Well, it is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL day in Montgomery, Alabama. The sun is shining and we're all in tank tops and shorts. It's hard to remember that it's still winter, and most of my loved ones are still freezing their butts off in NY and Baltimore. Wish I could blow this warm wind your way!!!
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So after jumping back into the Romeo and Juliet tour (more on that later..) and Taming of the Shrew rehearsals this week, the interns find themselves with three days off in a row. What??!!! We're all actually a bit shell shocked by it, and of course we can't "go" anywhere because we have to be close to the theatre in case we get called into a Great Gatsby performance. Which iss why we have this extra time-- according to Actors Equity rules, Equity peeps have a certain number of "hours" they can work, and with the Gatsby performances, there aren't many hours left for the week.... so, yay! Of course, this also feels a bit like the calm before the storm..of Rep season. But nothing will be as crazy as the October RandJ tour, with 3am-5am wake up times, unload/loading that giant balcony, performing this incredibly-intensly emotional show, teaching the students a workshop, driving back, and doing costume laundry for a couple hours at the theatre, with perhaps a Goodnight Moon rehearsal on top.....October was....an accomplishment and whirlwind.
Well, Goodnight Moon has clooooosed this past Saturday......that is, we thought. Until we were told the day before that we will be reviving the show in April, because of all the of cancelled snow day performances. SO, we haven't said Goodnight to the Moon yet. But, because it was suppoooosed to be the official closing, I received the most beautiful closing day gift from wardrobe (wardrobe, who handles all the quick changes and the laundry every day are the real heroes of the show). A TEACUP!!! To go with my Dish and my Spoon!
Yes, that was my walk this morning to the theatre. Word was we still had an audience for the 9:30am, so we all trudged through the snow (I only slipped ONCE), pulled on our spandex/respective bunny suits, painted our faces, got in places for top of show.....with no audience. That's right, no one...showed up. Because aaaalllll the roads were closed because of snow. But the schools neglected to contact the theatre to let them know that they would not make it. SO, show cancelled. But we were all in good humor as we quickly de-spandexed and de-facepainted. Second Snow day in a row. Never would have thought in Alabama.
Good morning! Happy Halloween, Thanksgiving, Birthday, Merry Christmas, and HAPPY NEW YEAR.
Okay, now that I'm all caught up, shall we get into what the heck is happening these days?
Sifting through the Internets during downtime at work, I came across an excerpt from Garson Kanin's book, Tracy and Hepburn. She writes: "All careers in the arts resemble life on roller coasters. First, the painstakingly slow and steady climb: next, reaching a peak; now a sickening plummet from grace. Up again, up, up and down! Again and again. Observe, however, the interesting laws of physics in action as the downward thrust gives flowing motion to the climb up to the next leg of the journey. Without the downs, there would be little self-generated energy for the ups.
Hello, hello, Sunday evening. This past week has been a doozy, between rehearsals for my show (War of the Roses, opening first weekend in April, Irondale Theatre, yay!!), an explosion of auditions, and work and, well, Springing the clock forward an hour (it really effects you!), but TODAY I was given the beautiful gift of sleeping in. Oh, it was glorious. And time to actually update my website, go the grocery store, do yoga, SING, run a couple miles, and end with a church visit on this St. Patrick's Day-- it's been miraculous.
Tomorrow, we're back with two call backs and work-- well, so begins another roller coaster week. ..and It's gonna be awesome.
You know those nights when you come home dead tired and hungry, so you stay up just to eat and, you know, watch 30 Rock and read Vulture, and then like, you're done eating dinner, but you're ready for just one more 30 Rock cause your on that Tina Fey high, and then your like, whoa it is TIME for sleep, but then somehow you've pushed past tired into, MAN, I don't want to sleep, I just want it to be morning so I can have coffee and read Vulture updates. It's actually a periodic cycle that a piece of me watches with horror while my other peices rejoice in the comedic revelry that instant Netflix gives me. Curse you, 30 Rock, butreallyiloveyouwithallmyheart.
