Press Release: Camelot

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Camelot

Book & Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
Based on ‘The Once and Future King’ by T.H. White
New Orchestrations by Steve Orich
Original Production Directed and Staged by Moss Hart
Directed by Jeffrey B. Moss

From: Nancy Richards
nancy@northcoastrep.org
Office: 858-481-1055 ext.

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NORTH COAST REPERTORY THEATRE CAPTURES
LUSH ROMANTICISM OF CAMELOT
Book & Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
Based on ‘The Once and Future King’ by T.H. White
New Orchestrations by Steve Orich
Original Production Directed and Staged by Moss Hart
Directed by Jeffrey B. Moss
May 29 – June 23

Solana Beach, Calif. –- Audiences will be treated to an evening of enchantment as North Coast Repertory Theatre presents CAMELOT, brilliantly adapted for intimate theatres. Lerner & Loewe’s Tony Award-winning fairy-tale musical resounds with such memorable songs as “I Loved You Once in Silence,” “If Ever I would Leave You,” and the beloved title song, “Camelot.” Based on the King Arthur legend, it features the iconic characters King Arthur, Guenevere, Sir Lancelot, and the Knights of the Round Table. This epic story centers on a quest for democracy, and justice amidst tragic struggle between passion and aspiration, all set in a world of romance, revelry and magic. Advance ticket sales have been extremely heavy, with some performances already sold out. Reserve tickets now to avoid disappointment. The production runs from May 29 through June 23.

Jeffrey B. Moss directs Nick Apostolina, * Jacob Caltrider,* Jason Heil,* Scott Hurst Jr., Brian Krinsky,* Jered McLenigan,* Eben Rosensweig, Noah Weibel, Lauren Weinberg,*    and Elias Wygodny. Daniel Lincoln is Music Director/Piano, and Jill Gorrie Rovatsos is the Choreographer. Phil Gold* is the Production Stage Manager. The design team includes Marty Burnett (Set Design), Matthew Novotny (Light Design), Elisa Benzoni (Costume Design), Matt Fitzgerald (Sound Design), Peter Herman (Hair & Wigs Design), Benjamin Cole (Fight Director), Audrey Casteris (Props), and Grace Wong (Assistant Costume Design).

*The actor or stage manager appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

CAMELOT previews begin on Wednesday, May 29. Opening Night is set for Saturday, June 1, at 8 pm. The play runs Wednesday, May 29 to Sunday, June 23, with performances on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 pm and Sundays at 7 pm. Added matinee performances at 2pm on Friday, May 31, and Wednesday, June 19. A talkback session with the director and cast is scheduled for June 7.

BIOS:

ALAN JAY LERNER (Book Writer and Lyricist) and FREDERICK LOEWE (Composer) wrote some of the American theater’s most memorable musicals, including My Fair Lady, Camelot, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon and Gigi.  Among their most famous songs are ”Almost Like Being in Love,” ”I Could Have Danced All Night’’ and ”Thank Heaven for Little Girls.”  Lerner was born in New York City in 1918 and attended Choate and Harvard.  Loewe was born in Berlin in 1901 to Viennese parents, made his piano debut with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13 and came to the United States in 1924. The two met in 1942 at the Lambs Club in New York City when Loewe approached Lerner about collaborating on a show.  In 1947, they had their first Broadway hit, Brigadoon, followed in 1951 by a second success with Paint Your Wagon, which included such songs as “They Call the Wind Maria,” “I Talk to the Trees” and “Wand’rin’ Star.”  In 1956, My Fair Lady, with Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews, opened on Broadway. Often called the “perfect musical,” the show ran for 2,717 performances and the cast album sold more than five million copies.  Their 1958 film musical, “Gigi,” won nine Academy awards and, in 1960, came the last great success of their partnership, Camelot, starring Richard Burton and Julie Andrews.  In 1974, Lerner lured Loewe out of retirement to work on their last venture together:  a film version of Antoine de St Exupéry’s “The Little Prince.”  Lerner went on to collaborate with other composers including Burton Lane, Leonard Bernstein and Andre Previn. He died in 1986 at the age of 67. Loewe died two years later at the age of 86.

MOSS HART (Original Production Director) born Oct. 24, 1904, New York City—died Dec. 20, 1961, Palm Springs, Calif., U.S.), one of the most successful U.S. playwrights of the 20th century. At 17 Hart obtained a job as office boy for the theatrical producer Augustus Pitou. He wrote his first play at 18, but it was a flop. He then worked as director of amateur theatre groups, spending his summers as entertainment director of vacation resorts in the Catskills, known in the theatrical world as “the borscht circuit.” In 1929 he wrote the first draft of Once in a Lifetime, a satire on Hollywood that became a hit the following year, after its exuberant humor had been tempered by the sardonic skill of George S. Kaufman. Hart then wrote books for musicals for Irving Berlin and Cole Porter; but until 1941 he continued to work with Kaufman, a collaboration that produced such popular comedies as You Can’t Take It with You (1936) and The Man Who Came to Dinner (1939).  His success continued with his musical play Lady in the Dark, which he himself directed in 1941. Among other plays he directed was the long-running My Fair Lady (1956). In 1959 he published “Act One,” the story of his theatrical apprenticeship.

