Bad Seed PosterFriday is opening night for a naughty 1950’s play by renowned writer Maxwell Anderson.  ‘Bad Seed’, the last Broadway success before his death, is a devilish mother/daughter tale of secrecy and murders. Anderson wrote numerous plays, and movies including ‘Death Takes a Holiday’, ‘Joan of Arc’, and Hitchcock’s ‘The Wrong Man’.  A masterpiece play, adapted from William March’s long-awaited novel “The Bad Seed”, it ran on  Broadway five months and was later made into two movies.  Studios changed the ending in the first version, because the 1956 audience could not accept such an appalling conclusion where the villain … (no spoilers), and it was nominated for four Academy Awards- including ‘Best Director’ for British Mervyn LeRoy.

Having been asked to audition by the director of this 2014 incarnation, I watched the second, color version of the movie, with David Carradine among the cast, dressed and practiced my best Southern accent, then dutifully showed up to try out for a part. Producer/director, Henry Brewer, immediately offered me the role of the mother and sent me home with a copy of the play.  Mrs. Christine Bravo Penmark is a woman, a character, I strongly did not like.  I was repulsed by her, and because of this intense response, I knew this was going to be a challenge, a good opportunity to stretch me beyond bounds of comfort.  One of her first lines is “I’m not very self-sufficient.”; Completely not me, and this ‘weakness’ is probably what turned me off to start.

Neither of the movies does justice to the play, something is lost even though Anderson is responsible for the screenplay.  Much of the Broadway cast was in the original black and white movie, but I turned it off half-way through supposedly due to a distaste for the acting style of the time, with one exception- the actress who plays Mrs. Daigle- Eileen Heckart, who won a Golden Globe for her performance.  My undertaking thrills and terrifies me, because the part is grande- the tale truly is twisted and violent- and the emotions are quite extreme.  Breathing life into fully experiencing these six days of Christine’s life is well worth all the work.

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Forgive the absence not posting for ages.  I miss many of you, to name only one: Ralph at bluefishway.com, and smile fondly every morning as I reach for rice milk to cool my tea!  Since last posting February/March life has continued, much to do and too few hours in the day, as it tends to be.  For five months beginning the first Thursday of June, I was part of a work-share (I traded two hours of work weeding, planting, shoveling, etc. for an overflowing bag of Fresh produce) on a local organic farm.  “If you like to eat, thank a farmer.”  How many people have even met a farmer? farm girls

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I have also excitingly adopted a puppy two months ago!  He is a lovely runt of a Rottweiler who has brought much love and sleeplessness to my days and nights.  Though I grew up in a household of large dogs, this is the first I am tackling a beast as an adult.  I relish the challenge, love learning and caring for this little, swiftly growing, now 5 month old baby.  Pyriel5M

Nine/ten days ago I deliciously celebrated a birthday.  As a Libra, not knowing much aside from the struggle for balance and ease to which unbalance occurs, indecision is supposedly one of my traits- fitting and most accurate.  When I would decide on a super topic to write about, say a movie worked on this time last year, then insecurity of how exactly to write to fill a word count or if the topic was interesting or chance redundancy or lack of a photo. I vow to do better, because this WordPress family brings me smiles and giggles and much supportive encouragement with genuine interest.  Once advised to post weekly, I felt too much pressure to deliver quality content; hence making a personal adjustment of a goal for once a month- too much space/time was created, not working either.  So, here I go, a new resolution of every ten days, on the 9’s.

Deepest sincere thank yous to all for sticking with me so patiently. Thinking of you frequently!

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Word of the Day: noetic of or pertaining to the mind. http://dictionary.reference.com/wordoftheday/archive/2014/03/21.html

NM4L9196 (2)Numerous times have others complimented how clearly I enunciate, and even the hard of hearing appreciate my vocal quality.  One more reason for auditioning to become an audiobook narrator. The four hour (each way) drive from University to my hometown each weekend began a journey as an avid audiobook listener.  “The Three Musketeers”, “Phantom of the Opera”, and “Fahrenheit 451″ were a few of the first listens.  Ever since, ‘talking books’ have been a staple, devouring self-helps/spiritual in times needing guidance, Shakespeare whilst doing dishes, and financial investing books as I dye my hair.

