My Bumbershoot shows went well. The crowds were progressively larger each day until we were almost full today (485 people!). I played an Evil Zookeeper, a Warner Brothers store employee, an ex-plumber turned novelist and lots of other characters.
Thank you to everyone that came to the shows!
If I may share one favorite moment. On Saturday Jill was playing a woman obsessed with Donald Duck. She collected Donald memorabilia and her whole life philosophy was based around him. For some strange reason, the audience decided she lived in an apartment above the WB store. I was the employee in the store and there was a page in our employee manual describing what to do when the crazy lady from upstairs came down to complain about Daffy Duck. The audience decided that I should try and seduce her. To start the seduction, I said, “Has anyone ever told you that you have a bit of Daisy Duck about you? Except, of course, you’re wearing pants.”
Later, on our date, the audience decided that I would impress her with my knowledge about Donald Duck. The fact that would impress her, well there were two. One was that Donald was a white duck and the other was that Donald wore a towel when he got out of the bath, but he didn’t wear pants in everyday life. Then, when she started to fall for me, the audience decided that I really didn’t like her. I pulled out a piece of paper and asked her to sign it to prove that we’d been on a date. She started to yell at me.
Then, it was my turn to yell at her, I told her that Donald was white because Walt Disney was a white supremacist who didn’t recognize any other color of duck. Who integrated the duck world? Warner Brothers did with the first black duck, Daffy! Then I said, “Why don’t you go home to your little pantsless Hitler? Heil quack quack! Heil quack quack!”
It brought the house down and it felt oh so good. "Little pantsless Hitler" still makes me laugh.
The folks that did Bumbershoot last year said it made them feel like rock stars. I didn’t feel like a rock star, but I felt like a real actor. Like if someone asked me what I did for a living, I could list actor as one of the things and it would mean something.
I feel great!
I learned tons working with the talented musicians and dancers that were playing with us. The dancers would create the environments and then together with the musicians, show what was going on in the character's heads and how they were feeling.
I was lucky to be able to do it with such a great group of people.
Of course, tucked in my pocket was the buckeye that my dad, billwahl, gave me when I moved to Seattle. I wish my family could have been there, but I was thinking about them before every show.