Day One-Hundred Twelve (112):
Sunday, June 20th, 2010
Womanly Artist_Christine St. Pierre
I dropped Fredy off at the Manhattan Theatre Source. It is Dress/Tech of TestoGENIUS. I was excited for Fredy to meet the guys. When we arrived the rehearsal was on break. I saw Charles, sleeping. He said it was a rough day, so far. Mauricio had run off somewhere for lunch. I left Fredy to wait it out or play on the computer’s . . . and I went to my Christine’s “women only” graduation at the Hotel Pennsylvania.
Christine was in a program for empowering women, for a few weeks called Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts. This was the graduation day for the first part . . . and would be lots of fun!
When I returned to the theatre, the dress rehearsal was a bust; they guys exhausted and a bit angry. We all parted and went home.
Day One-Hundred Thirteen (113):
Monday, June 21st, 2010
Another Opening: My Show “Childless Father”
Opening night and as a tradition – I bought gifts for our guys:
Fredy and I framed a drawing he did for Mauricio. It was a drawing that Mauricio really enjoyed. And since Charles has been a trooper and trying to learn American Sign Language (and do a good job at it); I found some ASL flash cards at Barnes & Noble for him.
Day One–Hundred Fifteen (115):
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010
Reviews Coming In–”Childless Father” Is A Hit
To the tour business again, today – had a nice change of pace, though. I was given a “charter”, which was very cool. It’s where a group books a tour for three hours or so, and you get to drive around with them. It was my first one and it was great!
I advertised my show all over my Weight Watchers blog – one of the members actually knows Mauricio! Small world, really, huh?
Of course, went to the theatre this evening for the show. Reviews are great, people telling me how moved they are by the piece. Pretty cool. I need to give you a taste of it in video. It’s on it’s way, actually.
Day One-Hundred Sixteen (116):
Thursday, June 24th, 2010
Interpreting & Matchmaking
Mauricio asks me to interpret (in American Sign Language). He has deaf friends visiting and despite my protestations; he feels I can do it.
Admittedly, one of the plays is sort of fun with all the lines about well, sexual intercourse as the sign for the is easy! LOL!
My good friend (hearing), Mozz Mendez, is interested in one of Mauricio’s friends! It’s sweet.
Day One-Hundred Seventeen (117): Friday, June 25th, 2010
Celebrating With My Cast
Day One–Hundred Eighteen (118):
Saturday, June 26th, 2010
Closing Night of “Childless Father”
In between shows Mauricio and I really connected. We had a great conversation. He really is like a little brother to me.
Being closing night, I was sad it was over, I did really connect with my actors and will miss the whole experience.
Day One–Hundred Eleven (111): Saturday, June 19th, 2010
The Hindu faith is rooted in ancient Vedic philosophy with its inherent ideas of karmic law or the law of retribution–what you sow, you reap; also, what you send out comes back. These ideas dovetail into the Law of Attraction because what you think about most is what you draw into your life experience. Throughout an average day in your life, are you thinking lovingly of the welfare of others or falling into a pattern of criticizing others for everything that makes you unhappy and stressed out? According to the tenets of Hinduism, your thoughts are as powerful as a spoken word. Words, like your actions, are creating your karma and when the elements are ripe for those words and actions to bear fruit (whether good or bad), they will.
I went to Pennsylvania Station today to pick up Fredy. I knew he had to be part of the play about his life . . . this is very exciting.
Fredy had already bragged, via video phone, to his family in Guatemala that he’s about to be famous. As his story will be seen by . . . I would love to say millions, but at our little theatre, Manhattan Theatre Source . . . it will only be a few dozen! If we’re lucky, it could be over one hundred! 😉
I arrived early, so I thought, and somehow, Fredy still got past me and I met him at our pre-arranged spot. The step of the James A. Farley United States Post Office on 8th Avenue, just in front of Penn Station.
Because tomorrow is tech, at the theatre, for Fredy — I was looking forward to him meeting Mauricio and Charles. The plan is to leave Fredy at the theatre while I run off to the “women only” graduation of my friend Christine St. Pierre.
For a few weekends now, Christine has been attending a school called “Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts“. It’s very cool and is a program, apparently, helping women realize our true confidence, strength and that we are all Goddesses! Woo Hoo!
Thus, I am going to the graduation and celebrate womanhood with many other Goddesses!!!
Love, Light & Laughter,
Day One–Hundred Ten (110): Friday, June 18th, 2010
110) Divine Power Works Miracles
Jesus served as a spiritual beacon — “I am come a light into the world . . . that whosoever believeth in me should not abide in darkness” (John 12: 46)–and as exemplar of how the power of God works through the human heart and mind. According to the New Testament Gospels, Jesus performed many miracle that seemingly defied the natural laws of the universe. Among other things, he fed 5,000 people with five loaves and two fishes, exorcised demons, showed a mastery over nature by cursing the fig tree that then withered, raised the dead on three occasions, and healed sick people.
