by John Cariani


John Cariani Directs Love/Sick at the Stonington Opera House

John Cariani (Playwright, Director)  is a Tony Award nominated actor and an accomplished playwright. As an actor, he is best known for his roles on NBC's "Law & Order" (as Forensics Tech Beck)," on CBS' "Numbers" (as Professor Otto Bahnoff), and on IFC's "The Onion News Network" (as reporter Michael Falk). Notable film work includes "Showtime" (with Robert De Niro), "Scotland, PA" (with Christopher Walken), and "Elephant Sighs" (with Ed Asner).

On stage, he is best known for his work n Broadway. He made his Broadway debut in the 2004 revival of Fiddler on the Roof and received an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Tony Award nomination for his portrayal of Motel the Tailor. He originated the role of Nigel Bottom in the Broadway hit, Something Rotten! and received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for his performance. He most recently appeared as Itzik in the The Band's Visit, winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Musical.

As a playwright, he is best known for his first play, Almost, Maine, which premiered at Portland Stage Company in 2004 and became the most successful play in the company's history. Almost, Maine opened Off-Broadway in 2006 and has since become one of the most popular plays in the United States with nearly nearly 5000 productions to date. Almost, Maine is currently the most frequently produced play in North American high schools.

Bill Anderson began his acting attempts in high school as the title role in Shakespeare's Coriolanus, followed by years in the Navy and the law. He returned to the stage, at OHA, as Walt in Men's Lives (2014) and the Bishop in Avalon (2019). He had the great good fortune to meet his wife-to-be, Elana, on Deer Isle at age 15. She reports that "Bill has been acting his entire life."

Ray Dinsmore performs in Love/Sick at the Stonington Opera House

Ray Dinsmore (Jason), moved to Maine in 2003, and has since performed in numerous Opera House Arts (OHA), New Surry Theater and Reach Performing Arts productions. Ray lives with his wife Ellen in Stonington and now spends winters in Buckeye AZ, where he has helped to get a community theatre group off the ground. He is thrilled to be back working again with the great folks at the Stonington Opera House.

Pam Driesell performs in Love/Sick at the Stonington Opera House

Pam Driesell (Abbie) first fell in love with Stonington in 2007 when she spent a month here on sabbatical from her work as a Presbyterian (USA) minister serving a congregation in Georgia. Now she spends as much time as possible on the island with family and friends hiking, reading, cooking and enjoying “localtarian” meals, gazing at the stars, marveling at the light, kayaking, pondering  politics, religion, culture, psychology, literature and the arts; and giving thanks. This is Pam’s first venture into community theatre.  She is grateful to OHA for the opportunity and totally psyched for it!   

Nancy Greene performs in Love/Sick at the Stonington Opera House

Nancy Greene’s debut on the Opera House stage was many years ago performing in Lily Tomin’s “Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.”  She played a suburban housewife selling vibrators, and since then has had other play-reading roles.  She also participated at the Opera House in John Cariani’s course on writing a 10-minute play, and her play was produced at the Opera House.  Off the stage, Nancy is a retired psychotherapist.  She is learning Spanish, loves getting dirty in her garden and her newest hobby is fermenting the vegetables she grows.  She, her husband and 2 dogs have lived on Deer Isle almost 30 years.

Amy Morley performs in Love/Sick at the Stonington Opera House

Amy Morley has performed in playreadings and participated in playwriting workshops with John Cariani through the Opera House. She wrote three plays for the OHA stage including Annabel Eden which was accepted into a Seattle playwright festival. She performed with Lamoine Community Arts and writes stories about everyday things like living with a guinea hen and chasing the Dalai Lama down the street. She studied art at Hampshire College and was board vice chair at The Grand Theater (Ellsworth). She’s a fundraising data specialist. She hopes to complete a play she started under John’s tutelage about time travel and self-improvement.

Marvin Merritt performs in Love/Sick at the Stonington Opera House

MARVIN MERRITT IV (Casey, Andy) is thrilled to be working with John Cariani again. He has previously acted at OHA in several productions, most recently in THE SEAGULL and SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE. He has studied at the Moscow Art Theater School, AST National Academy of Theatre Arts in Kraków, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and he just graduated this spring from Harvard College.

Sam Harrington performs in Love/Sick at the Stonington Opera House

Sam Harrington (Bill) is a retired gastroenterologist whose medical career spanned 40 years, during time which he played himself. He is the author of At Peace: Choosing a Good Death After a Long Life (Hachette, 2018), and co-author of the blog Gap Year After Sixty. His stage credits include Clarence Darrow in a high school production of Inherit the Wind (1968), Nixon’s psychiatrist in a college production of Al Franken’s Nixon! (1972), and Doctor Noyes in the OHA production of The Last Ferryman (2013).

Becky Siebert performs in Love/Sick at the Stonington Opera House

Becky Siebert, an Island native, grew up in Stonington and raised her 4 sons in Deer Isle. Becky  has worked as a licensed practical nurse for the past 37 years, with a long career at Island Nursing Home caring for our Island seniors and most recently works in NL Home Health & Hospice caring for patients in their home. “I have loved caring for our Island seniors, and feel honored to be able to have cared for those who helped shape our lives growing up”. 

Becky has enjoyed performing in several of the Cabin Fever Productions and Opera House readings  over the years and feels this is a fun way to give back to this wonderful community that we live in! 

Debbie Weil performs in Love/Sick at the Stonington Opera House

Debbie Weil (Sarah) is a podcaster, author, and nonfiction and storytelling coach who lives in Stonington. She is the creator and director of ISLAND WOMEN SPEAK and, with her husband Sam Harrington, co-author of the Gap Year After Sixty blog. Married for 47 years, she and Sam have six grandchildren. Season 3 of Debbie’s The Gap Year Podcast is about the collective gap year we are all living through right now. She is Past Chair of the board of Opera House Arts.

Veronica Young performs in Love/Sick at the Stonington Opera House

For New Surry Theatre, Veronica Young has played Doris in “Damn Yankees”, Old Sal in
“Oliver”, Julia in “Sabrina Fair”, Sister Aloyisius in ”Doubt”, Jessie in "Calendar Girls", and
Aunt March in "Little Women"; For Stonington Opera House, staged reading roles
include ”Three Tall Women” ('B'),“Men’s Lives” (Mother) “The Julia Wars”, (Mary
McCarthy), "Anna Christie" (Marthy), “Antigonix” (King Creon), and at The Grand, “The
Importance Of Being Earnest” (Lady Bracknell) and the Queen of Hearts in “Down The
Rabbit Hole”. In real life, Veronica is a freelance communications specialist and LMSW,
offering a new counseling practice focused on bereavement, grief and loss.