Catching Up With Exclamation!

Let’s Stay Informed, Shall We?

FAB NERDS! It’s been months since we’ve last seen each other. I know, I know. But listen: this summer is going to be different. You are going to get some stellar N&F posts EVERY Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We are gonna make up for lost time, I promise. So before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s play a little catch up. Here are the 10 Big Things that were happened in my life since I last updated this little blog.

1. I Was In A Play!

I am not really playing this violin.

I am not really playing this violin.

True facts! I was in a play called Kafka:Divided at Purchase. It was more or less an adaptation of Kafka’s Metamorphosis. I played the Sister and I danced with a violin. I wish this picture wasn’t so small, but it was in a small theatre, so I guess that’s approriate.

2. My Senior Project Got Approved!

I KNOW!!!

Yo! Remember how all I talked about for a while was writing my senior project proposal and presenting my project in front of the Board? Well I did. And I’m approved! That’s right, I will be directing Babble at The Underground Theatre at SUNY Purchase College in March! More on that in the coming months. For now, let’s just smile. 🙂

3. I FINALLY Saw Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway!

I’ve been following this show since I found out Santino Fontana from Submissions Only would play Prince Charming. I’m a little bit obsessed. As soon as I had my final week under control, my friend  and I booked it over to the Broadway Theatre for Rush Tickets and watched the magic.

Excited Faces

Excited Faces

For more magic with the cast you can watch Ella’s Laura Osnes on her Broadway.Com Video Blog or watch this adorable video from The Times which has my favorite song in all Rogers and Hammerstein.

4. I Finished My Junior Year of College!

RIGHT?!?!

5. SMASH was Canceled!

I just want to thank you all for your kind words this time of need. As you know, SMASH and I were very close. We all knew the end was coming, but I was hoping that after Karen and Ivy’s duet  at the Bombshell opening we’d have at least one more season, but that’s life, right?

But it’s important to remember the good things about the ones we’ve lost, so if anyone has some good Ivy/Derek fan fiction or some Jimmy in Jail fan art, please send it my way. I will be waiting with baited breath, but until then let’s end this section the way SMASH intended…

6. Princess: Long Island Premiered!

And it is amazing.

7. I Bought New Hats!

I was busy during my hiatus, I promise, but I also bought this hat and I think it’s really cool. Here I am wearing it at a Father’s Day Brunch with my dad and brother.

FabNerds, Don't tell my brother he's on here, ok?

FabNerds, Don’t tell my brother he’s on here, ok?

8. I Worked on A Middle School Production of Grease!

True. I choreographed a bit, but mainly I designed their lights. I won’t show any video, because of the whole “videos of minors” thing. So here’s a video of a Korean Production of the High School Hit.

9. I Made Ticket Stub Art!

If you follow me on Instagram (@TheFabJessGoing) you might see these pop up occasionally. I one of my summer jobs involves working at a movie theater and sometimes it’s dead and I’m bored and the only friends I have are ticket stubs.

My New Best Friend.

My New Best Friend.

10. I Met LC!

So, I’ve never read any of reality star turned fashion guru, Lauren Conrad’s novels (that she writes herself!) but I do think her website is wonderful. And when I heard she was doing a book signing near me TODAY, well, I just had to go. Here’s a pic.

My Other New Best Friend.

My Other New Best Friend.

We talked about the horrible rain she drove in to get there. Her make-up was Fabulous.

…sooo. That’s all I’ve been doing the last few weeks. I’ll see you on Wednesday with a new post.

Stay Cool,

Jess

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What I Do With My Time

Hello FabNerds! So today’s post is a little different. As you know, I have my Dreaded Junior Seminar on Wednesdays and today we had to share the first draft of the abstract for my senior project proposal. I figured I’d share it below this awesome vintage bowling photo, because after sitting through that class listening to everyone read their proposals I really want to throw heavy balls at things.

What I want to be doing instead of writing my senior project proposal.

What I want to be doing instead of writing my senior project proposal.

For my senior project I would like collaborate with play-writing hopeful, [ROOMMATE] and direct Babble!*– an adaptation of the Tower of Babel story. For those not quite that familiar with the Old Testament, that’s the story where everyone on Earth speaks the same language and they decide to build a tower to bring everyone in the world together. God sees this and realizes that everything will be too easy for these people –nothing will be out of their reach. So he destroys their tower and confounds their speech. The town is then named Babel.

Our play would take this classic tale from the Bible and place it in a metaphysical world that is not quite Dante’s Paradiso and not quite a 21st Century Westchester County Starbucks queue.

At the time of writing this (first draft of this) abstract, the play is not completed. This might be a problem for some, but I see it as a wonderful opportunity to expand upon the director/playwright collaboration. We put together readings of sections of the play this will allow us to see and hear the words she’s so artfully penned (really, she pens first and types later) in a new light. What works? What doesn’t?  Do we really need an actual tower? It is by blundering through these readings that we hope to work out these questions and further develop the play.

Now you want to know how I am going to direct this whole thing, don’t you? And while I think it is an absurd question to ask at this point in time, I respect the Senior Project Process and will try to answer to the best of my ability. The production will be a relatively minimalistic, that is due to the nature of the play, but it is also just more practical. Staging will be more in the realm of realism; as realistic as play set in a metaphysical world can be. However, I do believe that all the actors will be onstage at all times. Again, this is due to the nature of the play (things are constant, what we do/say affects those around us) but, again, is also practical because The Underground is lacking in a “backstage area”. JESSICA: DO NOT FORGET TO FINISH WRITING THIS PART. ALSO, MAYBE DELETE THE RHETORICAL QUESTION–DOES IT ALL SOUND INSULTING??? YOU SHOULD JUST GIVE UP NOW.

Ultimately, I hope that the play will be (among other things) examination of the ways we communicate with each other for better or worse. How has that changed from 100 years ago? From 2,000 years ago? From over 4 Billion years ago? These are big questions and I can’t answer them, but I can think about them in a directorial manner.

*Working title from my imagination. In no way affiliated with the ideas of the playwright. Plus, I don’t think she’d like the exclamation point at the end.

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It’s a real working draft, and that’s not all of it, but I thought it’d be nice for ya’ll to see what I do when I’m not being all Nerdy and Fabulous.

Peace,

Jess

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