As You Like It - Masquers Playhouse - Jan/Feb 2022

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Cast of Bringing Back the Masquers Thank to these donors for playing a starring role in our 2019-2020 Capital Campaign comeback production! Please see additional donors on the screen in the lobby $50,000 - $100,000 In memory of Pat Nelson— Anonymous Masquers Member Anonymous Masquers Member $20,000 - $40,000 In memory of Pat King – Anonymous Masquers Member Barry & Erica Goode Garry & Maryn Hurlbut Julie Nelson In memory of Peggy Rising Don & Carolyn Rising Loralee Windsor Foundational In-Kind Gifts Overaa Construction Interactive Resources $8,000 - $10,000 In memory of Julie Nelson – Debbie Benko Nancy Benson Daniel & Carolina Cheng Lara Choe Tura Franzen John & Carol Hull Philip & Cara Reed $3,000 - $5,000 Linda Ellinwood

Masquers Playhouse

2022 Season Opener

$3,000 - $5,000 (Continued) Michael & Janet O'Brien Audrey & Paul Richards William Rowan & Charlene Quan Carl Smith $2,000 - $2,999 Arthur Atlas Norman MacLeod Bennett Nelson Fran Smith John Tangney David Vincent Judy Zimola $1,000 - $1,999 Leonard and MaryAnn Benson Jan Brown & Don Kemp Bill Chessman & Suzan Lorraine Anne Collins Rosemary Corbin Carol DeChaine George & Kathleen Doerr William Gage Matt & Margaret Jacobson Jo Lusk John Maio Laura Morgan Joan Nelson Josephine Orozco Barbara Robben

Audience: Vaccination card and ID required (digital or physical). Must be at least two weeks since final shot. Negative COVID tests not acceptable. Masks covering nose and mouth required at all times unless eating/drinking. (Go to masquers.org for full details.) Intermission: Intermission snacks are pre-packaged and provided by our lobby volunteers (all fully vaccinated and masked). Performers and Crew: All are fully vaccinated and masked during rehearsals. Protocols subject to change by County/State Health Depts.

January 21—February 19 A New Adaptation by Rice Majors


Production Staff Rice Majors (Director and Composer) Rice Majors (he/him) makes his Masquers debut as both director and composer of As You Like It. Rice has contributed original music for the Orinda Starlight Village Players (Musical Comedy Murders of 1940) and has music directed and produced a number of times for Musical Cafe, a Bay Area organization that incubates new musicals. Prior to moving to California, he also directed and music directed a number of shows in upstate New York. As a composer, Rice has two musicals in development: The Right Note (based on Twelfth Night) and The Marvelous Land of Oz.

Shannon Kealey (Guitarist) You may have seen Shannon (she/her) playing heartfelt folk-rock as lead singer/ songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Shannon Kealey Band prior to the pandemic. A Meisner-trained stage, screen, and voice actor represented by Stars Agency, she’s dipping her toes into the waters of Shakespeare, making her Masquers debut as guitarist.

Masquers Playhouse Proudly Presents . . .

As You Like It Written by William Shakespeare Director & Composer Rice Majors

Featuring Bidalia Albanese

Phebe

Bruce Kaplan

Jaques

Jason Berner

Touchstone

Justin Hammer Kyle Stoner

Silvius; Charles Orlando

Marc Berman

Oliver

Mark Shepard

Duke Frederick; Duke Senior

Ofeibia Laud-Darku Pamela Drummer-Williams

Audrey Amiens; Hymen

Ron Talbot

Adam; Corin

Shiv Harris

Rosalind

Tom Reilly

LeBeau; Mar-Text; William

Vanessa Dalpiaz

Celia

Setting:

San Francisco Bay Area 1967

Intermission

There is one 15-minute intermission.


Welcome Back to the Masquers Playhouse! At the start of 1955, Masquers Playhouse did not exist—no actors, no designers, no stagehands, no season. But then a church choir decided to raise funds for material to make choir robes. The group agreed that a play might have broader appeal than one of their usual concerts. No one knew how to stage a show, so they called in Jo Camp who had directed and taught theater. She cheerfully agreed to direct “one or two shows”. For the next 41 years, Jo led the wonderful and crazy thespians who called themselves The Masquers. When she passed in 1995, she left her beloved Masquers Playhouse completely in the devoted and capable hands of other hardworking volunteers who embodied the same regard for producing quality theater in a friendly and fun atmosphere. And now here we are – still alive and kicking 66 years after “let’s put on a play” (with ticket prices of 75 cents), a huge three-year fundraising effort to retrofit the theatre building, and a two-plus year pandemic shutdown. Our entirely volunteer organization has plowed through with flying colors and a renewed promise of excellent productions, a friendly environment and exciting projects to tease you and delight you. Go to masquers.org to read a detailed history – we’ve got quite a story and you, our audience, are a big piece of the action here. Our 2022 season is dedicated to you – for your monetary contributions, your commitment to sticking with us as we reopen our doors to entertain, amuse, inspire thought, sing for you, - all those wonderful moments you’ll find only with live performance. Thank you for coming!

