Friday, February 27, 2009

Todays' Performances of ARSENIC

Both performances of ARSENIC went very well today. We played to small houses again, but hopefully things will pick up as the run progresses.

Apparently, there was a critic in the evening performance. Well, if they liked it, that's okay...if not, that's okay too.

Back again tomorrow.


Last nights' opening of ARSENIC went very well.

We played to small house of 12, which is not bad for a Thursday evening.

They seemed to enjoy it so I think we've got nice show on our hands. We just need to keep it up...the pace, the energy and enthusiasm.

It'll only get better with each performance.

We have 2 performances of the show today; a 1:00 and a 7:30, so I'll be heading out to the theatre in just a bit.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Sports Betting Professor

Here's a little web promo I did for The Sports Betting Professor about a month ago. I played Ron from Philadelphia, speaking of the many benefits of using The Sports Betting Professor.

Thanks to Theresa Bennett for this.

ARSENIC Opens In A Few Hours

Today is a day of rest and relaxation as the opening performance of ARSENIC AND OLD LACE draws nearer.

I feel relaxed and ready to go. I've worked hard on this role and have had a lot of fun playing it.

Now is the time to start having some real fun.

I don't know what kind of an crowd we're going to receive tonight, but it will be nice to get the show in front of an audience, see how they react.

We'll see what happens.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Heard from director Darrell Goode about JACK CARSON, which I worked on back in August.

He's still working through some sounds issues and has me asked to do some ADR, which stands for stand for "Automated" or "Automatic" Dialog Replacement (also called "looping") for a couple of lines.

I'll be doing that next week.

Another ARSENIC Pic

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

MILBROOK PLAYHOUSE Auditions on March 29th

I plan to attend the March 29th open call for the Millbrook Playhouse's 2009 summer season. Colleagues like Erin Jerozal from 12th Night of the Living Dead have worked at the Playhouse and with the interesting mix of plays and musicals listed below, it could be a lot of fun. If cast, I'd be working in Mill Hall, Pennsylvania.

Millbrook Playhouse’s 2009 Line Up:

On the Main Stage:

High School Musical: Cast arrives: June 7, Rehearsals start: June 8, Runs: June 18 - June 28
How to Succeed: Cast arrives: June 21, Rehearsals start: June 22, Runs: July 2 - July 12
Noises Off: Cast arrives: July 5, Rehearsals start: July 6, Runs: July 16 - July 26
Once Upon A Mattress: Cast arrives: July 19, Rehearsals start: July 20, Runs: July 30 - August 9

The Nerd: Cast arrives: June 14, Rehearsals start: June 15, Runs: June 25 - July 5
Deathtrap: Cast arrives: June 28, Rehearsals start: June 29, Runs: July 9 - July 19
The All Night Strut!: Cast arrives: July 12, Rehearsals start: July 13, Runs: July 23 - August 2
Shirley Valentine: Cast arrives: July 26, Rehearsals start: July 27, Runs: August 6 - August 16

Monday, February 23, 2009


Compliments of, once again, Zoe Mocker.

An Amazing Scene from NETWORK

For those who have never seen Sidney Lumet's 1976 masterpiece NETWORK, I highly recommend it. Written by the great Paddy Chayefsky, I think it's one of the greatest films ever made and features a gallery of amazing performance from William Holden, Faye Dunaway (Oscar winner for the film), Robert Duvall, Ned Beatty, Peter Finch (Oscar winner for the film), Beatrice Straight (Oscar winner for the film) and many others.

Funny thing, when I first saw this movie in high school, I disliked it. I found it too cynical, thinking that a movie about a TV network that exploits a deranged ex-TV anchor's ravings and revelations about the media for their own profit...reality telelvision...was not based in any type of reality.

Boy, was I wrong!

Here's a memorable scene between William Holden and Beatrice Straight. Ms. Straight was only on screen for five minutes and forty seconds, making hers the briefest performance ever to win an Oscar.

Peter Finch died before the Academy Awards were to take place, where he was nominated for Best Actor. He won, making him the only performer ever to receive a posthumous award at the Oscars...that is until last night when Heath Ledger became the 2nd person to receive a posthumous Oscar for his performance in THE DARK KNIGHT.


