John Steinbeck's OF MICE AND MEN

The Story:
Set in the desperation of the Great Depression, Of Mice and Men is one of the world's most compelling tales of friendship and survival.
      George and Lennie are displaced migrant workers who dream of one day settling down on their own piece of land. Their shared vision of a better future and the strength of their friendship carry them through the loneliness, oppression and uncertainty of one of the world's most profound eras of disillusionment.
      The play, adapted by John Steinbeck from his extraordinary novel, remains a stunning indictment, particularly in today's era of economic, political and moral disillusionment, of how we treat our disenfranchised fringe dwellers, our migrant peoples and our most vulnerable citizens.



CAST


MATTHEW HANSON - Lennie

Matthew is stoked to be returning to the stage after a two year hiatus. A semi-native of the Central Coast, Matthew started his career onstage in the early nineties in the Chameleon Productions run of West Side Story (Diesel). He was "bitten." He spent his college years (Cal Poly) working with many local companies including Cal Poly Arts, SLOLT, SOPA, and seven seasons with the Central Coast Shakespeare Festival before pursuing a lifelong dream and moving to New York City to study with the Atlantic Theater Company.
     While learning his craft from the likes of David Mamet and William H. Macy, he founded The Tragedians of the City, an Independent Theater Award winning company focused on Classical Theatre. During his tenure, he was awarded ITsies for Hamlet (Claudius) and as producer for The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Returning to the Central Coast, Matthew took a few gigs with SLOLT and The Spot before founding yet another company, Last Minute Theatre Co., with whom he directed, produced, and (due to a series of unfortunate mishaps) starred in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.
      You probably recognize him as the General Manager and Bar Director of Fish Gaucho California Mexican and Tequila Bar, where he spends most of his waking hours creating the best dang cocktails on the Central Coast.
      When not working, Matthew spends his time playing video games, annoying both his beautiful wife Robin and his cats, and sleeping.



TYLER LOPEZ - George

Tyler has been acting on the Central Coast since his graduation from PCPA in 2007. Some local roles include: Proteus in Two Gentlemen, Bottom in Midsummer (Central Coast Shakespeare Festival), El-Fayoumy in Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Last Minute Theatre Company), and Fagin in Oliver! (Pioneer Players).



TOM AMMON - Candy

Tom Ammon (Candy) is very happy to be making his first appearance at Wine Country Theatre. Tom was recently seen at The Great American Melodrama as Nat Gosling in A Four-Legged Fortune. At SLO Little Theatre, Tom has appeared in Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Gaston), Proof (Robert), Incorruptible (Martin) and The Gin Game (Weller) as well as several staged readings. Also on the central coast: Ash Upson / The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid (The Spot);Williamson / Glengarry Glen Ross (The Spot, Bent Angel Productions), Ferapont / Three Sisters (PCPA), Big Daddy / Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Sorcerer Productions). Other favorite roles, in the San Francisco bay area, include Roy Cohn in Angels in America Part I, Stage Manager in Our Town, Alan Turing in Breaking the Code and George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. As always, thank you and all my love to my husband, Gary.

SEAN McCALLIN - Curley

Sean is a graduate of The American Music and Drama Academy (AMDA) in Los Angeles, earning his BFA in Musical Theatre. Past favorite roles include Jack, Into the Woods, Ellard, The Foreigner, Billy Bibbit, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Luther Billis, South Pacific . Sean has recently been a part of the L.A.'s Next Great Stage Star musical theatre competition in Los Angeles.

KRISTIE LOPEZ - Curley's wife

Kristie Lopez is excited to be joining Wine Country Theatre for the first time. Past roles include: Julia, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (CCSF); Hermia, A Midsummer Night's Dream (CCSF); Beatrice Joanna, The Changeling (EPBAB); Annabella, Tis Pity She's a Whore (EPBAB); Nell Gwynn, Playhouse Creatures (Pewter Plough Playhouse).



GARRETT SMITH - Slim

Garrett is returning to the stage after an extended absence in the world of pro wrestling. In prior years he could be seen in the productions of Exit Pursued by a Bear and Central Coast Shakespeare Festival. For upcoming shows please go to endettaprowrestling.com and cencalpro.com.

JOHNATHAN FELCH - Carlson

Johnathan Felch has been in performing arts all his life. He's done acting, music, dance, tech, directing, production, design, and management for various local theatre groups, and worked in Hollywood. Johnathan is also a fire dancer and circus artist. He manages a local fire dance troop and production company called AllLumaNation.

KEVIN WATSON - Crooks

Kevin Watson, is originally from Sacramento, California and moved to San Luis Obispo three years ago where he is a graphics specialist at The Parable Group. He loves live music, movies and you can find him either at the beach or on a hike or at home writing a screenplay.

CHARLES HAYEK - Whit

This software developer got his start performing at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire. He eventually took the plunge into community theatre, and has since performed with a number of local theatre groups. He most recently performed in Exit Pursued By a Bear's Productions of Julius Caesar and Measure for Measure.

FRANK MOE - The Boss

This is Frank's debut with Wine Country Theatre. He has performed locally on the Central Coast in several Shakespeare in the Park productions as well as at the San Luis Obispo Little Theatre. He has appeared in productions including The Crucible, Twelve Angry Men and Fool For Love.

"Try to understand each other. You can't hate men if you know them."
     --John Steinbeck
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DIRECTOR
ROBIN KIRK WOLF

Born into a Theatre family, Robin began acting professionally at age 5. The three decades that followed have seen this Central Coast native work in nearly every aspect of Theatre both on stage and off. Spending a decade in NYC, her work included The Public Theatre, T. Schreiber Studio, and The Shakespeare Project. On the home-front in CA, she has enjoyed working with PCPA, The Great American Melodrama, SLOLT, Chameleon Productions, and many others. After acting in their company for 6 seasons, Robin now serves on the Board of The Central Coast Shakespeare Festival. Her daytime hours often find her pursuing her love of wine and curating custom wine tours for Breakaway Tours. Favorite roles include Helena in A Midsummer's Night's Dream, Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables, and Abagail in The Crucible. Thanks to Cynthia for the faith and love to Matthew for going full out!

STAGE MANAGER
KRYSTAL KIRK

Krystal Kirk is excited to be back in the saddle as stage manager after an eight year hiatus. You may have seen her perform recently in Top Girls with Ubu's Other Shoe, Two Gentleman of Verona with CCSF or Twelfth Night with Exit Pursued by a Bear. Enjoy the Show!


PRODUCTION TEAM

Producer .................................Cynthia Anthony
Director ..................................Robin Kirk Wolf
Managing Director ....................................Jacob Shearer
Communications Director ....................................Laurie Zenobio
Stage Manager ......................................Krystal Kirk
Set Design .......................Shelley Sorvig Malcolm
Set Construction & Painting ....................Mary and Ken Barrette
Costumes ..............................................Cast
Sound Operator
Lighting Design/Operator ................................MJ Johnson
Poster Design ................................Laurie Zenobio
House Manager ....................................Jody Birks
Concession Manager ...............................Chris Robinson
Wine Manager ...................................Pamela Bratz


Special Thanks to:
Greg Gorrindo and Five Seasons Pilates Studio, Robin Metchik, San Luis Obispo Little Theatre, Shannon Lowrie and The Studio of Performing Arts, Brian Williams and The Great American Melodrama, Jenny and Dana Shaheen, Kaylin Stewart, Jill Tweedie of Breakaway Tours & Event Planning.