I love Carrie Preston’s movies. They are so original and now, here’s another reason to watch That’s What She Said:

Just located some old shots of Michael Emerson and Carrie Preston in this Tumblr account. I know it’s an old picture because Carrie Preston is a blonde and she is now a red head. Ah, I long for the days when my old photo gallery was still up. I bet this photo was there. So many photos were lost when that hard drive crashes. *sigh.

Larger and additional photos are available for viewing here.

I reported earlier that Michael Emerson will participate in a backer reading of an Ian Mairs’s play titled The Learning Curve. Well, I now received additional information about it.  Sean Daniels wrote this in his blog:

This past Saturday, we had a backers reading of Ian Mairs new play THE LEARNING CURVE featuring Emmy Award winning Michael Emerson (Lost, Person of Interest) and Jeff Binder (Broadway: Lion King, Mary Poppins, Lieutenant of Inishmore). Hosted by NYU and produced by Amy Cordileone.

Here was the playbill link that announced the reading:


If you don’t know what a backers reading is – it’s a reading that is closed to the public, but open to Artistic Directors and potential producers of the play (muckety mucks). This way they get to hear the play and think about whether it would be good for their audience.  Then they get a catered party following. Why isn’t all theater like this?

The night before the reading, we went to the opening of Carrie Preston’s (Michael’s wife) movie “That’s What She Said”, which stars Anne Heche. A true delightful romp about being single in your 30′s in the city.

Following it, at the cast party, I ended up hanging out with Terry O’Quinn (Lost), who was amazing at getting free appetizers sent over to us. Maybe it’s his celebrity status, maybe it’s his perfect bald head, who knows, but i have rarely had so many bacon wrapped tiny items delivered in such a short period of time. Also, we talked about how he wants to get back into doing theater…um, YES!

Anne Heche was also there, and the party was sooo fancy, that they had a man in the bathroom who was there JUST to lift up the toilet seat for you –  with metal tongs. It was perhaps the strangest thing ever. We even sent in some ladies into the bathroom to see if he did it for them…he did. In a life of truly awkward moments, this has to have been in the top 10. If you have to poo, do you give him the “just one lid” signal?…I don’t know…I tipped and ran as fast as I could.

Anne Heche, Carrie Preston, and Terry O'Quinn

Michael couldn’t join us as he was shooting “Person Of Interest” on CBS into late in the evening, but still rushed over first thing to rehearse and provide the comedic relief for the reading.

He was genius. It was a true laugh riot. And he had amazing chemistry with Jeff Binder. The room was packed with theater types and producers (high five!), so the actors really turned it up. Lots of laughs, lots of great moments about the struggles of teachers and a quick standing ovation at the end – followed, of course, by a several hour party.  All in all, a great way to have a backers reading.

Alexis Hauk, an Associate Editor from NewBay Media, who came into town for the reading described it as:  ”A truly understated, funny, insightful piece on what it’s like to teach in current public schools.”

Web Designer Rebecca Haden wrote: “15 minutes in, I forgot I was watching a reading. The story was told so fully, I can only imagine how affecting a production of it would be.

So, now we chat with the prospective producers and send out scripts to the regional theaters, and see what happens next.  As Tom Petty once said “the waiting, is the hardest part”…let’s hope it’s a short wait, followed by a full production and more bacon wrapped goodness on opening night.

Additional and larger versions of the photos of Michael Emerson in this article can be viewed here. To view the larger version of the “That’s What She Said” poster, just click on the photo itself. The photo of Anne Heche, Carrie Preston, and Terry O’Quinn is the original size.

By Charlie Patton

Jacksonville playwright Ian Mairs’ comedy about the teaching profession, “The Learning Curve,” will receive a reading Saturday in New York starring Michael Emerson.

According to Broadwayworld.com, “The reading will be for industry professionals interested in learning more about the play and Mairs’ comedy writing.”

“The Learning Curve,” which draws on Mairs’ experience teaching at the University of North Florida, Paxon School for Advance Studies and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, had its debut at Theatre Jacksonville last January. It is a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening look at the world of public education.

Emerson and Mairs became friends when Emerson lived in Jacksonville from 1986-1993. They worked together regularly, co-starring in Mairs’ play “Parts Unknown.” In 1993, Emerson left to get a master’s degree from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

He then went to New York, where he gave a breakout performance in 1997 as Oscar Wilde in a showcase production of Moises F. Kaufman’s “Gross Indecency.” He’s worked regularly since on television and in theater.

He won an Emmy for his portrayal of Benjamin Linus on “Lost” and another for playing William Hinks on “The Practice.” He currently plays Harold Finch on the CBS series “Person of Interest.” He has appeared on Broadway opposite Kevin Spacey in “The Iceman Cometh” and opposite Kate Burton in “Give Me Your Answer, Do!” and “Hedda Gabler.”

Also in the cast of Saturday’s reading will be Jacksonville actress Simone Aden Reid, who appeared in the play when it premiered at Theatre Jacksonville.

Source: Jacksonville.com

As reported earlier, Michael Emerson will participate in the reading of Ian Mair’s play The Learning Curve. Here’s Playbill’s article about it:

Emmy Winner Michael Emerson, Jeff Binder and Mason Lee Set for Reading of The Learning Curve

By Andrew Gans
18 Oct 2012

A by-invitation-only reading of Ian Mairs’ The Learning Curve will be held Oct. 20 in Manhattan.

The cast will feature Emmy winner Michael Emerson (“Lost,” “Person of Interest”), Jeff Binder (Lieutenant of Inishmore, Lion King, Mary Poppins) and Mason Lee (“Hangover 2″).

