PM - 7:00 PM, THE BROADWAY THEATER. Lew, Dave
and Leslie arrive for set strike. Leslie forgets
her tools and is practically useless. We all think
that the photos of set strike look a lot like
photos of set construction. We settle up the finances
and put this show in the can. Thanks everyone!
See you in February, 2003.
WAWA 20 oz. coffees consumed: None, it's time
LAST PERFORMANCE and CAST COLLAPSE (USUALLY REFERRED
TO AS A CAST PARTY)
PM, THE BROADWAY THEATER - STAGE RIGHT. All that
hard work has paid off, so let's take one last look
at our talented cast before the final curtain closes.
6:30 PM - DAVE'S BACKYARD FOR CAST PARTY. We are
all too tired to have a serious cast party, so we
just relax out back for a little while, then return
home to visit our real lives.
GOES TO GREAT LENGTHS TO GET ATTENTION
AM, COOK'S BAR AND GRILL. The director is relaxing
with Fran, Clark, Mark, Brandon, Damian and a
few of our closest friends over a lovely pint
of Guinness, when she glances over in time to
see Mark, with his head back and his eyes rolled
up into his head, and Brandon shaking him slightly
saying "Mark? Mark? Come on buddy, are you
alright?!" To make a long story short, the
EMT's were called because Mark had, apparently,
passed out. The director follows him to the hospital,
relunctantly leaving her unfinished Guinness,
and is soon joined by Brandon and Damian. We all
wait for Mark's wife Laurie to arrive and leave
the mess in her capable hands. Laurie calls the
director in the morning to say that Mark is fine,
he was completely dehydrated and will be doing
the show Saturday. Clark calls the director to
ask how Mark is and to tell her that he finished
her Guinness. The director removes another ten
years off of her already shortened life.
Guinness consumed by Leslie: 3.5 ....By
PM, THE BROADWAY THEATER - UP STAGE CENTER. The
cast looks a lot more confident than the director
feels, since she ended up having to stage manage
the show and is a little too tired to successfully
multi-task. Still photos of the show are limited
because the director will be backstage throughout
the production. Lew will tape it on Friday night,
so she'll have to catch it when it comes out on
WAWA 20 oz. coffees consumed: 2
PM - 11:00 PM, THE BROADWAY THEATER. Lew and Leslie
arrive early to finish the set, finish the painting,
clean up backstage, pin up curtains, etc., etc.,
and more etc., We work feverishly, knowing that
the cast and crew will begin arriving around 6PM.
When Fran arrives we can't immediately show her
how the artwork spins because the walls are still
wet. Flo arrives around 6:00 PM to get her props
in order, and looks ready to go. We end up with
two last minute, volunteer stagehands to help spin
the art. All in all, our last rehearsal goes very
smoothly and everyone seems ready for Opening Night.
Break a leg!
PM TILL ???, THE BROADWAY THEATER. Lew and Leslie
are still working on the set, expecting to have
to wrap it up at 6:55 PM because the movie starts
at 7:00, when Dan announces he's going to cancel
the movie for that night. Lew and Leslie almost
weep with joy. When Dave arrives, the good news
sends him happily up three stories on a rickety
ladder to fix the 75-year-old curtain. It's dark
up there, he says.
WAWA 20 oz. coffees consumed: 4
WITH PROPS, FINALLY!
AM - 7:30 PM, THE BROADWAY THEATER. The director
calls her brother-in-law, Mark, last night and
asks him to come in for some last minute, emergency
set construction. He graciously complies and we
get a lot done in the morning. Construction stops
for rehearsal at 10:00 AM, where the actors finally
have a chance to rehearse the show both in the
theatre and with props. Damian has Eagles tickets
and takes Brandon and Mark after rehearsal. Leslie
works in the theatre with Mary Ann until 4:00
PM, when she leaves and is replaced by Lew and
Mark (the brother-in-law). Construction cointinues
until the movie starts at 8:00 PM.
