Friday, October 10, 2014

News to Long Day's Journey

Long Day's Journey

First Person Arts

Presented by Outside the Wire

DATE Saturday, Nov. 15
TIME Doors at 6PM, Show at 7PM
LOCATION Christ Church Sanctuary
COST FREE (Register at the "Buy" link above)

Kathryn Erbe (Law and Order: Criminal Intent), Zach Grenier (The Good Wife), and Alex Morf (The Good Wife, Broadway) star in a dramatic reading of Act III of Eugene O’Neill’s semi-autobiographical masterpiece, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, which presents a bold and intimate portrait of a family struggling under the weight of addiction.

The reading is followed by an invitation for audience members and a small panel of individuals touched by issues addressed in the play to share their personal stories. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Last Week Tonight: Civil Forfeiture

I love Kathryn so much. Watch the last 4 minutes of Last Week Tonight: Civil Forfeiture of October 6th. They got the Alex clothing very close. Gosh, I miss Criminal Intent.

This week’s topic on the brilliant Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is civil forfeiture, which “sounds like a Gwyneth Paltrow euphemism for divorce” but is actually the method by which law enforcement can seize people’s property without them being charged with a crime. As has become the expectation, Oliver provided a thorough overview of the situation. He particularly focused on the absurd concept that it’s not the people who are on trial but their stuff. All of this led him to conceive of a hilarious new television show: Law & OrderCivil Asset Forfeiture Unit. Starring real-life Law & Order alumni Jeff Goldblum, Robert John Burke, Kathryn Erbe, and John Fiore, the trailer featured such wonderful absurdities as Kathryn Erbe handcuffing a sofa and Jeff Goldblum playing bad cop while interrogating a pile of money.

Oliver also touched on the protests in Hong Kong (surprisingly polite!), the elections in Brazil (surprisingly crazy!), and the 2022 Winter Olympics (unsurprisingly unpopular!). Turns out, no one wants to host the Winter Olympics except for Kazakhstan and China, so Oliver decided to offer up the Last Week Tonight studio as another option. For some reason, they didn’t make that video available on YouTube (even though it featured the unicorn, the space gecko, and not one but two mini-fridges of Coca-Cola products) but if that changes, we’ll post it here.

In the meantime, here are some of Jeff Goldblum’s outtakes from Law & OrderCivil Asset Forfeiture Unit. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

No Beast So Fierce

Take a look, Kathryn's current movie project 'Kill for Me' got its IMDB page and a new title:

No Beast So Fierce

Kathryn plays Helen.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Kathryn at Rhode Island International Film Festival

Kathryn joined Michele Noble at Rhode Island International Film Festival to support the winner movie 'Journey 4 Artists'.

Celebrating the Resonant Spirit of Creativity through World Music
GRAND Prize: "The Newport Effect" - Beverly Penninger and Alyson Young, USA, 2013
Tied With: "Journey 4 Artists" - Michele Noble, USA, 2013 

Kathryn looks awesome and oh so tall ;o)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Dorset Theatre Festival hosts writers for new play series

Jippy, another chance to hear and see Kathryn Erbe reading 'Utterly Changed' at Dorset Theatre Festival.

By Rachel Fitterman, Berkshire Eagle - Posted: 08/05/2014 04:32:48 PM EDT at

Kathryn Erbe of ‘Law and Order’ and Kohl Sudduth perform in a reading of Nicole Burdette’s ‘Utterly Changed’ in Dorset Theatre Festival’s series supporting new plays. (Courtesy of Dorset Theatre Festival)

DORSET -- The Dorset Theatre Festival is famous for producing world premieres, despite its rural location. Many of those brand-new plays are not rushed over from Broadway -- they are cooked up in an old farmhouse on the theater grounds.

The Festival hosts writers' retreats as part of its New Play Development Program, allowing for a focused environment to work on a production. In the past five seasons of its New Play Reading Series, many playwrights have come to spend a week in Dorset.

"We bring the writer in with their director, and we put them all up in our farmhouse," DTF artistic director Dina Janis said. "They're in residence for several days working on the piece, and then they present as part of our series."

This summer, DTF has highlihted two new works -- Theresa Rebeck's "Zealot" and Nicole Burdette's "Utterly Changed" -- and will present a reading of Lucy Thurber and Matt Gould's musical "Dillingham City" at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9.

"I choose writers that I think are very deserving of support," Janis said. "'Dillingham City' is an interesting piece. [Thurber] writes about real working class folks. A lot of her plays are set in poor or economically deprived American storylines, and this play looks at a fictitious futuristic world as the economy as we know has collapsed."

"Dillingham City" -- whose details are still currently being perfected -- focuses on love, revolution and corporate greed in a land of independent city states.

Thurber said she drew from the idea of the classic Greek choruses that represent the average townsperson and often comment on the "one percent" upper class."I was interested in revolution, economic structure and looking from the bottom up [at class status]," she said.

"['Dillingham City'] is really about the world that we're in right now, and how it is changing in the economic fallout, and the impact that's having on us a culture," Janis added.

This political standpoint led to the play's evolution to include music.

