I start rehearsals for "Edgardo Mine" at the Guthrie on Tuesday of next week. I'm very excited about it. I am only an extra in the show, but it's a fabulous opportunity to work with some extroardinary people in a very professional environment. My impressions so far are of personable professionality. Everyone I have met is very easy-going and friendly, but also very composed and professional. Yesterday we had a Meet-and-Greet, followed by the first run-through of the script. I was invited to the luncheon meeting and allowed to sit in on the read-through, which lasted the rest of the afternoon. It was great, because Alfred Uhry, the playwright for our script - the same who wrote Driving Miss Daisy, sat in with us and contributed to discussion about the story and the characters. I felt like I was in extremely distinguished company. Several of the actors, along with the director, were from New York. So I'm looking forward to putting on this show.
Edgardo Mine is a great story. If you want to know more about it, look it up. I don't feel like describing everything. But we had some really interesting conversation revolving around religion and belief, violence and beauty. It was a very good time. Despite the fact that I know I come from a different upbringing than a lot of the people there and am not quite so liberal as most of those in the theater scene, I feel like I belong when I'm around them. Whether I do or not, it's a positive feeling.