THE GEEZE & ME
a musical about aging
WORLD PREMIER in San Diego!
DIRECTED by Nancy Locke Capers
CO-WRITTEN by Nancy & Hedges Capers
MUSIC & LYRICS by Hedges Capers
CO-PRODUCED by Nancy & Hedges Capers
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Taibi Kahler
An original musical
premiered in SAN DIEGO (2017) .
Where is the show going next as a result of sold-out shows and standing ovations?
Discussions on-going...will post dates & cities here!
Kent Brisby, Gabriela Nelson, Hedges Capers, Scotty Billion, Jesse MacKinnon, Lolly Boroff, Byron LaDue, Susan Benninghoff, Lorraine Devon Wilke, Devlin, Kiera Mersky, Erin Vanderhyde and Lauren Preski.
Kent Brisby, Jesse MacKinnon, Lorraine Devon Wilke and Hedges Capers singing "Social Insecurity."
Lolly Boroff as the beloved Mrs. Dingler (with Hedges Capers & Byron La Due) singing "Lady Bumps."
Jesse MacKinnon and Gabriela Nelson as Dwight & Sherry sing "Thought I Was Somebody" & "Old Folks"
Devlin, Gabby Nelson, Lorraine Devon Wilke and Susan Benninghoff (as Kay, Sherry, Helen and Miranda)
"That'd Be Me"
Hedges Capers as David
"How Old Do You Feel?"
when we opened and where
OPENED MARCH 31 - APRIL 29th, 2017, at THE TENTH Avenue Arts Center, 930 Tenth Avenue, San Diego 92101
"The Geeze & Me" is a funny, irreverent, and poignant original musical. This timely show features a comedic troupe of eccentric players who team up to examine the different aspects of aging.
An eclectic blend of songs ranging from pop to blues to corner street doo-wop, accompanied by innovative choreography and a great cast.
The perils and benefits of growing older are reflected in the concerns of this diverse group of people.
Think "Hair"... after it's gone.
Media and Press: SUSAN J. FARESE
SJF Communications 408-398-5940
Article about the show by Lorraine Devon Wilke: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-geeze-and-me-honoring-and-illuminating-age-through_us_58bcacd7e4b02eac8876d058
Reviews: Stage and Cinema - http://www.stageandcinema.com/2017/04/04/the-geeze-and-me/
San Diego Story - http://www.sandiegostory.com/growing-older-with-dignity/
HEDGES CAPERS (David)
...signed a recording contract at age 16, became recording artist with Capitol Records, 8 albums, staff writer with A & M, singing duo "Hedge & Donna" @ Carnegie Hall, the Greek Theatre, The Troubadour, talk shows (The Tonight Show, Merv Griffin, etc.), variety shows (The Smothers Brothers, etc.) Played the lead in film "The Legend of Hillbilly John." Now back on the boards, writing all music & lyrics and co-writing the book for The Geeze & Me.
GABRIELA NELSON (Sherry)
Considerable experience in stage and screen. Recording artist who has worked nationally and internationally. She's a former 80's icon (NBC TV series regular on "KIDD VIDEO"). Recent San Diego appearances include SD Rep, 10th Ave Arts, La Jolla Playhouse, Black Box Theatre, The Horton Grand and Spreckles. Gabby also writes for the Latin Performing Arts Community.
Formerly appearing in Sunday in the Park with George, (which won a 2016 Craig Noel Award from the SD Critics Circle) after extensive stage work and cabaret/concerts, Devlin appeared in Into the Woods, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, Women Behind Bars, A Christmas Carol, and The Devlin Show and also seen in The Spitfire Grill at North Coast Rep. For more: http://www.ma4sd.com/service/devlin/
JESSE MacKINNON (Dwight)
... is recipient of the 2016 San Diego Critics Circle Craig Noel Award, and The San Diego Playbill Award for Outstanding Performance in a Drama as Eddie Carbone in A View From The Bridge (Renaissance Theater). Other regional credits include: Jules in Sunday in the Park With George (ION Theate); Roy Cohn in Angels In America (ION Theater); Henry Peabody inTobacco Road (La Jolla Playhouse); MacDuff in MacBeth (Intrepid Shakespeare); Polymester in Hecuba, (6th@Penn), Renee Gallimard in M. Butterfly (Diversionary); Horace Vandergelder Hello Dolly (Lambs Players); Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol (North Coast Rep); Henri Fontannes The Magic Fire (Moonlight at the Avo); Pharoah in Aida (Starlight); Emil De Becq inSouth Pacific (Lambs Players); Pop in Pajama Game (Starlight); Pat Denning in 42nd Street (Welk Theater) and Major Ed Lansdale Dooley Diversionary Theatre.
