A Quick Visit to the San Diego Zoo

It’s great to enjoy an annual pass at the San Diego Zoo! It’s a quick getaway…since we live in San Diego!

Plus, there’s abundant sunshine, a fun way to walk my steps for fitness, and of course, getting to visit the wonderful animals and appreciate nature at the same time!

This past week, I visited the Hummingbird Aviary House, as well as the Gorilla, Orangutan and Reptile Exhibits (and loved photographing the beautiful hibiscus flowers)!

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The Hummingbirds & Other Birds

 

The Reptiles

The Gorillas

The Orangutans

The Hibiscus Flowers

Testimonial for SJF Communications via Bryan Smith, Tuba; Director of Educational and Outreach Programs, Westwind Brass

“Susan Farese, SJF Communications helped Westwind Brass double the size of our audiences at the Maritime Museum of San Diego.  She also helped us to double the number of participants at our 2017 Summer Brass Workshop at San Diego State’s School of Music and Dance.  She is savvy with all forms of media; print, TV, and radio.  She is also very proactive on social media.  She is willing to think, and work, outside of the box, and isn’t afraid to say what she is thinking.  I highly recommend SJF Communications to all arts organizations in the San Diego area.”

-Bryan Smith, Tuba; Director of Educational and Outreach Programs
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Testimonial for SJF Communications via Jeeyoon Kim, Classical Pianist

“I had such a wonderful experience working with Susan J. Farese, SJF communications. We not only had a successful journey of my CD Release Celebration Concert “10 More Minutes” as a result, but also we had pure fun in the process. She has a great work ethic and is reliable, also understands how to approach any project with compassion, empathy, kindness and passion. I can’t think of any other quality that I could ask for PR agent to have. Thank you Susan!”

– Jeeyoon Kim

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‘The Beautiful Machine’ – A Sci-Fi, Pop/Rock Musical at 2017 San Diego Fringe Festival

 

San Diegans… do you have about an hour??

 

The Beautiful Machine

Catch the last two performances (June 30th at 9 p.m. and July 1st at 4 p.m.)

of  Pop Theater’s  first act of

‘The Beautiful Machine’ – 

A Sci-Fi, Pop/Rock Musical

at the 5th Annual San Diego International Fringe Festival

 Centro Cultural de la Raza, Balboa Park, San Diego

The Beautiful Machine is set in a dystopian, futuristic enclosed city. The government has turned to inhumane population control techniques, exterminating those who do not qualify as “complete” or “viable” specimens for procreation. Ben Phoenix, a newly promoted engineer has recently been exiled to the dark fringes of society. Alone and distraught, he has been left with nothing, and yet he is the most talked about person in the city. Why is his name on so many tongues? Why is everyone fighting to recruit him? Is he the one with the key to bringing down the regime? 

THE FIRST THREE PERFORMANCES WERE FILLED TO CAPACITY!

ONLY 2 MORE CHANCES TO SEE THIS ORIGINAL PRODUCTION!

The Beautiful Machine is produced, co-written and composed by Mike Neumann (Pop Theater), co-written by Josh Switzer and Directed by Domonique Evans, a graduate student in the SDSU MFA Musical Theatre program, one of only two such programs in the United States. Neumann, a math teacher at San Ysidro High School, calls The Beautiful Machine  “Sci-Fi and Pop Music – a recipe for fun!” and his inspiration was “wanting to make musical theater “non-believers” into fans of the genre, by connecting theater to a musical style that is easily accessible by everyone”.  Pop Theater is an up-and-coming theater group debuting its first production in the San Diego International Fringe Festival! Their vision is to expand the genre of the Sci-Fi musical and bring more fans to musical theater.

‘The Beautiful Machine’ Production/Creative Team Left to Right:

 Mike Neumann – Lyrics/Music; Josh Switzer – Story;

Domonique Evans – Director;  Jeannee Hogan – Manager

The inspiration for Director Domonique Evans “came from my previous directors in both high school and the collegiate level. Without them I wouldn’t be the man or performer I am today. I would love to impact, inspire, and guide our next generation as I was.” Domonique’s view on The Beautiful Machine is “A story about evolution and a government that is afraid of any kind of change”. 

The Beautiful Machine Cast includes: Chris Chiles as Ben Phoenix, Brent Roberts as Roman Valice, Kimberly Moller as Clarity Providence, Lindsey Denham as Xandelle Jackson,  Jillian Jackson as Anna Phoenix and Kitty Baton Rouge, Leo Chang as Jimmy Philadelphia,  Emmy Farese as Charlotte (and Understudy Clarity), Terence J. Burke as President, Riece Johnson as Dibbs, Alexandra Lee as Sydney Bismarck (Understudy Xandelle), and Thomas Reasoner as Conway (Understudy Ben).

The Beautiful Machine wishes to ‘give back’! Fractured Atlas Crowdfunding Page, a portion of ticket sales will go to Limbs for Life Foundation.

‘The Beautiful Machine’ extends thanks to their generous DONORS – without whom this would not be possible : Vicky & Bill McGinnis, Gina & Mike Farhar, Michael & Ruth Neumann, Jennifer Feddish, Kendra Tracy, Simon Schwartz, Carlos “Senpai” Luna, Ashley McCann, Joyce Inzunza, Ann & Rafael Montiel, Joey Thompson, Marie Thompson, Randa O’Connor, Miriam Haughey, Mike Byrne, Amy Walsh, Nina Stoddard, Elaina Scott, Richard Ho, Jennifer Lane, James Hall, Lucas Williams, and Thomas Nielsen.

Special thanks from ‘The Beautiful Machine’ to: Imran Shiekh – ‘The Beautiful Machine’ heart logo design; Shannon van der Reck- Prop Design; San Diego Steampunks – Promo photos; Jenny Lane and New Works Studio– Invaluable help and advice; Joe DeMers – Pianist; Susanna Vaughn- Assistant Choreographer; SJF Communications– Promotion & Media; Chloe Clark- Light Board Operator; Michael Short Photography-Videography; Chris Armstrong-transporting & moving props; and Hans Neumann- For believing in his Dad.

Here’s a video from ‘The Beautiful Machine’ appearance on ‘Tonight in San Diego‘:

TICKET INFORMATION: General Admission tickets are $10 (Plus $5 Fringe Tag): https://sdfringe.ticketleap.com/beautiful-machine/dates 

SCHEDULE of REMAINING PERFORMANCES:

Friday, June 30 – 9:00 pm; & Saturday, July 1 – 4:00 pm 

Look for ‘The Beautiful Machine’ Album release in July on Spotify!

LOCATION: Centro Cultural de la Raza, 2004 Park Blvd., (Balboa Park) San Diego, CA 92101

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact poptheater@gmail.com or call 619-672-4644.

The Beautiful Machine Website; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebeautifulmachine/

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A Photographic Evening at Balboa Park, San Diego

Even buildings smiled for the camera!

I decided to stroll around Balboa Park last evening with my camera in hand…and what a treat it was! Take a gander at some of the cool flowers, architecture, and more!

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Check out these gorgeous flowers! Go ahead…click away to see the full images! Spectacular colors!

…Plus…some snapshots of this cute bunny posing and feasting!

Finally, couldn’t resist taking photos of this beautiful fountain!

Fountain at Balboa Park, Photos by SJF Communications
Fountain at Balboa Park, Photos by SJF Communications
Fountain at Balboa Park, Photos by SJF Communications

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Marveling at the San Diego Zoo!

I spent about 2 hours at the San Diego Zoo the other day. Had some time and brought my camera. Join me on this journey to only a few areas (the Hummingbird House, plus Gorillas and Orangutans and a special surprise at the end of my journey). My short visit was jam packed with memorable bursts of images!

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First, I visited the Hummingbird House or Aviary, which is a great little secret but tucked away and a bit challenging to find! As you enter the Zoo, turn left towards the Discovery Area towards the Sky Ride. Best to ask a guide..It’s to the right after the Reptile House,  look for the red railing…More about the Kenton C. Lint Hummingbird Aviary

I snapped away at some very colorful birds as well as hummingbirds which enjoy the lush surroundings with flowers, nectar and feeders.

Hummingbirds

I love hummingbird watching!

One of these days, I’d like to go on a trip to explore the different types!

Gorillas

It was such a special treat to see the baby with Mom!

Orangutans

I also visited the Orangutan habitat. More joy with another young one to watch with Mom and Dad!

Finally, my big surprise was to spot a peacock near the squawking in the flamingo area, alone in a corner. I waited until he faced front. What  beautiful plume feathers! Take a look!

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Holy Bat Ray! A Memorable Day at Torrey Pines State Beach

You never know what interesting treasures you will find at Torrey Pines State Beach…

We live locally and it’s one of my absolute favorite places to visit for a walk or casual stroll along the shore, or an energetic hike from up above at Torrey Pines State Reserve. Whether I am with friends, family or am solo, I love the nature, the sights and sounds of the waves crashing, the gorgeous rock formations, glimpses of sea life and birds such as osprey and peregrine falcons and cormorants. photo opportunities, etc.

But today it was extremely special!

I was walking towards a crowd of people watching a guy fishing.

Photo by SJF Communications

 

Pretty routine, right?

NOPE, not today.

This guy (David Fillmore) had a BIG something or other on his fishing line. We asked him how long he had been holding whatever the ‘catch’ was…he said about a half hour…then he told us it was probably a bat ray.

Photo of David Fillmore by SJF Communications

 

Photo of David Fillmore by SJF Communications

Check out the strength of that tug!

So we waited and waited until all of a sudden, we saw the bat ray in view. Soon it was on the  beach for all to see.

CHECK IT OUT and watch until the end!

Afterwards we cheered!

 

Success!

Photo of David Fillmore by SJF Communications

 

Photo of David Fillmore by SJF Communications

By the way, a shout out to David Fillmore’s  Everyday California  and Shred Industries

Westwind Brass Announces Summer Brass Workshop

At SDSU School of Music & Dance

July 10-14, 2017, 1 pm – 4 pm

Free Concert July 15 at 1 p.m.

Westwind Brass Ensemble. Left to right top: Elizabeth Howard, Karl Soukup, Barry Toombs, Dr. Eric Starr; Bottom, left to right: John Wilds, Bryan Smith

The Westwind Brass, San Diego’s premier professional brass ensemble, and Ensemble-in-Residence at the San Diego State University (SDSU) School of Music and Dance, announces their exciting interactive ‘Summer Brass Workshop’ at SDSU, July 10-14, 2017, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. followed by a free afternoon concert with participant ensembles, Saturday, July 15 at 1 p.m.

The Westwind Brass Ensemble, includes Elizabeth Howard, John Wilds and Karl Soukup (trumpets), Barry Toombs (horn), Eric Starr (trombone) and Bryan Smith (tuba).

The Westwind Brass Ensemble Left to right: Dr. Eric Starr, Bryan Smith, Elizabeth Howard, Barry Toombs, John Wilds, & Karl Soukup

“After more than 30 years, Westwind Brass Ensemble remains committed to serving the diverse communities that make up this great city of San Diego.  We pledge to serve not only the San Diego that we know, but also the San Diego of the future.”

– Westwind Brass Executive Director: Barry Toombs (French Horn)

 

“This workshop is open to brass instrument players of all ages and ability levels. Participants will have the opportunity to play a lot, and explore a wide range of ensemble types and musical styles, such as brass quintets, trios, and solos, in both the classical and jazz styles. Each day will close with a large brass ensemble.  An emphasis will be places on fun and harmony!”

