By Paul Zindel

Directed by Rob Lutfy

Aug 30 - Sep 24, 2017

Low-priced Previews Aug 30 - Sep 2, 2017

This Pulitzer Prize-winning lyrical drama tells the story of a wounded family unraveling at the age of innocence and at the age of no return. Life in the 1960s with Beatrice, an embittered single mother, resembles a hell more than a home for her two daughters. But Tillie, the youngest, finds her own way to connect to the world with resilience and hope. Tillie - keeper of rabbits, dreamer of atoms, true believer in life, hope, and the effect of gamma rays on man-in-the-moon marigolds.

"The play itself is one of the lucky blooms; it survives, and is beautiful." - NY Times


Abby DePuy
Abby is thrilled to be making her debut with Cygnet Theatre! A 14 yr. old homeschooled sophomore, she was most recently seen in Lamb’s Players Theatre’s The Angel’s Arms. Abby has enjoyed performing in shows with CCT, California Ballet, CYT, and Junior Theatre. Favorite roles include: Annie in Annie (National Youth Arts Award), Rafiki in The Lion King, Leslie Burke in Bridge to Terabithia (NYA Award), and Flounder in The Little Mermaid (NYA Award and CYT Director’s Choice Award). Abby also earned first place in the San Diego Fair Triple Threat Competition, Youth Division. When not performing for the stage, she enjoys improv, singing with an a cappella ensemble, and entertaining with her musical family at various San Diego venues. Special thanks to Robby for this amazing opportunity! Abby also thanks God for her gifts and her family and friends for their constant love and support!
DeAnna Driscoll
DeAnna starred in Intrepid Theatre’s Quality of Life which won the San Diego Critics Circle award for best ensemble and best play of the year. Previously, she starred in Moxie Theater’s Mud Blue Sky, and she played Shannon in Bethany at The Old Globe Theater. Other theaters include: NSC Black Box (NY), Cockpit Theater (NY), San Diego Repertory Theater, Diversionary Theater and more. Favorite roles include: Jenette in Quality of Life, Frankie in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Grace in Bus Stop, Haley in Bad Dates, Eve Ensler in The Good Body, and Regan in King Lear. Television and film credits include: Lincoln Heights, Point Pleasant, Veronica Mars, Decaf, Nixon Baby. Commercial credits include: Union Bank, Pepsi, Sunny Delight, and AT&T. DeAnna is a recipient of San Diego Critics Circle award and BACKSTAGE magazine’s Garland award among others. She is a very proud member of both Actor’s Equity and SAG/AFTRA.
Carm Greco
Carm is thrilled to be making her Cygnet debut with this outstanding cast. Past credits include Alice (u/s) in Rapture, Blister, Burn (San Diego Repertory Theatre), Evelyn in Sunset Park (Scripps Ranch Theatre), Silda in Other Desert Cities (Patio Playhouse - Best Supporting Actress), Adrienne in A Bench in the Sun (Broadway Vista Theatre),Vivienne in Love, Sex and the IRS (Mira Mesa Theatre Guild), as well as numerous appearances in New Playwrights Festival plays. Heartfelt thanks to Rob and Jacob for making this possible, and to you, our audience, for supporting live theatre.
Rachel Esther Tate
Rachel Esther Tate is returning to the Cygnet stage after playing Nina in Stupid F**king Bird. Regional Credits: District Merchants, South Coast Repertory (Jessica); Appropriate, Mark Taper Forum (u/s River); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,Arena Stage (Nina); Our Town, Mirror Repertory (Emily). New York Credits: Saint Joan and Hamlet with Bedlam Theatre Company and Blood Privilege with Second Skin Theatre. Upcoming: The Moors at Diversionary Theatre.
Michelle Marie Trester
(Janice Vickery)
Michelle is thrilled to be making her Cygnet Theatre debut! Select theatre credits include: 4000 Miles (ion theatre), Hackathon (Playwrights Project, The Old Globe), Noises Off (Premiere Productions, Welk Resort), Flemming (An American Thriller) and On Air (Scripps Ranch Theatre), Fight Dreams (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The XYZ Files (Off-Broadway), Little Piece of You (NYC International Fringe Festival), Rabbit Hole (Theatre Arts West), and the title role in Henry VI (The New School for Drama). She has also toured with her solo theatrical clowning show TO DO: to various festivals including the NYC International Fringe Festival. Film/Television credits include: Deadly Devotion (Discovery ID), Mary Pillard 2016 (Safe Circle Productions). Michelle has also served as a teaching artist at San Dieguito Academy. Many thanks to Robby and the entire artistic team for this opportunity! MFA, The New School for Drama.


