My Life in the Theatre
It has been a while since my latest update. Happily I have been very busy with lots of projects so I wanted to let you know how they went, how they are going and what is up next!
Oedipus El Rey by Luis Alfaro was a truly awesome experience all the way around. My cast, design team, crew and of course Luis' brilliant play all earned high praise from the critics and audiences enjoying a nearly sold out run! So proud of everyone on that project and it is one I will cherish forever.
My new one woman show that Steven Wolfson is writing for me and Jane Bement Geesman is directing, had it's first work in progress presentation at the 1 Festival in Portland on June 1 & 2nd. I am happy to say that it went very well indeed and that we are moving forward to a 4 day run at CoHo theatre in Portland on June 26-July 1st with some minimal rewrites. The major rewrites will take place over the summer and then I head to Hanau and East Berlin Germany to perform the completed (hopefully), very challenging and beautiful one woman show there! A BIG THANK YOU to the Kickstarter and other sponsors who helped give me the funds to mount You Belong to Me.
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Another Directing Project happening right now!
I am in the hilarious throes of directing David Mamet's election play, November, a very very timely play which will hopefully will keep people from making REALLY stupid choices this election year..hint: Vote for Obama! Jesus can it be any more obvious what will happen if you don't?...Okay I won't go on but whatever your politics, this insane comedy will have people rolling in the aisles! Once again I have a great cast and design team so put us on your calendar! It opens at Theatre/Theatre on June 21st and runs through July 21.
This year I designed Race by David Mamet for ART, Hamlet for NWCTC and Loman Family Picnic for JTC as well my own productions of King John, Oedipus el Rey and November.
You can find out all the details, reviews, pics, comments about all of the above by roaming around the website!
Thank you all for visiting the site and for your continued interest and support!
I am thrilled to announce that King John is now playing at the Shoebox Theatre from now until November 13! Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 2! We are getting great feedback and reviews and I know you will find this a King John to remember. So proud of the whole team on this..please come and see it if you are in the Portland area!
Gearing up to direct King John at Northwest Classical Theatre this fall. It is a BIG play and I am thrilled about the cast that will bejoining me on this adventure. I also am assembling a terrific design team so keep checking in to see how we are all progressing!
Hey everyone! Had a terrific time performing 9 Parts of Desire by Heather Raffo. at the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood. The talkback following the show with Ron Canada, Prof. A. Marco Turk, Dr. Hamoud Sahil was stimulating, informative and passionate. I was honored to have been asked to perform the play again,
On another subject, I am proud to say that my production of Oedipus the King won a Drammy award in Portland for Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role: Michael Lopez! Congratulations to Michael and thanks to the Drammy committee for the recognition for this special production!
I am thrilled that I have been invited to perform 9 Parts of Desire at the Lillian Theatre in LA on Sunday, June 19th at 7 pm and on Wed., June 22 at 8pm. Tickets are only $10 at the door so if you missed it the last time I was here, try to make it to one of these nights! Check for details on the 9 Parts of Desire page!
This event is extra special because after the play on both nights, I will be joined by my dear friend and colleague: actor and former Emmy award winning journalist, Ron Canada who will moderate a talkback with several specialists on the Middle East. Joining us is Professor Marco Turk, Professor Emeritus of Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding California State University Dominguez Hills and Dr. Hamoud Salhi, Assistant Professor of Political Science, California State University, Dominguez Hills. There may be a few more other guests on the panel, schedule permitting and I am very honored and eager to hear what they have to say. With events daily unfolding in the region, this play, told from the women's perspective offers an opportunity for all of us to examine our feelings about these issues. It promises to be a wonderful evening of theatre and discussion!