Marry Me a Little
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August 29th – September 29th, 2013
From the master songwriter of our time, Stephen Sondheim, comes a timely exploration of love, loneliness, marriage and relationships. Using a treasure trove of songs originally written for Follies, A Little Night Music, Company and other Sondheim favorites, the musical tells the story of two lonely young people who dream and ponder their lives in and out of love.
As our community embraces and celebrates marriage equality for all, this is the perfect time for Diversionary to explore relationships from different perspectives. Our production will present the show in repertory with the story told from the alternating perspectives of two men, two women, and a man and a woman.
SPECIAL NOTE: For this show, each performance will feature one of three pairs of actors. When ordering tickets, select your choice of:
The Men: Stewart Calhoun and Jacob Caltrider
The Women: Sarah Errington and Mitzi Michaels
Man and Woman: Jacob Caltrider and Sarah Errignton
Opening night flowers provided by Blossoms by the Beach
[tab title=”About the Writer”]STEPHEN SONDHEIM (Music & Lyrics) wrote the music and lyrics for Saturday Night(1954), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), Anyone Can Whistle(1964), Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), The Frogs (1974), Pacific Overtures (1976), Sweeney Todd (1979), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), Sunday in the Park With George (1984), Into the Woods (1987), Assassins (1991), Passion (1994) and Road Show (2008) as well as lyrics for West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959) and Do I Hear A Waltz? (1965) and additional lyrics for Candide (1973). Anthologies of his work include Side by Side by Sondheim (1976), Marry Me a Little (1981), You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow (1983), Putting it Together (1993/99) and Sondheim On Sondheim (2010). He composed the scores of the films Stavisky (1974) and Reds (1981) and songs for Dick Tracy(1990) and the television production Evening Primrose (1966). His collected lyrics with attendant essays have been published in two volumes: Finishing the Hat (2010) and Look, I Made A Hat (2011). In 2010 the Broadway theater formerly known as Henry Miller’s Theatre was renamed The Stephen Sondheim Theatre in his honor.
STEWART CALHOUN is over the moon excited to be a part of this production, and to help give a voice to this new era of expanding equality. He most recently appeared in Cygnet Theatre’s production of Assassins as one of the male bystanders. You may also remember him in Diversionary Theatre’s productions of Next Fall as Luke and Scrooge in Rouge as the ever witty Charlie Schmaltz. Some of Stewart’s favorite Los Angeles theatre credits include Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story (Back Stage Garland award), dark play or stories for boys, and How Cissy Grew. Stewart has worked with South Coast Rep, Theatre @ Boston Court, and Chicago Shakes, has developed site-specific theatre with Nothing Without a Company and holds a BFA from the Theatre School at DePaul University. Film/TV: The Eves, Paradox Alice, Criminal Minds. Much Love to Trenton, Tom and Barb and everyone who has helped support his dreams! www.stewartwcalhoun.com
JACOB CALTRIDER is absolutely thrilled to be returning to Diversionary Theatre! Previously for Diversionary: Harmony Kansas, Twist, Yank!, and The Daddy Machine. Other San Diego credits include the 2011/2012 How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and The Rocky Horror Show (Old Globe Theatre); Assassins, Parade, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, A Christmas Carol, and The History Boys (Cygnet); It’s Christmas and It’s LIVE (Lamb’s Players); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and A Christmas Carol (North Coast Repertory Theatre).
SARAH ERRINGTON is honored make her debut at Diversionary. She just finished playing Cindy in Suds: the Rockin’ 60’s Musical Soap Operaat NVA. Other San Diego credits: Dames at Sea (Ruby) and …Spelling Bee(Logainne) at North Coast Rep, Into the Woods (Cinderella) at NVA, Little Women (Beth) at Moonlight, Chicago (Hunyak/Jury), South Pacific and A-5678 at the Welk Resort Theatre, and The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Pickles and Jeannie u/s) at San Diego Rep. Other favorites: West Side Story (Anybodys), Big River (Jo Harper), Most Happy Fella (Cleo), and Bye Bye Birdie (Ursula). Sarah is the resident choreographer and performer at Legoland California Resort. And, of course, love to my Rae.
