Moonlight and Magnolias

Moonlight and Magnolias
by Ron Hutchinson
Directed by Matt Thompson
May 25* – June 23, 2013
Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM

It’s Hollywood, 1939. David O. Selznick has locked a writer and director in his office and they can’t get out until they finish the script. What is the movie? “Gone With The Wind.” Come see this uproarious take on the Golden Age of cinema.

*Preview Night: Friday, May 24

• Cast   • Production Staff   • Production Photos   • Press


Jim Chovick (David O. Selznick) SRT: Debut. San Diego Theaters: The Old Globe, Lamb’s Players Theatre (Associate Artist), Cygnet Theatre (Resident Artist), La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Rep, North Coast Rep (Associate Artist), New Village Arts, Sledgehammer Theatre, Eveoke Dance Theatre, Starlight Theater, ion Theatre, Intrepid Shakespeare Company, Moxie Theatre, The Playwrights Project, 6th@Penn, The Ark, CCT, Mystery Cafe, Vantage Theatre and The Fritz. Awards: San Diego Critics Circle, Backstage West Dramalogue, KPBS Patté, Billie and Robby. Member of SAG.

Susan Clausen (Miss Poppenghul) is thrilled to return to the SRT stage. Other SRT credits include California Suite, How the Other Half Loves, and Social Security. Susan is on staff at Lamb’s Players Theatre where her credits include Harvey, A Man For All Seasons, ‘Till We Have Faces and The Diviners. She performed as Clara Schumann with the San Diego Symphony and was also a storyteller with WriteOutLoud’s TwainFest ’10 – ’13. 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 12-year old daughter, Hailey.

Cris O’Bryon (Ben Hecht) RECENT: The Odd Couple (NCRT); Chasing the Song, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bonnie & Clyde, Farnsworth Invention (La Jolla Playhouse); Constant Wife, Grinch, Odyssey (Old Globe); Storyville, Princess and the Black-Eyed Pea (San Diego REP); Brooklyn Boy  (SRT); The Rat Pack (BroadwaySD); Forever PlaidBeehive (Old Town); FootlooseDreamgirls!(SDMT); Altar Boyz, Full Monty (Welk); Susan&God, Festival of Christmas (Lamb’s Players); Legally Blonde, Phantom (Moonlight). TOUR: Song on the Wind (New Life Fine Arts), Forbidden Broadway (across the US). Cris also maintains a voice/piano/acting studio.

Jonathan Sachs (Victor Fleming) is very pleased to be working at SRT again. He was most recently seen on our stage in this season’s opening production of the hilarious Perfect Wedding. You may also recall his performances in Social Security in 2010 and Holiday Memories in 2009. His thanks go to all the talented cast and crew who have made this show a truly wonderful experience. Most importantly, Jonathan loves his beautiful sassy daughter, Payton, and his smoking-hot wife, Julie, who make him excited to be alive.


Production Staff

Matt Thompson (Director) Select San Diego directing credits include: The Car Plays (La Jolla Playhouse); A Christmas Carol, Ted Williams: A Tip of the Cap, Mistletoe, Music & Mayhem!, King ‘O the Moon, The Audition, Who’s on Alpha?, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (North Coast Rep); A Roman Holiday, If the Shoe Fits (Coronado Playhouse). Matt is a well-known San Diego actor as well as a published playwright with over twenty titles in print through Dramatic, Heuer, and Norman Maine Publishing. He received his M.A. in Theatre from San Diego State University.

Cristina Surplus (Production Manager) has loved her first experience wearing a producer’s hat with Moonlight and Magnolias. She has found it to be interesting and fun, and she now has an entirely new appreciation for what it takes to put on a show. She would like to thank Matt, Jessica, the designers, cast, and everyone else who worked so hard to make this awesome production come together. “Thank you for all you’ve done!” Cristina is also a modernistic painter whose work can be seen at

Jessica Adams (Stage Manager) is returning for her second production with SRT, having served as stage manager for this season’s a feminine ending. A graduate of CSU Stanislaus in Theatre and Liberal Studies, Jessica has participated in many areas and now found her home as a stage manager. Her favorite projects include Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors and Romeo and Juliet, Sam Shepherd’s Buried Child, and the Ebb and Fosse musical, Chicago. As always, she is grateful for her loving husband, who allows her to follow her dreams, even if that means long nights.

Anya Tuerk (Asst. Director) is a Colorado native and holds a Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance) from CU Boulder. Colorado credits with CU Opera and the Boulder Broadway Company include The Magic Flute, L’enfent et les Sortileges, Sara McKinnon (Lily’s Lady), A Chorus Line (Sheila) and Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Stepmother). Local credits include the title role in Cinderella (Coronado PH), Mickey in Cowgirls (PowPAC) Miep Gies in The Diary of Anne Frank (OnStage), Voice of Sonia in They’re Playing Our Song (SRT) and Innermission Productions’ The Vagina Monologues in 2011-2013. She has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to step off the stage and take part in the production team for this project.

Jason Connors (Sound Design) has had the pleasure of designing sound for four of the five shows in SRT’s 2012-2013 season. Other credits include live sound effects for WCYG’s A Christmas Carol and WCYG’s It’s a Wonderful Life ’11 (Cygnet), sound design for Bleeding Kansas (MOXIE), As Much As You Can (Diversionary), Much Ado About Nothing (New Village Arts), and original compositions for numerous plays including three short self-produced musicals. In June, he’s graduating from UCSD with a BA in Theatre. Future projects include sound design for two original plays for the UCSD theatre department and heading to Tonga for the Peace Corps this September.

