Holiday Memories

Holiday Memories

by Truman Capote
Adapted by Russel Vandenbroucke
Directed by Katie Rodda
November 13 – December 12, 2009

Based on two short stories by Truman Capote, “The Thanksgiving Visitor” and “A Christmas Memory,” this is a charming heartwarming remembrance of a young man and his family. A nostalgic holiday tale laced with lyricism, wit and gentle charm that is sure to impart
a warm glow to family audiences.


Sean Evans (Asst. Producer & Buddy) has performed on stage for the Actors Alliance Festival in San Diego, Mira Costa College, and Antioch University. He has worked for the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Dixon Place Theatre in New York, and most recently, the Weekly Revue of Philadelphia.

Jill Drexler (Miss Sook Falk) credits at SRT include The Last Night of Ballyhoo, The Lion in Winter, and Return Engagements. She has appeared recently at the Moonlight at the Avo; Cygnet Theatre; Diversionary Theatre; North Coast Repertory Theatre; and Sledgehammer. Film credits include Chapter, Table For Three, The Married Men’s Club, Michael Landon, The Father I Knew, The Big Fix, and Dogs.

John Garcia (Man) is pleased to be making his SRT Debut. Recent productions include Dear Harvey at Diversionary, You Never Can Tell at the Avo. Desire Under The Elms and Curse of The Starving Class at Cygnet. Three Sisters at New Village Arts, and ion’s productions of La Gaviota and The Grapes of Wrath. Numerous performances on the stages of North Coast Rep, the greatly missed Fritz Theatre and The Muse.

Cindy Lewis (Woman) is currently attending San Diego State University for a master’s degree in Theatre Arts. Locally, she has performed at Compass Theatre, North Park Vaudeville, Point Loma Actors and in several school assemblies. She is a teaching artist with North Coast Repertory Theatre, LifePlay Productions, and La Jolla Playhouse.

Jonathan Sachs (Truman) is very pleased to be making his return to the Scripps Ranch Theatre, where he was last seen screaming at his astoundingly beautiful wife Julie in Murder in Green Meadows, for which he won the Scripps Ranch Theatre best actor award.

Adam Traub (Piano Man) has worked in sound design at Mira Costa College on plays such as Assassins, Wizard of Oz and A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. This will be his theatrical debut as an accompanying pianist. Past musical works include recording material for producers Jean-Marie Horvart (Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown, Yo La Tengo) and Jimmy Douglas (Wallflowers, Matchbox 20). Traub has also recorded works for Arista Records and currently performs in the San Diego rock band Burning of Rome.

Production Staff

Katie Rodda (Director) is happy to be making her debut at Scripps Ranch Theatre. Recent projects include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Into the Woods, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Wonder of the World, The Dining Room, The Boys Next Door, Viburnum, Damn Yankees, Bobby Gould in Hell, and countless plays for the Fritz Blitz. Katie holds a Ph.D. in Dramatic Art from UC Santa Barbara and is an assistant professor of Dramatic Arts at San Diego City College.

George Soete (Producer) was Artistic Director of the San Diego Actors Festival in 2006 and 2007 and Associate Director in 2004 and 2005. Acting credits include: New Village Arts, Diversionary Theatre, San Diego Opera, and USD Theatre. His plays have been produced at the Southern Slam Fest, the Fritz Blitz, the San Diego Actors Festival, and the New Play Reading Series at North Coast Repertory Theatre.

Jenn Tyrer (Asst. Dir./Stage Manager) returning for her fourth show at Scripps Ranch Theater, having been on board for The Last Night of Ballyhoo, The Shadow Box, and All This and Moonlight. Recently, she has directed Cell Shock for the New Perspective Festival and stage-managed State of The Art, A Comedy in Two Acts at Twiggs Coffee house.

Andy Estep (Props Manager) works as a prop craftsperson at the Old Globe Theatre. He has also worked at La Jolla Playhouse building props and as a show runner. Several props he built at LJP went on to Broadway (33 Variations, Cry Baby, The Farnsworth Invention). He has also enjoyed work as a puppet builder for Celebrity Deathmatch at MTV and as a Museum Preparator at The American Museum of Natural History (NYC). Andy has a pending MFA in Visual Art from UCSD and a BFA in Sculpture from RISD.

Ginger Harris (Lighting Designer) last lit at SRT for its 2004 production of Arsenic and Old Lace. In San Diego, Ginger has lit at The Fritz, New Village Arts, San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Civic Light Opera and Starlight, among others. Elsewhere, at Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars, Oklahoma City’s Lyric Opera, and the Houston Grand Opera, among others.

Annie Hinton (Dialect Coach) Regional: Old Globe Theatre; Seattle Repertory Theatre; San Diego Rep; A Contemporary Theatre; Empty Space Theatre; New Mexico Repertory Theatre. Local: Cygnet Theatre; North Coast Rep. Annie also channels her creative energy into her private students, dialect coaches for many theatres in town, and is a Freeway-Flyer Theatre Professor of many years.

Shirley Pierson (Costume Designer). Holiday Memories is Shirley’s first design for Scripps Ranch Theatre. Her San Diego Theatre design credits include: History Boys and A Christmas Carol, Cygnet Theatre, Good Night Desdemona Good Morning Juliet, University of San Diego; Richard III, Old Globe/University of San Diego; Trepidation Nation costume and set design, University of San Diego; Archangels Don’t Play Pinball, The Jungle Book, and The Good Person of Szechwan, San Diego State University.

Tim Wallace (Set Design/Construction) has painted scenery for the San Diego Opera for over 19 years. He has designed scenery for Backyard Productions and Scripps Ranch Theatre, and is currently the resident designer for New Village Arts in Carlsbad.

Production Photos


“Russell Vandenbroucke’s adaption of the Capote short stories works well on stage. These are two gentle stories, published in the ’50s and ’60s. While not steeped in the usual holiday lore, they bring a loving spirit of the season before us… It is a much needed addition to the traditional holiday fare. This cast moves seamlessly through the two stories with Traub’s accents… Scripps Ranch Theatre has created a very high standard to match next year. I hope you have the opportunity to sample this show.”
– Hitch, San Diego Theatre Scene