FIREHOUSE LIVE ONLINE July 29th
If you are in LA but can't make it to the theatre or not in LA and want to see the show on your computers from anywhere in the world... here's the 411. Make sure you sign up ASAP!!! We need 2,000 viewers to secure our Live-wire. You can get tickets for less if you sign up in advance.
Closing night July 29th will be LIVE online. 3 Cameras, 7 Actors, 1 stage. Uncut and Unedited... from your computer at home! Invite your friends!!!
Nick Stabile joins the cast of Firehouse May 27, 2011
"Based on true events, this life and death story of the moral choices of firemen explodes when a young girl dies and the firehouse is blamed.
Is the rookie fireman telling the truth, or is this a case of a cover-up involving race?"
March 31, 2011
Amanda Goodwin to pen, helm indie drama
Buzz Entertainment has cast Lacey Chabert in its indie drama "Telling of the Shoes," written and to be directed by Amanda Goodwin. "Telling of the Shoes" chronicles a Manhattan dinner party that starts out good-natured, and turns unexpectedly dark as alcohol-fueled party guests eschew their mantles of reserve, turning quick-witting sparing into full-fledged skewering.
Chabert will play a recent Stanford grad studying for the bar. The ensemble cast includes Julie Warner, Emma Caufield, Taylor Dayne, Nick Stabile and Steven Brand.
"Shoes" marks the second feature from Goodwin and starts production later this month.
Chabert is repped by Innovative Artists and The Collective. Goodwin is repped by manager Bethany Stirdivant.
A Soldier's Play
This Pulitzer Prize winning play by Charles Fuller tells the story of intrigue and mystery around the murder of an enlisted man on a WWII military base. Starring Obba Babatunde, Nick Stabile, and Oscar Best. Directed by Graeme Clifford. Produced by Richard Johnson and Graeme Clifford.
While it is about the investigation of a murder, A Soldier's Play is not a murder mystery in the strictest sense. The investigation does not consist of policemen unraveling clues or of the simple analysis of physical evidence. Instead, the investigation by a black officer is primarily an exploration into who the slain Waters really was and how racism influences menâ€™s behaviors and ideals. The investigator, Captain Davenport, tries to solve this mystery by interviewing the men who served under Waters.
These interviews provide pieces of a puzzle, that when assembled, create a picture of a complex man who often bullied his men but who saw the war as an opportunity for blacks to escape the constraints of segregation. The portrait of Waters reveals a man who has found the only power white men will give to a black man; as a non-commissioned officer in the army during World War II. Critics were enthusiastic about Fullerâ€™s play, which won a Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Award in 1982, but A Soldier's Play also provoked controversy.
Photo: Tara Buck as “Li’l Bit” and Nick Stabile as “Uncle Peck,” along with cast members Clayton B. Hodges, Tricia Small and Coco Walker rehearse a scene from “How I Learned to Drive,” opening Friday at the Malibu Stage Company. Dana Fineman / TMT
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 12:02 PM PDT
By Melonie Magruder / Special to The Malibu Times
When playwright Paula Vogel's 1997 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “How I Learned to Drive” opens this weekend at Malibu Stage Company Theater, director Veronica Brady expects that its themes of pedophilia, incest and misogyny will make some audience members uncomfortable.
“But Paula really created a beautifully balanced piece,” Brady, a Malibu director and producer, said. “She wrote this play based on personal experience and it's a dark world. But she holds your hand along the way and, ultimately, I think this play is a story about forgiveness and learning to survive.”
“How I Learned to Drive” originally played in Manhattan's Vineyard Theater, starring Mary Louise Parker and David Morse. Critics hailed the painful drama and the production earned Pulitzer and Obie awards (Off Broadway equivalents of the Tony Awards), Drama Desk Awards, Lucille Lortel Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards and New York Drama Critics Awards for outstanding play, playwriting, direction, actor and actress.
The story is a southern gothic tale of a young girl's abuse from an alcoholic uncle, who is perhaps the least problematic relationship in her life, after a reckless mother, a grandmother tied to an ignorant, sexist grandfather and her Aunt Mary, who is in denial about her husband's behavior. The story follows “Li'l Bit's” gradual growth to maturity and forgiveness, despite an onslaught of emotions too grownup for a teenager.
Brady's choice of actors Tara Buck, as the girl “Li'l Bit,” and Nick Stabile as the uncle, goes far in negotiating the delicate subject matter. Buck is currently enjoying a recurring role on the HBO series “True Blood,” after appearances on television series like “Nip/Tuck,” “Without a Trace” and “Cold Case.” Stabile began his career starring in the television series “Sunset Beach” before playing the lead opposite Katherine Heigl in the cult classic “Bride of Chucky.” Multiple television and mini-series later, he is poised to provoke loathing as much as pity as “Uncle Peck.”
