Monday, September 10, 2007

UPDATES....

Hey again everyone! I hope all is well with you and yours and that the end of summer is finding you all in good spirits. Fall is just around the corner, kids are back to school, football is back in full swing (YES!), and depending on which part of the country you live in leaves are already starting to change color. Speaking of changes, there have been a few that have recently affected me personally.

I recently returned home to spend some time with my family as I enjoy doing every-so-often, but this time it was for a different reason. Not to divulge too much information due to its personal content, my trip was in support of my mother who had a rather routine procedure (surgery) done on her. Now I find it funny that doctors refer to this procedure as “routine” to their patients. It may be that (routine) to them but certainly not to the patient. Obviously my mother was very nervous about going under the knife and so the entire family rallied around her to give their support and love in her time of fear and need. My uncle (my mom’s brother) flew out from California, my sister flew in from England with her son, my brother came up from Richmond, Virginia with his family and I flew down from New York to spend about a week with her leading up to the surgery. Just this act alone of getting the family together was enough to make her weep seeing us all together as well as allowing her to handle the operation more confidently.

I will fast forward a little now just to spare ya’ll some details;p

Mom pulled through the operation like a champ! Within hours she was ready to see all of us who had been waiting for her and to get the good news of her “routine” procedure. She was still groggy from the anesthesia but coherent enough to sustain a conversation with each of us until we had to let her sleep. On a light note, I knew she was already back to her old self when I was saying goodbye to her alone (I had to head to the airport to come home) and she whispered “my throat hurts like a B*&$h! If that one statement didn’t sum up her attitude of where she was, how she felt, and what she wanted to do, I don’t know what would have, lol! I am happy to report that I have spoken with her everyday since then and she’s doing great.

The other change that I want to speak about is I have decided to tackle the New York stage. I have decided to pick-up a second project in addition to Guiding Light. I recently signed a contract with a theatre company to do a four week run of an Off-Broadway show called “Angry Young Women in Low Rise Jeans with High Class Issues”.

“The Players Theatre” on McDougal Street is the location and my run with the show will be from the 13th of September until the 7th of October. There is a chance that if all goes well I may continue longer with the show but at this point that’s my contracted time-frame. The show itself is comprised of a series of monologues and short scenes which were all created by Matt Murillo. The show is predominately driven by the female characters but uses men as the stereotypical well intentioned but poor delivering individuals. The situations may be extreme and the content may be vulgar and unacceptable to some but that is what makes it fun. There is something refreshing about stepping outside of your comfort zone and taking on character roles that are the complete opposite of who you are as a person. Although I am terrified of doing this I am also very excited at the chance to get up on stage. The cast has been absolutely wonderful in welcoming me and patient in catching me up on the blocking and rhythm of the show. During a recent rehearsal I actually had my first accident which although embarrassing I will share anyways. I was in the middle of a scene using a prop awaiting my cue to give my next line when the prop got away from me and smacked me in the face or rather gave me an impressive uppercut much like in a boxing match which left me momentarily dazed. I hoped that although it was a rehearsal no one had seen what I had just done! It was one of those moments that are caught on America’s Funniest Home Videos where the idiot in the background does something stupid that pulls the focus of the scene and no one forgets. Let me just say that I DID NOT miss my cue and continued the scene until its completion where I then proceeded to keel over in pain while laughing at myself. For those of you who decided to come see this production TRUST ME, that will not be part of the scene so don’t expect that to happen twice. I will keep ya’ll updated with the progress of this new endeavor and perhaps maybe even see a few familiar faces after the show. Please think happy thoughts for me not to screw up or even trip, they would be greatly appreciated.

I think for now that about wraps it up for me. I thank all of you who have returned to comment on my page and again I reiterate that I will be regular with my entries. I hope that your summers were filled with fun, laughter, friends and family. If they weren’t, let me say my prayers are with you and yours. Until my next entry…

23 Comments:

Blogger bondgirl001 said...

