Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Introducing Tom Walz

Tom Walz (Dick Cummings) has appeared on the L.A. stage in American Midget (MET Theatre), I’d Rather Be Right (Hudson Maintstage) and Red, Hot and Blue and Tip-Toes (both at the Whitefire Theatre), as well as several short films. Other favorite stage credits include Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Beast), Medea (Jason), Tape (Vince), Singin’ in the Rain (Don), Rashomon, The Tempest, The School for Wives, and Return to the Forbidden Planet. Born in Ohio, Tom grew up in Minnesota, and earned a B.A. from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) in music and computer science.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Introducing Richard Van Slyke

Richard Van Slyke (Roger Marlow)'s parents met working on a production of Teahouse of the August Moon at Albany Civic Theatre so you might say theater is in his blood.  He spent over 13 years in New York City where he earned his stripes doing community theater, dinner theatre, summer stock, outdoor dramas and touring the Eastern Seaboard as Scrooge in a children's theater musical version of A Christmas Carol. These experiences plus his life-long love of all things television, gave him the idea for The Playhouse. LA stage credits include The Full Monty (Mercury Productions), Twelfth Night (Knightsbridge Theatre), Betty’s Summer Vacation and Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Long Beach Playhouse), Red Hot and Blue at The Whitefire Theatre, Pirates of Penzance at NoHo Arts Center, Side Man and Cabaret (Repertory East), Murder Me Once and Ernest in Love (Fremont Centre Theatre). He has performed sketch for the last four years at Acme Comedy Theatre. TV: Passions, North Mission Road and I Didn't Know I was Pregnant. Films: Repeat Offenders, Project Purgatory, Q for Death and Office of the Dead.


Sunday, August 21, 2011

It's All Over But The Post

Yesterday we finished shooting of  The Playhouse. It was a good day (as have all the days of our shoot).
For those of you who don't know how film/TV works, the easy part is over. Now comes the hard part. The editing (putting the episodes together), adding sound and music, color correction of the picture, posting the series online, promotion, sending out clips and press releases to various web sites and blogs that host web series and cover soap opera and comedy series news.

I can't believe it's been just over a year since I first came up with the idea for this series and now it's a reality. In the coming weeks you will continue to see profiles of the actors involved added to the site and perhaps some exclusive behind the scenes footage. Once the first episode is complete, we will provide a link here and ask you to share with your friends.

We expect to have Episode One online in early September.


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Mini Wrap Party

There was football cake and Super Bowl rings in honor of Tom's birthday.  And hummus.  And shrimps.

And thoughts of season two, which include twins, twists, bed hopping, and ballet dream sequences.

My contribution was the ballet dream sequence. 

It is not a soap opera trope.

But I can think of several cast members that I would pay cash money to see in a tutu.

Which I think is going to be the name of our Kickstarter campaign.

"See ____ in a tutu.  Fork it over."

One you will not be seeing in a tutu,

Friday, August 19, 2011

This Commercial Interruption Brought to You by the Talents of Diana Costa

You're going to know her and love her as our special guest star Constance Ford, but when Diana Costa isn't cracking down on shenanigans at The Playhouse, she is stirring some up over at The Acme Comedy Theater every Saturday night! Yes, you read that right. EVERY. SATURDAY. NIGHT.

Diana Costa and Amy Pathrath

She's part of the premiere sketch ensemble cast of Acme Saturday Night. Each week, they bring you a brand new show from the heart of Hollywood. You can go down to the theater to be part of the live studio audience -OR- watch from the privacy and comfort of your own home as it streams live on the internet at 7:00PM (PST). Wish they had reruns?  You are in luck, my friends!  Past shows can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/acmesaturdaynight.

