Monday, August 31, 2009


There are lots of things I enjoy that come in doubles.

For instance:

Double Deckers.
Dubble Bubble.

Double Dutch.

Double Gersh Bros.

But there is nothing quite like a weekend that has a big old double serving of


I love weekends that involve double brunching, and this weekend was no exception. Brunch on Saturday AND Sunday and both were equally delicious. One at a friend's wonderful house in Brooklyn and another on Sunday at Flatbush Farm, also in Brooklyn (very yummy...try the buckwheat pancakes).

There is just something so nice about sitting around, chatting, and eating delicious food in the late morning with your chums. I think I prefer it to going out to dinner because when you're done, you have the whole rest of the day ahead of you. And you can also totally take a post-brunch nap, which is almost always a necessity.

Brunch is pretty much a staple of New York living and I'm rawther glad about that.

Hope you had great weekends as well...

Countdown to Maine T-2!!

Friday, August 28, 2009


'Reading Rainbow' host LeVar Burton with kids holding their favorite books.

GPN/Nebraska ETV Network; WNED Buffalo

For 26 years, Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton (left) shepherded kids through the exciting world of books. The show, which fostered a love of reading, was the third longest-running program in PBS history, outlasted only by Sesame Street and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

Even if you can't remember a specific Reading Rainbow episode, chances are, the theme song is still lodged somewhere in your head:

Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high,
Take a look, it's in a book — Reading Rainbow ...

Remember now?

Reading Rainbow comes to the end of its 26-year run on Friday; it has won more than two-dozen Emmys, and is the third longest-running children's show in PBS history — outlasted only by Sesame Street and Mister Rogers.

The show, which started in 1983, was hosted by actor LeVar Burton. (If you don't know Burton from Reading Rainbow, he's also famous for his role as Kunta Kinte in Roots, or as the chrome-visored Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation.)

Each episode of Reading Rainbow had the same basic elements: There was a featured children's book that inspired an adventure with Burton. Then, at the end of every show, kids gave their own book reviews, always prefaced by Burton's trademark line: "But you don't have to take my word for it ..."

"The series resonates with so many people," says John Grant, who is in charge of content at WNED Buffalo, Reading Rainbow's home station.

LeVar Burton, host of 'Reading Rainbow'
Enlarge GPN/Nebraska ETV Network and WNED Buffalo.

"I think reading is part of the birthright of the human being," Burton said in a 2003 interview. "It's just such an integral part of the human experience — that connection with the written word.

"I think reading is part of the birthright of the human being," Burton said in a 2003 interview. "It's just such an integral part of the human experience — that connection with the written word."

The show's run is ending, Grant explains, because no one — not the station, not PBS, not the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — will put up the several hundred thousand dollars needed to renew the show's broadcast rights.

Grant says the funding crunch is partially to blame, but the decision to end Reading Rainbow can also be traced to a shift in the philosophy of educational television programming. The change started with the Department of Education under the Bush administration, he explains, which wanted to see a much heavier focus on the basic tools of reading — like phonics and spelling.

Grant says that PBS, CPB and the Department of Education put significant funding toward programming that would teach kids how to read — but that's not what Reading Rainbow was trying to do.

"Reading Rainbow taught kids why to read," Grant says. "You know, the love of reading — [the show] encouraged kids to pick up a book and to read."

Linda Simensky, vice president for children's programming at PBS, says that when Reading Rainbow was developed in the early 1980s, it was an era when the question was: "How do we get kids to read books?"

Since then, she explains, research has shown that teaching the mechanics of reading should be the network's priority.

"We've been able to identify the earliest steps that we need to take," Simensky says. "Now we know what we need to do first. Even just from five years ago, I think we all know so much more about how to use television to teach."

Research has directed programming toward phonics and reading fundamentals as the front line of the literacy fight. Reading Rainbow occupied a more luxurious space — the show operated on the assumption that kids already had basic reading skills and instead focused on fostering a love of books.

Simensky calls Reading Rainbow's 26-year run miraculous — and says that its end is bittersweet.

Reading Rainbow's impending absence leaves many open questions about today's literacy challenges, and what television's role should be in addressing them.

