Beau Jest

Beau Jest
by James Sherman

May 23, 2015 – June 21, 2015
Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM

This funny, sweet and moving comedy says a lot about families of any ethnic persuasion. Our heroine, Sarah, has a secret, and he’s sitting at the Seder table. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner meets Abie’s Irish Rose in this hilarious romantic comedy that will appeal to all with its universal themes of family and love.

• Cast   • Production Staff


Jim Chovick (Abe) Previously at Scripps Ranch Theatre: David Selznick in Moonlight & Magnolias. Other San Diego Theaters: The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Lamb’s Players Theatre (Associate Artist), Cygnet Theatre (Resident Artist), Intrepid Shakespeare Company (Resident Artist), North Coast Rep (Associate Artist), San Diego Rep, New Village Arts, Sledgehammer Theater, Eveoke Dance Theatre, Starlight Theatre, ion theatre, Moxie Theatre, The Playwrights Project, Moonlight Amphitheater, The Avo Playhouse, 6th@Penn, Mystery Café, Vantage Theater and The Fritz. Awards: San Diego Theatre Critics Circle; Backstage West Dramalogue; KPBS Patté; Billie and Robby. Member of SAG.

Jill Drexler (Miriam) is ecstatic at the chance to work with Kathy Brombacher and the fine cast of Beau Jest. Her most recent show at SRT, at which she is Artistic Director, was Lettice and Lovage. Recent credits at other theaters include True West at Cygnet, Ray’s Last Case at the San Diego Fringe Festival, Coming Attractions at Moxie Theatre, Lend Me a Tenor at North Coast Rep, and Foxfire with Moonlight Theatre at the Avo (Critics Circle award nomination.)

Ryan Fahey (Bob) is a graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Canada. Originally from Newfoundland, he has made San Diego his home since 2008. Select favorite theatrical roles include Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly! (Starlight Theatre), Rooster in Annie (Starlight & Moonlight), Miss Bible Belt in Pageant (Cygnet Theatre), Joe Cable in South Pacific (Sunshine Festival), El Gallo in The Fantasticks (Sunshine Festival), and Tulsa in Gypsy (Tada Productions). Audiences may recognize him more as the “Walmart Man,” having hosted 12 Walmart television commercials in 2013 that showed how moms can save on their grocery bills.

Virginia “Ginny” Gregg (Sarah) graduated Magna Cum Laude from UC Irvine with a BA in Drama. Ginny is happy to be returning to Scripps Ranch Theatre, having appeared here in The Gift Teller in 2013. Other past credits include: Coffee, Cream and Closure with the Playwrights Project, Old Globe Theatre; The Full MontyDeath of a SalesmanInto the Woods, New Village Arts; Parallel Lives, Oceanside Theatre Company. She would like to thank her family, friends, SRT, and Kathy for their support.

Paul Morgavo (Chris) SRT debut. A Southern California native and former U.S. Marine, Paul has performed in venues all across The United States, Canada and England, and has played many local theaters including The Old Globe, Moonlight, SDMT, The Welk Resort, New Village Arts, ion theatre, North Coast Rep, Starlight, Lyric Opera and more. Recent local credits include: The 39 Steps (Welk); Annie Get Your Gun and White Christmas (SDMT); The Full Monty (NVA); Blithe Spirit and The Who’s Tommy (Moonlight); and Spamalot (Premiere Productions). Look for Paul this July as Charlie Cowell in The Music Man at Moonlight Amphitheatre.

Justin Allen Slagle (Joel) is an award-winning actor and director, and is pleased to be making his Scripps Ranch Theatre debut as Joel in Beau Jest. You might recently have seen him onstage as Jamie in I do I do I do , Justin Hicks in The Fox on the Fairway, Denny in The Violet Hour or as Paul in the award-winning To Gillian on her 37th Birthday. Select directing credits include God of Carnage, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and The Music Man. Justin earned his BA in Musical Theatre from San Diego Christian College.


Production Staff

Kathy Brombacher (Director) is the Founding Artistic Director of Moonlight Stage Productions, leading the Vista theatre’s advancement for 32 years. She has directed or produced close to 200 theatrical productions, overseeing the renovation of the downtown 1948 AVO movie theatre into the AVO Playhouse in 1995, and serving on the City of Vista team that oversaw the complete renovation of the Moonlight Amphitheatre in 2009. Cherished honors include the Award of Excellence from the Moonlight Cultural Foundation, The Shiley Lifetime Achievement Patté Award, and the Craig Noel “Trailblazer” Award from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle. Appreciation is sent to SRT Artistic Director Jill Drexler and the superb design team assembled, with fond thanks to a truly gifted cast of actors. Enjoy this delightful romantic comedy!

