Filmmaker Sue Vicory Inspires by Leading 5th San Diego My Power of One ‘Act of Kindness’ Benefiting Rachel’s Women’s Center on March 1st, 2018 

(San Diego, California, February 24, 2018). There will be a special ‘Act of Kindness’ in San Diego on Thursday, March 1st from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Halo Cinematic, benefiting Rachel’s Women’s Center (a Drop-In Day Center at Catholic Charities for homeless and low income women in East Village).  This fifth Act of Kindness in San Diego is sponsored and led by Sue Vicory, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, humanitarian and the CEO of the global brand “My Power of One”.

This unique day of celebration will include collecting, organizing and ultimately distributing a variety of donations to Rachel’s Women’s Center. There will also be a star-studded photo shoot of local celebrities with photographer Aram Khachaturyan from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. as well as entertainment on a film set at Halo Cinematic in Mira Mesa (7620 Miramar Rd Ste 41 San Diego, CA 92126). There is very limited space available with a maximum of 30 individuals at any given time throughout the four-hour event. Caterer Simply Fresh will be providing food for the event.

“The mission of ‘My Power of One’ is as simple as understanding how significant we each are within humanity with our every word and every action making a difference. These words and actions are our legacy and fingerprint within humanity. We pride ourselves in doing intentional and sometimes anonymous random acts of kindness. Be the Miracle is our catch phrase.” – Sue Vicory

Sue Vicory, recently was an Indie Film Showcase’ panelist at the Sundance Film Festival and will be an upcoming panelist representing Women Filmmakers at the Cannes Film Festival in May, 2018.  More information about Sue Vicory can be found at her Website, her YouTube Channel and in a 2016 Interview.

Social Media Hashtags for the March 1st event: #MPO1 #ThinkOne #ActofKindness.

To contribute monetary donations, or drop off suggested items, or for more information please or email susanvicory@gmail.com or visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/157447744879686/.

Media Contact: SJF Communications; 408-398-5940 sjfcommunications@gmail.com.

Photos courtesy of Sue Vicory, My Power of One.

 

Photos from Previous San Diego Area

‘My Power of One Acts of Kindness’

My Power of One – 2016- Beach Clean Up Torrey Pines State Beach
My Power of One – 2016- Oceanside – Women’s Resource Center

 

My Power of One 2017 – Encinitas -Carol’s House Community Resource Center

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A Visit to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park: Video, Photos and a Haiku!

 

We had a lovely day at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park !

Here’s a video snippet…Enjoy!

(Feel free to make the video larger – click on the lower right corner)!

Some Images of the Day!

Haiku

Safari Park Treasures

By Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

1.  Animals galore

Nature as art images

Magnificent views

2. This safari park

  One more gem, San Diego!

In Escondido!

3. Creatures large and small

I could watch for days!

Until the next time!

 

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Another Gem in San Diego: Miramar Reservoir

Thanks to my friend’s recommendation, my husband and I recently visited the Miramar Reservoir for the first time. Located in the Scripps Ranch area of San Diego, Miramar Reservoir is a place loaded with nature and atmosphere! One of those ‘hidden gems’ in my opinion. Nearly 5 miles of paved trail (and a few areas right next to the water) surround the ‘lake’.

Want to go fishing? You can obtain a fishing permit, bait & tackle from the facilities and concessions stand.  Apparently the reservoir is home to largemouth bass, crappie (lol), bluegill, channel catfish, sunfish and trout. There are minimum size & amount limits.

Also visit the concession stand (opened Wednesdays through Sundays) for the following:

Hungry or  Thirsty? Grab some snacks & drinks!

Up for some exercise with a bike ride? You can rent bikes for adventures on land!

Yearning for the water? You can rent kayaks, motorized boats, rowboats even pedal boats! Read here about restrictions and use of float tubes as well

Or, like us, simply power walk, or simply stroll the trail loop.

What are you waiting for???

Directions: Take #15 to Mira Mesa Boulevard traveling East. Take a right turn onto Scripps Ranch Boulevard, then a left on Scripps Lake Drive. You’ll see the entrance on your left.

Feel free to click on these photos from our afternoon at Miramar Reservoir! You can click on each one to see a better view.

First of all, the ‘geese patrol’ greeted us!

Some beautiful images of the Miramar Reservoir from our walk

(Click on each for a larger view)

This signage invites you to rent and enjoy a paddleboat!

Signage at Miramar Reservoir. Photo by SJF Communications

 

A few images of the boat dock…

Boat Rentals, Miramar Reservoir. Photo by SJF Communications, 2018

 

Boat Rentals, Miramar Reservoir. Photo by SJF Communications, 2018

 

And finally, more geese!

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Ah, and a beautiful bougainvillia as well!

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Beautiful bougainvillea at Miramar Reservoir, Photo by SJF Communications, 2018

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A Poem & Artistic ‘Finds’ at Torrey Pines State Beach

 

A poem and some photos from today’s fitness walk at

Torrey Pines State Beach!

‘Mother Nature Evokes’!

by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

 

Art in Nature! Nature as Art!

Captured with my lens -Doing my part

I acknowledge, respect and document

And sprinkle emotional sentiment!

It magnifies the magnificence

It clarifies the significance

And so, do you agree, with me?

Then snap away, draw, paint, dance or sing

Cherish Mother Nature somehow every day…

So that in your own way – nature’s truth will ring!

Torrey Pines State Beach; ‘Looking South’; Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2018

 

Torrey Pines State Beach; ‘Steps leading to (or from) the Torrey Pines State Reserve’; Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2018

 

Torrey Pines State Beach; ‘Sandstone Rocks with Blue Sky and the Sea’; Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2018

 

Torrey Pines State Beach; ‘Almost at Flat Rock’; Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2018

 

Torrey Pines State Beach; ‘Heart Shaped Rock (by default)!; Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2018

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Torrey Pines State Beach: A Crowned Jewel of San Diego!

A place that never ceases to amaze me is Torrey Pines State Beach! It is located between La Jolla and Del Mar, California and approximately 1.5 miles West of Interstate 5 at Carmel Valley Road in San Diego. Here is a cool visitors guide for Torrey Pines State Beach including parking rate information from the San Diego Tourism Authority as well as information about the Torrey Pines State Reserve.  Daily rates: $10-15 Monday-Thursday; $12-20 Friday-Sunday and Holidays. Click for info on Annual Passes.

#TorreyPinesStateBeach is my ‘go to’ place to walk for fitness, stroll, socialize, observe the #artinnature and #natureasart. I like to visually capture interesting images.

Here are a few of my photos from yesterday’s walk.

Beautiful Torrey Pines State Beach!
Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

 

Sandstone Cave-Like Area!
Torrey Pines State Beach Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

 

Amazing Sandstone Rocks!
Torrey Pines State Beach
Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

 

A very lovely shell amidst the rocks!
Torrey Pines State Beach Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

 

Heart Rock
Torrey Pines State Beach
Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

 

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EXTRA EXTRA! A List of Theater Productions in San Diego January Through March, 2018

 

San Diego Theater Productions

 January through March, 2018

Compiled by: Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications 1.12.18

Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

A NEW YEARS ‘Gift’ from SJF Communications to Celebrate San Diego Area Theater!

