ABOUT DIGITAL PROGRAMS
The Gallo Center has adopted the use of digital programs meant to be viewed on cell phones or other computer devices. This change has important public health, environmental and economic benefits: reducing close contacts between patrons and ushers, cutting our use of paper, and eliminating substantial printing costs. View the program only before shows begin or during intermissions. Please be considerate of other patrons and artists on stage by not viewing it during performances. Patrons who do not observe this courtesy and create distractions may be asked to leave. Thank you.
WHY YOUR SUPPORT MATTERS
The Gallo Center for the Arts is a non-profit performing arts center with a deep commitment to enriching the people and communities of California’s vast San Joaquin Valley. From the scintillating performances of its wonderful resident companies, to the great variety of world-class entertainment presented by the Center each season, to robust arts education programs for the region’s youth, this is where the magic happens.
From the beginning, the Center’s mission has been clearly defined: to provide an inspirational civic gathering place where regional, national, and international cultural activities illuminate, educate, and entertain. Since revenue from ticket sales and facility rentals only covers a portion of the costs associated with fulfilling this mission, the Center is dependent on the generous annual financial support from donors and program sponsors within our community.
LEARN MORE AT GALLOARTS.ORG/SUPPORTUS.
ABOUT THE CENTER
HOW TO BUY TICKETS
In Person: 1000 I Street, downtown Modesto
Online: 24/7/365 at GalloArts.org
By Phone: (209) 338-2100
TICKET OFFICE HOURS
Monday – Friday: 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday: Noon – 6 pm
Ticket Office opens two hours prior to all events
Sign up at GalloArts.org and receive e-news about events, added performances, and special offers!
The mission of the Gallo Center for the Arts is to enrich the quality of life in the San Joaquin Valley by providing an inspirational civic gathering place where regional, national and international cultural activities illuminate, educate and entertain. The Gallo Center for the Arts celebrates the diversity of the San Joaquin Valley by offering an array of affordable cultural opportunities designed to appeal, and be accessible, to all.Photo: Gallo Center for the Arts, Circa 2007
The Center opened in September, 2007 and consists of the 440-seat Foster Family Theater, the 1,248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater, the Marie Damrell Gallo Grand Lobby and a plaza serving both theaters, and the Modesto Rotary Music Garden.
As a regional non-profit performing arts center, the Gallo Center for the Arts presents internationally recognized touring artists in all disciplines, and also is home to four resident companies: Central West Ballet, Modesto Performing Arts, Modesto Symphony Orchestra and Opera Modesto.
The Gallo Center for the Arts is a unique public/private partnership. Construction was funded jointly by the County of Stanislaus, which owns the facility, and contributions from more than 4,000 individuals and businesses given to a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which today operates the Center.
PATRON EVENT INFORMATION
• Ample and secure parking for Center events is located in the garage at 12th Street between H and I Streets. Parking passes are $5 cash and may be purchased when ordering tickets or at the entrance to the garage prior to performances. See GalloArts.org for a map and directions to the garage.
• Emergency exits are indicated by green exit signs located above each exit. For your safety, please check for the location of the exit nearest to your seat.
• The Gallo Center for the Arts is accessible to disabled patrons. Wheelchair seating is available in both theaters. Portable wireless listening devices are available at the “ Coat Check room at no charge. Please inform the Ticket Office of any special needs when ordering tickets.
• Food and beverages are not allowed in the theaters. (with the exception of bottled water and beverages served in theater cups.)
• Smoking is prohibited inside the building and within 20 feet of all entrances.
• Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the Gallo Center for the Arts’ house managers.
• The use of recording equipment and the taking of photographs in Gallo Center for the Arts theaters is strictly forbidden. The Gallo Center for the Arts reserves the right to confiscate any such equipment and/or require offending customers to exit the premises.
• As a courtesy to artists and to your fellow patrons, please turn off or silence any mobile device on your person. No texting, please!
• Restrooms are located on all three levels of the Center.
• Lost items will be held in the Coat Check room on the main level until the end of the performance. Thereafter, please contact Ticket Office at (209) 338-2100.
• All patrons MUST have a ticket to enter a performance regardless of age.
