Updated: Sep 5
It's been a WHILE since I've blogged. Why? General laziness and ennui? Nothing of note to say? The elections are weighing too heavily on me?
NO!! None of those things. For those who don't know me well, the news is that I had to have urgent brain surgery a few months ago (November Friday the 13th, to be specific) and I've been healing up since then.
I HAVE A FLAIR FOR THE DRAMATIC -- is my claim. Yep. My problem was a 1.5cm colloid cyst that was just hanging out in my 3rd ventricle, near the Foramen of Munro. Doesn't it sound like I know what I'm talking about? It's like the geography of the moon in there. It could've caused sudden death for me, but it didn't. We caught it before it caught me. My surgeon is the head of neurosurgery at UCLA. I had excellent care there, and my husband and family have been amazing in helping me get back on my feet, literally and figuratively.
So now I have a bald spot about an inch wide on the top of my head the shape of a hockey stick, and a plate and screws permanently in my skull. No one can see the bald spot well because I've learned to camouflage it. Speaking of the elections -- I've seen enough Trump the last few months to have mastered the combover. I'll post a photo of my 'do at some point on the site. You have to look pretty hard to see the bald spot. I may even post a photo of the bald spot and scar! And possibly my MRI from the day before surgery, just to be sure your stomach turns. You'll be fascinated, I'm sure.
In October we presented about half of my new show about Anaïs Nin as a workshop at a very sweet theater in Santa Monica. The response was great. We worked out 10 pieces out of our total 20 for this workshop. Want to see some of it? Head over to anaisninunbound.com There's footage!
Then my husband Jack and I went to NY to visit our daughter Gracie at her college for family weekend, which also weirdly coincided with our 20th anniversary. The school also happens to be about 15 minutes down the road from where we were married. We celebrated, and saw our kid, and had a great time.
Home again, and to an appointment with a neurologist to have a look at my MRI, which threw my world into chaos. Just to be clear, I wasn't frightened in the slightest. Everyone has to die -- or so I'm told. So if this was my time, I was cool with that. But I got a new lease on life now.
After January, I began composition on the rest of the show. I'm happy to report that I can still compose, so yay for that.
We've had a couple of people drop out of our cast, so if you're interested in auditioning, please email us @ email@example.com.
Questions/comments for me? Leave 'em below.
Updated: Sep 5
Los Angeles Rock Opera Company presents
PUSH PLAY 3
Push Play 3 is a sampling of the Company's projects currently in development at the Miles Playhouse in Santa Monica on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 23, 24, and 25. Directed and choreographed by Janet Roston, Push Play 3 pulsates with an eclectic evening of live music, theatre and dance that illustrates the mission of LAROC's Artistic Directors, Mark Governor and Janet Roston to produce innovative, contemporary Rock Opera that represents the cultural and ethnic diversity in our community while illuminating our shared world history. Included in the evening’s performance are two works in development, Anais Nin Unbound and Possession: The Legend of El Rojo.
OCTOBER 23, 24, 25
Friday and Saturday, 8:30 PM
Sunday 7:00 PM
MILES MEMORIAL PLAYHOUSE
1130 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Anaïs, A Dance Opera, co-created by Cindy Shapiro and Janet Roston, direction/choreography by Janet Roston, words and music by Cindy Shapiro, utilizes dance, music, and projections to explore prolific diarist, proto-feminist, and sexual adventurist Anaïs Nin’s emergence as an important and influential literary figure through her explosive relationship with novelist Henry Miller. Initially Nin and Miller found they shared an extraordinary passion for the written word. As the affair unfolded Miller's support enabled Nin to uncompromisingly express, through her writing, her emotions and sexuality. Six dancers and vocalist Cindy Shapiro present the profound and powerful story of Nin’s relationship with her banker husband Hugh Guiler, her lover Henry Miller and their life with the cultural giants of 1930’s Paris. The Anaïs Nin Trust has given the production access to the Nin archives and in addition is being advised by the foremost Nin scholar, Paul Herron.
Possession: The Legend of El Rojo, written by Mark Governor and Marc Sambola, incorporates folklore and iconic characters to create a timeless tale of love, betrayal and redemption all centered on the power of a mysterious red guitar. Carlos, a poor young man passionately longs to marry Carina who refuses him. Desperate for her love, he follows the instructions of the mysterious Senor Rico and falls under the curse of the enchanted guitar, “El Rojo." This compellingly fresh Spanish style folktale is a magical exploration of the depths to which one man will go to win a woman's love all told through music, song, and dance lead by a live flamenco guitar and band. Possession is an international collaboration between Los Angeles based composer Governor and Barcelona composer Sambola.
The composers of both pieces along with director Janet Roston share the belief that music, song and dance transcend borders and cultures to create a common human experience.
Special guests of LAROC will round out the evening with vocal performances from rock operas in development.
Tickets are only $12 and are available through brownpapertickets.com or by clicking this link:
It's been a little while since I've posted a thing, which happens when one gets busy. It's been a big time in my life and the life of my little family. My only child went away to school clear across the country. She's at the perfect place for her at the perfect time. It was a bit rough taking her to school, but she's all tucked in and having the time of her life.
My husband has finished one the of biggest projects of his career. A news item should be coming up any minute about it, and I'll post about that here later. I actually wrote a bit of it with him, and am excited about this composing credit. This is some of his greatest work to date, and I'm beaming...
In service of this score we spent some time in Nashville recording orchestra. We'd never been there before and found the town delightful.
My brother did some singing on the soundtrack and it's friggin HILARIOUS! (Oh, I sang a bit too.)
I'm almost at the end of the score I'm writing for our "Anaïs, A Dance Opera" workshop that's taking place at the Miles Theater in Santa Monica from October 23-25. Come see it and feedback!! Have something to do with the building of the show!!
I've written 10 pieces for this run, and have about 7 or 8 more to go to complete the whole one-act show. We're premiering the entire work this coming May 2016. No specific announcments yet about exact place/dates, but stay tuned.
Sheesh, this piece is complex! There are many different musical styles, dance styles, not to mention video projections, text projections, and the shit ton of research I've had to do on the piece.
I'm being advised by one of the foremost Nin scholars, Paul Herron, who is currently editing her diaries for new unexpurgated releases.
We've got total buy-in from the Anaïs Nin Trust.
So, you know, things are happening. I'm just wrapping up composition on the piece where Anaïs meets her husband Hugh Guiler.
Did I mention I'm in it??
ROCK and ROLL.
All for now.
There will be news...