Thursday, August 18, 2016

CHICAGO VOICES - my project with The Lyric Opera of Chicago - Sept 24 2016

I've been working with the Lyric Opera of Chicago on a very exciting project! And I'm so excited to share the deets!

As part of their Chicago Voices Initiative, The Lyric has partnered with three local mission-driven organizations to celebrate the untold stories of the City through new music theater works.  


So over the summer, I've been working as a scriptwriter with Harmony, Hope & Healing, a non-profit organization which uses the transformative power of music to serve Chicagoans recovering from homelessness, domestic violence, incarceration and addiction.

A few pics from our workshop sessions

Our piece is entitled  A Circle of Hope: 

To turn the page on the darkest chapters of their lives, three different Chicagoans find their way to a circle of hope, setting a process of transformation in motion.

We had our first public reading earlier this week and it was amazing! I want to shout out all the whole team making it happen, including Cheri Coons (Animateur), Dayna Lynn Nuckolls (Songwriter), Tony Santiago (Director), and Courtney Cintron (Project Intern), as well as the awesome folks at Lyric! 


check out the table read

There are two other Chicago groups creating new work via this program: The Kirin-Gornick Band, and Tellin’ Tales Theatre.   And all three teams will perform their new work in a production entitled Stories and Songs of Chicago. 

The performance will take place at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance (205 E Randolph, Chicago) on September 24 at 7:30pm. Tix are technically sold out, but I'm sure there will be availability at the door.  Find out more at http://www.ChicagoVoices.com/CCP

And you can check out the Chicago Voices Blog Here.





CHICAGO VOICES - my project with The Lyric Opera of Chicago - Sept 24 2016

I've been working with the Lyric Opera of Chicago on a very exciting project! And I'm so excited to share the deets!

As part of their Chicago Voices Initiative, The Lyric has partnered with three local mission-driven organizations to celebrate the untold stories of the City through new music theater works.  


So over the summer, I've been working as a scriptwriter with Harmony, Hope & Healing, a non-profit organization which uses the transformative power of music to serve Chicagoans recovering from homelessness, domestic violence, incarceration and addiction.

A few pics from our workshop sessions

Our piece is entitled  A Circle of Hope: 

To turn the page on the darkest chapters of their lives, three different Chicagoans find their way to a circle of hope, setting a process of transformation in motion.

We had our first public reading earlier this week and it was amazing! I want to shout out all the whole team making it happen, including Cheri Coons (Animateur), Dayna Lynn Nuckolls (Songwriter), Tony Santiago (Director), and Courtney Cintron (Project Intern), as well as the awesome folks at Lyric! 


check out the table read

There are two other Chicago groups creating new work via this program: The Kirin-Gornick Band, and Tellin’ Tales Theatre.   And all three teams will perform their new work in a production entitled Stories and Songs of Chicago. 

The performance will take place at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance (205 E Randolph, Chicago) on September 24 at 7:30pm. Find out more and RSVP online at http://www.ChicagoVoices.com/CCP

And you can check out the Chicago Voices Blog Here.





Wednesday, August 10, 2016

IS 2016 a "PEAK TREK" MOMENT?



Trekkies!  Before we do a Star Trek Beyond Deep Dive I wanted to take a moment to reflect and express appreciation on what we have as a Fandom this year:


1. Star Trek Beyond - which is a worthy installment to the Film Franchise. (more on that later).

2. Anticipation around the new Star Trek Discovery Series

3. All sorts of Extravaganzas to celebrate this milestone year: 50 YEARS of Star Trek.


So much YES!  So much "Live Long and Prosper." So much is going right. And sure there's plenty to nitpick about with the Film and lots of things to worry about with the TV series, but overall Beyond is pretty good, and we haven't seen Discovery yet. It's not out. Which is giving us Star Trek Geeks an excuse to SPECULATE. Which is also a huge part of the fun.

So, I'm wondering.  IS THIS A PEAK TREK MOMENT?  Are we at a High Point with the Franchise?

I think so. But a lot of this depends on your thoughts on what Star Trek Beyond was trying to do. I think it was fairly successful, and held true to the core characters. But there are counter-arguments (which we will explore very soon, just giving a few core fans a chance to catch up).  And if anything, Star Trek Beyond reminded me that the Trek that truly makes me Geek Out is the TV kind. And that's coming soon!

YES. I THINK THIS IS A PEAK TREK MOMENT.

But perhaps not the Highest Peak for Star Trek.
I still think that's 1991.



We said goodbye to Gene Roddenberry and celebrated his legacy!
We said hell yeah to Star Trek TNG Season 5: with Darmok, Unification and Time's Arrow, not to mention I, BORG. I mean that season ROCKS!
And we had lots of anticipation for the next Trek spin-off, even though we didn't know it was DS9 yet.
So yes, I think 1991 is the tippy top Peak Trek, but 2016 is a high point!!