Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Love Letters

Q:  Where can you see a revival of playwright, A.R. Gurney's, Pulitzer nominated romantic comedy, Love Letters?

A:  On Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theater in New York, New York...and...at the Abbey Players Theater in Abbeville, Louisiana.

Q:  Which theater luminaries are starring in these stellar revivals?

A:  New York Cast:  Brian Dennehy & Carol Burnett.  Abbeville Cast:  Bill Stagg & ME!!!

I am so excited to be performing in this amazing production!  Especially considering the last play I had a role in was in the first grade (I was "royal child #4" in the Lubbock, Texas Community Theater production of The King & I).

Love Letters is the humorous and touching story of the relationship between two characters, fiery Melissa Gardner and straight-laced Andrew Makepiece Ladd, III, told only through notes, cards and letters written to each other over the course of 50 years.  Beginning in the second grade, these best friends, sometimes lovers, see each other through lonely childhoods, confusing teen years, college sweethearts, marriages, children and everything in-between.

I have always loved live theater, but I am sure, like many of you, I never thought I would have the courage to audition.  And, in truth I would never have considered it this time if my friend (and director), Dianna Ducote, hadn't convinced me I could do it.  So, in the spirit of never-stop-challenging-yourself, even at 59, and, not to mention the chance to check something off of MY bucket list, I went for it!  Sooooo glad I did, because this has been a wonderful experience.  I am meeting lots of new people and supporting local, amateur theater...something I really feel passionate about!  The Abbey Players have brought great theater performances to Acadiana for 40 years, garnering both local and national acclaim.

So now it's your turn.  If you're in the Lafayette-Abbeville area come see our production and support this wonderful community theater.  Go to www.abbeyplayers.com or call (337) 898-2442 for tickets and information.  There will be at total of seven evening performances and two Sunday matinees between October 10th and November 8th.    If you are not in my area, look into attending a performance of community theater in your town.  And...if you're in New York, by all means see it on Broadway!

Stay awesome,
Sally Hamana

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Ramblings

This is my new favorite saying:  "I don't expect everything just handed to me...you can put it down anywhere."

My birthday was last Saturday and I have to admit I don't really look forward to my birthday the way I once did.  As the date draws nearer, I even tend to get a little down about it.  I used to start celebrating a week in advance and keep going pretty much the whole month of August.  However, as I've reached my later 50's I've come to think big birthday fuss a bit tacky.  Sort of like wearing a big white gown for your 2nd (or 3rd!) wedding.  Some things are just "unseemly" after a certain age.  But as much as I tried to keep a low profile about my birthday this year, even asking my friends specifically not to have a party, they would not be denied.  My crazy girlfriends threw a party anyway, with lots of drink, food, gifts and cake...and, yes, I had a great time.  That was Friday night.  So I made plans to veg out alone at home for my actual birthday, on Saturday...not a chance...friends took me to lunch AND dinner, then my youngest friends took me out dancing until way past my bedtime.  And, YES I had a great time!  Dammit!

So...what's the moral of this story?  Age is just a number?  Sometimes the best friend you can be is the one that lets your friends show you how much you are loved?  Celebration is good for the soul?  I would have to say, all of the above.  You would think as we got older we would learn to get out of our own damn way and just enjoy life...right?  Well, sometimes we need a little push.



Happy birthday to me!

Sally