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The Rules...

I've been a member of TUTA Theatre Chicago for about seven years now and I've been blessed to have played some amazing roles for them. One of my favorite was the Baroness in Rules for Good Manners in the Modern World by Jean-Luc Lagarce.

Rules was loosely based on a book written by a French Baroness that describes in detail what one must do in order to have a happy, proper life. From those pages Lagarce crafted a rich piece (in the form of a monologue), wherein a somewhat strident matron walks through the correct steps one should take from birth to death. Of course in walking through those steps one finds that what really matters in life is, in fact, life and love itself. Our production found that it makes no difference what color suit life is wearing or what flowers love decides to bring...it's that we had them (life and love) at all ~ that's the gift.

The show met with much critical success and was remounted at a Chicago festival and later in New York at the Castillo Theatre. It was a unique piece and when watching the DVD, it looks to me like something that might show up on TV in Poland at 3 AM when one has insomnia (and even then might feel like an acid trip for the viewer). Still, this odd piece has such grace and heart...such verve. This one really shines as a fair gem in my past - and guess what?

Someone has placed a bit of that gem on YouTube. This is the very end of the show (sorry for the spoiler). It's a lot funnier when you've met the (triple) Baroness in her uptight finery (sort of like velvet/brocade armor)at the top of the play . This is after we've danced, lectured, barked, cried, organismed, stripped and run the gamut of birth to death...each year and life event breaking cracks in our brittle facade(s). So this is the essential bit that is left; the joy of living. And yes...we deserve the smokes...


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 4th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Lovely clip!

Mar. 4th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you darlin'...I am thinking of you!
Mar. 5th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
Lovely. Thanks!
Mar. 5th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
You have such a beautiful voice!!
Mar. 5th, 2009 04:41 am (UTC)
This is such a lovely vision.
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