Online. DPS Playwright Ken Urban introduces the original Off-Broadway cast of his play The Awake featuring performances by Maulik Pancholy, Andy Phelan, and Lori Prince for DPS On Air. I loved being in the premiere of this play back in 2013 with Maulik, Andy, Lori, Jeff Biehl and Dee Nelson. (And below Ken's DPS On Air segment is a scene from the play that we shot with me and Lori). Enjoy!
NYC. I am a guest panelist for Seeing Rape, a program featuring new writing from students at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in NYC. Other panelists include: Adrienne Truscott, Jennifer Baumgardner, Karina Aybar, Colleen Cilwick, Musarrat Lamia, & Euxhenia Hodo. The panel is moderated by Shonna Trinch and Barbara Cassidy.
FaceTime. The wonderfully talented Sammy Tunis (photographer, actress, musician extraordinaire) took some snaps of me in quarantine wearing my favorite shade of yellow. Check out more of her work here. #quarantinephotos #greatphotographers #womenartists #ladyskills
Online. If you are bored and looking for something fun to listen to during the pandemic, here is a really intricate, slappy, silly, deep, dark, & wild narrative, musical podcast: Fall of The House of Sunshine. I play the Grand Cuspid in episodes 2, 3, & 5 of Season 1. The podcast has made several lists, including: The Sunday Times: 100 of the best podcasts to listen to in 2019, You Should Be Listening To: "Fall of the House of Sunshine", Refinery 29: These Comedy Podcasts Will Absolutely Crack You Up, Polygon: Game of Thrones is over but these 15 podcasts will fill the void, Woman's Day: 21 Best Comedy Podcasts of 2019.
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!