20Oct

Sitting Down with Merle Hoffman, Abortion Rights Pioneer

The other night I had the incredible opportunity to interview Merle Hoffman, the woman who brought abortion from the back alley to the boardroom. This was the art we produced to promote the discussion prepared by Amy Wilson, the brilliant producer of The Best of Everything, which has been playing at the Here Arts Center and is finishing its run tonight: To prepare for our discussion, I read her new book: Intimate Wars: The Life and Times of the Woman Who Brought Abortion from the Back Alley to the Boardroom.  Hoffman has lived her life devoted to Read More

18Oct

Stumbling into Something You Love

I fell in love with theatre at a very young age.  My mother used to take me to see productions at the Civic Center in Atlanta, GA, where I grew up.  We saw "Annie".  We saw "Oklahoma".  We saw "Annie Get Your Gun".  I loved and watched everything about these productions - the actors, the sets, the lighting, the costumes. Then in high school I left a very academic institution to attend a high school of performing arts.  I thought my life would be like the show "Fame" - kids would dance and sing on the tables in the lunch room and my life would be one Read More

16Oct

Feeding the World on World Food Day

Did you know that one in eight people goes to sleep hungry?  Hunger is not an issue I take lightly. Last year my good friend, Jill Smokler, over at ScaryMommy.com, involved me in media coverage of a campaign that she led on her site to raise money to provide 400 needy families with Thanksgiving dinner.  During this process, I discovered that last year, 17.2 million households in the United States were food insecure, the highest level on record, as the Great Recession continued to wreak havoc on families across the country. Of those 17.2 million Read More

14Oct

Meaningful Fun on 42nd Street w/ the New Victory Theater & Dave and Busters

Last night was a great night for me and for the MamaDrama network.  We recently teamed up with the New Victory Theater, a theater that you've seen me mention many times on this blog to bring a group of writers with their children to their premier 2012-2013 production, URBAN.  It was a night to remember in more ways than I can describe. First of all, I brought my son with me.  He has sensory issues so I often bring my daughter instead to avoid conflict, but he loved everything from start to finish.  He held his focus on all of the activities at hand at Read More

13Oct

A Little Kvetching After a Long Week

Life as a mother is a juggle and I'm not always successful. Everyone wants to know how I do it all...work, parenting, juggling a million things at a time. Well, I do it all the best way I can, but things don't always go according to plan, just like the following few episodes from the week we've just left behind: - I loved it (not really) when the piano teacher showed up unexpected at 4:15 on Thursday. (Well, she was expected on my calendar but I neglected to look).   The woman's a saint, she must think I'm the most disorganized person in the world. Read More

12Oct

A Week of Kvelling and Changes

This week was a week full of ups and downs. It started with a true high when the play I've been working on, THE BEST OF EVERYTHING based on the book by Rona Jaffe, got a 4 star rating and was the "critic's pick" in the New York Times and my name was mentioned.  I'm not kidding, scroll down to the bottom of the piece and there is my name in lights!  This play is so deserving and I can't tell you how honored I am to have my name attached. The writing, the casting, the direction, the set, the costumes and the fact that the story is utterly timeless make Read More

11Oct

A Book Club’s Response to Gone Girl: Don’t Marry a Psychopath

Gone Girl

Last night my book club discussed Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  If your book club is looking for a juicy read, I have to say this was a great discussion.  You won't find a book with more twists and turns  than this one.  Everyone in the group had a visceral reaction.  But before we get into that, let's discuss the plot. We meet two seemingly normal people, Nick and Amy, who met 7 years ago at a party in NYC.  For all appearances sake, they were a normal, happy couple. In her diary, Amy wrote about it: Tra and la! I am smiling a big adopted-orphan Read More

09Oct

A Night of Social Good, Arts Education and Friends

Last week I was thrilled to be invited to a very cool event called "Flights, Bites & Tights"presented by ALDI and supporting Dance Theatre of Harlem. at home of my friend, Isabel Kallman, the founder and editor of AlphaMom.com.  We were actually supposed to see a live performance by the dance group but the weather was not in our favor. Fortunately, the food and guests were so amazing that it didn't matter. Surrounded by many familiar faces and women who I aspire to, I was in my element.  I also embraced the fact that we were there to celebrate the Read More

08Oct

NYC with Kids: Boo at the Zoo

Looking for a Halloween themed activity in NYC to get your kids into the holiday spirit this weekend? Boo at the Zoo returns to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo for the next few weekends of Halloween-themed family entertainment and activities. Attractions and activities embrace the spirit of the season while highlighting wildlife and conservation.  Annual favorites including a haunted walk-through adventure – The Haunting at Habitat Mansion – and the spooky Hayride through Creepy Hollows headline the festivities and have been enhanced for Read More

08Oct

Partners on CBS: Snark and Realism

I just got finished watching my first episode of Partners, a new comedy that follows two lifelong BFFs, one straight and one gay, starring Michael Urie and David Krumholtz who play partners at an architectural firm.  Their "bromance" complicates the other relationships in their lives - especially with Joe's fiance' (played by Sophia Bush) and Louis' partner played by Brandon Routh). The series is based on its co-creators, David Kohan and Max Mutchnik, the Emmy Award winning duo behind Will & Grace who also happen to be real-life best friends. Read More