60:40 –

My new life ratio – creative:job. Today is my last day at my job at Vios. A little over 5 years ago I made the decision to leave my 40+ hour a week job after 12 years for a variety of reasons, one being the need to re-explore my passion for theater and to make more time for it, or decide to change my life’s direction. Since that time, I have directed 4 mainstage productions with Printer’s Devil Theater + other shorts, developed, performed and toured 2 new solo shows, faced a challenge of playwrighting for The 14/48 Projects and started A Family Affair—Cabaret, served up family style with my amazing wife Kathie Whitehall. This past year, a 10-minute play I wrote was a winner in The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival and will be published this January; I became a recipient for the 2015 Willapa Bay AiR; I am working with a local publisher on the stories from my solo show for a collection; and this week I signed an options contract with an Off Broadway producer for a 12-performance showcase of my work in NYC Off Broadway in 2016. So, I guess I’m sticking with theater. Thanks to Vios for being EXACTLY what I needed it to be and a wonderful place to work and meet amazing new friends and patrons. A heartfelt deep thanks to everyone who has supported me. Now I shall go get fetal for just a few minutes.

November 19 Family Affair

Jennifer Jasper in association with
the Rendezvous/Jewelbox Theater presents

FAMILY AFFAIR—Cabaret, served up family style.
at the Rendezvous Jewelbox Theater
on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 7:30 pm

$10 Cash Only at the door—no pre-sales

Doors open at 7pm. Show at 7:30p

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.




I had a conversation with a customer the other day about the passage of time. You know, that uncanny but-you-know-it’s-true feeling that time goes faster the older you get? It really does. Remember waiting for summer vacation? Forever. Your birthday? Christmas? Fucking forever. Now? Shit, is tomorrow really Christmas? Has it really been a year? How in the hell is it October? SLOW DOWN!

She had a read an article about our perception of time and that to us, as we get older, it really does, well, fly by. But she said that it has been discovered that disrupting your routine (like taking summer vacation) will change a your perception of time. If you have something like a trip that you are excited about time slows to a crawl. As adults we are creatures of habit and if you live in the U.S. most likely you have only a two week (if you’re lucky) break in that routine.

So, I’m breaking from routine. Derailing my train. Well, not completely. I’m a total creature of habit, so breaking my routine means creating a new one to take it’s place. A different time table. One of my own making.

In two weeks my world shifts. This last month has taken FOREVER to pass. Time is crawling. Now, the downside of life slowing down? I now have PLENTY of time, or at least it seems like PLENTY to PANIC. Full on what-the-hell-are-you-thinking panic. Mouth going dry, brain doing schizoid things while you are trying to sleep panic. But I know this too shall PASS. Albeit slowly. I know that in one month I will be zooming along and life will be zinging past my window at a terrific pace. Then I will be 52. It will have been a year since I changed my course. My train will be speeding along a greased track.

So I plan on some pit stops along the way to slow my trip, enjoy the wine and the view. Sit back and RELAX.