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The Lemon Lounge, Ep 2: Drama and Trauma

lemon lounge

Episode Two of The Lemon Lounge is up, and I had the pleasure of co-hosting this episode, too! 🙂 This one focuses on shows of a more dramatic nature – shows that deal with drama, trauma, issues of gender and sexual orientation, etc. And once again, I join Cindy Jenkins,  Jacquetta Szathmari, and Lemuel H. Thornton III for the discussion.

If you love theater, my smiling face, or BOTH, set aside 20 minutes and check out this awesome new talk show that attempts to bring the theater scene in L.A. to YOU!

THE LEMON LOUNGE IS HERE!

lemon lounge

You’ve heard me talking about my involvement in Cindy Jenkins’ new web show, The Lemon Lounge, which attempts to match theater-goers (as well as people who don’t usually go to the theater) with shows they’ll love, here at The Experience.

Well now, EPISODE ONE IS UP and ready for your viewing pleasure. It’s about Pop Culture on Stage, so it makes sense that I would be the episode’s co-host. 🙂 In it, Cindy, Jacquetta Szathmari, Lemuel H. Thornton III, and I discuss our favorite pop culture-related shows currently being performed at the Hollywood Fringe Festival!

If you love theater, my smiling face, or BOTH, set aside 20 minutes and check out this awesome new talk show that attempts to bring the theater scene in L.A. to YOU!

NYC Talent Invades LA!

Rebecca Comtois and Mac Rogers in a scene from “Ligature Marks.”

You know that feeling you get when you’re reading an interview with a celebrity you admire, and they talk about how they used to be college roommates with another celebrity, or how they’ve known this other celebrity in grade school or whatever, and you think to yourself That’s so crazy that all those people were just friends back in the day, and now they’re all famous?

I kinda feel like that’s how people will one day be talking about me, Mac Rogers, and Becky Comtois. 🙂

OK, so we didn’t go to college together. Or grade school. But we do all know each other through the New York independent theater scene, back when I was an actor in a theater company called Stone Soup Theater Arts, and they were part of a theater company called Nosedive Productions and our theater companies became friends (and sometimes more than friends…it was a very incestuous time). I mention the above feelings, because these are two seriously talented motherfuckers.

Mac Rogers is one of my favorite playwrights. He’s also a really great actor, but writing plays is his JAM. It’s crazy to think that I know someone quite so talented. It’s the kind of talent that I know will end up being taught in colleges, performed all over the world, and referenced in other works. And Rebecca Comtois is a brilliant actress. This woman is fierce on stage, and has amazed me every time I’ve seen her perform. She needs to be famous and cast in everything, like, yesterday.

Which is why I’m SO EXCITED that Mac’s latest play (which stars him and Becky), Ligature Marks, will be performed as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival next month! One of my big regrets about moving to L.A. (and I’ve told him this) is that I now always miss the productions of Mac’s new work. But now it’s coming to ME! And I’m hugely excited. Mostly because this play seems to involve an MMORPG, and I love me some plays about nerds.

And hopefully we’ll be able to get together while they’re here so we can pow-wow and plan how we’re all gonna become crazy-famous and refer to each other in talk show anecdotes and magazine interviews. 🙂

Anyway, local peeps should check this play out! Mac Rogers and Rebecca Comtois are names you should know, L.A!

Mac Rogers and Rebecca Comtois in a scene from “Ligature Marks”

SONG OF THE DAY: "See What I Wanna See" – Audra McDonald

Song: “See What I Wanna See”

Performed by: Audra McDonald

Album: Happy Songs (2002)

I’ve been catching up on Scandal on Netflix lately (why is that show SO GOOD?!) – I’m 3/4 of the way through S2 – and I love Audra McDonald, so her rendition of “Mistress of the Senator” has been popping in and out of my head as I watch.

Favorite line? I’ll play Jackie better than Jackie did and not use a hat. 🙂

However, this sad panda can’t find a video/embeddable version of that song! In fact, it’s really hard to find the studio recorded versions of a lot of Audra McDonald songs! BOO.