LORRAINE DEVON WILKE (Helen)
The multi-talented actress, published writer (After the Sucker Punch, Hysterical Love), produced screenwriter (To Cross the Rubicon) and singer/songwriter. Her excellent third novel, A Nice White Girl, is currently being fine-tuned for a 2018 release. Learn more at: www.lorrainedevonwilke.com. Buy her book latest The Alchemy of Noise on Amazon.
BYRON LA DUE (Howard)
A veteran performer at many San Diego area theatres, including recent productions as Paul Gauguin in Prick (San Diego Fringe Festival), Gauguin in The Musical Paul Gauguin (Asian Story Theatre), and Willum in The Nerd, (Coronado Playhouse). Byron also has notable credits at The Old Globe Theatre, San Diego Rep, Starlight Musical Theatre and the former Gaslamp Quarter Theatre, Hahn Cosmopolitan Theatre and Marquis Theatre. Byron has a BA in Drama from SDSU. Extensive improv experience. Winner of the Best Actor Atlas Award as Big Harp in Robber Bridegroom and Winner, Comedy Festival as Duke Ladoo in The Piparoos Live at the Globe. Performed in over 30 productions as an actor, sings, plays guitar and has done extensive improv work.
KENT BRISBY (Bob)
Kent focuses mainly on original work, appearing in 2015 in THE PITCH starring Paul Rodriguez and the upcoming THREE KINGS/TRES REYES this holiday season. Toured nationally, appeared on more than a dozen local stages as an actor. As a playwright and director he has many more local credits, including projects at the Old Globe and San Diego Zoo. He currently serves as Artistic Director for Asian Story Theater, as well as Radio Theater for KPBS, AirStage and Radio Lunch. [Just down the street he is a co-author and director of a new play HALO-HALO at the Lyceum Space through April 9. Bring your GEEZE & ME ticket stub for discount admission.] For more: KLBrisby.com
SUSAN BENNINGHOFF (Miranda)
Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Susan is currently director of the legendary San Diego playwrights development group, Scripteasers. As well as musical and stage work including the Phoenix Performing Arts Center.
SUSIE SINGER CARTER as G.G. and Science
Singer/actor/director/writer. More about Sue: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0802053/. Sue directed a short film she wrote about her mother, struck with Alzheimer's - My Mom and The Girl with Valerie Harper and Liz Torres. Recently accepted into Cannes Film Festival as well on the short list for Academy Awards for Shorts. Congratulations, Suz!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlTRldVFw74.
LOLLY BOROFF (Mrs. Dingler)
Actress/writer/director, daughter of the late George Boroff of The Circle Theatre, niece of Academy Award-winning actress Shelley Winters. In original Broadway cast of The Effect Of Gamma Rays On Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds, films Blue Thunder and Star 80, and TV’s I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant, 1000 Ways To Die, and America’s Court With Judge Ross; has appeared on stage in All My Sons, The Dixie Swim Club and The Vagina Monologues; recently directed A Long Way To Midnight, at the Lyceum Theatre. Wrote, directed and produced her first film, Think Tank. Lolly has appeared in several commercials, and loves performing improv and stand-up.
LAUREN PRESKI (Margret)
Natl. Assn of Singing Teachers - 2nd place, NC, Back to the 80s - Moronga Casino, Last Chance Romance, Property of the Dallas Cowboys, Don Giovanni, Legoland - live shows, Six Flags, America - Wonder Woman, and musical “A Boy and a Girl.”
ERIN VANDERHYDE (Homeless)
Recently graduating from SDSU after pursuing a degree in General Theatre. Entertainer at Legoland. Theatre: Jesus Christ Superstar, The Drowsy Chaperone, Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights (SDSU), Hairspray, Godspell, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Legally Blonde, Footloose and Ragtime at Young Actors Theatre (YAT). Associates Degree in Music, Grossmont College.
