Monday, April 30, 2007

HRM Productions - May 6th Shoot Cancelled

Director Harris Masood has cancelled the May 6th shoot. We'll work together again when I return from Kentucky.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

HRM Productions News

Got an email from director Harris Masood (WHY I FIRED MY SECRETARY). He wants to squeeze in one more, small film project with me before I head off to Danville.

There was going to be a film screening of SECRETARY this coming weekend, but Harris cancelled it as he did not find it to be too enticing. As for the new short, it'll be a May 6th shoot. The shoot should not take more than 1 to 2 hours total for my scene, as the running time for the joke is about 2 minutes.

Here is the joke as it stands before the screenplay. Nothing lewd will be shown, everything will be implied.

An extremely modest man was in the hospital for a series of tests,
which had left his bodily systems extremely upset. Upon making several
false alarm trips to the bathroom, he decided the latest episode was
another and stayed put.

He suddenly filled his bed with diarrhea and was embarrassed beyond
his ability to remain rational. In a complete loss of composure he
jumped out of bed, gathered up the bed sheets, and threw them out the
hospital window.

A drunk was walking by the hospital when the sheets landed on him. He
started yelling, cursing, and swinging his arms violently trying to
get the unknown things off, and ended up with the soiled sheets in a
tangled pile at his feet. As the drunk stood there staring down at the
sheets, a hospital security guard who watched the whole incident
walked up and asked,"What the heck is going on?"

The drunk, still staring down, replied:

"I think I just beat the crap out of a ghost."


Aside from Larry and myself, the others actors confirmed to start working at the Pioneer Playhouse on May 28th are Meg Mark, Zanna Fredland and Aaron Rustebakke.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Last Evening's Meeting with Holly and Charlotte Henson

Last evening, I met with Charlotte Henson (Producer) and Holly Henson (Artistic Director) of the Pioneer Playhouse to go over all the details: What is needed? What is expected?

Charlotte and Holly (both charming ladies) answered all questions regarding pay, weather, transportation and just about anything else.

The way it's going to work is this. We arrive, audition for the first show (BABE) have 10 ten days to rehearse, it plays for two weeks. When the performances start, at the same time we start rehearsing for the other play and so on and so forth. It will be a very exhausting summer, but a memorable one I'm sure.

24/7 FITNESS Commercial Update

Received this from director Peter Bossio this morning.

Editing of 24/7 Fitness Spec Commercials is going well. I expect to have rough cuts ready to view online next week.

You all did an awesome job!

I’ll send a link to the roughs next week if all goes as planned.

Thanks again


Monday, April 23, 2007

An Interesting Weekend...

Lawrence Lesher and I were out having a drink during the middle of last week, saying how much fun would it be to work together on another project again. Friday comes around and I receive a few text messages from Larry telling me to get to the Producers Club Theatre immediately and audition for the Pioneer Players, Kentucky's Oldest Outdoor Theatre (Kentucky?). So, I go over to the Producers' Club, thing I know, I'm offered to join the repertory for their summer productions.

I am happy to announce that I have accepted their offer.

It's a paying gig, with a chance to work in the theatre everyday.

It's a fantastic opportunity that I looking forward to.

Oh...One more thing...Larry was also hired (as an actor and a director).

Look out, Kentucky!

I will be gone from May 28th to August 6th.

If you'd like to read up on the Pioneer Playhouse's prestigious history, please click here:

I think it's quite impressive.

Here are the plays that they're doing thus summer.

Babe, the Sheep-Pig
by David Wood,
from the book by Dick King-Smith

June 7 – June 23

The Servant of Two Masters
By Carlo Goldoni, Adapted by Tom Cone
June 26 – July 7

The Odd Couple
(female version) (Will be directed by Larry.)
by Neil Simon
July 10 – July 21

A Jarful of Fireflies
by Catherine Bush
July 24 – August 5

Greater Tuna
by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard
August 7 – August 18

I'm meeting Artistic Director Holly Henson and her mother this evening to go over all the details.