STEVE ORICH (New Orchestrations) is an award-winning composer/arranger/orchestrator with more than 30 years of experience in Los Angeles and New York.  As Composer, he has created musical scores for numerous television series, documentaries, specials, sitcoms, movies of the week, animation and game shows, including ACE award-winning “Mo’ Funny” for HBO, “All About Bette Davis” for TNT, “Bob Hope…Laughing with the Presidents” for NBC, and the award-winning PBS/Lifetime documentary “Jackie Onassis: An Intimate Portrait.” He’s also arranged and/or conducted the music for dozens of feature films, and recordings, including the Grammy-winning Jersey Boys original cast album.  Much of his work has been as a Musical Director/Arranger/Orchestrator for theatre, most prominently his Tony-nominated orchestrations for Jersey Boys on Broadway. He has conducted tours of Annie, Godspell, and A Class Act, and has worked at most of the prominent regional theatres in the country including the Paper Mill Playhouse (Can-Can, West Side Story), Two River Theatre (Camelot) Pasadena Playhouse (Do I Hear a Waltz?, A Class Act, 110 in the Shade, Plaid Tidings, Can-Can), Geffen Playhouse (Paint Your Wagon) Mark Taper Forum (The Great American Songbook), Hollywood Bowl (Bernstein’s Mass), La Jolla Playhouse (Jersey Boys), Theatreworks (Snapshots, A Christmas Memory), Asolo Rep (Pulse), The Goodman Theatre (Turn of the Century), Goodspeed Opera House (You Never Know, Both Barrels, Snapshots), Westport Playhouse (Camelot), Dorset Theatre Festival (You Never Know), Northlight Theatre (Snapshots) and Pioneer Theatre (Paint Your Wagon.)  His orchestrations have been performed by the National Symphony, the Boston Pops, the BBC Orchestra, at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the White House and around the world.

JEFFREY B. MOSS (Director) has staged more than 35 national and international tours including Guys And Dolls, Hello, Dolly!, Man Of La Mancha, The Sound Of Music, Peter Pan, On The 20th Century, The Music Man, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, Music Of The Night, Annie, West Side Story, 42nd Street, Annie Get Your Gun, Mame, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Damn Yankees, Saturday Night Fever, An American In Paris, South Pacific, Legally Blonde and Little Women/The Musical, and his acclaimed productions of My Fair Lady have played in the United States, Singapore and China.   He is the award-winning director of the critically acclaimed New York and London productions of Bock and Harnick’s new Rothschild & Sons.  In New York, he directed the hit musical Mayor and the Cy Coleman/Neil Simon’s Little Me and was the director of the New York and Kennedy Center productions of Some Enchanted Evening, now part of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Library.  He has created newly imagined stagings of classic musicals such as Golden Boy (collaborating with Charles Strouse, Lee Adams and Leslie Lee), Rags (collaborating with Charles Strouse, Stephen Schwartz and Joe Stein) and has developed new plays and musicals as Before the Dream, Passin’ It On, The Jazz Club, Mermaids (based on the MGM film) and Charles Strouse’s Real Men. He happily returns to North Coast Rep having directed The Spitfire Grill and The Sunshine Boys here.

(Alphabetical Order)

NICK APOSTOLINA* (Squire Dap/Mordred) is thrilled to be a part of Camelot. Theatre: Master Harold… and the Boys [Syracuse Stage], The Solid Life of Sugar Water [Deaf West], Tiny Little Town [Theatre Movement Bazaar], The Seagull and The Cherry Orchard [SPTW]. Film/TV: “I Think You Should Leave,” “Minx,” and “Grown-Ish.” Thanks to Mom, Dad, Diane, Alan, Taylor, and Big Tex.

JACOB CALTRIDER* (Sir Dinadan) is thrilled to be returning to North Coast Rep as a part of Camelot! Previously for North Coast Rep: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and A Christmas Carol. Other San Diego credits include: House of Dreams, Manifest Destinitis and Violet, San Diego Rep; Rocky Horror, Spring AwakeningAssassinsParade, Little Shop of HorrorsCabaretSweeney ToddA Christmas Carol and The History Boys, Cygnet Theatre; West Side Story, San Diego Musical Theatre; Homos or Everyone in AmericaMarry Me A LittleHarmony, KansasTwistYank! and The Daddy Machine, Diversionary Theatre; Alice, An American ChristmasLes MisérablesTwelfth Night, and The Festival of Christmas, Lamb’s Players; Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas and Rocky Horror, The Old Globe.

