STAGE TUBE: Testa, Fraser Star in JACK IN THE BOX Web Series
Two Time Tony Award Nominees Alison Fraser and Mary Testa return for the 29th episode of Michael Cyril Creighton's critically acclaimed web sitcom "JACK IN A BOX." Creighton, (who was recently seen on the latest episode of FX's "Louie") is also joined by Paul Thureen of Soho Rep's Uncle Vanya and The Debate Society. The series was a nominee for the 2012 Writers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing Original New Media and was the winner of Best Web Series at the 2010 New York Television Festival. The series is in its fourth and final season and will come to a close in September. THE GRILLING, which was shot & edited by Jim Turner and written by Creighton, can be viewed below!
In the episode, entitled "THE GRILLING", Jack (Creighton) brings his boyfriend Drew (Thureen) to visit his Mother (Testa) and Aunt Heidi (Fraser). This could be a disaster. Drew gets grilled, Jack gets mortified and Aunt Heidi helps facilitate Mother's dropping of a bomb.
Michael Cyril Creighton (Writer/Jack) was seen on the most recent episode of FX's "Louie" playing a reality show cast member who hates conflict and then commits a very violent act. He has also been seen on TV in "30 Rock" (NBC), "Jeffery & Cole Casserole" (LOGO) and "VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live". On stage he is a frequent guest artist with The Debate Society, having performed in Buddy Cop 2, You're Welcome, Cape Disappointment and will be seen in their world premiere of Blood Play at The Bushwick Starr in October. He was a 2010 NY Innovative Theatre Award Nominee for Outstanding Featured Actor in Joshua Conkel's MilkMilkLemonade, in which he created the role of "Nana." He has been seen on the web in Very Mary-Kate, Downsized, The Burg and various other shows. He was a founding member of the NY Neo-Futurists and was a 2012 Writers Guild Award Nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Writing Original New Media.
Alison Fraser (Aunt Heidi) is currently appearing in the world premiere of Far From Heaven at Williamstown Theatre Festival playing Mona Lauder. She recently originated the roles of "Matron" in the world premiere of in masks outrageous and austere with Shirley Knight, Sister Walburga in Charles Busch's Off Broadway hit The Divine Sister, and Arsinoë in the world premiere of David Ives's The School for Wives directed by Walter Bobbie at Classic Stage Company. She is a two time Tony Award nominee for playing Martha in The Secret Garden and Josefine in Romance/Romance. Film: "Commentary", "Family Games", "The Thing About My Folks" among others.
Mary Testa (Mother) Broadway: Guys and Dolls, Xanadu (Drama Desk nomination), Chicago, 42nd Street (Tony nomination), Marie Christine, On the Town (Tony nomination) …Forum, The Rink, Marilyn, Barnum. Off-Broadway: Queen of the Mist (Drama Desk winner, Lucille Lortel and Drama League nominations), Tricks the Devil Taught Me, Love, Loss and What I Wore, Regrets Only, See What I Wanna See (Drama Desk & Drama League nominations), First Lady Suite (Drama Desk nomination), String of Pearls (Drama Desk nomination), The Vagina Monologues, From Above (Obie), others. Film: Franny, Tio Papi, Eat, Pray, Love, The Bounty Hunter, others. Television: Two Broke Girls, Over/Under, White Collar, Nurse Jackie, Sex and the City, Whoopi, others.
Paul Thureen (Drew) is a founding member and co-Artistic Director of Brooklyn based theater company The Debate Society, co-writing and starring in A Thought About Raya, The Snow Hen, You're Welcome, The Eaten Heart, Cape Disappointment and Buddy Cop 2. Other NYC performances include Uncle Vanya (Soho Rep), Hostage Song, Clay McLeod Chapman's The Pumpkin Pie Show, and Tango 'til They're Sore (The Flea). Regional: The Description of the World, Facade, and Pulcinella (Theatre de la Jeune Lune) and The Odyssey Experience (McCarter). TV: The Late Show with David Letterman, The Revolution (History Channel). Paul is a Sundance Institute Fellow and 2012 Ars Nova artist in residence.
"JACK IN A BOX" was nominated for the 2012 Writers Guild of America Award for Writing Original New Media and won Best Web Series at the 2010 New York Television Festival. The show focuses on Jack, a mild-mannered young man with a BFA in acting and no life skills. He took a job at a theater box office because it didn't involve heavy lifting, wearing a blazer or using Excel. A few years and thousands of customers later, Jack finds himself less mild-mannered and less young than ever before. Watch Jack try to manage his anger while navigating an insular universe where everyone is even more unstable than he is. Like all caged animals, he is going to throw his sh*t at you sooner or later... but first he's going to eat a cupcake and take a phone call from his mom. Service with a smirk, that's all you can ask for.
For more information on the series and all previous episodes go to: www.jackinaboxsite.com