Theatre Habit Thwarted By Illness

As I mentioned in my last post, May is a crazy-busy month for me at my day job.  I have been working some long days there lately.  However, by this afternoon (Sunday) I felt reasonably caught up.  I had missed the Our Town Players’ Shakespeare piece out at Franklin, I had missed “South Pacific” at Footlite, I had missed “Leading Ladies” at Civic, I had even missed the Broad Ripple Art Fair, but I still had time to see the 5:00 performance of “Five Course Love” at Theatre on the Square if I put off mowing the lawn until tomorrow.

Or so I thought.

I drove downtown…only to find a sign on TOTS’ door saying the Sunday performance had been cancelled due to illness.

“Well, phooey!” I thought.  “That’s one whole hour of my life spent in needless driving on a gorgeous day and eight dollars’ worth of gasoline wasted.  PHOOEY!”

I actually said another word, but I am trying to use that word more selectively.

And, actually, this wasn’t an “f-word” situation.   I could rant that it is actors’ and crew members’ responsibility to keep themselves healthy when they are in a show, but even with the best of intentions, people do get sick.  Stuff happens. And the only theatre I know of around here that casts understudies is the IRT.

I suppose I could have called first to confirm that the show wasn’t sold out (or cancelled!) but I took my chances, as I often do.  This was one of those rare times when I was disappointed.

Very disappointed.

But…I took myself out to dinner at Bob Evans instead and read some more of the novel that I had in my purse.  (Never leave the house without a book!)

So…I hope whoever was sick at TOTS feels better soon.

Hope Baugh –

Quick update

Last weekend I went to see “Our Dad Is In Atlantis” at the Phoenix Theatre and “The Foreigner” at Carmel Community Players.  I enjoyed both very much, although for different reasons.

However, because my day job is keeping me very(!) busy this month,  I have not had a chance to write about either of these shows.  I will not be able to write about them this weekend, either.  

I will not even have time to SEE a show this weekend.  (Eeep!!)

So…I will just say quickly that “The Foreigner” closes on Sunday and it is very funny.

“Our Dad” continues through June 8 and some of the performances are in Spanish.  I am planning to see one of those performances, too.  The story of two young brothers whose mother died and whose father left them behind when he moved to the United States is haunting.

There are several other shows running this weekend that I would like to see, too, but the day job (and my health!) have to come first.

So… “break a leg” to everyone, and I will see you again soon.

Hope Baugh –

Back from Vacation: Blogging Plan

Oh, my, it feels GOOD to be HOME.

I did have a wonderful vacation, though.  I spent a few days with my father and his friend, Polly, in Florida.  Then I spent a few days at a storytelling festival in southern Indiana.  There was no Internet access there at all.  On Sunday I drove back to Indy in time to catch the 5:00 performance of “Die! Mommy, Die!” at Theatre on the Square and then the final performance of “Midwestern Hemisphere” at the ArtsGarden, as promised. 

I enjoyed ALL of it.

After I get some sleep, I am going to write reviews of three storytelling pieces, reviews of the two theatre pieces, and maybe a reflection on some of the similarities and differences between live theatre and oral tradition storytellng.  I thought about that topic a lot this past week.  I also want to write a review of the storytelling CD that I listened to in the car on the way to the storytelling festival.

Whew!  I have my work cut out for me.  But as Anais Nin says, “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.”

Hope Baugh –

Frank Basile Emerging Stories Fellowship

Today I received the annual email from Storytelling Arts of Indiana reminding everyone that the deadline for the Frank Basile Emerging Stories Fellowship is coming up.  Grant applications must be received by April 30, 2008.

Each year, this grant is awarded to two storytellers to develop a new piece for adult audiences.   Fulltime tellers love it because their bread-and-butter usually comes from youth audiences.  The Basile grant gives them a chance to develop a piece that they might not have been able to justify spending time on otherwise.

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