• Out of courtesy to other patrons, the Gallo Center for the Arts requests that no infants or toddlers attend any performance.
COME AS A GROUP & SAVE!
Groups qualify for discounts up to 15% on ticket prices to the many exciting performances offered by the Gallo Center for the Arts and its resident companies.
Secure your group reservation today for just 10% down of your total price!
CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
SENIOR CENTER OUTINGS
HOLIDAY, ANNIVERSARY & BIRTHDAY PARTIES
ONE CALL DOES IT ALL!
Our group sales manager, Jesica Sanchez, is at your service. Call her at (209) 338-5064, or send an email to email@example.com.
BASED ON THE WORKS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE CONCEIVED, ADAPTED, AND CO-DIRECTED BY JIM JOHNSON, WES PAGE, AND JEWEL WHITAKER CHOREOGRAPHY BY LORI BRYHNI
A NOTE FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Fourteen years have passed since I received a phone call from Lynn Dickerson inviting me to discuss taking a position at the Gallo Center. I had been retired for only one year after a 40 year career at Modesto Junior College, and Lynn was looking for someone to direct the Arts Education program at the Center. The volunteer position seemed like a good fit, so I embarked on a journey of hosting and promoting an annual season of shows that brought thousands of students to the Gallo Center. Along the way we created an anti-bullying show of our own, with local actors that toured and performed in schools throughout Stanislaus County and beyond.
The first fully staged production that I presented at the Center was Children of the Dust Bowl . The show was a success and it led to other productions that were copresented with area theatre programs - Modesto Junior College, Merced Playhouse, California State University –Stanislaus, and Prospect Theater Project. These shows presented opportunities for local actors, designers, builders, costumers, and stage managers. The productions were strongly supported by our community audience members. Our first solo production was A Christmas Memory , the musical. This in turn led to the creation of the Gallo Center Repertory Company. I traded in my Arts Education hat at this time to take on the role of Artistic Director for our new company. I am filled with wonderful memories of the plays, the actors, and the production teams I interacted with as a producer, actor, and director. Thank you Lynn for giving me a great second act in life. I also want to thank all my colleagues at the Center
who have been so supportive: Doug Hosner, Al Poulus, Cortney Hurst, Mallory Mitchell, Thomas Garcia, Jeremiah Lewis, Dustin Venicombe, Veronica Caballero, Ryan Foy, Chad Hilligus, plus all of the Front of House team and innumerable volunteer ushers.
I am stepping down as Artistic Director and passing the baton to the capable hands of Ryan Foy. I look forward to many exciting seasons for the Gallo Center Repertory Company. While I am saying farewell to this position, I am not saying good-bye. I will be back next season directing the classic play Born Yesterday for GCRC. One final thing, everything I have achieved in my adult life has been because three incredible women have stood with me, encouraged me and loved me. Thank you Linda, Barbara and Suzanne.Jim Johnson Artistic Director Gallo Center Repertory Company (At Edgar Allan Poe’s Grave in Baltimore)
A NOTE FROM THE CREATORS
During the height of the pandemic, many theatre companies presented their works online via Zoom, often with plays performed by actors in different locations. That got our wheels spinning; that Gallo Center Repertory Company (GCRC) could do the same thing with some old radio scripts. After exploring the idea, we chose to do something a little different. Rather than Zoom, we recorded our individual actors in front of a green screen speaking only their lines. We then brought the actors together digitally with the appropriate background settings to create a unique media piece. The first “Virtual Theatre” story we told was The Fall of the House of Usher . It was fun, spooky, and entertaining.
After the pandemic lessened, GCRC wanted to return to Usher; but this time include other Poe stories and poems, and present them as a staged radio drama. However, we again pushed the envelope and have instead created a world-premiere, multimedia presentation of Twisted Tales of Edgar Allan Poe . The show you are about to see will present our company acting out the stories accompanied by visual imagery, video, music, poetry, and dance. This original project has given us the opportunity to work with some of the most talented artists in our area.
