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Call Answered Again: Andrew Glaszek: Doubtless Summer Shorts 2014 

Andrew Glaszek, Photo Credit: Kevin McDermott"Call Me Adam" once again chats with actor Andrew Glaszek. This time around we discuss starring in Albert Innaurato's Doubtless as part of the 2014 Summer Shorts Series taking place at 59E59 Theaters in NYC through August 30 (59 East 59th Street). Click here for tickets!

With such formidable opponents as hypocrisy, government, hysteria, neurosis, family, religion and pop culture - can we ever really know and accept who we are? Well, these two brave nuns are going to give it a go in Doubtless.

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1. From July 26-August 30, you will be starring in the Summer Short Series B at 59E59 Theaters, specifically, in Doubtless written by Albert Innaurato. What made you want be part of this show? I love working on new shows and was thrilled to be asked. There's a few random references in the script (like one to a song from Brigadoon) that seemed to speak to me specifically saying that I was meant to take this trip

Andrew Glaszek in Albert Innaurato's "Doubtless" as part of Summer Shorts 2014 at 59E59 Theaters2. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? A quote or two to shock and mortify their friends! Mr. Innaurato's play gives us a fantastical chance to consider the absurdities of pop culture and religious dogma...Peaches Geldof, Ann Romney's horse, little Mother Teresa, and the second coming.

3. What do you identify most with about your character? The script only describes "Father" as "distinguished", that's me! We get to dance on and cross the lines of propriety and political correctness, with a lot of blasphemy thrown in - that's very much my humor

4. What has been the best part about working with your fellow castmates, director Jack Hofsiss, and playwright Albert Innaurato? Getting to watch the man who directed the original The Elephant Man in action and be directed by him is an honor. Then to hear him and Mr. Innaurato talk about the play and share stories about their experiences in the theater including some people they've worked with has been priceless and hilarious.

Andrew Glaszek in Albert Innaurato's "Doubtless" as part of Summer Shorts 2014 at 59E59 Theaters5. What excites you most about being part of the Summer Shorts series? Besides riling up the audience with the rest of the cast, Brenda, Tasha, Dana, and David... we're on a bill that includes new work by Neil LaBute, Daniel Reitz, and Warren Leight which is pretty exciting.

6. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Every teacher who would have me read aloud in class - it came naturally to me and encouraged me to take it further.

7. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? Elaine Stritch! No? ... Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer on Broad City...Terrence McNally...Martha Plimpton...and I think Michael Fassbender, Chris Pratt, and I would make a good team.

Andrew Glaszek in "Broadway Bares Winter Burlesque"8. I know you give a lot of time raising funds for Broadway Bares every year. Why is this cause so close to your heart? BC/EFA is an amazing organization & supports so many - I raised the red bucket at shows before I moved to New York and then I saw Broadway Bares and was hooked. It's a way for me to do what I can for good. I've also met some of the best people and made lifelong friends by doing it.

9. What's the best advice you've ever received? "If You Don't Dance They Beat You" - Jose Quintero (and I think I JUST got it)

10. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? Everything I've learned about others and therefore myself has come from being a performer. Which is a lot. And perhaps nothing at all.

Andrew Glaszek in the film "Leather"BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? I'd want to fly. Fast.

12. If you could be any original life saver flavor, which one would you be? Pineapple.

13. Boxers or Briefs? If someone really wants to know, they can watch the Nothing But Trash interview video on this blog ;)


Call Answered: Gregg Daniel: True Blood & Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble

Gregg Daniel"Call Me Adam" chats with Gregg Daniel, actor and Artistic Director of Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble about starring on HBO's True Blood for the past 4 seasons, his stage work including this summer's run of Romeo & Juliet at Shakespeare Center of L.A., and being the Artistic Director of Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble.

True Blood airs every Sunday on HBO at 9pm.

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1. It's the final season of HBO's True Blood and you are back on as "Reverend Daniels." What initially made you want to be part of this Emmy Award winning show? One of the factors which drew me to the show was learning that writer producer, Alan Ball had created it. I'm an absolute devotee of Alan's work since he created, SIX FEET UNDER. He's an outstanding writer and possesses a fine sense of creating drama for television. I knew if Ball was involved, it was going to be high quality.

