Saturday, February 27, 2010

Talk Radio

Barry Champlain, radio call-in host extraordinaire, has a malicious, abusive, downright nasty way of dealing with his invisible audience and the world at large. An indignant crusader, Champlain is a man who sees through all of the lies and hypocrisy and "tells it as it is."

Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio examines the lives of Barry Champlain, the host of Night Talk, a popular Cleveland radio talk show, as well as numerous callers, his engineer, operator and both his executive and assistant producers. Popular local actor J. Mitchell Haley is Barry Champlain.

"This decadent country needs a loud voice; and that's me," Barry tells his listeners, "and it's a cry, a warning for anyone who fears the madness and petty dictators that rule America 's airwaves."

"Imagine Lenny Bruce deciding to become popular talk-show host-
and you begin to have an idea of the whiplash intensity and black hard-edged cynicism of Talk Radio."The New York Times.

Under the direction of Elizabeth D'Onofrio for The Laboratory Theater of Florida, Talk Radio plays March 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, at 8 pm at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First Street, Fort Myers River District.

For ticket information contact the SBDAC box office at 239-333-1933 or visit

Monday, February 22, 2010

First Wedding Anniversary

Hey all! Been married a year now to the most wonderful man in the world. Shawn Halladay. My Ol' beachdude. We went out to dinner last night since I am rehearsing tonight. Had a wonderful time! Life is sweet being married for a change. LOL. It had been a very long run as a single mom. Yes, for those of you that don't think I raised my child on my own, I did. Yes, I am lucky to have family that helped out throughout the years, although my son always lived with me. He has grown into a very secure, handsome, sensitive, intellectual, young man of 22. Not to mention the two beautiful daughters that I gained from my marriage. Chantal and Alicia, both in their twenties also. Both bright, gorgeous, and loving. Life is good!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Hello everyone out there in cyberland. Rehearsals started for "Talk Radio" and it is going well. Very exciting figuring out all that it takes to put on a play production. Lighting, sound, blocking, scene design, characterization and the whole Mise En Scene. It's so much fun for me. I love directing and after this one I am going to be directing another play here on the beach. Although, right now it's all about Talk Radio. I can't get over my connection with Eric Bogosian. A bit nervous about the fact that he may know that I am directing his play. Not only is he a friend of my brothers, but his son is a friend of my son. Small world. I am hoping to do his play justice. It is a realistic play and with a small budget. I am trying like hell to do the best we can with a minimal set. All in all, everyone cast is doing a great job, already. They are bringing some nice creativity to the table. This is a big cast of eleven. It helps a lot that the actors are experienced on the stage, so I don't have to start from scratch with them all. The play is very different from the film. I have the utmost respect for Mr. Bogosian's script. You should take a read of it sometime.

Just wanted to put in a little note about this years NYC workshop in June. Please start writing in if you are interested in making it. I believe it will be on Saturday, the 12th of June from 1pm - 5pm. Will have a sign in button put on soon. Hope to see you all there!