Each actor brought to life the real words of individuals who were interviewed for the play, including survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, runners, doctors, police officers, journalists, clergy, students, and many others.
Danny 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.
Ed 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
Tonasia 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 trained classically at Shakespeare Theater Company in D.C.). She is the Program Administrator at The Theater Offeive. More at tjones.moonfruit.com.
Amie 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 acts 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.
Karen just appeared as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience at the Jupiter Theatre in Florida. Recent work includes 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. A founding company member of the American Repertory Theatre, she appeared in 72 productions, including Endgame, The Sea Gull, and Mother Courage. Other regional credits include the Huntington Theatre, Speakeasy Stage, Commonwealth Shakespeare Co., Arts Emerson, Israeli Stage, Portland Stage, Boston Symphony, Orchestra, and Boston 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. She teaches Acting to undergraduates and extension school students at Harvard University.
Greg 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.
Paula’s notable performances include Cleopatra, Lady Macbeth, Beatrice, Touchstone and Phedre (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Miss Witherspoon, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Death of a Salesman (Lyric); Body Awareness, History Boys and New Century (SpeakEasy); Lysistrata, Ivanov, Mother Courage, and The Marriage of Bette and Boo (ART). Movie credits include Irrational Man, Next Stop Wonderland, Mermaids, Malice, and The March Sisters at Christmas. She is the recipient of the Fox Actor Fellowship for Distinguished Achievement. Her original plays include: Memorial, Wigged OUT!, and What Lips My Lips Have Kissed and Plum Pudding, which received the 2003 IRNE award for Best Solo Performance. She has been published in American Theatre Magazine and honored by the Boston Theatre Critics Association with the Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence. Plum was trained at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, the Ecole Philippe Gaulier, Paris, and is a graduate of Boston University’s School for the Arts, where she was honored as Distinguished Alumna in 2003
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.
Katy 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 Philip Seymour Hoffman and most recently at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in COST OF LIVING, a play that is moving to the Manhattan Theatre Club 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. Find her online @kbridgets and katysullivan.net.
Sam is so excited to make his Boston debut with 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.” Love and thanks to his family, friends, and Joey! Find him online @Tanablems and www.SamTanabe.com.
Lewis D. Wheeler*
Lewis is a Boston-based actor and director, and is grateful to be part of such a powerful project. Recent credits include Hand to God (SpeakEasy) and Uncanny Valley (Stoneham Theatre). Regional credits: No Man’s Land (ART); Richard II (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Pattern of Life (New Rep); Blood on the Snow (Bostonian Society); Importance of Being Earnest, Glass Menagerie (Lyric); five seasons at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre; Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Gloucester Stage, 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. Film/TV: Manchester by the Sea, Black Mass, The Company Men, Louisa May Alcott (PBS), Brotherhood, and Live by Night. Lewis is a member of Theatre Espresso and a founding member of Harbor Stage on Cape Cod, and performs in training programs for clinicians at Boston Children’s Hospital. BA from Cornell University and MFA American Film Institute.
Rachel is thrilled to join the cast of Finish Line. Other area credits include Jaquenetta in Love's Labour's Lost (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Helena in Midsummer (CSC2), Frances in Melancholy Play (Umbrella Arts), Greta in the bilingual, international tour of Del Agua al Polvo (Brown Box Theatre Project), and Aphrodite in Love of the Nightingale (Hub Theatre Co.) This Spring, she can be seen in The Bridges of Madison County (SpeakEasy Stage Co.) She holds a B.A in Musical Theatre from James Madison University. Thanks to Joey, the cast, and the crew, with love to my family and to Margaret. www.rachelbelleman.com
Gigi Watson is so grateful to continue her involvement with Finish Line after the workshop production last spring. Boston credits include Billy Elliot (Wheelock Family Theatre), The Gypsy Machine (Theatre on Fire), The T Party (Company One), The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth (Brown Box Theatre Project), Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar (Fiddlehead Theatre Company), Meet Me In St. Louis (Stoneham Theatre), Coriolanus (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), and Café Variations (ArtsEmerson/SITI Company). Gigi also works with clients as a commercial actor, voiceover artist, and yoga teacher. This summer, Gigi will appear as Ophelia in Brown Box Theatre Project’s Hamlet. BFA Musical Theatre, Emerson College. www.gigiwatson.com
* denotes members of Actors' Equity Association