The Great Pretender by David West Read, World Premiere
Rehearsals beginJune 17, 2014
PerformsJuly 9 – August 3, 2014at the Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto
Setting: 2001, New York City. All ethnicities.
Roy Felt, (male, 50s-60s.) The gentle, imaginative host of Mr. Felt, a long-running children’ TV show, in the style of Captain Kangaroo, Mr. Rogers, or Shari Lewis. Recently widowed.
Carol, (female, 50s-60s.) A high energy loudmouth who has always been the puppeteer for Mr. Felt’s timid sidekick “Carol the Pony.”
Tom, (male, 50s). The longtime director of Mr. Felt, he is an aging dreamer, trying to see if the show can keep going after the loss of one of the original cast.
Jodi, (female, 25). A spirited young actress auditioning for the role of “Francis.” She grew up watching the show and can do the voices with uncanny accuracy.
Water by the Spoonful, by Quiara Alegría Hudes, Regional Premiere
Rehearsals beginJuly 29, 2014,
PerformsAugust 20 – September 14, 2014at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
Setting: present day, Philadelphia
Elliot Ortiz, male, 24, Puerto Rican, army veteran from Iraqi conflict.
Yazmin Ortiz, female, 29, Puerto Rican, Elliot’s cousin, adjunct professor of music at Swarthmore
Odessa Ortiz “Haikumom,” female, 39, Puerto Rican, Elliot’s mother. Founder ofwww.recovertogether.com, in recovery, living one notch above squalor.
“Fountainhead,” male, 41, Caucasian, computer programmer and entrepreneur, in recovery.
“Chutes&Ladders,” male, 56, African American, has worked a low-level job at the IRS for many years, in recovery.
“Orangutan,” female, 31, recent community college graduate. Japanese by birth, adopted as an infant. In recovery.
A Ghost/Professor Aman/Policeman. Plays a ghost from Elliot’s war experiences speaking in Arabic; an American-born professor of Arabic Language, and a Policeman in Japan.
Sweeney Todd-The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Hugh Wheeler,From an adaptation by Christopher Bond,
Rehearsals beginSeptember 12, 2014, PerformsOctober 8 – November 2, 20142014 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
Setting: 19th century London. All ethnicities.
Sweeney Todd (Benjamin Barker), bass-baritone, 40s-50s
Mrs. Lovett, comic mezzo, 40s-50s
Johanna, soprano, late teens (played by adult)
Anthony, tenor, 20s
Beggar Woman (Lucy Barker) soprano, 40s-50s
Judge Turpin, bass-baritone, 40s-60
Beadle Bamford, tenor, 40s-50s
Pirelli, tenor, 30s-50s
Tobias, tenor, late teens (played by adult)
Peter and the Starcatcher, Book by Rick Elice, Based on the novel by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson,
Rehearsals beginNovember 11, 2014, PerformsDecember 3 – 28, 2014at the Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto
Setting: Aboardship and on a magical island 19th century. All ethnicities. Everyone sings and plays many ensemble roles.
Boy (Peter)- Teenage orphan, played by an adult. Nameless, homeless and friendless at the beginning; a hero by the end.
Prentiss- Teenage orphan, played by an adult. Ambitious, hyperarticulate, logical. Longs to be a leader.
Ted – Teenage orphan, played by an adult. Obsessed with food, a natural actor, an easy wit, perhaps a future poet
Lord Aster- The very model of a Victorian English gengleman. Devoted father of Molly. male, adult.
Molly Aster – A true leader. Curious, intelligent girl. 13 years old, played by an adult woman.
Mrs. Bumbrake/Teacher – Mrs. B is Molly’s nanny. Stiff in the lip, loose in the hip, fun on a ship. Teacher was formerly a salmon, now an ancient, knowledgeable mermaid. Adult woman.
Captain Scott – Intrepid Captain of Britain’s fastest frigate, male, adult.
Grempkin/Mack/Sanchez/Fighting Prawn – Grempkin is the mean and malodorous orphanage schoolmaster. Mack is a very bad sailor. Sanchez is a hard-working Spanish pirate with an identity crisis. Fighting Prawn is the King of the Mollusks. male, adult.
The Black Stache – A famous pirate villain. Heartless and hirsute, suspiciously well-read, partial to the poetical and theatrical, male, adult.
Slank/Hawking Clam – Slank is the vicious captain of The Neverland, without the skill or quality to lead anyone. Hawking Clam is the son of Fighting Prawn and Sweetnsour Shrimp, male, adult
Smee – First mate, single-mindedly devoted to The Black Stache, adult
Alf – An old seadog, enamored of Mrs. B. male, adult.
2 Pianos 4 Hands by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt ,
Rehearsals beginDecember 29, 2014, PerformsJanuary 14, 2015 – February 8, 2015at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
Both play themselves from young children to adults, as well as their various teachers, coaches and parents. All ethnicities.
Richard, male, 40s-50, excellent pianist in a variety of musical styles
Ted. male, 40s-50, excellent pianist in a variety of musical styles
The Lake Effect by Rajiv Joseph, West Coast Premiere,
Rehearsals begin Februay 10, PerformsMarch 4 – 29, 2015Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto
Vijay, male, 36, Indian-American
Bernard, male, 36, African-American
Priya, female, 32, Indian-American, Vijay’s younger sister
Fire on the Mountain by Randy Myler & Dan Wheetman, Regional Premiere
Rehearsals beginMarch 10, 2015, PerformsApril 1 – 26, 2015at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
Five actor-singer-musicians to play bluegrass fiddle, guitar and bass.
Four actor-singers to play The Narrator, the Young man, the Older woman, and the Younger woman. Caucasian and African-American.
Fallen Angels by Noel Coward,
Rehearsals beginMay 12, 2015, PerformsJune 3 – 28, 2015at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
Setting: London, 1925. All ethnicities.
Julia Sterroll, 30s, British, married to Frederick for five years, sings and plays the piano
Frederick Sterroll, 30s, British, married to Julia for five years, plays the piano a tiny bit
Jane Banbury, Julia’s closest friend, married to William
William Banbury, Fredericks closest friend, married to Jane
Maurice Duclos , a dashing Frenchman who had affairs with each of the women, seven years ago. He is “beautifully dressed, most attractive, and exceedingly amiable” and sings a little.
Saunders, the Sterroll’s new maid. Not her real name.