The Heir Apparent (2015)

The Heir Apparent
By David Ives, adapted from Jean-François Regnard’s Le Légataire UniverselNovember 13 – December 13, 2015

• Cast   • Production Staff   • Production Photos

From he who brought us The Liar, but a mere two seasons prior
We offer this adaptation, a clever, witty sensation
You’ll smile, you’ll howl at puns most foul. You’ll laugh, you’ll roar, you’ll fall on the floor!
Heaped with praise by the New York Times, and this concludes our ill-formed rhymes


Amy Dell (Scruple) is excited to be performing for the first time at SRT. Amy most recently appeared as Mary Meekly in Unnecessary Farce at Onstage Playhouse. Other San Diego roles have included Miss Preen in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Patsy Price in Dearly Beloved, and Ishmael in Bethlehem Road (Coronado Playhouse); Helen in Baby with the Bathwater (North Park Vaudeville). Amy works as an attorney for a federal agency, and enjoys hiking with her husband, Jim.

Devlin (Madame Argante) SRT Debut. Last seen in Eternally Bad at Moxie Theatre. Devlin has performed at San Diego Rep, North Coast Rep, Lamb’s Players, New Village Arts and Diversionary Theatre. She wrote and produced the one-woman show Parianos Drive, and co-produced Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, directed by D.J. Sullivan with Vantage Theatre. Devlin made her New York cabaret debut in 2007 and released her CD, Devlin Live in New York, at Barnes and Noble Lincoln Center. New York club performances include The Metropolitan Room, Don’t Tell Mama and Birdland. San Diego singing appearances include Martinis Above Fourth, and Humphreys Backstage.

Joshua Jones (Crispin) is trained in theatre and film, has played Shakespeare roles as well as in musicals and film/commercials, and worked with San Diego organizations such as New Village Arts, Playwrights Project, Ten Stories Media, SRT, and Sullivan Players. Credits include Car Plays:Interchange (Moving Arts/La Jolla Playhouse); Postmortem, An Inspector Calls, a feminine ending, Almost, Maine, On Air, and the Out on a Limb Green Flash at Sunset (SRT); Calendar Girls, Tribute (Sullivan Players); Much Ado About Nothing (New Village Arts); Beginner’s Heaven (New Village Arts/Playwrights Project). BFA Acting, Abilene Christian University.

Eric Poppick (Geronte) San Diego Theatre: BUG, In The Heat Of The Night (ion theatre); The Man Who Came to Dinner (Coronado Playhouse); Beau Jest, Barefoot in the Park (AVO); An Enemy of the People (Intrepid Shakespeare Company); To Kill a Mockingbird, Death of a Salesman, Golden Boy, Four Dogs and a Bone (New Village Arts); The History Boys [Patté Award] (Cygnet); 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). Elsewhere: Awake and Sing!, Scapino, Rhinoceros (Odyssey Theatre); Don’t Drink the Water (Glendale Center Theatre); Murder in the First (L.A. Theatre Works). Film and TV: 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 & The Restless.

Mariel Shaw (Isabelle) is delighted to be making her SRT debut in The Heir Apparent. Other credits include: Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, The Music Man (CCT); Don Quixote, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (City Ballet); Ahí Está (Alcalá University). Mariel received her undergraduate degree from the UCLA, and holds a master’s degree from the University of San Diego. Special thanks to her tribe at WD-40 Company for their support.

Ben Williams (Eraste) is making his debut with Scripps Ranch Theatre. Ben is a San Diego native and holds a degree in Theatre from Cal State Long Beach. Favorite credits include Pirates of Penzance (Frederic) at The Broadway in Vista, Side Show (Buddy) at the Camino Real Playhouse, South Pacific (Hamilton Steeves) at The Moonlight Amphitheatre, and working with Moveable Mystery Dinners in Orange County. He will also be performing with MMD this December. “Thank you all! Enjoy the show!”

