Amy’s Horse - Episode Three
Walmart Comes To Our Town by Mort Milder & Fly Home In My Dreams by Jason Furlani


First up, Walmart Comes To Our Town by Mort Milder. A hilarious retelling of Thornton Wilder’s classic 1938 tale, with David Manis, Brian O’Neill, Wally Dunn, Joe Boover, Andrea Lynn Green, and Tracy Sallows.

During the recording session, Mort popped up on the video chat with a ladder displayed prominently in the background, a staple of the scenic design for most productions of Our Town. Mort said it was just a coincidence as he had been hanging some pictures. Sure!

Our Floor Manager, David Manis, on his night off from his Broadway show, weighed in with this recording session selfie.

Wally Dunn, who plays Doc Gibbs, sent this selfie during the recording session. Eagle-eyed Amy’s Horsers will note that Wally’s recording from him bathroom! Now that’s commitment.

This was the largest cast Amy’s Horse production to date, with a total of eight people recording live from Vermont, New York, and Florida!

Our second play is Fly Home In My Dreams, a touching drama by Jason Furlani. Dena Tyler and Margaret Ladd play mother and daughter in a performance which left many in the session in tears.

But it wasn’t all sad… Dena sent in this stylish selfie from the session!

Episode Three Extras!
What Joe Boover’s really up to in Florida, plus refrigeration tips for Amy’s Horse!


MORT MILDER

Mort is the author of Walmart Comes To Our Town.

Mort Milder is a speechwriter, creative director and copywriter for diverse clients including IBM, Nick@Nite/TVLand (Gold Mark Award winner), Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals, DestiNY USA, Apple Computer and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection.  He has taught Presentation Skills at Columbia University and Princeton University, and he currently works with the digital marketing mavens at DXAgency, in Edgewater, NJ.

In addition to his career as a corporate shill, Mort was a regular performer in the weekly off-Broadway comedy revue, The Rumble in the Red Room and a reader of his own short stories at Rough & Ready. He spent a season touring with John Houseman’s The Acting Company.

Mort is a member of the Dramatists Guild, and his play, Book Club, was selected for the 2012 Red Eye New Play Festival.
 
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JASON FURLANI

Jason is the author of Fly Home In My Dreams.

His plays have been performed in numerous venues in NY, LA and beyond. As a Playwright in Residence, with Barefoot Theatre Company, Jason was proud to see his full length plays A LONG HARD RAIN, and FAMILY TREES, presented as part of Barefoot's bareNaked Los Angeles Reading Series. Prior to his tenure with Barefoot, Jason was in residence with the Blue Collar Theater Company, who staged productions of his full-length comedy, THE BIG VIG, at the Bank Street Theatre, and, his full-length play LEADED at the West End Theatre, as well as, his ten minute play SUSAN IS A PINHEAD, which had its debut as part of the Blue Collar “Shorts” Festival. Other companies/stages that have featured Jason's work include: Zena Group, the Kraine Theatre, and The 42nd Street Workshop. Jason's one act ROCKET'S RED GLARE, was featured in the Subversive Theatre's 2012 Subversive Shorts Festival in Buffalo, NY. His most recent completed full-length work, THE CLEAR BLUE SKY, was developed as part of his membership in the Actors Studio Playwright/Director's Workshop (Carlin Glynn, Director.)

Jason's original screenplay, FLOATING SUNFLOWERS, starring Anna Chlumsky and Lynn Cohen, was produced by Barefoot Studio Pictures and has screened at numerous film festivals including: Nashville (TN), Newport Beach (CA), Long Beach Island (NJ), HollyShorts Film Festival (CA), and World-Fest Houston (TX) where it was awarded a Remi Award for comedy. Jason is represented by Agency for the Performing Arts and Zero Gravity Management.
 
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DAVID MANIS

David plays the Floor Manager in Mort Milder’s, Walmart Comes To Our Town.

