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She Loves Me Romantic Comedy

Musical Revival

NOV 23, 2016 – JAN 14, 2017

SHE LOVES ME Tickets: from $40

Run time: 2 hours, 30 minutes plus one intermission

She Loves Me

Book by Joe Masteroff

Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

Directed by Susi Damilano

Musical Direction by David Aaron Brown

“Look out, Ebenezer Scrooge, and move over, Nutcracker. She Loves Me is making a strong bid to be this year’s holiday hit.” – San Francisco Examiner

She Loves Me “unexpectedly charmed my socks off … Adams and Hafen have believable chemistry.” – SF Weekly

“A rare and romantic holiday musical … She Loves Me is as charming as can be.” – Stark Insider

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PLAY DETAILS

She Loves Me follows Amalia and Georg, two perfume shop clerks who don’t quite see eye to eye. Constantly bumping heads while on the job, the sparring coworkers can’t seem to find common ground. After they each respond to a “lonely hearts advertisement” in the newspaper, they start to fall for their anonymous pen pals—but will love continue to blossom once their identities are finally revealed?

THE CAST

PRODUCTION PHOTOS

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association. Photos by Jessica Palopoli

THE CREATIVE TEAM

THE CREATORS

Joe Masteroff

JOE MASTEROFF (Book) Born in 1919 in Philadelphia, he had only one dream from infancy: to write for the theatre. After the essential lonely childhood and four year stint in the air force, he came to New York to face his future: book-writer or book seller? Luckily, luck intervened. Before long he had three shows on Broadway bearing his name: The Warm Peninsula starring Julie Harris, and two musicals She Loves Me and Cabaret, for which he was the book-writer. Thanks to indulgent parents, the New Dramatists, Hal Prince, and many others, he is now retired and living in subdued luxury.

Jerry Bock

JERROLD LEWIS “JERRY” BOCK (Music) was an American musical theater composer. He received the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama with Sheldon Harnick for their 1959 musical Fiorello! and the Tony Award for Best Composer and Lyricist for the 1964 musical Fiddler on the Roof with Sheldon Harnick.

Sheldon HarnickSHELDON HARNICK (Lyrics) Harnick contributed songs to the revues Two’s Company (starring Bette Davis), John Murray Anderson’s ‘Almanac’ and The Littlest Revue. His collaboration with composer Jerry Bock produced such Broadway classics as Fiorello (1959): Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award; Tenderloin (1960); She Loves Me (1963): Grammy Award; Fiddler on the Roof (1964) Tony Award; The Apple Tree (1966) and The Rothschilds (1970). Other collaborations include A Christmas Carol with Michel Legrand (1981); Rex with Richard Rodgers (1976); A Wonderful Life with Joe Raposo (1986) and The Phantom Tollbooth with Arnold Black (1995). With composer Jack Beeson, he has provided the librettos for Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines (1975), Dr. Heidegger’s Fountain of Youth (1978) and Cyrano (1994). Harnick has won a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, two New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, three gold records and a platinum record.

THE MUSICIANS

Violin
Lucas Gayda
Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Justin Smith
Woodwinds
Audrey Jackson
Drums
Chris Maneri

San Francisco Playhouse’s production of She Loves Me is made possible by: Executive Producer Robert Hulteng; Producers Larry Russo, Scott Walecka & Martha Seaver; Associate Producers Margot Golding, William & Janet McAllister, Phyllis & Jerry Rosenberg, Margaret Sheehan, Peggy Skornia; Rowland Weinstein; and Artistic Underwriters Jackie & Richard Meyers, Elizabeth Werter & Henry Trevor, Charles & Kathryn Hardeman of Living Interiors.

