My Poem ‘Wayland’ now in Ink Drinkers Magazine — The Cheesesellers Wife

I’m very happy to announce that my poem, Wayland, is now published in the fourth issue of Ink Drinkers Magazine. The magazine was born in June 2020, when the editor found out that the term ‘ink drinker’ is the French version of ‘bookworm’ and thought ‘hey that could be a good name for a litmag’. […]

My Poem ‘Wayland’ now in Ink Drinkers Magazine — The Cheesesellers Wife

David Bruce: The Funniest People in Theater: 250 Anecdotes — Money, Nudity, Politics, Practical Jokes

Money

• A man once tried to borrow £5 from Irish playwright Brendan Behan, but Mr. Behan declined to give him the money. The man angrily said that he remembered a time when Mr. Behan had not had even a farthing to his name. Mr. Behan replied, “That may be, but you don’t remember it half as well as me.”

• Brendan Behan, a notorious Irish playwright and alcoholic, once asked the Bishop of Knaresborough, “What’s your f**king business, Mac?” The Bishop replied, “Not as profitable as yours, I’m afraid.” Mr. Behan appreciated the reply, and he shook the Bishop’s hand.

Nudity

• A production of Bohème in Hamburg involved nudity. A young woman playing Euphémie, Schaunard’s girlfriend, appeared completely nude to model for a picture and donned clothing only when Rodolfo worried that she might catch cold. At a dress rehearsal, things went fine until the nude actress appeared and the members of the orchestra tried to play their instruments in strange positions so they could turn around and look at the nude actress. Of course, this caused havoc with the music. The conductor, Nello Santi, solved this problem by asking the nude actress if she would walk to the end of the stage for a few moments so the members of the orchestra could look at her. She didn’t mind, the members of the orchestra got a good look, and then the rest of the rehearsal proceeded smoothly.

• In 2001, actor Anthony Flanagan revealed his naughty bits in a scene in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s A Russian in the Woods. He says, “It happened right at the end of the play. My character was centre stage, and he was made to drop his trousers so the soldiers could see if he was circumcised. So I spent what felt like three hours — although it was probably about two or three minutes — with my trousers down.” The other actors were professionals about it — during rehearsals. However, when the play was acted in front of a real audience, they sometimes made the scene drag on much longer than it should have — especially when the audience included Mr. Flanagan’s mother.

Politics

• While serving in Parliament at a time when a man named John Robinson was Secretary of the Treasury, playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan once said that a certain man was corrupting politicians so he could buy their votes. When asked to name the man, Mr. Sheridan replied, “Sir, I shall not name the person. It is an unpleasant and invidious thing to do. But don’t suppose that I abstain because there is any difficulty in naming him. I could do that, sir, as easily as you could say ‘Jack Robinson.’”

• The famous English actor David Garrick was asked to run for election to Parliament, but he replied, “I prefer to play the part of a great man on the stage than the part of a fool in Parliament.”

Practical Jokes

• When he was a young man acting in England, Jerome K. Jerome played a practical joke on his friends when they came to see him in a play in which his role was very brief and unremarkable. First, he informed his friends that since he was now a master of makeup and of changing his voice, they would find it difficult to tell who he was on stage. He also told his friends that he had taken a stage name — but the name he gave them was that of an old actor in his troupe who specialized in playing old men. He then hinted to his friends that in the play his character would be concerned about long-lost children. Finally, he bought a cane similar to that used by the old-man character in the play, and he made sure that his friends saw it. The joke worked. Mr. Jerome’s friends thought that the old actor was he, and they applauded the old actor’s every move.

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Music Recommendation: The Bo Derek’s — “In My Teens”

BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC

Music: “In My Teens”

Album: BIGGER FUCKIN’ FAMILY PARTY (2LP)

Artist: The Bo Derek’s

Artist Location: GA, Spain and Vigo, Spain

Record Company: Family Spree Recordings

Record Company Location: Spain

Band Motto: Old School R’n’R

Info:

“The Bo Derek’s, sex symbols of rock’n’roll from as rías baixas, are the result of joining Oscar Avendaño (Total Sinister, The Professionals) with the Martín Brothers -Jorge Lorre and Rufus el Guarro- (Los Wavy Gravies, The Allnight Workers), bass and drums respectively, to give way to its most pub-rock side: rock’n’roll in Spanish to have fun, drink and dance.” — Google Translate (But Not Well)

In this 20-track album, 20 bands cover each other’s songs. For example, The Bo Derek’s cover Heatwaves’ “In My Teens,” and Heatwave covers Lestrade’s “Propos coquins [Naughty Words].”

Bigger Fuckin ‘Family Party – 20 Family Spree bands cover another 20 Family Spree bands

“Well yes, friends! This double LP is exactly that: 20 bands from the label that have had the luxury of doing a cover of other friendly bands also in the Family Spree catalog.

“And why crazy like this? We can say that the experience of confinement, with all its shadows, also had the occasional light and among these, surely the most notable, was the spirit of overcoming the boredom that was imposed among the members of the bands of the label through wasap, where various follies were raised among which the confinement themes crystallized (the ‘We’re the worst’ or better known as ‘There is no rock’n’roll I stay at home’ and the ‘For the rock’n gambling dens ‘roll’), with their respective horny videos and which were finally pressed into a single on vinyl.” — Google Translate (But Not Well)

Price: €1 (EURO) for track; €10 (EURO) for 20-track album.

