Music @ the Sofia: the staff share some of its favorite moments thus far

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Martin Sexton playing at the Sofia

Since opening the Sofia B Street Theatre and SBL Entertainment have brought a diverse collective of musical acts to the stage. After twenty nights of awesome music, the staff at the B Street Theatre shared some of their favorite moments and the reasons why music at the Sofia is so fantastic. 

Jerry Montoya, Executive Producer

The first SBL concert featured the blues guitarist Tinsley Ellis. We hadn’t had the opportunity to have a dry tech in the space yet, and so, while we were rehearsing, preparing the technical necessities for the concert, someone unplugged the wrong cord and the sound system completely shut down. Not a good thing before a concert. So I began sniffing around and I found a breaker that hadn’t been flipped yet. I thought to myself, “this is obviously the problem.” So I flipped it over, and suddenly the roof hatch above us opened up. So now we’re looking at the sky above us, and we still have no power to the sound system, all the while trying to get ready for the first live concert here at the Sofia. Everyone got to work quickly. One of our contractors came down from Yuba City to help out, and we were able to fix all of the problems in time. The concert itself… was awesome. Tinsley Ellis is such a pro. And he showed us how amazing the Sutter Theatre can sound. Afterwards, he came up to me and said, “You have to record live concerts here. The sound is so pure.” It was definitely uplifting. We’re still finding ways to improve the experience, but these live concerts really are a gift to the B Street Theatre. It’s something we’ve never done before, and to see it all work out so well… we’re excited for the future.

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Tinsley Ellis, Paul Piazza Photography


Lyndsay Burch, Artistic Producer

The coolest thing about the concerts to me is the diversity of the performers. I saw Tinsley Ellis with my family–they’re from North Carolina and they absolutely loved it. And then I saw the spiritual speaker Rob Bell. I’m not a spiritual person, but he was absolutely amazing. That was our first sold out ‘concert’ in the Sutter Theatre and the lobby of the Sofia was packed. So many people had come out to see him. The line to the Box Office went all the way to the bathrooms. And no one was angry or befuddled. They were all just so excited to see this man in person. I’m hoping one day we’ll be able to bring in Alicia Keys or Lindsey Buckingham. But the acts we’re bringing in right now have such big followings. We’ve had such a diverse group of people come to the Sofia. Some don’t even know it’s a theatre, and when they arrive, they suddenly realize, “Oh man! I gotta see one of the plays here too.” It’s been fun to watch this space grow so quickly.

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Rob Bell


Valerie Marston, Family Series Administrator 

My husband and I have seen three concerts at the Sofia and we love it. We saw Tinsley Ellis, Oleta Adams, and Chris Webber and Nina Gerber, who opened for Karla Bonoff.  Oleta Adams was amazing. She had a hit in the 90’s, I remember because I was in a Top 40 band at the time, and she sounded just as good as she did back then.  And the space itself is awesome. It isn’t a tiny venue at all, but it feels so intimate. My husband and I like to sit in the back so we can absorb the entire experience. We both come from the world of music, and these nights are so much fun for us. We can grab a glass of wine, bring it into the theatre with us, listen to some great music, and get home at a decent hour. (She laughs) It’s the perfect date night.

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Oleta Adams


Liz Liles-Brown, Marketing Director 

As a musician who’s toured across the country, and the former owner of a music venue, I have a lot of experience in how venues ought to be run. B Street is now a full performance venue. There have been one or two hiccups along the way, however, customer service is always our number one priority, whether two people are in the lobby or 700. I have never experienced the amount of care and friendly interaction in a venue like the type B Street provides. Instead of treating people like a ticket stub, we value each person walking through the doors of the Sofia. We feel that one night at this space can convince people to come back for Family Series, Upstairs @ the B, and Mainstage productions. There have been a lot of people who’ve come here for a concert not realizing we do so much more. And once they realize, it’s so much fun to see them figure out when to come back. One of the opening acts even bought tickets for his family to come see The Lion, The Witch, & the Wardrobe. The coolest thing about it all: patrons are walking into a music venue that has 30 year’s experience as a theatre company. This is rare because you will have a one-in-a-million experience when you come see a show in Sacramento’s new jewel of a theatre.

