Sea Marks

ICTC Presents A Groundbreaking Virtual Production

The Irish Classical Theatre Company is kicking off its 30th Anniversary Season with our first-ever digital theatre performance. We’re proud to partner with the award-winning, Buffalo-based Pan-American Film Division as we present Sea Marks by Gardner McKay.

This lyrical Irish love story is the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle Award (Best Play) and the Canadian National Regional Theatre Award. The professionally-produced, fully-staged, theatre-in-the-round performance will be filmed at ICTC's home, The Andrews Theatre, and will be available for streaming October 16 to November 1, 2020. Tickets will be affordably priced at $15 - $25.

“The talented pros at Buffalo’s Pan-American Film Division, who filmed actors Chris Kelly and Kristen Tripp Kelley on ICTC’s Andrews Theatre stage, know how to invisibly capture the mood and sensibility of a live performance, and they do it well. With the lights down at home, you do get the feeling of being there, and of having darn good seats.”

Melinda Miller – Buffalo News

About Sea Marks

Sea Marks by Gardner McKay is a unique Irish love story in its purest form. Meet Colm, a lonely fisherman living on a remote island west of Galway. Colm falls for Timothea, a sophisticated, beautiful woman from the midlands of England. Glimpsed but once, he can’t seem to forget her. He wins her affections the best way he knows how—through love letters.

Following a year and a half of exchanging letters, the couple’s unavoidable attraction sends Colm to Timothea’s home of Liverpool. Together at last, Colm aches to find a connection in the arms of Timothea in this strange place she calls home. He quickly finds himself longing for the sounds of the sea and the life he has left behind. Will the couple combine their two different worlds into one, despite the odds against them?

“Through creative camera angles and close ups that are never too close, the play feels at home on the screen, instead of as a film on a sound set.”

Michael Rabice – Broadway World


View Irish Classical Theatre Company’s online production of Sea Marks, streaming October 16 through November 1.

Run time is approximately 2 hours

Digital Playbill

An Award-winning Ensemble

Sea Marks, directed by ICTC Associate Director Fortunato Pezzimenti, stars ICTC audience favorites Chris Kelly as Colm and Kristen Tripp Kelley as Timothea. Both are recipients of multiple ARTIE Awards and nominations in multiple categories for productions at ICTC and across Western New York. Notably, Chris and Kristen played opposite one another in ICTC's regional premiere of The Seedbed by ICTC Playwright in Residence Bryan Delaney and The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh, displaying dynamic on-stage chemistry.

Travis Carlson from Pan-American Film Division will serve as Project Lead and Megan Gonsalves as Project Coordinator.

If you’re yearning for live theatre and a remarkable love story, this is it. Don’t miss Sea Marks, available for streaming October 16 to November 1, 2020.


Chris Kelly, Colm Primrose

Chris is a multi-award winning actor and director, most recently directing ICTC’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales as well as Sense & Sensibility, Minding Frankie and A Little Night Music. His extensive ICTC credits include The Seedbed; All My Sons; An Ideal Husband; Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Woman of No Importance, Shining City, James Joyce's The Dead, A Couple of Blaguards, Dancing at Lughnasa, Da and others. An Artistic Associate at MusicalFare, he has directed many productions including West Side Story, Oliver!, The Drowsy Chaperone, Peter and The Starcatcher and more. As a company member of BUA, Chris appeared in such shows as Jeffery, Never The Sinner, R&J and Deleted Scenes; and directed The Laramie Project and The Bad Seed (ARTIE Award, Outstanding Direction of a Play for both productions). Other directing credits: Into The Woods (SGT), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (New Phoenix), Robin Hood and The Boy at The Edge of Everything (TOY) and The Three Musketeers (All For One Productions). Chris is the recipient of four ARTIE Awards as well as two Best of Buffalo awards (Buffalo Spree) for both acting and directing. He is the drama teacher at Global Concepts Charter High School.

Kristen Tripp Kelley, Timothea Stiles

Kristen Tripp is proud to be returning to the ICTC stage where she has been seen as Gertrude in Hamlet, Elinor in Sense and Sensibility, and Maureen in Beauty Queen of Leenane (ARTIE Award, Outstanding Actress in a Play). She has had the good fortune of collaborating with a wide array of Buffalo’s theatre companies. For Road Less Traveled Theatre as an Ensemble Member: Eleanor in The Antipodes, Emily in Disgraced (ARTIE Nomination). For the Kavinoky Theatre: Nora in A Doll’s House Part 2, Hester in City of Conversation (Buffalo Spree Best of WNY: Best Actress in a Play), Sarah in Time Stands Still (ARTIE Award: Outstanding Actress in a Play). With Torn Space: Dan in Aunt Dan and Lemon (ARTIE nomination) and Helen in Some Explicit Polaroids. With Jewish Repertory Theater of WNY: Isabelle in Crossing Delancey, and Joyce in Body Awareness. With Second Generation Theatre: Angel/Emily in Angels in America, Sonia in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. With Shakespeare in Delaware Park: Hermione in Winter’s Tale, and Ariel in The Tempest. Kristen earned a B.A. in Theatre as a Performing Arts Honors Scholar at the University at Buffalo, and an MFA in Acting from Purdue University. Kristen currently serves as Vice President of the Association of Regional Theatre Artists (ARTA) and Upper School theatre teacher at Nichols School.


