Director: James P. Darvas
Producer: M.G. Perez
Stage Manager: Kelsie R. Morris
Scenic: Duane McGregor
Costumes: Jenna Hassan
Lighting: Lindsay Stevens
Sound/Projection: MaeAnn Ross
John Wells III
Time & Place
We are currently living in a surreal environment and this play is extremely far from reality. Plus, we need to laugh at the absurdity of it all.
SURE THING. Two people meet in a cafe and find their way through a conversational minefield as an offstage bell interrupts their false starts, gaffes, and faux pas on the way to falling in love.
WORDS, WORDS, WORDS recalls the philosophical adage that three monkeys typing into infinity will sooner or later produce Hamlet and asks: What would monkeys talk about at their typewriters?
THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE brings together Dawn, a young woman with a stutter, and Don, the creator and teacher of Unamunda, a wild comic language. Their lesson sends them off into a dazzling display of hysterical verbal pyrotechnics—and, of course, true love.
PHILIP GLASS BUYS A LOAF OF BREAD is a parodic musical vignette in trademark Glassian style, with the celebrated composer having a moment of existential crisis in a bakery.
THE PHILADELPHIA presents a young man in a restaurant who has fallen into “a Philadelphia,” a Twilight Zone-like state in which he cannot get anything he asks for.
VARIATIONS ON THE DEATH OF TROTSKY shows us the Russian revolutionary on the day of his demise, desperately trying to cope with the mountain-climber’s axe he’s discovered in his head.
Greg Newman Ashley Gardner
Nick Greer Natalie Massey
Jason Kovacs Richard Sanchez
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All In the Timing
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President - Lynne Batchelor
Vice President - Ashley Gardner
Interim Secretary - Holly Stephenson
Interim Treasurer/Director of Education - Sandra Ruiz
Members at Large
Artistic Director - James P. Darvas
Managing Director - Kelsie R. Morris
Technical Director - MaeAnn Ross
Publicity Partner - M.G. Perez
Creative Team Bios
James P. Darvas
Kelsie R. Morris
Since moving to California in 2017 she has been stage managing non-stop: Women in Jeopardy & God of Carnage – Lamplighters Theatre, American Idiot - Southwestern Community College, Melancholy Play – InnerMission Productions, A Permanent Image – Point Loma Playhouse, A Piece of My Heart, All My Sons, Venus In Fur, & A Bright New Boise – OnStage Playhouse. She hales from Texas/Oklahoma where she worked with Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park for several seasons, Oklahoma City Theatre Company, and on-call assistance for Oklahoma Repertory Company. She’s also worked across the seas with Carnival Cruise Lines and with Rob Lake Magic. She thanks her wonderful family for all their never-ending support, and her amazing friends who have become family here in San Diego. “Adventure Is Out There!” - Up
M.G. is the Founder of San Diego Theatre Connection, a grassroots organization that promotes quality entertainment and raises awareness, donations, and volunteerism for non-profits. He grew up performing in musical theater and has an extensive acting resume with credits that include Spamalot, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, The Laramie Project, Much Ado About Nothing, and Night and Day A World Premiere at the San Diego International Fringe Festival. Through SDTC, M.G. is proud to be producing this innovative OnStage Playhouse comedy as the Covid-19 pandemic proceeds. Earlier in his career, he produced and reported on-air for broadcast news stations including KFMB-TV San Diego, KGO-TV San Francisco, and WNBC-TV New York. "I'm now using my talents for good instead of evil," quips M.G. as he continues to lead efforts to promote local theater. Follow SDTC @sdtheatreconnection on Facebook and Instagram. #BePartoftheSolution
Jenna Hassan is an Eastern Michigan University graduate who studied fashion and costuming, with her main interest being in costume design and historical Palestinian costumes and embroidery. Some of her credits as a dresser and costume technician include ‘Raisin in the Sun’, ‘Murder on the Orient Express’, ‘James and the Giant Peach’, and more. Jenna received her first screen credit as a designer in the pilot of ‘Not for Profit’ by Iman Saleh and Ali Abbas. It is an immense pleasure to be working alongside the talented people of Onstage Playhouse!
