TAFFE Productions Presents Act I - Spring, Snow Monl<ey ParI< in Shiga Heights, Japan
H 0 nsh irabe 1nstru mental
See No Evil. Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil Nanda, Itigo. Uso, Morulius, Mori
Sex Up Your Life Mori
I Can See It Now Mozu
I'm Glad I'm a Mama's Boy Uso
BIam e th e Giants 1tigo
Two Heads Are Better Than One Nemu, Mozu
Daughte r Mine Moru Iius
Man or Beast Itigo. Mozu. Nemu
Bool< & Lyrics by Steven Oberman IS-minute Intermission
Music Composed/Direction by Jude Thomas Act II - Six Months Later
Directed & Staged by Jim Strait Freedom : Mom iji
I Want to Father You Itigo
Who Am I Here For Mozu
Set Design Light Design Sound Design Toe the Line Morulius. Nemu
Ted Crittenden Ashley Jenl<s Jeff Polunas Mating Song Morulius, Mori, Mozu
Living Blind Mozu, Uso
Costume Design Wig Design Youth and Snow Mori, Momiji
Jeannie Galioto Michael Dondaville II Who Are We Here For Mozu, Nanda, Momiji, Uso
Makeup Design Stage Manager ARTISTIC & PRODUCTION STAFF
Kathleen Kenna Tiffany Fontaine Music Consultant Douglas Lynn
"The Performance" Choreographer Marcos Matinez
The Cast Pro perti es Steven 0 berman
Assistant to the Producer Katie Oberman
Nanda .... Scott Andrew Amiotte
Morulius ...Caro Louise Aristei Program Notes
"Mozu" has been on my mind for over twenty years, after I first watched the docu-
Itigo mentary titled. "Mozu: the Snow Monkey." The story of Mozu. born with deformed
hands and feet, who must struggle to survive and keep up with her troop especially
Mozu Rosalie Celestial during the harsh winter months in Japan's Shiga Heights, hit a cord with me. Seeing the
way these snow monkeys interact, and learning about their complex social order. I
Nemu ...Dan Feraldo
quickly had an idea for a play. which after the first draft transformed into a musical.
Uso...Justin Warren Martin
The troop of monkeys in the play live at a private preserve called Jigokudani Yaenkoen
Mori. ..D'Ann Paton Park, where I was fortunate to visit last year while doing research for the play. These 2
-foot tall creatures live in the woods yet come down the mountain. to "The Gathering
Female/Momiji. ..Monet Payne Place," where humans can come and watch the monkeys up close as they receive
handouts from the park rangers, or while they soak up the soothing waters of the
The Musicians heated pool.
Guitar ...AliaJyawool< Flute ...Emily Hecl< We hope you enjoy this production of "Mozu," where we, as humans, are not the only
Percussion ...Daniel Pate ones on this planet with stories to tell.
Scott Andrew Amiotte (Nanda) Recent Appearances San Diego: Justin Warrcn Martin (Usa) Recent appearances: PASSION (staged
DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA (Danny), THE LAST DAYS OF Concert) Cygnet Theatre; I LOVE YOU BECAUSE (Jeff Bennet), PA-
JUDAS ISCARIOT (Satan), THE GLORY OF LIVING (Clint) SOMEONE RADE (Leo Frank) & METAMORPHOSES (Orpheus and others) Stage-
WHO'LL WATCH OVER ME (Edward), CORPUS CHRISTI (James the house Theatre; ALADDIN'S OASIS (Aladdin) & PLAYHOUSE DISNEY
Less), TROILUS AND CRESSIDA (Hector/Diomedies), MY THREE AN- LIVE ON STAGE! (Jamie) The Disneyland Resort; THE ROCKY HOR-
GELS (Alfred). Tours: MACBETH (Macduff), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S ROR SHOW (Riff-Ran) Camino Real Playhouse; BAT BOY (Swing) Stages
DREAM (Oberon). Film: THE LAUNDROMAT (Armando), STREETS Theatre; SIDE SHOW (Bearded Lady) Westminster Playhouse.
