Servant Bios

The Servant of Two Masters

Elias Allen (Giovani) Elias has been acting since the ripe old age of four. He attended the ArtQuest program for four years at Santa Rosa High School where he played ‘Shanks O’Neil in Scenes from the Big Picture and ‘King Midas and Poseidon’ in Metamorphoses. In the spring of 2013 he joined Main Stage West and was cast in The Shape of Things. He is a student at Santa Rosa Junior College in the First Responders/EMT program.

Allison Baker (Beatrice Rasponi) Allison is delighted to be performing in the park again at the Sebastopol Shakespeare Festival!  You may recognize her from such roles as; Inga in Young Frankenstein (Spreckels), Mary in Memory of Water (Main Stage West), Mustardseed in Peaseblossom (Seb. Shakes), Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy! (NVC), Mary Ann Wexler in We [Heart] U, Nosferatu (MSW), Roxanne in Cyrano (Sebastopol Rep.), Constance in The Three Musketeers (Seb. Shakes.), and the namesake role in The Possession of Mrs. Jones (6th Street Playhouse), to name a few. Enjoy!

Zavier Rafael Grech (Little Gio) studied drama at Sonoma County Rep’s summer program with Mary Gannon Graham and at Apple Blossom and Brookhaven Schools. He made his acting debut in Analy’s How the Lorax Stole Hanukkah. After cheering Shakespeare in the Park from the front row every summer, Zavier was the Prince in Peaseblossom last year and is thrilled to be returning this summer. Along with his burgeoning acting career he hopes to rival Thomas Edison as an inventor.

Denise Elia-Yen (Smeraldina) Denise was last seen as Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain at 6th Street Playhouse. Twice nominated for BATCC awards for the one-woman show, 9 Parts of Desire, her other credits include Laura (The Glass Menagerie – PASC.), Catherine (A View from the Bridge - RVP), Adriana (The Comedy of Errors - The Rep), Elizabeth (Young Frankenstein – Spreckels), Paulette (Legally Blonde – Spreckels)  and Fräulein Kost (Cabaret – Napa Valley Broadway Playhouse). She directed the 2011 Top-Ten-Torn-Ticket production of Stalag 17 at Spreckels and teaches drama at local private schools. Denise holds Theater and Italian degrees from the Center for the Arts, S.U.N.Y. Buffalo. She is delighted to be “sweet and shy” on stage together again with her lovable, tall, dark and handsome husband, David.

Alana Mincberg (Fabiana) began twirling around her living room since the age of three, and since then dance has been one of the most important parts of her life. This past year, Alana turned to teaching, offering dance classes at a grammar school for children in crisis. Alana was thrilled to be asked to perform in The Servant of Two Masters and has had a wonderful time working with the talented cast and crew.

Christopher Sword (Silvio Lombardi) is ecstatic to be performing in his second show with Main Stage West and the Sebastopol Shakespeare Festival. He is a Communication Studies and Statistics double major at UCLA, where he is heavily involved with the completely student-run HOOLIGAN Theatre Company. Previous works within HOOLIGAN include Urinetown (Hot Blades Harry), The Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster #1), and You Can’t Take It With You (Ed Carmichael). You might have seen Chris last year causing mayhem on this very same stage as Puck in Peaseblossom, and he is unbelievably blessed to be able to perform in Ives Park once again. He wants to thank his parents for always supporting his acting ventures, and all of his mentors who have helped shape the performer he is today. There is nothing else Chris would rather be doing than playing pretend for you tonight. Enjoy the show!

Peter Warden (Florindo Aretusi) This is Peter’s third time performing in Ives Park, having previously been seen in The Comedy Of Errors and Peaseblossom.  He has a degree in Theatre Arts from Sonoma State University and has appeared at numerous playhouses around the area.  Some of his favorite roles have been Ed in Becoming Walt Whitman, Victor Chandebise in A Flea In Her Ear and his various characters in Almost, Maine.  He’s very pleased to be a part of this production.

Larry Williams (Singor Pantalone) Larry has been performing throughout the bay area for the past twenty-five years. His most recent roles include Saunders in Lend Me a Tenor, Marcus Lycus in Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, Mr. Potter in It’s a Wonderful Life, Bill Coles in Other People’s Money and the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz,. He has written several plays that were produced and performed in Sonoma and Marin county including an adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life, for 6th Street Playhouse. Other roles include Roger Debris in 6th Street’s production of The Producers, Clown 2 in The 39 Steps, Thomas Welles in Kite’s Book and Mr. Kirby in You Can’t Take It With You.

Brandon Wilson (Brigella) is a Sebastopol grown performer who is happy to be working in his home town once again. You may have seen him in Main Stage West’s production of the Weir playing Jim as well as productions with the Imaginists such as We from Afar and How a Mountain Was Made. Brandon got his theatre training from the Santa Rosa Junior College and is a graduate of Dell’Arte International school of physical theatre. He aspires to be a clown and hopes to someday be successful at making the world laugh without saying a word.

Jessica Wysocky (Clarice Pantalone) has been acting since middle school and dancing since she was three. She attended ArtQuest at Santa Rosa High School where she performed in Smash, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scenes From The Big Picture, and Metamorphoses. Additionally, she did plays at Cinnabar, Main Stage West (Fault Lines), and Walking Elephant Theater Company (Prop 8 Love Stories). Jessica currently attends the University of Southern California and is majoring in dramatic arts.

David L. Yen (Truffaldino) David returns to SebShakes after playing Cobweb in last year’s Peaseblossom.  He just played Max Detweiler in Sound of Music to sold out houses for The Mountain Play, and has performed the hit one man show Santaland Diaries for five years running, all over the north bay.  Last fall, he played Sheriff Gilbeau in August: Osage County, winner of the BATCC award for Best Ensemble.  He is honored to be part of such a talented cast and crew—especially his real-life Smeraldina, wife Denise Elia-Yen.  This one is for Dad.