Theater
Do Good

Do Good

Last night did not go as expected AT ALL. I wrote ‘ACTION!’ five years ago – and boy were things different five years ago… I had just acted in my first play. Something I never had any ambition to do. My family graciously watched my boys so I could spend endless hours pouring myself into...
Flawed

Flawed

  My boys are with their Dad this week. My ‘teens’ are back in school. The arts center is empty affording me a chance to get ‘caught up’ (as if!). I’m thinking back on what was the best and worst time of my life. I’m remembering each and every person who did things for me...
Too Good to be True

Too Good to be True

I made a promise. Through bittersweet tears, with no fear in my heart, I made a promise. Three years ago I stood in front of a hundred plus people and I promised them that I would bring them multi-generational theatre YEAR ROUND. Today I walked into an old, empty auto parts store, after four, ONLY...
Great Day

Great Day

Make no mistake – I realize that I am dramatically affected by the goings on of my every day life – some mundane, some unbelievably extreme, but today was altogether different. I went to a town meeting with my husband Jason. I wasn’t on the original list of game-changers but was invited to attend by...
Graduation

Graduation

I finally finished my term paper. They said I needed it to graduate. They were wrong. I had an ‘A’ in my English class for the first semester. I took the ‘F’ for the second and grabbed my diploma with a ‘C’. (Please DO NOT try this at home). At 17 I couldn’t focus. I...
Half Way There

Half Way There

I am overwhelmed. I’m having a hard time understanding what has happened in the last few weeks. I’d be lying if I said I expected things to unfold like this. I wanted an arts center. It fell through. I didn’t panic. It came true. I thought I could do a quick shout out on Facebook...
Do New

Do New

I did something new last night. I sang Christmas songs (seriously) – IN PUBLIC. Two things people who know me would say I would NEVER do: #1 – ‘seriously’ sing, or #2 – sing Christmas songs (seriously or otherwise). I credit my friends. I do things because I demand so much of them. They are SOOOO talented....
Jump

Jump

I burned the pasta today. Dane slid off of the ottoman and bumped his head on the stone hearth while I was trying to change him. I’m not OK. I’m not dead in the water, but I’m not OK. I’m definitely distracted. Full disclosure: Jay – is – stressed. I don’t blame him. He has...
Called

Called

I hated kids – when I was one. I never babysat, because they hated me back. I had no idea that they would save me one day… but they did. I’m struggling with today. I am struggling to admit that I’m human, much less American, Midwestern, Pennsylvanian… It’s never made any difference to me AT...
Who is Phyllis Johnson!

Who is Phyllis Johnson!

She told me (in no uncertain terms) that no one EVER called her Phyl. So I called her Phyl Phyl. “Where is Phyllis Johnson!?!?”… The silence and stares that followed were mind numbing. “Where is Phyllis Johnson!?!?” I yelled once again. Why was I here, at my first theatre audition, searching frantically for this entity,...
Lucky

Lucky

I am lucky because my son, Dane, was born with cerebral palsy, yet he is healthy and, without a doubt, the person I understand, and probably understands me, the most. I am lucky because my son Jett is on the autism spectrum, which likely had a hand in making him the most creative person I...
They Broke a Leg... and My Heart

They Broke a Leg… and My Heart

I don’t even remember what crazy thought crossed my mind convincing me that a woman who never even wanted to babysit could run a theatre summer camp for thirty kids.  Guess it really didn’t matter.  The idea had hatched.  The camp was pitched.  The grant was awarded.  A theater camp would be! I spent months...