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"You must understand, I was someone once."

Quartet

Written by Ronald Harwood
Directed by Jereme Anglin


$28/$35 at the door  General Admission
$25/$30 at the door  Seniors 62 and over
$20/$25 at the door  Under 30 & Military
$15/$20 at the door  Youth under 18

From the author of The Dresser comes this wickedly funny, joyous play about art, the eccentricities of age, and the celebratory power of the human spirit. In a retirement home for aging musicians, two questions circle each other. One involves former opera stars who were once married, long ago and briefly. The other is about a gala that may be able to raise enough money to keep their home from closing. Will the complications of the first question derail the second?

Funding provided by Sponsors Circle Members Ray Hendess & Rory Keller additional support provided by Buffington Clay-Miller

Cast

Jean Horton

Laura Jorgensen

Cecily Robson

Liz Jahren

Reginald Paget

Michael Fontaine

Wilfred Bond

Clark Miller

Crew

Scenic Designer

Joseph Elwick

Costume Designer

Lisa Eldredge

Stage Manager

Ross Tiffany Brown

The Cast and Crew

Anglin Jereme Anglin (Director) holds a MFA in Acting and works professionally as an actor, director and teacher. For eight years he served as Director of Theatre Arts of an award-winning training program at one of the top ten private high schools in Connecticut. Jereme’s own acting training was accomplished at schools such as the Sorbonne in Paris, The Moscow Art Theatre at Harvard, and the University of Connecticut. He has acted in many theaters on the east and west coasts as a member of Actor’s Equity Association. In addition to acting and directing, he has served as fight choreographer for several productions, holds a black belt in Aikido, and is a practitioner of physical theater and the Suzuki Method of actor training.

Eldredge LisaLisa Eldredge (Costume Designer) Costume designer for numerous operas at Cinnabar Theater and the Bay Area, Ms. Eldredge occasionally seizes the opportunity to costume an irresistible play. Among her Cinnabar favorites are Enchanted April, Private Lives, Born Yesterday, Shirley Valentine and Driving Miss Daisy. She is pleased to be adding opera centric Quartet to her credits.

Joseph Elwick (Scenic Designer) Check back soon for Joe’s bio.

Emerson JohnsonJared Emerson-Johnson (Sound Designer) is an award winning composer, sound designer, and voice director. His work is primarily featured in video games. Jared’s score to Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead was honored with a B.A.F.T.A. nomination for best game score of 2013. The Walking Dead was also selected as the Game Audio Network Guild’s winner for Best Dialog of 2013. Since the early 2000s, Jared has also worked off and on as a music instructor in Cinnabar Theater’s education department—coaching chamber music and conducting various youth operettas and musicals. He has performed with several Bay Area theater companies including Cinnabar Opera, Sonoma City Opera, the San Francisco Lamplighters, and a handful of student and regional companies in western NY state. Jared has held the position of concertmaster in the North Bay Sinfonietta. He’s also the frontman for the Rivertown Skifflers, a jug band. Jared holds a B.A. summa cum laude in music, with distinction in all subjects, from Cornell University.

FontaineMichael Fontaine (Reginald Paget) During the past 30+ years, Michael has acted in or directed dozens of productions with numerous organizations in the North Bay and beyond. Favorite roles performed at Cinnabar Theater include Carl in Lonely Planet, Graham in Talking Heads, Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale and Elomire in La Bete. Directing credits for Cinnabar include The FantastiksCandideMan of La ManchaSweeney ToddJacquel BrelWe Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!Hedda GablerMrs. Warren’s ProfessionA Moon for the MisbegottenCandidaThe Winter’s Tale, Lettice & Lovage and The Country Wife. Other area directing credits include – for 6th Street Playhouse – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf1940’s Radio HourCat on a Hot Tin Roof and Souvenir. For Santa Rosa Junior College and Summer Repertory Theater: Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatCinderellaBedroom Farce, and Hair. He has additionally served as stage director for the Sonoma City Opera productions of The Elixir of LoveDaughter of the RegimentAbduction from the Seraglio, and Don Pasquale. Currently working as Programs & Development Director for Pets Lifeline in Sonoma, Fontaine also teaches in the SRJC Older Adults Program and sings with several area choral ensembles. He is pleased to be returning to Cinnabar in an acting role after a six year hiatus, his last appearance having been in the Tom Lehrer review, Tomfoolery, for which he also served as stage director.

JahrenLiz Jahren (Cecily Robson) holds an MFA in Acting from UTK, a post graduate certificate in LeCoq Training from Naropa University & a BA in Theatre with distinction from SSU.  Favorite local roles include the nurse in Romeo & Juliet at Shakespeare in the Cannery; Mae West in Dirty Blonde, Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf & Lisa in Well at the 6th Street Playhouse; Pinky in Pinky, Louise in Always Patsy Cline at MSW, Cinnabar and Luther Burbank Center for the Arts; and On the Verge, and We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! at Cinnabar. Most recently Liz was Maggie in MSW production of Dancing at Lughnasa. Liz is the Artistic Director for Alchemia; an innovative visual & performing arts program for adults with special needs.

 Laura Jorgensen (Jean Horton) is delighted to be back at Cinnabar. She has  appeared in many plays at Cinnabar over the years including Driving Miss Daisy, A Clean House, On the Verge, Philadelphia Story, An Ideal Husband, Laughing Wild, Three Tall Women, A Perfect Ganesh, Road to Mecca, Heartbreak House, Taking Heads, A Delicate Balance, A Winter’s Tale, Candida, A Lie of the Mind, Our Country’s Good, Blue Window and Reckless, and directed We Won’t Pay We Won’t Pay. At Cinnabar, she also appeared in John O’Keefe’s premieres of Glamour and Queer Theory. At Main Stage West she recently performed in Road to Mecca, 4000 Miles, Other Desert Cities, Exit the King and Light Sensitive. She has worked with Undermain Theater in Dallas, Texas in Endgame, Really, Easter and the premier of Abraham Zobell’s Home Movie:Final Reel by Len Jenkin. Laura has created and performed nine shows with her husband, Fred Curchack, including The Mental Traveler, Golden Buddha Beach, Sexual Myth-Stories, An American Dream Play, NOH: Angels, Demon’s and Dreamers, Monkey: The Quest to the West, Milarepa, Grandpa’s Home Videos and Burying Our Father: A Biblical Debacle.

Clark Miller (Wilfred Bond) Clark’s most recent role was Duncan in Macbeth at Shakespeare in the Cannery. At Cinnabar Theater, he has appeared in Arcadia, Of Mice and Men, Fiddler on the Roof and La Cage aux Folles. Other recent roles include Tony in Outside Mullingar at Main Stage West, the father in Chekhov’s The Marriage Proposal at 6th Street Playhouse, Ian in The Other Place at 6th Street and Main Stage West, and Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night at Shakespeare in the Cannery. At Spreckels Theatre Company, he has appeared in Guys and Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun and Willy Wonka.

 

 

 

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Michael Fontaine (Reggie), Clark Miller (Wilf), Liz Jahren (Cecily) and Laura Jorgensen (Jean) in Quartet

Photos by Dominique Colombo
Banner photo Michael Fontaine, Liz Jahren, Clark Miller and Laura Jorgensen. Graphic based on a photo by Dominique Colombo