An Act Of The Imagination

hampton theatre company's production of an act of the imagination

Bernard Slade’s clever and masterful whodunit where duplicity, cunning and deceit promise to keep even the most seasoned theater detectives in suspense until the final moment.


March 23 – April 9, 2017
by Bernard Slade
directed by Edward A. Brennan
Arthur Putnam – MATT CONLON
Julia Putnam – REBECCA EDANA
Detective Sergeant Fred Burchitt – JAMES M. LOTITO, JR.
Brenda Simmons – MEGGIE DOYLE
Brooke Carmichael – CESA PLEDGER


MATTHEW CONLON (Arthur Putnam) was last seen at HTC as Archer Brown in last fall’s November. He has also appeared here in Hay Fever, Clybourne Park, Harvey, The Foreigner, The Heiress, The Real Thing and The Crucible. Selected NYC: HB Playwrights: The Game of Love and Death (with Herbert Berghof); Freud’s Last Session (with Fritz Weaver) and The Chase; Sonnet Rep: The Tempest; EST: The Traveling Lady; La Mama: A Human Equation. Partial Regional: Penobscot: To Kill a Mockingbird; Bay Street: Men’s Lives; Cleveland Play House: The Importance of Being Earnest; O’Neill: Fuddy Meers; Stage West: Suddenly Last Summer (with Kim Hunter); Mendelssohn: Oedipus Rex. Recent Film: Sweet Lorraine; The Crimson Mask; The Man from the City. TV: Law and Order(s); One Life to Live. Matthew gratefully acknowledges his public primary (Sayville Public Schools) and college education (SUNY Purchase).

MEGGIE DOYLE (Brenda Simmons) is thrilled to make her debut with HTC as Brenda in An Act of the Imagination. She earned her BFA in Acting from Syracuse University in 2009 and is an actor, playwright and staff writer for Reductress, a feminist satire website that parodies articles in the media targeted toward women. Acting credits include The Comedy of Errors; Pericles, Prince of Tyre; The Winter’s Tale; Haunt; The Water Children and The Diary of Anne Frank. Meggie is also the co-librettist of Hot Mess in Manhattan: The Musical and writer of GET IN THE VAN!!!, a web series currently in development. She would like to thank Cait, Mother Darling, and the rest of the family for all their love and support.

REBECCA EDANA (Julia Putnam) is grateful to return to the stage with the Hampton Theatre Company. Most recently she appeared with HTC as Clarice Bernstein in November, Bella in Lost In Yonkers, Jenny in Dead Accounts, and Betsy/Lindsay in Clybourne Park. A SAG-AFTRA actor working in film and TV, Rebecca worked most recently on the web series Vicious Pride of Youth. When not on stage, Rebecca is busy raising her twin boys and singing while folding laundry. A special thank you to my family for the support you show me every day.

AMANDA GRIEMSMANN (Holly) is thrilled to return to the HTC stage following her appearances as Bec in 4000 Miles, Nina in Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Sheila Birling in An Inspector Calls, Jackie Coryton in Hay Fever and Myrtle Mae Simmons in Harvey. She has performed for several seasons in Manhattan with The Inwood Shakespeare Festival. She has also performed with The Lafayette Salon Series, a monthly reading series that meets at The Players Club. A short film entitled Grim Brothers, which she shot last winter, was recently accepted into The Playhouse West Film festival in North Hollywood. This summer she will be working as assistant director to the Quogue Junior Theatre Troupe. A special thanks to Ed for this opportunity! Lots of love to friends and family!

