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.

Old Friends

Hey old friend! What do you say, old friend?

I hope to see you at ‘Night Mother. Tickets went on sale today. Rehearsals for ‘Night Mother are off the hook. Amber is fantastic, Carly is awesome, Justice is the best stage manager that money can buy, and I’m not too shabby. It’s really difficult though. On a personal level, I don’t know if I’m ready for it yet.

St. Pat's 2010 with Amber

I scoured the facebooks to find the only picture of us, apparently. Come see our faces in Night Mother! And for the love of horehounds, Amber, we need to take more pictures. 

To put it simply, this show is about suicide. It’s a show that I have always been drawn to. This is the third time I’ve returned to it, and I think it might be the last (until I can play Mama). The problem is, as Carly so brilliantly pointed out, I don’t know what this show means to people who are struggling with depression.

“Wouldn’t you like to do some light summer comedy?”

As a matter of fact I have an audition tomorrow for American Theatre Company’s Comedy of Errors. Like Taming of the Shrew last summer, Comedy of Errors will be played on the front lawn of the Philbrook Museum. Did I mention it’s in August? I don’t know about you but I know I certainly am looking forward to wearing drapery fabric and in 110° humid Oklahoma. Where do I sign up? Honestly, the weather is miserable. But the work! The work is worth the heat. It makes me a better actor and a better person.

‘Night Mother is the same way. This show is making me work hard for the money. I’m trying to make more interesting choices. I’m building a dynamic character. I’m dedicated to the work. And most of all – I’m grateful that I have this opportunity. Everyday I wake up and I create. I have food, shelter, good health, a great support system in my friends and family, and a feeling that I’m worth it. Today is a gift. Make the most of it, won’t you?