There are a lot of gifts that accompany a show opening. Everything has come together and is soaring. It's a celebratory time. The New Colossus has opened! The cast, the direction, the design, the stage management are all amazing. Hurrah! For me, one of the gifts of TNC's opening weekend, is a more personal one. And… Continue reading A mom who…
This is the second of a short series of posts about my upcoming play, The New Colossus. (Here's the first.) In the spirit of gratitude and reflection, I'm considering some of what it took to stage this sucker (from a playwright's perspective). We open this week! Generally, plays require an enormous amount of collaborative and collective… Continue reading On the brink of taking flight
This is the first of a few posts that I'm writing about my upcoming play, The New Colossus. Opening on May 19th! A tiny bit about The Seagull: Anton Chekhov wrote The Seagull in 1895, and it was performed a year later in Petersburg. In 1909, the play was translated from Russian to English. During the… Continue reading What’s the deal with the seagull?
I've been thinking about an audition I had a few weeks ago — a fun group-audition focused on building ensemble, listening, playing, and following impulses (Yippee, my favorites!). It felt more like a workshop than an audition which left me feeling grateful, inspired, and relieved. The people in the room were super. It was fun. I’d… Continue reading Taking off the shirt
Last Saturday was the closing performance of Little Green Pig’s production of Celebration. (Below you’ll see some links to reviews for this production, fyi.) I miss the show. I miss the generous, talented people associated with it. I miss my character, Mette. Celebration was a theatrical roller coaster ride seeded with major family dysfunction and deep… Continue reading Meta Mette Metta
I taught my first Fundamentals of Acting class last week. I think it went really well – everyone left smiling and feeling jazzed and saying things like “Looking forward to next week!” I felt that way too. Oh, happy day! I drove home after Class One. Couldn’t sleep. Too excited. My mental skywriter was writing… Continue reading Putting the ‘fun’ in Acting Fundamentals
This post was written before Hurricane Sandy started her march toward the coast. Today, I'm sending hopes and prayers for the safety and welfare of everyone in the path of the storm. *** This is my 26th post. Hard to believe that this blog is almost seven months old! The more I write, the more… Continue reading Cosmic creativity — say what?
So, just fyi, I'll be off next week for good behavior, and return again on Monday, Oct. 15. In the meantime, if you'd like to do some reading related to theatre, art-making, feminism, vulnerability or empathy, see the list of five below. I'd love to know if you have reactions to any of these. They… Continue reading Five for wheels-turning
On Saturday night, we concluded our nine performance run of RICHIE. Now, I am launched into catch-up mode. Catching up on sleep, on cleaning, on emails and phone calls and appointments and Candy-Land and cooking, catching up on the life that resided outside of the theatre bubble that I rolled around in for six high-speed… Continue reading Saying goodbye to RICHIE
This week we begin rehearsals in earnest for Richie, Little Green Pig’s all-female version of Shakespeare’s Richard II. I want to get everything I can out of this experience, and I want the people involved to get the most out of me, so I thought it might be helpful to set down some intentions for… Continue reading How I want to be as an actor