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Recent Performances and Publications


My stories are raw, often poignant, usually funny takes on parenthood, sex and middle age, on the loss of loved ones and the growth we all experience on our journeys through life.  While I continue to plug away at the novels you'll one day find in a bookstore near you (if those even exist when I finally finish!), these stories I tell around Los Angeles, in virtual showcases and share on my blog are there to give you a chuckle and let you know you're not alone in seeing the absurdity in 76% of the decisions we must confront as parents or in the challenges we face on any given day.

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Story Salon

Wednesday Nights, 7:30pm - The Art Parlor - Now on ZOOM until we're all vaccinated!

5302 Laurel Canyon Blvd between Magnolia and Chandler


Since May 2014, I've had the pleasure of sharing my stories with the fabulous writers and story tellers at Beverly Mickins' Story Salon in North Hollywood.  I make a point to get there with a Story to Tell at least once a month.  You can link to several of the stories that I've shared at the Salon in my blog.  Others may soon be published and you'll find those links here too.  Ever optimistic....




Once Upon Another Time

Fairytales and Foibles from a 1970s Childhood

Saturday, February 22, 2020

I brought my One Woman Show to life with an hour-long reading of seven of my favorite stories from growing up in North Carolina in the 1970s. We had a full house at Story Salon and feasted on Twinkies while sipping Boone's Farm from solo cups. It was a magical night, made even more so in hindsight as it was one of 2020's last in-person gatherings. Had we known, we'd have hugged longer, smiled bigger without masks and indulged in a few more cups of Tickle Pink! Ah, but the script is the basis for my upcoming memoir so there's that to look forward to!

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The Otter Story Hour

February, 1, 2021 and December 7, 2020

Once a month, host Rex McDaniel invites folks to this LIVE show in the basement of Griffin's of Kinsale, an Irish pub in old town South Pasadena. I long for the days when LIVE means IN PERSON, but for now, I've been grateful to tell tales in the Covid-safe Facebook Live pandemic productions.


Sunday, September 13, 2020

LIVE on Zoom


BACKSTORY is a bi-monthly evening of true stories, fiction and poetry.

Using the title of a classic stage play or movie as inspiration, storytellers and poets write poems and stories to be read aloud.  BACKSTORY productions are consistently fascinating and eclectic evenings of LIVE poetry and prose. I'll be part of the ANGELS IN AMERICA program and look forward to hearing the rest of the cast's take on the theme! Tickets are just $10!

DIVERSITY: Stories of Connection in an Urban Jungle

Monday, November 12, 2017 and Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Colony Theatre in Burbank


I direct a cast of ten in these powerful and poignant productions that raise money and awareness for Family Service Agency of Burbank. We took women from both cast to Glendale Community College to share their stories for a Women's History Month even in March 2019. Videos from the stories are on the JAM Creative link below.

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June 21, 2020

LIVE in your own living room!


After a successful production at The Colony Theatre in 2018, MANECDOTES returned - this time, due to safety and circumstance- as a VIRTUAL SHOW!  Ticket sales benefitted Burbank's Family Service Agency and together, we raised over $6,000!

Off My Head

May 24, 2018 at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena


I'm thrilled to join a terrific cast of storytellers in this funky, intimate setting for and evening of laughter and memorable tales in a long running series of shows curated by my friend TY FANCE. Due to limited seating, reservations are required by calling 626-639-8558.

Expressing Motherhood

December 6 & 7, 2017 - The Lyric Hyperion

2106 Hyperion Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027


This was my third appearance in Lindsay Kavet's Expressing Motherhood series, where I'm always delighted to join a group of exceptionally talented storytellers, writers, moms and MOMMY TONK for an evening of laughter and memorable moments.  Expressing Motherhood was conceived in 2008 and has grown into a National phenomenon with California shows now in Los Angeles, the South Bay, Santa Barbara and San Francisco along with performance in Chicago, Boston, Portland and Sioux Falls.





Sunday, February 3, 2018 - The Group Rep at the Lonny Chapman Theatre

10900 Burbank Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601


I met the amazing Pat Willson when she shared a raw and powerful story in the first Listen to Your Mother Burbank and we've been friends ever since. I first joined the cast of Storytime in September, 2017 and am delighted to be back on the stage at the Group Rep Theatre on Super Bowl Sunday 2018!




Listen to Your Mother
The Colony Theatre in Burbank, CA on Tuesday, May 1, 2016 and Tuesday, May 2, 2017.
LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER features live readings by local writers on the beauty, the beast, and the barely-rested of motherhood, in staged community shows celebrating Mother’s Day. In 2016, Burbank joined 41 cities across the US and Canada with shows in April and May.  Our 2017 show was one of 31 across the country. Our shows benefitted FAMILY SERVICES AGENCY helping to raise over $6000. I co-directed and produced the show with my friend Taia Perry.  Check out the fabulous 2016 stories on the link below!
I Love You California
Friday, February 24, 2017 - The Art Parlor

5302 Laurel Canyon Blvd between Magnolia and Chandler


On July 24th, a group of wonderful story tellers from Story Salon shared their appreciation for our great state in the lovely, intimate setting of The Art Parlor. Curated by the brilliant and beautiful Beverly Mickins of Story Salon, I shared my tale of June Lake (you can read it on my blog) and was awed by the humor and poetic expression of my fellow cast members!

Word NOW!
Sunday, December 4, 2016 - Fremont Centre Theatre
I joined the woman who got me started telling stories, my friend, neighbor and fellow writer Vicki Juditz along with several other talented Storytellers on stage in South Pasadena for an entertaining evening centered around the theme POTLUCK! To learn more about Word NOW! performances check out the link below.
Equal Time

Friday, July 16, 2016, 7:45pm - The Art Parlor

5302 Laurel Canyon Blvd between Magnolia and Chandler


On July 16th I joined a smaller cast sharing longer stories in the lovely, intimate setting of The Art Parlor. Curated by the effervescent Beverly Mickins of Story Salon, the show brought some truly memorable stories to life. Mine is now on my blog or you can quickly link to in below!

Expressing Motherhood

May 3, 2016 at 8pm - Moss Theatre in Santa Monica

October 3 & 4, 2015 at 7:30pm - Spirit Studio in Silverlake


For these two appearances in Lindsay Kavet's Expressing Motherhood series, I joined a group of amazingly talented storytellers, writers and regular moms for an evening of laughter and moments that truly touch the heart.  Expressing Motherhood was conceived in 2008 and has grown into a National phenomenon with California shows now in Los Angeles, the South Bay, Santa Barbara and San Francisco along with performance in Chicago, Boston and Sioux Falls.


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