Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Just a Quick and Shameless Post/

Hello! I wanted to tell those of you who live in (or near) New York City that my first play Humans Anonymous (which premiered at the Toronto Fringe Festival over the summer) is going to be performed as a staged reading in New York next week, thanks to the Bridge Theatre Company. I am heading to the Big Apple on December 2nd and the readings themselves are happening on Dec. 6 and 7. I will be playing a small role and, more importantly, hanging out in New York for a week! Any advice?? Things to see? Things not to see? Things to eat? Things not to eat? Rufus and Martha will have a live-in nanny (yeah, it's M.), so don't worry about them. After I get Rufus shaved tomorrow, he'll be too angry and humiliated to look at me anyway, so it's probably the perfect time to go away.

For more info about the show...go to the HUMANS ANONYMOUS link to the right. -------->
(That was supposed to be an arrow.)

Also, if you're in the Toronto area, my good friends at Unspun Theatre are doing a wonderful show called Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump from Nov. 30-Dec. 16. They are an amazing, creative company and the show will be nothing less than brilliant. The play is directed by Brendan Gall (yes -- that Brendan Gall) and the cast includes: Christopher Stanton, Chris Hanratty, Shira Leuchter (see effusive link) and Trish hotstuff Lahde. Chris and Chris are the Co-Artistic Directors of the company and Brendan and I are Associate Artists. (Hey! I have a title!) There is a link to the show just over here ---------------->
uh...actually more like ----------------------------------------------------------------------^

Man, I'm lovin' the arrows today.

Other than that...happy Wednesday from me, from soon-to-be-spayed Martha and from soon-to-be-bald Rufus. And NO I WILL NOT POST PICTURES. What kind of evil cat-owner do you think I am?*

*Pictures to follow

K.

93 Comments:

Blogger Brian Taylor said...

Yay - funny pictures of cats - can't wait :) Would post some of mine, but she just looks like a ball of black soot.

Can't comment on N.Y. as living in the UK it is a little far, but I hope it all goes well.

And now in an attempt to make you jealous: I would like to point out that it has been a balmy (think that's the right word) 12 Celcius today, in fact don't think it has dropped out of double figures all month!

Have a great time in New York...

1:13 PM  
Blogger peter_lead said...

Hey, good luck with New York and the play. Always wanted to go to New York but never been keen on flying.

I think we are all eagerly awaiting tose pictures of martha;)

Good luck:D

1:15 PM  
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1:26 PM  
Blogger vorador said...

Hey, there was a quick and shameless post in here five minutes ago. Now I'm commenting it and it doesn't exist anymore :o

Anyway, good luck in New York, have a nice week, and about things to visit...I have no idea of what to visit or eat in that very close to me (in the other side of the Atlantic ocean) city.

(The post did disappear because you are posting the photos right? Or are you now ashamed of the shameless post :p )

Bye, and have a nice trip!

1:28 PM  
Blogger Desiree said...

Okay when in New York, you MUST go to the Mexican bagel stand. Best bagels in the city!! Also, grab a slice (of pizza) and a coke. There is no pizza in the WORLD like New York style pizza.

The best places to hang out are in the Village...everybody's kinda just cool and mellow. It's GREAT for people watching.

(Can you tell I've spent QUALITY time in NYC over the years???)

CONGRATS on the play and I hope it goes fabulously! And enjoy New York...there's no city like it...atleast not to me.

3:05 PM  
Blogger Bekah said...

While I was in New York my dad surprised me by taking me to the Hard Rock Cafe...Its a little bit loud but it's got EXCELLENT food, and good music...if your into the kinda music..which I am....so...yay?

3:07 PM  
Blogger sueKay said...

Congrats!

Have fun in New York! Never been there...infact I've never left Europe!

*waits for the cat pictures*

:D

3:09 PM  
Blogger Flo said...

great news! congrat! (i'm not a new yorker but i'm happy for you!)

have a nice week in NY (i don't if they're still there but when i went there, there were funny cows all over the place... it was a treat to hunt them in the Apple!!)

3:15 PM  
Blogger RoaringMice said...

I do live in NY. How can I not come out of lurkdom and comment to this?

Have you been to NYC before? If not...hell, even if so, make sure you try the following things that NYC does better than anywhere outside NYC:

Pizza
Bagels
Deli
Diner

As for particular places, I'm not too familiar with the neighborhood where that theatre is located, so I won't recommend. Ask the locals while you're in town.

And NYC in early December is brilliant. Be sure to do the tourist stuff: check out the holiday windows on 5th Avenue, go skating in Rockefeller Center (or at least go and gawk at the skaters and the tree), that sort of stuff. Enjoy!

3:21 PM  
Anonymous MK said...

I'm so confused! Why do you have to shave poor Rufus? (He's going to freeze his tail off. Maybe. The fat should help insulate him.)

Wait, does that mean you're going to dress him in embarrassing outfits for the modified cat-stroller when you take him on walks?

Have fun in New York, and good luck!

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Kathleen said...

You MUST eat at Rosa Mexicano on 18th street, I think between 8th and 9th. It's amazing - they make guacamole in a lava bowl tableside. I hate guacamole and I couldn't get enough of it. It was totally the boss of me.

