Two TONY nominations for MOTHERS AND SONS
Two TONY nominations for MOTHERS AND SONS
Announcing a reading of WHOOPS! I FORGOT TO HAVE KIDS in New York City on
Thursday, November 7 at 2pm
Abingdon Theatre 312 W. 36th Street, Sixth floor
Directed by Margarett Perry
Featuring Rita Rehn, Tracey Gilbert, Ralph Pochoda, and Patricia Randell
Check out this essay on the Kenyon Review Online. It is an interview I did with the artist Mark Rothko many years ago. Grab all the opportunities that you want in life. Be audacious and go for it!
Please join me at a free developmental reading of WHOOPS! I FORGOT TO HAVE KIDS this coming Tuesday May 14, 2013 at 7:30pm Tides Theatre, 533 Sutter St @Powell
San Francisco, CA
directed by Jennifer Welch
Featuring Nancy Carlin*, Randi Merzon*, Susan Shay*, Brian Herndon* & Andrew Klein (*member of Actors' Equity Association)
Call 415.399.1322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation.
Gloria Steinem continues to be a great inspiration. At the TED XWomen conference she said. "I don't want anything I don't have"
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending
Had a reading of the play I wrote and am continuing to write, Whoops, I Forgot to Have Kids with three actresses and an actor at the Lark Play Development Center in NYC. It was amazing. Really helped me see the dramatic arcs to the story. Saw some great theater in NYC. Don't miss War Horse, Book of Mormon, Other Desert Cities, Seminar on Broadway. It's never to late to be what I might have been--playwright.
Just saw Rita Moreno at Berkeley Rep in Life Without Makeup. She was brilliant. When interviewed in the program she said "Move On" by Stephen Sondheim is the song she would have included in the Cabaret of her life. "It deals with the complacency of being and it tells you to get up and get on with your life and get on with your art and get on with everything and just don't sit back, don't relax.."
Mary Catherine Bateson wrote in " Composing a Life"
Part of the secret of continuing development-especially for women, who may be pressed by social expectations into childlike positions of weakness-is the discovery through a variety of relationships that social expectations can be changed and that difference can be a source of strength rather than weakness. We grow in dialogue , not only in the rare intensity of passionate collaboration, but through a mutiplicity of forms of friendship and collegiality.
It's never too late to be what you might have been--George Eliot
On the finale of Brothers and Sisters, Sally Fields quoted George Eliot at Sarah and Luke's wedding.
(Mary Anne Evans was one of the leading writers of the Victorian Era. She used a male pen name to ensure that her works would be taken seriously.)
Happy WHOOPS to all of us who did and didn't choose to not have kids!
In honor of Mother's Day, I just started Ruth Reichl's book NOT BECOMING MY MOTHER and other things she taught me along the way. It is really resonant to me. My mother never wanted me to be anything like her. She wanted me to have the life she never had, to be fulfilled.
I feel like my mother was like Ruth's mom, part of the women of her generation who were unlucky enough to have been born at what seems to have been the worst possible time to have been a middle-class American woman. Reichl says "there were so many labor saving devices that cooking and cleaning just didn't take that long and the women literally had nothing to do."
They were bored and unhappy. Ruth thanks her mother on the 100th anniversary of her mom's birth for showing her by example the road she never wanted to take. Both my mom and Ruth's mom made enormous personal sacrifices to make sure our lives did not turn out like theirs.
Thank you Ruth for writing this tribute to your mother and a whole generation of women.
I am reading The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander. Their premise is that "many of the circumstances that seem to block us in our daily lives may only appear to do so based on a framework of assumptions we carry with us."
Draw a different frame around the same set of circumstances and a WHOOPS becomes an opportunity. I loved this one example they give, which you may of heard before.
A shoe factory sends two marketing scouts to a region of Africa to stdy the prospects for expanding business. One sends back word-- SITUATION HOPELESS NO ONE WEARS SHOES.
The other writes back triumphantly, GLORIOUS BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY THEY HAVE NO SHOES.
People seem to be really interested in the photos I have offered to benefit the Japan Tsunami and Earthquake Relief Fund. I am donating 100% of the sale to the Fund on Global Giving. Please let me know of your interest. Help is still needed.
$3,270,136 has been raised from 35,477 donations to Global Giving for direct aid to the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. Go to updated reports of how the money is being distributed. Please go to my fundraising page on Global Giving to make a donation of any size. The people of Japan still very much need support. Thanks for helping however you can.
While I was researching and googling for this blog I found the term Whoops Factor being used to refer to the Japanese nuclear accident. It gave me the idea to do something to help the Tsunami and Earthquake victims with a fundraising event. I love Japan, so I would like to help by selling my photos from Bonnie Levinson Photography taken during my recent trip to Japan. I will donate the proceeds to the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Funds through Global Giving.
Just one week after the earthquake hit, Global Giving disbursed $725,000 from Global Giving's Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund to six organizations already in Japan working on relief and long-term recovery efforts. See how the Donations to Global Giving are being used.
I've attached four images of my Japan Underwater series that I took last October in Kanazawa, Japan at the Twenty First Century Museum. I feel they are an evocative portrayal of the nature of water and light. People ask me all the time how I did them. If you buy one, I will tell you.
These photographs are available in two sizes:
If you would like to make a contribution directly to the Fund you can also go to MY FUNDRAISING PAGE at Global Giving .org. Thank you for your generosity.
The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing. John Powell
Ambivalence can ruin your life.