Private Fears in Public Places

by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Jessica Holt
July 10—August 16, 2009
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm (July 26, Aug. 2, 9, 16), Thursdays at 7:30pm (July 23, 30, Aug. 6, 13)
"Pay What You Will" on 7/17
It’s the West Coast premiere of one of RVP’s most popular playwrights. This cinematic slice of life tells the stories of six people whose lives intersect in ordinary places: offices, homes, bars, hotels. The structure of the play is almost like “a film for stage,” with scenes gliding seamlessly into the next and interconnected stories overlapping as the characters connect. A brilliant chamber piece about the way our lives are linked, Private Fears in Public Places was named one of New York’s Top 10 Theater Events.
(in order of appearance)
Dana Zook (Nicola)
Keith Jefferds (Stewart)
Patrick Barresi (Dan)
Jim Fye (Ambrose)
Linnea George (Charlotte)
Lauren Rosi (Imogen)
Hugh Campion (Arthur)
Production Staff
Director: Jessica Holt
Production Manager: Madge Grahn
Set Design: Ron Krempetz
Set Construction: Ian Swift
Costume Design: Tami Berlin
Lighting Design: Carrie Mullen
Sound Design: Greg Scharpen
Property Design: Sue Anderson
Stage Manager: Shelley Sanborn
Rehearsal Assistant: Hilary Hyatt
Dialect Coach: Rebecca Castelli
Light Operator: Shelley Sanborn
Sound Operator: Michael Skelton
Box Office Manager: Shelley Sanborn
Volunteer Coordinator: Susan Suomi
Publicity Coordinators: Tinka Ross, Suzie Hughes
Publicist: Kim Taylor
Graphic Design: Mark Shepard



"This summer it's RVP's turn to shine. Private Fears in Public Places is a brilliant production of a brilliant script. On opening night, it was joyfully obvious that even the performers were amazed by what they'd done. Don't miss it. RVP's West Coast premiere is so strong and so well balanced as to have no perceptible weaknesses."
–Barry Willis, Marin Independent Journal

"This staging has impeccable timing. The ensemble plays with no concern for star quality, and brilliance in both the writing and design all contribute to an enveloping pleasure that sparkles and satisfies even as it sometimes saddens the heart. Jessica Holt directs with both authority and effectiveness to achieve sharp characterizations and brisk pacing. All six performers are wonderful in finding dimension and credibility in their characterizations."
–David Fickbohm, TheaterKat

"The 'set without walls', the creation of Ron Krempetz, is done very well and shines. A work that should be seen by all..."
–Mario Echevarria, S.F. Tribune

"Thanks to Director Jessica Holt, the performances are pitch-perfect and the audience is tugged in every direction by the skillful interweaving of story lines and the gradual revelation of the characters’ true personalities."
–Flora Lynn Isaacson, S.F. Bay Times

"...full of surprises, some laughs, some heartbreaks and a sense that we're all in this leaky lifeboat together...Newcomer Jessica Holt directs with a sure sense of the precise timing that Ayckbourn's structure requires."
–Charles Brousse, Pacific Sun

"...a strong cast who put their hearts into the acting giving a knockout ensemble performance that should not be missed."
–Kedar Adour, TheatreWorld

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