2. What has been the best part about being on the show for 4 seasons? What will you miss the most? One of the best parts of being on the show for 4 seasons is seeing how each character’s story line is being developed by our writers. I’m in awe of how our writers introduce key story elements and how those elements will alter the lives of our characters in future episodes. One of the many things I’ll miss about the show is the camaraderie among the actors, crew, office staff, etc. Every member on the True Blood team is focused on creating the best possible episode/season we can. To be in the company of so many dedicated and consummate professionals is inspiring!

Gregg Daniel as "Reverend Daniels" on HBO's "True Blood"3. What do you identify most with about "Reverend Daniels"? I like to think of "Reverend Daniel’s" as an ordinary man caught up in extraordinary circumstances. I identify with his fierce loyalty and the compassion he feels for compassion for Lettie Mae as well as for the town of Bon Temps. Daniels tries to face even the most difficult circumstances with faith and unconditional love.

4. This summer you're starring in Shakespeare Center of L.A.'s production of Romeo & Juliet as "Lord Montague." What makes you most excited about being back on stage? What makes working in theatre and being on stage exciting is the interaction between the audience and the performer. No other art form has anything quite like it. There’s a new and different audience every night to perform for. In the theatre, an actor can feel the audience’s interest and attention, it’s a amazing, unpredictable alchemy which fuels our performance!

5. In addition to acting, you are also the Artistic Director of the L.A. based Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble. Why did you want to become the Artistic Director of a theatre company? What do you get from this venture that you do not get from acting? Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble was founded by a group of theatre artists who wanted to keep their instruments sharp as well as to work with writers, actors, directors and designers we admire. Rather than waiting for a phone call to be invited to do something creative, we decided to create our own theatre company to mount plays we cared about. My colleagues chose me as the Artistic Director along the way. However, we make all our decisions in a very collaborative way.

6. From film to television to stage, you have acted in every medium. What do you like best about performing in each medium? The amount of people who can access an actor’s work through film and television is extremely satisfying. I’m constantly meeting fans who saw my work on a sitcom, episodic or feature film decades ago. I also enjoy the challenge of working in front of the camera. While you want your performance to be contained (since the camera is right there), it still needs to be charged, so your internal clock is needs to working overtime in order to keep the intensity. As I as stated earlier, theatre offers the thrill of working in front of a live audience nightly. Your performance changes ever so slightly depending on what the audience is giving you.

7. Who or what inspired you to become an actor? It was the love of language which first drew me into acting. My family had a volume of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets sitting around our house. I remember when I first opened it and began to say the words. I had no idea what they meant but it was something about the poetry which thrilled me. Later on, when I heard a trained speaker reciting classical language, I was hooked. I wanted to be able to sound like that and on reflection, be that character as well.

Gregg Daniel, Joy Bryant, and Dax Shepard on NBC's "Parenthood"8. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? On our show, I’ve always wanted to work with Anna Paquin more, we rarely have scenes together. I just love what she does with the character of "Sookie," Anna makes what is an intensely complex character seem sweet and simple. In the larger realm of working with actors, there are a host of people whose work I admire and would some day like to work with, to name a few - Viola Davis, Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Christophe Waltz, etc.

9. What's the best advice you've ever received? I’ve been lucky enough to have received support and encouragement on my journey as an actor from many sources. Beginning with my parents and continuing on to teachers, fellow actors & directors I’ve worked with, the advice has always been the same, "pursue your dreams."

10. What have you learned about yourself from being an actor? I think I’ve discovered from being an actor that I’m actually a shy, quiet and thoughtful individual. I’d much rather stay at home reading a book. However the side of me that wants to share stories and characters I care about can only be expressed when I’m acting. It takes a certain amount of courage to be an actor, I’m glad I can find that courage when I need it!


11. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? If I chose to have a super power it would probably be flying. The thought of defying gravity and being able to soar among the clouds is very appealing. On a practical level, being able to fly would help navigate around Los Angeles traffic.

12. If you could be any original flavor lifesaver, which flavor would you be? The one flavored Lifesaver I’ve always loved is, CHERRY. The taste and the color outshines all others.

13. How do you want to be remembered? Other than wanting to be remembered as a kind and decent human being, I’d like to be remembered as an actor’s actor. Someone who my peers thought was talented and brought honor to the craft of acting.

Gregg DanielMore on Gregg:

Actor/Director Gregg T. Daniel returns for the final season of HBO’s True Blood as the wise and sympathetic Reverend Daniels, marking his character’s fourth season on the Emmy winning series. With over 100 credits in film and television, Gregg’s roles span the spectrum from comedy (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Weeds) to drama (The West Wing, Castle, Desperate Housewives) to procedurals (NCIS), science fiction (Star Trek: Voyager) and children’s shows (Austin & Ally, Kickin’ It). Big screen credits include Spiderman 3, Hancock, Mars Attacks, Evan Almighty, Pump Up The Volume, and White Men Can’t Jump.

An accomplished theatre director, Gregg is the Artistic Director of the Los Angeles-based Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble, and was nominated for a 2013 NAACP Image Award for helming the Los Angeles production of Kwame Kwei-Armah’s Elmina’s Kitchen, which also won the NAACP Award for Best Ensemble for 2103. Prior to that, his stage direction included 2009’s acclaimed production of Tom Stoppard’s Heroes, Sybyl Walker’s Beneath Rippling Waters, Lee Blessing’s Cobb, and Frank McGuinness’s Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me. Gregg also directed the world premiere of solo performance artist Joyce Guy’s War Stories at the Los Angeles Theatre Center and at St. Mark’s Church in New York. For Theatre 150 in Ojai, California, he directed Athol Fugards’ Sizwe Bansi, Diana Son’s Stop Kiss, and the 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner, I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright.

A trained theatre actor from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Gregg's previous stage acting credits include the Williamstown Theatre Festival (Back Country Crimes, Gogol), The Mark Taper Forum (Joe Turner’s Come and Gone), the Pasadena Playhouse (Jitney), Actors Theatre of Louisville (Master Harold), Hartford Stage Company (Peer Gynt), and South Coast Repertory (Fences, Death Of A Salesman).

A native of Brooklyn, NY, Gregg Daniel resides with his family in Los Angeles.


Call Answered: James Barry: SMASHED: The Carrie Nation Story 2014 NYC Fringe Festival

James Barry"Call Me Adam" chats with composer James Barry about writing the music for SMASHED: The Carrie Nation Story which will be in the 2014 NYC International Fringe Festival from August 9-15 at The Celebration of Whimsy (21 Clinton Street, between Houston and Stanton). Click here for tickets!

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1. From August 9-15, SMASHED: The Carrie Nation Story will be playing in the NYC International Fringe Festival. What made you want to compose the music for this show? SMASHED wasn’t written specifically for the Fringe Festival. We applied, and were accepted into the festival. The show was written for the local Brooklyn dive bar opera company Opera On Tap. Its formal premiere was at the HERE Arts Center in April 2013, and we brought an immersive version of the show to Freddy’s Bar in Park Slope in November 2013. I had the idea for an opera about Carrie Nation, a drunken opera of sorts, and thought it would be the perfect marriage of art and mission for Opera On Tap and the perfect leading lady role. So I pitched the idea to Anne Hiatt, the general managing diva of Opera On Tap at a beer hall. She said, "Carrie Nation? I wrote a report about her in high school. Let’s do it!"

2. How did you and Timothy Braun come to work together? Tim is a close friend of Anne Hiatt’s, husband Chris. I’d never met Tim before. He sent a few samples of his writing. I immediately related to his style, his humor. So we moved forward on the project. And, as luck has it, turns out we have a damn good working relationship. His stroke of genius was to consider the book for the show an "exquisite corpse." This gave all of us involved the flexibility we needed to mold and shape the show.

