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In October 2011, Occupy London set up camp outside one of London’s most beloved institutions, St Paul’s Cathedral. Soon, the building that had famously survived floods, terrorist threats, and the Blitz closed its doors, and the City of London took legal action against Occupy to remove protesters — by force if necessary. Steve Waters’ new play is a fictional account of the behind-the-scenes machinations by the church and city leadership, dramatizing the turmoil faced by principled, thoughtful people who must decide which of their ideals they’ll betray. Temple was a recent hit at London's Donmar Warehouse.

“A rich, deeply thoughtful piece about contemporary values.”- London Financial Times


Special Event:
Matinee performance of Temple at Grace Cathedral, 1pm May 13, 2017

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Runtime: 95 minutes, without intermission

Member of *Actors' Equity Association, +Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, **United Scenic Artists


STEVE WATERS - Playwright
TOM ROSS - Director

RICHARD OLMSTED** - Scenic Designer
CALLIE FLOOR** - Costume Designer
JEFF ROWLINGS** - Lighting Designer
CHRIS HOUSTON - Sound Designer & Composer
LISA ANNE PORTER - Dialect Coach
SUSAN REAMY* - Stage Manager



J. MICHAEL FLYNN* is extremely happy to be returning to Aurora after eighteen years. He was recently  seen in ART at Center Rep. During more than four decades in the theater, Mr. Flynn has worked with–among others–A Contemporary Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Baltimore CenterStage, Berkeley Rep, Boise Contemporary, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Center Rep, Cleveland Play House, Geva, The Goodman, The Huntington, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, The Long Wharf, The Magic, North Coast Rep, The Old Globe, Oregon Shakespearean Festival, P.C.P.A., Pittsburgh Public, Portland Center Stage, San Jose Rep, Seattle Rep, Syracuse Stage and The Sundance Institute. His Hollywood career can be found on the IMDb. BTW, Mr. Flynn is continually in wonder of and deeply grateful for Mrs. Flynn.
LEONTYNE MBELE-MBONG was last seen at the Aurora in Breakfast with Mugabe. Recent credits: Lettie in Leaving the Blues (NCTC), Roach in Slaughter City (Stanford Rep), Cleopatra in Antony & Cleopatra (African-American Shakespeare, TBA Award Finalist). Other Bay Area credits: Medea: Medea (TBA Award Winner), Beatrice: Much Ado About Nothing, Mistress Ford: Merry Wives of Windsor, Ruth: A Raisin in the Sun (AASC); Rose: Fences (Altarena Playhouse); Andromache: Andromache (Central Works); Buckingham: Richard III, Orsino: Twelfth Night, Lady M: Macbeth (Woman’s Will); World Music (TheatreFIRST); Mayme: Intimate Apparel (Solano College); The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry (ACT’s First Look).
MIKE RYAN* is pleased to return to Aurora Theatre Company where he has previously appeared as Anatol in Anatol. Recent Bay Area appearances include The Hard Problem, Indian Ink, and Napoli! at American Conservatory Theatre, as well as Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, and As You Like It at Santa Cruz Shakespeare, where Mr. Ryan serves as Artistic Director. Regionally, he has worked at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Geva Theatre Center, Pasadena Playhouse, and La Jolla Playhouse, among other theatres. He received his BFA from SMU, and his MFA from UCSD.
SYLVIA BURBOECK is thrilled to be making her Aurora Theatre Company debut.  Most recently she appeared as Cora in Going to St. Ives (Aluminous/Flight Deck).  Other favorite credits include Sonia in Life x 3 (Off Broadway West), Annie in The Real Thing (Broadway West),  Jessie Mae in The Trip to Bountiful, and Artie in Eleemosynary (California Conservatory Theatre),  Lettice in Lettice and Lovage, Eleanor in The Lion in Winter, Miranda in Expecting Isabel, and Christine in Mourning Becomes Electra (Role Players Ensemble). Sylvia holds a B.A. in Theatre from Tulane University.
GRADY WALSH is honored to be cast in his first professional production at Aurora Theatre Company. He began acting with Bay Area Children's Theatre as Frankenguest in Dear Edwina Jr. and Prince Charming in Cinderella KIDS. It gives me a great deal of joy to be in this production of Temple. I would like thank my mom for encouraging me and my family for taking the time to help me run my lines.
JACK WITTMAYER Jack Wittmayer is thrilled to be returning to the Aurora Theater Company, where he was last seen in Little Erik. Jack has also participated in several productions at The Berkeley Playhouse, including Aladdin, The Jungle Book and Little Mermaid. Jack is currently a student of theatre at Oakland School for the Arts, where he continues to foster his love for acting.
