The Right Note by Jerome Joseph Gentes and Rice Majors

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is updated to our contemporary world, where the major characters are competing on a singing reality TV show called The Right Note. At the start of the play, eliminations are down to eight contestants. The upcoming live TV episode will feature “Dynamic Duets,” during which the remaining contestants believe they will be able to pick their singing partners. One contestant has gone missing, though, and his twin sister takes his place during the dress rehearsal to keep him from being eliminated by default.

Spare Stage will be producing a 6 performance workshop concert of the musical that will include staging, off book performances of book and songs, with light costuming and props as necessary.  The performances will include two series of 3 performances with a one to two week break between each set of 3 in order to allow Jerome and Rice to rework book, lyrics, or music.

Book & LyricsMusic & LyricsJerome Joseph GentesRice Majors
VenuePhoenix Theatre
Address414 Mason Street, 6th floor, San Francisco
Stage DirectionMusic DirectionLaylah Muran de AsseretoSheela Ramesh
CastNick Bailey – MalMegan Bartlett – Vi
Daniel Cancel – Sevas
Leslie Ivy – Mariah
Elizabeth Jones – Lady O
Heather Lukens – Emcee
JC Quimpo – Andreas
Beebe Reisman – Fez-T
Chris Steele – Duke
Brooklyn Page Torres – Tobias
and Genevieve Perdue – Announcer
MusiciansSheela Ramesh (Keyboard)Jacob Wolkenhauer (Guitar)
Nicholas Martin (Base)
David Walker (Drums)
Designers & ProductionJason Jeremy, Sound DesignMadison Worthington, Lighting Design
Michelle Banks, Stage Manager

2018 Performance Dates: 11/30 8pm, 12/1* 8pm, 12/2 2pm, 12/13 8pm, 12/14* 8pm, 12/15 8pm

*Special guest facilitators for feedback, Stacy Kray and M. Graham Smith



Jerome Joseph Gentes (Book & Lyrics) is a content designer, writer, and producer. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Fourteen Hills, Rougarou, Verbatim and Nin, among other publications, and he was a 2012 Pushcart Prize nominee for poetry. His stage work includes HOLD YOUR PIECE, songs for SHOW ME YOURS, and books and lyrics for the musicals ARIA 51 and SCHRODINGER’S CHRISTMAS. He was on the board of the Playwrights’ Center of SF until 2017; there, he co-produced the final Sheherezade (2015), which won the TBA Award for Outstanding Anthology, and PCSF’s inaugural Playoffs (2016). Jerome is Executive Director for Play Cafe and a founder and producer for Musical Cafe.


Rice Majors (Music & Lyrics) is a composer as well as a conductor/music director who has worked with the Cornell Savoyards, Ithaca Opera, and a variety of community and school organizations in upstate New York. In addition to The Right Note, Rice is working on a Hitchcockian musical and a cantata of Robin Hood. Rice works as a librarian at Santa Clara University and has a B.A. in music from Cornell University and a M.L.S. from Emporia State University.


Laylah Muran de Assereto (Stage Direction) is a San Francisco area playwright, actor, director, and producer. From 2008-2014 she produced the annual short play festival “Sheherezade,” which received a TBA Nomination for Outstanding Anthology. In 2015 she was one of the contributing playwrights to Wily West Productions’ I SAW IT. Her play FORTRESS FOUND was part of the 2015 SF Olympians Festival. Her short plays ANONYMOUS ME, JAIN, and CASH FOR CAPES were included in Wily West’s TBA Nominated “Superheroes”. She has directed for “Sheherezade”, PCSF’s Reading Series, Southern Railroad Theatre’s “I Do Declare” series, and ReproRights! Women @ Risk.  She is thrilled to return to the stage after a long hiatus.

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Sheela Ramesh (Music Direction) is a music director, composer, and arranger/orchestrator. Other recent Bay Area theater credits include musical directing Theatre’s Rhinoceros’s The Boy from Oz and eight short musicals for Musical Cafe’s showcases of new musical theater, and composing original music for Inferno Theatre’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, in which she also played Peasblossom. Sheela trained as a singer at Carnegie Mellon University (BFA) and the Royal College of Music (PgDip). She has performed in musical theater and opera with companies in in the US and UK. Sheela also holds degrees in psychology/cognitive science (BS, Carnegie Mellon; MSc, University College London) and law (JD, Yale Law School).

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Nick Bailey (Mal) is a recent transplant to San Francisco and excited to be back on stage. Recent credits include Eddie in The Wild Party (Lippa), Hertz in Rock of Ages, Dan in Next to Normal, The Innkeeper in Man of La Mancha, as well as roles in Equus, The Trip to Bountiful, Chicago and All is Calm. Nick has performed with Spokane Civic Theater, Spokane Opera, Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, Stage Left Theater, Whitworth University and the Spokane Symphony Chorale.  Nick wishes to thank his family and friends for their continued support.


Megan Bartlett (Vi) is excited to be a part of The Right Note! She was last seen as Princess Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress at The Douglas Morrisson Theater. Other favorite past roles include Jo (Little Women), Mary (Mary Poppins), Lydia (Big Love), Beggar Woman (Sweeney Todd), Violet Beauregard (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) and Margot Frank (Diary of Anne Frank). @megan.s.bartlett”

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Daniel Cancel (Sevas) is very excited to be performing In The Right Note for Spare Stage. Daniel is originally from New Jersey but is attending the Academy of Art University to earn his BFA in Acting. You might have seen Daniel in Some recent shows here in the Bay Area such as In The Heights (Ensemble) at the Woodminster Amphitheatre, or The Drowsy Chaperone (George) and Six Degrees of Separation (Doug) at 620 Sutter Theatre. If not you can always catch him in an upcoming film called Tales of the City as a 1966 Gay Hustler.

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Leslie Ivy (Mariah) After a long string of South Bay shows, Leslie is happy to be back in San Francisco. Though you may have been able to catch her in her understudy role in Barbecue at SF Playhouse last year, her main roles have been with Los Altos Stage Company in The Crucible and Distracted; as Noreen in JIVE by Windy City Productions; and as Catherine in Northanger Abbey at The Pear Theatre. She is proud of her TBA Award for her performance as Celie in The Color Purple at Hillbarn Theatre. Her day job is as an ABA therapist for children with Autism.

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Elizabeth Jones (Lady O.) is a graduate of Howard University’s College of Fine Arts Theatre Program with a BFA. Elizabeth is excited to be making her debut at Spare Stage. Some theatre credits include: Dreamgirls (Berkeley Playhouse) Mama Mia! (Mountain Play Association), Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike (Contra Costa Civic Theatre), Dance Of The Holy Ghosts (Ubuntu Theater Project), Sister Act! (Berkeley Playhouse) and Little Shop of Horrors (Contra Costa Musical Theatre). She is the proud mother of Caira who is a senior in high school. Elizabeth thanks God, family and friends for their support.

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Heather Lukens (Emcee) is back on the stage after a seven year hiatus having two vivacious daughters. Most recently she was seen this past October as Andromache in Euripides’ Trojan Women. Heather’s original draw to performing was Musical Theater (she got to study with Tom Lehrer himself in the much coveted Musical Theater course he used to teach at UC Santa Cruz) and she’s delighted to be back and working with the talented folk in The Right Note.


JC Quimpo (Andreas) is thrilled to make his debut with Spare Stage. JC received his training at A.C.T. in Musical Theater Performance. Recent credits include: Chris in The Boy from Oz (Theatre Rhinoceros), Bernstein in Dogfight (Redwood City Players), Oscar in 42nd Street (Bay Area Musicals), Margaret Mead/Tribe Soloist in Hair (Landmark Musical Theatre), and Tenor in Patience (Lamplighters Music Theatre). Along with theatre, JC has worked in film, recently including My Angel Baby. He sends much love to his amazing, supportive family and friends.


Beebe Reisman (Fez T) is thrilled to be performing as Fez T again! Since completing her BFA in Acting at New York University, she has performed in dozens of productions in the Bay Area. Check out her website for more. “Love and endless gratitude to my family, Colin & Purrsey.”

