In what is sure to be considered a casting coup de grace, playwright Roberto Williams has managed to secure the considerable talents of veteran stage, TV and film actor Russell Mahrt for the role of Gotham City's gruff Police Commissioner James Gordon.
Mr. Mahrt recently learned of Williams' upcoming stage production FATHERS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, and was intrigued enough to accept the Playwright's invitation to audition for the role. On the afternoon of November 19th, the two met to discuss the project. Mr. Williams spoke at length about his keen desires to offer his cast of student actors the enrichment experience of performing side by side with several seasoned stage performers. Afterward, Mr. Mahrt expertly delivered an audition script read as the grumpy Police administrator that left Williams stunned. The playwright was then overjoyed by Russell's acceptance of the Police Commissioner role.
The entire FOTDK cast and crew are thrilled and excited by Mr. Mahrt's participation in the production. Read all about his impressive acting achievements on his bio page and on his own official website!
The FATHERS OF THE DARK KNIGHT production team visited NEW YORK COMIC CON last month, partially in the hopes of finding a performer to assume the role of Dick Grayson / Robin The Boy Wonder. Among the many colorful cosplayers on hand that weekend was 10 year old Mark Anthony Montalvo, dressed as a "junior" Ghostbuster from the classic 1984 motion picture.
Bearing a striking resemblance to Playwright / Director Roberto Williams' vision for The Batman's young protege, Mark Anthony was approached by actress Jennifer Paniagua with the opportunity of auditioning for the role... an offer which the unimpressed boy initially flatly turned down!
Accompanied by his father, the young man then proceeded to mingle among the tens of thousands of visitors and exhibitors, taking up various levels at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. He had completely disappeared from sight, before Mr. Williams could have a chance to speak with him directly. It was a crushing disappointment, but the Playwright and his team of performers nevertheless pushed forward with the business of promoting the upcoming stage play and enjoying all that New York Comic Con had to offer.
But in a tremendous stroke of luck, fate, or perhaps both, Mark Anthony Montalvo and his father happened to randomly cross paths once again with Mr. Williams and his cast on the convention floor... even among a virtual sea of people, and even more than four hours later! The Playwright / Director excitedly explained the concept of the stage play to the young performer and appealed to him once again to submit to an audition. After a moment of consideration, Mark Anthony flashed his trademarked charming smirk and said simply, "Alright. I'll give it a try."
After two weeks of coordination with the Montalvo family, the FATHERS OF THE DARK KNIGHT team hosted Mark Anthony, his proud parents, and his older brother at Director Williams' Brooklyn residence on Saturday, November 2nd. The energetic young boy participated in a round of interviews, and audition script readings in order for Mr. Williams to assess his nascent acting abilities and ability to take direction. As with most young boys in his situation, Mark Anthony found himself nervous and tense during the casting process. Despite this, the young man won himself a call-back to read for Mr. Williams again.
He spent the following two weeks rehearsing dialogue and engaging in a makeshift acting "workshop" of sorts right out of his own home! The confident boy adopted the self-proclaimed moniker of "Boy Wonder" among his school friends and family as he recruited their help in preparing for his upcoming call-back. He worked diligently to polish his dramatic delivery so as to ensure his optimal chances of winning the coveted Boy Wonder role.
Then, on the afternoon of Saturday November 16th, Mark Anthony Montalvo returned with his mother to meet with Director Roberto Williams. With Production Manager Alaja Desilva video recording the session, the hopeful young actor participated in a scene table read with Williams and Andrew Davis Feliz (THE BATMAN).
After several minutes of thoroughly impressing the Playwright with his VASTLY improved dramatic skills, Williams finally declared, "Alright. Stop. I've heard enough. I've seen enough! This young man IS Robin The Boy Wonder!! There is no doubt!!"
The entire cast and crew of FATHERS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, wish to thank the Montalvo family for their generous help and cooperation is assisting with Mark Anthony's audition process, and we warmly welcome him to the production!
Calling all New York / Tri-State area actors and actresses!! The FATHERS OF THE DARK KNIGHT Official website CASTING CALL PAGE is now open! It's your convenient one-stop for browsing through the various main-character roles that are yet to be cast for this ambitious stage production!!
