Amy’s Horse - Episode Four
The Quality of the Dust by Tracy Sallows & Mr. Theatre by Doug Bost

First up, The Quality of the Dust by Tracy Sallows.

For all its brevity, this play asks some big questions about life, the universe, and our place in it. Lofty stuff, indeed. And wonderfully performed by Kelly AuCoin and Jennifer Mudge.

Kelly and Jenny performed from the same NYC location, and kindly sent along this picture during our recording session.

Our second piece is Mr. Theatre by Doug Bost. Is it ever to late to follow your dreams? This touching play gets right to the heart of that question with memorable performances by Nina Hellman and David Margulies, joining us from Nantucket and New York.

Doug snapped this picture during our session. We will definitely be instituting a stricter dress code starting with episode 5!

Episode Four Extras!
Kelly AuCoin, Jenny Mudge, and Tracy Sallows… Flatulence, gin, and pregnancy. You were warned!


Tracy is the author of, The Quality Of The Dust.

She 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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Doug is the author of Mr. Theatre.

His writing credits include Diminished Capacity (which you can rent here), Kubuku Rides (This Is It), and Policy of Truth.

His short stories have been featured on KCRW's Unfictional (the most recent of which can be heard here).

His podcast with Adam Bernstein, Grown Ass Men, can be heard here.

He is a member of Steppenwolf Films and also likes to share videos about cats.

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Jenny plays the woman in Tacy Sallows’, The Quality Of The Dust.

She appeared this season onstage in Of Good Stock, for Manhattan Theatre Club, and as the Witch in Fiasco Theater's acclaimed revival of Into the Woods at the Roundabout, for which she received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination. Last year she appeared in Rocky on Broadway and in Neil LaBute's Happy Hour as part of LaMama's aDa Festival. She played opposite Matthew Broderick in the Roundabout’s Broadway production of The Philanthropist, and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for the first NY revival of Dutchman with Dulé Hill, at the Cherry Lane. She also played Maggie at the Geffen Playhouse in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, with John Goodman.

Other New York theater includes The Big Meal (Playwright’s Horizons), directed by Sam Gold, Don’t Go Gentle (MCC), OOH-RAH (Atlantic), Fault Lines (Naked Angels), directed by David Schwimmer, Geometry of Fire and Craig Wright’s The Pavilion (Rattlestick Theater), the world premiere of Terrence McNally’s The Stendhal Syndrome (Primary Stages), Reckless (Broadway), and Only the End of the World (Company Charniere).

She has worked regionally at McCarter Theater, Arena Stage, Bay Street, NY Stage & Film, AL Shakespeare, CATF, Sundance, Perry-Mansfield, Westport Playhouse, Williamstown, and many shows at Trinity Rep Company, where she received her MFA.

Film and TV appearances include Hal Hartley’s indie feature My America, season one of “BOSS” opposite Kelsey Grammer (Starz), Dead Man Down, You Don’t Know Jack (HBO), and Mary Harron’s short film, Sonnet for a Towncar, opposite Josh Charles, as well as Stephen Belber’s Drifting Elegant, Lefty Loosey (Northside Festival winner), "Madam Secretary", "The Big C”, “The Good Wife”, “Mercy”, “Life is Wild”, “Canterbury’s Law”, “Law & Order” and “L&O: Criminal Intent”.

She was a 2007 recipient of the Marian Seldes-Garson Kanin Fellowship from the Theater Hall of Fame, and is an IHI Honorary Board Member. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Kelly plays the priest in Tacy Sallows’, The Quality Of The Dust.

Broadway: Julius Caesar. Off-Broadway: Manhattan Theatre Club, Signature Theatre (Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Ensemble: The Wayside Motor Inn), Playwrights Horizons, LAByrinth, Primary Stages, Cherry Lane, Second Stage, Mint, New Georges. 

Regional: La Jolla, Yale, NYS&F, Syracuse Stage, Folger, Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

TV: Recurring: Gary Stamper on House of Cards, Pastor Tim on The Americans, and ‘Dollar’ Bill on Billions (Showtime).

Other recent TV: Madam Secretary, The Slap, Forever, POI, Good Wife, Unforgettable, The Following, The Actress (web-series); Film: All That I Am, Julie/Julia, The Kingdom, The Word, Serial. Member: Actors Center. Teacher: Primary Stages/ESPA. Love to C.

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Nina plays Lu Catalina in Doug Bost’s, Mr. Theatre.

Off-Broadway: Siget/Old Lady/Lucille in 10 Out of 12; Amy Beaudreaux in Little Black Dress (The Exchange); Elisabeth Dmitrieff in Paris Commune (The Public); Irene/Anon Woman in The Internationalist (Vineyard Theatre); Lily in Trouble in Paradise (Hourglass Group, Obit Award); Jane Jacobs in Boozy (Les Freres Corbusier); Agnes, Marie in Sex (Hourglass Group); Cigarette Girl in Once in a Lifetime (Atlantic Theatre Company); Dana in Superpowers (Adobe).

NY Theatre: Elisabeth Dmitrieff in Paris Commune (BAM new Wave Festival); Mrs. Ibsen in Heddatron (Les Freres Corbusier); Carol in Wildlife (SPF ’05); Madame Mao in The Ladies (The Civillians); Cat in Demon Baby (Clubbed Thumb); Anne in Cause for Alarm (N.Y.Int.Fringe Fest); Penny Shaw in Re Frogs (Hourglass); Blitzen in The Eight (Adobe); Pageant Elena in The Communist Dracula Pageant (SoHo Repertory); Hillary in Sex aka Weiners and Boobs (Clubbed Thumb); Cassandra in Rosemary for Remembrance (Atlantic Theatre Company).

Regional: Natella/ Sister-in-Law in Caucasian Chaulk Circle (South Coast Repertory); Lisa in Be Aggressive (Geva Theatre) La Nina in New Old Time Chautauqua (Flying Karamozov Bros. Vaudeville Tour).

Film: Role Models, The Ten, Wet Hot American Summer, The Escape Artist

TV: The Michael Showalter Show, Damages, Rescue Me, The Venture Brothers, Love Monkey, Stella, Law and Order: CI, The Mary Kay Letourneau Story, Wainy Days, Nurse Jackie

Training: BFA – New York University, Experimental Theatre Wing

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David plays Walter in Doug Bost’s, Mr. Theatre.

He has appeared on Broadway in: The WestSide Waltz, Angels In America, WonderfulTown, Conversations With My Father, Brighton Beach Memoirs, 45 Seconds From Broadway, and others (good parts too).

Off-Broadway and leading regional theatres: Plays by Arthur Miller, Amy Herzog, Clifford Odets, Lauren Yee, Murray Schisgal, William Shakespeare, Sheridan, Steve Martin, and many more.

Films include: Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters 2, All That Jazz, Dressed To Kill, Ira And Abby, and many more.

TV: Recently: Happyish, Law And Order SVU, and the forthcoming Madoff. He was Tony Soprano’s lawyer on that famous show.

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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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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.
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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 also 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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