KIERA MERSKY (Bobbi and Margo)
Having worked in live shows at Universal Studios, theatre productions as a dancer and actress, as well as in commercials, Kiera received her B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Temple University.
SCOTTY BILLION (The Undertaker)
Involved in music from a young age. Ozzy Osborne and Black Sabbath were both heavy influences. This was Scotty's first time in a theatrical production, but hopefully not his last. A great job as The Undertaker!
Rockin' music rehearsals with Music Director Will (B.J.) Robinson.
Gabriela Nelson as SHERRY sings "Beauty," reflecting the feeling of losing one's looks that come with age.
Kiera Mersky, Lauren Preski and Lolly Boroff are hilarious in "Lady Bumps" with Hedges Capers and Byron LaDue.
Erin Vanderhyde as HOMELESS with Lorraine Devon Wilke and company, sing "Oh Sister."
Kent Brisby, soulful as BOB & Post-Death BOB.
The devine Devlin sings "Sailor" accompanied by Gabby Nelson and Lorraine Devon Wilke.
The people who made it all happen:
DR. DILIP JESTE, SCRIPT CONSULTANT
UCSanDiego, Geriatric psychiatrist and neuroscientist
We are honored to have Dr. Dilip Jeste, a geriatric neuropsychiatrist, who specializes in successful aging, neurobiology of wisdom as well as schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders in older adults. Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care at UC San Diego, Geriatric psychiatrist and neuroscientist: "It's wonderful to see our research turned into art." Watch Dr. Jeste's excellent TED Talk @ aging: http://tedmed.com/talks/show?id=526815
Danielle Glorioso, LCSW
Executive Director of the Center for Healthy Aging, UCSanDiego
is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been a member of the UCSD Division of Geriatric Psychiatry since 2001. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Healthy Aging and the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging.
WILL (BJ) ROBINSON, MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Host of KPBS's "Spectrum" http://video.kpbs.org/show/spectrum/
A musician, educator, composer, director, and performer, BJ has worked with the vocal dept. of Southwestern College since 2009; is host of KPBS Spectrum (airing every Saturday at 5:30PM), a program about arts and culture in SD; serves as baritone soloist at All Saints Episcopal Church in Hillcrest since 2010 and as an instructor/music director for J*Company Youth Theater since 2012. Composed original scores for San Diego-based short films (Mustang Love, The Fad and Furriest: A Documentary) with Cane Toad Productions, starred in short film Meetchu In Machu Picchu: A Musical Journey, by Larry Zieger. The voice of a character in the soundtrack to Dinner for God, a novel & CD by Rayme Sciaroni. In addition to having a private vocal studio, BJ is a vocal instructor at Francis Parker School and a frequent guest performer with the music ministry at USD.
JOANNE LOVEJOY, Choreographer
( Hedges & Joanne.) Dancer, teacher, choreographer. As a teen, Joanne performed alongside the “Bright Side Singers” in Bob Hope’s USO shows in California; singer and dancer for “Cabaret Review,” numerous productions with “Rhythm-Aire Players,” choreographed “Annie” and “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Lyceum. For the past twelve years on the teaching staff at several local dance studios including S.D. Danceworks and Culture Shock Dance Center. Please see more at: https://www.metrodancesd.com/joanne-lovejoy/
DONALD PRIESS, Video Producer/Editor
Writer and editor, known for Cake (2006), The Brothers Flub (1997) and Scream Queens. Video PRODUCER for Beat Poet, Ginger G.G. Gregorian, Soapbox, Science, The Herlock Society and "old" projections for The Geeze & Me. Awesomely creative. (In Culver City.)
Producer/Editor on over 200 commercials, music videos and documentaries, and currently the short film "My Mom And The Girl" starring Valerie Harper, chosen for Cannes Film Festival. Thank you, Don!
BEONICA BULLARD, Stage Manager
Intrepid Theatre Company, the Old Globe Theater, SDSU Theater Dept., Comic Con International. BA in Stage Management.
