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The Art of Now

Posted: 05/19/2014 3:16 pm EDT Updated: 05/19/2014 3:59 pm EDT

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Talk about living in "The Now" can be somewhat confusing. Living in a world of achieving and needing to get someplace has taken us so far away from the present moment that it requires an incredible amount of effort to find The Now. However, life offers many opportunities for connecting with The Now in the world around us -- whether it is through a deep yoga or meditation practice, a walk in nature or time spent making art.

I recently found The Now in a place that I never expected to find it: acting class. During a recent workshop, my teacher, Rachel, who specializes in what's known as the Meisner technique, broke the class into pairs for an exercise in improvisation. Each group had to come up with a sketch for a scene, including characters and plot, but the dialogue was supposed to remain open-ended. The idea was to get each of us to embody our characters and rely on instinct to guide our words and movements.



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In my monologue class the other day, my teacher, Rachel Jones, said something that surprised me: “In order to be a great actress, you need to become a good listener.” When I heard that, my eyes lit up. Although I already knew it was important to be a good listener in general, I had never thought about the importance of listening on stage. My teacher’s comment pushed me to think more deeply about listening. I started to wonder: What does it mean to be a good listener .......


Cherrie and Jerry:

"It was such fun to laugh and laugh again in the theater.

"Cherrie and Jerry" is uproarious and tender with performances from the actors that will make you want to run up on stage and hug them. Rachel Jones' Cherrie is wonderfully slutty and real... Bravo to Howard Meyer for writing great, insightful theater."

- Cynthia Magriel Wechsler Writer, New York Times


more praise for Cherrie and Jerry:

"How did the nerd and the hottie set up this stolen moment? Rachel Ann Jones, ( as Cherrie) who directed the original run of "Cherrie," finds her character's pathetic center and makes us care....Clearly, Patrick Davin's Jerry overachieved with Cherrie.""

- Bob Heisler, Journal news



“For the Love of Money” at Axial

Posted by: Peter D. Kramer - Posted in Theater Review on May 14, 2010

To dramatize the difference, Meyer and fellow directors Laura Credidio and Rachel Jones fill the hall with actors to flesh out these solitary speeches. Some of these extra characters even speak themselves.But there were many highlights here, including the evening’s longest piece, Ryan Mallon’s “I Wanna Go Home,” and its shortest piece, Linda Giuliano’s “Calling to You.” Guiliano’s piece, the final work of the evening, delivered with pitch-perfect timing by Ann Gulian, was straightforward and affecting, eliciting more than a few sniffles in the audience. The three directors guide the cast through the pieces with pace, energy and focus.

Axial's Radiance  brings a glow of a well-told tale

The Journal News

by: John P. McCarthy Posted: 5/8/2013

As compelling as the play's environmental and other social themes may be, the poisonous interpersonal relationships are more captivating -- especially because the chemistry between the actors is so palpable. As Billy, Obie Award-winner McCann is transfixing; he limns a scathing, cynical man whose good intentions have been rotted by rage and regret. Cruz's Paddy is a deeply sympathetic figure, sincere in his attempt to atone and evolve. Charged with holding the play together and negotiating a role fraught with technical challenges, Lauwers is superb. Rachel Ann Jones, who appears as Lindsay's mother, rounds out the acting quartet. She functions as an ethereal, somewhat loopy balm -- funny, magical and hopeful. By orchestrating such outstanding performances, director Grabowski helps transform a shape-shifting play into a concentrated emotional experience.