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The Eccentricities of a Nightingale

Eccentricities of a Nightingale

Mary Bacon*, Nora Chester*, Cynthia Darlow*, Francesca Di Mauro*, Larry Keith*, Darrie Lawrence*, John Plumpis*, James Prendergast*,
Scott Schafer*,
and Guest Artist: Todd Gearhart*
Sound Design           Original Music                     Stage Manager
Daryl Bornstein         Jonathan Faiman           Mel McCue
Scenic Design           Lighting Design                Costume Design
Bill Clarke                Lucrecia Briceno                David Toser
Directed by
Jenn Thompson

April 27 - May 24, 2008
Eccentricities of a Nightingale  Ticket Central

The Clurman Theatre

Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street
Tickets are just $20** and can be purchased at Ticket Central
by phone 212 279 4200
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For more information about the play, click here.

Mary BaconMary Bacon (Alma Winemiller)
Mary has been a member of TACT since the 2001/2002 Season and has appeared in 13 productions with the company, most recently; The Late Christopher Bean (2006/07).

Mary recently finished a run in Tom Stoppard’s critically-acclaimed Broadway play Rock N' Roll. Other NY credits include: Arcadia (Bway/ Lincoln Center); Mother Lolita and A Dream of Wealth (Urban Stages); Lincoln Center Institute, The Legacy; New York Projects; and There (Primary Stages), Parties (Primary Stages and CMU’s Festival of New Plays); Radium Girls (Playwrights Theatre NJ/nominated Best Actress 1999-2000 NJ Professional Theatre), Old Vic New Voices, Red Bull Theatre Company, New Dramatists, NYTW, The Lark, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, New Georges, Drama League, Women's Project. Regional: Don Juan, (Old Globe); Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Dallas Theatre Center); Triumph of Love (Seattle Rep. and the Long Wharf Theatres); Baltimore Star, (Hudson Stage Company); Proof, (Capital Rep); Don Juan (Seattle Rep & McCarter); The Laramie Project (Hartford); Twelfth Night and An Experiment with An Air Pump (Dallas); Lala in The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Alliance - world premiere); Baltimore Center Stage, Denver Center Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Buffalo Studio Arena, Williamstown Theatre Festival. TV/Film: Third Watch, Jonny Zero, Into Character, AMC, Into the Fire. BFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon Drama School.

Nora ChesterNora Chester (Mrs. Winemiller)
Nora has been a member of TACT since the 1997/1998 Season and has appeared in 33 productions with the company, most recently in; The Sea (2006/07).

Recent New York Theatre: “The Sea” (TACT at the Beckett Theatre), “The Triangle Factory Fire Project” (Harold Clurman Theatre) “Pagans” (Abingdon Theatre), Playwrights Horizons, The Direct Theatre, and New Dramatists. Regional Theatres: Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Alliance, Alley Theatre, The Asolo, The Attic Theare in Detroit, Delaware Theatre Company, GeVa, Long Wharf, McCarter, Northern Stage, Philadelphia Festival of New Plays, Syracuse Stage, Stage West, and seventeen summer seasons at The Monomoy Theatre on Cape Cod. As a director, her work has been seen at The Alaska Rep, The Attic Theatre and The Monomoy. She has been nominated twice for Best Actress by the Philadelphia Theatre Alliance's Barrymore Awards for her work as Mag Folan in “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” and Mrs. Carpolotti in “Three Viewings” at The Delaware Theatre Company.

Cynthia DarlowCynthia Darlow (Mrs. Bassett)
Cynthia has been a member of TACT since the 1997/1998 Season and appeared in 20 productions with the company, most recently; The Runner Stumbles (2007/08). 

