6663 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92115
By Judi Curry
When was the last time you were invited to wear your pajamas to a party? When was the last time you were told to wear your pajamas out in public? When was the last time you were invited to a pillow fight – only if you were wearing your sleeping gear?
When was the last time you were told that “costumed guests will enjoy a Pillow Fight Photo Booth, Naughty Night Cap Beverages, Live Lullabies and Bedtime Stories performed by local celebrities?
And when were you told that one of those celebrities was none other than the Interim Mayor of San Diego, Todd Gloria?
I think that the last pajama party I went to was 60 years ago! My goodness! Sixty years ago?
When I was told about the Moxie’s Ninth Annual Fundraiser I said that I would be glad to donate some of my latest creative jams, but didn’t think that I would attend the party. But my friend Ro is the “House Manager” of the Moxie, and she convinced me that it would be fun. She also convinced another member of our support group – Irene – to come also, and as I thought about it I thought if I could coerce one of my male friends to go with me I would go. And coerce I did.
I told him that I had tickets – true – and asked him to join me. I told him what I knew about the night – very little at the time – and, being a good sport, said he would go with me. And then I told him he had to wear pajamas. I think he said, “good god girl, what are you getting me into?” See…neither of us even own a pair of pajamas. He was worried about what he would wear; I was worried about what I would wear.
If you have never seen a play at the Moxie, let me tell you that all I have seen have been excellent. A very small theater, in a very small strip mall, on El Cajon Blvd. (Of course there is a Starbucks in the mall, so that brings in some traffic.) But the talent is fantastic. Tonight they were raising money for the new season, which is already under production.
The theme of the fundraiser was called “Celebrating the Art of Storytelling.” Bedtime stories. The performers were absolutely fantastic and all have appeared in different plays that the Moxie has produced over the years. And whether or not you have ever heard of these performers, it was an electrifying evening for all in the audience.
Eliza Jane Schneider and Mark Christopher Lawrence did a hilarious rendition of Three Little Pigs. It was so funny that even Mark had trouble composing himself; Candye Kane, Sue Palmer and Laura Chavez rocked the house with their music and songs. Leigh Scarrit singing to her Teddy Bear was sweet and toe tapping; Grant Barret’s rendition of a story by Dr. Seuss had us rolling in the aisles; and Todd Gloria’s Goldilocks and the three bears was like no other Goldilocks you have ever heard before. Martha Barnette shook her booty like one would never expect the host of “A Way with Words” to move and there were many cat calls as she performed her story.
So why am I telling you about this? Because this Community Theater is a gem. We need to support it every possible way we can. They aren’t asking for a lot of donation money; they want to fix up the bathrooms; repair the roof – the last play I saw there was on a rainy night – and the water dripped on me all night! And they are top-notch performers.
I promise you that you will not have to wear your pajamas to attend performances – but it is worthy to note that for the past several years plays they have produced have been judged #1 in San Diego, and their Director has also won the same #1 honor. Check them out – they are local; maybe you would like to be in some of their plays; or maybe you would like to volunteer to work with them.
Whatever you do – you will wonder why you haven’t worked with them before.
Thanks Judi for a nice write up. As the above-mentioned House Manager, I can attest to the quality of the productions put on by the Moxie Theatre. The Moxies….the women that make up this theater group…are dedicated, passionate women whose goal is to promote women in the arts. These ladies all have families and many have other jobs as well, but their passion for theater art is a driving force. It is the norm to see several of their children playing in the lobby as they work on sets or in the office. They aren’t just co-workers, but friends and as close as family. This is indeed a worthy group to support. Any donation amount is sincerely appreciated. And, as I also coordinate volunteers, if anyone out there is interested in volunteering at the theater, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks again Judi! I’m so glad you actually put on pajamas and didn’t come to the theater in what you normally wear to bed. :)
What I normally wear is so wrinkled – and don’t have an iron to smooth them out!
Ha, ha! Good come back Judi.