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Archive for February, 2013

The Running of the Lines

I’m about to start running lines for tonight’s performance of Love & Taxes, benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  (A few tix remain! Click here for details.)  Every time I do a show that I haven’t done in a while, I run the lines — usually, just to myself, in my motel room, or wherever.  (Today I’m home!)  And it always feels as though I am entering another world: the world of that particular piece, with its rhythms and connections (and dumb jokes). And crossing that border — from civilian to story-warrior — at first comes as something of a shock: Who am I in this place?  Then, at some point, I’m finally back inside the story — and I’m no longer the daily person reeling from past to future, but a character, who lives in a story, and who gets to share that story — which has a shape (of sorts) — in the sacred space of a theater.

So … here goes!

(See you when I’m back.)

Of Oboes & Jews …

Just posted my second entry as a guest blogger — offering more notes on the process of developing my new show, Sea of Reeds — over at 3200 Stories.  It’s titled “An Ill Wind,” which should give my mom — and any other Danny Kaye fan — reason to smile. You can read it here.