Loves And Hours – 2017

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By Stephen Metcalfe
June 2  – July 2, 2017

Love. Age. Perspective. The wisdom learned of experience. The innocence and impatience of youth. Thrills. Romance. Movies, wine, antiques and rock and roll. Loves & Hours is the story of Dan Tilney; newly divorced, empty nester, and a man now totally at a loss as to what to do with the rest of his life. His friends know. Dan needs a girl. But will it be Charlotte, beautiful, bursting with life and twenty years his junior? Or will it be Julia; his life long friend and confidant. And what about his teenage son who is having an affair with a neighbor? And his ex-wife who has announced she’s gay? What about his best friend, Harold,—who is going through a mid-life crisis and his daughter, Rebecca, who is seemingly furious with everything and everyone. In this gentle comedy, life and love are complicated for young and not so young alike.

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


Beth Gallagher (Rebecca) is performing in her second straight show at SRT, having just appeared as Karen Flemming in Flemming (An American Thriller). Other select local theatre credits include: A Christmas Carol (Cygnet Serves); the one-woman show Amelia Lives (American History Theatre); Disappearing Act (InnerMission Productions); 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)

Francis Gercke (Dan Tilney) Recent roles include: EquivocationFreud’s Last Session (Lambs Players); Stupid F***ing Bird, True West, Fool for Love (Cygnet Theatre); Parlour Song, TheElephant Man (Backyard Renaissance); The Behavior of Broadus (Capital Stage Company); In the Next Room, Honky (San Diego Rep); Accomplice, Suzette Who Set to Sea (La Jolla Playhouse WOW and POP Tour); A Life in the Theatre, Time Stands Still (NCRT); Hurlyburly, Grace, Shining City (ion theatre); The Pride (Diversionary Theatre); Orphans, Playboy of the Western World (New Village Arts); Oleanna, Macbeth, I Hate Hamlet (Intrepid Theatre Company). He is a resident artist with Cygnet Theatre and recipient of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award as an actor and a director. A graduate of the Actors Studio Drama School, he has been a faculty member at Palomar College, University of San Diego, and California State University San Marcos and teaches privately through ActorsApproach.

Taylor Henderson (Charlotte) is so happy to be making her SRT debut in Loves and Hours. Originally from Las Vegas, Taylor is happy to now call San Diego her home. Favorite credits include: She-Rantulas…in 3D! (NYC Fringe); Ojo (La Jolla Playhouse); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (New Fortune Theatre Company); A Civil War Christmas (Diversionary); All Shook Up (Moonlight); A Little Night Music and Avenue Q (Coronado/OB Playhouse); American Idiot (Patio Playhouse); RENT (Mayan Hall Theatre); Hair (RagTag Entertainment); and Hairspray (Signature Productions). HUGE gratitude to Fran and to everyone near and far for their continued support. Inspire! Aspire!

Dana Hooley (Linda / Anne) Previous SRT appearances: Sonia in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike;Blithe Spirit; The Last Night of Ballyhoo; Perfect Wedding; and Lettice and Lovage. Selected recent stage appearances: Chapatti at Dezart Performs, Palm Springs; Happy Days with Sledgehammer; Birthday Party with New Fortune; School for Lies with North Coast Repertory Theatre. Dana received the Actor of the Year award for 2014 from the SD Critics Circle, and Best Supporting Actress in 2015. Dana is a New Fortune Theatre Company member, and an associate artist with Sledgehammer and Diversionary Theatres.

Paul Maley (Harold) graduated from UCLA’s Theatre program in 1984. He and his wife moved to San Diego in 1990 to work at Lamb’s Players Theatre, where Paul spent 20 years on staff as a performer/educator. LPT credits include Shadowlands, The Boys Next Door, and over 2,000 educational outreach performances. Most recently, he appeared as Howard in Picnic with Oceanside Theatre Company. He also has performed with Write Out Loud, Sea World, the San Diego Symphony, and his own company StageWorks! Paul is excited to make his SRT debut in Loves and Hours.

Tori King Rice (Julia) had her play, Tiny, produced as part of SRT’s 2015 Out on a Limb festival. Other select theatre credits: Sex with Strangers and Rapture, Blister, Burn (understudy, San Diego REP); The Momologues (Different Stages); Straight Talk (Odyssey Theatre); The Hamletmachine (ASU); and her critically acclaimed solo show, The More Men Weigh (Edmonton Fringe). Additional playwriting credits: Sisters in the System, (Playwrights Project); The Hunt(s) (New Play Café); Bottled in, Baby (New Perspective Festival). Her finest production to date is her daughter, Sadie, thanks in no small part to her awesome husband, Ron.,

Jake Rosko (Dan Jr.) is happy to return to SRT, where he also appeared in Murder at the Howard Johnsons, Tribute, An Inspector Calls and Perfect Wedding. Jake has worked in several other theaters in San Diego and graduated from SDSU with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature. He would like to thank the cast and crew and especially Fran for his patience.

Sofia Sassone (Andrea / Sandra) Originally from Buenos Aires, Sofia’s theatre career began in the US while attending Florida International University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance. Her Miami credits include An Ideal Husband, Stage Kiss and Rumors. Here in San Diego she has worked with Plays by Young Writers and the 413 Project. She also has written and performed for the South Florida One-Minute Play Festival and directed various shows for Miami One-Acts Festival and Microteatro.