– Westwind Brass Director of Educational and Outreach Programs: Bryan Smith

 

Activities will include: Master Classes, Sectional Coaching, Ensemble Playing, Individual and Group Performances. Private lessons will be made available during the mornings for an additional fee.

In addition to the more traditional brass instrument training and ensemble experiences, this workshop will feature these mini-seminars:

“How to Start Improvising”

“Who Has the Time? The Road to an Efficient, Sustainable Practice Routine”

“How to Learn and Perform a Solo”

“Using Technology to Make Your Music, and Get It Heard”

Plus: “A Tour of the SDSU School of Music and Dance Facilities”.

 

Price Information for Summer Workshop:  Students/Military: $150.00; Adults: $175.00.

Register Online at www.westwindbrass.org or call 619-665-9125

(Credit Card or PayPal accepted).

 

Registration Form:

http://westwindbrass.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/wb-registration-form2017.pdf

More info: http://westwindbrass.org/education-school-programs/summer-brass-workshop/

 

Location:

San Diego State University School of Music and Dance,

5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego, CA 92182

http://music.sdsu.edu/index.php/about/map

 

For More Information: Contact Westwind Brass

Phone: 619-665-9125 or email: info@westwindbrass.org. Or visit: Westwind Brass

 

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Recent Review of Westwind Brass by Ken Herman, San Diego Story

The Westwind Brass exists to broaden and enrich the musical legacy of local, national and international audiences through performance and educational services featuring brass instruments and music. Westwind Brass musicians perform in various configurations of featuring the unique timbre of brass instruments and performing the brass repertoire at a high artistic level. Westwind Brass is a 501(c) (3) Public Benefit Corporation. For more information, visit Guidestar.org.

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A Visit to Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala’

 

Some photos from my June 9, 2017 visit to Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala’

Photo credit: SJF Communications

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Discovering Art in Nature at Torrey Pines State Beach

 

Torrey Pines State Beach (below Torrey Pines State Reserve), is one of my favorite “go to”places in San Diego.

Why? Because it is always different, each time I visit. I always seem to “see” art in nature…

The sandstone bluff rock formations and cliffs are majestic and magnificent. The amazing ocean with constantly changing tides speaks for itself. Nature abounds with animals and birds. I just marvel at the beauty. I also try bring my camera and snap away at what I see before me. Plus the extra added value of exercise as I stroll along the beach.

Last week, I spotted a few treasures which I captured photographically. I saw the blue Velella Vellela jellyfish (also called ‘by the wind sailors’ due to their resembling a sailboat), the pelicans continuously flew by back and forth in formation (although there are always a few stragglers ‘doing their own thing’), an egret graced the sand at the shoreline and then flew away (which I was fortunate to take a few photos of). Also of note, a peregrine falcon which was perched high above (several photographers had their long lenses prepped and were telling me how the falcon “Dad’ was so greedy and wouldn’t share food with his partner for her and the babies). I certainly hope this changes and those ‘babies’ thrive soon and the female gets more nourishment!

An amazing find of the day, I almost stepped upon. It was my first encounter with a juvenile eared grebe. It was sitting alone on the beach near the shoreline. Its striking orange eye captivated me. It was just sitting there…It looked healthy yet something didn’t seem “right” since it was ‘picking’ at it’s feathers every few seconds. Before I left, I called the ranger station and reported it. They arrived and said they would not be able to do anything themselves, but would call the “bird people”, I hope they did…

Do you see art in nature? Do you enjoy breathing in the ocean air? Do you reflect on how fortunate we are to be able to see so many wonderful species and celebrate gifts of the earth? I highly encourage you to if you can.

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Testimonial for SJF Communications via Nancy Locke Capers, CEO, Rag Lady Productions, Producer/Director, “The Geeze & Me”

 

“Susan J. Farese, of SJF Communications,  was recently the publicist/marketing director, for our  musical,  The Geeze & Me, which had a world premiere in San Diego, March 31 – April 29, 2017.  Beginning September, 2016, Susan was responsible for planning, executing and ensuring that all communications initiatives were implemented.  Her efforts included writing/editing and distributing press releases, posting show information for online calendars, creating event and group Facebook pages, writing blog interview posts, writing/sending email marketing materials, and maintaining social media channels and networks daily attention as well as coordinating theatre reviewers/critics attendance, setting up print, media, and/or in-person interviews, including television/radio appearances, promotion videos, and other PR content.

These tasks included responsibility for identifying and creating content, consulting on appropriate messaging when necessary, increasing the size of our social media networks, and working with authors/director/producers to help spread the word about us in media venues.

Susan focused her efforts on Twitter, Facebook, E-mail, Linked In, Mail Chimp Campaigns, Instagram as well as word of mouth; she knew precisely how these platforms differed and what approaches worked best for a given site. She has a firm grasp of what types of materials are appropriate for our audience.  Susan has proven to be self-directed, reliable, and responsible as well as creative and unfailingly knowledgeable! She demonstrates excellent judgment in knowing when to consult and when to be self-directed.  Her enthusiasm for our production appeared to never wane. Always available to consult, she was early for production meetings and ably directed her knowledge in a way that was always either appropriate or fantastic. She’s been a tremendous asset to Rag Lady Productions.  Highly recommend her”.

-Nancy Locke Capers, CEO, Rag Lady Productions

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Captured Images: Earth Day 2017 at Balboa Park, San Diego

 

Celebrating the Earth and the Day…One Flower or Image at a Time!

It was a beautiful San Diego day last Sunday, April 23, 2017. I was meeting friends from the East Coast at the San Diego Zoo. Little did I know that Balboa Park was celebrating Earth Day, and it was extremely crowded! Parking took forever! But lo and behold, I finally was able to park and decided to capture some images of the afternoon at Balboa Park en route to meeting my friends.

Most of the images are flowers. That’s celebrating the Earth, right???

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Extraordinary People: Meet ‘The Geeze & Me’ Creators: Hedges Capers & Nancy Locke Capers

By

Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

Shared Misanthropy Hedges Capers & Nancy Locke Capers
“Shared Misanthropy” circa 1996 at home in Benedict Canyon
Hedges Capers & Nancy Locke Capers

La Jolla, California couple Hedges Capers and Nancy Locke Capers are truly an extraordinary couple!  They are married co-creators and co-writers of The Geeze & Me an original “boomer” musical about aging…which will have it’s World Premiere March 31 – April 29, 2017 in San Diego at The Tenth Avenue Arts Center.

Hedges, formerly of the folk duo Hedges & Donna (with ex-spouse Donna Carson, during the late 1960’s-early 70’s), is  The  Geeze & Me  Composer/Lyricist and also plays several characters in the production (David, the Soap Boxer and Beat Poet) and Nancy, a member of the Director’s Guild of America, SAG-AFTRA  is the Producer & Director.

According to Hedges and Nancy:

The Geeze & Me is a funny, irreverent, and poignant original musical. This timely show features a comedic troupe of eccentric players who team up to wrangle aspects of aging from an expert. An eclectic blend of songs ranging from pop to blues to corner street doo-wop, accompanied by innovative choreography. The perils and benefits of growing older are reflected in the concerns of this diverse group of people.

Think “Hair,” after it’s gone.

THIS IS THE DAWNING OF THE AGE OF BEWARE OF US

(Read more about The Geeze & Me below following the interviews)

Connecting with Hedges and Nancy for SJF Communications to provide PR/Publicity for The Geeze & Me has been a total joy and is never dull! Hedges is truly a master wordsmith and composer/lyricist/musician and Nancy, Actress-Psychotherapist, is warm, open, nurturing and very astute. They are equally excited about The Geeze & Me!

I am so proud to interview this “chill” dynamic duo, partners in personal life-and in the biz!

Without further ado….introducing our interview with Hedges Capers followed by Nancy Locke Capers!

Meet Hedges Capers by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

Photos courtesy of Hedges  Capers and Nancy Locke Capers

 

Q & A with Hedges Capers by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

SJF: Tell us about yourself, where were you born? Where have you lived?

HC: My father was a Navy Chaplain …the longest time I spent in one location was two years…until I was 50 – then I was stable for three years. It has been four years now and I’m planning on more in the San Diego/La Jolla area.

I was born in Princeton NJ…I lived in Pennsylvania, Kansas, Virginia, New York, Guam, California (Monterey, San Francisco, La Jolla, L.A., San Diego, Whittier, Beverly Hills, Benedict Canyon, Laurel Canyon, Hollywood, Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach), Japan, Washington State & Washington DC and Hawaii. And some I don’t remember !

SJF: You have certainly lived EVERYWHERE! When did you first perform?

HC: My first performance was 1959 on board ship to Japan…I sang Endless Sleep and Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko-Bop. I began writing lyrics at age 11 and started composing music when I was 15.  I received my BA at Whittier University and Masters of Arts at the University Without Walls, a tutorial program out of U.C. Berkeley. Private lessons: I’ve never had a music lesson, I tried a vocal lesson 5 years ago when I was unable to sing at all. The lesson was unsuccessful, but it led to my vocal cord surgery which thankfully was successful and instrumental in the content of our show.

SJF: Tell us about you as an actor

HC:  I did theatre shows in college; Pajama Game –  Playboy Of The Western World – Zoo Story –  Rashomon and a few others… but I just wanted to be a singer I never thought about acting. … I went to college because I didn’t know how to get into the music industry (even after having signed a recording contract in 1961 at age 16). I didn’t want to pump gas or marry Leigh Deane Larson… I formed a trio my first week of college- we were hired to sing at a hotel dining bar 2 days after we met and sang together for four years at Whittier. We signed with Dot Records in 1966 and released a single in Japan which we were told made the charts there to #7.

In 1970 I had the title role in The Legend of Hillbilly John. The producers didn’t know whether they should get an actor they hoped could sing or a singer they hoped could act… the final two choices were Arlo Guthrie and myself… a stunning cast of amazing character actors Denver Pyle, Harris Yulin, RG Armstrong, Susan Strasberg and more.

SJF: Any low times?

HC: Hearing a group of kids ask Donna (my ex-wife and former duo partner) if she knew me? She said “Yes he’s my husband” – they looked at her then back at me then back at her and said “He doesn’t look at all black” but in their world it was not possible that a white man and a black woman could be married.. the only possibility was that I must be black… that night I wrote

 “No child of mine’s gonna have to plant no god damn cotton. No child of mine ever gonna harvest up the rain No child of mine’s ever gonna have to know that pain. Steeple people twisted children God’s almighty bent and broken they went to Little Rock all alone and God went home”.

Anger and hurt were the emotions…Donna was pregnant and I was wondering are we doing to this child-any favors bringing him into THIS?

SJF: Tell us about your duo Hedges and Donna

HC: We opened for Nina Simone, Judy Collins and Bobby Hebb, Harry Belafonte, Neil Diamond, Oscar Brown Junior and Jean Pace, Ritchie HavensGroups that opened for us? Jackson Browne, Blood Sweat and Tears, James Taylor, Ritchie Havens, Hoyt Axton, Joni Mitchell and lots more…

SJF: Highs of your career?

HC: Too many highs to list them all …Headlining the Philadelphia Folk FestivalThe Smothers Brothers Show, Carnegie Hall, The Tonight Show three times.

SJF: …and Lows?

HC: Lows… for a sad reason. At the Atlanta International Pop Festival 1970… the crowd estimates vary even today between 200,000 and 600,000 people… 750,000 was the count the artists were given…much larger than Woodstock.  This was deep South… we had played The Hungry I in SF with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs and were told by them ”You all can come”…it was their nod of approval to our music… as we performed  on stage at the festival  we were buzzed repeatedly by a series of Lear and larger jets… no other act  had that happen… We were told later that Lester Maddox had orchestrated that as a show of his objection…

SJF: What differentiates you as a composer, writer, performer, former therapist, corporate biz guy?

