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Not for the Oscars, alas, but still...I've never been nominated for anything! I'd planned on a big post recapping last year and a post about a weird thing that happened at the gym yesterday. But instead, I found out I was nominated as Best Supporting Actress for The Pillowman in the 2012 My Theatre Awards.

My Theatre reviews New England, New York and Canada so it's a big pool of people which makes this nomination even more shocking! I'm also beyond happy that my castmate was picked for Best Actor, my director for Best Director and we were nominated as Best Overall Production as well!

I'm not the most competitive person but dear god, I wanna win. So please consider voting. You can tweet, facebook, comment or email.

Here's the link:http://www.myentertainmentworld.ca/2013/01/the-2012-my-theatre-award-nominees/

The Pillowman nominations are in the second section, under Regional Theater.
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I cannot believe how absolutely incapacitated I am without a computer at home. Three of the same things here and only one works - barely.


Trying to work from home is laughable.


Oh first world problems, I know. Indoor plumbing, clean tap water, electricity. I know I'm so privileged compared to 99% of the world but that doesn't make functioning any easier.


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(I'm still figuring out the best way to cross-post my Wordpress blog here. For the time being, it's a cut and paste job)

Jenna Fischer, of The Office, posted some great advice for actors. I’m pasting in one of my favorite bits below, but the whole entry is worth a read.


I thought being an actor meant being famous. But, most actors aren’t recognizable. It’s funny. I watch TV in a whole new way now. Like, I watch a show and I see the person who has 3 lines on Law and Order and I think, “Their family is gathered around the TV flipping out right now. I bet that was a huge deal for that person!” There are so many actors that make a living by doing support work on shows. I was that person for many years.For me to stay in this business, it had to be okay if I was never recognized. I learned that I loved the craft of acting more than the idea of being famous.

One thing I’ve noticed as an actor, especially in a small market like New England, is many actors fit in one or two categories* – actors, who enjoy acting, maybe take a class here and there, and perform when they can and the people who want to be movie stars. Now, there’s nothing wrong with either category, but I find a lot of the people in the latter group might be more enamored with the idea of being famous than the actual acting and work and process that goes into creating a performance. Acting is hard and anyone who tells you otherwise is a liar. Acting is not necessarily about becoming famous. It is because you love it.

I wouldn’t have stuck with this for this long if it was all about fame. Trust me on that one.

*That isn’t to say there aren’t a lot of real pros out there or well-trained hard-working actors or people who love film who work really hard. Just something I’ve noticed as of late.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

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I do quite a bit of audio work, and a lot of it is doing stories for horror and speculative fiction podcasts. This is my favorite yet and I'm sending it around. It’s a sad story, admittedly, but a good one and one I’m proud of. The story of the end of the world and the people left behind. I’m the narrator, as well as all of the female voices. Rich, my boyfriend, produced it. And he did a really amazing job – so good using headphones to listen makes it even better because there’s so much little stuff.

Tupac Shakur and the End of the World

If you like it, comment and let the Dunesteef guys know!

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I may be fighting a lousy cold, but the show must go on. Fishnet-Networks.net is now heading into it's third week of performances! And people on Yelp like us. Which is nice, because from what I can tell, people on Yelp don't like much of anything ;-)

So come one, come all to see my new show, taunt me from the audience and partake of the bar's $1 beers. How can you beat that? Cheap laughs, cheap beer, cheap women.

Friday and Saturday nights, 8pm at the Doubletree Hotel in the Theater District. Well, sorta.
(Located conveniently next to the New England Medical Center Stop on the Orange T Line, or a 5 minute walk fr the Boylston St. Stop on the Green T Line!)

And if you buy tickets online, use the code JBO673 for a discount.



Mar. 23rd, 2010 02:57 pm
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Has anyone done the Couch to 5k running plan?


