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The Creature

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Written by Trevor Allen
Directed by Jon Tracy

Presented in association with Black Box Theatre


$9  for junior-high and high-school students (Oct 16 only)
$15  for youth 21 and under
$25  for adults
$5  extra for the Halloween party (Oct 31 only)
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Award-winning playwright Trevor Allen breathes eloquent new life into Mary Shelley’s electrifying novel, Frankenstein.

Forget the green skin and neck bolts. Allen moves far beyond a horror story to give us the poignant tale of a lost child, a monster who knows all too well what it means to be human. In this riveting North Bay premiere of the San Francisco hit, you’ll rediscover the original story of a scientist seeking the secrets of life and the sympathetic creature he creates.

Please note: There will be no late seating for this production. Latecomers will be seated at intermission. Thank you

Underwritten by Frank Schomer


Viktor Frankenstein

Tim Kniffin *

The Creature

Robert Parsons *

Captain Walton

Richard Pallaziol


Written by

Trevor Allen

Directed by

Jon Tracy

Scenic and Light Design

Jon Tracy

Costume Design

Skipper Skeoch

Sound Design

Jared Emerson Johnson

Stage Manager

Ross Tiffany-Brown

Associate Director

Taylor Korobow

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

AllenTrevor Allen (Playwright) formed black box in 2000. He is an award winning Bay Area playwright. Productions include Lolita Roadtrip (San Jose Stage Company), The Creature (Black Box Theatre Company, BACC award), Tenders in the Fog (San Jose Stage Company, Dean Goodman Award, Original Script), Working for the Mouse! (Impact Theatre), 49 Miles (Crowded Fire Theater), and Chain Reactions (Theatre of Yugen, CAFÉ and The Cutting Ball). He received a San Francisco Arts Commission grant for his play, Zoo Logic. He is a Bay Area Playwrights Festival alumnus and his play, One Stone (Einstein), a collaboration with Lunatique Fantastique was developed through their “Incubator” and “In the Rough” programs. Two of his plays have received the SF Fringe Festival’s “Best Of” awards. His short play, Mamlet, won American Conservatory Theatre’s “Write like David Mamet” contest. He received PlayGround’s Emerging Playwright Award, Playwriting Fellowship and two Alumni full length play commissions for Lolita Roadtrip and Golden Gate Fair. He was a Playwright in Residence at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. He is currently working on scripts for Valley of Sand, a new play about Silicon Valley originally commissioned by San Jose Repertory Theatre and PlayGround, A Treasured Island, his adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel set in a Children’s hospital, and he’s editing a book-length collection of five of his professionally produced plays for EXIT Press. He holds a BA in Theatre from UCLA and a MFA in Creative Writing from SFSU. He is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild of America.

Emerson-Johnson Jared Emerson-Johnson (sound design) is a composer, sound designer, and voice director. His work is primarily featured in video games. Jared’s score to The Walking Dead received a B.A.F.T.A. nomination for best game score of 2013. He is currently scoring Tales from the Borderlands and Game of Thrones. Jared has also worked as a music instructor in Cinnabar’s Young Rep. Jared holds a B.A. summa cum laude in music, with distinction in all subjects, from Cornell University.

KniffinTim Kniffin (Frankenstein) is thrilled to be back at Cinnabar, where he played Slim in Of Mice and Men, Malachy in A Couple of Blaguards, and the Rainmaker in 110 In The Shade. Tim has performed throughout the Bay Area, the U.S., and Eastern Europe. Most recently, he earned a starring role in the feature film The Fixer. His most recent stage roles are The Comedy of Errors with Shakespeare Napa Valley (Antipholus of Syracuse) and Our Town with Shotgun Players (Doc Gibbs). Thanks to everyone who helped bring The Creature to life!

KorobowTaylor Korobow (Associate Director) is a producer, director and educator. For over fifteen years, Taylor ran and taught at the Bay Area school and casting company she founded,The Voice Factory. She has appeared in several reality shows – as herself – in both the United States and Great Britain and has directed in every format from theatre and film to video, computer, television and radio. She is the founder of the theatre production company Stay Dog Presents, and is co-Artistic Director – along with Jon Tracy – of Groundswell: The International Theatre Intensive,


