By Stephen Adly Guirgis. Directed by Argo Thompson
Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer ... a beautifully written play about a retired police officer faced with eviction that uses dark comedy to confront questions of life and death.
Ex-cop and recent widower Walter “Pops” Washington and his newly paroled son Junior have spent a lifetime living between Riverside and crazy. Now, the NYPD is demanding his signature to close an outstanding lawsuit, the landlord wants him out, the liquor store is closed—and the church won’t leave him alone. When the struggle to keep one of New York City’s last great rent-stabilized apartments collides with old wounds, sketchy new houseguests, and a final ultimatum, it seems that the old days may be dead and gone.
Walter “Pops” Washington: Corey Jackson
Junior: Sam Ademola*
Oswaldo: Jared N. Wright
Lulu: Pilar Gonzales
Detective Audrey O’Connor: Sandra Ish
Lieutenant Dave Caro: Mike Schaeffer*
Church Lady: Serena Elize Flores
Director: Argo Thompson
Set Designer: Argo Thompson
Lighting Designer: April George
Sound Designer: Joe Winkler
Costume Designer: Sandra Ish
Stage Manager: TBD
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service
* Member of Actors' Equity Association. Left Edge Theatre is an Equity-approved company.
Sam Ademola*Samuel Ademola is a Nigerian born actor, screenwriter and comedian who was raised in San Francisco. He has received training from San Jose State University’s acting program and Charlie Holliday in Sacramento. Samuel has been featured in local commercials, stage productions, and independent films. Recent stage credits from 2018 are A Time to Kill and We Need to Talk. Between Riverside and Crazy will be his first stage production this year and he is thrilled to join the ensemble cast. While off stage, Samuel can also be seen in the upcoming independent film First Date and performing at local standup comedy clubs.
Pilar GonzalesBio: Pilar is thrilled to be making her Left Edge debut in Between Riverside and Crazy! Some of her favorite credits include Avery in Rapture, Blister, Burn (LPP), Little Red in Into the Woods (LPP), Martha Cratchit/Mabel in Scrooge in Love (LPP), and Mary Lane in Reefer Madness (LHTC). Pilar is studying and training, working towards her goal of becoming a full time actor.
Serena ElizeSince returning to theatre after a hiatus for graduate school, Serena Elize Flores has performed on several stages in the Bay Area. Some of her favorite roles include Yaz (Water by the Spoonful), Columbia (The Rocky Horror Show), Jenny Diver (The Threepenny Opera), Ginger (Becky’s New Car), Rose Alvarez (Bye Bye Birdie), Mathilde (The Clean House), The Witch (Big Fish), Anita (West Side Story), Marlena Madison (Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story), Lucy (Your a Good Man, Charlie Brown), Chiffon (Little Shop of Horrors), Tiger Lily (Peter Pan), Nickie (Sweet Charity), and Francine/Lena (Clybourne Park) for which she received a 2015 Best Actress nomination from the Theatre Bay Area Awards. When not performing she can be found frolicking on her 4 acres with her husband, 2 dogs, and 9 chickens.
Sandra IshActor Sandra Ish is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. After receiving her BFA from California Institute of the Arts, she toured Europe with Rootless Productions performing in Jean Genet's The Maids. Sandra has done commercial, film and voice over work. She has performed in numerous stage productions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of her favorite roles include Celimene in Moliere’s The Misanthrope, Catherine in Suddenly Last Summer, Mary in The Women, Lysistrata in Lysistrata, various roles in The Good Doctor, Sabrina Daldry in In The Next Room, Mac in Three Viewings, Jean in Left Edge Theatre’s production of Good People as well as various roles in The Big Meal. Sandra currently directs and teaches acting at YAS (Young Actors Studio). Sandra is also an Artistic Associate at Left Edge Theatre.
Mike Schaeffer*MIKE SCHAEFFER earned a B.F.A. in acting from Carnegie-Mellon University, studying with Mel Shapiro, Elizabeth Orion, Lee Sankowich and Billy Porter. Most recently, he played Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks in Lucky Penny’s production of ANNIE. North Bay audiences may remember Mike as “ Denny” in Left Edge Theaters critically acclaimed A STEADY RAIN (Winner, Best Drama Production, Marquee Theater Journalists), directed by Argo Thompson. Previously, he was seen in "Beyond Therapy" (Stuart), "Bonnie & Clyde" (Frank Hamer) and "Funny Girl" (Ziegfeld) at Lucky Penny Productions and Sixth Street Playhouse. Local audiences may also remember Mike from his critically acclaimed performance as Edward IV, and the murderer Tyrell in Richard III, at Marin Shakespeare. Off-Broadway credits include THEATREWORKS USA PRESENTS TREASURE ISLAND as Long John Silver. OFF-OFF BROADWAY includes "The Boys from Syracuse", "Witness for the Prosecution", "Bliss", "The Blackbird" and "The Diviners". Regional credits include Virginia Stage Company, Virginia Opera, Marin Shakespeare Company, Virginia Musical Theater, La Comedia, Pittsburgh Public Theater, City Theater, Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival and The New Group Theater. Film and TV includes, "The Silence of the Lambs", "Friday the 13th, Part 3","Collisions" "Love Kills", "Wicked Attractions", "FBI: Criminal Pursuit", "Christine at the Crossroads", "The Last Hit", "Criminal Justice" & "Battlestar Galactica". He co-wrote the award-winning screenplay for "The Audition" and an original screenplay, "Psychotronic FM", to be directed by Scott Hansen. Mike was an acting instructor at Marin Shakespeare, Point Park College and the prestigious Governors School for the Arts in Virginia and has a BFA in theater studies from Carnegie-Mellon University. Love to Holly.
Jared WrightJared N. Wright was last seen at Left Edge as Amir in Disgraced. Before that he played Mac in You Got Older. He has been acting in the North Bay for about six years and is also a filmmaker and musician. His indie/electronic band, Tiny Pyramids has played all over the Bay Area and his short films have been nominated for awards in both LA and local Bay Area film festivals. He is the owner of Videobrite Media in Santa Rosa and was just voted Sonoma County's Best Videographer in the North Bay Bohemian for 2018. Most recently he was seen as Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy Of Errors at the 6th Street Playhouse. Other roles include, Brian in By The Water at Spreckels Performing arts Center, Roland in Constellations in the 6th Street Playhouse Studio Theater, Cheché in Anna In The Tropics (6th St. Playhouse), for which he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the SOTA Awards. Herman Einstein/Besso in Capacity, and Bob Lee in The North Plan (Main Stage West).
The Cast & Crew
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Photo credit: Katie Kelley
Sam Ademola (left) and Pilar Gonzales (right)
Mike Schaeffer (left) and Sandra Ish (right)
Corey Jackson (left) and Serena Elize (right)
Corey Jackson (left) and Jared N. Wright (right)
Stephen Adly Guirgis is an American playwright, screenwriter, director, and actor. He is a member and a former co-artistic director of New York City's LAByrinth Theater Company. His plays have been produced both Off-Broadway and on Broadway as well as in the UK. His play Between Riverside and Crazy won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
— Stephen Adly Guirgis