October 5th, 2017: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
San Diego, CA
WHO: Lisa Berger will direct the piece by Jen Silverman. The play stars Gerilyn Brault, John DeCarlo, Hannah Logan, Kim Strassburger, Rachel Esther Tate*, and Whitney Brianna Thomas.
WHAT: Diversionary announces the second show in its 32nd season, The West Coast Premiere of THE MOORS.
WHEN: November 9th – December 10th. Opening Night is November 18th. Performances run Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm.
TICKETS: Are on sale ($15 – $50). Discounts are available to Groups, Students, Educators, Seniors and Military. To be notified of ticket sales, please sign up for the Diversionary Theatre Email List:
Diversionary welcomes fresh & favorite talent back to San Diego!
Winner of the 2016 Don Braunagel Award for Outstanding Work by a Small Theatre by the San Diego Critics Circle, Diversionary has announced casting for the West Coast Premiere of THE MOORS by Jen Silverman.
Among the bleakest of moors, two spinster sisters dwell in their aggressively gloomy mansion with their brother, their mastiff and their maid-in-waiting. When a governess arrives, her presence threatens to unleash lethal secrets and raging desires in a home held together by lies and etiquette. A radical riff on 19th century romantic novels and the sisters who conceived them, The Moors is a riotous and wild comedy pulsating with vivid, macabre glee that has more in common with the present than the period.
The Moors is the recipient of a 2015 Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.
About the play coming to San Diego, playwright Silverman says, “Artistic Director Matt Morrow has put Diversionary Theatre at the forefront of a multi-layered many-voiced conversation about what queer stories look like – how beautifully complex and vital and surprising they can be. I’m delighted and grateful to have The Moors be a part of this conversation, in the same season as work by Jordan Seavey and Philip Dawkins.”
Director Berger says: “When Matt sent me the script to consider, I noticed that the character descriptions included a moor hen and a mastiff. I immediately wrote Matt and said, “How could I not love this play?” The Moors is a current conversation disguised as a period piece. A mashed up gothic satire with a hard turn. The play speaks to the idea that although it is necessary for us to become civilized, there is always a piece of us that is lonely for our wildness. I am excited and honestly a little scared to peel back the layers and examine the heart of the play.”
THE MOORS plays November 9th – December 10th at Diversionary Theatre.
Gerilyn Brault (Marjory) couldn’t be happier to make her Diversionary debut with such an amazing team and show! Other San Diego credits include: Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story(New Village Arts and Intrepid Theatre Company), I Hate Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream the Musical (Intrepid Theatre), Sister Act (Moonlight Amphitheatre), The Producers, 9 to 5 (San Diego Musical Theatre), Parallel Lives (Oceanside Theatre Company), Rapunzel, Pinkalicious (North Coast Repertory Theatre), and character work at Sea World. She has an MFA in Acting from Purdue University and a BA in Musical Theatre from Chico State.
John DeCarlo (Mastiff) is very excited to be returning to Diversionary with The Moors. John was last seen at Diversionary in Amazons and Their Men and Beautiful Thing. Elsewhere: Perfect Arrangement (Intrepid); Stage Kiss, Off The Ground, Golden Boy, Julius Caesar, Summer and Smoke, Heidi Chronicles, Seven Year Itch, Death of a Salesman, Ah, Wilderness, Of Mice and Men, Comedy of Errors, Brilliant Mistake and Buried Child (NVA); Bug, Mauritius and Man from Nebraska (Cygnet).
Hannah Logan (Huldey) is thrilled to be making her debut at Diversionary directed by the inimitable Lisa Berger. Hannah received a Craig Noel Award for her turn as Agnes in Ion’s Bug, and a nomination for her portrayal of Virginia in New Village Art’s The Clean House. Recently she appeared in Scripps Ranch’s Accomplice. She Assistant Directed Robby Lutfy with Bad Jews at Cygnet, and this summer her writing was featured in Out to Lunch, named one of SD Fringe’s “Best Bets” by the Union-Tribune. As half of Logan Squared Productions, she co-produces artsy things with her too patient and massively talented partner Ron Logan.
