Makasha Copeland’s rich portrait of a clan at the crossroads balances charm, edge, and pathos with a healthy dose of grit. The play’s themes – both on the surface and hidden in the subtext – show a family struggling to face the future, struggling to keep their heads above water, but always sure of their love and support for each other.
Leticia Bombardier (Guadalupe)
Leticia is a retired probation officer, now actor, writer and comedian. She is currently a kNOw MORE curriculum Teaching Artist with Point Loma Nazarene University and regularly auditions for commercials. Leticia studies at the Anthony Gilardi Acting Studio, in Los Angeles and has studied at Finest City Improv in San Diego, where she was a member of the “Clay Mamas” improv team. Leticia has played the roles of Marullus, Portia, Cassius, and Pindarus in Julius Caesar (Point Loma Playhouse) and made her screen debut as Ruiz’s Secretary in the movie TRAFFIC, directed by Steven Soderbergh (2000).
Dani Diaz (Lupe)
Dani is making her debut here at Scripps Ranch Theater. She is currently a high school senior at La Jolla Country Day School and is excited to be on stage after attending the La Jolla Playhouse Conservatory this summer. Some of her past roles include June in Chicago (LJCDS), Philostrate in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (LJCDS), and Melpomene in Xanadu (LJCDS). She also recently assistant directed a production of The Complete History of America (Abridged) (LJCDS). Dani is grateful to her friends and family for supporting her every step of the way. She hopes you enjoy the show!
Javier Guerrero (David)
Javier is a professional actor based in San Diego. Some of Javier’s on camera credits include playing the principal role in an episode of America’s Most Wanted and appearing in commercials for The General Insurance, Mission Fed and Cox Communications. His theatre credits include playing the roles of: Abelardo & Curtis in San Diego Rep’s Mother Road, Nelson in Cloud Tectonics at New Village Arts, Abel in Fade at Moxie Theatre and Pablo Picasso in the world premiere of Blue Period at Onstage Playhouse. In 2018 Javier was nominated for a Theatre Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play.
Ramon Villa (Marco)
Ramon is an actor born and raised in San Diego, California. He has recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from San Francisco State University and has trained at the American Conservatory Theater. Some of his theatre credits include but not all, Haemon in Antigone (SFSU), Scar in Marisol (SFSU) and Trey in Dealing Dreams (EnActe Arts). Ramon would like to thank his beloved family, friends, and mentors. As Ramon likes to say, he is a triple threat because he is “young, gifted and Latino!” https://www.ramonvilla.org.
Tamarin K. Ythier (Valentina)
Tamarin was born in Los Angeles, grew up in Northern Virginia, and is not named after the monkey. She has performed at many theaters around the country including the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage and the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Favorite roles include Camilla Rosario in In The Heights and Eve/Mama Noah in Children of Eden. Tamarin loves that each new show gives her the opportunity to travel and explore new cities. I know you’re curious, so go ahead and look up the Tamarin monkey. Enjoy the show!
Olivia Espinosa (Director)
Olivia is a bilingual actor and director. Credits include work with The Denver Center, La Jolla Playhouse and Arena Stage. As a member of Native Voices at the Autry’sArtist Ensemble, Olivia has directed staged readings and the audio series The New Adventures of Super Indian by Arigon Starr.In 2017, she received Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Phil Killian Directing Fellowship where she was assistant director to Bill Rauch on Off the Rails by Randy Reinholz. At LJP, she has assistant directed alongside directors Annie Kaufman, Tony Taccone and Tina Landau. She is co-founder of Haus of Improv which teaches constructive communication skills to lawyers.
Timothy Benson (Stage Manager)
Timothy is a combat veteran of the Marines who has foregone the seasons of his native New England for the sunny locale of San Diego, where he has continued to pursue his theatrical aspirations. He’s worked all over San Diego County in theaters such as the Welk Resort, Diversionary and SRT, just to name a few. He’s worked on quite a few shows, such as Evil Dead: The Musical, Arsenic and Old Lace, and I Hate Hamlet. Now that you’ve read this, he’s going to turn out the lights, because the show is about to start. Enjoy!
