Wednesday, May 14, 2014


 Poe Forevermore Radio Theater won the 12th Annual Rondo Award for "Best Multimedia or Podcast".

Thanks to all of you who voted for us!
The complete list of Rondo Award winners is here:

Thanks to all of the actors, writers, directors, musicians. technicians and graphic artists who have made the launch of Poe Forevermore Radio Theater successful.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day, Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Sonnet — To My Mother.

Because I feel that, in the heavens above,
The angels, whispering to one another,
Can find, among their burning terms of love,
None so devotional as that of 'mother' —
Therefore by that sweet name I long have called you —
You, who are more than mother unto me,
And fill my heart of hearts, where Death installed you,
In setting my Virginia's spirit free.
My mother — my own mother — who died early —
Was but the mother of myself; but you
Are mother to the one I loved so dearly,
And thus are dearer than the mother I knew;
By that infinity with which my wife
Was dearer to my soul than its soul-life.

In today's short poem, Poe addresses his aunt, Maria Clemm Poe, his beloved "Muddy", who became something of the mother he never had...
Happy Mother's Day!

-Mark Redfield
11 May, 2014

All original text and art © Mark Redfield. All Right Reserved.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

SHAKESPEARE SATURDAYS: Caliban in THE TEMPEST "This island's mine!"


In this brief moment from Shakespeare's magical THE TEMPEST, we are introduced to Caliban, the child-creature of the island, summoned by Prospero...

I'll read both Prospero and Caliban in this scene.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

REDFIELD'S CARTOONARAMA: "EM N EM" (2014) by Mark Redfield

EM N EM (2014) by Mark Redfield. Acrylic on canvas. 16x20.

A tasty treat? A popular musician and performer? 

All I know is--this "Em n Em" is a candy-coated chocolate that's a slim shady...

-Mark Redfield
9 May, 2014

All original text and art © Mark Redfield. All Right Reserved.


Just a heads up to all of my actor friends: I'm beginning to assemble the company of voice actors for the Edgar Allan Poe biography ALONE: THE LIFE OF POE.

The audio drama is incredibly extensive and has dozens of characters. The biography covers the 40 years of Poe's life, and episodes before his birth and after his death. The length of the audio drama is 10 hours, or 20, thirty-minute chapters. Fully dramatized with music and sound effects. The audioplay will be recorded in Maryland.

I'm primarily looking for very realistic regional accents, (men and women). Regional accents include characters who are convincing in their Irish, British (various dialects), American Southern (Virginia), New England (Boston) accents and dialects.

If you're interested in being considered for a role (or roles, if you can do multiple voices and/or accents) please send an MP3 demo to:
(Subject line: Poe drama)

The play will begin recording in mid-to-late July, 2014, for an October, 2014, debut. Positions are compensated. Travel negotiated.

Thanks! Pass the word along to your actor friends!
-Mark Redfield 

8 May, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014


"Hitchcock is not amused" (2014) by Mark Redfield. Acrylic on canvas, 11"x14"

"Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. 
It didn't change people’s habits. 
It just kept them inside the house." 
- Alfred Hitchcock
New York Journal-American 25 August 1965

More Redfield art available HERE.

Original Art and Text  ©Mark Redfield. All rights Reserved. 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

SHAKESPEARE SATURDAYS The First Theatrical "knock-knock" joke? The Porter scene from MACBETH

 Is this the first "knock-knock" joke?

This scene, from Shakespeare's horror-show MACBETH, takes place right after the murder of Duncan. It's usually cut form productions, mostly because directors don't quite know what to do with it and it's apparent change of tone. But it is very useful, and it's meaning is easy for an audience to grasp, so I think that it should be kept.

In this recording I'll read the part of The Porter, who is a bit (no, he's very) drunk, and Malcolm, who has been a-knocking...

Hope you like it!

-Mark Redfield
3 May, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

Shakespeare Saturdays: Chorus opening speech from HENRY V, performed by Mark Redfield


Today we begin our "Shakespeare Saturdays" series; monologues and scenes posted every Saturday for the fun of it, the hell of it, the vocal exercise of it,  and to celebrate William Shakespeare's 450th through-out the year...

I thought it's be fun to begin with Chorus's opening speech from HENRY V, asking the listeners to kindly use their imaginations to enhance a poor theater's production values...

I hope you enjoy these little sips of Shakespeare.

-Mark Redfield
26 April, 2014

ps--although we really don't know the date of Shakespeare's birth, we DO know he was baptized on this day--April 26th. 





ANNAPOLIS, MD (April 25, 2014) – Governor Martin O’Malley and Media Rights Capital announced today that they have reached an agreement that will keep the hit television show House of Cards filming its third season in Maryland.

“Spoiler alert: we’re going to keep the 3700 jobs and more than 100 million dollars of economic activity and investment that House of Cards generates right here in Maryland,” Governor O’Malley said. “Media Rights Capital has been a great supporter of the people and entertainment community in Maryland and we couldn't be happier to continue our partnership.”

The Maryland General Assembly first passed the Film Production Tax Credit in 2011, providing $26 million in tax credits in the show’s first two seasons. With the growth of the production, House of Cards will receive a total of $11.5 million in 2014, through a combination of both the 2014 Film Production Tax Credit program and a General Assembly authorization of $7.5 million in grants in the FY15 budget. Governor O'Malley led negotiations with MRC to finalize the agreement, which provides less than the production qualified for, but enough to keep the hit franchise in Maryland.

“House of Cards is the gift that keeps on giving, having injected hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy, while also helping to provide thousands of jobs to our Maryland community,” commented Asif Satchu, co-CEO of MRC. “We are very grateful to both Governor O’Malley for his tireless efforts to help keep jobs in Maryland and the leadership of the General Assembly for their continued advocacy and support.”

The producers of the show expect to begin production on Season 3 over the next several months.

 Kevin Spacey in Netfix' HOUSE OF CARDS

Poe Forevermore Radio Theater nominated "Best Multi Media Horror" in RONDO AWARDS! Please vote for us!

I'm very happy that the audio plays and books I'm producing under the banner POE FOREVERMORE RADIO THEATER has been nominated this year for a Rondo Award in the "Best Multi Media Horror" category!

Please take a moment and vote for Poe Forevermore Radio Theater. Basic rules and instructions ar ebelow, and voting only takes a few minutes.

There is just a week left to vote in  the TWELFTH ANNUAL RONDO HATTON CLASSIC HORROR AWARDS.
Balloting ends at midnight the night of Sunday, MAY 5, 2014. (If you have already voted this year, feel free to forward the ballot to a friend).

  — TO VOTE:  Simply ballot the ballot from the Rondo website HERE. or cut-and-paste works fine; or type a list, and send an e-mail with your picks to, David Colton, at by Sunday night at midnight, May 5, 2014.

  -- Every e-mail must include your name to be counted.  All votes are kept strictly confidential. No e-mail addresses or personal information will ever be shared with anyone. And no, you do not have to vote in every category.

 So, please take a moment and vote for POE FOREVERMORE RADIO THEATER today, in category # 23 BEST MULTIMEDIA HORROR The ballot is here:

Check out POE FOREVERMORE RADIO THEATER frequently as we add new titles of audio plays and audio books weekly. Poe Forevermore Radio Theater is HERE.

Thank you for taking the time to vote for us and support our work!
-Mark Redfield
25 April, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014

National Poetry Month, April 2014 THE RAVEN by Poe, recited by Mark Redfield

 April, 2014 has been National Poetry Month, and as I've been working on the script and the pre-production chores of the audioplay biography of Edgar Allan Poe called ALONE: THE LIFE OF POE, I've been posting daily recordings of the poet's poems.

I should have been posting them here as well, but, well, I haven't. So, along with other entries in the coming months, I'll be posting a Poe poem here once-a-week.
Here's Poe's famous poem THE RAVEN, which made him something of a rock star when it was published in his lifetime, in 1845.

Enjoy the doom and gloom!

