Over 40 and fabulous

January 31, 2008 7:43:54 PM PST
Many of us remember her as Jo Reynolds on the primetime soap "Melrose Place." Now your kids know her as a manipulative business executive and mother on "One Tree Hill." Actress ad Berkeley native Daphne Zuniga stopped by the View from the Bay.

Daphne's Website: www.daphnezuniga.net

One Tree Hill Website: www.cwtv.com/shows/one-tree-hill

About Daphne Zuniga

Daphne Zuniga is best known to millions of views as photographer Jo Reynolds on primetime TV show "Melrose Place" from 1992 to 1996. Daphne started her acting career in The Sure Thing, in which she starred opposite John Cusack. In 1987 she appeared in Mel Brooks' Star Wars spoof Spaceballs, 1989's medical drama "Gross Anatomy" and horror flick The Fly II, as well as 1993's Eight Hundred Leagues Down the Amazon and 2000's Artificial Lives to name just a handful of her many movie roles. She has also had TV guest spot roles in "Spin City," "Stark Raving Mad," "Eve" and "Law and Order," and recurring as sexy Playboy Playmate Shelly Pierce on "American Dreams." Plus she was also one of many actors who voiced characters for the animated television series "Stories from My Childhood," and had a lead role in the TV series "Pandora's Clock." She is currently starring as Lynn Kerr in the ABC TV drama series, "Beautiful People."

Ms. Zuniga-a graduate of Berkeley High-got into acting after studying for a year at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco before enrolling in UCLA's theater program, where she roomed with Amy Resnick (who starred in the SF Playhouse production of Three Seconds in the Key). She also studied with famous acting coach Peggy Feury at the Loft Studio, along with Larry Moss and Penny Allen.

Since finding fame, Ms. Zuniga has used her high profile to raise awareness for environmental issues. She was a founding board member of Earth Communications Office (ECO), an organization that "harnesses the power of the environmental movement and the entertainment community." She has also written magazine articles on conservation issues. She says of her activism work, "My focus is our precious natural environment. Saving, preserving, restoring every part of it. This planet, an incredible organism, has done nothing but give to us. We turn to nature to remember who we are really. In the silence of it, the rawness, the infinite truth and beauty of it we remember we are a part of it, and just as miraculous. "

About "The Scene"

The SF Playhouse (Bill English, Artistic Director; Susi Damilano, Producing Director) are pleased to announce casting for the West Coast Premiere of Theresa Rebeck's The Scene which will fill its previously unannounced slot in their fifth season. Amy Glazer will direct. The Scene will open February 2nd, thus moving the opening of the West Coast Premiere of Coronado to March 22nd.

The SF Playhouse is thrilled to welcome Daphne Zuniga* of Melrose Place and Spaceballs fame to their stage. She will be joined by Aaron Davidman*, Heather Gordon and Howard Swain*. *Appear courtesy of Actors Equity.

Theresa Rebeck's The Scene, a thoroughly modern, sharply-written black comedy, was the scene-stealer at the 2006 Humana Theater Festival. It is full of people in 'the scene,' on 'the scene' and desperate for 'the scene.' If you have ever done something despite your better judgment, maybe chose to follow the crowd instead of following your gut to avoid hard, emotionally painful work, then you will understand Charlie, the provocative and complex protagonist in this fierce, edgy, raw, and scathing new comedy.

Inspired by Rebeck's occasional forays in the Manhattan party circuit, her run-ins with celebrities six stories high, and poignant, self-revelatory films like Of Human Bondage and Blue Angel, the play starts out sickly funny and turns darker and darker the further Charlie goes down the road. Like a good Chekhovian drama, the play showcases the humor and tragedy of everyday life. Its biting satire echoes Molière's ruthless comedic attention to detail, and like a satisfying Greek tragedy, the piece mines humanities brutality examining how self-loathing can move from the world and into the self. "Human beings range from saints to monsters, and for me, you're constantly being challenged as to where you're going to fall on that continuum. What choices are you going to make? Which direction are you going to go in?" Rebeck asks.

We are living in difficult times, according to Rebeck, and it's easy to be confused about what it means to be a human being in this world. For those struggling to make sense of the world, like Charlie, the play is a reminder that the journey can be funny as well as terrifying.

Tickets: $65 opening night, $38 regular, and $20 preview performances
The SF Playhouse Box Office: 415-677-9596
Website: www.sfplayhouse.org