Besides enjoying the heck out of consulting for and working with theatre company clients as a public relations professional/publicist, (and as an actor), I am an avid theatre-goer and attend many San Diego theater productions throughout the year!

$$$$$$! 🙂

Our extensive collection of Playbills and programs (and bill statements) confirm it!

Also, our daughter is majoring in theatre arts performance/acting & musical theatre, so I have been attending university shows and recitals, adding to my mix. Plus, I’m an adjudicator for high school musical theatre production awards.

Shows, Shows and More Shows!!!

Whether I get comp tix, discount tix (Goldstar –  or the San Diego Performing Arts League and   and  ArtsTix  or the   San Diego Actors Alliance ) or purchase at full price, theatre inspires!!!

Don’t forget about San Diego Theatre Week February 15 – February 25, 2018! Great deals and discounts! Dozens of arts organizations are participating!

I have always wanted to write a post listing all the wonderful theater productions in the San Diego area.  SO…….

There’s an abundance of productions this quarter between January and March. This list is my NEW YEARS present to our San Diego Community! Why? Because I wanted to know what the upcoming shows were PLUS I believe in SHARING and GETTING THE WORD OUT! So take a gander!

I’ve listed (alphabetically) the Theatre/Production Company, Title of Show(s), Dates of Shows and Website links. It’s quite comprehensive! Let us know if there are any additions, corrections etc. We aim to please!

What more could you ask for???

Well, I can ask for something in return:

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Here we go!

Happy New Year from SJF Communications!

San Diego Area Theatre Productions January Through March, 2018

Key: P: Professional Theatre C: Community Theatre

Backyard Renaissance (P) Bachelorette March 15 – April 1; http://backyardrenaissance.com/tickets/

Broadway San Diego (P) Hamilton January 6 – January 28; Dirty Dancing February 9 – February 11; Stomp March 2 – March 4; The Magic of Adam Trent March 24; http://www.broadwaysd.com/

Broadway Vista (P) Tuesdays with Morrie January 18 – February 4; Women in Jeopardy March 1-25; http://www.broadwayvista.biz/adult-shows.html

Community Actors Theatre (C) Bojo’s Place February 2 – February 18; He Was a Slave: February 23, 24, 25; http://www.communityactorstheatre.com/

Coronado Playhouse (C) The Addams Family January 19 – February 25; King Charles III March 23 – April 22; Songs for a New year: An Evening of the Works of Jason Robert Brown March 2 – March 3; http://coronadoplayhouse.com/

Cygnet Theatre  (P) The Last Wife Jan 17 – Feb 11; Musical Monday: Bacchanal Jan 29;  A Little Night Music Mar 7 – Apr 22; http://www.cygnettheatre.com/

Different Stages (C) Building the Wall (Co-Produced with Point Loma Playhouse) January 13 – January 21;

Diversionary Theatre (P): The Cardboard Piano January 25-February 25 The Happiest Place on Earth March 15-April 15; http://diversionary.org/season32/

La Jolla Playhouse (P): Mike Birbiglia: The New One January 9 – 14; The Cake February 6 – March 4; POP Tour Home of the Brave Public Performances at the Playhouse March 10 & 11; La Jolla Playhouse’s Gala March 17; http://www.lajollaplayhouse.org/tickets-and-subscriptions/buy-tickets

La Jolla Theatre Ensemble (Staged Readings) (C) Kim Cromwell’s one-act, CATFISH; a pair of ten-minute plays, one by Jeanette Farr called “Gray Matter” and the second, “A Lease on Life” by Liz Coley; and Werner Hashagen’s “Yes! January 28, January 30; https://www.facebook.com/ljtheatreensemble/posts/878064212371334

Lamb’s  Players (P) (Coronado) Smoke on the Mountain January 11-28; Freedom Riders January 15; Sunday Night Sing, January 21; Lambs Cabaret: Songs of Love and Laughter February 11; Camping With Henry and Tom: February 16 – March 25; http://www.lambsplayers.org/index.php

Lamplighters Community Theatre (C) Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap January 12 – February 4; Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Staged Reading) January 14; Judith Merel’s One-Woman Show The Cantor’s Daughter January 28;  Night, Mother March 2 – March 25; https://www.lamplighterslamesa.com/

Moonlight Stage Productions (P): Bets Malone  at Club M (with Elan McMahan Musical Director and Pianist) January 13 Lucie Arnaz at Club M February 10; Daebreon Poiema with Lyndon Pugeda, Musical Director and Pianist  March 3; Rebels, Raiders and Supermen: The Music of John Williams March 24; http://www.moonlightstage.com/

Moxie Theatre (P): BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead ) January 28 – February 25 / Opening Night: February 3; http://www.moxietheatre.com/shows/

New Village Arts (P):  Cloud Tectonics Jan 26 – Feb 25; Men on Boats Mar 23 – Apr 22; http://www.newvillagearts.org/

North Coast Rep (P) Around the World in Eighty Days January 10 – February 4; Seeger January 29; The Year of Magical Thinking January 22 – 23; This Random World February 21 – March 18; An Evening with Robert Dubac February 26 & 27 https://northcoastrep.org/

Ocean Beach Playhouse (C) (OB Playhouse): Comedy Hypnotist January 26 – January 27; I Love You Because February 2 – February 25; Jesus Christ Superstar in Concert Dates Pending http://www.obtheatrecompany.com/

Oceanside Theatre Company (C): Outside Mullingar (with Scripps Ranch Theatre) February 23 – March 11 http://www.oceansidetheatre.org/

Onstage Playhouse (C) As Bees in Honey Drown  January 12 – February 10; Spike Heels March 9 – April 7; https://www.onstageplayhouse.org/

Patio Playhouse (C) Pygmalion January 5- January 28; I Ought To Be in Pictures February 16-March 11; Sweeney Todd March 23-April 8; http://www.patioplayhouse.com/wp/

Pickwick Players: (C): Diary of Anne Frank February 16-25; http://www.pickwickplayers.net/currentseason

Playwrights Project (C) Plays by Young Writers Festival January 18 – January 27; http://www.playwrightsproject.org/index.php

Point Loma Playhouse (C): Building the Wall (Co-Produced with Different Stages) January 19 – January 28 http://www.pointlomaplayhouse.com/

PowPac Theatre (C): Your Cat is Dead January 12 – February 11; http://www.powpac.org/

San Diego Musical Theatre (P) (SDMT) The Full Monty January 25 – February 26, sdmt.org

San Diego Repertory Theatre (P): Vietgone January 25 – February 18 http://www.sdrep.org/

Scripps Ranch Theatre (C): Outside Mullingar (with Oceanside Theatre) January 19 – February 18; Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery March 23 to April 22 http://www.scrippsranchtheatre.org/

Star Theatre Company (C) Nunsense February 16 – February 25; https://www.startheatreco.com/box-office

