Rosario Dawson is coming tonight. She and I both sit on the board of V-Day: Until the Violence Stops, the global effort started by Eve Ensler to end violence against women. I also appeared briefly in the final episode of the telenovella that Rosario did for Vota Latina during this last presidential campaign. It was hillarious and effective. Rosario is a force of nature. Seeing the play with her is Courtney Martin, a writer and feminist activist who I got to know because she was one of the women who received media training through the Progressive Women’s Voices program of the Women’s Media Center. Courtney is also a fine writer.
It’s a lively audience tonight (this is intermission) and the show is whipping along. We’re having fun. My cold is getting better and I am sucking on Ricola cough drops which help…as long as Lori reminds me to spit it out before I go into a scene so it won’t hit someone in the front row. The doctor also told me to start taking a cough syrup called Delsym. Never heard of it but it works. What matters is that I am definitely on the mend with no real harm done. Never really lost my voice.
Varta Babikan is also here tonight. She worked for Fonda Films in L.A. Years–no, decades–ago when I was producing films. She was fantastic at her job, had to leave for awhile because of cancer; got a bone marrow transplant in Texas and is, after all this time, still thriving. I can’t wait to see her. It’s been about 20 years. (As I said in an earlier blog, this rediscovering old friends is one of the benefits of being on Broadway. They know where to reach you.)
Since I started this we’ve gotten to the last part of the play and once I go on again I don’t come off till it’s over.
So–see you next time.