Amy’s Horse - Episode Nine
Like A Blueberry by Dave Carley & Ninety Degrees of Separation by David Guaspari


Our first play is the delightfully bubbly comedy, Like a Blueberry, by Canadian playwright, Dave Carley. It tells the story of two young women, Tiffany and Chelsea, who, despite the way they sound, should under no circumstances be underestimated. Kerry O'Malley joined us from Los Angeles to play Chelsea, while Kelly Deadmon as Tiffany and Wally Dunn as Gerard recorded from New York.

The recording session for this show was a pretty funny affair, as we were battling noise from a basset hound, a cat, a seven year old, and countless sea lions right outside Kerry’s window! It also took on certain Boston flair, with several Red Sox and Patriot fans taking part. All part of the unique charm of an Amy’s Horse session.

Our second play is Ninety Degrees of Separation, by Ithaca playwright, David Guaspari. It's a hilarious look into the odd world of performance art, and just how far artists will go to have a hit show. With Abigail Hawk as Sondra and Chris Kipiniak as Zandor, both recording from New York. Joined by Margaret Reed in New Jersey as Nina, and Tim Hopper in Chicago as Roy.

As you see from the pictures, this was one of our larger online gatherings, and a good time was had by all. Oh, and Maggie is definitely NOT hiding an enormous shoe collection behind that blanket!

DAVE CARLEY

Dave is the author of Like a Blueberry.

He is a Toronto-based playwright whose plays have had over 450 productions across Canada and the United States and in many countries around the world. They include Writing with our Feet (nominated for the Governor General’s Award), After You, The Edible Woman, Taking Liberties, and Orchidelirium.

Dave is the former editor at the Playwrights Union of Canada (now Playwrights Guild) and, for many years, was the both script editor at CBC Radio Drama and play editor for Scirocco Drama. Most recently, Dave was playwright in residence at the Shaw Festival, where he worked on Kaj Munk, a biographical drama about the Danish playwright, pastor and World War II martyr. He has just completed a new drama about about the death penalty, Twelve Hours. It opened in March, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio.

DaveCarley.com
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DAVID GUASPARI

David is the author of Ninety Degrees of Separation.

He was trained as a pure mathematician and considers himself to be, of all post‑19th century mathematical logicians, the funniest.  In addition to technical papers, he has published fiction, essays, and reviews, and has had short plays produced throughout the country.  A member of Wolf’s Mouth Theatre Company and the Dramatists Guild, he lives in Ithaca, NY.

dguaspari.wordpress.com
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KERRY O'MALLEY

Kerry plays Chelsea in Dave Carley’s, Like a Blueberry.

She was raised in Nashua, NH. She was educated at Duke University and the American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. She is one of four children.

Her film credits include Terminator Genysis with Emilia Clarke and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Annabelle (prequel to The Conjuring), the Disney feature Earth to Echo, Case 39 with Renee Zellweger, The Happening with Mark Wahlberg, Rounders with Matt Damon, and many others.

Her television credits include her recent series regular role as forensic pathologist Dr. Mia Vogel on A&E's production of Glen Morgan's Those Who Kill, based on the Danish series Den Som Draeber. She recurred as Kate, the bartender of the Alibi Room, on Showtime's Shameless and she played sister Mary-Kate to the titular brothers of Showtime's acclaimed Brotherhood, created by Blake Masters. She has played recurring roles on Starz' Survivor's Remorse, HBO's Boardwalk Empire, the CW's Hart of Dixie, and has made numerous guest star appearances on such shows as Backstrom, Masters of Sex, Rizzoli & Isles, The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, Detroit 187, Without a Trace, Cold Case, Law & Order, Law & Order: LA, Law & Order: SVU, NYPD Blue, Harry's Law, 666 Park Ave, and many more.

Her New York theatre credits include roles on Broadway as Betty Haynes (the Rosemary Clooney role) in Irving Berlin's White Christmas, directed by Walter Bobbie; The Baker's Wife in the 2002 revival of Into the Woods, directed by James Lapine, for which she received Outer Critics and Drama Desk nominations; Dr. Sharone Stein in the recent revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, directed by Michael Mayer; Dolly Tate in Annie Get Your Gun, directed by Graciela Daniele; Billy's Mum in Billy Elliot, directed by Stephen Daldry. Off-Broadway she played Fran Kubelik opposite Martin Short in the acclaimed Encores! revival of Promises, Promises directed by Rob Marshall; Sharon in the Irish Repertory Theatre's production of Finian's Rainbow; and Mary in the Atlantic Theatre Company's Dublin Carol, directed by the author Conor McPherson.

