On Stage

Mr. Marmalade

A delicious dark comedy by Noah Haidle


Directed by Daunielle Rasmussen

Starring Lillian Askew, Daniel Duque-Estrada, Gabriel Grilli + *, Roselyn Hallett, Juliet Heller, Arthur Keng, and Benjamin Pither.

Lucy is a 4 year-old girl with a very active imagination. Her mom doesn't have much time for her, and her babysitter is neglectful. What's a little girl to do?

Luckily, Lucy has her her imaginary friend, Mr. Marmalade, who loves to come for tea parties and to play house. Unfortunately, he also drinks, has a cocaine addiction and a collection of pornography and dildos. Not to mention he beats up his personal assistant. On top of that, her only real friend, Larry, is a five year-old who happens to be the youngest suicide attempt in New Jersey.

Mr. Marmalade is a savage black comedy about what it takes to grow up in these difficult times.

+ Denotes member Actor's Equity Association. Mr. Marmalade is an Equity-approved project.

* Denotes company member

Production Photos

Click on the thumbnails below for a high-resolution version. Mr. Marmalade photos by Bessie Delucchi.

Lilian Askew, Gabriel Grilli
SlavsJuliet Heller, Arthur Keng, Roselyn Hallett, Gabriel Grilli, Lillian Askew
SlavsLillian Askew, Benjamin Pither
SlavsArthur Keng, Juliet Heller
SlavsLillian Askew, Daniel Duque-Estrada
SlavsGabriel Grilli, Benjamin Pither

Cast and Crew


Lillian Askew……...………….Lucy
Gabriel Grilli+* …….………...Mr. Marmalade
Juliet Heller………..…………Sookie (Mother)/Sunflower
Roselyn Hallett…………...…..Emily
Daniel Duque-Estrada………..Bradley
Arthur Keng….……………....George/Cactus/Bob
Benjamin Pither.........................Larry


Director……………..………….....……....Daunielle Rasmussen
Stage Management……………..…………Nova Parrish
Set Design…….……………………..……Marci Ring*
Costume Design ………..…...…..………..Bessie Delucchi
Scenic Design…………………………… Nicola McCarthy
Lighting Design…………..………..………Marci Ring*
Graphic/Sound Design….…………………Brian Katz*
Fight Choreography……………………….Jon Bailey
Marketing Design………………………....Stephen Brusewitz
Builders……….…Joe D’Emilio, Nova Parrish, Art Olson, Marci Ring*

* Denotes member of The Custom Made Theatre Co.
+ Denotes member Actor’s  Equity Association.  Mr. Marmalade is an Equity-approved         

Lillian Askew (Lucy) is thrilled to be making her Custom Made Theater debut. Recent credits include 42nd Street Moon’s productions of Out of This World (Minerva/Marika) and The Student Gypsy (Adelaide Glockenspiel). Regional credits include Putting It Together (The Younger Woman), Cabaret (Lulu), Insignificant Others (Kristen), and Emma (Jane Fairfax). Recent film credits include The Singularity Is Near (Samantha) directed by Anthony Waller. While in New York, Lillian studied at the Deena Levy Theater Studio and the Broadway Dance Center. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in Vocal Performance.

Bessie Delucchi (Costume Design), a Bay Area native, received her BA in Communications from Syracuse University in New York and was awarded a Fashion Design degree from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandise in San Francisco.  Bessie has work on a variety of Bay Area theater productions, including Victims of Duty and Mud at the Cutting Ball Theater, The Odd Coupe and Miracle on 34th St. at Lafayette Town Hall Theater, and Twelfth Night and Metamorphesis at The Marin Academy.  She has also had the pleasure to work with The California Shakespeare Theater, The SF Playhouse and The North Bay Shakespeare Company.

Daniel Duque-Estrada (Bradley) is pleased to be making his Custom Made Theatre debut and to be working with Daunielle on such a fun project. He has worked with various Bay Area theatre companies, including CalShakes, TheatreWorks, Word for Word, Shotgun Players, and Impact Theatre. In his time at Cal Berkeley, he has recently worked with Philip Kan Gotanda, Erika Chong Shuch, and Christopher Herold. He can be seen this summer as part of Shakespeare Santa Cruz's acting company.

