Amy’s Horse - Episode One
Ruth Judges by B. Elwin Sherman & Of Your Peers by Andrew Dolan


First up, Ruth Judges the Nonfiction Humor Novelist by B. Elwin Sherman.

Brian O’Neill and Jason Kravits connect to the Vermont studio from two different locations in New York City to read and discuss this unusual piece.

Check out this David Frost interview from 1969 to see just how well Brian nails a certain author’s distinctive voice.

Our second piece is Of Your Peers, by Andrew Dolan.

JoAnna Rhinehart, Channing Jackson, and Chris Henry Coffey, join us from three different New York City locations.

Episode One Extras!
Brian O’Neill and Jason Kravits… An actor prepares, and the Allan Sherman review!

B ELWIN SHERMAN

Elwin is the author of Ruth Judges the Nonfiction Humor Novelist.

“B. Elwin Sherman is a humorist/author living in the New Hampshire North Country, where he writes a syndicated humor column and often reinvents the cottage industry survival kit.

His books have gone largely unheralded, “because I do nothing to promote them.  No one should ever have a legacy before they’re dead.  Life is embarrassing enough without that.”

He loves quotes from history -- not those recorded, but the ones that should have been:

“’Give me liberty or something to rid us of these damn weevils!’ is a more likely Henryism, but it would’ve fallen flat as a rallying cry.”

A 2009 Robert Benchley Society Writing Award winner, Franconia College alumnus, Harley rider, and “you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who can bake a better 3-rise bread.”

Legacy enough, dead or alive, if all this fails. 

www.witbones.com
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ANDREW DOLAN

Andrew is the author of Of Our Peers.

Andrew’s first play, That Good Night, was read at NY Stage & Film with a cast that included Reg Rogers, Marin Ireland and Bruce Norris. It was also a finalist for the O'Neill Playwrights Conference.

He is the recipient of the 2011 David Calicchio Emerging Playwright Award at Marin Theatre Company. The Many Mistresses of Martin Luther King, developed at Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb and Berkshire Playwrights Lab, premiered at Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA in 2012 where it won the Ovation Award for Best New Play in Los Angeles. His 10 minute baseball play '04: A Muse of Fire premiered at Mile Square Theatre's 7th Inning Stretch. His screenplay Gale was selected for IFP's emerging Narrative Program. His is the co-writer of the award winning short film Weekend Getaway.

Other plays have been developed with Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, Araca Group, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Cape Cod Theatre Project (Writer in Residence), The Lark and EST/West. His acting credits include American Daughter (Broadway), Strictly Dishonorable (Vineyard), Pink, Ted Kaczynski (SPF), What Then (Clubbed Thumb), Measure for Measure (Target Margin) UK: Edmond (National Theatre). The Woods (National Studio), Boy from the Book (English Touring Theatre). Regional: Mamba's Daughters (Spoleto Festival), Burn This, Marco Millions, Cyrano, 12th Night, Hapgood (ACT), Substance of Fire. Savage/Love (Magic Theatre), Loot, Amadeus (Arizona Theatre Co.).

TV/Film: House of Cards, The Americans, Person of Interest, Handsome Harry (Tribeca ’09) Unstoppable, Partners in Crime, 28 Days, Ash Tuesday. Deal Breakers (Sundance ’07), Being Human, David Letterman. All Law & Orders, Conviction, Return of Jezebel James, Guiding Light.

Training: Bowdoin College (AB English), American Conservatory Theatre (MFA Acting).



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JASON KRAVITS

Jason plays the lawyer in B. Elwin Sherman’s, Ruth Judges the Nonfiction Humor Novelist.

Jason Kravits is probably best known for his work portraying lawyers on television dramas such as The Practice (where he portrayed ADA Richard Bay for two seasons), and the Law and Order franchise. But he has found just as much success in comedies, including memorable roles on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Everybody Loves Raymond and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Other notable TV appearances include Smash, Grey’s Anatomy, Harry's Law, The Good Wife, Royal Pains, 30 Rock, Friends, Gilmore Girls, and the new Dallas.

His film credits include Morning Glory, The Adjustment Bureau, What Just Happened, Sweet November and All Good Things.

He appeared on Broadway in Relatively Speaking, a night of one-acts plays by Ethan Coen, Elaine May and Woody Allen, as well as The Drowsy Chaperone, and Sly Fox.

He is the co-creator of the web-series Lords of the Playground (now playing on Ora.tv), as well as the solo, improvised cabaret I...(a life).

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BRIAN O'NEILL

Brian is the New York based producer of Amy’s Horse. He plays Truman Capote in B. Elwin Sherman’s, Ruth Judges the Nonfiction Humor Novelist.

He is a long time resident of New York city where he has worked continually in all aspects of the entertainment industry as a writer, actor, director musician and filmmaker for over twenty-five years. He currently serves on the faculty of The New York Film Academy as an acting instructor where he teaches multiple disciplines including Acting Technique, Acting For Film, Audition Technique and Scene Study. He is a member of the Actors Studio Playwrights and Directors Workshop.

