B Street Theatre's Mainstage presents A MOVING DAY
Patrick Ignatius' house is being foreclosed. Although he has not lived there for many years, he returns to Cleveland to find something. Frank and Casey are the movers assigned to empty the house. Patrick appeals to them to let him stay for one more night, to find that particular something he thought was long gone. With the help of a deranged street urchin named Mouse, Patrick pulls apart the house, attempting to find what he seeks, but uncovering ghosts and truths long buried. And it's a comedy.
The holiday play at B Street Theatre is a time-honored tradition, particularly when that play is written by Artistic Director Buck Busfield. It's always a special time at the theatre, but this year's performances will be mean a great deal to our long-time patrons as we leave the original location to enter our new home, The Sofia. "The last night or so of this play will be something," says Busfield. "I'm sure there'll be a lot of laughter. We've written a new play for the holidays since 1994, and I can't think of a better way to close our current location."
Dave Pierini: Dave has been working in professional theatre for over 25 years. Dave is a proud B Street Company Member, having performed in many shows. He last appeared in the Mainstage production of Bloomsday and on the B3 Stage in The Realistic Joneses. Dave also writes for the B Street Theatre's Family Series, adapting many books for young audiences, most recently, Going West: The Story of the Transcontinental Railroad. Dave was instrumental in forming the B Street Theatre's Sketch/Improv Company and has hosted a talk show, Sactown Tonight, from the stage of B Street. He has also directed many plays for the Company, most recently, A Christmas Carol. Dave has also been seen on stage at Music Circus in their most recent productions of West Side Story and Hello, Dolly!
Buck Busfield: Buck has worked for B Street since its creation in 1986. He selects and casts all plays and has directed more than 200 of them, working with some of the nation's finest actors and playwrights. As a playwright himself, Buck has written more than 20 plays; many having received productions at B Street Theatre. He is the recipient of the Arts and Business Council of Sacramento's Executive of the Year award and is a senior fellow of the Mountain Valley chapter of the American Leadership Forum, Class IX. He makes his home in Sacramento with his wife Mehera, and their daughter, Priya.
The Setting: The home of Patrick Ignatius in Cleveland, Ohio.
Cast: Patrick Ignatius: Greg Alexander - Greg has appeared in numerous B Street Theatre productions including An Act of God, The Explorers Club, I Am My Own Wife, The Big Bang!, Around The World In 80 Days, Escanaba In Da Moonlight, and Outside Mullingar. He also wrote and directed Walk In Our Shoes - a show promoting mental health awareness - for B Street Theatre's School Tour. Sponsored by the California Mental Health Services Authority, Walk In Our Shoes was performed at over 100 schools throughout the state. Most recently, he directed the previous Family Series show Anansi the Spider. Additional regional theatre credits include work at The Jewish Theatre of San Francisco, Sacramento Theatre Company, Capital Stage, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Philadelphia Theatre Company and People's Light and Theatre Company in Malvern, Pa. Greg lives in Sacramento with his wife Sean and their Westies, Milo and Magoo.
Mouse / Enid Ignatius: Stephanie Altholz - Stephanie was seen most recently in Hand To God, Robin Hood, Speed-the-Plow, Alice in Wonderland, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Handle With Care, 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, The Explorers Club, Snow White and Rose Red, and Elemeno Pea. In the 2017 Mainstage season she co-wrote and performed in Treatment, a commissioned work with company members Amy Kelly and Tara Sissom. Other B Street credits include Gift of the Magi, Seminar, RX, Aliens with Extraordinary Skills, The Snow Queen, Extraordinary Things: Through the Eyes of Ann Frank, Cinderella, Junie B. Jones, Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, I Am a Camera, The Almost Perfect Party, Swiss Family Robinson and A Christmas Carol. Stephanie has been seen at Capital Stage in Reasons to be Pretty, Erratica and Clybourne Park. She has also performed in online videos with Dutchwest, College Humor and Smosh.
Frank: Kurt Johnson - Kurt has been a regular at the B Street Theatre since completing its acting apprentice program in the 1993-94 season. As a member of the B Street Theatre acting company, he has appeared in numerous productions, including Below the Belt, Lobby Hero, Lune Pronounced Loony, Rabbit Hole, Doubt, Escanaba In Da Moonlight, The Seafarer, The 39 Steps, The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, The Jacksonian and Speed-the-Plow. In addition, he directed Betty and the Yeti, F-Stop and Vigil. Kurt has been on other stages in the Sacramento area, including Music Circus, Sacramento Theatre Company and Capital Stage. In addition to his stage work, he acts in commercials, industrial videos, radio voiceovers and film. He also teaches acting and improvisation.
Casey: Tim Liu
More about B Street Theatre: B Street Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre company producing primarily new work for adults, families and children. The two-theatre playhouse on B Street in Midtown Sacramento is home to the Mainstage Series, B3 Series and Family Series, each created to feature intimate, quality theatre for audiences year-round. Recognized as one of the nation's top professional theatres, B Street Theatre has produced more than 160 world premieres written by B Street playwrights and numerous productions which were world, national, West Coast or regional premieres.
B Street Theatre was originally founded in 1986 with the purpose of bringing the excitement of live performance to children through the B Street Theatre School Tour. This educational outreach program still serves over 200,000 students in Northern California annually.
B Street Theatre programs include the Mainstage Series, B Street Theatre Family Series and Family Series Student Matinees (for school field trips), the B3 Series, B Street School Tours, Sketch Comedy, B Street Acting Conservatory and Studio for Young People, and the B Street Theatre Internship program for pre-professional/post-college training.
In 2014, B Street brought its most popular play ever, Around the World in 80 Days, to India. The original cast performed in three Indian cities, furthering the organization's mission by bringing high quality theatre to an international audience, while also raising money for Indian educational enrichment and schools and partnering with an overseas performing arts center with the hope of future international collaboration. B Street Theatre has produced over 250 professional productions since 1986.
More information at www.bstreettheatre.org.
The mission of B Street Theatre is to promote education and literacy, social interaction, and cultural enrichment by engaging children and adults in the highest quality theatre arts and playwriting.