Live theatre thrives in Santa Cruz

by Richard Greenberg

February 27 – March 16, 2014

From the Tony award winning writer of The Assembled Parties (currently on Broadway), this Pulitzer nominated drama tells the intimate story of two adult siblings and their childhood friend who reunite to settle their fathers' estate. The two fathers were long-time friends and architect partners whose legacy is the 1960s brilliantly daring Janeway House. In this tense and brittle reunion, much more is at stake than who gets the house. The elegant, architectural simplicity of Greenberg's play belies its complicated questions about relationships and the weight of the past.

Information about the concepts and themes explored by the author Richard Greenberg and the director of Jewel's production, Bill Peters

Title Inspiration. Click Here to see the poem from which Greenberg took the name of the play.

Glossary Of Terms. Click Here to see a glossary of words and terms used in the play.


This production is funded, in part, by grants from Community Foundation Santa Cruz County; Arts Council Santa Cruz County; and Monterey Peninsula Foundation, host of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.


Bill Peters As producer and director on the same project, Bill has presented a number of pieces in Santa Cruz: Shakespeare's 12th Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and two of his own adaptations – Hunting for Moby Dick (Herman Melville), and Hard Times (Charles Dickens). His extensive directing credits include projects at the Manhattan Theatre Club, The Denver Center, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Jewel Theatre, and the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. Among his more recent directing projects: Engaged, Arcadia, The Karamazovs (Bill's adaptation of the novel by Dostoevsky), Julius Caesar, The Tempest, Troilus and Cressida, Romeo and Juliet, Right You Are if You Think So, A Flea in Her Ear (Bill's translation of the play by Georges Feydeau), Cherry Orchard, and Nine by Chekhov (Bill's adaptation of Chekhov short stories.) He has toured his productions to Fringe Theatre Festivals in New York, Adelaide, Australia, and Winnipeg, Canada. He is a professor at San Francisco State University where he teaches playwriting, acting, directing, and Shakespeare performance. He has directed six plays in 8 Tens @ Eight. Recently, he directed Of Mice and Men for Jewel Theatre Company. His all-woman production of Hamlet sponsored by Jewel, was performed at Center Street Theatre last April.


Stephen Muterspaugh (Walker/Ned) is excited to make his Jewel Theatre debut with this production. Bay Area credits include work with Second Wind Productions, Livermore Shakespeare, California Conservatory Theatre, Marin Shakespeare Company, and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. Regionally, he has performed with such companies as Utah Shakespeare Festival, Southwest Shakespeare Company, Creede Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Powerhouse Theatre, and PCPA Theaterfest. He is also a Resident Artist and Education Programs Manager with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, teaching several programs and directing the past two Shakespeare on Tour productions. He is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and a proud member of Actor's Equity.

Aaron Walker (Pip/Theo) Originally from Australia, Aaron has been in the United States for nearly 15 years. A graduate of U.C. Santa Cruz and the University of San Francisco, he has been working in contemporary theatre locally since 2005 with performances in productions such as The Exonerated, Dead Man Walking, Shakespeare Santa Cruz's 2009 Season, City Light's Hamlet and most recently with Jewel Theatre in Of Mice and Men and Geography of a Horse Dreamer. Aaron is grateful to once again be under the direction of Bill Peters and excited to be part of another great Jewel production. He gives eternal gratitude to his wife and daughters for their deep well of patience and support.

Julie James (Nan/Lina) is the founder and Artistic Director of Jewel Theatre Company where she has acted in several shows including Pump Boys and Dinettes, Arcadia, One for the Road, Mary Stuart, Hello and Goodbye, The House of Blue Leaves, Sylvia, Women on Fire, and Raised in Captivity. She has also performed with several other theatres, including Marin Theatre Company, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, California Conservatory Theatre, Center Repertory Theatre, The Willows Theatre, and VITA Shakespeare Festival. Julie holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Santa Clara University.


*Member, Actors' Equity Association.