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She-Rantulas from Outer Space in 3D

Written by Ruff Yeager and Phil Johnson
Directed by Ruff Yeager

To avoid fainting, keep telling yourself it’s only a play…

October 1 – November 2, 2014

Just in time for Halloween, Phil Johnson and Ruff Yeager bring us a hilarious send-up of the femme fatales and B-movie horror stories of the 1950s. When a horror-horde of monster-mutants invades Small Town U.S.A., one All-American Mother must face the truth about her little Suzie and destroy her evil Web of Terror. There will be carnage! There will be destruction! There will be men in women’s clothing! The Management requests that you PLEASE not reveal the SHOCKING final scene to friends or family members, and guarantee to BURY YOU without charge if you die of FRIGHT during She-Rantulas from Outer Space-in 3D!

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Tony Houck, Suzie

Tony Houck (Suzie) has been performing at Diversionary since 2008. He was last on stage not as an actor but as music director for bare: a pop opera. He has also music directed and accompanied Thrill Me and Marry Me a Little.  He co-wrote a raunchy cabaret show with the stunning Ms. Jacque Wilke called, Miss Kitty’s Wild West Revue. Other Diversionary credits include: Miss Gulch Returns(@ Martinis Above Fourth); The Further Adventures of HeddaGabler; Pippin; Harmony, Kansas; Next Fall; [title of show]; Twist; Yank!; Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins; Dear Harvey; Scrooge in Rouge, for which he has received a Craig Noel Award (2008) and LA Scenie (2012) award for his performance as Lottie Obligato and a LA Scenie (2012) award for direction of the show. Diversionary Cabaret credits include: Heather and Tony: We Might Be Cousins; Senor Phil’s Casa del Haha; Facts of Life: The Lost Episode. Elsewhere, Tony appeared as Helga in Cygnet Theater’s award winning Cabaret. He is a graduate of AMDA. Thanks and love to Kweesha, Bev, Nana, Kevane, Monty and all my family. Look for coming soon!


Phil Johnson

Phil Johnson

Phil Johnson (Betty) … currently She-Rantulas from Outer Space (actor & co-writer) at Diversionary Theatre, which he takes to the NYC Fringe this summer.He played in Les Miserables on Broadway & on tour, the Canadian production of Sunset Boulevard; & the 1st National Company of Miss Saigon. Locally: Man Who Came to Dinner (SD Critics Circle Craig Noel Award) at Coronado Playhouse; Midsummer Night’s Dream (Craig Noel Award) at Intrepid Shakespeare; Pageant, Mistakes Were Made & Little Shop of Horrors atCygnet Theatre; Hound of the Baskervilles (Original solo show) & Putnam County Spelling Bee at North Coast Repertory; The Sunshine Boys atScripps Ranch Theatre; How The Grinch Stole Christmas at theOld Globe; Forever Plaid at Theatre in Old Town; and Pete n’ Keely at Lamb’s Players. Also: ‘Casa del Haha with Senor Phil’ (original sketch comedy show) at Diversionary and North Coast Rep.


Melinda Gilb

Melinda Gilb

 Melinda Gilb (Flora, Gladys, Daisy, Maria, Roberta, Louella) is proud to be making her debut at Diversionary. After 32 years as a professional actor some of her credits include Singin’ in the Rain (Original Broadway cast); Back to Bacharach and David (Original Off-Broadway cast); Suds (Original cast and co-author); Joseph Papp’s The Pirates of Penzance (1st National tour); Original Mama Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Always Patsy Cline (Old Globe);Walter Cronkite is Dead (San Diego Theatre Critics nomination- Best Actress),The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Miss Witherspoon (San Diego Rep), Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (Craig Noel Award- Best Actress), Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly (Starlight Theatre); Miss Hannigan in Annie, The Smell of The Kill,The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (North Coast Rep); Assassins, A Christmas Carol, Dirty Blonde, The Receptionist (Cygnet Theatre); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Welk Resort Theatre); The Melinda and Steve Show (with Steve Gunderson in New York, Los Angeles and San Diego). Television- Featured on The Full Wax and Ruby Takes a Trip (BBC-1); Guest star on Becker (CBS). Favorite role, Mama to her 10-year-old son, Knight.


Fred Harlow

Fred Harlow


Fred Harlow (Fred/Freida)was last seen at Diversionary as the Radio Man in Bluebonnet Court and is thrilled to return in this show. He has appeared at NCRT, Starlight, Moxie, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, and many others. Some of his favorite roles include Valere in La Bête at the Fritz, Roy in The Best Mistake produced by Playwrights Project, and half the citizens in A Tuna Christmas at Compass Theatre.


