by John Kolvenbach
Directed by Claire Simba
Preview Performance Friday, March 4
Opening Night Saturday, March 5
LOVE SONG is a quirky, romantic comedy that challenges us by asking “What is reality? What is love?” Beane, an emotionless, extreme introvert is burglarized by the pixie-ish Molly, and he falls in love. His high-powered sister and her husband,
Beane’s self-appointed caretakers, are suspicious. But Beane’s newfound joy is contagious. LOVE SONG is a story of transformation…both of Beane, and those around him.
is a singer, actor, and illustrator most recently seen on the SRT stage as Joanna in Move Over Mrs. Markham. She has performed across the United States in theaters including Soho Rep, Florentine Opera, Bronx Opera, and Skylight Music Theater. She recently performed the role of Katherina Cavalieri in Amadeus (North Coast Rep), and the role of Beth in the west coast premiere of Book of Leaves (Roustabouts Theatre Company). She helped to create and perform a two-person ZOOM parody of the Godfather II which premiered in the 2022 Tucson Fringe Festival. During quarantine she kept herself busy producing a series of cooking-show-cabarets from her apartment called “Leigh Sings Songs and Makes Waffles.” You can watch them and more of her work at LeighEllenAkin.com.
is very excited to be returning to Scripps Ranch Theater with Love Song. John was last seen at SRT in Italian American Reconciliation; Move Over, Mrs. Markham and The Lion in Winter. Elsewhere: Amazons and Their Men, Beautiful Thing, and The Moors (Diversionary);Perfect Arrangement (Intrepid); Mauritius; Man from Nebraska and Bug (Cygnet). Stage Kiss; Off the Ground; Golden Boy; Julius Caesar; Summer and Smoke; The Heidi Chronicles; The Seven Year Itch; Death of a Salesman; Ah, Wilderness; Of Mice and Men; Comedy of Errors; Brilliant Mistake and Buried Child (NVA).
is an actor/musician from Kentucky who began his career in NYC. Some NYC credits include the OBA nominated The Velveteen Rabbit (Atlantic Theatre Co), Lisa Loeb’s hit Camp Kappawanna ( Atlantic Theater Co ), Artaud Artaud (Signature Theater). San Diego Credits include Buddy Holly in Buddy:The Buddy Holly Musical (NVA/Intrepid Theater) and was nominated for a San Diego Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, and Charlie in And Neither Have I Wings to Fly (Scripps Ranch). Graduate of the Atlantic Theater Intensive Training Program and Georgetown College. www.paulswenseneddy.com.
got her BA at UCSD and her MFA in European Devised Performance at Columbia Chicago and Arthaus Berlin. She is co-artistic director of The West, an international devising collective, and has also worked frequently with The Trip. She has performed original work in San Diego, Ridgecrest, Chicago, Edinburgh, and Berlin. The West’s work has also been seen at The Hollywood Fringe, The Echo, the Lyric-Hyperion, and Bootleg, and their play Lady into Fox was awarded Timeout’s second best play in LA. Regional: South Coast Rep, The La Jolla Playhouse, East West Players. www.thewest.la.
Claire Simba (Director)
completed her M.F.A at the Old Globe/USD Shiley Graduate Theater program and her B.F.A in Theatre from the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. She last directed The Mango Tree (Moxie Theater). Her New York acting credits include Much Ado About Nothing (Harlem Shakespeare) and Please Bring Balloons (NYCCT). She has appeared regionally in the acclaimed U.S. premiere of Clue (Bucks County Playhouse), Twelfth Night (Old Globe Theater), A Christmas Carol, Peter and the Starcatcher and Safe House (Cincinnati Playhouse).