Genre: Rock and Roll

Links:

BIGGER FUCKIN’ FAMILY PARTY (2LP)

https://familyspreerecordings.bandcamp.com/album/fsr070-bigger-fuckin-family-party-2lp

Family Spree Recordings

https://familyspreerecordings.bandcamp.com

Family Spree Recordings on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCY8azeDW5lxUOF2rb87lxg

The Bo Derek’s on Bandcamp

https://thebodereks.bandcamp.com

Also Bo Derek’s on Bandcamp

https://thebodereksfsr.bandcamp.com

Heatwaves on Bandcamp

https://heatwavesfsr.bandcamp.com

Acoustic Lunch at Ohio University’s Baker Center, Second Floor, with the CornDoggers — 29 September 2021

Joe Burdock
The CornDoggers
The CornDoggers
Tessa Evanosky
Bruce Dalzell (MC) left, Tessa Evanosky (middle), Joe Burdock (right)
https://www.blueeaglemusic.com/fiddle.html
https://www.facebook.com/tessa.evanosky
https://www.instagram.com/joeburdock/?hl=en
https://www.instagram.com/tessaevanosky/
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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Theater: 250 Anecdotes — Money

Money

• Sylvia Miles became an actress because she was incompetent at procuring theatrical props. She was working as a set designer at a Long Island theater when the producer sent her out to get some props. She returned after purchasing the props for $90. This shocked the producer, who told her, “You’re not supposed to pay for props. You’re supposed to rent or borrow them and give them billing.” Ms. Miles, of course, wanted her $90 back, so the producer said, “Tell you what. I’m going to give you a part in the play, and I’ll give you $90 to play the part.”

• The Marx Brothers flopped in London with a vaudeville skit called “On the Mezzanine.” During the skit, the Londoners began to throw pennies on the stage — a deadly insult. Groucho went to the front of the stage, raised his hand for silence, then said, “If you people are going to throw coins, I wish to h*ll you’d throw something more substantial — like shillings or guineas.” This joke was quoted throughout London, and the Marx Brothers became successful in London with a different skit titled “Home Again.”

• People who provide financial backing for Broadway shows are called “angels,” perhaps because they seldom get back their money. Marc Connelly wrote a play based on Roark Bradford’s Ole Man Adam and His Chillun, and convinced a banker named Rowland Stebbins to put up the money to produce it. Afterwards, Mr. Connelly introduced Mr. Stebbins to a couple of friends, saying, “Meet the sucker!” (Mr. Stebbins wasn’t a sucker. Mr. Connelly’s play, The Green Pastures, was a huge hit and won the Pulitzer Prize.)

• Early in his career, jazz great Duke Ellington was asked to write some songs for a musical. He didn’t know that composers often took months to write for a musical, so he stayed up all night writing four songs, and in the morning he took them to the musical’s promoter, Jack Robbins, who paid $500 for the songs after pawning his wife’s engagement ring. Mr. Robbins then took the musical to Germany, where it played for two years and made him a millionaire.

• Famed theater director Tyrone Guthrie liked to tell this story on himself. He had given an ex tempore speech in Vancouver about theater, but because he had just gotten off a plane and was tired, he had not spoken very well. After the speech, a famous Vancouver eccentric, Mrs. Clegg, approached him and said, “I’ve been sitting here listening to you for the last 45 minutes, and you haven’t said anything. I paid $1.50, and I want my $1.50 back.” Mr. Guthrie gave her $1.50.

• Sir Barry Jackson once directed an amateur production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night with John Drinkwater as Malvolio. During one outdoor performance, a rainstorm blew up and the audience left en masse, except for a couple of old ladies who remained huddled under an umbrella. Sir Barry hissed to Mr. Drinkwater, “You must go on, or we shall have to repay their money.”

• Lee Schubert understood finances. Once, he sold the movie rights to a 10-year-old play and without consulting a contract to refresh his memory knew who had a share in the money thus obtained. One of the sharers was actor Leo Ditrichstein, from whose check Mr. Schubert deducted a few dollars that Mr. Ditrichstein had owed him for several years.

• As a young man, humorous poet Don Marquis worked as a journalist for $18 a week and once turned down a job to work as an actor for $15 a week. He explained later that he had decided to stay in writing because of “the big money.” (Actually, he was right — later he wrote a play titled The Old Soak that made him $85,000.)

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Music Recommendation: Adam Remnant — “Cross You Bear”

BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC

Music: “Cross You Bear”

Album: SOURWOOD

Artist: Adam Remnant

Artist Location: Ohio

Info: “Adam Remnant is a singer-songwriter of the folk & rock variety from Ohio.”

Price: $1 (USD) for track; $10 (USD) for nine-track album

Genre: Singer-Songwriter. Folk.

Links:

SOURWOOD

https://adamremnant.bandcamp.com/album/sourwood

Adam Remnant on Bandcamp

https://adamremnant.bandcamp.com

Adam Remnant on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClQOLRkkQs-FR8eAm8fuK-g

Adam Remnant Official Website

https://www.adamremnant.com