American Hero By Bess Wohl
The OB Playhouse Jan 6-21, 2017
American Hero by Beth Wohl. 
Directed by Kristen Fogle
Produced through arrangement with
 the Dramatist Play Service
Kristen Fogle (Director) is a freelance editor, writer, instructor, teaching artist, performer/director, and is the Executive Director of San Diego Writers, Ink. She is thrilled to be back at the OB Playhouse where she was Co-Artistic Director in 2013. She last directed “Bad Seed” at Lamplighters Theater and was last seen on stage in "Sugar" (Sugar) at Coronado Playhouse. She was recently nominated for San Diego Magazine's Woman of the Year and SD Metro's Women Who Impact San Diego. A big thanks to Bill, Jennie, Jerry, Darian, Jack, and her talented cast! For upcoming projects visit

Claudette Santiago (Sheri), a San Diego native, has performed in theatre around town for the past six years and was last seen in “Taming of the Shrew” for InnerMission Productions. She currently studies acting at the Meisner/Chekhov Integrated Studio in North Park and holds a B.A. in Theater Arts from UCSC. She would like to thank Kristen, Jerry, Bill, Jennie, the cast, the crew, the REAL sandwich artists, and YOU, for supporting live theatre.

M. Keala Milles, Jr (Bob, etc.) is multi-ethnic and loves sandwiches. Best. Casting. Ever. Previous regional credits include: “Disgraced” (SD Rep), “The Boy Who Danced on Air” (Diversionary), “Water By the Spoonful” (The Old Globe), “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” (ion). Additional local credits include: "Company," "Rope: the Musical," "Head: The Musical," "Godspell," and "John Doe: The Musical.” Film credits include: “Slap Worthy” and “Alien Story” (2AMB).

Lydia Lea Real (Jamie) is thrilled to be back at OB Playhouse. Past credits include Hattie in “Deep in the Heart of Texas,” Inez in “No Exit,” Sylvie in “Odd Couple” (Female Version), Alice Ayres in “Closer,” Joanne Galloway in “A Few Good Men” and Rusty in “Big Kitchen, The Musical.” Lydia has also been a teaching artist for over 15 years, currently for Arts For Learning San Diego and San Diego Writer's Ink. Thanks to my tribe, family, and Shawn for your support, to my cast and Kristen for sharing this experience with me--I'm so proud to be on stage with you all.

Michael Shantz (Ted) is thrilled to be giving his first performance at the OB Playhouse. He has worked in theatre on and off for over twenty-five years. Recent credits include Arnold in “The Supporting Cast” at Lamplighters and Ray in “Lone Star (the companion piece to Laundry and Bourbon)  “at Swedenborg Hall and the Horton Grand. He thanks Kristen Fogle and Jerry Pilato for the opportunity. He would also like to thank his mom for being there for him.

Jerry Pilato (Producer/Director) graduated from Toul American High School in France and attended University Of The Incarnate Word in San Antonio.  Locally he has directed The Foreigner, Love Sex And The IRS and Biloxi Blues at The Sunshine Brooks Theatre; Four Dogs And A Bone, The Reindeer Monologues, Orange Flower Water, Glenn Garry Glen Ross at what was 6th@Penn (Compass Theatre, ION) in San Diego; Plaza Suite, Visiting Mr. Green, Weekend Comedy, The Cemetery Club at The Broadway Theatre . Presently he is the Season Ticket Subscriptions Supervisor for The Nederlander Company which handles Broadway San Diego and five other west coast markets He has been awarded Best Director awards from the Alamo Theatre Arts Council, ( in San Antonio for Chicago, and When Pigs Fly (Musical), I Hate Hamlet and First Night (comedy), American Buffalo, If We Are Women and Taking Sides (drama).  Artistic Director for Different Stages he has directed The Dixie Swim Club, Lone Star Laundry and Bourbon, The Psychic, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, The Reindeer Monologues,  Last Train To Nibroc, San Diego premiere of David Mamet's Race, Santaland Diaries  &  Seasons Greetings and produced Burn This , Wrinkles, The Sea Horse, American Hero and Somewhere In Between