April 2014 Archives

Introducing Modet Dance Collective!

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(Logo design by Jessie Good)

I am super excited to announce my latest (and coolest) project that I've been working on:

Modet Dance Collective

It started with an introduction to another choreographer by a mutual friend, and grew from there. We each reached out to dancers we knew and people we met (and people who auditioned for me for other projects). We now have a nice solid group of dancers and choreographers who are each amazing! I am having the time of my life dancing again and I am so inspired that I keep coming up with ideas for pieces that I want to see these talented dancers perform. It's been a dream working with everyone.

We are performing a sneak peek of 4 new works this Friday, May 2nd at 6:45pm at the Bridgeport Art Center. They are hosting us as a part of their exhibit opening Artemisia After 40. 

The show is free and open to the public. Come check us out!

Our pieces are choreographed by Pam Krayenbuhl, Melissa Talleda, Anna Zordan, and myself.

We will also be presenting a full program of these and other works on Sunday, June 15th at Stage 773. We are partnering with members of the Living Room Playmakers for this performance, entitled "Future Perfect Tension".  Stay tuned for more info on this show, cause you won't want to miss it!

It has been such a gift being able to dance again. I hope you can join us Friday for our preview!

Kirk and Scotty Represent at C2E2 on CBS

Sherri Blossom and Greta Von Tapp represented this morning at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo on CBS Chicago this morning. Watch the clips here and here!

Reviews for Rack of Khan Keep Rolling In

This one has a bunch of spelling errors and a criticism of my "Kirk Speak" directors choices, but it is still good! LINK HERE.

SNORF This Saturday

This Saturday at 2:00pm, don't miss SNORF at the Playground Theatre! It is only $5! Fun for the whole family!

For more info, visit www.thesnorfshow.com!

Easter Choir

Rebecca and I sang in the choir at church on Easter, and happily, the performance was recorded! It was a small group this go round--only 10-- so we sang a Renaissance piece in Latin. I loved it, because it reminded me of my Madrigal and Mixed Ensemble days back at ole WCHS with Mr Nunnalee. I love this style of music and singing so much.

I'm the one standing RIGHT behind the choir director, so you will only be able to see a few slivers of me and my purple hair, but I am singing alto, which I love. Also, someone needs to get their eyes checked--I'm holding my folder up practically to my face, and no one else is. Anyways, enjoy!

Easter Sunday Service at Lincoln Square Presbyterian Church. Directed by Aaron Schultz.

Chicago Reader Review for Rack of Khan

Page Link Here!

"Kling on me," purrs Captain James T. Kirk as she leans up against a tassel-breasted Lieutenant Worf in Gorilla Tango's The Rack of Khan: A Star Trek Burlesque. In director Erica Reid's final frontier, the crew of the starship Enterprise have had their male parts beamed away by Khan, arch-enemy of Kirk; as the captain, Sheri Blossom projects Shatner's glorious cluelessness from inside Jennifer Garner looks. Trekkies looking for TV-series in-jokes won't find many, but may not care in the face of the booty-shaking enthusiasm of the all-female cast--especially a wild striptease from Evelyn Tensions's Worf. Reid's choreography drives the enjoyably wacky plot without eclipsing the cast's adeptness with puns. Nor does the show shy away from the command "Set phasers to stun." --Chloe Riley

Daily Inspiration

Atoms for Peace: Ingenue

(Thanks to Lily for the link!)

Earth Day Birth Day


Happy amazing birthday to my best friend Rebecca!!! YAYAYAY! I am so happy you were born and that you are here. I can't wait to Rage with you this summer!!!

First Review for Rack of Khan!

Friday night was amazing. A. Maz. Ing. I will write a full blog post about it later, but in short, it was a sold out house for an incredible show. My cast and crew rocked it SO HARD. I was walking on clouds all weekend. I don't think I've ever been more proud of a show in my life. We all worked so hard for this one.

And the first review came out today! READ IT HERE!

It's the day of the show, y'all

I think this is my millionth post with that title.

TONIGHT! It opens tonight!

It feels like just yesterday that I pitched myself to both direct and choreograph. But that was September. SEVEN months ago, and a lot has happened in that time.

I'm super excited, and also super nervous, as I always am when I open a new show. You think that I would be used to it by now, but nope! And especially with this show--so much is on my shoulders. I don't want to let down the company in anyway--I want this show to blow everyone away. And I think it will. The cast is incredible--such amazing women with great energy and hilarious ideas. I laughed my ass off night after night in rehearsal. The costumes are phenomenal--I can't wait to see them in the stage lights. And my tech team is the tops.

I am super proud of myself. And tonight, when the first night's bows are done at 10pm, I will breathe a little easier. :)

In other news--yesterday Fuzzy and I celebrated 10 years together! INSANE! What a great decade of love. And it's Easter weekend! Happy Easter, y'all!!



I am so proud of this freaking show and my freaking amazing cast and the freaking amazing technical staff. (I directed it AND choreographed it.)

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Oh man, I don't know what life will be like when things are up and running.....maybe I'll, I don't know, read a book?

Upcoming Shows


I have gotten really lax at updating my performance sidebar over there, so here is a fast and loose list of shows that I have that are upcoming, if you are interested:

Tomorrow: April 10th--The Plucky Show! 9pm Gorilla Tango
This monthly variety show is hosted by the always awesome Plucky Rosental! See Mrs Lancaster do some new bits this week. 2 for 1 tickets online with the code "pluckateer".  Also performing on May 8th & June 12th.

