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Hello Herman National Final Round Performance

Welcome to The Project!

We are very excited to announce that we have officiall launched The Hello Herman Project and our national video contest.  Many thanks to our advisors and supporters as we work to end bullying.

Please let us know what you think about our Project and what suggestions you have to improve and add to it!

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THHP launch release


Lyle Kessler’s play “Orphans” has been an international success in almost every country in the world since its Steppenwolf Theater Production in Chicago and New York. Albert Finney starred in London’s West End production. “Orphans” will be produced on Bwy, Spring 2013, starring Alec Baldwin, directed by Dan Sullivan. “Collision” opens at the Off Bwy Rattlestick Theater, Jan./Feb. 2013. Other plays include “The Watering Place,” “Possession,” “Robbers,” “Unlisted” and “The Great Divide” in development at the Labyrinth Theater Co. His films include “Orphans,” “Gladiator,” “The Saint of Fort Washington” and “Touched,” which he co-starred in. Mr. Kessler studied acting with Lee Strasberg and is a member of the Actors Studio and Labyrinth Theater Company. He served as the Director of the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab. He and Mark Rydell co-moderated the Playwright/Directors Unit of the Actors Sutdio West for eleven years before Mr. Kessler moved back to New York this past year with his wife, actress Margaret Ladd. Together they developed an Arts and Mental Health Program called the Imagination Workshop, which brings Theater Artists in to work with hospitalized psychiatric patients in both N.Y. and L.A.


An imposing and unforgettable presence on Broadway, actor Frank Langella has long been considered among America’s greatest stage and film actors. His career is a model of quality and longevity; excelling in range, power, and versatility. A preeminent presence in the American theatre, he has been called “an actor’s actor” by Ben Brantley of the New York Times and “one of our few great actors” by Clive Barnes of the New York Post. In recent years, Mr. Langella’s career as an actor in films has become equal in stature to his career on Broadway.

This past summer Mr. Langella filmed “Robot & Frank” with Susan Sarandon, Liv Tyler, Peter Sarsgaard, and James Marsden. The film was award winning at Sundance; is garnering excellent reviews with critics and public alike before its August 17th opening. Most recently, Mr. Langella was seen in Andrew Jarecki’s “All Good Things” alongside Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst. Earlier this season, Mr. Langella was on Broadway in Terence Rattigan’s “Man and Boy”, in what Ben Brantley has called a “personal triumph”, earning him his 6th Tony nomination. He will next be seen in the independent feature “The Time Being” opposite Wes Bentley, as well as HBO’s “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” opposite Christopher Plummer and directed by Stephen Frears, and finally Olivier Dahan’s “Grace of Monaco” opposite Nicole Kidman.

In 1974, he made his Broadway debut in Edward Albee’s “Seascape”, earning him the 1st of his three Tony awards. He made his film debut in 1970 in “Diary of a Mad Housewife,” and later that year co-starred in the iconic Mel Brooks comedy “The Twelve Chairs.” Appearing regularly in film and on television through much of the 1970s, he was still busiest as a stage actor. In 1977, he starred in the title role of a Broadway revival of “Dracula”, and his performance as the bloodthirsty count earned rave reviews and turned the production into an unexpected hit. He reprised his performance for the film version of “Dracula” released in 1979.

He maintained a busy schedule of stage work and in the 1990s scored a breakthrough screen role in Ivan Reitman’s comedy “Dave” as the deceitful political puppet master Bob Alexander. A busy schedule of character roles in such films as Adrian Lyne’s “Lolita” and Roman Polanski’s “The Ninth Gate” followed, and Langella still remained a frequent and distinguished presence in the New York theatrical community.

He has continued to work constantly on Broadway, winning his 2nd Tony for “Fortune’s Fool” in 2003 and his 3rd for “Frost/Nixon” in 2007, as well stellar reviews for his bravura performance in the 2008 revival of “A Man for All Seasons”. In film, he scored an artistic and critical success in 2005 playing William S. Paley in George Clooney’s historical docudrama “Good Night, and Good Luck” and then costarred as Daily Planet editor Perry White in the 2006 summer blockbuster “Superman Returns,” directed by Bryan Singer.

In 2007, Langella earned rave reviews, as well as an Independent Spirit Award nomination, for his starring role in “Starting Out in the Evening”. In the 2008 film version of “Frost/Nixon”, he was honored with a Best Actor Academy Award nomination, as well as Golden Globe and SAG nominations, for his portrayal of disgraced former president Richard Nixon in Ron Howard’s big-screen adaptation of the Broadway play. He also can be seen in “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”, the sequel to Oliver Stone’s award winning 1987 film.

Mr. Langella was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2003. In addition to the awards already mentioned, he has been honored with well over two dozen acting nominations and wins, including Tonys, Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, Cable ACE Awards, Obies, and various critics’ awards.

Langella makes his home in New York.



Max Von Essen’s Facebook post about trickle down bullying

The following is Max Von Essen’s viral post on Facebook about trickle down bullying.  Max, we want to be your equal.


Listen, I know you didn’t mean any harm commenting on this post and I like you, we had some great times growing up. But Romney and Ryan believe that I am less than you. They believe I am a second class citizen and don’t deserve the same rights that you had the privilege of being born into simply by being straight. They want to add a constitutional amendment that will ban gay marriage forever. It will set us back decades and ensure that I never legally have the opportunity to have a family or a partner in my lifetime.

They also believe that being at your partner’s side when he/she is dying is a benefit, not a civil right. They could keep me from my partner dying in a hospital. Could you even imagine something like that in your own life? Being separated from your wife on her death bed? Could you imagine your marriage never being recognized and being told that your family is not a family and you do not deserve any federal rights that comes with marriage. Over 1100 rights. Did you know that? 1100.

Ryan doesn’t believe in the hate crimes act fought unwaveringly for by Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard, murdered for being gay in Wyoming. Murdered for being gay. Could you imagine if I was murdered for being gay? Could you really look my mom in the eye and say ‘oh well, we can not prosecute this crime as a hate crime’?

I know there are important issues involved in this campaign. I know people are suffering and the economy has not improved at a rate we all wish it would. Yes, people are suffering but the gay and lesbian community has been suffering for hundreds of years and I am so tired of it. So tired of feeling that I am less than. So tired of knowing I have friends on here who will vote for someone who will keep me a second class citizen for my entire lifetime. I have already spent half a lifetime hiding, half a lifetime conforming. It is exhausting, demeaning and I am worn out. I want to love myself full out. I want a president who can look me in the eye and say ‘You are equal!’ ‘You are equal to everyone else in this country and I will fight for your rights. The time is now and it is long overdue.’ Romney and Ryan could not look me in the eye and say that and I feel sorry for every gay and questioning child who might have to listen to a president who believes that he/she is not equal. Children will take their lives. It is the WORST form of trickle down bullying and it absolutely splits my heart in half. When the president says you are less than, it gives permission to every authority figure, every politician, every teacher, every bully on the playground to push you around and bully you and treat you less than. It is dangerous and lives will be lost.

If this is not important to you, please remove me from your friends list. I need people in my life who love me and consider me 100% equal.


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