More to report later.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Audition on May 5th

I will be auditioning for the horror film “Horror at Indian Creek!”
on Saturday May 5th.

The director is Glenn Gipson and will be shot in NY and NJ.

Could be fun.

Michael Criscuolo Interview

Michael Criscuolo of is starting a new feature on his blog called "A Day in the Life," in which he talks to an indie theater person about what an average day in their life is like. What he's trying to do is illuminate the many different ways that indie theater artists are able to juggle and multi-task many facets of their lives in order to pursue their goals and dreams.

I am most flattered that he has asked me to be his first "interview" for "A Day in the Life," an invitation I have gladly accepted.

More details to come soon.

Hudson Theatre Ensemble

During THE MIRACLE WORKER, I became friendly with HTE's artistic directors, Diana London and Florence Pape. Very sweet ladies.

I recently recommended a play for the company to do. It's one that I have always liked and one I think their audiences would go for. It's the Mary Chase classic HARVEY.

For those that have never seen the play or the Jimmy Stewart movie, here's the synopnsis:

When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister, Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and their family from future embarrassment. Problems arise, however, when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy when she explains to doctors that years of living with Elwood's hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also! The doctors commit Veta instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out, the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion. When he shows up at the sanitarium looking for his lost friend Harvey, it seems that the mild-mannered Elwood's delusion has had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors. Only at the end does Veta realize that maybe Harvey isn't so bad after all.

HARVEY is one of those classic plays like The Miracle Worker or an Our Town that audiences just go nuts for. The kids would love it and the adults, even if they know the Jimmy Stewart film, would find enjoyment in it as well.

I informed the great Sir Laurence Lesher (I knighted him) about HTE (he also came to see MIRACLE WORKER) and about the HARVERY recommendation and he seemed thrilled at the prospect of getting involved as an actor and/or director.

As of right now, Diana and Florence are reading the play.


This might be interesting.

I will be reading for the role of talk show personality Merv Griffin in the musical TRUMP: THE MUSICAL. It is being presented by the La Muse Venale Acting Troupe in Manhattan.

My audition is on Sunday, May 6th.

AESOP'S FABLES and Other Stuff

I have an audition for a really interesting short film tomorrow called "Acadamia". It's about a man making one final, absurd claim to academic respectability. It's odd, but I think it's so well written that I think it would be a lot of fun.

I just received word that I have been cast as a British, not that kind of agent, but a British talent agent in Cardosso Productions' film WORKING ON LOVE, about a young playwright whose professional and personal life is in shambles.

AESOP'S FABLES read through is this Sunday. Kathy Ferman's script is absolutely charming and quite funny. I have no idea what role I'm playing yet. They're all so much fun, so it makes no difference to me.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Michael Criscuolo's New Indie Theater Blog

Michael Criscuolo, friend and colleague (from TOBY and 1500 YEARS OF FEAR)
has just created a new theatre blog. Aside from being an actor, diretor and all around theatre guy, Michael also happens to be a Staff Associate at the New York Theatre Experience (

His blog will look at what’s going on around the New York theatre scene, particularly with regard to indie theater. The blog has been up for a few days and I've made a few comments on the subjects Michael has raised so far.

Here is the link:

Feedback, comments, and suggestions are all welcome and encouraged, Michael says.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


I received a copy of the script from playwright Kathy Ferman this morning. Looking forward to giving it a read.

I exchanged a few emails with director Jessica Colotta.

This looks like it's going to be a lot of fun.

Monday, April 16, 2007


Another one with Kelly Reeves as Annie Sullivan.

With Kelly and "blind" kids George Molshvili, Violet Stanziani Grace Conrad, Chris Martinez and Hannah Plotka.


What a lovely weekend! Four performances. Four sold out performances, I should say. We closed yesterday afternoon to another full house, even in the midst of this horrible weather.

Overall, this was a wonderful experience. I had a great time playing Mr. Anagnos.

