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September 9th – 18th, 2015
Written by Lope De Vega
Directed by Dr. Keith Byron Kirk
Quintero Theatre

Cast List

In alphabetical order

Hayley Abbott


Deion Adkins


William Allen

Commander Guzman

Troy Beckman

1st Alderman

Joel Byrd


Justin Gibbons


Zachary Givens


Crystal Grimaldo


Lucas Hardy


Kenn Hopkins

Mengo/Folly’s Man

Zach Howard

Juan Rojo

Samantha Jaramillo


Hannah Kreig


Zachary LaPlue

Master Rodrigo

Ian Lewis


Alyssa Marek


Jeana Magallon


Katie Marsh


Eric Moore


Valentina Olarte


Avery Padilla


Mason Patterson


Jacob Perkel


Daniel Regojo


Scott Searles


Constance Swain


Faith Tenney


Nick Tiffany


Michael Wert

2nd Alederman



Dr. Keith Byron Kirk

Assistant Director / Dramaturg

Rob Kimbro

Fight Director

Adam Noble


Annie Arnoult

Scenic Designer

Ellen Mizener

Technical Director

Rigel Nunez

Props Master

Jean Gonzalez

Lighting Designer

Thomas Murphy

Costume Designer

Paige Willson 

Costume Assistant

Juan Saracay

Wig Master

Laura Moreno

Sound Designer

John Peeples

Assistant Dramaturg

Chelsea Taylor

Second Assistant Director

Connor Woods

Production Stage Manager

Rachel Bush*

Stage Manager

Shelby Connolly

Assistant Stage Manager

Jacob Mustain

Assistant Stage Manager

James Ernest

There will be two brief 10-minute intermissions.

Any taping, filming, recording or broadcast of this play is strictly prohibited. Please turn off all phones and other electronic devices as a courtesy to other patrons and to the actors.

Program Note/Dramaturgy


Artist Bios

aHayley Abbott (Woman/Soldier) is a freshman BFA actor. This will be her first show at UH. As a recent high school graduate, Hayley’s previous credits include:The Women Of Lockerbie, A Christmas Carol, and Time and the Conways.

aDeion Adkins (Esteban) is a sophomore BFA actor. This will be his first show at UH. Other credits include: Fred Gailey in The Miracle on 34th Street (Pearl Theatre), Iago in Othello (Sabine Pass Theatre), and Skelly Manor in The Rimers of Eldritch (Sabine Pass Theatre). Deion also works for the scene shop for the UH. In his free time, he enjoys watching “Top Gear” and cooking.

aWilliam Allen (Commander Guzman) is a first year MFA actor. He received his Bachelors in Theatre at Troy University this past spring. His favorite credits include: Ogun Size in The Brothers Size, Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Jefferson in A Lesson Before Dying, and Zeus/Orpheus in Metamorphoses.

Troy Beckman is a sophomore BFA actor. Troy previously appeared as The King of France in UH's 2015 Turbo Project King Lear. Troy also appeared as Kurt Forster in Peace in Our Time (Main Street Theatre) and is a model for the Neil Hamil Modeling Agency here in Houston

aJoel Byrd (Manrique) is a freshman BFA playwright/dramaturg. He recently appeared as Tom Joad in Grapes of Wrath (Tyler Junior College). Other credits include: Pylades in Electra and Captain Spavento in A Gap in Generations. Additionally, Joel has written and filmed a few shorts as well as a feature length in hopes to attain his dream through trial and error.

Justin Gibbons (Flores) is a sophomore BFA actor.

