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The Cast

El Beh
El Beh (Mash) is a theater artist, musician, educator, mover and shaker in the Bay Area performance arena. She was last seen as Emily in Our Town with Shotgun Players and is grateful to return to San Francisco Playhouse where she most recently played The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods as well as the Ten Little Indians Soloist/Cellist in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. She has been lucky enough to play with the likes of Magic Theatre, Mugwumpin, Shotgun Players, Z Space, detour dance, EmSpace Dance, Center Rep, Townhall Theatre, Erika Chong Shuch Performance Project, Pacific Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Playhouse, and Woman’s Will among others. El has her BA in Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley and is a proud associate artist with Mugwumpin. She can next be seen playing Regan in King Lear at Calshakes in the Fall and her cello playing and composing can next be heard with detour dance later this year as well as on the upcoming Hundred Days album with The Bengsons.
Martha Brigham
Martha Brigham* (Nina) graduated the two year program at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute as well as studying with Steppenwolf West under alumni Tom Irwin and LA’s comedy improv group, The Groundlings. Regional: The Tall Girls (La Jolla Playhouse), The Cat and Squirrel Dialogues/ The Man in the Red Suit (Secret Rose Theatre), The Cross Over (Marilyn Monroe Theatre) The Beggar’s Opera (The Nauset Players) Twelfth Night (APA) Film/TV: Children of Sorrow, The Man in the Red Suit, The Empire Builders, Up and Coming 2, First Day, Umm…We’re Detectives.  She is honored to be working on The San Francisco Playhouse stage for the first time!
Joseph Estlack
Joseph Estlack (Dev) was last seen in The Lyons at Aurora Theater. He was in Jerusalem and Promises, Promises at San Francisco Playhouse. He received a BACC nomination for playing Jake in Sam Sheppard’s A Lie of the Mind produced by Boxcar Theater. Other credits include Bonnie and Clyde, Woyzeck and Strangers, Babies each with the Shotgun Players at Ashby Stage as well as The Lily’s Revenge and The 13 Hallucinations of Julio Rivera at Magic Theater. You can see him next in Mugwumpin’s Blockbuster Season this fall. joseph-estlack.squarespace.com.
Adam Magill
Adam Magill (Con) is making his San Francisco Playhouse debut with Stupid Fucking Bird. He is a graduate of the Foothill Theater Conservatory and has received additional training at Seydways Studios in San Francisco. Recent credits include The Whale at MTC,Shiner at FaultLine Theater, and The Tempest at Do It Live. He is also a contributor and company performer for the Play On Words literary performance series.
Johnny Moreno
Johnny Moreno (Trig) Johnny is delighted to return to San Francisco Playhouse.  His theater credits include Period of Adjustment, My Fair Lady and Camelot at San Francisco Playhouse, The RainmakerThe Three penny Opera, On the Waterfront and Picasso at the Lapin Agile at San Jose Stage Company, Venus in Fur at Pacific Repertory Theatre, Gibraltar and Blade to the Heat with Thick Description, Displaced at Marin Theatre Company, Mary Stuart at the American Conservatory Theater, and Pentecost at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.  Film and television credits include Betas, Callback (winner of the Chicago Indie Fest for Best Film), Upside Out (with Olympia Dukakis), Paradise Club, and I’m Still Here.
