Five Course Love

A musical by Gregg Coffin

Jan. 18 – Feb. 23, 2014

Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM

The story of five entangled encounters with love in five different restaurants. Three actors play fifteen different characters, all on the hunt for one True Love. The musical styles reflect the cuisine of the eateries: Country & Western, Italian, German cabaret, Mexican, and 50s Doo-Wop – something for everyone. Joey Landwehr, Artistic Director of J* Company, returns to direct this fun evening of theater.

• Cast   • Production Staff   • Production Photos


Anthony Donovan is a two-time Telly Award-winning writer/producer for his sketch comedy TV show THE HOUSE. On stage, he has performed with Encore Vocal Ensemble, Orchestra Nova and over 500 performances of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with Crazed Imaginations. Film and television appearances include Eternity: The Movie, VH-1’s World Series of Pop Culture, and Geek Sex. He is also a co-host of the podcast The House of Pop Culture on iTunes. Big thanks to Little Friend, the usual suspects, Joey Landwehr, and this fantastic cast and crew. Bon appétit!

Samantha Wynn Greenstone is currently training at The Second City, Hollywood. Recent credits include: Community Voices (The Old Globe), Jackie Grover in Dear Harvey (San Diego Fringe Festival), Dr. Wink/Alison in Pinkalicious the Musical (North Coast Rep), Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre in …Spelling Bee (OnStage Playhouse; Aubrey Award – Best Major Supporting Actress in a Musical), Erika/Jezebel in Derbywise (Circle Circle dot dot), Pilar in Legally Blonde (Palm Canyon Theatre), Martha in Spring Awakening (American Rose Theatre), Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress, and Halloween Horror Nights (Universal Studios, Hollywood). You can catch her this April as Van’s Sister in Dog Sees God (Breakthrough Workshop Theatre). Samantha extends endless thanks to Hanz, Shaun, Justin, and her amazing family for their unconditional love and support.

Matthew Starkey is performing in his third musical with SRT, including I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Having performed in the San Diego area for the last 13 years, favorite roles include Ren McCormick in Footloose, Gabriel John Utterson in Jekyll and Hyde, and Cousin Kevin in The Who’s Tommy. Joey Landwehr being one of Matthew’s favorite directors, he keeps saying “OK” to all the ridiculous things Joey asks of him. Five Course Love has been a great experience for Matthew in finding all of his hidden personalities. He dedicates his performance to Stephanie, his amazing fiancée, and hopes she’s willing to stay with him after seeing everything he does in the show. Enjoy!


Production Staff

Joey Landwehr (Director) is the proud Artistic Director for J*Company Youth Theatre, where he has had the privilege of directing over 25 musicals. He has won over 40 awards for his work with young artists in San Diego, including a special creativity award that gained over $10,000.00 for Rady Children’s Hospital’s cancer unit. Joey moved to San Diego from New York City, having worked as a professional actor and director on and off Broadway, in national tours and regional theater, and directing and soloing at Carnegie Hall. Since moving to San Diego Joey has worked for the San Diego Performing Arts League as Membership and Community Development Director, and in 2007 received the “40 Under 40” Award from San Diego Metropolitan Magazine for outstanding leadership in the arts. In San Diego, in addition to SRT, Joey has worked with Diversionary Theatre, the San Diego Shakespeare Society, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, San Diego REP, Lipinsky Family Jewish Arts Festival, San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Symphony, Orchestra Nova San Diego and The Actors Alliance Festival, winning five different excellence awards.

Allan Salkin (Production Manager) is currently the fourth-longest-serving member of the SRT Board of Directors, having held a variety of responsibilities over the past 12 years. He also has appeared on the SRT stage (Killjoy, Over the River and Through the Woods, Out on a Limb 2012’s Pho Donut), including the staged reading of Talley’s Folly opposite his wife, Marty, with whom he often shared the stage on the east coast before moving to San Diego 19 years ago. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA and the Actors Alliance of San Diego.

Jamie Gillcrist (Stage Manager) is a production stage manager and dramaturge with strong interests in creative development and producing. She works regularly both with San Diego’s fringe arts community and with theatres such as the La Jolla Playhouse, the Old Globe, and San Diego Opera. Her work has been showcased locally, nationally, internationally, and on Broadway. Jamie is the proud Coordinating Manager of J*Company Youth Theatre and a founder of the experimental performance collective, The Drifters. SRT debut.

