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Are YOU Ready for Your Breakout Role?

Hello, beautiful people!

Question: have you always known that you wanted to act, but never been given the chance? Always wanted to be in the movies, but never could work up the gumption to get those headshots done? Well, now’s your chance! We’re looking for a few small parts in our movie (some speaking), and if you’re in New York and feel you fit a description, we want YOU to apply!

All roles below are compensated $20.00/half day (this is under the table, folks ;)), and include hot meals and snacks on-set!  This may be the best job offer you see this month!

Here’s what we need, from a “featured players” point of view:

FYNN - 60s-80′s, male. Joyful, scraggly. Speaking role. Needed Sat. Apr 11.
AFRICAN BOY - 8-11, black male. Featured extra. Needed Fri. Apr 10, Sat. Apr 11.
JAPANESE PAINTER - 30′s-60′s, Japanese male. Quiet, artistic. Nonspeaking but featured role. Needed Sat. Apr 11, Sun. Apr 12 in PM.
SCHOLAR - 30′s – 60′s. The “professor” look. Nonspeaking but featured role.  Needed Sun. Apr 12 in PM.

…And here’s our “extras” – “background talent”, if you prefer – needs:

Fri April 10 – 2 extras needed all day. Any age/race.
Sat April 11 – 12 extras needed all day. Various ages, races, nationalities. Particularly need children or people 30+, multicultural, “ethnic garb” a plus.
Sun April 12 – 2 extras needed 9AM-3PM: any age/race. 3 extras needed in PM: Various ages, races, nationalities. Particularly 30+, multicultural, “ethnic garb” a plus.
Mon April 13 – 3 “Businesswomen” in AM. “Jeweler” in AM. (anyone want to pitch an idea for another group of people we could see in the train? People from all ages and classes ride the Sheol Express).

If you would like to apply for a part, send an e-mail to casting@thesheolexpress.com, with either the name of the character you want to play, or “extra” in the subject. Attach a picture of yourself, mention any experience you have (resumes welcome), and detail the days you are available/would like to BE IN A MOVIE!

This will be a huge help, guys. We’re excited to work with you!

And Finally…

Our lovely leading lady, in the role of “Rachael”…

Alexandra GrossiAlexandra Grossi

Alexandra Grossi, originally from Michigan, received her BA in Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University, and continued her training at the British American Drama Academy in London.  In 2007, she moved to New York to pursue acting professionally.  While in New York City, she has performed in both film and theatre, loves acting, enjoys working with new people and constantly being challenged in her craft. She is very excited to be “on board” The Sheol Express, as casting director Jenn Durrett says.

And we are very excited to be working with her as well!

Casting, Take 3

In the role of the Conductor, we are proud to present:

Ashton Crosby

Ashton was offered his first role in film at the age of twelve.  Pending parental consent, he was to play Ethel Barrymore’s grandson in A Story of Three Lives.  His father, fighting half-way across the world in Korea, had other ideas.  He telegraphed home: “No son of mine will be an actor!”

Guess what? Dad lost. Ashton has been acting ever since on both stage and screen. Well, not quite. After some years playing juveniles in summer stock, on tour and in New York, he abandoned the theatre to pursue another career: teaching Middle School English, Latin and Theatre upstate.  Now retired from the classroom, he’s happy to be back where he began.

Recent credits include appearances at New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia Shakespeare Festivals, as well as at the Storm Theatre, Metropolitan Playhouse and Manhattan Theatre Source. He has also been in numerous indie films not seen by anyone, anywhere.

More on our Cast…

Michael Selkirk

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are proud to announce, in the role of “Diggory”…

Michael Selkirk

Michael has been an actor for over thirty years. He’s appeared Off-Off Broadway and on stage in Los Angeles, in such roles as Man (THE THINGS THEY DON’T TELL US) at Where Eagles Dare; Buddha, Chris, Joe, and Bob (STRESS AND THE CITY) for Mergatroyd Productions; Mr. Green (EASY MONEY) and Anthony (GETTING IT) for Ciona Taylor Productions; Arnall (LINE) at 13th Street Rep; Hegio (THE PRISONERS) for Theater Ludicrum; Argan (THE IMAGINARY INVALID) for Collaborations; Roger (WHERE WE  HANG OUR LIGHTS) at the American Globe; Frank (WELCOME) at Six Figures; Jeery (MARRED BLISS) and The Bartender (THE HANDBASKET) at Manhattan Theatre Source; Leeds (THE WAGER) at the Pearl Theatre, and Bo in MILL FIRE (West Coast Ensemble). His film work includes a leading role in Nancy Savoca’s award-winning feature debut, TRUE LOVE, and has also appeared online in “The Onion News Network”.

Michael actually first came in to read for the role of Owen, but a sharp-eyed Mike saw the promise of Diggory, and asked him to read for that role. At callbacks, none came close to matching the bouancy, expression, attitude, and professionalism that Michael brought, making him our choice for Diggory.

Be sure to check him out on MichaelSelkirk.com.

Drumroll Please…

Here it is, the moment you’ve all been waiting for!

For the role of Owen, we are proud to present…

Randall McNeal

Randall McNeal recently retired from his position as a Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York.

Originally from Normal, Illinois, he trained as an actor at Illinois State Universitywith the same teachers who taught many original Steppenwolf Theatre members, including John Malkovich, Laurie Metcalf, Gary Sinise and Rondi Reed. He moved to New York in 1984, and within the first three months earned his union cards by booking stage, television and film work. In 1989 he was recruited by Goldman to consult in its municipal finance area, and thus began his longest and most challenging acting role within the treacherous and fascinating world of Wall Street. He currently lives on Manhattan’s upper west side and sings with the Rutgers Presbyterian Church Choir.

Stay tuned for Rachael, Diggory, and the Conductor – coming soon!



In-depth updates soon to follow, with lots of pretty pictures – stay tuned!

Stay Tuned…

We have decided on our cast.  After 24 hours of auditions, 5 hours of callbacks, 10 miniDV tapes, countless review screenings, and hours of “discussing” our choices, we have finally settled on a cast.

We will not tell you who they are, yet.  Mainly because we haven’t called them yet.  But we are SO excited to share them with you!

But watch this space for the announcement coming tomorrow, along with a special video that answers your burning question: what happens when the casting department is locked in the basement of the NYU Stern building on a snowy day?

Tune in tomorrow to find out.  It’s not pretty.

Casting Concludes!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that’s right:

On Our Last Night of Casting

One month later, we’re finally done! Casting, callbacks, the whole sha-bang; barring one meeting tomorrow and some final decisions. Assuming all goes well, we’ll have our leads (Owen, Rachael, Diggory, and the Conductor) locked come Wednesday – stay tuned for the update!

Cohesive Happenings


This, ladies and gentlemen, is collaboration

Hey All!  This is Jenn, Casting Director for The Sheol Express, dropping the blogosphere a quick note on the eve of callbacks! 

Tonight saw yet another successful and productive production meeting. Seriously folks, this is how a film gets off the page and onto the screen – all the fabulous creative minds involved coming together, sharing ideas, working out details, and generally just being on the same page.  

Okay, so it takes a heck of a lot more to actually make a movie, but it would never work without the beautiful cohesion of minds you see above.  LOVE IT.

So now we press on to tomorrow’s adventure: Callbacks.  

Only a couple more days, and we’re going to have a cast!!  (I’m excited, can you tell?)