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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

What was the two dollars for?

We're in. Our new home away from home will never be the same again!
Some shows can be performed anywhere, and it works. Others, well, you need to be a little more specific. Size-wise, seating arrangement, sound, the right ceiling height to accommodate a 14 foot, I mean 10 feet pole. For HAIR, our theatre couldn't be more perfect! Being together as a Tribe on stage is one thing, but here we have a stage where the audience is, essentially, right on there with us! How perfect! So close in fact, that while we'll be smoking fake joints all night, everyone in the house will probably be getting fake contact highs as well!

Our first run at it in our first night in was interesting. (Missed ya HotDog, get well soon) Did it make lyrics to "The Bed" any easier,,,no. Did it help us in interacting with each other and getting comfortable with being "freaks" together?,,,definitely! (Still would have loved to hear Trish sing "My Conviction") Haven't checked out sliding down the pole yet. But just as well, I'd probably dig it too much and be real sad knowing, I'm not allowed to use it.

Did I mention the set is perfect too? D.D. has devised a beautiful space for us to work in. Goin out on a limb here, but gotta feeling, adding color will only make it more beautiful! (And bless you D.D...the "stamps" dialogue was great! It may have been too BIG in Kerouac's eyes,,,,which, hey, he's the Director, all the power, insight, vision and expertise is his, but I thought you captured the absurdity of what Mother does with her stamps really well...but hey,,,I'm just a schmo, I have no expertise.)
It is such a kookie scene though. I could see it being tough to find just the right direction in how to play it out. TA DA! That's what Scott's for!! It's funny too, last night as Arrow and I are reading our fake newspapers, we both thought of the same thing. We leaned back and pretty much said, at the same time, "We're probably not gonna have actual papers for this,,," Which, we're assuming is the case,,,,well, DUUUUH,,it's not like the mothers are moving around 3 friggin vacuum cleaners in the scene! But how I just loooove their unison humming! Well, now wait a tic,,, I get to whack Claudius in the head with one of those fake papers,,,,that should be interesting.,,,

Hope everyone is as excited, if not more, about being-in our new home away from home as me!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Look at the moon,look at the mooN

Wait, wait, wait!,,,once a week? I thought he meant once a month!
I just don't know if I have that much to say to fill up weekly entries. I'm really not that expressive. Anyone who knows me can attest. But I promise to do what I can. Maybe even include entries from Hubert's eyes,,,or even the eyes of Audience members. My eyes will probably be the best though,,,cause well,,,,they're always open wide,,,,,wide,,,,wide.........
(except when I'm sleeping,,,but BOY do they get to see some shit!)
I've also chosen my Tribe name,,,and although it's not as boss, as groovy or as super-goosey-gassy as Capt. Britannica,, it fits me,,,in more ways than one,,,Unfortunately the sound quality up there only gives a mere hint of justice to such a gem, but it was the best out there. The close-up shots of Roger are great! And the lyrics are some of the best ever recorded,,,,

Sunday, August 3, 2008

The trip has begun,,,,

And here I thought it was a show about rabbits....

Boy was I wrong! But definitely not wrong in telling Scott,,,"Sure, I'll be a hippy for the next 3 months." (I sorta kinda have a head start)
We've only just begun and why HAIR is much more of an EXPERIENCE than just another show is becoming more evident with each rehearsal.
The score is so much more amazing than I could have imagined! And the fact that we're getting the honor to perform HAIR 40 years after its initial run, I think is a testament to how incredible this show really is.

I mean, come on, any show with 6-headed parents is gonna be something pretty damn special!

What a cast too! Scott, with the exception of Zak, you really outdid yourself!
(Oh, Margaret, calm down, you know I love you too!)

Getting to rehearse these tunes anywhere is pretty groovy to begin with,,,but in a church? That's another,,,, Which we had to do the other night. Some of the tunes, even in our primitive stages, sounded AMAZING!
And, hey,,,how bout a big hand for Scott's shoes? Squeaky McGee there got his feet wet while playing piano, so there was a little added accompaniment to some of the tunes.

And of course who hasn't dreamed of saying "Sodomy, felatio, cunnilingus, pederasty, masturbation and orgy" in a Church? Good for you Aaron,,,, You just don't find too many of those words in the hymnals these days,,,,

Blocking begins Monday and should be very interesting,,,,can't wait!

"Well, I just got back from",,,,taking the IRT, transferring onto the BMT, picking up some hashish, cocaine, cannibis, peyote, opium and LSD along the way, while heading to the A&P to grab some cough syrup, shoe polish, cigarettes, alcohol, equinol, dexamyl, compozine, kemodrin, thorizene, trilophon, dexadrine, benzedrine and methedrine,,,,so I figured, NOW would be a grrrrreat time to start a blog on "HAIR"

Lyrics to Monster/Suicide/America by Steppenwolf 1970

Song found in the above mix,,,and what a song!

Once the religious, the hunted and weary
Chasing the promise of freedom and hope
Came to this country to build a new vision
Far from the reaches of kingdom and pope
Like good Christians, some would burn the witches Later some got slaves to gather riches

But still from near and far to seek America
They came by thousands to court the wild
And she just patiently smiled and bore a child
To be their spirit and guiding light

And once the ties with the crown had been broken
Westward in saddle and wagon it went
And 'til the railroad linked ocean to ocean
Many the lives which had come to an end
While we bullied, stole and bought our a homeland
We began the slaughter of the red man

But still from near and far to seek America
They came by thousands to court the wild
And she just patiently smiled and bore a child
To be their spirit and guiding light

The blue and grey they stomped it
They kicked it just like a dog
And when the war over
They stuffed it just like a hog
And though the past has it's share of injustice
Kind was the spirit in many a way
But it's protectors and friends have been sleeping
Now it's a monster and will not obey
The spirit was freedom and justice
And it's keepers seem generous and kind
It's leaders were supposed to serve the country
But now they won't pay it no mind
'Cause the people grew fat and got lazy
And now their vote is a meaningless joke
They babble about law and order
But it's all just an echo of what they've been told
Yeah, there's a monster on the loose
It's got our heads into a noose
And it just sits there watchin'
Our cities have turned into jungles
And corruption is stranglin' the land
The police force is watching the people
And the people just can't understand
We don't know how to mind our own business
'Cause the whole worlds got to be just like us
Now we are fighting a war over there
No matter who's the winner
We can't pay the cost
'Cause there's a monster on the loose
It's got our heads into a noose
And it just sits there watching
America where are you now?
Don't you care about your sons and daughters?Don't you know we need you now
We can't fight alone against the monster

America where are you now?
Don't you care about your sons and daughters?
Don't you know we need you now
We can't fight alone against the monster

The Seeker

Ain't got no,,,

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July 7, 1967