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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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???

Feel free to enjoy these images by clicking on each one.

Have fun and kindly “Like, Comment, Share” away!

 

All photo credit: SJF Communications

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

By

Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

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

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

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

According to Hedges and Nancy:

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

Think “Hair,” after it’s gone.

THIS IS THE DAWNING OF THE AGE OF BEWARE OF US

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

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

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

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

Meet Hedges Capers by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

Photos courtesy of Hedges  Capers and Nancy Locke Capers

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

SJF: Tell us about you as an actor

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

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

SJF: Any low times?

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

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

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

SJF: Tell us about your duo Hedges and Donna

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

SJF: Highs of your career?

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

SJF: …and Lows?

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

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

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

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

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

SJF: Tell us about The Geeze & Me

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

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

SJF: What is your strongest asset?

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

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

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

SJF: Tell me what makes Hedges “TICK”

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

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

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

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

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

SJF: What are your fears??…

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

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

SJF: Any regrets?

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

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

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

SJF: An ideal week for you would be…

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

SJF: What have been your life hurdles?

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

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

 

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

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

Photos courtesy of Hedges  Capers and Nancy Locke Capers

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

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

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

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

SJF: When did you begin acting?

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

SJF: Who have you taken private lessons with?

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

SJF: Were you always enthused about acting?

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

SJF: What are some highlights of your acting career?

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

SJF: Have there been any low times?

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

SJF: Any Pretty Woman stories?

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

SJF: Jane Fonda stories?

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

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

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

SJF: Tell us about The Geeze & Me

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

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

SJF: What is your strongest asset?”

NLC:  My publicist.

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

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

NLC: Two wonderful things:

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

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

SJF: And two difficult aspects as a Psychotherapist?:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SJF: What are your fears?

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

SJF: How do you “give back”?

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

SF: Any regrets?

NLC:  Of course.

SJF: Enough said!

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

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

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

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

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

SJF: Who is your inspiration?

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

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

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

SJF: Describe your dreams.

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

SJF: Describe three pivotal events in your life.

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

SJF: Role models- male and female?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Geeze & Me

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“I’m in awe of the music/lyrics…”

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

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

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

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

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