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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Review: ‘Farce of Habit’: ‘Community theater saved my life!’

Review: ‘Farce of Habit’: ‘Community theater saved my life!’

Farce of Habit, In the News
Napa Valley Register Review By John Henry Martin, February 20, 2019 Last fall, I went to Valley Players production of “Ordinary Day” about a couple in their 70s, one of whom was facing impending deterioration from Alzheimer’s disease. They hatch a plan which includes stockpiling sleeping pills for a “final solution” that doesn’t succeed. It was a prescient comment on a critical issue that many Americans are facing, now that Alzheimer’s is the third most common form of death in the aged, after cancer and heart disease. The play was powerful, emotional and well acted, with a rotating set designed by an architect, giving the production a feel that belied the conservative resources to which the Valley Player’s have access. I left the theater edified, but exhausted, with a heightened…
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I’d Kill for a Parking Place

I’d Kill for a Parking Place

I'd Kill for a Parking Place
Long-time Napa resident, Jerry Levitin presents his original play, I'd Kill for a Parking Place, April 12 - 27, 2019 at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater in Yountville. Showtimes are Fridays at 7 pm and Saturdays at 2 pm and 7pm. Get your tickets here! Who-dun-it? See if you can figure out who’s the killer before the detective does! After a series of killings, a new homicide detective seeks advice from an experienced criminal attorney, now a Traffic Judge only to find that the Judge may be the murderer. The usual suspects aren't so usual in this intricate plot of twists and turns with lots of comedy and a surprise ending. Highly regarded among his peers, Levitin had a successful criminal law practice in San Francisco…
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The Crew of Farce of Habit

The Crew of Farce of Habit

Farce of Habit
Megan Palagi (Director) is a director and actor based in Napa, California. She is happy to join Valley Players for a second time, having previously directed Anton in Show Business in 2017. Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from San Francisco State University. She has performed both onstage and in film, and she has enjoyed stage direction all through high school, college and beyond. Outside of theatre, Megan works as an event coordinator and also trains and performs aerial silks. Thank you to the cast and crew of Farce of Habit for the energy and heart they have brought to this production. Many thanks to Megan’s wonderful friends and family for their love and support! Ariel Loraine (Stage Manager) is a transplant to the Bay Area from Toronto,…
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