The Season of Love – 2017

The Season of Love

by James Caputo
November 10 to December 10, 2017

*** A World Premiere! ***

The Holidays bring out the best in us for it is the Season of Love.  Four stories about the variety of love and its power to transform.  At times hilarious, at times heartbreaking, each begins with an encounter of two people at a challenging time of life.  From the affluent to the homeless, they meet in restaurants, back alleys and funeral parlors.  And, as in life, each couple has its own story to tell.

Two middle aged people connect despite technology.  Two inter-generational women connect to transit a rite of passage.  A marriage strains its weathered connections.  A homeless couple are connected by the stars and a love of literature.  All in the season of love.


Sherri Allen (Jane) was last seen at SRT in The Dining Room. In San Diego, she has performed with Moonlight, ion, Cygnet, and North Coast Rep, understudied at La Jolla Playhouse, and toured with Lamb’s. Regionally: PCPA Theaterfest in Santa Maria, and Asolo Rep in Sarasota. Favorite roles include Rosemary in Picnic (Oceanside Theatre Company), and Winnifred in Once Upon A Mattress (Summer Repertory Theatre, Santa Rosa). Sherri is an SDSU Theatre alumna and did graduate work at Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. She is on the Associate Faculty at MiraCosta College and LOVES teaching performance classes for senior citizens!

Julie Clemmons (Eloise / Jamie) Julie was last seen at SRT in Little Mary Sunshine. She got her start at the age of 11, playing Moth in Love’s Labour’s Lost at The Old Globe Theatre, and has been performing ever since. Notable roles include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Val in A Chorus Line, and most recently Mrs. Prentice in What the Butler Saw at Lamplighter’s.

Jill Drexler (Ruth) is the Artistic Director of Scripps Ranch Theatre, and is especially proud to be part of the world premiere of The Season of Love. Her most recent roles at SRT include Beau Jest and Lettice and Lovage. Her most recent roles at other theatres include work at ion, Cygnet, North Coast Rep, Moonlight at the Avo, Backyard and Diversionary. She is the recipient of the Critic’s Circle Award, the Patte Award and the Billie award. Ms. Drexler would like to thank all those who work tirelessly to keep SRT alive and thriving.

Paul Morgavo (Anthony / Alfred) is a Southern California native and former U.S. Marine who has performed in venues across the United States, Canada, and England. He has performed alongside Grammy Award winner Lee Greenwood and numerous Broadway veterans. Local credits include The Old Globe, Moonlight, San Diego Musical Theatre, Welk Resort, New Village Arts, ion, North Coast Rep, Starlight, Lyric Opera and more. Recent local credits include: Billy ElliotDamn Yankees, and The Producers (SDMT); and Sunset Boulevard and Titanic (Moonlight). Paul enjoys new works and is happy for the opportunity to work on James Caputo’s original script.

Grace Delaney (Mary) This is Grace’s first production at Scripps Ranch Theater. She has worked and performed at many SD theatres including Outside MullingarStoryvilleThe Seafarer (San Diego Repertory Theatre); Dancing At LughnasaTwo Gentlemen Of VeronaPlayboy of the Western World (New Village Arts); The Matchmaker (Cygnet Theater); The Queen of BingoHarvey (Broadway Theater); and many more. Most recently, she was in Out To Lunch at the San Diego International Fringe Festival.

Rhiannon McAfee (Amy) was most recently in Swipe at the San Diego International Fringe Festival. Favorite credits include her award-winning performance of Laura in The Glass Menagerie (OnStage Playhouse), as well as NovemberGod of Carnage and Pride and Prejudice. McAfee is also Jenny McIntosh, Girl Friday in Rex Rivetter, an audio drama available on all podcatchers. When not onstage, Rhiannon can be found on screens at film festivals, on the 5 between San Diego and L.A., solving crimes with the Murder Mystery Company, or at home with her son and her husband.

Eric Poppick (David) – From Another House (Old Globe), BUG, In The Heat Of The Night (ion); Beau Jest, Barefoot in the Park (AVO); An Enemy of the People (Intrepid); To Kill a Mockingbird, Death of a Salesman, Golden Boy, Four Dogs and a Bone (NVA); The History Boys [Patté Award] (Cygnet); Morning’s at Seven (North Coast Rep); The Heir Apparent, The Sunshine Boys, How the Other Half Loves, Deathtrap, Not Now, Darling (SRT); One for the Road (Lyceum). Numerous L.A. theater, film and TV credits. BFA (Acting) from Boston University and MA (Directing) from The State University of New York.


Production Staff

John Tessmer (Director) is thrilled to make his SRT directorial debut. He is the Producing Artistic Director of the La Jolla Theatre Ensemble (LJTE), and has directed more than 60 staged readings. John loves the classics, works of master playwrights, and new work. He enjoys helping a playwright’s new play along its journey. As an actor John has worked with the Laguna Playhouse, Western Stage, Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Idaho Rep, Colorado Shakespeare Festival (6 seasons), Cape Cod’s Monomoy Theatre, North Coast Rep, New Village Arts, Mo’olelo, Intrepid, Lamb’s, Diversionary, LJTE, and New Fortune Theatre Company, where he is an Associate Artist.

