The Lemon Lounge, Ep 2: Drama and Trauma

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Episode Two of The Lemon Lounge is up, and I had the pleasure of co-hosting this episode, too! 🙂 This one focuses on shows of a more dramatic nature – shows that deal with drama, trauma, issues of gender and sexual orientation, etc. And once again, I join Cindy Jenkins,  Jacquetta Szathmari, and Lemuel H. Thornton III for the discussion.

If you love theater, my smiling face, or BOTH, set aside 20 minutes and check out this awesome new talk show that attempts to bring the theater scene in L.A. to YOU!

THE LEMON LOUNGE IS HERE!

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You’ve heard me talking about my involvement in Cindy Jenkins’ new web show, The Lemon Lounge, which attempts to match theater-goers (as well as people who don’t usually go to the theater) with shows they’ll love, here at The Experience.

Well now, EPISODE ONE IS UP and ready for your viewing pleasure. It’s about Pop Culture on Stage, so it makes sense that I would be the episode’s co-host. 🙂 In it, Cindy, Jacquetta Szathmari, Lemuel H. Thornton III, and I discuss our favorite pop culture-related shows currently being performed at the Hollywood Fringe Festival!

If you love theater, my smiling face, or BOTH, set aside 20 minutes and check out this awesome new talk show that attempts to bring the theater scene in L.A. to YOU!

NYC Talent Invades LA!

Rebecca Comtois and Mac Rogers in a scene from “Ligature Marks.”

You know that feeling you get when you’re reading an interview with a celebrity you admire, and they talk about how they used to be college roommates with another celebrity, or how they’ve known this other celebrity in grade school or whatever, and you think to yourself That’s so crazy that all those people were just friends back in the day, and now they’re all famous?

I kinda feel like that’s how people will one day be talking about me, Mac Rogers, and Becky Comtois. 🙂

OK, so we didn’t go to college together. Or grade school. But we do all know each other through the New York independent theater scene, back when I was an actor in a theater company called Stone Soup Theater Arts, and they were part of a theater company called Nosedive Productions and our theater companies became friends (and sometimes more than friends…it was a very incestuous time). I mention the above feelings, because these are two seriously talented motherfuckers.

Mac Rogers is one of my favorite playwrights. He’s also a really great actor, but writing plays is his JAM. It’s crazy to think that I know someone quite so talented. It’s the kind of talent that I know will end up being taught in colleges, performed all over the world, and referenced in other works. And Rebecca Comtois is a brilliant actress. This woman is fierce on stage, and has amazed me every time I’ve seen her perform. She needs to be famous and cast in everything, like, yesterday.

Which is why I’m SO EXCITED that Mac’s latest play (which stars him and Becky), Ligature Marks, will be performed as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival next month! One of my big regrets about moving to L.A. (and I’ve told him this) is that I now always miss the productions of Mac’s new work. But now it’s coming to ME! And I’m hugely excited. Mostly because this play seems to involve an MMORPG, and I love me some plays about nerds.

And hopefully we’ll be able to get together while they’re here so we can pow-wow and plan how we’re all gonna become crazy-famous and refer to each other in talk show anecdotes and magazine interviews. 🙂

Anyway, local peeps should check this play out! Mac Rogers and Rebecca Comtois are names you should know, L.A!

Mac Rogers and Rebecca Comtois in a scene from “Ligature Marks”

SONG OF THE DAY: “See What I Wanna See” – Audra McDonald

Song: “See What I Wanna See”

Performed by: Audra McDonald

Album: Happy Songs (2002)

I’ve been catching up on Scandal on Netflix lately (why is that show SO GOOD?!) – I’m 3/4 of the way through S2 – and I love Audra McDonald, so her rendition of “Mistress of the Senator” has been popping in and out of my head as I watch.

Favorite line? I’ll play Jackie better than Jackie did and not use a hat. 🙂

However, this sad panda can’t find a video/embeddable version of that song! In fact, it’s really hard to find the studio recorded versions of a lot of Audra McDonald songs! BOO.

However, I DID find another one of my favorite Audra McDonald numbers, which has also been hard to find. Here she is performing Michael John LaChiusa’s “See What I Wanna See.” Enjoy!

** DON’T FORGET THE POUND BY POUND PLEDGE DRIVE –RUNNING APR. 5TH 2013-APR. 5TH 2014 **

L.A. Outing: Point Break Live!

Ponchoed-up for Point Break Live! L.A.

Ponchoed-up for Point Break Live! L.A.

I had no idea what to expect when The Boy’s Brother invited me and The Boy to accompany him and his girlfriend (GF-in-Law) to see Point Break Live! L.A, but it sounded like fun.

And that’s EXACTLY what we had when we got there!

It’s an awesome, live-action, severely abridged version of the movie that’s super low-budget, but surprisingly creative! They cast Johnny Utah from the audience, and he’s led through the show by a P.A. character who feeds him lines w/cue cards and jumps in as a “stunt double” for the more extreme (or should I say, “radical?”) fight sequences. “Kathryn Bigelow” is a character who coordinates the proceedings, and the entire cast of surfers and FBI agents are HILAROUSLY OVER-THE-TOP! They are clearly having so much fun, and they come in and out of the audience including audience members in the bank robberies, the surfing scenes, and whatever else they feel like picking on you about!

