NYC. The great Lynn Cohen passed away on Valentine's Day, February 14th, at her home in NYC.
Lynn was a veteran stage and screen actor. She was a pillar of the New York theater community. She was omnipresent on the stage, on the screen. She was most famously known for playing Magda on Sex and the City, Golda Meir in Munich, and Mags in The Hunger Games. To me, and to many, though, she was Mistress Lynn -- a constant source of mentorship, support, and encouragement. She was an actor's actor. And she loved women actors with fierce camaraderie.
Lynn taught me that success in this business is much more predicated on vulnerability and generosity than it is on self focus or single minded ambition. She taught me that what is paramount is the drive of curiosity, the genuine love and fulfillment of the (hard) work and challenging collaborations, the interest in other artists, and the deep understanding that our art is a tapestry of thoughtfully woven interdependence. She also taught me that showing up for others is more than half the battle.
The hole that's been left in her wake is pretty enormous. The New York Times obituary came out yesterday. You can read it here.
NYC. Jennifer Allen and I ventured to the Kickstarter Headquarters in NYC to start preliminary planning for The Muse Project 2020. Stay tuned!
NYC. I perform in two readings - both with longtime collaborators. I am featured in a staged reading of Caridad Svich's Albemarle at the wild project, directed by Graham Schmidt, alongside Tramell Tillman, Stephanie Jeannette Weeks, Luis Vega. I am also featured in a roundtable reading of Majkin Holmquist's Tent Revival, directed by Teddy Bergman.
Tea Times are a one-of-a-kind Muse pilot program. During Tea Times, veteran actresses (Ms. Cherry & Ms. Sheth) discuss their experiences building their careers. A q&a with attendees and tea (and cookies!) and networking to follow. This event is open to all, and it is also a special opportunity for women actors to network with Ms. Cherry & Ms. Sheth, each other, and to seek insight and support. Come listen to Erin Cherry at 12:30pm and Sheetal Sheth at 2pm on December 14th. The Muse Project's venue for the event is Torn Page, the historic home of Rip Torn & Geraldine Page. More information here!
NYC. I am producing a videoscape (a short film) inspired by The Bad Infinity, a play by the legendary avant garde playwright Mac Wellman. The piece is about the twilight of late stage capitalism. It's being produced as part of Staging Film, sponsored by The Tank; and it will function as an addendum to the The Flea Theater's festival, Perfect Catastrophes. The project is directed by film and new media creator Graham Sack. It is also being produced by Alex Basco Koch, Meghan Finn, Nic Benacerraf, José Zayas, Zac Kline, and Graham Sack. Pssst: You can make a donation here.
Bridgeport, CT. I finish filming my role in the new new media series, A Little Dream. Fun scene with William Mapother. The series is written and directed by Alex A. Ginzburg. It's produced by Tim Harms.