Love, Loss and What I Wore

August 12 – 29

written by Nora and Delia Ephron

directed by Libby Oberlin

Libby Oberlin – Director

Libby Oberlin is a director, actor, and is the Founding Artistic Director of The Theater School in Sonoma. Directing credits at The Theater School include: Romeo and Juliet, Shrek, Dear Edwina, Aladdin, Madagascar, Frozen, and two original plays which debuted at Sonoma Arts Live and toured local high schools. Libby is a stage director and Education Director for Sonoma Arts Live, credits include: Anne of Green Gables, Love, Loss and What I Wore and as Education Director: Carrie: The Musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Peter and The Starcatcher, Emma, and 13: The Musical. Libby is an award-winning actress, most recently playing Julius Caesar in We Players’ production of Caesar Maximus in Golden Gate Park. She will play Schwartzy in Landmark Musical Theatre’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in the fall. Libby graduated with distinction from New York University with a Master’s Degree in Educational Theater and a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Arts from Hofstra University. Special thanks to the whole 6th Street Playhouse team and our incredibly talented and hilarious cast. As always and forever, endless love to Miller and Maeve.

Cast

Daniella Innocenti BeemDaniela Innocenti Beem – Guest star – 8/27-8/29

Daniela Innocenti Beem is a multiple award-winning Bay Area favorite. Her resume reads like a who’s who of some of the best roles in musical theater, including The Witch in Into the Woods (Winner- TBA -Outstanding Performer in a Principal Role) Rose in Gypsy (Winner-SFBATCC Award Principal Actress and Winner- MTJA-Lead Performance), and Ethel Merman in Merman’s Apprentice (Nomination-MJTA-Lead Performance), to name a few. At 6th Street she’s played Miss Hannigan in Annie, Angela in Honky Tonk Angels and Mrs Mears in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and countless others. She is the co-creator and half of “The Dynamic Duet” with Julie Johnson Ekoue-Totou, an evening of cabaret, playing to sold out houses all over the Bay Area for the last 10 years. They have their own CD titled; The Dynamic Duet: Back to Before.

Gillian EichenbergerGillian Eichenberger is an actor, vocalist, and theater educator from Marin County. She has performed at 6th Street Playhouse in Sweeney Todd as Johanna, The Governess in A Turn of the Screw, and as Maria in Illyria. She is delighted to return for their first in-person performance of the season with this dynamic cast! Other favorite roles include Roxie in Chicago, April in Company, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, and Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. When she’s not acting, she sings and plays synth with her band, “The Hot Takes.” She is grateful to Libby, our director, to her parents Jim & Leslie, to Mark & Kay, and to Andre, her favorite on-and-off-stage partner.

Heather GibesonHeather Gibeson Guest star – 8/27-8/29
Heather graduated with a BS in Theatre with an emphasis in Classical Acting from Southern Utah University. She was last seen at 6th Street as Clown in
Sweet Are the Uses and Ginger in That’s My Time as a part of the Heroines, Harpies and Harlots: A Woman Speaks Theater Festival. Her previous experience includes Jen in The Book Club Play (6th Street Playhouse), Nell in Comedy of Errors (6th Street Playhouse) and Rosemary in Outside Mullingar (The Raven).

