Before the show last night my friend (and director of the play) John Herman told me that we’d probably only have a few people in the audience. I knew my friend, Rick Ganley from NHPR was coming and my Uncle Mike and Aunt Beth, so that was fine. It’s kind of a relief to have 10 or 15 people. So I set up the stage, got dressed, drank tea, and paced around a bit.
The show starts at 8. Before the show, Barbara Newton goes on-stage to welcome everyone, tell them about the Ring, and reminds everyone to turn off their cell phones. This time, she also let everyone know that we had “some people who came all the way from New York City”.
That was a clue I guess. I thought maybe some Ron & Fez fans had made the trip. So I go hobbling onto the stage and start doing my thing and my mind is almost completely erased when I see Ronnie B, Mrs. B, and HTG sitting in the front row. I can’t really express how strangely difficult it was to have my brain suddenly full of questions, and then sort of shocked to emptiness, while having to perform. I don’t think I’ve ever so clearly expressed “multiple experience” – but it was like my mind broke into 3 or 4 pieces and each piece was simultaneously going down different paths. One piece was acting. One piece was trying to CSI the evidence (I found it hard to really believe they’d come), etc.
At the end of the play, I kind of wait in the wings and give my thanks to everyone who’s trekked out to see the show. I hug my Uncle and Aunt, who I haven’t seen in a while. Hang with Rick – he’s a big Ron & Fez fan and he’d introduced himself to Ron at the intermission.
And then Ron and Deb and Mrs. B come out and we embrace and they are very kind and expansive and down to earth.
And I’m completely moved by their presence. I don’t exactly know why. But that he came out all this way to see me…it’s very moving to me. And I feel this great sense of thanks, which directs itself I don’t know where. Just outwardly. Not in any kind of euphoric way. I just feel peaceful, like this was the right path to go walking down.
Update: Here’s Ron’s review of the play from the show of December 6th (this is mostly for my parents):
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Thanks to John Herman for the photos!!