Thursday's opening is just a few days away...and while the show has come together, with every actor giving it their all, there's still a lot of work to be done.

Tonight, Tuesday and Wednesday will be our tech and dress rehearsals, so every member of the cast and crew will be busy helping to put the finishing touches on the set, making sure all props are on hand and that every actor is set as far as costumes are concerned.

I'm all set with my costume and thankfully, I don't have any changes. Dr. Einstein is not a man who cares much about his appearance.

In just a short number of weeks, we've brought a complex, three act comedy/farce/mystery to life. No easy feat, considering the challenges that the play offers and there are more than you may think, but director Larry Lesher and the cast and crew have conquered each challenge successfully.

It has been a pleasure to once again work with my good friend and colleague Larry on this well as the cast and crew involved in bringing it to life.

I can't wait to get the show in front of an audience.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Some Great ARSENIC Pics

Thanks to Zoe Mocker for these great pictures.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

A Long, But Great Day in ARSENIC

We had a cue to cue and run through of the entire play today. It was a long and exhausting, but it was a great day.

In our first full run of the show on the stage, it clocked in at 2 hours and 20 minutes (including the intermission).

Not a bad running time, although Larry thinks we can trim 15-20 minutes off.

It can be done, as this is a strong cast...and every member is delivering in a major way and I wish to commend all of them on jobs well done.

We're in a good place right now, but we still have some ways to go before Thursday's opening.

I will say this about playing Dr.'s a heck of a great role, but an exhausting one. I can't wait to come back and do it all over again on Monday.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Audition for the Play EXILE on February 28th

I will be auditioning on the 28th for the play EXILE, an absurdist tragi-comedy by up-and-coming playwright Lindsey Ferrentino.

The play is about Albert Einstein, Bertolt Brecht, Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, Napoleon Bonaparte, and a Catholic Nun who meet in front of a wall to contemplate how and why they need to get over it, confusing themselves into wondering whether or not they have already done so. Consumed with the menial, they debate action vs. intellect with cynically humorous dialogue as bleak and ironic as their landscape. This play questions the idea of boundaries, what it means to be contained, and the isolation of genius. The cast of characters have to work together to salvage their sanity before it's too late.

I may be reading for Trotsky and/or Napoleon.

ARSENIC Opens Next Week

Tonight was my first rehearsal for ARSENIC in a few days and I was excited to return since the cast got the chance to run the show on the stage, which was nice. Jonathan Emerson, who built the set (and plays the very funny Officer O'Hara) has done a fantastic job in putting everything together.

My scenes with Danny Mittermeyer continue to be fun and pop with a lot of energy. I can't say enough how fun it's been working with Danny. Sadly, I don't many scenes with my Pioneer Playhouse alums Meg Mark and Matt Harris, but I do take joy in watching their work, which is great as always.

Lines are still an issue for some members of the cast, but hopefully those issues will be tackled before next weeks' opening.

Tech rehearsals will take place starting on Saturday.

Trailer and Promo for OVERCROWDED

The following are links to the trailer and a promo for the All Things Random sitcom pilot OVERCROWDED.

Trailer (You'll see me as corporate boss, Allen Smith and briefly as a plastic surgeon getting ready to operate on Paul White.

The promo features me (Again as Allen Smith) and Greg Vorob (as...well, Greg) in a very funny scene.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Audtion for Bristol Valley Theater on March 5th

I received an email yesterday about an audition for the Bristol Valley Theater's upcoming summer season of plays and musicals.

My audition is scheduled for March 5th in Manhattan.

The season includes:

Red Herring by Michael Hollinger
Privates Lives by Noel Coward
The Unexpected Guest by Agatha Christie
Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
and A Grand Night for Singing, which is a fresh look at over 30 favorites from the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein classics Oklahoma, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Cinderella and more.

If cast, I will be working in Naples in the heart of New York’s spectacular Finger Lakes region. The company provides professional entertainment from May – October.

For further information about Bristol Valley Theater and their Summer '09 Season, please visit their website at

Official Promo Card for Arsenic & Old Lace

This is the official promo card for Arsenic & Old Lace.