Earning a BFA in General Theater. Beonica grew up in San Diego, graduating from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts as a theater major. She's worked with the (SDSU) School of Theater, Television, and Film on shows such as "Into The Woods" (dir. P. Kalustian), "The BFG" (dir. M. Larlham), and "Julius Caesar" (dir. D.Turner Sonnenberg), Intrepid Shakespeare Company, "Quality of Life" (dir. C. Yael-Cox) and the Plays By Young Writers Festival 2015 & 2016 (dir. C. Kouma). Recently assisted production stage manager Paige Satter with San Diego International Comic Con 2016.
BRENDAN HILL, Assistant Director
As company manager of Food for Thought Productions/Cause Celebre in NYC for six years, he also found time to...
Awarded Semi-finalist for both the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (2012) and Clubbed Thumb’s Biennial Commission (2015).
Received production of his full length play Shitloads of Money at Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC.
Member of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s emerging playwrights program, Youngblood, from 2012 to 2016
Have three plays performed in Paris, Fr (2014 - 2016)
MAX CADILLAC GIDALEY, Costume Designer
...is excited to be working on a new show brings Max the greatest joy. He did costuming for 9 to 5: The Musical at San Diego Musical Theatre (SDMT) as well as their holiday classic White Christmas. Working closely with Janet Pitcher, also costumed My Fair Lady at The Welk Resort. Recently modeled for San Diego Opera. Performing throughout his home town of San Diego at Cygnet, SDMT, Moonlight, and The Welk Resort, Max is thrille d to play Lillias Pastia in San Diego Opera's upcoming The Tragedy of Carmen, March 10-12. BFA, Musical Theatre (AMDA). Thank you to Susan Farese for making this happen.
JOE HUPPERT, Sound & Video Engineer
JOE HUPPERT (Sound and Video Designer)
Previously at San Diego Repertory Theater, The Oldest Boy (Craig Noel Award). Other local video designs include This Wonderful Life for North Coast Rep, Glengarry Glen Ross for La Jolla Playhouse and The Elephant Man with Backyard Renaissance. As sound designer, shows include Blueprints to Freedom, Peter and the Starcatchers (La Jolla Playhouse) ;Scott Joplin, Extraordinary Chambers, Yellow Face, Stick Fly, Kita Y Fernanda, 26 Miles (Mo'Olelo); Urinetown, Over the Tavern, King O’ The Moon (Mercury Theater); Mr. Burns (UCSD).
ZAC DALZIEL, Assoc. Producer
General assistance. Think security, mover, & quality control.
SUSAN J. FARESE - Publicist
Owner SJF Communications in San Diego
Provides personalized Marketing/PR/Social Media/Writing/Photography/Video Services
(AKA Our Secret Weapon)
SAMUEL WARREN & ASSOC., CASTING
Samuel Warren International Casting Services
Member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, a Casting Society of America Member and affiliated with the Better Business Bureau.
Invisible People by American artist NEIL SHIGLEY. http://neilshigley.com/
Fox television story on Neil's portrait of a homeless man won a 2013 Emmy. His most recent work consists of large-scale portraits of homeless people near his studio in San Diego. His work has been exhibited internationally. We are honored that he will be doing a portrait of our Homeless woman which will be on display in theatre lobby.
CYNTHIA BLOODGOOD Lighting Design
Freelance Designer and Technician. Technical Theatre Teacher at La Jolla Country Day School, Technical Director at San Diego Junior Theatre. BA in Theater and Media Arts from BYU.
Hedges Capers & Byron LaDue sing "Lady Bumps"
Nancy & Hedges work on "Beat Poet"
Rag Lady Productions donated 50% of revenues to charities: LGBT Seniors San Diego, A New Path, PATH, and The Unbattle Project,
as well as the UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging.
"The Geeze & Me" cookies by Vicky and Larry Blanas, Lawrence Dean's Bake Shop in Wilmette, Illinois. Thank you. Delicious!
Ken Jacques, Production Photographer
The busiest photographer in San Diego.
Rag Lady Productions donated 50% of revenues to charities: LGBT Seniors San Diego, A New Path, PATH, and The Unbattle Project,
as well as the UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging.
From Nancy and Hedges Capers
THE MUSIC by Hedges Capers
I was recently asked, “What’s it been like recording the music for "The Geeze and Me?” My first thought went to the people I’ve had the pleasure of working with:
First and foremost is Jerry McCann. You will hear his music all through the play. He is everywhere. Brilliant guitar work, solid bass playing and, along with much of the drum tracks you may hear, his background vocals.