The Rack of Khan: A Star Trek Burlesque!
I am not performing in this, but I directed and choreographed it and I am SO proud of it. Runs Fridays at 9pm at Gorilla Tango starting April 18th. Get $10 off advance ticket purchases with the code "reid14."

SNORF! The Saturday Afternoon Monster and Piggie/ Comedy Variety Show! I direct this one also. Good for kids and adults. Saturday, April 26th, May 24, June 28th. 2:00pm $5 at the Playground Theatre.

Modet Dance Collective Chicago-Debut Performance!
The dance collective that a group of us recently created will be debuting pieces from our upcoming show Future Perfect Tension on Saturday, May 2nd at the Bridgeport Art Center as a part of their ARTEMISIA AFTER 40 Art Exhibit opening. We perform at 6:45pm. Free. I am both dancing in this as well as presenting a piece that I choreographed.

Funny Ha Ha--Friday, May 16th  6:30-8:00pm $5 At the Hideout
I'm excited to be performing in this awesome literary humor reading series! I will be telling a true-life awesome story that I wrote about briefly on the blog once before, but the only way to find out what story it is going to be is to come. Debut performance.

She's Crafty! Thursday, May 22nd at The Wabash Tap 9pm Free!
I will be DJing for the amazingly awesome all female Beastie Boys cover band She's Crafty! They are AMAZING and I am honored to be able to be on stage with them. Another debut!

The Gogo Show  Saturday, May 24th 8pm at the Lincoln Loft (this is where I got married, yo!) Yet another debut at another awesome show! I will be performing a solo piece at this monthly comedy showcase.

Modet Dance Collective Chicago--Future Perfect Tension
Sunday, June 15th at 8pm at Stage773, $10 General Admission, $5 Students
This is a big one! Our own show in a big theatre! MDCC will be partnering with members of the Living Room Playmakers  in an hour long presentation. I am SO proud of this, and it is one you don't want to miss! (more info to come soon).

Impress These Apes! Monday nights at 8pm July 7-August 25 at ComedySportz. We're at it again! SEASON 8 of everyone's favorite talent competition hosted by hyper-intelligent Apes from the future. April May is dusting off her gloves and turban to give some Turtle-ly Awesome judgings to a new crop of pitiful humans. (sign up for auditions now!)

Whew! So if you haven't seen me in a while, this is why. :)

Blog Hop!


I got tagged in a blog hop by the amazing writer (and my amazing friend) Claire! It was a super awesome complement, cause if this awesome writer thinks that I am a writer, then I must be! Here goes!

What am I working on?
Most of the writing that I am doing right now is comedic personal non-fiction essays and script-writing for various stage shows. Also, angry essays about things on my blog. Tee Hee. I find that non-fiction, in my opinion, is a lot more crazy and interesting than anything imaginary, so I love taking my own life experiences and heightening them for story-telling.  In the past, looking back at this blog, I've done some pretty heady emotional writing, and I am proud of myself for allowing myself to get so vulnerable and honest about the loss of my father, my anxiety, and all the inner workings of my brain. There is a lot more writing that I would like to do in the future--blogging, essays, screenplays, short films, etc--so I look forward to setting aside some time to do that.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Because it is mine! My voice is important! I have lots to say, and I am witty, right? RIGHT??!
But seriously, everyone's work is different from everyone else's, because we are all different people. Though we do the same thing, we all have our own voice. My voice involves cats, though, and I am pretty sure that nothing else on the internet is about cats.

Why do I write what I do?
I am a comedian, so first and foremost, that is my point of view. I also come from a super awesome compassionate family who cares about things and other people and that shaped who I am am and what I like to write.  I think that it is important to put things that are not-mean out into the world. When I wrote about my dad's cancer and my anxiety, I wrote it to help me, but to also put into the world for others so that they could know they are not alone. We, as humans, share common experiences, yet we always think we are alone and that no one understands. And while yes, we can't TRULY know how another is feeling, we can often have empathy and stand on a common ground.  I really want to write about my experience with the years since my dad died--specifically about my mother's illness--and though that will not be fun writing, I think it is important and needs to get out of my head.

How does my writing process work?
Two ways: either I have something in my head that I can't go another minute without getting out and it has to come out right this second or I am going to go crazy, or I have a deadline.  I write like I choreograph--I think about it over and over and over and over until right before it has to be finalized, and then I will put it on paper. I know what I am going to perform at the May 16 Funny Ha Ha, but I likely won't officially write it until that week. I can't be distracted, either--if the tv is on while I am writing, I will write the dialogue from the show without realizing it. I can write to music, though--just not talking. Also, while writing, I prefer to be draped in velvet and diamonds while reclining on a canopy bed while having my feet rubbed while kittens dance playfully about. In Paris with a warm summer breeze and a refreshing cocktail. You know, really boring and mundane.

Next week! Margaret Hicks from Lost and Found Travel and Leigh Vandiver from Fun Things To Do While You're Waiting will continue the hop! Check them out!


This is why twitter is awesome.

SNORF on the WGN Morning News!

We were on the WGN Morning News again this morning to promote our appearance in the Chicago Improv Festival tomorrow night at 8pm! Here is the clip!

(Fuzzy is Ron the Snake and I am Bessie the Cow)