Return Engagements – 2019

Return Engagements
by Bernard Slade
March 29 to April 28, 2019

This ingenious comedy is by the author of Same Time, Next Year. Act I consists of three vignettes showing separate couples, and in Act II, we meet the couples 25 years later and learn how they ended up and how they are linked together.

“A packed house roared with laughter … the play is laced with great one-liners and farcical situations … a ton of laughs.” – Door County Advocate

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Cast

Morgan Carberry (Fern Edwards) is delighted to be back at SRT after appearing as Hilary in Tribute back in 2015. Favorite regional credits include: Clementine in BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!) (MOXIE); Fraulein Kost/Music Director in Cabaret (ion); Dead Mum in Billy Elliot (SDMT); Aunt Spiker in James and the Giant Peach (Barn Stage Company); Agnes in On the Twentieth Century (Cygnet); Miss Watson/Violin in Big River (NVA); Congregation in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Moonlight). MFAs: Drama Centre London, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Thanks to Charles, Jill, Robin and the Return Engagers for a delightful romp through time. @morgancarberry


Adam Daniel (Raymond MacKay) was last seen as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire. Before that, he played Hal Carter in Picnic, and Spike in Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike here at SRT. Adam appeared on Days of Our Lives and stars in the upcoming film Dollhead, as well as portraying rock singer environmentalist Storm Drayne for Port of San Diego. Other favorite theatre credits include Noises Off (Garry) and The Odd Couple (Felix Unger). Adam is a graduate of SDSU and the British American Drama Academy (BADA) at Oxford University. Thanks to family, friends, and to you, our audience!


Julia Giolzetti (Miranda Jablonski) is performing in her first SRT production since Pinocchio Commedia almost 20 years ago. Off-Broadway: Drunk Shakespeare (Lady Macbeth, New York Times Critic’s Pick). Selected New York credits: World Premiere of PINK! (Samantha), And Miss Reardon… (Anna), Midsummer (Hermia), Othello (Iago), Cymbeline (Pisanio), Winter’s Tale (Paulina), Comedy of Errors (Adriana). Istanbul: The Tempest, Macbeth. San Diego: King Charles III (Kate), Jimmy Dean (Edna), Plays by Young Writers at the Old Globe. Currently performing Shakespeare in local schools with Intrepid Theatre Company. BFA: NYU. Her greatest joy in life is her one-year-old daughter, Rosalind.


Natalia Maggio (Dawn Hammond) is thrilled to be back at SRT! You may have last seen her here in the 2017 Out On A Limb festival. She was recently Holly in The Wedding Singer at OB Playhouse, and also has been Diana in I Love You Because, Velma in Chicago, Clemencia in Electricidad, Rizzo in Grease, and in Belief No Repeat as part of the San Diego Fringe Festival. Natalia is currently an undergraduate student in Theatre at UCSD, and she wishes to thank her family and her partner, Cesar, for their endless love and support.


Ruth Carlson Russell (Daisy Lawrence) moved to San Diego in 2007 at which time SRT became her first SoCal theatre home. After five shows hiding offstage as Stage Manager or Producer, Ruth is excited to be making her SRT onstage debut. Favorite roles include The Crucible (Abigail), Dracula (Lucy), The Seagull (Masha), and Quilters (Daughter). Ruth is the voice of the news for Cox Communications’ internal podcast, and once worked on a movie with her nickname twin, Rufio. She is a certified yoga instructor and loves homemaking with her husband and sweet dog.


Robin Thompson (Oliver Edwards) is proud to return to SRT after debuting here last season in Baskerville… as Sherlock Holmes. Keeping close to home in North County, he has previously appeared at Oceanside’s Star Theatre in Barefoot in the Park (Paul), Noises Off (Freddie), A Few Good Men (Sam), and Fools (Count Gregor), the Welk Resort Theatre in Arsenic and Old Lace (Teddy), and The Grand Tea Room in The Importance of Being Earnest (Algernon), Sense and Sensibility (Col. Brandon), and, most recently, The Game’s Afoot (Gillette), which he also directed. Many thanks are due the support of his wife and adorable children.


Nick Young (Joe Bristol) was last seen at SRT performing in the OOAL show, Water Lords. He has performed at Moxie as Biil O’Wray in Trouble In Mind, and as Rev. Peck in A Discourse on the Wonders of The Invisible World. Nick earned an Aubrey Award as Grandpa Meeks in the Sugar Witch at OnStage Playhouse, where he also has appeared in several other plays, notably The Diary of Anne Frank. Other theater credits include PowPac, Innermission and Point Loma Actors. Most recently working on films such as Friend of The World and voicing Lt. Burke for Rex Rivetter, Private Eye, a mystery theatre Podcast. Nick is a longtime member of SAG/AFTRA.


Samuel Young (Henry Metcalf) is making his debut here at Scripps Ranch Theatre. He just recently finished understudying the role of Ray in San Diego Repertory Theater’s production of Aubergine. Previous to that he played the title character in Coronado Playhouse’s production of Macbeth. Some of his other favorite shows that he’s been in at Coronado Playhouse are King Charles III, Much Ado About Nothing, and Hamlet. He also has worked with Pickwick Players in To Kill a Mockingbird, and with Patio Playhouse in Becky Shaw. He’d like to thank his friends and family for all their love and support.


