Sometimes I find it necessary to create something, visually.  And I shed the “oughts” (that I “ought” to be doing this or “ought” to be doing that) long enough to satisfy my creative soul.  Tonight I am influenced by my mom’s brilliant quilterly proclivities and my dear friend David’s wise words.

A Painting’s Progress

Sometimes a painting is just never really going to work out “as is” so you have to change the direction completely.  I knew that was going to be true of this one, so I took a trio of photos of the process.  (Clearly, I am influenced right now with the play that I am directing,…

Why can’t TYA be more like hockey?

Originally published as the CODA in TYA Today, Fall 2008 Hockey is better than theater for young audiences.  More specifically, seeing hockey is more exciting than seeing theatre. It’s not that I don’t love theatre. I do. But I also love hockey.  And I often wish that the best parts of hockey were present in every…

Human bone & a hole (Charles LeDray at the Whitney)

I had the pleasure of making it to the Whitney Museum on Friday, the final weekend of the Charles LeDray exhibit “WORKWORKWORKWORKWORK”.  It was pretty incredible how deeply I could be involved in these pieces, mini-installations on small, detailed clothes and thousands of miniature vases…  As the prologue to the exhibit read: “Simply said, everything…

Rehearsing out of doors

This week we rehearsed our outdoor production of The Book of Liz outdoors in the park on the 5th Avenue side of the Old Stone House. On Tuesday the actors had the challenge of maintaining focus and composure (which they did with aplomb) while a funk and soul band played, loudly and well amplified, across…

Cheese balls & The Book of Liz

Cheese balls. Many people have asked me, “What is The Book of Liz?”  My answer has become, “It’s a play about cheese balls.”  I then receive quizzical looks.  I then add, “It’s by Amy Sedaris and David Sedaris.”  And in response I often get a knowing, smirk of a grin.  Those who love these siblings…