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Season 2020 Full Stage Production
A World Premiere Dark Comedy by Will Cooper
Directed by Rosina Reynolds
Featuring Phil Johnson, Lisel Gorell-Getz, Walter Murray, Vanessa B. Milton, Ava Harris & Levi Laddon
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A brilliant and biting satire about the normalization of guns. Harry and Mary Nelson have perfect 50s sitcom lives. Two children, friendly neighbors, and neatly trimmed lawns. They're also excellent shots and attend the shooting range faithfully. The picture-postcard family in this dark comedy, and the unseen turmoil beneath, look at the question "What if guns became a religion?"
Be A Part Of The Conversation!
Join us for post-show talkbacks with community leaders, gun control/rights advocates on both sides, gun violence prevention leaders, and more as we plumb the depths of America’s fascination with guns.
Saturday, March 14
Discussing the 2nd Amendment/CA. Gun Laws - The panel will include Attorney Thomas Haine.
Sunday, March 15
Discussion - Assemblymember Todd Gloria and Jess Durfee, Chair of the Western Region Caucus of the DNC.
Thursday, March 19
Friday, March 20
Conversation with the playwright Will Cooper, director Rosina Reynolds, and gUnTOPIA cast
Saturday, March 21
Kids in Danger - This panel will include Dr. Corey Pahanish, Executive Director of Bayside Community Center.
Sunday, March 22
Faith and Facts About Gun Violence - The panel will include Rev. Kathleen Owens of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego and Rabbi Benj Freed of Temple Emanu-El of San Diego.
Thursday, March 26
Getting Involved in Local Activist Groups - The panel will include Carol Landale (San Diegans For Gun Violence Prevention and Brady United Against Gun Violence, and Wendy Wheatcroft, Former San Diego and CA Chapter Leader of Moms Demand Action and a founder of SD4GVP.
Friday, March 27
The Place of Art in Activism "Almost a School Shooter" - The panel will include Filmmaker, Writer, and Director Jonny Santana discussing his film, "Just Another Tuesday."
Saturday, March 28
Talking to the Other Side - The panel will include Dr. Cynthia Irmer, a conflict resolution specialist, Bruce Engelbert, a certified mediator, and Bob Macomber, a gun owner and member of San Diego County Gun Owners Political Action Committee.
Actor (Harry Nelson)
Phil Johnson is a proud founding partner in The Roustabouts Theatre Co. As an actor/writer, his solo show, A Jewish Joke (co-written with Marni Freedman, directed by David Ellenstein) had an Off-Broadway run at Theatre Row in NYC in March 2019, after a successful San Diego run for The Roustabouts, as well as touring regionally: Chicago's Victory Gardens, New Haven, and St. Louis. Other original shows: Withering Heights, written and performed with Omri Schein and directed by Ellenstein, for TRTC; She-Rantulas from Outer Space in 3D!, co-written with Ruff Yeager, for Diversionary Theatre and the NY Fringe Festival; and The Hound of the Baskervilles, as a San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst Grantee, at North Coast Rep in 2012. Phil played in Les Misérables on Broadway and on tour; the Canadian production of Sunset Boulevard; and the 1st National Co. of Miss Saigon. He is a two-time winner of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Award for acting, for Midsummer Night's Dream at Intrepid Theatre Company, and The Man Who Came to Dinner. So. California theatres include North Coast Rep (Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Spelling Bee), Old Globe (How the Grinch...), and Cygnet Theatre (Mistakes Were Made, Pageant). Local directing credits include SD Playwrights Project and Scripps Ranch Theatre. He teaches and produces a Solo Show Workshop for writer/performers that is part of The Roustabouts season. The company encourages new local writers from Southern California. Phil's newest one-man show, Roosevelt: Charge the Bear, co-written with Marni Freedman, is currently being workshopped and will be produced in San Diego in 2020.
