Sept 16 – Oct 10

Sept 16 – Oct 10

book and lyrics by Kellen Blair
book and music by Joe Kinosian
directed by Laura Downing-Lee

Laura Downing-Lee – Director

This marks Laura’s directing debut for 6th St., although she’s performed in two Playhouse shows – Eunice in A Streetcar Named Desire and Margaret in The Possession of Mrs. Jones. As a member of the Theatre Arts faculty at Santa Rosa Junior College for over two decades, she’s directed fifty acting showcases and productions (most recently, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express and The Sound of Music). Prior to coming to Santa Rosa, Laura was the Acting Specialist for University of Central Missouri, where she directed two productions a year, as well as worked professionally in the Kansas City area. While big musicals have been her forte in recent years (Into the Woods, Shrek the Musical, Mary Poppins, Les Misérables), she also enjoys the challenges of more intimate non-musical shows such as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, which she’ll be directing for SRJC next spring. Reflecting her interest in new works, she’s acted in several local staged readings, provided script support for playwrights, guided the creation of SRJC’s first devised production (Leaving Home), and observed the development of the new musical, Head Over Heels, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival while on sabbatical in 2015.

Cast

Ginger moved to California after living in the South her whole life. She received a BA in Russian from the University of Tennessee then lived in Moscow. After completing a post baccalaureate degree in Education she taught high school Acting in Knoxville. She then earned an MFA in Acting and lived/worked in NYC. She also taught Theater Arts at El Molino High School in West Sonoma County for 18 years. Recently she has served as music director (Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Oliver et al.) and actor (Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music, Dottie Otley in Noises Off) for shows at 6th Street. She lives in Petaluma with her wonderful husband Chuck and their devoted blonde Lab, Bette Davis.
Trevor Dorner is thrilled to be making his 6th Street Playhouse Debut! Favorite credits include: National Tour: Jerry Lee Lewis Million Dollar Quartet; Gretna Theatre: The Suspects Murder for Two; Engeman Theatre: Malcolm u/s The Full Monty ; Holland America Line: Piano/Singer Billboard Onboard; PacRep Playhouse: Jerry Lee Lewis Million Dollar Quartet; Arts Center of Coastal Carolina: Ensemble Sister Act; Ohio Northern University: Bobby Company, Guido Contini Nine, Aldolpho The Drowsy Chaperone. www.trevordorner.com IG: @trevordorner

Laura Downing-Lee – Director

This marks Laura’s directing debut for 6th St., although she’s performed in two Playhouse shows – Eunice in A Streetcar Named Desire and Margaret in The Possession of Mrs. Jones. As a member of the Theatre Arts faculty at Santa Rosa Junior College for over two decades, she’s directed fifty acting showcases and productions (most recently, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express and The Sound of Music). Prior to coming to Santa Rosa, Laura was the Acting Specialist for University of Central Missouri, where she directed two productions a year, as well as worked professionally in the Kansas City area. While big musicals have been her forte in recent years (Into the Woods, Shrek the Musical, Mary Poppins, Les Misérables), she also enjoys the challenges of more intimate non-musical shows such as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, which she’ll be directing for SRJC next spring. Reflecting her interest in new works, she’s acted in several local staged readings, provided script support for playwrights, guided the creation of SRJC’s first devised production (Leaving Home), and observed the development of the new musical, Head Over Heels, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival while on sabbatical in 2015.

Photo by Mike Davis
Trevor Dorner and Ginger Beavers

Photo by Mike Davis
Trevor Dorner and Ginger Beavers

Murder For Two is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. http://www.concordtheatricals.com. Murder For Two was originally produced in New York by Jason Raitt, Barbara Whitman, Steve Chaikelson, and the Second Stage Theatre. Murder For Two world premiere was presented on May 12, 2011 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago, IL, Barbara Gaines, Director, Artistic Director Criss Henderson, Executive Director. Murder for Two was developed for Chicago Shakespeare Theater by Rick Boynton, Creative Producer.

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.

Shanna Kennedy-Chrestensen – Box Office Manager

 

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

Jeff Basham – Production Stage Manager
Jeff is excited to return to 6th St Playhouse as Production Stage Manager for Murder For Two.  Jeff has been involved in a theatre production in one form or another for over 25 years.  He was nominated by his peers and won Sonoma County Stage Manager of the Year in 2016, and has worked professionally in the theatre departments aboard Norwegian Cruise Line America. Most recently, Jeff combined his professional career in Information Technology with his extensive theatre background and consulted with several theatre companies and stage managed several productions digitally on Zoom during COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021.  He is very happy to be returning to in-person theatre, and the beautiful GK Hardt stage.

