tanna frederick today

January 24, 2012

She’s doing WHAT?!

Tanna Frederick – photo courtesy of Irene Rubaum-Keller

Okay.  So our friend Tanna has done the following things:

– Acted in movies:

Hollywood Dreams, Irene In Time, Queen of the Lot, Just 45 Minutes From Broadway (to be released this summer) and The “M” Word (in post-production)

– Acted in plays:

A Safe Place, Always…But Not Forever, Just 45 Minutes From Broadway, Sylvia (this doesn’t include the long list of plays she did before moving to LA.

– She’s won a bunch of awards for her acting.

– She started Project Save Our Surf to help save the oceans and marine life, mobilized tons of celebs and regular folks to help out – and they’ve raised tons of money to support various worthy conservation and educational charities like Inside the Outdoors, Waves for Water, Santa Monica Baykeeper and Tumelo Homes.

– She runs marathons to raise funds for charity.

– She does Tae Kwon Do and surfs and runs. She’s in incredible shape.

I’m sure there are other things I don’t know about, but this is the short list to which she’s now adding… drumroll please…


Yep, Tanna Frederick can add directing to her credits. She’s taken on a play called Why We Have A Body, which was written by Claire Chaffee. The play is about a lesbian private investigator named Lili who specializes in men  who cheat on their wives, Lili’s sister Mary who holds up 7-Elevens (played by Tanna Frederick – yes, she’s acting AND directing!), and their mother, an archaeologist – a specialist in the female brain.

This is gonna be VERY funny. It opens on Feb 17 at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica.   I’ve got it on very good authority that Tanna is a great director.

More details here:



November 22, 2011

Movies, Movies and Movies – Oh, My!

So our friend Tanna has a bunch of movies coming out – three that I know of. First, will be the soon to be released (I hope) Just 45 Minutes From Broadway which is in post-production according to IMDB. This was originally a Henry Jaglom play, which ran in Los Angeles at the Edgemar Center For the Arts for almost a year. Jaglom, decided to make it into a movie, with mostly the same cast – Tanna Frederick, David Proval (The Sopranos), Diane Louise Salinger, Harriet Schock, Jack Heller, Julie Davis and Judd Nelson (replacing David Garver). I’m really looking forward to this. Just 45 Minutes From Broadway has moved into the top five of my all-time favorite plays. That list includes (big productions and small) The Sound of Music and Karen Black’s play Missouri Waltz.

Movie number two is The ‘M’ Word, also written by Jaglom. This film is all about menopause. I don’t know that a film has been made about that topic, but you never know. Jaglom is very fascinated women’s issues and this film promises to be interesting, especially if it’s in the same vein as Eating and Going Shopping. Tanna Frederick and her co-stars – Corey Feldman (Stand By Me), Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos), Gregory Harrison (Trapper John, Md) and Francis Fisher (Titanic) – pretty much guarantee that this will be a fun romp.

Michael Imperioli? OHMYGAWD!!! How exciting. It’ll be good to see him and, hopefully, not think of his character Christopher Moltisanti from The Sopranos. I did see him in episodes of Law And Order and he reminded me a little of Christopher. Maybe they’ll have him grow a moustache or do something different with his hair or wardrobe so that he looks different. I think Gregory Harrison is drop dead gorgeous and he was fabulous in Randal Kleisr’s true story It’s My Party.

The third movie is called Just Beautiful and I’ve read that it’ll be the first production of Project Cornlight, which is Tanna Frederick’s new endeavor. Project Cornlight was created to revitalize the film industry in Iowa in the wake of the scandal that prompted the demise of the Iowa Film Commission due to misappropriation of funds. Many Iowa filmmakers left the state as a result of not being able to get funding and support. Frederick and Kimberly Busbee (Wild Rose Film Festival) decided that something should be done to bring filmmaking back to Iowa, home of Field of Dreams, Twister, and The Bridges of Madison County. Just Beautiful will have an all-Iowa cast and crew. What a beautiful thing to do! Once again, Tanna Frederick sees a need and does something to fulfill it.

Thanks, Tanna! (And Kimberly)

May 24, 2011

Sylvia Sparkles at the Edgemar

Tanna Frederick - photo by John Heller

I knew Sylvia was going to be good because I’d seen it at the Sierra Madre Playhouse a few months ago. It was great back then. I loved it. What I didn’t know was that with a new director (Gary Imhoff), a beautiful new Joel Daavid set and the addition of Tom Ayers to the cast, that it would be ten times better than before.

Gary Imhoff is a master director. The characters are so much richer than before. And Tanna Frederick’s physical comedy gets a full workout.

As I’ve said in the past, Tanna Frederick has the doggy thing down. All the mannerisms and doggy behaviors (like enthusiastically greeting people as only a dog can) are there. And they’re extremely funny. In terms of over-the-top physical comedy, I’d like to see her in something with Jim Carrey and Steve Martin.

