Production Sponsors: Bill McClain & Bob Leyh, Mark Niblack, MD
As Jordan Berman pounds the New York City pavement searching for Mr. Right, he wards off lonely nights with his trio of close-knit girlfriends. As singles’ nights turn into bachelorette parties, Jordan must face his own capacity to love and be loved. This hilarious and heart-wrenching Broadway comedy dives into the trenches of urban single life and the aspirational gay wedding, reminding us that you can’t hurry love—no matter how much you wish you could.
This heartfelt, feel-good romantic comedy will have you rolling in the aisles. As intelligent as it is funny, Significant Other is an unflinching portrait of modern, young, urban, gay love at its lonely best. This honest, endearing and hysterical new work debuted Off Broadway before transferring to Broadway last year – a remarkable feat for a new LGBT work by an emerging playwright. To helm this production, I’m thrilled to welcome our own Anthony Methvin in his directorial debut on Diversionary’s mainstage.
Joshua Harmon is a graduate of Juilliard and holds an MFA in Playwrighting from Carnegie Mellon University’s Drama School. His play Bad Jews received its World Premiere at Roundabout Underground and was nominated for Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Play. It has since become the third most-produced play in the United States. Significant Other also opened at Roundabout starring Barbara Barrie and Gideon Glick. It subsequently transferred to Broadway.
Dagmar Krause Fields (Helene Berman) hasn’t worked with Diversionary Theatre since she did Regrets Only, so she is delighted to return with Significant Other. Most recently she appeared in Outside Mullingar, a joint production with Scripps Ranch and Oceanside Theatre Company. Before that, she appeared in New Village Arts’ production of The Secret Garden, New Fortune Theatre Company’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses , The Fantasticks at Scripps Ranch, The Elephant Man with Backyard Renaissance and New Village Arts’ Emelie; and before that, in Lion in Winter (Moonlight Stage Productions), Unnecessary Farce (Northcoast Rep), I Hate Hamlet (Intrepid), Lost in Yonkers (Oceanside Theatre Co), and Blithe Spirit (Moonlight). Other productions include Leading Ladies, Anything Goes, The Mousetrap, Crazy for You, Barefoot in the Park, The Foreigner, Magic Fire, Hay Fever, and Radio Gals (Moonlight); Morning’s at Seven, Amy’s View & Man of La Mancha (Northcoast Rep) Into the Woods (Lambs Players), American Dream (Renaissance Productions), and Night Must Fall, Hamlet, and Home (Octad One); & Night of the Iguana & Dining Room. Before that, she appeared in The Fritz, Starlight Opera, The Old Globe–and theaters in New Orleans, Norway, & Saudi Arabia! She teaches at Southwestern College.
Tom Zohar (Jordan) was previously seen at Diversionary Theatre in A New Brain (Gordon), Harmony, Kansas (Julian), [title of show] (Jeff), Twist! (The Dodger), Yank! A New Musical (Stu), Torch Song Trilogy (David) and Bunbury (Hartley). Other credits include Tarrytown (Ichabod) and Gutenberg! The Musical! (Bud) at Backyard Renaissance; Bad Jews (Jonah), Sweeney Todd(Tobias), The History Boys (Posner) and The Little Foxes (Cal) at Cygnet Theatre; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Chip) at La Mirada Theatre; Zhivago (Swing) at the La Jolla Playhouse; Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Einstein), This is Our Youth (Warren) and Three Sisters (Andrey) at New Village Arts; The Light in the Piazza (Ensemble) at Lamb’s Players; Old Wicked Songs (Stephen), Romeo and Juliet (Peter), Amy’s View (Toby) and The Chosen (Reuven) at North Coast Rep; You Never Can Tell (Philip) and Room Service (Leo) at Moonlight Stage Productions.
