Chapter Two

Chapter Two

A comedy by Neil Simon

May 15 – June 13, 2009

Directed by Craig Huisenga

We are all familiar with the typically witty Neil Simon plays, but Chapter Two is a richer, more engrossing tale. It’s a rocky road for two not-so-young lovers in Simon’s semi-autobiographical play. Laughter and heartache mix as a recent widower and divorcée struggle to commit or not to commit.

“This is an excellent production of one of the very best plays of Neil Simon. Excellent performances.” by Hitch, San Diego Theatre Scene (read more)


Howard Bickle, Jr. (George Schneider) is happy to be performing in his first show with SRT. Over the past years he has saved hundreds of cats, dogs, and horses including many from the fires in San Diego in 2003 and 2007. Locally Howard has performed, directed, or taught for The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Lamb’s Players, North Coast Rep., San Diego Rep., The Theatre In Old Town, Moonlight Amphitheatre and Moonlight at the Avo. Favorite roles include Appelgate in Damn Yankees, Cyrano in Cyrano De Bergerac, Aramis in The Three Musketeers, Eben in Desire Under The Elms, Cliff in See How They Run, and Edmund in King Lear.

Michelle DeFrancesco (Faye Medwick) returns to SRT after her acclaimed performance as Agnes in this season’s The Shadow Box. Originally from Toronto, for seven years Michelle has lived in San Diego, where her first stage appearance was in I Ought To Be In Pictures here at SRT, and she`s been hooked ever since. Other shows at SRT include Wrong Turn At Lungfish, Fatal Attraction and Two For the Seesaw. She also has worked at La Jolla Playhouse, Lamplighters, Diversionary Theatre, and the Actors Alliance Festivals in 2005 and 2007. Michelle studied theatre at York University of Toronto as well as several years with Second City in Toronto.

Amy Fritsche (Jennie Malone) is currently an MFA Musical Theater candidate at San Diego State University, where she recently played Felicia in A Class Act. Other credits include the touring company of Annie, and Juliet in the world premier of Madly, In Love. Some of her favorite roles areSmitty in How To Succeed.., Judy Turner in The Chorus Line, and Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors. She is excited to work with SRT and the incredible cast and crew of Chapter Two.

Sven Salumaa (Leo Schneider) is making his SRT debut in this production. Locally, he has performed at Diversionary Theatre (Yank!, The Daddy Machine), ion theatre (US Drag), OnStage Playhouse (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Coronado Playhouse (Ten Little Indians), and Lamplighters (Golden Boy). Other favorite roles include Tony Wendice (Dial M For Murder), Jonathan (Arsenic & Old Lace), and Merlin (Camelot). Thanks to the cast and crew of Chapter Two!!!

Production Staff

Craig Huisenga (Director) appeared at SRT this season in our staged reading of The Skin of Our Teeth. Craig’s work as an actor is well known in San Diego from his appearances at San Diego Rep, North Coast Rep and Cygnet Theatre. He also has acted in regional theaters including A Contemporary Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre and Cincinnati Playhouse. Previous directorial jobs include stints as Associate Artistic Director of Seattle’s Bathhouse Theatre and Drama Director of Eugene, OR’s Churchill High School. Currently Managing Director of Common Ground Theatre, he will be seen in the upcoming production of Noises Off at Cygnet Theatre.

Lizzie Mander (Producer) marks her first venture at SRT with Chapter Two. Previous production credits include After Play at Onstage Playhouse and Blithe Spirit at Coronado Playhouse. Acting credits include Gwendolyn Pigeon in The Odd Couple, the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, and Diana in California Suite.

Chad Oakley (Asst. Dir./Stage Manager) last work at SRT was as the Lighting Designer for As Bees in Honey Drown. Previous to that he was A.D./Stage Manager for Play It Again, Sam. Recent work at other theaters includes Lighting and Set Design for Lobby Hero at PowPAC, Lighting Designs for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at OnStage Playhouse, Veronica’s Room at Patio Playhouse, and The Music Man with Such n Such Productions.

Production Photos

Howard Bickle, Jr. and Amy Fritsche