Miguel Garcia (Scenic Assistant)
Miguel is excited to be part of his first production at Scripps Ranch Theatre. Outside of theatre, Miguel is an interior designer and banker and loves to do puzzles. Miguel’s husband, Cody Dupree, is a local actor and the one to blame for getting him involved. Working on EHM has been a treat. Enjoy the show!
Alyssa Kane (Scenic Design/Props Master/Scenic Painter) she/her/hers
Alyssa is SRT’s resident scenic designer. Some of her favorite past productions at SRT are The Outsider, I Hate Hamlet, Love Song, Move Over Mrs. Markham, and Foxfire. Recent Prop Design credits include Eighty-Sixed (Diversionary), The Great Khan (SD Rep), and Sapience (Moxie). Alyssa is a founding member of a burlesque troupe in Southeast Alaska. She would like to thank her partner Ben for his endless support and helpful hands.
Ted Leib (Sound Designer)
Audio design credits include: The Outsider, Foxfire, Vanya & Sasha…, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, The Fantasticks, Good People, The Heir Apparent, The Liar, Five Course Love, Out On A Limb, Sleuth, Skin Deep, Howard Johnson’s, and Letticeand Lovage (SRT); A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play, Picnic, Boeing, Boeing, The Boys Next Door, A Year With Frog & Toad, Lost In Yonkers, Barefoot in the Park, Jacob Marley’s Christmas (OTC); Spelling Bee (Intrepid), One Flea Spare and Bug (Hunger Artists), among others. Ted is also a director and actor and currently serves as artistic director for Oceanside Theatre Company.
Estefania Ricalde (Projections Design)
Estefania is a Sound, Video and Projection Designer, Stage Manager & Assistant. Estefania has been working as stage crew and tech for over 10 years. Recent Sound Design credits include: Admissions, Blue Period, Turning Off the Morning News, Rest, and First Date (OnStage Playhouse). RecentVideo Design credits include, Rest, and First Date (OnStage Playhouse).Recent Projection Design credits: The Other Place, Turning Off the Morning News, Blue Period, Rest, and First Date (OnStage Playhouse).
Ruth Russell (Production Manager)
Ruth is grateful to be the resident producer for SRT’s 22-23 season, a role that involves some of her favorite things: communication, problem solving and connecting all the dots! Ruth is also an actor and is currently performing in 1940s Radio Christmas Carol at PowPAC (powpac.org), running until Dec. 18. Favorite acting credits include: Kay Mostyn in Murder on the Nile, Daisy Lawrence in Return Engagements (SRT), Abigail Williams in The Crucible, Masha in The Seagull, and Debra Queen in the world premier of Shadows of the Mind (Hidden Treasure Productions). tinyurl.com/RuthRussellActor
Rosa Sanchez (Costume Design)
Rosa specializes in costume design and construction. She’s a graduate of San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in theatre that emphasizes design and technology. Rosa has worked in numerous productions of Latinx theatre that highlight the Mexican-American experience. Some of these productions include MAS (Mexican American Studies), La Pastorela, Ofrendas en Pandemia, and On Her Shoulders.
Mitchell Simkovsky (Lighting Design)
Mitchell is a veteran of many SRT productions, including Heisenberg, She Loves Me, Move Over, Mrs. Markham, For Better, The Season of Love, Loves and Hours, The Fantasticks, Sleuth, The Heir Apparent, Murder at the Howard Johnson’s, Holiday Spirits, and many more. An accounting professional by day, Mitchell has also designed lighting for productions at many other San Diego theaters.
Nathan has been set building and stage managing productions around San Diego for 9 years. Previously, he served as the master carpenter for 1222 Oceanfront Ave (New Village Arts). He is the resident set builder for Scripps Ranch Theatre and Sage Creek High School (including set design), and occasionally serves as the technical director at MOXIE Theatre. Other credits include serving as the stage manager for Desert Rock Garden (NVA); Mary Poppins, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Lion King (Carlsbad Community Theatre); Shrek the Musical, A Christmas Carol,Bye Bye Birdie, and Beauty & the Beast (Oceanside Theatre Company). He is very happy to be continuing his work in the theatre world and he hopes you enjoy the show!