Broadway: War Horse, Exit The King, The Coast Of Utopia, The Rivals, Henry IV, Morning's At Seven, Arcadia, Abe Lincoln In Illinois. Off-Broadway: NYSF Shakespeare In The Park, Our Town. International: Okichi, Misonoza Theater, Japan. Regional: the Guthrie, the Mark Taper, the Old Globe, Actors Theater Of Louisville, Williamstown, Center Stage, NY Shakespeare Festival, the Shakespeare Theater in D.C., The Acting Company, and many others. TV includes “Onion News,” “Monk,” “Frasier,” “King Of Queens,” and a telekinetic weatherman on “The X-Files.”
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BRIAN O'NEILL

Brian is the New York based producer of Amy’s Horse. He plays Editor Webb and Simon Stinson in Mort Milder’s, Walmart Comes To Our Town.

He is a long time resident of New York city where he has worked continually in all aspects of the entertainment industry as a writer, actor, director musician and filmmaker for over twenty-five years. He currently serves on the faculty of The New York Film Academy as an acting instructor where he teaches multiple disciplines including Acting Technique, Acting For Film, Audition Technique and Scene Study. He is a member of the Actors Studio Playwrights and Directors Workshop.

His first full-length play, GRASS ISLAND, was a 2004 recipient of the Julie Harris National Playwrighting Award, and has received readings at the Actors Studio in New York City, directed by James Naughton and featuring Ellen Burstyn and Marcia Gay Harden, and at The Berkshire Theatre Festival as part of their formal Friday Reading Series. His play, TO SEE THEM SAY, was recently selected as a 2012 O’Neill Summer Theatre Conference semi-finalist. In the Spring of 2013 his short screenplay THE RENOVATION received Honorable Mention at the California International Shorts Festival and his latest script, VIVA, RADILLA, received the Best Short Screenplay Award at the 2013 Woods Hole Film Festival, and was recently named as a finalist in the New Hope Film Festival’s 2014 screenplay competition.

As an actor, his theater roles include stints at Yale Rep, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, North Carolina Shakespeare, The Flea Theater, and many others He has appeared in guest and co-starring star roles in television shows such as “Law and Order,” “The Sopranos”, “ The Corner (Emmy Award Best Mini – Series) “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “The Jury,” “Damages”, “,” Person of Interest”, and “Unforgettable”, “The Following”, “Elementary”, “666 Park Avenue”; Believe”, and in several feature films including “The Lost Words”, “Laws Of Attraction” (with Julianne Moore), “Brooklyn Rules” (with Alec Baldwin), “Chapter 27” , “The Bourne Legacy”, and The Coen Brothers “Burn After Reading”, and the upcoming “East Of Acadia”.

Brian’s feature film directorial debut, “H.O.L.E. – The Disillusionment of Mike & Eva,” which he wrote and produced, has received awards at the New York Independent Film & Video Festival, the Berkeley Video & Film Festival, and the Bare Bones International Film and Video festival.

Brian has, with his long-time collaborator Skipp Sudduth, recorded two albums of original folk-rock music for their acoustic ensemble MINUS TED. His solo CD FREE WORLD was recently released and available for download at iTunes, CD Baby and E Music.

You may also find him online as part of the Onion News Network where he guest hosts the much-admired series In The Know.

www.brianhughoneill.com
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WALLY DUNN

Wally plays Doc Gibbs in Mort Milder’s, Walmart Comes To Our Town.

His Broadway credits include Spamalot, Gypsy (with Bernadette Peters), One Mo’ Time and Master Class. Off-Broadway: The Iceman Cometh at BAM, A Flea In Her Ear at The Roundabout, The Comedy of Errors at Theatre for a New Audience and True History and Real Adventures at The Vineyard. Additionally, Mr. Dunn performed in the national tours of Broadway’s West Side Story, Spamalot, All Shook Up and Master Class. His regional credits include The Fabulous Lipitones at Goodspeed; November at Hangar Theatre; Of Thee I Sing at Papermill Playhouse; Inspecting Carol at Pittsburgh Public and The Misanthrope at McCarter Theatre.

Some of his film and TV credits include School of Rock; In & Out; In Dreams; The Good Shepard and Herman, USA; The Knick, The Carrie Diaries; 30 Rock; The Big C; Law & Order and Law & Order SVU.
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JOE BOOVER

Joe plays George Gibbs in Mort Milder’s, Walmart Comes To Our Town.

