November 8-24, 2019
By Peter Morgan
British talk-show host David Frost has become a lowbrow laughingstock. Richard M. Nixon has just resigned the United States presidency in total disgrace over Vietnam and the Watergate scandal. Determined to resurrect their career, Frost risks everything on a series of in-depth interviews in order to extract an apology from Nixon. The cagey Nixon, however, is equally bent on redemption in the nation's eyes. In the television age, image is everything, and both are desperate to out-talk and upstage each other as the cameras roll. The result is the interview that sealed a president's legacy.
Jalyn Green (Jack Brennan) has been seen in numerous productions at SSR and around the south sound. He is a proud democrat that always votes for the candidate who he believes is the most respectful. His candidate did not win in 2016 and he’s been pretty unhappy with the results so far.
Doug Fahl (David Frost) is thrilled to return to SSR, having previously worked on Bye, Bye Birdie!, Chess, Little Shop of Horrors and A Little Night Music. Additionally, he directed last year’s production of A Christmas Carol. You may have seen him at various theaters around Puget Sound including Village Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, ArtsWest, Theatre 22 and Harlequin Productions. When not on stage, Doug produces actor-related videos for his YouTube Channel Augmented Actor. Doug looks forward to directing SSR’s 80’s rock musical, Starmites, at the end of this season. Thanks to Rick and the Squolf for this amazing opportunity.
Carissa Meisner Smit (Caroline Cushing) Although her most recent work has been as a director and/or choreographer, Carissa has trod the boards a time or two. Favorite roles include Velma in Chicago (SecondStory Rep); Rose in Enchanted April (Adagio Players) and Thelma in Lark Eden (Edmonds Driftwood Players). She is also one half of the musical duo Skid Rogues, appearing at a winery near you.
Danny Miller (John Birt) is very much enjoying being back on stage again, having last directed Proof a year ago. He has been seen on and off the stage here since season 4. Danny also serves on the Board of Directors and is very proud that SSR is now in its 21st season!
Patrick Kevin (Nixon) This is my 3rd production at SSR and WOW what a challenging role and a timely show! Thanks to SSR and Rick Wright for the opportunity to work with an amazing, talented cast and the renowned Squolf production team. Previous roles with SSR: Porter Milgram in DeathTrap and Jack in Brighton Beach Memoirs. Other recent roles, George Bailey, It’s A Wonderful Life Radio Show, Cervantes in Man of La Mancha, Detective Mamet in Murder Me Always, Edgar in Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe, all with Cascade Community Theatre, as well as Dr. Chumley in Harvey, with The Driftwood Players.
Terry Boyd (Swifty Lazar/Mike Wallace) is thrilled to be appearing at SecondStory. He has recently been seen as the quiet Juror #6 in 12 Angry Men (Renton Civic), the unfaithful Charles in The Clean House (As If Theatre), the regretful Vanya in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Lamplight Productions), the vengeful Lord Mayor in Holiday of Errors (Sound Theater Co.), and the hysterical Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Edmonds Driftwood Players). Terry has also bounced around Theater Schmeater, Open Circle, Bellevue Civic, Parley, Phoenix Theatre, Annex and Spokane Interplayers. Don’t miss Terry in July of 2020 (better get a pencil) in Ancestral Voices at Woodinville Rep. Thanks to the crew for all their hard work.
David Bailey (Jim Reston) is thrilled to be back at SSR for his fifth show ... if you don't recognize him, you need to get to more of the 'Theater for Young Audiences' shows! This show marks his second mainstage production, last seen, past sunset, in 2017's, "A Christmas Carol", when he portrayed: a Solicitor/Marley/Fezziwig and the Ghost From Christmas Present. "Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it."
Apostolos Gliarmis (Bob Zelnick) is happy to be back on stage after a small hiatus. You may recognize him from Driftwoods production of Fahrenheit 451 as Captain Beatty.
