Tuesday, March 28, 2006

A GreyZelda Blog coming at you . . .

Just to catch you all up on the current status of what GreyZelda and its members are up to at the moment:

Mulch has started directing Desire Under the Elms and it's all going exquisitely well. Crow has not gotten to see a rehearsal yet, but all the feedback coming from the Mulchman is excellent and exciting. Can she use any more "ex" words, you ask? Heath will be unveiling his set design tomorrow night at rehearsal. We're hoping to be able to work a thrust stage idea out with Oracle. He'll just need to send over the design to Aaron Shapiro, Oracle's main contact person, and we'll hope for the best. Heath has an incredible idea that will really bring underlying feelings of O'Neill's text to the front and center. We'll update you soon and I'll try to get the Mulch Man on here to give you more of the innerworkings of the show. Crow will be saying a couple of lines in Act 3 which I'm excited about. There's another "ex" word.

Stacie Barra and I have been working on getting the straight dialogue from the Scarlet Letter onto paper. That's where we're starting from. She did the first act. I'm doing the second. It hurts arms typing so much, but it must be done. It's such a beautiful book and the ideas are abounding in my brain. Shadowboxes. Ribbons. Thornbushes. Embroidered A's. Stacie and I will be meeting tomorrow night to start discussing initial imaginings and abstract thoughts on the show. Always the best place to start. The rawest place.

We'll have bookmarks and business cards next week, so keep your eyes pealed. Sarah Stec also has the poster for Desire Under the Elms ready to go.

Oh, my gosh!!!!! GreyZelda has a new Business Director!!!! We're very lucky and thankful to have Sir Derek Jarvis join us in this role. Already, things feel more organized and controlled. I know he'll do an awesome job with it. So, if you know Derek, congratulate him. We're really happy about it.

What else, what else?

You can find out more silliness about Crow and Mulch at www.myspace.com/mulchcrow.

Crow's going to be helping LZ out with a performance art piece in May. I'll get to work with some talented gals and think it will be a good time.

We're seeing Dresden Dolls next Friday. I love Dresden Dolls.

Take care, dear cats,
Ms. Crow

Monday, March 20, 2006

The Desiderata

I posted this on our myspace account, which you can check out at www.myspace.com/mulchcrow. I want to post it over here in GreyZelda land, as well, because it spills over into how I like to conduct myself professionally with our actors, friends, and crew. Anyway . . . here it is for your perusal.

(And we're in the second week of rehearsals for Desire Under the Elms. The cast is jumping right in and their instincts are dead on. They're asking great questions, grabbing ahold of the dialect and dialogue, and it's going really well. We're going to possibly plan a field trip to my hometown and surrounding scenery because there are some great photo ops for the show.)

Posted to the myspace blog:

Mike, Missy's man, came to our wine party on Saturday and caught sight of this hanging on our bathroom wall. Why keep something so pretty on your bathroom wall, you ask? Because it's something I like to look at everyday and even multiple times a day. What better place to do that then your bathroom? I can read it while brushing my teeth, brushing my hair, zipping my pants . . . you know the bathroom drill. Anyway . . . the Desiderata became special to him, too, and we had a nice discussion about it.

My mom gave this to me when I graduated from high school . . . or sometime during college. I love it and it gets me through my life quite well. It puts the world into perspective. I hope you enjoy it as well.


Go placidly amid the noise and haste,and remember what peace there may be in silence.As far as possible without surrenderbe on good terms with all persons.Speak your truth quietly and clearly;and listen to others,even the dull and the ignorant;they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,they are vexations to the spirit.If you compare yourself with others,you may become vain and bitter;for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.Exercise caution in your business affairs;for the world is full of trickery.But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;many persons strive for high ideals;and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.Especially, do not feign affection.Neither be cynical about love;for in the face of all aridity and disenchantmentit is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,gracefully surrendering the things of youth.Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.Beyond a wholesome discipline,be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,no less than the trees and the stars;you have a right to be here.And whether or not it is clear to you,no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,whatever you conceive Him to be,and whatever your labors and aspirations,in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,it is still a beautiful world.Be cheerful.Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Here's that Cast List we were talking about . . .

Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O'Neill to be performed at the Oracle Theatre located on N. Broadway from May 10 - June 3rd, 2006.

Ephraim Cabot - Aris Tompulis
Eben Cabot - Tom Gordon
Simeon Cabot - Robert Oakes
Peter Cabot - Ben Veatch
Abbie Putnam - Melissa Kuhlmann

And there we have it, folks! Yippee!

Mulch is directing, Derek Jarvis will be assisting in all things, Crow will be adapting the Scarlet Letter and helping with whatever needs help. Heath Hays is designing the set and Robert Filippo is writing the music. Sarah Stec will be designing the advertisements and image for the show.

We're set y'all.

See you in May!


Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Maddie Goss

Our friends, Dave and Lori Goss, have a new little bean who is mighty precious. Take a look and meet Miss Madeline Marie Goss, birthday 2/19/06.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

GreyZelda.Com has a new look . . .

Hello, dear readers . . .

How goes it on this Tuesday? I've been working on the website the last couple of days with the graphic support of Sarah Stec (I like throwing her name from here to there so you all can call her up when you need graphic support of your own.) I like it. The crow will certainly symbolize certain GreyZelda aspects and we're going to put a quote from reviews, friends, GreyZelda, etc every day or so. Or so will probably be more like it because I jump on the "every day" train pretty easily but then jump right off of it again.

Mulch has been working on getting Desire Under the Elms cast. We still have one role up in the air but the rest of the people should be killer. And one of them is a killer in the play, but you'll have to see the show to determine who that is.

So, we have a few other blogs out in the internet desert. I have to always remember what is appropriate for GreyZelda. She keeps me in line. I have some things I'd like to go off about but this is GreyZelda's blog. Other rantings can go into other blogs. GreyZelda has crow wings so she can embrace all things . . . perferably of the darker, more dramatic persusasion, but, dammit, she embraces all things. Thank you for your velvet curtain, GZ.

So, onto my other blogs . . .