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An explosive world premiere by a 2017 PEN Award winnerThomas and Sally gets up close and personal with founding father Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, the enslaved woman who mothered six of his children. Playwright Thomas Bradshaw takes us behind the scenes—and into the beds—of American history with the Hemings-Jeffersons and the rock stars of the Revolution: Ben Franklin, John & Abigail Adams & the Marquis de Lafayette!

Mr. Bradshaw’s writing has been influenced by the research of many historical experts on the Jefferson and Hemings families, but the world of this play is completely his own:

"Thomas and Sally is a work of historical fiction. You may recognize many of the names in this play, but others are pure invention. History is highly malleable and subject to interpretation. This is my attempt to explore the essence of these characters and the world they lived in. This is a play, and I am playing with history. I hope you enjoy."

Thomas Bradshaw's plays have been produced at regional theaters in NYC as well as in Europe. He is currently working on commissions from the Goodman Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, and the Foundry Theatre, as well as developing a TV series for HARPO and HBO. He is the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2010 Prince Charitable Trust Prize, the 2012 Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and this year’s PEN award for an Emerging American playwright.

Press mentions:
San Francisco Chronicle Preview, Bay Area fall theater season
SF Weekly Preview, Fall Arts 2017: Theater

Performance Schedule


Evenings
Tues - Sun 7:30 PM

Matinees 
Sun (Preview) Oct 1, 4:00 PM
Thurs (Perspectives) Oct 12, 1:00 PM
Sat, Oct 7 & 21, 2:00 PM
Sun, Oct 8, 15 & 22, 2:00 PM


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Previews (Sep 28 - Oct 1) $37 $37
Opening Night (Oct 3) $60 $55
Sat Eve $60 $55
Tue*, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sun Eve $49 $44
Matinees $49 $44
Best Deal (all shows, limited availability) n/a $25

*Excludes Opening Night.

Prices subject to change. 

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Under 30 – $22, all performances 
Teens – $10, all performances

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MTC Engaged Special Events

AFTER WORDS

AFTER WORDS

Post-Show

Post-show question and answer sessions, led by a member of our artistic staff, immediately following most performances (except on Opening and Closing Nights and Saturdays).

Window on the Work - Thomas and Sally

Window on the Work - Thomas and Sally

Tues., Sept. 19 | 7:30 PM

Window on the Works series focuses on our production; design, casting and rehearsal process. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley.

Wednesday Pre-Show Talk

Wednesday Pre-Show Talk

7:00 PM

Pre-show talk before every Wednesday evening performance.

MTC After Hours

MTC After Hours

Sat., Oct. 14 | 9:30 PM

Help us kick-off our 51st Season at After Hours following the 7:30pm performance, with cocktails, music and more!

Perspectives Matinee

Perspectives Matinee

Thurs., Oct. 12 | 12:00 PM

Topical lecture one hour prior to the 1:00 PM performance.

Panel Discussion with Thomas Bradshaw

Panel Discussion with Thomas Bradshaw

Sun., Oct. 1 | 6:00 PM

Post-show panel discussion with playwright Thomas Bradshaw, Noah Griffin and Brandi Catanese, moderated by Lue Douthit, following the 4:00 PM preview performance.

Cast

  • L. Peter Callender*

    L. Peter Callender*

    Jupiter Evans/French Servant

    L. Peter Callender returns to MTC having appeared as Mr. M in MY CHILDREN! MY AFRICA!, SEVEN GUITARS, CIRCLE/MIRROR/TRANSFORMATION, THE CONVERT and SWIMMERS  (Best Featured Actor). Mr Callender is Artistic Director of African-American Shakespeare Company where he has performed as Hoke in DRIVING MISS DAISY, Antony in ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, and directed TWELFTH NIGHT, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, A RAISIN IN THE SUN, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and JITNEY. Other directing credits include: JITNEY (Best Director Award) and JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE (Best Director nomination) at American Stage Company, St Petersburg, Fl, and SAFE HOUSE at Aurora Theater. Callender is also an Artistic Associate at California Shakespeare Theater having appeared in over 25 productions. A few favorites include: SlangTalkMan/Sykes in SPUNK, Pickering in PYGMALIAN, Leontes in WINTER’S TALE, Bolingbroke in RICHARD II, Roebuck Ramsden in MAN AND SUPERMAN. At Aurora Theater: Robert Mugabe in BREAKFAST WITH MUGABE, Sam in 'MASTER HAROLD'…and the Boys and PERMANENT COLLECTION. lpetercallender.com

