Creative Team 

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Cheryl L. West
Playwright

Cheryl L. West’s plays include FANNIE: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer, Last Stop on Market Street, Shout Sister Shout, Akeelah and the Bee, Pullman Porter Blues and Jar the Floor. Her plays have been produced in England, off-Broadway, on Broadway (Play On!) and in numerous regional theaters around the country, including Seattle Rep, Arena Stage, Old Globe, The Goodman, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Rep, Asolo Rep, Merrimack, Arkansas Rep, St. Louis Black Rep, Bay Street Theatre Festival, Syracuse Stage, Cleveland Play House, South Coast Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Off‐Broadway's Manhattan Theatre Club and Second Stage. She has written TV and film projects at Disney, Paramount, MTV Films, Showtime, TNT, HBO, CBS, BET and is the Webby-nominated writer for the original web series Diary of a Single Mom. Ms. West is currently preparing a revival of Broadway-bound Jar the Floor, and working on commissions for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Minneapolis Children’s Theater, the Goodman Theatre and Seattle Rep.

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Delicia Turner Sonnenberg
Director

Delicia Turner Sonnenberg is a founder and the former Artistic Director of MOXIE Theatre, which she helmed for 12 acclaimed seasons receiving The Des McAnuff New Visions Award for “Risk Taking Leadership and Body of Work” and “2015 Director of the Year” from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle. In addition to MOXIE, Delicia has directed plays for La Jolla Playhouse (The Garden, POP Tour - #Super Shiny Sara, WoW Festival - The Car Plays SD, Counterweight), The Old Globe Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, San Diego REP, Cygnet Theatre, New Village Arts, Diversionary Theatre, Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, and Playwrights Project among others. She was twice a recipient of the Van Lier Directing Fellowship through Second Stage Theatre in New York, and is an alumna of the New York Drama League’s Directors Program as well as TCG’s New Generations Program.

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Jonathan Gilmer
Scenic Designer

Jonathan Gilmer (he/him) is a San Diego-based multidisciplinary theatre artist. Recent projects include The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (San Diego Symphony), Pick Me Last (La Jolla Playhouse), Noel Noel (San Diego Symphony), As One (San Diego Opera), The North Plan (ION Theatre), Shostakovich Day (Barbican Centre), Whistleblower (Waterloo East Theatre) and was a member of the design team for the UK Student Exhibit at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. Jonathan is also the Associate Technical Director at La Jolla Playhouse. He received his B.A. Honours in Technical Theatre Arts from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

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Carmen Amon
Costume Designer

Carmen Amon is a proud Queer Chicanx Costume Designer in the Greater San Diego area. She has been working professionally as a Freelance Costume Designer since 2016. She graduated the same year with a Bachelor's Degree in Theater with an Emphasis in Costume Design from San Diego State University. Her designs have been featured at La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Repertory Theater, MOXIE Theater, Junior Theater and Pacific Ridge School.

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Sonia Desai
Dramaturg

Sonia Desai, PhD, is scholar, dramaturg, and director. She currently teaches theatre at Loyola Marymount University and CSU San Marcos. Her scholarship focuses on issues of gender and sexuality in performance and Renaissance drama. In the past, she has worked as a dramaturg on new plays for theatre companies such as San Diego Repertory Theatre and Company of Angels in Los Angeles. She most recently directed Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night for Shakespeare on the Bluff.

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Eliza Vedar
Sound Designer

Eliza Vedar is a composer, sound designer, music director, and pianist. Her original music/arrangements have been featured in productions with TuYo Theatre, Moxie Theatre and the Amigos del Rep. She has written music for three original musicals during her undergrad (Araceli of the West, Despierta!, Way of the Witch). Eliza is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance at SDSU and is Artist in Residence at CSU San Marcos Theatre Arts for the 2021-2022 school year. www.elizavedar.com/

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Brian Salvanera
Production Assistant/ Covid Safety Manager

Brian Salvanera is excited to join the La Jolla Playhouse as the Production Assistant and COVID Safety Manager for this production. Originally from Los Angeles, he is a recent graduate from the University of California San Diego with a B.A. in Theatre and a minor in Critical Gender Studies. Some favorite UCSD credits include: Mr. Burns, a Post-Eelectric Play (ASM), Don’t Dress For Dinner (SM), Six Characters In Search of an Author (SM), An Object, Screaming (PA), The Underground (PA). He has also performed with the competitive urban dance team Sleepless Collective.

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Evelyn Myers
Production Stage Manager
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Valentina Orbit
Hula Hoop Consultant

Valentina grew up belly dancing with her mom Leela and their teacher Mesmera from the tender age of 12. During her first Burning Man festival in 2007, she was entranced with the hula hoopers and fire dancers and vowed to learn how to do both! A year of hooping allowed her body confidence to soar and she was inspired to perform Hoop Burlesque. She quickly landed herself on national television, HBO’s “Live Nude Comedy." In 2015 she married Steve Bags, Hooping.org’s 2013 “Male Hooper of the Year.” Together they formed Twisted Orbit and have since traveled the world performing and teaching. She has also added hoop fabrication, juggling, stilt walking, teaching yoga and large-scale show production to her repertoire.

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