Category Heather Unfiltered

Bittersweet opening: Grieving and Directing “HG”

A few months back I wrote a blog post entitled POST-MORTEMS, PRODUCING ROGUE, AND PREPARING FOR MOM’S DEATH. It was about how I found out that my mom could go at any moment just a few weeks prior to Rogue Festival, my biggest event of the year. Well, as is the case with my mother, […]

Donald Munro’s contribution to Fresno theater is immeasurable – clicks or no clicks.

It’s almost like the last few weeks of arts news have been setting me up for Tuesday’s local shocker: That McClatchy Newspapers has gutted coverage of the arts and culture from both print and online. . . and that Donald Munro, the region’s resident arts journalist, was also out of a job. After the announcements […]

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 […]

Ode to The Pole

The Pole is Gone. How do I even begin to put into paltry words how I feel about The Pole? I’m surprised that my feelings are actually mixed. MIXED. For THE POLE! I mean, I knew this was coming. I was told this would happen weeks ago. But now. . . I just don’t know. […]

15 Reasons to Date a Comedian. . . or not.

My chap is writing a show.  A comedy show, specifically.  Once a stand-up comedian, always a stand-up.  Anyway, having a little fun with google searches, I found this gem from e-harmony and I just HAD to read it.  Then I just HAD to respond. Because, you know, e-Harmony is drunk. Like a comedian after a […]

“Like a little flower. I’m such a delicate girl…”: What I’ve learned halfway through the run

So, I had a whole blog post written and ready to post before I left for lunch. When I returned, the power had gone out at work. Of course, I hadn’t save the blog post. So, lucky you! You will get the recreated blog post that is certainly shorter than the original. Here are the […]

An Actor NEEDS

Several months back, I was in the middle of directing a show that was a big question mark for me.  I knew that the ensemble that I was directing was thoroughly capable and the actor in the center chair was crafting a deft performance, but in so many ways the production was a question mark. […]

THEATER READS: What to blog about? plus: comedy, fringe, and The Bard.

So, it’s been a while since I posted.  I apologize for that.  But it has been a great summer on the theater front, hasn’t it?  In Fresno there was a whirlwind of terrific theater happening- from new musicals, to literary classics, to my own company’s production of a little known title that turned out to […]

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The Horror Crave

My chap and I spent the weekend at a friend’s place in L.A., doing a little partying and hanging out– a perfect opportunity to get away from THE PILLOWMAN and be forced to not think about it for a while.  Come at it fresh for the last two weeks of rehearsal. But, of course, it […]