Director Laurie Brongo had these parting words for the cast:

It's been a fun, creative, humorous, sad and always suprising journey. Thanks for being a part of it all. I look forward to working again with each of you. Let me know about any other performances that you are doing. Until the next time...much love.

Those sentiments were echoed by Producer/Artistic Director of the Hudson Theatre Ensemble, Diana London:

I loved this show - and all of you in it. It made me particularly proud as a producer to bring this beautiful story to life. Thank you for reminding me why I devote so much time to this little theatre company - you all make it worthwhile. And don't forget to come and see Aesop's Fables in June - a bunch of you are in it. I'd love to see you soon.

I happen to be one the lucky people about to start work on AESOP'S FABLES. I don't know much of the details as of yet, but with the readthrough coming up on Sunday, I should find out more info as the week progresses. It should be a lot of fun.

The performances for it are:

Saturday, June 2 @ 11AM & 1PM
Sunday, June 3rd @ 11AM & 1PM
Saturday, June 9th @ 11AM & 1PM

Thanks to friends Laurence Lesher and Kristian Leavy for attending the show this weekend. Great to see you guys!

Friday, April 13, 2007

Wednesday, April 11, 2007


Thanks to John Crittenden for these photos.

As Mr. Anagnos to Kelly Reeves' Annie Sullivan.

Curtain Call


I went into the callbacks for THE CHERRY ORCHARD last night and read for director Blake Bradford.

I thought I read okay...fairly well for a cold read, but I would have heard something last night. I didn't, so I guess it's not to be this time around.

On to the next audition.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007 Review of THE MIRACLE WORKER

Theater Review: William Gibson's The Miracle Worker in Hoboken, New Jersey
Written by Joseph Arthur Clay
Published April 08, 2007

The Hudson Theatre Ensemble of Hoboken, New Jersey is performing a miracle of its own with a spirited revival of William Gibson's The Miracle Worker, which opened last evening at the Hudson School Performance Space on Park Avenue. For those of you who live in Manhattan, you might want to hop on a bus to this quaint theatre (it's only a fifteen-minute ride) and check out what this little gem of a company is doing.

Crisply directed by Laurie Brongo and sporting a talented group of actors, this production team manages to breathe some fresh air into the famous stalwart and makes it their own with this moving and involving production. for those that do not know, William Gibson's award winning play (later an Oscar winning film with the late and dearly missed Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke) unites the stories of two remarkable women: Helen Keller (Phoebe Crego) and her teacher, headstrong Annie Sullivan (Kelly Reeves), a 20-year-old Irish immigrant from Boston. Afflicted at the age of 18 months with a virus now thought to be meningitis, Helen was left blind, deaf, and mute - thus cut off from the world.

Sullivan is engaged by Captain Arthur Keller and his wife Kate to educate Helen who, now at the age of six, is completely indulged by the Keller family. This leads to battle after battle as Helen's family and Annie are pitted against each other in a struggle to find the best future for her. Captain Keller, played with the correct amounts of Southern pride, chivalry, and a father's softness by Dave Erbach, would be content to see his out-of-control daughter transformed into a docile, ladylike cipher. Kate Keller advocates for uncovering her child's potential while, at the same time, trying to protect her from the consequences of that potential. The wonderful Helene Taylor communicates this maternal dilemma with sensitivity and grace.

Within this turbulent quagmire is discord between father and his cynical son, James (a spot on Matt Wisniewski), sending us on an emotional journey of discovery - not only Helen's, but of all members of the family. Sullivan herself is fighting her own demons, being herself recently cured of blindness and suffering guilt over her lame brother's death in her care in an asylum.

The real drama of the piece, however, revolves around Annie and Helen as the teacher struggles to break through to her unwilling pupil. The luminous Kelly Reeves imbues Sullivan with a gritty, Irish brashness (Think Maureen O'Hara in The Quiet Man), but at the same time gives full measure to the ghosts that haunt this woman, revealing the scars and vulnerabilities that lurk beneath her thorny exterior. In the very complex role of Helen Keller, young Phobe Crego expertly demonstrates the ability to communicate a character's impulses and emotions without uttering a word.

