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Cast

BILLY VAN ZANDT
(Richard)

Billy has starred in over 200 plays, and is best known for his work in 24 of the 25 Van Zandt/Milmore plays including You’ve Got Hate Mail, A Night at the Nutcracker, Silent Laughter, Merrily We Dance and Sing, and Love, Sex and the IRS; the movies Jaws 2 and Taps; and Off-Broadway in You’ve Got Hate Mail, Drop Dead!, and Silent Laughter. His latest project is the new Van Zandt-Milmore musical, The Man*O*Pause Boys.

 
JANE MILMORE
(Stephanie)

Jane Milmore began her career as an actress. After starring in several national TV commercials, she appeared in the TV shows Anything But Love and Sydney, as well as guest-starring on Bless This House, Newhart, Martin, The Hughley’s, and The Wayans Bros. Jane also appeared in the television movies If Things Were Different, Desperate Lives, A Cry for Love, and the film A Wake in Providence. Jane began her writing collaboration with Billy with the 1979 play Love, Sex, and the I.R.S. Jane has created and developed television series for Brooke Shields, Martin Lawrence, Don Rickles, Richard Lewis, Jamie Lee Curtis, DL Hughley, Jean Smart, John Goodman, Olympia Dukakis, Richard Mulligan, Penny Marshall, David Krumholtz, Valerie Bertinelli, Andrew Dice Clay, Cathy Moriarty, and The Wayans Bros. Jane, the oldest of five girls, was born in Laramie, Wyoming and raised in New York and New Jersey. She is a graduate of Keansburg High School. Her sister Maureen is Vice President of Production for the CW Plus. Her sister Kathy is the romance novelist Kaitlyn O’Riley. Her sister Janet works for the School of Rock. Her sister Jennifer is an actress. Jane makes her home in Beverly Hills and Rumson.

 
BARBARA BONILLA
(Peg)

Favorite theatre roles include: High School Musical: The Reunion (Christie), Beau Jest (Miriam Goldman), Come Blow Your Horn (Mrs. Baker), Noises Off (Mrs. Clackett), Epic Proportions (the Queen), Bye, Bye Birdie (Rosie), Annie (Ms. Hannigan), Real Women Have Curves (Carmen), Lost in Yonkers (Bella) and Nunsense (Sister Robert Ann). TV/Film credits include: Ugly Betty, Law & Order, Unsolved Mysteries, 30 Rock, Manchurian Candidate, and Duplicity. Barbara is currently freelancing with 3 agencies in NYC and has recently booked a Bank of America commercial. Barbara would like to thank Billy, Jane, Gary, the cast and crew for another FUN adventure. Also to Bob, Mami and friends for their love and support through the years. None of this could have ever been possible without all of you …xo

 
GLENN JONES
(George)

Recent projects with the Staten Island Shakespeare Company and SI Ballet Company have kept Glenn busy since the last VZ/M production of High School Reunion: the Musical. He is is an original member of the Unofficial Van Zandt/Milmore Repertory Company with over 15 VZ/M productions to his credit. Glenn's body of work includes over 250 productions on regional stages throughout the northeast. Some of Glenn's musical favorites: Grease, Sugar, Fiddler, La Cage, South Pacific, Best Little Whore House/Texas, Mack & Mabel,1940s Radio Hour and Guys & Dolls. He has worked extensively with the Celtic Theatre Company in the productions of The Iron Harp, Professor Tim and Year of the Hiker to name a few. And of course, his VZ/M favorites include, Drop Dead, the Pennies, HS Reunion, 'Nutcracker', Merrily We Dance & Sing, Silent Laughter and Bathroom Humor. Please enjoy the show!! Shoes…!

 
ALEXIS BRANDT
(Wanda)

Alexis Brandt is a New York born actress and NYU graduate working in film, television, and theater. This past year, Alexis added award winning producer to her resumé with the short film, The Red Sweater, in which she also starred alongside her great aunt Florrie Shaen. Most recently starred at Theatre 68 in Lusting After Pepino's Wife.