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Bird’s Eye View of the Sutter Theatre

Sean Patrick Nill, Artistic Associate

My first time house managing a concert at the Sofia was the night we hosted the Masters of Hawaiian Music. People had come from all over to see these guys play: from Sacramento, from the Bay Area, from Los Angeles, some even from Hawaii. The night was going smoothly, and, after a quick stop at the restroom, I returned to find the headliner of the concert, George Kahumoku Jr, hanging out in the lobby before his set, snacking on three different cans of Blue Diamond Almonds. We started talking about music, theatre, and the amazing quality of sound in the Sutter Theatre. But once he learned I worked at the B Street Theatre, he held out a can of Sriracha flavored almonds to me and said, “C’mon man, have some almonds. You guys have earned good almonds.” The amount of appreciation these musicians have shown is reward enough.  We’re new at this, and we’re learning as we go along, but each night–whether it is a gospel singer, or a bluegrass band, or a violinist–it’s fun to watch these talented musicians convey such excitement over this new venue. I can’t wait to meet them all, and to listen to the amazing music they bring to the Sofia.

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Masters of Hawaiian Music

The Sofia will be hosting six concerts and special events before the month of April is over, including Cubanismo this Friday,  guitarist Eleftheria Kotzia (presented by the Sacramento Guitar Society) this Saturday, and the popular podcast, Welcome to Night Vale this upcoming Monday. Got to to book your tickets now.



Dana Brooke on the Family Series Stage

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Dana Brooke has been a long time member of the B Street Theatre Acting Company. However, she’s never appeared on the Family Series stage. That all changes this Sunday. Days before B Street’s production of The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe opens, Dana sat down with Artistic Associate Sean Patrick Nill to discuss the legacy of Narnia and her first time on stage at the Sutter Theatre for Children.

Did you ever read The Chronicles of Narnia as a kid?

Yes! I had the set of seven, which I wish I still had. Got lost in one of the many moves over the years.

Why is it a good story for children? 

Whether you read into any of the underlying meanings, or simply read the tale for the adventure, the books are full of mystery and action and wonder and imagination, all great things that make a story riveting. It’s a wild ride! And the adaptation we’ve put on stage is full of the same fantastic elements. There’s snow, and sword fights, and a talking beaver… plus flying and magic… what’s not fun about that?

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When was the last time you acted in a children’s show?

This is my first time! It’s a whole different beast, and I’m having a blast. I’ve gotten a lot of help from the seasoned pros here at B Street and the kids in our audiences are incredible.

What is your experience on the Family Series stage outside of acting? 

I’ve written two scripts for the Family Series: Extraordinary Things: Through the Eyes of Anne Frank and The Three Musketeers. Both are rewarding experiences; learned a lot!

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The Set of “The Three Musketeers”

How has writing children’s theatre assisted this time in acting children’s theatre?

I’ve learned that whether one is writing or acting, the fundamentals of story telling are the same. You’ve got to be clear in what you’re trying to communicate, either in writing text or performing it. Same job, different hats.

John Lamb has been on the Family Series stage more than any other company member. What has it been like acting with him on this stage?

John Lamb is just plain dreamy to work with. I beg anyone to argue otherwise.

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Dana Brooke & John Lamb

This is your first time performing at the Sofia? How does it feel to be an actor on the Sutter stage?

Feels great! Still like home, but brand spankin’ new and all the perks that come with that. Lots of fun new toys!

Come see Dana Brooke in The Lion, The Witch, & the Wardrobe, opening to the public this Sunday, April 15. Call the Box Office at (916) 443-5300 to book your tickets today! 


DELIVERED: a story slam at The Sofia

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On Thursday April 12, B Street will undergo a test run performance at The Sofia by hosting a story slam called DELIVERED. Started by Susie Fields Delmar in 2013, DELIVERED is a national story-telling organization which specifies in birth stories and reproductive health. Artistic Associate Sean Patrick Nill sat with Adara Blake, the Director of  DELIVERED’s Sacramento Chapter, to discuss the event on April 12 and the Sacramento Chapter of DELIVERED .


DELIVERED is a story slam event featuring stories of reproduction health, from contraception to pregnancy and beyond. We feature stories from the full spectrum of experience and fully support the choices made by individuals facing reproductive decisions. Stories are crafted by tellers based on personal experience as a participant/partner/provider/witness to reproductive health moments and told in five minutes or less. Our teller line-up is curated to be inclusive of diverse identities and experience.

How did DELIVERED begin? How has it grown? 

DELIVERED was founded by Susie Fields Delmar, a family medicine and obstetrics physician, who became interested in the stories of her patients. Recognizing the empowerment and community building that could grow out of these stories being told, the organization was founded and held its first slam in Boston in 2013. Since then, slams have been held by chapters in Cape Cod, St. Louis, and now Sacramento. We had our first slam in December at Shine Coffee House on 14th Street.

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When did the The Sofia peak your interest? Why is it a good venue for DELIVERED?

The Sofia is providing an unparalleled opportunity for local artists to present their work in a state-of-the-art facility. DELIVERED seeks to connect local communities to the sometime raw, sometimes funny, and always thought provoking realities of reproduction through the art of storytelling – what better place to do that than at Sacramento’s number one theatre company? We are so grateful for the support the theatre has given us in order to scale up our vision and bring it to a larger and more diverse audience.

What should we expect on Thursday April 12? 

Thursday’s stories will feature a wide range of tellers, from a young woman’s experience confronting an usual life and fertility threatening health condition, to a father embracing the humor in trying to conceive a child, to a doctor’s perspective as a provider of provider of reproductive health services. We also always leave room for an audience teller and will collect submissions throughout the evening, because we believe everyone has a story to tell.


Why is B Street and DELIVERED a good partnership?

DELIVERED and B Street is a natural partnership because we share many of the same goals – to use the art of storytelling and performance to educate, promote community, and to connect with a diverse audience.

DELIVERED will at the Sofia on Thursday April 12 at 7:00 PM. More information is on our website under “Other Entertainment.” Come hear these amazing stories. 

Notes from an Expert: UC Davis Professor of Finance Brad Barber on “Dry Powder”

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Brad Barber was the first talk back guest for our production of Dry Powder. As a professor of finance at UC Davis, Barber has extensive knowledge of private equity and its effect on America. He sat with Artistic Associate Sean Patrick Nill to overview the authenticity of Dry Powder. 

Did you enjoy the show? 

Brad: Tremendously. Dry Powder has a very clever script that educates, entertains, and challenges the audience. The acting in this production is excellent!
Why is it an important play for present day America?
Dry Powder is well grounded in the world of private equity and lays bare some of the tensions that capitalism creates in our society. These issues remain front and center as we discuss issues of free trade, tax policy, and social safety nets.
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What are three important aspects that everyone should know about private equity?
First off, Private equity firms (e.g., Blackstone) use a pool of investor money (e.g., CalPERS, Yale Endowment, etc.) to buy/invest in private companies (e.g., Uber, California Pizza Kitchen). Secondly, Private equity can be disruptive, creating new products that disrupt existing industries and displace workers. And finally, Private equity does spread great ideas/products and does improve the efficiency of existing goods/services.
Does this show convey/clarify those aspects? 
The play does a terrific job of explaining the various aspects of private equity, including the large sums of money that those in private equity make.
Why is private equity such a complex machine? Is there a tool or way  in which people who aren’t involved in that world could better understand it? 
The basic problem that private companies have is finding capital. The private equity industry is designed to solve this problem by acquiring money from investors and identifying companies that have great promise for either spreading ideas or operational improvements. The book and movie Barbarians at the Gate is a good complement to Dry Powder and provides an easy introduction to the world of private equity.
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Why is private equity an important function for American industry? How does it hurt us overall as a country? 
Private equity can spread good ideas, improve the operational efficiency of companies, and earn investors a solid return (which in California, private equity funds many of our pensions via CalSTRS and CalPERS). While delivering these desirable outcomes, private equity can be disruptive and lead to job losses, which has a tremendous impact on communities and families. As a society, we have not yet learned  how to deal with the economic disruption that occurs from innovation, technology, and trade, which are the tools that private equity uses to spread ideas and create operational efficiency. Innovation, technology, and trade generally yield a bigger pie, but they also create winners and losers in our society. We must be thoughtful, and try to ensure that the gains made by private equity are enjoyed by all.
Dry Powder runs until April 29. Call the Box Office at (916) 443-5300 to get your tickets to this hysterical look at the world of high finance. 
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The Return of Melinda Parrett


Melinda Parrett, B Street Acting Company Member who starred in Ladies Foursome and 39 Steps, returns after a two year absence to discuss her time with B Street, her time away, and her excitement for Dry Powder, and the Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts.

