Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
(Photo left to right of Lauren Williams, Dan Cooney, Channez McQuay, Erin Driscoll, and Florrie Bagel)
The next week's posts will be dedicated to remembrances of Into the Woods. Be sure to check the post below for a further story of Jack and Milky White's exploits!
Monday, February 26, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
I know that some people are upset about the Helen Hayes nominations. I am sorry to be one of them. I have been vocal in this, however...I have not come out against anyone's shows or performance nominations. I have never damned anyone on this or any other site for being nominated.
I believe in these awards, and feel sad when things are blatantly overlooked.
That is not to say that I think that other things should be bumped out and other shows bumped in. Get me? I'm saying "in addition to".
I started this blog out of boredom as an artist when I wasn't working...look to my archives to the right. This is my personal website which I try not to be deconstructive on, but try to encourage and engage creativity...even through my own writing and photography.
That being said, there have been some changes made.
I have excluded comments, because so many anonymous commentors come onto my site, don't know the connotation of what I'm talking about and leave comments that make no sense.
Several people viewed my anger over Nevermore as if I was in it, saying things like "your day will come little buddy" .
I was not speaking about actor nominations. I was speaking of my husband's piece. I am not speaking for him, either. These are all my own words.
Except these...I was watching "V for Vendetta" tonight, and these words rang out to me...
"Our integrity sells for so little, but it is all that we really have. It is the very last inch of us...but within that inch, we are free.
An inch...it is small and it is fragile, but it is the only thing in the world worth having. We must never lose it or give it away, and we must never let them take it from us..."
What you need to know about me as a reader is this:
I am loyal to the death.
If I believe in something, I would throw myself in front of a bus for it. I feel this for my husband's work. If I am judged negatively for this quality, so be it.
What are we as artists if not passionate? This blog is written by someone who possesses a heart.
I cannot hide that fact.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Thought that I would point this out because it made me laugh...The old Signature is now just plain "ignature". Where the "S" went to is beyond me, but the first time I saw this, I nearly broke my neck on the double take.
I had to pull over and take a picture. I have been meaning to put this up for over a week now, but only now remembered about it.
I am SO happy that
these folks were nominated for their work.
While I have plenty to grumble/grouse about, I in NO way am deterring from my fellow cast member's noms. Assassins was an incredible piece of theatre, and I loved doing it every night...More to follow about Assassins.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
YET AGAIN, this is not to say that I am negating the nominations given.
They have dropped The Faculty Room from the Charles MacArthur nomination, leaving 4 new works up for that...while 8 directors are nominated for Resident Play. ?
Wouldn't an organization such as Helen Hayes do better by nominating 8 new works, instead of 8 directors? Tons of blood, sweat, and tears is poured out by local playwrights and composers, and there is very seldom a carrot at the end of the stick that they are chasing. There is little reward for creating a new work of art for this community. Even getting it seen by more than 10 people in the first place is in its own right a reward. The DC theatre community, which is striving to be another major theatre destination, should take some stock of this and nourish these new and emerging voices more.
What would DC as a theatre community be with NO NEW WORKS? We'd be doing Arsenic and Old Lace, The Music Man, Antigone, and Plaza Suite all year. Yikes. There are few who are talented enough to be real creators and writers for the theatre. I applaud these people, because they are trying to shape and create a future for the craft that I work in. Sometimes all a playwright needs is an addendum to tag onto his manuscript like, "Charles MacArthur nominated" for another theatre somewhere else to take a second look as they rifle through their mail. I would rather see 8 Charles MacArthur nominations than 8 director noms. Of all of the new work produced in this city in the past year, there are 4 that were deemed "worthy" of a sticker this year?
Is creativity dead in our city? I think not.
As a former Helen Hayes Award recipient, I would like to politely ask the Helen Hayes committee to look into what happened this year and fix the errors in future years. Can I say this again...I was NOT in Nevermore, I was an audience member. This is not out of sour grapes, but out of genuine concern that this "new way" to nominate, is not yet the right way.
