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Performed by Lisa Joyce from the solo, “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”, 2000, Jo Bonney, director.
Originally from Chicago, LISA JOYCE received her BFA in Acting from the Theater School at DePaul University. Shortly after graduating she appeared in Adam Rapp’s Red Light Winter which premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company before transferring off-Broadway and being named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Lisa made her West End/Broadway debut in La Bete and toured nationally alongside Cherry Jones in Doubt. Some of her favorite Off-Broadway credits include: Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss and What I Wore and Soho Rep.’s The Ugly One (Drama Desk nom.). Lisa has also performed at The Public, New York Theater Workshop, The Signature, Classic Stage Company, Rattlestick, Transport Group, StageFARM, Williamstown and The Studio Theater in D.C. (Helen Hayes Award, Blackbird), as well as working with the LAByrinth Theater Company where she was recently made a member. TV and film credits include: The Following, Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife, Fringe, Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU, The Brave One, Oren Moverman’s The Messenger, Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight (HBO) and The Master Builder, Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn's adaptation of the Ibsen classic directed by Jonathan Demme.
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J. Eric Cook
Performed by J. Eric Cook from the solo, “funHouse”, The Public Theater, 1983, Jo Bonney, director.
J ERIC COOK is an actor, writer and producer. He has written four full-length plays, workshopped with LAByrinth Theater Company, and a one-man show J. Eric Cook's Vagina Project in honor of Women's History Month. Mr. Cook was a founding director of Sonoma County Repertory Theater and served as Associate Artistic Director for Actors Theater of Sonoma County in California. In NYC he produced Nikole's Tick Parade a variety-show benefit for Lyme Disease, and the off-off-Broadway premiere of Love Sick by Kristina Poe. He has worked in fund development, youth services, education, and workforce development, serving on the California State welfare reform Youth Services Committee. In 1993 he was awarded Arts-maker of the Year in Sonoma County, CA. Mr. Cook is also a professional underground poker dealer and grifter. He lives in NYC with his wife and daughter.
The Recovering Male
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Performed by Matthew Maher from the solo, “Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead”, Minetta Lane Theater, 1994, Jo Bonney, director.
MATTHEW MAHER performed in Eric Bogosian’s play One Plus One, at the Powerhouse Theater at New York Stage and Film. Other recent credits include Mr Burns: A Post Electric Play and The Flick at Playwrights Horizons; Golden Child at the Signature Theater; Red Handed Otter at the Cherry Lane, Uncle Vanya and Orange Hat and Grace at Soho Rep; Tales From My Parents’ Divorce at The Flea, and School For Lies at Classic Stage Company. Maher received Obie Awards in 1999 for The Race Of The Ark Tattoo with The Foundry Theater and in 2013 for Sustained Excellence in Performance--and is an associate artist of the Civilians and Clubbed Thumb, both theater companies dedicated to creating and/or producing new work. Regional credits include work at the Williamstown Theater Festival, NY Stage & Film, Berkeley Rep, the American Repertory Theater and the McCarter Theater Center. Film credits include It’s Kind of a Funny Story, The Killer Inside Me, Gone Baby Gone, Jersey Girl, Dogma, Bringing Out The Dead, Vulgar and, upcoming, East Of Acacia and While We're Young. Television credits include Over/Under, The Unusuals, John From Cincinnati, Bored To Death and all three Law & Order shows.
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Performed by Yul Vazquez from the video, “Confessions of A Porn Star”, directed by Rob Klug, 1994.
YUL VÁZQUEZ will next be seen in five upcoming feature films. Runner, Runner (20th Century Fox) directed by Brad Furman, opposite Ben Affleck, and Justin Timberlake, Captain Philips (Columbia Pictures) directed by Paul Greengrass opposite Tom Hanks and Catherine Keener, Blood Ties directed by Guillaume Canet opposite Mila Kunis, Clive Owen, and Marion Cotillard, Glass Chin directed by Noah Buschel opposite Billy Crudup and Kill The Messenger (Focus Features) directed by Michael Cuesta opposite Jeremy Renner.
He can currently be seen on the Starz drama Magic City opposite Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Set in 1960s Miami, the show centers on the upscale Miramar Playa Hotel amongst the political and organized crime drama of the time. Yul portrays ‘Victor Lazaro,’ general manager of the Miramar Playa. Additionally he recurs in three other television shows, as ‘Pedro’ in FX’s Louie, as ‘Christian’ in CBS’ The Good Wife and as 'Detective Anthony Nikolich’ on HBO’s Treme.
Vázquez starred on Broadway in the Tony nominated The Motherf**cker with the Hat opposite Chris Rock. For his portrayal of the eccentric ‘Cousin Julio,’ he received nominations for a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Tony Award.
