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20. Since 19, been consumed
October 26, 2009, 11:37 pm
Filed under: Dance, Everyday, Film, Lists, Literature, Music

That’s 24 days. I’ll admit, I’ve been consuming.  Roughly, 4 episodes of Mad Men (and about a dozen references to JFK),  8 performance, 5 movies, 1.5 books, 16 podcasts,  2 new albums, and so many conversations with folks whose company is most enjoyable.  Life is good.

In honor of all the consuming, here’s a list,in no particular order.

  • Cocktails with Callie , plus meeting her cat IJ (Izzie Jane)
  • The opening moment in Neal Medlyn’s show.  (“Have you thought of a number? Is it 3?” No, actually, it was 5.)
  • The ending moment of Laurie Berg’s piece at DraftWorks – ala The Will Rogers Follies
  • Inglorious Basterds – Hans Landa is supreme and the bar scene and the french countryside and the conversation btwn Landa and the frenchman when they decide to switch from French to English in their conversation.
  • Making shortbread with Tami … various brainy rants!
  • Chatting with Jeffrey over coffee and bagels at home – makin’ our top 10 movie list of 2009.  Yep, we like lists. Don’t judge.
  • Eevin Hartsough singing “I want a dog” in Laika Space Dog.  Carl Riehl & The Cake Monkeys!! Made a mental note to ask Carl to talk more about song lyric writing.  So I’m writing it down here.
  • Matty Robinson’s interview (25:59-43:34) with Michael Stuhlbarg on Filmspotting + their nostalgia movie countdown.  Ah, childhood movies.  I gotta go with The Dark Crystal, The Secret of Nimh, and yes, Anne of Green Gables.
  • Rachel Tiemann at Sorry for Laughing – you are a very funny lady.  Especially when you violently eat cucumber slices while someone tries to read a love sonnet.
  • Book 3 of Millenium Series – this is from Stieg Larsson, the Swede I’ve mentioned many a time.  I’m almost finished with the trilogy, and it will be bittersweet to finish it. If you ever read these, my rule of thumb: give it 120 pages before you leave it.  They start slowly and then the roller coaster ride kicks begins.  Really.  Trust me.


19. Summary of Concerns
October 2, 2009, 7:35 pm
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This post’s title is stolen from my mom’s editor, who I got to meet earlier this week.  She had just passed on her notes to mom’s first draft of the newest book.  I found it interesting that she had a numbered list of edits in the form of character and research angles to re-evaluate, re-write, and clarify.  Most of them had to do with re-adjusting how my mom views the back story of her main character.  In other words, all the stuff NOT explicitly in the book, but what makes up its tone and voice and speaks (between the lines) to the readership.

And much of that work has to do with the market for which my mom writes (cozy mystery).  Mostly women, specifically southern, and hobbyist readers.   If she wanted to write dark thrillers, she’d publish with a different Penguin insignia, perhaps.

I guess we all make work directed at the audience from which we come.  I squirm a bit in writing that because it all seems insular. ( I’ll get over it. i’m not afraid to call myself a bit green at times. i also know so many out there must wonder at why they do what they do. for what and for whom. the universe is never specific in answering back. ) The more and more I get to make work, the more I believe it to be a running conversation with the audience.  Here’s a very short summary of concerns and comments we got from the audience. Some to which we’ll take heed, some… not so much.  I know I’ll be hearing more…

1. The voiceover with the “say it.” I wanted it to stop.

2. That conversation in the middle is long.

3. We were just talking about how fly you look.

4. That part with the “do you trust me as a performer?” Putting yourself out there, huh.

5. The first fifteen minutes were especially strong.

6. I liked seeing how much more comfortable you’ve grown as a performer.

7. The rope section stuck out for me. I wasn’t sure why it was there.

8. Two cried. One a good friend.  Another, a stranger.

9. That strobe light thing you do makes your hands look huge. It was fascinating. Others referred to it as that stop motion thing. That stutter. That silent film moment.

10. It’s creepy when that man comes into the film.  I’ve got a new ending for you.  You ready? (It has to do with a saw)

11.  There was an unusual guffaw from an audience member during the Saturday night performance .

re: 11. It still sticks with me. Cranor and I talked about wishes to have built in moments that could lead to interaction between me and the audience during the performance.  I thinks that’s a future challenge.



