Colin Thomson* Colin is thrilled to take on Mr. Irresistible! Last fall, he played Samuel Chase in 1776 at ACT, where he also appeared in Happy End. Other San Francisco performances include A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Boys from Syracuse with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. He has been seen recently in Sweet Charity and Lucky Stiff with Center Repertory Company, as well as in Lauren Gunderson's Emilie:.. with Symmetry Theatre Company. Film and television work includes Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine and NBC'sTrauma. Thomson has performed with San Jose Repertory Theatre, TheatreWorks, Marin Theatre Company, San Jose Stage Company, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, PCPA TheaterFest, and others. Career favorites include Dirty Blonde with Portland Center Stage, Company with Marin Theatre Company, All My Sons with TheatreWorks, Center Rep's All Shook Up and PCPA's Yours, Anne. He began his 18-year membership in Actors' Equity Association with Schlemiel the First at ACT.
Cindy Goldfield* Returning to the role of Eileen, Cindy is thrilled to once again be working on MR IRRESISTIBLE. Most recently, Cindy directed the world premiere of The Tale of the Sleeping Cutie for Off A Cliff Productions in association with Playground, and completed her 10th season with A Christmas Carol at ACT. Other regional theater credits include the title role in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Center REPertory Company); Another Midsummer's Night (TheatreWorks); Splitting Infinity (San Jose Repertory Theatre); Crimes of the Heart (Playhouse West); Brimstone, Moon over Buffalo, Dames at Sea, Woody Guthrie and Merrily We Roll Along (Willows Theatre); Oliver! (Broadway by the Bay); Moving Bodies (Marin Theatre Company); Mabel in Mack & Mabel, Sweet Adeline, and Peggy Ann(42nd Street Moon.) Ms. Goldfield also enjoys a successful V/O career and the cabaret collaboration of Goldfield & Koldewyn, (with the inimitable Scrumbly Koldewyn.) Ms. Goldfield is a two time recipient of both the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle and the Dean Goodman Choice awards.
Eliza Leoni Eliza Leoni has performed locally with 42nd Street Moon, Impact Theatre, Lamplighters Music Theatre, and Ray of Light Theatre, where she is associate artistic director. She has also appeared in concerts and cabarets at the San Francisco Symphony, Grace Cathedral, Eureka Theatre, Cafe du Nord and Martuni's, where she debuted original parody cabarets Les Mehz, The Tantrum of the Opera, The Sound of Twosic, Let Saigons Be Bygones and RANT. She holds a BA in theatre from Willamette University. elizaleoni.com
Jessica Coker Jessica is excited to be working on this new musical. Some of Jessica's favorite shows are The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Betty) with OMG I love that show! Carrie the Musical (Miss Gardner), Jerry Springer the Opera (Shawntel) with Ray of Light Theater, Tales of the City (Swing, Mother Mucca and Mona cover) with ACT. Jessica is a founding member of B.O.O.B.S. Cabaret trio and has performed in numerous venues in cabaret acts with Jason Brock, Shawn Ryan and her recent solo show (Sing, but don't tell) at Martuni's. Jessica has recorded with several artists for demos and albums and is a solo recording artist with TIBC. Her next project is In the Heights with Broadway by the Bay later this summer. Love to Rob for his unending patience and support!
Kristen Iuppenlatz Grech After a quick decade living in the country, having babies and teaching Pilates, Kristen is thrilled to be stepping back onto the stage in such a fun project. The last time she worked with Cindy Goldfield she received a dramalogue award and a theatre critics circle nomination for her performance in Texas Chainsaw Manicurist. Favorite roles include Sister Albert Maria in the original San Francisco production of Tony and Tina's Wedding, Mama Alafia in the world premiere of Laughing River at Santa Rosa's Actor's Theatre and exploring lost musicals with 42nd Street Moon. She also enjoyed a career doing radio and corporate voiceover for such brands as Oracle, Marriot and Pepsi. Kristen recently createdwww.PilatesHomePractice.com for which she happily uses her theatre training making videos that bring better functional movement, alignment and balance to everyday activities like sitting, walking, standing and sports. A huge thanks to Darcy, Christopher and Jonathan for giving her a chance to dance and sing again.
