Ramblings From The Road
First of all, I must tell you that the Ask Patti section is a little screwed up and a lot of unanswered e-mails have been deleted. So, I'm not ignoring you, I've just lost you. So sorry.
I'm in rehearsal for Sweeney and I haven't been this creative since I started to learn how to act, or when I worked with Peter Sellers on "The Count of Monte Cristo." The director of Sweeney, John Doyle, just knows how to feed actors and what comes out of us, good, bad, right, wrong, doesn't matter. There's no fear or censure. He opens up the creative goo and all of the actor vessel stuff. He knows how to do it. It's just incredible. I am so lucky and I am not saying my performance is going to be something extraordinary. I'm just saying that I haven't felt this creative in a long time. The rehearsal process is exciting, enlightening, invigorating, and exhausting. The company of actor musicians is among the finest cast I have ever worked with. I hope it works out and Sweeney runs because I want to be on stage with these guys for a long time.
I will not bitch about our government and Katrina. I can only hope that New Orleans rises again and that we will learn the proper lessons. Like I said, I won't bitch... why wasn't Michael Brown fired? Why was he given the opportunity to resign? And who saw Ted Koppel's interview with him? Good on you,Ted.
What do we think is going to happen to this country? It's a rhetorical question.
I've got to go. I've got to blow my tuba and play my orchestra bells. A friend of mine said, "Did you ever think you'd be saying I'm having a hard time hitting the high notes on the tuba"? Oh dear. Wish me luck. See you soon.