2012 revisited

January, 2013

Dear Ones,

Getting my annual epistle done while it is still January must be a historical event! We’ve all been very busy, as usual.

Rebecca spent the first part of the year finishing up her job as a community organizer at SEIU in Chicago. When her six month contract was up, she stayed in Chicago for a few months, and spent some of the summer in Toronto as she worked on figuring out what to do next with herself.  In August, Rebecca moved back to Los Angeles (staying with mom and dad temporarily) and began the process of applying for Master’s programs in several different universities across the country.  She took a couple of weeks off to take part in the “If I Were a Rich Man” tour: travelling across the country with a group of fellow activists to advocate for tax fairness prior to the election.  Back at home again, Rebecca’s college applications are now in; interviews and tests are happening; and we should know in the next couple of months where Rebecca will be headed next.  Her plan is to get a Masters in Education with an eye toward becoming a teacher, and eventually transitioning into curriculum reform.

Stephen continues with teaching, playing with many different groups; serving on the Board of the Theater Musician’s Association and committees of the Musician’s Union; and maintaining several websites.

Elise had another full season at the Academy for New Musical Theatre, including the usual concerts and readings, as well as the biennial BIZ OF THE MUSICAL THEATRE BIZ Conference, and the world premiere production of the new musical A RING IN BROOKLYN.  Elise directed the 15 Minute Musicals again this season – four in all – under the title of MAN V. MACHINE.  The summer also included directing and playing a role in the reading of the new musical MARY MARIE as well as the premiere of a new musical written by ANMT’s own Scott Guy – about Frank Lloyd Wright being hired by LA’s Aline Barnsdall to build her home on Olive Hill –  the show is call DER FRANKLLOYDWRIGHTENLIEDER.  Elise ended the year by directing a reading of a new Xmas show at the North Shore Theatre in Boston, which gave her an excuse to come home via Toronto where she was joined by Stephen and Rebecca for a long over-due family visit.

The year included lots of other events like Curry Club lunches, a seder with the Solomon/Sokoloff’s in Long Beach; and the wedding of Fern and Sam’s daughter Ona to Eric.  But the most exciting event was Stephen and Elise’s trip to Europe to celebrate 30 years of marriage.  We visited Venice, Vienna, Prague, Nice, and Barcelona – travelling by train and staying mostly in apartments rather than hotels.  We had a most amazing time!

All in all, it was a busy, exciting, and fulfilling year for all of us – and, we hope, for all of you!

Much love,

Elise, Stephen, and Rebecca

Stephen's Gourmet Picnic Sandwich

Rebecca's 25th Birthday in Las Vegas Above: with college room-mates Alda and Arpita Right: enjoying the Las Vegas night

A devlish Halloween

Rebecca on the IF I WERE A RICH MAN tour

Elise in the Toronto snow with Leslie

Some highlights from our Europe trip

Venice’s Grand Canal

Our long overdue gondola ride

The Cafe Central in Vienna

The grounds of Vienna’s Schoenbrunn Palace

The beautiful old town of Prague (Czech Republic)

The astrological clock and old church in Prague's Old Town Square

Salade Nicoise by the beach in Nice

The idyllic harbor in Nice, France


Above: some of Gaudi’s handiwork on a rooftop

Right: newer handiwork from graffiti artists

CLICK HERE to see a great SLIDESHOW of pix and videos from our Europe Trip

Stephen on the pristine beach in Barcelona, Spain

The cast of the 2012 15 Minute Musicals: Man versus Machine

The writers and cast of the 15 Minute Musicals directed by Elise

ABOVE: Elise in the concert reading of MARY MARIE; LEFT: The poster for our world premiere production of A RING IN BROOKLYN

ABOVE and LEFT: Elise and Scott in Der FrankLloydWrightenLieder  To watch a short video clip from Der FrankLloydWrightenLieder, CLICK HERE

Some pix from our family photo shoot