Board of Directors President—Fran Smith Secretary—Kathe Kiehn Treasurer—George Doerr V.P.—Carlos-Manuel Chavarria Enrico Banson Linda Bradshaw Angelina LaBarre Josephine Orozco Alana Wagner Michael Sally Nancy Benson

(TAS) Theatre Administrative Staff Managing Director—Michael Sally Financial Manager—Nancy Benson Secretary—Suzan Lorraine Costume Room Mgr.—Jo Lusk Box Office Mgr.—Kit Lanthier Production Supvr.—Jan Brown Technical Mgr.—Rob Bradshaw Publicity Mgr.—Linda Woody-Wood Lobby Mgr.—Rose Gigliuto Facilities Mgr.—Derek Gomez

Production Staff Kit Lanthier (Stage Manager) Kit Lanthier (she/her) is delighted to return to the Masquers Playhouse! A third-generation Masquer, Kit had to pass the time during the extended closure stage-managing for Theatre Lunatico and New Conservatory Theater Company. When not working backstage, Kit cohosts a podcast about the seasons, “Season by Season,” which you can find at seasonbyseason.org .

Nicholas Yenson (Choreographer) Nicholas Yenson (he/him) trained in acting at American Conservatory Theater and in dance at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. He was the associate choreographer for GRAMMY nominated recording artist Celtic Woman on their 10th anniversary world tour. Previous choreography work includes Where's Charley? and Singin' in the Rain. Onstage appearances include American Conservatory Theater, Arena Stage, McCarter Theatre Center, the New Amsterdam Theatre, Radio City Music Hall, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Signature Theatre. With thanks and thanks and ever thanks to Rice.


Cast of Characters Pamela Drummer-Williams (Amiens; Hymen) Pam (she/her) is a proud Masquer since 2009. Some favorite roles are Suffragist Mary in B8 Theatre’s Strange Ladies, the officiant in Queer Cat Productions’ The Gay Divorce Play, Sarah’s Friend in Contra Costa Civic Theatre’s Ragtime and Penelope Sycamore in You Can’t Take it With You, and Pam in Pinole Community Playhouse’s Godspell. When not working or performing, Pam lives vicariously through her daughter, a commercial pilot who is living her dreams as we all should!

Tom Reilly (LeBeau; Mar-Text; William) Tom (he/him) is delighted to be making his Masquers debut in this production. He recently appeared in Antigone at College of Marin and in Twelfth Night with Curtain Theatre in Mill Valley. Pre-Pandemic, he played in The Cherry Orchard, Brooklyn Bridge, and A Civil War Christmas at Town Hall in Lafayette and in numerous productions at Ross Valley Players, New Conservatory Theatre, and Douglas Morrisson Theatre. He is very happy to be a part of such a talented ensemble.

Managing Director’s Message Michael Sally Oh!, we have missed you! What a long, strange and wonderful journey it has been to have you return to our wonderful Masquers Playhouse! As the new Managing Director, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you back to the theatre, to the re-opening of our beloved playhouse after six long years. As you walk through our lobby and enter the theatre, you’ll see that we have not been sitting idly. In the years of our closure, we have refurbished and strengthened the theatre, created a new inviting lobby, and upgraded our lights and sound equipment. There is no way we could have done that at all without the generous outpour of love and support from our wonderful supporters, donors and membership. Thank you for helping us get here! I am so delighted that the first showing of our 66th year is As You Like It, re-visioned and created by the enormously talented Rice Majors. Set in the San Francisco “Summer of Love”, you’ll be transported back to a groovy period of time, with the timeless and witty and eloquent prose of the Bard.

In our upcoming season, we have a wonderful selection of shows and other events to provide laughter and joy and thoughtfulness to the community. I invite you, if you have not done so, to become a subscriber and join us in this new generation at Masquers Playhouse.