"But" — as Burton would have told his young readers — "you don't have to take my word for it."

Full article and audio interview here.



The first one is about 20 minutes, but so, so, so worth it. Especially if you are a creative person...


It is 12:16am, which by my standards during the week is late, and I cannot sleep. I am still on California time and even though I've been awake since 7am, I cannot, for the life of me, pass out.


I read a lot in bed, I meditated, I tried breathing, nothing worked. I am still awake, and am still suffering from West Coast jet lag. So I decided to move from my bed to the couch, I pulled the white wine out of the fridge, and wrote some webisodes for the upcoming series. So far I've knocked out two episodes and drafted brief outlines for about 15 others, so I feel good about that.

I am also getting hungry, which is ridonc. Go figure. But, I have yet to make it to the grocery store since getting back to the city and basically, all I have in my fridge are eggs, peanut butter (which I ate a few spoonfuls out of the jar really is the perfect food), some cheese and a bottle of white wine.

The contents of my fridge are slightly embarrassing, but in this situation it is good because it means I won't eat anything. I don't need to be eating right now because in reality, I'm not reallllly hungry.

I also found an ant in my bed, and that totally grossed me out and caused me to pull up all of the sheets and poke through everything in my room to see what was up. Apparently nothing was up and it was just one really lost, confused ant.

And, don't get me wrong. I am not the kind of person who is afraid of bugs. But I don't like them in certain situations. If I am camping, if I'm outdoors, if I am somewhere that is bug territory, bring 'em on. But when I'm in my super clean apartment and there is an ant in my bed, I am slightly alarmed.

I just did some googling and I guess "Wide Awake" was a moving starring...

Rosie O'Donnell? And Denis Leary? And Camryn Manheim? And Julia Stiles?


And the, "F" stands for, "Filoli." Don't worry, Mom.

This gem of a flick was directed by M. Night Shymalan
(or, as I like to call him: M. Nighty Night Shymalaymadingdong).

Here is the synopsis:

A fifth grader goes on a search for God after his grandfather dies. Along the way he gets into tons of trouble at Waldron Academy an all boys school. Also he is aided on his search by a sports loving nun.

I really don't know how I missed this one back in 1998. I think I may have to rent it.

Too bad Blockbuster is closed. Too bad I don't have a TV.

Ok, y'alls.

It's been real. I am going to leave you all alone now and try to go see if I can actually catch some shut eye...Wish me luck.

Nighty Nightalamadingdong.

Thursday, August 27, 2009


On Wednesday of next week, I will be heading off to Labor in Maine for 5 days (also known as vacationing there for Labor Day). I have not been back to Maine since I graduated from college in 2005 and am beyond excited to be returning.

I am going out of my mind over the big attraction of the weekend:

That's right, folks. The Blue Hill Fair will be going on and I want to attend pretty much every single event. I LOVE old school county fairs. Need I remind you of my Rodeo Blowout last summer out in Amador?

I have been perusing the fair's website and have come up with all sorts of amazing details. For instance:

"On Thursday local favorites, “Burn Permit” will showcase their own dynamic musical styling."

"Saturday offers the Imperial Stunt Drivers, with their international array of dare devil “Danger Angels” for two exciting demonstrations of automobile driving, crashes and motorized wizardry"

"Sunday evening, long time Blue Hill Fair favorite Rick Charette and the Bubble Gum Band, provide an evening of family entertainment, followed by a Mammoth Fireworks Display."

Other highlights include:
The UMM Ukulele Club
Rosie’s Racing Pigs
Timber Tina, of Survivor Fame
New England Trampoline Show
King Piogi


Motorized wizardry?!?! Ukulele club?!?!? Racing Pigs?!?!!? Trampoline Shows?!?!?! Explosives?!?! Could life get any better? I'm going to need a burn permit because all the fun I will be having is gonna start a fire.

They also have a blueberry pie eating contest and a skillet toss at 4pm on Sunday. I am going to register for the skillet toss and I think my chances of winning are absurdly high.

Because you hafta think positive for positive results.

