Ronald Guttman, Susi Damilano and Stacy Ross to Star in San Francisco Playhouse's BAUER, 3/18-4/19

Ronald Guttman* (Rudolf Bauer) Born in Brussels, Belgium, where he performed at The National Theatre in plays by Beckett, Schnitzler, Racine, Turgenev, and Camus, among others. In New York, he studied with Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler and has appeared at Second Stage, Circle in the Square, Long Wharf, The Mint, and as Woland in The Master and Margarita at Bard SummerScape 2013. Recent television credits: Elementary, The Good Wife, Mad Men, and HBO miniseries MildrEd Pierce. Movies include The Hunt for Red October, Green Card, Avalon, Danton, 13, Pawn and Girl Most Likely. Coming in 2014: Nina (with Zoe Saldana portraying jazz icon Nina Simone) and Welcome to New York (dir. Abel Ferrara). He is also the founder of HIGHBROW, a Production Company for independent film and theater, recently My Name Is Asher Lev, winner of the 2013 Outer Critics Circle for best Off Broadway play, and Satchmo, opening this spring Off Broadway. Further acting credits can be found at IMDB.com, and production credits at www.highbrow.net.

Stacy Ross* (Hilla Rebay) At Cal Shakes: Titus Andronicus, Macbeth, Mrs. Warren's Profession, An Ideal Husband, and Arms and the Man. In 2010. Ms. Ross capped a year of offbeat mother roles (Back to Earth at Best of PlayGround Festival, Mrs. Warren's Profession and Macbeth at Cal Shakes) by playing the Other Mother in San Francisco Playhouse's west-coast premiere of Coraline. Less maternal but also enjoyable roles she's played in recent years include Major Barbara and Hannah Arendt (Major Barbara and Hannah and Martin, respectively, at San Jose Rep), Sharla and Hertha (Killer Joe and Spring Storm at Marin Theatre Company), Annie in In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play at Berkeley Rep, Hedda Gabler at Aurora Theatre Company, and Olga in Three Sisters at Baltimore's CenterSTAGE.

Susi Damilano (Louise Bauer) is co-founder of the San Francisco Playhouse (SFPH); she is a four-time recipient of the Bay Area Theatre Critic Circle (BATCC) award for Best Female Performance in Harper Regan, Bug, Six Degrees of Separation, and Reckless. At SFPH she has performed leading roles in Abigail's Party, Harper Regan, Coraline, Slasher, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Landscape of the Body, First Person Shooter, Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train, The Crucible, Kimberly Akimbo, Our Town and The Smell of the Kill. Her directing credits include A Behanding in Spokane, Den of Thieves and Wirehead* and the West Coast Premieres of Honey Brown Eyes*, Dead Man's Cell Phone, Coronado, The Mystery Plays and Roulette and the World Premiere of Daniel Heath's Seven Days in the 2010 Sandbox Series. (*nominated for BATCC Directing award.)

Founded by Susi Damilano and Bill English in 2003, San Francisco Playhouse was described by The New York Times as "a company that stages some of the most consistently high-quality work around" and deemed "ever adventurous" by the Bay Area News Group. Located in the heart of the city's Theater District, San Francisco Playhouse is San Francisco's "Off-Broadway" company, a powerful, intimate alternative to larger and more traditional venues. San Francisco Playhouse provides audiences with the opportunity to experience professional theater close up, produced by top-notch actors and with world-class design. The company has been awarded a range of accolades for acting, design, and production including the SF Weekly's Best Theatre Award and The Bay Guardian's Best Off-Broadway Theatre Award. Presenting a diverse array of plays and musicals, San Francisco Playhouse produces new works as well as re-imagined classics, "making the edgy accessible and the traditional edgy." The company's 2012-2013 Season marked its 10th anniversary and as it moved to a newly renovated venue, The San Francisco Chronicle ravedthat "the company that lived a hand-to-mouth existence for its first few years has become the little playhouse that could. It quickly established a reputation for attracting some of the Bay Area's best acting and directing talent, as well as for its exciting play choices. And with its bold Sandbox Series, it's become a player in developing new works as well." San Francisco Playhouse is committed to providing a creative home and inspiring environment where actors, designers, directors, theatergoers and writers converge to create works that celebrate the human spirit.

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