By Matt Lyle
Directed by Gabriel A. Ross
February 5th through 19th, 2022
Weekends at Live Oak Theatre
An older white couple from the country unknowingly move to the gayborhood to be closer to their granddaughter.
What begins as polite dinner conversation with their gay, multi-ethnic neighbors careens out of control. A hilarious collision of race, sex, guns and sports, BIG, SCARY ANIMALS examines shifting generational beliefs and just how hard it is to raise a child regardless of who you are and where you live. Opens Saturday, February 5th, 2022, runs Fri-Sat at 8 p.m., Sundays at 7 pm till February 19th. Pay-what-you-will Sunday performances!
The show is 1 1/2 hours long, with no intermission. We will require proof of vaccination for all attendees before entering the venue and masks are to be worn by patrons at all time. In addition, we will abide by all relevant health orders (e.g. Covid-19) in force at the time of the performance - any updates to our procedures will be posted on our website and provided to ticket-holders via email.
Directed by Gabriel A. Ross. Production Crew: Nate Bogner, lighting design, Michael Cohen, set design, Crystal Barnes, costume design, Nicholas Taplin, sound design, Susan Dunn, production manager/props, Vicki Victoria, graphics, Jerome Solberg, misc. production. Thanks to Jon Tracy and TheatreFirst for our use of Live Oak Theatre.
Playing Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m, Sundays at 7 p.m., February 5th-19th, 2021, Live Oak Theatre, Berkeley.
Big, Scary Animals Cast Bios
David Zubiria Clark)
David Zubiria (Clark) is excited to be working with Actors Ensemble of Berkeley for the first time. He most recently worked with Theatre Rhinoceros in Darebnb and has appeared in several TV commercials and radio spots throughout the years. Other theatrical accomplishments include Zoot Suit, Anna in the Tropics, 4 Guys Named Jose...and Una Mujer Named Maria, Oliver!, and Twelfth Night. David has a BA in Dramatic Art from UC Berkeley.
ShawnJ West (Marcus)
ShawnJ West (Marcus), that’s one word, has performed as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Turnbo, August Wilson’s Jitney; Polixenes, The Winter’s Tale; Dogberry, Much Ado About Nothing; Gooper, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with the African-American Shakespeare Company. Sterling North, Permanent Collection with Piedmont Center for the Arts; Lady Percy, Henry IV, Part I with The Free Theatre; George, Of Mice and Men with Role Players Ensemble Theatre; Buckingham, Richard III with Impact Theatre. Belize in Angels in America: Perestroika; Gidger in The Violet Hour and Don in A Chorus Line with ReAct Theatre. Here’s to the journey, live, learn & pass it on. Enjoy!!!
Jeff Trescott (Donald)
Jeff Trescott (Donald) has been doing theater in the SF Bay Area for 40 years. He's very happy to be doing it again.
Marcie Rich (Rhonda)
Marcie Rich (Rhonda) played Argan in Actors Ensemble's boisterous 2020 production of Moliere's The Imaginary Invalid. She is very pleased to be working with the company again.
Oliver Moorhead Clarke (Ronnie)
Oliver Moorhead Clarke (Ronnie) is a freshman at UC Berkeley studying theater and is excited to be playing the part of Ronnie in Big Scary Animals. This is his first part in a play since Covid and he is excited to perform again. He would like to thank his family and friends for their continuous support.
Justina M. Ashley (Sophia)
Justina M. Ashley (Sophia) is delighted to be a part of this production. A participant in the Theatre Bay Area 2016 ATLAS Actor program, she has studied acting at several Bay Area schools such as Studio A.C.T., Berkeley Rep School of Theater and CCSF. When she is not pursuing her acting career, she is studying martial arts and trying to keep up with her favorite comic books and television shows.