However, I DID find another one of my favorite Audra McDonald numbers, which has also been hard to find. Here she is performing Michael John LaChiusa’s “See What I Wanna See.” Enjoy!

** DON’T FORGET THE POUND BY POUND PLEDGE DRIVE –RUNNING APR. 5TH 2013-APR. 5TH 2014 **

L.A. Outing: Point Break Live!

Ponchoed-up for Point Break Live! L.A.

Ponchoed-up for Point Break Live! L.A.

I had no idea what to expect when The Boy’s Brother invited me and The Boy to accompany him and his girlfriend (GF-in-Law) to see Point Break Live! L.A, but it sounded like fun.

And that’s EXACTLY what we had when we got there!

It’s an awesome, live-action, severely abridged version of the movie that’s super low-budget, but surprisingly creative! They cast Johnny Utah from the audience, and he’s led through the show by a P.A. character who feeds him lines w/cue cards and jumps in as a “stunt double” for the more extreme (or should I say, “radical?”) fight sequences. “Kathryn Bigelow” is a character who coordinates the proceedings, and the entire cast of surfers and FBI agents are HILAROUSLY OVER-THE-TOP! They are clearly having so much fun, and they come in and out of the audience including audience members in the bank robberies, the surfing scenes, and whatever else they feel like picking on you about!

Hell, The Boy even got chosen to be the cop that gets shot in the last bank robbery gone bad! “Kathryn Bigelow” coached him on shooting surfer bank robbers and saying “Freeze, motherfucker!” and he did so with aplomb and resonance. 🙂 I was so proud. He also got COVERED in fake blood that he hasn’t yet been able to wash off his hands. Here’s the photographic evidence:

What happens when you have to set off a fake blood pack yourself.

What happens when you have to set off a fake blood pack yourself.

Some notes about Point Break Live! L.A:

  • WATCH THE MOVIE BEFOREHAND! Even if you’ve seen Point Break already (even if you’ve seen it a million times), watching it right before showtime gets you in the right mood, and also reminds you of stuff that you’ll need to know to enjoy the show. I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed myself quite as much had I not watched the movie before seeing the show.
  • YOU GET FOOD! Your $30 ticket not only gets you into the show, but also gets you a ticket you can exchange for an awesome catered taco dinner! Drinks, however, you have to pay for separately, which is the only downside. Personally, I think a drink ticket would be nice as well for a free Happy Hour drink, but as it is, their Happy Hour drinks are $5, so it isn’t too bad anyway.
  • DON’T BE CHEAP WHEN IT COMES TO BUYING A “SURVIVAL KIT!” They sell disposable ponchos at the door for $2. BUY ONE! Blood, water, and splooge (in the form of shaving cream – don’t ask) gets sprayed EVERYWHERE! And if you don’t get a poncho, the cast members aim for you, berating you and your cheapness. So, do yourself a favor. Get a poncho. Also, during the scene where Pappas sends Johnny Utah out for meatball subs, they sell meatball subs during the show for $5. Get two. 😉

If you’re looking for something fun and unusual to do during the weekend, check out Point Break Live! They do shows both in L.A. AND in NYC.

Also, the same folks who do Point Break Live! have a new show called…Terminator Too: Judgment Play. THIS I have to check out!

Teresa’s Tuesday Round-Up: 10/19/10

What’s up, homies?! 🙂 Told you this feature would be back. In fact, the reason why it hasn’t been here is because NYCC ate me alive, and I’ve been writing my face off. Here are the scribblings that made it to the web within the past week:

GEEK THEATER REVEW OF CIRCUS OF CIRCUS: OCT. 14! Head over to Pink Raygun for my review of a creative, intriguing theatrical adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

NYCC PANEL SPOTLIGHT: IMAGE COMICS WRITERS PANEL: OCT. 14! Check out my write-up of one of the most entertaining and informative writing panels I’ve ever been to at a con over at Tor.com!

BEST SHOTS RAPID-FIRE REVIEWS: OCT. 14! Check out my latest rapid-fire reviews at Newsarama. I review Knight & Squire #1 and Superior #1.

