Friday, April 29, 2011

rough few days...

I have a heavy heart. The devastation caused by this weeks tornadoes in Alabama has truly made me sick. My hometown is in shambles and so many have lost so much. It was a truly helpless feeling to be so far removed from Wednesday's events. I'm so incredibly thankful that my friends and family are safe. I grieve for those who lost loved ones. I can't imagine the loss they must be feeling. I'll be home in 2 weeks so if any of you need anything (help cleaning-up any damage, etc.), let me know!

On another note, I may have geeked out over the royal wedding this a.m. I didn't follow the planning nor did I obsess over who would design the gown (to be honest, the constant media buzz surrounding this wedding really got on my nerves) but I'm a sucker for romance, ceremony, and over-the-top nuptials. Watching the hilights on CNN made me quite nostalgic, so naturally I flipped through mine and Dave's wedding photos while I drank a pot of coffee. That, of course, left me feeling jittery and in the mood to plan something lavish. Wheels are turning...
Luckily, I'm hosting a small soiree tonight (just a few friends over for dinner) sooooooo I'm hoping this satiates my desire to play 'Event Planner'. We'll see...

In other news, we closed 'Freckleface Strawberry' this past weekend. What a rewarding experience! AND we were nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for 'Outstanding New Musical'. That's a nice feather-in-the-cap for those of us involved in the show! Don't worry, I'm dedicating an entire post to closing, what with all the photos and salacious details...kidding, people. We are FAMILY FRIENDLY. um, right...In all seriousness, I do have some amazing video of Andrew and Sanjaya yelling at each other with thick Indian accents. However, I worry that some might find it unsavory and prejudice, to say the least. So I'll keep that little gem to myself. You boys better not cross me...or else!

Well, that's all for now. I hope you have a fantastic weekend. I must prepare for my dinner party.

Ta-ta!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

door closed. window opened.

Greetings, friends. So, as most of you know they announced our official closing notice for 'Freckleface Strawberry' a few weeks ago. We close April 23rd, and they plan to remount the show at the Manhattan Movement Arts Center in the late summer/early fall. This, of course, poses the question most dreaded by all actors: 'What's next?'

Well, I have to say I feel like the luckiest gal in the world because I have an answer. I'm heading to Maine State Music Theatre (an incredibly well-respected regional theatre company) to play Missy in THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES and Lily St. Regis in ANNIE. I really thought I had hit the jack-pot and had missed the 'Annie' boat in my career, BUT the fact that I get to play somewhat of a villain and sing 'Easy Street' every night totally makes up for it! And did I mention that I'll be summering in MAINE?? It's only been my dream for 10+years now! Lobster rolls, sunshine, the beach, & bicycle trails in an adorable New England town?? And you're gonna pay me?? I'LL TAKE IT. I'll be there May 24-July 16th.

If ya feel like it, click here and here for the link to the articles announcing our cast on Playbill.com and Broadwayworld.com! Excited about a new endeavor, not to mention new material. (Please don't misunderstand. I adore 'Freckleface' but when you've been saying the same words and singing the same tunes for 9+ months, you start to get a little batty).

In other news, I spent the afternoon shopping in Soho (surprise, surprise) and loved every minute of it. Showed up to meet Dave for happy hour with 10 or so shopping bags...it was a fruitful excursion, to say the least. And Dave was thrilled.

