Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Fresh Start???

Happy Inauguration Day!!!!

Although I’m at work and not keeping up with the festivities, I hope that all of you who are able to watch are enjoying it all!!

In spite of the fact that we got a TON of snow over the weekend, I managed to have a VERY nice weekend.
Yes, the snow-covered landscape looks really pretty, but COME ON!! My tired, old body can’t take it anymore!!! All this shoveling is KILLING my back. I’m kind of in a lot of pain right now….but I’ll manage to survive, have no fear.

The show on Saturday night (Heart & Music) went very well. The theatre company made a decent amount of money and I think the audience had a good time. Personally, I thought it went quite well. Especially given the extremely short rehearsal period time and the amount of ‘stuff’ that we all had thrown at us. Don’t get me wrong, I’m relieved that it’s over, but I’m definitely glad that I did it. I had the opportunity to meet and perform with a lot of very talented people that I wouldn’t have met otherwise…which is always a good thing.

On Sunday afternoon, in spite of the raging snowstorm, I ventured into Boston to see the play ‘The New Century’ at SpeakEasy Stage Company and I LOVED it. Sure, the play itself isn’t perfect, but I thought all the performances were excellent, and I had a great time. There were moments when I was laughing so hard that I couldn’t even breathe and I had tears streaming down my face. In addition to those moments of hysterical laughter, there were moments when I was actually crying – without the laughing. So yes, it definitely has it’s ‘touching’ moments as well.
If you’re looking for a great night out, I highly suggest it. Granted, it was written by Paul Rudnick (‘Jeffrey’, ‘The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told’, ‘In & Out’) so it’s very gay, and there is a brief moment of male nudity - so consider yourself ‘warned’.
Actually, now that I think of it, those two things may actually be the reason that some of you would buy tickets. :-)
Either way, I highly suggest seeing it.

On a related note, I’m now doing another show. Yes, I know….I said I was taking a break, but I’ve changed my mind. Leave me alone!!!
The bottom line is this; Jim and some of my really good friends auditioned and were cast in a show, and apparently the directors were in need of a few more guys.
Jim and I talked about it and I decided that I would be happy to do the show, if they (the directors, choreographer and musical director) thought I’d be a good ‘fit’. I went to rehearsal last night and they said they would be happy to have me!!!
So, not only am I doing another show – but it’s a chance to do a show with Jim and some of my nearest and dearest friends. YAY!!! Maybe I’ll actually lose some weight?!?!?
Wishful thinking.
The show is ‘Godspell’ and it’s with The Company Theatre. I’ve been in ‘Godspell’ two times before, but I have a strange feeling that this production is going to be VERY different than the other two I’ve done (in a good way, don’t worry).
So that’s the scoop…the show isn’t until March, so I’m sure you’ll be hearing a lot about it between now and then. Have no fear, I won’t spoil the ending for you. ;-)

Don’t forget to go see ‘The New Century’ at SpeakEasy!!!
Go to http://www.speakeasystage.com/ for more information.

From left: Robert Saoud, Bud Weber, Paula Plum and Kerry A. Dowling

Kerry A. Dowling as the "crafty" Barbara Ellen Diggs.

Bud Weber in the military fantasy sequence.


RG said...

You're an applause junkie aren't you? "C'mon man....I really need it. Can you help me out? Clap, man. Clap!"

BTW, more pics of Bud Weber please. Preferably with fewer clothes on. Or at the very least, no shirt.

Uncle Richard said...


As my friend Brian says, you have to do Godspell twice to get your Equity card. Once to do it and the second time to say, "The last time I did Godspell we did this scene as ___________" (You can fill in the blank!) My answers would be " Pee-Wee Herman" and "Madonna". Yet another reason to see yet another Godspell!!