Bios

Paul Pender

as Gerry McDonald, a Regular Customer

Paul Pender is a musician and pub owner and has been living in the US since 1992. He is the owner of The Old Dublin pub in Wallingford, Connecticut.  Paul was born and raised in Dublin but also spent some of his teenage years in County Kildare. It is both his experience in and love for these two counties that inspired him to write the play which is now being adapted for film. Although the characters are completely fictitious, they are loosely based on some of the many interesting people he has encountered in his travels both as a musician and bartender over almost 35 years. “Charlie Gorman’s Wake” the Play, was very successfully staged in January of 2013 at The Old Dublin where filming will now take place.


Brian Beirne

as Ossie Gorman,  Owner and Bartender of Gorman’s Pub

Brian has been involved in Community Theater for the past two decades. He has been a member of the New Haven Gaelic Players since 1992 where he has been a part of numerous Irish theatre productions over the years. He was most recently seen at The Kate in Old Saybrook as Seamus in Saybrook Stage Company’s production of You Can’t Take It with You. Raised in Ireland, Brian now lives in Madison, CT. He and his wife Christine have two children who also have a love for the theater. In recent years Brian has stepped into the world of musical theater and has been a part of the Backstage Players’ productions of Oliver, Oklahoma! and their upcoming production of Annie. Brian is excited to be a part of cast of Charlie Gorman’s Wake and has had a blast working with such a brilliant cast of characters!

 


Aaron McNicholl

as Mick Morris,  a Regular Customer

Aaron is from Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, N. Ireland. He is a seasoned actor, having appeared in The Change in Mame Fadden, The Chastitute, The Year of the Hiker, Juno and the Paycock, and What Price on the Dublin Market to name a few. His enthusiasm is contagious. He resides in Hamden with wife Liz and their two sons, all very talented performers in their own right.


John Leone

as Matteo “Matty” Gallo,  an Italian Chip-Shop Owner and Regular Customer

John Leone spends most of his time as a teacher in the Hamden Public School system where he teaches history to a captive audience. Jon was a graduate of S.C.S.U. and had a minor in Theatre. His most notable roles with the S.C.S.U. Crescent Players were Tony of Ithaca in Tom Peterson’s version of The Boys from Syracuse, Lopakhin in Dr. Garvey’s Cherry Orchard, and Cleante in Tartuffe. He also participated in Romeo &Juliet, Mack & Mable, and The Lady’s Not for Burning, and played Birdie Bowers in the Naked Theatre’s production of Terra Nova. More recently he had some cameo roles in a Christmas movie called Marshmallow World, and with his fellow CT Grey Rugby Football Club teammates made an appearance on Showtime’s The Big C with Oliver Platt. Jon dreams of having his own “history guy” show on the History Channel and he looks forward to working on more original pieces by Paul Pender and with members of the Gaelic Players in the future.


Charles Starrs

as Father Ward,  the Parish Priest

Charlie and his lovely wife Margaret were bitten with the acting bug back in Omagh, Ireland appearing with the Omagh Players in productions of Oklahoma!, Showboat and The Quaker Girl. After emigrating to the US, they founded the Gaelic Players in 1968 and all these years later he‘s still the inspiration of the group. He serves as the ensemble’s Artistic Director, keeping abreast of new Irish literature and playwrights. He still directs, most recently the 2008 revival of Sean O’Casey‘s Juno and the Paycock, and can also be found on stage, having performed in Philadelphia Here I Come, The Weir, The Summit, The Year of the Hiker and The Rugged Path to name a few. Charlie’s love for the theatre is legendary, and he will always be found anywhere there is work to be done. His diligence, dedication and love of Irish Theatre has been a driving force in bringing quality productions to the greater New Haven area.

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Katie Morris

as Rose O’Grady,  Ossie’s American Girlfriend

Katie found a love for the stage while attending the University of New Haven where she studied mass communications and theatre arts. She is a co-founder of the Shoestring Theatre Company and has enjoyed producing, directing and performing in productions with Shoestring, The Gaelic Players, The Round Table Players, and she is thrilled to add The Old Dublin Players to her repertoire! Some of her favorite roles include, Bananas in The House of Blue Leaves by John Guare, Claire Ganz in Rumors by Neil Simon, Aileen in Midden by Morna Regan, and Susan Johnston in The Heidi Chronicles, by Wendy Wasserstein. Katie would like to thank her friends and family, Starbucks, Guinness, boyfriend Jason Santacroce, director Geoff Herpok, writer Paul Pender, Paul’s dinners, and the entire cast and crew for making this production possible and keeping her love for theater alive! (hmmm maybe not in that order!)


Peter Lynch

as Charlie Gorman,  a Regular at Gorman’s Pub

Peter hails all the way from the “People’s Republic of Cork.” He was recruited into performing with the Gaelic Players by Charlie Starrs in 1980. From the famine play, Black Stranger, to Brian Friel’s modern Philadelphia, Here I Come, he has played many diverse roles, each telling one man’s story but ultimately covering much of Irish life. His favorites include Translations, Skull of Connemara, Sharon’s Grave, Freedom of the City, and Playboy of the Western World. He brought the Gaelic Players to illustrate lectures at Smith College, Long Wharf Theatre, Manhattan Plaza and the Mark Twain House showing the power of Irish drama to heal human and societal brokenness. Last year he played the “50 year old Kerry virgin” John Bosco McLaine in Keane’s The Chastitute.


Shaun Donnelly

as Johnny Devlin,  a Regular Customer

Shaun Donnelly a.k.a. Johnny Devlin has been involved in drama productions for several years, spending most of his time backstage working the tech boards and building sets with The Gaelic Players. Shaun has worked on tech for productions of Juno and the Paycock, Big Maggie, Midden and The Chastitute and was on stage as one of the moving men in Juno.


Terry (Bowe) Remeika

as Mrs Gorman,  Ossie’s Widowed Mother

Terry has appeared with the Gaelic Players in their productions of Sharon Crave, Friends and Relations, Moll, Juno and the Paycock, and The Chastitute and worked as Assistant to the Director for Midden. She recently played Mr. Higgins’ housemaid Mrs. Pearce in a scene from George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion in Getting Wilde with Shakespeare which was presented at the Wallingford Library. Terry resides in Wallingford and is retired from Yale University. She is very happy to be part of the production of Charlie Gorman’s Wake.


 

Also in the film:

Raquel Powell, Karl Ryan
Seamus Monahan (Micheal the Piper)
Jason Santacroce
The Old Dublin Session Crew