Poster Boys

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Poster Boys

  • Poster Boys
    By Michele Riml

    Caroline is struggling with the choices she has made to make it to the top of her field while remnants of a heartbreak she tried to bury resurface and threaten to destroy everything she has worked to build. At the same time two men find themselves in the spotlight as their personal lives become a political controversy when they are asked to become the spokesmen for a movement they weren’t prepared to join. This piercingly funny play was inspired by real events.

    Featuring: John Anderson, Justin Lang, Charles Maze and Julie Anderson Sachs.

  • MICHELE RIML (Author) is a critically acclaimed playwright from Vancouver, British Columbia. Her plays have been produced across Canada and in the US including the Globe Theatre, The Grand, the Arts Club Theatre, the Belfry and The Hayworth Theatre (Los Angeles). Other plays include Miss Teen, Under The Influence, RAGE (winner of the 2005 Sydney Risk prize for Outstanding Original Play) and the acclaimed Poster Boys, which premiered at the Arts Club Theatre in 2008. Her plays for young audiences, commissioned by Green Thumb Theatre for Young People, include Cool, Invisible Girl, The Skinny Lie and Tree Boy. Michele was nominated for the 2008 Siminovitch Prize.

  • JOHN ANDERSON (Jack): Production Manager for San Diego Repertory Theatre for the last eight seasons; where he designed the set for Storyville last November.  Before coming to the REP John managed the productions for The California Shakespeare Theatre in Berkeley/Orinda.  He studied Theatre at the University of Kansas; and since school has worked as an actor, director, designer and collaborator with theaters in Chicago, Minneapolis, Norfolk, San Francisco, Dallas and San Diego.  John spent five seasons as a core company member of the Minnesota Shakespeare Company and was the founding Artistic Director of Summer Shakes in Virginia Beach Virginia.

    JUSTIN LANG (Brad): This is Justin’s eleventh show in San Diego in two years, his sixth show with the beautiful women of MOXIE, and humbled to be making his Diversionary debut. Justin is an Ensemble Member with New Village Arts for the upcomingSeason 11 Ensemble Project. Projects include; George, Of Mice and Men, and Directing Shakespeare’sThe Comedy of Errors. He is New Village Arts’ Education Coordinator and teaches a Shakespeare based program in North County schools with New Village Arts. He thanks his family and friends for their continued support in these strange times.

    CHARLES MAZE (Carson / Woman) is honored to make his debut with both Moxie and Diversionary Theatres, and is thrilled to work with such a talented cast, crew & staff.    Theatrical credits include a national tour of Much Ado About Nothing (National Players).  Favorite roles include Zach in A Chorus Line and Andrew in I Hate Hamlet, both performed in Maryland.  Charles is filming his third feature film and can be seen in local commercials.  Charles currently trains at Robert Wald Actor’s Studio, and is grateful to Nanci Washburn at Artist Management and the wonderful team at ActorInsight.com.

    JULIE ANDERSON SACHS (Caroline) is making her debut on the Diversionary stage in “Poster Boys”.  She has performed for local audiences over the past 13 years.  Her most recent performance was for Moxie Theatre as Artie in the amazing Eleemosynary.  Additional San Diego Stage credits include Mae in Mud and Corday in Marat/Sade (ion Theatre), Maxine in Tongue of a Bird and Ellen in Two Rooms (Stone Soup Theatre), Joan in The Guys (Black Rabbit Theatre) and Claudia Faith in NutsFilm:  Burned (SDGL Film Festival).  Julie is proud to be a MOXIE!

  • MICHELE RIML (Author) is a critically acclaimed playwright from Vancouver, British Columbia. Her plays have been produced across Canada and in the US including the Globe Theatre, The Grand, the Arts Club Theatre, the Belfry and The Hayworth Theatre (Los Angeles). Other plays include Miss Teen, Under The Influence, RAGE (winner of the 2005 Sydney Risk prize for Outstanding Original Play) and the acclaimed Poster Boys, which premiered at the Arts Club Theatre in 2008. Her plays for young audiences, commissioned by Green Thumb Theatre for Young People, include Cool, Invisible Girl, The Skinny Lie and Tree Boy. Michele was nominated for the 2008 Siminovitch Prize.

