10,000 Auditions: 10 Year Reunion

“Do you sing?” asked director Keith Baxter. I started crooning Gershwin. “Oh, not like that. Stand at the back of the room and sing to the wall.”

Ten seconds into my audition for Angelique in The Imaginary Invalid at Michael Kahn’s Shakespeare Theatre Company and I’d already blown it.

On Family Resemblance

My sister is the spitting image of my dad. So Italian, so petite. Dark hair, dark eyes. A nose that is Roman but not too Roman. And the older she gets, the more she looks like our lovely Irish mom with her pert cheeks and tiny teeth. I, on the other hand, look so unlike …

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Bernstein Centennial

“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” -Leonard Bernstein

JANE: Brett Morgan’s Stunning New Documentary

Last month, I had the opportunity to see Brett Morgen’s new documentary on trailblazing woman in STEM Jane Goodall at the Hollywood Bowl. This essay on the evening originally appeared on

Cassini’s Grand Finale

During Cassini’s final descent into Saturn, I sat just outside of Mission Control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. What a morning!

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