This photograph appeared in the Groningen paper in Holland this summer when we premiered Dayna Hanson's new play The Clay Duke at the Noorderzon Festival. The caption read “Een Bizarre Schietpartij” which translates as “A Bizarre Shooting Party”; we of course could not help shortening it to “a bizarre shit party”. The show is an examination of a lone gunmen named Clay Duke who in 2010 entered a Florida School Board meeting and took the board hostage before killing himself. The piece combines dance, theatre and music to look at all aspects of what is sadly becoming a more regular occurrence in America. It has been a two year process creating this show with Dayna and the company, residencies at MANCC in Florida and OTB in Seattle and we finally will open the show at On the Boards (OTB) December 5th. Tickets and more info here.
I was delighted to be included in photographer Chase Jarvis’ Seattle 100 Project in which he did portraits of 100 Seattleites who drive culture in the city. He and his wife Kate have created their first installment of films that will go along with the series. I was interviewed for the first one that focuses on music in Seattle and it aired last night on PBS. Check it out.
Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely opened nationwide last month and I am going to see it next week with a friend. I was in the film playing “Touchy Feely Woman” and had a few great shooting days playing a marginalized woman at the same Seattle bus stop who lovingly grooms her boyfriend, chain smokes and displays all her passions in public. Lynn called me to tell me they were cutting out her whole story line, it was this vision, seeing this woman at the Seattle bus stop that had inspired the film and now it just wasn’t working with the whole film. I was disappointed but Lynn was a class act in letting me down easy. I found this photo from the shoot. The costume assistant Ashley went to the store and bought me a bunch of hideous but perfect front pleated jeans and a bunch of ill fitting tops. This one was too funny to use but I had to wander out of the dressing room trailer to make the crew laugh. It looks like it might say MILK but no, it says MILF. MILF with pink daisies around the letters… Oh boy. Go see this movie- I can’t wait to see it! Go Seattle film! http://www.magpictures.com/touchyfeely/
The movie that I worked on two summers ago finally had it’s Film Festival run, premiering in Seattle at the Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and going on to play in Israel, Japan and Scotland. Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel is a fantasia of Seattle talent from the burlesque world to the rock scene and back again. Film maker Wes Hurley was born in Russia and moved to Seattle in his teens. He has a beautiful, inclusive, creative sensibility that is park John Waters, part Fellini but really all Wes. Check out the trailer and get more info on the movie here http://www.fallenjewel.com/.
The performers in Dayna Hanson’s The Clay Duke. Dave Proscia (musician, designer, performer), Wade Madsen (Seattle dance legend-teacher extraordinaire), Dayna Hanson (director, creator, performer, filmmaker), Peggy Piancenza (actress, dancer, choreographer), Thomas Graves(from Austin’s Rude Mechs), and me!
We go to Europe this summer to perform at the Noorderzon Festival in Groningen, Holland and then perform the show here in Seattle at On the Boards in December. Show info here: http://arktype.org/dayna-hanson/
Legendary Seattle Photographer Charles Peterson took our pre-production pictures for These Streets and this is my favorite one of me. Charles was so wonderful to work with, easygoing and focused. You might know him from his very famous grunge pics- he took the iconic picture of Kurt Cobain that looks like Kurt is upside down on his back playing his guitar. His work has gone on to change and grow and get even more vibrant and intimate. Check his stuff out http://www.charlespeterson.net/.