Vázquez has appeared in over 35 films, working with directors such as Ridley Scott, Steven Soderbergh, and Steven Spielberg. Other film credits include The A-Team (Fox) opposite Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson, John Sayles’ Amigo opposite Chris Cooper, Salvation Boulevard (Mandalay) opposite Jennifer Connolly, Pierce Brosnan, Marisa Tomei and Greg Kinnear, Little Fockers (Universal) with Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller, Ridley Scott’s American Gangster (Universal) alongside Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington (a 2008 SAG nominee for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture), Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, (Dreamworks) opposite Tom Cruise, Bad Boys II (Columbia) opposite Martin Lawrence and Will Smith, Runaway Bride (Paramount) opposite Julia Roberts and Nick of Time (Paramount) opposite Johnny Depp. He reunited with director Steven Soderbergh to star opposite Benicio Del Toro in Che (IFC). Soderbergh first cast him in Traffic, for which he and his fellow cast members won the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
He has had numerous roles on some of television’s most popular shows. From his re-occurring character ‘Bob,’ the “angry gay Puerto Rican,” on Seinfeld, to one of Samantha’s love interests on HBO’s Sex and the City, to 'Rueben the Cuban' on HBO’s The Sopranos. Other television include Law & Order: SVU (NBC) and Fringe (Fox).
Seamlessly moving between film, television and stage, Vázquez is a founding member of the LAByrinth Theatre Company. Theater credits include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (The Public Theater) opposite Sam Rockwell, directed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Stendhal Syndrome (Primary Stages) with Isabella Rossellini and Richard Thomas, and The Floating Island Plays (Mark Taper Forum) to name a few.
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Performed by Dylan Baker from the solo, “Drinking In America”, American Place Theater, 1986, Wynn Handman, director.
DYLAN BAKER was honored with an IFP Gotham Award and an IFP West IndependentSpiritAward nomination for his starring role as ‘Bill Maplewood’ in the critically acclaimed film Happiness, directed by Todd Solondz. He will be coming out December 20 in Anchorman: The Legend Continues. His additional feature film credits include Secretariat, Revolutionary Road, Hide and Seek, Rick, Spiderman II & III, Head of State, How to Deal, Road to Perdition, Changing Lanes, The Cell, Along Came A Spider, Random Hearts, Requiem For a Dream, Celebrity, Trick ‘R Treat,Simply Irresistable, Disclosure, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, The Long Walk Home, Delirious, Let's Go To Prison, Fido, The Hunting Party, When A Man Falls In The Forest, Across The Universe, The Stone Angel, Diminished Capacity and 2 Days In New York.
Baker’s television credits include season four of Damages, Tom Hanks’ HBO miniseries From The Earth To The Moon, Stephen Bochco’s courtroom drama Murder One, Drive, Book Of Daniel, The Pitts, Feds, HBO’s The Laramie Project, the CBS show The Elizabeth Smart Story, the NBC series Kings, USA’s Political Animals and recurring roles on ABC’s Ugly Betty and USA’s Burn Notice. He appears as Colin Sweeney on the hit CBS show The Good Wife for which he was nominated twice for Emmy Awards Baker earned Tony Award and Drama DeskAward nominations for his role as The Prince in the Broadway production of La Bête and an Obie Award for his performance in the Off Broadway production Not About Heroes. He starred in Sea of Tranquility at the Atlantic Theatre Company and received rave reviews for his role in Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul at the New York Theatre Workshop. Most recently Baker was seen on Broadway in Mauritius, David Mamet’s November, and Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage. 23 Blast marks Mr. Baker’s directorial debut in film, while on the stage, he has directed George Kelly’s The Torch-Bearers and Eduardo diFillipo’s Christmas in Naples for the Williamstown Theatre Festival. In New York, he directed The Torch Bearers (Lucille Lortel award-Best Revival) for the Drama Department, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona for the Blue Light Theater. Mr. Baker also directed The Coarse Acting Show at the Chautauqua Theatre Company, and Blithe Spirit, Our Town, The Taming of the Shrew, The Importance of Being Earnest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival.
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Performed by Stephen Lang from the solo, “Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead”, Minetta Lane Theater, 1994, Jo Bonney, director.
STEPHEN LANG's work in the New York theatre includes Death of a Salesman, A Few Good Men, Wait Until Dark, The Speed of Darkness, Hamlet, and Beyond Glory. Television includes Crime Story and Terra Nova.
Films include Last Exit to Brooklyn, Gettysburg, Conan the Barbarian, White Irish Drinkers, Gods and Generals, Christina, Public Enemies, Manhunter, and Avatar.
Nominations and and awards include Drama Desk, Helen Hayes, Joseph Jefferson, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, The Tony, The Saturn, Chairmans Medal for Distinguished Service from the NEA, The Bob Hope Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. He is a member of The Actors Studio, and holds Honorary Doctorates from Jacksonville University and Swarthmore College.
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Performed by Jessica Hecht from the solo, “Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead”, Minetta Lane Theater, 1994, Jo Bonney, director.
Bway: The Assembled Parties (Lilly Award, Drama League Nom), Harvey (Drama League Nom), A View From the Bridge(Tony, Drama League Nom), Brighton Beach Memoirs, Julius Caesar, After The Fall, The Last Night of Ballyhoo
Off B-way: The Three Sisters, The House in Town, Flesh and Blood, Stop Kiss (Drama League Nom) , A Midsummer Night's Dream
Playwrights: Stage Kiss, Lobster Alice, Plunge
Williamstown Theatre Fest: A Streetcar Named Desire, Autumn Garden, Blithe Spirit, Top Girls, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told etc.
TV: Breaking Bad, Bored To Death, Nurse Jackie, The Good Wife, Elementary, Friends, Seinfeld etc.
Film: Upcoming: Anesthesia, Sisterhood of the Night
Also: J Edgar, Whatever Works, The Sitter, Sideways, The Grey Zone etc.
