Month: June 2018

Stacy Keach: An actor’s life beyond the stage

Our special guest is acclaimed actor Stacy Keach, author of All in All: An Actor’s Life Beyond the Stage.  In addition to his motion picture and television accomplishments, Stacy is one of America’s most acknowledged Shakespearean actors, also celebrated in England where the Bard is in the blood. A New York Time’s review dubbed him “The Finest American classical actor since John Barrymore.” He’s received a Best Actor Golden Globe, been nominated for Emmy and Tony awards, won three Obie’s, three Vernon Rice awards, the Helen Hayes Award, and the Prestigious Millineum Recognition Award for his outstanding contribution to the classical theatre.  Understandably, his Shakespearean readings (sold on his popular website (www.StacyKeach.com) are among the nation’s best-selling classical CD’s.

Stacy Keach stars alongside Matt LeBlanc in the CBS hit TV comedy series Man with a Plan. Matt LeBlanc plays Adam, an old-school guy confronting the modern challenges of parenting, marriage and family. Adam’s self-assured wife, Andi (Liza Snyder), has gone back to work, forcing him to deal with the startling discovery that his three school-age “little angels” are maniacs, all the while trying to run a contracting business with his troublemaker brother, Don (Kevin Nealon). Stacy Keach, Grace Kaufman, Matthew McCann, Hala Finley and Matt Cook also star.

In fact, sales skyrocketed after Stacy took his current co-starring role on Fox’s raucous series, Titus, just finishing it’s third season. The actor’s gleeful take on the role of Ken Titus in the hit Titus sitcom, an imposing father from hell, was recently celebrated by Tom Carson in Esquire Magazine. He started acting in theatre at an early age. He came to prominence on stage in the 1960’s, and entered films in 1968, landing a solid supporting role in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. He appeared in many counterculture-driven films of the early 1970’s, including End of the Road, Brewster McCloud, Doc and John Huston’s Fat City, among them. He contributed a funny cameo to Huston’s The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean.  Keach also notably portrayed an LA cop inThe New Centurions.  Another of his acclaimed film characterizations was the title role in John Osborne’s Luther. He was chilling as an easy-going homicidal sheriff in The Killer Inside Me, a stunning adaptation of Jim Thompson’s novel that went virtually unnoticed until its later release on video.  He became a youth audience icon with his comedic portrayal in both Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke and Nice Dreams.  Other top portrayals occurred in The Traveling Executioner, That Championship Season, The Ninth Configuration, Escape From LA, and American History X.

Stacy Keach (Jr.) was born in Savannah, Georgia on June 2, 1941. His parents tell the story that the night he was born there was a fire at their small house due to the fact that lightning hit the chimney and it caught on fire. Stacy’s parents (who celebrate their 63rd wedding anniversary this year) have often referred to that moment as “a sign of someone special coming into the world”. The question is, was this a good sign or a bad sign. Ask Stacy’s folks and they’ll tell you it was good, except for the fact that Dad had to rush back to the house to let the firemen in while Mom was having the baby, and Dad later discovered that his fire insurance didn’t quite cover the damages.

Keach Sr. was teaching Drama at the time at Armstrong Junior College, and was making a modest salary, but he really wanted to try his luck in Hollywood. Soon afterwards, dad was called out to the Pasadena Playhouse to join the company as both an actor and a director. So, in the early days of 1942, Mary and Stacy Sr. put their young son, Stacy, in the back of their Nash rambler and headed for Pasadena, California. Stacy Keach, Sr., has been a successful actor, producer, writer and director for over fifty years. He created, produced and directed the legendary “Tales of the Texas Rangers” for NBC Radio in the early 1950’s. The show still airs on KNX 1070 on Thursday nights. The Ranger Show was also included in the Smithsonian Archive Presentation of the most famous Radio Detective shows of the 20th Century. In the world of commercials, Stacy Sr. recently played the crotchety old chairman of the board for Psi.net after his success as the grouchy Mercury patriarch, and was seen as Clarence Birdseye for over five years. Active as a Rotarian and a member of the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters, Stacy Sr. gives back to the community, is a loving husband, father and grandfather, and serves as a great role model for both Stacy Jr. and his brother, James.

Visit Stacy Keach’s website at www.gostacykeach.com

Justice, compassion, and truth in the immigration debate

Our special guest is Matthew Soerens, author of the book Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion, and Truth in the Immigration Debate. He is the US director of church mobilization for World Relief and the national coordinator of the Evangelical Immigration Table. Previously, Matthew served as a Board of Immigration Appeals-accredited legal counselor with World Relief’s local office in Wheaton, Illinois.