Production Team Director & Composer Guitarist Choreographer Stage Manager Stage Illustration Costumer Associate Costumer Lighting Design Floor Painting Crew Green Room Upgrade

Rice Majors Shannon Kealey Nicholas Yenson Kit Lanthier Gaelynn Sparker Miguel Garcia Linda Woody-Wood Rob Bradshaw, Michael O’Brien Judy Zimola, Cy Lo, Nancy Benson Jerrilee Doss


President’s Message Fran Smith Welcome home! As we welcome 2022, we at Masquers Playhouse are truly thrilled to be opening our doors once again to the Bay Area theatre-loving community. No structural failure nor global pandemic could keep us from rising above and welcoming this new year with a palate full of season delights at our beloved theatre. We are so happy to have you here and thank you for sticking with us and providing us with support to sustain the last six years. As president of the Board of Directors and Point Richmond resident, I would be amiss if I did not give a shout out of love and appreciation to the myriad of supporters, members, funders and community that fervently believed in the mission of the Masquers Playhouse. It is because of you that we are able to be here and find the joy in lifting the hearts and spirits of the community through our work. Thank you from all of us for helping see this through. And now, on with the show!

Cast of Characters Ron Talbot (Adam; Corin) Ron (he/him) is thrilled to be joining Masquers and working with such a talented group of actors. It is great to be returning to the live stage after such a difficult time. Favorite roles include Enemy of the People (Thomas Stockman) for The Pear, As You Like It (Duke) and Sherwood (The Sheriff of Nottingham) for Silicon Valley Shakespeare, Twins (Zeus) at Piano Fight, The Philadelphia Story (C.K. Dexter Haven) for Western Stage, The Three Musketeers (Rochefort) and Lysistrata (Socrates) for City Lights, Romeo and Juliet (Friar Lawrence) for Los Gatos Shakespeare, Twelfth Night (Sebastian) for Marin Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing (Don John) for Pacific Repertory, and Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio) for San Leandro Shakespeare.

Photos by Mike Padua

Vanessa Dalpiaz (Celia)

Rehearsing in the Age of Covid

Vanessa (she/her) is thrilled to be making her Masquers debut. She recently graduated from Pomona College with a theatre degree that included studying Shakespeare in London. Recent credits include Antonio (The Tempest), Amy (Little Women), and Morticia (The Addams Family). When she isn’t on stage, Vanessa teaches at Poison Apple Productions.


Director’s Notes

Cast of Characters

I’ve loved this play for a long time because it’s so fun -- it’s playful and sexy, it plays with gender norms, and parts of it are almost a romp. But I love it more and more over time because of its subversive themes of open-mindedness and open-heartedness.

Mark Shepard (Duke Frederick; Duke Senior)

As You Like It has gender and sexual fluidity at its core, and grapples with love both serious and trivial, the power of forgiveness, and the balance we need between the urban and the pastoral. It’s a timely story that reminds us to check in on our melancholic friends (Jacques), to forgive the transgressions of our loved ones (Duke Frederick, Oliver), and to be open-minded when we listen to our heart. I chose the Bay Area in 1967 for our setting because the issues we face today resonate so strongly with the Summer of Love: a deeply divided set of politics, a distrust of government, an energized racial reckoning, and advances/setbacks around the civil rights of sex and gender. The contours may be different, but the issues persist. As You Like It invites us to consider the power of radical kindness and compassion -- the power of “radical love,” as Martin Luther King, Jr put it. No character is unchanged by the Forest of Arden, however rigid their viewpoints were on arrival. None of us is unchanged by what is happening around us right now. As You Like It speaks to us through Duke Senior’s gentle reprimand to Orlando’s threats of violence, to the forgiveness offered to Oliver and to Duke Frederick (and implicitly to Rosalind for her extended pretense), to the way that Rosalind herself contrives to set so many characters on paths to become their best possible selves. We all need nudges toward becoming our best possible selves. I hope you walk away having enjoyed the romp, but also having become more subversively open-hearted.

Special Thanks Len Fonte & Stephen Windheim

Rice Majors

Mark (he/him) is very happy to finally be back on the Masquers stage. He has performed in comedy, commedia dell'arte, musicals, modern and classical drama, and Shakespeare. In addition to his work as a graphic designer, Mark enjoys genealogy, jewelry design, camping, photography, and being a grandfather.

