Meet the Cast
Chris Henry Coffey
King of Bohemia
Westport Country Playhouse: The Dining Room; Lips Together, Teeth Apart, Script in Hand playreading of Other People’s Money. Other recent theater: Can You Forgive Her? by Gina Gionfriddo (Huntington), Happy Hour by Neil LaBute (LaMama), Bronx Bombers (Circle in the Square, Primary Stages), Water by the Spoonful (Second Stage), Richard Nelson’s Frank’s Home (Playwrights Horizons, Goodman) and How Shakespeare Won the West (Huntington Theatre), Arthur Miller’s Resurrection Blues (Old Globe), The Front Page (Long Wharf), Violet Hour (Dallas Theater Center). Also: Alley, Yale Rep, Williamstown, others. Film/TV: LaBute’s BFF, David Schwimmer’s Trust, The International, Thirteen Days, Little Tin Man, Epilogue, all three “Law & Order’s ,” “The Good Wife,” “Cupid,” others. Graduate, Yale School of Drama.
Westport Country Playhouse: Room Service, Script in Hand playreadings of The Supporting Cast and Social Security. Broadway: Something Rotten, Fish in the Dark, It’s Only a Play, Mamma Mia!, Urinetown, Moon Over Buffalo. Off-Broadway: We Three Lizas (Joe's Pub), Opus (Primary Stages), Cedar City Falls (Galapagos Art Space), Message to Michael (Rattlestick Theater), The Big Time (The Drama Dept.). Regional: Art, Damn Yankees, The Great American Mousical (both at Goodspeed Opera House), Ying Tong (Wilma Theater), Souvenir (Kitchen Theatre), The Man Who Came to Dinner (Alabama Shakespeare Festival). Film: The Post, I Hate Valentine's Day, Jonathan Parker's [Untitled], Firetrap. Television: “Dangerous Book for Boys,” “Veep,” “Person of Interest,” "Submissions Only," "Delocated," "Law & Order," "Dharma & Greg," "Rescue Me," "Ed," "Blue Bloods," "The Sopranos." A graduate of Dartmouth College and LAMDA.
Westport Country Playhouse: Bedroom Farce, And a Nightingale Sang, Things We Do for Love. BROADWAY: The Real Thing (2000 & 2014), Seminar, Cabaret, The Judas Kiss. National Tour: Monty Python’s Spamalot. Off-Broadway: Hit the Wall (Barrow St.); Love, Love, Love, Dinner With Friends, If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, Suddenly Last Summer (Roundabout); The Duchess of Malfi (Red Bull); others. Regional: Sherlock Holmes in Baskerville, The Three Musketeers, (Syracuse Stage); The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde, Hamlet, Death of a Salesman, Pride & Prejudice (Guthrie Theater); many others. TV: Guiding Light. Education: The Juilliard School.
Westport Country Playhouse: The Streets of New York, David Copperfield. John’s a New York stage actor originally from Tipperary in Ireland. His 6 shows at TFANA include Sir Trevor Nunn’s production of Pericles, and this winter Arin Arbus’s production of The Winter’s Tale. His 18 shows at Irish Rep include recent world premieres of Rebel In The Soul and The Pigeon in The Taj Mahal, The Weir (Lortel Nom.), Da, Juno and the Paycock. Extensive New York credits include Atlantic Theatre (The New York Idea), Pearl (Public Enemy), Mint (Is Life Worth Living, John Ferguson), Roundabout (Juno and the Paycock). Most leading Regional Theatres. TV: Ernie Moran on “Boardwalk Empire,” Pickering in “John Adams,” “The Following,” “Nurse Jackie,” “SVU,” “High Maintenance,” “Alpha House,” “Lipstick Jungle.” Film: The Lone Ranger, Freedom, Emerald City. 150 Audiobook narrations.
