March 7th, 2014
Come 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.
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?
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!
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)
February 1st, 2014
I kinda wish I knew Dr. Sparky Sweets when I was in AP English…
(via The New York Times)
January 13th, 2014
One of my favorite movies of all time. There may or may not be Equity auditions happening in New York this week for an Off-Broadway production of something called “Heathers: The Musical”, and I may or may not be going…
December 12th, 2013
How was your Thanksgiving (or Thanksgivukkah)? I started off the day by running the five-mile Prospect Park Turkey Trot, finishing with an official time of 46:38. News 12 was there to cover the event — they even got my friend Winnie Lok on camera, talking about how much pie she was gonna eat later!
I’ll be featured in a staged reading of a new play called MINOTAUR, by Meghan E. Jones, part of The Shelter Peep Show: Noir, at the Gloria Maddox Theatre on Wednesday, December 18 at 7:30pm. Tickets are only $10! More info and advance tickets here.
Did you know that my sister Silvia is Managing Editor at The New Yorker? Well, she totally is, and she also blogs for them occasionally, like a boss. Her most recent post was about Throwback Thursday, although my personal faves have been the ones about salad, numerous instances of “Hispandering”, and that time she ate live shrimp. You should follow her already.
December 1st, 2013
I’m really loving my friend and teacher Emily Fletcher‘s new social media campaign to encourage PDM, or Public Display of Meditation. Selfies for a cause! Emily recently launched the campaign on Huffington Post Live, check out the video below:
And I even got in on the act, with my cat’s help:
November 21st, 2013
Let’s talk about YOU…
So I know these little updates are usually all about ME But this time, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’m devoting an entire issue to three of my friends and colleagues who are doing awesome work, which you should totally check out. Don’t worry, I’ll be back with more Olivia news next time!
First up, my friend Matt Yang King has created a killer new web series called The World of Steam. It’s like the Twilight Zone, but with a steampunk twist. The first episode is already available at theworldofsteam.com, and there are more in the pipeline!
Next, if you are a creative writer of any sort, you should definitely check out my friend James Monohan‘s podcast, The Narrative Breakdown. It’s a show about story craft, and James often gets really great people to join him to talk about their process — his most recent guest was writer-director Laurie Collyer, whose films include SUNLIGHT JR. (starring Naomi Watts) and SHERRYBABY (starring Maggie Gyllenhaal).
Lastly, my friend Nathan Agin has created a really great travel/food series called Travel. Eat. Thrive. It’s all about how and where to eat well when you’re on the road, and also at home. You can watch the first episode (featuring Los Angeles) and get all kinds great goodies (like recipes!) at traveleatthrive.com.
November 1st, 2013
I still remember going to see Banksy’s 2006 Los Angeles show. My dad was visiting at the time, and after we heard about the subversive British street artist who had recently managed to break into Disneyland’s Big Thunder Mountain ride and install a mannequin dressed as a Guantanamo detainee (which remained there for a good hour and a half before authorities could remove it), we decided we had to go check him out. We didn’t know where we were going until the day of the show, when its “secret” location was finally posted online: a giant warehouse in downtown LA, a seedy part of town normally unfrequented by the hipsters and high-rollers who showed up that day to gawk at the graffiti-inspired artwork and the painted elephant. Needless to say, it was a blast.
This time, the entire city of New York was Banksy’s exhibition space; the artist was “in residence” here last month, displaying artwork all over the five boroughs, in a different spot each day. The residency, called Better Out Than In, is documented at banksyny.com (check out the audio guides, they’re the best part), and also by New York Magazine, the latter providing a handy map showing the locations of the pieces, as well as before and after pics, indicating residents’ varied reactions to them (tagging, removal, auctioning, etc.). I still can’t decide which video I like best: the Sirens of the Lambs (which one New York Times critic described as “something out of Wallace & Gromit that might convert children viewing it to a lifetime of vegetarianism”), or this amazing piece, which was apparently displayed somewhere in DUMBO (go figure):