Kneehigh's Tristan & Yseult
adapted and directed by Emma Rice
writers: Carl Grose and Anna Maria Murphy
SEGERSTROM STAGE
January 23, 2015 - February 22, 2015

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A cabaret band plays high above the stage as this classic myth about star-crossed lovers unfolds. King Mark is victorious in battle, and Yseult is destined to be his bride. But when he sends Tristan to bring her back, trouble begins.  It’s played out with wild exuberance—and a touch of Tarantino—by Kneehigh, the British company that thrilled audiences with productions like The Wild Bride and Brief Encounter. This is the play that wowed critics (The Huffington Post: “Utterly timeless, delightful and engrossing”) and catapulted Kneehigh into the international spotlight.

Previews: January 23–29, 2015
Opening Night: January 30, 2015
Regular Performances: January 31 – February 22, 2015

Recommendation: Middle school and above.

Running Time: Approximately two hours including one 15-minute intermission.

About Kneehigh: Kneehigh are unique. They are a regionally-based theatre company with a local, national and international profile. For over 30 years Kneehigh have created vigorous, popular and challenging theatre for audiences throughout the UK and beyond. They perform with the joyful anarchy that audiences have come to expect from this ground-breaking theatre company.

Kneehigh tell stories. Based in Cornwall in breath-taking barns on the south coast the company create theatre of humanity on an epic and tiny scale. They work with an ever-changing ensemble of performers, musicians, artists, technicians and administrators and are passionate about their multi-disciplined creative process. 

They choose to be based and work in Cornwall, within a community but outside the ‘business'. They are inspired by Cornwall and calmed by Cornwall. They dedicate themselves to thinking outside the constraints of fear and neurosis. They fight for their process and each other. They believe in the principles of play, generosity, vulnerability, ambition, bravery, anarchy and instinct.

In 2010 Kneehigh launched The Asylum, a beautiful and flexible nomadic structure, which means the company now has a venue to call home as well as being one of the leading touring theatre companies in the UK. The company have now presented three seasons in The Asylum in Cornwall 

Kneehigh productions include Steptoe and Son (UK Tour 2012/13) The Wild Bride (UK Tour, San Francisco, New York, New Zealand 2011/12/13); Midnight’s Pumpkin (The Asylum, Cornwall 2011, Battersea Arts Centre, 2012); The Red Shoes  (UK Tour 2001/2, Winner of TMA for Best Director 2002, UK Tour, USA and Australia 2010/11),  Hansel & Gretel (UK Tour 2010/11), Don John (UK Tour 2008/9), Brief Encounter (West End 2008, UK Tour and USA Tour 2009, Broadway 2010),  A Matter of Life and Death (Royal National Theatre 2007), Rapunzel (BAC, UK Tour and New York 2007/8),  Cymbeline (UK and International Tour 2007/2008) and Tristan and Yseult (Royal National Theatre and UK Tour 2006). Forthcoming productions include Steptoe and Son (The Asylum and UK Tour 2012/13) and Midnights Pumpkin (BAC 2012).

Photo: Richard Termine

Emma Rice is the joint artistic director of Kneehigh and has worked on The Red Shoes, The Wooden Frock, The Bacchae, Tristan & Yseult, Cymbeline (in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company), A Matter of Life and Death (Royal National Theatre, in association with Kneehigh), Rapunzel (in association with Battersea Arts Centre), Brief Encounter (a David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers Production, in association with Kneehigh), Don John (in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Bristol Old Vic), Midnight’s Pumpkin, The Wild Bride, Wah! Wah! Girls (with Sadler’s Wells, Theatre Royal Stratford East for World Stages), and Steptoe and Son. Rice’s other work includes the West End production of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Oedipussy for Spymonkey and The Empress for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Carl Grose has worked extensively with Kneehigh for the past 17 years, as both a writer and an actor. His writing for Kneehigh includes Quick Silver, Tristan & Yseult, The Bacchae, Wagstaffe the Wind-up Boy, Blast!, Cymbeline and Hansel & Gretel. Grose has also written for BBC TV and Radio, Vesturport, Told by an Idiot, o-region, Spymonkey, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the National Theatre. His plays include Grand Guignol, Superstition Mountain, 49 Donkeys Hanged, Gargantua and Horse Piss for Blood. Grose is currently writing shows for Bristol Old Vic, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, and a new version of The Beggar’s Opera for Kneehigh.

