Summer 2021 Digital Program

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Welcome from Artistic Director
Mark Booher
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Welcome from AHC Superintendent/President
Dr. Kevin Walthers
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Welcome from PCPA Foundation President Jim Bray
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Written by Erik Stein
Music selected and arranged by
Michael Wilkins
Together is a new live and in person concert that revels in the simple fact that life is better when we live it together. Seven actors and a musician take you on a musical journey that celebrates our shared experiences and the stories that have yet to be told - tales of the like-minded and adventures of those that dance to a different beat. This concert was created exclusively for PCPA’s audiences to rejoice as a community, and to relish being - together.
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Untitled Document
July 21 - August 8, 2021
Solvang Festival Theater
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
July 21
8pm
pre
July 22
8pm
pre
July 23
8pm
open
July 24
8pm
July 25 July 26 July 27 July 28
July 29 July 30
8pm
July 31
8pm
Aug. 1
8pm
Aug. 2 Aug. 3
Aug. 4
Aug. 5 Aug. 6
8pm
Aug. 7
8pm
Aug. 8

Creative Team

Director

Musical Director

Scenic Designer

Costume Designer

Lighting Designer

Sound Designer

Lindsay Putnam

Stage Manager

Production Stage Manager

The Cast

*Member, Actors' Equity Association
About the Production

Together: A Musical Journey celebrates the return to sharing stories and songs in a live performance, in-person, with an audience. Author Erik Stein said, “Shared experiences are vital in mitigating the effects of a growing gig economy and a country that is sliding more and more toward individualism.” And, he added, “Life is better when we live it together.” Stein believes that people in the same room, sharing an experience together, truly is essential. This is the first time that Stein and Musical Director Michael Wilkins have collaborated together. Steins said that having similar tastes in music helped keep the project moving as was Wilkins’ ability to help keep Stein focused and not get distracted by the noise. “I feel like the two of us are back in high school making mix tapes,” he said. This is the fifth time he has worked on a show with Director Katie Fuchs-Wackowski. “It’s hard for me to imagine working on a project without Katie. She makes me so much better. I think she may be a wizard.” Stein suggested.
This production marks Fuchs-Wackowski’s directorial debut having previously choreographed over a dozen productions and acted in dozens more. “I am very excited to be working on this incredibly unique project specifically created to celebrate being back together after this long, hard year apart,” the director said. She sees this show as a celebration of the common threads that link humanity together presented through a tapestry of individual voices and songs. “Through our connections with one another, we find the ability and strength to prevail and overcome,” she said. Through the musical journey the characters ask a series of questions and share answers. “Questions are so human! Like love, they are one of the great unifiers. And in our quest to either answer questions or live with them, we find community,” Fuchs-Wackowski stated. Through endless production meetings on Zoom the designers have landed on a visual theme of interconnectedness. Costume Designer Eddy L. Barrows’ while highlighting each performer’s individuality will unify the look with a floral theme which Fuchs-Wackowski emphasizes is indicative of growth and celebration; while Jason Bolen’s set design involves “a combination of straight and curvilinear images that find multiple opportunities to visually intersect – subtle, yet elegant nods to our greater theme.”
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About the Author
Erik Stein has been a Resident Artist at PCPA since 2002. Recent acting credits include The Little Mermaid, The Hunchback of Norte Dame, Mamma Mia!, Twelfth Night, and Shrek. He has directed The Addams Family, Freaky Friday, Forever Plaid, Songs for a New World, and Art. Previous plays he has written include Under the Boardwalk, Holiday Dinnertainment!, Our Alaska, as well as creating several vaudeville revues for The Great American Melodrama. Besides PCPA, Stein has worked at over 30 regional theatres in addition to Broadway and Off-Broadway. He is the Author of the book No Caution! A Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing Auditions for Universities, Colleges, Conservatories, and Beyond. He is also the founding member of two theatre companies: The Alaska Shakespeare Festival and The California Cabaret Theatre. For the PCPA Conservatory, Erik teaches Audition Techniques and The Business of Being an Actor.
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Costume Design by Eddy L. Barrows

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Scenic Design by Jason Bolen

Generously Sponsored by
Jed Q. & Diane Beebe
Suzanne & Ron Levy
Ng & Ng Dental & Eye Care

Production Crew

Sound Engineer
Deck Crew
A 2
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Light Board Operator
Electrics Supervisor
Wardrobe Supervisor
Natalie Houle
Kody Cava
Alisha Hunter
Adriana Pinkerton
Ish Petersen
Paige Deeds
Satchel Hogan
Juan Miguel Jimenez
Cody Soper
Tera Bruketta
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Together - Lady Day- Covid Restrictions
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Together - Lady Day- Covid Restrictions
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By Lanie Robertson
Step into Emerson's Bar and Grill and witness one of Billie Holiday’s last performances in Philadelphia. It's March 1959, and just four months shy of her death at the age of 44. This drama with music examines and explores the life of this legendary performer, with more than a dozen of the jazz legends' songs in this riveting portrait of Holiday and her music. Songs include "God Bless the Child," "T'ain't Nobody's Business If I Do," "Crazy He Calls Me" and "Easy Livin'."
Adult themes and language

The Cast

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Billie Holiday

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Jimmy Powers

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August 19 - September 5, 2021
Solvang Festival Theater
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Aug. 19
8pm
pre
Aug 20
8pm
open
Aug. 21
8pm
Aug. 22 Aug. 23 Aug. 24 Aug. 25 Aug. 26
8pm
Aug. 27
8pm
Aug. 28
8pm
Aug. 29 Aug. 30 Aug. 31
Sept. 1 Sept. 2
8pm
Sept. 3
8pm
Sept. 4
8pm
Sept. 5
8pm

Director

Wren T. Brown

Scenic Designer

Ed Haynes

Costume Designer

Lighting Designer

Donna Ruzika

Sound Designer

Corwin Evans

Production Stage Manager

Sarah Ford*

Stage Manager

Generously Sponsored by
Jerry & Sharon Melson
Elise Roberts

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Karole Foreman* as Billie Holiday
Photo by Craig Schwartz, courtesy Ebony Repertory Theatre

*Member, Actors' Equity Association

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com
The videotaping or making of electronic or other audio and/or visual recordings of this production and distributing recordings or streams in any medium, including the Internet, is strictly prohibited, a violation of the author(s)'s rights and actionable under United States copyright law. for more information, please visit: https://concordtheatricals.com/resources/protecting-artists

About the Play

The time is 1959. The place is a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday’s last performances, given four months before her death. More than a dozen musical numbers are interlaced with salty, often humorous reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music.
The play premiered at the Alliance Theatre in 1986 transferring to Off-Broadway followed by a Broadway production which opened in 2014 featuring Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday. McDonald was awarded her sixth Tony Award for her performance.
Lady Day won the 1987 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Book.
About the Production

Director Wren T. Brown says Holiday’s music continues to soar and stir audiences six decades later. “I am excited to direct Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, because it affords me the opportunity to explore and examine the life of one of the most transcendent artists of the 20th century. Through her singing, Billie Holiday used everything that happened in her life to inform her art. Many of the songs she performed and recorded have become standards, and have caused audiences to feel her heart and soul, in a manner unlike any other artist. Sixty years after her death, at a time in America when race, gender, and the opioid crisis are being discussed loudly on a daily basis, Billie Holiday's life and career are a great example of what it means to not just survive but triumph in the face of lifelong abuse and struggle.”
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About the Author

