John Gordon - Cast

Tom McGuire, Irish Musician/Singer, performs (bodhran, pennywhistle, and vocals) with both "The Patchy Caubeens" and "Celebrating Ireland in Song & Story" as well as doing solo work. He has recently released a second CD entitled "Back Home." As a playwright, his work ("Maud"; "Faces to the Rain" and "The Providence Plays") has been staged in Boston, New York City and here in Rhode Island. He has also directed over 100 productions at Scituate High School, the RI Irish Drama Society and the RI Playwrights Theatre. Tom brings with him a wonderful group of musicians that will be playing at various performances.

Andrew Morissette, Abner Sprague/Councillor. His previous roles include Pillowman (Father), Red Noses (Blackjack Scarron), An Enemy of the People, (Townsperson), Grapes of Wrath (Mulley Graves/ Vocal Ensemble) at The Gamm Theatre. The Accident (Brian) at Brown Playwriting Fest, Don Quixote (Pedro), Three Musketeers (Porthos) at Boston Flamenco Dance Co, Holes (Xray ) at First Stage Providence, Penta go go and The Anniversary at Elemental Theatre. He was also an improv member of AS220's Porkchop Lounge. Film Credits include featured journalist photographer on the Brotherhood. He was Technical Director for four seasons at The Gamm, and is currently a carpenter for both The Gamm and the Park Theatre for the production of The Murder of John Gordon.

Paul Murphy, Richard Knight, has worked in theater, film and TV for over a decade. After playing such roles as Patrick Sweeney in, "The Rope" and John Kelly in "Molly McGuire" as well as Randle Patrick McMurphy in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest”, Paul deeply feels the irony of playing the role of Richard Knight, a man who sees the Irish as a drunken, lying worthless strain of human kind. To further the irony Paul was born on St. Patrick's Day in South Boston, and celebrates his Irish-American heritage. Paul is proud to be a member of this cast and the high minded vision of Ken Dooley to vindicate John Gordon in the murder of Amasa Sprague.

Michael Healy, Ryan Murphy, most recently played the part of Fr. Flynn in "Doubt" at the Courthouse Center for the Arts and last year as J.P. Mc. Murphy in "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest". Mike studied drama and acting at Fordham University and the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York. Since then, he has appeared off-Broadway in a number of plays, most notably in "A Terrible Beauty" with Tatum O'Neal and Bill Hickey, in "Grandchild of Kings" directed by Harold Prince and "Away Alone" at The Irish Arts Center. Mike has been an on camera principal on several national commercials in addition to appearing on "Saturday Night Live" ('92 to '95) and "As the World Turns". In Rhode Island, he has worked on several productions at the Gamm Theater ("Travesties", "Translations" and "The Weir") as well as producing and performing at The Firehouse Theater in Newport ("Someone who'll watch over me", "Sea Marks", "Irish Stew", "A Night in November", "The Importance of Being Earnest" (winner best supporting Female for portrayal of Lady Bracknell, Motif Awards!), "Glengarry, Glen Ross", "The Chastitute", "Slainte", "A Pound on Demand")

Lucas Lloyd, Bill Dunfy/John O'Brien, hails from Dorchester, Massachusetts. Over the past four years, he has performed in more than fifteen Boston-area productions, including Comedy of Errors (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), It's A Wonderful Life (Stoneham Theatre), The Glass Menagerie, The Zoo Story, Broadway Bound (New England Repertory Company), Barefoot in the Park (Fiddlehead Theatre), Macbeth (Shakespeare Now! Theatre Company), Jekyll and Hyde (Needham Community Theatre), and Working (Metro Stage Company). His recent theatrical training includes three semesters studying Sanford Meisner's acting techniques with Lyralen Kaye of Another Country Productions. Prior to his New England residence, Lucas spent 17 years acting and directing in East Tennessee, performing in such productions as Children of a Lesser God, Six Degrees of Separation, Sound of Music and Lost in Yonkers

Jeff Phillips, William Gordon/Understudy Job Durfee, has been seen on stage, screen and television. But he's never been seen live in Rhode Island. He's glad to be here.

Tray Gearing, Susan Fields/Eileen Murray, has worked for The Gamm Theatre for the past seven years performing in: Little Voice (Sadie),Top Girls (Dulle Gret, Louise, Mrs. Kidd),Twelfth Night(Valentine) Taming of the Shrew (Widow, Haberdasher), Scarlet Letter(Mistress Hibbins), Romeo and Juliet ( Lady Montague) Much Ado About Nothing(Ursula, Nonnie Girl) Perishable Theatre: Swingin with Petula, Dreamkeeper. Wilbury Theatre: True West (Mother) Vineyard Playhouse: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena), The Anniversary (Tatiana Alexeyevna), Crimes of the Heart (Lenny) The Long Xmas Dinner (Leonora), Press Release, Bedtime and Waterbabies. She has also performed with Girls Speak (N.Y.) Brown Play Fest, First Stage Providence, Elemental Theatre and toured a historical piece on Martha’s Vineyard and Rhode Island, which she co- wrote called the Colors of Women portraying Margaret Sanger. She is the recipient of the R.I.C. Performance Award 1993 and The Leadership & Community Spirit Award 2006 for Director of Children’s Theatre at Jonah Center in Warwick 2001-2009.

Mark Gentsch, Amasa Sprague/Jeremiah Baggott/John Kingston, performs on stage, film, television and radio. His path in acting began in Iowa, then a move to Minneapolis /St. Paul. While developing his craft an eastward pull directed him to NYC where he was lucky enough to work with Betty Buckley and Lypsinka von Rasputina among others. For the last five years in Providence he has been associated with Newgate, Barker, and 2nd Story theaters.

