Meet the Cast of I’d Kill for a Parking Place!
Here is the talented cast, in alphabetical order!
Tesia Bell (Ruth Sampson, Marsha Collins, Mrs. Horowitz, Sheila Green) is a Bay Area native who was first introduced to theater in high school. She would go on to study Managerial Economics at the University of California, Davis. Although her career took a different path, her love for acting never stopped and soon called her back to the stage. She has appeared in 3Girls Theatre’s 7th Annual New Works Festival, Utopia Theatre Project’s Dêmos Krátos Theátro, Women of Words’ production of HeLa as Deborah, and Lynea Hagen Diaz’s production of The Education of Addy Jimenez as Nadege. She would like to thank her boyfriend and family for all their support. She is very excited to be a part of this production and grateful of the opportunity to expand her acting chops by playing multiple roles.
Joseph Bussey (Dr. Brown, North Beach Restaurant Guy, Officer Barkan) is excited to join the cast and crew of I’d Kill for a Parking Place as his first show since moving to California. Having recently completed graduate school Joseph has performed all around the country, most recently as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and Porthos in The Three Musketeers at West Virginia University. His favorite roles include Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Huck Finn in Big River. Joseph would like to thank everyone involved in this production and his family for their support.
DeRonte Bridges (Chill) is 19 years old and attending Solano Community College. He fell in love with acting after performing in his first play his Junior Year in his High School production of Almost Maine. After that he became more interested in acting and decided to get involved with Improv. He then decided to make his major Theatre and Performing Arts. His family and friends have helped push him into doing what he loves the most and he hopes to pursue a career as an actor and then teach others what it takes to become an actor.
Paul Cotten (Judge Gold) is honored to take part in this production. Paul last appeared on this stage as Howard in Valley Players production of The Old Friends and prior to that as Vanya in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. He won the Daily Republic’s 2018 Arty Award for Best Actor as Vanya, their 2015 award for Best Actor as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird and their 2014 award for Best Supporting Actor as Dr. Chasuble in The Importance of Being Earnest, the later two with Bay Area Stage. Paul has appeared as Macbeth (Don’t say the “M” name out loud in a theater, FYI.) with the Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park, the character “M” in Cock and Allen in God of Carnage with On the Fringe Theater and a whole bunch of other stuff too numerous to mention here. Paul was trained at ACT and Bay Area TheaterSports Improv in S.F.
Samira Mariami (Sister O’Rourke, Joan Williams, Mrs. Apple, Hazel Houdt) is a Bay Area based Actress, Director and Teaching Artist. She is a Philadelphia native who has resided in the Bay Area for most of her life. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Theatre from U.C. Berkeley, where she received the Mask & Dagger Award for extraordinary contributions to theatre. She also holds a Certificate in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater’s Summer Training Congress. She has performed and directed on stages throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Her recent acting credits include Lisa B. Productions’ Clown in the Prayer Closet and Cutting Ball Theater’s staged reading of Aurin Squire’s Zoohouse. Her recent directing work includes Thornton Wilder’s Our Town (A.D.) at Marin Academy and James Ijames’ White (A.D.) at Shotgun Players (nominated for Best Production by the SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle). She is grateful to be working with a talented directorial team, cast and crew on this production AND…as always, she is grateful for God and her mother.
Richard Pallaziol (James Scott) studied theatre at CSU Long Beach and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Locally, he has performed with Valley Players (The Lover), at Cinnabar (Amadeus, Quality of Life, The Creature), for Marin Shakespeare (Othello, The Three Musketeers, Pericles), TheatreFirst (HeLa), Napa Valley Conservatory Theatre (People’s Temple, Lydia, Eurydice), Shakespeare Napa Valley (Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It), and for the Napa Valley Shakespeare Festival (Macbeth, Richard III, The Tempest) where he also directed (Taming of The Shrew, Hamlet). Richard has been a professional stage fight choreographer for the past thirty-eight years.
June Alane Reif (Kim Kelly, Hanover) has a B.A. in Theater, Interpretation and Communication from Louisiana State University, furthered her acting studies in San Jose at the San Jose Repertory Theatre, in private classes with Ed Hooks and Barbara Titus and is also a graduate of Bay Area TheatreSports in San Francisco. She was last seen onstage in Napa Valley as Julia in Valley Players’ production of The Old Friends and more recently in San Francisco at the Shelton Theatre as Susan in Rod McFadden’s staged reading of Golden Years. Some of her favorite theatrical roles include Sarah in The Lover, the various characters of Parallel Lives (The Kathy & Mo Show), Mac in Three Viewings, Elvira in Blithe Spirit and Bella in Lost in Yonkers.
Keith Thompson (Detective Jefferson) resides in Vallejo and quickly discovered community theater. He is excited to perform with this great cast. He works both behind the scenes and on stage. He most recently played several roles in Women of Words production of HeLa, The Story of Henrietta Lacks. Keith performed as Tom Robinson in Bay Area Stage’s production of To Kill a Mockingbird and as the Toymaker in the musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He played various characters for On the Fringe Visual and Performing Arts and received Arty nominations for his performances in Laramie Project and Cock. Off the stage, Keith dedicates himself to public service.
Joseph Wesson (The Bailiff, John Murphy, James Tucker, Carson Reilly) is really happy and proud of being in this production I’d Kill for a Parking Place. Joseph lives in the Napa Valley with his family and is going to be attending the Napa Valley College for his AA degree in theater acting. Joseph is a newcomer actor and has had an interest in it ever since an early age. After attending film school for a few years, he decided to leave and made the choice to go into acting. He is thankful for his friends and family who believe in him for wanting to be an actor.