Flemming (An American Thriller) – 2017

By Sam Bobrick
March 31 – April 30, 2017

Bored by his privileged, but mundane life, Henry Flemming sells his lucrative brokerage firm to become a detective.  On his very first case, and to the horror of his wife, Karen, and his two crazy neighbors, Suzy and Stan, the Flemming living room begins to fill up with dead bodies. Karen is further annoyed when one of them turns out to be her father. Even though Henry keeps showing up at home every day more disheveled and beaten up, he couldn’t be happier. Henry is convinced he’s found his life’s work and Westport, Connecticut is safer for it.  A spoof of the film noir thrillers from the 1940’s and 50’s.

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Performance times are Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm and Sunday at 2:00pm


Beth Gallagher (Karen Flemming) is making her debut at Scripps Ranch Theatre. Selected local theatre credits include: A Christmas Carol (Cygnet Serves), the one-woman show Amelia Lives (American History Theatre), Disappearing Act (InnerMission), When The Rain Stops Falling (Cygnet), Car Plays (2013 and 2015 Without Walls Festivals, La Jolla Playhouse) Gruesome Playground Injuries (Max Fischer Players), Barefoot in the Park (Patio Playhouse), Boeing Boeing (OB Playhouse), and Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins (Diversionary). “Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things.”  (Denis Diderot)   www.beth-gallagher.com

Daniel Gurian (Vito Mardigian) was last seen at SRT in Leaving Shadows (Out on a Limb 2016) and as Joe in Skin Deep in April 2016. Previously he appeared at Lamb’s Players Theater where he originated the role of Private Domitian in Thunder at Dawn. In NYC he was an original member at the Bat Theater Co, favorite roles there including Bertolt Brecht’s Baal and Nippon Daimon in the Obie-winning Benten Kozo, among others. Also, H. Humbert in Lolita (Argento Music Miller Theater); Dr. Rosman in The American Clock, directed by Austin Pendleton (HB Playwright’s Foundation); and Dr. Winkler in The Third Man (Manhattan Theater Source). Daniel trained at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and also with Terese Hayden and the late Jacqueline Brookes in New York City.

Walter Murray (Stan Spencer) was last seen at SRT co-starring in Rounding Third in 2011. He has appeared on stages in SD, NY and LA, and is the co-founder of the SD Black Ensemble Theatre. His thanks to Doctors Stanton, Epston and Levine.

Cris O’Bryon (Henry Flemming) is a Vocal Coach and Music Director, and has worked at The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, North Coast Rep, Intrepid, SD Rep, Lamb’s, and Moonlight, and on such world premieres as Miracle on 34th Street, The Boy Who Danced on Air, Bonnie and Clyde, Chasing The Song, The Farnsworth Invention, and Grinch. Regional: Ragtime,End of the Rainbow, Big Fish, Twelfth Night, Legally Blonde, and Brooklyn Boy (SRT). Cris recently wrapped Lamb’s Players’ Valentine’s Cabaret; a concert in NY at the Cropsey-Newington Museum; and is Music Directing The Sound of Music and West Side Story this spring. www.vocalcoachstudio.com

Steve Schlam (Walter Larsen) has been a working theater actor in NYC, Miami, Santa Fe, Mexico, and now San Diego for almost 30 years.  He also directs, and has appeared in several short films and commercials as well.  Favorite roles include Martin in The Car Plays: Interchange at La Jolla Playhouse; Greg in Sylvia (San Miguel de Allende); John in Ferris Wheel (Santa Fe); Leonato in Much Ado; Glas in Slow Dance on the Killing Ground; Ben in Little Foxes; Kimbrough in Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil, and Sorin in The Seagull (Miami); and Harold in In The Boom Boom Room (NYC).  Flemming marks his debut with SRT.

Matthew Thompson (Lieutenant Davis) Select acting credits: The Car Plays, The Grift (La Jolla Playhouse); Sping Awakening (Cygnet Theatre); Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Moxie Theatre); Now or Later (Diversionary Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Intrepid Theatre); Henry V (New Fortune Theatre); The Odd Couple, THIS, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Over the Tavern, DraculaLeading Ladies, A Thousand Clowns, Julius Caesar, The Comedy of Errors (North Coast Rep); Terra Nova (Compass Theatre); Cold Comfort Farm, West Side Story (Lamb’s Players); Shear Madness (The Theatre in Old Town); The Tempest (Kingsmen Shakespeare); Rapunzal (Falcon Theatre); Moonlight and Magnolias (Sierra Repertory Theatre). TV credits:  C.S.I,Veronica Mars, Fashion House, Cover Me, Dharma and Greg, Watch Over Me, 18 Wheels of Justice, The Invisible Man, and Baywatch.

Michelle Marie Trester (Miss Havenhurst) Select theatre credits include: 4000 Miles (ion theatre); Hackathon (Playwrights Project, The Old Globe); Noises Off (Premiere Productions, Welk Resort); On Air (SRT, Out on a Limb); Fight Dreams (Williamstown Theatre Festival); The XYZ Files (Off-Broadway); TO DO (Fringe NYC, SD Fringe Festival, KC Fringe Festival); Little Piece of You (Fringe NYC); Rabbit Hole (Theatre Arts West); and the title role in Henry VI (The New School for Drama). Film/Television credits include: Deadly Devotion (Discovery ID); Mary Pillard 2016 (Safe Circle Productions). MFA, The New School for Drama. www.MichelleMarieTrester.com

Kristin Woodburn (Suzy Spencer) was last seen at SRT in The Heir Apparent and Sunset Park. Other San Diego credits: The Jacksonian (ion theatre); The Miss Firecracker ContestWait Until DarkMuch Ado About NothingOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (NVA); Leading Ladies (Moonlight Stage).  Select NYC credits: Titus AndronicusPlanet Nine from Outer SpaceWars of the Roses (the eight-play Shakespearean History Cycle), Twelfth Night, Edward IIThe Memory of Water, and Airport Hilton (World Premiere). Favorite Regional credit: Romeo and Juliet (Southwest Shakespeare Company). Film: A Long Way Home (Lifetime Movie of the Week); Hell on Earth;The Wicked. Kristin holds a BFA from the University of Arizona. Love to JBW.


