July – August 2004

Sunday, August 29, 2004

SPARE CHANGE closed last night. Thanks to friends Robin Carus, Michael Alltop, Sammy Buck, Sara Eigenberg, Amy Raudenbush, Jesse Bush, Sid King, Shana Rigby, Nell Benjamin, Peter Millrose, Issac Robert Hurwitz, Julie and Vera Novacek, Heather Knox, Emily Wells, Joyce Isabelle, Patrick Dwyer, Kate Wetherhead, Michael Cassara for coming to the last few performances!

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Heather Ayers has been away in the Berkshires doing CYRANO, while Becca Ayers and I have been doing SPARE CHANGE. Heather just got a terrific review for playing “Roxanne” in CYRANO.

Monday, August 23, 2004

DRACULA opened on Broadway last Thursday. Had a conflicting performance of SPARE CHANGE, so I was unable to see the show, but I did attend the opening night party afterward with Alison Franck. Ran into Stacy Baer, Hank Unger, Michael Rego, Michael Vergoth, Alee Ralph, Rob Mickelsen, Christiane Cayea, Nina Shreiber and new friends, Jenn Colella and Scott Nevins, with whom I appeared in Ben Rimalower’s reading at Manhattan Theatre Club last week.

Friend John Haber, director of Dodger Productions’ Special Events, did a great job, again, planning a really fun opening night party. John’s show, LONE STAR LOVE, opens off Broadway, November 21st. An article about LONE STAR LOVE appeared a few days ago on Playbill.com.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

SPARE CHANGE opened at the SoHo Playhouse this past Saturday as one of the 191 shows in this year’s New York International Fringe Festival. In the audience, along with my sister and her friends, were friends: Jamie McGonnigal, Alison Franck, Stacy Baer, and Brette Goldstein.

Michael Greif is getting some of the best reviews of a Chekhov production I’ve seen in a long time for THE CHERRY ORCHARD at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. The New York Times called it “thoroughly disarming” and a “surprising, intuitive” production.

Sunday, August 8, 2004

Ran into Scott C. Embler at 440 Lafayette Studios, today, where we were tech rehearsing SPARE CHANGE. The show Scott’s directing, BURNING BOTTICELLI, will be playing in the black-box theatre there, in the Fringe.

Saturday, August 7, 2004

Finally got around to watching the excellent DVD of THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE, the documentary about Hollywood producer Robert Evans. Fascinating. This man defines the word maverick. On the DVD extras, Dustin Hoffman’s impersonations of Evans are priceless.

Kate (Wetherhead) finished her run as “Percy” in THE SPITFIRE GRILL up in Burlington, tonight, so she’s on her way back to NYC. Her next show is going to be Larry & Nell’s (O’Keefe & Benjamin) CAM JANSEN.

Becca (Ayers) is leaving soon after our Fringe play, SPARE CHANGE, to play the lead in EMPIRE, a new show about the creation of the Empire State Building. The show’s playing the Stamford Center for the Arts, in CT.

Friday, August 6, 2004

Jamie McGonnigal had his birthday party at Hurley’s. Jamie knows everybody. It was extremely well-attended, which was great, because I ran into lots of friends, including Isaac Hurwitz who’s working on the festival that’s presenting THE BLUE FLOWER, the show I wrote about last time; and Marny Smith who’s always working someplace great — this time for Hopkins, Smith & Barden. Joy Styles talked to me about the new show she just workshopped about Lena Horne, and I hope it gets picked up, because she’s great.

Sunday, August 1, 2004

Becca (Ayers) and I had callbacks for THE BLUE FLOWER last Friday. We didn’t get the show, but we were falling all over ourselves about it. A great show with excellent music, self-described by the author as Brecht meets Hank Williams. Website for the show is: www.weimarband.com. The project has the perfect director, Will Pomerantz, who directed the visually-breathtaking production of Julia Jordan’s TATJANA IN COLOR at the Culture Project last year.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

There’s censorship controversy over a Connecticut production of Joe Calarco’s SHAKESPEARE’S R&J. Joe posted a response to the controversy on his website (joecalarco.net).