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In the meantime - Check out this video from the Goodspeed Production of "Indian Joe"

Confessions From Duane Reade

"Look how 73-year-old Harrison Ford is still celebrated as Han Solo on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and his Jedi counterpart, 59-year-old Carrie Fisher, is being blasted on social media for “not aging well.

My opinion: Harrison Ford looks old as the hills. Is he aging well? Not compared to a lot of women his age, but you know what? Great. Being old as the hills as a gorgeous thing; think about how much smarter, experienced and craft-savvy he must be. Might I even venture to say more sexy?Well, this depends on how we define ‘sexy.'

I was looking at magazines in a Duane Reade as an experiment and noticed something remarkable (aka not remarkable or surprising at all): Every single woman on every single magazine was air brushed within an inch of their lives, even Tina Fey and Amy Poehler who are poster chicks for pointing to this ridiculous / obvious gender factor. But they get it: To have a voice, they have to play the game and pretend to never age. The only woman who wasn't completely whitewashed with the gloss of unrealistic perfection was the TIME Magazine cover pic of Angela Merkel, The Person of the Year, Chancellor of the Free World. BUT IT WASNT EVEN A PICTURE. It was a drawing, a rendering that was an approximation of her reality. They couldn't airbrush her up and get away with it, because she doesn't exist on the spectrum to titillate, but to challenge. She's a bastion of brains and smarts-appeal, which apparently is not what we care about in this craven, inside-out season of society.

(*Shakes fist and tells the kids to get off her lawn.*) Anyway…

This was the discovery for me: The men on the front of mags showed plenty signs of age. The mags ACCENTUATED crows feet & gray hair. They ACCENTUATED furrowed brows. It was shocking at how blatant the image crafting really was. There was no apology, no shame. (This is not to say that men don't have LOTS of image pressure from all sides in different ways, btw. I'm not that cloistered in my perception of how this is all going down.)

But I'm telling you nothing new. Here's the thing:

This is not irreversible. Everyday people in everyday jobs who work at these everyday magazines have the power to say, "You know what, I'm not going to make this woman look like a comic book approximation. I'm not going to shave her thighs down with my electronic wand. I'm not going to CHANGE THE SHADE OF A WOMAN'S SKIN (!?) to match the ideal." Whatever that is. You know who else can help change this: we can. I'm as guilty as the next person for filtering a pic within an inch of its life and taking a selfie over and over again to look my best; slathering prescription strength skin meds on my face, etc ad nauseam. But we can also try to be real with one another. Vulnerable. And the more we are real with our real image, the more we can change the tide of exception.

It's a Real Movement. Hashtag that mess.

As actors, aren't we trying to be real? Isn't that what people pay a lot of money to see? People being vulnerable in real scenarios about real things? That's gutsy. That's sexy. I think if people are fed an appetite of real faces and bodies and ages, they would consume it as healthy. Tasty. But we are feeding people an appetite of candy corn, sugar-coated caricatures. So that's what we all expect from ourselves. We're gonna be sick to our soul-stomaches any day now. Oh wait, we already are. (aka any Real Wives TV brand you want to reference)

Look. I'm not being holier than thou about this tho, ok? 

And I'll def be a hypocrite 10 times over with this. Cause, of course, I personally struggle with this a lot. I am in this crazy business and my face and body are my product and I want to work. So I play the game, too. I post flattering pics and smirky smiles showing how fun this whole image game is. (It's not fun at all.) BUT I also must be who I am: a woman, loved by my family and by God and feel free to say things like, "I had hip surgery last month and I looked a hot mess for days on end." (This is absolutely true.) (I'm better, but not 100% yet.) (I look a hot mess today.)

This is a confession, I suppose. This is me saying "I play the image game because I love my craft and it seems this is part of it for now." Especially when a beautiful woman like Carrie Fisher can't even be appreciated for her own rock-stardom in a franchise she helped create.

But I also don't like the game and, just like all false loves, it will turn on me and be a bitter root of resentment if I don't recognize it as an idol of our age. This is me checking and balancing myself with y'all. Let me not feed a monster of image expectation that will one day turn and devour me. Let me not fall on my own sword of pride and fear. (Moral of the story complete. Well... almost.)

This: Harrison Ford, you look pretty ragged despite being killer cool. But that's ok. Your image doesn't define who you are and aging is the gift of being alive. May we move toward a generation of culture makers who believe the same.

My Ode to Angus McIndoe

Both of these photos below, with ONCE castmates / creatives, were taken at the historic Angus McIndoe Restaurant on 44th St which closes its doors today. my first Tom Stoppard sighting happened there, after which I walked home to the Lamb's Theatre on 44th where I Iived when I first came to the city. (also bought and sold and transformed). my first meeting of Phantom legend, Howard McGillan happened at this restaurant with now-deceased producer, Randall Wreghitt. i tried to get a job at this restaurant one time and talked to Angus himself on the phone. i took lots

Rear View Mirror

2015 was a fantastic year! I am thankful and imma tell you about it. Here is Installment #1 of a few of the professional reasons why 2015 was grand, but let's start off with the reasons that matter most (including vintage views of my fam, of course.)

THESE GORGEOUS PEOPLE! (from way back to when I had fangs and crimp iron.)

THESE GORGEOUS PEOPLE! (from way back to when I had fangs and crimp iron.)

