Linda Goetz as Sarah Helen Whitman
LINDA GOETZ - a New England based actress has been a fan of Poe every since she can remember and is thrilled to portray a very important advocate of Poes.
Linda has appeared in various productions inlcuding the critically acclaimed and IRNE Award nominated Spring Awakening. Miss Goetz’ other credits include Karen in Dinner with Friends (Concord Players), for which she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination, Chelsea in On Golden Pond (Marblehead Little Theatre), Gertrude in The Underpants (Arlington Friends of the Drama), Pat in Breaking the Code (Quannapowitt Players), Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa, Miss Fischer in A Piccaso, (Best Actress Nomination) Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show, Polonius in Ganymede Arts’ all-female production of Hamlet and Dolly Levi in The Footlight Club’s Hello Dolly for which she won The DASH Award for Best Actress.
Miss Goetz has also received critical acclaim for her appearances in A Comedy of Errors (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), The Rimers of Eldritch (Stoneham Theatre) and It’s A Wonderful Life (Stoneham Theatre). She has toured nationally in A Christmas Carol (Nebraska Theatre Caravan) and Rip Van Winkle (New England Theatre Guild) and has been featured in the summer stock productions of Noises Off and On Golden Pond at Leatherstocking Theatre Company as well as several staged readings at the Glimmerglass Opera Company in Cooperstown, NY.
Her upcoming appearances will include the Salem Theatre Company’s production of The Crucible and the PBS Docudrama “Our Founding Fathers” in which she portrays Abigail Adams. She will also be in Williamsburg, Virginia this summer to portray Martha Jefferson in Thomas and Martha.
Linda has just completed writing, directing and filming the Web Series "Brillig” which is based on Alice in Wonderland and is described as “Doctor Who” meets “Downton Abby.” (www.brilligwebseries.weebly.com)
One of her favorite roles is, of course, being mom to her 11-year-old son who continues to inspire her in the arts and in every other endeavor.
Hannah Heckman-McKenna as Virginia Poe
HANNAH HECKMAN-MCKENNA (IMDb) is a versatile actress from Salem, NH, who has played many kinds of characters on stage, from Abby Brewster in Joseph Kesselring’s Arsenic and Old Lace with her college’s Top Notch Players, to Cathy Hyatt in Jason Robert Brown’s heartbreaking two-person musical The Last Five Years (also with the Top Notch Players), all the way to CB’s sister in Bert V. Royal’s Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead with Neptune Sushi Productions.
She attended the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2012 with her college production of American Gothic: The Poetry of Edgar Lee Masters and was called out in the reviews as a highlight for her singing and her performance of three characters in the show. Hannah was also nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for that same production.
In the past year and a half, Hannah has been pursuing her dream of breaking into film and television and just finished filming a series about a group of EMT’s and firefighters by the name of Paragods with Shawn Allen Films and is additionally quite excited about a project she will be starring in called Myth with Breach Films.
Hannah has always had an attraction to the works of Edgar Allan Poe, so of course she jumped at the opportunity of auditioning for this incredible film. She feels deeply privileged to have been able to bring the character of Virginia Poe to life.
Cindy Lentol as Sarah Royster
Cindy Lentol has been acting professionally for over 20 years appearing in dozens of films, TV shows, national television and radio commercials, industrial videos, and print campaigns.
She has experienced great successes in her acting career, starring in films that were showcased at many prestigious festivals including Cannes (France) for her portrayal as a mayor’s wife in “Coming Out”, the Women’s International Film Festival (West Holly-wood, CA) for “Needless Wait” where she played the mother of a girl needing a kidney transplant, “Well-Founded Concerns,” which won Best Short Film at both the Sci-Fi London and the Chlotrudis film festivals and was seen at Lacarno International Film Festival (Switzerland), and Shocker Fest (London). “Mind the Gap” won Audience Fa-vorite at Chlotrudis and Best Picture at Redstone West in LA, and “Contrition” which opened the Woods Hole Film Festival in Cape Cod, MA in July 2009.
She is currently in production filming “Catatonk Blues” with Treat Williams and Jayne Atkinson and plays a hard-nosed reporter with compromised values. Some of her other film credits include “Crooked Arrows” with Brandon Routh, “The Company Men” di-rected by John Wells and starring Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner and Ben Affleck, and “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” directed by Mark Waters starring Matthew McCo-naughey and Jennifer Garner. She also appeared in “Game Plan”, “The Departed”, “Mona Lisa Smile” and "Prozac Nation”.
She has been cast in television shows such as ABC’s “Body of Proof” and the ground-breaking social media Lifetime movie “Sexting in Suburbia”, guest starred on NBC's "Providence" with Melina Kanakaredes, “Bunker Hill” (pilot) with Brian Dennehy and Donnie Wahlberg for TNT, and had a role in the CBS pilot “Waterfront” where she played an investigative TV reporter alongside veteran actor Joey Pantoliano.