Elaine JenningsElaine Jennings is delighted to be performing in the ensemble of Love, Loss and What I Wore at 6th Street Playhouse. During Covid, Elaine pivoted from the stage to film. Her film credits include This Side Up, a feature-length film, premiering on Amazon Prime in 2021, Goodbye, Misfortune, Quarantine Murders, Caroline in Jersey, Oh My Darning, Until the Flood and The Gift. Elaine’s pre-Covid stage credits includes two productions of Gypsy for Bay Area Musicals and 6th Street Playhouse; Mama Mia!, Oedipus at Palm Springs, and Gertrude Stein And A Companion; also Sister Aloysius in Doubt, Kate in Brighton Beach Memoirs and Juliana Smithton in The Other Place. Elaine lives in Calistoga with her husband and their two dogs, Dolly & Spuddy, and is also a proud mother to Caitlin & Lily, ages 36 & 32.
Karen PinomakiKaren Pinomaki can always be seen wearing the latest fashions, but she admits she is excited to see that the mask fad is on its way out! Prior to that, Karen could be seen wearing various couture on several theater stages of the North Bay as Fraulein Kost in Cabaret, Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, Roz in 9 to 5, The Musical, Louise in Love Always, Patsy Cline, Martha Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace, Jack’s Mom in Into the Woods, Effy Krayneck in The Spitfire Grill, Alice Beane in Titanic, the Musical, Aunt March in Little Women, the Musical , The Witch in Into the Woods and Madame la Bouche in The Beauty and the Beast. She dedicates this show to her mom, a most amazingly elegant woman who still is wearing heels and dressing ”to the nines.”
Brittany Nicole SimsBrittany Nicole Sims is an actress and Bay Area Native from San Leandro, CA and extremely excited to be working with 6th Street again. She was last in their production of Book Club as Lily. She received a Shellie Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2020 for her role as Mary in ReproRights. Brittany recently was a part of Celebration Arts production of Dot and Three Willows Theatre’s production of Comb Your Hair Or You’ll Look Like a Slave. Other companies Brittany has worked with include: All Terrain Theater, Inferno Theater, Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park, Those Women Productions, The SF Olympians Festival, Playwrights Center of SF, The Exit Theater, African American Shakespeare Company (AASC), Custom Made Theater. and B8 Theater. Brittany would like to thank her family and friends for all their love and support.
Jill WagonerJill Wagoner is a veteran of numerous Bay Area stages, and is thrilled to reprise her roles in Love, Loss and What I Wore, having first performed this with director Libby Oberlin at Sonoma Arts Live. Other recent theatrical roles include Felicia Dantine in I Hate Hamlet, Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins, Margaret White in Carrie, Fay Templeton in George M!, Snout/Wall in Fairyworlds!, M’Lynn Eatenton in Steel Magnolias, and District Attorney Thomasina Mara in Miracle on 34th Street. She has also been a featured concert hall soloist with The Valley Girls, The North Bay Opera Theatre Ensemble, SamAntics, Solano Choral Society, Goat Hall Productions, The Opus Project and Irregular Resolutions.

Libby Oberlin – Director

Libby Oberlin is a director, actor, and is the Founding Artistic Director of The Theater School in Sonoma. Directing credits at The Theater School include: Romeo and Juliet, Shrek, Dear Edwina, Aladdin, Madagascar, Frozen, and two original plays which debuted at Sonoma Arts Live and toured local high schools. Libby is a stage director and Education Director for Sonoma Arts Live, credits include: Anne of Green Gables, Love, Loss and What I Wore and as Education Director: Carrie: The Musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Peter and The Starcatcher, Emma, and 13: The Musical. Libby is an award-winning actress, most recently playing Julius Caesar in We Players’ production of Caesar Maximus in Golden Gate Park. She will play Schwartzy in Landmark Musical Theatre’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in the fall. Libby graduated with distinction from New York University with a Master’s Degree in Educational Theater and a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Arts from Hofstra University. Special thanks to the whole 6th Street Playhouse team and our incredibly talented and hilarious cast. As always and forever, endless love to Miller and Maeve.

Photo by Miller Oberlin
From L to R – Elaine Jennings, Gillian Eichenberger, Karen Pinomaki, Brittany Nicole Sims, Jill Wagoner

Photo by Miller Oberlin
From L to R – Karen Pinomaki,, Elaine Jennings, Gillian Eichenberger, Jill Wagoner, Brittany Nicole Sims,

Staff

Anne Warren Clark Managing Director
As Director of the acclaimed Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Anne Clark led operations and strategic direction across 11 different cities. She developed international programming with Shanghai Children’s Art Theatre and Free Performance Programs for over 800 students in the Bay Area.
A nationally recognized, award-winning director, she directed, music directed and choreographed over 40 productions with children ranging in age from 2 years old to 18 years old all across the Bay Area.
In Los Angeles, she established and managed Rockabye Dance, a children’s dance studio focused on creative movement, ballet and tap for children.
In Pasadena, she was Company Manager and a teaching artist for Pasadena Musical Theater, and acted as Company Manager for the summer camp intensive of a new work by Ryan Scott Oliver, teaching choreography and advanced acting techniques.
Erika ConawayErika Conaway Education Programs Manager
Formerly a valued staff member at Transcendence Theatre Company, Erika brings vast arts education experience, specializing in arts integration for English Language Learners as well as show biz experience to the Playhouse. A Shenandoah Conservatory graduate with a BFA in Musical Theatre, she has performed in National Tours: Memphis!, A Chorus Line. NYC: One Singular Sensation (The Public Theatre Gala 2014), and multiple regional theatres.
Cheryl KingCheryl King Webmaster, Marcomm Associate & Front of House Manager
Cheryl moved to Santa Rosa from NYC, where she was the creator and manager of Stage Left Studio, a boutique theater known for new and experimental works. She was resident acting coach at All My Children from 2007-2010, and is a producer, playwright, director and actor.  

