Skin Deep

By Jon Lonoff

April 1 – May 1, 2016

Maureen Mulligan, who hides her weight with snappy one liners, has a blind date with Joe Spinelli, who has never learned to think before speaking. Not exactly a match made in heaven or is it?
“Warm-hearted comedy… A winning play, with enough good-humored laughs and sentiment to keep you smiling from beginning to end.”


• Cast   • Production Staff  • Production Photos


Brenda Adelman
Brenda Adelman (Maureen) is thrilled to be back performing at SRT with director Eric Poppick. A critically acclaimed actor with a solo-show, My Brooklyn Hamlet (about the power of forgiveness), Brenda has performed her show for over 10,000 people, and for communities as diverse as women prisoners, youth-at-risk, and for the U.S. military. She trained in LA, NYC and London, and currently teaches performers from around the globe how to create their own solo-shows by getting to the heart of their story in her online program. More info at

Cindy Chavez
Cindy Chavez (Sheila) is thrilled to be making her SRT debut. Returning to the stage after a long hiatus, she has been fortunate to jump back into the local acting community. Recent roles include: Jill in A Nice Family Gathering (Vista’s Broadway Theater); Eileen in Moon Over Buffalo (Patio Playhouse); and Christy in Fluidity, an independent short film scheduled for release this year. Cindy currently is training with Lisa Berger and Liz Shipman (MeisnerChekhov Integrated Training Studio) and Carey Scott (Rehearsal Room). She is thankful for her family, friends, and supporters of the arts like all of you.

Daniel Gurian

Daniel Gurian (Joe) SRT debut. He was last seen at Lamb’s Player’s Theater where he originated the role of Private Domitian in Thunder at Dawn. In NYC he was an original member at the Bat Theater Co, favorite roles there including Bertolt Brecht’s Baal and Nippon Daimon in the Obie-winning Benten Kozo, among others. Also, H.Humbert in Lolita (Argento Music Miller Theater); Dr. Rosman in The American Clock, directed by Austin Pendleton (HB Playwright’s Foundation); Dr. Winkler in The Third Man (Manhattan Theater Source). Daniel trained at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and also with Terese Hayden and the late Jacqueline Brookes in New York City.

Charles Peters
Charles Peters (Squire) is thrilled to be back in his sixth production at Scripps Ranch Theatre. Some San Diego credits: Heddatron (ion theatre); Pleasure And Pain (Cygnet Theatre); Curse Of The Starving Class (Triad Productions); Absurd Person Singular, Social Security, Sunset Park, and On Air (SRT); Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure [Aubrey Award] (Coronado Playhouse). Elsewhere: Triple Espresso (National Tour); The Madwoman Of Chaillot (Stage West); The Taming Of The Shrew (Texas Shakespeare Festival). A big “thank you” to Eric and the talented cast and crew, and love to Jenn and Harvey for their support.

Production Staff

Eric Poppick

Eric Poppick (Director) moved to San Diego in 2006 after spending 30 years in Los Angeles, working as an actor and director for stage, television and film. Since his arrival, he directed the world premiere of Ripples from Walden Pond at Cygnet Theatre and the world premiere of W.C. Fields by Himself! at North Coast Repertory Theatre. He also has directed four productions for Scripps Ranch Theatre: Play it Again, Sam, Over the River and Through the Woods, a feminine ending and Sunset Park. Local acting credits include: BUG, In the Heat of the Night (ion theatre); Beau Jest, Barefoot in the Park (AVO Theatre); An Enemy of the People (Intrepid Shakespeare Company); Death of a Salesman, Golden Boy, Four Dogs and a Bone (New Village Arts Theatre); The History Boys [Patté Award] (Cygnet Theatre); Morning’s at Seven (North Coast Rep); The Sunshine Boys, How the Other Half Loves, Deathtrap, Not Now, Darling (SRT); One for the Road (Lyceum Theatre). Film and TV roles include Basic Instinct, Mouse Hunt, Single White Female, Hero (with Dustin Hoffman), Seinfeld, Columbo, Curb Your Enthusiasm, NYPD Blue, L.A. Law, General Hospital, The Young and The Restless. Eric has a BFA in Acting from Boston University and an MA in Directing from The State University of New York.

