Wednesday, March 31, 2010

An Interview With Actor and NEPA Native John Pivovarnick AKA JohnPiv And His Role in "Paper Heart"

The 2009 independent film comedy Paper Heart stars Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up) as a young actress/comedienne who has never been in love and is quite skeptical about love. A documentary film crew follows her as she travels across the country (and even to Paris) to find out what other people have to say about love. Along the way, she falls in love with actor Michael Cera (played by actor Michael Cera).

Among the people she meets along the way is NEPA native John Pivovarnick.

John was awesome to stop by the Reference Department for a video interview (my first for the blog) about working on the film, working with Charlyne Yi, attending the Sundance Film Festival, and critics. John was genuinely one of the funniest and nicest people I've met. He even autographed my Blu Ray for me. Below is a video of our chat (Thanks to Sheli McHugh for filming and Elizabeth Davis for editing).

Paper Heart is available to borrow on DVD from the Lackawanna County Library System. To place a hold, click here. We also have a non-reservable copy of Paper Heart on Blu Ray.

You can follow John's hilarious Twitter at

And now the vid...

Monday, March 15, 2010

Next Fall (2010)

Fellow tweeter Global Scranton recently sent me a tweet about a new play on Broadway titled Next Fall which includes a reference to Scranton in the text.

Next Fall, which opened on March 11, 2010, is a new play written by actor Geoffrey Nauffts (Broadway's A Few Good Men) and produced by Elton John and David Furnish. It tells the humorous and touching story of a gay couple whose five-year relationship is put to the test when an accident changes both their lives and the lives of those around them.

At some point in the play, one of the characters describes another's appearance as "looking like a lesbian from Scranton."

Next Fall is currently playing as an open run at the Helen Hayes Theater on Broadway, which previously housed the hit musical Xanadu, which was written by Wilkes-Barre native Douglas Carter Beane.

To purchase tickets for Next Fall, click here.

Kudos to fellow tweeter Global Scranton for this reference.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Staged Reading of Scranton Native Stephen Karam's Play "Speech & Debate" To Be Presented at University of Scranton Thursday, March 11th at 8 PM

The University Players, with a grant from the Office of Equity and Diversity, present a staged reading of Scranton native Stephen Karam’s play, "Speech & Debate." The reading will take place on Thursday, March 11th at 8 PM at the The Royal Theatre, McDade Center for Literary & Performing Arts at University of Scranton.

Click here for a previous blog entry on Stephen Karam.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Article on Rupert Holmes and Wilkes-Barre Band The Buoys (March 1981)

Author and NEPA native Maxim Furek (The Death Proclamation of Generation X) recently emailed me the following regarding the Wilkes-Barre band The Bouys (Timothy):

Hi Bill:

I interviewed Rupert Holmes in 1980. My article on "Timothy" and the Buoys is published (again) on this link. You have my permission to reproduce it.


Maxim Furek

The article, titled "Rupert Holmes: The Pina Colada Man: Northeastern PA's Adopted Son Comes Home To Crow" can be read online by clicking here.

Click here and here for two previous blog entries on Timothy and The Bouys.

Thanks to Maxim Furek for the link.