Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Thorsten Kaye Loves Out Loud

Don’t hate him because he’s beautiful. Love him because he is subtle in his delivery and can say more with a glance than copious words could descry. An athlete and an actor with the heart of a poet is a description fitting Thorsten Kaye to a tee. He has presence and, therefore, his characters fill the small screen whenever he appears. His work with Alicia Minshew has been noteworthy on All My Children as was his work with Susan Haskell back in the Golden Age of One Life to Live.

Thorsten Kaye is one of the important elements in helping get Love Out Loud off to a running start, because he has generously taken the time to come by to greet his many fans every year to help bring attention to the fundraiser. He is loyal to the cause and they are loyal to him.

If we are very lucky this year, Susan Haskell will be joining the father of her children for the Upper West Side Soirée

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Soap Opera Royalty Loves Out Loud: Thom Racina

Thomas Frank Raucina was born in Kenosha. To help finance college, he wrote books simply to earn money- books that he didn't even want recognition for. Thom Racina (as his professional name came to be) wrote Westerns, romances, porn or whatever else the publisher paid him for. He moved up to mainstream publishing with a take-off on The Happy Hooker: My Own Story, by Xaviera Hollander, called The Happy Hustler, which he wrote entirely in one weekend. The novel ended up being successful, selling three million copies and spawning three sequels. His breakthrough came in 1977 and was titled The Great Los Angeles Blizzard."Rights were purchased to adapt it to the big screen, but the cost estimates for the film were too high for it to be profitable. Racina took a 19-year hiatus after this novel to work on writing for TV. He gave the world 4,000 broadcast hours of Search for Tomorrow (1980), General Hospital(1981-1984), Days of Our Lives (1984-1986), Another World (1986-1988), Generations (1988-1991) and Santa Barbara (1991-1992), besides writing for the much-acclaimed nighttime series, Family (1978-1979). As a writer for the soaps, he received five Emmy nominations, one specifically for "Luke & Laura's Wedding on" General Hospital- the single highest-rated episode in daytime history (30 million people tuned in). “I loved being head writer, for you get to play God and get paid for it to boot! It was a great time, and sometimes, I'll admit, when I'm feeling lonely in my newly-chosen solitary profession as a novelist, I do miss it. But I can't do both, and having a book or two on library shelves when I'm gone means a great deal. Writing books is nourishing for the soul.”After many busy years spent writing for TV, Racina returned to life as a novelist and moved to Palm Springs. It was not difficult for him to get back into the swing of writing thriller novels, with Snow Angel being published shortly after in 1996. He has since written Hidden Agenda (1998), Secret Weekend (1999), The Madman's Diary(2000), Never Forget (2002) and Deep Freeze (2005). We are proud that this very caring man who is had in common by both Elizabeth Taylor and Brad Pitt will be at Loud Out Loud VI.
Read more about him here.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Beth Chamberlin Loves Out Loud

Beth Chamberlin joined Guiding Light and took over the role of Beth Raines in 1989. She left Guiding Light in 1991, only to come back six years later after returning to school to study psychology. Devastated by the sudden death of her father in 1999, Chamberlin struggled to come to terms with her loss and contemplated leaving Guiding Light when her contract ended that year. Claire Labine, then-head writer of the show, convinced her to re-sign. Chamberlin often helps with charities and takes part in volunteer work. She frequently works with groups that combat ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's disease"), raising money and awareness for those organizations. She is a board member of the Curtis R. Vance Foundation, a group that raises money for research and helps support ALS sufferers and their families. Chamberlin and Peter Roy married in 1994 and welcomed their son, Luke, in May of 2005. In her free time, Chamberlin enjoys writing, antiquing and working as a ski instructor with her husband. We are thrilled that this lovely and talented woman has found the time to join us for Love Out Loud VI on May 11, 2011.

Scott Evans Loves Out Loud

Scott Evans is best known for his role as the police officer Oliver Fish on One Life to Live. He is the younger brother of Chris Evans (Fantastic Four, Captain America: The First Avenger.) Scott was born in Sudbury, Massachusetts. He studied theater at New York University. Chris Evans told The Advocate in February 2009 that his brother was openly gay. In a June 15, 2009 interview with AfterElton.com, Scott Evans discussed the fact that he had come out at age 19 before he had pursued acting professionally. He said, "I didn’t want to be one of those people who goes back into the closet and tries to hide because I knew it would come out. With the success of my brother, I didn't feel it was necessary to hide it once I'd come out. I'm an out person, as opposed to an out actor, I suppose." Initially brought in to One Life to Live for five episodes, Evans returned several times. In July 2009 it was confirmed that his character Fish would become involved in a romantic relationship with another man [source: Wikipedia]. The storyline was followed religiously by AfterElton.com and engendered a loyal following for the characters and actors involved. Although the Network pulled its support from something that initially brought much good will in the LGBT community at large, there is still much loyalty for Scott because of his courage and involvement in a groundbreaking story. Last year Scott stepped to help us with an auction for an autographed copy of Details with the cover story about him. We are very happy and proud to have his personal participation in Love Out Loud VI.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

BethAnn Bonner Loves Out Loud

BethAnn Bonner if not the de facto winner of Soapnet's I Wanna Be a Soap Star 3, was the true winner. In 2006 she was offered the contract role of police officer Talia Sahid on the ABC Daytime’s One Life to Live, debuting in December of that year and finishing the role in 2009. "She is neither cookie-cutter nor easily forgettable…" [source: Denise on Wikipedia]. BethAnn is in fact a woman for all seasons. She is an extremely talented singer who gave commanding performances at shows to benefit Broadway Cares: Equity Fights AIDS. The woman needs a showcase of her own. She can also dance and, of course, it is well known to a myriad of fans that she can act. As a talented woman who actually takes the time to care, we hope that all of this is just the start of greater things to come. When BethAnn enters a room she creates an atmosphere. Her energy and vitality take over. This is not her first Love Out Loud, she has been there for us in years past. Come out to say hello and support our AIDS Walk team.

