The Promo Video for Singing the Diaphragm Blues at the O’ahu Fringe Festival, 2015

The Diaphragm Blues is coming to Hawaii in February!  Come watch us at the O’ahu Fringe Festival, running February 12 – 25th.


Diaphragm Blues at the Oahu Fringe Festival!

I am happy to announce that Singing the Diaphragm Blues has been selected for the Oahu Fringe Festival in February. Who can resist comedy, beaches, paradise and diaphragms all in one place!  In fact, these things mix very well together. I am also delighted to announce that Dale Westgaard will be directing again.  We have some challenges, as the show must be cut down to 60 minutes or less!  So, prep will begin in late October.


Which of these statements are true? A) Babies come from pumpkin seeds. B) Diaphragms are slippery when wet. C) Women who use birth control are sluts. Written and performed by Rebecca Lea McCarthy, directed by Dale Westgaard, Singing the Diaphragm Blues is a compelling comedy-drama exploring these questions. This play offers a critical and humorous outlook on female sexuality, from childhood to menopause, and gender mythology, while sharing hilarious true to life experiences. Adapted from McCarthy’s 2012 book Writing the Diaphragm Blues and Other Sexual Cacophonies, this play invites you to think, celebrate and laugh with McCarthy as she presents a night of memoir, broad comedy, diaphragms and struggles with a wayward chicken. Rebecca Lea McCarthy was nominated in 2013 as lead actress for The South Sound’s Carvie Theatre Awards, Washington State, and she won a 2014 Po’okela Award for lead actress in TAG’s production of Resistance! She has a BFA in acting from Cornish College of the Arts, and a PhD in Comparative Studies from Florida Atlantic University. Dale Westgaard, a member of Actor’s Equity, holds a MFA in directing from Roosevelt University in Chicago, and he has directed for Roosevelt University, University of San Francisco, Backer University and several theatres throughout the Northwest.

Dramaticly Presented Public Tweets

Here is an idea that will entertain more than just me (I hope). I will be offering a series of dramatic interpretations of tweets on 12Second.TV. Small, public, and random slices of life moments taken from Twitter will be my script. Eventually I will be working with @dustmoo and others to form a kind of improvisational troupe that uses both twitter and 12secondTV as our performance platform. I am, to be honest, very excited about these projects because it believe that these new technological platforms are taking art in a decidedly different direction – how exciting to be on board.

If you participate in twitter and would like to see one of your tweets performed, please tweet me @rebaenrose. Here is the first of what I hope to be many fun tweeting adventures!

Dramatic Interpretation of Tweet, take 1 – thanks to @markwmccann on

Tweeting a Holiday Story

I have decided that over the next few days I will tweet a short holiday story. To mix things up, I am asking twitter users to tweet me a few character ideas, plot twists, and odd items to somehow incorporate into the story. I shall then work to capture the story in images on my iphone and Twinkle. If you are interested in playing, tweet me at rebaenrose!


  • Suggestions received:
    • Blackberries, cutting, and an heroic couplet (csdanforth).
    • “include an alcoholic elf who is down on his luck and so he has to work a second job making sex toys.” (earthshod)
  • Here is the story in images from Twinkle:

Send in more suggestions for the next tweet improv!