I recently realized I let these posts languish for nigh on half a year, which in Internet time is a criminal length. So, let’s catch up. Highlights for the second half of 2013 included:

~ Appearing in two staged readings of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars as Princess Leia, thereby fulfilling a major fantasy of my eighth-grade self, and scratching my verse itch in a great way. Thanks to ReAct’s Artistic Director David Hsieh for the opportunity, author Ian Doescher for penning this Shakes-cum-geeky delight and joining us at reading #2, and the local Star Wars fans who came and partook with unrestrained gusto. I feel as though I might have gotten a taste of what Shakespeare’s actors might have experienced in the Globe Theatre with rowdy groundling audience members, and it’s awfully fun. I recommend it.

~ Music directing A Child’s Christmas in Wales at Stone Soup Theatre for the holiday season. I’ve long been both a singer and devotee of choral/ensemble music, and it was such a treat to work on multi-part harmony with a game and tuneful cast. One of my favorite intersections of performing arts is where music– sung and played– meets robust acting technique, and I find that I love working on this in performing, directing, and coaching capacities.

~ Launching my full-time freelance career a scant two weeks ago. It’s really too new to report back definitively, but so far it’s energizing, exciting, and engaging.

What’s coming up in 2014? All in good time, I say. More on that soon!

quickiespostcardI like to talk about my work, and write about it. Rehearsal Notes, beginning with today’s inaugural post, will consist of brief dispatches from current and future production processes. While on the whole I am rather a fan of the man-behind-the-curtain approach, I also enjoy a backstage tour as much as anyone else. With respect and affection for the work, the process, and my fellow actors and collaborators, I hope to present more of these in the future. Enjoy!

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Tech week is pretty standard fare for most theatre productions: combine your production elements in a pressure-cooker of a week or so, and bring to a rolling boil until a nice consistency is achieved, one hopes, in time for opening night. A Quickies production (LiveGirls’ annual production of short works by women) is a cat of another color, and as such requires unique handling, and a very special element: transitions.

And not just any standard scene transitions, mind you. “Transitions” in a Quickies production (the bits bridging the short pieces) to the uninitiated like myself, were described by Quickies veterans in terms approaching the mythic: outrageous, at least as entertaining as the plays themselves, and certainly not for the faint of heart. Sunday’s rehearsal was devoted solely to the implementation and ornamentation of these diverting interludes that help both actors and audience travel between the worlds of seven separate and diverse plays. There were no tears, but plenty of sweat, sawdust, and a brief but desperate scuffling for snacks in the eleventh (actually, fourth) hour. At its conclusion, the night’s achievements included:

The creation of some distinctive characters/beings (these lines were blurred) that exist solely within these transition scenes;

General agreement among the Planet X cast that Trader Joe’s Sesame Honey Cashews are the rehearsal snack of choice;

The best dance solo I’ve had in years, consisting of four counts of bourree, three cabriole steps, two pique turns, and one penchée;

And yes, a full production consisting of seven short plays (by women! Did I mention that?), five lively transition scenes, and one space whale. Much like the mythical transitions of a Quickies, the space whale must be seen to be believed.

In June I will be appearing in the cast of Planet X by Victoria Stewart, directed by Mimi Katano — AND — assistant directing Leap with director Ashley Flannegan, all as part of Quickies Vol. 14 with LiveGirls! Theatre. After a very good time with LG in their recent Cupcake series, I’m tickled to be returning so soon, and getting a chance to work on both sides of the stage. If I were going to belabor my baked-goods theme, I would say I feel as though I’m getting to have my cake and eat it, too.

Quickies Volume 14
Presented by LiveGirls! Theatre
June 7-15, 2013 at Theatre Off Jackson
Stay tuned for the ticket link…

Also, my eighth-grade self wants you to know how exciting this other item is. It’s a little way off–more details later– but all anyone really needs to know is that yes, it’s in iambic pentameter, and yes, the cinnamon buns are happening.

Happy Friday!

Cupcake-FeaturedNews! I’ll be doing a few roles in a reading of Joanna Horowitz’s new play Miss End of the World, Etc., directed by Ashley Flannegan, for LiveGirls! Theater’s 2013 Cupcake Reading Series. The series is already going on, so if you are looking for something fun to fill the rainy nights, hop on over to Annex, see readings of new plays and air your opinions with your fellow audience members afterwards.

I’m pretty excited to be a part of it, for a few reasons.

Reason #1: While making New Year’s goals (not resolutions, because resolute has such a grit-your-teeth quality, whereas goals? Goals are exciting!)– one of my personal and professional goals was to see more new work, because I realized how much I enjoyed and was piqued by the unfamiliar. It’s an extra boon that I now get to participate in new work.

Reason #2: I haven’t met Joanna yet, but LG! did a playwright spotlight on her here in which she talks about corporate-speak, something that made me howl with recognition. There are several instances in my personal employment history in which I have had difficulty suppressing mirth over the very special phrases that the corporate sector employs with all-too-serious gusto.

Reason #3: I get to work with several new and somewhat less-new friends on this project, and while I love meeting new people in the theatre, I also love working with those with whom I already have a language.  There are both varieties in this team, as well as some complete strangers to me, so it’s the best of both worlds.

Go see some fresh-from-the-oven plays!