Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Checkers: good & bad News

Vineyard Theatre Cancels CHECKERS Until Further Notice

Due to extensive power outages in downtown Manhattan as a result of the hurricane, Vineyard Theatre (108 E. 15 St. in Union Square) is cancelling performances of its world-premiere production of CHECKERS until further notice, starting this evening, Tuesday, October 30.
Originally set to open on Wednesday, October 31, the production's new opening date will be announced along with the resumption of performances.
According to Jennifer Garvey-Blackwell, The Vineyard's Executive Producer, "Along with countless other New Yorkers, we are assessing the aftermath of the storm and working with colleagues in the neighborhood to determine when power will be restored and when performances can resume on our stage. We appreciate everyone's resilience and understanding under these exceptional circumstances."

The Vineyard Announces CHECKERS Extension Through 12/2

Vineyard Theatre announced today the extension of the world premiere of CHECKERS, a play by Academy Award nominated writer Douglas McGrath (Bullets Over Broadway), directed by Terry Kinney (Reasons To Be Pretty, After Ashley), through Sunday, December 2.
Now scheduled through December 2nd, CHECKERS performs Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m.
The week of Thanksgiving (November 19 – November 25) CHECKERS will perform Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. There are no performances on Monday, November 19 or Thursday, November 22.
Tickets are $20-$75 (Premium tickets are $100) and can be purchased by calling The Vineyard box office at 212-353-0303 or online at Rush tickets are available for $20 two hours prior to curtain on the day of the performance, based on availability, cash only, limit two per person.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

100 Drabble - Halloween/costumes/masks

Title: Wild Storm
Prompt: Halloween/costumes/masks
Flavor: Criminal Intent + SVU info
Characters: Alexandra Eames + Robert Goren
Rating: K+
Word Count: 107
A/N 2: References to Masquerade, dating firefighters and Hurricane Sandy
A/N 2: With beta help of gorengal.

Little Girl in the Dryer, or Seducing Relatives. Bobby stared down the title of chapter seventeen. He didn’t like it, but couldn’t come up with something better yet. The tall man stretched his arms and rotated his shoulders, he needed a break. As he walked into the kitchen to get coffee, Bobby heard a soft knock on the cabin door.

There was Eames, the wild storm dancing around her.

“Alex? Come in!”

Bobby peeked over her shoulder. The sea gnawed angrily at the coast.

“He wasn’t the right one,” Alex whispered, dropping her coat. She sneaked into her partner’s warm and safe
embrace. “You always will be.”

Stage Photos of Checkers

Vineyard Theater published a few on stage photos of Checkers at their Picasa photo page. Click on the link for all 19 photos but enjoy here the one with Kathryn.

Wow, what a cool wig and I adore her dresses. I would love to see The Nixons on stage.

P.S. yesterday I caught a Vineyard tweet that the tonight (Oct. 30th) performance will be canceled because of Hurricane Sandy. I hope that New York is back to normal on Wednesday. There will be the big Opening Night of the play.

Monday, October 29, 2012

“My Fellow Americans . . .”

By James Fallows
Photograph by Eric Ogden
Source: Vanity Fair

From left: Checkers writer Douglas McGrath, cast members Anthony LaPaglia and Kathryn Erbe, and director Terry Kinney pose with the stand-in for Nixon’s beloved cocker spaniel. Photographed in New York City.

The central sacrament of 19th-century American politics was the rousing Independence Day oration. For our time, it’s the direct-to-camera televised plea by a politician in a bind. He has gotten into trouble—it’s always “he”—because of the leaked bank records, or the surveillance video gone viral, or the sexual partner who has decided to talk. As long as he thinks he might beat the rap, he takes the tone of outraged innocence so memorably associated with Bill Clinton (“I did not have sexual relations with that woman!”). Once he knows he’s been caught, he throws himself on the mercy of an understanding public. He is racked by guilt; he knows that what he did was so very wrong; and—while he wouldn’t dream of making excuses—the truth is he paid too much attention to the public’s well-being and too little to his own. Ideally his wife shares the camera time; better still if she looks hurt but not disgusted.
Sometimes the ritual leads to a second act in politics (Bill Clinton, Barney Frank) and sometimes not (John Edwards, Larry Craig). Sometimes it’s takes a while to tell (Eliot Spitzer, Anthony Weiner). All are following a trail blazed 60 years ago by Richard Nixon—the subject of a new play, Checkers, by Douglas McGrath, opening October 31 at Manhattan’s Vineyard Theatre.
Senator Nixon in 1952 was an ambitious young pol, the Dan Quayle or Paul Ryan of the time—the first of his generation with a shot at national office as a G.O.P. vice-presidential nominee. Between him and that prospect stood a fund-raising scandal that broke only six weeks before Election Day. Dwight D. Eisenhower, at the top of the ticket, kept a studied distance and left Nixon to defend himself—as he did, in a mawkishly self-pitying but effective performance that included his wife, Pat, and became known as the “Checkers” speech because of Nixon’s reference to criticism even of Checkers, the family’s dog (which had been a gift from a supporter).
Checkers is directed by Terry Kinney, a Steppenwolf Theater co-founder, and stars Anthony LaPaglia as Richard Nixon and Kathryn Erbe as Pat. The relationship between the Nixons—as powerful and complex as that between the Reagans, the Carters, and the Clintons—is the emotional center of the play. To any White House speechwriter (as I once was), the Checkers episode also resonates for another reason: it was the moment modern televised politics began.

