Murder at the Howard Johnsons

All is fair in love? Even murder? That’s the question posed by this light and funny suspense comedy about a love triangle in a Howard Johnson Motor Inn. A three scene love triangle involving a woman, her lover, and her husband.

“Enough laugh lines, mirth provoking situations and extravagant sight gags to outfit two rapid fire farces of the absurd.” -Variety

• Cast   • Production Staff  • Production / Press Photos

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


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Adam Daniel (Mitchell) was last seen as Felix Ungar in The Odd Couple and Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest. Adam has also appeared on Days of our Lives and such films as Phantom and Sexy Evil Genius. Some favorite San Diego theatre credits include Noises Off (Garry), Into the Woods (Wolf/Prince), The Female Odd Couple (Jesus), and here at SRT, How the Other Half Loves and Brooklyn Boy. Adam is a graduate of San Diego State University with a B.A. in Theatre Performance and the British American Drama Academy (BADA) in Oxford University, England.

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Maelyn Gándola (Arlene) is delighted to return to SRT where she was last seen in Perfect Wedding, Holiday Spirits, and How The Other Half Loves. A native San Diegan, she has acted and directed throughout the county, including productions with La Jolla Theatre Ensemble, Experimental Theatre Company, Must Be Paid Productions, Carlsbad Playreaders, and Ocean Beach Playhouse. Most recently she had the pleasure of performing in A Few Good Men, Meet Me In The Dark, and Repulsing the Monkey. Maelyn received her B.A. degrees in Theatre Arts, Directing and Communications from BYU, and is the former Artistic Director of Carlsbad Playreaders. When not on stage, Maelyn guides yoga and meditation classes through her company Pop-up Yoga Productions. Her full bio can be found at

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Nicole McEntee (The Dancer) was last seen at UCSD as Nina in In the Heights. Nicole’s other credits include Legally Blonde (Brooke Wyndham), Gypsy (Tessie Tura), and Grease (Sandy). She would like to thank her family and friends for their constant love and support. She gives all glory to God and is grateful for how He has blessed her. Jeremiah 29:13.

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Jake Rosko (Paul) is happy to be making his return to the Scripps Ranch Theatre stage. He previously appeared in SRT’s productions of Tribute, An Inspector Calls and Perfect Wedding. He has worked for several other theatre companies in San Diego, most recently in ion’s The Jacksonian.


Production Staff

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Phil Johnson (Director) Credits include: Les Miserables on Broadway and on tour; the Canadian production of Sunset Boulevard; and the first National Company of Miss Saigon. Off B’way: She-Rantulas from Outer Space in 3D!, Lynn Redgrave Thtr. (Actor/writer, NY Fringe). Regional: The Man Who Came to Dinner (SD Critics Circle Craig Noel Award), Coronado Playhouse; Midsummer Night’s Dream (Craig Noel Award), Intrepid Shakespeare Co.; Mistakes Were Made, Cygnet Theatre; Putnam County Spelling Bee, North Coast Repertory; The Sunshine Boys, Scripps Ranch Theatre; The Grinch…, Old Globe. Summer: appears in his original solo play A Jewish Joke at Victory Gardens Theatre, Chicago.

Charmaine Reed (Production Manager and Stage Manager) is happy to return to SRT, wearing an additional hat as PM. SM Credits include: Rope the Musical (East Coast Offramp Productions); Amazons and Their Men and Tru (Diversionary Theatre); The Dark at the Top of the Stairs and Beau Jest (Scripps Ranch Theatre); How the Grinch Stole Christmas (The Old Globe Theatre); Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 and Suessical The Musical (CSUSM); and Fiddler on the Roof (Pacco Arts and Patio Playhouse).

Lisa Burgess (Costume Design) is happy to have returned to Scripps Ranch Theatre this season, costuming Sleuth ,The Heir Apparent, and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, having previously costumed SRT productions in 2009 and 2011. Other costumer/seamstress work includes: Compass Theatre, Ariel Performing Arts, 2009 New Perspective Festival, DangerHouse Productions, Onstage Playhouse, Pickwick Players, Southwestern College, and the revived Lamplighters Theatre in 2015. Lisa has been nominated for the local ACT Aubrey Award three times for costume design.

Ted Leib (Sound Design) Credits, among others, include: Spelling Bee (Intrepid Theatre Company); One Flea Spare and Bug (Hunger Artists); Skin Deep,The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, The Heir Apparent, The Liar, Five Course Love, Out on a Limb, Sleuth, and Letticeand Lovage (SRT); Boeing, Boeing, The Boys Next Door, A Year with Frog and Toad, Lost in Yonkers, Barefoot in the Park, Jacob Marley’s Christmas (Oceanside Theatre Company). Ted also is a director (TheDark at the Top of the Stairs, Boeing, Boeing, Musical of Musicals, Bug, Bus Stop, Forever Plaid, The Twelve Plays of Christmas), lighting designer, and actor.

Omri Schein (Asst. Director) is a bicoastal writer and performer. Locally seen at North Coast Rep, Intrepid, Diversionary, and Moonlight Stage. Other credits: roles for Jason Alexander in When You’re In Love, The Whole World Is Jewish, The People Vs. Mona (off broadway/cast album), Grease (international tour), among others. As a writer: Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist (NYMF 2013 Winner for Excellence in Lyric Writing); Mambo Italiano, based on the film of the same name; and Bed Fellas!. With Phil Johnson, a comical version of Wuthering Heights, lovingly called Withering Heights. MFA in Musical Theatre, SDSU.

Bob Shuttleworth (Scenic Design and Set Construction) Skin Deep is Bob’s fourth set design for SRT. With a BFA in Theater from Southern Oregon University, Bob has worked with many theater groups throughout the country, designing and/or building more than 150 productions. Bob also works with Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, co-teaching a Theater Design class and mentoring a Woodworking Club, in addition to designing for their musicals and plays. This spring he also will be co-directing their Middle School musical as well. Bob resides in Poway with his wife, a costumer for several theaters, and his son, who often assists him with his set construction duties.

Mitchell Simkovsky (Lighting Design) is a veteran of many SRT productions, including Sleuth, The Heir Apparent, 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.

Angelica Ynfante (Properties Mistress) graduated from Texas State University with a BFA in Theater. She has worked her way around the U.S., including Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Vermont, New York, Tennessee and Kentucky. She also worked in Cancún, Mexico. Angelica finally made it to sunny California where she is currently working her fourth season as Props Mistress with San Diego Repertory Theatre. She has worked on many SRT productions, and is also the Technical Director for Moxie Theatre.

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Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured:  Jake Rosko, Maelyn Gándola, Adam Daniel

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Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured:  Maelyn Gándola

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Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured:  Jake Rosko, Maelyn Gándola, Adam Daniel

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Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured:  Maelyn Gándola, Jake Rosko, Adam Daniel

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Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured:  Jake Rosko, Maelyn Gándola, Adam Daniel

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Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured:  Maelyn Gándola, Jake Rosko,  Adam Daniel