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Theatre Puget Sound's THEATRE4
Seattle, WA
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A Rose for Danny
Irish Heritage Players Present Seattle Premier of A Rose for Danny

The newly formed, Irish Heritage Players, in association with the Irish Heritage Club, are pleased to present the Seattle premier of A Rose for Danny.  This production promises to be a humorous and memorable theatre experience, staged in the intimate setting at the Theatre Puget Sound's Theatre 4 in the Seattle Center Armory/Center House.  The play opens on March 6th, and runs March 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 at 7:30 pm.  The March 9 and 16 Sunday performances will be matinees - being staged at 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $15 for seniors and students and $20 for general public.  Sunday matinees are $15.

A Rose for Danny will be presented as part of the Irish Heritage Club's 'Irish Week' celebrations.  The play, written by local Seattle playwright, Kevin Moriarty, is based upon the bizarre, true-life events that occurred to his Irish-American family in the 1950's.  When last staged in 2001, 'Herald' reviewer Dale Burrows said of the play, "It was serious, down to earth, and as rich with ethnic lore as St. Patrick's day.  It engaged, enclosed, surprised, and satisfied. Rose is a marvelous drama.  It is worthy of the Fifth Avenue, The Rep, ACT, or Intiman theaters."


Kevin Moriarty as Jack McCoy
Christopher Shine as Jesse Walton
Sonia Perez as Theresa O'Neil
Rich Morris as Carl O'Neil
Cameron Lambert as Danny O'Neil
Larson Eernissee as Patrick O'Neil
Devin Rodger as Emma Costello
Ryan Brummit as Tony Costello

Cast Bios:

Kevin Moriarty (Jack McCoy) received his acting training, in some respects, growing up in the 1950's.  He is the youngest of five children in a lively second generation Irish-American family. In the late 1970's he furthered his professional acting education at the University of Washington B.F.A. program.  Moriarty put his acting on hold for a few decades as he and his wife Cathy raised their 5 children.  During that time, Kevin found the time to write, Oh! My God Father, A Centennial Gift and A Rose for Danny.  It is A Rose for Danny that lies closest to his heart.  This play is based on actual events in Moriarty's life in the late 1950's and reflects lessons learned in his 60-plus years of living.  In 2000, the C.I.T.A. National Playwriting contest honored A Rose for Danny, as being one of the top three entries. In 2010, Lazy Bee Scripts of Great Britain requested and received publication rights. Kevin owes a debt of gratitude to director Tony Doupé's belief in this project; the Irish Heritage Club for including the play in 2014's 'Irish Week' celebrations; the talented group of actors and technical support people; and the wonderful support this play has received from old and new friends, who are desirous to see A Rose for Danny have its Seattle premier.

Christopher Shine (Jesse Walton) This is Shine's second performance in this theatre (Dr. Wangel in  Lady  From the Sea). Thanks to his best friend/wife for bugging him for 30 years to get back on stage.  He has now completed 15 years active on well over a dozen stages.  He is excited to be together with Tony again, and this wonderful cast.  He recently played a modern day Job in God's Favorite, and other favorites include Mr. Birling in An Inspector Calls, Greg in Sylvia, Hobson in Hobson's Choice, Uncle Roley in Spider's Web, and Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird.  Spare time activities include power walks, swimming, Ballroom Dancing with the best partner ever, reading and writing (just published 1st e-book). Love to my Noble Flower.

Sonia Perez (Theresa O'Neil) recently premiered three leading roles in the operatic trilogy Our Earth with Seattle Opera.  She has performed with The Buffalo Philharmonic, Bainbridge Symphony, Chautauqua Opera, DaCapo Opera, Opera Northeast and Opera Company of Brooklyn.  At home on both operatic and theatrical stages, Ms. Perez has performed throughout the United States in such musicals and plays as; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Carousel, The Sound of Music, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Two by Two, Man of La Mancha, My Way, Come Back to the Five and Dime...Jimmy Dean, Broadway Bound and Brighton Beach Memoirs.  She has also performed in national tours of Carmen and H.M.S. Pinafore and internationally in Phantom of the Opera.

