Nymph Errant (1933)

Cole Porter's Nymph Errant Oct 5 - 23, 2011

October 5 - 23, 2011
The Eureka Theatre

Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Romney Brent
Directed by Greg MacKellan

Run Time: 2 hours and 40 min



A young Englishwoman sets off to experiment with life, and travels the Continent in search of adventure, romance and sex! Her escapades are zany, bizarre and outrageous, but even in the most exotic locales, a torrid affair eludes her – until … Porter’s songs include Experiment, The Physician, How Could We Be Wrong?, It’s Bad for Me.

C A S T  
Caroline Altman Caroline Altman* (Miss Pratt, Coquette, et al) Recent credits: The Light in the Piazza (TheatreWorks), Ruthless! (Purple Onion), plus roles with CalShakes, Oakland Opera, Woodminster, Playhouse West, and San Diego Lyric Opera. Shows with 42nd Street Moon include Wildcat, Leave it To Me!, Do I Hear a Waltz?, Three Sisters, Goodtime Charley, Louisiana Purchase, The Golden Apple, and Fanny. A Bay Area Critics Circle and Shellie Awards recipient, Caroline earned her music degree from UC San Diego, is a director and composer, and Education Director at San Francisco Opera Guild.
Leanne Borghesi Leanne Borghesi (Bertha, Haidee, et al) Recent Credits: The Eccentricities of a Nightingale (Aurora Theatre), The Drowsy Chaperone (Chaperone, Diablo Light Theatre), The Who’s Tommy (Ray of Light) and Oliver! (PCPA Theatrefest). Cabaret: B.O.O.B.S! Defying Gravity and The Anita Cocktail Hour (RRazz Room), DIVALICIOUS (Metropolitan Room, NYC). 2009/2010 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award winner: Dames At Sea (Mona Kent) and DIVALICIOUS , New Conservatory Theatre Center. Leanne is a recent participant in the 2011 Eugene O'Neill Cabaret & Performance Conference and The International Cabaret Conference at Yale University.
Michael Cassidy Michael Cassidy (Hercule, Ali, et al) previously appeared on the 42nd Street Moon stage as Kent in Destry Rides Again, Apollo in Out of This World, and Willoughby in Oh, Lady! Lady! Other credits include The Pride (New Conservatory), Pride and Prejudice (Ross Valley Players), Cabaret (Pacific Coast Rep), Paint Your Wagon (Woodminster), Guys and Dolls (Mountain Play), The Best Man (Aurora Theatre), The Full Monty (Broadway by the Bay), as well as productions with Berkeley Rep, Berkeley West Edge Opera, and Ray of Light Theatre. www.michaelkerncassidy.com
Saif Eddin Saif Eddin* (Count Mantalini, Kassim, et al) is an accomplished performer who has toured the five-star hotels of Europe, headlined on cruise lines, and starred in the MGM Grand Las Vegas production of EFX, where he also understudied and went on for Michael Crawford. His favorite role is Sir Harry in San Diego Starlight’s production of Once Upon a Mattress. He is most proud of writing and directing his concerts Broadway Bombs Away, ABBAsolutely Fabulous, and the live sing-a-long version of Sound of Music for Buena Park Civic Theatre.
Alexandra Kaprielian Alexandra Kaprielian* (Henrietta, Winnie, et al) Credits include - National: 25th Anniversary Tour of Nunsense with Sally Struthers. Regional Theatre: Nunsense 1, 2,and 3 (Sister Mary Amnesia) Willows Theatre Company and Meadowbrook Theatre, Michigan; Babes in Arms (Billie Smith), Very Warm For May (Miss Wasserman), Golden Apple (Helen of Troy) for 42nd Street Moon. Regional Concert Series: And All That Jazz: A John Kander Salon Evening with Karen Ziemba and Noah Racey, All the Things You Are and Once in a Million Moons, both with Rebecca Luker and Trip to the Moon on Gossamer Wings with Brent Barrett. Just released: Her debut album, Born Too Late.
Eliza Leoni Eliza Leoni (Joyce, et al) is making her 42nd Street Moon debut. She was last seen as Squeaky Fromme in Assassins with Ray of Light Theatre, where she also performed in Baby, Tommy, and Jerry Springer: The Opera. Additional credits include Impact Theater's The Play About the Naked Guy and eight shows with Lamplighters Music Theatre, where she most recently played Cousin Hebe in HMS Pinafore. Eliza has also appeared in cabarets at Martuni's, Café du Nord and the Eureka Theatre. She is a graduate of Willamette University's acting program. ElizaLeoni.com
Lauren Parker Lauren Parker (Madeleine, et al) has recently played the roles of Wendy Jo in Footloose and Bird Girl 3 in Seussical the Musical with Prather Entertainment Group. She is a graduate of Emerson College with a BFA in Musical Theatre. A current resident of New York City, Lauren is coming back to her roots in California for this production. Some of her favorite roles include Nadia in bare, Mary in Merrily We Roll Along and Eloise in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
Ray Renati Ray Renati* (Andre de Croissant, et al) is making his second appearance with 42nd Street Moon. He was recently seen in Moon’s production of Silk Stockings. Other credits include Schrank and Gladhand in West Side Story at American Musical Theatre of San Jose, Antonio in The Merchant of Venice at the RADA Theatre in London, Jeff in Brigadoon at Foothill Music Theatre and Ernst in Cabaret at Broadway by the Bay. Ray studied at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where he earned a certificate in Acting Shakespeare.
Steve Rhyne Steve Rhyne (Alexei, Rev. Pither, et al) has enjoyed a 14-year history with 42nd Street Moon, notably appearing in Destry Rides Again (Destry), Out of This World (Mercury), Leave It To Me! (Buck), and Do I Hear A Waltz? (Eddie), among others. Recent credits include The Sound of Music (Capt. Von Trapp) and Oklahoma! (Will Parker). More notable credits include Into the Woods (Baker), Urinetown (Lockstock), Titanic (Harold Bride), Passion (Giorgio), Moonlight and Magnolias (Fleming), Taking Sides (Lt. Wills), The Subject Was Roses (Timmy), and Love! Valour! Compassion! (Perry).
