THE CREATIVE TEAM
Edward Jordon (adaptation / direction), as book writer, has two Broadway-bound musicals currently in rehearsal in NYC: J’ai Fait and Bollywood And Vine. Both are with his longtime collaborators, Broadway conductor Charles Czarnecki and Emmy-winner Daniel Neiden, and June Rachelson-Ospa. The recipient of eleven international screenwriting awards, Edward has worked for actress Sally Field, Oscar-winning producer Jonathan Dana, and Golden Globe-winning producer Renee Missel. Edward’s own feature films, which he wrote and directed, include The Original Cast Album, It’ll Have Blinking Eyes & A Moving Mouth, Dogwalking On Jackson Crescent, Bollywood And Vine, and Lucky Bubbles. With over fifty directing and producing theater credits in New York, this production of SEX marks a reunion with his Bollywood and Vine film star, Skye Aubrey.
Jana Szabo (musical direction) relocated to Seattle in 1981 from her home in NYC. Since arriving in the Pacific NW, Jana received her BFA in Music Performance/Jazz at Cornish Institute of the Arts. She is presently involved in theatre here on Whidbey Island. Jana’s recent Outcast Productions roles include Stella in Follies, a performer in City Beat, and part of the workings as a Vocal Coach for Hotel Belle Claire. She was the Musical Director for Seussical (WICA ). Jana has been teaching Voice, Piano, and Performing Art related work since 1985 and is grateful to her family for their unending support, WICA, Deana Duncan, and Edward Jordon for giving her this fabulous opportunity.
Robert McElhinny (scenic design)
Alex Wren (lighting design) has returned to WICA this season for DjangoFest NW 2019 and this production of SEX. Other works at WICA you might remember such as: Prelude to a Kiss, White Christmas, MacBeth, One Act Fest NW (2016, 2017), The 39 Steps, Rumors, Wait Until Dark, Enchanted April, Dr. Horrible’s Sing a Long Blog, and Big! the Musical (Backstage Manager). He also has design credits for Island Shakespeare Festival and Outcast Productions where he has been the resident lighting designer for the past nine seasons. Alex is lead trainer and creator of West Seattle High School and Chief Sealth International High School’s Tech Training Program, with the addition of Ingraham High School this year. Alex had the pleasure of working with Seattle Children's Theatre this summer on their “intro to tech classes” for their summer drama school program, as well as lending a hand for their summer season. Grab a glass of bubbly and get ready to enjoy this wonderful production of SEX!
Zachary Schneider (projection design) grew up on Whidbey Island and attended ten years of WICA’s Advnaced Production Acting Conservatory. He graduated from Seattle’s Northwest High School and attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute for Physics and Game Design before transferring to Cornish School of the Arts where he received his BFA in Film in 2018. Zachary is Whidbey Island Film Festival’s ShortsFeast curator, teaches at Seattle International Film Festival’s summer and break camps, is the owner of ZPPD Media. His documentary on homeless youth, Alley, is being used by the Roots Young Adult Shelter to raise awareness.
Daunne Zinger (choreography / ensemble) has been involved with WICA since 2015 as a Choreographer. This is her first time on WICA’s stage as a performer and is delighted to be a part of SEX. Daunne has choreographed many local musical theater productions since 2008 for WICA, Whidbey Children’s Theater and Whidbey Playhouse Theater in Oak Harbor. She received her BA degree in Dance from the University of Washington in 2011. When Daunne is not choreographing, she is teaching jazz and tap classes at Island Dance and In-Motion Studios. She also teaches “Luigi jazz“ master dance classes throughout the Puget Sound region and is honored to have her classes featured on Whidbey TV’s segment “Life’s Better Here.” Daunne and her husband, Jerry Bacon, reside in South Whidbey. Daunne wishes to acknowledge Edward Jordon for providing the opportunity to be a choreographer AND a performer in this production. Enjoy!
