It has been so much fun bringing the show back home!

Though, with only two more performances at The Marsh Berkeley, that fun will soon end. And by home, I mean not just to the Bay Area where I live, but to the Marsh Berkeley where the creative journey to My Stroke of Luck began. Although the show did not premier there, The Marsh Berkeley is where I began developing the script with David Ford, Artist in Residence, and where much of the initial workshopping was done. Hard to believe it’s been 3 years since I first presented a full length version of My Stroke of Luck. After 1 year writing random seemingly unconnected bits, I finally realized what story I was telling. 18 months later, I had what I thought was my show. So how does a performanc

“Why didn’t I know about your show? I had a stroke. But I’m only here because

two mutual connections mentioned your show to me. One is an actor, and the other is a lady who teaches Film Making. But otherwise, I never would have known. Why?” an audience member asked at my last talkback, implying that despite his recent stroke and ongoing rehab, without his connections in the theater/film world (thank you, Raul Delarosa and Nicole Trotter!), he would never have known. How did he not know? My feelings exactly! But what can I say? Got me thinking about the show I saw last night, 140 Lbs: How Beauty Killed My Mother, a powerful and beautiful solo show at The Marsh, San Francisco this week, 5 consecutive evenings. (Last show 5:30 tonite! Don’t miss it! Or catch in your

No one is too young for a stroke, and nothing insulates any of us

from the devastating toll of stroke. The recent, sudden stroke deaths of Luke Perry and John Singleton, both of whom had ischemic strokes, and prompt, quality medical attention, are but two examples. Were there risk factors that might have been better controlled? Perhaps, perhaps not. But some strokes, predominately hemorrhagic, occur without known risk factors and without warning. And where you live, or where you are stricken may make all the difference, a message brought home to me after performing My Stroke of Luck at the invitation of Stroke Awareness Oregon (SAO) in Bend. We are lucky in the Bay Area. are relatively compact geographically, with high population density, easy access

No complaints, but insanely busy last few weeks...

And busy in all the right ways, to steal a phrase from Mel Brooks. He used those words to describe Ann Randolph, genius, solo performer, physical comedian, teacher, inspiration, wind beneath many solo performer wings. Brooks hailed Randolph and her humor as “Inappropriate in all the right ways.” And so she is!!! What a blessing! (And, in "Yes, and," fashion (the first rule of improv- embrace every offer and add something) Ann named her most recent show, which speaks to her creative journey, Inappropriate in All The Right Ways! If it plays anywhere near you, RUN, do not walk to get your tix!) My introduction to Ann came when my development director, David Ford (another genius, teacher,

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