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THE MESSAGE BOARD

 

 

The Message Board is an 8-part web series about Broadway Universe, a theatre web site where different people can come together to chat about Broadway, divas, cabarets, chorus boys, politics, internet addiction, gay marriage, religion, sex, suicide and anything that crosses their minds. Perhaps that ranting theatre queen or Wicked-obsessed teen will become your new BFF or your next worst enemy? Maybe that anonymous, alleged "hot chorus boy" will become the love of your life? You'll never know until you log in. Chat! Debate! Have a meltdown! LOL!

The video player below includes all 8 episodes of The Message Board (3 episodes are 2 parts) as well as the trailer, a bloopers reel and a 2-part Behind The Scenes video.

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CAST:
Mark Eugene Garcia (Cubby) Originally from Covina, CA, Mark has been living in NYC for several years as a writer. He is a member of Dramatist Guild and ASCAP, and is developing a musical theatre project, Facing East, in Chicago this year. Stage roles include Mr. Paravacini in The Mousetrap, Sheriff in The Rainmaker, The Baker in Into the Woods, Pippin in Pippin, Fred Barnes in Brights and many performances at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. Upcoming projects: Leaves of Grass. He wants to thank John for this opportunity, and Rodrigo for not going to sleep so he could stay up all night filming. He can be reached at MarkgarciaMG@gmail.com
www.markeugenegarcia.com
Jason Barker (Phantom69) Earned a B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in acting from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. After graduation, lived, worked, and acted in Houston and Austin taking private classes, doing student and independent films, and doing extra work on several feature films including The Return and Infamous. Relocated to New York in September 2005 and joined The Actor's Project NYC, shortly thereafter participating in industry showcases and one-act plays presented at the Abingdon's June Havoc Theatre. Also began working with Winceyco Productions taking educational programs dealing with such material as African American history and women's rights to local schools in New York and New Jersey. Has done background a couple of times on Life on Mars, Guiding Light and One Life to Live, acted in the ensemble of The Best Party Ever at the Richmond Shepard Theatre, and appeared in Naked Holidays NYC with Endtimes Productions. Recently became a proud member of AFTRA. Currently waiting tables, ushering Broadway shows, taking classes, and looking for representation.
www.jasonbarkeronline.com
Caroline Clay (Aquarius Dawn) Caroline Clay is an actress with experience in both film and television, a teaching artist, and a voice and audio narrarator with over 60 interpreted titles of bestselling books to her credit. She has worked nationally and internationally in some of the most renowned Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional venues in the world. Having performed on Broadway as a replacement for Academy Award nominee Alfre Woodard (Drowning Crow), for Tony winning Adrienne Lenox (Doubt), and Emmy winning S. Epatha Merkerson (Come Back Little Sheba). She also assumed the role of Mrs. Muller as a principal in the First National Tour of Doubt with Cherry Jones for which she won the Helen Hayes award for Best Supporting Actress. Upcoming projects include featured roles in Everybody's Fine starring Robert DeNiro and Holy Rollers starring Jesse Eisenberg.
www.carolineclay.com
Margaret Curry (Cat Golightly) Theatre: National: Equity Mini-Tour '09, Equity Tour 2008 playing Karin in the musical comedy Church Basement Ladies. Off-Broadway: Fascist Living (The Flea); The EC (Cherry Lane); Fools in Love, The Musical (MET & BAM’s Harvey Theatre). Other New York roles include: Maggie in The Man Who Came to Dinner; Vivian and Doll in Metropolitan Operas, Frankie in Frankie & Johnny in the Claire du Lune. Regional: Church Basement Ladies (Circa ’21 & TPAC in Nashville); Witt and Eleemosynary (The Wilton Playshop). Film/TV credits include: The Roofer, The Nanny Diaries, MTV’s Men of Science, The Mike Roman Documentary. Margaret has appeared in numerous commercials and industrials, and on QVC as a Guest Product Specialist. As a singer, Margaret has appeared as a soloist or featured performer at the Kaplan Auditorium at Lincoln Center, the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Hudson Guild Theatre, as a cabaret performer at some of NYC’s hottest nightclubs, and has recorded a demo CD from her debut solo cabaret show, "in the meanwhile...". Training: Trinity University BA in Communications, The Actor’s Space, Circle in the Square. A proud member of Actors' Equity Association.
