Broadway on the Web: Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Kate Wetherhead Take "Submissions Only" in Theatrical Web Series

By Michael Gioia
30 Sep 2013

Wetherhead and Stanley Bahorek on "Submissions Only."
Following the first season of "Submissions Only," Keenan-Bolger and Wetherhead wanted to bump up the quality — both on camera and behind the scenes. The two raised nearly $23,000 via a Kickstarter campaign (for Season Two), purchased new equipment and were eventually put on a SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) contract to pay everyone on their team.

"While people are compensated for their time, no one's getting rich off this show," said Wetherhead. "But we were able to increase the hourly wage." Actors in the first season offered their time and talent to the series, but since "Submissions Only" requires a large set of recurring characters, Wetherhead and Keenan-Bolger wanted to ensure that their team was compensated.

"After Season Two ended," continued Wetherhead, "I think we all felt a little beaten up — me, in particular, because I didn't have any other job. It was basically like a non-paying, full-time job for nine months. At the end of it, I [thought], 'This is crazy! I am working harder than I ever had in my life, and I have no money,' so if we are to do this again, I have to be able to survive. I don't need to be a millionaire, but I need to be able to buy a Metro Card without feeling guilty about it."

Watch the first episode of the second season, entitled "Harness Malfunction," in which Jared Gertner (The Book of Mormon) is introduced as new recurring character Randall Moody:



The second season continued to follow Penny, who returned abruptly from the tour of Mean Girls the musical — because she broke her vagina in a harness malfunction — and is still pursuing her casting friend Tim to get her seen for Iron Dog, a play that will open in Boston before transferring to Broadway.

Aside from the aforementioned series regulars, Max von Essen (Evita), Wade McCollum (Jersey Boys), Jeffrey Kuhn (The 39 Steps), Anne L. Nathan (Once) and Donna Vivino (Wicked) appear regularly on the show's second season, and guest appearances are made by Jeremy Jordan (Newsies), Jesse Tyler Furgesson ("Modern Family"), Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone), Michael Urie (Buyer and Cellar), Hunter Foster (Hands on a Hardbody), Annaleigh Ashford (Kinky Boots), Adam Pascal (Rent), Condola Rashad (Romeo and Juliet), Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights), Nick Jonas (How to Succeed…), Molly Ranson (Carrie), Harvey Fierstein (Hairspray), Kerry Butler (Hairspray) and the ensemble of Newsies, among others.

Watch the star-studded Season Two finale, "Another Interruption":

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