JASON HEIL* (Merlyn/Sir Gareth) Previously at North Coast Rep: School for Lies, Dracula. Off-Broadway: Sea of Souls. Bhangin’ It, Zhivago (La Jolla Playhouse), Plaid Tidings, Twelfth Night (Old Globe), Cabaret (Arkansas Rep), The Taming of the Shrew, Dracula (Tennessee Rep), Maple & Vine (Capital Stage), The Winter’s Tale, The Learned Ladies (A Noise Within), & nine seasons with the Utah, Lake Tahoe, Marin, & Texas Shakespeare Festivals (roles included Christian, Orlando, Bassanio, Bolingbroke, Thomas Jefferson, Freddy Hill).  Other San Diego Theatre: Mother Road, Sweat, Beachtown, Hand to God, Violet, Clybourne Park, A Christmas Carol (SD Rep), The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, Babette’s Feast, Into the Woods, Wit, The Glass Menagerie (Lamb’s Players), Noises Off, Cabaret (Cygnet), Passion, Angels in America (ion theatre company), Art (Intrepid), The Lion in Winter (Moonlight), Slowgirl (Onstage).  MFA: UC Irvine.  www.jasonheil.com

SCOTT HURST JR (Sir Lionel) is excited to be making his North Coast Repertory Theatre debut! Scott is a classically trained crossover Baritone who hails from Los Angeles. He has performed music theatre and operatic repertoire on stages across the western region of the United States, and currently calls Colorado his home.  Denver theatre audiences have seen him in more than 20 productions at The Candlelight, also at The Lincoln Center, Vintage Theatre, Opera Fort Collins, The Spark, and The Aurora Fox.  Favorite regional credits include: Jekyll & Hyde (Jekyll/Hyde), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Chauvelin), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Phoebus), Kiss Me Kate (Fred/Petruchio), Sweeney Todd (Sweeney), Les Misérables (Javert), Brigadoon (Tommy), Big Fish (Edward Bloom), The Sound of Music (Captain von Trapp), Curtains! (Aaron Fox), Little Women (Prof. Bhaer), Shrek: The Musical (Shrek), Camelot (Lancelot), and Anastasia (Gleb). He wishes to thank you for supporting live theatre and for keeping the arts alive!  scotthurstjr.com

BRIAN KRINSKY* (Lancelot) is so grateful to work with all the extremely dedicated artists and wonderful team at North Coast Rep. National Tours: Anything Goes (Billy Crocker), Beauty and the Beast (Beast/Gaston) recently Brian finished a run of Titanic (Jim Farrell) at Milwaukee Rep. Prior to that he has acted all over the country in both regional and developmental theater, along with writing and producing films, “Meet Mom and “Mister Dharma.” Thanks to Lohne/Graham Management, Adriana, my family and Tater tot @BKrinsk

JERED MCLENIGAN* (Arthur) is a Philadelphia-based performing artist and founding member of the Wilma Theater’s internationally acclaimed Hothouse Company. His Wilma appearances include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Guildenstern), Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play (Sam/Mr. Burns), Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), Blood Wedding (The Groom), Constellations (Roland, Barrymore Award, Outstanding Leading Actor/Play) and the digital Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Justin, Drama League Award nominee and The Wall Street Journal’s Best of the Year 2020). Other recent/favorite roles include Tartuffe (Tartuffe) with Lantern Theater, The Little Prince, The Musical (The Aviator), The Winter’s Tale (Autolycus) and The Alchemist (Subtle) with Quintessence Theatre, Dublin by Lamplight (Willy) with Inis Nua Theatre/59E59 (First Irish Award) and Waiting for Godot (Estragon) with the Colonial Theater in Westerly, RI, among others. Jered is a 3-time Barrymore Award recipient and most recently appeared in the ensemble of Brecht’s Good Person of Setzuan with the Wilma.

EBEN ROSENZWEIG (Tom of Warwick – at certain performances) is honored to be making his debut with North Coast Rep. Eben’s recent credits include Peter in Peter and The Starcatcher (Moonlight Youth Theatre), Bert in All My Sons (CSUSM Theatre), Bobby Nelson in gUnTOPIA (The Roustabouts Theatre) and reading of Bodo Muller in Watch on the Rhine (The Roustabouts Theatre). He has also performed in multiple productions with TS@NCRT. Eben is 11 years old and lives in Carlsbad with his parents, two older siblings and his beloved dog Louie.

NOAH WEIBEL (Tom of Warwick – at certain performances) is proud to be making his North Coast Rep debut. He was recently seen in Matilda at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts where he is a musical theatre major in the 7th grade. Noah made his SDSCPA debut as Prince Dauntless in their production of Once Upon A Mattress last year. He has also appeared in productions at San Diego Junior Theatre such as Grace For President (Thomas Cobb), The Spongebob Musical (Sardine/Security Guard), and The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats (Archie). Noah is a singer/songwriter and plays guitar.

