Sept 16 – Oct 10
Sept 16 – Oct 10
Laura Downing-Lee – Director
Laura Downing-Lee – Director
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.
Shanna Kennedy-Chrestensen – Box Office Manager
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.
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.
- Jeff Basham
- Brooke Dengler
- Kristina May Dorman
- Jill BC Du Boff
- Joe Favalora
- Martin Gilbertson
- Ben Harper
- Julia Hunstein Kwitchoff
- Mae Heagerty Matos
- Amber MacLean
- Carrie Mullen
- Gail Reine
- Ben Roots
- Jared Sakren
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.
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.
Costume 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!
Scenic 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 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.
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
Dorothy Beattie &Stephanie Willinger
Karen & Michael Bergin
Heidi Jacquin(The Jacquin Family)
Scott & Rene Lummer
Bill & Nancy Morgan
Red Shoes Gallery,Harvey Mendelson
Pam & Tim Zainer
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
North Bay Association of Realtors
Redwood Credit Union
Right Way Electrical
Sonoma County VintnersAssociation
The Press Democrat
Board of Directors
Dorothy Beattie – President
Lynnea Mackey – Vice President
Joel Feldman – Treasurer
Susane Byrne – Secretary
Jeff Coté – Advisor