Melissa Claire (Billie Dawn) has previously performed at SAL in Becky’s New Car, Inspecting Carol, and Venus in Fur.  She has received accolades from the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle (Best Actress & Best Costume Design), Theatre Bay Area (Best Ensemble) and the Marquee Theater Journalists Association (Outstanding Lead Performance in a Comedy).

Ken Bacon ( Harry Brock) is quite honored to be working with this talented cast and crew. He has performed for the Novato Theater Company, Ross Valley Players, Marin Classic Theater and others. He has partnered with Terry McGovern to produce several award-winning plays.

David Abrams (Paul Verrall) is the founding artistic director of Birdbath Theatres.  He's happy to be performing with Sonoma Arts Live for the first time. David was most recently seen as Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew at Inverness Shakespeare.  Favorite North Bay roles include Evan in The Aliens with Birdbath Theatres, Mercutio and Hamlet at the College of Marin, and his SFBATCC nominated performance as Jean in Rhinoceros for Birdbath.

Kim Williams (Mrs Hedges) first time on the Sonoma Arts Live Stage. Some of her north bay appearances include Baskerville, Alice Beineke in The Addams Family, Mrs Braddock in The Graduate, and Muriel Eubanks in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.  Other favorite roles include Dottie Otley in Noises Off and Mother in A Christmas Story.

Matt Farrell (Eddie Brock) is thrilled to be making his debut with Sonoma Arts Live. A 2006 graduate of Sonoma State University’s acting program, Matt has been performing in community theater throughout the counties of Sonoma and Marin for over a decade. Recent favorite credits include: Senator Charles Whitmore in Church & State, Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Dan Monez (Senator Hedges) has wanted someone in the North Bay to do this play for years and thankfully Sonoma Arts Live and Director Carl Jordan made it happen.  Dan is grateful for the opportunity to be in this show with such a talented cast. Dan has been performing in plays and musicals around the North-bay for over 25 years. His most recent roles were as Don Curtis in the musical, “Hands on a Hardbody” and Judge Hathorne in “The Crucible.”

Cooper Bingham (Bellhop) has been acting since he was in 1st grade.  Most recently, Cooper appeared in Anne of Green Gables at Sonoma Arts Live and played Professor Plum in Clue on Stage at Credo High School.   

August Rinehart (Bellhop) has most recently appeared in 13: The Musical. His sixth Teens ‘N Training production with SAL. August was also seen as Earthworm in On the Fringe’s production of James and the Giant Peach.


Photos by Oberlin Photography

Photos by Oberlin Photography

Written by Garson Kanin
Directed by Carl Jordan
Junk tycoon Harry Brock gets more than he bargained for when he tries to buy some respectability and sophistication for his brash girlfriend Billie Dawn (played by Marquee Theater Journalists Association Awards winner for Becky’s New Car Melissa Claire). When Harry hires a political reporter to educate Billie so she won't embarrass him during an important trip to Washington, she learns a lot more than grammar and diction - and hilarious complications ensue.


RoyAnne Florence (Helen) last appeared with Sonoma Arts Live as Sister Julia Child of God in Nunsense the Mega-Musical and as Fanny in Painting Churches. She was also seen as Mavis in The Hallelujah Girls with the North Bay Stage Company and as Marietta in Regrets Only with The New Conservatory Theatre Center.  

Richard Kerrigan (Devery) began working in local theater in 2011. He has appeared at Ross Valley Players in Night of the Iguana and You Can’t Take It With You. In 2013 he appeared in Big River as Pap Finn at the College of Marin, a role he revisited at The Lucky Penny in 2016. In 2015 he appeared as George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf..? ).

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