Last night there was a staged reading of SHE HATES COFFEE by playwright A.R. Garcia, aka radio personality, Dominican Soul at Teatro LaTea. To my delight I wasn't cast as a mom and instead I played the protagonist's former girlfriend. Mr. Garcia's work is still in development and the purpose of the reading was to bring his characters to life in order to make necessary edits.
From Mr Garcia: "She Hates Coffee” is a male introspective on relationships. The story is about a young Latino male who is unlucky in love and has a bad habit of choosing the wrong woman. It’s an emotionally engaging piece that allows people to see how men really feel and think about their love life. It also depicts how men really share with each other whats happening in their love life, disproving the misconception that we keep everything inside. This story begins with the protagonist who is left at the alter and driven into the arms of yet another bad choice in a love partner. All the while the right woman was right in front of him. Will he realize who his real love should be or will he miss out just as many of us have?
I love participating in staged readings because it allows the actors to hone their craft in front of an audience without the obligation of memorizing lines. Another great perk is the opportunity to meet and work with other talented actors.
A beginners Burlesque class was offered on LivingSocial and it occurred to me that taking it could help make me feel more comfortable sharing my sexy side in front of an audience and the camera. Many of you are probably wondering what the heck I'm talking about, but honestly, I feel that my sexy side should be kept private. Catholic guilt? Yes, probably. However, I don't want to be typecast as "the mom", I want to occasionally play the seductress too!
The timing of the class couldn't have been better, because I booked a role in a staged reading of a new play titled SHE HATES COFFEE where my character is the sexy seductress heart breaker type. That's the kind of type casting I don't mind.
We started the class by creating our own pasties. Yes you read that correctly, pasties! Materials like black tassels and gold jewels beckoned me and when asked what our dancer name would be I responded, "GOLDEN DELICIOUS"!
The next hour was full of shimmies, feathers, glove tossing, and dancing on, around and over chairs. I definitely left with a better knowledge of how to create an alluring striptease. Now I'm mentally ready to take the stage, get into character and lure the audience.
Today I was invited to a beginner's belly dance workshop. Exercising by moving and shaking my hips like Shakira was too good to pass up! Rochelle Rice, fitness and health instructor, invited Miriam, a special guest instructor, who has been formally studying the art of belly-dance since 2004. Miriam was engaging and showed us how belly dancing can be graceful at any size.
Rochelle, Miriam and I after class
Tene Charles, Julie Thompson and I first met at Full Figured Fashion Week 2009 when I was modeling for an Independent Designer from Canada, Candi Apple Couture. Tene and Julie were jewelry designers who provided me with long sexy earrings that were designed like nothing I had ever seen before. Our personalities and sensibilities gelled perfectly and that's how our long distance friendship began. June 2011, Tene and Julie successfully launched their own collection of ladies apparel, ASHAKI CHARLES which showcased in Full Figured Fashion Week.
Last month Julie asked me to answer a few questions for their blog on the Ashaki Charles website and I was more than happy to share my thoughts when I heard the purpose was to help inspire change.
Thank you Julie and Tene for granting me the opportunity to make new friends through Ashaki Charles. Oh, and of course, Thank you for the fierce earrings!
Read my interview here:
I wore their earrings for my shoot with Univision.