The current show at Williamston Theatre is a lovely, moving piece by Kristine Thatcher and directed by Casaundra Freeman. Reviews have been universally wonderful, and this is one of those shows that SO many people can directly relate to, people are loving it. Charming, funny, heartbreaking and uplifting, it’s a beautiful piece about family, change, and the power of being there for each other. A terrific start to our 14th Season!

Read one of the reviews HERE!

Karen Sheridan and Dani Cochrane

Tobin Hissong, Karen Sheridan and Dani Cochrane

Dani Cochrane and Karen Sheridan

Opening Night production team photo.

Back row: Chris Purchis, scenic designer Gabriella Csapo, assistant stage manager Matt Kowalczyk, set dressing/properties designer Michelle Raymond, apprentice Becca Bedell, stage manager Stef Din, tech director Aaron Delnay, sound designer Sonja Marquis, costume designer Holly Iler, apprentice Ariel Sheets, John Lepard, Emily Sutton-Smith, Tony Caselli. Not pictured: lighting designer Shannon Schweitzer.
Front row: Tobin Hissong, director Casaundra Freeman, playwright Kristine Thatcher, Karen Sheridan, Dani Cochrane.

Italy. Day Two. Vernazza, Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre region of Italy is incredibly beautiful. The five towns are all close, located all along the coast of the Ligurian Sea. You can take a train or a boat to get back and forth between them, or you can hike along through the mountainside, along the cliffs and retaining walls, on very rustic, very old paths. After exploring Vernazza in the morning, we were excited to hike to Monterrosso. A beautiful trip, not for the chubby and out of shape – but I did it anyway!! Tommaso, my exchange-student-son from a couple years ago, was a great companion who was patient and helpful when I so often threw myself to the ground panting “HOW CAN WE KEEP GOING UP?! DOES THIS MOUNTAIN NOT HAVE A TOP?! When do we go DOWN?!”, trying to catch my breath and drink my water. 🙂 It took about two hours, I lost track of time because I kept passing out and Tommaso would have to revive me. Actually, even though it was challenging, we had a blast, walking from Vernazza north to Monterrosso, and collapsed into a bar the minute we got there for a well earned beer. We then spent the day exploring that beautiful city, and I put my feet in the Ligurian Sea, just because. Then, in the evening, we took the train back to Vernazza and enjoyed a relaxing dinner, and got to see how beautiful that place is at night!

Friday, we’re taking the train to Riomaggiore, the southernmost of the “5 Lands”, to explore that city, as well as Manarola and Corniglia as we take our time and make our way north back to Vernazza by evening! I’ll post about that Friday night or Saturday.

Pic Post Wednesday

Pictures!  JFF! (Just For Fun. Wait, is JFF a thing? Probably not… That’s okay, it is today. Today, everyone, is Make Up Your Own Acronym Day! MUYOAD!  Go on, try it! JFF.)

Back to posting random pictures from life! 

Here’s our in-progress set for ROUNDING THIRD (design by Amber Marisa Cook).  We’re in rehearsals now. Note the newly smooth back wall – we finally got rid of the old “chimney” bump out in our upstage wall!  Hooray for renovations that make the theatre better!

Maggie and I took the dogs for a walk in the wooded trails near our house. How lucky are we, to have such beautiful places so near our house?  One more thing to be grateful for. That, and the chance to just hang out with my daughter in the woods for an hour, enjoying nature!

Speaking of enjoying things, the “Almost English” breakfast at the Plaid Melon is an awesome meal. 

This is Dale. Dale is a member of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein.  Apparently I’m a member too, as I and all the members of the audience were given name tags when we bought our tickets to see the play 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche, in which Dale and 4 of her friends are the main attraction. This show is hilarious and wonderful, and you have only this weekend left to catch it at The Ringwald Theatre in Ferndale, MI. GO! (Thanks to Meredith “Dale” Deighton for letting me take her picture as she was greeting guests and taking our pictures as part of some pre-show fun.)

Sometimes a good play is accompanied by a good martini. Dirty, with extra olives. 

 Also, I almost forgot to post about The Wilde Awards! John Lepard and I won for our work onstage as brothers in The Best Brothers! It’s a treat to have someone recognize your work, and I’m honored to be a part of that show. John carried the show, I had a blast bouncing around the set  as his little brother Kyle, harassing him. 🙂  Williamston Theatre took home another award, also, when Emily Sutton-Smith won for Best Actress In A Comedy! Yay Emily! Win or lose, the awards night is always a great time: Getting to see so many folks, all of whom are deeply invested in so many theatre projects all over the state – that’s an incredibly inspiring thing, and I’m always grateful for the passion and energy that fills the event. 
Have A Great Week, Everyone!  (HAGWE!)

Friday Pic Post!

It’s Opening Night at Williamston Theatre!   
I stopped at a local coffee shop on my way to work to get an iced-coffee to go. It came in this mason jar. Does this mean I’m a Hipster?  It was tasty either way.  

This guy was hanging out on our porch the other morning.  He was about 4 inches across – so neat!

This is great! I wish I could remember who posted it or who made it so I could give credit! 

Our Stage Manager and crew for Opening Night of Outside Mullingar. Melissa, Nan, Sarah!

Aaaaand a little bit of fun.  

 Now I’m gonna be singing that all night long. 


Remember – celebrate everything!

Thursday Pic Post of Good Things

So, good news: this is a picture of my lungs, which are “looking good!”, according to the doctor. So, in The Continuing Adventures of Wheezy McCoughCough, the Bronchiospasm Kid we’ve have had a good week, eliminating some possibilities. Now, if we could eliminate more and solve the whole recurring wheezing/coughing thing, that’d be great. Slowly but surely!


Other awesome things: this was my view during the ct scan. 🙂


This is the lit up mural thing on the ceiling for people to look at during their ct scan.


I got lucky, and got a ticket to the Tigers versus the A’s playoff game on Tuesday!



Um…sometimes you’re the guy who forgets when his plates expire…


We open The Woman In Black tomorrow night, and it’s a beautiful, spooky show! Here’s a photo from my phone that’s not nearly as good looking as the actual show!


This is the newest video from Williamston Theatre, check it out!

The Last Rose Of Summer? Maybe… Or maybe it’s just a really tall rose that held on in our front yard longer than the rest of them did!


And lastly… How I hope to spend Saturday morning with my family:


Happy Thursday everybody!