#91 “On the Exhale” Actor, Maria Elena Maurin + Director, Ellen Honig

Today I get to sit down with actor and director of a powerful play, On the Exhale. When a senseless act of violence changes her life forever, a liberal college professor finds herself inexplicably drawn to the very weapon used to perpetrate the crime – and to the irresistible feeling of power that comes from holding life and death in her hands. Peering down the barrel of a uniquely American crisis, she begins to suspect that when it comes to gun violence, we’re all part of the problem.

Maria Elena Maurin has been in the theater for 21 years and is currently working on a production of On the Exhale directed by Ellen Honig for the Rhinebeck Theater Society. She’s played other equally challenging roles depicting the female experience in some of her most difficult situations such as her performance in Still about birthing a stillborn child. She has trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYC and at the Sande Shurin Acting Studio, NYC and Woodstock. Her recent theater credits include: Arms and the Man, Still, Outside Mullingar and Brilliant Traces with the Performing Arts of Woodstock and A Turn of The Screw with Kaaterskill Actors Theater. When not acting, she’s working as a massage therapist and a child care provider.

Ellen Honig is a theater director with 35 years of directing experience beginning with The Town Players in New York. She continued directing for multiple companies in the Hudson Valley. For The Rhinebeck Theatre Society: 1776 The Musical, A Little Night Music,Equivocation, Assassins, Copenhagen, and Mary Poppins. With The Cocoon Theatre of  Rhinebeck and now Poughkeepsie, most recently: My Simone and The Little Years. For Performing Arts of Woodstock, Outside Mullingar,  Uncle Vanya, and Arms and the Man. In 1984 she moved with her family to the Hudson Valley and became involved in Community Theatre, first with The Pawling Theatre group and then with Rhinebeck. She currently lives in Kingston NY with her partner, Ken.

Here’s a list of the opportunities you have to see this powerful and thought provoking play.

October 20th, 3pm at Green Kill Gallery

229 Greenkill Ave, Kingston, NY 12401

October 28th, 7pm at Cocoon Theatre

9 Vassar St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

November 2nd, 7pm at Morton Memorial Library

82 Kelly St, Rhinecliff, NY 12574

November 9th at 7pm at Shetler Studios and Theatres

244 West 54th St., NY 10019

November 10th at 7pm at Howland Cultural Center in Beacon

477 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508

Post show NOTE! Tabs and Clea, a web series TV show is in color correction and should be out end of 2019, early 2020 so stay tuned for cool details on that!

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We heard music from our fave, Shana Falana, http://www.shanafalana.com/

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#90 “Love and Authenticity” with Artist, Lynn Herring and Creator, Jenny Mulak

Today, my first guest is Artist, Lynn Herring, who was born in Chicago but moved to New York in her 20’s to pursue a career as an advertising art director and to develop her studio practice. While in NY, she studied at the School of Visual Arts graduating with honors in 2008 with a BFA in Sculpture. Lynn eventually found her way upstate and recently completed her MFA studies in sculpture and printmaking at SUNY New Paltz where she graduated with honors while developing a new body of work designed to bring people together with art. This body of work is a reengineered Tic Tac Toe game designed to “Make America Relate Again.” Created with organic crooked-shaped, brightly-colored wood Xs and Os and using a more complicated wonky-shaped game board, Herring’s game, XOX! Share the Love®, is an art object used to help many different kinds of people to connect for a playful and sane moment in this time of cultural and political toxicity. She’s participating in this weekend’s O+ Festival where you can play XOX! Share the Love Friday from 6-8pm, Saturday from 12-6pm and Sunday from 12-4pm at Gallery Fifty5, 55 Greenkill Avenue in Kingston, NY.

Lynn and I get to talk about how one goes about making a board game, how she balanced work and school and why she made the leap to follow her passion, downsize and keep making art. Much of her work is very female centric so she shares the inspiration for her work and how it was important for her to follow her art creation versus procreation. She even put a raw egg in her mouth to make her point for one past performance. She’s focused on living life authentically and for that I am grateful for her example!

