Thursday, January 16, 2014

ASAP press release in Wall Street Journal!

ASAP press release in the Wall Street Journal! I hope this coverage helps bring forth the important issues of ASAP - rape, rape culture, and the rape kit backlog.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

HGR invited to attend Joyful Heart conference about Rape Kit Backlog!

I am being flown down to Los Angeles this weekend to attend a conference about the national rape kit backlog. I look forward to networking and sharing my experiences with CSI's Mariska Hartigay's organization: http://www.joyfulheartfoundation.org.
Will keep you all posted!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

It's a wrap! HGR's 4 day workshop, Boxcar Theater, San Francisco, CA

Thank you all so so much for coming to HGR. I felt SO very supported to see all of you in the audience!

Special Thank Yous to my co-sponsors who made this all possible: Debbie Findling, Jan Reicher, Suzette Clarke, Naomi Tucker of Shalom Bayit, Heidi Li of SF WAR, Nick Olivero of Boxcar Studio, Sarah Caveney of MoveMe Studio, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Additional Thank Yous to tech and sound: Trip, Luke, and Holly.

Big Thank You to my director, Naisa Wong.

Onwards and Upwards...

I have been working doggedly as the writer, performer, and producer on this play for nearly the past two years. In that time period, let’s see, I’ve worked with three different directors - one of whom died; I’ve rewritten the script I can’t count how many times; and I’ve workshopped it to audiences of 1 to 70 in SF, New York, Denver, and Italy. This development phase has felt like forever to me but then I hear about how next to normal took five years to develop and I feel like I’m ahead of the game in this crazy creative world of new play development!

HGR’s next steps – I will continue to workshop the show for free for another 10 plus dates to receive audience feedback and gain supporters and fans. I will be heading up to Seattle in January 2014. Workshop Dates in LA are pending for February at El Portal theater and hopefully my alma mater, UCLA. HGR is being considered for the Moth and New York Theater Workshop in March.

If you have any theater, television, documentary, activist, women’s rights connections in these cities please do email me and let me know as I would love for them to attend. Or if you know Oprah or Hilary Clinton… 

HGR’s goal is to be produced at a regional theater in the fall of 2014. If I am not picked up for a regional theater then I will self-produce. After the show is produced, I will hire an agent to book a college educational tour for the 2014-2015.

HGR has become full time job for me and at times it is necessary for me to work 10-12 hour days and this work schedule will only grow as the momentum continues to build. I am so grateful for the financial support I have had to get me to this point, THANK YOU. And, in order to keep moving forward, I need your continued financial support because there are currently no job openings on craigslist for “performer with a one woman show about rape and rape kits.”

I feel strongly that what I am offering to the world is of great worth. HGR provides an accessible, human, and healing perspective to a subject matter that at times I know for myself, I can become numb to on the news or in the headlines. It is my vision that as many young women and men as possible see this play. It is my vision that this play spark a dialogue that moves people in the direction of the change and healing that writing and performing this show has provided me. But I cannot do it alone. With you support, the show WILL GO ON!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

ASAP on ABC news!

I recently interviewed with ABC news about my show and experience dealing with the SFPD. Here is the new clip that aired! http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/iteam&id=9101385

Thank you everyone for your support!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Interview with Ira Glass for This American Life

Just back from an interview with Ira Glass at KQED. I sat in a soundproof room and spoke into a mike for 2.5 hours. It was exhausting to be honest. I told him the entire story of my rape and rape investigation. We went from A-Z. I went very in depth with my story and it got pretty explicit at parts. Maybe too much? I'm not sure I feel good about him having my story. It feels very exposing, somehow. I remember Gabrielle telling me that I should try to retain as much of my story as possible and not let others take the parts they want from it. Right now, I totally understand what she means.