Taking no prisoners. Including herself.

Dear NKS, Oh, dear. My sweet little blog of half a decade. I feel like it’s been… too long. With all this madness around producing BURST, I haven’t had a lot of time to just… write. Plus, this little identity crisis I seem to have started. It’s a very

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The Railyard Performance Space in Santa Fe is confirmed for a production of my solo performance BURST the weekend of September 10th/11th! Venue and dates have changed! Sept 17/18 and 24/25 at the Santa Fe Performing Arts Center. Also, got confirmation that I’ll be performing a condensed version of BURST and co-hosting an improv workshop […]

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Some great things are afoot: it looks like I might have an opportunity to bring my solo performance BURST back to the Land of Enchantment for a little more New Mexico magic. I’ve been nominated to perform BURST as the keynote speaker at the only peer-run consumer wellness conference in ABQ. I should hear back […]

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“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!” –Jack Kerouac

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§943 · April 6, 2010 · Daily1, Performance · (No comments) · Tags: , ,


Perhaps because “effects of modern life on mental health” is a central theme of my show BURST; perhaps because I am a newly-hatched iPhone (ab)user; or perhaps because I am both terrified and titillated by the inevitable momentum of this world into one more virtual — either way, when I read this ( “Internet Addiction […]

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Review of “BURST” in Phoenix NewTimes music & culture blog: “Up on the Sun” by Arty Girl Lilia Menconi Phoenix/Tempe opening tomorrow night at 7:30pm! There is good news in the air, considering I actually found a lighting tech (…yesterday) — which is helpful, if you’re trying to put on a show where the audience […]

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I’ve been hacked. My performance site (www.shannondejong.com) and NKS (this site) were hacked into and I’m still recovering the integrity of the former. In the meantime, all BURST inquiries are referred to: MADCAP Theaters and for tickets click here. Thanks for the patience.

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§643 · September 22, 2009 · Announcements, Performance · Comments Off · Tags: , , , , ,


Making efforts to coordinate a PHX production of “BURST” before heading back home to my beloved California. In the meantime, you can enjoy a snippet of the show with some new footage from my opening show in Santa Fe, NM. For all you long-term readers who were around from the beginning and remember the Craiglist […]

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§637 · September 10, 2009 · 20/20/20, Performance · (No comments) · Tags: , ,


Dress rehearsal filled me with a renewed sense of energy. Except for some minor(ish) glitches the dress went smoothly, and it was magic seeing it all come together: the direction, script, blocking, set, lights, and music — this idea that started as a mere burning in my belly over 3 years ago has finally ‘burst’ […]

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I just ran my show all the way through for the first time today in rehearsal. It is finally coming together (phew!) I work on it for about 5-7 hours a day now (memorizing, practicing blocking, rewriting parts that don’t work), in addition to the production aspects (fliers, venue, set, programs, business ads), with 3 […]

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§613 · August 20, 2009 · New Mexico Magic, Performance · 1 comment · Tags: ,


Wake. Drink water. Green tea. Write. Walk. Drink water. Banana. Sit-ups, push-ups. Meditate. Email. Rehearse. Drink water. Lunch. Pound pavement. Distribute fliers. Call printers. Email. Call videographer. Email. Call lighting tech. Email. Drink water! Email publicist. Dinner. Brush teeth. Sleep.

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§609 · August 14, 2009 · New Mexico Magic · 1 comment · Tags: ,