Introducing the fledgling Backyard Renaissance Theatre
By Charlene Baldridge
In 2001, beauteous and talented actor Jessica John founded a homeless gypsy theater company called Backyard with her friend, actor Lauren Zimmerman Wilson. Sound: A whoosh of water under the bridge.
At precisely the same time, a talented San Diego newcomer Francis Gercke, a graduate of The Actors Studio Drama School at the New School for Social Research in New York, co-founded New Village Arts Theatre (with his then-wife Kristianne Kurner), now located in the village of Carlsbad. Whoosh of more time: John and Gercke, who’d been paired extensively together onstage, married.