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Turning 30, and Other Milestones

I picked up my wedding dress yesterday. It hangs in my closet like a quiet animated thing. It’s as if life sits in it, waiting to be breathed into motion 35 days from now. When I tried it on yesterday in my final fitting, I felt like I had slinked into a missing layer of skin. I stood there looking in the mirror and felt not like a princess, but like a princess about to become a queen. And that is exactly how every person should feel on their wedding day. Like they are transcending into a regal elevated version of themself. It’s an important role to play, and every role needs the perfect costume. This dress, oh this dress.

This major milestone is so near in the road ahead, it’s practically the next turnoff. It has consumed so much of my mind that it has almost overshadowed another rather major milestone in my life. Almost.

I’m turning 30 on June 18.

I know to most of my friends and family the general response to that is, “oh you’re still so young!” and that’s true. I am. Turning 30 is not a big deal in the sense that it makes me feel old. I’m not. It doesn’t. But that doesn’t detract from its gravity. When I moved to L.A. 8 years ago, I would occasionally look down the road at the big 3-0 and I thought I saw many things in my future. I thought I would be working full time as an actor or, ooooh, famous. I thought I would be in the possession of much money. I thought I might be out of debt. I remember, at 22, having a conversation about the biz with an agent I was interning for at the time. She was talking about pursuing the career of acting and patience and how it might not happen for me “until I was 30.” Thirty?!?! I thought to myself. She must be crazy! 

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I think back to those musings of my 22 year old self and all I can do is smile, because I don’t have any of those things that I thought I would have. I don’t really want any of them (well, except for the money and get-out-of-debt thing. That woulda been great). I have so much more than my little 22 year old mind could have imagined. I have a love. The love of my life. A love that nurtures me and teaches me and gives me faith and purpose. I have a job. A job that gives my life meaning. A job that makes me proud to work every day even though I’m not quite on the fast track to pay off those college loans.

And I have art. I have a theatre company. I’m a part of a community of artists that I have to remind myself I’m worthy of. I have a little corner in Los Angeles that I belong to. A lens through which I can gaze out at this sprawling city with pride and love. It’s such an honor to have a community like that.

So on this, the week of my 30th birthday, I only want to celebrate by saying thank you. After my trip down the aisle, I’ll make my way back to Los Angeles (by way of Sedona, yay mini-moon!), and I’ll step into the role of producer for an upcoming show at Theatre of NOTE. I’m going to make a play happen, and it’s going to be awesome. The only thing I could ever ask for on my 30th birthday is for your tiny bit of help.

I’ve recently been blessed with an amazing fundraising producer who is going to take the reigns on gathering the juice to make this play puppy run. (Thank you Kirsten!) Before she works her fundraising magic, I did have one trick up my sleeve, and that’s to host a birthday fundraiser. Since I wont for nothing in terms of gifts, material or emotional, all I can ask for on my birthday is your small contribution to make this play happen. Here is the link to my online fundraiser.

https://www.crowdrise.com/RebeccasDirtyThirty

I have a modest goal of raising the first $1000 of the budget. We need a lot more than that, but $1000 will get the ball rolling. If any little part of you would like to send me a birthday gift, I would be so grateful.

Here’s to major milestones! Here’s to thirty years of living! And here’s to THEATRE!!

Happy Birthday to Meee!

Happy Birthday to Meee!

 

Some of my favorite moments of NOTE:

getting my hair pulled by Carl Johnson

getting my hair pulled by Carl Johnson in Holy Ghost

 

looking wistful in Mulholland Christmas Carol

looking wistful in Mulholland Christmas Carol by Bill Robens

 

PTSD by Tommy Smith, with Jason Denuszek

PTSD by Tommy Smith, with Jason Denuszek, damn that play was good

 

photo shoot for He Asked For It by Erik Patterson, my first mainstage at NOTE

photo shoot for He Asked For It by Erik Patterson, my first mainstage at NOTE

 

And the Crowdrise link again:

https://www.crowdrise.com/RebeccasDirtyThirty

And again 🙂

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a very important announcement

Alright everyone I have a very important announcement to make. I’m going to stall for a few sentences and write about absolutely nothing so that you don’t figure out what the announcement is by reading the preview blurb that shows up on Facebook. You actually have to click and read people. So this is me stalling. How about those 49ers!

*UPDATE* Apologies to my blog followers. I have to try and repost this entry as an entirely new entry because Facebook seems to think that my last post was “spammy.” Something to do with Yahoo. I hate Yahoo.

