"Faith Healer" Sept - Nov 2014

The Newton Nomadic Theate's first production, Faith Healer by Brian Friel, starring Linda Goetz, Billy Meleady and Dave Rich opened for two nights in Carriage House Violins in Newton Upper Falls, moved for two more nights at Gregorian Rugs in Newton Lower Falls, and then on to the First Baptist Church in Newton Centre.

The houses were full, the audiences enthusiastic and the reviews outstanding so the run was extended  for seven additional performances at the Auburndale Community Library, the Brendan Behan Pub in Jamaica Plain, the Salem Theater in Salem MA, and a closing performance back in Upper Falls at Dunn Gaherins Pub. & Restaurant. 

The launch of our new theater could not have gone better.  The inaugural production of Faith Healer surpassed all of our expectations and we're immensely grateful for the enthusiastic support from the Newton theater going audience.  


Review: "Newton Nomadic Theater is Brilliant" - Village14 review 

Review excerpt: 

"In a Carriage House in Newton Upper Falls decorated with minimal staging, I sat, prepared to be underwhelmed, waiting for an amateur production of a new theater company. 

That never happened.

Instead I was witness to the birth and premier product of Newton's newest and, for my money, finest theater company, The Newton Nomadic Theater. This first production, 'Faith Healer', by Brian Friel, is an orgasmic confluence of jaw-dropping  acting and directing in a bare-bones insightful production of a rarely offered author's spellbinding Irish story-telling!"


Additional comments from the Nomadic Theater's audience about this production of "Faith Healer":

Responses from Audience Members:

Three luminous performances are at the heart of this elegant production. It was a pleasure to experience this powerful and strangely haunting play in an intimate setting right here in Newton. Theatre at its best is cleanly staged, excellently acted and touches themes that have you thinking and talking about the experience days later. NNT’s innaugural production hits all those marks. If the concepts of sophisticated theatre and Newton don’t naturally go together in your mind, then see this show and be moved by the talent and excellence that is right here in our community. - Jennifer London

"Powerful performances, a great story, and an intimate setting -- they add up to a spellbinding evening of theater in Newton. We were captivated from start to finish as the three compelling characters shared their stories. Be warned, you may want to immediately see it again to try to unravel the layers at work here." - Jeremy Sacco

"The story unfolds slowly, layer by layer, and by the end the audience is on the edge of their seats.  Well-acted, well-directed, everybody in this region should go see it." - Christine King

"Nomadic Theater of Newton is just getting off the ground, and it is already making an enormous contribution to the cultural life of this city. Go see The 'Faith Healer' – it is a beautifully directed & acted piece – an evening in the theatre that will linger in your mind long afterwards–at least it has for me!"
- James Rutenbeck

"If you love theater that challenges your imagination, you must see Newton Nomatic Theater's version of "The Faith Healer"! Be prepared for powerful acting, great direction, and a script that weaves an intriguing story!! Don't miss it. - Bruce Schneider

"The level of talent expressed by the actors combined with a captivating story left me wanting more, more, more ... Marie Jackson has done a great job with her cast, and together they have created must see theater." - Maureen Reilly-Meagher

"I really loved this. Professional actors in a nontraditional setting. The dark and mysterious elements of The Faith Healer are heightened by the environment. You don't feel like you're going to a show; instead, it feels as though you've been invited into the characters' homes to hear a deeply personal tale." - Anil Adyanthaya

"Newton Nomadic Theater deftly delivers virtuosic storytelling with unparalleled craftsmanship. I was delighted by the unexpected beauty in an unexpected venue - Bravo!" - Cyndi Sacco

Three talented actors and one dazzling script! Get your tix! - Marc St Pierre

"Faith Healer is a mystery that comes together through the prism of three perspectives.  The experienced cast gave mesmerizing performances, and the script (by Brian Friel) kept the audience guessing throughout.  This production would not have succeeded so splendidly without the nuanced performances by all - Linda Goetz, Billy Meleady, and Dave Rich - and the expert direction of Marie Jackson.  Faith Healer is a wonderful night of theater for a very reasonable price.  We loved it!"
- Matt & Jane Baronas

"This was really terrific - high level performances by the players. The space was wonderful - a local violin company with a small stage, with pictures of cellos all around us. Spellbinding performances. Right down the road from us in suburbia. So cool! You have to go see this.- Steve Feinstein

Saturday night’s performance of Faith Healer by the new Newton Nomadic Theater was of the same amazing professional caliber of the NewRep plays we love.  What sets this production apart is the small audience size, the wallet friendly  pricing and the charm of the unique non-theatre locations.  Thank you.- Alicia & Jeff Bowman

"Last night at Salem Theatre I saw three of the most outstanding performances I do believe I've ever seen ... I was blown away. Blown away. Blown away ... Brian Friel's script is, yet again, perfection, but it was the performances of the three actors that either tore at your soul or managed to keep you belly-laughing in this pseudo-trilogy."