I'm not sure I even have the physical time to do it now, but it is interesting. I have arthritis in my left knee, which worries me a bit (I was born with a messed up patella) and I'm inherently lazy. Oh yeah and I smoke. This should be fun.
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To my local peeps....don't forget to vote in tomorrow's special election to fill Kennedy's seat in the Senate. Some people are speculating voter turnout might be between 5 and 9%! That's awful!

I don't care who you support in the race, but do go and vote!


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Our big Halloween show opens tonight at the Somerville Theater. We get to perform on the same stage as U2 and Talluleh Bankhead! Well, obviously, she won't be with us. Maybe in spirit. U2 won't be either. Duh. But we do have Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band who kicks Bono's smug ass if you ask me.

I should be all sorts of stressed and nervous, especially given my proclivity to such as of late, but I'm not. I'm tooling around on Facebook, eating leftover lasagna and, in general, just happy.

I have such faith in this show, such faith in Rob, Neil, the whole crew, my cast and the cast of War of the Worlds. Yes, this is a big show for us in the Post-Meridian Radio Players. Last year we were in a church basement. This year a big old fancy theater. So we skipped some levels along the way. But we can do it.

This group, the PMRP, they deserve it. In the oodles and oodles of films and plays I've been in, I've never seen a group of people more committed, working harder towards the goal of a great damn show.

And they've pulled it off.

So if you're local to the Boston area or have the urge to fly in from somewhere else in the world, come at 8pm tonight, tomorrow night or at 2pm or 8pm on Saturday. Because this show is worth seeing.

This is unlike anything you've ever experienced before.

The Big Broadcast of 1938 - The Frank Cryano Byfar Hour and War of the Worlds - live on stage at the Somerville Theater in charming Davis Square Somerville.

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This is a Special Bulletin from

The Big Broadcast of October 30th, 1938

Listen here for important information regarding Alien Attacks in the Somerville area.
(w/ many thanks to Tom Champion)

If you like this, please share it!

The Big Broadcast of 1938
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I can't say I was shocked this morning to find out Ted Kennedy had died overnight, but I was deeply saddened. If you grew up here, as I did, you realize he's a big facet in your life, even if you never met him.

My family goes way back in Boston....My great great grand uncle, Martin Lomasney, Ward 8 Boss, gave Honey Fitz his first job and took one away, too. Most of my family on my Mom or Dad's side were or are deeply political. My Mom's family had the Lougherys, Seligs and Kearnses, all running around Boston, Charlestown and Medford, getting out the Mattress Vote, propping up candidates, tearing them back down. If you think politics now is dirty...try it in the 20's! But that part of the family story had tailed off by the 40's. On my Dad's side, the Cochrans and Bowlers are still at it and thriving in parts of Dorchester and JP.

So my whole family has been regaling me with stories of Curley and Honey Fitz and Kennedy family since I was tiny. This morning, I told my mom about Teddy. We started talking about the family, about the day that vets were marching in a parade - JFK one of them - just home from the War. My great grandmother, Annie, told my then 3 year old Mom to give a cup to Mayor Curley and say it was from Annie. My mom marched up and gave Curley the Brighams cup (at least she thinks it was a Brigham's cup - it was probably just beer) and Curley came over to say his hellos to my great grandmother - they'd know each other a long time. Annie then sent my mom over with another cup because "Joe's kid" looked scrawny. That was the first time my Mom met JFK.

This whole family is so deeply embedded in mine....I didn't know Sen. Kennedy personally. I'd seen him a bunch of times, "met" him twice, but it still as if a family member died.

I just feel irrationally sad.

One thing I really liked - Brian Williams from NBC received an email that said:

In Lieu of Flowers, Pass Health Care.
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I think most people on my f-list either know about this, are in it or aren't nearby...but just in case.....here's the info on my show which opens *this* weekend. Crap, really? THIS weekend? I should learn my lines ;-)

If you are interested in going, tickets are going fast. I'm in the last show, Dan in the Lion's Den. Which rawks.