Edgar Allan Poe’s work allows us to explore not only the dark, but the light as well, and all of the hope and despair therein. Through his madness we can reflect on what is, what was, and perhaps what might be. Keep watch for subtle “Easter Eggs” in some of the video clips projected during the show. For example, when you first came into the theater, did the on-screen image of Poe blink his eyes, or was that just your imagination? We hope you enjoy these tales of the macabre. And so we shall end with the immortal words of Edgar Allan Poe: “I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity. I have absolutely no desire to fit in.”-Jim Johnson, Wes Page, Jewel Whitaker & Lori Bryhni
TWISTED TALES OF EDGAR ALLAN POE
Based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe
Conceived, Adapted, and Co-Directed by Jim Johnson, Wes Page, and Jewel Whitaker
Choreography by Lori Bryhni
There will be one 15 minute intermission
Any video and/or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited. This production uses theatrical fog/haze.
SCENES, POEMS, & STORIES
THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER
Directed by Wes Page, Featuring Keith White (Narrator), Dylan Bargas (Roderick Usher), Ariel Linn Hicks (Madeline Usher), Dean Medek (Valet), and Stephen Daly (Doctor)
Choreography by Lori Bryhni and the Dance Ensemble
Featuring Michael Esquibel and Erin Isaacs
THE IMP OF THE PERVERSE
Directed by Jim Johnson
Featuring Cara Cavanaugh (Woman)
Choreography by Lori Bryhni and the Dance Ensemble
Featuring Stephen Daly, Mikaela Heisler, Dean Medek, and Dave Weltner
THE TELL TALE HEART
Directed by Jim Johnson
Featuring Mikaela Heisler (Housekeeper), Stephen Daly
(Old Man), Keith White and Dave Weltner (Officers)
INTERMISSION THE BLACK CAT
Directed by Jewel Whitaker
Featuring Michael Esquibel (Husband), Erin Isaacs (Wife), Mikaela Heisler (Barmaid), Dylan Bargas and Dave Weltner (Officers)
A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM
Choreography by Lori Bryhni and the Dance Ensemble
Featuring Dylan Bargas, Cara Cavanaugh, Erin Isaacs, and Keith White
THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO
Directed by Jim Johnson
Featuring Dean Medek (Montresor) and Dave Weltner (Fortunato)
CSU Stanislaus Department of Theatre, Eric Broadwater (Chair)
MJC Arts, Humanities and Communication Division, Rob Stevenson (Dean)
Debbi and George Partridge
Prospect Theatre Project
ACTING ENSEMBLE: DANCE ENSEMBLE:
Ariel Linn Hicks
Co-Director……………………………………………………....……. Jim Johnson
Co-Director………………………………………………………............. Wes Page
Co-Director………………………………………………………… Jewel Whitaker
Choreographer…………………………………………………….……. Lori Bryhni
Digital Projections/Sound Design…………………..……… Wes Page
Production Stage Manager................................ Jewel Whitaker
Stage Manager ….................................................... Thomas Garcia
Properties Master .................................................. Anna Blazzard
Costume Designer….................................................. Noelle Souza
Make-Up…............................................................... Vance Whitaker
Lighting Design................................................ Dustin Venicombe
Head Audio................................................................... Josh Reeder
Deck Audio....................................................................... Jon Duran
GALLO CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Gallo Center Repertory Company
Artistic Director......................................................... Jim Johnson
Director of Produced Theatre & Special Programming.................................................... Ryan Foy
Director of Production & Technical Operations.......................................... Jeremiah Lewis
Assistant Director of Production & Technical Operations........................................... Thomas Garcia
Chief Executive Officer.........……………………………… Chad Hilligus
Dylan Bargas has been working within the theatre arts for many years. His acting journey started his freshmen year of high school in Oregon, with the role of the Grinch in a Christmas play. In his last two years of high school, he was a part of an a capella choir, where his love for singing began. He attended Modesto Junior College where he studied acting. He has previously appeared on the Gallo Center stage in MPA’s Bye Bye Birdie and MJC/ GCRC’s Our Town , and most recently GCRC’s Of Mice and Men. Other roles include Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream , a Weasel in MJC’s Wind in the Willows , Barthog in Prospect Theatre Project’s A True Fairy Tale , and even performing in Prospect Theatre Project’s Radio Cavalcade. Dylan takes his acting off stage when he dresses up as The Joker for events and fundraisers. On his own time, he practices music and singing, and makes short films. He would like to thank his mother, sister, and his close friends for supporting him throughout the years.
