Into the Breeches!

Into the Breeches!

Written by George Brant
Directed By Diana Van Fossen

From: Nancy Richards
Office: 858-481-1055 ext.

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By George Brant
A San Diego Premiere
Performances Beginning Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Running Through Sunday, November 1, 2022
Directed by Diana Van Fossen

Solana Beach, Calif. – That time-honored adage, “The Show Must Go On,” takes on new meaning in this endearing and moving comedy. INTO THE BREECHES! transports audiences to a small American playhouse in 1942.  With the actors and director off at war, a group of passionate women face the daunting challenge of preserving the theatre’s reputation for mounting outstanding Shakespearean productions. Crammed with laughs and an abundance of visual humor, their fierce determination and unbridled enthusiasm will have audiences cheering as they prove that art and community triumph even in times of peril. Reserve your seats now for this powerful, witty play that captures the true meaning of being an American.

Diana Van Fossen directs Geno Carr,* Rosemarie Chandler, Taylor Henderson, Melanie Lora,* Mikaela Macias, Katie MacNichol,* James Newcomb,*  and Shana Wride*. The design team includes Marty Burnett (Resident Scenic Designer), Matthew Novotny (Light Design), Renetta Lloyd & Roz Lehman (Costume Design), Ryan Ford (Sound Design), Cindy Rumley (Prop Design) and Peter Herman (Hair & Wigs) . Christopher Williams* is the Stage Manager.

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

INTO THE BREECHES! previews begin Wednesday, October 19. Opening Night on Saturday, October 22, at 8pm.  There will be special talkback on Friday, October 28, with the cast and artistic director. It will play Wednesdays at 7pm, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm with Sundays at 7pm through Nov.13th. (See Schedule below). North Coast Repertory Theatre is located at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075.  Tickets: Previews – $54 (including Friday preview at 2pm), Week Nights/Wed. & Sat. Matinees – $60; Sat. Eve. & Sun. Mat. $65; Sun Night – $57. Seniors, Students, Military & Educators – $3 off admission. Call 858-481-1055, or visit to purchase tickets.


GEORGE BRANT (Playwright) plays include Grounded, Marie and Rosetta, Into the Breeches!, The Prince of Providence, Elephant’s Graveyard, Tender Age, The Mourners’ Bench, Any Other Name, Salvage and Grizzly Mama. An Affiliate Writer at the Playwrights’ Center, his scripts have been produced internationally by such companies as the Public Theater, the Atlantic Theater Company, Cleveland Play House, Trinity Repertory Company, the Studio Theatre, Alley Theatre, Asolo Repertory, London’s Gate Theatre, Page 73 and the Traverse Theatre. His plays have received a Lucille Lortel Award, an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, the Smith Prize, a Fringe First Award, an Off-West End Theatre Award, an NNPN Rolling World Premiere, four OAC Individual Excellence Awards and the Keene Prize for Literature. George received his MFA in Writing from the Michener Center at UT-Austin and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

DIANA VAN FOSSEN (Director) North Coast Rep debut. She has directed Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Christmas Carol, To Kill A Mockingbird, Merry Wives of Windsor, Much Ado About Nothing, Comedy of Errors, Romeo & Juliet, Henry VI, Wars of the Roses, Trojan Women and Deconstruction, No Mercy (Associate Artist, Alabama Shakespeare Festival) Angels In America (East Lansing), The Comedy of Errors (BoarsHead Theatre, Pulsar Award), Speak Truth To Power, Someone To Watch Over Me (Cranbrook), Much Ado About Nothing (Waterworks), Beyond Oz, Casualties (Heartlande), and Story Theatre (Interlochen). International Directors’ Symposium La Mama Umbria, Directors’ Lab West, LA, voice with Cis Berry and Patsy Rodenburg. MFA Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Member of the Royal Shakespeare Company London’s West End in Piaf and Once In A Lifetime. Fight Director Certificate, Royal Society of Fight Directors. Two time Watson Fellow in experimental theatre. BA Goucher College. Acting career in film, BBC, National tours musicals, UK rep, car commercials, USA rep, and Off-Broadway, becoming the wife of an artistic director, a mother and theatre director along the way!!! First met David while in Winter’s Tale and Hamlet with his Father Robert at the Fort Worth Shakespeare Theatre. We go way back!!

