The Cast of Hardball
Beverly Wiles Shotwell (Virginia Eames) is delighted to be working with such a talented cast and crew. She feels fortunate to be under the direction of June Alane Reif, having appeared on stage with June in the cast of “Dinner with Friends” at Dreamweaver’s Theatre. Her most recent role was that of Dr. Charlotte Wallace in “Beyond Therapy” at Lucky Penny Productions. Beverly studied Theatre and Improv in Los Angeles and was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the West Coast Ensemble Theatre.
She considers one of her most notable thespian achievements to be the production of her own one-woman-show that she performed at the Gardner Stage and the HBO Playhouse in Hollywood.
Cata Parkhurst (Irene Shay) is excited to be performing with Valley Players for the first time, as she was part of the original group that started VP in the first place! A University of Denver theatre major, Cata appeared in the Dixie Swim Club, and “8 x 10’s” at the Napa Valley Playhouse. She sang and danced in three Napa Valley Follies shows at the Lincoln Theatre, as well as sung in Terry Bradford’s Community Chorus. She has performed in over 100 TV commercials in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Dan Monez (Jim Lauderdale) is honored to finally be able to work with the talented and creative team at Valley Players. He is also very happy to be cast in this poignant and timely play with such a strong cast.
Dan has been performing in plays and musicals around the Northbay for over 25 years. His last performances here were in “Born Yesterday” at Sonoma Arts Live and “Hands on a Hardbody” and “The Crucible” at Lucky Penny Theatre where Dan serves as Vice President. His favorite past roles include Johnny Heinhold in the original musical “Call of the Wild” at Jack London State Park, Sitting Bull in “Annie Get Your Gun”, Edgar in “Titanic the Musical”, Herr Schultz in “Cabaret”. Dan thanks Diana for her continued support of his theatrical activity.
Richard Pallaziol (Daniel Comeron) studied theatre at CSU Long Beach and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and has been a stage combat choreographer (and sometimes actor and director) for the past forty years. He has worked in over 400 shows from here to Michigan. Among other venues, as an actor he has performed at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, TheatreFirst in Berkeley, Marin Shakespeare Festival, Grove Shakespeare in Southern California, Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma, and was in Valley Players’ very first production.
He is a proud member of the Valley Players board of directors, and hopes that many in the audience tonight will join us in the fun of putting on live, vibrant theatre in this glorious space.
Rhonda Bowen (Pat Morse) is delighted to be back on stage in Hardball alongside this wonderful cast. This is her third role with Valley Players having previously appeared in Farce of Habit in February, and The Old Friends last season. Most recently, she played Barbara in The Fitting Room with Onstage Theatre at the Martinez Campbell Theater. Rhonda studied Theater Arts (acting, directing, design, and stage management) at Santa Rosa Junior College, followed by a degree in Architecture at UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design. Past credits include Night Watch, Hay Fever, Lysistrata, They’re Playing Our Song, Cabaret, The Boyfriend, and Play it again Sam, among others.
Karen Chadbourne (Suzanne Roth) has loved theatre for most of her life. She first stepped onto the stage with Dreamweavers Theatre Group with a bunch of loonies (literally) in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Other plays include Pizza Man, Mister Roberts and Don’t Drink the Water. Her directing credits include The Fifteen-Minute Hamlet, When Shakespeare’s Ladies Meet and Rumours. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for Valley Players. Karen would like to thank her husband Jay Jacobson for putting up with her antics and supporting her in her return to the stage.