Be Aware and Friends Bearing Gifts

Be Aware and Friends Bearing Gifts

Good morning!

I'm grateful and happy to share some exciting news about the one act play that I wrote called "Suspended". It was just accepted into the Manhattan Repertory Theatre's Spring 2011 Play Competition! As tends to be the trend with me, I didn't have any intention to submit it to this festival, mainly because I wasn't AWARE of its existence, mainly because I wasn't doing a thorough job being across any and all short play festivals to which I could potential submit my piece. Fortunately, a friend and fellow actress/playwright emailed me about it, which brought it to my attention. The rest is history and it goes up in May. Stay tuned for all the details! :) 

We really do help each other out when we share information, right? I don't want to make excuses but there is a lot of content on the web so obviously even if you're really on the ball, you can still miss something. Let's keep supporting our fellow artists and friends with information that supports everybody's growth. Let's help each other be aware of all the exciting opportunities available! 

I have got to say -- I have some really, really thoughtful friends. On St. Patrick's Day, which, if you were in midtown Manhattan like I was (my office is just outside of Times Square) could only be described as "Drunk and Drunker", my coworker came up to me at around 10am with a big grin on her face and a tall, cold pressed, fresh organic GREEN juice for me. I started drinking these things about a month ago and have one a day. They're very nutritious and while they don't exactly go down like a Carvel malted, they're do the job of providing essential nutrients I may miss if I am not salad loading. Anyway, I haven't had a drink of alcohol in close to two years, so when someone is kind enough to show up with a little gesture that says to me, "I've got your sober, wellness oriented back, girl!" it feels really good.

Next, a few days later, a friend of mine came over to stay on my couch for a night. She had an early appointment in the city and didn't want to commute from Jersey, where she recently moved. During the move, she went through a lot of books and CDs and is attempting to get rid of the books and music she no longer needs (having uploaded it onto the computer). It was time for her Spring cleaning and guess who ended up being the beneficiary? MOI! 

The stuff she brought me was so perfect for me it made me cry. As I unloaded each item from the box, I felt like I was at my baby shower or engagement party. I sat in my big chair while she sat on the floor grinning up at me with glee. I took time to marvel over each object, hold up, smile, and place it on the ottomon. Curious what this very well read and cultured artist friend of mine dropped off? I'll tell you:

Books
Hitting Your Mark: Making a Life and Living as a Film Actor
Getting the Part: 33 Professional Casting Directors Tell You How to Get Work in Theater, Films, Commercials and TV
Audition Arsenal for Women in their 30s 
The Vagabond by Colette
The War of Art
A Challenge for the Actor by Uta Hagen
A Little Jewish Cookbook (for this little, Jewish non cook!)
Wreck This Journal (which comes with a dedication "to perfectionists all over the world" and instructions on how to loosen up, get messy, have fun and create)

Music
Ray Charles "Genius Loves Company" 
Jeb Loy Nichols "Just What Time It Is"
Marianne Williamson "Spiritual Principles" 
"Treasures Left Behind: Remembering Kate Wolf"
"Sweet Dreams: Baby's First Classics"
"Music from Garden State"
Blues Traveler "Truth Be Told"
Anutha Zone "Dr. John"
"Japan For Sale vol. 2"
Faudel "Another Sun"
Somber Wurlitzer "Greater California"
Barry White "All Time Greatest Hits" :)
E. Bland "Soulcentric"
Patty Larkin "Red Luck"

...and a Pilates Weight Loss Conditioning DVD, bah bum!!!

What a collection, right!? Her relief in letting go of these books and CDs was obvious. She's had them forever, they're just things, stuff, taking up space and crowding her place. For me, they're the perfect addition to my libraries and nourishment for my passions. Her loss is my gain. She also brought me these adorable handmade coasters. 

We are all in a constant state of giving and receiving. That's the foundation of relationships, right? A healthy giver is great. A healthy receiver is also great! Do you know how to receive and believe you are worth it? Do you also give yourself props for being such a thoughtful giver? Thank you for all you give me to me (as a supportive reader) and for receiving my writiing. Such gifts of the heart! Oh, yes. :)

There's so much that we need to share
So send a smile and show you care
So give a little bit
Oh, give a little bit of your love to me

-Supertramp

 

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