Monday, July 30, 2012

Interview on Sweet Banana Ink

My Littlest Fan Club Member
(stunt child provided by Pozaki Puppetry)

It's Get To Know An Author Day here at the Kate Danley blog!

Many of you who have been here since the Golden Age might remember blogger Miss Bliss. She is now a co-founder and regular contributor to a FANTASTIC author website called Sweet Banana Ink. I was so honored when she asked if she could interview me. And here it is!

Head on over!  It is an amazing website with author related articles, blog posts, and writing challenges. Really a great spot to hang out. Thank you again, Sweet Banana Ink, for inviting me to come play!

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Nerdist

Hey Kids!

So sound the Super Awesome Alarm!  Screw the Olympics!  If you have BBC America, my buddy Ryan Winn (DC Inker - You know his work from the New 52 Batwing and Detective Comics) is the guest artist on The Nerdist  - Comic-Con Edition airing this Saturday.

I was there at the taping with the always adorable Giddy Girlie who kindly allowed me to tag along and pretend like I was part of the cool kids.  It was completely frickin' surreal.  I laughed so hard my face hurt.  I felt all warm and gushy the next day about the whole Nerdist crew because they were SO AWESOME.  And I laughed SO HARD. You know how when you play a game with a little kid and they laugh and laugh and laugh and then every time you see them, they want to play THAT EXACT SAME GAME and recreate THAT EXACT MOMENT every time you see them?  It's like that.  All I want to do is hang out at The Nerdist studio.  FOREVER.  Even being STUMBLING wiped out after nerdly overload at Comic-Con, those guys were firing on all cylinders.  Their brains are SO QUICK.  God, there was so much they aren't going to be able to show on national television... mostly involving Torchwood's Captain Jack and a sonic screwdriver remote control...

So much fun.  SO MUCH AWESOME!  Watch it for Ryan!  Watch it for America!  USA! USA! USA!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Fantastic Review of Maggie for Hire

HUGE thanks to Bobbye Land Hudspeth for, completely out of the blue, reading and reviewing Maggie for Hire!  So many kind words and my heart overfloweth with gratitude!

I've said it here before but I'm gonna say it again, so brace yourself... Indie reviewers deserve golden halos and angels wings.  No one hears about us goofy little indie authors unless you guys get an an itchin' to stand atop a hillside and start shouting to the world that there is a good book out there and folks need to read it.  And that is exactly what Bobbye did for me.  I am so so so so grateful.  Please go over and show her some love!  She didn't need to take time out of her life to A) read my book, B) write something nice, or C) share it online.  But she did.  And that is awesomeness itself.  Thank you, Bobbye!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Adding Machine Postponed

For those of you getting your hair did and your makeup done to head over to the theater tonight for a fantastic production of The Adding Machine... wweeeeellll... due to some unforeseen circumstances, we've had to delay opening a week. So come back next week for the awesomeness! And we'll be extending the run a week.

Updated info:
The Adding Machine
Friday - Sunday
July 28 - Aug 18, 2012
Friday and Saturday at 8 pm Sunday at 3 pm

The Adding Machine

The Adding Machine

Well, the big day is finally upon us.  Opening night of The Adding Machine!  Like an idiot, I've gone and overbooked myself today.  Coffee with a friend I haven't seen in nine months this morning, nail appointment with some actor friends for our weekly "Get Focused!" meeting after that, and then we have a final tech this afternoon before this evening's show.  As most tech weeks go, my apartment is a disaster, I'm down to my last clean pairs of underwear, and I think the only thing I have left in my pantry are some stale pretzel chips I bought two months ago.  

Strike that.  

I have cupcakes.  God knows why, but I went on a cupcake bender this week.  If Armageddon comes  and anyone is sitting there fighting off zombies and whining, "Today was my birthday..." come on over.  I got you covered.  I've got enough cupcakes to survive a nuclear holocaust.  I have so many cupcakes, I think I'm going to build my bunker out of cupcakes.  It'll be like a tent fort.  Except tastier.  And thinking I can use the stale cupcakes as bricks in my survival shelter sure takes off the pressure of eating them before they go bad. Because I'm under a lot of pressure right now.  

But back to today's BIG EVENT, it's opening night of The Adding Machine.

The Adding Machine

The director, Kevin, is pretty much the Tim Burton to my Johnny Depp.  He called and I was like, "I'm IN!" and he said, "Wait, don't you want to know what parts you'll be playing."  And I said, "No.  I mean, yes, just because I should probably know what lines to memorize.  But other than that, no."

For those not in Los Angeles, LA theater sucks.  I mean, flat out stinks.  I once was a voter for our big awards here in town and I cannot tell you how many eye gougingly bad productions are barfed up all over this city.  It's no wonder everyone in Southern California backs away slowly when you mention you're doing a play.  They are usually just an actor showcase in the hopes of getting some lousy casting director out to see you.  They are filled with actors who really just want to be doing film.  

But you know, once upon a time theater was considered an art.  Crazy, I know!  I swear I'm not talking madness!  There are actors out there who actually only do stage work because * whispering* they actually like acting on stage.  MADNESS!

