March 12-29, 2020

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by Neil Simon

Inspired by the playwright’s youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows, with all the attendant comic drama as the harried writing staff frantically scrambles to top each other with gags while competing for the attention of star madman “Max Prince”.

“One of [Simon’s] funniest…Comedy, comedy all the way.” – Newsweek

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Show Cast
Lucas BrickmanPhil Wong*
Max PrincePatrick Kelly Jones*
Milt FieldsMichael Champlin
HelenKatie McGee
Brian DoyleJosiah Frampton
Carol WymanRoneet Aliza Rahamim
Ira StoneMax Tachis
Val SlotskyDan Demers
Kenny FranksSeton Chiang

*Actor Appears Courtesy of Actors Equity Association

Show Creatives
DirectorJeffrey Lo
Assistant DirectorAddie Kaori Walters
Stage ManagerBenjamin Kit Wong
Scenic DesignerChristopher Fitzer
Costume DesignerMelissa Sanchez
Sound DesignerSteve Muterspaugh
Light DesignerMichael Palumbo
Dialect CoachJanel Miley

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Benjamin Kit Wong

Stage Manager

Benjamin Kit Wong (Stage Manager) originally from Fremont, California; graduated from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa where he wrote his own major in theatre. This is Mr. Wong’s second show with Hillbarn, having been an Assistant Stage Manager on Noises Off previously, also directed by Jeffrey Lo. Selected Work: The Language Archive, Production Assistant, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley; The Grapes of Wrath, Stage Manager, Los Altos Stage

Katie McGee


This is Katie’s Hillbarn Theatre debut. Previously, she has performed with Bay Area Children’s Theatre in Fly Guy, Ivy & Bean, Bad Kitty, and Pinkalicious. Katie is the Drama and Media teacher at Alta Vista Middle School. She holds a BA in acting from Saint Louis University.

Josiah Frampton

Brian Doyle

Josiah is excited to return to Hillbarn where he was recently seen as Gus in It’s Only a Play. You may have seen him recently at City Lights as the Emcee in Cabaret, or at Los Altos Stage as Uri in Oslo. Other credits include La Cage Aux Folles (San Francisco Playhouse), Sir Robin in Spamalot (Palo Alto Players), Doc O’Conner/Galloway in Laramie Project (Palo Alto Players), and Ernst in Cabaret (Cabrillo Stage). Josiah attributes his biggest performance growth his work with The Theatre of All Possibilities, a touring children’s theatre company, where he managed and performed:

Steve Muterspaugh

Sound Designer

Stephen Muterspaugh (Sound Design / Fight Director) is excited to be back at Hillbarn Theatre, as a designer this time around, after directing It’s Only a Play earlier this season. He most recently directed The Three Musketeers at Douglas Morrison Theatre in Hayward. Other Bay Area directing credits include: The Odd Couple at Jewel Theatre Company, where he previously served as Deputy Artistic Director; Hamlet and The Taming of the Shrew at San Francisco Shakespeare Festival (former Associate Artistic Director), where he also headed the Shakespeare on Tour program for 5 seasons, directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and Hamlet. When not directing, Stephen is the Artistic Operations / Company Manager at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and a graduate of the actor training program at PCPA.

Roneet Aliza Rahamim

Carol Wyman

Roneet Aliza Rahamim is happy to be making her Hillbarn debut. She has performed up and down the Bay Area since moving back from Minneapolis in 2012. She was last seen in Taking Steps (Pear Theatre) as Kitty. Other recent credits include: Macbeth (Dragon Productions) and Kiss (Shotgun Players). She has worked with many esteemed companies in the Bay such as City Lights Theater Company, Palo Alto Players, Los Altos Stage Company, and is a resident artist with Golden Thread Productions in SF. Some favorite roles to date have been Anne Frank (Diary of Anne Frank, PAP, TBA Award) and Constanza (Amadeus, CLTC). Directing credits include: Oslo (assist dir. LASC), 12 Angry Women (Foothill College Theater), and Making God Laugh (assist dir. CLTC).

