Sunday, September 30, 2012

Another Run Has Just Begun

We have just started another run of the show at Shetler Studios. Hope for a vast improvement, of my own work, from last night.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

A Rough Run

We're more than halfway through the run of the show and I don't feel that I'm doing too well. I feel rough and a little sloppy. I definitely need to review the script tomorrow, before another run tomorrow night.

Run Through Tonight

Tonight, we will be doing another run through of the entire play. This time, I'm incorporating costumes and make up into the mix.

The show opens on Friday. So excited.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL Screening On October 21st

9th NYC Downtown Short Film Festival
Audience Choice Screenings

October 21, 2012

DMAC-Duo Multicultural Arts Center

62 East 4th Street

East Village, NYC, USA

Tickets $10 at Smarttix

Greg's Guardian Angel will be screened at one of the 9th NYC Downtown Short Film Festival Audience Choice Screenings taking place on October 21, 2012. 
The festival holds screenings at which the audience is screened 4-5 films, given ballots and votes, those films that receive the highest votes at these screenings will then be screened at our annual Festival in April 2013.

Great Rehearsal Last Night

Last nights' run of the last act of the play was great. We ran the act a number of times...stopping and starting...just to clean up a few trouble spots. With 10 days before preview/opening, I feel very good about the show as a whole.

I'm off for 2 days, which will be nice. On Saturday, we will do another run through of the show and after that, we move into the Access Theatre for tech and then...opening.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Back To Rehearsal Tonight

Tonight, we will be focusing on the last scene of the play, a real intense, emotional scene for everyone involved.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Stop Button Review

Don't worry, I'm fine : )

Well, I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion.

I actually got a nice chuckle out of the review.

I read a few more reviews on the site and that critic seems to hate everything and everybody, so I won't lose any sleep over the negative comments toward SIMPLE MIND.

At least the film got seen.

The Stop Button Review of SIMPLE MIND

Simple Mind (2012, Phil Newsom)

I’m having a hard time finding anything nice to say about Simple Mind. Even the title is somewhat offensive after Newsom gets to his big reveal.

The short runs seven minutes and isn’t honest at all with the viewer until minute six (at least Newsom didn’t pad his runtime with elaborate end titles). With the intentional misdirection, there’s nothing to connect with in Mind. If the lead actor, Timothy J. Cox, were any good it might work, but given his awful performance… no.

Kristi McCarson plays the object of his affection and she’s pretty good. Not enough to do, however.

Newsom’s exterior shots are far better than his interior, which seem forced and amateurish. Some of the problem is Paul Nameck’s photography. They shot Mind on painfully obvious video, even more painful because Nameck doesn’t light it well.
Mind is a lengthy bad joke with a stupid, yet mean, punchline.
Written and directed by Phil Newsom; director of photography, Paul Nameck; edited by Nameck; music by Keith Campbell.
Starring Timothy J. Cox (Bob) and Kristi McCarson (Samantha).

Your Movie Review of GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL

Greg's Guardian Angel (2012)

Here's the story of Greg and his terrible guardian angel.
''Greg's Guardian Angel'' is an endearing and ridiculously funny comedy short about an everyday Joe (Greg Vorob) who's paid a visit from his guardian angel (Elmer J. Santos), who tries to lead Greg onto the right path in his life, specifically regarding the everyday choices that we, as humans, make, as according to the angel, the choices we make now could impact the future.
Everything starts out wonderfully between Greg and the Angel. The Angel's guidance and advice leads him to some success in his work life and potentially, in his love life, but remember those everyday choices I mentioned? Well, this angel really means ''every'' everyday choice and his admonishments to Greg about things like the ''right'' toothpaste to use or the importance of spicy brown mustard on a sandwich instead of regular mustard, begin to drive Greg insane...and fill us with laughter.
All Things Random Productions and Phalanx Film and Video partnered up for this project and it's a real winner. I chuckled all the way through thanks to Dan Conrad's hilarious script and to director Dan Kowalski's solid and steady pace.
Greg Vorob is an amiable leading man, but it's Elmer J. Santos, as the Angel who scores the biggest points here; a real delight!
Vorob and Santos receive great support from Timothy J. Cox and Jack Moran as Greg's stuffy bosses.
I received a special screener of this film, but hope that it will be available for viewing online soon for all to see, as it's a real hoot.
For information on ''Greg's Guardian Angel'', please visit the films' official website:



