The Fellowship

778072_62f8c2d85ae54def93983a7060e42366IGNACIO ZULUETA (Playwright/Director) is a resident playwright at PlayGroundSF, an associate artist on the literary committee at AlterTheater in San Rafael, and the teen playwriting instructor at the Eugene O’Neill Foundation. He is the Oracle for Epic Immersive, writing massive site-specific prodcutions such as MATTHEW BRIAR AND THE AGE OF RESURRECTION, returning to San Jose’s Kelley Park in October 2016, and ANCIEN REGIME, debuting at Fort Mason for Come Out & Play 2016 next September 24th.  Memberships: PlayGround­SF, Associate Artist at AlterTheater, Mini Company Member at ShotzSF. Publications: PlayGroundSF and Carayan Press. Performances: Greater SF Bay Area, Ashland, New York, Minneapolis, Kalamazoo, KUSF 90.3FM and KPFA 94.1FM. Stay in touch @ignacioonstage

image1.JPGKYLE STONER (F Word) feels privileged to have the opportunity to once again portray the character of F-WORD after the original production run in 2014. Catch him next as Romeo in the Davis Shakespeare Festival. Selected regional credits: most recently, Valvert/Sandor (Cyrano de Bergrac/Bells are Ringing); Fabrizio (Light in the Piazza); Finch (How to Succeed); Jesus (JC Superstar); Jack (Into the Woods); Jaques (As You Like It); Joly (Les Mis). Kyle has worked with many regional companies including 42nd Street Moon, Sierra Rep, SF Shakespeare Festival, Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, Cinnabar, Marin Shakespeare, Berkeley Playhouse, Altarena Playhouse, Lamplighters, Ray of Light, BAM! SF, and with the Reduced Shakespeare Co. Kyle began performing in the spring of 2010 and has no brakes.

unnamedNICK GARCIA (Aaron) is thrilled to be working again with the Ignacio Zulueta. This marks his second partnership with the show where he was last seen as Mike in The Fellowship.He was last seen as Josiah in the award winning drama Landless by Larissa FastHorse and as Moises in the critically acclaimed production The River Bride. Nick has worked extensively across the country as a teacher, actor, director, and designer.  He is currently the Chair of the Department of Dramatic Arts at Los Medanos College and was previously the Artistic Director of Children’s Theatre Programming for the George Daily Auditorium, where he designed and oversaw the curriculum for the drama school as well as directed their summer season. He has performed, directed, and designed for venues such as the National Conservatory Theater Center in San Francisco, Pella Shakespeare Festival in Iowa, The Miner’s Union Theatre in Silverton Colorado, The George Daily Auditorium in Oskaloosa Iowa, and both the Iowa New Play and Fringe Festivals.  He would like to thank his wife and son for their support and love.

DSC_8683JAYME CATALANO (Amy) is excited to bring this hilarious production to the Ross Valley Players’ stage! Jayme recently completed work on the zombie apocalypse movie Z Roach, in which she the lead zombie killer Samantha! She was also featured as a unicorn come to life in a public service announcement for Bay Area students. Favorite roles include Gretchen in Boeing Boeing (Altarena Playhouse and Ross Valley Players), Tess in Ashes at Dusk (LongShotz! Collateral Damage), and Syliva in The Women (Masquers Playhouse) Upcoming projects include Shotz! Superdelegates at PianoFight on September 14 and Paradise Street at Exit Theatre December 1 – 17. More info at


