World Premiere of Will Marchetti's New Comedy Lil' Darlin'
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ADVISORY: This show is for mature audiences.****
San Jose Stage Company opens its 24th season with Will Marchetti’s sparkling new comedy about a San Francisco family facing midlife with a delicious twist. Set in a house in San Francisco’s Sunset District, what begins as a chat over dessert leads to a series of announcements and a family crisis. The ensuing visitations by an increasingly absurd and hilarious group of relations and friends, not to mention a guru, build to a hilarious crescendo in this world premiere farce.
Frances Lee McCain joins The Stage Company for her first time as Lila Stevens, whose search for fulfillment and revenge leads her to make a rather startling announcement to her husband. Ms. McCain is a very familiar face to audiences worldwide, having appeared in over 50 movies and television shows, most recognizably as Kevin Bacon’s Mother in Footloose and Michael J. Fox’s “Grandmother” in Back To The Future. She was seen on Broadway in the original production of Woody Allen’s Play It Again, Sam and has performed locally at the Magic Theater and the American Conservatory Theater, where she also taught in the training program.
Robert Ernst plays Lila’s husband Doc Stevens, whose midlife crisis ignites the comedy of the story. Mr. Ernst appears at The Stage Company for his first time, and has performed at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Speed of Darkness, The People’s Temple Project, Juente Ovejuna and The Green Bird. He understudied for Nick Nolte at the Magic Theatre in Sam Shepard’s The Late Henry Moss. His many television and film credits include Hill Street Blues, _Nash__ Bridges_, Surefire and Jumpin’ Jack Flash with Whoopi Goldberg.
Joe Bellan, who makes his Stage Company debut as Doc’s best friend with a big secret, is an award-winning actor familiar to Bay Area audiences for his stage roles at American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and San Francisco Mime Troupe, and to movie audiences for his appearances in Ed Tv_, M_rs. Doubtfire, Bugsy, The Black Stallion Returns and Mel Brooks’ High Anxiety.
Mia Antonelli, who plays Doc and Lila’s levelheaded daughter Nicki, is a newcomer to The Stage Company. William Ontiveros, also making his first acting appearance with the Stage Company as Ram Bubba, plays the off-center spiritual advisor to Lila. Mr. Ontiveros previously directed Lend Me A Tenor at San Jose Stage Company. Cec Levinson, last seen at The Stage Company as Frieda in The Tale Of The Allergist’s Wife and also appeared in Uncle Vanya, plays Lila’s vengeful Mother. Judith Miller completes the cast of comic characters as Frieda Mayerling Warrin, the unlikely object of Doc’s midlife foray into infidelity. Judith has performed in numerous shows throughout the Bay Area and was most recently seen as Miss Videllia Sparks in The Sugar Bean Sisters at The Stage Company._ _
Michelle Wynne designed the costumes for the eclectic cast of characters. John Harrison York designed the San Francisco home where Lil’ Darlin’ takes place and the lighting is designed by Michael Palumbo. Lil’ Darlin’ is directed by Ken Sonkin, and is his first project with San Jose Stage Company. Mr. Sonkin has acted and directed for American Conservatory Theater, Berkley Repertory Theatre, Sonoma Repertory, Pacific Alliance Stage Company, The B Street Theatre, Pennsylvania Center Stage and the Denver Center Theatre Company. Lil’ Darlin’s author Will Marchetti may be best known to audiences as an actor who has performed extensively in the Bay Area and nationwide.