I know you're all jealous. It's okay, I would be, too. I will try to take as many pictures as I can, but it might be difficult seeing as I am going to be going oingo boingo with excitement. That, and my camera was stepped on in July, but that's no matter.

See you at the fair!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Hey, kidz. I'm back bloggin' East Coast style.

My flight was rawther pleasant, not only because I ate tons of great snacks and wrote about 5 episodes for a web thingy I'm going to do, but because the entertainment was off the hook.

I have a rule about flying on airplanes and that rule is this: you can watch whatever you want and no one can judge you. And by whatever you want I mean terrible, horrible, no good, very bad TV or movies.

Boy, oh boy, did I follow my rule.

On JetBlue they say that you have to pay for the movie to keep watching it, but I just kept watching, never paid, and got free movies for the entire flight.


I watched:

I Love You Man (and I totally love Paul Rudd. Total crush.)

Real Housewives of Atlanta

**And let me just say that there were more wigs, weaves, and titties on this TV show than anything I've ever seen before in my LIFE. WHOA. Watch out**

The ultimate, prize winning piece of film that aired while I was, well, aired, was:


This movie is part of the history of my youth. I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved and still love this movie. I am now considering naming my dog, "Thor" in it's honor.

So, I'm backity back and things are rockin' and rollin'. It wasn't nearly as hot today as I thought it was going to be, so that was good. And I edited my webisode with my friend before our series premiere party tomorrow night, and that made me super excited. I think it is going to be pretty darn funny, if I do say so myself...

Now all I have to do is get myself back on New York time. It is already 11pm and I am wide awake. Boo to that.

Monday, August 24, 2009


I head back to NYC tomorrow morning. I spent extra time in the steam room at the gym today to prepare myself for the burst of disgusting weather that will slam me in the face upon my arrival. Thank goodness I am getting in at night so it won't be as bad as it is during the day.

California: you've been lovely.

Beyond lovely.

I will see you again soon. Please send some of your ridiculously pleasant weather to Manhattan.


Friday, August 21, 2009


Well folks, my last show is tonight and then it is only a few more days until I am shipped back to the Hattan of Mans.

Where it is HOT. Apparently gross hot. I am not interested. Not one little bit.

But, there are some stellar events coming up such as:

1. My trip to Maine
2. Linsdayhayhay's Giant Birthday Dance Extravaganza which will be the event of the year

There have been a lot of things going on lately in the world of entertainment that have made me experience a roller coaster of emotions - concerned, amused, in love, to name a few - but I have just been enjoying myself too much to get riled up.

Alas, I will briefly touch on some highlights from the past few days:

"From what I've seen it's a naked tape, not a sex tape." Lawyer Singer added

A naked tape.
Call me silly, but I think a naked tape is, um, what the rest of the world calls "porn."

Lionsgate has announced they intend to remake of the 1987 classic Dirty Dancing

This piece of news makes me feel sick to my stomach. Nobody puts baby in a corner, and nobody recreates putting baby in a corner. Let legends be legends, don't mess with genius, leave Kellerman's alone. Do you hear me?



Thursday, August 20, 2009


If you are grossed out by poop, please stop reading.

My sister forwarded me this and I could not stop laughing.

I am finding ENDLESS entertainment reading the following website:

What Happens When I'm At WORK and I have to Poop?

We've all been there but don't like to admit it. We've all kicked back in our cubicles and suddenly felt something a brew down below. As much as we try to convince ourselves, the WORK POOP is inevitable.

For those of you who hate pooping at work as much as I do, I give you the.........

Survival Guide for Taking a Dump at Work.

Memorize these definitions and pooping at work will become a pure pleasure.

ESCAPEE: A fart that slips out while taking a leak at the urinal or forcing poop in a stall. This is usually accompanied by a sudden wave of panic/embarrassment. This is similar to the hot flash you receive when passing an unseen police car & speeding. If you release an escapee, do not acknowledge it. Pretend it did not happen. If you are standing next to the farter at the urinal, pretend that you did not hear it. No one likes an escapee, it is uncomfortable for all involved. Making a joke or laughing makes both parties feel uneasy.