(Ace), THE BADLANDS (Ahsik), DEREK (Branco) THE AMERICAN
DREAM (Latin Fever Rodriguez). Voice Overs: SHAWL DANCER (Arena
Director), TREASURE FALLS & SPLASHBA TTLE (Cpt Dreadbeard). D'Ann Paton (Morj) D'Ann most recently appeared in THE GRAPES OF
Director: RED LIGHT WINTER, DIVINERS. Fight Choreography: THE WRATH at Carlsbad Playreaders. She also played Aida in OVER TI-IE
LONESOME WEST, TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, MACBETH, PIRATES RIVER AND THROUGH TI-IE WOODS, and was in THE O'CONNER
OF POINT LOMA, SKULLS EYE. Scott is the founder and Executive Di- GIRLS at Scripps Ranch Theatre. Prior to that, she was seen as Eileen
rector of Triad Productions. in THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAN at Lyceum Space for ion theatre com-
pany. Having performed in many San Dicgo theaters, some of her favorite
Caro Louisc Aristci (Morulius) Recent appearances include: THE SE- roles were in DARK OF TI-IE MOON at The Old Globe; THE ELE-
CRET GARDEN, Patio Playhouse; THE TAMING OF TI-IE SHREW, PI-IANT MAN at San Diego Rep.; TI-IE HEIRESS at The Old Town Thea-
Patio Playhouse; PORTRAIT OF A MADONNA, Theatrx; THE tre; FULL CIRCLE at the Cassius Carter; and ENCHANTED APRIL at
WOMEN, Avo Playhouse; HARVEY, powPAC; and THE OLDEST PRO- Lamb's Players Theatre. D' Ann is a member of SAG and the Actors Alli-
FESSION, North Park Vaudeville. ance of San Diego.
Michael A vilcs (lU80) Michael is currently a theatre major at San Diego Monct Paync (Momjjj) Recent arpcJraJ1"e~: THE MIKADO, SDSU 0pera
City College. His most recent appearanee was: PIPPIN, Saville Theatre Theatre (Katisha); DELOVEL Y COLE POIlTER, San Diego Sym-
(Pippin). He got his start at Heartland Players Theatre playing various char- phony (Featured Soloist); DIE FLEDERMAUS, SDSU Opera Thea-
acters such as: SLEEPING BEAUTY (Father of Aurora), LADY JANE (King tre (Chorus); STREET SCENE, SDSU Opera Theatre (Nursemaid
Edward VI, Ben). His favorite aeting credits include: MY FAIR LADY 2); SONGS OF EXPERIENCE, La Jolla Symphony (Featured Solo-
(Harry, Ensemble Member), SOUND OF MUSIC (Nazi Soldier) Ramona ist); SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, San Dieguito Academy (Woman 2);
Bowl Amphitheatre. OKLAHOMA!, Star Theatre (Ado Annie).
Special Thanks to:
Rosalic Celcstial (Mozu) Rosalie graduated with a B.A. in theatre per- TRADER JOES OF LA MESA
formance from San Diego State University. She was last seen in INNER for providing refreshments for our
VIEWS (San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre). Favorite Credits
include CYC's production of RENT; DEAR MISS BREED (Asian Story
post-show lobby reception.
Theatre); NICKEL & DIMED (SDSU); and ALEXANDER & THE TERRI- Please join us after the show!
BLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY (SDSU Theatre of the
World Festival). TAFFE Productions
945 Begonia Ct.
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Dan Fcraldo (Nemu) Dan was last seen as Jerry Meyers in A NICE FAM-
ILY GATHERING for OnStage Playhouse. Elsewhere: mulitple roles in For more information:
THE GRAPES OF WRATH for Ion Theatre, the Judge in RUN, JENNY at Steven Oberman, Executive Director
Compass Theatre, and Bellomy in THE FANTASTICKS for Coronado (760) 268-0169
Playhouse. Dan wishes to thank Steven Oberman and Jim Strait for casting
him in their production. Thanks to Annie Hinton for her invaluable help TAFFE is a 50l(e)3 non-profit organization.
and support as drama coach. Visit www.taffe.org
Jeff Polunas (Sound Design) Jeff has been working with sound for over 100 dilferent productions.
Steven Oberman (Pla)'II'right/Producer) Other credits: CLAIRE VOY ANT, Avo Playhouse Some recent credits inelude WEDDING SINGER, THE PRODUCERS, SEUSSICAL, COM-
(directed by Jim Strait); TRIPLE TAKE, UCSD Department of Theatre. Steven has been writing PANY, THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON TI-IE WAY
short plays and skits for the past three years for TAFFE (Theatre Arts For Fun Education), a non- TO THE FORUM, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, GYPSY, and URINETOWN. He
profit organization which he founded and serves as its Executive Director. TAFFE just finished his first year of UC Irvine's prestigious three-year MFA Sound Design program. He
(www.taffe.org) has presently been focusing on producing theatrical productions which are meant has been nominated four times for the KC/ ACTF Regional Sound Design Award and spent two
to educate as well as entertain. Special thanks to his kids Katie and Adam for their love and sup- years at PCPA Theaterfest and received his Bachelor's degree from San Diego State Uni\'ersity. His
port. ambition as a sound designer is to create an aural environment that blends the action on stage with
the human ear while creating an enjoyable theatrical experience for the audience.
Jim Strait (Director) In the San Diego area, Jim directed several productions including THE
BOYS NEXT DOOR, RUMORS, I'M NOT RAPPAPORT, THE WONDER YEARS and NITE Michael DondanviIle II (Wig Design) Broadway credits: MEMPHIS, 33 VARIATIONS,
FARNSWORTH INVENTION, and DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS. Michael is very grateful to.
CLUB CONFIDENTIAL. He staged last season's TAFFE comedy CLAIRE VOYANT. Jim per-
be a new designer for this wonderful theatre company. His credits recently include design work for
formed on most San Diego stages in plays ranging li'om SCAPINO! to DON JUAN IN HELL to
MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at the La Jolla Playhouse. He just closed the First National Tour
BELLS ARE RINGING. He was Managing Director for the Gaslamp Quarter Theater Company in
of XAN AD U as the Hair and Make-up Super\'isor, and is very anxious to get back on the road. I-Ie
the 1980's and Vista's Moonlight Stage Productions li'om 1995 - 2003. In Palm Springs, Jim was
has supel'\'ised over 150 productions at the La Jolla Playhouse as well as The Old Globe. Lo\'e to
principal director for The Thorny Theater, staging twelve productions in four seasons. He also
his mom and dad, and to Jeannie for belie\'ing I could bring her design to life! Proud member of
performed in THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS (Sheriff Ed Earl), ART (Marc), IATSE!!!
NUNSENSE A-MEN (Sister Robert Ann) and in many plays and readings for the Palm Springs
Playwrights Project. Jim is currently laying the foundations for The Desert Rose Playhouse in the
Kathleen Kenna (Mokeup Design) Kathleen is the resident makeup artist at Moonlight
Palm Springs area. w·w " .. jimstrait.com or "'ww .dcsntTosq>la:'ho\lsc .ori'
Amphitheatre in Vista as well as San Diego Opera. Thanks to Ste\'en lor the opportunity to work
with TAFFE Productions.
Jude Thomas (Composer/Music Director) Jude is a local composer and performer and has appeared
in many musicals and operas throughout San Diego County. His last musical BIGFOOT, pre- Marcos Martinez ("The Peiformance" Choreographer) Marcos is a Theatre Professor at California
miered in summer 2007 at the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater. Jude received a Bachelor's de-
State Uni\'ersity, San Marcos. Currently working with the Suzuki Company in Toga Mura, Japan
gree in Music Composition fi'om San Diego State University in 2007. He is the Assistant Director on the most recent elaboration of Tadashi Suzuki's Method of Actor Training which he has taught
of Pacific Coast Harmony (an a capella men's chorus), provides vocal tracks for television com-
in the U.S. and several countries abroad. Recent projects include his solo piece HOLY DIRT and
mercials, and sings with several groups around the San Diego area.
directing BIG LOVE. Upcoming projects include ACTOS, by Luis Valdez (Fall 2010), Moliere's
THE MISANTHROPE (Spring 2011) and a new solo piece in 2011.
