EN ROUTE: Keeping Up with Samantha Jones

EN ROUTE: Keeping Up with Samantha Jones

"Keeping Up With the Jones' " has been a state of mind I've fought against all of my life. I grew up in NYC in the 1970's and was raised by a single-mom who taught me to be myself, and only myself. Cul De Sac raises to the surface the underlying terror we all suffer from here in the US. The fear that we as individuals are never good enough.

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EN ROUTE: A True Home Away From Home

EN ROUTE: A True Home Away From Home

I’m from New York City, and I still live there, but with Half Moon, I’ve found a true home away from home. I’ve found a beautiful and creative world up here that I never expected to find. . .At Half Moon I feel that people support my work and trust my talent. It gives me the chance to leave the city, to live and work in a beautiful place, and to create with people who are here to enjoy the creative experience, and that’s it. Their only motive is to make something wonderful for their community. That’s rare. It’s pretty special. . .I feel like I’ve found lifelong friends here.

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EN ROUTE: Traveling at the Speed of Life

EN ROUTE: Traveling at the Speed of Life

I always loved performing in school plays. Theatre always felt so serious and significant and brave to me. Both of my parents took us to high school plays, community theatre and the occasional major production in Chicago. I was about 9 when my Mom took my us to see a  high school production of The Diary of Anne Frank, in which the entire company reacted to a sudden noise downstairs by shuffling off their shoes in perfect unison, bringing home in a moment the humanity of their desperate terror with the simplest action in the world... to this day I look for that moment in every piece I see, or attempt.

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EN ROUTE: The Roles We Play in Life & Art

EN ROUTE: The Roles We Play in Life & Art

Molly Katz plays many roles at Half Moon Theatre. One of the ten-year-old company’s founding members, she oversees its programs and productions as Executive Director. And that title means that on any given day, Molly might be playing the role of chief producer, chief negotiator, chief fundraiser, chief strategist, and, on some days, “chief cook and bottle washer,” she says with a laugh.

This spring, Molly has taken on yet another role – this time as an actor. She is playing the role of Diane Johnson in Half Moon’s production of CUL-DE-SAC, a new play by acclaimed playwright and Broadway star John Cariani, opening this Saturday, April 29.

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EN ROUTE: Katie Hartke Finds Friendship & Love in Cariani's Plays

EN ROUTE: Katie Hartke Finds Friendship & Love in Cariani's Plays

I first worked on one of John's plays back in 2003, during my first season at HVSF (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival). The theater was experimenting with doing a series of 10-min plays before the actual curtain time for each show, and a short piece of John's called OBSESSIVE IMPULSIVE was included.

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A YOUNG FEMINIST: Actor Emily Wexler Discusses Why Anne Frank is Eternally Inspirational

A YOUNG FEMINIST: Actor Emily Wexler Discusses Why Anne Frank is Eternally Inspirational

Emily Wexler didn’t hesitate when Half Moon Theatre offered her the starring role of Anne Frank in its newest production titled Yours, Anne – a poignant, inspiring adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank. “Not for a second -- I said yes, right away!” Wexler said, flashing her sunny, open smile. “I was really excited to work with Half Moon again and [Director] Michael Schiralli!”
 

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WINNING WOMEN: Pulitizer-Prize Winning Playwrights

WINNING WOMEN: Pulitizer-Prize Winning Playwrights

March is Women’s History Month, so this is the perfect time to recognize the 15 women who have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, including Frances Goodrich who wrote the first adaptation of Anne Frank's Diary-- The Diary of Anne Frank. Anne Frank herself is a notable female author, with her diary being one of the most famous memoirs in the world and considered one of the top 10 books of the 20th Century.

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