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Tuesday
Aug032010

Troy Miller

As a 2010 Sir John Gielgud Fellow finalist and 2010 Mark Ockrent Fellowship nominee, Troy Miller is a director on the rise. In his senior year of high school, everything clicked for Troy when he directed his senior class production of Neil Simon's "Lost In Yonkers." After high school and college, Troy decided to attend Trinity Rep Conservatory to earn his Masters of Fine Arts in Directing where he got to direct a production of Craig Lucas' "The Dying Gaul" which prompted then Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis to introduce Troy to Lucas. Shortly after, Troy joined the artistic team for the Tony Award winning Lincoln Center Production of "The Light In The Piazza" working closely with Craig Lucas as his assistant.

Troy's other directing credits include "Horatio" at the 2007 NYC Fringe Festival, "Noises Off" with Festival 56, "Blithe Spirit" at Barnstormers, assistant director to Marion McClinton on "Roar" at The New Group, "Postcards From A Dead Dog" and "Our Lady Of The Sea" at Emerging Artists. Currently, Troy is directing "Together This Time" in the New York City Fringe Festival. Playing at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, showtimes are August 18 at 9:30pm, August 19 at 8:15pm, August 22 at 12pm, August 23 at 1pm, August 26 at 4:30pm. Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door. For much more on Troy and his happenings, be sure to visit http://www.troymiller.org.

1. Who inspired you to become a director? I don’t know if it was a person specifically, but the idea of telling a story was something that always appealed to me. The running joke in my family was after I saw a movie they could expect me directing the neighborhood production within a few hours starring the neighborhood kids. I loved acting and dancing but when I was directing there were no words to describe what I was feeling.

2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? I would very much like to work with Jane Krakowski. I adored her on Alley McBeal, on stage and the few times I have had the opportunity to speak with her. I think she is immensely talented and seems like she would be amazingly fun to work with.

3. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? As odd as this may sound, it would be being in rehearsal with James Dean and a young Marlon Brando. I have always admired their work and their style as performers. The idea of having a conversation with the two of them about the craft, their life and everything in between would be amazing.

4. What's the best advice you've ever received? Trust. Trust the work that you have done. Trust that you have found the truth and let go.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Well, I can fold my legs into a pretzel without using my hands and walk on my knees.

6. Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts? What do you order? Depends on the purpose. Sitting and talking? Then Starbucks with a Vanilla Latte. Just grab and go, much prefer Dunkin’ Donuts regular coffee.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? A combination of yoga and/or a long walk along the west side of Manhattan. Low impact.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs. (American Apparel)

9. Favorite website? My own of course! Seriously though, playbill.com and texts from last night.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? The Man of Steel!

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite ride at an amusement park? Don’t know the name of any of them, but I really enjoy the ones that spin you around in every possible direction. Roller coasters are also right up there.

12. Favorite way to spend your day off? What’s a day off? I don’t believe I am familiar with that concept.

Sunday
Aug012010

Tom Pelphrey

Best known for his role as "Jonathan" on "The Guiding Light," Tom Pelphrey is a two-time Daytime Emmy Award winner who has crossed many genres from television to film to theatre. His other film and television credits include "The Good Wife," "As The World Turns," "Law & Order: SVU," "Numbers," "The Last Note," "Seven Hours," "The Laws of Motion," "CSI Miami," "Ghost Whisperer," and "Birds of America."

Tom is one of the founding members of the Apothecary Theatre Company, a New York City based, not-for-profit ensemble which develops original plays and offers a platform for emerging American playwrights to hone and cultivate their work through their Development Series. He's starred in their productions of "Wonders of the Invisible World," Crazy Sexy Dead," and "Fair Rosamund and Her Murderer." Regionally, Tom has been seen in "My Italy Story" (MST), "Bash" (Amphibian Productions), "The Subeject of Roses" (Penguin Rep), "Crazy Eights" (EST) and "A New Television Arrives, Finally" (Shetler Studios). Tom can currently be seen in The Apothecary Theatre Company's production of "In God's Hat" (click here for my review) at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre in New York City (416 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Ave) through August 7. Tickets are $18.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I would say Steve Kazakoff who was my high school drama teacher.

2. Who's the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? Jack Nicholson.

3. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I'd love to dream about my first dog Lassie.

4. Is there ever a time you thought about quitting? If so, what career would you choose? I'd love to build things. I'm no good at it, but maybe I can learn.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? No, I don't.

6. Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts? What do you order? Dunkin' Donuts morning. Starbucks mid-day. Americano with vanilla bean powder.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Running and lifting weights.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer briefs.

9. Favorite webiste? Apothecarytheatrecompany.org and The Quotations Page

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? The way I'm feeling that one, I'd say Wonder Woman.

BONUS QUESTION:

11. What's the weirdest thing you've read about yourself and where did you read it? There's been a few. I read once that I was quarterback of the high school football team which I found interesting because I played football for like a week.

