Dateline: Columbia, South Carolina-
Ten minutes after leaving Oxford this morning, I ran into another massive slow down on I-20. I had visions of a repeat of yesterday’s adventure, but fortunately this was due to garden variety construction work and it cleared up after a couple of miles. The rest of the drive was uneventful. Other than passing through the middle of Atlanta- navigating that freeway system is always a joy what with six million people living on infrastructure built for two million.
The purpose of this trip is a visit to old friend Frank Thompson and his lovely wife Laurel Posey. He’s been busy with a production of Mamma Mia! that he directed and in which he plays Sam (the Pierce Brosnan part). About an hour outside of Columbia, I get a text from him that the actor playing Bill (the Stellan Skarsgard role) has been unwell and, in looking at all his options, he wondered if I might be able to step in, book in hand. I have visions of the actors nightmare come to life but fortunately, William Arvay was well enough to perform so I could relax a bit. Chatted for a bit and then Frank, Ripley Thames, and I headed for Camden SC and the Kennesaw County Fine Arts Center.
I enjoyed the show and post show drinks with cast and crew at a local watering hole before heading back to Columbia for more conversation. All the usual topics of chatter: memories of shows past, dissection of show present, dreaming of shows future. It’s been decided that I need to play the John Lithgow role in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. I’m available if someone will produce it.
No story tonight as it’s two in the morning and I’m tired and typing on my phone which I still find somewhat difficult.