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Feb 2017 - Curious Incident Travels

Providence RI
Charlotte & Durham NC
Then home to Philly!

Jan 2017 - Curious Incident Travels
After a very cold week in Pittsburgh
Texas was a good place to spend January

Dec 2016 - Curious Incident Travels
Three weeks in Chicago
Then to Hartford after Xmas

Nov 2016 - Curious Incident Travels
Tampa, West Palm Beach
Then Schenectady/Albany for TGiving
Closed out the month in Minneapolis

Oct 2016 - Award Win!
Thrilled, shocked, proud & grateful to be the recipient of...
a Barrymore Award in Philadelphia
For Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play
in The Invisible Hand
The production got 5 awards overall
Including Best Play!

Oct 2016 - Curious Incident
Official Opening in DC 6 Oct
And the reviews so far are fantastic

Finished up the month in Orlando

Sep 2016 - Curious Incident
Tech rehearsals and previews in Rochester NY.
Audiences love the show

Sep 2016 - Award Nomination!
Got a Barrymore Award nomination in Philadelphia
For Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play
in The Invisible Hand
The production got 10 nominations overall

Aug 2016 - Curious Incident
Auditions began in NYC!
This show is going to be wonderful!

July 2016 - Booked a Broadway National Tour!
Will be part of the cast of
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
When it goes on the road starting this Sep
The contract is for 13 Months
Which means, sadly, that all other 2016-17 gigs will need to be released.

June 2016 - Booked 4 Theaer Gigs for next season!
1. Directing "Assassins" for Quill Theater in Richmond, VA
Opens: 4 Nov

2. Playing Shaker Kelada in "Son Of A Dog" by Gabriel Nathan
Opens: 19 Nov in Studio 5 at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia

3. Playing Alexander Serebrakov in "Uncle Vanya" at Hedgrow Theater in Media, PA
Opens: 9 Feb 2017

4. Playing Sempronius and others in Timon of Athens at the Folger Theater in DC
Opens: 15 May 2017

June 2016 - The Invisible Hand
Audiences and critics say this was a fantastic show.
Sadly, it closed on 5 June.
Here is some of what the reviewers had to say...

Philly.com

DC Metro Arts

Broad Street Review

May 2016 - The Invisible Hand
Performances begin 12 May.
Opening night is 18 May.
More info can be found at this link...

The Invisible Hand at Theatre Exile

Apr 2016 - The Invisible Hand
Rehearsals are underway.
Working with an amazing cast,
and another amazing script from Ayad Akhtar.

Mar 2016 - Othello
Othello going great.
Extended until 2 April.

Feb 2016 - Othello
Rehearsals moved into the Harman Center.
This show is going to be stunning.

Dec 2015 - Theater Gig
Got hired to understudy the lead in Othello at the Shakespeare Theater Company.
Back in America's best city for two months starting in Feb.

Nov 2015 - Hamlet
Directed a reading of the two-headed Hamlet for Hang a Tale company.
Super talented cast of 11 actors playing 17 roles.
Here's hoping the company likes it enough to produce it.

Oct 2015 - Theater Gig
Got cast in The Invisible Hand at Theater Exile next Spring
1st Preview - 12 May; Open - 18 May; Close 5 Jun

Sep 2015 - Show Closing
Despite some technical challenges in the first week.
Merry Wives was a big success.

Aug 2015 - Misc Updates
Winter's Tale closed with about 3,000 people seeing the last two shows.
Merry Wives barrels ahead. This is going to be a funny show!

Jul 2015 - Misc Updates
Oslo had two great readings. Can't wait to see where it goes next.
Winter's Tale rehearsals are going great. We moved into Clark Park with mics.
Merry Wives rehearsals have started. The cast is so talented, there won't be much directing to do.

Jun 2015 - Directing Gig
Merry Wives is cast and the production team is in place
Here. We. Go.

