Jennie Brick (Liz) Jennie is having a (cheese)ball being back on the Custom Made stage after playing Luella earlier this year in Why Torture is Wrong, And The People Who Love Them. Sharing the stage with three such amazingly talented actors and working with Christopher Jenkins has been an absolute delight for her. Jennie recently returned to the stage after a 17 year hiatus. Her latest roles include Mama in ‘night, Mother, Vernadette in Dixie Swim Club, Mrs. Eynsford-Hill in Pygmalion, among others. You can see more of Jennie in We Players’ production of Macbeth at Fort Point in September and October, and then back at Custom Made in November and December playing Mrs. Darling and Smee in Peter and Wendy. By day Jennie is a voice-actor and a non-profit finance guru. Love and thanks to BB who makes her feel needed every day.  JB-Headshot-no-name
Ashley Cowan (Sister Butterworth et al.) is tickled to be returning to the Custom Made stage after appearing in last year’s Studio Series production of “Release Point”. Originally from Avon, CT and a graduate of Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, Ashley moved to San Francisco five years ago and has been enjoying burritos here ever since. A few of her favorite Bay Area credits include: almost all of the female (and occasional male) roles in “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding”, Viola in “Twelfth Night”, and Frieda in “Metamorphosize, Mon Amour”. She would love to extend a heartfelt thank you to her Will for providing endless laughs and frozen yogurt and her sister Kate for the positivity and supporting her crippling pet picture addiction. Lastly, many thanks to the cast and crew for this wonderful and fun opportunity to play and celebrate cheeseballs. bb
Christopher P. Kelly (Reverend Brightbee et al.) is thrilled to be back at Custom Made Theatre following his performance in Why Torture is Wrong… earlier this year.  Just off the West Coast Premiere of The Ape Woman, Christopher has had the great fortune of working with Dark Porch Theatre, The Darkroom, Middle School Poetry, Actor’s Ensemble of Berkeley, Moore Theatre, The Thunderbird Theater Company, City Lights of San Jose and No Nude Men Productions, among others.  Big thank yous to J, J, J, and the twins.  Contact Christopher at HS_photo
Dave Sikula (Reverend Tollhouse et al.) Previous roles: Dr. Marshall Boyle (Prelude to a Kiss), Max Tarasov (Superior Donuts) Edna Turnblad (Hairspray), Lawrence Jameson (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) “Ronald Reagan” (The Wedding Singer), the title roles in Uncle Vanya and Bullshot Crummond; Boris Trigorin (The Sea Gull), Hildy Johnson (The Front Page), The Devil (Don Juan in Hell), J. Carlyle Benson (Boy Meets Girl), John (Oleanna),  Mike Connor (The Philadelphia Story),Victor Prynne (Private Lives),  Charles J. Guiteau (Assassins), Moonface Martin (Anything Goes), Artie Shaughnessey (The House of Blue Leaves), Franklin D. Roosevelt (Annie), Pompey (Measure for Measure ), Oronte (The Misanthrope), Moon (The Real Inspector Hound), Avram (Fiddler on the Roof). Love to Pidge. Dave_Sikula-2816-Edit
Christopher Jenkins (Director)  is currently the Executive Producer of Ad Hoc Comedy, Inc. in New York, Jenkins made a splash on the Bay Area theatre scene in 2002 as producer of the award-winning San Francisco production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at th Victoria.  Hedwig ran six months and 152 performances, was nominated for six Bay Area Critics Circle awards and won the 2002 Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Best Musical.  He served nearly nine years as Company Manager at Berkeley Rep, and two as the Associate Artistic Director of Custom Made, where he directed Liz, Woody Allen’s God and Death and Shove.  Headshot
Amy Sedaris (Co-Playwright) Amy’s book, Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People! (2010), includes a cover which can be easily made into a hat, as demonstrated, and worn, by David Letterman during her appearance on his Late Showin October 2010. Along with her brother David, Amy has co-authored several plays under the name “The Talent Family”: Stump the Host (1993), Stitches (1994), One Woman Shoe (1995), Incident at Cobblers Knob (1997) and The Little Frieda Mysteries. She also co-authored the play The Book of Liz with him. Her theater work includes a role as the stage manager in Paul Rudnick’s play The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told.  amysedaris_190
David Sedaris (Co-Playwright).  Sedaris first gained prominence in 1994 with his book of stories and essays titled Barrel Fever. Sedaris became a frequent contributor when Ira Glass began a weekly hour-long PRI/Chicago Public Radio show, This American Life, in 1995. Sedaris began writing essays for Esquire and The New Yorker. In 1997, he published another collection of essays, Naked, which won the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Non-Fiction from Publishing Triangle in 1998. His next book, Me Talk Pretty One Day, was written mostly in France over seven months. In 2004, Sedaris published Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, which reached number 1 on The New York Times nonfiction baest seller list. Sedaris released Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, a collection of fables “detailing animals in strange adult situations, in 2008.  In 2013, Sedaris’ ninth book Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls was released.  contributor_davidsedarisphoto_p233_crop
Stefin Collins (u/sRev. Tollhouse et al.) is a CMTC company member. This is his 3rd time with Book of Liz. In 2008, he understudied all the male roles. In 2011, he house managed all 11 weeks of the extended/extended run. This, 3rd time, is his first to perform. He is excited be in this delightful little comedy. He’ll be appearing next in Picasso at the Lapin Agile in October, with Actors Ensemble of Berkeley. stefin-collins

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