CAPRICA: S1.5, EP 10 – RETRIBUTION: OCT. 14! My Tor.com review of the most recent episode of Caprica! (And, you’ll be watching the new episode TONIGHT, right?) 🙂

So, October 14th was a really big day for Teresa Jusino, huh? 🙂 Comic Con was over on the 10th, and I was banging out these articles all while I recovered from three consecutive late nights of daily con write-ups. BOO YA! I have to say, I was pretty proud of myself this past week. There is more NYCC coverage coming – in fact, my NYCC Panel Spotlight of the James Marsters panel hit today – as well as the review of tonight’s episode of Caprica.

That’s a lot of scribbling to keep up with! If you want to always be in the loop, go on and “Like” my Facebook Fan Page!

Also, don’f forget that my short story chapbook, ON THE GROUND FLOOR, is available for purchase! Click the link to the right, and get your copy today!

Lastly, keep your eyes peeled here. There will be big news and new endeavors announced soon!

Vampirrific!

Hello all!  I’ve got a couple of new links for you from the past week.  Interestingly, I’ve had vampires on the brain lately:

One of my favorite shows on the planet, TRUE BLOOD, is back for its third season, and it started off with a bang!  You can read my review of the season premiere for Pink Raygun HERE.  A piece about Episode 2 is coming soon…but you can keep yourself entertained until then by watching this:

And now, we move from vampires on television, to vampires in the theater…

One of my favorite indie theater companies in NYC, Nosedive Productions, has started its tenth anniversary season with an original production called The Little One, about the relationship between a young vampire and her maker.  I interviewed playwright, James Comtois, for Tor.com, which you can read HERE, and I interviewed director, Pete Boisvert, for Pink Raygun, which you can read HERE.  It looks like a great play – I’m seeing it this week, and there’ll be a review shortly thereafter – so definitely check it out if you can!

And lastly, some comics stuff that has nothing to do with vampires at all!  Check out what I thought of last week’s comics haul by checking out my weekly Comics Round-Up column over at Pink Raygun!

STILL TO COME:

** a review of the Doctor Who two-parter most recently aired on BBC America (get off my back, UK!  I KNOW the Pandorica opened, and I.  DON’T.  CARE!)

** a review of S3, Ep2 of True Blood (can I just say how much I love Jessica?  Because I really, really do.  Also – Eric needs to stop getting hot, or I’m going to pass out.)

** Comics Round-Up for the week of 6/16

** write-ups about Molly Crabapple’s t-shirt launch for Pink Raygun and Tor

** a post about the Nerd Girls reality show auditions for Tor

** interviews with YA sci-fi writer, George Sirois; sci-fi writer, Kat Howard; comics creator, Nathan Schrieber; and comics creator, Zane Grant and his comics creator/actress sister, Brea.

** and a piece about the comic, Young Allies, and judging a book by its cover.

Stay tuned!

2009 Year In Review

Since 2004 I’ve been doing a Year In Review post.  It’s a great way for me to look back on both the good and the bad of the past year, and it’s a great way for anyone reading to get a brief glimpse into the awesomeness that is my life!  🙂  If you’d like to stroll further down memory lane than this post will allow, feel free to check out my past Years In Review: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008.

And now….*drumroll*  TERESA’S 2009 YEAR IN REVIEW:

** began 2009 having brunch with some wonderful people, then fooling around with a cute boy in his car and, later, in my empty house.  Haven’t hung out with said cute boy again, but still, quite a way to start the year! 🙂

Me and Mariah the day we met!

** 2009 was the first full year I had mentoring Mariah through iMentor.  It was, and continues to be, a really cool, rewarding, challenging, interesting experience.

** OBAMA OFFICIALLY SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT! Was finally rewarded for my campaigning efforts and activism.

** Saw In the Heights, which has since become one of my favorite musicals!  Met Lin Manuel Miranda afterward…he’s such an inspiration.

** MET JOSS WHEDON with Adam! You can read about the experience here.  🙂  He was at the Apple Store in SoHo promoting Dollhouse, which premiered this year.  I enjoy the show, but don’t consider it Whedon’s best work.  Am hoping 2010 brings more interesting projects from him.