In Los Angeles, I was honored to be a part of Tsunami Radio Theater, a group that recorded independently written stories, and was recognized with the “Rising Star: Hardest Working Actress” award.  Time in the studio with such an amazing crew of gifted voice actors will always remain a fond memory.  This month I focus toward the future, and hope to become a narrator for Audible.  On Tuesday 18 March, I audition in New Jersey and am immensely excited.  You as my WordPress family are consistently supportive and I truly hope to have marvelous news to report soon.

Last year I took a course with Audie (the audiobook equivalent of the Oscars) Award winning narrator Johnny Heller, which is where i learned of this amazing opportunity to audition to be a part of the Amazon team.  The path Life takes is rarely the one envisioned, but when we appreciate the journey and the divine route being guided through all the ‘wants’ and desires, sometimes it is good to realize the right here-right now is enough.  My wants list includes a dishwasher, washer/dryer, and a puppy- those are the items this little self feels would make her happy.  In truth, I am already happy, and thankful to have created this Freedom for myself to take a chance to say “Yes!” to a Life that allows me to work on a schedule that suits me.  Sometimes I wish to be a smidge more focused, but that is just another “want”.  Thank you all for your good vibrations from around the world.  Please accept my gratitude.

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W.ARNING A.BSTRACT T.ANGENT:  I love seeing.  I Love laughing.  I love hearing, most especially when it precedes laughter.  I love smiling in appreciation of all this and so very much more. Today, last night, this morning, with my car, I worked shooting as an extra on a pilot (a T.V. program produced as a prototype of a series being considered for adoption, to be ‘picked-up’, by a network) “Blanco”.

The call-time, the time production schedules an actor or crew member to arrive at the location, was 11 P.M. last night.  Somehow, I had never before crossed the Williamsburg Bridge.  Wow.  Simply Wow; I wish anyone else was driving so I might have snapped multiple blurry photos that would never compare to a professional stationary photographers perfect angle.  Wow.  I would love to live there on the Williamsburg Bridge for that view, or at the least be happily stuck in traffic and be blessed with a clear picture.

I tried to find a photo to include here (admittedly putting the perfect words into Blackle.com – an energy saving version of Google by Google- is not my forte), alas they just were not the truly amazingly breathtaking beauty witnessed nigh midnight driving over that Bridge.  Many photographers have the bridge in the photo… this one time I was not in awe of the incredible structure supporting the tires, instead gawking in awe at the depth and curvature of the shoreline with L!ghts abounding… my life’s ambition is to have a place to see that at night.  Wow.  If only I could see the sunrise from the same space… might require the purchase of multiple apartments, but if you dream it —> then you can smile doing it. Sometimes being a ‘background performer’ can be delightful, even in 20˚ exterior shots walking around in the snow; making three new friends; seeing familiar ones like P.A. Lincoln Major from “Boardwalk Empire”.  The car sat on the side of the street alleviating the random owner from moving an actual car parked there in the middle of a scene or a take, which would ruin continuity and the shot, thus upsetting productivity and wasting time, and thus money.

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wolfLast night, research led me to this magnificiently informative and entertaining behind-the-scenes interview hosted by The Hollywood Reporter December 2013 with five of the top casting directors of T.V. and films.

http://thefilmstage.com/news/watch-1-hour-roundtable-with-casting-directors-behind-the-wolf-of-wall-street-her-blue-jasmine-more/

On the quest for self-improvement, listening to an audio track of Brain Tracy’s “No Excuses: The Power of Self-Discipline”, I came across the “Ten Goal Exercise”, which the writer proudly cites practicing himself nearly every day.  DIRECTIONS: On a clean sheet of paper, with the date and “GOALS” at the top, take 3-5 minutes to write a list of ten goals you would like to achieve in the next 12 months (financial/family/fitness/furniture), and imagine all are achievable if you want it long, and hard, enough.  Then imagine you have a magic wand making any one goal attainable within 24 hours: choose which one would have the greatest positive impact on life right now, and result in all the other goals being more easily achieved.  This focus became the direction guiding me to the above link.  

