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KING CHARLES III

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When:
March 23, 2018 @ 8:00 pm – 10:45 pm
2018-03-23T20:00:00-07:00
2018-03-23T22:45:00-07:00
Where:
Coronado Playhouse
1835 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118
USA
Cost:
Price Description: Thur.-$20, Fri.-$25, Sat.-$27, Sun.-$23. $3 Active Military, Student & Senior Discount & Great Group Rates.
Contact:
Coronado Playhouse Box Office
619-435-4856

KING CHARLES III

March 23 – April 22, 2018
Thursday, Friday, Saturday @8pm & Sunday @2pm

Please note there is no performance on Sunday, April 1, 2018 in observance of the Easter Holiday. There is an additional performance on Saturday, March 31 at 2pm, preceded by a Traditional Afternoon Tea at 12:30pm

CONTENT WARNING:
This production includes use of adult language.

 
 
 

By Mike Bartlett

Director: Tyler Richards Hewes

 

A Family Feud of Majestic Proportions

The most glamorous and photographed family in the world, the British royal family, seen through a modern-Shakespearean lens.

The Queen is Dead.  Long Live the King. Queen Elizabeth II is dead and Prince Charles-after a lifetime of waiting-prepares to finally ascend to the throne. One family holds the future of Great Britain in its hands. But what do Prince William, Princess Kate, and Prince Harry really think about their father’s ascension?

The Prime Minister proposes legislation designed to restrict the freedom of the press, which Charles opposes, subverting the understood rules of British democracy. Defying centuries of tradition, Charles boldly attempts to reassert the crown’s power, landing himself – and his country – in a royal mess.

Exploring the themes of power and betrayal, Mike Bartlett’s blank-verse, internationally acclaimed play, King Charles III, is a Shakespearean-style take on the future of the British Royal Family, skillfully revealing the living, breathing, nuanced flesh and blood people beneath the crowns. A smash Broadway and West End hit, King Charles III was nominated for 6 Olivier Awards, 5 Tony Awards, 3 Drama Desk Awards, winning Best Play in London and was recently made into a BBC/PBS Masterpiece Special starring Tim Piggott-Smith in the title role.

 

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Meet the Cast

  • King Charles III: Richard Rivera
  • Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall: Sandy Hotchkiss
  • William, Duke of Cambridge: Andrew Walters
  • Catherine (Kate), Duchess of Cambridge: Julia Giolzetti
  • Prince Henry (Harry) of Wales: Travis Rynders
  • James Reiss, Press Secretary to King Charles III: Mike Martin
  • Mr. Evans, the Prime Minister: Christopher Pittman
  • Spenser/Paul (a kebab vendor): Samuel Young
  • Sir Gordon/Cootsy/Clive (an Under Butler): Taurian McLeod
  • Jess: Alyssa Salter
  • Mrs. Stevens, the Leader of the Opposition: Liza Wismer
  • Ghost/Television Producer: Sara Jane Nash
  • Speaker of the House/Sir Michael/Archbishop of Canterbury: Steven Jensen
  • Free-Newspaper Woman: Sue Boland
  • Sarah/Terry: Madeline Tam-Love
  • Nick/Servant: Heather Warren
  • Roberts (a Butler): Jasmin Haddad

The Playbill

The program can be found here: KCIII Program

Gallery

Photo credit: Ken Jacques Photography

Cast Bios


RICHARD RIVERARICHARD RIVERA (King Charles III) is thrilled to make his debut at Coronado Playhouse. Previous roles include Pygmalion (Alfred Doolittle) and Moon Over Buffalo (George Hay), Patio Playhouse; Clever Little Lies (Bill Sr.), Point Loma Playhouse; For Honor (Adam), San Diego Repertory Theatre; The Dresser, (Norman), Lamplighters Theatre; Julius Caesar (Cassius) and Equivocation (winner, Founders Award, The Inland Theatre League), Shakespeare in the Vines, Temecula. What a great opportunity it’s been to work with Tyler and this splendid cast!


SANDY HOTCHKISSSANDY HOTCHKISS (Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall) s co-founder of Talent to aMuse Theatre Company here in San Diego. She was also co-founder and co-director of the Wisconsin Theatre for Children, Inc. in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Acting credits: The Dresser (Her Ladyship), The Gin Game (Fonsia) Blithe Spirit, (Madame Arcate) Lion In Winter, (Eleanor). Commercial/film work – TV pilot HR805, Grossmont Center, and a Dancing Granny (her favorite role) with Travis Pastrana – viral video promoting the X Games in LA.


