Keeping Live Theatre Alive!
A series of readings by artists from theater, film, and TV
Enjoy original vignettes written and performed by today’s finest artists, created to support Tonic Theater Company and to help KEEP LIVE THEATRE ALIVE.
Created to bring the arts into people's homes and to highlight the importance of keeping local theater alive, the project is the brainchild of actor Dan Lauria. A longtime supporter of Tonic Theater Company and regional theaters around the country, Dan called upon friends in the industry to create videos of themselves reading works they've written. He then collaborated with filmmaker Jeremy Fletcher to edit and enhance the series. We'll feature new videos every week over the next several months, so be sure to check back often.
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Best known for his portrayal of Jack Arnold in The Wonder Years, Dan Lauria has appeared on stage at Laguna Playhouse in Love Letters and Tesla. In 2010, Dan stared as Vince Lombardi in Broadway's production of Lombardi, with sportswriter Jim Hague commenting, “Lauria truly becomes Vince Lombardi.” Dan was back on Broadway in 2012 with A Christmas Story: The Musical. Lauria has appeared as a guest star in over seventy television episodic programs and more than twenty Movie of the Week productions, plus a score of motion picture credits. A great promoter of new plays, Dan does not do plays written by old dead white guys.
A versatile American actress of television, film, and stage, Kim has most recently become an author of Bluegoddess Love Poems: A Journey to Self Awakening. On stage, Kim was most recently seen in I'm Sorry by Amy Fox and as Sheila Whirley, the hard-hitting DA, in the controversial play Ferguson at Urban Stages in NYC. She is well known and well-loved for her portrayal of Zora in Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun a documentary for PBS. Soap fans of Guiding Light have enjoyed her for several years as Dr. Felicia Boudreau and she also recurred on One Life to Live and on All My Children.
Widely recognized for his work as a character actor, Tony Shalhoub has won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, six Screen Actors Guild Awards and four Primetime Emmy Awards. For his work on Broadway, he has received four Tony Award nominations, winning a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Tewfiq Zakaria in The Band's Visit. His television work includes Antonio Scarpacci in NBC sitcom Wings and detective Adrian Monk in the USA TV series Monk. Shalhoub currently plays Abe Weissman, the father of the title character on Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, for which he just received an Emmy Nomination. His successful film career includes roles in films such as Barton Fink, Galaxy Quest, as well as the Men in Black, Spy Kids, Cars, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchises.
RENO WILSON is perhaps best known as Officer Carl McMillan on Mike and Molly. He made his television debut as Theo’s best friend Howard,on The Cosby Show, and has since starred and guest-starred in dozens of television series, including Heist, Blind Justice and the critically acclaimed Showtime series, The Hoop Life. Wilson just wrapped Grandaddy Day Care for Universal and can be seen as a regular on the NBC series Good Girls. Current films include Bolden, in which he plays legendary jazz icon Louis Armstrong, and in the upcoming Headshop. Wilson is also an accomplished voice-over artist who, most notably, gave voice to multiple characters in the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, Transformers: Age of Extinction and Transformers: The Last Knight.
WENDIE MALICK is best known for her roles as Judith Tupper Stone in Dream On, Victoria Chase in Hot in Cleveland, and as Nina Van Horn in Just Shoot Me!, for which she was nominated for two Primetime Emmys and a Golden Globe Award, as well as her recurring role as Ronee Lawrence on the final season of Frasier. Malick has been in a number of films, and has made over 50 guest appearances on television shows, made for television movies, and as a voice actress. Recent theatre productions include Off-B’way: North Shore Fish, Burleigh Grimes; Los Angeles: Questa, Round Trip, Santaland Diaries, Vagina Monologues, The Underpants (Geffen). Regional: The Guys, Don’t Blame Me, I Voted For Helen Gahagan Douglas, Blithe Spirit, Closure, What Is the Cause of Thunder. As of 2020, she stars as the voice of Eda Clawthorne on the Disney animated series The Owl House.