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  • Scott ​K. Coopwood*

    Scott ​K. Coopwood*

    John Adams/Lafayette/Captain Hemings/Overseer/Jacques

    Scott is thrilled to return to MTC after ten years. Regional favorites include the title roles in Cyrano De Bergerac, Cymbeline, Macbeth, King John and Hamlet. Scott just finished this summer at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival playing Marcus Brutus and Petruchio at America's second oldest Shakespeare Festival. Other Regional Theatre's include; Artists Repertory Theatre, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Center REP, The MAGIC, Berkeley REP, San Jose REP, Arizona Theatre Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival, OSF-UCF, Seattle Shakespeare Co., Orlando Shakespeare Co., Portland Center Stage, Capital Stage., Capital Rep., ProfileTheatre Project, San Francisco Playhouse and more as well as work with the Toronto, Windsor, Eugene, Chicago, and Oregon Symphony Orchestra's.

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  • Ella Dershowitz

    Ella Dershowitz

    Simone/Martha/Polly

    Ella Dershowitz is so excited to be performing in the Bay Area for the first time! She previously appeared in Thomas Bradshaw’s Intimacy Off-Broadway at The New Group. Other Off-Broadway/NYC: Can You Forgive Her? (Vineyard Theater), Connected (59E59), Card and Gift (Clubbed Thumb), On The Verge (Attic Theater), A Splintered Soul (Theater Three).  Regional: 4,000 Miles (Hudson Stage), You Will Remember Me (Hudson Stage), Visitors (Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse), The Screenwriter’s Daughter (Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse), Twelfth Night (Payment). TV/Film: Phil Spector (HBO), The Affair (Showtime), Lie to Me (Fox), Knife Fight, Two-Bit Waltz, Addiction: A 60’s Love Story, I Am Michael. Upcoming Film/TV: Pitching Tents. Training: Yale University and LAMDA.

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  • Rosie Hallett*

    Rosie Hallett*

    Abigail Adams/Patsy/Karen

    Rosie Hallett is delighted and honored to return to MTC. She has previously appeared here in peerless, Native Son, and The Way West. Other credits include The Country House at TheatreWorks; Top Girls and Harry Thaw Hates Everybody with Shotgun Players; The Winter’s Tale with SF Shakespeare Festival; Status Update at CenterREP; and Smut and You Know When the Men are Gone with Word for Word Performing Arts Company, where she is an Associate Artist. When not in the Bay Area, Ms. Hallett can often be found performing English-language theatre in Paris with The Big Funk Company. She is a company member of Playground and a graduate of Stanford University.

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  • William Hodgson*

    William Hodgson*

    James Hemings

    This is William’s first appearance at MTC. William is an artist, an activist, and an educator. He has appeared locally at Berkeley Rep, Cal Shakes, TheaterWorks, Shotgun Players and Berkeley Playhouse. Other credits include An Octoroon (Mixed Blood), Ragtime (PCPA), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (La Jolla), El Henry (SDRep), I Am My Own Wife (Ubuntu). He trained at PCPA, Santa Fe University, and UCSD. William is the Co-Artistic Director of Ubuntu Theater Project in Oakland, Ca. Peace.

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  • Cameron Matthews

    Cameron Matthews

    Robert Hemings/Hugo

    Cameron Matthews was last seen at MTC in peerless. His Bay Area credits include VS. (TheatreFIRST), all of what you love and none of what you hate and Colossal (San Francisco Playhouse), Call It Off (Mojo Theatre), One Minute Play Festival (Z Space), and Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program. He is thrilled to be working with Marin Theatre Company for the first time, and is grateful to be a part of this production. He thanks God for his many blessings. He sends much love and appreciation to his family and friends for all of their support, especially his mom, Sophia. Love you, Mom! 

