Mon., May 20 | 7 p.m. w/Talkback Following

VENTURA LIVE | Music, Laughter, and Magic

Somebody to Love 

w/Talkback Following

Plays-in-Progress of a New Musical in Development


Written by Rob Sternin and Prudence Fraser

Music by The Bands We Listened to on Vinyl in Our Basements

Directed by Sean Daniels

Music Supervision by Dillon Kondor

Music Direction by Brett Ryback 

Produced by Stephanie Coltrin

Four friends meet freshman year of college and vow to be there for each other, always. Created by the writers of hit TV shows like “The Nanny,” and Off-Broadway’s Under My Skin, this concert reading of a new rock-and-roll musical-in-the-making is a heartfelt and funny story about the choices we make, the triumphs, the failures, and the one thing that matters most…somebody to love. Rubicon’s Plays-in-Progress program has supported playwrights, lyricists and composers in the development of new works for the past 25 years, with many shows going on to commercial or regional successes and becoming part of the theatrical canon. Join us for this special opportunity to gain insight into the process of creating a new musical and to provide valuable feedback during a facilitated post-show discussion with the artists!





(who also play the band kids):

Will Blum

Joslyn Cortes

Isabella DeSouza Moore

Eddie Egan

Molly Kirschenbaum

Michael Perrie, Jr.

Heather Youmans

James Beardsley
(Silverstein, Sarah’s dad, 70’s rocker, Student, Constituent)

A.T. Branch
(Campaign Manager, Dancer, Monty, Student, Soldier/M.C)

Paige Cilluffo

Derek Manson
(Nick’s Dad, Eddie Karp, Psychiatrist, Company Manager, Box Office boy, Roadie, Constituent)

Lauren Noll
(Megan, Constituent)

Monika Peña

Sarah Wolter
(Sarah’s mom, Groupie, Constituent)

Wendy Kilbourne Read

Emiliano Almeida

David Olivas

Dillon Kondor

Brett Ryback



ROBERT STERNIN & PRUDENCE FRASER (Authors) met freshman year of college in 1973 in the theater department at Tufts University and became fast friends. After graduation, they headed to L.A., where Rob got an M.F.A. in playwriting at UCLA and Pru pursued an acting career. He cast her in his play, Do You Think the Line Will Get a Laugh? at Stage 13 on Santa Monica Blvd., where her creative input and writing skills quickly became obvious! They got engaged, became a husband-wife writing team and went on to write and produce network television for 25 years, with such hits as “Who’s the Boss” and “The Nanny,”  among many others, totaling over 300 hours of prime-time television on all the major networks. They then returned to their first love, theater, collaborating with Brill building songwriting icon, Jeff Barry, on a medieval musical, Knightlife, that was first produced by the Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera before moving to the Riverside Theater in Vero Beach Florida. They then worked with arranger & composer Deke Sharon (”Pitch Perfect”) on an original touring acapella show, Vocalosity and soon after, teamed up with director Sean Daniels, for a reading of their new comedy, Under My Skin at the Granada and went on to the Pasadena Playhouse and a successful Off-Broadway run. A few years later, they again met up with Sean at a rock show in Vegas to discuss writing a life long love story, with the music by the bands we all made out and danced to! That night, covid struck and the world shut down! Now, years and countless Zoom meetings later, we welcome you to the first live, public presentation of Somebody to Love.


SEAN DANIELS (Director) His work has been seen in Scotland (Traverse, Tron) United Kingdom (St. James, Southwark Playhouse – The Lion, winner Best New Musical) and Baltic American Playwrights Conference in Hiiumaa, Estonia.In the United States at Manhattan Theatre Club (The Lion, Drama Desk Award & Theatre World Award, nominated for Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle), 59e59 (NYC, I and You, nominated for Outer Critics Circle) Lynn Redgrave (NYC) The Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), and at many wonderful regionals including: Old Globe, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cal Shakes, Arizona Theatre Co, American Conservatory, Geffen, Cleveland Playhouse, Merrimack Rep, Milwaukee Rep., Long Wharf, Alliance, and the Neo-Futurists in Chicago. Sean has been named “one of the top fifteen up & coming artists in the U.S., whose work will be transforming America’s stages for decades to come” & “One Of 7 People Reshaping and Revitalizing The American Musical” by American Theatre magazine.