HC: I don’t have a clue….but maybe? I’ve always loved lyric and loved word play… as a 5 year-old, I went to a school with first thru eighth grade in the same classroom and above the black board the alphabet and numbers were written out … I stared and then saw U R N U 2 B 4 U 4 U R 1 U C A B U T U Q U 2 B U. U 1 2 B 4 U? I 1 2 B 4 U 2! OG.

Language in Thought and Action by S.I Hiyakawa was my English book in high school. Albert Upton was my freshman college English professor and he was Hiyakawa’s chief semantic rival.  I was partnered with the original Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) research team and was the first person certified to train for the Process Communication Model (PCM), the only two process models for human interaction…

All that to say I have had an extraordinary exposure to how words affect people, and I am pretty sure I’ve never looked at a phrase with that lens consciously.

SJF: Tell us about The Geeze & Me

HC: I would love to see The Geeze & Me on Broadway… In Vegas, and Branson and touring groups in regional theaters all over… I would love folks to feel that passion of “It ain’t over until the fat lady sings and there ain’t a lady fat enough to sing for this generation …” I would like people to hear the research regarding aging and feel empowered. I’d like to stand outside a theater in NY and hear people humming or singing “HOW OLD DO YOU FEEL?”

SJF: I am singing that tune all the time already!

SJF: What is your strongest asset?

HC: I love people! And I think I understand their worth.

SJF: Tell us two wonderful things and two difficult aspects of being YOU

HC: 1. I love the way my mind works especially with words… as they flutter by like Butterflies…Or like the way I hear Guilt and my mind says “it’s just decorative stuff that goes around mirrors (gilt) unless you put U in it… or being ‘now and here’ is really being ‘nowhere’ where you know where you are… I have developed a patience in my late 60’s that I never dreamed I’d have…2. Difficult aspects… my grief is way too close to the surface… I see it too clearly in too many places too much of the time.

SJF: Tell me what makes Hedges “TICK”

HC:  I use to say “I’m just moving slide to slide and sucking on the main stream… but I think I was just being flippant… I think I just want to see my kids headed to something that might be full with enough joy  to be really worthwhile and I still want to see a bit of tomorrow.

SJF: If you had to do it over again…how would you choose what do in life as a career/profession?

HC: I have been blessed to have done exactly as I dreamed.

SJF: What two things don’t we know about you?

HC: I don’t know what you do know so it’s hard to know what you don’t but…If you have asked me something I will tell you.  I haven’t found it useful to hide

SJF: What are your fears??…

HC: I’ve had anxiety attacks at different times in my life that were debilitating… I think as a result of several years of drug experimenting… sniff, swallow or smoke without question…a really stupid period. Fortunately for me the era of designer drugs had not arrived then or I may have died as my son did.

I think I also fear I was not the father I should have been… my kids deny this but how can we ever really know?

SJF: Any regrets?

HC: 1- Not having been able to prevent my son’s death. 2- Not being cleaner with how I separated from Donna… I didn’t want to be the “bad” guy and so I drug things out instead of saying “I won’t do this, I’m leaving you.” Explanations can just muddy the water and invite attempts to change ones mind.

It is hard to have regrets when you are given the opportunity to live a life long dream. At 7 or 8 that’s what I wanted. At 7 we went to the Grand Canyon and my folks put my sister and me on the mule ride at the bottom of the canyon. It seemed like my mule wanted to nibble on things growing on the fall and you die side of the path. I was in tears but the path is too narrow to turn around or dismount and walk back so I had to go all the way… I cried until I realized my fear was unfounded… but my parents could hear me singing filling the Grand Canyon with joy for 45 minutes before the mules reached the top.

… if I reach for one regret, it’s that I didn’t do a better job of keeping clippings and songs  and the journal writing I sometimes did… Moving as much as I did I never kept “things”- I would love to have been able to share those with my kids.. but … And the songs that were written that have been forgotten.

SJF: An ideal week for you would be…

HC: Watching The Geeze and Me on Broadway with my family and friends- playing golf (well!) with my buds.. singing … eating Swiss enchiladas.. swimming in warm water, walking on the beach at sunrise and again at sunset… hearing the world laugh … discovering that there really is an afterlife that works well enough to make any pain of this life irrelevant … KNOWING that  I did what I was here to do, knowing, without  a doubt.

SJF: What have been your life hurdles?

HC: 1. I was told at 16 my sibilance was so bad I would for sure never be able to be a recording artist…2. My height: I was 4’11” as a Junior in high School 3. I can’t sing the way I want to sing… ( I like the way I sing… it’s that there are ways I can’t that I’d love to but I think men don’t have the tool women have…).

I don’t think there have really been any hurdles because my life is evidence that I haven’t been stopped. There are things I haven’t done but the choice to not pursue has been mine, I have stopped.

 

Hedges Capers & Nancy Locke Capers in 1999
Hedges Capers & Nancy Locke Capers in 1999

Meet Nancy Locke Capers by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

Photos courtesy of Hedges  Capers and Nancy Locke Capers

Q & A with Nancy Locke Capers  by  Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

SJF: Tell us about your upbringing, family, siblings, schooling, etc. 

NLC: I was born in the SPAM capital of the world – Austin, Minn.  We were solid middle-class.  I grew up in Minnesota & Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh.  Came to Glendale, California when I was 11.  My Mother was a singer and housewife and my Dad was a businessman.

I have an older brother who is an international trade Attorney  and previously worked in the White House as Legal Counsel under former Presidents Nixon & Ford.  My sister, ordained in the Episcopal Church, was a Chaplain at San Francisco General Hospital in the 80s, during the A.I.D.S. epidemic.   I returned to school at age 40 and have my Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology.  (Still think about going for my PhD.  I’m a knowledge-hound.)

SJF: When did you begin acting?

NLC: I began acting when I was tapped for a Kimbie’s diapers hidden camera commercial with my baby son.   Shortly thereafter, Geoff Lewis (Juliette Lewis’s wonderful dad) walked into my kitchen and asked me if I wanted to be in a movie.  I said, “Sure.”  He coached me on how to audition on the way to the meeting at Sunset Plaza, with the director, Floyd Mutrux.  I auditioned, and when it was clear I was a terrible actor, he said “I have a waitress part with 11 or 12 lines. Do you think you could handle that?” and I was off to the races.   A friend of mine, Robert F. Lyons, began teaching acting around this time and thought I might enjoy taking classes.  I studied with him for two years before going on my 2nd audition.

SJF: Who have you taken private lessons with?

NLC:  In acting:  Milton Katselas, Robert F. Lyons, Joan Darling, John Voight.  In Producing:  Ron Schwartz, Jim Aubrey.  Directing:  Garry Marshall, Ulu Grossbard, Dwight  Little, etc.  You pick up a lot just being around a set.

SJF: Were you always enthused about acting?

NLC:  Not at all.  I didn’t really begin until I was 30. My son was a baby and so I didn’t start seriously auditioning until I was 30.

SJF: What are some highlights of your acting career?

NLC:  “Pretty Woman” of course was so much fun to work on.  I learned a lot from Garry Marshall and how he handled actors.  True Confessions with Robert Duvall and Robert De Niro – I worked in a scene (later cut), but he was the kindest, most generous man. He completely normalized any nerves I was feeling.  By the way, Milton Katselas used to say that “nerves are our talent trying to get out.”  He put a positive frame on having nerves.  He also said, “If you’re not nervous then you should be concerned.”  That might be a tip-off that you’ll give a flat performance.

SJF: Have there been any low times?

NLC: I was previously married to an actor/director/writer and so we were each doing our separate jobs.  The low times were really when the jobs weren’t coming in and the bank account was running out. Ninety-nine percent of SAG members don’t make a living at acting.  We were able to live nicely and reap the benefits of being working actors.  I made a decision not to do on-location work, which definitely impacted my hire-ability.  I wanted to be a mom to my son and step-daughter.   I’m not sure that I experienced “low time” because of it, but I felt it was more important to have a responsible adult at home, and my former spouse was working actively during that period and wasn’t able to provide childcare.

SJF: Any Pretty Woman stories?

NLC: Yes, but not sure I’d want to go public with them.  Richard Gere was a perfect gentleman and quite kind.  Jason Alexander was hilarious.  Julia was like a fresh colt, very excited to be working on the film, along with everyone else.

SJF: Jane Fonda stories?

NLC:  I was a spokesperson for Jane Fonda Work-Out Wear in the ’80s.  They chose 3 women out of 700, so I felt incredibly lucky.  We met. She congratulated me on getting the job.  She was very kindhearted.

SJF: What differentiates you as a director, performer, person, actor, therapist, corporate biz person?

NLC: Hmmm.  My humor?  My curiosity in all things? My experiences with tragedy.  I’m not sure.  But I lost my parents at ages 18 & 26, so all three of us (me, sister, brother) have fairly wicked senses of humor as a coping mechanism.  I think it’s a survival mechanism for those struck with tragedy as a young person.  All my life I’ve found most people endlessly interesting.  This, of course, reflects the kind of work I’ve chosen as an actor, writer and psychotherapist.

SJF: Tell us about The Geeze & Me

NLC:   It began as a lark.  Hedges had some unrecorded songs that were fantastic. I’d been missing the theatre world, so I thought maybe I could fashion a love story around those existing songs.  But then, I (or he, one forgets who brings what to the table in collaboration)  decided to do something about aging.  We’re the largest demographic of elders in the history of the world.

So, Hedges went to bed at night and would wake up with this wonderful, funny, deep music that surprised both of us.  It just came rolling out of him.  He used to be a staff writer at A & M, so he knew songwriting structure.  And so then I had to actually learn how to write a musical.  This was tortuous and enchanting, but I don’t have a musical bone in my body.  Thank goodness he was so prolific.   At some point, we both began collaborating on the book.   Somewhere (when it was still a little theater idea) it became clear that I would direct it-which was and is terrifying.   It would be terrific if it had legs and went on to tour in regional theatres, etc.

SJF: What is your strongest asset?”

NLC:  My publicist.

SJF: LOL!!! Thanks, Nancy! You make my work easy!

SJF: Tell us two wonderful things about being a Psychotherapist.

NLC: Two wonderful things:

1. It is an honor to do the psychotherapeutic work I do. When people say, “Ugh, how can you stand listening to problems all day” I don’t understand why they think this is difficult or depressing. In fact, it’s the opposite.  It’s energizing when someone talks with you on a deep, intimate level that does not often happen outside of the office.  It’s invigorating to give another the space to explore safely.  It’s a privilege.

2. Seeing suffering in all its disparate forms is humbling.

SJF: And two difficult aspects as a Psychotherapist?:

NLC: 1.  I can’t fix them in 10 minutes.  I have to let them take the time they need to heal and arrange their life differently or get out of a bad relationship. 2. There’s a chronic sense of loss in my job. People move, people don’t need you anymore, people have a hard time staying in therapy when they should – so, one learns to deal with it, but you invest YOURSELF in your clients.  That’s a big part of the job. It’s in the relationship, the trust, the consistency, the non-judgmental dialog that allows a patient to heal.

SJF: Tell me…what makes Nancy “TICK”?”

NLC: I’m alive.  That, and sheer terror. Joking.  Kind of.

SJF: If you had to do it over again…how would you choose what do in life as a career/profession?