Zachary Givens (Man) is a sophomore BFA actor.

aCrystal Grimaldo (Woman) is a junior BFA theatre educator. Crystal recently appeared as Ana/Chorus in UH’s touring production of Bocón! In her free time, she loves to take care of her nephew and teach the bright minds at Lantrip elementary.  

aLucas Hardy (Cimbranos) is a sophomore BFA actor. This will be his first show at UH. Previous credits include: the role of the Stage Manager in Our Town, Abel Frake in State Fair, Professor Jordan in The 39 Steps, Ralph Follet in All the Way Home, and Charlie Halloran in Miracle on 34th Street. In his free time, Lucas enjoys exploring the city of Houston and trying new places to eat.

aKenn Hopkins Jr. (Mengo/Folly’s Man) is a second year MFA actor.  He attained his BFA at the University of Michigan Flint where he played: Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Rooftop in Our Lady of 121st Street.  Kenn enjoys cooking with his girlfriend, recording music and going to the movies to keep up with his future colleagues.

aZach Howard (Juan Rojo) is a freshman BFA theatre educator. This will be his first show at UH.

aSamantha Jaramillo (Woman) is a freshman BFA actor. Her favorite roles include: Becca in Rabbit Hole, June in Anatomy of Gray, Olive in The Women of Lockerbie, and Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa. She has been a part of College of the Mainland’s production of The Wedding Singer, as well as, TAMUCC’s summer production of Bob: A Life in Five Acts.  

100Hannah Kreig (Woman/Soldier) is a junior BFA actor. Recent credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stark Naked Theatre Company), Peace in Our Time (Main Street Theatre), and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (University of Houston). In her free time, which is rare, she plays Halo with her boyfriend and enjoys all the amazing theatre that Houston has to offer.

aZachary LaPlue (Master Rodrigo) is a freshman BFA actor. This is his first show at UH. Previous credits include: Lord Farquaad in Shrek the Musical, Scapino in Scapino!, Alan Seymour in Picnic, Lord Fancourt Babberly in Charley’s Aunt, Gary Lejeune in Noises Off, and Philo T. Farnsworth in The Farsnworth Invention. In his free time, Zachary enjoys playing chess, reading, and watching good movies.

aIan Lewis (Barrilod) is a sophomore BFA actor. Past credits include: Peace In Our Time (Main Street Theatre), Santa's Christmas Magic (San Jacinto Central) and Young Frankenstein (San Jacinto Central), Twelfth Night (Clear Creek Community Theatre), The Tempest (Clear Creek Community Theatre) and Hamlet (Clear Creek Community Theatre). In his limited spare time, Ian enjoys reading and web surfing random historical facts.  

aAlyssa Marek (Woman) is a freshman BFA actor. This is her first show at UH. Previous credits include: Cratchit in A Christmas Carol and Bring It On the Musical (TUTS’ HSMT). This past summer she travelled to Finland with her gymnastics team to represent the USA in the 15th World Gymnaestrada. Alyssa loves dance and her dog, Bud.

aJeana Magallon (Jacinta) is a freshman BFA playwright/dramaturg. This is her first show at UH. Her favorite credits include: Estelle in No Exit and Lenore Van Meer in To See the Stars.

aKatie Marsh (Pasquala) is a second year MFA actor. Previous UH credits include: Cherie in Bus Stop, Cordelia in King Lear and Lucrece in The Liar. Katie Marsh was recently touring around the Mid-Western United States with Missoula Children’s Theatre where she and another got to travel, direct, and act in multiple venues.

aEric Moore (Leonelo) is a freshman BFA actor. He has taken part in shows with Squee! Productions such as The Glass Menagerie, Never the Sinner, and The Awakening of Spring. When not on stage he enjoys pina coladas and getting caught in the rain.

aValentina Olarte (Queen) is senior BFA actor. Previous credits include: Cecilia/voice keeper in Bocón! (UH), Elsie in The Philadelphia Story (UH), and Margarita Xirgu in Blood Wedding (UH), Revolutionary/Maid in Marie Antoinette (Stages Repertory Theatre), and Sofia in The One Who Will Never Leave You (Vagabond Theatre Project ), as well as many others.

