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Way back down memory lane...

I've been amazingly blessed to be able to continue to have theatre in my life. I'm not sure why I so enjoy acting. Oddly, I don't really like being up in front of folks - but there is something about the magic of the stage that I have never been able to deny, despite my desperate wishes that one day I would wake up to find accounting or brain surgery fascinating.

Of all of the plays I've done, one of my favorites comes from my college days long, long ago. My senior year I got involved in a student production of The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat As Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the Direction of The Marquis de Sade (or simply Marat/Sade) by Peter Weiss.

I won't say it's a play for everyone, and I've seen it done in ways that are quite dry...but not this production, which was directed by a brilliant Dennis Perkins (who, it turns out, would become one of my greatest friends in life).

The show is set in an asylum which is hosting the infamous Marquis de Sade. Bored, Sade puts together a production about the French Revolution using the inmates as actors. It's a play within a play that is layered with history, social commentary, an exploration of Sade and his philosophies - but also bizarre musical numbers and various other madness.

I was TERRIBLE in the show....I mean really, really bad. I was 22 at the time and did not know myself nor my talents. Dennis asked that I perform in a Brechtian style (which was Greek to me then). I was playing a somnambulist, who was playing Charlotte Corday (Marat's assassin)...so it was complicated, but thrilling.

A short while ago, Dennis sent me a photo from the show - so I thought I'd share...

I look at that photo and it seems almost another life. I could not be more different from the girl in the white dress you see standing there. I wonder, if you met her on the street (painfully shy and self-deprecating with an accent so thick it was comical) if you'd know it was me.

I guess we all grow up, eh?


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