Meet the Cast: Bus Stop

Laura Peterson - Cheri

Laura Peterson (Cherie) is ecstatic to be working on her first production at Ross Valley Players with the amazing cast and crew of Bus Stop! Some of her recent work has been with Awesome Theatre, Amios West, All Terrain Theater, and Actors Ensemble of Berkeley. Laura received her BFA in Theatre from Jacksonville University. She would like to thank her friends who have become her family for all their love and support.

Steven Price - WillSteve Price (Will) was seen at College of Marin last fall as Jason in Medea and Kent in King Lear. Other roles at RVP include Charles in The Clean House, Mr. Van Daan in Diary of Anne Frank, The Colonel in Journey’s End, Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey, and Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird. Other credits include Brabantio in Othello, Hastings in Richard III, and Montague in Romeo & Juliet at Marin Shakespeare as well as Macbeth in Macbeth, Egeus in The Comedy of Errors and Duke Senior in As You Like It at College of Marin.

Bus Stop runs March 3 through March 26, 2017 at Ross Valley Players. Click HERE for more information.

Meet the Cast: Bus Stop

Ariana Mahallati - Elma

Ariana Mahallati (Elma) is thrilled to be back at the Barn. She was last seen at Ross Valley Players as Maid Marian/Much the Miller in Robin Hood, directed by Cris Cassell. Other recent credits include The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Dwarf), King Lear (Goneril), and Misalliance (Hypatia Tarleton) at College of Marin, where she has been a student for three years. Ariana plans to transfer to a four-year university in the fall to pursue her love of theatre.

Andrew Morris - BoAndrew Morris (Bo) is an Improvisor/Actor who studied at San Francisco State University, majoring in Performance Arts. He is always excited to work with new artists and expand himself within new roles. One day Andy hopes to move to Chicago to pursue both acting and improv.

Bus Stop runs March 3 through March 26, 2017 at Ross Valley Players. Click HERE for more information.

Meet the Cast: Bus Stop

Ron Dritz - Dr. Lyman
Ron Dritz
(Dr. Lyman) is delighted to be performing at Ross Valley Players in Bus Stop. Favorite roles include Elijah Whitney in Anything Goes (Broadway by the Bay), Richard in The Lover (Pop-Up Theatre), Jonas Fogg in Sweeney Todd (Ray of Light) and Hirst in No Man’s Land (Pop-Up Theatre). Prior to his stage career, Ron spent 30 years as a practicing anesthesiologist in San Francisco and Berkeley. Ah, but that’s another story…

Aeron Macintyre - VirgilAeron Macintyre (Virgil) has performed in a number of films, television shows and on stage locally as well as in New York, Los Angeles and Edinburgh, Scotland. Some of his favorite productions include the critically acclaimed Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party, The Fantastiks, Laughing Wild, Coraline and The Caretaker. He also produced, edited and starred in the critically acclaimed film Nominated which has been playing at film festivals across the country. Since 1985,he has been teaching acting, directing for film and television, and foreign and American dialects both privately and in a number of professional training programs. He is currently Associate Director at Film Acting Bay Area and has written, produced and directed a number of short films working with students in his advanced acting classes.

Bus Stop runs March 3 through March 26, 2017 at Ross Valley Players. Click HERE for more information.

Spotlight on the Playwright: Emilie

UPDATE: Lauren Gunderson will be giving a Talk Back on January 29 following the Sunday matinee. This is your chance to interact with the most produced living playwright in the United States!

Lauren Gunderson is a playwright, screenwriter and short story author from Atlanta, GA. She received her BA in English/Creative Writing at Emory University, and her  MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch, where she was also a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship.

Image result for Lauren gundersonShe was named the most produced living playwright in America by American Theatre Magazine in 2016, was awarded the 2016 Lanford Wilson Award from the Dramatist Guild, and was awarded the prestigious 2014 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for her play, I and You (also a Susan Smith Blackburn Blackburn and John Gassner Award finalist). That play was an NNPN Rolling World Premiere that started at Marin Theatre Company and has seen over 40 productions nationwide. She is also a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Company.

Bauercommissioned by San Francisco Playhouse, premiered there and in NYC at 59E59 in 2014 with The New Yorker calling it “beautifully written… brings it audience to tears”. Her play Silent Sky (Jane Chambers Award finalist) premiered at South Coast Rep in 2011 and was further developed and rewritten for TheatreWorks, which opened to raves calling it “sheer magic”. Her 2011 3-city rolling world premiere of Exit, Pursued By A Bear, was featured in American Theatre Magazine and The Week, and has reached over 20 communities across the US winning “Best Comedy” accolades. Bear is now published by Playscripts, as is her comedy, Toil And Trouble and  The Taming  which the SF Chronicle called “a laugh riot with timely food for thought.”

Her first musical, The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog! commissioned by The Kennedy Center, opened in DC to rave reviews and continues its life in a state-wide tours. Her first children’s book based on the Dr. Wonderfrul will be released by Two Lions Publishing this fall.  Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Tonight (published by Samuel French) was commissioned and premiered at South Coast Rep in 2009, and has run across the country and in England. By And By premiered at Shotgun Players in Berkeley. Fire Work was developed at The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and is a 2011 winner for Aurora Theatre’s Global Age Project, and will premiere at Theatre First in 2014. She has developed plays with Second Stage, Red Bull, and Primary Stages in NYC; New Rep in Boston; Playwrights Foundation, Crowded Fire, TheatreWorks, Aurora Theatre, and The Magic Theatre in San Francisco; Kitchen Dog Theatre in Dallas; Synchronicity, Actor Express and Horizon Theatre in Atlanta; JAW at Portland Center Stage in Portland; WORDBridge, Brave New Works, and others.

Her work has received national praise and awards including being a Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award finalist, a Susan Smith Blackburn finalist, a Jane Chambers Award finalist, and winner of the Berrilla Kerr Award for American Theatre, Global Age Project, Young Playwright’s Award, Eric Bentley New Play Award and Essential Theatre Prize.

She has been commissioned by South Coast Rep (3 times), San Francisco Playhouse (2 times), The Denver Center Theatre Company, Crowded Fire, CentralWorks, The Kennedy Center, The Alliance Theatre’s Collision Project, Marin Theatre Company, Actors Express Theatre, Dad’s Garage Theatre, Theatrical Outfit, City University of New York and Synchronicity Performance Group.

She received a Sloan Science Script Award (2008) for her screenplay Grand UnificationLeap was published with Theatre Emory’s Playwriting Center (2004), her first collection of plays, Deepen The Mystery: Science and the South Onstage, is published with iUniverse (2006).and her short story, “The Ascending Life”, won the Norembega Short Fiction Award and was published in the anthology, The Shape of Content; her science play Background was published in ISOTOPE: A Journal of Nature and Science Writing. Her string theory poem “Hook of a Number” was published in the anthology Riffing On Strings and her monologue “Mass” was published in The Science Creative Quarterly 2015.

She is writing a film for The Weinstein Company and has developed TV for MTV.

She has spoken nationally and internationally on the intersection of science and theatre and Arts Activism, and teaches playwriting in San Francisco. She is a Playwright in Resident at The Playwrights Foundation, a Dramatists Guild member, and was a member of Just Theatre’s New Play Lab. She writes for The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, tweets @LalaTellsAStory, and curates

See Emilie:  La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight  January 13 – February 5, 2017 at Ross Valley Players.