NLC: Well, primarily, I would not join a cult (Scientology). That was really an attempt to grab ahold of something, anything that gave me structure and the appearance of answers at that point of my life. I could have studying for my PhD.  But I think you have to be allowed to explore and pay attention to what turns you on.  Go where your passion leads you, if you’re lucky enough to have the time and financial support to do so.  I think “following your bliss” just is not an option for most people, but that changes with age.  For me I’ve been allowed to return to the world of the theatre which I’ve been away from for 20 years.

SJF: What two things don’t we know about you?

NLC: That I know how to make a delicious Hartquist Spring Salad Sandwich.  And that I was on TWA flight 840 that exploded in mid-air over Greece.as a result of a terrorist bomb in 1986.  I was on my way to Greece to meet my former husband on a film he was making.  Ten days later I had to fly to South Africa as the lead in a film (Hostage) about terrorism,  shooting in the fuselage of a plane for six weeks.  We then had to go to Dallas to shoot a film we’d written.

SJF: What are your fears?

NLC:  I think I have the usual fears that all parents have.  I fear something happening to my son. Losing my stepson at age 20 was, and is, indescribably sad. Oddly enough, I don’t fear flying.

SJF: How do you “give back”?

NLC: We’re donating 50% of The Geeze & Me revenues to:  A New Path, PATH, LGBT Senior Care, and The Unbattle Project.  We’ve also given to the UCSD Center for Healthy Aging.

SF: Any regrets?

NLC:  Of course.

SJF: Enough said!

SJF: Ideal week for you would be…NLC: Travel to Maui, read a great novel, swim in the ocean with mi amoré.  (Kind of what I do here anyway….)

SJF: What have been your life hurdles? Successes?”

NLC: Overcoming panic disorder.  Feeling like I’m not “enough”.  Not being thin enough.  Not being pretty enough.  You know, typical American woman  hurdles.

Successes?  As I look back on  my life, I’m aware that I’ve felt chosen by casting directors, by a director, by the producer.  But I am also aware that it’s a roll of the dice.  I’m not sure I take any particular pride in being chosen.  I think the successes also had to do with persistence.  You just kept doing it.  And I was able to keep doing it because of nepotism or having a good day at that audition, or knowing  the right person. I learned at some point that the confidence game is really about acting “as if.”   I’ve seen major actors get squeamish if they have a crying scene coming up, whereas I’d worked with “lesser” actors who could cry on a dime.  If one chooses a profession in theatre/films, you have to love doing it.  It’s terribly hard on people because of the rejection rate.  But, Mark Ruffalo went on 600 auditions before being chosen.  You have to be good enough when you stumble upon an opportunity.

I tend to be a risk-taker.  For example, this is my first time directing a musical.  I have great support from extremely talented others – BJ (musical director), Hedges, having a great staff, fantastic cast.  Feeling the fear and doing it anyway.  That’s how we grow.

SJF: Who is your inspiration?

NLC:  My mother.  I’ve gotten to live the life she would have loved.

SJF: What are your 5 year and 10 year goals?

NLC: Seriously?  That goal setting never works for me.  Even when I’ve been diligent.  I never said, “I’m going land a part on Dynasty in 5 years!”   So much of my life has been being in the right place at the right time. I’m not sure I ever really consciously set a goal.  Perhaps I should have. You know, I’d decide to take a class in screenplay writing (from Syd Fields) and then I’d write a couple of mediocre scripts, then I’d work on something and someone would show interest in it.  So much of acting, writing, selling a script, getting my masters degree – it was all so pleasurable, with just the right amount of challenge.

SJF: Describe your dreams.

NLC: VIVID.  I know you’re talking about BIG DREAMS, but I’m talking about nightly, very vivid, wild, entertaining dreams since I’ve begun directing The Geeze & Me.  What subconscious?

SJF: Describe three pivotal events in your life.

NLC: My Father’s death.  My Mother’s death.  Marrying mi amour.

SJF: Role models- male and female?

NLC: Hmmm, well, I tend to be suspicious of role models, of idealizing an individual and projecting onto them all of my ideas about who they are.  But you know who comes to mind?   Béyoncé.  I know.  I’m a 68-yr. old white woman, but watch  Drunk, In Love and tell me she’s not got it going on.  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1JPKLa-Ofc)   It’s hard to do overt sexuality and not feel used at the end of the day.  And she’s brave enough to go for it. Hillary Clinton.  President Obama’s grace and elegance.  Jon Stewart’s genius.  Stephen Colbert’s limitless mind.

SJF: Where are your favorite La Jolla/San Diego places? Your favorite places for a vacation?

NLC: In La Jolla – George’s; A small Greek restaurant called Cafe Athena in Pacific Beach, La Valencia Hotel for breakfast,  Come On In’s cornmeal pancakes.    My ideal vacation:  on a beach anywhere.  Paris, like most everyone.  Lisbon.  London.  Monemvasia, Greece.  Two Bunch Palms in Desert Hot Springs.  I’m not a Trump Tower person, and I like small, manageable, places that feel personal. It’s a feeling I get in a place.   But Jerusalem would be good, too.

SJF: Any memorable live performance experiences (or other), and why?

NLC: Anthony Hopkins in Equus.  Raw power.  I was sitting in the front row and I was certain that Anthony Hopkins delivered his monologue to me.  Which is how great actors make you feel…

I also saw a recent production of The Normal Heart at the Diversionary Theatre that about ripped mine out of my chest.  I can’t remember being so deeply struck by anything like that in a long time.  Really visceral.  The play is about the A.I.D.S. crisis hitting in the 80s in San Francisco.  My sister was a Chaplain at San Francisco General at that time, and I recall vividly our conversations about what they were seeing then.  About all the men who were dying.  She saw it firsthand.  The production, directed by Kim Strassberger and Claudio Raygoza was superb.

Many thanks,  Hedges and Nancy for giving us a peek into your lives! It’s been a pleasure interviewing you! 

The Geeze & Me

What if there was a musical – simultaneously serious and hilarious, that explores the wild ride of life’s later years, addressing the good, the bad and the ugly of aging? The Geeze & Me is a musical production about the aging process, upsides and down. The World Premiere of The Geeze & Me will be presented in San Diego, March 31 – April 29 at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center.

The Geeze & Me Production/Creative Team includes: Original Music/Lyrics by Hedges Capers and Book written by Hedges Capers and Nancy Locke Capers. Produced and Directed by Nancy Locke Capers. Musical Direction by Will (B.J.) Robinson,  Choreography by Joanne Lovejoy,  Sound & Video by Joe Huppert, Costume Design by Max Cadillac, Lighting Design by Cynthia Bloodgood,Script Consultant Dilip Jeste, M.D., and Danielle K. Glorioso, L.C.S.W., in consultation with UCSD Center for Healthy Aging at UCSD,  PR/Media/Press by Susan J. Farese, SJF CommunicationsCasting by Samuel Warren & Associates, ,  with Brendan Hill as Assistant Director and Beonica Bullard as Stage Manager.

THE GEEZE AND ME CAST: Devlin (Kay), Hedges Capers (David), Kent Brisby (Bob), Byron La Due (Howard), Gabriela Nelson (Sherry), Jesse MacKinnon (Dwight), Lorraine Devon Wilke (Helen), Lolly Boroff (Mrs. Dingler), Susan Benninghoff (Miranda),  Kiera Mersky (Bobbi & Margo), Lauren Preski (Margret), Erin Vanderhyde (Homeless),  Susie Singer Carter (Science & Ginger) and Scotty Billion (Undertaker).

The Geeze & Me is a funny, irreverent, and poignant show about surviving aging. This timely show features a comedic troupe of eccentric players who team up to wrangle aspects of aging from an expert. An eclectic blend of songs ranging from pop to blues to corner street doo-wop, accompanied by electric choreography and state of the art projections. The perils and benefits of growing older are reflected in the concerns of this diverse

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The Geeze & Me is thrilled to give back! Over 50 % of proceeds from ticket sales of The Geeze & Me will be donated to the following charities: Path, A New PathThe Unbattle Project and  The Center LGBT Senior Services as well as the UCSD Center for Healthy Aging

What audience patrons of The Geeze & Me staged readings are saying:

“So life-affirming. Even just seeing a reading was fantastic. Look forward to seeing it mounted!”

“…the story, writing, and music are stunning.”

“…intimate dialectic you achieved between characters/story/music is amazing. So well done!  Really smart.”

“…your inclusion of socio-scientific-political realities re: aging and society are never forced, always brief, and work. This is very hard to do. But you did it.”

“I’m in awe of the music/lyrics…”

Methusalah said, “It’s the best musical I’ve seen in 800 years!”

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General Admission tickets are $30: http://www.sdartstix.com/the-geeze-and-me/ or http://www.thegeezeandme.com. For Group Discount rate ($20 for 10 or more) contact thegeezeandme@yahoo.com or call 858-232-9696. 

SCHEDULE: Previews/Pay what you can with a cast talkback following the preview performances March 29 & 30th. Performances: March 31 – April 29, Thursdays at 7:30  p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday matinees  at 2:00 p.m. 

LOCATION: The Tenth Avenue Arts Center, 930 10th Ave, San Diego 92101

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Rag Lady Productions Announces World Premiere of ‘The Geeze & Me’- March 31 – April 29, 2017

Original Musical Brings Humor

to the Truth about Aging…

 

WE GET HAPPIER

with the World Premiere of

THE GEEZE & ME

March 31 – April 29, 2017

Tenth Avenue Arts Center, San Diego

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What if there was a musical – simultaneously serious and hilarious, that explores the wild ride of life’s later years, addressing the good, the bad and the ugly of aging?

Rag Lady Productions is thrilled to announce the World Premiere of THE GEEZE & ME, a new musical featuring a troupe of baby boomers who sing, dance, and hobble their way through issues of retirement, mobility, and more. At THE TENTH Avenue Arts Center downtown, San Diego, March 31st through April 29th 

THE GEEZE & ME Production/Creative Team includes: Original Music/Lyrics by Hedges Capers and Book written by Hedges Capers and Nancy Locke Capers. Produced and Directed by Nancy Locke Capers. Musical Direction by Will (B.J.) Robinson,  Choreography by Joanne Lovejoy,  Sound & Video by Joe Huppert,  Costume Design by Max Cadillac, Lighting Design by Cynthia Bloodgood, Script Consultants Dilip Jeste, M.D., and Danielle K. Glorioso, L.C.S.W., in consultation with UCSD Center for Healthy Aging,  PR/Media/Press by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications,  Casting by Samuel Warren & Associates, ‘Invisible People’ portrait by Artist Neil Shigley with Brendan Hill as Assistant Director and Beonica Bullard as Stage Manager.

THE GEEZE & ME is a funny, irreverent, and poignant show about surviving aging. This timely show features a comedic troupe of eccentric players who team up to wrangle aspects of aging from an expert. An eclectic blend of songs ranging from pop to blues to corner street doo-wop, accompanied by electric choreography and state of the art projections. The perils and benefits of growing older are reflected in the concerns of this diverse group of people. Think “Hair,” after it’s gone…THIS IS THE DAWNING OF THE AGE OF BEWARE OF US! 

THE GEEZE & ME Promo Video

Creative Team

Hedges Capers & Nancy Locke Capers

HEDGES CAPERS – (Music/Lyrics and Book; Playing David, Soap-boxer and Beat Poet)  Capitol Records recording artist, singer/songwriter with 8 albums as Hedge & Donna in the late 60’s, early 70’s. A&M staff songwriter. Actor- Title role in The Legend of Hillbilly John. Hundreds of clubs and concerts internationally including Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Greek Theatre, National Arts Center. Every television variety show of the late 60’s (Smothers Brothers, Mike Douglas, the Tonight Show and more.)  He later became a Marriage and Family Clinical Counselor, a behavioral consultant and patent holder in the corporate sphere.

