alumnus of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.
Glenn Paris (Founding Producing Artistic Director, ion theatre company) Mr. Paris has acted, directed, produced and designed for the American theatre since he was five years old, when he fainted during a rehearsal of Peter Rabbit in Kindergarten. His numerous projects range from Bertolt Brecht to Donna de Matteo to David Rabe to Franz Xaver Kroetz in venues such as the University of Oklahoma, Antioch College (the mothership in Yellow Springs, Ohio/BA Theatre), Image Theatre and Studio and Mettawee Theatre Company in New York, Carnegie Mellon University (M.F.A. Directing), Los Angeles Theatre Center and ion theatre. Upon taking his M.F.A., the great actor and teacher Uta Hagen invited him to be the first artistic director of HB Playwrights Foundation in New York, succeeding founder Herbert Berghof. There he worked with Saul Bellow, Pamela Blair and Donna McKechnie, Horton Foote, Christine Lahti, Jack Lemmon, Charles Nelson Reilly and Fritz Weaver. From there, he created Recovering the Dark, staged at The Kitchen (‘a leading incubator of new work in New York’) and produced by his company Native Coast. He migrated to San Diego after 9/11, and soon joined Claudio Raygoza to help build on the success of ion theatre. In 2010, the San Diego Critics Circle Awarded him the Producer of the Year Award for a season of ‘critically-acclaimed work’, and in 2011, Paris co-led ion theatre to the inaugural Don Braunagel Award for Outstanding Work at a Small Theater for a multiple award-winning 20th Anniversary production of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika. In 2013, he helped spearhead a second win (in three years) of the Braunagel Award for Outstanding Work for the company’s theatrical Body of Work in 2013. Selected Work: Acting: Mensch Meir (Theatreworks, Boston); The Chairs, The Little Flower of East Orange (ion). Directing: Hurlyburly (CMU & ion); Servant of Two Masters, A Hand of Bridge (CMU); Punks, Request Programme, The Woolgatherer, Grace, Punk Rock, Shining City (ion). Writing and Directing: Recovering the Dark (The Kitchen, NYC); Producing: The Pillowman, Song of Extinction, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Angels in America (ion).
Morgan Trant Kinally (Founding Company Member, Project Coordinator/Community Liaison) Morgan Trant Kinnally is honored to be a Founding ion company member. Morgan has worked with ion theatre since 2006 beginning with their NATion project (The Glass Menagerie, The Grapes of Wrath and Awake and Sing). She was last seen in ion’s production of The Lieutenant of Inishmore and had a bloody good time in the process. Other performances with ion include Hurlyburly (Craig Noel Best Ensemble award), The Cripple of Inishmaan, Trojan Women and A Streetcar Named Desire. Morgan’s appearance with other theatres including Moxie Theatre, Scripps Ranch Theatre, 6th @ Penn Theatre, Fritz Blitz Festival, La Jolla Stage, Women’s Repertory, and Shakespeare in Delaware Park. Best-loved and most challenging role: Mother of Jeannie (3 yrs.) and Keira (1 ½ yrs.) who keep mom forever on her toes. She holds a B.F.A. in Theatre/Acting from SUNY Buffalo, teaching credentials in English and Social Studies, and a Masters of Education. She currently teaches high school writing and works as an educational facilitator for Dehesa Charter School in San Diego County.
Rhodopsin 2.0 WSOHOIDPS (A Ship in the Woods) A collaborative project by A Ship in the Woods, Salk Institute neurobiologist John Reynolds and sound artist Greg Smaller based on the research of Patrick Cavanagh Architect/Artist: Patrick Shields Sound Artist : Greg Smaller Salk Neroscience Researcher: John Reynolds Vision Scientist Harvard/Université Paris Descartes: Patrick Cavanagh WSOHOIDPS Team: Co-Founder, Executive Director: RJ Brooks Assistant Director: Addison Stonestreet Curator: Lianne Thompson Mueller PR: Will Reid Co-founder/Benefactor: Dan Fauchier Grant Writer: Trevor Amery Educational Director: Julie Kundig
RHODOPSIN is an original light and sound installation organized by WSOHOIDPS (A SHIP IN THE WOODS) which first premiered at ARTSD’14. For RHODOPSIN 2.0, we have asked architect and artist Patrick Shields to create a revised version of the structure for WoW 2015 Festival. This project is an ongoing collaboration between WSOHOIDPS, Salk Institute neurobiologist John Reynolds, sound artist Greg Smaller and vision scientist Patrick Cavanagh. RHODOPSIN aims to encourage visitors to think about the process of perception and consider the brain’s role in actively constructing, rather than simply relaying, reality; as experienced in an afterimage.
