Current Production

by Ken Ludwig
September 6 – October 5, 2014
Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM

The time: 1922. The place: a medieval castle. The event: murder. Need we say more? Come join the fun as a would-be Sherlock Holmes tries to solve the case.

“Shots in the dark, deathbed letters, guns, knives and bottles bashed over the head, ghosts and hiders behind curtains. You’ll jump.” – The Telegraph

• Cast   • Production Staff   • Production Photos


Laura Bohlin (Louise Parradine) is delighted to be making her SRT debut with this marvelous cast! Her local credits include Plays by Young Writers (Playwrights Project/Old Globe), Mistletoe, Music and Mayhem (Ocean Beach Playhouse) and Persuasion (OnStage Playhouse), as well as The San Diego Fringe Festival and site-specific theatre with New Play Café. Laura is an experienced improviser who performs with a local murder mystery dinner theatre troupe and she appears frequently in independent films, commercials and print advertisements. She is so grateful to everyone who continues to support her and the performing arts!

Joshua Jones (Bobby Carlyle) is excited to return for his sixth production at SRT. Josh has performed locally with New Village Arts, Playwright’s Project and Sullivan Players, as well as in commercials and film. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Abilene Christian University. His favorite roles include Eric Birling in An Inspector Calls and Judd Templeton in Tribute. Joshua would like to thank his wife, Lara, for her love and support, and SRT and its patrons for creating such a wonderful space for artists to collaborate and grow.

Neil McDonald (Leo Barrett) San Diego credits include: How the Other Half Loves (SRT), Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure, Prospero in The Tempest, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Agrippa, Merchant of Venice, Angus/Murderer in Macbeth and Twelfth Night (Poor Players), Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (Coronado Playhouse, 2014 Aubrey Award winner), Britannicus and Hairdresser on Fire (Compass Theatre). Glasgow and Perth credits include: Hated Nightfall (Scottish premiere), Dracula, Miss Bosnia, Jason in Medea, the Merchant in Merchant of Venice and Hamlet in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

Kay McNeilan (May Dison) is so excited to be partaking in her first show at Scripps Ranch Theatre. Recently graduating with her BA in Theatre Performance from San Diego State University, Kay has been performing around San Diego for as long as she can remember. Her favorite roles include Snow White in the San Diego Premiere of Disenchanted and Catherine Connolly in The Laramie Project. She thanks her family for their constant support and the wonderful production team for giving her the opportunity to be a part of such a fun and challenging show!

Cristina Surplus (Marion Barrett; Production Manager) is thrilled to be performing on stage at Scripps Ranch Theater for the first time, although this is her third show at SRT in which she has served as the production manager. Her local San Diego credits include Rabbit Hole at C.A.T, as well as roles at Diversionary and San Diego Rep. Prior to working in San Diego, Cristina performed in numerous stage productions in and around the Denver area and has appeared in several national commercials. She is also an accomplished painter whose work can be seen on her website: Cristina dedicates this performance to her dad, who always told her to “Live every day like itʼs your last, because one day youʼll be right.” She thanks the cast and crew of Postmortem for all their hard work.

M. Eliane Weidauer (Lilly Warner) has acted and sung throughout the US and Germany, including a brief stint as lead vocalist in a German rock band. Her favorite credits include Rose in Wrinkles, Queen Gertrude in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Mother Superior in Nunsense, Nuncrackers and Miss Tweed in Something’s Afoot. She has been a drama coach and youth theatre director for more than 30 years. Eliane currently serves on the Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation Board and the MiraCosta Theatre Spotlight Circle Board. She also is chair of the 13th annual Oceanside Music Fest.

Eddie Yaroch (William Gillette) Credits include: California Suite, The Shadow Box (SRT), The Miss Firecracker Contest, Wait Until Dark, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, The Seven Year Itch, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Golden Boy (New Village Arts Theatre), The Car Plays (LaJolla Playhouse), Midsummer – the Musical, Hamlet, Richard II, King John, Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth (Intrepid Shakespeare Company), ion: John Ball’s In The Heat Of The Night (ion), Our Town (Cygnet), Side Man (Diversionary), Terra Nova (6th@Penn) and Nobody Dies Forever (NYC Fringe Festival).