LAUREN WEINBERG* (Guenevere) is so grateful to North Coast Rep for the opportunity to share this timeless classic. National Tour: Guys & Dolls (Adelaide). Regional favorites: Guys & Dolls (Adelaide) at Olney Theatre Center- Helen Hayes Nomination, Beauty and the Beast (Belle) at Theatre By The Sea, Brigadoon (Fiona) & Damn Yankees (Lola) at The Wick Theatre, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Christine) at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, I Love You, You’re Perfect…(Woman 1) at the John W. Engeman Theater.  New York: International Fringe Festival, The Jewish Museum, NYTF winner. Episodic: “Hustling, The Series.” Lauren appears in national and regional commercial & voiceover spots for brands such as BudLight, Zicam, & JBL. BFA Penn State, New York based. Huge thank you to Jeff, as always, and love to Dru & the THPs! www.laurenweinbergofficial.com. Insta: @ellemdoubleu

ELIAS WYGODNY (Sir Sagramore) is overjoyed to be making this debut at North Coast Rep and in his first Lerner and Loewe musical! Theatre credits include Sunday in The Park with George (CCAE Theatricals), Assassins (Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatricum Botanicum), Les Misérables, Shrek (Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre), In A Sea of Faces (Cloud City/Barn Arts Collective), 2076 (Columbia University), Les Misérables (The Encore Music Theatre Company), Oliver (Marriot”t Theatre). Web-series: “Open To It,” “Heartstrings Kids.” Short Film: “The Call.” Elias is on faculty at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre in Los Angeles. Training: BFA Musical Theatre (University of Michigan), Movement and Acting (Michael Chekhov Acting Studio), a Certified Lucid Body Physical Acting Instructor (Lucid Body Institute). He is thankful for the students and teachers, for family, and Toni.

PHIL GOLD* (Production Stage Manager) is pleased to be joining North Coast Rep for Camelot. Phil’s stage manager credits include tours: Sisterella (European) and Soul Doctor (San Diego run); Off Broadway: Miss America’s Ugly Daughter; and post-pandemic regional productions: Million Dollar Quartet (Musical Theatre West & 5 Star Theatricals), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (CCAE Theatricals), Richard III (The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles), Love Among the Ruins (El Portal Theatre), The Wizard of Oz, A Grand Night For Singing (Musical Theatre West), Dr. Arthur Goldman’s Birthday Party (Durango PlayFest), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (McCoy Rigby Entertainment), The Realistic Joneses (Laguna Playhouse & Rubicon Theatre Company), Dark of the Moon: A New Musical (Rubicon Theatre Company), All Things Equal (Bay Street Theater & freeFall Theatre), A Wicked Soul in Cherry Hill (Geffen Playhouse), Carmen, Blue (Pittsburgh Opera), and Tevye inNew York! (The Wallis).

DANIEL LINCOLN (Music Director/Piano) As pianist/conductor/pit musician (keyboards): Broadway – Wicked, On Your Feet!, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, and The Cher Show; Off-Broadway – Avenue Q, tick tick BOOM!, Under the Bodhi Tree (American Premiere production), Steven Sondheim’s Follies (NY City Center Encores!); Tours – Matilda, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz, and The Midtown Men (starring the four original leads from Broadway’s Jersey Boys); Broadway Casting – Binder Casting, Tara Rubin CSA, Telsey + Co.  Former faculty at NYU Tisch and New York Film Academy; current faculty at USC, AMDA, and SMC.  As part of the writing team of Lincoln & Schein, original productions include Making MelroseFintastic FinnGrecian Burns, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, and The Remarkable Mister Holmes.  Proud AFM Local 802 and Dramatist Guild Member, ASCAP composer. www.DanielMLincoln.com

JILL GORRIE ROVATSOS (Choreographer) : North Coast Rep (Romance Romance, Desperate Measures, The Remarkable Mister Holmes), SDMT (Fiddler on the Roof, Singin’ in the Rain, 42nd Street, Damn Yankees, Crazy for You, A Christmas Story, Hairspray (Craig Noel Award), California Center for the Arts (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Big Band Christmas), Moonlight Amphitheatre (Cinderella), SDSU (Pal Joey, A Little Night Music, I Love a Piano), San Diego’s School for Creative and Performing Arts, Mesa College, City College, Grossmont College, Southwestern College. Other credits: Oklahoma!, Hello Dolly, Mambo Italiano (Westchester Broadway Theatre, NY), The People Vs. Mona (Abington Theatre, NYC), Aida, Hairspray, Singin’ in the Rain (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Grease (International and European Tours-Resident Director/Choreographer). Jill has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The St. James Theatre, on Broadway national tours, international and European tours, numerous regional theatres and in film and television. Education: NYU Tisch School of the Arts (BFA-Dance), SDSU (MFA- Musical Theatre)

MUSICIANS 

DANIEL LINCOLN (Piano)- See Music Director

MARK MARGOLIES (Reeds) worked for more than 20  years as a freelance musician in Boston, playing clarinet in orchestras and chamber ensembles, as well as saxophones, flute, oboe, and bassoon in theater pits, klezmer ensembles and other groups. He has been a participant in every Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival since 1991, where he worked with composers Martin Boykan, Milton Babbitt, Marjorie Merryman, Andrew Imbrie, Bernard Rands, Sara Doncaster, and many others. He taught clarinet at Boston College and woodwinds at Brookline Music School. In 2008, Mark moved to San Diego where he performs at The Old Globe Theatre, The San Diego Civic Theater, The Lawrence Welk Theater, San Diego Musical Theatre, The La Jolla Playhouse and other venues. He is a member of The San Diego Clarinet Quintet; The WindSong Consort, a mixed chamber music group; and JAMB, a bass Clarinet quartet. He holds degrees in music and communication from Boston University.

