White Irish Drinkers
Nick Thurstun

Nick Thurston is a California native from the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been acting since childhood, and has received training at several theatre schools, including the American Conservatory Theatre and the British American Drama Academy in London. He recently graduated from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. He spent a semester abroad in England that opened his eyes to the masterful artistry and fresh energy of European theater, and he hopes to bring this dedication and excitement to his own work here in the United States.

While abroad he played Edmund in King Lear, directed by RSC veteran Kelly Hunter. He has worked on an episode of Ghost Whisperer directed by Jennifer Love Hewitt and Guest Starred on Cold Case. He plays the lead in this year's release of The Truth Below on MTV and stars alongside Stephen Lang and Karen Allen in John Gray's White Irish Drinkers, which will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. He just wrapped the Lifetime movie Reviving Ophelia in Toronto, Ontario. Recently, he spent two weeks volunteering in Haiti where he worked with the Jenkins/Penn Haitian Relief Organization.

Geoff Wigdor
GEOFF WIGDOR (Danny Leary)

Geoff Wigdor, a native New Yorker, has been working as an actor since childhood, where guest roles on The Babysitter's Club, Loving, and The Cosby Mysteries led to his big screen debut as a young teenager in the drama Sleepers, playing the younger version of the character played as an adult by Ron Eldard. He also played the younger version of Robert Downey, Jr.'s character in Neil Jordan's thriller In Dreams and Holly Hunter's son in Levity, also starring Billy Bob Thornton. His television credits also include guest roles on One Life to Live, The Guiding Light, Spin City, Law & Order, The Sopranos, Third Watch, Las Vegas, ER, The Black Donnellys, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

He'll next appear in the comedy Buddy Gilbert Comes Alive with Elisabeth Moss.

Stephen Lang
STEPHEN LANG (Patrick "Paddy" Leary)
In a career that has spanned three decades and encompassed everything from Broadway stardom to the biggest blockbuster of all time, Stephen Lang is one of the most respected and well-regarded members of his profession. A graduate of Swarthmore College and a member of the famed Actors’ Studio (where he also served as an artistic director), Lang is currently best known to audiences around the world for his memorable turn as black-hearted Colonel Miles Quartich in James Cameron’s epic Avatar. Last year Lang received rave reviews for his performances in both Public Enemies with Johnny Depp and The Men Who Stare at Goats with George Clooney. Among his many notable film credits from years past include the historical epics Tombstone, Gettysburg, and Gods and Generals; as well as Manhunter, Trixie, Band of the Hand; and indie classics Last Exit to Brooklyn and Niagara, Niagara.

On stage, Lang was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in The Speed of Darkness. Other credits include Death of a Salesman with Dustin Hoffman, portraying ‘Colonel Nathan Jessep’ in the original production of A Few Good Men; as well as co-starring with Quentin Tarantino and Marisa Tomei in Wait Until Dark. In 2008, Lang appeared in the critically acclaimed off-Broadway one man show Beyond Glory of which he also adapted. He received Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Award nominations for his Outstanding Solo Performance.

Lang’s television credits over the years include recurring roles on the Michael Mann produced series Crime Story and the 2000 version of The Fugitive. He also distinguished himself in television movies as the title character in Babe Ruth; in the Rod Serling-penned A Town Has Turned to Dust; and the ESPN mini-series The Bronx is Burning.

Karen Allen
KAREN ALLEN (Margaret Leary)
After studying design for several years in NYC and traveling for a year in Central and South America, Karen Allen began her career as an actor at age 22 working in the theatre in Washington, DC after being inspired by the work of Polish director Jerzi Grotowski. Returning in 1976 to NYC to study with Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg, Karen was cast in her first film, Animal House. Over the next three decades she has spent her time between film work (The Wanderers, A Small Circle of Friends, Raiders of the Lost Ark (Saturn Award for Best Actress), Shoot the Moon, Until September, Starman, Scrooged, The Glass Menagerie (Independent Spirit nomination), Malcolm X, King of the Hill, Falling Sky, The Perfect Storm, Poster Boy and her return as Marion Ravenwood in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), and working in the theatre in NY (The Monday After the Miracle (Theatre World Award), Extremities, The Miracle Worker, The Country Girl, The Glass Menagerie, and Speaking in Tongues). Her television projects have included East of Eden, Challenger, All the Winters That Have Been, Secret Weapon, and My Horrible Year.

Karen is on the faculty of the Theatre Department at Bard College at Simon's Rock and has recently directed Joan Ackermann's The Batting Cage and Michael Weller's Moonchildren. In 2003 she returned to her design roots and opened a design studio "Karen Allen Fiber Arts," where she creates a line of extraordinary and unique cashmere knitwear on Japanese knitting machines.

She has just completed filming on the Dreamworks film I Am Number Four, directed by DJ Caruso, playing opposite Tim Oliphant, and on Hallmark's 2010 Christmas film, November Christmas, also starring Sam Elliot, John Corbett and Sarah Pawlson. In the works is a plan to direct the film The Batting Cage and to mount another theatre production of Moonchildren. Karen has one son, Nicholas, who is 20 and a student at NYC.

Peter Riegert
Has been acting, writing, directing and producing for the past 40 years. His movies include: Animal House, Local Hero, Crossing Delancey, Chilly Scenes of Winter, Coldblooded, Utz, Oscar, Passed Away, The Mask, Traffic, White Irish Drinkers and the short film The Response, which received the ABA Silver Gavel and was short listed for an Academy nomination for live-action short. Television credits include: The Sopranos, Gypsy, Barbarians at the Gate, Concealed Enemies, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Damages.

On Broadway he was in The Old Neighborhood, An American Daughter, The Nerd and Dance With Me. Off B'Way includes: Sexual Perversity in Chicago, The Birthday Party, Mountain Language, Isn't It Romantic and A Rosen By Any Other Name.

His directorial film debut was the Academy nominated short By Courier, which was followed by his first feature, King of the Corner, with Isabella Rossellini, Eli Wallach, Rita Moreno, Beverly D'Angelo, Eric Bogosian and Dominic Chianese.

He is currently preparing to shoot his next feature based on the novel A Field of Darkness, by Cornelia Read.

Leslie Murphy
LESLIE MURPHY (Shauna Friel)

White Irish Drinkers is the first feature film role for Leslie Murphy, who received her degree in theater from UC Berkeley. Her stage credits include playing the title role in Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice for New York Stage and Film; Fear and Misery in the Third Reich produced at
the Oval Theatre in London; and in the Pasadena Playhouse production of Rocket Science.

Jimmy Cheeks
Little Brian
Little Danny