Edward fiore- Ernest
Ed continues his passion for the stage coming off a performance in Spring Awakenings. Last May he played Stanley, the proprietor of the self-titled original play The Chelsea Hotel, which was performed at the 2022 New York Theater Festival. Previous to that he played various roles in Living Rooms and made his debut in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
gilda betTini - delia
Gilda is a longtime member of PGL who has served on the Board of Trustees as well as numerous committees. A few of her favorite shows are: Lovers and Other Strangers, Broadway Bound, Tartuffe, The Real Inspector Hound, Black Comedy, Bedrooms, and Enchanted April. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, theatre is the most immediate way a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.
jeff parsons - malcolm
Jeff most recently appeared in Elf (CDC Theatre), Falsettos (Antrim Playhouse), Greater Tuna (Studio Players), My Big Gay Italian Wedding (Old Library Theatre), and A Year With Frog and Toad (Teaneck New Theatre). Jeff has also spent many years producing and stage managing, for film and stage, including It Shoulda Been You (Old Library Theatre) and the first middle school pilot production of Wicked Jr. at Teaneck Community Charter School. Thanks to his incredibly supportive family.
jessa blackthorne - kate
A versatile performer with a BFA from Rockford University, Jessa has utilized her classical training to take on a wide variety of diverse and exciting roles. Acting Credits include Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), Man of La Mancha (Femina/Dancing Girl/ u/s Antonia), Follies (Young Heidi), The Actor's Nightmare (Sarah), The Hamlet Experience (Ophelia), Twelfth Night (Malvolio), Amadeus (Venticelli 1/Katherina), Rumors (Cassie), and The Wedding Singer (Holly /Choreographer/Co-Director). She also performs in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Frank-N-Furter, Magenta, Trixie) with The Cosmic Light Cabaret in Teaneck, NJ! Love to Chris & Noodles www.jessablackthorne.com
marc leland - nick
Marc trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and returned to the stage in 2015 after a 20-year break to be a full-time dad to his two children. This is his first non-musical production since 1980, and he is thrilled to be working with this wonderful cast and crew. In 2021, his original revue, Unexpected, was nominated for a Perry Award for Outstanding Production of an Original Musical.
nichole vaiknoras - jan
Nichole is delighted to be making her Players Guild of Leonia debut! She has appeared as Torrey in Freaky Friday at Winter Springs Performing Arts, Fraulein Kost in Cabaret at JArt, and the witch in The Witch in 204 at Valley Repertory Company. As an occupational therapist by day, she does not want to actually strangle any patients. Nichole wants to thank the cast, crew, and her husband Peter for making a great show!
peter vaiknoras - trevor
Peter Vaiknoras is humbled to be making his debut with the Players Guild of Leonia! Past roles include: Lord Farquaad in Shrek! The Musical, Whizzer in Falsettos, and Jim Baxter in Perfect Arrangement by Topher Payne. He would like to thank Claudia, the cast, his wife and family for all of their amazing help and support. Cheers to an amazing run!
caity brown - susannah
Caity is making her debut at the Players Guild of Leonia, having moved here from Philadelphia in the fall of 2022. Her only other Jersey credit is Bad Seed at Somerset Valley Players, but she has appeared in over sixty non-professional productions. She holds a theatre degree from Vassar College and a doctorate in political science from Georgetown University, the latter of which enables her to be professor at John Jay College in the City University of New York.
claudia macdermott - director
Claudia finds herself back in the bedroom again; the first mainstage show she directed here was a comedy called Bedrooms by Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna. Just before the start of the pandemic, she directed 12 Angry Jurors. How great to be back on the boards working with a game cast of actors on this fun play. She appeared last season in Follies and is looking forward to being on the stage again soon. A big thank you to the cast for their creativity and hard work!
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