Average: 10 (1 vote)

Reviewers name:

Pamela Larkin


Greg Vorob, Elmer J. Santos, Caitlin Winter, Timothy J. Cox and Jack Moran

Release Year:



Dan Kowalski

Last Night

Last night was a light night for me. We practiced a song that the entire cast sings during the show, as well as a fight, involving a gun, at which I am a witness in the final scene of the play.

I'm off tonight, so I get to enjoy some rest. Back on Wednesday to clean up a few more trouble spots.

The Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective's IVANOV To Open October 5th!

The Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective presents


by Anton Chekhov

“The life of a man is like a flower growing luxuriantly in a field.

A goat comes along and eats it and the flower is no more.”

October 5-6 at 8:00PM, October 7 at 7:00PM

October 11-13 at 8:00PM, October 14 at 3:00PM

October 17-19 at 8:00PM, October 20 at 2:00PM and 8:00PM

Access Theater, 380 Broadway (at White Street)

Closest subway is the N/Q/R/6 at Canal Street

 According to popular culture, 30 is the new 20, but the body and soul often disagrees. Meet Nikolai Ivanov. He just turned 30. His wife is dying. The young, blossoming woman next door is much too attractive. His neighbors are gossiping nonstop about him. His closest friends are—well, let’s just say they’re caught up in other issues. And above it all, the crushing melancholy and weariness of not-so-middle age threatens to extinguish the remnants of his hope and pride at any moment. So what’s a man to do? What can any of us do when life just becomes too much to bear?

PS. This is a comedy. We promise.

Tickets available at SmartTix at (212) 868-4444 or at $18 apiece, but feel free to use our discount code HTTCFF for members of the HTTC community in order to purchase $10 tickets

You also have the opportunity to participate in HTTC’s outreach program. With a name and mission statement that focuses on hungering for theatre, it seems only appropriate that HTTC focuses their outreach on those who hunger for basic food necessities on a day-to-day basis.

Therefore for Ivanov, we will be collecting donations for Daisy's Food Pantry (Hope for Our Neighbors in Need) which is hosted by Church of the Village. Patrons are encouraged to bring canned foods and other goods that we will collect at the door (more information about what specific items are most in need will be posted at

To thank you for your generosity, after making your donation, you will be able to purchase a ticket for Ivanov at half-price ($9). This offer is only available to walk-up patrons who are willing to pay in.
Britannie Bond* (Sasha), Christopher Bonewitz* (Ivanov), Vichet Chum* (Yegorushka), Timothy J. Cox* (Lebedyev), Nate Dendy* (Borkin), Natalie Hegg* (Natasha), Judith Ingber (Avdotya), Jordan Kaplan* (Doctor Lvov),
Emily Kitchens* (Anna), Patricia Lynn* (Martha), Brian Keith MacDonald* (Shabelsky), Kyle Schaefer* (Kossih), Kymberly Tuttle (Zinaida)

Directed by Patricia Lynn
*Appears courtesy of Actor’s Equity. An Equity Approved Showcase
Please be advised that the theatre is located on the 4th Floor. If you will need to use the elevator, please inform us ahead of time at so we can assist you.

Oh, and beware the goat.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Jared Review of SIMPLE MIND

REVIEW: Simple Mind [2012]
“I would tell them that they better look behind them”

In the vein of other psychological horror thrillers delving into the dark recesses of the mind, Phil Newsom‘s short Simple Mind captivates above its ultra-low budget. Shot over the course of two days with cinematographer Paul Nameck—his only other crewmember—the film succeeds or fails depending on whether or not you believe the two central characters engaged in therapy session dialogue. If you can look beyond the camera’s poor audio capture and meticulously abstract framing that hides things too well, there is enough to entertain and serve as a calling card for two first-time filmmakers.

