A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Susan Myer Silton
Sept. 7 - Oct. 2, 2016
Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece is set in the steamy French Quarter of New Orleans during the restless years following World War II where Blanche DuBois, a fragile and neurotic woman, is on a desperate prowl for someplace in the world to call her own. After being exiled from her hometown of Laurel, Mississippi, Blanche arrives on her sister's doorstep and an electrifying battle of wills ignites between Southern belle Blanche and her working class brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski. Nerves fraying and beauty fading, Blanche is both repelled and intrigued by Stanley's primal brutishness—even as he threatens to reveal her darkest secrets and destroy her illusions.
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"a superb drama." -- NY Times
This production is funded, in part, by grants from the following organizations:
The Shubert Foundation
The David & Lucile Packard Foundation
Susan Myer Silton (Director). This is the six season opener Susan has directed for Jewel; others were Saint Joan (2014), Arcadia (2013), Mary Stuart (2012), House of Blue Leaves (2011), and Clouds (2010). She most recently directed Master Class in Jewel's 2015/16 season. Susan was dramaturge for Talley's Folly, The Price, Woman in Mind, Three Days of Rain, What the Butler Saw, and Arcadia, as well as the dramaturgy associate for Fallen Angels. A visual artist her entire life, she took her first theatre class in 1990 and hasn't looked back. She trained with the National Shakespeare Conservatory under a Merit Scholarship and acted with, among others, Pacific Repertory, Central Coast Theatre Works and Actors Theatre. In 1999, she co-founded Pisces Moon Productions, Inc., where she was Artistic Director for 12 years. A producer and director with more than 30 plays to her credit, Susan has served on the advisory committee for the Arts Council's Arts in Education program, is a Rydell Visual Arts Awardee, received the Gail Rich Award in 2009 and is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. She dedicates this production to her father, Raymond Evans Myer, who loved her work in the theatre and couldn't have been prouder had she pitched for the Phillies–unless maybe she started in the 2008 World Series.
Matt Bohn, aka 'The Bass Doctor' (Musician - upright and electric bass) Matt began playing in 1975 and has played professionally since the age of 16. Between his early 20's and 30's he played a veritable smorgasbord of styles including jazz, classical, world beat, blues, folk, blue grass and western swing with various bands locally and regionally. Matt's first involvement with theatre was in his first years of collage when he was asked to play in the pit for various local high school and collage productions. During the day you can find Matt in his upright bass shop, restoring and setting up basses for musicians from around the world. He continues to play for, and on occasion, act in, various local theatre productions as well as gigging around town and regionally.
Marcus Cato (Doctor) This is Marcus' fifth appearance with Jewel Theatre. Previously he appeared in Guys and Dolls, Harper Regan, Geography of a Horse Dreamer and Blithe Spirit. For the newly reformed Santa Cruz Shakespeare, he performed in As You Like It and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Marcus has also appeared in numerous productions with Shakespeare Santa Cruz over a 30 year period including Midsummer's Night's Dream, King Lear, Richard II, Macbeth, and Wind in the Willows. Marcus acted in over 15 productions with the now disbanded Bear Republic Theater in the 70's and 80's including an award-winning production of Signals that toured throughout California and performed at La Mama ETC in New York City. Other local credits include directing and acting for the 8 Tens @ 8 play festival. Mr. Cato worked for over 35 years as an Arts Administrator with Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Tandy Beal & Company and Bear Republic Theater.
Andrew Davids (Steve Hubbell) A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Andrew performed in many off-Broadway productions in New York City. After New York, he moved to Los Angeles and joined the avant-garde theater troupe Elephant Off Main. Local theater credits include Mountain Community Theater's The Last Noel and The Mystery Plays as well as several 8 Tens @ 8 festivals with The Actors' Theater. Andrew is happy to be returning to Jewel Theatre, having had fantastic experiences previously in Mary Stuart, The Lover, Arcadia, and Saint Joan.
Ben Dorfan (Musician - piano) is a native of Santa Cruz, CA. He studied music composition at Oberlin Conservatory and piano with Gene Lewis, Ivan Rosenblum and Frederic Lacroix. Ben has accompanied musical theater productions for Pacific Collegiate School, Georgiana Bruce Kirby, All About Theatre, Kids on Broadway, Mt. Madonna School and Harbor High School. He is thrilled to be returning to Jewel Theatre after musical directing Guys and Dolls last fall. In addition to teaching piano lessons, Ben is on staff at Pacific Collegiate School and St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
Julie James* (Blanche DuBois) is the founder and Artistic Director of Jewel Theatre Company where she has acted in several shows including Complications from a Fall, Harper Regan, What the Butler Saw, 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..
Hannah Mary J. Keller (Neighbor Woman/Flower Lady/Nurse) Hannah is currently a Drama Major at SF State, and is very excited to be on stage with Jewel for a second time, after a year abroad in London. Hannah's first show at Jewel was as Thomasina in Arcadia. Other credits include African Spaghetti, Arabian Nights, A Photograph: Lovers in Motion, Clean House, and Spell #7 all at SF State. Hannah has loved working with Jewel as always and can't wait to see what's coming next.
Luke Medina (Pablo Gonzales/Musician - horn) recently graduated with an MA in Theater Arts from UCSC. This is his first professional acting experience since graduating and he could not be more excited than to be a part of this production. Luke recently was a directing intern for the Jewel Theater Company on Master Class (also directed by Susan Myer Silton) and before that he directed Princess Ivona at UCSC as part of his MA thesis. Recent acting credits include: Quarantine Master in UCSC's production of A Dream Play by August Strindberg and Dog in an award winning production of Dead Dog's Bone: A Birthday Play by Veronica Tjioe for the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Thank you for bravely choosing to support live theater in Santa Cruz.
Kurt Meeker (Harold Mitchell - Mitch) Theatre: Guys and Dolls (Jewel Theatre), The Liar, Macbeth, (Santa Cruz Shakespeare); Once in a Lifetime, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Playboy of the Western World (Shakespeare Santa Cruz); The Tempest, Of Mice and Men PCPA Theatrefest; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Brigadoon (The Barn Theatre, Augusta, MI); Reckless, Lulu (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); O Pioneers! (Theatreworks); Uncle Tom's Cabin (SF Mime Troupe/Lorraine Hansberry Theatre); Chicago (Cabrillo Stage). Film: Opal, The Ugly Duckling, Six Against the Rock. Television: Rescue 911, Missing Reward, Starman. Kurt lives in Santa Cruz and teaches Theatre Arts at Prospect High School in Saratoga, CA.
Travis Rynders (Young Collector/Allen Grey) is excited and thankful to make his professional debut with Jewel Theatre as the Young Collector. Travis is a currently a theater arts student attending UCSC. There he has had the opportunity to work in productions including Peter Pan as Jon, Princess Ivona as Prince Philip, and as Malcolm in Marques: a narco Macbeth by Stephen Richter. He also performed as a Dancer in Gerald Casel's production Give. He hopes everyone enjoys watching the performance as much as he enjoyed working with the people who made it come to life.
Brent Schindele* (Stanley Kowalski) is pleased to return to Jewel Theatre, where he last appeared in Gunmetal Blues and Pump Boys and Dinettes. Brent just completed a yearlong run in the national touring production of The Sound of Music playing Herr Zeller and, most recently, Captain Von Trapp, directed by Jack O'Brien. Other national touring credits include Peter and Simon in Jesus Christ Superstar and Tony in West Side Story. Brent starred in the Off-Broadway hit The Musical of Musicals in New York and around the country, and appeared (barely!) in the film Thirteen Days with Kevin Costner. Some stage credits include Sky Masterson in Guys & Dolls, Curly McLain in Oklahoma! and David Lee in The Foreigner in San Diego; in San Francisco he played Max Mencken in 42nd St. Moon's recent revival of It's…Superman!; and in Santa Barbara he starred in Ensemble Theatre Company's Marry Me a Little and Striking 12. In his native Los Angeles he originated the role of Johnny Blue in South Street at Pasadena Playhouse, played Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps, Anthony Chapman in End of the Rainbow, Romeo in Romeo & Juliet directed by Tony Plana, Cosme in Souvenir at Garry Marshall's Falcon Theatre, Luc Delbert in No Strings opposite Scott Bakula, and Franklin Shepard in Merrily We Roll Along in Hollywood, where he met his beloved wife Erika, with whom he is thrilled finally to share the stage again. "Not A Day Goes By..." Soli Deo Gloria.
Erika Schindele* (Stella Kowalski) is thrilled to be making her debut at Jewel Theatre in this beautiful production opposite her incredible husband. At South Coast Repertory she originated the role of Helen in An Italian Straw Hat (World Premiere), is Belle in their annual production of A Christmas Carol and done numerous Theater for Young Audience productions; at The Laguna Playhouse she was Cecily Pigeon in The Odd Couple, Cheryl/Asst. Director to Gretchen Cryer in I'm Still Getting My Act Together… (West Coast Premiere), and Love Loss and What I Wore. Other favorite credits include: Lisa in Collected Stories at Coachella Valley Repertory (Desert Theater League nominee); KT (u/s Beth) in Merrily We Roll Along and Martha Jefferson in 1776 at the Actors Co-op; Minnie Fay in Hello Dolly at the Welk Resort; Belle in A Christmas Carol at Sierra Madre Playhouse and Glendale Center Theater; Out of this World with Musical Theatre Guild; Liesl in The Sound of Music with Limon/Carr Productions; Mae in Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party (Los Angeles Premiere); and Carousel, Mame and Camelot at Cabrillo Music Theatre. Television appearances include "Criminal Minds" and "American Dreams". For my husband, with whom I am so happy to share this journey: "Not A Day Goes By…"
Diana Torres Koss* (Eunice Hubbell/Music Director) was most recently seen on the Jewel stage as the Accompanist in Master Class, Saunders the maid in Fallen Angels, and Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls which was Jewel's first show in the brand new Colligan Theater. Previous roles for Jewel include Muriel (Woman in Mind), The Dresser (Enter the Guardsman), Rhetta Cupp (Pump Boys and Dinettes), Queen Elizabeth (Mary Stuart), Madame Arcati (Blithe Spirit), Bunny (House of Blues Leaves), Joanne (Company), Woman 2 (Starting Here, Starting Now), and Peggy's Mother (Peggy, The Musical - staged reading). She composed original music and designed sound with her husband, John Koss, for Jewel's Arcadia and Saint Joan, co-directed Blithe Spirit with Julie James, directed the huge comedy hit Sylvia (to be remounted this Spring!), accompanied the duet musical I Do! I Do!, and was music director for Gunmetal Blues. Other regional roles: Theatreworks - Prism (Being Earnest, Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd), Mary Todd Lincoln (A Civil War Christmas); Palo Alto Players - Margaret (Light in the Piazza); San Jose Stage Company - Pennywise (Urinetown), Betty (Great American Trailer Park Musical). A teaching artist for the non-profit Starting Arts, Diana is also a director, music director, piano teacher, and vocal and acting coach. Proud member of Actors Equity since 1992.
*Member, Actors' Equity Association.