OMG, I LOVE the photo. Kathryn looks amazing. I need MORE photo shootings with this woman!

Please check the Vineyard Theater twitter account when you have tickets for tomorrow or Wednesday. Maybe Sandy will quit your stage date with Kathryn.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Checkers Update

You can read a great article about the place here at tdf Stages.

Also go to Blanca's blog and read the awesome report about her Sunday matinee visit. She also added two pictures of Kathryn after the show.

Halloween will be the Opening Night of Checkers. I assume then will pop up more articles and critique. can't wait to read them all.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

More Press for Kathryn


Guest Star Kathryn Erbe Talks SVU.

102.9 DRC-FM KATHRYN ERBE tells Jerry Kristafer that "Lt Eames" is now with Homeland Security and teaming up with "Law & Order: SVU".

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Buzzcast

I love how much press Kathryn is getting lately. Follow @BuzzWorthyRadio on twitter to get the interview.

Listen to the phone interview here at the buzzcast postcast.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Kathryn at NBC Today

TODAY | Aired on October 14, 2012 
‘Law & Order’ star Kathryn Erbe: ‘I miss Eames’
Fans of “Law & Order” will be welcoming back a familiar face in this week’s episode. Kathryn Erbe will guest star, bringing back the character she played for over a decade on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

OMG, Kathryn all alone (with her sister) at NBC Today. I love the interview, I love her hair and outfit and yes, I miss Alex as well.

Soon, so soon

Watch the promo trailer of Acceptable Loss and Sneak Peak.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Checkers Tonight

Remember tonight Vineyard Theater will start to play Checkers with Kathryn Erbe and Anthony LaPaglia as the Nixons.

Here two new articles published at

Monday, October 8, 2012

Buy your own Mother's House

Just go to amazon and buy or rent the awesome Short Movie with Kathryn Erbe.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

I can't wait any longer

All Things Law & Order published the Advance Photos of Acceptable Loss.

Photos by: Michael Parmelee/NBC © NBCUniversal, Inc.

Please also go again to Blanca's Blog. She added even more amazing photos of Kathryn at the SVU set.

Friday, October 5, 2012

October 17th: Acceptable Loss

With Captain Cragen (Dann Florek) back in the precinct, the SVU squad is in full force and working to expose a sex trafficking operation that enslaves young women. The detectives are on the verge of cracking the case when their efforts are halted by Lieutenant Alexandra Eames (guest star Erbe), forcing Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) to get creative with the investigation. Also starring Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Danny Pino (Detective Nick Amaro) and Kelli Giddish (Detective Amanda Rollins.)

Blanca of Vincent and the Mystic Pizza Box reported about her on set meeting with Kathryn. Read it here and enjoy more photos.

Monday, October 1, 2012

100 Drabble - Undercover

Title: Rehabilitate
Prompt: Undercover 
Flavor: Criminal Intent + SVU info
Characters: Robert Goren + Danny Ross
Rating: K+
Word Count: 98
A/N 1: With beta help of gorengal.



"So you're a US Marshal now?"


"And they gave you my case?"

"They did," Bobby nodded, and took the chair in front of Ross. For a brief second an image with the same setting flared up. But the last time Bobby was undercover and Danny his contact.


"Terrorism task force at Homeland."

"So you separated?"

"Not really," Bobby shrugged, touching the ring at his left hand.

"Oh," Danny's eyes snapped open. "Congratulations."

"Thank you." It was hard for Bobby to control his gleaming face. But they needed to concentrate to rehabilitate the 'dead' man.