Thoughts about the show from an audience member…

22 03 2013

I am having a delightful time performing my one-woman show, 185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar…  I can’t believe that the run is almost over!  When I got online this morning, I was greeted by a lovely message from an audience member who saw the show last night.  Here is the message:

“I cannot stop thinking about your show, it’s still talking to me in so many ways. It needs to go viral, more viral than the book of Mormon.  😉  I’m going to promote it to as many people as I can force. Thank you for writing it and sharing it with us.”  -Tareq M.

You don’t have to take his word for it, come check it out on your own!  …But you only have one chance left!

185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar (with opening act, Amy Sumpter)

Amanda Rountree in 185 Buddhas

Amanda Rountree in 185 Buddhas

Written and performed by Amanda Rountree, directed by Jen Ellison
Studio Be
3110 N. Sheffield Ave.
$12 in advance, $15 at the door Buy Tickets!
Thursday, March 28 at 8pm

185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar
The art of improvisation creates stories from thin air, making the unseen seen. For Amanda Rountree, this is not just an artform, but a way of life — one that includes unexpected twists and turns — leading, if not to mastery, to enlightenment.  Written and performed by Amanda Rountree, and directed by Jen Ellison, this show follows the artist on her path with all of the funny and touching moments along the way.

Quote for Today

1 07 2012

When faced by any loss, there’s no point in trying to recover what has been.  It’s best to take advantage of the large space that opens up before us and fill it with something new.  -Paulo Coelho



8 05 2012

If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?

– Dogen Zenji

Transcending Loss

21 03 2012

After I lost my sister, a dear friend gave me a book on grief.  It’s called, Transcending Loss by Ashley Davis Prend and has been incredibly helpful.  Dealing with the death of a loved one is not something I can encapsulate into a sentence or even a blog entry.  At least, not right now.  Or maybe I can on some days and other days I cannot.  Something truly valuable I’ve gotten from this book is that, yes, there are lots of stages of grief, but that no, you will not necessarily feel them in any certain order.  Sometimes, you’ll be in multiple stages at once; sometimes, you’ll revisit stages you thought you already passed through.  Dealing with death is weird, sad, frustrating, gut-wrenching, liberating, and–despite my trying to do so–impossibly indescribable.  So when this book lays out in front of you all of these things you’re feeling and does so in a way that says, “Yep, what you’re going through is pretty shitty and all of those thoughts and feelings you’re having are COMPLETELY NORMAL,” it just makes you feel so much better.

This morning, I woke up with a Garth Brooks song in my head.  My sister loved Garth Brooks.  The song accompanied an image of the three of us–my two sisters and I–standing with our arms around each other.  The film maker in my head sure does know how to direct a tear-jerker, right?

Anyway, it made me reach for the book, which I actually haven’t done in a month or so.  I opened up to different pages and am moved to share some excerpts of the book here.  Who knows?  Maybe it will even help someone else who is dealing with grief.

“After the stage of Shock, grievers commonly enter the stage of Disorganization.  This is the heart of grief, and thus the most difficult……You remember the good times and the precious, ordinary moments.  You remember the bad times and all the things you wish you had said that you’ll never be able to say now.  Some days are punctuated by gut-wrenching, bittersweet, lonely moments, but on other days, you don’t feel anything at all.  You might have nightmares, health problems, or irrational phobias.  You probably think that you’re going crazy and you may even want to die.  This is a particularly difficult stage since it seems endless and in fact it may reemerge, off and on, for many years.”

Like I said, it’s helpful to have your feelings validated and to know that no, you’re not going crazy–you’re just normal.  Here’s another passage that found me this morning.

“The point is that in the beginning, in the stage of Disorganization, things are not okay.  Life is not fine.  You are not doing all right.  Someone you loved dearly, someone precious to you, has been wrested from you, and your life is left in shreds.  If someone describes a griever to me by saying, ‘Oh, she’s so strong and together; she’s handling her grief really well,’ that’s when I worry.  I think someone is handling her grief well if I hear that ‘she’s terribly upset, she’s crying constantly, she’s falling apart.’  Emotion isn’t the problem to be fixed; it’s the natural response and the ultimate solution.”

Thank you, beautifully validating book.

doing what you love

24 02 2012

Sometimes, I wish life was as simple to live as a Rumi quote.

Sometimes, it is.

Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.  ~Rumi

Sure, if you follow your dream, life can be really challenging.  But you know what?  Life can be really challenging if you don’t follow your dream.  Either way, you’ll experience loss, failure, obstacles, and disappointments.  But only by following your dream can you truly experience the lightness and joy of fulfilling your purpose.

That doesn’t mean your purpose can’t change–or rather, that your methodology for fulfilling your purpose can’t change.  It’s wise to occasionally focus in and re-evaluate what it is that you love–what it is that you want.  People can get caught up in chasing old dreams, long after their desires have changed.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.  ~Rumi

What do you love?

What will you do?


8 11 2011
Trying to explain the understanding that comes with age to one who is young is like trying to explain the beauty of flying to a caterpillar.

improv and life….once again…

17 05 2011

So once again, I look down at the pages of my notebook–the one I use when I’m coaching improv, teaching improv, and directing shows–and I notice that a note I wrote for creating an engaging and sincere moment on stage applies to creating an engaging and sincere moment in life.

It matters less what we say to each other than how we feel about each other.

Yes, yes.  So very true.