Tyler Raymond (sound design)
Rob Scott (stage management) has previously appeared on the WICA stage as the Angels City Four bass in City of Angels, Fezziwig in Scrooge the Musical, James Talbert Winston in The Kentucky Cycle, Jonas Fogg in Sweeney Todd, and Frederick Arnott in Enchanted April. He has been the stage manager for the WICA productions of Rumors, Our Town, Metamorphoses, Oliver!, On Golden Pond, The Rocky Horror Show, and Rabbit Hole. He co-produced Whidbey Children’s Theater’s Pirates of Penzance and was the technical director for Les Miserables and many other productions during WCT’s early years. Rob wishes to thank his wife Kate for her patience and support. Rob also wishes to thank the Whidbey community for their generous support, which makes theater and the arts of all kinds possible.
Wendy Ashford (Dawson) is thrilled to be working with Edward and the cast of SEX. This is her fourth production with WICA as an actor. She started as a volunteer in the booth and loved watching the shows and actors grow. She presently works part-time at WICA as a production assistant. Some of her professional acting experience have been with Seattle Opera, in the fourth season of Z Nation (Syfy network), and in the Capital Hill web-series with Jinkx Monsoon and Ben DeLa Creme. She attended two years of acting classes at Freehold Theatre Lab.
Skye Aubrey (Clara) starred on Broadway in Cactus Flower. For two decades, she guest starred on virtually every classic TV series including Fantasy Island, Marcus Welby, Love American Style, Ironside, Owen Marshall, Thriller, Toma, Banyon, Batman, Green Acres, Emergency, The Most Deadly Game, Insight, Switch, and Superboy. She also won raves for her film work – most notably in The Carey Treatment with James Coburn, The City with Anthony Quinn, A Very Missing Person with Eve Arden, The Phantom of Hollywood , and Vanished (TV’s first-ever mini-series). Skye credits one of the highlights of her career as co-starring with her mom, actress Phyllis Thaxter, in the TV movie, The Longest Night. Skye’s dad was Hollywood Producer James T. Aubrey who served as President of CBS Television, ABC Television, and MGM Studios during his storied career. In addition to her acting credits, Skye co-produced the Christopher Reeve Superman franchise with then husband Ilya Salkind.
Katrina Bentsen (Bellhop/Manicurist) discovered her love for the theatre in Martha Murphy’s barn AKA Whidbey Children’s Theatre. She performed in various plays and musicals at WCT, in school, at church, and into adulthood. Katrina is grateful for not only this nurturing community, but also for the exposure she got at home, where she, Kyle, and Mosa grew up dancing and learning to harmonize through family dinner prayers (epic!). Katrina currently works as a Registered Nurse and lives with husband Kristian and daughters Anja and Kaia in Langley. Being part of Sex has been a very educational experience about the various facets impacting the lives of of sex-workers, both in the time of Mae West and the current day. Katrina is so grateful for this opportunity, for her family for making it possible to participate, and for this awesome cast and crew.
Kyle Collins (Inches) was born in the cabin his parents built on Whidbey Island. Home was filled with music and dancing and continues today. Kyle has enjoyed entertaining since high school when he and friends orchestrated elaborate magic shows for the community. Last year, he made his first theatrical debut as Spike in Vanya and Sonja and Masha and Spike (also directed by Edward Jordan). When he’s not onstage, he loves to play ultimate frisbee, sing karaoke, play trivia, and share meals with his family. He works as an electrician at Whidbey Sun and Wind. He would like to thank his family for their love and support, the entire cast for being super awesome, and last but not least, Barb and Dave Bennett for helping him get to rehearsal on time!
Suzi Dixon (Mae West/Margy Lamont) loves performing in musical theatre, especially the work of Kurt Weill. She has appeared in Weill’s Beggar’s Opera, Berlin to Broadway and a Brecht/Weil cabaret. She also performed in the campy musical Forbidden Broadway and the decidedly less campy but lovely musical Shenandoah. Just like Remy in the movie Ratatouille, Suzi is a Paris-trained chef, a job that has taken her all over the world. She has also worked in prisons, teaching people like Rocky to train service dogs for people with disabilities. An expert horse whisperer, Suzi drove a team of Friesians in the parade scenes of The Hunger Games movie. Suzi is a year-round resident of Whidbey Island and she is delighted to be making her third appearance at WICA.
