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2021-2022 SEASON

BUD MARTIN

EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

MATT SILVA

MANAGING DIRECTOR

TOMMY AND ME was originally produced by Theatre Exile, Philadelphia, Pa. Deb Block, Artistic Director

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WRITTEN BY

RAY DIDINGER

SET & LIGHTING DESIGNER

Thom Weaver+

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Hannah Wolff

COSTUME DESIGNER

Katherine Fritz

DIRECTED BY

JOE CANUSO

ASSOCIATE SOUND DESIGNER

Chris Sannino

SOUND DESIGNER

Michael Kiley

VIDEO DESIGNER

Michael Long

PRODUCTION TEAM

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Nathan Renner-Johnson

STAGE MANAGER

Lauren V. Hickman*

CHILD GUARDIAN / ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

Jonathan S. Campbell

LIGHTING SUPERVISOR

Scott Cocchiaro

AUDIO & SCENIC SUPERVISOR

Joshua Bruton

LIGHT BOARD OP

Myles J. Martin

SOUND BOARD OP

Joshua Bruton

This organization is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com

To provide the highest production values possible to our patrons and supporters, Delaware Theatre Company partners with the following professional theatrical organizations:

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Delaware Theatre Company operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

 

Delaware Theatre Company is a member of the Theatre Communications Group and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.

 

The Director is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, an independent national labor union.

 

The Scenic, Costume, Lighting, and Sound Designers in LORT Theatres are represented by United Scenic Artists Local USA-829.

CAST

Ray......................................MATT PFEIFFER*

Tommy.........................................TOM TETI*

Young Ray....................BENJAMIN SNYDER^

Young Tommy.................FRANK NARDI JR.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

^Member of The Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

+Member of United Scenic Artists Local USA-829.

Running Time: 80 minutes with NO intermission

CAST BIOS

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Ray

Matt Pfeiffer

Matt is a Philly born actor and director. He is honored to once again be playing Hall of Famer Ray Didinger. He’s got numerous credits at DTC including appearing in Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Macbeth, as well as directing Heisenberg and Hound of the Baskervilles Other credits include; Arden Theatre, Bristol Riverside, InterAct, Walnut St., 1812 Productions, Lantern Theatre, The Gulfshore Playhouse, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, UArts, Villanova University and 22 seasons with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Matt is a twelve-time Barrymore nominee and winner, for his direction of The Whale and The Invisible Hand both with Theatre Exile. He's also a recipient of the F. Otto Haas Award. Love to John, Annie, and Kim. This performance is dedicated to #25 and the entire McDonald Family. 

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Tommy

Tom Teti

Tom couldn't be happier to be making his debut at Delaware Theater Company in Ray Didinger's Tommy and Me. He has been an actor, director, teacher and playwright in many theaters all over the east, but particularly in Philadelphia and its environs. He is native to Philadelphia, a lifelong Eagles fan, and Tommy MacDonald was his childhood hero. He is a company member at People's Light and Theater, and has been since its inception. Great to be here!

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Young Tommy

Frank Nardi Jr.

Frank is a graduate from The University of the Arts with a BFA in Acting. I can’t express enough how much I have missed the stage! Thank You so much to the Delaware Theatre Company for putting on this production. It is amazing to be back with my T&M family again. I am thrilled to be playing my grandfather’s favorite football player. All the love to my family: Mom, Dad, Barbie, Bill, Abbie, Izzie and Mom-Mom. I am dedicating this run of the show to my Pop-Pop, cousin Morgan and my dear friend Artie. Love you more. GO BIRDS!!!

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Young Ray

Benjamin Snyder

DTC debut! Regional theater credits include Oliver in Oliver! (Quintessence) and Jon in A Doll’s House (Arden). On film, he appeared alongside Will Smith and Helen Mirren in Collateral Beauty and as Richard Gere’s son in The Dinner. On television, Ben had featured or recurring roles on Gotham (FOX), Happy! (SyFy), and Blue Bloods (CBS). Next up, Ben will be seen in Amy Schumer’s Life & Beth (Hulu). A third-generation actor, and 10th grade honors student at Lower Merion High School, Ben thanks his family for their love and support and this cast and crew for welcoming him into this production.

Production Stage Manager

Lauren V. Hickman

Selected credits:

Broadway/Off Broadway – Music Box: Superior Donuts; Playwrights Horizons: Memory House; The Public: The Controversy of Valladolid. 

Regional – Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Court Theatre, About Face Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre Company and Arden Theatre Company.

Education – MFA: University of Delaware’s Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP).