Andy Collins

Andy Collins



Andy Collins(Harry/Harriet) has been seen at Diversionary Theatre in Pippin, Twist, The Break Up Notebook, The Daddy Machine, Valhalla, Falsettos, Jeffrey and The Rocky Horror Show. Some of his other credits include: Company, Assassins, Cabaret, The Matchmaker, My Fair Lady, Pageant (Cygnet Theatre); Gypsy, Parasite Drag (ion Theatre); Guys & Dolls (Lambs Players); The Full Monty, Bye Bye Birdie (SD Musical Theatre).


Ruff Yeager - Director

Ruff Yeager – Director

Ruff Yeager (Director & Author) is thrilled to be returning to Diversionary Theatre with She-Rantulas from Outer Space – In 3D!  Directing Credits: Friends of Dorothy and Bent (Diversionary Theatre); RENT, Balm in Gilead, The Laramie Project, Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge, Night of the Iguana,

Anon-ymous, Macbeth, You Can’t Take it With You, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 (Southwestern College); CuatroCorridos(UCSD Dept. of Music); The Man Who Came to Dinner (Coronado Playhouse); The Sunshine Boys, Brooklyn Boy (Scripps Ranch Theatre); The Tutor, Arrow to the Heart, The Waves (Vox Nova Theatre Company); [sic], Bronze, (Sledgehammer Theatre); American Buffalo, Medea, Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean (Compass Theatre). Produced Plays: Bronze; Friends of Dorothy; Romeo, Romeo, and Juliet; Cool as We Fly; Oedipus in the Tragicomic Bathtub; Dance on the Sun; Come to Life; Not-So-Tiny Tim’s Great Big Musical. Awards: San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Play; KPBS/Patte awards for Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Acting Ensemble, Outstanding Original Music for a Play; finalist in the Disney/ASCAP musical theatre workshop, directed by Stephen Schwartz. I dedicate this production to all of the aliens out there (extraterrestrial and otherwise!)

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Miriam Cuperman (Assistant Director)

 Miriam Cuperman (Assistant Director)

Director, Choreographer,   Producer, Dancer , Movement Coach , and Actor for film, television and theater.  New Zealand: Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the RIng, Xena, Hercules, Evita, Cabaret, Les Miserables, West Side Story, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Chess, Jesus Christ Superstar. USA: Man of La Mancha, Assassins, Searching for Mr. Right,  Britannicus, New Perspective Festival,  Acts of Faith, Side Man, Arrow to the Heart, Come to Life, Macbeth, The Sunset Limited, She Rantulas from Outer Space

Chad Jaeger (Set Design) Diversionary debut. Chad designed American Buffalo for Compass Theatre, which his brother also directed. He works as an assistant buyer at the Home Depot headquarters in Atlanta. He has enjoyed renovating, designing, and decorating many of the homes he’s lived in.


Kevin Anthenill (Sound Design) previously worked with Diversionary Theatre sound designing Marry Me a Little, 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 timesHe Holds a B.A. in Theater Design from San Diego State University.


Jennifer Brawn-Gittings (Costume Design)is proud to be an Associate Artist at Diversionary, where previous work includes Dooley, The Marriage Bed, The New Century, The Little Dog Laughed (Stage Scene LA Award), No Exit, Yank!,Bluebonnet Court, Bunbury(Patté Award), and the original Diversionary production of Scrooge in Rouge (Craig Noel Award).  She has designed over 100 productions regionally; local credits include designs for the La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, San Diego REP, A Noise Within, MOXIE Theatre (Design Ambassador), Cygnet, North Coast Rep, Mo`olelo, and ion, among others.  Love and gratitude to my “boys”: Chris, Oliver, and Theodore.


Peter Herman (Wigs & Make-up Design) is glad to return to Diversionary to do wigs for Scrooge in Rouge.  He has previously done wigs for many Diversionary shows including Twist, Irma Vep, When Pigs Fly, and costumes for Cyber-Queer.Peter has also designed wigs and costumes for many local theaters, including Cygnet, The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Moonlight, Starlight, and North Coast Rep. He currently teaches wigs and makeup at San Diego State University.

Bonnie Durben: Prop Master

Moonlight Productions: Catch Me If You Can, My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins, Spamalot,World Goes Round, Blithe Spirit…Mira Costa College: The Match Maker, Fox on the Fairway, The 39 Steps, Guys and Dolls,Anything Goes…Intrepid Shakespeare Company: Hamlet, MacBeth, All My Sons, I Hate Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing.

Bonnie is a member of The Society of Properties Artisans and Managers


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