Something Wonderful

I just got a message confirming some great news. By the time I’m 26 I will have directed a show in Chicago. (How is that FUTURE for you? PERFECT?!? Get it…? Future perfect! …Guys?)

I’m pleased to announce that I am directing a 10-minute show for Hobo Junction‘s HOBO ROBO 6: Hobos Roasting on an Open Fire. Every year playwrights from all over the world submit 10-minute scripts to be produced at Chicago’s own Greenhouse Theater in a short-play festival. This year’s festival is December 2nd, 3rd, and 4th – a three night love affair with holiday-themed comedy.

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There are a lot of things I’ll need to get together concerning this project – I’m still working on securing a rehearsal space that isn’t my own living room. I think I have the right one, I’m just negotiating with the owners and setting up a tentative schedule. I’m putting feelers out for my lovely actors. Starting November 2nd we will rehearse and polish a new work – and everything else is top secret because we’re gunning to win this festival, and get our playwright a $100 prize!

I hope to see you in the audience!

What More Do I Need?

What More Do I Need?

In case you haven’t noticed (and I hope you did) all of my posts are titled from showtunes that are applicable to the post. Shows like Victor/Victoria or Book of Mormon can bring me creative ideas for posts. I put a lot of thought into it, and until now I haven’t acknowledged it. ALL OF THAT ENDS TODAY.

I have now created, and will continue to maintain, a spotify playlist of those songs. I find the collection interesting, and I hope you do too. You can listen to it here, or in the player below.

Fascinatin’ Rhythm

Fascinatin’ Rhythm

This city leaves me speechless.

To say that I love it here is an understatement. My soul just feels good here. Everyplace we go is a brand new adventure. The people we meet are beautiful. The sounds of the city are music. 

This feeling is not new to me, really. I felt this way when I started college at Southeastern. It’s the feeling that the possibilities are endless and I can shape my own future. I ascribe to the school of thought that says life is all about the gathering of knowledge. So in a way I’m continuing my education in the city of Chicago. This is a list of what I’ve learned so far in no particular order:

1st Unitarian in Hyde Park

1st Unitarian in Hyde Park

  • The state of Illinois does not require food handlers classes or permits for waiters. Only for managers and food prep.
  • Spotify has Billy Joe Windhead’s Dark Ride.
  • I’m much more productive with Evernote.
  • There are 16 Unitarian Churches in Chicagoland. One was designed by Unitarian Frank Lloyd Wright.
  • Tom Skilling is this wrong.
  • Illinois doesn’t call it the DMV, they prefer SOS. This one is so efficient, organized, and up to date – took me no time at all to get a new license. I also would like to brag that I passed my written test without missing a question.
  • For the first time in my adult life, I can say that my congressman really does represent my interests.
  • You don’t declare party affiliation when you register to vote in Illinois.
Photo courtesy of a potato.

On the Ferris wheel at Fiesta Del Sol.

More exciting updates on the horizon. Everyday is a gift, I hope I make the most of my time here – and I don’t mean here as in Chicago specifically so much as I mean here on this earth.

I hope all is well with you too, friends.

Chicago, Illinois

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I told you so.

I’m living a dream that is years in the making. Getting to Chicago was half the trouble. A move like this can drive most people crazy. It almost drove me crazy.

I’ve been here a month and each day brings a new lesson. But winter is coming (I finished Dance With Dragons yesterday, and I’m still mourning the loss of the series until Winds of Winter arrives) and we are sweet summer children. I’m trying to prepare myself, really I am, but I’m not rushing myself. It makes me feel like I’m wasting some of my time, but honestly I can’t imagine looking back on this month and regretting it.

August is the month of employment.

You ever look at a job listing and think “Oh sweet wounded Jesus, this job is so perfect for me!” It doesn’t happen too often, but when it does – boy it’s a good feeling. Submit the resume and cover letter and pray for an interview. A follow up call or visit helps, I’m told. I could try to convince you, reader, that I know the secret – but I don’t. It’s a little bit of luck, a little bit of confidence, and some natural spin. The only thing you might have complete control over is your resume.

