By Margaret Edson
Directed by Robert Smyth
thru Nov 17th
One of San Diego's leading actresses, Deborah Gilmour Smyth portrays an exacting professor of metaphysical poetry with much still to discover as she undergoes experimental treatment for cancer.
A major hit on Broadway last year, WIT is an exquisitely written, affecting, often humorous winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
- James Hebert, U-T San Diego
- Pat Launer, Center Stage KSDS
"Go see it NOW!"
- Jeff Smith, San Diego Reader
"Stunning! Smyth gives a bravura, not-to-be-missed performance."
- Jean Lowerison, SDGLN
"5 Stars! An all around brilliant production."
- Carol Davis, examiner.com
"Not To Be Missed! Lovers of language and excellence are urged to see the awesome Deborah Smyth in this luminous production."
- Charlene Baldridge, SD Downtown News
"Amazing! You will leave Lamb’s fine production with a lot to discuss."
- Milos Shapiro Stage & Cinema
"Enthralling! Reminds you what theatre is for."
- New York Daily News
"Dazzling! A play you will remember till your dying day."
- New York Magazine
"Its lessons and pleasures amount to a second chance, to an amazing grace."
- The New Yorker
Also featuring Cynthia Gerber, Jason Heil, Sylvia M'Lafi Thompson, Jim Chovick, Bryan Barbarin, Kaja Amado Dunn and Caitie Grady.
Running Time: just over 90 minutes, with no Intermission
Age recommendation: 13 and above
Minimal stronger language.
Bryan's credits at Lamb’s include You Can't Take It With You, WIT, Around the World in 80 Days, The Music Man, The Book of the Dun Cow, The Glory Man, Harvey, An American Christmas, Godspell, The Fantasticks, Hello, Dolly! Regional: Parade (Jim Conley), Man of La Mancha (Sancho), The Threepenny Opera (Crooked Finger Jake), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Judah), Sideshow (Jake), and Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey 2). Bryan now works full time as lead singer of The Routine, a Rock N' Roll band based in San Diego. You can find them at www.Theroutineband.com. Always remember, home is where the heart is.
Dr. Harvey Kelikian
Jim has appeared in 37 productions with LPT: You Can't Take It With You (twice); Wit; See How They Run; Joe vs The Volcano; Guys & Dolls; Harvey; Joyful Noise; Room Service; Boomers (twice); The Voysey Inheritance; Amadeus; Rehearsal for Murder; The Winslow Boy; 1776; A Man For All Seasons; Ring Round the Moon; My Fair Lady; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; A Woman of No Importance; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Festival of Christmas '99, ’04, '06 and '14 and 12 productions of An American Christmas. Other San Diego Theaters: The Old Globe, The Cygnet Theatre (Resident Artist), La CøJolla Playhouse, San Diego Rep, North Coast Rep (Associate Artist), New Village Arts, Moxie Theatre, Intrepid Shakespeare Co. (Resident Artist), Ion Theatre, Playwrights Project, Sledgehammer, Moonlight Amphitheater, Evoke Dance Theater, Starlight, The Avo@Moonlight, 6th@Penn, The Ark, CCT, Mystery Cafe, Vantage Theater and The Fritz. Awards: San Diego Critics Circle, Backstage West Dramalogue, KPBS Patte’, Bille and Robby.
Kaja Amado Dunn
Kaja Amado Dunn has performed in over 40 shows and is currently on faculty in the Theatre Dept of Cal State San Marcos. Previous Lamb’s work includes Around the World in 80 Days, Brownie Points, the Educational Touring Company, One for the Road, and the Best Christmas Pageant Ever. She was also recently seen playing Benethea in Moxie Theater’s A Raisin In The Sun . Other favorite roles include Gibson Girl (Moxie), West LA’s Vagina Monologues, playing a blues singing chicken in Canada, and performing in a circus. Kaja’s other credits include World Vision, NASA, Princess Cruises and most recently she was the face of an international Western Union campaign. Kaja has her MFA in acting and directing . She also teaches for Playwrights Project, Young Audiences, and has toured with Ya Tong Theatre in Taiwan. Offstage Kaja enjoys the role of wife to Matt and mommy to her "Favorite Boy" Ian.