Me and Neil Gaiman at Housing Works bookstore

** MET NEIL GAIMAN! I’d been familiar with him since reading Sandman in 2004, but for some reason his work resonated with me this year more than it ever has, and I began devouring everything he’s ever written.  I met him for the first time at a reading he did at Books of Wonder in NYC that I attended with Adam, then several times at signings after that.  A talented and really sweet human being.

** DISCOVERED AMANDA PALMER! I’d vaguely heard of The Dresden Dolls ages ago, but it wasn’t until this year when my following Neil Gaiman led me to the solo music of Amanda Palmer.  Turns out, she’s not only a talented songwriter and a kick-ass live performer, but she’s inspiring in the way that she pursues art relentlessly, uses the internet to its best advantage, and works so hard to stay connected to her fans.  One of the best discoveries I’ve made this year.  Saw her perform live and met her twice.  Also a very cool, thoughtful person.

** Saw Eve 6 in concert for the second time at Mulcahy’s with Robin, Matt, and Sam.  They’ve still got it!  By the end of the concert I was drenched in sweat and felt energized and alive.  It was a good time!

** SAW STAR TREK!  Great, great movie.  So great, in fact, that I saw it in the theater about six times!  🙂  God, but I love JJ Abrams.  Also love Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto!  Rrrawr!  😉

** Met and hung out with Jasika Nicole and her awesome girlfriend, Claire, before they followed Fringe to Vancouver.  Not only is she an awesome actress and a fabulous artist, but she’s a sweetheart and makes killer Rice Krispy treats!  🙂  Had a lot of fun at her going-away party, and I was also happy to meet her amazing cadre of friends.

** Attended Dr. Ruth Westheimer’s 81st birthday party/book party/documentary screening at the National Arts Club, NYC.   I have to say, it felt strange to not only be one of the few people there under 50, but also one of the few people there other than the people working the party that makes less than $40,000 a year.  Still, it was a nice time, and there was some good, fancy food.

Me, Liz#2, and Adam at the Highline Ballroom after the Girlyman concert

** MET GIRLYMAN for the first time at their show at the Highline I attended w/Adam and Liz#2.  Liz#2 got her boobs signed by the whole band.  A great show, and they couldn’t be cooler people.

** Signed up on OKCupid, and had only one correspondence end up in an actual date.  The date wasn’t successful, but the guy was nice enough, and I was happy to get my first online date out of the way.

** Went to Wizard World Philly to volunteer at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund table.  The con itself was boring (except for when I got to MEET EDWARD JAMES OLMOS, who was the coolest dude ever, and signed my sketchbook in Spanish), and I was really annoyed/disheartened by the level of cynicism displayed by the people with whom I was volunteering (why work with the comic book industry at all if all you’re going to do is look down on the people who enjoy them?), but I was staying with Lisa and John of Pink Raygun fame, and I had a great time with them! They introduced me to a whole bunch of cool people by bringing me to an awesome clambake party…and I ended up hooking up with a friend of a friend of theirs.  🙂  That was a good, fun night.

** Was asked to be a comic reviewer for PopMatters.com.  Wrote a couple of reviews, blog entries, articles for them, had a lot of fun doing it, and really enjoyed working with the editors.  However, I stopped writing for them after a while, because it was too much work to be doing for free.  I made the decision that, other than Pink Raygun, I’m not going to write for any other websites unless they pay me money.

** Met a lot of cool friends this year, including – but not limited to – Lori, Emily, Ellys, Mary, Matt, Sam, Trisha, Laurie (in the UK), Janice, Sonia Aurora, etc.  If I missed you, I’m sorry! I’ve met a lot of people this year!

** Speaking of cool people, I interviewed artist, MOLLY CRABAPPLE, for Pink Raygun, and since then have become friendly with her, and been to her fabulous Dr. Sketchy’s live drawing sessions several times. Have also met her boyfriend, fellow artist, Fred Harper, and her frequent collaborator and friend, John Leavitt.  Attended the release party for Molly’s new graphic novel, Scarlett Takes Manhattan, and had the pleasure of introducing myself to Gala Darling, one of my favorite bloggers.  Would love to get to know all of them better in the coming year!