He is an actor, singer and songwriter based in NYC who believes projects like Amy's Horse are what dreams are made of.

Most recent NYC credits include A La Carte a feast of new plays at the Workshop Theatre Company in two shorts, The Cook and the Soldier by Allan Knee and Popcorn by Scott C. Sickles. Joe was also in The Doormen a comedic musical play which received critical acclaim that he co-wrote and co-starred in with Victor Verhaeghe (Boardwalk Empire). He also has appeared on regional stages in Plaid Tidings, Little Women, Godspell, Annie Get Your Gun, and You're a Good Man Charlie Brown.

Joe is currently employed by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as a singer cruising around Italy and South America! Pretty cool! You can find some of Joe's music via his website, joeboover.com

He seldom wears pants.
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ANDREA LYNN GREEN

Andrea plays Emily Webb in Mort Milder’s, Walmart Comes To Our Town.

Andrea is thrilled to be making her Amy’s Horse debut! Notable New York Theatre credits include Harrison, TX: Three Plays by Horton Foote (Primary Stages), Rocket Science (Playwrights Horizons), Giant (workshop with The Public Theater), (Un)real (The Gene Frankel Theatre), and Jubilee (Theater For The New City). Regional theatre credits include The Glass Menagerie (Weston/Gulfshore Playhouse), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Hartford Stage), Giant (Dallas Theater Center), Anne and Emmett (Ford’s Theater/Atlas PAC), and Lucy (Delaware Theatre Company). Andrea can be seen often in Gingold Theatrical Group’s Project Shaw reading series reading various roles in the plays of George Bernard Shaw.

T.V/Film: Elementary, The Carrie Diaries, Daughter of God, and Future 38.

Andrea holds a B.A in Theatre Arts Performance from SUNY New Paltz, with minors in Eastern European & Russian Studies/International Relations.

andreagreen.biz

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TRACY SALLOWS

Tracy plays the roles of Louella Soames and Mrs. Gibbs in Mort Milder’s, Walmart Comes To Our Town.

Tracy recently played "Bobo MacDonald", the Scottish nanny, in THE AUDIENCE with Helen Mirren on Broadway earlier this season. Last season, Tracy played "Lady Montague" in ROMEO AND JULIET with Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad. Prior to that she was seen as "Mrs. Kathryn Bader" in HBO's Boardwalk Empire.

Tracy has an extensive voice-over career and numerous New York and Regional Theatre credits. She is a Law & Order "repeat offender" to the 7th degree.

Tracy is a member of the BMI/Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop where she wrote the book, music and lyrics for her full length new musical, CURIOUS & RARE, which was awarded a Manhattan Musical Theatre Lab Staged Reading, a BMI Master Class with Stephen Schwartz, and an Anna Sosenko Trust Fund Grant in 2014.

Tracy began writing and performing sketch comedy and comedic songs for NYC's The Rumble in the RedRoom in 1996, (where she met Brian O'Neill and Chris Flockton), and she hasn't shaken the habit yet.

www.tracysallows.com

 
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DENA TYLER

Dena plays the role of Rosalie in Jason Furlani’s, Fly Home In My Dreams.

She is delighted to have had the chance to contribute to the wonderful world of Amy's Horse! 

Favorite theatre credits include THE CHERRY ORCHARD (Charlotta) opposite Ellen Burstyn & THE PAVILION (Kari) at MST. Television includes: Orange is the New Black, LOUIE, Blue Bloods, Unforgettable, 30 ROCK, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

She has degrees in Neuroscience and Dramatic Arts from the University of Rochester and is a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio.

denatyler.com

 
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MARGARET LADD

Margaret plays the roles of Delores in Jason Furlani’s, Fly Home In My Dreams.

Margaret made her professional stage debut at the Williamstown Summer Theater where she played Kathleen the Irish Maid in Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” with Olympia Dukakis. And Cordelia in “ King Lear.” From there she made her New York in Mike Nichols Off-Broadway production of “The Knack” followed by “The Great Indoors” on Broadway with ‘Geraldine Page and then several other Broadway productions including “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.” Starring Zoe Caldwell.