Talent to Amuse (P) Hope February 17 – March 5; http://www.talenttoamuse.com/

The Barn Stage Company  Little Women  January 11 January 21; The Music of Cole Porter January 28; Till There Was You (Cabaret) February 25; The Secret Garden in Concert March 1 – March 4; Motown (Cabaret) March 25;  http://thebarnstagecompany.com/js_events/little-women/

The Old Globe (P): The Importance of Being Earnest January 27 – March 24; Uncle Vanya February 10 –  March 11; https://www.theoldglobe.org/

The Roustabouts Theatre Company (P) A Jewish Joke March 14 – 17 (Previews) March 18 (Opening) – April 8 (Closing); http://www.theroustabouts.org/season.html

Trinity Theatre Company Macbeth March 2 – March 18; http://www.trinityttc.org

Vanguard Theatre Lend Me a Tenor March 9 -March 25; http://vanguardsd.org/

Vantage Theatre (P): The Color of Light (in Association with Talent to Amuse) January 11 – February 3; http://www.vantagetheatre.com/

Welk Resort Theatre (P): Next to Real Neil January 17, 24, 31; https://sandiegotickets.welkresorts.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=10&_ga=2.237199680.1125590379.1515783778-1431898865.1515783778

 

Universities/Colleges

City College https://www.sdcity.edu/SavilleTheatre

CSU San Marcos I and You February 7-10; https://www.csusm.edu/sofa/events/index.html

Grossmont College Inside the Actor’s Process March 2- March 3; The Heir Apparent March 15 -24; https://www.grossmont.edu/campus-life/arts-culture/theater-arts/2017-2018-season.aspx

Mira Costa College TBA

Mesa College http://www.sdmesa.edu/academics/schools-departments/dramatic-arts/

San Diego State University: Foxtails February 16 – February 21; Company March 9 – March 17; http://ttf.sdsu.edu/index.php/season_calendar/season_calendar_performances

Southwestern College American Idiot March 13 – March 18;  http://www.swccd.edu/index.aspx?page=3277

UCSD Graduate Theatre productions: A Raisin in the Sun February 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17 @ 7:30pm, February 10 @ 2pm; Othello Previews: February 21 @ 7pm Show dates: February 23 & 24, March 1, 2 & 3 @ 7:30pm, February 24 @ 2pm; Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. Previews: March 6 @ 7pm Show dates: March 8, 9, 10, 16 & 17 @ 7:30pm; Undergraduate Theatre Production: The Skriker March 13, 14, 16 & 17 @ 7:30pm, March 17 @ 2pm March 10 @ 2pm; http://theatre.ucsd.edu/season/

University of San Diego The Nina Variations March 9 – March 11; https://www.sandiego.edu/cas/theatre/productions/

 

Other San Diego Theatres (No productions posted through March, 2018)

Above Board SD (C) http://www.aboveboardtheatre.com/

fruitlessmoon theatreworks (P): http://www.fruitlessmoontheatreworks.org/

Ion Theatre (P) Pending http://iontheatre.com/

Innermission Productions:  Pending http://www.innermissionproductions.org/

Intrepid Theatre (P): Pending http://www.intrepidtheatre.org/

New Fortune Theatre Company http://www.newfortunetheatre.com/

Rag Lady Productions https://www.thegeezeandme.com/#rag-lady-productions

San Diego Actors Theatre http://www.sdactorstheatre.net/theatre/

Teatro Mascara Magica http://teatromascaramagica.org/

Turning Tydes (C)  https://www.turningtydes.org/

 

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Capturing your Creativity: Haiku Poetry with Susan J. Farese 4/7/18 at San Diego Writers Ink

Please join me at my next SJF Communications Workshop:

‘Capturing your Creativity:  Haiku Poetry’

with Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

Wednesday, April 7, 2018 – 2:30 – 4:30 pm (All levels welcome)

at San Diego Writers Ink

Arts District Liberty Station

2730 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego 92106

#202-204, Barracks 16, 2nd floor above Women’s Museum

Hope to see you at this engaging, non-traditional, interactive (and hopefully fun) journey “Capturing your Creativity with Haiku”- for the fun and health of it.

$45 (members); $54 (nonmembers)

Here is the link to register!

http://www.sandiegowriters.org/17050-2/

Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

Bio for Susan J. Farese

Bring your open mind, active imagination, sense of humor, zest for life, quest for fun while learning and willingness to participate. Satisfaction? Poetically guaranteed!

We will chat about Haiku as a Japanese poetry form with ease of use, explore the benefits and value of Haiku as a cathartic, therapeutic, stress management tool and actively participate in several creative Haiku opportunities and challenges!

Here’s one for you:

Exploring Haiku…

Like Hummingbirds during Spring

Resurfaced, renewed

Registration Link: http://www.sandiegowriters.org/

 

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Sue Vicory Appoints Susan J. Farese to ‘My Power of One” Advisory Board

Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications was appointed on January 1, 2018 by filmmaker and  humanitarian  Sue Vicory to serve as the ‘Director of Entertainment for the Global Market, on the My Power of One Advisory Board 

From Sue Vicory:

My Power of One is a privately held e-commerce apparel and accessories company with the intention of being a catalyst for inspired positive action which supports community based organizations throughout the year with our acts of kindness. We are supported by a bi-coastal Board of Advisors.

Please help me welcome Susan Farese of SJF Communications as our newest and boldest My Power of One Board of Advisor for 2018. I have worked with Susan on multiple occasions which has lead me to ask her to take on Director of Entertainment for the Global market. As a nurse, veteran, SAG actress, tap dancer and PR/Marketer she is the perfect choice after a long search. Susan gets to craft her own duties and fulfill them to her heart’s desire. Welcome aboard our ship of endless inspiration and empowerment. http://mypowerofone.com/advisory-board “

-Sue Vicory, My Power of One

Susan’s Quote:

“I am thrilled to join forces with the talented philanthropist, filmmaker, empowering colleague, friend and kindred spirit Sue Vicory and embark on this exciting new inspirational journey with the phenomenal ‘My Power of One” Board of Advisors. Sue Vicory is one of a kind. Her purposeful ‘power of one’  spreading kindness while giving back is an inspiration to all”.

-Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

My Power of One Logo Courtesy of Sue Vicory, MPO1

It’s always a pleasure to work with Sue Vicory on a variety of programs and projects. 

