Valentino: a play in verse

by David Wisehart


David Wisehart (writer/director/producer) is the writer-director-producer of Valentino: a play in verse and the author of a novel, Devil’s Lair.  He co-wrote an animated short film, Bushwacker, starring Ed Asner.  He served as dramaturge for the Santa Clarita “Shakespeare in the Park” production of Pericles, Prince of Tyre.  His theatre acting credits include the title role inTartuffe, Baptista Minola in The Taming of the Shrew, and Captain Brackett in South Pacific, all at College of the Canyons.  For Fox Interactive he produced James Cameron’s Titanic Explorer and three video games based on The Simpsons.  For Virgin he produced educational software based on Charles Schulz’s Peanuts characters.He wrote several art history documentaries for Philips Media.  He received his B.A. in Film and Television from UCLA, and was the Review Editor for the Daily Bruin.  He served as a research assistant for The Aerospace Corporation.  During high school he programmed computers for NASA. 

Rachel Stoll (producer) is a co-producer of Valentino: a play in verse and a Master’s candidate in Political Science. She received a B.S. in Political Science from California State University, Northridge and has a background in project management for the public sector.  While at Portland State University, she advised for the Model United Nations program and worked on a research project involving international illicit arms trading. Rachel was involved in public speaking, acting, and other theatre elements in high school. She also has a thing for playwrights.

Renato Biribin Jr. (Valentino) is a New Jersey native. Currently living in Los Angeles, Renato is in Howard Fine’s Master Class at the Howard Fine Acting Studio in Hollywood. Prior training includes scene study with well-respected George DiCenzo, former protégé of Milton Katselas, in Philadelphia and New York City. 

Most of Renato’s acting experience has been in the theater world. Some of his most recent theater credits include:  the title role in Pericles at the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival, the Commander in Brecht’s Mother Courage at COC in Santa Clarita, Megs in Strange Snow in New York, Iago in Othello in Montgomery, PA, Bobby in Men in Suits in Jersey, and Aldo in Italian American Reconciliation. He has also had roles in musical theater including ensemble/Marty understudy in the world premiere of Evil Knievel the Rock Opera in Los Angeles, David in Company at COC in Santa Clarita, Pontius Pilate inJesus Christ Superstar in Montgomery, PA, and Applegate in Damn Yankees in Edison, New Jersey. 

New to the film and television scene, Renato has appeared in the following independent movies: Peace of MindThe Rehearsal Dinner, The Wedding Proposal,Naked Run with Charles Durning, Detective Bartoli in Scream at the Sound of the Beep by Abner Zurd/Lori Fontanes.

Summer Dare Litwin (Lucrezia Borgia)Summer is a Los Angeles native who spent 8 years performing with Actors' Alley, including playing Christine Marlowe in the Ovation Award-nominated "Room Service".  She has also worked in film, television, radio, music videos and interactive games.

Sam Fleischer (Niccolo Machiavelli / Fight Choreography)

Neil Fleischer (Pope Alexander VI) Neil Fleischer last appeared on stage as Manny in a production of "Master Class" at the Santa Clarita Repertory Theatre.  Neil is a pianist and composer who wrote original music for "Pericles" at the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival and "Mother Courage and Her Children" at College of the Canyons.  Neil is very happy to be performing in a production with his son Sam.

Angelo Romanelli (Michelotto) Angelo is excited to work with this talented cast and crew of “Valentino”.  He has experience in TV and theater.  His TV credits include The X-Files, ER, Beverly Hills 90210, Dance Party USA, The Bernie Mac Show, Las Vegas and Gilmore Girls.  His local theater experience includes “The Full Monty” at the REP, “Grease” at the Santa Clarita Regional Theater, “South Pacific” and “Hair” at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center,  “The New Works Festival” at COC and “Wacademia” at The Actors Playpen.  Angelo would like to thank his 4 muses Angelo III, Verona, Giulietta and Charlie.  “You can keep it forever”.  Thank you David for giving me this awesome opportunity.  And a special thanks to the one that makes me a better me…  

Spencer Hearne (Vitellozzo Vitelli)

Lachlan McKinney
(Ramiro De Lorqua) Lachlan attended Valencia High School and has been involved in numerous productions there and throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. He is about to begin his sophomore year as an actor in the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.

Richard McNally (Cardinal Orsini) Richard McNally (Cardinal Orsini), a member of SAG, AEA and AFTRA, has appeared in more than 50 stage productions during his years as an actor. In earlier days he was seen around Los Angeles in many featured roles including: The Music Man (Harold Hill), Bleacher Bums (Decker), Kvetch (George), The Fantasticks (Hucklebee), Hello Dolly (Horace Vandergelder), A Christmas Carol (Scrooge), Guys And Dolls (Nathan) and Mother Courage (Chaplain).

In recent years Richard has appeared in several productions at College Of The Canyons in Santa Clarita: New Works Festival: 2006, 2007, 2008 (in his own play, Thirty-four Degrees And Falling) and 2010, As You Like It (Duke Senior), Company (Robert) and Tartuffe (Orgon). In the summer of 2008 he appeared in Taming Of The Shrew (Vincentio) for Shakespeare In The Park in Santa Clarita.

In August 2008, Richard wrote, directed and acted in a staged reading of The Scopes Monkey Trial for Atheists United in Los Angeles. He has been a member of AU for over 20 years and currently works as their administrative assistant.

Anthony McPherson (Franceso Orsini) Determined to make his way down from the San Francisco Bay area and thoroughly delighted and honored to be welcomed into this wonderful family, Anthony has been seen as Leslie in “Love Sex and the I.R.S.,” Schroeder in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” Scoop Rosenbaum in “Heidi Chronicles,” and Nathan Detroit in “Guy’s and Doll’s,” to name a few.  Anthony is blessed to have worked with the National Dinner Theatre Association and as an intern performing with the Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival.  Anthony wishes to express his gratitude to David Wisehart for this opportunity to perform and Rodney Oden for all of his support and vision.

Nick Huff (Paolo Orsini)

Stephen R. Whelan

Emma Benatar

Cristie Norman
(Stage Manager)

Jessica Hughes (Lighting/Sound) Jessica Hughes is very excited to be involved in her first Hollywood production.  Growing up she was frequently involved in her local theatre and was never happier than being part of stage life.  Jessica obtained a degree in Philosophy/Critical Theory and worked for the County of Los Angeles Library.  Jessica plans to pursue a Master’s degree in the near future while continuing to pursue her love of the arts and stage here in Hollywood. 

Paula Fleischer (Costumes)