Unfolding via flashback as Bob (Timothy J. Cox) bares his soul to his psychiatrist, we watch as his unsettling lurker stalks Samantha (Kristi McCarson) through the park. Talking as though the two were intimately involved, we quickly see the truth is more complicated. Following her home with a gift of red slippers, a doorbell is ominously pressed and the gravity of the situation is exposed through a matter-of-fact confession. Cox delivers an effective performance, creepily recounting the story with a tint of romance before changing to the cold, clinical tone of a professional who performs his job with complete confidence and efficiency.

While Cox and McCarson play their roles nicely, the problem occurs in the scripting. A few visual cues reveal truths directly before scenes still trying to keep up the lie. Rather than appear smart deflection, however, the instances only add confusion. As Bob rings her bell for instance, Samantha is shown applying lipstick as though in anticipation of his visit. While a great maneuver for manipulating the audience, it’s all for naught since we had just finished watching him stalk her from behind a book. So, rather than play with preconceptions, it merely becomes contradictory excess. Luckily, revealing Bob’s penchant for less than savory deeds isn’t Nameck’s final flourish.

Simple Mind is therefore a flawed but fun film showing some inventive ideas in need of a little massaging. As a first attempt it ambitiously looks to keep us on our toes, but its production constraints are definitely apparent. And while the ultimate deception is one we’ve seen before, its familiarity shouldn’t detract from the nicely orchestrated reveal. More natural blocking and stronger ambiguity early on would have paired nicely with Cox’s touched soul to really make the story pop. The potential is there, though, and hopefully we’ll see Nameck improving and excelling beyond it with his next.

Simple Mind 6/10 | ★ ★ ½

Watch it for yourself on YouTube: Simple Mind.

Yesterday's Run Through

In my view, the show is getting stronger every time we run it. I thought yesterday went very well. It'll just continue to get even better the more we run it.

Rehearsals now will consist of cleaning up trouble spots. Not really trouble spots, but spots where we can work on being as specific as possible with objectives and all that ''actor'' stuff.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Last Night

We visited a pair of small scenes last night, with the goal of being as specific as possible as far as movement, intentions and objectives in the scene. That was a general note to the cast from director Pattie Lynn, that while we have a solid base, now is the time to focus on being specific. We ran the scenes a few times, cleaned up trouble spots and then we were done in about 90 minutes. Back on Sunday. The first of the rehearsal will consist of a run through of transitions between the acts. Shouldn't take too long, but it will involve actors moving furtniture and props, so it's good to rehearse that. A run of the show will follow that, which I'm excited for.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Back Tonight With The Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective's IVANOV

Tonight, I'll be back in rehearsals to clean up some trouble spots that director Pattie Lynn saw from the stumble through the other night.

Click This For A Review Of GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL Is Out...Already!

A review of All Things Random's latest comedy GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL has been posted.

Short Film Review: Greg’s Guardian Angel (2012)

Published by Peter Sanderson September 19th, 2012

Peter Sanderson reviews the latest from All Things Random Productions, the very funny comedy short ""Greg’s Guardian Angel”, starring Greg Vorob and Elmer J. Santos.

All Things Random Productions, who brought us Marty and Doug’s New Religion last year, has served up a new comedy in that same vein with their very funny short Greg’s Guardian Angel, written by Dan Conrad, directed by Dan Kowalski and starring Greg Vorob and Elmer J. Santos.

Vorob stars as ordinary guy Greg, who one day receives a visit from his guardian angel (Santos) who is there to guide him on the right path, like all ”good” guardian angels do. The Angel gives him very specific directions, like ”Don’t wear the green tie, but the red tie”. The Angel states that it’s all about the choices we make that determine how our lives are going to play out. Greg follows the Angel’s advice and all of the sudden; Greg is showered with good fortune. He makes big impressions on his bosses (Timothy J. Cox and Jack Moran) and catches the eye of office colleague Monica (Caitlin Winter), but as soon as a date with Monica misfires, due to the Angel’s meddling, Greg begins to look upon the Angel as not so much a guardian, but as an annoying pest. And it only gets worse from there.

