Thursday, March 25, 2021

MY GOD IT'S MARCH

 Hi! WHAT HAS HAPPENED?

 - I got my first vaccine shot. Feeling many things about it. 

 - I finished up an online music recording class with She Rock She Rock. They are a fantastic organization.. go!

 - Finished up teaching a beautiful level 201 improv class online with HUGE Theater

 - Overview Effect competed in a 3 on 3 International Improv tournament through Queen City Comedy! We did not win, but I am proud of what we did (it was very different from what the very funny other teams brought). Plus, we were all cold and felt badass about it. Check us out starting around 01:06:00.. <3


 - A Little Bit of Show X continues to fill the soul. 

 - The Bakken Museum is now offering online classes! I've taught some sound and some Mary Shelley. 

 - Got to coach the second iteration of HUGE's Duo for a Day! 


 - I went in and had my first in-person memoir session in over a year, with memory care residents at Abiitan Mill City. Incredibly lucky. 

 - My eldest kid turned 8! We were blessed with an incredibly warm Saturday and people with nothing to do! I should have made more cake!?

 - I am doing an at-home practice. It involves a ukulele, songwriting, and singing. I write to have songs to sing, and then I practice singing to sing those songs better. It's cyclical. I'm figuring out how best to share these songs, while pausing the practice enough to record them in their not-perfectness. 

(The songs are *mostly* based off of prompts from the wonderful Laura Vier's cards.. I hope she makes more soon!)

The current goal with these songs is a porchfest. But to have the songs online so when/if a porchfest happens, I can say something sly like "check out my soundcloud" or "here's my bandcamp" or "MY GOD HAVE YOU WATCHED STEVEN UNIVERSE?"

That means recording the songs. That means.. a lot of things. But mostly it means singing and playing ukulele. 

Does it sound like a 45 year old who maybe has watched a LOT of Steven Universe the last two months? MAYBE. Hey Jen, how's that finger picking? NOT THERE I'M HERE FOR STRUMMING THANK YOU. 

Anywhoo. The beginning of April looks busier than I've experienced in over a year! WHAT WILL HAPPEN? 

Love and miss you, as always. 

Friday, February 12, 2021

February 2021

Hi friends! 

 Teaching online with HUGE Theater was resumed! An incredible group of 201's! 

 Teaching online with Children's Theatre Company has also resumed. Here we go! 

 Got to direct a group for for Duo for a Day - - check out the beautiful results here! 

 Got to be a part of the HUGE Theater 10 Year Anniversary show.. What an amazing thing. So lovely to play (and also lovely to chat with the always incredible Tom Reed).
   

 Show X is back, digitally! Please check out a Little Bit of Show X, every Monday, 8 p.m. CST.
   

 Please check out HUGE's youtube channel for updates!

Strange times. 

I've been working on the art of practice. I LOVE THE ART OF CREATION. Boy howdy, that's a hoot. But, actually practicing what you've made into something consumable is another thing entirely. Luckily, I've been enjoying what I've been making, and it's nice to have these little friends running through my head. I'm also way more invested in practicing them as they're my shit. Anywhoo, I don't know if anyone else is interested, but I'll post some videos soon. (Warning. They're mostly on ukulele. As I have no emotional connection to ukuleles. They are a tool, and that's really cool, rhyme not-withstanding.) As my bff told me, "You don't need to have a good voice. You need to have an interesting one." and I'm standing by that forever... <3 

All love!

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Overview Effect rides again!

 Oh hi. 

Mid-pandemic, Damian got Overview Effect into an online showcase with Unscrewed Theater in Tucson, AZ and they were the absolute most welcoming. We had a blast. We are dumb and grateful.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Big performance times into shhhh

Hi loves! It's a week in November... any fall class are closing, or have closed up. WHAT DOES DECEMBER HOLD? RIGHT NOW, NOT MUCH. 

EDUCATION THINGS
 - My 201 with HUGE Theater finished last week, and they are all heroes. The best.