His first full-length play, GRASS ISLAND, was a 2004 recipient of the Julie Harris National Playwrighting Award, and has received readings at the Actors Studio in New York City, directed by James Naughton and featuring Ellen Burstyn and Marcia Gay Harden, and at The Berkshire Theatre Festival as part of their formal Friday Reading Series. His play, TO SEE THEM SAY, was recently selected as a 2012 O’Neill Summer Theatre Conference semi-finalist. In the Spring of 2013 his short screenplay THE RENOVATION received Honorable Mention at the California International Shorts Festival and his latest script, VIVA, RADILLA, received the Best Short Screenplay Award at the 2013 Woods Hole Film Festival, and was recently named as a finalist in the New Hope Film Festival’s 2014 screenplay competition.

As an actor, his theater roles include stints at Yale Rep, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, North Carolina Shakespeare, The Flea Theater, and many others He has appeared in guest and co-starring star roles in television shows such as “Law and Order,” “The Sopranos”, “ The Corner (Emmy Award Best Mini – Series) “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “The Jury,” “Damages”, “,” Person of Interest”, and “Unforgettable”, “The Following”, “Elementary”, “666 Park Avenue”; Believe”, and in several feature films including “The Lost Words”, “Laws Of Attraction” (with Julianne Moore), “Brooklyn Rules” (with Alec Baldwin), “Chapter 27” , “The Bourne Legacy”, and The Coen Brothers “Burn After Reading”, and the upcoming “East Of Acadia”.

Brian’s feature film directorial debut, “H.O.L.E. – The Disillusionment of Mike & Eva,” which he wrote and produced, has received awards at the New York Independent Film & Video Festival, the Berkeley Video & Film Festival, and the Bare Bones International Film and Video festival.

Brian has, with his long-time collaborator Skipp Sudduth, recorded two albums of original folk-rock music for their acoustic ensemble MINUS TED. His solo CD FREE WORLD was recently released and available for download at iTunes, CD Baby and E Music.

You may also find him online as part of the Onion News Network where he guest hosts the much-admired series In The Know.

www.brianhughoneill.com
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CHRIS HENRY COFFEY

Chris Henry Coffey plays Charlie in Andrew Dolan’s, Of Your Peers.

Chris was most recently seen at LaMama, ETC in Happy Hour, a new play by Neil LaBute as part of AdA (Author Directs Author)Other recent credits include Eric Simonson's Bronx Bombers at the Circle in the Square and Primary Stages, A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room at the Westport Country Playhouse, directed by Mark Lamos (Connecticut Critics Circle, Best Ensemble) and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Water by the Spoonful at Second Stage, directed by Davis McCallum.

Coffey has also originated roles in Richard Nelson’s Frank’s Home (Playwrights Horizons and Goodman Theater - Robert Falls, Dir), and How Shakespeare Won the West (Huntington Theater - Jonathan Moscone, Dir).

Additional highlights include working with Arthur Miller on his penultimate play Resurrection Blues (Old Globe); Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Westport Playhouse); The Front Page (Long Wharf); Violet HourHedda Gabler (Dallas Theatre Center); and The P.R. Man (Ohio Theater).  He has also appeared in major roles at the Alley Theatre, Yale Rep, and the Williamstown Theater Festival, among others.

Selected film credits include, most recently, Diverge (upcoming), The Little Tin Man (currently on the festival circuit), Epilogue (Tribeca FF 2013) and Neil LaBute’s short film BFF (Tribeca FF 2012) along with David Schwimmer’s feature Trust (“one of the year’s best films, 2011” – Roger Ebert).

Additional films include The International, Thirteen Days, Walking on the Sky, June, and Play it By Ear, among many independents. Also recurring roles on “Law & Order: CI”, guest stars on “The Good Wife”, “Cupid”, “Law & Order”, and others. 

He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

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JOANNA RHINEHART

JoAnna Rhinehart plays Dayla in Andrew Dolan’s, Of Your Peers.

TV/ Film: ELEMENTARY, UNFORGETTABLE, THE FOLLOWING, DAMAGES, ROYAL PAINS, LAW &ORDER SVU, AS THE WORLD TURNS.

Currently, JoAnna stars in Double Negative a short film receiving acclaim on the festival circuit. You can view the trailer here.
DOUBLE NEGATIVE (2015 IFP/ Brian Dilg) Best Actress and Best Screenplay Win at VisionFEST15, Tribeca Cinemas, NY.

Theatre credits include: Hurt Village by Katori Hall, Face Divided by Edward Allen Baker, The Bluest Eye, Crumbs From the Table of Joy, Our Town, From the Mississippi Delta, The Odyssey by Derek Walcott, The Trial of One ShortSighted Black Woman vs Mammy Louise and Safreeta Mae (Winner of 6 Audelco Awards).

Voice Over narration for WGBY/Boston documentary: Big Ideas for Little Kids: Teaching Philosophy through Picture Books, received an Emmy win for Best Educational Documentary 2015.

