Amy’s Horse - Episode Eight
Settling the Score by Roy Proctor & J.D. Salinger Does 4.5 Minutes of Standup by Liam Kuhn

Our first play is a bit of a departure for us…

Settling the Score is an adaptation by Roy Proctor of Anton Chekhov’s short story, An Avenger. While we’re usually focussed on producing new works, this one was just too good to pass up. Especially when our dream cast of James Naughton and John Christopher Jones agreed to come on board. The piece tells the story of Fyodor Fyodorovitch Sigaev (Naughton) plotting revenge against his unfaithful wife and her lover in Schmuck & Company, a gun shop run by an obsequious clerk (Jones).

Our second play is J.D. Salinger Does 4.5 Minutes of Standup, a wonderfully unusual comedy by Liam Kuhn. The equally wonderful Michael Pemberton and Barbara Suter play Salinger and Claire, the owner of a comedy club. What if the famously reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye had been hiding out all that time working on jokes for his nascent standup career? You’re about to find out!


Roy is the author of Settling the Score.

He wrote his first play in 2012 after retiring from a 30-year career as the staff theater and art critic on the two daily newspapers in Richmond, Va. Since then, he has completed four full-length plays and 43 short plays in addition to audio adaptations of a number of those plays. They have been either fully produced or presented as staged readings in London, Cambridge, Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and Sheffield  in the United Kingdom as well as in New York City, Washington, Richmond, Raleigh, New Orleans, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego, Pittsburgh, Charleston (S.C.), South Bend (Ind.) and Edinboro (Pa.).  Two have been published. Four are being produced for broadcast and/or podcast by radio theaters in New York City and San Francisco. Three of his many Chekhov short story adaptations, collectively titled “Russian Roulette: Shots for Chekhov!,” were part of England’s Bath Fringe Festival in 2015.

Proctor grew up in Thomasville, N.C., and graduated in 1962 with a BA in English (Creative Writing) at the University of Iowa, where he wrote fiction under Philip Roth in the Iowa Writers Workshop. He lives in Richmond and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
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Liam is the author of J.D. Salinger Does 4.5 Minutes of Standup.

He is a writer and television executive. His plays have been performed in New York, California, Vermont, New Hampshire, Oregon, Ireland and England. His first play, Absolving Buckner, was published in New Playwrights: Best New Plays of 2002, by Smith & Kraus. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, daughters and dog, Madigan.

Liam is thrilled to have his script performed as part of Amy's Horse, and thanks everyone involved in the production.
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James plays Fyodor in Roy Proctor’s, Settling the Score.

From Broadway and regional theater to television and films, James Naughton has won critical acclaim in dramas, comedies and musicals. He is the winner of two Tony Awards as Best Actor in a Musical, for his portrayal of media-savvy lawyer Billy Flynn in the Broadway hit “Chicago” (1997) and for his role as a film-noir era detective in “City of Angels” (1990), which also earned him a Drama Desk Award. He won the 1999MAC Award as best male vocalist for his one-man concert show, “Street of Dreams,” presented by Mike Nichols, and recorded his CD, “It’s About Time,” for DRG records.

A graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, Naughton made his New York debut in Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, with Robert Ryan and Geraldine Fitzgerald, winning immediate recognition with Theatre World, New York Drama Critics and Vernon Rice Awards. His other Broadway credits include Democracy, Whose Life Is It Anyway, and I Love My Wife.

He directed two critically acclaimed Broadway productions: Arthur Miller’s The Price which was nominated for a Tony, and Thornton Wilder’s Our Town starring Paul Newman, which he also shot for Showtime. He has directed extensively in the Berkshires and in Westport, and played off Broadway and in regional theatres for decades.

Naughton’s film credits include The Devil Wears Prada, First Wives Club, Factory Girl, The Glass Menagerie, with Joanne Woodward, The Good Mother, The Paper Chase, and Cat’s Eye. On TV, he starred in Planet of the Apes, Who’s The Boss?, Brooklyn Bridge, Making the Grade, Ally McBeal, The Cosby Mysteries, Damages, and Gossip Girl.

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Chris plays the shopkeeper in Roy Proctor’s, Settling the Score.

He was a founding member of Shakespeare & Company  In 1973 he made his New York debut at Lincoln Center as Troilus in Troilus And Cressida.

Other Shakespearean roles include Prince Hal, Proteus, Mercutio, MacBeth, Cloten, Lavatch, Grumio, Gremio,Camillo, Antipholus of Ephesus, Elbow, Gravedigger, Porter, and Dogberry.

His first show on Broadway was Simon Gray's Otherwise Engaged (directed by Harold Pinter).  Additional Boadway credits include The Iceman Cometh (directed By Jose Quintero), Hurlyburly, (directed by Mike Nichols), The musicals Goodbye Girl, Beauty and the Beast, and Tom Sawyer and most recently Democracy (starring James Naughton and directed by Michael Blakemore).

Mr Jones has translated the four major plays of Checkhov (winning a Lortel Award for his Cherry Orchard), A Month in the Country, Nathan The Wise. Dramatists Play Service has published his translations of Platonov and Woyzeck and Leonce and Lena.

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Michael plays J.D. Salinger in Liam Kuhn’s, J.D. Salinger Does 4.5 Minutes of Standup.

Most noted for his 3 season as Private Detective Malcolm Jamison on the hit series DAMAGES, Michael has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Film and Television. Most recently, he appeared in the Steven Spielberg film BRIDGE OF SPIES. Other recent credits include: SLEEPY HOLLOW, ELEMENTARY, VEEP, and he is recurring as Justice on the Showtime series THE AFFAIR. 

He is also a songwriter and music producer in the NYC area.

He is thrilled to join the Amy’s Horse company of players.
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Barbara plays Claire in Liam Kuhn’s, J.D. Salinger Does 4.5 Minutes of Standup.

She is an actor and writer and delighted to be invited to join the Amy's Horse podcast and, of coursed, thrilled to work with the one and only, very reclusive and supposedly deceased J.D. Salinger. Note to self: Must re-read Catcher in the Rye. Thanks Chris, Michael and was fun!

Her debut novel, Dorothy on the Rocks, has been optioned as a film.
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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 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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Many thanks to Amy’s Horse alum, Robert Petkoff, for providing the enthusiastic heckling in J.D. Salinger Does 4.5 Minutes of Standup.

Also thanks to Nathaniel Flockton, making his professional debut as “Booing Child” in J.D. Salinger Does 4.5 Minutes of Standup.

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