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Grimm vs. Disney

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2011 at 9:30 pm

If there’s the slightest possibility that we can retain a memory from an age as early as 5 years old…then I have retained the following memory….

I was 5 years old. My parents had thrown me a Snow White party. I was wearing white lacey tights. White shoes. A rhinestone tiara. And a baby pink dress. All of my childhood friends sat in the backyard at tables covered in pink tablecloths. My play house was decorated with Snow White characters. All of a sudden, the music playing in the background swelled. The song, “Someday My Prince Will Come” started to blast. The gates to the backyard swung open, and Snow White, Dopey and the Prince walked into the yard. My eyes were glued on the prince. I was so nervous, all I could do was stare. He walked right up to me…kneeled down, and handed me a yellow rose with a yellow ribbon tied to the stem.

That moment cursed the rest of my dating history growing up…

I thought that that, was what love was supposed to look like….

My play, “Princes Don’t Live in Cyberland” is based off of this very idea. I was raised on Disney fairy tales. As an adult, it is easy to point the finger and say, “I’m so screwed up because of Ariel and Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, etc…”

Here’s the truth, maybe we’re better off…

The Disney fairy tales are based off of the tales of Hans Christian Anderson and Grimm Brothers. Hans Christian Anderson was the one who punished the hero characters…aka…Ariel wasn’t supposed to live. And she definitely wasn’t supposed to attain her Prince Eric. Sleeping Beauty was raped by the prince while she was sleeping.  Grimm Brothers did a great job of actually punishing the villains (The step-sisters get their eyes pecked out,), but the hero has so much crap to get through…Snow White was “almost killed off” 3 times by the evil queen before she had a chance in hell at being saved by the prince.

Sure, maybe symbolically…the Grimm Brothers had it right all along. We’re more likely to get hurt, then to find ‘happily ever after’. Sure, maybe Disney gives us false hope. But lets face it, my parents wouldn’t have been married for 31 years if they didn’t believe in something. No one would ever put enough trust in love if all we believed was that people were trying to betray us and hurt us. So no matter what fairy tale you believe in, take a chance once in awhile….I have to tell myself this same thing repeatedly.

Silly Princesses…

In Princes Don't Live in Cyberland on August 31, 2011 at 8:56 pm

‘Happily Ever After’ doesn’t have to be something that you just grow out of…a true story about three generations of women.

“Princes Don’t Live in Cyberland” is a true story based on being raised by two completely different marriages. There was the marriage of my parents, which has lasted 31 years. There was also the marriage of my grandparents, which was anything but perfect. Throw in just about every Disney fairy tale, along with a dating history of every type of guy in the book…including a Peter Pan…yes. I dated a Peter Pan….and you get a comedic 3-woman show .  I wrote the show about 8 months ago, and along with directing it, I’m also playing myself. My gramma is being played by Cat Day, and my mom is being played by Beth Bryson. The show opens September 20th at ComedySportz Theatre in Hollywood. To kick off the adventure, the cast and I had a “Modernized Fairy Tale” photo shoot at Hollywood and Highland. I used the classic Disney fairytales that I was raised with for inspiration….

What if Snow White met her prince singing next to a disgusting trash can instead of a glamorous wishing well?

What if love was as spontaneous as getting fit into the glass slipper on an escalator system?

What if Sleeping Beauty danced with her prince in the middle of a busy intersection, rather than an enchanted forest?

What I discovered, was the outcome is the same…Fairy tales are still beautiful. The images still represent love, no matter if its in a cartoon where birds are singing, or whether its in the middle of the day in Hollywood. The way we perceive love has never changed.

Special thanks to the talented and wonderful Jenny Rae for shooting our photos. Her spontaneighty and creativity is always present in her work, and lets face it, she’s the quirkiest/cool nerd I’ve ever met…and no one could’ve made the shoot more fun. To view her work, and to learn more about her company “Lil Rae Cakes” visit:

http://www.facebook.com/LilRaeCakes

http://www.jenny-rae.com/

Also, special thanks to the princes at the shoot: Will Green (Snow’s Prince), Peter Weidman (Prince Charming), Kevin Williams (Prince Philip).

And finally…shout out to my gorgeous and talented princesses. They’re gonna ROCK IT in the show. Come see me, Beth Bryson (Mom) and Cat Day (Gramma) on Sept. 20th and 21st at ComedySportz.

www.onceuponareality.com

Princes Don’t Live in Cyberland: Production Blog #2

In Princes Don't Live in Cyberland on August 19, 2011 at 3:08 am

Princes Don’t Live in Cyberland.

I still can’t get over how much support this show has gotten. I’m going to admit right off the bat….when I started writing the show, I made a LOT of references to guys I dated and situations that I got myself into. When the guys I dated started to realize that I wrote a show, I thought that there would be some uneasiness…instead, the phrase I heard most was, “Can you mention me a lot?”

I love their confidence. Confidence that I won’t make them look bad. The only person who looks like a total idiot in the show…is myself. I admire the guys I’ve dated for being so completely supportive and excited that this project is underway.

ATTENTION: My dream is to have the 2nd row (sorry guys. 1st row is reserved for family) chock full of men from my past. I’m such a masochist.

Anyhoo. I got through the 1st week of rehearsals. The show already has a shape to it, and some of the performances are already extremely moving. I’ll have ticketing updates soon, but just as an FYI…tix will ONLY be available online at www.onceuponareality.com.

Photo Shoot:

We did a “Modernized Fairytales” photo shoot to promote the show on Hollywood and Highland. So much love for my stunning photographer and sweet friend, Jenny Rae. Photos will be posted on the website and facebook soon…keep checking back…Special shout-out to the modern day princes who appeared at the shoot: Will Green as Snow White’s prince, Peter Weidman as Prince Charming, and Kevin Williams as Prince Phillip.

Get ready for Erika as Snow White, Cat as Sleeping Beauty, and Beth as Cinderella….seriously…the shoot was amazing.

If you haven’t yet done so, please follow the show on Twitter, and become a fan on facebook. Thanks for the support everyone, and more updates are coming soon!

Princes Don’t Live in Cyberland: Production Blog #1

In Princes Don't Live in Cyberland on August 13, 2011 at 4:45 am

Hey kids-

So…originally…when I first started writing this blog..the point was to have a blog to complement my website for the 3-woman show, “Princes Don’t Live in Cyberland.”

But here’s the thing…producing a play was waaaay more complicated than I imagined. So a few months later, things are starting to take off. From here on out, I’m documenting the production process for “Princes Don’t Live in Cyberland” via da blog.

Don’t worry. If you adore my silly rants, you’ll still find it all here.

Production update for Princes:

The show was originally written via a couple interesting blogs on myspace a couple years ago. I was the single girl trying to figure out why the hell I was having so many problems with guys. Then I realized something…I was the problem. Not the guys. I was picking the wrongs ones continuously, and I didn’t know why I was doing it. Then I looked at my DVD collection. It was all Disney fairytale movies. Not only that, but I worked at Disneyland in entertainment for a number of years, and was used to having princes and princesses being the center of my universe.

No wonder my perception of love was so demented.

The plus side, is I’m the product of a marriage that has lasted 31 years. Congratulations Mom and Dad!

The downside is…I should have things figured out…and the up side is…I don’t.

So I’ve let the journey begin via this play of mine. I turned my blogs and experiences into a 3-woman show.

The show documents my journey to finding love and is told through 3 generations of women. Gramma…mom..and myself. It traces a childhood of being raised on fairytales and the impact it has on dating in the real world, as well as follows the very different and unexpected relationships of these 3 women. Whether its fairytales or reality…nothing is as it seems. 

After the show was written, the table-read process began. After the first read-through, a huge re-write began. Then came the search for the perfect venue….which was the trickiest part. I landed on the ComedySportz theatre in Hollywood for the premiere. Signed the contract. Picked up the keys to the rehearsal space. Got so nervous I could’ve blacked out driving home.

It was actually happening.

I’ve been overwhelmed with the amount of support I’ve received in such a small amount of time. Daily texts/voicemails from family wishing me luck on the production process. Friends volunteering their time and talent to help me get this show on its feet. My little brother, who always takes the time to read the things I write and still tells me that he’s proud. And finally..my parents…who so lovingly support this show and who have believed in it from day one. In fact, I can guarantee that the show wouldn’t be as far along without them constantly pushing me to believe in the story as much as they do.

The first rehearsal was a couple days ago. I was so scared shitless. I’ve never followed through with a project the way I have with this one. No one tells you that dreams can be scary. They tell you that they’re beautiful. That its easy. That they’re made of gum drops and unicorn droppings. Here’s the thing, following through on dreams is one of the scariest things you can ever do. I literally couldn’t keep food down the day of the 1st rehearsal. My mom drove out to Hollywood to sit in on the first rehearsal. She brought the cast a bottle of champagne to toast the first night. We shared family stories that add depth to the story. I’m extremely lucky. There’s a lot of love in my family. I can’t wait to share this story with people.

I’ll be posting on the show daily, but for now…here’s some sites to check out for show info:

The official website: www.onceuponareality.com

Facebook Fan Page

Twitter (That Prince Show)