    DELICIA TURNER SONNENBERG (Director) is the founding Artistic Director of MOXIE Theatre.For MOXIE Theatre: Ten Cent Night, Eurydice, Drink Me (co-director), The Butcher of Baraboo (co-director), Bleeding Kansas, The Listener, Bluebonnet Court (w/ Diversionary), Rhubarb or How to Play With a Rollergirl, The Treatment, Pulp (w/ Diversionary), Gibson Girl, Dog Act (co-director),andKimberly Akimbo.Other San Diego directing credits include: San Diego REP, Cygnet Theatre, New Village Arts, Diversionary, 6th@ Penn, Eveoke Dance Theatre and The Playwrights Project.Before MOXIE, Delicia worked as Artistic Associate of San Diego Repertory Theatre as a part of the TCG’s New Generations Program: Future Leaders. Honors and awards include: San Diego Critics Circle’s Des McAnuff New Visions Award and “Craig Noel” awards, Patte awards, a Women’s International Center Living Legacy Award and most recently MOXIE was honored as Small Business of the Year for district #39 by State Senator Christine Kehoe. Delicia was twice a recipient of the Van Lier Directing Fellowship through Second Stage Theatre in New York, and is an alumna of the New York Drama League’s Directors Program. Delicia is married to designer Jerry Sonnenberg and proud mama of August and Zoë.

    MICHELLE CARON (Lighting Designer) is pleased to return to Diversionary Theatre, where her designs include Dooley,Fair Use,Santa Claus is Coming Out,andAnita Bryant Died for Your Sins. Her recent local work includesThe Gondoliers(Lyric Opera),Malashock/RAWandSurface Tensionwith Malashock Dance, andOur Town,It’s a Wonderful Life’09 and ’10 andThe Norman Conquests(Cygnet Theatre). Michelle holds a MFA in Theatrical Design from San Diego State University. See her work at carondesignworks.com.

    JEANNIE GALIOTO (Costume Design): Jeannie is thrilled to be a part of Poster Boys.  She has an MFA in Costume Design and won the Patte award for her design of Twist at Diversionary.  Her credits include productions for the San Diego Repertory, Moxie, Mo’olelo, ion, The Asian American Repertory, The Guthrie Lab, Mixed Blood Theatre, and Shakespeare in the Park to name a few.  In addition to freelance designing, she has taught at SDSU and Palomar College.  She is currently working as the costume shop manager and assistant professor at USD and is an instructor at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.   Please visit her website at www.jeanniegalioto.com.

    TOM JONES (Sound Design) is happy to be working with Diversionary Theatre for the first time, and has done shows for San Diego Repertory Theatre, Moxie, New Village Arts, J Company, and Common Ground Theatre. He is also the Audio Supervisor for San Diego Repertory Theatre. Some design highlights include Hairspray, The Three Penny Opera, In The Next Room or the vibrator play, boom, The Listener, and the world premier of Princess and the Black Eyed Pea.

    VICTORIA MARTINEZ (Stage Manage) is pleased to be working with MOXIE again & with Diversionary for the first time. A native San Diegan, she holds her BA in Performing Arts from the University of San Francisco. In the fall, Victoria will be starting a 2 year conservatory program in acting at the Stella Adler Art of Acting Studio in Los Angeles. “Many thanks to my husband, Jim for his ever present support.”

    DAVID J. MEDINA (Properties Design): is proud to be an Associate Artist at Diversionary: Speech & Debate, The Marriage Bed, Twist, The Little Dog Laughed, Facing East, Scrooge In Rouge, Corpus Christi, The Daddy Machine. Other Diversionary credits include: When Pigs Fly (Asst. Scenic), Busy World Is Hushed ( Asst. Scenic) Blue Bonnet Court (set construction); ion Theatre: Cripple of Inishman ( prop Asst.) Bang productions: Sideman; USD: Cabaret, The Saints Plays. David has worked for the Old Globe Theatre on over 20 shows as a Properties Buyer, Craftsperson & Artisan.

