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Apr 2

thesecondmrsdewinter:

I like many things about Lin-Manuel Miranda but mostly I like that he’s a dude who doesn’t suck at writing women. Like, the women in In the Heights are all fully drawn characters and are just as interesting and complex as the men. I wish that weren’t so rare tbh but I like to know that it’s possible in a world where most people think “strong woman” and immediately picture a lady in a tight outfit shooting guns.

Lin is awesome, fer SURE, but he is not the book writer of In The Heights.

playbill:

TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 2008, following a 2007 Off-Broadway run at 37 Arts, In The Heights opens at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Lin-Manuel Miranda co-wrote and stars in the show about life among the Latino residents of Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood, along with Mandy Gonzalez, Karen Olivo and Priscilla Lopez. The production will go on to win four Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

For more on In the Heights, including photos, videos, and a look inside the show’s opening night Playbill, visit PlaybillVault.com.

I WAS THERE!!! It was amazing.

Feb 6

Phil Hoffman and I had two things in common. We were both fathers of young children, and we were both recovering drug addicts. Of course I’d known Phil’s work for a long time — since his remarkably perfect film debut as a privileged, cowardly prep-school kid in Scent of a Woman — but I’d never met him until the first table read for Charlie Wilson’s War, in which he’d been cast as Gust Avrakotos, a working-class CIA agent who’d fallen out of favor with his Ivy League colleagues. A 180-degree turn.

On breaks during rehearsals, we would sometimes slip outside our soundstage on the Paramount lot and get to swapping stories. It’s not unusual to have these mini-AA meetings — people like us are the only ones to whom tales of insanity don’t sound insane. “Yeah, I used to do that.” I told him I felt lucky because I’m squeamish and can’t handle needles. He told me to stay squeamish. And he said this: “If one of us dies of an overdose, probably 10 people who were about to won’t.” He meant that our deaths would make news and maybe scare someone clean.

So it’s in that spirit that I’d like to say this: Phil Hoffman, this kind, decent, magnificent, thunderous actor, who was never outwardly “right” for any role but who completely dominated the real estate upon which every one of his characters walked, did not die from an overdose of heroin — he died from heroin. We should stop implying that if he’d just taken the proper amount then everything would have been fine.

He didn’t die because he was partying too hard or because he was depressed — he died because he was an addict on a day of the week with a y in it. He’ll have his well-earned legacy — his Willy Loman that belongs on the same shelf with Lee J. Cobb’s and Dustin Hoffman’s, his Jamie Tyrone, his Truman Capote and his Academy Award. Let’s add to that 10 people who were about to die who won’t now.

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Aaron Sorkin's obituary for Philip Seymour Hoffman in Time (via popculturebrain)

Linking to this again. So grateful we got to experience him on stage.

(via noraleah)

An incredible day…

So, today was one for the books, for sure. I participated in my first industry reading in New York. SUPER exciting. To be in a small studio with Broadway-caliber talent (and I’m not just saying their good - I’m talking LITERALLY Broadway - half the cast had to run after the 2nd reading to make call time at their BROADWAY SHOWS. Literally.) I also got to meet John Cariani, which was THE highlight of the day. John wrote Almost, Maine, which is not only my favorite play of all time, but the most special directing experience for me. He was SO nice and grateful (I didn’t just attack him - was introduced by a mutual friend of ours), and actually thanked me for liking his play and directing it and bringing it to high schoolers, and teaching them theater through his piece. It was really incredible, and a moment I will NEVER forget. I can’t sleep thinking about it - AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING. Sometimes I’m SUCH a theater nerd. ;)

SuEllen Estey, Robin de Jesus & More to Lead MOTHER JONES AND THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE Reading at Ripley Grier Studios, 12/17

Really excited for this. I somehow got involved, and am reading the stage directions. Basically Broadway!

Dec 7

counterpunches:

reblogging for the tags.

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Dec 2

That awkward moment when you’re too excited for rehearsal and show up an hour early. Oops!

It’s taboo to admit that you’re lonely. You can make jokes about it, of course. You can tell people that you spend most of your time with Netflix or that you haven’t left the house today and you might not even go outside tomorrow. Ha ha, funny. But rarely do you ever tell people about the true depths of your loneliness, about how you feel more and more alienated from your friends each passing day and you’re not sure how to fix it. It seems like everyone is just better at living than you are.

A part of you knew this was going to happen. Growing up, you just had this feeling that you wouldn’t transition well to adult life, that you’d fall right through the cracks. And look at you now. La di da, it’s happening.

Your mother, your father, your grandparents: they all look at you like you’re some prized jewel and they tell you over and over again just how lucky you are to be young and have your whole life ahead of you. “Getting old ain’t for sissies,” your father tells you wearily.

You wish they’d stop saying these things to you because all it does is fill you with guilt and panic. All it does is remind you of how much you’re not taking advantage of your youth.

You want to kiss all kinds of different people, you want to wake up in a stranger’s bed maybe once or twice just to see if it feels good to feel nothing, you want to have a group of friends that feels like a tribe, a bonafide family. You want to go from one place to the next constantly and have your weekends feel like one long epic day. You want to dance to stupid music in your stupid room and have a nice job that doesn’t get in the way of living your life too much. You want to be less scared, less anxious, and more willing. Because if you’re closed off now, you can only imagine what you’ll be like later.

Every day you vow to change some aspect of your life and every day you fail. At this point, you’re starting to question your own power as a human being. As of right now, your fears have you beat. They’re the ones that are holding your twenties hostage.

Stop thinking that everyone is having more sex than you, that everyone has more friends than you, that everyone out is having more fun than you. Not because it’s not true (it might be!) but because that kind of thinking leaves you frozen. You’ve already spent enough time feeling like you’re stuck, like you’re watching your life fall through you like a fast dissolve and you’re unable to hold on to anything.

I don’t know if you ever get better. I don’t know if a person can just wake up one day and decide to be an active participant in their life. I’d like to think so. I’d like to think that people get better each and every day but that’s not really true. People get worse and it’s their stories that end up getting forgotten because we can’t stand an unhappy ending. The sick have to get better. Our normalcy depends upon it.

You have to value yourself. You have to want great things for your life. This sort of shit doesn’t happen overnight but it can and will happen if you want it.

Do you want it bad enough? Does the fear of being filled with regret in your thirties trump your fear of living today?

We shall see.

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You’re Not Making The Most Of Your 20s, Ryan O’Connell

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futurejournalismproject:

Map Shows Zip Codes With Highest Income and Education Levels
Via BoingBoing:
The Washington Post reports on “super zips”—postcodes that rank highly for income and college education levels. A striking interactive map is included in the article, to show what money looks like from space.
Image: Washington Post

Hello from a Super Zip! LOL

futurejournalismproject:

Map Shows Zip Codes With Highest Income and Education Levels

Via BoingBoing:

The Washington Post reports on “super zips”—postcodes that rank highly for income and college education levels. A striking interactive map is included in the article, to show what money looks like from space.

Image: Washington Post

Hello from a Super Zip! LOL

gabifresh:

a-tropical-elf:

womandangerous:

younggiftedblaq:

luvyourselfsomeesteem:

ablanksheet:

jesus.

He sounds better than Lorde tho

I was not at all prepared.

I wasn’t ready.

Oh my god, this kid is amazing!

por poco lloro

um, if the internet can make justin bieber famous, can this kid please get a contract?!? that was insane.

what.