Linda Means to Wait - When life knocks you off beat listen in and follow the rhythm!

Recent Posts

Play Dates
Sharpening Comic Skills Can Bring Freshness to Your Performance Style
Dealing With Disappointment
I Just Love to Have Someone Shop For Me!
"On Hold"


Acting Jobs
powered by

Brain Drippings

The Stress of Press Release

Today, 8/7/12, I took off from work to participate in the New York International Fringe Festival's annual press release.  It's such an exciting thing to be invited as there are close to 200 shows in FringeNYC and we have an extremely tight marketing budget.  Only about 8 shows get to participate in this event to give several media outlets an idea of what will be served up at the various downtown Manhattan venues during its Aug. 10th-Aug. 26th run.

This particular version of "Linda Means to Wait" will debut in this year's Fringe, so we were likely (as in, definitely) invited because of my director's familiar face.  Geoffrey Owens is recognizable from his role as Elvin in "The Cosby Show."  My younger self might have been insulted, thinking, "Hey, but it's MY show!"  But, the truth is theatrical events need recognizable names sometimes to get butts in the seats.  People need SOMETHING to go by.  I mean, most of the shows you'll not have heard of.

So, my mature self said, "Thank goodness, Geoff can make it!"  And the truth is, he's played a large role in the development of this piece....probably a greater role than he realizes.  Back in the 90s when I started writing "Linda Means to Wait," I wasn't exactly sure what it was going to be.  Two friends of mine, Nadine Mozon and Tonye Patano were meeting occasionally to bounce ideas off of each other, calling ourselves the Dead Dad's Club.  

Long story short, nothing concrete was written until I struck out on my own on the writing front, after seeing John Leguizamo's "Freak" on Broadway.  I was inspired by how Leguizamo married painful memories with humorous perspectives.  Writing then began in earnest.  When I was done I had written a play that was way too much telling and not enough showing and Geoff help extract the story from  all the verbiage along with staging it so that the stories could be followed.

Today, Geoff introduced "Linda Means to Wait" to the press and I thought it couldn't have been more fitting.  The show has had lots of help along to way from various directors (including Andrew Grasso, Shona Tucker and Imani Douglas) and I've done a lot of living to discover what stories I wanted to tell with it.  And, call me biased, but Geoffrey Owens is such an excellent director and I'm excited for you to see our work in this!  

God only knows how it'll do at the box office, but from the reaction of today's audience (not to mention, yesterday's), I'm thrilled and grateful that the show has matured to where it is now.  My hope is that the takeaway for the folks that see it will be a lasting impression that inspires great changes; in individuals and then the world.

FYI, we open on 8/11/12, 8:45pm at Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at 115 MacDougal, 3rd Floor.  If you want to get tickets without paying a convenience fee, you can buy them in person at FringeCentral, 1 E. 8th Street (12pm-8pm, daily); otherwise you can purchase tickets online at , or call (866) 468-7619.

I aint yo' mama so I'm not going to tell you what to do; but if you miss it, it'll be your own doing and there won't be anything that can be done about that.  This is live theatre folks!  When it's gone, it's gone!

11 Comments to The Stress of Press Release:

Comments RSS
Jonathan Mandell on Wednesday, August 08, 2012 12:28 PM
A video of your performance yesterday is on my site
Reply to comment

Reynolds on Sunday, August 28, 2016 2:47 AM
jeff heuerman jersey youth? More mlb jerseys dodgers coupons and promo code for nfl,nba.
Reply to comment

Mccool on Thursday, September 22, 2016 3:53 PM
customized nfl jerseys cheap authentic cheap soccer jerseys
Reply to comment

Eames on Saturday, October 15, 2016 1:38 PM
nfl kid jerseys baseball jersey
Reply to comment

Boyles on Saturday, June 24, 2017 10:50 PM
Who do you want to gift for cheap nfl nike jerseys china free shipping? Get value into the page: cheap nfl nike jerseys china free shipping
Reply to comment

Goll on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 7:51 AM
chinese nfl jersey,discounts for basketball jerseys,hockey jerseys and cheap nfl jerseys 5x for clearance.
Reply to comment

Couture on Thursday, August 10, 2017 5:08 AM
Ebay same style nfl elite jersey to offer. Online free shipping - cheap nfl jerseys pay with paypal
Reply to comment

Loader on Monday, August 21, 2017 10:43 PM
cheap b&b jersey st helier Amazon Shopper online retail,with link: cheap Chase Daniel jerseys
Reply to comment

Magill on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 2:04 PM
Unquestionably believe that which you stated. Your favourite justification appeared to be at the internet the easiest factor to take into account of. I say to you, I definitely get irked even as folks consider worries that they just don't know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also outlined out the whole thing without having side effect , other folks could take a signal. Will likely be again to get more. Thanks146832
Reply to comment

Crisp on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 5:48 PM
Hello, I wish for to subscribe for this web site to obtain most up-to-date updates, thus where can i do it please assist.146832
Reply to comment

best essay on Friday, June 22, 2018 7:25 AM
very well written blog with reflective writing, many people can learn and use your creative ideas in order to bring inspiration in their lives. well done and keep writing
Reply to comment

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment
Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint