Thrilled to have been asked to narrate for the most frequented radio podcast in the country. With an unprecedented panoply of horror stories for every taste imaginable CHILLING TALES FOR DARK NIGHTS  stories are made to come to life with the help of a host of among the most professionally sought-after radio artists, narrators, and voice actors around.

Here’s my first contribution. More to come!

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CTFDN is the premiere horror-themed storytelling and short horror film channel with hundreds of posted...

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This is an ancient city
On an old stretch of land by the sea
Whatever I can say about
It, this country,
No matter how I flatter its flora
Serenade its birds
Praise, pay due homage to its elegance
Its ladies who handle their woven fans
Genuflect to its porous Taíno gods
Made red from baked earth
Though they all listen to my exhortation,
They know better.
This is an ancient city I walk in.


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There are many of them I’m ashamed to say
too many I’d admit to
they stand staring at me so erect
intermingled with the ones I’ve devoured
show offs, everyone of them
as if they had beat me in a fight
or like a discarded lover who had done nothing wrong
who has, rightly so, never gotten over it.
I have never gotten over them
should the occasion offer itself that I finish one
picked up where I left off
as if nothing ever happened between us
simply side-tracked
innocently distracted
they play hard to get all over again
and make it very hard for me to reconcile.
There are some victories, though
every one of them an exoneration.
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OMG, Thank You Hollywood Reporter for my mention on the eve of Season 2 Bloodline!  “Vicente Cruz” mentioned as one of the things to look out for.

I find the writing  in Bloodline to be among the best on television today (humble opinion). I find its stars to be terrific people, funny and hard working. Anything you could ever want in a show is fully present and accounted for. It’s a pleasure to work and learn from Kyle Chandler and Enrique Murciano.

“But unless you watched (or re-watched) the first season far more recently than when it debuted 14 months ago, you might not remember some of the more intricate details and subplots, which resurface in the second season. For instance, do you...

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This is alarming. I have family members that behave in the same way as Zimabardo (of Stanford Prison Experiment fame) describes below. In a nutshell, the internet’s ability to supply constant and almost instantaneous novelty in all fields is opaquing our ability to socialize in orthodox ways for lasting relationships.

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It’s a chocolate, Haagen Dazs Friday night.
Watching dystopias on Amazon Prime
my family 2500 miles due south
at the far end of a horse continent
on a latitude that allows for indoor
ice skating rinks where Disney characters
sing away their pirouetted pain.
Better put the ice-cream back before I eat the whole pint.
Don’t want to start crying now, so I’ll take a Benadryl.
-Chaz Mena, 1 April, 2016
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Lots of us remember being a kid in Miami during the 1970s. The small, sleepy southern city was just becoming the cross-cultural metropolis it is today. Denizens of Miami Beach, mainly retirees from the northeast–many of them survivors of the holocaust–would hold weekly dances on Lummus Park in South Beach. For immigrants from Latin America, these were curious cultural affairs.

Aqua-Blue, 1974 – Chaz Mena *

Papi, you’d drive wearing the thin neck ties
short sleeves, and a hat from your New York days,
inside our 1968 aqua-blue Impala.

An old rug crashed down on us every time you braked,
but Ana, sis, reached back and held it in place.
Another thing we learned was never to touch
the Blue...

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This was a joy for me to work on from beginning to end. Thank you Michel Hausmann and Salomon Lerner for considering me worthy of such an enterprise as Golem of Havana ended up being for all of us. Inspiring, heart-felt, intelligent, giving.

¡Muchas Gracias a todos!

The Golem of Havana is Miami New Drama’s original, critically-acclaimed musical that explores the lives of a Jewish family in Cuba on the brink of revolution. It is an epic story with an exciting score that blends Cuban and Jewish music.


Miami Herald Review

Huffington Post

Florida Theatre Onstage Review

Music by Salomon Lerner
Lyrics By Len Schiff
Book and Direction by Michel Hausmann

The Golem...

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 When trials and fears beset our lives, we humans find myriad ways to cope: concocting myths and legends, sending entreaties to God or the gods, letting our subconscious do the talking in nightmares.
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Myra Chanin  aka ‘Mother Wonderful’; Radio/TV Personality, Former Producer, ‘The Joey Reynolds Show’

I have always avoided spending more than seven consecutive days in balmy Boca Raton. Why? Because there ain’t much culture there. Actually the major artistic activity of palm-sheltered snowbirds is sneaking into three multiplex potboilers for the price of one senior citizen admission — hardly proof of intellectual perspicacity.

So why was this winter different? The certainty of the Mother of All Blizzards encouraged me to entertain heartfelt offers from casual acquaintances to squat in their guest bedrooms for “as long as I liked,” However, judging from their expressions of dismay when my...

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