Onwards To New York!

March 30, 2010

It’s official. There is no turning back. We leave tomorrow. We have packed, cleaned, and stored. Our place is being subletted while we are gone. We are bringing our cat, Kitty, various stuffed animals, books, and the basics we need to survive – except food, which we can easily buy. Here is an excerpt and link to what we will be doing in NYC. I will be returning to acting after an almost three year break. Eek!

“THE BILBAO EFFECT — a world-premiere play that puts contemporary architecture on trial — written by Oren Safdie(whose previous play about architecture, PRIVATE JOKES, PUBLIC PLACES, was a hit Off-Broadway in 2003) will be presented Off-Broadway with previews starting May 12 prior to an official press opening night on May 16, 2010 at Center for Architecture (536 LaGuardia Place) in Manhattan.

PRIVATE JOKES, PUBLIC PLACES, which was also presented at the Center for Architecture, starred Anthony Rapp. Mr. Safdie’s most recent play Off-Broadway, THE LAST WORD, enjoyed critical and popular success, and starred the Emmy Award-winning actor Daniel J. Travanti and Adam Green in 2007.

“The Bilbao Effect” became a popular term after Frank Gehry built the Guggenheim Museum in Spain, transforming the poor industrial port city of Bilbao into a must-see tourist destination. Its success spurred other cities into hiring famous architects and giving them carte blanche to design even more spectacular buildings in hopes that the formula could be repeated.

In Mr. Safdie’s play THE BILBAO EFFECT — the second play of a planned trilogy focusing on contemporary architecture — Erhardt Shlaminger is a world famous architect who faces censure by the American Institute of Architects, following accusations that his urban redevelopment project for Staten Island has led to a woman’s suicide. The play tackles controversial urban design issues that New Yorkers have recently encountered in Brooklyn as a result of the hotly-debated plans to redevelop the Atlantic Yards into an architecture-star mega-development. THE BILBAO EFFECT explores whether architecture has become more of an art than a profession, and at what point the ethics of one field violate the principles of the other.

Directed by Brendan Hughes, THE BILBAO EFFECT will be presented by the Center for Architecture in association with Jacqueline Bridgeman, Fritz Michel and Les Gutman. The play was commissioned by the Canada Council for the Arts, is supported by the Quebec Government Office – New York, and was developed through a column Mr. Safdie wrote for Metropolis Magazine.

The cast of THE BILBAO EFFECT includes John Bolton ( Broadway’s SPAMALOT and CURTAINS, AND TV’s “Gossip Girl”), Anthony Giaimo (MEASURE FOR MEASURE at Pearl Theatre Co, “The Bird Cage” w/ Nathan Lane, “Bad Boys II” w/ Will Smith), M.J. Kang (PRIVATE JOKES, PUBLIC PLACES, “Owning Mahoney”), Joris Stuyck (SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL ADVENTURE atCincinnati Playhouse, GUANTANAMO at the Culture Project, BBC-TV miniseries “Tender Is the Night”), Jill Tanner (DIVIDING THE ESTATE by Horton Foote at Lincoln Center), Joel Van Liew(FROM UP HERE at MTC), and Dan Barbaro (JEWS AND JESUS).”


Investigating the barnacles.

I co-moderate a yahoo group called NaturalParentingLA. It started out as a small group of like-minded moms who wanted to have weekly playdates. We are 9 months old and now have 134 members. My two co-moderators and I plan weekly playdates, toddler yoga classes, toddler art exploration classes, field trips, parental educator discussions, and anything else we decide to do for the joy and desire of community, friendship, and support. The wonderful part of this group, for Mia, is that she knows some of the children from when they and she were 3 months old. I hope we never leave Santa Monica permanently.

Here are some pictures of our time at the Malibu Lagoon State Beach taken expertly by Robert Cadena, AKA Eleanor’s dad. Thank you so much, Robert, for taking these photos! I forgot my camera and it is really nice to have more pictures of Mia and me.

The hike was lead by Kelly of the Children’s Nature Institute.

Smelling the salty ocean air

Realizing she wants her scarf off.

Walking on the rocks.

Wanting to wash the stick in the lagoon

Mishy and Me at the lagoon

A bridge to the lagoon

A lizard sunning

Wildflowers dancing

Seaweed on the rocks


Natural Parenting LA


Malibu Lagoon State Beach


Children’s Nature Institute