The Field is set in the small country village of Carraigthomond in the southwest of Ireland in 1965.
“If a poor man does something wrong he gets a guard’s baton on the poll and he’s lugged up the barracks. But, if ‘tis a doctor or the schoolmaster or the lawman, they say, ‘tis tough on them but there’s a way out and the law is law no more.”
Bull McCabe and his son Tadhg have held the grazing rights to a field and have spent the past five years guarding and nurturing the land. When the field comes up for auction the McCabes believe that it should rightfully come to them. Feeling that the system is rigged against them so that they can never get ahead, they decide to take matters into their own hands and they’re willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that there are no competing bidders when the day of the auction arrives.
The Field was written by John B. Keane and was first performed at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre in 1965. It is based on a true story from 1959 about a dispute between Moss Moore, a bachelor farmer living in Reamore, County Kerry and his neighbor Dan Foley.
Meet the Cast
Phelan was most recently on stage as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof at Alice Birney Elementary School. In addition to acting, he runs track and plays soccer and plays the violin and piano. He started attending CK McClatchy High School in Fall of 2019.
Jouni is a Sacramento based artist who has worked with several local theatre companies including Capital Stage Company, Broadway Sacramento, Big Idea Theatre, New Helvetia Theatre, Resurrection Theatre, and Green Valley Theatre Company. A former company member and artistic director at Big Idea Theatre, Jouni has received Elly Awards in acting, directing and sound design. Some of his favorite roles include Charley in Merrily We Roll Along (New Helvetia Theatre), Marquis de Sade in Quills (TAAC), Mr. Burns in Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play (Capital Stage Company) and Dr. Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Show (Green Valley Stage Company). Jouni is excited to be working with such a talented group of artists at Black Point Theatre!
Doug has been a part of Sacramento theatre for more than thirty years. First as community theatre actor in the early 1980s and next as a college student earning a B. A. in Drama at Sac State in 1986 and later an M. F. A. in Acting at UC Davis in 1988. Next, he worked as an understudy with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for a season before returning to Sacramento where he worked regularly at The Show Below with Ivan Sandoval and John Beaudry. Among his favorite roles there were Chickie in The Belmont Avenue Social Club (jointly produced by The Show Below and Celebration Arts), Nick in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, John Honeyman in A Walk in the Woods, Starns in Heathen Valley (directed by Adrienne Sher) and Dave in Strange Snow. Doug also worked steadily through the 1990s at the Sacramento Theatre Company. Favorite roles there include Colonel Starling in Camping with Henry And Tom, Antonio in Twelfth Night, Solinus in Comedy of Errors, Noah in The Grapes of Wrath and four seasons in A Christmas Carol, twice as Bob Crachit and twice as The Ghost of Christmas Present. Doug also played The Dame in two British Pantos (Snow White and Peter Pan) for City Theatre of Sacramento City College where, for the past twenty years, he wrote, produced and directed Children’s plays for Storytime Theatre, The Pennywhistle Players and The Fall of X (a collaboration with the City of Sacramento Code Enforcement touring area elementary schools with a gang and graffiti abatement message).
In May Doug retired from teaching and is very proud to be a part of this inaugural production of The Field for Black Point Theatre.
Martha Omiyo Kight
Martha is pleased to be among the great cast of this inaugural production for Black Point Theatre, on whose Board of directors she serves, as well. For decades Martha has worked with many Sacramento area companies, among them Sacramento Theatre Company, Capital Stage, Big Idea Theatre, KOLT Run Creations, Green Valley, Artistic Differences, City Theatre, Synergy Stage (as a co-founder and co-producer), River Stage etc., in roles such as Mimi Schwinn in A New Brain, Sister Aloysius in Doubt, Williamina Fleming in Silent Sky, Vinegar Tom, Assassins, Angels In America, Noises Off, Our Town (The Stage Manager), See What I Wanna See, Urinetown - The Musical, Sweeney Todd, Woody Guthrie's American Song, The Importance of Being Earnest (Bracknell). She originated roles in two new musicals at Sacramento Theatre Company in A Little Princess and The Donner Party - A Musical Drama. She also often serves as a Props Master, Director, Vocal Director, Dialect Coach, Costumer, Print Designer and Webmaster. Outside of the theatre, she is a published poet, avid knitter and loves to cook. Unending thanks to Jt, Christian Bohm, Deborah Bell-Dancer, and Professor Michael Hunter, who has been an extraordinary mentor and friend through the lot of it.
Laura is thrilled and honored to be part of Black Point Theatre’s very first production! Laura is originally from Buffalo, N.Y. but spent several years New York City and Las Vegas prior to relocating to the Sacramento area. Laura has performed with several local theatres including Big Idea Theatre, Capital Stage, City Theatre, Resurrection Theatre, RTAA, and Sacramento Theatre Company. She recently played Emily in Reborning and Renee in Thinner Than Water, both at Big Idea Theatre. Laura is grateful for the opportunity to work on this production and with such an incredibly talented bunch.
