Jeez. So much is happening. So much excitement. I can't contain!
Since last writing to you I've had the chance to perform on different stages and on the streets at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with my Shakespearean Ukulele act "the dUKEss of Rock". the dUKEss had some fun later in New York the Gemini and Scorpio's Masquerade Macabre and Anachronism Steampunk NYC IV.
The act has been getting AMAZING responses all over and I am so happy to be doing something that is so unusual yet so faithful to the kind of art I enjoy making and performing. YAY!
I've also had the honor of joining two WONDERFUL FAMILIES!
The first is the family of the Circus Warehouse in Long Island City. I've been taking lessons 10-15 hours a week for the past 4+ months, and I'm loving every minute. I sprained my ankle in November but have since recovered and classes are kicking my butt but I'm seeing improvement every week, as do my amazing teachers. I can't emphasize enough how supportive and warm the CW people have been - both the staff and other students - and my hear soars every time I walk into that warehouse.
I hope that a year from today I would be doing some kind of circus related gig, hopefully a traveling one.
Yes, I'd like to run away and join the circus. So sue me.
My other new family is that of the Speakeasy Dollhouse.
This started as a kickstarter project by Cynthia Von Buhler - a graphic novel based on the true story of her family, including murder, speakeasies and a birth. The story was told in the book through hand-made dolls, and in turn the story became an immersive play, the dolls became live actors, and me amongst them.
At first I was Catherine Spano, the red-haired Italian Catholic sister of Frank, the main character. We had two sold out shows, and added another on Halloween night, which was also sold out.
Then we decided to make this a MONTHLY EVENT! Yes, every first Monday of the month the speakeasy opens its doors to audience members who dress up 1930's style and come to enjoy cannollis and cocktails and witness the events of Cynthia's family. Now I am Anna Spano, the black haired Jewish woman who's married to cousin Frankie and bosses everyone around.
The audience loves us. And I love my cast member. Each and every one of them is an amazing artist on their own - Katelan Foisy is a tarot reader and painter, Katrina Galore and Porcelyn Dalya perform with Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys, Russel Farhang plays in a jazz band, Syrie Moskowitz has her own production company, and the list goes on and on and on... Even our audience members kick ass, and have included Michael Pope (longtime director of most of the Dresden Dolls videos) and Penny Arcade (a NYC Burlesque legend).
I feel so blessed, and inspired, to be working with these people. They are phenomenal, and the show will blow you mind. Come see us, seriously.
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Much love :)