Actor (Mary Nelson)
Lisel is thrilled to be joining The Roustabouts for this world premiere play. Recent San Diego credits include Mags in Handbagged (MOXIE Theatre) and Eleanor in The Virgin Trial (Cygnet Theatre). You may also have seen Lisel at MOXIE Theatre as Marie Antoinette in The Revolutionists or Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible as well as roles in Enron, Skinless, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Bluebonnet Court. She has numerous San Diego theatre credits including Measure for Measure (Old Globe); Current Nobody, Counterweight (La Jolla Playhouse); Sex With Strangers, Detroit, Exit Interview, In the Next Room, Intimate Apparel (San Diego Repertory); Now or Later, Valhalla, Cloud 9, Psycho Beach Party (Diversionary); Macbeth, Valparaiso (Sledgehammer); Twelfth Night (New Village Arts); 9 Parts of Desire (Mo’olelo). Lisel received her BFA at Ithaca College and trained with the British American Drama Academy. She is a Master Teaching Artist with the Old Globe Theatre’s Department of Arts Engagement where she is committed to advocating for the arts and encouraging the creative artist in everyone. www.liselgorellgetz.com
Actor (Detective Rheingold/Ed)
Walter has appeared on stages in NY, LA, and San Diego. He was a co-founder and Executive Director of the Black Ensemble Theater. Former board member of the Actors Alliance. Films: Your Name Here and The Case Regarding Joan of Arc. Thank you, Drs. Stanton, Epston, and Levine.
Actor (Consuela Cruz)
Vanessa began her acting career as a child in Boston where she performed on many stages, including Emerson College’s Majestic Theatre and The Boston Center for the Arts. California performances include “Cecily Pigeon” in The Odd Couple with the Kings Players and being a resident player with The Theatre Inc., in downtown San Diego. During a hiatus from theatre, she was blessed with two beautiful daughters and has worked hard to achieve her California teaching credential and master’s degree in education. Recent performances include Big! The Musical, and To Kill a Mockingbird playing “Calpurnia” with the Pickwick Players, for which Ms. Milton received a nomination for Major Actress Drama from ACT at the Aubrey Awards in 2017. Ms. Milton feels honored and challenged to be a part of the gUnTOPIA production as she feels that gun control issues are a pertinent topic of conversation that needs to be addressed in our society.
Actor (June Nelson/Alice)
Ava Harris is an 8th grader at Nazareth School and is excited to work with The Roustabouts Theatre again as June Nelson in the world premiere of gUnTOPIA. Regional: Phyllis, Annie & Booties Who (3 seasons) in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Old Globe). Raynell in Fences stage reading (The Roustabouts Theatre Co.); Fredrika in A Little Night Music (Cygnet Theatre); Alice’s daughter in Big River (New Village Arts); Educational: Little Inez in Hairspray (JCompany); Lawyer/ensemble in Ragtime (JCompany); Beauty & The Beast (Christian Youth Theater). Ava has been a student of Karyn Overstreet Vocal Studios for the past 7 years. Thank you to Will Cooper, Phil Johnson, Rosina Reynolds & Sher Krieger for this opportunity.
Actor (Bobby Nelson)
Levi Laddon is currently a freshman at West Hills High School. He has been a vocal student of Debbie Glivar Roberts for the past 5 years. Levi recently won a National Youth Arts Award for playing Pinocchio in Young Actors' Theatre's production of My Son Pinocchio. Regional Theatre: Danny Who and Boo Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Old Globe); Billy in On Golden Pond (Lamplighters). Youth Theatre: Evan in 13 the Musical (YAT); Rafiki in Disney's The Lion King Jr. (Coronado Playhouse); The Coroner in The Wizard of Oz (San Diego Junior Theatre); Mike Teavee in Willy Wonka(YAT). Levi is so excited to be working with such talented actors and such an amazing creative team and for this incredible opportunity.