Fortunato Pezzimenti, Director

Fortunato served as ICTC’s Producing Director for over a decade. Winner of the ARTIE Award for Career Achievement in Theatre (1998), he has directed over100 plays and musicals for the Company, most recently last season’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a collaboration with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhans Music Hall, and ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore at ICTC. Previously, you have seen his work in The Awful Truth, Fully Committed, Outside Mullingar, After Miss Julie, The Liar, School for Husbands and Next to Normal (ARTIE Awards: Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Direction of a Musical; and a Best of WNY Award – Best Theatre Production, Buffalo Spree Magazine). Long-time theatre aficionados may recall that Fortunato also directed a production of Sea Marks by Gardner McKay, starring Vincent O’Neill and Josephine Hogan, at the Calumet some 27 years ago. He is also proud to have directed The Bourgeosis Gentleman and Amadeus, both also produced in collaboration with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhans. He received an ARTIE for Outstanding Direction of a Play for the outrageous comedy The Servant of Two Masters, starring the brilliant Brian Mysliwy; and also the Best of Western New York Award from Buffalo Spree magazine for Best All Around Director. Selected directing favorites for ICTC include ICTC’s Amadeus (2005), the World Premiere production of The Cant, Charley’s Aunt, She Stoops to Conquer, The Misanthrope, Wit, La Bête, My Sister in this House, A View from the Bridge, Betrayal, Remembrance and The Gigli Concert.

ICTC Production Team

Fortunato Pezzimenti Director
Greg Natale Producer & Production Manager
Michelle Eisen Production Stage Manager
Renee' Radzavich Associate Producer
Salvatore Natale Film Technical Advisor
Cali Smith Assistant Stage Manager
Eliza Zanolli-Stiles Production Assistant
Katie Mallinson Dramaturg
David Dwyer Set Designer
Vivian Del Bello Costume Designer
Jayson Clark Lighting Designer
Tom Makar Sound Designer
Roy Walker Props Master
Susan Drozd Hair/Make-up Designer
Josephine Hogan Dialect Coach

Pan-American Film Division Team

Travis Carlson Film Director & Editor
Megan Gonsalves Production Coordinator
Marc Davies Cinematographer
Cheri Leight Script Supervisor
Matthew A. Nardone 1st Assistant Camera
Salvatore Natale Dolly Grip
Benjamin Jura Sound Recordist
Maria Braun Administrative Assistant
Marc Braun Administrative Assistant
Aaron Rizzo Administrative Assistant


Chris Kelly as Colm Primrose
Kristen Tripp Kelly as Timothea Stiles

ASL Interpretation & Open Captioning Partners

Chris Kelley ASL Interpreter (Timothea)
CI/CT; SC:L, Hands-In Entertainment

Hunter Ekberg ASL Interpreter (Colm)
NIC, Hands-In Entertainment

Jodie Chibi Director of DAS
David Wantuck Captioning

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Check Out Our Sea Marks Behind the Scenes Video Series

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"Celtic Connections: All Hands on Deck! Building a Film from a Play - Episode 9"

This week, we are thrilled for you to meet Travis Carlson and Megan Gonsalves from Pan-American Film Division, who discuss the process of creating a film from a play. Join us! Be sure to watch to the end of the episode; we’ve included the official Sea Marks Trailer! Closed Captioning is available.

For the first time in the WNY region, Deaf Access Services has partnered with ICTC for the digital premiere of Sea Marks.

Deaf Access Services, an affiliate of People Inc., is the only not-for-profit organization in the region dedicated to serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities. Deaf Access Services responds to the interests of Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals by promoting communication access, awareness, and opportunities in the greater community. DAS envisions a community where ALL people experience equality, empowerment, and inclusion – leading lives full of possibilities. Learn more at

Irish Classical Theatre Company’s inaugural ASL interpreted and open captioned performance is made possible by a grant awarded from the J. Warren Perry and Charles Donald Perry Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. For more than 100 years, the Community Foundation has been committed to connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York. Learn more at


Talk Backs

Thursday 10/22 @ 7:30pm: Actors Chris Kelly and Kristen Tripp Kelley
Sunday 10/25 @ 2pm: Dramaturg Katie Mallinson
Thursday 10/29 @ 7:30pm: Director Fortunato Pezzimenti
Sunday 11/1 @ 2pm: Designers Vivian Del Bello, Susan Drozd, and Roy Walker

Join us virtually for a series of Live Q&A featuring our Sea Marks team, as they answer YOUR questions! Talk Backs are an opportunity to learn more about the production you’ve just seen. Each session will focus on a different aspect of Sea Marks: Acting, Design, Direction, and more.

Talk Backs are conducted over Zoom, and are free and open to the public. They are not connected to a showing of the film, but stand-alone events. Links will be posted 15 minutes ahead of time on the Irish Classical Theatre Company Facebook page.

From Buffalo to around the globe

We couldn’t keep this one to ourselves. By offering Sea Marks as an online production, the talent of our performers isn’t contained by the walls of our theatre. We’re thrilled to share our little corner of the theatre world with you.