Production Staff

Robert May (Director) For SRT:  The Heir Apparent; The Liar; Almost, Maine; Rounding Third; Painting Churches; I’m Not Rappaport.  Other directing credits include the Patté Award-winning A Prayer For My Daughter; the Billie Award-winning Pinter duo Ashes to Ashes and The Lover; the critically acclaimed An Experiment with an Air Pump,The Misanthrope, and multiple shows in the Fritz Blitz festivals.  Robert is the Founder/Producing Artistic Director of the SRT new-play-development program Out on a Limb:  New Plays from America’s Finest City, which celebrates its sixth year in 2017. He is also the Co-Founder/Producing Artistic Director of SRT’s New Works Studio, which is in its second year of bringing together playwrights from Southern California to work in a peer group and create brand new full-length works.

Christine Hewitt (Production Manager) is working with SRT for the first time as Production Manager. As a Scripps Ranch resident, she is pleased to get involved with the theater community here. Christine is a mom of 2 boys, 13 and 15, and spends her free time performing on stage with theaters such as Moonlight Stage, San Diego Musical Theatre and Cygnet Theatre.

Jesse Gundersen (Stage Manager) is excited to return to SRT for a second time as Stage Manager. He previously was Stage Manager for The Fantasticks and Assistant Stage Manager in both The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, and Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike. Previous theater experiences include Chris Keller in All My Sons and Malcolm in Macbeth, as part of the Mesa College Theatre Company. Jesse also has experience as a stagehand for Evil Dead: The Musical at the 10th Avenue Arts Center, and is working to become proficient both onstage and backstage.”

Sue Givens (Properties Mistress) Sue last worked with SRT on Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. She started her theater work back in 1996 with Premier Productions as props master. Since then, Sue has added Stage Manager, ASM, Crew Chief, Dresser, Producer, and Spot Op to her résumé at theaters throughout San Diego and Los Angeles. She was a high school stage tech teacher and is currently on the technical staff at the Bob Burton Center for Performing Arts in Fallbrook.

Dawn Korinek (Costume Design) has costumed over 125 productions for theater and dance. These ranged from “The Wizard of Oz” to “The Tempest.” She is excited to be joining the SRT team after recently relocating from San Francisco. Dawn is energized by each new challenge of developing a character’s style, soul and personality through costumes and color. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC with a major in Fashion Design.

Jennifer Edwards (Lighting Designer) Recent designs include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (SRT); Jesus Christ Superstar (Welk Theatre); Tarzan, The Musical (Moonlight Amphitheater); Broomstick and My Manana Comes (Fountain Theatre); Just Judy (Jackson Hole PAC); El GRANDE Circus de Coca Cola (Skylight and Colony Theatres); Broadway and Beyond (Alex Theatre); Step Up (Pasadena Playhouse); Bye, Bye Birdie (East County PAC); West Side Story (Poway Center for the Arts); Into the Woods (S.D. Starlight Bowl); The Full Monty (Birch North Park Theatre); Dreamgirls (Lyceum); and many others. Jennifer is also a proud AEA Stage Manager since 1994. Gram and Dad this light is yours, Always Shining!

Bob Shuttleworth (Scenic Designer) In his second year as Scenic Designer with SRT, Good People marks Bob’s 8th production on the SRT stage. A Poway resident, Bob holds a BFA in Theater and works with Pacific Ridge School, in Carlsbad, designing sets, mentoring students in Woodworking and co-teaching a Middle School class in Stage Design. Bob has designed in many theaters from New Jersey to Oklahoma, to South Carolina, to Georgia, to Oregon, and in San Diego.

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Flemming (An American Thriller) – March 31 – April 30, 2017

Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Beth Gallagher (Karen Flemming), Cris O’Bryon (Henry Flemming)

Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Beth Gallagher (Karen Flemming), Cris O’Bryon (Henry Flemming)

Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Michelle Marie Trester (Miss Havenhurst [seated]), Cris O’Bryon (Henry Flemming), Beth Gallagher (Karen Flemming)

Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Cris O’Bryon (Henry Flemming), Matt Thompson (Lieutenant Davis), Beth Gallagher (Karen Flemming), Kristin Woodburn (Suzy Spencer)

Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Cris O’Bryon (Henry Flemming),  Walter Murray (Stan Spencer), Kristin Woodburn (Suzy Spencer)

Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Beth Gallagher (Karen Flemming), Kristin Woodburn (Suzy Spencer)

Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Cris O’Bryon (Henry Flemming)

Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Cris O’Bryon (Henry Flemming),  Steve Schlam (Walter Larsen)

Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Cris O’Bryon (Henry Flemming), Walter Murray (Stan Spencer)

Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Walter Murray (Stan Spencer), Cris O’Bryon (Henry Flemming)