Thursday, December 6, 2012

Updates For Kittens Web Series!

Constantine Maroulis Is Gonna Rock The Cellblock!

Update #10 · Dec. 05, 2012 · comment
Stoic Entertainment is convulsing with excitement to announce yet another amazing celeb to join Kittens In A Cage.  From American Idol finalist to a Tony nom to TV star and back again in the newest theatrical blockbuster - Jekyll & Hyde - we landed Constantine Maroulis!!!
Born in Brooklyn, New York and later raised in the nearby suburbs of New Jersey, Constantine James Maroulis grew up surrounded by a wide array of polarized music from classic rock, alternative and spirituals to jazz and jam band antics. It was not unusual to see Constantine onstage at a Summer Stock theater production while afterwards heading straight to a nightclub to front a band. There, he gained the invaluable experience of burning both ends of the entertainment candle that would help him nail his audition that garnered his spot to attend the prestigious Boston Conservatory of Music.
During this time Constantine worked consistently to build his impressive resume that included lead roles in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Jesus Christ Superstar, along with his first work in the dramas of William Shakespeare and a slew of student and indie films. Additionally, Constantine was singled out for an apprenticeship at the legendary Williamstown Theater Festival, there he appeared on the main stage in Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies' God of Vengeance.
After completing school, Maroulis returned to his native New York City where he soon landed the role of Roger in the ever-popular musical RENT. For the better part of the next year Constantine electrified audiences nightly, receiving critical praise touring North America and Asia with the show.  Upon completion of the RENT tour, Constantine returned to Manhattan where he busied himself with his rock band by night and auditions by day.
By chance, a friend coaxed him into auditioning for American Idol. He not only made the cut but eventually, Constantine became a finalist. There he performed everything from Tin Pan Alley standards like "My Funny Valentine," rhythm and blues classics like Otis Redding's "Too Hard To Handle," and the epic stadium rock of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," which he would later record when he was personally invited by Queen guitarist Brian May.
Soon after that season ended, Maroulis embarked on the traditional sold out summer arena tour for American Idol finalists. This, on the heels of the multi-platinum selling American Idol Season 4 CD where Constantine contributed his moody rendering of "My Funny Valentine." Eventually Maroulis was able to find time to record his own very first solo album simply titled Constantine.
Constantine yearned to get back to his theater roots, subsequently doing just that in 2006 when he was cast in his first Broadway leading part, this for a special limited engagement of the Tony nominated musical The Wedding Singer. This was followed by another ensemble piece with the eclectic 1960s off-Broadway gem Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris where Constantine garnered a string of excellent reviews. Spinning off of that run Constantine surprised audiences when he was added to the cast of the classic daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful where a part was written especially for him in the role of Constantine Paros.
Maroulis took a meeting with the producers of a particular 1980s hair metal mix tape musical entitled Rock of Ages, which had tried to ignite interest out of town with limited success. Yet something happened soon after Rock of Ages opened off- Broadway, the magical cast led by Constantine himself would soon start people talking, in no time it debuted on Broadway to critical raves and packed houses nightly. The show itself was honored with a Tony nomination as well as the aforementioned nod to Constantine himself.
Now the father of a toddler named Malena James, Maroulis has taken fatherhood to heart and merged it with his rock star chops which led him to become the face for Disney's Rock Star Mickey Mouse toy where he was seen in the national television commercial performing the Kinks classic "You Really Got Me." Constantine has consistently made himself available for charitable causes, lending his talents to Broadway Cares, St. Jude's Children's Fund, The Hellenic Scholarship Foundation and the Sarcoma Foundation just to name a few.
Maroulis worked diligently with the Neiderlander Organization to create a re-imagined version of Frank Wildhorn's epic musical Jekyll & Hyde. Constantine is currently co-starring with the talented Deborah Cox and embark on a massive 25-week tour before arriving on Broadway in 2013.
Stoic Entertainment is lucky to have caught Constantine while he is in town so that he can play with us in Kittens In A Cage.
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Holy Mother Of All Matrons - Gigi Bermingham Rules This Roost!!!

Update #9 · Dec. 03, 2012 · comment
What ever Matron wants, Matron gets...  Don't step out of line because Gigi Bermingham as the Matron will make you wish you were never born.  This cellblock gestapo is a force of nature.  Run for cover if you're in the path of her wrath!
Gigi recently made her directorial debut with YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU at Antaeus Co. in North Hollywood (L.A. Weekly and Ovation-recommended!), which was not a bad way to prepare for the role of the controlling Matron in Kittens In A Cage. As an actor, she received the 2012 Garland Award and was nominated by the LA Drama Critics Circle for her performance in HERMETICALLY SEALED at Katselas Theatre Co. Other awards include the LA Stage Alliance OVATION and LA Drama Critics Circle Awards for her solo comedy NON-VITAL ORGANS. In 2012 she has also appeared at Pasadena Playhouse in THE HEIRESS with Richard Chamberlain and Julia Duffy; and at Antaeus in THE SEAGULL. Her film work includes Rob Reiner's ALEX AND EMMA and the upcoming SAVE THE DATE. She can currently be seen onstage at Antaeus in CABARET NOEL (through December 17) singing in French.
From the moment Gigi read her first line in the script, we all fell in love with her.  A HUGE thanks from Stoic Entertainment for joining this incredible ensemble.
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Faith in us.

