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Call Answered: Sherri Saum: "The Fosters" on Freeform TV

Sherri Saum, Photo Credit: "The Fosters"/Freeform TVFrom The Brady Bunch to Diff'rent Strokes to This Is Us, family TV shows are some of my favorite ones to watch. I love the wide range of family dynamics each show offers. I always see some aspect of my own family in these shows, but am also opened to the different kinds of families out there.

One series I have been enjoying is The Fosters on Freeform TV. I love the show's heart and soul. The realness of the storylines, the braveness of the actors bringing these characters to life, and most of all, the way it pulls on my heartstrings. I was over the moon when I called and Sherri Saum answered. It was great learning what Sherri loves about the show, how it relates to her own life, and what roles she didn't book as well as one role that made her jump up and down with excitement! The Fosters 5th Season begins July 11 on Freeform TV!

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1. For the past 5 seasons, you have been starring in the original TV series The Fosters, which is about teenager, "Callie Jacob," who is placed in a foster home with a lesbian couple (your character "Lena" being one of the lesbians) and their blend of biological, adoptive and foster children. What initially made you want to be part of this show? What has kept you interested in staying on the show after 5 seasons? I was so impressed with the authenticity and fearlessness of the pilot. And the quality of storytelling has remained incredibly strong after all these seasons.

2. What did you relate to most about "Lena" during Season 1 and what do relate more to about her now, being in Season 5? I relate to "Lena's" compassion - I love that I get to be a warm embrace - and I hope the audience feels it as well.

Sherri Saum as "Lena" on "The Fosters", Photo Credit: "The Fosters"/Freeform TV3. What have you learned about family from starring on this show? I've learned about the power of communication - I come from a very loving supporting family, but talking about the nitty gritty was never one of our strengths. I'm going to try to bring what The Fosters has taught me to my own kids.

4. What has been the most challenging storyline for you to learn? Which one has been the most fun that you wish didn't have to end? Dealing with "Lena" losing her child was excruciating - especially since I was actually pregnant in real life as we were filming. I loved the times we welcomed Rosie O'Donnell's character onto the show - she's such a talent.

Sherri Saum as "Lena" on "The Fosters"5.  As a mother, wife, and leading actress in a hit show, how do you balance work/life? I balance the way so many other millions of moms do. Sometimes great, sometimes not so great. I always wonder why men never get asked that question! It should be just as much of a juggle and concern for them.

6. How did having kids change you as person? I just feel things a lot deeper. I can't read stories or see movies where a child gets hurt. It's an overwhelming feeling of worry sometimes. But I also am called to be the best version of myself more than I have ever been. I want them to be proud of me.

Teri Polo and Sherri Saum behind-the-scenes, Photo via "The Fosters" co-creator Bradley Bredeweg7. On "Call Me Adam" I have a section called One Percent Better, where through my own fitness commitment, I try to encourage people to improve their own life by one percent every day. What is something in your life that you want to improve by one percent better every day? My procrastination

8. You've had quite a career in television, starring in several multi-season TV shows as well as guest stints on many others. What do you like about guest-starring on a show over being a series regular? I enjoy guest starring because it's like being invited over for a play date with all new toys in the sandbox. But there really is nothing like the security and family feeling you get when you work as a series regular. Especially when you love your cast mates and crew as much as I do!

9. What is one role that you really wanted to get, but didn't? Which role did you book that made you jump up and down and scream out loud? I remember auditioning for Avatar in the role that went to Zoe Saldana. That one stung. I jumped up and down for an HBO series I booked called In Treatment with Gabriel Byrne.

Sherri SaumMore on Sherri:

Prior to The Fosters, Sherri starred on the Golden Globe nominated HBO series In Treatment, spent two seasons on the Emmy nominated series Rescue Me starring Denis Leary and starred on Showtime’s critically acclaimed series Beggars and Choosers as well as The John Cassevettes Award nominated Anne B. Real. Memorable guest starring roles include RevengeUnforgettableArmy WivesBody of ProofCSI: NYLaw and Order: Criminal IntentLaw and Order: Trial By Jury and Charmed among others. Film Roles include Ten Stories Tall opposite Josh Hamilton and Relative Stranger starring Eric La Salle and Cicely Tyson.

