Tuesday, September 30, 2014

On visiting Sterling Hall 6/29/2007

I wrote this poem back in 2007 when visiting Madison, Wisconsin.  My father was a physics professor who taught in Sterling Hall.  Sterling Hall was bombed in 1971 and a student was killed.  There is more about this in the book Rads

On Visiting Sterling Hall June 29, 2007
By Anne Barschall (daughter of late emeritus professor H.H. Barschall)

There is something about that door
That old and dingy looking door
Its concrete ornamentation grayed
By years of not so gentle weathering
Something dingy like the old photos
Of physicists, years ago
Photos I grew up looking at.

I thought the photos merely old
When I looked at them as a girl,
But I see now that, no,
Those scenes were always a bit dull
To the eye.

The fire that burned there
In corridors vilely beige and green
Was the fire of the mind
The lightening of genius within
Not without.

Sandaled feet,
A crop of disheveled hair,
Awkward glasses,
Baggy shirt and pants
Of indeterminate color,
Covering a slender form --
The archetypal physicist --

I saw him again today
Walking through the overpass
Between Sterling and Chamberlain,
No apparent difference having arisen
In 80 years of fashion
For the seekers of the watchworks
Of the cosmos,
His dedication to that same search
Showing in his external sameness,
A grayed and dingy sameness;

And a tracing of new brickwork,
On the building’s façade,
Still tells a story of a different type of fire
That I remember from my childhood
A silent memory of a loud noise
In the night.

I hear they will renovate you,
Monument to vanished memories,
Infusing an aura of newness.
Will they try to make the sandaled gentleman
Wear something spiffier as well?

Monday, September 22, 2014

This blog is an ongoing log of what I'm doing professionally


- I'm going to be in Episode 505 of "A Perfect Murder," which is going to air this summer
- I'm supposed to deliver a monologue and do improv with Spooky Doings on 5/6/18 at the Triple Crown

Links to my online profiles

News from 2018

recent performances & other acting

  • 4/16/18 "Creative Block" a film I appear in has been selected by the Philadelphia Independent Film Awards
  • 4/12/18 Filming "Mandatory Gun Laws," d. Mark Hubatsek
  • 4/8/18 Contestant in Cabaret Showdown https://www.facebook.com/events/222476835160743
  • 4/8/18 Cherub Improv Rehearsal
  • 4/3/18 Diversity Mixer, Magnet Theater
  • 3/18/18, 4p.m.-5:30p.m., "The Boy in the Window," playing "Catherine," d Tym Byrz, The Point CDC, 940 Garrison Ave, Bronx NY 10474, 718-542-4139 -- more info at this blog Boy in the Window blog link to film of part of the performance
  • 3/10/18 filming "Leshiy" playing "Crone" in Rockland County d Ben Anderson & Sawyer Purman
  • 2/8/18 Moriches, NY Filming Episode 505 of The Perfect Murder #ThePerfectMurder playing Mildred -- link to tweet with set photos d Kevin Kaufman @kaufmanfilms on Instagram
  • february: staying home a lot out of fear of flu -- but I did have a couple of gigs on TV shows, but I can't talk about them, because they're confidential -- more later
  • 1/19/18 filming in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, with "Uncomfortable Revolution" http://www.urevolution.com/ -- what not to say to cancer patients
  • 1/16/18 My commercial live on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBQ-xxt40HU
  • 1/16/18 performed in the Magnet Musical Mixer at the Magnet Theater
  • 1/14/18 Filming "Answers to Everything; Episode 2" playing Dena, d Greg Lakhan, Bayside Queens
  • 1/8/18 performed at the Diversity Improv Jam at the Magnet Theater More info about this event
  • 1/6/18 performed with "Spooky Doings" at the Triple Crown Ale House link to FB event link to photos

performance courses completed

  • Mary Tierney's acting class at Theater for the New City 1/16/18 instagram photo

Legal courses completed

  • 2/28/18 Something For Everyone? Latest Developments On the Application of 35 U.S.C Section 101 and Sui Generis Protection in the Copyright Act. -- presentation by the ENYIPLA  short instagram video