Have a great time in NYC and best of broken limbs on the staged reading!

4:01 PM  
Blogger Cassandra said...

Oh very cool about the reading! - I used to study on that very floor. They are so nice there. (*cough* impromptu ADB screening?)

I highly recommend Eatery, which is right around the corner and totally delicious.

4:02 PM  
Blogger Amireal said...

You're in manhatten? Explore broadway. Around an hour to a half hour before curtain the prices drop like stones and you'll get in to some top rated shows (there's some special procedure at some places, call if you're really into one specific show) for below average prices.

Food. ZAGATs guide is good if you don't know anyone in town, pick stuff that you can't get near you. Manhatten has great everything from sushi to italian to chinese to indian to everything. Ask around. Ask the hotel staff.

The Villiage is a fun place to do window shopping and to find good food and fun suveniers. (oh god, BAD SPELLING, sorry!) Chinatown is also a big spot to checkout. Also if you're a museum buff there's tons right on that tiny island from MoMa to the museum of television and radio.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Cassandra said...

DITTO to what Kathleen said about Rosa Mexicano.

Best. Guacamole. EVER.

4:03 PM  
Blogger a_zombie_movie said...

all these comments are making me want pizza haha. anyway, I hope you have a blast in NYC!

4:07 PM  
Blogger Misty aka s_aurius said...

Good Luck in New York. I'm afraid I can't offer any site seeing or eating advice, but I hope you have lots of fun!

Ooohh. I love fun cat pics. :) I take plenty of my own cats too.

4:12 PM  
Blogger Zerocool said...

Good luck in NY. Never been myself but looking forward to full reports.

Just remind Rufus that the shaven look really worked for the infamous MR.BIGGLESWORTH!

Enjoy the trip :-)

4:27 PM  
Blogger windshieldbug said...

Can't tell ya about NY. Never been there!!

I'd love to go to either show. :( Nothing ever comes to Florida. Lol!

Bald Rufus and spayed Martha...they're both gonna be pissed at you.

Btw, nice job with the arrows.

4:27 PM  
Blogger dee said...

I hope you have a grand time in NY! It's a great town! I live outside the city, but try to get in as much as I can. It's supposed to be cold this weekend, so make sure you bundle up and bring an umbrella.

Some musts:
NY pizza.
NY bagels.
Visits to MOMA and the MET.
The Empire State Building.
Rockerfeller Center (complete with the ice rink now, I think)
If you want to see a play, try the Ticket's booth in the middle of Times Square. You should be able to get some discounted seats on same day shows.
Be brave and try the subway to get around. It's not as /scaryhorrible as most people think.

If you have any other questions, feel free to drop me an email (I was the same one who recommended "Indoor Picnic Music" if that helps to ring a bell...)

Safe trip down to the Big Apple!

4:30 PM  
Blogger kiffle said...

Congrats, Kate. I'm definitely going to try to make it to the show, and to not creep you out by talking about my cat, should we meet.

I so lie. ;-)

4:30 PM  
Blogger dee said...

Oh...and "dirty water" dogs are a must as well, along with a soft pretzel.

How could I have forgotten those?!?!

Have fun!

4:32 PM  
Blogger ShipperFey said...

Speaking of bald cats, this is my cat Peanut after I decided that he was shedding too much hair for my own sake. Yeah...

He surprisingly did not freak out while I clipped his hair, sitting on the bathroom tiles with a noisy hair clipper.

And I sooo wish I could see Humans Anonymous :(

4:52 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

If you're in New York, I recommend taking in the Cloisters. It's on the subway line, there are views of the river from the museum, the museum will be all decorated for Christmas this time of year, and all the cool Medieval-y stuff is, of course, drool-inspiring. Even better, since it's the Medieval collection of the Met, the little admission doohickey that you get at the Cloisters will get you into the Met as well-- with the benefit that at the Cloisters there's no obnoxious line to stand in to get in.

This time of year there are also lots of venders selling Honey-roasted peanuts, and truth be told, the world is a better and brighter place because of honey-roasted peanuts.

The world is also made better by embarrassing photos of cats, so please share pics of Rufus and Martha. My own cat Hergamot is curled up on the boiling-hot radiator as I type this, apparently being a rare half-cat, half-asbestos hybrid, and when I learn how to post a photo here, I'll happily embarrass her by sharing her radiator-flopping with the world.

5:05 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

You're a Canadain...We're very odd that way :)

And I am jealous, go see a Broadway show while in New York. Its what I'd do!

6:32 PM  
Blogger Chez said...

Good Luck for the play kate! And in NY too! nice. And I love the title too.

You must post aout the play and your time in NY for those of us half way across teh world.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Erynn said...

That's wonderful news about the play -- wish I were on that side of the continent. I haven't spent enough time in NYC to know anything about it, I've really only passed through on my way to/from Ireland once.

Have fun, though, and I'll second the note about The Cloisters. I've never been there, but from everything I've heard, it's a spectacular medieval collection.

7:07 PM  
Blogger SGAngeL said...

Awesome! Congrats on the play being in new york!!