Sherri was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio and attended Ohio State University and NYU pursuing a degree in psychology. While in school, Sherri landed her first lead role on Aaron Spelling’s serial, Sunset Beach for which she earned a daytime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress.


Call Answered: Bruce Sabath: "Cagney, The Musical"

Bruce Sabath, Photo Credit: Matt Simpkins PhotographyWhen I saw Cagney, The Musical a few months ago, I was so taken by the show. A great old-fashioned musical about one of Hollywood's biggest actors as well as a whole lot of top-notch tap-dancing! One of my favorite characters in the show was that of "Jack Warner" (head of Warner Brother Studios), played so eloquently by Bruce Sabath. I loved the way Bruce portrayed Jack's excitement, wrath, and business tactics. His chemistry with Robert Creighton's "James Cagney" is spot on and I loved the scenes when they sparred.

Cagney: The Musical plays at The Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue) through May 28 only! Click here for tickets!

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1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I can answer that in two ways. In the more conventional "inspirational performances" sense, it started with movie musicals I saw as a kid - Sound of Music, Westside Story, Oklahoma, and of course Fiddler on the Roof. Then I remember being amazed by Kevin Kline and Kevin Spacey (the Kevins). Kline who starred in Sophie's Choice and then A Fish Called Wanda, and Spacey who starred in, well a gazillion films, both amazed me by the depth of their craft, AND that they seemed to defy pigeonholing. They were simply great actors. I remember thinking that if I was an actor, that's the kind of actor I would want to be.

Of course being an actor was never on the table for the first part of my life. That wasn't something people in my world did. I believed (really believed) that if you had the ability, you should pursue a traditional profession - doctor, lawyer, business man. A Job-job. And I had that kind of ability, so that path was the obvious choice! At least it seemed that way until I found myself very unhappy and lost. So when a high-powered high-potential colleague of mine at American Express told me one day that she was leaving the company to pursue painting, it blew my mind. I think that moment may have been one of the most inspirational moments of my life.

Bruce Sabath, Photo Credit: Matt Simpkins Photography2. You had quite an interesting journey to becoming a full time actor. Prior to acting, you were a businessman, but very unhappy with your work. After one of your "I hate my job" rants with your wife, she helped you find the strength for you to really pursue acting full time and that was over a decade into your business career. Do you remember the exact day you had this discussion? What do you think it was about this particular talk that made you go, "I can do this!"? I remember it well! I knew I wasn't happy on Wall Street, in strategy consulting or in the corporate world. I was trying to figure out what I should do next, but everything on my list was really more of the same. I had literally written a spreadsheet to compare the pros and cons of various unattractive options. So one morning, Karen said "toss out the spreadsheet for a minute. If you could do anything, anything at all, what would you do? How would you spend your time?" And without even blinking, I responded, "Well, if I could do anything, of course I would be an actor." Pause. "But of course I can't do that!" I proceeded to list all the logical reasons why "I couldn't." And then she hit the nail on the head. She said, "But you KNEW, in a split second, what you would want to do. How could you not pursue that? And as I let that sink in, All my belief systems and "rules" melted away. I had always acted as a kid, I was GOOD, and there was nothing I loved to do more. But "the rules" said to put that away, "grow up." But that morning, I realized I had to do this. And it never even occurred to me that I couldn't make it a reality. It was truly who I was.

3. What was that first morning like when you woke up, not having to go to work, but actually getting up to pursue your true passion? I remember telling my boss at American Express that I would be leaving to pursue acting, and surprisingly, he thought it made perfect sense. I had several weeks during which I finished projects I was managing, but that whole time I was figuring out exactly what it meant to really pursue acting. The most important part of that was finding The Wiliiam Esper Studio. But while I was still working I remember going to the theatre, and instead of that despondent feeling I had experienced before, I now felt euphoria, thinking, "I'm going to do that!!" Chicago was one of those shows, and coincidentally, Chicago was one of the first shows I did as an Equity actor (playing "Amos Hart" in summer stock at West Virginia Public Theatre).

But the greatest feeling was when I walked into The Esper Studio that first day, knowing I was going to learn the craft of acting from one of the greatest teachers in the world. I was ten feet off the ground. I spent nearly three years studying with Bill Esper. His mentoring was critical to my becoming a skilled actor.