My resume is polished and primed for an education-based arts position, with the right balance of teacher meets theatrical artist. Every job I’ve ever had has lead me to this fantastic career – where I get to spend each day working with children to achieve their hearts desire. Chicago will further my own ambitions to create a dynamic children’s show. I wake up every day inspired to learn and create, and Chicago is the right environment for me to achieve my goals. Everything I need is at my fingertips, I just have to go and get it.

I love Tulsa, and I always will – but I belong here in Chicago. I know it in my soul. So goodbye for now, Tulsa. I’ll see you in my dreams.

We’ll see how I feel after the job market has it’s way with me.

It Might As Well Be Spring

It has been difficult to put my thoughts to paper recently.

I have this overwhelming sense of urgency. I’m anxious about moving. It’s a good feeling, though a bit stressful. A little bit of anxiety keeps me on my toes and moving in a forward.

I’ve been playing more ukulele in a feeble attempt to escape to my own personal island. Thinking about the sun and the waves, strumming some sweet major chords, closing my eyes and smiling.

Aside from the pressure of moving – Love’s Labour’s Lost has been an absolute pleasure to work on. I’ve got some very defined talent in the cast, a supportive crew and production team who challenges me, and a passion for the Bard. I think my cutting is good, and I’m going to keep it in my back pocket for next time this show rolls around. Eric Strauss, our music director, is a life-saver and I couldn’t do it without him. The sound is wonderfully balanced. Elyse Norman (SM) and The Clark Council have been so supportive to the production too – I couldn’t imagine this show without their help.

The long and short of it is that a lot of people are giving this show priority – and I can’t wait for you to see the finished result.

Golden Palace

Rebecca 2012

Rebecca 2012

2012 started with a flight to Minneapolis for another tour with the National Theatre for Children. Touring taught me so much about myself – I wouldn’t have traded it for the world. I met new friends, reconnected with old, and made some kids laugh. I dined at Chef Michael Symon’s Lola Bistro, hiked Appalachia, had my tarot read, prayed at the Basilica St. Lawrence, and wrote a lot of postcards. I also got to spend a couple weeks working in Cincinnati, Ohio and reconnecting with my grandparent’s roots at the Seminary. Timely – my grandmother passed away before I was finished with tour. She was my hero – a strong, powerful woman who taught me to give 100% of myself to my passions. I returned to Tulsa to celebrate her life, then went back to North Carolina to finish tour with Andy. I spent a lovely weekend walking the beaches and waterfront in Wilmington, NC, visited a wonderful Unitarian Universalist Church in Winston-Salem, and fell in love with Finnegan’s Wake. To top it all off – I spent St. Patrick’s Day with good friends in Chicago – the first of many, I hope. Flying back to Tulsa was stressful (I will never love you, Denver.) but I made it home with a better understanding of myself.

I spent a better part of 2012 trying to heal myself. An MRI showed no injury in my knee – nothing wrong. I worried I might never get over the pain. After more doctors visits than I can count, and a whole lot of BenGay, I finally was recommended to begin Physical Therapy. It has been 4 weeks since I started PT and I am happy to say that I have much less pain. What I and my doctor thought was knee pain… is actually pulled muscles from my Achilles tendon all the way to my hamstrings. Without PT I could spend the rest of my life in pain. Thankfully my pain has decreased nearly 60% and I’m doing better everyday. A combination of Dry Needling and daily stretches seems to be the trick.

This is wonderful news, but it also carries it’s own frustration. You see, even though I do have Medical Insurance, my specific plan won’t cover PT. I have to pay nearly $50 for each session out of pocket. I do it, of course, because I have to. The pain was unbearable – and there is no price I wouldn’t pay. I’m thankful I am in a position right now to be able to take care of myself. I know that there are those who can’t. I support a National Healthcare plan for this very reason. That’s my soapbox for tonight.

Another highlight of my year was working with Carly and Amber on ‘Night Mother. It was exhilarating! Creativity was beyond capacity and I will never forget the absolute joy that came from working on that show. I’m so thankful for the experience. I also am thankful for my work at Clark Theatre this year – joining the staff at the Henthorne Performing Arts Center was a childhood dream come true. I’m proud of my work there. I also helped plan the wedding of Tony and Allison Boese in November – oh my goodness I have been so busy! Where did I find all of this time?