More information on My Power of One:

Meet My Power of One Advisory Board

‘We are surrounded and supported by greatness’

Board of Advisors

Kristi Anderson – Inspiration crafter

Clare Carlson – Brand photographer

Isabel Canzoneri – Head of Spiritual Guidance

Susan Farese – Director of Entertainment

Cat Forrest – C.L.O. (Chief Light Officer)

Greg Hoffman – Financial Advisor

Lori Jones – Lead Nurturer

Gage Magosin – Youth Ambassador

Gracie Marshall – Junior Advisor

Sariann Monaco – Adventure specialist

Tamra Price – VP Acts of Kindness

Miles Rosenquest – C.C.O. (Chief Cuteness Officer)

Anita Rowe – Head of Logistics

Jennifer Scibetti – Voice of My Power of One

Scott Strohm – Legal Eagle

Katy Suzanne Vicory – Art Direction

Sue Vicory – Whimsical Director

Ann Ware – Chief Embroiderer

Ava Wirsig – Junior Advisor

More Links about My Power of One

Donate to My Power of  One

Shop at My Power of One

My Power of One Blog

Here are photos from some of Sue Vicory’s ‘My Power of One’ projects and programs

including film projects and acts of kindness:

Click Archive SJF Communications Post: 

https://sjfcommunications.com/2016/02/11/sue-vicory/

Click Archive SJF Communications Post:

Sue Vicory Making a Powerful Impact One Person at a Time

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Update: Win a Family 4 Pack to “Peter Pan and Tinker Bell – A Pirates Christmas” (San Diego)!

Update: As of 12/16/17 at 4:32 p.m. p.s.t, SJF Communications has a winner for the Family 4 Pack to “Peter Pan and Tinker Bell – A Pirates Christmas” (San Diego)!

Thank you to those who responded! We will let you know if anything opens up for more complimentary tickets.

Guess who’s flying in to San Diego?

PETER PAN!

No kidding!

Plus, WENDY, CAPTAIN HOOK, TINKER BELL, SMEE AND TIGER LILY too!

So…..

Peter Pan and Tinker Bell A Pirates Christmas Logo

Want to be the winner of a Family 4 pack of tickets for Opening Night December 21 (7:30 p.m.) of Lythgoe Family Panto presents PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL – A PIRATES CHRISTMAS at the Balboa Theatre in San Diego?

YOU DO???

Read on!

There will be one lucky winner!

What’s the show all about????   Well….

PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL – A PIRATES CHRISTMAS,  is a flying, singing, and swashbuckling holiday show performed in the style of British panto. Pirates plan to kidnap Peter Pan as a Christmas present for Captain Hook. Can Peter, Wendy, and Tinkerbell foil their scheme?

And look who is starring in it!!!

ASHLEY ARGOTA OF ABC FAMILY’S “THE FOSTERS” (Tinkerbell)

RILEY COSTELLO OF NBC’S “HAIRSPRAY LIVE!” (Peter Pan)

CLARICE ORDAZ OF FOX’S “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE”  (Tiger Lily)

MARK RYAN OF STARZ’ “BLACK SAILS” (Captain Hook)

DAVID F.M. VAUGHN OF BROADWAY’S “SHREK THE MUSICAL” (Smee)

AUDREY WHITBY OF NICKELODEON’S “THE THUNDERMANS” (Wendy)

How do I win?

Be the first person to:

1. Click on and complete our  Contact Form  ( between 9 a.m. p.s.t. Saturday, December 16th and no later than 11 a.m. p.s.t. Sunday, December 17th) to WIN a family 4 pack of tickets for Opening Night, December 21st  at The Balboa Theatre! Add name, email , phone and then comment: Peter Pan and Tinker Bell Tickets. Thank you!

The catch:

Winner must post on Social Media

that they attended the Opening!

More info below:

Peter Pan and Tinker Bell – A  Pirates Christmas is Directed by Bonnie Lythgoe and choreographed by Mario Mosley, with book by Kris Lythgoe, Michael Orland (American Idol) serving as musical arranger and supervisor, and Andy Street serving as Musical Director. Chris Wood will serve as Associate Producer and Chris Wilcox will serve as Lighting Director. Casting is by Executive Producer Becky Lythgoe.  This will be the second holiday season of Lythgoe Family Panto in San Diego, and their first in this larger venue.

PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL – A PIRATES CHRISTMAS is a flying, singing and swashbuckling holiday adventure performed in the style of a British panto. Step into the Balboa Theatre and embark on a wild quest with Tinker Bell, Wendy and Peter Pan, as they try to put a stop to the plot of some dastardly pirates who plan to kidnap Peter as a present to Captain Hook. Filled with big laughs, magic, dancers and contemporary songs by everyone from Taylor Swift to the Bee Gees, this family show has a little bit of something for everyone.

PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL – A PIRATES CHRISTMAS will play a strictly limited engagement of 12 performances from December 21 through December 31, with the official press opening on December 21, at the Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Avenue, San Diego CA 92101.

Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased in-person at San Diego Theatres Advance Sales Windows located at 1100 3rd Ave (corner of 3rd & B St) across from the Civic Theatre, via phone at (619/760/858) 570-1100 Mon-Fri 10a-6p, or anytime online at http://sandiegotheatres.org/peter-pan-tinker-bella-pirates-christmas/. Golden Tickets, which allow the ticketholder (children ages 4 – 12 only) a special on-stage experience during the production, are available for an additional $60.00 each.

“I am so excited by the great cast of Broadway and television performers we have assembled for our second San Diego production,” says Kris Lythgoe, the show’s author and President of Lythgoe Family Panto. “San Diego is a huge supporter of the Arts and we are proud to once again expand panto productions with San Diego Theatres.”

“We are thrilled to be expanding to The Balboa Theatre this season allowing even more families in San Diego and the surrounding communities to share in the magic of Panto!” says Becky Lythgoe, Producer and Co-Founder of Lythgoe Family Panto.  “Ages 3-103, children, parents, and grandparents all coming together to sing, dance and share in the joy of LIVE theatre.  This for us encapsulates the spirit and beauty reflective of the holiday season!”

Lythgoe Family Panto produces fun, musical theatre the whole family can enjoy. Known for their creativity and involvement in television hits “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” the Lythgoes are dedicated to bringing affordable theatre to families across America. Based on the Grimm fairytales and others, each story has been modernized with topical scripts for parents and well known pop songs for kids.

The Lythgoes pride themselves on creating a memorable experience a family can share together.  This December, Lythgoe Family Panto will offer their largest season yet, with 4 different productions playing concurrently in Laguna, Pasadena, San Diego and Houston.

Lythgoe Family Panto established their reputation with productions at Pasadena Playhouse including A Cinderella Christmas starring Lauren Taylor, Alex Newell and Morgan Fairchild, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell – A Pirates Christmas starring Sabrina Carpenter and John O’Hurley, Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight starring Olivia Holt and Lucy Lawless, Aladdin and His Winter Wish starring Ben Vereen, Jordan Fisher, and Ashley Argota – and A Snow White Christmas (the original of this production) starring Ariana Grande and Neil Patrick Harris.

Thanks and hope to see you at PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL – A PIRATES CHRISTMAS!

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Photos and Fun Exploring Julian, California!

Apple pie, apple cider, photos

…and lots of cool shops and restaurants!

We’re sold on JULIAN!

During the Thanksgiving Holiday, we had an enjoyable mountain getaway day trip to Julian, California. (We usually travel the less than an hour road trip from San Diego each year).

Julian is a picturesque, historic gold-mining town that exudes lots of charm!