Nurse Susie Monahan
was a member of LPT’s Resident Ensemble from 1988 to 2001 and is now an Associate Artist. She was recently seen in Lamb's annual Festival of Christmas - Northern Lights where she played Patsy Bumpus. Prior to that you saw her in Twelfth Night as Maria, and in Quilters and Wit. Favorite productions at LPT include Harvey, The Hit, Susan and God, The Miracle Worker, Flight, Steel Magnolias, Quilters, Busman’s Honeymoon, Detective Story, See How They Run, Amadeus, Dracula, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Ring Round The Moon. Cynthia studied at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is also enjoying her role as Cannon and Spencer’s mom.
Deborah Gilmour Smyth
Associate Artistic Director and director of Patron Services, Deborah has been a member of the Lamb’s resident ensemble since 1979 . Originally from the East Coast, she has lived all over the United States and went to school at San Francisco State University where she studied music and theatre. One of San Diego’s most active performers with over 200 productions to her credit, she is a six-time recipient of the San Diego Theatre Critics’ Circle’s Craig Noel Award including Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play for Lamb’s 2013 production of Wit and Outstanding Female Performance in a Musical for her performance as Mother in Ragtime at Starlight Musical Theatre, for her role of Margaret Johnson in The Light in the Piazza at Lamb’s Players, and for her role of Mrs. Lovett at Cygnet Theatre. She has been honored with Backstage West and numerous Patte awards for performance, original music, sound design. At Lamb’s Players Deborah has performed in over 160 productions, directed over 70 productions, sound designed, written original music, or musically directed over 80 productions. Deborah enjoys the opportunity to be involved in an amazing ensemble that is the Lamb’s Players family. Deborah and her husband, Producing Artistic Director Robert Smyth, make their home in Coronado.
Caitie is a staff member at Lamb's Players, and All I Want for Christmas marks her 25th Lamb's production in the past 5 years! LPT favorites include Twelfth Night, Fiddler on the Roof, Quilters, Wit, Oz, Les Miserables, Mixtape, The Servant of Two Masters, The Book of the Dun Cow, The Glory Man, and "100 Hours of Stories", the play reading marathon that won Lamb's Players Theatre a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. Caitie also recently appeared as Rose Fenny in Dogfight at Cygnet Theatre, and participated in Cygnet's staged readings of Side by Side by Sondheim and Evita. Caitie received her BFA from The Boston Conservatory.
LPT Associate Artist: Fiddler On The Roof, Wit, See How They Run, Joe vs. the Volcano, The Glory Man, Harvey, Joyful Noise, The Glass Menagerie, Room Service, The Voysey Inheritance, An American Christmas (’07,’08,‘09), Enchanted April, Into the Woods, and The Winslow Boy. Other San Diego credits include Passion, Angels in America (ion theatre company), Twelfth Night, Plaid Tidings (Old Globe), Cabaret, Noises Off (Cygnet), Clybourne Park, A Christmas Carol (San Diego Rep), work at North Coast Rep, Moonlight, Starlight and all incarnations of Lucy Simon’s Zhivago (La Jolla Playhouse & NYC/London Readings). Regional theatres include Arkansas & Tennessee Rep, A Noise Within, and nine seasons with the Utah, Lake Tahoe, Marin, and Texas Shakespeare Festivals. Directing: Turn of the Screw (Intrepid Shakespeare), Lion In Winter, Born Yesterday, The Mousetrap, Barefoot in the Park, Ring Round the Moon, You Never Can Tell (Moonlight), Plaid Tidings (New Village Arts), Twelfth Night (Actors’ Rep, OH), and Brilliant Traces (Finishing the Hat, L.A.). MFA: UC Irvine.
Sylvia M'Lafi Thompson
who was most recently seen in New Village Art’s Theatre production of the Trip to Bountiful is happy to be making her debut at Lamb’s. Thompson’s numerous theatre credits include Our Town, Raisin In The Sun, Coming Attractions, Boom, Antigone, Fences, Intimate Apparel, Dog Act, Othello, Going to St. Ives, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, A Street Car Named Desire, Boesman and Lena, Stories About the Old Days, Miss Witherspoon and Christmas Carol. Many of her performances have received awards including the Los Angeles Dramalogue, Billie, San Diego Critics Circle, Patté and Hollywood NAACP Theatre Excellence Award.