Shows I went to see

  • I'm a subscriber to the NY Philharmonic, so I've been to several of their shows
  • I went to see "Farinelli and the King" on Broadway
  • Movies recently seen in the the theater: A Wrinkle in Time, The Shape of Water, Black Panther, 

News from 2017

recent performances & other acting

  • 12/30/17 filming music video for Franke's "Bad Tattoo" with Vante Productions. Check out the lyric video here Bad Tattoo lyric video For those of you who know that I object to profanity, they let me not say the profanity when we were filming.  They were very nice about that.
  • Magnet Musical Mixer 12/12/17
  • filming Fine Fixtures Commercial d. Rochelle Scharf 12/7/17
  • National Monolog Slam, Edison NJ 12/2/17 instagram post
  • Magnet Musical Mixer 11/14/17  
  • Cabaret Showdown -- 6th Anniversary link to FB event 11/12/17 
  • Armory Comedy Jam at The Tank 10/24/17 armory jam on instagram
  • Magnet Musical Mixer 10/17/17
  • Musical Improv Jam, Pit Striker Theater, 10/11/17, hosted by Vern
  • Musical Improv Jam with Steve Ling 10/9/17 Triple Crown
  • friends have told me that they spotted me in my background roles on "Wizard of Lies" and last winter's Hallmark Christmas movie.
  • 9/19/17 Magnet Musical Mixer, Magnet Theater, NYC
  • "Crazy person"'on hill team for RMC Charades 8/19/17 1pm Mossy Glen, Randolph, NH, photo of audience https://instagram.com/p/BX_L8DgFpy9/
  • audio reel take 2 https://soundcloud.com/anne-barschall/audio-reel-take-2
  • 8/8/17 sang in Magnet Musical Mixer, Magnet Theater, NYC
  • Randolph Foundation Story Slam 8/5/17, Randolph Church, Randolph, NH https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44GvA-9SvDw  I'm looking down at the audience from a church pulpit, in case you're wondering why I'm looking down
  • working on an audio reel https://chirb.it/3FHq2
  • "Geezers” Improv 7/15/17 PIT Underground; also rehearsal with Suzanne Hitchman, coach
  • Cabaret Showdown "Get Out the Map" Contestant 7/9/17 https://www.facebook.com/events/311744985942256/
  • Magnet Musical Mixer 6/27/17
  • “Spooky Doings” PIT Striker, 6/25/17 5pm photos of this performance
  • "Sleeping Ugly" playing Maleficent; Identity Theater; d Nicholas Linnehan; 6/8/17 (Preschool of the Americas); 6/9/17 (Rainbow Preschool); 6/11/17 (El Bario's Artspace, 215 E 99th, NYC) blog about sleeping ugly
  • Spooky Doings:  practice 6/3/17 with Shacottha Fields, coach, performance 8pm, Triple Crown photos of this performance
  • Magnet Musical Mixer 5/30/17
  • Geezer's improv: practice with Andrew Cornelius, coach, Performance:  5/20/17 PIT Loft, 5pm
  • Filming music video for my song "Villain Song," Oddfellows Lodge, Saugerties, NY 5/1/17-5/2/17 d Ben MonkSome stills from the shootRough CutSecond Cut I'm also producing this video, which is an ongoing project
  • "Suddenly Singing" Musical Improv, Triple Crown, 4/11/17, 9 p.m.
  • "Geezer: Musical Improv, PIT Loft, 6pm 4/8/17 link to cast photo
  • 4/2/17 voiceover recording Mom for "Pup Chronicles" d. Lulu Grey
  • uploaded "Villain Song" to CDBaby; link: my cdbaby page link: blog about song release
  • Class shows for Monoscene at Magnet Training Center, 8 p.m. 3/5/17, 3/12/17, 3/19/17
  • Geezer Improv, PIT Striker Theater, 6pm 3/12/17
  • Magnet musical mixer, Magnet Theater 3/7/17
  • Recorded Spanish language voiceover for Lyra in "Rojas and Retribution" d Daniel Köenig Porter -- short film 3/4/17; links to soundcloud: lyra-polaris-mizar lyra -- monolog
  • Playing Older Claire in "Creative Block/Bloc et Bocage" d Nicola McEldowney a bilingual short film; links: photos on set ; FB page for film 3/3/17; Article about this film; film wins awards: silver award in Best Drama category at the Mindfield Film Festival, Los Angeles http://la.mindfieldfilmfest.com/winners.html;  spotlight silver award; featured filmmaker from Prindie; semi-finalist in Los Angeles Cinefest
  • Class show for Character 101, UCB Chelsea, 3/5/17 5:45pm
  • Mixtape 2/27/17 Magnet Theater http://www.magnettheater.com/shows/48774-Comedy-Show-Mixtape:-The-Diversity-Show 7:30pm
  • Magnet Musical mixer 2/21/17
  • I'm briefly visible in this short film, Vandal, that was just released 2/17/17 https://vimeo.com/204468454 starting around 9:51
  • Magnet Musical Mixer 2/7/17
  • Spooky Doings 2/4/17 1st anniversary performance Triple Crown Ale House; link: performance photos
  • Magnet Musical Mixer 1/24/17
  • Magnet Musical Mixer 1/10/17 (I haven't been writing these down in the past, even though I go fairly often.  I think I'm going to start)
  • Audioplay of "Atlantis Bearer of Fruits" on Youtube https://youtu.be/NgisxvhIUvs (I'm narrator and Ahteanna)
  • Featured in the Witte episode of "Evil Lives Here" Investigation Discovery 1/8/17 10pm; link: excerpt
  • Cabaret Showdown  "Weird Science" 1/8/17 7pm Kraine Theater, NYC; link: photo of me performing

