Happy Wednesday!

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I promised you a dance video for last Friday, but I figured I need to keep the 2015 tradition going and post it on opening night! That’s right, I get to perform for the next two night in Project Y’s New York New Playwrights Festival. So if you’re in Chelsea tonight come on down, #ParityPlays starts at 8:30!!

Ciao

Disappearance of Melissa????

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Bonjour one and all!

I am alive! I have just been extremely busy/uninspired/overwhelmed/creatively empowered this month. So much has been happening in April that I haven’t been able to focus on a theme for the month, much less take a deep breath!  Between rehearsals, performances, a quick trip home, to dog sitting, living in Queens for a week, taking tons of behind the scenes photos, to seeing amazing shows, supporting friends, planning brunch reunions, teaching in jail, and catching up on sleep, I have not been able to put all of my adventures down in the blogosphere!

So, since the month is almost up, don’t expect too many posts in the near future. I have to double down and figure out my time management skills more efficiently to bring you awesome content.

Don’t fret the New York Dreamer is still dreaming and is, in fact, involved in tons of amazing adventures. Recaps, catchups, photo galleries, dance videos and more will come, just not now!

Thanks for hanging in and check out my older posts and Instagram page to keep up with me until then.

Ciao 🙂

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#AboutLastNight

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This week’s #AboutLastNight is all about “Not In This Room,” the production I’m working in as a part of the Fire This Time Festival Festival downtown. What a fantastic opening weekend, three shows down with only two more to go, this experience has been a great one. Not only do I get to work with Daaimah Mubashshir again (read here about our last collaboration) but I’ve made new connections with my fellow actors.

On top of opening a show, my good friend Andrew and his classmate Andrea, made their first trip down from Syracuse on Friday for a ceramics conference. 2015 has officially begun now that I have had a taste of home 🙂

Hope you enjoy the photos, and if you’re in the New York area head over to horsetrade.info to buy your ticket to the Fire This Time Festival’s 10-minute Play Festival.

Ciao 🙂

Happy Monday

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Greetings from Midtown! I’m posting from backstage today. It’s always great to start the week off doing a show. “Not In This Room,” the show, is participating at the APAP conference showcase today as we continue our journey to the Fire This Time festival later this month. Sure it is a rainy day, but at least it’s not freezing, and I get to act today. 😊
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Happy Friday

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As I stated on Monday, each Friday post this month will be a dedicated “Flashback Friday” as I go three months at a time through 2014. This week it’s January-March! I sadly learned that I somehow forgot to back up my January photos, so I’ll only be able to repost the ones that originally appeared that month, but for February and March I’ll add a few in the slideshow that you haven’t seen! Hope you enjoy my trip down memory lane.

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Ciao

O “Midsummer” I barely knew ye…

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The weekend after a show has closed always feels a little empty. There’s no rush to get on the subway to make your call time. No more gold eyeliner and purple eyeshadow. No warmup circle to check in with each other before the show. Goodbye to final costume and prop check before the stage manager gives the curtain speech. Au revoir to two hours of  rip-roaring Billy Shakespeare-composed fun, and sayonara to post-show drinks and dinner with my cast members.

“Midsummer”, took out a sizable chunk in my social calendar for three months, so yeah it kind of stunk to realize I did not HAVE to be downtown at First Street Green Cultural Park for three more performances this weekend. But hey! That’s why I’m in this business. To create short term families with people who want to achieve the same things that I do. To tell a  magical story to a new audience each night, reaching for each laugh and uncomfortable glare (trust me, those were good for this show.) As with most productions, there were ups and downs, dramatic entrances and exits over the course of the rehearsal period, unhappiness and discourse amongst actors and directors alike, but in the end we were able to ball up all of that energy and focus into a pretty solid show. This short photo diary below encompasses the last month of rehearsal, performance stills and cast bonding post performance. Enjoy and viva la theatra!

Ciao 🙂

Happy Friday

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“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;”

– Juliet, R&J by Billy Shakes

Took a quiz over on The Quiz Creator yesterday to see what the name generator had to say about the meaning of mine. Pleasantly surprised that the attributes given to my name are the same words I use to describe myself: modest, energetic, loyal, intuitive, sincere and amusing. Good words that hopefully others can attest to, especially my friends and colleagues. Head on over to the site and type your name into the generator and see what you get!

If you picked up on that Shakespeare quote at the beginning of the post, you must get the sense that the Elizabethan wordsmith is on my mind today. Why, you would be right! Opening night for Midsummer is upon me and really looking forward to putting this whimsical and kind of strung-out production before an audience tonight. After all any show that has me go from:

 is a show worth seeing.

Am I right? Go ahead and reserve your FREE ticket for an evening of debauchery and love, you won’t be disappointed.

Ciao 🙂