Wow- its sounds as though you have been extremely busy with work and family. I am happy to hear that your Mother is recovering from her surgery. Routine and surgery, now there is an oxymoron if ever one existed. It sounds as though you and your family are very close and I think that is great. If your family is at all like mine then they love the opportunity to get together and to bring up old embarrassing things that you did or said growing-up. I think that those times when we are with our families are the times that we should feel the most blessed. We make lasting memories in those times.
I am excited to hear about o the new endeavor, best of luck to you on that. A few words of advice watch out for the props I have heard that they can be very dangerous.hehehehehe
Take care and thanks for updating your blog. I thought perhaps that you were just teasing us, but you proved me wrong.
Have a great day!
Raiden

September 10, 2007 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Glad to hear that your mom is doing well. And, congrats on the new job. Hope that I get a chance to come see it.

Now, how about for your next blog you tell us why you decided to get rid of that sexy buzzcut!

September 10, 2007 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger Shanna said...

Hey John,

Just saw the update! I'm glad to know your mom is recovering quite nicely from her surgery.

You may see this before an email so good luck with your play & I hope to hear a little bit about it when I see you at the Gathering!

Take Care,

Shanna

September 10, 2007 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Hey hey Driscoll! You have the talent to make me tear up,... in both ways,... from the stuff about your mom, and the mishap in rehearsal!! I'm really glad your mom is doing ok! I hate the word "routine",... my mom herself has had many of those types of surgeries, but I don't think anything is "routine" when your dealing with the heart. But my mom is still around & on Sept 14th she'll be celebrating her big 6-0!! (Don't tell her I told you,.. she'd totally kill me, lol).

Now about this play,... CONGRATS!! Maybe Candice & I will see this play of yours,... but only if you throw in your mishap with the prop! HAHA!! (Your story reminded me of something my friend Sarah did today when we were decorating our church. She was sweeping the steps, and she went to fling the dirt onto the rug, and she totally smacked herself in the head with the broom handle, LOL!! I have no idea how she managed to do that, but in her cute canadian accent she goes "You saw that, eh?" LOL!)

Now question,... Ummm,... because of this play,... will you not be at some of the events that are the weekend of Oct 5th? Cuz I noticed that the play is on OCt 5th at night, but they have you down for Bradley Cole's concert that night,... so I was just wondering.

And uh,.. Yeah,.. it would help to have the website so people can get tickets to your play Johnny boy! =P Yeah,.. so here's the website address for anyone that wants to get tickets www.angryyoungwomen.net (I actually knew about the play before you posted about this,... got a few of your fans to buy tickets for Oct 6th! I'm good like that! ;) )

Peace & love,
<3 ~Miss B~ =)

September 10, 2007 at 6:34 PM  
Blogger angelzqq said...

Glad that your mom is doing well. It's amazing what having family around can accomplish :)

You smacking yourself with your prop sounds like something that would happen to me. Only I'd do it when the room was full of people and they couldn't help but see me do it. Thank God I can laugh at myself, lol Sounds like you can do that too, which is a good thing :)

As I'm in Florida where there's only one season (hot), lol, could you please enjoy the leaves changing colors for me. I wouldn't even mind if you took some pictures of it and e-mailed it to me. Take pity on a poor soul that only sees brown leaves, lol

Take care and good luck with your play. Sending good thoughts to you, your mom and the rest of your family :)

Sharon

September 10, 2007 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger Paul Gosselin said...

So I was planning on seeing Angry Young women anyway since my college classmate Rachel Nau is in it and she was telling me about it last month over drinks...

So I'll definitely be there... Break a leg!

PS: Since you're hair has grown out, you know what that means... I lived up to my end of the deal!

September 11, 2007 at 5:19 AM  
Blogger Loger said...

Hi John. Good luck with the play.

Did you go to the Cosmogirl concert this weekend? How was it?

September 11, 2007 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger angelzqq said...

Hey John. This isn't about this blog entry but I wasn't really sure where I could send this or post it so I figured I'd do it here.

Yesterday, I came across your video blogs of your trip to Mississippi in January of this year. With my job (law enforcement agency - non certified though), I have been fortunate to be on a team that gets sent to disasters and I have gone to alot. Fortunate may seem like an odd word to use for the circumstances, but I feel so fortunate to be in a position where I can go and help, no matter how small or large our tasks are. I went to Bay St Louis, MS (about 40 miles away from New Orleans) a day or two after Katrina had hit land. We were there so soon after that they hadn't even cleared the roadways yet and when we arrived around 9:00 pm, we had to swerve and dodge debris to get through. Not always an easy task with a convoy and a command bus, lol

When I watched the blog and saw you struggle to explain the devastation that surrounded you, I'm sure I knew exactly how you felt. It's difficult for people to understand that no matter how bad the pictures look, seeing it in person is so much worse. Pictures can't do justice to the destruction, both human and property. And I can tell you from personal experience that each one has a little different feel to it. I don't understand that exactly but it does.