A SHIP IN THE WOODS Founded in 2010, A SHIP IN THE WOODS is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting elevated dialogues in art and culture through curated events within a domestic setting. For the last four years, through such events and its residency program, A SHIP IN THE WOODS has served as a nexus, bringing together unique and diverse intellectual communities from near and far for mutual enlightenment. Recent programing and shared initiatives have included HELM, a series of solo art exhibitions by emerging artists curated by UC San Diego Ph.D. candidate Lara Bullock, and Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show. We have shown work by artists and writers such as Rebecca Solnit, The Del La Torre Brothers, Packard Jennings, Matt Hebert and more. A SHIP IN THE WOODS teamed up with Salk neurobiologist John Reynolds to create RHODOPSIN, a light installation based on the research of Patrick Cavanagh, Laboratorie Psychologie de la Perception, Université Paris Descartes.
Romulus Kilgore’s Happiness Bazaar UC San Diego Theatre & Dance World Premiere Written and performed by Bennett Fisher Directed by Jesca Prudencio Presented by People of Interest Featuring: MacGregor Arney, Carlos Angel Barajas, Brian Bose, Bennett Fisher, Kourtni Gouche, Dennis Proccio Scenic Designer: Justin Humphres Sound Designer: Chad Goss Costume Designer: Dominique Hill Stage Manager: Mandy Nassbaum PA: Jessie Medofer
Are you unhappy? Of course you are. Just look at yourself. But Romulus Kilgore has what you need to feel better, and he’s selling it at competitive prices. An interactive, snake-oil medicine show for the troubled soul, Romulus Kilgore’s Happiness Bazaar is an impishly comic exploration of how we buy peace of mind.
People Of Interest is a nonprofit theater company dedicated to creating theatrical experiences around individual stories. POI gives voice to the voiceless, and reveals the hidden truths through new original work. POI serves a community of individuals committed to creating work for the people, by the people, with the people. Jesca Prudencio (Director) is a third-year M.F.A. directing candidate at UC San Diego. UCSD credits
include VENUS by Suzan-Lori Parks and Campo Maldito and Borealis by Ben Fisher. Her site-specific works include We Walk, We Stop in Astor Place, NYC; Nothing Matters When We’re Dancing in Washington Square Park with the Asian American Arts Alliance; America! at UC San Diego. Selected NYC credits: Listen To Me (Ping Chong + Company); The Firebird (NYU Grad Musical Theatre); Back Boy & The War (The Movement Theatre Company); Shades of Wayne (Musical Theatre Factory). Her production of Campo Maldito premiered at the UCSD Wagner Theater Festival, then toured it to the NY International Fringe Festival and San Francisco Fringe Festival under her theater company People Of Interest. Jesca was an Assistant Director on La Jolla Playhouse’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. B.F.A.: NYU Tisch. peopleofinterest.org
Bennett Fisher (Romulus Kilgore, Playwright)
A third-year M.F.A. playwriting candidate at UC San Diego, Bennett Fisher is company member of Campo Santo, an associate artist with the Cutting Ball Theater, and a co-founder of the San Francisco Theater Pub. More at bennettfisher.net
Dominique Hill (Costume Design) is a third-year M.F.A. student focusing in Costume Design at UC San
Diego. UCSD design credits: Death of a Driver, Venus, In the Crowding Darkness, The Grapes of Wrath (ACD), A Lie of the Mind (ACD). ACD credits: Go West! (CTC), Our Town (CTC), Intimate Apparel (CTC), Henry V (CTC). Off-Broadway credits: Bullet for Adolf (ACD), The Golden Land (ACD), Treasure Island (ACD). Fellowships: Chautauqua Theatre Company, UCSD 2013-2016 M.F.A. Design Program and The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Residences: Come From Away (La Jolla Playhouse). She holds a B.A. in Theatre from SUNY Albany.