Perhaps YOU are just what we are looking for!! Don't waste any time!! Take a look RIGHT NOW at the various character links... read the casting and character specs... and if you think you are a good fit for one of the available roles, reach out to us via our CONTACT PAGE, and we will schedule YOU for an audition!
This could be YOUR ticket to stardom!
We can't wait to meet you!!
Over the weekend, Playwright / Director Roberto Williams continued his push to promote his upcoming all-student stage play FATHERS OF THE DARK KNIGHT at the world-famous New York Comic Con! Mr. Williams brought his lively, colorful and talented cast of costumed performers to take part of an informative panel designed to create greater awareness of the ambitious production. Afterward, the entire FOTDK Production Group hit the convention floor together and really caused a stir as conventioneers young and old were blown away by the sight and sounds of their favorite comic book heroes and villains, burst to life right from the pages of the comics!!It was a thrilling weekend unlike any other for the youthful cast, and Mr. Williams was gratified to provide the Comic Con experience to his students through this production
.Enjoy stills and video links of the group's amazing New York Comic Con appearance in the website's Comic Con 2013 Page!
Playwright / Director Roberto Williams conducted a rooftop photo shoot this evening to capture his latest cast addition Mr. Max Rosenthal as the former Boy Wonder NIGHTWING!
Despite the evening's chilly breeze, Max was thrilled to be suited up as the popular comic book hero, and the images that were captured really show it! The stunning photos are available in the Main Gallery, and you can also get a behind the scenes peek in the Publicity Photo Shoots section!
The cast and crew of FATHERS OF THE DARK KNIGHT is proud and honored to announce their appearance at this year's prestigious New York Comic Con!!! This is your chance to meet and greet some of the talented student performers who will be bringing this ambitious non- profit production to the stage in 2014!! See them LIVE and IN CHARACTER on Saturday October 12th and Sunday October 13th!!
Playwright and Director Roberto Williams has cast 17 year old Max Rosenthal in the role of the mysterious comic book super hero NIGHTWING! Having previously auditioned for the much smaller role of Harvey Dent / Two-Face, Max impressed Williams thoroughly enough to win the role of The Batman's former "Boy Wonder" sidekick!
Read all about this young man's impressive stage credits and accomplishments in his BIO PAGE!
The entire cast and crew of FATHERS OF THE DARK KNIGHT are thrilled to welcome Mr. Rosenthal to the production!
Rounding out the casting for The Batman's various arch foes in FATHERS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, stage, film, and television actor Aaron David Kapner met with Playwright / Director Roberto Williams earlier today to audition for the role of Gotham City's notorious villain Oswald "The Penguin" Cobblepot!
Aaron's audition portrayal of the vile gangster was nothing short of captivatingly dark, and explosive, with thoughtful, well-crafted acting choices that were more than enough to instantly win him the role!
Not only has this charming young man come into this production with a wealth of enthusiasm for The Batman comic book universe, but (in an interesting twist of fate), Mr. Kapner's bloodline contains a most intriguing bit of Batman-related ancestry! Read all about Aaron's impressive acting accomplishments on his BIO PAGE!
The entire production team warmly welcomes Aaron to the FATHERS OF THE DARK KNIGHT family!
Key cast members of FATHERS OF THE DARK KNIGHT were photographed this evening during the fourth publicity photo shoot for the upcoming stage play! This was the first session to feature the lovely Ms. Gyomara Phillips as the seductive jewel thief CATWOMAN , and the newest member of our cast, Mr. Ryan Dempsey as the Clown Prince Of Crime, THE JOKER! The cast and crew worked tirelessly to produce a series of amazing new publicity stills as Mr. Roberto Williams comes closer to seeing his ultimate vision brought to life on stage! Visit our GALLERY to see the stunning photos. Feel free to enjoy a behind the scenes look at the photo session as well!
Over the last two weeks, talented young actor Ryan Dempsey has undergone a series of rigorous costume fittings, and an extensive make up test to transform him into the nefarious Clown Prince Of Crime THE JOKER... for his climactic role in "FATHERS OF THE DARK KNIGHT"
See the photos and read all about Ryan's amazing journey in the "Rehearsals / Costume Fittings / Make Up Tests" section of the BEHIND THE SCENES tab.