Jeff Gill, John P. Knowles, has been twice nominated as Best Actor by the Independent Reviewers of New England. He has appeared in four Shakespeare on the Common (Boston) productions, two African American Theater Festival (Boston) plays, one Kennedy Center for the Arts (Washington, DC) production, and dozens of small theater productions throughout New England. He and Pamela Lambert run a small theater company in Plymouth MA, aka The Theater at Hollywood and Vine, where they have produced, directed and performed in nearly one hundred one act plays. His independent film debut in The Aristocrat premiered at The Woods Hole Film Festival last summer. Thanks to Ken for inviting me and Pamela for showing me how to play a good guy for a change.

Kyle Blanchette, John Gordon/Technical Director, is thrilled to be part of the Park Theatre's first production, "The Murder Trial of John Gordon." As both an actor and staff in this production, Kyle has had an amazing experience. Past work includes "Grace," "Much Ado About Nothing," and" "Rock n' Roll" at the Gamm Theatre. Kyle is also the Assistant Technical Director for the URI Theatre Dept. He would like to thank his family and the wonderful cast and crew for all their work.

Bern Budd, Chief Justice Job Durfee, has appeared from coast to coast and overseas since graduating from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in 1971. He also appears in an award-winning one man show, "Mark Twain Talks". More information about that, and Bern, is available at

Paul Conte, William Sprague, is a graduate of Brandeis University. Favorite theatre roles include Oscar (The Odd Couple, Fiddlehead Theatre ) Marullus (Julius Caesar, Shakespeare Now) All the American Men (Piece of My Heart, Delvena Theatre Company) and Secretary Thompson (1776, Darling Productions.) Additional work in television includes standing in for Jason Clarke on The Brotherhood, and a principal role in Real Stories of the Highway Patrol. Principal film credits include one of Hugh Grant's law partners in Two Week's Notice, and most recently, Charley in the independent feature St. John the Divine in Iowa. This is his first time performing at the Park Theatre.

TJ Curran, Big Peter Dolan/Bartenders. This is TJ's first production at the Park Theatre. He was most recently seen as Henry VIII in TRIST's Shakespeare in the Park production in June. Other favorite roles include Artie in "House of Blue Leaves" Gentleman Caller in "Glass Menagerie, The Voice in "Hot and Throbbing" at Perishable Theatre, and Abanazar in "Aladdin" at the Gamm. He would like to thank Ken Dooley, Piyush Patel and the staff at the Park Theatre as well as his family and friends for their support. Bryan Dooley, Edwin Larner/John#2, is happy to be making his debut in "The Murder Trial of John Gordon".

Michael Dooley, Man in Court/John#1, is a stand-up comedian who has appeared in Florida and Providence. He makes his acting debut in "The Murder Trial of John Gordom".

Matt Fraza, Michael Costello/William Barker, is excited to be working on the lovely Park stage. A Rhode Island native, currently living in the wilds of Perryville, Matt has performed locally with Theatre of Thought, Breath Productions, Mixed Magic, 1000 lb. Guerilla, the Artist's Exchange, and the Rhode Island Shakespeare Theatre. He would love for you to come say, "Hi" after the show!

Father Bernard O'Reilly, Father John Brady, a catholic priest of the Diocese of Providence, was invited by playwright/producer Ken Dooley to play the part of the priest who ministered to John Gordon before his execution. Fr. Bernie did his undergraduate and graduate studies in Ireland and was ordained there for ministry in Rhode Island. He served as an assistant in a number of parishes and is currently serving as pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Harrisville, RI for the past twenty-one years. He holds masters degrees in English Literature, Psychological Counseling and Theology as well as doctorates in Theology and Philosophy. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Philosophy and Theology at Aquinas College, Newton, MA, Salve Regina University, Newport, RI and is currently teaching at Providence College, Providence, RI. This is his first attempt at acting since high school and seminary.

Rob Reimer, Sheriff Potter, has acted and directed throughout New England with companies such as the Theatre Company of Boston, Boston Repertory Theatre, The Rhode Island Shakespeare Theater and others. Among his favorites are, A Flea in Her, Macbeth, The Crucible, The Belle of Amherst. He spent more than 20 years a journalist covering arts and entertainment, has been a business owner, and currently works with the developmentally disabled. He holds a BFA from the University of Rhode Island, and worked on his master's in education at Providence College.

Rudy Sanda, Waldo Emerson/Joseph Cole/Bar Patron#2, is happy to be working with such a talented group of people. Some of his credits include Romeo in Romeo and Juliette, Wilfred Owen in Not About Heroes; the TV shows Friends, Melrose Place, Beverly Hills 90210, and The Sopranos. Feature film credits include The Wedding Singer, Blade, Starship Troopers, Dante's Peak, and Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Thanks to Ken, Pamela, Pi, Mike and my wife and family for making it all possible.

Andrew Stigler, Joseph Blake, is keen to be working at the Park Theatre. Originally from Chicago, he acted with the Elm Shakespeare Company in New Haven for three seasons, performing in Twelfth Night, Henry IV part 1, and The Taming of the Shrew. He also directed Hamlet for the Yale Shakespeare Company. Since he moved to Rhode Island, he has performed with the Newport Repertory Theatre, 2nd Story Theatre, the Perishable Theatre, and the Firehouse Theater in Newport. He was most recently seen as Admiral Lance Shooke in The Battle of Busker, performed at Buffalo’s venue for emerging playwrights, the Two Pen Festival.

Colin Turtle, Nicholas Gordon, is delighted to be performing at the Park Theatre for the first time. For years, Colin has been performing on stage and in film. Some of his favorites rolls have been, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (Billy Bibbit), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Demetrius), and An Unexpected Guest (Julian Farrar). He is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful cast and crew and wants to thank his wife for all her support....Huggies!