Betsy Harvey (Maxine/Lady Beckley)
George Henny (Lt. Gregg) is a dedicated supporter of WICA, and is always thrilled to perform on the WICA stage. George most recently appeared as Phil Davis in White Christmas. Before that, George appeared as the Baker in Into the Woods, Alan in God of Carnage, Brad in The Rocky Horror Show, Evan in ART, Inspector Craddock in A Murder is Announced, various roles in WICA’s Firesign Theater productions of Waiting for the Electrician (or Someone Like Him) and Don’t Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers, Crabtree in Lew Carlino’s The School for Scandal, and Telemachus Clay. He received his BA in Drama from the University of Washington and is a passionate champion of community and making a powerful, positive difference in people’s lives. George is active in the leadership of Whidbey Telecom, and is proud to serve the community through it.
Marla Kelly (Bellhop/Pedicurist) is thrilled to join the cast of SEX. Some of her favorite credits include Almost, Maine as Marci, The Boyfriend as Fay, and You Can’t Take it With You as Ms. DePinna (South Whidbey High School). Her most recent performance was as Mustardseed in Island Shakespeare Festival’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Marla plans to study Musical Theatre when she goes to college next year.
Connor Kinzer (Jimmy Stanton)
Keagan Leland (Patty/Jillian) has been acting since she learned how to scrunch her face into expressions, beginning in earnest with You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Sacramento Theater Company) at age five. She is thrilled to making her WICA debut in this new adaptation and thanks Edward, Jana, and Daunne for all their direction and collaboration. Keagan was been on stage with Bob and Ro Productions, Whidbey Children’s Theater, South Whidbey High School Drama Club, and Outcast Productions. Her theatrical studies include training in script writing, On Camera Acting, Ballet, Tap and Jazz, and singing.
David Mayer (Rocky) is happy not only to return to the WICA stage, but to don his rarely-worn “musicals” hat. David was last seen as Murray in Outcast Productions’ spring offering of Shtick. He portrayed the title character in WICA’s Sherlock Holmes and The American Problem in 2018. Thrilled to have worked with director Edward Jordan, David offers special thanks to the crew and entire WICA team, including many volunteers, who really make this happen.
Michael McInerney (James Stanton, Sr.)
Nicole Parnell (Agnes) studied at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic arts and recently completed the audio production of Blizzard Entertainment’s “Starcraft: Ghost - Spectres” and is currently producing the audiobooks for the “Aphrodite's Sister” Trilogy. Always active in the dramatic arts, Nicole played the lead in Pike & Pine’s short film Search and Rescue, she played Nina in Edward Jordon's production of Vanya & Sonya & Masha & Spike at WICA. She contributed a recurring voice role as Iris - the ships AI navigation system in Whidbey TV’s The Adventures of Captain Callie and Her Crew, as well as narrating several independent audiobook productions. Nicole feels very grateful and excited to work with and learn from the tremendously talented Edward Jordon.
Cindy Rutstein (Laverne/Cruise Director) returns to the theatre after raising two sons who recently earned their degrees in Film and Television. Cindy studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC and her favorite performances include Grandma Tzeital in Fiddler On The Roof, Frosine in L’Avare, and Penelope-Ann in Bye Bye Birdie. Cindy is best known as co-founder of musical duo, “disappear fear.” For her music recording work, Cindy has been honored with the GLAAD Award for Best Album and her CD, “Get Your Phil,” went to #1 on the Folk charts. Cindy would like to thank Edward Jordan for this delightful version of SEX, sister Sonia Rutstein for unyielding encouragement, and partner Mel Oyler for making re-entry into the magical world of theatre possible!
Ethan Worthington (Officer Dan) has played lead roles and helped create many independent and traditional productions in high school and college. He has appeared in a few Shakespeare plays (including Romeo in an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet) and most recently playing an upright bass and singing at local open mics. Ethan spends his days raising his children and his weekends showing kids and adults how to play virtual reality at his arcade, The Holodeck, on the other side of town. After being absent from the theatre to creating a family and business, he is extremely excited to be back on stage with such a talented cast and crew.
SEX | OCT 11-26, 2019