A Wild Comic Adventure!
THE EXPLORERS CLUB
by Nell Benjamin
directed by Robert Smyth
August 11 - September 24
Lamb's Players Theatre
1142 Orange Ave, Coronado
A hilarious send up of a Victorian Men's Club beset by Women, Poisonous Snakes, Exotic Plants, Bar-Tending Savages & Crazed Irishmen! It is laugh-till-you-cry funny!
Paul is thrilled to be back on our stage with Explorer's Club. Previous work at Lamb's include Equivocation, Art, Boomers, 1776, Dr. Faustus, Busman’s Honeymoon, The Secret Garden, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Hunchback Of Notre Dame, and She Loves Me. Regional Theatre/Off-Broadway: Joyful Noise (Lamb’s Theatre, NY), Private Lives (Idaho Shakespeare), A Little Night Music, Dandelion Wine, Getting Out, The Rainmaker (Colony Theatre, LA), Turn Of The Century, Too True To Be Good (Old Globe) San Diego/Orange County: Hamlet, All My Sons, Taming of the Shrew, Othello, To Kill A Mockingbird (American Coast Theatre, OC), Hay Fever, The Vortex (Cygnet), The Wake Of Jamey Foster, Private Lives, The Foreigner, The Circle (Hahn Cosmopolitan), I Can’t Get Started (Ensemble Arts), La Bete (Fritz), Hamlet (Sledgehammer). An actor for over 40 years, Paul has numerous television, film, voiceover and audiobook credits. A former Resident Ensemble member of Lamb’s Players Theatre in San Diego and LA’s The Colony Theatre. He and his wife Vanda currently teach in the Theatre Arts Department at Vanguard University.
Charles Evans Jr.
Beebe / Irish Assassin
Charles is very pleased to be part of this incredible cast of The Explorer's Club! He was most recently seen at Lambs Players Theatre in Big Fish, as well as The Miracle Worker, Twelfth Night and Fiddler on the Roof. Charles is a Resident Artist with Cygnet Theatre (A Christmas Carol, The Vortex, Hay Fever, Dogfight, My Fair Lady, Spring Awakening). Other San Diego credits include work with La Jolla Playhouse, ion Theatre, New Village Arts and San Diego Repertory Theatre. Charles has also spent 5 years as a resident actor with the Okoboji Summer Theatre where favorite credits include Little Women: The Musical (Laurie), The Secret Garden (Dickon), and Forever Plaid (Francis). Charles is a BFA theatre graduate of Stephens College for Women and a proud member of Actors' Equity. Many thanks to The Smyths and Caitie Grady for their support.
Francis Gercke is the artistic director of Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company. Recent roles include: Equivocation, Freud’s Last Session (Lambs Players); Stupid F***ing Bird, True West, Fool for Love (Cygnet Theatre); Abundance, The Elephant Man (Backyard Renaissance); The Behavior of Broadus (Capital Stage Company); In the Next Room, Honky (San Diego Rep); Accomplice, Suzette Who Set to Sea (La Jolla Playhouse WOW and POP Tour); A Life in the Theatre, Time Stands Still (NCRT); Hurlyburly, Grace, Shining City (ion theatre); The Pride (Diversionary Theatre); Orphans, Playboy of the Western World (New Village Arts); Oleanna, Macbeth, I Hate Hamlet (Intrepid Theatre Company); Loves & Hours (Scripps Ranch Theatre). He is a resident artist with Cygnet Theatre and recipient of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award as an actor and a director. A graduate of the Actors Studio Drama School, he has been a faculty member at Palomar College, University of San Diego, and California State University San Marcos and teaches privately through ActorsApproach.
Ross Hellwig Ross Hellwig is honored to be returning to Lamb’s Players Theatre for The Explorers Club. Previous roles at Lamb’s include Bob in Beau Jest and Sharpe in Equivocation. SAN DIEGO: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Intrepid Theatre Company), Vincent in Brixton, Macbeth, Don Juan, Antony and Cleopatra, The Comedy of Errors, The Winter’s Tale, As You Like It (The Old Globe Theatre); King o’ the Moon (North Coast Rep); Edward II (Diversionary Theatre). WEST COAST: Kingsmen Shakespeare Company, International City Theater, Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara, Rubicon Theatre Company, A Noise Within, The Fountain Theatre, LA Theatre Works, B Street Theatre. ELSEWHERE: Vienna’s English Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Southwest Shakespeare Company, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, Thin Air Theatre Company, Mill Mountain Theatre, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Theatreworks USA. FILM: The Selling. TELEVISION: Numb3rs, Law & Order: SVU, Guiding Light. EDUCATION: MFA – The Old Globe/USD Graduate Theatre Program; BFA – The University of Arizona.
Phyllida Spotte-Hume / Countess Glamorgan
Jessica John is thrilled to be making her Lamb's Theatre debut as Phyllida in The Explorer's Club. Favorite shows and honors include: Backyard Renaissance: Abundance, The Elephant Man, Parlour Song; Cygnet Theatre (Resident Artist): Private Lives, Noises Off, Desire Under the Elms, Love Song, Mauritius, Communicating Doors, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (SD Playbill - Best Actress), Burn This (SD Critic’s Circle - Best Actress); Diversionary Theatre: The Pride; Moxie Theatre: Pulp!; ion theatre: Shining City, Angels in America; Moonlight at the AVO: Born Yesterday; New Fortune Theatre Company: Dangerous Liaisons, Henry V; New Village Arts: The Playboy of the Western World (Patte - Best Actress); North Coast Repertory Theatre: Unnecessary Farce, School for Lies, A Shana Maidel, and Renaissance Theatre: A View from the Bridge (SD Critic’s Circle - Best Actress). She was named one of the “Top 50 People to Watch” by San Diego Magazine. Love to fellow-performer Jillian Jeter.