We met outside to have class, after weeks of Zooming. Look at these beautiful, cold friends!















I got to coach two of them for IMPROVATHON 2020, as 1+1=Jew. They played at 1:30 a.m.. They are incredible. 

 - My last class with Children's Theatre Company is today. It's been delightful, and I will miss their faces, and I hope to see them again. Maybe in person sometime? That'd be awesome. 

 - And I've been taking a class with WGS, the Improvised Play as taught by the fantastic Brandon Gardner. Folks in LA! Folks in New York and DC! Folks in Johannesburg! This part of the future is fascinating. 

Our final performance was yesterday. WATCH OUR DRAMA. 


Fortune's Fool Theatre asked me to be a part of their COVID-safe storytelling show, "To Breed or Not to Breed." I'm grateful for the opportunity! It was so lovely to be backstage with such beautiful people, and amazing to feel such support. (Also, someone please give Aaron a million dollars for not only music, but support laughs.) We just closed this this week, and... 

IMPROVATHON 2020 also happened! 28 hours of Improv, for Give to the Max Day (A Minnesotan day of fundraising) in support of HUGE Theater. When have we done multiple shows in a day, how long has it been? When have we concertedly gotten together online, and played? IT WAS JUST WONDERFUL AND THNAK YOU EVERYONE! 

 Nudge got to play!  

Adorable got to play! (As the Brits I think would say, Butch and I were chuffed at figuring this out. It was Butch. It was two minutes before showtime. So dumb!)

And Nimblicity too!

A really really wonderful run of stuff. 

THE FUTURE...?
What does December hold? Erm... As previously stated, not much. And it feels like anything that comes will probably be self-driven.. 

I've been using these lovely Kaleidoscope Creativity Cards to write and record some music. Trying to get into as much of a daily practice as life allows, and will share eventually. 

I will also be tending to a sore back (PT is amazing. Grateful.), and hopefully focusing on some physical stuff too? 

Hopefully making December and early January more than just waiting for the 20th. 

Love and miss you all. 


Monday, October 12, 2020

Some samples?

Oh hey. 

This is what I look like when I teach! I hope to be making more of these zoom how to's.. as #fun

I was lucky enough to do a video for the MN Orchestra through the Bakken Museum this fall 2020. 

https://vimeo.com/466636008

A storytelling sample, from TableSalt's annual themed storytelling show from May 2019. 

https://vimeo.com/466636008

An Improv sample of Adorable - - Myself and Butch Roy, being awkward together.. 

https://vimeo.com/376547807



Friday, December 20, 2019

Winter 2019 into Spring 2020?!?!?

Hi loves...

Family Dinner at HUGE Theater is slowly (quickly?) wrapping up...

As is "You Are Most Welcome Here" for HUGE Wednesdays...














Plus some Show X, Glorious Humans, and some Mystery Cafe too.. :)

THIS SPRING!!

Please check out HUGE Wednesdays, 8 p.m., featuring both Glorious Humans (silliness) and Nudge (monoscenes).. And Show X hopefully forever and ever, as long as Mondays can go..












I'll still be offering my ages 55 and over prompted memoir class through the winter and into spring.. Please email octobedandy@gmail.com if interested! 

Uprising Theater's Friends with Guns

Hi loves... I am terribly terribly behind.

This October, I was lucky enough to finish a run with Uprising Theatre, a new four-person script by Stephanie Alison Walker entitled "Friends With Guns."

Holy crap. I am so grateful for the experience, the director (Shalee Mae Coleman!), the creative staff, the stage manager (oh hi), and the utterly ridiculous cast...

People said some nice stuff too:

https://www.talkinbroadway.com/page/regional/minn/minn890.html
https://www.twincitiesstages.com/single-post/2019/09/23/Friends-With-Guns
https://www.broadwayworld.com/minneapolis/article/BWW-Review-FRIENDS-WITH-GUNS-by-Uprising-Productions-at-Off-Leash-Art-Box-20190924

So incredibly lucky.