Not Now, Darling

Not Now, Darlingby Ray Cooney & John Chapman
Directed by Jim Caputo
May 28 – June 26, 2010This hilarious farce set box-office records in Paris, London and New York. This is the tale of two unlikely partners in a fur salon, Bodley the philanderer and Crouch the guileless innocent. The action of the play involves girlfriends, suspicious husbands and wives, intrigue, scantily clad girls clapped hurriedly into closets, the usual mistaken identities and non-stop laughter.

“What does an audience do? It rolls in the aisles …” — Variety


Michelle Burkhart (Miss Whittington) is happy to return to SRT, having appeared as Sharon Lake in Play It Again, Sam. Other favorite roles include Corie in Barefoot in the Park, Chelsea in On Golden Pond, and Rita in Prelude to a Kiss. She is happy to be on stage again and performing with long-time friends and new friends as well, after a mini-hiatus. She would like to thank her friends and family for their continued support.

Danielle DeCarlo (Janie McMichael) is currently SRT’s Audition Coordinator, and was last seen on our stage as Alais in Lion in Winter. Other favorite roles include Heidi in The Heidi Chronicles, Miss Smith in Springtime for Henry (PowPAC); Shelby in Steel Magnolias, Sherlock Holmes in The Sign of the Four (OnStage Playhouse); Edna Louise in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (6th@Penn). Dani would like to thank John and Dyllan for supporting her desire to be on stage again – “I love you both.”

Jill Drexler (Maude Bodley) Recent credits at SRT include Holiday Memories, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, and The Lion in Winter. Other credits include Ring Around the Moon, Moon Over Buffalo, and You Never Can Tell (Moonlight at the Avo); Torch Song Trilogy, Fit To Be Tied (San Diego Critics Circle Award, Patté Award) and Minneola Twins (Diversionary ); Private Fittings (La Jolla Playhouse); Hysterical Blindness and The Gingerbread Lady (Backyard and Renaissance Productions at Cygnet);and The Diary of Anne Frank, What’s Wrong with This Picture, and Buried Child (North Coast Rep). Film credits include Michael Landon, The Father I Knew, The Married Men’s Club, Dogs, and The Big Fix. Jill also serves as SRT’s Artistic Director.

Kathryn Herbuck (Mrs Frencham) is thrilled to mark her first appearance with Scripps Ranch Theatre and this talented cast and crew. Recently Kathryn appeared in New Village Arts’ A Prelude To A Kiss and Portrait of My Sister. Other favorite roles include Claire in Boston Marriage and the mother in Nocturne. Kathryn is a professional vocalist as well and member of the female vocal trio, The Fabulous Earrings, who recently appeared in Moxie Theatre’s Doo-Wop Concert.

Mark Loveless (Arnold Crouch) was last seen at SRT in the acclaimed production of Scapino. In Not Now, Darling, he is recreating the role he has previously performed for Lamplighters. Some of his favorite roles, in addition to NND, include Neville’s Island and The Foreigner (OnStage Playhouse); Between Men, (Actor’s Alliance); Picnic (PowPac); Eat Your Heart Out (Lamplighters); and two musicals She Loves Me and Company. Mark has also directed several plays including Murder Among Friends and Barefoot in the Park (PowPAC) and Towards Zero and 45 Seconds from Broadway at Lamplighters. Mark is a member of the Actors Alliance of San Diego.

Eric Poppick (Gilbert Bodley) directed Play it Again, Sam for SRT, and this season directed our acclaimed production of Over the River and Through the Woods. Local acting credits include Golden Boy and Four Dogs and a Bone at New Village Arts; The History Boys at Cygnet Theatre; Morning’s at Seven atNorth Coast Rep; and One for the Road at the Lyceum. L.A. credits include Awake and Sing!, Scapino, Rhinoceros, Don’t Drink the Water, and Murder in the First. 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, and The Young and the Restless.

Don Pugh (Harry McMichael) originally hails from Dunedin, New Zealand, and studied at the Sylvia Plath School Of Theatrical Arts And Magic in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. Two of his most recent roles were as a womanizing jazz musician in Bang! Productions’ Side Man, as well as the loveable Joe Cooper with Compass Theatre’s production of Killer Joe.

Dave Rethoret (Mr Frencham) is appearing in his fourth role at SRT. Audiences may remember him as Gustave Kumer in The Deadly Game, and as Johnnie in Bermuda Avenue Triangle for both of which he won Aubrey Awards. His credits include roles at Cygnet Theatre, Old Globe, North Coast Repertory Theatre and others. Dave has acted in over 100 productions in California and has directed over 50, including four productions of The Fantasticks, his favorite musical, one of which was at SRT.

Bobby Schiefer (Charlie Lawson and Asst. Stage Manager) is glad to be a part of this wonderful cast. Previous credits include: Compass Theatre’s The House of Yes (Anthony); ion/Diversionary’s Bent (Wolf); Triad Productions’ The Lonesome West (Valene); Cygnet’s The History Boys (Rudge); OnStage Playhouse’s How I Learned To Drive (Male Greek Chorus); SDSU’s Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), Desire Under The Elms (Simeon), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius), By The Bog of Cats (Carthage), The Grapes of Wrath (Ensemble), Macbeth (MacDuff), and Archangels Don’t Play Pinball (Ensemble); and SDSU’s Skull and Dagger Dramatic Society’s Kindertransport (Ratcatcher).

