Beachtown

March 22 - April 15, 2018
(Press Opening: Wednesday, March 28, 2018)

In the Lyceum Space

By Herbert Siguenza with Rachel Grossman
Based on the play Beertown by dog and pony dc
Directed by Sam Woodhouse
Set Design by Sean Fanning
Costume Design by Anastasia Pautova
Lighting Design by Anne E. McMills
Sound  Design by Matt Lescault-Wood
Projections Design by Blake McCarty
Stage Management by Chandra Anthenill*
Dramaturgy by Danielle Ward and Patrice Amon
Composition by Mark Spiro
Casting by Kim Heil


CAST

Jason Heil as Steve Novak, Mayor of Beachtown
Lee Ann Kim as Susan Suhiro, Town Archivist
Salomon Maya as Benny Ramos-Leibowitz, Councilperson
Antonio T.J. Johnson as Damon Haynes, Journalist
William “B.J.” Robinson* as Bob Ruby, Music Teacher
Sandra Ruiz as Gloria Ramirez, Resident
Marci Wuebben as Donna French, Resident

 

You are invited to the most immersive interactive event in San Diego REP history: The 100th Anniversary of Beachtown's Time Capsule Celebration!

Imagine you live in the small local community of Beachtown. As a Beachtonian, you are invited to share your voice and your vote and choose—alongside your neighbors—what will go inside our town's Time Capsule to best represent the values of this beautiful place we call home.

At Beachtown's Time Capsule Celebration you will enjoy live music, dessert from our community potluck, and a delicious debate celebrating democracy in action. This town hall meeting like no other is about who we are and who we as a community want to be. Given this is Beachtown, you can count on a Celebration aimed at about breaking down barriers and discovering our shared dreams for the future of our town. Come ready to voice your opinion, debate vigorously, and vote proudly.

Beachtown is a one-of-a kind, fun and entertaining theatrical event!


 

Media Images


Jason Heil as Steve Novak, Mayor of Beachtown. Photo by Daren Scott.
 

Lee Ann Kim as Susan Suhiro, Town Archivist.  Photo by Daren Scott.
 

Salomon Maya as Benny Ramos-Leibowitz, Councilperson.  Photo by Daren Scott.

Antonio T.J. Johnson as Damon Haynes, Journalist.  Photo by Daren Scott.

William “B.J.” Robinson as Bob Ruby, Music Teacher.  Photo by Daren Scott.

Sandra Ruiz as Gloria Ramirez, Resident.  Photo by Daren Scott.

Marci Wuebben as Donna French, Resident.  Photo by Daren Scott.
   

Herbert Siguenza, Playwright
 

Rachel Grossman, Associate Director

Sam Woodhouse, Director
 


Bios


Herbert Siguenza (Playwright is Playwright-In-Residence at the Rep through a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He is also a founding member of Culture Clash, the most popular and produced Latino ensemble in the nation. For the last thirty years, he has co-written or adapted and performed over fifteen original critically acclaimed award winning plays at prestigious regional theatres around the country. Theatre Communications Group Books has published three compilations of their collective works which includes Radio Mambo, Zorro in Hell! and Chavez Ravine.  Siguenza has also written and performed solo works outside the group including Cantinflas! (2003); and A Weekend With Pablo Picasso (2010).  (2010) El Henry (2014) Steal Heaven (2015) and Manifest Destinitis (2016). Additionally, Mr. Siguenza recently directed Jose Rivera's Cloud Tectonics for New Village Arts, and his voice is featured in the Oscar nominated animated film Coco.


Sam Woodhouse (Director) co-founded San Diego Rep with D.W. Jacobs in 1976 and has since worked as a director, producer and/or actor on more than 280 productions.  As an actor, he has performed on the Rep stages in The Seafarer, in the title role of King Lear, Proof and Hamlet and with the San Diego Symphony in the title role of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat.  His recent directorial work with the Rep includes EVITA, Into the Beautiful North, Manifest Destinitis, Rapture, Blister, Burn, The Oldest Boy, Violet, Oedipus El Rey, Honky, El Henry (with La Jolla Playhouse), Detroit, Venus in Fur, In the Heights, Federal Jazz Project, Clybourne Park, The Who’s TOMMY, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Threepenny Opera and Water & Power.  In 2011, he directed American Night: The Ballad of Juan José for the Denver Center Theatre Company.  In 2003, he was awarded the Patté Shiley Award for Lifetime Achievement by KPBS and the prestigious Alonzo Award by the Downtown San Diego Partnership.  In 2006, Woodhouse and Jacobs were honored with the Craig Noel Award by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle for 30 years of artistic dedication to downtown and diversity.