The above are two representations of what auditioning is like for the non-equity actress. Opencall holding rooms filled with masses of ladies with curling irons, hairspray, liquid eyeliner, vocal lip trills and humming. This period of Jan-March is when regional theatres are casting for their spring/summer season. DURING this time their are many things out of your control, which is why the things you CAN control, i.e. how prepared you are and what time you get there, you cherish. Your best strategy is to get there early enough that you're seen in the first hour, or at least, before lunch, which often means getting there between 6a and 7a, and which, for ME and the others who live in the bowels of Brooklyn, means leaving at 5a. AND for those of us who are ladies, and need time for things like hair, and those of us who are humans who need time to make coffee and cereal, it means getting up at 4a.
I am now typing from the cozy comfort of my Maryland Couch, sipping tea, while listening to my dad play one of his fighter war wii games on the telly. Of course, while today is the official Thanksgiving of America, the King family most usually doesn't celebrate our Thanksgiving on Thursday, because Momma King is a Nurse and usual works on the holiday, SO, we embrace Friday to celebrate our turkey and each other and we love it. Earlier today I did make it to my sister, Jamie's, house to visit and bake Carob Cupcakes. Then we ate Quinoa. And watched James Bond: Casino Royale. I'd say some very appropriate choices for Thanksgiving.
Yes, please, yumm.
And now I've tasked myself to start in on some applications for some Theatre opportunities next year. It's that planning time of year and I think 2013 is gonna bring a lot of possibilities.
A no work Sunday means "day off," but really, is that a real thing in this city? Well, today was a lovely day off. Slept in til 9a, ample time for Bfast/coffee/and nymag/vulture updates. Then off to YttP for the 12noon 90 min vinyasa (wherein I got the most beautiful, miraculous seated forward fold adjustment from yoga goddess chae chae), then it was a mad dash to Chinatown for my acting class with acting goddess Josie. It was chill class on my end- my scene wasn't going up, so I just read/talked through my new scene with the class and my partner and then did a bitzy bit of monologue work. But then after class, at this point it being 5pm, I had a little dilemma (side note: I am the most indecisive person I have ever, and will ever meet. Making daily decisions and is daily struggle for me). Anyway, dilemma being...I was tired, hungry and already downtown (i.e. close to Brooklyn where I live), SO, I did NOT want to rush on UPtown to crazy, tourist laden MIDtown and take a Contemporary dance class at BDC that I said I would take, but at that moment seemed like the least thing I wanted to do. Not to mention "spending the money." But, as one learns from 200 hours of yoga teacher training, the thing you don't want to do, is the thing you most certainly must do. SO I trekked up to BDC and took my class, WHICH I almost walked straight out of at least 3 honest times because it was one of the hardest dance classes I've ever done. I thought, why the heck am I forcing myself to be here?? I'm out of my league, I'm barely getting these steps, and I'm hungry. But I stayed in the room and did the best I could, and there was this switch in the middle of class when the seemingly impossible choreo seemed possible. Not finessed, or perfect, on my part, BUT I got the steps and I was able to work on something. And I left feeling good. So when I got home, and after eating a hardwon dinner of eggs on toast, I watched this cuhRazy intense documentary , called First Position, about young ballet dancers competing in the world's most prestigious ballet competition, the Youth American Grand Prix. I was blown away by these kids who's drive, and ambition, and work ethic, and passion were so inspiring. There really is something to hard work and love of the craft.
Above was Monday in union square. After a rehearsal at CAP I had time to enjoy lunch in the park. It was the loveliest warm fall day yesterday. Too bad I had the insight to wear my winter coat.
Monday was also Celebrate Michon day! Which I guess is just a CAP21 holiday. But we celebrated it HARD Monday night, as we honored CAP's and theatre's living legend Michon Peacock. Don't know her? Oh, well, here's a few pics....:
That's right. That's Michon dancing with Shirley Maclaine. Nbd.