- Dorothy Vitello Malcolm, Board Member of the Salem Theatre Company


Dave Rich
(actor, Frank Hardy)
- Dave is delighted to be making his debut with the Newton Nomadic Theater Company as Francis Hardy in Brian Friel’s Faith Healer. Dave appeared most recently in the Newton area last year (along with Linda Goetz) at the Arsenal Center of the Arts in Watertown in Macbeth, produced by the F.U.D.G.E. theater company, a production for which he received a best actor nomination by the Independent Reviewers of New England for his role as Macbeth.

This Spring, Dave will be appearing with the Actors Shakespeare Project in their production of God’s Ear, written by Jenny Schwartz and directed by Thomas Derrah, featuring Actors' Shakespeare Project company regulars Marianna Bassham* and Johnny Kuntz*, as well as Ann Carpenter, Josephine Elwood, Tamara Hickey*, Gabriel Kuttner*.  God’s Ear will be produced from March 28th to April 12th, 2015 at The Davis Square Theatre in Somerville. (* Member of Actors Equity Association)

Some of Dave’s other appearances include John Proctor in The Crucible, Caliban in The Tempest, Joseph Garcin in No Exit, Reed McAllister in Shooting Star, Gordon in Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Walt in Later Life - all with the Salem Theatre Company; Anton Schill in The Visit, Uncle Peck in How I Learned to Drive, and John Wisehammer in Our Country’s Good - all for the Mugford Street Players; and Andrew in Becky Shaw and Maxine/Leo in Leading Ladies for the Cape Ann Theatre company (C.A.T.).

Linda Goetz
(actor, Grace) - Linda is an Upper Falls resident and one of the founders of the theater.  

She’s worked in countless productions in the Boston area.  Her most recent Shakespearean role as Lady Macbeth earned her a nomination for Best Actress by the Independent Reviewers of New England.

She has written, directed and acted in the web series "Brillig" and is currently directing the new web series "Adder Mountain"

Billy Meleady (actor -  Teddy the Manager) - Billy has been a regular performer in the Boston theater scene for over 20 years. He was resident Irish actor with The Sugan Theatre Co. at the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA). He received both Elliot Norton and IRNE awards for his work with Sugan, as well as New Repertory Theatre and Boston Playwright's Theatre.

Recent performances include Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST/LA) in "The Belle of Belfast" ( 2013 Ovation award nomination for best featured actor), Commonwealth Shakespeare Co. in The Last Will at The Modern Theatre and The Revels in The Road to Compostela at Sanders Theater.

He received the Best Actor award in 2014 Boston 48 Hour Film Festival for his role in Killer RobotIn our own inaugural production of "Faith Healer", Billy stepped in at the last minute to fill the role of Teddy the Manager.  He then stepped in with 36 hours notice to replace Tony Shaloub in the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's production of "Happy Days".  In December he was back with The Revels in a leading role in their Victorian show at Sanders Theater.   In April he can be see in the Irish Repertory Theatre's production of Belle of Belfast in New York.  In fall 0f 2015 he can be seen in his feature film debut opposite Johny Depp in Black Mass.

We will always have a debt of gratitude to Billy for rescuing our first production, "Faith Healer", after Steve Cooper suffered such a horrendous accident on the stage.  We're thrilled that Billy's back with us again, with four more characters, in "the Turn of the Screw".

Marie Jackson (director) - Marie is delighted to be directing the inaugural production of the Newton Nomadic Theater.  Marie has 30 years of credits as a director, actress, writer and producer for both theater and film.

In her native Ireland she was one of the founders of Aisling Films Production and wrote and produced award winning childrens films seen round the world (End of the World Man, The Schooner) as well as music videos for Van Morrison.

In Boston she's also worn many hats.  She's acted in productions with the Sugan Theatre and, directed plays by Jennifer Johnston, Ronan Noone and Geraldine Aaron as well as directed plays for the Boston Theater Marathon.  She was the president of Boston Film/Video Foundation.  She was also one of the founders of the Museum of Bad Art.   In November she'll be acting again in "Home" by David Storey for the Avenue Stage Company.

Marie hails from Derry Ireland, birthplace of playwright Brian Friel.  Marie's mother often told her that she regularly pushed Brian Friel through the streets of Derry in a stroller when he was a baby.