Amy’s Horse - Episode Five
Break Room by Sean Crawford & Trespassing by Nelson Avidon


It’s definitely worth mentioning that this episode begins with an EPIC jingle by our Master of Ridiculosity, John Beach! Do not miss it.

First up, Break Room by Boston playwright, Sean Crawford. A wildly escalating conversation about the state of workplace affairs, between two terribly mismatched co-workers, it's also our first bi-coastal collaboration, bringing together old friends, Chris Hatfield in L.A. and Doug Bost in N.Y.

Our second play is Trespassing by New York playwright and actor, Nelson Avidon. A touching story of love and regret with a most unexpected twist. Veteran NYC actors Victor Verhaeghe and Alexis Suarez come together for a moving performance and conversation. 

SEAN CRAWFORD

Sean is the author of Break Room.

He is a Boston-based playwright, and thrilled to be part of Amy's Horse.

Some of his produced plays include: The Shirt, Special, Thursday, Bittersweet Samba, Phil Collins and the Quest for Everything, and Penn Station. 

Sean's work has appeared in venues such as: MadLab's Theatre Roulette, the North Park Playwright Festival, Heartland Theatre's 10-Minute Play Festival, the InspiraTO Festival in Toronto, and the Boston Theater Marathon. His play Find Myself a City to Live In was published by Fourth Wall Review. 

Sean holds degrees from Simmons College, Emerson College, and Boston University. He works in Harvard University's library system.
 
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NELSON AVIDON

Nelson is the author of Trespassing.

As an actor, Nelson can be seen as the title character Q in the award-winning short film about a modern day Don Quixote, as well as in KEEPING THE FAITH, with Edward Norton, and in OUR ITALIAN HUSBAND, with Brooke Shields.

Nelson can now be seen as Ronald Reagan in the play IN BED WITH ROY COHN, Off-Broadway.

He is a Lifetime Member of the Actors Studio, where he has had the honor of working on plays with Al Pacino, Faye Dunaway, and Estelle Parsons.

Nelson wrote the play GIRL IN HEAT, which The NY Times praised, and about which Show Business said: “Avidon delivers edge-of-your-seat suspense in his psychological thriller, Girl In Heat.”  Walter Anderson of Parade Magazine said “Avidon is a major talent.

www.nelsonavidon.com
 
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CHRIS HATFIELD

Chris plays Dale in Sean Crawford’s, Break Room.

He is excited to be involved with the Amy’s Horse podcast and is especially thrilled to work with his good friend Doug Bost.

Chris recently performed the part of the narrator in Dear Elizabeth for LA Theatreworks.

He can be seen online in the web series Love & Loathing: Adventures in Divorce Land, and as Johnny Fusilli in the award winning Meter Men.

In addition to being an actor and singer, he is an accomplished voice over performer. His “ageless, trustworthy” voice has been heard on hundreds of commercials, promos and narrations for over twenty years.

www.chrishatfieldvo.com
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DOUG BOST

Doug plays Ryan in Sean Crawford’s Break Room.

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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VICTOR VERHAEGHE

Victor plays Frank Carbone in Nelson Avidon’s, Trespassing.

He recently appeared in the play, Closure, at New Jersey Repertory company opposite Gary Cole and Wendie Malik.

Recent film and TV work: Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies”; recurring role in the upcoming HBO mini-series, Crime, starring John Turturro.

Other recent work: The recurring role of Damien Fleming in the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire", starring Steve Buscemi, featured role on the NBC Pilot Allegaince; guest starring roles on Person of Interest, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, Fringe, and several Law & Orders.

OFF- BROADWAY: Magic Hands Freddy at Soho Rep with Ralph Macchio, Four Last Things with Royal Family Productions.

He has written and starred in three musical comedies for the NY International Fringe Festival, including the most recent hit, The Doormen. Writer, Producer, Lead of the Web-series and Pilot of COP-DOC.

www.victorverhaeghe.com
 
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ALEXIS SUAREZ

Alexis Suarez plays Detective Angel Acosta in Nelson Avidon’s, Trespassing.

He is an actor and producer known for Thanks for Sharing (2012), Home (2013), and The Maid's Room (2014). He has appeared in numerous prime time and cable television roles, including "Blue Bloods", "Madam Secretary", HBO's "Girls", and the upcoming IFC comedy series, "Benders".

Born and raised in NYC, Alexis has been actively performing for 15+ years and producing for almost a decade. He is currently represented by BLOC and is a member of SAG-AFTRA.
 
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CHRIS FLOCKTON

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 O'NEILL

Brian is the New York based producer of Amy’s Horse.

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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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 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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SPECIAL THANKS

Thanks to Wally Dunn and Jenny Mudge for generously donating quotes for the show intro. What, you don’t remember saying that? The mic is always LIVE, people!
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