Justin Humphres (Scenic Design) is a scenic, lighting and media designer based in San Diego,
California and a second-year M.F.A. scenic designer at UC San Diego. He received his B.F.A. in Design and Technical Production from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. Design credits Include: Borealis (UCSD WNPF), Death of a Driver (UCSD WNPF), Kiss Me Kate (Laura V. Shaw Theatre), Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (D. Terry Williams Theatre), Noises Off (Laura V. Shaw Theatre), The Tenderland (Laura V. Shaw Theatre), Richard O’Brian’s Rocky Horror Show (Assistant, WMU Miller Auditorium). Other 2015 WoW projects include: Queen of Carthage (City Opera).
Chad Goss (Sound Design) is a Computing in the Arts and Music major at UC San Diego. Chad is a local
musician/artist who is interested in composing sound and music. He is also a sound operator and has experience installing sound systems for theatre and live events. Sound design credits: Campo Maldito, The Mango Farmer of Vermont (UCSD); Assistant sound design: Boys & Girls (Diversionary); Crumbs from the Table of Joy (Moxie Theatre); Bug (Ion Theatre Company). Credits for sound operation: The Who & The What; The Good, The Bad, and The I-5 (La Jolla Playhouse); The Humbug Holiday Spectacular (North Coast Repertory Theatre).
Carlos Angel-Barajas (Burt) is thrilled to be a part of this year’s WoW festival. Notable credits: Conrade/Friar Francis, Much Ado About Nothing; Donalbain, Macbeth; Don Pedro, The Rover (Santa Cruz Shakespeare). Pepper White/Driscoll, Golden Boy; Underground New Play Festival (UCSD). Arnold, The Boys Next Door; A Argante, Scapin (Mesa College). Chava, Logan Heights (OnStage Playhouse). Plays By Young Writers (Playwrights Project). He is a fourth-year Theatre major at UC San Diego. Previously he was a member of the Mesa College Theatre Company and the ion theatre Actor Academy. Brian Bose (Break Dancer) is an actor, singer, dancer, performing artist, choreographer/director and international teaching artist who is considered one of the “Faces to Watch in Arts” by the San Diego Union Tribune. He earned a double B.A. in Theatre & Dance from UC San Diego (Class of 2015). Brian has also received training from the British American Drama Academy, Steppenwolf West and Cal State L.A. Conservatory of the Arts. Some Credits Include Apollo Theater’s Salon Series: Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money; San Diego REP: In the Heights, Detroit, Dirty Little Secrets; London Oval House Theater: The Bacchae; Patricia Rincon Dance Collective for 2013 La Jolla Playhouse WoW Festival: The Myth Project: Altar. To learn more, visit theboseshow.com Kourtni Gouche (Gold Statue) is a senior at UC San Diego majoring in Theatre, and has been in three
department shows. She has been acting for all of her life and continues to foster her ambition by actively working of herself. She is constantly looking for a challenge and enjoys the responsibility that comes with it. She is finishing up her theatre education in England next winter which will be a fruitful experience she will be able to learn and grow from. She attributes her achievements to God and will continue to glorify Him that has given her this amazing life.
Dennis Procopio (Bucket Man) describes his early years as “an Oprah story waiting to be told.” Hailing from Philly by way of NYC, Dennis began “making beats” on any and all resonant surfaces and “freestyling” (reciting spontaneous hip-hop lyrics) in “battles” (competitions) with other “emcees” (masters of ceremony). His talents were recognized by hip-hop legends of the day, including Eric B. & Rakim, Cool G Rap & Polo, Large Professor, KRS One and many more, with whom he recorded at Power Play Studios in Queens, NY. He was also recognized as “the Bucket Man” in New Orleans, LA for years, where he had the privilege of making music with countless jazz and roots legends including, most notably, “Zigaboo,” drummer for the Funky Meters. Today Dennis focuses primarily on teaching and growing his Life Coaching business (manuplifecoaching.com) but still rears his artistic head when it promises to serve the greater good. 44
Seven Butterflies Produced by La Jolla Playhouse in association with the UC San Diego Department of Music Performed by Cellist Jennifer Bewerse
Seven Butterflies is a micro-concert featuring Kaija Saariaho’s Sept Papillons for solo cello and La Monte Young’s Composition 1960 #5. Sept Papillons features ethereal extended techniques evocative of swooping, swarming or gently fluttering butterflies. Composition 1960 #5 is a text score with the instructions: “Turn a butterfly loose in the performance area... the composition may be considered finished when the butterfly flies away.” The piece features a simultaneous performance of these two works during which a live Monarch butterfly will perform Composition 1960 #5 while cellist Jennifer Bewerse performs Sept Papillons, resulting in a miniature concert, fitting of both the delicate nature of the butterflies and their symbolic ephemeralness.
