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New Performance Dates + My Boyfriend

Happy New Year everyone! It’s February already! Somehow.

I used to blog more faithfully, but ever since I started a relationship with Solo Performance, I haven’t had as much time. You know how it is when you start a new relationship.  It starts as infatuation, but over time, if it’s a right match- it can become serious.  And me and Solo are definitely serious. We are committed. Solo is my life partner. It’s a lot of work, but Solo is worth it.

And while Solo is worth it, you know how being in a relationship is like someone holding a mirror up to your face showing you all your strengths and weaknesses?  Yeah that. I had no idea how lazy, artsy fartsy and somehow a perfectionist all at the same time, I could be. But Solo reveals to me where I need work, but also, what I do well.

What I do well:  I work well under pressure.  Last month during my performance at Tell It on Tuesday at the Marsh Theater, it was a sold out crowd and in a group of 4 solo performers (20 minutes each), I had to go on first.  You would think I would be nervous- and I was.  But the energy of the room actually helped me to focus. Also I secretly love going on first.  I walk around pregnant with this adrenaline baby that feels like it’s going to burst any second if I don’t get on stage and give birth immediately! And then I deliver the baby and it’s a joyous occasion.  But the labor is a lot easier if the delivery and waiting rooms are filled to capacity.  It’s a much lonelier birth if the room is half full.  I need all the support I can get. And yes my boyfriend Solo gets me pregnant a lot. He means well.

Where I need work:  I took a temperament test years ago and my results stated I was highly Phlegmatic (followed by Sanguine).   Under Phlegmatic’s Strengths and Weakness it states: STRENGTHS: Works well under pressure. WEAKNESSES: Only works under pressure.   This is so me. Unless I have some ridiculous ambitious goal coming up, I don’t do squat.  I hibernate.  I don’t want to give birth again.  I want a C-Section instead.  Drug me up, pull it out, wake me up when it’s over.  It’s so easy for me to swing the other way. Rather than working on my process during my downtime, I get lazy.  And what is so sad about that is that the only way to become a better performer is to keep doing it. But performance venues with open mic opportunities don’t want 20 minutes of material (which is my normal size baby)- that baby is too big.  They only want 5 minutes, 6 minutes max usually. What? That’s a fetus!   In the past few weeks I have been attending storytelling events and open mics, wondering how I could participate. My background is theatre, not storytelling.  I don’t like breaking the fourth wall, but my boyfriend Solo insists that I have to address the audience directly if I want to have a better one woman show.  “No,” I tell Solo, “I want to be in character the whole time,” but Solo insists I make eye contact with the audience.  Now a fellow  writer might tell me, “just write a story that is all in character”, but I have only been able to achieve this once when I wrote my first short solo piece “Cat Nanny 911!”.  My main character was from the East Coast apparently, because that is the voice I heard in my head.  But since then, every time I write a story, I do not hear just characters, but I hear my own voice, the narrator. And while that is fun to write, it sucks to perform. Although I’ve been told from one of my teachers that I am getting better at addressing the audience. Narrative is the least fun for me.  It feels like public speaking, which doesn’t seem creative.

So like I said, these past few weeks I attended storytelling events that my storytelling guru friend Jeff Hanson dragged me to such as:

SPONTANEOUS STORYTELLING!

and

OAKLAND STORYTELLERS SHOWCASE!

and of course…

THE MOTH!

Now I’m already in a steady relationship with Solo Performance, so if I start dating Storytelling, I dunno, it could get messy.  But Solo insists he won’t be offended.  Shoot, I didn’t know I was in an open relationship this whole time, I’ve only had eyes for Solo.

So that is my existential crisis for this blog. And now… upcoming performance dates!

If you missed my performance last month on Tell It On Tuesday, I will be performing that piece again this month and next month in San Francisco:

Sunday, February 25th, 7pm Stage Werx, SF -Part of the Solo Sundays Series

 “WHITE MEXICAN” 

Spring time-1986. High School Cheerleading Tryouts. Theresa had just made the squad -again! All the usual suspects had made the cut that year- well, except for one new girl. The new girl was different. She was really nice to everyone at school- the jocks, the geeks……. even the Mexicans. Well it was because the new girl was Mexican. OH, Theresa wasn’t judging her. Theresa is Mexican too! Sort of.

Saturday, March 10th, 1pm, The Marsh Theater, 1062 Valencia St, SF.

“A BROWN AND A WHITE MEXICAN TAKE THE STAGE”

I team up with fellow solo performer, Irma Herrera, who will be performing a new piece, “Your Name is WHAT?” as part of the Marsh Madness Series at the Marsh Theater in San Francisco.  Show starts at 1pm.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Holidaze + Next Show in January!