This time, my daughter Emmy and her best friend Sydney were my traveling, shopping and dining  buddies and also helped with photography.

Our day started with a delicious lunch at the Julian Grille.

Photos by SJF Communications

Afterwards we checked out the shops, enjoyed the apple pie at Mom’s Pies (oh yes, and the apple cider) and ventured to take in the autumn foliage, colorful leaves and beautiful scenery.

Of course, many photos were snapped that day and we want to share them with you! Overall a delightful day in Julian!

Hope you enjoy these photos of our spectacular crisply colorful autumn day! Click on individual photos to see more details!

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Emmy (in the hat) and Sydney – Exploring Julian!

 

Places to Shop!

Some of the shops that we noticed: The Birdwatcher, Julian Mountain Emporium, Kathy’s Dress Shop, Quilts & More, Hog Heaven, Julian Imports, Julian Book House, Julian Cider Mill, Julian Cafe & Bakery, Julian Trading Company, Julian Imports, Antique Boutique, JAG Art Gallery, the     T-Haus, & the Cuyamaca Clay Company.

Places to Nosh!

The Julian Grille, Romano’s Restaurant, Buffalo Bills, Blue Door Winery, Apple Alley Bakery, and Julian Cafe & Bakery, among others! Yum!

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Q & A with Artistic Director, Cast and Stage Manager of San Diego Actors Theatre’s ‘The Zoo Story’ by Edward Albee

San Diego Actors Theatre presents a site-specific theatrical production of Edward Albee’s THE ZOO STORY, October 28 -November 12, 2017 (Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2 p.m.) at Pioneer Park in Mission Hills, San Diego. Of note: 2018 will mark the sixtieth anniversary of The Zoo Story.

TICKET LINK

More info: CALL: 858-268-4494

or VISIT  San Diego Actors Theatre

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Hope you enjoy this Q & A with the Artistic Director & Cast

San Diego Actors Theatre’s ‘The Zoo Story’ by Edward Albee

BY

Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

Patricia Elmore Costa
Director
‘The Zoo Story’ by Edward Albee

Patricia Elmore Costa (Producer/Director)

SJF: Please tell us about San Diego Actors Theatre
PEC: When I founded the San Diego Actors Theatre in 1985 with a lot of help and support from my late husband and many theatre artist friends, I was one of only 2 women directors in San Diego.  Directing in legitimate theatre has traditionally been a male-dominated profession.  When I founded the SD Actors Theatre, I put that out of my mind and just went after what I wanted to do.  Thirty-two years later, however, I see that there still is gender inequality.  A woman director needs to persevere, be strong, and quietly fight for what they need and want in the theatre.  Chip chip chip at the glass ceiling.
SJF: Why did you choose to direct  TZS?
PEC: I’ve always loved this play.  I admire Edward Albee.  Themes and language are philosophically intelligent and provocative of thought and emotion.  Simple and economically viable to produce –I Hope.  In the natural park setting as the setting in play.
SJF: Any challenges with directing this show?
PEC: I enjoy directing.  It has gone beautifully well.  It is always about the director’s choice in casting.   I’m working with two talented pros.
SJF: Favorite moments/scenes?
PEC: My favorite moments in the play are when these two actors are at their most vulnerable.  That is the strength of the play – when we are able to see man’s humanity and sometimes man’s inhumanity to man.  There is a lot of that in our political climate and political culture.  Man and woman need to do better each and every day.
SJF: Best shows you have directed or best roles to date in your career?
PEC: Best shows directed – Eleemosynary by Lee Blessing was my professional directorial debut in SD.  Performed in some good roles in The Miss Firecracker Contest & The Perfect Party.  Have really enjoyed roles played in many staged readings SDAT has produced over the years.  Directed a staged reading of Dinner With Friends recently that was beautiful.
SJF: What don’t we know about you
PEC:  I’m currently in grad school for another degree.  Was an associate with the Sisters of Providence order for a short time.
SJF: Dream role or show to direct?
PEC: Dream Role:  Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf – told you I liked Edward AlbeeLady Macbeth & Hamlet.  Every show I work on is a DREAM ROLE as a performer or Dream Show to direct!
SJF: Advice to other directors, new directors etc.
PEC: Advice – collaborate is key.  Makes everyone happier.
SJF: Pet Peeves
PEC:  Pet peeves – not listening.  Monologists in social conversations.  Lack of empathy or compassion.
SJF:  Inspirational quote?
PEC:  Inspirational quote from a Nigerian priest at the Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France –  “try to do better” and another favorite is  “your life is not about you.”
SJF: Anything else?
PEC:  I’m crazy about my 2 handsome, smart, and talented sons – Matthew and Nicholas.  They are the LIGHT of my life.
Byron La Due (Jerry)
‘The Zoo Story’ by Edward Albee
Byron LaDue (Jerry)
SJF: Why did you choose to audition for  TZS?
BLD: Patty texted me to do what I thought was a reading of Zoo Story. Turned out to be live, in the park and playing the crazy guy.
SJF: Any challenges to your role?
BLD: Lines, lines, lines.
SJF: How do you identify with your role personally?
BLD: How?   I never answer questions like this. I’ll use one of Jerry’s Lines. “I have no feelings about any of it that I care to admit to myself.”
SJF:  Favorite moments/scenes
BLD: The whole thing is a gas. Fred as Peter getting all worked up over a bad thing to call Jerry. All he comes up with is, “You’re a …..Bum.” Cracks up me and Jerry.
SJF:  Best roles to date in your career
BLD: Paul Gauguin in The Musical Paul Gauguin
SJF: What don’t we know about you
BLD: I collect Motion Picture Soundtracks beginning with Hercules with Steve Reeves in the early 50’s.
SJF: Dream role?
BLD: Harold HillMusic Man
SJF: Advice to other actors, new actors etc.
BLD: Don’t give up your day job.
SJF: Pet Peeves?
BLD: Actors who don’t learn their lines.
SJF: Inspirational quote
BLD: “I won’t ask of myself to become someone else, I’ll just be me.”
Fred Harlow (Peter) ‘The Zoo Story’ by Edward Albee

Fred Harlow (Peter)

