Tenants Take-On the Rules in New Comedy Web Series “COMMON CHARGES” Premiering at ITVFest 2014


LOS ANGELES (September 12, 2014) – Urban dwellers test the limits of their community in the new comedy web series, COMMON CHARGES. The improv based series will make its world premiere at the 9th annual ITVFest (the Independent Television and Film Festival) in Dover, Vermont from September 26-28, 2014. Then, it will head as an ‘Official Selection’ to Florida for the Miami Web Fest from October 2-5, 2014 and Atlanta for the ATL WebFest on October 24-26, 2014.

New York City apartment buildings have rules -- lots of rules. COMMON CHARGES follows tenants of The Breaston as they sound-off on the building’s policies, politics and problems. The original fictional project comes from the creator/producer team Alison Whitney and Jonathan Zipper, who also star in the confessional style episodes. The 6 pairings of apartment dwellers include: everyone’s favorite gay couple (Kelly Miller and Joseph Lymous), two unlikely besties (Melissa Navia and Robert King), a guy’s guy and his mail order bride (Kevin Cragg and Youri Cho), the newlyweds (Jonathan Zipper and Julia Tokarz), the on-again off-again couple (Alison Whitney and Brian Luna) and the Building Super: Mario (Mercer Crenshaw).

Director John Fallon and Editor Tim Franklin were enlisted to work on the entire first season comprised of 7 episodes. Based on their own real-life experiences, Whitney and Zipper are thrilled to unveil the improvised comedy about big personalities living in small spaces. "New York City is so densely populated and everyone lives on top of one another. Everyone's bound to form an opinion on everyone and everything in the building," said Zipper.  "It was a unique story we needed to tell, with PLENTY of 'only in New York' experiences to draw from," added Whitney.

These New York natives met while attending NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where they studied theater at the famed Stella Adler Studio. Since graduating, Whitney and Zipper made the move to Los Angeles and have been building solid resumes on both coasts.

Whitney recently wrapped a comedic role opposite Bryan Greenberg in the indie film “A Year and Change.” Her on-screen credits also include a guest starring role on Cinemax’s “A Girl’s Guide to Depravity,” the lead role in the Discovery ID pilot, “The Secret Lives of Stepford Wives,” and starring roles in the films “Hooking Up” with Corey Feldman and Bronson Pinchot, “Polycarp” with Charles Durning, and “Bacterium.” Whitney is also a member of the acclaimed Old Vic New Voices Theatre Company headed by Kevin Spacey.

Zipper has also been busy, delivering a variety of comedic characters on stage and screen. He has appeared on MTV’s “Human Giant,” the indie series “My New Roommate,” and in the New York stage production of “The Yellow Brick Monologues.” Zipper continues to hone his long-form improvisational technique at the renowned Upright Citizens Brigade; and both Zipper and Whitney are currently keeping their comedy skills sharp studying at the famed improv school, The Groundlings, in Los Angeles.

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