Steven Withers (Music Director, Synth programmer, Keyboards) is a graduate of Point Loma High School. Studied composition/piano performance at University of Cincinnati’s College/Conservatory of Music. Broadway: Keyboards for Jane Eyre and its Original Broadway Cast Album; Keyboard Substitute for The Full Monty. National Tour: Keyboards for An Evening With Michael Crawford, recorded tracks for Michael Crawford Live. Regional: La Jolla Playhouse – Jane Eyre, Dracula, The Nightingale, Side Show. Old Globe – The Full Monty, Plaid Tidings, Emma, Some Lovers, A Room With A View, How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Local: North Coast Rep – The Big Bang, Jacques Brel… , I Love You Because, …Spelling Bee, Man With A Load Of Mischief. Much love to Marc d’Hondt, my better half since 1993.

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 favorites including 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!

Ted Leib (Sound Design & Mix) has an M.A. from San Diego State in Film & Television, for which his master’s thesis was in Sound Design. Credits include Bug, Bus Stop, The Pirates of Penzance, Forever Plaid, The Twelve Plays of Christmas, One Flea Spare, and he was the sound designer for this season’s SRT production of Lettice and Lovage. Ted also has acted in over 30 productions in San Diego and Orange Counties, most recently in Moonlight Stage Productions’ South Pacific and Oceanside Theatre Company’s The Boys Next Door. He works as a freelance multimedia producer specializing in audio and video, and teaches television production at Cal State Fullerton.

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

Andy Scrimger (Set Design and Construction) has worked on previous SRT productions, including An Inspector Calls, Moonlight and Magnolias, Lettice and Lovage, and The Gift Teller. He has been doing 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 always focused on using environmentally conscious materials and processes, and is excited to be continuing his work with SRT.

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, and most recently, The Gift Teller. He also has designed lighting for productions at many other San Diego theaters. An accounting professional by day, Mitchell designed the lighting for three SRT productions last season.

Tom Versen (Drums/Percussionist) North Coast Rep: Back to Bacharach and David, Jacques Brel, I Love you Because, Spelling Bee, Dames at Sea. San Diego Rep: Respect, John Doe the Musical, Six Women with Brain Death, Always Patsy Cline, Bessie’s Blues, Menopause the Musical. Lamb’s: Music Man, Boomers, The Secret Garden, The Mysteries of Edwin Drood, Pete ‘N Keely. CCHS Modern Millie, Godspell (Off Broadway) – Suds. Thanks to all of you who support the arts, and special thanks to my friends and family. Enjoy the show…

Angelica Ynfante (Properties Manager) has a BFA in Theatre from Texas State University. She made her way around the U.S. and Mexico, having worked in Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Vermont, New York, Tennessee, Kentucky and Cancún. She finally made it to sunny California where she has been the Props Mistress with San Diego Repertory Theatre for five seasons. She is also the Properties Designer at Cygnet Theatre and is in her third season as PropertiesDesigner/Technical Director at MoxieTheatre. This is Angela’s second season as Properties Manager for SRT.

Taylor McWhorter (Crew/Dresser) is excited to be part of this production at SRT. She is a fresh graduate of San Diego State University, getting her Bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts. At SDSU she worked as wig crew on shows such as Peter Pan and Wendy and The Boyfriend. Earlier this year she worked as a wig assistant at Diversionary Theater for The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler and Birds of a Feather.

Renee Morton (Crew/Dresser) is no stranger to the SRT family; in the fall of 2013 she worked as running crew in addition to being on stage as a tourist in Lettice and Lovage, and was costume designer for Out On A Limb 2 this past summer. You can see her costume design work in an upcoming production of Snapshot: A Dramatic Anthology at Scripps Ranch High School this spring.

Marco Puente (Crew/Spotlight Operator) is currently a student at San Diego Sate University studying Entertainment Management. Thank you for this opportunity, Scripps Ranch Theatre.


Production Photos

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Photos by Ken Jacques