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Thursday
Jun082017

Call Redialed: EXCLUSIVE NEW "Orange is the New Black" Facetime Interview with Annie Golden "Norma Romano" 

Annie Golden as "Norma Romano" on Netflix's "Orange is the New Black"Live from The Algonquin Hotel, "Call Me Adam" sits down for an all NEW EXCLUSIVE interview with Orange is the New Black's Annie Golden ("Norma Romano," the mute)!

We talk about everything Orange is the New Black! From what made Annie want to be part of the show to what she thinks "Norma's" first speaking words would be to acting with her senses! It's an insider's dream come true!

Orange is the New Black Season 5 drops 6/9 on Netflix!

If you missed my theatrical interview with Annie Golden, you can watch it here!

"Call Me Adam's" EXCLUSIVE NEW Orange is the New Black Facetime interview with Annie Golden ("Norma Romano"):

Watch Orange is the New Black Season 5 Trailer here:

Wednesday
Apr052017

Call Redialed: Joe Tracz: A Series of Unfortunate Events & The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

Joe TraczEver since I first interviewed playwright Joe Tracz a few years ago for his musical (with Joe Iconis) Be More Chill at Two River Theatre, I have kept my eye on what he has been creating. It's such a joy to catch up with him on his latest endeavors: Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events (starring Neil Patrick Harris) and the new, original Off-Broadway show The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical.

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, currently playing at The Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street), is an action-packed theatrical adventure that will rock your world. "Percy Jackson" has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and he is on a quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt and prevent a war between the Greek Gods. Normal is a myth when you’re a demigod. Based on the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Rick Riordan. Click here for tickets!

For more on The Lightning Thief be sure to visit http://www.lightningthiefmusical.com and follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!

1. It's so great to catch up with you after our Be More Chill interview a few years ago. Now you are back with two big projects. The first one is your new musical The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical and the second one is the hugely successful Netflix show A Series of Unfortunate Events starring Neil Patrick Harris. Let's start with A Series of Unfortunate Events. How did the writing process for this show differ from the writing process for your new musical? It's great to catch up with you too! The musical and the TV show actually have a lot of similarities -- they're both adapted from a beloved series of books and they both received movie adaptations that left fans, shall we say, unsatisfied. As one of those fans, I was excited to get to adapt these worlds in a way that, hopefully, captures what readers loved about them in the first place. Also, they both have awesome musical numbers! (You don't cast Neil Patrick Harris and NOT have him sing!)

2. What is A Series of Unfortunate Events that has happened to you that you feel would make a great TV show? I'm getting to work on two dream projects at the same time, so I feel pretty fortunate. And since fortunate events tend to make dull television, I think I'll just focus on continuing to put fictional children in terrible danger.

3. Now, let's get into the depths of your new musical The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical. Let's start at the beginning, which is always a good place to start. What initially made you want to take the The Percy Jackson story of The Lightning Thief and adapt it for the stage? What did you see in the books that made you go, this would make a really great musical? I discovered the Percy Jackson books while working in the Young Adult section of a bookstore and I immediately fell in love with them. The premise is brilliant: the Greek Gods are still around and still having kids with mortals -- but what happens when those kids grow up, feeling abandoned by their parents and unsure how to deal with their strange powers? It's a superhero story, an orphan story, a summer camp adventure...It takes the confusion, awkwardness and terror of adolescence, and places them in a story of gods and monsters and quests. The world is big, the characters are big, the emotions are big, and to me, those are the things that make a great musical.

4. What was the easiest part of the story to turn into a musical adaptation and what has been the most challenging? I love adaptation because it's like putting myself in another writer's brain, discovering how their story works and then reconstructing it for a new medium. Rick's characters are so iconic and layered -- he's continued to develop them over several series now, so we had a lot to draw on, which made it easy to find the characters' voices. (I give full credit for this to my collaborator Rob Rokicki, whose songs cut right to their beating hearts).

The plot was the bigger challenge: The Lighting Thief is both a quest and a mystery story, with "Percy" crossing the country to stop a war between the Gods, while solving the mystery of who stole Zeus's lighting.  It's a 400 page book so there are a lot of locations and plot twists to include!

"The Lightning Thief", Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniels"The Lightning Thief", Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniels5. Was there any part of the story that you really wanted to include, but it just didn't translate as you had initially thought? One of the most fun parts of the book is seeing how the ancient Greek Gods live in the modern day. The book reveals that the current location of Mount Olympus is the secret top floor of the Empire State Building. It's a detail we really wanted to fit in the show, but alas, every time we tried it, it was one location too many at the end of the show. But otherwise, we fit an insane amount of story into a less-than-two-hour running time.

6. The show started off as a one-hour production. After having it tour for two years, why did you and your co-writer, Rob Rokicki want to expand it to a full length show? What do you feel works better in this longer form that you couldn't get into the 1 hour version? Expanding the show was always the dream, but it seemed like an impossible dream until the amazing response from fans and audiences who saw the one-hour version helped create the opportunity. We were excited to have more time to let the story and emotions breathe. If the one-hour version is a roller coaster, then the new version is an entire theme park, a full and immersive experience with something for everyone.

