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The Kick-Ass Diva, with details

September 17, 2012

I thought I’d flesh out some of the “Kick-Ass Diva” creation. It all started last spring, when I was at a reunion of some theatre friends I used to work with in California. Kat was working during part of the reunion and was not being receptive to my “beck and call” needs that morning, so I took a walk. The most annoying part of me throwing a tantrum is that I’m generally completely aware of the fact that I’m being a child, but don’t want to do anything about it.

The trick to getting myself out of the funk is to focus myself somewhere else (which, you may recognize, is the same technique parents use with their one-year-olds). So as I’m being both child and parent, I started thinking about projects I could do with my friends, and I focused on Brooke Aston, a great singer and actress, and one of the great strengths of an offshoot theatre company that I ran for a while.  According to her website, she also “thrills audiences with her great voice, her versatility, and her charm!” That’s her to the left.

About a minute into thinking about her and what she might be able to do, the “Kick-Ass Diva” was born. I didn’t come up with the name until about a month ago, but the character was fully formed. She sings, she kicks ass. Sometimes, she does both at the same time.

What drew me to the proejct beyond the character and the premise, was that I also want to work on an action flick, and really push myself to think visually about a knock-down, drag-out fight scene. I tend to shy away from that stuff in my work, which tells me that I need to expand.

I’d talked with Brooke back at the reunion about the project, and she was really into it, and I was so glad to find that she’s still interested now, six months later. Barring her appearing on Broadway, she’ll be in our guest room for the shoot in Arkansas next summer.

And that’s how the Kick-Ass Diva came to be. I’ll be putting more details up soon. In the meantime, here’s a link to Brooke’s Website.









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