“Bah Humbug, no that’s too strong, cause it is my favorite holiday.  All this year’s been a busy blur, don’t think I have the energy..” –  Christmas Wrapping by the Waitresses

Well, I blinked after my last blog and BAM! Thanksgiving was here.  Then I blinked again and BAM! Christmas was here.  Time goes by way too fast.

To recap the past two months–

During the Holidaze I got my Cat Nanny fix in.  In clockwise order, the cats are: Ditz, Jasper, Mar- Mar, Lazarus and Lazarus again because it’s a big deal to get a picture of scaredy cat Lazarus.

In solo-performance news, I performed “Confessions of a White Mexican-Part 1” at the December monthly Creative Crew Meetup in Redwood City:

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Aren’t you dying to know more??  If you missed this performance, you can catch it again!

Confessions of a White Mexican- Part 1

This performance is part of the Berkeley Marsh Theater’s Tell It on Tuesday Series

The Berkeley Marsh Theater, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley

Tuesday, January 30th, Doors at 7pm

Tell It On Tuesday

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Tell It On Tuesday celebrates the expression of individual voices by promoting the art of storytelling and solo performance, coming together as a community to share works crafted by theater artists and storytellers. We provide an East Bay home to the solo performer.
Tell It On Tuesday plays in our Berkeley Cabaret.

Tickets at the Door: $10 – $15 Sliding Scale
Tickets in Advance: $8 – $15 Sliding Scale

 

I will be developing “Confessions of a White Mexican, Part 2” in the new year and that performance will also be at the Berkeley Marsh Theater on either April 30th or May 1st.  More details to come.

And on the film front, check out the website to a new short film I just worked on:

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Bonus Cat.  JAAAAAACK!! My mom’s spaz cat.

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The Latest…A Beach and a Movie!

November is my birthday month.  It’s kind of a weird time to have a birthday as it usually rains on November 19th, and it’s so close to Thanksgiving, we might as well just merge the two occasions, but that’s okay because I have the whole month to celebrate.

November 2-5th – Pajaro Dunes

Okay technically the weekend beach trip with my mom and sister was not a birthday present for me, but whatever, close enough! Look! Pretty!

Sunrise…. sunset…okay, just sunset. I do not rise that early.

Me, in my natural habitat.

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Low Tide. Best time to look for seashells and sand dollars.

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The ocean owns my heart.

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Right after I got back from the beach I went straight to a friend’s house for a game night.  Then I crashed when I got home, went to work for the next couple of days but then took two days off to work on this film and feel free to donate to our movie! I play a snarky waitress.   🙂

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Some of the crew and cast.

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It was a night shoot, which is always challenging, but my hours weren’t too bad. I was home by 3am.  That’s nothing compared to when I was a stand-in for Neve Campbell on the movie “Scream“.  We had at least a month of 12-hour night shoots.  I would arrive on set at 6pm and we would wrap when the sun came up.  Then I would drive an hour and fifteen minutes home.  At least it was light outside during the commute. I was so young then.

Now I’m reworking my script for my full length one woman show “Late Bloomer”   while also picking up my script again for my new show “Confessions of a White Mexican” which I will be performing a 20 minute excerpt of in January at the Marsh Theater in Berkeley.   Check this blog later for more info on that show.

Now if you will excuse me, time to watch Saturday Night Live!

Ciao!

 

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Mahalo

Well, this past month and a half has been crazy for me.  I had three solo performances, I was cat sitting for three weeks, I had a friend’s wedding and bridal shower to attend and I work full time. I was exhausted. Then my 26 year old niece Brittany decided to get married in Hawaii. *Sigh*  She forced my hand.  Fine, Brittany, I will go to your wedding in Hawaii. Let me just pencil that in.

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I never meant to take a vacation, it was strictly family business. Who’s thirsty?

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Rachel understands. I’m gonna need her and Joey to get me through the turbulence.

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Decompress from all that airplane stress.

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This is okay, if you like that sort of thing.

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Sisters at a rehearsal dinner.

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I will have potatoes on the side.

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the wedding day.

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Brittany, I remember you when you were a baby. I feel old.

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All part of the fairy tale. We were at a Disney Resort, after all…

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Baby’s all growns up.  *sniff*

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Proud parents. My brother Mike: “Thomas, if you hurt my daughter, I will kill you.”

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Okay, he didn’t say that, but doesn’t it look like he’s saying that?

You can’t tell from this picture, but Brittany’s bridesmaids were crazy. And they sure do like to line dance. All 13 of them.

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Recovering the next day in Cabana #9.  This pasty white girl avoids the sun.

Me trying to take a selfie before dinner time.

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Hawaii at night is my favorite.

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I’m getting hungry as I type this.

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Aloha.

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“LATE BLOOMER” in SF on Sept. 30th!