Jennifer Bewerse (cellist) is a devoted champion of the music of our time. As a result of her collaborations, she has premiered over 50 works and has had the privilege to work with composers including Augusta Read Thomas, Christian Wolff, Chinary Ung, Lei Liang, Patricia Alessandrini, Chaya Czernowin, Gunther Schuller, Jonathan Harvey and David Del Tredici. She has performed as a fellow in SICPP and the Banff Centre Chamber Music Residency, as a guest soloist for the Robert Helps Festival and International Composition Competition, as a guest performer and presenter for the inaugural New Music Gathering and was the 2010 Performance Prizewinner at the soundSCAPE festival in Italy. Jennifer is an enthusiastic chamber musician and is currently the cellist of Diagenesis Duo with vocalist Heather Barnes. A recipient of the Myrna Loy Center Grants to Artists Award, Diagenesis Duo’s work has given them the opportunity to collaborate with prestigious performers and institutions such Music from Salem, Boston Conservatory, Joel Krosnick, Tony Arnold, Charles Curtis and Susan Narucki, and as the guest artists in residence at UC San Diego’s Springfest. Their NewSonics: A New Music Workshop for Kids has been the recipient of a University of California Institute for Research in the Arts Grant and a New Music USA Project Grant. A native of Florida, Jennifer received her Bachelors of Music magna cum laude from the University of South Florida and her Masters of Music from The Boston Conservatory. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctorate in Contemporary Performance at UC San Diego with a full scholarship. Her principal teachers include Joan Markstein, Scott Kluksdahl, Charles Curtis and Rhonda Rider, founding member of the Lydian String Quartet. To learn more, visit jenniferbewerse.com.
Seven Butterflies is generously sponsored by: Mary Lindenstein Walshok, Ph.D. 45
The Spheres Australia’s Strange Fruit Performed by: Jay Carlon, Andre Myers, Sonja Dale and Kate Andrews Production Manager: Justin Preston Safety Officer: Chris Phan
Creation, exultation, liberation, life, the universe. The Spheres take a whimsical look at physics, the miracle of birth and humanity’s existential relationship to our planet. Giant, illuminated orbs of luminous beauty contain characters that gradually emerge to stand and rise above their spheres of existence. This piece is beautiful, reverent and sublime.
Strange Fruit is a Melbourne-based performing arts company that produces and performs a remarkable style of work that fuses theatre, dance and circus, using a unique elevated medium. Our work is free to the viewing audience and can be enjoyed regardless of age, language or cultural background. Our five-metre high swaypoles create a large-scale visual spectacle that can play to audiences numbering thousands, while the engaging performances make the work personable and accessible. Originally based on the image of a field of wheat swaying in the breeze, the poles’ extreme strength and flexibility allow the performer to bow to impossible angles, swaying back and forth in a hypnotising dance as the audience looks up in wonder. With a world-renowned repertoire that celebrates a wide variety of themes and stories, the company has achieved near-cult status in almost every continent across the globe.
Jay Carlon (Performer) is originally from Southern California, where he trained as a contemporary dancer and attended California State University, Long Beach for his Master’s in Fine Arts. He currently resides in New York City and dances with The Metropolitan Opera. Jay’s dreams of flying were fulfilled when he joined Strange Fruit in 2013. Andre Darnell Myers (Performer) is thrilled to be a part of Strange Fruit, and loving every minute swaying in the air. Currently residing in L.A., he has appeared in national commercials for KFC, AARP Insurance, Lincoln Cars and Skype, as well as various musical theatre productions, music videos, television shows and films.
Sonja Dale (Performer) grew up in Berkeley, California. She attended UCLA for musical theatre, then The Boston Conservatory for dance, and then UCLA again, eventually earning a B.A. in Theatre and beginning a career in professional dance. Sonja danced with contemporary and classical ballet companies in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City, including FACT/SF, The Mark Foehringer Dance Project, KDNY Dance, and SYREN Modern Dance. In 2013, Sonja was hired by Strange Fruit, and finally put both her dance and acting training to good use. Sonja is thrilled to be in her third year with Strange Fruit. Kate Andrews (Performer) is a modern, contemporary dancer based out of Los Angeles, CA. Since graduating from CSU Long Beach in 2011 with a B.F.A. in Dance, she has performed with Nickerson-Rossi Dance and currently performs with LA Contemporary Dance Company. Kate also works as a freelance performer in music videos, dance films and promotional work. She received her Pilates Certification with a Dance Specialization from BASI Pilates and joined the Strange Fruit team in 2014.
