an assortment of artists who specialize in dance, song, acting, burlesque, clowning, sketch comedy & more
Creator of Forbidden Kiss, Cheryl King writes many of the sketches, and performs and emcees the shows. Director of Stage Left Studio.
Malia Abayon is an actress, choreographer, director, and educator currently residing in Sonoma County. In addition to performing in theater, Malia is a cover band artist and produced and choreographed The Beyoncé Tribute Band which toured the New York City area and the east coast.
Velvet Thorn is a Burlesque performer, actor, aerial circus performer and singer. Originally from Willits, California, Thorn was inspired to pursue Burlesque after seeing a show with Dita Von Teese in San Francisco. She trained briefly in the North Bay area with Eva D’Luscious before D’Luscious moved to Portland.
Thorn subsequently moved to Ashland, Oregon and graduated from Southern Oregon University with a degree in theatre. While at university, she began to perform Burlesque with show producers Miss Darby Doll and Sundae Sparkles. Thorn attended the Burlesque educational and networking conference, BurlyCon, in Seattle.
Jamin earned a BFA at SOU and honed his theatrical chops with Oregon Shakespeare Festival creators, treading the OSF Green Show boards with Carnival of the Animals, Kids Talk Shakespeare, and an Elizabethan Variety Show. As a classically trained mime and a physical theatre artist with irons in many fires, Jamin shipped down to San Francisco to build and perform Puppets ‘n Poe at Theatre of Yugen, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Circus Center SF, and solo mime and clown pieces for various San Francisco schools. Jamin is crafting a touring one-person vaudeville show and performing locally in various productions.
Gillian Eichenberger is an Actor, Vocalist, and Theater Educator from Marin County. She was recently seen at Marin Theater Company in the world premier of Christmas at Pemberley: Georgiana and Kitty when she stepped into the roles of Mary Bennet & Margaret O’Brien for the final week. She is currently starring as Audrey in 6th Street Playhouse’s production of Little Shop of Horrors. She is a passionate educator of artists of all ages, working freelance as a Director, and Vocal Coach.
Martin Gilbertson is a transplant to Sonoma County from the far reaches of Ontario…California. He has been working in scenic construction for the past 15 years and has been a member of the construction and artistic team for the Sonoma County fair’s popular Hall of Flowers. A wearer of many theatrical hats, Martin performs both onstage and backstage, and is a favorite ensemble player in Forbidden Kiss.
A hit in the NYC Independent Theater scene, Forbidden Kiss LIVE ran monthly from 2008 – 2015 when Cheryl King, creator of the series, closed her NYC venue, Stage Left Studio.
Now Stage Left is a CA corporation, and Forbidden Kiss has come back to life – with a spectacular cast – in Sonoma County.
Cheryl now presents Forbidden Kiss at The California, as part of the Wednesday Weirdness Series.
Join Cheryl and fellow artists Malia Abayon, Gillian Eichernberger, Jamin Jollo, Martin Gilbertson, and Velvet Thorn, plus special guests.
“NYC’s Best Sexy Theatre”
Artistic Director, Cheryl King
at The California, as part of Wednesday Weirdness