JAILBREAK (Used in conjunction with escapee): When forcing a poop, several farts slip out at a machine gun's pace. This is usually a side effect of diarrhea or a hangover. If this should happen do not panic, remain in the stall until everyone has left the bathroom so to spare everyone the awkwardness of what just occurred.

COURTESY FLUSH: The act of flushing the toilet the instant the nose cone of the poop log hits the water and the poop is whisked away to an undisclosed location. This reduces the amount of air time the poop has to stink up the bathroom. This can help you avoid being caught doing the WALK OF SHAME.

WALK OF SHAME: Walking from the stall, to the sink, to the door after you have just stunk-up the shitter. This can be a very uncomfortable moment if someone walks in and busts you. As with all farts, it is best to pretend that the smell does not exist. Can be avoided with the use of a COURTESY FLUSH.

OUT OF THE CLOSET POOPER: A colleague who poops at work and is damn proud of it. You will often see an Out of the Closet Pooper enter the bathroom with a newspaper or magazine under their arm. Always look around the office for the Out OF THE CLOSET POOPER before entering the bathroom.

THE POOPING FRIENDS NETWORK (PFN): This is a group of coworkers who band together to ensure emergency pooping goes off without incident. This group can help you to monitor the whereabouts of OUT OF THE CLOSET POOPERS and identify SAFE HAVENS.

SAFE HAVEN: A seldom used bathroom somewhere in the building where you can least expect visitors. Try floors that are predominantly of the opposite sex. This will reduce the odds of a pooper of your sex entering the bathroom.

TURD BURGLAR: A pooper who does not realize that you're in the stall and tries to force the door open. This is one of the most shocking and vulnerable moments that occur when taking a dump at work. If this occurs, remain in the stall until the TURD BURGLAR leaves. This way you will avoid all uncomfortable eye contact. TURD BURGLARS have been know to cause premature pinchage, which inevitably causes you to pinch one off in the middle.

CAMO-COUGH: A phony cough which alerts all new entrants into the bathroom that you are in a stall. This can be used to cover-up a WATERMELON or to alert potential TURD BURGLARS. Very effective when used in conjunction with an ASTAIRE.

ASTAIRE: This is a subtle toe-tap that is used to alert all potential TURD BURGLARS that you are occupying a stall. This will remove all doubt that the stall is occupied. If you hear an ASTAIRE, leave the bathroom immediately so the pooper can poop in peace.

WATERMELON: A turd that creates a loud splash when hitting the toilet water. This is also an embarrassing incident. If you feel a WATERMELON coming on, create a diversion. See CAMO-COUGH.

HAVANA OMELET: A load of diarrhea that creates a series of loud splashes in the toilet water. Often accompanied by an escapee. Try using a CAMO-COUGH with an ASTAIRE.

UNCLE TED: A bathroom user who seems to linger around forever. Could spend extended lengths of time in front of the mirror or sitting on the pot. An UNCLE TED makes it difficult to relax while on the crapper, as you should always wait to drop your load when the bathroom is empty. This benefits you as well as the other bathroom attendees.

FLY BY: The act of scouting out a bathroom before pooping. Walk in, check for other poopers. If there are others in the bathroom, leave and come back again. Be careful not to become a FREQUENT FLYER. People may become suspicious if they catch you constantly going into the bathroom.


GHOST Poop: The kind where you feel the Poop come out, but there is no Poop in the toilet.

CLEAN Poop: The kind where you Poop it out, see it in the toilet, but there is nothing on the paper.

WET Poop: The kind where you wipe your butt 50 times and it still feels un-wiped, so you have to put some toilet paper between your butt and your underwear so you don't ruin them with a stain.

SECOND WAVE Poop: This happens when you're done Pooping and you've pulled your pants up to your knees, and you realize that you have to Poop some more.

POP-A-VEIN-IN-YOUR-FOREHEAD-Poop: The kind where you strain so much to get it out, you practically have a stroke.

LINCOLN LOG Poop: The kind of Poop that is so huge you're afraid to flush without first breaking it into little pieces with the toilet brush.

