Grab a drink, pull up a chair, dim the lights, and get ready for an evening of music and comedy featuring some of San Diego’s most sought after performers. Our evening’s talented line-up features Phil Johnson, Omri Schein, Deb Wanger, and Patrick Marion at the piano.
The evening is open to the entire community so do feel free to invite friends. The doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the show will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.
All tickets include beer, wine, and our show. Benefactors will enjoy preferred seating as well as a dessert reception with the artists after the show. General Admission tickets are $20 when purchased by November 10th at 3:00 p.m. After this, tickets will be $25. Benefactor tickets are $50 anytime.
Click here to make your online reservation or call the office at 619 697-6001.
About our talented lineup…
Phil Johnson comes off his summer comedy Withering Heights, (written & performed with Omri Schein, directed by David Ellenstein) for his new company The Roustabouts Theatre Co. Phil’s solo show, A Jewish Joke (also directed by David Ellenstein, co-written with Marni Freedman) won Best Drama at United SoloFest NYC 2017, and tours this year, playing here spring 2018 for The Roustabouts. At NY Fringe Festival 2016 he performed in his She-Rantulas from Outer Space in 3D!, co-written with Ruff Yeager, since published by StageRightsLA. He is a two-time winner of the San Diego Critics Circle Craig Noel Award for acting, for Midsummer Night’s Dream at Intrepid Theatre Company, and The Man Who Came to Dinner. He played in Les Miserables on Broadway & on tour; the Canadian production of Sunset Boulevard; & the 1st National company of Miss Saigon. So. California theatres include: North Coast Rep (Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Spelling Bee, Don’t Dress for Dinner), Old Globe (How the Grinch…), and Cygnet (Mistakes Were Made, Pageant).
Omri Schein is a bi-coastal lyricist, book-writer, and performer. He recently finished his ‘Withering Heights’ for The Roustabouts Theatre Co. He won the 2013 New York Musical Theatre Festival Award for Excellence in Writing for his lyrics on Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist. He is the lyricist for the upcoming musical Mambo Italiano, based on the film of the same name. Both projects feature music by James Olmstead. Other projects include the lyrics for a new Toxic Avenger Christmas musical spin off, a WWII play The Grotesques, a children’s musical about an unlikely viking, and a musical exploring legacy, success, and obscurity. As a performer Omri has been seen most recently as Joel in Beau Jest (Lambs Players), Ira Stone in Laughter On The 23rd Floor (North Coast Rep), numerous roles for Jason Alexander in When You’re In Love, The Whole World Is Jewish, and as Barfee in …Spelling Bee (Intrepid Theatre Company). Other credits: The People Vs Mona (Off-Broadway/Cast Recording), Grease (International Tour), A Funny Thing…, Dear World, among others. MFA in Musical Theatre, SDSU.
Deb Wanger studied acting at the nationally-acclaimed Piven Theatre Workshop with such talents as John Cusack, Joan Cusack, and Jeremy Piven. Her vocal training began at the Northwestern University vocal department while still attending high school. She declined an opera scholarship to Oberlin Conservatory in order to study musical theatre at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM.) She took a quarter off to work for a few months in live theatre. Fifteen productions later, she returned to school and graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University and received a Masters of Fine Arts in musical theatre from San Diego State University, where she graduated Phi Kappa Phi as a Marion Ross Scholar. Debra has performed in regional theatres and cabaret clubs across the country, most frequently in Los Angeles, San Diego, Boston, and South Florida. In Professionally Speaking at the Off-Broadway, The Miami Herald hailed her “a comic sparkplug.” Her role in Triumph of Love won a KPBS-TV Patté award. Her one-woman show My Nights With George, Kurt & Cole, (co-written and directed by comic genius, Phil Johnson) was featured at various venues throughout Southern California and won Best New Play and Best Actress at the 2003 San Diego Actors Festival, and the San Diego Playbill Billie Award for Best Actress in a musical. She appears regularly in San Diego regional theatre, including: God of Vengeance at the La Jolla Playhouse, Footloose, Sound of Music, La Cage Aux Folles and White Christmas at San Diego Musical Theatre. Spring Awakening, My Fair Lady and Dogfight at Cygnet; Hamlet (Gertrude) at Intrepid; Titanic at Moonlight Amphitheatre; Permanent Collection at Mo’olelo; Full Monty (Vicki) at New Village Arts; Anything Goes! (Reno)Oliver! (Nancy) and Babes in Arms at Lyric Opera San Diego; Carousel and Sound of Music at Lawrence Welk; My Nights With George, Kurt & Cole (NCRT & 6th@Penn, AASD & Billie Awards); Debra studied at Tufts & CCM and holds a M.F.A. from SDSU. Her CD, Driving My Own Heart is available on Amazon & iTunes.
Patrick Marion is a Resident Artist and Music Director at both Cygnet and Lamb’s Players Theatres. He enjoys working with San Diego educational theatre groups such as ACT San Diego and Breakthrough Workshop Theatre. He is a Teaching Artist on staff at San Diego Junior Theatre and Grossmont College and teaches private piano and voice through his own studio, Marion Music School. Theatre credits include: Cygnet Theatre: Shockheaded Peter, Gypsy, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, My Fair Lady, A Christmas Carol, Spring Awakening, Company, Assassins; Lamb’s Players Theatre: Oz, West Side Story, Les Miserables, miXtape, An American Christmas, Godspell; Intrepid Theatre Company: Woody Guthrie’s American Song; ACT San Diego: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.