NEWS & UPDATES
|Posted on May 8, 2018 at 4:30 PM||comments (0)|
When it rains, it pours! But, April showers bring May flowers....
As much as I wanted to go forward with the play SELECTED WINNER, I had to bow out. I booked a Supporting Role on a tv reenactment show called DEAD SILENT and also got my schedule for the movie in Alabama. Trying to do all three at the same time meant something had to give. Fortunately, the play hadn't even begun rehearsals yet and won't go up until the end of July, so the producers have time to recast me.
Lesson learned - now is not the time to do a play.
I'm happy to say that I've been auditioning quite a lot these days. Fingers crossed for more film and tv bookings - the whole reason David and I moved to Atlanta!
|Posted on March 28, 2018 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
March has been a good month for me. I've been auditioning quite a bit and am happy to report that I was cast in a play. It's called SELECTED WINNER and will be presented this July at THE RED CLAY THEATRE in Decatur, GA. It only just happened so I don't have all the details yet, but I will post them when I do.
A director/producer I know from LA has been in pre-production for an indie film in Alabama. He reached out to ask me if I would like to do a part he has in mind for me. I said, YES (of course)! It shoots this Spring/Summer. I'll have more details soon.
|Posted on January 13, 2018 at 8:20 AM||comments (1)|
So much has happened since moving to Atlanta. Unfortunately, family illnesses kept me away from my beautiful new hometown for almost the same amount of time as I've been here. But, after the first of the year, life settled down a bit and it was time to focus on acting.
I booked an Industrial that shoots mid-January. I play a Corporate Executive and it is my first paying gig in a while, so I'm happy.
I'm excited to share that I have a new agent! Her name is SUSAN TOLAR WALTERS with the STW TALENT AGENCY, INC. She is a terrific person and a hard-working, successful agent. There's LOTS going on here, so we are hopeful for many auditions and bookings!
HAPPY 2018 and may you all have a year of good health and dreams that come true!
|Posted on September 16, 2017 at 2:55 PM||comments (0)|
- March 1st: our landlord tells us she will not be renewing our lease and we are free to leave before our lease expires in October. Immediately start looking for a new place.
- March 3rd: auditioned for UNSEEN, an indie tv pilot. Cast as the suffering mother a few days later, and shoot scene two weeks later.
- March 5th: performed with an ensemble of women in "IN THE SHADOW OF NONE" at THEATRE WEST. It was an evening of monologues written by TW writers for each cast member. We followed up with three more performances, including an afternoon at THE MOTION PICTURE HOME in Calabasas. My monologue centered on womens' rights and independence and closed the show.
- March: Cast in and shot CHRISTINE LOZANO's very funny comedy short, "THE BOOK CLUB," with super-talents JULIA SILVERMAN, IVY JONES, and JACQUE LYNN COLTON.
- April 1st: After looking for comparable condo rentals in the area - and getting sticker shock - David and I decide to leave Los Angeles. Several places were considered before we chose ATLANTA - Hollywood of the South! There was more production there than LA in 2016 and (hopefully!) less competition for me.
- April 8th: Helped produce a rock-n-roll fundraiser for (and at) THEATRE WEST. Big success!
- May 3rd: Fly to Albany for STAR TREK Novel Writers event for David. Visit his alma mater SUNY Plattsburg, Fort Ticonderoga, and have a private tour of the Original Series Replica Sets housed in a museum in Ticonderoga.
- May 8th: Fly to AUSTIN for a week-long reunion with my three sisters. Drive to SAN ANTONIO and tour THE ALAMO.
- May 13th: Fly back to LA to pack, sell furniture, donate, and store what's left of our things.
- June 15th: Fly to Tampa to help with and visit Dad. On April 26th, he fell in his home, broke his hip, and lay on the floor for 9 hours before he was found. He was admitted to the hospital for surgery and spent four months in rehab.
- June 22nd: Fly from Tampa to Richmond for sisters-in-law JENNIFER GEORGE and ANITA SMITH's 25th Anniversary.
- June 27th: Fly back to LA
- June 28th: Final cleaning and completely empty townhouse rental
- June 29th: Pack up the cars and David and I LEAVE L.A. The drive took five-days staying overnight in WINSLOW, AZ, SANTA ROSA, NM, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK and MEMPHIS (Did NOT get to Graceland....)
- JULY 3rd: ARRIVE ATLANTA and move into our furnished condo rental at THE MAYFAIR TOWER in Midtown.
- July: Settle into our new life in Atlanta. See some plays, THE MOODY BLUES in concert, take a tour of the city, and even attend a protest against repealing ACA. Oh, and transition my hair from red to BLONDE.
- August 9th: Fly to Tampa to visit Dad and help with his care. He's now in a nursing home with a very bad wound from the fall. We flew home almost a month later on September 2, 2017. Since we've been back, I'm nursing a broken pinky toe (happened in Florida) and dealing with being caught up in the EQUIFAX data breach. But on the brighter side, narrowing down headshot photographers and getting ready to start looking for acting work again!
|Posted on March 23, 2017 at 2:40 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted on February 23, 2017 at 6:30 PM||comments (0)|
Today is Thursday, February 23, 2017, two months into the new year and I've been busy.