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Performed by David Zayas from the solo, “funHouse”, The Public Theater, 1983, Jo Bonney, director.
David Zayas most recently starred as Angel Batista on Dexter, the hit Showtime drama and 2011 Golden Globes nominee for Best Television Series - Drama. A former New York City police officer, Zayas began his acting career in 1992 with the Labyrinth Theater Company. Since then, Zayas has starred in more than 30 plays, including Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings, and Our Landy of 121st St. While performing in New York plays, he began to book roles on hit TV shows such as New York Undercover,Law & Order, NYPD Blue, all while working for the New York Police Department. Zayas' success earned him a leading role on UPN's crime drama, The Beat. Soon after, Tom Fontana (writer of THE BEAT) created the character of Enrique Morales, the fierce leader of the Latino prisoners on HBO's Oz, especially for Zayas.
His feature film credits include The Expendables, Skyline, 13, Michael Clayton, Sixteen Blocks, The Savages, Bringing Out the Dead, The Yards, Undefeated, Wit, Angel and The Interpreter. Zayas also starred on Broadway in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna in the Tropics.
Zayas recently wrapped a lead role opposite Helen Hunt in the indie feature Ride and this Fall will start production on the feature Annie (Sony) co-starring opposite Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz.
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Craig 'muMs' Grant
Performed by Craig 'muMs' Grant from the solo, "Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll", The Orpheum Theater, 1980, Jo Bonney, director.
CRAIG 'MUMS' GRANT is an American Poet, Actor and Playwright. He has performed on New York City stages for more than 20 years. muMs is best known for playing Arnold Jackson aka Poet on the HBO hit show Oz. At the same time muMs is an internationally known Poet- performing at over 200 cafe's, Colleges and Universities across the U.S., Europe and Africa.
muMs is a proud member of the Labyrinth Theater Company, debuting in such productions as the critically acclaimed Last Days of Judas Iscariot and A View From 151st. Both performed Off-Broadway at the NYC's Public Theater. With the Labyrinth, muMs has also workshopped two of his own plays, Paradox of The Urban Cliche and Loveness: I will only love you once.
Some of muMs' acting credits include: Side Effects, Law and Order: SVU, Law and Order, Cold Case, Chappelle's Show, Boston Legal, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, The Sopranos, Dark Water, Everyday People, Bamboozled... amongst others.
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Performed by Sam Rockwell from the solo, "Drinking in America", American Place Theater, 1986, Wynn Handman, director.
SAM ROCKWELL was most recently seen in David M. Rosenthal's thriller A Single Shot, opposite William H. Macy, Jeffrey Wright, and Melissa Leo. The film premiered at the 2013 Berlinale Film Festival. He was also featured in The Way, Way Back written by the Academy Award winning team of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants),starring Rob Corddry and Amanda Peet. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. He was nominated for a 2014 Critics' Choice Award for 'Best Actor in a Comedy' for his performance.
Rockwell recently wrapped production for the remake of the classic film Poltergeist, starring as 'Eric Bowen' opposite Rosemarie Dewitt. He is currently filming Don Verdean with Jared Hess. He will next be seen in Lynn Shelton's Laggies, where he plays the father of Chloë Grace Moretz and the love interest of Keira Knightley. He can also be seen in the upcoming Why Now by Adam Rapp, opposite Marisa Tomei. Throughout his career, Rockwell has created memorable characters in films, including Tony Goldwyn's Conviction opposite Hilary Swank, Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2 opposite Robert Downey Jr.; Jon Favreau's Cowboys and Aliens opposite Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig,Duncan Jones' Moon; Andrew Dominik's critically acclaimed film The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, starring opposite Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck; Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths opposite Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, and Woody Harrelson; David Gordon Green's acclaimed film Snow Angels, opposite Kate Beckinsale; the Russo brothers' comedy Welcome to Collinwood, opposite George Clooney, Patricia Clarkson, Jennifer Esposito and William H. Macy; David Mamet's Heist,opposite Gene Hackman, Rebecca Pidgeon and Danny DeVito; the blockbuster Charlie's Angels, with Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu; and Frank Darabont's Oscar-nominated The Green Mile, opposite Tom Hanks. Rockwell also appeared in DreamWorks' box-office hit Galaxy Quest, opposite Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman and Tony Shalhoub.
Additional credits include The Sitter opposite Jonah Hill; Everybody's Fine opposite Robert De Niro; Frost/Nixon opposite Frank Langella; Joshua opposite Vera Farmiga; The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, opposite Zooey Deschanel, Mos Def and Martin Freeman; and the Warner Bros.' comedy-drama Matchstick Men, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Nicolas Cage. He has also appeared in Woody Allen's Celebrity; Michael Hoffman's A Midsummer Night's Dream, with Kevin Kline and Michelle Pfeiffer; John Duigan's Lawn Dogs; John Hamburg's Safe Men; Saul Rubinek's dark comedy Jerry and Tom; Tom DiCillo's Box of Moonlight, opposite John Turturro; Peter Cohn's Drunks, with Richard Lewis, Parker Posey and Faye Dunaway; Paul Schrader's Light Sleeper, with Willem Dafoe; Uli Edel's Last Exit to Brooklyn, with Jennifer Jason Leigh; and his feature film debut in Francis Ford Coppola's Clownhouse, while he was still a student at San Francisco's High School of the Performing Arts
Rockwell won critical praise, as well as the Berlin Film Festival's Silver Berlin Bear Award and Movieline's Breakthrough Performance of the Year Award, for his portrayal of Chuck Barris in George Clooney's Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. He starred opposite Clooney, Drew Barrymore and Julia Roberts in this adaptation of Barris' memoirs. Other awards include Best Actor at the Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia for his performance in Joshua and the Decades Achievement Award from Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival.
