Ross Valley Players Presents JUST MY TYPE - THE MUSICAL
A new play, Just My TYPE - The Musical, about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessment, explores how the four pairs of personality traits affect one's loves and life. Four couples are chosen to illustrate what happens when opposites mate. The script is based on Type Talk (1988) and 16 Ways to Love Your Lover (1994) by Otto Krueger and Janet Thuesen.
As the show opens, psychologists Kate and Ben, a married couple, face a deadline in their project to write a popular level book on personality types. Kate and Ben learn something about themselves in the process. So will the audience.
Two of the four couples represented include an introvert who marries an extrovert and a thinker who weds a feeler. The couples' attractions, conflicts, and resolutions (or not) are played out as scenes move between five settings from Puget Sound to Santa Monica to Big Stone Gap, to San Francisco, to Virginia.
Charlotte Jacobs (book) - Co-author Charlotte Jacobs, is a physician and biographer. Her book, Henry Kaplan and the Story of Hodgkin's Disease was named one of the Five Best medical biographies by The Wall Street Journal. Her second biography on polio pioneer, Jonas Salk: A Life, was named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2015 by The New York Times Book Review. She has 20 years of experience in regional theater, garnering several awards.
Michael Sally (book) - Co-author Michael Sally is a licensed psychotherapist with expertise in couple and family therapy. As an actor, he has appeared in more than 40 regional plays and musicals and has directed a number of plays at regional theatres.
Rita Abrams (music/lyrics) - Composer/Lyricist/pianist/humor writer has won two Emmy Awards, 32 ASCAP Awards, and three San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for her musical comedy collaborations which include Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus; New Wrinkles; For Whom the Bridge Tolls and Pride and Prejudice which premiered in London in 2012.
CAST: All 10 characters are played by two actors
Anastasia Encarnacion (Female roles: Kate, Alana, Wilma Dean, Pamela, Arlene)
is a multi-talented actor, voiceover artist, director, musician, band leader, teacher, conductor, and composer. She has performed throughout the Bay Area for 35 years as a vocal soloist, as well as acting lead and character roles. Some of her favorite roles, are "Loretta" in Durang's A History of the American Film, "Emilia" in Verdi's Othello, "Lise Meitner" in Dr. Sam Parry's Relativity! The Musical and "Ramla" in Dr. M. K. Gamel's Helen of Egypt. Her passion: portraying characters in composers'/playwrights' works new to the stage.
Michael Sally (Male roles: Ben, George, Earl, Jason, Sheldon) has appeared in
over 40 regional plays including Bullets Over Broadway (TriValley Rep), Rumors (Chanticleers), It's a Wonderful Life Radio Show (Douglas Morrisson), 1776 (Contra Costa Musical Theatre), Middletown (Los Altos Stage Company), Glengary Glen Ross (Altarena), The Farnsworth Invention (Palo Alto Players), God of Carnage (Piedmont Players). As a director, he has worked at Chanticleers, Altarena, Hillbarn, Masquer's Playhouse and Ross Alternative Works.
20 Musical numbers backed by a 5-piece band:
Rita Abrams: Piano/Musical Director
Kurt Huget: Guitar
Jack Prendergast: Synthesizer
Jeff Sherman: Bass
Christopher Beller: Drums
About Ross Alternative Works (RAW):
The Ross Valley Players history of supporting original theatrical work dates back to the 1930s. The current program of readings and productions of scripts by Bay Area Playwrights was started in 2004 and since our 86th season one RAW production is part of the season subscription package. RAW is dedicated to stage reading, workshopping and producing of original, provocative and exciting new scripts by Bay Area playwrights. Tapping into the vast pool of local creative theatre artists, RAW provides a welcoming venue for emerging playwrights to premiere their works. Audience members become part of the creative process by giving written evaluations and by participating in moderated discussions with the playwrights offering constructive feedback. Valley Alternative Works (RAW) is dedicated to the staging and production of original,
About Ross Valley Players:
Now in its 88th year, Ross Valley Players, a non-profit arts organization, is the oldest continually operating community theater on the West Coast. Created in 1930 as a way to escape the hardships of the Depression, Ross Valley Players has introduced live theater to thousands of Bay Area residents over the years. Each year, RVP presents a regular season of seven full productions, running approximately 30 weeks. RVP offers special events and short-term productions outside the regular season. Plays include recent Broadway material, popular plays, classic theater, and a selection of works by well-known playwrights from around the world. RVP features all genres: comedy, drama, mysteries, and musicals.