MITZI MICHAELS is excited to be making her Diversionary Theatre debut in Marry Me A Little and is honored to be a part of a show promoting equality. Mitzi recently finished a successful run as The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot at the Welk Resort Theatre. A performer and educator, Mitzi earned her BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory and her MFA from SDSU. Mitzi is currently on the Theatre Faculty at USD and teaches Acting & Dance at North Coast Rep and Junior Theatre. San Diego performance credits include Sweeney Todd at Moonlight and Assassins at Cygnet Theatre. Regional Theatre: Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, Fiddler on the Roof, The Wild Party, Company, and Man of La Mancha. It’s been a pleasure to work with this wonderful cast and crew! Thanks to John, Bret & Tony and to James for this great opportunity! Love always to my Mom & Dad, and especially my fiancé Justin! www.MitziMichaels.com
[tab title=”Creative Team”]CRAIG LUCAS (Co-Conceiver) has won the Obie for Best American Play for Small Tragedyand the New York Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay for The Secret Lives of Dentists. His plays include Reckless, Blue Window, Prelude to a Kiss, God’s Heart, The Dying Gaul, Missing Persons and Stranger. He wrote the screenplays for Longtime Companion, Prelude to a Kiss and Reckless, and The Dying Gaul, which he also directed. In 2001 he received an Obie for his direction of Harry Kondoleon’s Saved or Destroyed. Lucas wrote the book for the musical The Light in the Piazza, music and lyrics by Adam Guettel; the musical play Three Postcards with music and lyrics by Craig Carnelia; the opera libretti for Orpheus in Love for composer Gerald Busby; and he co-authored This Thing of Darkness with playwright David Schulner. His awards include the Excellence in Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the PEN/Laura Pels mid-career achievement award, the Outer Critics, L.A. Drama Critics, Drama Logue and LAAMBDA Literary Awards; he has also received a Tony nomination, fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the NEA and the PEW Charitable Trust and has been a Pulitzer Finalist. He is the Associate Artistic Director [here] at Intiman, a member of the Dramatists Guild, the ACLU, PEN, and serves on the board of Planned Parenthood. He divides his time between New York and Seattle.
NORMAN RENÉ (Co-Conceiver) collaborated with Craig Lucas on Marry Me A Little (1981), Missing Persons (1981), Blue Window (1984), the original musical Three Postcards (1987), Reckless (1988, Drama Desk Award nomination), and Prelude to a Kiss (1990, Obie Award for Best Director, Drama Desk Award nomination). Broadway: Prelude to a Kiss, George Furth’s Precious Sons (1986). Films: Longtime Companion (1990), Prelude to a Kiss, Reckless. He died on May 24, 1996 of AIDS.
JAMES VÁSQUEZ (Director) is happy to bring Marry Me A Little to Diversionary as Marriage Equality is being celebrated more and more throughout the country. Previous Diversionary credits include the world premiere of Harmony, Kansas, the west coast premieres of Birds of a Feather, [title of show], and Fair Use, as well as Pippin, Next Fall and Twist. He directed the workshop production of Harmony, Kansas for the 13th Annual Festival of New Works at the Goodspeed Opera House. At the Old Globe, he’s directed Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show, and provided musical staging for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Boeing-Boeing. He won the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical in 2010 for Cygnet’s Sweeney Todd. In 2004, James founded Daisy 3 Pictures with Mark Holmes and Carrie Preston. Their first two feature films, 29th and Gay (TLA Releasing, Here TV) and Ready? OK! (Wolfe Video, LOGO) have played national and international film festivals, with Ready? OK! winning the Best Feature Film award in Seattle, North Carolina, and San Diego. Their latest feature film, That’s What She Said, starring Anne Heche, made it’s world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. As an actor, James has appeared on film, television, Off-Broadway, regional and local stages. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Drama.
TONY HOUCK (Musical Director) plays numerous parts at Diversionary, on stage and off, including directing and performing in the revival of Scrooge in Rouge andwrote and starred in the sexy and hilarious Diversionary Cabaret show Heather and Tony: We Might Be Cousins. Also at Diversionary: The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabbler, Pippin; Harmony, Kansas; Next Fall; [title of show]; Twist; Yank!; Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins; Dear Harvey; Scrooge in Rouge (San Diego Critic’s Circle Award, 2008). Elsewhere: Cabaret (Cygnet).