Three Sisters A production by THE TRIP in association with La Jolla Playhouse By Anton Chekhov Directed and Adapted by Tom Dugdale Featuring: Matt Bradley*, Miranda Dainard, Samuel Hunter, Claire Kaplan, Zach Martens*, Thomas Miller, Jenni Putney*, Patrick Riley, Abby Rosebrock, Taylor Shurte* Director, Original Music and Video, THE TRIP Producer/Co-Founder: Tom Dugdale Stage Manager, THE TRIP Producer/Co-Founder: Joshua Brody Costume Designer: Elisa Benzoni * Members of Actors’ Equity Association
Irina is quickest to the net, but Olga has a killer serve. And though Masha never cared for tennis, she sure plays a mean backhand up the line! Following their acclaimed 2013 WoW Festival production of Our Town, THE TRIP returns with a new production of Anton Chekhov’s famous drama, Three Sisters, staged at twilight on a tennis court, with the audience seated just beyond the lines. There will be tea from a samovar, lots of original music, and tennis outfits in various shades of flattering and absurd. If the sisters can’t play nicely, maybe you’d like to jump in and play a point or two?
THE TRIP is a San Diego-based contemporary theater company, founded and led by Joshua Kahan Brody and Tom Dugdale, that strives for interdisciplinary, ensemble-driven theater that challenges traditional boundaries of narrative and space. They have worked site-specifically in San Diego in locations ranging from a parking garage (Fool for Love), to a former military barracks (Macbeth), to one of San Diego’s hottest tattoo shops (Three Plays in a Tattoo Shop). THE TRIP’s Orpheus & Eurydice – a new take on the myth through a blend of online content, live performance, and film – was nominated for a 2014 Craig Noel Award in the category of Best New Play. THE TRIP also created a backyard-barbecue staging of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town for the Playhouse’s 2013 WoW Festival. More at thetriptheater.net.
LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE
ARTISTIC Associate Artistic Director Jaime Castañeda Resident Dramaturg Shirley Fishman Director of New Play Development Gabriel Greene Without Walls Associate Producer Marike Fitzgerald Director Emeritus Des McAnuff Executive Assistant to Christopher Ashley Rick VanNoy Artistic Assistant Teresa Sapien Interns Julia Greer, Stephanie Prugh Commissioned Artists Daniel Beaty, Mark Bennett, Keith Bunin, Kirsten Greenidge, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Joe Iconis, Naomi Iizuka, Aditi Brennan Kapil, Jon Kern, Mike Lew, Mona Mansour, Erin McKeown, Rehana Lew Mirza, Gregory S. Moss, Alfred Uhry, Charlayne Woodard, Martín Zimmerman 2015/2016 Resident Artist BD Wong PRODUCTION Production Manager Audrey Hoo Associate Production Manager Benjamin Seibert Assistant Production Manager Becca Duhaime Production Office Manager Tarin Hurstell SCENE SHOP Technical Director Chris Borreson Assistant Technical Directors Mike Schwent, Curtis Green Scene Shop Supervisor David Weiner Technical Designer Tyler Grady Staff Production Carpenters Kyle “Boo-Boo” Ahlquist, Jeremy Luce, Preston Spence Staff Carpenters Mihai Antonescu, William Bender, Jacob Bruce, Katelynn Cardon, Matt Clark, Danielle Dunne, Nick Jackson, Scott Kinney, Stephanie Lee, John Serbian, Don Dino Spezzini Shop Helper Doug Collind PAINT SHOP Charge Scenic Artist Joan Newhouse Assistant Charge Artist Vicki Erbe Scenic Artists Melissa Nalbach, Dwaine Best, Carmen Rowlands PROPERTIES SHOP Prop Shop Supervisor Deb Hatch Associate Prop Master Jeni Cheung Assistant Prop Master Jenny Fajerman Prop Shop Foreman Will Widick Lead Artisan Carlos Wauman Props Artisans Tim Nottage , Bethany Johnson COSTUME SHOP Costume Shop Manager Sue Makkoo Costume Shop Foreman/Tailor Lissa