Quote from Hedges Capers: “Have you ever done what you wanted in life? If you have, hats off to you. If not, best get busy…living the gift.”- Hedges Capers

NANCY LOCKE CAPERS (Producer, Director, Co-wrote Book) a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, SAG, CAMFT.  After 25 years in the film industry as an actress in film (Pretty Woman & 23 film projects), TV, commercials, and theater, as well as theatre producer & director, screenwriter (having one co-written script produced by an independent film company and another bought by Paramount Studios and in development for 2 years.)  Capers returned to school and passed the boards to become a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in La Jolla for almost two decades.   She also worked as a behavioral consultant in the corporate sphere, both domestically and abroad.

Quote from Nancy Locke Capers: “We both have performing, script writing, show biz backgrounds, so it’s a delight to be able to create a meaningful/hilarious project about aging which we’re both experiencing.  Can’t wait to open the show!”- Nancy Capers

Meet THE GEEZE & ME Creative Team/Crew

 

WILL (BJ) ROBINSON (Musical Director) is a musician, educator, composer, director, and performer, BJ has worked with the vocal dept. of Southwestern College since 2009; is host of KPBS Spectrum (airing every Saturday at 5:30PM), a program about arts and culture in San Diego; serves as baritone soloist at All Saints Episcopal Church in Hillcrest since 2010 and as an instructor/music director for J*Company Youth Theater since 2012. Composed original scores for San Diego-based short films (Mustang Love, The Fad and Furriest: A Documentary) with Cane Toad Productions, starred in short film Meetchu In Machu Picchu: A Musical Journey, by Larry Zieger. The voice of a character in the soundtrack to Dinner for God, a novel & CD by Rayme Sciaroni. In addition to having a private vocal studio, BJ is a vocal instructor at Francis Parker School and a frequent guest performer with the music ministry at the University of San Diego.

JOANNE LOVEJOY (Choreographer) Dancer, teacher, choreographer. As a teen Joanne performed along side the Bright Side Singers in Bob Hope’s USO shows in California; singer and dancer for Cabaret Review” produced by On The Town Productions, numerous productions with the Rhythm-Aire Players, including Rhythm is our Business and Final Encore. She choreographed Annie and Little Shop of Horrors at the Lyceum. For the past twelve years she has been on the teaching staff at several local dance studios including S.D. Danceworks and Culture Shock Dance Center. Please see more at: https://www.metrodancesd.com/joanne-lovejoy/.

JOE HUPPERT (Sound and Video Designer) Previously at San Diego Repertory Theater, The Oldest Boy (Craig Noel Award). Other local video designs include This Wonderful Life for North Coast Rep, Glengarry Glen Ross for La Jolla Playhouse and The Elephant Man with Backyard Renaissance. As sound designer, shows include Blueprints to Freedom, Peter and the Starcatchers (La Jolla Playhouse); Scott Joplin, Extraordinary Chambers, Yellow Face, Stick Fly, Kita Y Fernanda, 26 Miles (Mo’Olelo); Urinetown, Over the Tavern, King O’ The Moon (Mercury Theater); Mr. Burns (UCSD).

MAX CADILLAC (Costume Designer) Working on such an exciting new show brings Max the greatest joy. He recently finished costuming for 9 to 5: The Musical at San Diego Musical Theatre (SDMT) as well as their holiday classic White Christmas. Working closely with Janet Pitcher, he has also costumed My Fair Lady at The Welk Resort, and looks forward to continue working with Janet. Max loves all aspects of costuming and fashion, including recently modeling for San Diego Opera.  Performing throughout his home town of San Diego at Cygnet, SDMT, Moonlight, and The Welk Resort, Max is thrilled to play Lillias Pastia in San Diego Opera’s upcoming The Tragedy of Carmen, March 10-12. BFA, Musical Theatre (AMDA). A big OLD thank you to the cast and crew, his incredible geezer parents, and of course Susan Farese for making this happen.

CYNTHIA BLOODGOOD (Lighting Designer) Freelance Designer and Technician, Technical Theatre Teacher at La Jolla Country Day School, Technical Director San Diego Junior Theatre. BA from BYU, 1999.

DILIP JESTE, M.D. (Script Consultant) is a geriatric neuropsychiatrist, who specializes in successful aging, neurobiology of wisdom as well as schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders in older adults. He is the Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Director, UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging, Estelle and Edgar Levi Chair in Aging, and Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry & Neurosciences in consultation with UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging. Watch his excellent TED Talk: http://tedmed.com/talks/show?id=526815Quote from Dilip Jeste: “It’s wonderful to see our Research turned into art.”- Dilip Jeste, M.D.

DANIELLE K. GLORIOSO (Script Consultant) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been a member of the UC San Diego Division of Geriatric Psychiatry since 2001. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging and the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging.

SUSAN J. FARESE (PR, Media/Press) Owner, SJF Communications in San Diego. RN, MSN, SAG-AFTRA. Provides personalized Marketing/PR/Social Media/Writing/Photography/Video Services /Coaching/Legal Nurse Consulting.  www.sjfcommunications.com

SAMUEL WARREN (Casting) Samuel Warren International Casting Services Member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, a Casting Society of America Member and affiliated with the Better Business Bureau http://www.samuelwarren.com/

NEIL SHIGLEY (Artist) Fox television story on Neil’s portrait of a homeless man won a 2013 Emmy. His most recent work consists of large-scale portraits of homeless people near his studio in San Diego. His work has been exhibited internationally. We are honored that he will be doing a portrait of our Homeless woman which will be on display in theatre lobby. http://neilshigley.com/

BRENDAN A. HILL (Assistant Director) BFA in Dramatic Writing from Purchase College, SUNY. Company Manager at Food for Thought Productions/Cause Celebre for 6 yrs., plays produced at Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC, semi-finalist for the O’Neill Natl. Playwrights Conference and Clubbed Thumb’s Biennial Commission. Three plays produced in Paris. Eight years in NYC theatre community receiving readings, workshops and small productions from 2012 – 2016. 

BEONICA BULLARD (Stage Manager) is completing her BA at San Diego State University in General Theater. As a stage manager, she has worked with the SDSU School of Theater, Television, and Film on shows such as Julius Caesar, Into The Woods and The BFG. Also worked with Intrepid Shakespeare Company, Quality of Life, Comic-Con and the Plays By Young Writers Festival 2015 & 2016. 

 

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Meet THE GEEZE & ME Cast

THE GEEZE & ME CAST

DEVLIN  (KAY) Recently appearing in Sunday in the Park with George after years of extensive stage work and cabaret/concerts. Appeared in Into the WoodsFrankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, Women Behind BarsA Christmas Carol, and The Devlin Show. Devlin will be performing in The Spitfire Grill at North Coast Repertory Theatre in May, 2017. For morehttp://www.ma4sd.com/service/devlin/.

HEDGES CAPERS  (DAVID, SOAPBOXER and BEAT POET)  formerly of Hedge & Donna  in the late 60s, Hedges performed in Carnegie Hall, the Greek Theatre, Hollywood Bowl, on the Smothers Brothers Show and many others.  Starring in The Legend of Hillbilly John, he returns to the stage as co-author of the book and writer of all music and lyrics.

KENT BRISBY (BOB) Kent focuses mainly on original work, appearing in 2015 in The Pitch starring Paul Rodriguez and the upcoming Three Kings/Tres Reyes this holiday season. Toured nationally, appeared on more than a dozen local stages as an actor. As a playwright and director he has many more local credits, including projects at the Old Globe and San Diego Zoo. He currently serves as Artistic Director for Asian Story Theater, as well as Radio Theater for KPBS, AirStage and Radio Lunch. (Just down the street he is a co-author and director of a new play Halo-Halo at the Lyceum Space through April 9. Bring your GEEZE & ME ticket stub for discount admission).  KLBrisby.com.

BYRON LaDUE (HOWARD) Byron LaDue is a veteran performer at many San Diego area theatres, including recent productions as Paul Gauguin in Prick (San Diego Fringe Festival), Gauguin in The Musical Paul Gauguin (Asian Story Theatre), and Willum in The Nerd, (Coronado Playhouse). Byron also has notable credits at The Old Globe Theatre, San Diego Rep,  and the former Starlight Theatre, Gaslamp Quarter Theatre, Hahn Cosmopolitan Theatre and Marquis Theatre. Byron has a BA in Drama from San Diego State University.  Extensive improv experience. Winner of the Best Actor Atlas Award as Big Harp in Robber Bridegroom and Winner, Comedy Festival  as Duke Ladoo in The Piparoos Live at the Globe

GABRIELA NELSON  (SHERRY)  Considerable stage, screen and recording artist who has worked nationally and internationally. She’s a former 80’s icon (NBC TV series regular of KIDD VIDEO). Recent San Diego appearances include SD Rep, 10th Ave Arts, La Jolla Playhouse, Black Box Theatre, The Horton Grand and Spreckels. Gabby also writes for the Latin Performing Arts Community. 

JESSE MacKINNON (DWIGHT)  Jesse is the recipient of the San Diego Critics Circle Craig Noel Award and The San Diego Playbill Award for Outstanding Performance in a Drama as Eddie Carbone in A View From The Bridge (Renaissance Theater). Other regional credits include: Jules in Sunday in the Park With George (ION Theatre); Roy Cohn in Angels In America (ION Theatre); Henry Peabody in Tobacco Road (La Jolla Playhouse); MacDuff in MacBeth (Intrepid Shakespeare); Polymester in Hecuba, (6th@Penn), Renee Gallimard in M. Butterfly (Diversionary); Horace Vandergelder Hello Dolly (Lambs Players); Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol (North Coast Rep); Henri Fontannes The Magic Fire (Moonlight at the Avo); Pharoah in Aida (Starlight); Emil De Becq in South Pacific (Lambs Players); Pop in Pajama Game (Starlight); Pat Denning in 42ndStreet (Welk Theatre) and Major Ed Lansdale Dooley at Diversionary Theatre.

LORRAINE DEVON WILKE (HELEN) Writer, photographer, singer/songwriter, actress – a true “Renaissance woman” who brings the sum total of her eclectic career to everything she does, whether indie films (To Cross the Rubicon), original music Somewhere On the Way  or her Huffington Post Column. Most recently she’s put her energies into fiction: her debut novel, After The Sucker Punch, and short story, “She Tumbled Down,” were 2014 publishing successes; 2015 saw the launch of her latest novel, Hysterical Love, and her current book, A Nice White Girl, is hoping for a 2017 release. Details and info can be found http://www.Lorrainedevonwilke.com

LOLLY BOROFF (MRS. DINGLER)  Actress/writer/director, Lolly is the daughter of the late George Boroff of The Circle Theatre, and niece of Academy Award winning actress Shelley Winters. Her acting credits include the original Broadway cast of The Effect Of Gamma Rays On Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds, films Blue Thunder and Star 80, and TV’s I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant1000 Ways To Die, and America’s Court With Judge Ross; has appeared on stage in All My SonsThe Dixie Swim Club and The Vagina Monologuesrecently directed A Long Way To Midnight, at the Lyceum Theatre. Wrote, directed and produced her first film, Think Tank. She has appeared in several commercials, and loves performing improv and stand-up.

SUSAN BENNINGHOFF  (MIRANDA) Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Susan is currently director of the legendary San Diego Playwrights development group, Scripteasers  as well as musical and stage work including the Phoenix Performing Arts Center.

