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Cast and Crew Announcement – A Moon for the Misbegotten

Cast and Crew Announcement A Moon for the Misbegotten


Merrimack Repertory Theatre is proud to announce the cast and creative crew for final show of the 2008-2009 season, A Moon for the Misbegotten by Eugene O’Neill, running April 23-May 17.


The production’s creative staff includes Edward Morgan (director), Bill Clarke (scenic design), Jeni Schaefer (costume design), Beverly Emmons (lighting design) and Michael Boso (sound design).  The company includes Kate Udall (Josie Hogan), Michael Canavan (James Tyrone), Gordon Joseph Weiss (Phil Hogan), Karl Baker Olson (Mike Hogan) and John Kooi (T. Stedman Harder). Gordon Joseph Weiss has multiple Broadway credits, including Sly Fox, The Life, Ghetto and Raggedy Ann. John Kooi returns to the MRT stage after previously appearing in Dinah Was, As You Like It and Betrayal; and Michael Canavan directed the MRT production of Three Songs in 2003. All other company members are making their MRT debuts. A Moon for the Misbegotten will be the first O’Neill play produced by MRT in a decade. During the 1997-1998 season, MRT produced Long Day’s Journey into Night. In 1991, MRT opened its season with A Moon for the Misbegotten.



Kate Udall (Josie) Merrimack Repertory Theatre: debut.  Off-Broadway: Blue Heron Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, MHStages.  Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, George Street Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Colorado Shakespeare Festival and Wittenburg (world premiere), Arden Theater.  International: She has played at the Edinburgh Fringe, in Bamberg, Germany and Italy. She is a founding member of Vox, an international ensemble that was featured in the documentary Giving Voice: The Actor’s Journey.  In 2006, Vox was invited to present Metamorphoses at the International Theatre Festival in Lisbon.  Film: ChokeTelevision: Law & Order, Law &Order: Criminal Intent and KidnappedOther: Ms. Udall is a designated teacher of Linklater Voice Technique and she spent six years as an Associate Professor of Voice/Acting at West Virginia University.  She is a proud member of the union Actors Equity.

Michael Canavan (James Tyrone, Jr.) Merrimack Repertory Theatre: Michael makes his acting debut having directed Three Songs for the 03/04 season.  New York: credits include the Obie-winning Bug (Dr. Sweet), by Tracy Letts, Barrow Street Theatre; Bang, Bang Blues, New York Shakespeare Festival.  Chicago: credits include The Lion in Winter (Henry II) and The Father (The Captain) both opposite his wife Shannon Cochran, Writers’ Theatre; Mizlansky/Zilinsky, Steppenwolf Theatre Company; The Dying Gaul, Apple Tree Theatre; Regional: Oleanna, Prelude to a Kiss, Reckless, Jitters, Reckless, among many others with South Coast Repertory; De Donde?, New Mexico Repertory Theatre and the inaugural season at Pittsburgh Public Theater.  International: Three Sisters (Vershinin), Teatro Popular de Bogota in Colombia.  Film: Flags of Our Father, The Island, Hidalgo and Murder by Numbers, among others.  Television: He has guest starred on dozens of shows, most recently Bones, Entourage, Criminal Minds, Big Love, Brothers & Sisters and CSI: MiamiOther: Michael is a produced playwright and has directed productions for Pegasus Repertory Theatre in Aspen, CO.

Gordon Joseph Weiss (Hogan) Merrimack Repertory Theatre: debut.  Broadway: Sly Fox, The Life, Jelly’s Last Jam, The Visit, Ghetto (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations), Raggedy Ann, King of Hearts, Goodtime Charley and  JumpersRegional: Tobacco Road (Jeter Lester), Triad Stage; principal roles at Virginia Stage Company, Baltimore’s Centerstage, Goodspeed Opera House, Ford’s Theatre, McCarter Theatre, American Festival Theatre, Pennsylvania Festival Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville.  Film: Imaginary Heroes, Joe Gould’s Secret, Howard Stern’s Private Parts, Awakenings, Reversal of Fortune, Lustre, The UndeservedTelevision: Law & Order, Third Watch, Spin City, Law & Order: SVU, New York Undercover, NYPD Blue.


John Kooi (Harder) Merrimack Repertory Theatre: Dinah Was, As You Like It, BetrayalNew York: Othello, Twelfth Night, Bedroom Farce, Romeo and Juliet, The Increased Difficulty of Concentration (by Czechoslovakian playwright Vaclav Havel)Regional: Take Me Out, Foothills Theatre Company; The Complete History of America (abridged), Cider Mill Playhouse; Life x3, Gulfshore Playhouse; Hamlet, The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Boston; Romance, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater; The Woman in Black, Visiting Mr. Green, The Glass Menagerie, The Immigrant, I Hate Hamlet, Shadowland Theatre; Romeo and Juliet, The Cleveland Orchestra with Conductor Leonard Slatkin; Awake and Sing, Rainbow Theatre; Cantorial, The Jewish Theatre of New England; Beyond Therapy, Long Beach Playhouse; Much Ado About Nothing, Pasadena Shakespeare Company; A Thousand Kisses: The Love Story of Napoleon and Josephine, Historyonics Theatre Company of St. Louis.  Education: MFA in Acting, Brandeis University; BA in Theatre, St. John’s University, Minnesota.  Other: John is a former Councilor of Actors’ Equity Association.

Karl Baker Olson (Mike) Merrimack Repertory Theatre: debut.  Regional: The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Misanthrope, New Repertory Theatre; The History Boys, SpeakEasy Stage; Gary, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre; The Duchess of Malfi, Actors’ Shakespeare Project; The Cherry Orchard, Huntington Theatre Company.  Education: BFA Acting, Boston University School of Theatre; London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art; The Children’s Theatre Company.

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