Ellen Lewis has been the Casting Director to Martin Scorsese for every one of his films since Goodfellas, including most recently “The Wolf of Wall Street”- a fairly good indictor she will cast Mr. Scorsese’s next movie.  Although that next movie may take place in Japan, who knows what the one after that will be, and I could always play a tourist.  One of the stand-out moments in the above interview related to Branding.  Pairing certain actors together and comparing their dollar value with the film’s budget.  The lead actress in Wolf, Margot Robbie, donning an impressive Long Island accent, puts butts in the movie theater seats here in the U.S. and her native Australia, upping her bankability.

Credits, being seen, getting a name/brand out to be known- I am dyslexic, and the adage is backward:  It is who knows you.  If Ellen Lewis knows I exist, am consistently complimented by camera operators as having great reactions to the lead actors in a scene, then… it comes down to Networking.  Ms. Lewis is savvy and sharp in this interview.  I look forward to telling her in person within the next 12 months.

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I have not known where to begin.  Multiple events have transpired and yet I remain with simply no clue how to cover them all: a blog for each? is that enough for a whole post by itself? has it been too long? am I suppose to keep-up with “behind the scenes” 411?  Therefore, as I often do (or do-not, to the point) when a perfect, easy solution evades me… I refrain from forward momentum and make mac n’cheese or chicken noodle soup, pondering the options.

"in the booth"

“in the booth”

Let us now begin with “The Million Second Quiz”: exhilarating and balanced by being challenging. A twelve hour LIVE shift made the combo deliciously exhausting.  As a voice over artist, I am experienced recording in a sound studio with only my auditory craftsmanship to carry me.  As a theater performer, LIVE is the name of the game; stepping onto a stage butterflies of possibility propel at the same instant catch your breath.  I could literally trip and fall, forget a line, the other guy could forget his- and there we might be in silence… where do we go from here… and that ‘anything could happen’ truth and connectedness is what feels like a roller coaster we stand on line for hours to share.

Standing-In for Seacrest

Standing-In for Seacrest

The Quiz was unique as a disembodied interactive voice, sans true rehearsals, asking questions LIVE to contestants battling to make it to/stay in “The Money Chair”.  I would speak clearly, and slowly- that was key because the pre-determined random questions handed to me every other hour (I was on for an hour, then an hour to prepare, whilst the other questioner queried contenders) were limited: RUNNING out was simply not an option.  Hence, I repeatedly heard “Slow down” directed in my headset.  Watching online, one could witness the impatience on the faces of would be millionaires as we took time to enunciate every multiple choice answer.  There was a script, and Ryan Seacrest is the one paid to ad-lib.  Eventually the twelve hours overnight shift required jumping jacks around 4 A.M., but the camaraderie of having a seat on such a Great Adventure was an overall blast!

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Life inspires us

To work harder

To do better

with each passing day’s

Sunrise and sunset.

Golden pink sun rays

Can repay this debt

I owe such grandeur

Beating muscles to endure

beyond time clocks

and pay checks

through a Universal energy

Sparkles you and me.

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We are a beautiful breed.

For Beauty we bleed

Our Souls on the page

Knitting words in moments

of Truth unspoken–

haze of day’s rage

when Happiness remembered

Knocks tauntingly

rattling the cage

we somehow choose

to live this life contained

within deception’s brain.

Why does True Beauty bring

Eyes wide and Light Bright

make us squint and close.

Our ears, in the sand combing

onion skins thin cries

cutting o’lives lies

by Lending Honesty

and Listening to LOVE

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