Designing CYRANO



J. Anthony Crane

Fumiko Bielefeldt has designed costumes for over sixty TheatreWorks shows since 1983, and her eye for period costumes is unrivaled on our stage. She and Director Robert Kelley have collaborated on many projects over the years, and Cyrano, their latest collaboration, will feature a mixture of period and modern pieces, in a carefully cultivated look for the ages.


TheatreWorks Silicon Valley: How did you and Kelley decide on the aesthetic for Cyrano: mixing period and non-period costumes? Would you say it’s a 50/50 split between the two? Or is it more heavily skewed to one side or the other?


Chad Deverman


Fumiko Bielefeldt: I’d say that I didn’t set out to design the costumes with any particular mixing ratio of period and non-period. The starting point for me was, as stated in the script, “The play is designed for a kind of austere and transparent theatricality. The audience knows it is witnessing a story being told by an ensemble of actors, led by the actor playing Le Bret…It could be done in fully detailed 17th century garb or in barebones costumes…” Keeping with Joe Ragey’s theatrically austere set, Kelley and I imagined a troupe of actors in their street clothes changing in full view on stage into period costumes, but not entirely. I’d say some Brechtian theatricality might have seeped into our concept. Basically, the actors change mostly the upper parts of their clothes, keeping their bottoms mostly modern.

TheatreWorks Alumni: Where are they now? March 2016


Emily Koch & Christopher Vettel. Photo by Mark Kitaoka.

Our alumni are working steadily across the country on stage and screen. Here’s where a few can be seen this month:


Photo by Joan Marcus.

Emily Koch (Jo in our 2013 holiday production of Little Women) is currently playing Elphaba in the National Tour of Wicked. Catch her at SHN in San Francisco through April 16! Continue reading

Introducing the cast of CYRANO!

Meet the remarkable team of actors bringing Edmond Rostand’s swashbuckling romance to life! We’re excited to welcome back a few longtime veterans as well as new faces:

Bridgett_Darren_412Darren Bridgett (Ligniere/Montfleury et al) was most recently seen at TheatreWorks in Peter and the Starcatcher. Other TheatreWorks roles include The Hound of the Baskervilles, Twelfth Night (Aguecheek), The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue (Dicky), Nickel and Dimed (Ensemble), Book of Days (Reverend), Far East (Sparky), Psychopathia Sexualis (Arthur), Once in a Lifetime (George), As You Like It (Orlando), Nagasaki Dust (Ensemble), and Ah, Wilderness! (Richard). His regional credits include 15 seasons at the Marin Shakespeare Company, and numerous appearances with Marin Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, Center REPertory Company, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, The Laguna Playhouse, Aurora Theatre Company, and American Conservatory Theater. Film and TV credits include 2013 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Fruitvale Station. Mr. Bridgett is a graduate of UC Berkeley.

Monica CappucciniMonica Cappuccini (Desiree/Marthe et al) is delighted to be making her TheatreWorks debut. Her Bay Area credits include: Born Yesterday (Center REPertory Company), Show People (Dragon Productions Theatre Company), The Coast of Utopia (Shotgun Players), Arcadia (Pear Theatre), Cinderella and Romeo & Juliet (African-American Shakespeare Company), Master Class and Lettice and Lovage (Hillbarn Theatre), The Play about the Naked Guy (Impact Theatre), Eurydice (Palo Alto Players), The Diary of Anne Frank and Top Girls (CustomMade Theatre), Equus (City Lights Theater Company), and Lend Me a Tenor (Livermore Shakespeare Festival).

J. Anthony CraneJ. Anthony Crane (Cyrano) is making his TheatreWorks debut. He was recently seen in Ayad Ahktar’s Disgraced at Berkeley Repertory Theater. Broadway credits include The Country House, Sight UnseenButley, and The Winslow Boy with Roger Rees. Off-Broadway and regionally, he has appeared in Modern Orthodox, directed by James Lapine; The Music Man at Theater Under The Stars; Disgraced at the Goodman and Seattle Repertory Theaters; Sight Unseen at The Old Globe, and in the First National Tour of The Lion King, as ScarOther favorites include Farragut North50 Words, All My Sons, SpamalotOur Country’s Good, Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew, The Glass Menagerie, and Long Day’s Journey Into Night. His numerous film and TV credits include Elementary, Ugly Betty, The Practice, Frasier, CSI, and USA’s The Big Easy. He is a graduate of Northwestern University. Continue reading

Summer Studio @ TheatreWorks

Summer Studio @ TheatreWorks is a great opportunity for students grades 7 – 12 to spend a fast-paced and immersive month writing, staging, and performing a truly original piece of theatre in the professional environment at TheatreWorks. This year we re-imagine the wacky classic, The Birds, by Aristophanes.

Hambly Track, Grades 7 – 9: June 27 – July 22, 2016

Stern Track, Grades 10 – 12: July 18 – August 12, 2016

Learn more about Summer Studio @ TheatreWorks!

A sushi challenge: TOKYO FISH STORY style!

Throughout the run of tokyo fish story, we’re quizzing our audiences in the lobby of the Lucie Stern Theatre. How many common types of sushi have you tried? Let us know how you scored on the quiz on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #tokyofishstory, or leave us a comment below! (Bonus points for anyone who has tried the rare fugu, which contains a venomous poison. Sushi masters must receive a special certification to serve this pufferfish.)

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Maguro/ Tuna



Kani/ Crab


Dragon Roll

Dragon Roll/ Eel, Cucumber, & Avocado



Tamago/ Egg Omelette



Oshinko/ Daikon



Unagi/ Eel

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28 years of Francis Jue at TheatreWorks


Francis Jue as Song Liling in  2006’s M. Butterfly. Photo by David Allen.

Beginning in 1988 with Peter Pan and Pacific Overtures, actor Francis Jue has appeared more than a dozen times on the TheatreWorks Silicon Valley stage in everything from classic musicals to contemporary drama. On Broadway, Jue is perhaps best known for creating the role of Bun Foo in Thoroughly Modern Millie as well as appearing in the original production of M. Butterfly, where he understudied the role of Song Liling. Jue eventually went on to play the role in the national tour and in both productions here at TheatreWorks. He has won an Obie Award, Lortel Award, and holds a variety of additional credits on Broadway, regional theatres across the country, as well as film and television. We’re thrilled to welcome him back as revered sushi chef Koji in Kimber Lee’s tokyo fish story.

Let’s take a look back at the many roles of this audience favorite and San Francisco native here at TheatreWorks:


With Amy Michelle Stewart

Jue as the title role in 1988’s holiday production of Peter Pan. Continue reading