Amy’s Horse - Episode Six
Flat and Gently Sloping Toward the Bay by Brian O’Neill & You Haven’t Changed a Bit by Donna Hoke

First up, Flat and Gently Sloping Toward the Bay by Brian O’Neill. A touching tale of two brothers taking a third brother home. Real life brothers Skipp and Kohl Sudduth act together for the first time ever in a play!

You can find more music from Brian and Skipp’s band, Minus Ted, at their website.

Our second play is You Haven’t Changed a Bit by Buffalo playwright, Donna Hoke. A beautiful story of a connection finally made at a 70th high school reunion. Veteran actors Bill McHugh and Nancy Johnston come together to tug at your heartstrings.

Episode Six Extras!
After reading Brian O'Neill's play, Flat and Gently Sloping Toward the Bay, actors Skipp Sudduth and Kohl Sudduth join Brian and Chris in remembering Brian's late brother, Jimmy, and Skipp's odd fascination with lucky pennies.

BRIAN O'NEILL

Brian is the author of Flat and Gently Sloping Toward the Bay and 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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DONNA HOKE

Donna is the author of You Haven’t Changed a Bit.

Western New York regional representative for the Dramatists Guild, award-winning playwright Donna’s work has been seen in 34 states and on five continents.

Her full-length plays include THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR (currently playing in its third year in rep in Romania), SEEDS (Artie award winner), FLOWERS IN THE DESERT (AACT top 20 finalist), SAFE (winner of the 2014 Todd McNerney National Playwriting and Naatak National Playwriting Contests, and the 2015 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest), and BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART (winner Firehouse Festival of New American Plays and top ten finisher Woodward/Newman Drama Contest).

Donna is also a New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor; author of Neko and the Twiggets, a children's book; and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. For three consecutive years, she was named Buffalo's Best Writer by Artvoice, the only woman to ever receive the designation. 

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KOHL SUDDUTH

Kohl plays Matt in Brian O’Neill’s Flat and Gently Sloping Toward the Bay.

Selected Theater: Take Me Out (Broadway, Public, Donmar Warehouse), Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Public), Radiance (LAByrinth Theater), Greeks & Centaurs (Women’s Project), The Glass Menagerie (Abdingdon Theater).

Kohl has developed numerous new plays as a playwright, director, and actor as a member of the LAByrinth Theater Company.

Selected Film/TV: Fall To Rise, True Story, Notorious Bettie Paige, Banger Sisters, Cora Unashamed, Table One, Bowfinger, Rounders, 54, Illuminata, Blue Bloods, Grosse Pointe (series regular), Law & Order: SVU and Criminal Intent, Sex and the City.

He regularly appears as ‘Suitcase’ Simpson in the long-running Jesse Stone series of TV movies including the upcoming Lost in Paradise.

Kohl also regularly works behind the scenes as a script editor for major Hollywood productions and is currently serving as co-writer and executive producer for forthcoming sci fi TV series based in the United Kingdom.


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SKIPP SUDDUTH

Skipp plays Sean in Brian O’Neill’s Flat and Gently Sloping Toward the Bay.

He is an actor and director working in TV, film, and theater. He's best known for his roles as "Sully" on NBC's award winning drama Third Watch and as "Larry", the getaway driver in "Ronin". His many TV credits include "Ray Donovan" and "Louie" and he is currently featured in the film, "Freeheld" opposite Julianne Moore.

He began directing episodic television with "Third Watch", and has directed "Criminal Minds", "CSINY", and "ER" among others. He will direct an episode of the new drama "CBS CYBER" later this fall.

Skipp has enjoyed a long musical collaboration with playwright Brian O'Neill. Skipp and Brian have written and recorded three albums with their acoustic band Minus Ted over the last 20 years and are currently working on a fourth.

Skipp has also co-created numerous comedy sketches with Amy's Horse founder and producer, Chris Flockton, including "Mr Peanutbutterhead" wherein Mr Flockton covered Skipp's entire head with 5 pounds of Skippy Super-Chunk Peanut Butter, then performed a sketch before an extremely live audience as the peanut butter slowly melted.

Skipp and his brother Kohl are currently collaborating to create a web series featuring Skipp's character, "Hans of Europe".


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NANCY JOHNSTON

Nancy plays Lottie in Donna Hoke’s You Haven’t Changed a Bit.

She has appeared on Broadway in The Secret Garden, Music Man and Elf.

Off-Broadway in Encores, first season's Allegro, in York Theater's Merrily We Roll Along, Olympus On My Mind and Nunsense.

Regional theater: Lips Together, Teeth Apart, Grey Gardens, Souvenir, Gypsy, Lend Me A Tenor, Into The Woods and Big River.  She lives in Beacon, NY with her husband, Jess and has yet to attend one of her high school reunions.  

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BILL MCHUGH

Bill plays Len in Donna Hoke’s You Haven’t Changed a Bit.

He is a young man trapped in an older man’s body, and resents being typecast as a handsome old guy!

FILM: Pride & Glory, The Good Shepherd, You’ve Got Mail, One True Thing, A Brooklyn State of Mind, Cafe Society, Quiz Show.

THEATRE: Dark Lantern, Wishbones & Falling Stars, The Awakening, Death Defying Acts, Will O’ the Wisp, The Housekeeper.

TV: As the World Turns.

Bill appear as a handsome older gentlemen in many TV commercials, and holds an M.A. from Notre Dame.



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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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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 Kelly AuCoin & Jenny Mudge for their brief appearance in the show intro.

And many thanks to Mort Milder, Nina Hellman, Jeremy Shamos, Rolando Gori, Heidi Siegell, Brian O’Neill, and Tracy Sallows for being part of the beach chorus at the end of Brian’s Flat and Gently Sloping Toward the Bay.

Motorboat sound by Arnaud Coutancier at Freesound.org
Boat horn by Felix Blume at Freesound.org
Engine sound by Cartoon Rob at Freesound.org
Seagull sounds by Inchadney at Freesound.org
Ocean sound by Slanesh at Freesound.org
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