Montgomery County court stenographer from Abington lands a role in Showtime series
As a Montgomery County court stenographer, Emily Posnan is used to stepping into the “supporting actor” role during high profile cases. Now, the Abington resident is hitting the small screen in the supportive role with an appearance in a TV drama based on a headline-making crime.
“It was such a great experience. It was the best thing,” Posnan, of Abington, said about her “15-minutes of fame” appearing as a stenographer in the current Showtime series “Escape At Dannemora” about a 2015 prison break in upstate New York.
Posnan, who has worked as a stenographer for 13 years, the last two at the county courthouse, filmed her sequences in December 2017 and the series premiered Nov. 18, writes Carl Hessler Jr. in The Pottstown Mercury.
“I’m still living my 15 minutes of fame, as much as possible,” Posnan, a native of Bucks County and a graduate of Council Rock High School, laughed during a recent interview at the courthouse.
Showtime describes “Escape At Dannemora” as “a limited-event series based on 2015’s stranger-than-fiction prison break from Clinton Correctional Facility” by inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat, an escape that “spawned the largest manhunt in the history of New York State.” The escapees were aided by a married female prison employee, Joyce “Tilly” Mitchell, “who reportedly carried on affairs with both men while supervising them in the tailor shop,” according to Showtime promotional materials.
The series stars Benicio Del Toro as Matt and Paul Dano who portrays Sweat. Actress Patricia Arquette plays Mitchell and actress Bonnie Hunt plays Catherine Leahy Scott, the inspector general of New York who investigated the prison break. Ben Stiller is the director and executive producer of the series.
Series creators said it was important to have a real-life stenographer appear in the series.
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