On stage, Rockwell was last seen starring opposite Christopher Walken in Martin McDonagh's critically acclaimed production of A Behanding in Spokane. His other stage credits include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, opposite Eric Bogosian, at The Public Theater. Philip Seymour Hoffman directed the LAByrinth Theater Company production. Rockwell has appeared in Face Divided as part of the EST Marathon series, as well as the off-Broadway production of Goose-Pimples, which was written by noted film writer/director Mike Leigh. He has also appeared in The Dumb Waiter and Hot L Baltimore for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, both of which were directed by Joe Montello.
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Performed by Karren Karagulian from the "Orphans" series of monologues.
KARREN KARAGULIAN is a screen actor and writer, known for his work with director Sean Baker on Tangerine (2014), Prince of Broadway (2008) and Starlet (2012) (for which he shared the Robert Altman award), and Four Letter Words (2000). He is currently appearing in Matthew Barney’s River of Fundament and will be featured next year in Tom’s Dilemma and Welcome Home, currently in post-production.
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Cheese was originally part of the duet "This Is Now", originally performed in 2006 with Elliott Sharp at Merkin Concert Hall.
Ricky Paul is a nightclub entertainer who has been living in Berlin for the past thirty years and came out of retirement to perform this "fake" voice-over. In the 1980's Paul performed at the Mudd Club, Studio 54, Whitecolumns and Tier 3.
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"Godhead" was included in the solo "Drinking in America" at the American Place Theater directed by Wynn Handman in 1986.
MICHAEL SHANNON has been a huge admirer of Mr. Bogosian's ever since he started out acting in the Chicago storefront theatre scene in the early 90's. At much too young an age, full of piss and vinegar, he decided to perform Drinking In America in its entirety at a little theatre called A Red Orchid, which he is a founding member of and just celebrated its 20th anniversary. Eventually, Mike made his way to the Big Apple and started working with the LAB. Most notably, he appeared in The Little Flower of East Orange, directed by the late great Phil Hoffman (RIP). That is when he started getting his mind blown by actually seeing Mr. Bogosian in the flesh from time to time. And oddly enough, the monologue "Godhead" is part of Drinking In America. If you had told me 20 years ago that I would have been performing that monologue in front of Eric while he videotaped me doing it, I would not have believed you at all. What a wonderful world. Please come see The Killer this spring at Theatre For A New Audience.
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Performed by Sebastian Stan, from the solo: "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee", Jane Street Theater, NYC, 2000, Jo Bonney director.
SEBASTIAN STAN is Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier in Captain America:The Winter Soldier. In 2007 he played “Kent” in the Broadway production of Talk Radio with Liev Schreiber. Born in Constanta, Romania, Stan is also known for his work in The Black Swan, Rachel Getting Married and The Covenant.
Voice in the Wilderness
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Performed by Betsy Aidem, from the solo: "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee", Jane Street Theater, NYC, 2000, Jo Bonney director.
In New York:Winter 2014 ALL The WAY, Broadway, Nikolai and the Others, Lincoln Center, Dreams of Flying, Dreams of Falling at Atlantic, The Metal Children and Mary Rose at The Vineyard. Crooked , Womens Project, Celebration and Sea of Tranquility at the Atlantic, Stone Cold Dead Serious, Edge , The Triple Happiness, Second Stage, Good Thing, The New Group, The Butterfly Collection, Playwright’s Horizons, Luminescence Dating, EST, Perapalas, McGinn Cazalle, Steel Magnolias, Lortel, A Lie of the Mind, Promenade, Escape from Happiness, Naked Angels, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, MCC, Road, Lincoln Center Theater, Balm in Gilead, Circle Rep and Minetta Lane.
Regional theater includes: All The Way, ART, The Whore and Mrs. Moore, Dorset Theatre Festival, GOD of CARNAGE, George Street Playhouse, CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION, Huntington, Sweet Bird of Youth and The Sugar Syndrome at Williamstown, Jolson Sings Again, George Street, 1000 Airplanes on the Roof, ART, Saddlers Wells and European Tour, SEVEN, International, The Miser, Hartford, Miss Julie, Portland. Platonov, Invanov, The Seagull, The Cherry Orchard, Lake Lucille.
TV: The Big C, Smash, Law and Order: SUV, CI, Trial by Jury, (7) The West Wing, Sex and the City, The High Life, The Good Wife, Nurse Jackie, Rescue Me. Film: Margaret, The Bleeding House, Arbitrage, The Oranges, You Can Count on Me, Motherhood, Music of the Heart, Winter Passing. Received the 2007 Obie for Sustained Excellence of Performance.
The Quiet Man
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Performed by Michael Stuhlbarg from the solo, “Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead”, Minetta Lane Theater, 1994, Jo Bonney, director.
