currently on stage: now through November, 11.

The Importance Of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde's masterpiece!

The Importance of Being Earnest is the classically trivial Comedy for Serious People. Still having a startling social relevance, it is a farcical commentary in which the protagonists prefer live as fictitious personae to escape their burdensome social obligations. Playing upon the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play’s major themes are the contempt with which the characters treat institutions of class, marriage and material wealth, as well as its savage satire of the British Upper Classes.

 

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THE DATES:

October 6, 2017 - November 11, 2017

Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm


 
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THE CAST

 
Stephen L. Wilson (John Worthing, J.P.): Hailing from Boston Massachusetts, Stephen has had a love for acting, film, theater and performance from a young age. Growing up playing the violin, drawing, acting in school plays, and talking way too much in class, Steve continued to perform and participate in the arts throughout high school and college. Moving to California motivated Stephen to take his acting pursuits seriously. After attending Academy of Art for acting, he continued his acting training at The Meisner Technique Studio for two years, fully completing the main training as well as the business course. Since then, he has had the fortune to work on independent film projects, short films, television and a commercial or two. Continuing his work on film and television, he has also begun working in theater productions as well! Stephen is excited and grateful to be working with a talented cast and crew, and looks forward to working in both San Francisco and Los Angeles furthering his acting career on film and on stage!

Stephen L. Wilson (John Worthing, J.P.): Hailing from Boston Massachusetts, Stephen has had a love for acting, film, theater and performance from a young age. Growing up playing the violin, drawing, acting in school plays, and talking way too much in class, Steve continued to perform and participate in the arts throughout high school and college. Moving to California motivated Stephen to take his acting pursuits seriously. After attending Academy of Art for acting, he continued his acting training at The Meisner Technique Studio for two years, fully completing the main training as well as the business course. Since then, he has had the fortune to work on independent film projects, short films, television and a commercial or two. Continuing his work on film and television, he has also begun working in theater productions as well! Stephen is excited and grateful to be working with a talented cast and crew, and looks forward to working in both San Francisco and Los Angeles furthering his acting career on film and on stage!

Scott Hayes (Lady Bracknell): Scott recently appeared as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in Cloud 9 Theatricals/Ray of Light's production of Silence! The Musical. Other credits include Where's Charley? and Sugar (42nd Street Moon), Christmas with the Crawfords (Lincoln Theater, Napa), Women Behind Bars (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater), and in Provincetown, The SantaLand Diaries (Art House), The Wild Party (CTEK Arts), Times Square Angel (Provincetown Theatre Company), and Working, Take Me Out and Wonder of the World with Counter Productions. In New York City, Scott worked in the theatrical agency business for many years, and as a playwright and lyricist, he has written several musicals as well as specialty material for a wide variety of performers including Alec Baldwin, Tim Conway, Bill Cosby, Cherry Jones, Judy Kaye, Alix Korey, Swoosie Kurtz, Linda Lavin, Karen Mason, Gov. Ann Richards, Charlie Rose, and Karen Ziemba. As his alter ego "Norman Vane" (cabaret artiste & bon vivant) he's played clubs on both coasts and was acclaimed "Best Comedic Cabaret Performer of 2013" by Martuni's in San Francisco. Scott next appears in 42nd Street Moon's holiday production of The Secret Garden this December.

Scott Hayes (Lady Bracknell): Scott recently appeared as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in Cloud 9 Theatricals/Ray of Light's production of Silence! The Musical. Other credits include Where's Charley? and Sugar (42nd Street Moon), Christmas with the Crawfords (Lincoln Theater, Napa), Women Behind Bars (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater), and in Provincetown, The SantaLand Diaries (Art House), The Wild Party (CTEK Arts), Times Square Angel (Provincetown Theatre Company), and Working, Take Me Out and Wonder of the World with Counter Productions. In New York City, Scott worked in the theatrical agency business for many years, and as a playwright and lyricist, he has written several musicals as well as specialty material for a wide variety of performers including Alec Baldwin, Tim Conway, Bill Cosby, Cherry Jones, Judy Kaye, Alix Korey, Swoosie Kurtz, Linda Lavin, Karen Mason, Gov. Ann Richards, Charlie Rose, and Karen Ziemba. As his alter ego "Norman Vane" (cabaret artiste & bon vivant) he's played clubs on both coasts and was acclaimed "Best Comedic Cabaret Performer of 2013" by Martuni's in San Francisco. Scott next appears in 42nd Street Moon's holiday production of The Secret Garden this December.

