Patrick Lamborn, Michael Jorizzo, Angela Carter, Amanda Schoonover
Oh my, it's been a minute. What a busy (and lovely) summer. Last I wrote, I had just started an internship at the Arden, and I was getting psyched for Is This the End? and Seek and Hide. LOTS has happened since then.
1. Seek and Hide was a blast. My day of glory playing a triking (a viking riding around a playhouse on a tricycle) was....well, glorious. It was great to have a project to work on/to meet some other really terrific artists.
2. Is This the End? went quite well! Thanks to the friends who came out for it. I made all sorts of changes to In Many Ways over the course of rehearsals. HUGE thanks to Sam, and to the terrific cast. I learned a lot - it will come in handy when it's remounted with iNtuitons for ATF this fall. Wahoo! Blurry pic from the reading to the left. (Also congrats to the other writers, and a big thanks to Primary Stages.)
3. All done at the Arden for the moment. Had a great summer there. /Got to check out A Little Night Music and Pinocchio before I left, too. As a non-romantic-opera-lover, I still found Night Music totally enjoyable. And as a non-six-year-old, I was completely enchanted by Pinocchio.
4. I got to be a reader (okay, just stage directions, but shhh) for a reading of a new work at InterAct this past month. The piece, called Two Front Teeth, was written by Katharine Clark Gray - one of the core playwrights there. Really neat, moving, complex piece of theatre - focused on the struggles of a lower-class couple, after the husband accidentally knocks out his wife's teeth in a plumbing accident.
5. I was in a student film project before the year ended, and a final cut was just posted online. Wahoo! I sort of co-wrote the script. (I.e. I wrote it, but then they sort of chopped it down by a factor of ten and rewrote it. Cuz apparently a 30 minute mind-trip-cross-cut-chick-flick "wasn't feasible?") Anyway, Missy Gouverne led the direction, and did a lot of the editing. Still a "student film" project, etc (i.e. not a lot of time/artistic freedom). But I think it turned out rather well! Featuring the super talented Jeremy Berman. Check it below.
6. ......I'm in London now! See pics below. Here for a stint, settling/checking out some awesome theatre. It's beautiful, to boot - so I've been taking some pics. I start at Oxford (BADA) on the 11th. Working a monologue, seeing as we have to re-audition when we get there. Getting lots of good ole' inspiration from all the wonderful stuff I've been seeing here. Oh, and BADA just announced three guest artists for the midsummer program. John Barton, Brian Cox and Fiona Shaw. Apparently there will be more. SO I'm feeling pretty damn lucky right now.
7. Oh! New poem.
Okay, thaz all for now. Cheerio, and stuff!
I am now in my second week as an artistic intern at the Arden Theatre Co. While it's a lot of copying/errands, I kind of love it. Today I got to sit in on the first day of a workshop for a show set to go up next season. While I was technically just the assistant stage manager in the room (i.e. I had no real or significant role), I was floored by the talent and passion of the actors and teaching artists participating. Whew.
I've also been hard at work editing and redrafting and editing and re-redrafting In Many Ways for the Primary Stages reading in a week. I owe a huge thanks to Sam Sherburne, who's directing the piece. It's going to feature the incredibly talented Amanda Schoonover, Angela Smith, Patrick Lamborn and Michael Jorizzo. While it's a bit odd not to be acting in it, I'm enjoying the challenge of, yaknow, "writing a play." We will have a rehearsal this Saturday, which should prove exciting!
As of yesterday, I've been selected to understudy the lovely Amanda Atkinson in a production of Seth Bauer's Seek and Hide, directed by Susanna Berger. (She's missing a show - so I'm filling in!) Super grateful for the opportunity. Will be rehearsing this week, as the show is on June 19th. More info under "current projects!"
Other than that -- I've been working brunch, and enjoying my summer in Philly! Hoping to do some shooting in the next few weeks, if I get a chance. Also have seen some great shows! I had the chance to check out Bauer's Lysistrata Project before it closed, as well as Bootycandy at the Wilma.
Also. From the Tony's. Tracy Letts's acceptance speech for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is pretty great.
I've been home for about a week-and-half now. I'm here less than another week before I take off for Philly. (I like to be constantly moving...)
My sister was just Bat Mitzvah-ed. Which was lovely and beautiful. (She is lovely and beautiful and poised. And so very smart. I am so very, very proud.) Being home has afforded some much needed chill-time, a chance to see old friends, and a chance to do "Cape Cod things." I.e. fish, visit the beach, and act quaint.
In other news, lots has happened artistically. I chopped my hair off! (Not sure if that counts as artistic. And technically, someone else chopped it off for me.)
Anyway, I'll dive right in.....
1.) "Officially" will be interning at the Arden! Worked there last summer as an administrative intern - will be an artistic intern this summer. Couldn't be happier/more excited to be back, and getting more involved with the artistic side of things.
2.) Was asked (and accepted the offer) to be a reader on the 2013 Literary Committee for Philadelphia Young Playwrights. In short, I get to read new plays/give feedback to writers in lower, middle and high school. Super cool gig, and psyched to be included.
3.) JUST found out...Primary Stages will be producing a reading of a play of mine! The piece is In Many Ways - same one that will be produced by iNtuitons this fall in ATF. It will be directed by the wonderful Sam Sherburne (with whom I worked on Cymbeline at Philly Shakes last summer), and will feature Patrick Lamborn (with whom I also worked on Cymbeline). So very excited. I'll get to sit in on some rehearsals/do some rewrites before the performance on June 18th. (At the Commnunity Education Center, 3500 Lancaster Ave, West Philly. There will be other new works too!)