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  • Tara Pacheco*

    Tara Pacheco*

    Sally Hemings

    Tara Pacheco is making her MTC debut with Thomas and Sally. A New York native, she has performed in new plays at The Flea Theater (The Mysteries), The Signature Theater (The Place We Built), Ars Nova (Stacking the Brooms), The Public Theater, The New Ohio, and The Adirondack Theater Festival. She has devised work with Blessed Unrest, The Jewish Plays Project, New Georges, Fresh Ground Pepper, and The People's Improv Theater. Pacheco’s most recent television appearance was on NBC's Shades of Blue. She is a graduate of Columbia University and the British American Drama Academy.

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  • Mark Anderson Phillips*

    Mark Anderson Phillips*

    Thomas Jefferson

    Credits - Off Broadway: Ideation (59E59 NYC); Regional/International: Hir (World Premiere), True West, Stones in His Pockets (Magic Theatre); The Velocity of Autumn, Fallen Angels, Time Stands Still, The 39 Steps, Opus,The Grapes of Wrath (TheatreWorks); Baskerville!, Noises Off, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Witness for the Prosecution, A Christmas Carol (CenterREP); Clybourne Park (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Stage Kiss, Abraham Lincolns Big Gay Dance Party (SF Playhouse); The Big Meal, The Weir, Long Days Journey Into Night (San Jose Repertory Theatre); As You Like It, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Santa Cruz Shakespeare); Good People, Waiting for Godot, Tiny Alice (Marin Theatre Company); Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Arizona Theatre Company); Double Indemnity (A Contemporary Theatre Seattle); Salomania, Miss Julie, Salome, Small Tragedy (Aurora Theatre); Measure for Measure, Henry V (California Shakespeare Theatre); Joan Rivers, a Work in Progress (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). www.markandersonphillips.com

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  • Robert Sicular*

    Robert Sicular*

    Benjamin Franklin/John Wayles/French Cook/French Tailor/Man

    A Bay Area native, Robert is delighted to return to the Marin Theater Company where he was previously seen as Uncle Charlie in August: Osage County, William Fox in Fetch Clay Make Man, Marvin in Magic Forest Farm and Mr. Lockhart (aka the Devil) in The Seafarer. He has also performed locally with the Berkeley Rep, ACT, Word for Word, PlayGround, San Jose Rep, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and the California/Berkeley Shakespeare Festival. Other theaters include the Denver Center Theatre Company, South Coast Rep, Seattle Rep, Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Sacramento Theatre Company, the Colorado, Lake Tahoe, Santa Fe Shakespeare Festivals, the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC, and for eight years, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. Screen credits include the Sci-Fi comedy thriller, Never Die Twice; the Bollywood potboiler, Dil Pardesi Ho Gaya; and the role of “Dad” in Josh Kornbluth’s Love and Taxes. Also, recurring roles on General Hospital and The Young and the Restless. Robert attended the University of California at Berkeley and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. www.robertsicular.com

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  • ​Charlette Speigner*

    ​Charlette Speigner*

    Elizabeth (Betty) Hemings/Renee

    Charlette Speigner is delighted to make her debut at Marin Theatre Company in Thomas and Sally. Some of her theatre work includes productions at Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre, Pegasus Players, and Eclipse Theatre. Film and television credits include For the Cause and Chicago PD. 

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Creative Team

  • ​Thomas Bradshaw

    ​Thomas Bradshaw

    Playwright

    Thomas Bradshaw’s plays have been produced throughout the U.S., as well as in Europe. They include CARLYLE (Goodman Theatre in Chicago) FULLFILLMENT (The Flea Theater); INTIMACY (off-Broadway at The New Group); JOB (Flea Theater); BURNING (off-Broadway at The New Group); MARY (Goodman Theatre in Chicago); THE BEREAVED (Partial Comfort - Best Plays of 2009 in Time Out NY & New York Times Critic’s Pick); SOUTHERN PROMISES (P.S. 122) and DAWN (Flea Theatre). A German translation of DAWN was presented at Theater Bielefeld in Germany in October 2008 and published by Theater Der Zeit in that same month.