May 2015 - 2 Acting Gigs
Got cast in another JT Rogers play at the PlayPenn Conference in Philly
This one is called Oslo
Readings will be 15 Jul and 25 Jul

Also got cast to play Polixenes in Winter's Tale in Philly
For Shakespeare in Clark Park

Apr 2015 - Directing Gig
Hired to direct Merry Wives with Hedgepig Ensemble
Opening 20 Aug at the Treehouse Theater in NYC

Mar 2015 - Closing Show
So sad to come to the end of The Butcher

Feb 2015 - Theater Gig
Rehearsals for The Butcher are up and running

Jan 2015 - Film Gig
Shot Price for Freedom in the cold in Central NJ
Met Martin Kove in the makeup room
Paul Sorvino & Sally Kirkland were both in the film too

Dec 2014 - Film Gig
Got cast as Captain Sabetti in the film
Price For Freedom
based on the novel by Dr. Marc Benhuri

Nov 2014 - Theater Gig
Got cast in the world premiere production of
The Butcher by Gwydion Suilebhan
at The Gulfshore Playhouse in Feb & Mar 2015
Southern Florida in Winter! Yay!

Click here for more info on the production.

Oct 2014 - Theater Gig
The reviews for Ciphers are in. And they are good.
Click them to see...

Philly.com Review
City Paper Review

Sep 2014 - Theater Gig
Rehearsals begin for Ciphers at Inis Nua Theater in Philadelphia

Click here for more info

July 2014 - TV Gig
Look for the Orderly in Episode 3 of
HBO's The Leftovers
Sun 13 Jul at 10p

Jun 2014 - New Headshots
Finally got new shots done with the incomparable
Teresa Castracane

Apr 2014 - Wittenberg
The show is a huge hit!
The first weekend got full houses and standing Os
and lots of wonderful press.
Click on these links...

Broadway World Review
Richmond Times Dispatch
Richmond Family Magazine
Richmond Showbiz Radio

and there was even TV coverage...

CBS 6 in Richmond

Mar 2014 - Wittenberg
Rehearsals are in full swing and going great.
This is going to be a great show.

Click here for more info

Feb 2014 - TV Gig
Shot a scene with Christopher Eccleston
on HBO's new series The Leftovers.

Dec 2013 - TV Ads
The Ad for Anna's Linens is now, finally, officially, gone.

But the 2 Bloomberg Ads are still up and running.
You can see them on CNN and other news outlets.
Or you can see one of them below.

Nov 2013 - Hamlet!
Hamlet opens and so far the audience and the critics
Have been loving it.

Click here for the preview article

Click here for a review

And here's a sample of what audiences have been saying
(these are from Facebook...)

"I could not believe the play was three hours long. The time went by so quickly!"
"One of the best productions of Hamlet I have ever seen."
"Whoever came up with the idea to have two actors as Hamlet is a genius."
"I have never seen Hamlet's internal conflict portrayed so well."

And here's a photo...

Oct 2013 - TV Commercial
The Anna's Linens commercial that was pulled is back on!!!
See the Feb 2013 entry for the link to the ad
and the Apr 2013 entry for the news report about the public outrage

Sep 2013 - Directing Gig
Rehearsals begin for Hamlet with the M.I.T. Shakespeare Ensemble.
And so far it looks like it is going to be a fun ride.
The show opens 1 Nov

Jul 2013 - Bloomberg Ad up and running

Click it to see it... Bloomberg First

Jul 2013 - Switching Jobs, not Roles
Henley Street Theater has asked Paul to switch his directing assignment
from Death & The Maiden to Wittenberg by David Davalos
Paul's reaction was, "I love both plays so it was a tough decision.
But doing Wittenberg right after directing Hamlet, should be fun."

Jun 2013 - You Must Be Mine
A new and very unique musical play by Corinna Manetto.
Paul directed a staged reading of it for the Thespis Festival in NYC.


May 2013 - SVU Gets Renewed!

Law & Order: SVU will be back for their 15th season next Fall.
So expect to see TV's most unsuccessful defense attorney back in the courtroom next season.
This will be Paul's 10th season as Attorney Linden Delroy.

