Author Archives: heatherparish

Just a Moment: “The Christians” at StageWorks Fresno

There were several moments of realism that struck a chord with me in the beginning minutes of StageWork’s Fresno’s “The Christians”. Literally. Any girl who regularly attended an evangelical church in the late 80’s would recognize the opening chord of “Awesome God” the moment it is struck and the choir enters singing those declarative lyrics: […]

Post-Mortems, Producing Rogue, and Preparing for Mom’s Death

My mother’s urine is purple. This was an unexpected observation, even for me, who was her primary caregiver for over 8 years. The splotches on her back, the thinness of her skin, the protruding of her bones, the open position of her jaw, the rattle of fluids in her chest cavity and throat, the weeping […]

Reviews, Good Faith, and “Daddy Issues”

It’s been a long time since I was this bothered by a review. I long ago came to many conclusions about critics and reviews and their place in the arts ecosystem. I’ve been reviewed many times. I’ve written many reviews. I believe that without arts writers and reviewers arts communities tend to struggle. I don’t […]

From the Archives: Giving audiences an experience

This edition of From the Archives is SOOOO 2007, talking about the “experience economy” and touching on “immersive theater” experiences. But while those phrases may be rather passe these days, there are still a few takeaways in here for consideration. It is still odd for me to think about how much I’ve evolved in the […]

Rant about actors being asked to flatten their voice inflections in first read-through. Why would you do that?

Today I was having an online discussion about typical practices of a first rehearsal read-through, and  this question came my way: re: off-book — a commentator on my blog told me that actors are typically asked to memorize their lines [for first read-through] without inflection of any kind so they are more directable in rehearsal […]

From the Archives: Rehearsal Notes to Myself

In 2007, I was working on my first Rogue Festival show – an original play written in iambic pentameter called “All’s Red that’s Riding Hood” written by Terrance Mc Arthur. It was the winner of an original playwrighting competition at Woodward Shakespeare Festival. I had a very game and supportive cast and a very philosophical turn of mind at that time.

From the Archives: The Hard Way

I still hold that all three of these are true for me, although I’d qualify: They are lessons I learn over and over again

The Challenge of Meh: audiences, enthusiasm and our choices.

There comes a time in all of our artistic work when people who have always said, “Awesome!” instead say “Awful!” – or even worse: “Meh”.

Just a Moment: “The Glass Menagerie” at Good Company Players

I can unequivocally recommend Good Company Players’ “The Glass Menagerie” for a lot of great reasons, but the one that stays with me is Alyssa Gaynor and all of her moments. You see, Laura Wingfield is a character that doesn’t say much, which makes the playing of her incredibly heavy lifting. This play is full […]

From the Archives: Thoughts on a First Run-Through

Anne Bogart says that the “constant state of any company of actors is one of continual crisis”.  Just the act of performing an objective upon another being is an act of crisis.  A third party “judging” the action, is a crisis. On a first run though we have two choices:  1) To ignore any sense […]