Gwen Loeb is an award winning actress whose recent productions include: Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest at Livermore Shakespeare; Brenda in Can You Hear Me Baby with Prospect Theatre in New York; Trish in Graveyard Shift at SF Playhouse; the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, and Audrey/Le Beau in As You Like It, at San Francisco Shakespeare; Pauline in A Bright New Boise, and Babette in The Arsonists at Aurora Theatre. Gwen is an avid believer in new works and has originated roles for many well-known and soon to be well-known playwrights — including Judy Doe in Tale of A Sleeping Cutie by the fabulous Diane Sampson. Gwen is honored to be in the room with this incredible team and to bring the great Marie Dressler to life. - *The Actor appears through the courtesy of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Katrina (She/Her) is a San Francisco native who graduated from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. Some recent credits include Charlotte in A Little Night Music (42nd St. Moon) Woman 2 in Songs For A New World (SF Playhouse) Bessie Smith in The Devils Music (Canter Rep) and Donna in Mamma Mia (Berkeley Playhouse). Follow her on Instagram @kramgram.
*The Actor appears through the courtesy of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Jacqueline De Muro is a San Francisco native, and a fixture in the local theatre and cabaret scene. Most recently, she was seen as Mrs Segstrom in “A Little Night Music” with 42nd Street Moon. Some of her favorite roles include Lady Thiang (King & I), Aldonza (Man of La Mancha), Genevieve (The Baker's Wife), Charlotte (A Little Night Music), Lalume (Kismet), Alaura/Carla (City of Angels), Pam (Baby), Marta (Kiss of the Spiderwoman), Shogun’s Mother (Pacific Overtures), Madame Liang (Flower Drum Song), Muzzy (Thoroughly Modern Millie), and Bloody Mary (South Pacific), for which she won a BATCC award.
Soprano Kaylee Miltersen, a native of Anchorage, Alaska, is recognized as a versatile and exuberant performer of musical theatre and opera. She has recently performed in a self-directed project as Elle in Poulenc’s opera, La voix humaine (2021), and other recent roles include Drusilla from Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (SFCM, 2021), Miss Silverpeale from Mozart’s The Impresario (SFCM, 2019), and Luisa in The Fantasticks (SFCM, 2019). Kaylee is a recent graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is a proud supporter of emerging music in the Bay Area.
Originally from Salt Lake City, Corinne moved to the Bay Area to study voice at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Since graduating, working on brand-new projects are her favorite. Her other favorites are dogs, spending too much money on dinner, and her spouse, Logan.
Sarah Elise Szeibel earned her Bachelors at Oklahoma City University and her masters at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she was awarded a professional development grant for her passion in "crossover" work and cabaret production. She has since produced two cabarets working alongside Lauren Mayer with Society Cabaret, and she would like to thank Lauren and Society eternally for this opportunity, and for reminding her to continue living large.
Christopher M Nelson is a local San Francisco actor, singer and writer, who has been blessed to be able to perform on many stages in San Francisco and San Diego. He is a proud member of Theatre Bay Area and glad to be back on stage in front of a live audience. www.christophermnelson.biz
Over 50 years as a composer, music director, performer. Co-founder of The Cockettes, The Distractions, The Jesters Vocal Trio. Worked with The Angels of Light, Berkeley Rep., NCTC, Thrillpeddlers, Stagebridge. The Dicken’s Fair, singers Connie Champagne, Justin Vivian Bond, Sharon McKnight, Cindy Goldfield (Goldfield & Koldewyn). 700+ original songs, 2 film scores, 5 European tours, music dir. of 100+ productions. Awards: BAT Critics Cir. (3) Cabaret Gold, Dean Goodman Choice Awards.
Evelyn graduated from Saint Mary's College of California in 2018 with a BA in music. Since graduating, she has spent her time gigging in the Bay Area and running her private voice studio. She has two original singles on Spotify under the name Evelyn Rose and will be releasing her first album in Spring of 2022. Evelyn is also featured in a new documentary "Barry and Joan" which will be released on Netflix in 2022!
Dina Jacobson is delighted to be involved in her first theatrical venture post-Covid. She's appeared in musical productions up and down the peninsula. Most recent productions include roles in "Bridges of Madison County", "My Fair Lady", "Annie", "Anything Goes" and others. Excited to be a part of celebrating this under-appreciated "shero" Ms. Marie Dressler. When not singing she is running Bake Back Better, www.bakebackbetter, making the world a better place one cupcake at a time. Love to Neil and Joseph who love me just the way I am.
Joyce is thrilled to make her return to the theatre in this unique production of Living Large! She has been performing since a young age in local theatre and was last seen roaming the streets of London as “Bones” in the Dickens Christmas Fair. She would like to thank her parents for always supporting her dreams!
As a seasoned musical theater performer, Leandra Ramm recently starred as Judy Garland in The Boy from Oz at Theatre Rhinoceros, Tanya in Mamma Mia! at Woodminster Summer Musicals, and Antonia in Man of la Mancha with the Diablo Theater Company. She also flourished in the creation of new works portraying Annie in Hell’s Kitchen the Musical at the Hudson Guild Theater and Hester Prynne in the inventive musical adaptation of The Scarlet Letter entitled A for Adultery, at the Little Times Square Theatre. Leandra also stars in her one-woman show, One Night with You, which was performed Off-Broadway at Theatre Row to a sold out audience. During the Pandemic, Leandra performed regularly with Sing for Hope in live-streamed one woman shows.
Bay Area: A Little Night Music, Titanic in Concert, Saturday Night (42nd Street Moon), Violet, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, La Cage Aux Folles (Bay Area Musicals), Man of La Mancha (Custom Made Theater Co.), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Hillbarn Theater). Washington, D.C. area: Jesus Christ Superstar (McClean Community Players), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Dominion Stage), 13 Men (DC Fringe). Jack is grateful to his family, friends, and all supporters of theater in the Bay Area. @lyricaljoke
Stephen Vaught (Jerry Cox, Will Rogers) is happy to return to Bay Area theatre after the recent hiatus. Favorite stage appearances include roles in Baker Street, Sail Away, Where’s Charley?, Coco, Carnival!, and Something for the Boys. He has also been seen on-screen in Blue Jasmine, National Treasure, Arrested Development, The Closer, Gilmore Girls, and The West Wing. By day he works in both Human Resources and real estate-related arenas.
Kurt Winterhalter, also known as Kurt Tijamo, is an actor and musician currently based in San Francisco. He has worked with many companies in both Los Angeles and the Bay Area and is currently a student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, with whom he has performed several roles. He can be found on social media and Spotify at Kurt Tijamo Music.
Karen E. Horner
THE GREATEST STAR OF ALL - Louis B. Mayer, Ensemble
MERRIE VILLAGERS - Ernest, Maidens, Young Marie
BEFORE AND AFTER - Young Marie
BUMP, BUMP, BUMP - Young Marie, Chorus Boys
I SAID, YOU SAID, SHE SAID - Nella, Marie, Ruth
IF THEY SAY NO - Marie
PARTNERSHIP - Jim
LIVING LARGE - Jim, Frances, Nella, Mamie, Ensemble
PLAYING THE GAME - Frances, Marie
BACKING THE BOYS - Marie, Soldiers, Ensemble
THE POWERS THAT WERE - Dorothy, Pearl, Louisa, Marie, Claire
THE ONES WE LEFT BEHIND - Marie, Soldiers
IT’S ALL IN THE STARS - Nella, Acolytes
BETTER DAYS AHEAD - Mamie
WELCOME TO HOLLYWOOD - Louis B., Polly, Claire, Frances, Ensemble
HEAVEN WITH YOU - Claire, Marie
TOO MUCH MARIE - Claire, Frances, Mamie
A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL - Marie
INTERRUPTED/NOT FINISHED YET - Fans
WHAT GOOD WOULD IT DO? - Louis B., Mamie, Frances, Nella, Claire
MARIE WILL BE ALL RIGHT - Marie
THE GREATEST STAR OF ALL/LIVING LARGE - Louis B., Ensemble
A huge soundstage at MGM studios
New York City –Auditions for the Passionate Princess of Poughkeepsie
In the wings of the Majestic Theatre
The parlor of Marie’s hotel suite
Marie’s dressing room in the Weber and Fields’ Music Hall on Broadway
Marie’s hotel suite
A soiree at Marie’s
Loafhaven, Marie’s and Jim’s Vermont Farm
Marie entertains the troops
Marie’s hotel room, much smaller than before
A military hospital ward hallway
Marie’s still smaller hotel room
Same hotel room a month or so later
Marie arrives in Hollywood
Marie’s and Claire’s Hollywood villa
The following day at the villa
Marie returns home from the Hollywood Players Ball
Outside the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel
Louis B. Mayer’s MGM office
Marie’s and Claire’s Hollywood villa
Marie’s birthday fete at MGM studios
Thank you to everyone that bought their tickets to this show months in advance. That kind of support allowed us to make solid plans and commitments for this reading.
These folks dug a little deeper to show their support. Hats off to them.
Ellen Rothman and Ed Koplowitz
Friend of Diane Sampson
Janice and Steve Pickering
Jerry and Sheri Morrison
Judy Goddess & Rufus Browning
Maurice Kamins & Helaine Weinstein
Roz Parenti and Andre Decary
Tamar and Sam Magdovitz
These wonderful people were fantastically generous and enthusiastic with their checks. They had us doing our happy dance.
Eva G. Gregoratos
Howard and Bernadette Latin
A standing ovation for our Angels. Their level of giving truly made our show a reality Brava!
Leah and Bernie Friewald
Marilyn Berg Cooper
Mark and Leslie Ragsdale
These folks were of special service to the show and we want to say a big Thank You!
Gwen Loeb - script advisor
Ross Pudaloff, Daniel Koplowitz, Gabe Koplowitz, Ed Koplowitz, Gayle Donsky, Carol Banquer, Judy Goddess,Suzanne Stone, Helaine Weinstein, Evy Pine, Stephanie Prentice, Michael Barrett Austin, Chris Reber, Cary Ann Rosko, Lexi Barry, Buzz Halsing, Jennifer McGeorge, Katherine Ahmann, Scott Grinthal, Michael Mohammed, Stephanie Rhoads, Sarah Szeibel