Andy Scrimger (Set Design & Technical Director) served in the same capacity for SRT’s production of An Inspector Calls. He has been doing projects all over the west coast, including the San Francisco Bay area and Los Angeles, and most recently for Cygnet Theatre and The Old Globe here in San Diego. Andy enjoys design work of all types as President of Volume 11 Graphics, a local sign shop whose work ranges from window displays to vehicle wraps. He is always focused on using environmentally conscious materials and processes, and is excited to be working again with SRT.

Mitchell Simkovsky (Lighting Design) is a veteran of many SRT productions over a number of years, and also has designed lighting for productions at many other San Diego theaters. An accounting professional by day, last season Mitchell designed the lighting for four out of our five productions; Moonlight and Magnolias is the third SRT production this season for which he has designed the lighting.

Carol Whaley (Costume Design) is pleased to be designing her first show for Scripps Ranch Theatre. She is the resident costume and makeup designer for the San Diego City College Drama and Dance Departments. Carol has designed costumes for Coronado Playhouse, for which she won the ACT Aubrey Award for Best Costume Design for The Drowsy Chaperone, Lamb’s Players Theatre, La Jolla Stage Company, The Western Stage, San Jose Stage Company and Santa Barbara Ensemble Theatre. Carol holds an MFA in Theatrical Design from San Diego State University, as well as an MA and a BA in Dramatic Arts from UC Santa Barbara.

Angelica Ynfante (Propsmistress) Angelica is a Texas State University graduate with a BFA in theatre. She made her way around the US and Mexico for five years working in Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Vermont, New York, Tennessee, Kentucky and Cancun until she made it to sunny California where she is currently the props mistress with San Diego Rep for her fourth season, Moxie’s props mistress and technical director for three seasons, and Cygnet’s props designer this year. SRT productions include: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Almost, Maine; Brooklyn Boy; the Out On A Limb project; Perfect Wedding; Holiday Spirits; a feminine ending; and An Inspector Calls. She would like to thank SRT “for giving me the opportunity to do what I love every day.”

Zane Alcorn (Asst. Stage Manager). A senior at Scripps Ranch High School, Zane has been volunteering at SRT for over a year. His production team credits include helping crew for SRT’s initial Out On A Limb new-play-development project, Holiday Spirits, and a feminine ending. He has performed at SRHS in 13 shows, including playing the Jester in Once Upon a Mattress and Parris in The Crucible. Zane will be attending San Diego State University staring in the fall, where he plans to major in theater. SRT wishes him he very best as he proceeds to the next stage in his passion for theater.

Keric Rivas (Lighting Asst.) was extensively involved with theater productions during his high school days (he recalls working on shows such as Blood Brothers). Previous projects with SRT include Deathtrap and a feminine ending. Keric also has worked previously with SRT as a set-construction volunteer. He is now attending Grossmont College, and when not doing homework, set construction, or stage crew, he often can be found playing chess on weekends.


Production Photos

Cris O'Bryon (Ben Hecht) & Jim Chovick (David O. Selznick)Cris O

Cris O’Bryon (Ben Hecht) & Jim Chovick (David O. Selznick)

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Jim Chovick (David O. Selznick) & Cris O’Bryon (Ben Hecht)

Jim Chovick (David O. Selznick) & Jonathan Sachs (Victor Fleming)Jim Chovick (David O. Selznick) & Jonathan Sachs (Victor Fleming)

Jim Chovick (David O. Selznick) & Jonathan Sachs (Victor Fleming)

Cris O'Bryon (Ben Hecht), Jim Chovick (David O. Selznick), Jonathan Sachs (Victor Fleming) & Susan Clausen (Miss Poppenghul)Cris O

Cris O’Bryon (Ben Hecht), Jim Chovick (David O. Selznick), Jonathan Sachs (Victor Fleming) & Susan Clausen (Miss Poppenghul)

Cris O'Bryon (Ben Hecht), Jim Chovick (David O. Selznick) & Jonathan Sachs (Victor Fleming)
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Cris O’Bryon (Ben Hecht), Jim Chovick (David O. Selznick) & Jonathan Sachs (Victor Fleming)

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Cris O’Bryon (Ben Hecht), Jonathan Sachs (Victor Fleming) & Jim Chovick (David O. Selznick)

Cris O'Bryon (Ben Hecht), Jim Chovick (David O. Selznick) & Jonathan Sachs (Victor Fleming)
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Cris O’Bryon (Ben Hecht), Jim Chovick (David O. Selznick) & Jonathan Sachs (Victor Fleming)

Photos by Ken Jacques



Out & About, Theater: Moonlight and Magnolias at Scripps Ranch Theatre — Jeff Smith, San Diego Reader, June 3, 2013

Theater Review: “Moonlight And Magnolias” at Scripps Ranch Theatre — Jean Lowerison, San Diego Gay & Lesbian News, May 29th, 2013

Scripps Ranch Theatre mounts “Moonlight and Magnolias” in a high-energy farce — Carol Davis, Examiner, May 29, 2013