MARGARITA MARTINEZ
08/11/2015:Stage and Screen
Hi there! Welcome to an update on the goings-on of Ms. Martinez! This Spring I was in Lyric Stage Company of Boston's production of City of Angels. I love the film noir genre and the 1940's period (excellent fashion, sublime jazz standards...), so consider me overjoyed to work on this clever hard-boiled detective mystery musical. I had the terrific pleasure of playing a tough-talking gangster named Sonny and a Hollywood madam called Margie. Which means I not only had the great experience of playing two very disparate characters, but I got to wear the fashion of both men AND women! Here's a picture of me and actor Damon Singletary as Big Six. I'll let you guess who was the muscle in this pairing...



Later in May, I played the titular role in Fresh Ink Theatre Company's staged reading of Ginger Lazarus's new play The Housekeeper. Oh, what a joy to work on such a beautiful play about loss, life, and family. Missed the reading? Not to worry! Much to my delight, the full production is coming to Boston Playwrights' Theatre this winter where I will reprise my role as Adelina.

Also coming up in 2016, I'll be back at Lyric Stage Company in another joyful ensemble comedy with music as a part of the cast of Peter and the Starcatcher (By the way, have you seen Lyric's upcoming season? It's going to be an awesome year in the theatre!). I don't know about you, but I can not WAIT for 2016 to come along! "But what about right now, Margarita? We still have four and a half months left in 2015!" Too true! Last week I served as a judge for Providence's 48 Hour Film Project. Over fifty short films were submitted and it was a treat to experience the many varied stories brought to life in a mere two days! You can find out who we selected at the "best of" screening on August 22 at AS220 in Providence.

In other filmmaking news, I am now an MFA candidate in Media Art at Emerson College! As some of you know, I work on video projects of my own creation, as evidenced by the video below and my work as editor and sound designer for my hosting reel. Needless to say, I am absolutely thrilled to continue growing my storytelling skills behind the camera at such a fantastic institution.



And last, but certainly not least, FOOD! Summer means delicious, locally-grown produce in New England for me to enjoy! It's another excellent summer of weekly CSA hauls and trying new ways to prepare vegetables of all shapes and sizes. Here are a few of my summer creations.



(Basil sunflower seed pesto on linguine with sliced heirloom tomatoes, a caramelized onion and summer squash salad with homemade cilantro-lime-jalapeno dressing, a "deconstructed" cacik with Cabot's Greek-style yogurt, and tamari citrus broiled tofu with scallions on chopped salad.)

I hope you too are enjoying the summer offerings. I, for one, have been a little remiss in my lobster roll consumption (only one this season? for shame!), but with a trip to the Cape this weekend, that will soon be remedied! That's all for now. Stay swell, reader!
03/19/2015: Cheese and Angels
Greetings visitors! The Cabot Creamery Cookbook debuted on February 10 and I've had lots of great conversations about the book. Here's a profile of me in the Boston Globe, a feature in the Village Voice, and some great radio talks all over the nation with the likes of Chef Jamie Gwen, Cutting the Curd, and David and Nycci Nellis. Here's a pic of me in action at Northeastern University during a cooking demonstration of my two sandwich recipes featured in the cookbook.



Currently, I'm back at Lyric Stage Company of Boston working on the musical City of Angels with a fantastic cast and creative team. I absolutely LOVE jazz standards, film noir, and hardboiled detective mysteries, so it is a delight to be in a show inspired by such elements and genres! We run March 27 - May 3, so come on down if you're in the Boston area!


02/02/2015: Winter Wonderland
Winter has finally shown itself in all its cold and precipitous glory! A few weeks ago there wasn't a flake of snow on the ground in Boston, but there was plenty to go around in beautiful Vermont. During MLK, Jr. weekend, I had the pleasure to visit Cabot Cooperative's offices and Liberty Hill Farm, a proud member of Cabot.



And why so much Cabot business? Well, besides the wonderful cheeses made by the nearly century old cooperative of 1200 New England and New York family farms, they're coming out with a cookbook. And yours truly is lucky enough to be a part of it! The Cabot Creamery Cookbook is coming at you on February 10 brought to you by Time Inc./Oxmoor House books. I wrote the introduction and have a couple of recipes in this lovely, one-of-a-kind cookbook.