Skiles Draper Elena Ham Master Stitchers K-Joy Lehmann-Way, Yangchen Dolkar First Hands Rebecca Fabares, Claudia LaRue Lead Craft Artisan Christy Jones Costume Shop Assistant Desiree Hatfield-Buckley Costume Shop Intern Abigail Caywood ELECTRICS Lighting Supervisor Mike Doyle Assistant Lighting Supervisor Kathryn Sturch Staff Electricians Kristyn Kennedy, Patricia Lesinski, Mike Lowe, Andrea Ryan, Ramon Wenn, Matt Wilson SOUND/VIDEO Sound/Video Supervisor Joe Huppert Sound Shop Foreman Steve Negrete Playhouse Sound Engineer Chris Luessmann Sound Technicians Chad Goss, Jim Zadai
Christopher Ashley, Artistic Director
ADMINISTRATION General Manager Debby Buchholz Associate General Manager Jenny Case Assistant General Manager Katherine Stout Human Resources Specialist Nezam Etemadi Corporate/Legal Counsel Robert C. Wright, Wright & L’Estrange Theatre/Legal Counsel F. Richard Pappas, Esq. Executive Assistant to Managing Director David Barnathan COMPANY MANAGEMENT Company Manager Megan Alvord Assistant Company Manager Samantha De La Riva Company Management Assistant Cody Littlefield Intern Rachel Bromley FINANCE Director of Finance John O’Dea Comptroller Laura Killmer Payroll/AP Tamara Tipps Staff Accountant Vincent Ng Production Accountant Sharon Ratelle Network Specialist Mike Salapow DEVELOPMENT Director of Development David W. Hanses Sr. Associate Director of Development Erin Decker Associate Director of Development, Individual & Corporate Giving Bonnie Broberg Associate Director of Development, Special Events Rachel Terrones Grants Manager Alexandra Kritchevsky Corporate Relations Manager Alex Goodman Development Manager Annie Dawson Assistant Manager, Special Events Caitlin Finch Development Database & Research Analyst Tony Dixon Assistant to the Director of Development Naysan Mojgani Development Assistant Jessica Humphrey Intern Gabi D’Amico MARKETING Director of Communications Mary Cook Director of Public Relations Becky Biegelsen Associate Director of Sales & Marketing Mia Fiorella Communications Specialist Grace Madamba Multimedia Designer Nancy Showers Database Specialist Steven Jirjis Marketing Campaign Manager John Olchak Marketing Coordinator Tara Shoemaker Audience Activator Malesha Taylor PATRON SERVICES Associate Director – Patron Services Nikki Cooper Patron Services Sales Manager Jordan Marrone Patron Services Assistant Manager Travis Guss Lead Patron Services Representative/Group Sales Specialist Pearl Hang Lead Patron Services Representatives Mike Brown, Danielle Smith Patron Services Representative/UCSD Coordinator Alexandra Ancira Patron Services Representatives Deandre Clay, Makayla Hoppe, Bill Washington Patron Services Sales Specialist Paul Preston Sales Concierges Andrew Fink, William Guiney
Michael S. Rosenberg, Managing Director
EDUCATION & OUTREACH Director of Education & Outreach Steve McCormick Associate Director of Education & Outreach Alison Urban Education & Outreach Coordinator Paola Kubelis Audio Describers Mernie Aste, Brian Berlau, Joanne Brook, Tina Dyer, Shari Lyon, Kay O’Neil, Deborah Sanborn, Janet Schlesinger, Sylvia Southerland, Susan Weekes ASL Interpreters Lynn Ann Garrett, Anelia Glebocki, Alycen Haneyoworth, Suzanne Lightbourn, Billieanne McLellan, Geri Wu Artist Instructors Amanda Gosh, Catherine Hanna, Rachel Hoey, Bex Hurt, Sara Luchini, Erika Phillips, James Pillar, Cynthia Stokes, Skylar Sullivan SDSU Fellows Jacob Brent, Julia Cuppy OPERATIONS Director of Operations Ned Collins Operations Manager Jen McClenahan FRONT OF HOUSE House Manager John Craft Assistant House Managers Katherine Cordova, Paola Kubelis, Sara Lucchini, Amy Marquez, Renee Tolson Janitorial Professional Maintenance Systems: Cesar Diaz, Luis Mena, Maria Mena