Jeffrey Brian Adams

Jeffrey Brian Adams

Jeffrey Brian Adams*  is thrilled to return to the Empathy Gym where he was last seen in City of Angels (Stine). Recent attributes include The Last Five Years at A.C.T., Happily After Ever at 59E59 Theaters in New York, SF Playhouse productions of Dogfight (Birdlace), Promises, Promises (Chuck), and Into the Woods (Prince); Death of a Salesman (Happy) and The Addams Family Musical (Lucas) at San Jose Stage Company. Adams holds his MFA from The New School for Drama in NYC and is a proud member of AEA. He would like to extend his gratitude to friends and family for their ongoing love and support. For Monique, the smartest girl in town. jeffreybrianadams.com.

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Joseph Estlack

Joseph Estlack

Joseph Estlack* lives in New York. His last San Francisco Playhouse appearance was in Stupid Fucking Bird (TBA award recipient). Joe is a co-founder of the vanguard ensemble-devising theater company, Mugwumpin. He collaborated on every Mugwumpin show between 2003 and 2015. Other credits; Little Erik – Aurora Theater, A Lie of the Mind – Boxcar Theater (BACC nomination), The Rainmaker – San Jose Stage, Bonnie and Clyde – Shotgun Players, The Lily’s Revenge – Magic Theater. joseph-estlack.squarespace.com.

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Nicholas Garland

Nicholas J. Garland

Nicholas J. Garland is thrilled to be making his San Francisco Playhouse debut! He is currently a junior at Design Tech High School. Recent attributes include Dancer in Sweet Charity (Hillbarn Theatre), Curly in Oklahoma (Hillbarn Conservatory), The Fiddler in Fiddler on the Roof (Hillbarn Theatre), The Baker in Into the Woods (Hillbarn Conservatory), Dancestor in Addams Family (Redwood City Community Theatre), and Young Patrick Denis in Mame (Hillbarn Theatre). Nicholas would like to thank Stephanie Maysonave, Pierce Peter Brandt, Monique for this amazing opportunity, and of course his mom and dad for their love and support.

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Monique Hafen

Monique Hafen

Monique Hafen* is thrilled to be back on the San Francisco Playhouse stage! She was last seen as Donna/Oolie/AC4 in this past summer production of City of Angels. Other roles at the Playhouse include Amy (Company, BATCC award), Cinderella (Into the Woods), Guenevere (Camelot, BATCC award), Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady, BATCC award), Fran Kubelick (Promises, Promises), and Sarah Regan (Harper Regan). Monique has also worked with San Jose Rep, CenterREP, San Jose Stage, among others. She’s an honored recipient of a TBA award for her role as Polly Peachum in Threepenny Opera (SJ Stage). For more information, visit www.moniquehafen.com.

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Brian Herndon

Brian Herndon

Brian Herndon* happily returns to San Francisco Playhouse, having appeared in the world premiere of Safe House, the first Sandbox Series production. Brian has been seen often at TheatreWorks, Marin Theatre Company and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, among others. Favorite roles include Leo Bloom in The Producers, Horton in Seussical, and Charlie in The Foreigner. He also originated the role of Mr. Elton in the musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma and has performed it in Mountain View, Cincinnati, St. Louis, San Diego, Arizona, Palo Alto and New York City. He is a proud member of the PlayGround company and Actors’ Equity Association. He teaches at Odyssey Middle School in San Mateo. Eternal thanks to his wife, Jocelyn, and his daughter, Gwen.

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Katrina Lauren McGraw

Katrina Lauren McGraw

Katrina Lauren McGraw is a San Francisco native who splits time between San Francisco and New York. Katrina is beyond thrilled to be in her first show with SF Playhouse. Some past credits include Kate in Zanna, Don’t! (NCTC), Dynamite in Hairspray (Woodminster and PCPA Theaterfest) and Motormouth Mabelle in Hairspray (Allenberry Playhouse) Abula Clauda in In The Heights (Cohose Music Hall), Trixy/Phantom in The Rocky Horror Show (Merchants Hall and A.C.T San Francisco), and Dionne in Hair (Bay Area Musicals). Katrina would like to give a special thanks to her family blood related or not for all of their constant love and support. Thanks fam!!

