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MY TWO YEAR ABSENCE

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Today in meeting with my fantastic Website designer, I realized that I had – for some unknown reason – stopped blogging on my Website. So once again, I vow to keep you posted regarding what’s going on in my producing, directing, and acting careers, as well as share any inside information I have about the theater scene in New York as well.

I’ve recently been singing more, and enjoying it more, as well as appearing in some readings. Most recently with Robert Cuciolli in a TRU reading of EMPTY NESTERS. I also took a refresher course called “Who Get’s What?” through The Commercial Theater Insitute. CTI provides education on producing, with one day seminars, 3 day weekend seminars, the 14 week course and a 10 day course up at The O’Neil Center in Connecticut. I’ve been producing at the Broadway level for almost 10 years now, but a lot of information that was taught in the seminar that I attended this past Monday is information that I relied on my General Manager to know. I decided it was time I knew it myself, and was happy to see a number of other producers and general managers there for a brush up as well. A little like a hair dresser knowing the latest haircuts and techniques. I absolutely enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone interested in producing for the commercial theater..

Stay cool and if there are any tickets left, go see MACBETH at The Armory. I hear it’s terrific.

 

LITTLE WOMEN opens at The Okoboji Summer Theater

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LITTLE WOMEN opened at The Okoboji Summer Theater this week and is an amazing success.  I dedicate the  production to the memory of my producing partner Randall Wreghitt.   Our reviews have been terrific and I am once again proud of my LITTLE WOMEN!

 

CRIMES OF THE HEART at Okoboji

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Well as usual, months have gone by since I posted.  So much has happened.  A terrific sold out production of LITTLE WOMEN at Cal State.  A second beautiful granddaughter named Reagan, and quite the beginning of a successful summer season here at The Okoboji Summer Theater.  We opened with THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES, then Lanford Wilson’s BOOK OF DAYS, and CRIMES OF THE HEART just opened this week ( directed by me – I covered both Lenny and Chic on Broadway in the 80′s) to terrific reviews.  It is such a pleasure to direct this talented group of actors from my Alma Mater, Stephens College.

 

LITTLE WOMEN is sold out for the rest of the run!

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I had such a great time directing LITTLE WOMEN at Cal State.  AND we are sold out for the rest of the run!!!! Congratulations to all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

LITTLE WOMEN rehearsals at Cal State Fullerton

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We’re having a great time in rehearsal for LITTLE WOMEN.  If you are in Southern California, come on over and see us!Laurie, Marmee and the girls!

 

THE JAZZ AGE PRESENTATIONS

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THE JAZZ AGE presentations went extremely well on March 8 and 9 – with Pablo Schrieber as Hemingway, Kieran Campino as F Scott, and Hannah Yelland as Zelda.  What an exciting a smart piece of theater, scored by Steve Orich!  Watch for our next step on our way to Broadway!

 

January 28,2012

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SO much has happened since I last wrote.  CUPS had a second successful production in Aventura, Fla.  I’m thrilled to be the new Artistic Director for the Okoboji Summer Theater and will announce the season soon!  THE JAZZ AGE is heading toward it’s industry presentation on March 8 and 9 – check back to see what amazing actors are in our cast – and soon I’ll be off to California to direct LITTLE WOMEN once again, this time for Cal State Fullerton.  Livin the Life!

 

My First 2012 Post.

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Leaving Stephens College after pre-production meetings for the Okoboji Summer Theater. Excited about my summer season as Artistic Director.

 

LITTLE WOMEN at Cal State Fullerton

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I had a terrific audition session for LITTLE WOMEN,  which I’ll be directing again at Cal State Fullerton.  The cast will be announced officially next week.  In the meantime ASKING FOR IT, a terrific one person show that I’ve been supporting, written and performed by Joanna Rush, and directed by Lynne Taylor Corbett,  had a very successful reading in LA at The Noho Arts Center, thanks to James Mellon, Artistic Director.

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

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I wanted to with everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.  I spent a lovely Thanksgiving with my beautiful Mother, and am looking forward to my trip to California to begin auditions for LITTLE WOMEN which I will be directing at Cal State Fullerton in the Spring.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS everyone.  I have another big announcement coming soon.  Stay tuned.

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