Anna Maria Murphy is a long-term member of Kneehigh, most recently as a writer for shows including Tristan & Yseult with Carl Grose, The Red Shoes, Don John (Royal Shakespeare Company), and Midnight’s Pumpkin. She has also worked for Cscape Dance Company, Theatre Alibi, Rogue Theatre and BBC Radio 4, among others. She also has written for Little Angel Theatre, in association with Kneehigh, for A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings as well as If the Shoe Fits for Cscape. She is lead artist in Kneehigh’s Rambles Program, working with young people and communities, and has been walking the roads less traveled in Cornwall for the last three years collecting, reinventing, and exaggerating stories heard on the way. This culminated in a show called Kneehigh Rambles and a story app.

Learn more about the production, cast & creative team with a peek into the program. Read full artist bios, in-depth articles and more.

Cast
ashdown
Niall Ashdown (Morholt, Brangian) is an actor/writer/performer with an extensive background in improvised theatre and comedy. His stage work includes regularly guesting with London’s Comedy Store Players, improvising operas with Impropera, and as part of Improbable’s Animo and Lifegame, which was the last time he worked in New York. He has written and performed two solo shows, Hungarian Bird Festival and The Man Who Would Be Sting, both of which were made into radio plays for the BBC. In recent years he has appeared in Never Try This at Home, as Aslaksen in Public Enemy, the Maniac in Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Annie Get Your Gun and Nobby Stiles in World Cup 1966. On television, Ashdown has been seen in “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” “Parents,” “Outnumbered,” “Angel Cake” and “Barking.” On radio he has written and performed two series of “Losers” for BBC Radio 4. He writes the Robbo sports blog online at www.robborobson.blogspot.com and is working up a piece of community theatre featuring songs he has written to the poems from A.E. Housman’s A Shropshire Lad.

Daunno
Damon Daunno (Frocin) is an actor-musician from New Jersey and a graduate from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is thrilled to be making his first appearance at South Coast Repertory. His other work with Kneehigh shows include Brief Encounter (Broadway, Australian and U.S. tour) and The Wild Bride (U.S. tour). His other theater credits include The Last Goodbye (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Fly By Night (Dallas Theater Center), Jesus in India (Magic Theatre) and Those Lost Boys (Ars Nova). His television and film credits include “The Following” (Fox). He is a multi-instrumentalist and composer and has scored feature length and short films. His original music can be found on iTunes. He loves you very much. Thanks to family, Abrams, and Authentic. 

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Tom Jackson Greaves (Lovespotter, Brute and Animator)

was born in Cornwall and trained at Laban and London Contemporary Dance School. His performance credits include extensive touring for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures including Cinderella, Nutcracker!, the 25th anniversary tour of Early Adventures and the principal role of Carabosse/Caradoc in the worldwide tour of Sleeping Beauty. His other performance include Kes (Sheffield Crucible), 44 Stories (The Arches), Dirty Dancing (Future Cinema), The Venus Flower (C Scape Dance Company), And Then You Were Gone (Cameron McMillan Dance) and Slaughter (The Mconie Company for The Place Prize). His choreographic credits include Harvest Fire (The Lemon Tree Aberdeen), Buds (Arts Educational Schools), Cherry Jubilee (Dance Academy Russia), Shadowthief (Barnsley Civic), Kerry Ellis at the Palladium (London Palladium), LIFT The Musical (Soho Theatre), The Seventh Muse (Barbican Plymouth) and music videos for Boy George and Clare Maguire. Greaves also creates his own dance-theatre work: Seven Deadly Sins (U.K. Tour) and Vanity Fowl (Sadlers Wells). He won the New Adventures Choreographic Award 2012, a Young Spark for Dance Umbrella 2011 and is a member of the dance faculty at The MTA. @tjgdance www.tom-jackson-greaves.com