Nevermore is in terrific company of those who were "looked over". Fat Pig at Studio Theatre (Washingtonian magazine's play of the year), Mame at the Kennedy Center, Shennandoah at Ford's, Two Queens, One Castle and The Girl in the Goldfish Bowl at Metro Stage, Death of a Salesman at Keegan, Brian Hemmingsen, Susan Lynskey, Ariel Dorfman, Scott Fortier, Harriet Harris, Christine Baranski, Sally Murphy, Andrew Long, Eric Schaeffer, and the list goes on.
The real reward that a new work can get is to be produced, and Nevermore is being done multiple times across the country in the coming months. The first of which productions will be done at Kensington Arts Theatre. Here is the poster. I will have details of this production to follow.
I have said my peace now.
a concerned DC Theatre supporter
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Hence this staged picture...
Makes me laugh.
"The only thing that pursues me is tomorrow's bread!"
Exhaustion has been the norm. Hence this post.
Last night, I had a fucked up dream.
I went to go out back to smoke, and I saw Ryan waving me away from the door. I noticed this too late, walked out, and fell into a ditch on our back stoop. The stoop was populated with camel crickets and these creatures that looked like wood knots with legs...they were called "crabonies"...
they started biting me all over the back of my neck...Ryan yelled, "Watch out, the crabonies will bite your medulla oblongata!"
They were all over the back of my head, and I was scratching them off...I yelled at Ryan and said..."I am being attacked by crabonies and camel crickets!"
He informed me that the camel crickets were harmless, and that the "Crabonies" hid themselves among the camel crickets to hide themselves...
of course...why wouldn't I guess that?
Ryan surveyed the damage and informed me that I would probably die due to how many "crabonie" bites that I had suffered on my medulla oblongata.
Then I woke up at the sound of my alarm to go to rehearsal...and laughed in the shower..."crabonies"?
Woodknots with legs?
what does that mean?
Friday, February 09, 2007
Monday, February 05, 2007
Sunday, February 04, 2007
So here is the origional Thriller video, by Michael Jackson...just because I was feeling nostalgic.
But then here below is the "Bollywood" version of Thriller. Hysterical. Sean found it for me.
How random is this? Eartha Kitt was at our Saturday Matinee! Yes, THE Eartha Kitt! She is friends with Dan Cooney's girlfriend, and they all came down to see Dan in the show! I actually shook hands with Catwoman!
(Ok...as a geek, and TOTAL Batman TV show fan, it blew my mind).
How cool is that?
Thursday, February 01, 2007
I was walking the dog this evening, and saw a woman walking a dog approaching.
Her dog was a poodle (tea cup). We distanced our respective dogs for the passing of the canine ships...
She (the owner) looks at me apologetically and says "Sorry, she's a bit tentative".
I look at her apologetically and say "That's ok, he's a bit verbose."
She says, 'Well, there you go."
I say, "There you go."
And we are on our way.
10 seconds later, Buddha took a poop.
We saw Notes on a Scandal on Monday night, based on Zoe Heller's novel, "What was she thinking? [Notes on a Scandal]".
What a mind fu*k.
It was reminiscent of "Dangerous Liaisons", but mixed with tinges of "Misery", and a shot of Hitchcock mixed in.
Phillip Glass's score sold the movie. While the dialogue and acting are exceptional, the music took the movie to an operatic scale. It was like watching a play with a 14 piece orchestra behind you.
Judi Dench is always on top of her game, but this film is different from most that she graces...she is a force of nature. I would cheapen her performance to try to describe it.
Cate Blanchett is also in superb form in this film, and pulls her weight with Dench, never losing the film in Dench's wake. They act duets, not opposing solos...
The film is one of the closest things to Hitchcock that I have seen since Hitchcock.
All in all, you cannot miss this film. This film is a master class in acting, filmaking, soundtrack composition, and direction.
Go hence and see!