Immigration is one of the most complicated issues of our time. Voices on all sides argue strongly for action and change. Christians find themselves torn between the desire to uphold laws and the call to minister to the vulnerable. In this book World Relief immigration experts Matthew Soerens and Jenny Yang move beyond the rhetoric to offer a Christian response to immigration. They put a human face on the issue and tell stories of immigrants’ experiences in and out of the system. With careful historical understanding and thoughtful policy analysis, they debunk myths and misconceptions about immigration and show the limitations of the current immigration system. Ultimately they point toward immigration reform that is compassionate, sensible, and just as they offer concrete ways for you and your church to welcome and minister to your immigrant neighbors.

The VoiceActor’s guide to professional home recording

Our special guest is James R. Alburger, author of the book The VoiceActor’s Guide to Professional Home Recording. If you’re just getting started in voiceover, you know that sooner or later you must be able to record auditions and projects at home or on your computer. It’s simply the way the voiceover business works today. A relatively new computer or laptop gets you half way there, but you still need a few things before you can record and deliver professional-quality auditions and paid projects. And if you’re like most voice talent just starting out, you probably don’t have the budget for a lot of expensive equipment, or the knowledge to put everything together.

The Voice Actor’s Guide to Professional Home Recording is different from every other book, eBook, or DVD on home studio recording. It’s packed with hundreds of links to other websites and additional resources including FREE recording software and more. Plus, every key point in the eBook is cross-linked within the book itself. Finding what you need to know has never been easier, and this is something you’ll never find in a printed book!

to buy the book, visit James R. Alburger’s website at www.voiceacting.com/home-studio-ebook/

 

A study of faith and sexual identity on Christian college campuses

Our special guest is Stephen P. Stratton, Ph.D., co-author of the book, Listening to Sexual Minorities: A Study of Faith and Sexual Identity on Christian College Campuses and a Professor of Counseling and Pastoral Care and a licensed psychologist (KY).  Previous to his full-time appointment at Asbury Theological Seminary in 2006, he served as an adjunct professor at Asbury University, where he was the Director of the Center for Counseling for 18 years.  He is an Approved Supervisor for the Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and a Health Service Provider/Supervisor for the Kentucky Board of Psychology.  

Students arrive on campus with various boxes of belongings to unpack, some heavy, some tidy, some more valuable, some more private. For many students, two of these boxes could be labeled “My Faith” and “My Sexuality”—and these two can be among the most cumbersome to handle. How to balance the two without having to set one down? How to hold them both closely, both securely, but still move forward to settle in with new friends in a new environment? How to keep from dropping one or the other, spilling its embarrassing contents for all to see? Such can be the struggle for any student, but especially for any sexual minority who identifies or struggles with an LGB+ identity or same-sex attraction on a Christian college campus. For these students their faith and their sexuality often feel both tender and in acute tension. Who is God making them to be? What do they need to grow in to develop faithfully, and what might they need to leave behind? How can they truly flourish?

The research team of Yarhouse, Dean, Stratton, and Lastoria draw on their decades of experience both in the psychology of sexual identity and in campus counseling to bring us the results of an original longitudinal study into what sexual minorities themselves experience, hope for, and benefit from. Rich with both quantitative and qualitative data, their book gives an unprecedented opportunity to listen to sexual minorities in their own words, as well as to observe patterns and often surprising revelations about life and personal development both on campus and after graduation. Listening to Sexual Minorities will be an indispensable resource not only for counselors and psychologists but also for faculty, student-development leaders, and administrators in higher education as well as leaders in the church and wider Christian community who want to create an intentional environment to hear from and contribute to the spiritual flourishing of all.

A story of the Holocaust: Andrew Burian, A Boy from Bustina

Our special guests are Andrew Burian, his wife Ruth, and son Lawrence, who share the story of the Holocaust in a memoir called The Boy from Bustina: A Son, A Survivor, A Witness.  A sheltered boy from the small town of Bustina (then Czechoslovakia, now Ukraine), Andrew had a beautiful carefree childhood. At the age of thirteen, his world was shattered. Andrew’s wartime odyssey began with deportation from his hometown to Mateszalka ghetto in Hungary. From there, Andrew and his family were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where he survived countless selections and near death experiences. In the freezing winter of 1945, he survived the infamous ‘death march’ evacuation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and was loaded into a cattle car for the long journey to the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria. Andrew survived another death-march to the Gunskirchen concentration camp from which he was ultimately liberated by the U.S. army. Andrew’s journey took him through Hungary, Poland, Austria, Czechoslovakia, England and, finally, the USA where he made a new life.

You can buy the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Boy-Bustina-Son-Survivor-Witness/dp/9653085174