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Róbert Lucay (Lovespotter, Brute and Animator) received his training at the University of Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia. His theatre credits include Aloysius Mogarich in Master and Margarita (Complicite Theater), Much in the Heart of Robin Hood (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Red Shoes (Kneehigh), The Overcoat (Gecko Theatre), A Matter of Life and Death (National Theatre/Kneehigh), Iachimo in Cymbeline (RSC/Kneehigh), Pericles in Pericles and Adam in Man Falling Down (Shakespeare’s Globe), Dionysus in The Bacchae (Kneehigh), Maxim in Tale About the Dead Princess (Jokai Theatre, Slovakia), Baron Firulet in Operetta (Barka Theatre, Hungary), Vershinin in Three Sisters (Barka Theatre), Prophet Ilja (Barka Theatre), Six Characters in Search of an Author (Barka Theatre), The Devil (Jokai Theatre, Slovakia), Sweet Anna (Jokai Theatre). His film and television credits include Mission Impossible 5, “Foreign John” (Channel 4), “Strike Back”(Sky) and the radio program “Solo Behind The Iron Curtain” (BBC Radio 4).


Marsh
Dominic Marsh (Tristan) has theatre credits that include Macheath in Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) (Kneehigh), Cassard in Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Leicester Curve and West End), Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice (Bury St Edmunds), Fleet in Mimi and the Stalker (Theatre 503), The Actor in The Woman in Black (West End), Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Prince Charming in Cinderella (Oxford Playhouse), King George III in Longitude (Greenwich Theatre), Arviragus in Cymbeline, Curio in Twelfth Night, Tom Tucker in HMS Pinafore (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Richard/Danus in The Shell Seekers (U.K. Tour), Simon Bliss in Hay Fever (Haymarket, Basingstoke) and Jonathan Harker in Dracula (Derby Playhouse). His other theatre credits include Murmuring Judges, Racing Demon, Absence of War (Birmingham Rep), Romeo & Juliet, As You Like It, Oh! What a Lovely War! (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Alice in Wonderland (RSC). His film and television credits include Harry Witherspoon in the feature film Lucky Stiff (produced by Victor Syrmis/J. Todd Harris), Matt Barber in “DCI BANKS” (ITV), Jamie in “Missing” (BBC), Smithy in “Doctors” (BBC), Michael Morgan in “Our Name is Michael Morgan” (NFTS) and The Man in the Undertow (South West Screen). In collaboration with Dougal Irvine, Marsh recently wrote the book for The Other School, a new musical commissioned by the National Youth Music Theatre.

Shepherd
Mike Shepherd (King Mark) started Kneehigh in 1980 and has worked almost exclusively for the company ever since. Shepherd is an actor, director and teacher and has an ongoing preoccupation with the conditions of creativity. He is currently joint artistic director with Emma Rice and most recently directed Kneehigh’s new version of The Beggar’s Opera, Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), which is currently touring. As well as acting and directing, he runs the Rambles Programme with Anna Maria Murphy and is a pioneer of Kneehigh’s transformable and transportable venue, The Asylum. His recent shows as an actor include Tristan & Yseult, The Wooden Frock, The Bacchae, The Red Shoes, Cymbeline, A Matter of Life and Death, Don John, Midnight’s Pumpkin, Steptoe and Son and the motion picture Anna Karenina. As a director, he has worked on Hansel and Gretel, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (with Little Angel Theatre), and Kneehigh Rambles (co-directed with Emma Rice). Shepherd recently played a pirate in Warner Bros movie Pan, due for release 2015. 

