On my Facebook feed this morning there was a YouTube video of Earth Wind & Fire’s September – you can’t help but smile, if not boogie when you listen to that song.
It did make me think of all of the very “cool” events that have happened over the last couple of weeks and what is on the not too distant horizon.
Taking a quick look back, I was able to see the original musical Renewal written by Michael Antin and directed by Jim Blanchette at the Brick House Theater in North Hollywood. It was an entertaining production with a talented cast. I can still hear Linda Nile’s voice singing in the back of my mind, it was just that lovely. The show had an incredible run of sold out houses. I hope it continues on!
At the Whitefire Theater (a definite favorite), I was able to see a solo performance of Father, Son, and Holy Coach. Written and performed by John Posey and directed by Michael Laskin. It was one of those father/son (#football) stories that not only left a lasting impression, but was also incredibly inspiring. Hopefully it goes back to the Whitefire for a continued run – and soon!
Alexandra Grant recently premiered her LOVE towel with artist Devon Tsuno (www.grantlove.com – I am going to buy one in pink and in blue! What a great holiday gift it’d make, too).
Writer and actor Rafael Agustin made his vision a reality with Chipster, a short film directed by Mark Columbus that I was lucky enough to be cast in, along with Kennedy Najera as my daughter and the gorgeous Corina Calderon as the female lead (you’ll be able to see her in D.C.’s Suicide Squad, too).
Fernando Sanchez and Pascual Sisto asked me to be part of their film, Steps (www.stepsthemovie.com). Dave Huber played my husband and Pilot Saraceno was my daughter. It was a blast.
The Broad Museum opens September 20th. I’ll probably go in November or December, since I wasn’t able to reserve tickets for the opening week. According to a Tweet by Christopher Knight, the system crashed yesterday as too many art enthusiasts were eager to get in first. Nevertheless, I’m sure it’ll be awe-inspiring.
I’m also looking forward to hearing Erica Jong speak at the Writers’ Guild later this month, as well as the always gorgeous Denzel Washington at the Annenberg in Beverly Hills.
The Sound of Music is also on the list (my daughter prefers to see the live version as opposed to the Julie Andrews’ film classic – go figure).
Galatea at the Son of Semele Theater is also on the list. Dave Huber is in it.
Rehearsals for Paul Surace’s Homecoming have been going well. I love the cast I’m with: Gregory Niebel, Greg Yoder, Kate Pollock, and it is directed by Conrad Dunn. LOVE LOVE LOVE the rehearsal process. It opens in November at the Sherry Theater in North Hollywood. It deals with death, and the life that continues because of death.
Speaking of which, when the world lost three greats all on the same day on August 30th — Wes Craven, Wayne Dryer and Oliver Sachs, it was another reminder how valuable life is, and how every moment we have the opportunity to truly live.
Sophia Louisa Lee
“Horror films don’t create fear. They release it.” – Wes Craven
“With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened to you as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.”- Wayne Dryer
“Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears – it is a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear. But for many of my neurological patients, music is even more – it can provide access, even when no medication can, to movement, to speech, to life. For them, music is not a luxury, but a necessity.” – Oliver Sachs