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THE TAMING OF THE SHREW - Wed. thru Sun. Feb 21 - April 19 2009




Shakespeare's rowdy and raucous comedy about the battle of the sexes between two brilliant but obstinate would-be lovers marks the reunion of Circus Theatricals and the Odyssey Theatre. Taming of the Shrew follows Petruchio as he leaves his country home to seek a rich wife in the big city. Although warned by his friends, he chooses to woo Katherine - the wealthiest and most notorious woman in town.

written by William Shakespeare
directed by Jack Stehlin
produced by Ron Sossi (Odyssey Theatre) and Jeannine W. Stehlin (Circus Theatricals)

Starring: Circus Theatricals Artistic Director Jack Stehlin (Petruchio), Bridget Flanery (Katherine), John Copeland (Tailor), John Ross Clark (Curtis), Katy Downing (Bianca), Jesse Gibbs (Biondello), Tom Groenwald (Horentio), Alexander Wells (Vincentio), Dana J. Kelly (Gremio), Thomas Kopache (Grumio), Jordan Lund (Baptista), Jim McCaffree  (Servants/Ensemble), Geoffrey Owens (Tranio), Charles Pasternak (Lucentio), and Bibi Tinsley (Widow).

Set by Victoria Profitt. Lights by Derrick McDaniel, Costumes by Nikki Delhomme. Original music by Roger Bellon.


  • Wednesday @ 8pm February 25, March 4, 11, 18
  • Sunday Matinees @ 2pm February 22; March 1, 8, 15, 29
    April 5, 19
  • Sunday Evenings @ 7pm March 22; April 12
  • Student & SAG/Equity/ AFTRA performance: Friday evenings $15
  • Pay-What-You-Can Performances: Feb. 25, 26, 27 @ 8pm March 13; April 3 @ 8pm March 22 @ 7pm
  • Post-Show Discussions: March 4, 12, 20

Wed/Thurs/Fri: $25.00 Sat/Sun: $30.00

Student tickets on Fridays for $15.Group sales available by calling the Odyssey Theatre Box Office 310-477-2055

photos by Enci


Odyssey Theatre Box Office:310-477-2055 or online:

Cast Bios

John Ross Clark

John Ross Clark

John Ross Clark Curtis/Pedant

John is making his sixth appearance on an Odyssey stage and sixth for Circus theatricals.  His last Odyssey treat was THE CHICAGO CONSPIRACY TRIAL in 2007.  Before that John appeared in Richard III, The Misanthrope, and The Memorandum.  Other recent productions include Stories of the Night Told Over, and Suicide in Bb with Rangeview productions, Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Brother Jones at Company of Angels, Lydie Breeze at The Open Fist, and Oleanna at Littlefish Theatre Company.



John Copeland

John Copeland Tailor

John Copeland most recently appeared as Pa Joad in Knightsbridge Theatre's production of Grapes of Wrath.  Previous roles include Bobby Brady in the National Tour of The Real Live Brady Bunch; Horatio in Hamlet; Alice in Go Aks Alice, and Doloros in the musical FAT!  He also appeared for four years as Chilly Pott in the Silver Lake cult classic The Plush Life.  He's a graduate of DePaul University's Goodman School of Drama.

Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble. 

Katy Downing

Katy Downing

Katy Downing Bianca

Katy recently moved to Los Angeles from New York. Stage roles include:  Suzanne in Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Sally in What Then (Chautauqua Theater), Young She in Andre Gregory's Bone Songs, Nina in The Seagull (Arc Light Theater); Erin in Design Your Kitchen (The Flea Theater), Honey in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Vermont Stage Company), and 365 Plays in 365 Days (Public Theater).  She just finished the film, "A Soldier's Heart", and can be seen as Jute Miles in "Boxed".  She attended the Actor's Center Conservatory.

Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

Bridget Flanery

Bridget Flanery

Bridget Flanery Katherine

Favorite Roles include: Lizzie Curry in The Rainmaker at A Noise Within, Viola in Twelfth Night at Shakespeare Festival LA, Charlotte in Loves and Hours at Old Globe Theatre, Meg in Chekhov's Rifle, at Christopher St. Theatre, Bonnie in Cats Talk Back at Williamstown Theatre Festival and NY Fringe Festival, Annabelle in One Day on Wall Street at Naked Angels, Wendla in Spring Awakening at Prospect Theatre Co., Rosemary in The Play About Rosemary's Baby at Soho Rep, Kathy in Vanities touring production, Marylou Baines in Serious Money at Yale Rep, Blanche Du Bois at the Yale School of Drama.