PAUL WHITWORTH* began his professional career at the Royal Shakespeare Company (1976-1982). In 1984, he joined Shakespeare Santa Cruz, where he produced, directed or acted in many productions, serving as Artistic Director from 1996 to 2007. Other Bay Area credits include leading roles in Night and Day at American Conservatory Theatre; Blue/Orange at Aurora Theatre; Shining City at San Francisco Playhouse; Krapp’s Last Tape and One for the Road at Jewel Theatre and The Pitmen Painters at TheatreWorks. Other recent leads include Galileo in The Life of Galileo at Asolo Repertory Theatre, Forrest in Hurricane (world première) by Nilo Cruz at the Ringling International Arts Festival and Christopher in Tribes at Berkeley Repertory Theatre (SF Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Principal Actor Award).
SHARON LOCKWOOD is making her Aurora debut with Temple. For over 30 years she has performed regularly at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, most recently as Emma Jessup in It Can’t Happen Here, and as Sonia in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, for which she received a Bay Area Critic’s Circle Award. Other favorite Berkeley Rep credits include: Zorro in Hell, The Alchemist, Volpone, Pentecost, Hydriotaphia, Reckless, The Magic Fire, Caucasian Chalk Circle, and the Oresteia.  Sharon also appears frequently at American Conservatory Theatre, recently in Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information. Other A.C.T. work includes Napoli, Dead Metaphor, Hedda Gabler, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, and A Christmas Carol for 12 seasons. She originated the role of Barbara in the world premiere of Nickel and Dimed, under the direction of Bartlett Sher at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre and the Mark Taper in Los Angeles. She reprised the role here in the Bay Area in a Theatreworks/Brava co-production. Among her local credits: numerous appearances at California Shakespeare Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Center Rep, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and many seasons with the San Francisco Mime Troupe.  Regionally, she has worked at La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, San Diego Rep, Seattle Rep, Missouri Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, Milwaukee Rep, and Long Wharf Theatre. Sharon was honored with the 2016 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship and participated in a Master Class retreat at Ten Chimneys in Wisconsin, led by Master Teacher Jason Alexander.
STEVE WATERS is the writer of Limehouse (Donmar Theatre, directed by Polly Findlay); Temple (Donmar Theatre, directed by Howard Davies, 2015); Europa (co-authored) (Birmingham Rep/Dresden Staatspielhaus/Teater Polski/Zagreb Youth Theatre); Ignorance / Jahillyyah (Hampstead Theatre Downstairs 2012); Little Platoons, “Capernaum” in Sixty-Six Books (both Bush Theatre,2011); Amphibians, Offstage Theatre Co (Bridewell Theatre 2011); The Contingency Plan (On the Beach and Resilience) Bush Theatre (shortlisted for 2009 John Whiting Award); Fast Labour (Hampstead Theatre/West Yorkshire Playhouse (2008); World Music (2003), Sheffield Crucible / Donmar (2004), English Journeys (1998) and After the Gods (2002) both Hampstead Theatre. Future projects include an adaptation of Giles Foden’s The Last King of Scotland (Paulden Hall Productions) and new commissions with Hampstead Theatre and the Michael Grandage Company. For the screen, Steve has written a version of The Contingency Plan; Safe House (BBC4) and is developing TV dramas with Forge Entertainment.  
After running the Birmingham University’s Mphil in Playwriting for 5 years, Steve is currently Head of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of The Secret Life of Plays (NHB). Steve’s plays are all published by Nick Hern Books.
Steve is represented by Micheline Steinberg Associates /

Member of *Actors' Equity Association, +Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, **United Scenic Artists


The City of London

Temple is based on actual events surrounding the Occupy protests in London in 2011, during which St. Paul's Cathedral was closed for the first time in its long history.

St. Paul's Cathedral stands in the center of the City of London -- a square mile area at the center of much the much larger London metropolis. The City, based on the old Roman walls of Londinium, now has a semi-autonomous local government and has developed into a global financial hub: one of the wealthiest areas in the world. When the Occupy protesters were pushed from their original encampment outside the stock exchange, they settled in the nearby precincts of St. Paul's Cathedral -- inadvertently setting off a crisis of conscience that threatened to destroy a 1400-year-old institution.

Three of the characters in the play are fictionalized versions of real people at the center of the storm of national debate triggered by the closure of the Cathedral: the Right Reverend Graeme Knowles ("The Dean"), the Right Reverend Richard Chartres, Bishop of London ("The Bishop"), and the Reverend Giles Fraser ("the Canon Chancellor").

>>Read more about some of the people and events mentioned in the play.



An Interview with Temple Playwright Steve Waters

by Josh Costello, Literary Manager

>>Read the interview here.


production photos
Photos by David Allen
*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers
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