Cathy Arden and Stephen Howard reprise their roles as Greg and Kate. They too, have somehow more developed, richer characters this time. The addition of Tom Ayers to the cast is perfect. He plays two characters -Phyllis, Kate’s stuffy friend from Vassar, and the wacky, tough New Yorker in the dog park who gives sage advice to Greg in matters of love, dogs and books. Both characters are marvelous and extremely funny.

The Edgemar’s main stage is a wonderful place to see a play. Because the action is right there at front-row level, I got the experience of actually being IN the scenes. This is distinct from being in the front row and looking up at actors on a stage. It’s intimate. As we walked into the theatre, a woman in front of me looked at the set and said, “I could live here.” That seems to be a common experience when people see one of Daavid’s sets. It happened with the set Daavid designed for the Henry Jaglom play, Just 45 Minutes From Broadway. I wonder what Joel Daavid’s house looks like.

The first review of Sylvia is in, from Irene Rubaum-Keller at the Huffington Post. Read it here:

I just realized that I’ve used the words “extremely funny” more than once in this blog entry. Well. that’s what it is – extremely funny. So call the Edgemar, reserve your tickets and go see Sylvia. Here’s ticket info: http://www.edgemar.org/events/271″title=”EdgemarCenterfortheArts-Tickets

Thur. Fri. & Sat. at 7:30pm & Sun. at 5pm
Edgemar Center For The Arts
2437 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA

April 9, 2011

Why am I writing about Tanna Frederick?

Tanna Frederick

I’m one of those people who likes to tell people about cool people and cool things. I have spent time and money campaigning for politicians I believed in. The first time was in high school when I campaigned for a teacher I really liked who ran for public office. He was a nice guy. He lost, I think because he was a nice guy.

I have sent email blasts to friends when someone I know is in a play or a movie or is having an art show opening. I have told people about books I love. I have, over the years, given away over 30 copies of Shel Silverstein’s book Where The Sidewalk Ends. It’s one of the most wonderful books I’ve ever read.

So I like to introduce people to things that I like, that maybe they’ll like, too. So why Tanna Frederick? Here’s why:

1. She’s incredibly talented – actress, writer, producer.
2. She gives a rat’s ass about the planet and wants to do things to make the world a better place. She founded Project Save Our surf.
3. She cares about other people and wants them to be successful. She established a scholarship in her name at her alma mater, the University of Iowa.
4. The whole freaking world should know who she is. Her name should be a household word. Like Cher and Denzel (no last name needed) people should know Tanna.
5. I’m a fan. I’ve seen her films and plays. Wow! She’s fun to watch because she goes places where some actors would not. She’s fearless, sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking but always convincing on stage.
6. I heard Tanna speak at Vidiot’s Video once and both she and Henry Jaglom are fascinating people. Maybe I should blog about him, too, but he’s already an icon and I want as many people to know about her.
7. I met her once, after the play Just 45 Minutes From Broadway and I wanted to tell her how much I enjoyed her performance. She was very nice and we actually chatted for a few minutes. She was gracious and friendly and seemed genuinely grateful for my comments.
8. Here’s somebody who’s has talent, is doing good in the world and seems like a real person, a fun person, a cool person. She has that Sandra Bullock girl-next-door way of being.

So that’s why.

If anyone reading this blog knows her or knows about other cool things she’s doing, please let me know.

March 8, 2011

“I’d Like To Thank The Academy…”

My name is Sally Brooks. The purpose of this blog is to introduce everyone to a wonderful actress named Tanna Frederick. I find Hollywood to be a fascinating place and I’ve met a bunch of actors – some well-known and some not. I’m fascinated by the process of growing a career as an actor.

So on to Tanna Frederick. I think she’s a great actor. I’ve seen her movies and plays and she works well in both arenas. She’s an up-and-comer and Hollywood should pay attention.

Not only is she a good actor, she’s involved in various charities including one she founded – Project Save Our Surf. They are “dedicated to the conservation of our oceans and the delicate marine ecosystems that reside therein.” She also recently established a scholarship in her name to an incoming student at her alma mater, the University of Iowa. How cool is that?

She’s won numerous awards for her acting, including Best Actor awards at the Fargo Film Festival, the Houston International Film Festival, the Wild Rose Film Festival and she received a Maverick Award from the Women’s Theatre Festival. This is the short list of awards this talented woman has garnered.

So she’s got the whole package. She’s beautiful – but not in a boob-job, nose job, butt-lift Hollywood way – she’s natural and real. She’s a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, an avid surfer and she runs marathons so she’s in fabulous shape. She’s got talent galore and she’s a humanitarian. I’ve met her a couple of times, once after the incredible Henry Jaglom play, “Just 45 Minutes From Broadway” that she starred in. and once when she and Jaglom did a talk at Vidiot’s Video. They’re both very nice, gracious and funny people.

I titled this blog entry, “I’d Like To Thank The Academy…” because those are words that I’m sure we’re going to hear from Tanna Frederick in the future.

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