We had a spectacular opening weekend for The Lion in Winter! I am so thrilled to be working with such talented performers in the beautiful Whittier Center Theatre. We have put in many hours, working with the local community and a super hero band of volunteers to make this show come alive on stage. We had a Thursday night preview for local high school students, and two superb opening performances. Thank you to everyone who came out to support us this weekend! We appreciate each and every one of you!
I was invited back to perform for the Orange County Playwrights Alliance! On November 15th @ 2:30pm, we will present 3 new one-act plays written by local playwrights. Stage Door Repertory will be hosting the event. I have been asked to read the part of a European spy in the new comedy Spies Like Me by John Lane. Director Philip Brickey will be taking the reins again for this fantastical comedy. I can't wait to step into the world of international espionage.
The Women opened last night to a house of 70 patrons. It was so nice to have audience feedback after rehearsing for so many weeks to an empty house (save our director Brandon Ferruccio). After the show we were greeted with warm enthusiasm in the lobby and someone even commented to me, "You made me forget I was watching a play". How thrilling! Behold the magic of theatre!
Now that the opening night jitters are out of the way, we can really sink our teeth in. Get ready for the claws to come out. Night 2 of The Women begins tonight at Westminster Playhouse at 8pm!
Tonight we closed Americana at STAGEStheatre. I feel so blessed to have had such a great run with such a talented director and cast. The staff and crew at Stage had been like family. It is not often that original pieces are given such support and attention. I am grateful for the many packed houses and publicity this show has provided. More importantly, this show has reaffirmed my love of comedy. It is good to have the laughing juices run through my veins again. I can't wait to have another go at tickling your funny bone with my next project. More information coming soon. Stay tuned!
It is not often that I blog about the opening and closing of a show simultaneously, but with only two performances of Santa Fe Springs Playhouse’s production of Romeo & Juliet it seems necessary. I am grateful for the opportunity to bring Shakespeare to the community of Santa Fe Springs and perform the beautiful venue of Heritage Park. I dedicated a lot of time and effort into playing Mercutio, yet it feels as though I hardly know him. This production has provided an incredible learning experience for me, challenging my skills and bringing me out of my comfort zone. Who knew that the straight-laced, feminine, little ol’ me would play a pot-smoking version of one of Shakespeare’s greatest homoerotic male characters? It was a challenge I was willing to face. I hope that during this process I achieved the openness and relaxed portrayal of wit, courage, loyalty, and intrigue that I see in Mercutio. With such a short run, it is hard to say that I reached my full potential in this coveted role, but I can say I had a great time playing with my cast-mates. Love and Peace.
Tonight Hamlet closes at the La Habra Depot. We have had a great run and are nearly sold out for tonight's performance. If you can't make it to the theatre tonight, please join us on our FREE live stream online provided by USTREAM here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/la-habra-depot-theater. We will begin streaming at 8pm PST.
I feel truly blessed to have played Gertrude at such a young age. I have learned and grown a great deal working on this production, and I know that when I revisit the role in the future I will have a solid foundation. I can't wait to do Hamlet again someday!
Opening weekend was a smash! I am so blessed to work with such talented people every day. There have been a few bumps along the way, losing our Claudius 5 days before opening and having our sound board stolen just to name a couple, but we have persevered through the chaos and are well on our way to success.
That said, our ticket sales could use a boost. We have canceled our Feb. 3rd performance due to inadequate ticket sales –That’s Super Bowl Sunday for you – but we still have 6 more performances. Please, don’t miss out! We have a fabulous show and want to share it with you! Buy your tickets today: http://lhdthamlet.eventbrite.com
Yesterday evening we had our first performance of The Spicer’s The Annunciation and Visitation of Mary from the 15th century York cycle plays. Jason invited his supervisor and fellows to the event. We listened to a phenomenal 20 minute seminar on performance modernization of medieval drama, given by our lovely director. We then performed the piece two ways: once in original practice and once in modern practice. The audience filled out forms to document their experience of the performance. Hopefully Jason received adequate feedback for the performance.
Our final and most important performance will take place on May 18th to finalize Jason's project. I am looking forward to returning to the rehearsal room to make changes based on the feedback that was received. I have been having a great time working on this small piece of medieval drama. If you are here in Stratford, please join us on May 18th in the Shakespeare Institute Hall for the final performance, time TBA.
Last night the Shakespeare Institute Players took to the Courtyard Stage as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Open Stage Festival - What a mouthful!
On Saturday, we (the players) were busy rehearsing the show, setting our technical elements with the RSC staff, and attending a vocal workshop. Then on Sunday we opened with several other groups from the surrounding area. We were of course the only production of King John in attendance. The bottom section of the theatre was sold out.
It feels good to represent the Institute Players, but even better to share the stage with them as honorary RSC actors for the day. I am hoping to acquire some pictures from the production - so check back soon!
For the last few weeks I have been working relentlessly on the Shakespeare Institute Player's production of The Changeling. Playing Beatrice-Joanna has been a challenging and rewarding experience for me. With a short rehearsal process and only 4 performances, I have hardly had time to know my role as deeply as I would like. This production has been filled with many trials, tragedy and frustration - Yet through it all, we were able to collectively deliver what has been hailed as "the best Players production in the last decade". Bravo cast! Let's keep the good work on the rise with our spring production of Titus Andronicus!