by Simon Stephens
February 26 - March 22, 2015
One Autumn evening, after learning her father is near death, Harper walks away from her home, her family and her job, tossing fate and obligations into the air and embarking on a life journey that becomes an exploration of loyalty, morality and the bonds of family. Harper Regan is part of a body of work that has helped Stephens emerge as one of the most renowned and prolific playwrights of his generation in the UK.
"Beautiful, sharp and melancholy" –The New York Times
"Stephens has written arresting plays before, but Harper Regan sends his work into orbit" –The London Observer
This production is funded, in part, by grants from Community Foundation Santa Cruz County; and Arts Council Santa Cruz County.
Getting To Know Simon Stephens. Click HERE to read about the author.
Glossary Of Terms. Click to see a glossary of words and terms used in the play.
Timeline of events in play. Click to see Harper Regan chronology of events.
Bill Peters (Director, Co-Set Design) As producer and director on the same project, Bill has presented a number of pieces in Santa Cruz: Shakespeare's 12th Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and two of his own adaptations – Hunting for Moby Dick (Herman Melville), and Hard Times (Charles Dickens). His extensive directing credits include projects at the Manhattan Theatre Club, The Denver Center, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Jewel Theatre, and the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. Among his more recent directing projects: Engaged, Arcadia, The Karamazovs (Bill's adaptation of the novel by Dostoevsky), Julius Caesar, The Tempest, Troilus and Cressida, Romeo and Juliet, Right You Are if You Think So, A Flea in Her Ear (Bill's translation of the play by Georges Feydeau), Cherry Orchard, and Nine by Chekhov (Bill's adaptation of Chekhov short stories.) He has toured his productions to Fringe Theatre Festivals in New York, Adelaide, Australia, and Winnipeg, Canada. He is a professor at San Francisco State University where he teaches playwriting, acting, directing, and Shakespeare performance. He has directed six plays in 8 Tens @ Eight. Recently, he directed Of Mice and Men for Jewel Theatre Company. His all-woman production of Hamlet sponsored by Jewel, was performed at Center Street Theatre last April.
Marcus Cato (Duncan Woolley) most recently appeared in 2014 in Santa Cruz Shakespeare's inaugural productions of As You Like It and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Credits at the Jewel Theater Company include Geography of a Horse Dreamer (2013) and Blithe Spirit (2012). He has also appeared in numerous productions with Shakespeare Santa Cruz over a 30-year period including Midsummer's Night's Dream, King Lear, Richard II, Macbeth, As You Like It and Wind in the Willows. Marcus performed for over ten years with Bear Republic Theater including an award winning production of Signals that toured throughout California and performed at La Mama ETC in New York City. Marcus worked for over 35 years as an Arts Administrator including time with Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Tandy Beal & Company and Bear Republic Theater.
Chad Davies (Elwood Barnes) This is Chad's fourth appearance with Jewel Theatre. His prior work with the company includes Of Mice and Men, Mary Stuart, and Geography of a Horse Dreamer. 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). Most recently, Chad portrayed Willy Loman in Cabrillo College's well-received production of Death of a Salesman and he has appeared in a number of short-subject film projects for local filmmakers, several of which have screened at the Santa Cruz Film Festival.
Patrick Edwards* (Mickey Nestor) is making his Jewel Theatre Company debut. His most recent Bay Area appearances include his San Francisco debut in the Z Space production of Insufficiency, The Cry of the Reed at Noh Space, and Town Hall Theatre's Moonlight and Magnolias. In New York, he performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Playwrights Horizons, Horace Mann Theatre, New American Stage, Teatro Quatro, and the NYU Department of Dramatic Writing. Favorite productions include Hush and Duck Variations. Regionally, Patrick has worked with Arkansas Repertory Theatre (Kaufman & Hart Festival), Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, (Curanduras!) and the Dorset Theatre Festival. Film credits include Nature's Fury (The History Channel), Out of the Tombs (TBS), and Walk the Walk (Ginzberg Productions).
Julie James* (Harper Regan) is the founder and Artistic Director of Jewel Theatre Company where she has acted in several shows including 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.
