For Better

For Better

by Eric Coble
May 25 to June 24, 2018

Playwright Coble makes hay with the effects of electronic communications on romance, intimate relationships and marriage.  At the center of this dance is Karen, who spends more time talking with her fiance Max via wireless media than in person.  In this plugged-in world of iPhones and iPads and laptops do a bride and groom really need to be in the same country to go on a honeymoon?

A romantic comedy for the digital age, where the intricacies of overlapping calls, three-party conferencing, and concurrent instant messages and emails substitute for good old fashion human interaction.

“Eric Coble’s hilariously funny, psychologically astute portraits hit home with rib-tickling acuity” – New York Times

“Coble’s work is a tour de force with physical and verbal comedy to spare” – The New Yorker

CastProduction StaffProduction / Press Photos

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


Kenny Bordieri (Stuart Tramontane) is delighted to be back with SRT to help close out their 39th regular season. This is Kenny’s third go on the SRT stage, having appeared earlier this season in Accomplice and in last season’s Good People. Kenny is looking forward to making you laugh, and would like to dedicate this performance to all romantics in the house who feel so much, but share so little. If you enjoy his performance this evening be sure to check out more of his work at Special thanks to director Eric Poppick for his continued support.

Heidi Bridges (Francine Dexter) is delighted to be returning to SRT after her performance as Margie in Good People last season. Selected stage and film credits include: Dinner With Friends (Carlsbad Play Readers); Anne of Green Gables (413 Project); Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean… (Broadway Vista); Pride and Prejudice (413 Project); Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie (Oceanside Theatre Co.), Medea (Horton Grand Theatre). Film: The Store Series, Friday Afternoon, To Fall in Love with Anyone Do This, Thank God for Jelly, Three Weddings, As She Fades, Girls Day. Love and gratitude to my family for their support!

Fred Harlow (Wally Baedeker) is no stranger to SRT, having just appeared in this season’s opener, Accomplice. He has appeared at Moxie, NCRT, Diversionary, The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, and many others. Favorite local roles are Officer Barrel in Urinetown at Starlight, half the citizens in A Tuna Christmas at Compass, and Roy in The Best Mistake, produced by Playwrights Project. This one is for Bud Wilkinson: Thank you, I owe you my life!

Kay Marian McNellen (Karen Baedeker) is returning for her second show at Scripps Ranch Theatre. You may have seen her recently as Katrina in Tarrytown or Katie in Bachelorette (Backyard Renaissance), or as Kate Monster in Avenue Q (OB playhouse). Kay would like to thank her parents for being a constant example of unconditional love, and her sister for being a constant example of perfect comic timing. Enjoy the show!

Charles Peters (Michael Dexter) is an award-winning director and actor who 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, SRT, Cygnet Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Carlsbad Playreaders and more. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of SRT and as their OutReach Director. Love to Harvey and Jenn. For further information visit

Erica Marie Weisz (Lizzie Monohan) A San Diego native, Erica Marie has performed roles in theaters including Moonlight Amphitheatre, Performance Riverside, Huntington Beach Playhouse, Old Town Temecula Theatre, Welk Resort Theatre, Costa Mesa Playhouse, Coronado Playhouse, and Candlelight Pavilion. Favorite credits include Guys and Dolls (Adelaide), The Addams Family (Morticia), Gypsy (Louise), Little Women (Jo), Hello Dolly (Irene), Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean… (Sissy), Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman), Grease (Rizzo), and Annie Get Your Gun (Dolly). An avid dachshund enthusiast, Erica enjoys cooking and baking for her most incredibly supportive family and friends, and if you’re one of them, thanks for being here!


Production Staff

Eric Poppick (Director) moved to San Diego in 2006 after spending 30 years in Los Angeles, working as an actor and director for stage, television and film. Since his arrival, he directed the world premiere of Ripples from Walden Pond at Cygnet Theatre and the world premiere of W.C. Fields by Himself! at North Coast Repertory Theatre. He also has directed six productions for SRT: Play it Again Sam, Over the River and Through the Woods, a feminine ending, Sunset Park, Skin Deep and Good People. Local acting credits include From Another House (The Old Globe); BUG, In the Heat of the Night (ion theatre); Beau Jest, Barefoot in the Park (AVO Theatre); An Enemy of the People (Intrepid); To Kill a Mockingbird, Death of a Salesman, Golden Boy, Four Dogs and a Bone (New Village Arts); The History Boys [Patté Award] (Cygnet); Morning’s at Seven (North Coast Rep); The Heir Apparent, The Sunshine Boys, How the Other Half Loves, Deathtrap, Not Now, Darling (SRT); One for the Road (Lyceum). Also numerous theater, film and TV credits in L.A. Eric has a BFA in Acting from Boston University and an MA in Directing from The State University of New York.

