Chills & Thrills 2021

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Weird & Freaky Short Plays

Turned by Kathryn Gallai
Directed by James Rice
Beth – Bridget Garwood
Lydia – Shirley Hatton
Steve – Charlie Bates
by Donald Loftus
Directed by Margaret Schugt
Old Professor – James Rice
Young Professor – Allen Barstow
Sarah – Bridget Garwood
The Woman – Melissa Booey

Take My Place
by Deirdre Girard
Directed by Margaret Schugt
Hannah – Melissa Booey
Olivia – Bridget Garwood

Alibi by Matthew Haldeman
Directed by James Rice
Tom – Charlie Bates
Bill – Allen Barstow

Good Mourning by Marisa Roemer
Directed by Margaret Schugt
Elizabeth – Shirley Hatton
Ann – Melissa Booey
Vincent – James Rice

Interstitials created by Margaret Schugt, Marisa Roemer, and Annie Morse Vest

Production Team:
Lisa Coffi – Producing Artistic Director
Stephanie Coltrin – Artistic Director
Collette Rutherford – Managing Director
Annie Morse Vest – Producer
Margaret Schugt – Producer/Director
James Rice– Director/Actor
Kira Sherman – Stage Manager
Cinthia Nava – Sound Designer/Audio Engineer


Kathryn Farren Gallai

Kathryn Gallai (Turned) – is an award-winning actor and writer whose works have been featured in The Los Angeles Times and Broadway World. She’s a proud company member at Little Fish Theatre, and has worked with Shakespeare by the Sea multiple seasons. Most recently, she starred in her own work, Embridge, which won multiple awards for its 2019 production, including “Most Promising World Premiere Play” from StageScene L.A.. Her essay entitled “Life After Death” was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2020 Writer’s Digest Writing Competition and she’s been interviewed about her story and works in Voyage L.A. Magazine and just this month, in Shoutout L.A.. 
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Deirdre Girard (Take My Place) who tells women’s stories, received her Playwriting MFA at Boston University. She has had dozens of award-winning one-act plays produced as well as two full-length productions. Her work has been published by Applause Books, Smith & Kraus, and Smith Scripts (UK). Deirdre was twice named a Playwriting Fellow at New Repertory Theater and was selected for both the Company One and Central Square Theater’s play development programs. She recently completed a commission from Peabody Essex Museum, won QC Theatre’s Susan Glaspell national playwriting award, won the 2019 Boston Playwright’s Slam, was selected for the 2020 Barrington Stage’s 10×10 festival and 2020 and 2021 Boston Theatre Marathons. She is a playwriting instructor/mentor for several organizations including Gloucester Stage, Boston University’s Massachusetts Young Playwrights Project, and Northeastern University’s Silver Masque Theatre, as well as a member of the Boston Playwright’s Theatre Advisory Council and an editor for Stage Source’s New Play Alliance Newsletter. Learn more at:
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Matthew Haldeman (Alibi)
is a Teach for America alum and has taught public school in Washington DC, the Bronx, and a small village in Africa.  He is a graduate of Harvard Business School and currently serves as the co-founder of Allarium Learning.  His plays have been performed in theater festivals in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles.  He is the author of two books: A Matter of Interpretation, and The New Teacher’s Guide to Success. He lives in upstate NY with his wife and three boys, ages 8,6, and 4. His four-year-old is super excited to trick-or-treat in his Captain America costume. (Back to Top)

Donald Loftus (Glowworms)
is an American playwright, librettist and lyricist based in New York City. He has written the book and lyrics for several musicals including Pollyanna, Abbey Victoria, Round Duffy Square and Illusion. His full-length plays include The Springvale Armadillo, Per, Driftwood and The Archway. He has also written several short plays such as Glowworms. He recently won the HRC Showcase Theatre’s W. Keith Hedrick National Playwriting Award and has been selected to participate in next year’s William Inge Theatre Festival.  His works have been presented on stages across America and in the U.K. and in several ZOOM presentations during the pandemic. Donald serves on the Board of Directors of The Dramatist Guild Foundation and is a member of two actor/playwright groups: P.A.G.E.S.and DGPG, both based in New York City. Donald is thrilled to be a part of Little Fish Theatre’s Chills and Thrills. (Back to Top)

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Marisa Roemer (Good Mourning,and Interstitials)
is an introvert who hates to talk about herself. However, she will reveal that she is delighted to have her work included in this year’s Chills and Thrills. As a drama teacher at an LAUSD performing arts school here in San Pedro, she knows the value of theater in this community and is grateful for the opportunity to have another play featured here at Little Fish. Other plays include Camera Obscura, Death and Dismemberment, and Have Yourself a Scary Little Christmas. (Back to Top)


Allen Barstow

Allen Barstow

Allen has been a Little Fish Theatre company member for the past 5 years and is proud to be amongst such a great company. His first experience with the theater was with Private Eyes (Adrian) and he hopes to someday return to the role of Chris in Becky’s New Car which was scheduled to go up last year. His favorite performances include Macbeth (Banquo), A Winter’s Tale (Polixines), Shakespeare in Hollywood (Joe E. Brown), Waiting (McMartin), The Debate (God Who Loves), and Man of La Mancha (Dr. Curasco). He has also enjoyed studying with the Groundlings, Anteaus, and the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. When the world returns to some sense of normalcy, Allen invites you to join him in his spare time for some fencing, beach volleyball, or spikeball.   (Back to Top)

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Charlie Bates

Charlie is excited to return to the Little Fish stage, having recently appeared, virtually, in Pick of the Vine. Charlie has been seen in various productions at different Theaters in the South Bay, but particularly loves the October festivals that celebrate the season! He, as always, thanks his Amazing wife and kiddos for all their support. 
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Melissa Booey

Melissa most recently played Isabella in Measure for Measure as well as Lavinia in Titus Andronicus last Halloween. Her last in-person show at Little Fish was Pick of the Vine 2020, and she’s excited to return for Chills and Thrills. She is the host, creator, and producer of her podcast Poet!s Return which is on its second season.  (Back to Top)

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Bridget Garwood

Bridget is an actor and writer attracted to the beautiful bright flame that is Los Angeles. Bridget majored in theater performance at the University of Maryland College Park. On stage, she has had the pleasure of performing Pamela/Annabella/Margaret in 39 Steps, Kate Percy/Hostess—Henry IV, Pt 1, Gretchen-Boeing, Boeing, Helena-Midsummer Night’s Dream, Kelly–Key Change, Lampito–Lysistrata. Her first feature, Haze, opened nationally in theaters around the nation and can be seen on Netflix and iTunes. Other feature films she’s been a part of include supporting roles in Diminuendo and House Hunting. She has worked as a teaching artist with the Maryland Shakespeare Festival and would like to thank Beyonce for all of her love and support.  (Back to Top)

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Shirley Hatton

Shirley is so happy to be back at LFT where she is a company member – and doing live theatre!!! During this lock-down, she has stayed busy with Zoom play readings, a production of Bauer for TTC, and The Whole Ham—an online production of Hamlet with improvised elements for Infinite Jest Theatre. Other shows for LFT include Embridge, Mending Fences, Quartet, Wonder of the World, The Ithaca Ladies Read Medea, Domestic Tranquility, Present Laughter, and Hallelujah Girls. Shirley has also appeared at TTC in Silent Sky, Brighton Beach Memoirs, All My Sons, The Cripple of Inishmaan and Lion in Winter.  Shirley has her BA in Theatre Arts from Brown University and spent a year studying theatre in London. Much love to Cam, Claire, Matt and Emma.  (Back to Top)

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Margaret Schugt(Actor/Director/Producer)

A long-time Los Angeles based director and actor, Ms. Schugt is a company member of Little Fish. Previous Little Fish directing credits include 13 O’clock, Central Park West, Quartet, And to All a Goodnight, the world premiere of Embridge last season and dozens of one acts as part of both Pick of the Vine and Chills and Thrills (which she also coproduces). Little Fish acting credits include Gilda Stern in Hamlet 2, Janie in Wonder of the World, Adelaide in Tryst, a psychopath attempting to buy a card, a witch who may or may not curse her brother-in-law, and a shinning twin all grown up in various Chills Shows, and even the Virgin Mary in the World Premiere of A Very Special Holiday Special. When not in the theatre she can often be found with her nieces and nephews, her book club – The Jane Austen Fight Club, or, out on her bicycle exploring Long Beach.(Back to Top)

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Annie Vest(Actor/Producer)

Annie was most recently seen as Mrs. Martin in Little Fish Theatre’s production of Embridge. Additional LFTC credits include Karen and Norma in Plaza Suite, Ruth in Blithe Spirit, Cass in Wonder of the World, and various roles in Pick of the Vine. She also helps produce the annual Halloween fundraiser Chills and Thrills each year. Other favorite roles include Ophelia in Fortinbras, Audrey in The Curate Shakespeare’s As You Like It, and Kate in The Taming of the Shrew. Annie graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in drama. (Back to Top)


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James Rice(Director)

James is a 30-year veteran actor and director who has been involved with over 100 productions throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Jim recently appeared in Taking Sides, The Stones Will Cry Out, and A Very Special Holiday Special at Little Fish Theatre. He also recently directed LFT’s productions of The Clean House, The Good Doctor, and Best of Pick of the Vine. (Back to Top)

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Lisa Coffi+ (Producing Artistic Director)

As founder of Shakespeare by the Sea and Little Fish Theatre, Lisa is delighted to present this smorgasbord of plays virtually. She has an MFA in Theatre Management from CSU, Long Beach, and a BFA from CSU, Sacramento. Lauded as “Pedro’s Playmaker” by Random Lengths News, Lisa is living up to her moniker, producing more than 200 plays in San Pedro in the past twenty-four years. Lisa judiciously divides her time between San Pedro and Newcastle (Auburn/Sacramento) where she resides with her husband, Curt, two dogs (Sally & Charlie), one cat (Cricket), and two cows (Raisin & Nutmeg). (Back to Top)

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Stephanie Coltrin (Artistic Director)

Stephanie has been working with SBTS/LFT for the last 13 years For SBTS, she has directed Henry VThe Winter’s TaleMacbethOthello, HamletThe TempestKing JohnRomeo and JulietKing Lear, and Julius Caesar in summers past. She also directed LookingPanache, The WeirBach at Leipzig, and The Love List at Little Fish Theatre. Other favorite directing credits include The Last Five YearsMoonlight and MagnoliasTaking SidesMiss Saigon (Ovation Award Best Musical)  Jesus Christ SuperstarWho’s Afraid of Virginia WoolfBlithe SpiritThe Taming of the ShrewA Midsummer Night’s DreamQuilters and Godspell. She has also received the Stage Scene LA award for Director of the Year, the Broadway World award for Best Director, and a nomination for a Garland Award.  (Back to Top)

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Collette Rutherford (Managing Director)

Collette has worked professionally in theatre as an award-winning actor, designer, producer, and director. In Los Angeles, she has worked with: Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, The Blank Theatre, Torrance Theater Company, Redlands Shakespeare Festival, Not-Man-Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble, and more. She is a proud Associate Member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Collette founded Infinite Jest Theatre Company in 2012 and currently serves as their Artistic Director. Social: @LaCollette (Back to Top)

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Kira Sherman (Stage Manager)

After a summer spent in Point Fermin Park working on Shakespeare by the Sea, Kira is thrilled to be returning to Little Fish Theatre. Recent stage management credits include Barefoot in the Park at the Village Barn Playhouse and Pygmalion at Little Fish Theatre. Thank you for coming and enjoy the thrills! (Back to Top)

Cinthia Nava-Palmer

Cinthia Nava (Sound Designer/Audio Engineer)
Cinthia earned her BA in Drama from the University of California, Irvine with honors in sound design. Cinthia has collaborated with LFT and SBTS as a sound designer and engineer since 2018. They have designed shows with Puttin’ On Productions and South Coast Repertory. They are an associate artist with Rogue Artists Ensemble. You can check out their work at (Back to Top)