Lost In Yonkers

One of my all time favorite playwright’s is Neil Simon.  Whether it be a leisurely read, or a scene or monologue to prepare I always default to Neil Simon. He has been freeing his audiences of their anxieties, fears, and worries by making them laugh at their own shortcomings. His portrayals of individual angst and dysfunctional family relations (and we all have them), while exaggerated, manage to hit a bone ever time. Yes people the funny bone. I own VOLUME 1 and 2 of The Collected Plays of Neil Simon and admit to being a bit of a theatre nerd when it comes to him. Here is a quote I came across while reading up on this charmingly witty playwright.

“Don’t listen to those who say, you taking too big a chance. Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor, and it would surely be rubbed out by today. Most important, don’t listen when the little voice of fear inside you rears its ugly head and says. they all smarter than you out there. They’re more talented, they’re taller, blonder, prettier, luckier, and they have connections. I firmly believe that if you follow a path that interests you, not to the exclusion of love, sensitivity, and cooperation with others, but with the strength of conviction that you can move others by your own efforts, and do not make success or failure the criteria by which you live, the chances are you’ll be a person worthy of your own respects.”

-Neil Simon

Thanks Neil!

I own these two brilliant Volumes. One monologue book and purchasing the rest of the volumes in due time.


The Soap Show

This Monday July 24, 2010 the naive and weird hostess/spoken word artist, Miss Halle Barry returns to The Soap Show” for Season 1 of “Jour du Jour’. I  had the pleasure of interviewing this odd little gem. Here are a few questions in our

Getting to Know You”  TOP 10.

Name: Halle Barry

Title: Hostess/Spoken Word Artists

Where: Jour du Jour

Romance Novel OR Judy Blume? Romance Novel(s)

1. What did you eat for breakfast this morning? – Hemp seeds and cottage cheese plus 3 coffee’s. But I didn’t eat the coffee, I drank it. HA.Hahahahaaaaaahahhahahah.

2. Describe your perfect date. – He picks me up and we go back to his place.

3. That’s it? – That’s perfection.

4. I noticed you have a slight lisp. It’s very charming,  Talk about it. – I actually had a stroke when I was 6 years old. I woke up from a terrible nightmare and jolted my body somehow. The doctors still aren’t sure the cause but I think I was so scared that I pulled something that ultimately affected my speech patterns. I also stuck my tongue to a pole in the winter and had to pull it off. My tongue has never been the same. I think that may have contributed to it.  Then there was the time when I-

5. Alright. I think our readers get the point. Many people don’t know you are a spoken word artist aside from hosting duties . Are you working on a specific piece of spoken word? – As a matter of fact I am.  I started a piece on WOLVES. Here is a sneak peek:


You drown me with your cry furry beast. Die.

I just wrote that this morning after I got out of the bathtub.  A lot of my inspirations come from the bath.  I think it’s the water that gives me ideas or the fact that my cat Nikki passed away last week. She got killed by a wolf. I release a lot of tension through my writings.

6. Tell me about a typical day at “Jour du Jour”. – Hmmm well I show up to work and then they close it down due to health inspections. It actually has never really been open. So I usually dance around barefoot, practice my spoken words on my co-workers there, polish cutlery over and over again. Tons of things to do. Sometimes I just stare of in space. I love when I do that.

7. You share the same name with the famous actress, Halle Berry. Do people get you two confused? – Not at all. Her’s is pronounced Halle Berry (as in blueberry). Mine is pronounced Barry as in (ballet Bar.) The odd time people get mixed up but it’s no biggie.

8. Milk or Cream? Sheep.

9. What is something our readers don’t know about you? – I tend to dabble in witch craft….Oh…And I steal the odd thing. But only things that are under $5.00.

10. Tell us about your personal style? – Hmmmm I think it’s Boho chic meets Carni gal. You’d be surprised at how many treats you can win at the Carnival. It’s my favorite place….Well one of them.

Thank You Halle Berry. – Anytime. Tootaloo Bubaloo.

– Christina

Please check out the improvised soap show. Monday Nights at the Firehall Arts Center.