DILLON KONDOR (Music Supervisor)  is a composer, orchestrator, and guitarist in NYC. His TV/film credits include  Jesus Christ Superstar Live on NBC (with John Legend and Sara Bareilles), Kennedy Center Honors with the cast of Hamilton in 2018, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Schmigadoon, Fosse/Verdon, Tick Tick Boom, Spirited, Vivo, Dear Evan Hansen, and Lyle Lyle Crocodile. He also toured as the guitarist for Blood Sweat and Tears from 2014-2017. Dillon studied at Ithaca College and the Manhattan School of Music, where he focused on avant garde concert music. Eager for a return to more accessible forms of music and storytelling, he began working on Broadway while also writing and producing his own work.

BRETT RYBACK (Music Director) is an actor, composer/lyricist, and writer. He is the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation’s Cole Porter Award. His musical podcast “In Strange Woods” hit #1 on Apple’s fiction chart and was an iHeartRadio Award nominee for “Best Fiction Podcast.” It is currently being developed for television. Other works for the stage include: Love is Dead (CVRep); Arthur & Friends Make a Musical! (First Stage); Passing Through (Goodspeed); Nate the Great (Licensed by TRW); Free Speech Zone (Austin Film Festival Semifinalist); Joe Schmoe Saves the World (NAMT, ASCAP/Dreamworks Workshop); and Liberty Inn (LA Ovation Award nomination, Best Music/Lyrics). His award-winning plays Weïrd and A Roz By Any Other Name are both published in “The Best American Short Plays 2007-2008.” He lives in Los Angeles with his husband and their miniature schnauzer, Hilde. (Music Director) is an actor, composer/lyricist, and writer. He is the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation’s Cole Porter Award. His musical podcast “In Strange Woods” hit #1 on Apple’s fiction chart and was an iHeartRadio Award nominee for “Best Fiction Podcast.” It is currently being developed for television. Other works for the stage include: Love is Dead (CVRep); Arthur & Friends Make a Musical! (First Stage); Passing Through (Goodspeed); Nate the Great (Licensed by TRW); Free Speech Zone (Austin Film Festival Semifinalist); Joe Schmoe Saves the World (NAMT, ASCAP/Dreamworks Workshop); and Liberty Inn (LA Ovation Award nomination, Best Music/Lyrics). His award-winning plays Weïrd and A Roz By Any Other Name are both published in “The Best American Short Plays 2007-2008.” He lives in Los Angeles with his husband and their miniature schnauzer, Hilde.


JAMES BEARDSLEY (Ensemble) is absolutely stoked for his first project at the Rubicon Theatre. Marketer by day and performer by night, he is excited to join the ensemble for Somebody to Love.  Favorite shows include Big River, The Music Man, Footloose, Parade, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 35mm, and Seussical. Many thanks to Angelica, Natalie, teachers, friends, family, and loved ones for their continuous support.

WILL BLUM (Nick) (he/him) was most recently seen as Mozart in Amadeus at Cleveland Playhouse and as David in the National Tour of Stephen Sondheim’s Company. Broadway credits include the Tony nominated musical Beetlejuice, Dewey Finn in School of Rock, Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon, Roger in Grease, as well as acting as the Standby for Michael Urie in the Tony nominated revival of Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song. National Tours include playing Buddy the Elf in Elf The Musical, Jean-Michel in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Margaret Mead in HAIR, Roger in Grease, and Horton The Elephant in Seussical. Regional roles include George in Sunday in the Park with George ( San Diego Critics Circle Nomination), Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Barfeé in The 25th… Spelling Bee, Lesh in Barry Manilow’s new musical Harmony, and King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar. TV credits include Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Elementary, Wacky Races, and The Tony Awards. BFA from The Boston Conservatory. Instagram: @willblum
A.T. BRANCH (Ensemble) is a West Point graduate and former U.S. Army Captain turned Actor and Singer-Songwriter. He trained in conservatory at the Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute and is currently studying screenwriting at UCLA. His theater credits include playing “Richard” (and ensemble) in Lynn Nottage’s, Fabulation. Or the Re-Education of Undine at The Hudson Theatres Los Angeles and “Andy” in L&G Music Lab’s mini-musical, It’s Your Fault, during the 2023 Hollywood Fringe festival. Branch’s most recent film and television credits include a supporting role in Zanah Thirus’ debut feature film, “The OG Bootcamp”, a co-star on Season 5 of “The Family Business” (BET+), and more to come. You can follow along with his journey @atbranchlive on socials.
PAIGE CILLUFFO (Ensemble) is very excited to be making her west coast debut rocking out at The Rubicon. Recent theater credits: Fall Springs (Barrington Stage Company), American Idiot (Jerry Herman Ring Theater), Hair (Arena Stage Act Two w / Levine), All Shook Up (Hackmatack Playhouse), Cabaret (Woolly Mammoth Theater Co. w/ Levine). Workshop: Devotion (Jerry Herman Ring Theater) She is a proud University of Miami alum, with a BA in Musical Theater. Upcoming this summer: I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change (Lake George Dinner Theater). Special thanks to the creative team for bringing her along for the journey. @paigec22