Ok that should do the trick. By now you should actually be on the Running to Tahiti blog site and hopefully I have your full attention. I have an announcement to make:

I’M GOING TO RUN A MARATHON!!

Maybe.

If you help me.

Here’s the thing. I do really want to run a marathon. I’m so so very chicken though and am very easily swayed to the “yeah how about we don’t run 26.2 miles” camp. My reaction after the past two half marathons has been the same: that was awesome, but how in the hell do people do that twice? In a row? I need some outside motivation. I am up in the air and I essentially need someone to push me out of the plane. That someone is hopefully going to be you. And you. And you there, in the back. So here is how you can help…

My dear theatre company, Theatre of NOTE, is gearing up for its 17th Annual Performance Marathon!

This highly anticipated local tradition is an all-day-all-night extravaganza of eclectic performances, including comedy, pancake juggling, poetry, chin puppets, fire-eating, hula dancing, music, magic, monologues and much more! It’s an incredibly fun event that really embodies all that Theatre of NOTE stands for; zany, crazy, gutsy, powerful art. Not only that, but it serves as a very important fundraiser to cover NOTE’s operating expenses for the year. VERY important. Our little theatre only holds about 45 or so seats and even with everyone paying full price to get in and laying down the dough for an endless flow of libations, there is a limit to how much we can raise on that model. At least, there was a limit. WAS. Until Wendi West came along.

Our Development Director, Wendi, is a genius. She basically blew the ceiling off the marathon and made the fundraising possibilities truly limitless. She invented… the Marathon-Athon. Here’s how it works:

It’s like a Swimathon, a Jogathon, a Walkathon. I get Aunt Bessie and Cousin Joe to sponsor me based on how many laps I do; but instead of swimming laps or running laps, I do audience laps. I get folks like you to sponsor me per hour, for every hour I stay at and watch the Performance Marathon. It’s brilliant because let me tell you, it really is an endurance sport to sit and watch 12 straight hours of theatre. No matter how great it is.

So won’t you sponsor me? You can sponsor me for as low as $1 per hour. 1 itty bitty dollar. As the event is 12 hours long, the most you could possibly write a check for in that scenario would be $12. That’s it! That is it and you have done your part to a) support the arts, b) make this event THAT much more fun, and c) take me one step closer to running a real Marathon. Because:

My goal is to raise $500 from sponsors like you. If I do that, I will sign up to run a full-on mother f*#$%in MARATHON. I really want to do it, but I know I need this extra nudge to get me there. My training for the Disneyland Half Marathon the past two years has been very inspired and motivated by the fundraising support from my friends and family. 26.2 miles will need double the support. 

So what do you say, do we have a deal? Will you sponsor me? Let me know by either leaving a comment below, or you can email me at rebsigl@yahoo.com. If you have questions, chances are someone else has the same question so please do get the conversation started and leave it in the comments below. 

Let’s do this.

a very important announcement

Alright everyone I have a very important announcement to make. I’m going to stall for a few sentences and write about absolutely nothing so that you don’t figure out what the announcement is by reading the preview blurb that shows up on Facebook. You actually have to click and read people. So this is me stalling. How about those 49ers!

Ok that should do the trick. By now you should actually be on the Running to Tahiti blog site and hopefully I have your full attention. I have an announcement to make:

I’M GOING TO RUN A MARATHON!!

Maybe.

If you help me.

Here’s the thing. I do really want to run a marathon. I’m so so very chicken though and am very easily swayed to the “yeah how about we don’t run 26.2 miles” camp. My reaction after the past two half marathons has been the same: that was awesome, but how in the hell do people do that twice? In a row? I need some outside motivation. I am up in the air and I essentially need someone to push me out of the plane. That someone is hopefully going to be you. And you. And you there, in the back. So here is how you can help…

My dear theatre company, Theatre of NOTE, is gearing up for its 17th Annual Performance Marathon!

This highly anticipated local tradition is an all-day-all-night extravaganza of eclectic performances, including comedy, pancake juggling, poetry, chin puppets, fire-eating, hula dancing, music, magic, monologues and much more! It’s an incredibly fun event that really embodies all that Theatre of NOTE stands for; zany, crazy, gutsy, powerful art. Not only that, but it serves as a very important fundraiser to cover NOTE’s operating expenses for the year. VERY important. Our little theatre only holds about 45 or so seats and even with everyone paying full price to get in and laying down the dough for an endless flow of libations, there is a limit to how much we can raise on that model. At least, there was a limit. WAS. Until Wendi West came along.

