The Unfortunate Cutthroats

The Unfortunate Cutthroats premiered July 13th to July 16th, 2011 in the Plaza Black Box Theater at the Boston Center for the Arts. Written by Zach Winston. Directed by James Peter Sotis.

A synopsis: The few remaining crew aboard the pirate ship Steadfast work under their mad Captain McCarthy and his refusal to seek help, food, or shore. When McCarthy’s nemesis, Captain Lefty (now quoting Bible verses instead of slicing throats) commandeers the ship, loyalties start to crumble. Soon, civility disappears and the crew turns in upon itself when it is revealed one of their own might be working for the Law.

The company of The Unfortunate CutthroatsOriginal Cast:

Greg Davis as Edward “the Lefty” Drake
Ryan Edlinger as Captain McCarthy
Andrew T. Mattox II as Sam
Peter Murphy as Marcus
Jenna Forristall as Sadie
Phil Silberman as Philbert
Evan Murphy as Raymonde
Christian Hegg as Boyle
Alexander Joseph as Everett

Technical Directior – Josh Friedensohn
Stage Manager – Erica Magelky
Assistant Director – David Max Gibbons
Master Carpenter/Scenic Painting: Allison McDonough
Lighting Design: Lucas Garrity
Hair/Makeup Design: Katie Richmond

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Andrew Mattox III in The Unfortunate Cutthroats


Greg Davis (Edward “The Lefty” Drake)
Greg is a student at Salem Sate University finishing his B.A. in Theatre Performance with a minor in philosophy. Several past credits include Robert in the Salem State Theatre Departments production of Proof, Artie in the Student Theatre Ensembles production of HurlyBurly, and Woody in the Salem State Theatre Departments production of Six Degrees of Separation. Greg grew up in Merrimac, Massachusetts.

Ryan Edlinger (Captain Charles McCarthy)
Ryan graduated from Salem State University with a BFA in Acting in 2009. Since then, he has appeared in several productions throughout New England. Favorites include the role of Claude in Hair (Counter Productions Theatre), Buff in SubUrbia (Blank Page Theatre), and Wesley in The Curse of the Starving Class (Ghostlight Theatre Company). He has also been a cast member of the seasonal shows in Salem’s House of the Seven Gables, playing the role of Holgrave in The Spirits of the Gables, and Dylan Thomas in their Christmas Show. Ryan grew up in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

Jenna Forristall (Sadie Drake)
Jenna is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting at Salem State University after growing up in Boston. Her most recent performance credits include Briseis in Ghosts of Troy, Sabine/Evaline in Red Noses, and Sarah Pocket in Great Expectations (Salem State University). Jenna will be playing the role of Jenny in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at Salem State this fall. This is Jenna’s first show in Boston. 

David Max Gibbons (Claude Amos, Assistant Director)
David graduated BU in 2009 with a degree in film and television. He currently works on numerous film and video projects for various media and has several books in the works. David is originally from Long Island. This is David’s stage debut. 

Christian Sterling Hegg (Andrew Boyle)
Christian graduated from Hartwick College in 2005 with a degree in Theatre Arts and currently works for Tufts Health Plan in Watertown, MA. Before coming to Boston, Christian had been heavily involved in theatre in California, the UK, as well as performing for The Downstairs Cabaret Theatre in Rochester NY and working at The Utah Shakespearean Festival. Now residing in the Boston area, Christian has been a part of several plays, musicals, short films, voice-over projects and one music video in both technical and performance capacities. Favorite area credits include Evil Dead: The Musical (MIT Musical Theatre Guild), Scripted (Theatre@First) and The Two Mister Weatherbys (Elliot Hall Productions). This fall, Christian will be appearing in Arlington Friends of Drama’s production of Hair as a member of the Tribe. Christinan grew up in Menlo Park, California. 

Alexander Joseph (Dudley Everett)
Alex is originally from Marshfield, Massachusetts. He has been seen at the Boston Playwright’s Theatre in the Ground Floor Readings and Massachusetts Young Playwright’s Program. In addition, favorite credits include Hamlet (Marcellus, Osric, Lucianis), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theseus), and The Respectful Prostitute (as the titular prostitute).

 Andrew T. Mattox II (Samuel Murray and Officer Nigel Rocheford)
Andrew is a student at Salem State University, graduating this summer, where he studied for his B.A. in Theatre Performance and a minor in Music. As he is enthralled to be making his debut performance in Boston with the Vagabond Theatre Group, prior credentials include: Frederic in the Pirates of Penzance, Eddie in HurlyBurly, and Roger in Rent. Andrew grew up on the sandy shores of Cape Cod.

Evan Murphy (Marcel Raymonde)
Evan is a theater major at Boston College and is originally from Milton, Massachusetts. His most recent roles are Katurian in The Pillowman, Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Ralph in Reefer Madness. He performed in Vagabond Theater Group’s production of Burning the Barn last summer as the lovable British holistic health practitioner Ravi. Evan is a singer / songwriter and avid banjoist.

Peter Murphy (Marcus)
Peter is pursuing a BFA in theatre performance at Salem State University, where has recently appeared as Tiresias in the original piece Ghosts of Troy as well as Elvis in Picasso at the Lapin Agile. His next project will choreographing the Salem State student theatre ensemble’s production of A New Brain. Peter grew up in Plymouth, Massachusetts. This is Peter’s first production in Boston.