"Because of the Greek choruses, as it went along, there were songs. That's when I realized I need a composer," Thurber explained.

Gould, whose music has been performed in a multitude of theatres nationwide, joined the effort to flesh out the fledgling songs.

Given its musical elements, Thurber describes the piece as a "hybrid."

"You could call it a musical or a play with music. It's not a traditional musical," she said.

Thurber had also included music in her critically acclaimed play, "Stay," which she said represented a departure from the naturalistic style she had used before.

"It's just become a different way of telling stories. ‘Dillingham City' is an interesting combination of natural and highly theatrical. It's not one or the other, although it has elements of both," she said.
Thurber's step in a new direction is exactly what the Festival hopes to promote, Janis said.

"It takes a lot of guts to do a premier," she said. "It isn't there for the name, and you're putting yourself on the line by committing to do it every year."

However, audiences have taken to the New Play Readings Series.

"I thought it would be secondary programming, but it has become very popular," she said. "The house was almost entirely sold out for ‘Zealot.'"

Regional theaters like Dorset are where plays get their "tryouts," Janis went on to explain. Because the economic pressure is much less than in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles, a place like Dorset "allows the play to get on its feet."

Although the new plays are still in the stages of development, they draw big-name talent. Actress Alfre Woodard ("12 Years A Slave" and TV's "True Blood") came in to read for "Zealot." For "Utterly Changed," Kathryn Erbe of "Law and Order" starred.

"We get a lot of well-known actors that are interested in coming [to DTF] because they have a chance to work on a new piece that they may develop a relationship with and work on in the future," Janis said. "We've been graced with tremendous actors. It's partly how we've built a lot of the community and talent that we have. It stems from first bringing in these writers."

If you go ...

What: The Dorset Theatre Festival's New Play Reading Series presents Lucy Thurber and Matt Gould's ‘Dillingham City'
When: 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9
Where: Dorset Theatre Festival, 104 Cheney Road, Dorset
Admission: $15
Information: (802) 867-2223 or

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Gritty city a fine site for thriller

can't pimp now too busy making movies

Moviemaker likes look of Amsterdam, plus county subsidy
By Amy Biancolli
Published 9:54 pm, Friday, August 1, 2014 at

"Kill for Me," an independent thriller tracking an ex-con's race to save his son, is filming in Amsterdam now through Aug. 10. 

According to producer Benjamin Bickham, the film is set in present-day New York state — though not Amsterdam specifically — and features a cast that includes television actor Bailey Chase of "Saving Grace" and film, stage and TV presence Dylan Baker of "Happiness," "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" and an Emmy-winning guest stint on "The Good Wife."

In "Kill for Me," Chase plays Charlie, who is at the tail end of a 20-year sentence. Baker plays Hank, a correction officer whose life Charlie saves during an altercation with another prisoner. On the day of Charlie's release, Bickham explained, the other inmate issues a threat. "He says, 'Don't you have a son on the outside?' And he says, 'Well, I have people on the outside, too.' And he says, 'You'd better find him first, or he's gonna be dead.'" After that, "It's basically a ticking clock. Gotta find him first." 

Written by Raymond Kwok, the film is being directed by Tim McCann, whom Bickham described as "a very dark, gritty, thriller-genre director." Among the other films the pair have worked on together is "The Aftermath," which follows an addict who risks his life trying to return a necklace to his estranged wife. 

On Thursday, the shooting was at Sweet's East End Repair at 196 West Main St. and Herk's Tavern at 65 Bridge St. The filmmakers chose to shoot in and around Amsterdam "for a couple reasons," Bickham said. For starters: Montgomery County offers an additional 10 percent tax credit for film productions beyond the state's 30 percent.

They also liked the older, grungier look of some of its buildings, he said. "Amsterdam has some great industrial sites, and, you know, you can spend millions of dollars trying to build things that look that way. And we're here, and they're free."

Aside from locations in Amsterdam, "Kill for Me" will also shoot scenes in Schenectady and Albany. The movie, budgeted at "just under half a million dollars," will likely spend from eight months to a year in post-production. The filmmakers are working on distribution plans, Bickham said. 


Fake Blood. Fake Tats. Real shaved head. It's getting goofy on the set of

Friday, August 1, 2014

Movie Filming In The Capital Region


Updated: Wednesday, July 30 2014, 11:56 PM EDT - CBS6 Albany

The shooting of a small-budget, independent film in Amsterdam is exoected to generate about $300,000 in economic activity, according to the film's producer.

The movie is called Kill For Me, and stars Bailey Chase in the lead role of a man who spends twenty years in prison then gets out to try to save his son, who had been threatened while his father was locked up. Written by Raymond Kwok, the filming takes advantage of some of Amsterdam's old factories and less-than-beautiful parts of the city. Kwok is also a producer on the project and said he wanted to make the film in New York, partly to take advantage of the state's tax credits offered to filmmakers.

The filming is about half finished. Producer Benjamin Brant Bickham, whose brother lives in Niskayuna, said it's not clear yet how nor when the movie might open, suggesting it might first be seen on the festival circuit. He said it's being made with a budget of about $500,000 and a crew of around forty.