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Pamela Gaye Walker  (Frances)

Appearing as the wife who instigates a startling conversation is Pamela Gaye Walker, an award-winning actress, as well as accomplished playwright, screenwriter, and director for both theatre and film. As an actor, her work in film and television includes Wooly Boys with Peter Fonda, The Incredibles, Last Rites with Randy Quaid, Mercury Rising, Family Law, and Saved By The Bell. Among her stage appearances are: Buckets O’ Beckett, with John Mahoney, Mercury Theatre, Chicago; Sea Marks, Royal George, Chicago (Jefferson Award Nomination); Hannah Free, Victory Gardens, Chicago, (Actress of the Year);  What We're Up Against, Magic Theatre; John Gabriel Borkman, After The Revolution, Aurora Theatre, Berkeley; The Last Schwartz, Zephyr Theatre, L.A.; Brooklyn Boy, TheatreWorks, Palo Alto; Little Shop of Horrors, The Jewish Wife, Children of a Lesser God, Peninsula Players, Door County, WI. She also played Georgia O'Keeffe in Alfred Steiglitz Loves O’Keeffe at FCT, L.A. (Best Actress & Best Production), as well as in venues large and small around the country. She directed the film Trifles with an all-Pixar cast and crew, has written many screenplays in various stages of development, as well as written and directed the films Improvising the Future and Shakti’s Retreat. She has also created a 1000 page journal-to-book now in development, about integrating a full life, with marriage and children, into show biz. Read more here.

JW Walker (Greg)

Co-star John Walker has extensive experience in live theatre, acting in 25 shows professionally with his wife, Pamela Gaye. Including college productions, this play marks the couple’s 40th appearance on stage together, their first after a 20 year hiatus. Walker and Gaye co-produced John Logan's Hauptmann at New York's Off-Broadway Cherry Lane Theatre before Walker moved his career into feature films. Prior to producing the Academy Award®-winning Disney•Pixar film The Incredibles, Walker served as Associate Producer for the Warner Bros. films Osmosis Jones and The Iron Giant. His most recent project was Disney's Tomorrowland, where he served as Executive Producer, and he is currently back at Pixar producing an upcoming feature film. He had a seven-year stint as Managing Director of the Tony Award®-winning Victory Gardens Theatre, where he produced over 30 new plays. Walker also served as President of the League of Chicago Theatres.

Garret Jon Groenveld (Playwright)

Jon Carroll of the San Francisco Chronicle has called Garret Jon Groenveld "a treasure of the community.”  He is author of The Hummingbirds, winner of the Internationalists Global Playwrighting Prize, as well as winner of the 2012 GAP Festival from the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. Groenveld is a seven-time recipient of the PlayGround Emerging Playwright Award, and has received three PlayGround full-length play commissions. Missives, his play about a black woman and her gay neighbor, had well-received productions in San Francisco and New York. A poet and playwright currently living in San Francisco, Groenveld holds an MA in Poetry and an MFA in Playwriting from San Francisco State University, and also studied with Edward Albee at the University of Houston.

Richard Seyd  (Director)

Now a Los Angeles resident, Richard Seyd is well known to local audiences for his long associations with several leading theatres, as well as the long-running hit commercial hits he has helmed in the Bay Area. This is the first production he has directed in the Bay Area since 2004. Seyd served as Associate Artistic Director of the American Conservatory Theater from 1992 to 1997, where he directed The Learned Ladies, Dario Fo’s The Pope And The Witch, Pygmalion, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Oleanna, Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead, Othello, The Matchmaker, and A Streetcar Named Desire. In the 1980s, he was Associate Producing Director of the Eureka Theatre, directing acclaimed productions including Cloud Nine (which ran commercially in San Francisco for a year and a half at the Marines Memorial Theatre), The Wash, The Threepenny Opera, and Dario Fo’s About Face.  He has received multiple Drama-Logue, Backstage West, and Bay Area Critics Circle Awards for his direction, including Noises Off (which also ran commercially for over two years at the Marines Memorial Theatre).  Other works include A Feast of Fools  starring Geoff Hoyle at the Marines Memorial Theatre and at La Jolla Playhouse; many plays for Berkeley Repertory Theatre; and works at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival,  San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, California Shakespeare Festival, La Mirada Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, as well as Classic Stage Company and Wonderhorse Theatres in New York. Abroad, he has helmed a highly successful production of A Reckoning with Jonathon Pryce at the Soho Theatre in London’s West End, and The Pickle Family Circus’s London Tour. He is also developing a rock musical, The 12, with Tony Award winning Robert Schenkkan and Neil Berg. He directed its World Premiere production at the Denver Center Theatre last spring.