HUZZAH. That's all for now.
Ten days later, and finals are over, I am *somewhat* employed for the summer, Penn class of '13 has graduated, and I'm back home for a stint.
I had a blast doing two photoshoots over the past week. One was with the extremely talented and lovely Sarah Middough, and one was with fellow theatre artists Anya, Jay, Maddie and Tom. The latter group (as of Monday!) are now UPenn alumnae. Check out some of my favorite shots below. (Will upload more of them on the photography tab when I get around to it....)
Also, found out about a week ago that a play of mine will be included in the iNtuitons Alternative Theatre Festival (ATF) as part of the Philly Fringe! Whee! iNtuitons produces the festival at the start of each fall semester - it's comprised of 4-6 short, original and "experimental" plays. I will be directing my own piece, called In Many Ways. (I wrote it this semester for my play-writing class. etc etc etc.) Very stoked.
In other news, I've seen a lot of wonderful theatre these past few weeks. Had the opportunity to attend several readings of original work, reconnected with some old theatre friends, made some new ones. Feeling super inspired. On that note, here also is a charcoal & pastel I made of e.e. cummings. I was staring at a Klimt card when I was finishing it up, so. He's in there too. Sorta.
Happy summer, officially! (but not technically.)
The school year is winding down, the weather is getting warmer, and the summer is teeming with ALL of the projects.
1.) Just found out I've been selected to direct A Midsummer Night's Dream for iNtuitons Experimental Theatre this upcoming fall! Couldn't be more excited. Check out the announcement on our fb page. And check out this nifty Pinterest page where designers are already brainstorming. I'm going to spend a lot of the summer preparing for September, when we will cast/begin rehearsing the show. It will likely go up in November.
2.) It seems like everyone wants a photoshoot this month. Which is great, cuz I love taking pikchas. Just did a shoot with the lovely Kendra Birdsall (pic below, also more in "Recent Captures" under photography). I have at least two more shoots booked in the coming week for some lovely actresses I work with at Penn. So stay tuned for more shots.
3.) New pome! Check it. Just the audio, plus the text posted below. Feedback always encouraged and appreciated.
4.) Thanks to my friend Zach, I've finally found a crash spot for Gretchen. My drum set. I'm going to start teaching him to play pretty soon. Hopefully this means I can start giving lessons to others as well! I'm all for spreading the percussion. or, whatever.
That's all for now!
Woww. It's been a minute. I'll go right into updates.
1. Cloud 9 happened! Two weeks ago now, which is crazy. It was probably the most fun I've had performing in a while. The play, by Caryl Churchill, follows the lives (and sexual habits) of a family in Colonial Africa, and then re-imagines them in London during the 1970s sexual revolution. It's a fantastic piece. Check out the full album here. And two of my favorite pics below.
2. I've been doing some shooting! More specifically, I just did a shoot with the fabulous Trevor Pierce. Check out some photos in "recent captures" on the "photographer" page, as well as below. Spring = better light = time for shooting!
3. This Friday, I will be reading the role of Shprintsa in Cary Mazer's brand new Peer Gynt adaptation, called Pinchas Vontz. It reimagines the story through a Jewish/Yiddish lens. The reading is directed by Ed Sobel, and features other Penn students, professors and professional actors. Details here!
4. The iNtuitons First Annual Experimental Play-Reading is this Saturday! Details here. I'm producing the project, which features three original works by professional Philadelphia playwrights. (I am also acting in two of the pieces!) Very excited for this project - it's (kind of) my baby. Also, the poster is beautiful. Also, Jackie Goldfinger will be leading a talk-back.
5. On MONDAY my playwriting class will be having a reading - of our new work, produced in the class this semester. 2:15 pm, Bruce Montgomery Theatre on Penn's campus. I will be acting in the reading, as well as listening to my play read by professionals for the first time! (Very excited.) Class was taught by the inimitable Jacqueline Goldfinger.
6. LAST but not least - Pennsylvania Players is having a reading! April 26. I will be playing Julie in Impenetrable, directed by Jeremy Berman. More details coming soon.
That's all for now! In other news, I'm already getting stoked for BADA, and looking for projects for May/June. Have a lovely Thursday!
Woo! It's been a crazy few weeks. Lots of things, lots to report.
1.) As of about 10 minutes ago, I've been accepted to the BADA Midsummer in Oxford Program! So very excited. Still waiting on two other places I applied, but. This is great. and lovely. Yay acting and making theatre and learning things.
2.) Split No Lightning happened! (Spoken Word show with The Excelano Project.) Video will be up in the next few weeks. The show turned out splendidly. I learned a lot. It's always wonderful to share something personal, and get feedback. Check out this article on the show. (They misquoted my poem, but. At least I made it into the article!)
3.) The Children's Hour! We opened last night, and we run through Saturday. Fb event. Plus, we got some great coverage in GPhilly. Check it! The show came together beautifully. Very heavy, very intense. Not one for the kids.
4.) My incredibly talented friend Missy, who is applying to film internships right now (to edit professionally), posted a bunch of gorgeous lil movies online. (Some of which I'm in.) But watch mostly for the editing. Because she's uber talented. One's a video poem, the other is about MilkMilkLemonade, a show in which I acted this fall. (see below)
5.) My sister Sarah made a lil movie for her Video I class. I am a fool. Enjoy (below). Pay attention to the music. SHE WROTE IT.
What is this page for?
It's for THIS!