And that's been the cool thing about a lot of our cast.  We have a bunch of Broadway veterans and we have a production team that LOVES producing theater.  The set and the direction and the lighting and the sound design...  We actually did text work before we started blocking.  For those of you normies, that means we actually sat down to figure out what the script was saying before we got up on stage to figure out where we were going to stand.  Believe me, this is actually a luxury out here in the wasteland of Entertainment.

The play is not for everyone.  It is most definitely not Singing in the Rain.  The borders of reality are pushed in an attempt to say something important.  Kind of like caricature artists.  Hear me out.  They exaggerate a feature and in the exaggeration, you know who you are looking at.  It's the same thing with Expressionism and this play defined the Expressionist movement.  If you're ever on Jeopardy, this is the play they will ask you about under the "Expressionist Arts for $1000".  It has some deep things to say about predestination and humanity and our roles in society.  And you know what?  It is awfully nice to get to go diving in the deep end after hanging out in the kiddie pool for so long.

The Adding Machine
at GTC Burbank
July 21 - Aug 11, 2012
Friday and Saturday at 8 pm 
Sunday at 3 pm

This Sunday is Pay What You Can

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Adding Machine

So this is what I've been up to.  We open this weekend!  Come out and see it!  It is pretty badass.  Here's the official stuff from the official site!

The Expressionistic Masterpiece by Elmer Rice Comes to GTC Burbank!

(...featuring yours truly)

Fresh from the success of its Off-Broadway premiere of Eternal Equinox, Grove Theater Center returns home to Burbank to stage a classic 20th century theatrical masterpiece: Elmer Rice’s The Adding Machine, running July 21 - August 11 (special preview July 19, 20).

The Adding Machine is a darkly comic, expressionistic voyage through the life, execution, and rebirth of Mr. Zero, a low-level accountant whose life is forever altered when, after 35 years at the same company, he discovers he's being replaced by a mechanical adding machine.

The theme of being pushed aside in favor of a more economical machine to maximize profits is as relevant today as when Elmer Rice first wrote the play in 1923. Rice went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for his 1929 play, Street Scene, which was later turned into an opera with music by Kurt Weill. The Adding Machine was made into a movie in 1969, and turned into a musical that premiered Off-Broadway in 2008.

The show is produced by the same GTC production team that created Eternal Equinox (premiered at GTC Burbank in 2009 and re-staged in an acclaimed Off-Broadway production at the 59e59 Theater earlier this year), Blake…da Musical! (Ovation Award for Best New Musical), and Film Chinois (Ovation Award for Best New Play).

The Adding Machine is directed by GTC’s Award-winning Artistic Director, Kevin Cochran, with set and costumes by three time Ovation Award nominee Leonard Ogden and lighting by David Darwin.

Two Broadway veterans head up the cast of The Adding Machine: David Allen Jones (Jesus Christ Superstar) as Mr. Zero, the hapless employee, and Jane Macfie (Long Days Journey Into Night, Ah Wilderness) as Daisy Diana Dorothea Devore, his co-worker and unrequited love interest. The stellar cast is rounded out with Karen Kalensky as Zero’s long insufferable wife, Mrs. Zero; Skip Pipo as the contrite matricidal murderer Shrdlu; Frank Simons as the other worldly Lt. Charles; Kate Danley as the cheerful prostitute; Joe Langer as the ominous Fixer; and David Ghilardi as the heartless boss.

Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 3 pm.
Tickets are $25 ($20 senior and Burbank Resident; $15 student).
There are special preview performances on July 19 & 20 (all tickets $10). All preview performances are at 8 p.m.
All performances are at GTC Burbank, 1111-b West Olive Avenue.

Click Here to Buy Tickets Now!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Author Interview on Paranormal Book Beat

Paranormal Book Beat kindly asked if I would do an author interview, to which I said, "OMGYESYESYES I'm HONORED THANKYOUFORASKING!"  * cough *  I mean, I said, "Sure.  That'd be great."

Check it out!  And many thanks to Paranormal Book Beat for supporting indie authors.  It is a tough row to hoe, this indie publishing thing.  It's like being a Fuller brush salesman, knocking door-to-virtual door, pedaling your wares.  And then you get a super awesome site like Paranormal Book Beat who comes along and says, "We love indie authors!"  They are A+ Awesome.  Thank you!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Deactivating my personal Facebook

Hey Friends from over the Years who are Wondering Where the Heck I Went on Facebook!

I decided to deactivate my account and see what life was like out here in the big wide world (you know, for as long as this resolve lasts...).  I might... I don't know... start reading your blogs again... or maybe... call... set up appointments for coffee... do this thing I hear called "face time".  Not the iPhone app.  Like, in real life.  If you can't get your fix of me, I'm still maintaining my Facebook fan page.  I mean, come on.  Let's not get too crazy.  If you'd like to follow me over there, the link is:

"Why?" you ask.  Well, their new account settings allow strangers to see your posts.  If a friend "liked" something on your page, your post shows up in their news stream, allowing THEIR friends to see it.  Just seemed a little bit too... much... for me.

But like I said, I am not gone!  I'm right here, my precious loves!  I would never desert you!  Gosh, I might have to start blogging again... WHAT IS THE WORLD COMING TO!?!?

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Books at Vroman's

Books at Vroman's, originally uploaded by eyduck.

In case you're down Pasadena way...

Covers by the super talented Kirk Diedrich of Vondada Artwerks -