IT'S ONLY
A PLAY

October 10–27, 2019

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by TERRENCE MCNALLY

THE STORY: It’s the opening night of The Golden Egg on Broadway, and the wealthy producer Julia Budder is throwing a lavish party in her swanky Manhattan townhouse. Downstairs the celebrities are pouring in, but the real action is upstairs in the bedroom, where a group of insiders have staked themselves out to await the reviews. The group includes the excitable playwright; the possibly unstable wunderkind director; the pill-popping leading lady, and the playwright’s best friend, for whom the play was written but who passed up this production for a television series. Add to this a drama critic who’s panned the playwright in the past and a new-in-town aspiring singer, and you have a prime recipe for the narcissism, ambition, childishness, and just plain irrationality that infuse the theatre! But don’t worry: This play is sure to be the hit they have all been hoping for.

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Show Cast

*Actor Appears Courtesy of Actors Equity Association

Show Creatives
DirectorSteve Muterspaugh
Assistant DirectorKatherine Hamilton
Costume, Hair & MakeupValerie Bradshaw
Lighting DesignerAmber G. Watts
Properties DesignerDan Demers
Scenic DesignerKuo-Hao Lo
Sound DesignerJames Goode
Stage ManagerMegan Smith*
Scenic Builder & PainterPaulino Deleal

*Appears Courtesy of Actors Equity Association

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Kuo-Hao Lo

Scenic Designer

Kuo-Hao Lo has been working as scenic designer/ technical director since 2001.  His designs received Theatre Bay Area Awards for Outstanding Scenic Design 2018 “It’s only a play”, 2016 “Mothers and Sons”, 2015 “Die Mommie Die” and 2014 “August, Osage County”, and San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Outstanding Achievement Award Set Design 2009 “Dames at Sea”, 2010 “Sugar Witch”, and 2013 Faces of Theatre Bay Area Honorees. He received M.A in Theatre from Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Missouri.  Currently he is a resident at Washington State and continues working as a freelance set designer.  www.kuohaolodesign.org

 

James Goode

Sound Designer

James is an audio engineer, composer, musician, and songwriter who takes great pleasure in working in a variety of disciplines, including dance, film, gaming, installations, music production, podcasts, theater, video, and live performance. He’s excited to be working with Hillbarn Theatre again, after doing Leading Ladies with the company earlier this year. Recent productions include Much Ado About Nothing (Mucho Rudio Y Pocas Nuecas) (Symmetry Theatre); The Glass Menagerie (Role Players Ensemble); Escaped Alone, Here We Go,dirty butterfly, The Human Ear, and This Wide Night (Anton’s Well Theater Company); OUT of Site: SOMA (Eye Zen Presents);Arden of Faversham, Antigone and All’s Well That Ends Well (Theater of Others); All the Way (Palo Alto Players); Pool of Unknown Wonders: Undertow of the Soul and Hamlet (Ubuntu Theater Project); Champagne (6NewPlays); Scapegoat, Bright Shining Sea and Best of PlayGround 22 (PlayGround); Oedipus at Palm Springs, Transitions, LEAR!, and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the Musical (Theatre Rhinoceros); Bat Boy, the Musical (Young People’s Teen Musical Theatre Company); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike(Altarena Playhouse); and Man of La Mancha(Custom Made Theatre Company).  jamesgoodesound.com James Goode Original Music • Sound Design • Recording • Arranging • Mixing

Megan Smith

Stage Manager

Megan is pleased as punch to be joining this production at the Hillbarn Theatre! A Kansas City native and graduate of the University of Kansas, some past favorite credits include: “The Full Monty” (Little Theatre on the Square), “The Comedy of Errors” (Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre), “Matilda”, “In The Heights”, “The Great Society”, “Buyer and Cellar”, “Tribes”, “Cenicienta” (ZACH Theatre), “Guys and Dolls” (TexARTS), “The Invention of Love” (Austin Shakespeare), “To Kill a Mockingbird” (Judson Theatre Company), “Young Frankenstein”, “The Unexpected Guest” (Theater Barn), “Teddy and Alice”, “The Producers” (Seven Angels Theatre). Megan is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Valerie Bradshaw

Costume, Hair and Makeup Designer

Valerie is pleased to be designing again for Hillbarn Theatre. Her work was last seen here in “The Foreigner.” Originally from Utah, she has designed costumes for Salt Lake Shakespeare, Salt Lake Classical Greek Theatre Festival and the University of Utah. She has built costumes for the Salt Lake City Classical Greek Theatre Festival, the University of Utah Theatre Department, Pioneer Theatre (Salt Lake City) and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. She holds a BFA in Performing Arts Design from the University of Utah.