JAMES M. LOTITO JR. (Sgt. Burchitt) makes his HTC debut with this production. James has appeared in dozens of musicals, plays, benefits, and tours including the LI premieres of Blood Brothers (Mickey), Triumph Of Love (Harlequin) and BatBoy the Musical (Dr. Parker), as well as Life Is Shorts, an original play written by LI author Kat O’Neill. Favorite credits include Forever Plaid (Smudge), Phantom of the Opera (Phantom), MSG’s A Christmas Carol (Scrooge, Christmas Present), Chess (Freddie Trumper), Wait Until Dark (Harry Roat), Gigi (Gaston), Rags (Saul), and Assassins (Samuel Byck). James has toured in American Fantasy II, a trip through the history of big movie and Broadway musicals. He also performed in a special production of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change that was commissioned for the show’s composer, Jimmy Roberts. A lifetime of thanks to Dr. Ruth Kline, Jim and Becky, and Ed Brennan. For Dina, Jake, and Maxwell.

JESSE PIMPINELLA (Simon) Jesse is humbled to be a part of the Hampton Theatre Company’s production of An Act of the Imagination. Jesse is a recent graduate of Wagner College. He most recently performed in The Mikado (Nanki-Poo) with the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, Off-Broadway. He would like to thank his family and friends for their love and support, Edward Brennan for giving him this opportunity, Chrissie DePierro for all she does for us and, of course, the cast for putting up with him on stage!

CESA PLEDGER (Brooke) is thrilled to make her HTC debut with this production. NYC stage credits include Myopia (Neighborhood Playhouse) and Different Animals (Cherry Lane Theater). TV and film credits include Bruce!!! (2017), I Love You… But I Lied, Accidents and I’d Kill For You. In 2016, Cesa wrote, directed, produced and starred in a short film, Secret, about losing a parent to dementia, that is expected to join the festival circuit in 2017. A native of Manchester, New Hampshire, Cesa graduated from the University of Florida before moving to NYC where she graduated from the Maggie Flanigan Studio’s Meisner program.

BERNARD SLADE (Playwright)’s plays include Same Time, Next Year, Fatal Attraction, Fling!, Tribute, Romantic Comedy, Special Occasions, Return Engagements, I Remember You and Moving. Born in Ontario, Slade began his career there as an actor. He moved to Hollywood where he began to work as a writer for television sitcoms including Bewitched, Love on a Rooftop, The Flying Nun, The Partridge Family and Bridget Loves Bernie. He has received a Drama Desk Award, A Tony Award Nomination and an Oscar Nomination.

EDWARD A. BRENNAN (Director) is thrilled to be directing at HTC again, having done so for their productions of Deathtrap and I Hate Hamlet. He has also appeared with the Hampton Theatre Company as Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls, Angus in The Drawer Boy, Joe Foster in Becky’s New Car, Arbuthnot/Arundel in The Enchanted April, Chief Bromden in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Ralph in Frozen. His directing credits also include Doubt, Crossing Delancey, The Heidi Chronicles, Spring Awakening and South Pacific. Ed holds a Master’s degree in Theater and has directed over 60 productions on Long Island.

SEAN MARBURY (Set Designer) has worked in textile design, built sets for TV series, commercials, and films and worked with the design, engineering and fabrication of race car components. He currently works on high end residential construction. His set designs for HTC include Deathtrap, Other People’s Money, Other Desert Cities, The Foreigner, Harvey, Time Stands Still and November.

SEBASTIAN PACZYNSKI (Lighting Designer) has designed all the company’s productions since 2004 as well as the theater’s lighting system. He has designed lighting for theater, dance and special events in a number of Broadway, Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway and regional venues. He has also worked in film and television as the director of photography. He has designed numerous productions for Guild Hall and for the Hamptons Shakespeare Festival.

TERESA LEBRUN (Costume Designer) is the resident costumer for HTC. She started helping with costumes in 1986 and has designed the costumes for all the company’s productions since 2005. Teresa also costumes for Center Moriches and Westhampton Beach High Schools. She is happy to be working with her dear friend Diana and this amazing cast. Much love to her boys, Josh and Noah, family and great friends.

