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.
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Sadly, today at midnight I am going to end my “project” which has been to interview one person a day until the election. Today when I went to vote I stood next to Patricia Keaton in line. She is very nice and civic minded, but she really didn’t want to be interviewed for the blog. Meanwhile, I am quite behind in my interviews and will be spending election night writing about the many cool people I met with instead of focusing on any poll numbers. People are coming over to watch election results around seven. My house is usually some sort of center of activity….
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I am trying to give myself a little break from interviewing one person a day, but Sunday proved to have some kick to it.
My purpose for the day was to buy new swimming goggles; I needed a new pair. So I made a day trip to Paragon in Union Square. Paragon has a testing area just for swimming goggles; I’ve never seen such a sight. I decided to buy one rather fancy pair, and one cheap pair “just in case.” So I will have a back up. This should last me for 10 years! I’m so excited for my next swim. I also recently bought a new suit, the first one in five years!
I walked out of Paragon with my new goggles in my purse and I decided to stop in Barnes and Noble. Another big errand– I am doing research for a new play. The play is a taboo subject, so I thought I’d see what Barnes and Noble might have in stock on the subject. Turns out, not much. I can’t say what the subject is, but, it’s bad.
If you like Mad Men, you’ll love my new play. I’m just showing the first half (as a reading), but if you enjoy learning about history and feminist issues — and if you ever read Brenda Starr Reporter, you’ll love this play.
Watch a young female cartoonist as she fights her way into a male dominated culture in the 1940’s. Years later her granddaughter struggles with some of the same issues and discovers what is true and fiction about her grandmother’s amazing story.
THE DRAMATIST GUILD Presents: FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTLIGHTS
NEW YORK, Friday, September 26, 2008
7:30pm – 9:00pm
REPORTER GIRL by Laura Rohrman
Laura Rohrman will present a staged reading of REPORTER GIRL, a full-length play about her grandmother, Dale Messick, who created the famous cartoon strip BRENDA STARR REPORTER in 1940. Dale Messick was the first syndicated female cartoonist in the world. The play has been a finalist for both the O’Neill festival and the Princess Grace award.
Friday Night Footlights New York is held in the Frederick Loewe Room, Suite 710, at 1501 Broadway (located between 43rd and 44th Streets), New York, NY 10036. you must have a photo I.D. to enter the building.
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