The Book Club Play

August 23 – September 15, 2019
Monroe Stage

By Karen Zacarias
Directed by Jessica Headington

Chaos ensues when friends start reading between the lines!

“A delightful, fresh comedy…distinctive, sharp.”—Talkin’ Broadway

An endearing comedy about five very different book-loving friends and how the staid dynamics of their meetings quickly change when they become the subject of a documentary film, making everyone self-conscious. Add a professor of comparative literature to the group and… Egos clash! Jealousies surface! Chaos ensues! If you’ve been in a book club, you’ll recognize the dynamics; if you haven’t, you’ll probably be surprisingly amused.



“6th Street Playhouse scores big with their season opener. . .”

Jeanie K. Smith
Sonoma County Gazette

Post Show Discussions

Join the director and actors for a post-show discussion on these dates about this humorous and touching production!

  • Friday, August 30
  • Saturday, September 14, evening

5 Reasons to See The Book Club Play!

  1. Be in on all the festivities for the first show of the enticing new Season in the newly renamed Monroe Stage (formerly the Studio Theatre)!
  2. It’s not about the movie—it’s a play written by a hot new playwright!—about a club that agrees to be filmed for a documentary and all the chaos that ensues.
  3. The play was wildly popular wherever it played. We’d love to know what you think! Plus: You might be inspired to start reading play scripts at your next book club!
  4. Close up seating in the Monroe puts you right in the middle of the action. And now all the seats are reserved.
  5. Free book exchange. Bring a gently used book, or two, and pick up a new one to enjoy!

The Cast

Maureen O’Neill as Ana

Maureen is happy to be on the 6th Street stage for the first time. Her Sonoma County theater bingo card is almost full! Her last role was as Sarah in the very serious Time Stands Still, so she is having a great time in this clever and silly comedy. She directs youth productions at Spreckels and started her own book club years ago. Her favorite book is The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.

Marc Assad as Rob/Sam

Marc’s favorite screen work “What Metal Girls are Into”, became available on Amazon during his recent years in Los Angeles. His most treasured stage performance took place at East West Players, an evening titled “Remembering Orlando” (after the tragic shooting). His most accomplished authored play Cider for Goats, was received by the New York Theater Intensives. Marc’s favorite performances however, were right here at 6th Street: Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Crazy for You, Service Tale, and Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story. Marc is 5’7 on a good day, and if you ever run into Cher, the stories she may speak of Marc would be flattering but mostly false. His favorite book The Alchemist is waiting for him to finish the Spanish version, or start it for that matter. Sorry mom. Marc would like to dedicate this performance to his best friends and roommates: Kevin and Emily.


John Browning as Will/Frank

John graduated from SSU with a BA in acting and has been consistently working as an actor in Sonoma County. John has worked at many local playhouses including 6th Street, Main Stage West, Spreckels, Napa Valley Opera House, Lucky Penny, Left Edge, Glaser Center and The Cannery. Acting highlights include: Bug, Richard III, Julius Caesar, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Grace, Miss Firecracker Contest, Noises Off!, Hedda Gabler, Antigone, A Perfect Ganesh, The North Plan, Zombie Town, Shakespeare in Love, Hamlet, The Children’s Hour, Becky Shaw, Spamalot and August: Osage County in which he won a SFBAC award. He is thrilled to be back at 6th Street and working with Jess Headington again! Much love to his husband and family for all of their support over the years.

Heather Gibeson as Jen/Elsa

Heather graduated with a BS in Theatre with an emphasis in Classical Acting from Southern Utah University. Last seen at 6th Street as Nell in Comedy of Errors. Her previous experience includes Rosemary in Outside Mullingar (The Raven), and Tamora in Titus Andronicus (Woodward Shakespeare Festival). Heather wants to thank her husband for his unwavering support. Her favorite book is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling.

Brittany Nicole Sims as Lily/Edith

Brittany Nicole Sims is a Bay Area Native and is thrilled to be making her 6th Street Playhouse debut in The Book Club! Brittany received her B.A. in Theater from Sacramento State. Her recent works have been with The Exit Theater, African American Shakespeare Company, Custom Made Theater and B8 Theater. She would like to thank her family and friends for all their support. Her favorite book is The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake.

Eyan Dean as Alex/Carl

Eyan Dean is delighted to be a part of this show. He was last seen at 6th St. in West Side Story and The Comedy of Errors. Some of his favorite past performances include Allan in One Man, Two Guvnors and Eugene in Grease, along with directing a few 10-minute shows for the 10-minute show contest, of which Starbucks on Broadway was voted audience favorite. His favorite book is Shadow Puppets by Orson Scott Card. He is glad you came to support local theatre. Enjoy the show!