Associate Artist Roundup: Scrooge, the Circus, and a Baby

It’s time for our annual shout-out to the theatrical antics our talented Associate Artist company is up to during the winter months.

Dan Hiatt as Jacob Marley

Scrooge (Richard Farrell) is visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley (Dan Hiatt) in San Jose Rep's A CHRISTMAS CAROL; photo by Kevin Berne.

L. Peter Callender is in the midst of directing Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which opens January 26 at his African-American Shakespeare Company. Then, in February, he will be headed to Virginia Stage Company to play Simon in The Whipping Man, directed by Marin Theatre Company’s Jasson Minadakis.

Ron Campbell is still playing the King of the Clowns in Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza; the show will be performed January and February at the Royal Albert Hall in London before heading to Madrid, Bilbao, Moscow, and Paris. Back here at home, he’ll be doing readings of Yorick’s Last Laugh, a one-man-show written for him by Mark Leiren-Young.

Nancy Carlin just directed Honk!, Shakespeare Santa Cruz’s holiday show. She’ll be teaching acting at UC Santa Cruz this winter, and will appear, alongside fellow Associate Artist Danny Scheie, in their groundbreaking production of Peer Gynt, as part of their Guest Artist program.

James Carpenter is, of course, in his seventh year as Scrooge in A.C.T.’S A Christmas Carol, directed by fellow Associate Artist Domenique Lozano and featuring its usual slew of Cal Shakes and Bay Area favorites; Carol runs through December 24. Carpenter will play Pozzo in Waiting for Godot at Marin Theatre Company, and then on to as-yet-to-be-determined roles in Berkeley Rep’s Pericles.

Dan Hiatt is currently playing Jacob Marley and others in San Jose Rep’s A Christmas Carol, adapted and directed by Rick Lombardo, running through December 23. In January he starts rehearsals for Old Wicked Songs at Center Rep in Walnut Creek, directed by Jessica Heidt; it opens in February. From there, Hiatt goes straight into rehearsals for Max Frisch’s The Arsonists at the Aurora, directed by Mark Jackson.

Taming of the Shrew at OSF

Nell Geisslinger as Kate in OSF's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, with costumes designed by Meg Neville.

Jennifer King will direct The Bandaged Place for Aurora Theatre’s Global Age Project in February; from there she’ll direct The Sound Of Music for Napa Valley Conservatory Theater.  She continues to head the Theater Program at Napa Valley College, where she founded Shakespeare Napa Valley.

Joan Mankin has been keeping busy teaching physical comedy at A.C.T. Studio; she’s now directing Crackpot Crones for Stage Werx Theatre, running December 15–30.

Meg Neville will design costumes for a rockabilly-inspired The Taming of the Shrew at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, directed by David Ivers, opening in February; Pericles at Berkeley Rep, directed by Mark Wing Davey, opening in April; Krispy Kritters at Cutting Ball, directed by Rob Melrose, opening in May; and our own Lady Windermere’s Fan, directed by Christopher Liam Moore, opening in August.

Danny Scheie will be appearing in Troublemaker at Berkeley Rep, written by Dan le Franc and directed by Lila Neugebauer; it opens in January.  As mentioned above, he’ll be playing Peer Gynt (the elder) in UCSC’s multidisciplinary production, directed by Kimberly Jannarone. He is also directing a touring production of Henry V for Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and then directing playwright and actor Colman Domingo’s new play Wild with Happy at TheatreWorks for a June run; it is fresh from a run at the Public in New York (and Cal Shakes alumnus Domingo can be seen onscreen in the first scene of Lincoln).

And finally, Susannah Schulman has, as she puts it, “only one event to report for the upcoming few months, and that is that I’m gonna have a baby! A boy, due January 8. The proud father is another Cal Shakes alum, my husband Reg Rogers.”

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