KIERA MERSKY (BOBBI & MARGO) Having worked in live shows (Universal Studios), theatre productions as a dancer and actress and in commercials, Kiera received her B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Temple University.

LAUREN PRESKI (MARGRET) Natl. Assn of Singing Teachers – 2nd place, NC, Back to the 80sMoronga Casino, Last Chance Romance, Property of the Dallas Cowboys, Don Giovanni, Legoland – live shows, Six Flags, America – Wonder Woman.

ERIN VANDERHYDE (HOMELESS) Presently at San Diego State University (SDSU) Erin is pursuing her Bachelors of Arts Degree in General Theatre. Entertainer at Legoland. Theatre: Jesus Christ Superstar, The Drowsy Chaperone, Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights (SDSU), Hairspray, Godspell, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Legally Blonde, Footloose and Ragtime at Young Actors Theatre (YAT). Associates Degree in Music, Grossmont College.

SUSIE SINGER CARTER (SCIENCE & GINGER) As well as an acting history, Sue has also had success as a writer and is a talented singer as well. Also playing Ginger, here’s more about Sue:   http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0802053/ Sue has recently completed shooting a short film she wrote and directed, My Mom and The Girl, with Valerie Harper and Liz Torres.

SCOTTY BILLION (UNDERTAKER) Scott became involved in music at a young age.  He sings vocals in Madman SD, a cover band for Ozzy Osborne.  He is making his acting debut in The Geeze & Me.

TICKET LINK

THE GEEZE & ME Video Promo 

THE GEEZE & ME is thrilled to give back! Over 50 % of proceeds from ticket sales of THE GEEZE & ME will be donated to the following charities: Path, A New PathThe Unbattle Project and  The Center LGBT Senior Services as well as the UCSD Center for Healthy Aging

What audience patrons of THE GEEZE & ME staged readings are saying:

“So life-affirming. Even just seeing a reading was fantastic. Look forward to seeing it mounted!”

“…the story, writing, and music are stunning.”

“…intimate dialectic you achieved between characters/story/music is amazing. So well done!  Really smart.”

“…your inclusion of socio-scientific-political realities re: aging and society are never forced, always brief, and work. This is very hard to do. But you did it.”

“I’m in awe of the music/lyrics…”

Methusalah said, “It’s the best musical I’ve seen in 800 years!”

TICKET LINK

General Admission tickets are $30, ($20 for groups of 10 or more): http://www.sdartstix.com/the-geeze-and-me/ or http://www.thegeezeandme.com.  Questions?: Contact thegeezeandme@yahoo.com or call 858-232-9696. 

SCHEDULE: Performances: March 31 – April 29, Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday matinees  at 2:00 p.m. 

LOCATION: The Tenth Avenue Arts Center, 930 10th Ave, San Diego 92101

For press info, interviews, photos or press comps, please contact:

Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications: 408-398-5940 sjfcommunications@gmail.com or thegeezeandme@yahoo.com.

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Extraordinary People Sharing their Stories: Classical Pianist Dr. Jeeyoon Kim

Mastering Piano Keys with Engaging Virtuosity:

Classical Pianist Dr. Jeeyoon Kim

By

Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

 

Our next extraordinary person sharing her story is renowned Classical Pianist Dr. Jeeyoon Kim

Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim

Classical Pianist Dr. Jeeyoon Kim is a PR client of SJF Communications, but she is so much more than a client. Jeeyoon is a kindred spirit and hopefully a forever friend. She exudes kindness, positivity, talent, wit, intellect, elegance and a keen sense of mastery, interaction, connection and engagement as a person and as a musician.  I first heard, rather  “experienced” her incredible musical talents after one of our early business meetings. Jeeyoon surprised me by granting me my own “personal mini concert”.  I must admit, I had to hold back tears – it was so surprisingly magical. It was an emotional experience for me to hear the selections she played, watching her gently move to the rhythms of the classical pieces she performed so gracefully and poetically. She was truly “one” in concert with the music. She respectfully honored each composer and emotionally as well as technically “connected” to each piece.

I knew from the beginning that she was an extraordinary person – and cannot wait for her exciting upcoming 10 More Minutes National CD Release Celebration Concert on December 11, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the Auditorium at The Scripps Research Institute!  

Ticket Link for 10 More Minutes Concert  &  and a short video about 10 More Minutes!

 

 

Jeeyoon Kim is a force to reckon with! And so, without further ado…Ladies and Gentlemen:

SJF: Let’s start at the beginning! Please tell us about your upbringing, family, siblings, etc.

JK: I grew up in South Korea with one older brother. Both of my parents were business owners. I was raised to be independent, as my parents were always busy, but they always supported my music. They both were naturally good singers and they always sang a lot casually. I also remember the scenes of childhood involved with mountains, pine trees, Buddhist temples, and also contrasting high rises, busy cities and busy street markets. I was lucky enough to have both; places like New York City or scenery such as in the Smoky Mountains have almost an equal amount of feeling  like of a home for me. I remember going to get fresh water at a nearby mountain top with my Grandma, and we would play badminton on the way back. I remember she always won those badminton games!. Going to a farmer’s market is one my favorite activities as that is one of the closest experiences I have in terms of getting produce just like we did when growing up in Korea. I still try to visit Korea once a year if possible. And most of those times, my list of foods I want to eat during my stay is always much longer than I can possibly eat then!

 

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Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim

 SF: When did you begin playing the piano? Private lessons? Were you always enthused about  piano?

JK: I started playing piano when I was four years old, and I don’t have any recollection of choosing that myself. But I remember I always enjoyed going to the local piano institute on my own every day except Sunday to have a lesson and to practice. I thought it was always so much fun to play piano, and I still think it is!

SF: Such dedication at an early age-and ever lasting as you received your Doctorate in Piano Performance and Masters in Music Degrees at the Jacobs School of Music at the University of Indiana

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Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim

SF: Do you ever feel stage fright?

JK: If I feel so comfortable and normal playing in public, then I will start to worry about it, as I believe that having those butterflies in your stomach is a necessary part of being a performer and that makes a live performance more beautiful and organic. No, I don’t have a phobia doing it. I also know nobody dies if I make a mistake. I just learned and still learning to deal with it, as I love to share music with people.

 

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Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim

SJF: So…there’s no need to keep the butterflies at bay!

SJF: Do you have any different routines on a performance day?

JK: Yes, I treat myself like a queen. Haha, just kidding. Perhaps I try to do my best to do things as normal as possible in terms of what I eat, but less physical practice, more sleep, taking a long walk for a mental practice and fully acknowledging a feeling of gratitude of that day given to me as a gift that I can share my music with people. I certainly don’t talk much before the performance though.

SJF: Very astute elements of your routine! Interesting about not practicing much that day and feeling gratitude for your gift of sharing!  And feeling comfortable with the “quiet” on purpose is a point especially taken.

 

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Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim

 

SJF: What do you think about when you are performing?

JK: I think about music and the composer, following their emotional process or its course of hidden messages closely. I also think about the overall structural picture of the piece, as if I am building an aural structure, noticing where I am going and where I am. If I focus on the core message, then the rest of technical things will serve its musical purpose. But if I put a priority on the perfection of the notes, no music nor perfection would exist.

 

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Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim

SJF: Yes, affirmed! I most definitely witnessed that when I hear you perform!

SJF: Do you exercise?

JK: I want to exercise more than I do now. Normally I exercise with my trainer once a week, and swim once or twice a week at the Broadway Athletic and Swim Club. Generally speaking, I like to do an intense conditional workout and also long distance swimming. As time is one of the least available resources I have, I want to do a more intense interval workout when I actually get to exercise. Sometimes I swim to practice a piece in my mind on purpose, especially at the end of a day. It takes at least three or four times longer to practice in my mind than its actual time on piano, but it is so valuable for me to do so. I feel mentally exercised yet physically relaxed afterwards. I love it.

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Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim

SJF: It would be so cool to be inside your mind and note the process as you “practice” while swimming! Wow, you are featured on the cover and interviewed in Swimmer Magazine! How cool is that?!  

SJF: How did your new CD album  10 More Minutes evolve?

JK: It is like a recurring dream, I had a thought that kept popping in my head, which was creating an album to be very much like ‘Jeeyoony’ and as close as my live performances. I have realized that the time and spaces that I can reach is limited, but at the same time it doesn’t have to be that way. I thought creating an album is a great way to connect with more people in this world, sharing what I am passionate about. I also wanted to collect many of the pieces that are like my old friends, which I often play as an encore. ‘Ten more minutes’ is also a concept behind when audiences ask for encores at my live concerts. Definitely that is not greedy, as I am not asking for 10 more days, but just simply wish having that 10 More Minutes to cherish.

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Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim

As soon as I had a concept in my head more solidly, it had its own life, evolving and expanding its possibility. I wanted to record pieces that are close to me, so it is easier to connect with people more. Then I realized that the time is actually ‘now’ to create. I presented the idea into a possible reality through crowdfunding, Kickstarter, to the world. I also wanted this project to be collaborated work with people, that mutually we all want this idea to be a reality. When it became successfully funded within 30 days, I have felt like I had received an excellent engine that can run so well, and all I had to do is to drive that engine with the best ability that I could ever have.

I cared for every single detail of this album, involving every aspects of this album, from each single note to finishing. I have created the best team for the album – a producer, sound engineer, graphic designers, photographers, a recording studio in New York City, and a great Hamburg Steinway. I feel content with it knowing that I did my absolute best – even though from the idea to the actual CD, it took about a year and half. I also feel that my whole life is fused in the album; if I didn’t have practice times when I was 4 years old, if I didn’t have that struggles and tears in my past studies and experiences, this would not have been the same.

The 10 More Minutes CD release celebration concert will take place on this December 11th, Sunday at 3 pm at Auditorium at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). That is a venue that I often performed at for the San Diego Symphony Chamber Music Series and the La Jolla Music Society. I wanted this national celebration to be where I reside, though this album is not limited to be local and I certainly hope some people from out of town can join this celebration as well. I can’t wait to celebrate this day with audiences, who have been in this journey with me all along. It will be certainly a concert that I will remember even without having that concert yet.

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Click here for a preliminary review of 10 More Minutes by

Susan Kitterman, former Artistic Director of New World Youth Symphony

SJF: My anticipation is building, I cannot wait to see you present your gift performing and connecting with the audience!

SJF: What is your strongest asset?

JK: If I have to choose one asset that I find very useful in my journey it is the fact that I always look at the positive side and keep moving forward. There are struggles and difficulties, but I know at the end of it, I will get myself up again and continue my journey, doing my absolute best to be better each day. Some have said that I am strong, but I say I am not strong at all, but I will choose to get up again when I fall down, not because I am strong, but I know I will have struggles, which is normal, what I have to do is to learn to keep moving forward, learning valuable wisdoms on its ways. I always dream of a better version of me in 10 or 20 years.

See what audiences have to say about Jeeyoon Kim!

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SJF: Valuable advice for all! I asked Jeeyoon’s Managing Representative, Bryan Smith to say a few words about working with Jeeyoon. Here’s what Bryan had to say:

“Jeeyoon Kim is truly a musician of the 21st century. Her polish and depth as a performer reflect a connection to music that is equally physical, intellectual, and emotional. A true citizen of the world, her empathy towards, and genuine interest in the people and communities around her inform her choice of repertoire and her interpretations. Combining world class virtuosity with a humanist and personal connection with the audience, Jeeyoon achieves a degree of engagement that is often lacking in soloists at this level. She brings a truly modern sensibility to classic repertoire. She is a joy to listen to,  and what’s more, a joy to work with”  -Bryan Smith

SJF: Tell us about your studio? What is like taking piano lessons with you?