Avery Padilla (Folly) is a freshman BFA actor.

aMason Patterson (Alonso) is a junior BFA theatre educator. Previous credits include: Peace in Our Time, The Philadelphia Story, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Royal Hunt of the Sun, The Pajama Game, and Hamlet.

aJacob Perkel (Frondoso) is a senior BFA acting major. Previous UH credits include: Shawn in The Playboy of the Western World, Elmer in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and Cei in The Snow Queen. Outside credits include: Denny in Sixty Miles to Silver Lake (TheatreLab Houston), and Tom in Tea and Sympathy (The Back Porch Players).

aDaniel Regojo (Farmer) is a sophomore BFA actor. Previous credits include: Dewey in Soft Soap and Randy in Almost, Maine. More recently he was in the ensemble of The Playboy of the Western World (UH), and Guildenstern in Hamlet (Clear Creek Community Theatre). In his free time, Daniel is a semi-professional beatboxer and enjoys competitive fighting games.

Scott Seales (Ortuno) is a freshman BFA actor.

aConstance Swain (Laurencia) is a second year MFA actor. Previous credits include: Charmian/Celopatra in Antony & Cleopatra (Virginia Shakespeare Festival), Marianna in All's Well That Ends Well, Clarice in The Liar, and Reagan in King Lear.

Faith Tenney (King) is a freshman BFA playwright/dramaturg.

Nick Tiffany (Man/Priest) is a freshman BFA actor.

Michael Wert (2nd Alderman) is a freshman BFA actor.

Keith Byron Kirk (Director) is assistant professor of performance studies at the University of Houston. He received his MA in Performance Studies and Playwriting at New York University and recently completed his doctorate at Northwestern University in its Interdisciplinary Theatre and Drama Program. His dissertation entitled "Eulogy as Social Movement Narrative: Performing Commemorative Discourses in African American Civil Rights Funerals, 1955-2005." Research interests include the intersectionality of history/memory in 20th century Drama, Performance Historiography, Culture-based Drama and the Tragic, and the multivocality of performance narratives. He is the author of the plays Ft. Lonesome, Urban Trilogy. His play “As Reaper in Summer Grain” was developed at the Eugene O’Neill Playwright’s Conference and a recent project “The Audience” was nominated for a 2005 Drama Desk Award. Acting roles include Steppenwolf Theater Co. “The Grapes of Wrath” at The La Jolla Playhouse, Britain’s National Theater and Broadway, The Goodman Theater, Wisdom Bridge, Blind Parrot Theater. Prof. Kirk has appeared on Broadway and began his stage career with the famed Steppenwolf Theater Co. and in such shows as Miss Saigon, The Civil War, and others.

Rob Kimbro (Assistant Director/Dramaturg) is a second year MA dramaturg. Past dramaturgy work includes: The Miser (UH), Marie Antoinette (Stages Repertory Theatre), and Arms and the Man (Jean Cocteau Rep in NYC). His directing credits include Neil Gaiman’s Odd and the Frost Giants (Stages Repertory Theatre); Ravenscroft and Dead Man's Cell Phone (Mildred's Umbrella); Deborah (14 Pews) and Love Loves a Pornographer and Gate of Heaven (Nova Arts Project). Rob was the founder of the Madison Young Playwrights Festival in Madison, WI, and has worked with young playwrights through McCarter Theatre’s YouthInk! Program and the Houston Young Playwrights Exchange at the Alley.  He currently teaches theatre at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart.  