In non-acting-career-related news --- I proudly participated in the historic WOMEN'S MARCH in Washington, DC on January 21st. It was a profound experience on many levels and ignited a fire in me that burns to this day. Who would have thought that, at this point in my life, I would become an Activist, but there you have it. I say it LOUD and I say it PROUD!
I've participated in three readings of plays in development at THEATRE WEST, and was cast in one of them, IN A YELLOW WOOD. It's a lovely play about a young man who has lost his wife in a car accident and then struggles to get on with his life. I get to play his less-than-doting mother who has her own issues. It has heart and humor and so in keeping with the amazing talents of GARRY KLUGER.
I decided to end my affiliation with my theatrical agent who wasn't able to open doors as we had hoped. I'm currently working with a new manager - my long-time friend KAT McENTEE who introduced me to a big casting director for TV movies that is now interested in me.
I FINISHED MY FIRST FULL LENGTH PLAY! It's called SECRETS THAT YOU KEEP and it is a one-woman show. I am in the middle of a re-write of Act One and then will do a reading for my husband, The Writer, and see what notes he has to improve it. It's very convenient having an in-house editor! The next steps will be to begin workshopping it at THEATRE WEST.
My friend and fellow THEATRE WESTER, AMY SIMON has asked me to direct her one-woman show, SHE'S HISTORY. I am honored to do this with her. It is a terrific piece that's entertaining and enlightening. I can't wait!
Last week I had the privilege of being a camera model for cinematographer CREIG FRASER (Star Wars: Rogue One, Lion, Zero Dark Thirty etc.) at AFI. He was demonstrating brand new lenses and computer-controlled lights for the CAMERIMAGE Festival taking place all weekend. Demos were slated so who knows where I might turn up next! :-)
And on MARCH 5th & 8th, in honor of INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY I will be participating in IN THE SHADOW OF NONE, a series of Staged Readings of Original Monologues written and performed by members of THEATRE WEST. We will also be taking the show on the road, up to the MOTION PICTURE HOME in Calabasas, CA.
|Posted on December 27, 2016 at 5:10 PM||comments (0)|
A couple of years ago, David and I went to see WISHFUL DRINKING at the Geffen. A woman, reeking of cheap perfume, sat down in front of us and I started wheezing. We politely asked to move our seats and we assumed we'd be put in seats a few rows behind us. Instead, the staff put us in the front row.
When Carrie got to the part about her time on STAR WARS, she talked about how George Lucas told her that bras somehow no longer existed in the future.... she then asked the audience to guess what they used instead. People called out all kinds of things, but none of them were right. I turned to David and quietly said, "gaffer's tape," just as Carrie happened to look right at me. She immediately came to the edge of the stage, right in front of me, and demanded to know how I knew that, who I was, etc., etc. The more she riffed, the more the audience laughed.
As the show went on, whenever she mentioned anything racy, about drugs, or drinking, she'd point to me and say, "Right? I know YOU know what I'm talking about!"
David refers to that as the night I became part of Carrie Fisher's show. I loved it - and her.
|Posted on December 22, 2016 at 10:30 PM||comments (0)|
I'm sure I won't be the only one to say Good Riddance to 2016. Although artistically, it was a very gratifying year for me, the activist in me had a rough time, particularly after November 8th. Those who know me won't be surprised to learn that I will be attending the WOMENS MARCH in Washington, DC on January 21st. I have many loved ones whose equality is being threatened and I will not sit quietly and do nothing. So, in addition to my letter writing, protesting, and petition signing, I have made a commitment to stand by anyone who is targeted by hate and offer them support. Having that message heard on the 21st is my mission.
|Posted on September 27, 2016 at 2:55 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted on August 29, 2016 at 6:00 PM||comments (0)|
The encore run of THE LEATHER APRON CLUB was a big success!
We earned three more rave reviews, including one where I was described as "the ruthless Karen Ragan-George," when referring to my portrayal of Presidential Candidate Senator Emily Green! I'd say that was accurate!
We were all sad to have it end, but the cast holds out hope that we'll get the opportunity to present it again somewhere, somehow.
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And in Other News....
I had the privilege of participating in a Staged Reading of SHE IS HISTORY by the extremely talented writer/actress AMY JAN SIMON. Amy assembled a cast of some of the most incredibly talented working actresses in the biz today. Every line they delivered was knocked out of the park.
What a pleasure to sit alongside CATHY LADMAN, MELANIE CHARTOFF, MO GAFFNEY, CLARA RODRIGUEZ, JANE BRUCKER, Saturday Night Live legend LARAINE NEWMAN and fellow THEATRE WEST members ASHLEY TAYLOR and RILEY RAY BAKER. I primarily read Stage Directions, but got to have some fun reading the part of Henry Stanton (husband of famed feminist ELIZABETH CADY STANTON) as well as a couple of one-line characters. It was directed by the extraordinary LEE COSTELLO, who with only one rehearsal, managed to pull it all together beautifully. It was truly inspiring to see all of these women bring their A-Game!
Developing, via the Workshops at Theatre West, my one-act play, ONE NIGHT AT SEA and my one-woman show, SECRETS THAT YOU KEEP.
And, of course, submitting, submitting, and submitting for acting work!