A Few Good Men Cast
Cpl. Jeffrey Howard (Gary Bradley)
Gary Bradley is happy to be back on the stage after spending the last five months directing, running lights, bartending, and any other thing involved in Ghostlight that wasn’t acting. Ghostlight credits include Cliff Bradshaw in Cabaret and Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice. Directing Ghostlight credits include 12 Angry Men, 1776, and I Love you, You’re Perfect Now Change.
Lance Cpl. Harold Dawson (Christian Cespedes)
Christian Cespedes is a homeschooled graduate who is based in Staten Island. Some of his favorite performances are Sir Harry in Once Upon a Mattress, and Louie in FOCUS a new musical that’s was performed in Belfast Maine. He made his Ghostlight debut in Sweat, but he’s had the pleasure of being a part of the stage crew for multiple Ghostlight productions.Enjoy the show!
PFC Louden Downey (Tino DeAlmeida)
Tino DeAlmeida is proud to be making his Staten Island theatre debut with Ghostlight Productions and is excited to be sharing the stage with these very talented performers. Past performances in NY and NJ have included leading roles in A Delightful Quarantine, Tracers, Stalag 17, West Side Story, Grease, A Chorus Line, Much Ado About Nothing and various independent film, industrial commercial, tv, and radio projects. He would like to thank the director and production team for this opportunity.
Lt. Jack Ross (NIck Gennaro)
Nick is tremendously excited to make his triumphant return to the stage after the long cold winter that was the COVID-19 pandemic. Nick is especially excited to return with Ghostlight Productions and to have the opportunity work under the direction of Joe Daly once again. Previous roles include Broadway: The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, Jena Valjean in Les Miserables, Billy Bigelow in Carousel, Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton. Regional Theatre: Hamlet AND Othello in Shakespeare Abridged (Dusseldorf Playhouse), Stanley Kowalski in The Glass Menagerie (Bagdad’s Palace), Julia Stiles in Mona Lisa Smiles (The Kent Street Repository). Nick would like to thank his cat Plato for all the gracious love and inspiration during the run of the show. Nick is also a licensed CPA and graduated from Boston College.
Lt. J.G. Daniel Kaffee (James McKeon)
James McKeon is a practicing attorney currently working for New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division Second Department. Previous Ghostlight credits include I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, The Man Who Came to Dinner, and Cabaret. He has also worked with In the Wings Theatre, and can be seen as a part of Kill-Her Entertainment’s Murder Mysteries. He did this show mainly to keep pace with James West. He hopes you enjoy. #TooSweet
Lt. Col. Nathan Jessep (Greg McGovern)
Greg McGovern (Col. Nathan Jessup) is honored to be performing with Ghostlight Productions for the first time. He began studying and performing at The College of Staten Island and later graduated from a two year Meisner intensive training at The William Esper Studio. He has starred in dozens of theatrical productions; working in New York City, New Jersey, Washington D.C., and with some of the best actors right here on Staten Island. Recent Staten Island credits include Eddie Carbone in A View From The Bridge and Kent in Blackout at SVPT, and Alf in Peter and The Starcatcher with Sundog Theatre. Greg will be playing the supporting role of Bear in the upcoming feature film Hero.Loss.Dirt. and he can be seen in the film, Such A Funny Life, as Benny on Amazon Prime. Thank you to the entire Ghostlight team for creating such a welcoming, supportive experience and a special thank you to our director, Joseph Daly, for trusting me with the role of Jessup. It has been an honor to work with you all and I hope to share the stage with each of you again in the future. No thank you to Jack Nicholson who created the iconic role in which this performance will ultimately be compared to. Fun fact: I've never seen the movie! I would be nowhere without the support of my family who have been coming to opening nights for over a decade and cheering me on every step of the way. Last but certainly not least - a huge thank you and I love you to my line assistant and beautiful wife, Deanna Marie. Enjoy the show!
Cmdr. Walter Stone (Frank Ninivaggi)
This is Frank’s third appearance with Ghostlight Productions, having previously appeared in 12 Angry Men and The Man Who Came to Dinner. He was most recently seen as Mr. Boddy in the Little Victory Theater’s production of Clue. He is proud and grateful to be performing with such a talented cast and crew, alongside great friends, old and new. He is thrilled to be working with Joseph Daly again after far too long and particularly grateful to Charles Sullivan and Barbara Scalici for their enduring friendships!
Capt. Matthew Markinson (Mark Palladino)
After 41 years Mark is thrilled to be reunited with Charlie, Joe, Frank Ninivaggi and Mike Veasey on stage again. This is Mark's 2nd Ghostlight production, coincidentally also the 2nd Ghostlight courtroom drama with "Men" in the title. He's concerned how much of this genre is left in the Ghostlight inventory. Mark has been honing his acting skills in court for the past 25 years as an Assistant District Attorney for the Richmond County District Attorney's Office. Mark has appeared in Plaza Suite and One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest with SIST, and lists Action and A-rab as two of all time favorite performances. Thanks to Joe for remembering me after 41 years and showing me faith and confidence. Thank you also to my family for their patience and indulgence especially during the height of prom and graduation season. Special shoutout to the immensely talented group of people involved in this show in every context. Your commitment, skill and efforts are an inspiration
Capt. Isaac Whitaker (Frank Randall)
This is Frank's fifth show with Ghostlight Players, having previously appeared in 12 Angry Men, 1776, Pride and Prejudice and The Man Who Came to Dinner. Frank would like to thank Joe, Gary and Charlie for allowing him to be part of this extraordinary cast. As a former Marine, Frank would like to say to everyone ever served: Thank You For Your Service and to all current and former Marines: Semper Fi.