I went to NYC for 5 days once. It's amazing! I had a horrible experience while I was there, but that was with the company, not the city itself ;)

Ok, definitely check out Times Square, that's a must do. And if you're looking for a boat tour of the Statue of Liberty, there's a speed boat called "The Beast" which is just a blast. It's located right next to the sea air and space museum. Pier something... oops.. just realized it's winter, lol. That one's closed now. But I've heard the Sea, Air and Space museum is good *nods*

Oh, and the wax museum it's right near or on Broadway. And someone else mentioned the Empire State... if you can, take someone in a wheel chair/crutches with you, you get straight to the top without waiting in all the lines *smiles innocently*

And that's all I can think of. The subway is pretty cool if you've never been on it before, but then again, I may just be weird.

Have fun!

7:15 PM  
Blogger SGAngeL said...

Oh, and I just read about "A Dog's Breakfast" How awesome!! Congrats! I can't wait to see it!

7:22 PM  
Blogger ames said...

Yay for New York and the play! Now, if you came to Chicago, I could go see it. NYC is fun, I've been there several times. If the pond is open at Central Park, you should really go ice skating. It's special, somehow.

If you post pictures of your cats, I may have to post a picture of my dog in a sweater.

8:08 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

Unfortunately the Sea, Air, and Space Museum is closed for remodelling right now or I'd recommend that. Also, if you like sushi, try Tomoe Sushi! Excellent quality sashimi, and HUGE california rolls.

8:21 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

Ooh, one more - Le Pain Quotidien is a neat little bakery-coffeeshop-lunch-breakfast spot. There's a few of them in the city I think, but I always go to the one on 7th Avenue just south of Central Park. It's a nice walk to Times Square from there as well.

8:25 PM  
Blogger Linz said...

Oh I am jealous! I was in New York City for the summer and it's so fun!

Hmm.... things to do:
-Take pictures in Times Square, especially since Christmas is soon!
-If you have a whole day to spend, go wander through the Met. I spent 4 hours straight in there and didn't see more than half of it.
-Like others said, eat pizza and bagels, visit a deli too!
-Definitely buy like $20 on a Metrocard cause it works on the subway AND bus.
-Take the bus that goes up Madison and down 5th, it's a great way to people watch without being too cold (or smokin' hot in the summer).
-Do the top of the Empire State building, towards the evening is good so you can get a day/night view.

OH! The Magnolia Bakery in the Village has the BEST CUPCAKES EVER!!!! 401 Bleecker Street, on the corner of West 11th Street

Have a blast! NYC is so much fun!

Can't wait to see pictures of the cats. :)

8:31 PM  
Blogger Linz said...

Oh yeah, too add one more thing: go shopping in Chinatown!

Good luck with the reading :-)

8:33 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

Places to visit in NYC...hmmm...just have a wander, the best stuff is usually hidden just round the corner. Definately check out the Village, it's a great place to get lost....ahem, I mean explore.

Great news about ADB, any chance it'll be out before April next year? I would like to write an essay about it in my final semester....only hitch is I need to have actually seen the film!

Also good luck with the play.

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Alasse said...

As a jaded New Yorker, I'd normally tell you to "run away, run away!" till at least the second week of January, but I'm selfish and want to meet you so will battle the tourists to do so :)

If you get lost, feel free to ask any cop in the subway for directions, then ask if them if their sister is a stargate fan. My brother will be very happy to help ;)

8:50 PM  
Blogger mhera/lemonchicken said...

NYC - HAVE FUN!

The best part about leaving your pets behind is returning home - unconditional attention for the first little while (until they realize you are home for good again, then want nothing more to do with you) ... shaving Rufus? isnt he a short hair? *confused* The only thing I can think of that would require shaving is if he was getting "fixed" as well.

*Waves to fellow squirrels* my computer has decided to lock me out of dgeek >_< hope you arent all causing too much trouble without me!

9:19 PM  
Blogger RunTotoRun said...

I will be in the city on the 6th as well, so if you see a harrassed looking woman herding 25 14-year-olds across busy streets and trying desperately to stop them from buying boot-leg dvd's from guys on the street corners, run! ;-)

And I wish you all kinds of success with the play and fun with exploring the city!

9:39 PM  
Anonymous C.A. said...

Thought I'd de-lurk for a moment and weigh in with the other NYers on the list on things to do when visiting the city. I think it's funny that the general concensus seems to be focused on bagels and pizza. An absolute must, of course, but still funny because for NYers it's all about the food.

A BIG congratulations on your play reading. This is wonderful news. I look forward to seeing it.

My suggestions echo what some of the other's have listed in terms of what to see and do when you get here. I'd definitely invest in a good map of the city. And try to find one that includes easy to read subway and bus routes (or pick up a subway/bus map from any subway station or go to www.mta.info). I'd also pick up a copy of Time Out New York if you have a chance. There's so much to see and do that it can be a little overwhelming (especially with the holidays hanging over our heads). TONY will give you a nice overview of what's happening in the city and can help you plan a nice mix of both touristy and neighborhood exploration things to do. The suggestion to pick up a MetroCard was also very good. 24.00 will give you a week's worth of unlimited rides on both subways and buses if you doing the budget thing - and is a great way to see the city on the cheap. In terms of food, I'd personally avoid the big tourist/theme restaurants (especially around Times Square) with the pricetags to match. Head for the local neighborhood diners, or the smaller, more intimate restaurants for a true taste/feel of the city. There also are a number of nice places to eat for vegetarians. Two that I enjoy are Saigon Grill and Zen Palate (both easy on the budget). I'm sure you'll get plenty of recs. once you get here. And of course you'll have to have the aforementioned bagels (H & H Bagels on B'way & 80th St.),and Billy's Bakery for the cupcakes from hell (184 9th Ave.).

