Oh boy. All of the things are happening! I think I'll go ahead and just make a list.
1. Poems! (The Excelano Project Show is in a week in a half. "Split No Lightning.")
2. Lines lines lines! (Children's Hour opens in 2.5 weeks. Cloud 9 opens in 4.5. BADA audition in 1.5)
3. Summer Apps! (Finishing up my very last application for summer acting intensive programs.)
4. Thesis! (Working on a proposal for an honors English thesis for UPenn.)
5. Playwriting! (Something I'm totally new at. Submitted a short piece to a Penn contest, for funsies)
In my spare time, I'm writing little short poems, and taking too many pictures. Check out the view from where I'm staying.
Other things: I just watched a documentary called "The Artist is Present," about a performance art piece at the MOMA by Marina Abromovic. Check it out. One of those changes-the-way-I-think-about-humanity type things. I also just watched Amanda Palmer's TED talk. (Fun fact: I was at the gig when she first "practiced" the talk. If you track down the video, I'm sitting in the front row in an awkward green tank top.) Anyway, it was super inspiring. It's about the music industry, but also how art functions as an honest/personal exchange between artist and audience.
In other news, here's a video I acted in for a friend last year. (See below.) It was one of those "final project" type videos for a Video I class. I.e. all of us working on it agreed it was totally abysmal. But....The music! Is spectacular! And written by my extremely talented older sister, who wants to score films professionally. Check out that film score. And check out her website.
It's official! EP raised $1,100 for WE CAN at our Cape Cod gig a few weeks ago. Super proud of The Excelano Project. Making money while making art to raise money to help other people make a change? Kind of the best thing ever.
In other news - went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art Today. And spent 45 minutes sitting in the Cy Twombly Trojan War Room. Anyone who's into contemporary (or really any) art - check that shiz out. It's breathtakingly beautiful. (See below photograph of one Lauren Yates, in said room. And one VanJawn, looking like a 12-year-old outside the museum.)
In other news - rehearsals for Children's Hour and Cloud 9 are progressing swimmingly. So very excited.
In other news - I recently lined up an audition for the BADA Summer in Oxford program, and an interview with the Stella Adler Studio in NYC for their Summer Conservatory program. *fingers crossed* I can study theatre somewhere this summer.
In other news, there is no other news.
A few days ago, it was warm outside! So I wrote a happy lil' pome about it. (The warm front passed - it's been bitter cold ever since. Alas.) Anyway, check out the new poem! "Today." Featuring music by The Album Leaf.
In other news - the reading for 8 The Play went swimmingly. Some people told me, "We hated you!" on the way out. I took it as a good sign. I was playing Maggie Gallagher, after all.
Love Talk and Slow Jams, Pt. 5, was this Saturday - a night of a capella, courtesy of The Inspiration, and spoken word poetry, courtesy of The Excelano Project. I spat Cheshire Cat, wore a dress, and according to the DP, disrupted the vibe. +10 points por moi. "Despite the sensuous atmosphere, there were some quirky performances from students such as College junior Hannah Van Sciver, who recited a poem describing love as “the dirtiest four letter word I know.”" Read all about it!
In other news, The Pigeon (a fabulous venue for Poetry Slams in Philly) just posted the latest episode of their street slam series. It features EP member Richard Thomson + muhself, facing off against EP alumna Lauren Yates. It's fun. Check it (below). ALSO, that same Lauren Yates just published a chapbook. Which is fabulous. Yall should stop by her tumblr and buy it. Seriously. Go buy it.
Some other tid-bits....There's a staged reading of 8 The Play this Friday, at the Platt performing arts house in Philly. I'll be playing Maggie Gallagher. And I'm on the wait-list for the Philly Live Arts Jumpstart 2013 program. *fingers crossed.* (..I've been writing plays lately? The piece I submitted is a 10-minute something I'm developing with a friend. But more on that later...)
The gig with The Excelano Project on Cape Cod this past weekend was a smashing success. We had a wonderful time at Cape Cod Academy teaching/performing, and absolutely loved putting on a show at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. To the left is a picture of us with the lovely director of WE CAN (the beneficiary of the show), They gave us t-shirts! Check out some other pics from the weekend.
Other exciting news....
I'm applying to play in Spring Fling this year, with a band tentatively titled "Wonder Bread." Very exciting. (FYI Spring Fling is a weekend during the spring semester at UPenn, featuring lots-o-bands, shows, parties, etc, and the like). Will post updates once I know if we're in!
And also....I will be performing this Saturday at the Late Night with some other Excelano Project poets! Will probably be spitting "Cheshire Cat," or another oldie. Check it out. A great lil night of poetry, music, and all around sexiness.
still from 1961 film version of The Children's Hour
As of Wednesday night - I've been cast in two mainstage shows for UPenn's Student Theatre Arts Council (TAC-e) season.
I am super pleased to announce I'll be playing Karen in the Pennsylvania Player's production of The Children's Hour and Maude/Lin in iNtuitons Experimental Theatre's production of Cloud 9. More updates will follow once we begin rehearsals. Woo theatre!
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