Lt. Jonathan Kendrick (Eric Rosen)
Eric Rosen, a lifelong Staten Islander, got his acting debut in the off-Broadway production of “My Big Gay Italian Funeral”. He also performed in the Laramie Project, Wait Until Dark, Taming of the Shew, Measure for Measure, Judgement at Nuremberg, Beauty and the Beast, Drinking Habits Part 1, Richard III, Arsenic and Old Lace, Pride & Prejudice, A View from the Bridge, Drinking Habits Part 2, The Two Gentleman of Verona, Timon of Athens, The Man Who Came to Dinner, and Red. This is his 3rd Ghostlight Production as Lt. Jonathan James Kendrick in “A Few Good Men”. Thanks to the encouragement and support of his family and friends, Eric continues to pursue his love of theater.
PFC William Santiago (Will Simancas)
Will is an actor based in Staten Island. He attended Susan E. Wagner High School from 2013-2017, where he participated in all of the plays and solidified his love for theater. Will appeared in Ghostlight's production of Good Grief: A Best Friend Play earlier this year. He also does theater most notably with Staten Island Shakespeare Theatre Company. Such credits include: Much Ado About Nothing, Antigone, Richard III, Timon of Athens, Waiting for Lefty, Romeo and Juliet, and most recently stage-managed Hamlet. William is currently a Touring Company Member and Teaching Artist with IlluminArt Productions.
Judge Julius Randolph (Charles Sullivan)
Charles Sullivan is Executive Producer of Ghostlight Players and welcomes you all back to another rousing season of community theater. Past Ghostlight experiences include directing Five Women Wearing the Same Dress as well as Pride and Prejudice and portraying Sheridan Whiteside in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Ben Franklin in 1776, and Herr Schultz in Cabaret. Thank you , thank you, thank you to the wonderful, supportive of theatre artists, supporters, patrons and friends who have made Ghostlight Players such a joy -- just wait to see what Season Three has in store!
Sgt. At Arms/Lawyer/Cpl. Hammaker (Michael Veasey)
Mike Veasey is a local actor/writer/comedian who has been involved in theater since high school. As an actor, he has performed with several local theater companies, including Sea View Playwrights, Staten Island Shakespearean Theater, and Sundog. His plays have been staged by Sundog Theatre, The Peoples Improv Theater, and Manhattan Repertory Theater. He is currently a member of Cherub Improv, a group that performs music and comedy for patients in hospitals, veteran’s homes, and extended care facilities all over the tri-state area. Mike has also written and performed stand-up comedy. He is a producer at Staten Island Community Television, producing various programs including his periodic talk show “Mike’s Alternate Reality Show”, which can be seen on Youtube.
Lt. Cmdr. Joanne Galloway (Marybeth Vinci)
Marybeth is thrilled to be returning to Ghostlight Players to work with this immensely talented cast and crew, and she is eminently grateful to Joe Daly for trusting her with this powerful role. She has been especially fortunate in her return to the stage in recent years as her first few projects included some very complex and compelling characters. She was last seen in Ghostlight's Pride and Prejudice as the incomparable Mrs. Bennet, which was her follow up to Emily Hughes-Kapoor in Disgraced, as well as Bev Stoller in Clybourne Park, both of which were provocative Pulitzer Prize winning plays performed at Seaview Playwrights' Theatre. In 2012, Marybeth had officially come out of retirement by joining an all female cast of Julius Caesar in the role of Casca for Staten Island Shakespeare Theatre, and fully stepped her foot back into the theatre pool with Little Victory's Almost Maine. While her formal training includes attending Laguardia High School of the Arts, and Elizabeth Browning Productions in Manhattan, her skill base and love of theatre has been greatly enhanced by having been part of Seaview Playwrights' Children's Theatre in the 1980's, summer drama workshops at P.S. 41 and performing at the Williamson Theatre on the former campus of CSI in Sunnyside.
Lt. J.G. Sam Weinberg (James West)
James F. West, attorney at law, proudly holds the record of being the most frequently appearing actor in a Ghostlight production-- like Alec Bal…eh, Steve Martin on SNL, Paul Lynde on Hollywood Squares, or Joe Biden, generally. His roles have varied from Sandy in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Juror #2 in 12 Angry Men, Josiah Bartlett in 1776, Colonel Fitzwilliam in Pride & Prejudice, and Ernst in Cabaret. He operates a non-profit, Comics For Courage, which donates comic books to children in need. Hi Liz!
MP/Lawyer/Cpl. Dunn (Thomas Zerega)
Tom Zerega is making his debut at Ghostlight Players after many years off the stage. He has been in many musical productions over the years at Center Stage Production, Staten Island Civic Theater and S.I. Shakspearean Theater Company. I want to thank Joe Daly, Ghostlight Players, this incredible cast and the entire production crew for their professionalism. They have made this production an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. I look forward to working with them in the future.