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Project Rant 084: I hate iPhones

Another rant for the angry masses!!  I know a lot of people can relate to this one, well, maybe not the myspace reference.  I’m shooting one more on August 8th and its a doozy.

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What You Touch Is Gold

This weekend I was asked to take part in a play reading at Hyde Park Theatre for a new work by local playwright Amory Casto.  What You Touch is Gold is the story of Charlotte (Erica Heidepriem),  a small town cashier at Craft Nation caught in the emotional tide of two men (Jimmy Gonzales and Joey Hood), one of them having a particularly dark undertow.  I played her very pregnant sister, Hope, who with her husband provides Charlotte’s touchstone and much of the levity in the story.  I really hope this deserving play gets a full production.  In the meantime, I’ll have to content myself with my first experience being onstage at Hyde Park with Ken Webster (who directed and played supporting characters) and Joey Hood.  How did that feel?  Oh you know, AWESOME.

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The Encore Where Your Heart Should Be

Kerri Lendo, our tireless director, won't get to see the encore because she'll be in LA probably doing something hilarious.

Tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday nights we’ll be performing a disc a night to finish out the workshop.  I am back from the beach and am really excited to get to perform each show one more time.  I’ll be in the audience on Saturday, if you want to watch Disc 3 with me, the One You Really Love.

8pm, Salvage Vanguard Theatre

Also, check out our very own Avimaan Syam’s interview with Austin Creative Alliance and a review of Disc One on the Austinist.

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69 Love Scenes Photos – Disc 2

Love Is Like Jazz

Holy blue obscenity-mooing cow!  (Grand Canyon reference) – Photographer Roy Moore captures the essence of the show in the faces of our lovely ensemble.  These are my faves but there is genius in the entire set here. I miss these amazing psychopaths already. Continue reading

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69 Love Scenes

About ten years ago, a record came out by the Magnetic Fields.  A record called 69 Love Songs.  Some of you reading this, will have no idea who that band is, and it will mean nothing to you.  Some of you reading that, will instantly remember exactly the dorm room, or shitty apartment you were living in, when you listened to that record, or the first disc at least of that record, over and over and over again.  It was perfect if you were in love.  It was also perfect if you’d just been dumped.  The songs are short and clever, and sung in a variety of styles with a variety of singers.  Frontman Stephen Merritt says that the album is not about love, “It’s an album about love songs, which are very far away from anything to do with love.” In much the same way, 69 Love Scenes is not so much sketches about the songs, but about the themes of the songs.

“Gnap! Theater Projects presents 69 short plays very loosely based on the songs on the The Magnetic Fields’s triple album 69 Love Songs. This is a workshop production of a show we intend to mount in its final form in 2011.
Each weekend of the run, we do one album each, and then add a Thursday night show to accommodate album 1 during the fourth weekend. Confused?

I am performing in the Disc 1 and Disc 2 shows.  The rest of the cast is fairly evenly divided between traditional actors and improv performers.  And the band they are pulling together, fronted by the awesome Adam Hilton, is gonna be badass.  I think we are having a little party after the show next Friday.  So come on out.  And it doesn’t really matter if you know the music or not, since Merge Records isn’t letting us play any of it anyway.   Here is the link for more information and tickets, and a video promo that I couldn’t figure out how to embed.  If you like the promo, then you will like the show.  Trust.

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I hump a table for Project Rant’s one year anniversary

Breastfeeding in public inspires some other "natural" acts

Its Project Rant‘s one year anniversary!  And I somehow managed to be both this week’s featured rant, and the archived Favorite Rant.  Super super cool.  I love working with Cliff and Luis, they always know how to coax out the funny.  There are two more in the queue, one in which I wear a snuggie.  Also, be sure to check out last week’s rant, featuring my acting hero, Liz Fisher.

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The Saint Matilde’s Malady Juggernaut rolls into Best of Fest!!!

Jenn Hartmann as Dirty Vickie. And me with SAD, but without my fancy up-do. Photo by Caroline Poe.

We left our competition bloated as the barnacles at the bottom of the bay!!!  We going in for more battle on Tuesday and Friday night at 8 pm. There are still tickets left as of today for Tuesday night.  See the Austinist’s schedule writeup here.

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