(In order of appearance):

MELANIE LORA* (Maggie Dalton) was recently seen as Ruth in North Coast Rep’s The Homecoming earlier this year. A recent transplant to San Diego from LA, Melanie has worked extensively in Los Angeles theatre. LA/SoCal credits include The Hothouse (The Antaeus Company), Of Good Stock (world premiere), Elemeno Pea, Misalliance and Collected Stories (South Coast Rep), Dinner With Friends and Boeing Boeing (La Mirada Theatre), The Good Book of Pedantry and Wonder (Theatre@Boston Court), as well as productions at the Actors’ Gang, Ahmanson Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse and many others. Film and Television: “Show Me Yours,” “Fish Head,” “I am I,” “The United States of Leland,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Gilmore Girl,” and others. Lots of TV commercials and voiceover work as well, and most importantly, she is the mother to four spectacular children, ages 2-11. She is truly happy to be back at North Coast Rep and to be part of this wonderful show. @missmelanielora

KATIE MACNICHOL* (Celeste Fielding) North Coast Rep: Same Time Next Year, At This Evening’s Performance has appeared on Broadway in The Green Bird and Two Shake- spearean Actors and off Broadway in The Cider House Rules, King John and The Food Chain. In London she played the title role in A Chaste Maid in Cheapside at Shakespeare’s Globe. As a member of The Old Globe Shakespeare Repertory Company she appeared in As You like It, Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, A Winter’s Tale (Craig Noel Award), The Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night, and others. Regional work includes: Fallen Angels at Pasadena and Laguna Playhouses, Good People at La Mirada and lead roles at Mark Taper Forum, Yale Repertory, Baltimore Center Stage, McCarter, Denver Center, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Dallas Theater Company, Shakespeare Theatre of N.J., Westport Country Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Portland Stage Company. Film and TV: “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”, “Medium”, “The Practice” and Spike Lee’s “Bamboozled”. BFA: N.Y.U. Tisch School of the Arts. MFA: Lesley University.

JAMES NEWCOMB* (Ellsworth Snow) The Old Globe: Twelfth Night, Coriolanus, and Much Ado About Nothing. San Diego Rep: Honky, Zoot Suit, Brooklyn Boy, and The Illusion. North Coast Rep: The Homecoming, Christmas Carol (as told by one man who cares – Streamed), How the Other Half Loves. Cygnet Theatre: Roy Cohn in Angels in America (Craig Noel award). Other Theatre: Oregon Shakespeare Festival (14 Seasons), Denver Center Theatre (9 Seasons), The Public Theatre, B.A.M. Utah Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare & Company (founding member),The Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, Berkeley Rep. South Coast Rep, Portland Center Stage, Missouri Rep, Arizona Theatre Co., and Geva Theatre. Representative Roles: Oxford Society Award for Richard III (O.S.F.) Drama Log Award for Touchstone, (S.S.C.), Coriolanus, Iago, Bottom, Feste, and The Duke in Measure for Measure. T.V.: “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle,” “Honky” (P.B.S.), and “I Want To Keep My Baby” (CBS). Film: “Lone Wolf”. Directing: Much Ado, Midsummer (USD Graduate Program), Lone Star, True West, and Found a Peanut (National Theatre Conservatory). Continuing Lecturer : U.C.S.D. Graduate Theatre Program.

SHANA WRIDE* (Winifred Snow) is a theatre actor and director who has worked both locally and regionally with The Old Globe, The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, Diversionary Theatre, Cygnet TheatreNorth Coast Repertory Theatre, Intrepid Theatre, Moxie Theatre, Compass Theatre, The Colony Theatre, Open Fist Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Gaslamp Quarter Theatre, and Sledgehammer Theatre.  She is the recipient of a San Diego Critics Circle Craig Noel Award for her solo performance in 2.5 Minute Ride at Diversionary Theatre and for her performance as Amanda in Cygnet Theatre’s Private Lives. She holds a master’s degree in Theatre Arts from San Diego State University.  While living in Los Angeles, she co-hosted the nationally syndicated radio show, “Women Aloud” with actor/comedienne Mo Gaffney.

