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Jewell Theater Performing Arts Santa Cruz
In collaboration with Shakespeare Santa Cruz

Two One-Acts

By Harold Pinter

April 25 - May 19, 2013

ONE FOR THE ROAD. The doomed members of a family kidnapped by the authorities in an unknown country are subjected to an unctuous interrogator as they struggle to retain their last bit of dignity. This powerful drama is a mesmerizing, terrifying, and brilliantly organized piece of theatre that will resonate long after the play is over.

THE LOVER. The social convention of marriage clashes with primeval sensuality as a husband and wife undergo an internal struggle for identity and an external struggle for power. Sexy, unsettling and funny, this play sheds creative new light on the world of the paramour.

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



Shakespeare Santa Cruz Artistic Director Marco Barricelli

Marco Barricelli (Director of ONE FOR THE ROAD) is the artistic director of Shakespeare Santa Cruz. He spent eight seasons as a leading actor with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and was an Associate Artist at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco from 1997 to 2005, acting on the Geary stage, as well as directing and teaching in the Master of Fine Arts program. In addition, he has acted on Broadway, and at theatres across the country. Television appearances include “L.A. Law” and “Book of Daniel.” Directing credits include Hamlet at Utah Shakespeare festival, Glengarry Glen Ross at Denver Center Theatre, Miracle Worker at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Twelfth Night at SSC, among many others. He is a Fox Fellow and the recipient of a Cherashore and L.J. Skaggs grant. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School and received an honorary M.F.A. from American Conservatory Theatre in 2011.


Jewel Theatre Artistic Director Julie James

Julie James (Director of THE LOVER) is the founder and artistic director of Jewel Theatre Company where she has directed several shows, including Sondheim’s Company, Nicky Silver’s Raised in Captivity, and Lanford Wilson’s The Great Nebula in Orion and A Betrothal, and acted in Mary Stuart, Hello and Goodbye, The House of Blue Leaves, Sylvia, Clouds, and Women on Fire. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Santa Clara University and is getting her Masters in Drama at San Francisco State University.




Julie James* (Gila in ONE FOR THE ROAD) has acted in numerous Jewel Theatre productions including Mary Stuart, Hello and Goodbye, The House of Blue Leaves, Sylvia, Clouds, and Women on Fire. Before starting Jewel Theatre, she performed with numerous companies, 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.

Mike Ryan* (Richard in THE LOVER, Victor in ONE FOR THE ROAD) is honored to be making his fourth appearance for Jewel Theatre Company and his thirty-fifth for Shakespeare Santa Cruz. At JTC: Doubt, Of Mice and Men, Hello & Goodbye. Recently at SSC: Much Ado About Nothing, The Playboy of the Western World, Bach at Leipzig, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Wind in the Willows, Shipwrecked!, Othello, Love’s Labours Lost, The Comedy of Errors, A Year with Frog & Toad. Beyond Santa Cruz: Bill W & Dr. Bob, Legacy of Light (San Jose Rep); Anatol (Aurora); The Three Musketeers (Denver Center); Fallen Angels (Pasadena 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. Mr. Ryan received his BFA from Southern Methodist University and his MFA from the University of California at San Diego. He is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.

Paul Whitworth* (Nicholas in ONE FOR THE ROAD) started acting professionally at the Royal Shakespeare Company (1976-1982). In 1984, he began a long association with Shakespeare Santa Cruz, playing many leading roles including Richard III, Iago and Salieri. Other acting credits include Pygmalion (Henry Higgins) at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (George) and Copenhagen (Bohr) at Syracuse Stage, Night and Day (George) at American Conservatory Theatre, Blue/Orange (Robert Smith) at Aurora Theatre, Shining City (John) at San Francisco Playhouse, Krapp’s Last Tape (Krapp) at Jewel Theatre, The Life of Galileo (Galileo) at Asolo Repertory Theatre and The Pitmen Painters (Robert Lyon) at TheatreWorks. In 2010, he played Forrest in the world première of Hurricane by Nilo Cruz at the Ringling International Arts Festival. Whitworth’s directing credits include the world première of The Rape of Tamar at Lyric Hammersmith, London; Family Butchers and Triptych at Magic Theatre, San Francisco. Educated at St Andrews and Oxford Universities, Whitworth was Artistic Director of Shakespeare Santa Cruz (1996-2007) where he directed Arms and the Man, Engaged and all of SSC’s popular ‘pantos’.