Rachel Grossman (Associate Director) likes beets, brussels sprouts, bourbon, infographics, action movies, and well-facilitated discussions. As a theatre-maker, she creates work that entwines the audience’s experience with the play’s narrative, creating plays that feel interactive even when an audience “watches” rather than “does.” Rachel is the Ensemble Director and a co-founder of dog & pony dc. With dog & pony dc, Rachel has co-created nearly 20 new plays and interactive experiences, including COURAGE, Beertown, Toast, and Peepshow. Currently Rachel is a lead artist with Gallaudet University’s DeafBlind Theatre project, an Executive Producer for the JUBILEE, and a mentor through Arts Marketers Association UK’s Audience Diversity Academy. Rachel is responsible for launching Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's "connectivity" initiative and served as the first Connectivity Director. Rachel was one of eight selected to participate in WESTAF’s second annual Dinner-vention, hosted by Barry’s Blog in 2014. Rachel is a three-time recipient of a DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities’ Artist Fellowship grant and received DCCAH support for her newest project: Nice & Lily, a performance for 4-6yos and their parents about openly discussing race. When she’s not trying to save the world through theatre, Rachel’s practicing yoga, reading non-fiction, or streaming crap television about supernatural phenomenon in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, D.C.


Jason Heil (Steve Novak, Mayor of Beachtown) SD Rep: Hand to God, Violet, Clybourne Park, A Christmas Carol.  Off-Broadway: Sea of Souls Regional: Lucy Simon's Zhivago (La Jolla Playhouse World Premiere & NYC/London Readings), Twelfth Night, Plaid Tidings (Old Globe), Arkansas & Tennessee Repertory Theatres, A Noise Within, & nine seasons with the Utah, Lake Tahoe, Marin, & Texas Shakespeare Festivals. Other San Diego Theatre: Wit, The Glass Menagerie, Into the Woods, The Winslow Boy  (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Noises Off, Cabaret (Cygnet), Passion, Angels in America (ion theatre company), Art (Intrepid), School for Lies, Dracula (North Coast Rep), Lion in Winter (Moonlight).  MFA: UC Irvine.  www.jasonheil.com


Lee Ann Kim (Susan Suhiro, Town Archivist)  is aproud mother, immigrant, yogi, recovering broadcast journalist and life-long advocate for the arts.  In 2000, she started the San Diego Asian Film Festival, which has grown into a dynamic, year-round nonprofit organization called Pacific Arts Movement.  You can find Lee Ann in several episodes of Veronica Mars, but more recently, she played a shaman in Helie Lee’s Ghost Wedding at the Santa Monica Playhouse. The San Diego REP also cast Lee Ann as Sin Fin, during the workshop phase of Nuevo California.


Salomon Maya (Benny Ramos-Leibowitz, Councilperson) Past regional credits: San Diego Repertory Theatre: Manifest Destinitis (Tomas), u/s: Honky, Federal Jazz Project, In the Time of the Butterflies (performed 2X); La Jolla Playhouse: El Henry (Mago); OnStage Playhouse: Coyote on a Fence (Sam). Salomon has written two full-length plays, Splitting Adam and Gridlock and will be premiering his third The Mudanza, a bilingual adaptation of Vicente Leñero’s La Mudanza in July; Salomon currently works as Creative Director for Televisa San Diego/Tijuana and is also a monthly columnist for L’CHAIM San Diego Magazine and a board member of the Arts District at Liberty Station. To Sam and Herb, thank you for your unending support. To Alanna and Jacob, you make me a better man. To my fellow Beachtonian’s, let’s always strive to be “Clear-eyed. Big-hearted. Undaunted by challenge.”


Antonio T.J. Johnson (Damon Haynes, Journalist) is excited about returning to San Diego REP, having performed in numerous productions of A Christmas Carol, including The Homeless Carol, The Gospel According to Scrooge and the infamous Sledgehammer Xmas.  TJ also appeared in Ruby’s Bucket of Blood, Hamlet and King Lear. Awards include the 1991 Dramalouge Award, the 2008 Craig Noel Award for Best Actor, a Playbill Award, and the 2016 Craig Noel Ensemble Award. This show promises to be different and fun. 
 

William “B.J.” Robinson (Bob Ruby, Music Teacher) is the host of KPBS Spectrum, a TV program all about arts and culture. BJ is also an educator, composer, director, and performer. Since moving to San Diego in 2009, he has musically worked with Southwestern College, All Saints Episcopal Church, the University of San Diego, Grossmont College, J Company Youth Theater, The North Park Vaudeville & Candy Shoppe, Coronado Playhouse, POWPAC, Cane Toads Productions and Rag Lady Productions. San Diego has become an amazing dream home for this Jersey Boy!


Sandra Ruiz (Gloria Ramirez, Resident) Born and raised in San Diego, Sandra Ruiz received her BAs in Theatre and Human Development from UCSD. She has worked in the theatre as an actor, director, playwright, teaching artist and costume designer. She was last seen on stage as Alexa Vere de Vere in As Bees in Honey Drown (Onstage Playhouse). Some of her favorite roles include: Veronica in The Motherf**ker with the Hat (Cygnet Theatre), Young Dedé and The American Woman in In the Time of the Butterflies, Lady Akin & Others in Earthquake Sun (San Diego Repertory Theatre), Belén in Seven Spots on the Sun (Innermission Productions), Rosa in Lydia (Ion Theatre)Ensemble in Enron, Lupe & Others in Expecting Isabel (Moxie Theatre); Dolores in Our Lady of the Tortilla (Onstage Playhouse), Ensemble in James & the Giant Peach (Coronado Playhouse); The Doctor in 4.48 Psychosis (Galbriath Hall Theatre), Titania- Queen of the Fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (UCSD).


Marci Wuebben* as Donna French, Resident

 
 
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