January 22 – February 10, 2019 By Ernest Thompson | Directed by Susan D. Atkinson
On Golden Pond is a humorous and heartwarming play about love, reconnection, and family. After an unexpected relationship blooms, a family reunites during an unforgettable summer. Come back to the pond one more time and see this American classic.
“…a work of rare simplicity and beauty…” – NY Daily News
Have you ever fished? Clip from On Golden Pond
Why didn’t you marry Chelsea? Clip from On Golden Pond
Watch the On Golden Pond trailer
Welcome to the Pond
Meet the Cast
Keith Baker (Norman Thayer, Jr.) trained under Sanford Meisner and Martha Graham at the Neighborhood Playhouse, under John Houseman and Michael Langham at Julliard and in advanced music studies at the University of Freiberg. Prior to joining BRT he was Artistic Director of the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and the original Florida Repertory Theatre. In 2001 Keith was invited by the US State Department to collaborate with artistic directors in the country of Armenia. Subsequently he brought an original Armenian production of Forget Herostratus back to BRT. He has directed over 90 productions of plays and musicals for BRT, among them: Gypsy (starring Tovah Feldshuh), The Pirates of Penzance, Dear World (nominated for three Barrymore Awards), Chicago (nominated for six Barrymore Awards), The Balkan Women (winner of the Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play) and The Dresser (Barrymore Award nominated for Outstanding Direction of a Play), Pride & Prejudice, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Lost in Yonkers (nominated for two Barrymore Awards), Ragtime (nominated for nine Barrymore Awards), Rumors, Man of La Mancha, Working: a Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar and last season’s critically acclaimed production of The Producers. As an actor he won the Broadway World Award for Best Actor in a drama for Old Wicked Songs. He has been nominated 11 times and was twice the recipient of the Carbonell Awards for Best Actor.
Eleanor Handley (Chelsea Thayer Wayne) Off the heels of her debut at Lincoln Center in Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem, Eleanor is delighted to return home to BRT. Previously she appeared as Sarah Goodwin in Time Stands Still, Romaine Vole in Witness for the Prosecution (Barrymore nomination), Claire Ganz in Rumors and Bella in Lost in Yonkers (Barrymore nomination). Since graduating with her MFA from the New School for Drama, she has performed extensively at the Hudson Valley and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festivals in roles such as Cressida in Troilus and Cressida, Regan in King Lear, Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Beatrice in Much Ado about Nothing, Milady in The Three Musketeers, Elvira in Blithe Spirit, Olivia in Twelfth Night and Kate in Taming of the Shrew. In New York she has starred opposite Austin Pendleton in the premiere of Chuck Mee’s Limonade tous les jours, Dominic Chianese in A Christmas Carol and Jill Eikenberry in The New York Times Critic’s pick, Jericho. Television appearances include As the World Turns, Royal Pains and Unforgettable.
Jeanne Lehman (Ethel Thayer) For over 45 years, Ms. Lehman has enjoyed a varied and exciting career embracing theatre, television, concerts, cabaret, and recordings, and has carried her from Broadway to International stages as an actress, concert artist, and vocal consultant. Select credits: Broadway’s Beauty and The Beast (Mrs. Potts), The Sound of Music (Mother Abbess), Irene. Off-Broadway: Putting It Together (standby/Julie Andrews), Steel Magnolias (Truvy). PBS performances/recordings: Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall; Broadway Showstoppers; A Jerome Kern Treasury. Numerous National/Regional favorites include: Hello, Dolly!, (Mrs. Malloy) with Carol Channing, She Loves Me (Amalia) at Pittsburg CLO, The King And I (Anna), My Fair Lady (Eliza), Camelot (Guinevere) in which she met and married her very own Knight in Shining Armor, dozens more. A popular guest soloist Ms Lehman had headlined at Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, The Hollywood Bowl and concert stages in the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, and Korea. International vocal consultant: Hyundai Theatre Company, Seoul, Korea; Shiki Co., Japan. Vocal instructor: NYU Playwrights’ Horizons Theatre School; currently, NY Film Academy. Television: dozens of commercials, Law and Order: SVU, Kate and Allie, daytime dramas. Favorite role: wife of the late Larry French. www.jeanne-lehman.com
Henry Parker (Billy Ray) is thrilled to be making his theatrical debut at Bristol Riverside Theatre! Most of Henry’s acting experience until now has been on screen in various commercials, print work, and the film, The Middle of X. Henry is an 8th grader at Elkins Park Middle School and a member of the Keystone State Boychoir, which he traveled with to South Africa for three weeks this past summer. He is very grateful to Susan D. Atkinson for this opportunity and to his family for all their love and support.
Michael Satow (Charlie Martin) BRT: Time Stands Still. Off-Broadway/NY Stage: A Better Place (The Duke) Final Analysis (Alice Griffin Jewel Box), Hot Season (Sheen Center), Raft of the Medusa (Secret Theatre), Look Upon Our Lowliness (HSA Theatre), Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Kraine Theater), Blacken the Bubble (Dixon Place), Betwixt, Between, and BeTWAIN (The Crown), Hell For The Company (Bridge Theater), Merchant of Venice (Westbeth) and numerous readings/workshops including NYTW, Joe’s Pub, New Dramatists, The Director’s Company and TMTC. Regional Stage includes: Rumors, Betrayal (Theatre Workshop of Nantucket), Red (Riverside Theatre), Lend Me A Tenor, Arsenic & Old Lace, Hound of the Baskervilles (Florida Rep), Hannah (Premiere Stages), Shipwrecked! (Capital Rep), Proof (Seacoast Rep), Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet – w/ Jeffrey Donovan (Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.), and the world premieres of Jericho (Florida Studio Theatre), I Heart Kant (CoLab @ George Street Playhouse) and Charlotte the Destroyer (Boston Center For the Arts). Film: Under Jakob’s Ladder, How To Break Up With Your Mother, Middle Ground, One Last Dream of America. TV: Recurring as Stark Schiff in The Good Fight (CBS), Elementary, Instinct (CBS), Manhattan Love Story, All My Children (ABC), Last Week Tonight w/ John Oliver (HBO), Web: Website Story (College Humor), PX This, Conversations from the Afterlife, and upcoming Yes We Candidate. Numerous commercials and voiceovers. Graduate of Northeastern University and Maggie Flanigan Studio. Michael lives in New York City with his wife and their perfect daughter. – AEA, SAG-AFTRA. michaelsatow.com, @michaelsatow.
Danny Vaccaro (Bill Ray) is thrilled to be back home at BRT! Favorites include Richard in Time Stands Still, Roger in The Producers, Ken in Rumors, Louie in Lost in Yonkers, Mitch in Tuesdays with Morrie, and Orin in Little Shop of Horrors. Danny has toured the country with the Tony Award winning production of La Cage aux Folles and as Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank. New York credits include The Tinman in Madison Square Garden’s Wizard of Oz, Tripp in Streakin’, and Danny was critically acclaimed for the role of Sr. Robert Anne in Off-Broadway’s Nunsense A-Men. Select Regional: Charlie; The Foreigner, Pirelli; Sweeney Todd (Barter Theatre), Jacob Marley; A Xmas Carol (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Bobby; A Chorus Line (Walnut St.), William Batulcar; 80 Days (Fulton Opera House). TV: Law & Order-SVU, Younger. Danny is a graduate of Northwestern University and a proud member of Actor’s Equity. Love to The Irish5, Jamie, Mom and Dad.