I took some meds last night that kept me awake till 7am today!!! Still, the matinee went well and was 17 minutes shorter than the first public preview we did 2 ½ weeks ago.
Lolly Espy and her husband saw the show and came back after. Lolly and I went to the wonderful Emma Willard boarding school during our high school years. She was a drop dead gorgeous southern belle who turned out to be as sweet as a magnolia blossom…not what one comes to expect from drop dead gorgeous people. She has remained that way, inside and out. I’m glad we’ve maintain contact.
Holly Near also came back. Holly is the singer/song writer who I first met while auditioning her to do the FTA Show in 1971. She then came on the two 3-month-long national antiwar tours that my then-husband, Tom Hayden, and I did in 1972 and 73. Following that, she created her own record label, Redwood Records, and continues to be a force on many levels. She’s about to start a tour so, fearful of catching what I’ve got, we couldn’t hug. Both Holly and Lolly seemed to love the show.
We have 2 more days before we “Lock” it up—stop making script changes and sink into familiarity and comfort for next week when the critics start to come. I thought I’d be getting nervous at this looming prospect but I’m not. I feel confident in the play, in the cast and -for the most part–in my performance.
Again, how I wish Dad was here to see it.
Tomorrow, Colin Hanks, Samantha Mathis and I are doing a shoot for Vanity Fair with a bunch of other actors who will open on Broadway this season. Hopefully, I’ll get to see Susan Sarandon (some time I’ll get around to telling you about the 14 hours we spent together, stranded in the airport of Abu Dhabi. Not fun) among other friends. I think I will Twitter about it while it’s happening. Wonder if the actors from “9 to 5: The Musical” will be there?
That’s it. I’m writing this between performances and have to start getting ready. I hate to feel rushed so am always here and getting ready before anyone else. If anything special happens before tomorrow I’ll twitter about it.
See you next time.