September 6, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coronado Playhouse
1835 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118
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By Ken Ludwig

The hilarious farce.

Scheduled to begin September 4, 2020

Directed by Samuel Young

In the madcap comedy tradition of Lend Me a Tenor, the hilarious Moon Over Buffalo centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York with five actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf, old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body.

With a plethora of pratfalls, slamming doors aplenty, and backstage shenanigans, Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo is a fast-paced, hilarious screwball comedy in the old tradition, a throwback farce, a valentine to the stage, and the larger-than-life personalities that inhabit the world of the theatre.

Ken Ludwig is a two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright who has written over 26 plays and musicals, including 6 shows on Broadway and 7 in London’s West End. His work has been performed in over 30 countries in more than 20 languages, and is produced somewhere in the United States and abroad every night of the year. 

See our behind the scenes video here!

“Moon Over Buffalo packs more comic genius onto the stage than anything in recent memory!” USA Today

“…Moon Over Buffalo is what a staged comedy should be. It is a wild and wacky farce. It’s Waiting for Guffman meets Noises Off meets your favorite Shakespeare comedy as performed by the Marx Brothers. Be prepared to leave the theater exhausted from laughter.” The News Tribune





Meet the Cast

  • Samuel Young (George Hay)
  • Jena Joyce (Charlotte Hay)
  • Hollymarie Ritter (Ethel)
  • Ashley Engelman (Rosalind)
  • Jackson Royce Lawrence (Howard)
  • Larissa Ryan (Eileen)
  • Phillip Magin (Paul)
  • Steven Jensen (Richard)

The Playbill

The program is available here: Moon Program

Cast Bios

RANDY COULL (George Hay) is a native San Diegan. He has participated in a performing arts tour of Europe, multiple San Diego Fringe Festival performances and appeared on many other stages throughout San Diego including Scripps Ranch Theater, Onstage Playhouse and PowPAC. You may also hear Randy as the titular character in Rex Rivetter: Private Eye, a free original podcast audio drama, produced by Downstairs Entertainment, which is available on Google Play, iTunes, or http://www.dsentertain.com/.

ASHLEY ENGELMAN (Roz) is delighted to be returning to Coronado Playhouse after appearing as Perdita in The Winter’s Tale last season! She is a recent graduate of the University of San Diego, where she earned a BA in English/Theatre and a Paralegal Certificate. Some of Ashley’s favorite theatrical credits include Viola (Twelfth Night), Marc (Art), Mary Baltimore (On the Verge: The Geography of Yearning), Dauphin/Pistol (Henry V), Lampito/Assistant Director (Lysistrata) and Lady Macbeth (Macbeth).

STEVEN JENSEN (Richard) was last seen here in Mamma Mia! Also at Coronado Playhouse: The Winter’s Tale, Guys and Dolls, King Charles III, Hamlet, Spamalot, Tartuffe, Little Shop of Horrors, Romeo and Juliet, The Drowsy Chaperone and lots more. Some others: Man of La Mancha (Oceanside Theatre Co), Edward II (Diversionary), The Tempest (Poor Players), Macbeth and Who Am I This Time? (Vanguard), She Loves Me (Lamplighters), Julius Caesar (New Village Arts) and The Gondoliers (LOSD).

JENA JOYCE (Charlotte Hay) performed at several area theaters back in 1985-1987 as a recent graduate of Princeton University’s Program in Theater & Dance, including CPH where she was part of the “Play-by-Play” educational series. Favorite past roles include Rizzo in Grease, Bobbi in Last of the Red Hot Lovers and Eleanor in The Lion in Winter. A lawyer for the last 25 years, Jena first stepped back on stage last spring in Diary of Anne Frank at American History Theater. She thanks the MOB team for this opportunity, and her husband for his enthusiastic support.

JACKSON ROYCE LAWRENCE (Howard) is happy to be back on the Coronado Playhouse stage after appearing in Joseph in 2018. Favorite roles include Buddy in Elf and Willard in Footloose. He would like to thank the artistic team for giving him this amazing opportunity and his family and friends for their love and support.

PHILLIP MAGIN (Paul) is thrilled to be back at Coronado Playhouse since playing Seyton/Witch in Macbeth. He recently wrote, directed, produced and starred in the play No Distractions at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center through his theatre company Mainstage Mavericks. Other local credits include work with the LJPH WOW Festival, New Village Arts and the San Diego International Fringe Festival. He’d like to thank Sam and Anthony for granting him this rewarding opportunity.

HOLLYMARIE RITTER (Ethel) is excited and gratified to be working with Samuel Young and such a marvelous cast. Roles include Hannigan (Annie), Annie Sullivan (The Miracle Worker), Blanche (Broadway Bound) and Mrs. Soames (Inherit The Wind) at Paper Mill Playhouse. A Registered Drama Therapist, she has worked with 9/11 Survivors. She teaches The Nuts & Bolts of Acting (SDCCD CE) and has directed/produced around town. Love to all my theatre families, onstage and off.

