The 360 experience. By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger)
Have you seen these new advertisement experiences by Broadway shows this past week? I say experiences because this new video tech is really, really awesome. Shows are jumping on the new filming style made possible by YouTube's 360°. As you watch, take a look around the room using the arrows in the corner:
And you truly get the best seats in the house with this onstage opening number of the Disney classic:
I didn't notice, really, until high school that the holiday had "traditions" associated with it. Friends would talk about their favorite ways to eat (or avoid) casserole and how to use leftover turkey in other meals. Pumpkin pie was always squealed over, even in reminiscence, and preferable toppings dissected and discussed. Different ways to stuff a turkey sounded both interesting and painful (for the turkey, possibly for anyone sticking their hand into one). Even the radio ads seemed to be taunting me, as Ralphs or Albertsons or Vons would start the holiday onslaught by describing foods I'd never eaten, all conveniently NOW ON SALE! I started to feel like I was missing out.
PARTY ALL NIGHT LONG WITH THAT NO MONEY OF YOURS By: Courtney Antonioli (Playwright/Storyteller)
"Oh you must have so much free time now."
"You can sleep in as late!"
"You'll have time to do all the things you want to do."
"You are so lucky.You don't have to work."
"You should find something you like and do that for a little while. Take time for yourself."
Take this "opportunity."
You know what unemployment IS NOT?
It is not a vacation.
In NYC, the max without taxes being taken out you can receive in benefits is $425 now. Up a whole $5 from 2 months ago. Wow government people. Thanks for that $5. Really makes such a difference in my life. Thank you for your kindness.
No unemployed person without a rich family or law suit can just, live it up. There is no, hey let's just go like, shopping today, because like, I want to feel pretty. No.
So much free time my ass. There are no naps. No strolls in the free as a bird unemployment park. Hell no. There is looking for work and more looking for work. My only time off? When I pee. And even then thats costing me money.
It's that time again! Before you enter into a well-deserved food coma, consider donating to the less fortunate in the spirit of the holidayseason. By Owen Panettieri (playwright, lyricist)
It is time for me to give my annual appeal for donations to two worthy organizations - City Meals on Wheels and City Harvest.City Meals on Wheels is one of the largest meals-on-wheels programs in the U.S., providing 2 million meals to 18,000 elderly New Yorkers each year. In addition to nutritionally balanced senior meals, the staff and volunteers also deliver vital human companionship. City Harvest is dedicated to helping feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers facing hunger. This year, City Harvest will collect 55 million pounds of excess food from restaurants, grocers, bakeries, manufacturers, and farms, and deliver it free of charge to 500 community food programs across the city.
It's the week of Thanksgiving, folks. The holiday season is officially upon us. This should be a time of togetherness, a time of charity, a time of empathy and a time of cheer. I am dismayed that many people across the country are choosing this time to be fearful and dismissive of the less fortunate. They look at people dealing with hardship and assume they deserve it. They don't want to see themselves in those who are struggling. Other people aren't scary. Treating other people as "Other People" makes you scary. We can easily do better.
For a few years after graduating from college, one can have a somewhat difficult time adjusting to the fact that life is no longer on an academic schedule. Most of us don't get weeks off at the end of December, a Spring break in April, or months off during the summer. We theater folk might even be working through the holidays or the summer (hopefully), and most people with "real" jobs get about two weeks off/year (though it seems like that's changing). And yet, as Thanksgiving rolls around this Thursday, many will be traveling to spend Thanksgiving where they grew up, or wherever their families have settled. My experience has been no different. With very few exceptions, in the 15 years since I left Miami, I have always gone back there for Thanksgiving. This year marks one of the first that I will be spending in New York City. The Miami contingent is coming up for a change.
Turkey, NYC style.
I've written before that I have a ton of family in the City - all of them on my Mom's side. There were some obvious reasons to have Thanksgiving in New York this year - namely, the absence of my Mom. Perhaps the feeling was that being around her family would make things easier, or simply that doing it in Miami without her would be too hard, or both. Regardless of the reasons, I'll be feasting on the traditional and my-family-only-traditional items this year on the Upper East Side. And let's just say, my feelings are...well, mixed.
(Public bathroom in Mexico. I'll just leave that right there.)
I had the privilege of seeing a beautiful short film - ‘Ellis’ by JR this weekend at the extraordinary Lowe’s Theatre in Jersey City.
I came home wanting to write about my grandfather and my great grand parent's journey to America - signing in at Ellis Island. I wanted to write about the hopes that immigrants have for their children and grandchildren’s lives. How those immigrants just wanted a shot at a better life, and how they want to give their children a better future than they might have had if they had stayed in their homelands.
I live in Jersey City now. And while I didn’t live in Jersey City during 9/11 (I moved to New York in 2002) I was sickened by what he said. Jersey City is a beautifully diverse community with a love for their city, for New York, for the United States. To say otherwise is an outright lie.
(A very accurate portrait of Donald Trump by Hanksy)
I had it the middle of a busy street in London, and I’m trying to find it again By Kathleen Choe (actor/singer/writer)
Last Wednesday afternoon, I was on vacation in London. While walking down Tottenham Court Road, I experienced moment of something unexpected.
See, right before I left for vacation I’d had a final callback for a recurring role for a new TV show. I’d also had a callback for a pilot I’d gone in for at the last minute (literally. I got a call two hours before going in for it).
I’d left for vacation on lovely high, even though the recurring role would have meant cutting my vacation short and giving up my stopover in Iceland. Graduate from day player to recurring character, or maybe even a role on a pilot? That was worth giving up my mornings of British bacon.
Then while I was out at my friend’s birthday dinner, the email came in from my manager.
“Well, the good news is you don’t have to cut your vacation short…”