WAWA 20 oz. coffees consumed: 10
MANY TIMES CAN I SAY IT?
WAWA 20 oz. coffees consumed: 5.5
AND HOURS IN THE BASEMENT AGAIN. The director waited
nervously all week for the posters to arrive that
she ordered a thousand years ago on art.com. The
postman comes up the walk with a large carton and
she can barely restrain herself from throwing herself
on him. At last, the long awaited artwork has arrived.
Now it's time to shove them into the 24 frames.
AND BUILDING AND SEWING, OH MY!
DAY LONG. EVERYWHERE. Trips to the printshop,
running lines with Brandon, stopping by the Music
Museum in Pitman to pick up the bells for Act
I, Scene III, Staining the tables Calvin built
for the set, stopping by the theatre to see how
Lew and Bob are doing with the set construction,
swinging by Jen's to pick up the sewing she did
for the show...it's all too much. And we're not
even close to being done. Sheesh.
WAWA 20 oz. coffees consumed: Not Nearly Enough,
Thanks For Asking.
PM - 9:00 PM, DIRECTOR'S BACK PORCH. Deanna, Flo
and Leslie take advantage of the cool night breezes
and sit outback to discuss the Prop Outline. After
discussing the prop requirements for Act I, Scene
II, neither Flo nor Deanna makes any effort to run
screaming into the night. Leslie quickly describes
the next sceneS requirements before the whole horrible
reality sinks in and they bolt. They stay through
all ten pages and make declarations like "no
problem!" and "we can handle this easily".
Director may actually sleep tonight.
PM - 4:00 PM, DIRECTOR'S DINING ROOM TABLE. Brandon
arrives for the painful dissection of his monolgue
in Act II. Progress is made.
PM - 3:00 PM, DIRECTORS'S BASEMENT AGAIN. I dunno,
sometimes you just take pictures because it's a
AM - 1:00 PM, THE BROADWAY THEATRE, Brandon rejoins
the fold, and right after we were getting used to
not having him around. It figures.
PM - 10:30 PM, COOKS BAR AND GRILL. Mark leads
the cast to mutiny and declares that rehearsal
is over. As his car sped away, he was heard saying
"We did all we could without Brandon, now
it's time to drink. Hernia my eye!". Such
dedication to the craft.
Maraschino Cherries Consumed: 24
AM - 2:00 PM, LESLIE'S BASEMENT. Since this is a
play based in restaurants, Charlie, the waiter,
offers his customers a menu in four different scenes.
The director is now seeing props in her sleep.
PM - 9:00 PM, LESLIE AND DEANNA ON PROP ROADTRIP.
Leslie and Deanna hit Rochester Formal Wear (at
both locations), Sears, South Jersey Party Supply,
Odd Lot, Joann Fabrics, and Camden Restaurant and
Bar Supply in an effort to acquire all the necessary
items needed to keep the actors in props. Results
of mission: 85% of props have been collected. We
started so late because we had to watch 9-11 coverage.
God Bless America!
PM AT THE DIRECTOR'S HOUSE. Len shows up to review
scene designs and makes thousands of educated
suggestions on what artists work should be considered
when decorating the set.
first they gorge on shrimp and crab legs sent
home by Betty after the party she had yesterday.
Thanks Betty! (she always makes too much, thank
and Leslie spend five hours on www.art.com ordering
posters based on set designs. Director is amazed
at how much she doesn't know about art when Len
starts talking. Both agree that they made great
choices. Both agree that they are nearly blind
from looking at a monitor for five hours.
delicious shrimp consumed: Approximately 30
AM AT THE FREE CLINIC. Brandon goes under the knife.
Director mails card and lights candles at local
AM AT THE BROADWAY THEATER - BEFORE EAGLES HOME
OPENER. Cast blocks all of ACT III, minus the
"portfolio" scene, since Brandon can't
do any stunts until after his hernia operation.
