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 OZ, 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.
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 The Miracle Worker, The Nerd, An American Christmas and You Can't Take It With You. Prior to that you saw her in Twelfth Night, Quilters, Wit and Lamb's annual Festival of Christmas. 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 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.
Big Fish marks Caitie's 30th Lamb's production since 2010! Yowza! LPT favorites include Silent Sky, Equivocation, Twelfth Night, Fiddler on the Roof, American Rhythm, Quilters, Wit, Oz, Les Miserables, Mixtape, Joseph..., 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 has also appeared at Cygnet Theatre as Rose in Dogfight, and has participated in Cygnet's staged readings of Hair, Side by Side by Sondheim, and Evita. Caitie received her BFA from The Boston Conservatory and is a proud member of Actors Equity. All my love to Charlie!
LPT Associate Artist: The Miracle Worker, 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,'15), Enchanted April, Into the Woods, and The Winslow Boy. Other San Diego credits include Twelfth Night, Plaid Tidings (Old Globe), Lucy Simon’s Zhivago (La Jolla Playhouse), Sea of Souls, Passion, Angels in America (ion theatre company), Violet, Clybourne Park, A Christmas Carol (San Diego Rep), Cabaret, Noises Off (Cygnet), School for Lies, Dracula (North Coast Rep) and work at Moonlight, Starlight, Compass. Off-Broadway: Sea of Souls. Regional theatres include Arkansas & Tennessee Repertory Theatres and nine seasons with the Utah, Lake Tahoe, Marin, and Texas Shakespeare Festivals. Directing: Turn of the Screw (Intrepid), 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). 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 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.
Original Score & Sound Design
LPT Resident Artist: Amadeus, 80 Days, Voysey Inheritance, Inspector Calls, Winslow Boy, Detective Story, Hamlet, Joseph, Secret Garden, Smoke On the Mountain, Chaps, Festival of Christmas and more. Co-creator of MixTape (book, musical arrangements). Looking Glass Girl (book, music, lyrics) - part of the 2005 ASCAP/Disney Musical Theater Workshop, staged at NYU in 2010, optioned by NBC/Universal Theatricals in 2013. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (book, music, lyrics) premieres fall 2015 at LPT. Original songs/arrangements: Festival of Christmas 2007-14, Twelfth Night (LPT), Traditions of Christmas (CCT). LPT Musical Direction/Supervision: Mixtape, Joseph, Guys & Dolls, Pete n'Keely, Joe Vs the Volcano, Fantasticks, Festival of Christmas 2007-14. Score/sound design: Wit, Ideal Husband, The Hit, Room Service. Composes music/lyrics for youth musicals produced nationally. I must Take Them With Me Anywhere: Julie, Hudson Fox & Macy Flynn.
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.
Props and Projection Designer
Michael is an avid Designer, Painter, Builder, Sculptor, Photographer, Videographer, Teacher and "Maker of Things." In San Diego theaters, he has 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); Pageant, A Christmas Carol (Cygnet); SideMan (Diversionary); American Song (SDTCC Nom.), Quality of Life, End of the Rainbow, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Intrepid Theatre); Seminar, Taming of the Shrew (Innermission); Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella (StageHouse); For Lambs: Silent Sky, Mixtape, Trying (SDTCC Nom.), Joe vs. The Volcano (SDTCC Nom.), 39 Steps. Thanks to all! Check out his 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.
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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