Introducing the Directors of "More Life Slices"

On November 11th and 12th, Looking Glass Theatre will present "More Life Slices, a Second Helping." Directors Everardo Aguilar, Kia Bordner, Les GrantSmith, Gay Hybertsen, and Rosalie Riedel have selected short plays with mature themes for this production. Rolly Fanton has written narrative for our Muses, who she will direct.


Meet our directors!

Everardo Aguilar

The Late Afternoon (Around 3:45 or so) Before Christmas marks Everardo's directorial debut. "I chose this piece because it has two male voices, like Defrosting in last year's “Life Slices.” It is humorous, and I thought it would balance out some of the seriousness in the others. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with talented actors like Vincent Baca, Kevin Lin and Eduard Riedel.”

Everardo is a 30-year member of First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego and has been a part of Looking Glass Theatre since 1989, starting with Reflections in a Fable. In addition to last year's “Life Slices,” Everardo has also appeared in Transfusions, Speak Truth to Power, The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, and Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. He was also cast as The Beast in The Enchantment of Beauty and the Beast, but could not perform due to a medical emergency. Fortunately, later that year, he was able to understudy for all four male actors in The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later.


Kia Bordner

Writer, editor, photographer, knitter, concession stand manager, actor, publicity chair, director, etc:  Kia Bordner wears many hats behind the scenes, on stage, & in life. Her theater experiences are few, but intense. In 2015, she narrated and directed RiledUp Production's premiere of Spotz! Months later, still recovering from hip surgery, she tackled her first lead role in One Night’s Sleep. Last spring, Kia donned another hat, literally, as Grandmother Hood (Big Bad Musical). In August, Kia wrote The Desk for “More Life Slices.”


“My main character looks back over moments in her life through photos, which are all based on real, but unrelated pictures of people from my life. The universality of many of these moments has stayed with me, beyond the personal significance. That they can be woven seamlessly together as one fictional woman’s narrative is evidence to me that these are touchstones of Life, that we share such a collective oneness.”

Outside of LGT, Kia is actively involved in advocacy in various areas: birth, public school, social justice, and for backyard goats (or alpacas).


Les GrantSmith

Les GrantSmith has been involved in Looking Glass Theatre, on-stage and behind the scenes, since his daughter dragged him into our 1997 production of The Music Man. His forays into directing include staged readings of 8 and Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, as well as co-directing The Big Bad Musical, with Gay Hybertsen.


Rolly Fanton

Rolly got her theater wings in San Diego during high school at Starlight Opera and the Old Globe Theatre. She received a BA in theater, with a minor in voice, at San Diego State University. Then she went to New York, where she worked and studied acting for five years; a highlight of which was doing a nine-month tour of Stephen Sondheim's Company, in both the bus and truck and the National Tour. Closer to home in Los Angeles, she enjoyed 11 years of a garden-variety career; doing stage, television and films, in addition to teaching and acting with American Theatre Arts. She married and moved to San Diego to have her family, which has been the grandest role of all. She is grateful to be working with a wonderful cast and production crew in LGT. "To Life!"


Gay Hybertsen

Gay Hybertsen is happy to be directing her third play for Looking Glass Theatre. She worked in all aspects of production from kid wrangling to acting before finding her niche as a director. Her day job is psychotherapy, so she has a life-long interest in how people make relationships work. In Ma in Her Kerchief,  two women who may have very little time left negotiate that most challenging relationship: mother-in-law and daughter-in-law.


Rosalie Riedel


Rosalie Riedel has been involved in theater for 20 years in various capacities. This is her fourth production with LGT. Rosalie's first experience with directing is Buying a Brassiere, a piece which speaks to the nature of rediscovering one's self after having survived cancer, which has for so long been treated as a “dirty word” in our society. Rosalie is also a wife, mother of two, and an artist.


"More Life Slices, a Second Helping"

Announcing the casts of "More Life Slices, a Second Helping" post

More Life Slices ...


Five directors share five poignant vignettes

Last fall, instead of a full length production, LGT staged “Life Slices,” a collection of five one act plays. This concept allowed for multiple directors to bring a variety of actors to the stage and significantly reduced rehearsal requirements for the smaller casts. Encouraged by the success of 2015’s “Life Slices,” LGT’s steering committee has crafted "More Life Slices, a Second Helping."



On November 11th and 12th,  LGT will present "More Life Slices, a Second Helping." Directors Everardo Aguilar, Kia Bordner, Les GrantSmith, Gay Hybertsen, and  Rosalie Riedel have selected short plays with mature themes for our second helping. 

Our Muses (Diana Michelle Smith Danner, Eduardo Riedel) guide the audience along the theatrical feast, linking the five individual plays together with narration written by Rolly Fanton.


Elisa (Ingrid Brinton)  and her brother, Gil (Rile Grant), come to terms with their changing family dynamics and personal lives after their father death, in Gregory Fetcher's "Stairway to Heaven,"directed by Les GrantSmith.

Can Richard (Kevin Kai Lin) sway his standing with Santa (Vincent Baca) on Christmas Eve afternoon? Find out in "The Late Afternoon (Around 3:45 or So) Before Christmas" by Brett Neveu, directed by Everardo Aguilar. (Eduardo Riedel is understudy for both parts.)

Assisted by her personal fitter, Marie (Maxine Levaren),  a post-mastectomy breast cancer survivor, Diane (Vanessa Moreno) navigates "Buying a Brasserie," by Rebecca Ritchie, in Rosalie Riedel's directorial debut. (Karen Brinton is understudy for both parts.)


Gay Hybertsen directs "Ma in Her Kerchief," by Janet Keeny. Andrea (Nikki Hsueh/Khushboo Kalyani) and her mother-in-law, Ruth, (Laura Gracie) struggle to define their boundaries and new relationship during their emotionally charged first, and last, Christmas morning.

When Ian (True Southfox) and his young wife, Jill (Nikki Hsueh/Khushboo Kalyani) are setting up their  home, she asks her mother for the family desk. Elaine (Laura S. Ferro/Rose Van Oss) takes the audience down Memory Lane, where young Elaine (Lisa Cardoza), her husband, Don (Kevin Kai Lin), and a younger Jill (Hannah Keegan) relive important family moments in "The Desk," an original play by director Kia Bordner.