LARISSA RYAN (Eileen) is thrilled to be making her Coronado Playhouse debut! She graduated from San Diego State University in May 2019. While at SDSU she appeared as Ilse in Spring Awakening (2019), Mrs. Hale in The Glaspell Project (2018) and Katurian in The Pillowman (2018). She is grateful to her friends and family for their support and she would like to thank everyone involved in bringing this show to life!

Creative Team

SAMUEL YOUNG (Director) is beyond thrilled to be directing this enormously popular and hilarious, Tony Award-nominated Ken Ludwig classic. Riddled with pratfalls, slamming doors, mistaken identities, backstage hijinks and over-the-top performances, this behind-the-scenes romp celebrates the true nature of the theatrical farce.  The show accentuates the inherent grace of second chances, and how re-forgiving the spirit of Theatre really is. This marks Mr. Young’s second directing endeavor at Coronado Playhouse, after last season’s The Winter’s Tale, by William Shakespeare. Previous to that, he has performed as an actor on the Coronado stage in Macbeth, Hamlet, King Charles III and Much Ado About Nothing.

KATHY PARKS (Production Stage Manager) is happy to be back at Coronado Playhouse again for this delightful farce. She has worked backstage on over 30 productions at CPH, and also at other local community theatres including Trinity Theatre Company, The Ocean Beach Playhouse Theatre, Community Actors Theatre and Pickwick Players.

MARCENE DRYSDALE (Costume Designer) has been costuming shows at Coronado Playhouse for five years. Shows include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Seussical the Musical, Sugar, The 39 Steps, The Addams Family, A Man of No Importance, Guys and Dolls, The Winter’s Tale and Mamma Mia. She has also costumed several shows throughout San Diego such as West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Anything Goes, The Drowsy Chaperone and Spring Awakening.

ANASTASIA MORGAN (Lighting Designer) is excited to be working with Coronado Playhouse again. Her previous works here include The Winter’s Tale, Bare In Concert and Guys and Dolls. She would like to thank the director, production team, and cast for making this such an enjoyable experience.

PAM EVERETT (Resident Props Designer & House Manager) is honored to be working with this extraordinary cast and crew. She has been associated with CPH for over 15 years. Every show is so special and there too many to name. Thank you to my wonderful family for joining in the fun and helping make CPH the GREAT theatre it is! Thank you to you, our patrons for continuing to allow us to practice our craft!

STAN SOTH (Set Designer) wishes to express his sincere appreciation to the Coronado Playhouse family where he was welcomed seven years ago as a wobbly-kneed set builder’s assistant with no stage experience since high school in the mid 1960s. He has been coached up through the ranks and, in the past three years has designed and built a number of sets including The 39 Steps, Joseph…, Guys and Dolls and Little Shop of Horrors. He is also happy to have the opportunity to design and build specialty props used throughout the San Diego theatre community. He wishes to thank his patient and loving wife, Shirley, for encouraging his theatre involvement and all of the talented men and women who have helped him develop many skills he never even suspected he had.

HEATHER BARTON TJALMA (Co-Producer) is excited to work side by side with her co-producer Lenelle Wylie, under the wonderful guidance of Anthony Zelig. She has been blessed to work with such a great cast and crew on this show. Her CPH onstage credits include The Old Man and The Old Moon, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Best Little Whore House in Texas, and Guys and Dolls. You may have recently seen her in a staged reading of the musical Chasing Fear at Cygnet Theatre. You can see her next in Lamplighter Theater’s production of Company, opening in April. She always looks forward to her next show with CPH and would like to thank you for supporting live theater!

LENELLE WYLIE (Co-Producer) is so glad to have this new and exciting role as producer at Coronado Playhouse. She is a San Diego native who lives in La Mesa with her husband and her two daughters. She teaches biology and coaches the water polo/swim teams at her alma mater, Helix Charter High School. Lenelle is lucky enough to have performed at Coronado Playhouse in Little Shop of Horrors, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and in two cabaret performances. She adores the Playhouse and truly values the experience they provide for both patrons and actors. Hope you enjoy the show!


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Show Events

Friday, March 20 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.

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Community 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 Coronado and using our public platform to help those in need.  

During the run of Moon Over Buffalo, CPH is honored to once again partner with The Coronado Public Library.This will be the fourth time CPH has partnered with Coronado Public Library in an effort to further support community spirit on the island of Coronado and enjoy this excellent establishment that benefits us all.  This partnership will involve a special movie screening and talk-back at the library, along with a book drive throughout the run of this production. For more information, please visit: www.coronado.ca.us

Movie Screening and Talkback: Moon Over Broadway Documentary Screening – Date TBD

Book Drive to benefit the Coronado Public Library –  Please donate your gently used books throughout the run of Moon Over Buffalo. They will be presented to the library after the run of the show.