Monday, March 25, 2013

So what now?

I've closed my show and am feeling a bit restless. So I've made a list of things I can do now. I love lists. I've already made three today.

10 Things I'm Excited To Do Now That My Show Is Over:

  1. rest
  2. eat
  3. play with Jo
  4. have a date with Nick
  5. take some time to spend with myself
  6. read
  7. sew baby clothes
  8. enjoy the quiet
  9. get a hair cut
  10. clean (I'm not really excited about cleaning, but it needs to be done)
There. That feels better already. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Gross?? Part 7

I was really excited about the peanut sauce I was just heating up for lunch...until I realized that it looks an awful lot like baby poop.

Monday, March 11, 2013

My work with Akvavit

So I'm in a show right now. I've mentioned that before. I've probably also mentioned that Akvavit Theatre is the company that I co-founded. Making a theatre company go is basically like running a small business. We worry about where the money comes from. We push hard to get people in to see the work we do. And most importantly, we (very enthusiastically) overwork ourselves to produce art that is meaningful, relevant, and true to our mission. It's all hard work, but it's also gratifying work. 

Our current show is a big one. It's actually three short full-length plays that we're producing under one title: Gjenganger. The Norwegian playwright (Jon Fosse) has never been produced in Chicago. His plays have rarely been produced in the United States at all, which is peculiar since he is one of Europe's most produced living playwrights. A Summer's Day, Autumn Dream, and Winter are the three plays that comprise Gjenganger, and we're presenting them on a rotating schedule (two on Thursday - Saturday and all three on Sundays). 

That's a lot of background, but I wanted to get the basics out there. 

One of the biggest concerns for Akvavit (or any theatre company, really) is getting people in to see our work. Theatre isn't theatre without an audience. We (as theatre artists) do the work that we do for ourselves because it is fulfilling, but also because we want to share this work with others -- with you. This is definitely the case for Gjenganger. We, as artists, and you, as audiences, get to live in a world that is very different from ours. An an audience member, this is a chance for you to experience plays that you haven't had an opportunity to see before, in a style that may be very foreign to you. This is a chance for you to step outside the black box (if you will...) and try something new. Sounds pretty exciting, right?

You may love our production. You may be moved beyond words. You may not, and that's ok too. You might be somewhere in between. You don't have to like it, but I encourage you to experience Jon Fosse & our plays that make up Gjenganger. Come and support the artists on stage giving it their all. Support the artists who have worked so hard to create a new world for you including the director, the designers, the crew.  

And to my close family and friends who haven't seen the show yet, this is very important work for me. I'm asking you to come and be a part of what I have spent so much of my time and energy with the last few months. Not every show is like this for me. I always have so much invested in this process of creating theatre, but this one is personal to me. 

I'm proud of this work. I'm proud of Akvavit for even thinking that mounting three full productions at once was something we could do. I'm proud of every single person involved. I'm proud of the folks who have already seen the show or are planning to see them. You are a part of this too. 

My friend and fellow Akvavit ensemble member, Mark Litwicki, posted some very thoughtful and moving words about our shows on Facebook this weekend. This is only a short excerpt, but it is the most meaningful to me. 

I challenge you to "sit still long enough to feel the power of Jon Fosse's voice and our interpretation of it, to appreciate the deep meaning of silence, of the slow turn, of the way time wraps itself around us, of the way we try to hold onto each other even as we slip away." 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Two of my favorite things...

Gah! Marimekko + shoes! Ah-mazing! (I know that's a lot of exclamation points!)!

The Converse Spring Collection 2013 features Marimekko designs, and they are super awesome!

There's not much more to say besides: WOW! Here are my faves:

CT HI Unikko
CT OX Räsymatto
CT HI Räsymatto


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Get dosed!

Have I mentioned that Lilla Barn was asked to be a part of the Dose Market in Chicago on April 14?

What is Dose? Good question. Here's the answer (from their site).


“A beautiful setting full of happy people” – Penny Pollack, Dining Editor, Chicago Magazine
Dose is a year-round market featuring the finest selection of vendors under one roof: the modern, lofted halls of the River East Art Center. Join us once a month to celebrate Chicago’s most dynamic gathering of food, fashion and unexpected delights. There’s no better way to spend a Sunday!

It's going to be awesome! My mama is coming next week so we can sew up a storm. Plus Liv will be joining us in Chicago for the actual market. Watch out!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

And we're officially open...

My play opened last week. Thank goodness. And I'm a little fried. And catching up on all the things I didn't do over the last few weeks.

In other news...

I think Nick and I may have bought a condo. We found one we liked and put an offer on it. We finally agreed on contract terms this week so we now go into attorney approval. It was sort of an accident. Fingers crossed.

I can't really seem to focus right now. More later...