Adam Noble (Fight Director)
Mr. Noble is a professional theatre artist and educator, with regional credits across the United States and abroad.  He has been privileged to work with many notable companies, including The Public Theater/NYSF, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Children's Theatre, The Ilkhom Theatre of Mark Weil and the Houston Shakespeare Festival.
At the University of Houston, Mr. Noble serves as Associate Professor of Acting & Movement in the BFA and MFA Acting programs, and the resident Fight Director and Movement Coach.  For UH, he has directed The Beaux' Stratagem and Bus Stop, and he is currently in pre-production for She Kills Monsters, which will go up this spring in the Wortham Theatre.
Mr. Noble is a Certified Teacher and Fight Director with the Society of American Fight Directors, and currently serves as the Southwest Regional Representative for that organization.  He is also the Lead Coordinator of the Texas Intensive, an SAFD-sanctioned stage combat workshop here in Houston.
In addition, Mr. Noble is the co-founder and artistic director of the Dynamic Presence Project, a company focused on the revitalization and proliferation of movement theatre and physical storytelling.
Mr. Noble is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association and the United Stuntman's Association.  He currently serves as Treasurer for the Association of Theatre Movement Educators.
Annie Arnoult (choreographer) is the artistic director of the dance theater company Open Dance Project ( and the director of Hunter Dance Center, a professional training center in the Heights. Before returning to her native Houston in 2014, Annie served as the artistic director of the Chicago-based dance theater company Striding Lion Performance Group, which she co-founded in 2001, and as a faculty member of the Dance Program at Northwestern University. She has choreographed, taught and presented at conferences throughout the U.S. Annie has a BA in Dance and Comparative Literary Studies from Northwestern University and an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University. She is a certified Cecchetti ballet teacher and currently teaches ballet as an adjunct faculty member at The School of Theatre and Dance at the University of Houston.

Ellen Doyle Mizener (Scenic Designer) is a second year MFA designer. At UH, she was the scenic designer for last season's The Playboy of the Western World and The Miser and props master for The Liar and Bus Stop. She has been actively designing and painting in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the last 10 years. Favorite credits include: The Mountaintop, And Then There Were None, Lend Me a Tenor, A Few Good Men, Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, Macbeth, Of Mice and Men, The Little Foxes, A View from the Bridge, Urinetown, and Enchanted April. She is also an avid scuba diver and loves to travel when time—and her piggy bank—allow.

Rigel Nuñez (Technical Director) is a second year MFA designer.  Her focus is in both technical direction and scenic design.  Upon receiving her BA in Theatre Arts from the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in 2008, she became UIW's Assistant Technical Director.  She designed Scenery for UIW's productions of Eleemosynary and If I Can't Have You No One Can.  While in San Antonio, Rigel served as The Overtime Theater's technical director and resident scenic/lighting designer.  Her favorite Overtime productions include The Happy Couple, The Decorator, Dr. S Battles the Sex-Crazed Reefer Zombies and Life; Or a Reasonable Approximation Thereof.  Her most recent years have been spent freelancing as a scenic carpenter in Chicago and Houston for companies such as the Alley Theatre, the Lookingglass Theatre. Locally, she designed scenery for Guys and Dolls at Pearland High School.

Jean C Gonzalez (Props Master) is a second year MFA Scenic Design student. He is a recent graduate of University of Texas at Arlington where he majored in Theater, specializing in lighting and scenic design. Lighting designs include Gruesome Playground Injuries, Dance concerts, and Skin; scenic designs include Bus Stop, The Liar, VHS Tapes and a Greyhound Bus, The Magic Flute (assistant). He is an active USITT (United States Institute for Theater Technology) member where he serves as the Vice Commissioner for Student Affairs in Scenriic Design and will chair a session at the upcoming national conference in Cincinnati.

Josh Jacobs (Master Carpenter) is a first year MFA technical director. Josh received his BFA from the University of Texas at Arlington under the direction of Daniel Archibald. Josh has been Technical Director for many shows including: Into the Woods, A Streetcar Named Desire, Government Inspector, A Zookeepers Journal, and Fiddler on the Roof. While his main passion is technical directing, Josh loves all aspects of the theatre including Stage Management; The Pajama Game, Big Love, Mavplays 2014 Theatre Festival, Big River, Scenic Design; Seven's a Crowd, Superhero, and Sound Design; Angels Inc. and Dream.  In his free time, his wife has him use his technical skills in carpentry and painting to enhance their new home here in Houston.

Thomas Murphy (Lighting Designer) is a third year MFA grad in lighting design. Recent credits include: How I Learned To Drive (Obsidian Theater/Landing Theatre Company), Bus Stop, Playboy of the Western World, The Philadelphia Story, and Blood Wedding (UH).  He has designed for a number of dance companies in Houston and is a regular fixture designing and consulting for Diverseworks. Thomas has assisted on productions at The Palazzo Theater in Las Vegas, Cincinnati Playhouse, and the Alley Theatre and a number of other theatre companies in the Houston and Austin areas.