Ofeibia Laud-Darku (Audrey; First Lord) Ofeibia (she/her) is a woman who loves the words of Shakespeare so much so that most of her theater resume consists of Shakespearean plays such as Macbeth, Titus Andronicus, Measure for Measure, and The Tempest, though she has dabbled with other works like The Hobbit, Babes in Toyland,I Lysistrata, and a gaggle of murder mysteries with the steakpunk art group, Obtainium Works. This is her first show with Masquers Playhouse.

Shiv Harris (Rosalind) As You Like It marks Shiv's (she/her) return to the stage after nearly twenty years spent singing rock and roll in the wilds of New York City. A classically trained opera singer, roller derby aficionado, and former majorette dancer, she is delighted to be working with this wonderful cast and crew.


Cast of Characters Justin Hammer (Silvius; Charles) Justin (he/him) is delighted to take part in his first show with Masquers. He’s a recent UCSC theater graduate, which involved a lot of digital shows thanks to the pandemic. Recent credits include Trisha Cappelletti in The Most Popular Girls on Stage, Telemarketer for The Voicemails, and co-directing The Yellow Zoom-paper (Working Title) with his wonderful partner, Carl.

Kyle Stoner (Orlando) Kyle (he/him/his) seems to vaguely remember live theater. With his Masquers debut, he adds Orlando to the list of roles he's played previously in As You Like It: Jaques (2x!), Oliver, Silvius, Charles. Other Shakespeare: Puck, Romeo, Sebastian, and others (Marin Shakespeare, SF Shakespeare, Davis Shakespeare Festival). Regional: Reduced Shakespeare Company, Jewel Theater Company, Sierra Rep, NCTC, 42nd Street Moon.

Marc Berman (Oliver) Marc (he/him)is an Alumni of AADA and an accomplished make-up artist (Seduction Make-up). His favorite roles include Napoleon in Animal Farm (RPE), Templeton in Charlotte’s Web (Sacramento), Master Ford in Merry Wives (Mill Valley), and Von Rothbart in Duck Lake (Piano Fight). Marc thanks his Consort Lisa and Aidan and Xander for their constant support.

Cast of Characters Bidalia Albanese (Phebe/Ensemble) Bidalia (she/her) is thrilled to be playing Phebe and in the ensemble. She is from Long Island, NY, and has been living the dream as a performer. Bidalia and her husband, Steven created 23 Elephants Theatre and she works with SF Shakespeare. Love and Joy to the cast, family, friends, and you supporting the Masquers Theatre!

Bruce Kaplan (Jaques/Ensemble) Bruce (he/him) is thrilled and honored to be in the reopening production at Masquers! He has appeared on the Masquers stage three times; in Galileo and two Envision productions Androcles the Lion and The Cripple of Inishmann. He also contributed his voice talents to the Masquers 2021 audio drama, Shakespeare’s Frankenstein.

Jason Berner (Touchstone) Jason (he/him) last appeared at Masquers in The Gamester—the last show presented before the Masquers’ extended shutdown—and he is thrilled to be on stage as the theater reopens! Jason has appeared in numerous venues throughout the East Bay. You can follow him on Facebook or Instagram, but not TikTok ‘cause he doesn’t understand it.


Cast of Characters Pamela Drummer-Williams (Amiens; Hymen) Pam (she/her) is a proud Masquer since 2009. Some favorite roles are Suffragist Mary in B8 Theatre’s Strange Ladies, the officiant in Queer Cat Productions’ The Gay Divorce Play, Sarah’s Friend in Contra Costa Civic Theatre’s Ragtime and Penelope Sycamore in You Can’t Take it With You, and Pam in Pinole Community Playhouse’s Godspell. When not working or performing, Pam lives vicariously through her daughter, a commercial pilot who is living her dreams as we all should!

Tom Reilly (LeBeau; Mar-Text; William) Tom (he/him) is delighted to be making his Masquers debut in this production. He recently appeared in Antigone at College of Marin and in Twelfth Night with Curtain Theatre in Mill Valley. Pre-Pandemic, he played in The Cherry Orchard, Brooklyn Bridge, and A Civil War Christmas at Town Hall in Lafayette and in numerous productions at Ross Valley Players, New Conservatory Theatre, and Douglas Morrisson Theatre. He is very happy to be a part of such a talented ensemble.