Cristina Anselmo* (Sarah in THE LOVER) has worked at several Bay Area stages including Stanford Summer Theatre (Pinter’s Old Times), Capital Stage, SF Playhouse, the Willows, and TheatreWorks. Los Angeles theatre credits include A Noise Within and Grove Theatre Center. She trained at the Antaeus Academy, National Theatre Conservatory, and LAMDA. She teaches acting at the Young Conservatory at ACT, and is represented by Stars in San Francisco.


Diego Hammana (Nicky in ONE FOR THE ROAD) is a bright young man who is a native of Santa Cruz. He is an honor student at Mar Vista Elementary School where he recently played a key role in Mar Live, a musical. One for the Road is his first production with Jewel Theatre and his official professional theatrical debut. Outside of theatre he enjoys music and playing the piano. He also enjoys cooking and spending time with his Mom, Dad and his younger sister Sofia. He plays baseball and basketball and loves to travel. Some of his favorite destinations are Mexico, Lebanon, Cambodia, Israel, Brazil and Dubai where he has loved learning about other people and their cultures.

Andrew Davids (John in THE LOVER) Santa Cruzers might recognize Andrew from one of his many weekly appearances… at local farmer’s markets selling organic vegetables for Windmill Farm. But nobody gets to that level of performance without extensive training and professional experience. Andrew is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has performed in many off Broadway productions in NYC. He was an original cast member of the play Dancers which premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. In Los Angeles, he joined the avant guarde theater troupe Elephant Off Main (now Elephant Stageworks) where he performed in many acclaimed productions: The Insanity of Mary Girard, Gecko Chestnut Super Genius, War Prayer and Apples to name a few. Last year he made his Santa Cruz stage debut in the Jewel Theatre’s acclaimed production of Mary Stuart.


Ron Gasparinetti (Set Design) hails originally from Newark, NJ, and has been a resident of the Bay Area for the past 15 years. Currently, he is the production manager, technical director and resident scenic designer at City Lights Theater Company in San Jose. He has been a part of nearly 500 productions in his 32-year long devotion to theatre but is happiest when designing scenery. He has designed the last four Jewel Theatre Company shows and looks forward to doing many more. A few of his favorite creations are The Humble Boy at Dragon Theatre Company, Proof at City Lights Theater Company, The Clean House at Busbarn Stage Company, Metamorphosis at Pear Avenue Theatre Company and Mary Stuart right here at the Jewel. Ron’s work has also been seen at Los Altos Youth Theatre, Shady Shakespeare Theatre Company, 42nd St Moon, and New Conservatory. To check out more of his work visit his website at:

B. Modern (Costume Design) is pleased to make her debut at Jewel Theatre in collaboration with friends and colleagues from Shakespeare Santa Cruz on One for the Road and The Lover. She is an Associate Artist at SSC, where she has designed over 40 productions and Geva Theatre Center, Rochester, New York. Regional theater credits include productions for Denver Center Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Globe Theatres (San Diego), American Players Theatre (Wisconsin); Asolo Theatre Company (Florida), TheatreWorks, San Jose Repertory Theatre, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Magic Theatre, Indiana Rep, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and Seattle Repertory Theatre. Opera credits include productions at Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Opera San Jose. She has served as a guest lecturer at UCSC, and San Francisco State University. B. has also received numerous awards for her costume designs, including four DramaLogue Awards, three Dean Goodman Choice Awards and a Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Award. B. shares a home and studio in Santa Cruz with three cantankerous cats.

Mark Hopkins (Lighting Design) This is Mark’s 17th production design for Jewel Theatre. He designed the sets for The House of Blue Leaves and Clouds, and has designed the lights for JTC’s recent productions of Geography of a Horse Dreamer, Gunmetal Blues, Mary Stuart, and Blithe Spirit.Other credits include Cabrillo Stage where he designed the set for Escaping Queens and designed the lighting for I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and Forever Plaid; Peninsula Youth Theatre’s Sound of Music; and Romance by David Mamet at the Santa Cruz Actors’ Theatre. He recently retired as the Performing Arts Complex Coordinator at Cabrillo College.

Norman Kern (Sound Design ) is an award winning sound designer/composer for theatre and film. He was trained as a sound engineer by the late Dr. Richie Moore (Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, etc.) and has worked with well-known artists such as Eddie Money, Bill Graham Presents, and so on. With over thirty years of experiences in the entertainment industry, his theatre credits include many World and Regional Premieres, and his feature films are currently all in distributions. Artists he has worked with include many on and off Broadway directors and playwrights such as Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel, Oscar nominated directors Mark Rydell and Elaine May, and Tony Award winning Steven Sater/Duncan Sheik. Norman is very excited about working in Santa Cruz again.

*Member, Actors’ Equity Association.

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