Mauricio is very nervous, nonetheless, as he hasn’t been on stage in quite some time. Charles has more recent experience, yet, as an actor, is also nervous. I’m not worried.
I am very excited . . . felt a little bit like this is my debut. Yes, I’ve had plays up on stage in New York. Short ones in our 48-hour festival, Spontaneous Combustion. But, this is a real program. Thus, a little more exciting, in a way.
I’m looking forward, mostly, to the reaction of the audience to my play. That’s the real test.
During all of this, I have learned . . . I enjoy being on this side of the stage, as a playwright and casting director; and although, I adore acting and singing — I could be happy enough writing and casting and even directing. Bridgette was a wonderful director, nevertheless; and I’m glad I didn’t overwhelm myself with all the tasks.
A special thank you to Mozz Mendez, for introducing me to Bridgette!
A special thank you to Bridgette Boucher for being so good with all of us and directing skills!
My most special thank you’s to my boys, Charles Casano and Mauricio Vanegas, for being at rehearsal and putting their heard and soul into their roles. You are truly my brother’s, I just adore you both!
Of course, all of this is in the playbill, as well!
Onto opening night!
Love, Light & Laughter,
Day One–Hundred Seven (107): Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
107) The Law May Be Part of God’s Will
Eve ate the apple and offered some of it to her mate Adam. Some people feel strongly that only God creates and that humans desiring knowledge of universal law and attempting to call upon the Universe to help them manifest or create their lives anew is putting the Universe before God. For some deeply devout Christians, the idea of creating a spiritual or religious life is admirable and credit should be given to the Lord. Others might say that the Lord’s ways are mysterious and the Law of Attraction may be a divine mechanism to give people what they want, including drawing spiritually inspired souls closer to Him.
Right after the usual day of tours . . . I went over to Manhattan Theatre Source to take photographs for TestoGENIUS. This time for other casts besides mine.
Jenny Green, the general manager at MTS, is very good about utilizing my photography skills; at least, she has been asking, for different projects.
The two casts there today were Mike Bordwell, himself and his monologue and the short play he’s directing, titled Big D. A funny little play about two brothers. Also, John Watts was there to rehearse his monologue about his journey from Swansea (Wales) to America (New York) when he was a boy.
Had to rush right home, though, after the photographs to rehearse with my boys, at my place! It was all fun for me — feeling like a real playwright and having “my play” rehearsed at my apartment. Just very cool.
Charles and Mauricio are so ready to go on, I feel . . . they are both nervous about lines and keeping up with one another. Charles has been learning American Sign Language during this time; yet, by no means is he fluent. And Mauricio is not always sure exactly where Charles is, in the script. Bridgette, and I agree, Mauricio really carries the show as he is the one representing Fredy.
All in all, though, it’s going great and I feel they’re ready to open! Woo Hoo!
Love, Light & Laughter,
Day One–Hundred Six (106): Monday, June 14th, 2010
106) Christians Debate The Law of Attraction
Many Christians are divided on whether or not the Law of Attraction aligns with Christian beliefs. Those against the Law assert that when people believe that they create their lives and everything in them, they diminish or eliminate God as Creator and practice self-deification. The claim that you can have ultimate knowledge and become godlike is what the serpent promised Eve in the Garden of Eden when tempting her to defy God’s command to not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Eve apparently formed a strong desire to have what the serpent promised her.
The boys rehearsed with Bridgette today, I was off to Manhattan Theatre Source to drop off our music; and to take photographs of the other cast members.
Not too much of a big deal . . . I photographed John Watts and Michael Bordwell, who are doing monologues in the TestoGENIUS Festival. The same festival my play, CHILDLESS MAN, is in with my boys!
It was enjoyable taking photographs — Jenny Green has emailed and asked to do it, for publicity purposes.
Of course, didn’t know then, the photographs would never be used. I will use them here, now.
Love, Light & Laughter,
Day One Hundred Four (104): Saturday, June 12th, 2010
104) Project A Powerful Self-Image
Augustine of Hippo was endowed with a great mind and oratory skills, which he used in his service as a bishop in the early Christian church. He successfully manifested a powerful image of himself as an intellectually vibrant and power orator. He made the most of his genetic endowment for intellectual inquiry and oratory and was able to attract the means to further develop them. When Augustine deeply desired to overcome the sensual things of life that kept him from having a more personal relationship with God, he translated his desire into conviction and action. When the Law began to fulfill his desire for that experience, he wrote an intensely personal account of his struggle to come to terms with his sensual nature and to know God.