Film roles include: Something Blue, The Outsider, Encounter, Fatal Expression

Television roles include: Desperate Housewives, Two and a Half Men, Without a Trace, Will & Grace, Out of Practice, All My Children, General Hospital, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Babylon 5, Guiding Light, Teen Angel, Unhappily Ever After, Love Boat: The Next Wave, Sweet Valley High, Boy Meets World, Bringing Up Jack, Weird Science, Knot'sLanding: Reunion, Nowhere Fast, California Dreams

Education/Training: MFA Yale School of Drama, BFA Drake University, Stella Adler Studio

Jesse Gibbs

Jesse Gibbs


Jesse Gibbs Biondello

Jesse Gibbs is very excited to be working with Circus Theatricals and Jack Stehlin for his first time.  Jesse's past work includes such roles as; R.P. McMurphy from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Bradley from Buried Child, and Oed from Charles L. Mee Jrs. Big Love.  Jesse would like to thank his parents for their love, his work for their patience, and God for...well...for just about everything.

Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.



Tom Groenwald

Tom Groenwald


Tom Groenwald Hortensio

With Circus Theatricals: Mr. Monroe in Safe (LA Times Critics Choice), Frankie in Moon Man (Circus Theatricals Festival of New One Act Plays). Other stage credits include: The Big Ever After, Cenci (ARK Theatre Co). In Chicago: Damage Control (Noble Fool), MacBett ( Greasy Joan Theatre), Private Eyes, The Secret Rapture (Element Theatre), and more. TV/Film: "Early Edition," "Lady Blue," "Heavens Fall," "Almost Salinas" and "Beyond the Pale."

Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble. 




Alexander Wells


Alexander Wells Vincentio

Alexander Wells is very pleased to make is debut with Circus Theatricals and to be back for his sixth show at the Odyssey. Last fall, he starred in Need Theater's "Fatboy" for which was nominated for an LA Weekly Award for Best Actor in a Comedy. Other recent stage work: Lorenzo in Sarah Ruhl's "Melancholy Play" for Son of Semele Ensemble. Alex is a longtime member of the Classical Theatre Lab where he recently played Lance in "Two Gentlemen of Verona" for the Lab's Free Shakespeare in the Parks in West Hollywood. Alexander is a native of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Dana J. KellyJr.

Dana J. Kelly Jr.


Dana J. Kelly Jr. Gemio


Dana J. Kelly Jr. is a member of the Furious Theatre Company in residence at the PasadenaPlayhouse/Carrie Hamilton Theatre, where he has appeared most recently in the award winning production Grace,Canned Peaches in SyrupandScenes from the Big Picture, as well as numerous readings for the Playhouse. At other theatres, Mr Punchat The Bootleg Theatreand Theatre/Theatre,O’Neill’s Ghosts at The Odyssey, The Belongingat The Complex, Inns and Outs at TheElephant Asylum,The Rainmaker at Gardner Stages,Picture of Dorian Grayat The Knightsbridge, A Marriage of Strangers,The Girl from Boro Park and A Catered Affair at The Working Stage, A Night at the Fights at The First Stage, and The Grunt Childe at The East Los Angeles Theatre.

Thomas Kopache

Thomas Kopache


Thomas Kopache Grumio

Circus Theatricals: “Man.Gov”, “Antigone”, “As You Like It”, “Iphigenia in Aulis”, “The Adding Machine” ( Garland Award), “Twelfth Night”

Broadway: “Orpheus Descending”, “Our Town”. Off -Broadway: Manhattan Theatre Club, The Public Theatre, La Mama, etc. Regional: Pasadena Playhouse, A.C.T., Baltimore Center Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Old Globe, etc. Film: “No Country For Old Men”( (SAG Award), “Zodiac”, “Catch Me If You Can”, “Leaving Las Vegas”, “This Boy’s Life”, “Ghosts of Mississippi”, “Stigmata”, “Star Trek: Generations”, etc.

Television: “Big Love”, Dirty Sexy Money”, “Brothers & Sisters”, Desperate Housewives”, “The West Wing”, “Boston Legal”, “Six Feet Under”, “Malcolm in the Middle”, “Gilmore Girls, etc.

Circus Theatricals Associate Artist.