Carrie Paff
Carrie Paff* (Emma) is thrilled to be back at the Playhouse after appearing in their hit production of Ideation earlier this season. Other credits include This Is How It Goes and A Delicate Balance at Aurora; Every Five Minutes and The Other Place at Magic Theatre; After the War at A.C.T.; The Big Meal and A Picasso at San Jose Rep; A Streetcar Named Desire, Tiny Alice and It’s a Wonderful Life at Marin Theatre Company; Double Indemnity at A.C.T. in Seattle and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde at Arizona Theatre Company. Internationally, she appeared in Joan Rivers: A Work In Progress at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in London. Film work includes Quitters, Love & Taxes and This is Hamlet. She holds a master’s degree in educational theater from New York University and is the cofounder of StageWrite, Building Literacy through Theatre. Carrie was named one of the Ten Bay Area Actors We Love by the San Jose Mercury News. www.carriepaff.com
Charles Shaw Robinson
Charles Shaw Robinson* (Sorn) has been seen at SF Playhouse in Seminar, by Theresa Rebeckand From Red to Black, by Rhett Rossi. Otherfavorite roles include Shag in Bill Cain’s Equivocation (Marin Theatre Company); Milton in the West Coast premiere of Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Iago in Othello (California Shakespeare Theatre); and Henri in Magic Fire, directed by Jack O’Brien (Berkeley Repertory Theatre/Old Globe). Regional Theatre credits include the title roles in Hamlet (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Pericles (Centerstage), and Scaramouche (The Empty Space Theatre). He was last seen in New York in the American premiere of Frank McGuinness’s Gates of Gold at 59E59 Theaters, and before that at the Second Stage Theatre as the Father in Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice (a production that began its long life at Berkeley Repertory Theatre). Other New York work includes John Houseman’s production of The Cradle Will RockThe Common Pursuit, written and directed by Simon Gray; and Battery, directed by R. J. Cutler. He trained at Juilliard

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Creative Team

Abra Berman (Costume Designer) has been designing costumes for over twenty five years. Collaborations include San Francisco Playhouse, Berkeley Playhouse, West Bay Opera, Marin Shakespeare Company, Company C Contemporary Ballet, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Berkeley Opera, Brava Theatre, Pocket Opera, Lamplighters Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Alameda Civic Light Opera, Palo Alto Players, The De Young Museum, The Museum of Performance and Design, Hillbarn Theatre, Arclight Theatre, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Ballet Califia, Cinnabar Theatre, and Sonoma County Repertory Theatre, among others. Abra has an MFA from UCLA in theatrical costume design.
Susi Damilano (Director) is the co-founder and Producing Director of the San Francisco Playhouse. She is a five-time recipient of the SF Bay Area Theatre Critic Circle award for Best Female Performance in Abigails Party, Harper Regan, Bug, Six Degrees of Separation, and Reckless. Last fall she made her off-Broadway debut in the Playhouse transfer of Bauer. Other plays she has held leading roles at the Playhouse include Coraline, Slasher, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, First Person Shooter, Jesus Hopped the A Train, Kimberly Akimbo and The Smell of the Kill. Directing credits include A Behanding in Spokane, Den of Thieves, Into the Woods, Wirehead ,west coast premieres of Honey Brown Eyes, Dead Mans Cell Phone, Coronado, The Mystery Plays, Roulette and world premieres of Rhett Rossi’s From Red to Black and Daniel Heath’s Seven Days.
Bill English (Set Design) has spent his life producing works of art. Bill is an accomplished singer, pianist and composer. He has acted in films, television and professional theatre and is a member of all the performing unions. Bill’s work has been recognized with numerous awards for acting, directing, sound and set design. Under Bill’s leadership The San Francisco Playhouse, has earned multiple nominations and awards making it the fastest growing and most awarded theatre company in San Francisco.
Lauren English* (Casting Director) is a founding company member at San Francisco Playhouse where she casts all the main stage and Sandbox productions. Favorite San Francisco Playhouse roles onstage include: Kate in Seminar, The Pilot in Grounded, Steph in reasons to be pretty, Becky in Becky Shaw, Sally in Cabaret, Emily in Our Town and Lisa in The Glory of Living. New York Theater: TACT’s Off Broadway Production of The Cocktail Party, Hamlet at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and The Idealist at The New York Times Theatre. She has also worked at the Public Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Lark Theatre and Playwrights Realm among others. Locally she has worked for Word for Word, Marin Theatre Company, Marin Shakespeare Company, PlayGround and Magic Theatre among others. She is a two-time BATCC award winner and three-time Dean Goodman award recipient. Training: Foothill Theatre Conservatory, MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program. This spring she will be over at The Aurora Theatre playing Sally in Talley’s Folly.
