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.
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.