The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (2016)

By William Inge

January 22 – February 21, 2016

An American Classic by a Pulitzer Prize winner, it was nominated for 5 Tonys. Set in plain spoken mid-America in the 1920s, it is a tender but honest look at family life – the hopes, the trials, the love, the joys, the sorrows. Come meet Ruben and Cora Flood, their children, relatives and neighbors.

“(This) production is superb, with every period and character detail honed to perfection.”
— San Diego Reader   Read the review

• Cast   • Production Staff  • Production Photos


Alec Apodaca
Alec Apodaca (Punky & Asst. Stage Mgr.) is appearing for the first time in a Scripps Ranch Theatre production. He is an alumnus of the Mesa College Theatre Company and receiver of the program’s Best Supporting and Lead Actor awards. This is the first time Alec is working as a professional actor, and he hopes to prove himself with good and hard work on the stage.

Laura Bohlin
Laura Bohlin (Cora) returns to SRT after appearing in Tribute and Postmortem. Her local credits include Persuasion – OnStage Playhouse (Aubrey Award nominee); Plays by Young Writers – Playwrights Project/Old Globe; Mistletoe, Music and Mayhem – Ocean Beach Playhouse; as well as The San Diego Fringe Festival and site-specific theater with New Play Café. Laura performs with a murder mystery theater troupe and appears frequently in independent films and commercials. Her acting recognition includes winning Best Actress for the 2015 San Diego Film Consortium Student Film Awards. She is grateful to her fiance, family, and friends — and supporters of theatre like YOU!

Alex Guzman
Alex Guzman (Rubin) couldn’t be happier making his Scripps Ranch Theatre debut. Favorite acting credits include The Lion in Winter (Moonlight Stage Productions), ENRON (Moxie Theatre), Fat Pig (Patio Playhouse – ACT Aubrey Award winner for best supporting actor in a comedy), and Angels in America (Palomar College). He will next be seen performing in Seminar this Spring with InnerMission Productions, and Lydia and The Normal Heart next Summer and Winter with ion Theatre. He would like to thank the talented cast and crew for being so great to work with, and his beautiful wife for always supporting him.

Fred Harlow
Fred Harlow (Morris Lacey) is returning to SRT for the eighth time and is excited to be in this production. Past shows include Sylvia, Brooklyn Boy, Tribute and others. Around town he has performed at The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Moxie, North Coast Rep and almost every theater in-between. Favorite local roles are Valere in La Bete for the Fritz, Roy in The Best Mistake (Playwrights Project), and half the citizens in A Tuna Christmas at Compass Theatre. In March he can be seen in Waiting for Godot at the White Box Theatre in Liberty Station.

Janey Hurley
Janey Hurley (Flirt) is performing on the Scripps Ranch Theatre stage for the first time. Recent shows include Boeing, Boeing, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Drowsy Chaperone. She’s had so much fun working with this incredible cast and is looking forward to what’s next!

Gabe Krut
Gabe Krut (Sammy) is very grateful to Annie, Ted, Jill, the crew, and his parents for giving him this opportunity and supporting him through it. Gabe most recently has appeared in Lord of the Flies (New Village Arts), Brighton Beach Memoirs (North Coast Repertory), The Tempest as Caliban (The Bishop’s School), and onstage at the Old Globe for the San Diego Shakespeare Society’s Celebrity Sonnets (Sonnets 19 and 27). Thank you for supporting local theater.

Gabi Leibowitz
Gabi Leibowitz (Reenie) has been (and is) fortunate to participate in the San Diego theater community. She recently played Rivkele in the reading of God of Vengeance (LJ Playhouse), the title role in Mary Poppins (J*Company), Cinderella in Into the Woods (CYC), Diane in bare: a pop opera (Diversionary), and has been a seasonal entertainer at LEGOLAND. Past roles: Betty-Lou/Bootsie in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (The Old Globe), Shprintze in Fiddler on the Roof (Lyric Opera), Lucy in 13 (a musical by Actors’ Conservatory Theatre), Minnie Fae in Hello, Dolly! (J*Company) and Rachel in Two Seven, an independent film scheduled for release in 2016. Thanks to SRT for this amazing opportunity.

Ryan Singer
Ryan Singer (Sonny) is excited to make his SRT debut. Ryan has previously performed with Young Actors’ Theatre, Pickwick Players and Mt. Helix Academy. Favorite roles include Pugsley in The Addams Family, Gavroche in Les Miserables, Evan Goldman in 13 and Horton in Seussical. Ryan also has sung on several recordings and music videos and recently auditioned for the voice of Charlie Brown in The Peanuts Movie and for Young Simba in the Broadway production of The Lion King. Ryan would like to thank the cast and crew for this opportunity.

Susan Stratton
Susan Stratton (Lottie Lacey) has been a performer, director and theater teacher in the San Diego area for over 30 years. Favorite roles include Videllia Sparks in The Sugar Bean Sisters, Joanne in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, and Kate in TheTaming of The Shrew. Susan holds a B.A. in Drama from SDSU, and a M.A. in Direction from Central Washington University. This is her first appearance at SRT.