Cara Cavanaugh is a senior at Pitman High School. This is Cara’s first “mad” performance outside her regular Black Box Studio. She’s excited to be here; though, she barely knew what she got herself into. She has always had a love for Fine Arts and is directing an upcoming production of The Plot, Like Gravy, Thickens coming this May. She has a knack for using reusable and found items in her showcases; she’ll see a hay bale in the middle of a field and say, “That’s a good one, I’ll use it in my show.”
Stephen Daly is honored to make his second appearance with Gallo Center Repertory Company in its production of Twisted Tales of Edgar Allan Poe . He’s been in the foothills theater community for over twenty years appearing in
productions at Sierra Repertory Theatre, Murphys Creek Theatre, Fourth Wall Entertainment Troupe, Stage 3, Prospect Theater Project and Shakespeare on the Vine. Stephen received his MFA in Theater from Pennsylvania State University in 1989. Before moving to the foothills, he appeared at Center Stage in Walnut Creek, Magic Theatre in San Francisco, and Three Rivers Shakespeare in Pittsburgh, PA, to name a few.
Michael Esquibel is excited and grateful to be a part of the Poe cast. He was last seen onstage at the Gallo Center as Mr. Gilmer in To Kill a Mockingbird and as Charlie Martin in On Golden Pond . Prior to that, he was in Holes as the Sheriff and several other supporting roles. Michael is originally from San Diego and studied theater arts in Santa Cruz right before the end of the millennium. He has acted in community theater in San Diego at the Fault Line Theater and at the Adams Avenue Playhouse in 2003-2005. He performed at Playhouse Merced as Rod in Avenue Q (2017) and as Dr. Madden in Next to Normal (2018). Michael would like to thank Joy, his amazing wife and his three wonderful children Xavier, Alexander, and Elena for their ongoing support.
Quinn Gagos is very grateful for the opportunity to perform once again after an accidental 3 year hiatus from the stage. She began her dance training at the age of three with Valley Oak School of Dance in Oakdale. She continued to train in ballet, jazz, and tap, with some theater sprinkled in, until graduating from Oakdale High School. Other training includes as an artist with Central West Ballet, Juline School of Dance’s CCSDC, and Ballet San Jose ABT Summer Conservatory. She continued her dance training at The George Washington University
with a major shift to post-modern dance, improvisation, and choreography. Her favorite project was a duet she choreographed and performed in which challenged the dancers to adapt in real-time to five unique settings: dance studio, University Courtyard, lawn in front of the Lincoln Memorial, a drained fountain at the Smithsonian, and the National Mall with the Capitol Building as a backdrop. Other university credits include Rehearsal Director for Ann Carlson, Stage Manager for the Dance Department Spring Show, and casting in guest artist pieces by Anton Ovchinnikov and Erica Rebollar. She graduated from GWU with a BA in Psychology and minors in Dance and Art History. Since returning to the Central Valley, she has been enjoying her employment at the Gallo Center for the Arts, relaunching and running Earthians Care, and being involved with Prospect Theatre Project.
Mikaela Heisler being the rather discombobulated individual that she is, is rather confused as to how she ended up performing here at GCRC, but is absolutely delighted that the whirlwind of life brought her the amazing opportunity to be super duper spooky onstage. Apparently following your passions can lead to all sorts of interesting experiences, whether that be devolving into the madness of Edgar Allan Poe in theatre, or attempting to teach English to manic 12-year-olds in Italy. Some of the recent roles she is most thankful to have played include Sister James in Doubt at Playhouse Merced, Annie Cannon in Silent Sky , Rosie Probert in Under Milkwood , and Hephaestus in Prometheus Bound at CSU Stanislaus. Additionally, she holds passion for linguistics, video editing, doodling, cat corraling, stagecraft, creepy claymation, traveling, and building frankly ridiculously large holes in Minecraft.