CREATIVE BIOS

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Playwright

Ray Didinger

Ray was a sports columnist for the Philadelphia Bulletin and Philadelphia Daily News for three decades. He was named Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year five times and he was the first print journalist inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. In 1995, he won the Dick McCann Award for long and distinguished coverage of professional football and his name was added to the writer's honor roll at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. He won six Emmy Awards as a writer and producer for NFL Films. Ray has authored 12 books including his best selling memoir Finished Business: My Fifty Years of Headlines, Heroes and Heartaches. He is a talk show host on Sports Radio 94WIP and a football analyst on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Ray thanks Maria (always) for her support as well as Joe Canuso and Bruce Graham for their guidance and encouragement. A special thanks to Tommy McDonald for all those wonderful Sundays at Franklin Field.

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Director

Joe Canuso

Joe is the Founder and former Artistic Director of Theatre Exile where he has directed many plays including, Rizzo, The Philly Fan, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Big Daddy Graham’s Last Call. He has also directed for The Philadelphia Theatre Co., EgoPo, and 1812 Productions. He was nominated as Best Director three times for a Barrymore Award and was voted Best Director for Blackbird by the Philadelphia Weekly. As an actor he has performed in London, Prague and Italy. And he was part of the Barrymore Award-winning ensemble for Glengarry Glen Ross. Much love to Trish who is my everyday hero.

Sound Designer

Michael Kiley

Michael Kiley is a Philadelphia based composer, sound designer, performer and educator working in dance, theatre and public installation. Original work: The Mural and The Mint -You Will Always Have Your Longing (2020), Grindstone Devotional (2018), Close Music for Bodies (2017), With Happiness for You, World (2014), Animina (2013), Kuerner Sounds (2013), The Empty Air (2013), As the Eyes of the Seahorse (2010). DTC Credits: Outside Mullingar (2020), Saint Joan (2019), Heisenberg (2018), All My Sons (2011). Barrymore Award for Outstanding Sound Design: The Invisible Hand, Theatre Exile (2016) and The Gap, Azuka Theatre (2017).

Video Designer

Michael Long

Michael Long is a filmmaker and projection designer working in the Philadelphia area. He graduated from Drexel University with a B.S. in Film and Video production. During the pandemic, he worked on virtual productions such as Inis Nua's How to Be Brave. A short film he directed, Adam and Eve: A Mockumentary, screened at the Sidewalk Film Festival in 2019. Projection design credits include: The 2019 Barrymore Awards, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Temple University), Eureka Day (InterAct Theatre), and The Rape of Lucretia (Curtis Institute). For more information, visit MichaelLongfilms.com

Set & Lighting Designer

Thom Weaver

At DTC: Outside Mullingar, Honk, St Joan, Heisenberg, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Foocy. His work has been seen at NYSF/Public Theatre, Roundabout Theatre, Primary Stages, Signature Theatre (NY), Pilobolus, The Barbican, Arden, Wilma, PTC, Lantern, New Paradise Laboratories, Walnut, CenterStage, Huntington Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Syracuse Stage, Milwaukee Rep, Shakespeare Theatre, Asolo, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Williamstown, Folger Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Roundhouse Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Hangar, Spoleto Festival, City Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and Yale Rep among others.  6 Barrymore Awards, 2 Jeff Awards,  2 AUDELCO Awards, and 4 Helen Hayes nominations. Co-Founder of Die-Cast with Brenna Geffers and a member of Wingspace.  Education: Carnegie-Mellon and Yale. he/him.

Costume Designer

Katherine Fritz

Previously at Delaware Theatre Company: Outside Mullingar, Dare to be Black, Heisenberg, Sanctions. Katherine is a costume designer, theatre artist and educator. Work history includes Signature Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, Theatre Exile, among others. Current professor at Temple University, University of the Arts, and Montgomery County Community College. Her writing has been featured in American Theatre Magazine, Washington Post and the New York Times. She currently serves as managing director of Pennsylvania Theatre Institute, a summer performing arts program at West Chester University. Love and thanks to Matt, Bud, Nathan, Joe, and all at DTC, especially the education department - it's always a gift to be back. 

