The Brinker International Forum series attains to be “ENTERTAINING. THOUGHT-PROVOKING. AWE-INSPIRING.” and last night it accomplished that once again. Roz Savage’s story spans our world’s oceans but touches upon so much more. Click thru for our recap of last night and a preview for the rest of the 2012 Brinker International Forum series.
Short Synopsis of Roz Savage from the ATTPAC website:
“The British ocean rower and environmental campaigner has rowed over 11,000 miles, taken 3.5 million oarstrokes, and spent cumulatively nearly a year of her life at sea in a 23-foot rowboat. Her personal creed of taking life “one oarstroke at a time,” and her promotion of the EcoHero movement, has inspired countless people around the world. Roz recently set out to complete the “Big Three” by rowing solo across the Indian Ocean. You can track her progress at www.rozsavage.com.”
I’ve been covering Brinker International Forum since last year’s epic “An Evening with Al Pacino” and there has been a theme or a format that all the shows shared. Basically you have an introduction of the star and then a moderator carries us through the evening. Last night’s latest forum was a bit different. ATTPAC’s President Mark Weinstein gave a brief introduction and then turned things over straight to the talent, Roz Savage. Pacino had a moderator, Jerry Seinfeld had a moderator, and David Blaine had a moderator but Roz didn’t. That element first confused me, but then stuck with me since she was just so captivating. The audience didn’t need to have a buffer to the talent, rather this intimate “chat” with Roz really made the experience that more meaningful.
I took my lovely mother to the show, to celebrate her 60th birthday. After the show the one-on-one feel of the show was all we could talk about. My mom summed up things nicely, “It felt much more personal because she was basically talking directly to me.”. All the other shows have been locked down by a formula with the moderator controlling the evenings actions. They’ve been great shows and incredible experiences, but last night I learned so much more. By Roz taking us on her journey at her own pace made for an enlightening and educational evening.
My three most memorable moments from last night’s Roz Savage show:
3. Roz showing family photos and talking about the influence and strength of her “mum”. As I was celebrating the evening with my mother, this made for a much more of an impacting night.
2. Roz told many stories, but by far the harrowing tale of her grueling 103-day, 2,935-mile (4,723-kilometer) Atlantic Ocean row in 2005 stuck with me the longest. In particular the amazing fact that all four oars broke during the voyage, she lost the use of majority of her electronics and then she lost use of her satellite phone. That story and video element she shared showcased a person completely defeated and lacking the will to move on. Roz didn’t quit and she didn’t give up. The moment she talked about finally getting past the fear was such an up-lifting moment. She had conquered any and all fears from her life in one single solitary moment in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Powerful stuff!
1. The use of Google Earth to take us on her journey was such a wonderful presentation tool. It seemed to give her a nice time-line and thus Roz never seemed flustered or even confused by just telling her story. The smoothness and at-ease feeling she portrayed during the evening was quite amazing. She was soothing and yet made you so empowered by her heroic life’s tales.
In the end it truly was an “ENTERTAINING. THOUGHT-PROVOKING. AWE-INSPIRING.” evening.
BRINKER INTERNATIONAL FORUM – Upcoming Shows:
Alec Baldwin – Buy Tickets
March 2, 2012, Winspear, 8pm
From ATTPAC website:
From “Beetlejuice” to “30 Rock” to countless appearances on Saturday Night Live, Alec Baldwin, the prolific and hilarious actor is set to take the stage at the Winspear Opera House for ONE NIGHT ONLY on March 2nd! Come see this versatile performer as he shares stories from his time on the stage, small and silver screens. The enigmatic actor will come armed with stories from his years in front of the camera and the scrutiny of the public eye.
Alec Baldwin plays network executive Jack Donaghy on the three-time Emmy Award-winning “30 Rock,” a workplace comedy where the workplace exists behind the scenes of a live variety show.
Winner of two Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, four SAG Awards (including 2011 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series as Jack Donaghy – “30 ROCK” (NBC)) and a Television Critics Association Award for his role, Baldwin has been heralded by Entertainment Weekly as a “comic genius” for his hilarious turn on “30 Rock.” He is one of Hollywood’s most charismatic and prolific actors — both on stage and in film. Baldwin garnered raves for his performance in Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed” and a 2004 Academy Award nomination for his role in “The Cooler” opposite William H. Macy. Other film credits include “The Good Shepherd” directed by Robert DeNiro, “Lymelife,” “The Hunt for Red October,” “Miami Blues,” “Prelude to a Kiss,” “Malice,” “The Shadow,” “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “Heaven’s Prisoners,” “Ghosts of Mississippi,” “The Edge,” “Pearl Harbor,” “The Cat in the Hat,” and “It’s Complicated,” opposite Meryl Streep and Steve Martin.
March 19, 2012, Winspear, 8pm
From ATTPAC website:
As a two-time Emmy Award-nominated field correspondent for the National Geographic Channel, Mireya Mayor has reported to audiences worldwide on pertinent wildlife and habitat issues. Closest to her heart is her ongoing study of a newfound species of Microcebus, or mouse lemur, which she discovered on a 2000 field expedition in Madagascar. Her work with this rare primate inspired the prime minister of Madagascar to establish a national park to help protect the new species, conserving the 10 percent that remains of the African island nation’s once vast forest.
Mayor recently earned her Ph.D. while conducting research on the effects of forest fragmentation and isolation on two types of lemurs found only in northern Madagascar. Earning her the nickname of “female Indiana Jones”, Mayor’s Ultimate Explorer TV expeditions have taken her to Central Africa’s gorillas, underwater with the six-foot (1.8-meter) Humboldt squid, and into a veterinarian’s haven for leopards in Namibia.
April 24, 2012, Winspear, 8pm
From ATTPAC website:
If you are one of the millions of viewers who regularly tune into ABC’s Modern Family each week, you’ve probably fallen in love with the characters Mitchell Pritchett, Phil Dunphy and Cameron Tucker, played by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet, respectively. The actors will take the Winspear stage to discuss their hit show, which is centered on the lives of three unconventional families. In addition, Steve Levitan will share his insight as co-creator and executive producer of the show.
The show has garnered critical acclaim and has received multiple Emmy Awards including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Ty Burrell, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Julie Bowen, Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series: S. Levitan and J. Richman, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Michael A. Spiller. Fans of the show won’t want to miss this opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the chemistry that has catapulted the series into a pop culture phenomenon.
And lastly a little bird (as in twit twit…cough cough…. say no more, say no more!!) told me that some time in June you might want to break out your favorite sweater and eat some pudding pops.