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Embracing Your Blocks

It all began with a 6-month writer’s block. And with only 8 days left until my stage play First Hand Woman’s American debut at FringeNYC, I’d like to let you in on this little reveal. Back in 2003, I’d attended a screening of a short film that I’d written, directed and produced. It had been doing pretty […]

Is That a Stormtrooper in your Pocket?

A little-known secret… about First Hand Woman playwright/producer, Sarah Michelle Brown:   FIRST HAND WOMAN is one woman’s powerful story, told through five different parts of herself. These parts are the boisterous and unapologetic stages of loss. So the characters onstage are Denial, Bargaining, Anger, Depression and Acceptance. This is an exhilarating ride through the stages […]

How to ROCK the Ordinary World in 10 Minutes

Every good journey needs a variety of things. First of all, you’ve got to start with an AWESOME heroine/hero… Now, let’s say that awesome person is you! In order to begin what in creative terms is deemed as a “good story”, you need to start off with a few simple ingredients. You start with what’s […]

First Day of Rehearsal!!!

You’ll be delighted to know that we had a fantastic first day!!! I’m really excited about the creative team assembled for the Toronto debut. We’re incorporating LIVE musical elements for the first time. Go team! This includes singer/songwriter extraordinaire, Saidah Baba Talibah and soulful percussionist Guiomar Campbell. I could feel the excitement buzzing in the […]

Why Depression Rocks

… A la First Hand Woman It’s that time again. FIRST HAND WOMAN is less than a week away from starting rehearsals for the Toronto debut. I find that as all my off-stage tasks get completed and I slowly lift the different weights of responsibilities off of my shoulders, my on-stage role of “Depression” is […]

Play Time!

FIRST HAND WOMAN is approximately 5 years in the making now, and I just received our performance dates for the Next Stage festival today. Yay! I also found out that FIRST HAND WOMAN is the first one to receive a request for group ticket sales… and from a Toronto-based Seniors Home!!! Totally unexpected, so how […]

Mountains and Molehills

A FIRST HAND WOMAN-sized summit… So lately, I’ve been pondering the mountain that is ahead of me. Money to raise, resources to find for the next incarnation of FIRST HAND WOMAN. I can freely admit that there is a huge temptation to curl up in a fetal position beneath my covers. But instead, I am […]

The Fear of Becoming a First Hand Woman

With FIRST HAND WOMAN I’m swimming in the place where dreams meet fears… This play has been in my head and on the page for four years now, and it will finally start its journey into the outside world and onto the stage in just two and a half months. Wow, Montreal, here we come! […]