FROM A FALL
by Kate Hawley
April 23 - May 17, 2015
In this touching and funny new play, an adult son reluctantly comes home to care for his aging mother for a few days and finds out a great deal more about her past — and his own — than he had bargained for. While his long suffering care-taker sister spreads her wings out of town, Teddy comes to grips with adult diapers, irrational demands, souvenirs from the past, and his engaging and infuriatingly mysterious mother.
Praise for Kate Hawley's previous work:
"Clever" –Metro Santa Cruz
"Intelligent and buoyant" –San Francisco Chronicle
This production is funded, in part, by grants from Community Foundation Santa Cruz County; and Arts Council Santa Cruz County.
Paul Whitworth (Director) began his professional directing career at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. He directed his own translation of Tirso de Molina's The Rape of Tamar at the Hammersmith Lyric Theatre in London. Locally, his directing includes Family Butchers and Triptych (Magic Theatre, San Francisco); The Rape of Tamar, Arms and the Man, Engaged and the premières of Cinderella, Gretel and Hansel, The Princess and the Pea and Sleeping Beauty at Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Whitworth's professional acting career began at the Royal Shakespeare Company (1976-1982). In 1984, he joined Shakespeare Santa Cruz where he produced, directed or acted in 56 productions, serving as Artistic Director from 1996 to 2007. Recent acting credits include leading roles in Galileo (Asolo Theatre, Sarasota), Tribes (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Shining City (San Francisco Playhouse), Krapp's Last Tape and One for The Road (Jewel Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz). Whitworth teaches at UCSC where he holds a professorship in the Department of Theatre Arts.
Nada Rowand* (Elizabeth) first appeared on Broadway in the chorus of the The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Among other Broadway credits: Al Pacino's Richard III. Horton Foote's Young Man From Atlanta opposite Rip Torn (replacing Shirley Knight). Off-Broadway: Premieres at the Provincetown Playhouse, the Cherry Lane, St. Clements, The Public. In 1970 Rowand was the only woman in a company of five that performed in Vietnam, flying by helicopter to outlying fire bases. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – a tour de force as Louise Nevelson – in a play subsequently brought to Off-Broadway. At the New York Fringe Festival: the original musical, Mimi Le Duck. (In a theatrical first, when this play went to Off-Broadway, a bigger name was needed, and Rowand was replaced by Eartha Kitt). Regionally, she has created roles at the Chicago Little Opera House, the Louisville Humana Festival, San Diego Old Globe, and Boston Playhouse. Audiences still recognize Nada from her role in ABC's daytime soap opera, Loving. Most recently she has returned to her musical roots with her cabaret show, Only The Good Songs.
Mike Ryan* (Teddy) is honored to be making his sixth appearance with the Jewel Theatre Company. At JTC: What the Butler Saw, One for the Road, The Lover, Doubt, Of Mice and Men and Hello and Goodbye. Santa Cruz audiences will know him primarily from his work with Shakespeare Santa Cruz, where he performed in over 35 productions before the company was closed in 2013 by UCSC, and from the new, independent, non-profit company, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, where he is the current Artistic Director. Beyond Santa Cruz: Indian Ink, Napoli! (American Conservatory Theater); Game On, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Legacy of Light (San Jose Repertory Theatre); Anatol (Aurora); The Three Musketeers (Denver Center); Fallen Angels (Pasadena Playhouse/Laguna Playhouse); Boy, The Green Bird (La Jolla Playhouse); The Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Christmas Carol (Geva Theatre); and various productions at Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, The Shakespeare Festival of Dallas and The Idaho Shakespeare Festival. He received his BFA from Southern Methodist University and his MFA from the University of California at San Diego.
Julie James* (Helen) is the founder and Artistic Director of Jewel Theatre Company where she has acted in several shows including 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 other theatres, 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.
Audrey Rumsby (Lucy) is delighted to be making her fourth appearance with the Jewel Theatre Company! For JTC, she played Justine Ross in Harper Regan, Geraldine Barclay in What the Butler Saw, and served as Assistant Director/Dialect Coach for Arcadia. Audrey is a recent graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), where she played the title role in Richard II, Harriet in The Man of Mode, and Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion. London credits include Scaramouche, (Teatro Boso) and Medea (Lost Theatre). As a member of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, Audrey performed as a harpist and dancer for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Welcome Ceremonies. Audrey is one of the founding members of San Jose Youth Shakespeare, a non-profit theatre company dedicated to educating young people in classical acting skills through the production of full-length Shakespeare plays.
*Member, Actors' Equity Association.