Poison Air

I could hear the urgency as Mom and the other woman talked; I don’t remember, but I think I just didn’t care enough to strain through the fog to hear what they said. There was activity around finding the nearest hospital – needing it to be Kaiser (our insurance), and orders that I had to stay awake.

Mini-Poirot in the making…

When I came in, dad greeted me from the kitchen and asked how playing at Crystal’s was. He hadn’t asked any questions, and I hadn’t told him where I was going. It drove me nuts when he’d do that. This was a game he played with me. He could nearly always tell me what time I’d gotten home, what I’d done while I was there, how long I’d been there, and where I’d gone if I left. All without asking any questions. When I pressed him about how he did it, halfway convinced he was psychic, he’d just shake his head and say I could do it too, I just needed to pay attention.

The would-be kidnappings I escaped

REPOST NOTE: All the buzz about the t.v. series In Plain Sight had been confusing me, because I thought it was the same NBC special about Jaycee Dugard’s kidnapping and that was definitely not new. But I felt uneasy every time I saw it mentioned. Anyway, I had recently been […]

Shopkeepers: a young girl’s friends

Shopkeepers. When I was 10, living in the Castro, I didn’t have any friends my own age in the neighborhood. There were other children around, but none of them roamed the neighborhood without their parents and we didn’t have opportunities to meet each other. Not that I had any interest […]

Short Play: The View produced in March

Death ends life, not relationships. The world premiere of “The Grateful Deadly!” will be a highly entertaining, magical, visually creative and adventurous evening of new works and 7 short plays by 6 esteemed Bay Area Playwrights! Some plays are whimsical and humorous, some are bittersweet, deep and thought provoking with perhaps […]

Back on Stage: Laramie Project

I’m thrilled to be part of the Left Coast Theatre Company’s production of The Laramie Project, directed by Stuart Bousel in April.  We still have to tell the stories, we still have to strive to seed the empathy necessary to stop the pull of apathy that enables our society to debate the existence of hate crimes. To allow it to happen.
I’m incredibly grateful to be able to be part of that on any level.