Sharon Rietkerk Sharon Rietkerk* (Evangeline) Credits include Anne Draper in 42nd Street Moon’s Strike Up the Band, Janet Van De Graaff in The Drowsy Chaperone, Judy Haynes (White Christmas) and Niki Harris (Curtains, Diablo Theatre Company), She Loves Me (CenterREP); Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady) and Phyllis (Iolanthe, Lamplighters), Marian Paroo (The Music Man, South Coast Symphony), Annabel Glick (Lucky Stiff), Johanna (Sweeney Todd), Gertrude McFuzz (Seussical), and as a soloist with the Bear Valley Festival Orchestra. Sharon received a BA in Theatre, Honors in Musical Theatre, from UC Irvine.
Nancy Sales Nancy Sale (Aunt Ermyntrude, et al) is a longtime Bay Area actor and a 2010 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle nominee for Best Actress in a Musical (White Christmas, Martha Watson, Diablo Theatre Company). Other favorite roles: Julie Jordan, Fiona, Miss Mona, Ethel (On Golden Pond), Lettice (Lettice and Lovage), Lady Bracknell, Jack's Mother (Into the Woods), Mother Kate (Brighton Beach Memoirs), Irene Malloy, Countess De Lage (The Women). Since retirement as a public school Drama teacher, Nancy has also found exciting times in commercials and film.
Kelly Sanchez Kelly Sanchez (Ben, Joe, et al) is a recent graduate from San Francisco State University and is relatively new to the San Francisco theater scene. You may have seen him recently as the cantankerous Town Clerk in Hurly Burly's production of Caligari last fall. Or you might have seen him more recently as Chiffon, one of the three sassy trio members, in Boxcar Theatre's Little Shop of Horrors. He was also a chorus member in The Lamplighters’ production of Trial by Jury.
Erin-Kate Whitcomb Erin-Kate Whitcomb* (Edith Sanford, Daisy, et al) has received acting awards and nominations from the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, as well as a number of Dean Goodman Choice and Bay Area DramaLogue Awards for both performance and playwriting. EK toured nationally with Dame Edna, playing her daughter Valmai, and has worked with other notable artists such as Edward Albee and Arthur Kopit. While maintaining an active voiceover, theatre, and film career, Erin-Kate works as an acting coach, teacher and director, and is the host of the popular Bay Area Actors Podcast.
C R E A T I V E  
Greg MacKellan Greg MacKellan* (Director) is never happier than when he is doing a Cole Porter musical. During his 18 years as Artistic Director of 42nd Street Moon, Greg has directed Porter’s Gay Divorce, Jubilee, Can-Can, Something for the Boys, Red Hot and Blue!, and Fifty Million Frenchmen. Greg’s award-winning revision of the Cole Porter musical Out of This World was presented to acclaim from the London critics at the Chichester Festival in England, and has since been produced in Seattle, Los Angeles, and twice by Moon. A graduate of San Diego State University and UCLA’s Musical Theatre Workshop, Greg co-founded Moon in 1993. He spearheaded Moon’s two NEA-sponsored projects: a restoration of the Arlen-Harburg show Hooray for What!, and the recording of Leave it to Me!  Greg’s non-Moon credits include productions of The Baker’s Wife (on which he worked with Stephen Schwartz and Joseph Stein), Mack & Mabel, Once in a Blue Moon, Tintypes and Broadway by the Bay’s The Sound of Music, a production that was second to nun. In LA and New York, he was responsible for the acclaimed “Shadowland” series of CDs devoted to rare American musical theatre songs. Greg is shepherding Moon’s next NEA-sponsored restoration, the Kern-Hammerstein Three Sisters, later this year.
  Dave Dobrusky (Musical Director) is celebrating his 71st production with 42nd Street Moon! Favorites include Lady, Be Good!, Call Me Madam, High Spirits, Paint Your Wagon (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award), and Leave It to Me! (recorded). Other Bay Area credits include:  Marry Me a Little, Tick, Tick... Boom! (Theatre Rhinoceros), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Ray of Light), Man of LaMancha (BATCC Award-San Francisco Playhouse); and Connie Champagne as Judy Garland at the Rrazz Room. Dave has appeared with Karen Ziemba, Rebecca Luker, Donna McKechnie, Andrea McArdle, and Celeste Holm, all thanks to 42nd Street Moon. He looks forward to the U.S. premiere of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein, II’s Three Sisters later this fall.
  Lee Ann Payne (Choreographer) was recently seen as Ninotchka in 42nd Street Moon’s production of Silk Stockings. She holds an MFA in Musical Theatre and, in addition to performing on stage, has been active as a local director and choreographer. Most recently she directed The Music Man with Broadway by the Bay, and has also directed and choreographed with Palo Alto Players, Sunnyvale Community Players, Bus Barn Stage Company and Jewel Theatre. Lee Ann’s next project is The World Goes Round with Jewel Theatre later this fall.
  Joe Mader (Stage Manager) has written on theater and film for a variety of publications, including Salon.com, the San Francisco Weekly, the San Francisco Examiner, the Hollywood Reporter, and for his own blog Scene 2. He served as managing director and producer for a Worcester, Massachusetts theater company for two years. For 42nd Street Moon, he recently stage managed Silk Stockings and And All That Jazz: A John Kander Salon, as well as Peddling Rainbows, Girl Crazy, and Very Warm for May, three annual fundraising galas, and the first entries in Moon’s Salon Series: Nice Work If You Can Get It: An Ira Gershwin Salon and I Feel a Song Coming On: A Dorothy Fields Salon.
  Maxx Kurzunski(Lighting Designer) In addition to lighting, Maxx designs costumes, puppets, masks, sets and sound. He has also produced and directed original musicals. Theater companies he has worked with include Custom Made Theater Company, Thunderbird Theater Company, Chthonic Theater, Ukiah Players Theater, Mendocino College Theater and the Willits Shakespeare Company for which he built the ghost of Hamlet's father as a 12-foot tall puppet. He's currently working on a puppet musical of folk tales from around the world.