ANDREW WALTERSANDREW WALTERS (William, Duke of Cambridge) is stoked to make his debut with Coronado Playhouse! As a recent UCSD theatre graduate, Andrew received the Allan Havis Distinguished Artist Award. Past productions include: Untold (Sam/Alexa), Other People (Franklin), Pre-Production (Rhett), Gruesome Playground Injuries (Dougie). Recently Andrew was seen at the OB Playhouse in The Eight: Reindeer Monologues and Sofa’s Story at OnStage Playhouse. All the love to the cast, crew, Coronado Playhouse and, of course, the audience.


JULIA GIOLZETTIJULIA GIOLZETTI (Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate) recently returned to her hometown after 12 years in NYC and is excited to make her Coronado Playhouse debut. Off-Broadway: Drunk Shakespeare. Selected New York credits: World Premiere of PINK! (Samantha), And Miss Reardon… (Anna), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia), Othello (Iago), Cymbeline (Pisanio), Winter’s Tale (Paulina), Comedy of Errors (Adriana), Twelfth Night (Andrew). Istanbul: The Tempest, Macbeth. San Diego: …Jimmy Dean (Edna), Plays by Young Writers at the Old Globe. BFA: NYU. For Rosalind. www.JuliaGiolzetti.com


TRAVIS RYNDERSTRAVIS RYNDERS (Prince Henry of Wales, Harry) is excited to make his San Diego area debut at Coronado Playhouse. Also a dancer, Travis’ favorite performing credits include Zoot Suit (SGT Smith), A Streetcar Named Desire (Alan/young collector), and Give (Dancer). Travis Just recently moved back after studying Theatre at UCSC and is excited and thankful to be working with such amazing performers and designers.


MIKE MARTINMIKE MARTIN (James Reiss, Press Secretary to King Charles III) is making his San Diego debut at Coronado Playhouse. He has served as Artistic Director for both STAGES theatre and N.C.A.T. and was named Orange County’s Best Actor of the Year by OC Weekly. Recent credits include A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Pseudolus), American Buffalo (Don), and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Satan). He would like to thank Joelle Hanson and Matthew Johnson for making this debut.


CHRISTOPHER PITTMANCHRISTOPHER PITTMAN (Mr. Evans, the Prime Minister) is pleased to be entering his sixth year in Southern California. His roles here include The Man Who Came to Dinner (Mr. Westcott), Political Suicide (Senator Dayton Rivers), The History of King Henry IV Parts I & II (King Henry IV), Taming of the Shrew (Baptista), The Tragedy of Julius Caesar (Julius Caesar), The Lion in Winter (Henry), Eurydice (Father), and director of Charley’s Aunt, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Importance of Being Earnest.


SAMUEL YOUNGSAMUEL YOUNG (Spencer/Paul) is thrilled to be making his return to the Coronado Playhouse for another great show. He was seen last summer here in Much Ado About Nothing (Claudio) and the summer before that in Hamlet (Horatio). Some favorite previous productions include Maple & Vine (Ryu) with Trinity Theatre, Pickwick Players’ To Kill A Mockingbird (Heck Tate), and American Carnage (GuardIan) with FruitlessMoon Theatre. He also directed the play Sylvia, at Patio Playhouse, Escondido.


TAURIAN McCLEODTAURIAN McCLEOD (Sir Gordon/Cootsy/Clive) is very excited to be a part of this production. Hailing from England, he has had a love of performing since childhood, attending Worcester Tech where he studied performing arts for a few years: acting, singing, dancing, street theatre and theatre in history. This is Taurian’s very first time working with Coronado Playhouse, although he has worked previously with director Tyler Hewes on last years Pickwick Players’ production of To Kill a Mocking Bird, playing Tom Robinson.


ALYSSA SALTERALYSSA SALTER (Jess) is excited to make her debut at Coronado Playhouse. She is also a playwright, director, and the founding artistic director of New Match Collective. Favorite acting credits include Twelfth Night (Malvolio) at Shakespeare’s Globe in a residency with East 15 Drama School, London, Swipe (Woman), A Little Hotel On The Side (Victoire), and Don Juan Comes Back From War (The Mother). She is grateful for the support of her father and is delighted to play alongside the cast and crew.