Our Development Director, Wendi, is a genius. She basically blew the ceiling off the marathon and made the fundraising possibilities truly limitless. She invented… the Marathon-Athon. Here’s how it works:

It’s like a Swimathon, a Jogathon, a Walkathon. I get Aunt Bessie and Cousin Joe to sponsor me based on how many laps I do; but instead of swimming laps or running laps, I do audience laps. I get folks like you to sponsor me per hour, for every hour I stay at and watch the Performance Marathon. It’s brilliant because let me tell you, it really is an endurance sport to sit and watch 12 straight hours of theatre. No matter how great it is.

So won’t you sponsor me? You can sponsor me for as low as $1 per hour. 1 itty bitty dollar. As the event is 12 hours long, the most you could possibly write a check for in that scenario would be $12. That’s it! That is it and you have done your part to a) support the arts, b) make this event THAT much more fun, and c) take me one step closer to running a real Marathon. Because:

My goal is to raise $500 from sponsors like you. If I do that, I will sign up to run a full-on mother f*#$%in MARATHON. I really want to do it, but I know I need this extra nudge to get me there. My training for the Disneyland Half Marathon the past two years has been very inspired and motivated by the fundraising support from my friends and family. 26.2 miles will need double the support. 

So what do you say, do we have a deal? Will you sponsor me? Let me know by either leaving a comment below, or you can email me at rebsigl@yahoo.com. If you have questions, chances are someone else has the same question so please do get the conversation started and leave it in the comments below. 

Let’s do this.


the 3 r’s: running, reading and roseanne

It’s about to get tough. Life is about to kick me in the very behind that I need to tone up. I’m entering a stressful period of time at work. Wonderlust is getting ready to enter into production. Our FUNdraiser is this Saturday (please come!). I’m opening in a show next Friday! (what?) Life on the AMC at Theatre of NOTE is about to get epic. 2012 season planning. Contracts. Pitches. Fundraising. Negotiations. Auditing. Managing. Schedules. Meetings. These words dominate my vocabulary more and more each day.  Notice that Running was not in that list. It’s bad. Our official Half Marathon training schedule begins this week and gosh darnit, we’re going to do it right. I am so determined to beat last year’s time. I know the only way I’m going to do that is if I drop some pounds, and train my ass off. The two are not mutually exclusive. Both things will happen.

I have some solid go-to activities when I need to wind down. I like to call them the Three R’s. Running, Reading and Roseanne. I’ve introduced reading back into my schedule thank god. Even though I don’t feel like I have the time, I take 15 minutes out of my day and do it. A good book winds me down better than an hour massage. Well, maybe that’s saying too much, but you get the idea. Recently discovered The Hunger Games thanks to Alina Phelan. Get it. Now. Run to the bookstore. Buy it. Read it. Do it! You will SO thank me. You will thank me for years. 

Then there’s Roseanne. Oh, Roseanne. How my life has changed since I discovered you stream instantly on Netflix. You are the only sitcom that makes me even slightly nostalgic for shoulder pads and high-waisted jeans. Roseanne, you are the comfort food of sitcoms.

My dearly beloved boyfriend refuses to admit that he too loves the brassy quips of 1992’s domestic goddess of the boob tube. He grumbles and moans every time he hears that jazzy harmonica start up and the black and white lettering appear on the screen, but invariably he’s laughing out loud by the middle of the episode. When will he just proclaim his mutual love? Lay down your pride Brad. Roseanne is awesome. In the meantime, I must watch in secret. I must sneak in an episode when he goes out to buy cat food. It’s sad really, but at least I find some time with the Conners. The only thing that makes me happy about Brad going out of town… Roseanne marathon.

Running. Yes, reading and Roseanne usually feel like easier solutions to stress, but all told, running actually works the best. Works every time. I’m tied up in knots and 3 miles later I’m warm and relaxed and calm.

The point is, time is escaping me. I have to be very strategic about scheduling my training time. It must happen. I must beat 2:49:19!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Don’t forget Brad and I are running to raise money for Wonderlust at Theatre of NOTE!! As we begin the Half Marathon training tomorrow, can we get some love on the Crowdrise site?  

http://www.crowdrise.com/runningforwonderlust/fundraiser/RebeccaSigl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tahiti via disneyland