Phil Wong*

Lucas Brickman


Phil Wong (Lucas Brickman) is an actor, musician, and writer most recently seen at Hillbarn as Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors. Bay Area Credits include work with TheatreWorks, Cal Shakes, SF Shakes, Shotgun Players, Cutting Ball Theater, Word for Word, Lamplighters, Ray of Light, Los Altos Stage Company, Palo Alto Players, and others. Phil is a Resident Artist with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, a graduate of Oberlin College, and he received his physical theatre training at the Accademia dell’ Arte in Arezzo, Italy. Upcoming: Eddie/Doctor Scott in The Rocky Horror Show at American Conservatory Theatre. IG: @phillywongsteak

Patrick Kelly Jones*

Max Prince

Patrick Kelly Jones (Max Prince) is making his Hillbarn debut. Selected credits: The Tempest (California Shakespeare Theater), The Importance of Being Earnest (Aurora Theater), Buried Child (Magic Theater), Peter and the Starcatcher (TheaterWorks), Cymbeline (New York Classical Theater), You Can’t Take it With You (The Denver Center), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Florida Studio Theater), Hamlet (Livermore Shakespeare Festival), Gem of the Ocean (Marin Theatre Company). Patrick is a member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA. He holds an MFA in Acting from Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House. He is also a cartoonist and illustrator.

Michael Champlin

Milt Fields

Michael is making his Hillbarn debut and could not be more thrilled to be doing so with this magnificent cast and crew. He has most recently appeared as Torvald in A Doll’s House Pt. 2 with Palo Alto Players, and as Bill Mason in Admissions and Jim Casy in Grapes of Wrath, both at Los Altos Stage Co. He has been an actor and director in the Bay Area for the past 15 years, and spends his days utilizing the same skill set while working at PayPal. As always, much love and thanks to Katie, Jack, and Henry.

Max Tachis

Ira Stone

Max is excited to return to Hillbarn, last seen here in “Noises Off” (Garry, TBA Award Finalist). A regular in the South Bay theatre community, he has most recently been seen in “Taking Steps” (Tristram) at the Pear Theater, “Macbeth” (Duncan/Macduff) at Dragon Productions Theatre Company, and “Mothers and Sons” (Will) at City Lights Theater Company. As a playwright, Max had his first world premiere, “Perishable, Keep Refrigerated”, with Renegade Theatre Experiment in 2014. His next play, “The Hollow Throne”, will have its first reading before an audience at Dragon Productions in October of 2020.

Janel Miley

Dialect Coach

Janel Miley (Dialect Coach) most recently coached TheatreWorks’ The 39 Steps and The Language Archive, as well as Iron John for TW’s New Works Festival. She has served as a Dialect/Text coach for productions at regional theatres and universities, including Twelfth Night at University of Evansville, Spamalot at VCU, and Erik Ehn’s adaptation of Mother Courage and Her Children at West Virginia University. Ms. Miley holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre at University of Evansville where she teaches Shakespeare, voice, speech, acting, and dialects. She is a member of AEA, Voice and Speech Trainers Association, and a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.

Seton Chiang

Kenny Franks

Seton Chiang is thrilled to be making his Hillbarn debut with this crazy talented cast. Recent credits include Pride and Prejudice (TheatreWorks), Urinetown (SCP) and The White Snake (SVS). Seton earned his BA from UC Irvine and has taught English in South Korea.

Dan Demers

Val Slotsky

Dan is honored to grace the stage with this wonderful cast of characters and colleagues. He has been seen on stage as Max Bialystock in The Producers, Mr. Bigley in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, King Arthur in Spamalot, Ernie in Rumors, Curtains, Head Shriner in Bye-Bye, Birdie, Maurice in Beauty and the Beast, and Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and recently as Elijia Witney in Anything Goes. When Dan is not running Hillbarn Theatre & Conservatory he is spending time with his family and friends. A big thank you to his fellow actors for sharing the stage with him, his friends for their caring hearts, and his family for their constant inspiration, love, endless support and humor. Enjoy the show!