Production Staff

Ted Leib
Ted Leib (Director & Sound Designer) A native San Diegan, Ted began working in theater while living in Orange County, where he directed Pirates of Penzance  (STAGEStheatre); Bug (Hunger Artists); Bus Stop (Vanguard); Forever Plaid, The 12 Plays of Christmas (the Orange County Pavilion); as well as the short film, Conversations..., among others. He recently directed Boeing, Boeing and The Musical of Musicals for Oceanside Theatre Company. As an actor Ted has appeared in more than 25 stage productions in San Diego and Orange Counties. He has a Masters in Film and Television from San Diego State, and has taught at SDSU, CSUF, and Saddleback College. Sound design credits include Spelling Bee (Intrepid), One Flea Spare and Bug (Hunger Artists), The Liar, Five Course Love, Out on a Limb, Sleuth, and Lettice and Lovage (SRT), The Boys Next Door, A Year With Frog & Toad, Lost In Yonkers, Barefoot in the ParkJacob Marley’s Christmas (Oceanside Theatre Company), among others.

Allan Salkin (Production Manager) moved to San Diego from Princeton NJ in 1994 and has been affiliated with SRT since 2002 in a variety of capacities, including Publications Manager and Producing Director. He also is an actor whose favorite roles include Tevye in three different productions of Fiddler…, Matt in Talley’s Folly (opposite his wife, Marty), and a 75-year-old Italian grandfather in SRT’s production of Over the River and Through the Woods in 2010.

Charmaine Reed (Stage Manager) is back at SRT, having served as Stage Manager for our production of Beau Jest last season. She started her love affair with theater over 30 years ago as an actor, but recently found her penchant for Stage Management. Charmaine has a B.A. in History, is a graduate of CSUSM’s College of Education, and recently earned her Theatre Arts degree at Palomar College. In 2013 she completed a Stage Manager Internship at The Old Globe for How the Grinch Stole Christmas. SM credits include Amazons and Their Men and Tru (Diversionary Theatre), Twilight: Los Angeles 1992, Seussical the Musical, Good Kids, Stop Kiss (CSUSM), and Fiddler on the Roof (Pacco Arts).

Bob Shuttleworth (Scenic Designer) is new to Scripps Ranch Theatre this season, but not to the Legler Benbough Theatre. He was once the Scene Shop Manager in here for US International University. Bob holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Southern Oregon University, and has designed sets for nearly 100 productions, most recently designing for Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, where he also leads a Middle School Woodworking Club, and co-teaches a course on theater design. No stranger in front of the stage, Bob has appeared in nearly 150 productions in a variety of roles. A resident of Poway, Bob shares his life with his wife Susan, and his son Adam.

Chad Oakley (Lighting Designer) – At SRT, Chad was production manager for Tribute and They’re Playing our Song, lighting designer for An Inspector Calls, As Bees In Honey Drown and Almost, Maine, and stage manager for Crimes of the Heart, Chapter Two and Play it Again Sam. Locally Chad has completed over 85 lighting and set designs as well as directed The Violet Hour at OnStage Playhouse and Pippin for Pickwick Players.

Lisa Burgess (Costume Designer) is happy to have returned to Scripps Ranch Theatre this season, costuming both Sleuth and The Heir Apparent, having previously costumed SRT productions in 2009 and 2011. Other costumer/seamstress work includes: Compass Theatre, Ariel Performing Arts, 2009 New Perspective Festival, DangerHouse Productions, Onstage Playhouse, Pickwick Players, Southwestern College, and the revived Lamplighters Theatre in 2015. Lisa has been nominated for the local ACT Aubrey Award three times for costume design.

Angelica Ynfante (Properties Mistress) graduated from Texas State University with a BFA in Theater. She has worked her way around the U.S., including Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Vermont, New York, Tennessee and Kentucky. She also worked in Cancún, Mexico. Angelica finally made it to sunny California where she is currently working her fourth season as Props Mistress with San Diego Repertory Theatre. She has worked on many SRT productions, and is also the Technical Director for Moxie Theatre.


Production Photos

The Dark-1
Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Laura Bohlin, Gabi Leibowitz
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Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Laura Bohlin (left), Ryan Singer (top), Alex Guzman (right)
The Dark-3
Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Ryan Singer, Laura Bohlin, Gabi Leibowitz
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Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Ryan Singer, Laura Bohlin
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Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Susan Stratton, Fred HarlowThe Dark-6Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Susan Stratton, Fred Harlow

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Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: (Clockwise from top left): Susan Stratton, Laura Bohlin, Gabe Krut, Ryan Singer, Gabi Leibowitz

The Dark-8

Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Susan Stratton, Laura Bohlin

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Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Laura Bohlin, Gabi Leibowitz

The Dark-11

Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Alex Guzman, Laura Bohlin

The Dark-10

Photo credit: Ken Jacques
Pictured: Alex Guzman, Laura Bohlin