Ariel Linn Hicks is honored to reprise her role portraying Madeline Usher from a virtual video a few years ago. Having performed on stage, behind the microphone and in front of the camera, Ariel enjoys bringing characters to life with her unique take, whether playing a killer, creature or even Captain Kirk. Ariel thanks Gallo Center Repertory Company for letting her be a part of The Twisted Tales of Edgar Allan Poe.
Erin Isaacs is very happy and humbled to be able to return to the Gallo stage; especially with such a talented group of folks! A local actor, director and stage manager, Erin received her AAT from MJC in 2019 and has recently returned to Modesto after having moved away for about a year. When not stage managing, or working behind the scenes, you may have been able to catch her IN a performance from time to time; she has worked with Prospect Theater Project, Centerstage Conservatory, Merced Shakespearefest and MJC. Some of Erin’s favorite roles include: Anne De Burg in Miss Bennet ; Christmas at Pemberley (PTP), Friar Lawrence in An all women Romeo and Juliet (CSC), Ivy Westin in August: Osage County (MJC), and Mrs. Soames in Our Town (MJC/GCRC).
Dean Medek is excited to be a part of this unique ensemble production. Dean has performed several other roles at the Gallo Center, including George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life , Bob Crachit in A Christmas Carol , Mr. MacAfee in Bye, Bye Birdie , and Editor Webb in Our Town . He has also played lead and supporting roles at Modesto Junior College, including Prospero in The Tempest and Archdeacon Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Dean retired last year after 32 years as a high school
mathematics teacher. He is using his time now to expand his drama resume, especially in film. Dean wishes to thank the directing team for their expertise and diligence. Most of all, he wants to thank his wife, Cheryl, and their three daughters for their support during this production.
Sandra Scheuber is a freelance performer/choreographer. She has been dancing and creating work for decades. Her choreography has been selected for LA Dance Festival, sjDANCEco ChoreoProjects , Joe Goode’s Virtual Open House , SpectorDance Virtual Choreographers Showcases , DVDance Company’s Collective Artists , Nhan Ho Project’s Images of Dance , Mills College Dance Alumni, and others. She was selected as a Project Tier Choreographer for Regional Dance America’s National Choreography
Intensive and for The Ballet Alliance’s Summer Dance Project. She was a choreographic mentor for the Dance Repertory Vision Series for years. She has taught high school dance, master classes, and at many American College Dance Association (ACDA) conferences. She serves as Board Member for the West Region and has served as Secretary and Membership Chair of the California Dance Education Association. She has an MFA in Dance Choreography & Performance from Mills College. A performing highlight was to dance in Jose Limon’s “The Winged” and “Missa Brevis” with sjDANCEco. She also performed with and choreographed for many local companies. With NewGround Theatre Dance Company, she had the opportunity to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. She attends American Dance Festival annually and continues to take weekly dance classes. During the pandemic, she began to dabble in creating dance films. She recently retired from her
career as a business systems analyst and moved back to Modesto.
Alex Sheppard began her dance career at MJC in 2007. From there she went on to receive her BFA in Dance from San Jose State University and her MFA in Dance from St. Mary’s College of California. For the past 8 years she was living in New York City working with many talented artists; Mike Esperanza, Jana Hicks, Marijke Eliasberg, Alison Chase, Omri Drumlevich, to name a few. Alex now lives in Oakland working as a professional dancer, teacher, and mom.
Maggie Sniffen is the Arts Education Programs Manager at the Gallo Center for the Arts. She thoroughly enjoys the enriching, rewarding, and challenging work she does with every arts education program. She received her MFA in Experimental Choreography from UC Riverside and her BFA in Dance from SDSU. Before her time at the Gallo Center, Maggie was part-time faculty in the MJC and SJDC Dance Departments and the Kinesiology Department at CSU Stanislaus. Maggie is also a choreographer and director for local community and regional theater companies. Her credits include The Wizard of Oz (SRTChoreographer), Head Over Heels (CSU StanislausChoreographer), Holes (GCRC-Director). After her most recent role as Cassie in MPA’s A Chorus Line , Maggie has enjoyed dipping her toes back into performance this past year. She is excited to share the stage with former colleagues, friends, and family in this production as GCRC explores new forms of theater making and collaboration.