Sean Daniels directs.

The Learning Curve, according to press notes, “follows the journeys of teachers at all phases of their careers. Meet Mitch, who has fled his depressing stint as a management trainee in search of a more meaningful existence and winds up with a dismal assignment: working as a long-term substitute teacher to a particularly challenging set of high school students. [The play] tracks his journey of daily setbacks and the occasional tiny victory as it charts one person’s struggle to find his place in the world.”

Ian Mairs’ plays include Parts Unknown, Bay at the Moon, Our David, She’s a Big Girl, Now and Nocturne at Twilight.

NYU is hosting the reading for industry professionals interested in learning more about the play and Mairs’ comedy writing.

Amy Acker answering questions at the Person of Interest press roundtable at New York Comic Con. Photo by Corrina Lawson

 By Corrina Lawson

10.17.12  10:00 AM

When I signed up for two press roundtables at last week’s New York Comic Con, I expected to handle them well. I’m used to interviewing politicians and the occasional celebrities from my time as a daily newspaper reporter.

 So went I sat down for the Person of Interest event featuring the stars of the show and its creator, Jonathan Nolan, I was prepared.

 Until Amy Acker sat down at my table. 

She wasn’t an announced guest, so I had no prior warning that my Angel fandom was about to collide with my professional composure. Luckily, I had just caught up with the first two episodes season two of the show, which heavily featured Acker as Root, a computer expert with a very sick viewpoint on the world. So I  had some worthwhile questions. 

The Person of Interest cast: Kevin Chapman, Taraji P. Henson, Michael Emerson, Amy Acker, Bear, and show creator Jonathan Nolan. Photo courtesy Warner Brothers.

Along with Acker, series producer Jonathan Nolan, Taraji P. Henson (Detective Carter), Michael Emerson (Finch), Kevin Chapman (Fusco), and even the cast’s new addition to the show, Bear the dog, appeared at the press event. 

The dog attracted the most attention but, predictably, gave the least away about this season’s plotlines, though it appears he will be on the show to stay. 

Acker also confirmed that Root will be appearing again this season. She said it was a “treat” to play a character who existed long before she was even cast, as Root’s existence had been teased for much of the first season. Acker appeared in last season’s finale as the face behind Root and said she loved playing the switch from the seeming victim to someone who casually murders a woman and kidnaps Finch at the end, comparing it  to her switch from Fred to Illyria in Angel. She also emphasized what a treat it was to work opposite Emerson and Jim Caviezel, who plays ex-CIA agent Reese. (Caviezel’s schedule prevented him from appearing at the press roundtable.)

 “I’ll be back,” Acker said. “I think he [Finch] misses me too much,” she said, teasing in character. 

Asked about her status as something of a geek icon, Acker said “Joss [Whedon] has been great to me” and that he calls  her when he “doesn’t have someone for the part”, as do other writers who once worked on Angel. She called filming Much Ado About Nothing  “an experience that was just so special.” Not many people, she said, can just decided to shoot a movie in their backyard in  two weeks by calling all their friends. She also pointed out that it was a chance to play a “normal girl” for a change.

 Series producer Nolan spoke about the season-long arc planned for the characters but said despite personal developments, POI will stick with the procedural concept, with a number of the week producing someone Finch and Reese must save in some way. He said X-Files is a perfect model for what he want to do with the show. His original concept, he said, for the Machine started when he was a teenager in England in the 1980s and all the surveillance cameras went up but sometimes nobody was watching. 

Asked whether the show had crossed into the realm of science fiction with hints that the Machine is artificially intelligent, Nolan said “yes,” but that “Finch is still making the case it’s only a machine.” 

Nolan confirmed that the crimelord Elias will be back “soon” this season. Nolan also said he plans to be with the show for a long time and he’s “having too much damn fun to stop now.” He credited an incredible partner and an amazing team as part of that fun. (J.J. Abrams co-wrote the original screenplay for the show.)

 Henson and Emerson talked about their characters, Carter and Finch. 

Henson was animated and fun, no more so than when talking about the new addition, Bear. She loves dogs, she says, and they keep having to tell her to not pay attention to him while he’s trying to work. But she said between

Michael Emerson. Photo by Corrina Lawson

takes, he’s all hers to play with. She laughed when she revealed that she usually doesn’t do television and Nolan “wooed” her to get her to play Carter. “At first, it was ‘I hate TV, no, click’.” She television is a very slow burn compared to feature films and, at first, she had no idea who Carter was, which was frustrating, but she’s  learning to just go with it as far as character development.

Emerson had a fascinating take on Finch and Reese’s mission to help those whose numbers came up per the Machine. “They’re on what surely will be a suicide mission in the end. Every number could be their last, so the stakes must always be dire.” He said he doesn’t try to imagine where the show is going and sees himself as handling the micro elements not the macro arcs of the show. “The arc of the show is a contract between writers and the audience. I’m just the one who solves the little problems in the scenes themselves.” About his name being on the marquee for POI, he said he “slept better” when he was part of the cast of Lost.

Person of Interest executive producer Jonathan Nola at New York Comic Con. Photo by Warner Brothers

Asked about his role as the Joker in part 2 of the animated adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, Emerson said he hadn’t seen the most recent versions played my Mark Hamill and Heath Ledger. “The Joker in my head was Caesar Romaro.” He called the Joker the avatar of “pathological mockery” and said he would enjoy more voice work but wryly revealed that he keeps trying out for voice parts and not getting them.

 Person of Interest airs on the CBS network on Thursdays at 9 p.m.

Larger version (and additional) photos of Michael Emerson can be viewed here.

Source: Wired.com

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