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 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 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.
Honesty time: I’m writing this in June . . .
Just too far behind to worry about catching up on every detail, but, I want to remind everyone:
People are giving my play, my actors and my director rave reviews! You really need to see the world premier of my play . . . you have two performances left to see it.
Featuring the art work of real life Guatemalan artist, Fredy Adolfo Gonzalez De Leon.
Day Eighty–One (81): Thursday, May 20th, 2010
81) Collective Desire Creates Positive Results
When a leader and a group of people are holding a common vision for a goal, feeling expectant and joyful about the possibility of achieving it, and remaining focused while also putting energy toward accomplishing the goal every day, they are following a powerful recipe for success in manifesting their collective desire.
The Jews’ goal was to get to the Promised Land even though it meant that they had to walk for forty years in the desert. Nevertheless, their belief that God was guiding them remained strong, steady, and focused. It allowed for their miraculous crossing of the Red Sea, safe passage through lands owned by their enemies, and, finally, entry to the Promised Land, the culmination of their jointly held dream.
Shanghaied to Brooklyn again . . .
I was, once again, on tour sent to do the Brooklyn tour. In a way, it’s a blessing. They are less strict at the South Street Seaport stop. I can use a bathroom or get lunch without being pressured to jump on and start again.
Callbacks for TestoGenius . . . Meeting Bridgette Boucher:
Only had one actor show up tonight, a deaf actor named Mauricio Vanegas. Bridgette did a great audition with him. We had him translate some of the script. Then, Bridgette had him tell two stories to us; so we could see him express emotions.
Bridgette and I also thought it a good idea to cast two deaf actors. It is more difficult to find deaf actors than hearing, at least, in my hearing world.
I’m looking forward to seeing my work up on stage . . .
Love, Light & Laughter,
Day Eighty (80): Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
80) Faith And Trust Bear The Fruits of Providence
There are many stories in the Old Testament about the desire, intent, dreams, faith, and will of the ancient Israelites to lay out a course for their destiny as children of the Lord. The Israelites believed that Moses had been chosen by God to lead them from their enslavement by Pharaoh to land that the Lord had promised them. Strong and steady characterizes their belief and faith that their dream of having their own special place in the world was sanctioned by the Lord. They also believed they were the Lord’s chosen ones and that He remained ever near them. Their attitude that God would not abandon them kept their faith strong and that, in turn, kept fear and doubt in abeyance.