    LUKE OLSON (Projection Design) is a lighting designer and a third-year MFA student at San Diego State University. Local lighting design credits include: Dance/Theatre(Diversionary);Hunters Trilogy, When Strangers Meet(San Diego Dance Theatre);Little Women,Paradise Hotel, Birds of Paradise(San Diego State University);Labyrinth of Desire(Moxie/SDSU.) Luke has also designed for Tricklock Company, The University of New Mexico, Ptero Dance Theatre, Musical Theatre Southwest, Heidi Latsky Dance, Ballet Quad Cities and many others. Luke is grateful for the chance to explore a new medium with Diversionary and Moxie Theatre.

    PRODUCTION STAFF:

    Producer………………………………………………………………………. Bret Young

    Production Manager ……………………………………………… Missy Bradstreet

    Assistant to the Artistic Director …………………….. Ellis van den Boogaard

    Lighting Assistant …………………………………………………… Jeffrey Arneson

    Sound/Video Operator ………………………………………..…………….. Rob Norton

    Scenic Construction……………………………………………………….. Matt Scott

    Photographers ………………………………………… Ken Jacques, Austin Clark

    SPECIAL THANKS:
    Diversionary, MOXIE and the Poster Boys team extend warm thanks to the following for helping bring this production together:

    Kevin Anthinll, Joann Clark, Jeff F. Krauss III, The Lambesis Agency, Revivals Thrift Store, Tristan Mecham, Kevin McBride, Ryan Neil Hall (San Diego County Regional Airport Authority), San Diego Repertory Theatre

  • PRESS RELEASE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    July 6, 2011

    Contact: Jennifer Eve Thorn 760-809-2810 jen@moxietheatre.com or
    Travis Guss 619-220-6830 tguss@diversionary.org

    Performances of Diversionary Theatre and MOXIE

    co-production of Poster Boys begin July 7, 2011.
    San Diego, CA – Diversionary Theatre and MOXIE Theatre will celebrate the kick off of both of their 2011/2012 seasons with the U.S. Premiere of Canadian playwright Michele Riml’s new play Poster Boys from July 7 – July 31, 2011 at Diversionary Theatre.

    In Poster Boys, Caroline is an advertising executive struggling with the choices she has made to make it to the top of her field while remnants of a heartbreak she tried to bury resurface and threaten to destroy everything she has worked to build. At the same time, two men find themselves in the spotlight as their personal lives become a political controversy when they are asked to become the spokesmen for a movement they weren’t prepared to join. This piercingly funny play was inspired by a real Canadian event which occurred in 2002 when VanCity Credit Union ran a similar campaign and the Catholic Church threatened to pull funding from their Children’s Banking Program.

    Diversionary Theatre and MOXIE Theatre have a history of creating great work together. “It’s perfect that Diversionary launches its fresh new season in collaboration with Delicia and MOXIE Theatre,” said Diversionary Executive Director, John Alexander. “The exciting breadth in the San Diego theatre scene is a big part of what drew me back here and I’m thrilled that the first Diversionary show I’m working on is with these talented people.” The shared passion for producing new plays has led to several exciting co-productions in the past such as the critically acclaimed and award-winning productions Pulp! and Bluebonnet Court. They’re celebrating the kick off of their next seasons is an exciting U.S. Premiere of a new play by Canadian playwright Michele Riml. “Poster Boys” is a smart and sexy comedy which combines what MOXIE and Diversionary Theatre do best,” says MOXIE Artistic Director and the director of the premiere production Delicia Turner Sonnenberg. “It’s smart, sexy, political and wickedly funny.”

    Delicia Turner Sonneberg directs Poster Boys. Cast members include John Anderson, Justin Lang, Charles Maze and Julie Anderson Sachs,.  The Poster Boys design and production team includes Matt Scott (Set), Michelle Caron (Lights), Jeanne Golloto (Costumes), Tom Jones (Sound), David Medina (Properties), Victoria Martinez (Stage Manager) and Luke Olsen (Projection)

    Diversionary Theatre was started in 1986. The mission of the theatre is to produce plays with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender themes that portray characters in their complexity and diversity both historically and contemporarily.

