Native Actors Autumn Morningstar Custalow Alfaro and Enrico Nassi Amongst New Cast Members
October 20, 2013 | News
The second half of Thurston’s season will not only introduce viewers to All My Children’s veteran actor Walt Willey’s Edmund Snead, but will bring with it the Cherokee storyline and the characters of Dr. Benjamin and Inolah Walkingstick. “I’m thrilled that we are finally bringing the Cherokee story to Thurston. It has been in my mind since the beginning but we wanted to wait until it could be done right and with Native actors in the roles,” said Thurston’s creator and writer Kathryn O’Sullivan. Enter Enrico Nassi and Autumn Morningstar Custalow Alfaro. Nassi is a Washington, D.C. based actor, director, and teacher and a member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and a recognized member of the Cherokee Nation. Alfaro is an artist and graphic designer who grew up on the Mattaponi Reservation and is very active in her tribe and educating others about her community. “Kathryn and I had several conversations with both Enrico and Autumn about how the Cherokee would be portrayed. We wanted it to be as authentic as possible, not a stereotype, and we wanted them to feel comfortable with the portrayal,” said director Paul Awad. “Playing the character of Inolah was an easy role for me,” said Alfaro. “It was like taking myself back in time.”
Rounding out the rest of the new additions are Richard Cutting, the creator, director, and writer of web series Milgram and the Fastwalkers who also plays Dr. Daniel Milgram in the show. Cutting plays the Preacher, a character who has a key role in unfolding events. Fellow Milgram castmate John C. Bailey joins Thurston as Pinkerton Detective Frank Daniels and Ariana Almajan will play the beguiling Marie Dumont. “My first scenes with very talented local actors Ariana Almajan and John C. Bailey were a joy to do,” said Walt Willey. “If this is any indication what it will be like to be a part of the Thurston Gang, this is gonna be some ride.” New episodes begin airing Tuesday, October 22.
Stage and Screen Actor Walt Willey Joins the Cast of ‘Thurston’
October 6, 2013 | News
Thurston launches the second half of season 2 with four new episodes this month. Joining the cast is stage and screen actor Walt Willey in the role of Edmund Snead, father of the naughty Snead boys and husband to Colleen Zenk’s madam Agnes. “Walt has been a wonderful addition to the Thurston family,” said Thurston creator and writer Kathryn O’Sullivan. “Audiences are going to enjoy watching him as the charming rogue Edmund Snead and discover where some of his sons’ personality traits originate.” Mr. Willey has been busy touring the country in his one man show Wild Bill! An Evening with James Butler Hickok and filming Tainted Dreams but he is perhaps best known for his role as Jackson Montgomery on All My Children. ”I’m thrilled to be a part of Thurston and to be playing Edmund Snead,” said Mr. Willey. “Kathryn O’Sullivan has written an extremely complex character in Edmund, one I can’t wait to inhabit.” “Walt was a joy to work with,” added director and cinematographer Paul Awad. “It was great watching him bring the character to life and we can’t wait for viewers to see him in action.”
‘Thurston’ Selected a Winner in the 34th Annual Telly Awards
May 31, 2013 | News
The Telly Awards has named Thurston as a Bronze Winner for online video-drama in the 34th Annual Telly Awards. With nearly 11,000 entries from all fifty states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor. The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and honors outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world. Read more about the Telly Awards here.
‘Thurston’ Selected to the 3rd Annual Marseille Web Fest
May 27, 2013 | News
Thurston is honored to be one of thirty-two web series from around the world included as an Another Look Selection in the 3rd Annual Marseille Web Fest in Marseille, France. The Marseille Web Fest is an international festival that offers web series screenings, conferences and workshops, and meetings with marketing professionals and producers. The festival will be held in Marseille October 11-12, 2013. Read more at Marseille Web Fest.
‘Thurston’ Screens/Wins at LA and DC Web Series Festivals
April 11, 2013 | News
Late March and early April saw screenings of Thurston on both coasts. On Sunday, March 31, 2013, Steven Quartell was honored with a Best Supporting Actor Award at LA WebFest for his role as Sheriff Nate Hart. Thurston also had two screenings that weekend at the festival. On Friday, April 5, 2013, Thurston screened in the beautiful Chaplin Theatre at Raleigh Studios as part of the 2nd Annual HollyWeb Festival. Co-Executive Producers Paul Awad and Kathryn O’Sullivan participated in informative panel discussions and later attended the blue carpet ceremony. On Saturday, April 6, 2013, Thurston screened at the 1st Annual Washington, DC Web Series Festival where it was honored with the ITV Forerunner Award. Thurston’s next screening will be at 2 pm on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at the 27th Annual D.C. International Film Festival.
