Rod in “The Best is Yet to Come” 11/6/04
Photo by Shira Greenburg ©2004 by Broadway.com. Used by Permission
A Thought for Today
Friendship isn’t a given it is a
A FLIGHT FROM6THE
19 AUGUST 2003 ALOHA FROM MAUI
Maui Sunset / Summer 2004 / Photo by Rod
I wish I could tell you it’s just another day in Paradise but alas it’s
another WORKING day in paradise. Mind you this is a helluva place to be
at work and I’m having a wonderful time.
Each day here opens up as beautiful as the last, warm, inviting,
magical. This is my first time on the island of Maui and it definitely
won’t be my last. Last week that big full moon and Mars were so close
I’m sure they were making love. We had a feast of feathery falling stars
three nights running. One of the more adventurous members of our cast,
John Scoggins, hiked up to a volcano rim, built a bonfire and spent the
night watching the meteors melt to earth. We are told the night was
graced with a multitude of naked prancing and dancing. The Gods were no
doubt pleased but alas Sascha Alexander the company’s resident
documentarian went missing that night.
The cast for SOULMATES is first rate and with the exception of Mary Jo
Catlett (Sister Mary Theresa), James Milanase (Joe) and myself they are
all from right here in the Hawaiian islands. What a joyful noise they
make as soloists and in their ensemble work. The voices and cast are of
every age and color and I’ve made new friends and friendships.
Mary Jo plays the Nun we all wish we knew and she sings an hilarious
self written number entitled “Nun of the Above.” It’s all about a bad
lady gone good. James plays a rock and roll pop star trying to reconcile
fame and faith. His transformation is a wonder to watch. Patricia Watson
wrote the script and score and plays Joe’s counterpart Jessica. Patricia
has been working on SOULMATES for over a dozen years and is still
writing new songs and fine tuning others.
As Father Jim I have three songs, a lot of ensemble work and a doxology.
On Sunday I finished writing a new song, “September Comes Around,” that
has been added to the score. I sing it near the end of the first act.
Patricia and I wrote another number together that we duet on, “A Prayer
for Peace.” And wait until you see me in my priestly robes.
Ben, Rod & Tom in Maui. August 2003
TIME AND TIDE AND TOM
Rehearsals under David Galligan’s direction are moving at a steady pace
but it is still hard to believe we are two nights away from a full dress
and a mere three from the first paid performance. For those of you
planning to attend any or all of the shows this coming weekend I can
promise you won’t be disappointed.
My buddy Tom Truhe has spent the first week of my stay here as
companion, driver and all around sounding board. Tom’s the best and one
of the most totally giving friends I have. In the past eight days he has
read three biographies, the local and international papers on a daily
basis and is growing a bit stir crazy so is off to Honolulu for a few
days in search of action, adventure or whatever, before returning for
the weekend shows.
Ben Macmillan arrives from the mainland today to spell him for week two.
Ben is a writer, musician and an associate of Chuck Ashman who is now
guiding my career. No doubt we’ll write a song or two together if time
provides an opportunity, but the rehearsal schedule is getting hot and
heavy now that opening night looms. Twelve hour days are not unusual and
I have a ton of lines and lyrics to learn.
I’m tanned but not tired. I go swimming every day but with no TV and
only a few phone calls I feel out of the swim of normal life. This
arrangement suits me fine. The first day I arrived I slept for seventeen
hours. Maui onions and pineapples are part of every meal, the people are
beautiful and gracious and a cat named Miss Kitty has adopted me so I
get my daily feline fix. A lithe and lovely yellow gecko keeps me
company until I turn off the lights at night and fall asleep with an
episode or two from the 7th season of The X Files (courtesy of DVD.)
Is this living or what?
RM 8/18/2003 7:45PM Hawaii PST
Happy Birthday Tom and many more to come.
I’ll be back on the weekend with some ‘stuff.’ Sleep warm.
RM 2/10/2005 12:34AM PST
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