4. What made you want to be part of Cagney the Musical? Here was a show about a legendary film icon who played gangster after gangster AND he could tap dance! The minute I heard the concept I thought, "This is perfect! How is it possible that no one has ever made a musical about "James Cagney" before now!?" Well, lucky for me they hadn't. When I read about the character of Jack Warner and how he figured into Cagney's story, I knew I had to be a part of this.

5. As you mentioned, your primary role in Cagney the Musical is that of "Jack Warner," President of Warner Brothers Studios. How did you prepare to portray such a famous figure in entertainment history? Originating a character in a new show is one of my favorite things to do in the theatre. When that character is an actual person, it brings in additional elements. Of course I researched Warner through biographies, documentaries about him and his brothers, references about him from those who knew him, and video clips - everything from news reels to home movies. The trick was to be true to the real Warner, while developing a compelling character for the musical theatre. I was doing this research while we were rehearsing the play, so sometimes a historical tidbit would resonate in a scene we were working on, and help shape my approach to it.

Bruce Sabath and Danette Holden in "Cagney, the Musical"6. What do you relate to most about "Jack"? What is one characteristic of his you are glad you don't possess? "Jack" and I are both incredibly persistent. Some might say "stubborn." But "stubborn" people hold onto their positions even when they are wrong. Like" Jack," I'm never wrong (joking).

But seriously, I do admire his tenacity, his perseverance. He and his brothers forced their company into existence in an environment that did everything possible to make them fail. There was rampant anti-semitism in the early movie industry, and the Warner Brothers fought tooth and nail to succeed in spite of it. As he progressed in his career however, he became disloyal, cruel and deceitful. He betrayed almost everyone in his life: his colleagues, his son, his brothers, his wife (well, wives, actually). He had a sense that people were either stupid and not worthy of his respect or had wronged him, and deserved vengeance. That ain't me.

7. "Jack Warner" really helped make "Cagney" a star by casting him in all his films, even though "Cagney" wanted more after some time. What has been the best part about playing out this storyline opposite Cagney creator and star Robert Creighton? What is one funny story that has happened between you and Robert since the show started? Bobby and I have a ton of fun on stage. We are both so comfortable in our characters, that our scenes are never the same twice. We're just like Roger Federer and Raphael Nadal, fighting it out, in one grand slam after another.

We've never had any real "bloopers" between us, though early on in the run, Bobby had trouble making a quick change for a scene in Warner's office, so as I sat alone at my desk, I picked up the phone, called the commissary and ordered a cheeseburger, with mustard, and an order of french fries, well done. THAT'S WELL DONE - NO MUSHY FRIES! Aaaand slammed down the phone. Just as Bobby entered.

Bruce Sabath as "Jack Warner" in "Cagney, the Musical"8. If you were "Jack Warner" today, who would you want to take under your wing and make them a star? I'm a big fan of acting craft (as I said before, talking about Bill Esper). I've continued to study over the years, with brilliant teachers like Larry Moss and Bob Krakower. I've seen so many amazing performances from fellow actors in these classes. The point being: if I was searching for the next big star, I'd sit in the back of a great acting class.

9. With the success of Feud: Bette and Joan, on FX, have you altered your portrayal of "Jack Warner" or been influenced by Stanley Tucci's portrayal? Have you learned anything about "Jack Warner" from the show that you didn't know or realize beforehand? I'm a huge fan of Stanley Tucci, and have been ever since that great TV series Murder One back in 1995, and his film Big Night the following year. He's also a neighbor (he went to the same high school as my kids), so I've always been interested in his great work. I love what he is doing on Feud.

The mini-series format really lets Tucci (and all the actors) delve into subtleties of character, as they interact over hours of scene work. In that time, they tell a fascinating story that unfolded over months. In contrast, at Cagney, we have 135 minutes to tell a life story that unfolded over 20 years! Including songs! So each moment, while real, represents just the critical moments of Cagney's career. As a result, nothing is casual - every interaction is pivotal.

The other big difference is that our story takes place mostly in the 1930s and 40s. Jack Warner is in his 40s and 50s, and he and Warner Brothers Studios are still clawing their way to the top. Warner's ego makes him seem like a tycoon, but things were always on the verge of disaster. In contrast, by the time of Feud and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), Warner was nearly 70, and without question the king of the hill. He could afford to relax a bit, and we see that (at times) in Tucci's portrayal.

