Happy Birthday to Me!

I had a pretty awesome birthday celebration last week: cupcakes and champagne at rehearsal for Burning.

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l to r: Ryan Atwell (Directing intern), Eric Parness (Director), Sean Phillips (Cole), Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy (Rose), me, Catherine Curtin (Cy), Jarel Davidow (Directing Associate), Zachary Clarence (Sammy)

Spent much of school vacation week in New York working with this terrific group of folks. Now back in Boston, where Housekeeper team is back from break and going full steam ahead toward production week.

I’m feeling kinda giddy.

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2 Productions, 2 Casts, 2x the Awesome

Rehearsals are well underway for Fresh Ink’s production of The Housekeeper, opening January 15. Here’s a picture of our adorable cast and crew, with a special friend:

Front row, l to r: Margarita Martinez (Adelina), Her Highness HK, Alexis Sheer (Kaila), Sara Brookner (Dramaturg); back row l to r: George Page (Stage Manager), Gillian Mackay-Smith (Carson), Zack Rice (Assistant Director), Dale Young (Charlie)

Front row, l to r: Margarita Martinez (Adelina), Her Highness HK, Alexis Sheer (Kaila), Sara Brookner (Dramaturg); back row l to r: George Page (Stage Manager), Gillian Mackay-Smith (Carson), Zack Rice (Assistant Director), Dale Young (Charlie)

And on Saturday we had the first readthrough of Resonance Ensemble’s production of  Burning, which opens in rep with Cyrano de Bergerac on February 3. Here’s a TheaterMania announcement of our super sweet cast:

 

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Burning Workshop with Resonance Ensemble

Last week, I had the incredible opportunity to participate in a five-day workshop on Burning with Resonance Ensemble, the company that will produce the play in February. We read, dissected, and wrestled with the text for five days, then presented an informal reading for an invited audience on Sunday. I made some focused but important rewrites that made the story stronger and cleaner—and had a great time, too.  IMG_4493IMG_4509IMG_4505IMG_4487IMG_4514

A workshop like this has SO much value for the play’s development and the production process. (Do it, theaters!!) Huge thanks to Eric Parness, Resonance AD and director of the upcoming production, and to the extremely awesome actors who gave their time and energy so generously.

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Eric Parness, Zachary Clarence, Alberto Bonilla, Vanessa Aspillaga, me, Chris Ceraso, and Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy after the workshop of BURNING. Thank you, amazing people!!

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