Marissa Keltie* (Sarah Regan) is very excited to be part of her first production with Jewel Theatre. Recently seen in Uncle Vanya (which she co-adapted and performed as a benefit for Doctors Without Borders) and Carnival Round the Central Figure with Symmetry Theatre, Terminus at Magic Theatre, Circle, Mirror, Transformation and Bellwether at Marin Theatre Company. Productions with Cal Shakes, SF Playhouse, Shotgun Players, Crowded Fire, Central Works, North Bay Shakespeare, & Impact Theatre.
Stephen Muterspaugh* (Seth Regan, Fight Choreography) is excited to return to Jewel Theatre after appearing earlier this season in Saint Joan and last season as Walker/Ned in Three Days of Rain. Bay Area acting credits include work with: Second Wind Productions, Livermore Shakespeare, California Conservatory Theatre, Marin Shakespeare Company, and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. Regionally, he has performed with such companies as: Utah Shakespeare Festival, Southwest Shakespeare Company, Creede Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Powerhouse Theatre, and PCPA Theaterfest. Stephen is also Associate Artistic Director and a Resident Artist with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, teaching several programs and directing the Shakespeare on Tour program. He is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and a proud member of Actor's Equity.
Nat Robinson (Tobias Rich) Nat has been acting in Santa Cruz County for seven years. This is his second show with Jewel Theatre (the first was House of Blue Leaves, 2011) and his first with director Bill Peters. 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 a Seafood Sustainability consulting firm here in Santa Cruz. Special thanks to all of my family back in New England and the snowplow drivers that make their lives possible.
Audrey Rumsby (Justine Ross, Radio Voice, Dialect Coach) is delighted to make her third appearance with the Jewel Theatre Company. At JTC, she played Geraldine Barclay in What the Butler Saw, and served as Assistant Director and Dialect Coach for Arcadia, directed by Susan Myer Silton. 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. She recently founded an alumni branch of the company, and directed the group in a production of The Taming of the Shrew.
Michael Shipley* (James Fortune) Michael is excited to be working with Jewel Theatre Company for the first time. He has performed, directed, and taught at many Bay Area and regional theatres, including the Missouri Repertory Theatre, American Players Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, Sacramento Theatre Company, the Utah and Idaho Shakespeare Festivals. Favorite past productions include: Dave in The Typographer's Dream (Encore Theatre Company), A Life in the Theatre (Aurora Theatre Company), and Great Expectations (PCPA Theatrefest). Michael was the founding Text and Voice Director for the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Minnesota and holds an M.F.A. in acting from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
Taras Wybaczynsky Jr. (Mahesh Aslam) is from Southern California and is currently a Theater Arts student at UCSC. He would like to thank the Jewel Theatre for allowing him to join their cast for his first show with their company. Some of his most recent roles include Stephen (Birth of Stars - UCSC), Petruccio (Taming of the Shrew - Alchemy Theater), Marius (Les Miserables - Performance Riverside), and Jamie (The Last 5 Years - Cabrillo Playhouse). His other favorite roles include Younger Brother (Ragtime), John Wilkes Booth (Assassins), R.P. McMurphy (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest), and Roger (RENT). Taras would also like to thank his friends and family for their support as well as Paul Whitworth for his guidance.
Karel K. Wright* (Alison Woolley) Karel is thrilled to be making her west coast debut at the Jewel Theatre in the role of Alison Woolley. Some of Karel's previous favorite roles include: Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Big Mama in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Ruth Steiner in Collected Stories, Mrs. Graves in Enchanted April, Mrs. Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer, Lavinia in The Heiress, Mattie Fae in August: Osage County, Claire Castle in Kiss the Moon Kiss the Sun, and Madam Arcati in Blithe Spirit. Karel is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association and received her BFA from the University of Minnesota and MFA from the University of Illinois with additional training at The American Conservatory of Theatre in San Francisco. Karel would especially like to thank her brother Dan for all his unyielding support over the years. Karel would like to dedicate this show to her mother Cleone Wright. For more information on Karel, visit her website at: www.karelkwright.com
*Member, Actors' Equity Association.