Historical Haunts

The Legend: The Curse of Micah Rood

Narrative Film Cast

Ron Palillo as MICAH ROOD

Ron Palillo as MICAH ROOD

After his almost-too-memorable characterization of class yo-yo Arnold Horshack on the hit seventies sit-com WELCOME BACK, KOTTER,  Ron turned back to his first love, the theatre, to sustain him during the rather bleak 1980’s.

He played some forty states and found, much to his surprise, how much he had learned about the craft he loves so well! In L.A. he won the Dramalogue Award for his portrayal of the cat burglar in P.S. YOUR CAT IS DEAD, as well as great acclaim playing stand-up comic Sammy Shore (Yep, Pauly's father!) at the Santa Monica Playhouse, causing Daily Variety to call his performance “Outstanding!”

His art, which has been exhibited throughout the country, brought Ron a showing in New York, where he met up with old pal Tyne Daly, with whom he played the Artful Dodger to her Nancy in an earlier production of OLIVER!, Besides AMADEUS and OLIVER!, Ron toured from theatre to theatre in such diverse shows as OKLAHOMA!, William Gibson’s BUTTERFINGERS ANGEL, GUYS AND DOLLS , I HATE HAMLET, HOW TO SUCCEED, as Truman Capote in A HOLIDAY MEMORY, and many, many others.

But to Ron his great achievement was the role of George in WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? The prestigious New Jersey Star Ledger wrote of him, ”Ron Palillo lays down an extraordinary performance... You may remember him from WELCOME BACK, KOTTER, but here his portrayal here is one of depth and cruel understanding... It is a magnificent performance.”

In 2002, Ron was resident guest star at the Lake Pepin Theatre, where he played the lead roles in BLITHE SPIRIT, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, and ART. That following year, Ron undertook the enormous task of bringing a Nazi War criminal to life in the one man show, THE DIARY OF ADOLF EICHMANN Off- Broadway. The New York Times called his performance “Ferocious.” Later that year, he did a 180 degree and portrayed Arthur in CAMELOT, a role he had dreamed of since he was a child.

In 2004 he wrote THE LOST BOY, a dramatic-fantasy about the true story behind the creation of PETER PAN. THE LOST BOY opened 2005-2006 to unanimously glowing reviews ("The Lost Boy belongs in the canon of great American plays." NEWSDAY.), in regional theatres. Because of its success, rehearsals for a major Los Angeles production of THE LOST BOY are set to begin in late summer for a Sept-Oct opening. Then a national tour is expected ending up in New York City with an eye towards the London West End, where interest in it has been brewing for quite a while now.

 

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Brian Ellsworth as WINSLOW PAGE

Brian Ellsworth as WINSLOW PAGE

Brian Ellsworth started acting while in high school, making his debut role as a cadaver in The Miracle Worker. A small role to be certain but it was enough to make Brian realize that it was a vocation he could not resist.

Throughout his college years at the University of Rhode Island, much to the decline of his grades, Brian acted in various plays including Bedroom Farce and God. Earning a degree in Education, Brian set about initially to become a teacher but such jobs eluded him. As a part-time teacher, Brian had the flexibility to pursue auditions in Providence, Boston and New York, following the advertisements and accumilating work in over sixty television and movie productions.

By the late nineties, Brian had gained his eligibility and joined the Screen Actors Guild. Since then, like many actors, Brian has taken a variety of occupations, ranging from Fed-Ex Driver to bartender to, you guessed it, part- time teacher. However, work in the theatre persisted, playing such roles in Rumors, Cabaret, Our Town, In One Bed and Out the Other and the American premiere of David Copperfield.

There has always been one steadfast rule for Brian as an actor: to never stop working, no matter in what capacity. No experience is wasted so never turn any of it down.

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Joe Gramm

Joe Gramm

Joe Gramm has been working as a professional actor for more than forty years.  On stage he created the role of The Old Crow in the recent highly successful tour of THE LOST BOY written by Ronald G. Paolillo. 

Most notably he was in the national tour of BAREFOOT IN THE PARK as Paul for several years. Joe is a man of a thousand voices and does much voiceover work and can be heard in many radio and TV commercials.  He supplied the voices of six characters in the long-running Off-Broadway hit production of BOOBS, THE MUSICAL.  He will be seen again as The Old Crow and Captain Hook in the upcoming Los Angeles production of THE LOST BOY.

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