LIZA WISMERLIZA WISMER (Mrs. Stevens, the Leader of the Opposition) is very excited to be returning to Coronado Playhouse after her last performance in Romeo & Juliet (Lady Capulet). A graduate of San Francisco State University’s drama program, Liza has appeared in such productions as Biloxi Blues, Rocky Horror Show, Waiting for Godot, and many others. Currently, Liza teaches high school English and loves to expose her students to drama as much as possible. Liza expresses her love and gratitude to her husband and daughter.


SARAH JANE NASH SARA JANE NASH (Ghost/Television Producer) is happy to be returning to the stage and making her debut at Coronado Playhouse. Favorite theatrical credits include Lady Windermere’s Fan (Lady Windermere), Rebecca (Mrs de Winter) and Run for your Wife (Mary Smith). “Thank you, dear audience, for coming out and seeing this production and big love to my husband for his unending support. Greatly appreciate the representation of Shamon Freitas Agency. Long live the Queen!”


STEPHEN J. JENSEN STEVEN JENSEN (Speaker of the House, Archbishop of Canterbury, Sir Michael) is delighted to be part of this, his sixteenth Coronado Playhouse play in eight years. Favorite shows here include Hamlet (King Claudius), The Drowsy Chaperone (Underling), Spamalot (King Arthur), Little Shop of Horrors (Mr. Mushnik), and The Man Who Came to Dinner (John). Lots of plays elsewhere, too, including King Lear, Macbeth, and Who Am I This Time? at Vanguard and Edward II at Diversionary.


SUE BOLANDSUE BOLAND (Free-Newspaper Woman, Ensemble) was last seen in James and the Giant Peach (Sponge) and is pleased to be in this, her 9th Coronado Playhouse production. San Diego Credits include: Fiddler on the Roof, Meet Me in St. Louis, Cabaret, Grease, Stepping Out, My Fair Lady. Nunsense, Little Women, Pirates of Penzance, Guys and Dolls, Most Happy Fella, Ragtime, Damn Yankees, Oklahoma, Three Penny Opera, Sound of Music and Oliver. Sue is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, NYC and is a retired CPA.


MADELINE TAM-LOVEMADELINE TAM-LOVE (Sarah, Terry, Ensemble) is excited to be a part of this production of King Charles III at Coronado Playhouse. She studied musical theater at Southern Utah University and most recently was in Batboy: The Musical at the OB Playhouse.


JASMIN HADDADJASMIN HADDAD (Roberts, Ensemble) is excited to make her Coronado Playhouse debut. She is a recent graduate from the University of San Diego where she studied Neuroscience and Theatre. Her favorite acting credits include On the Verge (Alex), Henry V (Thomas Gray), and Anton’s Shorts (Mrs. Merchukina). She was most recently seen in the OB playhouse production of The Reindeer Monologues as Blitzen. She wants to thank her amazing friends for their support and love. 


HEATHER WARRENHEATHER WARREN (Ensemble) is excited to make her debut at Coronado Playhouse. Favorite acting credits include The Miracle Worker (Annie Sullivan), Young Frankenstein (Elizabeth Benning), and Harvey (Myrtle Mae Simmons). Most recently, she was seen at Laurel Mill Playhouse in Maryland as Charlotte Walker in Loves and Hours. She is thankful for the opportunity to work with such a talented group of people.



 

 

 

Creative Team


TYLER RICHARDS HEWESTYLER RICHARDS HEWES (Director) is excited that his directing debut at CPH is with this excellent cast and creative team. Recent theatrical endeavors: To Kill A Mockingbird (Director, Aubrey nominee), Bedside Manners (Ferris, Aubrey nominee), Funny Business (Ferris), Greetings! (Mickey, Aubrey winner), And Then There Were None (Lombard), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theseus), and Macbeth (Malcolm). Tyler is thankful for the love and encouragement of his wife Abby, and their fantastic children, Henry and Margaret.


JENNIFER MCKENNA (Producer) is an attorney and lead singer of local classic rock cover band, Event Horizon, and is honored to be a part of KCIII. Producing credits include: Pygmalion, American Idiot (Patio), The Dresser, 84 Charing Cross Road (Lamplighters), November (Aubrey Award), Coyote on a Fence, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Persuasion, and The Elephant Man (all at OnStage), as well as Coronado Playhouse’s upcoming production of Next to Normal. Additionally, Jennifer can be heard as the voice of Antoinette in the Rex Rivetter: Private Eye podcast (Downstairs Entertainment). Jennifer extends her most sincere thanks to the Tyler, Vanessa, CPH, the cast and crew for their extraordinary talents, effort and commitment. Love to Miles and, most importantly, Steve Murdock…“you are my heart, my love, my always.”