Nic A. Sommerfeld (Algernon Moncrieff): Nic is excited to be performing with Firescape Theater for the first time. Nic is an actor and playwright from Montana, who received their degree from Santa Clara University. Most recently Nic was understudying in CalShakes' production of As You Like It, and performing in the A.C.T. Fellows' production of Orlando. Other credits include The Christians at SF Playhouse, Star Trek Live at SF Oasis, Margaret of Anjou with Those Women Productions, Confessions of a Catholic Child at the Exit Theatre, Macbeth at Berkeley Rep, Club Inferno with The Thrill peddlers, Love's Labour's Lost (the musical) at The Douglas Morrison Theatre, Blood Brothers at Alterena Playhouse, Julius Caesar and A MId summer Night's Dream with The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and 1776 with Tabard Theatre Company. By day Nic is a Segway Tour Guide at Fisherman's Wharf. Nic would also like to thank their friends and colleagues for their love and support.

Nic A. Sommerfeld (Algernon Moncrieff): Nic is excited to be performing with Firescape Theater for the first time. Nic is an actor and playwright from Montana, who received their degree from Santa Clara University. Most recently Nic was understudying in CalShakes' production of As You Like It, and performing in the A.C.T. Fellows' production of Orlando. Other credits include The Christians at SF Playhouse, Star Trek Live at SF Oasis, Margaret of Anjou with Those Women Productions, Confessions of a Catholic Child at the Exit Theatre, Macbeth at Berkeley Rep, Club Inferno with The Thrill peddlers, Love's Labour's Lost (the musical) at The Douglas Morrison Theatre, Blood Brothers at Alterena Playhouse, Julius Caesar and A MId summer Night's Dream with The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and 1776 with Tabard Theatre Company. By day Nic is a Segway Tour Guide at Fisherman's Wharf. Nic would also like to thank their friends and colleagues for their love and support.

 
Kellli McCrann (Cecily Cardew): Kelli is thrilled to be making her Firescape Theater debut in The Importance of Being Earnest. Her previous credits include Hurlyburly (Academy of Art University) and Death of a Salesman (Actor’s Theater of San Francisco). Originally from Saint Louis, Kelli moved out to San Francisco to earn her B.F.A in Acting and to follow her dreams of working in theater and film. Since she began her career professionally, she's had the opportunity to act in a feature film, several short films, plays and commercials. When she's not on set she enjoys traveling, backpacking and cuddling with her cat, Mochi. Kelli is beyond grateful to her friends, family and co-workers for their continued loving support. Pursuing her passion has been so incredible and she can't wait to see what the future holds!

Kellli McCrann (Cecily Cardew): Kelli is thrilled to be making her Firescape Theater debut in The Importance of Being Earnest. Her previous credits include Hurlyburly (Academy of Art University) and Death of a Salesman (Actor’s Theater of San Francisco). Originally from Saint Louis, Kelli moved out to San Francisco to earn her B.F.A in Acting and to follow her dreams of working in theater and film. Since she began her career professionally, she's had the opportunity to act in a feature film, several short films, plays and commercials. When she's not on set she enjoys traveling, backpacking and cuddling with her cat, Mochi. Kelli is beyond grateful to her friends, family and co-workers for their continued loving support. Pursuing her passion has been so incredible and she can't wait to see what the future holds!

Joanna Cretella (Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax): Joanna graduated from Ursinus College with a B.A. in Theatre and French. She relocated to the Bay Area last year from Charleston, SC, where she appeared in regional productions including Trust (Leah), Brooklyn Boy (Alison), Steel Magnolias (Annelle), 33 Variations (Clara), and The Foreigner (Catherine). Bay Area regional credits include Yellow Face (u/s Jane Krakowski & others) and Twelfth Night (Viola). Joanna is a student at the Beverly Hills Playhouse SF. She will appear in Ross Valley Players's production of The Children's Hour as Martha in January. Directing credits include On the Verge in Charleston, SC, Beauty and the Beast in Collegeville, PA and The Importance of Being Earnest in New Hope, PA.

