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September 5 — September 30

Good fences don’t always make good neighbors, but they do make for great comedy in this new play directed by Jason Alexander (Seinfeld). An attorney on the rise and his very pregnant wife couldn’t feel more welcomed by their new neighbors. But when a friendly disagreement about the lay of the land escalates into a backyard brawl, cultures collide and mudslinging ensues…literally.


Featuring Christian Barillas (Modern Family), Bruce Davison (Academy Award Nominee, Longtime Companion), Frances Fisher (Titanic) and Jessica Meraz (Major Crimes).

“Delivers laugh after uproarious laugh.”

-South Pasadenan

By Karen Zacarías

Directed by Jason Alexander

95 minutes, No Intermission

Members: FREE

Good fences don’t always make good neighbors, but they do make for great comedy in this new play directed by Jason Alexander (Seinfeld). An attorney on the rise and his very pregnant wife couldn’t feel more welcomed by their new neighbors. But when a friendly disagreement about the lay of the land escalates into a backyard brawl, cultures collide and mudslinging ensues…literally.


Featuring Christian Barillas (Modern Family), Bruce Davison (Academy Award Nominee, Longtime Companion), Frances Fisher (Titanic) and Jessica Meraz (Major Crimes).

“Delivers laugh after uproarious laugh.”

-South Pasadenan
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Wine Wednesday

Preview week Wednesday, ticket holders are invited to come early and enjoy complimentary wine prior to the show at Pasadena Playhouse.

Date: Sep 5

Location: TBD

Starts at 7:00PM

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Christian Barillas (Pablo)

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Christian previously appeared at Pasadena Playhouse in As You Like It (dir. Bill Rauch). Theater: Curve of Departure, Amadeus, Peter and the Starcatcher and The Motherf**ker with the Hat (South Coast Repertory); Pride & Prejudice and Twelfth Night (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Romeo & Juliet and Richard III (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Lydia (Yale Repertory, Denver Center). TV: Modern Family (ABC; recurring), The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu), The Resident (Fox), The Bridge (FX; recurring), The Jim Gaffigan Show pilot (CBS; Series Regular) and upcoming appearances on Chuck Lorre’s The Kominsky Method (Netflix) and Grace & Frankie (Netflix). Film: Seven Psychopaths (dir. Martin McDonagh). Online: | Twitter: @chris_barillas


Bruce Davison (Frank)

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Two-time Golden Globe winner, Academy Award and Emmy nominee Bruce Davison previously appeared at the Pasadena Playhouse in A Song At Twilight. Broadway: Tiger at the Gates, Elephant Man and Glass Menagerie with Jessica Tandy. Off-Broadway: Love Letters, The Cocktail Hour and How I Learned to Drive. Won the LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Streamers and The Normal Heart (with Richard Dreyfuss and Kathy Bates). Film (partial): X-Men, X-Men 2, Insidious: The Last Key, Longtime Companion, and Willard. TV (partial): The Fosters, Mozart in the Jungle, Blindspot, Designated Survivor, Imposters, The Son, and Seinfeld. For a full list, visit


Frances Fisher (Virginia)

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Theater favorites: Barbecue (Geffen Playhouse, 2018 NAACP Award, Ensemble), The Cherry Orchard (Mark Taper Forum), Three More Sleepless Nights (Drama League Award, Ensemble), Fool for Love, Desire Under the Elms, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, My Child: Mothers of War, 1984, and Arthur Miller’s Finishing the Picture, among many others. Education: Stella Adler & Actors Studio. Film: Titanic, Unforgiven, House of Sand and Fog, In the Valley of Elah, The Lincoln Lawyer, and others. Upcoming Film: Run the Race and 8000 Shots. TV: Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter, Resurrection, Masters of Sex, Fargo. Upcoming TV: Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen (HBO). For full list of film and TV credits, visit Instagram: FrancesFisher | Twitter: @Frances_Fisher 


Jessica Meraz (Tania)


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Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Jessica Meraz is the youngest of ve children. Jessica left home at 18 to attend USC’s School of Theater and pursue her dream of becoming an actress. Favorite TV credits: Chasing Life (ABC Family) and Baby Daddy (ABC Family) and narrating Drunk History (Comedy Central). Most recently, Jessica was a series regular on the hit show Major Crimes (TNT). Jessica is thrilled to be included in this production with such iconic talent. In her spare time, Jessica is an avid salsa dancer. I love you Mom & Dad!


Julian Armaya (Gardener/Dance Captain)

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Julian is thrilled to make his Pasadena Playhouse debut in a work that brilliantly uses laughter to soften the unlikeable reflections we may see in it. Regional: In The Heights (Piragua, Chance Theater), The Pearl Fishers (Los Angeles Opera), La Bayadere (American Ballet Theatre), Shrek The Musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and West Side Story (Actors Repertory of Simi). TV: The Mindy Project and Surprise! Instant Xmas Carol! Film: The Housemaid: Co Hau Gai. Thank you Karen, Jason and the Playhouse team for all you do. My love and gratitude to my husband, fur babies, family, friends and agent. It’s not possible without you. Social: @julianarmaya 



Bradley Roa II (Gardener)

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Bradley is honored to be making his Pasadena Playhouse debut. Past performances include Arsenic and Old Lace, The Mousetrap, and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Long Beach Playhouse). He would like to thank his family and friends who, without them, this would not have been possible: Kathy, Brad, Brandon, and Brennan. He would like to thank them for always supporting and pushing him to get better and better. As well his wonderful girlfriend Adyn. The best loon a boy could ever ask for. 



Richard Biglia (Gardener)

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Richard, originally from Caxias Do Sul Brazil, is excited to make his Pasadena Playhouse debut! Favorite credits include – OFF BROADWAY: Anything Goes (Lion Theater) REGIONAL: On The Town (Gateway Playhouse), Evita (Skyline Theater Company), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina) and Peter Pan (Fireside Theater). Brazilian credits include: Spring Awakening and Verdi’s Aida. AMDA New York graduate. A huge thanks to my mom and my partner Chad for all of their love and support and my incredible team at Discover Management.


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Karen Zacarías (Playwright)

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Karen Zacarías was recently hailed as one of the most produced playwrights in the United States. Her award-winning plays include: Destiny of Desire, Native Gardens, The Book Club Play, Legacy of Light, Mariela in the Desert, The Sins of Sor Juana, the adaptations of Just Like Us, Into The Beautiful North, Ella Enchanted, and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent. She is the author of ten renowned Theater for Young Audience musicals and the librettist of several Ballets. She is one of the inaugural resident playwrights at Arena Stage, a core founder of the Latinx Theatre Commons, and a founder of Young Playwrights’ Theater. Born in Mexico, Karen now resides in Washington D.C. with her husband and three children. Online:


Jason Alexander (Director)

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Theater (New York, original cast): Merrily We Roll Along, The Rink, Broadway Bound, Accomplice, Jerome Robbins Broadway (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critic Awards), Fish in the Dark and The Portuguese Kid. Los Angeles: The Producers with Martin Short. Jason was the Artistic Director of the Reprise Theatre Company where he directed or starred in: Promises, Promises, I Love My Wife, They’re Playing our Song, Sunday in the Park, Damn Yankees, and The Fantasticks. Jason directed the world premiere of Windfall at Arkansas Rep. For film and TV he has directed: For Better or Worse, Just Looking, Seinfeld, Criminal Minds, Mike and Molly, Franklin and Bash, Everybody Hates Chris and Brad Paisley’s Online video (Country Music Award). Jason’s four-decade career includes producing, writing, performing and directing in every medium. Oh, and he was in Seinfeld. Twitter: @IJasonAlexander


David Meyer (Scenic Designer)

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Pasadena Playhouse: Belleville, King Charles III, Our Town. Off-Broadway: A Sucker Emcee, The Way West, Empanada Loca and A Family for All Occasions (Labyrinth Theater). Regional: Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Merrily We Roll Along. Feature Film & TV Production Design: Corporate Animals, John Wick 2 (reshoots), Permission, and She’s Lost Control. Art Direction: Westworld (Season 2), Birdman, and The Wolf of Wall Street. David studied Architecture and Theater at Syracuse University and received his MFA in Production Design for Stage and Film at NYU/Tisch. Online:


Raquel Barreto (Costume Designer)

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Designs include Water by the Spoonful (Mark Taper Forum); Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue (Kirk Douglas Theater); Watch on the Rhine (Guthrie Theater, Berkeley Rep); Julius Caesar, The River Bride, Roe, Pericles, The Happiest Song Plays Last and Water by the Spoonful (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Roe (Arena Stage, Berkeley Rep); The Glass Menagerie, Uncle Vanya, Romeo and Juliet, Pericles and The Triumph of Love (California Shakespeare Theater); Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Portland Center Stage); Mojada (Getty Villa/Boston Court Theater); The Underpants (Syracuse Stage, Guild Hall); BODYTRAFFIC Dance (LA Philharmonic, The Broad Stage); American Buffalo (Deaf West). Design faculty, UCLA School of Theater, Film and TV. Online:


Tom Ontiveros (Lighting Designer)

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Designs include Off the Rails, Othello, Romeo and Juliet (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); A Doll’s House Part 2, Going to a Place You’ve Already Been, Fast Company, Mother F***er With The Hat (South Coast Repertory); Guards at the Taj (La Jolla Playhouse); They Don’t Talk Back, Bingo Hall (Native Voices); The Exonerated (Culture Project, Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Awards); The House in Scarsdale, My Barking Dog, Seven Spots on the Sun, Shiv, Happy Days (Boston Court, L.A. Critics Choice Award); Tune in Festival (Park Avenue Armory); Enemy Slayer (Phoenix Symphony); Vicuña (Center Theatre Group); Figaro ¡90210! (LA Opera); Café Vida, Seed (Cornerstone). Tom is an Assistant Professor at the University of La Verne. Online:


Christian Lee (Sound Designer)

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Christian is an LA based sound designer, mix engineer, composer, and member of IATSE Local 33 who has been Head of Audio at Pasadena Playhouse for nearly three years. In addition to being the mix engineer for the Playhouse’s productions, he has also worked as the production engineer and associate designer for recent productions including: Allegiance (East West Players, JACCC), Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose (Lythgoe Family Productions),CTG’s 50th Anniversary Celebration (Center Theater Group), and The 28th Annual Ovation Awards (LA Stage Alliance).


Barclay Stiff (Stage Manager)

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Broadway: Lobby Hero, Marvin’s Room, An Act of God, King Charles III, The Assembled Parties, The Other Place, Don’t Dress For Dinner, Wit, The House of Blue Leaves, Elling, Enron, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Mary Stuart, The Country Girl, The Seafarer, Inherit the Wind, Losing Louie, Shining City, Whoopi. Off-Broadway: Gruesome Playground Injuries, Farragut North, Beauty of the Father, House/Garden, From Door to Door, Frank’s Home, Fully Committed. Thanks to a great team with Jenny and Emily. Social: @stiffyb


Jennifer Slattery (Assistant Stage Manager)

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Pasadena Playhouse: Bordertown Now, Belleville, Our Town and King Charles III. Broadway: Bullets Over Broadway, Spider- man: Turn Off the Dark, Guys and Dolls, Oleanna and CryBaby. Other NYC: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Heading East (The Asia Society), NY2022, Shir a Shalom (Guggenheim Works & Process). Regional: Next to Normal (East West Players), Restoration Comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Titus Andronicus, Othello (The Old Globe), and work with La Jolla Playhouse, New Harmony/USI, the Rude Mechs, 7 Devils Playwrights Conference and ZACH Theatre. Jenny is Head of Stage Management at California Institute of the Arts. MFA (UCSD), MA (UT Austin), and BA (University of Florida).


Pasadena Playhouse does not offer advisories about subject matter for this production, as sensitivities vary from patron to patron. If you have any inquiries regarding content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that may affect patron comfort, please contact Patron Services during Box Office hours at 626-356-PLAY.

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