Call of Duty
By Ellen Davis Sullivan
(Staged Reading, Evening Program, March 24, 2012)
Lis Adams (Sarah) - Lis enjoys performing with many area theater groups in the Boston area, playing everything from tap dancing nuns to murderous little old ladies. Most recently she appeared as Kate in the Vokes Players Production of The Cripple of Inishmaan. Daytimes she is Director of Education at Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House in Concord, Mass.
Geralyn Horton (Mother) –Geralyn was cast in her first acting role at age 5, and hopes to be taking curtain calls at age 99. New plays are her vocation, and women writers her Cause. More about her than you really want to know is on her web site www.stagepage.info.
Kerrie Miller Tilney (Beth) - has devoted four decades to teaching, tech-ing, acting, directing, and dancing in theater productions in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Locally, Kerrie has performed with Concord Players, Hovey Players, Playwrights’ Platform, CentaStage, Winchester Players, and others. Favorite roles include Maggie (The Man Who Came to Dinner), Christine (The Bad Seed), Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing) and Jesse Mae (The Trip to Bountiful). When she’s not acting, Kerrie can be found at the computer writing educational material for national publishing companies.
Owen Mortner (Jason) – Owen began acting with the Watertown Childrens’ Theater three years ago at age 8. His favorite roles include: Lampwick (Pinocchio), Schroeder (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown), the Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland) and the lead role of the Prince (Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper). Most recently Owen played a screenwriter in Poe, Poe, Poe.
Lida McGirr (Director) - Lida began her acting career as a 7- year-old singing and dancing leprechaun at Nathan's on Coney Island. She spent her early twenties as one of three start-up members of the Little Theater on 26th Street. Since moving to Boston, she's won an EMACT DASH Best Actress Award for her portrayal of Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, appeared as Dean Kenny in the Elliot Norton Award-winning Spinning Into Butter, received rave reviews for her portrayal of Shirley Valentine at the Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham and most recently was Mrs. Banks in Barefoot In the Park at the Zero Point Theater in Watertown. She has directed a short opera protesting the cancellation of Saturday's at the Met, productions for libraries and private functions, as well as many local community theater productions including TCAN's award-winning A Piece of My Heart nominated for four EMACT DASH Awards. Her short plays have been performed in festivals, retirement centers, a romance novelist convention, a bakery, and board meetings throughout New England.
Ellen Davis Sullivan (Playwright) - Ellen’s full-length play Louisa At Last was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2011 Ohio State – Newark New Play Contest and was given a public reading as part of The Provincetown Theatre Company’s 2011 Winter Reading Series. Her locally produced plays include Koi (2010 Boston Theatre Marathon; published in the Marathon anthology by Smith and Krause), Her Honor (2009 Playwrights’ Platform Festival of New Plays) and Recessed! or When the Mortgage Goes Upside Down (Zero Point Theater 2012 Winter Festival). Most recently her ten-minute play Frosty was picked for the 2012 Association for Theater in Higher Education’s New Play Development Workshop. Her published short stories include Yiddish Land, winner of the 3rd place prize in Moment Magazine’s 2007 fiction contest.