10364194_10203237544192871_7364810733254749663_n.jpgTIMOTHY BEAGLEY (Randy) is pleased to return to RVP where he previous appears in our production of The Boy’s Next Door and Brooklyn Boy.   Recently he directed Eat the Runt and Boeing, Boeing for Altarena Playhouse.   Roles in recent year include Boolie in Marin Theatre Company’s production of Driving Miss Daisy,  Freddie Filmore It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play (Broadway By the Bay);  Elyot Chase Private Lives (Altarena); File The Rainmaker (Town Hall Theatre); Jack Broadway Bound (Masquers Playhouse)  and portraying eight roles in The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later (New Conservatory Theatre Company). Favorite roles throughout the Bay Area includeRaul Extremities; Albert Einstein Picasso at the Lapin Agile; Charley The Foreigner; Ben Hecht Moonlight and Magnolias; Milo Sleuth; Sergeant Totter The Mousetrap; Gabe Dinner with Friends;  Felix The Odd Couple; Hank The Affections of May; Sam Crossing Delancey; John The Cocktail Hour; and as Groucho in the Marx Brothers Musicals Animal Crackers and The Cocoanuts.  You can see him on The National Geographic Channel as an embalming Capuchin Monk in the oft-repeated  “Explorer: Italy’s Mystery Mummies”.

Charles-Woodson-Parker-Theatrical-Headshot.jpgCHARLES WOODSON PARKER (Mike) has been performing, in one form or another, for most of his life. He earned his BFA in Musical Theatre from Boston Conservatory and did a stint with Actor’s Equity. In 2014, he won a Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role as Robert in Boeing Boeing at Altarena Theater in Alameda. He’s appeared all over the Bay Area from Los Altos to Danville, most notably as Judas in Godspell (SVCP), Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Roleplayers Ensemble), Lloyd in Noises Off (Broadway West), Poobah in The Mikado (Roleplayers Ensemble), and many others. Charles would like to thank his family and friends for their love and support. Check out his voiceover work HERE.

image1.jpegJESS THOMAS (Charlie) is a Bay Area playwright, director, and actor. He frequently works with Shotz SF, SF Theater Pub, and Awesome Theatre, among others.  You can find his latest web series, Kaytay All the Way on YouTube and Facebook.




Armed with J.R.R. Tolkien as a peculiar moral compass, a misfit in a rural community sets out on a quest to find a friend. Can a deranged fire chief, homophobia, or a wild bear hopped up on crystal meth stop him? Find out in The Fellowship.

This event is a staged reading and entry is free. We welcome donations. Saturday, August 27 at 8 pm. Ross Valley Players @ Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Ross, CA. (415) 456-9555 for information.


Meet the Director: Robin Hood

Kurt-Wobken---CrisCassell.jpgNOTES FROM THE DIRECTOR Who doesn’t know the timeless tale of Robin Hood as legend has it, the nobleman turned hero to the underclass and underdog, the man who “robbed from the rich and gave to the poor.“ He was the ethical criminal and thief “feared by the bad, loved by the good.”

We admire Robin Hood for his boldness in “redistributing the wealth.” We envy his defiance and rebellious outlaw freedom. He was a trickster who defeated his opponents not only with his skill in archery and swordplay, but also with his mocking wit, a symbol of justice and equity in the face of greed and tyranny.

No story of a hero is complete without a proper villain, the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham, who serves the evil Prince John. Or a romantic love interest in the person of Maid Marian, who when used as a decoy to bait and capture Robin Hood, falls in love with him at first sight, as he does with her. They truly meet their match in each other.

Add to this swashbuckling tale the raucous humor with which playwright Greg Banks infuses his version of Robin Hood, the loveable characters that populate Robin’s world, and plenty of excitement and audience involvement, and you have the perfect light entertainment for a summer’s evening at the Barn.

The concept for this production was inspired by Ron Krempetz’ delightful set design, with which he creates the 2D world of storybooks. This idea carried over into costumes and props, and sound design as well, reflecting the way that children manifest the world of their imagination by endowing whatever objects they have on hand. The story spills forth from the trunks downstage as from the wagons of the traveling players of old, across the stage and down into the house, and you see the transformation of character and place before your very eyes.

With our talented design team, able production crew, and energetic and inventive company of young actors who play multiple roles in this production, it has been a joyful experience bringing this classic tale to the stage. We hope you and yours have as much fun entering into the world of Robin Hood as we have!