Louise Jarmilowicz (Costumer) is in her sixth season as a costumer for 42nd Street Moon.  She has been costuming around San Francisco for many years.  Other groups with whom she has worked, designing and constructing costumes, include Crowded Fire, the Thrillpeddlers, Handful Players, the African-American Shakespeare Co., Children's Fairyland, Stage Door Conservatory, The Lamplighters, the Dark Room Theater, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and many other local artists. www.jarmodesigns.com

  Jon Wai-keung Lowe (Set Designer) returns to 42nd Street Moon after designing scenery for last season's ...Forum. He has also designed for world premieres at San Francisco Mime Troupe and Theatre Rhinoceros. Other scenic/lighting credits: Fighting Mac, tick, tick...BOOM!, Boston Marriage (Theatre Rhino); Urinetown!, To Kill a Mockingbird, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Douglas Morrisson Theatre), Madama Butterfly (Golden Gate Opera). Jon is artistic director of The Visible Theater and an alumnus of Lincoln Center Directors Lab and Directors Lab West.
  Erica Kimble (Props) is making her debut with 42nd Street Moon as Prop Master. Although she has been on stage for numerous performances throughout California, Erica also loves to work behind the scenes. Some of Erica's Stage Managing/ Prop Designing credits include: Dog Sees God, Heidi Chronicles, Assassins, and Marvin's Room.  Next month, she'll be seen right here on the Eureka stage singing and dancing in George & Ira Gershwin's Oh, Kay!

* Member Actor's Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 49,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.  Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans.  AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org