As much as I would like to say that Annie’s acting career really didn’t take off until her first performance in the showroom of Home Resource, that would be misleading. Annie’s career took off 40 years ago when she was in New York. Ann made her Broadway debut as Mary Flynn in Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along directed by Harold Prince for which she won the 1982 Theatre World Award. Then the rest is history. To view Ann’s complete bio, click here
Annie has performed many times in our showroom but two of the most memorable performances were Linda Lovely Goes to Broadway and My Furniture Set. Linda Lovely Goes To Broadway was inspired by a special person that Annie had met through her work with people facing various developmental challenges. It is based on the work of Linda Blom, a woman with Down syndrome, who had dreams of starring on Broadway. This one-person show premiered at Home Resource and Annie presented it at the United Solo Festival in New York. Annie received an award for Best Actress for her performance and the work will be published in the Indie Theatre Now publication.
My Furniture Set was written by Annie for the sole purpose to demonstrate her sincere appreciation of Kathy and I as well as the audiences of theatre at Home Resource. Annie premiered her new cabaret show last month. My Furniture Set took us on a musical journey through the furniture moments of her life, both original material created for the show and timeless classics from Musical Theater, Jazz, Pop and sometimes, the Blues. She opened the show with a Ruth Brown classic, If I Can’t Sell it I am Going To Sit Down On It, I’m certainly not going to give it away.
She kept us engaged and entertained for the entire evening!
Equally admirable about Annie is her commitment to unlock and celebrate the unique voice, intelligence, and creative expression within our disabled community. In 1995, Annie and Susan E Ott created Kaleidoscope, a beautiful program exposing theatre arts to the disabled community. They met with the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota Florida and partnered up with the Community Haven for adults and children through a grant by the Selby Foundation. What started out as a five-week summer intensive, evolved into adding a year round road show and then expanded to a 12-week program including Easter Seals of Southwest Florida, Oak Park School, and Bayshore High School for disabilities. Roscamp Institute, which is devoted to understanding causes and finding cures for neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders, has joined the effort with a clinical study to identify how performing arts impact persons with developmental disabilities and keep them out of nursing homes longer.