May 2013 - TWO Gigs as Returning Director
Paul got hired to return to the MIT Shakespeare Ensemble in the Fall
This time to direct Hamlet

And he also got hired to return to Henley Street Theater in Richmond
This time to direct Death & The Maiden by Ariel Dorfman

Apr 2013 - Is All Publicity Good?
Due to much public pressure Anna's Linens pulled the ad off the air
And the news report used Paul's picture for the story. Yikes!
Check out the story below

Anna's Linens Ends Ad Campaign

Mar 2013 - Major News! - Acting Gig
Paul booked a Co-Star spot in the pilot for
The Tomorrow People, a new show on the CW.
There is a good chance it will get picked up, based on the cast...
Robbie Amell (Revenge), Peyton List (Mad Men),
Mark Pellegrino (Lost), Luke Mitchell (Far & Away),

Good News / Bad News
The series The Tomorrow People did get picked up
by the CW. It is going to be shot in Vancouver. But...
The High School Principal got cut from the pilot.
Let's hope he is not gone forever.

Also in Mar 2013 - Directing Gig
Paul directed a mini workshop & staged reading of
Bad Monster, a new play from Jeremy Gable
at Theater Exile in Philadelphia

Feb 2013 - Acting Gig
Paul shot a commercial for Anna's Linens
Check it out...

Anna's Linens TV Ad - Spring 2013

Also in Feb 2013 - Personal News
Paul took a trip to Jamaica and it made National News

Jan 2013 - In the (real) News!
The University of Miami Alumni Magazine published a piece on Paul.
And had his story ahead of an Emmy winner and a Grammy nominee.
Wow! Check it out here...

UMiami Alumni News - January 17, 2013

Dec 2012 - Directing Gig
Paul directed a 3 day workshop of John Anastasi's new play
On the 15th, there was a private reading at Manhattan Theater Club
The play is currently untitled and was formerly known as "I Forgive You Ronald Reagan"

Nov 2012 - Reviews
The English Bride by Lucile Lichtblau
Directed by Deborah Block at Theater Exile in Philadelphia

Paul played Ali Said (seen here with Damon Bonetti as Dov)
and the show got rave reviews...

"The English Bride demands to be seen ...prepare to have your world rocked."
-David Anthony Fox, City Paper

"The character is likewise given a fine, nuanced performance by J Paul Nicholas,
who manages to be thoroughly charming, and a little frightening all at once"
-David Anthony Fox, City Paper

"The three performances are, however, quite satisfying: round, full characterizations too subtle for stereotypes.”
-Toby Zinman, The Philadelphia Inquirer

"A searing performance: J Paul Nicholas is undeniably enigmatic as Ali"
-J. Cooper Robb, Philadelphia Weekly

"...the cast's nuanced performances give emotional depth and ambiguity to their roles..."
- Debra Miller, Stage Magazine

“J Paul Nicholas is charming and convincing -- even surprisingly sympathetic”
- Debra Miller, Stage Magazine

Oct 2012 - Close One Door...
The Water Children closed, sadly, on 13 Oct.
The audiences loved it, and so did the reviewers.
This is what the NYTimes & Backstage had to say...

The NYTimes Theater Review - The Water Children

Backstage Theater Review - The Water Children


... Open Another
2 days later Paul was in Philadelphia to begin rehearsals for
The English Bride at Theater Exile
find info at...
http://www.theatreexile.org/episodes/english-bride.html

Sep 2012 - The Water Children
Rehearsals are going great.
The show moves into the theater on the 24th.
First preview on the 26th, official opening on the 28th.
For more info please visit... http://www.facebook.com/events/324934800934191/
Or... http://www.smarttix.com/ show.aspx?showcode=WAT11

Aug 2012 - 3 Acting Gigs
Paul booked a print commercial for a new drug,
a TV commercial for Bloomberg News,
and a role in The English Bride at Theater Exile in Philly.
Rehearsals for the Exile show start in mid Oct.

Jul 2012 - Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab
An amazing 3 week intensive workshop environment.
Paul worked with & learned from some amazing actors, directors & administrators.
Including George C Wolfe, Pam McKinnon, Bill Irwin, Christopher Durang,
Christopher Bayes, Andre Bishop, James Houghton, just to name a few.