LUKE OLSON (Lighting Design) is very excited to be back at Diversionary for Marry Me a Little! Previous work at Diversionary Theatre includes the lighting for The Divine Sister, Scrooge In Rouge, when last we flew, Pippin, Hot Guys Dancing, and Dance/Theatre, and the projection designs for Learn To Be Latina and Poster Boys. Other credits include The Fox On The Fairway and Stones in His Pockets (Summer Repertory Theatre); References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, The Bluest Eye, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, and A Raisin In The Sun (MOXIE Theatre); Little Shop of Horrors (PLNU); The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later (Mira Costa College); Malashock RAW/2 (Malashock Dance); Hunters Trilogy and When Strangers Meet (San Diego Dance Theatre). He has a MFA from San Diego State University.
KEVIN ANTHENILL (Sound Designer) Previously worked with Diversionary Theatre sound designing The Further Adventures Of Hedda Gabbler, Birds of a Feather, Edward II, Learn to be Latina, Next Fall,Harmony Kansas, Pippin, and Scrooge in Rouge. Design credits include USD/Old Globe A Measure for Measure, Winters Tale, Twelfth night, and Fathers and Sons, San Diego Repertory Theatre’s Zoot Suit,As well as Cygnet Theatre’s Gem of the Ocean, And Shakespeare’s R&J.and Moxie Theatre’s A Raisin in the Sun, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek and Freedom of Speech. He composed original music for San Diego Repertory Theatre’s Boom and In The Next Room, was the Sound Design Assistant at The Old Globe’s Summer Shakespeare Festival three times, and worked with The Old Globe’s education department sound designing their Summer Shakespeare Intensive four times. He Holds a B.A. In Theater Design from San Diego State University.
SHIRLEY PIERSON (Costume Designer) For Diversionary Theatre: The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, when last we flew, Pippin, Harmony Kansas, Next Fall. Selected San Diego Theatre: Assassins, Parade, Glass Menagerie, Little Shop of Horrors, Our Town, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, Private Lives, It’s a Wonderful Life (09, 10, 11), History Boys, A Christmas Carol, Cygnet Theatre;Seascape, Into the Woods, New Village Arts; Holiday Memories, Scripps Ranch Theatre; Richard III, Old Globe/University of San Diego. Elsewhere: The Amazing Food Detective, Drumming up Peace, Zip’s Great Day, Someone Like Me, Jay and E on the Zig Zag Sea, Kaiser Foundation Educational Theatre Program. Awards include a San Diego Critic Circle Award for Outstanding Costume Design; a KPBS Patte Award for Theater Excellence, Outstanding Costume Design; The Irving Parker Award for Excellence in Theatre Arts. Shirley is a faculty member of the Performing Arts Department at Palomar College. She received her MFA in Theatrical Design from San Diego State University. Please see her work at shirleypiersondesigns.com.
DAVID MEDINA (Prop Designer) is proud to be an Associate Artist at Diversionary: The Divine Sister, The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, Birds of a Feather, Scrooge in Rouge (2008 & 2012), Pippin, Harmony, Kansas, The Pride, Speech & Debate, The Marriage Bed, Twist, The Little Dog Laughed, Facing East, Corpus Christi, The Daddy Machine. Other Diversionary credits include: When Pigs Fly (Asst. Scenic), Busy World Is Hushed (Asst. Scenic),BlueBonnet Court (set construction); ion Theatre: Cripple of Inishmaan (prop Asst.) Bang productions: Sideman; USD: Cabaret, The Saints Plays. David has worked for the Old Globe Theatre on over 80 shows as a Properties Buyer, Craftsperson & Artisan.
RYAN HEATH (Production Stage Manager): Stage Management: Freedom of Speech, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (MOXIE Theatre), The Divine Sister, Birds of a Feather, Scrooge in Rouge, The Pride (Diversionary Theatre) I Hate Hamlet (The Western Stage), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Livermore Shakespeare Festival) Assistant Stage Manager: Raisin in the Sun (MOXIE THEATRE) Production Assistant: A Doll’s House (The Old Globe). He is currently on staff at Diversionary Theatre as their Production Stage Manager. He has also acted as a Stage Management Intern with The Old Globe during their 2011 Shakespeare Festival. He graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Theatre focusing on Stage Management.
