Author Archives: mary

Kitchen Chronicles

NOTE:  I apparently wrote this blog entry well over a year ago.  I’m still working on Kitchen Chronicles.  I’d still love to hear from folks…   Umpteen years ago I took a workshop with the amazing Jay O’Callahan. In that … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Goleniów

After nearly a month living in northwestern Poland with the Touchstone Theatre ensemble, working at/for/with an international theatre festival, I’ve had a few thoughts. Pierogies are hard to make. The Polish people are generous, thoughtful, kind, and willing to help … Continue reading

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Dictating Dictatorship

For the past few months I’ve been at work on a new play called Dictators 4 Dummies at Touchstone Theatre.  It’s by fellow Touchstone Ensemble Member Christopher Shorr, with fun music, even more fun dances, and witty, sharply biting political satire.  … Continue reading

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What a Wonderful (and small) World

It was May of 2016 and I was about to head off for a three week tour in Europe with Touchstone Theatre (Bhudoo performed in Budapest and at the FLIPT Theatre festival in Italy).  My husband and I were having … Continue reading

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Budapest…or bust

Hello friends! So world travelers….if any of you are spending time in Europe this summer (or if you are already in Europe) I hope you might find your way to one of these beautiful locales…   I’m happy to say … Continue reading

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Jesus was a refugee

Years ago, as I was moving away from one city with my husband and new born daughter into an uncertain future, a friend gave me a Christmas present. It was a little porcelain statue of Joseph leading a donkey with … Continue reading

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Sunday morning meditation

This morning I am headed off to worship in a foreign language. In Allentown, PA, there are a group of refugees from Burma who are all of the Chin ethnic group. I met with their Elder, Timothy Van Nei and … Continue reading

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Mae Swe

After a long, bitter winter and a busy, busy spring, I am at last able to return to that project that has been on the burner for awhile now:  the Mae Sway Project. I am in the midst of gathering … Continue reading

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MacGyvering Life

As I prepare for a performance tomorrow night on the theme of “IMPROV(e)” I have gotten to thinking about how most of life is a complete improv.  We fool ourselves into thinking we somehow are in charge when really all … Continue reading

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Name that plate…

In a time when images of willful wild destruction of property are in the news, I am reminded of a ceremony I participated in: Name That Plate. A number of years ago I held a ceremony at the time of … Continue reading

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