So, enjoy your stay, congrats again on your play reading ('break a leg'), and I look forward to meeting you next week.

Sincerely,
C

10:55 PM  
Blogger Cindee said...

I went to New York City last year with a friend in January and absolutely loved it. There was too little time and so much to see. Times Square is mezmerising at night and if you want a really good steak Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is close(I think on 51st). They just had the lighting of the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center, it's an awesome sight and then you can go to the top of the Rock and look out over the city(I have some great pics of that at night). I would have loved to catch a broadway play but didn't have time(things to do next time while in NYC). We took a Hop-on Hop-off double decker bus tour while we were there also. In doing that we got to see a lot more of the city like;
-SoHo
-Greenwich Village
-Chinatown
-Central Park
-Ground Zero(formerly World Trade Center)
-Macy's
We also saw Grand Central Station, shopped 5th avenue and went into Toys-R-Us were they have a regular sized Ferris Wheel inside the store. Needless to say, I had a wonderful experience and will be going back soon.

11:00 PM  
Blogger Shawna said...

Good luck with the reading! Hope it goes really well.

Looking forward to pictures of humiliated cat.

11:15 PM  
Blogger Kerin said...

Ah, well. I could tell you tons of things to do here but you'll probably figure them out walking around. But here is some things I give all the visitors who come into the city. It's cheap and completely worth the money you do spend.

Buy:

1. Time Out Magazine.
2. The New Yorker magazine.
3. A laminated map that has a detailed subway and city road map. All are available at most nearby drug stores.

Time Out has listings of the going-ons within the city, spanning from food, music, shows, and events. It's a great weekly planner of everything NYC. New Yorker has a nice section on museums and other interesting bits.

One thing I might suggest, if you can pull it off. Helicopter ride over the city. Liberty Tours provides a good service and they're located on 12th Avenue and 30th Street. They have various fares but it's really breathtaking if you can squeeze a 15 minute trip around the city. You definitely get a quick idea of what New York is really like and see the places you might not get a chance to go to while visiting. An aerial view of Central Park is worth it alone.

Oh, and if you're staying in a high-traffic neighborhood, buy earplugs. Loads of friends can't handle how loud it is here but with cars, buses, trains, and emergency service vehicles. Sleep might become a tad elusive. Anyway, hope this helped somewhat and sorry it was rather long. I hope you have a fantastic trip here and get to see an eyeful. Will try and catch HA, if possible.

11:24 PM  
Anonymous megawatt said...

Thought I should come out of the background and help with the NYC information having lived and worked here most of my life. So here we go.

1) Bagels: H&H Bagels on 2nd Ave between 81st & 82nd. (Open 24/7)

2) Pizza (High End): Otto 8th Street & 5th Avenue (Mario Batalie from food network does pizza. It rocks) Be prepared for a full sit down dinner of pizza and other amazing Italian type things.

3) Pizza (Low End): Rays origanl Pizza down in the village.

4) Chinese Ice Cream factory.
Down Town off of Canal Street. I have to get back with the address.

5) Cupcakes to die for: Eleni's
75 9th Avenue (in the Chelsea Market)

6) Museum Mile (5th avenue from 57th street up to 86th street)

7) Museum of Natural History (80st Street & Central Park West.)

8) Hayden Planetarium 81st Street & Central Park West)

9) Top of the Empire State Building
(It is open till 12:00 AM) 34th Street & 5th Avenue)

10) Broadway has gotten way to expensive. Go with off Broadway.
(At present there are a bunch of
good shows.)

11) Go for a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. It is a cheap way to to see the sky line. But don't stay on staten island it stinks. Turn around and get back on the boat

I could keep going. If you would like more information. Let me know.
I will try to get to the reading.

Have a blast & break a leg.

2:27 AM  
Blogger GentleZephyr said...

Congratulations on your play's success! And I hope you have fun in NYC.

3:22 AM  
Anonymous Dso17 said...

Wow New-York, The Big Apple ! Your play in New-York...Good luck !
Comme je n'y suis jamais allé, je n'ai pas de conseils particuliers à te donner sauf peut-être celui d'en profiter à fond !

J'ai vraiment hâte de voir les nouvelles photos des chats dans ton mini apartement :P !

Encore bonne chance pour ta pièce à New-York et aussi bonne chance à M qui va jouer à la nounou des chats !!! Biz !

3:59 AM  
Blogger Spacegirlnz said...

YAY that your play is going to NY!

Okay, I have never been to NY or anything, but you have to go see Wicked on broadway! Freaking amazing!

*waits patiently for pics*

4:41 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

I once had my cat back home shaved... he had a bunch of matts.... the vet did it. My cat is also very mean, so he was sedated. He was given a lion cut.. he looked so funky.. and he was NOT happy.

As far as New York goes.. I havent been in years, but I'd drive to Philly and have a Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich if you can.... It's fantastic!

8:20 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

I hope you're not superstitious about everyone saying "Good Luck."

Break a leg, baybee!

I'm with those who think you should do all the Christmas touristy things.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Nightsister said...

Finally, you're coming to New York! And with theatrical type stuff! I am SO there! With exclamation points!

Since you'll be spending a good chunk of time here, you'll need decent places to eat. The best vegetarian/organic food place I like is Josie's, on 74th and Amsterdam. Like many of NYC's good neighborhood eateries, it can get a little crowded. Don't order the watermelon martini. It's bland.

I also like Vynl (51st and 9th Ave), if only for their bathrooms (I'm not kidding, check out the Dolly Parton toilet!) but I don't know how veggie friendly they are. I'm sure they must be, it's got that kind of vibe. It also gets really (REALLY) loud, so beware.

Zen Palate (various places around Manhattan) is totally veggie, I think, but it's eh. There's a great Japanese noodle shop on 55th between 5th and 6th (Menchanko-Tei) that has a vegetarian noodle soup (I think they *might* use a little fish in their stock, though). It's right behind MoMA.

If you want Korean, try 32nd Street, between Park and 3rd, I think? That's the stretch known as Koreatown.

St. Mark's Place is where all the tiny little trendy Japanese girls hang out, but it also has very nice and seedy punkers walking around, so it's an interesting mix. You can try Japanese curry, or there's also the famous french fry place (yes, they only serve french fries), or again, there's another good noodle shop next to Joe's Pizza.

Oh! I know your brother likes Moby, and he has a cafe in the Lower East Side (https://www.teany.com/cafe). They have vegan dishes, but they're cash only (fyi). I think they might have scaled back their menu from when I was there last, but it's a nice place to stop. Again, it's a tiny (teeny, heh) place, and it can get crowded. If it's too crowded, you can go to Economy Candy next door, or to Sugar Sweet Sunshine (CUPCAKES!) down the street. It's MUCH better than the cupcakes at Magnolia, which can be rather dry.

Can you tell that I like to eat? :) Seriously, there are so many lovely places in this town, you can't hit them all in one trip. And all decent places will have copies of their menu up front, so you can walk around and pick the places that appeal to you. Hell's Kitchen (upper midtown on 9th Avenue) has an amazing array of restaurants, and of course, you can wander around the Village (both East and West) and check out the various cafes. Chinatown can be a little intimidating (and not for the squeamish), but it's also a great place for wandering around.

And you can go into any subway stop, walk up to the cashier on duty, and ask for a FREE subway map. So don't buy one. I use mine all the time.

Good luck! And I'll see you in December!

10:49 AM  
Blogger Nightsister said...

OMG, sorry about the spammage, but I just remembered another cupcake place. If you're around the Upper West Side, try Crumbs Cafe. I think it's right near Josie's, as a matter of fact. I tried one of their cupcakes the other day and it was pretty decent. Of course, they're overpriced, but they're larger than normal (muffin sized).

Um, Citysearch reviewers have said that the staff is sometimes rude, but contrary to popular belief, rudeness is NOT typical among service workers here! I go out with my friends a lot, and we don't really encounter too many rude counterpeople or waitstaff.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Karei said...

Congrats on the play! I've only been to NYC like twice so I don't have any more suggestions to add, everyone seems to have covered so much. Just wanted to say my friend and I are totally making the trip for the play and hope all goes well for your week long adventures. :-)

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Carol said...

I went to New York many times over the last years. The one advice I can make is do not go visit the Chinatown. It stinks and smells of fish. My grand-parents lived in the Chinatown area (they are Chinese afterall), and I almost loose my meal each time I have to go out.

If you really want to go, well, maybe winter will make it more bearable;)

Anyway, bon voyage!

C.

12:41 PM  
Blogger [J]oe said...

Heyyy! I can see you're slacking with the procrastination (that how you spell it? i really can't be bothered to check!) that is your blog! :P Getting all busy with your many work projects are we? So happy for you!

Hope New York goes ace! My friend tells me it's an amazing place to visit.

Once again bring ADB to the lovely country that is England! =D

Only a year and abit before gap year in Canada! Then i can come and see Unspun! I can't wait!

Good Luck again :D

[J]oe x

12:46 PM  
Blogger Cassandra said...

All right, forget everything I said about Rosa Mexicano and Eatery.

You must must must go to Counter while you are here. Amazing, gourmet veggie food, and I don't know if you like cocktails (WHO DOESN'T?) but theirs are organic and ambrosia-like.

Also, add me to the list of people who would sell their ovae for Magnolia Bakery cupcakes.

5:19 PM  
Blogger charlotte said...

Hi! Just got my Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump tickets! Looking forward to it!

The guy who sold me the tickets asked me how I heard about the performance and (I don't know why but) I was too embarrassed to say that I read your blog. So I said that I heard about it from a friend of a friend. Which was a total lie :( And I swear I'm not really embarrassed to read your blog! It is fun and interesting!

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Masterchica said...

Well I don't know to much of NY but if you ever come to Mexico a will give you all the dos and dont's of my country.

All the scratches in my arms prove that I'm a proud cat owner but Why the shave?

And congrats for the spay you are a very responsible cat owner... and what about Rufus: Is he a responsible kitty or just another of those lazy cats whith dozens of fatherless babys?

8:22 PM  
Anonymous Marshall Moseley said...

Enjoy NY! If you are a meat eater, you must try Ben Benson's Steak House on 52nd. The best steaks outside of Texas; try the cervice salad to start....

8:57 PM  
Blogger LilFerret said...

Well have a blast in NY! I have been to Albany and also New Paltz, and other such upstate places.

Break a leg, my dear!

OH...and go tell Creation you wanna do their Vancouver convention in March. Just because we wanna see you there! That is all! *smooches*

12:11 AM  
Blogger watcher652 said...

Um, what time is the reading? Are you going to force me make a toll call to find out? If it's at night, I may be able to make it. If it's during the day, sadly I have to work.

I think a tour of Radio City Music Hall is quite fun. You get a photo with a Rockette with the price. It was a long time ago, but a tour of Lincoln Center was also interesting. And I like the NBC Studio tour (can you tell I'm an entertainment geek?)

I loved getting roasted chestnuts from the street vendors. I haven't been to NYC in the winter for a while, don't know if the chestnuts are still available.

And, I admit I like going to Mars 2112, a scifi themed restaurant in the Times Square area. The food's just ok, but I go for the atmosphere and the alien (and I mean off-planet, not out of the country) servers.

NYC is so jammed packed with stuff to do. No matter what your interest, you'll wish you had more time in the city. Have fun!

1:58 AM  
Blogger Gebo said...

All the best in New York. Hope to see the pix soon.

6:05 AM  
Blogger Becky S said...

I saw that your play was going to be in New York when you linked it the other day. How wonderful for you! Many, many wishes for success.

My only advise is have fun and stay warm.

11:14 AM  
Blogger KatieKittieKat said...

Congrats on the play and have a great time in New York - I'm afraid I can't suggest any good places to visit. Now if it was Edinburgh, then I could help.

I had my little cat shaved (or at least bits of her) a few months back. I think she's forgiven me now. But she does purr when I brush her now rather than go into attack mode.

Her excuse is that she has some brain damage (probably from birth) and her back legs tend to rebel at times. Well, she tells me that's her excuse.

2:09 PM  
Blogger Jen, the cow hugger said...

I'd suggest at least seeing the countryside too, New York's rural areas are gorgeous. I've never been to NYC itself, but I've drive through tons of times on my way to school in Massachusetts.
I wish I could see your play, but finals are next week. AH!

3:55 PM  
Blogger Mac said...

Congrats and good luck with the show!

Arrows are fun! <---->

Michelle

11:02 PM  
Anonymous Katja said...

haha I post post op picutres of Tybalt, and he usually has this crappy look on his face! Cats are funny!

Have a great time in NYC and good luck with the play!

11:19 PM  
Anonymous Dso17 said...

Kate Hewlett wrote the play and will be starring in it... MORE importantly, there is beer...Canadian beer! tipes coming from your brother David (cf. A Dog's Breakfast website) !
Le duo infernal déferle désormais à New-York...à quand la France ;P ?
I hope everything is going well and can"t wait to read your impressions !

Solène

5:30 AM  
Blogger Vive les Unas said...

Grrrrr...Why don't I live in north america ?

I'd be glad to see your play, but NY is a little bit far away from France, especially by foot. So I hope it will be a succesful experience, according to your blog entries, it would be great !
And I cannot see the Toronto play either, coz it's still in North America, and I'm a French pupil who have to sit an exam by the end of the year... goddammit...

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Tracy Jane (Not a stalker - HONEST!) said...

Oh, Kate! You've just cheered me up after the week from hell! I've never seen anyone get so enthused by arrows. Poor Martha and Rufus, but you're right in that it's the perfect time to escape! Oh, and definitely getting Martha done; I know M&R aren't really siblings, but it's still a creepy idea. Plus the whole Rufus being huge thing doesn't exactly leave much room in the flat for kittens, does it?

I wish that I lived in New York, but I don't so meh. I'm sure I'll get to meet you someday (Now I've scared the mini-Hewlett!).

Take care, have a lovely week and I look forward to reading your next entry.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pics? where are you? picky picky picky pics. picky picky picky pics.

11:33 PM  
Blogger Red Phoniex said...

i swear, if i could get to New York i would go but little old me got stuck living in the UK. Have fun, hope everything goes well. Hope to see you sometime ever :D Why the UK................why am i broke.........why does god torment me like this? :( You better still be working in the 5 years it will take me to save enough to come over ;)

4:43 AM  
Blogger BethyNYC said...

I'm definitely going to the play!

I'm plugging my two favorite places to eat in NYC:

Alice's Tea Cup on West 73rd street http://www.alicesteacup.com is wonderful! Fantastic food and an Alice in Wonderland theme.

Mayrose 920 Broadway near 20th street is "comfortable food" as they put it. http://www.mayrose-nyc.com/ I had the turkey with all the fixings when I went there and it was fantastic! They do comfort food best!

I'm looking forward to seeing the show!

10:50 AM  
Blogger wordplay said...

I'm so frustrated that the play is running in NYC this week, as I so wanted to see it but we are going to this week's space shuttle launch (!!! no matter how you feel about manned space flight, I repeat, !!!) and so I can't make it. I actually, ridiculously, looked at airfares between NY and Florida, but realized that ticket cost approximately what I paid for this season's theater subscription and one must eventually get a grip. Still, though - dammit.

Another vote here for Eatery, and I can't believe nobody's mentioned their mojitos yet. I'm also a fan of Caffe Rafaella in the Village for sitting and reading - the waitstaff is exactly the right kind of inattentive.

Have fun!

12:51 PM  
Blogger Francy said...

Well, I now know I seriously have to slap my friend for not telling me just how much fun this blog is!
These have been the funniest 3 hours (yup, read all the entries, with a break in between to go feed the dolphins) in a loooong time... Ok... reading David's blog is fun too, but this one's funnier (don't tell him, though!)!
As a cat lover and owner, I love to read "The Adventures of Rufus and Martha". I have a cat, Baby, who needs some exercise, just like Rufus. And her sister, Cispy - who I had to put to sleep in April because of a tumor) - used to run so fast she would bump into walls. She'd also throw every tiny object of every shelf onto the floor, much to my dog's enjoyment - especially when she discovered where we keep nuts. Yes, my dog must think he's a squirrel. I'm sure you see where this goes!
Anyway... I come too late to help with answering the questions for the play... am I too late for Italian lessons too? 'cause here I am, an Italian born and bred in Italy, and still living here. And happy to share my language with the world (though most of the world doesn't care! :P)
Just to finish off my first comment... I'm a Stargatite (Stargatonian? Ok, "Gater" would be the word, but I like those other names better!), so got here through David's blog. Got to D's blog from Atlantis. Got to Atlantis from SG-1. Got to SG-1 from Richard Dean Anderson. Got to RDA from MacGyver. Can't remember how I got to MacGyver, that was too long ago! I LOVED McKay and Mrs. Miller, really one of my favourite Atlantis episodes. I advertised ADB everywhere I could, and can't wait to actually see it. Will meet David in February in London, and I'm praying (read "pestering the organizers") that you (Kate, just for clarity's sake) will be there too!
Anyway... vado a preparare la cena... poi guarderò CSI Miami mentre mangio (non c'è altro in tv!)... ed infine dovrò lavare i piatti.

Oh yeah... I'll put my plead here too... PLEASE make sure ADB is translated well. PLEASE!!! I mean... "Lost in Translation" says it all!


Have fun in New York!!!

Francy from Italy

2:24 PM  
Blogger Francy said...

Oh, BTW... turned 26 yesterday, December 2nd. Yup, becoming 1 year older is getting scarier and scarier... :(

2:29 PM  
Blogger chokolat said...

Hi Kate.
Chokolat Jeff here.

Two things:
1/ If you like cheese and you're still in NYC, go to a Swiss restaurant called Artisinal. Best fondue ever.
2/ 11 Cameras may be picked up by another Canadian broadcaster for a second season. Still waiting for the offer but looks good.

Later.
J.

10:09 PM  
Anonymous Kathleen said...

Hi Kate - don't know how long you're actually planning to be in NYC, but a friend is ALSO having a staged reading of his work (insert shameless promotion here) - have a great time while you're there! - Kathleen

"My musical "A Room with a View" is being presented at the York Theatre Company in a developmental reading next week. We'll be presenting the first act, with the goal of getting producers interested in backing the show. All are welcome, and if you know a producer who is hungry for his or her next hit, please bring them along!

A Room with a View
Words and music by Robert Firpo-Cappiello
Adapted from the novel by E.M. Forster
Thursday, December 14 at 3 p.m.
The York Theatre Company
Theatre at St. Peter's Church / 619 Lexington Avenue (the Citigroup building, at 53rd Street)
Admission is free, but please reserve seats: (212) 935-5824, ext. 24"

2:46 PM  
Blogger watcher652 said...

Don't know where else to put this, but I just saw the trailer for "A Dog's Breakfast" that David posted on YouTube. It's hilarious! I can't wait to see you in it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmN6u8iYFlI

7:54 PM  
Blogger geekjumper said...

You know David called your cats 'furry cockroaches', right? The public head-slapping was justly earned. ;)

8:07 PM  
Blogger Katie Meyer said...

Okay.
Really good restaurants for you to go too:

Barrymore's- really great lunch/bar type place (most actors go there after matinees)
on 45th
The Iguana- Wonderful Mexican restaurant (with like 32 differently flavoured margaritas--and all are delicious)
on 54th
Cosi- Coffee. Good Coffee.
They're ALL over
McHale's- Grille. Yum.
on 8th Ave.
Pigale- French food. Awesome for brunch.
on 48th

Those are just some of my favourites. Oh oh! Also, if you really like Mystery Books you should head over to Murder Ink (on Broadway between 42nd and 43rd).
AND a really good play sheet music stop is The Drama Book Shop (on West 40th)!


Hope you have a loverly time AND break a --------> leg!
(you're right...they are fun-->the arrows, I mean)

11:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well i just on chance randomly clicking around i see Humans Anonymous advertised and i'm like "Woah ! It's showing tomorrow !!!" :::proceeds to contact friends about Kate Hewlett coming to NYC::

And i am totally and completely excited about hopefully getting to NYC to see you and get an autograph? maybe?? pretty please, with sprinkles??

=]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]

but if i cant make it
BEST BEST TOTALLY AWESOME GOOD LUCK ! =]

11:12 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

I realise you're probably all busy in NYC and being a playwrite lovey and all the rest of it, but I was wondering if you'd seen the ADB game which has put in an appearance on a certain forum recently, thanks to zerocool.

http://www.purplemoosefilm.com/game/adb.html

warning: it's addictive and hihgly gigglesome.

11:16 AM  
Blogger Patricia said...

Good luck with the play reading. Let's see, what does one wish a writer? Break a pencil lead!

12:15 PM  
Blogger Trialia said...

Poor furbabies! 0_o; They will sulk, I warn you. My Shelly sulked for six whole months after my gran got her spayed.

8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally loved the show tonight. I was the gal who was crying during one of the "crisis" part of the rising action in the play. Gonna put you on my "Reading List" of blogs (since I don't have an RSS aggregator yet). Thank you for an excellent show!

--trishalynn.livejournal.com

11:26 PM  
Anonymous Christy Hall said...

Just came back from your play and it was great! There was times when I just couldn't stop roaring with laughter, and other parts that just made me tear up in sympathy. The scene where Ellen describes watching her lover sleeping so peacefully after he destroyed her, and the final words to him in her letter- you could have plucked my exact thoughts from my head 3 years ago. You definitely hit a chord with me, keep writing!

That said, I would throw in another vote for Rosa Mexicana for your travels, truly a great place for eats and drinks. I also suggest roaming Central Park with a cup of coffee and a camera and the Village nightlife with some adventurous friends. Wait, bring the camera to the Village too- I was face (ahem) first with Elvira at the Halloween parade last month and sorely regretted only bringing my cell phone camera- alas, no wide lens. Trust me, no one will believe you with the visual evidence! Hope the rest of your stay is wonderful, I'm sorry the weather wasn't warmer!

11:43 PM  
Blogger dee said...

Kate, first I want to say that it was a pleasure to meet you tonight at the reading and that I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'd never been to a reading like this before, but would go back again in a heartbeat. I can't wait to be able to see this or any of your other words on stage again. Thanks again for making the trip down to NYC and sharing your play with us "south of the border." It was very much appreciated. I'm looking forward to heading north in April to check out the play and the middle of Canada.
Thanks again for sharing your talents with us.

12:29 AM  
Anonymous Amy said...

On the off-chance that you check your blog for comments while already in NYC? I highly recommend that you check out Cafe Roma in Little Italy. It's on the corner of Broome & Mulberry, and they make the best pastries ever. (My favorites are their pine nut cookies (which are to DIE for) and, of course, their canoli!)

Really, in New York? Take chances on the family type establishements. Best meal I had last time was in the city was at some little family Greek resturaunt on 5th Ave way down towards the financial district.

Have fun - break a leg!

9:32 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

Kate,

I just wanted to add my thanks for coming to New York to share your work with us! I thoroughly enjoyed the show, and meeting you was a real pleasure. Thanks for the tip on the April show, and if I can make it, I'll be there!

Thanks again, and I hope you enjoyed New York enough to come back and visit us again soon!

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Kate,

I'm still on a high from how incredible your show was last night. (Didn't get back home to CT until 3AM... sitting at work right now is painful!) But like I gushed to you last night, your writing is amazing and brilliant. I have never laughed so hard! And then there were other parts that touched so deep down inside. You had such a range in that work and it all worked beautifully together and the cast pulled it off amazingly. There is such talent in that company!! And everyone was so friendly and personable. It was great talking to you after the show. I hope you enjoyed your time in NYC and please come back soon with more plays! And come to Dragon*Con! And update your blog, even if you only talk about your cats. ;) Thanks again for such a great night and bringing your play to us in the states!

-Laura
laura.bittner@gmail.com

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Oh PS - I totally forgot to tell you last night but the tights you were wearing... so awesome! :)

12:09 PM  
Blogger Adm.Polli said...

^==> Shame on me\
[but at least with such an beautiful arrow]

I only let you know that I've spare neither trouble nor expense to sent you a mail. I hope to hell you honour my hard work, because I invested years... (more or less) :o)

in German for M:
Ich habe es endlich - trotz meines leider eingerosteten Englisch - geschafft meine/die Mail für Kate fertig zu stellen und abzuschicken. Ich hoffe ich kann ihr, trotz der großen Verspätung, noch en wenig helfen.

With my compliments from good (but too warm) old Germany...

Stefan

7:34 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Congratulations on getting the reading in NY. It was amazing in Toronto, I'm sure it's going to be amazing there!

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Masterchica said...

This is soo much fun, I found some videos of you and David. One is specially good:

"Kate Moonwalks"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8dt-JvGSa4

D tells a funny story about you in a party (it remains me of my own brother I love him but he will never let me forget the time I broke his portable tv :P)

And this of Kevin Hill
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoxO98fRFR4
Nice hair, the color is great.

10:47 PM  
Blogger hobo said...

We went to Wicked in Chicago in Feb. and the House was packed on a Saturday Afternoon. Tickets weren't cheap either. Theater seems to be doing ok here, maybe the Toronto thing is just a temporary or local problem

9:42 PM  

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