Dave Weltner has appeared in several community theater productions. He was last seen in the GCRC production of
A Christmas Story as The Old Man. Other roles include Mr. Sir in Holes , Pastor Frank in Corbin Bernsen’s film Life With Dog , Bob Ewell in To Kill A Mockingbird , Spritzer and Mr. Pinky in Hairspray , Sir Guy in ‘ Twas the Night Before Christmas , Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol , Albert Peterson in Bye, Bye Birdie , and Ali Hakim in Oklahoma!
Dave is a retired elementary school teacher of 37 years. He is thankful for all the opportunities and friends he has made over the years while he pursues his passion for acting and theater. He would like to thank his wife Kathy for all her love and support.
Keith White attended Howard University where he majored in Drama. He went on to serve 20 years in the United States Air Force. After retiring, he returned to his first love of acting and was immediately cast as a principal in the celebrated Once on This Island by Lynn Ahrens. That same year he was cast in the animated film Ghost Money , as well as a feature film 10 Days in a Madhouse , where he played a small role opposite Christopher Lambert, best known for his work in The Highlander and Mortal Combat. Keith relocated to Northern California in the summer of 2014 and quickly landed roles in two short films, City Council and The Anatomy of a Boxer as well as writing and starring in over 40 internet commercials for a financial education company called FoolProof. His most recent role was that of Doaker in one of August Wilson’s most acclaimed plays, The Piano Lesson
Lauren Zampieri began her dance training in Modesto, California at Juline School of Dance and has maintained a connection to the Central Valley dance community to this day. Lauren continued her dance training at Modesto Junior College and CSU Long Beach, working
closely with Lori Bryhni, Kim T. Davis, Keith Johnson, and others, and has danced internationally in Hungary and Italy with Operation Mobilization. While in Italy, Lauren met her husband and served with him teaching dance and performing, as well as facilitating sports and arts training camps for local youth. Upon returning to the United States, Lauren continued taking classes, performing, and teaching intermittently at MJC and SONdance Christian Dance School. In 2020, Lauren completed her Master’s from Lesley University in Mental Health Clinical Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy and began working in a psychiatric health facility as a clinical counselor and dance/movement therapist, most recently making the move to a clinical director position, supervising other clinicians and mental health workers to serve the mental health needs in Stanislaus County.
Lauren currently lives in Modesto with her husband and is honored to be once again performing with her beloved dancing friends.
Monica Zarazona has had a love for dance since she was a little girl. She took a dance classes through High School, however her real training began at Modesto Junior College where she was a student for 5 years. At MJC she studied different styles of dance including Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Ballet and performed in many concerts while also having the opportunity to choreograph. She participated in the American College Dance Association (ACDA), representing MJC for 3 years as a dancer, as well as a choreographer. Monica graduated in 2022 from MJC with an Associate’s degree in Dance and recently returned in 2023 to choreograph a piece for the Modern concert as an alumna.
Jim Johnson (Co-Director) serves as the Artistic Director of the Gallo Center Repertory Company. Jim’s recent directing assignments include: The Piano Lesson, Freedom Riders, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Stand and Deliver, The Odd Couple, All Is Calm , and To Kill a Mockingbird. In May of 2024, he is directing Born Yesterday for GCRC. His recent acting roles include Of Mice and Men, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Our Town, Inherit the Wind, August: Osage County, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Church and State and Tuesdays With Morrie . Jim holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Communication from California State University, East Bay and a PH.D. in Communication Arts and Sciences from the University of Southern California. After 40 years of service at Modesto Junior College as a Professor of Speech & Theatre, plus Dean of the Arts, Humanities and Communications division, Jim is retired and now dedicates his time to theatre in our community. He previously served for six years as the Gallo Center Arts Education Coordinator in the Pathways to Creativity program.
Wes Page (Co-Director/Digital/Sound Design) is honored to co-direct Twisted Tales of Edgar Allan Poe with longtime colleague and friend, Jim Johnson and the multi-talented Jewel Whitaker. Wes also created the video projections and sounds for the show. He previously served as director for the stage production Mariachi Girl for the Gallo Center. Wes frequently volunteers his time at the Gallo Center, video recording Gallo Center Repertory Company and Sankofa Theatre productions. He last appeared on the Gallo stage as an actor portraying Judge Taylor in To Kill a Mockingbird.
