Eric is literally the happiest person in the 2’x2′ square immediately surrounding him to be blessed with working alongside such indescribable talent as are in this transcendent cast and crew. If he could have but known the spectacle of creative magic would be so gloriously gargantuan, so perilously plump, he would surely have wept in euphoric joy in rapt anticipation – but as he was not aptly prepared as such, it merely rendered shock and awe the level of which had never before been observed by modern man in North Conway at this theatre doing this play in January! Eric is eternally grateful for this wild, walloping, wondrous, worthful, wintry, wearying and warm opportunity. He is also a wicked sarcastic prick.
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Melissa is a Valley local performing in her tenth production with M&D Playhouse. She holds a BA in Theatre from Plymouth State University and has been seen on stage here as Emily in Papermaker, Lu in Last Gas, Susan in Wait Until Dark, among others. When not on stage, you would most likely find her knitting, crocheting, doing some intricate cross stitch or pretty much anything involving any type of yarn. Melissa would like to take this opportunity to thank Rich for his trust, confidence, guidance and support in taking on such a beautiful character as Rose. She would also like to thank LJ, Ken and everyone at M&D for their constant hard work and dedication; our sponsors and our audience for supporting and giving us the opportunity to perform this wonderful piece; of course thanks to her co-star Eric for his talent, commitment and general awesomeness cannot be expressed enough. And as always, she needs to thank her family for their never ending support and inspiration, and her husband for everything, always.
Rich Russo – Director
Rich Russo 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, N.Y. Acting credits include: Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Henry McCoy in Papermaker, Bill Perch in The Jacksonian, 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 Frank; Joe 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: Papermaker, 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; And 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.
Thanks go to his wife, Sandra, for her support, sacrifice and understanding. Rich lives in Glen with Sandra and their German Shepherd, Zorro.
Lori Jean Rowe – Stage Manager
Lori Jean Rowe – Lighting Designer/Sound Designer
Ken Martin – Set Designer
Cast – Costumes