Wow, I’ve been really remiss about keeping up with this haven’t I? I have good reason. I have been crazed.
I’ll give a quick rundown and let you know why.
Apr 8- Happy Easter! I saw Peter and the Starcatcher and went to a talkback via the Sag Foundation. It was a great show. I really enjoyed the staging and I’ll always love Peter Pan. I wrote a musical when I was 22 about Peter Pan meeting Alice in Wonderland. Maybe I’ll produce it one day.
Apr 9-11 EPA’s and working. Not too memorable at this point.
Apr 12- work and our first Softball Game. I am playing softball with my day job. We’re the Ad-A-holics (Tremor is an online video ad company). I also did my taxes and auditioned for a new Sam Shepard play. We played the British Consulate and I’m sorry to my Brit friends, but ya’ll have no idea how to play softball. It was 20-2 eek.
Apr 13-15- I met with Alaine to go over our scene from The Water Children for the showcase I am doing. She sparked an idea for me to produce this play. I am thinking about it. I worked and I then met with Kendra on Sunday and explored Brooklyn and had lunch from a yummy veggie place, Hancos and brought it to Prospect Park.
Apr 16- I did the EPA for Berkeley Rep. It was so nice to see Amy Potozkin again- she’s always so lovely and it just melts and breaksmy heart to see people from back home in the Bay Area. After work, I read the stage directions in a reading of a new play called House of Strength by Rahaleh Nassri. It’s a lovely play and I hope it ends up getting produced. It tells a story I’ve not heard on the American stage and is set in Iran.
Apr 17-18 Work and Alexander class at ESPA
Apr 19- work and then saw Taming of the Shrew with Jennifer at Theatre for a New Audience. It was totally sold out and we were on the waiting list. As we were talking a woman next to us heard we were waiting to get in and she said, I have 2 tickets that are not being used do you want them? And we said, well, we’re students (at ESPA) and she gave them to us for the student price. I enjoyed the show and the space very much.
Apr 20-22- Work, Nia Class- a strange form of freeform almost dance/fitness then drank and ate at Jennifers. We went to her unity church in the morning. then later we went to a reading of a new Brooke Berman play, Casual Encounters. Brooke writes beautiful and hilarious scripts that have characters I adore and relate well too. What was so cool about the reading was a) I got to meet Brooke b) it was at Jimmy’s No. 43 where I do Detention and c) Sean Dugan was in it and he’s amazing and I haven’t seen him since I was in The Seagull at CalShakes with him back in 2002. It was a lovely evening of reconnecting and meeting lovely people. I am blessed.
Apr 23-24- the 23rd was a mellow day of work. I don’t remember anything else. Tuesday, I met with Alaine to go over Maritius for the showcase scene. then off to work. Later that day, I talked to Equity about a show I am going to produce.
Apr 25-26 Work and seeing Broadway. I worked and saw Seminar by Theresa Rebeck and The Lyons by Nicky Silver. I thought both shows were quite funny.
I highly recommend them both, but particularly The Lyons because Linda Lavin (Alice TV show from the 80’s) was hilarious and brilliant. And you should always support any play where the main character is an older woman. I want jobs as I age.
Apr 27-29 Friday I worked, Saturday I went to an Indie Producer Fest at the Network. I met 5 producer/writer/directors of NY Independent film. It was a pleasure to meet them all and I thought my short meetings went well. Sunday, I auditioned for the ESPA Spring Playwrighting Festival. I have been asked to read a fun role in a show on May 9th.
Apr 30- work and a softball game. We won 15-5.
May 1st- I worked, but the highlight of today was seeing Bob Schneider and his full band at The Bowery Ballroom. I was front and center and it was just so much fun and happy.
May 2nd- Audition for 3 LORT theatres, work, and alexander class. I was a blubbering mess, but I think there were some breakthroughs.
May 3rd- Work then I saw Jesus Christ Superstar on Broadway. It was well done. I find the musical a bit cheesy but I love the driving guitar riff of the opening song. Judas was awesome, so was Pontius Pilot and King Herod.
May 4th- May the 4th be with you! Okay, I am a dork. I awoke at the crack of dawn and signed up for an EPA for Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Went to work, came back
had a great audition, then back to work. then to my aunt and uncle’s for a visit where I got beat up by my wee cousin Owen, now here writing to you.
It’s been nuts. I am coordinating a showcase with 11 actors and Alaine Alldaffer, producing a show Off-Off-Broadway this fall of The Water children by Wendy Macleod, and my family and I are all distracted because my lovely cousin is in the hospital fighting brain cancer. Please say a prayer for my cousin Katie.
Tomorrow, I am walking in the Revlon Walk for Cancer because I don’t know what else to do. you can still donate here.