The book is filled with simple, satisfyingly scrumptious recipes (from Cabot farmers and fans); gorgeous photography; and wonderful and insightful stories from some of the cooperative's farmers. That's right. It's a a pretty special cookbook and I am so pleased to be a part of it! I've already made a number of the recipes this past blizzardy week, including the delicious Sweet Potato-Cheddar Soup with Chipotle and the Eggplant and Chickpea Stew with Cheddar Dumplings. Obviously, I crave warm, hearty soups in this weather!

You can catch me on radio waves across the nation (follow me on Twitter for stations, dates, and times) and in person around New England and New York promoting the book. I'll even be at Northeastern University on February 11 giving a cooking demonstration of one of the sandwiches I submitted to the cookbook. If you want to get in to the Cabot Creamery Cookbook craze, submit yourselves to this sweet sweepstakes beginning February 15. One grand-prize winner will receive a copy of the Cabot Creamery Cookbook AND a one-year supply of Cabot Cheese (WHAT?!). Stay warm and happy cooking!
11/11/2014:Fall Happenings
It's the home stretch...Thanksgiving is almost here! I love to host this holiday and test recipes leading up to the big day. Today's recipe is a creamy coconut pumpkin soup, thanks to a couple of sugar pumpkins from my CSA. Speaking of recipes, I've been testing some personal recipes more than usual because I have been asked to contribute to a new cookbook! That's all I can say at the moment, but stay tuned for more details in the new year.

Now, it's been awhile since I've updated this here blog, so here is a post chock-full of news from this fall! Currently, I am performing in Brown Box Theatre Project's production of Blue Window by Craig Lucas.



We just closed our Boston run and will head down to Maryland for five performances. I first discovered this gem of a play when I was just eleven years old and am thrilled to be working on this show as an adult with such a great group of people.


(Blue Window Photo by Kyler Taustin)

In October, I teamed up with the lovely people at Blue Spark Collaborative to work on a historical film. It was an absolute delight to go back in time to the late 1800's as an aristocratic lady.

In September, I had the pleasure of again collaborating with Sleeping Weazel on playwright Charlotte Meehan's tragi-parody 27 Tips for Banishing the Blues. We performed at the Boston Playwrights' Theatre to sold-out audiences. It was a real fun time playing an over-the-top telenovela star that comes out of the television screen to try to take over the self-help industry.


(27 Tips Photo by Steven Bell)

Well, there is some celery root and fingerling potatoes calling my name, so it's back to the kitchen before I go on tour. Happy Fall!
07/01/2014: Rave Review
A SOLD-OUT run and a glowing Boston Globe review for Sleeping Weazel's zany production of TALK TO AT ME! Adieu, rapid-fire persona changes and nightly human-sized rat battles while sporting a tutu. Until next time!
06/10/2014: Emmy Win!
I am thrilled to report that I am now the Emmy-nominated host of the Emmy award-winning series, Neighborhood Kitchens! This Saturday, Neighborhood Kitchens took home the New England Emmy award for Best Instructional/Informational series. Here are some pictures with series producer Patricia Alvarado-Núñez from the event.


(Photo by Eric Antoniou)

It was quite the special and exciting experience to attend the ceremony, especially with Leonard Nimoy accepting the Governor's award this year. Thank you Patricia, thank you Team NK, thank you chefs and community members, thank you to all of NK's viewers and supporters!



And here are some clips from the two seasons of Neighborhood Kitchens. Enjoy!



In two weeks, I'll be performing onstage in the new play Talk to at Me. This play is a zany, fun, and thought-provoking piece of theatre debuting during the second week of Sleeping Weazel's Doubles, Demons, and Dreamers festival.


04/27/2014: Emmy Time
Neighborhood Kitchens has done it again! This time we have earned not one, but two New England Emmy nominations. One nomination for the series and one for yours truly as host! I am so honored and very proud of Team NK. A big thank you to the chefs and community members who appeared on our show and the viewers who tuned in!


(Photo by NK Producer Patricia Alvarado-Núñez.)
02/18/2014: Winter Theatre
Winter is certainly upon us in New England. However, the show must go on! Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman at The Lyric Stage Company of Boston had its first preview on Valentine's Day and performed to sold-out and near sold-out audiences all snowy weekend long. We now open on Wednesday, February 19 and run through March 15. This is my first time working on the iconic American play and I am thrilled with the work done by all parties on this production. Miller's words are so moving and this seasoned cast and creative team are honestly and truthfully giving this piece their all. Here's a review from the Boston Globe. Please come see this show. It is a heartbreaking beauty.


11/08/2013:NK Season Two Finale
The weather is cooling off and the Season Two finale of Neighborhood Kitchens airs tomorrow at 4pm on WGBH-2. I can hardly believe that our final and 25th episode is making its way to televisions and computers in a little over 24 hours. It has been an incredible journey and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to experience different cultures and cuisines in New England and share them with viewers across the region. Are you curious about where we have been and where we are going? Check out the Neighborhood Kitchens website for episodes, the NK blog for my posts, and the How We Live page at wgbhnews.org to hear my radio interviews with the wonderful Bob Seay on Morning Edition. Hasta mañana.


(I've got a big smile because I know that preparing flammekueche is on the docket at Sandrine's Bistro. Photo by NK Producer Patricia Alvarado-Núñez.)
09/19/2013: Squash, New NK, Festival, & Raves!
Is everyone as excited as I am for the seasonal offerings of autumn? Light-weight jackets, boots, and, of course, the food! I currently have a butternut squash and apple soup simmering away on my stovetop as I begin testing recipes for Thanksgiving, a fall holiday I LOVE to host. Another reason to be super excited about autumn is NEW Neighborhood Kitchens episodes! Saturdays at 4pm we'll be airing one of our six new episodes weekly on WGBH-2 and uploading them to our website. We kick things off this Saturday, September 21, with Mei Mei Street Kitchen. I had a blast hanging out with the Li siblings. Check out my post on the SoWa Open Market and Mei Mei Street Kitchen on the Neighborhood Kitchens blog. Be sure to Like us on Facebook for fun updates and snazzy photographs, like these of me, Irene Li, and some fiddlehead ferns on the Mei Mei SK food truck!


(Photos by NK Producer Patricia Alvarado-Núñez)

Also on Saturday is The Artisan Taste during The Taste of WGBH Food & Wine Festival. I'll be hosting from 12noon-3pm, leaving just enough time for me to get home and watch the NK premiere at 4pm. There will be cooking demonstrations by local celebrity chefs (Brooke Vosika! Brian Alberg!) complete with tastings and lots of samples of food and wine to try at the restaurant and food and wine purveyor tables. Here is a list of who will be at the festival and the events happening at WGBH tonight through Saturday. Ooo la la!



This week also marks the final five performances of The Libertine. We received a rave review in The Boston Globe and performed to a sold-out audience last night. Don't miss this excellent production or me in a pink wig! Tickets here.


(Photo by Marc Franklin)
08/22/2013: Hot Summer Days
Summer! A time for outdoor theatre, movies, and bountiful produce! I must say, between July's heatwave and this week's 90-degree weather, I am so grateful for quick-cooking grains such as quinoa and bulgur, blenders for my many chilled soups (gazpacho ten ways! honeydew peanut soup!), and a bountiful selection of seasonal fruits and vegetables to allow me to continue to be creative in my kitchen without creating too much of a sauna in my apartment. One day I will have a backyard again and therefore a grill and garden for even more flexibility in my hot-day culinary endeavors!

Speaking of food, Neighborhood Kitchens returns with new episodes on Saturday, September 21 at 4PM! In these upcoming episodes we'll be traveling to Newport, Rhode Island; Portland, Maine; and all over Boston. We're serving up Polish, Greek, and Japanese cuisine in the second half of our second season. I am overjoyed to share my culinary adventures and travels with you. Check out our website and Facebook page for episodes, blog posts, updates, and lovely photography by Patricia Alvarado-Núñez.


(Chef Jake Rojas of Tallulah on Thames and I enjoying an agua fresca and a lobster taco at The Shack @ Dutch Harbor in Jamestown, RI.)

In addition to staying cool, fed, and working on Neighborhood Kitchens, this summer has meant a lot of theatre. Last month I was down in Brooklyn, NY rehearsing and performing in Giant Squid Productions' five-actor production of As You Like It in McGolrick Park. The weather behaved so nicely and it was truly a magical experience to bring free performances of Shakespeare to the communities of Greenpoint and Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I was elated to have the opportunity to play Shakespeare's wonderful heroine Rosalind with such a great director, designer, stage manager, and ensemble of actors. Here is a picture, courtesy of photographer Katie Kline.



I also started rehearsals for Stephen Jeffrey's The Libertine this month, a co-production of Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston and Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company of New York City. This comedic period drama is set in the Restoration period of England and based on the complicated life of John Wilmot, the 2nd Earl of Rochester. It is a joy to be working with such a talented and intellectual cast and creative team. The Libertine runs September 5-22 on the Wimberly Stage at the Boston Center for the Arts. Get your tickets here.


06/04/2013: Summertime
Did you hear? Neighborhood Kitchens was nominated for an EMMY! That's right. Our Bristol Lounge episode from Season 1 was nominated for a New England Emmy! I'm so excited and proud of everyone's work on Neighborhood Kitchens. I think I'll have some Pho Ga at Pho Le to celebrate.



In other NK news, the first half of our season just finished airing on WGBH-2! I had lots of adventures this season, culinary and otherwise, including throwing the first pitch at a PawSox game! We'll be back this fall with six brand new episodes featuring places from all over New England. If you missed any of the previously aired seven episodes from Season 2, have no fear. You can watch them at www.wgbh.org/NeighborhoodKitchens.



I am pleased to report that I had the privilege of working with a very talented bunch of people on The King and I at Ocean State Theatre Company. The month-long run finished on May 19 to rave reviews. It's only been a couple of weeks, but I am already nostalgic for 1860's Siam!


(Photo by Mark Turek Photography)
04/12/2013: News, News, News!
My, oh my! Things are jumping! Season 2 of Neighborhood Kitchens premieres tomorrow!! We kick off the first half of our season this Saturday at 4pm on WGBH-2 with the wonderful Chef Joanne Chang! Here is a video to get your mouth watering.

If you prefer to watch online, visit www.wgbh.org/NeighborhoodKitchens. We have some wonderful cuisines and places to share with you this season including Armenian food in Watertown. Here's Nuran Chavushian at Sevan Bakery showing me how to make boregs:



I've also been having a great time hosting events with WGBH including the Wine Loves Chocolate Valentine's Day Event and What's Cooking on the Wharf at the Boston Children's Museum Family Fest held on April 6. I had the pleasure of introducing Chef Stefano Cordova, Chef Ming Tsai, and Chef Joanne Chang for their delicious and educational demonstrations.


(All photos courtesy of NK Producer Patricia Alvarado-Núñez)

In other news, I am very excited to be working with Ocean State Theatre Company on The King and I, which runs April 24-May 19. Just started rehearsals this week and I am thrilled to be working on this wonderful show with such a tremendous cast, crew, and creative team.
12/07/2012: The Adventure Continues: Season 2
Greetings! Work on Season Two of Neighborhood Kitchens is underway! We are having a fantastic time working on these new episodes and I can not wait to share them with you. Tune in April 13, 2013 for our season premiere on WGBH-2. Want a sneak peek? Below are some pictures of me with Chef Joanne Chang and Chef Rich Garcia taken by NK Producer Patricia Alvarado-Núñez. Neighborhood Kitchens: where no dumpling or clam is safe!


10/15/2012: ¡Hasta Pronto!
Season One of Neighborhood Kitchens has come to a close! This past Saturday was the premiere of our season finale. Wow. Where did the time go? I had such a blast exploring neighborhoods, cultures, and cuisines from all over the world. Here is a picture of the crew after we wrapped shooting.



What a great and fun bunch of people! If you missed any episodes, Neighborhood Kitchens will be re-airing on Saturdays at 4pm on WGBH-2. You can also watch any episode of your choosing by visiting www.wgbh.org/NeighborhoodKitchens.

I also had the delightful privilege of hosting The Artisan Taste at The Taste of WGBH Food and Wine Festival last month. What an excellent way to spend a fall day with cooking demonstrations from Boston's top chefs. I met so many wonderful chefs and fellow foodies and got to learn from festival attendees about their favorite neighborhood kitchens.



From the television show to the radio segments on NPR to being a part of WGBH's events it has been an incredibly rewarding first season of Neighborhood Kitchens. I leave you with this piece of advice: if you are making Medhu Vada, be sure to wet your hands with water before dunking the doughnuts, lest the lentil monster comes for you. Hasta pronto!


(All photos courtesy of NK Producer Patricia Alvarado-Núñez)
08/28/2012: Summer Fun
It has been an amazing summer. Earlier this month I worked with the Manton Avenue Project on their Dialogue plays. It was a fantastic experience to work on a short play with my ten-year-old partner, rehearse and play with the other MAP kids and adults on a retreat in New Hampshire, and then get to perform it at 95 Empire in Providence. I love this organization and can not wait to participate again.



Also, Neighborhood Kitchens has wrapped its first season! Working on this show has been an incredible journey and I hope that team NK continues to work together for seasons to come. Saturday, September 8 kicks off the second half of our season with a marathon beginning at 1pm and the debut of our seventh episode on our new date and time: Saturdays at 4pm on WGBH-2. Of course you can have your own marathon online, by visiting www.wgbh.org/NeighborhoodKitchens.



A lot of firsts and a lot of memories this summer. I am looking forward to what the fall has in store.
06/19/2012: Neighborhood Kitchens Premiere
We had our debut this past Sunday! It was so exciting to watch the show on the small (bigger than a computer) screen. Here it is if you missed it. All episodes will be available to view on our webpage after they air on television. In the next episode we visit Casa Romero. That episode will air this coming Sunday at 6:30pm on WGBH-2. The Neighborhood Kitchens team is still shooting new episodes. Yesterday we were out and about in Boston in the Public Garden and then we went on a culinary tour of East Boston. Delicious!
06/09/2012: Antiques Roadshow

Saturday I had the immense pleasure of attending Antiques Roadshow in Boston! I love the show and was really happy to have the opportunity to promote Neighborhood Kitchens with those attending the Roadshow. I handed out many a postcard and met many hopeful attendees waiting in line to have their goods appraised. I even got to have my teapot evaluated! I didn't make the episode, but I did learn a bit more about my aluminum mid-century teapot. It was such a treat to be included in this event and to go behind the scenes of Antiques Roadshow. The lovely photos of my visit are courtesy of NK's producer Patricia Alvarado-Núñez.
06/05/2012: Hungry?
A taste of Neighborhood Kitchens to whet your appetite. Feast on a whole episode in less than two weeks!! The show premieres Sunday, June 17 at 6:30 on WGBH.
05/25/2012: Cool Cat
That's right. I am a Cool Cat. A Cool Cat of New England. At least according to photographer David Lee Black. Here is a picture from the photos we took this past weekend at Brown Street Park in Providence. Find out more about his Cool Cats of New England photography series by visiting his FB page and also check out his many photography galleries.
04/16/2012: Norton Awards
Time of My Life has been nominated for an Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production (Fringe Theater)! So excited for Zeitgeist Stage Company and everyone involved with this production. Recipients will be announced on May 21!
03/29/2012: Won't You Be My Neighbor?
I am the host of WGBH's new series Neighborhood Kitchens!! We just finished shooting the first episode yesterday. In each episode we'll be visiting a different New England restaurant's kitchen, where chefs will be showing us how to make recipes from around the world. Our first stop was Casa Romero, where the delightful chef Don Leo shared some delicious and simple Mexican recipes. See? Doesn't he look delightful?
Thanks to our lovely producer Patricia for the photographs. I had a great time yesterday and learned some valuable tips in the kitchen, such as how not to burn my apartment down while making platanos flambe. I am so excited to be on this culinary television adventure!
02/21/2012: Time of My Life
Time of My Life performances have been going splendidly! Don't believe me? You can read the Boston Globe review. Two weeks left to see this wonderful play and ensemble, get your tickets at www.bostontheatrescene.com.

01/06/2012: Well Behaved... Trailer
12/07/2011: Holiday Time in Boston
I can't believe it has been a month since Well Behaved Women... performed at The Roots! I had a great time and can not wait to present it again. In the meantime, I had the pleasure of participating in a staged reading of Lawrence Goodman's The Disappearance of the Jews with the Huntington Theatre Company two weeks ago. That same week I was cast in Zeitgeist Stage Company's Boston production of Alan Ayckbourn's Time of My Life, which begins rehearsals tomorrow night!
10/25/2011: Solo Show!
10/08/2011: Fall is in Full Swing
A Class Act closed on Sunday with a great reception by sold-out audiences. It was a gem of a show with a wonderful and talented cast, director, and creative team. This week I shot on location at the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA for a film for the Longyear Museum. In September, I had the privilege of participating in Kevin Broccoli's Dark Night series at 2nd Story Theatre. I performed a lovely monologue written by Mr. Broccoli. Next up is my solo show at The Roots in downtown Providence on Tuesday, November 8. It's going to be a great cabaret of original work!