Artist. Writer. Designer. Storyteller. Currently in her final year in UCSD’s Theater Design MFA, with an emphasis in Lighting Design. She holds BFAs in Writing, Theater, and Photography from Marlboro College. Regional Credits: You’ve Got Red on You, a Bloody Shaun of the Dead Musical (Bootless Stageworks, Delaware), Calafia at Liberty (WOW Festival in Liberty Station with Wetsuit Collective), Stella (Bootless Stageworks, Delaware), Ready, Steady, Yeti, Go (Azuka Theatre, Philadelphia), The Johnny Shortcake Show (The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia). UCSD Credits: An Object Screaming (Shank Theatre), Man in Love (Mandell Weiss Theatre), Shame Spiral (Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre). Website: lastevensdesign.com
MaeAnn Ross is a Texas transplant. She holds a MFA in Sound Design from UC San Diego and a BFA in Technical Production from Texas State University. She is the current Post MFA Fellow in Design at Pomona College and the current Technical Director at Onstage Playhouse. Professional design credits: The 39 Steps, and Wait Until Dark (Wimberley Playhouse); She Loves Me (St. Edward’s University); And Then There Were None (TEXArts); A Bright New Boise (OnStage Playhouse); The Virgin Trial (Cygnet Theatre); A Kind of Weather (Diversionary Theatre); gunTOPIA (The Roustabouts). UC San Diego design credits: Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again., 53% Of and S.E.R.E (WNPF 2018), Life is a Dream, An Iliad, Monster and Shame Spiral (WNPF 2019), Man in Love. TXST design credits: Fool For Love, Legally Blonde: The Musical, and 5 Women Wearing The Same Dress. Portfolio: maeannrossdesigns.myportfolio.com
Words & Philadelphia
Emily is so very happy to be returning to the stage this year. Her credits include Clybourne Park (Trinity Theatre), All My Sons and A Piece of My Heart (OSP), Peter and the Starcatcher (Lamplighters), and Next to Normal (The Empty Space), She thanks James and everyone at OSP for their hard work and dedication to make this show run possible, including the amazing crew and cast. She thanks her friends, extended family, her partner, and her Mom, Dad, and sister for their consistent love and undying support. Everyone stay safe out there!
Sure Thing & Trotsky
Aaron Lugo is happy to return to Onstage Playhouse. Favorite credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Two Gentlemen of Verona (The Old Globe Shakespeare Intensive); All My Sons (Onstage Playhouse); As Bees in Honey Drown (Onstage Playhouse). Aaron is also a part of the KNOW More program which brings awareness on the topic of human trafficking to young students through the drama-based programs based out of Point Loma Nazarene university.
Sure Thing, Trotsky, & Glass
Sandra Ruiz was last seen on stage at Moxie Theatre in Dance Nation. Some of her favorite credits include: Venus in Fur (Craig Noel Nomination; Onstage Playhouse); A Permanent Image (Pt. Loma Playhouse); The Madres, Enron, Expecting Isabel(Moxie Theatre); In the Time of the Butterflies, Beachtown, Corridos/ Remix, Earthquake Sun (San Diego Rep.); The Motherf**ker with the Hat (Cygnet); Lydia (Ion); Seven Spots on the Sun (InnerMission), Our Lady of the Tortilla, As Bees in Honey Drown (Onstage Playhouse), James & the Giant Peach (Coronado Playhouse), 4.48 Psychosis, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (UCSD). Born and raised in San Diego, Sandra received her BAs in Theatre & Human Development from UCSD.
Language & Philadelphia
A San Diego native, Markuz' favorite local credits include: Stage (Backyard Renaissance commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse); A Bright New Boise, Good People (Onstage Playhouse); Sweat, Corridos REmix (San Diego Rep); The Madres (Moxie Theatre); Under Construction (Sledgehammer Theatre commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse); Bedrooms & Boyfriends (Compulsion Dance & Theatre); Speech & Debate (Diversionary Theatre); Punks (Ion Theatre). Mr. Rodriguez studied the Meisner technique at James Franco's Studio 4 in North Hollywood. Co-writer/director/producer of 2017's smash hit The Cat Lady and Okurrr (featured one-act at the 2018 San Diego Fringe Festival).
Language & Glass
Holly Stephenson – a San Diego native, Holly’s favorite local credits include: A Bright New Boise, Coyote on a Fence, and Sugar Witch (OnStage Playhouse), ‘Night Mother (Lamplighters), Diary of Anne Frank (Moxie), The Sugar Bean Sisters, and Wrong Window! (PowPAC), and Boeing! Boeing! (Coronado Playhouse). She wishes to thank her friends and family for their continuous support; especially her mom. “Enjoy the show!”
Words, Philadelphia, & Glass
Devin is happy to be returning to the stage and especially proud to be back with OnStage Playhouse for this new spin on All In The Timing. Other San Diego credits include: A Bright New Boise (Alex), Monsters Of American Cinema (Pup), Peter and the Starcatcher (Peter/Boy), A Piece of My Heart (American Men), Women in Jeopardy (Trenner). He has won an Aubrey Award for Best Ensemble, and the SD Fringe awarded him Outstanding Actor along with the Cultural Exchange Award. He'd like to thank his mentors for their guidance and his loved ones for their endless support.
John Wells III
Words, Trotsky, & Glass
John W. Wells III is a San Diego based, author, actor, producer, and founding member of Loud Fridge Theatre Group. Notable credits include: Actually (Tom U.S., San Diego Repertory Theatre) Communicating Doors (Harold, Scripps Ranch Theatre), Monsters in the American Cinema (Remy, Scripps Ranch Theatre), Cardboard Piano (Pika, Diversionary Theatre), The Mystery of Love and Sex (Jonny, DiversionaryTheatre), Sister Act (T.j, Musical Theatre West), SLAM (The La Jolla Playhouse), STRAIGHT (Loud Fridge Theatre group), and is thrilled to join the OSP family.
John is overjoyed to announce the recent release of his debut novel THE LAST ANGEL WARRIOR, which is now available on Amazon.