Communicating Doors – Sept/Oct 2018

Communicating Doors

by Alan Ayckbourn
September 7 – October 7, 2018

Three women have business in a hotel suite. One of them has narrowly escaped being murdered, one is about to be murdered, and the other was murdered two decades before. Impossible? Not when the door in the corner leads back to the same suite 20 years earlier.

“A real knockout. This is a show to see.” – The New York Post

CastProduction Staff • Production / Press Photos (bottom of page)


Paul Morgavo  (Julian) is a Southern California native and former U.S. Marine who has performed in venues across The United States, Canada, and England, including the honor of performing alongside numerous Broadway veterans. Paul has played many local theaters including The Old Globe, Moonlight Stage, San Diego Musical Theatre, Welk Resort, New Village Arts, ion, North Coast Rep, Starlight, Lyric Opera and more. Recent local credits include: Billy Elliot, Damn Yankees, The Producers, and The Full Monty (SDMT); and Newsies, Sunset Boulevard, and Titanic at Moonlight. He appeared most recently at SRT in last year’s The Season of Love. In Spring 2019 Paul will be directing Bullshot Crummond at OnStage Playhouse.

Sibongile Ngako  (Jessica) holds a B.A. from Harvard University, and is making her San Diego theatre debut with SRT. Film credits include Already Lucky (Emma), Between the Sheets (Peaches), Little Boxes (Kyra) and Safe House (Special Agent Reynolds). As an opera singer, Sibongile performed with the Aspen Music Festival, Delaware Valley Opera, the Opera Company of Brooklyn and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Sibongile is a member of the Los Angeles Acting Studio SD. @sibongilengako on Instagram.

Charles Peters  (Reece) is an award-winning director and actor and has twice toured nationally. In San Diego he has worked professionally as a director, actor, sound designer and consultant at ion theatre, New Village Arts, Scripps Ranch Theatre, Cygnet Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Carlsbad Playreaders and more. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at Scripps Ranch Theatre and as their OutReach Director. Love to Harvey and Jenn. For further information visit

Kate Rose Reynolds (Poopay & Phoebe) has recently returned to San Diego after living in New York City and San Francisco. San Diego credits include: Cardboard Piano (Diversionary Theatre); Margin of Error (Roustabouts Theatre Company); Arcadia (Cygnet Theatre). Elsewhere: Hamlet and the upcoming Twelfth Night (Arabian Shakespeare Festival, SF); Mario Fratti’s The Academy (Theater for the New City, NYC); Silent Sky, Black Comedy, Private Lives (Bristol Valley Theatre, NY). She also stars in the independent horror film Soul to Keep, currently in post-production.

Wendy Waddell  (Ruella) BFA in Acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  Wendy was most recently seen as Edith Frank The Diary of Anne Frank at MOXIE Theatre. Select San Diego theatre credits: Fiddler on the Roof (San Diego Critics Circle nominee), Meet Me in St. Louis (Welk); 9 to 5 (SDMT); Sunday in the Park with George (ion); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (SRT); All My Sons, Hamlet, King John (Intrepid); American Hero, The Full Monty, Three Sisters, Crimes of the Heart (New Village Arts); Brave Smiles, Bunbury, (Diversionary); Bluebonnet Court (Moxie/Diversionary); Lesson 443, A Discourse …, The Butcher of Baraboo (MOXIE); The Miser, The Car Plays (La Jolla Playhouse); Company (Cygnet).

John W. Wells III (Harold) is thrilled and honored to make his SRT regular season debut. Previous theatre credits include: Cardboard Piano, The Mystery of Love and Sex (DiversionaryTheatre); Dogfight, A Chorus Line (Chance Theatre); The Taming of the Shrew (Method Actors Theatre); Sister Act (Musical Theatre West). Film/Web/Voiceover work: Stupid Love (Artist); Life As We Blow It (Various Cameos); White Lies (Detective); Collaba (Thug); Randori (Josiah); O.B. City (Soundtrack). John recently appeared this past July in SRT’s Out on a Limb production.


Production Staff

Jacquelyn Ritz  (Director) helmed last year’s SRT hit Accomplice by Rupert Holmes. Previous: Dance of Death (Theatre Undone’s Reading Series); A.D. to Tom Markus Laughter on the 23rd Floor (North Coast Repertory); the Fringe’s That 24 Hour Thing (2014-2016); A.D. of SRT’s Crimes of the Heart. She spent Spring of 2016 directing 75 children in The Selfish Giant. Jacquelyn has been an acting coach, a fight director, a teacher, and mostly an actor for many years, where she was lucky enough to work with world-famous directors including Hal Prince and Oscar Eustis. She is a member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA.

