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FEBRUARY 24 – MARCH 19, 2022

Backyard Renaissance Presents…


Directed by Rosina Reynolds

Featuring Francis Gercke, Jessica John, Carter Piggee, Liliana Talwatte & Michelle Maire Trester

“We’re not here to hold conversations, we are here to enjoy ourselves.” 

So declares the hostess with the mostest Beverley.  A working-class girl in 1970s England completely obsessed with appearances, what’s “in”, and having a good time no matter the cost, Beverly only wants what’s best for everyone as long as what’s best is based on Beverley.  With an intimate gathering of neighborhood acquaintances, she mixes the cocktails, stirs the scandals, and shakes the sensibilities of their quiet suburban life with unintended consequences.  This darkly comic tale on the outskirts of London in the 1970s has been described as the cocktail party from hell and the gathering gone wrong.

All performances at Tenth Avenue Arts Center (930 Tenth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101)

Where the 163 South turns into Tenth Avenue.

Street side metered parking** and parking lots available.

**Parking meters free after 6pm and on Sundays.

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June 6 – June 7, 2020

Backyard Renaissance Presents…

Richard Greenberg’s



Actors Francis Gercke, Jessica John, and Tom Zohar

Director Rosina Reynolds

Project Manager Anna Younce

Lighting Designer Joel Britt

Set Designer Tony Cucuzzella

Costume Designer Jeanne Reith

Sound Designer Matt Lescault-Wood

Captured live on stage by Stand Up 8 Productions

Streaming On-Line:

Saturday June 6 – Sunday June 7 

with gratitude to Dramatists Play Service

The Dazzle – An On-Line Artistic Collaboration All rehearsal and production meetings will be done via ZOOM and all design element setup and drop-off will be done in solo day shifts so that each individual artist is provided a safe theatre space in which to create.  A socially distanced performance reading will be filmed through a three-camera set-up with actors placed a minimum of 9 feet apart and streamed on-line June 6th and 7th with gratitude to Dramatists Play Service.

In their Harlem mansion, during the early years of the 20th century, the Collyer brothers enjoy an eccentric lifestyle.  Langley is a concert pianist by profession but prefers to indulge his study and collection of the world’s minutiae.  His older brother, Homer, a former admiralty lawyer and an aspiring schemer, manages the household and dreams of wilder times.  As if an answer to a prayer, the beautiful socialite Milly inserts herself into the Collyer menage, bringing with her the lure of societal intrigue, designs on Langley, and the promise of a family fortune.

Backyard Renaissance has been seeking a way to present a theatrical experience that maintains social distancing and still meets the expectation of a magical theatrical experience.  This time away from the stage has shown how much the designers are an imperative part of the process.  Without them, an essential piece of the artistry is lost.  We know we can’t give theatre audiences the real theatre experience for some time.  So we’re excited to be working with some amazing people who want to find a different way, keep audiences safe, and tell a compelling and beautiful story.

Performance dates:  Saturday June 6 and Sunday June 7


by Adam Wachter

Streaming On-Line:  June 26 – 28, 2020

An encore performance of San Diego Critic Circle’s 2017 Best New Musical featuring…

Actors Bryan Banville, Kay Marian McNellen, and Tom Zohar

Direction by Francis Gercke and Anthony Methvin

Music Direction by Steven Withers,

Stage Manager – Taylor Todd

Set Design by Kristen Flores

Lighting Design by Curtis Mueller

Choreography by Katie Whalley Banville

Costume Design by Jessica John,

Property Design by Bonnie Durben

Captured live on stage by Stand Up 8 Productions

Streaming On-Line: June 26th – 28th, 2020 with gratitude to the writer/composer/lyricist Adam Wachter and dedicated to the production’s Music Director Steven Withers who passed away recently and unexpectedly.

Backyard Renaissance offers theatre-lovers a chance to rediscover its 2017 San Diego Critic’s Circle Best New Musical production of Tarrytown.  The World Premiere Musical originally presented in Backyard Renaissance’s second season, delighted audiences both for its modern musical interpretation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, as well as its inspired performances within Diversionary’s tiny Black Box Theatre. Starring Tom Zohar, Bryan Banville and Kay McNellen, Tarrytown reimagines Ichabod Crane as a modern day gay music teacher running away from his past. Settling into an idyllic neighborhood in Tarrytown, Ichabod not only gets a fresh start with a new school, but secures a BFF in an optimistic but sheltered dreamer who is secretary there.  When Ichabod meets his new friend’s husband the unlikely trio tests friendships, loyalties and jealousies in ways none of them expected.

Just this month, Adam Wachter completed the professional cast recording of Tarrytown and has dedicated all proceeds on purchase of the recording to The Actors Fund to support their work helping the creative community during the COVID-19 pandemic.   A link will be available to purchase this recording when viewing Backyard Renaissance’s 2017 production of the musical.

Performance dates:  June 26th through June 28th


November 14 — December 7, 2019

Tenth Avenue Arts at 930 Tenth Avenue.  Where the 163 turns into Tenth Avenue.

American Buffalo

by David Mamet

Directed by Rosina Reynolds

Featuring Richard Baird, Marcel Ferrin & Francis Gercke

Winner of the 1977 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play and adapted into a film in 1996, American Buffalo is a funny, gritty glimpse into the dark underbelly of coin collecting and pawn shop politics and asks the question:  What would you do for a nickel?  This exploration of greed, strained loyalties, and busted American dreams is an early celebrated work by the writer of Glengarry Glen Ross, The Untouchables, and Wag The Dog.

All performances at Tenth Avenue Arts located at 930 Tenth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 — Take the 163 into downtown San Diego until it turns into Tenth Avenue and the theatre is on your right!  Three parking lots and street parking is available.

Performance dates:  November 14th through December 7th (Thursdays through Sundays)

Previews Thursday, November 14th and Friday, November 15th

Press Opening Saturday, November 16th and a special Industry Night Performance on Monday, December 2nd.

Purchase AMERICAN BUFFALO Tickets Here