She is a huge Boston sports fan and has sung the national anthem for many professional sports teams including the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, the Boston Celtics at TD Garden, the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center and the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Writer and Police and Medical Technical Advisor, Karl Sonnenberg. She is the sister of actor and writer Mike O'Malley.

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KELLY DEADMON

Kelly plays Tiffany in Dave Carley’s, Like a Blueberry.

She is a New York City based actor with experience in all sorts of entertainment fields. Except for maybe singing. And definitely not dancing.

She was recently seen in two episodes of Showtime’s, The Affair, and in the feature film, Freehold, playing Julianne Moore’s sister.

Other TV includes, The BlackList, Law & Order SVU, and Louie.

Kelly also stars in a hilarious web series called Marriage and Other Tragedies.

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WALLY DUNN

Wally plays Gerard in David Carley’s, Like a Blueberry. He also appeared in Episode Three of Amy’s Horse.

His Broadway credits include Spamalot, Gypsy (with Bernadette Peters), One Mo’ Time and Master Class. Off-Broadway: The Iceman Cometh at BAM, A Flea In Her Ear at The Roundabout, The Comedy of Errors at Theatre for a New Audience and True History and Real Adventures at The Vineyard. Additionally, Mr. Dunn performed in the national tours of Broadway’s West Side Story, Spamalot, All Shook Up and Master Class. His regional credits include The Fabulous Lipitones at Goodspeed; November at Hangar Theatre; Of Thee I Sing at Papermill Playhouse; Inspecting Carol at Pittsburgh Public and The Misanthrope at McCarter Theatre.

Some of his film and TV credits include School of Rock; In & Out; In Dreams; The Good Shepard and Herman, USA; The Knick, The Carrie Diaries; 30 Rock; The Big C; Law & Order and Law & Order SVU.

Wally can currently be seen as Stuart in the new Amazon series, Good Girls Revolt.

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ABIGAIL HAWK

Abigail plays Sondra in David Guaspari’s, Ninety Degrees of Separation.

She is a screen and stage actress from Atlanta, Georgia, and has been performing theatrically since the age of six, when she portrayed Gretl in a community theater production of The Sound of Music. She landed her first television role at the age of twelve, starring opposite Ryan Seacrest on the Fox children's show, Reality Check.

Hawk graduated magna cum laude from The University of Maryland-College Park, with a Bachelor of Arts in theatre performance. After honing her craft at university, she moved to New York City, where she began cultivating an eclectic resume peppered with dynamic female characters. 

In 2007, she teamed up with director/choreographer Rachel Klein, becoming a founding member of the Rachel Klein Theater Ensemble, where she originated such critically-acclaimed roles as Maria Macabre in The Tragedy of Maria Macabre and Eunice the telephonic mannequin in Sir Sheever. Klein's bold, visionary style has freed Hawk to incorporate more physical, tableau-driven work into her previously subtler repertoire. 

Abigail has guest-starred on the television shows The Jim Gaffigan Show, Body of Proof, Law and Order:SVU, The Beautiful Life, and Are We There Yet? She currently co-stars as Detective Abigail Baker on CBS' Blue Bloods (106 episodes). She also appeared in the films Across the Universe and indie The Unidentified. 

Hawk's turn as the tormented Beryl and persnickety Mary in Rachel Klein's Hound was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 2009's Planet Connections Theater Festival. In 2011, she portrayed headstrong Abby Prescott in Neil LaBute's The Mercy Seat (Malisa Theatre Company, directed by Michael Luggio).

Her regional credits include New Brunswick Theater Festival's A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena), Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's Don't Dress for Dinner (Suzanne), Bristol Valley Theater's Wait Until Dark (Suzy Hendrix), and Camden Civic Theatre's A Chorus Line (Val, #73). She has also performed at the prestigious Arena Stage in D.C. and The Vineyard Theatre in NYC.

