Non-Fiction, Personal

“Oh, Kiddo!” – Remembering Nan

"Now tell us your name." "My name is Alyson Grauer." "Hmmmmmm." I stand still, watching Nan peer thoughtfully at me behind her owlish glasses. My classmates are silent, listening, watching. I know I'm not supposed to feel nervous, but being on the spot in front of Nan is inherently an intense place to be. This… Continue reading “Oh, Kiddo!” – Remembering Nan

Non-Fiction, Slice of Pie

Slice of Pie: Quality Comedy with Starlight Radio Dreams

In this magical age of podcast performances and a lively theatre scene in Chicago, there are many different genres and subjects to choose from. If you have a taste for the vintage-inspired, comedically-crafted, and the slightly off-kilter, then Starlight Radio Dreams may be exactly what you're looking for! I caught up with some of the… Continue reading Slice of Pie: Quality Comedy with Starlight Radio Dreams

Non-Fiction, Personal

Messina3004: A Dystopian Adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing

"You're doing a dystopian Much Ado?" Yes. Yes, we are. Now, I know what you're going to say... "We may as well put Twelfth Night on the moon! Or Romeo & Juliet in a pet store!" Well hang on a second. Give me a minute to explain. This isn't as ridiculous as it sounds. Or, wait. It's exactly as… Continue reading Messina3004: A Dystopian Adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing

Non-Fiction, Slice of Pie

Slice of Pie: “Falling For You” is Sweet, Sweet Handcrafted Comedy

Sometimes I meet neat people who make neat things. I'd like to tell you about Mel and Jason, who are SUPER funny and made a super funny sweet rom-com that you should check out! ~A Slice of Pie!~ A tasty sample of something fresh cooked up by an artist of my choosing. Who are you? Mel:… Continue reading Slice of Pie: “Falling For You” is Sweet, Sweet Handcrafted Comedy

Slice of Pie

Slice of Pie: Danielle E. Shipley’s Wild and Sweet Fairy Tale Journey

For my next trick, I'll pull a Danielle out of a hat! Or a Danielle-flavored piece of pie. Or a pie. Pie from a hat? ~A Slice of Pie!~ A tasty sample of something fresh cooked up by an artist of my choosing. Who are you? The jury’s still out on that. Our best guess involves… Continue reading Slice of Pie: Danielle E. Shipley’s Wild and Sweet Fairy Tale Journey