Her first solo show “not a nice girl” was produced in LA, NYC, Chicago and Ft. Collins, CO. She teaches playwriting workshops, and has directed over 60 plays and solo shows. Winner of LMCC grants in NYC, and recognized in the NY Times as “the matriarch of Off-Off B’way Solo Theater.” www.cherylkingproductions.com, www.stageleftstudio.net

Allie Pratt Education Associate
With an MA in Theater Arts from UC Santa Cruz, a BFA in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts, and an RDT from the Drama Therapy Institute Los Angeles in the works, Allie will be teaching classes, developing curriculum, and piloting some sociodramatic workshops in the studio. In addition to education and creative arts therapies, Allie brings a wealth of professional experience to the Playhouse, having numerous features, short films, and national commercials under her belt. Favorite roles include Lizzy in Kate Hamill’s Pride and Prejudice at Santa Cruz Shakespeare, Viola in Twelfth Night at Seattle Shakespeare, and generally any role she gets to play outdoors in the summertime.

Jared SakrenJared Sakren Artistic Director
Jared joined the management team at the 6th Street Playhouse in 2015 after fifteen years as the Producing Artistic Director of Southwest Shakespeare Company, the premiere classical theatre of Arizona, during which time he produced nearly every title in the Shakespeare canon, as well as comedies, dramas, and new works.  As a fundraiser Mr. Sakren helped to quadruple the annual budget of the company during his tenure. He is a founding graduate of the Juilliard School Drama Division (Group One) and a founding member of the Acting Company under John Houseman, where he performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway and on national tours.

Mike DavisMike Davis MarComm Manager
Mike has over thirty years of experience in brand marketing and content creation.  Prior to his current position at the playhouse, Mike ran his own marketing consultancy which created and managed the distribution of marketing content across multiple advertising platforms. He also served as the Executive Producer and COO at Brand Arc, a branded entertainment marketing firm for 11 years, where he was the executive in charge of the Toyota Motor Sales, USA account. 

Production Team

Martin GilbertsonMartin Gilbertson – Technical Director/Co-Scenic Designer
A transplant to Sonoma County from the far reaches of Ontario…California. As a sculpture artist with a background in construction and,a love for the theater, cultivated from a young age by his grandparents, he is very happy and honored to be part of the 6th Street Family. He has been working in scenic construction for the past 15 years and has been a member of the construction and artistic team for the Sonoma County fair’s popular Hall of Flowers. When he is not actively helping make dreams and scenes come true, he’s either making art, in the ocean surfing, or he is home hanging out with his family and his daughter Penelope, whom is his inspiration in all things, as well as the the most beautiful and incredible art he has ever helped create.
Luca CatanzaroLuca Catanzaro – Lighting Designer
Luca is excited to be a new designer at 6th Street Playhouse, working on both My Name is Johnny Cash and Crawfish: We the Invisible, this February. He has worked on over 30 productions in the last 9 years as a manager, designer, assistant or performer. He is now 20 years old and is in his final semester at Santa Rosa Junior College. Prior to college, he attended 4 years at Marin School of the Arts high school for Musical Theatre. Luca’s hobbies include scale modeling, visual art and cooking. He is grateful to be a new member of the 6th Street team and looks forward to working on future productions.
Jenna Dolcini – Production Stage Manager 
Jenna previously  worked all over the Bay Area as an Equity Stage  Manager before taking a short 12-year hiatus from theater to pursue a career in journalism.  At 6th Street Playhouse she has stage managed Noises Off, Illyria, Comedy of Errors, Guys and  Dolls, Annie, Million Dollar Quartet, To Kill a  Mockingbird and West Side Story.
Jared SakrenJared Sakren – Artistic Director/Co Scenic Designer
Jared produced and/or directed more than 33 productions in  15 years as the Producing Artistic Director of  Southwest Shakespeare Company. He is a Piper  Fellow, class of 2012, and member of Group 1 of  the Juilliard School Drama Division.

