What a pleasure it was to interview Mike Hot-Pence (aka actor and activist Glen Pannell) for my latest column for The Clyde Fitch Report.
Don't know who Mike Hot-Pence is?? Really?? Well you should! Find out all about MHP, his current gig as "bad twin" VP Pence in a new musical comedy currently playing in NYC and his latest charity work as we head into the midterms here!
It was hard to pin down this mover and shaker -- and dancer -- but after doing a bit of my own hustle, I got my long sought after interview for The Clyde Fitch Report with the indefatigable New York Council Speaker Corey Johnson.
A fast-rising star in local NYC politics, Johnson had a lot to say about the state our country is in and what he thinks America can -- and should -- ultimately be.
"Great moments in activism come from desperate times. We’re in one of those times now, and I hope everyone will join me in taking up the fight, because it’s too important not to."
To read more about what's on Johnson's mind and what he hopes to accomplish, please check out this candid profile here.
I have a love-hate relationship with summer. Especially July.
Inevitably, summer for me -- and July is always the worst -- is a frustrating time, as much as it can be relaxing. Life slows down (because it does) and it feels like it slows down even more because of the humidity. And I find my brain slows down, too.
I tell myself now that this is what summer is all about and to just chill. Don't fight the slo-mo reality. Now that I'm more mindful of my sluggishness during the summer, I don't beat myself up about it as much.
To mitigate my frustration and creative blocks, I now proactively view summer as an annual opportunity to give myself permission to take a solid break from constant writing and idea-generating. I use this time to explore other things I like to do, or want to learn more about and to open my world a bit more. I see this exploration as a form of zooming out and it usually helps me to see things anew from this vantage point, which can often be pretty exciting.
No matter what kind of creative animal you are, if you're feeling a little blocked or your creative spark needs just a little bit of fueling, consider trying some of these super useful tips that I found at the website Creative Boom to get your mojo up and running again.
For my other useful "Tips To Go" posts on adaptation rights and task management, please click here and here!
Wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate my insanely talented sister Lisa Rothstein on her VERY exciting New Yorker cartoon debut! (Up to over 95k+ likes on Instagram!)
Lisa has been plugging away at her art for many years, so this is without question well-deserved on both an artistic level and a grit level.
Keep at it folks, be patient and trust, and, when the time is right -- it will come!
In the meantime, please check out Lisa's very timely and "tweetable" Trump/Kim cartoon HERE!
Couldn't be more excited about my latest column for The Clyde Fitch Report where I interview Harold Wolpert, Signature Theatre's new executive director.
I got a chance to catch up with Wolpert 30 days into his new role to see how things were going. He is excited to be there and has already hit the ground...listening.
Wolpert: "I’m on what I’m calling a 'listening tour,' just trying to get a sense of how things work here. No one else is doing what Signature is doing — it’s a really incredible place."
For the full interview, please click here.
Feeling like a wanker for not getting invited to the wedding?
Not to worry! Check out my theatrical alternatives at Broadway.com for celebrating the royal couple today, and beyond, as they embark on their new life together!
Mickey McGuire is the executive director of the recently renovated 420-seat Seminole Theatre down in Homestead FL. The road to his current position was a long and winding one, but everything he experienced along the way got him there and informs how he does his job.
Wanna know how this smart, poised guy got to where he is and how he's using The Seminole Theatre to put Homestead back on the map? Find out in my latest Clyde Fitch Report column.
Fan of Altered Carbon, Third Watch or Blue Bloods? Then you'll definitely want to take a few minutes to check out my latest Q&A for The Clyde Fitch Report where I catch up with the very busy and very talented actor Ato Essandoh:
"As much as I love social media and smart phones, they are killing our ability to socialize in the flesh as we’ve evolved to do."
Check out the full Q&A here!
Happy International Women's Day!
Looking for some inspiration in these trying political times?
Check out my illuminating Clyde Fitch Report interview with NYC's Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Julie Menin and find out why she's one of NYC's fiercest arts advocates...and our very own beacon of hope:
"The country and the world are paying attention to NYC’s leading role as a catalyst for fairness and change."
Read more here!
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