    Bradshaw has been featured as one of Time Out New York’s “Ten Playwrights to Watch”, as one of Paper Magazine’s Beautiful People, and Best Provocative Playwright by the Village Voice.  He is the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2010 Prince Charitable Trust Prize, and the 2012 Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, as well as Fellowships from The Lark Play Development Center, Soho Rep. (Streslin Fellow), and New York Theater Workshop. He was the Playwright in Residence at The Soho Theatre in London in February 2009, where he wrote THE ASHES.  He is currently working on commissions from the Goodman Theater, Manhattan Theater Club, and the Foundry Theater.

    Bradshaw is currently developing a TV series for HARPO and HBO. He received his M.F.A. from Mac Wellman’s playwriting program and is Professor of Playwriting at Northwestern University.

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  • Jason Minadakis

    Jason Minadakis

    Director

    Jasson Minadakis is in his 12th season as artistic director of Marin Theatre Company, where he has directed Guards at the TajAugust: Osage CountyThe Invisible HandAnne BoleynThe ConvertThe WhaleFailure: A Love Story, the world premiere of Lasso of TruthThe Whipping Man (San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Awards for Best Production and Best Acting Ensemble), Waiting for GodotOthello: the Moor of VeniceThe Glass Menagerie, Edward Albee’s Tiny Alice, the world premiere of Libby Appel’s adaptation of Chekhov’s SeagullHappy Now?Equivocation(SFBATCC Award, Best Director), the world premiere of SunlightLydiaThe SeafarerFrankie and Johnny in the Clair de LuneA Streetcar Named Desiresaid SaïdLove Song, and The Subject Tonight is Love. As artistic director of Actor’s Express Theatre Company, he directed The PillowmanBug; The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer; Echoes of Another Man;Killer Joe; Burn This; The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?Blue/Orange; and Bel Canto. As producing artistic director of Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, he directed Jesus Hopped the ’A’ TrainChagrin Falls (2002 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best Production), and numerous others, including 19 productions of Shakespeare. Regional credits include The Whipping Man at Virginia Stage Company, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Hamlet at Georgia Shakespeare, Copenhagen at Playhouse on the Square (2003 Ostrander Theatre Award for Best Dramatic Production), and Bedroom Farce at Wayside Theatre.

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  • Betsy Norton*

    Betsy Norton*

    Stage Manager

    Betsy Norton is thrilled to be returning to Marin Theatre Company as Stage Manager after PAing four seasons (and over 15 shows!) for the company. Other works include: stage managing Mike Birbiglia: The New One (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), PAing Monsoon Wedding (Berkeley Repertory Theatre) and Amélie: A New Musical (Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Center Theatre Group), and stage managing for the MTC summer camps. Betsy is a proud new member of Actors' Equity.

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  • Laura Brueckner

    Laura Brueckner

    Production Dramaturg

    Laura Brueckner has been supporting productions and playwrights with her dramaturgical work for over 20 years, with an emphasis on digital dramaturgy, world premieres, and commissions. During this time, she has been proud to count among her collaborators stellar artists such as MTC Playwright in Residence Lauren Gunderson, Christopher Chen, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, Mina Morita, Marissa Wolf, Idris Goodwin, Lachlan Philpott, and Dominique Serrand, as well as groundbreaking companies Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Crowded Fire Theater, The New Harmony Project, Playwrights Foundation, and, now, Marin Theatre Company. As an artist, she is committed to theatre as a path of social action, critical inquiry, discovery, and delight. Her journalistic writing on artistic process and audience engagement has been published by HowlRound and Theatre Bay Area; her dramaturgical writing has been published by Berkeley Rep, California Shakespeare Theater, and Crowded Fire. A current member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, she holds a B.A. in English dramatic literature (magna cum laude) from U.C. Berkeley and a Ph.D. in dramaturgy from U.C. San Diego.