Come on out and see my latest solo show, “LATE BLOOMER” in San Francisco on  Saturday, September 30th.   A story about the world’s youngest 35 year old who dodges every rite of passage until her wisdom teeth can’t take it anymore!!

This performance is part of the YES TO EVERYTHING SERIES and comedian Heather Gold will also be performing.  http://www.heathergold.com/

For more information see below:

YES to Everything returns with three weeks of premiere solo performances by Heather Gold, Nikolas Strubbe, Eric Rubin, Dalton Alexander, Theresa Donahoe and Aimee Tomczak who write and perform in their own theatrical pieces. These six artists have devised original works, some with location, current events and audience engagement in mind. Each night is a different double bill that runs the gamut, from comedy to storytelling to visceral movement.

For more details, schedule and show descriptions, visit ftloose.com. Pay what you can $15-25–no one turned away. Buy advance tickets here as these shows sell out. Share on facebook.com.

Footloose Presents at SAFEhouse Arts, One Grove Street at Market near Civic Center BART, San Francisco, Fridays and Saturdays, September 22 through October  7, 2017. All shows 8:00 pm.

Theresa Donahoe is a Bay Area actress who writes and performs her original solo shows. Being the baby of her four siblings, she developed a unique set of coping skills. Like waiting around until somebody else solves her problems. She can dodge every rite of passage and remain the world’s youngest 35 year old. Or can she? Her wisdom teeth cannot take it anymore…the kitchen sink is clogged…her dad wants her to move out. See the funny and fast talking Theresa get in and out of stressful situations with aplomb. Cat Nanny 911! was Theresa Donahoe’s first short work and enjoyed a sold out extended run after debuting at All Terrain Theater’s Women in Solodarity showcase in April, 2013. Other short pieces followed when she collaborated with David Ford and Jill Vice at The Marsh. Late Bloomer is Theresa’s first, full length solo. It debuted in March at the 2017 Rogue Fringe Festival in Fresno and is making its Bay Area premiere at YES.

 

 

 

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NEXT SOLO SHOW IN SF ON 9/23 and 9/30

WELCOME TO MY BLOG! GLAD YOU ARE HERE!

Come on out and see my latest solo show, “LATE BLOOMER” in San Francisco on Saturday September 23rd and/or Saturday September 30th.   This performance is part of the YES TO EVERYTHING SERIES-For more information see below:

YES to Everything returns with three weeks of premiere solo performances by Heather Gold, Nikolas Strubbe, Eric Rubin, Dalton Alexander, Theresa Donahoe and Aimee Tomczak who write and perform in their own theatrical pieces. These six artists have devised original works, some with location, current events and audience engagement in mind. Each night is a different double bill that runs the gamut, from comedy to storytelling to visceral movement.

For more details, schedule and show descriptions, visit ftloose.com. Pay what you can $15-25–no one turned away. Buy advance tickets here as these shows sell out. Share on facebook.com.

Footloose Presents at SAFEhouse Arts, One Grove Street at Market near Civic Center BART, San Francisco, Fridays and Saturdays, September 22 through October  7, 2017. All shows 8:00 pm.

Featured solo artists are:
Heather Gold (SF Sketchfest, SXSW, The Future Starts Here on AOL)
Nikolas Strubbe (Speakeasy, MythBusters, Circus Avalon, We Players, Burlesque Idol Australia)
Eric Rubin (SF Sketchfest, Tourettes without Regrets, Sacramento Comedy Fest, Piano Fight)
Theresa Donahoe (Rogue Festival, The Marsh,  All Terrain Theater)
Aimee Tomczak (Stagewerx, The Marsh, American Bandstand)
Dalton Alexander (
FACT/SF, Transitions Dance Company with Theo Clinkard and Dog Kennel Hill Project)

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Theresa D. aka Late Bloomer aka White Mexican aka Tmoney

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Confessions of a White Mexican! Monday, 9/11/17 in Berkeley.

Hola Mis Amigos!

Como esta? Did I say that right? I don’t know. Come out this coming Monday, 9/11/17 and watch me struggle to find my Mexican roots!

I will be performing a 20 minute excerpt of my new solo show “Confessions of a White Mexican”. This is a class performance and I will be going on 4th out of 6 (maybe 7 performers) that night. Each piece will be approximately 20 minutes. No intermission.

DONDE? The Berkeley Marsh Theater, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley (off of Downtown Berkeley BART)
CUANDO? Monday, September 11, 2017
A QUE HORA? Doors at 7pm, show begins at 7:30pm. I go on fourth.
CUANTO CUESTA? $10 at the door only. No advance online sales.
PORQUE? Because it’s awesome to support the arts and I’m funny!

Hope to see you there!

(And check this blog next week for future performance dates for my current full length solo show “LATE BLOOMER” in San Francisco!)

Hasta Luego!

Theresa D. aka White Mexican!

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