Charles Sullivan is no stranger to acting. This time traveling performer has appeared on stages across Staten Island, most recently as Scrooge with Shakespeare Theatre, as well as with Sea View Playwright’s Theatre, Sundog Theatre, and In the Wings.
This season, he portrays James Guyon Jr., the historic proprietor of Historic Richmond Town’s Guyon Inn and Store. Home to the legendary Guyon Concerts, the circa 1819 building serves up an authentic 19th century acoustic music experience with a warm and resonant sound quality illuminated by candlelight and warmed by a potbelly stove.
“I am thrilled to be the inaugural portrayer of James Guyon, Jr. at the rollicking Guyon Tavern Concert Series," comments Sullivan, when discussing his portrayal of Guyon, who was a Captain in the Calvary in 1807, Colonel of the First Regiment of the Horse Artillery in 1819, and Congressman from 1820-1821. "A lifetime of hard work and studying has prepared me for the role of a lifetime — hanging around in a tavern, drinking ale and singing and storytelling!”
With a nearly 20-year history of concerts being presented in the nearly 200-year setting, the tavern comes to life with period-authentic servers pouring mugs of beer, wine, and hot mulled cider in the flickering glow of candles, in a room warmed by a wood-burning pot belly stove. This year, Sullivan’s
“Bringing history to life by portraying the dead is challenging, and Charlie’s theatrical interpretation will add a compelling new dimension to the Guyon Tavern Concerts this year, one not to be missed,” notes Ken Bach, interim executive director at HRT. “This interactive theater experience adds context to the people behind the names of HRT’s buildings and the streets of Staten Island. With experiential learning and interpretive activities at the cornerstone of HRT’s programming, I am thrilled to be working with an actor of Charlie’s caliber as he joins us in our mission, and brings history to life.”
James Guyon Jr. (1778-1846), an entrepreneur and a descendent of a prominent south shore family on Staten Island, was the proprietor of the Nautilus Inn at Tompkinsville Landing. He was associated with Daniel D. Tompkins in local Republican party politics, and in the development of Tompkinsville.
Sullivan recently directed The Richie Byrne Show, a sketch comedy/musical revue, at the Gotham Comedy Club in Chelsea, and appeared in two films – Major Key and Be-yond Kepler – and one comedy series – Pipsqueak & Stretch. In an earlier life, he sang his way throughout the US and Europe with the Yale Whiffenpoofs. He is a corporate and litigation attorney, with a client list that includes Exxon, Goldman Sachs, Prince, Roger Daltrey and DMX.
GUYON TAVERN SERIES:
- The annual acoustic music marathon at New York City's only living history village
- When: All performances are at 6 & 8 p.m. Saturdays, January 13 through March 31.
- Where: Guyon Tavern, Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave.; 718-351-1611, ext. 281.
- How much: Tickets are $16 in advance. Reservations strongly recommended.
- For more information and to purchase tickets: http://hrtown.eventbrite.com