Meet The Cast: Hothouse Bruiser
Hothouse Bruiser is a retro-futuristic noir audio drama coming soon as an app available for all iPod and Android devices. The nine-part, 30-minute episode series follows the adventures of Jason Brusman, aka Bruiser, an ex-cop stuck behind the walls of a quarantined downtown Los Angeles.
Several members of the extensive cast for Hothouse Bruiser were on hand at a recent pre-release party attended by the Underground Film Journal. Above we had our picture taken with Denise Crosby (Star Trek: The Next Generation) who provides the voice of Ginny Mills, a tequila brewer with a startling scientific secret. (Click on all pictures or actor names to embiggen.)
The bulk of the series is voiced by Paul Nobrega, pictured above, who stars as the Bruiser himself, an ex-LAPD detective now working as a hired goon for SaegerTech, the shady corporation that has set itself up as the de facto rule of law within the quarantine area.
Also at the pre-release party was Vanessa Angel (Weird Science), pictured below, who plays Miss Power Tools, a sadistic dominatrix who puts Bruiser in a tight spot right in the series’ opening scene.
Hothouse Bruiser was created, produced, written and directed by Joel Metzer, a veteran TV writer of shows such as The Outer Limits, Stephen King’s The Dead Zone and Xena: Warrior Princess.
Metzger originally conceived Hothouse Bruiser as a spec TV pilot and the script won a Slamdance screenwriting competition in 2006. But, when the script never moved on to a fully produced series, Metzger expanded his story into the four and a half hour audio drama that will be available for download soon.
In addition to the actors pictured above, the rest of the series’ cast includes numerous popular genre personalities, including:
Traci Lords (John Waters’ Cry-Baby) … Vera Grayle
Claudia Christian (Babylon 5) … Police Chief Plagman
Armin Shimerman (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) … Dr. Wolverton
John Terry (Lost) … “The Chlorine Buddha”
John Billingsly (Enterprise) … The Man Upstairs
Michael Welch (Twilight) … Ash Hamilton
Jim Storm (Heroes) .. Mr. Saeger
To see the full cast list — which includes many more fine actors and voice-over artists — and to listen to a sample of the series, please visit the official Hothouse Bruiser website. You can also follow the project on Facebook and Twitter.