JK: At the Dr. Kim Piano Academy, I have a wide range of students, beginners to advanced. I only have just handful of young students, but mostly students older than 16 and adults. I find teaching very creative. I see each student and their own character as if they are an already beautiful bonsai tree. I find the areas that they need strengthening, and areas that they could shine more as it’s their strength. Finding unique ways for each student to accept these instructions to grow healthy in music is an art in itself. I sometimes feel like a therapist and need to be a good therapist to make them grow in music, as my students often say they get to know about themselves much more in piano lessons than any other activities. I love it.

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Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim

SJF: Tell us…what makes Jeeyoon Kim “TICK”?

JK: Besides music, I do appreciate experiences with food. As a foodie, I can write an entire book about what I like about certain foods in certain cities. Recently I had an experience of dining in a restaurant called Benu in San Francisco. I still vividly remember every bite of every course. It was a really beautiful meal. I get excited about going on some adventures with a certain restaurant in mind. But my normal daily routine includes a very healthy and clean diet.

I love going to classical and jazz concerts, musicals, and plays. I get so energized and inspired from those live performances. I also like to play ping pong and pool. I can say I am not really great at it, but I get very into it. I own a good ping pong paddle and a pool glove for my left hand.

SJF: Those answers made me smile!

SJF: If you had to do it over again…how would you choose what do in life as a career/profession?

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Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim

JK: Of course I would choose to be a pianist again, but besides that, I would choose something related to some language or food. Though I don’t definitely see myself as a cook even in a next life, I would love a job to communicate with people with different languages, which make me to travel for a job. After all, music is a language.

SJF: Here’s a fun question: What three things don’t we know about you?

I love watermelon. In fact, I have a weakness for them. I want to eat the whole intact thing in one sitting and I actually can do it undoubtedly, but I know I shouldn’t.

I have a black thumb, meaning I tend to kill all plants I have at my place. That is sad, but I really try. Not that I don’t water them, I do give them love and care, ,and water! Somehow no plants ever survived with me for a long period of time, even cactus. That doesn’t discourage me though. I keep trying to have them around me, doing my best to keep them alive. I talk to them each time watering them too -this might sound crazy but I do! I always get fresh flowers for my place. Flowers bring me a smile and that is more than I can ask for any object.

I enjoy at least an 85% or higher percentage of dark chocolate. The darker the chocolate, the more I like it. A friend of mine brought me 100% dark chocolate from Italy, and I actually liked that too. Probably somewhere around 88-93% would be my sweet spot.

SJF: Watermelon… Sad Flowers…Dark Chocolate! I shall remember that in the future!

SJF: An ideal week for you would include…

JK: I would have one public performance, three days of teaching, one beautiful meal at a great restaurant with people I love, weight training three times, swimming twice, practicing every day at least 5 hours except for the day of performance, praying every day, sushi one night, sleeping 8-9 hours, and laughing a lot.

SJF: Well said – you are very disciplined!

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Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim

SJF: Describe your dreams

I am living the dream already in terms of what I am doing for life. I want to continue doing my dream, and keep dreaming more than I can be capable of. My dream is my limit.

SJF: Ah, you are fortunate to be living your dream and are very inspirational to others!

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Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim

JK: Where are your favorite San Diego places?

My favorites in San Diego are Little Italy and the Hillcrest Farmers Market, walking around Balboa Park, Broadway Athletic and Swim Club for my night swimming, Lunch at the rooftop at George’s at the Cove, Hane, Sushi Ota, Ken Sushi Workshop, True Foods, Cafe Gratitude, Coffee at Caffe Calabria, and Croissants at Cafe Chloe. (I need a separate article about this question)!

SJF: One of your most memorable live performance experiences, and why?

JK: When I performed Schumann Concerto at the Hilbert Circle Theatre Hilbert Theatre in Indianapolis, there was a tornado national warning and a big storm would be hitting us about 3 hours prior to the concert. I was completely soaked, even for 5 seconds trying to get to the hall from a car. Then we all realized that people would be completely discouraged to come to a concert for their safety, not alone some orchestra members for trying to drive through the storm. We contemplate cancelling the concert, then except one second violinist, all musicians were finally there, so we decided to do it anyway. Until the time I walked out to the stage, I had no idea how many people would be there. All I was thinking was probably just handful of people might be present, but it would still be nice to play. Then when I walked out to the stage, it was almost a completely filled hall with about 600 people and more enthusiasm from the audience than any other concerts I had ever played. They all decided the concert hall was in fact the safest hiding place from tornadoes, as the hall is completely sealed and there was no window! I had so much fun playing in that concert. I felt like we are having a great party inside a cave.

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Many thanks, Dr. Jeeyoon. You are truly an “extraordinary” gift to the world. 

To read more about Jeeyoon, go to www.jeeyoonkim.com or www.10MoreMinutesConcert.com

Read Jeeyoon’s Bio Here and Ticket Link for the 10 More Minutes Concert

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“Our Mission: Your Communications”!

Susan J. Farese, MSN, RN, Interviewed by Elizabeth Scala, MSN, MBA, RN for “Your Next Shift” Podcast Episode #55

My PODCAST  Debut!

Have you ever been interviewed for a podcast?

 I was…and it was such a delight!

I thoroughly enjoyed being interviewed by Elizabeth Scala, MSN, MBA, RN for her Podcast “Your Next Shift”.  My interview,  Episode # 55, went “live” on August 10th, 2016.

I reached out to Elizabeth on Twitter several months ago, we “connected” and she interviewed me via Skype.

I admire Elizabeth  for her expertise as a phenomenal Nurse Entrepreneur, Coach, Speaker, Author and more!

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Simply click the link below:

Your Next Shift Podcast #55: Susan Farese, August 10, 2016

 

We discussed my philosophy, how my upbringing shaped my career,  my many relocations, & reinventions, challenges, Nursing career decisions and successes, trust in my intuition, professional habits,  my advice to other nurses, a few improv ad libs, and more!

 

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More Hummingbirds: Tiny Magnificent Creatures!

 I continually marvel at hummingbirds…such tiny magnificent magical creatures!

Their stunning colorful beauty, their speed, their zest for the “hummingbird life”….

It beats watching the news these days. It inspires my creative spirit and hope!

 I’ve  combined some poetry (Haiku), video footage and photographic images just for you!

 

Hummingbirds: A Haiku:

by

Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

1.  Fluttering about

Zooming, oh, so rapidly

Marvelous colors!

2. Hummingbird magic

Unique, beautiful creatures

Don’t fly away, stay!

 

Here is a short video from today. See these lovely hummingbirds in action as they fly continuously over to the feeders and enjoy nectar, hover, and then dance away!

And now…some photographic images!

Hopefully these hummingbird images will captivate you and yours too!

Enjoy!

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Red-headed Male Anna Hummingbird looking up at the nectar!

 

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Beautiful aqua and green coat Anna Hummingbird

 

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Anna is almost at the nectar finish line!

 

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Anna Hummingbird on a twig

 

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I see the flower!

 

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Male Anna hummingbird enjoying the afternoon!

 

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Circling the nectar feeder

 

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So hungry!

 

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Love this wingspan!

 

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Doesn’t this male Anna hummingbird look like a halo above his head? Wings!

 

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I can taste that nectar already!

 

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Two hummingbirds negotiating!

 

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Just another nectar break!

 

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“Here’s lookin’ at you, kid”, said the male Anna hummingbird!

 

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Headshot! Male Anna hummingbird

 

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Fluttering away!
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Feathered friend!

 

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Which way did they go?? Male Anna hummingbird

 

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Male Anna hummingbird looking up to the sky!

 

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I was there first! No, I was! OK, let’s eat!
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Blue skies!!
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Colors!
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Time for more nectar!

 

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Male Anna hummingbird on a palm leaf!

 

 

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See? A palm leaf! Told you!

 

Hope you enjoyed the poem, video and photos from SJF Communications!

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Hummingbirds on the Balcony!

Just another few days mesmerized by hummingbirds

who feast on nectar at our San Diego balcony! 

What do you think??

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“Here’s lookin’ at me, kid”! Photo by Susan Farese, SJF Communications, 2016

 

 

 

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Bird in a Bird of Paradise!

 

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More nectar!

 

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Ah! There’s the nectar!
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Humming along!

 

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The Happy Hummer!

 

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Hummer looking up!

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Spot the hummingbird!

 

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“Caught in the Act”! Photo by Susan Farese, SJF Communications

 

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Hummingbird chillin’ on the feeder! Photo by Susan Farese, SJF Communications

 

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A Photographic Journey through the San Diego State University (SDSU) Campus

I recently spent some time strolling on the beautiful campus at San Diego State University (SDSU). Our daughter is enrolled for Fall, 2016 and we love taking the time to explore every chance we get!

Here are some photos I captured that gloriously beautiful day! I wish I could have photographed the entire campus! Perhaps I will visit again soon to capture much more! Feel free to click on each photo.

Subscribe and leave comments and let us know if you have any links, photos or blog posts about SDSU as well! Enjoy!

 

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Hepner Hall with the Hardy Memorial Tower in the Background

 

 

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SDSU Campus Map

 

 

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Colorful Signage

 

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SDSU Transit Center

 

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Conrad Prebys Student Union

 

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SDSU Pedestrian Bridge

 

http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/virtualtour/ped_bridge.html

 

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Conrad Prebys Student Union

 

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Conrad Prebys Student Union Walkway

 

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Conrad Prebys Student Union

 

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Conrad Prebys Student Union

 

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Student Services West

 

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Manchester Hall

 

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Student Services West

 

 

 

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SDSU Clock Tower

 

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SDSU’s Love Library Dome

 

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Capturing another  view of the Conrad Prebys Student Union

 

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SDSU’s Love Library

 

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SDSU’s Love Library

 

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SDSU’s Love Library

 

 

 

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SDSU’s Love Library

 

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Between Performing Arts area and Hepner Hall

 

 

And here is some of the gorgeous foliage seen that day. Click on each photo to enlarge it. Such vivid color and so many beautiful varieties of trees and flowers!

 

And a few more images of the “bench art” and more!

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The WAIT is over… as fruitlessmoon theatreworks Presents WAITING for GODOT

Now through April 10, 2016 at White Box Live Arts, NTC Liberty Station, San Diego

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After 16 years of waiting in the wings, Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett’s absurdist masterpiece WAITING FOR GODOT returns to San Diego stages with the fruitlessmoon theatreworks 2016 production at White Box Live Arts, Produced and Directed by fruitlessmoon theatreworks’ Artistic Director, Aimee Greenberg.
Waiting for Godot Producer/Director Aimee Greenberg
Aimee Greenberg

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Extraordinary People -Sue Vicory

 Making a Powerful Impact

One Person at a Time:

Award-Winning Filmmaker Sue Vicory

by

Susan J. Farese

SJF Communications

Sue Vicory. Photo Credit: Landon Collis

My serendipitous connection with two-time Telly Award winning Filmmaker Sue Vicory began in 2015. It was meant to be! San Diego filmmaker/entrepreneur/educator Jodi Cilley, the President of the Film Consortium San Diego and the founder and producer of the annual San Diego Film Awards (and an equally extraordinary person) recommended that I connect with her film colleague Sue.  Jodi was so intuitive in facilitating our connection (which I hope will last a lifetime)!

