To quote the song, “start spreadin’ the news…I’m leavin’ today…” My ride will be here shortly to take me to the airport and then it’s off to New York for tonight’s opening of Can’t Live Without You at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre. I’m doing some last-minute things like finding the little things I need (passport, contact lens case, phone charger) and writing notes to the housesitter (water the plants, don’t do the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle). All the arrangements have been made at the other end; Super Shuttle has been reserved and the hotel confirmed my room. My parents will meet me there, and we have dinner reservations in time to make it to the theatre in plenty of time.
A lot of people have asked if I’m excited about this lifetime moment. I think I’m numb right now because other than some e-mails and a few phone calls, I’ve not really been involved with the rehearsal process and the production itself. That’s as it should be; the playwright has to trust the director, the actors, and the play itself and let them find their own way. It is in their capable hands and now I get to see what they have wrought.
So, here we go. I’ll report back in once I get there.
Update – 3:14 pm. I made it to the hotel, met my folks in the lobby, got the computer set up — obviously — and grabbed a sandwich from Pax Wholesome Foods on the corner. The room is nice, and we have reservations for dinner a couple of blocks from the theatre. Curtain is at 9:00, after two short one-acts that go on at 7:00; remember, this is a repertory theatre.
Jeb Bush was on my flight from Miami. He was in first class, busily typing away on his lap top. I didn’t say anything to him; after all, what is there to say?