Broadway: Old Acquaintance, Rabbit Hole, Taller Than a Dwarf, Present Laughter, Sex and Longing, Prelude to a Kiss Rumors, Grease (orig. prod.)  Off-B’way: The Runner Stumbles, Home, Trouble in Paradise, Sin: A Cardinal Deposed, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Surviving Grace, Juno and the Paycock, Cider House Rules, Once in a Lifetime, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, June Moon, Death Defying Acts, Mere Mortals, Til the Rapture Comes, The Naked Truth, The Actor’s Nightmare, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All For You. Regional: American Repertory Theatre (founding member), Goodman Theatre, Yale Rep, Mark Taper Forum, Goodspeed Opera House, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Ford’s Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Theatre of the Stars, Papermill Playhouse. Television: Six Degrees, The Sopranos, multiple episodes Law and Order, L&O Criminal Intent, L&O SVU, Soul Man, Square One T.V.(5 seasons as a series regular) Film: The Savages, 25th Hour, The Thomas Crown Affair, Lost Souls , Building Girl

Francesca Di MauroFrancesca DiMauro (Rosemary)
Francesca is a Founding Member of TACT and has appeared in 32 productions with the company, most recently; Witness For The Prosecution (2007/08).

Off-Broadway: The Wayfarer (in Obie-winner Caught In The Act at HERE, John Christopher Jones, director); The Seagull, Scenes From An Execution (Blue Light Theatre Co.), We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!; Twelfth Night; Henry V; The Promise. Regional: Tartuffe (Depot, John Christopher Jones, director); Comedy of Errors (GeVa); Scenes from an Execution (Olney); Dracula (Pirate Playhouse); The Matchmaker, Under Milk Wood (Dorset). Film: Living in Oblivion; Cherry. Television: Pane Amaro (RAI 3), As the World Turns; One Life to Live; Rage of Angels.

Todd GearhartTodd Gearhart (John Buchanan)

TACT: Kind Lady; My 3 Angels. New York Credits: The Chaos Theories (McGinn/Cazale),The Young Girl and the Monsoon (Playwright’s Horizons), Warm Love and the NY premier of Voir Dire (HB Playwrights), The Magic Lamp (The Vineyard Theater) Big Doolie (NYC Fringe) and Terra Australis Incognito (The Australia Project). Regional Credits: All My Sons (The Guthrie Theater), Bluish (The Alliance), Going Gone (The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Do I Hear a Waltz? (The George Street Playhouse), Room Service (The Cleveland Playhouse), Death of a Salesman and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (West Virginia Public Theater), also The New Harmony Theater, The Barter Theater, Allenberry Playhouse, Hilton Head Playhouse, and in the O’Neil Playwright’s Conference. Television: Several appearances on “Law and Order” and “Law and Order: SVU,” including a recent guest lead (w/Chevy Chase), The Education of Max Bickford(w/Richard Dreyfuss), And appearances on “All My Children,” “As the World Turns,” and “The Guiding Light.” Film: Neurotica, Peppermills, and the upcoming Moving Mike. BFA The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and with Uta Hagen at HB Studios.

Larry KeithLarry Keith (Rev. Winemiller)
Larry is a Founding Member of TACT and has appeared in 21 productions with the company, most recently; The Dock Brief (2007/08).

Broadway: Caroline, Or Change (also at the Public Theatre); Cabaret; Titanic; Gigi; High Spirits; My Fair Lady; I Had a Ball. Off-Broadway: Southern Comforts (Primary Stages); The God Committee (Lamb’s Theatre); Space (NYSF); Hurrah At Last (Roundabout); After Play (MTC); Only Kidding; Rose Quartet; The Homecoming; Miami; The Rise of David Levinsky; The Brownsville Raid; Monsieur Amilcar; Senor Discretion. Regional: Pippin, You Can’t Take It With You (Bay St. Theatre); Cinderella (Paper Mill); Captain's Courageous (Goodspeed Opera House); The Price (Seattle Rep); Mass Appeal (Stage West); Substance of Fire (Capital Rep). Tours: I Do, I Do; Hallelujah Baby; Oh What a Lovely War; Beckett. Television: NYPD Blue; All My Children (two Emmy nominations); The Baxters; Law & Order; Kate & Allie; The Equalizer; Stingray; Kennedy; Kane and Abel; The Littlest Victims.

