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The women of “Princes Don’t Live in Cyberland”

In Uncategorized on January 27, 2012 at 10:08 pm

About one year ago, I sat in a coffee shop with a broken heart and decided to write something. Anything. I just needed to put my thoughts to paper. What started out as snippets of monologues, various speeches, lines, ideas…turned into a full-blown show. Its a funny thing when you write down what your heart is telling you. You begin to discover that the things that you thought¬†were haunting you is really only the tip of the iceberg. What I finally realized, was the action of writing “Princes Don’t Live in Cyberland” was a way for me to finally come to terms with my grandmother’s death since her passing almost 8 years ago. Without getting too cheesy, my family is everything to me. They have always been there for me. We yell louder than anyone. We fight harder than anyone. And we cry more proudly than anyone. We open the closet door and let our skeletons out to dance. We’re proud of our secrets, and we believe that as long as we stick together, we can deal with the cards we’ve been dealt. I’ve been fortunate to have strong male figures in my life. My grandfather and step-grandfather were princes in my eyes. They were always there for me. My father is one of the strongest people I know, and he is always there to reassure me and tell me he’s proud. My brother is and always will be my best friend. And my sweet cousin Max is the most determined kid you could ever hope to meet. Our new addition to the family, Prince Kaleb, is seriously, the happiest baby there ever was.

For “Princes Don’t Live in Cyberland”, the focus of the show went to the women in my life. The focus is on my mother and grandmother and the ways in which they influenced me growing up. Without giving too much of the show away, here are the women in my life in a nutshell….below are quotes, videos, etc that pay tribute to my mother and gramma. You can also catch the show in OC tonight and tomorrow night at 9pm. Show info available at http://www.onceuponareality.com. Be sure to become a fan on facebook for daily updates: http://www.facebook.com/onceuponareality

“I love you so much I can’t stand it.”-Gramma …..”I can’t stand you either, Gramma.”-Erika

If I ever woke up cranky, or had a hard time smiling first thing in the morning, Gramma would sing this song and remind me that no matter what…Life is good. So just smile.

People ask me all the time how I stay happy. In high school, people thought I was taking drugs. People always think I’m drunk. Here’s my secret…Gramma sang this song to me religiously growing up…it eventually wears off on you.

My mom was notorious for pulling me out of school to take me to Disneyland.


As for me and my mom’s song…it was “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”


Hope to see you all at the show!