completed courses

  • Musical Theater with Jeffrey Saver 9/18/17- 12/20/17 
  • 12/12/17 Mary Tierney Theater Workshop; Theater for the New City
  • several drop-in dance classes with James T. Lane of "Chicago." He's amazing. I'm not.
  • Stage Combat with Joe DiNozzi, Producer's Club 5/11/17
  • Improv 412 UCB, NYC with Frank Garcia-Hejl 3/22/17-4/19/17
  • Monoscene Magnet Theater 1/8/2017-3/19/2017 with Michael Lutton
  • Character 101 UCB 1/7/2017- 3/5/2017 with Chrissy Shakelford
  • volunteering as a coaching subject in Armando Diaz's improv Coaching class 1/20/17- 2/18/17

law related courses

  • NYIPLA fall one day program 11/16/17 link to program
  • CLE on venue in Patent law with ENYIPLA 11/8/17 photo with other representatives of falati.com
  • "Understanding the Protectable IP of Jewelry and Fashion," NYIPLA 10/24/17 programme
  • "Ethics Considerations in Intellectual Property Practice," IIPS 9/27/17
  • JPPCLE 4/27/17, Crowne Plaza Times Square, NYC
  • "Insights from Practitioners in the Nation's Busiest Patent Courts" sponsored by http://www.nyipla.org/nyipla/default.asp 1/11/17

Broadway shows I saw

  • Miss Saigon
  • Chicago
  • A Doll's House, Part II
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
  • Shuffle Along (or was that 2016?)
I also saw "Inherit the Wind" at the Weathervane in NH
I also had a subscription to the NY Philharmonic

Calligraphy examples and more calligraphy examples (some from earlier)
Here's a photo taken by Brad Benson of me performing with Lauren Stripling at The Magnet Theater in November of 2014.

Earlier updates, deleted from this blog and moved to separate blogs:

2016 updates
2015 updates
2014 updates

          How this page started:

          I made my very first attempt to post updates on linkedin with some of the above.

          This was one of those hard knocks things.

          First, they have rather small limits on the lengths of updates.

          Second, they remove carriage returns, so that bulleted lists become garbled.

          Third, There doesn't seem to be a way to edit a post once you get it up there.

          Fourth, it's really hard to enter text in there, because they automatically substitute miscellaneous links, while you're typing, and you have to hit "escape" while typing to avoid getting this miscellaneous, unrelated garbage in your post.

          So I deleted my post, put a link to this blog on linkedin, and am maintaining this for recent updates.  I also have a link to this update page on my website and on my profile at Paul Michael's The Network. I am grateful to this website for allowing me to be verbose and format and reformat my posts.