Additional Cast

JEFF BABEY
(Richard & George)

As an actor, (and as an associate producer of the original production of You've Got Hate Mail) Jeff has been involved with Van Zandt /Milmore Productions for the past 14 years. Elsewhere, Jeff has performed in and directed countless regional productions over the past thirty years. Some favorites include; Nicely Nicely in Guys and Dolls, Sweeny Todd in Sweeny Todd, Max in Lend Me a Tenor, The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of OZ, and Elliott Garfield in The Good-bye Girl.

 
JULIA DUFFY
(Stephanie)

Miss Duffy began her career in summer stock in her hometown of Minneapolis, working in such shows as The Girl In The Freudian Slip; Play It Again, Sam, and others as a teenager. She graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York after which her very first audition landed her a running role on the soap opera Love Of Life. While in New York she also played the drama queen Penny on The Doctors, starred on Broadway in Once In A Lifetime, directed by Tom Moore, and The Enchanted at the Kennedy Center. Other regional theater roles include Three Sisters and The Curse Of The Starving Class at St. Louis Rep, Barefoot In The Park at the Aspen Theatre Festival, and Never Too Late with the Kenley Players. In Los Angeles she has appeared in Taming Of The Shrew at the Globe Playhouse, and Merry Wives Of Windsor, Richard III and Twelfth Night with the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival. She also played Juliet in a PBS production of Romeo & Juilet early in her career. Recently she appeared as Birdie in an acclaimed production of The Little Foxes at the Pasadena Playhouse and Barbara in Boom at the Furious Theatre Company.

On television she has starred in a number of series, most notably Designing Women and Newhart. For the latter, she received an Emmy nomination each of the 7 years she appeared on the show, plus 3 VQT awards, 5 American Comedy Nominations, and a Golden Globe Nomination. She has also been seen in a number of TV movies and mini-series, such as The Blue And The Gray, Children In The Crossfire, Sooner Or Later, On Strike For Christmas, 7 Things To Do Before I'm 30, and many more. Recently she has appeared in a number of guest roles including Shameless and a recurring role on Nickelodeon's Drake And Josh as the Mean Teacher. Films include Dumb And Dumberer, and Intolerable Cruelty. She and husband Jerry Lacy occasionally appear together in the popular live fake radio show The Thrilling Adventure And Suspense Hour at Largo in Hollywood.

 
GINA FERRANTI
(Wanda)

Gina Ferranti is a New York City born actress and producer. She has performed in numerous off-Broadway shows, including Tony n Tina's Wedding, The Great Divide, and is slated to star opposite Ralph Macchio and Mario Cantone in Charles Messina's A Room of My Own. She has also starred in several independent films; Spy: the Movie, Merging, and Choose. Gina's Off-Broadway producer credits include Mercury: The Afterlife and Times of a Rock God, The Accidental Pervert and John Guare's Cop Out and The Talking Dog. Gina is a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater. You can learn more about her at www.ginaferranti.com.

 
REBECCA HARRIS FLYNN
(Stephanie)

NY Theatre: Submitted by C Randall McCloskey (Teatro LATEA Theatre); Looking Good (Beckmann Theater). Regional Theatre: Drop Dead! (also written by Billy & Jane and directed by Gary), Noises Off, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Foreigner, Story Theatre, Bullshot Crummond (Duncan Smith Theater); Proof (Coastal Artists Ensemble), Battlefield (Passage Theatre), Picasso at the Lapine Agile, Laughter of the 23rd Floor, The Boys Next Door (Center Playhouse), Social Security (The Strand), The Man Who Came To Dinner (The Great Auditorium). Rebecca is President of the Holmdel Theatre Company, where she produces works that seek to integrate professional actors, directors, technicians and designers as mentors to students, non-professionals and apprentices in a synergistic artistic and educational exchange. She is the recipient of the 2012 Community Arts Education Leader award for outstanding and invaluable service to the local artistic community.