KATHY PARKS (Resident & Production Stage Manager) is Coronado Playhouse’s Resident Stage Manager. She has worked backstage on many productions here at Coronado Playhouse and also with Pickwick Players and Trinity Theatre Company.


JACOB SAMPSON (Set Designer) is happy to be back at CPH after previously designing Seussical and The 39 Steps. Jacob is a native San Diegan and a graduate of SDSCPA. He received a BFA in Theatre Arts from Stephens College before moving to NYC where he worked as a properties artisan. Jacob spent two summers with the Santa Fe Opera as a properties carpenter and recently moved back to San Diego to join the prop department at The Old Globe. Thank you for supporting the arts and enjoy the show!


CHAD OAKLEY (Lighting Designer) Recent lighting designs at CPH: La Posada Magica, Altar Boyz, A Chorus Line, Sordid Lives, A Little Night Music. Other: Cabaret (ion Theatre); As Bees in Honey Drown, Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class, Spring Awakening, Next Fall, Play it Again Sam (OnStage Playhouse); American Carnage (Fruitlessmoon Theatreworks); Something’s Afoot (Pickwick Players); They’re Playing Our Song (Lamplighters). Chad will be directing Next to Normal at CPH this spring.


STEVE MURDOCK (Sound Designer) Previous productions at Coronado Playhouse include Much Ado About Nothing, Boeing Boeing, Tempest, Romeo and Juliet and Blithe Spirit. Other recent productions include Next Fall, November, and The Buddy Holly Story at OnStage Playhouse, Loves and Hours at Scripps Ranch Theater, Hope at 10th Avenue Art Center, Last Train to Nibroc at Different Stages, They’re Playing Our Song, and The Dresser at Lamplighters.


LISA BURGESS (Costume Designer & Construction) Since 2007, Lisa has been a costume designer for Scripps Ranch Theatre, Onstage Playhouse, SD International Fringe Festival, and more. As a Fulbrighter, she lived and traveled extensively throughout the UK (2010-2011) researching British education policies and practices, while immersing herself in British culture. Lisa is a former Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, based in London. This is her first time with Coronado Playhouse and she thanks all involved for the opportunity to bring the real-world aspect and historical details of King Charles III to our SoCal stage.


PAMELA EVERETT (Properties, House Dressing) is thrilled to be the Resident Properties Designer at CPH and to have the opportunity it affords to work with this amazing production staff and cast! Pam has been with CPH for 12 years assisting with too many shows to list and has received numerous Blue Ribbon and Act Awards over the years. In May, Pam received a 2017 Star Award from the San Diego Performing Arts League for volunteerism with CPH. Thank you to the Board and everyone involved at CPH for this great honor. Thank you to my wonderful loving family, Dennis and Amanda for enabling me, putting up with me (and the mess at home) and for their assistance in making everything happen.


VANESSA DINNING (Dialect Coach, Voice & Text) English-born and professionally trained as an actor and a voice/dialect specialist at drama schools in London, Vanessa enjoyed a successful career acting, directing, singing and coaching voices and dialect throughout the UK, working at The Royal National Theatre, Belgrade Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe in London among others. Since moving to San Diego in 2007, she has worked as an actor, dialect coach and director with Cygnet Theatre, North Coast Rep Theatre School, Coronado Playhouse, Scripps Ranch Theatre, San Diego Musical Theatre, Write Out Loud, The Welk Resorts, San Diego Opera, Bodhi Tree Concerts and Moonlight Stage Productions. Recent local dialect coaching credits include: Hay Fever, The Vortex, My Fair Lady, When The Rain Stops Falling (Cygnet), My Fair Lady, Shrek, The Musical, Titanic, The Little Mermaid (Moonlight Stage Productions), All Is Calm (Bodhi Tree Concerts), Lucky Stiff (Mt. San Jacinto College, Menifee), The 39 Steps, Sherlock Holmes’ Final Adventure, Roman Holiday (Coronado Playhouse), Sleuth, Outside Mullingar (Scripps Ranch Theatre) and Billy Elliot (San Diego Musical Theatre).