10. On "Call Me Adam" I have a section called One Percent Better, where through my own fitness commitment, I try to encourage people to improve their own life by one percent every day. What is something in your life that you want to improve by one percent better every day? Just over two years ago, I started running. I was working on a show out of town, and I discovered the Map My Run app on my phone. Suddenly, I could see how far and how fast I was going. And I could listen to podcasts while I ran (I'm a big fan of This American Life, RadioLab and many others)! It all seemed so much more fun than the gym.

Over time I kept it up, gradually increasing my distance from three to four to five miles. Currently, I like to do six mile runs along the Hudson, between shows on two show days. My friends on Facebook and Instagram are used to my frequent posts with hashtags #betweenshowrun and #bwayrunners. Last year I heard that Cynthia Erivo ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon on a two-show Saturday. She really inspired me, so this May 20th, I'll be doing the very same thing! Cynthia - if you're running this year, I'll see you in the BK!

Bruce Sabath, Photo Credit: Matt Simpkins PhotographyMore on Bruce:

Broadway: "Larry" in Company (Tony® Award - Revival). NYC: Hello Again (Drama Desk nom. - Best Revival), The Gig, Countess of Storyville, Platinum, Jerusalem Syndrome. Regional: Fiddler on the Roof ("Tevye," Broadway World Award.Stages St. Louis), Frost/Nixon ("Nixon," Caldwell Theatre), Asolo Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Geva Theatre. Graduate of Harvard, Wharton and Esper Studio.


Call Answered: Christina Franklin: "New York, New Year: A New Musical," at TADA!

Christina FranklinIn Sunset Boulevard, "Norma Desmond" sings "I've come home at last!" and that is what I loved about Christina Franklin's journey with TADA! Youth Theater. She started out in TADA's! Youth Ensemble and now has come back as the writer and director of their latest production, New York, New Year

New York, New Year tells the story of "Tess" who moves to NYC in the middle of the school year from her hometown of Missouri and wonders how she will fit in. Will she make friends at her new school? Tess has the months of the year to help guide her, but she misses Sarah, her best friend from back home. When she tells 3 NYC kids that she's going to take a bus tour to really get to know NY, they tell her you don't get to know the real NYC through a bus tour, so she asks them to show her things they each love about the city & they become her new friends. Tess thinks that she needs to change herself to be liked, but who does she become? And will she still be friends with Sarah? Can she be the Tess from Missouri with Sarah & the NYC Tess with her new friends? What happens when they all get together for New Year's Eve as a surprise for Tess? Can the “months” save the day?

New York, New Year plays at TADA! Youth Theater (15 West 28th Street) from April 29-May 21. Click here for tickets!

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1. This May you are presenting New York, New Year: A New Musical, at TADA!, based upon the original concept by Gary Bagley. What made you want to write the book for this show and direct it? When I was six years old, my older brother Norman, was in the original production of New York, New Year at TADA! I saw the show many times and I loved it. The show takes place over the course of a year and each month is played by an actor. I was very drawn to this concept; it’s so unique and fun. TADA! usually revives show every five-six seasons, but New York New York hasn’t been done since 1999. The script needed more development time. In the summer of 2016, our artistic director Nina Trevens, proposed that I rewrite the book and direct the new production in the next season. I got in touch with the original writers and began rewriting the book. Fast forward 10 months and here we are!

2. One interesting fact I found out is that for 10 years you were a member of the TADA! Youth Ensemble, but while you were a sophomore at Professional Performing Arts School, you found a love for the production aspect of theatre. What was it about the production side that made you go, this is the part of theatre I want to pursue over acting? I discovered that I have a love for creating stories and devising interesting ways to tell those stories. Also, I am admittedly a control freak, so the older I got, the harder it was to let myself be free and vulnerable as an actor.

Janine Nina Trevens (TADA! Artistic Director) and Christina Franklin3. What is it like being back at TADA! after being away from it for a few years? The thing is, I haven’t been away from TADA! very much. Even during my college years, I came back to work on productions when I was on break from school. It’s always great to come home. I particularly love staying in touch with the ensemble and watching them grow and learn.

4.  In New York, New Year, "Tess" moves to NYC in the middle of the school year from her hometown of Missouri and wonders how she will fit in. When did you ever wonder if you would fit in somewhere? I have similar worries and doubts every time I enter a new experience, particularly college. Like "Tess," I was in a new city (Philadelphia), starting a new school year, and feeling very lonely. Fortunately, it was a new beginning for everyone, whereas "Tess" jumps into an environment where everyone is already acclimated, which makes it even harder for her to find her place.

Christina Franklin and Ben Vereen5. "Tess" tells her new friends she's going to get to know NYC via a bus tour, who in turn, tell her, you can't get to know NYC from a bus tour. What have you learned about NYC from living here that you wouldn't have had you taken a bus tour? I think the best things about the city are the non-commercial features. Organized NYC tours tend to hit the standard things the city is already famous for. I value the hole-in-the-wall restaurants, the quaintness of various neighborhoods, and more importantly the character and essence of the city that changes every 10 blocks or so.

6. This show has so many great themes for kids, like how "Tess" feels she needs to change herself to be liked." Have you ever felt like you needed to change to be liked or fit in somewhere? Yes - middle school was particularly tough for me. My new classmates made fun of how I spoke and the way I looked. I was not confident enough to hold my own and stay true to myself so to avoid bullying, I tried to assimilate myself to how they all acted. I was somewhat successful, but 8th grade graduation couldn’t have come soon enough. This was a time that TADA! was vital in my life. Although I had to change myself during the school day, I was able to let go and be free when I got to rehearsal.

Christina Franklin7. Since the show is called New York, New Year. What is something you are going to do or have done in NYC that is new this year? There are always new restaurants to try, so I plan to check some out. Although it isn’t new, I do want to get to the Highline once the weather gets warm again.

8. What are your top five favorite things to do in NYC? I love seeing new shows, walking the Brooklyn Bridge, shopping in the Christmas Villages that pop up in Union Square, Columbus Circle, and Bryant Park, checking out various farmers markets in the spring and fall, and going to free outdoor movie screenings in the summer.

9. After being part of TADA! Youth Ensemble and now being back as a playwright/director, why would you recommend someone to be part of TADA!? I would recommend it because there’s always something to be gained. Nina always says it; an 8 year old can learn from an 18 year old and vice versa. It’s the same thing when working on the production side. I’ve learned so much from the kids in the cast and I hope I’ve been able to teach them some things too!

10. On "Call Me Adam" I have a section called One Percent Better, where through my own fitness commitment, I try to encourage people to improve their own life by one percent every day. What is something in your life that you want to improve by one percent better every day? I love this idea! I definitely need to improve my patience skills. New Yorkers are always on the go, thinking about the next thing. When things aren’t swift and efficient, we tend to get agitated. I can definitely stand to slow down and enjoy the ride.

Christina FranklinMore on Christina:

Christina Franklin is a theatre artist, born & raised in NYC & has been a part of the TADA! family since she was four years old. As a member of the TADA! Youth Ensemble for 10 years, she performed in 17 main stage musicals in addition to many workshops & readings. Christina found a love for the production aspect of theatre when she was a sophomore at Professional Performing Arts School. She went on to earn a BFA in Directing, Playwriting & Production from The University of the Arts. During her time at UArts, she stage managed multiple productions, wrote plays, produced student work & directed many projects. Shortly after graduation, she began an internship at The Public Theater, which led to working on multiple projects including The Total Bent & Eclipsed on Broadway. Since becoming a TADA! Alumna, she has worked on many TADA! shows as a stage manager & assistant director. New York, New Year marks Christina’s NYC directorial debut as well as her 26th production with TADA! Youth Theater. 


Call Answered: Emily Kratter: Dead End at Axis Theatre 

Emily Kratter, Photo Credit: David PerlmanAnother rising actress that has recently come to my attention is Emily Kratter. From theatre to film to TV, Emily is appearing everywhere! She's currently starring in Axis Theatre Company's revival of Sidney Kingsley's Dead End, a Broadway hit in 1936, which was later turned into a film starring Humphrey Bogart which included the first appearance of "The Bowery Boys" who went on to become the iconic "kid gang" of American movies.

Dead End takes place in a New York where tenement houses and luxury apartments stand side by side and extreme wealth and abject poverty intersect every day. Gangsters and bankers, prostitutes and lost children, failure and dreams of the future all live on this street. Axis Theatre Company illuminates these stark contrasts with an understanding of their mythology as well as their contemporary mirror in the city of today.