Tom Rhatigan (Member AEA)
Tom is very excited to be working with such a great cast and crew. Since moving to Sacramento ten years ago Tom has appeared as a Guest Artist in four productions. He played Senior Gremio in Christine Nicholson’s production of The Taming of the Shrew for the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival. He won an Elly Award for his portrayal of Giles Corey in Peter Mohrmann’s The Crucible at Falcon’s Eye Theatre where he also appeared as Clive/Cathy in Cloud Nine, directed again by Christine Nicholson. He was nominated for a second Elly Award for his portrayal of Dr. Chebutkin in Three Sisters at Sacramento City College, which was directed by Adrienne Sher. Elsewhere, some of Tom’s favorite roles have been Paul in The Lady and the Clarinet, Norman in The Boys Next Door (both in Key West acting opposite Adrienne Sher!), Bobby in American Buffalo at The Actor’s Playhouse in New York City, Treat in Orphans, Louie in Lost in Yonkers and Edward in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me in Key West, Megs in Strange Snow and a reprisal of Norman in The Boys Next Door in Denver. Tom is very proud to be co-founder of Black Point Theatre and also a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Thomas Dean is a Sacramento based actor. Some of the productions Thomas was in in 2018 were Mary Stuart and As You Like It with Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, An Ideal Husband at Big Idea Theatre (understudy), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream playing Lysander at the Woodland Opera House. Some of his favorite roles include Elder Thomas (The Whale), Rev. Hale (The Crucible) with MSTW, Andrei (Three Sisters) and Fountainhead (Water by the Spoonful). Thomas’ first role was in Sean Nill’s The Children of Yorick at CSUS, where he graduated with a degree in Theatre.
Hans is thrilled to be working with this incredible group of artists! Recent Sacramento area credits include Juno and the Paycock at California Stage, Mary Stuart at Davis Shakespeare Festival, and Othello, Silent Sky and Water by the Spoonful at Big Idea Theatre. Portland area credits include See How They Run, Mother Courage, Love's Labour's Lost, Oh, the Humanity and the Ethan Coen one act Waiting. Hans would like to thank his amazing wife Lindsay for all her love and support.
Zane is happy and more Irish than ever to partake in this production of The Field. Some of Zane’s more recent credits include Big Idea Theatre’s production of Wit (Jason Posner) and Sacramento Theater Company’s productions of Man of La Mancha (Muleteer) and A Christmas Carol (Topper). Zane earned his bachelor’s degree in theater at CSU, Sacramento where he also took a minor in musical theater. Post-graduation, he furthered his acting studies as an apprentice for Capital Stage and studied acting for film at Studio 24 under Cody Dorkin. When not onstage, Zane occasionally does commercial and television work under the representation of Cast Images.
Don is beholden for 50 years of acting opportunities. Robust theatre communities have generously provided a wife, best friends, and extended family of fellow artists and talented peers.
Don has performed at Big Idea Theatre, Capital Stage, Sacramento Theatre Company, Music Circus, TAAC, B Street, MSTW, American River College, Delta King, The Show Below, River Stage, Thistle Dew Dessert Theatre, Garbeau's Dinner Theatre, Resurrection Theatre, DCOC, DMTC, and Woodland Opera House, since making Sacramento his home.
Parents, Don and Scottie, first inspired his love of theatre, and Don thrilled to perform with both in three musicals! He shared acclaim with wife Nisa for Sea Marks, Transatlantic, Elephant Man, Love Letters, Dog Logic and Deathtrap.
This is Don’s ninth time working with Adrienne Sher, a most favorite director, and dear friend. To play with talented friends, with an accent, and sing? – he’ll have a “Field day”!
Don served briefly as Artistic Director at Garbeau's, and six years as Lenaea respondent. He loves playing twins, multiple characters and historical figures. Credits include Shakespeare, plus several short films and numerous commercials. Don received his BA from Yale where he sang with "The Duke's Men", and later earned his MFA in Acting at UC Davis.
Georgann has worked previously with director Adrienne Sher in The Children’s Hour, Julius Caesar, Monuments, and The Man Who Came to Dinner. She has performed with many local theatres including Sacramento Theatre Company, Main Street Theatre Works, Resurrection Theatre, Celebration Arts and California Stage.
Michael grew up outside of the Adirondack State Park in upstate New York and got his BA at SUC Potsdam where he studied with Dorothy Gmus and Joseph Flauto. He did some graduate work at the University of Denver with Lewis Crickard and the University of Northern Colorado. While in Colorado he toured with the Norwood Puppet Theater and the Colorado Chautauqua, was a founding member of the Denver Mime Troupe, and The Changing Scene Theater and Dance Company where he originated the role of Lt. Harrington in Custer. He moved to San Francisco in the late 70’s and got the part of Marvin Macy in Ballad of the Sad Cafe at the SF Repertory. He worked at the Magic Theater, Berkeley Stage, Haight Street Fair and elsewhere. Following an injury, he took a different path, moved to Sacramento, raised a son, and became active in the community and on environmental issues. He started acting again and has enjoyed being in local productions at the Big Idea Theatre where he most recently was seen in Visitors, and the Green Valley Theatre.
Diego is a sixth grader at Alice Birney. He was seen most recently on stage as Hermes in Perseus the Destroyer at his school. In addition to acting, he plays soccer and plays the violin and saxophone.
Lilian Amelia Stribling
Lilian has been seen working with several theatre companies around Sacramento. She has performed with the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, The Wildflower Women’s Ensemble in Romeo and Juliet as Peter, and was most recently seen in City Theatre’s Miracle in 34th Street as Susan Walker. She is looking forward to working with this new theatre company and sharing the stage with her baby sister Olivia.
Olivia Lunara Stribling
This is Olivia’s first appearance on stage. She loves singing and dancing with her sister and is excited to work with her on stage and one day wants to sing with Lily on stage as well.