Reset Your Life: Growing Curls after Chemo

I wrote something for the fabulous web site,, and they made me their #resetambassador of the day. Check it out!

Remember: we are all resilient as hell. I wish for you health and happiness in 2018! (And for me, the RLabel silk sweatshirt in grey, size medium.)

(photo credit Alari Koel, hair cut/color Jim Gaylord at Rizza Salon)


My Life Has Given Me Curls

Law and Order: SVU co-star, Photo shoot with Alari Koel and more

I’m having a wonderful fall. Just did an incredible photo shoot on the High Line with Alari Koel– thanks for capturing sides of me I didn’t even know I had, Alari!

Am continuing my run in the play “In Love With the Arrow Collar Man,” with two final performances, December 1st and 2nd at Theatre 80 St. Marks.

I just took a class with David Caparelliotis at One on One, and I couldn’t recommend it more highly. He is a wonderful teacher, and as a side benefit, he exposed the class to a lot of new or recent plays that I hadn’t read before. (Anyone doing Annie Baker’s “Body Awareness, give me a call.)

And finally, a few weeks ago I made that NYC actor dream come true– I shot an episode of Law and Order: SVU. Watch for Dr. Alexandra Levy on the episode “Pathological,” coming January 10th to NBC.


Lady Band: The Congressional Switchboard

We’ve come up with a tune to help you remember the number to the Congressional Switchboard. So you can always contact your elected representative, in case… you know… something is on your mind.

Today’s Lady Band brought to you by Joanna, Liz Asti, and the delightful NYC actress-singer Lauren Hooper.


Check it out here, or follow @ladybandnyc on Twitter or LadyBandNYC on Youtube.

The secret’s out– I’m writing a novel.

Here’s the blurb from my first novel. I promise plenty more info and pre-order links as soon as they’re available. And in case you’re wondering, this has been a crazy good time…

Coming soon:
Emily’s Tour Diary (and Other Tragedies of the Stage)
by Joanna Parson

256-page novel, New Adult fiction

When Emily gets cast in a musical’s national tour, her friends in NYC send her on her way with a brand new journal, a packet of stationery, and squeals of encouragement. She may not be sure she’s a natural fit for the job, but who could turn down a dream gig that any of her peers would kill for? And after 18 cities, 6 months, 2 torrid affairs, 1 near drug bust and thousands of audience members exploding into applause every night, what will it take for this 20-something theater girl to finally come into her own?

Emily’s Tour Diary (and Other Tragedies of the Stage) is a rock and roll, theatrical coming of age tale where a good girl learns where her edges are, one city at a time.


Joanna to star in “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge” at the Gallery Players

Joanna will play Mrs. Bob in the Gallery Players’ production of Christopher Durang’s “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge” from December 5th through December 20th.

Click here to buy “Mrs. Bob” tickets on-line

Stay tuned for pictures and details.

The Gallery Players is a beloved Brooklyn institution located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and has been producing original plays and recent Broadway and off-Broadway revivals since 1967.

From the Gallery Players’ description of the show:

In this departure from Dickens, young Scrooge’s exclamations of “Bah, humbug!” are an undiagnosed “kind of seasonal Tourette’s Syndrome,” and The Ghost of Christmas Past is played by a sassy African-American woman with enough attitude to portray all three spirits (which she does)… Mrs. Bob Cratchit, a minor character in the Dickens, takes center stage here. No longer loving and long suffering, Mrs. Bob is in a rage: She’s sick of Tiny Tim (the goody-goody crippled child), she hates her twenty other children (most of them confined to the root cellar), including oversized Little Nell, and she wants to get drunk and jump off London Bridge. As the Ghost loses more control, the plot morphs into parodies of Oliver Twist, “The Gift of the Magi” and It’s a Wonderful Life. And to make matters worse, Scrooge and Mrs. Bob seem to be kindred souls falling in love. With a dénouement that is two parts Touched by an Angel and one part The Queen of Mean, Scrooge’s tale of redemption and gentle grace is placed squarely on its head.

Joanna on “”

I was thrilled to be part of’s radio podcast– Damon Jacobs and Roger Newcomb are hilarious, kind and knowledgeable. The site is for soap opera news, reviews, history and more. I talked to them about what it’s like to be part of the mighty under-five and extra team on soap operas (my experience has been with AS THE WORLD TURNS)– us working New York and Los Angeles actors who come in to say a line here or play a bit part there and support the storylines and characters you’ve known and loved forever.

Click here to link to!

I brought my guitar along, and you can hear audio and see video of Damon, Roger and I making up a tune about Eric Braeden’s contract trouble with THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; I also do some little snatches of a goodbye song to (my favorite) GUIDING LIGHT; and a wee bit of “When Cousins Marry”. And check out the rest of the site– these boys are in the thick of it and do a magnificent job.