Creative Team

Rob Lutfy (Director)
Rob is the Associate Artistic Director at Cygnet Theatre. Cygnet Theatre: Shockheaded Peter, Bad Jews, Stupid F***ing Bird, When the Rain Stops Falling, Hay Fever, Sons of the Prophet, The Motherf**ker with the Hat. Elsewhere: Clown Play, NYC International Fringe Festival; The Gin Game, Anacostia Playhouse; The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Threshold Repertory; The Sunset Limited, 3M Productions; Time Stands Still, Collaborative Arts, Bodas de sangre, Grossmont College. He has worked on plays in development at The Kennedy Center, The O’Neill Theatre Center, Burning Coal Theatre, The Hub Theatre and The Rensing Center. He has assisted directors at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Folger Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Arena Stage, The Kennedy Center and Marin Theatre Company. He was the 2014-2015 National New Play Network Producer-in-Residence at Marin Theatre Company, and the 2012-2013 William R. Kenan, Jr. Directing Fellow at The John F. Kennedy Center. Rob is a graduate of the directing program under Gerald Freedman at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Kevin Anthenill (Sound Designer)
Previously designed and composed for Cygnet Theatre’s Bad Jews, When the Rain Stops Falling, Shakespeare’s R&J, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Maple and Vine, Gem of the Ocean, Other recent design and music credits include The Old Globes’s All’s Well That Ends Well, The San Diego Repertory Theatre’s Disgraced, Rapture Blister Burn, My Manana Comes, Violet, Everybody’s Talkin’, Honky, Steal Heaven, Red, Uncanny Valley, San Diego Musical Theatre’s Miracle on 34th StreetWhite Christmas, The Producers, 42nd Street, Ragtime, La Cage Aux Folles, Singin’ In the Rain, and West Side Story., Diversionary Theatre's The Boy Who Danced On Air, Amazons and Their Men, Sherantulas From Outer Space, Intrepid Theatre’s ART, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and End of The Rainbow, Moxie Theatre's The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek.
Rachel Hengst (Properties Designer)
Rachel is delighted to work with Cygnet Theatre again. Recent prop design credits include Cygent Theatre’s Shockheaded Peter, Lamb's Players:You Can't Take It With You, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, West Side Story, Mixtape,The Wizard of Oz, and Dinner With Marlene, The Miracle Worker, American Rhythm, and Equivocation. Other credits include Cygnet Theatre productions of On the 20th Century, Bad Jews, A Christmas Carol, The Rocky Horror Show, Stupid F**king Bird, and Gypsy. She also contributes to Lamb's Players Theatre and Cygnet Theatre as an Assistant Stage Manager/Production Assistant. She thanks her family for their endless support and for God's guidance in her life.
Peter Herman (Wig & Makeup Designer)
Cygnet Theatre: Costumes and Wig/Makeup Design for Shakespeare’s R&J, Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  Wigs/Makeup Design for Animal Crackers, Shockheaded Peter, On the 20th Century, Bad Jews, Seven Guitars, King Hedley II, Gypsy, Stupid F**king Bird, The Rocky Horror Show, When the Rain Stops Falling, Hay Fever, The Vortex, Dogfight, My Fair Lady, Sons of the Prophet, Pageant, Fool for Love, True West, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Spring Awakening, Maple and Vine, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Company, Assassins, A Christmas Carol, Gem of the Ocean, Mistakes Were Made, Man of La Mancha, Dirty Blonde, Parade, A Behanding in Spokane, The Glass Menagerie, Little Shop of Horrors, Our Town, Cabaret, The Norman Conquests, Private Lives, Sweeney Todd. Elsewhere: Peter has designed hair and wigs for over 300 productions, including the La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Rep, San Diego Opera and Disneyland. Peter currently teaches wig and makeup at SDSU.
Charles Murdock Lucas (Set Designer)
Charles is a scene and projection designer based in San Diego, CA working for theatre and opera companies across the United States. Recent: Sweeney Todd... at Skylight Music Theatre, Out of Darkness, Into the Fire, The Turn of the Screw at Eastman Opera Theatre, Trying, Gidion's Knot at PCPA, The Light in the Piazza, and Peter and the Starcatcher at freeFall Theatre. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Scenic Design from University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he was the A. J. Fletcher Opera Fellow in Scene Design. He is a recipient of the USITT Scene Design Award Sponsored by Rose Brand. He also teaches Scene Design and Projection Design for the BA and MFA programs at San Diego State University and is a proud member of USA 829. Visit him at or on twitter and instagram @CMLSceneDesign!
Conor Mulligan (Lighting Designer)
Conor is delighted to be returning to design at Cygnet Theatre. Recent credits include The Phillie Trilogy for the Fresh Fruit Festival 2017, The Three Sisters with The Russian Arts Theater & Studio, The Other Place with RepStage, The Commuters with Calander Boys Productions, and Old Love New Love with Luna Stage. Conor also works for KB Associates, Inc. as an assistant lighting designer and draftsman. He has an MFA in Lighting Design from San Diego State University. More at
Dean Remington (Stage Manager)
Dean is thrilled to return to the Cygnet, having just completed its successful run of When the Rain Stops Falling. National Tours include The Lion King and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and in the United Kingdom he was delighted to work with Cameron Mackintosh on his musical, Hey, Mr. Producer! Other highlights include Outside Mullingar at San Diego REP as well as international productions of Grease, 42nd Street, Anything Goes, A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls, and Meet Me in St. Louis. Dean has also enjoyed working in Film and Television on numerous projects as a Production Coordinator.
Shelly Williams (Costume designer)
Ms. Williams is delighted to return to Cygnet her work was last seen in The Motherf**ker with the Hat. Elsewhere: Roz and Ray, San Diego Repertory Theatre; Globe For All Touring Production of Measure For Measure, Theatre for Young Audiences Touring Production of Twelfth Night; Alive and Well, Striking 12, The Old Globe; Peerless, Blue Door, MOXIE; Gem of the Ocean, Burn This, The Book of Liz, Bed and Sofa, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Cygnet; A Thousand Clowns, The Fantasticks, Cabaret, Man of La Mancha, Moon Over Buffalo, North Coast Repertory Theatre; The Good Doctor, Moonlight at The Avo; Opal, The Kentucky Cycle Parts 1&2, Triumph of Love (KPBS Patte Award for Theatre Excellence), SDSU; Easter, The Killing of Sister George, Cal. State, Fullerton. As an Assistant Costume Designer at The Old Globe, Ms. Williams has worked on many productions.
Caroline Andrew (Assistant Lighting Designer)
Caroline is a working lighting designer based out of Southern California. She is currently a graduate student at San Diego State University, majoring in lighting design. Caroline loves working on and designing shows “with a bite”. Whether that bite is vivid color, play content, interesting shadows, or edgy drama, she approaches every new show with energy and pizzazz. She has recently opened an all-female version of Julius Caesar at San Diego State University, and other recent projects include a collaborative museum holiday installation piece, currently featured at Balboa Park’s Timken Museum, interning at the 2016 KAABOO Festival in Del Mar, and SDSU’s The Drowsy Chaperone. Her favorite show is always the next one, and is ever excited to start on a new theatrical adventure!
Christine Hamlin (Assistant Stage Manager)
Christine Hamlin is a local freelancing stage manager who graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2016 with a degree in Literature and Theatre. Most recently she served as Production Assistant on the Old Globe's 2017 Powers New Voices Festival and as a stage management intern for the Globe's summer 2016 musical October Sky. She is thrilled to be back in her 'blacks' and joining the Cygnet team for its production of Gamma Rays!

