Excited to be reuniting with long time friend, surrealist genius Sandy Skoglund for an upcoming project this spring.
Looking forward to celebrating another year of life with Art writer and Bohemia Club member, Paul Calstrum.
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FORWARD BY MARGARET H BAKER
Houghton Mifflin defines identity as “the awareness that an individual or group has of being a distinct, persisting entity.” But what is identity really? And can it exist in the absence of stereotypes?
What in life defines you?
In preschool, we have No biases; No fear of difference; No grouping; Only Sameness.
But as we grow and develop a vocabulary, adjectives begin to play an important role. Labels are created and opinions formed based on past and present stimuli. We are all guilty of this. It's our primal fight or flight response to potential danger. We formulate stories to assimilate rather than accepting just…What is!
Many favorite childhood games identify sameness through the matching of pictures. But what happens when your picture has no match? How does one feel when the image staring back at you, is strikingly different than it was years, months, weeks, or even days before?
Your life dangles from a delicate thread - as you try to piece together the broken you in an old point of view. It's vulnerable and painful. Raw and Real. We find ourselves naked and exposed with no way of hiding while hanging onto our authentic selves. A fate we may never fully accept but adapt to over time because we must. The fear that accompanies loss forces us to shed our old skins, beliefs, and thoughts for anew. And once we are able to let go, abundance flows.
The men and women featured in this book remind us that when you accept yourself, you become the magician in your own life making the impossible eminently possible. As Nelson Mandela once said, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” We have a tendency to compare our journeys, in life. But we are all in this together. Our individual lives are tributaries leading to the same great body of water called life. Everyone will identify with this book. No journey is greater than the last and none shall surpass those to come. When we accept that we are part of something larger than ourselves, we begin to breathe.
As I write this, I wear no cover. I am the primed canvas of the life that’s chosen me. My bald body is my purple heart, my badge of courage. I bare its crown with pride now boldly standing beside my siblings sans hair. Over time, I have learned that it’s not whether I don scarves, hats, or wigs that matters; as long as I remain authentic and embrace my beautiful bald reality head on.
Margaret has signed on to play Sonnerie in Nicu's Spoon 2015 Spring Production of Red Noses. Exact Dates TBD.
Last year, as we were preparing for Mad About Art, I wrote about my Dad’s battle with mental illness:
After witnessing my father’s first seizure, and contemplating whether to save him, it soon became clear that the anger and rage I had experienced (from him) throughout much of my childhood, may have actually been the result of an internal Jekyll and Hyde meddling with his beautiful mind.
It’s no secret that many of America’s prisons and homeless shelters are populated by the mentally ill. My dad is one of the lucky ones. He lives a simple life with his girlfriend (who also has mental illness) and communicates with his family and grandkids several times a week. He knows that he is loved and not forgotten.
It is with a heavy heart that I write this year’s letter. But I feel it’s important to show what can happen when our loved ones battling mental illness don’t receive adequate care and support.
A week ago my Dad went missing. A routine morning errand run became an all day affair lasting well into the evening. When he hadn’t returned home by 9, my Dad’s girlfriend (also mentally ill) called my mom. After calling around, my mom found him in the surgical unit of Suburban Hospital. We all breathed a sigh of relief and then were left to fill in the missing pieces.
Patient confidentiality laws can present serious problems often leaving the family and friends of a mentally ill patient in the dark. Fortunately, the male nurse on duty was kind enough to fill in some of the blanks. From what we understand, my father walked into a bank, had a psychotic episode, and someone knocked him out shortly before calling 911. He landed in the surgical unit with a black eye and smashed up face. Unfortunately, this is one of several episodes my father has had over the past year since going off his meds. He has lived independently (with his girlfriend) for twenty years and suddenly with this recent incident has been served an eviction notice. Where will he go?
If my Dad were in New York, I could give him hope with Fountain House. But for now, he remains in the psych ward of a Maryland hospital with an undetermined fate.
My hope in sharing this is to put a face on this ever-present epidemic of mental illness. For me it’s my father’s face. For some it may be a brother, a sister, a parent, a friend. We all know someone whose beautiful mind has betrayed them.
Join me, and this year’s honorees William Louis-Dreyfus and Frank Maresca by supporting the legacy that is Fountain House and Bringing Hope to Mind.
Reserve your tickets or make a donation today at http://www.fountainhouse.org/get-involved/events/upcoming or contact Amy Kurfist at 212.582.0341 x317 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Join us in supporting St. Clement's Church as we pay tribute with a night of amazing music, food, and drink. The intimate evening will feature multiple vocal styles with some of New York's hottest cabaret singers! $10 Admission
NICU’S SPOON THEATRE COMPANY
Proudly Presents the inaugural production of their 14th NYC Season
The Cherry Orchard (a Comedy in four acts)
Written by Anton Chekhov
WYNNE ANDERS*, ELIZABETH BELL, JAMES HARTER*, ELAINE IVY HARRIS, SAMMY MENA, MICHAEL ABOURIZK, ANTHONY M. LOPEZ*, MICHELLE KUCHUK, DAVID TULLY*, MARGARET BAKER, COURTNEY KNYSCH, BILL GALARNO*, GUY VENTOLIERE*
*Performing Courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association. AEA approved special project.
Directed by STEPHANIE BARTON-FARCAS
February 5-9, 2014 AT THE ACCESS THEATER*
OPENING NIGHT IS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5 AT 8 P.M.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT SPOONTHEATER.ORG
AND AT OVATIONTIX.ORG
NICU’S SPOON THEATRE COMPANY is pleased to announce their production of ‘The Cherry Orchard’ – this is a re -envisioned, re-envigorated ‘Cherry Orchard’ as a comedy (and as Chekhov wanted it!) with the signature Nicu’s Spoon mix of non-traditional, gender-bending, abled/disabled casting. This is a limited run of 7 performances as a culmination of a feature documentary film being made about this company, its process and artists. Buy tix at Ovationtix or click the ‘Buy Tix’ button at www.spoontheater.org!
NOTE: YOU MAY BE FILMED AS PART OF THE AUDIENCE AS THIS IS PART OF THE PROCESS OF A 6 MONTH DOCUMENTARY FILM PROJECT.
This film is about the healing power of art. It tells the story of physically disabled artists preparing for a new performance while learning how to use acting as therapy – showing them how not to be afraid to be different.
A black and white affair
Fountain Gallery's Annual Art Auction And Benefit.