Jim Caputo (Playwright) is an actor, director, designer and writer. He is the recipient of many writing awards such as The Ashland New Play Festival, The Fusion Theatre’s Seven, The Theatre Oxford, The Palm Springs International, The Theatre Conspiracy, The Mountain Playhouse, The NY Public Television Competition and Hollywood First Stage, among others. His plays have been produced from coast to coast with many stops in-between. His teleplay, Brief Encounterwas produced by PATV and distributed to public television stations across the country. His short movie, Amy’s Wish, was accepted by three film festivals. Jim is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Jim would like to thank Stephen Metcalfe for suggesting the idea of this play and helping shape it. Thank you to Dave Florek and Interact Theatre Company of Los Angeles for giving it a reading and validating its worth. Grazie to Scripps Ranch Theatre for its second reading and now for its premiere. It takes a village, and that village includes the cast, crew, designers, director and producers. Lastly, mahalo to my wife, Judy, my best critic and friend.

Bill Ulbrich (Stage Manager) is coming off an amazing performance as lighting designer for Encore Choir Ensemble’s Hollywood Hits. He is dusting off his stage managing hat and is excited to join the SRT family for the world premier of The Season of Love.

Christine Hewitt (Production Manager) As a Scripps Ranch resident, Christine is pleased to be a part of Scripps Ranch Theatre as Production Manager. As an actor, she has performed locally with North Coast Repertory Theatre, Cygnet Theatre, Moonlight Amphitheatre and San Diego Musical Theatre. Audiences can see Christine in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music (Cygnet Theatre) in March 2018. Christine is “mom” to two boys, 14 and 15 years old. Both attend Scripps Ranch High School.

Dawn Fuller-Korinek (Costume Designer) is joining the SRT family again for The Season of Love. Over the past 13 years, she has procured costumes for more than 130 productions, consisting of a wide range of professional, academia and dance-theatre performances. Prior to entering the costuming scene, she was a menswear designer, interior designer and fashion coordinator. She is an alumna of the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC.

Darcy Harman (Assistant Stage Manager / Props Designer) is a graduate of Mesa College Theatre Company, where she was props master for The Good Person of Szechwan and stage manager for An Evening of One Acts. She also worked as a theatrical services technician at SeaWorld for five years. Darcy is trained in many areas of theatre and was last seen at SRT performing in 2014’s Out on A Limb.

Mitchell Simkovsky (Lighting Design) is a veteran of many SRT productions, including Loves and HoursThe FantasticksSleuthThe Heir ApparentMurder at the Howard Johnson’sHoliday Spiritsa feminine endingHow the Other Half LovesSocial SecurityPainting ChurchesMoonlight and MagnoliasLettice and LovageThe Gift TellerOut on a LimbPostmortem, and more. Mitchell is an accounting professional by day and also has designed lighting for productions at many other San Diego theaters.

Violet Ceja (Sound Designer) earned her AA in Recording Arts Production at MiraCosta College where she is now pursuing an AA in Design and Technology. Sound design credits include Alice in WonderlandJr. (Moonlight Youth); Waiting For LeftyOklahoma!Grapes of Wrath, and Drowsy Chaperone (MiraCosta College). The Season of Love is her third production on the SRT stage.

Bob Shuttleworth (Scenic Designer) With The Season of Love, Bob continues his third season at SRT. He has designed and built sets nationally and internationally. While in the Marines he even designed a set in Okinawa, Japan. Hailing from New Jersey, Bob settled in Poway in 1988 when he worked on his first set at the Legler Benbough Theatre as Scene Shop Foreman for USIU. Bob holds a BFA degree in Theatre from Southern Oregon University, and spends his “spare time” as Theater Specialist for Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, designing sets and mentoring students in stagecraft and woodworking.

HASSAN OMAR (Stagehand) Originally from Chicago, Hassan is a rising commercial and theatrical actor who is new to the southern California scene. Over the past few years he has performed as lead and supporting actor on stage, in films, commercials, web series, and on network television.

Production Photos

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Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Sherri Allen (Jane), Jill Drexler (Ruth)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Jill Drexler (Ruth)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Julie Clemmons (Eloise), Paul Morgavo (Alfred)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Julie Clemmons (Eloise), Paul Morgavo (Alfred)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Paul Morgavo (Alfred), Julie Clemmons (Eloise)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Jill Drexler (Ruth), Julie Clemmons (Jamie),  Eric Poppick (David)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Grace Delaney (Mary), Rhiannon McAfee (Amy)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Grace Delaney (Mary), Rhiannon McAfee (Amy)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Sherri Allen (Jane), Paul Morgavo (Anthony)

Photo Credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Sherri Allen (Jane), Paul Morgavo (Anthony)