I am really glad I was able to participate in Intimacy Training yesterday. It was a lot more...well, intimate than I expected it to be. But not in an overwhelming way at all. We went to those places because by the end of the day we were truly ready to explore some seriously challenging work together. I am proud of what I saw my classmates achieve and of what I learned as well.
So grateful to Violent Crown for arranging with Intimacy Directors International to hold this training in Austin.
This year went by pretty quickly, but a lot happened!
Here are some of the things I did in 2018:
—Took a bunch of fun classes: singing, film acting, stage combat, ASL, aerials, and ballet
—Directed ImprovEd Shakespeare while Andee continues her travels around the world
—Joined the B. Iden Payne Committee
—Choreographed and performed my first aerial routine
—Did a local school touring show
—Played in my first improvised musical
—Understudied 3 shows
—Coproduced 2 shows
—Codirected 2 shows
—Performed in 11 projects, events, or shows
—Saw over 85 unique, local performances
—Changed my major to Joan
Looking back and looking forward, I continue to be floored by how lucky I am to do what I love with such an amazing community of artists. Here's to the next step in the journey!
It's official! I will be playing Medium Alison in Ground Floor Theatre's production of Fun Home. I still can't believe it. We had our first read through last night and I am over the moon to be working with this team. I'm officially Changing My Major this December!
More information about this incredible cast, production team, and musical is available here!
Delighted to share the next few things I will be working on:
1) I am performing as Buddhoo for the final weekend of Wazir of Oz at Scottish Rite Theatre. The show runs February 3rd-25th and my performances are on the 25th.
2) I will be teenage Eva in Kindertransport with Trinity Street Theatre and Austin Jewish Repertory Theatre April 7th-29th. Tickets are free, but reservations are a good idea!
3) I will play Margaret, Borachio, Verges, Sexton, and Friar in Penfold Theatre's Much Ado About Nothing at the Round Rock Amphitheater May 31st - June 23rd. Free to the public!
4) I am coproducing Twelfth Night with the wonder women of Something for Nothing Theatre. The show runs June 7th-23rd at Ramsey Park. Free to the public!
I can't believe it's almost the end of the year and I haven't shared Michelle's web series on here yet.
Check out Season 1 Episodes 1-6 here!
I've got a lot of projects going right now and I've been lax in my updates. So here is a list of what I have going on:
1) I am singing in Rosita y Conchita: a Día de los Muertos play for youth at Scottish Rite Theatre. It runs through the end of the month.
More info: Rosita y Conchita
2) I am co-producing Much Ado About Nothing: a free Shakespeare show at Ramsey Park. It runs Thursdays-Sundays at 7:30 October 19th - November 5th.
More info: Much Ado About Nothing
3) I am a voice actor in Bear Eats Bear: a retro-future audio adventure on a vintage cassette. It runs October 21st - November 12th
More info: Bear Eats Bear
4) I will perform in 14/48 Fest on October 21st. It has two performances that night at Ground Floor Theatre.
More info: 14/48: The World's Quickest Theatre Festival
5) I will play Frankie in Member of the Wedding. It's a really beautiful script with a stellar group of people. It runs November 17th - December 9th.
More info: Different Stages
6) I will be May in Jingle Bells Batman Smells: a Junie B. Jones play for youth at Scottish Rite Theatre. It runs December 2nd - 16th.
More info: Austin Scottish Rite Theater
Okay. That's all for now!
Excited to share a trailer as we approach our final weekend!
After you've watched the trailer, check out some highlights from our first review:
"Flanagan and Musser give us performances that feel contemporary and approachable, even as Romeo and Juliet in the third act.
"Bridget Gates gives a strong performance and Amelia Turner shines with poise and grace."
"In fact all the actresses in the performance I attended gave us strong performances. They were aided by quite a pedigree of consulting directors that includes, among others, Rudy Ramirez, Robert Matney and Jenny Lavery."
"It's a testament, I presume, to the work done in this piece, that nary a scene was made awkward by using same sex couples to interpret it."
"It's a labor of love in real life for Musser and Flanagan, who are dedicated to bringing the experience of queer relationship, and moreover, relationship without gender to the forefront in this work."
"This is an evening of experimenting with Shakespeare and pulling it off without gimmicks or outlandish concepts."
"You can count on an evening of Shakespeare that will be performed with expertise and ease. It's a worthy experiment in which to participate."
(Link to Joni Lorraine's full review here)
Becca and I will be joined every night of the run by a different pair of guest performers and we are overjoyed to finally share our incredible cast!
Amelia Turner and Bridget Gates (May 26)
Robert Deike and Jon Sydney Watson (May 27)
Kevin Moxley and Stephen Cook (May 28)
Victoria Barton and Nell McKeown (June 2)
Kate Clark and Heidi Penix (June 3)
Rachel Marie Abbott and Chelsea Manasseri (June 4)
I assure you, despite the date, this is no April Fool’s Day joke. These amazing performers have indeed signed on to create Shakesqueerian magic with us.
How is this real?!
For more information about the show: here is a link to our fundraising page.
Becca Musser and I are just 7 days into our fundraising campaign and we are blown away by the response: a hundred dollars in donations each day! At this rate we’ll have our venue paid for in less than a month! Which is good news because we want as much money as possible for our out-of-this-world creative team.
We’ll be announcing our cast list soon, but in the meantime we are champing at the bit to share our team of Consulting Directors. Our performers will receive guidance from Robert Matney, Sara Snyder, Rose Kentspeth, Katie Van Winkle, Rudy Ramirez, Lily Wolff, Deb Streusand, Amelia Turner, Stephanie Donowho, and Nell McKeown!
We can barely hold in the excitement! Can you?!
If you're interested in supporting this project and the creative minds behind it, you can visit our fundraising page here: www.gofundme.com/lovegoestowardlove