Since 1984 Mike has designed over 190 productions at Lamb's in addition to many shows at such companies as San Diego Rep, The Laguna Playhouse and the Old Globe/USD MFA program. Recent favorites include sets for West Side Story and Les Misérables here at Lamb's and set and lights for In The Heights at Southwestern College where he teaches technical theatre and design. Also a playwright, his romantic comedy The Hit had an extended run at Lamb's Coronado Theatre and then the Horton Grand Theatre and his set for The Hit earned Mike his fifth Patte Award. As an actor, Mike has appeared in many shows at Lamb's. Favorites include The Hit, Joseph…, Beau Jest, Johnny Pye and the Foolkiller, The Secret Garden, Boomers and My Fair Lady. He also appeared in Crazy For You at Moonlight. TV credits include Wicked, Wicked Games as well as several commercials. Mike also designs residential interiors through his business Weekend Makeover.
For Lamb's, Maria has stage managed the world premiere of mixtape, in addition to An Inspector Calls; Enchanted April; Godspell; The Glass Menagerie; Room Service; Boomers (x 3); The Voysey Inheritance; The Secret Garden; An American Christmas (x 10); American Rhythm; Metamorphoses; Dial M For Murder; South Pacific; The Great Divorce; 1776; Dr. Faustus; The Glass Menagerie; Room Service; The Fantasticks; Joyful Noise; Hello, Dolly!; An Ideal Husband; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (X2); and Festival of Christmas. Elsewhere she has stage managed Travesties, The Importance of Being Earnest, Cabaret, Pageant, and Man of La Mancha for North Coast Repertory Theatre and six productions for Moonlight at the Avo Playhouse and Moonlight Amphitheatre. She has also stage managed for San Diego Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, the Gaslamp Quarter Theatre Company, and the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival. She holds an MFA from UCSD.
Props and Projection Designer
I’m an avid Painter, Sculptor, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Videographer and "maker of things." In San Diego theaters, I’ve worked as a Scenic Designer/Builder, Scenic Artist, Properties Designer, Multimedia/Video Designer and Technician and Stage Manager for numerous productions and special events. Some favorites: Killer Joe (SDTCC Craig Noel Award - Compass); SideMan (Diversionary); Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella (StageHouse); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Intrepid Theatre); For Lambs: Mixtape, Trying (SDTCC Nomination), Joe vs. The Volcano (SDTCC Nomination), 39 Steps. Thanks to all! Check out my work at MichaelMcKeon.com
Nate is very excited to be back working with the amazing artists at Lamb’s Players! While a member of the staff from 2003-2008, Nate designed shows such as South Pacific, Into the Woods, Cold Comfort Farm and Rehearsal for Murder. Other San Diego designs include Kingdom at the Old Globe and Golden Boy for New Village Arts. Nate is a faculty member at the University of San Diego.
This marks Jeanne's 25th year as a Costume Designer with Lambs. Her work has achieved Theatre Critics Awards such as the Craig Noel, KPBS Patte, and Billie Awards. Productions awarded for Costume design included: Servant of Two Masters. An Ideal Husband, A Woman of No Importance, Till We Have Faces, The Boy Who Fell Into a Book, Joyful Noise, Tarantara! Tarantara!, Dr. Faustus, Little Foxes, The Winslow Boy, and Metamorphoses. In 2008 a Patte Award for costumes was presented to her for the entire season including Hello, Dolly!, The Voysey Inheritance, The Hit, Boomers, The Light in the Piazza, Festival of Christmas: Angel’s Arms and An American Christmas. Besides continuing her service and collaborative work at Lambs she currently teaches fashion programs including Patternmaking and Sewn Product Business at West City Continuing Education in Point Loma.
is LAMB's Producing Artistic Director. He joined the staff of Lamb's Players Street Theatre as an actor and director in 1976. In 1978 LAMB'S opened its first resident theatre in National City, and then in 1994 brought the old performance space in Coronado's historic Spreckel's Building back to life as its new home. Robert has directed more than 150 productions for LAMB'S, and performed in over 100, including favorite roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1776, Cyrano De Bergerac, The Boys Next Door, and the one-man show Damien. He and his wife, director, actor, composer, Deborah Gilmour Smyth, make their home in Coronado.
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