Michon, is leaving CAP, where she was the conservatory director for I believe 13 years (she was also my adviser!), so Monday night was our chance to celebrate her with videos, stories, performances by faculty and alum, AND Michon did a song and dance number, which was just incredible to experience.
The next day saw an early morning, and two audition day, the first was my theatreworks appt for Click Clack Moo, then I rushed uptown to the Theatre Under the Stars open call- they're doing Man of la Mancha and Camelot so of COURSE I sang I Could Have Danced all Night. How could I not when Julie Andrews is involved in any capacity. But really, any chance to be Eliza for even 30 seconds, I take it.
Where do you go from there when your two auditions are over by midday? Why you walk from 36th st to Union Square to meet one of your greatest friends, Jacob, for lunch, a biscotti and a cookie, and.....
It was phenomenal Like really. I loved it. Buuuuut I do have some qualms, like the fact that they dropped two characters together into suuuuuuch an interesting new and unexpected situation and it was fun, but not fun enough towards the end. I wanted a little more from the last quarter of the movie. We got a lot, but I wanted more. because I'm very greedy.
Also, Daniel Craig is sexy.
Anyway, after salivating over our modern James Bond, I headed to BK yttp for a vinyasa double, taught by my good friend Scotty, and thennnnnn I taught the 9! Ahhh! Fist time teaching in months. I have to say I was quite nervous, but I couldn't have been happier, after MONTHS, to say the familiar "child pose, please." It felt good.
Anyway, I'm counting the days until Thanksgiving. I'm ready for a real vacation, not a pseudo hurricane holiday, but an actual family ridden, good food, old neighborhood type holiday...yummmmmmmm.
I've returned! Its certainly been a long while. Lets just breeze through the highlights of what I've been doing so we can get this place up to date.. ...... .
I am NOW working at the CAP21 Theatre Company and Conservatory, my Alma mater, helping to manage the front desk, deal with client bookings, and generally be around wonderful people, artists, and teachers. I couldn't be more thrilled with this change of job, and so far it's been wonderfulchallengingbusyandlovelyandilooooooooveit.
I took a looooooong break from teaching yoga. I like to think of it as a sabbatical, during which I plunged myself into auditioning, took acting classes, dance classes, voice classes, and of course, lots of yoga classes (you cant keep me away). What came of my chosen sequestered immersion? Well, some awesome callback situations, got seen by lots of cds, directors, and theatres, and had lots of exercise in auditioning, acting, singing, performing. Saw some great theatre. AND (and this is also what I had vowed to do) hung out with friends. Made lunch dates, caught up with people I hadn't talked to in weeks. There were many exciting moments that only getting the call back can give you, and many, many down moments, that only this biz (and life) can give you. And that's the biz (and life). and what I've learned is, this is my job. And its my number one. Its my career, and everything I do must contribute to that. Nooooo distractions..... Easier said than done. Especially because sleep is my number one distraction. And Downton Abbey. And Anthropology's online catalogue.
But whats a distraction and whats a contribution? Well, I'm reading Paul Russell's book called Acting: Make it your Business and in it, he interviews 6 working actors. The question he asks alll of them is, what advice would you give to young actors starting out. And every single one of them replied: become an interesting person. Read the newspaper, go to museums, see a movie, read a book, travel, become knowledgeable of the world, because that is what feeds your art.
Well I think that's a great sentiment to live by. Until next time (which will be very soon;)).
Weather was absolutely gorgeous in our little town of Cohoes yesterday. Had a lovely run on the bike path, a spot of yoga then settled in for music brush up rehearsal for Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat (rare moment when FULL cast was called). After music, I took a little walk around town, sat with the Cohoes waterfall for a bit, which IIIII find quite thrilling- and grabbed a few artsy pics!:
A beat up looking door..
Beautiful, luxury loft apartments. Building used to be a factory I believe. I contemplated going in and posing as a buyer so I could take a tour. I don't know if my flipflops would have cut it.
