gladys kravitz! [or driving in L.A.]

I didn't have a pen, she didn't have a pen, so I wait behind the trees like some kind of secret agent in yoga pants 'til she comes back with a pen from the car wash that's been taped to an enormous roll of paper so no one takes off with this ten cent Bic. This anti-theft device is so big I could honestly barely write my number for her...

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I posted this on Facebook today. The response was so overwhelming I thought I'd share it here. If you'd like to see the original post, here's the link: http://on.fb.me/16EKtgu


In praise of actors, my people, my kin:

In 15 years of auditioning for national commercials, I've never booked. Not one. I've taken awesome classes, I do strong work, I'm not a novice. I work in other mediums--TV, films, theater. Not commercials. Not yet. Lots of callbacks, "on avails," etc, but never the booking. So this week, I'm on avail for a big one, right? Which basically means it's down to me and a couple other actors for the role. And my agent texts me last night and says, "So sorry hon, you've been released," which means I didn't get the gig. Again. Also? Didn't get the huge guest star for that long-running network show I went in for on the same day. And? The killer role at that fantastic theater I spent most of last week preparing a taped audition for--no word. Yet. So you know what I'm going to do?

I'm going to do what actors do. I'm going to keep showing up. Keep doing the work. Keep putting myself on the line. When you see an actor's performance on the screen or in the theater, you're seeing the tip of the iceberg. You aren't seeing the hundreds of other auditions it took to get to that job. Don't misunderstand--this is neither bitch-fest nor complaint. This is what I signed up for. It's what I love to do. The thing that so many people who aren't actors--and even some who are--don't understand is that "no" is standard issue for us. We just don't listen to it.

 


headed to connecticut for some movie making

I'm really over the moon to be heading to Connecticut (my first time to the state!) to work on this feature adaptation of Wally Lamb's novel "Wishin' and Hopin'". I've been a fan of Lamb's writing since I read "I Know This Much is True" and I loved the script for this picture. It's set in the 1960's, and I can't wait to get into that hair/makeup/wardrobe :)

The cast includes Molly Ringwald, Annabella Sciora, Cheri Oteri, Conchatta Ferrell and Meat Loaf among others, including some very talented kids and is being directed by Colin Theys. I think we're gonna have a blast.

Details about the feature HERE

coming to your tv next in EXTANT

I just learned that I'll be joining the cast for an episode of CBS' highly-anticipated summer event series EXTANT starring Halle Berry. I'd read for the pilot months ago--it was honestly one of the best one-hour scripts I'd read in years!! So when they brought me back for another role in a different ep., I was like "uh, yes, please!"

I shoot next week and will post air date when I have it. Meantime, check out the stunning trailers here:

rave review from The Hollywood Reporter for 'A Delicate Balance'

"This fine revival of Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winner makes a splendid case for its place in the canon of American theater.

A Delicate Balance (1967) won the Pulitzer Prize shamefully denied Edward Albee for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Spiky, stilted and maybe maddening to many, it was probably the most abstruse honoree at that point in the award’s history. Albee managed the difficult feat of being muskily dated and vanguardishly visionary at the same time. Nearly a half century later, it has grown inordinately antique yet perhaps more scathingly pertinent than ever. It’s rarely revived, and this manicured yet powerful mounting makes a splendid case for its place in the canon of American theater."

You can read the full review HERE.

'a delicate balance' earns los angeles times "critic's choice" designation


{Read the full review here}

"In her emotionally astute staging, director Robin Larsen sets her dream cast loose upon Albee's fascinating, frustrating material, which ranges from the boozily meandering to the brilliant.
Puette, Costello and Knight blend neediness and appalling entitlement in their respective roles, while Jones is hilarious as a feisty drunk who punctures the prevalent malaise with defiant playfulness.

Yet it is stage and screen vets Selby and Sullivan who are most riveting as an embattled couple holding down their domestic fort against the enemy without -- and within. If you can weather the play's leisurely and indeterminate angst, you will be richly rewarded by their vivid performances."
“A Delicate Balance,” Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 21 and June 4 only, 8 p.m. Thursdays, May 8, 15, 29 and June 12 only, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Ends June 15. $30. (310) 477-2055 Ext. 2. www.OdysseyTheatre.com Running time: 2 hours, 35 minutes.

'a delicate balance' begins rehearsals in los angeles



Yesterday we had our first read-thru with the company and designers at The Odyssey Theater. I'm so glad to be re-teaming with director Robin Larsen and to be working with this terrific cast for the first time. ADB will mark my fourth play with Robin (the Ovation Award-winner "Four Places" I produced rather than acted in), and it's almost exactly two years to the day since we did "The Fall to Earth" at the same theater.

We open April 26th. Once tickets are on sale, you'll find them HERE.

raccoons be crazy. or is it me?

Once again instead of walking the trash to the dumpster right away, I left it outside my front door overnight. And once again, a raccoon got into it leaving a huge, disgusting mess for me to clean up. I could shake my little fists at the sky and curse the deceptively adorable ball of filthy fur. But what good would that do?

