First, Mead Hunter has, sadly, been laid off (along with other staff members) from Portland Center Stage. Mead writes about it here. Mead is one of the many people I've met through blogging that I am honored to call a friend. We've met in person exactly once, when I went out to PDX and he gave me a tour of PCS. His love of the theatre and the theater he (until today) worked for were both evident from the start. That Mead is leaving both (At least in a professional capacity) is definitely a loss. He seems pretty sanguine about the whole thing, but it makes me quite sad.
Second, Sheila Callaghan is leaving Brooklyn for LA on Sunday to start work on The United States of Tara. Crazy! (In oh so many ways). You can read about it here. I hope she keeps finding time to write plays!
Finally, I forgot to mention this on Friday, but I got the SDCF Observership for Coraline at MCC. It's been a show I've been looking forward to seeing ever since it was announced, so I couldn't be more stoked to actually be involved in it. There's so many artists working on it whom I admire-- Leigh Silverman, Christine Jones, Jayne Houdyshell, Stephen Merritt, David Greenspan etc. As an Observer my job is somewhat amorphous (I am sort-of an assistant), but I'll be in every rehearsal. As rehearsals are six days a week during the day, blogging will probably decrese around here a bit, I'm going to try to blog either before or after rehearsals as much as possible, and might be bringing on some co-writers.