I've been very fortunate to have found theater right away here in Rhode Island... I will be playing the role of Ms. Sally Bowles in Cabaret this November for the Center Stage Players. I am attaching the flyer for a look-see. Even though most of you won't be able to see it, I thought I would post about it because I've been working very hard on it, this is a role I've always wanted to play, and it's fun to share :) In fact, I don't think I know anyone on alivenotdead here in Rhode Island... YET (unless Jessie wants to come back - heeey!).
It's playing November 7-9, 14, 15, 21-23 at the Courthouse Center for the Arts in North Kingstown, RI. Evening and matinee shows.
Aside from trying to settle on a job (or two or three or four...), I've mostly been adjusting to environment. Surprise. I'm pretty sensitive to them; the environment was the top reason I left Hong Kong and one of the only things I don't miss about HK. But, as they say, the grass is always greener on the other side and lo! and behold! I've hit another obstacle: ALLERGIES.
Holy crap. It's terrible. There are all sorts of things in the air here that my body has not encountered before, especially, I suspect, ragweed. Admittedly, my body has become more sensitive to the air after my time in HK (not more resilient, as you would think it would in an effort to build immunities...bummer). My asthma definitely redeveloped while I was in HK. Also, as I get older I find that I'm developing my mother's sensitivities and that certainly includes allergies. Anyway, I've been getting high and developing a dependency on Vick's SINEX. This shit is amazing. I just hope it's not burning my sinus tissue away...
Another part of environment is food. Produce anywhere cannot compare with that from California. There are plenty of seasonal foods, however, that do exceptionally well here. Sticking with seasonal foods is an important exercise, I think, in the back-to-nature + fully immersing into one's environment process. Amongst normal dishes and desserts, I've baked apple pie, pumpkin pie, carved a pumpkin, and I will be mulling some fresh apple cider soon. The maple syrup here is pretty awesome, too. OH! Something that is NOT inferior to California: the Italian food. I mean, wow. It and the home-cooked food at the Rosati's are the best that I've ever had. Period. So I'm enjoying that, but missing an easy stop to a noodle shop.
Aside from allergies, some food, and missing my friends, I'm really enjoying it here. There's a lot of history of America in this area - it's cool to be around. Also, I REALLY enjoy this seasonal thing. It's the first time that I'm living in a place with real seasons...so this will be my first winter. I mean, sure I've SEEN snow (Wushu ski trip anyone?) but it's different to live through a season of it. So I'm very excited :-D It's already down to the 30s and 40s in the daytime (1-7 degrees Celsius), so I'm already wearing all of my coastal California "winter" clothes, haha. Time to stock up! By the way, I fully endorse the store "Savers". Check it out: Savers.com. It's true that there's a lot of truly jankity-jank stuff, but if you're willing to put up with some dust and put in a little time, you can find some really fun stuff there.
I'm really trying to give New England a chance. It wouldn't be fair to hang on to other places while I'm here, undermining any effort to adjust. It's true that I spoke of CA an awful lot in HK, but I did throw myself into HK because I believe that's an important thing to do. I had a wonderful time in Hong Kong as a result and I'm considering a return someday. In the meantime, I believe one must absorb as much as one can in one's current place and make an informed decision about what next from there. I've got medium-term goals that I'm working on and that I hope to take with me wherever I end up next. Some may view the move to the smallest state in the U.S. a step backwards, but I understand it as a broadening experience with different sources of related opportunities to build with so I'm going to take as much advantage of that as I can while I'm here.
Anyway, that's the latest. I am in the process of trying to work out more performance and work. As soon as things are more finalized, I'll be talking about it.
Cheers! (ooo... they have pumpkin ale here, yummy!)
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