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

Meet the Cast: Hallie Frazer & Neiry Rojo


Hallie Frazer (Ofelia) played Beatrice Carbone in the 2009 RVP production of A View From The Bridge and re-turns as Ofelia. Favorite roles have included Lady Capulet in the West Edge Opera adaption of Gounod’s Romeo & Juliet, Maria Josefa in The House of Bernarda Alba with the Oklahoma Indian Theatre and Dance Company, Pancha in the Teatro de la Esperanza National Tour of Josefina Lopez’s Real Women Have Curves, Longoria in Teatro de la Esperanza’s production of Dancing With the Missing by Roy Conboy, Mrs. Manningham in Gaslight, Martha in The Children’s Hour with the Milpitas North Bay Players, and Jean in The Savages at the Irish Arts Center, NY.


Neiry Rojo (Marela) was last seen in Quantum Dragon Theatre’s Theatre Bay Area Recommended inaugural production of Civil. Prior to that, she was in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s Emma and Half Moon Bay Shakespeare Company’s The Tempest as Trinculo. Ms. Rojo was a part of Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s inaugural season playing Audrey in As You Like It, the Host of the Garter Inn in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Queen Elizabeth I in The Beard of Avon. She earned her MA in Theatre Arts from UC Santa Cruz.

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

Auditions for Robin Hood!

Robin Hood by Greg Banks
Directed by Cris Cassell
Production  Manager Maureen O’Donoghue

Greg Banks goes medieval – with muscle. High-powered and action packed, this is not your yeomanly tale of yore, but a lean, mean, swashbuckling machine. And a funny rvp-robin-hood-poster-3-668x1024one, too. Following the legend more closely than either the Disney or live action Hollywood versions, Robin still falls for the beautiful Maid Marian, although the courageous heroine is every bit as plucky and loyal as the rest of Robin‘s merry men.  Great entertainment for the entire family.

5 Men (20s – 50s)
1 Woman (20s – 30s)

Ability to play multiple roles, facility for physical comedy; improvisational and combat skills.


Saturday, May 28 from 1 to 4 pm
Sunday, May 29 from 6 to 9 pm

Callback (by invitation only)
Tuesday, May 31 from 7 to 10 pm

Prepare a short, comic monologue with possible improvisation. Cold reading from script. Please bring head shot and resume as well as any conflicts between June 4 and July 16. Note any conflicts for performances through August 14. There is a possibility of extension one week past the August 7 closing date. Email or call (415) 235-8800 to schedule your audition appointment.

Schedule Audition

Ross Valley Players
Marin Art & Garden Center
30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Ross, CA


July 16 through August 14, 2016
Thursdays at 7:30 pm
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Sundays at 2:00 pm (no matinee July 18)

$100 stipend, non-AEA

Meet the Cast: Mark Albi & Ben Ortega


Mark Albi (Santiago) is a native of Denver, Colorado. He received his BFA in Theater Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Most recently, he played Magistrate in Lysistrata at ODC Theater. Favorite roles include Max in Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Salieri in Amadeus, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Donny in American Buffalo, and V.I. Lenin in Travesties. He will be shooting the film The Windmills of Chinatown in 2017. He is a member of the improv troop Tsunami Brains, and he is a Risk Manager at Stanford Healthcare during the day. He is also a proud volunteer at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, where he adopted his best buddy, Hiro.

Ben-headshot-2.jpgBen Ortega (Cheche) was last seen as Hank in Anton Well’s production of Melissa Gibson’s What Rhymes with America in Berkeley. Favorite roles include Johnny in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Felix Ungar in The Odd Couple, George Hay in Moon Over Buffalo, Picasso in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Yvan in Art, Daniel Kaffee in A Few Good Men, Verdecchia/Wideload in the one-man show Fronteras Americanas, Molina in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Buddy in Thunderbabe, Allan Felix in Play It Again, Sam, and George in Same Time, Next Year. Ben studied acting at UCLA and privately with Lisa Chess.

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