"The Lightning Thief", Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniels"The Lightning Thief", Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniels7. In this show, "Percy Jackson" has newly discovered powers that he can't control. What is something you've just discovered that you can do that you didn't know you could beforehand? Well, at the time I started writing this show, I'd never written a musical before. And now I've written several, with more on the way. So I would say that's a power "Percy" helped me discover! Who's the Greek God of writing musicals?

8. "Percy Jackson" also has monsters on his trail. What are some monsters you've had to fight on your life trail? Self-doubt and insecurity are scarier than Medusa any day.

9. The song "Good Kid" is available for download on the show's website. In the video featured on the home page, Chris McCarrell is told, in thinking about the song, "What does it feel like when the world is against you?" When has there been a time in your life when you felt the world was against you? How did you fight back? I think anyone who's trying to make a career in the arts knows what it feels like to face impossible odds. And I think anyone who grows up feeling like an outsider knows the secret of finding inspiration in fictional characters. Since working on this show, "Percy" has been that inspiration for me -- and, I suspect, for the many readers and audience members for whom his story resonates.

10. "Percy Jackson" is also on a quest to find Zeus' lightening bold to help prevent a war between the Greek Gods. If you were possess Zeus' lightening bolt, how would you use it to bring some peace back into this chaotic world we live in? Both the Percy books and the Lemony Snicket books tell a story that feels very timely: how kids grow up in a world where the adult authority figures who are supposed to take care of you are instead corrupt and self-absorbed and responsible for the chaotic state of the world. The Lightning Thief ends with "Percy" realizing that he and his friends can't rely on the Gods to fix things: it's up to the next generation to learn from their parents' mistakes and not repeat the cycle of war and hatred that's got us into this mess. It's a message that I feel very glad to be putting out in the world right now.

Joe TraczMore on Joe:

Joe Tracz is a playwright with an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Williamstown Theatre Festival: the original musical Poster Boy with composer-lyricist Craig Carnelia (2016), Song for a Future Generation (2015). Joe’s adaptation of the first book in the Percy Jackson series, The Lightning Thief (with composer Rob Rokicki) received a Lortel nomination for Outstanding Musical and toured nationally with Theatreworks USA. His musical adaptation of Ned Vizzini’s novel Be More Chill with composer Joe Iconis premiered last summer at Two River Theater. Other plays have been developed with Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage, Roundabout, Ars Nova, and The Flea, and published in Best American Short Plays.

Film/TV includes the Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events starring Neil Patrick Harris and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, Epic (20th Century Fox) and Lights Out (FX). Joe is a former Playwrights Realm writing fellow, an alumnus of Theater Masters and the Ars Nova Play Group, and, with Two River Theater and Joe Iconis, a recipient of a 2015 Doris Duke Foundation Commissioning Grant. He has a BA from Kalamazoo College.

Friday
Jul242015

Call Answered: Hailey Sole: Criminal Minds and Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

Hailey Sole, Photo Credit: Kenda BenwardI am big fan of young actresses! They are our next generation of talent! When Hailey Sole was presented to me to interview, I jumped at this opportunity. This young starlet already has a resume of hit shows under her belt Criminal Minds, Private Practice, The Middle, and Parks and Recreation. What makes me even more excited about Hailey is that she is starring on the new Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, which will be debuting on Netflix on July 31! She is in great company as you'll see below! So, sit back, relax, and get to know Hailey Sole!

For more on Hailey follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

1. Who or what inspired you to become an actress? When I was really little I would have my friends come over, and all I wanted to do was preform or do skits. Eventually my parents realized that I really liked acting and decided to put me in an acting workshop in Texas, where I am originally from. A couple of agencies were there and they liked me so they called me out to California. During that first visit to California, I was sent out on an audition by one of the agencies. I ended up booking my first audition, which turned out to be a recurring role for three seasons on a show called Private Practice. I loved working on the show, and I’ve been in acting ever since.

2. Your latest role is starring in Netflix's newest series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp alongside Amy Poehler, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, David Hyde Pierce, Bradley Cooper, Molly Shannon, 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Janeane Garofalo, Jason Schwartzman, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Michael Ian Black, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pine, and my friend John Early. It's one big name after another! What did you learn from working beside such an A list group of actors? One big thing I learned from working with all these amazing actors was to have fun, don’t hold back when acting, and give it your all. I learned not to worry about other people’s opinions, and to be proud of what I do. No matter what, you should play your role the best you can, and have fun with it as well.

3. Aside from this extraordinary cast, what made you want to be part of this series? One thing is, I love Netflix, and secondly, I haven’t really done much comedy in my acting career. So I thought this would be a great chance to really stretch my acting abilities, and learn from the best! I’m always up for trying new things, so doing this show was definitely a great opportunity to do just that.

Hailey Sole on the set of "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp"4. What do you identify most with about your character "Amy"? I identify most with the character "Amy" in how she acts towards other people. "Amy" tries to be friends with everyone, and I try to do that in my personal life as well.

