Amy’s Horse - Episode Two
The Card by Michele Markarian & The Day and The Hour by Tracy Sallows

First up, The Card by Michele Markarian. Scott Schafer and Melinda Buckly take on the darkly comic tale of customer loyalty in the caffein surveillance state.

Afterwards, Melinda tells us how two famous comedians recently camped out in her dressing room to eat their lunch. She even has a picture of their trash to prove it!

Our second piece is The Day And The Hour by Tracy Sallows. Brian O’Neill and the author spend perhaps their final minutes on earth discussing eggs, tennis racquets, and their sinful children.


Michele is the author of The Card.

Her plays have been produced across the United States and UK, and appear in the anthologies, The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2014 and The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2015 by Smith and Kraus, and 35 in 10: Thirty Five Ten-Minute Plays by Dramatic Publishing. Her work can also be found through Heuer Publishing.

Michele’s short stories have appeared in three anthologies by Wising Up Press, and the anthology, as well as in online journals, The Journal of Microliterature, The Furious Gazelle and The Prompt.

The Unborn Children of America and Other Family Procedures, an anthology of Michele’s family plays, will be published by Fomite Press this summer.

Michele holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. She lives with her husband and son in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Tracy is the author of The Day and The Hour, and also plays the role of Rena.

Tracy recently played "Bobo MacDonald", the Scottish nanny, in THE AUDIENCE with Helen Mirren on Broadway earlier this season. Last season, Tracy played "Lady Montague" in ROMEO AND JULIET with Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad. Prior to that she was seen as "Mrs. Kathryn Bader" in HBO's Boardwalk Empire.

Tracy has an extensive voice-over career and numerous New York and Regional Theatre credits. She is a Law & Order "repeat offender" to the 7th degree.

Tracy is a member of the BMI/Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop where she wrote the book, music and lyrics for her full length new musical, CURIOUS & RARE, which was awarded a Manhattan Musical Theatre Lab Staged Reading, a BMI Master Class with Stephen Schwartz, and an Anna Sosenko Trust Fund Grant in 2014.

Tracy began writing and performing sketch comedy and comedic songs for NYC's The Rumble in the RedRoom in 1996, (where she met Brian O'Neill and Chris Flockton), and she hasn't shaken the habit yet.

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Melinda plays Carol in Michele Markarian’s, The Card.

Melinda has appeared on Broadway and in the National tours of several shows, including: Crazy For You, A Chorus Line, Raggedy Ann and the great honor of working with Bob Fosse in the revival of Sweet Charity. She performed Improv and Sketch material with Gotham City Improv and Chicago City Limits and appeared as a stand up at Caroline’s, the Comic Strip and Gotham Comedy Club. She has written and performed several solo shows and her most recent show, ‘MOTHER (and me)’ won ‘Best of Fest at the C.O.W’ in last year’s New York Fringe Festival. It went on to a developmental run at Second Stage Uptown and most recently, had its regional theater premiere at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY.

On the other side of the table, Melinda directed Town Hall’s hit musical series, Broadway By The Year, which featured a Tony award winning cast and choreographed Paramour, which starred Len Cariou and premiered at the Old Globe Theatre. For the big screen, she choreographed the musical sequences for Columbia Pictures’, Stuart Little I and II with Geena Davis and Jonathon Lipnicki, the independent film 1999, starring Amanda Peet and Jennifer Garner and assisted Pat Birch on several projects, including Working Girl and several episodes of “Saturday Night Live.” She also assisted Lonny Price as an SDC Fellow in the filming of Company at the NY Philharmonic, which starred Neil Patrick Harris, Patti Lupone, Christina Hendricks, Jon Cryer and Stephen Colbert. Other TV credits include, choreographing an award-winning promo for CBS’ Fall Line up and the daytime drama “One Life to Live.”

Melinda has written, directed and choreographed numerous commercial and corporate productions for such clients as Fox, ESPN, WE tv, Sesame Street, McDonald’s, Microsoft, Pepsi, IBM, American Express and Audi.  Proud member of AEA, SAG and SDC.

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Scott Schafer play the Barista in Michele Markarian’s, The Card.

He has been a New York based for the past 35 years. He had performed on Broadway and Off in such productions as: Three Men on a Horse, Bedroom Farce, Eccentricities of a Nightingale (TACT); and Major Barbara with Meagan Mullally (The Shaw Project).

Regional credits include: You Can’t Take it with You, Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde, Dracula (Cincinatti Playhouse & St. Louis Rep); Our Town (Geva); No Exit (Imago); Present Laughter, A Day in Hollywood (Pioneer).

Scott recently made his film debut in a short called Tom in America with Sally Kirkland and Burt Young that is "making the circuit" now.

Scott is a member of The Actors Company Theatre.

Television credits include: Chapelle’s Show; American Dream; One Life to Live; Unsolved Mysteries; and, yes, Law and Order.
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Brian is the New York based producer of Amy’s Horse. He plays Bert in Tracy Sallows’, The Day And The Hour.

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

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

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

As a voiceover talent 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. The Fab Life takes a fast-paced, and decidedly tongue in cheek look at celebrities, their excessive lifestyles, fashions and more.

A new season premiered in March 2014 on VH1. The entire catalogue of 120 shows is broadcast in over 30 countries.

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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 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.
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