Jun 2012 - Directing Gig
Paul has been hired to direct
The Water Children by Wendy McLeod
Auditions begin 3 Jun, 1st rehearsal is 20 Aug,
Opens 28 Sep.

May 2012 - Reviews for Yellowman
Click Here to read the 1st one
Click Here to read the 2nd one

And John Porter from NPR said,
"Director J. Paul Nicholas has really worked to bring this amazing story to life.
His choreography moves the characters beautifully in ways that were delightful and unexpected. "

May 2012 - Yellowman
Opening night is 25 May, closes 16 Jun
Check out the promo video on Youtube
Click here to see it

Or check out Henley Street Theatre's Facebook page to see the other interviews

Apr 2012 - Law & Order: SVU
"Street Revenge" aired Wed 25 Apr

Apr 2012 - Directing Gig
"One For The Road" opened 6 Apr
in the Times Square Spring Theater Festival.
In the house was Broadway producer, Jeff Britton,
and Firehouse Theater Project Artistic Director, Carol Piersol.

Mar 2012 - Law & Order: SVU
After missing 3 episodes in 2011, Paul was back on the set
with Ice T and new detective, Nick Amaro,
played by Danny Pino.

Mar 2012 - The Tempest
A short but very successful run came to a close
in front of a full house on 24 Mar.

Feb 2012 - The Tempest
Completed casting and began rehearsals.
1st Dress Rehearsal (preview) is 12 Mar
Offiicial opening is 16 Mar


Jan 2012 - Show Closing

After an extremely sucessful run at the Lincoln Center,
sadly, BLOOD & GIFTS closed on 8 Jan.
There is some talk of future productions elsewhere
but for now it is done.


Jan 2012 - A Third Directing Gig!
Between those 2 projects Paul will remount
Bill Patton's ONE FOR THE ROAD
at the Times Square Spring Theater Festival
in NYC in early April.


Dec 2011 - 2 Directing Gigs

Starting in February, Paul will be directing
THE TEMPEST for the M.I.T. Shakespeare Ensemble
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And starting in April, he goes to Richmond, VA to direct
YELLOWMAN at the Henley Street Theater.


Nov 2011 - Blood & Gifts Extension
The tickets have been selling so well
and the reviews have been so good
that the Lincoln Center has decided to extend
the show till Jan 8th.


Paul with playwright JT Rogers at the opening night party for BLOOD & GIFTS

Oct 2011 - Acting Gig
Looks like that post from July 2011 spoke too soon.
Turns out Paul DID get into the Lincoln Center's
production of Blood & Gifts after all.
He is in ensemble and understudying 2 leads.
The show is in the Newhouse Theater from Oct 27 - Jan 1
You can see more info at... http://www.lct.org/showMain.htm?id=205


Sep 2011 - Fight Choreography Gig
Paul choreographed the stage combat for
the Snorks & Pins NYC production of
Love's Labor's Lost


July 2011 - One That Got Away
Despite 3 callbacks Paul did not get into
the Lincoln Center production of Blood & Gifts


June 2011 - Another Directing Gig
Piper Theatre’s 2nd Annual short play festival, Living Series
This year Paul directed WE HAPPY ANIMALS By Andrew Kramer
Which has also been accepted to the
36th Annual Samuel French
Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival


May 2011 - Directing Gig
Bill Patton’s 1-Man show, ONE FOR THE ROAD
was chosen to be a part of the Piccolo Spoleto international art festival
Paul spent 5 days in beautiful Charleston, SC remounting the show


May 2011 - TV Commercial
Actually 2 commercials shot together
for Red Lobster


May 2011 - Staged Reading
A new comedy by Betty Shamieh called
As Soon As Possible
Read at New Dramatists in NYC
Directed by Leigh Silverman
Paul played an Iraqi professor at UC Berkeley,
Trying to hold his American-born family together,
While still holding on to his culture 


March 2011 - Public Speaking Gig

Delivered a seminar to the employees of the DEA in Arlington
The topic was Navigating the College Financial Aid Process


Jan-Feb 2011 – Theatre Gig

LIDLESS By Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig
at Interact Theatre in Philly.
Paul plays Bashir, a Pakistani–Canadian
previously held at Guantanamo Bay as a terror suspect
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...and a review
“Nicholas - subtle, surprising - is clearly this show's anchor.”
- Wendy Rosenfield, Philadelphia Inquirer