Anyway, I could go on and on about what I've seen and experienced with that, but this may not have been the right place to put it and you might ban me from your message board, lol I just wanted to say that it's really nice to actually see that even a year later, they're still getting help. God bless ya'll for giving of yourselves :)

Sharon

September 11, 2007 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger easweetpea said...

I just love how blasaie doctors can be about stuff like that. They seemed to be trained to treat it like its no big deal while the patient is the sweating it out. I'm glad to hear your mom is the kind of woman with such strength and positive outlook on things. It also helps when you have that kind of support system.

When I read about your accident on stage ...I'm sorry I couldnt help laughing. Reminds me of the musical I was in where it seemed as we cast members were cursed...however when it comes to my "unfortunate accidents" they are just another addition and proof to my clutzyness. Thankfully during those trips and spills and once I landed hard when I was supposed to "fall" into this big coffin and it was unfortunately not rehearsal. Thankfull I still said my lines correctly. My friend unfortunately didnt go unscathe. She got whacked on the eye with a beam and had a nice black eye to show for it. It helps to laugh it off...it takes away the feeling of embarrasment. I've fallen enough times and ran into glass windows and doors to where I'm used to it already. All I can say is watch out for those mishaps and break a leg(even though I never did understand how that phrase became a meaning for good luck) Too bad I'm in Texas and cant go see the show. Have fun and I'll just have to read about it all on your blog.

ETHNI :-)

September 12, 2007 at 12:50 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Hi John!

I am sorry to hear that your mother had to go through surgery, but am pleased to hear that she seems on the mend. Prayers are being lifted up that she continues to heal and is protected from whatever was the cause.

I'll have to admit, I was bummed to read that you are in a play, only because of the fact that Texas is just too far away and I'm too broke to make it to NYC! That would have made for a perfect weekend... oh well, I'll "settle" for going to Marco next year, I just hate missing out on the good stuff! Best of luck to you! And LOL at your accident. Maybe we can bribe somebody to post that on YouTube! ;)

Take care, and try not to hit yourself with any more props!

September 12, 2007 at 7:51 AM  
Blogger Shanna said...

Meant to add this with my above comment...

My thoughts are with you John during the time you are in the play... please know that.

And my prayers are with your mom for her speedy recovery.

Take Care,

Shanna

September 12, 2007 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

John: It's a terrible thing to have to keep up with your career via your blog! You should know you can't hide from us. Look for us front and center one of these Saturdays. We wouldn't miss your performance.
Much love, Jay.

September 12, 2007 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Eimi said...

Wow..it seems as everyone has been having family members in surgery lately..well at least to me since I also just had a relative go into surgery today..it was a rare surgery in which 11 Doctors came from Mayo Clinic to Michigan. It was also rare cause they dont tend to catch it in time. But she pulled through and all is well. Its great when family can all come together to support one another no matter what life brings.

Congrats on the new job. Its good to hear that you can at least laugh at yourself. You have to have some fun in life. If you can't laugh at yourself, then life is a sad sad place. Well take care and good luck!

Amie

September 12, 2007 at 6:09 PM  
Blogger NaVell said...

Hey John
Glad to see you posting again and hearing that your mom is all right.

Great news on the play, and we gave you and the play a shout out on the show. Keep it up, man, and can't wait to see new entries again.

NaVell

September 12, 2007 at 7:22 PM  
Blogger Becks said...

Good news about your mom. I will keep sending good thoughts her way for a full and speedy recovery.

It's wonderful to see you back posting again. I was able to be at Kings Dominion last year and thoroughly enjoyed seeing you and the other cast members. :) I believe with all my heart that soap actors are the most genuinely appreciative group of co workers on the planet. You guys always make those of us attending events such as that, fell as if we're each the most special person there. I thank you and your co-horts for that!!

Thanks again for posting. God speed, John! You and Caitlin are doing incredible work! Keep it up!

*Hugs*
Becki

September 12, 2007 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Glad to hear that your mom's recovery is going well.

