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J.D. SUTTON was raised in the historic Germantown section of Philadelphia, and grew up with an abiding interest in the people and events of our nation’s early years. He has enjoyed a professional career ranging from regional theatre to cabaret and dinner theatre productions, and rôles ranging from “Sidney Bruhl” in Deathtrap (which he has also directed) to “Victor” in Noel Coward’s Private Lives and Jerry/Daphne in Sugar!, the musical version of Some Like It Hot. Mr. Sutton appeared in the world-premiere production of Mark Brown's The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge, doubling as both "Marley" and "Cratchit". Favorite rôles include “Don Quixote” in Man of La Mancha, “Scrooge” in A Christmas Carol, and the title rôle in Sherlock Holmes.
Mr. Sutton’s solo play about Thomas Jefferson, Twilight at Monticello, has been presented off-Broadway and at venues throughout "the original 13", including Philadelphia's historic Carpenters' Hall. An hour-long version, sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council, has been performed at libraries and historic societies throughout the state. His half-hour A Brief Encounter with Thomas Jefferson was selected for FHC’s 30th anniversary Chautauqua tour of eight Florida communities.
William Bartram: Puc Puggy’s Travels in Florida was commissioned by FHC and has toured extensively throughout the state. An expanded version of this script, tracing Bartram’s travels from Florida to the Cherokee Mountains of North Carolina and the banks of the Mississippi, has been presented at venues throughout the Southeast, including the Cullowhee (N.C.) Native Plant Conference, and at the North Carolina Botanical Garden as part of their Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps exhibit.
He and his wife, Amy (who is also the play’s costumer) share their Central Florida home with their “furry children,” all of which are rescued.