WHOOPS! Reading May 14 7:30pm

whoopsi-forgot-tohave-kids-cropped_blonde_v1-copy-12.jpgPlease 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 info@tidestheatre.org to make a reservation.

Whoops, I Forgot to Have Kids

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.

Moving on

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.."

Composing a life

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

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.)

Not Becoming My Mother

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.

Check out The Art of Possibility

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.

The Whoops Factor Fundraiser for Japan

Japan Underwater | Kanazawa, Japan | Bonnie Levinson 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:

  • (18" x 24") $350 and (24" x 36") $450 unframed, printed on fine art archival photo paper.
  • Please email me of your interest, which photograph you would like—and its size— plus  your phone number to BLAM.  I will deliver the photos directly to you.
  • I will donate the money from the sales to Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami Relief fund.
  • (There are also a limited number of framed works available for purchase)

Japan Underwater #2| Kanazawa, Japan| Bonnie Levinson

Japan Underwater #3| Kanazawa, Japan| Bonnie Levinson

Japan Underwater| Kanawawa, Japan| Bonnie Levinson

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.