I'm so excited about this radically re-envisioned HICK, with Loretta Janca reading Eleanor's letters and Tara Ayres as narrator. Carolyn Myers, my director and crony, has done her customary magic pulling everything together.
When one does a Fringe, one has very little time for technical issues. Our entire tech was scheduled for 2 1/2 hours (we went a bit over). Carolyn LOVES making the actors and stage look beautiful with light. But she had to confine herself to 10 cues. Admirably disciplined. We had a wonderful Exit techie doing lights, Beth --- skilled, creative and good-natured. Our HICK group was completed by Michele Bank, stage manager doing sound, and Louise Mary's Friend as ... shit, I can't remember the word. Anyhow she's general assistant.
We felt like a real team yesterday.
I think my acting has improved light years. For one thing, I am freed by having the two actresses onstage. Tara shares the storytelling with me. And, although Paula Barish is fantastic on tape, having a live actress read Eleanor's letters is damn exciting. And Loretta is a damn exciting actress.
Here we are waiting to start our tech.
So Hick must have been this totally amazing charming charismatic woman deep who I have to somehow channel onstage.
I think I'm improving. Come and see. Info below.
THUR SEPT 5 8:30 PM
SAT SEPT 7 2:00 PM
SUN SEPT 8 6:30 PM
THUR SEPT 12 7:00 PM
Exit Theater, 156 Eddy St., San Francisco
Near Powell St. BART
TIX: $13.00 @ Door
HICK: A LOVE STORY is based on Mrs. Roosevelt's 2336 letters to Lorena Hickok,
used with the permission of the Roosevelt estate.