AN IRISH CAROL On Demand

Sponsored by Whitaker Stone and UVA Friends & Fans
Dedicated to Kathy Jourdan, Steven Herren, and Marge Bernbaum

Welcome to The Keegan Theatre! (kind of)

Thank you for joining us online for our beloved holiday show, AN IRISH CAROL, by company member Matthew J. Keenan. We’re thrilled to be able to present the tenth anniversary production of this Keegan classic, especially because it reunites the original cast in celebration of this heartwarming work.

So much has happened since we debuted AN IRISH CAROL ten years ago — Keegan has grown tremendously, and we’ve deepened our relationships to our community, our audiences, our work, and ourselves. Of course, this year has been deeply challenging for so many… and we’ve felt the pain in our community. Therefore, we felt it was more important than ever to reunite for this holiday production, and to share this story however we can, embracing the challenges we face and finding paths of connection despite those challenges.

This holiday season, we are so thankful for you, our audience members. Thank you for joining us in this virtual sphere to connect through theatre — albeit in a different way than usual. May the year ahead be bright, hopeful, and filled with love and laughter. We can’t wait to welcome you back to Keegan in person, as soon as it is safe to do so.

Until then, and for this moment, we welcome you to the pub. Grab a drink, find a comfortable seat, unwrap your snacks and candy now — and enjoy the show!

Susan Marie Rhea

Susan Marie Rhea
Keegan Theatre Artistic Director

AN IRISH CAROL CAST

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Kevin Adams is a Keegan Theatre company member. Favorites at Keegan include: Outside Mullingar (Tony), Picasso at the Lapine Agile (Gaston), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Big Daddy), Sunshine Boys (Willie), A Few Good Men (Lt. Col. Matthew A. Markinson), All My Sons (Joe), August: Osage County (Charles, Helen Hayes nomination — Best Ensemble), Twelve Angry Men (Juror 4), An Irish Carol (David), The Crucible (Danforth), The Weir (Jack), Fool for Love (Old Man), Dancing at Lughnasa (Jack), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Chief Bromden), Elizabeth Rex (Luddy), Translations (Hugh, Helen Hayes nomination — Best Ensemble), The Hostage (Monsewer), Glengarry Glen Ross (Levene), 1776 (Dickinson), A Man for All Seasons (Norfolk), Death of a Salesman (Ben), and Side Man (Gene).

DIRECTING: Keegan Theatre: As You Like It, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, 9 Boiler Room Series Workshop Readings, Six Degrees of Separation (AD), and The Lonesome West (AD); Theatre Lab: Curtains, Children of Eden, Jesus Christ Superstar (Choreographer), and Carousel (Choreographer); Capital Fringe: She Sings LightACTING: Keegan Theatre: Other Life Forms, The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, Stones in His Pockets, American Idiot, Hair, A Midsummer Night’s Riot, Cuchullain, Basra Boy, and many, many, more; Ford’s Theatre: The Guard; Hub Theatre: Big Love; Rorschach Theatre: The Minotaur, Kit Marlowe; force/collision ensemble: Nautical Yards; La Mama ETC: Shape; Singapore Repertory Theatre: Just a Dream; Volkov Theatre Russia: They Shoot Horses Don’t TheyEDUCATION: American University, BA: Dual Degree in Political Science & Musical Theatre. Sticklin became a company member at Keegan in 2011.

David Jourdan is truly happy to be back at Keegan with so many good friends to be a part of Matthew’s wonderful gem. And he would like to dedicate every beautiful word to the memory of his dear love… Kathy

Timothy Hayes Lynch is a Keegan company member. His Keegan credits include: Parade (Gov. Slaton), An American Daughter (Senator Alan Hughes), Cat on A Hot Tin Roof (Doc Baugh), A Few Good Men (Whitaker/Stone — US/Ireland Tour), Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight (Donald Abramson), An Irish Carol (Frank), A Man of No Importance (Baldy), A Man for All Seasons (Sir Thomas More), and others. A co-founder of the American Century Theater, he appeared as Ishmael and Starbuck in two of the company’s productions of Orson Welles’s Moby Dick: Rehearsed. Film and TV credits include parts in the Castlerock production of Hearts in Atlantis, Columbia Pictures’ Random Hearts, the role of Sam Straub in the NBC series, Homicide: Life on the Street and Senator Dudley on HBO’s VEEP. Mr. Lynch can also be heard on many titles in the GraphicAudio catalogue and on Audible books.

