The Crew of Women in Jeopardy!

The Crew of Women in Jeopardy!

Women in Jeopardy
Richard Pallaziol (Director) studied theatre at CSU Long Beach and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. As actor, director, dancer, and fight choreographer he has worked in over 400 shows from San Diego to Michigan. He has also lectured on prop construction, period style and Elizabethan textual analysis. He is the author of The Textbook of Theatrical Combat. 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 (Stage Manager/Set Designer/Scenery Painter) stage-managed numerous Sonoma County productions “way-back-in-the-old-days,” and is enjoying getting back on that bicycle for Valley Players’ production of Women in Jeopardy. Additionally, she has the privilege of designing this set following…
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The Cast of Women in Jeopardy!

The Cast of Women in Jeopardy!

Women in Jeopardy
Miles Ainley (Trenner) is thrilled to be working with Richard and Valley Players. He began his acting career at Napa Valley College where he worked consistently on the stage playing roles such as le Beau, Silvius, Hymen (As You Like It), Angelo (A Comedy of Errors) Sphinx (Kalos Kai Agathos) and D'artagnan (Three Musketeers - choreographed by Richard Pallaziol). Miles studied acting in New York City at William Esper Studio which focuses on the work of Sanford Meisner. Most recently Miles worked with Michael Ross at Sonoma Arts Live playing Officer Klein in Arsenic and Old Lace. Cassandra Anderson (Amanda Takin) is ecstatic to be working with Valley Players for the first time. She began pursing her passion for theatre with Shakespeare Napa Valley two and a half years ago.…
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Valley Players Call for Submissions for Fall 2020

Valley Players Call for Submissions for Fall 2020

In the News, Join the Family, Local Arts
Valley Players is seeking short play submissions for “Ladies’ Briefs”—short plays by women, about women. “Ladies’ Briefs” will be a two-week performance run of five to eight short plays to be produced in the fall of 2020. So, we want to see your briefs—bold and innovative plays written by women. We are seeking unproduced, original work, written by women. Although we will consider all submissions, certain factors will improve your chances of being selected: Strong roles for women over 40Short running time of 15 minutes or lessMinimal production requirementsSmaller castThemes of importance to mature womenNorthern California playwright We are open to any genre, however we prefer no musicals at this time. Beyond that, if you can imagine it, then we will make it happen. We are, to be brief, looking for exciting…
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Who is Wendy McLeod?

Who is Wendy McLeod?

Women in Jeopardy
Wendy McLeod's play The House of Yes became an award-winning Miramax film starring Parker Posey, and was produced by many theaters including The Magic Theater, Soho Rep, The Washington Shakespeare Company, The Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin, and The Gate Theater in London. Her other works for the stage include Sin and Schoolgirl Figure, both of which premiered at The Goodman, Juvenilia and The Water Children, both of which premiered at Playwrights Horizons, and Things Being What They Are, which premiered at Seattle Repertory Theatre, had an extended run at Steppenwolf in Chicago and was produced by The Road Theatre in LA. She was the first writer selected for The Writer’s Room residency at the Arden Theater in Philadelphia, where she wrote Women in Jeopardy! which was selected for The…
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Review: ‘Hardball’ is brilliant commentary on television ‘journalism’

Review: ‘Hardball’ is brilliant commentary on television ‘journalism’

Hardball, In the News
Napa Valley Register Review by John Henry Martin Aug 7, 2019 Valley Players’ latest production, Victoria Stewart’s “Hardball,” about a young journalist who becomes a right-wing talk show pundit, is a stunningly produced, vitriolic take-down of today’s industry of entertainment journalism. It is yet another winner, cementing Valley Players’ reputation as a serious theater company known for the highest quality production of its shows. Beverly Wiles Shotwell is Virginia Eames, a young reporter at The Washington Post. In an attempt to prove that the reporters she works with are partisan, despite the directive not to be, she wears a George W. Bush pin to the newsroom, knowing that everyone she works with is voting for John Kerry. The dirty looks she gets proves her point, but she ends up losing…
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The Crew of Hardball

The Crew of Hardball

Hardball
Our undying thanks to this awesome group of people! June Alane Reif (Director) fell in love with the stage as a toddler and studied theater as a young adult at Louisiana State University where she made her directorial debut with an adaptation of Kay Boyle’s The Astronomer’s Wife. Once bitten by the directing bug, she has certainly not been shy—directing shows in playhouses from Baton Rouge, LA to Napa, CA. Some of her most memorable directorial achievements include Biloxi Blues, On Golden Pond, Laura, Seascape and God of Carnage for Dreamweavers and last year’s world premiere of Lorraine Midanik’s Ordinary Day for Valley Players. June is a veteran actor, director and board member of Valley Players. She is delighted to have had the honor to direct this powerful play and…
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The Cast of Hardball

The Cast of Hardball

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…
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Who is Victoria Stewart?

Who is Victoria Stewart?

Hardball
Before graduating from the Playwrights Workshop at the University of Iowa, Victoria was a professional stage-manager, working with David Rabe, Anne Bogart and Peter Sellars among others. She has received the Francesca Primus Award, a McKnight Advancement Grant, the Helen Merrill Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award (finalist), and the Jerome Fellowship as well as residencies at Ucross/Sundance, Hedgebrook, Hermitage, Tofte Lake, Sewanee Writer’s Conference and the Donmar Warehouse. Her plays include RICH GIRL (George Street Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Lyric Stage, The Old Globe), MERCY WATSON TO THE RESCUE! (Children’s Theatre Company, Marin Theater Company, Magik Theater), THE MEANING OF MAGGIE (Rose Theater), HARDBALL (Live Girls Theatre!, SPF), FISSURES (LOST AND FOUND) (Actors Theater of Louisville), CLANDESTINO (Mixed Blood), LIVE GIRLS (Urban Stages, WHAT, Stage Left, Eternal Spiral Project), NIGHTWATCHES…
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Meet the Crew of I’d Kill for a Parking Place

Meet the Crew of I’d Kill for a Parking Place

I'd Kill for a Parking Place
Debbie Baumann (Director) began her interest in the performing arts with her talent in ballet and expanded to acting in theater during high school. Taking on directing was a natural fit for Debbie as she has always wanted to be a teacher. The play that brought her back to the stage after many years was Valley Players' very first production, The Lover by Harold Pinter. She hopes she can continue this momentum as a board member of Valley Players, actor and director. Thanks, as always, to her ever so knowledgeable and talented daughter, April, for her unabridged comments and direction. April Vincak (Assistant Director) received her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law and, as most of you know, that can be a bit of an acting…
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Meet the Cast of I’d Kill for a Parking Place!

Meet the Cast of I’d Kill for a Parking Place!

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…
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