Reprinted from the program for FICTION by Steven Dietz, June 2010
When I first moved to Forest Grove, a small village of 18 Victorian houses no one has ever heard of, I searched for a community theatre so I could continue my lust for theatre!
I happened to be performing at Off Broad Street Theatre in Hopewell, NJ along with Lauren and Jimmy Perry. They told me about Langhorne Players, with the caveat that I “would be lucky to get in.” And I thought I was performing quite well…..
To “get in,” I pretty much started off playing the back legs of a horse in an unforgettable show called, Anton In Show Business, in July 2006. Actually, I was a pair of (non-speaking) legs, supporting a giant puppet on a pole. I remember that it was a multi-charactered show, with a few females playing several roles. My roles were gradually reduced as rehearsals continued, until I was playing the Puppet Supporter Legs and an airport (male) official (wearing my husband’s TWA pilot cap). I remember the director memorably saying to me that if he weren’t already committed to his partner, he could actually fall in love with my character. Ah, theatre!
Things got decidedly better in October, 2006 when I graduated to playing a doctor in Jeffrey Hatcher’s Scotland Road. Around this time, I discovered an affinity (obsession) with clean bathrooms. Thus I volunteered to clean the bathrooms, vacuum the auditorium and lobby, starting with spring clean-up and then before opening night of each show. Oh, and winter close-down, too.
At some point I became Secretary to the Board, and struggled to take minutes with the garrulous committee and disseminate them via the Chairman in a timely manner. I remember pleading with then-Chairperson Lauren Perry to be allowed to reduce/ compress some of the more lengthy discussions. I also offered (begged) to be on the playreading committee, and Bernard DiCasimirro kindly asked me to join his group.
I “ush” one evening for each play, and always am asked by a patron, “Oh, aren’t you in the play tonight?” No, but I cleaned the bathrooms and vacuumed the foyer! I also am responsible for finding and accommodating the lobby artist for each show. This entails working with the artist to get a bio submitted for inclusion in the
program by the publisher’s deadline; and working with Charles and the artist to get the art work hung and removed in a timely manner.
Langhorne Players comprises a group of wonderfully talented and generous people. I am proud to clean the bathrooms (yes, really!) and to be part of the inner workings of this community theatre. And who knows? One day I may get to play the front legs!