William Parker Shore (Tom) is excited to be making his SRT debut. A graduate of Arizona State, some of his recent theater credits include Maple and Vine, Dangerous Obsession, It’s Just Sex, and Relatively Speaking. William would like to thank the director, cast and crew for making Loves and Hours such a wonderful experience.

DeNae Steele (Sara) Previous SRT appearances: TheLiar (Isabel/Sabine); Almost, Maine (various); Absurd Person Singular (Eva); The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Lala). In addition to San Diego, DeNae has performed in, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Delaware and Tennessee. She graduated from Rhodes College, earning a BFA in Theatre. Some other past favorites: Steel Magnolias (Shelby); Blood Brothers (Laura);  Crimes of the Heart (Chick); The Crucible  (Mary Warren); Buried Child (Shelley); Sweeney Todd (ensemble); and Pippin (ensemble). Thank you, Fran, for this opportunity. Thank you, SRT, for live theatre. Thank you, ALL my friends and family, for support and encouragement.


Production Staff

Francis Gercke (Director)  is an actor (member of AEA), a director, teacher and the artistic director of Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company. San Diego directing credits include: Parlour Song, The Elephant Man, Abundance, (Backyard Renaissance); California Suite, Tribute (Scripps Ranch Theatre); A Lie of the Mind, ThreeSisters, Playboy of the Western World (New Village Arts); Mauritius, Man from Nebraska, Curse of the Starving Class (Cygnet Theatre); In the Heat of the Night (ion theatre). Fran co-founded New Village Arts and is former associate artistic director of Cygnet Theatre. He is a recipient of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award, has taught at Palomar College, Cal State San Marcos, University of San Diego, and through ActorsApproach.  Fran is a graduate of the Actors Studio Drama School.

George Moy (Production Manager), a native of New York City, has been a freelance clarinetist and involved in the performing arts for decades.  He has performed on three continents and toured throughout the U.S. in a Cameron McIntosh production of Oliver! In 2009 George moved to San Diego, where he was the General Manager at Diversionary Theatre, and is currently the newest member of the men’s singing group InAchord.  This production marks the first show he has ever produced.

Megan Aguilar-Ames (Stage Manager) is happy to be working at SRT once again! She is a graduate of San Diego State University, where she received a BA in Design Technology for Theatre with an emphasis in stage management. Previous credits include: When Last We Flew (Diversionary); The Liar, The Gift Teller, An Inspector Calls, Perfect Wedding and California Suite (SRT); Zanna, Don’t!, Doubt, Symphony of Clouds, and A Grand Night for Singing (SDSU); and Dear Harvey (USD).

Robyn Boyd (Costume Design) is honored to return to Scripps Ranch Theatre. Recent credits include: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (SRT); Miracle on 34th Street (Oceanside Theatre Company); Urinetown (MiraCosta College); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Moonlight Youth); and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (San Diego Junior Theatre). Robyn assists several theaters and dance companies throughout San Diego County, and is also known for her Cosplay creations. Robyn thanks SRT for having her back, and looks forward to working with this talented cast and crew to bring this story to life.

Sue Givens (Properties Mistress) is happy to be doing props again at SRT, having most recently done the complicated props for Flemming (An American Thriller). She started her work in props back in 1996 with Premier Productions. Since then, Sue has added Stage Manager, ASM, Crew Chief, Dresser, Producer, Lighting and Spot Op to her résumé at theaters throughout San Diego and Los Angeles. She taught stage tech at high school and is currently on the technical staff at the Bob Burton Center for Performing Arts in Fallbrook.

Steve Murdock (Sound Design) Previous SRT sound designs include: 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. Elsewhere, Steve recently directed productions of The Dresser and David Mamet’s November, and will be directing Pygmalion later this year.

Bob Shuttleworth (Scenic Design and Set Construction) In his second year with SRT, Loves and Hours) marks Bob’s 10th 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 theatres from New Jersey to Oklahoma, to South Carolina, to Georgia, to Oregon, and in San Diego.

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

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Loves And Hours

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Pictured: Sofia Sassone (Andrea / Sandra), Paul Maley (Harold)

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Pictured: Francis Gercke (Dan), Taylor Henderson (Charlotte)

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Pictured: Paul Maley (Harold), Francis Gercke (Dan)

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Pictured: Francis Gercke (Dan)

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Pictured: Taylor Henderson, Francis Gercke (Dan)

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Pictured: Jake Rosko (Dan Jr.), DeNae Steele (Sara)

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Pictured: Dana Hooley (Linda / Anne), Francis Gercke (Dan), Tori King Rice (Julia)

Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Francis Gercke (Dan), Paul Maley (Harold)

Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: DeNae Steele (Sara), Jake Rosko (Dan Jr.)

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Pictured: DeNae Steele (Sara), William Parker Shore (Tom)

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Pictured: Francis Gercke (Dan), Beth Gallagher (Rebecca)

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Director Fran Gercke with Loves and Hours Playwright, Stephen Metcalfe

Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Director Fran Gercke with Loves and Hours Playwright, Stephen Metcalfe