Kristin Woodburn (Lisette) is thrilled to be back at SRT! Previous SRT Credit: Sunset Park. San Diego: Miss Firecracker Contest, Wait Until Dark, Much Ado About Nothing, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (NVA); Leading Ladies (Moonlight). NYC: Titus Andronicus, Plan Nine from Outer Space, Wars of the Roses (the eight play Shakespearean History Cycle), Edward II, Airport Hilton (originating the role of Connie), The Memory of Water, and Twelfth Night. Regional Credits: Romeo & Juliet (Southwest Shakespeare Company). Film: Lifetime MOW A Long Way Home, Hell on Earth, The Wicked. Kristin holds a BFA from the University of Arizona. Love to JBW.


Production Staff

Robert May (Director) For SRT: I’m Not Rappaport, Painting Churches, Rounding Third, Almost, Maine, The Liar. Other directing credits include the Patté Award-winning A Prayer For My Daughter, the Billie Award-winning Pinter duo Ashes to Ashes and The Lover, the critically acclaimed An Experiment with an Air Pump, The Misanthrope, and multiple shows in the Fritz Blitz festivals. He is an SRT Board member, the Founder/Artistic Director of the SRT new-play-development program Out on a Limb: New Plays from America’s Finest City, and the co-founder of SRT’s New Works Studio, which will make its debut in January of 2016.

Martin Astl (Production Manager) is pleased to continue his association with Scripps Ranch Theatre, having served as Production Manager for a number of shows including Not Now, Darling and Deathtrap. He also is looking forward to the upcoming season with San Diego Opera, where he has been a supernumerary since 2008.

Elise Meehan (Stage Manager/Asst. Prod’n Mgr) is happy to be back at SRT. With a BA in Theatre Stage Management from UCSD, she soon will pursue her MFA in Child Development Theatre, while teaching pre-school in Poway. Elise also will serve as a director of the SRT 2016 Youth Theatre Summer Camp. Previous credits include Absurd Person Singular, The Dining Room, Holiday Spirits and Over the River and Through the Woods (SRT), 14 summer seasons at Moonlight Stage, and technical work at Medieval Times, LEGOLAND and Disneyland. Many thanks to Robert, Dave, Jill and Martin for this opportunity, to our amazing cast, to my supportive family, and to Robby for all your love!

Bob Shuttleworth (Scenic Designer) is new to Scripps Ranch Theatre, 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.

Ted Leib (Sound Design) 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. Ted is also a director (Boeing, Boeing, Musical of Musicals: The Musical!, Bug, Bus Stop, Forever Plaid, The 12 Plays of Christmas), lighting designer (The Lion In Winter, The 12 Plays of Christmas, Bug) and actor.

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, Lettice and Lovage, The Gift Teller, Out on a Limb, Postmortem, and more. Mitchell is an accounting professional by day and also has designed lighting for productions at many other San Diego theaters.

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, including Out on a Limb, and is also the Technical Director with Moxie Theatre.

Lisa Burgess (Costume Design) is happy to have returned to Scripps Ranch Theatre with this season’s opener, Sleuth, having previously costumed here in 2009 and 2011. Costumer/seamstress work includes: Compass Theatre, 2008-09; Ariel Performing Arts, 2009; 2009 New Perspectives Festival; DangerHouse Productions, 2009; Onstage Playhouse, 2010-present; Pickwick Players, 2011; SWC, 2011; Lamplighters, 2015. Lisa has been nominated for the local ACT Aubrey Award three times for costume design.

Nicole Bialick (Asst. Stage Mgr), a student at Scripps Ranch H.S., has always had a passion for performing. She started acting when she was eight, and has continued through high school where she became a technician as well. Nicole has learned from her two big brothers how to work hard and be independent, and learned from her loving parents how to be kind to others and take chances. Outside of theatre Nicole is a state finalist pole-vaulter and high-jumper. After high school, Nicole plans on going to college and continuing on to medical school where she hopes to become a trauma surgeon.


Production Photos

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Photos by Ken Jacques