As a Keegan company member, Mike Kozemchak has had the good fortune of working alongside some of D.C.’s finest performers, both on and off the stage. Past Keegan appearances include Chicago (Conductor/Lead Ensemble), An Irish Carol (Michael), The Dealer of Ballynafeigh (Jackie), The Full Monty (Reg Willoughby), Twelve Angry Men (Juror 11), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Dale Harding), A Man for All Seasons (Will Roper), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Visitor) and The Crucible (Cheever — 2003). Other area credits include: Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Revue: The Brontes (Con Man), Finn McCool (Finneces) and The Oresteia (Master of Ceremonies); Signature Theatre: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Jacek — Bass Guitar).

Keegan credits include: Unnecessary Farce (Todd), Six Degrees of Separation (Larken), A Few Good Men (Cmdr. Walter Stone), Spring Awakening (Adult Men), Twelve Angry Men (Juror 12), The Weir (Brendan), Noises Off (Frederick Fellowes / Philip Brent / Sheik), Elizabeth Rex (Jonathan Edmund), Translations (Owen), A Man for All Seasons (King Henry VIII), The Island of No Land At All (Paddy Brabazon — World Premiere), Romeo & Juliet (Tybalt / Friar Lawrence), The Glass Menagerie (Gentleman Caller — Ireland Tour & US). Other area credits include: Wolf Pack Theatre: Rocky Horror Show (Riff-Raff), American Century Theater: Biography (Leander “Bunny” Nolan), The Titans (JFK), Stalag 17 (Price); Firebelly Productions: Long Day’s Journey into Night (Jamie). He has appeared in commercials, short films, and industrials. Training includes a BFA/Acting from Auburn University, an MFA/Acting from the University of Florida, and previously held Actor/Combatant status with the SAFD (unarmed combat, rapier/dagger, broadsword).

Susan Marie Rhea is the Artistic Director of The Keegan Theatre, where she is also a company member and sits on the Board of Directors. Keegan acting credits include Annette Raleigh in God of Carnage, Carla in Lincolnesque, Bette in The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, Rosemary in Outside Mullingar, Ouisa in Six Degrees of Separation, Lyssa in An American Daughter (Helen Hayes nomination — Lead Actress in a Play), Becca in Rabbit Hole (Best Actress in a Play — Broadway World 2013), Barbara in August: Osage County (Helen Hayes nomination — Ensemble), Valerie in The Weir, Lorna Moon in Golden Boy, Belinda in Noises Off!, Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa, Maire in Translations (Helen Hayes nomination — Ensemble), Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire (Ireland/US), Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Ireland/US), Laura in The Glass Menagerie (Ireland/US), and Beth in A Lie of the Mind, among many others. Training: Circle in the Square (NY/NY).

Previous shows include: Keegan: An Irish Carol (Richard), Working (Joe), The Weir (Finbar Mack), Golden Boy (Eddie Fuseli), 1776 (John Adams), Faith Healer (Teddy), and Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Sagot). Mick has also worked regularly at Signature, American Century, Ford’s, Olney, and West End Dinner Theater, in addition to serving as producer, director and/or stage manager for various productions in the DC area.

AN IRISH CAROL PRODUCTION TEAM

Mark A. Rhea is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of The Keegan Theatre. Since its founding in 1996, Keegan has garnered more than 45 Helen Hayes nominations and 6 awards. Mark has directed dozens of productions for Keegan since its founding, including 2018’s smash hit Chicago, alongside his wife Susan Marie Rhea, and Keegan’s 2016 production of Next to Normal, for which Mark and his co-director Colin Smith won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical. Mark has also appeared onstage in many Keegan productions over the past 20 years, most recently in Keegan’s 2017 Ireland tour of American Buffalo, in which he played the role of Teach.

DIRECTING: Keegan Theatre: As You Like It, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, 9 Boiler Room Series Workshop Readings, Six Degrees of Separation (AD), and The Lonesome West (AD); Theatre Lab: Curtains, Children of Eden, Jesus Christ Superstar (Choreographer), and Carousel (Choreographer); Capital Fringe: She Sings Light. ACTING: Keegan Theatre: Other Life Forms, The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, Stones in His Pockets, American Idiot, Hair, A Midsummer Night’s Riot, Cuchullain, Basra Boy, and many, many, more; Ford’s Theatre: The Guard; Hub Theatre: Big Love; Rorschach Theatre: The Minotaur, Kit Marlowe; force/collision ensemble: Nautical Yards; La Mama ETC: Shape; Singapore Repertory Theatre: Just a Dream; Volkov Theatre Russia: They Shoot Horses Don’t They. EDUCATION: American University, BA: Dual Degree in Political Science & Musical Theatre. Sticklin became a company member at Keegan in 2011.