Managing Director’s Message Michael Sally Oh!, we have missed you! What a long, strange and wonderful journey it has been to have you return to our wonderful Masquers Playhouse! As the new Managing Director, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you back to the theatre, to the re-opening of our beloved playhouse after six long years. As you walk through our lobby and enter the theatre, you’ll see that we have not been sitting idly. In the years of our closure, we have refurbished and strengthened the theatre, created a new inviting lobby, and upgraded our lights and sound equipment. There is no way we could have done that at all without the generous outpour of love and support from our wonderful supporters, donors and membership. Thank you for helping us get here! I am so delighted that the first showing of our 66th year is As You Like It, re-visioned and created by the enormously talented Rice Majors. Set in the San Francisco “Summer of Love”, you’ll be transported back to a groovy period of time, with the timeless and witty and eloquent prose of the Bard.

In our upcoming season, we have a wonderful selection of shows and other events to provide laughter and joy and thoughtfulness to the community. I invite you, if you have not done so, to become a subscriber and join us in this new generation at Masquers Playhouse.

Production Team Director & Composer Guitarist Choreographer Stage Manager Stage Illustration Costumer Associate Costumer Lighting Design Floor Painting Crew Green Room Upgrade

Rice Majors Shannon Kealey Nicholas Yenson Kit Lanthier Gaelynn Sparker Miguel Garcia Linda Woody-Wood Rob Bradshaw, Michael O’Brien Judy Zimola, Cy Lo, Nancy Benson Jerrilee Doss


President’s Message Fran Smith Welcome home! As we welcome 2022, we at Masquers Playhouse are truly thrilled to be opening our doors once again to the Bay Area theatre-loving community. No structural failure nor global pandemic could keep us from rising above and welcoming this new year with a palate full of season delights at our beloved theatre. We are so happy to have you here and thank you for sticking with us and providing us with support to sustain the last six years. As president of the Board of Directors and Point Richmond resident, I would be amiss if I did not give a shout out of love and appreciation to the myriad of supporters, members, funders and community that fervently believed in the mission of the Masquers Playhouse. It is because of you that we are able to be here and find the joy in lifting the hearts and spirits of the community through our work. Thank you from all of us for helping see this through. And now, on with the show!

Cast of Characters Ron Talbot (Adam; Corin) Ron (he/him) is thrilled to be joining Masquers and working with such a talented group of actors. It is great to be returning to the live stage after such a difficult time. Favorite roles include Enemy of the People (Thomas Stockman) for The Pear, As You Like It (Duke) and Sherwood (The Sheriff of Nottingham) for Silicon Valley Shakespeare, Twins (Zeus) at Piano Fight, The Philadelphia Story (C.K. Dexter Haven) for Western Stage, The Three Musketeers (Rochefort) and Lysistrata (Socrates) for City Lights, Romeo and Juliet (Friar Lawrence) for Los Gatos Shakespeare, Twelfth Night (Sebastian) for Marin Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing (Don John) for Pacific Repertory, and Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio) for San Leandro Shakespeare.

Photos by Mike Padua

Vanessa Dalpiaz (Celia)

Rehearsing in the Age of Covid

Vanessa (she/her) is thrilled to be making her Masquers debut. She recently graduated from Pomona College with a theatre degree that included studying Shakespeare in London. Recent credits include Antonio (The Tempest), Amy (Little Women), and Morticia (The Addams Family). When she isn’t on stage, Vanessa teaches at Poison Apple Productions.


Cast of Characters Justin Hammer (Silvius; Charles) Justin (he/him) is delighted to take part in his first show with Masquers. He’s a recent UCSC theater graduate, which involved a lot of digital shows thanks to the pandemic. Recent credits include Trisha Cappelletti in The Most Popular Girls on Stage, Telemarketer for The Voicemails, and co-directing The Yellow Zoom-paper (Working Title) with his wonderful partner, Carl.

Kyle Stoner (Orlando) Kyle (he/him/his) seems to vaguely remember live theater. With his Masquers debut, he adds Orlando to the list of roles he's played previously in As You Like It: Jaques (2x!), Oliver, Silvius, Charles. Other Shakespeare: Puck, Romeo, Sebastian, and others (Marin Shakespeare, SF Shakespeare, Davis Shakespeare Festival). Regional: Reduced Shakespeare Company, Jewel Theater Company, Sierra Rep, NCTC, 42nd Street Moon.