Jersey Boy Loves Out Loud: Tom Degnan

You gotta love a guy who loves the Phillies. OK? The eldest of three siblings, Tom Degnan, who was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania grew up outside of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. A self-proclaimed sports fanatic, he was on the track team in high school and briefly considered trying out his athleticism at the collegiate level while attending Notre Dame, but he ended up majoring in finance, instead. "There was a short window— very, very short window — where I thought about actually walking on to the track team for hurdles," he told Soap Opera Digest. "You realize that all the kids who play varsity sports are bigger, faster, stronger than you so that wasn't going to fly!" It wasn't until Degnan took a theater class—just to fulfill a requirement, no less—that he discovered his passion for the stage. In 2008, Degnan went on to attend Case Western Reserve University, where he received an MFA in Theater. After a couple of small television appearances, Degnan was tapped to play mysterious war veteran Riley onAs the World Turns in 2009. Riley was revealed to be Margo's son, Adam, who had been presumed-dead in a bombing in Afghanistan.In November 2010, Degnan joined the cast of One Life to Live in the highly sought after recast role of Joey Buchanan (initially believing he'd lost the part to Josh Kelly, who plays Cutter). Degnan has also appeared on The Good Wife and is currently in a band with his former As the World Turns co-star Billy Magnussen (ex-Casey). We are proud to have him take part in Love Out Loud VI. This event only gets better every year and Mr. Degnan proves it. Thanks to Soap Opera Digest for the biographical information.

David A Gregory Loves Out Loud

David Andrew Gregory was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, on August 19, 1985. At an early age, he knew that he wanted to be an actor. One summer he went to Interlochen Center for the Arts. The experience at the summer arts camp left him with the feeling that he had no other choice; performing arts was a part of him, and he was meant to act. In 2008, David graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. During his college years, he had exposure to acting opportunities that he had not received anywhere else, and he really appreciates the insight that he has taken away from his mentors and teachers. Leading up to his role as Robert Ford on One Life to Live, David endured seven months of unemployment.He eventually got a call to audition for One Life to Live’s casting director, and although he didn’t feel the vibe, afterwards he got invited to read for Executive Producer Frank Valentini. Before he even making it home, he got the call, and they had an answer for him: Meet Robert Ford, everyone!
David is also very fortunate to have a great family who supports his ambitions, and he credits them for where he is today.Concerning his role on One Life to Live, he thanks his fans for their support, and he really appreciates their role in bringing his character, Ford, back to the show. David was also quite memorable in a comical Airborne TV advertisement. Lightning will strike twice for us, we are very proud to have One Life's sexy cad with us for Love Out Loud again this year.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Mark Lawson Loves Out Loud

Mark Lawson's rendition of "Anthem" from Chess elicited a palpable reaction when he took stage at BC/EFA's ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway two years ago. Lawson's upper torso on One Life to Live is legendary. It is, therefore, easy to ignore other talents therein. However, his beautiful voice blessed the audience that evening. One of his co-stars, Farah Fath had this to say in a recent interview: He is really intense, and I like to work with actors who take their work seriously. He is a true actor’s actor. He gets in there and finds the rawest place he can go. He does not care if it’s a big scene or small scene. He is committed. Mark was on contract from the beginning, but that does not really mean anything. I think they were really impressed with him, and he works really hard, does his homework, and I respect that. Lawson has fans in other cast members, among them Ilene Kristen who is no slouch in recognizing true talent. It is our good fortune to have the exceptional Mr. Lawson with us once again May 11th at Prohibition for Love Out Loud VI. His legion of fans will be very happy about that as well.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Jeremiah Clark Loves Out Loud

Described as “Amazing, Fantastic, Phenomenal!” by Feast of Fun blog gurus Marc and Fausto, Jeremiah Clark’s passion for music started at a very young age. This self-taught pianist and guitarist released his first album at the age of only sixteen and has since spent years crafting a unique sound that blends his soulful voice and acoustic instrumentation with a deeply-rooted southern heritage. His latest release, the highly-anticipated "Just Another Sad Song," was wholeheartedly embraced by fans all over the country and has made him “A Pittsburgh sensation,” according to CUE Magazine.
With lyrics often referred to as “deeply poignant,” Jeremiah Clark masterfully balances poetry with practicality. While his songs usually take on a more serious tone, his performances are refreshingly lighthearted. He enjoys telling comedic stories about family, friends and traveling between tune joking that, “If you don‘t laugh and cry at some point during the show, I simply have not done my job.” His third tour will take him to 60 U.S. cities over the course of 2011 playing for countless, eager fans. Learn more at www.jeremiahclarkmusic.com.

We are proud to announce that Jeremiah will be on hand for Love Out Loud VI Come out to support our efforts for AIDS Walk New York on May 11, 2011