Month: February 2010

“Do Something That Scares You, Part 2,” Hybrid Mom Blog, February 25, 2010

“Do Something That Scares You” – Part 2 Thursday, February 25th, 2010 I thought I should follow up with my “Do Something that Scares you Every Day” blog with how the opening of my play, Barbra’s Wedding, went.  We rehearsed it for six weeks and coming from my Soap Opera background, that is a LONG time.  I am used to memorizing 40 pages the night before and basically doing one take and forgetting about it on the way out the door.  So this has been A LOT of rehearsing, but so incredibly worth it.  For the first time in my acting career I really thought I needed that much time.  We pulled the material apart right and left. Being on stage for a solid hour plus, with just two people having dialogue is a bear!  Not to mention we move around a lot and have to deal with food and drinks and changes in wardrobe.  You’ve all heard the expression, not being able to walk and chew gum…this is a thousand times worse, especially if food gets to flying (out of our mouths or otherwise). There are a lot of mishaps that can happen.  Anyway, the night before opening night we were still breaking character and laughing at some of the crazy antics.  I was beginning to wonder if we would be able to get through it in a...

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“Wedding Belle,” Theatre Mania, February 20, 2010

Mary Beth Evans: Wedding Belle The daytime drama superstar tries her hand at comedy in a Los Angeles production of Barbra’s Wedding. TheatreMania.com By: Brian Scott Lipton · Feb 20, 2010  · Los Angeles For 25 years, Mary Beth Evans’ name has been synonymous with the words “daytime drama” thanks to her roles as Kayla Brady Johnson on NBC’s Days of Our Lives, Katherine Bell on ABC’s General Hospital and Port Charles, and Sierra Montgomery on ABC’s As The World Turns. Now, she’s trying her hand at comedy in a Los Angeles production of Daniel Stern’s play Barbra’s Wedding at the Blank Theatre. “This is so much fun after all my years on daytime. In my heart, and in real life, I think I am a funny person,” says Evans. “I left Days again last February, and then I did some episodic television. But I really wanted to do a play. Television is so fast-moving, and I wanted to really work on a piece and be able to try different things. In daytime, you memorize your lines, show up, and then work on instinct. The one funny thing is that I used to memorize pages of scripts every day, and for some reason, it took me 22 days to memorize this script.” The play concerns a married couple in Malibu who live next door to actress Barbra Streisand. When they don’t get...

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“A Moment to Celebrate a Life,” Hybrid Mom Blog, February 18, 2010

A Moment to Celebrate a Life Thursday, February 18th, 2010 My dearest friend Cynthia’s son graham  passed away two weeks ago Saturday.   She has been the most amazing mother/advocate/woman I have ever known.  Some of you may have read about her and her son in the last issue of Hybrid Mom but that was just a small glimpse into her world.  Her strength has been unsurpassed.  In light of this event, instead of my usual blog, I wanted to celebrate her son with you by sharing this article in The Boston Globe today. Graham H. Gardner, 22; ‘angel in the service of...

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“Do Something That Scares You Every Day,” Hybrid Mom Blog, February 11, 2010

Do Something That Scares You Every Day Thursday, February 11th, 2010 I saw a T-shirt the other day that said “Do something that scares you every day.” That really struck a chord with me and I thought of it for several hours afterwards and I guess days if I am writing about it today. For a lot of us, staying in a comfort zone, not doing anything too risky always sounds like the logical thing to do. I mean why be uncomfortable? Most of you reading this probably already push the envelope all the time, challenging yourselves with new ideas and companies that have sprung up from your innovation. But there are countless people who would rather stay comfortable, who are scared to try something new, afraid to fail. As I get older I see how life is a series of events and sections, always changing, always evolving. Sometimes feeling like completely different lives. Some years go better than others, but I believe if you keep re-inventing, keep trying something new, challenging yourself (even if it is scary), great change comes from it. At least try. Give your all. I consider myself a hustler…I am always looking for the next project, whether it’s my pies, my garden, my home, or my acting life. I believe that it is up to me to make things happen. Sure I can fall...

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“Spring Planning(even for those with not such a green thumb), Hybrid Mom Blog, February 3, 2010

Spring Planning (even for those with not such a green thumb) Thursday, February 4th, 2010 In my ongoing “project” ideas I am planning for Spring I am thinking about what citrus I have room for, how I can build a raised vegetable bed, where I can add more roses…I am always thinking about where I can add more color and fragrance, not to mention edibles! This is the time (for my climate) to plant bare root roses. They are inexpensive and readily available. I did an entire bed with 11 bare roots I got at Home Depot for $11.00 a piece, with canes that are thick and healthy. I got my 16-year-old son Matthew to clean out the bed and dig the holes for me. I showed him how to make the mound in the center of the hole to support the loose roots. I figured if he is even half way paying attention this is a nice little bit of quirky knowledge for him to take with him. Maybe someday he will plant his own fragrant beautiful rose garden. Wouldn’t it be great to send a renaissance man into the world? I am always talking to him about being a caring mate for the future woman in his life. I have told him “when your woman has cramps from her period, draw her a hot bath and tell...

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