Marc Berman (Oliver) Marc (he/him)is an Alumni of AADA and an accomplished make-up artist (Seduction Make-up). His favorite roles include Napoleon in Animal Farm (RPE), Templeton in Charlotte’s Web (Sacramento), Master Ford in Merry Wives (Mill Valley), and Von Rothbart in Duck Lake (Piano Fight). Marc thanks his Consort Lisa and Aidan and Xander for their constant support.

Cast of Characters Bidalia Albanese (Phebe/Ensemble) Bidalia (she/her) is thrilled to be playing Phebe and in the ensemble. She is from Long Island, NY, and has been living the dream as a performer. Bidalia and her husband, Steven created 23 Elephants Theatre and she works with SF Shakespeare. Love and Joy to the cast, family, friends, and you supporting the Masquers Theatre!

Bruce Kaplan (Jaques/Ensemble) Bruce (he/him) is thrilled and honored to be in the reopening production at Masquers! He has appeared on the Masquers stage three times; in Galileo and two Envision productions Androcles the Lion and The Cripple of Inishmann. He also contributed his voice talents to the Masquers 2021 audio drama, Shakespeare’s Frankenstein.

Jason Berner (Touchstone) Jason (he/him) last appeared at Masquers in The Gamester—the last show presented before the Masquers’ extended shutdown—and he is thrilled to be on stage as the theater reopens! Jason has appeared in numerous venues throughout the East Bay. You can follow him on Facebook or Instagram, but not TikTok ‘cause he doesn’t understand it.


Director’s Notes

Cast of Characters

I’ve loved this play for a long time because it’s so fun -- it’s playful and sexy, it plays with gender norms, and parts of it are almost a romp. But I love it more and more over time because of its subversive themes of open-mindedness and open-heartedness.

Mark Shepard (Duke Frederick; Duke Senior)

As You Like It has gender and sexual fluidity at its core, and grapples with love both serious and trivial, the power of forgiveness, and the balance we need between the urban and the pastoral. It’s a timely story that reminds us to check in on our melancholic friends (Jacques), to forgive the transgressions of our loved ones (Duke Frederick, Oliver), and to be open-minded when we listen to our heart. I chose the Bay Area in 1967 for our setting because the issues we face today resonate so strongly with the Summer of Love: a deeply divided set of politics, a distrust of government, an energized racial reckoning, and advances/setbacks around the civil rights of sex and gender. The contours may be different, but the issues persist. As You Like It invites us to consider the power of radical kindness and compassion -- the power of “radical love,” as Martin Luther King, Jr put it. No character is unchanged by the Forest of Arden, however rigid their viewpoints were on arrival. None of us is unchanged by what is happening around us right now. As You Like It speaks to us through Duke Senior’s gentle reprimand to Orlando’s threats of violence, to the forgiveness offered to Oliver and to Duke Frederick (and implicitly to Rosalind for her extended pretense), to the way that Rosalind herself contrives to set so many characters on paths to become their best possible selves. We all need nudges toward becoming our best possible selves. I hope you walk away having enjoyed the romp, but also having become more subversively open-hearted.

Special Thanks Len Fonte & Stephen Windheim

Rice Majors

Mark (he/him) is very happy to finally be back on the Masquers stage. He has performed in comedy, commedia dell'arte, musicals, modern and classical drama, and Shakespeare. In addition to his work as a graphic designer, Mark enjoys genealogy, jewelry design, camping, photography, and being a grandfather.

Ofeibia Laud-Darku (Audrey; First Lord) Ofeibia (she/her) is a woman who loves the words of Shakespeare so much so that most of her theater resume consists of Shakespearean plays such as Macbeth, Titus Andronicus, Measure for Measure, and The Tempest, though she has dabbled with other works like The Hobbit, Babes in Toyland,I Lysistrata, and a gaggle of murder mysteries with the steakpunk art group, Obtainium Works. This is her first show with Masquers Playhouse.

Shiv Harris (Rosalind) As You Like It marks Shiv's (she/her) return to the stage after nearly twenty years spent singing rock and roll in the wilds of New York City. A classically trained opera singer, roller derby aficionado, and former majorette dancer, she is delighted to be working with this wonderful cast and crew.


Production Staff Rice Majors (Director and Composer) Rice Majors (he/him) makes his Masquers debut as both director and composer of As You Like It. Rice has contributed original music for the Orinda Starlight Village Players (Musical Comedy Murders of 1940) and has music directed and produced a number of times for Musical Cafe, a Bay Area organization that incubates new musicals. Prior to moving to California, he also directed and music directed a number of shows in upstate New York. As a composer, Rice has two musicals in development: The Right Note (based on Twelfth Night) and The Marvelous Land of Oz.

