The Longer You Wait

This production has been
postponed until further notice

A Message From Oceanside Theatre Company

Oceanside Theatre Company and Scripps Ranch Theatre are postponing the online reading of THE LONGER YOU WAIT – originally scheduled for Sat, June 6th, as we leave space for our community to mourn and reflect on the larger story that is taking place on our national stage.


As theatre artists – we seek to share, discuss and honor stories.
Our hearts are heavy as we watch the current news stories unfold.

The murder of George Floyd is another in a long line of systematic racially unjust traumas perpetrated against the black community.

We do not know what the solution is.
Nonetheless we strive to be a part of that unknown solution.
To our black artists, friends, colleagues and patrons….we are listening.

We pledge to listen.
We pledge to learn.
We pledge to seek out diversity within our organizational structure and storytelling.
We know we will make mistakes – and we pledge to keep trying.
If you want to help us learn – please reach out: listening@oceansidetheatre.org

The Longer You Wait CAST

Kenny Bordieri (Jeremy Cohn) is a local San Diegan. And while this may be his first virtual production with OTC and SRT, he is certainly no stranger to either company having previously appeared in: Deathtrap (OTC), Sweet Charity (OTC), Good People (SRT), For Better (SRT), Accomplice (SRT). In addition, Kenny works regularly with the Lyric Repertory Theatre. Training: PCPA and Utah State University. For more about Kenny go to @KennyBordieriOfficial on Instagram or visit Kennybordieri.com

Christine Hewitt (Kate Reed) Christine is delighted to participate in OTC and SRT’s virtual reading of The Longer You Wait by Paul Coates. She was last seen in world premiere 33 1/3 House of Dreams at the San Diego Repertory Theatre. San Diego Credits: Spamalot, A Little Night Music (Cygnet Theatre), Young Frankenstein, Damn Yankees, La Cage Aux Folles (SDMT), Tomfoolery (NCRT), Spamalot, All Shook Up, Titanic (Moonlight). 1st National Tour: Sunset Boulevard (Dir. Trevor Nunn, The Really Useful Company). Notable Credits: Eleanor: An American Love Story (Historic Ford’s Theatre, Washington D.C.), Nunsense (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Singin’ In the Rain (North Carolina Theatre), GreaseBest Little Whorehouse…, Man of La Mancha, My Fair Lady, Annie, South Pacific (Broadway Sacramento). Christine would like to thank producers Bridgette Young and Dan Morilak for inviting her to take part in this new and exciting format, bringing the arts to its patrons, during this unprecedented and trying time.

Luke H. Jacobs (Matt Fleming) is VERY grateful to be collaborating on art during this time. Luke’s most recent work will be seen (upon reopening) at Cygnet Theatre with his choreography for La Cage aux Folles. Recent performance credits include: Henri Labisse in Victor/Victoria! and Franz Liebkind in The Producers, both at Moonlight Stage in 2019. Recent choreography credits include: It’s Christmas and It’s Live! at Lamb’s Players Theater and Sister Act at SDMT (Critic’s Circle Nomination). Luke holds his BFA in Musical Theatre from CSU Fullerton.

Robert May (Mark Fleming) Robert was last seen on stage at OTC as Mark Rothko in Red.  He holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Arizona and has performed around the country.  Besides the aforementioned Rothko, favorite roles include:  Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew, Vershinin in Three Sisters, Jed Rowen in The Kentucky Cycle, and Scottie Templeton in Tribute.  Robert is also an award-winning director, and is the Founder of Out on a Limb – New Plays from America’s Finest City, and Co-Founder of New Works Studio.  Both of these new play programs were launched at Scripps Ranch Theatre, where he has also been a director, actor, sound designer, and board member.

Jessica Morilak (Kate Fleming) is a New York City-based actress and is thrilled to be revisiting this show after creating the role of Annie Flemming at the Word Premiere of The Longer You Wait in 2017. This will mark her Oceanside Theatre Company and Scripps Ranch Theatre debut. Huge thank you to the whole creative team for making this happen and to the playwright, Paul Coates, for creating such beautiful stories. Manhattan School of Music BM 2020.

Kevin Hafso-Koppman (Director) Kevin Hafso-Koppman is an actor, director and teacher who has worked in the San Diego theatre community for over a decade. He directed Red at Oceanside Theatre Company and was directing Love Song at Scripps Ranch Theatre during the closures. He has worked at The Old Globe, where he received his MFA in Dramatic Arts as well as La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Diego Musical Theatre, Welk Resort Theatre, Moonlight Stage Productions, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Cygnet Theatre, William Inge Theatre Festival and many others. He Received his undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts Performance from SDSU and Trained with the British American Drama Academy in Oxford England. He is a proud member of Actors Equity  Association and received the 2018 Craig Noel award for Actor of the Year.

Paul Coates (Playwright) Born and raised in Encinitas, CA Paul attended San Dieguito High School and studied with his mentor, Clayton E. Liggett. He auditioned for and was accepted into the theatre program at LACC Theatre Academy, where he appeared in many productions, most notably as Ralph Nickleby in the West Coast Premiere of THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY. After graduation from college and while struggling as an actor in Hollywood, Paul wrote his first play, DESIRE!, a soap opera spoof. He moved to New York and within one year he had his first off-Broadway production starring Broadway actors Laura Kenyon (Nine), Rex Hays (Grand Hotel), Constance Schulman (original cast of Steel Magnolias) and directed by Dennis Deal (Nite Club Confidential). DESIRE! was subsequently produced at the Colony Theater in Los Angeles and many regional theaters throughout the country. Paul wrote his first dramatic play, THE HIGH LIFE which was workshopped at the West Beth Theater Center, The cast included Joyce Van Patten (Rumors on Broadway), Talia Balsam (Mad Men) and Tony Nominee Peter Frechette. Returning to Los Angeles to continue his writing career, his first television project was a one hour pilot called OPEN DOORS. At the same time, his play, KATHY GOOD premiered at the Colony Theater in Los Angeles and was optioned as a feature film by Michael Cerenzie (Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead). His first full-length feature screenplay, 0.6 AND FALLING was developed for the Alfred Shay Company (Swingers). His play, THE END OF IT received rave reviews for its World Premiere at the Matrix Theatre. Several years ago, Paul created a theatre concept called THEATRE/TASTE, combining five star dining with the reading of original new plays, set in private homes and estates. To date, Paul has produced seven T/T events, all with enormous success. In 2019, Paul was invited to join the world famous Actors Studio. This past January, his play CHALK AND RAIN was resoundingly well-received and is currently on the short list to be produced as a full Actors Studio production in 2021. Gene Blaylock will direct Paul’s full length thriller feature ALONE TIME. The project is in pre-production and will film this summer. Paul currently lives in Los Angeles and Lake Arrowhead, CA