“From the beginning, you know that Li'l Bit survives this ordeal,” Brady said in a break between rehearsals last week. “I think a lot of women and girls will relate to her experience and, for women who have come out on the other side of this kind of thing, it is a triumphant statement of resilience. There is horror to this, yes, but something very, very human.”
Brady's first directing experience was another play of Vogel's called “Meg,” about Sir Thomas More's 16th century, intellectually acute daughter. Brady is known for being an actor's director, culling raw performances from her cast members and earning her an L.A. Weekly Theater Award for Best Director for “Two Headed,” a play by Julie Jensen about a historic Mormon massacre-something Brady recently adapted to a screenplay. Earlier this year, her HBO documentary “The Alzheimer's Project” won an Emmy Award in the outstanding children's non fiction category.
Actress Buck has somehow managed to find the time to rehearse “How I Learned to Drive” while juggling preparations to renew filming for “True Blood.” She jumped at the chance to work with Stabile and Brady with the Malibu Stage production.
“There is no way I could or would do this difficult play without Veronica,” Buck said. “She is an absolute joy.”
The actress insists there is no discomfort taking on the role of Li'l Bit, a role in which she ages from a young teenager to a grown woman.
“Actually, I'm kind of dark,” the blonde actress said. “I figure if you are going to do drama, you might as well go for the stuff that makes your skin crawl. It's one thing to discuss this subject as a prurient, sensational thing. But it's quite another to have this amazing script.”
Having trained with the late, iconoclastic acting coach Milton Katselas of the Beverly Hills Playhouse, Buck immediately recognized that her core character had a great love story.
“Li'l Bit overcomes serious obstacles, which is the source of great theater,” Buck said. “Milton was a true master, and I don't throw that word around lightly. He said that it doesn't matter if you are working in a small space like a TV screen or a huge, one thousand-seat auditorium. If you're acting honestly, it's all the same.”
“How I Learned to Drive” employs three other cast members (Clayton B. Hodges, Tricia Small and Coco Walker) who play several roles and act as a sort of Greek chorus to set the stage for revolving scenes on a set designed by Janne Larsen.
Last week, the actors were working on a pivotal scene where Uncle Peck is photographing a pubescent L'il Bit.
“Why do girls grow up before boys?” the teenager asks, tossing her hair around.
“I don't know, but it's a blessing to me,” Peck replies, clicking away.
The moment perfectly captures the creepy, sad, confusing dilemma of female adolescent angst.
“This play is about more than forgiveness,” Buck said. “In life, you have a choice about who you will become because of the path you take. You can't choose what happens to you, but you can choose who you are. There is power in love and mercy.”
“How I Learned to Drive” opens Friday, April 30, and runs through May 23 at the Malibu Stage Company Theater. More information can be found at www.malibustagecompany.org. Tickets can be purchased online at at www.brownpapertickets.com
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‘How I Learned to Drive'
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 10:01 AM PDT
Malibu Stage Company will present its final offering in the 2009-2010 season with Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “How I Learned to Drive,” opening April 30 and playing through May 23.
The play, directed by Emmy Award-winner Veronica Brady, tells the story of a woman who learns the rules of the road and life from behind the wheel.
“It is the sweetest and most forgiving play ever written about a taboo subject matter,” Brady said in a press release. “Paula Vogel is one of the great American playwrights of our time.”
Brady said she is delighted to have the opportunity to work on this play because of her history with the Vogel, who currently heads the prestigious department at Yale University.
“The very first play I ever directed back in college was Paula's first play,” Brady said. “I feel an attachment to her work. ‘How I Learned to Drive' is a director's dream. It's flawless, it moves at a breakneck pace and a whole life is revealed in less than 60 pages. It's extraordinary!”
The five cast members include Tara Buck, a re-occurring character on HBO's “True Blood;” Nick Stabile, a veteran of theatre, film and many TV shows; Tricia Small, who recently starred in “High Fidelity;” Clayton B. Hodges, a New York transplant with extensive theatre, film and TV credits; and Coco Walker, seen on the hit show, “The Mentalist.”
Stabile, Small and Walker are all Malibu residents.
Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can by purchased by calling 310.589.1998 or at www.brownpapertickets.com. More information can be obtained at www.malibustagecompany.org.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Richard Kind Leads Staged Reading of UNDER MY SKIN 9/17 In The McCune Founders Room
by BWW News Desk
A starry, by-invitation-only staged reading of the new Broadway-bound play UNDER MY SKIN will be presented September 17th in the McCune Founders Room at the Granada Theatre, in Santa Barbara, California. The new comedy about "sex, love, and the health care industry" is being produced by Tony Nominated Producers Heather Provost (REASONS TO BE PRETTY, [title of show], "Reality Check") and Jeff Davis (ROCK OF AGES, NEXT FALL, Sympathy For Delicious) along with Marla McNally Phillips (Emerald Forest Ent., former VP of Talent Acquisition and International for Chappell Music and WB Music).
