A Latvian, a Boss & a Mom...
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I have been having a ball in rehearsals for three supporting roles in the comedic play Lonely, I’m Not.

The show is a fast-paced rom-com written by screenwriter Paul Weitz (Mozart in the Jungle.) We open (and close) this week!

With just 6 performances, tickets are going fast!
JANUARY 18 - 22, 2017
Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sun 8pm, Sat 2 & 8pm

Jewel Box Theater
312 W. 36th St., 4th floor

ALL TICKETS $18.You can get them here.


The story follows Porter, a former prodigal corporate "ninja," and Heather, an ambitious young businesswoman who has been sightless since age 2. It's 4 years after Porter had a nervous breakdown, quit his job, and got divorced when their old friend "Little Dog" decides that these two might just hit it off.

I play a Latvian maid, the administrator of a private middle school and Heather's high-strung Mom.

I am so happy to be a part of this talented cast and creative team, featuring: Rachel Goodgal, Andrew Hamling, Adam Maggio, Leon Morgan, Hannah Yi. You can read more about the cast at the Facebook page here.

Produced by the up-and-coming and impressive young company West of 10th, Co-Artistic Directors Jen Sandler & Rachel Goodgal, Lonely, I'm Not is an Equity showcase, directed by the delightful Christopher Campbell-Orrock.

Keep an eye out for future works by West of Tenth. Read more about them and join their mailing list here. I am confident they are a company to watch!

 
Update: Good Grief in Post-Production

I had an incredible experience last September filming the lead character, Lily, in Shira Levin's beautifully written independent feature film, Good Grief (aka Starfish.) We shot in the shore town of Westbrook, CT. I fell in love with the water views and the people there who welcomed our production with open arms and generous hearts and pocketbooks.

I deeply connected to the subjects explored in this film from the moment I first read the sides. As you probably know about me by now, I am drawn to stories of the ordinary heroes, the overlooked or unseen, the underdogs of this world -- the quiet moments that can sometimes hold such huge movement. Good Grief aka Starfish contains issues that are near and dear to me and deeply relevant to my life and handles them with wonderful humor and poignancy. You can find out more here.

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On the Rise: Meet Erin Stutland...











The course of my life was irreversibly altered in miraculous ways on a Wednesday night in January 2011.

I had been having a tough time in the latter third of 2010. The whirlwind of my wedding and its aftermath had finally settled down, and the events of the years leading up to the wedding finally really hit me. I'd lost my mother, my brother and my father in succession, and I just sort of imploded.

That December, somehow, an email made its way through my inbox. (To this day, I am not sure how). Perhaps the angels sent it to me. It was about a movement class taught by someone named Erin Stutland. I had been unable to get myself to the gym for a year or so, and felt as awful physically as I did emotionally. Something in the description of the class spoke to me. It wasn't just your typical workout class. There were affirmations involved. What?!

Something made me sign up. And on that Wednesday night of January six years ago, I went. Little did I know that meeting Erin would be the gift that just keeps on giving. Erin believes that movement in your body creates movement in your life and that all good things flow out of a deep self-love. I have seen and experienced firsthand the power of her philosophy in action.

Not only did Erin's class start me on a new course in terms of movement for my body, but it helped me begin to make shifts in my relationship to how I thought about so many things. And if that weren't enough, I was welcomed into a community of women and men there, amazing people, many of whom I am still in contact with today. The work we did with Erin created powerful change for so many of us.

I have watched as people in that community made their dreams became reality. Major life changes such as 100+ pounds weight loss, career path changes, recording artist dreams realized, cross-country moves to dream jobs and cities, marriages and babies born, and more. One of my goals in the class was to find my inner athlete. Two NYC marathons and countless half marathons later, I can say I found her. It has been a deeply gratifying journey that continues.

I am so grateful for having met this beautiful, extraordinary and dynamic teacher. I want to introduce you to her, too, because she is on the rise, and I am so excited for her. And for the many, many more people who will be able to benefit from her expertise. Find out more about Erin here.

Erin is now a co-host on an exciting new show called Altar'd that is set to debut this week! The first episode will be airing THIS TUESDAY, JAN 17th at 8pm on Z Living. You can read more about this show here.

Altar’d follows 6 couples who are looking to not only transform their bodies, but more importantly adopt healthy lifestyles and habits before they come together for the most important day of their lives, their wedding. Read more about Alter'd here.

Here's how you can tune in! To make sure Z Living is available through your cable provider, click here.

 
I continue to live life out loud each week via my blog, LifeontheSkinnyBranches.com.

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As always, I'd love to hear from you - how's your 2017 going so far?

Margaret
* Photo by the sublime Joseph Moran. (Check his work out. He's fantastic.)
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