SJF: Why did you choose to audition for  TZS?
FH: I really didn’t audition. Patricia called me last year to do a staged reading and it snowballed from there.
SJF: Any challenges to your role?
FH: Listen like I’ve never listened before.
SJF: How do you identify with your role personally? How?
FH: Peter doesn’t like to make waves. He also follows the rules, however tell me the rules and I’ll find the loopholes.
SJF: Favorite moments/scenes
FH: Favorite moment must be the ending, it should appear that it comes out of the blue.
SJF: Best roles to date in your career
FH: That is a difficult question, it’s like asking my favorite movie. I love all of the roles I’ve played and can’t single out any one of them.
SJF: What don’t we know about you?
FH: My cell phone is just a cell phone. I don’t text, tweet or post pictures of my dinner or cat.
SJF: Dream role?
FH: If I could sing it would be Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. What a story, what a journey!!!
SJF: Advice to other actors, new actors etc.
FHL Have fun at auditions. It’s your time to play and have FUN! If you need to get nervous save that for opening night but never for an audition. Believe me they can smell fear.
SJF: Pet Peeves?
FH: People who don’t use their turn signals. Trust me it’s not a sign of weakness.
SJF:  Inspirational quote
FH: If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
Josh Guicherit
Stage Manager
‘The Zoo Story’ by Edward Albee
 Joshua Guicherit (Stage Manager)
SJF: Why did you choose to stage manage  TZS?
JG: I thought it would be a great opportunity to get involved in San Diego theatre, I knew it was a role I was capable of filling and I appreciated the team that worked on the piece.
SJF: Any challenges to stage managing?
JG: There are many challenges of stage managing and few rewards, so I’ve been told. For me the most difficult part is simply keeping track of everything all at once.
SJF: Favorite moments/scenes
JG: My favorite scenes involve Byron, playing Jerry, making strange noises and accents. I laugh every time he does his dog-eating-food impression.
SJF: Best shows you have been part of as actor or technical staff in your career
JG: My favorite show as an actor was probably playing Don Armado in Love’s Labour’s Lost.
SJF: What don’t we know about you
JG:   You probably don’t know that I once volunteered for the Special Olympics and got to stand in for the singer performing the iconic song “Let It Go” from Frozen.
SJF:  Dream role or show to act in etc.?
JG: My dream role is Iago from Othello.
SJF: Advice to other stage managers etc.
JG: It’s a lot of work. Just take everything in chunks and get to know what your director wants. The rest changes with every show. Find a way to relax at the end of the night.
SJF: Pet Peeves
JG: Chewing with your mouth open.
SJF:  Inspirational quote
JG: Do whatever makes you happy.
SJF:  Anything else?
JG: There’s always something else isn’t there?
Thanks to Patricia Elmore Costa, Byron LaDue, Fred Harlow and Josh Guicherit
Hope to see you at THE ZOO STORY!
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Classical Pianist Jeeyoon Kim’s Carnegie Hall Debut “10 More Minutes”, December 14, 2017

 

Classical pianist Jeeyoon Kim will have her Carnegie Hall debut presented by Captivate Artists on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at Weill Recital Hall. She will perform selected pieces from her latest album, “10  More Minutes” which Jeeyoon has often performed as encores, the result of audiences asking her to play for “ten more minutes” of her captivating artistry.

Jeeyoon Kim’s concert events combine dazzling technical mastery and profound musicianship with her personal commentary on stage. Audiences will experience a new, more engaging way of listening to a classical concert.  Gordon Brown from Classical Radio Station XLNC-FM proclaims “She is simply a force of nature, one who lives for that special connection with a live audience”.  Jeeyoon states, “I envision this album as if we are enjoying “tapas”, instead of a heavy five-course meal. This “musical light fare” includes familiar works by Schubert, Chopin, Schumann and Debussy”.

Jeeyoon received her Doctorate of Music and Masters of Music in Piano Performance from Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. A recent winner of the Beverly Hills National Audition for classical musicians in 2017-18 season,  Jeeyoon will perform a series of concerts  across the country, and as a soloist playing Rhapsody in Blue at the Hilbert Theatre in Indianapolis. She is a frequent performer for Chamber Music San Francisco, PianoForte Salon Live Series, and the La Jolla Music Society Discovery Series, among others.

Jeeyoon Kim
Carnegie Hall Debut
“10 More Minutes”
December 14, 2017
Weill Recital Hall

Some testimonials about Jeeyoon Kim:

“In addition to her mastery of the instrument, Jeeyoon’s music-making transcends the piano, and has the ability to transport the listener directly into the world of the composer. So captivating and powerful…” -Demarre McGill, Acting Principal Flute of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra 

“Absolutely phenomenal! She brought tears to my eyes with her playing. What a sensitive and gifted pianist…” – Susan Kitterman, former Artistic director of New World Youth Symphony

“Beautiful control of the Instrument, superior technique, and all of that emotion shows up in her sound as well as watching her. I am awed by her talent. It would be criminal for the world not to hear Jeeyoon perform.” – Gary Walters, performing artist and jazz pianist

“Impeccable, brilliant and heart-rending…”

-Chiesa Nuova (Performing Arts Foundation, Chicago)

Warm tone and a wide range of colors in her expressions. No matter what she plays, the clarity of texture was never compromised … -Ryan Streber, Producer, Oktavan Audio, NYC

TICKET INFORMATION: Single General Admission tickets for the Classical Pianist Jeeyoon Kim’s “10 More Minutes” Carnegie Hall Debut Concert (Weill Recital Hall) are $35 and are available at:

1) in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street and Seventh Avenue, NY, NY, 10019) Monday through Saturday, from 11 AM–6 PM and Sunday, 12 PM–6 PM);

2)  by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or

3) https://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2017/12/14/0730/PM/Jeeyoon-Kim-Piano/

More info at www.CarnegieHall.org 

LOCATION: Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall 152 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019  https://www.carnegiehall.org/Information/Directions/

More about “10 More Minutes” at www.10moreminutesconcert.com “Like” on Facebook – Jeeyoon Kim, Pianist; “Follow” on Twitter @Jeeyoon_Pianist and Instagram @jeeyoonkimpianist with the hashtag #10moreminutescd.

 

 

San Diego Actors Theatre Presents ‘The Zoo Story’ by Edward Albee

Two Guys…a Bench…at a Park

San Diego Actors Theatre Presents

A  SITE-SPECIFIC THEATRICAL PRODUCTION OF:

THE ZOO STORY

By Edward Albee

A provocative, dangerously funny and theatrically powerful play  

at

PIONEER PARK (MISSION HILLS)

Saturday & Sunday Matinees 2 p.m. 

October 28 – November 12

'The Zoo Story' Cast: Left: Fred Harlow (Peter); Right: Byron LaDue (Jerry)
‘The Zoo Story’ Cast:
Left: Fred Harlow (Peter); Right: Byron LaDue (Jerry)

 A park bench at the charming Pioneer Park in Mission Hills is the “Central Park” setting for  San Diego Actors Theatres (SDAT) upcoming site-specific production of  The Zoo Story by three time Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright, Edward Albee. Of note: 2018 will mark the sixtieth anniversary of The Zoo Story. Performances run from October 28th through November 12th (Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. matinees).

The Zoo Story is Produced and Directed by SDAT Founder/Artistic Director Patricia Elmore Costa, Starring Byron LaDue as Jerry and Fred Harlow as Peter.

Written in 1958, The Zoo Story achieved instant acclaim for the “recognizable humanity of its characters” (Green, 2004) and for its themes of daily despair beneath the surface of middle-class life.  The play explores themes of isolation, loneliness, miscommunication and dehumanization in a commercial world.

TICKETS for The Zoo Story are $20 – available for purchase in advance online at either https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-zoo-story-by-edward-albee-tickets-37771881715

or http://sdactorstheatre.net/ online  Cash only $20 at Pioneer Park, Mission Hills.

Or: Call 858-268-4494 or Email: sdactors@san.rr.com.

  Mature language and themes.

SCHEDULE: Saturday and Sunday matinees (2 p.m.), October 28th – November 12th. Performance dates: October 28th & 29th, November 4th & 5th and November 11th & 12th. The production runs approximately 70 minutes without an intermission.

The Zoo Story Cast: Left: Fred Harlow as Peter; Right: Byron LaDue as Jerry

LOCATION: Mission Hills Pioneer Park: 1521 Washington Place, San Diego, 92103. (Washington Place  & Randolph Street, Hillcrest)

https://www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/parks/regional/presidio/missionhills.

Directions: From Interstate 5, exit Washington Street and head east up the hill. Turn left onto Goldfinch Street, and then left onto Fort Stockton Drive. Turn left on Ingalls Street, and then right onto Washington Place. The park will be on your left just past Grant Elementary School. There is a small parking lot limited to a handful of cars and there is also street parking. The performance will take place at the South West area of the park. Look for the Red Carpet and /or signs! Feel free to bring blankets or low back beach chairs. Folding chairs will be provided.

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 ALSO UPCOMING AT SAN DIEGO ACTORS THEATRE:

San Diego Actors Theatre Sunday Salon and Staged Reading Series presents True West by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 2 pm.  Directed by Patricia Elmore Costa.

Casting TBA.

WHEN:  Sunday, February 11, 2018, 2 pm

WHERE:  La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Avenue, La Jolla

TICKETS:  $10 per person.  Cash Only.

Driven to the Max: Photo Shoot and Q & A with Max Cadillac

Meet Max Cadillac. I have known Max professionally for the past five years in San Diego. Our paths have crossed with me providing public relations & marketing, and with him either performing in professional theatre productions, choreographing and/or costuming…and most recently modeling as my photography subject for an action-packed, fun editorial shoot, as Max embarks on his new journey – the sky’s the limit – and seize NYC – a.k.a. The Big Apple!

This past September, our photo shoot (for his new modeling “look book”) with Max took place during the day at a cool park as well as a suburban cul-de-sac and street in the Rancho Penasquitos area of San Diego. Max posed. I snapped away.

Take a gander at Max’s photographic versatility (and read our interview Q &A which follows)!

Max Cadillac. Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2017.

 

Max Cadillac. Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2017.

 

Max Cadillac. Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2017.

 

Max Cadillac. Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2017.

 

Max Cadillac. Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2017.

Q & A with Max Cadillac

SJF: Max, please give us the run down…tell us where you have performed professionally

MC: I have a true love for musical theatre and have been working hard throughout my field of choice – performing, choreographing, and costuming in San Diego. I’ve performed with Cygnet Theatre (Pageant, Gypsy), Moonlight Stage Productions (The Wizard of Oz, Music Man, Big Fish), San Diego Musical Theatre (White Christmas, Sound of Music, Cats, West Side Story), and most recently in The Tragedy of Carmen with the San Diego Opera.

SJF: Besides being a dancer, you’re also a choreographer. Where have you been the creator of all things dance?

MC: My choreography credits include: Canyon Crest Academy (Zombie Prom, Evita, Sweet Charity), La Jolla High School (Anything Goes), San Diego Junior Theater (Shrek the Musical), as well as other high school, college, and studio performances.

SJF: And your newest venture into costuming?

MC: Over the last year, I have expanded into costuming under the wing of costume designer Janet Pitcher.

SJF: Why NY? Does it have a special meaning for you?

MC: Though I am proud to be a native San Diegian, I’ve always felt like my home town was ‘Broadway to Bloomingdales’ in The Big Apple. My parents and family are from the tri-state area and having growing up bi-coastal going to summer camp in the Poconos, I have always loved New York the most. Not only that, but there are so many more opportunities for theater in New York than Southern California. The fantasy of moving to the city and booking the first audition sounds splendid, but the reality of planning his move to New York has been a long awaited plan since high school.

SJF: Tell us about your performing and where you have studied

MC: The drive to perform has always been there. I have attended performing arts schools since middle school. I first attended Children’s Creative and Performing Arts Academy before transferring to Coronado School of the Arts for high school. It was there I learned his passion could become a career, and I pursued a degree in Theater. I attended a California State University to pursue my degree, but he realized within the first month this was not the right program for me. So within that first semester, I applied, auditioned, and was accepted into AMDA  in Los Angeles for musical theatre. It was a program that mainly focused on acting, singing, dancing, and allowing their students to explore many aspects of the performance world on and off stage.

SJF: What was one of your favorite roles?

MC: Everyday is another chance to create and perform, but I really enjoyed my most recent performance as Lillas Pastia in the San Diego Opera’s The Tragedy of Carmen. The creative team wanted to make a whole new vision for the classic opera, so with only six cast members, sets and costumes spanning many different decades, and direction like no one has seen before, It was a true collaboration of artists working together to feature the best of their talents. And although my character did not have any songs or dialogue, I threw myself into the physicality of the character. To quote the lead of Carmen herself, she wrote me a lighthearted opening night letter saying “Thank you for stealing my show. Now own it” and that is exactly what I did. The recreation of a classic role is something I am extremely invested in, always trying to adapt and tell a relatable story for the audience, and one day I hope to originate a role in a musical, play, opera, or film. Any medium that gives actors the freedom to shape and mold a character like that sounds like a dream role to me, and I would even love to write my own musicals and movies in order to ensure true artistic freedom.

SJF: Dream roles?

MC:  I have many! Aldolpho from The Drowsy Chaperone, Molina in Kiss of The Spiderwoman, Dr. Frank-N-Furter from Rocky Horror Picture Show, and an all time favorite from the first musical I ever saw on Broadway one day playing Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast.

SJF It’s been a pleasure Max. Anything else you’d like to share?

MC: On a personal note, I’d would like to thank you, Susan for all of your support, love, and laughter working together over the past 5 years and would like to leave your readers with this thought; If you love something, Do Not let it go! Hold onto whatever drives your passion, and love what you do. Theater, like the world can seem very small at times, but never limit yourself within your chosen field and always remember it is much more fulfilling to focus on the journey than the finish line.

SJF: Best wishes on your journey to the BIG APPLE!

 

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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

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“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.”

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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

Here is some info about Jeeyoon Kim:

http://www.jeeyoonkim.com/

http://www.10moreminutesconcert.com/

Testimonial for SJF Communications via Classical Pianist, Jeeyoon Kim

‘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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Susan J. Farese, Honored to be a Mentor in the SDSU Aztec Mentor Program

Sharing Guidance and Wisdom as a Mentor

by

Susan J. Farese, MSN, RN,  SJF Communications

I am pleased to be a Mentor for my 2nd year in  San Diego State University‘s ‘Aztec Mentor Program‘ (AMP). This year I have two Professional Studies and Fine Arts (PSFA) Communications students for both semesters. Last year I mentored one Senior (Communications) and one Junior (Public Health) student during the Fall, 2016 semester and three graduating senior mentees (Communications, Health Communications and Finance/Entrepreneurship) for the Spring, 2017  semester.  The Communications student was my mentee for the entire year.