Melinda Parrett: (In high squeaky voice) Hiiiiiiiiiiiiyyyyyyeeee!!!!!

Sean Patrick Nill: When was the last time you were at B Street? 

Spinning Into Light, the holiday show in 2015.

Where have you been?

I’ve been acting with Utah Shakespeare Festival for the past two summers, which is a six month contract in beautiful south Utah?

Lots of hiking? 

Oh yes! It’s Zion country. It’s one of those contracts where you’re working, but you feel like it’s a vacation. It’s a wonderful place.

So what brought you back?

Well, I love Sacramento. It’s my hometown. My family still lives here and I love being near my family. And I love B Street, and I wanted to be a part of this new journey for them, and I’m really excited to be in the second show on the Mainstage. It’s a beautiful space for a theatre that’s deserved a home like this for a long time.

Being from Sacramento, when did you first hear about B Street?

When I was young, I did a lot of musical theatre. But one day, when I was in my 20s,  I saw a show at B Street with a friend of mine… it was either Escanaba in Da Moonlight or Cloud Techtonics. I think it was Cloud Techtonics. But I remember liking the show. And so I went to college and I learned how to… you know… act. I started doing more straight plays. And I was actually hanging out with Elisabeth Nunziato one day after shooting a film of hers, and she told me that B Street was seeing actors for their upcoming play. And I auditioned.. .and… then I was in 39 Steps.

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Where you played all the women?

And Amy Kelly played all the men…

(Both Melinda and Sean laugh) 

And so what shows followed after that? 

I came back to do Rx. And then I did Robyn is Happy with Amy and Elisabeth. That play ended with my character in a prosthetic hand.


I thought so. And then I did Elemeno Pea, Wrong for Each Other, Ladies Foursome, and Spinning Into Light. So Dry Powder is my eighth show.

Any really fond memories of those shows? 

Most of them happened with Amy Kelly in the dressing room. Just being idiots in the dressing rooms taking selfies for Snapchat and Instagram. She has a whole album on her Facebook called “Amy and Melinda’s Acting Portfolio” which is just me and her being silly. There’s a lot of great memories over all the shows I’ve done.

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What do you think of the Sofia?

Oh… it’s gorgeous. It’s… GOR… GEE…OUS! It’s efficient. It’s functional. It’s exactly what this theatre company has earned.

Do you miss 2711 B Street at all? 

I miss the train. I’m the only company member that’ll say that. But it was another character in the play. And the way the audiences reacted to it… it was really fun. And that place taught me how to act in a different way. The intimacy was so innate that… I had to talk in a realistic way. And I’m happy that this Mainstage has that similar intimacy, it makes the shows here so real and entertaining for the audiences.

So what are the joys and challenges of performing Dry Powder? 

It’s a great play. And Sarah Burgess has opened up the world of Wall Street that many Americans have never been introduced to. And Jenny, my character… she’s not a bad person, but all she cares about is winning, how she can win, and when she’ll win. I don’t think it’s about the money for her because she doesn’t do anything with it, it’s just about winning. It’s a real fun play. It’s such a play for this time. I, Melinda, needed a dramaturgy packet for the dramaturgy packet for this play. This world is not a part of my daily life, and I learned a ton, more than I ever had to for contemporary plays.

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How does it feel to be a member of this acting company? 

Well, it’s amazing to be included in this time for B Street. This facility is just amazing, and the energy around it is intoxicating. And it’s so rare to be a part of an acting company where you can always come back, where you are always a part of the family. It means a lot to me. It’s hard to find work as an actor consistently. And to have a company that’s always looking out for me, that’s always giving me opportunities, that challenges me, where I learn… it’s really special.

Some Fun Questions:

Where’s your favorite place to eat in Sacramento?

Lou’s Sushi. I’m a vegan…you can tell them that… and the vegan scene is getting better here in Sacramento and Lou’s offer’s vegan sushi that is… so good… and I love Pushkin’s. It’s an awesome bakery.

I know your a fan of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Who are you rooting for this season?

Monet Exchange… I’ve seen her in LA, and she’s an amazing performer. I hope she’s able to do what she does well on the show. Also Mayhem Miller. I’m a big fan.