GASSEY Poop: It's so noisy, everyone within earshot giggles.

DRINKER Poop: The kind of Poop you have the morning after a night of drinking. Its most noticeable trait is the skid marks on the bottom of the toilet.

CORN Poop: (Self-explanatory)

GEE-I-WISH-I-COULD-Poop-Poop: The kind where you want to Poop, but all you do is set on the toilet and fart a few times.

SPINAL TAP Poop: This is when it hurts so badly coming out you'd swear it was leaving you sideways.

WET CHEEKS Poop: (The Power Dump). The kind that comes out of your butt so fast, your butt cheeks get splashed with water.

LIQUID Poop: The kind where yellowish-brown liquid shoots out of your butt and splashes all over the toilet bowl.

MEXICAN Poop:It smells so badly that your nose burns.

UPPER CLASS Poop: The kind of Poop that has no odor.

THE SURPRISE Poop: You are not at the toilet because you think you are about to fart but...oops...a

Poop!!! THE DANGLING Poop: This Poop refuses to drop into the toilet even though you know you are done Pooping it. You just pray that a shake or two will cut it loose.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Just had our first performance of this beautiful play and it was a blast. Crazy, but a blast. We got new scenes right before the reading so it was just as new to us as it was to the audience, but that is why I love the theatre. Things happen and you make it work.

So many family and friends came to see the show tonight and I felt so lucky to have such supportive, lovely people in the audience. I am beyond grateful to have such absolutely fantastic people in my life.

Applause goes out to all of you. Bravo! You are all super human beings!

We have a few more days of rehearsal, another reading, and then PIFF! It's over.

Bigtime sad face.

I do not want this to be over. I like it too much.

And, I also really like this:

Why can't I be in a British ukulele orchestra?

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Today was our first rehearsal and OOOOOOH this is gonna be a good one. If you know what's good for you, you will come see it. Shows Tuesday and Friday nights next week...

I had the best day.

And the best post-rehearsal run ever. I was an Olympic gazelle breezing through the streets like it was no big thang. I was just freaking high on life after such a super day and apparently that translated into me being able to run for eons.

It's like someone plugged me back into the wall. I feel like I'm back in my body now. Doing creative things has a way of making me feel totally juiced up.

This is the stuff I live for. It is simply delicious.

I absolutely, totally and completely love working on new shows.

I love, love, love, love, love, love, love it.


I don't know why anyone would want to do anything else.


Friday, August 14, 2009


Something I don't understand:

If you have an iPhone, a BlackBerry, or other device that allows you to be contacted basically all the time, why would it take you days to return a message?

I don't get it.

Isn't the point of having one of those things so that you can respond to messages quickly?

What's up with that?

Am tres confused.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


I start rehearsals for the next show tomorrow and I'm very excited to meet my fellow cast members and the director. This next week is going to be long, with rehearsals all day straight through, but it will be well worth it! I love this.

I am about to get into bed with the new script (we've already received a few versions, each one updated with re-writes) and see what's changed.

I have thoroughly been enjoying myself here in CA and I must admit that right now I am not missing New York at all. I miss some of the people there, but I am completely and totally happy to be out of the city at this point in time. It is so nice to have a break from all of the noise, heat, and craziness that is summer in Manhattan. You don't realize how absolutely deranged it is until you get out of it.

It is making me think about moving to Brooklyn...

I mean, if Patty Duke can live there, so can I.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


And be inspired.

I already have an entire screenplay written in my brain to this song.

Saturday, August 8, 2009


I'm about to go running before rehearsal for the Young Playwrights Initiative and I'm super excited.

Watch this if you've seen 500 Days of Summer, or even if you haven't.

Some notes:
1. Zooey Deschanel is really awkward in this.
2. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is really not awkward in this, he's really hot, and the kid can move.
3. I love Joseph Go-Lev.
4. Zooey's last name is pronounce "DAY-Chanel." I think I've been saying it "DEH-Chanel." Oops.
5. I think it looks like I choreographed some of this when I was 5 and into freedancing.

Friday, August 7, 2009


I'm off to California to do some magic, also known as theatre.
This one never gets old.

