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A Path To Fatherhood | With Dash Mihok22:39
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(Brian Rea for the New York Times)
(Brian Rea for the New York Times)

David Kalish and his wife Ingrid had high hopes for their new relationship. They were married on a Sunday, and the following Tuesday, they got a phone call that changed everything--for better and for worse.

Dash Mihok--known for his role of "Bunchy" in Showtime's "Ray Donovan," reads David Kalish's essay "A Path to Fatherhood, With (Shared) Morning Sickness."

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(Courtesy of Dash Mihok)
(Courtesy of Dash Mihok)

Dash Mihok stars as Bunchy Donovan in Showtime’s hit show "Ray Donovan," recently renewed for a 5th season. He was also seen recently in the Relativity film "Before I Wake."  Other film credits include "Too Late" with John Hawkes, and "Car Dogs" with Octavia Spencer. His latest indie "SO B. IT" premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and will be seen at the Napa Valley Film Festival in November.

Last year, Mihok starred in the post-war drama "Fort Bliss" opposite Michelle Monaghan, and also appeared David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" playing "Officer Keogh," opposite Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.

Raised in New York City, Mihok came up through the New York theater world and was affiliated with the esteemed City Kids Repertory. His big break came in 1996, when he was cast as "Benvolio" in "Romeo + Juliet," director Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy. Still more success came as he won the part of "Pfc. Doll" in Terrence Malick's critically lauded war epic "The Thin Red Line."

Dash is also a devoted musician. In September of 2015, his band "Diz & The Fam" released their first single “Love” featuring Jeff Taylor. The single is available to download free on the band’s site and the celebrity filled music video as launched on the website and YouTube. The song was written by Mihok and features Jeff Taylor and his Diz & The Fam bandmates Morris Hayes, Joel Hellman, Mike Choi, Elliot Yamin, Kenny Echizen, Justin Frazier, Brett Nolan and Sharlotte Gibson.

Dash started his first rap group, S.D.C. (Sam, Dash, Chris aka Strictly Devastating Crew), when he was 12 and fostered his love for the art form throughout the very influential early ’90s East Coast Hip Hop scene. In 2004, he guested on friend Sabac Red’s record, “I Have a Dream.” In 2005, he wrote the title track “Test of a Man” for the movie “Green Street Hooligans” and began collaborating with long-time friend and jazz drummer Daniel Freedman on a number of records.

(Courtesy of David Kalish)
(Courtesy of David Kalish)

His song, “The Evil That Men Do,” was featured on an original episode of “Ray Donovan.” His new album will be released in late 2016. More info here.

David Kalish is an essayist, novelist and playwright. His debut novel, "The Opposite of Everything," is a romantic comedy inspired by his struggle with cancer and divorce, and provided the theme for his Modern Love essay in The New York Times, "A Path To Fatherhood, With Morning Sickness." His short fiction has been published in Temenos, Knock, Spectrum, and Poydras Review, and a short film of his, "Regular Guy," won honors in film festivals at home and abroad.  Before launching his creative writing career, David was a journalist at the Associated Press.

He is a blogger at the Times Union and is working on a second novel, entitled "Stoner Hero." At the same time, he is developing a theatre script for a Latin version of "A Christmas Carol." He earned his MFA in fiction writing at the Bennington College Writing Seminars. He lives in upstate New York with his wife, daughter, and two dogs. Read more about his work here.

David Kalish with his daughter Sophie and wife Ingrid (Courtesy)
David Kalish with his daughter Sophie and wife Ingrid (Courtesy)

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Jessica Alpert is the managing producer for program development at WBUR. In this position, she develops new podcasts and programs while also launching and nurturing WBUR’s newest projects.

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