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And finally, when things go right, what do you do to celebrate?

I got to Disneyland. Even when things go wrong, I go to Disneyland.

Come see Melinda Parrett in our upcoming production of Dry Powder, opening Friday March 30th. Tickets are available online at



Sarah Burgess, “Dry Powder”, and their Journey to the Stage

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Sarah Burgess, Playwright of Dry Powder

Dry Powder opened at the Public Theatre with a splash, featuring an all-star cast and an all-star director. However, the playwright, Sarah Burgess was an unknown name to many audiences.  In this blog, we dive into her story and how she went from a tutor to an Off-Broadway playwright. 

In 2015, Sarah Burgess, the playwright of Dry Powder, had not gotten a single play produced by a professional theatre company. She had taken part in many development workshops and playwriting collectives, but she had not received the one thing a playwright needs to start a career: a production credit. Having graduated from NYU in the mid 2000’s, Burgess earned money by tutoring those about to take graduate admission tests. Many of her clients were employees of Wall Street investment firms like Goldman Sachs. This was her first exposure to the world of high finance.

“I was fascinated by the culture of the place,” she says in an interview with the Washington Post. “The idea of moral responsibility and the human consequences of the bankers’ complex and abstract business transactions seemed vibrant ones for a play.” For Christmas that year, she asked her father for Barbarians at the Gate, the story behind the 1988 leveraged buyout which conveyed much of Wall Street’s culture and inner workings. She began working on the play, and soon submitted it to several different theatre companies throughout the country.

Oskar Eustis is the Artistic Director of the Public Theatre in New York, one of the most respected theatre companies in the country. He discovered Burgess’ play on a pile of unproduced scripts. Often these scripts are instantly discarded, but  Dry Powder was a rare exception.

“For me it happens once a decade,” Eustis explains, “But I read her play and immediately said, ‘We’re producing this.”

Burgess’ first professional production not only took place at the premiere off-Broadway venue in New York, but also featured a superb creative team. Eustis hired Thomas Kail, the acclaimed director of musicals like Hamilton and In the Heights to the stage the play.  Kail then hired Emmy Award winning actors Hank Azaria (THE SIMPSONS), Claire Danes (HOMELAND), and John Krasinski (THE OFFICE) to star as the heads of a private equity firm in the middle of a PR disaster.

Off-Broadway Production of Dry Powder 

“There are many things about this production that are not typical for a first-time writer,” commented Sarah Burgess.

That is because Dry Powder is not a typical play. It tells the story of KMM Capital Management, a fictional private equity firm in Manhattan going through a PR disaster. The same week his company forced massive layoffs at a national grocery chain, Rick Hannel threw himself an extravagant engagement party, leading to damning editorials and friction with investors. Fortunately, Seth, one of Rick’s partners, has a dream of a deal to invest in an American-made luggage company for cheap that will rescue his boss from the PR disaster. But Jenny, Rick’s other partner, has an entirely different plan: to maximize returns, no matter the consequences. Dry Powder shows the inner workings of Wall Street, the moral dilemma of capitalism in the 21st century, and the real cost of getting the deal done.

For Buck Busfield, Artistic Director of B Street, the play reaches a human level that some may overlook.” Dry Powder is not about business or morality.  It is about people. People with ambitions, values and frailties all vying for different things.”

“It’s an electric play,” Dave Pierini, Artistic Producer, comments. “It has such great wit and delves deeply into the different characters within private equity.”

Just like One Man, Two Guvnors, the  cast of Dry Powder is completely composed of  members of the B Street Acting Company. Look below to see which company members you’ll see next on the B Street stage:

Melinda Parrett will star as Jenny
Dave Pierini will star as Rick
Jason Kuykendyall will star as Seth
Jahi Kearse will star as Jeff

Tickets are available for Dry Powder. Call the Box Office and grab your tickets now to see this electric new play running from March 27th to April 29th. 

The Story of Peter Story


Long time Company Member Peter Story has returned to the B Street to star in the inaugural production at the Sofia, One Man, Two Guvnors. His performance as the hungry servant Francis Henshall has received acclaim throughout the Sacramento area. As One Man, Two Guvnors gets ready to close, Artistic Associate Sean Patrick Nill sat down with Peter to discuss his relationship with B Street and his time as Francis. 