Lentol has done extensive work in television commercials and print advertisements, promoting everything from donuts to cars to sneakers to state lotteries to restaurants to cranberry juice. She has also appeared in numerous industrial films and videos for such companies as General Electric, TD Ameritrade, Explorer Vans, and can be seen onscreen at the Mob Museum in Las Vegas.
With an extensive list of voice-over work to her credit, narration, character voices and national ad campaigns are proving her passion for this genre as well. Recently, she also flexed her stand-up comedy chops at Nick’s Comedy Stop in Boston, MA to a sold-out crowd.
Lentol currently resides in the Boston area and is extremely active in her free time enjoy-ing running, yoga, Pilates, and hiking with her Bernese Mountain Dog. She also person-al shops for busy corporate professionals and visits local high schools to speak to stu-dents on Career Day.
Diana Masi as Elizabeth Poe
Since graduating from both the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York City and the British American Drama Academy in Oxford England, Diana Masi has been acting professionally in New York City for the past seven years. She has worked in multiple theater productions, short films, commercials, and print campaigns.
You can see her in director Sean Durkin's Sundance award winning film Martha Marcy May Marlene and Andrew Neel's King Kelly.
But the work she is most proud of is her role as Rebecca in Patricia Benoit's Stones In The Sun (Tribeca Film Festival 2012; African Academy Awards 2013)
In addition to acting Diana has been a teaching assistant for director John Gallagher’s Advanced Directing Class at The School For Visual Arts, a casting assistant for award-winning casting director Susan Shopmaker and a script analyzer for the The Labyrinth Theatre Company. After twelve years in NYC she now calls Rhode Island home again.
You can see more of her work and credits on her IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1958464/
Jami Tennille as Frances Allan
JAMI TENNILLE is a New England based actor who has had a passion for acting since a young age. She decided to actively pursue her dream a few years ago and has been fortunate to be working consistently in film, commercial and print.
She began her career as “Blood” in the film Blood!Sugar!Sid!Ace! (2012). Some of her other recent projects include the historic piece House of Shadows (2013) by Providence Lyceum, Almost Human (2013) produced by local filmmakers Anthony Ambrosino and Nicholas Delmenico, and the feature Dark Minds (2013) by DiBacco Films where she played the leading role of Dr. Jennifer Foxcroft.
While acting is Jami’s primary drive and passion, she also enjoys running, reading, swimming, traveling, indulging her love of chocolate, Thai and Indian cuisine, and sharing laughs with family and friends.
John Roarke as the Voices of Edgar Allan Poe and John Allan
JOHN ROARKE's (IMDb) unique ability to stunningly morph into a myriad of public figures has prompted US Magazine to salute him as “the new man of 1000 faces”.
John’s talent first emerged while attending La Salle Academy in Providence. On the day before Christmas vacation he was reluctantly pushed to the front of the class by a fellow classmate who had seen John’s renditions of the teachers. The school’s proud tradition of order and decorum temporarily vanished as John cut loose and hysterics took the room. The teacher, John Cerra was laughing so hard he collapsed to all fours, nearly choked, and had to be helped up. From then on, Mr. Cerra gave John “stage time” near the end of class, and he began to learn his craft.
As John began to cast his net wider to include our national celebs and politicians, he knew that to perform in front of a much larger class he would have to move to Holly-
wood. Soon afterwards, his first big break came when he, along with Michael Richards was chosen to join the cast of Fridays’, ABC’s Saturday Night Live clone. As the show’s
resident impressionist it was initiation under fire because the show was nationally telecast live each week. These two and a half years of warp speed comedy by-the-seat-of-his-pants provided the seasoning he needed to go onto many other starring and guest appear-ances on TV that include; The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fresh Prince of Bel Aire, Evening at the Improv, Columbo, and Out of This World (NBC), to name a few.
On the big screen he is featured in “Naked Gun 2 ½, “Courage Under Fire”, and “Silence of the Hams”.
In addition to his work on the big and little screens, John is perfectly positioned to offer a unique and valuable package to corporate and private events. Drawing on his extensive TV and film experience, John tastefully weaves a company’s meeting objectives and
messaging into humorous presentations by his characters. The attendees are both inform-ed and entertained, which results in greater enthusiasm and performance. Pepsi-Cola, Anheuser-Busch, and Apple Computers comprise a very partial list of John’s corporate clients.
John also enjoys performing his electrifying one person show at corporate events, cas-inos, on cruises, and in clubs nationwide. It features over 100 celebrities and politicians
in a fast paced world where show biz and politics meet. Imagine “President David Letter-
man” crank calling world leaders. John’s show stopping “50 classic TV shows in four
minutes” is a real crowd pleaser, and his address by President George W. Bush takes comedy from the sublime to the subliminable. This rollicking roller coaster ride is always
appropriate, and leaves them laughing in the isles no matter what side they’re from.