Awake to Dream

An adventure in creating

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.


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!!!!


INK is on a roll February 10, 2012

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I am excited to be getting closer to starting rehearsals at Penobscot Theatre in Bangor, Maine.  So ready to pack and get there but I have three more weeks before I leave!

We are completely cast and I am looking forward to getting to know all the actors.  The designers are working hard and creating such beautiful elements that will make Alice van Buren’s story soar on stage.  I am thrilled to be working with Shon Causer as Lighting Designer,Daniel Bilodeau designing sets, Daniel Brunk on sound, and Rebecca Wright as costume designer.

More soon…


Pictures In! February 3, 2012

Thanks Dr. LeNoir for the marvelous photos from SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS at Chapman.  Check back soon to see some of them.

In the meantime, here are some from rehearsal

SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS directed by Kappy Kilburn

First time in costume for Chris, Sarah and Martha


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!



Texture overload January 10, 2010

Filed under: Dreaming in Fiber — awaketodream @ 7:17 am

Today I went to the fiber trade show in Long Beach with Samantha who owns Abuelita’s Kniting and Needlepoint (check her fabulous shop out at  What fun!  I get a bit obsessed with texture and color so walking around and getting to actually feel all the yarns and be surounded by some wonderful colorwork was exciting.  And then exhausting. 

Glad I went.  Some new ideas and inspiration (and isn’t that what it is all about?!)  The opportunity to learn even more from Samantha was the added perk.