The Fire Last Time

Four weeks ago my house burned down. Putting this fact in writing is a surreal experience, indeed. After a morning of callbacks and music rehearsal at the theatre, I was ready to head back to my tiny house to relax. The packing of my things was interrupted by a phone call from an unrecognized number: “This…

The #PWN30 Blog

A long day of breakfast, bus travel, finding our AirBnB, festival wandering, and finding our late-arriving compatriot was capped by whiskey and cheesecake at a Portland brew-pub. After a successful #epic29 year around the sun, it was time to admit I was launching into new territory. As with most of my plans, I started with…

Spring Update

So much happening! A review, by way of an update on my 2016 goals: 1) Run like there’s no fucking tomorrow; run one organized event per month and one half-marathon this year. I have grown to love running. It’s tough and sometimes it hurts like the devil and I hate that I’m not as fast…

The Running Plan Blog

Sports have never been a strength of mine. I can throw a football or shoot a free-throw. I get how frisbees work. I’ve attempted ice skating and a variety of shoes with wheels screwed on. But at no point have sports held a top spot in my list of skills. That status has likely been aided by…

The New Damn Year Blog

It’s that time again. Let’s review: [Warning: there’s cursing ahead. If that’s going to make you think less of me, it’s best not to proceed.] 2015. Fuck. A lot of loss this year — a couple of individuals in particular, plus my own battles with loneliness. Fulfillment generally appeared in the form of directing shows,…

Reflections: The Pillowman

Every time I sit down to write about this process, I become stuck. Maybe it’s the difficulty of reliving memories from the night before, watching characters–and people–I care about struggle so desperately. Or maybe my brain needs a break from all of the analysis, the pushing, the cheerleading, and the decision-making. Or maybe I just…

Director’s Note: The Pillowman

(Sorry if you expected to see this in the playbill; there wasn’t room for everything. But, hey, look! Notes!) Once upon a time, there were storytellers. And those storytellers were loved by all who came to hear them speak, for their words seemed to weave magic into the world, making everyday colors more vibrant, turning…

Dramaturge’s Notes: The Pillowman

Following is the complete essay from dramaturge Ian Goodrich on our production of The Pillowman. Enjoy! ______________ “The world is a story that it tells to itself.” I’m pretty sure that that’s a Terry Pratchett quote, but I can’t track it down. So maybe it’s mine? Probably not, and it’s not exactly the most original idea…

Lessons in Restraint – The Pillowman

We are off and running! Just over a week ago, the four leads and stage manager gathered for a read-through. Just one week ago, we completed casting. Now, three rehearsals into week #1, we are diving deep. The basic pieces are more or less in-place for more than half of the show. Blocking for both storybook scenes…

Fairy Tales and Nightmares – The Pillowman

CAUTION: SPOILERS AHEAD. If you’ve not read/seen The Pillowman, it’s best to wait on reading this. Good friend, playmate, dramaturg and genius I.G. asks the best questions. Also, it helps that he loves this play and will help keep our choices intentional by asking the prickly questions. This week’s exploration: What are your thoughts on the fact that it’s a…