To be honest, I’ve lost track of these days . . . and have some notes only.
We are wildly rehearsing at this time . . . getting ready to do Fredy’s life story on the stage. The more I work with Bridgette, Charles and Mauricio; the more fond I become of my boys and Bridgette.
Yes, I’m particularly fond of Mauricio . . . he’s playing Fredy, the real Fredy, so to speak because he is deaf. And get this, Mauricio, like Fredy, is a Taurus. Both of them, Fredy and Mauricio, think I’m completely crazy (LOL!) . . . and Mauricio is the same age Fredy was when we met, or close.
Of course, they are two different people in a lot of ways, as well. And I really do love both my actors. My fondness for Mauricio is different from my continuing love and fondness for Fredy. I love Fredy to pieces in a far different way. Charles and Mauricio I feel more like they’re my little brothers and I just want to protect them as a big sister would.
As for other male friends, such as Fredy . . . I did go see another production my good friend, Bill Kozy, was in at another theatre. It was a strange little play where he portrayed a guy on his first date — and Bill’s character was raised on a commune! LOL! It was hilarious, of course.
After Bill’s show, we caught up only a little. Bill is going through some things with his family and aging parents. Luckily, as time went by, everything improved. Nevertheless, Bill was unable to see my show Childless Father.
Love, Light & Laughter,
Day One-Hundred Three (103): Friday, June 11th, 2010
103) Your Inner World Can Be Made A Reality
Hildegard of Bingen perhaps exemplified the Law of Attraction’s age-old idea that “as you think, so you become.” Some might say that Hildegard’s prodigious works during her lifetime sprang from an inner world in which her thoughts, observations, reflections, and mystical revelation found fecund ground. Her desire to serve the Lord meant following the instructions of a heavenly voice telling her to reveal her knowledge even though her fear of condemnation literally made her ill. Nevertheless, Hildegard worked in tune with her calling and perception of truth — all in alignment with deeply held spiritual beliefs, and the Law of Attraction ensured that her inner contemplative process bore even more fruit. Her desire to serve the Lord meant expressing the knowledge she was being given.
From the book: 365 Ways To Live The Law of Attraction by Meera Lester
Tonight it was just me and the boys, rehearsing at the theatre.
It is a such a pleasure working with Mauricio and Charles — both of them very dedicated and hard-working young men; good actors and just good dispositions. I took some rehearsal photographs tonight so we could make some advertisements, too.
For the first time, Mauricio was able to see our little stage (which is really a floor space) at Manhattan Theatre Source.
Upon viewing its limits — we’re not sure the blocking will work perfectly. Nevertheless, I think it will be good.
My daughter from another mother, Lauren Arneson [and one of the best Stage Managers this side of the Rio Grande] was there, preparing tech for something (?).
Lauren loved Mauricio and watching us do the American Sign Language! We taught her how to say “nice to meet you” and she can’t wait to see the show!
Love, Light & Laughter,
100) Know That Divine Love Is Reflected As Inner Joy
In The Secret, author Rhonda Byrne and her associates advocate seeking prosperity, abundance, inner joy, and peace and counsels that the job of each person is to decide what he or she wants. Mystics have always desired to draw nearer to God and to learn how to express His love to others.
That longing for the Divine has found resonance in the lives of Christian saints from the earliest days of the church. Indeed, the manifestation of the Divine in the physical world is represented by the myriad expressions of divine love. Jesus’ words in the New Testament’s Gospel of John encapsulate the depth of God’s love.
Rehearsal today . . . and it was exciting to work with my actors (Mauricio Vanegas & Charles Casano). It even sounds great!
Now, I’m not directing . . . it’s Bridgette Boucher, and she’s fabulous. I’m not one of the overly crazy playwrights who has a fit if the director does something different from what I wrote.
Don’t get me wrong, it is was completely different than I envisioned and changes the whole plot — I may protest! Of course, that hasn’t happened yet. I hope it never does.
There’s much more to catch-up on, since I’m over a month behind (it’s mid-July as I recall these many days). Some of these entries will just be short and the wisdom of the day.
Love, Light & Laughter,
Day Eighty-Eight (88): Thursday, May 27th, 2010
88) Dreamtime Of The Australian Aborigines
Alignment with the Law of Attraction, for the ancient Australian Aborigines, was alignment and access to the Dreamtime’s energetic realm where they believed all creation takes place. Australian Aborigines were groups of people who migrated from the Asian continent to settle in Australia. Their tribes had various cultural practices but shared a deep reverence and connection to the land. Their view of the world’s beginning was known as the Dreamtime and their shamans or sorcerers placed great emphasis on dreams, sand drawings, and music played upon a didgeridoo, among other instruments.