Will Cooper, a founding partner in the award-winning The Roustabouts Theatre Co., is a playwright based in San Diego. A proud member of the Dramatists Guild and a former Network Playwright at the nationally renowned Playwrights Development Center Chicago Dramatists. His first play, Book of Leaves, was a finalist at the prestigious Ashland News Plays Festival. His play Jade Heart premiered in Chicago where it garnered enthusiastic critical and audience acclaim; it had its highly successful west coast premiere at MOXIE Theatre in San Diego. His other plays include Shadows of Athens, Movement Man, and Margin of Error, which kicked off the inaugural season of The Roustabouts Theatre Co. It was nominated by the San Diego Critics Circle for its Craig Noel “Outstanding New Play” award. Among his works-in-progress is Bark, an adaptation of a real-life story from the autobiographical works of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince. http://willcooperplaywright.com
Rosina Reynolds' directing credits include The Roustabouts Theatre Co.: gUnTOPIA; Margin of Error. Backyard Renaissance: American Buffalo; Zoo Story. New Village Arts: The Secret Garden. North Coast Repertory Theatre: Blithe Spirit; The Cocktail Hour; Fallen Angels; Broken Glass; Glorious; Don’t Dress For Dinner; Relatively Speaking; Importance of Being Earnest; Travesties; An American Daughter; The Sum of Us; Blithe Spirit; Corpse; Rough Crossing; Chekov in Yalta. San Diego Repertory Theatre: Bad Dates. Cygnet Theatre: Atwater, Fixin’ to Die. Renaissance Theatre: Caretaker (San Diego Critics Circle Award). Diversionary Theatre: Hour of Great Mercy; 2.5 Minute Ride; Marriage Bed; Happy Endings are Extra; Twilight of the Golds; Beautiful Thing; Wrinkles; Another American; Asking and Telling; Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde; Breaking The Code; Lot's Daughters... Compass Theatre: Three Days of Rain. Fritz Theatre: Vigil. Gaslamp Quarter Theatre: Marvin's Room. Founding Artistic Director of Chequamegon Children’s Theatre in Wisconsin, now in our 32nd season with our production of Newsies. Other productions have included Mary Poppins; Pirates of Penzance; Into the Woods; Fiddler On The Roof; Wizard Of Oz; Oklahoma and Oliver.
Charmaine has been with The Roustabouts Theatre Co. since their inception, as both Production Stage Manager and Producer. She recently stage managed Man of La Mancha and Foxfire and is currently SM on Sweet Charity with Oceanside Theatre Co. She was PSM for the Playwrights Project Young Playwright’s Festival 32nd and 33rd Seasons at The Old Globe Theatre. Other SM highlights include; Vanya and Masha and Sonia and Spike and Murder at the Howard Johnson’s (SRT), Amazons and Their Men and Tru (Diversionary). Intern: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (The Old Globe Theatre). Charmaine has a Technical Theatre degree from Palomar College and a B.A. from CSUSM, where she also earned a Teaching Credential.
Rebecca is the general manager for ADH Theatricals and an NYC-based producer, company manager, general manager, and production consultant. ADH Theatricals, founded and led by Andrew D. Hamingson, is a theatrical management firm specializing in touring first-class productions. Current projects: The King's Speech (North American Tour) and A Marvelous Order. Selected Off-Broadway: Mike Birbiglia's The New One (Lortel Award nomination), Chris Gethard: Career Suicide, A Jewish Joke, Jerry Springer-The Opera, Downtown Race Riot, Good for Otto, Peace for Mary Frances. Other selected NY credits: Whirlwind (NYIT Award nomination); The American Tradition; A Sunnyside Mixtape; Lucie Pohl: Hi, Hitler; Nick Kroll: One Night Only. She is a Resident Artist of New Light Theater Project, Board Treasurer for The Misfits Theatre Company, and a member of the Off-Broadway League. Rebecca is a big fan of Phil Johnson and is proud to be working with The Roustabouts!