JOSLYN CORTES (Stella)  is very excited to be making her Rubicon Theatre Company Debut! It has always been her career goal to originate a role and tonight that goal comes to pass! Outside of performing live theatre, Joslynn keeps busy as a film and commercial actress and as a Vocal Instructor/Business owner at Vocal Love! Some of her favorite credits include Nat’l Tour: Nick Nutrition and His Wonder Dog Fiber. Regional credits include: Eva Peron in Evita, Claire in Ordinary Days, Junie B. Jones in Junie B. Jones the Musical, Queen Aggravain in Once Upon a Mattress, Katisha in The Hot Mikado and Anita in West Side Story. A special thank you to my incredible support system, Jalen Lum, Anthony Boyer at DDO Artists Agency, family, friends and Jehovah! 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 @joslynn_cortes | | BFA: AMDA NY & LA

EDDIE EGAN (Frank)  is thrilled to be making his Rubicon debut presenting this fantastic new show! In New York, he spent several seasons as a vocalist in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Some favorite regional credits include Monty in Violet (Theatre Squared), Huey in Memphis (Actors’ Playhouse), for which he received a Carbonell Award nomination for Best Actor, Tony in West Side Story (La Mirada Theatre, City Springs Theatre), Jerry in The Full Monty (Argyle Theatre), All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914(Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Chris in Miss Saigon (Flat Rock Playhouse), Gabe in Next to Normal (La Mirada Theatre), Jamie in The Last Five Years (Shadowland Theatre), and Mercier in The Scarlet Pimpernel (Engeman Theatre). On television, he has appeared on “Power Book III: Raising Kanan” (Lionsgate/Starz). Many thanks to the entire creative team and to everyone at the Rubicon for their commitment to the development of new works. @EddieEgan_

MOLLY KIRSCHENBAUM (Sarah)  is an actor and musician from beautiful Burbank, California. Most recently, they have appeared in Tim Robbins’ new play Topsy Turvy at the Actor’s Gang. Other credits include: Transparent The Musical (Development reading, Tina Landau), and Straight Play: A Gay Musical (LA Performance Practice, Sorority Theater), as well as their musical-comedy solo show, Hot!, which won an Encore Award at the Hollywood and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. They received their BFA from NYU Tisch School of Drama, and are very excited to be making their Rubicon Theatre debut with Somebody To Love. Big thanks and love to their mom, Kelsey, Cosmo, and Goo Goo.

DEREK MANSON (Ensemble) is an L.A.- based actor originally from the Atlanta area. Most recently he appeared with South Coast Repertory in Snow White, Tiger Style!, the 2023 & 2022 Pacific Playwrights Festival, and as Snoopy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. L.A. credits include For the Record’s The Brat Pack at Break Room 86, Love Actually In Concert at the Wallis Annenberg, Neil Simon’s Musical Fools with the Open Fist, and The 39 Steps with Malibu Playhouse. Derek also toured in the musical comedy The Bicycle Men, with appearances at Second City’s UP Comedy Club, the Denver Center, Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, and Geva Theatre. He currently appears as Anchor and player in the news satire sketch show This Week This Week Thursday Nights at the Atwater Village Theatre.
ISABELLA DE SOUZA MOORE (Rachel)  is a Los Angeles based actress, singer, and voice over artist. She is thrilled to be making her debut at Rubicon Theatre! Regional credits include Mimi in Rent (Theatre Under the Stars), Honey in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Denver Center for the Performing Arts), 9 to 5 (Musical Theatre West), Young Frankenstein (La Mirada Theatre), theWorld Premiere of Mystic Pizza (Ogunquit Playhouse), Annie (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), and Mary Poppins (Syracuse Stage). Voice over credits include Ms. Appleberry in the YouTube sensation “CoComelon.” TV/New Media Credits include Hulu’s “The Path” and ReelShort’s “Curse of the Dragon King.”

