DISCLAIMER: I have been awake for a day and a half and therefore may not make sense/know how to spell (but I feel like writing, goshdarnit, so bear with me).
Yesterday marked an important day in the Life of Kathryn Primeau. Not only did I have my first broken nail that I did not bite off, but I also submitted my first full-length play to a major fringe festival. After days spent burning the midnight oil pulling all of my submission materials together and working on the script in anticipation of the February 15th deadline, I sent my one-woman show, Stuck in the Between Place, to adjudication for 2009 NY Fringe. I won't find out if the piece is accepted til late April/early May, so keep your fingers crossed - and in the meantime you can check out my artsy-fartsy demo DVD on my video page (scroll to the bottom of the page). If all goes as planned, I will be producing the piece under the Limehouse brand with Matthew Cleaver and Ashley Henderson at the helm of the production team this August in NYC!
The entirety of last night was spent filming on John Campea's "The Anniversary" out in Artesia, CA. I play a featured role in the flick, which follows a thirty-something guy as he ventures into the world of online dating after getting out of a long, long-term relationship. The cast and crew are an affable, talented bunch - lots of Canadians, lots of new media entrepanuers - so the night flew by and before I knew it, it was 5 am and the Red camera we were shooting on was kaput and we were calling it a night. I have some pick-up shots to film tonight and then it's a wrap - I don't think I've looked forward to a wrap party more in my life.
Last weekend I booked a spontaneous flight to Athens, Ohio, to visit my alma mater, Ohio University. After a pleasant ride in from Columbus with the charming Wes Cronk, I went to my friend Elenna's production of Eugene Ionesco's "The Chairs." It was an ambitious and beautifully designed piece of absurdist theatre - just what I needed to reacquaint myself with the world of academic theatre. Saturday AM was spent brainstorming with Michael Kortlander and a group of actors - Drew Crabtree, Casey Lenko, Leah Strausser, John Hendel, and Tyler Rollinson - for the annual 48 hour shoot out short film competition. The prompts we received were Genre: Comedy Prop: A Notebook Line of Dialogue: It's not my problem. We improv'd and filmed for about five hours, all the while drinking wine and having a blast, and trying to pull inspiration from a short mock-intervention film Mike had found and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The resulting short, Game Night, won 2nd Place out of 27 teams in the competition - check it out on my video page or on youtube. Other highlights from Athens include going to a reading of Dana Lynn (my fave female playwright) Formby's latest draft of The Small of Her Back, drinking Razz Wheat at Jackie O's, dinner at Casa, early morning breakfast with the ladies, Bagel Street, hanging with my beautiful hostess, Katie, and spending short but sweet time with Shelley, Dennis, Ryan, Paul, Stephen, Kristin, Shiloh, Cole, Adam, Kent, Lauren, Elenna and V.
My showcase ended last week with an audience full of friends and a hilarious karaoke party at Pig N Whistle on Hollywood. While I have yet to find an agent, I can honestly say the experience was 100% positive/fun/valuable. To everyone who made it out to The Next Stage in support, thank you so very much! It means a TON to me that you support my artistic endeavors and I hope I can show the same support to you in the near future.
NEWS FROM THE HOMEFRONT - We welcomed another doggie into our house this week, an adorable, well-mannered, malnourished chahahua originally named Baby Phatz, but we are calling her Bambina. Teresa is officially a foster mom for dogs (we are all trying to get her to trade Nina in for Bambina). Working at the record label got a lot more fun this week, as Chrissy was hired on as a paid intern working in the online marketing department. And I am no longer an intern, but an official part time employee, pay raise and all!
Driving to set last night I experienced a big bubble of laughter - it just burst forth like giddy vomit - thinking, AH! I live in Los Angeles with my two best friends! Could this get any better?!!