** Attended my first NY Liberty game w/Emily, Liz#2, and Adam.

Me filming a scene from "The Pack"

Me filming a scene from "The Pack"

** SHOT 3 EPISODES OF THE PACK.  Originally, The Pack was created as an entry for an NBC digital shorts contest.  NBC turned their noses up at us, but we’re continuing with the project.  Liz, Alex, and I hope to buy better equipment and I hope to write better, tighter scripts.  However, shooting those three episodes was A LOT of fun, and taught us SO MUCH.  It also established the fact that once we organize ourselves and get the equipment we need, we can’t fail, because we’re working with an AMAZING cast and crew.  Everyone involved in this project is so talented and passionate about what they do.  We are very, very lucky to have them all.

** CELEBRATED MY 30TH BIRTHDAY! You can read about my fabulous, 30s-themed birthday celebration here.  It was a great night, and I have to say that, so far, my thirties kind of rock!

** Midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince with Robin, Matt, et al.  I thought it kicked major ass.  Robin disagreed.  Vehemently.  🙂

** Star Trek Convention in Parsippany!  🙂  A lot of fun – but it would’ve been more fun had people come with me.  Conventions are always more fun when attended with friends.  Still, I MET LEONARD NIMOY, albeit very briefly, so that’s really all that matters!

** Raised over $1,000 for the RDC “Fallen Comrade” Fund to help Liz#2 with expenses incurred because of her broken leg.  I have to say I was very proud of myself for being able to pull that together, and I was so glad to be able to be of some concrete help.

** Was a housesitter extraordinaire – first for Jean and Kevin as I watched their pets while they were away (and I somehow got some kind of throat virus in the process), then for a friend of my friend, Elizabeth’s, in Larchmont watching HER dog.  I have to say, I really like housesitting.  It’s good to get away from communal living for a bit.

** KATIE GOT PREGNANT! That didn’t happen to me, obviously, but I was SO THRILLED about it, it had to be included.  She’s due in March…

** Saw Burn The Floor with Lori.  GREAT show!  I wish I could move like that.  Developed a crush on a German dance couple.  🙂

** Saw The Bacchae with Merle in Central Park.  Boooooring.  Still, Jonathan whassisface is hot.  🙂

Eileen, Vanessa, Joanna, and Me at Martha's in Forest Hills

** After reuniting at my 30th birthday shindig, Eileen, Joanna, Vanessa and I had an epic, old-school hanging out session.  Did I mention this was EPIC.  These are my oldest friends.  I’ve known these ladies since I was knee-high to a grasshopper (I’ve known Vanessa since I was about 3, and I’ve known the other two since I was about 5).  I thought it so cool that we’re all still friends – that we’re even BETTER friends now than we’ve ever been before!

The Cool Kids Table at the post-wedding brunch: Jessica, Nicole, Mrs. Zalas, Lindsay, Andie, Adam, Dana, Me, and Justin

** Trip to MICHIGAN w/Adam followed by ALANA AND ROB’S WEDDING in Chicago.  It was so cool seeing so many people that I don’t get to see nearly often enough.  Became better friends w/Adam’s mom, Joan.  Got to know his dad, Bill, and his stepmom, Kris better.  Got lost for 5 hours in Pyramid Point park with Adam, but made it out alive.  Met family and family friends of his that I’d only ever heard about before, including the infamous Donna!  Also, met Whitney and Casey who are really cool, and got to hang with Carsen, Sasha, Ruthie, Dana, Justin, Lindsay, as well as the Couple of the Hour.  The wedding itself was SO MUCH FUN.  I could’ve done without the threesome going on in my hotel room, but now I know to choose my roommates better on the next trip.

