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May 1, 2005



A reading of “Black Comedy,” by Peter Shaffer, will be held in the green room at 51 Walden Street on Saturday, May 7, at 2 pm. All members are welcome, to read or to listen. “Black Comedy” is a possible replacement for “Dolly West’s Kitchen,” which was announced for next season, but is unavailable for production at this time. If any member has a play they would like to bring to a future reading, please contact Rik Pierce at . Prepare enough copies of the play to cover the entire cast. You can get them from the library or play suppliers (see links - theatrical publishers).

Speaking of Peter Shaffer, Kirsten Gould will direct “Amadeus” by Peter Shaffer at the Vokes Theatre in Wayland in March 2006.

Talene Monahon has been cast as Mary Lennox, Mark Nimar as Colin and Christian Milde as Dickon in the Belmont Dramatic Club production of “The Secret Garden.” Director Donna Johns and music director Joseph Reid have assembled a splendid and accomplished cast for this beautiful show. Performances are May 6, 14 and 15 at 8pmand May 14 at 3pm at the Payson Park Church, 365 Belmont Street, Belmont, MA. For more information call (617) 489-2529, or go to

Susie Baldwin, producer extraordinaire of our current production of The Memory of Water, has a new e-mail address. It’s

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100 Years Ago: The quintessential show-biz paper, “Variety,” is founded in New York City. Isadora Duncan establishes the first school of modern dance in Berlin.

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I saw Jimmy Dean in Giant the other night, and I must say that - (Weeps.) You see, that’s what I was afraid of. When I got in the cab, I cried. And it was funny, because actually I was crying out of two reasons. It was pleasure and enjoyment, which is odd, but I must say I cried from that, too. And the other thing was seeing Jimmy Dean on the screen. I hadn’t cried when I heard of his death. It was somehow what I expected. And I don’t think I cried from that now. What I cried at was the waste, the waste. If there is anything in the theatre to which I respond more than anything else - maybe I’m getting old, or maybe I’m getting sentimental - it is the waste in the theatre, the talent that gets up and the work that goes into getting it up and getting it where it should be. And then when it gets there, what the hell happens to it? The senseless destruction, the senseless waste, the hopping around from one thing to the next, the waste of talent, the waste of your lives, the strange kind of behavior that not just Jimmy had, you see, but that a a lot of other actors have. It isn’t temperament. As soon as you grow up as actors, as soon as you reach a certain place, there it goes, the drunkenness and the rest of it, as if, now that you’ve really made it, the incentive goes, and something happens which to me is just terrifying. I don’t know what to do. You can tell somebody, “Go to a psychiatrist,” or “Go here,” or “Go there,” but in the meantime there is the waste.

- Lee Strasberg
"Lee Strasberg at The Actors Studio"


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Thomas Caron, editor