A handsome, dark-haired and intense rising player, Rick Stear made his feature film debut as the alcoholic Stan who with his pal Richie (Jon Cryer) seeks out a missing buddy and discover that some thi...
Two friends (Jon Cryer and Rick Stear) find out that their missing high-school chum (Rafael Baez) is now insane and living at New York's decaying Coney Island amusement park. Naturally the guys ditch work and set out in search of their bud and spend an inordinate amount of time wandering around the ramshackle landmark talking to a weirdo skeeball guy (Frank Whaley). Over time one guy confronts his own alcoholism and the other deals with family problems. Oh yeah and they find their nutty friend.
This one's got a lot of indie cred: Whaley and Ione Skye have been doing the little-movie thing for years now and Cryer is a veteran of Schenkman's "Pompatus." The best performance is from Baez an up-and-coming actor whose depiction of mental illness (not an easy thing to do) is pretty disturbing.
This is the latest from Richard Schenkman best known for the equally talky and lethargic "The Pompatus of Love " which also was about guys in their 30s (finally) confronting adulthood. Schenkman's style of writing a directing is slow introspective and ultimately more suited to the confines of a small theater stage than the camera lens.
Played lead of a young man of Greek descent struggling to break free from his family in the festival-screened "Astoria"
Co-starred with Ellen Burstyn and David Selby as Edmund in production of "Long Day's Journey Into Night"; first presented at the Alley Theater and later at The Hartford Stage
Feature film debut, "Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God...Be Back by Five"
Made Broadway debut in "Twelfth Night"; played Sebastian; recreated role for TV production
Starred opposite Hal Holbrook in David Mamet's "A Life in the Theatre" at the Pasadena Playhouse
Made guest appearance on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (The WB)
A handsome, dark-haired and intense rising player, Rick Stear made his feature film debut as the alcoholic Stan who with his pal Richie (Jon Cryer) seeks out a missing buddy and discover that some things from youth cannot be recaptured in "Went to Coney Island on a Mission From God. .. Be Back By Five" (1998). The native Pennsylvanian received his training at the North Carolina School of the Arts and honed his skills on stage in a variety of productions ranging from Shakespeare (Tybalt in "Romeo and Juliet" at the Hartford Stage) to more contemporary fare ("Indiscretions" at the Coconut Grove Playhouse. Stear made his NYC stage debut as Sebastian, the twin of Helen Hunt's Viola in "Twelfth Night" at Lincoln Center. (The production was later broadcast live over PBS near the end of its run.) He also earned high marks from critics for his turn as Edmund Tyrone in Eugene O'Neill's powerful "Long Day's Journey Into Night" at Houston's Alley Theatre in 1999. More than holding his own against such powerful heavyweights as Oscar-winner Ellen Burstyn and David Selby, he proved a real find and with the same actors (joined by Andrew McCarthy), he recreated the role at the Hartford Stage later in the year. By that time, "Astoria" (1999), Nick Efteriades' coming-of-age tale in which Stear had the leading role of a young man seeking to escape from the confines of his Greek neighborhood, was screening at festivals. His fine performance in that film marked Stear as one to definitely watch.