Scripps Ranch Theatre’s 6th Annual “Out On A Limb:
New Plays from America’s Finest City”

Scripps Ranch Theatre, located on the campus of Alliant International University, presents their 6th Annual Out on a Limb – New Plays from America’s Finest City. Scripps Ranch Theatre is a leader in the Southern California Arts Community in developing and producing new plays. The pieces are all new, world-premiere plays written by area playwrights, and have a common theme of having something to do with San Diego. 

Performances July 14-16, and July 21-23, 2017 at Scripps Ranch Theatre
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

Founder and Artistic Director of the Festival, Robert May shared “We are excited to be gearing up for our 6th Annual Out On A Limb. At Scripps Ranch Theatre – we continue to look for ways to encourage development of new works from our diverse community that reflect the San Diego experience. This year we have an OOAL alum, Steven Oberman, and first-timers Joe Nogra and the writing trio of Diana Burbano, Tom Shelton, and Chris Shelton.  It’s hard to believe that it’s already been six years, but we’re so proud to once again support area playwrights with their new work and have them produced on our stage.”  

2017 New Plays

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by Steven Oberman
Directed by Daren Scott

Glen, a senior at UCSD, wants to graduate with honors, and is certain he has to find a girl to inspire him to achieve it. Sharon, a psych major who lacks self-awareness, is looking for someone to psychoanalyze. A match made in heaven? Or, are they looking for muses in all the wrong places?



Joshua Jones (Glen) is excited to be returning to Out on a Limb. Other OOAL performances include On Air and Green Flash at Sunset. Elsewhere: Perfect Arrangement (Intrepid); Car Plays: Interchange (Moving Arts/LA Jolla Playhouse); Bedrooms and Boyfriends (Compulsion Dance & Theatre/San Diego Fringe); The Heir Apparent, Postmortem, An Inspector Calls, a feminine ending, Almost, Maine (Scripps Ranch Theatre); Calendar Girls, Tribute (Sullivan Players); Much Ado About Nothing (New Village Arts); Beginner’s Heaven (New Village Arts/Playwrights Project). 

DeNae Steele (Sharon) is happy to appear on stage for OOAL 2017. She designed lighting for the first two OOAL festivals, and has performed in many SRT regular season productions, and elsewhere in San Diego. Special thanks to Daren, the crew, and the behind-the-scenes staff.

by Joe Nogra
Directed by Charles Peters

“Absolutely Do Not Open Until Your First Disagreement” reads the attached card on the gift from the bride’s eccentric aunt.  Though pressured from their bridal party, the newlyweds decide that this gift will remain wrapped until they’ve reached that point.  It survives countless milestones but do french fries, ranch dressing, and moving day threaten the opening of THE BOX?


 Clare Be (Beverly) is pleased to be joining SRT for the first time with this production of Out On a Limb. Hailing from the U.K., Clare graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a B.A. in Music Performance and a B.A. in Theatre. Her latest onstage role was Gwendolyn Pigeon in Star Theatre’s Odd Couple. Other favorites include Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest and Constanze in Amadeus.  

M. Keala Milles, Jr. (Dempsey) is honored to help launch new work through the Out On A Limb festival. Previous regional credits include: Disgraced (SD Rep); The Boy Who Danced on Air (Diversionary); Water By the Spoonful (The Old Globe); and The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (ion). Additional local credits include: Heathers: The Musical, American Hero, Company, Rope the Musical, Head: The Musical, Godspell, and John Doe, The Ultimate Midlife Crisis. 

Film credits include: Slap Worthy and Alien Story.  

Ryan Payne (Mark) is excited to be a part of the Out on a Limb festival. Pursuing acting since high school, Ryan has garnered what he’s been told is a relentless enthusiasm for acting, as he looks to turn that enthusiasm towards filmmaking. Recent credits include Mr. Elton in Emma and Lou Cohn in The 1940s Radio Hour; his favorite roles include Aaron in Titus Adronicus, and Chutes & Ladder in Water by the Spoonful at SDSU.  

Kira Vine (Aya) was recently seen in James and the Giant Peach (Coronado Playhouse) and Next Fall (OnStage Playhouse). This is her first appearance at SRT. Favorite projects include Heathers: The Musical (OnStage Playhouse); Seven Spots on the Sun (InnerMission Productions); and the U.S. premiere of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (La Jolla Playhouse). 

by Diana Burbano, Tom Shelton, and Chris Shelton
Directed by James P. Darvas

Is it a hallucination or merely a touch of magic realism that leads to the friendship between Marina Santiago — an oceanography student afraid of the sea — and Ellen Browning Scripps, the legendary philanthropist of La Jolla?  When an ill-fated one-night-stand sends Marina running into the flippers of a loquacious and free-spirited harbor seal — hallucinatory or not, it leads to an epic battle to save La Jolla’s soul and liberate Marina’s.