Theatre@First presents Festival@First 6: Tables Turned, an evening of eight one-act plays. These plays, including two world premieres by local playwrights, are about ordinary people in extra-ordinary situations. Watch as they make the choices that will shock and delight you in a hilarious and thought-provoking evening of entertainment!

The Festival opens July 23 and runs through August 1. Tickets are only $12, $10 for students/seniors. Reserve your tickets now at our handy website http://www.theatreatfirst.org

Thursday, July 23 at 8pm
Friday, July 24 at 8pm
Saturday, July 25 at 8pm
Sunday, July 26 at 3pm (matinee)

Thursday, July 30 at 8pm
Friday, July 31 at 8pm
Saturday, August 1 at 8pm

WHERE: Unity Church of God
6 William Street, corner of College Ave. (just 4 blocks up from the Davis T stop) Sadly we're not accessible to wheelchairs.

HOW: Reserve tickets now online at
Or E-mail tickets@theatreatfirst.org
Or call 1-888-874-7554

Join us for summer theater in Somerville!
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Wow, those fancy, iridescent M&M's were kinda good.

Shit, I miss my cat Irving. I could swear I just heard him downstairs.

I have two bajillion items in my closet and hate every single thing I own.

Stephen Colbert's hair grows fast!

Why am I not twittering this crap instead? (like totally follow me, I'm aphrabehn!)

Should I hack all of my hair off and dye it platinum blonde with black on the underside, a la Mia Michaels on So You Think You Can Dance? Or just realize my hair sits flat on my head in a medium ash blonde kinda way and that's that.

Mmmm...bacon. Want bacon. Can't have bacon. Still want bacon.

My nailpolish is growing out in the most interesting way...don't wanna remove it yet.

What is so scary as to petrify wood? Bahhh...dum.dum.

I would totally do roller derby except that I can't roller skate to save my life and I'm a big chicken.

And, finally, I am mentally ticking down the days until I quit the demon tobacco....after this recent bout of friggin' pleurisy (no really - PLEURISY. Next is Dropsy, on to ague, a bout of gout, then St. Vitus Dance, I swear) I gotta quit. This scared the crap out of me. Me, on an inhaler? Yikes! (Even scarier, realizing how good that post-inhaler cigarette is. Do not try this at home.)

And, really finally, why can't I win the lottery and retire?


Jun. 10th, 2009 05:22 pm
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Terrorism is, as defined by Merriam-Webster, the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion.

Those who murder doctors in churches are terrorists.

Those who murder security guards at U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum are terrorists.

Those, on the far right, far left, far anywhere, who use murder, violence, death, and fear as a means to promote their own twisted agenda are terrorists.

We've had two terrorist acts on our own soil in a matter of days. The shooting deaths of Dr. Tiller, doctor and abortion provider, and Stephen Tyrone Johns, security guard at the Holocaust Museum. The men who committed these murders are terrorists. Those who support their agendas are terrorists. Those who shrug at the news, figure the doctor had it coming or the guard was in the way, they're terrorists, too.

Maybe it's time we stopped placing all of our worry thousands of miles away and looked to the terrorists who share our soil. They're the imminent threat.
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I'm deleting some people on my f-list, mostly because we're not really friends or it's an internet only thing or I'm just a touch weary of the drama. There's enough of that in the real world - no need to prefab more.

I know I've been quiet as of late...an update is coming soon. I just need to find some time to sit and write it!

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Another great video from the great Lady Jade...this time tackling California's Proposition 8.

Having spent a chunk of my morning at a protest against the reprehensible whack-job Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist "Church", this topic is even more timely. Please share it with your friends.

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Thank you, Rich :-)

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Yeah, this is my boyfriend's video and I'm probably biased, but his Lady Jade series is just too good to go unnoticed. So, if you like this one, take a peek at his page.


Er, there's a little salty language at the beginning, in case you're sitting next to a fundie or your boss or something.

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