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Hannah Vassallo (Yseult) received her training at Rambert School. Her theatre credits include principal dancer for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, performing many roles at Sadlers Wells in London, throughout the U.K. and internationally, as well as creating roles and material for the company. Her credits include, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty (original cast), Sheila in Play Without Words, Clara in Nutcracker, Rita in The Car Man, Kim Boggs in Edward Scissorhands (original cast) and Effie in Highland Fling. Vassallo has also performed in London’s West End, including the leading role of Baby Houseman in Dirty Dancing. Her film and television credits include Sleeping Beauty (DVD worldwide), “Matthew Bourne’s Christmas” (Channel 4), “A Beauty is Born” (BBC) and Anglomania for Vivienne Westwood. Her contemporary dance work includes Faust, choreographed by Michael Keegan Dolan at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, The Queen’s Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace, choreographed by Drew McOnie, Ijad Dance and Moving Visions Dance Theatre. Her workshops include Beast for Douglas Thorpe, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Car Man, Edward Scissorhands for New Adventures, The Star Child for The McOnie Company and Mad Funny Just with Sarah Tipple. Earlier this year, Vassallo was nominated by the Critics Circle National Dance Awards for Outstanding Female Performance for the role of Aurora in Sleeping Beauty.

Woodward
Kirsty Woodward (Whitehands) received her training at National Youth Theatre and Kneehigh. For Kneehigh, she has appeared in Cymbeline, Rapunzel, A Matter of life and Death, Blast, Midnight’s Pumpkin and Steptoe and Son. Her other theatre work includes Stuart a Life Backwards (Hightide), The Way of the World (Sheffield Crucible); Beauty and the Beast (Told by an Idiot), The Winter’s Tale, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, The Grainstore, American Trade and Romeo & Juliet (RSC). 
Musicians
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Stu Baker has worked extensively as composer/musical director with Kneehigh over the last 20 years. His shows as composer/MD include A Matter of Life and Death and Tristan & Yseult (Royal National Theatre), Brief Encounter (Broadway/West End), Cymbeline and Don John (RSC), Hansel and Gretel (Bristol Old Vic), The Bacchae and The Wooden Frock (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Nights at the Circus and The Red Shoes (Lyric Hammersmith), The Wild Bride, Rapunzel and Midnight Pumpkin (BAC) and Pandora’s Box (Northern Stage). His other work includes composing/musical directing at Shakespeare’s Globe, Bristol Old Vic, Donmar Warehouse, Welfare State International, Contact Theatre, Liverpool Lantern Company, Travelling Light and Horse And Bamboo. Recently, Barker has been touring as trombonist with C. W Stoneking & His Primitive Horn Orchestra.

Gow
James Gow is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from Kent with a BA in music from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Outside of the theatre, he can be seen performing with Cocos Lovers, as well as other bands from the East Kent Coast folk scene, London-based genre-hopping jazz-fusion group Lunch Money and new Bristol-based quartet Eleven Magpies. Tristan & Yseult is Gow’s third show with Kneehigh following tours of Brief Encounter and Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other Love Songs). Most recently, he appeared as Glowworm in James & the Giant Peach (West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Moran
Pat Moran is happily returning to Tristan & Yseult after taking part in the 2013-14 U.S. tour. He has composed original music and lyrics for more than a dozen professional theater productions and served as resident composer/lyricist/music director for the San Francisco Mime Troupe from 2007-13. Moran was most recently seen performing as a multi-instrumentalist in the world premiere of An Audience with Meow Meow, fall 2014 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Originally from Boston, he received an MFA performer-composer degree from the California Institute for the Arts and a BFA in philosophy with a concentration in ethics and public policy from Clark University. He is an active educator and has been an artist in residence at the University of San Francisco, Miami University in Ohio, UNC Greensboro, and CSU Fresno.

Radford
Justin Lee Radford is a Cornish-born composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and writer. As a child, he was taught music by his father and has busked and played his way across the lands, enjoying international touring, various transatlantic adventures and many festival stages. Aside from touring, he composes for film, poetry and installations as a member of Human Suits Collective (European Music Award-winners, 2013 for OST contribution to ‘Overview the Movie’). He also assists in musical workshops aimed towards empowering local children, and writes and produces music for other artists under the cover of pseudonyms. He has just finished a U.K. tour of Kneehigh’s Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs). Much love to the swans of 139. 

