Past Productions



APRIL 10-26, 2015


2030 Sansom Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107


Sean O’Casey’s Shadow of a Gunman references many particulars of the bloody 1918-21 Irish War for Independence: the Black and Tans, the Battle of Vinegar Hill, the back-and-forth trading of Irish ambushes and British slaughters.

There’s no need, though, for any familiarity with these events in Irish Heritage Theatre’s thoughtful production, or in O’Casey’s poetic denunciation of the violence that plagued Ireland during his early literary career.

Donal Davoren is a poet who has come to room with Seumas Shields in a poor, Dublin tenement slum. Many of the residents of the tenement mistake Donal for an IRA volunteer (a gunman on the run). Donal does not refute this notoriety, especially when it wins him the affection of Minnie Powell, an attractive young woman in the tenement.  But Dublin in 1923 is no place to pretend to be a gunman – the bullets and the bombs are real enough.

Cast List for Shadow of a Gunman

 Donal Davoren …………………………………. Dexter Anderson

Seumas Shields………………………………….. Kevin Rodden

Tommy Owens…………………………………… James P. Guckin

Adolphus Grigson……………………………….. John Cannon

Mrs. Grigson……………………………………… Mary Pat Welsh

Minnie Powell………………Josephine Patane

Mr. Mulligan………………………………………. John Reardon

Mr. Maguire……………………………………….. Keith Miller

Mrs. Henderson……………………………Angelique Bouffiou

Mr. Gallogher……………………………………… Eric Pedersen









The NY Times called this play a…postcard

“Keen, mournful comedy about a lonely young man at a painful crossroads. You leave with a wincing awareness of all the tenderness and affection that is left unspoken and unspent in the everyday interaction between loving friends and families – and not just in small towns in Ireland, but in locales like Philadelphia, too.” 

And the critics loved it –

IHT’s production of Philadelphia Here I Come “did both independent theater and Irish America proud.”

Wonderful Acting Marks Irish Heritage Theatre’s PHILADELPHIA, HERE I COME 

“Laugh ‘til you turn green”


Gareth O’Donnell is fed up with the dreary round of life in Ballybeg, with his uncommunicative father and his humiliating job in his father’s grocery shop, with his frustrated love for Kathy Doogan who married a richer, more successful young man, and with the total absence of prospect and opportunity in his life at home in Ireland. 

So, Gar has accepted his aunt’s invitation to come to Philadelphia. Now, on the eve of his departure, he is not happy to be leaving Ballybeg – but what does his ‘inner self’ think? In Brian Friel’s poignant comedy, we get two lead characters in one man and a chance to see and hear what private thoughts Gar has, as he leaves Ireland and heads for the New World and, he hopes, a new life. 


SPRING, 2014



Two old rivals hilariously fight and insult each other right up to Heaven’s gate.

Fallon is seen running after Smith with a hayfork, and now no one can find Smith.  Has Fallon killed him?  Why?  Well, why not?  Smith must have been carousing with Fallon’s wife  – wasn’t he?

The police are looking for the head of the local IRA when a police sergeant confronts a traveling beggar-minstrel and his own long lost love of the fairest country this side of Paradise.

Congreve, Goldsmith, Sheridan, Yeats, Synge, Wilde, Shaw, O’Casey, Carroll, Beckett, McDonagh McPherson…we know them all. They are the greatest Irish playwrights who ever lived. But what about Lady Augusta Gregory: the co-founder (with Yeats) of the Abbey Theatre, a pioneer of Irish drama, a great female playwright often overlooked?

The Irish Heritage Theatre, in its second season, brings you three memorable one-act comedies from the great Lady Gregory in A Night with Lady G, directed by John Gallagher and Peggy Mecham, stage managed by Linda Gryn-Haley, with a wonderful cast of local talent including: John Cannon, Kate Danaher, Steve Gleich, Jackie Gordon, James Guckin, Steve Gulick, Jason Eric Klemm, Emily Mattison, Keith Miller, and Mary Pat Walsh.

Producer – Armen Pandola

Stage Manager – Linda Gryn-Haley

Assistant Stage Manager – Naz Harper

Lighting Design  Andrew Cowles

Sound Design – Rick Gilbert

Costume Design  – Michelle Mercier

Graphic Design – Yannick Stevens

Set Design – John Gallagher,  Peggy Mecham

Set Construction  Keith Miller, James Guckin & 

Naz Harper

Set Décor/Props  Kate Danaher

PR Director Kirsten Quinn

Marketing  Kate Danaher

Box Office  Carlos Forbes, David Kuong


John Cannon (Michael Miskell, Sergeant) appeared as S.B. O’Donnell in IHT’s production of Philadelphia, Here I Come. Other “Irish” roles have been in Playboy of the Western World, Shadow of a Gunman, and The Whiteheaded Boy. Other appearances have been with The Philadelphia Drama Guild, Plays and Players, Novel Stages, Venture Theatre, Society Hill Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Old Academy Players, and Playhouse in the Park. He is Treasurer of IHT and, in “real life,” is a Professor at Villanova University.