Jordan Lund

Jordan Lund


Jordan Lund Baptista

For Circus Theatricals: Safe, Twelfth Night, The Adding Machine, Weedwacker, Man.Gov, As You Like It, The Cherry Orchard, Tartuffe, First to The Egg, Bender, The Sanest Men in America. Jordan also directed the One-Act, Joey. On Broadway: (Belasco, NYSF) in Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, and Macbeth. Other NY: The Golem, Twelfth Night, and King John (Delacorte, NYSF), Eric Bogosian’s I Saw the Seven Angels (The Kitchen), Sleep and Tis Pity She’s A Whore (LaMama) Regional: Romeo and Juliet (dir. Sir Peter Hall, Ahmanson Theatre), Scapin (dir. Bartlett Sher, Portland Stage Company), Scaramouche (dir. B.H. Barry, TheatreVirgina). In LA: The Cradle Will Rock, Starr Struck, Hello Again (Blank Theatre), The Shadow of a Gunman, Hogan's Goat, Boo (Pacific Resident Theatre).

Over 75 film and TV appearances include: "The Bucket List", "Doc Hollywood", "Speed", "Species”, "Lonesome Dove", "The Stand", “Without A Trace”, "NYPD Blue", "Cheers", "Frasier", "Firefly", "Law and Order", "Star Trek DS9 & TNG, Enterprise", "ER," "Chicago Hope", "The Practice."

Jordan received his training at Carnegie-Mellon University. tlbrsm


Circus Theatricals Associate Artist

Jim McCaffree

Jim McCaffree


Jim McCaffree Ensemble

Jim moved from Chicago, where he performed with WNEP Theater, among many other companies. Since moving to Los Angeles, he has appeared in numerous commercials and in an episode of Carpoolers,propositioning Faith Ford, as "Man," the part he was born to play! He performed organic improvisation for several years as part of the Hothouse Spontaneous Theatre Company and produced the two-person improv show The Everitt & McCaffree Hour. His improv trio Pale Irish Bastards has appeared in numerous improv festivals around the country, including the San Francisco Improv Festival and Hawaii Improvaganza.

Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.


Geoffrey Owens

Geoffrey Owens


Geoffrey Owens Tranio

Geoffrey Owens recently appeared in Salome with Al Pacino, (directed by Estelle Parsons).  Shakespeare roles include Othello, Richard III, Romeo, Mercutio, Don Pedro, Orlando, Touchstone, Puck, Bottom and Theseus at theaters including N.Y. Shakespeare Festival, Brooklyn Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare Festival L.A..  Other roles include 'Bluntschli' in Arms and the Man (Dallas Theater Center), 'Vladimir' in Waiting for Godot, 'Mbongeni' in Woza Albert, 'Valere' in Tartuffe (Hartford Stage Company), 'Dudard' in Rhinoceros, Bert Williams in Williams and Walker (Stamford Theater Works), and 'Acaste' in The Misanthrope (Long Wharf Theatre).  Geoffrey is proud to have studied with the late Uta Hagen.


Charles Pasternak

Charles Pasternak


Charles Pasternak Lucentio

Regional: Romeo and Julietand All's Well That Ends Well with Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Selected Los Angeles: The Madwoman of Chaillot, Medea, and The Three Penny Opera at The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, Love's Labour's Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Titus Andronicus, Twelfth Night, and Julius Caesar with The Porters of Hellsgate (Remember the Porters...), Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Hamlet, and Twelfth Night with the Ethos Theatre Company, and The Lion in Winter with the Torrance Theatre Company. Selected Film: "Powder Blue", "Certifiably Jonathon", and "Analog Days".

Jack Stehlin

Jack Stehlin


JACK STEHLIN Petruchio/Director

Jack founded Circus Theatricals in New York in 1983, and has produced over 50 plays in NYC and Los Angeles.

With Circus Theatricals: Harm's Way, (Los Angeles and Off-Broadway), and the Odyssey/Circus Theatricals productions of The Misanthrope, Macbeth, Hamlet, Richard III, Tartuffe, True West, The Cheats of Scapin., and The Circle, The Job (Circus Theatricals). Other Los Angeles Theatre: Salome (with Al Pacino), Speed-the-Plow (Odyssey), Habitation of Dragons (Zephyr). Notable New York credits: Richard II (dir. Steven Berkoff), Henry V (w/Kevin Kline), Casanova (w/ Ethan Hawke, dir. by Michael Greif), Henry IV, I (w/Mandy Patinkin, dir by Des McAnuff), Julius Caesar (w/ Al Pacino and Martin Sheen),Timon of Athens (dir. by Brian Kulick), Richard Foreman's Don Juan, and Romeo and Juliet (dir. by Les Waters). TV /film includes “Weeds,” "Salomaybe?" (with Al Pacino),"Without a Trace," "Monk," "JAG," "Buffy," "NCIS," "Judging Amy," "The Practice," "Crossing Jordan," "NYPD Blue," "ER." Graduate of the Juilliard School, alumnus of John Houseman’s the Acting Company.