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Michael Gene Sullivan

Michael Gene Sullivan

Michael Gene Sullivan* was last seen by San Francisco Playhouse Playhouse audiences as The Husband in Stage Kiss, and as Pete/Sargent/Drag Queen/Lounge Singer/Waiter/Tattoo Artist in Dogfight. Other favorite roles include Dr. Watson in The Hound of the Baskervilles and Le Bret in Cyrano (Theaterworks), Prospero in The Tempest (African-American Shakespeare Company), The Ghosts of Christmas Past and Future in A Christmas Carol (American Conservatory Theatre), and Mr. Potter (and 12 others) in It’s A Wonderful Life (Marin Theater Company). Michael is also an award-winning playwright, director, and a member of the Tony winning (and never, ever silent) San Francisco Mime Troupe, where he has written, acted in, and/or directed almost thirty productions. Michael is also the author of the award-winning stage adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984, which has been performed in Europe, Asia, Central and South America, Australia, throughout the United States.

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Nanci Zoppi

Nanci Zoppi

Nanci Zoppi* trained at Circle in The Square Theatre School in Manhattan. San Francisco Playhouse: City of Angels (Alaura/Carla) NYC: One Good Day (Kat), Uncommon Women & Others (Rita), Pericles (The Bawd), Ludlow Ladd with Donna-Lynne Chaplain. California: Fifth of July (Gwen) at Aurora Theatre in Berkeley, Capital Stage’s Behavior of Broadus (Rosalie), B Street Theatre’s Italian American Reconciliation (Teresa), California Musical Theatre’s Suds (Marge), New Helvetia Theatre’s Tick, Tick…BOOM! (Susan), Hedwig And The Angry Inch (Yitzhak), Tell Me On A Sunday, It’s Only Life, Little Fish (Cinder), and They’re Playing Our Song (Sonia). Proud member of AEA.

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Ayelet Firstenberg

Ayelet Firstenberg

Ayelet Firstenberg is very excited to be making her San Francisco Playhouse debut. Recent Bay Area credits include The Wild Party with Ray of Light, Red Demon with Theatre of Yugen, The Victims with Golden Thread, and Voice of the Quilt with Custom Made. Prior to moving to the Bay, she lived in NYC where she worked twice off-Broadway with Vital Theatre. She has also lived in Los Angeles; Jerusalem; and Auckland, New Zealand! More at www.AyeletFirstenberg.com

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Jason Rehklau

Jason Rehklau

Jason Rehklau is thrilled to be making his San Francisco Playhouse debut! Jason is a recent graduate from San Jose State University and was most recently seen as Greg Madison in It Shoulda Been You at Center REP. Most recent credits include Anything Goes (Center REP), Marius in Les Miserables (Broadway By The Bay), Max in The Wild Party (Ray of Light) and Tommy in The Who’s Tommy (OMG I Love That Show Productions). Other favorite roles include Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Sonny in Xanadu, Princeton in Avenue Q, and Mark/Bobby in A Chorus Line. Much love to his family for being so supportive!

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Leah Shesky

Leah Shesky

Leah Shesky is thrilled to be returning to San Francisco Playhouse after getting her “turkey lurkey” on in Promises, Promises (Sylvia, Fran u/s). Leah is a proud company member of PianoFight Productions where she writes, directs, produces and performs original comedy with her sketch group Chardonnay. Favorite roles include Florence in Chess (Custom Made Theater Co.), Lois Lane/Bianca in Kiss Me Kate (Broadway By The Bay), Luisa in The Fantasticks, and Odette in the world-premiere of Duck Lake. Special thanks to her friends, family and husband Andrew for their love and encouragement.