Barbara Barber (Production Manager) first produced for Scripps Ranch Theatre in 2005 (Scapino). She has since been producing one play each season at SRT, including 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 and Sunset Park. Her efforts on behalf of SRT are very much appreciated.

Elise Dadiego (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be stage managing at SRT, her second home. She has her BA in Theatre Arts Stage Management from UCSD, is currently teaching at Poway Country Preschool, and is expecting her first child/stage manager in training! Previous credits include The Heir Apparent, Absurd Person Singular, Sunset Park, The Dining Room, Holiday Spirits and Over the River and Through the Woods (SRT); 14 summer seasons at Moonlight Stage Productions; and technical work at Medieval Times, LEGOLAND and Disneyland. Many thanks to “Uncle” Eric for bringing me on to this production, the amazing staff, cast and crew of SRT and Skin Deep, her family for their constant support, and her husband Robby for his daily love!

Bonnie Durben (Properties Mistress) Now or Later, She-Ranculas, Baby With The Bathwater, A New Brain and Amazons and Their Men (Mira Costa Theatre); Seven, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Urinetown (Moonlight Theatre Productions); Music Man, Shrek, All Shook Up and Big Fish (Intrepid Theatre). Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, Quality of Life, Hamlet, and I Hate Hamlet.  Bonnie is a member of the Society of Property Artisans and Managers.

Mary Larson (Costume Design) Favorites for SRT: The Sunshine Boys, The Last Night of Ballyhoo. A few other favorites include: Stage Kiss, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Trip to Bountiful, Death of a Salesman (New Village Arts); The Blessing of a Broken Heart, A Hammer, a Bell and a Song to Sing, The Road to Mecca, Zoot Suit, Hairspray, (San Diego Repertory Theatre); Hold Please, Lobby Hero, (The Old Globe); A Feast of Fools (La Jolla Playhouse); and The Quality of Life (Intrepid Theatre Company). Mary holds an MFA in Theatre from UCSD.

Ted Leib (Sound Design) Credits, among others, include: Spelling Bee (Intrepid Theatre Company); One Flea Spare and Bug (Hunger Artists); The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, The Heir Apparent, The Liar, Five Course Love, Out on a Limb, Sleuth, and Lettice and Lovage (SRT); Boeing, Boeing, The Boys Next Door, A Year with Frog and Toad, Lost in Yonkers, Barefoot in the Park, Jacob Marley’s Christmas (Oceanside Theatre Company). Ted also is a director (The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, Boeing, Boeing, Musical of Musicals, Bug, Bus Stop, Forever Plaid, The Twelve Plays of Christmas), lighting designer, and actor.

Chad Oakley (Lighting Design) At SRT, Chad was lighting designer for The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, An Inspector Calls, As Bees in Honey Drown and Almost, Maine; producer for Tribute and They’re Playing our Song; and stage manager for Crimes of the Heart, Chapter Two and Play it Again, Sam (with Eric Poppick). Locally Chad has completed over 90 lighting and set designs, as well as directed The Violet Hour at OnStage Playhouse, and Pippin for Pickwick Players.

Victoria Padilla (Asst. Stage Manager)  This is Victoria’s first show at SRT, and she is super excited to be working with everyone here. Past theatre credits: Mary Poppins, All Shook Up, The Music Man, Shrek (Moonlight Amphitheatre); Guys and Dolls, Urinetown (MiraCosta College); Young Frankenstein, Shrek (Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center).

Bob Shuttleworth (Scenic Design and Set Construction) Skin Deep is Bob’s third set design for SRT. With a BFA in Theater from Southern Oregon University, Bob has worked with many theater groups throughout the country, designing and/or building more than 150 productions. Bob also works with Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, co-teaching a Theater Design class and mentoring a Woodworking Club, in addition to designing for their musicals and plays. This spring he also will be co-directing their Middle School musical as well. Bob resides in Poway with his wife, a costumer for several theaters, and his son, who often assists him with his set construction duties.


Production Photos

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Skin Deep (April 1 – May 1, 2016)


Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Cindy Chavez, Brenda Adelman


Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Cindy Chavez, Charles Peters, Brenda Adelman


Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Brenda Adelman, Daniel Gurian


Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Brenda Adelman, Daniel Gurian


Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Charles Peters, Daniel Gurian


Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Brenda Adelman, Charles Peters