Monday, October 19, 2009

Food for Thought.

And then I read this article and this article.

And all this just got me thinking about the role of women in society and how far have we come, in work and in our relationships. A lot of my friends have been getting married lately so it's got me thinking about why it's so important and how does it change a relationship (besides legally of course)? And why does anyone care if two gay people get married? Let them. This argument about marriage being sacred and only between a man and woman is BS. The sanctity of marriage was destroyed a long long time ago by straight people. Besides, most of the gay people I know have stronger, longer, and healthier relationships than some of my straight friends. Enough about marriage, now on to work...

I work in a heavily male populated medium and in both of my recent interviews (go here & here) I have been asked about how my being a woman has influenced my work as a director or on a specific script. I dunno. I am what I am and I direct. I don't understand how the two can be mutuality exclusive.

Maybe it's because my mother always worked, but I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a mom and have a career and I wasn't going to sacrifice one for the other, even though I've been told that someday I'll have to. I'm stubborn, what can I say. So it's nice to see examples or working mothers in the directing field, although they are few and far between.

All this to say that I think people, our government, our employers do need to be a bit more flexible with our schedules our health care (don't EVEN get me started here...but it needs to change in America now. now now.) Because at the end of the day, America we don't have to do everything the same way. The 9-5 the marriage the living in the suburbs. It's much much better to be different and open and accepting of our differences.

I will step off of my soap box now.

Friday, October 16, 2009


My boss put that up the day the preview article from The Oregonian came out. That way everyone who came into the office could see it. Thanks Kristin!

Check out our fabulous preview from Mr. Marty Hugley from The Oregonian. Thanks Marty!

And last night we participated in Free Night of Theater with PATA's help.
It was amazing to have a full house on our first advertised Preview, but I had never seen many of these people before. People come back to the theater even when it's not free it's still totally worth it!! I promise!

I'm very ready for the show to open tonight. I think we all have done some amazing work and I look forward to having people see it and celebrate in the lobby proceeding the show.

AND...that's all I got because I'm super tired. I can't wait to sleep in tomorrow!


Monday, October 12, 2009

Rehearsals & Tech

We just finished tech and we open on Friday!! Below are pictures from our process.

The boys: Spencer Conway, Chris Harder, & Tim Stapleton

Spencer takes a nap while he waits for us to get to his scene.

The first stages of loading in the set.

Chris and Tim wait while we make adjustments.

Val Landrum, Chris Harder & Tim Stapleton work during tech.

Chris and Tim are made for these roles.

Tech is always long but this one was pretty painless and is shaping up nicely. I can't wait for you to come see it.

Friday, October 9, 2009


So clearly I've been a HUGE slacker in updating everyone...opps. Please forgive me. Above is a picture of set model. Designed by the one and only Tim Stapleton. As you can see I took away the walls. For many reasons, but mostly because I feel like Eddie and May are trapped in this cycle. I think of that science experiment about the fleas. If you put some fleas in a jar they will jump to get out and hit the top. After a while they learn that they can only go so far. Then when you remove the lid. When they go to jump again they only jump as far as they did when the lid was on.

When reading the script, I became fascinated with May's need to hide in the bathroom. I wanted to see her in her safe place and see the vulnerable side of May. I wanted to see her in all of her shit. So with this in mind I took the walls off the bathroom too.

Another thing I did was move the Old Man from the platform outside the playing area (something Shepard requests in the script) and moved him inside. He's connected to May and Eddie and he's the reason they are this way. So it seemed important to take him out of the audience and put him in the space.

And to top it all off we have Annalise Albright on sound (who will now be responsible for making the walls and door reverberate) and Don Crossley on lights. I am in good technical hands.