JACOB THOMPSON (Cello) has performed at some of the nation’s most prestigious venues, including Lincoln Center, Chicago Symphony Center, and the Harris Theater in Chicago. Jacob attended Interlochen Arts Academy graduating with Honors and went on to study at Oberlin Conservatory Music and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Most recently, Jacob completed a Performance Diploma at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music studying with Brandon Vamos of the Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet. He has also performed in many musicals throughout his career including Beauty and the Beast, West Side Story, Les Miserables, Evita, and Oklahoma! and is making his Moonlight Stage Productions debut in Into the Woods.

KIERSTEN SMITH (Violin) is a violinist and violist based in Southern California. She holds a master’s degree in violin performance from SDSU and a bachelor’s degree in music education from BYU-Idaho. Kiersten has taught orchestra, band, and general music to students of all ages. She currently teaches private and group lessons through the String Academy at SDSU. Kiersten can be found performing with groups in and around San Diego in pit orchestras, church orchestras, and baroque violin with Kensington Baroque Orchestra. In her spare time, Kiersten spends time with her husband and two teenagers, often ending up at the beach, on a mountain, at a concert, or a museum.

*Photos by Aaron Rumley

Press Release: Season 43

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Season 43

From: Nancy Richards
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NORTH COAST REPERTORY THEATRE UNVEILS AN EMOTIONALLY CHARGED SEASON 43 (2024-2025)

Solana Beach, Calif. – Brace yourselves for a journey through a spectrum of emotions as North Coast Repertory Theatre launches Season 43 (2024-2025). This season’s ambitious roster includes a World Premiere comic mystery, three San Diego premieres, a Tony Award-winning musical, a searing classic drama, an inspiring autobiographical piece, a family comedy, a new and hilarious Hercule Poirot mystery, a unique look at the Asian immigration experience, and one century-old cake.

Artistic Director David Ellenstein shared his excitement: “This may well be one of the most expansive seasons we’ve ever attempted at North Coast Rep. We expect to engage and delight our loyal patrons and attract new audiences to our intimate mainstage.”

In his dual role as Artistic Director of Laguna Playhouse, Ellenstein also announced that three of this season’s plays will transfer to Laguna Playhouse after completing their runs at North Coast Rep, thereby benefitting Orange County theatrelovers.

Season 43 blazes onto the stage with Arthur Miller’s Tony Award-winning play, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE. Set in a tight-knit Italian-American community in 1950s Brooklyn, the play explores the lives of its characters with raw emotion and powerful storytelling. As tensions rise and secrets unravel, the audience is drawn into a world where loyalties are tested and the consequences of one’s actions have far-reaching implications. With compelling characters and intense relationships, this timeless drama keeps audiences on the edge of their seats from start to finish. Directed by David Ellenstein, it runs from Sept. 11 to Oct. 6, 2024, and transfers to Laguna Playhouse.

The San Diego premiere of INCIDENT AT OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP is set against the vibrant backdrop of the 1970s Katie Forgette’s charming comedy unfolds within the confines of a working-class family home. The quirky O’Shea clan navigates the tumultuous and sometimes awkward realities of a rapidly changing decade. This heartwarming play keeps audiences engaged and laughing, while delving into themes of faith, friendship, personal choices, and changing values. Join us for an unforgettable evening of spirited nostalgia. Directed by Jenny Sullivan, it runs Oct. 23 to Nov. 17, 2024.

Welcoming the new year is another San Diego premiere. THE HEART SELLERS by Lloyd Suh offers a compelling portrayal of intelligent, curious, and creative women navigating the challenges of living in a new country. The play highlights the Asian immigrant experience and the human condition by exploring complex, emotionally charged themes. Relationships, desires, and the intricacies of the heart are scrutinized with a blend of drama and humor that keeps audiences engaged. With its strong character development and sharp dialogue, this heartwarming play invites compassion and insight about the complexities of the human heart. Directed by Kat Yen it runs Jan. 8 to Feb. 2, 2025.

