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The 9/11 Memorial

July 27th, 2014

Whether you’ve been down to see the new memorial and museum or not, it’s well worth reading Adam Gopnik’s piece in The New Yorker about it. Spoiler alert: he’s not really a fan, but he has a lot of interesting things to say about the “American history of commemoration”:

In truth, the simplest memorials of the first days after the disaster, those xeroxed handbills with “Missing” emblazoned on them and the photographs and descriptions of the lost below, still move us more than any other remembrance… The handbills still move us so because they touch so entirely on a central truth: these people came together one morning with no common purpose beyond making a living, and were killed by people whose evil lay in the belief that without a common purpose life has no meaning. The lesson of these handbills is simple: that life is tragic and precious and fragile, that there is an irreducible core of violence in the world, and of fanatics in love with it, and that we failed once in our responsibility to protect ourselves from them, and from it.

A Thursday Night Poem

July 10th, 2014

ARCHAEOLOGY

Someday someone somewhere
will be digging
and will unearth
the roots of my love for you—
a stubborn shrub,
whose branches and leaves
may have been pruned back
and whose trunk may have been cut down,
but whose spindly fingers
still clench deep down in my soul,
clinging to the earth—
even after I have long been gone.

Staying “Within the Law”

June 19th, 2014

How’s your summer going? I’ve kicked mine off with a race and a show! I ran Trimara Sports’ Tavern Cup 10K in Bay Ridge this past Saturday, finishing in 1:00:23 — not bad for my first 10K :-) I’m thinking next I’ll tackle a 10-miler.

Within the Law
You’ve only got two more weeks to come catch me as the feisty con artist Agnes Lynch in Within the Law at the Metropolitan Playhouse!
The New York Times says: “However current the issues of income inequality, a living wage and an arbitrary criminal justice system may be, Within the Law reminds us that they have long been fodder for popular entertainment.”
And Electronic Link Journal adds: “It’s a tribute to the cast that they have created modern realistic portrayals to bring us a production that is enjoyable and engaging for today’s audiences.”
We run through June 29 — get your tickets now!

And now, your moment of Zen: in case you missed it, this video won the Internet last week. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan (like me), then you’ll understand why!

Justice Miscarried

May 23rd, 2014

I’m deep in rehearsals for Within the Law at the Metropolitan Playhouse, so I haven’t really had time to think up something cool to blog about. No need though, because Alex Roe, the artistic director over at the Metropolitan, has written a lovely essay about the play, which I lazily recommend to you now, instead of creating my own original content ;-) Here’s my favorite part:

The thrillingly twisting plot–a melodramatic roller coaster ride… is peopled by high-brows and low-lifes, straight arrows and crooked stoolies, fast talkers and slow wits. The play is in love with theater as a window on forbidden worlds and an arena for the clash of colorful opposites. Comedy springs from mocking the pretentious and entitled, while admiring the earnest and giving. Excitement comes in form of a set-up , a break-in, a shoot-em-up, and a show-down. On the one hand, then, it keeps a light-fingered touch on its themes, pointing out the ironies of society’s failings with indulgent mockery. But this fast ride takes in some disturbing sights, and the appeal for an audience today may be even more its perceptive social critique as its whimsical portrait of 1912 society.

Read the whole thing here. The show runs May 31 through June 29–info and tickets here.

Within the Law

Within the Law

May 2nd, 2014

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be appearing in an Off-Broadway production of Within the Law at the Metropolitan Playhouse, May 31 through June 29!

Within the Law Flyer

Image: Museum of the City of New York

The play was a huge hit on Broadway in 1912, a “twisting and turning melodrama with a light-fingered social conscience from the Progressive age.” I’ve got a really juicy comedic character part, a role previously played by such wonderful comediennes as Florence Nash and Claudette Colbert. The Metropolitan is an Obie award-winning producing company, and I’m thrilled to be working with them.

The cast just had its first read-through, and we got to hear how truly funny, engaging, and surprisingly relevant the play still is. I also can’t wait to slip into the fashions of the era (think Titanic or first season of Downton Abbey). But what about my hair?! The short bob didn’t really become fashionable until later. So if you know any tricks for getting hair to grow long and fast, send ‘em my way – I need long locks, stat!

For more information and tickets, visit metropolitanplayhouse.org.

Now Showing at the Tribeca Film Festival

April 24th, 2014

Spring is (finally) here in Brooklyn, and I’m happy about that, because it’s warm enough to go running in Prospect Park again. I’ve decided to train for a 10K in June, weather and my schedule permitting… wish me luck!

Glass Chin
I had the great pleasure of playing a small role in Noah Buschel’s new film Glass Chin, starring Corey Stoll and Billy Crudup (and a bunch of other brilliant actors), and it is now showing at the Tribeca Film Festival! There’s one more screening this Saturday night, and you can also see an exclusive clip (featuring my sexy back) by checking out this post on Indiewire.

In addition to writing and directing an awesome crime drama (see above), Noah Buschel also recently conducted a wonderful interview with filmmaker Khyentse Norbu for Hammer to Nail, about Zen, film, meditation, and balancing art with spiritual practice. It kind of blew my mind. You should go read it. Or not, you know… do what you want :-)

Sad Happy

April 1st, 2014

Just in time for April Fool’s!

If the original version of Pharrell’s song was too happy for you (it sure wasn’t for me), here’s a sad remix by Woodkid:

Come Explore Fetish With Me

March 7th, 2014

Peep Show Fetish PosterCome join me at
The Shelter Peep Show: Fetish
this Wednesday night, March 12
at the Bell House in Brooklyn

The latest in an on-going series dedicated to stripped down theatre, The Shelter lets its freak flag fly with staged readings of original works exploring the world of fetish. I’m directing one of the readings, and there will be plenty of drinks, a photo booth, and lots of kink! Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8:00pm, tickets are only $10. More info & tickets here.

I’m Happy on Flatbush Avenue

March 2nd, 2014

From Happy in NYC:

From Berkeley to Brooklyn

February 19th, 2014

That’s where I went.

I spent the last two weeks of January with my folks in beautiful Berkeley, California, helping them move into a new house. What a jolt to wake up back in Brooklyn in early February, to Snowmageddon! How’s the winter treating you?
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Above: I went from sunsets in Berkeley (image: Wikimedia Commons) to snow in Brooklyn (image: little ol’ me)

Despite the weather, I’m glad to be back, since audition season is in full swing here in New York. Just last week, I was seen by casting personnel for the Roundabout, Second Stage, and Law & Order: SVU. And of course, while I was in Berkeley last month, I also auditioned for the Berkeley Rep!

Brooklyn Map

Speaking of Brooklyn, if you’ve ever wondered how some of its funkier neighborhoods got their kooky names (DUMBO? Red Hook? Gowanus?), then check out this article from Mental Floss, which explains it all. It even mentions my little ‘hood: Lefferts Gardens! (Image: Wikimedia Commons)