GENO CARR* (Stuart Lasker) is thrilled to return to North Coast Rep, having appeared in Way Downriver, I Love You Because, A Christmas Carol, and several readings and galas. Geno originated the role of Oz & Others in the Tony Award-winning hit musical Come From Away on Broadway, also playing the role on the North American tour, at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, and the world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse. He has also appeared Off-Broadway, on five national tours, and in over one hundred plays and musicals across North America. San Diego credits include starring roles at The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Moonlight, Cygnet, Lamb’s Players, San Diego Musical Theatre, and Intrepid. Geno holds an MFA in Acting and Directing from Sarah Lawrence College and a dual BA in Music and Theatre from Hartwick College. Most important credit: husband to Nancy and father to Elliott. @GenoCarr

TAYLOR HENDERSON (Ida Green) is delighted to be back on the stages of NCRT and overjoyed to be performing again in San Diego after spending quarantine in her hometown of Las Vegas. Taylor has been performing and working professionally both on and offstage for over 10 years in various capacities as an actor, teaching artist, producer, director, and casting coordinator, as well as taking a new venture into immersive entertainment. During downtime, Taylor enjoys singing karaoke and playing Dungeons & Dragons. “Inspire, Aspire!” Selected credits:, All In The TimingTwelfth Night and An Ideal Husband (North Coast Rep), As You Like It, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (New Fortune), Home Of The Brave, Under Construction (La Jolla Playhouse/Sledgehammer Theatre), Hairspray (SDMT), The Three-Penny Opera (UCSD), A Little Night Music, Avenue Q (Coronado Playhouse), RENT (Southwestern), “The Acey Deucey Club (Fever US/Cinereal Productions), “Carnival Row” (Amazon Prime), “Fresh, Fried and Crispy” (Netflix), “Finding Magic Mike” (HBO Max) IG: @tay.renee.onstage

MIKAELA MACIAS (June Bennett) is grateful for her North Coast Repertory Theatre debut as June Bennet in Into the Breeches. Her previous roles include Performer in Pop-Up WoW Festival (La Jolla Playhouse), Noel in Noel, Noel (San Diego Symphony), Joan Arc in Mother of the Maid (Moxie Theatre), Dancer 1/ Woman 1 Understudy in Songs for a New World (Teatro San Diego), and Samantha Brown in The Mad Ones (Wildsong Productions). She is currently a 3rd-year Theatre Performance student enrolled at San Diego State University. Thank you to her mom, Tita, sister, and little cousin for being reminders of what powerful women can do.

ROSEMARIE CHANDLER (Grace Richards) is honored to be a part of this company and to be making her North Coast Repertory Theatre debut. Her favorite stories to share are ones of hope, so she is thrilled to be a part of Into the Breeches! Selected credits: The Hello Girls (Grace Banker), The Fantasticks (Luisa), The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet). Proud Northwestern University graduate. Love and gratitude to the Into The Breeches! cast, crew, and company, her family, friends, David Perlow, Barry Katz, and everyone and everything that provides encouragement and inspiration.

CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS* (Stage Manager) is an actor, director, producer, fight director, stage manager and former Associate Artistic Director of North Coast Rep. Selected theatre credits: 29 mainstage shows at NCRT including Don’t Dress For Dinner, The Illusion, Gabriel, Dancing Lessons, and Desperate Measures; Rothschild & Sons (Original Off-Broadway cast); The Drawer Boy, A Moon For the Misbegotten (AZ Theatre Company); Angels In America I & II, Lobby Hero (Actors Theatre); Noises Off! (Idaho Shakespeare and Phoenix Theatre); Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, Othello, Henry V (Southwest Shakespeare); Julius Caesar (New Village Arts); I Hate Hamlet (Intrepid Theatre); Biloxi Blues, Light Falling Down, The Elephant Man (Oceanside Theatre). He was also a producer of the WWII feature film, “Walking With The Enemy,” starring Sir Ben Kingsley and Jonas Armstrong.