December 19, 2008

Merry Christmas to you and yours. May the spirit of the season be sustained by all of us as we move into 2009. May our hearts remain open and our eyes also, to more love, more peace and less stress in our lives. I look forward to watching all the new delights unfold.

March 18, 2008

If I had each and every one of your birth dates and could on those dates give back to you the sweet wishes and generous compliments that you have given me - I would!

Thank you for the birthday greetings and your support for me as an actress. I sincerely appreciate all of it and send back the same spirited awareness to you all.

Here's to new awakenings of peace, love and joy.

December 21, 2007

Greetings to Everyone! Merry, Merry Christmas!

Hope everyone has a beautiful, peace filled holiday season. Wishing that the new year may bring more joy, more love, more contentment to us all, and that we all slow down to enjoy the present moment - every moment.

September 24, 2007

Well, time has been moving at such a blurry, speedy pace these days I can hardly keep track of the hours and weeks as they go by. Motherhood is a totally consuming, exhilarating and exhausting exercise in love and patience. I can't believe my son is already 8 months old, a delicious boy just starting to skooch around and explore words, sounds and tastes. It is all an endless journey of discovery both for Cash himself and for Wade and I as we watch this little being carve out his place in the world. "Wow" doesn't quite cut it, and yet it kind of summarizes my constant state of revelation.

The second season of "Brotherhood" start[ed] airing on Sunday, September 30th. It's a little different, this season from last, in many ways... I will be anxious to hear what your thoughts and reactions to the show are as it plays out. As usual, I haven't seen any episodes cut together, so I too, will form my opinion as I watch - if I can handle it. I am definite about the fact that I don't like to watch my work while I am in the process of actively doing it, but sometimes it's hard to watch even after I've walked away and the work is done. (But is it really ever done? Finished maybe, but not perfect)! I can't say enough about my fellow actors - all of them so great in the show, great to work with and good, good people. There was something about this second season, everyone reunited, their lives reorganized to work back again in Providence, RI, that brought out a fuller bonding. The cast and crew becomes a family, odd and eclectic, with everyone being there for each other both on the set and off. Whether or not we have a third season is very much in the hands of the viewers... if we get more people watching, then we have a good chance for a third season. Watch away !

All the best and I will keep you up on any new projects, etc... Be well and happy.

March 20, 2007

Thank you very much for the (as yet again) beautiful book of birthday wishes. So many of your messages were taken to heart as they congratulated me on the best gift I've recently received: a healthy baby boy, a son, a marvelous son. I feel blessed and amazed by this new life that has joined ours. Cash is already such an addition of spirit and color to our life that it seems hard to remember what life was like without him. So far, motherhood is a sleep-deprived blur of joy, shock, surrender and heart-opening love. Wade and I are growing into our new responsibilities - fumbling every now and then with the new tasks and the patience required of each of them. Hopefully we will do well by him.

We are off soon to start shooting the second season of Brotherhood. Wade, Cash, Lola and I will be in Rhode Island for this upcoming Spring and Summer. I can't wait to get back to work with the cast and crew, although I kinda feel like I could wait awhile too, just because I'm digging this motherhood thing - far more than I even imagined. It is nice that I can do both, work and be a mother with Cash right there with me. But no doubt it is going to be quite busy, quite challenging! Very exciting to see where the writers will take the story this season, the characters, especially mine... drugs, sex, alcohol ??? Who knows...

Anyway, I wish everyone a Happy Spring. Thanks again for all of the good wishes from so many of you. Be well and I'll be in touch again soon.

December 18, 2006

Happy Holidays 2006...

With wishes for a joyous holiday season for all... Hope everyone feels uplifted, peaceful and happy in this wonderful time. I'm looking forward to a fantastic 2007 and wish us all continued efforts for peace around the world.

November 02, 2006

Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween. It's one of my favorite holidays even though I'm always at a loss for costumes - it's never been my forte, shall we say, to come up with a cool and ingenious costume. My husband, however, year after year, continues to amaze me with his creativity and commitment. This year his get-up was epic!

Before I say anything else, I just want to advocate everyone getting out to vote on November 7th. Vote, vote, vote. We all know how important this election is - make yourself heard, make your vote count! That's all the "soapboxing" you'll have to endure...

Things are good here, mellow and easy, as I'm moving along smoothly in the pregnancy, and happy to greet the holidays. This is my favorite time of year and to be carrying a child during the holiday season only further increases the feelings of joy and wonder. Pumpkin patches, turkey dinners, holiday lights and Christmas tunes - it's magical. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday to cook, and Wade and I make a point every year to invite friends over to partake of a good old traditional spread. This year my roommate from college is even traveling to spend it with us.

The Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie I recently completed, "Candles on Bay Street," will air on Sunday, Nov. 26th on CBS (Thanksgiving weekend). I haven't seen it, but I hear it's a moving, heart-felt hankie kind of show. You all know how those Hallmark movies can really work your heart!

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and if anything worth sharing comes up, I'll be in touch. Otherwise, it's likely to be a quiet time as I'm going in, going deep into the preparation for this tiniest of roles called Motherhood. I wish you all the best. Be safe, happy and healthy!

