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Sunday, April 19, 2015



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Thursday, April 9, 2015


Harold Jenkins
Tonight’s a big night for Harold Jenkins, fictitious leading character in Gerard Bianco’s play DISCIPLINE. Tonight, Mad Horse Theatre Co. is presenting DISCIPLINE to the world in a staged reading of the play. I had the pleasure of interviewing Harold just hours before the reading. Here’s what he had to say.

Gerard: Hi Harold, welcome to my blog. First, I want to thank you for coming to this interview only hours before the reading.

Harold: You're very welcome. It’s good to be here. Actually, it's quite good to be anywhere.

Gerard: So, you've got a big night coming up. Are you nervous?

Harold: Sure, who wouldn’t be? But I’m with a terrific cast and a great director. The audience will be happy and well entertained.

Gerard: It snowed last night into this morning, do you think that’s going to affect attendance?

Harold: It snowed, I know. Can you believe it? No, I don’t believe it’s going to affect attendance. It’s warming up, the snow should all be gone by this evening. The roads are clear. Besides, this is Maine. It only snowed an inch or two. Mainers spit on a couple of inches - especially after what we've been through this winter.

Gerard: Can you tell us a little about the play?

Harold: Sure. DISCIPLINE is a laugh-out-loud comedy starring me. It’s a comedy, but it does impart an important message. It’s thematic, we in the theater world like to say.
Anyway, the play starts out in the bedroom - the best room to be in when you’re with a lover. Lilly and I - Lilly is my true love - we’re sitting up in bed, discussing things a couple normally chats about, like, how to look at nipples, how to shave properly, me wanting to get laid, Lilly not wanting to. The usual. We turn out the lights to go to sleep. After a few minutes, I hear strange noises coming from somewhere in the apartment. I get up to investigate and find a strange man, crouching on the stove, sniffling. BINGO! Play takes off from there.

Gerard: Sounds exciting.

Harold: It is, especially when you find out what the strange man is doing in the apartment.

Gerard: Shannon Campbell plays Lilly. What’s she like?

Harold: Shannon is a great actress who puts her heart and soul into her part. She captures Lilly’s personality perfectly - really nails the part.

Gerard: Who else is in the play?

Harold: Burke Brimmer plays Frustrato - the strange guy on the stove. He’s a very talented actor who makes Frustrato come alive. It’s scary he’s so good. Then there’s Eric Worthley. He’s the policeman. He’s another terrific actor - he’s the perfect NYC cop. Oh, and we mustn’t forget Peter Brown - he plays me. Or do I play him? I don’t know. At times I get confused. He’s such a great actor our personalities have become one. I sometimes look in the mirror and I see Peter. How’s that done?

Gerard: What’s it like to work for Daniel Burson, the director?

Harold: He’s terrific. He not only has staged the reading to make every scene seem real, he uses his directorial expertise to flesh out every character within the actor’s minds so that what you see on the stage is the ultimate performance. Amazing director.

Gerard: Well, there you have it. That’s all we have time for. Can’t wait to see and hear the reading tonight. I want to thank you for dropping by to chat.

Harold: It’s been fun, Gerard. And I want to thank you for creating me and the others in the play. Although I’m not quite sure what I should be doing after the readings are over. I hope you’ll write something for me to do.

Gerard: Sure, Harold. Break a leg tonight!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015



Mad Horse Theatre is proud to usher in Spring with the latest installment of its popular BY LOCAL new play series. The series has established itself as a standard for bringing exciting, original scripts by Maine writers to theater audiences in the Greater Portland area.

DISCIPLINE by Gerard Bianco, April 9 and 11th

FROM AWAY by MK Wolfe, April 10th and 12th

Admission is Pay-What-You-Can (suggested donation $10.00). Tickets are available only at the door.

7:30 Thursday-Saturday and 2:00 on Sunday.

 Tickets are available at the door. Visit or check out the Mad Horse Facebook page for more information.

DISCIPLINE, directed by Daniel Burson, is an award-winning romantic comedy that has us spending two evenings in the apartment of Harold Jenkins, a man many would consider a nobody. Helpless against the powers that control his every hour, Harold rebels in the only way he knows how - sexual hyperactivity. Lilly, Harold's less-than-generous lady love, keeps Harold's sexual advances on a short leash, leaving the poor guy frustrated and essentially isolated. New possibilities emerge for Harold when he discovers a mysterious stranger sniffling on his stove in the middle of the night.

In FROM AWAY, directed by Christopher Price, an impetuous promise made in childhood brings Kerstin to the upscale Cape Porpoise home of the best friend she hasn't seen in 20 years, to stand at her side as she weds.  But secrets from long ago threaten to tear apart the tenuous stability of this most dysfunctional family, with hilarious and heartbreaking results, and Kerstin discovers the courage to face the greatest taboo of all.


Gerard Bianco holds an MFA in Writing. He is the author of the award-winning mystery/thriller THE DEAL MASTER (2006) and DISCIPLINE: A PLAY (2012), which was a finalist in the Indie Excellence Book Awards (2013). His short stories have appeared in various literary journals and his lessons, exercises and advice on the art and craft of creative fiction have appeared on the web and in the book, “Now Write! Mysteries: Mystery Fiction Exercises From Today's Best Writers and Teachers.” (Tarcher, 2011; Edited by Sherry Ellis and Laurie Lamson.) His latest book, A SHARP BEND IN THE ROAD: 17 INTRIGUING STORIES, was recently published in January, 2015.

MK Wolfe is a playwright and lyricist whose plays and musicals have been staged in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey and Maine. Most recently, MK's Swedish Meatballs was part of The Maine Dish: A Feast of Plays About Food, a Maine Restaurant Week special event produced by Snowlion Rep in Portland.  MK's musical The Sock Who Lost His Mate (book, lyrics) kicks off the 4th Annual New York Children's Theater Festival.