A stilll of actresses Maggie Rose Mersmann and Ann Mayo Muir, as “The Girl” and “Madame,” in the upcoming short, “Madame.” We’re currently in the home stretch of post-production. To view the trailer, visit: https://vimeo.com/292826942
Excited to announce that NoPassport Press will be publishing my play "The Night Buster Keaton Dreamed Me," along with its gorgeous translation into Spanish by ERCILIA SAHORES, as part of its DREAMING THE AMERICAS series.
NoPassport was founded by playwright Caridad Svich in 2003. It is an unincorporated, artist-driven, grass-roots theatre alliance & press devoted to cross-cultural, Pan-American performance, theory, action, advocacy, and publication. Some of the writers it publishes include Migdalia Cruz, Nilo Cruz, Kia Corthron, Juan Francisco Villa, Caridad Svitch and more.
I wrote, directed, edited and shot this short on a Cannon T5i, one actress ( LA BELLE PAULETTE), one location. Budget: $0.
WE FINISHED THE PROJECT UNDER BUDGET AND AHEAD OF SCHEDULE :)
Thanks to the following folks at the CCSF film editing lab who taught me how to edit using Adobe Premiere Pro: Jason Halprin, Hanywei Ou, Jamie Sharp, Dan Olmstead, Anna Geyer, and the very patient Peter Menchini.
( 3:39 minutes).
A video portrait I shot of jewelry designer, lover, mother and all-around free spirit Paloma Defendini as she opens up about the Cuban nun who raised her, Puerto Rican roots, deconstructing the taboos around "Fresa" style, and her quest to synthesize spiritual and physical.
In English with Spanish subtitles.
My essay collection, "BLUR & Other Essays," a memoir-in-essays with photos, was listed today as one of three finalists in Bauhan Publishing's 2017 Monadnock Essay Collection Prize, judged by journalist, essayist and poet, Andrew Merton.
"So we go to the beach near Malibu and I’m like, Oh my God, this place is a poem. There’s the dead seal, washed up on the shore—freshly dead, I’m told by a German TV director who is with his wife and two young children, from toxins in the ocean. The toxins not only kill the seals, he informs me, but also make them incredibly aggressive, as if they have rabies. So they try to attack everyone, then keel over, dead. And I say, Oh, my God, if the toxins can kill seals, what about the people in the water—I mean, what about the surfers? And the TV director shrugs and says, Eh—the surfers are already crazy..."
To purchase Issue 19:2 of Fourth Genre, please visit http://msupress.org/journals/fg/?id=50-214-6.
new essay, "At The Angela Peralta Theatre," slated for publication in Madrid's bilingual literary magazine, Fron//tera, in their upcoming border-themed issue.
I worked here! bellows the actor to the walls of the corridor, to all of us, to no one at all, at once tragic and debonair, his Spanish defiant and impassioned, his elocution crisp, his cadences pitch-perfect. I gave my blood on the stage of this very theater! My sweat, my tears! ¡Soy actor! ¡Soy artista! Why should I be denied entrance just because I’m without money…?
For more about Fron//tera, Un Revista Bilingue, please visit: http://www.fronteralit.com.
My latest essay, "Blur," appears in the latest issue of Riverteeth, out of Ashland, Oregon, alongside writing by literary luminaries Andre Dubus III, Brenda Miller, and more.
Those shoes danced so good. And she liked the color white. All the other girls would be wearing black, red, fluorescent pink, lime green. Sometimes purple. Turquoise, even. So there was a strange perversity to the color white in the darkness of those clubs. It kept her safe, even special, somehow.
White is the color of something untouched.
For a preview of the issue, please visit: http://www.riverteethjournal.com/blog/2017/04/06/river-teeth-journal-issue-182
To order a copy of the journal (instead of a subscription) go to the "Ordering Back Issues" page of the River Teeth site and select volume 18.2 from the drop down list. http://www.riverteethjournal.com/journal/ordering-back-issues
It's also available at the KINDLE store -- a less expensive option at $3.99. http://www.riverteethjournal.com/journal/river-teeth-on-kindle
With SoCal actors Sheridan Crist, Antonio Perez de la Cruz, Judy Durkin, Eben Eldridge, Katherine Griffith, Bill Hunt, Jordan Klomp, Kelvin Morales, Jackie Nicole & Daniel Ramirez. A huge thank you to the actors and to Jennie Webb for including the piece in the Botanicum's SEEDLINGS NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT.
Rocío Arvizu Perez' folkloric dance troupe, "La Promesa," which harnesses the power of art and nature to heal body and soul.Read More
Meet Béa Aaronson, artist, actress and activist. Originally from Paris, Béa makes her home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she creates art and lectures about art history at her Oasis d'Art, La Casa Verde.
For more about Béa, visit her website: http://www.artcasaverde.com/bea-aaronson/
I love it when my oldest play gets picked up by a new crowd! I hope the students have a great experience with the piece. #SendPictures !