Nov. 9 – Dec. 8, 2013
Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM
For the second year in a row, we are bringing you a World Premiere. This one is by Stephen Metcalfe, Broadway playwright, Hollywood and television director and screenwriter. Based on O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi,” this is a tale of two young lovers, sacrifices, and happy endings – in other words, the perfect Holiday story. Come share it with a loved one.
Lisa Berger (Director) is a director and teacher. Her San Diego directing credits include Car Plays: We Wait (LaJolla Playhouse), A Behanding in Spokane (Cygnet Theatre), Killer Joe (Compass Theatre), Buried Child, Simpatico, Things We Want (New Village Arts) and The Long Christmas Ride Home (Diversionary Theatre). Lisa has worked as a teaching artist for various arts organizations including Broadway’s The Lion King and La Jolla Playhouse. She currently teaches at Mira Costa College, City College and University of San Diego, and is the co-artistic director of Meisner/Chekhov Integrated Training Studio.
Daisy Talley (Production Manager) is producing her fourth show with SRT. She earned her BA in Theatre from University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she interned under Frank Capra Jr. at Screen Gems Studios. She has served as the project manager for Cirque Du Soleil’s mobile marketing tours, and has also headed up casting for Broadway’s Chicago street team. Daisy privately coaches aspiring youth in audition techniques and launched SRT’s Summer Camp program. She is excited to continue to grow with the artistic community in San Diego.
Megan Ames (Stage Manager) is happy to be back at Scripps Ranch Theatre for her fourth production. She previously worked with SRT for An Inspector Calls, Perfect Wedding and California Suite. She is a recent graduate of San Diego State University where she received a BA in Design Technology for Theatre with an emphasis in stage management. Her other credits include Divine Sister, When Last We Flew (Diversionary Theatre), Zanna, Don’t!, Doubt, Symphony of Clouds , A Grand Night for Singing (SDSU) and Dear Harvey (University of San Diego).
Bob Giesick (Guitarist) worked with Lisa Berger last year to provide music for a student play at University of San Diego (Anatomy of Gray). After a 31-year career in the environmental health field, Bob decided he would rather spend more time doing what he loved. He currently plays guitar and mandolin at his church in two worship bands, and plays with members of the San Diego Symphony during holiday events. This past year he also played in a bluegrass band. Bob likes participating in collaborative musical projects as well as playing solo sets on guitar.
Lynne Jennings (Puppeteer) is Executive Director of the San Diego Guild of Puppetry and has built puppets for San Diego Opera, La Jolla Playhouse, Junior Theatre, Diversionary, Mo’olelo, Pt. Loma Nazarene and University of San Diego. The majority of her work is with the Guild, most notably on their Henson Grant production of Goldilocks, the Nursing Home Version, and most recently, Ubu Roi, in partnership with the Max Fischer Players. She is delighted to collaborate with Lisa Berger for a fourth time (previous productions: Long Christmas Ride Home, The Pied Piper, or What is Lost and Corpse Bride).
Molly Maslak (Assistant Director) is very appreciative of this opportunity to study puppetry and assistant direct with the lovely Lisa Berger. Molly is a recent graduate of the University of San Diego where she earned her BA in Theatre Arts and English. She was last seen in Circle Circle dot dot’s original production of DerbyWise. She is currently a teaching artist at Christian Youth Theatre, a student at the MeisnerChekhov Integrated Training Studio, a starving writer and a budding puppeteer.
James Ramirez (Assistant Producer) began his theatre career at MVHS in the production of A Christmas Carol. He continued at MSJC Menifee Lab Theatre, where he acted and did technical work for productions, including The Cherry Orchard and The Real Inspector Hound. He has also worked with the Temecula Valley Players as Stage Manager for The Miracle Worker and Sylvia. James joined San Diego State University in 2011 and has been involved in numerous productions in many capacities. Such productions include The Boy Friend and A Little Night Music. This is his second SRT production.
Keric Rivas (Lighting Assistant) was extensively involved with theatre productions during his high school days. He worked on shows such as Blood Brothers. His previous credits with SRT include Deathtrap and a feminine ending. He has also has worked as a set-construction volunteer with SRT in some previous productions. He is currently attending Grossmont College. When Keric is not doing homework, set construction, or stage crew, he can often be found playing chess on weekends.
Andy Scrimger (Set Design and Construction) has worked on previous SRT productions, including An Inspector Calls, Moonlight and Magnolias and Lettice and Lovage. He has been doing projects all over the West Coast, including the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. Most recently he worked for Cygnet Theatre and The Old Globe. Andy enjoys design work of all types as President of Volume 11 Graphics, a local sign shop, whose work ranges from window displays to vehicle wraps. He is always focused on using environmentally conscious materials and processes, and is excited to be working again with SRT.
Mitchell Simkovsky (Lighting Design) is a veteran of many SRT productions, including Holiday Spirits, a feminine ending, How the Other Half Loves, Social Security, Painting Churches, Moonlight and Magnolias and most recently, Lettice and Lovage. He also has designed lighting for productions at many other San Diego theaters. An accounting professional by day, Mitchell designed the lighting for three SRT productions last season.
Carol Whaley (Costume Designer) worked with SRT previously as Costume Designer for Moonlight and Magnolias. She earned her MFA in Theatrical Design from San Diego State University, and an MA and BA in Dramatic Arts from University of California, Santa Barbara. She is faculty costume and makeup designer for San Diego City College Saville Theatre. Carol has designed for Coronado Playhouse, where she won the ACT Aubrey Award for Best Costume Design for The Drowsy Chaperone, Lamb’s Players Theatre, OnStage Playhouse, La Jolla Stage Company, The Western Stage, San Jose Stage Company and Santa Barbara Ensemble Theatre.
Angelica Ynfante (Properties Manager) has a BFA in Theatre from Texas State University. She made her way around the U.S. and Mexico, having worked in Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Vermont, New York, Tennessee, Kentucky and Cancún. She finally made it to sunny California where she has been the Props Mistress with San Diego Repertory Theatre for five seasons. She is also the Properties Designer at Cygnet Theatre and is in her third season as PropertiesDesigner/Technical Director at MoxieTheatre. This is Angela’s second season as Properties Manager for SRT.
Taylor McWhorter (Crew/Dresser) is excited to be part of this production at SRT. She is a fresh graduate of San Diego State University, getting her Bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts. At SDSU she worked as wig crew on shows such as Peter Pan & Wendy and The Boyfriend. Earlier this year Taylor also served as a wig assistant at Diversionary Theater for The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler and Birds of a Feather.
Renee Morton (Crew/Dresser) is no stranger to the SRT family; in the fall of 2013 she worked as running crew in addition to being on stage as a tourist in Lettice and Lovage, and was costume designer for Out On A Limb 2 this past summer. You can see her costume design work in an upcoming production of Snapshot: A Dramatic Anthology at Scripps Ranch High School this spring.
Photos by Ken Jacques