J. Conrad Frank is delighted to join the cast of Mr Irresistible! A San Mateo native, Conrad received a degree in vocal performance from the University of Oregon. Best known as for his work as The Countess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, Conrad was named Best Drag Act 2008 by the SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN and won the 2010 BATCC award for best actor in a musical (Katya...a Holiday Spectacular at NCTC). Aside from countless Katya shows, Conrad's other favorite roles include: Sister Walburga (The Divine Sister, NCTC) The Beadle Bamford (Sweeney Todd, ROLT), Rudi Gernreich (The Tempermentals, NCTC), Mrs. Peacock (CLUE, Boxcar Theatre) and Sylvia Fowler (Jungle Red, Artful Circle). Conrad appeared as Joan Crawford in the 2008 film "Baby Jane" and will be Staring in "Die Mommy Die" at NCTC this fall. Special thanks to My Show Widow Mikey! For more information please visit www.russianoperadiva.com
James Arthur M. James is a graduate of the Meisner Technique Studio, here in San Francisco, studying under Jim Jarrett for 2 years, is also a theater Bannana Slug alumni from UCSC, and is represented by Look Talent. This former cruise ship entertainer, teaches youth Drama at schools in SF and New Conservatory Theatre Center, and choreographs for Bay Area Flash Mob. SF Theatre Credits include:Band Fags, Waiting for Giovanni (NCTC), Cinderella (AA Shakespeare Company), Thunder Above Deeps Below (Bindlestiff), Sweet Bird of Youth (Tides Theatre), and Peaches Christ Productions at the Castro Theatre. James is grateful to be pursuing his dreams, living his passions, and plans to sashay his way to the top! http://mjamesarthur.com/
Steven Shear Steven is thrilled to be bringing new music theatre to the Bay Area alongside this fantastic cast and creative team. Theatre: Camelot (SF Playhouse), Pericles (u/s) (Berkeley Rep), Hedwig (Boxcar Theatre), Gold Rush & Tales of Olympus (BACT), and Avenue Q (SRT). Film/TV: America Is Still The Place (Fall 2014), I (Almost) Got Away With It. BFA: NYU Tisch. For more about Steven, visit www.steven-shear.com. Love, thanks, and gratitude--for family, for friendship, and for this amazing life.
Joe Wicht (Mr. Abernathy/Tiffany) has been seen as the Mother Superior in "The Divine Sister," Lee (William S. Burroughs) in the opera "Queer and " Danny in "Xanadu." For ten seasons, he appeared as Gloria Swanson and Patty Andrews in "Christmas with the Crawfords," as well as the spin-off "The Andrews Sisters' Hollywood Canteen." Joe is most often seen at Martuni's where he hosts Piano Bar 101 on Monday nights and Sing-Along Saturday nights. With Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, Joe co-produces the Cabaret Showcase Showdown (now in its fifth season) as well as Broadway Bingo at Feinstein's.
D'Arcy Drollinger D'Arcy Drollinger's works include: The runaway hit Shit & Champagne (with productions in New York and San Francisco), Project: Lohan, Scalpel!, The Possession of Mrs. Jones, Pink Elephants, Above and Beyond the Valley of the Ultra Showgirls, Suburbia 3000, The Cereal Killers and Mr. Irresistible.
D'Arcy has also worked as an actor, producer, director and choreographer. Other credits include: The Producers (first Broadway production), Hairspray the Musical (first Broadway production), Glamour, Glory and Gold (La Mama), F.A.G.G.O.T.S. The Musical, the Thrillpeddler's revivals of the Cockettes musicals Vice Palace & Hot Greeks, and VH1's Divas 2000 featuring RuPaul. He directed and co-starred in the stage adaptations of Sex and the City, Designing Women, Roseanne & Three's Company. He is a co-founder of Back It Up Productions and Crackers In Bed, INC. Drollinger is the creator and resident choreographer for the SF based dance troupe SexiTude! He is a co-founder of the critically acclaimed post-punk art-rock group Enrique and a firm believer in the ridiculous. Drollinger is a participant in the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
Jonathan J. Carpenter Jonathan J. Carpenter is a theater director and producer based in Boston, Massachusetts. His directing credits include The Ides of March (Somerville Arts Council/Large & Elaborate Productions); The Golden Dragon (Do It Live! Productions; west coast premiere), Weightless (SF Fringe Festival; Winner: Best of Fringe),'Dentity Crisis (Non Sequitur), and readings for Impact Theater, the San Francisco Olympians Festival, Subterranean Shakespeare, and the 31 Plays in 31 Days podcast. Assistant/associate directing credits include The Wild Party (A.C.T. M.F.A. Program), Maple & Vine, andClybourne Park (A.C.T.). In addition to his directing work, Jonathan worked as a producing/artistic associate for American Conservatory Theater from 2011-2013, after a year-long artistic fellowship during A.C.T.'s 2010-2011 season. In the summer of 2011, he produced the Vintage Play Festival, a festival of 10 readings of classic American plays. Jonathan is a proud graduate of Harvard University.
*Actors appear through the courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.