Switching it up – and suddenly!

Many thanks to all who have donated to my solo show “Fountain of Youth” efforts for 2014. I had a donor appreciation party which was lots of fun, and people braved the snow, brought quotes, engaged in totally random and fun games. And we shared wisdom about the aging process. I was getting ready to send out another email on my solo show efforts, and deep in another outline of improvements, and then I got an email from the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF – the premiere musical theatre festival in NYC, if not the country). Turns out my musical comedy about illegal immigration made it as a finalist in the Next Link Program. I was beside myself with joy – yeah – out of body experience joy! Heart Attack joy! My composer Howard and I have had phone conversations with the NYMF people, and have gone back and forth amongst ourselves…wow! What an honor and a blessing to be one of the 20 finalists in a year where submissions were up by 50%.

So when God shuts a door (Theatre for the New City and the heinous 100% box office contract), She usually opens a window (NYMF Next Link). I’m not going to argue with the Divine. The Universe knows what it is doing. I’m climbing through that (bathroom) window, and switching up my plans for 2014, and committing to the NYMF journey with my musical comedy “Manuel versus the Statue of Liberty”. So “Fountain of Youth” is on hold for now, and “Manuel” is off and running!

Here’s “Fortune Favors The Brave” – a song Manuel sings at the beginning of the show.

Yeah – so, here is the awkward part. I now have to go back to all the wonderful and generous folks who gave me money for “Fountain of Youth” and ask if they would be willing to have that gift allocated to my musical. So you will be hearing from me soon.

Happy Holidays – and many blessings to you and your families!


Donor Appreciation Party

How to show gratitude? How to fundraise?

The party on December 8th should be a fun combination: an opportunity for people to donate, and a way of showing how much I appreciate the donations. Open to all past, present, and future donors to “Fountain of Youth”.

I have a fun little contest planned out to get people talking about the aging process, and the wisdom that (hopefully) accompanies it. And I have prizes at the end of the contest. It’s totally random, totally bizarre, a combination of a collage, and pin-the-tail-on-the donkey. The three great prizes are:

A gift basket of handmade, herbal skin care products by Natural Herbal Blends.

A set of three kirtan CDs by Wah! (hear some cool samples at wahmusic.com)

A one month membership at Golds Gym in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Everything at the party will tie into the theme of eternal youth. Ron is cultivating the menu. Maybe it will include some “elixers” and “juices”. Debra Lambo is coming out from the Princeton Senior Center to offer wisdom and insight from the program she does there.

Looking forward to the fun  from 2 – 6 PM on Sunday December 8! And if you want to donate, click on this link. And then head on out to the party!