Broadway: The Pillowman (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award), The Invention of Love, Cabaret, Taking Sides, Saint Joan, The Government Inspector, Timon of Athens, Three Men on a Horse. Numerous Off Broadway plays; 10 productions with the New York Shakespeare Festival including the title roles in Hamlet and Richard II; Cymbeline with Theater for a New Audience at the Royal Shakespeare Company; OBIE for The Voysey Inheritance at the Atlantic Theater Company. TV: Arnold Rothstein on HBO's Boardwalk Empire;... FILM: A Serious Man (Golden Globe nomination), Blue Jasmine, Lincoln, Hitchcock, Hugo, Men in Black 3, Seven Psychopaths;... UPCOMING: Season 5 of Boardwalk Empire; Cut Bank; Pawn Sacrifice.
This Is Now
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“This Is Now!” is the title monologue of a series of monologues from the duet, “This is Now!” performed at Merkin Hall in 2006 with composer/performer Elliott Sharp. While the monologist riffs, the musical accompaniest riffs and the two performers play a kind of musical/verbal tag.
NIKOLE BECKWITH’s plays have been read, developed and performed with Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, The Public Theater, Labyrinth Theater Company, The Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Barrow Street Theater, The Old Vic, Chautauqua Theater Company and Ensemble Studio Theater, among others. She isan alum of EST's Youngblood, a former associate artist of Atlantic Center for the Artsand a 2010/2011 member of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group. She started off 2013 as the first non-UK playwright to be given a writing attachment at The National Theatre’s Studio in London, where she wrote her newest playSeven Sisters which premiered at The Royal Court Theater in London, directed by Vicky Featherstone. Her screenplay adaptation of her stage play Stockholm, Pennsylvania garnered a 2012 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, awarded by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and made the 2012 Black List before heading to The Sundance Labs for further development. She wrapped principal photography on the film, which she also directed in March 2014 and is currently in post production. The film stars Saoirse Ronan and Cynthia Nixon, and was produced by Fido Features and Olympus Pictures (Rabbit Hole, Beginners). As an actor, Beckwith has developed new work with Gregory S. Moss and Eric Bogosian among others. She made her New York stage debut in Joshua Conkel's hit play MilkMilkLemonade to critical acclaim, and performs with The Story Pirates, a kids literacy and arts organization where she is an actor, director and teaching artist. Her comic strip companion piece to The Civilians' You Better Sit Down: Tales From Our Parents' Divorce can be viewed on the WNYC culture page, her other bittersweet comics have been featured on NPR, The Huffington Post, The Hairpin and various other outposts on the Internet. She is from Newburyport, Massachusetts where she grew up making plays in various living rooms.
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Performed by Kevin Geer from the solo, "Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll", The Orpheum Theater, 1980, Jo Bonney, director.
Broadway: Juror #2 in “Twelve Angry Men”, Jonesy in “Side Man”, Mitch in “A Streetcar Named Desire”, and “The Rose Tattoo”; Off-Broadway: “Medieval Play” (Signature], UNCONDITIONAL (LAByrinth@The Public), “Oedipus”, “On The Bum” (Playwrights Horizons), and originated Ellard in Larry Shue’s “The Foreigner.” Regional: Title role in the world premiere of Tennessee Williams “The Palooka” (Hartford Stage), O’Neill’s “Anna Christie” (Long Wharf), “Side Man” [London’s West End & The Kennedy Center] “Defying Gravity” (Williamstown). Television:"ALPHA HOUSE", "OZ", numerous “Law & Order: CI and “Law & Order: SVU s,” an acclaimed combined two-part "Law & Order / Homicide","China Beach","M*A*S*H", and opposite Elizabeth Taylor In "Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth" .Film: Kenneth Lonergan's “Margaret”, “The Men Who Stare at Goats” w/George Clooney, “American Gangster”, “The Contender”, “The Tavern”, “The Pelican Brief”, “Arrowshot” (Sundance), “100 Feet”, the apocalyptic western “Bunker Hill,” “The Only Good Indian” (Sundance], and upcoming this fall opposite Jennifer Connelly in Paul Bettany's “SHELTER.” Mr. Geer works with the kids of the 52nd St.Project, is a member of the LAByrinth Theatre Company, And has spent 21 summers developing new plays at the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. Upcoming this summer: Samuel D.Hunter's A GREAT WILDERNESS at the Williamstown Theater Festival.
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Candy was originally a voice-over performed by the actress Anna Levine in the solo "Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll" (1991). As such it is the only monologue in the solos written and performed for and by a woman.
Charlie Ray is best known for her debut lead role in “Little Manhattan”, when she starred in her first feature film at the age of 12. Since then she has played leading roles in Cabaret and Hot L Baltimore at the Martin Theater in New York City and has guest starred on Law & Order SVU, Inside Amy Schumer and the CBS pilot Company Town. At Northwestern University she starred in “Miss Julie”, the world premiere production of “Aimée and Jaguar”, “The Night of the Iguana”, “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Kafka by the Shore.” Charlie graduates from Northwestern in two weeks.
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Performed by Peter Scanavino from the solo, “Drinking In America”, American Place Theater, 1986, Wynn Handman, director.
PETER SCANAVINO was lucky enough to work with Eric during the revival of suBurbia at the Second Stage Theater in New York. Having long been a fan of Erics work, the experience of actually being in one of his plays remains a personal highlight. Peter has worked with MTC, the Cherry Lane Theater, the Atlantic Theater, the Play Company, Mark Taper Forum, and the McCarter theater among others and has been seen on numerous tv shows and films, most recently starring in "the Cold Lands" directed by Tom Gilroy. He lives in Brooklyn with wife and son.