Our home away from home- Cohoes Music Hall
We spent the rest of the evening finishing up choreography for the Havana scene, which is a HUGE huge dance number that ends with a bar fight, as all big dance numbers must. I was so happy that I got to do some dancing. Christopher Patterson is our choreographer and his combos are amaaaaazing. They are thrilling to watch so I was pumped to get to dance a bit of it. We finished the number around 10pm, and I guess we were all a little wound up cause my roommates and I stayed up late chatting till around 12:30, when we passed out.
Tonight I believe we're going back to Havana, and I get to work a bit with our Arvide today as well!
Minus 12 days till opening!
Wow, talk about falling off the face of the earth. Where have I been?? The answer: sufficiently scattered. We'll start with where that above picture was taken. Took it in the stairwell at the 26th St. hot studio. Someone peppered little motivational signs on every landing as you make your up the stairs. Sometimes I'm just obsessed with the coolness of people.
So between my last post and now, I've enjoyed an absolutely wonderful batch of theater experiences: I went with a few friends to see As You Like It, part of the Public's Shakespeare in the Park Season. As You Like It is my second favorite Bard comedy (Alls Well has to be my first:))) and I was definitely non disappointed. Lily Rabe was Rosalind, and she was so. Good. Her voice is so unique and free and she was physically so grounded, real, and entirely herself. This is the third time I've seen a professional production of As You Like It, and in all three I haven't met a Celia I didn't like, which I find kind of amazing. Renee Elise Goldsberry was super endearing and funny. You wouldn't really assume that Celia would be the kick ass part of the show (as least compared to the incredible kick-assery of Rosalind), but Shakespeare really wrote TWO rocking female characters and I think Celia lends herself more to a unique and fun interpretation.
Another pheNOMinal show that I got see was Peter and Starcatcher. Played the lottery with my friend Matt and we WON, so after celebrating with Blockheads margaritas, we saw Christian Borle, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Adam Chanler-Borat, and the rest of the cast just play and have fun for 2 hours. And I discovered a new dream role, which is MOLLY (the only girl in the show). Tons of physical comedy, with heart and honesty. I loved the total sense of vaudevillian, and the unity of the ensemble . One minute someone was pulling a rope or hoisting a fellow actor on their shoulders, and the next, they're delivering an epic monologue center stage, and then immediately they jump into pushing a staircase across stage. To me, the whole show was the epitome of why theater exists...
After all that seeing great shows nonsense, yogaing, teaing, I spent a beautiful weekend in Baltimore with family, catching up on doctors appointments, consuming tons of steamed crabs on the Eastern Shore, and shopping with the momma.
And now we've come to where I am NOW:
I was going to do some epic, ladeeda announcement weeks ago, when it was official, official, but it didn't feeeel official until I actually got here. I am currently back at Cohoes playing Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls!! I found out towards the end of Sunset Boulevard, but didn't want to say anything until closer to the date. But now I'm HERE and rehearsals are very much underway. It's a lot of material, and there's so much thereeeee underneath the words. I've been so enjoying working on this traditional, classic music theater show, and Sarah has always been a dream role. A couple of my friends, including my roommate Josh(!), are doing the show as well, which I so happy about, and I'm meeting tons of new friends here, everyone is bringing so much talent to the piece. I'm super stoked. Let me know if you're in town and want to come see it!
Until next time!
So after saying goodbye to the parents yesterday, taking a glorious double, then watching the TONY AWARDS, I woke up to a very hectic Monday (note, if on the express train, it's probably a good idea to stay on it and not jump off to get a cab in the middle of rush hour and think that it will get you there faster. Lesson. Learned.). BUT, the GOOD thing is, I taught the 2 at St. Marks, and that class turned my day completely around. I needed to teach, and everyone in my class was phenomenal and worked so hard and made be SO proud. After class, me and few friends practiced some inversions. I have my headstand now, so nowwwww I got to get my handstand. My friend who is a super yoga guru master was teaching me, and I found some millisecond pockets of balance that makes me think it's totally attainable. Shall keep updated.