September 05, 2006

Well, August was a pretty hectic month. What with leaving Lear to go to Halifax, Nova Scotia to work on a Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie, and struggling through the first months of a pregnancy it was a rollercoaster of a late summer!

Yep, you read right - I'm pregnant, or rather I should say, Wade and I are pregnant since he had a little something to do with my current state ... (My pregnancy was the other not-so-insignificant circumstance involved in my withdrawal from the play - it was simply too difficult to swim in the deep Shakespearean waters with the morning sickness and fatigue I was feeling). We are thrilled, excited, terrified, all of the normal feelings of overwhelm and joy I think most couples go through on the baby ride. We are due in January so as we move into Autumn now we will have some time to nest and prepare our lives and our home for a little baby.

I don't know when the Hallmark movie will air, but it is tentatively called "Candles on Bay Street" and it is a guaranteed hankie movie... It also stars Alicia Silverstone.

Brotherhood has three more episodes of the first season to air, with the season finale on September 24th. It's a particularly great episode and for those of you who are watching, it promises good drama, conflict and story! No news yet if there will be a second season of the show... hard to believe, but it's struggling to keep good numbers... Any support helps from those of you who genuinely want it to continue... E-mail Showtime, tell your friends, etc...

On another note, I want to acknowledge the life and spirit of a very special woman. A dear friend of ours, Marni Levine lost her battle to cancer last week and so many people are grieving the loss of her presence on this planet. A beautiful memorial to her can be seen at Krav Maga. She is an example to me of a woman who embodies courage, beauty, strength, and the true essence of motherhood. We will miss her greatly.

July 20, 2006

Dear Folks, I have some disappointing news. Due to some extenuating circumstances and professional reasons I had to withdraw from the production of Lear. I was offered a job that I simply had to take. It was an agonizing decision but I will be replaced by a fantastic understudy who will surely take the role and run ! The entire company has been supportive and gracious and anyone must surely still go to see this production as it will revitalize your understanding and experience of Shakespeare. I'll share more details later, but know that I took so much from my 4 weeks of rehearsals for the play and am forever changed for it - as an artist/actress and as a human being!

July 05, 2006

Hope everyone had a nice 4th of July holiday. I was actually in rehearsals for a few hours before coming home to make some bbq chicken and my grandmother's potato salad. It was a mellow, easy day. Rehearsals are going well. Every day is challenging and inspiring. Obviously being Shakespeare, the material itself is very complex and rich, but the exceptional weight of Lear's tragedy and the heightened agony suffered by each character in his family and in his kingdom, makes it rather daunting to perform. I've read some scholars who say it is one of the most impossible plays to put up. However, our director, Patsy Rodenburg, is astonishing in her knowledge of the text and in her ability to push us all into it with great faith and security. I know for sure that I am working under the hands of a master. Every day I am moved and driven by her tireless dedication to bringing Shakespeare to us, all of us, so it is accessible to our very breath and body. For the performer and audience. She is inspiring on a great many levels. Everyone in the company is digging in, doing great work, and passionate about this journey. I've asked Courtney to put up the article in the recent LA Stage magazine for anyone who might want more in-depth information about this production, Patsy, and the company she has assembled here in Los Angeles. If any of you are actors, performers, do public speaking of any kind, I would recommend you purchase any of her books about speaking and voice. They are invaluable resources.

For anyone who is interested, King Lear will open July 28th and run through August 27th at the Electric Lodge in Venice, CA. It is an intimate, 99 seat theatre. Tickets are available through BrownPaperTickets but specifically at this link:

And of course, last but not least, Brotherhood begins this Sunday night on Showtime !!!

June 01, 2006

Beginning today, June 1, I am actually going to attempt writing a blog of sorts. I say "of sorts" because some blogs tend to be a bit too self-indulgent and self-aggrandizing - I promise I won't get carried away with mindless personal blather that will have no relevance to any of us. Just an occasional entry into the internet journal on the ATA web pages to fill you in on what's going on with work and perhaps a personal update here and there.

To begin... Anticipation for the premiere of Brotherhood is building (maybe just in me?!) and I must say I am eager to see it finally be born out over the cable waves! After having seen most of the episodes in their final form I am sincerely and intensely proud of it. Everyone's work is so strong, so colorful and very raw. It's not a pretty show, in terms of stories with pretty little packages, but it has a lot of heart, guts and character, which will hopefully be engaging and compelling for an audience out there. The arc of my character throughout the 11 episodes is quite a provocative journey and due to that fact, it is certainly some of the best material I have ever worked on. It's not airing until July 9th, but that's only a month from now, so gear it up! Get ready!!!

This summer I am working in a theatrical production of King Lear here in LA. I am playing the role of Regan and am very much looking forward to the experience. It will be good to helm a role from start to finish, on my own two feet, and speaking the magnificent words of the old bard himself. It has always been a dream of mine to do Shakespeare, and while I've done countless scenes from his many plays in high school, college and LA acting classes, I have never yet done an entire production professionally. I am excited and, of course, terrified! But those are two very good motivating factors for an artist of any realm. "Leap and the net will appear!" Right?!

I hope all of you are having a good summer so far. I'll keep in touch as we go. Although I will try very hard to post something every month, just know I might not always be exactly prompt!

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