Jill Drexler (Ellen Browning Scripps) is pleased to be part of an Out On a Limb cast for the first time. Ms. Drexler is Artistic Director of SRT and has appeared most recently there in An Inspector Calls, Lettice and Loveage and Beau Jest. She also has appeared at Cygnet, Moxie, ion, North Coast Rep., Diversionary and Sledgehammer theaters in San Diego. She is the recipient of both the Patté and Critics Circle awards. 

Dillon Hoban (Torrey) fell in love with acting doing youth theater and continued preforming throughout high school. He currently studies Theatre Arts at San Diego State University, where he will be making his stage debut there in the fall. This is his first show at Scripps Ranch Theatre and he was delighted to find such a professional and passionate community of creative people working here. He would like to offer thanks to his wonderful cast and crew and his family for their support throughout the years. 

Natalia Maggio (Marina) has been involved in theatre since she was six years old. She’s also a singer, and somewhat a dancer, so she’s regularly auditioning for musicals. She was last seen at SDCC as Velma in Chicago. One of her favorite roles without music was as Selma Khan in Belief No Repeat, last summer as part of the Fringe Festival. 
M. Keala Milles, Jr. (Jorge) – See Bio in The Box cast, above. 


Robert May (Founder and Artistic Director: Out on a Limb) Robert began working with new plays as an undergrad actor, as a director with the Fritz Blitz, and continues his passion for new work with New Works Studio and Out on a Limb – both at Scripps Ranch Theatre. He is an actor and sound designer, and an award-winning director.

Diana Burbano (Co-Playwright, The Strange Education of Marina Santiago-Scripps), is a Colombian immigrant, an Equity actor, a playwright and a teaching artist. Written work: Policarpa, Drama League Rough Draft May 2017, Fabulous Monsters, Festival51 2016, Picture me Rollin’ 35th annual William Inge Festival, Silueta, (about the Cuban artist Ana Mendieta), with Tom and Chris Shelton, and Caliban’s Island, 2017 Headwaters New Play Festival at Creede Repertory.(Published by YouthPLAYS). Linda, written for the 365 Women a Year was featured in more than 20 festivals, including Center Theatre Group’s library series. Diana is a Latino Theatre Association/ LA writer, member of Dramatists Guild and Alliance of LA Playwrights.

Tom Shelton (Co-Playwright, The Strange Education of Marina Santiago-Scripps). As an actor: South Coast Repertory, Pasadena Playhouse, Musical Theatre West, International City Theatre, La Mirada Theatre, and Laguna Playhouse. he was a company member of Los Angeles’ Hillside Repertory for 11 seasons. He appeared Off-Broadway in The Man Who Shot The Man Who Shot Jesse James. Mr. Shelton is on the faculty of SCR’s Adult Conservatory, and is an accomplished playwright and composer. For Orange County’s Gourmet Detective he has co-authored several comic thrillers. His musical Caddie Woodlawn, adapted from the American classic, co-authored with Susan Hunter, is published by Samuel French.

Chris Shelton (Co-Playwright, The Strange Education of Marina Santiago-Scripps) Chris also collaborated with Diana Burbano/Tom Shelton to write Silueta, about artists Carl Andre and Ana Mendieta. Directing credits: The Real Love, starring Adam Pascal, Cady Huffman, Shirley Jones; Tartuffe at Bank Playhouse (Dramalogue Director Award); Mysteries and Miracles (L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award); Our Town (L.A. Times/Best L.A. Theater/1999); The Odd Couple; As You Like It; Travesties; The Devil’ Disciple; Private Lives; Blithe Spirit; Blood Knot; The Threepenny Opera. Chris is a filmmaker and the Performance Director of live-narrated planetarium shows at Griffith Observatory. Former life: Chris played Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing at The Old Globe, San Diego.