This Commercial Interruption Brought To You By The Talents of Erin Holt

Erin Holt, our darling Peggy Sawyer, has been busy busy busy!  When she's not dodging the advances of The Playhouse's amorous artists, she pulls a Clark Kent (glasses and all!) to switch over to the Fast Track where she plays a struggling Hollywood writer.  Check out our talented gal in this great new webseries!  Episodes One and Two of Fast Track are up!  Episode Three and more to come!

Written & directed by Cary Tusan

Produced by Cary Tusan & Laura Butler of SpenTV

This Commercial Interruption Brought To You By The Talents of Richard Van Slyke

Our actors aren't just some hacks we picked up off the street!  They're working professionals here in the City of Angeles.  Check it.

Richard Van Slyke (a.k.a. Roger Marlowe)
Nominated for Best Original Comedy by the Valley Theatre League

Go back to Bayside with Zack, Kelly, Screech and the rest of the gang in Bayside High School Musical - a musical parody of the hit '90s sitcom Saved by the Bell.  Go to the Max, do the Sprain, save Beck the Duck, and study for the geometry midgerm all at once in this hilarious trip down memory lane that will leave you SO EXCITED... and SO SCARED!

Wednesdays 8pm and 10pm
August 24-October 26
The Victory Theater
3324 W Victory Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505

For tickets and information, go to http://www.baysidehighschoolmusical.com/

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Edit Edit Edit - Richard's View

You know that moment when you're in rehearsal for a play and towards the end of the rehearsal period (maybe the week before tech), the director comes in and says "We have a show people!"? It's that moment when he/she sees that everything has come together and it's going to be work.

Last night was that moment for me in the "editing bay". We have a show people!  So many great things on film, from the acting, to the lighting, to the camera setups, to the rough edits.  It looks good and I think we have something here.

Then Kate and I are started brainstorming. what can we do for the opening credits, music, publicity? How do we get this out there and when are we going to upload Episode 1?

It's all out there folks, just waiting to come together. One last day of shooting this Saturday and then all that's left is the post.  And come September...look out world. Here comes The Playhouse.

So to answer Kate's subtle with a capital B hint in her post....stay tuned to find out of there will be a Season Two of The Playhouse.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Edit Edit Edit

Kate, here!  We're gearing up for our final day of shooting and Richard dropped by to talk out who was picking up the dry ice and whether the kimonos or tuxedos would be better for the opening credits.  I'm not telling which won.  But there will be velvet curtains.  Oh yes.  There will.

We sat down and watched some raw footage (goll, you know your cast is good when raw footage cracks you up...) and Richard gave me his expert eye on the rough cuts of episodes one & five.  It appears we have not been wasting everyone's time and might actually have a game plan.  Ha ha!  Fooled everyone!  Huzzah!

It's going to be super sad to have to wrap this cast.  These shoots over the course of the past two months have been a sheer joy.  Guess we're just going to have to write season two.  Right, Richard?  Right?  Richard?  Come back!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Introducing Carolyn Wilson

Carolyn is a founding member of the touring comedy improv team Authorized Personnel. She was a member of the Main Improv Company at Acme Comedy Theatre. Her television and film credits include: The Office, The Middle, Parks and Recreation, Gilmore Girls, Passions, The Practice, Orange County, Revenge of the Bimbot Zombie Killers and the pilots Cup O’ Joe and Postcards From Heaven. She is a recurring guest star on the web series Ylse and a series regular on the pod cast Virgin Falls.


Repped by Synergy Talent 818-995-6500

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Behind the Scenes of The Playhouse Day Three

The Playhouse Shoot Day Three

Introducing Adam Bucci

Adam Bucci (Rock Del Monaco) is a NJ native and moved to LA to pursue his career in acting. He earned his BA in Theatre from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. Adam is also a singer and dancer. Last year he took on the role of Skip in Roger Bean's "Life Could Be A Dream" at the Hudson Theatre and most recently was seen as Cliff in "Cabaret" at the Repertory East Playhouse.

Representation: Central Artists Agency 818-557-8284


Twitter: AdamJReich

Youtube: Areichus