Phil Silberman (James Hollingsworth)
Hailing from Chicago, Phil is a recent graduate of Boston University with a degree in Mathematics, which makes him extremely qualified to do theatre things. This is his first post-graduation production and he hopes no one gets angry about his accent. Phil has been in about twenty or so college theatre productions, highlighted with Dial M for Murder (Tony Wendice), The Pillowman (Michal), and On the Razzle (Weinberl). He has also directed Women and Wallace. Phil currently works for an online retailer doing marketing.

James Peter Sotis (Director, Artistic Director, Props, Scenic Painting)
James is the Founder and Artistic Director of Vagabond Theatre Group. He is a director, designer, and actor originally hailing from Ipswich, Massachusetts. He has directed the VTG’s two previous shows: A Skull in Connemara and the IRNE-nominated Burning the Barn. James was previously Artistic Director of the Ipswich Summer Theatre Company, as well as an active member of Stage Troupe and The Company. Previous credits include The Importance of Being Earnest (Director), Death of a Salesman (Director), Sure Thing (Bill), The Sound of Music (Max), The Music Man (Props), Buried Child (Props), The Strength of Our Spirit (Set Design), On Borrowed Time (Dr. Evans) and The Matinee (Sean). James likes to tell stories, and is eternally grateful to anyone that will indulge him and listen.

Josh Friedensohn (Scenic Design)
Josh graduated Boston University in 2010 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He currently works for the government designing submarines. Josh’s previous credits include Burning the Barn (Scenic Design), Angels in America (Scenic Design), Beauty and the Beast (Scenic Design), A Skull in Connemara (Scenic Design), The Music Man (Technical Director), Crimes of the Heart (Technical Director) and Anything Goes (Master Carpenter). Josh served as Technical Advisor for Boston University Stage Troupe for its 2009-2010 season. Josh is originally from Westchester, New York.

Lucas Garrity (Lighting Design)
Lucas Garrity is a recent graduate of Northeastern University where he graduated with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Theatre. In his Theatre Minor he focused on technical theater with an emphasis on Lighting Design. Lucas spent 5 years at Northeastern working for both the Theatre Department and the Center for the Arts where he held many positions including Lighting Designer, Master Electrician and Assistant to the Technical Director. He helped found Vagabond Theatre Group in 2009. Lucas is originally from Ipswich, Massachusetts.

Katie Richmond (Makeup Design)
Originally from Arizona, Katie graduated Boston University in 2010 with a degree in International Relations. Katie worked with Boston University Stage Troupe most notably on The Man Who Came to Dinner (Technical Director), The Laramie Project (Technical Director), Beauty and the Beast (Makeup),The Pillowman (Makeup), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Makeup). Katie also did makeup for Vagabond Theatre Group’s production of Burning the Barn. She enjoys makeup, glitter and gore.

Zach Winston (Playwright, Director of Development, Henry Flynn)
Zach Winston is the Associate Director of Development for Vagabond Theatre Group, and a tour guide at the New England Pirate Museum. Zach is from Salem and attends Salem State University. This is his first full-length play. Acting credits include A Skull in Connemara (Vagabond Theatre Group), Bad Jazz, Farragut North (Zeitgeist Stage), Red Noses, and Rent (Salem State Theatre). Zach assistant directed last summerʼs IRNE-award nominated production of Burning the Barn.

Allison McDonough (Marketing Director, Master Carpenter, Scenic Painter)
Allison graduated Boston University in 2011 with a B.S. in Communications (Public Relations) and a minor in Theatre. Through Boston University’s Stage Troupe, Allison has worked in directing and technical capacities. Credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Co-director and choreographer), Amadeus (Co-director), Beauty and the Beast (Assistant Choreographer) and Comic Potential (Technical Director). In addition, she performed as a dancer in BU Stage Troupe’s productions of The Music Man (2007) and Anything Goes (2008). Allison received an Honorable Mention for Movement Direction of BU’s School of Theatre’s production of diventare at KCACTF. She currently works at the Huntington as Assistant to the Managing Director. Allison grew up in Warren, New Jersey.

Gabrielle Krumins (Development Associate)
Originally from Texas, Gabrielle graduated Boston University in 2011 with a B.S. in Film/Television and a minor in English. She currently works as a Development Intern with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. Gabrielle has worked with Boston University’s Stage Troupe as a director, stage manager and other technical capacities. Credits include Director: Pterodactyls, Hold Me!; Co-Director: Amadeus, Man Who Came to Dinner, Kissing Christine; Stage Manager: Buried Child, Comic Potential, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Hollywood Liquor, One Acts Play Festival 2011.

Erica Magelky (Production Manager; Stage Manager)
Erica is from Houston, Texas. She graduated Boston University in 2010 with a B.A. in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Classical Civilization. In addition to her studies, Erica worked on multiple productions with Boston University’s Stage Troupe as a director, stage manager and other technical capacities. Credits include Musical Comedy Murders of the 1940s (Stage Manager), The Music Man (Stage Manager), Anything Goes (Stage Manager), Into the Woods (Stage Manager), Beauty and the Beast (Stage Manager) and The Pillowman (Stage Manager). She currently works as a Research Assistant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.