Itzhak Perlman, the great violinist, has come to the show. I will go out into the house after the rest of the audience leaves to greet him. He contracted polio at age four and is on a motorized scooter tonight which prevents him from coming backstage. I’m excited to meet him.
Richard Thomas AKA John Boy Walton, will be coming back stage. I saw him through the binoculars before the show started. His father was my firad ballet teacher at the Paul Taylor School. I adored him and when The Actors Studio was casting the young boy in O’Neil’s “Strange Interlude” (which starred Geraldine Page and in which I played the ingenue) I recommended young Richard. We’ve seen each other on and off over the years. He’s as nice a person as he seems.
Bill Bartholomay will also come back stage. I met bill when I married Ted Turner. He was Chairman Of the Atlanta Braves and was at all the games. Sitting next to him at a game is like having a baseball wikipedia next to you. He is also Park Commissioner in Chicago and a dear, wonderful friend.
So now I am in the car on the way home humming with from the backstage excitment. Perlman was there with his wife, Toby, also a violinist. Zach and I talked with them for awhile out in the theatre. They so loved the play. Toby has seen it twice.
Richard Thomas doesn’t look any older than 2 decades ago yet he has grandchildren. He brought love from his wife and his father who now lives on a horse farm and, according to Richard, has a picture of me in his bedroom.
I am going to miss these loving encounters when the play ends. There is less than a month left and I am trying not to think too much about it.
See you next time