Way off Broadway 
A film by Daniel Kay 


Winner of  

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD - FEATURE

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Winner of the

BEST ACTRESS AWARD - MORENA BACCARIN

 


Short Synopsis

“Way Off Broadway” is the story of five friends who, frustrated by the abrupt juxtaposition of being successful artists on the university level to poor struggling artists in New York City, take a crash course in life as they explore the dynamic of conflict in friendship involving sex, love, failure and betrayal. “Way Off Broadway” explores the relationships of these characters and the choices they make that threaten their friendships, sacrifice their dreams, and define their futures. 


Synopsis

“Way Off Broadway” is the story of five friends who, frustrated by the abrupt juxtaposition of being successful artists on the university level to poor struggling artists in New York City, take a crash course in life as they explore the dynamic of conflict in friendship involving sex, love, failure and betrayal. 

Darrin Michaels, a skilled playwright plagued with writer’s block and relationship troubles, battles his fear of failure by briefly selling out his dreams of the theater for money and ambition. When he decides to follow his heart, he discovers a love that he has overlooked until the moment he almost loses it forever. 

Jay Green, a talented musician and ladies man, hides himself in a life of homelessness, promiscuity, and self-denial in efforts to avoid making the wrong decision. While he fights against his passion to play the guitar, he puts his heart on the line, only to find that maturity may be his link to his happiness. 

Film buff Mickey Cancoon, and the quirky Ethan Willard opt for graduate school as Mickey struggles to mend his broken heart and Ethan searches for the nerve to play his hand at love. 

Finally, Rebecca Moscowitz is the magnetic force, whose strength holds the group together. She is an aspiring actress whose revolutionary spirit comes up against cattle calls, misogynist directors, and a love that she has buried for too long. 

“Way Off Broadway” explores the relationships of these characters and the choices they make that threaten their friendships, sacrifice their dreams, and define their futures. 


Director - Dan Kay

Daniel Kay is a two-time award winning screenwriter of Redemption Song, which won the Judy Lee Award for Dramatic Writing in 1996 at the University of Pennsylvania, and Way Off Broadway, which won the coveted University Pick Prize in 1997. In 1999, his screenplay Katie Austin was optioned by Scott Kaplan (Under the Streets- Warner Bros.) of Clear Pictures and his script A Pot of Gold, was commissioned by Stephen Hendel of Dundee Productions. In addition to his screenwriting credits, Daniel’s 1996 play Just for Fun enjoyed a successful run at the Houston Hall Auditorium in Philadelphia. 

As director, Daniel is currently in post-production of his first feature length film Way Off Broadway. He is also the director of several short films including The Pool People, The Baseball Game, A Tale of Two Cities and Rocky: A Parody. His theatrical directing credits include Sam Shepherd’s Buried Child (Studio Theater) and Harold Pinter’s Betrayal (Rathskellar Theater). Daniel also directed five episodes of Thursday Night Taped for Cable Access TV in Westchester County. 

Way Off Broadway is Daniel’s feature film directorial debut.


Actor Biographies

Brad Beyer as Darrin

Morena Baccarin as Rebecca

Michael Parducci as Mickey

Jordan Gelber as Ethan

Forbes March as Jay



Brad Beyer as Darrin

Brad is currently filming the Disney feature Sorority Boys, in one of the lead roles. Brad just completed filming a lead role in the TNT movie Monday Night Mayhem (which is about the founding of Monday Night Football) with John Turturro as Howard Cosell, Kevin Anderson as Frank Gifford and Brad plays Dandy Don Meredith. 

Last summer in addition to filming Way Off Broadway, Brad played a lead role in The Perfect You, co-starring Chris Eigeman and Jenny McCarthy. Brad’s other film credits include The General’s Daughter with John Travolta and Madeline Stowe, Crazy In Alabama with Melanie Griffith, Trick with Tori Spelling and James Mangold’s Copland with Sylvester Stallone. 

Television credits include a recurring role on NBC's Third Watch, a guest lead on Sex And The City, which was the opening episode last season, and Law And Order: Special Victims Unit.