Continuing the journey is WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME, an emotionally charged theatrical event exploring the U.S. Constitution’s profound significance in contemporary America. Crafted by playwright Heidi Schreck, it is a deeply personal and introspective journey blending storytelling, humor, and political insight. The play examines how the Constitution impacts both individuals and society, and offers a unique, compelling perspective on the Constitution’s enduring relevance in our lives. This Tony-nominated and Pulitzer Prize finalist offers a powerful, humor-filled, and thought-provoking performance. Directed by Shana Wride, it runs Feb. 26 to March 23,

Prepare for intrigue with the World Premiere of PERIL IN THE ALPS, a new Hercule Poirot comic mystery based in part on “Poirot Investigates” by Agatha Christie. The twin sister of Captain Hasting’s wife, Dulcie, has been kidnapped – and Hercule Poirot rightly expects not only extortion to follow, but murder! In this sequel to his wildly popular Murder on the Links, Steven Dietz takes us on a thrilling and dangerous trip to the snow-capped Alps, where the cunning Belgian detective may finally meet his match. Six actors bring to life dozens of eccentric characters and clever suspects in this diabolically funny comic mystery romp. Don’t miss it!  Directed by Steven Dietz, it runs April 16 to May 11, 2025 and will transfer to Laguna Playhouse.

Next in line is the San Diego premiere BIRTHDAY CANDLES by Noah Haidle. An emotional examination of the human experience, this piece is filled with laughter, tears, and moments of reflection that make up one woman’s ordinary life. The play explores the passing of time, the evolution of relationships, and the profound changes that occur in a person’s life from one year to the next. Through its characters and storytelling, this charming story offers a unique perspective of life’s milestones. Celebrate five generations, an infinity of dreams, and one cake baked over a century. Directed by David Ellenstein, it runs June 4 to June 29.

Culminating Season 43 is the winner of the 2014 Tony for Best Musical, A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER. With book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak, the musical production is an endlessly entertaining foray into a charming man’s relentless quest for a bountiful inheritance that will change his life forever. This comedic musical story about ambition, love, family, and intricate murder plots will have you gasping with laughter and reveling in its lively, imaginative score.  Dazzling, delightful, and absolutely unforgettable, this merry musical is guaranteed to lift your spirits.  Directed by Noelle Marion, it runs July 16 to Aug. 10, 2025, before heading to Laguna Playhouse.

While not part of the seven-play season, another audience favorite returns, 2 PIANOS 4 HANDS, by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt, which will light up the holiday season. Get ready for an interlude of riotous laughter, as Richard Todd Adams and Matthew McGloin take us on a musical comedic journey about their would-be careers as concert pianists. The talented duo trade stories about piano lessons, pushy parents, and eccentric teachers while playing everything from Bach to Billy Joel. This wildly popular show not only hits all the right notes, it tickles the ivories and your funny bone, too. Directed by Tom Frey, it runs December 12– December 29, 2024. Tickets must be purchased separately and are not part of the subscription package.

About the North Coast Repertory Theatre:
North Coast Repertory Theatre, under the artistic leadership of David Ellenstein since 2003, stands as a beacon of excellence in the performing arts landscape. Celebrating its 43rd season, the theatre continues to garner critical acclaim for its high-quality productions and commitment to showcasing works by established and emerging playwrights. With a dedication to intimacy and diversity, North Coast Repertory Theatre creates an immersive platform where artists and audiences thrive, enriching lives through the transformative power of live theatre.

Press Release: Sense of Decency

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Sense of Decency

By Jake Broder
Based on the book The Nazi and the Psychiatrist by Jack El-Hai
Directed by David Ellenstein

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AUT PSYCHOLOGICAL DRAMA, SENSE OF DECENCY,
MAKES WORLD PREMIERE DEBUT
AT NORTH COAST REPERTORY THEATRE
By Jake Broder
Based on the book The Nazi and the Psychiatrist by Jack El-Hai
Performances Beginning Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Running Through Sunday, May 12, 2024
Directed by David Ellenstein
Co-Directed by Jake Broder

Solana Beach, Calif. – Jake Broder has crafted a surprise-filled exploration into what makes people tick- filled with unexpected revelations, magic, and insight. A World Premiere theatrical foray into an historic meeting promises intrigue and theatrical sparks. When WWII ended, the Nuremburg trials were underway. Herman Göring was the highest-ranking Nazi alive. An American Army psychiatrist, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, was tasked with interviewing him extensively and keeping him fit for trial. What happened in that fateful room had profound and unexpected consequences for both men.  Based on the book “The Nazi and the Psychiatrist” by Jack El-Hai.Directed by David Ellenstein. Dramatic gold that is certain to enthrall history buffs and serious theatre-goers alike.

The film Nuremberg, based on Jack El-Hai’s book, The Nazi and the Psychiatrist, is now in production in Hungary, which stars Russell Crowe (Göring), Rami Malek (Kelley) and Michael Shannon (Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson – chief prosecutor). Featured players include Richard E. Grant, Leo Woodall, and John Slattery, among others.

David Ellenstein & Jake Broder direct Frank Corrado*, Brendan Ford*, and Lucy Davenport*, in SENSE OF DECENCY. The design team includes Marty Burnett (Resident Scenic Designer), Matthew Novotny (Co-Light Design), Eric Montierth (Co-Light Design), Elisa Benzoni (Costume Design), Steve Leffue (Sound Design), Mat FitzGerald (Projection Design), Audrey Casteris (Props Design) and Peter Herman (Hair & Wig Design).  Evelyn G. Myers*, is the Production Stage Manager, and Katelyn Slater (Production Assistant).