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Production Staff

Charles Peters (Director and Set Design) is an award-winning director and actor and has toured nationally twice. In San Diego he has worked professionally as a director, actor, sound designer and consultant at ion theatre, New Village Arts, Scripps Ranch Theatre, Cygnet Theatre, Carlsbad Playreaders and more. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at SRTand as our OutReach Director. Love to Harvey and Jenn for all their support. For further information visit www.charles-peters.com


Colette Hamilton (Asst. Director) graduated last spring from UC San Diego with her BA in Theatre Arts. She received departmental honors for her thesis in directing for Fefu and Her Friends by Maria Irene Fornes. Directing credits include: Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill, Fefu and Her Friends, Rumors, and UCSD’s 2018 Wagner New Play Festival One-Acts (Assistant Director).


Barbara Barber (Production Manager) first produced Scapino for SRT in 2005. Since then she has produced Sylvia, Inspecting Carol, The O’Conner Girls, The Shadow Box, Crimes of the Heart, Almost Maine, Over the River and Through the Woods, a feminine ending, The Liar, Sunset Park, Skin Deep, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Good People, Accomplice, and For Better, all for SRT. Barbara also now serves in the capacity of Producing Director on SRT’s Board of Directors.

Darcy Harman (Stage Manager) grew up in the community theaters of El Paso, Texas, and graduated from Mesa College Theatre Company. At SRT she was Assistant Stage Manager and/or Props Designer for this season’s Communicating Doors and Dancing Lessons, and last season’s Out on a Limb, For Better, Baskerville…, Outside Mullingar, and The Season of Love. Darcy also worked as a theatrical services technician at SeaWorld for five years.

Sue Givens (Properties) is very happy to be working with SRT again, following her work this season on Dancing Lessons, She Loves Me and Communicating Doors, as well as a number of shows in previous seasons. She has been Stage Manager, ASM and props coordinator throughout Southern California, with regional theaters as well as youth theaters. Sue has recently branched out, having worked as script supervisor on an independent feature film, and was Production Manager for the Carlsbad Music Festival.

Steve Murdock (Sound Design) Most recently directed productions of 10 Out of 12, Pygmalion, The Dresser and David Mamet’s November. Recent roles include Joe Keller in All My Sons, and Sidney Bruhl in Deathtrap. Other notable roles include Charles Condomine in Blithe Spirit, Jean in Rhinoceros, Dr. Jekyll in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Alan Raleigh in God of Carnage, Henry II in The Lion in Winter, C.K. ‘Dexter’ Haven in The Philadelphia Story, and Edward de Vere in The Beard of Avon. Love to Jen, and the Casserole Kitty.

Rogelio Rosales (Set Construction /Scenic Painting) is very pleased to be working on his third show at Scripps Ranch Theatre. He designed and built the set for She Loves Me, and was in charge of set construction for Dancing Lessons. He looks forward to continuing his gratifying relationship with SRT.

Pam Stompoly-Ericson (Costume Design) has been a costumer and makeup artist for what seems like several lifetimes. She was resident designer for Lyric Opera San Diego, as well as freelance designer with Onstage, Sledgehammer, Lamplighters, Coronado Playhouse, Patio Playhouse, OB Playhouse, Junior Theatre, Southwestern College and Moonlight. She also is a principal makeup artist with San Diego Opera, and has designed makeup and wigs with La Jolla Playhouse and USÇD. Her “day job” is managing her family’s business, The Costume Shop. Pam is happy to once again be designing at SRT and working with Charles Peters!

Tabitha Wiebe (Lighting Design) fell in love with lighting while she was an intern at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. With a degree in theatre from SDSU, this is her fourth production at Scripps Ranch Theatre, having previously done the lighting design for SRT’s productions of Perfect Wedding, Accomplice, and this season’s Communcating Doors. Tabitha does most of her design work at Patio Playhouse in Escondido, most recently How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and this coming summer’s Little Women.

Return Engagements Production photos

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Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Nick Young (Joe Bristol), Julia Giolzetti (Miranda Jablonski)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Julia Giolzetti (Miranda Jablonski),  Nick Young (Joe Bristol)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Morgan Carberry (Fern Edwards), Robin Thompson (Oliver Edwards)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Robin Thompson (Oliver Edwards), Morgan Carberry (Fern Edwards)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Natalia Maggio (Dawn Hammond),  Samuel Young (Henry Metcalf)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Morgan Carberry (Fern Edwards), Robin Thompson (Oliver Edwards)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Ruth Carlson Russell (Daisy Lawrence), Adam Daniel (Raymond MacKay)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Samuel Young (Henry Metcalf), Natalia Maggio (Dawn Hammond)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Ruth Carlson Russell (Daisy Lawrence), Adam Daniel (Raymond MacKay)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Natalia Maggio (Dawn Hammond), Robin Thompson (Oliver Edwards)