Kim Strassburger (Agatha) is happy to return to Diversionary Theatre in The Moors. Acting credits at Diversionary include Scrooge in Rouge and Dear Harvey. Other acting credits include: The Normal Heart (2017 San Diego Theatre Critics Circle-Outstanding Featured Actress), All in the Timing, Parasite Drag, The Pillowman at Ion Theatre; Simpatico at New Village Arts Theatre; Noises Off, Biedermann and the Firebugs, and A Little Night Music at Cygnet Theatre; The Man Who Came to Dinner with Phil Johnson and Ruff Yeager at Coronado Playhouse; Berzerkergang, Kid Simple, A Dream Play, and Bronze at Sledgehammer Theatre (Associate Artist). Kim is also a director in San Diego, having directed productions at Diversionary, Ion Theatre, and New Village Arts among others. Kim studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) in 2013. In 2014, Kim also became a member of Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors Lab. In addition to her professional work, Kim teaches at the Coronado School of the Arts.
Rachel Esther Tate* (The Moor Hen) San Diego Credits: The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds (Ruth) and Stupid F*cking Bird (Nina) at Cygnet Theatre. Regional Credits: District Merchants at South Coast Repertory (Jessica) Appropriate at Mark Taper Forum (u/s River), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Arena Stage (Nina), Our Town at Mirror Repertory (Emily) New York Credits: Saint Joan and Hamlet with Bedlam Theatre Company and Blood Privilege with Second Skin Theatre. www.rachelesthertate.squarespace.com
Whitney Brianna Thomas (Emilie) is excited to be back in San Diego for her second show with Diversionary. She was last seen in Sex Battle (Killing My Lobster); Now or Later (Diversionary);The Motherf*cker with the Hat (Cygnet Theatre); Phaedra’s Love (Do It Live! Productions); The Oddman Family Christwanzakauh Spectacular (Guerrilla Rep).
*Actor Appears Courtesy of AEA
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
Jen Silverman is a New York-based playwright and writer. Born in the U.S., she was raised across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Her theatre work includes The Moors(Yale Repertory Theatre premiere, off-Broadway with The Playwrights Realm, Susan Smith Blackburn finalist); The Roommate (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville world premiere, produced widely across the U.S. including productions at South Coast Rep and Williamstown Theatre Festival, upcoming at Steppenwolf); Phoebe in Winter (Off-Off Broadway with Clubbed Thumb); The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane (InterAct Theatre: Barrymore Award, Steinberg Award citation); Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties (Woolly Mammoth premiere, The Theater @ Boston Court); and All the Roads Home (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park premiere). Jen is a member of New Dramatists, a Core Writer at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, an affiliated artist with SPACE on Ryder Farm, and has developed work with the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, New York Theatre Workshop, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, The Ground Floor Residency at Berkeley Rep, and the Royal Court in London among other places. She’s a two-time MacDowell fellow, recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, the Helen Merrill Award, an LMCC Fellowship, and the Yale Drama Series Award. She is the 2016-2017 Playwrights of New York (PoNY) Fellow at the Lark. She has a two-book deal with Random House for a collection of stories (THE ISLAND DWELLERS) and a novel. Education: Brown, Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard. More info: www.jensilverman.com
Lisa Berger (Director) is a director and teacher. Her San Diego directing credits include When It Comes (The Old Globe, workshop) Skeleton Crew (The Old Globe, reading), The Car Plays: Incident Row (Wow Festival); The Car Plays: We Wait (La Jolla Playhouse, Moving Arts) The Whale (reading; La Jolla Playhouse), Paper Cities(La Jolla Playhouse) Parlour Song (Backyard Renaissance) Anatomy of Gray,Eurydice and A Streetcar Named Desire (USD), The Collector(Animal Cracker Conspiracy) Righteous Exploits(So Say We All), A Behanding in Spokane(Cygnet Theatre) Buried Child, Simpatico, Things We Want (New Village Arts), Killer Joe (Compass Theatre) (Patte Award), Miss Julie (Stone Soup), Crimes of theHeart and Anonymous (Canyon Crest Academy) Buried Child (UCSD) The LongChristmas Ride Home(Patte Award) and Looking for Normal (Diversionary Theatre), Handbag(AASD) and Islands of Repair (NYC Fringe). Additional directing credits include House of Blue Leaves, Our Town, The Boys Next Door, Picnic, LaughingWild and several children’s musical for the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s Creating Original Opera program. She received her MFA from the University of Montana and is also a graduate of The William Esper Studio in New York City. She currently teaches at Mira Costa College, City College and University of San Diego. She is co-artistic director of Meisner/Chekhov Integrated Training Studio.
