Amy’s Horse - Episode Seven
But Siriously by Debra Victoroff & Hair and Makeup by Barton Aronson

First up, But Siriously by Debra Victoroff. Robert Petkoff joins us from New York, playing Bob, a man who is in sore need of some relationship advice. He turns to his phone and Siri, played by none other than the real life voice of Siri, Susan Bennett, joining us from Atlanta. Hey Siri… is Robert recording from his bathroom?

Our second play is Hair & Makeup by Barton Aronson, with Lisa Jill Anderson (who sent us this group shot) and Jacob Perkins. Max and Emma may work for a rock star, but their lives behind the scenes are anything but fabulous in this funny and touching story.

DEBRA VICTOROFF

Debra is the author of But Siriously.

She started her writing career producing humor essays and articles for this medium called “print” (which, like vinyl records, used to be cool, but now is sort of rare and ironic) including The Village Voice, Penthouse, and Cosmopolitan magazines. Deb also contributes a monthly horoscope parody to the online humor magazine, Happy Woman Magazine.

She has written several short plays that have appeared in off-Broadway venues and regional theatres around the country. Her drama “Et Tu Kelly” was a finalist in the annual Samuel French one act competition, the New York City-based Strawberry One-Act Festival, The Source One-Act Festival in Washington, D.C. and The First Stage Festival in Los Angeles, CA. Her one act comedy “Table for Two” was performed at the Producer’s Club, and the Theatre Studios in Manhattan, and the Gallery Players Black Box Festival in Brooklyn, New York.

Her one act drama “Letter From A Soldier” was performed in Vancouver, British Columbia at the “Walking Fish Play Festival” and garnered glowing reviews.

Her paranormal short story “House and Garden” is available as a Kindle download at Amazon.com. If you buy it, she’ll earn about 9 cents.

Deb is now thinking about turning off Netflix and writing her newest play and will let you know when it’s done. When she is not writing (and watching shows on Netflix), Deb is a freelance film and TV editor for projects that range from the original reality show, "The People's Court" to HBO’s "Sex and the City".
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BARTON ARONSON

Barton is the author of Hair & Makeup.

His playwriting credits include “Adorable Talking Woodland Creatures” (Ghost Light Theatricals, Seattle, WA; Black Box Theatre, Colorado Springs, CO) and “Separated at Birth” (Renegade Theatre, Los Angeles, CA).

His humorous fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Defenestration Magazine, and The Big Jewel.

He has studied playwriting at Primary Stages’ Einhorn School of Performing Arts (New York) and studied and performed improv comedy at The People’s Improv Theatre (New York).

He lives in Bethesda, MD and works in Jersey City, NJ.  He is delighted to be a part of Amy's Horse (though he's a bit concerned about which part of the horse he may be).
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ROBERT PETKOFF

Robert plays Bob in Debra Victoroff’s But Siriously.

He was last seen on Broadway as Sen. Hubert Humphrey in All The Way with Bryan Cranston. Other Broadway credits include Anything Goes, Ragtime, Spamalot, Fiddler On The Roof and Epic Proportions.

In London Robert performed in The Royal Family with Dame Judi Dench at The Theatre Royal Haymarket and Tantalus at the Barbican.

In regional theaters he has played the title roles in Hamlet, Troilus and Cressida, Romeo and Juliet, Compleat Female Stage Beauty and The Importance Of Being Earnest as well as many other roles at theatres such as Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Old Globe, The Denver Center and The Mark Taper Forum.

Film and TV work include Vice Versa, Milk and Money, Gameday, Forever, Law and Order, The Good Wife, Hack, and Quantum Leap among others.

Robert is an award-winning audio-book narrator.


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SUSAN BENNETT

Susan plays Siri in Debra Victoroff’s But Siriously.

You may not know Susan Bennett, but you definitely know her voice! Susan is a voice actor and singer whose voice has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV commercials for such clients as McDonald’s, Macy’s, Goodyear, Papa John’s, Fisher Price, and more. She is the voice of Delta Airlines gates worldwide, as well as hundreds of GPS and phone systems, but you probably know her best as the original voice of Siri.

Susan has appeared on nationally televised programs The Queen Latifah Show, CNN, Showbiz Tonight, The Jack & Triumph Show, and she read the Top Ten list for David Letterman after revealing herself as “Siri” in 2013.

Susan was born in Burlington, Vermont, and spent her youth in New England. She was always interested in music and acting, which she pursued during her four years at Brown University, singing in theater productions, and in the jazz band, “Conglomerate.” Susan was the leader of a cappella singing group, The Chattertocks as well. After graduation, she married NHL hockey player, Curt Bennett, and moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where Curt played for The Atlanta Flames, and Susan began her voiceover and singing career. Susan toured with Burt Bacharach as a backup singer, and later toured and traveled the world with Roy Orbison, also singing backup vocals, with a featured duet. She sang jingles as well for such clients as Coca Cola, Georgia Power, Kroger, and Krystal restaurants. It was after a jingle session that Susan was asked to voice a commercial when the voice talent didn’t show up. She discovered it was something she did well and enjoyed, so she took voice coaching, got an agent, and started on a career that is still going strong!

Susan continues to live and work in Atlanta, Georgia, along with second husband guitarist and audio engineer, Rick Hinkle, of Audiocam Music. Susan and Rick had a private event band called “Interactive!” for more than two decades, and they still continue to work together in their 60’s and 70’s rock and soul band, “Boomers Gone Wild,” as well as the newly formed “Siri Sings Band.”

Susan has one child, son Cameron Bennett, who lives in Los Angeles. He is a photographer, and partner in social media company, Fanbase.

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LISA JILL ANDERSON

Lisa plays Emma in Barton Aronson’s Hair & Makeup.

She has appeared at the Hangar Theater, Rattlestick, Atlantic, Theater for the New City, Cherry Lane, and various venues in DC and California in readings, new play festivals and productions.

Recent/select acting credits include: Max Baker’s Because Me and Live From the Surface of the Moon; Ken Urban's Nibbler (Stable Cable - directed by Stephen Brackett); Kristoffer Diaz's Julia & Eric (Rattlestick Theaterjam Festival); Kim Davies' The Love of Richard Nixon (Atlantic/24 Hour Plays); Emily Daly's i love you more than all the stars in the sky (NohSpace in San Francisco); Barter (Redrum in DC); and The Eden Project (Theater for the New City).

BFA in acting, Brooklyn College.

LisaJillAnderson.com
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JACOB PERKINS

Jacob plays Max in Barton Aronson’s Hair & Makeup.

He is a playwright and actor originally from South Carolina.

He’s currently writing a play about his mom for the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab.  His play, The Third Rail, won the 1st annual DVRF/O’Henry Productions Emerging Playwright Contest, is a 2015 finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference, and will be featured at Gibney Dance Center this December.

His work has been featured and developed at Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, Makehouse, the NEWvember Festival, Front Porch Arts Collective, and Botanica.  As an actor, he’s worked on new plays by Samuel D. Hunter, Lindsay Joy, Cheri Magid, Mat Smart, Daniel Talbott, and many others.
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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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BRIAN O'NEILL

Brian is the New York based producer of Amy’s Horse.

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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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

Thanks to the lovely Margaret and Wally Dunn for their assistance in casting this episode!

Thanks also to Rick Hinkle for his technical expertise!

And finally, thanks to my go-to stage couple for opening sequence quotes, Jenny Mudge and Kelly AuCoin!
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