Episode #10 “Reviews! Reviews! Reviews!”

This week both me and Tom saw quite a few shows, and films and so we are giving our reviews of them all!

For our “Carmine’s Theater Bar Talk”, Tom will share his thoughts on “Long day’s journey into night” starring Gabriel Byrne, Jessica Lange, John Gallagher, Jr. and Michael Shannon.

John Gallagher, Jr., Michael Shannon, Gabriel Byrne and Jessica Lange in "Long Day's Journey Into Night" Photo by Joan Marcus

John Gallagher, Jr., Michael Shannon, Gabriel Byrne and Jessica Lange in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”
Photo by Joan Marcus

He also had the pleasure to see “Shuffle Along” starring Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Brandon Victor Dixon, Joshua Henry.

"Shuffle Along" Now playing at the Music Box Theatre

“Shuffle Along” Now playing at the Music Box Theatre

For our “Popcorn Movie Talk” I will be sharing my thoughts on two films I saw last last week.

“Miles Ahead” directed, co-written and starring Don Cheadle as Miles Davis.

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“Miles Ahead”

And also “Elvis & Nixon” directed by Liza Johnson and featuring Kevin Spacey as Nixon and Michael Shannon as Elvis.

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“Elvis & Nixon”

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Episode #9 “An Interview With John Stanisci”

This week we had the pleasure to chat with John Stanisci.

John Stanisci

John Stanisci

I’ve know John for over a decade now, and he never ceases to amaze me.

John has been a professional illustrator for over 18 years working for all the major comic book publishers including Marvel Comics, DC Comics, IDW Publishing and many more, drawing characters such as Spider Man, Batman, Catwoman, Superman, The Hulk and others.

Spider Man by John Stanisci

Spider Man by John Stanisci

In 2011, John’s book for DC Comics, Batman Beyond: Hush Beyond, premiered at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels.

"Batman Beyond: Hush Beyond" #1 on The New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels

John is currently working on his own comic book called “Lifedeath” and he was kind enough to share 2 pages with us, so you all get a sneak-peek to his incredible work!

"Lifedeath" by John Stanisci, colors by Andre May

“Lifedeath” by John Stanisci, colors by Andre May

"Lifedeath" by John Stanisci, colors by Andre May

“Lifedeath” by John Stanisci, colors by Andre May

 

You can view John’s online gallery -> HERE.

Art by John Stanisci

Art by John Stanisci

In addition to being an artist, John is also an accomplished actor who has appeared in Film, TV and on Broadway. In 2005, he co founded his own theater company, Invictus Theater, which was chiefly responsible for bringing the play ‘Irena’s Vow’ to Broadway in 2009. John co produced the play (along with Daryl Roth and Jimmy Nedelander) and co starred in the role of Rokita. Irena’s Vow starred four time Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh.

"Irena's Vow" Thomas Ryan, Tovah Feldshuh, John Stanisci

“Irena’s Vow”
Thomas Ryan, Tovah Feldshuh, John Stanisci

John is also an accomplished writer and he’s putting the final touches on his new play “JEREMIAH 5:1”. I saw the very powerful staged reading he did in December directed by Michael Parva and featuring Kathleen Turner, Sarita Choudhury, David Morse, Stelio Savante and Thomas Ryan. It’s an incredible story and I’m very much looking forward to see what’s next for this piece!

The cast of "Jeremiah 5:1" during their one night presentation on December 14th 2015

The cast of “Jeremiah 5:1” during their one night presentation on December 14th 2015

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Episode #8 “An interview with Kirsten Russell”

This week we are joined by actress, director, writer and producer Kirsten Russell.

Kirsten Russell

Kirsten Russell

Kirsten began as an actress in Miami, Florida where she attended the Performing and Visual Arts High School. She was accepted into California Institute of the Arts and after two years there left for New York City. She spent many years performing off Broadway and eventually began her own theatre company.

Then in 2006 she wrote, produced and directed her first film short, “Valentines”. She followed it by writing and directing her award-winning first feature, “Rabbit Stories”.

She is currently on the festival circuit with her award-winning short “Universal Language” that she wrote and directed in Paris in 2013.

You can watch “Universal Language” -> HERE until June 1st.

"Universal Language"

“Universal Language”

She is currently editing her next short “Like Totally Hot Couple Seeking Same” that she wrote but co-directed with her long-time collaborator, Marcel Simoneau.

"Like totally hot couple seeking same"

“Like totally hot couple seeking same”

I’ve know Kirsten for many moons and she wrote a short film I directed in 2015 “Meet me here” that is now out in the festival circuits.

"Meet me here"

“Meet me here”

You can find Kirsten on facebook on her personal profile and also on her official page and she’s also on Instagram.

This week for Carmine’s Theater Bar Talk, Tom gives his review of “She loves me” on Broadway.

"She loves me"

“She loves me”

For our Popcorn Movie Talk I share my review of “Demolition” directed by Jean-Marc Vallée starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper.

"Demolition"

“Demolition”

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Episode #7 “An interview with Suzie Cho”

This week we had the pleasure to have on the show, the Artistic Director of Full Spectrum Theatre Company, Suzie Cho.

Suzie Cho

Suzie Cho

She’s an incredibly talented actress, singer and producer.

Her acting credits span across film, television and stage, including Law and Order, Inside Amy Schumer, and Spike Lee’s 25th Hour, as well as national commercials.