www.margaretcurry.com
TJ D'Angelo (Applause64) is the executive artistic director of the NYC Children's Theatre, launching their first season at the end of this year. Performing for over 25 years, some of his roles include The Wizard in a National tour of The Wizard of Oz, and tours of Singers in the Band, and Some Enchanted Evening . Regional performances include Marcellus in The Music Man, Doctor in Baby, Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show, Jacob in La Cage aux Folles (Herold award nomination), Vinnie Black in Tony N Tina's Wedding, Provolone in Psycho Beach Party. Over 2800 performances as Hugo in Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame. TJ also received rave reviews for his NYC cabarets Too Short for Sondheim and It's a Woman's World. TJ has also directed and choreographed many productions of Godspell as well as many others shows all over the United States. Proud member AEA since 1997.
Julia Frey (Legally Elphie) received her BA from Bard College, where she was a theater major advised by JoAnne Akalaitis. She has studied and performed improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater, the Magnet Theater and ComedySportz, and has performed with the sketch group Olde English (www.oldeenglish.org). Julia was the female lead in the indie feature Between Something and Nothing, a film by Todd Verow that has appeared in festivals in New York, Philadelphia, Tel Aviv, Berlin, Mexico City, and Jakarta. She's appeared in all sorts of film, theater, and multimedia projects around town, including the Under the Radar Festival and the Museum of Art and Design. Julia pays her rent by making lattes and martinis for the rich and famous.
Tim Howard (Daddy Danger) recently made the big move to NYC from Chicago, and is making his first foray “on-camera” unless you count personal direction from Ang Lee while doing extra work for his upcoming film Taking Woodstock. Chicago credits include Thomas Jefferson in 1776 (Signal Ensemble Theatre, Joseph Jefferson Award – Best Musical); Harry Heavyset in Pinafore! (Bailiwick Repertory); Professor in South Pacific (Light Opera Works); Knute Rockne, All-American (Theatre at the Center, World Premiere); It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman (Drury Lane – Oakbrook); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Theatre at the Center); 110 in the Shade (Light Opera Works); and Grand Hotel (Drury Lane – Water Tower). Tim was also an ensemble member with Hell in a Handbag Productions, where he appeared as Billy Nolan (a.k.a. John Travolta) in Scarrie – The Musical; Jack in How “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” Happened (World Premiere); Jack/Jesus in Reefer Madness – The Musical; and Nonnie’s ill-fated brother, Teddy in POSEIDON! An Upside-Down Musical (World Premiere, Chicago and NY Fringe Festival). He also directed their hit productions of Judy’s Scary Little Christmas and Rudolph, the Red-Hosed Reindeer ’06, in addition to work with The Goodman Theatre, Redmoon, Greta Mae, and Theatre Building Chicago. Much thanks to John, and much love to Tim.
Molly Moore Lehmann (Aunt Daffy) hails from sunny Miami, Florida and is a proud member of the theater company Lovecreek Productions. With them she has done multiple shows. NYC Credits: The Play‘s The Thing (Dwornitschek), Edvard Munch’s Happy Painting (Randi), News (Lilah) Other Credits: Laundry and Bourbon (Hattie), Tartuffe (Mdme Loyal/Flipote), The Lives of the Saints (Businesswoman/Mona). She has a B.A. in Theatre from Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, Florida and has also studied at The Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC.
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Jared R. Pike (Coo Velvet) is a professional actor and writer living in New York City. A Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate from Sam Houston State University, Jared has appeared in a variety of productions from Woyzeck (Woyzeck) to You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Charlie Brown) to Pygmalion (Freddy). He recently made his Off-Broadway debut in Spoon River Anthology.
www.jaredrpike.com