LAUREN NOLL (Ensemble)is a Los Angeles based actor and filmmaker with an MFA in Acting from Harvard/American Repertory Theatre. She’s thrilled to return to her musical theatre roots with this reading of Somebody to Love. Favorite theatre credits include Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (A.R.T.), Middletown (A.R.T.), Hair (Egyptian Theatre), The Glass Menagerie (The Grand Theatre), and Little Women (Hale Center Theatre). Her film The Heart of Texas is currently collecting awards around the world on a festival tour, including Best Actress wins for Lauren at Mammoth Film Festival and Hollywood ShortsFest . Follow at IG: laurencnoll

MONIKA PEÑA (Featured Ensemble)  is excited to help bring this new story to life! She just returned from beautiful Vero Beach, FL where she made her Riverside Theatre debut in On Your Feet! Recent credits include; Mystic Pizza (McCoy Rigby Entertainment), Oliver! (Nancy, 5-Star Theatricals), Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene, Moonlight Amphitheater), Grease (Sandy, Musical Theatre West & Patty Simcox, McCoy Rigby), and Rogers: The Musical (Peggy Carter/Starkettes, Disney’s Hyperion Theater). Other favorite credits include: Lizzie (Lizzie Borden, Chance Theater), Violet (Violet, Chance), Man of La Mancha (Aldonza, Candlelight Pavilion), & Seussical (Mayzie, Candlelight). Always for Aaron.  @singingvettech
MICHAEL PERRIE (Walt)  is an actor/singer/musician/writer originally from Baltimore, MD – now living in Northern Virginia – and is very excited to be working on this new musical with Rubicon! As an actor he has been seen on two National Tours; Million Dollar Quartet (2018) and Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (2016–2018). His most recent work includes shows at Theater J with the world premiere of Hester Street (Bernstein) and at RepStage in Falsettos (Mendel). Regionally he’s been seen in several shows at Florida Studio Theatre including The Last Match, A Comedy of Tenors, and Buddy; in Missouri with Maples Repertory Theatre in The Nerd, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, and The Full Monty. Michael has also been seen as Buddy Holly in Buddy in seven different productions as well as Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Sam Phillips across seven different productions of Million Dollar Quartet. On TV you can see him on “The Food That Built America” S2:ep1, and “The World Wars.” He earned his BFA in Acting from Towson University. Coming up, he will be playing Gerry Goffin in Beautiful at Olney Theatre Center, and directing a feature film he wrote with his wife Lacy called “The Conspiraciststhis fall. Find out more at:
SARAH WOLTER (Ensemble) recently appeared as The Mother Abbess in Musical Theatre West’s production of The Sound of Music. Additional regional credits include: Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein (Elizabeth Benning), A Little Night Music (Countess Charlotte Malcolm), Ragtime (Mother), Taming of the Shrew (Katherine), Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown). In addition to her theatrical work, LA audiences may remember Sarah’s multiple appearances on comedy stages around town including: The Groundlings, Second City, and Rockwell Table & Stage; where she performed improv and original sketches as a founding member of Fred for Nothing and Stupid Songs LA. Sarah is represented by Avalon Artists Group.
HEATHER YOUMANS (Natalie)  returns to the Rubicon stage after originating the role of Katie Summey in Dark of The Moon and performing in her own concert, Make Your Own Kind of Music this May. L.A. theatre credits include shows at McCoy Rigby, Welk Resort, Moonlight, Getty Villa, LA LGBT Center, PVPA, West Coast Ensemble and more. She’s sung behind Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Brandy, Rita Ora and members of Earth Wind and Fire, and her voice can also be heard on TV shows/movies for FOX, NBC, Disney, Hulu, Apple and Netflix. She was the opening soloist for a UNICEF event featuring Sting and the late Natalie Cole; has toured as a principal singer for Disney Concerts; performed on FOX’s singing show “I Can See Your Voice”; and has honored Linda Ronstadt and Dionne Warwick at special events in LA. She sings national anthems at Dodgers Stadium and Arena for the NBA, MLB and NHL. @heatheryoumans 


We invite you to arrive early and check out our brand-new outdoor patio! It’s the perfect spot to relax before the show, enjoy mouthwatering bites from our featured food trucks, and sip on specially crafted themed cocktails. For Somebody to Love we are featuring HAPPY PLACE EATERY, an award-winning food truck nestled in the heart of Ventura County (gearing up to open a new restaurant in Downtown Ventura right on Main St in the Jimmy’s Slice location!). They specialize in a mouthwatering array of Smash Burgers, Wings, Cheese Steaks, Pretzel Bites with Hatch Cheese, and Crispy Fries. We strongly encourage you to get here 2 hours before showtime to allow plenty of time to order and enjoy your meal and make the most of your night! Take a look at their menu below:

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