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The Captains One Act

My youngest brother Charlie is acting in his first High School play this weekend, and I couldn’t be prouder.  He’s starring in a One Act, which holds a special significance for me.  Back in my High School days some of my favorite times involved a One Act.  I met my wife in a One Act play in 1994, and a year later she was the Assistant Director in the One Act I directed, The Bald Soprano by Eugene Ionesco.

Directing this One Act was one of the highlights of my senior year.  Back then I was enthralled with the idea of the absurd in comedy.  I was drawn to the Theater of the Absurd movement based on my love of Month Python.  I loved the idea of comedy that wasn’t apparent to the masses.  I thought The Bald Soprano was one of the funniest things I had ever read, and I was determined to stage it as play.  I knew right away that I wanted Meg as my Assistant Director; and I was lucky enough to hand pick my ideal cast from our Hazelwood West’s theatre department. So for this week’s Wayback Wednesday, here’s a picture of the full cast complete with a full cast listing:

Captain as Director

Meg as Assistant Director

Vince as Mr. Smith

Melissa as Mrs. Smith

Doug as Mr. Martin

Mikel as Mrs. Martin

Tonya as Mary the Maid

and Grellner as the Fire Chief

The One Act itself was poorly received, and probably one of the highlights of my Senior year of High School.  Despite the tepid response, the cast gave it their all and put in a hell of a performance.  It was a wonderful experience, and I hope my brother Charlie has a similar feeling in his first One Act this weekend.



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