I've searched all the periodical and newspaper resources I have at my finger tips to dig up reviews and misc. stories on Kassie De Paiva and Roger Howarth. Enjoy!
Check her out in1987's "Evil Dead II", a comedic horror film that got 3 stars from Roger Ebert. A cult classic! According to actor/director Vincent Perreira (Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy/A Better Place), "EVIL DEAD and EVIL DEAD II rule!"
linked without permission from badmovies.org
I found a "favorable review" in a Jan. 1988 edition of Variety for Kassie's singing act at Madison Tower in NY. Unfortunately Variety does not make full text available.
From the Kentucky Messenger-Inquirer:
Western Kentucky University's forensic
and debate program, struggling to survive a decade ago, is now one of the best in the
One year a soap-opera star sent a $2,000 check after hearing that the team couldn't attend a tournament because it had no money.
One year, when Kassie Wesley, an actress on "One Life to Live," heard the club couldn't attend a tournament, she sent $2,000. Wesley didn't attend Western, but Woodring had taught her at Union County High.
I was able to locate reviews for 3 of Roger's plays: "Mother Courage" and "Henry IV", from the Williamstown Theater Festival in 1989. Unfortunately, he was not mentioned in the reviews. Likewise, I was able to track down a review of "The White Rose," from the WPA in 1991. Again, he was not mentioned in the review, but in the cast list. I searched for a review of "Orestes," which Roger performed at Stage West, but the Fort Worth online archives didn't date back far enough. The Dallas Morning News did have a story from 1992 listed, but RH was not mentioned by name in the review.
From the New York Times (1991):
Years ago, hoping to counter the smothering spirit of the place, the captain brought home a young foundling, Hadrian (Roger Howarth), and raised him as his son. But one day, with nary a goodbye, the sly, enigmatic youth up and disappeared. Not long after the curtain rises on "You Touched Me!" the front door of the country house swings open, and there he is, fully grown, sporting the dashing uniform of the Royal Canadian Air Force, and shrouded, romantically, in the lingering smoke of the train that's just brought him back to town.
The playhouse production can't mask all the play's deficiencies. With three acts and six scenes at its disposal, the script is prone to dawdling. Furthermore, the battle lines are too easily drawn and maintained. And the "Englishness of the enterprise is something of an affectation. (The play would really be better if it were unfolding in the American South -- Gulfport, maybe, or Savannah.) The acting is uneven -- persuasively strapping in Mr. Howarth's case; unduly tentative in Mr. Curry's, to cite the extremes; and Ms. Flockhart, while sweet-tempered, looks too much like a Kewpie doll to make Matilda's vulnerability entirely convincing.
I found a good article about Todd/Marty/Rape and Redemption from the Village Voice (1994). Full text wasn't available, but if you have Adobe Acrobat reader, you can check out the story in the file I captured from Lexis Nexis.
rhvillagevoice.pdf If you don't have Adobe Acrobat reader, download it HERE
From the New York Post: (1998)Soap Villain
These days, you can hate him day and night. Roger Howarth rises each morning about 7 a.m., has a light breakfast, kisses his wife and kid goodbye, leaves his Greenwich Village apartment, catches an uptown IRT, and then works a grueling 11 hours at being one of the most despicable characters on daytime television.
"I play a horrible, horrible guy," says Howarth, the 29-year-old actor who portrays serial rapist Todd Manning on ABC's "One Life to Live," and is now also starring in the new prime-time ABC drama "Prey."
"On 'One Life,' I play a rapist, so it's a tricky situation for me. I'm not amazed at how many people watch it, but that the same people watch it so religiously. They don't miss a day. The target audience is women between 18 and 40 and they get hooked on the story lines. Most people get it; they understand that I'm just an actor playing a role. But because I play such a horrible guy, it sometimes bothers me when some people aren't able to understand that it's just make-believe.
"So it's also very important that the writing is responsible. Right now, I'm proud to be part of a story that shows that sexual violence is a real problem and not a joke."
Howarth, who won an Daytime Emmy in 1994 and is voted by viewers as the best soap opera villain almost every year, is one of the top five male soap stars, with a salary of $4,000 a day. Howarth is guaranteed three days a week and usually works five.
"I get to the studio at about 8:30 in the morning," he says. "We do a rehearsal with just the actors and the director, in our street clothes. Then at 10 o'clock we go upstairs to the studio and we rehearse for the cameras. Then we have lunch. At 1 o'clock, we tape the show, which takes about six to eight hours. And except for some added music, what we shoot is what you see on TV. There's a cliche in daytime TV that goes, 'We do here in a day what would take a feature film eight months.' "
Soap actors perform before three cameras, recording the show on videotape in a process that Howarth says is as close to his theatrical roots as screen acting can get.
"I love that we do a different show every day," he says. "We shoot between 70 and 80 pages of dialogue for a 44-minute show in a single day. Then at about 7:30 in the evening, I take the subway home. If it's still nice out, I'll take my 5-year-old son to the park or a friend's house, or have some of his friends over. My wife Cari and I think New York is the best place in the world to raise a kid."
Howarth was born and raised in Tarrytown, the son of a former New York World Telegram reporter who packed in the news business after the JFK assassination to teach drama in high school. "So I grew up around acting, but I tried to resist it," he says. "I took political science in college but kind of felt like I was cheating, that I was preparing myself to fail as an actor. So I signed up for apprenticeship programs in regional theaters in Massachusetts and spent as much time as I could watching, selling brownies during intermission and carrying spears. And finally got a couple of shots on stage."
An agent noticed him, and when Howarth moved to New York City 10 years ago he landed a role in a play at the Public Theater. "It was a nice place to start," he says. "I never had to wait a table. Good thing too, because I would never have figured out the math."
Howarth married writer/actress Cari Stahler, and eked out a living in theater. When Cari became pregnant in 1992, Howarth turned to daytime television. "Cari was supporting my acting habit," he says. "I was doing an eight-week show at the WPA Theater on 23d St. Someone who was on 'As the World Turns' got sick, and so I understudied for his part on that soap for one day. And I realized I made as much dough in that day as I did in the eight-week run of the play. So we did the math and I started auditioning for soaps, and got a role in a show called 'Loving.' I lasted three months before getting fired. But I liked it."
And soon he was one of the hottest stars on daytime TV.
Howarth became so popular on soaps that last year ABC cast him in the lead male role opposite Debra Messing in the new prime-time sci-fi thriller "Prey."
"I shot 13 episodes of 'Prey' at the same time I was doing 'One Life to Live,' " he says, "flying back and forth from New York to Los Angeles. The difference was remarkable. To begin with, we get like a week or more to shoot an episode. And instead of 80 pages of dialogue a day, we shot about six. And there was a single camera, shooting film instead of tape, and you had to do 'coverage' from different angles. And you get out of the studio, to do shootouts and car chases, and all that neat stuff.
"It was a crash course in film acting. And I'm playing an equally sinister character, although he has a different sense of humor than the one I play in the soap."
If "Prey" doesn't make it to next season, ABC has a development deal with Howarth to come up with another prime-time show.
"ABC has been very nice to me," Howarth says. "They've let me out of school to go play with the other kids in prime time. As much as I enjoy coming to work to do the daytime show, it was a real thrill to do something else in another setting."
While still getting paid to make people hate him.