They brought a woman from the street And made her sit in the stalls By threats By bribes By flattery Obliging her to share a little of her life with actors
But I don't understand art
Sit still, they said
But I don't want to see sad things
Sit still, they said
And she listened to everything Understanding some things But not others Laughing rarely, and always without knowing why Sometimes suffering disgust Sometimes thoroughly amazed And in the light again, said
If that's art I think it is hard work It was beyond me So much beyond my actual life
But something troubled her Something gnawed her peace And she came a second time, armoured with friends
Sit still, she said
And again, she listened to everything This time understanding different things This time untroubled that some things Could not be understood Laughing rarely but now without shame Sometimes suffering disgust Sometimes thoroughly amazed And in the light again said
This is art, it is hard work And one friend said, too hard for me And the other said, if you will I will come again Because I found it hard I felt honoured
"I want to see, real, living, and in the hour of my own days, that glory which I create as an illusion. I want it real. I want to know that there is someone, somewhere, who wants it, too. Or else what is the use of seeing it, and working and burning oneself for an impossible vision? A spirit, too, needs fuel. It can run dry."
East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
The Museum at Purgatory (Nick Bantock)
Howards End (E.M. Forster)
The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
The Night Circus (Erin Mortgenstern)
Ex Libris (Anne Fadiman)
Cosmicomics (Italo Calvino)
The Master and Margarita (Mikhail Bulgakov)
The Complete Works of T.S. Eliot
Doctor Zhivago (Boris Pasternak)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Caroll)
Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Klay (Michael Chabon)
Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban (J.K. Rowling)
The Outliers (Malcolm Gladwell)
The Heavenly City of the 18th Century Philosophers (Carl Becker)
The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
Invisible Cities (Italo Calvino)
The Phantom Tollbooth (Norton Juster)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (Richard Bach)
The Forgiveness Parade (Jeffrey McDaniel)
The 48 Laws of Power (Robert Greene)
Tolstoy Short Stories
The Griffin & Sabine Trilogies (Nick Bantock)
Elementals (A.S. Byatt)
The World Doesn't End: Prose Poems (Charles Simic)
So. My alma mater, The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (aka The RSAMD)'s School of Drama is 60 years old this year and I was hono(u)red and thrilled to participate in the Drama at 60 campaign.
Scotland is a beautiful country, Glasgow a beautiful city, with blinding creative artists in it-- and I was blessed to train there and will never forget the experience, and those that forever formed and touched my life, at the very beginning of my acting career...
Check out the RSAMD website, the Drama at 60 site, and follow the RSAMD on Twitter to learn more about the college that trained the likes of Alan Cumming, James McAvoy, John Hannah, Ruby Wax, Colin Morgan, Emun Eliot, Billy Boyd, Tony Curran, Richard Wilson, John Doyle, Robert Carlyle, David Tennant, and lil' ol' me (or, as they would say in Scotland-- wee auld me...)
...Ooo! Not to mention, "London Still"'s Los Angeles debut on January 9, 2011 at the renowned Catalina Jazz Club
Totally hono(u)red by an Ovation Award Nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for Julie Jordan in Reprise's production of Carousel. Congratulations to Carousel for it's whopping seven nominations and to Reprise Theatre Company for it's ten total nods including Best Season! (PS) a great big special congratulations to fellow category nominee and longtime London friend Lara Pulver for her beautiful portrayal of Lucille Frank in Parade. I'm so so hono(u)red to be nominated alongside this beautiful person and artist!)
having some serious deep-and-meaningfuls with faraway friends. (Thank you Skype!)
Giving thanks in America for the first time in NINE years at The First Annual Orphans Feast (hosted by dear old, and very dear New York friend Kevin: The Red Strider and myself: Nachnaya Sava)!
...and thus, cooking. Some serious fracking cooking (sauteed brussel sprouts with bacon and home-made cream sauce anyone?).
...and, making some beautiful new friends in such a seemingly precarious holiday environment. Thanksgiving was so so moving as a result of our communal effort and Kevin's generosity with his home and hospitality.
Auditioning for my friends
Auditioning with one of my oldest friends....
...for three leading roles in one show...
Re-g r o w i n g my fingernail (it is all X-files under this plaster let. me. tell. YOU...)
Walking in the park and The Socrates Sculpture Garden in Astoria (a hidden gem!)
Making peace with the past
A heavenly road trip to The City of Brotherly Love
which included a trip to the Magic Garden
a night at the theatre
and an amazing catch-up meal with my very best high-school friends