A one-hour play recounting the 1972 grassroots fight to stop the demolition of The Santa Monica Pier.


It’s been almost 45 years since the fight to save the Pier began.  In the early 70’s, the Santa Monica City Council was developing a plan to build a 35-acre artificial island in the bay and a bridge connecting it to the coast which would require tearing down the Pier. As you can tell, that idea didn’t sit too well with the fine people of Santa Monica. The story of the fight to save the pier revolves around two groups of passionate citizens working independently to rally the community and stop the Council’s plan.

While the story and the characters are real, the playwright James Harris, at times, uses certain characters to represent more than one person or groups of like-minded supporters. After all, in a fight to save a community icon, you need thousands of supporters to fight City Hall.

This play was originally developed in Carol Gordon’s Writing Workshop


PAUL SAND Director
Paul is a Tony Award winner and has appeared in endless television shows and movies. He is currently working on starting up The Santa Monica Public Theatre. The inaugural project was a reprise of Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Hotel, presented at the Miles Theatre. Stay tuned for more exciting presentations to come.
JAMES HARRIS Lucky
James is commonly referred to as the “Pier Guy” or “Pier Historian”, James is just a lucky guy who has found a way to spend every day at the Pier. Known more for his written works, including the Pier’s official history book and tonight’s play, James has occasionally stepped up in front of an audience and narrated a tale or two.
JULIAN ALEXANDER City Manager Scott
Julian is a Loyola Marymount University Theatre Arts Alum. His most recent works include feature films, such as, The Night Stalker with Lou Diamond Phillips and Bellamy Young, Alison’s Choice, theatre productions including the west coast premier of A Couple of Poor Polish Speaking Romanians with Ghost Road Co. and several productions with his own theatre company The Tavern Rakes.
NICHOLAS PERRY Councilman
Nicholas is a recent graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Theatre Arts. He is stoked to be in Save the Pier! for the second year in a row. Best wishes to cast and crew!
CAMERON TAGGE Maynard
Cameron is a recent LMU graduate and is excited to be a part of Save the Pier! Much love to his delightful cast and crew and family for all their

NATALIE NASR Diana
Natalie grew up in both Lebanon and Denmark and recently moved to Los Angeles to study Theatre Arts at Loyola Marymount University. Natalie is delighted to be a part of the show and to represent the dynamic and feisty Diana! Best wishes to the cast and crew, and an extra thank you to Carolyn Yost, James Harris, and Paul Sand for all giving her this opportunity!
MIKE GERBI Jack
Mike trained at the Ruskin School of Acting in Santa Monica and is currently set to perform in All My Sons in Oxnard, California next month.
ELLERY SIMPSON Sheila
From her previous theater experience in Vancouver to now studying at Loyola Marymount University’s theater program, Ellery couldn’t be more excited to play Shelia. She would like to thank her family for their tremendous support and Paul Sand for giving her this opportunity.
KEEGAN QUAGLIANO Pat
Keegan (AKA Michael, Keegz, Chaz or Dilance) has studied at American Musical and Dramatic Academy and LMU in performing arts. He says “Pat is very relatable because he’s a surfer and I’m a snowboarder; we’re distant cousins! Also, I love standing up for a cause”.
MIKE ROSE Larry
Mike originated the role of Larry last year and started the Santa Monica Public Theatre with Paul and Jim this past summer. He was a finalist American College Theatre Festival’s Musical Theatre competition in Honolulu and is an alumni of the Theatre Wing’s Musical Theatre program. On October 1st he will perform in the Foundation for New American Musical’s FutureFest at the Rockwell Stage in Hollywood.

HALEY WALLACE Joan
Haley is originally from Vail Colorado. She is currently in her senior year at LMU studying music, theatre, and business. She is super thankful to be involved with Save The Pier! and a special thank you to the BFF doll Mike Rose for introducing the opportunity. Peace and Love.
DAN WENTZEL George
Dan has been acting for three decades and is also a stand up comic. He is very grateful be cast in this play as he has been a fan of the Santa Monica Pier ever since he first moved to Socal. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead
LIZA WALLACE Colleen
Liza is a professional harpist, singer, and composer. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and relocated to Los Angeles to complete her Masters of Music at USC Thornton School of Music. She is having a blast working on this incredible play by her cousin, Jim Harris!
DON TESCHNER Sound
Don is a fiddle and mandolin player extrordinare who moonlights as a sound man. He worked with Paul Sand on his Cuttlefish Hotel project at the Miles Theatre.
CAROYLN YOST Producer
A career in marketing and project management turns out to be very useful skills for a producer too. Here’s to all the pier champions who made a difference and saved the Santa Monica Pier!