Tuesday
Jul272010

Jose Llana

With one of the most beautiful and powerful voices, Jose Llana is a performer to go see! From Broadway to regional and national tours to film and television, Jose delights and mesmerizes audiences where ever he goes. He made is Broadway debut in the 1996 revival of "The King and I" and in 2005 he created the role of "Chip Tolentino" in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." His other Broadway credits include the revival of "Flower Drum Song" (with Lea Salonga), "Rent," and "Streetcorner Symphony." Off-Broadway, Jose has delighted audiences in "Adam Guettel's Saturn Returns" and "On The Town." He's been seen in the national tours of "Martin Guerre," "Ballad of Little Jo," and "Candide," while regionally he's performed in "Wonderland" at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and The Alley Theatre. Jose's film and television credits include "Hitch" (Ross) and "Sex and the City" (Damian).

Jose has also released his self-titled solo album "Jose" under the VIVA Philippines label. Other recordings Jose can be heard on are "Broadway Romances Manhattan," "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," and the revivals of "The King and I" and "Flower Drum Song." Currently, Jose can be seen lighting up the stage in the York Theatre's production of "Falling For Eve" (along with fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" participant Adam Kantor, click here for my review) through August 8. For more on Jose, be sure to visit http://www.josellana.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I was obsessed with movie musicals as a kid. Gene Kelly, Julie Andrew, Fred Astaire. Then I moved onto the splashy mega-musicals of the 80's, "Cats" and "Les Miserables." But I'd have to say the moment that meant a great deal to me was when I watched Lea Salonga, a fellow Filipino, win the Tony when I was in high school. It was the first time I thought, "Hey, maybe I can do that."

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I sing as low as I need to and as high as the part needs. If I'm lucky that means no higher than a high C.

3. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? Mr. Sondheim is still someone I would love to work with. I've sung for him a couple of times but have never done a show with him.

4. Do you have any rituals you have to do before a performance? How do you decompress after a show? No weird rituals besides the normal warm up, etc. I do get a little superstitious before callbacks, sometimes I make sure I have the same breakfast or wear the same underwear as the first audition. To decompress after a show I usually veg out in front of the television with a cold beer.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Hmmm... strange and unusual? I'm a pretty good cook, especially Filipino food. Also, I possess a slightly manic need for organization passed down from my mother. I will organize a room, desk or closet to DEATH. I'm talking labels and color coding.

6. Favorite way to stay in shape? Along with my normal 4 mile daily run and weight training, I've become hooked on P90x, but only the Plyometrics Training.

7. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer Briefs. And usually in funny prints.

8. Books or Magazines? Both. I always try to have a good book on my nightstand and I can't let the week go without the bibles Entertainment Weekly and New York Magazine.

9. Favorite website? Playbill.com, Huffington Post, CNN, and my sister's Baby Blog for my Goddaughter.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Oh, easily Wonder Woman. My sister and I were hooked on the cheesy TV show from the 80's. I actually own the DVD's.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite play/musical? "West Side Story," "Sunday in the Park with George," "Company," and "Violet."

12. Favorite way to spend your day off? Gym, Food Network, movie date night, dinner with friends, couch time with my dog, Charlie.

Sunday
Jul252010

Wilson Jermaine Heredia

Best known for his Tony Award Winning performance as the original "Angel" in Broadway's "Rent" and his Olivier Nomination in the London production, Wilson Jermaine Heredia is an actor worth watching! Wilson has spent most of his time after "Rent" in film and television. His film credits include "Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God...Be Back by Five," "Flawless," "Rent," "Nailed," "Johnny Was," "Descent," and "iMurders." His current film projects include "Three Chris's," "I Am Bad," and "The Girl from the Naked Eye" (post-production). On television, Wilson has guest starred on such hit shows as "Law & Order: SVU," "Medium," and "Without A Trace." Most recently Wilson participated in "Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays," an evening of short plays benefiting The Human Rights Campaign, Marriage Equality New York and New York Theatre Workshop. Currently, Wilson can be seen in the Off-Broadway production of "Tales From The Tunnel," a fresh new show recounting the true humorous and heartbreaking stories of over 150 subway riders just like you. "Tales From The Tunnel" plays Saturdays at 4pm and Sundays at 7pm at 45 Bleecker Street Theatre. For tickets, click here!

