Tonight is the night. Sure I want to know about the election results, but I’m also trying to close out my project, one interview a day until the election. Olives are on the table and the champagne is being opened chez moi; my husband is already annoyed with me that I am in my room blogging instead of watching and being social. In fact, I am still wearing my workout gear and a Hello Kitty T-shirt that says: “Being This Cute is Exhausting.” Today when I was wearing this shirt at Grounded and asked the guy behind the counter to refill my Hello Kitty water bottle, he looked at me with a funny grin. I realized he was looking at my shirt, which I threw on when running out the door.
“What – you think I’m obsessed with Hello Kitty?” I said, realizing, of course that I looked utterly ridiculous.
“Oh this is a coincidence,” I said, pointing at my shirt.
“You are going to tell me that that’s the only Hello Kitty stuff you own?” he said.
“Uh, not exactly.” Maybe he should read this piece I wrote about Hello Kitty back in 2001.
So with nothing to watch a la moment but a CNN hollogram, I am off to catch up on my interviews. What on earth are we all going to do for entertainment when this is all over? See more plays? Be more creative? Well this brings me to my next interview.
Who: Lisa Ebersole
Where: Bar 6, West Village
Occupation: Playwright, Video Media Specialist
Lisa was the “IT” Girl of the summer of 2005. Her play Brother caused quite a stir in New York City. Her publicist sent an invite to me at my agent job at the Fifi Oscard Agency. The title of this play had me intrigued, so I went out to the play and there was the playwright with a starring role in her own work that she also directed. She was as good as any of the other actors in the fine play. For a few weeks at least Brother was the talk of Off-Off Broadway New York; it was edgy, dramatic and different. The New York Times gave it a rave review and Back Stage called her “The new voice in theater.” I decided that we had to meet. Even though I didn’t know how long I’d be an agent, I decided to represent her. How could I not? Lisa is one of the coolest, smartest and talented people who I know. Within a few months, I helped to get Brother published by the Samuel French Publishing Company, which was thrilling for both of us. This meant, of course, that I indeed had a good eye for talent and of course the obvious: Lisa Ebersole was bound to be a star.
Fast forward three years to 2008 in the week preceding the presidential election. I left my post at the Fifi Oscard Agency in 2006 to go back into online marketing. Meanwhile, Lisa has staunchly refused to be represented by anyone other than me, and writing and creativity for both of us had taken a back seat to the stresses of real life.
Honestly, we’ve both had just about enough reality, and we could use a little sugar. In addition to getting a new President elected, we are both poised for a comeback.
“Oh yes!” Lisa says with a grin.
Lisa and I were in full secret planning mode and I’m not sure we did a proper interview. From the looks of Lisa, she’s is certainly back from her “It” girl hiatus.
“I’ve got a movie premiere,” she says with grin. Yup, she’s back.