Cris Cassell (Director) has worked as a theatre artist for over 25 years as an actor, di-
rector, and acting coach. She has directed shows for S.F. Fringe Festival, Bay Area One-
Act (BOA) Festival, C.A.F.E. at the Next Stage, San Francisco Theatre Festival, Thrillped-
dlers, Marin Fringe Festival at Dominican University, and Ross Valley Players RAW. This is her 15th production with RVP, prior to which she directed Arms and the Man, Enchanted April, The Night of the Iguana, Doubt, Top Girls, and A View From the Bridge, to name a few. Cris coordinates RVP’s Senior Play Reading Program at Villa Marin. She served as president of the board of RVP from 2012 to 2015, and stepped down from the board this June after six years of service. Cris is in her 18th year as an instructor of acting, speech, and theatre history at Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

ROBIN  HOOD opens July 15 and runs through August 14, 2016. Tickets are available HERE.

Meet the Cast: Robin Hood

Ariana-Mahallati---headshot3.jpgAriana Mahallati (Marian/Much) makes her Ross Valley Players debut, and she couldn’t be more excited! Her first onstage experience was roller skating in James Dunn’s The Comedy of Errors (Apprentice) at the College of Marin, and she has been trying (unsuccessfully) to convince directors to let her roller-skate in another play since. Recent credits include King Lear (Goneril), Dead Accounts (Jenny), and Misalliance (Hypatia Tarleton) at the College of Marin, where she has been a student for two years and where she first discovered her love of all things theatre.


Nicholas-Schwager---IMG_1118.jpgNicholas Schwager (Robin Hood) debuts in his first show at the Ross Valley Players and he is thrilled. Nicholas started theatre when he was at Redwood High School, where he played such roles as the young soldier Simon Chachava in Caucasian Chalk Circle, as well as the self-absorbed and overly-ambitious new reporter Wally Winston in the Marx Brothers’ classic musical Animal Crackers. Nicholas went on to the College of Marin, where he played playboy pilot Joey Percival, in Misalliance. Nicholas also played Oswald in King Lear. A young filmmaker and screen-writer, Nicholas creates his own content for personal projects, such as his short web-series Biz-Guys, a stylized documentary which follows the life of an aloof teenager trying to be successful in his foolhardy business ventures. Watch Biz-Guys on YouTube HERE.

ROBIN HOOD opens July 15 and runs through August 14, 2016. Tickets are available HERE.


Meet the Cast: Robin Hood

Cory-Anderson---Cory-Anderson-Headshot-2.jpgCory Anderson (Little John/Soldier) grew up performing throughout the Bay Area before earning degrees in Drama and Music from Kenyon College. She made her professional debut in Ross Valley Players’ Once Upon a Mattress and is thrilled to return to the Barn. She has performed extensively for both American and international audiences with Walt Disney World and Royal Caribbean Productions. Favorite roles include Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Margrethe in Copenhagen and Snowflake in Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade and Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade (TV). In addition to work as an actor, she has appeared with Parthenon Ballet Company (Wicked Stepmother in Cinderella and Maid in The Nutcracker),toured and recorded with the Kenyon College Chamber Singers, and recently wrote her first cookbook.

Pablo-Hamlin---Pablo-Hamlin's-headshot.jpgPablo Hamlin (Prince John/Will/Friar) is delighted to be making his debut with the Ross Valley Players. Pablo recently finished a tour of Aladdin with East Bay Children’s Theatre, a theatre company that travels to numerous underprivileged schools who have never experienced theatre before. Not so long ago he also participated in the Green House Festival at Z Space. Other credits include The Wedding Singer, The Learned Ladies, Translations, and Measure for Measure, all performed at San Francisco State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Performance. When he’s not acting onstage, Pablo house manages and manages the administrative offices at Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley. At the same time, he is currently employed as a box office associate at Brava for Women in the Arts in San Francisco.

20150407_152319Izaak Heath (Sheriff)is a student at College of Marin majoring in theatre. He hopes to make a career out of acting and move on to film. He has done many plays in the area including the recent King Lear and Gossamer at College of Marin and Pirates of Penzance at Ross Valley Players. He lives in Marin with his brothers.

ROBIN  HOOD opens July 15 and runs through August 14, 2016. Tickets are available HERE.