Update #8 · Dec. 03, 2012 · comment
Our campaign is half over, or half started, pending your level of optimism. You have all exhibited that critical show of support for us and faith in our abilities and for that I will be forever in your debt.
As of this moment we are %31 percent funded. And this fact is thanks to you and your generosity.
I wanted to ask you to be generous once again by re-posting our link to you friends on Twitter and Facebook and by telling  your friend's about us. Perhaps you know someone who would love this project, someone who might love a weekly laugh or someone who wanted to support us but never quite took the action to click on us and donate? Now is the time.
Did you know that if we generate enough "hits" it increases our chance at becoming a staff pick? If we can make that happen, the donations will come barreling in.
Here is the link.
Very grateful,
Jillian Armenante

Broadway Babe - Laura Heisler Plays Pill Poppin' Lois For Kittens

Update #7 · Dec. 02, 2012 · comment
Straight off the stage of The Geffen Playhouse, Laura Heisler joins her feline compatriots in Kittens In A Cage as Lois.  From her impressive Broadway credits to her endearing indie film roles, you'll fall in love with this incredible actress, but don't be fooled.  You don't land in the big house just for takin' some dope.
Laura Heisler currently lives in LA, after working as an actor in New York City for many years. TIME OUT NY named her as one of twenty actors "who keep NYC theater's heart beating," and the following year THE VILLAGE VOICE cited her as one of six actors ("Singular Sensations") in a special Obies feature. Laura made her Broadway debut in the play CORAM BOY, and recently received Lucille Lortel and Drama League Award nominations for her work in KIN, directed by Sam Gold, at Playwrights Horizons. Laura also appeared in DORIS TO DARLENE and PEOPLE BE HEARD, both at Playwrights Horizons; she starred in THE MISTAKES MADELINE MADE, by Liz Meriwether, at Naked Angels; she originated the title role in the world premiere of Sarah Ruhl's acclaimed play EURYDICE at Madison Rep, and she has acted in numerous plays Off-Broadway and regionally, including Williamstown Theatre Festival, South Coast Rep, McCarter Theatre, Soho Rep, Woolly Mammoth, The Old Globe, and many others. On television, she has guest-starred on episodes of GREY'S ANATOMY, BONES, THE MIDDLE, THE DEFENDERS, NUMB3RS, and UGLY BETTY. Her film work includes the indie horror YELLOWBRICKROAD, COLD SOULS, COACH, and FORGED. Laura just completed a run in the world premiere of BUILD, by Michael Golamco, at The Geffen Playhouse.
Stoic Entertainment is incredibly excited to welcome Miss Heisler to the fold.  If you have already donated to help get Kittens In A Cage on the little screen - Thank You!  If you haven't pledged yet, please do it today - we only have a little more than two weeks to go.  Meow!
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Rebecca Mozo Is Just A Good Girl Who Done A Bad Thing...

Update #6 · Nov. 30, 2012 · comment
Rebecca Mozo wandered her way in to Marquetta State Prison with just a ukuele and a smile. Oh, yeah... and a homicide rap. But was it really her fault?  Her character Junie doesn't think so.  See if this fresh meat can make it through Episode 1 by watching Kittens In A Cage in 2013!
Miss Mozo attended Rutgers University and studied at The Globe in London. Shortly thereafter she moved to Los Angeles and the first job she landed was playing Anya in The Cherry Orchard opposite Annette Bening, Alfred Molina and Sarah Paulson at The Mark Taper Forum. Rebecca has been nominated for several Ovation awards and has appeared in regional theaters across the country including In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play at South Coast Repertory, A Noise Within, The Colony and Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey where she appeared in "I Capture the Castle" and is the only actress to play the part of Cassandra Mortmain in the U.S..  Rebecca has appeared in television shows such as Medium, Cold Case, Pizza Time and Young and the Restless. Film credits include award winning indie film Zerophilia, Headless Horseman, The Waterhole and They Bury Their Own opposite John Glover. She also narrates audio books including the entire Vampire Diaries series. She is a member of Antaeus Company in Los Angeles and is a very proud Jersey Girl.
And Stoic Entertainment is beyond proud of having this Jersey Girl (who is born run with tramps like us) in Kittens In A Cage  If you haven't had a chance to support our project, please do so today.  We have a big cash mountain to climb and only have a few days left to get to the top!
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