Brian was last seen at Lamb's in Silent Sky, as well as The Angel's Arms, Equivocation, Dinner with Marlene, The Nerd, An American Christmas and Twelfth Night. Elsewhere: The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, The Glass Menagerie, History Boys, Chistmas Carol (Cygnet – Resident Artist); Abundance (Backyard Renaissance Theatre); All My Sons, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Musical, An Enemy of the People (Intrepid Theatre); In the Heat of the Night, The Woolgatherer, Bash: Latter-Day Plays, Jack Goes Boating, All in the Timing, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Grapes of Wrath (ion theatre); In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play (San Diego Rep); The Pride, The Little Dog Laughed, Baby with the Bathwater, As Much As You Can, Corpus Christi (Diversionary); A Christmas Carol (’07, ’08, ’09), Little Women (North Coast Rep); Born Yesterday (AVO Playhouse); Night Sky (Mo’olelo); The Heidi Chronicles, Julius Caesar (New Village Arts); Side Man (BANG!). Brian was awarded the 2011 Craig Noel Award for Actor of the Year.
John is happy to be back performing at Lamb’s Players in this fine production! LAMB'S: Big Fish, Shadowlands, Beau Jest, Dinner with Marlene, The Nerd, Festival of Christmas 2015, OZ, West Side Story, You Can't Take it With You, Fiddler on the Roof, Around the World in 80 Days, Joe vs the Volcano, Guys & Dolls, The Music Man, Harvey, The Fantasticks, Room Service, The Winslow Boy, American Rhythm and Charley’s Aunt. REGIONAL: A Catered Affair and The Constant Wife for The Old Globe. LOCAL: Old Jews Telling Jokes, Ella, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum for San Diego Rep; Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 and To Forgive Divine for North Coast Rep; Bunbury, The Long Christmas Ride Home, and Looking for Normal for Diversionary; and other shows in the too distant past for Sledgehammer, Bowery, and Gaslamp Quarter Theatres. Room Service, The Winslow Boy, American Rhythm and Charley’s Aunt. REGIONAL: A Catered Affair and The Constant Wife for The Old Globe. LOCAL: Old Jews Telling Jokes, Ella, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum for San Diego Rep; Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 and To Forgive Divine for North Coast Rep; Bunbury, The Long Christmas Ride Home, and Looking for Normal for Diversionary; and other shows in the too distant past for Sledgehammer, Bowery, and Gaslamp Quarter Theatres.
Sir Bernard Humphries
Brian is delighted to return to the LPT stage after his debut as Warnie in "Shadowlands" earlier this year. He was recently seen as Ross in Backyard Renaissance’s production of Elephant Man and as Dickie Bell in North Coast Rep’s The Fox on the Fairway. Brian's stage work includes The Old Globe, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Sledgehammer Theatre, The Bowery Theatre and North Coast Repertory Theatre, among others. Favorite roles include Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady at Moonlight Amphitheatre (Lead Actor award), Lenny in Rumors at North Coast Theatre (Critics’ Circle Award) and Dr. Rance in What the Butler Saw at Blackfriars Theatre (Dramalogue Award).
Lambs: Beau Jest. Most recently seen in The Roustabouts Theatre Company's production of his and Phil Johnson's comedy Withering Heights. New York: The People Vs. Mona (Off-Broadway/Cast Recording), Hell’s Belles, Henry V. International Tour: Grease. Regional: When You’re In Love, The Whole World Is Jewish (directed by Jason Alexander), A Funny Thing…Forum, Dear World, among others. San Diego: Laughter On The 23rd Floor, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Five Course Love, The Big Bang, The Underpants, When Pigs Fly, among others. As a writer: Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist (Winner best lyrics NYMF 2013), Mambo Italiano (based on the film of the same name), The Toxic Avenger: Xmas Chaos, Bed Fellas, and The Grotesques. MFA Musical Theatre SDSU. www.omri-schein.co
Set and Light Designer
Since 1984 Mike has designed over 200 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 Beau Jest and Shadowlands here at Lamb's and set and lights for Godspell at Southwestern College where he teaches technical theatre, scriptwriting 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 Nerd, 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.
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 seven-time recipient of the San Diego Theatre Critics’ Circle’s Craig Noel Award including Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play for Martha in Intrepid Theatre Company's Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf, Vivian Bearing in Lamb’s 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.
Properties and PA Rachel Hengst has worked with Lambs Players Theater since 2013. She made her professional theater debut in Mixtape as the Assistant Stage Manager and has learned so much since then. Her Prop Design credits include Lamb's Player's productions of You Can't Take it With You, West Side Story, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Wizard of Oz, the latest incarnation of Mixtape, The Nerd, Miracle Worker, Dinner with Marlene, Beau Jest, Shadowlands, Silent Sky, and Big Fish. She thanks her family for their endless support and for God's guidance in her life.
For Lamb's, Maria has stage managed the world premiere of OZ!, The Glory Man, and 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 15); American Rhythm (X2); 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 The Rocky Horror Show and Dogfight for Cygnet Theatre Company; 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.
Jeanne's work as a designer this year in San Diego includes Shadowlands for Lambs Players, On the 20th Century for Cygnet Theatre, The Perfect Arrangement and Buddy Holly for Intrepid Theatre, She designed last year's Lambs production of American Rhythm for which she received a Critics Circle, Craig Noel Nomination. Her work has achieved theater critics awards in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara. Other productions awarded for costume design include her original designs for The Wonderful World of Oz, A Servant Of Two Masters, The Light in the Piazza, Little Foxes, Joyful Noise, Metamorphosis, and two dozen other productions. Besides designing she currently teaches at San Diego Mesa College.
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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