Welcome to my very first blog entry. I thought I would do this to keep myself motivated and creatively inspired. And, at the suggestion of some recent cast mates, I will share some tips and tricks that make my life easier and hopefully yours as well.
Last month I had the pleasure of doing another show with the Sweeter Theater Company. Fracturing by Deanna Neil is a modern adaptation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. It was a great experience with a wonderful cast of talented people (we got a lovely review) and it was a green production. Besides learning about hydraulic fracturing and the inherent dangers of same, (for more information about “fracking” check out the documentary GASLAND), I discovered a great summer reliever. (Hint: here comes the first tip.)
The Sweeter girls gave everyone in the cast a wide-mouthed water bottle that you can put ice in and I put mine into a neoprene sleeve that I found on reuseit.com and found that I could keep the bottle of water cold for several hours. I gave my cast mates and director the sleeves on opening night and during that incredible heat wave, they were a big hit!
During the run, I would come in every night with a new thing or product I was excited about which prompted my dressing room mate, Colleen Wallnau, to say “you should blog about these great tips!” So, Colleen, I took your advice. I hope this tip keeps some of you cool for the rest of the summer.
I just found out today that the short film I shot two summers ago (Showers of Happiness) has just been submitted to Sundance and a private screening for cast and crew is planned for October. When it’s available to the public, I’ll shout it from the rooftops. Stay tuned.