Meet the Finish Line Cast!
Posted 8 February 2017 12:00 AM by mpacific
Learn more about the Finish Line cast below! Click here for more information on the show.
Amie Lytle is honored to be performing in the world premiere of Finish Line. Boston Theater Company credits include Much Ado About Nothing, the workshop production of Finish Line and the educational touring production of Hamlet. Other favorite New England credits include Nevermore, Around the World in 80 Days, Daisy Crockett and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre) The Kritik, Uncle Vanya and Church (Harbor Stage Company) Holy Laughter (WAM Theatre), The Voices of We (333 Productions) and Not Jenny (Bridge Rep of Boston---where Amie also serves as a playmaker.) She sends her love and thanks to Joey, her husband Brian and the brave men and women who shared their stories and made this production possible. Boston Strong.
Ed Hoopman* performed in the 2016 preview production of Finish Line for Boston Theater Company. He has been seen recently in Boston as Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher at Lyric Stage, where he has also played Stone in City of Angels, Robert Lowell in Dear Elizabeth, Groucho Marx in Animal Crackers, and Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest. REGIONAL: John Wilkes Booth in A Civil War Christmas (Huntington Theatre Company); King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Taming of the Shrew (Commonwealth Shakespeare); Mister Roberts, Indulgences (New Rep Theatre); Macbeth, the title role in Hamlet (New Rep on Tour); Assassins, After Ashley and A Clockwork Orange (Company One); and Shear Madness (Charles Playhouse). NYC: Interior: Panic (NY Fringe Festival) and World's Fastest Hamlet both with Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre; Jester’s Dead (The Outfit); Foreign Wars (Random Access Theater). TV: "See Kate Run" (ABC), "Aftershock" (History Channel). Mr. Hoopman is also an accomplished voiceover actor whose work can be heard both locally and nationally. www.edhoopman.com
Sam is so excited to be a part of Finish Line! Broadway: Allegiance (Swing, u/s Sammy). Off-Broadway: Red Eye of Love. NYC: Hello Dolly! (Barnaby) with the National Asian Artists Project. Regional: Goodspeed Opera House, Sacramento Music Circus, Dallas Summer Musicals and Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. TV: “The Good Wife.” Online @Tanablems and at www.SamTanabe.com
Karen MacDonald* just appeared as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Audience” at the Jupiter Theatre in Florida. Her work these past few seasons include Regular Singing (New Rep) Beesus and Ballustrada (Sleeping Weazel) Home of the Brave (Merrimack Rep) Sorry (Stoneham Theatre) 77% (Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse) Sweet and Sad (Gloucester Stage Co) Ulysses on Bottles (Israeli Stage) Red Hot Patriot: The Kick Ass Wit of Molly Ivins (Lyric Stage). On Broadway, she understudied and performed the role of Amanda Wingfield in John Tiffany’s recent revival of The Glass Menagerie. Other regional credits include Ether Dome, Ryan Landry’s M, Good People, Bus Stop, All My Sons, A Civil War Christmas (Huntington Theatre Co.); That Hopey Changey Thing, Doubt (Stoneham Theatre); Other Desert Cities, The Drowsy Chaperone (Speakeasy Stage); Coriolanus, All’s Well That Ends Well, Hamlet, Twelfth Night (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Long Day’s Journey Into Night, boom (New Repertory Theatre); Superior Donuts (Lyric Stage); The Color of Rose (ArtsEmerson); Two Wives in India (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); The Blonde, The Brunette and The Vengeful Redhead, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, A Moon for the Misbegotten (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); The Snow Queen,Third (Portland Stage) as well as, Hartford Stage, Berkshire Theatre Festival. A founding company member of the American Repertory Theatre, she appeared in 72 productions, including Endgame, The Sea Gull, Mother Courage, Island of Slaves, No Exit, Olly’s Prison, Highway Ulysses, Othello, The Imaginary Invalid, Richard II and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Internationally, she has appeared at festivals in Asti, Avignon, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Israel and the former Yugoslavia. Nationally she has worked extensively, from Philadelphia’s Wilma Theatre to Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Her directing credits include Gidion’s Knot (Bridge Rep); An Ideal Husband, Woman in Black (Gloucester Stage) and Dressed Up! Wigged Out!! (Boston Playwrights Theatre). She has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Mendelsohn’s Midsummer Nights’ Dream, conducted by Andris Nelsons and premiered A Soldier’s Carol with the Boston Holiday Pops. She is the recipient of several Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards for her performances. Ms. MacDonald received both the Robert Brustein Award for Sustained Achievement in the Theatre and the Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence in 2010. A graduate of the College of Fine Arts at Boston University, she was the Monin Fellow at Boston College 2010-11, and teaches Acting to undergraduates and extension school students at Harvard University.
