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 ME & MIREYA BEIN’ RAD & TALKING ABOUT OUR MOST RECENT SHOW:
Our So-Called Sleepover, or, Freud and Jung Crash 1995 through a Ouija Board…
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LA Weekly called my improv group, GiRL CRUSH, “sort of radical, maybe in a Parker Posey–meets–Hélène Cixous kind of way,” which is pretty much the highest compliment I can imagine! And they said you should see us, which GOOD NEWS, you can do every month at the Women’s Center for Creative Work!

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GiRL CRUSH is a girl gang of stone cold weirdos and cool kids who enjoy getting together and creating crush-worthy, story-focused, long-form improv.  GiRL CRUSH proves the following equation: Jenny Greer + Cindi Kusuda + Sallie Merkel + Lauren White = instant 5th-grade-sleepover-style fun. Come crush with us!

 

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Bill Raden at LA Weekly says “The Johnny Cycle” features “a uniformly superb ensemble” so there’s that!quick.sallie_merkel

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I recently had the pleasure of acting alongside a wonderful cast and crew in an AFI short film called “Shadow and Glass.” It’s set in 1864 and I play a medium who runs a spirit photography business. So I was basically in heaven.
Here’s the link if you wanna check it out: https://vimeo.com/123042933  Password: shadow
AFI first year films cannot be distributed or submitted to festivals because they use proprietary sound–so consider this private vimeo link your invite to a private festival screening! I recommend watching with headphones, because the sound editing is off-the-chain!

 

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Peep this review of “Ebenezer,” which Noah J. Nelson says is, “hands-down, bar-none, the best piece of immersive theatre I’ve seen in LA in the past two years.”

Full review here: http://losangeles.bitter-lemons.com/2014/12/08/ebenezer-the-immersive-weve-been-waiting-for-review/#sthash.beMhiMFI.dpbs

 

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I’ll be appearing as the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come in “Ebenezer: an Immersive Christmas Carol” on December 3rd, 4th, 8th & 9th 2014 at Golden Road Brewing. Here’s a sneak peak:

More info. & tickets available here:

http://speakeasysociety.com/upcoming-show-ebenezer

 

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Delighted to be reading with a very talented cast in YOUR NAME WILL FOLLOW YOU HOME at Boston Court’s annual new play festival, PLAY/ground.

Sunday, November 9, 2014  11am 

YOUR NAME WILL FOLLOW YOU HOME, by Carlos Murillo, directed by Michael John Garces

The young, reclusive novelist Danny Santiago came out of nowhere and took the literary world by storm. His novel, Famous All Over Town, was a gritty, authentic depiction of Chicano life in East LA told through the eyes of a troubled teenager. But is it authentic? And who is the real Danny Santiago? And what happens when best friends and collaborators Javier and Alvaro attempt to make sense of the story. Originally commissioned by Steppenwolf Theatre, Your Name Will Follow You Home takes us on a wild, only-in-America, odyssey to the darkest heart of these questions. Charlie Chaplin. Communists in Hollywood. HUAC. The Blacklist. 50s B-Monster Movies. Architectural Fantasias. Fake Latinos. Jesse James.

Free and open to the public, but reservations strongly encouraged:

http://www.bostoncourt.com/events/224/playground

 

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Live Arts Exchange at the Bootleg Theater is the best party in town. And I will be smashing things all over that stage in “Dedicated to a True Lover (and therefore probably nobody).” I have been working on this piece for over two years and it has taken many different forms, becoming more meaningful to me with every incarnation. I am astounded by the work happening in rehearsal and I would love to share it with you. Link and details below.

Dedicated to a True Lover (and therefore probably nobody) is a theatrical encounter with the work and life of German auteur Rainer Werner Fassbinder. This delirious participatory assemblage begins as a reenactment of the film Whity, Fassbinder’s homage to the American Western, and a study of his meta-autobiographical Beware of a Holy Whore. As the performers retrace the steps of the film crew, playing themselves and each other, Dedicated devolves from studied reenactment to kaleidoscopic pageant – a ritualized performance of the brutality of artistic creation, the fragility of identity and the politics of performative representation; an ecstatic destruction of self.

CREATIVE TEAM//
Directed by Zoe Aja Moore
Featuring Jenny Greer, Christopher Hampton, Saxon Jones, Sallie Merkel, Jim Merson, and Gabriella Rhodeen
developed with the group

Scenic: Liz Toonkel
Lights: Rachel Levy
Sound: Jonathan Snipes
Video: Keith Skretch

Performance Dates/Times:

Thursday, September 18th, 8 p.m. // Saturday, September 20th, 8 p.m // Sunday, September 21st, 4 p.m.