Getting Married! May 2014

The Proposal

On March 4th, 2013 we embarked on a vacation to Hawaii to celebrate my Birthday. It proved to be a vacation we would never forget. (Hint: We ended up celebrating something more than just my birthday!)

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The Ring

When we returned to NYC from Hawaii, Steven took me on a romantic horse & carriage ride in Central Park where he surprised me with the engagement ring. (I was told it was being made and would arrive weeks later). I was emotional, to say the least. I have always been enamored with the horse and carriages in Central Park; but every time I tried to go… the plans would fall through. I always said, “The first man to take me on a horse & carriage ride is the man I’m going to marry.” Well, the rest is history!

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The Vagina Monologues at HERE: 2013 Production Photos

February 2013 marked the 15th anniversary of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. On February 18th and 19th, 2013, a V-Day benefit production of Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues was directed by Andrea Bertola at HERE in New York City, where The Vagina Monologues was first produced in 1996.  Continue reading The Vagina Monologues at HERE: 2013 Production Photos

Pictures from the Epic Talent Show Fundraiser

I was blown away by the talent in this show. These incredibly gifted professionals volunteered their time to raise money and awareness for our non-profit performing arts/education organization, ViBe Theater Experience. It is truly heartwarming to see such a unique and diversified group of artists come together from all walks of life to support the teen girls of viBe Theater Experience.

An EPIC Talent Show, to benefit viBe Theater Experience
August 2nd, 2012 at 8pm

The Triad Theater
158 West 72nd Street
New York, NY 10023

Learn more about this event: Click here

At the Top of Our Lungs: Production Pictures

December 2011: our cast from The Vagina Monologues and some new talent joined together to create a new show At The Top of Our Lungs, a lively production aimed at tackling stereotypes that women confront. It’s hysterical and heartwarming, sassy and uplifting. This show is an eclectic mix featuring pop songs, Broadway favorites, spoken word poetry, monologues, burlesque and more! Grab a table with friends, enjoy some cocktails and be entertained by this insanely talented cast.

Read more about this production: click here

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Production Pictures: The Vagina Monologues 2011

V-Day New York City, Triad Theatre (The Vagina Monologues). Production Photos from 2011 V-Day Benefit production of “The Vagina Monologues” at the Triad Theater in NYC. This production was part of a global activist movement to raise money and awareness to stop violence against women and girls.

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Vanities!

Let’s take a trip down memory lane…. I just found this press release from the first show I directed. Ah, nostalgia. Nine years later… Lauren and I have teamed up again to direct The Vagina Monologues. Note: the following press release is from 2002, please don’t try to buy tickets….I’m sorry to report, you totally missed the boat on that one.
Vanities directed by Andrea Bertola
Presented this Weekend (August 16, 2002)
At Brundage Park Playhouse
Photos By Joe Gigli
Randolph – Jack Heifner’s hit play VANITIES, to be presented by the Brundage Park Playhouse, directed by Andrea Bartola, assistant director, Lauren Balaban, is a laugh-out-loud yet bittersweet comedy about the growth of a friendship among three small town women coming of age in the 1960s and ’70s.
Randolph – Jack Heifner’s hit play VANITIES, to be presented by the Brundage Park Playhouse, directed by Andrea Bertola, assistant director, Lauren Balaban, is a laugh-out-loud yet bittersweet comedy about the growth of a friendship among three small town women coming of age in the 1960s and ’70s.
Remember those high school vows between close friends to stick together and never change? But then you begin college, experience different things and realize the sentiments which you once shared have sadly diverged on different paths. Just when you’ve made that adjustment and settled into university life, adapting to new friends’ oddities, you have to make yet another change – this time into the “real” world.
The play reflects each woman’s personal evolution from adolescence to adulthood as well as society’s evolution from the assassination of John F. Kennedy to the Watergate scandal. The first scene brings the audience in on the girls’ lives while they are still high school students, the second carries them forward to 1968 college life — at which time they are still intimately interconnected — and the third reunites them after several years of separation. By that time — 1974 — they are
living in the New York City area, and their lives have taken different turns, at least on the surface.
Kathy, played by Gwynne Crowley, is the organizer who gives form to all their plans. While not at all sure what she really wants in life, she guesses that she’ll probably become a Physical Education teacher until the right guy comes along.
Lauren Delaney is portraying the role of Joanne, a naïve girl and future happy homemaker. She sees college not so much as an opportunity for learning, but as a means to sustain the relationship with her cherished pals — and to stay close to her dream guy — until she finally gets the family life that she believes will be idyllic. She works hard to maintain a view of the world that no seriously disruptive thoughts or events can penetrate.
In contrast to Joanne, Mary is a seething volcano, constantly trembling on the verge of eruption — and possible extinction — as she desperately seeks ways to gain freedom from parents whose resources are liberating, but whose control is stifling. Played by Melissa Crecca, shocking events and rebellious thoughts are Mary’s specialty.
The original New York production of Heifner’s play ran for five years and became one of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history.
The show will run Friday and Saturday, August 16 and 17, 2002 at 8:00 p.m. in the playhouse on Carrell Road in Randolph. Admission will be $5.00. For more information and/or reservations call the playhouse at (973) 989-7092.
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The SMUT Show