Omar Robinson* Recent credits include: The School for Scandal, The Comedy of Errors, Henry VIII, Romeo & Juliet, Pericles, Twelfth Night, and Hamlet in the title role (Actors' Shakespeare Project), Superior Donuts (Elliot Norton Award Nominee), The Death of a Salesman, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning (Lyric Stage Company of Boston), The Hunchback of Seville (Trinity Repertory Company), Dog Paddle (Bridge Repertory Theater), Fire on Earth (Fresh Ink Theatre). Omar received a BA in Acting and Television/Video Production from Emerson College. He is also a member of Theatre Espresso, an educational theatre company that performs throughout New England.
LEWIS D. WHEELER
Lewis is a Boston-based actor and director, and is grateful to be part of such a powerful and memorable project honoring those impacted by the Boston Marathon bombings. Recent credits include Hand to God (SpeakEasy Stage) and Uncanny Valley (Stoneham Theatre). Regional credits: No Man’s Land – IRNE Nomination, Best Supporting Actor (American Repertory Theatre); Richard II (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Pattern of Life, Muckrakers (New Rep); Blood on the Snow (Bostonian Society); Importance of Being Earnest, Glass Menagerie, A Number (Lyric Stage); Chosen Child – IRNE Nomination, Best Supporting Actor (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); An Ideal Husband, Doubt, The Totalitarians (Gloucester Stage); five seasons at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre (WHAT); also American Stage (FL), Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Nora Theatre, Underground Railway Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Vineyard Playhouse, Publick Theatre, Cape Rep, Shakespeare Now, Wellesley Repertory Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre. A founding member of Harbor Stage on Cape Cod, he performed in The Seagull and Hedda Gabler and directed David Rabe’s Sticks and Bones. Film/TV: Black Mass, The Company Men, Pink Panther 2, Louisa May Alcott (PBS), Brotherhood, and recent films Manchester by the Sea and Live by Night. Lewis is a member of Theatre Espresso, performing interactive, historical dramas for students across New England. BA from Cornell University and MFA American Film Institute. Proud member of Actors’ Equity since 2004.
Greg Maraio is a Boston native who has been working as an actor and a director for the past 10 years. He was a member of the ensemble of the 2016 workshop production of Finish Line and is grateful to be returning for this world premiere. Recent acting credits include Jordan in the New England premiere of Significant Other, as Jonathon / Miranda in Casa Valentina (Norton, IRNE, ArtsImpulse, and Onstages Award nominations) and as Victor / Clint in John Kuntz’s Necessary Monsters (SpeakEasy Stage). Other recent acting credits include Faithless (Boston Playwrights Theatre); Colossal (Company One); Translations (Bad Habit Productions); and The Misadventures of Spy Matthias (Theatre on Fire). Greg has also worked with many local companies including The Huntington, New Rep, Zeitgeist Stage, and Central Square Theater.
