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Confession by Barry Slater
Directed by Robyn Ginsburg Braverman
March 6 – April 5, 2020 (Part of the Dragon’s Nest Producer Residency)


Confession is the story of two brothers in the 1980s: one a gangster, the other a priest. Estranged for decades, indelibly connected by the memories of a monstrous childhood, they find themselves together one last time. Will they find redemption or die trying? World premiere.

This show runs for approximately 80 minutes with no intermission. The show is rated R for adult language, adult content, and the discussion of sexual abuse.

This play is IN ROTATING REPERTORY with The Baltimore Waltz by Paula Vogel, so the schedule is a bit different.

Confession calendar (revised)

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$39 general admission
$30 students, seniors, and people age 30 or under
$175 for the VIP box (seats 4 people and includes champagne and chocolates.)
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Kyle Smith is thrilled to make his Dragon Theatre debut in this world premiere of Confession. Kyle is also humbled to be working with such tremendously talented (and patient) artists, with  shout outs to Paul and Robyn and Barry for trusting him with this tremendous privilege of a role. Kyle was most recently seen as Phipps in An Ideal Husband at the Pear Theatre, and some of Kyle’s favorite roles include Creon in Antigone (Broadway West); Wallace in All the Way (Palo Alto Players); the cynical drunk, Ed Devery in Born Yesterday (Chanticleers Theatre); Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (Stage 1 and Northside); Barney Cashman in Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Northside); and Sir Hugh Evans in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Silicon Valley Shakespeare). Much love to darling wife Linda and sweet daughter Kristy. “Thank you for supporting live theatre!”

Paul Braverman is a Bay Area actor and playwright. This is his first show at Dragon Productions. Favorite roles over the years include Roberts in Mister Roberts at Douglas Morrisson Theatre in Hayward, Lank in Crazy For You at Stage One Theatre in Newark, and Moon in The Real Inspector Hound also at Stage One Theatre. More recently, Paul has performed in developmental readings at the Pear Theatre in Mountain View, where he and his wife Robyn Ginsburg Braverman co-manage the new play developmental program called “Fresh Produce.” Paul spent many years performing improv and sketch comedy in San Francisco with Bay Area Theatresports, Plethora Comedy, and Theatre Roulette. As a playwright, Paul has had dozens of productions and readings, both nationally and internationally. His short plays Deuce Cooper – The Bloomfield Case and Stuck in the Middle (The Hot Dog Play) were both wildcard finalists at Short & Sweet in Sydney, Australia, the largest short play festival in the world.


Production Team:

Barry Slater (Playwright) is very excited to be premiering his play, Confession, at Dragon Theater. He is especially grateful to Paul and Robyn Braverman for championing this play and bringing it to full production. After spending years in novel writing, Barry has more recently found his metier as a playwright. In 2014, Off Kilter, a short play concerning a controversial sculpture, was produced to the confusion and excitement of the gallery goers at the Downey Museum of Art in southern California. Forgive Me, Brother won second prize at the Strawberry One Act Festival in New York in 2015. He’s had numerous short plays produced at the Pear Theater in Mountain View, including two upcoming plays in March 2020’s Pear Slices, Sunday Morning and Beach Memories. Twin Peaks was a finalist at Piano Fight Theater’s 2016 “Short Lived VI” play competition in San Francisco. He has also had local readings of plays in City Lights in San Jose and The Shelton and Sutter Theater in San Francisco.

For over four decades, Barry has spent his days as a family doctor. He lives in northern California with his garden artist wife and, at any given time, a flurry of kids and grandkids.

Robyn Ginburg Braverman (Director) Although this is Robyn’s first directorship at Dragon Theatre, she’s been previously seen on its stage in readings of Lauren Gunderson’s The Taming and of Neva Hutchinson’s Raptured!  Robyn thanks Dragon for its commitment to providing opportunities to local artists.  She directed and/or produced (sixteen years and over 130 short plays) in Pear Slices, Pear Theatre’s celebrated annual production of short plays from the Pear Playwrights Guild.  She currently serves as co-coordinator of the Pear’s developmental reading series, Fresh Produce, in which she has directed over a dozen developmental readings of full length new works.  As part of its founding team, Robyn has supported Pear from administration and board membership to new works development. Robyn’s love of new works extends to The Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska, where she has enthusiastically aided the development of multiple plays. Robyn Ginsburg Braverman has been a voiceover actor for 40 years. In addition to once playing Carmen Sandiego, Robyn works with national clients such as OpenTable, Cisco, Google, NetApp, Genentech, The Learning Company and Pennzoil.  As always, much love to Paul & the Home Team. Reach Robyn at  

