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June 21 - July 7, 2024 at the City Heights Performance Annex
                                                                               3795 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, CA 92105

This is what happens to Shakespeare's original text of Twelfth Night when its heroine, its 'beating heart,' is marauding through it as a ZOMBIE.

Viola didn’t survive the shipwreck. But she still washes up in Illyria, with a single-minded purpose – brains. A loving massacre of Shakespeare’s masterful comedy, born from the realization that the original text can and does survive as its characters, one by one, turn into zombies, and that the sheer self-involvement of some characters transcends all need for earthly dialogue, and that one of the characters has, in fact, been swearing revenge for 400 years. Shakespeare meets creature-feature in this mash-up that promises to be unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

Meet the Cast

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DANNY CAMPBELL has appeared in over fifty Southern California mainstage shows and a variety of festival productions and staged readings. Credits include: 100+ performances in THE NORMAN CONQUESTS trilogy at Cygnet, AS YOU LIKE IT and PUBLIC ENEMY for New Fortune, HAMLET, ALL MY SONS, ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, KING JOHN and others for Intrepid, more than a dozen shows at Moonlight and multiple shows each at Long Beach Playhouse, Starlight, Lamb’s, Octad-One, Onstage and Scripps Ranch. Favorite roles include Michael in DANCING AT LUGHNASA, Bejart in LA BÊTE, York in RICHARD II, Duncan in MACBETH, James Wilson in 1776, and Pickering in MY FAIR LADY.

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FREDY GOMEZ CRUZ is ecstatic to make his Loud Fridge debut! He is a San Diego-based actor, singer, dancer, fight choreographer, and teaching artist. His favorite projects include Midsummer Night's Dream (Lysander), Optika Moderna’s La Lucha (Morfeo), Bocon’s Hip Hop It Don’t Stop (Geelow), and MiraCosta’s Addams Family (Gomez Addams). Currently, he is a member of the Camino 23 Collective and has begun his Teaching Artistry journey with Bocón! He is grateful to his family and wife, Natasha, who inspires him to be a brave Artist. Next Up: Short Film: Apocalypse on the Rocks

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ROBERT DEL PINO is an actor and songwriter, under the name Lewith Pines, from Corona CA whose made rounds in San Diego and has now landed himself in Los Angeles. After attending San Diego State University and performing at Seaworld for multiple years, Robert is excited to return to San Diego to work with Loud Fridge and be a part of this reimagined classic. Music has been the focus for Robert since making the move to LA so returning to San Diego is also a return to the stage and he couldn't be more ready. Enjoy the show!

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ASHLEY "LEE" ENGELMAN is a graduate of the University of San Diego, where she earned a BA in English and Theatre, as well as a paralegal certificate. Some of her favorite theatrical credits include Hamlet (Hamlet), Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Viola (Twelfth Night), Lysander (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Marc (Art), Mary Baltimore (On the Verge), Ms. Delaney (fml:How Carson McCullers Saved My Life), Cinna the Poet/Calpurnia (Julius Caesar), Perdita (Winter's Tale), Pistol/Dauphin (Henry V), and Lady Macbeth (Macbeth). She most recently appeared as Maggie Cutler in Vanguard Theatre's production of The Man Who Came to Dinner.

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JULIA GIOLZETTI , a San Diego native, spent 2 years Off-Broadway in the company of Drunk Shakespeare, a New York Times Critic's Pick. Local credits include Puffs (Tenth Ave Arts Center), Return Engagements (Scripps Ranch Theatre) & The Winter's Tale (Coronado Playhouse). She also performed in an immersive experience for the Amazon Prime series “The Expanse” as part of Comic-Con 2019. In 2020 as a response to the pandemic, Julia created Sofa Shakespeare, an international project where anyone can perform 1 minute of Shakespeare from home. She is the proud mom of Rosalind & Cameron (humans) and Fred (hound dog). BFA: NYU.

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NICK KENNEDY has acted in more than twenty full productions of Shakespeare’s works and has directed seven productions. He is a Co-Founder of Poor Players, now New Fortune Theatre Company, where he was last seen on stage as Peter Stockmann in last summer’s production of Public Enemy. Nick holds a Master’s Degree in English from SDSU and Bachelor’s degrees in English and Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin, where he participated in the Shakespeare at Winedale program. Having grown up between New Jersey, Virginia, Guam and Texas, he has been a proud San Diego County resident since 2001.

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WILLIAM BJ ROBINSON is an adopted Black, Puerto Rican, and White queer international arts educator, music director, and composer. BJ moved from New Jersey to San Diego in 2009, and they've worked throughout San Diego, with churches & schools to non-profits & professional companies. Recent credits include their original one-person show, The Pandemusical Diaries, and Notes on Killing Seven Oversight Management & Economic Stability Board Members at Moxie. Musical Direction credits include I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change! at Vanguard Theatre & Seussical Jr. at Scripps Theatre Arts. Currently, BJ is Director of Music at Christ United Presbyterian Church, Board President/Director of Community Outreach for Loud Fridge Theatre Group, Creator/Host of Tough Talk, and Host of 'KPBS/Arts' on KPBS.