Danny Bolton* is honored to be part of Finish Line. Recent area credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (IRNE Award for Best Actor in a Musical), Legally Blond, and 1776 at Company Theatre, The Odd Couple and First Date at Priscilla Beach Theatre, The Waiting Room at Wellesley Rep, fifteen productions at Wheelock Family Theatre including Annie, It’s a Wonderful Life, Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse and Trumpet of The Swan; Holiday, Hay Fever and The Last Night of Ballyhoo at Wellesley Repertory Theatre and roles at a number of theatres in New England, including Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Speakeasy Stage Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Jewish Theatre of New England, Reagle Music Theatre and Nora Theatre Company. The veteran of three national tours, Danny is a graduate of Boston College and a Company Member of Theatre Espresso. Many thanks to Joey for this opportunity.
Katy Sullivan is thrilled to making her Boston stage debut in FINISH LINE. Katy is a proud graduate of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. Favorite stage experiences include Hedda Gabler, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Lady Windermere’s Fan, A Piece of My Heart, The Long Red Road directed by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and most recently at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in COST OF LIVING, a play that is moving to Off-Broadway in spring 2017. TV credits include: My Name is Earl (NBC), Legit (FX), Last Man Standing (ABC), NCIS: New Orleans (CBS). Katy was a part of the award winning documentary film Walk On. She is one half of SulliFlinn Productions with her business partner, Becca Flinn and together they produce digital content, series and were 2015 Fellows at the Producer’s Guild of America with their comedy series LEGS, based loosely on Katy’s life. Sullivan also represented the United States in the 2012 London Paralympic Games, running the 100m and setting a new American Record. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her awesome actor/comedian husband, Jay Cramer.
Tonasia Jones (Martha), is delighted to be making her debut with Boston Theater Company! Recent/favorite credits include Don't Give Up the Ship! (Martha) with Fresh Ink Theater Company!, Finish Line: Fall Workshop (Maria Stephanos) with Boston Theater Company, Every 28 Hours with Company One Theatre & The Theater Offensive, The Launch Prize: A Reading (Michelle) with Bridge Repertory Theater, and Mother Hicks (Alma) at Emerson Stage. She has also recently directed in The One-Minute Play Festival at Boston Playwrights Theater. She has a BFA acting degree from Emerson College (and has also trained at Shakespeare Theater Company in D.C.). She is the Program Administrator at The Theater Offensive. More at tjones.moonfruit.com. Over the past three decades, her most notable performance have been as Cleopatra, Lady Macbeth, Beatrice, Touchstone and Phedre at the Actors’ Shakespeare Project; in Miss Witherspoon, The Heiress and Death of a Salesman at the Lyric Stage ; Body Awareness, History Boys and New Century at SpeakEasy Stage; Lysistrata, Ivanov, Mother Courage, and The Marriage of Bette and Boo at the American Repertory Theatre.
Ms. Plum starred in two world premieres by John Kuntz: Sing Me To Sleep (Boston Center for the Arts) and Miss Price, which she coproduced (Boston Playwrights' Theatre). Movie credits include Irrational Man, Next Stop Wonderland, Mermaids, Malice, and The March Sisters at Christmas. Television credits include voicing characters on Squigglevision (ABC), The Dick and Paula Celebrity Special (FX), Hey Money(Oxygen) and Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist (Comedy Central). Paula Plum is the recipient of the prestigious Fox Actor Fellowship for Distinguished Achievement, awarded to five actors nationwide to study and develop new work. Her original plays include: Memorial, Wigged OUT!, and What Lips My Lips Have Kissed. Her solo show, Plum Pudding, garnered her critical praise and the 2003 IRNE award for Best Solo Performance. Her article “Handling the Hot Moments, How Actors Negotiate Intimacy On Stage” was published in American Theatre Magazine. Paula was honored by the Boston Theatre Critics Association with the Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence (past recipients include Sir Ian McKellen and Julie Harris) and for Best Actress twice (Lost in Yonkers and Miss Witherspoon).Ms. Plum was trained at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic arts and is a Cum Laude graduate of Boston University’s School for the Arts, where she was also honored as Distinguished Alumna in 2003.