September 3, 2012
TT: Next stop, New Haven
Satchmo at the Waldorf has two more weeks to run at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, but Mrs. T and I are finally returning to the world. My brother, sister-in-law, and niece, who flew out to Massachusetts to catch the Saturday-night performance, headed west yesterday. As for me, I'll be in Connecticut tonight, New York City on Wednesday, and Spring Green, Wisconsin, on Thursday, where I'm seeing three plays over the weekend at American Players Theatre, one of my favorite classical companies.
The next stop for Satchmo is New Haven's Long Wharf Theatre. John Douglas Thompson, Gordon Edelstein, and I start rehearsing on September 25 in preparation for a week of previews and our second opening night on October 10. I've already done a fair amount of cutting and revising, and I'll doubtless do even more in the course of the next five weeks. Judging by our audiences in Lenox, though, it's looking like we're going to be in pretty solid shape once we get to New Haven.
I'm tired--really, really tired--but I'm also elated. No matter what happens to Satchmo at the Waldorf in the weeks and months ahead, I'll always have Lenox, where John is playing to sold-out houses, receiving standing ovations every night, and giving one spectacular performance after another. Between Satchmo and my miraculously productive visit to the MacDowell Colony, I'm about to wrap up one of the happiest summers of what has been, at least so far, a charmed life.
And now...I believe I'll take Tuesday off!
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To hear John Douglas Thompson and me talking about Satchmo at the Waldorf with Joe Donahue on WAMC's The Roundtable, go here.
Posted September 3, 2012 12:00 AM