Jan 2011 – TV Gig
TV’s most ineffective Defense Attorney, Mr. Linden Delroy is back on SVU
in the episode entitled, “Dirty”, airing 19 Jan.
working opposite the spectacular Shohreh Aghdashloo



Nov 2010 – Fight Choreography Gig

Paul had the challenge of creating the stage combat for
That Pretty Pretty or The Rape Play
By Sheila Callaghan, Directed by Joe Canuso
for Theatre Exile in Philly
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Review
Fight Choreography rarely gets mentioned in a review,
and especially not by a notoriously tough reviewer, but…
“J Paul Nicholas choreographed the fights - bloody, noisy, and ridiculously believable.”
-  Toby Zinman, Philadelphia Inquirer


Oct 2010 (busy month) – Movie Gig

Paul played Dr. Vartan in the indie feature
The Normals
Written by Chris Ciancimino
& Directed by Kevin Connors

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and a Directing Gig

Paul directed a staged reading of a play called
PRIMETIME by Daryl Watson
At The Access Theater on Broadway
(ok, no, not THAT Broadway, but it was on Broadway… in Tribeca)

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and another Movie Gig

Paul plays Affan Alaam, an Iraqi immigrant
in the independent film, THE FENCE,
shot in the beautiful seaside towns of Connecticut.
Check out the trailer on the 'film clips' page.


Aug 2010 – Acting Gig

Spent a week at Dartmouth College
workshopping a new play called BENEDICTUS.
Paul played Ali Kermani, a 56 year old Iranian clergyman / politician.
The play is written by Motti Lerner
and the workshop was directed by Daniella Topol.
The development series was sponsored by New York Theatre Workshop



Jul 2010 – Teaching Gig

Teaching Stage Combat to 12 – 16 year olds
For the month of July as part of
Piper Theatre’s Children’s Summer Workshop


Jun 2010 – Directing Gig x3

Paul Directed Bill Patton in his 1-man show entitled
ONE FOR THE ROAD
At Harcum College outside Philadelphia
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And he Directed Arthur French II in a 1-man show called
JUNKMAN
At the Brooklyn Arts Exchange as part of
Piper Theatre’s Living Series play festival
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And he also Directed a short play called
STRUCK
At the same play festival


April 2010 – Directing Gig

Directed a staged reading of Macbeth
(oops… can we say that word on a website?)
for Folding Chair Classical Theatre


March 2010 – TV Gig

Defense Attorney Linden Delroy returns to lose yet another case on SVU.
This time working with Quinton Aaron (from The Blind Side),
Lisa Arrindell Anderson & Jill Scott

Jan 2010 – Theatre Gig
LANGUAGE ROOMS begins rehearsals at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia
The show runs 3 Mar – 4 Apr and
Paul will again be playing Nasser as in the workshop
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And Fight Choreography Gig
Paul is also creating & staging the combat for LANGUAGE ROOMS
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Ooops... Paul just found out from the theater that AEA Insurance rules
prohibit the Fight Choreographer from being in the fights.
So, sadly, he is unable to take this job.

 
20 Nov 09 – TV Gig
Paul returned to Law & Order (the original)
But this time as Leon, a hospital security guard
In the episode entitled, “Shotgun”,
Working with Anthony Anderson, Jeremy Sisto & Elliott Gould

 
Nov 09 – Personal News
Paul spent a week in Miami for a little family reunion.
Cool pics can be found on his Facebook page.

Nov 09 – Film Screeing
THE SILENT NICK & NORA: TALE OF THE HEART THIEF
Was screened at the Big Apple Film Festival
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This indie was previously screened at Rotoreliefs in London
and at Cannes in their Short Corner series
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Paul plays the Heart Thief who (literally) steals the hearts of unsuspecting women
without killing them, in a magic realist noir world of strange compulsions
and uncontrollable passions.