TV and film credits include the film "Salomaybe?" (with Al Pacino) and guest star roles on "Without a Trace," "Monk," "JAG," (recurring), "Buffy" (recurring ), "NCIS," "Judging Amy," "The Practice," "Crossing Jordan," "NYPD Blue," "ER."

Jack will continue his role this season as DEA Captain Roy Till on the Showtime series "Weeds."

Bibi Tinsley


Bibi Tinsley Widow

With Circus Theatricals: The Women. In Chicago, Bibi worked with Element, Steppenwolf, and Frump Tucker. Los Angeles theatre: Cubicles, Dancing With The Bad Man, Sister Cities at Alliance Rep; Hamlet, The Fox, As Bees In Honey Drown, Frozen at The Ark; A Match Made In Hell at TheatrExpresso; and 10 X Ten and The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell at The Met Theatre Company. Films include: " Baron Road", and "Almost Salinas".

Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

Production Bios  

Derrick McDaniel

Derrick McDaniel


DERRICK MCDANIEL Lighting Designer
With Circus Theatricals: The Women, SAFE,, Harm's Way, Twelfth Night, Complexity, Greensward The Misanthrope and Iphigenia in Aulis. Derrick began his acting apprenticeship in 1990 at Theater East in Studio City, CA. This is where he honed the craft of stage lighting. A few of his lighting credits include “The Godfather Workout” for the HBO comedy festival in Aspen; “The Quiet Room” at the Whitefire Theater, “Worse Than Murder” at the Ventura Court Theater, and “Eubie Weller” at the Stella Adler Theater; “Among The Thugs” at the Odyssey Theater- and many others. Derrick was nominated for a 2004 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award for lighting, in “Among The Thugs”, as well as, a 2005 ADA lighting nomination. He has earned critical acclaim, many times over, for his designs. Derrick would like to thank you for your support of live theater. Enjoy.

Roger Bellon


ROGER BELLON Original Music/Sound

With Circus Theatricals: Original music for the Off--Broadway productions of and Harm's Way.

Roger Bellon was born in Neuilly sur Seine, France. He attended The Berklee College of Music, Boston, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition, and post graduate studies in composition and conducting at The École Normale de Musique, Paris.  Roger has scored over three hundred television episodes including the cult series "Highlander-The Series," and numerous award winning television movies such as the Emmy nominated six-hour CBS mini-series Mario Puzo's "The Last Don". He received an Emmy nomination for his score to "Frankenstein".  His feature film credits include an original score to the 1921 silent movie classic "The Sheik", starring Rudolph Valentino.


Nikki Delhomme


Nikki Delhomme Costumes

Nikki is happy to be working on Taming of the Shrew after her recent move to Los Angeles from Chicago.Recent credits:   Los Angeles:Desperate Writers, The Edgemar Center for the Arts; Winter Dance, Cal Arts Dance Department; Dollface Dames Dance: Chicago: Knute Rockne and La Cage Aux Follies (Joseph Jefferson Nominated), Theatre at the Center; Oklahoma, and Kiss Me Kate, Light Opera Works; A Bench in the Sun, Appletree Theatre; Because They Have No Words and What Dreams May Come, Piven Theatre Ensemble; FAB!, Evanston Dance Ensemble. Carnegie Mellon University Alum, view her work at



Victoria Profitt


Victoria Profitt Set Designer

Bio coming soon.


Jeannine Stehlin

JEANNINE STEHLIN Producer/Circus Theatricals

Produced over 40 plays for Circus Theatricals, including, Harm's Way, Twelfth Night, Sister Cities, Greensward, Complexity, phigenia in Aulis, The Misanthrope, Macbeth, Tartuffe, The Cherry Orchard, Richard III, Hamlet and The Cheats of Scapin, (Odyssey Theatre/Circus Theatricals co-productions) The Circle and the award-winning The Job by Shem Bitterman (LA and Off-Broadway). Sound design credits include Circus Theatricals 7th Annual Festival of One Act Plays (now playing), and The Circle (LA Weekly "Best Sound Design" nomination).

Her long list of acting credits include Macbeth, Twelfth Night, The Job, Peer Gynt, Tartuffe, The Misanthrope, Hippolytus, The Stronger, The Art of Success, Women and Wallace and the films, “Watch It,” and “Rancho Cucamonga." Jeannine made her television debut as a child on the popular children's program, "Romper Room" in Pittsburgh.

Jeannine earned B.S. in Advertising from the University of Illinois, and an M.B.A. in Marketing from the Illinois Institute of Technology.



Ron Sossi


RON SOSSI Producer/Odyssey Theatre

bio coming soon.




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