Kristen E. Flores (Scenic Designer) Past design credits: Playwrights Project Festival 2016, A Civil War Christmas, Bright Half Life and Baby With the Bathwater (Diversionary Theatre), Eternally Bad (Moxie), Almost, Maine (Onstage Players),The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Triad Productions), Ragnarok and Red Planet Respite (Circle Circle Dot Dot). Kristen was Prop Master and Stage Master for The White Theatre at The Old Globe from 2014 to 2016. She is currently the Scenic Charge and Prop Master for San Diego State University. www.kristenflores.org
Karin Filijan (Lighting Designer) MFA UCSD, Recent: The Mystery of Love & Sex (Diversionary), When Father Comes Home From the War, Perfect Arrangement, Exiled Voices (Intrepid), Airline Highway (Ion),Elephant Man (Backyard Renaissance), Off-Broadway: Sea of Souls (Ion). Also: Moxie, New Village Arts, Cygnet, North Coast Rep, Lamb’s Players, 6th@Penn, Moonlight Productions, Renaissance Theatre Co. 2011 Craig Noel Award for Angels In America (Ion), 2001 Patte’ Award for body of work.
Shirley Pierson (Costume Design) is delighted to return to Diversionary Theatre with The Moors. Previous work with Diversionary includes: The Boy Who Danced on Air, Now or Later, Harmony Kansas, Pippin, Next Fall, When Last We Flew, The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabbler and Marry Me A Little. Shirley is a San Diego based award winning costume designer. Amongst her many show credits are: The Old Globe: Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville, Rich Girl, Cygnet Theatre: Shock Headed Peter, Parade (Craig Noel Outstanding Costume Design Winner), Spring Awakening, The Importance of Being Earnest (Craig Noel Outstanding Costume Design Nominee), Assassins, Glass Menagerie, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, Private Lives, History Boys, Pasadena Playhouse: The Fantasticks. She received her MFA in Theatrical Design from San Diego State University. You may view her work at: shirleypiersondesigns.com.
Bonnie Durben (Properties Designer) Diversionary Theatre: 2.5 Minute Ride,Well, Ballast, Mystery of Love and Sex, The Boy Who Danced on Air, Now or Later, She-Rantulas, Baby With The Bathwater, A New Brain and Amazons and Their Men. Moonlight Theatre Productions: Aida, Little Mermaid, Sunset Blvd, In The Heights, Sister Act, Peter Pan, Titanic, Addams Family, Music Man, Shrek, All Shook Up and Big Fish. Scripps Ranch: Skin Deep, Good People. Mira Costa Theatre: Waiting For Lefty, Oklahoma, These Shining Lights, Romeo and Juliet, Seven, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Urinetown. Cygnet Theatre: Animal Crackers, On The Twentieth Century and 57 other productions. Bonnie is a member of the Society of Property Artisans and Managers.
Matt Lescault-Wood (Sound Design) is excited to be back at Diversionary. Previous credits include: Lizard Boy (Diversionary) Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors, A Behanding In Spokane, Man of La Mancha, Assassins, Company, Spring Awakening, Pageant, True West, Fool For Love, Sons of the Prophet, My Fair Lady, Shockheaded Peter (Cygnet), Evita, Roz and Ray, Hand To God (San Diego REP), Eurydice [2010 San Diego Critics Circle Nominee], Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Hickorydickory, Enron, Eternally Bad, The Kid Thing (Moxie), Hamlet, Macbeth, I Hate Hamlet, Woody Guthrie’s American Song(Intrepid), Seascape, Stage Kiss, Lord of The Flies, Big River (New Village Arts), Henry V [2014 San Diego Critics Circle Nominee] (New Fortune), MixTape  (Lambs). Matt has a Degree in Theatrical Design and Technology from SDSU.
Jacob Bruce (Fight Director) is a San Diego based actor/director/teacher who has worked with the La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, San Diego Rep, North Coast Rep, Mo’olelo, and many other theaters around town. He is also adjunct faculty at the University of San Diego Department of Theatre Arts. Mr. Bruce is a proud member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA, and IATSE.
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, Nov 9th – Friday, Nov 17th, 8pmFirst Fridays…………………..………………………………………….Friday, Nov 10h at 8pm
To say thank you to those that serve, Diversionary offers complimentary tickets. Email jenny@Diversionary.orgfor more information.
Opening Night…………………….………………………Saturday, November 18th at 8pm
Pre-and post show festivities – celebrate with the cast and company!
Designer Spotlight………………………………….Wednesday, November 22nd 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, November 27th 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, November 30th at 6pm
Join Director Lisa Berger 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.