CAST PICS and BIOS

 

Michael Butler Murray - "Man"

Michael began acting at a very early age. Born April of 1965 on the south shore of Long Island, his parents struggled to keep food on the table. Built on a salt marsh, their house was severely tilted. His first acting project was to fake illness in order to escape the laborious tasks of Lincoln logging, pick up sticks, and other such inane tasks of the second grade. It was a performance he would repeat time and again. It did not take long for his parents to figure out the exceptional talent their young son was developing... (read more)

 

Lori Haley Fox - "Wife"

"Grackle" marks Ms. Fox's film debut. Lori currently travels between her homes in London and Manhattan, and has recently starred as "Tanya" in the U.S. National tour of "Mamma Mia." Previous London credits include leading roles at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, The Prince Edward Theatre, The Royal National Theatre, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, The Barbican and The Royal Festival Hall. Lori has also performed in theatres throughout Europe, the Far East, and Africa. Her recording work includes a Broadway Series for Jon Yapp Recordings at the Abbey Road Studios in London, as well as the original cast recordings of "Mamma Mia" and "Lady in the Dark" which was the recipient of The Evening Standard Award (London).

 

Joelle Graham - "Neighbor"

Joelle is thrilled to join the "Grackle" team for her film debut! A Musical Theatre graduate of Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music, Joelle has worked in many musical productions throughout Ohio and Illinios (Great Lakes, Cain Park, Timberlake Playhouse) as well as doing voice-over work in NYC (favorites include West Side Story, Violet, and City of Angels). She is currently touring with the National Tour of Mamma Mia playing the role of Lisa. In addition to acting and singing, Joelle enjoys playing and accompanying herself on guitar, and though she could easily pursue career in music, she is looking forward to future feature film opportunities.

 

Joseph "Joey" Tessel - "Kid"

Joey was discovered while playing sports on the street by the producers of The Day Of The Grackle, and was immediately cast as the "Kid." Grackle marks his motion picture acting debut. Joey is eleven years old and goes to Cottage Lane Elementary School. Some of his favorite pastimes are playing football, baseball and basketball, as well as watching all sports (Mets!). Joey also enjoys staging realistic fights with his cousin Dominic, riding motorcycles with his Dad, and playing the drums in his band. Someday Joey would like to open a music store.

 

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