What I did this weekend.
Here’s what I did:
I wasn’t at the beach.
I wasn’t at the park.
I was at work all weekend long.
No, no, no . . . don’t start playing a violin for me. I’m not looking for you to throw me a pity party.
Because it was one of the best weekends I’ve had in a long time.
I spent the weekend making calls to some of the hundreds of people that have responded to the PeopleOfGodspell post.
Look, I knew there were people out there that loved theater, but nothing prepared me for some of the conversations I had with the wide variety of people that expressed interest in the offer.
– I spoke to a man who met John-Michael Tebelak a few years before he died, and was so inspired by him and by Godspell that he had gone on to perform in and direct over 20 productions of the show.
– I spoke to a man who was an Arabic language expert in the Air Force and had a masters in theater.
– I spoke to a songwriting couple from Los Angeles who said Stephen Schwartz was their hero.
– I spoke to a Broadway wardrobe supervisor, a Broadway stage manager, another stage manager, a Broadway actor, and more . . . and we talked about how back in the old days, staff members of shows got involved in the business end more often because the economics were so different.
– I spoke to a patent attorney, a trademark attorney, a securities attorney, and a few other attorneys, many of whom called themselves “theater dorks.”
– I spoke to a woman whose dad passed away recently and is looking forward to getting back to seeing shows again soon.
– I spoke to a guy in my home state of Massachusetts who commiserated with me after the Patriots lost to the Jets in the NFL’s Week 2.
So many people from all over the country with one thing in common: a passion for the theater.
Can you think of a better way to spend a weekend?
If I haven’t gotten to you yet, I’m sorry, and I will soon enough. It’s just hard for me to get off the phone sometimes, despite my assistant screaming at me and threatening to smack me with the long call list.
But I’m getting there.
And having a blast in the process.
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