Brooke Dengler – Assistant Stage Manager
Brooke is making her debut with 6th Street Playhouse! Dengler last stage managed with Victor Herbert Renaissance Project Live! (New York), Left Edge Theatre, Summer Repertory Theatre, and Santa Rosa Junior College. She looks forward to continuing her education at SRJC, and transferring to a university to study stage management. Dengler is thrilled to begin creating live theatre again.

Scenic Artist (Floor) – Kristina May Dorman

Jill BC Du Boff – Sound Design 
Broadway: The Heidi Chronicles, Hand to God, Disgraced, Picnic, Wit, Other Desert Cities, Good People, The Constant Wife, The Good Body, Bill Maher: Victory… Off-Broadway includes Lincoln Center, MTC, Atlantic, Vineyard, MCC, Playwrights Horizons, The Public, Second Stage, NYTW, WP, New Georges, Flea, Cherry Lane, Signature, Clubbed Thumb (Affiliate Artist), Penguin Rep. Regional: Bay Street, La Jolla, Cincinnati Playhouse, Westport Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Portland Stage, Long Wharf, The Alley, NYS&F, Humana, Williamstown, ATF. Radio: New Yorker Out Loud (Executive Producer), Studio 360, Naked Radio, RadioLab.  Drama Desk and Henry Hewes nominations.  Awards: Ruth Morley Design Award, OBIE for Sustained Excellence, Lilly Award. Audio Producer for The New Yorker, Adjunct Professor; Sarah Lawrence College.  Love to Adam

Joseph Favalora – Choreographer
Joseph is grateful to be back at 6th Street Playhouse. Joseph has been dancing since age four, and competitively since age six. He has won hundreds of awards for his skilled dance including: Mister Dance of New England, Junior Mr. Dance of America, and East Coast Junior Ballroom Champion. He has taught master classes in many venues including the Boston Conservatory of Music (the Modern Dance department) as well on the faculty of New Dance Group (NDG) of New York City. He is the recipient of two San Francisco Bay area theater critic circle awards for excellence in choreography. The first is with Cinnabar’s Fiddler on the roof and the second with 6th Street Playhouse’s Thoroughly Modern Millie. His professional Broadway credits span 15 years and include, Beauty and the Beast, Cathy Rigby’s Peter Pan, National Tour of Cats (Mr. Mistoffelees), and Baby John in the international tour of West Side Story. Joseph is driven by his life-long love of the performing arts and goal to one day create an original work that will be performed throughout the world. Much love and thanks to his partner Dr. J. Davis Mannino for his untiring support.

 

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.

Props Designer – Ben Harper

Puppets Designer – Julia Hunstein Kwitchoff
Julia received a M.F.A. from San Francisco State University in Costume Design, and a B.F.A. from Washington University, St. Louis, in metalsmithing, and worked as an artist and designer in jewelry, one-of-a-kind clothing, and soft sculpture. She’s designed costumes and props for Santa Rosa Junior College,Sonoma State University , Napa Valley College and theatre around the bay area.

Mae MatosCostume Designer – Mae Heagerty Matos
Mae joins 6th Street with over 40 years of costume design experience. She volunteered for all three children’s shows this summer. She relocated from the Bay Area with her husband Mike to be close to his parents after the Tubbs fire. She currently serves as the President of the Santa Rosa East West Rotary.She is very excited to work with 6th and the community!

Amber MacLeanScenic Artist (Panels) – Amber MacLean
Amber is a native Bay Area artist who has worked for many years in many facets of art and design. She received an an honorable mention at ACTF for her work on Santa Rosa Junior College’s 2020 production of “Murder on the Orient Express.” This is her first scenic project with 6th Street Playhouse.

Carrie Mullen – Lighting Designer
Carrie is a Scenic and Lighting designer and technical theatre professor at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill. Recent credits include It’s a Wonderful Life, A Turn of the Screw, and Sweeney Todd at 6th St. Playhouse. Book of Will, Head Over Heels, and Seussical at DVC. Youth Conservatory teaching and design with 42nd Street Moon, and Dear Edwina at CRC in Sacramento.

Gail Reine – Costume Design & 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. 

 

 

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,
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.

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

Community First
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Exchange Bank
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