Production Staff

Matt Thompson (Director) previously served as the Artistic Associate/Literary Manager/Director of Education for North Coast Repertory Theatre from 2008-2012. In 2007, he founded Compass Theatre, where he was Artistic Director. He has directed productions for La Jolla Playhouse, North Coast Rep, SRT, Coronado Playhouse and The Plutonium Theatre, among others. Matt has held production and artistic positions for Universal Studios Hollywood, Sledgehammer Theatre and Stu Segal Productions. A published playwright, he has over 20 titles in print. He has acting credits at Cygnet, Moxie, Compass, The Road Theatre and others. Matt teaches theatre and film classes at several colleges throughout San Diego. He received his M.A. in Theatre from San Diego State University and is working on his MFA in English – Creative Writing at UC Riverside. He is the Associate Artistic Director of New Fortune Theatre and is excited about their inaugural production of Henry V.

Sean O’Hara (Stage Manager) is a graduate of San Diego State University. This is his second production working as a stage manager here at Scripps Ranch Theatre. He has worked at various other theatres in the San Diego area, including Lambs Players Theatre and North Coast Repertory Theatre, and looks forward to his future ventures in the San Diego theatre world.

Andy Scrimger (Set Design and Construction) has worked on several SRT productions, including An Inspector Calls, Moonlight and Magnolias,The Gift Teller, Five Course Love, The Liar, and The Sunshine Boys.He has done projects all over the West Coast, including the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. Most recently, he worked for Cygnet Theatre and The Old Globe. Andy 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. He is focused on using environmentally conscious materials and processes.

Mitchell Simkovsky (Lighting Design) is a veteran of many SRT productions, including Holiday Spirits, a feminine ending, How the Other Half Loves, Social Security, Painting Churches, Moonlight and Magnolias, Lettice and Lovage, The Gift Teller, Five Course Love,The Sunshine Boysand Out on a Limb: New Plays from America’s Finest City. Mitchell is an accounting professional by day and has also designed lighting for productions at many other San Diego theaters.

Mary O’Brien (Properties Mistress) is enjoying her first time working with SRT. She started her career volunteering at a community theatre in Michigan. Soon after, she was working professionally at various theatres across the Midwest and East Coast. She has been employed as a scenic artist, scenery and props carpenter, stage technician and actor. Mary is thankful for the opportunity to be working in the props department for Postmortem, as well as with all of the wonderful people at SRT.

Mallory Devlin (Costume Design) is originally from San Diego and her work can usually be seen at San Diego Junior Theater, where she is on staff as the Costume Loft Manager. In just over three years, Mallory has designed more than 21 productions. Her very favorite productions include Disney’s Peter Pan, A Little Princess, How I Became a Pirate and The Little Mermaid. Mallory absolutely loves designing costumes and is thrilled to be a part of this production!

Steve Murdock (Sound Design) has worked in sound design for many SRT productions, including Chapter TwoNot Now DarlingPainting Churches, Crimes of the Heart, Rounding Third, How the Other Half Loves and Almost, Maine. He recently directed The Gin Game at the 10th Avenue Arts Center and is currently appearing in God of Carnage at OnStage Playhouse. He is thrilled for the opportunity to contribute to Postmortem, another exciting production in SRT’s long tradition of excellent theatre.

Keric Rivas (Lighting Assistant) was extensively involved with theatre productions during his high school days, including shows such as Blood Brothers. His previous credits with SRT include Deathtrap, a feminine ending and The Gift Teller. He also has worked as a set-construction volunteer with SRT on previous productions. He is currently attending Grossmont College. When he is not doing homework, set construction, or stage crew, Keric can often be found playing chess on weekends.


Production Photos





Photos by Ken Jacques