Anthony Methvin (Director) is Producing Associate at Diversionary Theatre, where he directed the workshop of Who’s That, Gurl? and readings of The Harvest and Wolves. At Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company, where he is also Producing Director, he directed Bachelorette, co-directed Abundance and the World Premiere of Tarrytown with Fran Gercke, and, for their Unleashed series, directed a reading of Assistance, and directed and co-adapted readings of Showgirls,Mommie Dearest, and Troll 2. Assistant Director: Buyer & Cellar and Sense & Sensibility (Old Globe), Dogfight (Cygnet), Baby with the Bathwater (Diversionary), and Spring Awakening (Palomar College). Local performances: Sir Bedevere/Ni Knight/Mrs. Galahad/Concorde in Spamalot (Cygnet), Doug in Gutenberg! The Musical! and Lord John in The Elephant Man (Backyard Renaissance), Roger in A New Brain, Reed in Boys and Girls, and Kent in Harmony, Kansas (Diversionary). Playwright: Bleed Like Me. Education: BFA in Acting from Florida State University. You can follow him on Instagram @anthonymethvin.
Elisa Benzoni (Costume Designer) Elisa is thrilled to be working again with Diversionary Theatre. Select credits include: The Loneliest Girl in the World, The Happiest Place on Earth, Homos or Everyone in America, Ballast, Mystery of Love and Sex (Diversionary Theatre), Sex with Strangers (Geffen Playhouse), The Who and The What, Our Town; Tall Girls; Brahaman/I; Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir (La Jolla Playhouse); Constellations (Old Globe); Cloud 9, Romeo and Juliet, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Reckless, Much Ado About Nothing and Measure for Measure (USD/Old Globe); The Father, How the Other Half Loves, Of Mice and Men, Travels with my Aunt, The Illusion, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The Cocktail Hour, Fox on the Fairway (Nominated for a Craig Noel Award), Chapatti, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Great Nome Gold Rush (North Coast Repertory Theatre); Men on Boats, Secret Garden, Awake and Sing, Sylvia (New Village Arts); Elisa holds a costume design MFA from UCSD. www.elisabenzoni.com
Melanie Chen Cole (Sound Designer) is delighted to be working with Diversionary Theatre again! She is a San Diego based sound designer who has worked all over the country. Past Diversionary Theatre shows include Well, 2.5 Minute Ride, Baby with the Bathwater, and Boys & Girls. Her recent regional credits include: Tiny Beautiful Things, The Imaginary Invalid (The Old Globe); POP Tour 2019: Light Years Away, At the Old Place, POP Tour 2018: #SuperShinySara (La Jolla Playhouse); Romeo & Juliet (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); Steel Magnolias (Dallas Theater Center); Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood (PlayMakers Repertory Company); Aubergine, Actually, Vietgone (San Diego Rep); Pride and Prejudice (Cygnet Theatre); Moon Over Buffalo, The Father, This Random World (North Coast Repertory Theatre); Miss Bennet, Avenue Q, Men on Boats (New Village Arts Theatre); Smokefall, Bachelorette (Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company). Melanie holds an M.F.A. in Sound Design for Theatre & Dance from UC San Diego. www.melaniesound.com
Taylor Todd (Stage Manager) is so excited to be back at Diversionary! Some selected technical credits include stage manager for Bachelorette (Backyard Renaissance), Tarrytown (Backyard Renaissance), Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1, 2, & 3 (Intrepid), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Intrepid & New Village Arts), Perfect Arrangement (Intrepid), Mystery of Love and Sex (Diversionary), ART (Intrepid), Gutenberg! The Musical! (Backyard Renaissance), Woody Guthrie’s American Song (Intrepid), The Seagull (Old Globe/USD MFA), End of the Rainbow (Intrepid), Anton’s Shorts; Three Brief Comedies by Chekhov (USD), and assistant stage manager for Cardboard Piano (Diversionary), Parlour Song (Backyard Renaissance), Oliver! (Cabrillo Stage, Santa Cruz), and Anatomy of Gray (USD). Taylor graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies.
“A tenderly unromantic romantic comedy, as richly funny as it is ultimately heart-stirring.”
–New York Times Critic’s Pick