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RUTH RUSSELL is thrilled to be making her Loud Fridge debut. She studied acting at the University of St Thomas and has trained locally with Justin Lang, Jacqueline Ritz and Jo Anne Glover. Favorite roles include: Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Coronado Playhouse), Myra Bruhl in Deathtrap, Arlene Moss in Rose and Walsh (PLP, Aubrey Award winner), Abigail Williams in The Crucible, and Daisy Lawrence in Return Engagements (SRT). Ruth is the resident producer at Scripps Ranch Theatre and occasionally spends time with her husband and adorable dogs. IG: @theruthrussell, @citydoggossd. Reel:

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KAYLIN SAUR is a theatre artist in the broadest sense of the word "theatre" who landed in San Diego in 2021 after spending several years as a touring circus acrobat. She is a multi-hyphenate performer (Arson 101, A Choose Your Own Adventure - Best of Charm City Fringe 2023), who hosts drag shows (San Diego Kings Club: Kings & Friends), writes/directs movement musicals (Two Wolves, SD Fringe 2024), invents the occasional game show (Triple Threat Throwdown), and balances the books for small theatre companies (Loud Fridge Board Treasurer). Learn more about her at

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HAYDEN ST CLAIR has been dying to work with Loud Fridge Theatre Group! They were most recently seen at Lamplighter’s Theatre La Mesa in Charlie Brown Christmas (Charlie Brown). Other work in San Diego: Xanadu (Clio/Kira), Company (Jenny); Coronado Playhouse. Hayden received their BA in Theatre from Concordia University Irvine; credits include Into The Woods (Jack’s Mother), Bright Star (Stanford), Xanadu (Urainia), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tom Snout/Wall). They would like to thank the wonderful cast, crew, and creative team for all their efforts putting on this killer production. And thank you for supporting theatre!

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DONAE SWANSON is ecstatic to be performing with Loud Fridge Theatre Group for the first time! She is a fourth year performance major at San Diego State University. She has performed in regional and community theater both nationally and internationally. Some of Donae’s favorite performances include Rosalind in Shakespeare’s As You Like It (Divadlo Bez Zábradlí, Prague), Cobweb/Hermia Swing (Coronado Playhouse), Katherine in Love’s Labor’s Lost (SDSU Mainstage) and Ruth in A Raisin in the Sun (SDSU Mainstage).

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LILIANA TALWATTE is a San Diego-based actor and dramaturg from the UK. Previous credits include: Sunny in The Last Night of Ballyhoo (reading, Roustabouts Theatre Company); Clown/Annabella/Pamela/Margaret understudy in The 39 Steps (New Village Arts); Catherine in Proof, Shelby in Steel Magnolias, Angela in Abigail’s Party and Young Judith in Witchland (Backyard Renaissance); Weird Sister in PoeFest and Pinnochio in TwainFest (Write Out Loud); and Wolf and Bird in We Lovers (Scripps Ranch Theatre). She has also been Resident Dramaturg at Basement Arts and Greek Language Consultant on An Iliad (Creede Repertory Theatre). IG: @liliana_zt

Meet the Director

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KATE ROSE REYNOLDS is a multi-hyphenate theatre maker and the Director of Operations for Loud Fridge Theatre Group. Recent directing credits include: We Lovers, Ripped, The Pandemusical Diaries, Straight (Loud Fridge Theatre Group); Misery, the world premiere of It’s a Small World, or, The Robot Play, Mala (Bristol Valley Theatre); and co-directing gUnTOPIA (Roustabouts Theatre Company). She was most recently seen on stage in Tartuffe (North Coast Repertory Theatre and Laguna Playhouse), and stars in the independent horror film Soul to Keep, currently streaming on various platforms. She also serves as the resident Technical Director for Chequamegon Children’s Theatre in northern Wisconsin.

Meet the Playwright

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A.J. SCHAAR is an acclaimed comedic playwright of small renown. Her first play, Rummy Starker Love Fest, was produced first by her college (ASU), and then by a small professional theatre in downtown Phoenix called the Theatre in My Basement (TIMB). Rummy Starker was awarded "Best Avant Garde" by the East Valley Tribune, quote, "if you thought doing Disneyland on acid was a trip, you haven't seen Schaar." Her next play, Kill Socrates was workshopped and read by the New Fortune Theatre (Ms. Schaar is founding executive director). It was produced as a world-premiere by the Don Bluth Front Row Theatre (you may know the producer, Mr. Bluth, by his work as animated film Director: Secret of NIMH, American Tale, Land Before Time)-- and in a double-team of childhood heroes, it was directed by her Mom! Kill Socrates was nominated for almost every Arizoni award including Best Production, Best Direction, and every actor was nominated for Best Actor. Talking Broadway called it “…a drama that is very humorous while also moving and ultimately heartbreaking… a funny, charming, moving, interesting and intriguing new play.” Twelfth Night of the Living Dead will be Schaar's third world premiere. She is delighted that this "groaner" is taking its place with the Loud Fridge Theatre Ensemble! Other published plays by Schaar include Three Sisters (interpreted from Anton Chekhov), Oggetto Metallico (concerning Mussolini, The Pope, and an Alien Coverup), and The Triumph of Moriarty (based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle). Also a published novelist, her debut story, The Storybook Coroner, was almost immediately recognized as an "INDIE BOOK WE LOVE" by LoveReading in the U.K., and is still trending among their works of "most popular" fantasy fiction. Thanks are due to Giddeon Rappaport, Ph.D., for ensuring that Schaar's deep cuts of Shakespeare's Twelth Night were dramaturgically 'smart;' a thousand thanks are due to Richard Baird, Schaar's partner in Love and Art, for 'Ordering the Deaths,' for directing its workshops; and thanks are due to one and all involved in the readings and this production for taking this comedy seriously and bringing it to LIFE! 

The Production Team

Director: Kate Rose Reynolds

Producer/Scenic Designer: Michael Amira Temple

Stage Manager/Sound Designer: Estefanía Ricalde

Lighting Designer: Emily Johansson

Movement Director: Taylor Jo Oxley

Fight Choreographers: Nicolas Castillo and Kaivan Mohsenzadeh

Music Director: William BJ Robinson

Hair and Makeup Consultant: David Volkart

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