How The Other Half Loves

How the Other Half Loves
by Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by Jim Caputo
September 9* – October 8, 2011

*Preview Night: Friday, September 9, 2011
Opening Night: Saturday, September 10, 2011

“How the Other Half Loves” takes place in the homes of two couples, Fiona and Frank Foster and Theresa and Bob Phillips. A late night dalliance involving the wife of one and the husband of the other requires excuses that involve a third innocent couple which all leads to the usual escalation of misunderstandings, mistaken assumptions and resulting fireworks that are the hallmarks of an Alan Ayckbourn play. In “How the Other Half Loves,” he places two homes on stage, but not side by side; instead the two homes are commingled — bits and pieces of each home are interspersed. As a result two scenes may be played simultaneously even though they are in two locations and at different times. The resulting juxtapositions make for a hilarious evening. “This is a highly technical play to perform. It must be choreographed with precision and honed with perfect timing.” said director, Jim Caputo.” But there is nothing like when it is done well – and we will.”


Cast

Susan Clausen Andrews (Fiona Foster) is thrilled to return to Scripps Ranch Theatre after performing in last season’s Social Security. She was recently seen in her second year as a storyteller for WriteOutLoud’s TwainFest. Susan is an Associate Artist at Lamb’s Players, where her credits include Harvey, A Man For All Seasons, ‘Till We Have Faces and The Diviners. Other local credits include Defying Gravity, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Auntie Mame, Dancing at Lughnasa and Jake’s Women at North Coast Rep. Susan is an on-air host for KPBS and a voice-over artist. Her favorite role is that of “Mom” to 10-year old daughter, Hailey.


Adam Daniel (William Featherstone) has worked for three years on the popular children’s DVD/TV series The Jumpitz. Adam has appeared numerous times on Days of our Lives, the reality television show Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood, and is currently causing lots of laughter in the comedy murder mystery show The Dinner Detective in downtown San Diego. Adam graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Performance, as well as graduating from the British American Drama Academy (BADA) at Oxford University, England.


Maelyn Gándola (Mary Featherstone) is delighted to be making her SRT debut. A San Diego native, she has performed all over the county. Recent credits include The Children’s Hour, Foggerty’s Fairy, The Clean House, and Postmortem. Out-of-state she has acted and directed for New Play Project, Experimental Theatre Company, and Courage to Hope. Maelyn is also a playwright (Someone Might See, Red Star Belgrade). She received her BA in Theatre Arts – Directing and Communications from Brigham Young University.


Neil McDonald (Bob Phillips) This is Neil’s SRT debut. San Diego credits include (for Poor Players): Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), Prospero (The Tempest), Provost/Elbow (Measure for Measure), Phoebe (As You Like It), Theseus/Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Launcelot/Arragon/Tubal/Duke (The Merchant of Venice), Aguecheek (Twelfth Night). Other San Diego credits: Alonso (The Tempest), Burrus (Britannicus), Carl/Mel/Edgar (3 by Raymond Carver). UK/Australia: Dancer (Hated Nightfall), DEATH (Mort), Patrician (Guards! Guards!), Dracula (Dracula), Hamlet (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead), Jason (Medea), General Jez (Miss Bosnia), Roo (Summer of the Seventeenth Doll).


Eric Poppick (Frank Foster) San Diego theater credits: Deathtrap and Not Now, Darling at SRT. Golden Boy, Four Dogs and a Bone at New Village Arts; The History Boys (Patté Award) at Cygnet; Morning’s at Seven (NCRT); One for the Road at the Lyceum. Elsewhere: Awake and Sing!, Scapino, Rhinoceros (Odyssey Theatre); Don’t Drink the Water (Glendale Center Theatre); Murder in the First (L.A. Theatre Works). Film and TV: Basic Instinct, Mouse Hunt, Single White Female, Hero (with Dustin Hoffman), Seinfeld, Columbo, Curb Your Enthusiasm, NYPD Blue, L.A. Law, General Hospital, The Young and The Restless.