Julie Simmons (Production Manager) was most recently seen at SRT in last year’s The Season of Love. In addition to being an actress for most of her life, she has been active in many other theatrical capacities as well, including running her own after-school and summer performing-arts programs, and other programs throughout California. Julie is excited to add this to her list of many hats, and she thanks SRT for the opportunity.

Charmaine Reed (Stage Manager) is pleased to return to SRT. She was recently Production Stage Manager for The Roustabouts Theatre Company for their first two seasons, in addition to PSM for the Playwrights Project Young Playwright’s Festival 2017 and 2018 at The Old Globe. Other favorite SM credits include Vanya and Masha and Sonia and Spike and Murder at the Howard Johnson’s (SRT); Amazons and Their Men and Tru (Diversionary); and Intern for How the Grinch Stole Christmas (The Old Globe). Charmaine has a Technical Theatre degree from Palomar College and a B.A. in History from CSUSM, where she also earned a Teaching Credential.

Eliana Payne (Assistant Director) was last seen as a Sprite (clown) in Cirque Electrique at Sea World San Diego. As an assistant director she has worked with Teri Brown for the OnStage Playhouse production of Spring Awakening, as well as alongside Beth Duggan for Grossmont College’s production of These Shining Lives. She has taught for CYT at school, and currently teaches one of San Diego Junior Theatre’s outreach programs at Roosevelt Middle School.

Bob Shuttleworth (Set Design & Construction) Communicating Doors marks Bob’s 16th and – sadly for SRT – his final production at SRT. With a BFA Degree in Theatre from Southern Oregon University, he has designed over 100 productions, and been a part of as many or more productions in a variety of capacities. His talents have been seen in New Jersey (his home state), South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon and California, as well as in Okinawa, Japan (while in the Marines), and at the Edinburgh, Scotland High School Theatre Fringe Festival for Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad. We wish Bob the very best in his new similar role with San Diego Rep.

Steve Murdock (Sound Designer) Steve’s previous sound designs for SRT include Out on a Limb (2018), For Better, Baskerville…, Loves and Hours, Chapter Two, Not Now Darling, Social Security, Painting Churches, Crimes of the Heart, Rounding Third, How the Other Half Loves, Almost Maine, Postmortem, Tribute, Absurd Person Singular, and Sunset Park. Steve recently directed productions of Pygmalion, The Dresser, David Mamet’s November, is currently appearing in Deathtrap at PowPAC, and is the voice of the sinister Anthony Solerno in the audio series, Rex Rivetter, Private Eye.

Lisa Burgess (Costume Design) is a self-taught seamstress who has worked with many talented people in San Diego over the past 11 years. Previous SRT costume-design highlights include Accomplice, The Heir Apparent, Sleuth, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, and Murder at the Howard Johnson’s, as well as three of SRT’s Out on a Limb productions, including the most recent. Lisa also has costumed at Onstage Playhouse, Pickwick Players, Lamplighters, and the San Diego International Fringe Festival.

Sue Givens (Properties) is very happy to be working with Scripps Ranch Theatre again, having last worked with SRT on Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. She has been stage manager, ASM and props coordinator throughout Southern California with youth theaters as well as regional theaters. Sue is currently working on an independent feature film and as Production Manager for the Carlsbad Music Festival, but live theater is her first love.

Tabitha Wiebe (Lighting Design) fell in love with lighting while she was an intern at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. With a degree in theatre from SDSU, this is her third project with Scripps Ranch Theatre, having previously done the lighting design for SRT’s productions of Perfect Wedding and Accomplice. Tabitha does most of her design work for Patio Playhouse in Escondido, most recently including American Idiot and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.


Communicating Doors production photos

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Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Sibongile Ngako (Jessica) , John W. Wells III (Harold)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Wendy Waddell (Ruella), Sibongile Ngako (Jessica)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Wendy Waddell (Ruella), Sibongile Ngako (Jessica)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Wendy Waddell (Ruella), Kate Rose Reynolds (Poopay & Phoebe)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Kate Rose Reynolds (Poopay & Phoebe), Wendy Waddell (Ruella), John W. Wells III (Harold)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Wendy Waddell (Ruella), John W. Wells III (Harold)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Charles Peters (Reece), Kate Rose Reynolds (Poopay & Phoebe)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Kate Rose Reynolds (Poopay & Phoebe), Charles Peters (Reece), Paul Morgavo (Julian)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Charles Peters (Reece), Kate Rose Reynolds (Poopay & Phoebe)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Kate Rose Reynolds (Poopay & Phoebe), Paul Morgavo (Julian)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Wendy Waddell (Ruella), Kate Rose Reynolds (Poopay & Phoebe)