CHRISSIE DEPIERRO (Stage Manager) is happy to be sharing in the process of bringing An Act of the Imagination together with Ed Brennan after working together last year on An Inspector Calls. To an amazing cast, thank you for making my job so easy. To all the Techs whose talents bring light, sound and life to a once empty stage, you make the magic happen. To her brightest stars near and far, Kristopher, Theresa, Matthew and Samantha, you light up my life.

MARYAM (Rob) DOWLING (Lighting & Sound Technician) has done lighting and sound for 23 years with various theater groups on the East End. Maryam has also helped Sebastian with lighting setup at Guild Hall, the Ross School, and other local venues. This is Maryam’s eighth season with the Hampton Theatre Company and she is very happy to be part of the show and the company.

JULIA MORGAN ABRAMS (House Manager). After retiring from the legal department of Bristol Myers Squibb, Julia began a second career as a volunteer, initially for Literacy Suffolk, HTC and the Southampton Animal Shelter, where she wrote grants and worked in fundraising. She continues to write grants and help with marketing for several local nonprofits. Julia would like to thank all of her dedicated House Assistants for their continued support.


Costume Design – TERESA LEBRUN
Box Office – LISA CARR
Production Graphics – JOE PALLISTER
Production Photographer – TOM KOCHIE


The Hampton Theatre Company, in conjunction with our local libraries, offers special Dinner (& Lunch) and Theater Packages which offer wonderful events at terrific prices.

There are four packages available for AN ACT OF THE IMAGINATION.

The Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton and the Westhampton Free Library in Westhampton Beach are offering a dinner package on Friday, March 24. Dinner is at Stone Creek Inn in East Quogue at 5 pm, followed by the show at 7 pm. The cost for dinner (including tax and tip) and show is $60. To reserve, please send your check, for $60 per person, to Hampton Theatre Company, PO Box 400, Quogue, NY 11959. Please include your name, address, phone number and email address so that we may email you your tickets. Please reference “March 24 dinner/theater event.”

The Hampton Bays Public Library is offering a dinner package on Friday, March 31. Dinner is at 1 North Steakhouse in Hampton Bays at 5 pm, followed by the show at 7 pm. The cost for the dinner (including tax and tip) and show is $60. To register, please call the Hampton Bays Library at 631-728-6241.

The Quogue Library is offering a dinner package on Thursday, April 6. Dinner is at The Quogue Club at 5 pm, followed by the show at 7 pm. The cost for dinner (including tax and tip) and show is $70. To register, please call the Quogue Library at 631-653-4224 ext. 101. The Quogue Library package is available first to library members. If space is available, others may participate as well.

The Hampton Theatre Company is offering a special new lunch and theater package in conjunction with the new Saturday matinee on Saturday, April 8. Lunch is at The Quogue Club at the Hallock House in Quogue at 12:30 pm, followed by the show at 2:30 pm. The cost for lunch (including tax and tip) and show is $60. To reserve, please send your check, for $60 per person, to Hampton Theatre Company, PO Box 400, Quogue, NY 11959. Please include your name, address, phone number and email address so that we may email you your tickets. Please reference “April 8 lunch/theater event.”


Sunrise Highway (Route 27) to exit 64S (Rte. 104 to Quogue). Rte. 104 South (approx. 3 miles) to Montauk Highway (Rte. 80). Right onto Montauk Highway to light at Otis Ford (1 mile). Left onto Jessup Avenue. 1/2 mile to theater (on right).

Montauk Highway to light at Otis Ford in Quogue. South onto Jessup Avenue. 1/2 mile to theater (on right).


PARKING: There is limited street parking around the theater as well as a parking lot that can be entered just north of the Quogue Community Hall.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: The theater is wheelchair accessible through the side entrance. If a member of your party needs wheelchair access, please come to front entrance and ask the person taking tickets to open the side door. If a member of your party requires a wheelchair in the theater, please reserve one seat at the end of a row.

ASSISTED LISTENING DEVICES: The theater does not have assisted listening devices at this time.

Gallery – photos by Tom Kochie