And so I say thank you and goodbye to 2012, the year that I really met myself. My head is high as I look to the new year. I have a show in production at the start of the year, I’m teaching more classes in the spring, and the summer will be full of surprises! It might get windy. Stay tuned! Thank you all for your friendship and continued support. I love you all!

Show people


Egg nog is on the shelves, my neighbors have their house decorated with lights, and Thanksgiving is next week – must mean one thing: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is right around the corner!

Tickets always sell out to this Tulsa tradition. You better make reservations as soon as possible by calling (918)746-5065. We really are selling out fast.

Also coming up: Auditions for the next show! Julie Tattershall and I are co-directing Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost. Auditions for this Clark Youth Theatre production are Saturday, December 1st at 3 pm at the Henthorne PAC. Performances are Feb. 22-23, Mar. 1-2 at 7:30pm and Sundays Feb. 24 and Mar. 3 at 2:00 pm.

Don’t know Love’s Labour’s Lost? Well let me tell you about it!

The King and three noble friends make a solemn vow that they will give up the company of women to devote themselves to study for one year. Whoops!  The Princess of France and her three lovely companions arrive the next day. Clark Theatre performs Shakespeare’s comedy with a tuneful twist, giving it the sound and feel of the Golden Age of Musicals.

If you know me, you know that I’m all about two things: Shakespeare and the Golden Age of Musicals. I’m excited about combining the two into a brilliant show – but I need you to join us for auditions! You know you want to!

Move On

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Jack and the Magic Beans had it’s final performance today at the Mary Glass Performing Arts Center in Owasso. It’s always bittersweet to see a show wrap up, but it’s a vital part of this whole “live-theatre” thing. Nothing lasts forever, but we learn from it and grow with it and move on.

Auditions for the next show I’m directing, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, were held today. This is Clark Theatre’s 27th year of this classic production. I spent nine years in the production myself as a kid. Today was an out of body experience to be behind the table – almost like time was folding in on itself. Was it really that long ago?

I’ll make calls for callbacks tomorrow, but I’m also inviting those who couldn’t make it to today’s audition to join us. That means some of my Jack cast will come out – can’t wait to see what they bring to the table. The final cast list will be notified and posted by Tuesday – our first read through is on Thursday.

Callbacks are Monday night at 7 pm at the Henthorne PAC. Looking forward to seeing you there.

You’ll never walk alone

I have a lot on my plate, and I feel alive again. Production meetings, rehearsals, classes – I’m creating something new every single day. I have a wonderful family that cares for me and inspires me. It is well, it is well, it is well with my soul.

One day I feel like I’m going to look back on these days and think how did I do that? When I look back on it – every twist in the metaphorical road I’m walking makes sense, but I could have never predicted the turns.

We are all just so lucky to be alive.

Just wanted to share that with you. Be well.

There Are Giants In The Sky

The show and die are cast. The cast of Jack and the Magic Beans meets again tonight to begin blocking.

I have the perfect place for it, and better lighting, I promise.The kick-off party for the Henthorne Performing Arts Center, home of both Heller and Clark Theatres, was splendid. If you missed it, you really missed it. Great food, great entertainment, great company, and a silent auction to support the councils. I was lucky enough to walk away with an original piece from the auction, painted by Kolby Anderson.

Last year’s auction I took home this beautiful hand-made pottery by C.J. Wells from 3rd Street Clayworks studio and gallery. I have enjoyed it as the centerpiece of our dinner table for a year now. 3rd Street Clayworks, C.J. Wells

I love these two pieces for much more than their aesthetic. They serve as a reminder to me. Bidding on something at the auction is a great way to support the theatre where I grew up. I’ve learned so much from my time there, and I continue to learn more everytime I return. It’s a gem in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I’m proud to be a part of it.

If you haven’t seen a Heller/Clark show – you really must. Most recently Max and I went to see the Heller Shorts Festival. If you would like to read reviews, I can direct you to this one and this one. The gist of it is that Heller has always celebrated new writers and performers, and the shorts festival is just one more way they continue to do it. It sells out every year and it’s no surprise – the talent is outstanding!

You can purchase season tickets to Heller/Clark shows by calling (918) 746-5065.