DeNae Steele (Teresa Phillips)was most recently seen at Scripps Ranch Theatre as Margaret Church in last season’s Painting Churches. Other SRT productions include Not Now, Darling (Miss Tipdale) and The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Lala). Some local and other credits include Back of the Throat, The Crucible, Blood Brothers, Steel Magnolias, Crimes of the Heart, Escape From Happiness, Buried Child, Sweeney Todd, Pippin, Pericles and Richard III. DeNae received her BFA with honors in Theatre from Rhodes College, where she was also awarded the Outstanding Theatre Graduate Award.


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Production Staff

Jim Caputo (Director) is a playwright, director and actor, and from 2006-2009 he served as SRT’s Executive Director. He has won numerous playwriting awards including the prestigious Ashland New Play Festival, The Thomas Award at The Theatre Oxford Competition and most recently The Fusion Theatre Bosser Award. A film version of the Bosser play is now in production. Jim’s plays have been produced from coast to coast, including Maternal Spirits, which opened our 2004 season. Also at SRT, Jim directed Greetings in 2004, Scapino in 2005, The Shadow Box in 2009 and Not Now Darling in 2010. He also played Marley in Inspecting Carol and has designed several of our sets, including The Lion in Winter. Jim is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Actors Alliance of San Diego.


Vanessa Thomas (Stage Manager) Having assisted on four previous SRT shows, Rounding Third, Crimes of the Heart, and Painting Churches, Vanessa has now moved up to her current S.M. responsibility. A recent alumna of Humboldt State University and an accomplished musician, Vanessa has become a valuable SRT contributor, and SRT looks forward to her continuing participation in future productions.

Brian Redfern (Scenic Design and Technical Director) At SRT: Not Now, Darling, Over the River…, Chapter Two, I Love You, You’re Perfect… Other theaters: The Old Globe/USD MFA Program, Cygnet, Compass, Vantage Theatre, Joan Croc Center, SDSU, PLNU, OnStage Playhouse, PowPAC, and others. Brian has assisted Broadway designers Ralph Funicello, Robert Brill and David Korins on productions at The Old Globe, The La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Rep, The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and the Tectonic Theater Project. Brian holds an MFA in scenic design from SDSU and Master of Theatre Studies from Southern Oregon University. View Brian’s portfolio at: www.redfernscenicdesign.com

Jessica John Gercke (Costume Design) is a theater artist obsessed with clothes. She previously worked with SRT as director and costumer of last season’s highly successful Deathtrap. Her other costume designs include: Crimes of the Heart (SRT); Man from Nebraska, Mauritius, Love Song (Cygnet Theatre); Humble Boy, True West, Sailor’s Song (SD Critics Circle Award – Best Costume Design), Three Sisters, Crimes of the Heart (New Village Arts); Hysterical Blindness, Closer, Wake of Jamey Foster and Boys Life (Backyard Productions). Jessica is a Cygnet Theatre Resident Artist. Love to my niece Jillian – a true fashion plate if there ever was one.

Kristine Kerr (Properties Design) After designing sets for several dramas and tragedies, Kristine is thrilled to be props designer for this lively production at Scripps Ranch Theatre. Previous designs include Curse of the Starving Class, The Lonesome West, (Triad Productions); Three Days of Rain (Compass Theatre); Angels in America, Pt. 1 & 2, and A Streetcar Named Desire (Palomar College); Proof, Electricidad, By the Bog of Cats, and A Class Act (SDSU). Kristine holds an M.A. in Theatre from SDSU, and thanks her husband Jim and son Matt for their patience and support.

Mitchell Simkovsky (Lighting Design) is a veteran of many SRT productions, and also has designed lighting for many other San Diego theaters. Last season Mitchell designed the lighting for four out of our five productions.

Steve Murdock (Sound Design) A resident of San Diego for 11 years, Steve previously designed sound for SRT’s productions of Chapter Two and Not Now, Darling, Painting Churches, Crimes of the Heart, and Rounding Third.

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