Transcend Cast

Transcend Cast

Meet the Cast of How to Transcend a Happy Marriage


Fenner (PIP) is an actor, director and producer living in West Oakland. Trained in ensemble devising processes, clown, Suzuki and ancient Japanese theater, past collaborators have been Theater of Yugen, FoolsFury, Ragged Wing Ensemble and Naked Empire Bouffon. Producing credits include ‘Desire Caught by the Tail’ by Pablo Picasso, and most recently the collaboratively written piece ‘The Boy Who Cried Naked’. Around and in between and sometimes with theater they are also an adventure cyclist, musician and casual host with the most. Fenner is thrilled to be working with Custom Made Theater Co. for the first time! 

Hilary Hesse

Hilary Hesse (JANE) is excited to be performing again at Custom Made, where she played Stevie last season in Edward Albee’s “The Goat,” for which she won a BATCC Award. Previously she played Blanche in “A Streetcar Named Desire” at the Shelton Theater, for which she received a nomination for a TBA Award. Hilary continues to do film, theater and the occasional musical. Favorite roles include Crystal in “The Women” and Serenity in “Lovesick: The Cat Allergy Musical.”

Celeste Kamiya

Celeste Kamiya (JENNA) is a theatre artist from San Francisco. She earned her degree in theater from The New School in New York City, and studied acting with Fiona Shaw, Derek Jacoby, and Pippa Nixon for a year at the British American Drama Academy in London. Her recent Bay Area credits include Macbeth on tour with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival (Lady Macbeth/Witch 1), Allegiance at Contra Costa Civic Theatre, and Next to Normal with YMTC+ (Natalie). Also a stage manager and teaching artist, Celeste has worked with Ubuntu Theatre Project, West Edge Opera, and is the resident stage manager at Youth Musical Theater Company. Much love to her family, and gratitude that she’s never had to witness them partake in group sex!

Karen Offereins

Karen Offereins (GEORGE) is happy to be returning to CMTC after appearing in The Pain and the Itch and M. Butterfly.  She was last seen in Elevada at Shotgun Players, where she also performed in The Mousetrap, Top Girls, and Our TownPast credits include Two Mile Hollow (Ferocious Lotus), Phèdre (Cutting Ball Theater), The Potrero Nuevo Project (PlayGround), and The Rules (SF Playhouse).  A founding member and Artistic Director of AtmosTheatre, her credits there include Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Big Funk, and No ExitAdditionally, she has performed with Word for Word, Playwrights Foundation, SF Theater Pub (where she also produced and directed new works), and Theatreworks.

Malcolm Rodgers

Malcolm Rodgers (MICHAEL) was most recently seen at CMTC as the Public Speaker/Greg/Male Doctor in “Middletown” (2016) and Gene Dinkel in “How the World Began” (2014). Recent roles elsewhere include Malvolio in “Twelfth Night”, and Grossman in “These Shining Lives” at Ross Valley Players; Iago in “Othello” and Polixines in “Winter’s Tale” at Livermore Shakespeare; and George in “The Speakeasy” at Box Car Theater. Malcolm has also worked at CCCT, Arabian Shakespeare, Napa Valley Shakespeare, and the SF Shakespeare Festival. Malcolm studied theater performance and design at SFSU, and received his conservatory training at PCPA. 

Nick Trengove

Nick Trengove (DAVID) is a professional actor with strong artistic roots in the Bay Area. From 2006 – 2015, he lived, studied, and worked in the Bay Area, performing in a multitude of professional productions, workshops, and new works. In 2015, he relocated to Chicago to attend The Theatre School at DePaul University’s MFA program in Acting. He performed in mainstage productions, including Tarell Alvin McCraney’s drag extravaganza Wig Out!, and devised and performed a thesis production on the nonviolent movements of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. After graduating in 2018, he performed for a short time in Chicago’s incredible storefront theater scene. In 2019, he returned to the Bay Area and, bolstered by his training and experience, is thrilled to return to the Custom Made stage and to this incredible community of artists and storytellers.

