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RANDOM ACTS NEWS
I recently returned from performing Random Acts in Waterbury Center, Vermont at the Grange Hall Cultural Center. After the first show people were on their feet and half the audience joined me on stage to dance, many with tears in their eyes. That night I was told a man in the audience insisted his sister come to the show the next day. She had recently lost the race for Governor of Vermont and at the end of the show she leaped to her feet, crying and ran up to hug me.
I was blown away by the warmth and heartfelt response to the play. Whether I am doing this in a full production run with great set and lights and production team, or standing on a small stage in a town hall - what is now so clear to me is that the heart and soul of this play would still shine through in any setting. That is the power of theater and the power of this play.
I was honored to be included in a Martin Luther King Day Celebration. I am grateful to Moxie Productions for presenting Random Acts at their theater and offering me the chance to bring the play to a new audience. I was told afterwards that there were people who attended that held wide ranging political views and it was inspiring to know that we could all come together and share a story that goes beyond all the things that divide us.
I am thrilled to report that I shot an episode of LAW & ORDER: SVU !! I worked with the amazing director, Adam Bernstein. He ran a fun and efficient set. I am grateful to my new agent, U-Shin Kim at UGA Talent for arranging the audition. The episode, Broken Rhymes, aired on November 9th. You can catch it on NBC on demand.
The new website for RANDOM ACTS is up an running! Check it out here: www.randomactstheplay.com. I have some exciting new footage and new content to share. You will be the first to find out about it. Get the RANDOM ACTS PLAY! Available here: Indie Theatre Now
On another note, my episode of THE BLACKLIST is on demand on NBC (S3 Ep 10 "THE DIRECTOR"). !! I worked with the amazing Christine Lahti (Laurel Hitchin) and Diego Klattenhoff (Donald Ressler), In addition, my episode of DEADBEAT on HULU is up and running. Look for "Ghosts Just Wanna Have Fun" (S2 Ep3). I play Cynthia Gibney, a mother consulting a Medium, played by Cat Deeley. She and Tyler Labine, the other lead, are hilarious. What a pleasure it was to work with this exceptional cast and crew.
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I am so grateful to have had the preview performances of Random Acts back in June at the TBG Studio Theater. The experience was exhilarating, informative and extremely fulfilling. It was so exciting to try new material and discover things about the piece that can only happen when it is shared with an audience. I am so grateful to all who could attend--the feedback and insights shared at the talk-back each night were invaluable. Working with Camille Saviola, as director, LaShawn Keyser, stage manager and Rick Hinkson, assistant director was a joy. The last night was especially wonderful because my dad decided to surprise me for Father’s Day by coming to the show. It was amazing to have him there.
I also want to thank everyone who contributed to the IndieGoGo campaign or made donations through The Field or The Barrow Group. I am so grateful for your support of this project and giving me the opportunity to share it with a wider audience.
Writing and performing my own work has been the most challenging and rewarding experience I have had as an artist. There is a message in this piece that is bigger than me. As a writer/performer, I love exploring the complexities of the human condition and shining a light on some of the darker sides of our human behavior. If we can understand each other and feel what it’s like to stand in someone else’s shoes, we can find compassion for ourselves and others.
- I am also happy to report that Trailer Cash 2013 was a huge success. The lovely and talented Irene Walsh won the cash prize of $2500 for her film, Lapa: The Heart of Samba. Congrats Irene!
- I had the great pleasure of doing a staged reading of T.D. Mitchell's new play, QUEENS FOR A YEAR, (She's the creator of Army Wives) about rape in the Marines. A compelling and moving piece. It was wonderful to work with the amazing Jill Eikenberry.
- I did a reading of Bill C. Davis' new play, HOUSEHOLD ACCOUNTS (He wrote MASS APPEAL on Bdway) playing opposite Jill Eikenberry (once again) of LA LAW. Roger H. Simon is directed.
- I performed in a new play by Richard Manley called, THANK EMILY, in the 18th Annual 15 Minute Play Festival. My scene partner, the lovely, Linda Nelson, won the Best Actress Award. CONGRATS Linda!
- Recently finished a successful run of a dark romantic comedy, Animals Out of Paper by Rajiv Joseph (Finalst for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and 2009 Whiting Award Winner) at the fabulous Boise Contemporary Theater. Directed by Maureen Towey. Cast included: Nat DeWolf and Debargo Sanyal.
- Elephant Dreams (multiple roles: Ms. Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, Showgirl), a new dance/theatre adaptation of The Elephant Man set in 1950's New York, directed and choreographed by Edisa Weeks (Delirious Dances) at the Joyce SOHO.
"Notably, the scene between Merrick and the Marilyn Monroe played by Hinrichs, where she disrobes for him, shedding her wig and blouse, is performance at its finest."
- Performed lead role of Kat in a web series/pilot, Flux, a comedy that looks at the life of a mature, newly single mother of two in the age of computer dating.
- Supporting role of Julia in an independent short film, Everything is Ordinary, a study of what happens to a family around the death of the father. Written and directed by Noelle Brower.
- Worked with Suzanne Bradbeer on a new play, Match in development with the FAB WOMEN OF THE BARROW GROUP
- Lead role in Man in the Basement, written by Arlene Hutton (Short Stuff Five Plays by Woman, The Barrow Group)
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