Actress, writer, friend to spiders. Caught on a bramble near the Hollywood sign. When you tell people you're an actor and writer, they usually have questions like these:
WHAT HAVE I SEEN YOU IN? Sam Raimi's 3D blockbuster OZ The Great and Powerful and his pilot for Fox entitled Rake, NBC's Revolution (pic above), True Blood, The Office, Parks and Rec, Grey's Anatomy and more, at IMDb.
Lucky enough to know about the vibrant theater scene in L.A.? Then maybe you've seen me onstage.
CAN I WATCH ANY OF THAT? Why yes. Yes you can. Below on the right are some videos from work I've done, including the trailer to a short film I recently wrote, produced and starred in entitled Cash for Gold (so far an official selection at the Hollywood Film Festival, Florida Film Festival and Sonoma International Film Festival. Hello, wine country.)
WHAT HAVE YOU WRITTEN?? A number of personal essays, some of which are published on this blog, and some of which you can catch me around town reading aloud for audiences. A short film called Cash for Gold (see above). A television pilot you haven't seen yet.
WHAT ELSE? I'm a pretty good cook, a really good mom, and an irrepressible fidgeter.
Be my guest and look around as long as you'd like. I promise no pushy sales ladies will bug you. I'm glad you're here.
I'm really over the moon to be heading to Connecticut (my first time to the state!) to work on this feature adaptation of Wally Lamb's novel "Wishin' and Hopin'". I've been a fan of Lamb's writing since I read "I Know This Much is True" and I loved the script for this picture. It's set in the 1960's, and I can't wait to get into that hair/makeup/wardrobe :)
The cast includes Annabella Sciora, Cheri Oteri, Conchatta Ferrell and Meat Loaf among others, including some very talented kids and is being directed by Colin Theys. I think we're gonna have a blast.
I just learned that I'll be joining the cast for an episode of CBS' highly-anticipated summer event series EXTANT starring Halle Berry. I'd read for the pilot months ago--it was honestly one of the best one-hour scripts I'd read in years!! So when they brought me back for another role in a different ep., I was like "uh, yes, please!"
I shoot next week and will post air date when I have it. Meantime, check out the stunning trailers here:
"This fine revival of Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winner
makes a splendid case for its place in the canon of American theater.
A Delicate Balance (1967) won the Pulitzer Prize shamefully denied Edward Albee for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.
Spiky, stilted and maybe maddening to many, it was probably the most
abstruse honoree at that point in the award’s history. Albee managed the
difficult feat of being muskily dated and vanguardishly visionary at
the same time. Nearly a half century later, it has grown inordinately
antique yet perhaps more scathingly pertinent than ever. It’s rarely
revived, and this manicured yet powerful mounting makes a splendid case
for its place in the canon of American theater."
"In her emotionally astute staging, director Robin Larsen sets her
dream cast loose upon Albee's fascinating, frustrating material, which
ranges from the boozily meandering to the brilliant.
Costello and Knight blend neediness and appalling entitlement in their
respective roles, while Jones is hilarious as a feisty drunk who
punctures the prevalent malaise with defiant playfulness.
is stage and screen vets Selby and Sullivan who are most riveting as an
embattled couple holding down their domestic fort against the enemy
without -- and within. If you can weather the play's leisurely and
indeterminate angst, you will be richly rewarded by their vivid
Delicate Balance,” Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.,
Los Angeles. 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 21 and June 4 only, 8 p.m. Thursdays,
May 8, 15, 29 and June 12 only, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m.
Sundays. Ends June 15. $30. (310) 477-2055 Ext. 2. www.OdysseyTheatre.com Running time: 2 hours, 35 minutes.
Yesterday we had our first read-thru with the company and designers at The Odyssey Theater. I'm so glad to be re-teaming with director Robin Larsen and to be working with this terrific cast for the first time. ADB will mark my fourth play with Robin (the Ovation Award-winner "Four Places" I produced rather than acted in), and it's almost exactly two years to the day since we did "The Fall to Earth" at the same theater. We open April 26th. Once tickets are on sale, you'll find them HERE.
Once again instead of walking the trash to the dumpster right away, I left it outside my front door overnight. And once again, a raccoon got into it leaving a huge, disgusting mess for me to clean up. I could shake my little fists at the sky and curse the deceptively adorable ball of filthy fur. But what good would that do?
A raccoon will be a raccoon. It will get hungry and look for things to eat. When it finds things to eat, it will use its tiny, fierce claws and teeth to tear apart whatever contains the treasures. It will get what it needs.
I can't fault the little critter for that and even if I could, I can't change its behavior; it would be silly of me to do anything other than expect it to behave like a large scavenging rodent. All I can do is look at my own part in the situation and change my behavior so that I can get what I need. Solution: straight to the dumpster next time.
Thanks, scoundrel teacher, for the life lesson/terribly obvious metaphor for relationships of all kinds. I owe you a snack.
So many fellow writers and directors told me we had to try to get into Sonoma. They have a reputation for wining and dining their filmmakers like nobody's business--they pride themselves on treating filmmakers like royalty. I can't wait to give this beautiful part of our home state a visit over the April 2 -6 weekend!
SIFF has been called "One of America's Top Destination Film Festivals". To find out more, check out their site HERE. And check out Cash for GoldHERE.
On February 24, I'll be returning to Rogue Machine for my fourth Rant & Rave. If you've never been, here's how it goes: they give a small group of Los Angeles writers a one-word topic and a 1500 word limit. The results are read aloud by the writers themselves in front of a boisterous, usually sold-out crowd at the theater on Pico Blvd. The results are often hilarious, sometimes poignant and always exciting in the way that only personal stories can be.
The group of writers is always really strong, and this month's is especially so. Check out the list below and then make your reservations. I'd love to see you there.