In between shooting episodes of Blue Bloods, Hawk has been filming the independent feature Bubble Girl in Buffalo, NY. She stars as Eva Young, the mother of a bright young girl diagnosed with a brain tumor. In the summer of 2015, Hawk filmed the independent feature Captain of the Land of Make Believe, directed by Domenica Cameron-Scorsese. She stars as Ellie Anderson, the acerbic romantic lead.

Not one content to confinement within a cement jungle, Hawk is an avid outdoors-woman, and loves distance-running, hiking, camping, caving, and kayaking outside the city walls. She is an accomplished singer/songwriter and has sung and played piano at The Bitter End and CBGB's. Hawk dabbles in poetry and spoken word as well. She enjoys working with HeartShare, a wonderful charity that assists individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, as well as Habitat for Humanity, with whom she and her Blue Bloods family completed a blitz build. She is also a Board member of The Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology in Manhattan.

Hawk is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor's Equity. She currently resides on Long Island with her husband and son.



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TIM HOPPER

Tim plays Roy in David Guaspari’s, Ninety Degrees of Separation.

He is a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble.

His film & TV credits include the upcoming The Headhunter’s Calling, School of Rock, To Die For, The Americans, The Good Wife, and Chicago Fire, among others.
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MARGARET REED

Margaret plays Nina in David Guaspari’s, Ninety Degrees of Separation.

She caught the acting bug in the 7th grade as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, then went on to play leading roles in Camelot, Gypsy, The Fantasticks, Winnie-the-Pooh, Cactus Flower, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and many other musicals and straight plays, inlcuding one of John Steinbeck's few plays, Burning Bright, in the basement of the house where he grew up.

Maggie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from The University of California at Santa Cruz which led to her Masters of Arts in Acting (Professional Actor Training Program) from Cornell University.

OFF-BROADWAY: Vivien Leigh in Austin Pendleton‘s Orson’s Shadow at the Barrow Street Theatre, directed by the award-winning director David Cromer. Dinner With Friends (Best Featured Actress by the NJ press). Other People’s Money with Kevin Conway (DramaLogue Award). Neil Simon’s Jake’s Women , Keith Reddin‘s Black Snow, Misconduct Allowed, Quiet on the Set, The Beckett Plays - Catastrophe directed by Alan Schneider.

REGIONAL THEATRE: Masha in Three Sisters, Kate-The Taming of the Shrew, Olivia -Twelfth Night, Ann-All My Sons, Luisa -The Fantasticks, Louise - Gypsy.

TV: Shannon O'Hara McKechnie on As the World Turns, Limitless (CBS), all the Law and Order shows (NBC), Seinfeld, Star Trek TNG, Spin City, The Young Riders, Empty Nest, The Golden Girls, Blossom, Knots Landing among others.

FILMS: Christina, Dress Rehearsal, Shelter Island, IMAX: The Journey Within, Quicksand, and The Eiger Sanction.
 
Maggie’s is heard on national TV and radio commercials, audiobooks, narrations, looping, the video game Saint’s Row 2 and Dora the Explorer.

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CHRIS KIPINIAK

Chris plays Zandor in David Guaspari’s, Ninety Degrees of Separation.

He is an actor and writer based in New York. He’s appeared on Broadway in Metamorphoses (directed by Mary Zimmerman) and Macbeth (with Alan Cumming, directed by John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg); off-Broadway in Kit Marlowe (Public Theater), Undeniable Sound of Right Now (Rattlestick/Women's Project), Nora (Marvell Repertory); and regionally at theaters including the Huntington, the Goodman, the Mark Taper Forum, Berkeley Repertory, Arena Stage and others.

He has appeared on the web series, “Real Actors Read . . .” and in the short films Love Life (also writer), Trying (writer/director), and Deal Travis In, as well as the TV shows The Blacklist, The Good Wife, and Delocated.

He’s written the comic books Nightcrawler, Amazing Fantasy and Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man for Marvel comics and Behemoth from Monkey Brain Comics. Other writing includes the super hero play, Save the World, as well as the plays Iiiinsaaaaaaaane!, Change the Be, Stalled and others. He co-hosts the podcast, Arts & Crap.

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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

Many thanks to Nina Hellman and Doug Bost for being part of the segment remembering our dear colleague, David Margulies.

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