 
TERESA GANZEL
(Stephanie)

Teresa Ganzel received her formal training from The Goodman School of Drama at The Art Institute of Chicago. Arriving in Los Angeles, she quickly began working in comedic roles in film and television. Film included playing Jackie Gleason's wife in The Toy and Jeff Goldblum's love interest in Transylvania 6-500. In television, her first role guest starring role as Greedy Gretchen in Three's Company then led to starring with Jim Carey in the 13 episode sitcom The Duck Factory and alongside Lynn Redgrave in the 13 episode Teachers Only. Several more pilots and many guest starring roles such as Bill Paxton's wife in the comedy mini-series Fresno, The Newhart Show, Night Court, Married with Children, etc. She appeared as a frequent guest and sketch performer with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show during the final ten years of his reign. She was a popular celebrity contestant on game shows such as The Pyramid Show, Hollywood Squares, etc. Upcoming is the feature Escort Service. And she is an active voice over actress. On stage she received the Robby Award's best supporting actress/comedy for her portrayal of Corrine Stohler in House of Blue Leaves directed by Gordon Hunt and the Drama Logue award best ensemble cast for Last of the Red Hot Lovers directed by Michael Michetti. Recently she has toured in Viagara Falls originating the role of Jacqueline Tempest with the late great Harold Gould and with Bernie Kopell and Robert Pine. From Palm Springs to Palm Beach to several stops in between including Off Broadway at The Little Shubert in New York. Teresa is thrilled to be back in New York!

 
KHRYSTYNE HAJE
(Stephanie)

A native Californian, Emmy winner Khrystyne Haje started her career at age 14 as a fashion model. Gracing covers and billboards world-wide, she quickly progressed to commercials, starring roles in Network TV movies and the role of Simone, on ABC's 5-year top 20 hit Head of the Class - now in syndication.

She was awarded the Civilian Medal of Honor from the U.S. Department of Defense, for entertaining U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf on the Bob Hope tour.

People Magazine named Khrystyne, one of "The 50 Most Beautiful People In The World" with a beautiful center fold that won a CLEA for beauty.

In addition to a variety of Network TV appearances, Khrystyne was privileged to be cast in "Man of the Year", John Ritter's final film.

Her numerous appearances, staring roles and high recognize-ability add power to her personal message of preserving our natural resources and lifting the human spirit.  As a founding board member of ECO, the Earth Communication Office, she works hard to protect our delicate ecosystems.  She's presented at the White House on community involvement, publicly taken a stand with MADD, (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and contributed her time and resources to Best Buddies, which enhances the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by offering love, support and friendship.

Khrystyne's personal life is spent with family and close friends. The only girl in a family of four boys, she developed a love for sports and the great outdoors.  She travels between NY, Los Angeles and the Northern California Redwoods, where she maintains a preserve.

 
BRIAN O'HALLORAN
(George)

Brian is best remembered for his first film role, Dante Hicks in Kevin Smith's independent cult classic Clerks. Brian has worked with some of the film industry's best in Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. He voiced the role of Dante for the animated series Clerks on ABC. He starred in the title role of the very dark comedy Vulgar. He owned a flower shop for the demented in the film Drop Dead Roses. He tackled the role of a former TV superhero in the film The Junior Defenders. Brian returned to the role of Dante in the film sequel Clerks 2. He recently took a turn towards the horror genre in Steven Mena's film, Brutal Massacre, a mock-u-mentary look at the making of a horror film. Brian was seen in M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening and James L. Brooks comedy How do you know?.

Brian began his acting career in theatre. He has performed in over 50 productions such as The Beauty Queen of Lenanne, Translations, and Dancing at Lughnasa. Some of his other favorite roles include Stones in his Pockets, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, ART, The Passion of Dracula, and The Crucible. As a member of the New Jersey Repertory Theater since 1998, he appeared in the world premiers of A World I Never Made, Mike Folie's An Unhappy Woman and Panama and D.W. Gregory's The Good Daughter. He appeared in Ian August's Submitted by C. Randall McCloskey as part of the 2012 NYC Fringe Festival.