Ted Leib (Production Manager / Sound Designer)As producer: Pirates of Penzance (Stages Theatre); Forever Plaid and The 12 Plays of Christmas (OC Pavilion). As sound designer (among others): Spelling Bee (Intrepid); One Flea Spare and Bug (Hunger Artists); The Liar, Five Course Love, Out On A Limb, and Lettice and Lovage (SRT); The Boys Next Door, A Year With Frog & Toad, Lost in Yonkers, and Jacob Marley’s Christmas (Oceanside Theatre Company). Ted is also a director (Musical of Musicals: The Musical!BugBus StopForever PlaidThe 12 Plays of Christmas), lighting designer (The Lion in Winter, The 12 Plays of Christmas, Bug), and a versatile actor, as well.

Laura Scott Ferro (Asst. Production Manager) is on her second turn with the folks here at SRT, great networking for her new arrival to SD theater. Laura spent most of the last decade performing, directing, and producing for stage in and around Washington DC. She has acted in hundreds of industrial videos, typically as a manager or detective. Laura also has appeared in no-budget horror movies, including “President’s Day” (portraying the only authority figure not murdered). She is looking forward to working as Production Manager for SRT’s production of Sleuth next season.

Charmaine Reed (Stage Manager) started her love affair with theater over 30 years ago as an actor, but has recently found her penchant for Stage Management. Charmaine has a B.A. in History, is a graduate of CSUSM’s College of Education, and recently earned her Theatre Arts degree at Palomar College. In 2013 she completed a Stage Manager Internship at The Old Globe for How the Grinch Stole Christmas. SM credits include Tru at Diversionary Theatre, Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 and Seussical the Musical at CSUSM, and Fiddler on the Roof with Pacco Arts.

Andy Scrimger (Set Design and Construction) has filled this role for SRT for over two years, including An Inspector Calls, Moonlight and Magnolias, Lettice and Lovage, The Gift Teller, Five Course Love, The Liar, The Sunshine Boys, Postmortem, Absurd Person Singular, Tribute and Sunset Park. He previously has done projects all over the West Coast, including the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. Andy also has worked for Cygnet Theatre and The Old Globe. He enjoys design work of all types as President of Volume 11 Graphics, a local sign shop, whose work ranges from window displays to vehicle wraps, and is focused on using environmentally conscious materials and processes. Given the reality of a growing family, this regrettably is his last production with SRT, and the Board of Directors of SRT expresses their gratitude for Andy’s service and wonderful set designs over the last two+ seasons!

Kristin McReddie (Costume Design), a San Diego State University graduate with a B.A. in Theater Arts, is excited to once again be working with Scripps Ranch Theatre! Her recent accomplishments include: Sunset Park (Scripps Ranch Theatre); Flight of the Lawn Chair Man and Pinkalicious (San Diego Junior Theatre); Naughty or Nice, Red Planet Respite and Bearded (Circle Circle dot dot); Much Ado About NothingI Hate Hamlet and All My Sons (Intrepid Shakespeare Company). She would like to thank her family, friends, Collin, Circle Circle dot dot, Roar Theatre, and everyone who has provided their love and support.

Mitchell Simkovsky (Lighting Design) is a veteran of many SRT productions, including (but not limited to), Social Security, Painting Churches, How the Other Half Loves, Holiday Spirits, a feminine ending, Moonlight and Magnolias, Lettice and Lovage, The Gift Teller, Five Course Love, Out on a Limb: New Plays from America’s Finest City, Postmortem, Absurd Person Singular, and Tribute. Mitchell is an accounting professional by day and also has designed lighting for productions at many other San Diego theaters.

Angelica Ynfante (Properties Mistress) graduated from Texas State University with a BFA in Theater. She has worked her way around the U.S., including Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Vermont, New York, Tennessee and Kentucky. She also worked in Cancún, Mexico. Angelica finally made it to sunny California where she is currently working her third season as Props Mistress with San Diego Repertory Theatre. She has worked on many SRT productions, including Out on a Limb, and  also serves as Technical Director with Moxie Theatre.

Sunny Seldin (Asst. Stage Manager) recently worked as the SM for the 10th Anniversary Actor’s Showcase at the Horton Grand Theatre. With a background in film and musical theatre, Sunny also currently works on several crews in San Diego and Los Angeles as a line producer, first assistant camera, grip, gaffer, sound engineer, and production assistant. Current projects include the web series, Heroes of Men: The Golden Age, Girl Unburdened, and My Power of One, all of which are San Diego productions. Sunny enjoys coming back to theatre when opportunities arise because she truly enjoys the challenges and rewards of live theatre.

Madalyn “Maddy” Matosian (Assistant Stage Manager) is a Junior at High Tech High North County. She enthusiastically undertook this position as part of her high school internship, and as a great opportunity to work closely with professional actors and directors. Maddy feels she is learning a lot from this experience, and beieves it will serve her well in making subsequent educational and career choices. She always has been passionate about stories and theatre, and knows that whether or not she chooses the performing arts as a career, theatre will always be a part of her life.