Speed-the-Plow Cast and Direction

Peter Birkenhead (Charlie Fox) Broadway: Brighton Beach Memoirs; Broadway Bound; Laughter on the 23rd Floor. National Tours: Brighton Beach Memoirs; Biloxi Blues; Broadway Bound; Angels in America. Off Broadway: Ari Roth's Prelude to a Crisis and Terminal Connection at HB Playwrights Foundation, and Driving Lessons (Circle Rep Lab) Regional Theater: The Substance of Fire (Dallas Theater Center); The Real Thing (Stage West); A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre); Prelude to a Kiss (Philadelphia Theatre Co.); Ghosts (Portland Stage); Only Kidding; Conversations With My Father (Cleveland Playhouse); Ari Roth's Love and Yearning in the Not-For-Profits (Ojai Playwrights Conference); Goodnight Irene (Performance Network) and his Oh, The Innocents at GeVa Theatre where other roles include The Closer; What is Art?; Barbecue in 29 Palms.  Television: "House"; “NCIS;” “Grey's Anatomy;” “Crossing Jordan;” “Six Feet Under” (recurring); “The West Wing;” “The Guardian” (recurring); “ER;” “Judging Amy;” “Jesse;” “Ally McBeal;” “NYPD Blue” (recurring); “Law and Order;” “You're The One” (recurring); “Becker;” “Brooklyn South;” “Chicago Hope;” “Family Law;” “Profiler” and “Murder One.” Peter directed the world premiere of Rick Cleveland's My Buddy Bill at The Geffen Playhouse, a filmed version of which will air on Comedy Central in January. As a writer, Peter is a regular contributor to Salon, and has also been published in Marie Claire, GQ Magazine, HoBo Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, and The Los Angeles Times.

Meghan Grady (Karen) is thrilled to be returning to Theater J after playing Bertha in Either Or.  Recent stage credits include a witch in Macbeth (Synetic Theater), Elizabeth in Frankenstein and ensemble in Faust (Synetic/Kennedy Center), Gitl in The Dybbuk (Synetic/Theater J).  Other credits include u/s for The Beaux Stratagem (The Shakespeare Theatre Company), Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Portia/Jessica in Merchant of Venice, Ariel/Miranda in The Tempest (Richmond Shakespeare Festival), Celeste in Where’s my Money? (The Firehouse Theatre Project), and Dawn in Lobby Hero (Theater IV’s Theater Gym). She holds a BFA in theater from Virginia Commonwealth University. Read an interview with Meghan Grady.

Danton Stone (Bobby Gould) was a twenty year member of the Circle Repertory Company ensemble where he created the roles of Wes Hurley in Lanford Wilson's Fifth Of July and Don Tabaha in Wilson's Angel's Fall (both of which moved to Broadway) and Joe in the Steppenwolf Theatre/Circle Rep collaboration of Wilson's Balm In Gilead directed by John Malkovich where he played opposite Laurie Metcalf. On Broadway, Danton was last seen in the Tony Award Winning revival of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest with Gary Sinise directed by Terry Kinney. Off Broadway audiences saw him in Fortune's Fool's, Mere Mortals, Austin Pendleton's production of Say Goodnight, Gracie and, most recently, The Gabriels at SPF.  Regionally, he has appeared in Rabbit Hole at the Cleveland Playhouse, as an 88 year old Armenian Holocaust survivor in The Crooked Man and the National tour of The Exonerated, where he rotated playing three leading roles in different cities.  Television roles include, “Roseanne,” “My So-Called Life,” "The Sopranos," HBO's "Oz," and Michael Steadman's brother, Brad, on ABC's "thirtysomething". On film he has appeared in Lasse Halstrom's American film debut, Once Around; in Tony Bill's Crazy People, in John Sayles' Eight Men Out, Series 7, and The Contender. He has just filmed Diminished Capacity with Alan Alda and Mathew Broderick and Stream with Whoopie Goldberg.

Jerry Whiddon (Director) is pleased and grateful to be directing here at Theater J. He was the Producing Artistic Director of Round House Theatre (1985-2005) and a founding member, also a co-founder and the Artistic Director of Street 70 Theatre (1970-79).  He has acted and directed in New York, both Off and Off-Off Broadway at Double Image, CSC Repertory, York Theatre, and in the DC region at Woolly Mammoth, Studio, Arena Stage, Olney.  A sample of favorite directing credits include Orson’s Shadow, World Goes Round, Mystery School, Our Town, Three Days of Rain, Travels with My Aunt, Jack and Jill, and The Swan.  Favorite roles include A Body of Water (Moss),Tabletop (Marcus), Wintertime (Francois), Underneath the Lintel (solo), The Lion in Winter (Henry), Uncle Vanya (Vanya), The Misanthrope (Alceste), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (George). Film/TV/radio narration and voiceover include Heart and Soul – A Biography of Frank Loesser, “A Woman Named Jackie”(NBC), The Pelican Brief, On The Block (Yeager Films), “Parade of Witnesses” (PBS), “Taxes Influence Behavior”(PBS), “Mapping Your World – National Geographic,” and All My Sons, American Appetites, and A Lesson Before Dying for VOA/LA Theatre Works.  He has taught extensively in the region and the East Coast.

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