-Mark Redfield
24, April, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

THE BIRTH AND DEATH OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE We Celebrate 450 Years: April 1564-April 201

Historians believe that the great playwright and poet was born on this day in 1564. He also died on this date, April 23rd, in 1616. There some who insist that his birth be celebrated on the 26th, because there is a baptismal certificate for that day, although there is no birth record. Regardless, today we honor the great William Shakespeare, for his words and characters live on.

William Shakespeare

To celebrate and honor Shakespeare, I'm going to post a newly recorded monologue or scene each Saturday here at AN ACTOR'S NOTEBOOK. Look for posts headlined SHAKESPEARE SATURDAYS for my recordings, and for articles and stories about The Bard, along with each recording..

I think Shakespeare is best when you can HEAR him performed (and even better to see AND hear!), so I've selected a wide ranging and eclectic series of speeches that I've recorded, and I hope you like them.

They were fun to record, and allowed me to think about characters and plays I hadn't performed in years, or look at old favorites anew, and play some characters I missed earlier in my career.

To start things off, here is Prospero's epilogue, spoken at the end of THE TEMPEST. One of Shakespeare's last plays, this monologue is rather fitting to hear on the anniversary of The Bard's death, as Prospero is surely giving up his magic and creativity and letting his every "third thought" be of his own death...This monologue, in many ways, is about endings then, and about beginnings, much like the play THE TEMPEST itself.

For your indulgence and pleasure, I submit most humbly,

-Mark Redfield
23 April, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


5 February, 2014

This is a special and exciting week for fans of Chaplin and classic cinema. And if you’re a fan of either, you’re a fan of both.

This week we celebrate and mark the historic occasions when Chaplin made his film debut (“Making a Living”, Keystone, released 2 February, 1914), and his character The Little Tramp made his debut (“Kid Auto Races at Venice”, Keystone, released 7 February, 1914).
And today, as we mark the debut of Modern Times, which opened on February 5th, 1936 and was the last screen appearance of Chaplin’s Little Tramp character, it was announced that a novella written by Chaplin will be published. 

Chaplin’s only known work of fiction (he had also written and published his biography in his lifetime in 1964, and a photobook called “My Life in Pictures” in 1974, “Footlights” is a novella that is the precursor to the screenplay and film LIMELIGHT. 

“Footlights” was written in 1948, and was reconstructed by Chaplin biographer and film historian David Robinson, and researchers at the Cineteca di Bolongna, an Italian film restoration institute. Multiple drafts of the manuscript to “Footlights” were found in the Chaplin archives in Switzerland, and the Chaplin Estate gave the parties permission to reconstruct the literary work. The novella essentially tells the story told in Chaplin’s film LIMELIGHT, but has a more somber, sadder edge to it.

The novella can be ordered from Amazon or from Cineteca HERE. It goes on sale at The British Film Institute on Tuesday.

Here is a charming scene with Chaplin and Claire Bloom:


 Chaplin’s last film to use his immortal character of The Little Tramp opened on 5 February, 1936. Chaplin’s Jewish Barber in THE GREAT DICTATOR, although bearing a great resemblance to the tramp, was quite a different little fellow.

Here is the classic factory scene from MODERN TIMES:

Original Images and Text © Mark Redfield 2014

Sunday, February 2, 2014


MAKING A LIVING debuted 100 year ago today...

Charlie Chaplin's first appearance in a motion picture by the public was in the Keystone comedy Making a Living, released on 2 February, 1914.

The familiar and beloved Little Tramp character is not to be found in this knock-about farce from Mack Sennett's comedy factory. Chaplin plays a very different type in his motion picture debut.

Making a Living was directed by Henry "Pathe" Lehrman (nicked named "Pathe" by D.W. Griffith himself, for Lehman lied about working with the French company Pathe in order to be hired whe he started with Griffith and Biograph in New York years before...).

 Chaplin (left) and Henry "Pathe" Lehrman (right).

Making a Living features Chaplin as a sharp swindler "Edgar English", Virginia Kirtley as the daughter, Alice Davenport as the Mother, Henry Lehrman as the Reporter, Minta Durfee as the Woman and Chester Conklin as the Policeman (and as a bum). The infamous Keystone Cops also make an appearance and help give chase at the end.

Here is a print of the film: