It blows me away how little changes both in the dialogue and in how we are playing certain moments is making a big difference. The relationship between my daughter and me is way stronger and clearer and more fun to play. I am very excited about all this because, as I said last night in my last blog, repeating a performance has it’s dangers.
I’m already freaking because Moises will leave for New York a few days after we open to start rehearsals on “Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo” with Robin Williams. Freaking because I so love getting notes from him. It makes me feel secure.
I wonder how many times Richard will see the play. Maybe only opening night. But maybe more. I hope so. I can’t wait for his mother, Sylvia Perry, to come down from Oregon to see it. She is a music person. She is given credit for being the person who brought music into schools as her company makes musical instruments for schools. Richard says that there was a bust of Beethoven in his living room growing up. Sylvia will like this play because it is so much about the creation of music.
I chose my dressing room yesterday. It’s the same one Dolly Parton had when she was here with the musical “9 to 5”.. It’s fun to figure out ways to personalize these dressing rooms. I will put a Gee’s Bend quilt on the sofa which is where I sleep between shows on matinee days–with Tulea by my side. I will put the photo of me and my Dad back up on the mirror. It makes me feel good. I have a new perfumed candle a friend gave me for my birthday that will work. A bunch of wine glasses when there’s a time to entertain, and crackers and cheese. Tulea’s doggie bed and bowls. There will be a dog sitter who will look after her and take her out during the show. In NY she came on stage twice–fortunately both times were not DURING the show. Once she walked across the stage looking for me before the show started and got a round of applause. And once she wandered out during curtain call. I bent down to take a bow and saw her between my legs! That was a surprise and got a good laugh.
We start Rehearsing on stage next Sunday. It will be interesting seeing what it feels like to do the show in a much bigger theatre. The Eugene O’Neill was so cozy!! But, starting today and Friday and Saturday, we will run through the play from start to finish. I basically know the lines except for one small scene which I will now work on. We are on a Lunch break right now.