Lizzy-Westcott
Lizzy Westcott has scored and musical-directed for several shows with the Bristol Old Vic and the Bike Shed Theatre as well as being co-director for Bristol based company Twisted Theatre. She also performs with Eleven Magpies, a quartet featuring original music by Kneehigh’s Ian Ross, and is co-directing Death and Treason, Rhyme and Reason, a song-cycle for adults based on the dark and dirty origins of nursery rhymes. This is Westcots’s second tour with Tristan & Yseult.

Creative Team
Emma Rice (Director/Adapter) is the joint artistic director of Kneehigh. Productions for Kneehigh include The Red Shoes, The Wooden Frock, The Bacchae, Tristan & Yseult, Cymbeline (in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company); A Matter of Life and Death (Royal National Theatre in association with Kneehigh); Rapunzel (in association with Battersea Arts Centre); Brief Encounter (a David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers Production in association with Kneehigh); Don John (in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Bristol Old Vic); Midnight’s Pumpkin, The Wild Bride, Wah! Wah! Girls (with Sadler’s Wells, Theatre Royal Stratford East for World Stages); and Steptoe and Son. Rice’s other work includes the West End production of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Oedipussy for Spymonkey and The Empress for the RSC. Most recently, she directed An Audience with Meow Meow at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Anna Maria Murphy (Writer) is a long-term member of Kneehigh, latterly as a writer, (Tristan & Ysuelt, The Bacchae, both with Carl Grose, and The Red Shoes, Don John). Amongst others, she has worked for C-scape Dance, Theatre Alibi, and BBC Radio 4. Most recently, she wrote for A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, a collaboration with Little Angel and Kneehigh. She is currently lead artist on Kneehigh’s Ramble programme, walking the road less travelled and gathering stories. Murphy also co-runs The Story Republic and Writing Squad Kernow, both writing projects for young people.

Carl Grose (Writer) has been a member of Kneehigh for the past 20 years. His writing for the company includes Tristan & Yseult, The Bacchae, Blast!, Cymbeline, Hansel & Gretel, The Wild Bride and most recently Dead Dog In A Suitcase (and other love songs)—a critically acclaimed new version of The Beggar’s Opera. He has also appeared as an actor in numerous shows including The King of Prussia and The Riot (both by Nick Darke), Wagstaffe The Wind-Up Boy and Nights At The Circus. Grose’s other plays include Quick Silver, 49 Donkeys Hanged, Superstition Mountain, Grand Guignol, The 13 Midnight Challenges of Angelus Diablo, Gargantua and Horse Piss For Blood. He’s also written for Told By An Idiot, National Theatre of Wales, Vesturport, Spymonkey and BBC TV and Radio. He is currently writing new plays for the National Theatre and the RSC. 

Bill Mitchell (Designerwas artistic director of Kneehigh from 1995 to 2005, where he worked on many shows including the Red Shoes, Tristan & Yseult and The Wild Bride. In 2005, he created his own company WildWorks to experiment and develop his passion for landscape theatre and site-specific work internationally. Since 2005, his company has created A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; Souterrain 2006-07; The Beautiful Journey 2009; The Passion of Port Talbot with Michael Sheen and National Theatre Wales, which won him the TMA Director of the Year award in 2011; Babel 2012; the acclaimed Enchanted Palace, Kensington Palace 2010 to 2012; Kastell Van Gaasbeek 2014; and 100: The Day Our World Changed Forever at Mevagissey and The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Mitchell is an Honorary Fellow of Falmouth University.

