Friday, October 21, 2016

special $10 Cash Tickets Open Space Theatre Bleacher Bums

The Chicago Cubs lead the National League Championship Series three game to two. The team has two chances to clinch a birth to the World Series at Wrigley Field. If you can not get enough of Cubs related material, you should check out Bleacher Bums now playing at the Pride Arts Center in Chicago. Open Space Theatre presents Bleacher Bums every Thursday to Saturday at 7:30p and Sunday at 3p.m. Open Space Theatre is offering a special deal for anyone who walks up tonight or tomorrow night without reservations. $10 cash tickets at the door.

If you hear people complain that high price tickets prevents them from taking their family to a show, game, or concert, then tell them about this special $10 cash ticket offer. Bleacher Bums at Pride Arts Center presented by Open Space Theatre. 4139 N. Broadway in Chicago.

Here is some information about the show:

Bleacher Bums

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Open Space Theatre Bleacher Bums On WCIU You And Me This Morning

On a Thursday prior to a performance of Open Space Theatre's Bleacher Bums, I had an opportunity to join Amy Sunshine and David Zak in being interviewed by the talented, Chris DeRose of WCIU You And Me This Morning. A few days prior, the Bleacher Bums cast ran through a few scenes giving a camera crew a chance to get some B-role. This footage accompanied the segment which appeared on WCIU.

If you missed it or wish to watch it again, here is a link to the piece on Open Space Theatre's Bleacher Bums now playing at Pride Art Center at 4139 N. Broadway in Chicago. Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30p and Sunday at 3p. Performances run through November 6.

Thank you WCIU. Thank you Chris DeRose.

Bleacher Bums WCIU You And Me This Morning

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Bank Of America Chicago Marathon Honors Me?

A few weeks ago, Abby Best of the Chicago Marathon Social Media Team reached out to me requesting a blog post. Meg Sullivan had contacted her about sharing Israel's story with the marathon running community. Lily Homestead followed up with a short interview then mentioned the social media team would post various items across Chicago Marathon platforms. Yesterday, the Facebook page featured a blurb and photo of me.

Thank you Meg, Abby, and Lily. Thank you to the many people, some of whom I do not know, who have shared the post and who have called me an inspiration. I am grateful to Jenna Parker for her friendship, support, and coaching as well as to Pinnacle Performance Company for always being there as my sponsor. If you missed it, here is the URL to the Bank Of America Chicago Marathon Facebook page. You can scroll down to find yesterday's post about me.

Chicago Marathon Facebook

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Daily Herald On Bleacher Bums

Since Labor Day weekend I have spent stretches where every waking hour was focussed on the play, Bleacher Bums. As one of those starring in the Open Space Theatre production at the Pride Arts Center in Chicago, I have been working to memorize my lines and tap into that which will help bring my character to life.

We have been receiving plenty of press. We opened last weekend. There has been a surge in ticket sales for all performances throughout October. Here is a piece by Burt Constable for the Daily Herald. Please read.

Burt Constable Daily Herald

Sunday, September 4, 2016

I Was Just Cast In Production of Bleacher Bums!

On Saturday evening, my long time dear friend, Rani, contacted me to say her friend, Nich, was looking for me. Nich Radcliffe is an accomplished talented director who is casting his next project. After Rani contacted me, I read Nich’s note and called him immediately.

Nich is casting the role of Greg in the play, Bleacher Bums. It first premiered in the 1970s and was updated in the 1990s. It has had many productions in Chicago and around the country over the last forty years. Just in time for the Cubs 2016 playoffs and World Series push, Bleacher Bums gets another production from September to November.

I auditioned this afternoon. Apparently, I “wowed” Nich and the producers for they offered me the role of Greg on the spot. I accepted! Cast read-through is tonight. Rehearsals begin Tomorrow morning. If it means eight hours in rehearsals on Labor Day in order to learn my lines and get to start building a relationship with my cast mates, then yes, sign me up for that.

Here is a quick blurb from Morgan Green of the Chicago Tribune. I can not wait to get started. I hope you will come to this.

Bleacher Bums Production

Friday, August 26, 2016

Super Sprint Fun With Tun

Two years ago, Ironman triathlete, Dan Tun, guided me for the Mideast Regional Championships in Fort Wayne. He helped me stay calm in the water long enough to finish with my second fastest swim. The only swim time which was faster was my time at USA Nationals when I came out of the water in first place on route to pulling away on the bike and run for my first National title. In Fort Wayne, Dan guided me to a first place finish in my division and the second of back-to-back regional titles.

The 2014 Mideast Regional title was my last triathlon. I did not consider a return to triathlon elite racing until this year. I took part in the Dare2Tri weekend camp in June. Participating in the Dare2Tri Tri It Triathlon along side Lindsey Cook was a blast. The desire to return to elite level triathlon racing grew stronger. After some discussions with Dan Tun, I registered for Chicago Triathlon super sprint. I have raced olympic distance in New York. I have raced at Nationals and Worlds for the sprint distance. I have never done a super sprint. 375 meters swim, 6.2 miles bike, and 1.5 mile run. I especially like the bike and run. I get to go all out for short bursts. Even with qualifying for Boston Marathon six times, I am a sprinter at heart. Friends have noticed that my face lights up and I come alive when I am sprinting.

On August 27, I will race in the Chicago Triathlon Super Sprint along side Dan Tun. Doing this short race may motivate me heading into the fall and winter for return trips to Regionals, Nationals, and Worlds in 2017.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

This One Woman: Gabby Douglas

Each month, Cynthia Shur Petts and Kyna Lenhof present a variety showcase, This One Woman. Performers are selected to give an artistic performance of their choosing inspired by a specific woman. For August, This One Woman will showcase USA Olympian, Gabby Douglas. Each artist will deliver a piece in five to eight minutes.

I am one of the seven who will present. My piece will be a little storytelling a little standup comedy and I hope, plenty of entertainment.

Gabby Douglas
Monday, August 22,
Hopleaf Bar
5148 N. Clark Street

This One Woman Facebook