Live theatre thrives in Santa Cruz

by Lanford Wilson
Directed by Mike Ryan

Presented by Jewel Theatre Company in collaboration with Santa Cruz Shakespeare.

May 5-29, 2016

The scene is an ornate, deserted Victorian boathouse in Lebanon, Missouri, circa 1944. Matt Friedman, a Jewish immigrant now living in St. Louis, has arrived to plead his love to Sally, the daughter of the prosperous Tally family. Bookish, erudite, totally honest and delightfully funny, Matt refuses to accept Sally's rebuffs and her fears that her family would never approve of their marriage. His attempts to overcome her defenses bring secrets to light that each of them have long held close.  The soul-baring cost of love is weighed closely in this Pulitzer Prize winning play as two wounded outcasts seek to find common ground and a chance at happiness.

"…funny, sweet, touching and marvelously written…" – NY Post

"Talley's Folly is a play to savor and cheer." – NY Times

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

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Photos ©2016 Steve DiBartolomeo-Westside Studio Images

Guys And Dolls
Guys And Dolls
Guys And Dolls
Guys And Dolls


Mike Ryan (Director) is honored to be directing his first show for the Jewel. Previous directing credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, and As You Like It for UCSC/Shakespeare Santa Cruz's acclaimed Shakespeare-To-Go program and Helen of Egypt and Waiting for Lefty for UCSC's Theatre Arts Department. Santa Cruz audiences will know him primarily from his work with Santa Cruz Shakespeare, where he is Artistic Director. He received his BFA from Southern Methodist University and his MFA from the University of California at San Diego.


Christopher Reber* (Matt) appeared in Jewel Theatre Company's Guys and Dolls (Nathan Detroit), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Jim), Arcadia (Chater), and Gunmetal Blues (Sam). New York credits include Betty & the Belrays (Joe) at Theater for a New City and The Time of Mendel's Trouble (Murray) at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row. He has been seen in TheatreWorks' Cyrano (Raganeau) and Peter and the Starcatcher (Alf). San Francisco Playhouse credits include Company (Harry, BATCC Nominee) and Jerusalem (Wesley); at San Jose Repertory Theatre A Christmas Carol 2.0 (Christmas Present), and at Oxford and Cambridge Till We Have Faces (Bardia). His film and TV appearances include "The Tiger Woods Story" and "18 Wheels of Justice". Mr. Reber earned his MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School and is a proud member of Actors Equity.

Monica West* (Sally) is delighted to make her Bay Area debut at the Jewel Theatre! Monica's Off-Broadway credits include The Glass Menagerie (Roundabout), Red Light Winter (Barrow Street Theatre), A Contemporary American's Guide to a Successful Marriage © 1959 (Cherry Lane), Germans in Paris (59E59). In Toronto, she starred as Baby in Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage (Royal Alexandra Theatre). Featured regional shows are Eastland and Moby Dick (Lookingglass Theatre Company), Life Sucks (Theater J), Lady With a Lap Dog (Guthrie), The Diary of Anne Frank (Westport Country Playhouse), and The 39 Steps (Geva). Film and television credits include playing Mave Adams in "Blood, Sand and Gold" (2016 release), "Chicago Fire" (NBC), "Law & Order" (NBC) and "Underemployed" (MTV). Monica is the creator of Best Thing You'll Ever Do, a mini-series about a late-blooming entrepreneur grappling with the BABY QUESTION. Filming begins July 2016 in the Bay Area. Follow her progress on Facebook and Kickstarter!

*Member, Actors' Equity Association.