• Back to Palmetto

    By Sylvia Reed on July 24, 2008 at 12:53 AM
    Production / New York

    So it’s Wednesday, and I’m back in Palmetto, Florida. I’ve had a day and a half to wash a suitcase full of dirty clothes, scour a few sinks, vacuum the floors, and just get things back in order after three weeks away from my family. (They really did just fine without me, though.)

    I keep hearing Dan Kluger’s music from The Ones That Flutter in my head. It plays on and on, and it’s the first time a song has been stuck in my head, and I’m enjoying it. I don’t really want it to ever stop. Thank you so much, Dan, for your brilliant sound design.

  • It’s All Good

    By Sylvia Reed on July 17, 2008 at 1:09 AM

    Okay. So I’m sitting in the Public watching the tech rehearsal (don’t even know if this is the proper phrase) of my show. And I’m hearing the amazing music and seeing the unbelievable set and the lights and I’m like: “I’m at the f-ing Public watching tech of my show!!! This is way too bizarre.” So I need a potty break and I go to the bathroom and on my way back I see Sam Shepard jamming out with the band in Joe’s Pub. I see this quite clearly between the break in the curtain, and I’m like, I can’t f-ing belive it!!!!!! I stand there for a moment and take it in. This is so not my life.

  • Getting To Know The City

    By Sylvia Reed on July 10, 2008 at 1:15 AM
    Rehearsals / Life

    I can’t believe how small the world actually is. Here I am in this huge city, and I come to find out there’s another person from Palmetto, Florida, involved in the Summer Play Festival. Sarah Glendening, who was in The Black Suits, grew up in Palmetto. This is amazing because Palmetto only has about 13,000 residents. It’s an agricultural community – the tomato capital of the world. And there are no theaters – not for movies or plays. Thankfully, that didn’t stop Sarah from pursuing her dreams. When she gets rich and famous, maybe that’ll put Palmetto on the map. Or at least make people stop calling it Palm-ghetto. It was fun talking with her Sunday at the week one closing party.

  • In The Big Apple

    By Sylvia Reed on July 3, 2008 at 1:34 AM
    Rehearsals / New York

    Wow. I’m having a really hard time believing I’m actually here. I was at a birthday party Friday night, and my friends kept asking me if I was nervous about this upcoming adventure. Here’s the conclusion I’ve come to. If you take every phobia a person has and throw it at them all at once, the fear just goes away. Because you have no idea where to start with being afraid. It’s immersion therapy. (Throw in a room full of rats and a high bridge and I’m completely covered.)

  • Word Scramble

    By Sylvia Reed on June 26, 2008 at 1:51 AM
    Production / Life

    Some time awhile back I read an article in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune about a woman who took people’s names and made anagrams of them which revealed the true essence of the person. I thought: What a marvelous, self-indulgent opportunity to procrastinate! So I laid the letters down on the page. S-y-l-v-i-a R-e-e-d. And I looked at them for a bit, re-arranging them mentally until they fell into place to reveal my true essence:


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