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The Throat is a monologue from the solo, "Advocate", performed at Artists Space, NYC in 1982. This solo was meant to explore "negative attitudes" and featured a slide show of liberated concentration camps and child porn. It was a rebuttal to criticism I was receiving in the press at the time that my work was "too dark." One monologue in the show, "Our Gang" originally about a gang rape was rewritten and ended up in "Drinking In America" as a comic piece. (see Number 31, "Our Gang", performed by Peter Scanavino.)
HALLEY FEIFFER is an actress and a playwright. She performed in the revival of Eric Bogosian’s subUrbia at Second Stage Theatre, directed by Jo Bonney. Other theater credits include the Broadway revival of John Guare’s The House of Blue Leaves, directed by David Cromer, for which she won a Theatre World Award; the recent revival of Jon Robin Baitz’ The Substance of Fire, directed by Trip Cullman; Ethan Coen’s Women or Nothing at the Atlantic Theater, directed by David Cromer; Kenneth Lonergan’s Medieval Play at the Signature, directed by Kenneth Lonergan, and Kim Rosenstock’s Tigers Be Still at the Roundabout, directed by Sam Gold, for which she was nominated for a Drama League Award. Her film work includes Kenneth Lonergan’s You Can Count on Me, Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale and Margot at the Wedding, Jared Hess’ Gentlemen Broncos, Oren Moverman’s The Messenger, and Michael Urie’s He’s Way More Famous Than You, which she also co-wrote with Ryan Spahn. She will appear in the upcoming film Appropriate Behavior, directed by Desiree Akhavan, which premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. Television work includes guest appearances on “Ugly Betty,” “Royal Pains,” “The Good Wife” “Torchwood” “Flight of the Conchords” and “Deadbeat,” as well as recurring roles on HBO’s “Mildred Pierce” and “Bored to Death.” Her work as a playwright includes the recent production of How To Make Friends and Then Kill Them at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, directed by Kip Fagan, and the upcoming production of I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard at the Atlantic Theater, directed by Trip Cullman. Her plays have been developed by Second Stage Theatre, New York Theater Workshop, The Cape Cod Theatre Project, Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, LAByrinth Theater Company, and elsewhere. She is currently working on a commission for Manhattan Theatre Club.
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The monologue Wood was only performed live a few times on tour. It is a true story.
Jennifer Tilly has appeared in thousands and thousands of movies and television shows. She is perhaps best-known for her Academy Award nominated performance in Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway.” More recently she has appeared on stage in London and New York City in the Wallace Shawn/Andre Gregory collaboration: “Grasses of a Thousand Colors.” Tilly fame as a celebrated stage and screen actress vies with her reputation as an international top-ranked No-limit Texas Hold ‘Em poker player, having won a World Series of Poker bracelet in 2005.
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SMOKING is part of the long Eric Bogosian/Elliot Sharp duet, "This Is Now!" performed at Merkin Hall in the spring of 2006.
Dallas Roberts created the character of “Pony” in the play “subUrbia” while still a student at Juilliard (working with the author in the first staged production of the play). After graduating Juilliard, Dallas has worked continuously on stage, film and tv. Notably he received a Drama Desk nomination for his amazing turn in Adam Rapp’s play “Nocturne.” Dallas is also well-known to fans of “Walking Dead” as the mild-mannered Milton Mamet, as Angus Partridge in the “The L Word” and Owen Cavanaugh in “The Good Wife.” His film credits include “3:10 to Yuma”; “Walk the Line”; “Dallas Buyer’s Club” and “The Grey.” Currently he plays Eliot Delson on “Unforgettable.”
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Fat Fighter is from an early solo called "Voices of America", which was performed in small tehaters, the ICA in London, the Edinburgh Fringe, and the Mudd Club
Violet Krumbein is best known for her appearance as “Knob Kardashian” on 30 Rock. She can be seen in the upcoming film “Life Itself,” opposite Dianne Keaton and Cynthia Nixon. She was recently cast in the film “Nebraska Horizon,” opposite Parker Posey. She been a long time performer at The Upright Citizen’s Brigade, as an improviser and sketch comedian, and as a solo artist in “Human Painkiller.” As a filmmaker, her short film Asbestos Girl was featured in the Brooklyn Short Film Festival.
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Alone Together is a monologue from the solo, "Advocate", performed at Artists Space, NYC in 1982. This solo was meant to explore "negative attitudes" and featured a slide show of liberated concentration camps and child porn. It was a rebuttal to criticism I was receiving in the press at the time that my work was "too dark." One monologue in the show, "Our Gang" originally about a gang rape was rewritten and ended up in "Drinking In America" as a comic piece. (see Number 31, "Our Gang", performed by Peter Scanavino.)
Actor JEREMY SISTO soon begins production, starring on A&E’s drama series THE RETURNED, based on the acclaimed French Series of the same title. The series, from Carlton Cuse and FremantleMedia, focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear, bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences. Sisto stars as “Peter,” a psychologist who runs a grief support group for people in the town who are struggling with the loss of loved ones from a bus accident four years ago.