Jerry was my first choice and to my great joy, he was willing. He has been an invaluable sounding board. He has challenged me. He has provided his feedback and input with the “bark on” never soft pedaling when he disagreed. But even at the height of challenge, I never once questioned his commitment to doing his best to get what I wanted for the show. If you happen to be writing a musical or working on an album and you want some really, really good musical expertise, I encourage you to contact him. His input is invaluable and his playing is truly gifted.
Jerry suggested Johnny Intrabartola for piano. Working with him was a treat, his spontaneous creativity a gift…Thank you, Johnny! The three of us are responsible for a majority of what you will hear when you see the show…except for some elegant and wonderful colors, shades and flavors.
Guitar, etc., - Jerry McCann Cello - Erdis Maxhelaku
Piano - Johnny Intrabartolo Irish Flute - Benjamin Power
Pedal Steel - David Morgan Piano - Danny Green
Violin - Kim Donaldson
Clarinet - 78-year-old Perry Robinson - Such a blessing!
And the singers. Where would I be without the voices?
Jerry McCann Lorraine Devon Wilke
Mikaela Elson Sarah Capers
Annette Fleming Michelle Hershiser
Mona Maiman Larry Barron
And I thank Logic Pro X and its programmers who allowed me an unlimited resource of instruments and tracks.
THANK YOU! YOU ARE THE BEST!
The Show by Nancy Capers
Writing the show came partly out of an impulse on my part to re-join the theatre world by putting together a love story from Hedges' trove of existing, brilliant, unrecorded music. Hedges simultaneously got a diagnosis re: his vocal cords. The doc said: "Sing? I'm surprised you can even speak!" Months later, after a medical procedure, he (or was it I? One loses track in collaboration...) we decided aging would be our focus. We're both older now, each with various replacement parts (knees, hips) and aware of mortality nipping at our heels. Thus, the subject aligned with what we were experiencing firsthand.
As an actor, I've had the good fortune to work with Garry Marshall, Ed Zwick, Ulu Grossbard, Dale Launer, Milton Katselas -- many over the years.
As a writer, I was hoping to bring energy to the musical landscape with something fresh and new: a story with an off-beat episodic structure, exploring the territory of intimate relationships, personal loss, and the crossroads of adaptation meets holding on. We plumb the fertile ground of illness, sexuality, loneliness, personal dreams and anxieties.
As a director, I've learned from the names above, as well as the Lopezes, Marsha Norman, Stephen Schwartz, Lisa Kron, Winnie Holzman, Doug Wright, etc. Immersing myself in the world of the project for years on end (7) became a metaphor for the aging process itself.
And as a psychotherapist, I've had a deep understanding of the psychological processes at work as we age.
Mostly, I hope the show brings comfort as well as joy. It was certainly a labor of love.
Many who worked on the show were in their 60s or 70s. For that reason as well it was a different kind of love story.
We're so grateful to those who toiled hard on many aspects of the show and to those who took the time to come and see it. Thank you!
It's been an absolute joy to work with this talented cast and crew, from the smallest role to the principles.
And a giant thank you to Dr. Taibi Kahler, Larry Barron, Bill Guetz and Zac Dalziel who gave so generously in numerous ways.
Can't wait to do it again!
Co-writer of book, creator of all original music, actor, set designer, builder, video editor - a man of numerous talents. (see above) former Marriage & Family Clinical Counselor, successful corporate consultant at Mattersight (http://www.mattersight.com/). 8 albums with "Hedge & Donna", staff writer for A & M Records, recording contract at age 16. Lead in film "The Legend of Hillbilly John."
Nancy Locke Capers
25 years in film industry in L.A. - as actress ("Pretty Woman," "Dead and Buried," 23 films, numerous episodic TV roles, theatre, commercials), co-writer of two sold screenplays - one indy film, another bought by Paramount Pictures; stage director, producer.
Directed Best Revival for L.A. production of "House of Blue Leaves."
Director of "Buried Together" at The Improv in L.A. Corporate consultant in U.S. & abroad. Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in private practice in La Jolla.
Lorraine Devon Wilke sing-speaking "Myself!"
"The "Myself" piece? Totally great. Was on edge of my seat from Wilke's delivery." L.R.