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:
Darren 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 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 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 Unseen, Butley, 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 Scar. Other favorites include Farragut North, 50 Words, All My Sons, Spamalot, Our 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.
Chad Deverman (Christian et al) returns to TheatreWorks having been previously seen in 33 Variations, Of Mice and Men, and The Sisters Rosensweig. Recent credits include A Doll’s House (Krogstad), Dying City (Peter/Craig), and reasons to be pretty (Kent) with Capital Stage, the French tour of You Know When the Men are Gone (Kit) with Word for Word, Titus Andronicus (Demetrius) with California Shakespeare Theater, Splitting Infinity (Robbie) with San Jose Repertory Theatre, and several productions with the San Francisco Playhouse. His film and TV appearances include NBC’s Trauma, the horror short Men of the Tree, and the independent film The Delivery Man. Mr. Deverman earned a BFA at New York University and currently mentors performing arts students through the Eugene O’Neill Foundation.
Peter James Meyers (Compte De Guiche et al) has appeared at TheatreWorks in The Heidi Chronicles, The Old Boy, and Old Money. He has performed and directed throughout the Bay Area including Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and American Conservatory Theater. As artistic director of The Vector Theater Company, Mr. Meyers directed world premieres of Seattle Speaks, The Gypsy Marker, Museum, and a musical adaption of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt. He is the founder of Stand & Deliver – a global consulting group dedicated to inspiring great performances in organizations. He is the author of the book As We Speak – How to Make Your Point and Make it Stick. Mr. Meyers has led seminars for Fortune 500 Companies in 31 countries bringing the art of performance to leaders and their teams throughout the world.
Stephen Muterspaugh (Bellerose et al) appeared in TheatreWorks’ The Country House. Regional credits include Southwest Shakespeare Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Creede Repertory Theatre, Pacific Conservatory Theatre, Powerhouse Theater, and Geva Theatre Center. Mr. Muterspaugh has appeared locally with Jewel Theatre Company, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, California Conservatory Theatre, Livermore’s Shakespeare’s Associates, Second Wind Productions, and Marin Shakespeare Company. When not onstage, Mr. Muterspaugh serves as the Associate Artistic Director at San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, teaching various programs and directing their Shakespeare on Tour productions. He is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory Theatre and a proud member of Actor’s Equity.
Christopher Reber (Ragueneau et al) appeared in TheatreWorks’ Peter and the Starcatcher. New York credits include Betty & the Belrays (Joe) at Theater for a New City and The Time of Mendel’s Trouble (Murray) at the Beckett Theatre, Theatre Row. He has been seen at San Francisco Playhouse in Company (Harry, BATC Nominee) and Jerusalem (Wesley), and at San Jose Repertory Theatre in A Christmas Carol 2.0. He performed with Jewel Theatre Company in Guys and Dolls (Nathan Detroit), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Jim), Arcadia (Chater), and Gunmetal Blues (Sam). He had the privilege of performing in Till We Have Faces (Bardia) at Oxford and Cambridge. Film and TV appearances include The Tiger Woods Story and 18 Wheels of Justice. Mr. Reber earned his MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School and is a proud member of Actors Equity.
Sharon Rietkerk (Roxane et al) appeared at TheatreWorks in Jane Austen’s EMMA, Triangle (Theatre Bay Area and Bay Area Critics nominee for Best Featured Actress), Marry Me a Little, Little Women (Meg), and The Secret Garden (Rose). Other regional credits include Elinor in Sense and Sensibility (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Candida in A Minister’s Wife (San Jose Repertory Theatre); Chaya/Cynthia in Triangle (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma); Bille Dawn in Born Yesterday, Rumors, Xanadu (Center REPertory Company); The Blonde in Gunmetal Blues (North Coast Repertory Theatre); Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance (San Francisco Opera Guild); Little Me, Nymph Errant, Strike up the Band (42nd Street Moon); Marian in The Music Man (South Coast Symphony); in concert with the Grammy-nominated Bay Brass, South Coast, and Bear Valley Symphonies, and in her two-woman show Julie & Carol Live at Feinstein’s at the Nikko.
Michael Gene Sullivan (Le Bret et al) has performed with TheatreWorks in Peter and the Starcatcher, The Hound of the Baskervilles, 33 Variations, Twentieth Century, Twelfth Night, Violet, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Once on This Island. Other credits include Stage Kiss and Dogfight (San Francisco Playhouse), It’s a Wonderful Life (Marin Theatre Company), Tartuffe, Pecong, Machinal, and Christmas Carol (American Conservatory Theater), Drifting Elegant (Magic Theatre), as well as work with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. He is a member of the Tony Award-winning (and despite its misleading name never silent) San Francisco Mime Troupe, where he has acted in, written, and/or directed over 25 shows; a Resident Playwright with the Playwrights Foundation; and the author of the critically-acclaimed adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984.
Kit Wilder (de Valvert et al) is no stranger to TheatreWorks, as he has provided physical violence and other mayhem for numerous TheatreWorks productions over the past several years. He also appeared as John Wilkes Booth in A Civil War Christmas. Mr. Wilder has acted in countless Bay Area productions, most recently at Santa Cruz Shakespeare (and at Shakespeare Santa Cruz before that) and at City Lights Theater Company of San Jose, where he serves as Associate Artistic Director and grantwriter. Also a prolific director and fight director, he has received training in London from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has taught master classes in acting, stage combat, Shakespeare, and musical theatre throughout the Western United States.
The cast recently gathered to begin rehearsals: