On Stage

Two by Woody!

Central Park West and Riverside Drive

Now Extended until December 13th!

The Custom Made Theatre Company presents two comedic plays by the master of comic angst, Woody Allen. Both set in New York, the city he knows so well, Woody has crafted two hilarious stories of infidelity, reality and the desperate attempt to find identity.

In Riverside Drive (Bay Area Premiere!) Fred Savage, a homicidal, paranoid, schizophrenic vagrant ex-copywriter, has been stalking Jim, a screenwriter for weeks, convinced that his prey stole his idea - in fact, his life - to create a successful movie plot. Hilarity ensues as Fred channels orders from the top of the Empire State Building (along with other radio waves) that command him to fix Jim’s marriage, save his career, and blackmail him for a million dollars.

In Central Park West, a well to do psychiatrist has just discovered that her best friend is having an affair with her husband. She has invited the friend over for a confrontation after getting thoroughly soused. Meanwhile, the husband is about to run off with a college student, and it seems, half of Manhattan. Central Park West provides an hour of constant hilarity!

Production Photos

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Lexi Marqui, Jennifer Lucas
woodyYusef Lambert, Catz Forsman
SlavsLexi Marqui, Richard Wenzel, Jennifer Lucas
woodyCatz Forsman, Emily Lord, Yusef Lambert
SlavsBob Leach, Richard Wenzel, Lexi Marqui
SlavsYusef Lambert, Catz Forsman

Cast and Crew

Cast

Catz Forsman (Fred) is pleased and excited  to be performing with Custom Made for a second time. Besides  Custom Made's 'Orchards'  Catz appeared recently  with Subterranean Shakespeare in Berkeley as Master Page in 'Merry Wives of Windsor'. He's worked with Second Wind Productions, the SF Playhouse and the SF Free Civic Theater. Catz loves living in North Beach, swimming in the Bay, riding the Cable Car home, cat Dooley and wife Jeanie

Yusef Lambert (Jim) makes his Custom Made debut with Riverside Drive.   He has performed at ACT, Shakespeare at Stinson, and the Hypnodrome in the small time he's lived in San Francisco.  He studied acting at the University of Texas at Austin and with Gary Austin, founder of the Groundlings.  He is a founding member of Tongue and Groove Theatre, a Commedia company in Austin, and a former member of Open Circle Theatre and the Annex Theatre in Seattle.  While in Seattle, he also wrote and performed for the sketch companies Up In Your Grill, The Thirteenth Step, and Theatre on the Rocks.  He is the author of several Grand Guignol plays for children produced at the Hypnodrome.

Bob Leach (Sam) is very happy to be appearing in his first production at Custom Made.  He is a former member of Hawaiian Playback Theater, a touring Improv group who performed at the International Expressive Arts Festival. In the Bay Area Bob has been featured as a recovering bully in the popular interactive educational video Free to Be I & II and has received a Bay Area Critics Circle Award nomination for Lonnie in Of Mice and Men.  Other favorite theater roles include King Arthur, Eddie in Fool for Love and Stanley Kowalski.  As a vocalist Bob has performed in numerous clubs and festivals.

Emily Lord (Barbara, Juliet) Training: BA (Hons) in Theatre from University of Kent, UK, Diploma in Performing Arts, Harrogate College or Arts, UK. Previus productions include: Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco, The Coming World by Christopher Shinn, After Magritte by Tom Stoppard,  Black Comedy, by Peter Schaffer, Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker, Two, by Jim Cartwright, Kvetch by Steven Berkoff, Hard Times by Charles Dickens and a foray into Musical Theatre with Guys and Dolls, and Salad Days.  This is Emily’s first production in San Francisco after moving here from London in April. 

