by Andrew Bergman
Directed by Charles Riendeau
September 11* – October 9, 2010
Our season starts with a hilarious adult comedy about the shattering of yuppie bliss, the timelessness of romance and an aged Jewish mother who turns her children’s lives upside down in the nicest way.
“… you can laugh out loud joyfully … for the play is a hoot and better yet, a sophisticated hoot.” N.Y.Post.
*Preview Night: Friday, September 10, 2010
Opening Night: Saturday, September 11, 2010
* Preview Night: Special pricing
Martin Astl (Production Manager) is pleased to continue his association with Scripps Ranch Theatre, having co-produced last season’s Not Now, Darling. Although by his characterization still a ‘rookie’ in the theatrical world, Martin has been a supernumerary with San Diego Opera since 2008. He also will be serving as Production Manager for SRT’s next production, Deathtrap.
Ted Crittenden (Set Designer and Set Construction Manager) This is Ted’s second design outing at Scripps Ranch Theatre, his first being The O’Connor Girls, and he has managed the construction of previous SRT sets, including Chapter Two and last season’s magnificent set for I’m Not Rappaport. He recently designed Diversionary Theatre’s Speech and Debate, and Coronado Playhouse’s Cinderella. His theatrical portfolio can be seen at www.tedcrittenden.com. Ted thanks his parents Alan and Diane for watching his three sons while he worked on this show.
Mitchell Simkovsky (Lighting Designer) is a veteran of many SRT productions, and also has designed lighting for many other San Diego theaters. This season Mitchell will be designing the lighting for four out of our five productions.
Debbie Sullivan (Costume Designer, Props Manager) is happy to be part of the production staff of Social Security, which is her second show with SRT, having thoroughly enjoyed her previous production here, last season’s highly successful Over The River and Through the Woods. Debbie has worked with the San Diego City and San Dieguito School Districts as a costumer for the past four years, is a member of the San Diego Costume Guild, and attended the 2010 Costume College in August.
Vanessa Thomas (Asst. Stage Manager) just moved back to Mira Mesa after graduating from Humboldt State University with a degree in music. She spent the summer in Santa Rosa working as a musician and props artisan at a local theater there. This is her first show with SRT, but she looks forward to more.
Clifford Wright (Stage Manager) is a graduate of Scripps Ranch H.S. and is currently a theater major at San Diego Mesa College, with a focus on acting. There he has stage managed Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan, and performed in Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors and Roy Conboy’s Strictly A Formality. In addition, Clifford has experience in scenic design, and has served as SM or ASM for a number of San Diego productions, including Innermission Theatre’s production of Dog Sees God (SM), ion Theatre’s production of David Rabe’s Hurly Burly (ASM), and Intrepid Shakespeare’s production of Macbeth (ASM). Clifford hopes to further his education and career in theater in the San Diego community.
Scripps Ranch Theatre has another winner. It is a charming comedy with soul. The powers that be at the theatre know their audience well and cater to the perceived tastes. This is indicated by the productions coming up. They are mostly the tried and true… – Chuck Baker (for Hitch), San Diego Theatre Scene
The ‘carpe diem’ message may be heavy-handed, but the comedy is light, and Scripps Ranch Theatre nails it, with a fine and funny cast, under the assured direction of Charlie Riendeau. And you don’t have to like gefilte fish to enjoy it. – Pat Launer – Center Stage, Jazz 88.3
Yet SRT (now in its 34th season) does an entertaining job of staging the wayward 1986 comedy just the same, with a likable cast that — under the longtime actor Charlie Riendeau’s direction — puts the soft pedal to the sometimes slapstick-y music of Bergman’s dialogue. – James Hebert, Night & Day, San Diego Union Tribune
What are ticket holders saying…
SOCIAL SECURITY was SUPER!!! We loved it!! – M. Tyson