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  • Sean Fanning+

    Sean Fanning+

    Scenic Designer

    Sean Fanning is a Southern California-based designer who previously did the scenic design for My Mañana Comes at MTC. San Diego credits include Full GallopA Doll’s HouseKingdomPlaid Tidings (The Old Globe), Evita, Manifest DestinitisThe Oldest BoyEverybody’s Talkin’, HonkyIn the Heights (San Diego Repertory Theatre), On the Twentieth Century, Animal Crackers, Bad JewsSeven Guitars, King Hedley II, GypsyThe WhaleSons of the Prophet (Cygnet Theatre Company), Silent Sky, Equivocation (Lamb’s Players); Damn YankeesWest Side Story (San Diego Musical Theatre). He received the first Craig Noel award for Designer of the Year for his body of work in 2016, and is a resident artist of Cygnet Theatre. In 2016, he had the pleasure of designing the Old Globe/ SDPL’s exhibit of Shakespeare’s First Folio in honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Sean holds an M.F.A. in Scene Design from San Diego State University. seanfanningdesigns.com

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  • Ashley Holvick

    Ashley Holvick

    Costume Designer

    Ashley Holvick previously designed the costumes for August: Osage CountyAnne Boleyn and the MTC Family Series production of Charlotte’s Web. Other recent work includes San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s Romeo and Juliet and Shotgun Players' Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Ashley has designed for many theaters and institutions throughout the Bay Area including The Aurora Theatre Company, San Francisco Playhouse, Pacific Repertory, UC Berkeley, Just Theatre and TheatreFirst, among many others. Ashley has an MFA from San Francisco State University. Ashley is the former costume shop manager at Marin Theatre and costume shop shopper for The San Francisco Opera. ashleyholvick.com

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  • Mike Post

    Mike Post

    Lighting Designer

    Mike Post is happy to be designing his second show for MTC after recently doing Guards at the Taj. He has been working in theatre for over 25 years, primarily as a lighting designer and technician, as well as a production manager. Mr. Post’s lighting design credits include Idols of the KingThe Last Night of Ballyhoo, and Rocket City at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Odyssey, As You Like It, and Metamorphoses at Georgia Shakespeare, where he was also the production manager; Some Men at Actor’s Express; The 13th of Paris at the Horizon Theatre; The Guys and Silent Sky at Theatrical Outfit; and Les Miserables and The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown at the Aurora Theatre in Georgia. 

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  • ​Theodore J.H. Hulsker

    ​Theodore J.H. Hulsker

    Sound Designer

    Theodore is returning to MTC after having done the sound design for August: Osage County. Previous work includes Anne BoleynSwimmers and My Mañana Comes at MTC; and AssassinsWoyzeckStrangers BabiesHarry Thaw Hates Everybody and Our Town with the Shotgun Players. His work can also frequently be heard at the San Francisco Playhouse where past credits include Into the WoodsSeminar and Tree. He is a Mugwumpin Company member and past work with them includes The Great Big AlsoLuster and Blockbuster Season. In 2012 He received the Eric Landismen Fellowship for emerging designer and has been thrice nominated for a BATCC award for Sound Design. In addition to his work as a sound designer, he curates a monthly art event called Klanghaus in North Oakland. theodore-hulsker.squarespace.com

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  • Jessica Berman

    Jessica Berman

    Dialect Coach

    Jessica Berman is a dialect, voice, and text coach. Her previous work at MTC includes The Legend of Georgia McBride, Native Son, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, and August: Osage County.  Ms. Berman has led dialect workshops for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has taught voice, speech, and dialects at U.C. Berkeley, Academy of Art University, and in A.C.T.’s Summer Training Congress. Recent dialect coaching credits include: Monsoon Wedding, An Octoroon, and Hand to God (Berkeley Rep), The Baltimore Waltz, Sojourners, runboyrun, and Fred’s Diner (Magic Theatre), Fences (California Shakespeare Theater), Jerusalem (San Francisco Playhouse), and Punk Rock, Tomorrow, and The Life to Come (A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory).  She holds an M.A. in Professional Voice Practice from the Birmingham School of Acting, and an M.F.A. in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

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* Denotes member of Actors Equity Association
+ Member, United Scenic Artists
^ Member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers

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