Best known for their many successes as writer/producers for network television, authors RoBert Sternin and Prudence Fraser have written shows for CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX and the WB, producing hundreds of episodes of primetime television. They have also created and developed over a dozen series. Credits include "Alice," "Three's Company," "Who's the Boss?" "The Charmings," "Married People," "Live-In," "The Simple Life," "Run of the House," and "The Nanny," which they co-created and executive produced with series star Fran Drescher.
Sternin and Fraser recently collaborated with Hall of Fame songwriter Jeff Barry on the stage musical THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING, which premiered at the Granada Theater in Santa Barbara and went on to be seen at the Stamford Center for the Arts and Riverside Theater in Vero Beach, Florida.
Sternin and Fraser state, "UNDER MY SKIN is a story about two people from totally different walks of life who meet and quickly become intimate in a not-so-ordinary way. And, yes, the healthcare business is involved. As is aging, being best friends, some pretty strange sex, and a smartass angel." The authors add, "UNDER MY SKIN is, at its core, a romantic comedy, where circumstances beyond their control give a corporate C.E.O. and a girl from Staten Island a chance to get to know each other and maybe fall in love."
The reading will boast the talents of SAG Award Nominee Richard Kind ("Spin City", "Mad About You", A Bug's Life, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, THE PRODUCERS, THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE); Nick Stabile ("Saints & Sinners", "Sunset Beach", "Days Of Our Lives", "Passions"); 2009 Olivier Award Winner Lesli Margherita (London's West End ZORRO, DAMN YANKEES-Reprise, AIDA, "Fame LA," The Number 23); Megan Sikora (CURTAINS, WICKED, WONDERFUL TOWN, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, 42nd STREET); Joseph Sicari (GOLDEN BOY, DAMN YANKEES, DAMES AT SEA, "Seinfeld", Kicking and Screaming, Benchwarmers); Brian Beacock (Mulholland Drive, "The Rerun Show", LES MISERABLES, NAKED BOYS SINGING, "McCracken Live!"); James Leo Ryan (ANNIE, LES MISERABLES, SHOW BOAT, JOSEPH...DREAMCOAT), Scott Damian ("General Hospital", "Scrubs", "Las Vegas"), and Suzanne Friedline (A Day Without A Mexican, "Desperate Housewives", "Guiding Light"). The staged reading will be directed by Sean Daniels (Associate Artistic Director, Actors Theatre of Louisville)
"The timing of this play could not be more perfect or exciting, considering the current national conversation regarding healthcare." says producer Heather Provost.
New! Thursday, 10 September 2009 18:43a
Inside the Bubble ~ Days of our Lives Nick Stabile
Mark Edward Wilows
Playing Dean on Days of our Lives was an enjoyable challenge!
When Nick Stabile took on the role of Police Officer Dean Hartman on Days of our Lives, he said, "It's not the first time I have been in the barbeque." He was, of course, referring to some of the previous roles he had played. But one has to admit that orchestrating a plot to kidnap the Police Commissioner's daughter for revenge of not getting a department promotion will keep you in the coals.
For the past several weeks, Stabile has given an exuberant electrifying performance in terrorizing little Ciera (Lauren Bowls) and terrifying her parents Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Bo (Peter Reckell).
Stabile said while sipping coffee in jeans and a pull-over with his shades hanging from his top, during a recent visit to Chicago to see his wife, Tricia, an actress, who appeared in a play, that playing Dean was a challenge, but one that was professionally enjoyable.
"Everyone was great! Kristian and Peter were fantastic," Stabile said. "Kristian would spend time running our lines, and everyone was such a joy to work with. And, I have to tell you...Co-Producer, Gary Tomlin really worked us, but he is one of the most creative people I know. You know...on the show you don't have time for retakes. It moves fast pace. It's a very different medium."
He admitted that the nature of the role may be conceived as unforgivable, but he just remained true and did what the writers' have written. And as for the little girl, it was explained that this is just play acting. "She was adorable."
It was a phone call to Tomlin from Stabile that landed him the part. "I called Gary and told him that I'd like to work with him again," Stabile said. "I didn't hear back right away, and then the call came. I was offered the part without ever having to audition. Gary is the type of guy that never forgets people. The ironic twist is... I was first to be Kyle, the guy who kidnapped Ciera, but then it changed to the cop. But it worked out for the best."