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My parents did, inadvertently. Because they were immigrants, they reinforced in me what they considered practical and reliable, i.e. study hard, become a doctor and, "all is not well in the world but at least you're a doctor."  Their love for the arts betrayed them though. My father would play guitar to the latest records at that time (Iron Butterfly) and I would dance and marvel at how he was able to manipulate music that way. Mom would sing around the house to songs like she wrote them. At get-togethers they would be the center of attention with their salsa dancing; and again I was in awe of how they accented every sound with their bodies as if though they were the ones conducting the music through their whims. I was in my senior year of a vocational high school, for medical assisting, when I broke the news to them that as much as I loved medicine, the arts yelled louder. My dad said, " If you're going to do it, go all the way". It sounds campy but I swear it's true. He said it in English with a thick, thick Dominican accent. How can you forget that? There were a lot of people that influenced me along the way like Baryshnikov and Hines in WHITE NIGHTS, Bogaloo shrimp and Shabba-Doo in BREAKIN', from Chopin to Cory Glover in Living Colour, Danny Kaye, the Stooges, Da Vinci to Jack Kirby, my childhood friend Noel and so on but the inspiration came from my parents because they gave me an all or nothing attitude about it.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Hmmm. I'm not dead yet so we'll all just have to wait ;-) My voice is still growing.

3. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? There are so many. Saying one right now is just like the weather.

4. Do you have any rituals that you do before a show? How do you decompress after a show? I like to jump up and down and breath heavily as if though I'm going into a prize fight and then taking that last breath before I go on. That last containing breath is all I need.  It just feels good. Decompressing requires silence for me. A good meal and an ear to allow me to vomit my impromptu living journal entry to; ending with a welcoming bed,...and I'm all good.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I'm clairvoyant. Aside from that, I'm an open book. ;-)

6. Favorite way to spend your day off? I'm a home body. When you commit to any project you temporarily suspend the normalcy of everyday life for months or years at a time so I like the rituals of keeping house on my days off e.i., cooking meals for company, cleaning ( 'Cause no one can clean your house better than you!), Reading, composing, watching bad television and gaming on my PS3 when I block the time; because you know how long that can take!

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Dancing  at home in front of a mirror. If I had the space to have wall to wall mirrors, I would be dancing all day. I like doing the same things my parents did with music; make it their own. But my favorite is long distance running in the morning. There is nothing that can wake your body up like that. For me there's no other time that I feel truly alive and connected to my body except for dancing and running. I don't see it as keeping me fit. I see it as keeping my body working the way that I want it to.

8. Boxers or Briefs? I can guarantee that I'm always naked under my clothes.

9. Favorite website? I like browsing through bargain sites.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? You're talking to a comic connoisseur, so you have to be more specific.  Superman and Wonder Woman don't translate for this day anyway aside from antiquated thoughts of what a Super Hero is. The fashion doesn't  translate either. How's Wonder Woman; born of earth and gifted the powers of the Greek gods in modern day even bother to pop up to save the day in a swim suit?! And Why does Superman, still, in this day and age wear his underwear over his unitard? Is that what you asked or was it something else? I can go on....trust me. I'm sorta like Sheldon, Big Ban Theory about it.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite quote? "If nothing lasts forever, then I guess I better, love you forever, for now." -- Harry Connick Jr.

12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I think I've been here a couple of times so I like it when my dreams are about me.

Tuesday
Jul202010

Stuart Williams

With the charisma, good looks, and most of all talent, Stuart Williams is yet another rising actor to take notice of! Originally from West Sussex, Stuart was uprooted to Texas at a tender age and, as a result, says things like 'Cheerio, Y'all' and 'Howdy, Mate'. He studied drama at Syracuse University in New York State and is now based in New York City where some of his favourite credits include "Crazy Gary's Mobile Disco," the US premier of Tim Firth's "Safari Party," and Mind the Gap's BritBit series of shorts. In March, he returned from London after performing in "Durang Durang" at the Jermyn Street Theatre (also in association with Mind the Gap). He can currently be seen in Montserrat Mendez original full-length piece "Billy Carver and the Children in Mind" at Manhattan Theatre Source in NYC through July 24, and in December, be sure to catch Stuart at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia in "Parenting 101," a comical, musical look at the joys of family life which will run through March 2011.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? No one person in particular. It was a calling, really. Like the priesthood but with better costumes.

2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? Far too many to name. Everyday I hear about an inspirational artist that I've never heard of. It's very exciting!

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Several, but if list them all here how will shine at parties?

4. Do you have any rituals you have to do before a performance? How do you decompress after a show? Linklater is my pre-show go to. Her work has proven to be invaluable to me. Afterwards I just like to relax, whether at home or with friends. Talking about anything but theatre.

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? 'You have such a gift. That's what you can give. Don't give away your heart, you need it for your gift.'  Well...advice with a slice of encouragement from my angel Jessica Kelly.

6. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My nephews. I wish I could see them more often.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? I do enjoy a work out, but dancing is ten times more fun!

8. Boxers or Briefs? Under Armour! I'd be lost without you!

9. Favorite website? Pandora. You always know what I'm in the mood for.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Clark Kent. No one looks good in all that spandex.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite way to spend your day off? Laying/Playing in the grass with my beagle.

12. Favorite ride at an amusement park? The tallest, biggest, fastest one!