151-165/1000 Foods to Eat Befo...

May 19, 2017 by

I’m currently in something of a holding pattern professionally, which has also led to a lot of anxious walking around NYC alone, staring into store windows, and stopping every now and then to check something off the 1000 Foods to Eat Before You Die master list. So here we go — the fruits (and pastries, and beverages) of my nervous productivity.

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138-150/1000 Foods to Eat Befo...

Apr 30, 2017 by

To begin, my book club and I went to a lovely Russian restaurant here in NYC last week, called Mari Vanna. I highly recommend it! The food was delicious, the ambiance is like being in someone’s grandmother’s parlor, and the house-infused vodkas and vodka cocktails are outstanding.

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Things Jim Houghton Said That ...

Aug 3, 2016 by

What I know of him is this: he very often said wise things, and I had the great good fortune to be in the room sometimes when he said them, and the lucky foresight to write them down. I present to you now the Jim Houghton quotes I have written down, that I have often referred to and will continue to refer to in times of uncertainty. I present them exactly as I transcribed them, without editorialization or comment.

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38-48/1000 Foods to Eat Before...

Jul 2, 2016 by

it’s been a year since last I updated my 1000 Foods To Eat Before You Die journey. I’m still eating foods, I just haven’t been very good about keeping track of when I’m checking them off, and I’ve been downright negligent about blogging them. Let’s look at the things I have eaten in the last year that I have managed to take photos of.

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Nothing can stop me.

Feb 13, 2016 by

It’s been a long time since I have written a blog post. I’m not going to apologize, because that would be weird and pointless. It’s my blog. I’m busy. You know all that. But I am writing today, because this is the virtual space where I feel comfortable being vulnerable. I guess it’s because my name is in the URL. Who knows? I have something I want to express today, and this feels like the correct place for it to live.

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Juilliard. I got into Juilliar...

Jun 5, 2014 by

I am beyond proud to announce that I, Chelsea Marcantel, have just been granted a Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwright Fellowship at The Juilliard School, under the direction of Christopher Durang and Marsha Norman. I’m soon to be a fellow at my dream school. Studying with two of my heroes. Living in New York City. And that is enough to be in awe of for one day.

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Ep. 6 :: Levi Petree is Making...

Apr 7, 2014 by

We’re back! In this episode, I chat with my good pal Levi Petree about his band The Radio Publica, who have just released their debut EP. We discuss our families in Louisiana, our time in Chicago, and his recent transition from actor to songwriter/musician. We also lament that life is long and real, and discus our growing appreciation for savings accounts. Listen in!

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Ep. 5 :: Evan Linder is Making...

Feb 20, 2014 by

On this episode of Making Conversation, I chat with Chicago playwright/actor/director Evan Linder. We talk about the vibrant way his theatre company develops new work, his current project (part of Steppenwolf’s Garage Rep), what teaching playwrighting to students has taught US about writing, and a whole lot more.

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Ep.3 :: Margot Bordelon is Mak...

Feb 6, 2014 by

In this episode, I talk with director Margot Bordelon, who currently lives and works in New York City. We chat about why she calls herself a “new play director,” what we love about Chicago, how quickly we’d sell out (within reason), making theatre that is aggressive yet accessible, and how what we do is becoming as important to us as how we do it. Plus, of course, much more.

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Ep. 2 :: Erin Parker is Making...

Jan 26, 2014 by

In this episode, I chat with actress and singer Erin Parker. We discuss the theatre scene in Nashville, where she has lived and worked for a decade, as well as the “rules” that artists live by, and the importance of making your own work and opportunities. And Jon Hamm, etc.

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Ep.1 :: Danielle O’Farre...

Jan 18, 2014 by

In this first episode of “Making Conversation,” I speak with my good friend, actress Danielle O’Farrell. We discuss making storefront theatre in Chicago in our 20s, the pros and cons of joining a union, the importance of beauty and aesthetics in personal presentation, why she moved to New York from California, and much, much more.

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