Andrew Cowles (Lighting Designer) is a Barrymore Nominated Lighting Designer and has designed over 150 productions around Philadelphia.  Favorites include: The Brothers Size (Simpatico Theatre Project), Gagarin Way & Bedbound (Inis Nua Theatre Co.) 70 Scenes of Halloween, Grace, & Breathing Corpses (Luna Theatre Co.). He has designed for such companies as Theatre Horizon, Inis Nua Theatre Company, Luna Theater Company, Curio Theatre Company, Simpatico Theatre Project, Tiny Dynamite Productions, and many more.

Kate Danaher (Mrs. Donohue, Mrs. Tarpey) retired from teaching English at Rosemont College, but her love of words propelled her into acting, with her favorite roles being Shakespearian and Irish. Her first role was understudying Greta at the Arden Theatre in James Joyce’s The Dead, and it’s been upward ever since. Other Irish plays in which she’s had the honor to perform include Riders to the Sea, Cathleen Ni Houlihan, Shadow of a Gunman, and Philadelphia, Here I Come. Kate has a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Delaware and studied Contemporary Drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. She is also an award-winning screenwriter, as well as an Irish fiddler and storyteller. In 2012 Kate was invited by the Irish Minister of the Arts to tell stories in Ireland. Thanks, Bill, for all your support!

John Gallagher (Director) has been working in the production industry for over fifty years. In the theatre, he has worked with Sir Tyrone Guthrie, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Basil Rathbone and, his personal favorites, Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. He has worked as a director and designer (sets, lights and sound) on almost two hundred productions – from Shakespeare to Musical Comedy. Recently, he has provided the sound design for The Fictitious Theatre Company’s production of Hyde in the Shadows and has written and directed 2ʹ′s a Pair for DuPree Entertainment at The Walnut Street Studio Theatre 5, Green Light Theatrical Productions’ The Gift of Giving, Hedda Without Walls, The Widow’s Blind Date, Friends for Life and Devils Also Believe, The Irish Rep’s The Shadow of a Gunman and Playboy of the Western World and IHT’s Philadelphia Here I Come!

Rick Gilbert

Steve Gleich (Magistrate, Ragged Man) has been performing locally for over 30 years and is very happy to be part of this company. Steve has performed with Walnut Street Theater, the South Camden Theatre Company, the Ritz Theatre, Simpatico Theatre, the Delaware Shakespeare and Philadelphia Shakespeare Festivals, and Luna Theatre. He was seen in the Smithsonian Channel documentary The Hunt for the Double Eagle and has had lead roles in two full-length and several short independent films. He appears in episode 10 in season 2 of the Netflix House of Cards series. Steve lives with his lovely wife Susan in Delaware. They shuttle between Dublin, Ireland and Salt Lake City to visit with their son and daughter, their spouses, four grandsons and a granddaughter.

Jackie Gordon (Tyne Casey) began her acting career as a child at the Cleveland Playhouse. Most recently she appeared as Helen in Cold for Quince Theater. Other roles include Catherine in Suddenly Last Summer, Candida in Candida, Mema in Lenny for People’s Light and Theater company, Marjorie in Home Movies for Theater of the Edge, and Mysterious Woman in The Mysterious Woman for Theater Center Philadelphia. Jackie is also co-founder of the Entirely Theater Company and Relationship Theater. Thank you to everyone at the Irish Heritage Theatre!

Linda Gryn-Haley (Stage Manager) has been active in theater for 35 years. Linda has been an actress, stage manager, director and board member at Plays and Players for most of this time. She is also working with Renaissance Music Theatre Company. This is her first time working with the Irish Heritage Theatre.

James Guckin (Policeman) is a graduate of the Community College of Philadelphia and has appeared in several plays there. He is also a member of Once More Theater, for which he has worked on many different projects, including starring in Jack Jones: Master Spy, a soon to be released web series. Apart from acting, James also writes. Most recently his adaptations of Karel Čapek’s R.U.R. and The Insect Play were performed by the CCP Theater Department. He is thrilled to be working with IHT for this production and hopes to work on many more to come.

Steve Gulick (Mike McInerney, Shawn Early) started performing before he can remember – singing, playing roles, and imitating accents. He is thrilled to be working again with the Irish Heritage Theatre, having performed in the IHT’s productions of Mr. Dooley at Your Service, an earlier Workhouse Ward, and Philadelphia, Here I Come! He also worked with John Gallagher and others on Shadow of a Gunman and The Playboy of the Western World.

Nazeer L. Harper (Assistant Stage Manager) graduated with B.A. in Theater and English Arts from Arcadia University. While at Arcadia, he was a part of the Stage Management Team and Run Crew for numerous productions. He wrote, directed and performed his own one-man show entitled Mo’ Money, Mo Problems for his senior thesis project at Arcadia. Nazeer is currently a member of Once More Theater. He is grateful to be a part of this production and would like to give a special thanks to Peggy Mecham.