Ted Crittenden (Set Design) This is Ted's second outing at Diversionary Theatre, the last being
Diversionary's production of SPEECH AND DEBATE. Ted recently designed Scripps Ranch
Tiffany Fontaine (Stage Manager) Tiffany is a graduate of UCSD where she completed her BA in
Theatre's SOCIAL SECURITY, which is now playing. Ted thanks his parents for watching his
three sons while he worked on this show. Theatre with a focus in Stage Management. Credits include: K\J: ,kin Theatre in Stamlonl CT:
BABES IN ARMS, BIG THE MUSICAL, RUN FOR YOUR WIFE. UCSD: THE LARAMIE
PROJECT, 1001, OBSCURA. Playwrights Project: RE-DROWNING OPHELIA. MOXIE: DOG
Ashley Jenks (Lighting Design) Ashley recently designed EXPECTING ISABEL and BUTCHER ACT, EURYDICE. Tiffany is pleased to ha\'e worked with the wonderful cast and crew of this
OF BARABOO for Moxie Theatre; DRIVING MISS DAISY for Moonlight Stage Productions; production.
BULRUSHER, PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE, SANTALAND DIARIES, DANCING AT
LUGHNASA, PRELUDE TO A KISS (co-design), FOOL FOR LOVE, New Village Arts. Ashley
received her BA in Visual and Performing Arts at California State University, San Marcos. Her
next design is SEXTET for Diversionary Theatre.
Special Thanks MA lOR SPONSORS
Beverly Haney, UniGraphics Deedy Oberman
Jeannie Galioto (Costume Design) Jeannie has an MFA in Costume Design and won the Patte
award last year for her design of TWIST at Diversionary. Her credits include productions for the Eric Doran
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San Diego Repertory, Mo'olelo, Ion Theatre, The Asian American Repertory, The Guthrie Lab, Mitsuaki Iwago
Bob Beard Janice Ephron
Mixed Blood Theatre, Shakespeare in the Park, etc. In addition to freelance deSigning, she has Paul Taylor
Eric Doran Barabara Harpell
taught at SDSU, Palomar College, and FIDM. She is currently working as the costume shop man- Larry Jorgensen
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ager and assistant professor at USD and is a craft artisan at La Jolla Playhouse. Please visit her City of Carlsbad Jackie Loesch Doris Teich
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Alia Jyawook (Guitar) Alia graduated fi-om Elmhurst college in IL with a BA in music, and a
certificate of performance in classical guitar. She is a multi instrumentalist playing guitar, cello,
piano, and bass. Alia teaches private and group lessons, and performs for wedding ceremonies and
parties. She has toured nationally in several bands, and currently performs with an all girl rock
band Bitter Sober.
Emily Heck (FIlIte) Emily recently graduated from SDSU with a Bachelor's in Music Education.
She wi]] be attending SDSU to get her teaching credential starting this fall. Emily has been playing
the flute for 13 years.
Daniel Pate (Percussion) Daniel performs newly commissioned works and standard repertiore in
concerts throughout the United States. In 2002 he was the winner of the San Dicgo Symphony's
"Hot Shots" Competition where he was featured as a soloist with the symphony. In 2007, Mr.
Pate received his Masters Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Massachusetts
in Amherst where he studied with Eduardo Leandro and DCI Ha]] of Fame member Thom Han-
num. Currently Mr. Pate is a member of the San Diego Wind Symphony under the direction of
Gregg Hanson and is the Ii-ont ensemble arranger for Gold Drum Corps (DCI open class) as well as
an instructor for the San Diego State University Winter Drumline and instructor for several San
Diego High Schools. Mr. Pate is a faculty member for the Blue Lake Fine Arts Festival which is
located in Western Michigan where his performances are broadcast on NPR. Mr. Pate endorses
Vie Firth drumsticks and mallets.