Zoe Mocker, photographer and sister of Greg Mocker, who is playing Mortimer Brewster in our production created it.

Special thanks to Zoe for taking the picture and for creating its distinct look.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Harold Pinter

I must admit, prior to hearing of playwright Harold Pinter's passing this past December 24th from cancer at the age of 78, I had shied away from his works, mainly out of fear, because of an awful experience I had performing in one of his plays as a freshman at Marietta College back in 1996. Not that the work, A SLIGHT ACHE, was awful. Pinter's tragi-comedy about a married couple's dreams and desires, focusing mostly on the husband's fears of the unknown, of growing old, and of the "Other" as a threat to his self-identity was quite a fascinating play, but my good friend, director Ben Weaver and I bit off a heck of a lot more than we could chew. At the time, I was 18 or 19 years old and a very unskilled actor, lacking technique and focus. I had to have been crazy to tackle Pinter with the lack of experience that I had. To make a long story short, the production and my performance was a disaster. I was completely at sea in the role and ever since, my contact with the works of Harold Pinter was been limited.

After his passing, Charlie Rose replayed a series of interviews with Pinter from over the years, which I caught and I became fascinated by the man, his intelligence, his wit and his passion. I immediately ran to the bookstore by my home and bought all the Pinter I could get my hands on. Since then, I have read THE HOMECOMING, MOONLIGHT, THE COLLECTION, A KIND OF ALASKA, VICTORIA STATION, FAMILY VOICES and ONE FOR THE ROAD. I am currently reading OLD TIMES and expect to read NO MAN'S LAND and BETRYAL very soon, as well as any other Pinter work I can get my hands on.

I have to agree with New York Times critic Ben Brantley, who praised Pinter's "gifts for finding the ominous in the everyday and the noise within silence".

His work is still intimidating, but maybe some day, I'll conquer that fear and take to the boards with one of his works.

Lord knows, I could use the redemption.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

12 Days Before ARSENIC Opens

It's 12 days before the opening of ARSENIC AND OLD LACE and we still have a lot of work to do. Right now, some folks are still struggling with lines.

Director Larry Lesher seems to be very happy with the work that I am doing as Dr. Einstein and I'm having a great time playing the role. I'm also having a great time working with Danny Mittermeyer, who I think is just wonderful as the murderous Jonathan Brewster. Danny and I have been trying to inject as much life as possible into all of our scenes. I think we play off each other very well. Hopefully an audience will feel the same way.

I will be away from Monday and Wednesday's rehearsal due to other engagements, but I will be back on Thursday to run the show with the entire cast once again.

After that, it's time for tech and then the opening.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Tonight's Rehearsal

We got more than halfway through the show tonight. Some rough spots, but overall, I think the show is coming together nicely. People are just getting off book, so natrually there is some stumbling as people get used to working without scripts in their hands.

Saturday's rehearsal will also be a run. Afterwards, some productions photos will be taken for publicity purposes. I hope to have some of those photos on here soon.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

ARSENIC - The Police Officers

The presence of Thom Brown III (as Lt. Rooney), Matt Harris (as Officer Klein) and Brendan Hunt (as Officer Brophy) was quite welcome at this evenings' rehearsal. It marked their first rehearsal and they jumped right in and did not disappoint. As the befuddled and at times downright obtuse police officers, all three actors are already proving to be scene stealers.

It was a delight to watch.

I look forward to watching their work get even better over the next 2 weeks.

Speaking of, we open 2 weeks from tomorrow. Getting excited.

Back again tomorrow night.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Here's the master himself, Jack Lemmon in a scene from his Oscar winning performance in the 1973 film SAVE THE TIGER, as Harry Stoner a man who daydreams about his youth while planing his company's warehouse to burn down so he can collect the insuranse money.

I once read a story about Lemmon that while driving to set one day on this film, he became so overcome with emotion over Harry's journey throughout the film, that he had to pull over to compose himself, the role meant that much to him.

