Hello team! I know that it has been a little while since I have updated this awesome blog that you all read so religiously, quote, my hilarious Improvisational Theatre member roomie, Maggie Seegers. I do, in fact, have good reason for my absence. Since my last post, I have uprooted my comfy existence to sweltering Williamsburg to commence rehearsals for the show that I will be performing this summer at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C.. It has been a time consuming, emotionally intense, and fun experience. I honestly can NOT believe that I am actually getting paid to do what I love! Well, I can believe it, but I’m so honored to say I’m living my dream! Okay, enough with the cheesy emotional mumbojumbo that I love so much. Time to get down to the real reason I’m writing: COOKING.
Okay, I know what you are thinking. If you know me, you know I live off of Phyllis’s amazing omelets at the Sadler Center, or the delicious soups in the Dodgeroom. But since I have been in Williamsburg there is one thing that I have learned: actors LOVE to eat. A lot. We are just like athletes, we need fuel to get us through the 10 am to 6 pm rehearsals. Or in the case of the Virginia Shakespeare Festival actors that are here, 1pm to 10pm rehearsals. Either way, there is a lot of energy expended every single day…which has got me thinking…who needs the gym? Okay, maybe I need the gym sometimes, but this summer I’m totally into cooking. I’ve got a ton of food allergies, so it’s tough for me to cook the conventional college dishes like pasta and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. But the selection in Williamsburg for people with food allergies is actually really fantastic! Last night I found ingredients to make a vegan gluten free spinach and soy cheese pizza. Don’t knock it till yah try it! It was totally delicious. I have also found that in the summer time here it is blisteringly hot outside, so people are more likely to come inside when there is a) air conditioning, and b) food. Tonight I’m cooking sun dried tomato risotto and sauteed peppers, I can’t wait. Almost every night there have been at least four of five members of my cast, and sometimes some Virginia Shakespeare cast members present to cook, talk, discuss art, music, and politics, and enjoy good food. It literally has been everything I thought college would be when I was applying!
So who knows readers, maybe I’ll become a total foodie next year, or a chef, or maybe I’ll give up this whole acting thing forever! Just kidding. But seriously, I have loved cooking more this summer and it is really something that I hope to do more of next year.