Greg’s Guardian Angel is very, very funny; hysterically funny even. It’s sharp and on point in all departments, but most especially because of a winning short script by Dan Conrad and impressive, precise direction from Dan Kowalski. As much as I enjoyed Marty and Doug’s New Religion, I feel that the overall execution was much stronger on this new project and I look forward to even more All Things Random projects, especially the rumored sequel to Marty and Doug’s New Religion.

On the acting side, it’s Santos’ gloriously over the top turn as the Angel that drives the film. It’s a real hoot all the way through. Vorob makes use of the same charm and humor that he employed to great effect in Marty and Doug’s New Religion. From the supporting cast, Caitlin Winter and Jack Moran made nice contributions in their respective roles as Monica and as the ridiculously named Thaddeus Pierpont Longshaft III. There’s also a hilarious appearance from an almost unrecognizable Timothy J. Cox as Greg’s Boss, Mr. Schmaven (another wonderfully silly name), proving that the man can do just about anything.

Greg’s Guardian Angel will be available for viewing on Vimeo in the coming weeks.

For information on the production, please visit the film’s official website:

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Stumble Through Last Night!

Last nights' stumble through of the entire play went very well. We didn't stop, except between scene changes, as those transitions have not been dealt with just yet. Personally, I feel very good about where I am heading with Pasha, but my work is far from finished. I'm off tonight, which is nice, but I am back on Thursday for more review.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Stumble Through About To Begin

We're about to start the stumble through of the play. Excited to do the whole show; see where we are and where we still need to go.

Stumble Through Of Entire Play Tonight

I'm excited for tonights' stumble through. It'll be nice to go through it all, see where we are as a show. Last night was a rehash of Acts 2 and 3, mostly for the benefit of two actors who were not present at the original blocking rehearsals for these acts.

Just a few weeks until opening. Very exciting.

Monday, September 17, 2012


I reviewed my lines this morning and feel pretty good about them now. With only a few weeks before we open, I'm glad to have the script out of my hands now. Now is when the real fun and work begins.


Lines for the play are coming along nicely. I have all of my scenes down and I will be reviewing them today before tonights' rehearsal. Tomorrow nights' rehearsal will consist of a stumble through of the whole play to ensure that everyone is on the same page as far as blocking and transitions are concerned.

Friday, September 14, 2012


Last night, I watched a screening of GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL and it was hilarious from start to finish. Jamie and I watched it and enjoyed it immensely. In my view, it's the best thing that All Things Random has ever done.

ATR plans to push the film to reviewers in the hopes that it generates some buzz for festivals.

The full, completed version should be available for public viewing very soon.

Blocking II

We resumed blocking last evening and jumped to the final act of the play, which is a tough one for every character who appears in it. Everything goes to hell in a hand basket in this act. We ran the scene a number of times and I played around, did something different every time I ran it. In this scene, Pasha, for the first time in his life perhaps, blows up. I hope to find the humor in the scene. It'll get easier once I get the script out of my hand.

Speaking of that, I hope to do a little memorization today and tomorrow.

Back with more blocking rehearsal on Sunday.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Cinemaroll Review of SIMPLE MIND

Short Film Review: Simple Mind (2012)

Published in Cinemarolling by PeterSanderson, on September 13, 2012

Peter Sanderson reviews the tense dramatic short from writer / director Phil Newsom, that stars Timothy J. Cox and Kristi McCarson.

Does this look like the smile of a killer?

In the early moments of writer / director Phil Newsom’s short Simple Mind, I was, admittedly, slightly perturbed, as I thought I was being treated to yet another in a long line of tales of an ordinary guy hashing out his life issues with his therapist. We’ve seen too many of these movies, in my view.

Well, Simple Mind does feature that and then it features a little more. In fact, it features a lot more?

The film opens to a man sitting on a bench, a rather ordinary guy named Bob (the always top notch Timothy J. Cox), who is definitely your average Joe type that you see on the streets every day. Bob is waiting for the woman that he’s in love with, Samantha (Kristi McCarson), who is young, attractive and vivacious, while Bob is schlubby and rather unkempt, but there’s also a gentle quality about him. Bob is also quite determined to find love and happiness, so he decides to pay Samantha a visit. Bob is so certain of his love for Samantha and that the love will be returned that he can’t help but smile. He’s describing his experiences to his therapist, who is unseen (until the end of the film).