Stabile worked for Tomlin, playing Mark Wolper in "Sunset Beach," the hot steamy Aaron Spelling soap of the 1990's. Tomlin directed and produced the show.
Stabile hails from Colorado, and it was during his high school years that the acting bug bit. He was told that he needed to take theater or music for a Liberal Arts credit to graduate, and he found his calling in life. His first play was "Rebel Without a Cause."
Stabile went on to attend Colorado State University, which was followed by a stint at Denver's National Theater Conservatory, where he graduated with a Master's of Fine Arts.
"I then went out to audition for agents that had offices in several cities. I chose LA to try my luck. I landed on Sunset Beach within six months," Stabile said.
Accomplishing much in the industry, he is probably best known for his role as Jesse, Katherine Heigl's boyfriend in the thriller, "Bride of Chucky."
He also starred in the Hallmark film "Santa Jr.," playing Chris Kringle Jr., opposite Lauren Holly and Judd Nelson. And he played Dennis Wilson in the TV miniseries "The Beach Boys, An American Family." He was also a series regular on "Saints and Sinners," and briefly appeared on Passions filling in as Fox Crane.
He also appeared in several independent films and guest-starred on many prime time shows like "Without a Trace," "Dawson‘s Creek," and "CSI Miami," to name a few.
Soapdom wants to know your definition of success? "Success is a combination of things. It's opportunity meets preparedness, with a little luck combined. I also believe in showing up professional. Be true to your work. Do your work. And be on time. This is also a business of being thick skinned. I like constructive criticism. I critic myself. It's good for you to learn and grow. I've been watching myself daily."
Stabile is a big fan of reality shows -- especially "American Idol." He said that by putting these kids on the line in front of millions to be criticized and come back again to do it again is something to be admired.
Jokingly he added that if not for acting he would probably be a lawyer. "Oh Yes! Specializing in litigation. It's so much like acting."
His goal as an actor would be to perform in a Tennessee Williams play. "I would really like to find someone really fantastic to do ‘Sweet Bird of Youth.' I have Scott Schwartz (the son of Stephen Schwartz of ‘Wicked') interested in directing. I would love to see this play in major cities."
Stabile finds having a job in soaps to be a blessing, saying, to have a gig in an environment with actors being people and scrambling to pay their mortgages, and being able to get a regular paycheck doing make believe is great!
He said that he wouldn't mind following the career path of Gary Sinise, laughing, "That would be just fine. But I really enjoy TV and the theater for the amazing audiences. I enjoy being a part of storytelling, and trying to understand the human spirit."
Stabile is really into his family and enjoys spending time with his 18 month-old daughter Ella Grace. He also is the owner, along with his wife, of a production company called "Bella Vita Entertainment" (Beautiful Life in Italian) in Los Angeles. Some of their current projects include a scripted show and a reality show.
Monday, June 15 2009
Nick Stabile and Mark Hapka to Days Of Our Lives
Considering the Hortons are far and few between these days, we’re happy to report that our account about the possibility of Nick Stabile joining Days of Our Lives as a Horton has come to pass. Stabile played Mark on the now defunct "Sunset Beach," if you recall and Fox Crane on Passions in more recent years, in addition to various other television productions and movies. Fans will be seeing this new Horton starting June 25, a few days after Mark Hapka arrives in Salem to portray Nathan Horton, Maggie’s grandson and Melissa's son. (Did Melissa and Pete have a son? Is he a son from someone else or did the writers do a rewrite? Those are the questions of the day!) No word yet on who Stabile, the other Horton is, so this will give us something to look forward to once the duo appears onscreen!
Friday June 12 marked Stabile’s first day shooting as the mysterious Horton. Hapka, on the other hand has been taping for the whole month of June, before he is seen this Wednesday, June 17 in Salem. Incidentally, does anybody remember Hapka from his first stint in Salem as a rapidly aged Johnny, in a fantasy Lucas had, October 25, 2007?
Soaps.com congratulates both actors on their new roles.
Monday, March 17th, 2008
This guy is no slouch ya’ll. He is a product of Colorado State’s University and Denver’s Theater Conservatory. He then moved to Los Angeles after graduating with his Masters of Fine Arts. He had a guest role in several prime-time shows but then he finally received a winning role on Sunset Beach. And, before Sunset Beach, he was tested for the role of Nikolas Cassadine on General Hospital.
He has even been in commercials. He was in the “Female of the Species” Impulse Deoderant TV Ad. Right now though, he is Gabe Capshaw in the show Saints and Sinners. He has been Nicholas Foxworth “Fox” Crane on Passions too. I mean, is there anything better?