Jewel Whitaker (Co-Director/Stage Manager) is thrilled to be behind the scenes in another GCRC production. She stage managed GCRC productions of All is Calm (2021), On Golden Pond (2022), To Kill a Mockingbird (2022), and Of Mice and Men (2023). T wisted Tales of
Edgar Allan Poe has allowed her to stretch her wings as she makes her directorial debut. She is truly grateful for Jim Johnson and the Gallo Center Repertory Company for allowing her to take the risk, and she is looking forward to next season. An active part of Modesto’s performing arts community Jewel has performed with Prospect Theater Projects’ Radio Cavalcade since its inception, Center Stage Conservatory in 2019, and Opera Modesto in their 2022 World Concert . She is married to local makeup artist extraordinaire, Vance Whitaker, and is the Marketing and Development Manager for Opera Modesto.
Lori Bryhni (Choreographer) is a Professor Emeritus at Modesto Junior College in dance and theatre. Masters of Dance from CSULB, past President; California Dance Educators, and current Regional Director of the American College Dance Association. She is humbled by the good fortune to work with passionate young artists and colleagues that are gifted, kind, and generous with shared values and beliefs in arts education. It is an honor working with each and creating art beside them. Many thanks for this creative and collaborative Edgar Allen Poe theatrical adventure!
Noelle Souza (Costume Designer) is excited to be back working with GCRC! For the stage, she has recently designed Annie , YES Co.’s 30th Anniversary Concert Spectacular, and Singin’ in the Rain for YES Company, On Golden Pond, Holes, All is Calm, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Little Women, To Kill A Mockingbird, A Christmas Story, and Of Mice and Men for GCRC, and Mother of the Maid and Rough Crossing for Prospect Theater Project. For television, she has worked as the wardrobe stylist for over 15 national commercials for the brand, Grocery Outlet. Ms. Souza holds a degree from the University of San Diego, and you can find more information about her work on her website: www.noellesouza.com.
Anna Blazzard (Props Master) Twisted Tales of Edgar Allan Poe is Anna’s third show with Gallo Center Repertory Company as Props Master, and she is delighted to be back! She also worked as Props Master for GCRC’s Of Mice and Men in March and A Christmas Story last December. Anna is both humbled and grateful to be a part of the Arts community here in the Central Valley, in no small part because she is a native of this beautiful Valley herself. Anna studied theatre at Modesto Junior College and California State University-Stanislaus and currently holds an Associate’s Degree in Theatre Arts. A lover of all aspects of theatre, she has worked both behind the scenes in technical work and onstage as an actress. Anna extends her thanks to all those involved with the show, especially the audience, who she hopes has a positively thrilling and haunting time watching Twisted Tales of Edgar Allan Poe!
Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, poet, editor, and literary critic who is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States, and of American literature. He was one of the country’s earliest practitioners of the short story, and is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre, as well as a significant contributor to the emerging genre of science fiction. He is the first wellknown American writer to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.
Poe was born in Boston, the second child of actors David and Elizabeth “Eliza” Poe. His father abandoned the family in 1810, and when his mother died the following year, Poe was taken in by John and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia. They never formally adopted him, but he was with them well into young adulthood. He attended the University of Virginia but left after a year due to lack of money. He quarreled with John Allan over the funds for his education, and his gambling debts. In 1827, having enlisted in the United States Army under an assumed
name, he published his first collection, Tamerlane and Other Poems , credited only to “a Bostonian”. Poe and Allan reached a temporary rapprochement after the death of Allan’s wife in 1829. Poe later failed as an officer cadet at West Point, declared a firm wish to be a poet and writer, and parted ways with Allan.
