Live theatre thrives in Santa Cruz


by Noel Coward
Directed by Art Manke

JAN 28 - FEB 21, 2016

Best friends now happily married to others, Julia and Jane both once counted the dashing Frenchman Maurice as their lover. Guess who's back in town and requesting the pleasure of the Ladies' company? Coward at his inimitable best; the story is a champagne cocktail of wit and charm.

"This is pure entertainment." –

"Frothy and fun confection…" –

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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Art Manke (Director) With nine productions of Noël Coward's plays on his resume – including the American premiere of Star Quality and a critically acclaimed revival of A Song at Twilight starring Academy Award nominee Bruce Davison – Art Manke has earned the moniker, "L.A.'s Coward specialist" from the Los Angeles Times. He most recently directed the highly successful Bay Area premiere of Amy Freed's The Monster-Builder at the Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley. Santa Cruz audiences may remember his Jewel Theatre Company productions of What the Butler Saw and Enter the Guardsman; as well as The Liar, The Three Musketeers, Bach at Leipzig and A Year With Frog and Toad for Santa Cruz Shakespeare. Mr. Manke is a co-founder and former artistic director (1991-2001) of A Noise Within, L.A.'s acclaimed classical theatre company. Other credits include work with South Coast Repertory, Pasadena Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, Laguna Playhouse, Magic Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, American Players Theatre, Connecticut Repertory Theatre and Artists Repertory Theatre, among others. He directs for television, holds an M.F.A. from the American Conservatory Theatre and is a five-time winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award. He is the co-author of a stage adaptation of D. H. Lawrence's Women in Love, and has just completed a new musical based on the life of the legendary Pearl Bailey, called Pearl's in the House.


J. Paul Boehmer (Maurice Duclos) has appeared on Broadway in Sir Peter Hall's An Ideal Husband and in the New York and Off Broadway premier of Miss Evers' Boys. Regionally he has played Hamlet at the Dallas Shakespeare Festival and as Barrymore in I Hate Hamlet at the Pioneer Theatre under the direction of Art Manke. He has appeared in two summer Shakespeare seasons and The Constant Wife at The Old Globe. Other theatres include Arena Stage, A.C.T., Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Walnut Street Theatre, Missouri Rep, Laguna Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse and many more. TV and Film include Skyline, The Thomas Crowne Affair, The Good German, Star Trek Voyager, Deep Space Nine and Enterprise, Frasier and AMC's The Lot and on The Young and the Restless. Paul is also a well known Audiobook Narrator with over 500 titles available.

Shaun Carroll (Willy Banbury/Properties Designer) is very grateful to be working fulltime with Jewel Theatre Company. He last appeared onstage with Jewel as Bill Windsor in Woman in Mind and helped mount Guys and Dolls in the exciting opening of the new Colligan Theatre! Previously, 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 the Willows Theatre Company. Shaun is also the prop master for Jewel Theatre.

Nike Doukas (Julia Banbury) is delighted to return to Santa Cruz, where she long ago appeared at Shakespeare Santa Cruz in Measure for Measure and Our Town. More recently, she participated in new play workshops at the Ojai Playwright's Festival and the Pacific Playwright's Festival. Her theater credits include: South Coast Repertory Theatre, PICT Classic Theatre (Pittsburgh), The Old Globe, The Mark Taper Forum, The Pasadena Playhouse, A.C.T. (Seattle), Shakespeare Festival LA, The Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The American Conservatory Theatre, and The Berkeley Shakespeare Festival. Her many television credits include "Modern Family" and a recurring role on "Desperate Housewives." She is a member of the Antaeus Company in Los Angeles, where she resides, and a recipient of the 2011 Lunt Fontanne Fellowship. She has an MFA from The American Conservatory Theatre.

Marcia Pizzo (Jane Sterroll) is delighted to return to the Jewel Theatre where she last performed in Enter the Guardsman. Her most recent appearance was as Masha in Center REP's production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Other Bay Area credits include Round and Round the Garden, Rock'n'Roll, and A Mother with Olympia Dukakis at A.C.T; The Country House and the West Coast premier of The Pitman Painters at TheatreWorks; Restoration Comedy, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, and The Tempest at California Shakespeare Theater; The Happy Ones at the Magic Theatre; Wilder Times and Eccentricities of a Nightingale at the Aurora Theatre Company; the World Premier of First Day of School at SF Playhouse; The Women at Marin Theatre Company; Mary Stuart at Pacific Repertory Theater; An Ideal Husband, Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, Macbeth, Cyrano de Bergerac, and The Servant of Two Master at Marin Shakespeare Company, and many musicals for the Mountain Play including The King And I, Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady, Anything Goes, and Annie. Marcia received her MFA from the American Conservatory Theater.

Diana Torres Koss (Saunders) was thrilled to open the Colligan Theatre as Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Jewel's production of Guys and Dolls, but is glad to be back in women's clothing for Fallen Angels. Previous Jewel roles include Muriel (Woman in Mind), The Dresser (Enter the Guardsman), Rhetta (Pump Boys and Dinettes), Queen Elizabeth (Mary Stuart), Madame Arcati (Blithe Spirit), Bunny (House of Blue 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, accompanied the duet musical I Do! I Do! and was music director for Gunmetal Blues. Other favorite 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 music and theatre 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. Member of Actors Equity since 1992.

Kit Wilder (Fred Sterroll) holds a degree from Santa Clara University, has studied with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and members of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has served as Associate Artistic Director over the hill at City Lights Theater Company of San José for the past ten years. His work as an actor, director, and fight director runs the gamut from Shakespeare and the classics to contemporary works and musical theatre, and has been seen at countless theatres throughout the Bay Area and beyond. He has performed and staged fights at Shakespeare Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Shakespeare for the past five years. Fallen Angels marks Kit's Jewel Theatre debut.

*Member, Actors' Equity Association.