Sisto just completed a 3 season run, starring on the hit ABC comedy series SUBURGATORY. He starred as "George Altman," a single father who moves his daughter out to the tamer suburbs for a better life, a role for which he received a Television Critics Choice Award nomination in 2013. Sisto is probably best known for playing Billy Chenowith on Alan Ball’s SIX FEET UNDER for five years, a role which Alan wrote for him. In 2010 he finished a three year run on LAW & ORDER as Detective Cyrus Lupo. He was also the lead in the short-lived, but critically acclaimed Jason Smilovic show KIDNAPPED. He played the title role in the two mini-series JESUS and JULIUS CAESAR.
In film, Sisto next stars in the tennis comedy, BREAK POINT, which he also co-wrote and produced. The film, about two brothers who united to form a doubles tennis team for a run at a grand slam, premiered at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival. The film also includes David Walton, J.K Simmons, Amy Smart and Chris Parnell. Sisto also stars in Fox International’s genre film, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR, and was most recently seen in the indie films AS COOL AS I AM with Claire Danes and James Marsden, and “Robot and Frank” with Frank Langella and Liv Tyler.
Sisto's other film credits are eclectic and date back to the early nineties with titles such as GRAND CANYON, CLUELESS, HIDEAWAY, MOONLIGHT AND VALENTINO, WHITE SQUALL, WHITHOUT LIMITS, SUICIDE KINGS, THIRTEEN, WRONG TURN and WAITRESS.
Sisto's Los Angeles theater credits include “Take Me Out,” (the role earned him a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Featured Performance), Sidney Kingsley's “Dead End” at the Ahmanson Theater, and the one man show “Sanguine” at the 2nd Stage. In New York, he made his Broadway debut in “Festen,” a stage adaptation of Thomas Vinterberg's film “The Celebration,” and he recently finished Beau Willimon’s “Spirit Control” at the Manhattan Theater Club – a story that explores a man’s thirty-year struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder. Jeremy also starred with Brian Dennehy in Bertolt Brecht’s “Galileo” in Chicago. The play was directed by Robert Falls.
He currently resides in Los Angeles.
It's Not How Much You Make...
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This is the opening monologue of the play, "Talk Radio", performed here by Zach Grenier who created the role in the original production of the play. "Sidney Greenberg" is a guy who gives financial advice on the radio.
ZACH GRENIER originated the role of Sid Greenberg in the 1987 production of “Talk Radio” with Eric Bogosian.
He can currently be seen on "The Good Wife" as the ethically-challenged family lawyer David Lee. Other series roles include the highly-praised “C16:FBI” on ABC and “Touching Evil" on USA Network. Zach recurred in a number of critically acclaimed series, including Fox's “24," in which he played the fixer Carl Webb, and HBO's “Deadwood," in which he played Andy Cramed, the gambler who brought the plague to town. He joined Bill Nighy and Christopher Walken in “Turks and Caicos,” the second installment of David Hare’s BBC thriller, “The Worricker Trilogy," coming to PBS in the Fall of 2014. His film credits extend back to the cult classics “A Shock to the System," starring Michael Caine, and Mike Figgis’s “Liebestraum." More mainstream film credits include “Tommy Boy," “Twister,” "Donnie Brasco," David Fincher’s "Fight Club" and “Zodiac," Ang Lee’s "Ride with the Devil," and Clint Eastwood’s "J. Edgar." He can be seen in the 2014 “Robocop," directed by José Padilha.
He was nominated for a Tony Award® for his portrayal of Beethoven in Moisés Kaufman’s “33 Variations” starring Jane Fonda, and most recently for a Lucille Lortel Award for his performance in John Patrick Shanley’s “Storefront Church” at the Atlantic Theater Company. His portrayal of Dick Cheney in David Hare’s “Stuff Happens” at the New York Shakespeare Festival was recognized with Ensemble Awards by both the Drama League and the Drama Desk. He has twice shared the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway stage with Frank Langella, in Robert Bolt’s “A Man for All Seasons” and Terrence Rattigan’s “Man and Boy." He joined Julie Harris in Tim Mason’s “The Fiery Furnace” at Circle Repertory Theatre. He originated the role of Dr. Chapman in David Rabe’s “A Question of Mercy” at New York Theatre Workshop, a performance that earned him an Outstanding Artist honor from the Drama League. His first Broadway credit was Larry Gelbart's "Mastergate," in which he had no lines, but played all four lawyers: Mr. Child, Mr. Picker, Mr. Boyle and Mr. Carver.
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The Meeting” was inspired by the dozens of meetings I “took” while working in Los Angeles in the 90’s. This fictional meeting is linked to other monologues/episodes in “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”, specifically monologue #’s 72,73,74 & 79,80,81,82 which specifically focus on a typical airport experience that ends in a massive crash landing…and the subsequent meeting. As we post more of them, it will all make sense.