Rounding out an impressive ensemble cast are Florence Pape, delightful as the meddlesome Aunt Ev, Iloire Blanos, charming as the maid Viney, and scene stealer Timothy J. Cox, top notch in his all too brief appearance as the kind and benevolent Mr. Anagnos. Director Brongo and her crew are to be commended for delivering a crisp, well-crafted, and beautifully performed show that left this viewer wanting to see more from Hudson Theatre Ensemble.

The Miracle Worker closes on April 15th.

View the review online at

Last Evening's Auditions

THE CHERRY ORCHARD audition was last evening. I went in and did a dramatic monologue from THE ICEMAN COMETH (Can't go wrong with O'Neil).

Whatever I did worked (for now) because I received a call later in the night about callbacks tonight at 6:30pm. As mentioned in an earlier post, I will be reading for the role of Pishtick.

I also read for the role of a smooth talking agent in the NYFA film WORKING ON LOVE, about a writer looking for inspiration for his next work, but instead finds something else.

Monday, April 09, 2007

One Last Pic from SIX DEGREES

Beth Yocam, myself and the dreaded denim jean jacket.

A Few More Pics from SIX DEGREES

Thanks to Patrick Mannix for these.

MIRACLE WORKER Opening A Huge Success

We played to two enthusiastic houses in the opening weekend of THE MIRACLE WORKER. They applauded after each scene, totally immersed in every moment.

I think it's safe to say that the show's a success!

Friday, April 06, 2007


Tonight is the big night. It should be a nice opening weekend, what with all the kids involved in the show, we should have big houses full of families.

Jersey Journal Story On THE MIRACLE WORKER


Hoboken theater group mounts production of 'Miracle Worker'

Friday, April 06, 2007


Learning lines and remembering cues are part of an actor's craft, but cast members in Hudson Theatre Ensemble's production of "The Miracle Worker" wrapped their minds around a totally new skill set by learning sign language.

Premiering tonight at 8 p.m., "The Miracle Worker," by William Gibson, is the story of Helen Keller - a blind, deaf and mute 7-year-old who's become almost savage due to her inability to communicate, and whose family members are at their wits' end - and her fiercely determined teacher, Annie Sullivan.

"Playing Annie Sullivan is a once-in-a-lifetime chance," said actress Kelly Reeves, 29, of Jersey City. "It's a role that doesn't come along very often."

On top of learning the sign language alphabet - which Sullivan teaches Keller to recognize when characters are pressed into her palm - the principal roles are physically taxing, Reeves said.

In a scene at the end of the first act where Sullivan teaches Keller not to grab food from people's plates, "they have a knock-down, slap-around fight about it."

Though 10-year-old Phoebe Crego, who plays Keller, obviously didn't have to memorize pages of dialogue, she had to remember other actors' lines in order to pick up her cues.

"It's been hard not speaking for a long time, because I love to talk," said Phoebe, who lives in Hoboken and attends fifth grade at Stevens Cooperative School. "I never knew how hard it was for people who couldn't see or talk or communicate with their mouths."

Since it was made into a classic 1962 film, "The Miracle Worker" is an extremely high-profile play, and director Laurie Brongo had plenty of actors to choose from after the audition. Ironically, the best candidates for Sullivan and Keller hailed from Jersey City and Hoboken respectively.

She praised the entire cast for its innovative spirit.

"They made some acting choices that were not first in my mind," said Brongo, who mentioned Reeves' decision to play Sullivan as a spirited and positive presence, while other actresses have portrayed her with a darker edge. "The fun thing about being a director is hiring people who bring themselves to it."

For Reeves, the most profound scene in the play comes at the end - when Keller finally grasps that objects have names signified by the signs she's been learning and eagerly touches everything within her reach to learn what it's called.

