Cast & Creatives

Director: Blake Flores
Blake has been acting, directing, writing and producing in local community theater for over thirty years. He began his directorial endeavors in 1987 with Volcano Theatre Company’s production of Fred Carmichael’s Done To Death. He has since directed over 30 local productions, most recently James Kirkwood’s Legends! at the Arden Playhouse in 2012. He co-founded Big Idea Theatre in 2003 and was the president/producer for the first four years.
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Costume Designer: Feleicia Martin
Feleicia Martin started her theatrical career in High School and holds a BFA in costume design from the College of Santa Fe, NM. She has previously designed costumes for productions in Santa Fe and Heidelberg, Germany, including “Lorca in a Green Dress” and “Little Shop of Horrors” to name just a few. Since moving to Sacramento in 2009, she has worked in the costume shops for Sacramento Music Circus and the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and started her own business coordinating, designing and/or constructing costumes for a number of music videos, photo shoots and one film. Thank you to everyone who was a part of this amazing vision, with a special thank you to Chris Gray. It’s been a wonderful project!
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Set Designer: Christi Galela
Christi Galela has studied at San Joaquin Delta College and Sacramento City College, focusing on Set Design and Scenic Painting. She has worked at C. K. McClatchy Highschool as Set Designer and Technical Director. She has also worked at Oakmont High School as a Lighting Designer.
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Weedee: Tenaya Hurst
Tenaya is thrilled to return to the role of Weedee in her Sacramento debut! Bay area credits include San Francisco Follies, Doreen in Separate Tables at Hillbarn, Jenny in Company at Jewel, Mary Anne in The Kentucky Cycle, and “I Hate Musicals” in Forever Broadway at the Herbst. Other favorite roles she’s played, Jackie-O in The House of Yes, Captain Pimple in Pimple the Pirate, Lucy in Dracula, Trudy in Betty’s Summer Vacation, and Poppy in Noises Off. Tenaya received Phi Beta Kappa honors in 2004 and graduated from Indiana University with a BA in geology, anthropology, and theatre in 2005. Tenaya likes rocks, pirates, black and tan dachshunds, traveling, farming, and bubble tea! Love to her family!
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Pot Fairy: Scarlet O’ Conner
Scarlet has a history in dance and the arts with a B.A. in Theatre. Rediscovering acting two years ago, she’s performed wit Ed Claudio’s Actor’s Theater of Sacramento and Tom Kelly’s Thistle Dew Dessert Theater. She’s also worked with independent film, Access Sacramento, Borroel Entertainment and NK Media.
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Dahlia, Nurse, Sorority Sister, Elke, Traveler, Dispensary Owner, Ensemble 1, : Yuri Tajiri
Yuri Tajiri is currently a senior at CSU Sacramento and is majoring in Theatre Arts with a minor in Musical Theatre. She has performed in with many companies around the Sacramento area, most recently playing Manchuka in CSU Sacramento’s Zoot Suit. She has also been a part of Green Valley Theatre Company’s production of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind and Sutter Street’s There Should Be Roses (Megan). She is very excited to be in Toke and hopes you all enjoy Weedee’s story.
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Woody: Jake Brooks
Jake Brooks, a Sacramento native, graduated from Jesuit High School in 2002. He then moved to San Francisco to study film and sell DVDs. After returning to Sacramento he became involved in theatre, appearing in The House of Blue Leaves, Charley’s Aunt, and Eight Views from the Tower Bridge. He also appeared in the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival’s production of As You Like It last year. He currently studies Theatre at CSUS, where he appeared in the Student-directed One Acts The Bear and Best Foot Forward. He can next be seen in the Christopher Durang Festival at Ovation Stage in August.
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Eve, Mother, Isabella, Happy, Rehab 1: Mary Cobb
Mary Cobb is thrilled to be a part of this original production. It has been so much fun for her to play multiple different roles and with such a creative and inspiring team. She feels especially priveledged to be working sided by side with the writer of “Toke” and has been humbled by the experience. you may have seen Mary recently as Ilse in Green Valley Theater’s production of “Spring Awakening”. She is a graduating senior at CSUS and has been acting in the Sacramento community for the past 10 years. she would like to thank her friends and family for their unconditional love and support and she hopes you enjoy the show!
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Doyle, Arnold, Fritz, Nigel, Horny, Rehab 2, Ensemble 2: Kevin Frame
Kevin is surprised as anybody but i guess he is an actor. He first caught the acting bug late in college while slacking through a broadcasting degree much to his parents delight. He has been taking classes in San Fransisco with The American Conservatory Theatre and in Sacramento at the Actors Theatre Workshop run by Ed Claudio. Kevin was in his first ever play called ” The Love of Three Oranges” at Cal Stage in December. Toke will be Kevin’s second play and he is glad that his journey has led him here.
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Kerman, Wolf, Bud, Rehab 3, Ensemble 3: Tony Lopez
Tony Lopez — makes his debut on this stage after an 18 year hiatus. An Arizona native, he traded in the Valley of the Sun for the mountains of Grass Valley, CA. He enjoys traveling, science (both nonfiction and fiction), and the arts. Eventually, his life would lead him to become involved with the Medical Marijuana Movement, fighting for the protections of patients in hopes of removing the stigma attached to marijuana. It’s here that Tony would meet playwright and producer, Deedee Kirkwood. Moved by her story, Tony decided to dust off his acting hat and audition. To his surprise, that old high school training would help him win the role where he hopes to combine his passions to contribute positively to Toke, the Play! Photo courtesy of Silent A Photography (c) 2012.
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Heinz, Car Salesman, DEA Agent, Ken: D.L. Shields
D.L. has been a Sacramento resident for over 40 years. He is currently working on his Technical Theater degree at Sierra College and plans on going on to complete a degree in Fine Arts. His prior performances in local theater include the roles of Chubokov in Checkov’s “The Proposal” and the Reverend Eli Jenkins, Mr. Pugh, Ocky Milkman, Lord Cutglass and Jonah Jarvis in Under Milkwood at Sierra College’s Deitrich Theater. He recently completed a successful run as Charles in The Interviews for T.H.E. Actor’s Workshop and his appearance last winter as “The Fox” in The True Life Story of Pinocchio earned him an Elly award nomination. D.L. thrilled be appearing with such incredibly talented group of people. He would like to take this opportunity to thank DeeDee for such a fantastic script, Blake for his exceptional direction and Cristi for her immense patience! And as always he would like to thank his family for their never ending love and support – YOU’RE AWESOME! And to our audience – Welcome to “Toke”!!!
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Barbara Mendes
Barbara Mendes studied art throughout her youth in NYC; then published stories and covers in Underground Comix under the name “Willy Mendes”. She developed her style of brilliantly colored narrative paintings, epic in detail and scale, and has exhibited them in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Florida, and Tel Aviv. Her Biblical murals are permanently displayed in Jerusalem and Florida. She currently displays her “Vayikra Mural”, illuminating all 859 verses in the Book of Leviticus, other works, and works of other exciting artists, at the Barbara Mendes Gallery on S. Robertson Blvd. in Los Angeles. The TV show “Fine Art For All” features the artist explaining huge paintings, and actual painting on camera, on Youtube; for more information, see Barbara Mendes on Facebook, and BarbaraMendes.org.