Suzie is a producer as well whose credits include the development of Broadway’s Irena’s Vow at the Walter Kerr Theatre

Irena's Vow

Irena’s Vow

as well as the original New York premiere of Murder in the First (winner of two Innovative Theatre Awards), and Suzie was lead producer of The Baby Dance with Invictus-Pub Theatre Company, in which she also played the principal role of “Wanda.”

"The Baby Dance" (Suzie Cho & James Farrell)

“The Baby Dance” (Suzie Cho & James Farrell)

Suzie started Full Spectrum Theatre Company to bring diversity on stage in order to broaden perceptions of who looks and sounds American beyond the surface of race, ethnicity and accents. By presenting every day characters with an extended range of diversity, FSTC believes audiences will see characters who are easily relatable through the common experiences of family dynamics, friendships, and growing pains.

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“It is in the full spectrum of the human experience where we find common ground, and which ultimately unites us.” (Full Spectrum Theatre Company)

I’ve know Suzie for many years and I had the pleasure to direct her in Full Spectrum Theatre Company’s first production, “Rabbit Hole” by David Lindsay-Abaire.

Rabbit Hole (Suzie Cho & Amar Srivastava) Photo courtesy of Daniel Hurtado

Rabbit Hole (Suzie Cho & Amar Srivastava)
Photo courtesy of Daniel Hurtado

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For this week’s Carmine’s Theater Bar Talk, Tom gives hos review of The Crucible on Broadway.

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And I will, once again, slip into my Binge Watching Pants during the Tv Dinner Talk to discuss all things Bates Motel.

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Episode #6 “Top 3 Film Directors”

In this week’s episode we talk about our top 3 film directors of all times, and it was very hard to only mention 3!

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We discuss some the most iconic movies of these very talented artists and the way they’ve been influencing and inspiring the film scene.

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Episode #5 “Actors who’ve never been nominated for an Oscar and should!”

In this week’s show we talk about some incredible actors who’ve never been nominated for an Oscar…and should.

From John Turturro to Mia Farrow, John Goodman, Danny Glover and (unfortunately) many more…

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We discuss some of their best performances and cult scenes.

Then for the ‘Popcorn Movie Talk‘ I give you my review of “BatmanVSuperman“…can you guess how many gummy bears I give to the movie?

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Tom will take over ‘Carmine’s theater bar talk‘  with the Broadway show “1776“.

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And we both discuss the latest controversy surrounding the “Hamilton” casting notice.

As always we’ll close with our ‘Breakdowns from hell’ segment…and we truly found a couple of jems this week 😉

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Episode #4 “Dos & Don’ts of Auditioning”

In this week’s episode we share our tips on what to do and not to do during an audition and we talk about some horror-audition-stories from our past…and yup they are all true…

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In our ‘Popcorn Movie Talk’ segment Tom will review “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” starring Tina Fey.

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For our ‘TV Dinner Talk’ I’m giving my spoiler-free review of season 2 of “Daredevil”…can you guess how many gummy bears I’ll give to the show?

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Also Tom will give a special (and touching) tribute to the late Garry Shandling.

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We’ll close as always with ‘The Breakdowns From Hell’…actors beware!

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Episode #3 “Interview with Tom Cappadona”

In this week’s episode we interviewed actor Tom Cappadona.

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Tom Cappadona

You might recognize him from shows like “The Sopranos“, “Law & Order“, “Sex & The City“, “Nurse Jackie“…and the list goes on.

I directed Tom on stage in “Family of strangers” and “Panic at the Riverside Motel” and this last one was the show where he shared the stage with our own Tom Burka.

Tom Cappadona and Jessica Knutson in "Family of Strangers"

Tom Cappadona and Jessica Knutson in “Family of Strangers”

Tom Burka and Tom Cappadona in "Panic at the Riverside Motel"

Tom Burka and Tom Cappadona in “Panic at the Riverside Motel”

 

I will take on this week’s Popcorn Movie Talk with my review of “10 Cloverfield Lane“.

Tom will discuss two new theater shows during his Carmine’s Theater Bar Talk.

And together we’ll share our thoughts on “Better call Saul” during the Tv Dinner Talk.

Don’t miss this week’s segment The breakdowns from hell filled with other gems found in the acting world!

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Episode #2 “I wanna be an actor…now what?”

In this week’s show we are giving you our suggestions on how to take your first steps in the business.

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Maria will slip into her binge-watching-pants and talk about the latest season of House of cards in our “Tv Dinner Talk” segment.

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Tom will be offering you a drink during his “Carmine’s Theater Bar Talk” while chatting about Fiddler on the roof on Broadway.

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And you don’t want to miss our brand new segment “The breakdowns from hell” 😉

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A big thank you to DJ Technoid who created the music for our show and Cara Ray who designed our beautiful logo!

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Episode #1 “How it all started”

Welcome to our very first episode of  The Stage Door Podcast!

We are excited to start this new adventure and for our first show we decided to talk about how we started in the business and what inspired us to stick to it.

And as promised, here are a couple of pictures of our earlier performances.

Even though we don’t have a picture of Tom during his very first role as a 50 years old man in a wheel chair, we were able to find this great shot of him in The Devil’s Disciple by George Bernard Shaw, at Princeton University.

The Devil's Disciple by George Bernard Shaw (Circa 1980)

The Devil’s Disciple by George Bernard Shaw
(Circa 1980)

And here I am, during my very first performance at my elementary school for our Christmas show.

I think it’s safe to say that the stage was my world…

Christmas show (Circa 1979)

Christmas show (Circa 1979)

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