2018-2019 Season

The New Woman

Director Nicolas Aliaga is bringing a fresh new concept to our summer production of Pirates of Penzance. As costumer designer Miriam Lewis explains, “We’re setting this production in 1897, which is when you get the idea of the New Woman. What this means for us is that women were doing a lot of things that had previously been only done by men, both professionally and for personal pleasure. The women in our ensemble have to be active in order to pursue their interests. They can’t wear the beautiful, giant hoop skirts used in past productions. So they are wearing things like bicycle bloomers, split skirts, and knickers. They will really be able to climb over rocky mountains!”

“We want these modern daughters of the Modern Major General to be able to be very active in their costumes. They can be archeologists, or geologists, or naturalists. And the idea that women could be more active in their leisure pursuits went hand in hand with the idea that they could be more active in a social sense. The suffragette movement had been going on for some time, but was still very important in 1897. All of this is reflected in the change of costume for our women.”

“But it certainly isn’t dour or grim. These are girls that just want to have fun. But fun with a purpose!”​​

Announcing the Final PIRATES OF PENZANCE Cast and Performance Dates!

The Pirates of Penzance is casting off for Bay Area theaters throughout August. In two words, here is the final cast list!

Principals, in order of appearance:

Samuel: Sterling Liska
Pirate King: Jonathan Spencer
Frederic: Michael Desnoyers, Carmello Tringali
Ruth: Gwendolyn Kuhlmann, Deborah Rosengaus
Edith: Melissa Sondhi
Kate: Kristin Avila
Isabel: Ashley Chen
Mabel: Julia Mulholland, Erin O’Meally
Major-General Stanley: F. Lawrence Ewing
Sergeant: Charles Martin

Chorus of Pirates, Daughters, and Policemen:

Simon Banaag, Natalie Buck-Bauer, Tricia Callero, Audrey Carstensen, Nicholas Dahlman, Jeffrey Erickson, Anarka Fairchild, Katherine Feller, George Fernandez, Stephanie Fields, Isaac Goldberg, Abby Green, Andrew Green, Jen Kiernan, Camille Lake, Bridget Maguire-Colton, Douglas Mandell, Rachel Mustain, Rik Myslewski, Colin Raab, Alan Roberts, Andy Serrano, Bobby Singer, Brianna Stutzman, Ilana Walder-Biesanz, Paul Zawilski

Alternating Cast Performance Dates

The roles of Frederic, Ruth, and Mabel are double-cast. The performers who will play those roles at each performance are:

Lesher Center, Walnut Creek
Saturday, August 4, 2 pm: Michael Desnoyers, Gwendolyn Kuhlmann, Erin O’Meally
Saturday, August 4, 8 pm: Carmello Tringali, Deborah Rosengaus, Julia Mulholland
Sunday, August 5, 2 pm: Carmello Tringali, Deborah Rosengaus, Julia Mulholland

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, August 11, 2 pm: Carmello Tringali, Deborah Rosengaus, Julia Mulholland
Saturday, August 11, 8 pm: Michael Desnoyers, Gwendolyn Kuhlmann, Erin O’Meally
Sunday, August 12, 2 pm: Michael Desnoyers, Gwendolyn Kuhlmann, Erin O’Meally

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
Saturday, August 18, 2 pm: Michael Desnoyers, Gwendolyn Kuhlmann, Erin O’Meally
Saturday, August 18, 8 pm: Carmello Tringali, Deborah Rosengaus, Julia Mulholland
Sunday, August 19, 2 pm: Carmello Tringali, Deborah Rosengaus, Julia Mulholland

Bankhead Theater, Livermore
Saturday, August 25, 2 pm: Carmello Tringali, Deboarh Rosengaus, Julia Mulholland
Saturday, August 25, 8 pm: Michael Desnoyers, Gwendolyn Kuhlmann, Erin O’Meally
Sunday, August 26, 2 pm: Michael Desnoyers, Gwendolyn Kuhlmann, Erin O’Meally