RICHARD KIND. Broadway: The Big Knife (Drama Desk Award Winner for Best Supporting Actor and nominated for a Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Play), The Producers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sly Fox, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. Sondheim’s Bounce! (Goodman Theatre and Kennedy Center). Candide (New York City Opera at Lincoln Center) Travesties, The Lady in Question and Rough Crossing (Bay Street Theatre) Once in a Lifetime (Guthrie Theatre); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Front Page (Williamstown Theatre Festival) Power Failure (Actor’s Studio Free Theatre Co.) The Seagull (Matrix Theatre) The Second City in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles; Working, All in the Timing, Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight, 12 Angry Men, and Synergy (LA Theatre Works). Film Credits include Angriest Man In Brooklyn, Argo, Hereafter, A Serious Man, The Visitor, The Grand, The Wild, Cars, Spymate, The Station Agent, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, A Bug’s Life, Johns, Stargate, Clifford, Mr. Saturday Night, All-American Murder, Hacks, and Tom and Jerry. On television, he has been seen as a series regular on Luck, Spin City, Mad About You, Head Cases, Carol Burnett & Co. With many guest appearances including Scrubs, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Harry’s Law, Good Wife, Glee and Gotham.
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Artist is the last monologue in the solo "Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll." It's about making art, not making art, being paranoid, being revolutionary all against through a haze of weed. It's about as close to the way my mind works as anything I've written.
Best know for his role opposite Glenn Close on the critically acclaimed "Damages", Zach Booth is an New York based actor with extensive credits both on stage and on screen. Off broadway he has premiered new works by Edward Albee(Me, Myself, & I) and Craig Lucas(Prayer for My Enemy). Most recently he made his broadway debut in "The Winslow Boy." His films include Keep The Lights On, Last Weekend, Dark Horse, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and White Irish Drinkers.
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Melting Pot is one of the older monologues (1984-6, "Drinking in America") from the days when I used to hang out and try to pick up the chain of consciousness monologues of the street. There was a diner on the Bowery where me and Zwack would hang at the end of the night. As the sun rose over the greasy streets, the hookers and junkies would gather at the diner to get their last cup of coffee and doughnut before hitting the sack. I was loved the contrast between the immigrant workers behind the counter and the street life who wandered in and out. I am the grandson of immigrants. My grandfather would call people who didn't work, "bums." This is about that.
Broadway: reasons to be pretty (Theatre World Award, Drama League nomination, Tony nomination), After Miss Julie,The Big Knife. Some Off-Broadway: In the Wake (Public), Three Sisters (Classic Stage), A Lie of the Mind (New Group), Blasted, Marie Antoinette, (Soho Rep), Cyclone (Studio Dante, 2006 OBIE); Far Away (New York Theatre Workshop). Royal Court’s American tour of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis, RSC/Wooster Group Troilus and Cressida. Film/TV: new show “The Divide” for AMC/WeTV, “Homeland”, “The Killing”, “Boss”, “Mildred Pierce”, “Good Wife”, “Gifted Man”, I Am Legend, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, 28 Hotel Rooms, Hope Springs, others.
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"America" is the prelude to the show "Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead". Written in 1994 at the height of the anti-Clinton hysteria, it was a shot at the vociferous junkie and radio personality Rush Limbaugh. I wanted to explore the ass-backwards logic of the cavalier right-wing mass media characters who pretty much will say anything as long as they get their ratings. Here it is performed by the master of rant, Mike Daisey, known for his own amazing list of monologue shows.
MIKE DAISEY has been called “the master storyteller” and “one of the finest solo performers of his generation” by The New York Times for his groundbreaking monologues which weave together autobiography, gonzo journalism, and unscripted performance to tell hilarious and heartbreaking stories that cut to the bone, exposing secret histories and unexpected connections. He is best known for The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, a tour de force that explores the contradictions inherent in the major corporation, Apple Inc.
Since his first monologue in 1997, Daisey has created over fifteen monologues, including the critically-acclaimed The Last Cargo Cult, the controversial How Theater Failed America, the twenty-four-hour feat All the Hours in the Day, the unrepeatable series All Stories Are Fiction, the four-part epic Great Men of Genius, and the international sensation 21 Dog Years. Other titles include If You See Something Say Something, Barring the Unforeseen, Invincible Summer, Monopoly!, Tongues Will Wag, I Miss the Cold War, and Teching in India.
Grace of God
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"Grace of God" opened the 1991 show, "Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll." It's from the time when I would listen to people on the street, trying to pick up a cadence, an unusual logic. I was always on the look-out for a natural monologue. Though it is 25 years old, there are still guys moving through the subway trains in New York City apologizing for taking up your time and then asking for money. I was interested in the mixture of pathos, threat and irony caught up in this monologue.
FILM: Features: 23 Blast (2014) True Grit (2010) Erin Brockovich (1999) Money Train (1995) Under Siege II (1994)
SHORT FEATURES: Ignorant Bliss of Sun and Moon (2011 Tribeca Film Festival) Killing the Joneses (2010) *My Mother Dreams...(2000, *Academy Award)
TELEVISION: Boardwalk Empire Blue Bloods Unforgettable Law & Order (7 episodes) Special Victims Unit (4 episodes) Criminal Intent (2 episodes) Cracker (series regular, 13 episodes)
BROADWAY: Inherit the Wind, A Streetcar Named Desire, Bus Stop, A Few Good Men (Nat'l Tour, 1992 LA Dramalogue Award)
OFF BROADWAY: Hand To God, Tennessee, Matthew and the Pastor's Wife, Lenin's Embalmers, Gynt, Princes of Waco, Ring Of Fire: The Songs of Johnny Cash
AUDIOBOOKS: Thomas Berger, John Grisham, James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, Tom Clancy, Douglas Preston, John Hart, Jackie Collins and dozens more...
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