Louel Senores
Louel Senores (FREDDY) is delighted to be working with Custom Made for the first time! Recent acting credits include “The Importance of Being Earnest“ (Aurora Theatre), “Ward 6” (Central Works), “Universal Robots” (Quantum Dragon Theatre), “The Human Ear” (Anton’s Well), and “Hedge” (PlayGround). Recent stage management credits include: “Ageless” (Quantum Dragon Theatre), “Abominable” (Symmetry Theatre), and “Best of PlayGround 20” (PlayGround). Louel also works with Berkeley Interactive Theater (for 10 years and counting!) as an actor and playwright to help bring impactful workshops about issues of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to universities and organizations all over California. When he’s not doing theatre, he LARPs, plays Smash, catches Pokémon, and manages As You Wish Frozen Yogurt in Albany. For more info, visit:


Matt Weimer

Matt (PAUL) is delighted to return to The Custom Made Theatre Company, having previously appeared in their productions of The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? and Six Degrees of Separation. Performing in the Bay Area since 1991, his recent work has been with such companies as New Conservatory Theatre Center, Theatre Rhinoceros, Left Coast Theatre Co., Indra’s Net Theater, and Exit Theatre.   He has toured with children’s theater, performed improv and sketch comedy, appeared in independent films and video games, and written for the stage.  TBA Award finalist (featured actor) for his performance in The Homosexuals at NCTC.


The Custom Made Theatre Co is holding an open call for:

The Braggart Soldier (or Major Blowhard) by Plautus, adapted and directed by Evren Odcikin

At Gough Street Playhouse, 1620 Gough St (at Bush) SF, on Tuesday, September 2nd and Thursday September 4th, with 30 minute slots available from 6:30pm-10:30pm on both days. You must make an appointment (see below).  Only sign up for 1 appointment.

Sign up for an appointment here:

Save the Date: Callback will be Saturday September 06 10:00am-1:00pm.


THE PLAYERS – Does this sound like you?

All actors must have great comedic chops. Physical comedy experience/training would be desirable.

Major Topple d’Acropolis: A rich soldier with a big personality and not much else. He thinks very highly of himself. A serious womanizer. Male, 30-40s.

Haplus: Major’s slave. A little slow and prone to panic. Loves his food and his wine. Any gender, any age.

Nautikles: A young man in love. Puppy eyes. Male, 20s

Dexter: Nautikles’s servant. Smart, bold, sneaky. Never misses an opportunity for a joke or to make a fool of someone. Fast-talker and a faster-mover. This actor must have clown/physical comedy training. Male, any age.

Hospitalides: Older relative/host of Nautikles. Not afraid to give his opinion and will go to great lengths to shame the Major. Male, 50s+.

Convivia: A working girl. Ingenue with a twist. Might seems innocent, but knows how to get things done. Female, 20s

Climax: Another working girl. NOT an ingenue. Knows she is sexy and knows how to use it. Female, any age.


Please select and prepare the sides for the roles you would like to be considered for. The sides and a copy of the scripts can be found at the bottom of this notice

Rehearsals will begin around February 23, 2015. Performances will be Thurs-Sun evenings starting on March 27, 2015 running though April 26 with a possible extension through May 03. There will be one of two Sunday matinees in the run, still TBD.

$200 base stipend for all roles + $10/each extended performance.

About Braggart Soldier

This fast and furious mash-up of Plautus proves (as if we didn’t know it) that Roman comedies never get old, they just get funnier! If you’ve seen Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, you already know that Plautus was a major influence for every possible style of comedy through the ages, as there’s still nothing more hysterical than the pompous and mighty taking it on chin. The Braggart Soldier features the hijinks you’d expect and, in true Custom Made fashion, without a safety net! _________________________________________________________________

The script: BraggartSoldier_Script

The sides: