For the past week, I’ve been spending most of the day lounging around with Luc, my seven-month-old grandson. We hang out on the bed a lot (since this apartment is not fully baby-proofed). I hold on to his ankle as he crawls around. When he gets too close to the edge, I pull him back. … Continue reading Inner Ape Grandmother
Last night was the table read of Boeing Boeing. I love these actors. They brought such finesse to the roles! They had done their preparation, so for tonight’s rehearsal we could go straight to figuring out what to do. This … Continue reading The Framework for Artistry
I’m directing the farce Boeing Boeing at Bas Bleu Theatre, in Ft. Collins, Colorado this spring and summer. (I’m performing the role of Berthe, the housekeeper, too, but that’s not the point of this post.) I’m utterly absorbed in thinking … Continue reading Watching Body Language
Day 4 post-Christmas with the family. We are yet again in our three separate spheres, our three separate activities. Today was not all alone. Lunch with my nephew, some pleasantries with my sister, a quick bit of leftover pasta in … Continue reading A Family of Loners
For three days now…. I lie in the guest room, watching Netflix on my laptop. My great-nephew lies in the den, playing computer games, texting with friends. My sister lies in her bedroom, watching a Downton Abbey marathon. Three days … Continue reading What’s wrong with that?
When Monica Bauer asked me to read the role of Marietta in her new play “The Real Machiavelli” I was excited. She’s a marvelous playwright, and I expected it would be fun. When she told me she had also asked John Fico and Dikran Tulaine to read, I was delighted. They are marvelous actors, who I have had the pleasure of working with before. After the reading, she did rewrites, and when I reviewed them, I kept thinking, “The director should do this, or that.” Then I realized, “I want to direct this!” I wanted to create my vision of … Continue reading Company Spirit in “The Real Machiavelli”
Today I put the finishing touches on a backdrop I painted to represent Machiavelli’s study. I did it using technique I recently learned from some friends,. I received a box from the Postal Service. It’s a sewing machine I bought to … Continue reading An Off-Off Broadway Producer’s Day