Tatjana Genser* (Production/Stage Manager) is classically trained in philology and an autodidact in everything that’s practical theatre. She’s proud to be an AEA stage manager, production manager, props mistress and costume designer. She’s also a mean monkey on a ladder and a wizard of tape. Thanks to you for supporting independent theatre and to B. for the late night dinners and love.
Mark Hueske (Lighting Design) ’s work has been seen all over the United States. Starting his career doing lighting for theme park productions, Mark went on to earn his B.F.A in lighting design from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. Mark designs for theatre, concerts, dance, and circus. Some of his more notable designs include: Barry Manilow at the Las Vegas Hilton; Teatro ZinZanni; State of Grace (a collaboration with visual artist Anne Patterson at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco); Letter from Birmingham Jail with Anna Deavere Smith; 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; A Little Princess; All Shook Up; The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Best of Playground San Francisco Festival; Cabaret; Dog Sees God; Funny Girl; Guy and Dolls; Gypsy; Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Legally Blonde; Little Shop of Horrors; ODC Summer Sampler 2013; Seminar; Show Boat; Singin’ in the Rain; The Sound of Music; West Side Story; The Wiz. www.mhproductions.org
Maggie Koch* (Production Manager) A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Maggie graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Technical Theatre. In 2005 she began as an intern with San Francisco Playhouse and has been with the company ever since— now taking on the role as a Resident Stage Manager. Some of her favorite productions include: Art, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, Coronado, Cabaret, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Den of Thieves, Slasher, Wirehead, Tigers Be Still, Period of Adjustment, The Aliens & A Behanding In Spokane, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and reasons to be pretty. She would like to thank: her fiance, Ed—for always making her laugh, her family—for believing, the SFPH company—for being her second family and her friends—for providing constant support. Go Steelers!
Steve Schoenbeck (Sound Design) happily returns to San Francisco Playhouse where he previously designed sound for Becky Shaw, Wirehead, The Sunset Limited, Animals Out of Paper, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Shining City. His work has also been heard at San Jose Repertory Theatre, TheatreWorks, ACT, Marin Theatre Company, Culture Clash, and The Assembly Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival among others. He’s also designed sound for short films, animation and mixed numerous musicals. Currently, he’s the Resident Sound Designer at San Jose Rep.
Jacquelyn Scott (Props Artisan) works as production designer and propsmaster for theaters and film companies throughout the Bay Area. Previous credits include Into The Woods, Bauer, Jerusalem, Abigails Party, A Behanding in Spokane, Reborning (San Francisco Playhouse), Bad Jews, Buried Child, The Happy Ones, Annapurna, The Lilys Revenge, The Brothers Size, Oedipus El Rey, Goldfish, Octopus (Magic Theatre), Assassins, Gods Plot (Shotgun Players), Companion Piece (Z Space), American Hwangap (The Play Company, New York) and all around art department for Lucky Dragon Productions, Terri Timely, Park Pictures and Heist.
Sarah Selig (Production Assistant) is a graduate of SFSU with her BA in Theater. Sarah’s playhouse credits include: Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Coraline, Wirehead, Period of Adjustment, The Aliens, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Motherfucker with the Hat, Camelot, and Jerusalem. Other stage management credits include: Io Sperro Che Balli at Teatro Della Pergola in Florence, Italy; The 9th Annual Bay One Acts Festival for Three Wise Monkeys; Annie with Broadway by the Bay; and the world premieres of Forever Never Comes for Crowded Fire Theater and The Nature Line with Sleepwalkers Theatre. Lots of love to the cast of this awesome show and my wonderful playhouse family!
Zach Sigman (Technical Theatre Manager) is thrilled to be working his first season at San Francisco Playhouse. He has been working in theatre in the San Francisco Bay Area for the last 20 years for companies like San Jose Repertory Theatre, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, Theatreworks, Opera San Jose and Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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