 
AVA SERENE PORTMAN
(Wanda)

Ava is thrilled to be a part of the YGHM cast! Favorite theater roles: Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Angelique in The Imaginary Invalid, Brooke in Noises Off, Helena in Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Martha in The Children’s Hour. Film/Television: My Crazy Love, Banana Dart Board, the web-series AP Life, and the upcoming indie-horror film Under A Blanket of Blue. A big THANK YOU to all family and friends who have been supportive!

 
FRAN SOLGAN
(Wanda)

Frances Solgan is excited to be part of You've Got Hate Mail. Fran is from Red Bank, NJ and recently played Gail in Escape From Happiness on the Brookdale Stage. Fran would like to extend a very big thank you to her teacher and previous director, John Buckovec, for all of his support. To the cast and crew: it's been great working with you all! You are all so amazing. To Billy Van Zandt, Jane Milmore and Gary Shaffer, thank you for this wonderful opportunity! To Mom, Dad and other special family and friends (you know who you are), thank you for everything; I love you all. Enjoy the show!

 
SHERLE TALLENT
(Peg)

A native of Virginia, Sherle (rhymes with "hurl") has been associated with Van Zandt/Milmore for more than 30 years playing everything from a gruff Viet Nam vet in Infidelities, to a world famous sex symbol in Confessions of a Dirty Blonde.  Other roles she created include Sweet Carnation's Nan in Merrily We Dance and Sing, Peg with the zipper-trouble in Bathroom Humor, televangelist Honey Pie Burgermeister in The Senator Wore Pantyhose, Annie Quinn the Groupie in Do Not Disturb, Arlene in What the Bellhop Saw, Edie in What the Rabbi Saw and Fran in Til Death Do Us Part and her favorite - that of washed up television star Mona Monet in the Van Zandt/Milmore classic Drop Dead.   Sherle is glad to be back alongside Billy, Jane, and Glenn in the role she created in the original 2007 production.  All things considered, the last 30 years have been fabulous.  The next 30 should be even better.  Jane and Billy, I love you.  Blessed be.

 
CERINA VINCENT
(Wanda)

Cerina grew up performing at the age of 3 in her mother's ballet studio in Las Vegas, Nevada. She soon moved from dancing to acting when she began starring in many plays and musicals in her hometown. At sweet-sixteen, she was crowned Miss Nevada Teen USA, and finished top 15 in the nationally televised Miss Teen USA Pageant. Not loving the term "beauty queen," but in love with performing, Cerina moved to Los Angeles, started college on an academic scholarship, but her acting career quickly began.

First known as "Maya, The Yellow Power Ranger" in the #1 watched show in the world, FOX's Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, Cerina went from a TV super hero, to a silver screen sex symbol, when she showed off her comedic chops in her daring role as "Areola" in Not Another Teen Movie. She is famous around the globe as a "scream queen" from her outstanding performance in Eli Roth's/ Lions Gate's horror sensation, Cabin Fever. Many magazines have labeled her as one of the "Hottest Women in Horror"—she can be seen in many popular genre films, starred in the action thriller It Waits, Dark Castle's Return to House On Haunted Hill, and tapped into her edgier side in Darkened Room, a short film created for her and directed by David Lynch.

Cerina is also busy guest starring on some of the world's most popular TV shows such as, CSI, Bones, Two And A Half Men, Gary Unmarried, and many others over the years. She stole hearts in the charming romantic comedy Everybody Wants To Be Italian and got best actress nominations from festivals around the country for her poignant performance in Steven R. Monroe's compelling drama Complacent. Also written and directed by Steven R. Monroe, Cerina just wrapped the lead role in the action-revenge thriller MoniKa – which she also Co-Executive produced.

Cerina is also working hard as a writer. She co-wrote Harper Collin's best selling witty, sexy, fun, How To Eat Like A Hot Chick: Eat What You Love, Love How You Feel, and How To Love Like A Hot Chick: The Girlfriend-to-Girlfriend Guide to Getting the Love You Deserve. The third in the series, Live Like A Hot Chick, just hit stores. Cerina, with co-author Jodi Lipper, also have a column in the Huffington Post, and their irreverent, uplifting advice is published in many magazines and popular websites. Ms. Vincent's savvy, sexy wit, and celebrity, expert advice can also be seen at various times on the Today show, Tyra Banks, Extra, I-Village, Good Morning America and on dozens of other news and radio stations around the country.

