I am ashamed.
It’s been too long, once again, since I shared my thoughts, feelings, or gratuitous selfies here on my primary domain. Once upon a time, this was the first place to look if you knew what I was up to. Now, several months have zipped by without a single update. And the truth is…I’ve actually been doing a lot. If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr, then you’re probably reasonably up to date. But for those of you who haven’t, allow me to catch you up.
Last week I returned from another solid run in the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival with my latest one-man show, Exit Through the D*ck Shop. In my fifth (whoa, really?) solo project, I recounted my 5+ years working in a sex toy shop (well, two of them but let’s not make it too complicated.) It was a lot more challenging than previous projects, primarily because in the past I’ve never taken a show on the road that I hadn’t been working on for at least a year, and I was working with minimal direction so I had to rely on my own instincts to guide the show. There were a handful of hiccups, both on stage and off, but audiences responded very positively and I received a very warm review in the Orlando Sentinel. I’m looking forward to polishing it off sometime in the next few months and staging a production at home in Boston.
And speaking of Boston…
At the end of last year, I was approached by fellow sex-positive solo performer Cameryn Moore. She created a sexy storytelling open mic called Smut Slam, which I attended a production of in Boston around Christmas time. Several chapters were being staged in cities all over the globe on a monthly basis, and she asked if I’d like to host the Boston chapter.
I started up in March, running on the first Thursday of every month, and it’s been an exciting ride. Crowds have fluctuated, what with Thursday being a popular month for burlesque shows in this town, but things are picking up and I have very good feelings about the events we have coming up this summer. If you’re in the area, or just want to know more about it, I encourage you to ‘like’ our Facebook page.
The last few months have been a slow season for me in terms of burlesque. I’ve been a little mopey about it, but I also had the previous events occupying my brain matter so I haven’t had a lot of time to devote to it anyway. I have, however, been granted a gig as the full-time host for Punk Rockin’ and Pastie Poppin’, a delightfully haphazard monthly burlesque show in Jamaica Plain. I absolutely adore the show, and I’ve always wanted to become a stronger emcee, so I’m thrilled to have been given a more frequent opportunity on the mic. I do have a handful of performances coming up this month, so if you like to see me strip (and who doesn’t? …don’t answer that) you can check out my stripper page here.
Anyway, that’s the quick and dirty update. I’d like to say you can expect to hear from my more regularly in the coming months.