ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS

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Adults $35

Youth (age 16 and under) $15

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March 4-20, 2022

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm

Sundays at 2 pm

The show runs approximately 2 hours, including 1 intermission.

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This madcap comedy follows a self-centered television actress, a jaded New Yorker, and an enthusiastic ingénue brought together for an ill-fated production of Anton Chekhov’s The Three Sisters at a small but ambitious theatre in San Antonio, Texas. In the tradition of great backstage comedies, hopes are raised, egos are punctured, and dreams almost come true in this “smart, acerbic crowd-pleaser” (Variety).
“Simultaneously a love letter and a poison pen letter to the American theatre.” – Variety

“Funny, smart, wry and poignant.” – Miami Herald

 

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“Anton in Show Business” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

 

EMMA ATTWOOD (Holly / Masha) is an actor, writer, and director living in San Francisco. In the Bay Area, she has appeared in Funeral Game (Bread and Butter Theatre Company) and the SF Olympians Festival at the Exit Theatre. In 2020, her play The Lady and the Unicorn was awarded a Theatre Bay Area Creates Grant and was part of the Redwood City Virtual Festival. Emma is a tutor for the Writing for Performance MSt at the Institute of Continuing Education at the University of Cambridge, and a co-founder of Write Her, Direct Her, a collective that supports women in film and theatre. She is currently adapting her short film ‘A Drop of Ambition’ into a six-part comedy TV series. Emma is part of the devising ensemble for Feeling Home (Fuse Theatre, June 2022). emmaattwood.com

DOROTHY GRAY (Joby) is excited to return to CCCT in her first mainstage production since 2011’s Gypsy! Dorothy has been a part of the CCCT family since she was 10 years old when she first attended Drama Camp and Broadway Babies. Since then, she has been a Drama Camp counselor, director, and avid supporter. When she is not on stage, Dorothy leads partnerships at Rivet School, helping working adults earn their college degrees. She thanks her family for encouraging her to perform again!

SCARLETT HEPWORTH (Ralph / Wikewitch / Joe Bob) has appeared on many Bay Area stages since 2004 and is happy to be back on the boards. She was last seen at CCCT as “Flora” in Humble Boy in 2019. She was last NOT seen at CCCT in The Waverly Gallery, which closed two days before opening in March of 2020. She makes her living as a vocal coach/accompanist here in El Cerrito, in the home she shares with her wife of nearly 30 years, Marilyn Langbehn, their beagle, Boo Radley, and their cats, Juno the Hutt, and the mysterious George Grey.

ALIX JOSEFSKI (Lisabette / Irina) is thrilled to return to the stage and make her long-awaited debut with CCCT! During 2020-21 Alix participated in several online works with Dragon Productions including roles as an actor and musician in Thea L’Anna, as a poet and spoken-word artist in AJ’s Virtual Party, and as a writer and performer with the Dipsy Doodle Dragons sketch comedy team. She most recently appeared onstage as Han Solo in One Hour Star Wars Trilogy: Live! at Dragon Productions and as a Laker Girl in Spamalot at Woodside Community Theatre. Alix has also performed locally with Fuse Theatre, the Pear Theatre, and Epic Immersive. She has extensive training in dance, movement, and the circus arts, with a focus on partner acrobatics, aerial silks, and contortion.

DANA LEWENTHAL (Kate / Jackey / Ben) is delighted to join this stellar cast in her debut at CCCT. Ms. Lewenthal has spent nearly three decades on Bay Area stages and her performance as Mrs. Cheveley in An Ideal Husband (Town Hall Theatre) earned her Outstanding Actress nominations for the Theatre Bay Area and Shellie Awards. Local: Berkeley Playhouse (Bridges, Grease), Role Players Ensemble (The Mystery of Irma Vep, Don’t Drink the Water, The Ladies Man, The Matchmaker), Douglas Morrison Theatre (Charley’s Aunt), 42nd Street Moon, CCMT, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre understudy. Classical: Richard III, The Comedy of Errors, Measure for Measure, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet. She is an MFA Acting graduate from The Theatre School, Chicago. Regional: Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival, Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding, and New Tuners Theater in Chicago. By day she’s a mom, organizer, baker, and chocolate wrangler: Leading Lady Delights. Love always to Adam and the M&Ms.

VENEITA PORTER (Andwyneth Wyore / Don Blount) Veneita started her work in theatre at an early age, at the tender age of ten her first appearance in Midsummer’s Night Dream. As  Bottom, she donned a donkey head and never looked back. Acting in well over a hundred production her work gave her a solid foundation and included studies in New York, London, and Scotland to name just a few of the locations that allowed her to see the world from stage to screen. The pandemic is just one of the many challenges that she overcome and has given her the opportunity to work with CCCT and Marilyn Langbehn for which she is very grateful. Playing every kind of character from giant rabbit to misfits and queens she looks forward to growing old playing the unexpected in her own special way.

