One of the Good Ones One of the Good Ones

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March 13 — April 7

The ultimate family showdown is on in the world premiere of this new comedy commissioned by Pasadena Playhouse. When the “perfect” Latina daughter brings her boyfriend home to meet the parents, her family’s biases and preconceptions are put on full display. As tensions run high and hilarity ensues, everyone must navigate the ins and outs of family dynamics and the boundaries of acceptance — all while tackling the age-old question: what does it truly mean to be an American? Meet your new favorite family in this laugh-out-loud, heartfelt story from Gloria Calderón Kellett, the co-creator and showrunner of Netflix’s One Day at a Time.

“[Gloria Calderón Kellett] has the kind of big den-mother energy that makes you want to go out and sell a shipping container’s worth of Girl Scout cookies and also become a slightly better person.”

-New York Times

by Gloria Calderón Kellett

Directed by Kimberly Senior

90 Minutes
No Intermission

OPENING NIGHT: MAR 17

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The ultimate family showdown is on in the world premiere of this new comedy commissioned by Pasadena Playhouse. When the “perfect” Latina daughter brings her boyfriend home to meet the parents, her family’s biases and preconceptions are put on full display. As tensions run high and hilarity ensues, everyone must navigate the ins and outs of family dynamics and the boundaries of acceptance — all while tackling the age-old question: what does it truly mean to be an American? Meet your new favorite family in this laugh-out-loud, heartfelt story from Gloria Calderón Kellett, the co-creator and showrunner of Netflix’s One Day at a Time.

“[Gloria Calderón Kellett] has the kind of big den-mother energy that makes you want to go out and sell a shipping container’s worth of Girl Scout cookies and also become a slightly better person.”

-New York Times
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Cast

Lana Parrilla

Lana Parrilla

Ilana

Lana Parrilla

Of Italian and Puerto Rican descent, Lana Parrilla spent her childhood in Brooklyn, New York. At a young age, she made numerous home videos with her family and especially with her aunt, who is a working actress. Lana’s family supported her natural inclination to perform, however with her determination no one was going to stand in the way of her passion. Parrilla graduated from high school and shortly thereafter moved to Los Angeles to study her craft and began to appear in local theatre productions.

Parrilla’s remarkable role as ‘Regina Mills/Evil Queen/Roni’ on ABC’s hit show Once Upon a Time came to an end in 2018, after an impressive seven seasons. For her work on the show, she has received the NHMC Impact Award , an ALMA Award for Outstanding TV Actress, a Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi in 2016 and was voted by fans as TV Guide’s Best Villain for 2 out of the 3 years. In 2003, Parrilla received an Imagen Award for her work on Boomtown.

Parrilla recently wrapped season 2 of Netflix’s The Lincoln Lawyer, and will next be seen in Netflix’s upcoming feature film Atlas, starring opposite Jennifer Lopez. She also recently starred in Season 2 of the CBS All-Access dark comedy-drama anthology series, Why Women Kill, playing the main role of ‘Rita Castillo.’

One of Parrilla’s earliest on-camera jobs was an appearance in the Steven Spielberg movie of the week Semper Fi. Thereafter, she joined the cast as a regular on the hit comedy series Spin City. Parrilla has been a regular on many critically acclaimed shows such as Boomtown , where she played a young paramedic, 24, as a counter-terrorist agent, and Swingtown , as a sexually progressive woman in the 1970s, to name a few. Parrilla has also recurred on such memorable series as NYPD Blue, Six Feet Under, and LOST.

When not on location, Parrilla enjoys spending time with her family in Los Angeles and New York and loves to travel the world. She has volunteered in community projects throughout Sri Lanka, Haiti, Canada and at home in the US.

Carlos Gomez

Carlos Gomez

Enrique

Carlos Gomez

Carlos originated the role of Kevin Rosario in the Tony Award winning production of In the Heights on Broadway. Other theater credits include Destiny of Desire (Arena Stage) (Old Globe Theater), Daphne’s Dive (Signature Theater NYC), Living Out (Mark Taper Forum), and Once Removed (Long Wharf Theater). Selected television work includes ER, Friends, Madam Secretary, Law & Order:The Menendez Murders, FBI, Not Dead Yet, Hightown,and The Baker and the Beauty. He has appeared in the films Desperado, Fools Rush In, The Perfect Game, House of Sand and Fog, Dolphin Tale 2, Trial by Fire, The Report, and Ride Along 2. Carlos was nominated for an Alma Award, and was awarded the Imagen Award 2011-2013 for portraying Carlos Sanchez in the hit tv show series The Glades on A&E. 

Isabella Gomez

Isabella Gomez

Yoli

Isabella Gomez

Isabella may be best known for her award-winning role as Elena Alvarez in the critically acclaimed series One Day at a Time. She’s garnered a handful of credits since, including recurring on the hit ABC series The Goldbergs, starring in Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, and Amazon’s With Love. Other leading projects include E’s Royal Rendezvous, Spotify’s La Cabina Telefonica, and the upcoming horror indie The Mannequin.  She’s stoked to be making her stage debut with One of the Good Ones at the beloved Pasadena Playhouse.

Nico Greetham

Nico Greetham

Marcos

Nico Greetham

Nico is excited to return to the stage in his Pasadena Playhouse debut. Broadway: Disney’s Newsies. Television includes So You Think You Can Dance, Love, Victor, and Ryan Murphy’s anthology series American Horror Story and American Horror Stories (Seasons 1 and 2). Film includes Netflix’s The Prom, Dinner in America, and Dramarama. Nico is honored to have the opportunity to represent his heritage as first-generation Colombian American. Thanks to all those involved in this production, his family, and his team.

Santino Jimenez

Santino Jimenez

Pedro

Santino Jimenez

Santino was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The acting bug bit him while in elementary school, where he carried a brown tempura painted cardboard donkey through the cafeteria. Since then, he’s appeared on such networks as NBC, CBS, FOX, HBO, and NETFLIX. He spends his time volunteering with Young Storytellers, a non-profit organization raising the voices of children one voice at a time and is a Jiu-Jitsu kid’s coach at Legacy Glendale. Thank you to his team, Gloria, and Pasadena Playhouse for this incredible opportunity!

Creative Team

Gloria Calderón Kellett (Playwright)

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Gloria Calderón Kellett is an award-winning writer, producer, director and actress.

She was an executive producer, co-creator, co-showrunner, director, and actress on the Emmy-winning sitcom One Day at a Time. Her critically acclaimed Amazon Original series, With Love, is the first series coming out of an overall deal between her company, Glonation and Amazon Studios. Along with Blumhouse Television and Spotify, Glonation is also producing The Horror of Dolores Roach based on the hit Gimlet podcast reuniting her with star Justina Machado.  

 

The proud daughter of Cuban immigrants, Calderón Kellett graduated from Loyola Marymount University and went on to earn a master’s degree in theater from the University of London. She spent her early years as a writer/producer on numerous shows including Devious Maids and How I Met Your Mother. Her acting credits include Jane The Virgin, Angie Tribeca, Dead To Me, How I Met Your Mother, and Your Place Or Mine. She also appeared as a narrator on Drunk History (New Orleans). Kellett is also a sought after director having directed episodes of How I Met Your Father, Lopez vs. Lopez, One Day at a Time, Mr. Iglesias, the Mad About You revival among others. 

Gloria is a champion for women, the Latino/a/x/e community and other disenfranchised voices. She is an executive committee member for The Television Academy. She assisted Amazon in supporting their inaugural Inclusion Playbook, providing a template for how to make content in an inclusive and responsible way. Her advocacy includes being a founding member of the Untitled Latinx Project, a group of Latine show runners who advocate on behalf of the Latine community (by such efforts as the Dear Hollywood initiative) to help studios identify ways to support and tell Latine stories. As an ambassador for the non-profit ReFrame, which celebrates and encourages gender parity in front of and behind the camera and a partner with the Latinx House/Adelante she supported up and coming Latina directors and DPs by having them shadow on the set of With Love on Season 2. Alongside the Latino Film Institute, LACollab and Amazon she also mentors with The Youth Cinema Project to strengthen the Latino pipeline to Hollywood. Her mentor efforts also include working with the Pillars Artist Fellows, co-founded by Riz Ahmed to support Muslim writers and directors. To offer free advice to new artists at the beginning of their careers, she partnered with Buzzfeed’s Perolike to release a web series titled: Hollywood 101

She is a member of The Creative Coalition where she fights to support the arts and arts programs by going to Washington DC and meeting with members of congress to encourage their support for the National Endowment for the Arts and is the chair for their Pay Gap Initiative which gives grants of 10k to entry level BIPOC candidates to help them start their Hollywood journey. As an Ambassador for the National Women’s History Museum, she is focused on highlighting the countless untold stories of women throughout history. As a part of the Celebrity Ambassador Cabinet for The National Hispanic Media Coalition, she supports their woman-led non-profit civil and human rights organization founded to eliminate hate, discrimination, and racism toward the Latino community. She’s also a part of the Creative Council for Emily’s List which is the nation’s largest resource dedicated to electing Democratic women to office and the Creative Council for Vote Mama Foundation which is the leading source of research and analysis about the political participation of moms.

Gloria is also an industry advocate for greening Hollywood and has partnered with Scriptation to come up with solutions to make a positive environmental impact and reduce Hollywood’s carbon footprint while also advocating for stories about the environment on TV. 

Awards for her work include: The Television Academy Honors, The Geffen TrailBlazer Award, Mental Health America Media Award, ALMA Award, Imagen Award, Vanguard Award, NHMC Award, Sentinel Award, and The Voice Award. She has been honored as an industry leader by The Hollywood Reporter in their Top Women in Entertainment issue, the THR100 list issue, and their 50 Agents of Change issue.

Kimberly Senior (Director)

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Kimberly is a theater freelance director whose award-winning work has been seen in 15 states and spans 200+ productions. Broadway: 2013 Pulitzer-winning play Disgraced. Other: Manhattan Theatre Club, Audible Theater, Goodman Theatre (Artistic Associate), Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, Huntington, among others.  Film/TV: Chris Gethard: Career Suicide (HBO). Selected Awards: Alan Schneider Award, 2016 TCG Conference, 2016 Special Non-Equity Jeff Award, Finalist, 2013 SDCF Joe A. Callaway Award. www.kimberlysenior.net

Tanya Orellana (Scenic Design)

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Tanya (she/her) designs performance spaces for theater, opera, and immersive experiences. Collaborations include For The People by Larissa FastHorse and Ty Defoe at The Guthrie Theatre; Big Data by Kate Attwelll directed by Pam MacKinnon at ACT; Oedipus directed by Jenny Koons at The Getty Villa; We the Peoples Before directed by Roberta Uno at The Kennedy Center; The Industry’s Sweet Land, an immersive opera directed by Yuval Sharon and Cannupa Hanska Luger at LA State Historic Park; Long Beach Opera’s Voices from a Killing Jar by Kate Soper, directed by Zoe Aja Moore; LEAR by Marcus Gardley, directed by Eric Ting at Calshakes; and The Kind Ones by Miranda Rose Hall, directed by Lisa Peterson at Magic Theatre. She is a member of Wingspace Theatrical Design and an organizing member of La Gente: The Latine Theatre Production Network. She received her MFA in Scenic Design from CalArts and is a recipient of the Princess Grace Fabergé Theatre Award. www.tanyaorellana.com

Denitsa Bliznakova (Costume Design)

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Denitsa is happy to return to Pasadena Playhouse where she previously designed The Father. Her theater design work has been seen nationwide at venues including the Geffen Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Kennedy Center, Cleveland Play House, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Boston Court, and others. Denitsa’s work for opera includes productions at Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Opera, and Santa Fe Opera. Costume design credits for other media include films and music videos. Nominations for Outstanding Costume Design: LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award and Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award. She is the recipient of the 2020 Costume Design Award from the Costume Society of America. Denitsa is a Professor and the Head of the MFA Design and Technology program in the School of Theatre, TV, and Film at SDSU. www.Denitsa.com.

Jaymi Lee Smith (Lighting Design)

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Jaymi is thrilled to return to the Pasadena Playhouse where she previously designed Uncle Vanya, Pygmalion, and Mauritius. She has been designing around the country for the last 30 years at theaters such as Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theater Center, South Coast Repertory, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Alley Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Hartford Stage, Alliance Theatre, Getty Villa Theater, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theater and Lookingglass Theatre Company, among others. Her work also has been seen in China, Italy, Spain, Scotland, and Ireland. She is currently a professor of Lighting Design and the Associate Dean for Student Success at the University of California, Irvine. Her website is jaymismith.com.

Jeff Gardner (Sound Design)

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At Pasadena Playhouse: Inherit The Wind, The Sound Inside, Miracle On 34th Street, It’s A Wonderful Life. Select credits include Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, and The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in The Universe at the Mark Taper Forum. Elsewhere: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Cleveland Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC), Arena Stage, The Kennedy Center, Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Los Angeles; Geffen Playhouse, The Wallis, A Noise Within, Antaeus Theatre Company, Circle X Theatre, Echo Theater Company, Rogue Machine Theatre, IAMA Theatre. Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award, Stage Raw and LA Drama Critics Circle Award Winner. Jeff can be seen at L.A. Theatre Works where he regularly performs live sound effects. jeffthomasgardner.net.

Andrea Allmond (Sound Design)

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Andrea (she/they) is a sound designer and composer for theater, film, audio dramas, immersive installations, and more. Select Theatre Credits: Gloria: A life (Off Broadway); The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (Composer – Mark Taper Forum); How to Break (Village Theatre); Nina Simone: Four Women (South Coast Repertory); As You Like It, Twelfth Night, The Winter’s Tale (Dallas Theater Center – Public Works Dallas); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare at Notre Dame). Tours include As Much I Can (ViiV), Lucy Loves Desi (L.A. Theatre Works), and Wild Fire (Denver Center for the Performing Arts). Andrea also produces music and DJ’s under the name Sherpa Slim. @sherpaslim

Rachel Lee Flesher (Fight & Intimacy Coordinator)

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Pasadena Playhouse debut! Select Chicago credits: Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); Twilight Bowl, Relentless (Goodman Theatre); The Burials (Steppenwolf for Young Adults); Constellations, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, The Most…Miz Martha Washington (Steppenwolf Theatre); The Displaced (Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination) (Haven Theatre); First Love is the Revolution (Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination) (Steep Theatre). Select Los Angeles credits: Cabaret, Destiny of Desire, Dial M for Murder (The Old Globe Theatre), Cassils Human Measure (RedCat Theatre), Radical (IAMA Theatre Company). Select Regional credits: There’s Always the Hudson (Woolly Mammoth Theatre); Othello (Dallas Shakespeare Theatre); West Side Story (Lyric Theatre Oklahoma). Select television credits: Intimacy Coordinator for GLOW 3 (Netflix); You 2 (Warner Horizons); Hunters 2 (Amazon); The Summer I Turned Pretty 2 (Apple TV+); Gaslit (NBC Universal). Education: Rachel is an intimacy coordinator on the SAG-AFTRA registry, the founder and CEO of Intimacy Professionals Education Collective (accredited by SAG-AFTRA), and a certified intimacy director and intimacy coordinator with Intimacy Directors and Coordinators. Rachel is a SAG-AFTRA stunt performer, a certified fight director, and fight instructor with the Fight Directors Canada.

Ryan Bernard Tymensky, CSA (RBT Casting)

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Ryan has made significant casting contributions to the film, television, and theater industry. With over a decade of experience working at one of the world’s premiere casting offices, The Telsey Office, Ryan has built a diverse portfolio spanning across various mediums. From big budget studio features to low budget independent films, from network television to streaming television, and live theater. Ryan’s versatility in the world of casting speaks for itself. For the last 8 years, Ryan has cast many theater productions in Los Angeles, including shows at Pasadena Playhouse and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Their portfolio also includes notable TV and film projects such as the Wicked Movies, This Is Us, Atypical, Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration, And Just Like That.., and Dear Evan Hansen. Ryan puts inclusion and diversity at the heart of everything they do. Their mission is to celebrate and actively advocate for performers who reflect the full spectrum of human diversity to help expand a multiplicity of narratives; narratives that reflect the real world we live in and challenge conventional boundaries that currently exist in the entertainment industry. @rbtcasting

David S. Franklin (Stage Manager)

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Past Productions here at Pasadena Playhouse include KATE (assistant stage manager), Inherit The Wind, The Sound Inside (assistant stage manager), The Father (assistant stage manager), Stoneface, Defiance, Showtune (The Music of Jerry Herman), and Sisterella to name a few. Over at Center Theatre Group, highlights include Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème, Curtains, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Two Unrelated Plays by David Mamet, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, God of Carnage, Red, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Bent, Zoot Suit, Archduke, Linda Vista, King James, The Old Man and the Pool, The Secret Garden, and A Transparent Musical. Other Los Angeles: Los Angeles Theatre Center in its heyday from 1985–1990, the Geffen Playhouse. Regional: Seattle Rep, Intiman Theatre. New York: Public Theater. Tours: Europe – Quotations from a Ruined City, Law of Remains (with Reza Abdoh’s Dar a Luz company).

Miriam E. Mendoza (Assistant Stage Manager)

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Miriam (she/her) is extremely excited to be returning to Pasadena Playhouse. Credits include Inherit the Wind (Pasadena Playhouse); world premiere of Alma, Tambo & Bones (Center Theatre Group – Kirk Douglas Theatre); 2:22 A Ghost Story; The Secret Garden (Center Theatre Group – Ahmanson Theatre); world premiere of A Transparent Musical (Center Theatre Group – Mark Taper Forum); The Half Life of Marie Curie (Theatre SilCo). An El Paso, Texas native, Miriam teaches and works around the Los Angeles area. She has been a company member of New Swan Shakespeare Festival and has worked for the Walt Disney Company’s Imagination Campus (formerly known as Disney Performing Arts). MFA in Stage Management from the University of California, Irvine.

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Access Performance

Open Captioning

Guests who enjoy open captioning may request to be seated in view of a video screen with text descriptions synchronized to the onstage action designed for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The Open Captioned performance of One of the Good Ones will be on Sunday, March 31, 2024 at 2:00 PM.

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Audio Description

Join us for our Access performance to take advantage of the audio description service. The service includes verbal descriptions of actions, costumes, scenery, and other visual elements of the production and is designed for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Guests may request a listening device to hear live audio descriptions. Audio description is available in all seating locations on the Orchestra level of the theater. If you would like to hear the pre-show notes, please be in your seat 15 minutes before showtime.

The audio-described performance of One of the Good Ones will be on Sunday, March 31, 2024 at 2:00 PM.

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Special Performances

Wine Wednesday

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

The Wine Wednesday performance of One of the Good Ones will be on Wednesday, March 13 at 8:00 PM.

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