Today’s second guest is Jenny Mulak who after much soul searching left her big corporate gig and moved to the Catskills to create Juniper Grove, a retreat space on her sacred land designed for healers, artists, lovers, musicians, writers, yogis, seekers and creatives of all kinds. Speaking of she also has her very own organic and vegan body product line “Jenifer Juniper” that she’s bringing to next weekend’s Hudson Valley Vegfest. We get to chat about how she finally made the big leap, the ups and down, really mostly ups, of building her dream retreat space, how and why she makes her Jenifer Juniper products and how and why she became a Vegan. Her online store will be coming soon so stay tuned, but meanwhile locals can check her out and also support past guest Rebecca Moore, founder of Vegfest next weekend, October 19th and 20th at BSP in Kingston, NY.

Come check me out at O+ this weekend performing with past guest, Aki Goto Saturday evening at 6pm at Litebrite Neon and then Sunday, co-facilitating a Healing Ring of Tantra with past guest Nidhi Adhiya-Huba. All this makes you want to move to the Hudson Valley, huh? Come on join us!

Until next week, love yourself and uplift one another!

Today’s show was engineered by Maddy Bogner of Radio Kingston, http://www.radiokingston.org.

We heard music from our fave, Shana Falana, http://www.shanafalana.com/

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#89 “Surrogacy & Souls” with Filmmaker Beth Aala and Musician Lady Moon

You’re gonna love the talent, conviction and compassion of my guests today.

First up is Beth Aala, a three-time Emmy award-winning producer & recipient of a Peabody Award for her documentary work at HBO. Beth co-directed & produced feature documentary, RANCHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN for Discovery, which premiered at Sundance in 2017. She also directed & produced, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (A&E IndieFilms) with comedian, Mike Myers. It won the Hollywood Film Award for Best Documentary & was nominated for the 2015 News & Documentary Emmy Awards.

Beth recently completed her latest feature documentary, Made in Boise about a surprising surrogacy industry in Boise, Idaho. It had its world premiere at AFI Docs Film Festival in June 2019 and is screening it at the upcoming Woodstock Film Festival on October 4th and 5th. You can purchase tickets here. Not in the Hudson Valley, not available this weekend? Made in Boise will have a broadcast premiere on PBS’ award winning Independent Lens on October 28th at 10pm eastern.

Amongst other things, I get to chat with Beth about her film career, working at MTV, what it was like working at HBO with so many talented women, how a close friend asked her to be her surrogate after years of trying to conceive and how that coupled with a friend working in Boise led her to the subject matter of this latest film. I urge you to watch this fascinating documentary about a subject that is well worth a longer conversation.

During the second half of the show I get to sit down with Lady Moon of Lady Moon & The Eclipse, a multicultural ensemble based in New York. Through soaring vocal textures and R&B/afrobeat-influenced rhythms, they create inspirational music that explore the cosmic soul; a journey to become one’s best self. Lady Moon carries the essence of the Moon, delivering a message of love, peace, and light, while the musicians serve as the Sun shining light upon her. The audience represents the Earth, also known as the Star People of Earth, completing the metaphorical eclipse. With a marked emphasis on inclusivity and spiritual unity, Lady Moon & The Eclipse explore positive music through the live experience to grow and make a difference in themselves and in the world.

Lady Moon and I talk about how she became Lady Moon, her parents, how they shaped who she is, making music, relationship through her musical collaborations, the moon, the sun, the cosmic soul, and becoming free. She’s a woman full of deep wisdom and sincere love. I can’t wait to catch her and her “star-mates” at the upcoming O+ Festival on Friday, October 11th from 9-10pm in the back of BSP in Kingston, NY. And stay tuned for news on the release of a new single coming later in October!

Thanks for tuning in friends!

Today’s show was engineered by Maddy Bogner of Radio Kingston, http://www.radiokingston.org.

We heard music from Lady Moon and the Eclipse and our fave, Shana Falana, http://www.shanafalana.com/

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