Sunny Smith (Sue Lawson) is excited for her SRT debut. Recent credits: Miss Electricity (La Jolla Playhouse); Wit, Dracula, Hansel & Gretel, and Julius Caesar (North Coast Rep); Frozen (Ion Theatre); The Heidi Chronicles (New Village Arts); HMS Pinafore and Daughter of the Regiment (SD Lyric Opera); The Triangle Tragedy (Compass Theatre). Other credits: A Short History of Dating, Suds, Smokey Joe’s Café, Enigma Variations, Opera of the Oasis, Blithe Spirit, The Curious Savage, Into the Woods, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Absence of a Cello. Sunny is co-owner of Jabronie Pictures and a teaching artist and education board member at North Coast Rep.

DeNae Steele (Miss Tipdale) was last seen in Back of the Throat with ion theatre company. Credits include The Crucible (Mary Warren), SRT’s The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Lala), Escape From Happiness (Gail), Buried Child (Shelly), Steel Magnolias (Shelby), Blood Brothers (Linda), Richard III, Crimes of the Heart, Pericles, Moon Over Buffalo, Sweeney Todd and others. DeNae holds a BFA in Theatre from Rhodes College.

Production Staff

Jim Caputo (Director) is a playwright, director and actor, and from 2006-2009 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. Fusion Theatre, New Mexico’s only Equity theater is sponsoring Jim’s play, Amy’s Wish, in this year’s Samuel French competition in NYC. His 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, and The Shadow Box in 2009. 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.

Martin Astl (Co-producer) Not Now, Darling is apropos for Martin’s first venture into theater production. He has been a supernumerary (opera-speak for ‘extra’) with San Diego Opera since 2008, particularly enjoying his role as the Act III drunk in this season’s La Boheme. Martin earned his MBA in London and works as a financial operations analyst for a British company. He is pleased to be working with Scripps Ranch Theatre and would like to thank Fran and SRT for this wonderful opportunity.

Teri Brown (Costume Design) is glad to be back at Scripps Ranch Theatre. She recently produced and assisted with costumes for Into the Woods at OnStage Playhouse in Chula Vista, where she also currently serves as Artistic Director. Teri has costumed over 25 shows, including Ravenscroft and Perfect Wedding here at SRT. Audiences may recognize her for her SRT on-stage appearances in How to Succeed… (Miss Jones), Ravenscroft (Dolly) and Rumors (Chris). Her costuming work can also be seen in Dog Sees God for InnerMission Productions at Diversionary Theatre (June 4 – 27).

Steve Murdock (Sound Design) A San Diego resident for 11 years, Steve has worked at several local theaters for the last three years, including Coronado Playhouse’s Inherit the Wind (Actor), As You Like It (Actor, Sound Designer), Black Coffee (Actor, Sound Designer) and Blithe Spirit (Sound Designer/Technical Director); OnStage Playhouse’s After-Play (Director); SRT’s Chapter Two (Sound Design). Most recently Steve directed Fuddy Meers at PowPAC.

Fran Palmer (Co-producer) has been active in many aspects of the San Diego theater community, and is probably best known for her past involvement with Coronado Playhouse. She has worked in a variety of capacities, including producing, directing, stage managing, and acting, and this is her third co-producing role with SRT, including last season’s Chapter Two. Fran has covered a range from producing a world premier at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla to directing and producing murder mysteries at Dave and Buster’s. She has recently been on stage as a supernumerary with San Diego Opera, and will be spending her summer again in Rome as an associate producer with the English Theatre of Rome.

Roger C. Drexler (Props Master) This show marks the eighth production for Roger at SRT, making sets or backstage working on properties. Ever since The Cemetery Club many years ago, he has been honing his skills to the level required for this exciting production. During this show he is living the Props Master Creed: ” We get ’em, we set ’em, and when they get broken, we replace ’em!” We hope you enjoy the unusual hand props which are used in this show, especially the champagne bottles and 10-pound notes.

Brian Redfern (Scenic Design) At SRT, designs include Over the River and Through the Woods, Chapter Two, and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. San Diego credits include designs for Cygnet Theatre, Compass Theatre, Vantage Theatre, Joan Croc Center for the Performing Arts, San Diego State University, Point Loma Nazarene University, OnStage Playhouse, PowPAC and others. He was recently the assistant designer for two productions at South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, CA. Brian holds a Master of Theatre Studies from Southern Oregon University, and is an MFA candidate in scenic design at SDSU.


“The latest offering from Scripps Ranch Theatre is a British bedroom farce, wonderfully staged and acted in a production directed by Jim Caputo. The play, written by Ray Cooney and John Chapman, is in the classic style, with lots of improbable plot situations, confusion, panicked reactions, and actors popping in and out of doors. Get ready for a very funny evening of screwball situations, clever dialogue, physical comedy, and surprising plot twists. Everyone involved in this play did a great job… This production is well worth devoting an evening to enjoying.
The theatre has managed another winner with this play.”
Kathleen Downs – San Diego Theatre Scene

“With its flirty, sexy fun and quick-fire wit, the play is wonderfully executed by a strong cast
that doesn’t miss a comedic beat.”
José López – Pomerado Newspaper Group