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Love, Linda

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Stevie Holland
with Gary William Friedman
Arrangements and Additional Music by Gary William Friedman

Stage Direction by Clark Sterling
Music Direction by Cesar Cancino

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Single tickets available Nov 23

The great songs of Cole Porter are ingeniously interwoven with captivating story-telling by his beautiful and glamorous wife, Linda Lee. Peek behind the glitter of her sensational life with her brilliant husband, to experience a unique, sometimes difficult but always love-filled marriage. As she tells us, “Just because a love between two people may be difficult to define, that doesn’t mean it didn’t exist.” Musical numbers include the hits So In Love, I Love Paris, My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Night and Day, Wunderbar, and many more.

This production is made possible by a gift from Executive Producer LARRY RUSSO
with additional support by Producers Circle Member
BERGIN SCREEN PRINTING AND ETCHING
and Sponsor Circle Members
RORY KELLER & RAY HENDESS
and DON DUFFALA & SANDY SMETHURST
with additional support from
THE CLAY FOUNDATION-WEST

Cast

Linda Lee Porter

*Maureen McVerry

Piano

Cesar Cancino

Bass

Steven Hoffman

Drums

John Shebalin

Crew

Stage Director

Clark Sterling

Music Director

Cesar Cancino

Stage Manager

Ross Tiffany Brown

Set and Lighting Designer

Wayne Hovey

Costume Designer

Ellen Howes

* Appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional stage actors and stage managers in the United States

MAUREEN McVERRY (Linda Lee Porter) created VERRY McVERRY, her ever evolving Cabaret Show, in 1993 and has performed it on and off for over 20 years in the Bay Area. As a cabaret singer in SF she has performed at the New Conservatory Theatre, Herbst Theatre, the Plush Room, the Venetian Room and the Alcazar. VERRY McVERRY has also been performed at 88’s in NYC and the Gardenia Room in LA, and at other venues nationally. (2012 nominated for Best Solo Show BATCC.)
As a stage actress Ms. McVerry celebrates over 35 years in the theatre. At ACT she played Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, Kitty Packard in Dinner at Eight, the Gypsy in Scapin, Carrie in The House of Mirth, and Sister Gabriella in the infamous The Pope and the Witch. At ACT she also played Mrs. Schlemiel in Schlemiel the First and went on with the show to the ART in Cambridge, MA and the Geffen Playhouse in LA. McVerry was featured as Kay in the SF Shakespeare Festival production of Oh Kay! and in two long-running SF shows, Noises Off and The Curse of the Werewolf. At Marin Theatre Company she has appeared in Side by Side by Sondheim, You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow, Born Yesterday, Me and My Girl, and Room Service. Maureen has also appeared in four different productions of Noises Off and gladly would do that show weekly to stay in shape. At 42nd St Moon she has appeared in several shows: Pardon My English (TCCBA award) High Spirits, Wildcat*, Very Warm For May*, Student Gypsy, and directed the successful revival of Oh Kay! In 2011. At Theatreworks, Lady Bracknell in Being Earnest, Jack’s mother in Into The Woods and Sylvia in Learned Ladies of Park Avenue*. She played Clara * in SEX at the Aurora Theatre. At Center Rep, the hit musicals, Bingo* and Xanadu – her first Shelly nomination as Calliope. In 2014 at SF Playhouse, she reprised her role as a Jack’s mother in Into The Woods, which she plays 24/7 (her son’s name is Jack). (* means nomination)
She is the winner of six Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Awards (BATCC) and two Drama-Logue Awards. McVerry’s film credits include Nine Months, The Dead Pool, True Believer, Big Business, The Ox and the Eye, and on TV in Full House.
On the Peninsula, Maureen is the Pied Piper of youth theatre at two different schools where she directs musical theatre. For this work she has been told she will be given entry into heaven with no questions asked. She was married to Rick Alber, who was known as “Dr. Web” on KGO radio. Sadly, Rick passed away suddenly in 2014. She has two children, Jack and Flannery.

CLARK STERLING (Stage Director) originated the role of Joel in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers on Broadway and was featured in the long-running San Francisco production of Les Miserables. His starring roles in musicals throughout the country include Albin in La Cage aux Folles, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Archibald in The Secret Garden, Lord Evelyn in Anything Goes and Jimmy in Oh, Kay! (with Ms. McVerry). He is a three-time Bay Area Critics Circle Award winner. As a director, Mr. Sterling’s work includes concerts and special events nationwide as well as four original Bay Area musicals. He has recorded and produced the albums Inspirational Broadway, Sterling Ovations and Christmas by the Bay, for which he co-wrote the title song. His latest musical theater project is as lyricist for the new musical Start Me Up, with author Peter Sagal and composer Nolan Gasser. www.sterlingperformances.com

CESAR CANCINO (Music Director, Pianist) enjoys a musically diverse career as pianist, musical director and conductor. He was for many years the musical director/pianist for “Teatro Zinzanni” and toured with singer/songwriter Joan Baez as her musical director and pianist. Most recently, he was the Musical Director/Pianist for Life Without Makeup starring the legendary Rita Moreno at Berkeley Rep. Mr. Cancino has performed throughout North America, Europe and Australia in such venues as Montreux Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, Int’l Music Festival of Mexico City, Atlanta Summer Pops Symphony and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Local credits include Rrazz Room, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 42nd St. Moon and others. He has appeared with such diverse artists as Florence Henderson, Paula West and Maria Muldaur. Mr Cancino music directed and played piano for last season’s My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra.

STEVEN HOFFMAN (Bass) Check back soon for Steven’s head shot and bio.

JOHN SHEBALIN (Drums) Check back soon for John’s bio.

WAYNE HOVEY (Scenic and Lighting Designer) has been working in the technical side of theater for more than 40 years, doing everything from backstage work to set, sound and lighting design and stage management. He has provided set design for Cinnabar’s Jacques Brel is Alive and Well, The Marriage of Figaro, Bad Dates, Mahalia Jackson, The Most Happy FellaMan of La Mancha and cabaret musical My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra. He’s provided light design for more than 15 shows at Cinnabar, including The Magic Flute, The Odd Couple, Pagliacci, and the world premiere of Trevor Allen’s One Stone (Einstein), as well as last season’s The Fantasticks. Wayne serves as Cinnabar’s Technical Director.

ELLEN HOWES (Costume Designer) has worked in film, theater, dance, and fashion. While she primarily works as a costume designer, she often designs the props and sets for the projects she works on as well. As a costume designer particularly interested in subtle parody and satire, Ellen hopes to someday work for a sketch comedy series, but has been primarily working in live theater and fashion photo-shoots as of late. An eccentric soul with eclectic tastes, it was only natural that Ellen was drawn to design, a career that allows her to continue to learn and create well after her educational career. Ellen’s previous theater credits include My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, Good People and The Great God Pan at Cinnabar.

ROSS TIFFANY BROWN (Stage Manager) has been working on all facets of technical theater in Sonoma County for the past decade. He received his Bachelors Degree from Sonoma State University. You may have seen him Stage Managing, Set Building, Light Hanging, Sound Crunching, Wall Painting, Note Taking, and Button Pushing for productions at Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma, Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park, The Green Music Center and Sonoma State University’s Department of Performing Arts, Main Stage West in Sebastopol, and various other theaters in Sonoma County.