Shannon Kealey (Guitarist) You may have seen Shannon (she/her) playing heartfelt folk-rock as lead singer/ songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Shannon Kealey Band prior to the pandemic. A Meisner-trained stage, screen, and voice actor represented by Stars Agency, she’s dipping her toes into the waters of Shakespeare, making her Masquers debut as guitarist.

Masquers Playhouse Proudly Presents . . .

As You Like It Written by William Shakespeare Director & Composer Rice Majors

Featuring Bidalia Albanese

Phebe

Bruce Kaplan

Jaques

Jason Berner

Touchstone

Justin Hammer Kyle Stoner

Silvius; Charles Orlando

Marc Berman

Oliver

Mark Shepard

Duke Frederick; Duke Senior

Ofeibia Laud-Darku Pamela Drummer-Williams

Audrey Amiens; Hymen

Ron Talbot

Adam; Corin

Shiv Harris

Rosalind

Tom Reilly

LeBeau; Mar-Text; William

Vanessa Dalpiaz

Celia

Setting:

San Francisco Bay Area 1967

Intermission

There is one 15-minute intermission.


Welcome Back to the Masquers Playhouse! At the start of 1955, Masquers Playhouse did not exist—no actors, no designers, no stagehands, no season. But then a church choir decided to raise funds for material to make choir robes. The group agreed that a play might have broader appeal than one of their usual concerts. No one knew how to stage a show, so they called in Jo Camp who had directed and taught theater. She cheerfully agreed to direct “one or two shows”. For the next 41 years, Jo led the wonderful and crazy thespians who called themselves The Masquers. When she passed in 1995, she left her beloved Masquers Playhouse completely in the devoted and capable hands of other hardworking volunteers who embodied the same regard for producing quality theater in a friendly and fun atmosphere. And now here we are – still alive and kicking 66 years after “let’s put on a play” (with ticket prices of 75 cents), a huge three-year fundraising effort to retrofit the theatre building, and a two-plus year pandemic shutdown. Our entirely volunteer organization has plowed through with flying colors and a renewed promise of excellent productions, a friendly environment and exciting projects to tease you and delight you. Go to masquers.org to read a detailed history – we’ve got quite a story and you, our audience, are a big piece of the action here. Our 2022 season is dedicated to you – for your monetary contributions, your commitment to sticking with us as we reopen our doors to entertain, amuse, inspire thought, sing for you, - all those wonderful moments you’ll find only with live performance. Thank you for coming!

Board of Directors President—Fran Smith Secretary—Kathe Kiehn Treasurer—George Doerr V.P.—Carlos-Manuel Chavarria Enrico Banson Linda Bradshaw Angelina LaBarre Josephine Orozco Alana Wagner Michael Sally Nancy Benson

(TAS) Theatre Administrative Staff Managing Director—Michael Sally Financial Manager—Nancy Benson Secretary—Suzan Lorraine Costume Room Mgr.—Jo Lusk Box Office Mgr.—Kit Lanthier Production Supvr.—Jan Brown Technical Mgr.—Rob Bradshaw Publicity Mgr.—Linda Woody-Wood Lobby Mgr.—Rose Gigliuto Facilities Mgr.—Derek Gomez

Production Staff Kit Lanthier (Stage Manager) Kit Lanthier (she/her) is delighted to return to the Masquers Playhouse! A third-generation Masquer, Kit had to pass the time during the extended closure stage-managing for Theatre Lunatico and New Conservatory Theater Company. When not working backstage, Kit cohosts a podcast about the seasons, “Season by Season,” which you can find at seasonbyseason.org .

Nicholas Yenson (Choreographer) Nicholas Yenson (he/him) trained in acting at American Conservatory Theater and in dance at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. He was the associate choreographer for GRAMMY nominated recording artist Celtic Woman on their 10th anniversary world tour. Previous choreography work includes Where's Charley? and Singin' in the Rain. Onstage appearances include American Conservatory Theater, Arena Stage, McCarter Theatre Center, the New Amsterdam Theatre, Radio City Music Hall, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Signature Theatre. With thanks and thanks and ever thanks to Rice.


Masquers Playhouse

Season 2022

Directed by Jacquie Duckworth March 25-April 23

Directed by Norman Gee August 26—September 24

Rocketman is a serious comedy about the road not taken. The play explores one man’s obsessive desire to find a “parallel world” - and the profound effect of his decision on his family and friends.

