Shot a co-star on Red Oaks

First off: I love this show. When my boyfriend and I first discovered it on Amazon, we ate up the first and second seasons.

Set in the ’80s and starring Paul Reiser, Jennifer Grey, Richard Kind, Craig Roberts, Oliver Cooper, Alexandra Socha and Alexandra Turshen, among others, and created by David Gordon Green, Red Oaks is like a quality ’80s movie stretched out to three delicious seasons (two available now, one coming). The acting is stellar, the nostalgia is nuanced, and the growing up pangs are… well… pangful.

So I was thrilled to audition for casting assistant Candice Alustiza, and even more thrilled when I got the booking for a small day player (co-star) role in the third season, directed by Amy Heckerling (Clueless). I had so much fun, people couldn’t be nicer, I learned a lot, and Jennifer even made a “no one puts Baby in a corner” joke.

The third season won’t come out for a while (winter ’17), but here’s a preview shot of the best 1980s hair I’ve ever had in my life. They even painted on the frost!


Photo shoots with Billy Bustamante

We had so much fun we did it twice; here are some recent shots from the amazingly talented Billy Bustamante– currently also performing in Miss Saigon on Broadway, covering and going on for The Engineer. There is so much talent in this beautiful city, friends. Please enjoy mah face:


Hanging out with Clinton Kelly

Did a little impromptu modeling for my friend and superstar from What Not to Wear, and The Chew, Clinton Kelly. Check out his sweet QVC line! I love it. (And then read his book, I Hate Everyone Except You, now out on paperback and perfect for the beach.)

“My friend Joanna just showed up to my apartment wearing a winter coat and I was like, “Girl, it’s gorgeous out!” And then I realized I had a few samples of this adorable jacket in her size, which I’ll be offering on QVC tomorrow in AM Style with Leah Williams QVC. (It’s A288287 if you’re curious. Reviews are great!) Happy Fridayyyyyyy!”

Wild Party with B-Side Productions, Sep 6-17

bside wild party

Tickets for “Wild Party” (SEPTEMBER 6 – 17 ONLY) available here:

Joanna is thrilled to be playing the part of Madelaine True in Michael John LaChiusa’s “Wild Party”, directed by Billy Bustamante, with a stellar cast and gorgeous score. And tickets will sell out for this limited run at the intimate Barrow Street Theatre (312 West 36th Street), so buy yours early and often at the link above.

Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe’s gripping Tony-nominated musical, based on the scandalous 1928 poem of the same name by Joseph Moncure, follows the story of a reckless relationship between a Vaudeville clown and a chorine that spirals into the depths of despair as the night unfolds. The gin and jazz are flowing and no one is exactly what they seem.

the creative team

Music & Lyrics – Michael John LaChiusa

Book – George C. Wolfe and Michael John LaChiusa

Director – Billy Bustamante

Music Director – Addison Frei

Associate Director – Sarah Beth Pfeifer

the cast

Queenie – Jamey Hood

Burrs – Denis Lambert

Black – Ben Maters

Kate – Lauren Hooper

Gold – Greg Carter

Goldberg – Garth Kravits

Delores Montoya – Joan Barber

Madelaine True – Joanna Parson

Oscar D’Armano – Christopher George Patterson

Phil D’Armano – Kyle Garvin

Nadine – Sarah Smithton

Mae – Jodi Bluestein

Eddie Mackerel – Kyle Carter

Sally – Adrienne Tang

Jackie – Sam Edgerly


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