A raccoon will be a raccoon. It will get hungry and look for things to eat. When it finds things to eat, it will use its tiny, fierce claws and teeth to tear apart whatever contains the treasures. It will get what it needs.

I can't fault the little critter for that and even if I could, I can't change its behavior; it would be silly of me to do anything other than expect it to behave like a large scavenging rodent. All I can do is look at my own part in the situation and change my behavior so that I can get what I need. Solution: straight to the dumpster next time.

Thanks, scoundrel teacher, for the life lesson/terribly obvious metaphor for relationships of all kinds. I owe you a snack.

heading to wine country with 'Cash for Gold'!


So many fellow writers and directors told me we had to try to get into Sonoma. They have a reputation for wining and dining their filmmakers like nobody's business--they pride themselves on treating filmmakers like royalty. I can't wait to give this beautiful part of our home state a visit over the April 2 -6 weekend!

SIFF has been called "One of America's Top Destination Film Festivals". To find out more, check out their site HERE. And check out Cash for Gold HERE.



rant & rave: release

On February 24, I'll be returning to Rogue Machine for my fourth Rant & Rave. If you've never been, here's how it goes: they give a small group of Los Angeles writers a one-word topic and a 1500 word limit. The results are read aloud by the writers themselves in front of a boisterous, usually sold-out crowd at the theater on Pico Blvd. The results are often hilarious, sometimes poignant and always exciting in the way that only personal stories can be.

The group of writers is always really strong, and this month's is especially so. Check out the list below and then make your reservations. I'd love to see you there.


'cash for gold' heads to florida film festival


Cash for Gold will be spending some time in sunny Orlando as an official selection of the Florida Film Festival. Recently named one of the "Coolest Film Festivals in the World" by MovieMaker Magazine, the FFF takes place this year from April 3 - 14. I'll post screening dates here when I have them.

You can see the trailer for the film and more about the cast and creative team HERE.

get inspired by: peter konerko





The very talented Peter Konerko and I collaborated on this shoot at his Dahlia Studios in Los Angeles. I always love working with him. Peter sometimes shoots in NYC, too. If you're interested in exploring more of his work, you can follow him on Instagram here.



             
                                                                                           
                                                                                            




clips from my role on NBC's very dark "Revolution" with elizabeth mitchell, billy burke, matt ross and stephen collins

This past summer I had the pleasure of living in Austin for a bit while I shot a recurring role on NBC's "Revolution." It was like being on the set of a Western--horses and the real cowboys who wrangled them, wagons, dusty roads in an old town. I loved it.


Now that the episodes have aired, I pulled some of the footage into a clip. And trust me, there's not an ounce of holiday cheer in it. :) If you're on a mobile device and can't see the video above, CLICK HERE.

my 'rabbit hole' adventure featured in LA Stage Times



Les Spindle and the good people at LA Stage Times have put together a lovely feature article on my role in RABBIT HOLE and career in general. I had a really nice time talking to Les--he knows as much about the Los Angeles theater scene as anybody you'll find.

You can read the article here.


'rabbit hole' open at la mirada theater



This past weekend we opened David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize-winning play at the beautiful La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts after just 16 rehearsals. It was an enormous amount of work, and I loved it. For those not familiar with the play or subsequent screen adaptation which starred Nicole Kidman, here's the description from the press release: 


Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day.
For a play whose inciting incident is the death of a small child, Rabbit Hole employs a heap of humor and a refreshing lack of sentimentality. Director Michael Matthews has infused the unit-set, naturalistic world of the play with extremely effective and innovative touches of whimsy and theatricality that I don't think productions of this play often receive. I'm so proud to be a part of this terrific cast, and I'm enjoying the work immensely!

RABBIT HOLE runs through November 17. You can find out more and buy tickets here

redeyechicago.com 'revolution' interview--"what's behind the red door???"

Part one of the interview I did with redeyechicago.com was up almost the minute the closing credits ran on last night's episode of "Revolution." This is the second time Curt Wagner, Deputy Digital Editor of the site, has interviewed me and I always have a great time talking to him. I also really like how he puts a story together. He had his work cut out this time because there's so much I couldn't say about what I did on the show! He did a terrific job of it.

You can read part one by clicking HERE.The headline of the piece, below mid-page, was clever--one of the big questions NBC promoted in last night's ep. was "What's behind the red door?" Viewers saw screaming person after screaming person being dragged behind it never to return. The answer to that question was finally revealed when they dragged our hero, Miles, into the mysterious room: what was behind the red door was, um, me. Well, my character, Jessica Andover, on the verge of death or at least having a very, very bad day, plus my on-screen husband, Matt Ross, scaring the hell out of everyone, and some kind of macabre laboratory set-up pumping blood into my jaundiced arm. Delicious! The show ended on a cliff-hanger with Miles in what was clearly a very bad spot.

I gather part two will run shortly after next week's episode of "Revolution" entitled "Love Story." NBC, 8 pm PST/7 pm Central. Looking forward to reading more from Curt.