Gabriel Grilli (Mr. Marmalade) Originally from Narragansett, RI, Gabriel worked for over a decade as an actor, director, & writer in NYC. Now an Associate Artist with Custom Made, Gabriel performed in The Old Neighborhood last season and directed several selections in Orchards this season. He has also appeared locally with 42nd St. Moon (The Student Gypsy & Girl Crazy), PlayGround, Magic Theatre, Playwrights Foundation, Playwrights’ Center, The Media Factory, and the SF Fringe Festival.  His experience acting and directing across the country and in Europe led him to found Venus Fly Trap, a NY collective dedicated to multidisciplinary theatrical creation.  Proud Equity member! Gabriel teaches acting & movement, and trained at Penn State (MFA Directing) & Hofstra (BFA Acting).  www.gabrielgrilli.com.

Roselyn Hallett (Emily) is delighted to be making her Custom Made (and San Francisco!) debut with Mr. Marmalade.  Roselyn graduated in April from Stanford University, where she majored in Drama and English and trained with Amy Freed, Kay Kostopoulos, and Jeffrey Bihr.  She was active with the Stanford Drama Department, the Stanford Shakespeare Company, and the professional Stanford Summer Theater Company.  Favorite roles include Sarah in Brian Friel's Translations, Lavinia in Titus Andronicus, Teenage Greek Chorus in How I Learned to Drive, and the title character in Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice, a show that Roselyn also produced and assistant directed as her senior thesis project.

Juliet Heller (Sookie/Sunflower) recently appeared as Alexa Vere de Vere in As Bees In Honey Drown at New Conservatory Theatre Center.  While living abroad, she appeared as Marjorie Pinchwife in The Country Wife at the Diorama Studio Theatre, London.  She also appeared Off-Off Broadway as the Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol (with Personal Space Theatrics) as well as at the NY International Fringe Festival in Rock Out!. Other regional roles include Far Away (Harper), The Rainmaker (Lizzie), and Richard III (Buckingham).  She has also performed at 42nd Street Moon (Out of This World, The Student Gypsy, One Touch of Venus) and would like to thank Daunielle and CMTC for this fabulous show! www.julietheller.com

Arthur Keng (George/Cactus/Bob) is thrilled to be working with Custom Made Theatre for the first time.  Previous un-cactus-related credits include King Lear at Calshakes, Mrs. Bob Crachit’s Wild Christmas Binge! at SF Playhouse, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at CenterREP, Take Me Out at NCTC, Ching Chong Chinaman at Impact Theatre, and most recently Meadowland for Second Wind Productions.  Arthur is a proud company member of PlayGround SF.  He would like to thank Daunielle for this wonderful opportunity and the entire cast and crew for all their amazing work.

Nova Parrish (Stage Manager) is pleased to be working with Custom Made again after a short break while she was working with PianoFight Productions. July will mark her two year anniversary with Custom Made and she is looking forward to many more years of working with this fantastic company(I love you all). She is also the technical director of PianoFight Productions as well as a smog technician in Berkeley and an avid comic book fan. She would like to thank her friends and family for all the support. Plus give a BIG thank you to Giana DeGeiso for her additional help in this show and Bears for being her late night escort on the phone while walking to her car.

Benjamin Pither (Larry) returns to Custom Made, having recently played Gordon in A New Brain.  He also appeared in Woody Allen's God and Death as well as in Brecht's The Exception and the Rule.  Most recently, he played Casper in Act a Lady at New Conservatory Theatre Center, where he also appeared in Wilde Boys and Based on a Totally True Story (Ethan).  He has also performed at 42nd St Moon (Mack and Mabel, Li'l Abner, and Girl Crazy). Other Bay Area Credits include  Sir Andrew Aguecheek (understudy, performed) in Twelfth Night at CalShakes, Bobby Strong in Urinetown, the Musical at Altarena Playhouse, and Eilif (understudy) in Mother Courage at Berkeley Rep. Benjamin earned his B.A. in Theatre Arts from Brandeis University with Highest Honors and studied at RADA in London.

Daunielle Rasmussen  (Director) is in her third season as Artistic Administrator and Director of the Professional Immersion Program at California Shakespeare Theater. Prior to joining the Cal Shakes family, she worked for Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre Programs where she served as a Performer/Educator, touring productions to schools throughout Northern California. She has been a free-lance artist for local companies such as Active Arts, Neighborhood Theatre Players and Neighborhood Youth Theatre as well as a stint with the Magic Theatre. Directing credits include A Lesson Before Dying for the Oakland Public Library, You Can't Take It With You for Town Hall Theatre of Lafayette's Ovation Program,  70 Scenes of Halloween, 24 hour Playwriting Festival with Theatre Gnosis, Cabaret Night for Kaiser Permanente, and is currently the Artistic Director for Rough N' Ready Theatre players based in Oakland. She holds a bachelor's degree in theater with an emphasis in Acting from California State University, Stanislaus.