Jennifer Jasper in association with
the Rendezvous/Jewelbox Theater presents
FAMILY AFFAIR—Cabaret, served up family style.
at the Rendezvous Jewelbox Theater
on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 7:30 pm
$10 Cash Only at the door—no pre-sales
Doors open at 7pm.
Come on down and join us for this monthly cabaret to celebrate the casserole that is our families. Performers from all types of performance disciplines such as storytelling, dance, writing, music, and visual arts will be sharing their family secrets and skeletons.
Created by Seattle storyteller Jennifer Jasper.
Every family has a little crazy in it—some people like to share it with others.
This weekend at the Seattle Center for the 14/48 The World’s Quickest Theater Festival if you are backstage you will hear the battle cry “Go Big or Go Home!”. The chant fills the air and buoys the exhausted ensemble to do what they are meant to be doing in this world. Create.
When asked if I ever wanted children I am very quick to answer “No!”. I love children, I do. I babysat from the time I was 9, worked in a day care, taught them. I first believed my absolute lack of maternal yearning was due to my wish to become independent in the way of Mary Richards in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. But as I grew into theater I became aware that my need to create was being satisfied. I give birth over and over again.
Sometimes it is a hard labor—months upon months. Sometimes it’s a miscarriage. Sometimes I didn’t even know I was pregnant and BOOM! there it is. And sometimes it’s a perfect pregnancy, full term, fuzzy pink with all the right number of fingers and toes. I have dozens upon dozens of children. Some whose names I can’t remember, others I have pictures of hanging in my living room. I do have my favorites, as every mother does.
But I digress. I started writing this post to shout out my love of The 14/48 Projects and what they do. I worked with the most incredible ensemble for 10 years—Kings’ Elephant Theatre. I always thought my best work was behind me. But then 14/48 came along and I’ve been playing with them for oh, 10 years at least. I’m not especially close to anyone there, I don’t know half of the people and can’t remember names or plays I’ve worked on. But none of that matters. What matters is my love for theater is reborn each time I do it. I learn something new about myself as an artist. I push myself beyond what I thought my limits were. I fall in love all over again. I create. I give birth.
So, if you have never experienced 14/48. Go. Watch the children at play.
We did it! ETYMOLOGY will be published in the 39th edition of the OOB Festival collection. Thank you to everyone who helped me achieve this huge honor.
See you in Seattle!
I am thrilled to be writing this post as I prepare to shower and get ready to watch the amazing Megan Ahiers and Trick Danneker perform “et•y•mol•o•gy” this afternoon as part of the Final 11.
Last night was incredible and I am now just a bit exhausted, I have to admit. I spoke with playwrights, judges, friends, family all while sporting a piece of toilet paper stuck to the bottom of my shoe. But it was New York toilet paper. It was fitting. I was walking on a cloud and on a roll (ok, the roll quip was supplied by Will Arbery – another finalist). I have to give credit where credit is due.
And that’s where you come in. I will wipe the tired tears from my eyes with that piece of tissue, toss it and give thanks to all of you for giving me this experience.
Stay tuned for further adventures as we hear at 7pm tonight what tomorrow may bring.
We just completed tech at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Playwrights Horizons! Everything went smoothly. The Sam French tech staff is awesome. We’re all very excited to show the play to New York. Here are a couple of shots from tech.
by Jennifer Jasper
Directed by Shawn Belyea
Susan Anne played by Megan Ahiers
Calvin played by Trick Danneker
I had three grapes, two glasses of wine and one night I will remember forever. Standing among the shelves of Samuel French plays I marveled at the journey that got me here with no major mishaps along the way. No lost luggage, no missed flights and no doubt that it is all totally worth it.
The most exciting aspect as I moved closer to the trip and resonated with me last night was the fact that NO ONE knows me here. No one knows who I am or what I have done, which I find so freeing. All they know is one play. Ten minutes. And the more I think about it, that ten minutes is plenty to get a sense of who I am.
I really did want to be a professional speller.
Off to explore more of NYC.