Paige A. Willson (Costume Designer) Is an Instructional Associate Professor of Costume Design and Technology at the University of Houston. She received her BFA from The University of Louisiana-Lafayette, in Performing Arts/ Dance, and her MFA from The University of Houston Theatre / Costume, Lighting and Scenic Design.  She was the Crafts Master/ Milliner at the Alley Theatre from 2004-2009.  A nationally known Mask and Crafts artisan, some of her work has been seen in Rooms: a rock romance at New World Stages, 1776 and the Importance of being Earnest at the Papermill Playhouse. Her masks have been on display at Art On Broad street an art gallery in Augusta, Georgia, at Rice University in the faculty art exhibit @work@play, at Catalina Coffee in Houston, and featured in many productions at the Alley Theatre. Some Costume Design credits are, Houston Shakespeare Festival: Henry 4.1, Two Gentleman of Verona, A Midsummer Night's dream 2010, 2002, Much Ado about Nothing, Othello The Tempest, As You Like it, The Taming of the Shrew 2011, 2004, The Winter’s Tale. Sweeny Todd for Generations, a Theatre Company, Kimberly Akimbo for Mildred’s Umbrella, the premier of Now This by Scott Kaiser, Purple for Karen Stokes Dance and Natural acts in Artificial Water by Stephan Koplowitz Task Force.

Juan Saracay (Assistant Costume Designer) is a junior BFA production major.

Laura Moreno (Hair, Wig & Makeup Stylist) is a senior BFA actor. Laura is a professional makeup artist and, prior to UH, spent several years working in the cosmetics and fashion industry in New York City. Her experience includes designing makeup for runway and beauty editorials, as well as working with some of the most influential makeup artists in the beauty industry. Last year she styled hair, makeup and wigs for The Beaux’ Stratagem, Our Country's Good, The Philadelphia Story, the Houston Shakespeare Festival and, most recently, Fallen Angels at Main Street Theatre.

John Peeples (Sound Designer) is a junior B.F.A. designer. Recent sound design work includes The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore (2015, Actors Equity Showcase), The Miser (2015, UH), The Hunchback Variations (2015, Catastrophic Theatre) – for which he was a finalist in the Houston Press Theatre Awards, The Drowsy Chaperone (2015, St. John’s School), Our Country’s Good (2014, UH) The Ten Minute Play Festival (2014, UH), Brick Wall (2013, UH). Other work in Houston includes technical jobs as editor and engineer at Houston Shakespeare Festival (2015), a summer audio internship at Miller Outdoor Theatre (2015), Houston Community College–Central & Southwest campuses, Radio Music Theatre, University of Houston-Downtown, and the Comedy Workshop. John is a member of USITT.

Chelsea Taylor (Assistant Dramaturg) is joining UH for the first time.

Connor Woods (Second Assistant Director) is a junior Playwriting/ Dramaturgy BFA at the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance.  He is excited for the cast and crew and thankful to Dr. Kirk for giving him the opportunity to Assistant Direct. Most recently, he put up his directorial debut of A Picasso in UH’s Studio 208. He currently works at CSz Houston and can be seen in their ComedySportz and Unscripted shows.

Shelby Connolly (Stage Manager) is a junior BFA stage manager. Previous UH credits include: The 10 Minute New Play Festival 2015 (PSM), The 10 Minute New Play Festival 2014 (ASM), The Playboy of the Western World (ASM), and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (ASM). Shelby spent this past summer working for the Houston Shakespeare Festival as a production assistant for Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice. She also worked for Bayou City Concert Musicals during the month of August as Stage Manager on their production of Bells Are Ringing.

