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Significant Other

Production Sponsors: Bill McClain & Bob Leyh, Mark Niblack, MD

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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.

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Matt M. Morrow, Executive Artistic Director

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.

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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.

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Andréa Agosto (Vanessa) is an award-winning filmmaker (Kansas City Film Fest) and actress (International Model & Talent Association). Ms. Agosto is thankful for each performance opportunity. She is excited to return to Diversionary in Significant Other. Her favorite credits include:Bull in a China Shop (Pearl), The Magic in This Soul (Grant/John), Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley: From Slavery to Modiste (Elizabeth Keckley), Cardboard Piano (Adiel/Ruth), Homos, or Everyone in America (Laila), Avenue Q (Gary Coleman), The Best Goodbye (Sabina), Cell (Gwen), You Can’t Take it With You (Rheba), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Nina), Bare (Tanya), Flyin’ West (Minnie), Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters (Manyara), Working (Maggie Holmes), Big River (Alice), High School Musical (Taylor), and Grease (Rizzo). For more information, please visit:

Bryan Banville (Will/Conrad/Tony)* B is thrilled to make his debut at Diversionary Theatre! He most recently rocked out in the world premiere musical, The Heart of Rock and Roll, at the Old Globe. He also lived out one of his lifelong dreams this year singing with The Flyboys for their debut American Tour with the Glenn Miller Orchestra! Select credits – SDMT: The Producers, Miracle on 34th Street, and Ragtime; Old Globe: Camp David; San Diego Rep: Violet; Backyard Renaissance: Tarrytown (Craig Noel Award Nominee); Cygnet Theatre (Resident Artist):Spamalot (Craig Noel Award), Animal Crackers, and On the Twentieth Century; Moonlight Stage Productions: Titanic, The Music Man,Spamalot, and Catch Me If You Can; Farmer’s Alley Theatre: Forever Plaid; NVA: Plaid Tidings (‘12/’13). Love to his best friend and partner, Katie!

Wil Bethmann (Zach, Evan, Roger) has appeared in several theatrical and commercial roles in New York City and across the country. Most recently as Louis Ironson in Cygnet Theatre’s Angels In America: Millennium Approaches & Perestroika. On screen as the personality and creative mind behind ad campaigns for SmirnoffAT&TBrosBeingBasicApplebee’s, the NCAA, and coverage for the Governor’s Ball and LoveLoud music festivals. Wil’s on-site creative consulting and productions have been recognized with multiple nominations at the Annual Shorty Awards, social media awards show in New York City. Wil studied at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, graduating with a BFA and now resides in New York City.

Megan Carmitchel (Laura) is happy to be returning to Diversionary! She was last seen here in A New Brain and PippinOther recent credits include-Cygnet Theatre: A Christmas Carol and A Little Night Music. Lamb’s Players Theatre: PersuasionBig FishOZ (world premiere), You Can’t Take it With YouQuilters, and Fiddler on the Roof. The Old Globe: The Last Goodbye (world premiere) and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. La Jolla Playhouse:Weatherman (reading). San Diego Repertory Theatre:The Who’s Tommy. Welk Resort Theatre: South Pacific and Stepping Out. Megan has also music directed several shows at LEGOLAND, CA.  She attended San Francisco State University where she studied vocal performance and theatre.

Jamie Criss (Kiki) is thrilled to be making her Diversionary debut. She recently appeared in Trinity Theatre Company’s The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Other credits include, UK: Three Birds Alighting on a Field (Tristan Bates Theatre), Doña Rosita the Spinster (Cockpit Theatre), The Tellers’ Tales(Corbett Theatre), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Cockpit Theatre), Macbeth (Globe Theatre Residency). US: Tales of a Fourth Grade Lesbo (Carrie Hamilton Theatre), Of Mice and Men (Mary Hill Theatre). Jamie studied Meisner with Bill Alderson in Los Angeles and holds her MFA in Acting from East 15 Acting School in London.

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.

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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.

Justin Humphres (Scenic Designer) is a scenic and video designer based in San Diego, CA. His design work has been seen internationally in both the United States and Asia. As a video designer, he has created content for numerous concert tours, corporate events and Las Vegas shows. As an assistant/associate he has worked on various commercial, regional and Broadway projects. Recent San Diego scenic design credits include: ”Hedwig and the Angry Inch”,  “This Beautiful City” (Diversionary), “Actually” (San Diego Rep), “Vietgone” (San Diego Rep), and “Voyeurs de Venus” (Moxie). Broadway credits include: “SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical” (Associate Designer), “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations.” (Associate Designer). Justin holds a BFA from Western Michigan University and an MFA from University of California, San Diego.

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 TownTall Girls; Brahaman/ISam 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.

Joel Britt (Lighting Designer)  is making his Lighting debut with Diversionary, and he could not be more excited to work with this wonderful team. Selected Design work includes Mr. & Mrs. Fitch (Backyard Renaissance), A Raisin in the Sun, Taming of the Shrew(d), Strange Men, Vieux Carré, (w)holenessOther People, Sin Eaters, and Angels in America (UCSD), South of the 8 (La Jolla Playhouse), Heaven on Earth (Sledgehammer_), Peter and the Starcatcher (The Barn Stage Company), Rent, Somebody Called (TX State). Selected Assistant and Associate work includes Hamilton (National Tour), Come From Away (National Tour), Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (Broadway), Freaky Friday, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Squirrels (La Jolla Playhouse), The Lorax (The Old Globe), The Tales of Hoffman (LA Opera), Christmas Carol (Zachary Scott, Austin).

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.

Angelica Ynfante (Properties Designer) is a Texas State University graduate with a BFA in Theatre. She made her way around the US and Mexico for five years working in Texas, Virginia, WestVirginia, Vermont, NewYork, Tennessee, Kentucky and Cancun until she made it to sunny California. She is currently the Props Master/ATD for San Diego REP for the 9th season. She has also designed props for MOXIE, New Village Arts, Cygnet, Green Raven, and is delighted to be back with Diversionary for this performance.

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.

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Performances run Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. More information can be obtained by calling our box office at 619-220-0097.

Low Cost Previews………….Thursday, May 23rd – Friday, May 31st

First Fridays…………………………………………………..Friday, May 24th at 8pm
To say thank you to those that serve, Diversionary offers complimentary tickets. Email for more information.

Opening Night…………………………………………..Saturday, June 1st, at 8pm
Pre and post show festivities – celebrate with the cast and company!

Designer Spotlight ……………………………………Thursday, June 6th at 6pm
Join us in Fritz’s Lounge before the show to meet the Design Team, see a display of the concepts used in producing the show and hear the influences and process involved. Hosted hors d’oeuvres round out a fun pre-show experience! The party starts at 6pm before the 7pm performance.

Industry Night………………………………………………..Monday, June 10th, at 7pm
Theatre Professionals enjoy a special discount to our only Monday evening performance!
Pay-What-You-Can at the door, or $10 in advance.

Director Happy Hour ……………………………………Thursday, June 13th at 6pm
Join Director Executive Artistic Director, Matt M. Morrow and  Director Anthony Methvin in Fritz’s Lounge for hosted hors d’oeuvres and a chance to chat before the show! Pre Show reception at 6pm, performance at 7pm.

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“A tenderly unromantic romantic comedy, as richly funny as it is ultimately heart-stirring.

New York Times Critic’s Pick

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