Darrie LawrenceDarrie Lawrence (Mrs. Buchanan)
Darrie has been a member of TACT since the 2000/2001 Season and has appeared in 14 productions with the company, most recently; Both Your Houses (2005/06)

Broadway: Come Back Little Sheba, Buried Child; Steel Magnolias. Off-Broadway: The Other Side (Manhattan Theatre Club); Everybody's Ruby (Public); La Ronde (Ohio). Regional: The Foreigner, The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Salt Lake City); Three Tall Women (Syracuse); Angels in America (Buffalo); Retreat from Moscow, Ten Little Indians, Dancing at Lughnasa (St. Louis); Night of the Iguana (Denver); Our Town (Cinncinnati); Seascape, Harvey (Cleveland); Anything Goes (Birmingham, MI). Stock: Steel Magnolias (Peterborough); Lesson from Aloes (Monomoy Theatre); Twelfth Night (Utah Shakespeare Fest.); One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Geneva, NY); The Importance of Being Earnest (Ithaca). Ms. Lawrence has an MFA from Penn State University.

John PlumpisJohn Plumpis(Salesman)
John has been a member of TACT since the 2000/2001 Season and has appeared in 8 productions with the company, most recently, The Andersonville Trial and as director of The Dock Brief and If Men Played Cards as Women Do.

National Companies: Timon in The Lion King; Barrymore (with Christopher Plummer) directed by Gene Saks; Laughter on the 23rd Floor, directed by Jerry Zacks. New York Theatre: Diana of Dobson's (Mint Theatre & Fairfield Theatre Co.); Merton of the Movies (NorthEastern Co.); Romeo and Juliet (Riverside Shakespeare); Bovver Boys and Lusting After Pipino's Wife (Primary Stages). Regional: The Way of the World (Yale Rep) The Santaland Diaries (Capital Rep); The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare Theatre, D.C.); Cymbeline (PlayMakers Rep); Oklahoma! (North Carolina Theatre); Noises Off (Paper Mill); Maggie's Riff (Merrimack Rep); Broadway Bound (Missouri Rep); and seasons at Shakespearean Festivals across the nation. International: Clytemnestra (Suzuki Co. of Toga). Film: 'Til There Was You. Television: 7th Heaven; Law & Order: SVU, and all the major soaps. Mr. Plumpis holds an MFA from the Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of Delaware. He has taught workshops at over 40 colleges and universities across the nation, and at conferences of The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

James PrendergastJames Prendergast (Vernon)
James has been a member of TACT since the 2002/2003 Season and has appeared in 16 productions with the company, most recently; The Andersonville Trial 2007/08).

New York Theatre: Playwrights Horizons; Ensemble Studio Theatre; The Directors Company; New Georges; Lark. National Tours: Harvey; My Daughter, Your Son. Regional: Old Globe Theatre; Dorset Theatre Festival; Hangar Theatre; New Jersey Rep; Allenberry; Shadowland; Old Log Theatre; Woodstock Fringe; Arts Center of Coastal Carolina; Public Theatre of Maine; Mountain Playhouse; Washington's National Theatre in ART; Born Yesterday; Three Sisters; The Cherry Orchard; The School For Scandal; Death of A Salesman; Edward Albee's Seascape; Mister Roberts; Gypsy; The Little Foxes; Don't Dress For Dinner; The Woman In Black; The Immigrant; A Doll's House; Inherit The Wind; Death and the Maiden; Ten Little Indians; The Chief (solo show); etc. Film: The Changeling; Moscow On The Hudson; Purple Rose of Cairo; Quiz Show; Mary's Dilemma. Television: As The World Turns(Eric Masterson); Guiding Light (Darryl Hotchkiss); All My Children (Sam Solsky); Late Show With David Letterman (8 appearances); Conan O"Brien; The Dana Carvey Show.

Scott SchaferScott Schafer (Roger Doremus)
Scott has been a member of TACT since the 1996/1997 Season and has appeared in 40 productions with the company, most recently; If Men Played Cards as Women Do (2007/08).

New York Credits: Broadway: Raggedy Ann (Nederlander Theatre . Off-Broadway: Triangle Factory Fire Project (Theatre Row), Infertility (Dillon's), Long Island Sound (ATA), Finkel's Follies (Westside Arts). Regional: Dracula (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Our Town (Geva Theatre Center), Side Man (St. Louis Rep); No Exit (Imago Theatre Portland), Present Laughter (Pioneer Theatre); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Ordway Music Theatre); Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Depot), Almost September (St. Louis Rep); A Day in Hollywood (Pioneer Theatre); Fiddler on the Roof (Cleveland Opera). Television: Chapelle Show, Law and Order, Unsolved Mysteries, One Life to Live.

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