THIS HOTTIE! (also known as hubby who looks great at the grand tetons)

THIS HOTTIE! (also known as hubby who looks great at the grand tetons)

this puppy! (also know as orlando the pit bull)

this puppy! (also know as orlando the pit bull)

The last part of December and leading me into the New Year has meant prepping for my solo debut at 54 Below. I have 13 original songs to share and my team is fab. So are you! So come join us!! Seriously! Get Tkts herehttp://54below.com/artist/elizabeth-a-davis/

I also got to judge some crazy talented performers via the New York Musical Festival's Next Broadway Sensation, and guest lectured at King's College w some mad-skilled students. I watched some of my episodic re-airs like a dweeb, and brought a new literary agent, Max Grossman with Abrams Artists, onboard w my team! I binged on movie screeners and am slightly obsessed with a few of this year's Oscar hopefuls. #Suffregette #Brooklyn #SonOfSaul #TheBigShort (I couldn't make it through #TheRevenent but just give the statue to Leo. Plz.)

I took a trip to LA which was a barrel of laughs & got to hug my LA reps at DBA amongst other things, aka goofing off in Santa Monica at dusk. (i did not swim, but sported red, white and blue, so cut me a break.)

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I did a fun shoot w Cates Hat Company & JD Urban in Central Park. You can get a custom hat from this 3rd Generation company at Cates Custom Hat Company

Something that took a ton of heart and soul this Fall was INDIAN JOE at The Goodspeed Opera House's Norma Terriss Theatre. The team I have was amazing, including director, Kim Weild, & made this process and product something very special. Im gonna keep working and keep you in the loop... Check us out below and at www.IndianJoeTheMusical.com 

Luke Holloway, Paul Lincoln, David Finch, Jahi Kearse, Elizabeth A. Davis, Marion Markham, Gary D. Farmer

Luke Holloway, Paul Lincoln, David Finch, Jahi Kearse, Elizabeth A. Davis, Marion Markham, Gary D. Farmer

Jahi Kearse, Luke Holloway, Elizabeth A. Davis, Gary D. Farmer, David Finch, Marion Markham, Paul Lincoln

Jahi Kearse, Luke Holloway, Elizabeth A. Davis, Gary D. Farmer, David Finch, Marion Markham, Paul Lincoln

Please consider giving to the Joe Lightfoot Gonzales Memorial Fund to send a first generation kid to college here: http://www.indianjoethemusical.com/take-action/

I also hung out with the kewl folks over at Law and Order SVU & danced around w a fiddle and cried like a baby w Mariska and Andy Karl. Speaking of TV, I was a very not nice girl on Blue Bloods & a pissed off girlfriend on The Jim Gaffigan Show, w special guest Macaulay Culkin. 80's babies rejoice.)

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I played Vittoria in Webster's THE WHITE DEVIL at STNJ to keep my classical chops up & spent good time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I also hopped the pond and went to see my ZORBA castmate, Zoe Wanamaker in London. It was a wonderful trip, spending time at Zoe's namesake, the Sam Wanamaker Old Globe Theatre and seeing two fantastic shows at The National Theatre.

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Regarding travel, Jordan and I explored Montana and Wyoming this summer and would go back in a heartbeat. I wrote a new song there & tried desperately to find a bear. Only found a lazy moose. 

At a rodeo in Wyoming. 

At a rodeo in Wyoming. 

At Yellowstone National Park near Yellowstone Lake

At Yellowstone National Park near Yellowstone Lake

Speaking of out of town excursions, I LOVED the next three 2015 creative journeys. I joined Michael John LaChiusa for his gorgeous new musical, RAIN, at Vassar College's Power House Theater. I spent more time upstate with my amazing INDIAN JOE collaborators at the Rhinebeck Writer's Retreat w superstar Kathy Evans. And I helped Tony Winning Theatre, The Cleveland PlayHouse, celebrate 100 years by performing a couple of numbers. 

the Vassar Power House Theatre cast of RAIN w Michael John LaChiusa & Sybille Pearson.

the Vassar Power House Theatre cast of RAIN w Michael John LaChiusa & Sybille Pearson.

Luke Holloway, moi, and Jason Michael Webb. Photo by Lelund Durond Thompson

Luke Holloway, moi, and Jason Michael Webb. Photo by Lelund Durond Thompson

In celebration of Cleveland Play House's 100 years, I got to perform in one of the costumes I wore in one of my first AEA productions, Streetcar Named Desire. The costume designer found this ole chestnut which were mockups for me as ANNIE in THE REAL THING.

In celebration of Cleveland Play House's 100 years, I got to perform in one of the costumes I wore in one of my first AEA productions, Streetcar Named Desire. The costume designer found this ole chestnut which were mockups for me as ANNIE in THE REAL THING.

Stay tuned for Installment #2 of REAR VIEW MIRROR: 2015 coming soon!!

"Rain Workshop"

An amazing time at Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater workshopping the gorgeous new work, "Rain".

People & surroundings = perfect.

The Ubiquity Of Outrage

Heard an incredible talk with Scott Sauls about the ‘ubiquity of outrage’ in our country. He talked about the polarizing and detrimental affects of being perpetually outraged and how there is an objectification of persons attached to it. Be a life giving minority rather than a religious, political or social majority. To deeply disagree with someone and to deeply love them simultaneously is maturation in action.