*The actor or stage manager appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

SENSE OF DECENCY previews begin Wednesday, April 17th. Opening Night is set for Saturday, April 20th, at 8 pm.  The play runs Wednesday, April 17th to Sunday, May 12th, with performances on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm, with Sundays at 7pm. Added matinee performances at 2pm on Friday, April 19th and Wednesday, May 8th. There will be a talkback with the artistic director and cast on Friday, April 26th.

BIOS: 

JACK EL-HAI is the author of The Nazi and the Psychiatrist, the book upon which Sense of Decency is based. That book began in 2008 when the son of Dr. Douglas M. Kelley let El-Hai explore a dozen boxes of Dr. Kelley’s papers and Nuremberg Trial artifacts long stored in a basement. El-Hai has written several other books of popular history and medicine. These include The Lobotomist, The Lost Brothers, and two forthcoming books: one about a face transplant patient and the other telling a historical true-crime tale. He has contributed articles to Smithsonian, GQ, The Atlantic, Wired, Scientific American, and other publications. Many of his works have been optioned or adapted for film, television, documentaries, and podcasts. After attending Carleton College, he earned an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College. He grew up in Los Angeles and now lives with his wife in Minneapolis.

JAKE BRODER (Playwright/Co-Director) lives in Los Angeles with his wife Lucy and children Ella & Louis. He recently was an Atlantic Fellow at the Global Brain Health Institute (at UCSF and Trinity College, Dublin), who commissioned his award-winning play UnRavelled www.unravelledplay.com.  His play Our American Hamlet premiered at the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, and was nominated for best new play, IRNE (Boston).  His musical, Miravel, won the LADCC for best score, composed by Jake. He co-wrote and originated the role of Louis in Louis & Keely Live at the Sahara, winning Jake Ovation, LADCC, Garland and LA Weekly awards for Best Actor and Best Musical. It ran at the Geffen Playhouse, directed by Oscar-winner, Taylor Hackford, and since toured Chicago and SoCal. His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley played Off-West End (Soho Theatre) and Off-Broadway (directed by David Ellenstein at 59e59) and in LA. His new musical, (with Conor Duffy) Max & Willy’s Last Laugh, had a workshop presentation at Mosaic Theater in Washington D.C., and is moving towards a D.C. production. He was also a fellow at the O’Neill under artistic director John McDaniel. Jake’s TV Writing includes Typewriter Days (Revolution Studios) and Black Hole Sun (Echo Lake), and Max & Willy’s Last Laugh, with Conor Duffy (Littleton Road Productions). As an actor, Jake recently shot “The Patient,” with Steve Carrell, was on “The Morning Show” on Apple TV+. and has a recurring role on HBO’s “Silicon Valley”.  Broadway/West End includes: Mozart in Amadeus directed by Sir Peter Hall (Old Vic, Music Box, Ahmanson), When Harry Met Sally with Alyson Hannigan and Luke Perry (Theatre Royal Haymarket), and Ophelia & Juliet in the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s Complete Works of Shakespeare (Criterionin London. He played Ira Gershwin in Words By: Ira Gershwin (Colony Theatre) and Einstein in Einstein Comes Through (North Coast Rep), both directed by David Ellenstein.  He received his BA from Tufts University and trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and has a Graduate Certificate from UCSF in Equity in Brain Health. He is proud to be premiering a new work with the lovely audience of North Coast Repertory Theatre, with the vision and guidance of David Ellenstein bringing this to life makes this a pleasure. In humility and joy, he profoundly hopes you enjoy this experiment.

DAVID ELLENSTEIN (Director) Born into a theatrical family, David is an actor, director, producer, and playwright. Before joining North Coast Rep in 2003 as Artistic Director, he served in that position for the Los Angeles Repertory Company and the Arizona Jewish Theatre Company (AJTC). He is a veteran of over 300 theatrical productions at theatres from San Diego to Maine, and from Alaska to Miami and most places in between. David has won numerous theatre awards, including the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award for “2018 Director of the Year.” David has also appeared in dozens of film and television roles, as well as having been guest faculty for numerous universities including California State University Northridge, Cal Arts, and Shakespeare workshops privately. He is now the Artistic Director of Laguna Playhouse as well as continuing to be the Artistic Director of North Coast Rep.

FRANK CORRADO* (Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring) was last seen at North Coast Rep as Max, the endearing patriarch in The Homecoming. He has also appeared here over the years in Madagascar, The Dumb Waiter, and The Drawer Boy, as well as serving as director of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal. In 2010, Theater Communications Group awarded him the William and Eva Fox Foundation Fellowship for “Distinguished Achievement.” He presently lives in rural New Hampshire where he mainly carries wood and blows snow.