Dead End plays at Axis Theatre (1 Sheridan Square) through May 20. Click here for tickets!

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1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? My earliest memory is seeing Peter Pan...I must have been four or five. "Peter" took off and started flying and it was magic. So, I guess at the time you can say I just wanted to fly? But now, I can tell you for sure that I am inspired every single day to stay a performer by my brilliant friends and collaborators and fellow artists. The theatre community in New York City inspires me.

2. This spring you are starring in Axis Company's production of Sidney Kingsley's Dead End, about the legendary kid gang, "The Bowery Boys" who grew up on the streets of NYC during the Great Depression. What made you want to be part of this show? Well, for one the Axis Company is a group of fearless artists who march to beat of their own drum and create stunning work that is unlike anything I've seen elsewhere. Their artistry is only matched by their hearts and overall awesomeness as humans whom I genuinely always want to be around...So there's that. Working with wonderful people is a huge factor. But also -- immediately when I read this script, I was so taken with the characters, particularly the kids. There is this raw energy that excited me. Their emotions live entirely on their sleeves. They are silly, and scared, and yearning, and manipulative, and just trying to survive. The piece has so much going on. Our director, Randy Sharp has said, "It's like there is one miracle after the next" and I feel that to be true. There's not one moment in the play that does not propel us forward and nobody is ever on even ground. I felt that potential in my first read.

3. What do you relate to most about your character? What is one trait of theirs, you are glad you, yourself, don't have? Hmm well, "Milty" is hilarious. I think I definitely see elements of myself as a kid in him...He has a wild imagination that I know I had, and hope I still do. He is not self-conscious, and fully self-expressed and I love that, and it's a thrill to play. He also looks up to the gang leader, "Tommy" with such fierce admiration. I DEFINITELY did that as a kid. I had a group of older friends that I thought were the coolest. I upped my "cool" cred, just by being around them. As far as one trait I don't have? He is a SPAZ. And honestly, I guess I am too...but he takes it to a new level. I think I can say I'm not quite that bad...(I hope).

Cast of "Dead End", Photo Credit: Pavel Antonov4. How do you feel "The Bowery Boys" story resonates in today's world? Dead End takes place in the 1930s where luxury apartments and tenement housing stand side by side. It examines the intersection of wealth and poverty and at the heart of it is the impact on this gang of kids. It's astonishing how much and how little has changed since that time. I live on the west side of Manhattan where buildings of grandeur are going up every day, and at it's base lay homeless men and women. It is our hope that while these characters might have once been labeled as archetypes, "gangster," "prostitute," "lost boy" etc, that we are examining the humanity underneath. And that humanity, I think will resonate forever.

And one more point of note: While "The Bowery Boys" are certainly a pillar in this play, there are 14 ACTORS making up this ensemble. I'll repeat: This is a downtown theater that hired 14 ACTORS to produce this baby. I think that's awesome and worth emphasizing.

5. What is something you learned about "The Bowery Boys" in preparing for this show that made you go, "Oh wow, I wonder how I would have faired or what would I have done in this situation? Hmm...I'm not sure how to answer this question without giving too much away. But there is a theme regarding "survival of the fittest." How far are you willing to go to build the life you've dreamed of? Or how far are you willing to go to for love? For a friend who's in trouble? And what is that point when one makes the decision to do what's best for him/herself despite everything else?

Cast of "Dead End", Photo Credit: Pavel Antonov6. Since this story focuses on a kid gang, growing up, did you have your own gang or posse? Oh, I DID indeed. I was so lucky to have the most amazing friends growing up. Most of them are still my best friends today. I had a group of friends that I met doing theatre together, and now they are running the world -- they became attorneys and doctors and entrepreneurs and social workers and parents. Some have become successful actors too! And in school, I was in a group of five girls that were inseparable. We even had a name...We called ourselves, "PENT" because there were five of us. They are going to die a little when they read this. We are bonded for life...well, four of us...(long story).