Anna Younce is a recent graduate of UC San Diego (BA-Theatre) where she developed her identity as a theatre maker with multiple areas of interest. Highlights include an award-winning Honors Thesis in Playwriting with her first full-length play Self-Talk; a staged reading of emerging playwright Dave Harris’s Incendiary (Asst. Stage Manager); Our Town (Asst. Dir. under Kim Walsh); writing, directing, and designing a production of two one-act plays as a studio project (Give Me Something/Whatever You Need). Professional credits include American Buffalo (Stage Manager, Backyard Renaissance); Written in Stone for Without Walls Festival 2019 (“Tour Guide,” Backyard Renaissance & La Jolla Playhouse). www.annayounce.com
Tony is happy to be making his debut with The Roustabouts. He is the Technical Director for the Performing Arts Department at Palomar College where his work can be seen currently on stage in Mamma Mia! He is a veteran of over 300 set designs around San Diego for such theatres as Backyard Renaissance/La Jolla Playhouse, The Welk, Diversionary, San Diego Comic Opera, J-Company and San Diego Junior Theatre. Next up is The Dazzle with Backyard Renaissance in May.
Chloe Oliana M Clark is excited to be working with The Roustabouts Theatre Co again. Along with her previous work with The Roustabouts on A Jewish Joke, she has also recently designed for Playwrights Project, Coronado Playhouse, Scripps Ranch Theatre, and Onstage Playhouse. She is a recent graduate from San Diego State University where she has designed R+J, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Coyote on a Fence, and Anon(ymous).
MaeAnn Ross is a third-year UC San Diego MFA Sound Design candidate. She was born and raised in Texas and holds a BFA in Technical Production from Texas State University. Professional design credits: Lost in Yonkers, The 39 Steps, and Wait Until Dark (Wimberley Playhouse); She Loves Me (St. Edward’s University); And Then There Were None and All Shook UP (TEXArts); A Bright New Boise (OnStage Playhouse), The Virgin Trial (Cygnet Theatre), Intimate Apparel (New Village Arts), The Shakers of Mount Lebanon Will Hold a Peace Conference This Month (Point Loma Nazarene Univ.), A Kind of Weather (Diversionary Theatre). UC San Diego design credits: Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again., 53% Of and S.E.R.E (WNPF 2018), A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes, Life is a Dream, An Iliad, Monster and Shame Spiral (WNPF 2019), Man in Love. TXST design credits: Fool For Love, Legally Blonde: The Musical, and 5 Women Wearing The Same Dress. https://maeannrossdesigns.myportfolio.com
Pam has been a costumer and make-up artist for, well, forever... She was resident costume designer for Lyric Opera San Diego for over two decades and a freelance costume/wig/make-up designer with Starlight, Onstage, Sledgehammer, Scripps Ranch Theatre, PowPAC, OB Playhouse, Moonlight, the Welk Theatre, Lamplighters, Southeast Community Theatre, Junior Theatre, Pickwick Players, North Coast Rep, Point Loma Playhouse, Southwestern College, Patio Playhouse and La Jolla Playhouse. She is also a principal make-up artist with San Diego Opera. Her "day job" is managing her family's costume shop. Pam is looking forward to working with some old friends and making some new ones in this Roustabouts production.
Alyssa is over the moon to be working with The Roustabout for the first time! She is currently designing the set, dressing, and props for Sweet Charity at Oceanside Theatre, and the set dressing and props for Italian American Reconciliation at Scripps Ranch Theatre. Other recent projects she designed at Scripps Ranch were scenic design for And Neither Do I Have Wings to Fly, and set, dressing, and props for both Foxfire and Move Over Mrs. Markham. Over the winter she was delighted to design the set, dressing, and props for Wally and His Lover Boys at Diversionary. This Spring she will be designing the set, dressing, and props for I Hate Hamlet at Scripps Ranch. While typically behind the scenes, Alyssa is also a performer, costumer, and startup member in burlesque/variety troupe the Nude & Rude Revue, recently completing their second annual tour in Southeast Alaska.
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Emily has been choreographing fight scenes for fifteen years in theater and film. Creating realism in the arts is always a challenge worth pursuing. She enjoys working on shows that present engaging topics and complex themes, as theater is always best when it leaves you asking questions. The last show she choreographed was Man of La Mancha last year at Oceanside Theater Company.