I’ve been going back and forth for a long time about whether or not to revive The Happiest Runner on Earth now that I’m beginning to train for the Disneyland Half Marathon. For the sake of clarity, and because I enjoy looking at the pretty picture of Tahiti, I think I’ll stick around here this year. Bear with me while we make a pit-stop on the road to Tahiti… in Disneyland!The beginning stages of training have gone well so far. I haven’t set a training calendar yet, and probably won’t until July; but Brad and I can successfully run 6 miles without dying so I think we’re starting in a good place. I, however, don’t want to focus on training info today. Instead, I’d like to announce, DUH duh duh DUUUHH!!, my fundraising goal!! If you read The Happiest Runner on Earth, then you know how much I enjoyed the discovery of running for a cause. It’s so much more exciting to rack up all that mileage when you’ve got a worthy cause fueling you. Last year I successfully raised almost $700 for The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company. I thank you! Again! Many many people donated. Some close friends, some family, and some people I barely know. I was so touched by the experience. It truly shifted my focus on the whole “it takes a village” thing. I witnessed the powah, yes the POWAH, of grassroots fundraising. I know we can do it again. 

The Unusual Suspects is an organization that I am passionate about, that I believe in, and that I am 100% devoted to; but there is another theatre in Los Angeles that truly has my heart. Get up here, Theatre of NOTE! I’m talkin’ about you! NOTE is the Harry to my Sally, the Annie Hall to my Alvie Singer, the Wesley to my Buttercup, the Ross to my Rachel (ugh, I can’t believe I just made a Friends reference). The point is, no matter who or what crosses my path down the road, NOTE will forever hold a special key to my theatrical heart. It’s probably the reason I’ve stayed in L.A., to tell you the truth. If I didn’t have an artistic community like NOTE to call home, I might have run for the hills long ago. Los Angeles is a tough town, but there are incredible, scrumptious, artistic, cutting-edge, passionate nuggets of community here. If you’re lucky , you find one. I feel very lucky. If it weren’t for NOTE, I would not have met the love of my life. I get teary just thinkin’ about it y’all! I owe that place a lot. I’ve tried to give back by being a good member, getting the word out, and now serving on the Artistic & Management Committee (our version of an Artistic Director. I’ll explain later).  Now I face the fundamental challenge of theatre-making in Los Angeles, and I need to ask you for your help.

This summer I’m Co-producing one of the most incredible, brilliant, beautiful, heartbreaking, lovely plays I have ever read. It’s called Wonderlust, by up-and-coming playwright Cody Henderson. NOTE’s production will be the World Premiere, so I don’t have any YouTube clips, blurbs, or reviews to share with you. It’s all so fresh and new and exciting! We’re doing it before anyone! We’re setting the bar, and it’s going to be high. We must do justice to this incredible script. You simply have to believe me when I say, this thing is special. I usually put in about 100 volunteer hours a month at NOTE just with my AMC duties, so I would not have signed up to Co-Produce if I did not believe this show was special. It makes me imagine what it must have felt like the first time Arthur Miller worked on A View From the Bridge, or the first time Sam Shepard workshopped Fool For Love. It’s such an honor to DEVELOP new work. It’s like making a baby. A theatre baby! BUT, it’s not going to happen without that green-eyed monster, and I don’t mean envy. I’m talking about money folks. (There’s an eye on there right? Money is a total monster) I’m an artist, I work for non-profits, I’m an actor! Clearly money is not something that motivates me, but unfortunately we need it to make great art come alive. I’m hoping that as I run my butt off to make it through Disneyland, you will support me by donating to this wonderful production. Theatre of NOTE is a 501(c)3 non-profit. All donations will be 100% tax-deductible, AND, you’ll know that you had a huge part in making theatre relevant. Believe me when I say that the world has something to learn from this incredible play. 

I know how many of my friends are theatre-makers. A lot! MOST! We need to support each other if we want our art to thrive, and if we want others to support us. Please give. Details on how to donate are forthcoming. I just wanted to start the conversation, plant the seed, get the charitable corner of your brains awake and pumping. Share this post, tweet it, re-tweet it, e-mail it, comment on it, like it! Thank you in advance friends. I’m excited for the journey. Brad is going to help me with the fundraising on this one, as he owes NOTE a lot too (it brought him ME 🙂 ) Together, we are… team WONDERLUST!

UPDATE!! The fundraising page is live! Follow this link and you can donate any amount. The transaction is completely secure, simple and easy, AND 100% tax-deductible. http://www.crowdrise.com/RunningforWonderlust

You may also always donate by check:

If in reading this you are so inspired to donate that you simply cannot wait for further details, you can get out your checkbook right now and send a check made out to Theatre of NOTE. Mail it to Theatre of NOTE c/o Rebecca Sigl, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA  90028. Just put “Wonderlust” in the Memo and e-mail me letting me know you’re sending the check. rebstock2002@yahoo.com. If you’re not a check type of person, details about how to donate online COMING SOON! No amount is too small. I love you all!