In his acceptance speech when he received the Best Actor Oscar for this performance, Lemmon said, "I've never in my life been connected with anything that meant more to me and worked with so many wonderful, professional people that cared and loved something so much and they made it one of the great, great moments of my life...the making of that film and that's equal to this honor, just the privilege of working with them, truthfully and I thank them all and love them and respect them."

Click Here For A Reminder Of What Great Acting Really Is...

Here is a scene I wanted to share from Jason Robards' Oscar winning performance as mystery writer Dashiell Hammett in the 1977 film JULIA.

Like Jack Lemmon and Spencer Tracy, Robards was always a throughly watchable actor, even in the smallest of his Hammett in JULIA. Check out his Ben Bradlee in ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN or his Hickey in Sidney Lumet's television production of O'Neil's THE ICEMAN COMETH, a role which Robards owned.

Great actors like him are a rarity today.


Heard from Greg Vorob again regarding OVERCROWDED.

He, along with Dan Conrad and director Dan Kowalski, had a chance to look over the pilot and have decided to do some more tweaking with cuts and sound before getting it out there for everyone to see.

Stay tuned for more on this.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Tonight's Rehearsal

Tonight's rehearsal was a line through of Act II and III.

It was rough in spots, but that's why we have more rehearsal, to work through all the kinks and trouble spots.

We did manage to get through both acts successfully and then went back to work on Act I, which we got more than halfway the evening was very helpful, at least I felt it was helpful.

Back again on Wednesday. No scripts allowed, so we'll see how that goes. I'm off book pretty comfortably, so I have no worries.

Sunday, February 08, 2009


I had lunch with director John Hurley today and he was telling me about an online review of TNOTLD, written by playwright Johnna Adams that I should read.

Even though the review was written over a year ago, I still wanted to post the review on here and take a moment to thank Johnna for her kind words and thoughts.

As I mentioned, Johnna is a playwright, whose works THE ANGEL EATERS TRILOGY was produced by the Flux Theatre Ensemble in the last year.

For info on her upcoming projects and daily musings, please visit her blog at

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

12th Night of the Living Dead

I caught the Impetuous Theater's 12th Night of the Living Dead on Friday. I am not sure I have ever seen a more delightful show. The concept of taking Shakespeare's 12th Night and adapting it to zombie fare is flat-out brilliant. The premise is that Sebastian and Viola's ship sinks because it is hit by a green, shiny, radioactive meteorite that turns all onboard into the undead.

So, Viola washes up on the beach already a zombie and the plot proceeds from there. Lindsey Wolf manages to almost steal the show doing nothing but zombie moans in all her Viola scenes. I thought Benjamin Ellis Fine's Sir Andrew Aguecheek was particularly demented and delightful, as well. Not to take anything away from any of the cast members in this, who are all wonderously entertaining. There is not a rotten zombie in the bunch.

Brian MacInnis Smallwood's adaptation deserves to be produced in mutliple cities, countries, and continents, and can't be praised highly enough. It is astonishing how well the original Shakespeare plays lends itself to a zomibe transformation. It is especially entertaining if you know the play backwards and forwards to see how Smallwood shapes it around the new premise.

And John Hurley's direction could not be improved upon. Highlights include: Lindsey Wolf and Erin Jerozal (as Maria), snacking happily on Timothy J. Cox's bowels (as the disemboweled Sir Toby Belch) while Benjamin Ellis Fine works up the courage to challenge Viola to a duel, Viola biting Shashanah Newman's (Olivia's) finger off instead of taking the ring, and the eerie delight of seeing the sister Olivia is mourning (Reyna de Courcy) crawl from her grave and chase her sister around town.

I wish it were extending so I could see it again!


We only got halfway through the show in our first run on Saturday, which is fine, as people were working their way off book for the first time. Larry is very happy with our progress so far but we've still got quite a bit of work ahead of us.

Monday's rehearsal will be a line through, with blocking. By the end of the this coming week, we should be in a good place.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

New York Times Article on James Whitmore's Passing

James Whitmore, Character Actor Skilled in One-Man Shows, Dies at 87


Published: February 7, 2009

James Whitmore, a leading character actor whose craggy face became a familiar one to film, television and stage audiences for decades and who won wide acclaim for a pair of one-man performances, as the humorist Will Rogers and a vinegary Harry S. Truman, died Friday at his home in Malibu, Calif. He was 87.