Congrats on your NY stage debut! I was there tonight and thought the show was a lot of fun, and it was great to see you play characters so different from Coop - well done! I think I figured out which prop gave the problem in rehearsal, and if I'm right (and it wasn't the towel!), well, OUCH!

September 13, 2007 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger Bruce from Cleveland said...

John,

WELCOME BACK

Okay not sure what happened but I just lost all of my comments I just tried to save. So I will keep this short as I am at work and it is pretty busy. But I just watned to say I am glad your mother is doing well and hope she is getting better by the moment!!

Also break a leg with the play you are doing...it sounds like a fun play! You will do good!

I am glad to see you back here...I was pleasantly surprised to see after a year that you have returned...I will continue my norm of weekly checking of your blog, no matter what anyway :)

I am determined to, one of these days, get a autograph photo of you...whether here or in person...but I will :)

Oh by the way great performance on the Guiding Light episode where Alan created a chemical to erase people's memories...all based on the story that Coop wrote. You did a great job acting with Beth Chamberlain. Not to mention (though you were not in it) the steamy scene with Lizzie and Remy! I think my friends are very happy I made them watch that day :)

Anyway...until the next post....

Bruce (from Cleveland)

September 18, 2007 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger bondgirl001 said...

I HAVE SEEN THE LIGHT... well not the actual light with Grandpa and Elvis etc but I did see an episode of Guiding Light that made a believer out of me.
. I am going to express an opinion that is probably not going to be very popular among JD fans but I have to tell you where I have been in order for you to appreciate where I am now. In the beginning of the whole Ashley-Coop story I was not convinced that this storyline would work . I admit I thought it was a sweet story
however, I was not sure how it would work out. I still had a few reservations
about the storyline until I saw the episode that aired on 9/17/07. I can now say without any hesitation that I see the connection between the two characters. I think the turning point for me was the casual nature of the kisses and tenderness that both actors were able to pull off flawlessly. The scene that I liked the best was the one on the “balcony”, it was very sweet, so now I am believer. Please keep up the good work!

Raiden

September 18, 2007 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Kathleen Fuller said...

Glad to see you're posting again--your blog is fun to read. Also glad to hear that your mom made it through surgery okay. Sometimes I think its harder on the family than the patient. And here's a big congrats on Washington and their 2-0 record. That's almost exciting as my Browns racking up their first major win in like...forever.

Here's a topic for future blog fodder, if you are so inclined--I read somewhere that you write. If you could write a storyline on the show (including your own) what would you do? Or if you had the chance to write your own storyline, what would it be? Inquiring minds, at least this one, would like to know.

Good luck in your play. Sounds like challenging and rewarding work.

cheers,
kathy

September 18, 2007 at 2:28 PM  
Blogger Khouree said...

John,
I'll be coming to NYC this weekend to check out your play! It's been a while since we tore up the bowling alley so it'll be nice to see you once again :)
Glad to see that you are doing well and everything is ok with your mom.
Can't wait to see you in action!
Until then John take care...
Your bowling buddy,
Khouree

September 19, 2007 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Karyl said...

Hi John,
Congratulations on your new project! I'm glad to hear that your mother is doing well, also!
I am a long, long time GL fan listening to it on the radio when I was in grade school! (yea, I'm old LOL!)so it's a real treat to be able and reach out to a cast member!
I enjoy your acting and the character you portray. Looking forward to your Ashlee storyline and your blogs!
Best of luck!
P.S. You look like a young Rock Hudson, have you been told that before?

September 21, 2007 at 5:39 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

Hi John,

I found your blog last summer after I went through some old photos from summer 99. So I'm glad to see you've decided to continue blogging :). Heard about your career from your aunt when I visited them (GL still doesn't air here so I had no idea) and I was so happy for you,and it's great to hear about this new career turn, too! Take care and good luck with your play!

Anna from Finland

September 22, 2007 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Aconner said...

Hi John,
I was with Khouree this past weekend for the show. You were fabulous. Thanks for chatting with us for a few minutes. I'm glad to see that your mom is doing much better. I have to tell you that is was nice to see that your family surprised you. That's was very nice and it show's how much they and you appreciate each other.
Thanks for the fabulous entertainment on Saturday night. I have told my friends that will be in the city in a few weeks that they have to check out the play.
Amy

September 23, 2007 at 9:18 AM  

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