Paul P. Robilotto (SS_Singer) made his internet debut in late 2006. Over time he became known as "Paulie P," shortly after launching his own website PaulieP.com. Since then he as been producing and starring in routine vlogs as well as comedic shorts; 'Boris Kontrolaviv' and 'Crack head Lisa Nova' being the most popular. Paul is also a stage actor. His past favorite shows include Julius Caesar, Polaroid Stories,The Private Life of the Master Race, Naomi in the Living Room, Snow in Midsummer, and Cinderella. He will be appearing in the Off-Off Broadway scene this May in Beneath the Waves at LaMaMa Experimental Theatre Club. (http://LaMaMa.org) He would like to thank John Raymond Barker for casting him in The Message Board and for including him in his vision.
www.pauliep.com

Scot Wisniewski (WWRD) was born and raised in Auburn, NY. Although he believes his musical training began when his mother sang to him in the womb, his actual training began with piano lessons at age 5, and shortly thereafter, clarinet lessons at age 8. Throughout his entire life, Scot has been involved in the performing arts.  He has appeared in many regional theater productions, including Fiddler on The Roof, Annie, The Hobbit, Brigadoon, The Sound of Music, and Oklahoma! just to name a few. Scot always knew that he wanted to live in NYC and perform in cabaret clubs and on Broadway. Just two weeks after graduating from Keuka College in 2000, Scot immediately packed his bags and moved to NYC. To get himself noticed Scot started singing at various cabaret clubs during open mic nights. In 2002, Scot had his first cabaret show, The Beginning, at Don't Tell Mama. The show ran for three months to sell out crowds and stellar reviews. A triumph for a debut show! In the winter of 2002, Scot released his first CD, A Classic Christmas, on Independent Records. The CD features ten beloved Christmas songs. For his second recording, Broadway, Scot's Way, which was released in 2006, he sings twelve of his favorite show-tunes. Both albums are available via many online retailers including Amazon.com, CDBaby.com, Apple iTunes and at stores nationwide. In addition to singing, Scot has kept busy in many other areas of the entertainment industry. He has landed roles in independent and feature films, done commercial print modeling and also has been very active in the voice-over industry. (A voice-over demo is available upon request) In the winter of 2008, Scot returned to the legendary NYC cabaret club Don’t Tell Mama for his second one-man cabaret show titled It’s Time. The show ran for two months to sell out crowds. An all new show is planned for fall 2009. In February 2009, Scot made his Broadway debut in Marc Shaiman’s musical “Prop 8” at the Defying Inequality benefit concert at the Gershwin theater. Scot is a proud member of Actors Equity Association (AEA) and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). For more information on Scot and his exciting career, simply visit his website: www.scotw.com.
youtube.com/scotsings
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FEATURING MUSIC FROM THE FOLLOWING ARTISTS:

Omari Tau

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The Randy Bandits

www.randybandits.com
www.myspace.com/randybandits

Velvet Chain

www.velvetchain.com
www.erikaamato.com

Prez Powerz

www.myspace.com/prezpowerz
www.youtube.com/prezpowerz

Casanova Jones

www.casanovajones.com
www.reverbnation.com/casanovajones
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Bebo

Jacob Langfelder

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NYTX (Johnny Green and Zane Ullman)

www.myspace.com/nytxmusic

DIRECTOR/WRITER:

John Raymond Barker is a professional actor, singer, writer, and director living in NYC. A Master of Fine Arts graduate from the University of Houston School of Theatre, John's TV/Radio credits include Matched in Manhattan and an appearance on The Joey Reynolds Show. New York theatre credits include Lee Feldman's Greene (workshop), two original one-man shows Jerby: Fully Loaded and Jerby With A "Y", and appearances throughout the piano bar and rock club scene. Regional theatre credits include Theatre Under The Stars: What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? (World Premiere), Funny Girl, Grand Hotel, Zorro the Musical (World Premiere); 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company: Grand Hotel; Alley Theatre: Christy in The Devil’s Disciple, A Flea in Her Ear; Stages Repertory Theatre: Shakespeare's R&J (Houston Premiere), The Firebird (World Premiere); Stuart Ostrow's Musical Theatre Lab/UH: Jerry Bock and Jerry Sterner's 1040 (World Premiere); Children's Theatre Festival: Jerry Bock and Sidney Berger's The Magic Journey (World Premiere). John is also the writer, director and star of The Jerby Show on YouTube.
www.jerby.com
www.youtube.com/jerbyvids
www.twitter.com/Jerb