AVALON MIDDLETON (Stage Manager): Diversionary debit. Elsewhere: Assistant Stage Manager: Extraordinary Chambers (Mo‘olelo) She has also acted as a Stage Management Intern with The Old Globe for their production of Divine Rivalry. She graduated from The University of San Diego with a BA in Theatre Arts. For her stage management work at USD she received at KCACTF award for stage management. She would like to take the time to thank her mentor, Michael Halad.
BRET YOUNG (Producing Director) Celebrating his 75th show this year, Bret began applying his creative energies to Diversionary in 2000 playing God in The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told. While at Diversionary Bret has worked as Stage Manager, Scenic Designer, Seamstress, Carpenter, Painter, Patron Services Manager, Production Manager, Managing Director and now as Producing Director. Having seen and being instrumental in Diversionary’s growth over these years, Bret is thrilled to have been living the dream while working with an amazing array of artists, craftspeople and luminaries of the San Diego Theatre community. Special favorites include: The Killing of Sister George with Priscilla Allen, Gross Indecency, Beautiful Thing and Happy Endings are Extra with Rosina Reynolds, Love! Valour! Compassion! with Tim Irving, Bluebonnet Court with MOXIE, Yank!, Facing East with Dana Hooley, Twist, [title of show] and Pippin with James Vásquez, Bent with ion theatre company. Sextet with Cynthia Stokes and Nick Reveles, Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins with Shana Wride and Edward II with Richard Baird. Previous credits include work on and off stage at Mystery Café/Julia Holladay Productions, Sledgehammer Theatre, The Fritz Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Utah Musical Theatre and Ballet West. Thank you to the many artists and patrons who keep theatre alive at Diversionary.
JOHN E. ALEXANDER (Executive Director) was thrilled to return to San Diego as Diversionary’s Executive Director in June 2011. Prior to that, he was the Managing Director of Naked Angels (New York) where he produced the Tony nominated Next Fall and the critically acclaimed off-Broadway production of This Wide Night starring Edie Falco and Alison Pill. Other theatre experience includes stints at North Shore Music Theatre (Boston), The Old Globe (San Diego), San Diego Performing Arts League, as well as marketing, development and general management projects at Pasadena Playhouse (Los Angeles), Roundabout Theatre Company (New York), and Daryl Roth Productions (New York). John’s favorite experiences revolve around the 10+ years he spent as performer, production manager, tour manager and assistant to the producer for the international performing group, Up With People. He was also involved in building Mama’s Kitchen as the organization’s first Executive Director. John earned a BA in Political Science from University of California, San Diego and an MFA in Theatre Management and Producing from Columbia University. He is a member of the New Works Committee of the National Alliance for Musical Theater and Chairs the Public Policy Committee of the San Diego Regional Arts & Culture Coalition.
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Marry Us Again (or Three Times)
Download the guide to seeing more than one version of our production.
InDepth info on Marry Me A Little
A PDF of the full show history and briefing.
Tie The Knot
A great organization founded by Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) to support marriage equality.
“a charming and touching reminder of Stephen Sondheim’s brilliance”
“(Mitzi) Michaels made a strong Diversionary debut, her deep, rich voice and striking presence lending the right emotional resonance”
” fluid staging and witty choreography by James Vasquez”
” strong enjoyable evening”
” a cast of fine singers”
“Do yourself a favor, lose yourself in his work and see as much of it as you can. Both musically and lyrically no one compares to him and Diversionary’s Marry Me A Little is a fine example of that.”
“engaging performers able to switch moods in a jiff
“From note to note, Michaels displays different sides to her part… extremely realistic and relatable.”
“(Sarah) Errington has plenty of charisma to spare”
“What might be the most lasting impact of Vasquez’s involvement, is that he is the first to tell the tale from the point of view of two ladies who just so happen to be gay. Vasquez does not overemphasize this fact, which makes their journeys all the more convincing.”
“a creative experience that pays tribute to Sondheim’s artistry, as well as a deeply affecting and honest statement about human relationships.”
” All are accomplished performers with fine voices.”
“well-performed, quirky little revue a pleasure for those who just can’t get enough Sondheim.”