In development: JoHart written by David Kowal and Barbary Murphy. JoHart the first female chaplain in the Pittsburgh Police Department, while offering comfort to those in God-less places, uses her theological insights to help the detective of Precinct 21 solve crimes. Website is currently under construction. For more information contact: johartprecinct21@gmail.com

JoAnna founded JJ Films LLC in December 2008 and as Executive Producer, completed production on their first film, Feeding Pigeons, in 2010.

In addition to her work as an actress and a producer, JoAnna also is a freelance acting coach and mentor. One of her immediate goals is to develop a nonprofit The HARTFoundation Mentorship Program.

She is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio and New York Women in Film and Television (2006-Present).


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CHANNING JACKSON

Channing Jackson plays Jace in Andrew Dolan’s, Of Your Peers.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio Channing's Theatre credits include: "Futurology The Musical" "The Tragedy of Tupac or Who Shot Me?", "The Colored Museum," "A Soldiers Play,"  "A Raisin In The Salad" (New Black Fest), "Smell The Power" and "Last Saint on Sugar Hill."  Recently he finished up an episode of True Crime on Discovery ID, in which he plays lead victim Marshall Morgan Jr. Film Credits include: "Grey Dawn", "Invasion" and "Respect to the dead."
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CHRIS FLOCKTON

Chris is the host and executive producer of Amy’s Horse.

He’s perhaps best known for his voiceover work. He has provided the voice for countless TV and radio spots, and is a regular promo voice for cable networks including BBC America and ESPN.

Since 2003 Chris has been the narrator and personality behind VH1's top-rated show, The Fabulous Life. A new season premiered in 2014, and the entire catalogue of 120 shows is broadcast in over 30 countries.

On stage, he has appeared in roles both serious and comic at regional theatres around the country, and off-Broadway. In addition, Chris has appeared in featured roles in film and TV, including Law & Order SVU and The Guiding Light, as well as several TV pilots.

Chris was a member of New York's acclaimed Rumble in the RedRoom sketch comedy ensemble for 4 years, and later wrote and performed with his own sketch comedy group, The Belgian Summers.

He’s also appeared in dozens of TV commercials including spots for Diet Coke, Range Rover, IBM, HSBC, The Wall Street Journal, and Pilot Pens.

Originally from the UK, Chris called New York City home for 16 years before moving to Vermont in 2011. He now lives in the foothills of the Green Mountains with his wife and son, three cats, five chickens, and three horses. Including Maddie, who is… Amy’s Horse.

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ROLANDO GORI

Rolando composed the all original music for Amy’s Horse.

New York City-based composer, pianist and producer Rolando Gori was born in Rome and raised in Canada. He began making music at an early age, improvising melodies on his toy electric organ to keep his mother company as she did her chores. His childhood home was saturated with both classical and popular Italian music, and he would soon become smitten with the Anglo-American pop-rock of bands like Depeche Mode, The Cure and New Order. His earliest musical education came at the age of 10 when he discovered the full range of the piano and taught himself popular songs off the radio.

At 17, Rolando enrolled at the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) where he studied under renowned pianist Earle Moss and immersed himself in the music of Chopin and Beethoven. At Concordia University (Montreal) he learned composition from Alan Crossman, and continued piano studies with Linda Friedland. His formal education was classical, yet he continued to be strongly influenced by the 20th Century art music of Stravinsky and Britten, as well as more popular music artists, such as Radiohead and Beck.

In Montreal, Rolando met renowned director Robert Verenieks and began composing professionally for the West Side Players Theater productions, discovering his passion for dramatic music. His first serious foray into the world of cinematic music was for a United Nations documentary by director Francis Mead, about the 2003 attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad. In 2009, Rolando met director Mark Cabaroy and worked with him for several years, scoring his independent short films. Mark's eclectic film ouvre allowed Rolando to try his hand at several styles of film music, including comedies and suspense dramas. Through Cabaroy, Rolando met producer Edward Washington, who facilitated a successful introduction to Roy T. Anderson in the Spring of 2011 when Rolando was hired to write the orchestrally rich score to Akwantu, a critically acclaimed documentary about the Jamaican Marroons. More recently, Rolando has rekindled his joy in writing music for theatrical productions, working closely with director Monica Hoyt and the writing team of Michael K. White and Dianna Stark. He is currently producing new albums with award-winning songwriter Spencer Chandler, as well as the inimitable cabaret powerhouse Carolyn Montgomery-Forant.

Rolando received his BFA in Composition & Theory with honors from Concordia. His music has been heard in feature films, documentaries and narrative shorts, as well as in live performances by chamber ensembles, theater companies and dance troupes throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Alongside his wife, Heidi Siegell, he runs MUSA212, producing independent musicians at their project studio in Hell's Kitchen.
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JOHN BEACH

John Beach is our Announcer and Senior Vice President in Charge of Jingles.

He lives in a delightful sound-proof shack in Chappaqua, New York. Surrounded by deer.

www.voiceguy.org
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