Mr. Whitmore in “Battleground” (1949), for which he received an Oscar nomination.
The cause was lung cancer, his son Steve told The Associated Press. He said his father had received the cancer diagnosis a week before Thanksgiving.

Mr. Whitmore found success early. He won a Tony Award for his performance in his Broadway debut, as a wisecracking headquarters sergeant in “Command Decision,” a 1947play about the air bombardment of Germany during World War II. In one of his first films, the 1949 “Battleground,” his performance as a hard-bitten, tobacco-chewing G.I. during the Battle of the Bulge was nominated for an Academy Award as best supporting actor.

During the 1970s, Mr. Whitmore gave three solo stage performances that underlined his ability to go beyond surface details. In “Will Rogers’ U.S.A” (1974), the first of these one-man shows, he brought the homespun humorist to vibrant life on Broadway, his only props being a cowboy hat, a rope and a cheekful of chewing gum.

The following year he took to the stage as an outspoken President Truman in “Give ‘Em Hell, Harry!” That show was promptly filmed, and Mr. Whitmore received his second Oscar nomination, this time for best actor. Then it was another president’s turn. In “Bully” (1977), Mr. Whitmore played Theodore Roosevelt, a man he summed up at the time as “the most neglected important president in our history.”

Mr. Whitmore also appeared Off Broadway. At the Manhattan Theater Club in 1983, he co-starred with his second wife, Audra Lindley, in “Elba,” a play by Vaughn McBride about an elderly couple who escape from the nursing home their children have confined them to.

Mr. Whitmore and Ms. Lindley were divorced in 1979 but continued to perform Off Broadway. In 1990, they co-starred in a double bill at the John Houseman Theater consisting of William Gibson’s “Handy Dandy” — he as a conservative judge, she as a liberal nun — and Tom Cole’s “About Time,” in which they played characters identified simply as Old Man and Old Woman.

As he aged, Mr. Whitmore’s rough-hewn features became more pronounced, accentuated by the bushy gray eyebrows that virtually became his trademark. In an interview in The New York Times when he was in his mid-50s, he emphasized that he shunned mimicry, “simply because I can’t do it.” Nor, he said, did he ever wear makeup, adding, “I’m allergic to it.”

Mr. Whitmore’s acting career spanned six decades and included dozens of films, countless television shows and a handful of Broadway credits, including his solo efforts.

Besides the one in “Battleground,” his film roles included a hunchback diner owner and sometime criminal in John Huston’s “Asphalt Jungle” (1950); a lightfooted thug who, with Keenan Wynn, dances and sings his way through “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” in “Kiss Me Kate” (1953); a white journalist who disguises himself as a black man in "Black Like Me" (1964); a police inspector who may be up to no good in “Madigan” (1968); Admiral William F. Halsey in “Tora! Tora! Tora!” (1970), and an elderly convict and prison librarian in “The Shawshank Redemption” (1994).

Mr. Whitmore was also familiar to many television viewers as the on-screen promoter of Scotts Miracle-Gro plant food. A spokesman for Scotts since 1982, he was replaced by a younger actor, Peter Strauss, in 2002.

James Whitmore was born on Oct. 1, 1921, in White Plains. He attended Choate preparatory school in Connecticut and Yale University, served in the Marine Corps during World War II and studied at the Actors Studio and the American Theater Wing in New York, where he met his first wife, Nancy Mygatt. They had three sons, Daniel, Steven and James Jr., who became an actor and director.

After that marriage ended in divorce, Mr. Whitmore married Ms. Lindley. After they split, he then remarried Ms. Mygatt, only to divorce her again and marry for a fourth time, to Noreen Nash, in 2001.

Besides his son Steve, Mr. Whitmore is survived by his wife, two other sons, James Jr. and Dan, and eight grandchildren.

By the late 1950s and early ’60s, with film offers thinning out, Mr. Whitmore increasingly acted on television, appearing in series like “Playhouse 90,” “Studio One,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Dr. Kildare” and “Gunsmoke.”