Alfred Molina has appeared in over 200 film, television and stage productions. He first rose to prominence in the West End, earning a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Newcomer in a Play nomination for his performance in the production of Oklahoma! in 1980. He made his Broadway debut as Yvan in a production of Art from 1998 to 1999. His other Broadway roles include Tevye in the musical Fiddler on the Roof from 2004 to 2005 and Mark Rothko in the play Red from 2009 to 2010. For his portrayal of Robert Aldrich in the miniseries Feud (2017), he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and a Primetime Emmy Award. He received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Frida (2002), and has also been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, a British Independent Film Award, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, and four Tony Awards.
JAMES PICKENS JR.
Best known for his starring role as Dr. Richard Webber on the ABC medical drama television series Grey's Anatomy, and for his supporting role as Deputy Director Alvin Kersh on The X-Files, James Pickens Jr started his professional acting career at the Roundabout Theatre in New York City. Pickens moved to the West Coast and began his Hollywood career playing Zack Edwards on the soap opera Another World from 1986 to 1990. He went on to have recurring roles on Curb Your Enthusiasm, The West Wing, Roseanne, The Practice, Beverly Hills, 90210, JAG, Six Feet Under and Roseanne. On film, Pickens has over 25 films under his belt, including the role of Stevens, head of NASA, in Disney’s comedy RocketMan, as Walter Payne in How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and as Mr. Brock in 42.
With over 100 films like Searching for Bobby Fischer, The Godfather Part 3, and Liberty Heights to name a few, Joe has proven his versatility as an actor and his passion for the art. After making his Broadway debut in Stephen Schwartz's musical of Studs Terkel's Working, Joe was awarded the Tony and Joseph Jefferson Award for his acclaimed performance as cynical real-estate agent Richard Roma in David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross. Always the baseball fan, Joe also conceived and co-wrote the Off-Broadway play Bleacher Bums, inspired by countless afternoons watching the Chicago Cubs play in Wrigley Field. Joe is no stranger to television either. Whether it’s an award winning TV movie like, a critically acclaimed series, or as the star of the long running hit show Criminal Minds, it seems like it’s hard not to turn on the TV and see Joe. Celebrating over 40 years in show business, Joe shows no signs of slowing down.
A founding ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre (Chicago). Three Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, three Tony nominations, Academy Award nomination.
Numerous roles and Jefferson Theatre Awards: Steppenwolf.
Broadway: November (Tony Award), A Doll’s House, Part 2 (Tony Award)
The Other Place, Misery, Three Tall Women (Tony nominations)
Television: Roseanne (3 Emmy Awards, 2 Golden Globe nominations)
Film: JFK, Toy Story, Lady Bird (Academy Award nomination)
JOE SPANO is an Emmy Award-winning actor currently in his 16th season as Tobias Fornell on the series “NCIS.” Joe starred for 7 years as Lt. Henry Goldblume on “Hill Street Blues.” He also starred in the series “Mercy Point,” “Amazing Grace,” “Murder One” and “NYPD Blue.” Joe has starred in 20 films made for television, guest-starred on 38 television shows and played opposite Jane Curtin in a comedy pilot for Fox. He has appeared in 30 feature films, including “Hart’s War,” “Primal Fear,” “Apollo 13,” “American Graffiti,” “Hollywoodland,” “Fracture” and “Frost/Nixon.” New York stage credits include the Roundabout Theatre Company production of Arthur Miller’s The Price (Tony nominated for Best Revival). West Coast credits include multiple roles over ten seasons with Berkeley Rep, of which he is a founding member; American Buffalo, (L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Award); School for Scandal, Speed the Plow and A Chorus of Disapproval for South Coast Rep; and Bill Cain’s Equivocation at the Geffen. At Rubicon, where he is a company member, Joe has appeared in Ancestral Voices, Shaw’s The Devil’s Disciple, Sylvia, Waiting for Godot, R. Buckminster Fuller: The History…and MYSTERY of the Universe (Ovation Award), Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Cormac McCarthy’s Sunset Limited and, most recently, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.