First in a series of occasional missives from Jennifer Mendenhall, who's camped out in Luvuhl. It's been languishing in Tboy's inbox for 13 days, about which he feels some chagrin.
Friday, Feb. 9
Third day of rehearsals on dark play, or stories for boys by Carlos Murillo, at the Humana Festival. In the cast are Liz Morton, Lou Sumrall, Matt Stadelmann (who was the kid in Velvet Sky at Woolly) and Will Rogers (who was in columbinus at Round House and in N.Y., and who's another NCSA graduate). Michael John Garces is directing.
Small world evidenced by the director and the playwright discovering, during auditions, that they were both at the American school in Bogota, Columbia, at the same time when they were kids.
I'm in an apartment on the 18th floor; the balcony holds a sick fascination for me. Feeling slightly ragged today: my birthday was Wednesday and Will's was yesterday, and Freddy's is a classic dive like the ones we used to have in D.C.
[Ed.: It took Tboy some time to parse that last, but by "classic dive" he now understands Mendenhall to mean "the sort of place one spends several hours getting to know on one's birthday."]