LENA SIBONY (T-Anne) is so grateful to be back on stage after two years of virtual theater. She recently graduated from UCLA where she directed and performed in numerous productions. She’s thrilled to be back in the Bay Area pursuing Theatre, the community that showed her the beauty of the art form. Thank you so much for coming to see and support live theater-it truly means the world.

TRISH TILLMAN (Casey / Olga) has been an actor, improvisor, and theater arts teacher in the Bay Area and New York for 25 years. She was last seen on the CCCT stage as Jessie in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) for which she was nominated for a TBA Award for Outstanding Performance. In addition to acting, she has taught acting and improvisation programs for all ages at A.C.T. (American Conservatory Theater), California Shakespeare Theater, Brandeis Marin School, the ARC of San Francisco, Marin Theater Company, Stagebridge, and the San Francisco Arts Education Project, among many others. She holds a Masters in Dramatic Performance and Teaching Theater from Antioch University, and a B.S. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University.

Jane Martin, a Kentuckian, first came to national attention for Talking With, a collection of monologues premiering in Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 1982 Humana Festival of New American Plays. Since its New York premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club in 1982, Talking With has been performed around the world, winning the Best Foreign Play of the Year Award in Germany from Theatre Heute magazine. Her other work includes: Vital Signs, Cementville, Keely And Du (Pulitzer Prize nominee; 1994 American Theatre Critics Association Best New Play Award), Jack And Jill (1997 American Theatre Critics Association Best New Play Award), Anton In Show Business (2001 American Theatre Critics/Steinberg Principal Citation), Mr. Bundy, and Flaming Guns Of The Purple Sage. Good Boys premiered at Guthrie Theater in 2002. Flags was co-produced by Guthrie Theater and Mixed Blood in 2004, and her most recent work, Sez She, premiered at Illusion Theatre in April 2006.

MADELINE BERGER (she/her) (Costume Designer) is excited for the return to live theater, especially in her hometown! Pre-pandemic her costumes came alive around the Bay Area at San Francisco Playhouse, Altarena Playhouse, and San Jose Stage. Now she is thrilled to be designing for the place that started it all. From camper, to first time costume designing at El Cerrito High (with CCCTs stock), to main stage costume designer! Madeline is grateful for the collaboration and dedication from her incredible assistants. Special thanks to friends and family for their continued support of her creativity.

DANIEL “TECHNO” DEBONO (he/they) (sound designer) has been designing and mixing Theatrical Sound in the SF Bay Area since 2010. Training under Jack Morocco (Pyrotechniques, Mythbusters) for 6+ years, Techno has been behind the mixing board for local productions of The Wiz, Les Misérables, Sweeney Todd, Little Shop of Horrors, Godspell, and Allegiance, as well as comedies and dramas like The Laramie Project, How We Got On, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Silent Sky, Almost, Maine; and numerous bilingual productions including The Cries of La Llorona and Frida Kahlo: The Artist; the Woman. Overjoyed to be back to work, Techno spent much of his time during the pandemic honing his graphic design and omelet-making skills while spending extra time with his wife and kids.

DEVON LABELLE (she/her)(Props/Scenic designer) is a Prop Lead and SFX artist whose work has been seen across Bay Area stages since 2009. She is Resident Artist with Crowded Fire Theater, a Company Member with Shotgun Players, and a TBA-award–winning props designer for her work on Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice (Shotgun Players) and Vanya, Sonya, Masha, and Spike (CCCT). Devon is the props shop coordinator at San Francisco State University. Upcoming projects include The Displaced with Crowded Fire Theater and The Magic Lamp with the Presidio Theatre.

MARILYN LANGBEHN (she/her)(director) is in her ninth season at CCCT. Productions for the company include Broadway Inside Out, Bright Star, All the Way, Ragtime, All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, CabaretThe Sound of Music, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)[revised], the world premiere of The Lost Years and The Mountaintop, both of which began their lives at CCCT as part of the Reading Stage series. Her widely-acclaimed production of August: Osage County received Best Production and Best Director nods at the inaugural TBA Awards in 2014. She founded the Theatre’s Reading Stage series in 2015 to showcase the work of women playwrights and playwrights of color. To date, the series has produced more than 20 works, including plays by Katori Hall, Theresa Rebeck, Cynthia Wands, kimber lee, Leah Nanako Winkler, Jiréh Breon Holder, and Inda Craig-Galván, and the widely-acclaimed world premiere of her play, Running For My Life, about the January 6th insurrection. Marilyn also inaugurated the “Kitchen Table Conversation” Zoom series in 2020 to engage audiences in substantive conversation about the arts in an informal setting. She is a fierce advocate for arts education and equitable access to arts programming on both sides of the curtain and a champion of the next generation of theatremakers in our community.

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