PallaziolRichard Pallaziol (Captain Walton, etc) studied theatre at CSU Long Beach and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Locally, he has performed at Napa Valley Conservatory Theatre (People’s Temple, Lydia, Eurydice), Shakespeare Napa Valley (Much Ado About Nothing, How Shakespeare Won the West, As You Like It) Solano College (Peter Pan, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet), and for the Napa Valley Shakespeare Festival (Macbeth, Richard III, The Tempest) where he also directed (Taming of The Shrew, Hamlet). Richard has been a professional stage fight choreographer for the past thirty-five years.
Parsons Robert Parsons (The Creature) was most recently seen as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing at the Jack Mason stage in Inverness. Other Bay Area credits include work at American Conservatory Theatre (Arcadia, Rock ‘N Roll, The Little Foxes, The Black Rider and Buried Child), Magic Theatre (A Lie of the Mind, Pleasure and Pain, The Lonesome West, and The American in Me), Aurora Theatre Company, (A Bright New Boise, Private Jokes/Public Places), Marin Theatre Company, (Circle, Mirror, Transformation, Pal Joey, Communicating Doors) and stints at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Symmetry Theatre Company, SF Playhouse, Word for Word, The Cutting Ball Theatre, Marin and SF Shakespeare Festivals and San Jose Stage Company. Regional credits include work at Ford’s Theatre (as Abraham Lincoln in The Rivalry), Ahmanson Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Alley Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company and the Sydney Festival. Film credits include Delirium, Black August and This Is Hamlet.

Skipper Skeoch (Costume Designer) is very excited to be working with Cinnabar for the first time. Recently Skipper has been the resident costume designer for Napa Valley College, designing productions of Sweeney Todd, Much Ado About Nothing, Taming of the Shrew, Lydia and Kalos Kai Agathos to name a few. In addition Skipper had the pleasure of designing the last three of Reduced Shakespeare’s premiere productions: Christmas Abridged, Comedy Abridged and most recently Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play Abridged. Other credits include work with the Magic Theater, South Coast Repertory, Sonoma County Repertory, Sacramento Theater Company, and Summer Repertory Theater in Santa Rosa.

Tiffany-BrownRoss Tiffany- Brown (Stage Manager) has been working at Cinnabar for the past 5 years. He has spent countless hours as a Stage Manager for The Professional Plays and Musicals, as well as running all the Sunday Concert Series and Stage Rental performances. He also enjoys helping with the lights, sound, sets, props, and costumes. In addition to his efforts at Cinnabar, he also does the same glorious work for Sonoma State University and Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park.


TracyJon Tracy (Director, Set and Light Design) is a Director, Playwright, Designer, Educator and Associate with many Bay Area theaters including Shotgun Players (Company Member), SF Playhouse, Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, American Conservatory Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Darkroom Productions (Founder, Former Artistic Director) Willows, TheatreFIRST, Berkeley Playhouse and a Company Member and Resident Director for PlayGround. A graduate of Solano College Theatre’s Actor Training Program, he is also the recipient of the Kennedy Center Meritorious Achievement Award, fifteen North Bay Arty Awards, a Sacramento Elly Award, Bay Area Critics Circle Award and is a grant recipient from Theatre Bay Area and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the Co-Artistic Director of Groundswell: The International Theatre Intensive, Executive Director of The Lights Up Project, a proud member of Theatre Bay Area’s Gender Parity Commission and of SDC, the union for stage directors and choreographers.

Robert Parsons as the creature in Trevor Allen’s The Creature.

Photo by Eric Chazankin

Tim Kniffin as Viktor Frankenstein in Trevor Allen’s The Creature.

Photo by Eric Chazankin

Richard Pallaziol as Captain Walton in Trevor Allen’s The Creature.

Photo by Eric Chazankin

The cast of Trevor Allen’s The Creature.

Photo by Eric Chazankin

Tim Kniffin as Viktor Frankenstein in Trevor Allen’s The Creature.

Photo by Eric Chazankin

Richard Pallaziol and Robert Parsons in Trevor Allen’s The Creature.

Photo by Eric Chazankin

Robert Parsons as the creature in Trevor Allen’s The Creature.

Photo by Eric Chazankin

Robert Parsons as the creature and Tim Kniffin as Viktor Frankenstein in Trevor Allen’s The Creature.

Photo by Eric Chazankin

Halloween with The Creature

Join us for a special performance of this chilling tale at 8 PM on Saturday, October 31. Includes mulled creature punch, specially-concocted holiday treats and chances for a basket of premium wines and more.
Tickets: $30 for adults / $20 for youth 21 and under

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Banner photo Tim Kniffin as Viktor Frankenstein in The Creature (photo by Eric Chazankin)