Script Consultant

Bruce Graham

Bust Design & Construction

Colin Mcllvaine

Special Thanks to our Ushers

Alan Wedgewood

Angela Case

Ann Godley

Anne Kisielewski

Antonia Jerman

Barbara DeHaven

Beverly Beardsley

Beverly Flannigan

Bonnie Haines

Carol Burns

Carolyn Thomas

Carolyn Welsh

Chuck Brynes

Cynthia Carter-Wedgewood

Cynthia Frank

Diana Welham

Dianne Campbell-Taylor

Donna Crudeli

Donna Murray

Dorothy Towery

Douglas Hill

Elaine Hill

Elaine Jackson

Guadalupe Reynolds

Hannelore Weddermann

Helen McHale

Herbert Frank

Ivone Marvel

Janice Ridings

Joan Burke

Joe Nattress

John Boyle

Joyce Mills

Joyce Parrett

Judi Rosenberg

Karen Randolph

Karen Townsend

Karen Zecher

Lillian Gray

Lisa Kordowski

Lisa Turk

Lois Healy

Lorri Sarosy

Luisa Georgov

Lynn Schauder

Marcia Brinker

Margaret Blansfield

Marianne Cinaglia

Mark Stein

Mark Wagman

Mary Thurman

Max Rosenberg

Meg Reno

Nancy Craig

Nancy Patterson

Nila Hill

Pam Stephani

Patricia O'Shea-Bloxom

Peter Rees

Philip Reynolds

Pre Belardo

Richard Morelli

Ruth Williams

Scott Jackson

Sheila Connolly

Shelley Stein

Sonja Brown

Susan Crowe

Susan Killeen

Susan Mark

Susan Ryan

Sylvia Wagman

Ted Harting

Teresa Lenkiewicz

Terri Kaplan

Theresa Boyle

Tricia Hensey

Tyrone Walker

Vicki Smith

Victoria Crompton

Victoria Wollaston

Watson Brown

William Ryan

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Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy; however, if there is an error or an omission, please contact Matt Silva at 302.504.3427 and accept our sincerest apologies for this oversight.

21/22 SEASON

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SUMMER -ON- STAGE

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 This full-day, in-person exploratory camp offers a unique blend of arts instruction and performance as a creative alternative to your child’s summer vacation. Campers will take part in classes in areas such as acting, movement and stagecraft, and they will collaborate to create and perform original plays on the DTC stage. Come join the fun!

DTC STAFF & LEADERSHIP

BUD MARTIN

EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Bud is in his ninth season as Executive and Artistic Director at Delaware Theatre Company. Previous directing credits at DTC include: Outside Mullingar, HONK!, Saint Joan, Sanctions, Dare to Be Black, Hetty Feather, White Guy on the Bus (transfer to NYC), The War of the Roses, The Explorers Club, Putting It Together (with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra), Love Letters, Rest, in Pieces, The Story of My Life, Lend Me A Tenor, Any Given Monday, South Pacific, and The Outgoing Tide (transferred to NYC). He has produced extensively On and Off- Broadway and on London’s West End. He received his MA in Theatre from Villanova University and his BA from De Sales University. Thanks to Kate for her love and support.

MATT SILVA

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Matt is in his fourth season at DTC. He previously served as the Artistic Director and Managing Director for Playhouse Productions, a National Touring Production Company producing theatre in 26 cities throughout the US, Canada, and Australia. In addition to his managing director role, Matt also serves as the Artistic Director of Endstation theatre Company in Lynchburg, VA. Matt holds an MA in Theatre from Villanova University and an MFA in Directing from Florida State University. Much thanks to Jill and Mom for all of their love, support, patience, and humor. This season and everything Matt does is dedicated to his Father, Ed Silva!

Staff

Admin

Business ManagerJillian Farley

Patron Experience Manager, Elisabeth Kersey

Facilities Manager, Odilon Mendoza

Company Manager, Natajia Sconiers

Marketing

ConsultantBarb Bullock

Consultant, James Kassees

Consultant, J.L. Nave 

Graphic Designer, Chris Bailey

Digital Marketing, NuPoint Marketing

Production

Production/General ManagerNathan Renner-Johnson

Lighting SupervisorScott Cocchiaro
Audio & Scenic Operations Supervisor, Josh Bruton

Electrician, Myles Martin

Electrician, Julia Franco

Education and Community Engagement

Director of Education & Community EngagementJohanna Schloss
Assoc. Director of Education & Community EngagementAllie Steele

Patron Service Associates

Elisabeth Kersey, Josh Waltz, Liz Gleason, Ellen Powers, Cierra Johnson, Preanna Jules-Hall

Board of Directors

Carrie Gray – Chair

Jennifer Kenton – Vice Chair

Anna Koltsova – Treasurer

Roshni Guerry – Assistant Secretary

Christian Trowbridge – Secretary

Bud Martin – Executive/Artistic Director

Mary Bowler – Immediate Past President

Lauren Asher

Mike Barko

Tina Betz

Dr. Alex Bodenstab
Michael Gallagher

Ryan German

Jan Jessup

Dorothy deH Lovett

Sandra C. Massa

Lourdes Puig

Ruth Tisdale

Kristine Wellman

Chairs

Directors

Carol Balick

Peter H. Flint

Marilyn Hayward

Michael T. Marquardt

Charles F. Richards, Jr., Esq.

William M. Shea

Emeritus Board

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