Jeffrey Lo


Jeffrey Lo is excited to be back at Hillbarn where he directed Noises Off and Peter and the Starcatcher. He is the recipient of the 2014 Leigh Weimers Emerging Arist Award, the 2012 Emerging Artist Laureate by Arts Council Silicon Valley and Theatre Bay Area Director’s TITAN Award. Recent directing credits include The Language Archive and The Santaland Diaries at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Vietgone at Capital Stage, A Doll’s House, Part 2 and Eurydice at Palo Alto Players, and The Grapes of Wrath, The Crucible and Yellow Face at Los Altos Stage Company. As a playwright, his plays have been produced and workshopped at The BindleStiff Studio, City Lights Theatre Company and Custom Made Theatre Company. His play Writing Fragments Home was a finalist for the Bay Area Playwright’s Conference and a semi-finalist for the O’Neill Playwright’s Conference. Jeffrey is a company member of Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company, SF Playground and is the Casting Director at the Tony Award Winning TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, a graduate of the Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute and a proud alumnus of the UC Irvine Drama Department.

Addie Kaori Walters

Assistant Director

Adrienne Kaori Walters is thrilled to join the team of Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Recent creative projects include Singin’ in the Rain (director/choreographer), Spring Awakening (director), and Bring it On (choreographer). Adrienne is also a teaching artist instructing various classes throughout the Bay Area. Onstage, Adrienne was last seen in The Language Archive (TheatreWorks), and past credits include Peter and the Starcatcher (TheatreWorks and Hillbarn), Our Practical Heaven (Aurora Theatre), and Spring Awakening (Center Rep). She sends her love to her amazing and supportive family. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Christopher Fitzer

Scenic Designer

Christopher Fitzer (Scenic Designer) is a Bay Area based freelance scenic designer, properties master at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, and resident creative at Sanguine Theatre Company in NYC. His previous Hillbarn designs include Peter and the Starcatcher and Noises Off. His other design credits include productions at TheatreWorks, Aspen Opera Theater Center, World Literature Today’s Puterbaugh Festival, San Jose Stage Company, Palo Alto Players, Woodminster Summer Musicals, Oklahoma City Theatre Company, Flat Rock Playhouse, Los Altos Stage Company, Douglas Morrisson Theatre, and Foothill Music Theatre. He has held production and artistic positions at Aspen Music Festival, Curtis Opera Theatre at the Curtis Institute of Music, and Dallas Summer Musicals. He holds a BFA in drama from the University of Oklahoma.

Melissa Sanchez

Costume Designer

Melissa Sanchez (Costume Designer) received her B.A in Technical Theatre with an emphasis on Costume Design from San Francisco State University. Productions there included Chess, Wallflower and References to Salvador Dali Make me Hot. Other works include Death of a Salesman, Spamalot, The Laramie Project, A Doll’s House, Part 2 (PAP), Macario, La Muerte Baila (TV), Julius Caesar, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventures of the Suicide Club, Much Ado About Nothing (SVS), Miracle on 34th Street, Swift Justice, I Do! I Do! Crowns, Memphis, Musical of Musicals, Peter and the Starcatcher, Adrift in Macao, Another Roll of the Dice, Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook, Beau Jest, Queen of the Mist, Tin Woman (TTC), Hedda Gabler (PT), The Grapes of Wrath (LASC) and West Side Story, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Lizzie, In the Heights, Making God Laugh, Cabaret (CLT). She is excited to join Hillbarn Theatre for the first time in their production of laughter on the 23rd Floor.

Michael Palumbo

Light Designer

Michael Palumbo (Lighting Designer) has designed more than 275 productions for theatre, opera, and dance, and he has worked for many companies on the West Coast including TheatreWorks (Silicon Valley), San Jose Repertory Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Opera San Jose, Magic Theatre, Sacramento Opera, Aurora Theatre Company (Berkeley), American Conservatory Theatre, San Jose Stage Company, Shotgun Players (Berkeley) San Francisco Playhouse, Pacific Repertory Theatre (Carmel, CA), Bay Area Musicals (San Francisco), Berkeley Playhouse, City Lights Theater Company, and West Bay Opera. His producing company, Carollo & Palumbo LLC, has credits including bare: the musical Off-Broadway and the Broadway produciton of A Time to Kill. MFA: New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.

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