Hell, The Boy even got chosen to be the cop that gets shot in the last bank robbery gone bad! “Kathryn Bigelow” coached him on shooting surfer bank robbers and saying “Freeze, motherfucker!” and he did so with aplomb and resonance. 🙂 I was so proud. He also got COVERED in fake blood that he hasn’t yet been able to wash off his hands. Here’s the photographic evidence:

What happens when you have to set off a fake blood pack yourself.

What happens when you have to set off a fake blood pack yourself.

Some notes about Point Break Live! L.A:

  • WATCH THE MOVIE BEFOREHAND! Even if you’ve seen Point Break already (even if you’ve seen it a million times), watching it right before showtime gets you in the right mood, and also reminds you of stuff that you’ll need to know to enjoy the show. I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed myself quite as much had I not watched the movie before seeing the show.
  • YOU GET FOOD! Your $30 ticket not only gets you into the show, but also gets you a ticket you can exchange for an awesome catered taco dinner! Drinks, however, you have to pay for separately, which is the only downside. Personally, I think a drink ticket would be nice as well for a free Happy Hour drink, but as it is, their Happy Hour drinks are $5, so it isn’t too bad anyway.
  • DON’T BE CHEAP WHEN IT COMES TO BUYING A “SURVIVAL KIT!” They sell disposable ponchos at the door for $2. BUY ONE! Blood, water, and splooge (in the form of shaving cream – don’t ask) gets sprayed EVERYWHERE! And if you don’t get a poncho, the cast members aim for you, berating you and your cheapness. So, do yourself a favor. Get a poncho. Also, during the scene where Pappas sends Johnny Utah out for meatball subs, they sell meatball subs during the show for $5. Get two. 😉

If you’re looking for something fun and unusual to do during the weekend, check out Point Break Live! They do shows both in L.A. AND in NYC.

Also, the same folks who do Point Break Live! have a new show called…Terminator Too: Judgment Play. THIS I have to check out!

Teresa’s Tuesday Round-Up: 10/19/10

What’s up, homies?! 🙂 Told you this feature would be back. In fact, the reason why it hasn’t been here is because NYCC ate me alive, and I’ve been writing my face off. Here are the scribblings that made it to the web within the past week:

GEEK THEATER REVEW OF CIRCUS OF CIRCUS: OCT. 14! Head over to Pink Raygun for my review of a creative, intriguing theatrical adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

NYCC PANEL SPOTLIGHT: IMAGE COMICS WRITERS PANEL: OCT. 14! Check out my write-up of one of the most entertaining and informative writing panels I’ve ever been to at a con over at Tor.com!

BEST SHOTS RAPID-FIRE REVIEWS: OCT. 14! Check out my latest rapid-fire reviews at Newsarama. I review Knight & Squire #1 and Superior #1.

CAPRICA: S1.5, EP 10 – RETRIBUTION: OCT. 14! My Tor.com review of the most recent episode of Caprica! (And, you’ll be watching the new episode TONIGHT, right?) 🙂

So, October 14th was a really big day for Teresa Jusino, huh? 🙂 Comic Con was over on the 10th, and I was banging out these articles all while I recovered from three consecutive late nights of daily con write-ups. BOO YA! I have to say, I was pretty proud of myself this past week. There is more NYCC coverage coming – in fact, my NYCC Panel Spotlight of the James Marsters panel hit today – as well as the review of tonight’s episode of Caprica.

That’s a lot of scribbling to keep up with! If you want to always be in the loop, go on and “Like” my Facebook Fan Page!

Also, don’f forget that my short story chapbook, ON THE GROUND FLOOR, is available for purchase! Click the link to the right, and get your copy today!

Lastly, keep your eyes peeled here. There will be big news and new endeavors announced soon!

Vampirrific!

Hello all!  I’ve got a couple of new links for you from the past week.  Interestingly, I’ve had vampires on the brain lately:

One of my favorite shows on the planet, TRUE BLOOD, is back for its third season, and it started off with a bang!  You can read my review of the season premiere for Pink Raygun HERE.  A piece about Episode 2 is coming soon…but you can keep yourself entertained until then by watching this:

And now, we move from vampires on television, to vampires in the theater…

One of my favorite indie theater companies in NYC, Nosedive Productions, has started its tenth anniversary season with an original production called The Little One, about the relationship between a young vampire and her maker.  I interviewed playwright, James Comtois, for Tor.com, which you can read HERE, and I interviewed director, Pete Boisvert, for Pink Raygun, which you can read HERE.  It looks like a great play – I’m seeing it this week, and there’ll be a review shortly thereafter – so definitely check it out if you can!

And lastly, some comics stuff that has nothing to do with vampires at all!  Check out what I thought of last week’s comics haul by checking out my weekly Comics Round-Up column over at Pink Raygun!

STILL TO COME:

** a review of the Doctor Who two-parter most recently aired on BBC America (get off my back, UK!  I KNOW the Pandorica opened, and I.  DON’T.  CARE!)

** a review of S3, Ep2 of True Blood (can I just say how much I love Jessica?  Because I really, really do.  Also – Eric needs to stop getting hot, or I’m going to pass out.)

** Comics Round-Up for the week of 6/16

** write-ups about Molly Crabapple’s t-shirt launch for Pink Raygun and Tor

** a post about the Nerd Girls reality show auditions for Tor

** interviews with YA sci-fi writer, George Sirois; sci-fi writer, Kat Howard; comics creator, Nathan Schrieber; and comics creator, Zane Grant and his comics creator/actress sister, Brea.

** and a piece about the comic, Young Allies, and judging a book by its cover.

Stay tuned!