Ben Roots (born February 13th 1987) is a Brazilian musician, media producer, songwriter, audio engineer and music aficionado. He holds a Bachelor in Communications (FUMEC – 2010) and Popular Music (UMFG – 2018), and is a certified Digital Media producer (SRJC – 2020), currently also studying as an apprentice for Sound & Communications technician/installer (JATC – expected January/2024). He has released 3 studio albums and 6 EP’s.www.benroots.com, www.facebook.com/benrootsoficial,
Ellen Howes – Costume Designer
Ellen Howes has a diverse history of design work including costumes for theatre, short films, music videos and styling photoshoots. She has predominantly designed costumes for theaters throughout the East, San Francisco and North Bay areas since she received her MA from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2015. Some of her most recent work includes designing the costumes for 6th Street Playhouse’s production of Million Dollar Quartet as well as Cinnabar’s production of A Perfect Ganesh. Ellen has missed designing Costumes for theater during quarantine and is so grateful to be working on this production. 
Gail Reine – Wardrobe Head
Gail 
has been with 6th Street for eight years, starting as a volunteer in the costume shop and progressing to SOTA nominee for costume design. A native Santa Rosan, she is happy to be a part of a community favorite like 6th Street, as both staff and rotating talent. 

 

 

Pat NimsProjections

Pat Nims splits his time between the SF Bay and Portland OR. For 6th Street, Pat  directed Oliver!, George M! and Forever Plaid. Recent projects include West Side Story, Urinetown,  The Humans and Crimes Of The Heart. Favorites (over 50 productions) include Company (TBA Best  Production), Drood, Peter & The Starcatcher, Heathers, Spring Awakening, Cyrano De Bergerac, and Into The Woods. Upcoming projects include Tinderella and Sound Of Music. Pat thanks Marina for  her incredible love, patience and inspiration.

Donors and Supporters

Special Thanks to our Legacy Circle, whose recurring gifts over 5 years help sustain the playhouse

LEGACY CIRCLE

Anonymous
Dorothy Beattie &Stephanie Willinger
Karen & Michael Bergin
David Gensler
Kathy Horan
Heidi Jacquin(The Jacquin Family)
Scott & Rene Lummer
Bill & Nancy Morgan
Red Shoes Gallery,Harvey Mendelson
Pam & Tim Zainer

LANDMARK CIRCLE

Abacus Wealth Partners • Robert & Carolyn Anschicks • David & Sharon Beckman • Scott & Mavis Buginas • Walter& Kathyrn Clark • Jeff & JeniferCote • Dan & Connie Earl • Ted & Peggy Elliott • Joe Favalora & Dr. Jay Davis Manino • Richard & Barbara Ferrington • EdFlowers & Jan Gullarian • JanetGavagan • David Gray & VrenaeSutphin • Janet Kirschen • FreidaLummer • Dr. Darrell Luperini & Chantal Vogel • Eva Martin • Dennis Marvin • Penelope McKenzie • Sheila & Mike McQuillen • Monte Mentry • Barbara Moulton • Kim Norts & Dennis Vozaitis • Kirsten & JohnOlney • Stephan & Lynn Olsen • Virginia Pitts • Harry & LindaReid • Harry and Dee Richardson • Sudha Schlesinger • Wayne Smith & Michael Fargo • Joann & Jesse Stimson • David & Vicki Stollmeyer • Laura Upjohn

MAJOR SUPPORTERS

North Bay Association of Realtors
Redwood Credit Union
Right Way Electrical
Sonoma County VintnersAssociation
The Press Democrat

Board of Directors

Executive Board

Dorothy Beattie – President
Lynnea Mackey – Vice President
Joel Feldman – Treasurer
Susane Byrne – Secretary
Jeff Coté – Advisor

 

Board Membership

Craig Bainbridge
Dorothy Beattie
Susane Byrne
Jeff Coté
Rodney Fierce
Joel Feldman
Kathy Horan
Lynnea Mackey
Stephen Olson
Marty Pistone
Sudha Schlesinger
Patrick Varner

SPECIAL THANKS TO

Hot Couture
Santa Rosa Symphony

Community First
Sutter Health
Exchange Bank
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