Barbara Barber (Production Manager) first produced Scapino for SRT in 2005. Since then she’s produced Sylvia, Inspecting Carol, The O’Conner Girls, The Shadow Box, Crimes of the Heart, Almost Maine, Over the River and Through the Woods, a feminine ending, The Liar, Sunset Park, Skin Deep, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Good People and Accomplice, all for SRT. Barbara also now serves as SRT’s Producing Director on the Board of Directors.

Elise Dadiego (Stage Manager) has been stage managing at SRT for the past 10 years! Elise as a BA in Theatre Arts Stage Management from UCSD and is currently chipping away at the beginnings of a Masters Degree in Education, while working in Poway as a preschool teacher and event coordinator. Previous SRT credits include, Absurd Person Singular, Sunset Park, Skin Deep, The Heir Apparent, Holiday Spirits, Over the River…, and The Dining Room. Other credits include 14 seasons of Moonlight Stage Productions, and technical work at Medieval Times, LEGOLAND and Disneyland. Thanks to Eric for bringing me out of retirement, to my parents for the constant support, to Robby for your everlasting love, and to my munchkin Dominic for being so good while Mommy was gone!

Darcy Harman (Asst. Stage Manager & Props Designer) grew up in the community theaters of El Paso, Texas, and graduated from Mesa College Theatre Company. She is trained in many aspects of theater and worked as a theatrical services technician at SeaWorld for five years. At SRT she performed in 2014’s Out on A Limb, and was Assistant Stage Manager and Props Designer for The Season of Love and Outside Mullingar, for which she also took over as Stage Manager for its Oceanside Theatre Company run. Most recently at SRT, Darcy served as ASM for Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.

Dawn Fuller-Korinek (Costume Designer) has costumed over 130 productions for theater and dance. She is excited to be back with the SRT team where she costumed Flemming (An American Thriller), The Season of Love, and the four one-act plays of the 2017 Out on a Limb production. Dawn also works closely with the Oceanside Theater Company, costuming Same Time, Next Year and their most recent production of Red. Many thanks to all the many theater professionals who have given me much support since relocating and working in the wonderful local theaters.

Steve Murdock (Sound Designer) Steve’s previous sound designs for SRT include 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, and he most recently appeared in productions of Hope (World Premier), Much Ado About Nothing, Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got the Will), and is the voice of the sinister Anthony Solerno in the audio series Rex Rivetter, Private Eye.

Bob Shuttleworth (Set Design & Construction) For Better marks Bob’s 14th 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, where he lends his talents as a Theater Specialist, and as a mentor for their woodworking club. Bob Currently lives in Poway with his family.

Mitchell Simkovsky (Lighting Designer) is a veteran of many SRT productions, including The Season of Love, Loves and Hours, The Fantasticks, Sleuth, The Heir Apparent, Murder at the Howard Johnson’s, Holiday Spirits, a feminine ending, How the Other Half Loves, Social Security, Painting Churches, Moonlight and Magnolias, Lettice and Lovage, The Gift Teller, Out on a Limb, Postmortem, and more. Mitchell is an accounting professional by day and also has designed lighting for productions at many other San Diego theaters.

Press Photos

For Better Production photos

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Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Kay Marian McNellen (Karen Baedeker), Fred Harlow (Wally Baedeker)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Erica Marie Weisz (Lizzie Monohan), Heidi Bridges (Francine Dexter), Kenny Bordieri (Stuart Tramontane), Charles Peters (Michael Dexter)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Kay Marian McNellen (Karen Baedeker), Kenny Bordieri (Stuart Tramontane)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Erica Marie Weisz (Lizzie Monohan), Heidi Bridges (Francine Dexter), Charles Peters (Michael Dexter), Kenny Bordieri (Stuart Tramontane)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Fred Harlow (Wally Baedeker), Kay Marian McNellen (Karen Baedeker), Erica Marie Weisz (Lizzie Monohan), Heidi Bridges (Francine Dexter), Kenny Bordieri (Stuart Tramontane), Charles Peters (Michael Dexter)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Heidi Bridges (Francine Dexter), Charles Peters (Michael Dexter)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Charles Peters (Michael Dexter), Erica Marie Weisz (Lizzie Monohan)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Charles Peters (Michael Dexter), Heidi Bridges (Francine Dexter)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Erica Marie Weisz (Lizzie Monohan), Kenny Bordieri (Stuart Tramontane)