When the New Year comes around, you have the inevitable nay-sayer who will chime in as everyone else is posting what they hope to accomplish in the upcoming year, and will say that resolutions are bullshit. Some of them will argue that they always are reassessing their goals and dreams, and to do it once a year just isn’t enough. Others will say that what’s the point in making a resolution when 9 times out of 10, people won’t stick to them. Well, if you are lucky enough to always be reassessing your goals, or unlucky enough to be so pessimistic that you don’t believe there could possibly be a positive outcome, then just keep on keeping on and leave us “others” to do our own thing.
To me, putting an intention out to the world, no matter what time of year, is important. New Years just happens to be when I remember to do that because, well, everyone else is and rather than thinking I’m just following the masses, I like to think that the collective energy around this time makes the intentions that much stronger…ya hear me?!
And what happened this week, – whether it had anything to do with my own intentions, sheer luck, or knowing great people I don’t know – but as I went through the list here I realized that without even actively looking at my list throughout the past five months I’ve somehow managed to get through quite a lot of what I set out to do.
If you want to read about the rest of my New Year’s resolutions, you can do so here. For this blog, I’m going to focus on the one about a play…
7. Act in a play in London in next 6 months (this one scares me! Please don’t make me speak in a British accent!)
I’ve had a week of inspiration. It all started with seeing my high school theatre director who always is full of wisdom, compassion and love – I saw him last Saturday while he was in town directing a play for the first time in over 10 years perhaps. I like to think his energy kicked this whole thing off.
donald hicken baltimore school for the arts
A few days later something amazing happened.
Always trust your friends to set you up with someone amazing. When I first came here, I had a couple of friends who introduced me to various people in England knowing I was moving and wouldn’t know many people. My one friend Andrew did an amazing introduction that I just couldn’t resist saying YES PLEASE! to. He started it like this:

It was just too much.
I could no longer live in a world in which you two did not know each other.
You are both trained actresses who have put their skills to work in other worlds.
You both spent years building up your respective scenes in Chicago then promptly ditched the city for London.
You both go by three names.

That intro alone was enough to make me want to meet her, but then of course he went on to explain in more detail how much we needed to meet. So, we did. Sarah is here on a Fulbright scholarship and the first time I met her I was blown away by her awesomeness – yeah, she’s obviously smart and so interesting but she’s also incredibly likable and so full of life. We instantly hit it off, and in between her travels between Edinburgh, Bristol and the rest of the UK, we’ve been able to meet a few times.
She knew I had trained as an actress since the age of 8 but hadn’t acted in over 5 years. We had talked in length about performing, and she really made me realize why I loved it so much back in the day. I have to admit, I do miss it at times.
Well, last week she asked me to be a part of this incredible production called The Roof at an outdoor theatre outside of the National Theatre. They were looking for supernumeraries, and she admitted it wouldn’t be a huge role but an important one, and I had to commit to at least 8 performances.

Without even really knowing much about it, I jumped at it. I mean, it’s put on by a company called Fuel Theatre, and is in conjunction with the Royal National Theatre – talk about an experience! Last night was our first rehearsal followed by our first performance. We are on stage for one minute total, but it’s exciting and such an incredible moment, and the fact that it fulfills one of my New Year’s Resolutions is just the icing on the cake.
Please, if you are in London and have a chance to see it, do. Buy tickets by clicking here. Unlike anything I’ve experienced before. But do it quickly because it’s selling out fast! 700 people per night…
All in all, 2014 is shaping up to be a pretty incredible year. I want to continue to stay present, joyful and experience this amazing world around me. Less drinking wouldn’t be a bad thing either…
How’s it going in your year?