PRODUCTION TEAM BIOGRAPHIES (as provided)
Rick Wright (Director) has been involved with theater in the Puget Sound area for over thirty five years. He has acted in and directed shows for several theaters in the Seattle area including the Camwood Players, Off the Wall, Sky Performing Arts, The Everett Theatre Players, The Edge of the World Theater, The Phoenix Theatre, The Edmonds Driftwood Players, Seattle Musical Theatre and of course SecondStory Rep. He is also an actor and is the Technical Director for the Edmonds Driftwood Players.
Jocelyne Fowler (Costume Designer) has designed for SecondStory Repertory (Assassins, Man of La Mancha, etc.), Shakespeare Company (Arms and the Man, Timon of Athens, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Titus Andronicus, Richard II), Taproot Theatre (Arsenic and Old Lace, Lady Windermere’s Fan, A Civil War Christmas), Book-It Repertory Theatre (Jane Eyre, Treasure Island, Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Frankenstein, Anna Karenina, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet), Harlequin Productions, Seattle Musical Theatre, Vashon Opera, Youth Theatre Northwest, Bellevue College, Overlake School and others. She is the recipient for the 2016 Gregory Award in Outstanding Costume Design.
Jen Chenovick (Light Design) Jen's theatrical career began in 2002 when she was asked to assistant stage manage The Importance of Being Ernest right here at SSR. Following her passion for theater Jen moved to Hollywood in 2005 where she stage managed for The Blank Theatre including the oddly satisfying Lobster Alice starring Noah Wylie and Nicholas Brendon. While in California, she also worked with Syzygy Theatre Group and the World Premiere of Tender, Abi Morgan’s trenchant drama of the human hunger for connection. Jen moved back to Redmond in 2007 and jumped right back into her work with SSR. During her eighteen plus years at SSR Jen has worn many hats, from stage manager to production manager to managing director and now light design. Special thanks to my parents, they’re pretty cool.
Mark Chenovick (Set Design/Technical Director) has been designing, building, and painting sets since the mid-eighties. Having the fortune to begin his theatrical career under the tutelage of Don McLaughlin in his hometown of Helena Montana, Mark continued his training at the University of Washington where he was accepted into the Graduate Design Seminar his sophomore year. With subsequent degrees in Art History and Drama, Mark went on to serve as technical director/designer for multiple organizations including: Virginia Musical Theatre, Fort Peck Summer Theatre, the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Little Theater of the Rockies, and the Norfolk Governor’s School for the Arts. As Technical Director/Production Manager of the national tour of Anything Goes (starring Gloria Loring) Mark travelled around the United States and Canada realizing that there is no place quite as wonderful as the Pacific Northwest. Shortly after the turn of the millennium, and following a brief stint as a carpenter at The Studio Theatre in Washington D.C., he moved back to Seattle. Locally he has worked behind the scenes for the Village Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, Redwood Theatre, and, of course, SecondStory Repertory.
Mark Chenovick (Sound Design) I began my sound design journey splicing reel-to-reel tape together in the basement of the original Penthouse Theater on the University of Washington campus but it was my brief time in the MFA program at Utah State University, where I learned the joys of digital sound design, and subsequently, became hooked on sound design for life. Having provided composed and curated underscoring and soundscaping, original and sourced sound effects, and performance amplification services for multiple theaters across the US, I have felt the most at home at SSR. Special thanks to Squolfie, ‘lil Squolf, and my extended family. You are the music of my life. #bandistoohot #sorrynotsorry
Mark Chenovick (Projection Design) has designed projections for over 100 shows in the last ten years. Prior to that he worked with CJS design, a website design and hosting company, developing custom websites for clients ranging from Draper Valley Farms to Seattle Film Group. He also co-created and ran the now defunct SeattleActor.com, a website focused on Seattle area theater, featuring audition listings, helpful articles, and show reviews. In addition to projections, Mark also designs all of the marketing materials you see at SSR including; posters, show graphics, and website. All my love to Jen. Enjoy the show!