Actor Close-Ups — Three To Watch

Three featured actors in the upcoming California Stage production Marat/Sade

With a cast of more than a dozen local actors, the California Stage will be filled with stars ready to shine come July 19th, when they present Marat/Sade. Meet three of them right here!

Richard Spierto as DeSade
Richard Spierto as DeSade.

Richard Spierto — The Marquis de Sade  Richard leads California Stage’s illustrious cast alongside Mark Gonzalez (Jean-Paul Marat), Sabrina Fiora (Charlotte Corday), and Michael RJ Campbell (the Herald).

Richard’s career as an actor, director, producer, and scenic and lighting designer spans 40 years, and like his infamous character, he is no stranger to controversy and social activism. Three years ago, he directed Frank Wedekind’s highly controversial Spring Awakening for The Alternative Arts Collective. He has also served as the President of the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus and the West Coast Coordinator for “The Cycle of Life” cycling tour, which funds critical services for those diagnosed with HIV and AIDS.

Katie Walton — Simone Evrard  A natural go-getter, Katie moved to Davis in 2007 determined to pursue her degree in Theatre. She joined the university’s student-run theatre company Studio 301, participated in the busy theatre department’s productions, and established herself as a solid actress and costume designer.

After graduating in 2009 she founded the highly collaborative Common House Productions with fellow alumni and friends before deciding to branch out into the wider Sacramento theatre scene. She was recently seen in the Actors Workshop of Sacramento’s riotously funny The Family of Man and its 26th Annual One-Act Festival.

Jacob Hurd — Inmate  This appearance will mark Jacob’s second turn on stage — ever. Previously featured as the German Soldier and Corporal Broughton in California Stage’s highly acclaimed production of Journey’s End, Jacob now portrays a patient at the infamous Charenton asylum fighting for his sanity and freedom.

The Antelope High School student follows in the footsteps of the veteran actor and beloved AHS drama teacher Richard Winters, who himself appeared in California Stage’s world premiere production of The Vanishing Point earlier this season.

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