Morena Baccarin as Rebecca

Morena Baccarin (Rebecca) was born in Brazil, but grew up in New York City where she attended the renowned LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts. Directly after, Morena went on to study at the prestigious Juilliard School where she stared in numerous stage productions, including The Importance of Being Earnest, Love’s Labours Lost, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, and Macbeth. She spent summers on stage as part of the Guthrie Theater Lab, participating in stage productions of Jack and Jill and The Long Walk. 

Morena graduated from Juilliard and instantaneously began a career in film, participating in director Michael Rymer’s largely improvisational film Perfume. She then went on to her role as Rebecca in Dan Kay’s Way Off-Broadway. Most recently Morena has returned to the Guthrie Theater, to star as the bride in director Marcela Lorca’s play Blood Wedding. She currently resides in New York City.


Michael Parducci as Mickey

Michael Parducci has just completed work as Nick in Check-Out, directed by Mark Foggetti, and Mickey in Way Off-Broadway, directed by Daniel Kay. Before that, he starred as Alex Andero in Hit and Runway (Christopher Livingston), and Ray in Gravesend (Salvator Stabile). A winner at the East Hampton Film Festival, Gravesend was 1st Runner-Up at the 1996 London & Berlin Film Festival. 

In addition to his film work, Parducci has made appearances on HBO’s Sex and the City and The Sopranos, As the World Turns on CBS, and Wonderland on ABC. 

His theatre credits include both off-Broadway and regional houses. In New York, he played Dumain in Love’s Labours Lost at the Accidental Theatre, Jean in There’s One in Every Marriage at the Phoenix Theatre, and Hippolito in The Revenger’s Tragedy at the Protean Theatre Company. At the Ansonia Mainstage he appeared as Happy Loman in Death of a Salesman and Will Lominack in A Confederates’ Letter.


Jordan Gelber as Ethan

Two weeks after wrapping Way Off Broadway, Mr. Gelber landed the role of smart-jock Kevin in Riding in Cars with Boys, playing opposite Sarah Gilbert, Drew Barrymore and Brittany Murphy under the direction of Penny Marshall. “Riding in Cars" is slated for an October 19, 2001 release. Work on "Riding in Cars" was followed by playing an inexperienced young priest opposite Ben Affleck in Changing Lanes, under the direction of Roger Mitchell; release date unknown. Television credits include: 100 Centre Street (dir. Sydney Lumet); Law and Order: SVU. Theatre credits include: title role in the workshop of Marty the Musical by Charles Strouse, Lee Adams and Rupert Holmes; workshop of The Night they Raided Minsky's; Camelot at The Berkshire Theater Festival; Love's Labours Lost and Richard II at Colorado Shakespeare Festival; The White Devil at The Director's Company; Romeo and Juliet at The Mint Theatre; world premiere of Monkey in the Middle at NYU (dir. Mark Wing-Davey). Mr. gelber is a Graduate of Stanford University and the NYU Tisch Graduate Acting program, where he received the 2000 Laura Pels Award. 


Forbes March as Jay

Forbes March is currently on his way to Toronto to star in the Canadian series Mutant X. His film credits include Way Off Broadway, directed by Daniel Kay; Campfire Stories, directed by Jeff Mazolla; and Dangerous Indiscretions, directed by Richard Kletter. Mr. March's television credits include the MTV pilot Shotgun Love Dolls and the contract role of Scott Chandler on ABC'S All My Children.


Other Bios


Producer - Andrew Charas

Andrew Charas has been an active independent feature film producer for seven years. He has many producer credits including Dead Broke starring Paul Sorvino and Jill Hennessy, Everything's Jake starring Ernie Hudson, Debbie Allen and Robin Givens, Drop Back Ten starring James Legros and super model Amber Valletta (in competition-Sundance 2000), Get Well Soon starring Courtney Cox and Vincent Gallo (Lions Gate Films) as well as Hit and Runway which is currently in nationwide release (with Jeff Lipsky’s new distribution company LOT 47). A number of Andrew’s films have appeared on the Sundance Channel and many have performed successfully overseas. Andrew’s films span the spectrum of all genres but are always marked by a unique and fiercely independent vision. In January of 2001 Andrew formed Curbside Pictures with a former First Boston investment banker and a well known entertainment attorney. Curbside has raised significant development capital and is in the process of building out it’s production slate.

Producer – Joel Blanco

Joel Blanco is a Producer of film and television whose credits most recently include the romantic drama, Way Off Broadway starring Brad Beyer and Morena Baccarin, about a young group of friends trying to find love and success in New York City, Everything’s Jake with Ernie Hudson, Graham Malcolm and Robin Givens., and as an Associate Producer on the independent drama Astoria in which a young man tries to discover his own identity outside the trappings of his neighborhood life, starring Rick Stear and Paige Turco.

Joel has worked in the New York film community for several years with credits including: Ropewalk starring Peter Facinelli, Michelle Hicks, and an ensemble cast which features Lesley Ann Warren and Fred Ward, Hit and Runway which was awarded at the 1999 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, and distributed by Lot 47 Films, Dead Broke starring: John Glover, Jill Hennessy, and Paul Sorvino, Things I Forgot to Remember, and Jane Doe honored at the 1999 New York Independent Film Festival, starring Calista Flockhart. Other projects include: The Chaos Theory, a series produced on digital video and in entirety for distribution via the World Wide Web. His television credits include work on Mad About You (Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt), as well as Strike Breakers, a series of segments produced for England’s Channel 4 Films, and directed by Michael Moore. Some of his commercial clients have included: Eastman Kodak, Revlon, and AT&T, as well as many industrials and music videos. He is based in New York City.


Producer – Richard Perello

Richard Perello is founder of Cataland Films and serves as a producer and line producer on a variety of independent feature films and projects for network television. In addition to Way Off Broadway, projects include: Broken Lizard’s Super Troopers (winner of SXSW Audience Award, Sundance, Aspen Comedy Fest) executive produced by Danny Devito’s Jersey Shore Films, to be released by Fox Searchlight (2001); Safety School, a prime-time pilot for NBC Television; Puddle Cruiser, a collaborative effort of the Broken Lizard comedy group, (Sundance, Grand Prize Hamptons Film Fest) currently on the Sundance Channel; Brian Lynch’s Big Helium Dog executive producers Kevin Smith, Scott Mosier (currently in post); Rodeo Clowns, feature length documentary on the state of independent film (currently in post); and Sooz Hewitt’s critically acclaimed feature Hide. In addition, Richard has produced for Nickelodeon, Mattel, Tyco, Humongous Entertainment, Blue’s Clues, the Coca Cola Company and NBC Television’s Saturday Night Live.

Richard organized and founded Cattle Box, a 10,000 square foot collaborative work space of independent filmmakers located in NYC featuring six production companies and Cataland Film’s sister company, Cyclops Pictures and Sound, a full-service post-production facility. Richard also serves as the advisory board co-chairman for the GenArt Film Festival in New York. In addition, Richard has extensive financial industry experience including over six years as an investment banker at the New York firms Kidder, Peabody & Co and Benedetto, Gartland & Company focused in mergers and acquisitions and media corporate finance. He has represented clients ranging in size from $15 million to $5 billion in a variety of industries.


Summary Information

Five recent college graduates take a crash course in life as they explore the dynamic of conflict in friendship involving sex, love, failure, and betrayal. Way Off Broadway is Dan Kay’s feature film directorial debut.

35mm  
RUNNING TIME: 88 Minutes
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY: Dan Kay
PRODUCED BY: Andrew Charas
Dan Kay
Joel Blanco
Richard Perello
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: David Tumblety
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Megan Kauffman
COSTUME DESIGNER: Lynn Falconer
EDITED BY: Rob Tate
STARRING: Brad Beyer as Darrin
Morena Baccarin as Rebecca
Forbes March as Jay
Jordan Gelber as Ethan and
Michael Parducci as Mickey
MUSIC BY: Craig Hilleson and Mike Kelly

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