Different Stages and the OB Playhouse is happy to announce that James P. Darvas has been cast as Crumpet the elf in SANTALAND DIARIES and Holly Stephenson in SEASON'S GREETING two Christmas offerings for adults. These hilarious and somewhat dark comedies are by American humorist, comedian, author, and radio contributor David Sedaris and will be presented at the OB Playhouse opening Nov. 26 and playing through December 18.
James P. Darvas has been involved in the theatre for over 3 decades. He began in local theater in Cleveland Ohio. He has acted in over 35 productions from Ohio to California. Some of the work he is most proud of includes : The Shadow Box ,Geek’s ; The Musical, I am My Own Wife ( AACT award winner for Best Performer 2015) The Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Deconstruction Of A Drag Queen, Ragnorok, A Maiden’s Prayer, The Violet Hour, Enron, The Nerd, Gypsy, Big river, Will Rodger’s Follies, and Psycopathia Sexualis. He recently dipped his toes in the world of directing. His credits include: Burn This ( Different Stages) Rabbit Hole( CAT) Coyote On A Fence (ACT award winner direction 2015) Belief No Repeat( SD Fringe Festival) and most recently Good People ( OnStage Playhouse). He is currently understudy for Disgraced at The San Diego Rep. James is also the Artistic Director of The San Diego Play Company and is a Board adviser for OnStage Playhouse.
Holly Stephenson has been involved with theatre since the age of 9. Since the year 2000 she has performed in over 30 plays. Some of her favorite roles include Shawna in “Coyote on a Fence”; Berthe in “Boeing! Boeing!”; Faye in “The Sugar Bean Sisters”; and Sisser in “Sugar Witch” (ACT Best Actress Award). She has received several ACT nominations and awards for her work, including Best Direction of a Drama, for her directing debut of “Extremities”, at OnStage Playhouse, in 2010. In her spare time, Holly works full time at AT&T, while currently serving on the board of The San Diego Play Company, serving on the play reading Committee with Lamplighter’s Theatre and is the Fundraising Co-Chair for Executive Women International. She wishes to thank her friends and family for their continuous support; especially her mom. “Enjoy the show!”
Jerry Pilato (Director/Producer) comes from San Antonio, Texas where he was Artistic Director for The Actors Theatre of San Antonio from February 1982 to 2005. He graduated from Toul American High School in France and attended San Antonio College and the 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 in Oceanside; Four Dogs And A Bone, The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, Orange Flower Water and Glenn Garry Glen Ross at Compass Theatre (6th@ Penn) in San Diego; Plaza Suite, Visiting Mr. Green, Weekend Comedy and The Cemetery Club at The Broadway Theatre in Vista, at Lamplighters Theater The Hallelujah Girls, Stage Fright , The Dixie Swim Club and Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got The Will. He has been awarded Best Director awards from the Alamo Theatre Arts Council, (http://www.satheatre.com/atac.htm) 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/San Diego he has directed : The Dixie Swim Club, The Psychic, Vampire Lesbians Of Sodom, MOMologues, Race, Last Train To Nibroc, Lone Star Laundry and Bourbon and Santaland Diaries/Season Greetings. Also for Different Stages/San Diego he has produced Somewhere In Between, Burn This, The Sea Horse, Wrinkles, American Hero and The Brothers Lipschitz. Upcoming projects include The Eight: The Reindeer Monologues with the OB Playhouse in late November and Building The Wall with the Point Loma Playhouse in January. Currently he is the Season Ticket Subscriptions Supervisor for The Nederlander Company which handles Broadway(s) San Diego, San Jose, Tucson and The Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. A special thanks to the board and staff of the Point Loma Playhouse for the opportunity of directing at their theatre.