Here are two links from recent feature articles by Erik Good, about my experiences in the SDSU Aztec Mentor Program:   http://newscenter.sdsu.edu/sdsu_newscenter/news_story.aspx?sid=76775 and https://amp.sdsu.edu/pages/2962?src=tab

I believe in mentoring as well as being mentored!

Time has certainly flown since I was introduced to my own first ‘mentor’. I distinctly remember the time (after working about a year or so) as a newly graduated Ensign in the Navy Nurse Corps in 1978 in San Diego. Needless to say…I was stressed out with what we now call ‘burnout’ (which was not even a term used then) in my very first job after graduating college! As a staff/charge nurse on the open bay male general medicine floor, I endured grueling rotating shifts and dealt with serious illnesses and on several occasions deaths of active duty, dependent and/or retired males at my young age. I suppose I had a certain look of ‘being overwhelmed’ one day. Upon rounds to the unit, my supervisor said to me “By the end of the day, I want to know how much leave (vacation) you’re taking and where you want to work when you return”. I stared at her in disbelief for a few seconds, thought about it, planned that leave and afterwards transferred to Cardiothoracic Surgery Step Down unit. That job switch and my Supervisor’s insight, caring and seriously ‘looking out for me’ changed my professional life. I was then able to navigate my career by being in control. Plus, I gained respect for having a Mentor and have learned immensely from many of them over the years!

Flash forward to 38 years later! That Mentor ultimately inspired me to take control of my professional career as a nurse, actor, author, writer, consultant & entrepreneur. I have also had several Mentors in my life since then!

My diversified career has been quite interesting and evolving over the past ‘almost’ 40 years. Besides clinical, management/administrative, education/staff development roles in Nursing during time as a Military Nurse (U.S. Navy – 3 years and Army Nurse Corps-9 years, attaining the rank of Major), I also worked in medical research. My masters degree is in adult primary health which prepared me as a Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist. As an entrepreneur I have provided public speaking, continuing education, legal nurse consulting, public relations, marketing, acting and coaching.

During Fall, 2016, as a parent of an SDSU Freshman, I received an email from the Office of New Student and Parent Programs, Career Services and the Office of Alumni Engagement Career Services, inquiring if I would be interested in being a Mentor in the AMP. I quickly made the decision to embark on this journey (completed my AMP profile which asked for education, career positions and so on) and  have enjoyed my time in this mutually fulfilling program.  Since then I was interviewed by Diane Marin (SDSU Alumni and Career Development and Administrator of AMP),  and Eric Good, (Public Affairs Communication Specialist, SDSU) with article links above.  I have been fortunate to be connected to our daughter’s campus in such a unique way, plus was able to give back – and hopefully enrich and guide the students towards success in their futures, as students and as they enter into the working world.

How does it all work?

First of all, each student that selects me as their Mentor presents different personalities, majors, goals and challenges. I am a proponent of meeting in person on campus for our sessions, usually an hour long, several times a month.  We review resumes and Linked In profiles. We discuss the importance of networking in their prospective fields. I prep them on the common sense and procedure of attending career fairs. We research possible graduate degree programs. We explore employment options with job searches and discuss negotiating salaries, raises etc. much more during the semester(s). I also provide emotional support and guidance for them throughout the semester and especially during their final “stressful” Spring semester nearing  graduation (and they prevail)!

It is thoroughly enriching for me as well. My experience in Nursing, PR/Marketing/ Communications and the Arts enabled me to feel confident as a role model for them and their enthusiasm, diligence and commitment persisted!

I wish them all well!

Here are some more articles about the Aztec Mentorship Program:

http://newscenter.sdsu.edu/sdsu_newscenter/news_story.aspx?sid=76246

https://go.sdsu.edu/student_affairs/mentoring.aspx

http://www.sdsualumni.org/s/997/rd16/interior.aspx?sid=997&gid=1&pgid=3077

A photo with my two Mentees from this past Fall, 2017 Semester

Left to right:
From Fall Semester, 2017: Alexa (Mentee), Susan (Mentor), and Delaney (Mentee)

 

Some photos and testimonials from last year’s Mentees:

 

Left to Right: Susan with Mentee (now a graduate) from Spring, 2017: Kaitlin; Major: Health Communication. Photo credit: Erik Good

“Getting involved my last semester at SDSU was great because my mentor, Susan, prepared me to stay on top of job searches, reviewed my resume, and encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and attend events that Career Services had put together,”  – Kaitlin Woods

Testimonial for SJF Communications via San Diego State University (SDSU) Health Communications Student, Kaitlin Woods

Left to right: Susan with with Mentee (now 2017 SDSU graduate and now pursuing graduate degree) Alexandra; Major: Communications. Photo credit: Erik Good

“Susan was my mentor throughout my Fall 2016 semester at San Diego State University. Having Susan mentor me was by far one of the best decisions I’ve made. She has propelled me to reach new levels of my potential and widen my understanding about the communications field. Susan is a wonderful asset to any student, individual or agency and I could not recommend her wisdom enough. I am blessed with the opportunity to know her and have her as my mentor”.- Alexandra Talaro

Testimonial for SJF Communications via San Diego State University (SDSU) Communications Student Alexandra Talaro

 

Left to right: with Spring, 2017 Mentee (now 2017 SDSU graduate) James; Major: Finance with Minor: Entrepreneurship with Susan. Courtesy Photo.

“The Aztec Mentorship Program has been an enlightening process for me. Not only has it allowed me to reach out to various alumni in different industries I am interested in, but has created opportunity to foster an invaluable mentorship.

Overall, my best experience was with Susan Farese, a local entrepreneur with many experiences, particularly in the entertainment industry. I learned a few lessons after being matched as a mentee with Susan but lessons are still being learned as we still stay in touch. Resume development, entrepreneurship tips, and networking opportunities have been the focus of the mentorship. Susan helped me develop a technique of developing the perfect resume based upon which jobs I am searching for rather than sending out a general resume out to all jobs. As an aspiring entrepreneur, I learned from Susan’s experiences and mistakes in running her own PR firm. She spoke to me about my different entrepreneurial opportunities and gave insight to possible issues I may run into. Even after the program ended, Susan recently helped me get my first gig doing lighting and sound production for a local play!

Honestly the best part about my experience was the specific attention given to me about how I can best further myself. After a few sessions, Susan understood what I really needed to learn to get the best out of the program and that only happens when mentors are dedicated to extending real life knowledge and experience to mentees.” – James Ranon

Testimonial for SJF Communications via San Diego State University (SDSU) Finance/Entrepreneurship Student

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Do you need a Mentor?

 

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An afternoon at Mission San Juan Capistrano

Have you visited Mission San Juan Capistrano?

Here are some photos from a recent afternoon visit!

Such gorgeous flowers and stunning serene surroundings…even a hummingbird!

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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

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

 

 

 

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 Promo Video

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