"SMASHED: The Carrie Nation Story" at Here 20133. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? That this opera is fun. They enjoyed themselves, laughed, and experienced a show that was unlike what they thought they might see at "the opera."

4. How do you feel the Fringe Festival will help nurture this show in a way another festival might not? Not to sound cliché or presumptuous, but this show sits at the border of opera. When it’s been included on opera showcases that feature contemporary opera, it sticks out like a sore thumb. In a good or bad way, is up to the individual. But for me, it feels out of place because of the subject matter and the music is quite accessible. The spirit of Fringe Festival feels more inclusive. I’m looking forward to experiencing the show in this community of creativity.

"SMASHED: The Carrie Nation Story" at Here 20135. What excites about working with this cast? This cast is AMAZING!!! I saw Krista Wozniak, our Carrie Nation, in a production several years ago. So I asked for her specifically – I wanted her beautiful voice, her musicianship, her comic acting. David Schmidt, our new male lead, was involved in a workshop scene early on, and he is the perfect voice for this role. Huge, powerful, and his comic acting and dancing for a man standing 6’5” is something to see. Lynn Berg our narrator; he owns the show every night! He’s infectious, and his improvisational skills are unreal. The show has two choirs: Seth Gilman, Patricia Vital and Evan McCormick are the Uncle Jimmy’s Liquid Courage Brigade & the Carrie Nation All-Stars are Christiana Little, Cameron Russell, and Jocelyne O’Toole. All of these individuals are so talented, stars in their own right, and bring so much to this opera. Our director, Jenny Lee Mitchell is beyond amazing and inspirational with her vision. The assistant director Daniela Hart is equally awesome, and is the designer of our ridiculously awesome sound cues. Mila Henry, our music director, who has been with us from day one, is a godsend. And we have a red hot band in Ezra Gale, Harvey Valdes and Adam Feldman. Ramona Ponce and Chris Weston are back with us again providing superb costuming/props and lighting that create the stage for this show. All of this is supported behind the scenes by the fabulous Anne Hiatt, Sara Noble, and Gabbi Coenen. Speaking for myself, every night I leave rehearsal in awe about what has happened in the room, what I’ve learned, how lucky I feel to be surrounded by these folks.

"SMASHED: The Carrie Nation Story" at Here 20136. Who or what inspired you to become a composer? I might have been hardwired to write music. When I was a kid, I found a guitar in my parents closet while they were out one night. I opened up the case, pulled the guitar out, and wrote a little song, "Chickens in the Yard." Ever since that day I’ve needed to write music. That said, I give all credit to me being a "composer" to Jim Lewis, my first composition teacher. I bumped into him one summer while trying to register for Fall classes and he told me, you should be a composer because the composing writing exercises you did for my class last semester were very good. I didn’t even know being a composer was a thing. In all seriousness, this random occurrence changed the course of my life.

7. What's the best advice you've ever received? I’d say the best advice I’ve ever received was actually criticism. After a performance at a music festival, a local university professor made his way to me, introduced himself, and said: "this piece – the audience must have enjoyed it." It was certainly meant to be rude. But in an instance I realized I had really offended this man with my music. And that made me happy. So from that day forward, I’ve always written the music in my heart, that an audience would hopefully enjoy.

"SMASHED: The Carrie Nation Story" at Here 20138. What have you learned about yourself from being a composer? You have to have confidence and believe in yourself. And you have to have thick enough skin to know not everyone will like what you do. Sometimes that hurts. Learn from that. You don’t have to accept all criticism as "you" failed. That negative comment might be the thing you aspire to do.

9. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Could I choose them all???

10. If you could be any original lifesaver flavor, which one would you be? If memory serves me, LifeSavers used to give me a headache when I was a kid. So I’m pretty sure I would have preferred the cherry, and found a way to "drop" or throw out the other flavors. Who am I kidding, I likely spit the cherry one out too. HA!


11. How do you want to be remembered? I could die any day I suppose. :) I’m too modest to answer a question like this. Though I’m sure I could point you in the direction of a composer or two who might provide you with volume 1 & 2 of their answer to this!!!

