By Tom Topor
Directed by Joe Winkler
A Broadway hit, Nuts has been called the best courtroom drama since Witness for the Prosecution.
Set in a courtroom in New York’s Bellevue Hospital, the story follows a high-priced call girl incarcerated on a charge for killing a violent “John”. A court appointed psychiatrist and an aggressive prosecutor, say she is unfit to stand trial. As testimony from experts, physicians and her parents unfolds, she attempts to prove to the judge that she isn’t “nuts” and to stand trial for manslaughter. A Broadway hit, Nuts has been called the best courtroom drama since Witness for the Prosecution.
Officer Harry: Scott Wagman
Aaron Levinsky: David Yen
Franklin Macmillan: Chris Schloemp
The Recorder: Cindy Brillhart-True
Rose Kirk: Bonnie Jean Shelton
Arthur Kirk: Dodds Delzell*
Dr. Herbert Rosenthal: Peter Downey
Judge Murdoch: Dwayne Stincelli
Claudia Faith Draper: Heather Gordon*
Director: Joe Winkler
Set Designer: Argo Thompson
Lighting Designer: April George
Sound Designer: Joe Winkler
Costume Designer: Sandra Ish
Stage Manager: Vicki Martinez
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Publishing
* Member of Actors' Equity Association. Left Edge Theatre is an Equity-approved company.
Bonnie Jean is happy to be performing again. She had been working in film and television for a while and really missed the excitement of live theater. Some of her favorite theater roles include Gertie, in Fuddy Mirrors (SOTA Award), Sylvia which she played twice, Stella, in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Hubert in Nunsense 1 and 2. She would like to thank her family and friends for their love, and their support of her art.
Chris has performed all over the county over the last twenty years, most recently at Sixth Street Playhouse in "Masterpiece of Comic...Timing," and at Shakespeare in the Cannery in "Fairy Worlds." When he is not treading the AstroTurf himself, Chris teaches Drama at Montgomery High School.
Cindy Brillhart-True (The Recorder) is delighted to be at Left Edge Theatre. Cindy has had the good fortune to work with many great companies in the Bay Area including North Bay companies: 6th St Playhouse, North Bay Stage, Sonoma Arts Live, Lucky Penny Productions, Raven Theater, and Spreckels Theatre Company. When not doing theater, you can catch Cindy performing in the Cash & King show with the Steven Kent Band and singing with Comfort & Joy, the Bay Area’s premiere a cappella caroling group.
Dodds Delzell* is ecstatic to be part of The Left Edge Theaters' production of Nuts! LET audiences may remember him from The Money Shot. Over the last 25+ years he has appeared in more shows throughout the Bay Area than he can remember. He is proud to be working with this wonderful company. Dodds earned a BFA The University of North Carolina School of the Arts and is a Proud Member of Actors Equity Association.
Dwayne has been a local performer for over four decades with almost all of the major theater companies in the area. He loves playing character roles and has several hundred productions under his belt. He was one of the founding members of the 6th Street Playhouse, having acted and directed with both Actors Theatre and the Santa Rosa Players before they merged.
Heather Gordon studied at A.R.T Moscow Art Theater & Harvard University (MFA in acting). Local highlights include the role of “Billie Dawn” in Born Yesterday at Cinnabar Theatre and Public Exposure at 6th Street Playhouse. Most recently, she performed in Stop Kiss at TheatreFirst in Berkeley. On film, Ms. Gordon won critical acclaim and several film festival awards for her portrayal of “Clea” in the film, Seducing Charlie Barker, based on the play The Scene by Theresa Rebeck, in which Heather also performed in the West Coast premiere. Internationally, she’s performed at A.R.T. at Harvard (lead in The Donkey Show, Dir. Diane Paulus), Shakespeare Theatre Co. (Washington D.C. honoring Sir Ian McKellen), and the world renowned Moscow Art Theater. Heather embodied lead character, “Elizabeth,” in the #1 video game of 2013, BioShock Infinite. Heather has recorded with award winning Music Producer, Glen Ballard, including giving voice to the lead female character in his upcoming Broadway musical. She couldn't be more thrilled to be back on stage here in the Bay Area and working alongside all of the exceptional people at LeftEdge Theatre! Special thanks to all the amazing people who have loved and supported her through this journey.
Peter T. Downey began to study both Dance and Theater at Connecticut College and Middlebury College. Over the past several North Bay Area Theatrical Seasons, he has appeared in The Weir, The Philadelphia Story, Mauritius, Stalag 17, The Tempest, Hedda Gabler, Good People (at Left Edge), Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf, Hamlet, The Addams Family Musical, Savage Wealth, and Hamlet's Big Adventure!
Scott Wagman has returned to the theatre after a long absence. He last preformed in many Actor’s Theatre productions including Escanaba in da Moonlight, Company and Poona the F-dog. Scott is happy to be working at Left Edge Theatre, with so many of his old friends.
The Cast & Crew
Heather Gordon, Dwayne Stincelli and Chris Schloemp. Taken by Argo Thompson
Tom Topor is an American playwright, screenwriter, and novelist.
Topor is the author of the 1980 play and 1987 screenplay Nuts, which became a starring vehicle for Barbra Streisand. He also wrote the screenplay for the 1988 film, The Accused, which starred Jodie Foster. Topor won the Writers Guild of America Award for his screenplay for the 1990 made-for-television film, Judgment, which he also directed. In 1996 he won the Dilys Award for his novel, The Codicil.
— Tom Topor