The Cast


Tom O’Brien – Writer / Director / “Jon”

Tom O'BrienTom is an actor and a produced and published playwright. His first play, The Group, was produced at the Ensemble Studio Theater, and directed by Chris Messina. Tom’s play Maggie May was included in the anthology Plays and Playwrights 2005. His short films, “Vanzetti Pizza” and “Stage Left,” are currently playing festivals all over the U.S. As an actor, Tom appeared on Broadway opposite Justin Theroux and Richard Easton in Lincoln Center’s production of Observe the Sons Of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, directed by Nicholas Martin. He has appeared Off Broadway at Ensemble Studio Theater, Naked Angels, The Zipper Theater, Access Theater and New York Performance Works. Tom has worked regionally at The Actors Theater of Louisville and The Chester Theater in the Berkshires. His film work includes The Next Karate Kid, with Hilary Swank, and Wayne Wang’s Blue in the Face.


Chris Messina – “Dave”

Hailed as one of “10 Actors to Watch” in 2007 by Daily Variety, Chris co-starred on the fourth season of Glenn Close’s television show Damages this past year, garnering critical praise for his role as a former U.S. solider with post traumatic stress disorder. Chris is currently shooting the fifth season which will premiere in June of 2012. He is also currently co-starring on Aaron Sorkin’s show Newsroom for HBO that will debut this year with Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer. Chris’ upcoming films include He Loves Me with Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan in director’s Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ follow up to Little Miss Sunshine. And he will appear in Ben Affleck’s hostage thriller Argo. Chris starred in Nora Ephron’s award winning hit comedy “Julie and Julia” with Amy Adams, Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci. And he was previously seen in Noah Baumbach’s, Greenberg and the Sam Mendes road movie, Away We Go. Chris also starred in Woody Allen’s, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona“, alongside Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson. Other work includes this years Sundance hit, Celeste and Jesse Forever, The Giant Mechanical Man, Opposite Jenna Fischer and Rich Sommer. Alan Ball’s Towelhead, with Maria Bello, Aaron Eckhart and Toni Collette; the title role in Magnolia Pictures’ Ira and Abby. Chris first came to national attention as “Ted” on the the final season of HBO’s Six Feet Under. Chris’s numerous stage appearances include Caryl Churchhill’s Far Away at New York Theatre Workshop, directed by Stephen Daldry; Broadway’s Salome opposite Al Pacino and Marisa Tomei; Adam Rapp’s Faster; Craig Lucas’s This Thing Of Darkness at the Atlantic Theatre Company; Blur at Manhattan Theatre Club; Good Thing for director Jo Bonney at The New Group; and Frank Pugliese’s Late Night, Early Morning.

Rich Sommer – “Sam”

Rich Sommer is best known for his role as ‘Harry Crane’ on the hit AMC series Mad Men. He has guest-starred in some of television’s most popular series, including The Office, Law & Order, Ugly Betty and Burn Notice, and can be seen in the most recent season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Additionally, he appeared in the 2009 miniseries The Storm, and made his feature film debut as Anne Hathaway’s drinking buddy ‘Doug’ in The Devil Wears Prada. He will be seen in the upcoming film The Giant Mechanical Man, also starring Chris Messina. Rich’s extensive stage credits include ‘Todd’ in Far Away; ‘Mike’ in A Lie of the Mind; and ‘William Gibbs’ in Off the Map. He received his MFA in acting from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. A student, performer and teacher of improvisation, Rich received his training and experience with The Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis and the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York.