Westport Country Playhouse: The Things We Do For Love. Broadway: West Side Story, Twelve Angry Men; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Mamma Mia!, Judgement at Nuremberg; Side Man; Barrymore (with Christopher Plummer); Love! Valour! Compassion!. Off-Broadway: Volpone (Red Bull); Any Given Monday (59E59/Act Two) and others. Regional Theater: Paper Mill, Shakespeare Theatre DC, Dallas Theater Center, North Shore Music Theatre, Old Globe, Penguin Rep, Williamstown, and George Street Playhouse (two seasons Resident Artistic Director). Film: Happy Valley (HBO 2018), Kissing Jessica Stein, The Night We Never Met, Jungle 2 Jungle. TV: “Law and Order: SVU,” "Nurse Jackie," “Magic City,” “Alias.” Member: Actors Equity, Actors Center.
Westport Country Playhouse: Scramble!, Script in Hand playreadings of Strange and Separate People and Other People’s Money. Broadway: Rocky, The Philanthropist (starring Matthew Broderick, Roundabout), Reckless. West End: The End of Longing (starring Matthew Perry). Other recent theater: Icebergs, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Geffen); Into the Woods (Fiasco at the Roundabout, Lortel Award nomination); Of Good Stock (MTC); Happy Hour (LaMama’s aDa Festival); Dutchman (Cherry Lane, Drama Desk nomination), The Big Meal, directed by Sam Gold (Playwright’s Horizons); Don’t Go Gentle (MCC); OOH-RAH, by Bekah Brunstetter (Atlantic); Fault Lines (directed by David Schwimmer, Naked Angels); Geometry of Fire and Craig Wright’s The Pavilion (Rattlestick Theater); the world premiere of Terrence McNally’s The Stendhal Syndrome (Primary Stages); Only the End of the World (Company Charniere). She has worked regionally at Arena Stage, Bay Street, NY Stage & Film, AL Shakespeare, CATF, Sundance, Perry-Mansfield, Williamstown, and many shows at Trinity Rep Company, where she received her MFA. Film and TV includes: Nostalgia (starring Ellen Burstyn and Jon Hamm); A+; My America; "Shades of Blue;" “BOSS” opposite Kelsey Grammer; Dead Man Down, You Don’t Know Jack; Sonnet for a Towncar, opposite Josh Charles; Drifting Elegant; Lefty Loosey (Northside Festival winner); “The Big C,” “The Good Wife,” “Mercy,” “Life is Wild,” “Canterbury’s Law,” “Law & Order,” and “L&O: Criminal Intent.” Upcoming appearances include NBC’s “Gone” and the independent feature Twelve. She is now filming the feature The Irishman, directed by Martin Scorsese, and was a 2007 recipient of the Marian Seldes-Garson Kanin Fellowship from the Theater Hall of Fame.
Westport Country Playhouse: Around the World in 80 Days, Tryst, Sedition, David Copperfield, Journey's End, and nineteen Script in Hand playreadings. Mark has directed Playhouse Script in Hand readings of Butterflies Are Free (with Blythe Danner) and The Greatest Gift (by David Wiltse). New York stage includes Checkers, The 39 Steps, Tryst, As Bees in Honey Drown, and The Internationalist. His directorial work has been seen at Alley Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Weston Playhouse, Penguin Rep, Merrimack Rep, Hangar Theatre, and many more. His play, The Dingdong, recently premiered Off-Broadway this spring at The Pearl Theatre. A graduate of Brown University (BA) and Fordham University (MA, faculty). www.mark-shanahan.net.
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Original cast of Steel Magnolias at the Lucille Lortel Theater. Most recent theater: Barbecue (Public); The Rose Tattoo (Williamstown). Films include: Fried Green Tomatoes, Sweet and Lowdown, and more recently, Sylvio, The Broken Ones, Most Likely To Murder. TV: “The Blacklist,” “Broad City,” “SVU,” “Orange is the New Black” (three years SAG Award for Best Ensemble in a comedy). Voice of Patti Mayonnaise on Nickelodeon/ABC Disney, animated series, “Doug.” Co-producer of Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury (NY Times list of Top 10 documentaries in 2015).
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The series is supported in part by the White Barn Program of the Lucille Lortel Foundation.
Script in Hand Header Photo: Maria Tucci, Matthew Amendt, David Margulies, Lenny Wolpe, Nicole Lowrance, Frances Sternhagen in Over the River and Through the Woods by Joe DiPietro. Photo by Dave Matlow.