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Gutless and Grateful went way upstate this week to Greene, New York!

Here were some of my favorite highlights…

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Driving a very scenic “detour” (almost four hours away!) to the theatre…why is the air so much fresher up here?  (ahhh….)

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Getting to perform my show on the set of their already running production – how fitting to sing and dance about not being able to eat or drink for six years…in a bar!

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Getting another chance to pal around with my partner in crime, director, and awesome guy playin the keys – Jerold Goldstein

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And performing for a standing ovation from a sold out house! Pretty awesome!

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And the best part…checking out Wegman’s on the way back – can you say FOOD???

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Gutless and Grateful has toured for almost five years, and every time, the gratitude amplifies.  This was the first time I performed with a new detour in my life.  As I shared my story with another group of wonderful new eyes, hearts, and minds, I was reminded how healing the power of theatre can be – for me, too!

Although life did not happen as I expected it, I did more in these past 11 years than I have all of my life.   But my proudest theatrical achievement happened in 2012, when I decided to compile the hundreds of journal pages I had scribbled in, and also selected some original and established songs, and made a musical out of my detour.  I wrote, directed, and starred in my one-woman musical “Gutless & Grateful:  A Musical Feast”, and the biggest gift of all was how it affected so many.  People I had never met before embraced me with tears in their eyes, telling me how I helped them with a difficult time in their life, or just a simple “thank you” for reminding them of their everyday blessings.  Suddenly, I knew why I was meant to go through these struggles. 

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This show is my way of telling my story – the disappointments, the triumphs, and the humor.  It is a story of hope, determination, and perseverance.  Even with bags leaking, machines beeping, and my “planned” life on hold, I never wanted to feel like a “patient” or a “victim” – rather than mourn my hunger, I started a chocolate business, a food blog, learned karate, starred in musicals, put up three art shows, and taught nursery school.  I learned not to take anything for granted – like the first time I could sip water in three years.  “Gutless & Grateful” is by no means preachy, but a way to share my gratitude, story, and strength with the world.

Press: See one-woman show ‘Gutless & Grateful’ in Greene (Star Gazette)

Here are some more photos from the great day!

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To quote a line from my show:

They say that everything happens for a reason.  But that’s not always true.  Sometimes, you have to make it happen. I think about my old life, and I miss it.  I miss the simplicity and straightforwardness of it.  I look at old pictures and I miss the innocence, the joy, the carefreeness in my eyes. This is not the path that I planned for myself – but does anyone’s life ever work out exactly how they plan it?  I was led astray, and hurt, and betrayed, and dehumanized, taken apart and put back together, but differently.  But my passion never went away.  I kept my hunger alive.  Now I know that my role in life is still to be that same performer I always wanted to be when I was 13.  But now with an even greater gift to give.  A story to tell.

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You can always bring Gutless and Grateful to you.  Find out how here and send me a note!

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