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Alan Ayckbourn

JUNE 4 - 28, 2015

Blending humor and pathos, Ayckbourn's triumphant play paints the portrait of a housewife who is knocked unconscious by stepping on a garden rake and subsequently experiences hilarious hallucinations in which her oppressive and boring everyday life is replaced by a fantasy in which she is an ideal wife and mother with an ideal family. One of Ayckbourn's most notable plays, at turns sad and funny, satiric and moving.

"Tremendous" The Guardian

"Poignant and Profound" –The Huffington Post

This production is funded, in part, by grants from Community Foundation Santa Cruz County; and Arts Council Santa Cruz County.


Dramaturgy Information. Click Here to see the dramaturge's notes on Alan Ayckbourn.

Translation. Click Here to see translations of the seemingly incomprehensible lines spoken by certain characters in the play.

Glossary Of Terms. 

  • Click Here to see a glossary of words and terms used in Act One of the play.
  • Click Here to see a glossary of words and terms used in Act Two of the play.


Julie James (Director) is the founder and Artistic Director of Jewel Theatre Company where she has directed several productions including Pump Boys & Dinettes, Blithe Spirit (co-directed with Diana Torres Koss), Company, Raised in Captivity, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, I Do! I Do! and Love Match, among others. Julie has also taught theatre and directed community and college productions in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties.  As an actor, Julie has appeared in Jewel Theatre's productions of 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 theatres in the Bay Area and beyond, 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.



Jimmy Allan (Tony) is very thankful to be appearing with Jewel Theatre for the first time. After performing in such productions as Christmas Shorts and Smell of the Kill at City Lights Theater in San Jose, and most recently The Unexpected Guest at Broadway West in Fremont, he is thoroughly enjoying the chance to be in Santa Cruz in the summer in the company of such wonderful folks. None of whom are imaginary.


David Arrow* (Andy) This is David's second time working at Jewel Theatre having appeared as The Playwright in Enter the Guardsmen earlier this season. Other local productions include Romeo and Juliet and Burn This at Shakespeare Santa Cruz a few seasons ago. David has worked in regional theatres all across the country. Bay Area appearances include work at A.C.T., the Magic, Aurora, and San Jose Stage. His work in New York includes productions at, among others, Circle in the Square, HERE, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the McGinn/Cazale, and at the Cherry Lane. David has appeared in the films Joseph's Gift, Igby Goes Down, Hostage, Rules of Love, Moon Creek Cemetery and the starring role in The Dot Man. Television credits include Jon Benjamin has a Van, Days of Our Lives, Growing Pains, Passions and the HBO series, 12 Miles of Bad Road. David trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He lives in NY.

Shaun Carroll* (Bill & Properties Master) was last seen at Jewel Theatre as multiple roles in Saint Joan, as Charles Condomine in Blithe Spirit, and as Greg in Sylvia. He has appeared around the greater Bay Area, most recently as MacDuff in Macbeth for Capital Stage, Howie in Rabbit Hole for Benicia Old Town Theatre Group, Jake in Evil Dead; The Musical, and Amos in Chicago for Willows Theatre Company. Shaun also does freelance prop work for many companies including California Shakespeare Festival and Rooster Productions.


Danielle Crook (Lucy) is thrilled to be back at Jewel Theatre after last fall's production of Enter the Guardsman. Recent appearances include Rose/Estelle in Cabrillo Stage's Escaping Queens, The Governess in The Turn of the Screw with SEETheatre and the 2013 and 2015 Eight Tens at Eight Festival. Favorite roles include Maria in The Sound of Music, Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest, Marian in The Music Man, Sarah in Guys and Dolls, and Aeneas (pants role, with beard!) in the bay area premier of the baroque opera La Didone. Danielle studied music at UCLA (BA) and SJSU (MA). She performs as a soprano soloist in addition to commercial acting, teaching voice, and choral conducting.


Diahanna Davidson (Susan) is thrilled to be performing in her fourth show with The Jewel Theatre where she has had the privilege of taking on some of her favorite roles including Elvira in Blithe Spirit, Kate in Sylvia and Sarah in Company. Other favorite roles include Barbara Fordham (August: Osage County), Debra (Smell of the Kill), Amanda (Private Lives), Officer Lockstock (Urinetown: The Musical), Mrs. Hale (The White House Murder Case), and Mother (The Pillowman), Sister Robert Ann (Nunsense!), The Wicked Witch of the West (The Wizard of Oz), Donna (The Dreamer Examines His Pillow), Shitty Meg/ Capt. Campbell (Our Country's Good). Diahanna is also a voice-over artist and recently voiced an animated pilot in L.A. She has also appeared in commercials for Dignity Healthcare and the new Salesforce Tower in San Francisco. When not acting, Diahanna continues to write, sing and rock out on the drums alongside her husband, Tom, in their rock band, Bad with People ( Diahanna has a BFA from Millikin University and is represented by Boom! Talent Agency. (

Chad Davies (Gerald) This is Chad's fifth appearance with Jewel Theatre. His prior work with the company includes Of Mice and Men, Mary Stuart, Geography of a Horse Dreamer, and Harper Regan. His work with other local production companies includes Friends of Gus (Blood Relations, Arcadia), Pisces Moon (Never the Sinner, The Exonerated, The Laramie Project), and Walking Light Productions (The Ibsen Follies). More recently, Chad portrayed Willy Loman in Cabrillo College's well-received production of Death of a Salesman and has also appeared in a number of short-subject film projects for local filmmakers, several of which have screened at the Santa Cruz Film Festival.


Nat Robinson (Rick) has been acting in Santa Cruz County for seven years. This is his third show with Jewel Theatre having previously performed in Harper Regan earlier this season and House of Blue Leaves in 2011. He has appeared in many productions with Mountain Community Theater in Ben Lomond, including Moon Over Buffalo, An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein and The Beaux' Stratagem. Most recently, Nat appeared as Happy Loman in Cabrillo College's Death of a Salesman and the 2015 Actors' Theater production of Eight Tens at 8. Last year, Nat began his writing career with the well-received art museum heist caper, The Theft of the Vol Du Messager. Off the stage, Nat manages the information systems for an environmental consulting firm here in Santa Cruz. Special thanks go out to his mother and father back in Boston.

Diana Torres Koss* (Muriel) was most recently seen onstage by Jewel Theatre audiences as The Dresser in Enter the Guardsman, Rhetta in Pump Boys and Dinettes and Queen Elizabeth in Mary Stuart. Her previous onstage work for Jewel includes Blithe Spirit (Madame Arcati), House of Blue Leaves (Bunny), Company (Joanne), Starting Here, Starting Now (Woman 2) and Peggy, The Musical (staged reading.) She created some 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 comedy hit Sylvia, accompanied the duet musical I Do! I Do! and was music director for Gunmetal Blues. 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). Diana is a teaching artist for the non-profit Starting Arts, and is a director, music director, piano teacher, and vocal and acting coach for performers in the Bay Area. She is a proud member of Actors Equity since 1993.

*Member, Actors' Equity Association.