Meet the Cast & Crew

Rich Russo – Bill Perch

Rich has over 40 years of acting and directing experience. He studied in New York with Julie Bovasso, Jack Poggi, and Stefan Rudnicki, and with Michael Finlayson of the Royal Shakespeare Academy in London. He received his master’s degree in theatre arts from C.W. Post University in Brookville, NY. Acting credits include: Lyman Wyeth in Other Desert Cities, Noel in Homestead Crossing, Joseph Halpern in Halpern and Johnson, Paul Sheldon in Misery, Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne FrankJoe Keller in All My Sons, Frank in How the Other Half Loves, Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Henry in The Lion in Winter, Brian in The Shadowbox, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, Sir Andrew in Twelfth Night, Teach in American Buffalo, and Howard in Picnic, among many others. He has worked with M&D since 1999, and during that time has directed many productions, including: Last Gas, Walter Cronkite is Dead, Wait Until Dark, Dracula, Two Rooms, Deathtrap, Agnes of God, The Real Inspector Hound, Burn This, The Odd Couple (female version), Talley’s Folly, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Rabbit Hole, Crimes of the Heart, The Importance of Being Earnest, Miss Reardon Drinks a Little, Art, and The Glass Menagerie. A two-time winner of the New Hampshire Theatre Award for Best Director (The Glass Menagerie in 2002 and Talley’s Folly in 2011), he also won the Best Actor Award for the role of Joseph Halpern in Halpern and Johnson in 2012. Rich is thrilled to be working with such a talented cast and director, and would like to thank Eric for the opportunity. Thanks also go to his wife, Sandra, for her support, sacrifice and understanding. Rich lives in Glen with Sandra and their German Shepherd, Zorro.
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Karen Gustafson – Susan Perch

This is Karen’s 12th appearance in a M&D Playhouse production. It is the first time she has had the privilege of having Eric Jordan as a director, and she would like to thank him for his insights and guidance in creating the role of Susan. Karen is also grateful to her fellow cast members who are stellar actors, and to June Desmond, their tireless stage manager. Karen would like to encourage community members to become involved at M&D as a volunteer.  Leave your name at the box office, or click here to find out how you can help.
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Christy Mackie – Eva White

Christy is excited to be back on the M&D stage after almost five years! She has previously been involved in The Diary of Anne Frank, The Lion in Winter, and as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Non-acting credits include directing, volunteering and raising a ridiculous number of kids. Christy is happy to be working with some of her favorite people in her favorite theatre.
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Dan Tetreault – Fred Weber

Dan is a local contractor living and working in the Mt Washington Valley. He is excited to be working with such a talented cast. He has performed with M&D for over 15 years. Some of his credits include: Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Chief in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Lenny in Of Mice and Men, and Lucien in The Boys Next Door. He most recently directed Clever Little Lies at M&D Playhouse. He would like to thank Rich, Karen, Christy, Melissa, June, and Eric for all of their hard work in such a short time. Enjoy the show.
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Melissa O’Neil – Rosy Perch

Melissa is a Valley local, who is performing in her eighth show with M&D and couldn’t be happier to be part of such an incredible organization. Past roles at M&D include Cecily in 84 Charing Cross Road, Lu in Last Gas, and Susan in Wait Until Dark, among others. Melissa would like to thank Eric for this challenge and opportunity, the entire cast and crew  for their hard work, dedication and talent. As always, she would also like to thank her family for their constant support and inspiration, and her husband for everything, always.

Production Crew

Eric Jordan – Director

How long has it been now? Thirty years? Three months? Well, both, sort of – about thirty years worth of theater in what feels like three months. But time flies when you’re having fun! Eric has gone from goofing off as William in How the Other Half Loves – his first role here at M&D – to goofing off in front of the stage directing Exit: Pursued by a bear, to this: the most effed-up show he’s ever been involved in. He just can’t turn it off, nor would he if he could! Eric would like to thank Engelbert Humperdinck for keeping his name solely for Eric’s amusement, bunnies for being friggin’ adorable, and whoever invented staying at home drinking beers on a Sunday.

June Desmond – Stage Manager
Deb Jasien – Set Designer

Lori Jean Rowe – Lighting Designer
Eric Jordan – Sound Designer
Mary-Ellen Jordan – Costumer
Cast – Props