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    CAST BIOs

    Come see these exquisite players bring this riveting story to life.

    ​Michael Sean McGuinness (Ulysses Grant) - Toured nationally as Dad Barton in Goosebumps (Writer/Director: Rupert Holmes).   Off-Broadway: The Stage Manager in A Wilder Christmas at Peccadillo Theatre Company; Jerry Gold in 2.0 at 58E59; Andrei in The Three Sisters and Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest at The Pearl Theatre Company.  Regional: Stephen in Folk at Chester Theatre Company; Tolstoy in The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord at Chester Theatre Company; Bracken in Safe House at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Captain Brackett in South Pacific at Gateway Playhouse; Christopher in Tribes at Portland Stage Company; Leontes in The Winter’s Tale at Vermont Shakespeare Company; Keyes in Double Indemnity at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Prospero in The Tempest at Vermont Shakespeare Company; Malvolio in Twelfth Night at Pig Iron Theatre Company; Iago in Othello at Philadelphia Area Repertory Theatre; Miles/Toby/Lionel in Intimate Exchanges at Portland Stage Company; Angelo in Measure for Measure at A Noise Within.   TV/Film: The Blacklist, Frasier, Law and Order, Terry Tate Office Linebacker, Double Header (with David Margulies), Night of Too Many Stars, The Guiding Light, As The World Turns.  Education/Training: BFA Acting, New York University Tisch School of the Arts; Stella Adler.

    Todd Gearhart (Mark Twain) - Appeared on Broadway in Bye Bye Birdie.  His New York credits include work at Lincoln Center Theatre, The Cherry Lane, Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, Playwright’s Horizon’s, The Vineyard Theatre, The Beckett Theatre, The McGinn/Cazale, and at HB Playwrights.  Regionally Todd has performed at The Guthrie Theatre, Hartford TheatreWorks, The Alliance Theatre, George Street Playhouse, The Ford’s Theatre, The Ogunquit Playhouse (earning an IRNE Award nomination for Best Actor), Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and The Cleveland Playhouse. His film credits include Batman: The Dark Night Rises, Dog’s Lie, and Moving Mike. He can be seen on television in “Blue Bloods,” “Gossip Girl,” “Lipstick Jungle,”  several episodes of “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” and “The Education of Max Bickford”. Todd co-stars as Nicky in the new hit Starz Series “Sweetbitter”.   Todd earned a BFA from The University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and studied in New York at HB Studios with Uta Hagen. 

     

    ​​​Carole Monferdini (Julia Dent Grant) - Is excited to be embarking on her fourth theatrical collaboration with Elizabeth Diggs. She appeared in Ms. Diggs’ Close Ties at Ensemble Studio Theatre; Goodbye Freddie at both Portland Stage and the Intiman Theatre on Theatre Row; and as Parthenope Nightingale in Saint Florence at Capital Rep in Albany. She has also previously appeared with Todd Gearhart (who will play Mark Twain in Grant and Twain) in The Motel Plays at HB Studios in NYC. Theatre highlights also include long runs in: The Club at the Circle-in-the-Square (OBIE award);  Vampire Lesbians of Sodom at the Provincetown Playhouse and Full Gallop at the Westside Arts Theatre & in the national tour, among others. On Broadway, she stood by for Dame Diana Rigg in the National Theatre of G. Britain’s production of The Misanthrope; national tour of Waltz of the Toreadors with Anne Jackson & Eli Wallach.  She has appeared in regional theatre in 25 states, performed in two one-woman shows and three NYC summer festival shows, for one of which she won a Fruitie Award for Best Supporting Actress in The Fierce Urgency of Now for the Fresh Fruit Festival. Film includes: Love, Repeat (due to be released this fall); Next Stop, Greenwich Village; The Bell Jar; The Brass Ring and Hank Boyd is Dead (Netflix). She is a member of Actors Center & Ninth Floor. www.carolemonferdini.com

    Nicholas Haylett (Adam Badeau) - Moved to New York to pursue an acting career in the early 1980s after practicing law in the U.K.  After studying acting at what was then called the Stella Adler Conservatory, he appeared in countless Off-Off Broadway productions.  Eventually qualifying and practicing as a lawyer in New York, in the nineties he also had an active acting career, appearing on stage, in television commercials, in industrials, and as a voiceover actor.  More recently, while working as a lawyer in the Knowledge Management department of a New York law firm, his acting work has primarily been confined to voiceovers.  He is a member of Actors' Equity and SAG-AFTRA.  Now retired from the law and spending most of his time in Columbia County, he is happy to be returning to the stage in Grant & Twain in the same role that he performed at a reading at the Spencertown Academy in December, 2016.

    Kevin Craig West (Harrison Terrell) - Is an Award winning actor/filmmaker and proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. When not on camera or stage, he enjoys producing, directing, writing and coaching. He also enjoys sharing his talents as a teacher/artist and has worked with many Arts in Education groups including Theatre for a New Audience, Only Make Believe, and Symphony Space. Kevin is the owner of the production company, MoBetta Films, an advisory board member of WAM Theatre as well as Lake Placid Film Forum, former President of Upstate Independents and has served as Assistant Director of Film Columbia Festival. Kevin is the illustrated father of the American Girl Addy doll book series. For his controversially titled film, 'I HATE BEING BLACK'  he won the Audience Choice Award at Culver City Film Festival and The Opinion Matters Award at Bad Theatre Fest.  For more information visit click here.

    Gregory Boover (William Perkins Ingersoll) - Is an actor, musician, educator and artist currently based in Massachusetts. He holds a BA in theatre from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, studied theater at the University of Kent in Canterbury, and has trained, acted and worked in the education department at Shakespeare & Company. Greg has performed at a number of regional theater companies in the northeast including The Theater at Monmouth, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, WAM Theatre, Hampshire Shakespeare Company and more. He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.  www.gregoryboover.com 

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