Come bask in some magnificent voices singing Lauren’s arrangements of holiday classics with amazing skill and spirit — big people, and little ones, too! There are raffle prizes and a bake sale, to boot! No better way to kick off the holiday season
Lauren’s song “Bite Your Teeth (Into The A** Of Life)” from her adaptation of a film is being presented as part of the prestigious BMI Lehman Engel Workshop’s Semi-Annual Smoker. Performing it are the fantastic Jeremy Lawrence, Chris Critelli, and Andy Roninson.
“Overdue,” the short film by Arian Moayed for which Lauren composed the score, has received its online premiere on The Business Of Being Born.com — the website for Ricki Lake’s celebrated film of the same title. “Overdue” explores the options available to a very pregnant mother-to-be (who prefers natural childbirth techniques) when living in a state with mandatory inductions 2 weeks after one’s due date. It approaches the subject with humor, grace, and authenticity. All those involved with the film are honored to find a home on Ms. Lake’s website, which celebrates natural childbirth and the pregnant woman.
On October 22nd, Joe’s Pub welcomed a cast of 12 and a band of 4 onto its stage to perform a concert reading of The / King / Operetta, freshly refined from its adventure at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The all-star cast included Rodney Gardiner, Shelley Thomas, David Manis, Reed Birney, Will Harper, Brian Tyree Henry, JD Webster, Adrienne Warren, Hanna Cheek, and many, many more incredibly talented folk. The music was brought to an inspired new life, full of unyielding energy and emotional depth, as generously provided by the singers and musicians. It was a powerful night, and an always-empowering story.
In October ’12, Lauren and fellow Waterwell-ers, Tom Ridgely and Rodney Gardiner, were invited to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab for New Work. The extremely talented members of the Festival workshopped The / King / Operetta over 5 days’ time, allowing the 3 inspired writers to refine existing material and try out the new. All this amidst the jaw-droppingly gorgeous scenery Ashland, OR has to offer. A true gift to theater and its denizens lives there.