Jason Eric Klemm (Bartley Fallon, Policeman) Theater: Walnut Street Theater (The Buddy Holly Story, Driving Miss Daisy, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying), Arden Theater (Merrily We Roll Along), Society Hill Playhouse (Zombies From The Beyond, Clue: The Musical, Lafferty’s Wake). On screen, he has acted alongside Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, Liam Hemsworth , and Toni Collete to name a few, as well as being directed by M. NIght Shyamalan. He also played Dr. Marcus in the short-lived series, Do No Harm, on NBC. He studied the Meisner method at the acclaimed William Esper Studio in Manhattan. He received a theater degree at CCP and also studied at Temple. He is a proud union member of SAG/AFTRA and is Equity eligible.

Emily Mattison ( Mrs. Fallon) is excited to be making her debut with the Irish Heritage Theatre! She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance from Susquehanna University and is a graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting Conservatory. When she is not onstage she works as a teaching artist with many theaters throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. Much love to Mom, Dad, Holly and Will!

Peggy Mecham (Director) teaches in the Theater Program at Community College of Philadelphia. She has directed over 25 productions at the College over the last 20 years. Among her favorites are Arabian Nights, Metamorphoses, Romeo and Juliet and Dracula. Peggy is the Artistic Director of Once More Theater. She has a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University.

Michelle Mercier (Costume Designer) is a stylista, seamstress, costume designer, artist, linguist, lover of love and humanist. She has been sewing since the age of six when she received her first sewing kit. Michelle attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia for Fashion Design. While there she produced fashion shows and organized dressers for fashion shows with Roberto Cavalli and Frank Agostino. Michelle’s jewelry designs were sold at Joan Shepp in 2004. Michelle has costumed several plays at the Community College of Philadelphia since 2009. She is also co-owner of SEAMPOETS, a street-wear clothing company based in Philadelphia. When she’s not dreaming of fabric she is a strong and proud mother of two-year-old twins. She enjoys reading ancient poetry and traveling the world. Her travels and experiences in the nature of human’s existence inspire her artwork; her appreciation for life is expressed in every piece. Michelle would like to thank Peggy Mecham for being an amazing director and mentor, her family for being ever supportive with childcare, and everyone who has helped me have another minute of sewing time in my life. Thank you.

Keith Miller (Jack Smith) is thrilled to be working with The Irish Heritage Theatre and to be a part of this production A Night with Lady G. His love for acting emerged when he first performed on stage in high school, which inspired him to follow his dreams. Keith is a recent graduate from the Community College of Philadelphia with an Associate’s Degree in Theatre and is looking to further his studies. He can’t wait to start working with this wonderful cast and crew and is very thankful for this amazing opportunity.

Armen Pandola (Producer) is a playwright, actor and director. He won the Walnut Street Theatre’s Edwin Forrest Award for Forrest: A Riot of Dreams, which premiered there in 2006. He co-wrote and co-starred (with Bill Van Horn) in a political satire, The Prince, which premiered at the WST in 2010. His trilogy about America post 9-11, Terror at the White House, Devils also Believe, and Homeward Bound, has been produced in Philadelphia and New York. His produced plays include Dino! An Evening with Dean Martin at the Latin Casino, Zelda and Scott: Boats against the Current, Mrs. Warren’s e-Profession, The Gift of Giving, Hedda without Walls, and Friends for Life. He is a regular contributor to the Broad Street Review and is a member of The Dramatist Guild and The Philadelphia Bar Association.

Kirsten Quinn (Company Member and PR Director) is a local professional actress and college educator who holds an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Pittsburgh. She has appeared on many area stages including, but not limited to: The Wilma, InterAct Theatre, The Lantern Theatre, Walnut Street Studios for various companies, The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Luna Theatre, ISIS Productions, Montgomery Theatre, New City Stage, Theatre Catalyst’s Eternal Spiral Project, Center City Theatre Works, B. Someday, Naked Feet Productions and of course, the Irish Heritage Theatre, for which she performed the role of Kate Doogan in their inaugural production of Philadelphia, Here I Come! An Associate Professor of English and Theatre at Community College of Philadelphia, Kirsten is dedicated to involving students in the Irish Heritage Theatre as well. She serves in many capacities for the IHT, including: assistant to the producers, company member, board secretary and PR director.

Yannick Stevens (Graphic Design) is currently studying sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Mary Pat Walsh (Mrs. Tully) is happy to return to IHT, having last appeared in Philadelphia, Here I Come. Other credits include Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage, Sordid Lives and The Kathy and Mo Show (Allen’s Lane Theater), In the Floodplain (Vagabond One-Act Festival), and Hands Across Veronica (Theater Catalyst/ESP).

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