The S.M.U.T. Show: 
Scandalous Mayhem Under Tinseltown

@ COMIX COMEDY CLUB
NEW YORK CITY, NY
NEW YORK, March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- What happens when you mix tabloids +
 sketch comedy? S.M.U.T (Scandalous Mayhem Under Tinseltown) announces its
 red carpet opening night at Comix, Thursday, March 6th, 2008 in an
 unlimited engagement.

     Let's face it, celebrity scandal is EVERYWHERE and we're
 hooked-celebrity pregnancies, meltdowns, rehab visits, Hollywood DUIs and
 of course the never ending public fascination to fuel the drama. Previewed
 in December to sold out audiences at Comix, S.M.U.T is a first of its kind
 parody based on celebrity culture that provides the same fix of Hollywood
 gossip in theatre form, with a twist.

     S.M.U.T was produced by Ei8ht 22 Productions
and written by a group of seven NYC twenty and thirty somethings
 obsessed with celebrity culture. The production follows a fast-paced comedy
 sketch style similar to that of Saturday Night Live and each week, the team
 meets to update the show with the very latest developments in the tabloids
 and must-see material. The show features a hugely talented cast including
 Lorraine Bracco's niece Lindsay Bracco, playing the roles of all the usual
 suspects.

     The 25 sketches that makeup the show include skits such as: Sex Ed with
 Paris and Nicole, A Moment with the Cruises, Perez Hilton: Gateway to Hell,
 On The Playground-celebrity offspring sharing the woes of having famous
 parents, to name just a few. Musical numbers include "I Think I'm A Clone
 Now", "Oops I f'd Up Again" and "Maternity World".

     "I wanted to lure generation Y back to theatre again and what better
 way than through their everyday obsession," explained Steve Shaw, director.
 Writer/Producer Andrea Bertola conceived the idea for the show and
 explained, "We're all obsessed with the unraveling of Hollywood lives! We
 all wake up in the morning and log onto Perez Hilton everyday... so we
 decided to have a little fun and take our obsession to another level."

     Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door (plus a 2 drink minimum
 purchase) and can be purchased online at www.comixny.com or by calling 212-
 524-2500. Show times are as follows:

     3/6, 3/19, 4/10, 5/1, 5/22 at 8pm. Further dates to be announced.

Ode to “SMUT”
“I hate you, my friend”
Brangelina in “Couple’s Therapy”
Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie
Avril Lavigne
Brad Pitt
Brittany Spears
Brittany’s famous UMBRELLA attack.
Tom Cruise and Suri
Gwen Stafani and Perez Hilton
Back Stage!