The Sixth Wall Discusses American Cowgirls and ‘Thurston’
April 4, 2013 | Press
The Sixth Wall’s Rebecca Muh traces the portrayal of women in Westerns from Jane Russell in The Outlaw to Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit and writes, “The culmination of the cowgirl’s journey is found online in KoldCast TV’s haunting western series Thurston…. the town of Thurston is full of dangerous women guarding secrets they’ll murder to keep.” Read the full article that features photographs of some of the greatest portrayals of women in westerns at KoldCast TV.
‘Thurston’ Wins Two Awards at 4th Annual Indie Soap Awards
February 21, 2013 | News
On February 19, 2013, the 4th Annual Indie Soap Awards ceremony was held at New World Stages in New York. Thurston was honored with two awards at the red carpet event. Paul Awad took home the award for Best Cinematography and Kathryn O’Sullivan took home the Best Costume Design award. Garrett Brennan was a nominee for Best Breakout Performance for his role as Owen Snead and Awad was also a nominee for Best Director – Drama. Read the complete list of winners at We Love Soaps.
Colleen Zenk Shakes Things Up On ‘Thurston’
February 8, 2013 | News
Colleen Zenk’s arrival on Thurston gained a lot of attention this week with CBS Soaps In Depth, Daytime Confidential, and We Love Soaps all covering her appearance in Thurston’s second episode of season two. “As AS THE WORLD TURNS’ Barbara Ryan, Colleen Zenk certainly had her moments of villainy, but that’s nothing compared to the terrifyingly icy performance she gives as Agnes, the matriarch to the deadly Snead family in her debut episode of THURSTON,” writes CBS Soaps In Depth. Read the full coverage at CBS Soaps In Depth, Daytime Confidential, and We Love Soaps.
Three-Time Emmy Nominee Colleen Zenk and Musician Travis Marsh Join ‘Thurston’ for Season 2
January 27, 2013 | News
Thurston launches season 2 and the first of four new episodes today. Beginning with the second episode, audiences will notice a new face amongst Thurston’s inhabitants. Stage and screen actress Colleen Zenk, beloved for her role as Barbara Ryan for 32 years on As The World Turns and a three-time Emmy nominee, joins the cast as Agnes Snead, Thurston’s shrewd former madam and mother of the naughty Snead boys. “We’re thrilled and honored to have Colleen as part of the Thurston family,” said creator and writer Kathryn O’Sullivan. “Colleen has the wonderful ability to play dangerous and alluring at the same time. It was such fun writing the role for her. If you think the Snead boys are trouble, wait until you see their mama.”
While Colleen Zenk will be the new face on Thurston, Travis Marsh will be the new sound. Travis Marsh is an accomplished singer-songwriter-guitarist who has composed for web series and is part of the band Nightsky Drive with his sister, Amanda. His fresh instrumental and vocal renditions of the 1866 American classic “When You and I Were Young, Maggie” will be heard at the end of episodes. “Travis is a great young talent and we’re delighted that he’s lending his sound to the show,” said director Paul Awad.
Season 2 picks up where season 1 left off. Maggie has killed her husband, lost Sheriff Hart at the hands of the Marshal, is pregnant, and doesn’t know whether the child is her dead husband’s or her dead lover’s. Rosie, the town’s soiled dove, has learned Maggie’s secret (Maggie killed her husband.) and failed at an attempt to flee Thurston. Cyrus has discovered a decapitated body. Marshal Robinson remains a distrusted member of the town but has been recruited by Maggie to help when the Sneads arrive. The Snead boys have escaped from the law, arrived in Thurston with the mysterious Josephine “Jo” Maxwell to retrieve a “package” for their mama, and dug in their boots for a showdown.
The Sixth Wall Discusses ‘Thurston’ and Epic American Showdowns
January 18, 2013 | Press
“… epic rivalries were borne of a sense of competition that helped build American culture,” writes Adam Pliskin of The Sixth Wall. “Inevitably, they would culminate in a defining moment of struggle: the third act climax, the face-off. A showdown.” Pliskin includes “Thurston” and some of its face-off moments in his article about classic showdowns in American history. Read the full article at The Sixth Wall.