Quiet Cross

Performed Live on April 2nd, 2020
Available for Streaming


A live, online staged reading of a new play by Casey Tibbitts
“Faith takes love. Faith takes trust. Faith takes patience… Faith takes WORK.”

On April 2nd, Scripps Ranch Theater and Oceanside Theatre Company presented an online staged reading of local playwright, Casey Tibbitts’ Quiet Cross, the story of one devout mother’s struggle to deal with her family’s very skeptical modern views. When crises arise, she finds herself forced to choose between the family she loves and the church she reveres, and to face her own painful past.

Written by Casey Tibbitts
Cast includes Susan Clausen, Ted Leib, Fred Harlow, Olivia Hodson, Hailey Andrews, Kylie Acuña and Jill Drexler  (Cast bios below)

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Quiet Cross CAST

Kylie Acuña (Margaret O’Connell) Kylie is tremendously grateful for Casey Tibbitts bringing her back to her first love, theatre. She was last seen performing on a San Diego stage playing Bess in Cygnet’s The Last Wife. Kylie is a 16-year-old, residing in West Los Angeles. She is an actress and musician currently finishing her first album, which will debut in the summer of 2020.

Hailey Andrews (Maureen O’Connell)  Hailey is an 18-year-old freshman at San Diego State University studying to get her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies to become an elementary school educator. San Diego Junior Theatre credits include Pippi Longstocking, The Addams Family, Jingle Argh the Way, Shrek the Musical, Flat Stanley, and The Phantom Tollbooth. Hailey also performed with Lamb’s Players Theatre as Posie in Festival of Christmas. Voice-over credits include the animated Sarah & The Starfish. Hailey would especially like to thank her mother, Susan Clausen, for giving her all the support that she needs to be the quirky, optimistic, and mature young adult she is today.

Susan Clausen (Kate O’Connell)  Susan is grateful to explore Quiet Cross with this talented team. Other SRT credits include Good PeopleAbsurd Person SingularMoonlight and MagnoliasCalifornia SuiteHow the Other Half Loves and Social Security. Susan performed in the Amazon Prime activation for Carnival Row at ComiCon this summer. Lamb’s Players Theatre credits include The NerdHarveyA Man For All Seasons‘Till We Have Faces and The Diviners. She performed as Clara Schumann with the San Diego Symphony. She was also a storyteller with Write Out Loud’s TwainFest ’10-’19. Other local credits include Defying Gravity, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Auntie Mame, Dancing at Lughnasa and Jake’s Women at North Coast Rep.  Susan’s favorite role is that of Mom to Hailey, and she is thrilled to share the stage with her in Quiet Cross.

Jill Drexler (Narrator) is the Artistic Director of Scripps Ranch Theatre.  Recent credits include Move Over Mrs. Markham at SRT, Herland at Moxie, 4000 Miles at Ion, Lend Me a Tenor at North Coast Rep  and True West at Cygnet.  Ms. Drexler is also the recipient of the Critic’s Circle award and the Patte award for Fit to be Tied at Diversionary.

Fred Harlow (Fr. Michael Brennan)  Fred is a veteran of San Diego theatre. His local credits include Alexander Dunlop in Voyeurs de Venus (Moxie), Peter in The Zoo Story (San Diego Actors Theatre), Pozzo in Waiting for Godot (White Box Live Arts), and Fred/Frieda in She-Rantulas from Outer Space (Diversionary and FringeNYC). SRT credits include Brooklyn Boy, An Inspector Calls, For Better… and Tribute. Before moving to San Diego, Fred lived in New York City where he helped form the Lightning Strikes Theatre Company.

Olivia Hodson (Mary O’Connell)  Olivia was last seen as Bess in the US Premiere of The Virgin Trial at Cygnet Theatre and is very excited to work on another original piece! Other credits include Sophie in MAMMA MIA! (Welk Resorts), Amy March in Little Women (The Barnstage Company), Luisa in The Fantasticks (Scripps Ranch Theatre), Chava in Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar and My Fair Lady (Welk Resorts). You can currently see Olivia as Young Anna/Elsa in FROZEN: Live at the Hyperion (Disney Creative Entertainment).  She has also worked in pre-show workshops (Life After – The Old Globe), various staged readings (None of the Above – La Jolla Theatre Ensemble, The Finish Line – Cygnet), and as a directorial assistant/choreographer. Olivia is currently pursuing a career in theatre and film/television. www.oliviahodson.com, @oliviachodson.

Ted Leib (Tom O’Connell)  Ted’s acting credits include Mike in Good People (SRT), Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank (Broadway Theatre, Vista); Louie in Lost In Yonkers and Norman in The Boys Next Door (Oceanside Theatre Company); Benjamin Guggenheim in TitanicDillard in Foxfire, Cmdr. Harbison in South Pacificand Elle’s Father in Legally Blonde (Moonlight Stage Productions). Other favorites: Jeff in Brigadoon and Ben in The Scarlet Pimpernel (FCLO); Harold Hill in The Music Man (LCP); and Sky Masterson in Guys And Dolls (CCT). Ted directed She Loves MeFoxfireThe Dark at the Top of the Stairs and The Fantasticks at SRT, and Sweet Charity, Man of La Mancha, A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play, Boeing Boeing, among others for OTC.  He is currently the artistic director at Oceanside Theatre Company.

Casey Tibbitts (Playwright) Casey is a lifelong San Diegan and current resident of Scripps Ranch. He is a graduate of USD and SDSU and works in corporate IT. Quiet Cross is his first play. He is deeply indebted to Tim West for his selfless generosity in mentoring an unknown playwright. Without Tim’s guidance, insights and support, this play is just a file on a hard drive. Thank you also to Jill Drexler and the Scripps Ranch Theatre for taking a chance on a new work, and to the talented director and actors who tonight are bringing to life to the characters that until now have just been on paper. casey.tibbitts@gmail.com.

Charles Peters (Director) Charles began his professional career at age ten when he was cast to star in a television pilot. After appearing in several short films he studied for two years at the Dallas Film Actors Lab. Moving to Los Angeles, Charles landed roles in feature films, commercials and television shows including a brief appearance on General Hospital. Charles then starred on stage in Triple Espresso, touring nationally with the show for almost 2,000 performances. In addition to film, Charles’ stage experience includes over 250 plays and 4,000 variety performances in such places as Singapore, South Africa and Hawaii. Recent SRT directing credits include Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (2018), Return Engagements (2019), and the theatre’s current production, Italian American Reconciliation.