No one is really concentrating anyway because
they are constantly reminded about the Eagles
game every time they look at Damian.
signs a homemade Get Well Soon card before Brandon
shows up. Director asks the Cast to "be nice"
when signing the card so no one in Brandon's house
reads it while he's asleep and gets offended.
They ignore her.
the witching hour finally approached, rehearsal
was constantly interrupted with cheers of E-A-G-L-E-S...EAGLES!!!!!
Director gives up and sends everyone home. Damian
is the first to leave because he has a 65 inch
WAWA 20 oz. coffees consumed: 8.5
AM AT THE BROADWAY THEATER FOR LEW, DAVE AND BOB,
11:15 AM FOR LESLIE WHO OVERSLEPT. The Director
tries to explain her tardiness with a halfcocked
story about lost-time and alien abduction, but
no one believes her. She brings coffee as a peace
WAWA 20 oz. coffees consumed: 4
PM TILL ????? - DAMIAN'S PARTY DEN. The cast couldn't
rehearse at the VFW on Friday. Oh, by the way,
Happy Birthday, Kitty. So they were forced underground
into Damian's basement, to rehearse next to his
pool table. Mark makes his argument for rehearsing
on the pool table, but is outvoted. These shots
were taken from a web-cam secreted in the Director's
turban. Rumor has it that they "rehearsed"
into the wee hours.
WAWA 20 oz. coffees consumed: 1.5
Total Yuenglings: 12
AM AT THE THEATRE. We normally rehearse at 10:00
AM but Mr. Wonderful had a wedding to go to (yeah,
right) so we all dragged ourselves out of bed
an hour earlier so he could get there in time.
Rehearsed Act I and II. Director tells cast that
they have to be off book for Act I by next rehearsal.
II, Scene II is rehearsed for the first time.
Damian and Christina have to kiss for, like, a
whole five minutes while Brandon talks to the
back of their heads. Brandon and the director
take their sweet time blocking Brandon's movements
just to force Damian and Christina to have to
kiss way longer than normal. Because it's funny,
WAWA 20 oz. coffees consumed: 5
AM AT THE BROADWAY THEATRE. Lew, Dave, Bob, Leslie
and Len show up for set construction. Dave brings
donuts. Leslie brings donuts. But Dave's donuts
are better. Leslie is stuck with her stupid Tastykake
donuts and gives them to the neighbor kids so
she doesn't eat them all.
Dave and Bob started the set last week, but today
need Leslie to be there to answer questions, as
her demands are so unreasonable that they insist
that she gets up at the crack of dawn to suffer
along with them. Walls are framed out and locked
into place. The solution to the "moving artwork"
dilemma is finally solved.
and Leslie review layout and lighting and go to
their separate homes to plan for set decoration,
with promises to meet for a production meeting
later in the week.
eliminate using the Arc Spotlight because it hums
WAWA 20 oz. coffees consumed: 6
DAMN DAY, INTO THE NIGHT, AND MOST OF THE NEXT DAY
ON THE DIRECTOR'S DINING ROOM TABLE. It's one thing
to know how you want the show to run and how you
want it to look. It's another thing sharing your
vision with the crew.
PM, AFTER REHEARSAL, COOK'S BAR & GRILL, three
cast members and the director bond over drinks and
poppers. Limitless use of duct tape is discussed
PM AT THE VFW HALL, Before rehearsal that night,
director asks the cast to pose for photos. Mark
initiates the madness with his "idea"
of having him photographed coming out of the Ladies
Room. The insanity spreads through the cast like
PM DIRECTOR'S HOUSE, Brandon is late, so we watch
Damian's Super Bowl Invitation that he sent out
to his friends on a DVD. Sara can't make it at all,
so when Mr. Libby shows up, Dave reads for Sara's
role. Director wonders how Dave learned to sound
exactly like a woman.