GEORGE YE (Fight Choreographer) The Last Wife, King Hedley, Seven Guitars, Stupid F**king Bird, True West, Fool For Love, The Motherf**ker with a Hat, Bug, Communicating Doors, Shakespeare’s R&J (Cygnet Theatre); Macbeth, Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Double Indemnity, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, 2013 Shakespeare Festival, Allegiance the musical, August: Osage County, God of Carnage, The Whipping Man, Dancing in the Dark (The Old Globe); Up Here, The Ether Dome, Kingdom City, Peter and the Star Catchers, Blood and Gifts, Hands on a Hard Body, A Dram of Drummhicit (La Jolla Playhouse); Other favorites include: Vietgone, Oedipus El Rey, Claybourne Park (San Diego Rep); The King’s Guard with Ron Pearlman and Eric Roberts. George is head of performance training at San Diego Mesa College, MFA, SAFD, AEA.


ROBYN SMITH (Assistant Director) is excited to have her debut Assistant Directing gig here at Coronado Playhouse, second time Assistant Directing under Tyler Hewes (first was To Kill A Mockingbird, Pickwick Players). She recently directed P.S. Your Cat Is Dead at PowPAC. She thanks Tyler for giving her this opportunity and also thanks the cast and crew for their hard work and dedication. She is lucky and grateful to be able to work with such talent.


ANTHONY ZELIG (CPH Resident Lighting Board Operator) is thrilled to be a part of the Coronado Playhouse family and working on this production of King Charles III. Recent CPH credits include James and the Giant Peach, Little Shop of Horrors, Fly By Night and The Addams Family. Major thanks to Chad and Josh for their mentoring.


Show Events

OPENING NIGHT MEMBERS’ MINGLER
Friday, March 23, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Celebrate open nights at Coronado Playhouse!
You’re a loyal supporter of The Community’s Theatre and we want to show our appreciation. Playhouse members are invited to a hosted Happy Hour at CPH for drinks and appetizers before every opening night of each new main-stage production. Mingle with fellow theatre lovers and enjoy the ambience and excitement of opening night.
Not a member? Not a problem! Membership starts at just $50 and can be purchased in advance or at the event.

 

SPECIAL EVENT: TRADITIONAL AFTERNOON TEA – SOLD OUT!
Easter Saturday, March 31st at 12:30pm

Immerse yourself in British Culture and complement your theatre-going experience by partaking in a traditional English Afternoon Tea? Guided by CPH Board Member (and resident Brit) Vanessa Dinning, attendees will learn about Afternoon Tea etiquette and customs while enjoying delicious sweet and savory morsels, before enjoying the matinee performance.

Please arrive at 12:15pm. Tea served from 12:30pm
Add-on for only $30.00 when you purchase online, or by calling the box office at (619) 435-4856
Minimum of 12 tea reservations to run the event.

 

SPECIAL SCREENING: WAMPLER’S ASCENT
Saturday, April 7 at 2:00pm

Join us for this Special Screening of Wampler’s Ascent, an award-winning and truly inspiring film documentary featuring Stephen Wampler, the founder of our King Charles III community parter (The Wampler Foundation) and his extraordinary story. A story about persistence, tenacity and perseverance.

“…..something of a miracle.” – Hollywood Reporter

“If Wampler survives the moment…..he’ll be a legend; if he’s forced to give up, he’ll merely be one of the bravest human beings on the planet.” – Chuck Wilson. Village Voice & LA Weekly

“an inspiring story….” – LA Times

Admimssion: Free

Partnerships

"logo_TheWamplerFoundationCommunity Theatre is made by, with and for the community in which it is performed. Coronado Playhouse is committed to pursuing community theatre in the truest sense of the words by giving back to the people of San Diego County and using our public platform to help those in need.

During the run of King Charles III we are partnering with The Stephen J. Wampler Foundation in an effort to bring much needed exposure and donations to this incredible organization.

The Stephen J. Wampler Foundation provides life-changing experiences to children with physical disabilities. CPH is helping raise funds to send a child to CAMP WAMP. Camp Wamp is a camp for children ages (10-18) years old with physical disabilities.

You can learn more about and donate directly to this excellent cause HERE.
To apply as a camper a Survey + Applications for Camp Wamp need to be completed can be found on these links:
1. https://www.wamplerfoundation.org/camp-wamp-forms.html
2. https://www.wamplerfoundation.org/applications.html

Camp Wamp is seeking the following for the summer of 2018:
– 125 Campers with physical disabilities ages (10-18)
– Corporate Sponsorships & Donations, Public Grants, Private Grants and Individual Donations
– Camp Counselors, Staff and Volunteers

For more information about The Stephen J. Wampler Foundation you can visit their website…