In 1960 he had his own series as a crusading lawyer in “The Law and Mr. Jones,” on ABC.

Among his other television roles, Mr. Whitmore was a general assigned to force an Indian tribe to move to a reservation in “I Will Fight No More Forever,” also on ABC, in 1975; the guilty father in a production of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons,” on PBS in 1986; another lawyer in “The Practice,” on ABC, for which he won an Emmy Award in 2000, and a former governor of California whose son becomes a senator, in the NBC series “Mister Sterling” in 2003.

Mr. Whitmore, who said he found acting to be a “daunting” occupation, remained modest about his abilities. “You just hope to be able to grasp the hem of the garment,” he once said, “to give a sense of the man you’re dealing with.”

Character Actor JAMES WHITMORE Dies of Lung Cancer

James Whitmore, the many-faceted character actor who delivered strong performances in movies, television and especially the theater with his popular one-man shows about Harry Truman, Will Rogers and Theodore Roosevelt, died Friday, his son said. He was 87.

Moviefans will recognize him instantly as Brooks, a reformed criminal who can't handle the pressures of the world outside prison in The Shawshank Redemption.

The Emmy- and Tony-winning actor was diagnosed with lung cancer the week before Thanksgiving and died Friday afternoon at his Malibu home, Steve Whitmore said.
"My father believed that family came before everything, that work was just a vehicle in which to provide for your family," said Whitmore, who works as spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "At the end, and in the last two and a half months of his life, he was surrounded by his family."

Friday, February 06, 2009

Saturday's Rehearsal for ARSENIC

Saturday will mark the first time that we will attempt to walk through the entire show of ARSENIC and I'm looking forward to it, natrually to see how the show as a whole is coming together.

From my perspective, things are moving along nicely. Scenes that I have seen are popping with energy and enthusiasm and I feel that in my own scenes as Einstein, things are beginning to take shape.

I know that things will only get better with more work.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

ARSENIC Moving Along

ARSENIC continues to move along nicely and three weeks away from opening, we're looking pretty good.

Here are some pictures from rehearsals:

Nanette Asher as Abby Brewster

Pauline Walsh as Martha Brewster

Sean MacBride Murray as Teddy Brewster

Meg Mark as Elaine Harper

Greg Mocker as Mortimer Brewster

Director Larry Lesher with Greg and Meg

And me as Dr. Herman Einstein

Tuesday, February 03, 2009


I received this from Greg Vorob today regarding OVERCROWDED.

The pilot is completed, post is over; it is basically in the can. Dan Conrad, Dan Kowalski and I will be taking a view of it this weekend to make sure everything is in order.

We will then be scheduling a cast & crew viewing party for everyone (hopefully you can all get your DVDs this day as well) so after this weekend, we will be contacting you with a date, time and place for that.

Thank you all for your involvement with "OverCrowded" see you all soon.

Monday, February 02, 2009


Rehearsal just ended for ARSENIC about an hour ago and I'm quite happy with the direction the show is going in so far. Director Larry Lesher seems pleased with the progress the cast has made, but we've still got a long way to go.

Back again on Wednesday night.

ARSENIC Continues Tonight

Back with ARSENIC rehearsals tonight.

We will be stumbling through Act II of the play, where the bulk of my scenes I'm sure we'll be delving a little deeper into the scenes, start bringing these characters to life.

Sunday, February 01, 2009


Here is a link to the Monitor Place Pictures short film ARRANGEMENTS as directed by Joseph Chapman.

Thanks and congrats to Joe and to co-director James Sullivan on completing the film successfully and to my co-stars Craig Scribner and Jill Leithauser on jobs well done.

As far as my own performance, I was most happy with the telephone scene near the end of the film, which I improvised. I remember my mother making a phone call like that when I was a kid...I guess it's always stuck with me. I think (and hope) it helped in showing Mark's anguish over the loss of his father.


I received an email from co-director James Sullivan about the status of the short ARRANGEMENTS, which I worked on back in November.

Post on the film is officially done. Over the next couple of days, I should receive a DVD copy of the film.

An online version will appear on Megavideo later today. James will send me the link once he gets the confirmation that it's up.