Miranda Whipple (Stage Manager) has worked in the Bay Area as a props designer and stage manager for the past five years. This show is her second time working at the Dragon, her first being Hickorydickory last September. Previous stage management experience includes 1984 (Los Altos Stage), Girls Kill Nazis (Pear Theater), and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (ACT). She has designed props for many companies including City Lights, South Bay Musical Theatre, Pear Theater, and Los Altos Stage Company. She graduated from Cal State University, Fullerton with her B.A. in Theatre Arts in 2014.

Chrissie Schwanhausser (Assistant Manager) is delighted to return to Dragon Productions! She has had the pleasure to stage manage multiple shows for Dragon, including K2, The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church, and Dead Accounts. Other past credits include stage managing for The Hood of Sherwood and Sherlock Holmes and the Adventures of the Suicide Club for Silicon Valley Shakespeare and La Cage Aux Folles with Sunnyvale Community Players. She has also spent time as production assistant for Bay Are Children Theatre’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Elephant and Piggie.

Jonathan Covey (Sound Design) has been making noise with Dragon for a few years now. This is his ninth (and tenth) production with the company, the others being And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little, Rich & Famous, Caeneus And Poseidon, Insignificance, Three Days Of Rain, Equivocation, and Shoggoths on the Veldt. Covey also did sound for Hillbarn Threatre’s productions of The Elephant Man and Noises Off and even tried his hand at acting, recently playing Malcolm et. al. in Dragon’s Macbeth, as well as Jason in Pear Theatre’s production of Sweat. However, he still enjoys being alone in a dark room with a microphone, a guitar, and carrots and celery. They won’t let me break actual bones, so I make due with what I have, you know?

Jeff Swan (Lighting Design) has been excited to work with Dragon Theater again. Previously at Dragon, Jeff did lighting design for Rx, November, Rich and Famous, and The Woman in Black.  Jeff has also been on stage at Dragon Theater in The Art of Dining and Marvin’s Room. Jeff has also done lighting design for The Kings Academy, Tabard Theater, Los Altos Stage, Sunnyvale Community Theater, Stratford Schools, Kids on Broadway, Scotts Valley Performing Arts, and The 418 Project (Dance). Theater has been a large part of Jeff’s life involving him in lighting design, acting and as a playright. Many thanks to his closest and best friend and love of his life, Beth.

Max “Bora” Koknar (Scenic Design) is a Turkish-born actor, director, writer, educator, producer and the Co-Artistic Director of Dragon Productions. Over a professional career of 15 years, Max has entertained over a half million people as a performer; produced a touring program serving over 100,000 children a year across the west coast; founded an education program designed to increase language fluency and communication skills of at risk youth in partnership with The Ohio State University;  created sold-out immersive experiences with Epic Immersive; and collaborated with international tech giants such as Google, Apple, Facebook, Box, Intuit, Genentech, and Paradox Interactive as performer, executive coach, training facilitator and experience designer.

Patricia Bilello (Properties Designer) is a 49 years old Professional Mother of three (two teenagers and a toddler). She is also a wife, a craftswoman, a photographer, and a multitasking expert. For the last 4 years Patricia has been driving her two older kids to rehearsals every day. As a result, she ended up working backstage as a volunteer where she found her calling. She designed props for Beauty and the Beast, Elf, the Musical, Legally Blonde, The Wiz, A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder, Matilda, Sweat, and many more, and she enjoyed every minute of it. She is certain that it is never too late to find and follow your calling. She knows her nearby 50th birthday will find her backstage (her new happy place) trying to find the perfect “yellowish thingy, for that thing on top of the big thing in that play”… and she will be delighted!

Maggie Ziomek (Graphic Designer) is a graphic designer, illustrator, and copywriter, Maggie has been designing and producing show art for Dragon Theatre since 2015. In 2019, she designed the identity package for Redwood City Youth Theatre, a collaboration between Broadway By The Bay and Dragon Theatre. She is also the creative behind Dragon’s new print and web brand, positioning Dragon Theatre as a cultural hub in Redwood City. Need some design work? Contact

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