Awake to Dream

An adventure in creating

Intro to a new and yummy idea August 19, 2012

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In July, my brother married a fabulous woman.  I am happy to add Kendra to my world as the sister I always wanted and now have!  Part of the wedding celebration was a girls night out for dinner in Wilmington, NC.  While savoring a wonderful creme brûlée at Brasserie du Soleil, I commented on how much I loved this treat and how I like to have it every where I travel.  One of the gals joked that I should do a blog about all the places I eat it at – extolling the virtues or decrying failures.  A sort of road trip desert journal.

I figured the easiest way to do this would be include it in the blog I already have going.  So – theatre lovers: let me introduce you to the best desert creation in history.  And Creme Brûlée lovers: let me introduce you to the creative and passionate world of theatre.  Feel free to mingle!


(It never crossed my mind to take a picture before I started eating.  So here is our first sample of Creme Brûlée – or the dish it came in:)


Another town, another show!

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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!


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!!!


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?


The beginning in Maine March 5, 2012

So I arrived in Bangor yesterday after an easy flight (thanks Samantha for the ride!) and two buses that provided much people watching opportunity.


Listening to the voices in New England is fascinating. Let’s see how long it takes before I shift my own speaking rhythms!

I am staying at the Charles Inn just down the street from Penobscot Theatre. Met the lovely people who run it yesterday. Starting to make it my home-for-a-while. It is one of those places I love to stay in because it has its own quirky character – the floor in the room tilts, there is a bar in the front lobby, and the radiator doesn’t have a thermostat so I am always going to be cold or hot but never in between! I slept well and woke to find it snowing outside. Yippie!!! But it seems folks around here think I am crazy for being excited.


Yesterday, Bari Newport – our esteemed Artistic Director – met me and gave me a tour of the area and the theatre. What a great space to be doing this show in! INK, by Alice van Buren, is going to fit perfectly on their vast and lovely stage. Congrats to Bari for stepping into the leadership of this gem! She is going to rock this town!!!

More to come soon as I start meeting my cast tonight and our phenomenal design team tomorrow.

So excited!!!!


Prepping for the next one January 17, 2012

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I am sooo excited!  I am going to be spending the month of March in Bangor, Maine directing a brand new play.  INK is about one of the first woman published in the US back in the 1600’s.  What a great story!

I am really looking forward to working with the playwright, Alice van Buren, and my amazing design team.

Many thanks to Bari Newport, the new Artistic Director at Penobscot Theatre, for bringing me in!

This is going to be a very cold but provocative experience!!!


Rehearsals Begin! September 13, 2011

Filed under: Directing,Dreaming Theater,Uncategorized — awaketodream @ 12:16 pm

In a week, I start rehearsals for SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS at Chapman University.  I am very excited.  This is going to be a challenging and very fun project.  I have a fantabulous cast, the most wonderfully creative design and support team, and a super smart crew.

These kids at Chapman never cease to amaze me.  They are enormously talented, devoted and energetic.  I am looking forward to the discovery process.

If you have read previous posts of mine (the few that there are) I have joked about how bad I was going to be about blogging.  I am hoping to do a journal of our process during SERVANT here and maybe that will get me into the habit.  Cross your fingers!