Live theatre thrives in Santa Cruz

by Kate Hawley

March 14 - April 8, 2018
Directed by Paul Whitworth

Ian is returning from a book tour to visit his elderly father John, a renowned Dickens scholar, and most recently, a grief stricken widower. Ian is alarmed to find John confused and disoriented. He has forgotten Ian was coming, and in fact, seems anxious to get rid of him, not withstanding Ian's 3 hour drive from Manhattan. Has John been having little strokes? Has he deteriorated in the six weeks Ian has been gone? And yet, the house seems strangely tidy. And John is wearing a new tie. This serious comedy by Kate Hawley (COMPLICATIONS FROM A FALL) is an exploration of love and renewal.

Other Kate Hawley work:
"Intelligent and buoyant"– San Francisco Chronicle

This production is funded, in part, by grants from the following organizations:



Paul WhitworthPaul Whitworth Director) began his professional directing career at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. He directed his own translation of Tirso de Molina's The Rape of Tamar at the Hammersmith Lyric Theatre in London. Locally, his directing includes Family Butchers and Triptych (Magic Theatre, San Francisco); The Rape of Tamar, Arms and the Man, Engaged and the premières of Cinderella, Gretel and Hansel, The Princess and the Pea and Sleeping Beauty at Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Whitworth's professional acting career began at the Royal Shakespeare Company (1976-1982). In 1984, he joined Shakespeare Santa Cruz, where he produced, directed or acted in 56 productions, serving as Artistic Director from 1996 to 2007. Recent Bay Area credits include leading roles in Tribes (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Shining City (San Francisco Playhouse), Krapp's Last Tape and One for the Road (Jewel Theatre) and Temple (Aurora Theatre, Berkeley).


Martha BrighamMartha Brigham* (Deirdre) is thrilled to be working with Jewel Theatre Company for the first time! Her stage credits include Leni (Aurora Theatre Company), Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly (Marin Theatre Company, TBA Award Winner), The Birds (Symmetry Theatre), Value Over Replacement (Playground-SF), The How and The Why (Aurora Theatre Company), Stupid Fucking Bird (San Francisco Playhouse), 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), Othello (The Nauset Players). Film and television include Children of Sorrow, The Man in the Red Suit, The Empire Builders, and First Day. Martha graduated from 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. Her next project will be Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel with Shotgun Players.


Nancy CarlinNancy Carlin* (Lucy) is delighted to return to Jewel Theatre Company where she played Kate Keller in All My Sons and Esther in The Price. A former company member of the American Conservatory Theater and longtime associate artist with California Shakespeare Theater, Carlin is an actor, director, writer, producer, dialect coach, and acting teacher. She has performed and directed extensively in regional theaters, including A.C.T., Berkeley Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Aurora Theater, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, San Jose Rep, A Traveling Jewish Theater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. She co-authored the musical, Max Understood, and co-produced the feature film, Haiku Tunnel. A theater arts lecturer with UC Santa Cruz and San Jose State, Carlin holds a BA in comparative literature from Brown University and an MFA in acting from A.C.T. Ms. Carlin is a member of SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and the Dramatists Guild. Her production of Keith Moon: The Real Me is currently playing at the Hudson Theater in Los Angeles.


J. Michael FlynnJ. Michael Flynn* (John) is extremely happy to be working with Jewel Theatre Company. During more than four decades in the theater, Mr. Flynn has worked with–among others–A Contemporary Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, the Aurora Theater, Baltimore CenterStage, Berkeley Rep, Boise Contemporary, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Center Rep, Cleveland Play House, Geva, The Goodman, The Huntington, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, The Long Wharf, The Magic, North Coast Rep, The Old Globe, Oregon Shakespearean Festival, P.C.P.A., Pittsburgh Public, Portland Center Stage, San Jose Rep, Seattle Rep, Syracuse Stage and The Sundance Institute. His Hollywood career can be found on the IMDb. And on another topic, Mr. Flynn is continually in wonder of and deeply grateful for Mrs. Flynn.


Mike RyanMike Ryan* (Ian) is honored to be making his seventh appearance with the Jewel Theatre Company. At JTC: What the Butler Saw, One for the Road, The Lover, Doubt, Of Mice and Men, Hello and Goodbye, Complications from a Fall. Santa Cruz audiences will know him primarily from his work with Santa Cruz Shakespeare where he is the current Artistic Director. At SCS: The 39 Steps, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merry Wives of Windsor, As You Like It. Beyond Santa Cruz: The Hard Problem, Indian Ink, Napoli! (American Conservatory Theater); Game On, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Legacy of Light (San Jose Repertory Theatre); Temple, Anatol (Aurora); The Three Musketeers (Denver Center); Fallen Angels (Pasadena Playhouse/Laguna Playhouse); Boy, The Green Bird (La Jolla Playhouse); The Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Christmas Carol (Geva Theatre); and various productions at Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, The Shakespeare Festival of Dallas and The Idaho Shakespeare Festival. He received his BFA from Southern Methodist University and his MFA from the University of California at San Diego.

*Member, Actors' Equity Association.