James P. Darvas (Director, The Strange Education of Marina Santiago-Scripps) is an award-winning local actor and director. 2015 AACT Best Performer for I Am My Own Wife (New Group West); 2015 Best Director for Coyote On A Fence (Onstage Playhouse). Other notable credits: Acting: The Shadow Box (SRT); Enron (Moxie); Geeks: The Musical (ion); Disgraced (u/s S.D. Rep); Direction: Rabbit Hole (C.A.T.); Good People (Onstage Playhouse); Belief No Repeat (2016 Fringe Festival).

Joe Nogra (Playwright, The Box) is an aspiring San Diego playwright and actor. He is humbled and honored that his one-act play, The Box, is being produced as part of SRT’s Out On A Limb 2017. Select recent work includes short stories produced by Asian Story Theatre and his full length play, Perception – The Modern Day Love Story, produced by the Mesa College Theatre Company. Stay tuned for upcoming scripts and read samples of his work at Storiesbyjoe.com.

Charles Peters (Director, The Box) Charles is an award winning director and actor and has twice toured nationally. In San Diego he has worked professionally as a director, actor, sound designer, and consultant at ion theatre, New Village Arts, Scripps Ranch Theatre, OnStage Playhouse, Coronado Playhouse, Cygnet Theatre, Carlsbad Playreaders and more. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at Scripps Ranch Theatre and as their OutReach Director. For further information visit www.charles-peters.com

Steven Oberman (Playwright, Looking for Muse) Steven’s plays have been produced in California, Texas and Ohio. His one-acts Leaving Shadows and A Slip From Reality had their premiere productions at Scripps Ranch Theatre’s Out on a Limb New Play Program. They have also toured San Diego schools as part of Scripps’ Outreach Program, as well as being presented together as Leaving Reality for this year’s San Diego Fringe Festival. Oberman received the First Place Award for his one-act, Forgive Me Not, from Scripteasers’ Short Play competition. Other produced plays include Vanished, Mozu, a musical, and Claire Voyant. Steven is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Daren Scott (Director, Looking for Muse) Directing credits of note, The Miss Firecracker Contest (Critics Circle Nomination for Sam Ginn as best lead actress), Of Mice And Men (Critics Circle Nominations for Best Production, Best Director and a win for best lead actor Manny Fernandez) both at New Village Arts. Here at Scripps Ranch Theatre he directed the critically acclaimed An Inspector Calls. He is thrilled to be directing Joshua Jones and DeNae Steele in Looking For Muse by Steven Oberman.


Christina Riviello (Production Manager and Stage Manager) was last seen at Scripps Ranch Theatre as Stage Manager for OOAL’s 2014 production. Christina has worked on stage crews at Kean University, the San Diego Fringe Festival, Premiere Stages, as well as at SRT. Favorite productions include The Little Mermaid, Hairspray, Beautiful Dark, Work in Progress, and previous OoaLs’ Unplugged and Blackout at Battery Cliff.

Dawn Fuller-Korinek (Costume Design) has costumed over 125 productions for theater and dance. These ranged from “The Wizard of Oz” to “The Tempest.” She is excited to be joining the SRT team after recently relocating from San Francisco. Dawn is energized by each new challenge of developing a character’s style, soul and personality through costumes and color. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC with a major in Fashion Design.

Andrea Gutierrez (Props), a native San Diegan, has worked in many theaters around the county, including positions with Starlight Theatre, The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, North Coast Rep, and several youth theater companies. She is honored to have the opportunity to add SRT to her resume, and has enjoyed working with the wonderful designers and staff of OOAL.

Ted Leib (Sound Design) credits include:  Vanya & Sasha…, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, The FantasticksGood PeopleThe Heir Apparent, The Liar, Five Course Love, Out On A Limb, SleuthSkin Deep, Howard Johnson’s, and Lettice and Lovage (SRT); PicnicBoeing Boeing, The Boys Next Door, A Year With Frog & Toad, Lost In Yonkers, Barefoot in the Park, Jacob Marley’s Christmas (OTC); Spelling Bee (Intrepid), One Flea Spare and Bug (Hunger Artists), among others.  Ted is also a director and actor (Good People for SRT) and currently serves as artistic director for the Oceanside Theatre Company.

Bob Shuttleworth (Scenic Design and Set Construction) is now concluding his second year with SRT. 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 Loves and Hours, 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.

Sahar Hakimi (Assistant Stage Manager) graduated from San Diego City College. She has worked as the Scenic Crew for The Last Cyclist and the Costume Crew for I Hate Hamlet with the Mesa College Theatre Company. She also played her first role as an understudy as Lilian Troy in I Hate Hamlet. Sahar will be pursuing her B.A. in General Theatre at San Diego State University.