5. You have already been on several network TV shows. Do you feel the filming process was different for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp compared to the network shows you were on? The filming process for WHAS was a bit different than other shows I’ve been on. For starters, since this is a crazy comedy film, there was a lot more improve than what you would see in a show like Criminal Minds, where we stuck to the script pretty tightly. Secondly, we shot the entire series for WHAS completely outdoors, which I’ve never done that before on any other show.

6. Some of the network shows you've been on were Criminal Minds, Private Practice, and Ghost Whisperer: The Other Side. What did you enjoy most about being on these shows? I enjoy being able to try new things and push the boundaries of my acting a little more every time. Each job you work on is a learning experience, and to be able to work on each show is a blessing. I’m so happy I’ve had that opportunity.

Hailey Sole on the set of "Criminal Minds"7. In addition to your acting career, you are also a full time student in school. How do you balance the two and still be an honor student? What is it like to be a working actress going to school? Balancing school, acting and other things I like to do like cheer and musicals can be demanding, but it requires a lot of coordinating and time management. I definitely wouldn’t be able to do all that I do, and maintain the grades that I have, if it wasn’t for all those around me who support me, and contribute to making this all happen, like my agent, manager, teachers, parents, coaches, and friends.

8. In your free time, you enjoy sining with your friends. Do you have aspirations to take that singing to a higher level and come to Broadway or record an album? What do you love about singing that you don't get from acting? I haven’t really thought of singing as a career, but just as a way for me to express myself. Although, I do enjoy being in my schools musicals and being on Broadway would be an amazing dream come true. I guess for now I’ll just keep a singing career on the back burner for the future.

9. What's the best advice you've ever received? The best advice I have ever received was being told to believe in myself and stick with acting. There was one time in my career where I didn’t book any auditions for an entire year, and it was really getting upsetting. My manager called me one day and told me that everyone goes through this but the most important thing to do is to stick with acting, because your time will come. Just don’t give up on yourself and push through because hard work pays off. And the next year, I started booking more auditions again.

10. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? I know it sounds cliché but I would probably choose to be able to fly. I just think that being able to fly would be so cool because I could go anywhere super fast and I wouldn’t have to wait in traffic, which would be great!!

Hailey SoleMore on Hailey:

Hailey Sole is a phenomenal young American actress from the hit TV series Criminal Minds, where she portrayed "Meg Callahan." Currently, this young starlet will be starring as "Amy" in the upcoming anticipated Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp. Hailing from Dallas Texas, she caught the acting bug at the tender age of four. Her first role was on the hit TV show Private Practice, where she appeared as "Betsey Parker" and was nominated for the "Young Artist Award" for her role. Hailey definitely knows how to balance her busy schedule as she attends school full time, competes in cheerleading, and acts in several successful TV series. Her credits include Private Practice (2008), The Middle (2011), Harry’s Law (2012), Parks And Recreation (2012), Franklin & Bash (2013), Criminal Minds (2014), and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp (2015). In school, Hailey is an Honor Award Member of the California Junior Scholarship Federation, which fosters high standards of scholarship, service and citizenship. She is also studying two languages; Mandarian and Spanish. Talk about brains and beauty! However, it’s not all about work with Hailey. She also knows how to have fun. On her free time, she loves singing and spending time with her friends. Whether it is singing in musicals or singing with her friends, she tries to find time to incorporate her love for music into her life.

Hailey Sole volunteering on Skid RowHailey is also heavily involved in several charity organizations, such as "Habitat for Humanity," "Helping All Transients," "Operation Progress," and "Ahead with Horses." With the help of her parents, Hailey is planning to launch her own organization to help teach Elementary and Middle School children age-specific communication skills, and conflict resolution skills, to promote kindness, and to minimize future bullying.

Wednesday
Apr082015

Call Answered: "Underland" Facetime Interview with "Orange is the New Black's" Annie Golden

Annie Golden"Call Me Adam" went to the set of the new Off-Broadway play Underland at 59E59 Theaters to chat with Orange is the New Black's Annie Golden about starring in this new Australian play by Alexandra Collier and directed by Mia Rovegno. Underland plays at 59E59 Theaters Theater B (59th East 59th Street, between Park Avenue and Madison) through April 25! Click here for tickets!

Underland is a new Australian play that cracks open the desert to reveal mythic beasts, Chekhovian love triangles and big sky blues, while giving the finger to everything you thought you know about "Down Under" from Fosters' commercials.

For more on Annie follow her on Facebook!

Part 1: Annie Golden talks Underland with "Call Me Adam":

Part 2: "Call Me Adam" talks with Annie Golden about Orange is the New Black, Super Powers, and Being Remembered:

Annie GoldenMore on Annie:

Annie considers herself the illegitimate child of the legitimate theatre, having been discovered on the Bowery fronting a rock band and cast by Milos Forman as "Jeannie" in Hair, the 1978 film. Some Broadway credits include: XanaduThe Full MontyAh! Wilderness. Also was Sondheim’s original "Squeaky Fromme" in Assassins (Playwrights Horizons). Numerous Film/TV credits in Netflix's Orange is the New Black.