Now off to take the hot, EAT, and take the vinyasa. Then SLEEP. sleep sleep sleep.
With a couple hours to spare, I'm writing from DavidsTea, doing some administrative-life work while at the same time, tasting some of the straight teas that I still haven't made my way through. I don't generally gravitate towards green tea or oolongs, but I do appreciate the flavor and healthiness of them. After sampling the Yun Cui- a Chinese green tea, Korean Sejak- Korean green, and High Mountain Oolong, I topped it off with a Matcha Matsu, which is an incredibly delicious green, stone powdered down, so that you are actually consuming the whole tea leaf, so its super healthy for you, and is delicious iced, baked with, mixed with smoothies. My favorite is iced with Soy and Honey. Yum yum.
Took and taught the yoga today, and looking forward to an evening at home, organizing my room a bit, and getting to bed early. Tomorrow, I'm going to ATTEMPT a 6:30am hot class. I think its possible. The last time I tried I was almooost successful, got myself ready and had a minute to spare, so I sat down for a minute, and dropped my head to the side, and woke up 10 min later. So now I know, just don't sit down..
Parents are coming in this weekend which I'm stoked about. Gonna be a busy weekend. Hopefully the weather is nice and warm.
Writing this evening from my own. row. (score!) on the Greyhound Express to NYC. Left last night for Baltimore to do the Baltimore Theatre Community Audition today, which is basically a open call where you get to perform a song and a monologue in a room full of Baltimore based theaters. What was super cool about it, was that it was held at Center Stage, one of my DREAM theaters to work at. It was also a nice experience because, since I was home, my parents drove me into the city, waited with me before I went in, and then took me out to lunch after. I mean, WHAT a wonderful audition experience! I would be beyond thrilled if I can get work in my home town. I mean, first of all, Baltimore is turning into quite the booming town for theatre (a movement probably led by Kwame Kwei-Armah, British playwright/actor/director and new artistic director for Centerstage) and ALSO, any chance to spend time at home is more than alright by me. SO, on the way back to the city, where a Tea Shop filled Sunday morning awaits me. But I have some concrete goals to accomplish next week, before the folks come visit this weekend. Among which, hang things on walls. Devote an entire afternoon to tasting teas at work and making detailed flavor notes. Schedule a VOICE LESSON and a VOCAL COACHING (neededneededneeded). Take a DANCE CLASS (neeeeeeeeeded). See a Broadway show (NEEDEDDDDDNEDNEDDDD). Perhaps Ill find a spare morning to take a bike ride in Prospect Park which I have YET to explore. Attainable goals for Summer Living in Brooklyn, NYC, 2012 Edition!
That, friends, is officially my old neighborhood. During that manic day when I was packing like crazy, I needed an escape from my hurricane of a room, so I took a run on my favorite route around the Central Park Reservoir. It gives you GORgeous views of the city skyline, and especially in the late afternoon light, it was simply a glorious moment. Kept having to stop to take pictures. Now I just have to find a new route in Prospect Park!
Things have continued to be busy, surprise surprise. But I am so thankful to have been able to dedicate needed hang out time with friends. Last Sunday was my best friend, Su's, birthday, and we celebrated at this very friendly and trendy rum bar where they serve you giant bowls of rum, mixed with fruit and other such garnishes. THEN, I got to spend Monday night with another good friend- saw Cabin in the Woods (um, cuhRAzy...), and ventured to Williamsburg to see my friends' band Dirty Chai play a gig at Spike Hill. The show was incredible. I do have the most talented friends. Like, beyond talented. Watch this clip of them performing their original song, Set me on Fire. Loooove.
Tonight, I am heading to the studio, then off for a drink with some very beautiful yogis. I'll sign off with a couple pics from last week's mat cleaning, which wasn't so much a mat cleaning, as a giant, loving, fun yoga party. <3