Meet the Director: Mary Ann Rodgers

Mary Ann Rodgers (Director) is a Bay Area based theatre artist and teacher. She began directing at Napa Valley Shakespeare Festival with a staged reading of Rebecca J. Ennals’ Sonnets for W.H. She also directed Our Town which opened two days after the tragedy of 9/11 – a production which served as a place of healing for the local community, and a joyful production of As You Like It along the Napa River. Her Ross Valley Players directing credits include Jane Austen’s Persuasion by Jennifer Le Blanc, David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole, and A.R. Gurney’s The Cocktail Hour for which she won the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Directing. Coming up for Mary Ann are a staged reading at RVP of her play, (The Miracle of) Concepción and a revisiting of Jane Austen’s Persuasion by Jennifer Le Blanc for Livermore Shakespeare Festival. As an actor, she was last seen in Shoebox Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 142 Throckmorton as bumbling director Peter Quince, which she believes was very good casting. Her RVP acting credits include Impressionism, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Pack of Lies (BATCC Award). Favorite acting roles have always been given to her by Shakespeare – Beatrice, Emilia, Mistress Ford, and Titania. She teaches theater at The Bay School of San Francisco and loves sharing her experience of theater with the funny, creative, eager, and generous up-and-comers. As always, Mary Ann thanks her lucky stars for support given to her by her husband, actor-designer Malcolm Rodgers.

Meet the Cast: William H. Bryant, Jr. & Eugene DeChristopher


William H. Bryant Jr. (Juan Julian) is extremely excited and grateful to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing cast, crew and director here at Ross Valley Players. Coming from an athletic background, having played collegiate football, he decided to make the transition of acting and modeling upon graduating from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. William has performed in TV shows, films and several stage plays such as Mulatto by Langston Hughes at the Black Repertory Theatre, Picasso at The Lapin Agile by Steve Martin, and most recently The Petrified Forest by Robert Sherwood at Beverly Hills Playhouse/The Firescape Theatre.


Eugene DeChristopher (Eliades) is delighted to be working once more with the wonderfully talented director, Mary Ann Rodgers. He last appeared on stage as Gangster #2 in Kiss Me, Kate at Contra Costa Civic Theatre. He is a former member of the Marin Actors Workshop led by Terry McGovern. Eugene is the newly appointed master carpenter at Ross Valley Players, and he constructed the set for Anna in the Tropics. Past sets include The Night of the Iguana, Journey’s End at RVP; A Streetcar Named Desire, Meet Me in St. Louis at CCCT; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe, Petrified Forrest for the Marin Actors Workshop. A big hug to my wife of 25 years, Nan Ayers.

Anna in the Tropics runs May 27 – June 19, 2016. More information at

Meet the Cast: Regina Morones & Rio Martinez


Regina Morones (Conchita) is thrilled to make her Ross Valley Players debut with such a talented cast and crew. She is a Bay Area based actor, singer, teaching artist, and a
proud member of San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s Resident Artist Company. She was recently seen touring Bay Area schools
as Top Hat in Dis/Connected and Callie/Sabrina in Outspoken with the New Conservatory Theatre Center’s YouthAware program. Other credits include Rosaline in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Douglas Morrison Theatre), Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (SF Shakespeare Festival), Laila in Silo Tree (Iowa New Play Festival), and Mary Ellen Pleasant in More Than Petticoats (Tabard Theatre). Regina has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Clark Atlanta University, an M.F.A in Acting f
rom the University of Iowa, and is an EMC member of Actor’s Equity.


Rio Martinez (Palomo) is a local Bay Area actor from Hayward, CA and is delighted to make his Barn Theater debut in the role of Paloma. You may have seen Mr. Martinez singing and dancing last year at the Oakland Woodminster in their production of Aida or at the Douglas Morrisson Theater where he played the cavalier lover Berowne in a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost. When he is not acting, he divides his time with family and as a Sergeant in the California National Guard. Mr. Martinez holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Azusa Pacific University.

Anna in the Tropics runs May 27 – June 19, 2016. More information at