Sarah Paulson – “Kate”

Sarah Paulson is a triple threat of stage, screen and television. She is featured in the new hit show on FX, American Horror Story. She will also star opposite Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey and Michael Shannon in Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter) new film, Mud. She starred opposite Elizabeth Olsen in the 2011 Sundance hit, Martha Marcy May Marlene, As well as the recent box office hit, New Years Eve. In 2007 she was nominated for a Golden Globe for her lead role as Harriet Hayes on the Aaron Sorkin show, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. She was the lead on the WB show, Jack and Jill, and featured in the HBO hit show, Deadwood. Other notable TV roles include the cult hit, American Gothic, as well as a focal character in the FX show, Nip/Tuck. And she portrayed a circa 1982 Ellis Grey, the mother of main character, Meredith Grey on the hit ABC primetime drama Grey’s Anatomy. On stage Sarah most notably starred opposite Jessica Lange as Laura Wingfield in the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie. She’s also appeared Off-Broadway in Killer Joe, Talking Pictures, and Colder Than Here.


Alexie Gilmore – “Angela”

Alexie starred in the 2008 FOX television series New Amsterdam as Dr. Sara Dillane. She is featured in the Ryan Reynolds movie, Definitely Maybe, and alongside Matthew McConaughey in Surfer Dude. Alexie also starred opposite Robin Williams in the Bobcat Goldthwait film, World’s Greatest Dad. And with Scott Caan in, Mercy. Alexie has made guest appearances on many TV shows. Most notably, House, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Nurse Jackie, Rescue Me, Medium and Burn Notice.







Maryann Plunkett – “Maddy”

Maryann played Michelle Williams Mother in the critically acclaimed film, Blue Valentine, Opposite Michelle and Ryan Gosling. She also played Chris Cooper’s wife in, The Company Men, with Ben Affleck. Other film work includes, The Squid and the Whale and Peter and Vandy. She has guest starred on many TV series most notably, The Good Wife, Damages, Rubicon and Law and Order. Maryann is also a very accomplished stage actress. She won a Tony Award in 1987 for leading actress in a musical as Sally Smith in, Me and My Girl. She appeared on Broadway most recently in the Roundabout Theater production of, A Man For All Seasons, with Frank Langella. As well as Richard Nelson’s, Sweet and Sad, at the Public Theater.




Phyllis Kay – “Rita”

Phyllis played Rita Lombardo on the hit HBO series, The Sopranos. She has also appeared in the films, Meet Dave, with Eddie Murphy and Elizabeth Banks. As well as, The Proposal, with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. Her other film work includes, Brooklyn Rules and Federal Hill. Phyllis is also a veteran stage actress. She is a company member of, Trinity Repertory Theater, in Providence Rhode Island where she most recently appeared in, Absurd Person Singular, His Girl Friday and The Odd Couple.




Natalie Gold – “Jill”

Natalie was a regular playing, Julia Harwell, on the cult hit AMC show, Rubicon. She appeared opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway in the movie, Love and Other Drugs. And with Sarah Jessica Parker in, I don’t Know How She Does It. Other film work includes: Almost Perfect and Before the Devil Knows Your Dead. She has guest starred most notably on the TV shows, The Good Wife, Without a Trace and Law and Order.




Alicia Racine – “Stacy”

Alicia is an actor and musician living in Massachusetts. Currently getting her Masters in Psychoanalysis, she is preparing for a thesis in character analysis and induction.  Also, the singer of dance rock group grand army, she released her first album toys for chaos in 2009 and is looking forward to the release of her second album entitled love is gonna eat you, later this year.  She attended Boston University’s acting conservatory and graduated with Hollywoods fresh faces such as Ginnifer Goodwin and Ashley Williams.   Miss Racine moved to New York city where she originated roles off broadway and in New York fringe with actors such as Michael Pitt and Mary louise Burke.  She was one of last years faces for Zip Car and has commercial credits with Staples and Gillette.


Grace Collins – “Cara”

Grace Collins, age 11, lives with her family in Duxbury, MA.  She has 2 older sisters and 4 older brothers.  Grace is in the 5th grade at Alden Elementary School where she is learning to play cello in the 5th grade orchestra. Besides hanging out with her friends, Grace plays hockey, and basketball.  Hockey is definitely her favorite.

Previously, Grace appeared in Four Single Fathers, and Locked In as well as extra roles in the upcoming Ted and Here Comes the Boom.  Working on Fairhaven was the most work and definitely the most fun.