Cerina has traveled the world meeting her fans, promoted her films on various media including Access Hollywood, The Howard Stern Show, MTV UK and on hundreds of national radio stations including MAXIM, COSMO and PLAYBOY radio. She has appeared in and on covers of dozens of magazines in the US and all over Europe, but in "real life" enjoys cooking, yoga, happy hour with her girlfriends, and spending time with her large, loving Italian family. Currently, Cerina is busy writing her 4th book in the Hot Chick Book Series, and excited for the release of her latest action/thriller, MoniKa.




Creative Team

BILLY VAN ZANDT & JANE MILMORE
(Playwrights)

THEATRE: Love, Sex And the IRS; Suitehearts; Lie, Cheat, And Genuflect; Playing Doctor; Having A Wonderful Time, Wish You Were Her; A Little Quickie; Drop Dead; Bathroom Humor; Infidelities; The Senator Wore Pantyhose; What The Bellhop Saw; Till Death Do Us Part; Do Not Disturb; Merrily We Dance & Sing; What The Rabbi Saw; Confessions Of A Dirty Blonde; Silent Laughter; The Pennies; A Night At the Nutcracker; The Property Known As Garland (Van Zandt); You've Got Hate Mail; Wrong Window; High School Reunion: the Musical. TELEVISION: Newhart; Anything But Love; I Love Lucy: The Very First Show (Emmy nomination); Sydney; Nurses; Martin (People's Choice Award, NAACP Image Award); Daddy Dearest; Wayans Bros.; Suddenly Susan; Bless This House; Yes, Dear; The Hughleys (Prism Award); Center Of thee Universe; Jack and Janet Save the Planet. FILM: A Wake In Providence (Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival Audience Award). Visit Billy and Jane at www.vanzandtmilmore.com and www.samuelfrench.com.

 
GARY SHAFFER
(Director)

Gary Shaffer's directing credits include High School Reunion: the Musical (co-director), Fiorello!; The Pajama Game; Promises, Promises; Run For Your Wife; Side by Side by Sondheim; Noises Off; Camelot; Not Now, Darling; Forum; Guys & Dolls; Pump Boys & Dinettes and at New York’s Manhattan Rep Theatre: And I’ll Scratch Yours. His original comedy Bases Loaded was recently performed at Ocean County College in New Jersey. Producing credits include the Off-Broadway runs of Anne Meara's After-Play, My Italy Story, Kosher Franks, Santa Claus is Coming Out and Carol Channeling. His company, Shaffer Marketing, has handled promotions for productions in New York, Las Vegas and elsewhere.


JEN LUCERO
(Stage Manager)

A skilled fight choreographer, aerial performer, and actor, Jen is currently a member of the technical production staff at the Brookdale Performing Arts Center (NJ). She has worked as a builder, rigger, and security coordinator in a wide variety of entertainment venues, as well as spending several years as an adventure guide, corporate trainer, and experiential educator. Her recent regional backstage assignments include A Christmas Carol at the McCarter Theatre (stage crew), the 2011 Princeton Festival (Props Master), and at Brookdale, Julius Caesar (Set Designer). Previous Van Zandt/Milmore productions for Jen include Wrong Window (Props Master), and High School Reunion: The Musical (Props Master, Rigger).


NOEL KUBEL
(Associate Producer)

Having left behind a long career in higher education, Noel freelances as a graphic artist and writer, and is a principle at Rainwater Creative Content. For more than a decade, he's produced theatrical productions for VZ/M.


DANNY SANCHEZ
(Production Stills)

Danny, of Paris, New York, and Red Bank is the Official Van Zandt/Milmore Photographer. In addition to his work in fashion, advertising, and editorial, he also does extensive work shooting head shots, and is frequently requested for Soap Opera Digest. Past credits include many national magazines, album covers and shooting for Spin Magazine.