I had a wonderful experience last Saturday evening. During the play reading of Unrelenting Relaxation at the Fullerton Museum I was overcome with emotion. I am so grateful to the playwright, Amanda DeMaio, and to STAGEStheatre for entrusting me with this beautiful and poignant piece of theatre. I feel blessed to work with such talented artists.
We had a very good turnout for the show. Sitting the the museum gallery among all the stunning photographs of comfort women looking down on us made things more real to me. It is important that we tell their story. There were many crimes against humanity committed during World War II, and it is important that we remember and continue to learn from the mistakes of the past.
I have been cast in The 39 Steps, a hilarious slap-stick comedy and whodunit thriller where 4 actors play dozens of roles. I am happy to be back at Stages Theatre for this award winning play. I will be portraying Annabella Schmidt (an exotic secret agent), Margaret (a mousy farmer's wife with big dreams), and Pamela (a beautiful woman unwillingly drawn into adventure by the dapper leading man). I am excited to work with director Jill Johnson for the first time and meet the cast next week at our first read-through. I can't wait to get started!
I must say that 2013 has been a struggle both personally and professionally. I am not sad to say goodbye. However, I am also reminded today of the many blessing 2013. I started the year with 2 Shakespeare classics: Hamlet and Romeo & Juliet. And I finished strong with 2 rumpus comedies: Americana and Bedroom Farce.
Today I am pleased to announce The Examiner acknowledge my work as a Best Supporting Actress in Americana at STAGEStheatre in "Best Orange County Theatre of 2013". It pleases me greatly to see STAGEStheatre and myself acknowledged beside the likes of acclaimed OC Theatre from SCR.
In addition to this great piece of news, Eric Marchese with the The OC Register highlighted Bedroom Farce one of the "Top 10 Shows of 2013"! (See picture - Left).
So thank you, 2013 - For the good and the bad. May I learn, grow, create, and prosper in 2014!
Everything happens for a reason. When one door closes, another door opens, and sometimes doors reopen when least expected. I will be taking over the role of Kate in Bedroom Farce at STAGEStheatre. I have already been thrown into my first rehearsal and stumbled through the blocking of the entire show. I have a lot of work to do before we open in less than 4 weeks, but I am confident that it will all come together. I can't wait to meet the entire cast tomorrow.
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!
Well, it has been a while since I have been in a play written in the 21st century: 2 years to be exact. And after playing in Hamlet and Romeo & Juliet, it feels like an eternity since I have been in a comedy.
Today both these cycles have been broken. I have been cast in Americana, a series of 3 one-act plays written by David Macaray. I will be playing Sandra Larson, a hoarding consumerist, in “No Salesman Will Call”. This will be my first time working at the fabulous Stages Theatre in downtown Fullerton, CA and my third time working with director Phil Brickey. As Phil said earlier today, “It has been too long.”
The last time I worked with Phil was on a play reading of Transfigured Night, where I played the wife of the great composer Anton Webern. I think we have both grown as artists since then and I can't wait to get reacquainted with his work. Also joining the cast is Tracy C. Marquis, who played Webern in that production, and KC Marie Pandell, whom I trained with at FUHS and Chapman University. I am looking forward to meeting the rest of the cast for the first time on Tuesday.
Here's to a new adventure!