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Chris Steele (Duke) is a non-binary theatre performer, violence choreographer, playwright, and drag queen based in San Francisco.  You may have seen them with We Players (Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer of Love, Caesar Maximus), Cutting Ball (Timon of Athens), New Conservatory Theater Center (Daniel’s Husband), The Playwrights Center, Musical Cafe, or at The Speakeasy SF.  You may have seen their violence choreography recently in Caesar Maximus, and their short play “Valley of the Dead” as part of Cutting Ball’s recent ‘Variety Pack’.  As a drag queen, Polly Amber Ross is intent on creating visceral performance pieces with a ghostly flair; instagram @pollyamberross.

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Brooklyn Page Torres (Tobias) recently earned his B.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. He has performed with Broadway at Music Circus and the Sacramento Opera Company, and is an alumni of the Open Jar Institute for musical theatre training in New York City. A classically trained musician, Brooklyn was designated a California Arts Scholar and awarded the Governor’s Medallion after graduating from the music program at the California State Summer School for the Arts.

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Jacob Wolkenhauer (Guitarist) is a Berkeley-based composer and guitarist.  He has composed the original scores for a number of short films, including the Stephen King film, Big Driver. His original compositions for dance have been used by Post:Ballet, Diablo Ballet, and Westwick-Dolder Dance Theater. He has also lent his guitar playing and production skills to local music acts such as Tawnee Kendall & The Hangover Brigade, Jeb Havens, Joseph Hickey, and the Grace Woods Trio.

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Nicholas Martin (Bassist) is a Michigan-born musician, composer, and songwriter. Classically and formally trained as a guitarist, bassist, pianist, and vocalist, he has over ten years of experience as a multi-instrumentalist, having played as a pit musician in multiple theater productions, most recently in Theatre Rhinoceros’ production of The Boy from Oz. Nicholas also performs as a solo classical guitarist, having recently performed as the soloist for Joaquin Rodrigo’s Fantasia para un Gentilhombre with the San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra. Nicholas currently resides in San Francisco.

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David Walker (Drums) is thrilled to be working on this production of The Right Note. Recent credits include playing drums in Theater Rhino’s The Boy From Oz, Ray of Light’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and the Tuck ‘n’ Roll Player’s Cyberotica at Oasis. He has also worked on the tech team with Third Cloud From the Left on their production of Dernier Cri. David is also in two local rock bands, Jon Telegraph, and MuFTA (Music for the Apocalypse). When not drumming, David is running his screen print supply business, Anthem Screen Printing. Much love to Carol, Cassie and Emoción.

Stacy Kay HS

Stacy Kray (Talkback Facilitator) is a singer-songwriter whose songs have received national radio airplay. She is a two-time KFOG Local Scene Artist and the winner of multiple songwriting awards. Her new musical Love The Struggle  (co-written with Yair Evnine) has been developed in readings and workshops by Musical Cafe, SF Show Off, the SheNYC Summer Theater Festival and Harvard University.


M. Graham Smith (Talkback Facilitator) is a San Francisco-based Director, Educator and Producer. He is an O’Neill/NNPN National Directing Fellow, an Oregon Shakespeare Festival FAIR Fellow and a Resident Artist at SF’s Crowded Fire. He’s directed in New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Portland Oregon, Washington DC, and venues in San Francisco. He directed the West Coast Premiere of JERRY SPRINGER: THE OPERA in SF and TRUFFALDINO SAYS NO at Shotgun Players, winning Best Director for the Bay Area Critics Circle. Recent directing credits include the World Premiere of Obie winner Christopher Chen’s HOME INVASION, DEAL WITH THE DRAGON at ACT’s Costume Shop & Edinburgh Fringe, Mia Chung’s YOU FOR ME FOR YOU at Crowded Fire, and James Ijames’ WHITE at Shotgun. He spent five years as a Producer of Aurora Theater’s new play development program and festival, The Global Age Project. Smith currently teaches at A.C.T.’s actor-training programs, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre and at Barcelona’s premiere Meisner Technique program in Spain. You can visit him online at

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