James Barry, Photo Credit: Isabelle ShelbyMore on James:

The music of New York City based composer, James Barry has been described as "immediately engaging and distinctly American," "an emotional roller coaster," "truly moving," and, well, "quirky." A recipient of the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters his opera, orchestra, ballet, dance, theater, and chamber music scores are heard across the US each season. James has been the recipient of numerous awards, prizes, and commissions: ASCAP, Meet The Composer, American Music Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Dayton Ballet’s New Music for New Dance, Opera On Tap, Holyoke Civic Symphony, the Chicago Ensemble, Auros Group for New Music, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s Fresh Ink, the SCI/ASCAP Student Composition Commission, The Commission Project, CASE Arts Group, Xoregos Performing Company, and CelloSpeak among others. Over the past few seasons James’ music has been premiered and performed by numerous groups and organizations: FringeNYC Festival, OPERAtion Brooklyn, OPERA ELVIS: A Lament for the King, Opera Grows in Brooklyn, Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Sacramento Youth Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony Youth Orchestra, Tennessee Tech University Orchestra, Northeastern University Concert Band, Florida State University Symphonic Band, Kutztown University Concert Band, Society for New Music, Sirius String Quartet, Esterhazy Quartet, Opera on Tap’s New Brew Series, Reizen Ensemble, Le Nuove Musiche, Forecast Music, Iktus Percussion Quartet, Brandon High School Orchestra, Heartland Community Flute Choir, Make Music New York Festival, North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, National Flute Association National Conference, and the College Music Society National Conference.


Call Answered: Facetime Interview at 54 Below with Nellie McKay: A Girl Named Bill: The Life and Times of Billy Tipton

"Call Me Adam" went live on location to 54 Below to sit down with singer, songwriter, and Theatre World Award winner Nellie McKay about her new show at 54 Below A Girl Named Bill: The Life and Times of Billy Tipton, playing August 5-9 (254 West 54th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Click here for tickets!

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Interview with Nellie McKay at 54 Below:


Nellie McKayMore on Nellie:

Nellie McKay has won a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of "Polly Peachum" in the Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera and performed onscreen in the film PS I Love You, as well as writing original music for the Rob Reiner film Rumor Has It and contributing to the New York Times Book Review. Her music has also been heard on the TV shows Weeds, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, Privileged and Nurse Jackie. She has appeared on numerous TV shows including Late Show with David Letterman (with the Brooklyn Philharmonic), The View, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Live with Regis & Kelly and CBS Saturday Morning. In 2010, the Chase Brock Experience produced a ballet of her third album, Obligatory Villagers, while Nellie recently finished contributing to the soundtrack for the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Home Sweet Mobile Home is McKay’s latest album of all-original material and features the musical wanderlust, lyrical playfulness and unique point of view that has characterized her music since her breakthrough debut Get Away From Me.

A recipient of The Humane Society’s Doris Day Music Award in recognition of her dedication to animal rights, Nellie is known as an outspoken and fierce advocate for feminism, civil rights and other deeply felt progressive ideals.

This spring, Nellie premiered her latest project, "I Want to Live!" the "brilliant, zany film-noir musical biography" (New York Times) of Barbara Graham, the third woman to die in the gas chamber at San Quentin, "McKay’s virtually unlimited gifts as a singer, songwriter, actress, pianist, ukulele player, mimic, satirist and comedian into a show that is much deeper than its surface might suggest…In the most lighthearted way they evoke a heartless environment of social injustice in which people who fall through the cracks are invisible to everyone else" (New York Times).


Call Answered: Factime Interview with Tony Nominee Malcolm Gets: Come A Little Closer at 54 Below

"Call Me Adam" went live on location to 54 Below in NYC to interview Tony Nominee Malcolm Gets about his upcoming show Come A Little Closer at 54 Below on Sunday, July 27 at 7pm (254 West 54th Street, between Broadway & 8th Avenue). Click here for tickets!




Interview with Malcom Gets at 54 Below: