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Mass Appeal





Production Manager


Lighting Design

Scenic Design

Sound Design

Season Producers
Janice Blanton
James & Arlene Donegan
J.L. Grandinetti
Diane & Jerry Levitz
Broadway Ray Soehngen

Originally presented by the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City on May 11, 1980.

Produced on Broadway at the Booth Theatre on November 12, 1981, by Elizabeth I. McCann, Nelle Nugent and Ray Larsen, in association with Lynne Meadow, Barry Grove and Warner Theatre Productions, Inc.

MASS APPEAL is presented by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service, Inc.


Father Tim Farley ... MARK MEGILL

Creative Team

Director ... DEREK HULSE
Production Manager ... JOSEPH FICARRA
Producer ... JAN TOPOLESKI
Lighting Design ... ROMAN KLIMA
Scenic Design ... JAN TOPOLESKI
Sound Design ... JAN TOPOLESKI


The action of the play takes place in Father Tim Farley's office and in St. Francis Church.


It is autumn.

Scene Breakdown

Scene 1: Sunday morning, 10:15 mass
Scene 2: Wednesday afternoon
Scene 3: Friday, one week later
Scene 4: Sunday, one we later, 10:15 mass
Scene 5: That afternoon

Scene 1: Immediately after the 5:20 mass
Scene 2: Sunday, next week, 5:20 mass
Scene 3: Monday morning
Scene 4: 10:15 mass, that Sunday
Scene 5: That afternoon
Scene 6: 5:20 mass

Cast & Creative Team

MARK MEGILL (Father Tim Farley) is an actor, music director and teacher, and is delighted to return to the Algonquin theatre, where he recently played Jack Jerome in Brighton Beach Memoirs. Other roles at the Algonquin include Maurice in Beauty and the Beast, Joe Boyd in Damn Yankees, Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Patsy in Spamalot, Herbie in Gypsy, Governor/Innkeeper in Man of La Mancha (Perry Award Nomination) and Marley in Scrooge (Perry Award Nomination). He played Jean Shepherd in the national tour of A Christmas Story, The Musical. Other roles include Arvide in Guys and Dolls, Jacob/Potiphar in Joseph, and FDR in Annie (with Andrea McCardle), all at the Axelrod Theatre in Deal. He has performed with such diverse talents as Duke Ellington, Andy Williams, Titanic in Concert at Lincoln Center (with Brian D'Arcy James and Michael Cerveris), A$AP Rocky, and with the Housewives of Monmouth County. When not onstage, he serves as musical director at the Algonquin Arts Theatre, The Count Basie Youth Theatre Program, and at The Spring Lake Community House. He retired after 35 years as a public school teacher, and was recently named to the Allentown High School Hall of Fame. He lives in Manasquan with his wife Maria and is a proud father and grandfather to Dante, Beckett and Sawyer.

GARRETT GALLINOT (Mark Dolson) is thrilled to be back on the Algonquin stage. Previous Algonquin credits include Kaffee in A Few Good Men. Other notable credits include Hamlet in Hamlet (Dover Little Theater), Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Pax Amicus), and all 7 dwarves in Snow White (The Growing Stage). Garrett would like to thank his family and friends for all their support, the amazing production team, as well as all of you for coming out to support the arts! He'd also like to deeply thank both Mark and Derek for sharing not only their incredible wisdom, but also their enthralling stories!

DEREK HULSE (Director) received his B.A. in Theatre from DeSales University and his M.A. in Education from Georgian Court University and serves as an Assistant Principal in Point Pleasant Borough. Outside of education, Derek has worked on numerous area productions as an actor and director for over thirty years. Derek was last seen on the Algonquin stage as Sam in Mamma Mia! and most recently as Ebenezer Scrooge in Spring Lake Theatre's annual production of Scrooge! Some favorite directing credits include Private Lives, The Producers, Into The Woods, The Pirates of Penzance, Noises Off!, One Man, Two Guvnors, Godspell and his original comedy At Any Rate... Derek would like to thank Mark, Garrett and the entire production staff for this memorable experience. Much love to Colleen, Aidan and Liam!

JAN TOPOLESKI (Producer, Scenic & Sound Design). Algonquin's TD. Most recently: A Christmas Carol (One-man Show), King Arthur (Camelot), Ebenezer Scrooge (Christmas Carol the Musical) & The Old Man (A Christmas Story). Other roles: Juan Peron (Evita), Don Quixote (Man of La Mancha), Lord Farquaad (Shrek), Captain Von Trapp (Sound of Music), Emile De Becque (South Pacific). Directing credits include Noises Off, Carousel, South Pacific, The 39 Steps, Jekyll & Hyde, The Producers, A Few Good Men.

JOSEPH FICARRA (Production Manager) is proud to be producing once again for the Algonquin stage. Joe is the company's Production Manager but wears many hats around the theatre. He can be found at the back of the house mixing sound for the musicals, in the workshop building props, or on stage performing. Credits include such roles as The Ghost of Christmas Present (Scrooge!), Cliff (Cabaret), and Jigger (Carousel).

ROMAN KLIMA (Lighting Design) is a Lighting, Scenic, Sound & Video designer. His work has been seen at Algonquin Arts Theatre, The Bickford Theatre, Middlesex County College, Brookdale Community College, State Theater New Jersey, Middlesex County's Plays in the Park, The Forum Theater, & countless venues throughout the tristate area.


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