Awake to Dream

An adventure in creating

Another town, another show! August 19, 2012

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Hello my peeps!  Sorry it has been a while.  Catch up (Directors Lab West, finally relaxing in my own home – or repainting, etc) will come soon but for now, I wanted to talk about where I am at the moment and what I am up to these days!

Join me in Ada, Ohio!  Home of Ohio Northern University and my current production of THE LIAR by David Ives.  ONU is a beautiful campus kind of in the middle of no where.


I am in a lovely house just off campus in my dad’s home state.  Never thought I would get back to Ohio after all these years, but what a great project to bring me back with!  This play is hysterical, my cast is exuberant, my creative team is awesome and the Communications Department folks are so welcoming and supportive.  All this makes for a great playground to explore 17th century France!

We have had a week of “boot camp” before classes start.  Intensive straight sixes until my students’ days are taken over with other distractions.  I like this way of getting started!  Campus has been kind of quiet – the only folks in the dining hall have been the football team, the marching band and us theatre geeks!  We have immersed ourselves in movement and ensemble building exercises; and we got a rough draft of Act One on our feet.  The rest of the student body moved onto campus this weekend and we will shift to night rehearsals on Wednesday.  And I start teaching on Friday!

Road trip to the Walmart tomorrow night courtesy of my awesome stage manager, Brandea.  Very excited – groceries, supplies and maybe some more weather appropriate clothes!  (You would think with all the cross country traveling I have been doing that I would be better at guessing what to pack.  You would be wrong!)

More to come soon.  Now I need to take a deep look at the duel in Act One – a farcical take on the old tradition: think Looney Tunes meets 1940’s boxing meets badly done ballet!


Directors LabWest May 24, 2012

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I know it has been a month since my last post- my apologies!
I will post soon to catch you all up but right now I am in the throes of Director Lab West. For now- this year’s group is awesome, smart, funny and mad skilled!


Blessings at the beach April 20, 2012

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Huge thanks to Laguna Playhouse again for the fabulous digs they have put me in during TICKLED PINK.
Whale AND dolphin sighting during my morning walk along the beach today.


Pink in Laguna April 9, 2012

Sorry for the delay in the update.  Since so much has happened I am gonna keep it simple and pictorial.  Here we go:

Bangor was kind enough to give me one last snow before I headed back home.


Here is the courtyard in front of the Chuck late one night after a preview.

And then we came to opening night!



That’s me bundled up in the lobby!


After a wonderful month in Maine, it was time to say goodbye –

to the fantabulous folks at Penobscot Theatre, my charming hosts at the Charles Inn, and…


Hailey – our hotel mascot!


I got in a brief visit to Boston to play with my besty, Megan, and her besty, Topher.


Please note the BEST name of a bar EVER!!!!


And then home to LA, a howdy to my beloved KC and on to Laguna Beach.  Having a blast working with Martin Bergman, Rita Rudner and the awesome folks of TICKLED PINK at Laguna Playhouse.  Many thanks to Annie Wareham for the opportunity.  And for the REALLY cool digs (as you can see by the view from my front door!)

My awake dreams are pretty great right now!!!


Home stretch March 26, 2012

After several days of record breaking 80+ degree heat in Bangor, we went into tech as the temps dropped back to freezing.  Some are sad to see the beautiful days go but I gotta tell you, it makes two long tech days easier to get through if you aren’t yearning for the sunshine outside!  (Besides, I already had to go out and buy cooler clothing and now my suitcase is going to be overweight for the return flight.)

And our tech went really well.  You know you have a fantabulous team when you get through the show fast enough to have time for scene work on Saturday night and get in two solid dress/tech runs on Sunday.  It looks and sounds BEAUTIFUL!!!  The story telling continues to grow and strengthen.  Now it should get “stronger, faster, bigger, better”!!

Tomorrow is our first audience and it is a “Pay what you want” so it could get VERY interesting!  Alice joins us tomorrow as well so I am anxious to get her response.

We open this weekend and then I am back to LA.  Actually, on to Laguna Beach to assist Martin Bergman on his and Rita Rudner’s new comedy TICKLED PINK at Laguna Playhouse.  Thanks tons to Annie Wareham for bringing me in on the project.  I can’t wait to work with Martin and spend several weeks at the beach!  Thaw out after Maine, right?

Cheers to all!


Bangor is Burning! March 11, 2012

No one panic.  It isn’t really.  It has just been pointed out to me that something in Bangor is always catching fire.  And that makes sense if you count the number of sirens that I have been hearing every day.  These fire trucks apparently have new sirens and they are VERY loud and must be very proud of them!

We are almost half way through the show with our first pass at blocking.  It is really coming together.  It is such a joy to work with Alice on her play because she is such a giving, thoughtful and creative writer.  I hope we make her proud!

Happy to report Aubrey, Dylan and I found a pretty great Mexican restaurant tonight.  Just up the road near the University in Orono.  I rocked the virgin margarita!

We should finish blocking in the next few days and start playing on the stage.  Will post more then!  Maybe it will have warmed up by then?


INK-ing along March 9, 2012

I can’t believe it has already been almost a week since I arrived in Bangor!

Rehearsals are going well.  We have had some intense table work the last few days and we start blocking tomorrow.  Everyone is bringing such insight and dedication to our show!  Set is being built so I keep popping my head in to take a peak.

Getting settled into Bangor has been fun.  The Charles Inn (affectionately nicknamed The Chuck) is quirky and cozy.  The bar in the lobby seems to be a hopping place each night.

It finally warmed up yesterday so Aubrey, Dylan and I wandered around town.  We hit the Library and got to meet Bill Cook, the local historian.  He has set up a display of publications and artifacts around our show in the main dome area of the library’s 2nd floor.  What a great resource and an amazing collection!

Then we wandered down the street to the University of Maine Museum of Art.  They have such a fabulous collection of work on display right now.  I will have to go back and check it out again.

I need to send a couple of shout-outs:

Shaw’s grocery – grocery shopping always sucks except when you are in a new town and it feels like a brand new adventure.  Shaw’s was big and clean and had a huge selection to make even the vegans among our group happy.  I stocked up on my diet coke and made sure I had some food to nosh on.

Dan at the Market across the street – Dan has become my self-appointed tour guide and foodie for my time in Bangor.  He seems to know everything around here and has given me some great tips on where to get what to eat and all kinds of other entertainment things.  And his wife runs Mexicali Blues which is a fabu clothing and gift shop on the corner that I will spend too much time and money in!  Oh so worth it though.

Poster for the show is going up around town.  Here it is on the entry to the theatre.