18. Yesterday
September 25, 2009, 2:16 pm
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Mimi cat woke me at 4am.  Or I woke her, and then she decided to make biscuits with her paws paws on my tummy. oy. Couldn’t sleep.  Watched early morn news. Depressing. Read a book. Better. Asleep by 7:30, back up at 10:30.

Later, Dad went into town to get the AMAZING white chocolate lavender biscotti we ordered from Carl Schweizer as a gift for my aunt Candace.  Who’s arriving today.  Her first trip ever to NYC.

Meanwhile, Mom and I gabbed and ordered food in.  I tried not to give anything away about Stieg Larsson’s 2nd book (enter the Swede, again). She HAS to read it. Or I will spill the beans. (No. I won’t.  But I want to.)

Then warmed up for 2nd performance (always the toughest one, energy wise).  Read the NY Times review. Smile.  Press on. A speed thru with lines.  Then, onstage. Just like last night, saw very good people in the audience.  Warmed my heart.

Post show dinner with fam.  We toast with the bottle of Sangiovese from Aunt Karen, which was excellent.



17. Anger & Enjoyment
September 24, 2009, 8:36 pm
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Not mutually exclusive, as I’m realizing in performance. Maybe I will be able to explain this thought in the near future.  I’m generally the nice girl in the room.  In other news, here’s  another peek at the show, right after I drew a picture of myself.

Photo by Alexandra Corrazza

Photo by Alexandra Corrazza



16. Sneak peek
September 23, 2009, 8:08 pm
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Alexandra Corrazza took this during dress last night!

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15. Shopping List
September 20, 2009, 3:51 pm
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  1. White string
  2. Honeycomb cereal
  3. Soy Milk
  4. TV Dinner tray
  5. Silver paint pen
  6. All the leftover pens
  7. Giant marker
  8. Necklace
  9. White ankle socks


14. Talking with marketing guru Dave Charest
September 18, 2009, 3:02 pm
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A couple weeks ago, Cranor and I spoke with Dave about cross-genre collaboration and the way we’re approaching various technology (voiceover tracks, video, sound devices, etc).  Listen to the podcast here.



13. Dance + YouTube + Twitter = body part mash up

Have to say, miss dancing in these twitter-sourced videos.  And couldn’t resist the synchrony of my blog post #13 and Dance Theater Workshop‘s Community Choreography #13.  Ah, synchrony (and I don’t believe 13 is unlucky, btw). Tweeters contribute the moves, Lauren Sharpe dances (she’s a NY Neo-Futurist and she’s fantab), and Adam Smith films and edits this bad boy.  Enjoyable.

Oh. And i contributed the part where her “eyes follow a tennis match.” Being fresh off the U.S. Open and all…



12. Let me direct you this way.
September 14, 2009, 9:03 pm
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Over to Claudia La Rocco’s Performance Club blog at WNYC, where she mentions the show and this blog (and those crazy DTW twitter community choreograpy videos), amongst some great performances coming this Fall.

Also. We’re now in residency at the Chocolate Factory.  Here’s what’s on the board outside.  Ah yes, now it’s for real.

CF Graphic 2



11. Everything, so far
September 6, 2009, 5:56 am
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For those who: 1) like the short version OR 2) enjoy or tolerate a non-sequitur synopsis.

Hello [ding]. I introduced the show, then  showed you photos, three photos of a photo shoot.  Then, off to a place called the egg, where we (Cranor and I) experienced crankiness, cut some of the script, and kept the story about Beth.  We also did other things, like eat Mystic Pizza.  This buff man demonstrated the cinch and pinch method for rope climbing.  Then Cranor’s love for Roy Andersson ensued[enter Swede #1].  Then my love for Stieg Larsson ensued [enter Swede #2].  Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E flat, K364 played.  It was sweet.  I qualified my obsession with Larsson. Selfish.  Then I danced [ding]. Bells.  And more recently, Lovecraft made an appearance – by way of inspiration, by way of his story prompts –  and Cranor wrote prose (not prose for our show), which, he doesn’t usually do, btw.  Write literary prose, that is.

That is everything, so far.