BRENDAN FORD* (Dr. Douglas McGlashan Kelley) is happy to be returning to the North Coast Rep, where he played Dominic in Amy’s View and Howie in Rabbit Hole. Other credits: Richard in The Lion In Winter and Victor Fleming in Moonlight and Magnolias at the Colony Theatre, Declan in Many Happy Returns and Frank in Red Herring at Laguna Playhouse, Harper in One Slight Hitch at the Falcon Theater, Jamie in Long Day’s Journey at The Lyceum, Arthur in Camelot at Fullerton CLO, The Captain in Anything Goes for Reprise!, Neville Craven in Secret Garden at South Bay CLO, Vincent Van Gogh in Break of Day at the Lillian Theatre, Torvald in A Doll’s House at L.A. Rep., Marco in Florinda at the Freud Playhouse. At LATC, he played Laertes, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in the six-actor Hamlet, and Leslie in The Hostage.  Brendan grew up in New York City, where, among other roles, he played Laertes in Hamlet and Hastings in She Stoops to Conquer for the National Shakespeare Co., Claudio in Measure for Measure at Westbeth Theater Center, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet at Columbia Shakespeare Festival and Valere in Tartuffe at Westside Rep.  Brendan has appeared in numerous films and tv shows.

LUCY DAVENPORT* (Dukie Kelley/ Emmy Göering) is delighted to be making her North Coast Rep debut. Lucy was born and raised in the UK. She trained at Oxford University and RADA and has since worked extensively on both sides on the Atlantic. US theatre includes: Anne Adams in Jake Broder’s play Unravelled for which she was nominated for Best Lead Performance (LADCCs). Other US theatre credits: Our American Hamlet (Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.), Yes Prime Minster (Geffen Playhouse). UK theatre includes: Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice, Mary in The Secret Garden, Madame De Tourvel in Dangerous Liaisons and 3 seasons with the Oxford Shakespeare Company. Film includes Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York,” Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” Jay Roach’s “Dinner for Schmucks,” Betty Friedan in “Roe v Wade,” “Thor:Ragnarok” and “Dr. Strange.” TV includes “NCIS,”Doctor Who” and Mary Shelley in “Frankenstein” for the BBC. Lucy lives in LA with her husband Jake and their two children Ella and Louis.

EVELYN G. MYERS* (Production Stage Manager) (she/her): As a San Diego native, Evelyn is thrilled to be joining North Coast Repertory once again to Production Stage Manage this incredible project. Her favorite credits include: Globe For All: Comedy of Errors (The Old Globe), Globe For All: Henry V (The Old Globe), Hoopla! (La Jolla Playhouse), The Garden (La Jolla Playhouse), Pick Me Last (La Jolla Playhouse), Emily Driver’s Great Race Through Time and Space (La Jolla Playhouse x National Disability Theatre) The First and the Last (Hollywood Fringe Festival’s Encore Award), Savage in Limbo (Grand Central Art Center), and Bell, Book, and Candle (Kennedy Center Excellence in Stage Management Award).

*Photos by Aaron Rumley

Press Release: Tartuffe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tartuffe

Translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur
Directed by Richard Baird

From: Nancy Richards
nancy@northcoastrep.org
Office: 858-481-1055 ext.

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NORTH COAST REPERTORY THEATRE PRESENTS
TIMELESS COMEDIC MASTERPIECE,
TARTUFFE, by Molière
Translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur
Directed by Richard Baird
EXTENDED March 6 – April 7th

(Solana Beach, Calif.) – North Coast Repertory Theatre promises an evening of wit, satire, and uproarious laughter with Molière’s timeless comedic masterpiece, TARTUFFE, March 6 to March 31. This extraordinary production, translated into English verse by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Wilbur, is directed by Richard Baird.

Tartuffe, a charismatic charlatan, insinuates himself into the lives of a wealthy family, setting off a chain reaction of disruption and pandemonium. Wilbur’s translation infuses the play with wicked precision and brilliantly rhyming verses, highlighting its satirical commentary on religious hypocrisy, duplicity, lust, and self-inflicted chaos.

Audiences who appreciate classic theatre and ingenious wordplay are in for a treat as they witness this inventive and entertaining evening unfold before them. Following its run at North Coast Rep, TARTUFFE will transfer to Laguna Playhouse, ensuring that even more theatre enthusiasts can experience this exciting take on a classic. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this theatrical journey!

The cast features Kandis Chappell*, Shanté DeLoach, Rogelio Douglas III*, Bo Foxworth*, Katie Karel*, Melanie Lora*, Kate Rose Reynolds, Bruce Turk*, Jared Van Heel* and Christopher M. Williams.* The design team includes Marty Burnett (Set Design), Matthew Novotny (Light Design), Elisa Benzoni+ (Costume Design), Ian Scot (Sound Design), Peter Herman (Hair & Wigs Design). Vernon Willet* is the Production Stage Manager.

*The actor or stage manager appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

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