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North Coast Repertory Theatre Presents FIVE COURSE LOVE, Previews Tonight

Five dates. Five restaurants. One chance at love, Five Course Love is a hilarious musical roller coaster ride that is equal parts comedy and music sprinkled with generous portions of that elusive search for love. Three actors portray fifteen characters whose amorous combinations are played out in this high-energy screwball comedy using an array of musical styles ranging from pop to country to a spoof of German cabaret to 1950s doo-wop to Italianate opera riffs to Motown and more. Fast-paced fun is served here.

Opening Night
Saturday, July 16
8:00 PM

Previews: July 13 - 15, 2011
Regular Shows: July 16 - August 7, 2011

Tickets: $30-$47

A Note on Five Course Love
by Rick Simas
A scrumptious musical comedy.
Three actors play fifteen characters in five restaurants in search of one true love. The first stop is Dean's Old-Fashioned All-American Down-Home Bar-B-Que Texas Eats, where a blind date is skewered before it's barely begun. Second stop is the Trattoria Pericolo, where a mob boss' wife risks it all to make manicotti with her husband's second-in-command. Next stop: Der Schlumpfwinkel Speiseplatz, when during a dark and stormy night, head waiter Heimlich is surprised by the sudden appearance of his lover, Gretchen, and her lover, Klaus, all of whom might just make strudel together. But before their dough can rise, we arrive at our next stop, Ernesto's Cantina, where bandito Guillermo does battle with Ernesto for the love of fair Rosalinda. And for our final stop-dessert at the Starlite Diner-it takes divine intervention to prove to a lovelorn waitress that true love is hers for the asking if she'll just look in the right direction. FIVE COURSE LOVE is delicious, toe-tapping, musical-comedy fun for the entire family.

Gregg Coffin (Writer) Greg's musicals (rightnextto me, FIVE COURSE LOVE, CONVENIENCE, THE SNOW QUEEN, EAST OF THE SUN/WEST OF THE MOON, THE DALY NEWS, CINDERELLA, THE MANDRAKE, THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE) and over 75 incidental scores have been produced Off-Broadway and throughout the U.S., Canada and Seoul, South Korea, including The Minetta Lane Theatre, The Duke on 42nd Street, The ChungMu Art Hall, Denver Center Theatre Company, Alley Theatre, Arena Stage, The Stratford Festival of Canada, The National Arts Centre of Canada, CanStage, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick, Old Globe Theatre (USD students), GeVa Theatre Center, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Human Race Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Stages Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, B Street Theatre, PCPA TheatreFest, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Rogue Music Theatre, Minneapolis Musical Theatre, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Studio Arena, Circle Theatre, ART Station, Syracuse Stage, Capital Repertory Theatre, Actor's Playhouse at the Miracle Mile, Red Barn Theatre, InterAct Theatre, International City Theatre, California Shakespeare Festival, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, and Sacramento Theatre Company. His incidental music for SLAVS! at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto won Canada's 2001 Dora Award (Toronto's Tony). He is the recipient of numerous NEA Creativity Grants. Mr. Coffin was raised in Yarmouth, Maine. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., the American Federation of Musicians Local 12 and Actor's Equity. Gregg lives in California with his partner, Joe Zaniker, a visual artist. www.greggcoffin.com.

Rick Simas (Director) Rick has been directing musicals at North Coast Repertory Theatre since 2004, which include The Fantasticks, No Way to Treat a Lady, The Big Bang, I Love You Because and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Other credits include Good News; No, No, Nanette; Promises, Promises and the West Coast premiere of Smile, which collectively won 13 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards. Other favorites include the West Coast premiere of Goblin Market at UC Berkeley, the East Coast premiere of The Death of Meyerhold at the Studio Theatre, and at San Diego State University, the local premieres of Triumph of Love, Honk!, Bat Boy and Zombie Prom, which collectively won 8 KPBS Paté Awards. At SDSU, he also directed the San Diego premieres of A New Brain and The Musical of Musicals, and the Southern California premiere of A Man of No Importance. At the Poway Center for the Arts, he directed Master Class; at Diversionary Theatre, the San Diego premiere of When Pigs Fly; and at the Old Globe Theatre, he assisted Tina Landau on the West Coast premiere of Floyd Collins. At the University of Judaism, he directed Jerry Herman's Milk and Honey in concert, and created a series of successful cabarets and concerts, including From Berlin to Brooks: How Jews Made Broadway; Berlin, Bernstein and Bock: Boychiks on Broadway; Richard Rodgers: A Centennial Celebration, and Girlchiks on Broadway: The Lyrics of Betty Comden, Dorothy Fields and Carolyn Leigh. He is author of the book The Musicals No One Came To See, and his doctoral dissertation, The Evolution of Dance in the American Musical Theatre, is used as a text at San Diego State University. He holds a Bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University, Master's degree from UCLA, and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. He has been a faculty member of The American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York. For the past 19 years, he has taught in San Diego State University's MFA Musical Theatre Program, the only such graduate program of its kind in the nation.