Where are you from and how did you end up a B Street?

Peter Story: I’m originally from Oklahoma. I’m a multi-generational Okie. And I went to college at the University of Evansville in Indiana becasue they had a great theatre program. And one of the opportunities we had as students is to audition for the South Eastern Theatre Conference, which brings in a plethora of summer stock companies and year round professional companies. I went just to get a summer stock gig. I was planning on going to Grad School. I was not interested in any year long internship. So, I went in for my audition where 50 or 60 different companies were all waiting. And as I’m about to go up,  I spotted Timothy Busfield. I recognized him from 30something and from Field of Dreams. It was the first celebrity I ever saw in person. And after my initial audition, he pointed to me and gave me a thumbs up, which was a huge deal for me. He gave me a call back. And I went to the call back with no expectation of taking an internship. I just wanted to meet this celebrity.

You wanted the story?

Exactly. And 45 minutes later, he talked me out of my grad school plans, talked me into leaving everything behind, and coming to Sacramento to work at this theatre for 10 months for free. And he said, “If you don’t suck, and you work hard, you could end up with an equity card. And if you’re really lucky, you may get a shot on the Main Stage.

What did you do after the Internship?

I went straight to Chicago. I thought that Chicago was going to be where I would spread my roots. But within a couple of months, Buck asked me to come back to be in Lilly’s Plastic Purse, which was the inaugural production for the Family Series back in 2002. And that started a non-stop pattern of doing 2 or 3 shows a year for the next 10 years. And after I Underpants, I was offered a spot as a member of the Acting Company, which… just meant the world to me.

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What’s a show that you’ve done at B Street that really sticks out for you?

The Underpants; the show led to a lot of things for me. I know specific jobs I got because of that show. I learned a ton, and I got to kind of spread my wings in my first lead role at B Street. People still talk to me about that show today, even after seeing One Man, Two Guvnors. It was just… an absolute blast.

You’ve been in LA for how many years now?

15 years now. I’m down there with my wife Megan and our adorable dog Panda.

How did you all meet?

We met here. She was an intern with Tara Sissom. B Street’s has had more than one impact on my life.

What type of work are you doing in LA? 

Television, teaching, webisodes. But I mean, once again it comes back to Tim Busfield. He was very instrumental in helping me find television work when I first arrived. And that momentum lead to film work and teaching and webisodes. Both Tim and Buck, when B Street really started getting its momentum, wanted to create a stable of actors that they can bring back. And they make sure that we’re taken care of when we’re here, but they’ll also recommend us for other opportunities outside of B Street.

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How much did it mean to you when Buck offered you the role of Francis Henshall?

It meant everything. It meant that all my hard work paid off: from my internship to my small supporting roles to my bigger lead roles. All of that meant something to Buck. He not only liked me, but he trusted me with this role, in this moment when we’re opening a new theatre, when I know Buck wants to start with a splash. It  meant the world that he trusted me with it.  Plus, this is such a great role. Especially for a heavier character actor. There aren’t too many roles like this for my type. In this show, I get too do so much: prat falls, tons of physical comedy, I get to sing, I get to play an instrument. It’s just the best.

What will you take from this experience? 

This company has been there for me time and time again. When my wife, Megan, got sick, Brittni, Amy, Tara, and Stephanie put together this amazing sketch show called, “Nitty, Gritty, Titty Committee” to help us raise money for medical expenses. And not only was it hysterical, but it helped us, in ways most people can’t imagine. This is a home to me, and the fact that they keep giving me opportunities to excel while also helping my family… there’s just no other place like it.

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And as for this moment in time… when I was on tour, I got to go to the most beautiful theaters in the country: Bing Crosby Theatre, Duke Ellington Theatre, etc.. and you walk into these places, and you go backstage or in the green room and you see pictures and names of people who opened these theaters, ya know, famous actors who your remembered from years past. You get to see the plays that started these places. And to have that heritage, to carve my name in this place, to be one of the first actors that bowed on that stage, I’ll always be grateful for that.

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When will B Street audiences see you next?

I’ll be playing Shreddy Eddy in Airness. Come see it, it’s gonna be great!

And you all have one more weekend to come see One Man, Two Guvnors starring Peter Story as Francis Henshall. Tickets are available at the Box Office. Call (916) 443-5300 and get your tickets now.