In film Margaret appeared in Robert Altman’s “A Wedding;” Peter Yates’ “The Friends of Eddie Coyle” with Robert Mitchum; Lindsay Anderson’s “The Whales of August” starring Bette Davis and Lillian Gish. (Margaret played Bette’s role as a younger woman).

On Television she has portrayed many roles, and is probably best known for a nine-year stint as Emma on “Falcon Crest” for which she won the award for best Comedic Relief in a Dramatic Series. This past year Margaret appeared as Malcolm McDowell’s wife Claire in the Amazon series “Mozart in the Jungle.”
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CHRIS FLOCKTON

Chris is the host and executive producer of Amy’s Horse.

On stage, he has appeared in roles both serious and comedic at regional theatres around the country, and off-Broadway. In addition, Chris has appeared in several TV pilots and featured roles in film and TV, including Law & Order SVU and The Guiding Light.

Chris was a member of New York's acclaimed Rumble in the RedRoom sketch comedy ensemble for 4 years, and later wrote and performed with his own sketch comedy group, The Belgian Summers.

He has appeared in dozens of TV commercials including spots for Diet Coke, Range Rover, IBM, HSBC, The Wall Street Journal, and Pilot Pens.

As a voiceover talent he has provided the voice for countless TV and radio spots, and is a regular promo voice for cable networks including BBC America and ESPN.

Since 2003 Chris has been the narrator and personality behind VH1's top-rated show, The Fabulous Life. The Fab Life takes a fast-paced, and decidedly tongue in cheek look at celebrities, their excessive lifestyles, fashions and more.

A new season premiered in March 2014 on VH1. The entire catalogue of 120 shows is broadcast in over 30 countries.

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ROLANDO GORI

Rolando composed the all original music for Amy’s Horse.

New York City-based composer, pianist and producer Rolando Gori was born in Rome and raised in Canada. He began making music at an early age, improvising melodies on his toy electric organ to keep his mother company as she did her chores. His childhood home was saturated with both classical and popular Italian music, and he would soon become smitten with the Anglo-American pop-rock of bands like Depeche Mode, The Cure and New Order. His earliest musical education came at the age of 10 when he discovered the full range of the piano and taught himself popular songs off the radio.

At 17, Rolando enrolled at the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) where he studied under renowned pianist Earle Moss and immersed himself in the music of Chopin and Beethoven. At Concordia University (Montreal) he learned composition from Alan Crossman, and continued piano studies with Linda Friedland. His formal education was classical, yet he continued to be strongly influenced by the 20th Century art music of Stravinsky and Britten, as well as more popular music artists, such as Radiohead and Beck.

In Montreal, Rolando met renowned director Robert Verenieks and began composing professionally for the West Side Players Theater productions, discovering his passion for dramatic music. His first serious foray into the world of cinematic music was for a United Nations documentary by director Francis Mead, about the 2003 attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad. In 2009, Rolando met director Mark Cabaroy and worked with him for several years, scoring his independent short films. Mark's eclectic film ouvre allowed Rolando to try his hand at several styles of film music, including comedies and suspense dramas. Through Cabaroy, Rolando met producer Edward Washington, who facilitated a successful introduction to Roy T. Anderson in the Spring of 2011 when Rolando was hired to write the orchestrally rich score to Akwantu, a critically acclaimed documentary about the Jamaican Marroons. More recently, Rolando has rekindled his joy in writing music for theatrical productions, working closely with director Monica Hoyt and the writing team of Michael K. White and Dianna Stark. He is currently producing new albums with award-winning songwriter Spencer Chandler, as well as the inimitable cabaret powerhouse Carolyn Montgomery-Forant.

Rolando received his BFA in Composition & Theory with honors from Concordia. His music has been heard in feature films, documentaries and narrative shorts, as well as in live performances by chamber ensembles, theater companies and dance troupes throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Alongside his wife, Heidi Siegell, he runs MUSA212, producing independent musicians at their project studio in Hell's Kitchen.
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JOHN BEACH

John Beach is our Announcer, and also Senior Vice President in Charge of Jingles.

He lives in a delightful sound-proof shack in Chappaqua, New York. Surrounded by deer.
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SPECIAL THANKS

Car horn sound by inchadney at freesound.org
Room tone sound by klankbeeld at freesound.org
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