You've no idea how meaningful your cards, emails, and mysterious packages have been to me during this busy time. I'd like to take a few minutes to personally address some of the mail I've received while this blog has been on hiatus, and hope that my personal responses will give you insight into who Monica really is- and in the case of IMWTCHNGU666, put an end to the doorstep poetry you seem so intent on leaving for me.
Let's dig into the mail bag, shall we?
Kippy from Toledo asks, "Although I live in Ohio and have never even heard of you, how do you learn all those lines?"
--Oh, Kippy. If I had a nickel for every time I've been asked that question...I'd throw those nickels at your head one at a time until you asked a better question. Next!
Mildred from Hell Hole Swamp asks, "Will you please come help me move? I live in Hell Hole Swamp."
--Mildred, even though I feel your pain and fully understand how traumatic it must be to live in such a place, I am a professional actor, and do not help people move. Unless, of course, it is to a fabulous country home with a guest room I might use later. And only if there is pizza. Sorry.
ParisMtScout asks, "I understand you've recently completed filming a major role in a new independent feature film. Which do you prefer, acting in handcrafted films such as GET BETTER, or being in dumb plays?"
--I know this is you, Chris White. I had a great time working on your film. Now, please let other people ask some real questions.
Cindy Lou Who from Whoville asks, "If you could play any historical figure, who would it be, and why?"
--Finally, a real question! Cindy Lou, I am particularly drawn to the stories of those less fortunate than myself- those who endure hardships beyond our wildest imaginations. Those who battle the forces of evil and strive for goodness in this cruel, cruel, world. I think the choice here is obvious- I would play Cindy Lou Who from Whoville, who battles the Grinch and saves Christmas.
"Wait. That's me."
"And I'm four years old. You're ten times my age."
"I'm not a real person. I said 'historical figure.'"
--Is there a breeze in here?
Ann from Cedar Mountain asks, "Why don't you get on one of those TV shows I watch? Just call them and tell them you'd like to be on there- tell them you were on 'Army Wives.' And are you eating well? You need to keep your strength up- you get sick when you do too much, you know that. And don't forget, Tommy's birthday is coming up."
--MOM, I will call you later.
Kim K. from NYC asks, "I've got a beautiful wedding dress that I no longer need. Could you use it in your next project? And I wore it because I was REALLY in love. And please come to my purse signing at Daffy's in Herald Square at 4pm."
--Kim, I actually COULD use your dress for an upcoming project. My husband, playwright Dean Poynor, is writing a play that features wedding dresses very prominently. Where can I come pick it up?
You can come to where I work. It's on television.
--But where, exactly?
TV is everywhere.
--But where do you work, so I can pick up the dress?
I'm on TV.
Looks like we're out of time. Thank you all for your messages of encouragement- I will do my best to answer each and every one during my time here in Myrtle Beach. And please, come see A CHRISTMAS STORY at Atlantic Stage, running December 2-18th.
Ooh! A new message just came in! Let's see what it says...
Dean from NYC asks, "Honey, where is the lint roller? And I miss you."
--It's in the pet basket, and I miss you, too. :)