Jefferson at Monticello


J.D. Sutton

About the Actor

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 also appeared in the worldpremiere production of Mark Brown’s The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge, doubling as both “Marley” and “ Cratchit.” Favorite parts include “Angus” in The Drawer Boy, “Don Quixote” in Man of La Mancha, “ Scrooge” in A Christmas Carol, and the title rôle in Sherlock Holmes.

Mr. Sutton has appeared in a variety of television projects, including Tom Hanks’ HBO series From the Earth to the Moon, and was featured in the title rôle of the independent film Farmer McAllister’s Thinkin’ Machine, which was honored as the “Best Comic Short Film” at the 2001 Atlantic City Film Festival. In addition, he has appeared in a variety of industrial training films for several major corporations and trade groups.

Twilight at Monticello: An Evening with Thomas Jefferson has been presented off-Broadway, as well as at numerous venues throughout the country, including Philadelphia’s historic Carpenters’ Hall.

His half-hour A Brief Encounter with Thomas Jefferson was selected by the Florida Humanities Council for its 30th anniversary Chautauqua tour of eight communities, and was later reprised for presentations by the Florida Center for Teachers, sponsored by the U.S Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Humanities. A new hour-long play on 18th century explorer and naturalist William Bartram, Puc Puggy’s Travels, recently completed a tour of several dozen communities throughout Florida. Mr. Sutton has also appeared as “Mr. Bartram” at historic Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia.

Mr. Sutton is a member of both Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional stage actors, and the Dramatists’ Guild of America. He and his wife, Amy (who is also Twilight at Monticello ’s costumer) share their Central Florida home with their “furry children,” all of which are rescued.