Ciao, lovelies. B'ham folks, I'll see you next week!!!! (pardon the abuse of the 'exclamation point'. i know no other way to adequately express my excitement, seeing as how I limit my 'emoji' use to text-messages only)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Sterling Cooper Office Party

Greetings my darling friends! Well, I celebrated my 21st (ahem) birthday in style last week with 20 something of my nearest and dearest in full-on Mad Men Fabulousness! We assumed our persona's and settled into Weather-Up in Tribeca for hand-crafted classic cocktails, titillating conversation about politics, the rise and fall of Camelot, Jr. League hot topics, casseroles, and the burning question: 'Where will you be summering this year?' Seriously, it was such a fun night and I was so touched that so many people made it out to help me celebrate another year of 'doing me!' ha! So, the bar is gorgeous and very chic; it's also very very dark so the few pictures we actually thought to take didn't turn out the best. Here are a few from the evening. I'll let them speak for themselves. Please note, it's pretty obvious who had the camera as the pictures seem to only be of us (ahem, Julia and myself...sorry about that) Enjoy! Wish you could have all joined in on the fun!

Let it be said that I never did ANYTHING half-assed


Your hosts for the evening...




















Charleston time!




















HOORAY FOR PARTIES!

Monday, April 4, 2011

The art of the 'Status Update'

There's a fine, fine line between a massive over-share and a zany tid-bit, between a 'big picture' outlook and a passive-aggressive dig at those you don't actually have the gonads to confront in 'real life', between intense self-loathing or humorous self-deprecation...and this my friends is the dilemma of the 'status update'.

So often I log onto facebook, only to find my news feed littered with the aforementioned. I scroll down the page, reading the stream of consciousness from my 12,000 closest friends. I laugh, I cry, I cringe. The screen is filled with everything from beautifully deep thoughts, comments on the weather, gorgeous prose, angsty 4 a.m. posts about hating EVERYTHING, political rants, updates about who is voting for whom on American Idol, weird 'if you have somebody in your life that you think is super neat, copy and paste this as your status update' yay hip hip hooray, and so on and so forth, etc. etc. etc. Which brings me to my next question: When did people start believing that every thought they had was worth documenting for all eternity on the world wide web? Seriously, thank god I now know that Betty Jean prefers Lowe's Garden Dept. to that of Home Depot's or that Peggy Sue really loves the way the new and improved Jergen's Healthy Glow Body Lotion smells or that Blaize McGee is doing laundry right now or that Billy Ray still 'hates his ex-wife and that son-of-a-bitch boyfriend of hers...'(direct quote...not kidding). Seriously though, I love that there is a forum in which everyone has a voice and can be heard. I am just sometimes amused at what people choose to put out there. I admit, I am guilty of posting superfluous crap; I just happen to be highly entertained by what our generation views as 'update' worthy...Having that said here are a few of my favorite 'updates' from the week. Some I find hilarious. Some I find uncomfortable. Some I find brilliant. You be the judge.

'There is nothing sharp about being flat.'

'The sunshine is like a good wig, goes with everything and makes me smile...'

'At Cracker Barrel with my peeps'

'There were moments of GOLD and there were flashes of LIGHT...'

'TORNADO!'

'E I E I O'

'Happy Cankles Awareness Day!
'
'What? Srsly...'

'Goodnight.'

'HAMBURGERS TONIGHT!'

'Hates people'

'You wouldn't understand...'

'LOOOOOOOVES ME SOME EDWIN MCCAIN!!! 'And I'll be your cryin' shoulder, I'll be love's suiciiiiide, I'll be better when I'm older, I'll be the greatest fan of your liiiiiiife!!!!'

'I have work to do.'

'Joan Cusack is Tom Hanks, right?'

'Just got outta jail'

'You think you know me, but you don't so stop trying.'

'OMG, just got back from an amazing first date. Hope it's the start of something amazing. Think it is. Just don't know how he feels. Hope he likes me as much. Got butterflies. OMG. LOLZ. OMG. Hope he can't see this. LOLZ.'

And this is just the tip of the iceberg here, people. Seriously though, I don't want to come across as rude or judgmental. If you feel it, then put it out there. I'm merely posing the question: Why? Is it inspiration? validation? attention? This question is as much for myself as anyone else. One thing is for sure: you cannot deny the humor in the 160 characters-or-less descriptions we put out there on a day-to-day basis.

Here's to you, Generation X, Y, and Z