Role Call—Meet the Cast of "District Merchants"


by 
Nicholas Pilapil
 | Sep 13, 2016
The Cast of District Merchants

THE CAST: Akeem Davis, Montae Russell, Matthew Boston, Chris Butler, Rachel Esther Tate, Matthew Grondin, Kristy Johnson and Helen Sage Howard Simpson.


Boston,-Matthew Matthew Boston
  • Character: Shylock
  • Where You Might Have Seen Him: On TV in “Blue Bloods” and “The Mysteries of Laura”
  • District Merchants Connection: He originated the role of Shylock in the world premiere of District Merchants at Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Butler,-Chris

Chris Butler
  • Character: Benjamin Bassanio
  • Where You Might Have Seen Him: On TV in “The Good Wife,” “Scandal” and “Modern Family,”
  • SCR Connection: He was in Death of a Salesman in 2013.


Davis,-Akeem

Akeem Davis
  • Character: Lancelot
  • District Merchants Connection: He was in the world premiere of District Merchants at Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.



Grondin,-Matthew

Matthew Grondin
  • Character: Finnegan (Finn) Randall
  • Where You Might Have Seen Him: Across Los Angeles theatre stages such as Rubicon Theatre Company and The Theatre @ Boston Court.
  • Fun Fact: He is also a writer. His first play, Granite, was staged at Joan Scheckel’s Collective Loft.

Johnson,-Kristy

Kristy Johnson
  • Character: Nessa
  • Where You Might Have Seen Her: On TV in “Criminal Minds,” “Hart of Dixie,” “General Hospital” and “House.”
  • SCR Connection: She appeared at SCR previously in Jitney.


Russell,-Montae

Montae Russell
  • Character: Antoine DuPre
  • Where You Might Have Seen Him: On TV in “Rizzoli & Isles,” and as paramedic Zadro White on NBC’s “ER.”
  • SCR Connection: He appeared at SCR previously in Jitney.


Simpson,-Sage

Helen Sage Howard Simpson
  • Character: Portia
  • Fun Fact: She received her MFA in acting from UC Irvine.




Tate,-Rachel-Esther

Rachel Esther Tate
  • Character: Jessica
  • Fun Fact: She previously worked with playwright Aaron Posner when he directed her in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Arena Stage.




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