More to come.

Designer Showcase - Sep 5th @ 6:30PM
Go behind the scenes of The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds with the design team to get a glimpse into the process of creating this exciting production. Begins at 7:00pm, with Happy Hour beforehand. This is a FREE event. RSVP Required. Please contact the box office at 619-337-1525.
Out Night @ Cygnet - Sep 6th @ 6:30PM
Cygnet is proud to present an evening for our theatre loving friends in the LGBT community. Enjoy a pre-show mixer before the performance on Cygnet's beautiful Elaine Lipinsky Patio. Everyone is welcome! A theatre ticket for the evening's performance is required to attend.
Theatre on Tap - Sep 8th @ 7:00PM
Join Cygnet for Theatre on Tap! Enjoy a pre-show beer tasting, and mix and mingle with other craft beer lovers. The complimentary tasting begins at 7 pm, followed by an 8:00 pm performance. A theatre ticket for the evening's show is required to attend. Must be 21 to partake.
Friday Forum - Sep 8th @ 8:00PM
Friday Forum gives you an opportunity to chat with the cast and director following the performance on the first Friday after opening night.
Stage Chat with Rob Lutfy (Pre-Show)
Sep 13th & Sep 20th @ 6:30PM
Enhance your theatre experience! Join Associate Artistic Director Rob Lutfy on the Elaine Lipinsky patio before the show for a casual chat to learn more about the show.
Wine Tasting Night - Sep 14th @ 6:30PM
Join Cygnet for a pre-show Wine Tasting. The complimentary wine tasting begins at 6:30pm followed by a 7:30pm performance. A theatre ticket for the evening's performance is required to attend.
Stage Chat with Rob Lutfy (Post-Show)
Sep 15th & Sep 22nd @ 8:00PM
Enhance your theatre experience! Join Associate Artistic Director Rob Lutfy in the theatre after the show for a casual chat to learn more about the show!
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