Jacob Mustain (Assistant Stage Manager) is a sophomore BFA stage manager. Jacob has worked for Curt Miller Productions for the past three years. He is an alumni of Clear Springs High School where he worked many shows including: Urinetown: The Musical, And Then There Were None, Curtains, The Drowsy Chaperone, and A Christmas Carol.

James Ernest (Assistant Stage Manager) is a freshman BFA stage manager.

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Faculty | Staff | Crew


Director of the School of Theatre & Dance Jim Johnson
Assistant Professor, Voice & Shakespeare Sara Becker
Associate Professor, Acting & Directing Carolyn Houston Boone
Assistant Professor, Stage Management Rachel R. Bush
Associate Professor, Dance Teresa Lynn Chapman
Assistant Professor, Theatre Education Jackie deMontmollin
Assistant Professor, Performance Studies Dr. Keith Byron Kirk
Associate Professor, Design &Technology Jonathan Middents
Assistant Professor, Costume Technology Barbara Niederer
Associate Professor, Acting & Movement Adam Noble
Distinguished Professor, Theatre, Musical Theatre Stuart Ostrow
Assistant Professor, Technical Director Ken Poston
Professor, Scenic & Lighting Design Kevin Rigdon
Associate Professor, Theatre History & Dramaturgy Dr. Robert Shimko
Professor, Head of Dance Program Karen Stokes
Assistant Professor, Dance Rebecca B. Valls
Associate Professor, Makeup & Costume History Claremarie Verheyen
Professor, Scenic & Lighting Design Steven W. Wallace
Assistant Professor, Costume Design & Technology Paige A. Willson
Associate Professor, Graduate Acting Jack Young

Adjunt Facult

Shelly Calene-Black
Elizabeth Bunch
Lauren Cohen
Ruddy Cravens
Jeanne Doornbos
Jon L. Egging
Chris Hutchison
Geni Lanfear
Jacqueline Anne Nalett
Firat Kazbek Ozsoy
Leslie Scates
Jennifer Sommers
Jon R. Stonks
Sophia L. Torres
Toni Valle
Lisa Villegas
Courtney Young

Professional Staff

Draper/Costume Supervisor Margaret Crowley
Scenic Artist/Prop Supervisor Lauren Davis
Asst. Director Business Operations Isaac Davis
Assistant Technical Director Michael Debose
Academic Advisor Erika Jimenez
Box Office Manager Joyce Murray
Lecturer, Theatre & Dance Melissa Noble
Marketing & Communications Manager Michelle Robinson
Office Coordinator Julian Waneck
Box Office Assistant Monnika Young

Production Team

Assistant Stage Managers: Jacob Mustain, James Ernest
Lighting Operator: Brandon Smith
Sound Operator: Justin Thomas
Costume Running Crew: Will Inman, Nicolas Perez, Abbey Harris, Chandler Harvey, Ben Gallegos
Scenic Running Crew: Tabitha Bounds, Casey Magin, Eduardo Arizpe

About SOTD

The UH School of Theatre & Dance produces pre-professional plays, dance concerts, studio productions, and Theatre for Young Audiences. Performances are delivered in in the Wortham and Quintero Theatres. The UH School of Theatre & Dance offers bachelor’s degrees in playwriting and dramaturgy, acting, design and technology, stage management and theatre education. Its graduate programs consist of a Master of Arts in theatre studies, a summer Master of Arts in theatre education, and Master of Fine Arts degrees in acting, and design and technology. Noted alums include actors Jim Parsons, Dennis Quaid, Brett Cullen and Robert Wuhl. Faculty includes award-winning playwright, television writer, and novelist, Theresa Rebeck, Tony Award-winning producer Stuart Ostrow and Tony-nominated designer Kevin Rigdon. Past-distinguished faculty are Edward Albee, Lanford Wilson, Sir Peter Hall, Jose Quintero, Patsy Swayze and Cecil Pickett. In 2012 and 2013, the school was named “Best College Theater” in the Houston Press Theater Awards. For details on UH's School of Theatre & Dance, visit

Special Thanks

Alley Theatre
University of Houston - Downtown