June 9, 2015 § Leave a comment
That’s my rap name.
Okay. Not really. BUT my rap video did just come out.
You’re saying “WHAT?!”
I know. It’s a little “off brand,” as they say.
Here’s the story: I wrote this rap to be performed live as one of thirty short plays in Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind which is an “ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes.” That was back in 2007. This particular plastic monkey had become a motif/recurring character in a number of Neo plays and this was my contribution to the clapping-monkey-play genre. The play was pretty popular amongst the Neos, we did it at Best of, brought it to gigs from time to time, etc. In 2011 we shot the footage for the video and our awesome director, Chris Stocksmith, who was filming it gratis for us, promptly got very busy with work and the video never got made. About two years ago the footage was recovered and only just recently was it finally edited together by the delightful and talented (fellow retired-Neo) Connor Kalista.
May 28, 2015 § Leave a comment
This past weekend, my husband, the kiddo and I explored a cool public art exhibit that’s going in in Central Park right now. Presented in conjunction with Creative Time, the exhibit is called Drifting in Daylight (all the info if you click on that link). It’s based in the northern parts of Central Park and it happens Friday and Saturday afternoons through June 20th.
We had a great time visiting Spencer Finch‘s ice cream truck and watching a brass sextet perform on a boat on the Harlem Meer. The former was fully delightful and delicious while the latter was lovely to behold and surprisingly moving.
Days later, my son asked his babysitter “Do you know Spencer Finch? He has an art thing. You should go. There’s ice cream! You have to wait in line. You should go.” That and the fact that he wanted to stay for three performances by the sextet make me fairly confident that he liked it too. Recommended for families.
We’d started the day with a visit to the Natural History Museum, so by the time we made it up to the Meer, the boy was exhausted and it was time to head home to walk the dog, but we hope to go back to see the rest of the pieces which include visual art as well as dance and performance pieces.
Have you seen this exhibit? What did you think?
April 20, 2014 § Leave a comment
It’s a bit self-congratulatory, which is totally NOT how I mean it, but I can’t help loving this audio from an Easter-themed play I wrote for Too Much Light back in 2007. My husband helped me make the mash-up (which I could hear in my mind but couldn’t execute without his expertise) and also did the VO. I hear it from time to time in the shuffle of my iTunes and I’m always tickled.
(If you’re curious, the visual featured Jeffrey Cranor as Jesus, frozen in an iconic pose of blessing, who is beset by two creepy rabbit figures who remove his Jesus costume and re-dress him as an Easter bunny like one of them and then exit. Hold on creepy blessing-pose-bunny-man.)