7. In Dead End, gangsters and bankers, prostitutes and lost children, failure and dreams of the future all live on this street. If we break each of these categories down, when have you felt like a gangster, a banker, a prostitute, and a lost child? WOW. I guess I could most relate to the lost child... given these choices, I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing. I'm holding on to a hopefulness that I'm not going to let this world take from me. As for gangster? I'd be terrible...When I was in high school, my friend and I went through the turnstile together for the subway. A policeman grabbed us and told us not to do it again, and I think I had a panic attack. A banker? I think my soul would die if I worked in a cubicle. They work in cubicles right? or desks? I think I would die at a desk all day too. And prostitute? Yikes. Luckily things haven't gotten that rough yet...Ask me in a few years ;)

Emily Kratter, Photo Credit: David Perlman8. What are some of your dreams of the future? What are some of your failures of the past? I have had so much fun working on this show. It hasn't felt like work for one second. That's what I dream of...To have a fulfilling career "working" and never feeling the labor. To do what I love with the people I love. To tell stories that move laughter or tears, whatever. To make some kind of impact and affect people by sharing these tales of flawed, broken, beautiful humans. I think at one point I told my parents I was going to double major when I was at NYU, have some sort of a "back up plan"...I failed at that promise. I'm not sure I even really tried, but shhh!

9. Let's play with the title of Dead End for a moment. What is a path or an idea you started out on, but unfortunately hit a "Dead End," with nowhere to go? I have gone through so many periods where I have wracked my brain and tried to trick myself into believing that perhaps I could be satisfied doing something else with my life. Something with more security, with structure. It's a dead end for sure. I think this crazy business is stuck with me for the long run.

10. On "Call Me Adam" I have a section called One Percent Better, where through my own fitness commitment, I try to encourage people to improve their own life by one percent every day. What is something in your life that you want to improve by one percent better every day? That's amazing!! I love this!! There are SO many things!! But to keep things light, I need to sharpen my cooking skills. I have a crock pot I bought off of Amazon last year that's still in the box....well, it's actually out of the box, but that's as far as I got :( Terrible....Shameless plug: Our director Randy Sharp actually has a BRILLIANT cooking show on youtube called DINNER PARTY TONIGHT - One day I'll make her proud and replicate one of her to-die-for recipes. Ina Garten better watch out.

Emily Kratter, Photo Credit: David PerlmanMore on Emily:

Emily Kratter Favorite credits: Axis: Dead EndEvening – 1910, The Groundling and Solitary Light. Other Select NYC theatre/workshops: Confederates (LAByrinth Theater Co, The Lark/Workshop); Be More Chill (workshop/Dir. Scott Ellis); Death For Sydney Black (TerraNOVA Collective/Dir. Kip Fagan); Boomer's Millenial Hero StoryBelieber (TerraNOVA Collective/Groundbreakers); The Austerity of Hope (The Barrow Group); Greenwood (NYMF); Progress In Flying (The New Group/New Works); Pooka (Dramatists Guild/Playwrights Horizons); Five Second Chances (The Playwright's Realm/INK'D); The Physicists (Williamstown); The Holy Ghostly (Williamstown/workshop), The Children's Hour (APAC). Film:  Adelaide, Half Brother (Amazon/Itunes) TV: Unforgettable (CBS). Web: Fomo Daily NYU Tisch. 


Call Answered: Part 2: Facetime Interview with Michael Zam, writer of "Feud: Bette and Joan"

"Call Me Adam" and Michael Zam live at The Algonquin HotelIf you loved the finale of Feud: Bette and Joan, then be sure to check out the second part of my interview with Feud writer Michael Zam, who gives us the backstage stories that didn't make it into the show as well as some insight to Bette Davis and Joan Crawford!

Live from The Algonquin Hotel, Michael Zam and I go at it again with even more tales from Feud: Bette and Joan!

Click here to watch Part 1 of our interview!

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Part 2 of "Call Me Adam's" Facetime interview with Feud: Bette and Joan writer Michael Zam:

Michael ZamMore on Michael:

Michael Zam, BFA/MFA, author of the Black-Listed screenplay, Best Actress, has been developed into the hugely popular and highly-acclaimed 8-part miniseries, Feud, for FX, starring Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford and Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis. He has also written scripts for DreamWorks, Plan B, and many others. Michael wrote the book for the Off-Broadway musical The Kid, based on Dan Savage’s memoir, which won the Jerry Bock Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre and the Outer Critics Circle Award. The musical was nominated for a Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Awards, and GLAAD Media Awards. Michael has been honored twice with the SPS Award for Teaching Excellence. He teaches screenwriting, film, and television writing at NYUSPS in the Center for Applied Liberal Arts.