Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Creativity Comes in Many Forms

Cast of [title of show] - Photo by Tom Schopper
I feel as if I haven't blogged in forever. Instead of commenting on life, I've been very busy living it and juggling multiple projects. One of which was returning to theater as a director for the first time in three years with a very interesting show. A show I felt such a unique connection to as it's about two guys writing an original musical (something I've done once or twice in my past). Only these guys did something truly incredible as they saw their show go from festival to off-Broadway and eventually - Broadway. (If you ever get the chance to see a production of [title of show], allow yourself the pleasure!) Our production opens this Friday night!

Working on the show, I realize how much I love to be surrounded by other creative people - those doing what they enjoy...the creative process. Writing can feel like solitary confinement - but doing theater takes me back to those creative roots. It shows me my mind is in the right direction for things on the horizon. I see new things in store for me that I guess Oprah or the people behind THE SECRET would say putting that positive thinking out there helps one achieve it. Something inside of me believes that I will. (I just won't share what I think that will be...not just yet.)

Working in theater, we learn so much about ourselves. How we react to others. How we collaborate. Returning to that familiar territory causes me to use a different part of my brain - and obviously I was missing it.

The theme of this show is all about believing in a dream and going for it. This show actually came along at a perfect time in my life and for that, I'm truly grateful to 4th Wall Theatre.  





Friday, September 6, 2013

Observations on Back to School


The past two weeks have seen the start of school for so many students and teachers. I loved seeing all of the 'first day of school' photos that filled my Facebook feed. It got me thinking about school and learning and the lessons that I've learned or life observations. Thought I'd share a few in no particular order.

  • My parents would tell me about things that would happen to me when I grew up, but what kid wants to listen? Now as I'm older - I see them happening. (And no, I'm not talking about my face freezing that way.)
  • I used to love spicy food. Mexican was my favorite. Now my body rejects it. Can we say Nexium?
  • Speaking of food...when did raw tomatoes decide they were no longer a friend to my mouth and tongue?
  • I don't believe I've ever used geometry or chemistry in my adult life. So glad I had to go through those classes in high school.
  • Drink your milk! Enjoy it when your younger and your parents tell you to 'drink up'. Now in my 40s, I've switched to soy.
  • Women can use 'the change' for hot flashes and sweating...what am I supposed to use when I'm the only one in the room dying from the heat?
  • I was never a kid that wore glasses. Now I have to grab them to read anything small in front of my face. I can't even see a text message on my iPhone. My eyes are going and my spouse's hearing is fading. Guess I'll be his ears and he'll be my eyes in old age.
  • I was always a skinny kid. Then once I hit adulthood - BOOM! I blew up like Violet in Willy Wonka. I know the diet, gym, etc to get it under control - but one thing I notice: it seems to be all my single friends on Facebook talking about going to the gym. Do I need to end my relationship to want to work out?
  • Gravity is real. Just ask my body.

Feel free to add to the list! Leave me your own observations in the comments below and happy - back to school!