Katherine Hamilton

Assistant Director

Katherine is a recent graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara with a BA in English and Theatre directing. Some favorite acting and directing credits include HAIR, The Way of All Fish, The Laramie Project and The Vagina Monologues. She is delighted to be working on her first post-grad play at Hillbarn!

Luisa Sermol

Virginia

Luisa Sermol (Virginia)
Luisa is delighted to return to Hillbarn, where she last played Dottie in Noises Off. Recent local credits include Archduke at Theatreworks and The Siegel for City Lights. Portland, Oregon credits include The Humans (Deirdre), Three Sisters (Masha/Tracy Letts Premiere), The Goat (Stevie), Night of the Iguana (Maxine), Sideman (Terry), Master Class (Maria), Caucasian Chalk Circle, Company, Mary Stuart, Moon for the Misbegotten and San Merci. New York/regional credits include The Roundabout, Classic Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, as well as numerous Off-Off Broadway productions. Television/Film: Grimm, Leverage, Personals, Zero Effect and Insect Poetry. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

Gary Schoenfeld

Frank

Gary Schoenfeld (Frank)
Gary Craig Schoenfeld Jr is thrilled to be in his first Hillbarn production. He is the President of Pacifica Spindrift Players’s (PSP) Executive Board and the Director of Theater at Spindrift School of Performing Arts (SSPA). Some of his favorite acting roles have been; “Leo Bloom” in The Producers (Cabrillo Stage) and Clifford Bradshaw in Cabaret (PSP). Some of his previous directing works include; The Music Man, 4000 Miles and I Hate Hamlet (PSP), Beauty and the Beast and The Wizard of Oz (SSPA); Bus Stop and The 39 Steps at Coastal Repertory Theatre (CRT).

Chris Reber

James

CHRISTOPHER REBER (James)
Mr. Reber earned his MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School in NYC. Chris returns to Hillbarn after playing Moonface Martin in Anything Goes. Hillbarn credits include A Christmas Carol (Scrooge) and The Full Monty (Dave). Bay Area credits: The Producers (Cabrillo Stage); A Christmas Story, La Cage aux Folles, Jerusalem, Company (SF Playhouse); Peter and the Starcatcher, Cyrano, Rags (TheatreWorks); Pump Boys and Dinettes, Arcadia, Gunmetal Blues, Guys and Dolls, Talley’s Folly, Next to Normal, The Book Club Play (Jewel Theatre); A Christmas Carol 2.0 (San Jose Rep.). Chris is a proud member of Actors Equity.

Jesse Caldwell

Mr. Mushnik

Jesse Caldwell* (Mr. Mushnik)
Jesse Caldwell is very pleased to be returning to the Hillbarn Theatre where he recently appeared as Ira Drew in It’s Only A Play. Last year he played H. C. Curry in 110 in the Shade at 42nd Street Moon where he will play Pop in The Pajama Game this Spring. Jesse has worked with many northern California theatres including A.C.T., TheatreWorks, Sacramento Theatre Company, Center REPertory Company, Shotgun Players, TheatreFirst, Jewel Theatre Company, Woodminster, Livermore Shakespeare Festival, Crowded Fire, and Playground. Elsewhere he worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Actors Theatre of Louisville. In addition he has appeared in the films “Milk” and “Red Tails.” He holds a B.A. from Tufts University, an M.F.A. from Stanford University, and a J.D. from the University of Georgia. Jesse is proud member of Actors Equity Association. He would like to dedicate his performance to the memory of Kyle Renick.

*Actor Appears Courtesy of Actors Equity

April Green

Julia

April Green (Julia)
April Green is estatic to be at the Hillbarn with this wonderful cast and crew! April has a BA in Theater and has trained in San Francisco, New York and Berlin. Some of the Bay Area companies she has worked for include Jewel Theatre (The Odd Couple), Central Works (Totem & Taboo), City Lights (Silent Sky, God of Carnage, Stupid F’cking Bird, Merchant of Venice), Tides Theater (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Pear Avenue Theater (Fool for Love), Rapid Descent Physical Theater Company (Macbeth), Stanford Theater (Exception and the Rule). More info on April at castaprilgreen.com

Ryan Cordero

Peter

Ryan Cordero (Peter)
Ryan C. Cordero received his B.A. in Theatre Arts at Cal Poly and has been seen all over California’s central coast both onstage and as a director. Recently, he was seen in Anything Goes at Hillbarn Theater. His two favorite onstage appearances include Malcolm in The Full Monty, and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors. He founded his own theater company, Sorcerer Productions, where he was the Executive and main stage production director for the organization. Highlights of his directing career include Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Producers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Drowsy Chaperone, Urinetown: The MusicalRumors, and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. 

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