Author Archives: heatherparish

Understudying for Steel Magnolias, thinking about my mom.

Understudying this play helped me understand a bit about my late mother and a lot more about how a cast becomes a community.

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Moments of Grief: Into the Woods and Little Women

I don’t know if it is because we live in such a loud world these days, but last weekend I was all about the quiet moment on stage. Or perhaps, I was really all about the grief.

All-female “1776” at Ovation Theatre in Bakersfield

In an incredibly busy July, I was excited to get the chance to make a run down to Bakersfield to check out an almost-new theatre company in the South San Joaquin Valley. Ovation Theatre is the new iteration of the Spotlight Theater, which years ago had me traveling down to see some stellar productions, including […]

Tipsy Theater Thoughts on StageWorks Fresno’s “Fun Home”

I’m a tad tipsy today due to my sewing project (don’t ask, long story!). But I’m happy to give you five slightly tipsy thoughts about StageWorks Fresno’s Fun Home, which runs two more weekends. (It’ll probably be sold out so get tix in advance.) In fact, I’ll think I’ll make a new blog category for it. […]

Just a Moment: “Proof” at 2nd Space gets a moment of honesty right.

Please be aware, there is a minor SPOILER in this post regarding Proof. If that bothers you, please come back after you’ve seen the play! Proof is one of those plays that can have a thousand different loglines. Is it about the relationship between a father and a daughter? The line between madness and genius? […]

Local Voice Acting Opportunity – Kings River Life launches mystery podcast

The folks at Kings River Life have always had diverse interests. Owner-editor Lori Lewis Ham has always emphasized local events, arts, and fiction authors throughout her coverage. She has recently launched a new podcast called Mysteryrats Maze Podcast  where she features the opening chapters of a mystery novels, read by area actors. The first podcast features The […]

The Heiress closes this weekend at 2nd Space

I had the pleasure of seeing The Heiress at Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theater last month and it is a beautifully rendered production of one of my favorite novellas. Henry James’ “Washington Square” is one of the best pieces of characterization and tight domestic plotting in 19th century literature, and The Heiress‘s adaptation does it justice. The […]

Circle Mirror Transformation at ViSTA Theater

Fresno’s ViSTA Theater is a little-known fledgling company connected to the Fresno Music Academy. Owner-operators John Alden and Debi Ruud have enlisted local theater veteran Kate McKnight to spearhead their theatrical endeavors in the small, black-box space next to the music school. In so many ways, Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker is designed for […]

Big List of Summer Shows 2018

Here’s the Big List for the summer shows, as far as I can make it out! The Central SJV listings are for Fresno County and northward. The South Valley listings are Tulare/Kings Counties and southward. Shows are listed in order of their opening and closing dates. Central San Joaquin Valley. On The Road To Broadway. New […]

The End of the Trail for me as Rogue Festival Executive Director

Official statement-like stuff: Yesterday was my last day as the executive director of the Rogue Festival. I gave the board of directors notice in January and my term finished with the second quarter board meeting last night. When I was brought on board to guide the festival in May of 2016, I promised the board […]