Set in West Oakland in 1926, this rich historically-accurate play tells the story of two Pullman Porters caught between the need to form a union and the danger of belonging to one. Success, hopes and dreams are only measured as such when compared to what?

Directed by Carl Smith June 3—July 2

Directed by Enrico Banson

Hilarity ensues as to chaotic days unfold following the death of Peggy, a respectable Christian grandmother who died in a seedy motel room under surprising circumstances. These two days shake loose many skeletons from the closet (ahem) as this unique menagerie of family and friends wallows in riotous feuds, resentments, remorses, and reconciliations. (Leave the kids at home for this one.)

Amelie is an extraordinary young woman who lives quietly in the world but loudly in her mind. When a chance at love comes her way, Amelie realizes that to find happiness she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart.

Masquers Playhouse

November 11—December 10

SEASON TICKETS: $120.00 (save 20%), Includes all five shows—plus lots of extras!

105 Park Place

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS: $30.00

Pt. Richmond CA 94801

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Masquers Playhouse

Season 2022

Directed by Jacquie Duckworth March 25-April 23

Directed by Norman Gee August 26—September 24

Rocketman is a serious comedy about the road not taken. The play explores one man’s obsessive desire to find a “parallel world” - and the profound effect of his decision on his family and friends.

Set in West Oakland in 1926, this rich historically-accurate play tells the story of two Pullman Porters caught between the need to form a union and the danger of belonging to one. Success, hopes and dreams are only measured as such when compared to what?

Directed by Carl Smith June 3—July 2

Directed by Enrico Banson

Hilarity ensues as to chaotic days unfold following the death of Peggy, a respectable Christian grandmother who died in a seedy motel room under surprising circumstances. These two days shake loose many skeletons from the closet (ahem) as this unique menagerie of family and friends wallows in riotous feuds, resentments, remorses, and reconciliations. (Leave the kids at home for this one.)

Amelie is an extraordinary young woman who lives quietly in the world but loudly in her mind. When a chance at love comes her way, Amelie realizes that to find happiness she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart.

Masquers Playhouse

November 11—December 10

SEASON TICKETS: $120.00 (save 20%), Includes all five shows—plus lots of extras!

105 Park Place

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS: $30.00

Pt. Richmond CA 94801

ORDER ONLINE : www.masquers.org ORDER BY PHONE: 510-232-4031


Cast of Bringing Back the Masquers Thank to these donors for playing a starring role in our 2019-2020 Capital Campaign comeback production! Please see additional donors on the screen in the lobby $50,000 - $100,000 In memory of Pat Nelson— Anonymous Masquers Member Anonymous Masquers Member $20,000 - $40,000 In memory of Pat King – Anonymous Masquers Member Barry & Erica Goode Garry & Maryn Hurlbut Julie Nelson In memory of Peggy Rising Don & Carolyn Rising Loralee Windsor Foundational In-Kind Gifts Overaa Construction Interactive Resources $8,000 - $10,000 In memory of Julie Nelson – Debbie Benko Nancy Benson Daniel & Carolina Cheng Lara Choe Tura Franzen John & Carol Hull Philip & Cara Reed $3,000 - $5,000 Linda Ellinwood

Masquers Playhouse

2022 Season Opener

$3,000 - $5,000 (Continued) Michael & Janet O'Brien Audrey & Paul Richards William Rowan & Charlene Quan Carl Smith $2,000 - $2,999 Arthur Atlas Norman MacLeod Bennett Nelson Fran Smith John Tangney David Vincent Judy Zimola $1,000 - $1,999 Leonard and MaryAnn Benson Jan Brown & Don Kemp Bill Chessman & Suzan Lorraine Anne Collins Rosemary Corbin Carol DeChaine George & Kathleen Doerr William Gage Matt & Margaret Jacobson Jo Lusk John Maio Laura Morgan Joan Nelson Josephine Orozco Barbara Robben

Audience: Vaccination card and ID required (digital or physical). Must be at least two weeks since final shot. Negative COVID tests not acceptable. Masks covering nose and mouth required at all times unless eating/drinking. (Go to masquers.org for full details.) Intermission: Intermission snacks are pre-packaged and provided by our lobby volunteers (all fully vaccinated and masked). Performers and Crew: All are fully vaccinated and masked during rehearsals. Protocols subject to change by County/State Health Depts.

January 21—February 19 A New Adaptation by Rice Majors