EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
TOMMY AND ME was originally produced by Theatre Exile, Philadelphia, Pa. Deb Block, Artistic Director
SET & LIGHTING DESIGNER
ASSOCIATE SOUND DESIGNER
Lauren V. Hickman*
CHILD GUARDIAN / ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
Jonathan S. Campbell
AUDIO & SCENIC SUPERVISOR
LIGHT BOARD OP
Myles J. Martin
SOUND BOARD OP
To provide the highest production values possible to our patrons and supporters, Delaware Theatre Company partners with the following professional theatrical organizations:
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.
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
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.
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!
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!!!
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
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).
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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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 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!
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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
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Dorothy deH Lovett
Sandra C. Massa
Peter H. Flint
Michael T. Marquardt
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