Alexis J. Hartwick is the Director of Education and Administration at Keegan Theatre. Her most recent directing credit was Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA’s The Elves and the Shoemaker. On the mainstage, she has been on the stage management team for Hands on a Hardbody, Chicago, Big Fish, Outside Mullingar, The Lonesome West, Next to Normal, American Idiot, Magic Tree, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, HAIR, An Irish Carol, A Few Good Men (Ireland/US), A Behanding in Spokane, August: Osage County, Spring Awakening, The 25th Annual … Spelling Bee, National Pastime, RENT, and more.

Matthew was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. He is a graduate from the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin and a proud company member of both The Keegan Theatre and the Classical Theatre Company, Houston TX. Matthew is also Keegan’s resident scenic designer and the playwright of Keegan’s holiday tradition, An Irish Carol. He has been nominated for Helen Hayes Awards as an actor and set designer. Some previous designs include: Top Girls, Chicago, Next to Normal, American Idiot, Cat on A Hot Tin Roof, Lincolnesque, The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, and Hair.

Credits for The Keegan Theatre include American Buffalo (IRE), Outside Mullingar, An Irish Carol, Noises Off, RENT, Elizabeth Rex, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (IRE/USA), Man of La Mancha, Translations, Glengarry Glen Ross (IRE/USA), Death of a Salesman (IRE/USA), A Streetcar Named Desire (IRE/USA), True West (IRE/USA). Dan was also recently nominated for Broadway World’s “Best of the Decade” in Lighting Design and in two Sound Design categories.

Kelly Peacock is a proud Keegan company member whose past credits include Outside Mullingar, A Behanding in Spokane, The Woman in Black, Spring Awakening, The Crucible (US and Ireland), Noises Off!, The Graduate, and Keegan’s Helen Hayes Award-winning RENT. Kelly lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and company member, Jon Townson, and is eternally grateful for his love, support, and encouragement. She would like to thank Keegan Theatre for the opportunity to participate in this lovely holiday tradition!

Cindy Landrum Jacobs is a proud Keegan company member. Some favorite Keegan credits include: Airness, Ripcord, The Reluctant Dragon (Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA), God Of Carnage, Hands on a Hardbody, The Baltimore Waltz, As You Like It, The Undeniable Sound Of Right Now, Chicago, Big Fish, When We Were Young and Unafraid, and Outside Mullingar. Additional favorites elsewhere: Columbinus, The Farnsworth Invention, Trevor, HarveyThe Pitmen Painters, Never The Sinner (1st Stage).

Craig Miller is an educator and American Board Certified hair colorist and stylist. He has been a proud Keegan Theatre company member since 2011. Credits include Steel Magnolias, Spring Awakening, Full Monty, Cabaret, Hair, and many other Keegan Theatre productions.

Matt Rippetoe is a saxophonist and composer/arranger born and raised in the DMV, and has composed music and designed show posters for Keegan for over 15 years.  Also in recent years, as a holiday tradition, his band The Harry Bells would perform live following a performance of An Irish Carol. He has performed and recorded with local and internationally touring acts including Thievery Corporation, Eric Hilton, Frederic Yonnet, See-I, and Ana Popovic, and produces horn tracks for NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Over the last few years, he was a member of the house band for several of the pop-up jams hosted by comedian Dave Chappelle.

Keegan and Production Staff

Artistic Director Susan Marie Rhea
Producing Artistic Director Mark A. Rhea
Associate Producer
 Josh Sticklin
Production Manager Emily Dwornik
Director of Education & Administration Alexis J. Hartwick
Development Associate Elizabeth Winston
Marketing Associate Gary DuBreuil (Chisel and Brand LLC)

Original Music Tracks

Track 1 “David’s theme”
Track 2 “Christmas reflections”
Track 3 “Diskin’s Pub”

Additional Production Team from 2011 World Premiere

Assistant Director Sheri S. Herren
Sound Designer Jake Null
Set Dressing Designer Carol Baker
Properties Designer Kat Wiskup
Set Designer Mark A. Rhea & Colin Smith

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