Poe switched his focus to prose, and spent the next several years working for literary journals and periodicals, becoming known for his own style of literary criticism. His work forced him to move among several cities, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. In 1836, he married his 13-year-old cousin, Virginia Clemm, but she died of tuberculosis in 1847. In January 1845, he published his poem “The Raven” to instant success. He planned for years to produce his own journal The Penn (later renamed The Stylus ), but before it could be produced, he died in Baltimore on October 7, 1849, aged 40, under mysterious circumstances. The cause of his death remains unknown, and has been variously attributed to many causes including disease, alcoholism, substance abuse, and suicide.
Poe and his works influenced literature around the world, as well as specialized fields such as cosmology and cryptography. He and his work appear throughout popular culture in literature, music, films, and television. A number of his homes are dedicated museums. The Mystery Writers of America present an annual Edgar Award for distinguished work in the mystery genre.
ANNOUNCING THE GALLO CENTER REPERTORY COMPANY
TICKET PACKAGES ON SALE NOW!
Get 15% savings on tickets to Gallo Center Repertory Company performances by purchasing your tickets for the full season! To help GCRC continue to grow and prosper, and to provide more opportunities for local actors, directors and other theater creatives, individual show ticket discounts will not be available during the 2023/24 season. Individual show tickets go on sale June 5, 2023. Buy now to guarantee the best seats!
DEATH OF A SALESMAN
DEATH OF A SALESMAN
FEBRUARY 16-18, 2024 | 3 PERFORMANCES!
ADD THIS SHOW TO YOUR GCRC SEASON PACKAGE & SAVE 15% WHEN YOU PLACE YOUR ORDER!
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2023 • 7 PM
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2023 • 2 PM & 7 PM
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2023 • 2 PM
ANGRY JURORS 12BY REGINALD ROSE
FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2024 • 7 PM
SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2024 • 2 PM & 7 PM
SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2024 • 2 PM
FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2024 • 7 PM
SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2024 • 2 PM & 7 PM
SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2024 • 2 PM
PRESENTED BY: SPONSORED BY:
Rod & Freda Motto Anonymous (1)
$150+ City Ministry Network
Jerry & Diane Hougland
Trent & Ivey Mayol
Dr. Robert & Katie McGrew
Philanthropic Education Organization
Gerald & Rebecca Rector
Mike & Carol Solario
Bob and Marie Gallo Foundation
California Arts Council
Costa Family Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Stanislaus Community Foundation
The Ernest Gallo Foundation
The Julio R. Gallo Foundation
Porges Family Foundation Fund
US Bank Foundation
As of February 15, 2023
IN HONOR OF:
Physicians of Family Health Care
Medical Group of Modesto
Jim & Peggy Shiovitz
Stephen Rush, in recognition for a great “We Are Monsters” performance!
Armando & Amber Flores
IN MEMORY OF:
Matthew & Kathleen Gallo
Waqar H. Bhatti, PhD
Martha Carter-Bhatti, Ph.D.
Ryan Hunter Dickerson
Dave & Kathy Halsey
Ron & Lynn Dickerson
Michael Foley & Marie Marsigli-Foley
Art Hill & Marjorie Cook
David P. Linhares
Henry & Mary Navarrete
Marsha Waggoner Anonymous (1)
Leroy “Ted” Nagel
Donald DeForest “Bud” Sanford
Robert A. Saunders
Marion & Viola Zoodsma
Jim & Julia Stone
Wendell and Penny White
Ken White & Robin Johnson
John & Suzanne Casazza
Gallo Center for the a r t s
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Alex Mari, M.D. Chair of the Board
Marie D. Gallo President Emerita (In Memoriam)
Immediate Past Chair
Treasurer & Chair Elect
Ginger Johnson Secretary
Joe Swain Member at Large
Daniel Del Real
Paul Michael Eger
Ryan Roth Gallo
Clarke Filippi, D.D.S.
Juan Sánchez Muñoz, Ph.D.
Stephanie Gallo Tyler
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Kimberly Clauss Jorritsma
Richard Ogle, Ph.D.
Rose Marie Reavill
Philip Trompetter, Ph.D.
Ann M. Veneman
Roy Levin, M.D.
John C. Pfeffer, M.D.
Sue Ellen Ritchey
Fred A. Silva
Delmar R. Tonge, M.D.†
Tom Van Groningen, Ph.D.