Front page coverage for Hair in the local newspaper – trying to drum up some controversy regarding the nudity (which occurs over less than 5 minutes of a 2 hour show).
If we didn’t expect to sell out all four shows, i’d invite some friends to protest in front of the theater tomorrow night, and call the local tv stations – it is sweeps month! As much as i love the free publicity, i’m surprised at the ‘above the fold, with photo’ treatment. C’mon, folks… there really wasn’t anything better for the front page today?
From the article:
Getting naked during rehearsal at your local community theater is one thing. Doing so in front of a capacity audience is another.
It goes on to mention that the show is opening exactly 40 years after the Broadway debut, and 38 years since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned attempts to ban it.
I’m getting very attached to the cast, and it seems mutual. They have adopted me as ‘tribe mother’ – maybe just because i feed them. The article in the paper today includes a lovely quote from the young man playing Woof.
…it was awkward until the cast began to develop unity. “Now it’s almost like being a little kid again, running around on stage naked for everyone to see.”
This is the same young man that i get to hang lights and glow sticks on before “electric blues”. While he’s completely naked. Oh, and he went to high school with my daughter. We’re used to it now, but i’ll admit, it was a bit awkward the first time.
For the Saturday performance, though, he is planning to have a special glow stick wrapped elegantly around his nutsack. We did it in one rehearsal, and it looked quite fetching, but the director poo-poohed it – said it made his junk too prominent. He has friends driving most of the day Saturday to see the show, and he wants to do it for them.
Stage crew gets to do lots of interesting things. In addition to my job of hanging lights on the naked young man, i have to remove them quickly for a fast costume change.
I informed him that if he goes with the glowing cock-ring on Saturday, he’s got to remove it himself, or wear it for the rest of the show.
In addition to developing a new sense of how i feel about my body, I’ve also discovered that perhaps i do have a few limits…