JOY! That’s the theme of this week’s podcast. Adam Ferguson and I are working on an sound recording assignment for class, and I loved his idea of asking strangers the question “What brings you joy?” On today’s episode of TBD With LDT, I recount some of the answers we got, as well as some of Adam and I’s reflections — and I list some of the things that bring ME joy…..like Rhea Butcher and Cameron Esposito’s “Put Your Hands Together,” which is both a live comedy show that happens weekly in LA and a podcast that you can listen to anytime, anywhere! Check it out. And also check out a longtime friend and fellow joymaker, Chelsea Foy, whose site lovelyindeed.com is constant source of joy and ideas on how to make and spread it. Have a great week, y’all!
RELEASE DATE: December 25, 2018
The one and only Amy Seeley is on the podcast today! Amy is an actor, an improvisor, a writer, an educator, an empowering force in the Universe, and a founder of Chicago’s Factory Theater — amongst other things. She and I sit down for an absolutely heartening, inspiring, dee-lightful conversation about life, learning, finding your voice, #metoo, improvisation, and a whole lotta other great stuff. There’s a reason why Amy Seeley is a favorite human of many, and you can hear why on this week’s episode of TBD With LDT.
RELEASE DATE: December 12, 2018
Bethany Saint-Smith is a singer-songwriter, a poet, an autobiographer, a mother, a survivor, a force of nature — and a piece of the Universe glowing brightly. Of her singing, The Supreme’s Susaye Greene said, “Bethany has the instincts of an aged American blues singer. There’s a tug in the heart when you hear her sing that grabs you and makes you wonder what she’s lived through. She reminds me of the earthy Odetta of 60’s Folk-rock fame, or of Nina Simone’s scathingly sophisticated perceptions of life.” Bethany and I sit down and discuss life and barriers and human relationships in what will hopefully just be one episode in a series of talks with this incredible artist. Follow her on bethanysaintsmith.wordpress.com and find her on Facebook and Twitter.
RELEASE DATE: November 14, 2018 (day before my 36th birthday!)
On this episode, I once again sit down with Jeremiah Ripley, a fellow MFA Actor at Cal State LA, and this time we dig deep into matters of queer identity, politics, acceptance, awareness, representation, and more. Progress was made in the midterm elections, but our world still has work to do — and some of that work starts by letting ourselves and one another shine, just like mama Marianne Williamson taught us.
RELEASE DATE: October 31, 2018
…aaaaand we’re back from Unexpected Hiatus Due to Life as an MFA Acting Student! The past few weeks have been tough ones, not just because of an intensely fulfilling school workload, but also because our country–our WORLD–is in a state of tremendous upheaval. Over the past two weekends, I was privileged to sit in the audience of two theatre pieces that resonated with me strongly, not only because of their own depth and breadth, but because of the intense connection and reflection on current events and current mindsets. Truly, these were reverential, sacred experiences, akin to the transcendent moments that occur in a church, temple, fellowship hall, mosque, or other places where people gather in faith. If you are in the LA area this weekend, you have a chance to partake of one of those experiences — Sarah Mantell’s “Everything That Never Happened” is in its final weekend of performances at Boston Court in Pasadena. GO SEE IT.
RELEASE DATE: October 3, 2018
TW: This week’s episode centers on the current national narrative surrounding Ford/Kavanaugh. This was not an easy podcast to record, and I understand if it’s not easy to listen to. I’m worn down and worn out by the crushing weight of anguish and anger, I’m tired of saying the same things year after year, I’m broken apart because every time a high profile abuse/assault case has come to light, more and more people I know are stepping forward with their own stories — men and women — so many, that it almost feels as though I may not know ANY woman who has not experienced sexual abuse/assault. And do you know what would (will) be even more heart-breaking than learning that all the women I know have been abused/assaulted? When I learn that, I will not be surprised for even one moment. Not because I don’t know good men, or because I hate men, but because of the history of our world, our justice system, and our legacy of victim-blaming, shaming, and demeaning. We need to do better. We need to raise ourselves and our children better. We need to do some soul searching as a species.
RELEASE DATE: July 25, 2018
This is my favorite episode of TBD With LDT so far, and for good reason. Not only is Traci Sprague the Artistic Director (and de facto Technical Director!) of Center Stage Conservatory in Modesto, she is also the mom of four amazing kids who are artists and activists in their own right. Traci is an actor, a director, a public figure, and she is an inspiration to pretty much anyone who has gotten the chance to work with her. She works hard and it shows in everything she does. On our episode, we talk about “The Wolves,” an all-female play by Sarah De Lappe which just finished a successful run at CSC, and we talk about the theme of CSC’s upcoming season, #thefutureisfemale . This was so joyous and inspiring to record, and I think it’s even more so to listen to. Enjoy.