"Even the very first time we did it in rehearsal with no props, it just immediately gave me a chill," she said. "You get a sense of the entirety of the struggle - not only hers, but her family's."

The Hudson Theatre Ensemble started as a play-reading group 10 years ago and - drawing on the pool of acting talent in Hudson County - now produces one adult play and two children's plays a year, says artistic director Diana London.

COTTON DELO can be reached at

Thursday, April 05, 2007

New Videos on My Website

There are 3 new clips in the VIDEO section of my website at


Thanks as always to Kyle Pierson for posting these.

Upcoming Auditions

In addition to THE CHERRY ORCHARD audition on the 9th. I have the following auditions coming up:

- NYFA Film WORKING ON LOVE, also on April 9th.
- Reality Aside Theatre's MURDER ME ALWAYS on April 10th.
- The Gibbs School short CURFEW on April 14th
- The Pioneer Playhouse (Company in KY) Summer Theatre Auditions on April 19th & 20th. (Not going to KY for the auditions.)
- ROMEO & JULIET with the Collective Company on April 22nd.

It's not all work, I also plan on seeing PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE at the T. Schrieber Studios on April 12th. Colleague Richard Zekaria from TWELFTH NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is playing Picasso.

Audition for Chekhov's THE CHERRY ORCHARD On Monday, the 9th.

I have an audition on Monday for a play (and a playwright) I have yet to tackle: The great Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov. Well, that's not entirely true. I did do scene studies of his one act play The Proposal in high school, but that was so long ago.

This Monday, April 9th, Phare Play Productions will be having auditions for THE CHERRY ORCHARD. It will be directed by Blake Bradford (whose name sounds familiar to me, but I can't place it at the moment).

The play tells the story of Madame Ranevskaya, a spoiled aging aristocratic lady, who returns from a trip to Paris to face the loss of her magnificent Cherry Orchard estate after a default on the mortgage. In denial, she continues living in the past, deluding herself and her family, while the beautiful cherry trees are being axed down by the re-possessor Lopakhin, her former serf, who has his own agenda.

Mr. Bradford plans to set his production in the 1920's, on a dying Plantation as the South is still adjusting to advancing industrialism, while still teaming with racial inequalities.

I will be reading for the role of Pishchik, a landowner and another old aristocrat, whose own estate has hit hard times. He is constantly discussing new business ventures that may save him, or badgering Ranyevskaya for a loan. Despite his financial peril, he spends the play relaxing and socialising.

Chekhov is one of those O'Neil, Miller and Williams...that to do even one of their feel like you've arrived as an actor. You've stepped up to the plate and went to bat againist one of the masters.

I hope I get the chance.

We'll see.


The show is ready and I am excited. Laurie, the cast and crew have created a lovely, heart-filled show that I am deeply grateful to be a small part of.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

A New Film from The Director of WHY I FIRED MY SECRETARY

Check out director Harris Masood's new film, WHAT'S THAT SMELL?

Leopold Returns Briefly to THE GOOTUBE CONSPIRACY

Here's the newest episode of THE GOOTUBE CONSPIRACY with a brief appearance by me as computer geek, Leopold.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Tech Rehearsals for MW

THE MIRACLE WORKER began tech rehearsals this past weekend. We also added costumes and props (lots of them) into the mix, so it was a hectic time for the stage managers. Everyone managed though and the rehearsals went off nicely.

The show opens on Freiday and I am quite excited to get the show in front of an audience.

24/7 FITNESS Shoot on Saturday

The commercial shoot this past Saturday went quite smoothly and was a lot of fun. We filmed it at Rue B on Avenue B between 11th and 12th Streets before they were set to open for the day.

Peter Bossio and his crew knew exactly what they wanted with each shot, so it made things go quickly.

The hope is to submit the finished product to advetisers in the hopes that it gets in front of the higher ups at 24/7 FITNESS for consideration for telecast.

Thanks to Peter and his crew for their professionalism.