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Sue Vicory with Jodi Cilley (courtesy photo-Jodi Cilley)

     A quote about Sue from Jodi: 

“Sue Vicory is one of the most inspiring and amazing people I know. She has dedicated her life to helping others and has gone out of her way to help build the film industry in San Diego in a variety of ways. She is a role model and I’m constantly amazed by her efforts to help people from all walks of life.” – Jodi Cilley

After reaching out to Sue via email, my daughter Emmy and I were cast in the short fiction film Downstage for the 2015 San Diego 48 Hour Film Project.  Sue’s production company “Heartland Films” produced and Sue directed, along with the writing team of Sariann Monaco, Holly Rone and Talia Pauletti. “Team XX” was a history-making, twenty-five member, all-female team.  Downstage is now on the film festival circuit. You can view Sue’s films and videos on  Sue Vicory’s YouTube Channel. Read my previous post about Team XX .

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Team XX at Filming of Downstage (courtesy photo-Sue Vicory)

Besides working on Downstage Emmy and I have participated in a few of Sue’s community service projects and we continually network. It was because of witnessing Sue’s purpose, passion, vigor and selfless “chill” demeanor that I decided to interview her here as an Extraordinary Person, Sharing her Story!

Sue is currently on an amazing one year trip across the U.S. in her branded van with her “extraordinary” “My Power of One” (MPO1) 12 Acts of Kindness National Tour”. Her recently retired and extremely supportive husband Jay and their amazing (will tell you why later) Golden Retriever Kacy are accompanying her.

Here is the MPO1 Facebook page link and “12 Acts of Kindness National Tour”- Go Fund Me Site. You can order MPO1 t-shirts, hats, stickers, note cards, etc.: http://mypowerofone.com/product-category/t-shirts/ and read Sue’s blog: MPO1: blog: http://mypowerofone.com/blog/

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Ahoy ! My Solo Trip Adventure to Catalina Island!

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My Mom,  (who recently turned  80 years “young”),  always said…”Nothing in life is free”. Well, Mom, you were “almost” completely right!

For my birthday this year I did something really out of the ordinary:  I traveled solo to and from the beautiful Mediterranean picturesque Santa Catalina Island, population just over 3000 (I will be referring to it as Catalina Island ) on my “free” round trip boat ride, courtesy of Catalina Express  http://catalinaexpress.com/birthday_promo.html  and enjoyed a few other free or discounted goodies thrown in!

You’re probably thinking…”Huh?”…”You’re kidding..” or “What a risk” or “How idiotic”, right?

Nope! Best trip ever! I am still smiling inside!

Although I’m originally from  New Jersey, I’ve lived in several cities, states and a few countries. California is especially dear to me because overall,  I’ve lived here a total of 18 years. Despite so many years here, I was yet to experience a trip to…

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Happy New Year! Bring it on, 2016!

2016

 HAPPY NEW YEAR

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Aha! A Monarch Butterfly Visits Us!

 

Welcome to Our Balcony in San Diego, Sir or Ms. Monarch!*

 

A Magnificent Beauty Arrives!

I had just sat down  looking out at our 2nd floor balcony, when all of a sudden, a beautiful Monarch butterfly visited!

I grabbed my Nikon Coolpix L830 and put it on the “close up” setting and snapped away!

This post will be super short and sweet..

-Just a way to share how gorgeous this colorful butterfly was!

Enjoy these photos, feel free to like, comment and share this post link.

Beauty in nature abounds, we just need to look for it, spot it and savor the beauty of it!

Enjoy!

 

p.s. (*I didn’t get a chance to determine if it was a male (black spot on hind wing) or female (no black spot)!

(Check out http://www.monarchbutterflygarden.net for more info)

 

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Funny thing is, I just bought those two plants a few days ago and haven’t even planted them yet!

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Lucky enough to catch the butterfly in flight, although a bit blurred!

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Hope your day is as delightful as this butterfly’s has been!

Sunset and Moon for Kate, October 25, 2015

For Kate

by

Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

Tonight we said goodbye to Kate

So fiercely talented, in the know.

Loving Wife, guiding Mom to her daughters

With pen in hand, her words would flow…

She touched many lives in so many ways

by guiding and writing & teaching

A Theatre Mom supporting the arts

Her essence in life so far reaching.

As we left her Memorial Service

An amazing sight was seen

The most brilliant magnificent sunset

With bright light among hues pristine.

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In the midst of that glorious sunset

A shining light appeared…as if to say

My friends, I’ll be with you in spirit

Think of me as the sun goes away.

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And when we returned home

I peeked at the moon

So bright, full and gleaming with light…

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And I pondered, so thankful

For Kate and her life

Touching ours

Dear Kate, Farewell,

Goodnight.

 

 

Want “The Best of Times”? See San Diego Musical Theatre’s “La Cage Aux Folles” September 25-October 11 at Spreckels Theatre!!

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SDMT La Cage Aux Folles and 2016 Season

Get glizty with San Diego Musical Theatre– “The LOCAL way to see Broadway”!!

Award-Winning San Diego Musical Theatre ‘glams it up” for their upcoming production of La Cage Aux Folles  on Friday, September 25 (preview) with Opening Night on Saturday, September 26th and running through Sunday, October 11th, 2015 at the beautiful historic Spreckels Theatre “on Broadway” in the Gaslamp District of Downtown San Diego.

Book by Harvey Fierstein with Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES SYNOPSIS

The musical that inspired the movie The Birdcage (starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane),  La Cage Aux Folles tells the story of Georges, the owner of a glitzy nightclub in lovely St. Tropez, and his partner, Albin, who moonlights as the glamorous chanteuse, Zaza. When Georges’ son brings home his fiancée’s ultra conservative parents to meet the splashy pair, the bonds of family are put to the test! La Cage is a glittering and fast stepping extravaganza mixed with a touching tale of one family’s struggle to stay together, stay fabulous and above all else, stay true to themselves!

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All-Female “Team XX” Makes History at the 2015 San Diego 48 Hour Film Project

 

First things first!

Have you ever heard of the 48 Hour Film Project?

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If  your answer is YES, kudos to you!

If not, the best way to describe it is a whirlwind weekend of tight deadlines, a love of the craft of filmmaking, an appetite for team building and bonding and a love for creativity. What more could film aficionados ask for? Oh, there’s also a screening on the “big screen” for each team soon after the weekend of filming!

In 2015, over 130 cities will compete in the Worldwide 48 Hour Film Project from  Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas!

How does it work? A team is formed and over one weekend, a short film (under 8 minutes, including a minute of credits) is written, filmed, edited and submitted within 48 hours! You might be saying “Are you kidding me”? NO, this is really how it works!

What’s the procedure? On Friday evening, in an orderly fashion, each team randomly picks a “genre”, (in San Diego there was a giant “plinko board” that teams took turns at), after which all teams are assigned the same line, character and prop that MUST be included in their film. For this 48 Hour Film Project. We’ll get to Team XX ‘ challenge soon!

Read more about the San Diego 48 Hour Film Project, which took place July 24-26, 2015. The event is Produced by Duane Trammell and Robyn Sarvis, and the website includes information about the Project, the film “Premiere” Screenings August 10-13, the “Best Of” Screenings and the wrap party August 22nd.

Producer/Director Sue Vicory, of Heartland Films (www.suevicory.comSue Vicory, IMDB Link) formed, Executive Produced and Directed the first “all-female” 27 member “Team, XX” film titled “Down Stage” for the 2015 San Diego 48 Hour Film Project.

Executive Producer/Director of Team XX film “Down Stage”- Sue Vicory

“Down Stage”, a Holiday Film, will screen with 12 other film entries in Group A at 6:30 p.m.,  plus about 13 films in Group B at 9:00 p.m. at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 on 701 5th Ave. in the Downtown Gaslamp District of San Diego (92101) on Monday, August 10, 2015. Tickets are $15 for the “Premiere” Screenings and $20 for the “Best Of” screenings. Tickets

Like Team XX on Facebook, Follow Team XX on Twitter (@teamxxsd) and Instagram (@teamxxsd)

 

Team XX Poster for “Down Stage” Design by Holly Rone

 

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Team XX at the Horton Grand Theatre. Photo by Nannette DeRobertis

 

Vicory had several “bonding” meetings  with most of the 27 members of the cast and crew (mostly from Southern California) a few weeks before the actual filming weekend. One such meeting had the 10 actresses, performing in a “mock talent show” audition which featured a variety of techniques, such as monologues, singing, dancing and improv.

With  Vicory and a few Team XX’ers present, Team XX Assistant Director Jen Allen drew the genre “Holiday Film” for Team XX  at the “kickoff” event at Liberty Station on Friday evening, August 24. The designated line for all teams was “Sometimes that’s (or that is) all you need”, the prop to be used was a “flashlight” and the character was to be either “Alan or Alice Downing, a Coach”.

Team XX writers included Sariann Monaco, Talia Pauletti and Holly Rone. The multigenerational writing team  cranked out the “Down Stage”  script about Mother’s Day within a few hours from Friday evening into Saturday early morning at Vicory’s seaside condo.

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Down Stage Writing Team Left to right: Talia Pauletti,, Holly Rone, Sariann Monaco Photo by SJF Communications

The script was sent digitally to the cast.

Actresses included:  Jess Antrobus, Isabel Canzoneri, Jody Catlin, Nancy DeMarsEmmy FareseSusan FareseCat Forrest, Lori  JonesSariann Monaco, and Holly Rone. Feel free to click on each name and photo.

 

The crew included: Sue Vicory: Executive Producer/Director; Lori Jones: Producer, Jen McCleary: Assistant Director; Maidy Morhous: Production Assistant. Amanda Niles: Sound; Angela Wong: Director of Photography; Kymberrly Scott: 2nd A.D.;   Krystin Cline: 2nd Camera; Tamara Ilich: Gaffer;  Cara Myers: Editor; Natalie Lauer: Production Assistant; Danni Michele: Animation;  Nannette DeRobertis: Photographer; Sariann Monaco: Writer; Talia Pauletti: Writer;  Holly Rone: Writer; Corrinne Smith: Communications; Pamela Weigelt:  Massuese;  Miranda Muse:  Massuese;  Lisa Wintersdorff: Makeup; Crystle Orantez: Hair; Susan Farese: Public Relations.  Special Thanks to SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) and Derek Johnston at the Horton Grand Theatre.

Team XX filmed Down Stage at the Horton Grand Theatre throughout Saturday, August 25th. In the meantime, editor Cara  Myers began the editing process from her hotel suite at the Horton Grand Hotel as soon as Saturday’s footage became available and into Sunday with only one “pickup” of a voiceover on Sunday morning.  Serendipitously, the “7 minute 29 second” completed film, “Down Stage” was turned in to the 48 Hour Film Project at 7:29 p.m.

Some members of Team XX at tour of the Horton Grand Hotel
Some members of Team XX at tour of the Horton Grand Hotel

 

"That's a Wrap"- Team XX after filming at the Horton Grand Theatre (with Derek Johnston)
“That’s a Wrap”- Team XX after filming at the Horton Grand Theatre (with Derek Johnston)

 

 

I asked Sue Vicory about her experience with Team XX and the 48 Hour Film Project.  Vicory  stated  “The passion within this group was palpable. We each brought our A Game to the production. Collaboration is a natural strength for women and it shows up clearly on the screen of our first film, “Down Stage”.

Down Stage will have a Premiere Screening with over 20 other films on Monday, August 10th at starting at 6:30 at the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15, 701 5th Ave. San Diego, 92121. Here is the Ticket Link. Note: You must purchase tickets online, there will be no ticket purchases at the theatre.

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