Saturday, September 29, 2012

Searching for Holden Again

Just wanted to remind you guys to revisit Jack's blog to hear the end of his version of our Diesel Fuel story if you never did.  He added a second and third part to his original post, so you will want to scroll down a little ways to get to Part Two.  He adds a lot more details of the story that I never got around to, so it's definitely worth perusing.

Searching for Holden–"Troupers"
I just love his writing style!  It is phenomenal.

Beauty & the Beast Half Life

Apparently I need to be updating the blog more regularly.  I have just been informed by my Aunt that I am leaving the entire family waiting with baited breath every time I go so long without posting.  I'm both flattered and amazed, family.  Thanks for taking such an avid interest in how I'm doing!

Well, we are just finishing up week four and slowly edging our way toward the halfway mark on our tour.  It's certainly been a wild ride so far.  We spent the past week or so in Warren, MI—also known as the "Land of the Strip Malls" (coined by my friend, Darren)—just north of Detroit, and I have to tell you something: the traffic here is horrendous.  I maintain that the drivers still aren't worse than the ones in Memphis (it's pretty tough to reach that level of combined incompetence and rudeness), but the actual structure of the streets, the number of traffic lights, the frequent u-turns because you can never turn left at any of the intersections, and don't even get me started on the impossible number of cars on the road at any given time of day…it's all insane.  And we actually got into a small accident the other day.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


You should be able to click on photos to see a larger version.

Jack, Jenn, and myself

Talking Back

We've hit Week 3 on the road, and it's safe to say we're settling into the swing of things with Beauty & the Beast.  By far the most interesting and entertaining part of the typical workday, in my opinion, is the question and answer session (a "talkback" in theatre jargon) that we hold with the kids after each performance.  It's an opportunity for them to ask us questions about the show or what it's like to be an actor, etc.  Many of the questions are insightful, or at least thoughtful:  How old were we when we started acting?  Was it difficult to memorize the parts?  How long did it take us to rehearse the show?  More recently someone asked us what characters each of us would most like to play.  (For me, at the moment, this would be Miranda in Shakespeare's The Tempest, but for the kids' sake, I added that I also have "this secret desire to be the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz," and did my best "I'll get you my pretty," for them—which is pretty impressive if I do say so myself.)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Current Whereabouts

Next stop: Toledo.

Of Diesel Smoke—Part II

To be read in an ironic, semi-monotonous voice:

All characters appearing in this work are fictitious.
Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

For Part I, go here.

I apologize for taking so long to continue this adventure; it's so difficult to get into a routine these days, especially given how exhausted I am at the end of each day.  I've been forgetting to journal altogether, though I am pleased to report I have been solidly working away at my novel.  But more on that another time.

So there we were, in Cassandra Falls, the hour getting later and later, when finally a miracle happens: Bo revs the engine, and with great effort, the car came back to life.  "Elation" doesn't even begin to cover it.  An overwhelming sense of relief washed over me, and when one of the mechanics handed over the keys after a quick test-drive, I nearly sobbed.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Searching for Holden

Just a shameless promotion of my friend Jack's blog.  He's been traveling with me, so there will be a fun and interesting second perspective occasionally on all the events on the road.

Click on the image to follow a link to his site, Searching for Holden.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Of Diesel Smoke—Part I

AN: All names of people, companies, and locations in this blog have now been changed.  If anyone ever refers to a "Dorothy," that is me.

I've always maintained that Mondays bring disasters, and September 3rd was one in spades.  Tuesday was its partner in crime.

So let's begin. 

The Road Thus Far

A more detailed post will be on its way this weekend, but for now, a map:

If you're wondering why we were in Evansville, we get our performance schedules on a weekly basis, so the schedule is constantly subject to change and we are constantly subject to surprises.

No that's not a joke about breaking down in a cornfield.  This actually happened.  I'll tell you what, it's been an eventful few days.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

"I Get off on '57 Chevies"

First things first:  I apologize for the confusion about commenting.  It was mostly my own error.  I have now enabled "anonymous" comments, which should allow anyone to comment who wants to.  Let me know if there are any further problems.