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Saturday, September 17, 2011

My First Commission: A Starcraft II Birthday Surprise!

My friend Stephanie, who I met working on Shafrika the White Girl at JARADOA Theater Company, contacted me last week to make cookies for her boyfriend's birthday. My very first commission!

She sent me an e-mail saying "He loves the game Starcraft II, Wings of Liberty and this past weekend he was really excited to be promoted to the Silver League. When he plays Starcraft II he plays Terran." All of this went right over my head, but she attached pictures, so I felt a little better.

 Starcraft II logo:
This is the message he got when he moved up to the Silver League:
 Terran logo:

The pictures were helpful, but also caused a bit of panic to set in. How was I supposed to duplicate such intricate designs and fonts onto a cookie?? But I was up for the challenge, and with a little arts & crafts, some handmade stencils and food markers helped me create video game art.

The Silver League badge seemed like it would be pretty easy, so I started there.


Then I tackled the Terran Logo. There was no way I'd be able to draw that thing free-hand, so I printed it out, made a stencil and traced it onto each cookie with yellow food marker. It took some time and patience, but the tracing method definitely made it easier, and I'm pretty proud of how they came out! Especially since at first glace I thought it would be impossible.

The last hurdle was the Starcraft Logo. How on earth was I going to replicate that font and fancy computer-generated shading effect?? I went out on a crazy limb and back to the arts & crafts table. I printed out the logo, poked holes in the corners of each letter with a pin, and when the cookie came out of the oven, I poked through each hole onto the cookie with a toothpick, so that when the cookie cooled, I could connect the dots. When I poked the holes into the cookie, it got all crumbly and I thought I was done for, but after it cooled and I calmed down a bit, the holes were a helpful guide and it actually worked!

So, that's my adventure with the first order of Curtain Up Cookies! 
And a Happy 29th Birthday to Stephanie's boyfriend, Luis!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

WHAT I'M UP TO: Love's Labor's Lost

Next up I'm heading back to the Public!

I did a PublicLab show there a year and a half ago (Juan & John by Roger Guenveur Smith), and I'm back for more. This time I'll be the Production Assistant on Love's Labor's Lost! My first Shakespeare play! I'm very excited. The Public is known for their Shakespeare productions, so this is going to be a good time. It's only playing for a short time (October 18 - November 6) and tickets are cheap ($15!), so no excuses! Get 'em while they're available!

My favorite part:

Love’s Labor’s Won: The Public Celebrates Marriage Equality! 
To celebrate the passing of New York State’s Marriage Equality Act, The Public Theater is offering a free pair of tickets to its upcoming production of Love's Labor's Lost to any couple (gay or straight) married in New York State between July 24 and October 18, 2011.
To redeem this offer, please visit our box office at 425 Lafayette Street with a copy of your marriage certificate and photo ID. For more information, please call (212) 967-7555. 

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

CLOSING COOKIES: Herman Kline's Midlife Crisis

Another one comes to a close. Saturday marked the end of the run of Herman Kline's Midlife Crisis, and I happily had enough time to make closing cookies!
*Apologies for the weird coloring. I broke my camera and had to use my phone :( *

Proud Papa Playwright Josh Koenigsberg enjoying his cookie at the closing party.
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