If the video isn't working, you can watch it here.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Was waiting to meet a friend for coffee a few hours ago and who stepped out of a car wearing a black backpack and rocking more hair product than a teenage girl?

Mr. Danny Wood from New Kids On The Block.

I nearly died.

And I realized I texted my friends that Donnie walked by me, not Danny, because I was so overcome and didn't know what was going on. My fingers and brain weren't working properly.

I was so tempted to ask him for a picture, but he walked straight through the doors of a building.

Le sigh.

Apparently Julia Roberts is filming "Eat, Pray, Love" a few blocks from my apartment, the camera folks are set up all over the place, but I would rather get a hug from Danny.

Sorry, Jules, New Kids rule.


The temps have been rising here in the city and I'm trying to get everything done before I jet off to the west coast.

Speaking of heat, I am perplexed and concerned by the following photographs that surfaced yesterday:

I am confused.

I understand that if you're in Hawaii (where the photos were taken) and it is hot, that you wouldn't exactly want to put on a bunch of clothes if you were going to be running around engaging in various sporting activities.

But WHAT would possess you to put on WEDGES?!?!?? Do you want to have your ankle broken? I really just don't get it. I am so concerned!!!!

If you want to run around and show your stuff on the court, there are plenty of revealing outfits you could wear.

You get my (match) point.


I guess I can get over the fact that she's wearing a bikini on the tennis court. That doesn't really bother me. She's on vacation, she's not offending anyone, whateva. Rock on with your bad self; you look better than most people in that thing. But her choice in foot gear is just not acceptable.

There is no way she had a good time while she was doing this. She did not have any fun and it probably really, really, hurt.

My message to dear Jennifer Love-Hewitt, or Love, or The Artist Formerly Known As Love, or whatever it is that people call you now: Please wear proper footwear when you are playing tennis and let's work on avoiding injury
and perpetuating a man's fantasy that women play sports looking like this.

I'm sorry guys, but real women do not engage in such tomfoolery. Real women will get you on the court and kick your a**.

Enough said.

J-Lo-Hew: You are kind of making us ladies look silly.

And, FYI, you will always be Sarah Reeves to me.

And Sarah Reeves would not run around on a tennis court wearing wedges.

Sunday, August 2, 2009


Here's the info, Yo Mama:

I will be performing in the New Works Festival at TheatreWorks in California. They put on phenomenal shows and are also very dedicated to staging new plays and musicals, a risk most rep theatres are not willing to take.

If you are going to be in the area and want to see my show, shoot me an email and I will send you the details of when my performances are. I just read the script and I think this one is extremely interesting and unique. And I reallllly like my character...ooh I'm excited.

The way these festivals work is that the playwright is there making changes the entire time. You have a few days of rehearsals, you often are getting new pages at the beginning of the day, after lunch, and sometimes right before the show starts. Then you have a performance, a few more days of rehearsals follow where even more changes are made to the script, and then another performance. It is a priceless opportunity for a playwright to be able to hear their piece in front of an audience, receive feedback from the actors and directors, and figure out what works and what doesn't. Working on new plays and musicals is, quite possibly, my most favorite thing to do in the theatre. There is nothing like being a part of something that has literally never been done before. And, it is so cool to see a playwright and the script change and grow along with you. It is invigorating!

I am also going to be taking part in their Young Playwrights Festival. During the school year, TheatreWorks sends a playwright into a local high school every semester to teach a playwrighting class. The students work on writing their own one acts and at the end of the term, 5 of the best ones are selected and performed at TheatreWorks. They hire Equity Actors and directors, there's a full day of rehearsals from 9am-6pm and then a performance of their pieces that evening. It is so much fun; the students are so excited and it is wonderful to see the incredible writing that comes out of such young kids.

2009 marks the 10th anniversary of this program, so they are doing a "Best of Fest" where they are show casing some of the best plays from the previous 10 years. That's where I come in! A few of the ones I performed in a couple of years ago are in it. So, we will have one full day of rehearsals, tech the next morning, and then one big performance in the evening.

I can't wait to see the students who wrote these and find out where they are now and what they're up to...