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Zachariah Mohammed

Zachariah Mohammed

Zachariah Mohammed is excited to make his San Francisco Playhouse debut with She Loves Me. Zachariah was last seen in Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre’s production of In the Heights. Previous credits include Phil D’Armano in The Wild Party (Ray of Light), Yonkers in Gypsy (CCMT), The Music Man (CCMT), Heathers: The Musical (Ray of Light), and The Who’s Tommy (OMG I Love That Show). Zachariah would like to thank his friends and family for all their love and support. IG: @zachariahmohammed

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Keith Pinto

Keith Pinto

Keith Pinto* is honored to be working with San Francisco Playhouse again, after appearing in Company and Into The Woods as well as choreographing Dogfight and Colossal. Tours: Fame the Musical, European and North American. Regional: 1776, Scapin (American Conservatory Theater) Fly By Night (TheatreWorks) Sweet Charity, The Underpants, Lucky Stiff, Becoming Britney (CenterRep) The 39 Steps, The Wild Party (San Jose Stage) Where’s Charley, Snoopy (42nd Street Moon). Pinto is co-founder of the award winning hip hop band/theater company, Felonious. Felonious theater pieces include: Beatbox: A Raparetta (New York Hip-Hop Theater Festival) Angry Black White Boy (Campo Santo) Stateless: A Hip Hop Vaudeville (Jewish Theater SF).

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shapiro

Amie Shapiro

Amie Shapiro is very excited to join San Francisco Playhouse for the first time. A native of Southern California, she has worked with several companies up and down the coast for over two decades. Recent credits include Kiss Me Kate (Lillie/Kate), In the Heights (Daniella), and Cabaret (Sally Bowles) at Broadway By the Bay; Chicago (Roxie) at Contra Costa Civic Theatre; and Strike Up the Band at 42nd St. Moon. Amie would like to thank you for supporting the arts.

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Rodney Earl Jackson, Jr.

Rodney Earl Jackson, Jr.

Rodney Earl Jackson Jr.* made his Broadway debut in The Book of Mormon after graduating with a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama and was last seen traveling North America in the 1st national tour of Motown: The Musical. An SF native who was discovered in his public elementary school at age 9 by SFartsEd (Emily Keeler & Danny Duncan), Rodney continued his theatre and performance education at Rec and Park’s Young People’s Teen Musical Theater Company (Diane Price, Anne Marie Bookwalter, & Nicola Bosco-Alvarez) and graduated from the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts’ theatre department (Phillip Rayher). He is now the Artistic Director and co-founder of the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company (sfbatco), a non-profit arts organization comprised of SF natives who support artists through creative development, full productions, and mentorships, engaging a new generation of live theater supporters; bridging the gap between youth and professional theatre. @RodneyEJacksonJ insta:rodneyearljacksonjr sfbatco.org

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reviews

TBA recommended production

“The SF Playhouse cast sells the material extraordinarily well. ” – Sam Hurwitt, San Jose Mercury News

“Look out, Ebenezer Scrooge, and move over, Nutcracker. She Loves Me is making a strong bid to be this year’s holiday hit.” – Georgia Rowe, San Francisco Examiner

“Amid all that sweetness, “She Loves Me” also offers subtle criticism of workers’ conditions that, though the musical is set in Budapest, still feels pointed in San Francisco today . ” – Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle

“Just in time for the holidays, San Francisco Playhouse polishes this gem to a sparkling shine.” – Chad Jones, Theaterdogs

“A rare and romantic holiday musical … She Loves Me is as charming as can be.” – Ilana Walder-Biesanz, Stark Insider

“San Francisco Playhouse lights up the festive season with a simply delightful musical. ” – Gilly Lloyd, ArtsPreview

“Director Susi Damilano and the captivating cast at San Francisco Playhouse pierce beneath the workaday surface, discovering lyrical love in unexpected corners. ” – Alice Cheng, Theatrius

“So it is with Amalia and Georg in the delightful 1963 Broadway musical She Loves Me, which is charmingly and masterfully realized by SF Playhouse. ” – Victor Cordell, For All Events

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