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Nance Crawford

Books - Plays - Words & Music


I Did It! But There's More . . .

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Okay. We're updated. Lost the pretty picture of the door but this does look more businesslike, I suppose.

As you can see from the Home page, plans for the KING'S GAMES reading are moving along. Almost have a complete cast and that, in itself, is amazing at this time of year in L.A.: I know a lot of wonderful actors but the majority of them are working with theater companies, gearing up to work, have left town because they have work, or simply don't have time for theater because they're booked for TV, movies or commercials. Although it's easier to organize a play reading than a full production, it still ain't no picnic, especially when the greatest need is for classical experience.

Yes, folks, there is verse in this play - or, as my friend Ray Malus has observed, "It could be verse." There are also two versions of this play. Nobody except the actors knows which version will be read on the Saturday - that's part of the surprise (other than solving a 500-year-old murder mystery, but I digress). One version is slated for the vault for another 40+ years (unless God has another plan), but the second version is for colleges and universities, where it may find very long life (again, God willing).

Meanwhile, a most oddly extraordinary thing happened when I dropped a couple of copies off at Prince of Peace (where we'll be doing the reading). I am not about to share this on Facebook or Twitter and haven't even had the nerve to point it out to David, but as I was walking back to my car, looking down at the sidewalk (so I wouldn't break my anything, as somewhat little older ladies are wont to do), I saw something so arresting I pulled my camera from my purse, loaded in the batteries (don't ask - it sucks batteries dry too quickly) and snapped a couple of pictures which you are going to have to come back to see because - at a wild guess, it's Friday night - traffic is too heavy and waiting over 5 minutes did not result in imported photos.

I'm going to go ahead and publish this now, anyway, because it's been too long. I'll put the pictures in the next blog.

Meantime, wanted to let you know my friend Nancy Porter took me along to the Pasadena Playhouse (where Mom & Dad studied - and I won my first directing award on that stage) to see ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN. Oh, my goodness.

In the day, I was too into my middle America, Mommy self to really get into her music (although I did love BOBBY McGEE and sang the heck out of it, in my plain Jane country way) but, my dears, makes no difference now. It is a stunning evening, richly imagined, with marvelous singers, brilliant musicians and a shatteringly authentic performance by Mary Bridget Davies. It's breaking records wherever it plays, so if you get the chance, get yourself there. It is an experience not to be missed. And if you can't stand Janis' music, keep earplugs in until Sabrina Elayne Carten shows up to sing the root blues tunes that inspired Joplin's stock-in-trade; rips the heart up and out as Bessie Smith, Aretha, et al. Well worth the time and ticket price, whatever it may be.

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Reply Nance Crawford
12:15 PM on March 23, 2013 
Wish you could, too. Unfortunately, I can't record it for reasons I'll go into later, but I hope to have some photos of the cast to share and, for sure, will do that!
Reply Pookie
10:49 AM on March 23, 2013 
My favorite Janis song is "Cry Baby" :) I can't wait to see the pictures, Nance. I wish I could be there for KING"S GAMES!