Lanie Robertson writes about iconic artists and the societal issues they faced in Nasty Little Secrets, The Insanity of Mary Girard, Back County Crimes, and Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, which was produced on Broadway in 2014. His plays are widely produced nationally and internationally. He’s a member of the Dramatists Guild, Writers Guild, East; and the Societe des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques.
Robertson is quoted in encyclopedia.com discussing his inspirations in becoming a playwright, “From kindergarten until high school graduation, I attended sixteen schools in fourteen of these United States. I believe my childhood influenced my theater work in many ways: it established me in my psyche as an eternal outsider; it attuned my ear to the sound of people’s voices and to how meaning is often conveyed through intonations that revealed the truer feelings hiding behind the sense of the words people use; and it exposed me to a wide range of personality types and identities that lurk within regional identification.” While the author aligns with Aristotle in the need to tell a story with a beginning, a middle, and an end. He doesn’t however, adhere to a chronological structure. Instead, he approaches historical characters at significant points in their lives. Figures such as Billie Holiday, John Wilkes Booth, Georgia O’Keeffe, Eugene O’Neill, Hank Williams, Louis Armstrong, Mae West, Noel Coward, among others.
About Billie Holiday

Born Eleanora Fagan in 1915 and died at the age of 44 in 1959 after a tumultuous yet successful recording career that began after singing in Harlem nightclubs. Billie Holiday, nicknamed "Lady Day” recorded for Columbia and Decca records and performed to a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall in the late 40s. At an early age she was influenced by Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith. Her first recording, at the age of 18, was with Benny Goodman, one of the two tracks she recorded “Riffin’ the Scotch,” sold 5,000 records. Producer John Hammond said of the young Holiday, she sang like an improvising jazz genius. In the late 30’s she toured briefly with Count Basie and Artie Shaw. In 1941 Holiday recorded "God Bless the Child" becoming her most popular record selling over a million copies. Another huge hit followed when she signed to Decca Records and recorded “Lover Man” which crossed her over from jazz to pop.

In 1947, without attorney representation she pleaded guilty to drug possession. The conviction caused her to lose her Cabaret Card limiting the venues in which she was able to perform. DownBeat magazine critic Nat Hentoff wrote of her later concert, “Lady’s sound, a texture simultaneously steel-edged and yet soft inside; a voice that was almost unbearably wise in disillusion and yet childlike. The audience was hers from before she sang, greeting her and saying good-bye with heavy, loving applause. It was a night when Billie was on top, undeniably the best and most honest jazz singer alive.” Holiday was posthumously nominated for 23 Grammy awards and inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, among others.
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Together - Lady Day- Covid Restrictions

Now more than ever, we are calling on YOU to help support PCPA. Please donate today and keep #PCPASTRONG Please go to
www.pcpa.org/donate OR Text PCPA to #50155

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Welcome PCPA's newest Resident Artists

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Jennie
Greenberry

Eduardo
Enrikez

Christen
Celaya

Three new Resident Artists will be joining the PCPA staff this fall semester as teachers in the conservatory and actors in mainstage productions.

Audiences will remember Jennie Greenberry from her performance in the 2019 production of The Addams Family. She spent five seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and has played major roles Off-Broadway and in regional theatres from coast to coast including the Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Dallas Theater Center, The Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Music Theatre Wichita, and Kansas City Repertory.
Eduardo Enrikez was born in Mexico and began his professional acting career in London appearing in the West End production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare and at The Edinburg Festival in Dangerous Games. He's appeared in numerous stage productions in Los Angeles, worked in film and wrote the title song for the animated movie Sabel, opening in theatres next year.
Christen Celaya comes to PCPA from LA where she worked at Teatro Luna and The Southland Company. Previously based in New York she performed in Off-Broadway productions of The Imaginary Invalid, The King of Infinite Space, and the title role of Miss Julie. She is a film maker and created the independent film company Pocha Productions working to engage an inter-sectional feminist U.S. Latinx perspective through cinematic story-telling and to empower Latinx creatives and people of color at every level of production.
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All events are subject to Cal OSHA, California Department of Public Health and Actors’ Equity Association mandates and regulations.

Per AEA safety requirements, we have blocked off the first two rows of the Solvang Festival Theater.

Events are subject to reschedule or cancellation. No refunds are allowed but tickets will be credited to a future performance.

Now more than ever, we are calling on YOU to help support PCPA. Please donate today and keep #PCPASTRONG
Please go to www.pcpa.org/donate OR Text PCPA to #50155



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