Awhile back, I invited those of you who live near by to come see The Goddess, a play I had been working on. We closed in November and I’ve since been experiencing dressing room withdrawal. We were a very large cast of 17, extremely focused and easy-going group of actors. Goddess was a glamorous period piece, Hollywood in the 50’s fashion. You can probably imagine a lot of our time backstage was consumed by hot-rollers, bold lips, and cat-eyes.
Not the easiest but indeed the most fun. Putting on a show brought us here, but the energy exchanged during the daily get-ready ritual brought us close together, which I’m sure reflected positively in the work as a whole. Of all expectations involved in being in a play, I couldn’t quite picture that the wait to get back on-stage would be filled with so much warmth.
It’s been days since I’ve wanted to extend a very special invitation to my Midwest folks. Last month I’ve made my Chicago theatre debut in a first-time adaptation based on oscar-nominated screenplay The Goddess by Paddy Chayefsky at The Artistic Home. Set in Hollywood’s Golden Age, the play shines a white-hot spotlight on the making of a Hollywood star, Rita Shawn and her quest for fame and love.
A little insider’s secret, the story is rumored to be based off Marilyn Monroe’s life, besides Chayefsky denial. The brilliancy of it all comes with the realization that even though the story takes place over six decades ago, the topic has never been so current. I’ve been directed by the superb, John Mossman and it has truly been an honor. We were welcomed with a Jeff Recommendation, exciting press and fantastic reviews following opening while I get to play Hollywood dress-up four nights a week.