5 Oct 09 – Barrymore Awards
SCORCHED receives 3 Barrymore Awards!
Including Outstanding Ensemble in a play.

 
Oct 09 – Fight Choreography Gig

Folding Chair Classical Theatre’s Production of
The Duchess of Malfi
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Paul also plays Antonio in the production 




23 Sep 09 – TV Gig

Defense Attorney Linden Delroy returns to Law & Order: SVU
for his 6th season in the episode entitled “Unstable” 
working with Mahershalalhashbaz Ali (from ...Benjamin Button)


Sep 09 – Staged Reading
Another workshop & staged reading of
BLOOD & GIFTS by JT Rogers
Directed by Lucie Tiberghien
This time at New Dramatists in NYC 


Aug 09 – Staged Reading

LANGUAGE ROOMS by Yusef El Guindi
Workshop & Staged Reading
Directed by Blanka Zizka at The Wilma Theater
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Paul played Nasser, an Arab-American interrogator of Arab suspects.

 
Aug 09 – Award Nomination
SCORCHED is nominated for 11 Barrymore Awards
Including Best Production and Best Ensemble Performance

 
July 09 – Staged Reading
BLOOD & GIFTS by JT Rogers
Workshop & Staged Reading
Directed by Lucie Tiberghien at PlayPenn in Philadelphia
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Paul played Abdullah Khan, an Afghan Mujahid in the 80s


June 09 – Theatre Gig
JOHNNY HAS GONE FOR A SOLDIER by Bill DiCanzio
Directed by Benjamin Lloyd at the Adrienne in Philadelphia.
Paul played Amahl, an Iraqi Professor of Ancient Greek History
wrongly imprisoned and tortured in Baghdad.

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Review of Paul in JOHNNY…
“Very impressive” - Toby Zinman, Philadelphia Inquirer

May 09 – Film Screening
THE SILENT NICK & NORA: TALE OF THE HEART THIEF
is screened at the Cannes Film Festival
as a part of their Short Corner series.

March 09 – Acting Gig
SCORCHED
Directed by Blanka Zizka at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia
Paul plays Nihad (and other roles), a 25 year old Lebanese sniper/assassin
who considers himself an artist and who is infatuated with 80s rock ballads.
Later Nihad is a 42 year old former prison guard on trial for raping & torturing political prisoners.

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Reviews of Paul in SCORCHED
“Excellent” - Matt Prigge, Metro (Philadelphia)

“Fabulous” - Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey, The Phillyist


February 09 – Acting Gig
Defense Attorney Linden Delroy returns to Law & Order: SVU
for his 5th season in the episode entitled “Transitions”.

Fall 08 – Personal News
Paul finally takes a long overdue European Vacation,
visiting 10 cities in 7 countries over 4 weeks.

July 08 – Acting Gig
STUFF HAPPENS
Directed by Jeremy Skidmore at the Olney Theatre in Maryland
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Paul plays several roles including
French Prime Minister Dominic de Villepin; an Iraqi Exile;
Saddam Hussein; an American Journalist; and others.



July 08 – Film Screening
THE SILENT NICK & NORA: TALE OF THE HEART THIEF
is screened in London, England
as a part of the Rotoreliefs series.

Winter - Spring 08 – Acting Gig
Alabama Shakespeare Festival
6 month repertory season of 3 plays:
Romeo & Juliet and Cymbeline, Directed by Geoffrey Sherman
The Count of Monte Cristo, Directed by Charles Morey


Fall 07 – Acting Gig
TRIPTOSANE – Independent feature film
Written & Directed by Michael DiCerto
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Paul plays the central character, Rupert Graham, who has been using pharmaceuticals to keep his haunting mystical dreams in check. Then a chance meeting (or was it) with a doctor who researches Psychedelics takes him on a deep exploration of the source of his dreams and of human consciousness. He begins to blur and cross the lines between dream state and reality, between past and present.

August 07 – Acting Gig
THE SILENT NICK & NORA: TALE OF THE HEART THIEF
Independent short film
Written & Directed by Lisa Stock
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Paul plays the Heart Thief who (literally) steals the hearts of unsuspecting women without killing them, in a magic realist noir world of strange compulsions and uncontrollable passions.