Joanna Cretella (Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax): Joanna graduated from Ursinus College with a B.A. in Theatre and French. She relocated to the Bay Area last year from Charleston, SC, where she appeared in regional productions including Trust (Leah), Brooklyn Boy (Alison), Steel Magnolias (Annelle), 33 Variations (Clara), and The Foreigner (Catherine). Bay Area regional credits include Yellow Face (u/s Jane Krakowski & others) and Twelfth Night (Viola). Joanna is a student at the Beverly Hills Playhouse SF. She will appear in Ross Valley Players's production of The Children's Hour as Martha in January. Directing credits include On the Verge in Charleston, SC, Beauty and the Beast in Collegeville, PA and The Importance of Being Earnest in New Hope, PA.

Kim Saunders (Miss Prism): Kim is thrilled to be making her Firescape Theatre debut. Originally from New York City she was seen at: The Nat Horne Theatre, Neighborhood Playhouse, Academy Arts Theatre Company and American Ballet Theatre at Lincoln Center just to name a few. She then ventured west to The Oregon Shakespeare Festival performing in Blood Wedding, Midsummer Nights Dream, the Illusion of Success and the Green Show. Since moving to California she has performed with: San Jose Repertory Theatre, San Jose Stage, Napa Valley Shakespeare, Western Stage and others. She is a company member of Custom Made Theatre and Left Coast Theatre Company. Some of her favorite roles include: Kate in Taming of the Shrew”, Viola in Indulgences in the Louisville Harem and Miss Furnival in Black Comedy. She has been nominated by BATCC for best female principal as well as Choreography.

Kim Saunders (Miss Prism): Kim is thrilled to be making her Firescape Theatre debut. Originally from New York City she was seen at: The Nat Horne Theatre, Neighborhood Playhouse, Academy Arts Theatre Company and American Ballet Theatre at Lincoln Center just to name a few. She then ventured west to The Oregon Shakespeare Festival performing in Blood Wedding, Midsummer Nights Dream, the Illusion of Success and the Green Show. Since moving to California she has performed with: San Jose Repertory Theatre, San Jose Stage, Napa Valley Shakespeare, Western Stage and others. She is a company member of Custom Made Theatre and Left Coast Theatre Company. Some of her favorite roles include: Kate in Taming of the Shrew”, Viola in Indulgences in the Louisville Harem and Miss Furnival in Black Comedy. She has been nominated by BATCC for best female principal as well as Choreography.

 
Aubrey Ankrum (Merriman & Lane): An animator and graphic designer for over twenty years, Aubrey began acting in 2015. He currently attends Beverly Hills Playhouse for scene study. He is represented by Johnson Talent Agency.

Aubrey Ankrum (Merriman & Lane): An animator and graphic designer for over twenty years, Aubrey began acting in 2015. He currently attends Beverly Hills Playhouse for scene study. He is represented by Johnson Talent Agency.

Robert Shepard (Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D.): Robert has been acting for many years, beginning in improv but finding live theater to be his true love. Robert’s most recent roles have been Four Dogs and a Bone (Bradley – Firescape Theater), Lakeboat (Fireman – Firescape Theater), Talk Radio (Sydney Greenberg – BHP/SF), The Actor’s Nightmare (Executioner – BHP/SF) and Our Town (Howie Newsom & Sam Craig – 16 th Street Players). Robert is represented by MDT Agency Inc. Robert has just finished writing his first play, Falling for Dollars, and hopes to bring it to the stage in 2018. When he is not on stage, Robert acts as attorney. He currently serves as the CFO of Firescape Theater.

Robert Shepard (Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D.): Robert has been acting for many years, beginning in improv but finding live theater to be his true love. Robert’s most recent roles have been Four Dogs and a Bone (Bradley – Firescape Theater), Lakeboat (Fireman – Firescape Theater), Talk Radio (Sydney Greenberg – BHP/SF), The Actor’s Nightmare (Executioner – BHP/SF) and Our Town (Howie Newsom & Sam Craig – 16 th Street Players). Robert is represented by MDT Agency Inc. Robert has just finished writing his first play, Falling for Dollars, and hopes to bring it to the stage in 2018. When he is not on stage, Robert acts as attorney. He currently serves as the CFO of Firescape Theater.

Jacqueline O’Kelly (Understudy – Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax) : Jacqueline is ecstatic to be performing in her fourth show with the Firescape Theatre. She has appeared on stage most recently as Brenda in Four Dogs and A Bone, Tammy in The Last Barbecue, and Maggie in Reunion Special. Jacqueline has been studying at the Beverly Hills Playhouse for three years, under the direction of Robert Zimmerman and Peter Allas. She holds degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in Psychology and Tenor Trombone Performance, respectively. Jacqueline is represented in the Bay Area by Tonry Talent Agency.

Jacqueline O’Kelly (Understudy – Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax) : Jacqueline is ecstatic to be performing in her fourth show with the Firescape Theatre. She has appeared on stage most recently as Brenda in Four Dogs and A Bone, Tammy in The Last Barbecue, and Maggie in Reunion Special. Jacqueline has been studying at the Beverly Hills Playhouse for three years, under the direction of Robert Zimmerman and Peter Allas. She holds degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in Psychology and Tenor Trombone Performance, respectively. Jacqueline is represented in the Bay Area by Tonry Talent Agency.

 
Connor Mullaney (Understudy – Algernon Moncrieff): After earning his B.S. in Computer Science at the University of Washington, Connor returned to the Bay Area and started his acting career. Since October 2016, he has been training at the Beverly Hills Playhouse SF. He has prior experience in short films and theater, and The Importance of Being Earnest marks his stage debut in San Francisco.

Connor Mullaney (Understudy – Algernon Moncrieff): After earning his B.S. in Computer Science at the University of Washington, Connor returned to the Bay Area and started his acting career. Since October 2016, he has been training at the Beverly Hills Playhouse SF. He has prior experience in short films and theater, and The Importance of Being Earnest marks his stage debut in San Francisco.

Courtney Russell (Understudy – John Worthing, J.P.): Courtney is an actor based in San Francisco. Chronologically, dance was Courtney's first area of passion. Second was writing. Third area of passion is tied with acting and alliteration. Currently and qualitatively, Courtney's first artistic priority is storytelling. A close second is transformation. Third place is tied with catharsis and entertainment. Courtney has a BFA in Dance and an MFA in Annoying Her Sister. Courtney is a student of Beverly Hills Playhouse, San Francisco.

Courtney Russell (Understudy – John Worthing, J.P.): Courtney is an actor based in San Francisco. Chronologically, dance was Courtney's first area of passion. Second was writing. Third area of passion is tied with acting and alliteration. Currently and qualitatively, Courtney's first artistic priority is storytelling. A close second is transformation. Third place is tied with catharsis and entertainment. Courtney has a BFA in Dance and an MFA in Annoying Her Sister. Courtney is a student of Beverly Hills Playhouse, San Francisco.

Tara Young (Understudy – Cecily Cardew): Tara is originally from Canada, but has lived in San Francisco and studied at the Beverly Hills Playhouse since early 2016. She is of German/Korean descent. She has had the opportunity to work on various small-to- large scale film productions in the bay area. This play marks her first theatrical performance (a traumatizing elementary school production shall not be mentioned).

Tara Young (Understudy – Cecily Cardew): Tara is originally from Canada, but has lived in San Francisco and studied at the Beverly Hills Playhouse since early 2016. She is of German/Korean descent. She has had the opportunity to work on various small-to- large scale film productions in the bay area. This play marks her first theatrical performance (a traumatizing elementary school production shall not be mentioned).

 

THE CREATIVES

Robert Zimmerman (Director)

This is Rob's 6th production as director for BHP/SF and Firescape Productions and it represents his 65th stage show. As an actor, director and producer he has worked with Jack O'Brien, Tony Richardson, Des McAnuff, David Lynch, Joe Stern, Jeffrey Tambor, Jon Voigt, Anna Gunn, Leonardo diCaprio, as well as a slew of other Oscar, Emmy and Tony award winners. 

 

Noe Flores (stage manager)

Noe Flores is a San Francisco Bay Area native and made his theatrical debut with Firescape Theater earlier this year. He is currently studying acting with BHP/SF. His passion for film first led him to film school. Performing in scenes with classmates brought him new life and he decided to be both in front and behind the camera. His recent onscreen credits include short films Waxed, Rest Stop and Maria en la Noche. He is currently producing his own short, Dilemma de Juan. He is grateful for the support of family and friends.