    MOXIE Theatre’s mission is to expand the idea of what is feminine by using the intimate art of theatre to create more diverse and honest female images for our culture. MOXIE Theatre began its first full season in October 2005 bringing the community theatre that is smart, sexy and surprising – Theatre for women and the men who love them!

    Previews run July 7-8. Opening Night is July 9th at 8pm. Performances run through July 31, 2011, at Diversionary Theatre – 4545 Park Blvd. San Diego CA 92116.

    Tickets: Friday & Saturday- $33.00; Thursday & Sunday – $31.00;
    Opening Night – $45.00; Previews – $20

    CALENDAR LISTING

    WHAT: Diversionary Theatre and MOXIE Theatre present

    POSTER BOYS

    Poster Boys

    By Michele Riml
    Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg

    WHERE: Diversionary Theatre
    4545 Park Blvd. San Diego CA 92116

    WHEN: July 7-31, 2011
    Previews: July 7 & 8
    Opens: July 9 @ 8pm
    Runs through July 31

    TIME: Thursdays 7:30pm
    Fridays and Saturdays 8pm
    Sundays 2pm and 7pm
    Monday, July 18 at 7:30pm

    PRICES:
    Friday & Saturday $33.00
    Thursday & Sunday $31.00
    Opening Night $45.00
    Previews $ 20.00

    DISCOUNTS:
    Students/Senior 60+/Military receive $4 off.
    Groups of 10-29 receive a $4 discount, and groups of 30+ receive an $8 discount.

    PURCHASE:
    For tickets or information, call the Diversionary box office at 619.220.0097 or log on to www.diversionary.org or www.moxietheatre.com.

    Director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, cast members and the playwright are available for interviews. For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Jennifer Eve Thorn at (760) 809-2810 or jen@moxietheatre.com or Gigi Cantin at (619) 933-9915 or gcantin@diversionary.org.

    The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture provides major support for

    Diversionary Theatre and MOXIE Theatre.

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  • CALENDAR LISTING

    Diversionary Theatre and MOXIE Theatre present

    Poster Boys

    By Michele Riml
    Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg

    WHERE: Diversionary Theatre
    4545 Park Blvd. San Diego CA 92116

    WHEN: July 7-31, 2011
    Previews: July 7 & 8
    Opens: July 9 @ 8pm
    Runs through July 31

    TIME: Thursdays 7:30pm
    Fridays and Saturdays 8pm
    Sundays 2pm and 7pm
    Monday, July 18 at 7:30pm

    PRICES:
    Friday & Saturday $33.00
    Thursday & Sunday $31.00
    Opening Night $45.00
    Previews $ 20.00

    DISCOUNTS:
    Students/Senior 60+/Military receive $4 off.
    Groups of 10-29 receive a $4 discount, and groups of 30+ receive an $8 discount.

    PURCHASE:
    For tickets or information, call the Diversionary box office at 619.220.0097 or log on to www.diversionary.org or www.moxietheatre.com.

  • Read the U-T Article about Poster Boys author Michele Riml.

    Read the LGBT Weekly Feature.

  • “a laugh-a-minute coproduction by Diversionary Theatre and MOXIE” ~The San Diego Union Tribune

    “solid acting”  with  “taut and detailed direction of Delicia Turner Sonnenberg” ~talkinbroadway.com

    “a powerful script that takes aim at some of our most cherished stereotypes of sexual orientation” ~Indybay

    “Riml’s…clever dialogue, Sonnenberg’s lickety-split direction and a terrific production team make this a visual delight” ~ SDGLN

    “Matt Scott’s impressive, abstract set and Michelle Caron’s lighting enable flash cuts that director Sonnenberg orchestrates with precision” ~The Reader

    “Funny…and More” – Zenger’s Newsmagazine

     

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