Malcolm Rippeth (Lighting Designer) is an associate artist of Kneehigh, whose productions include Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), The Wild Bride, Brief Encounter, The Red Shoes, Nights at the Circus, Don John, Wah! Wah! Girls and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. His other work includes The Empress (RSC); The Dead (Abbey Theatre Dublin); Spur of the Moment (Royal Court); The Promise (Donmar); Six Characters in Search of an Author (West End); West Side Story (Sage Gateshead); Decade (Headlong); The Threepenny Opera (Graeae); The Birthday Party (Manchester Royal Exchange); HMS Pinafore (Guthrie Theater Minneapolis); London (Paines Plough); Stones in His Pockets (Tricycle); His Dark Materials (Birmingham Rep); Refugee Boy (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Bloody Chamber (Northern Stage); Copenhagen (Edinburgh Royal Lyceum); La Nuit Intime (balletLORENT); Tutti Frutti (National Theatre of Scotland); and The Devil Inside Him (National Theatre Wales). His opera work includes The Coronation of Poppea (Opera North), Orfeo ed Euridice (Buxton Festival), Armida (Garsington) and Seven Deadly Sins (Welsh National Opera). His lighting design for Brief Encounter received a whatsonstage.com Theatregoer’s Choice Award in London, an Obie in New York and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award on Broadway.

Gregory Clarke (Sound Designer) has theatre credits that include The Doctor’s Dilemma, Misterman, Twelfth Night, No Man’s Land, Tristan & Yseult, The Emperor Jones, Earthquakes in London (National Theatre), The Heart of Robin Hood, Great Expectations, Coriolanus, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Tantalus, Cymbeline, The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC), The Philanthropist, A Voyage Round My Father, The Silence Of The Sea (Donmar), The Seagull (Headlong), My Perfect Mind (Young Vic), In The Beginning Was The End (dreamthinkspeak), Journey’s End (Duke of York’s/New York; Drama Desk Award), Equus (Gielgud/New York; Tony Award), Pygmalion, The Philanthropist (New York), DruidMurphy, Penelope, The Hackney Office, The New Electric Ballroom (Druid), Our Boys, Goodnight Mr Tom, The Vortex, Some Girls, Waiting for Godot, The Dresser, Amy’s View, You Never Can Tell, A Flea In Her Ear, National Anthems, Six Degrees of Separation, Betrayal, Abigail’s Party (West End).

Paul Crewes (Producer) has worked at Kneehigh since 2005. Before working there, Crewes worked as producer at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, where he set up more than 40 productions as well as collaborations with Kneehigh (The Wooden Frock and The Bacchae), Improbable Theatre, Teatre Romea, National Theatre and with commercial and West End producers. His other work includes producing the U.K. tour of Doorman with his own company in 2005, serving as associate producer for the Lowry, including producing King Cotton (2007) and working for Metal with Jude Kelly. At Kneehigh he has produced Tristan & Yseult (U.K. 2006, Sydney and New Zealand), Cymbeline (U.K., Columbia and Brazil), Rapunzel (U.K. and U.S.) Don John (U.K. and U.S.), Hansel & Gretel, Brief Encounter (U.K. tour 2008, U.S. Tour and Broadway 2009-10), the launch of the Kneehigh Asylum (The Red Shoes, Blast!, The King of Prussia), the 2010 tour of The Red Shoes (U.K., U.S. and Australia), Midnight’s Pumpkin (Kneehigh Asylum 2011 and BAC 2012), The Wild Bride (Kneehigh Asylum 2011, U.K. and U.S. tours), Steptoe and Son (U.K. tour 2012), Brief Encounter (Australian and U.S. tour 2013-14; LA and Washington), Tristan & Yseult 2013-14 (Berkeley, Minneapolis, Chicago) and 2014-15 (New York, Orange County, Boston, Houston) and Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), which opened at the new Liverpool Everyman in June 2014 before touring to Kneehigh Asylum in Cornwall and Bristol Old Vic, and will tour the U.K. in 2015. Crewes sits on the board for the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, and is part of the steering committee for the new Stirling Prize-winning Everyman Theatre.

Kristen Cruz* (Stage Managerhas been a part of the stage management team at SCR for five seasons and 15 productions. She holds an MFA in stage management from UC Irvine and a BA in theatre arts and minor in music from Vanguard University. Her other theatre credits include work at Laguna Playhouse, Irvine Barclay Theatre, The Wooden Floor, Little Fish Theatre, The Actor’s Fund, American Coast Theatre Company, Chance Theater and numerous dance companies in Southern California. Cruz is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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