** Entered, and lost, the 2009 NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Contest.

** Went to a benefit screening of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog at Symphony Space, featuring a Q&A w/Joss Whedon, moderated by Ira Glass, with Adam and Liz#2.  As Liz#2 was still in a wheelchair because of her broken leg, we were let into the lobby first.  Joss Whedon walked right past us in the empty lobby and said hello as he went out to mingle with the people standing on line outside.  We would’ve missed him were it not for Liz#2’s eagle eye.  As he walked by, I said “Hello, Television’s Joss Whedon.”

** Discovered the wonder that is Roller Derby!  Saw Whip It, which I loved.  Went to my first Gotham Girls Roller Derby bout between the Queens of Pain and the Brooklyn Bombshells and had a great time!  I’m looking forward to spending the whole season with them in 2010!

** Met the woman who will hopefully be my future literary agent at a “Breaking Into Publishing” seminar I went to w/Adam at NYU.

** Other fun, work-related shindigs I went to included going to the Fashion for Dummies book party and seeing Chita Rivera perform at Birdland.  Fun evenings, both!

** Saw Jonathan Safran Foer for the UMPTEENTH time at a signing for his newest book, Eating Animals.  He remembered me. 🙂  We’ll see if his book can convince me to become a vegetarian…

** Attended a wonderful event called Salon97, a laid-back classical music salon organized by my friend Kevin’s fabulous wife, Cariwyl.  Met some cool people, including a woman named Ami who works for Tor.com.  We had lunch, she introduced me to Tor.com’s head honcho, Pablo, and I’ve been offered a chance to write for the site!  2010 is going to see even MORE geeky writing from me!

** Discovered THE BEST INDIAN FOOD IN NEW YORK CITY with Ruth, Joe, and Lindsay.  I’m not gonna tell you where it is, though, because I don’t want word getting out about it too much.  If you want to go, you’ll just have to make an appointment with me, and I’ll take you there.

Me and a liter of beer. Standard fare at Studio Square!

** This year saw the beginning of the Studio Square Table – the name I gave the writing workshop started by Jean, and which includes her, me, Alex, and Adam.  It’s been great so far, and I look forward to lots more writing criticism, and enormous mugs of beer with them in the coming year!

** Officially became a Whovian! (that’s a fan of Doctor Who, not, like, a resident of Whoville, or something equally Seussian…)  Great – yet ANOTHER TV show for me to be obsessed with.  🙂

** Discovered the work of writer, Paul Cornell.  Not only do I love his work on Doctor Who, as well as his comics (DARK X-MEN!), but he participates on his blog really actively and seems like such a genuinely nice person.  I look forward to reading more of his in the coming year.

** Thanksgiving at my sister’s place – where it seemed like we’re becoming closer than ever!  🙂  Christmas at my brother’s place – also a great time even though the kids ran me ragged.  I lurve my family.  🙂  Actually, the holiday season was jam-packed with more parties than I expected!  Christmas Eve saw an impromptu Christmas party happen at my house – Sebastien and Diana cooked an amazing dinner, and we had a bunch of people over, including Ellys, Emily, Mary, Adam, Diana’s friends, Patrick, Sam, Ashley, and some other folks whose names I didn’t catch. Lots of fun, and I got some great gifts, including a very special rubber duckie!  On Christmas Day, I celebrated Jewish Christmas, and hung out w/Adam, Ellys, Emily, Robin, Matt, and Sam to go see Sherlock Holmes, then went back to my house to be met up with by Mary and eat Chinese food while watching Wet, Hot, American Summer.  Also a great night.

** New Year’s Eve spent at Robyn’s new place that she just got with her boyfriend, Jerry, who is cool as all get-out.  Partied with them, Robin and Matt, and Brian and Carl, and made new friends in Maggie, Keith, Roger, and Evelyn. It was a great time.  There’s nothing quite like standing on a roof in the middle of NYC celebrating the new year!  Also, there’s nothing quite like interpretive dance the way Robin and I do it:

Well, that’s it!  WHEW!  This has been a truly eventful year.  Thanks to my wonderful family and all my amazing friends for making it so wonderful.  I love you all. Here’s to a wonderful, exciting, fulfilling 2010 for all of us!

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