This picture was taken the last time Scott went out of town and is a fairly accurate representation of life at home when dad goes on tour. I think it would be hard for any toddler, but Tariku’s trauma history gives a real edge to his anxiety around Scott coming and going.
One of our counselors at The Echo Parenting and Education Center suggested that Scott make Tariku a book explaining why he goes away and that he will always come home. Scott spent hours on it last night and it’s a masterpiece. Here are a couple of my favorite pages.
He left this morning for three weeks. Say a little prayer for us.
19 years ago, I performed in a show in NY directed by Richard Foreman. There was this really cool intern on the show named Gary. Okay, his name was actually Bob, but for some reason I called him Gary for the entire run of the show. Whodathunk he’d be directing me in a performance piece in LA all these years later?
This has been our first week of proper rehearsals for Mother Tongue, which I’ll be performing at the Steve Allen Theater in Silver Lake on July 12 and 13 (get your tickets now!). It all feels very fast and furious. Here’s a picture of us in the rehearsal space. I think I look totally beat down and like I’m having a great time, which is a pretty accurate assessment of what the week has been like.
I’ve been woefully remiss with this blog. Turns out writing and rehearsing a performance piece about motherhood while actually being a mom has been ridiculously exhausting. But I’ll make it up to you right now with some awesome pictures of T’s glamorous Hollywood life. Weezer did a song for Cars 2, so we got to go to the premiere. I love that T sat right in front of Eddie Izzard for his first movie in a theater.
Chasing him down the red carpet was a bit nerve-wracking, particularly since my dress choice turned out to be less practical than I anticipated. He kept pulling on the skirt, which would make it catch on my heel, which in turn would make my boob pop out. So I did a lot of holding my clothes on with one hand while trying to keep T from running into Hollywood Boulevard with the other. Very sexy stuff.
Here’s T on the red carpet. It was actually a black carpet made to look like a race track.
Once we were inside, he sat through the whole movie and absolutely loved it. It was a night to remember. He hasn’t stopped talking about it since. Here he is in his 3D glasses. And if that isn’t a rock star, I don’t know what is.
Now that this thing is actually happening I guess it’s time to tell you what I’ve been working on. I haven’t been talking about it much because I think you can easily squash a creative idea by yakking about it too early in the process. I’ve been writing a show for the past few months and I’ll be appearing in it on July 12 and 13 at 8pm at the Steve Allen Theater in Silverlake. You can buy tickets here.
The show is called Mother Tongue and the amazing Robert Cucuzza will be directing. Bob and I worked on a Richard Foreman play together many moons ago and we recently reconnected. He’s a great talent and I’m so fortunate to have him on board.
The blurb in the Steve Allen Calendar reads:
MOTHER TONGUE is a kaleidoscopic new multi-character show from the keen-eyed and sharp-tongued Jillian Lauren (NY Times bestselling author of Some Girls) about blood, tribe, identity and how the hell to parent a post-modern family.
So there you have it. If you’re local, come see the show! It’s going to be a ride.