Jennifer Lucas (Phyllis) has spent the past two years taking sizable bites out of the Big Apple and has just returned to the Bay Area.  In NYC, Jenn performed with several theater and film companies (Red Fern Theatre, Crosstown Playwrights, Woodframe Productions, The Jewish Theatre of NY, The Theatre-Studio Inc, E.M. Productions, Tinmouth Productions and Bonner's Sketch Comedy Group), and was the online host for Virgin Corporation's Live Active campaign.  Her coda was landing a Best Actress nomination for her work as Ellen in You Stole My Script at the prestigious Strawberry Theater Festival, NYC, August, 2008.  Jennifer has received training at both the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and The Atlantic Theater Company in NYC.  www.jennlucas.com

Lexi Marquis (Carol)  is an alumni of Cornish College Of The Arts in Seattle.  She returned to her native San Francisco, to act with various S.F. companies, including roles in Theater Yugen's haunting play "Inugami" and Magic Theater's children's production, "Wind In The Willows". She's also enjoyed roles as the diabolical Lenya, in the dinner theater farce, "Bullshot Crummond", and Bunny, in "The House of Blue Leaves". Her strong physical theater experience has also served her well in the surreal dance production of "Exposures" at Theater Artaud, and as a Lunitique Fantastique puppeteer in Leibe Wetzel's S.F. Fringe Festival Production, "Brace Yourself".  She currently lives in Berkeley, with her husband, Patrick, and is pleased to be working with Custom Made Theater! 

Richard Wenzel (Howard) is a big fan of Woody Allen movies and very happy to be stepping into “Woody’s World” on stage.  Having just completed a successful run in Orchards, other Custom Made projects include roles in Bobby Gould in Hell, Slavs, and most recently A New Brain (where he played Mr. Bungee the singing “frog boss from hell”.)  He has also worked with NCTC, Center Rep, Second Wind Productions, 42nd St. Moon and can be seen on film as an FBI agent in the indie feature, Strange Culture.  (No, not really – it’s all a lie – question:  where’s my Prozac?)

Crew

Brian Katz (Director) is the Artistic Director and co-founder of the Custom Made Theatre Company. For Custom Made he has directed over 20 productions, the most recent being William Finn’s A New Brain.  Previous favorites include Assassins, Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights Lies and Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin,  and  The Heidi Chronicles. Brian has worked with Cal Shakes, Berkeley Rep, Killing My Lobster, the Goodman Theatre and other cool places. His production of Bye-bye, bin Laden! was named a top premiere by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and Assassins was awarded a top 10 Best Musical of 2007 by Talkin' Broadway.

Giana DeGeiso (Stage Manager)is so excited to hop on the other end of the theatrical process with Custom Made theatre. It has been a fun process and will enjoy more stage managing work in the future. Thank you to Brian and Leah for giving me the opportunity and welcoming me into the Custom Made family.

Marci Ring(Set Design, Lighting Design) is the Technical Director of The Custom Made Theatre Company.  Marci likes juggling design work with stage management and, though she has tried to take a production off’, she’s designed or SM’ed every show the last two seasons.

Leah S. Abrams (Producer, Costumes) is Executive Director and co-founder of The Custom Made Theatre Company, Inc. For CMTC, she has produced: Down the Road, Slavs!, Doctor Faustus Lights the LightsOrchards, The Trial of God, Lies and Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin, Vinegar Tom, Black Snow, Animal Farm, Saint Joan of the Stockyards, and Bye bye bin Laden. She also acts in many of the company's shows, and favorites inclde: Down the Road, Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights, Lies and Legends, and Saint Joan of the Stockyards. Other favorite acting credits include: The Heidi Chronicles, A New Brain, Merrily we Roll Along, and The Old Neighborhood. Leah has a B.A. in Government (Theatre Arts minor) from Clark University.

Woody Allen (Playwright)  Filmmaker, actor, playwright and jazz musician, the prolific Brooklyn-born Woody Allen is known for his incisive portrayals of life in New York City. He won an Academy Award for HANNAH AND HER SISTERS (1987) and ANNIE HALL (1977) and garnered Oscar nominations for MATCH POINT (2005), DECONSTRUCTING HARRY (1997), MIGHTY APHRODITE (1996), BULLETS OVER BROADWAY (1994), HUSBANDS AND WIVES (1992), ALICE (1990), CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS (1989), RADIO DAYS (1987), THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO (1985), BROADWAY DANNY ROSE (1984), MANHATTAN (1979) and INTERIORS (1978). He regularly performs as a jazz clarinetist, and joined the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the New Orleans Funeral Ragtime Orchestra in performances that were used in the score to his 1973 film SLEEPER. His  Broadway credits includes writing DON'T DRINK THE WATER, which opened in 1966 and ran for almost 600 performances, and writing and performing in PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM, which opened in 1969 and ran for over 450 performances.