Kevin B. McGlynn (Matt, Gino, Klaus, Guillermo, Clutch) Kevin is a native of Medford, MA and a graduate of the Boston Conservatory. He has toured through San Diego with the 1st National Tours of Kiss Me Kate and All Shook Up and was also seen at the Theatre in Olde Town inForbidden Broadway. Many thanks to family and friends for their constant love and support especially Mom and Dad, Happy 90th Birthday MOM!

Kristen Mengelkoch (Barbie, Sofia, Gretchen, Rosalinda, Kitty) Kristen happily joins the company of Five Course Love following appearances in NCRT productions of I Love You Because, Tomfoolery, L5Y & The Nerd. Currently residing in NYC, Off-Broadway she has performed in editions of Forbidden Broadway and NEWSical the Musical. Regionally she has appeared at GeVa Theatre Center (in Five Course Love), Gateway Playhouse, SCRT, as well as with Miracle Theatre Productions, Moonlight and The Welk. She can be heard on the recording of FB Goes to Rehab and seen in an episode of Veronica Mars. She is a proud graduate of SDSU's MFA Program for Musical Theatre. Love and Thanks to David, Rick and Steven as well as my greatly talented friends Omri and Kevin! Love always to Jonathan.

Omri Schein (Dean, Garlo, Heimlich, Ernesto, Pops) Omri returns to NCRT after a lengthy turn with the European tour of Grease as both Roger and Eugene. Previously at NCRT: Barfee in The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee and Boyd in The Big Bang. Locally he was seen in Beauty and The Beast and Seussical at Moonlight Stage Productions and in When Pigs Fly at Diversionary. Omri played multiple characters in the Southern flavored Off-Broadway musical The People Vs. Mona and can also be heard on the York Theatre cast recording. Regionally Omri was seen in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Dear World, amongst others. Omri is also a lyricist/book-writer and is excited for his New Theatre Company The Contemporary Traditionalists dedicated to promoting new musicals to premiere this coming fall in New York City. Omri holds an MFA in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University.

The Playwright for Five Course Love is:
Gregg Coffin

The Director for Five Course Love is:
Rick Simas

The Assistant Director for Five Course Love is:
Bethany Elkin

The Cast for Five Course Love is:
Kevin B. McGlynn*

Kristen Mengelkoch*

Omri Schein*

The Design Team for Five Course Love includes:
Rick Simas
(Director)

Steve Withers
(Musical Director)

Bethany Elkin
(Asst. Director/Choreographer)

Marty Burnett
(Scenic Design)

Matt Novotny
(Light Design)

Peter Herman
(Wig Design)

Renetta Lloyd
(Costume Design)

John Klicman
(Sound Design)

Annie Bornhurst
(Props and Set Dressing)

The Musicians for Five Course Love include:
Steve Withers
(Keyboard)

Jon Wat
(Bass)

Tom Versen
(Drums)

The Crew for Five Course Love includes:
Elizabeth Stephens*
(Stage Manager)

Cindy Khoury
(Production Assistant)

John Finkbiner
(Scenic Artist)

Aaron Rumley
(Production Manager)

*Member of Actors' Equity Association

WHAT:
North Coast Repertory Theatre Presents
the San Diego Premiere of...
Five Course Love
Written by Gregg Coffin
Directed by Rick Simas

Featuring:
Kristen Mengelkoch
Omri Schein
Kevin B. McGlynn

WHEN:
July 16 - August 7, 2011
Previews: July 13 - 15, 2011

WHERE:
North Coast Repertory Theatre
987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075

PLACE:
Matt's car, Dean's Old-Fashioned All-American Down-Home Bar-B-Que Texas Eats, La Trattoria Pericolo, Der Schlupfwinkel Speiseplatz, Ernesto's Cantina, The Star-Lite Diner

RUN TIME:
Approximately 80 minutes.

INTERMISSION:
There will be no intermission.

TICKET PRICES: $30-$47

HOW TO BUY TICKETS: Tickets for Five Course Love are available only at North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, 92075. For ticket information or reservations call (858)-481-1055 or visit www.northcoastrep.org. Box Office hours are Noon to 4pm daily and Noon to Curtain day of shows.

About the North Coast Repertory Theatre:North Coast Repertory Theatre is a professional equity theatre founded in 1982. Coming into its 30th anniversary, North Coast Rep has received critical acclaim from media and audiences alike. With the fifth largest operating budget of non profit theatres and employing the third most Actors' Equity Association members (the union of professional actors and stage managers) in San Diego, North Coast Rep continues to produce high quality, award winning theatre and has evolved into one of the area's leading performing arts organizations. Located in Solana Beach, California, NCR not only draws its audience from the North County region but 50% of its audience base resides in metro San Diego and throughout Southern California. Recognized for the quality of its work and its commitment to quality, this season will be performed on the Blakistone Stage, newly dedicated to North Coast Rep founders Olive Blakistone and her recently departed husband Tom, who passed away in March of 2009.



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