Rich Morris (Carl O'Neil) is thoroughly excited to be taking the stage for the first time in 10 years.  The last play he was in, he played a new-agey shaman employed by the mafia to assassinate an honorable man - in the kindest possible way of course!  Since then, Rich has concentrated his efforts on Film and Television.  You may remember a certain caveman from a Bud Light Superbowl commercial that invented the wheel?  Or perhaps you saw him on our local television productions, Grimm and Leverage?  Or the new 90210?  If you didn't, you'll have the chance to see him this year in films alongside Reese Witherspoon in Wild, and Kris Kristofferson and Jason Ritter in the thriller Seven Minutes.  Rich thanks his wife Kim for putting up with his shenanigans and long rehearsal schedules.  Rich would also like to thank Director Tony Doupé, Writer Kevin Moriarty, and the producers for including him in this production of A Rose for Danny.  They may not know it, but they are helping to fulfill a dream: Rich's parents love live theater and he wanted to finally give them a production they could come and see him in.  He's the youngest of eight in an Irish Catholic family, so A Rose for Danny is perfect.  Rich would like to dedicate his performance to his parents Anne and Rich Morris.

Cameron Lambert (Danny O'Neil) is a 7th grade honor student at St. John Catholic School in Seattle. He has been part of several school drama productions including "Beauty and the Beast".  He plays the trumpet in the school band.  He also is very involved in Irish dance and has qualified for and competed in the World Championships for the past three years.  He has been part of Geoffrey Castle's St. Patrick's Day celebration and City Cantabile Choir's Christmas Concert for the past few years. His dance school, Comerford School of Irish Dance performs during Irish Week and for charitable events through the year. Cameron is very excited to play the part of Danny.

Larson Eernissee (Patrick O'Neil) is a junior at Roosevelt High School and is excited to be working with the cast and crew of this show!  Previous productions include, A Christmas Story (5th Avenue Theatre), Beauty and The Beast, No, No Nanette (RHS Drama).  Grateful to Mom and Dad, Eden and Jeff!

Devin Rodger (Emma Costello) is so excited to be involved with this lovely play! Devin is a counselor by day and an actress by night. She was last on stage at the Harlequin in Olympia as Mindy in 5 Women Wearing the Same Dress and she is currently in Black Like Us, at Annex Theatre. Some favorite past roles are Bo in Criminal Hearts, Magdelena in The House of Brenarda Alba and Maud/Victoria in Cloud 9. You can see Devin next in the forth-coming web-series, Frank Hardon Live Coach. Thank you for supporting local theatre!

Ryan Brummit (Tony Costello) This is Ryan's second opportunity to act in the role of Tony Costello.  His first appearance in A Rose for Danny was at Shoreline College in 2001, where he had the privilege of working with director Tony Doupé, and fellow actor Kevin Moriarty.  Since 1997, Ryan has acted in numerous theatrical productions in the greater Seattle area, as well as a handful of short films and movies.  Although it has been five years since his last production, Ryan is very excited to revive the role of 'Tony Costello' - one of his favorite characters.  Special thanks to Tony Doupé and Kevin Moriarty for the opportunity  and Erin Brummitt for not stopping him.

Tony Doupé (Director) has led a rich career in the performing arts.  He is Head of the Shoreline Community College Departments of Theatre and Film Arts and his leadership and performances can be found regularly in the vibrant local arts scene and beyond.  On stage he has acted and directed at many theatres across the country including, The Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Louisiana Repertory Theatre, The Santa Clarita Repertory, The Bathhouse Theatre, Empty Space Theatre, New City Theatre, The New Space, The Kennedy Center, Center Rep. and Our American Theatre Company. He received his A.A. from Shoreline Community College, his BFA from Western Washington University and his MFA from The California Institute of the Arts.  We are thrilled to have him as our Director for, "A Rose for Danny."

Tony Doupé as Director
Elena Haas as Production Manager
Kevin Moriarty, Elena Haas, Margie McIntosh Robert and Karole Rafferty Schurman as Producers


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305 Harrison St
Seattle, WA
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