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Emerson grad gets 'Lost' on the Web

That's Emerson alum Jamie Silberhartz in Internet episodes that fill in story lines from the ABC drama ``Lost." But don't expect ABC to offer any official confirmation about who's in the Web snippets or that there is any official connection to the intriguing TV show. (Although all the Internet paths lead back to ABC and the network doesn't seem to mind the buzz for its show.) Silberhartz, a 2004 grad of the college, proved to be as elusive as her Internet character Rachel Blake in the dozen Web episodes . That is, she didn't return calls. But the short pieces are part of a digital alternate reality game called ``The Lost Experience" and have developed a large, devoted following in cyberspace. (One fan even created an online petition to get Silberhartz a role on the TV show.) The episodes are reachable through TheLostExperience.com, YouTube.com, and several others, including the Wikipedia entry for ``Rachel Blake."

Kaplers fight domestic violence

Red Sox outfielder Gabe Kapler and his wife, Lisa, are raising money and awareness for domestic violence prevention. ``From war to disease, there are so many , many human tragedies we can't control. But this is a problem we could solve if people can learn to control themselves," Lisa said on Friday after accepting a $10,000 donation from HomeGoods for their foundation. ``People see Gabe and see physical strength, but I say that his true strength comes from his ability to communicate well with me when there's a problem." When asked about the recent events in Boston involving Phillies pitcher Brett Myers and former Pats linebacker Ted Johnson, both of whom were involved in altercations with their wives, Gabe said: ``We're not addressing those incidents specifically, but we think it's a perfect opportunity to talk about this problem. When you're faced with a potentially explosive situation, there's a misconception that being strong means being physical."

Torn skips role in Cape play reading

When Jimmy Breslin's new play, ``Love Lasts on Myrtle Avenue," got its first reading at the Actors Studio in New York last winter, Rip Torn played Festus, an office painter from Queens who goes to work on 9/11 and goes missing when the World Trade Center towers fall. Torn was supposed to reprise that role when the play got a reading at the Cape Cod Theatre Project in Falmouth recently, but, in a case of life imitating art, Torn went missing. The word seeping from the Cape is that Torn was infuriated that the play, which is a work in progress, was revised so that its focus was more on Festus' s patient, faithful wife -- played by the veteran character actor Lois Smith -- who refuses to have Festus declared dead. Torn couldn't be reached for comment. And Torn's colleagues did not want to get into a public battle with him, fearing it would overshadow Breslin's play as it seeks Broadway backers. ``I'd rather not say anything," said Gordon Edelstein, who directed ``Love Lasts" on the Cape. Even the normally combative Breslin seemed more resigned than upset by Torn's fit of pique. ``Actors," Breslin said, waving his hand dismissively. ``Actors."

Szczerbiaks settle in North Lexington
Boston Celtics forward Wally Szczerbiak, who joined the team this past season through a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and his wife, Shannon, are putting down some roots in the 'burbs. The couple purchased a house in North Lexington recently for $2.5 million, according to county records. . . . Actor Robert Klein was in Gloucester yesterday for a staged reading of ``All My Sons" as a fund - raiser for the Gloucester Stage and to honor the company's outgoing artistic director, Israel Horovitz. . . . Add Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss to today's Charlestown unveiling of Eons, an online information service for people older than 50 and the latest venture from Monster.com founder Jeff Taylor. Dreyfuss will join actress Jane Seymour, who will be at today's event and has signed on to serve as an adviser to the company. . . .

Syndicated radio show host Russ Parr was in town for the Roxbury Film Festival, where his directorial debut , ``The Last Stand , " was screening. Joining Parr was one of the movie's actors, comic Guy Torry. . . . Among the crowd turning out to see Vanilla Ice Thursday night at McFadden's was New Hampshire native Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs. It was no accident. ``It's why I'm here," the NBA player said, admitting that yes, he knows all the words to ``Ice Ice Baby." And Ice, whose ``Surreal Life: Fame Games" is set to air on VH1 this fall, said he spent quality time during filming with ``Mini Me" Verne Troyer. Troyer reportedly joined the cast to replace local boy and former New Kid Jordan Knight, who, according to reports, quit the show in March. . . .

Speaking of former New Kids, Donnie Wahlberg was on hand Saturday night to show some support for David Ortiz. The Sox clutch slugger hosted a fund - raiser at Rumor to raise money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Boston and a children's hospital in Ortiz's native Dominican Republic. Wahlberg will be seen next in the new CW drama ``Runaway."

Kevin Cullen and Meredith Goldstein of the Globe staff contributed. Names can be reached at names@globe.com or at 617-929-8253.

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