Bob knocks on her door; Samantha opens it. Bob smiles….and then the film takes an unexpected turn.

As we learn in Phil Newsom’s 13 minute short film, Bob is by no means an average Joe, but in reality, a cold, methodical murderer who loves his work and wants the credit and the glory that comes with it? He calls himself the best, but there’s a few surprises in store for Bob as the film progresses, but to see them, you’ll have to see the film for yourself.

Yes, I’d say that Simple Mind features a lot more.

What I liked immensely about the film was that Newsom and his talented cinematographer Paul Nameck managed to do what a great thriller should do and that’s keep the audience on their guard and keep them guessing…with the aid of great storytelling, camera work and acting and without the aid of the gore and special effects of big budget features.

As the object of Bob’s affections, Kristi McCarson shines, but at the heart of Simple Mind is the wonderful performance by Timothy J. Cox, who continues his streak of impressive performances. This time he’s crafted a charming and sweet guy upon first glance, but beneath that charming smile of his lies a subtle malevolence and creepiness that, rightly so, takes you by surprise. Bob and the equally creepy Orange Green, another role that Cox played so wonderfully, in last year’s acclaimed short Terry Kendall and Orange Green would make an interesting pair. It’s a frighteningly good performance in a delightfully complex and twisted short film.

Simple Mind is available for viewing on YouTube here:

Blocking Part I

We blocked my first scene last night and reviewed it several times. I'm back for more tonight.

Hope to memorize this weekend. It shouldn't be too difficult, as the table reads and table work will make the process of memorization much easier.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Blocking For The Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective's IVANOV Begins Tonight

Tonight is my first blocking rehearsal. Blocking rehearsals, as I have said in the past, can be quite tedious, but obviously quite necessary. It's be great to get the scenes on their feet. I hope to memorize my stuff this weekend.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

2nd Read Through Last Night

The cast of IVANOV engaged in another read through of the play last night, although this reading was more active. People got on their feet and moved around the room, interacted with whoever they had a scene with. It was a nice lead in to blocking rehearsals, which start tonight. I'm off tonight, but I am excited to get my scenes on their feet, starting Wednesday night.

Cast In A Dad Role in Team UNTLD's RICKSHAW

I am happy to announce that I have just been cast in actor / writer / director Brett Snyder's film RICKSHAW, a drama about an underdog that follows a couple and their very real problem. Taking place in New York City, Chris Thompson is blindsided when his girlfriend, Liz, gets pregnant unexpectedly. Given their financial situation, Chris and Liz are in no position to handle a pregnancy and this is a story about the power of choice and opportunity, and the steps that are taken to get there. I appear in one scene as Chris' father. It's a meaty scene and I really like Brett's passion, so natrually I am very happy to be a part of the project.

Here's a link to video message from Brett, speaking about the project:

Also, here's a link to the official blog for the film:

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Table Work Is Complete!

Today, concluded table work and analysis of the entire play. A lot of great ideas came out of that process, ideas that the cast hopes to implement as we move further into the process.

Back again tomorrow.

Friday, September 07, 2012

More Table Work Last Night

We continued with more table work last night and the discussions so far have been quite helpful to me. Like I said yesterday, all of these discussions give me and my colleagues a lot to think about before we get the play on its feet.

I'm off for a few days now...although Pasha will never be far from my thoughts.

Back on Sunday afternoon.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Jack Lemmon As Pasha?

Years ago, I read Don Widener's 1975 biography on Jack Lemmon and a quote from Widener, about Lemmon, has always stuck with me and has recently popped into my mind again, as I begin the development of Pasha Lebedyev.

For all his persona on screen, he was one of the saddest men I've known. You could see it in his eyes. The face would be laughing but his eyes were sad. I never found out why that was.

The highlighted line may be one of the keys to playing Pasha.

The Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective's IVANOV - Table Work

Last night, most of the cast met at an office around the Union Sqaure area to read the first 15 pages of the play and discuss our characters, motivations, relationships, etc. It's nice to have these kinds of discussions, so that everyone is on the same page as far as what they're fighting for in the play. How do these characters relate to one another? DO they relate to one another? Do they care about one another? Do they care about anything?

There are a number of lines spoken in the play, not by me or even necessarily about me, but I've highlighted them in my they resonate and do say a lot about Pasha Lebedyev...lines like where Borkin tells Ivanov, ''you've lost all the fire in you''. I think that line speaks volumnes about many of the characters in the play, but especially Pasha. I'd like to think that at one time in his life, Pasha had, like many young people, that youthful ''fire'' and exuberance. I hope he had passions and desires...but he blinked and the next thing he knew, he was middle aged, stuck in a marriage that he was too weak to walk away from and that fire was lost...if he ever had it in the first place. Was it a dream? Or was it a big lie or ''pipe dream'' that he kept telling himself? ''I don't have to take this. I can be me." Something for me to think about. Something else to think about: Everyone in the play is quilty of at least one sin. Pasha's sin is weakness. His wife Zinaida runs the house and the finances with an iron fist and Pasha doesn't argue or stand up to her...he's helpless...has no choice to but heed to her wishes, no matter how he feels. Any other person would have walked away years ago, but not Pasha. Why? I think it's too late for him to walk away and change. What would he do?

All of these thoughts are subtext, as who Pasha is on the inside is very different from the Pasha we see. The Pasha we see is, quite honestly, a rather silly man...a clown of sorts, but inside, he's very much broken...a sad clown. Here's a great quote about Pasha, from a review of a production of the play in Los Angeles, ''Pasha is an empty, silly man who has basically given up, but he still has so much humanity that you know exactly how he came to be who he is and why he has chosen this particular reaction to the particular life-loop he has found himself in''. I really think that describes Pasha perfectly. In the second half of the play, I hope to show glimpses of the ''real'' Pasha in my exchanges with Ivanov. At the end of our big scene in the second half of the play, just before I leave, Ivanov asks, ''Pasha, what's the matter with me''? I tell him that he's a product of his environment and that it's destroying him. I'm saying to him, ''Get out of here!'' Don't be like're young, you still have that fire deep in you...get out of here and start over. It's not too late for you!

Great stuff to think about.

Back again tonight.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Audition on Friday Night for The Film RICKSHAW, Produced by Team UNTLD

On Friday evening, I will be reading for a Dad role in the film RICKSHAW, the story of an NYC pedicab driver, his struggles and the consequences that give him new opportunities. The film is going to co-star my ASPHALT CHRISTMAS colleague Brian Hopson (memorable in three supporting roles from that production) so the chance to work with him again would be a real thrill.

The audition is set for 6PM at Shetler Studios.

The Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective's IVANOV - Readthrough A Success!

Last night's first reading was spirited and energetic. Director Pattie Lynn has assembled a game cast and crew for the production. After the reading of the play, Pattie went over the design elements that she plans to implement for the production. I'm very impressed with how on the ball she is.

Tonight begins table work, which I am eager to jump into.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

The Hunger and Thirst Reading Salon Photos

Here are a few photos from some of the HTTC Reading Salon's that I have recently participated in.

The First Day Of Rehearsal

At this moment, I am...quite honestly...chomping at the bit with anticipation for the first rehearsal for IVANOV. Thankfully, the day is trotting along at a quick pace, so I won't have that much longer to wait.

Tickets for the show are already on sale. They can be purchased here:

Monday, September 03, 2012

The Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective's IVANOV Starts Tomorrow

Tomorrow marks the first read through for IVANOV, which will be very exciting. I'm thrilled about the challenges that this show will provide.


I had a blast reading Sorin in today's reading of THE SEAGULL, which we performed in Central Park, close to the Delacorte Theatre.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

THE SEAGULL Reading On Monday

It turns out that I will be reading Sorin and Shamrayev on Monday's reading of THE SEAGULL. Looking forward to it.